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Man behind Audi ad campaign markets vegetables to children

One of Britain’s advertising gurus has been recruited to market vegetables in the drive to improve children’s diets. Sir John Hegarty, the man behind Audi’s “Vorsprung durch Technik”, is backing the Veg Power crowdfunding campaign to show that creative marketing can encourage children to eat their greens......

Migros Central Switzerland awards annual producer prize

Golden sun prize for innovative family of growers

The Boog family from Hünenberg ZG was awarded the 'Golden Sun' producer prize by Migros Lucerne. The Boogs have been supplying the retailer with vegetables, salads and berries for 24 years. Since 1999, Migros Lucerne has had a 'Thank You Very Much-Day' every year. This way, the firm can thank its reliable.....

Impact of Chinese tariffs applied to U.S. fresh fruit exports

Overview of Chinese TariffsThe People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) on March 23, 2018 announced a proposal to levy retaliatory tariffs impacting approximately $2.0 billion in U.S. food and agricultural exports to China in response to the recent U.S. 232 Trade Action on steel and aluminum......

In first three quarters of current fiscal year

Growth of vegetable and fruit exports from Pakistan

The vegetables and fruits exports from Pakistan during first three quarters of the current financial year grew by 53.31 percent and 4.08 percent respectively, compared to exports of the corresponding period last year.About 588,454 tons vegetables of different kinds worth $173 billion were exported in the last.....

Fruit cups gaining popularity in South Korea

As the number of single households in South Korea continues to rise, smaller portions of sliced fruit and sliced fruit cups are becoming popular with consumers. An analysis of watermelon sales during a three-year period from 2015 to 2017 showed that mini watermelons (1.5-4 kg) and regular-sized ones sliced.....

Jan Nobel, Nobel Groenten and Fruit:

"Pure trade is the best thing there is"

Almost ten years ago, Jan Nobel started his own wholesale company in the Dutch town of Bergschenhoek. "There are long trading hours and a constant supply of new products. This means there is something for everyone. We have large and small class I and II strawberries. They are inexpensive and very nice. Our.....

Less Swiss consumer tourism after adjustment of exchange rate

There are no longer any border checks, and Switzerland has also integrated into the EU in other policy areas. Although this cooperation comes with a price for the Swiss, there’s no urge to integrate further. Earlier this year, the Swiss Minister of Finance said membership of the EU would be harmful for the.....

Leftovers Foundation partners with City of Calgary

Portable produce: Calgary food on wheels project

A new city project will bring the fruit and vegetable aisles to communities that need them most, with a food market on wheels. In Bridgeland, Pineridge the downtown core and Shaganappi, a partnership between the City of Calgary’s Home Program and Leftovers Foundation is bringing a mobile food market truck to.....

Pakistan

No fruit for Karachi during Ramadan if electric power to market is not restored

Karachi’s fruit and vegetable sellers threaten to shut down the city’s main market if power company K-electric fails to restore the power supply. Asif Ahmed, chairman of the Market Committee, said that K-electric suspended the power supply to the fruit and vegetable market six months ago, promising to install.....

VinEco cooperates with Kenlog to improve post-harvest management

VinEco, a member of the Vingroup, currently has 14 farms with 3,000 hectares of agricultural land throughout Vietnam. VinEco cooperates with Kenlog to improve post-harvest management at their farms. The key products include fresh fruits and vegetables, produced to the highest standards of the VietGAP (Viet Nam.....

Hailstorm hits Poniente area of Almeria

The fruit and vegetable sector of the Poniente area of Almeria was surprised Tuesday at noon by a heavy rainfall and hail storm, which mainly affected the municipalities of El Ejido, La Mojonera and Vícar.Photo by José Antonio Fuentes."The storm caught us by surprise and there was hail falling for about an.....

USDA Vegetables and Pulses Outlook

Falling exports offset production declines to raise per capita availability

Domestic availability of vegetables grew slightly in 2017, due primarily to a steep decrease in exports. Per capita availability of fresh vegetables in the UnitedStates climbed to 188 pounds; up about 1 pound from 2016 levels. Similarly, per capita availability of processed vegetables grew to just over 200.....

Map: Where to get fresh local fruits and vegetables in NY state

Here's where people from New York State can get their fresh fruit and vegetables this spring and summer.According to officials, in the past decade, the number of farmers' markets across New York has grown at a rapid pace. This map shows locations and hours of farmers' markets across the state.Source: news10.com

Curtain falls for Botswana Horticultural Market

The Botswana Horticultural Market (BHM) has failed to survive the storm that hit it when it shut down its operations in December last year. In an interview, BHM chief executive officer Simon Meti confirmed that they have finally closed down after they failed to find assistance to compensate for the withdrawal.....

Turkey: Agricultural production areas decreasing in Turkey

The decline in agricultural production areas in Turkey continues at full speed. According to the numbers announced by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock, the agricultural production areas declined by 36 billion square feet to 2.5 trillion square feet.The decline has been continuous over the years.....

Zambia: Storage facilities vital for fresh produce sector

The Zambian Fruit and Vegetable Traders Association has appealed to the Government to develop infrastructure for fresh produce to help grow the industry. Currently, the traders in the fruits and vegetable business always face the challenge of where to store their goods once they have imported them from South.....

Organising meetings for Macfrut

Meetings among producers, traders and buyers are all being arranged through the digital platform Macfrut set up one month ago."Thanks to this tool, many meetings are arranged way in advance. Most buyers at Macfrut subscribed and our exhibitors can interact with them according to their needs," explains Export.....

Eating bananas and avocados helps you remember dreams

If you tend to forget your dreams as soon as you wake up, eating avocados and bananas might help you remember, according to a new study.New research from the University of Adelaide has found that taking vitamin B6 could help people to recall their dreams.The study included 100 participants from around.....

Vietnam: Strong growth in fruit and veg exports to key markets

Up to mid-April, exports of fruit and vegetables to key markets such as the US, Japan, China and Thailand saw an increase in their rates of growth compared to the same period last year.According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs, exports of the products reached US$176.9 million during the first half.....

Creating value from farm to fork: from Guatemala to Sweden

Over the past two years, IDH, Nature’s Pride and ICA Sweden have collaborated to pilot an innovative model to include smallholder farmers in the Nature’s Pride – ICA vegetable value chain.Nature’s Pride, a leading European distributor of fruit and vegetables, sources mange-tout peas and sugar snaps from.....

Why does a cucumber cost almost 3 euros in Greenland?

Many Danes are shocked when they visit a supermarket in Greenland for the first time. They will discover that a punnet of cherry tomatoes can cost EUR5. A cucumber can cost almost EUR3. Greenland is the most expensive Scandinavian country. It has the highest cost of living. This is not because Greenlanders.....

Swedish Urban Deli stops selling fresh produce delivered by air

Urban Deli, a Swedish grocer-cum-bar-cum-restaurant has stopped selling all fruit and vegetables supplied by air freight. This is one of the measures this company is taking to improve sustainability. In their shops, all plastic bags have also been replaced by fabric and paper bags.Urban Deli is an organic.....

“It was the biggest trade show so far in Vancouver”

Photo report CPMA

PHOTO REPORTOn April 25 and 26, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) held its annual trade show at the Vancouver Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver. The event drew about 3,500 participants and 270 exhibitors to the largest and, most importantly, sunny city in British Columbia.Trade show exhibitors were.....

Ethiopia: Horticulture sector on the right track to hit GTP II targets

Horticulture is one of the sub sectors of agriculture that received due attention in the second Growth and Transformation Plan (II). As stated in the plan, the development of horticulture plays two crucial roles in the economy: earning foreign currency and creating job opportunities.Regarding foreign currency.....

Italy: Average tomato prices thanks to a special variety

"Our company was established by my father Leonardi in 1960, when he used to grow industry watermelons and tomatoes. He introduced 2 hectares of strawberries in 1979, which have since expanded to become 22. We are the quintessential self-made family business," explains Tommaso Bertolino, owner of the company he.....

Main origins of fruit imported by the EU

Data concerning Italian and EU imports and exports were discussed during the 69th Fruitimprese national assembly. Below are the charts regarding EU imports from third countries (apples, pears, table grapes, kiwis, oranges, peaches and nectarines, apricots, cherries, strawberries, table tomatoes and.....

Pesticide residue testing

All US fruit detained upon arrival in China for seven days

Effective immediately, China's Customs has been instructed to detain and inspect all US fruit shipments for seven days upon arrival into China for pesticide residue testing. A shipment of Washington apples in ShenZheng port was rejected on Saturday and sent back to the US.Previously only 30% of American.....

Looking for more markets

India signs deals with eight countries for farm exports

India has signed deals with eight countries, namely the United States, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan and Iran for agricultural exports. It is scouting for still more markets, as it seeks to liberalize trade in farm products and grow its farm exports.India has also filed market access.....

Bangladesh: Price dip worries tomato farmers

Summer tomato growers in Dinajpur district are incurring heavy loss as prices of the vegetable have fallen alarmingly at the local wholesale markets. Growers and traders at these markets said ample production, absence of storage facilities and traffic congestion on the highways are among the reasons for the.....

Pakistan: Experts stress establishment of crop specific centres

Last week, during a three-day International Horticulture Conference, experts suggested that crop specific centres of excellence should be established under the China Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC).They pressed for a cohesive effort to address the interactive horticulture investment plans and for a more efficient.....

Vegetable farmers helpless due to falling prices

President wants to provide relief to dry zone Sri Lanka

On the advice of President Maithripala Sirisena, a special discussion was held at the Presidential Secretariat on Friday to resolve the problems faced by the farmers due to the drop in price of dry zone vegetables. Dry zone farmers are helpless due to rapidly falling of prices of several varieties of.....

Frost damages fruit and vegetable fields in Yozgat, Turkey

As the temperature fell to minus 2 degrees in Yozgat, a city in northern Turkey, the resulting frost damaged fruit and vegetable fields. Some growers tried to prevent this by burning hay in their fields to raise the temperature.Another grower came up with a more creative solution. The grower purchased 3,000.....

Causing congestion in other products

Large quantities of fresh fruit exported from Chile, Peru and Ecuador

Due to the large quantities of fresh fruit being exported from Chile, Peru and Ecuador in the last few weeks, there have been delays of as much as two to four weeks on the freight vessels transporting shrimp from Ecuador and Peru, say multiple sources.According to undercurrentnews.com, the merger of two large.....

How well-to-do Kenya was fed by its poorer neighbours

All through 2017, Kenya, the only middle-income economy in the East African region, embarrassingly struggled to feed herself. As food security deteriorated to a 10-year low, the country turned to her poorer neighbours, including Uganda and Tanzania, to plug the deficit. But the search for food did not end at.....

Increase in Vietnamese fruit and veg imports to EU

According to the European Commission, Vietnamese fruit and vegetable imports reached $130 billion in 2017. Fruit and vegetable imports from outside of the EU increased by 2.8% compared to 2016 reaching $40 billion.The EU is one of the largest fruit and vegetable importers, representing 50% of total worldwide.....

Vietnamese post-harvest technology is lagging behind

Vietnam’s farmers are suffering from the paradox of “good crops but prices drop”, one of main reasons being weak application of post-harvest technology. Associated prof. Dr. Nguyễn Thị Bích Thủy, head of the post-harvest technology section of the Vietnam Agriculture Academy, tried to shed.....

69th Fruitimprese assembly

Innovation and competitiveness in the fresh produce sector

The 69th edition of the Fruitimprese assembly started with the "Innovazione e competitività nel mercato internazionale" convention. Speakers and Fruitimprese president Marco Salvi talked about the Italian situation in 2017.Professor Alessia Amighini, Associate of Economic Politics and co-director of.....

Bhutan: Wangdue vegetable shed renovation to complete next month

The renovation of the existing vegetable shed in Bajo, in the district of Wangdue, should be completed next month. After renovation, the locality, which was formerly occupied by 31 sellers, can accommodate 39 imported vegetable sellers. The renovated building includes two gates, a proper roof and walls and an.....

Processing company Cedenco:

Tomato crop great - sweetcorn disappoints

It has been a season of ups and downs for processing company Cedenco, with an excellent tomato crop, a favourable ongoing squash harvest but a sweetcorn harvest that was disappointing. The company’s sweetcorn harvest concluded at the end of March. “That harvest was ultimately very disappointing,” said Cedenco.....

China’s direct overseas agricultural investment grows tenfold

China's need for agricultural resources and technology and the country's sustained economic growth are driving rapid growth in Chinese investment in agriculture and food sectors abroad.According to Chinese investment statistics, overseas ventures in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries soared from $300 million.....

Apple and pomegranate contribute significantly to exports to Russia

Approximately 46,000 tons of fresh fruits were exported to Russia from Turkey in the first quarter of 2018, generating a revenue of 35.2 million USD.Due to export restrictions imposed by Russia on Turkish products because of the ongoing political crisis between two countries, exports of apples, pomegranate,.....

Curaçao: Imports of fruit and vegetables from Venezuela stagnant

Two weeks after the opening of the borders with Venezuela, the once lively flow of fruit and vegetables to the island’s port of Willemstad is still stagnant.According to curacaochronicle.com, this morning a second fruit boat arrived in the city, but there should have been six. Five boats were not allowed to.....

Main destination of Italian produce exports

During the 69th national Fruitimprese assembly, data on Italian and European import-exports were discussed. Below are some diagrams on the main foreign destinations for apples, pears, table grapes, kiwis, oranges, peaches and nectarines, apricots, cherries, strawberries, table tomatoes and potatoes.In 2017,.....

Bioline Agrosciences' beneficial insects

VIDEOSustainability is increasingly at the centre of intensive agriculture and growers welcome innovation and good practices as they are interested not only in complying with regulations but also in following the healthy trends orientating the market. The added value provided by healthy sustainable products benefit.....

Expanding markets for agri goods Philippines

In his trips abroad, the president of the Philippines has made it a point to include discussions about the possibility of expanding Philippine exports, particularly of agricultural products. During his trip to Russia in November last year, for instance, reports indicated Moscow had committed to import more.....

UK: Price of grocery basket up 5% compared to 2017

An average basket of groceries costs 5% more than this time last year, a survey has found. The price of 35 popular items increased to £ 86.77 in March, up from £ 85.90 in February and £ 4.08 or 5% more than twelve months ago: higher than the usual 3% year-on-year increase. This was discovered by the.....

Gastro Star takes over Convenience Specialist Sylvain & CO SA

Convenience salad manufacturer Eisberg, part of the Bell Food Group, is taking over the Sylvain & CO SA company from Switzerland. This Vaud-based company specializes in the processing of lettuce, vegetables and fruits and, with 180 employees, generates annual sales of around CHF 40 million.The company.....

Busy first day of CPMA show in sunny Vancouver

Yesterday, the CPMA trade show kicked off at the Vancouver Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver. The organization and participants couldn’t have asked for more: sunny weather with temperatures close to 80°F. Although exhibitors and attendees were excited for the show to start yesterday afternoon, many also.....

Morocco and France to strengthen their bilateral agricultural ties

Morocco and France have strengthened their bilateral bonds in the agricultural sector, signing two agreements to consolidate their partnership. The two countries seek to strengthen cooperation in the fields of public policy, research and training, as well as irrigation and land development. Their cooperation.....

Trendy Latin cuisine brings more Latin ingredients to US market

As US chefs give more and more attention to Latin American cuisine, demand for high-quality Latin ingredients is on the rise. Chefs and home cooks have more options than ever when it comes to sourcing the essential ingredients of Latin dishes, whether that means heirloom corn imported from Mexico or a Peruvian.....

California commodities to be hit hard by Chinese tariffs

The group Farmers for Free Trade asserts that Californian commodities such as pistachios, almonds and wine will be among the hardest hit by the roughly $500 million in new duties on US agricultural goods. New tariffs of 15 to 25 percent were attached to goods such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios, grapes,.....

How would gravity affect the growth of plants on Mars?

In one of the most memorable scenes of the 2015 movie "The Martian", directed by Ridley Scott, the astronaut, played by Matt Damon, manages to successfully cultivate potatoes. Science confirms that it would be possible to make a living as a farmer on the Red Planet, and potatoes would actually be a highly.....

Brussels early market Mabru expecting summer fruit

"It usually isn't too busy on the wholesale market on Tuesday. The busiest day is always Thursday," says Linda Verhage, Vandepoel. Linda has been on the market for 45 years and still loves her job. "At the moment we are waiting for the stone fruit season to start again in full swing. We already received that.....

‘Not just a big box of lettuce and kale anymore’

US: 'Community supported agriculture' farms are changing

Dick and Victoria de Graff first started selling memberships to Grindstone Farm in upstate New York in the late 1980s. Back then, the idea to build a network of customers through "community supported agriculture" (CSA) was new in the region. With a traditional CSA, customers invest a few hundred dollars into a.....

Australia: $40 billion fresh food market dominated by fruit, vegetables & meat

Australia’s fresh food market, worth more than $40 billion, is dominated by the two staples of fresh fruit & vegetables (representing a 45.6% share of the market) and fresh meat (a 33.7% share). This is according to the latest Roy Morgan results over the year up to December 2017. Other categories of fresh.....

Italian POs occupy first place when it comes to EU funding

The EU Commission has published the 2017 data on the fresh produce sector. Italy was confirmed as the first beneficiary country of community funds with €257.4 million out of €995.5 million in total, followed by Spain (€237.2 million) and France (€112 million). In 2017, the cost of financing the operational.....

Chinese firm ‘Pagoda’ eyes Cambodian export market

Chinese fruit retailer ‘Pagoda’ is exploring business opportunities in the kingdom of Cambodia, hoping to invest in the local agriculture sector. Representatives of the Chinese company met with Minister of Agriculture Veng Sakhon on Monday to discuss investment plans, including the processing and packaging of.....