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National Mango Board announces its Share. Mango. Love. Recipe contest

The National Mango Board (NMB) invites professional chefs, dietitians, onsite managers and directors working in commercial and non-commercial foodservice operations to enter its Share. Mango. Love. Foodservice Recipe Contest.Designed to showcase the versatility of fresh mango in savory applications, the Share......

Chile is one of the main fruit suppliers in Turkey

"Chile is one of Turkey's main suppliers of many fresh fruits," said Özge Tüysüzoglu, Chile's commercial attaché in Turkey, during a conversation with SimFRUIT.According to her, the Turkish market imports a lot of fruits, such as apples, pears, kiwis, blueberries, and avocados. "Turkey imports these five.....

Costa Rica: The importance of certifications to sell bananas and pineapples in Europe

The Syndicate of Agricultural Plantation Workers (Sitrap), a member of the Patria Justa Trade Union Collective, spoke about the negative repercussions that the Costa Rican producers of banana and pineapple that ignore the most elementary environmental standards, or that don't comply with the most fundamental.....

Chilean Customs begin an indefinite strike today

The National Association of Customs Officers of Chile (Anfach), convened its bases to a national strike starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.According to a statement published on their website, the measure is justified because the Government, represented by the Undersecretary of Finance, has.....

NZ Budget delivers a major biosecurity boost

The New Zealand Government will spend $18.4million over the next four years to strengthen the nation's biosecurity system. It handed down the annual budget on Thursday afternoon, announcing a bigger-than-expected surplus, allowing it to invest heavily in infrastructure, with several key projects in the Primary.....

Robert Shipley, founder of Shipley Sales, dies at 83

Robert (Bob) Shipley, founder of Shipley Sales and Viva label melons, died Monday, May 22, surrounded by family. At 83 years old, he remained active and passionate in running his fresh produce company.Mr. Shipley was a 60-year veteran of the produce industry. He was raised in Phoenix, AZ and had an early.....

Fruits and garlic, amongst the most affected

Argentina: Mendoza shipments to Brazil are delayed by the crisis

The local industry is alarmed by the crisis in Brazil, Argentina's main partner, mainly because some importers have begun to reduce their orders and because exporters fear there will be a considerable change in the payment mechanism.According to Jorge Perez Cuesta, President of ProMendoza, "some buyers have.....

United Fresh report highlights foodservice menu trends for fresh produce

The spring 2017 issue of United’s Fresh Insights for Foodservice report, a quarterly publication from United Fresh showcasing the latest innovations in fresh produce use in foodservice, as well as the creativity of chefs and foodservice operations in incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables to create.....

Largest part of supportive measures for Russian boycott already used

Some member states have already exhausted the full scope for intervention measures related to the Russian boycott. Other countries have already claimed more than 75 per cent of available volumes. This is evidenced by the minutes of the meeting of the Expert Group and Management Committee for GMO Fruit and.....

Irrigation access in some areas completely cut off

Disaster declaration in Western Cape "already too late"

The Western Cape has just been declared a disaster area due to the drought. According to Premier Helen Zille: “Pure drinking water is only for drinking, cooking and washing clothes.”In some areas in the Boland the irrigation access for farmers has been cut off, affecting about 600 farmers in the Berg River.....

Hort Connections: Addressing the state of the industry

Even the slightest of increases to the intake of fresh produce from the Australian public could lead to around a quarter of a billion dollar boost to the sector, according to a leading industry expert.Darren Keating from Produce Marketing Association Australia and New Zealand, told a conference at last week’s.....

Manager Gijs Dröge, SMK:

“Milieukeur certification gaining momentum in Southern countries”

To enable the international use of the certification mark 'Milieukeur', SMK introduced a new name during its Jubilee Event on 11 May: on the way to PlanetProof. “The Milieukeur name wasn’t very international. Many products are sold abroad, where the name couldn’t even be pronounced. Moreover, we want to.....

NZ: Calls for a food security plan to protect industry growth

Horticulture New Zealand is calling on the government to introduce a national Food Security Plan to prevent the stunting of the sector's long-term growth. The industry representative group says that only 5 per cent of land in New Zealand, or around 1.4 million hectares is suitable for horticulture, but it is.....

NVMA suspects millions were paid out in CAP subsidies fraud

An investigation into a possible CAP subsidies fraud carried out by the NVWA caused an uproar on Thursday. Four commercial buildings and a private home were searched and property and bank assets were seized.According to the NVWA, these searches were part of an on-going investigation into fraud in European.....

Tour de Fresh aims to place 50 more salad bars in schools

With two months left in their fundraising efforts, riders of this year’s Tour de Fresh cycling event, presented by The California Giant Foundation, are focused on raising at least $156,000 to privately fund 50 salad bars in schools across the country through the Salad Bars to Schools initiative.This year’s.....

Japan is a potential market for Chilean fruit

According data from ASOEX, Chile sent to the Japanese market about 30 thousand tons of fresh fruits during the 2015-2016 season. The main exports were lemons, table grapes, kiwis, and blueberries.Japan is the world's third largest economy, mainly linked to the service, technology, and innovation industries......

AU: Plant biosecurity gets a $21million injection

Australia is on track to adopt some of the most sophisticated plant pest surveillance technologies in the world after Horticulture Innovation Australia secured a Federal Government grant and co-investor funding to deliver a $21million plant biosecurity push.The $6.8million Rural R&D for Profit grant will.....

AU: Spreading the Slow Food message into North Queensland

If you have never heard of Slow Food, just think of fast food and it is the complete opposite, according to one Queensland member of the movement.Helen Hill is helping to establish the Townsville Slow Food Convivium (the term Convivium is derived from the word conviviality, meaning friendship). It is one of.....

With media support by JOM

Dole Europe launches new campaign

Dole Europe, part of the Dole Food Company, the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fruit and vegetables is launching a new campaign. With the theme "100% Natural Snacking" JOM Jäschke Operational Media is supporting the company with online banner advertising in Germany to strengthen the.....

AU: Farmers slowly turning to aerial technology to manage crop health

An Australian drone operation company says an increasing number of farmers are starting to become curious at how the new remote technology can help their operations. But the aerial photography and surveillance service provider, National Drones says it would not describe the usage as widely used, as yet."I’d.....

Dick Wolff Management: International debt collection

Dick Wolff Management (DWM) offers numerous services, based on years of experience, in cooperation with an international partner network. Mostly debt collection agencies and lawyers from all over the world send their international claims to DWM, which functions as the centre of a global network. It’s therefore.....

Chile negotiates the entry of its fruits to Indonesia

The Chilean government will seek to take its fruit exports to Indonesia through the port of Jakarta, which offers greater advantages than the rest of the places established for the landing of their products. The director general of the Directorate of International Economic Relations of the Chilean Foreign.....

Comments from CPMA and United Fresh

President Trump intends to renegotiate NAFTA

On May 18, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that President Donald Trump intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Canadian Produce Marketing Association as well as United Fresh released a statement.Both organizations commented that trade.....

Schoeller Allibert supports Under the Pole expedition

On May 20th, 2017, the explorers team of Under The Pole will set sail for a 3 years’ expedition around the world, from one pole to another, to conduct scientific experiments and educate the world about life at great depths. Schoeller Allibert chose to support Under The Pole because they share similar values,.....

Including Foreign Supplier Verification Programs

Seminar provides insights on new FDA regulations

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and its related regulations and compliance date are rapidly approaching. The new rules and regulations apply to all importers, growers and packers of food for human and animal consumption and the first program (Foreign Supplier Verification Program) becomes effective.....

Map of countries with a larger economy than California

Germany: 1,100 metric tonnes of aronia harvested

1,100 metric tonnes of aronia were harvested from just under 560 hectares in 2016. Compared to the previous year, the crop yield increased by more than double (137%)The cultivation areas increased by 41%. The most important cultivation areas were in Saxony, Bavaria and Brandenburg. Here about 86% of the total.....

New Foam Clean 317-SP removes oxalate films residual from spinach and kale

Madison Chemical introduces a Foam Clean 317-SP for the fast and efficient removal of oxalate films residual from the washing and preparation of spinach and kale. This alkaline, one-step foaming product reaches any area. Its thick foam clings to surfaces, providing sufficient dwell time while the low surface.....

Start of the German "Experience your Market" celebrations

"With us beats the heart of the trade!"

On the 9th May, the start-up "Erlebe Deinen Markt 2017" [Experience your Market 2017] took place in Germany. Market managers from all over Germany and Switzerland gathered in the Borbecker market in Essen to celebrate the official launch of the German weekly-market campaign. All stall holders had festively.....

Agreement to boost food exports will be signed

Argentina will send more grapes and blueberries to China

"The welcome we had here exceeds all our expectations." The voice of the Argentine ambassador in Beijing, Diego Guelar, sounds exultant and optimistic on the other side of the line. It's no wonder: more than 1,000 CEOs of different companies in China signed up to the business forum where Mauricio Macri will.....

Chile and China sign an important fruit agreement

As part of its participation in President Michelle Bachelet's Tour to Indonesia and China, the President of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX), Ronald Bown, signed in Beijing an important Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Cooperation with the Association for the Promotion of the Quality.....

Extension of trade agreement between Chile and India enters into force

The extension of the Partial Scope Agreement (PPA) between Chile and India entered into force today. Both Governments have high expectations regarding the qualitative jump that the extension of tariff reductions for 2,829 trade lines, compared to the 474 covered so far, will have on trade."This is a big step,".....

Countries with the highest tax rates in the world

The OECD – in full, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – is an association of 35 high-income countries committed to democracy and market economy. Since 2000, it has published annual reports on taxes paid for wages in all of its member states. The latest such report, published this May,.....

75% of Peruvian shipments to Costa Rica pay no tariffs

Peru's Vice Minister of Foreign Trade, Edgar Vasquez, said that approximately 75% of the national shipments to Costa Rica didn't have to pay any taxes since January 2017.He invited Peruvian companies to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the Free Trade Agreement between Peru and Costa Rica.He.....

Switzerland

Catastrophic damage following end of April frost

The cold snap which brought frost and snow at the end of April affected the fruit, berry and wine growers in Basel particularly badly. The damage to crops amounts to approximately 19 million Swiss francs, almost equivalent to a total loss. The canton of Basel is supporting the affected companies with immediate.....

Laurens Maartens, NBWM:

“Currency market is event driven”

After the British voted for Brexit, the pound decreased in value by ten per cent. After Emmanuel Macron won the French elections, the exchange rate of the euro-dollar decreased by two per cent. The claim that the currency market is the most liquid market, the flightiest market, made by Laurens Maartens from.....

Politics won't really influence foreign exchange markets

The lukewarm reaction to Emmanuel Macron's election as the French president shows that the direction of foreign currency markets are now determined by economic and interest rate developments. The euro is no longer affected by concerns regarding the future of the European Union. This is according to Laurens.....

Germany: Stonefruit almost completely wiped out

In the nights from the 19th to the 20th as well as from the 20th to the 21st of April 2017, temperatures in the minus range up to -7°C were measured in Baden-Württemberg. Further sub-zero temperatures occurred on a regional basis in the night from the 23rd to 24th and from the 29th to 30th of April. Depending.....

ChemChina obtains 82.2% of Syngenta's share capital

China National Chemical Corp (CNC. YY), or ChemChina, acquired 82.2% of the share capital of Syngenta AG (SYNN. EB), the Swiss manufacturer of pesticides and seeds, in a public offer to acquire the Swiss company for US $43,000 million (EUR 39.367 million), stated the Swiss company on Wednesday.The minimum bid.....

China to build CO2 absorbing green towers to tackle smog

VIDEOChina is building vertical forests that will produce 60 kg of oxygen a day. According to this video, the towers will be home to more than 1,100 trees and 2,500 plants and will absorb 25 tons of CO2 every year.

Top European exports to the US by country

This map from Reddit shows the most exported goods from each European country to the United States. The top exports from Russia, Spain and Portugal are Petroleum with the United Kingdom, Italy and Sweden main export to the US being cars. A full size version of this map can be found here. source: twitter.com

Spain: Mercabarna presents study on feeding trends

During the fiftieth anniversary of Mercabarna, the wholesalers market, on Monday, the exhibition "50 years of evolution of food in Catalonia," will be inaugurated. The exhibit, which is based on a study commissioned by Mercabarna to the Fundacion Alicia, makes a journey through five characteristic.....

Australia: Farming groups welcome major funding for inland railway

Farming groups have applauded the Federal Government's decision to provide $8.4billion dollars for an inland railway to connect Brisbane and Melbourne.The National Farmers Federation say it was the 'jewel in the crown' for the farm sector out of the budget, which it gave an overall B+ grading on its annual.....

The National Mango Board teams up with celebrity cook Ayesha Curry

Ayesha Curry, star of the Food Network’s show “Ayesha’s Home Kitchen” and author of The New York Times bestselling cookbook “The Seasoned Life,” joins the National Mango Board (NMB) as their new spokesperson. The celebrity supermom and the NMB recently partnered up in New York City for a media day to meet with.....

California prune-inspired chocolate wins award

A California Prune-inspired chocolate, created by world-class chocolatier, Paul. A. Young, has won Bronze at the coveted Academy of Chocolate Awards 2017.Paul’s inspired California Prune and Madagascan Vanilla Caramel won a prestigious Bronze Award in the Other Caramel section. The Awards - a UK initiative in.....

AU: New initiative to improve farm working conditions

Growcom is set to launch an initiative aimed at improving the reputation of how the horticulture industry treats its workers. Chief Advocate, Rachel Mackenzie, said the Fair Farms Initiative was sorely needed.“While the majority of growers do treat their workers fairly and are compliant with workplace.....

Australia: Agricultural highlights from the 2017-18 Federal Budget

The Agriculture sector has been boosted by a number of new initiatives in the 2017-18 Federal Budget, which was handed down in Canberra on Tuesday evening.Among the new funding is an additional $8.4 billion towards an inland rail line, stretching 1,700 kilometres between Melbourne and Brisbane. It will.....

EDEKA foundation

Germany: Vegetable patches for kids: small gardeners - big successes

Roll up your sleeves and get to the vegetable patch! The EDEKA Foundation project "Vegetable patches for kids" is now entering the new season. A record-breaking 180,000 kindergarten children are growing their own vegetables in raised beds from April to June, which have been made available by the Foundation......

Arrigoni: hi-tech, light and high-performance agro-textiles

An increasing number of high-tech solutions find application in the professional agricultural sector. In the agro-textile field in particular, the need to improve existing solutions focuses on some specific trends: increasing the resistance of protection nets while reducing fabric weight and improving air.....

Mexican foods strengthen their presence in Japan

With a 9.84% increase in exports, Mexico became the third largest trading partner of Japan for agricultural food exports, which in 2016 closed at US $1,054 million.Based on a report from the General Coordination of International Affairs, SAGARPA, which stated that between 2015 and 2016 international trade.....

“India keen to make its presence felt in EU Market”

In the list of production volume, India often has the top spot. In the field of export, however, the country cannot be found in the top. This is due to the enormous domestic market on the one hand, and on the other hand, export could use a helping hand in development. Government organisation Agricultural &.....

Germany: Tractor carrying 25 metric tonnes of apples falls in ditch

On Saturday morning a tractor with two tarpaulin trailers with 25 metric tonnes of apples got into an accident. The apples landed in the ditch. The person who caused the accident has fled.Photo: Stade PoliceAs reported by the police, the 42-year-old tractor driver was driving on the "Moorende" road in Jork,.....

Peru: Fresh grape exports stood out in March

In the first three months of this year, Peruvian exports of fresh fruit increased its FOB value by 9.7% over the same period in 2016, driven by products such as grapes, mangoes, and citrus.Fresh grape exports, which continue to be the first export product in the agricultural sector, went from US $194 million.....

Russia still third largest import country in the world

Despite the boycott of the import of fresh fruit and vegetables from EU countries and Turkey, Russia was still the third largest importer of fresh produce globally in the past year. During the final year before the boycott, Russia was also third. In 2013, this amounted to 8.5 million tonnes, while last year,.....

China intercepts aspidiotus for the first time

A few days ago, the Inspection and Quarantine Office in Quanzhou city (Fujian province) detected aspidiotus (an insect pest) in mangoes which were brought into the country by tourists from the Phillipines. The mangoes were tested in the office's own laboratory and were then re-evaluated at another Inspection.....

China: Cherries from Shaanxi province to hit markets next week

On May 25th, the association of electronic trading companies in Shaanxi province organized the '2017 summit meeting for the production and market research of big cherries in Shaanxi'. The meeting took place in Xi'An city. Leaders from the responsible government departments, industry experts, well-known.....

China: Rizhao discovers endive in traveller's luggage

On April 25th, staff of the the Office for Inspection and Quarantine in Rizhao city (Shandong province) discovered a plant weighing 2.8 kilogram inside the luggage of a Korean tourist. After inspection, the plant was identified to be an endive, which cannot be legally brought into the country. Complying with.....

CGC Communiqué

The EC rejects pest control by importers but allows the Netherlands to do it

The European Commission (EC) has responded in writing to a question posed by Clara Aguilera, a member of the European Parliament following a report from the Citrus Management Committee (CGC) on the 'particular' relationships and proceedings between South African Citrus exporters and the official Dutch.....

Argentina signs a protocol to export table grapes to China

The Ministry of Agroindustry, which is headed by Ricardo Buryaile, through the Secretary of Agroindustrial Markets, Marisa Bircher, began a tour of the People's Republic of China, in order to advance the issues of the bilateral agribusiness agenda, in preparation for the official visit of President Mauricio.....

Status of Western Sahara driving a wedge between EU and Morocco

Late last year, the European Court issued a ruling which had major implications for the EU's trade policy. The agreement with Morocco came into question, the Moroccan government reacted furiously and the EU was at its wits’ end. Cause: the conflict regarding the independence of Western Sahara. A conflict that.....