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US(NY): Farms in Canton and Potsdam receiving grants

The Adirondack North Country Association recently announced the recipients of its 2017 Farmer/Producer Mini Grant program. This program provides funding to farmers and local food businesses whose projects streamline the farm-to-school supply chain.Birdsfoot Farm and Fullers Farm, both of Canton, and Martin’s.....

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Beautiful displays at National Vegetable Fair 2018 in Bangladesh




Fresh Line Fruit Services GmbH launches Reclamation Trading 2.0

“Our job is to ease the pain”

Sooner or later, every fruit and vegetable supplier will have the experience when a delivery, for some reason, does not arrive at its destination and -after a detour and at double the cost- ends up at the waste disposal center. This is not the case at Fresh Line Fruit Services GmbH: for several years, the.....

Drivers woken up by Minister

Earlier in the week, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Public Works visited the Den Hoek truck stop along the A16. She woke sleeping truck drivers up, giving them leaflets about the ban on spending mandatory weekend rests in the cabs of their trucks. Especially Eastern European.....

Argentina misses opportunities by not exporting to China

The supply from the Rio Negro Valley and Neuquen continues to have serious restrictions to enter the Chinese market, which currently is a key market for the development of any regional productive activity.Few countries don’t have the privilege of selling their products to Chinese market, which demands more and.....

Trump promises farmers that he will improve the NAFTA

US President Donald Trump told a federation of US farmers that he was working to improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada.The threats issued by Trump since he became president about the possibility of withdrawing from the NAFTA have not been good for US farmers, and the.....

French professor explains: eat these foods to prevent depression

Have you been feeling a bit under the weather for a while? The food you buy has more influence on how you feel than you might think. Various scientific studies show there’s a clear connection between food and gloominess. There’s even an anti-depression diet.

Uzbekistan fruits and vegetables export growth in 2017

The volume of Uzbek exports of fruits and vegetables in 2017 amounted to $708.8 million; almost 15 percent more than in 2016. Of the total volume of fruit and vegetable and products of their processing, the share of fruits and berries amounted to 35.9 percent (+17 percent compared to the same period in 2016),.....

Talks have not yet been fruitful

Border between Venezuela and ABC islands remains closed

The blockade that Venezuela erected toward the ABC islands last week, remains. This is despite extensive consultations held on Friday between representatives from Venezuela, the Netherlands, Curaçao and Aruba. Islands residents still have virtually no fruit or vegetables.The representatives did, however, reach.....

Shortage of EU workers because of Brexit

Jersey Royal potato crop could be in peril

On the Channel Islands, the outdoor growing season traditionally gets under way this month. However, the shortage of Polish workers in particular has led to fewer seed potatoes being planted. This year’s harvest of one of England’s best loved crops –the Jersey Royal new potato– could be hit by a shortage of.....

New Zealand Dollar back to 73 US cents

The Kiwi Dollar reached another milestone on Monday; back to a US 73 cents big figure for the first time since the General Election back in late September. Since the start of 2018, NZD/USD is up over 2 cents to a high of 0.7313, whilst measured from the November 8th low, the gain is over 5 cents.As seen in an.....

Hungary: farmgate prices up 7.7% in November

Hungarian agricultural producer’s prices were 7.7% higher in November 2017 year-on-year. The make-up of this is an 8.6% increase in the price of crop products and 6.4% in the price of live animals and animal products, according to a first release of monthly data by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).In.....

The Bronx, New York City

Possible strike looming at Hunts Point Market, NY

Quite possibly, workers and drivers at the Hunts Point Market in the Bronx will be walking the picket line this week.The market - one of the largest food distribution centers of its kind in the world - provides most of the fruit and vegetables to stores and restaurants around the city.Ny1.com reports how the.....

Theresa May wants fruit and veg to be sold without plastic packaging

Fruit, vegetables and other fresh foods should be sold loose instead of in plastic packaging. British PM Theresa May is about to start a governmental war on plastic waste.Prime Minister Theresa May is promising the Government will work with supermarkets to encourage them to introduce plastic-free aisles in.....

Whitsunday Islands

Australia: Mango thieves strip trees

There are some strange goings-on in the Australian Whitsunday Islands. Many residents are reporting their mango trees have been stripped bare by people helping themselves to the fruit.Senior Constable Steve Smith of the Mackay Police confirmed they are investigating the incident. “In the morning of January 9,.....

For people in the southern hemisphere, of course

Watermelon popularity graph




Vegetable cutter as a highlight on the Intergastra

Germany: High-tech vegetable slicers

At the Intergastra 2018 in Stuttgart from 3 to 7 February, Bizerba will be presenting products related to cutting. In line with the motto " better (cut) off", Bizerba presents the vegetable cutter from Brunner-Anliker at the exhibition stand. Bizerba has been selling Brunner-Anliker appliances exclusively in.....

"Tour de France" at the Fruit Logistica

The entire Hall 22 of the Fruit Logistica with more than 2,500 m² will offer visitors a "Tour de France" through the French regions and their varied offers for the fruit and vegetable industry: from fresh fruit and vegetables to equipment and packaging to transport - and logistics solutions: they are all.....

Fruit export revenues grew by 3%

The US gains ground against Europe for Uruguayan fruit

This is according to an article by Maria Noel Ackermann and Andres Diaz, "Fruit growing: situation and perspectives of citrus fruit and deciduous fruit trees", which was published in the 2017 Yearbook of the Agricultural Programming and Policy Office (Opypa),The revenue achieved up to October 2017 from the.....

Laurens Maartens, NBWM:

The euro: all signals on green

Everything indicates the euro will continue rising. The ECB is finally seeing the economy recovering considerably as well, while the dollar is under pressure due to the increasing budget deficit and a Chinese policy change, according to Laurens Maartens from the Dutch Payment and Exchange Company.The European.....

Taco van der Louw, FreshRecruitment:

“Fresh produce companies should look outside the sector for candidates more often”

The labour market in the fresh produce sector is currently characterised by an enormous scarcity. “There’s an enormous amount of vacancies, Many people dare to take the step to another employer again and January is always a busy period in that respect. It’s sometimes even a bit like the Wild West. The economy.....

Considering sacrificing part of their crops

New Zealand growers getting anxious

With some extremely hot weather months looming over them, New Zealand fruit and vegetable growers are pleading for more dams to avoid having to kill off their own crops.Much of the country has been facing water restrictions after the early dry season. Even the usually rain-soaked West Coast has had to declare.....

Canada

Changes to Prince Edward Island cabinet announced

Premier Wade MacLauchlan on January 10 announced changes to the cabinet, to advance the priorities of Islanders.“We have an energized, strong team committed to advancing the priorities of Islanders such as job creation and economic growth, supports for seniors, healthcare, education, and helping communities......

Greatest temperature variations in the USA

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New Swedish study shows:

Bananas are the biggest food waste culprit

Bananas are the most-wasted produce item in supermarkets, according to new food waste research from Karlstad University. Researchers measured the food waste in the produce section of three supermarkets to identify the seven worst offenders according to three factors: how much of each type of fruit or vegetable.....

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Spain

Mechanical pre pruning has interesting cost results in kakis and citrus

Using mechanical tools for certain cultural tasks, both in kaki and citrus, is one of the challenges that farmer must face. Pruning tasks, particularly, represent a high proportion of the cost of cultivating a fruit tree. Pruning and phytosanitary treatments are the most expensive parts of growing crops.Disco.....

Chinese fresh fruit chain Pagoda raises $230 mln

Shenzhen-based fresh fruit chain retailer, Pagoda‘s latest funding round -series B- resulted in an $230 million investment by a number of investment firms. Pagoda raised the $230 million in the latest funding round as a result of participation by Co-Stone Capital, Source Code Capital, Shenzhen Capital Group Co.....

Ministry of Commerce

Over 8,000 types of imports now duty free in China

As 15 free trade agreements have taken effect, China now collects zero tariffs on more than 8,000 kinds of imported products. China has signed 16 agreements with 24 countries and regions, all but one now being in force, said Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng at a press conference.Nearly one-third of.....

Severe winter and holidays:

China takes steps to ensure vegetable supplies

China’s state planners have ordered local governments to stand ready to distribute vegetables from reserves to ensure supplies during the coming holiday. This statement came after fruit and vegetable prices in major cities in central and northern China surged after news that severe winter weather damaged crops.....

Uttarakhand province

Working on sustainable agri-processing business in India

From the start, Uttarakhand's industrial policy has been to ensure fast, stable and sustainable industrial development in the state. Economic growth of local mountainous and hill areas was the primary target of industrial policy.There are many factors influencing the slow economic growth of Uttarakhand. A slow.....

Similar trade treaty as Canada, Japan and South Korea?

Brexit negotiator open to talks with business sector

On Monday a select group of businesses, including the Dutch GroentenFruit Huis, were invited to discuss Brexit with Michel Barnier, an EU negotiator. If conditions are not relaxed, the possible trade agreement will be similar to Canada, Japan and South Korea.The fact that these will not be easy negotiations.....

Pukekura Park

Myrtle rust found in New Plymouth, New Zealand

Last Thursday, myrtle rust was found in one of New Zealand's gardens of national significance. The Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed that New Plymouth's Pukekura Park contains the fungus. Myrtle rust, thought to have blown in to New Zealand from Australia, attacks various species of plants in the.....

Liverpool's Wholesale Fruit, Veg and Flower Market finds a new home

After serving the people of Merseyside for more than 50 years, the Liverpool Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market is closing today. Next Monday it will move to a new home.The Wholesale Fruit, Veg and Flower Market in Old Swan saw declining trade, and the 21 acre site was really run-down. So.....

Robots are taking over

New Zealand & Tasmanian fruit growers facing labour shortages

Tasmania’s fruit picker shortage is a much bigger problem than simply the backpacker tax, with industry stakeholders calling for a state-wide solution before the autumn fruit season begins. According to Fruit Growers Tasmania business development manager, Phil Pyke, the picker shortage is a combination of a.....

Cold weather boosts US blueberry crops

This winter, subfreezing weather bodes well for fruit crops in Mississippi, according to Dr. Eric Thomas Staphne from Mississippi State University. The subfreezing weather isn’t all bad; just ask blueberry farmers. Last year, an unusually warm winter cut into the state’s fruit crops, including the state’s.....

Due to forced price cuts in supermarkets:

Chaos in Venezuela

When the administration of President Nicolas Maduro ordered more than 200 supermarkets to restore their prices to last month’s levels , news of the discounts spread like wildfire, leading crowds to mass in front of stores. Hundreds of people gathered outside several Caracas supermarkets over the weekend after.....

Australia as an Internet Standard...?

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Vietnam:

Special preferential import tax policies: taking effect from 2018

The Vietnamese government has just issued ten decrees to implement Vietnam’s special preferential import tax commitments made in its Free Trade Agreements with various partners.There are some outstanding features in the 2018 special preferential import tax. The decrees outline the special preferential import.....

New Zealand:

Christchurch Airport - December was busiest month ever

Christchurch Airport statistics reveal the number of passengers through the terminal was the highest number for any month on record. Some 638,043 passengers used the terminal during December, up 4.8% compared to December 2016.The growth highlights the resurgent contribution Christchurch makes as the primary.....

Biosecurity fears due to Australian Department of Agriculture and Water staff cuts

Australian Horticultural Exporters and Importers Association chief executive Dominic Jenkin claims a staff increase at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is an “absolute priority” for horticulture to maintain import and export biosecurity. He told weeklytimesnow.com the value of horticulture.....

Fourteen suburbs in quarantine zone:

Fruit fly outbreak declared in West Hindmarsh, Adelaide

A fruit fly outbreak has been declared in West Hindmarsh, forcing Biosecurity SA to establish a quarantine zone covering 14 suburbs. Infested fruit from the eastern states is believed to be responsible for the discovery of a female Queensland fruit fly, carrying eggs, last Monday.Biosecurity SA immediately set.....

December 2017:

Mexican inflation at highest level in 17 years

In Mexico, last year inflation accelerated at its fastest rate in 17 years, led by higher food and energy costs that were affected by a weaker Peso and an end to government controls on gasoline and other fuels.According to the National Statistics Institute, the consumer-price index rose 0.59% in December,.....

Oliver Wyman Survey - The discount strikes back

Germany: Discounters and full-range retailers on par regarding fresh product ranges

For the full-range providers in the German food trade, harder times are ahead when competing with the discounters. The Germans continue to value the low prices and promotions of the discounters. But now the discounters are also putting billions of euros in investments in their branches and in the product.....

US and Canadian retail representatives visit Chile's fruit industry

Chile's Fruit Exporters Association AG, Asoex, and ProChile, invited a group of representatives of major US and Canadian supermarket chains to Chile so that they could get to know the production and export process of Chilean fruit.The event was coordinated by the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) in North.....

Peru: 72 hour strike to protest against potato imports

The Peasant Confederation of Peru, which groups thousands of farmers, has started a 72-hour strike to persuade the government to declare an emergency status for the potato sector and the country's agricultural sector.They also demand that the government apply a true agrarian policy that guarantees the.....

Border closure Venezuela and the Netherlands Antilles extended

For now there won’t be an end to the border closure between Venezuela and Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. This week, the vice-president of Venezuela, Tareck El Aissami, announced on Twitter that the closure will be extended. The shortage of fruit and vegetables is starting to become increasingly serious on the.....

UK: Marks & Spencer stop selling 'cauliflower steak'

The ‘cauliflower steak’ was part of the new M&S Veggie range and after an introductory offer it would have cost £2.50. The range was aimed at customers wanting a "quick and convenient vegetarian meal option", M&S told BBC Three.But now Marks and Spencer says it will stop selling its ‘steak’ after.....

Pakistan and Iran to give Russia access to the Indian Ocean

Some of the most promising projects for 2018 -and onwards- are dealing with the development of north-south transport routes in Central Asia. Countries like India, Iran and Pakistan are already heavily involved.At the end of December 2017, a new transport corridor through Russia was opened with Iran ferrying a.....