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ProChile and Asoex visit Mercamadrid to see the Chilean fruit's arrival process

The new Commercial Director of ProChile in Spain, Roberto Paiva, and the Marketing Director of ASOEX for the Asian and European markets, Charif Christian Carvajal, paid a visit to Mercamadrid to get to know the process of arrival of the Chilean fruit, the way in which it is distributed, and to establish.....

Jacques Vandermeiren:

"Alliance ship owners hate uncertainty"

The Port of Antwerp has 13,000 hectare on its left and right bank. If it were up to the Port Company, an extra dock will be added by 2022. The "bigger is better" trend in the shipping industry is an opportunity for the port, but it also has a downside. This is according to the CEO of the Antwerp Port.....

Important trends in and for Dutch retail

According to Distrifood, 26 supermarket formulas are competing with each other. They have their own image, and, additionally, they try to be distinctive as the cheapest or best in fruit and vegetables. Size, efficiency and marketing strength are drivers for success and continuity. On the other hand, for local.....

US producers fear Mexico is closing its doors

US fruit producers have already suffered from the costs of closing the Mexican market in 2009, which is why they now fear this could happen again in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).This was stated by the Horticultural Council of the Northwest of the United States during the.....

AU: Queensland's budget aims to expand horticulture export opportunities

The Queensland Government says its state budget has included a number of initiatives to help the horticulture sector create jobs and economic opportunities.Minister for Rural Economic Development Bill Byrne says a targeted $5.2 million Rural Economic Development package is the centrepiece of a renewed drive to.....

Nigerian government works to shore up currency value

The Nigerian government has intervened in the inter-bank Foreign Exchange market to the tune of 413.5 million U.S. dollars to further shore up the value of the Naira, the nation's currency.The latest intervention underscores the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)'s resolve to sustain liquidity in the foreign.....

New Zealand aims for high level free trade with Europe

The New Zealand Government has set a target of having 90 per cent of goods traded with the European Union (EU) covered by a free trade agreement (FTA) by 2030. Trade Minister Todd McClay this week released an information paper on the scope of the proposed agreement.“The early release of this paper will give.....

European standards for production in the Caucasus

New export markets in the Middle East and Asia for Azerbaijan

Due to the devaluation of the Azerbaijani manat and the hefty incentives from the government, the country’s exports to Europe, the Middle East and Asia have increased. More and more companies are focusing on the international market, where European standards are applied. Double digit growth figures are no.....

Panel discussion Veerle van der Sypt, Philippe Appeltans, Philippe Binard and Leslie Lambregts

“Many underestimate the consequences of Brexit”

During the event of the KDT, LAVA and VBT, a panel discussion was organised, during which the Belgian fresh produce export in times of difficulty was discussed. The discussion was led by Luc Vanoirbeek, advisor European & International Policy Boerenbond. Speaking were: Philippe Appeltans, general secretary.....

E-commerce is changing the Chinese supply chain

Last week, during the Fresh Produce Forum China, some of China's top e-commerce operators, such as Yiguo, Tmall Fresh, and Floruit talked about their investments and the future of the market. The event was co-hosted by Asiafruit Magazine and Asia Fruit Logistica, China's most important international trade.....

Chile: Asoex sues for computer espionage

Asoex denounced the transfer of sensitive information to companies that are not part of this guild. The group described this as a very serious offense. They also pointed to an official from an agricultural products company.The new case of alleged espionage must be investigated by the East Prosecutor's Office......

Qatar's credit rating drops as currency hits 11 year low

Standard & Poor’s downgraded Qatar’s debt on Wednesday as the riyal currency fell to an 11-year low amid signs that portfolio investment funds were flowing out of the country because of Doha’s diplomatic rift with other Arab states.S&P cut its long-term rating of Qatar by one notch to AA- from AA and.....

Mango Mania display contest kicks off with extra incentives from Tajin

The National Mango Board (NMB) will host their annual Mango Mania Display Contest during the month of July. Retailers can win big with more than $10,000 in prizes and incentives available. The NMB will send a $15 Amazon digital gift card to each valid entry so everyone is a winner. Stores including Tajin in.....

Peru fears return of El Niño in the second half of the year

It seems that the climatic contingencies give no respite to the country. Amelia Diaz, the head of the Senamhi, said that, even though the warm event had normalized at the national level, there were specific areas with maximum temperatures, such as in the southern mountains."We are witnessing the decline of the.....

Mexico will not accept more tariffs in the renegotiation of NAFTA

The head of the Secretariat of Agricultural Food and Rural Development, Paulo Bañuelos Rosales, stated that the Government of Mexico would not accept new tariffs or new taxes that the United States or Canada would like to establish during the next renegotiation of the North American Free Trade.....

The growth of Australian exports into ASEAN

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show horticulture exports have grown significantly over the past decade into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), making it one of Australia's strongest trade partners.Across all goods and services, ASEAN is currently a ‘top three’ trade.....

Bitcoin now worth over double an ounce of gold

Bitcoin, the Internet (digital) currency, is now worth a lot more than an ounce of gold. That is, at least for now. As of Monday of the penultimate week, one bitcoin traded at $2,893, at a time when gold was trading at $1,292 an ounce.The price of gold reached an all-time high of $1,920, and that was on 6.....

The government of the Dominican Republic is interested in the country's imports and exports

During the Agroalimentaria fair in the Dominican Republic, representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture showed their interest and shared their knowledge and information with the attendees. They have long been concerned about the lack of consistency in product quality and the supermarkets' lack of interest in.....

Peru and Colombia get ready to meet US export requirements

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) came together to train 59 trainers from Peru and Colombia about the new requirements for processed food exports established by the United States government.The training empowers them to.....

It will be especially beneficial for the agricultural and agroindustrial sectors

Colombia and Israel are closer to having an FTA

With 70 votes in favor and 21 against, the Colombian House of Representatives approved the initiative that will put into effect the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Israel."This agreement is especially beneficial for the agricultural and agroindustrial sectors," said the Minister of Commerce, Industry and.....

Spain: Chinese delegation visits horticultural center in Murcia

A delegation from China VIP Club Spain, which brings together the Chinese companies that operate in Spain, visited the facilities of the Tany Nature horticultural plant in Zurbaran on Thursday.The visit was part of a number of meetings the delegation has recently had in the region, with the aim of promoting.....

Coviran makes steady progress in Portugal

Coviran, the cooperative from Granada, has made steady progress in the Portuguese market, where it has added six new supermarkets in the districts of Faro, Leiria, Lisbon and Viseu to its network in recent weeks. The first one, which is located in Estoi, is managed by its partners Jose Nunes and Joana Afonso,.....

Increasing protectionism in emerging countries major threat to trade

“Will the Chinese grow their own Conference in future?”

He is a well-known China expert, but is interested in other countries too. During an event for the Belgian fresh produce trade, Flemish Jonathan Holslag went deeper into the political uncertainty and how that influences the market. Various topics were discussed for this, including power shifts, trade shifts,.....

8 June: D-day for British pound

The British general election on Thursday is promising to be quite exciting. That is a setback for Prime Minister Theresa May - and the British pound.On Thursday, the British population will head for the ballot box for the second time in a year. On 23 June 2016, EU membership was decided in the Brexit.....

A calcium and anti-pest sunscreen

Crops also need sunscreen

Summer crops are highly exposed to high temperatures and high solar radiation.This is affecting production more and more due to climate change.That's why Codiagro has developed Agrowhite®, a concentrated liquid suspension that is applied in the field to avoid stains caused by sunburn. This product belongs to.....

Domestic stocks are slowly being reduced

Austrian apples are already in short supply

The pace of reducing the Austrian apple supplies has now been significantly lowered. At this rate, the low level of domestic supplies should last until August.According to data from Agrarmarkt Austria [Austrian agricultural Market] (AMA), apple stocks were at 12,256 metric tonnes on 1st of May, of which 9,693.....

Cold front expected to bring welcome rains to parts of Western Cape

An "intense" weather system could bring as much as 80mm of rain to mountainous areas in the Western Cape.But according to Michael Barnes of the South African weather service's Cape Town weather office, the system does not mean an end to the dry weather currently being experienced in the southern and western.....

UK: Supermarket worker finds exotic lizard hiding in Spanish veg shipment

A stunned Hamilton supermarket worker found an exotic lizard hiding in a shipment of Spanish vegetables.The Scottish SPCA were alerted to the discovery after the stowaway was spotted under some cellophane wrap.He was suffering from dehydration and lurking in a broccoli head after the trip over from Europe, but.....

Dutch Growers Co-op, FresQ, declared bankrupt

Dutch Growers Co-operative, FresQ, has been declared bankrupt. This was requested by their own Board. This happened after the court ruled last month that the withdrawal of approval is valid. This ruling means the growers organisation must repay millions of euros of CAP-subsidies.BankruptcyLast year, the Dutch.....

Chinese yuan rises to highest level since US election

The Chinese yuan has jumped to its highest level against the US dollar since the aftermath of the US presidential election. The yuan jumped as much as 0.5% against the greenback on Thursday, bringing its gains in the past four trading sessions to 1.2%.A stronger yuan is likely to please Trump, who frequently.....

Launch of veal summer grilling promotion with Mushroom Council and the Beef Checkoff

The Beef Checkoff and the Mushroom Council team up for a third Veal Mushroom Summer Grilling Promotion. A new Veal Mushroom Blend Sliders recipe will be introduced through labels placed on specially marked packages of veal. The promotion will be supported with a consumer sweepstakes featuring a $500 grand.....

Cologne police pull 20 metric tonnes of carrots off the road

On the Wednesday before last (May 24th), near Bensberg, the police pulled over a truck with a deliberately manipulated brake system on the federal highway 4 (Bundesautobahn 4). Officials of the police in Cologne noticed the truck which was loaded with 20 metric tonnes of carrots as it was speeding on the.....

Israel: Prosperous agriculture in the middle of the desert

Israel is an exemplary country in many ways, especially regarding the application of technological developments to advance production. This, for example, is something that they have done in agriculture, a thriving industry in a nation that is in the middle of the desert. How did they accomplish this miracle?.....

Huntelaar exchanges football career for growers’ existence

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, the professional footballer suffering from injuries, will leave German club Schalke 04 after this season. The performances of the former top scorer were disappointing, partly due his injuries, so that his contract in Gelsenkirchen won’t be renewed. It’s unclear whether and where he’ll.....

New polls send Pound rising past $1.29

The pound's sensitivity to opinion polls ahead of the general election next week is evident today. After a rollercoaster session, where the local currency slumped to $1.2768 after a YouGov poll showed the UK risks a hung parliament after the general election, it jumped to a day's high of $1.2901 on the back of.....

Hort Connections: Build a strong brand, and they will come

An international fresh food marketing organisation says the most successful and effective brands are those that best capture a company's mission, vision and values. Explaining the Brand Temple model at a Hort Connections seminar, Fresh Produce Marketing's Gianni Russo explains that it has three levels."The.....

Spain: 170 tonnes of figs for consumption in bad condition discovered

The Local Police of Badajoz have discovered 170 tonnes of figs in a clandestine industrial warehouse. The fruit, which was in very poor condition, was intended to be washed for later human consumption, report the police in a press release.The merchandise was discovered at about 1 pm on 25 May. When the agents.....

Hort Connections: Protecting your brand is protecting your integrity

An asset management specialist has warned any business wanting to enter the rapidly expanding Asian market to ensure they have control over their product throughout the supply chain.Speaking at a Hort Connections seminar, Watermark says Australia has built a reputation as a clean green producer of food, and.....

For foodservice and produce distributors

Idaho Potato Commission announces training game

The Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is reaching out to foodservice distributors, foodservice fresh produce buyers and their sales teams to encourage them take a short, online educational quiz that enters them into three monthly drawings for cash and prizes. Incentives for playing the IPC Foodservice Training.....

USApple meets with senior White House officials to discuss Association priorities

On Thursday, May 25, USApple Vice Chairman, Mark Boyer was joined by USApple President and CEO Jim Bair and Senior Vice President Diane Kurrle at the White House to meet with Ray Starling, President Trump’s Special Assistant for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance and Richard Chalkey, Associate Director of.....

Brazil is the least of Carrefour's problems

It is necessary to solve Carrefour's structural problems in its domestic market, as that continues to generate almost half of the operating profit.When asked about what hindered his work, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan replied: "Events, dear boy, events." Carrefour would agree. Just as the French.....

"The asparagus business isn't over"

Peru: "Piura has become famous for the quality of its produce"

Fernando Cilloniz, the regional governor of Ica, arrived in Piura yesterday to close the International Agro Symposium (Siagro Norte) that took place in the city from May 23 to 25. He said that being there, he realized how different these lands were compared to how the news depicted them, as they seem to be.....

Joost Derks, Dutch Payment and Exchange Company:

Trump botches up value of the dollar

The currency world is upside down. The political developments of recent weeks are the complete opposite of the anticipations of market parties around New Year: worries about populism within the EU are ebbing away, while Donald Trump’s antics cause unrest for the dollar.In recent weeks, the euro rose by more.....

Applications for 2018 are already open

Landgard Foundation expands project "Our school garden"

With "Our School Garden", primary school children under the auspices of Johannes B. Kerner, learn about healthy fruit and vegetables by growing them themselves. Together with teachers, parents and supporters, two raised vegetable patches were filled and planted with various native fruit and vegetable varieties.....

China: 17 kinds of durian appear during the Thai durian festival

One only has to mention Thailand to evoke thoughts of the durian in the minds of many people, especially the golden pillow durian. But in fact there are many more varieties in Thailand than just this one kind.On the 24th of May, the second edition of the '2017 self-service buffet of Thai durians' took place in.....

In the Netherlands and Belgium

Arrests and investigations over drug transports from South America

On 23 May, a total of 17 people were arrested in a large Belgian investigation into planned drug transports from South America to the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam. Thirteen of the arrests occurred in the Netherlands, and four in Belgium. Ages varied from 30 to 61. In the Netherlands, police searched 21.....