Miscellaneous


Fruity themes in 2017 Spring-Summer Fashion Week
After saying farewell to the dreary winter season, the 2017, Spring-Summer Fashion Week collections were full of vigour and fresh, fruity themes. Source: http://www.sxxl.com

Peru is working to export 164 plant products
The National Plant Health Service (Senasa) is working to gain access to major world markets for 164 plant products, said the head of the service, Jorge Barrenechea.He said some of these products included hass avocado, Cherimoya, citrus fruits, grapes, passion fruit, vine plants, and cape.....

Blueberries are getting ready to enter China
Uruguay: First batch of mandarins to China arrive in optimal condition
"The first two containers of Uruguayan mandarins arrived in China in optimal condition," said the Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP), Tabaré Aguerre.Aguerre said they were only awaiting an inspection before formalizing the protocol to market blueberries, corn, and barley. He also noted.....

Late payments hit almost 90% of companies in Asia Pacific
Almost 90 per cent of companies in the Asia Pacific region had to deal with a non-payment in the last year. Especially companies in India, Singapore and China were hit by this. To protect their cashflow against payment risks, about four in ten companies in the region are planning to use credit management.....


Watermelon carvings are popular on Weibo
In the last few days, Qian Weicheng, a student at Qinghua university, has become famous on Weibo due to his artful carvings on the inside of a watermelon. The carvings drew the attention of netizens who manically shared the pictures with their friends. Netizens now call Chen 'Watermelon brother' or 'Divine.....

Joost Derks, Dutch Payment and Exchange Company:
“Trump could cause nervous US dollar exchange rate”
“An important lesson from the Brexit referendum is that entrepreneurs also have to bear in mind less likely scenarios. That lesson cannot be forgotten in the run-up to the American election,” says Joost Derks of the Dutch Payment and Exchange Company in the following column:At the Fruit Attraction in Madrid.....

Super typhoon hits the Philippines
On the night of Wednesday 19 October, super typhoon Haima, one of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the Philippines, struck the northern province of Cagayan with winds almost on a par with catastrophic Haiyan, which was then the strongest storm to strike the disaster-prone south-east Asian archipelago.....

China: Online food stores hit a snag once again
For the past few years, the Chinese online market for fresh food has been growing rapidly and assets have accumulated one after another. All kinds of subsidies and sale promotions have also caused a fast increase in customer usage and customer loyalty. However, during the first half of this year, the.....

China looks for super foods in Peru
Su Hua, the central marketing manager of the North China Pharmaceutical, Qinhuangdao Company, travelled from Beijing to Lima to find suppliers of a product that has begun to be very popular in the Chinese market - maca, a herbaceous plant that grows in the Peruvian Andes and that has many energy properties.....


Iconic Brisbane Markets on the Monopoly board
Brisbane Markets has become one of the iconic landmarks to appear on the newly released, Brisbane edition Monopoly game, launched today at South Bank, Brisbane.Brisbane Markets Limited (BML) staff members were present, with representatives from 21 other iconic Brisbane landmark sites which the community had.....


Fake request from Asda UK
A fake request by British supermarket chain Asda is going around. This e-mail, that first describes what Asda is and how large its market share is in the UK, is sent by sales@asda-ltd.co.uk. It then mentions that Asda is looking for new suppliers of various fruits and vegetables and other products. Andrew.....


Hundreds of ginger plants bloom
According to Mr. Huang, from Yangxinyuan Farm in Xiyuan village, (Minhou county), over 200 hundred ginger plants bloomed on his farm on October 7th. "This was the first time in my life that I saw the ginger bloom. Even 70 to 80 year-old villagers haven't had the chance to see this amazing scene", said Mr......

Marcel Paul (QPI) and Johan Vrijland (JNV Produce):
"If the fall in the UK pound continues, there will be victims”
Last month, the British pound fell six per cent in value against the euro. Today, the euro is worth 0.9027 pound. According to commercial manager Marcel Paul of QPI and Johan Vrijland of JNV Produce, the consequences for the trade in fresh produce are limited in the short term, but the drop in currency.....

Meet and greet at Fresh Summit
The Produce Mom® hires first Facebook fan
The Produce Mom has hired the brand’s first Facebook fan to serve as Director of Content and Communications.Kristin Ahaus was The Produce Mom’s very first Facebook fan, a consumer follower of the brand's Facebook page since its 2012 inception. Today Ahaus is the first director-level hire for the brand, and.....


Edible flowers made with top quality fruits
By using ingredients from top quality fruits of global selection, designers combine other elements such as chocolate and nuts to make flower arrangement themes. This is more creative than regular flower bouquets yet much healthier than cakes. Source: www.qq.com


Chilean fruit exports to Europe recover their level
According to ASOEX's marketing director for Europe and Asia, Charif Christian Carvajal, Chilean fruit sales volumes in Europe have recovered.It is a very positive development, given last season's challenging context: local oversupplies, increased sales by other competitor exporting countries, and the.....


Up to 15% less Florida Grapefruit because of hurricane Matthew
“No ‘normal’ fresh produce seasons due to changeable climate”
It is not going to be a ‘normal’ year for fresh produce this summer,according to Cédric Geens of Jonckheere, and that can still be confirmed. The seasons of ‘autumnal products’ are also not going according to previous years. “They start earlier or later, or they have smaller volumes. Biggest cause was the.....

Argentina on alert due to severe storms and hail
The national weather service issued a weather warning as, in the short term, there could be storms with strong gusts of wind and occasional hail storms that could affect several provincial towns.In Cordoba, it could affect the towns of General Roca and Presidente Roque S. Peña.In Buenos Aires, it would.....

Chile: There is water, but refinancing is needed after the drought
After years of severe drought, the forecast for this season's availability of water for fruit growing in the Region of Coquimbo is optimistic.The director of Fedefruta and president of the Agricultural Society of the North (SAN), María Inés Figari, said that Chile's largest reservoir, La Paloma, which is.....


Campaigns beginning to pay off
Children eat 20% more fruit than 5 years ago
In the past five years, the Dutch have started eating fewer potatoes and less fat and oil, among other things. The consumption of non-alcoholic beverages and herbs and sauces has increased. The quantity of vegetable products remained fairly similar. Children have started eating 20 per cent more fruit.....

Fair on March 23 and 24, 2017
Agritrade helps Guatemalan producers
Agritrade is a platform created by AGEXPORT (the Guatemalan Exporters Association) to promote agricultural exports, which also organizes and gives its name to Central America's agricultural sector'slargest trade fair.The platform is divided into two main areas:• Market access: where the association aims to.....


Impact likely to be more severe in North Carolina
Hurricane Matthew: Florida produce seems to have dodged a bullet
Although no longer a hurricane, Matthew is still causing problems for the southeastern US. The eastern part of North Carolina will deal with devastating flooding for several days as rivers top their banks. Matthew attacked Florida’s coast on Friday morning and moved up north parallel to the coast of Georgia.....

120 year-old White Winter Pearmain tree yeilds 200 kilos
Ruikou village, in Menlou, Fushan district, is thought to be the original home of the White Winter Pearmain apple. On the back of a mountain near the village, there grows a 120 year-old Winter Pearmain apple tree. Over 5 meters high, it still yields big and sweet apples annually. According to a villager, Mr......

Costa Rica expects to finish negotiating an FTA with Korea
Exporters expect the negotiations of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Korea come to fruition.The last round of negotiations is scheduled for October 24 to 31 in Seoul, Korea. In this round, the parties will negotiate the clauses regarding direct transport, re-export certificates, and the principle of.....

Peru to increase its agricultural export supply to Colombia
Peru reached an important agreement with Colombia to increase its agricultural export supply to that market, after the meeting held between the Peruvian Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, Jose Hernandez, with his Colombian counterpart, Aurelio Iragorri, in Bogota.In the meeting they agreed to the entry.....


Shangqiu city holds hot pepper cultural festival
On the 7th of October, Zhecheng county (Shangqiu city) held an opening ceremony in a pepper production garden to celebrate the first edition of the hot pepper festival. Zhecheng county had already been named 'Chinese village of cherry peppers' by the Ministry of Agriculture once before. The county.....


Innovative Vegetable Orchestra in Austria
An orchestra in Austria uses intruments made entirely from fresh vegetables. They are carved just before the performance and, after the show, they are cooked into a vegetable soup which is then shared with the audience.The Vegetable Orchestra, which was established 18 years ago, has become a local tradition......


Map of GDP per capita across Europe
This map shows GDP per capita across Europe. Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Scandinavia are all doing well. However, Portugal and South East Europe are struggling. Click here to see an enlarged image at Simon Kuestenmacher's Twitter.

Tucuman: New airport cargo station to ship 110 tons of blueberries
Tucuman now has the second biggest airport cargo station in Argentina, after the Ezeiza airport. Opened on Friday, this new trading platform, which cost around $600 million, will allow a doubling of locally produced fresh fruit exports.The inauguration ceremony, at the Benjamin Matienzo International.....

Why do Ethiopians attack foreign companies?
Protests in Ethiopia because of dissatisfaction with government
On Sunday, the Ethiopian government proclaimed a state of emergency because of the continuing protests in the country. Several weeks ago, the first reports emerged about Dutch cultivation companies in Ethiopia that were being attacked by the protesting population. Just last week, a company was almost lost in.....

Guatemalan Produce Trade Association to hold meeting at Fresh Summit
The Guatemalan Produce Trade Association (GPTA) will hold its second meeting during the PMA’s Fresh Summit in Orlando, FL, on October 14th. During the meeting, members will discuss the future direction of the association and its goals for the coming year. The association was founded during the 2015 Fresh.....


Fujian Ningde Yongjia Trade
"European edible fungi market continues to grow"
"Edible fungi are our main product. They are nutritional, tasty, healthy and gaining recognition. We grow fungi in Fujian, Shandong and Guangdong. In total we have 4 production sites that each cover 7 hectares of cultivated land. We also operate a factory which helps us to speed up processing if needed......


Hainan's farmers union: connecting their island to the world
Being China's second biggest island, Hainan doesn't only have oceans and beaches, but it is also abundant in natural resources for vegetables and fruits. Apart from mangoes, wax apples, bananas, pineapples, green oranges, guavas, rambutans and sweet potatoes have left the island and entered the world.....


AGQ Labs
Crop Nutritional Monitoring© for maximum profitability
More than twenty years ago, AGQ Labs, the Spanish multinational, started its journey offering this service, which was the fruit of innovation and dynamic effort that has always characterized this company. In these two decades, this control procedure has evolved and the company has accumulated a vast.....

Digital content influences avocado purchases
Retailers and marketers can take advantage of digital and social media to drive Hass avocado sales. The Hass Avocado Board’s newly released qualitative research, Digital and Social Media Influence on Shopping Behaviors, explores digital and social media platforms and how they can be used to optimize avocado.....

Mexico: Volcanic ash affects several crops in Comala
Agustin Morales, the head of the Ministry of Rural Development (Seder), stated that volcanic ash had damaged 95 hectares of various crops in the municipality of Comala, such as avocado, coffee, blackberry, lime, lemon and corn, and had affected 26 producers.He said the damages had been corroborated in an.....

Mexico: Puebla wants to ship its products to the US and Europe
The eighth edition of the Expo Horticola 2016, will be held in Los Reyes de Juarez between October 6 and October 8, and is expected to attract 15,000 visitors and over 200 producers of different vegetables from the region. It will showcase greenhouses, more than 20 demonstration plots, machinery,.....


15th Qixia Apple Festival launched
To further improve the image of Qixia - the City of Apples - the Qixia municipal committee, along with local government, launched the 15th China-Shandong province, Qixia Apple Festival. During this event, they will promote their apple brands and present a better city image.Source:.....

Brazil wants to increase fruit sales in Spain
Sales of Brazilian fruits in Spain have been growing progressively in recent years. According to data from ICEX, in 2015 Spain bought 103,274 tons of Brazilian fruits, i.e. 14% more than in the previous year. To continue this upward trend, Brazil's Fruit Consortium is working to promote and publicize its.....

MP suggests fruit pickers don't know how to use phones
Former UK cabinet minister Owen Paterson has appeared to suggest that Romanian and Bulgarian fruit pickers do not know how to use mobile phones. Paterson said those who are able to pick strawberries without squashing them are carrying out skilled work, adding it is work British citizens will not do.He then.....


Giant chilli pepper displayed in Huangling Resort
On October 1st, a gigantic pepper appeared in Huangling Folk Culture Village in Wuyuan city, to celebrate the 67 years' national holiday of China.Source: Xinhua News Agency

Peace treaty with FARC on the rocks
Insecurity for Colombia after convincing 'NO' vote
Colombia is heading into an uncertain period now the population has rejected a peace treaty with the FARC in a referendum. The agreement between the government and the communist rebel movement was signed last week, but had to be approved through a referendum among the population before it would be put into.....