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Hospitality industry growing due to high property prices in cities

Local, organic and forgotten vegetables hip on Swedish menus

At the loading docks, there are dozens of roll containers. Some have multiple crates, others with only one box. Not a single one is completely full, but yet, these containers will be loaded by drivers in the coming hours, to be delivered to restaurants and hospitality businesses in and around Göteburg. This.....

China: 36 Panda cubs presented at research center

On October 13th, the Research Center for the Production of Pandas revealed that 36 panda cubs were born this year at their base of operations in Ya'an city (Sichuan province) and the Wolong Giant Panda nature reserve in Wenchuan county. When all the panda cubs were at the site together, the larger cubs either.....

Commission issues guidelines

Restrictions on sale of agricultural land

The European Commission has issued guidelines to help their Member States protect agricultural land from threats such as excessive price speculation and concentration of ownership. EU Member States have the right to restrict the sale of arable land to preserve rural communities and promote sustainable.....

Amazon not the first retailer to go offline

On 16 June, the news was announced that Amazon and Whole Foods had agreed to a take-over deal and the internet giant paid 13.7 billion dollar for the organic supermarket chain. However, it’s not the first time an online giant has taken the step into a physical shop. Last year, Alibaba opened several shops in.....

Map of top car exporting countries in the world

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nine people arrested

Large heroin lab discovered at pepper and cucumbers growers

Den Haag, Bleiswijk, Bergschenhoek, Berkel en Rodenrijs, Rotterdam, Pijnacker, Maasdijk - There were four wheelers in the garage for maintenance and there were cucumbers growing in the greenhouse complex. In reality it was a cover for drug labs.Four brothers from the Hague (55, 52, 45 and 41), an ex-girlfriend.....

United Fresh Start Foundation provides grants to ten more communities

The United Fresh Start Foundation is pleased to announce the second round of recipients of its Community Grants Program. The Program advances the Foundation’s mission to increase children’s access to fresh fruit and vegetables. It extends the Foundation’s work beyond the school day, focusing on increasing.....

Tomateros youth baseball clinic a success

Nogales welcomed professional baseball greats from the Tomateros, the professional baseball team in Culiacan, Sinaloa, for a first-ever Tomateros Nogales Youth Baseball Clinic. The event was held on Saturday and Sunday, October 7-8, by the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA), the Ley family of Del.....

Laurens Maartens, NBWM:

"The real pain of the disagreement between Turkey and the US"

The political disagreement between the United States and Turkey is receiving a lot of media attention, in which the financial focus was primarily on the stock market in Istanbul, which dropped by almost 5%. However it is the decrease in the value of the lira that will really hurt the country, Laurens Maartens.....

CPMA hosts successful luncheons with foreign embassies in Ottawa and Vancouver

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association hosted two “Ready for Trade” luncheons earlier this month for foreign embassy dignitaries looking for ways to connect their produce industries to the Canadian market. The well attended event featured dignitaries from over 20 countries, and included discussions on.....

Brazil: The first signs of economic recovery

Manuel da Silva Filho is, as usual, at San Pablo's central market, where he supervises the 30,000 tons of oranges, papayas and mangoes that he receives before distributing the merchandise in stores throughout the megalopolis.Lately, however, the veteran fruit seller has been witnessing a sharp drop in prices,.....

New markets for Peruvian products

There is no doubt that Peru's agricultural products are in fashion all over the world because of their healthy and ecologically sustainable production, characteristics that are currently demanded by consumers and that add value to the Peruvian exportable offer.The head of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and.....

Psa DNA put under the microscope at Kiwifruit Claim hearings

NZ: MPI ordered to disclose insurance details

The Kiwifruit Claim hearings in the High Court in Wellington has been presented evidence about the DNA relating to the strain of Psa that caused major devastation in the 2010 outbreak.In week 10 of hearings, both sides called witnesses, with the plaintiffs arguing is that there is strong scientific evidence.....

AU: Chinese investment in agricultural land surges as general foreign ownership drops

The area of agricultural land in Australia with a level of foreign ownership has fallen over the past year according to figures from the Australian Tax Office.The Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land found that there were 50.5 million hectares, or 13.1 per cent of Australia's total agricultural.....

Somalis build "fruit roofs" during Succoth

October 9th is the sixth day of the Succoth holiday in Somalia. This is a holiday full of fruit aromas and colors. During Succoth they commemorate the ancient Israelites who lived in huts and wandered in the wilderness for forty years after leaving Egypt. It is a common festival for Jews and Somalians, but.....

Peru to host the 2018 GlobalGap Summit

According to AGAP, the growth projections of the agricultural sector for 2021 are quite encouraging."The Peruvian agricultural sector is the country's second most important export income generating sector. This sector involves producers from many regions of the country who have joined the export chain thanks.....

Mexico: Researcher awarded for her work on avocados

Dariana Graciela Rodriguez Sanchez, a researcher from the Tec of Monterrey, won the National Science and Technology Award 2017 in the Coca-Cola Professorship category for Young Researchers for her work on the nano-formulation of avocado lipid derivatives to increase their beneficial effect on cardiovascular.....

Chilean fruit could increase its value in the US after hurricanes

The value of fruit shipments to the United States could increase in the coming months. This, because the passage of the hurricanes Irma and Maria swept away much of the agricultural plantation in the state of Florida.The president of the National Federation of Fruit Producers of Chile (Fedefruta), Luis.....

Peru's FTA with South Korea boosts value-added exports

The FTA between Peru and South Korea, which has been in force since August 2011, boosted Peru's value-added exports to that Asian nation, as they amounted to US $140,569,000 between January and August of this year, i.e. 99% more than in the same period of 2011, when the country didn't have that trade.....

Limited impact on fresh produce industry

Devastating wild fires continue in Northern California

The Northern California skies continue to be full of dust and ash during what is said to be the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. On Wednesday, the number of people confirmed dead in the counties of Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Yuba had increased to 23. At least 3,500 structures have been.....

New service launched to help U.S. produce importers implement FSVP

Chile-based produce consultancy firm Decofrut is launching a service to help U.S. fruit and vegetable importers implement the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) as required by the impending Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).Under new regulations that will start to come into effect in July 2018,.....

Public private cooperation to enter new markets

New markets don’t grow on trees. Especially in Africa it can be difficult to get anywhere. Infrastructure is not comparable to that of Europe, and there are a handful of other obstacles as well. Nikolet Zwart from BioLegal advocates a private public cooperation to disrupt markets, for which the public sector.....

Dick Wolff:

“Best to collect debts locally”

When you have a good glass of wine on a long, sultry summer’s evening, the culture of ‘mañana mañana’ and ‘la dolce vita’ becomes very attractive. But if you’re confronted with defaulters from these Southern European countries back in the Netherlands, it could soon become upsetting. Dick Wolff of DWM has his.....

China and South Korea increased imports of Peruvian products

In the first eight months of the year (January-August), Peru conducted agricultural exports to 138 countries around the world with sales that amounted US $ 3.605 billion, i.e. 10% over the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri).This increase was due to higher.....

Global Fresh Market Forum, business meetings with Brazil and China

One of the main novelties of the ninth edition of FRUIT ATTRACTION is that it will host the Global Fresh Market Forum, in which there will be two business meetings, one with Brazil and another one with China, so as to promote trade. The meetings, which will be held at the FRUIT FORUM 9, pavilion 9, will take.....

Fruticultura 2017 will bring together some twenty countries in Cuba

More than 450 specialists, entrepreneurs, producers, students and academics from some twenty countries will attend the Fruticultura 2017 event, which will be held from October 15 to the 19 in the National Hotel of Cuba, in the capital.The event will include the V International Symposium on Tropical Fruits and.....

No real damage to US fresh produce industry

Mississippi sweet potato growers welcome rain from Hurricane Nate

Hurricane Nate made its first US landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River in southeast Louisiana Saturday night. Hours later, it made its second US landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi as a Category 1 hurricane. Since then, it weakened steadily and was downgraded to a tropical depression late Sunday.....

Spain: New beer made from Padron peppers

The brewery Estrella Galicia has presented the first beer made from Padron peppers grown in Herbón, a Galician product with a Protected Designation of Origin. It is the first of a series that will be marketed under the label "Fabrica de Cervezas" and which will be made with Galician seasonal products, both.....

China: Monster moon cake with new flavors

At 6 o'clock on the evening of October 3rd, a gigantic moon cake on the first floor of the Changfa Commercial Building (Suzhou city) attracted a lot of attention. From a bird's eye perspective, a number 8 can be seen on the mooncake, echoing its enormity. The upper and lower circle of the number with a.....

The future of Colombian fruits lies in exports

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Colombia is the Latin American country with the third highest number of hectares cultivated with fruit trees. This makes the country one of the 'world's biggest pantries'. As such, entrepreneurs of the fruit and vegetable sector.....

NZ: Zespri gives further evidence at Kiwifruit claim hearings

Zespri have spoken further about their involvement and response to the 2010 outbreak of Psa on the New Zealand kiwifruit industry, during High Court hearings in Wellington.Chief Operating OfficerSimon Limmer took the stand addressing Zespri’s involvement and the knowledge it had of the Italian outbreak. He.....

Spain: Authorities seize 290 kilograms of cocaine smuggled in Brazilian oranges

Custom authorities were suspicious of two containers of Brazilian oranges that arrived at the Port of Algeciras (Cadiz) as they were not suitable for commercialization. The agents confirmed their suspicions as soon as they inspected the merchandise. Hidden among the citrus were 290 kilos of cocaine,.....

Tomatoes and Berries: discord between Mexico and the USA

Mexico increased it's exports of berries to the US by an average of 59 percent and its exports of saladette and ball tomato over nine years by 9 percent, as leading Florida producers to press their government to restrict the access to these products through adjustments to the North American Free Trade.....

Russia successfully tackling inflation

Russia has done so well in vanquishing inflation that even the Bank of England might take notice.While policy makers in London are under pressure to act after core inflation accelerated to the fastest since 2011, the same gauge probably reached a new historical low in Russia, falling below its level in the.....

South African rand begins to climb after falling to 6-month low

South Africa’s rand firmed on Wednesday, regaining ground after tumbling to its weakest in six months as the weaker dollar overshadowed data showing shrinking private sector activity at home.The rand gained 0.46 percent to 13.5925 per dollar compared with a close of 13.6550 overnight in New York.The dollar.....

Beware of someone called Lee Clark

Costco scammer active

The British company, Costco, has warned their clients of a scammer who is representing their business. Someone calling himself Lee Clark, approaches businesses as a supposed buyer from Costco. People receiving his e-mails are warned not to open them. Costco has warned their clients against this digital scam.....

China: Hangzhou holds 'Western creek persimmon festival'

Persimmons are red, so there is a strong autumn feeling to them. On September 28th, the annual 'Western creek persimmon festival' started. The wetland on the western creek organizes a majestic feast to celebrate the bumper harvest. Friends from all over the world come together in this place. They use 30,000.....

NZ: Zespri tells court kiwifruit industry has more than recovered

Zespri has told High Court hearings in Wellington that it has more than bounced back from the devastation caused by the Psa outbreak in 2010.Called as a Crown witness, outgoing CEO Lain Jager said in 2017 Zespri's New Zealand fruit exports jumped 21 per cent to $1.6billion. But he denied questions from the.....

China: Children's fashion show in the Wuhan botanical gardens

On September 28th, the Chinese Academy of Science in the botanical gardens of Wuhan city officially opened the 'fruit, vegetable and flower art exhibition' with a ceremony. A live fashion show by children using fruits and vegetables, attracted a lot of attention from the tourists. During the Chinese National.....

NZ: Kiwifruit Claim case hears from biosecurity officials

The government manager, tasked with the initial response to the Psa outbreak in New Zealand in 2010, has given evidence at the Kiwifruit Claim hearings at the High Court in Wellington.In week eight of proceedings, the defence are midway through presenting their case, which has featured testimony from David.....

Aucxis working hard in China

Growing E-Trade in Chinese fresh produce sector

Aucxis has rolled out its E-Trade technology for various projects in China in the past year. For example, Qixia Fruit Auction Center in Shandong was officially opened. Mid-2017, the Moby-Clock and Aucxis Online application for selling fruit and vegetables were delivered at the company APC (Advanced Produce.....

October 7 & 8 for the entire community

Tomateros Nogales Youth Baseball Clinic

On the weekend of October 7 and 8, the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas will be hosting a clinic with the Tomateros de Culiacan where local children and youths will have the opportunity to receive coaching from the Pros. The clinic, which is at the War Memorial Baseball Stadium in Nogales, takes place.....

The longest straight line you can walk without hitting the ocean


California Prunes on Simply Good Food TV

The California Prune Board has signed up to its own assigned TV channel on the fast growing Simply Good Food TV App - the pioneering media platform dedicated to sharing food content, founded by chef/author Peter Sidwell.The inaugural move made by California Prunes has set a precedent for others to follow, with.....

Willem Dijk Jr:

“We have a goldmine, but retail traders have to develop their own vision for the future”

In the final link of the supply chain from grower to consumer, an ever-increasing diversity of companies is poaching part of the consumer market. When it comes to seducing consumers to do their daily shopping with them, supermarket, greengrocer’s specialist shop, market trader, farmer’s shop and, increasingly.....

Map of most popular domain names reveals surprising leader

The Pacific island of Tokelau reigns supreme in a list of the most popular top-level domain names. The number of .tk websites may have dropped from 31 million to 18 million, but the four square miles of land in New Zealand still has more domain registrations than almost any other nation or territory in the.....

Pound sterling drops half a percent after Theresa May's Brexit speech

Sterling dropped almost half a per cent against the dollar in the wake of Theresa May's much-anticipated Brexit speech in Florence, where she reiterated that "no deal is better than a bad deal".The UK currency fell as low as $1.3486 after the Prime Minister outlined her proposal for a two-year "implementation.....

One grower granted exemption

“Greenhouses in Dutch Westland lend themselves to large-scale cannabis cultivation”

The controlled, legal growing of medicinal cannabis is suitable for large-scale cultivation in Dutch greenhouses in the Westland, according to the Bench of Mayor and Aldermen of the Westland in a letter. But there’s one important condition: it’s only allowed with an exemption from the Dutch Ministry of Health,.....

Germany adjusts regulations regarding freight traffic winter tyres

The regulations regarding winter tyres for freight traffic was recently amended in Germany. From 1 July 2020, vehicles' from 3 500 kg must have the tyres on their steering axles fitted with winter tyres. Until then, it is sufficient to have winter tyres only on the driving axle(s).Tyre markingsTyres marked.....

Cooperating in a quickly changing China

Agricultural experts are working in the economic departments of fifty Dutch embassies. In China, Nynke Runia was until recently responsible for veterinary and phytosanitary affairs. Henk Stigter is her successor.A conversation about the opportunities, challenges and content of this job in a lively.....

China: US 'watermelon dish' appears at Chinese gourmet festival

The twelfth Chinese gourmet festival and the second Chinese Shandong cuisine festival were held simultaneously between September 15th and 17th. The main exhibition took place within the center for international conferences and exhibitions in Jinnan city (Shandong province). The main meeting places were a large.....

Senior MPI staff take the stand at the Kiwifruit Claim hearing

Senior Advisors at New Zealand's Ministry of Primary Industries have taken the stand in the Kiwifruit Claim at the High Court in Wellington, as the case enters its seventh week.The case was brought following the outbreak of the disease Psa in November 2010 which spread throughout the industry. 212 claimants.....

China: Why fake fertilizers still exist on the market

At present, the fertilizer market suffers from a lack of order. The cost of production is high and the margins make the market price even higher. The cost of fake fertilizer production is much lower and since competition on the fertilizer market is weak, it is obviously much more profitable to sell products of.....

Rain, wind and mud at the trade fair in Emmeloord

Good attendance at muddy Potato Europe 2017

The 2017 edition of Potato Europe in the Dutch city, Emmeloord, was not its problems. Weather conditions were so bad that the show was cancelled on Wednesday 13 September. A day later, despite less than optimal weather conditions, Europe Potato went ahead. Boots were the order of the day to be able to walk out.....

Qatar feels pain of sanctions

Qatar is much affected by the boycott of four other Arabian countries. The Qatar Investment Authority has sold millions of shares in recent months, which resulted in 40 billion dollar to keep the economy afloat, according to Dutch newspaperFD(link to Dutch article). Before the summer, Saoudi Arabia, the United.....