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Ukrainian farmers visit US facilities
Farmers from Ukraine are in the Tri-Cities this week, hoping to learn lessons from the local agriculture industry.The farmers are with a Congressional program called Open World. It brings in people from countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa to learn from American industries.With an interpreter in tow,.....

Less cereal, fruits and vegetables harvested
Austria: Declining yields mean more imports
Austrian fields grew less grain, fruit, vegetables and potatoes in 2013/14. To compensate for the decline in the harvests and to meet the domestic demand, significantly more fruit and vegetables had to be imported from abroad. This was registered by the Austrian statistical office (Statistik Austria) on the.....

Colombia: Researchers develop avocado powder for food and cosmetics
The Group Functional Food Research (GAF) from National University in Medellin has been working for a year, with the support of the Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (Colciencias), in the industrial production of food from the Hass avocado.According to the director of GAF, Misael.....


€15m in cocaine found at Aldi
More than €15m (£11m) worth of cocaine turned up Monday in boxes of bananas delivered to supermarkets in and around Berlin, police said.Staff working at 14 Aldi stores reported the stashes of narcotics tucked in the produce deliveries from Colombia, which police believe ended up at the shops by.....

Potato sales stable
Austria: record apple sales in March
In Austria, a record amount of apples were sold in March. This was mentioned in the 3rd edition of the fruits and vegetables market report of the AgrarMarkt Austria (AMA). The sales volume reached the remarkable volume of 22,531 metric tonnes by the 1 of April 2015. This corresponds with increased sales of.....


OzHarvest
AU: Pop-up café featuring food waste menu
Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, OzHarvest, will transform food destined-for-landfill into gourmet, high quality restaurant meals for its latest innovative pop-up café project, harvested, set to open its doors to the public on Tuesday, 12 May from 11.30am in Pyrmont.The organisation collects.....

Swiss’ unprocessed produce
Conflict over Swiss vegetables
Is that a Swiss or a German vegetable? This question troubles the Association of Swiss vegetable producers, and the farmers eagerly await their decision.At the assembly of the delegates of the Association of Swiss Vegetable Producers (VSGP) on 21 April there was quite some commotion: Approximately 30.....

Vietnam: Drought causes farmers to halt cultivation
The agricultural and rural development departments in three south-central provinces said they were not planting the summer-autumn rice and several crops due to prolonged drought. The three provinces are Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Phu Yen.Director of the Irrigation Construction Company in Ninh Thuan Province.....

US love affair with McDonald's waning?
Americans are shunning McDonald's. The fast-food giant is one of the most iconic brands in the US - but with sales there down for six quarters in a row, the burger chain's new British chief executive needs to lure Americans back.The US is the largest and most important market for McDonald's. And the Golden.....

More efficiency, traceability and productivity
New projects for Ecuador's agriculture
"Not having expensive technology increases costs. It is a matter of efficiency," said innovator Xavier Cárdenas, who presented his software, traceability and photos taken by drones projects, aimed at the agricultural sector, to the Vice President of Ecuador Jorge Glas Espinel.Glas received Cardenas in his.....

Edeka/Tengelmann take-over:
Rewe Group rejects proposed ministerial approval
In the upcoming procedures for a ministerial approval, the Rewe Group – like in the original fusion procedures at the Federal Cartel Office – will apply for additional loads to strengthen their rejecting position. “The arguments brought forth by the requesting parties, which consisted of outstanding care for.....

Switzerland: Free trade with India unlikely
It has become quiet in recent months around the planned free trade agreement between Switzerland and India. According to the SECO director Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch there is only a small chance that there will be an agreement.Although there was progress in some areas, there is just little chance for.....

Growers to get more say on market access, R&D
Growers around Australia will be able to get informed, and have their say on proposed Research and Development (R&D), Marketing and industry priorities as the Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) roadshow visits farming areas including Mareeba, west of Cairns, on May 6, and the Lockyer Valley,.....

Alfonso P.B. of Explotaciones Agrarias Luver S.L.
Five years in prison for 700,000 Euro debt on 4 million kilos of potatoes
The Spanish Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of five years and one day in prison imposed on Almeria entrepreneur Alfonso P.B., manager of Explotaciones Agrarias Luver S.L., based in Roquetas del Mar, which in 2008 received about 4 million kilos of potatoes from a company in Tordesillas (Valladolid),.....


Poland: Tonnes of apples and carrots distributed for free
19 tonnes of apples and 9 tonnes of carrots were distributed for free in the Polish municipality of Rzezawa after consultation with the Food Bank in Krakow. They came from surplus agricultural production as a result of the Russian embargo.The action was carried out under the special programme from the.....

US (IL): Truck will bring produce to food deserts
DeKalb County’s government is starting up a food truck that will carry fresh produce to people who live in areas without access to healthy and affordable food options.The food truck will be funded with a three-year, $199,716 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the DeKalb Board of.....


US: $1.5M marijuana found hidden in peppers
Officers at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales seized nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana worth more than $1.5 million and arrested three U.S. citizens in separate smuggling incidents over the last week, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.On Saturday, Customs officers at the.....

Attention: Mete Guneyhan active on Dutch market again
Attention: Mete Guneyhan from Merson (Turkey) who was previously active in the Netherlands, is active once again. Even our editing team received a fax about the start of the Turkish cherry season.Impala FruitandJager Hollandpreviously warned people about the actions of this fraudster who mainly attempts to.....

July 22 and 23
Top growers and manufacturers look forward to Fresno Food Expo
The top growers and manufacturers in California’s San Joaquin Valley will come together under one roof to celebrate the region’s rich agricultural industry at the largest regional food show in the nation, the Fresno Food Expo is to be held July 22-23, 2015. Participation among fresh produce companies.....


Shared Interest Society offers loans to Fairtrade producers
Shared Interest Society is helping fair trade farmers across the world to access the capital they need to grow their businesses and support their communities.Through its innovative investment scheme, around 9,000 UK members have invested £32m in share accounts, enabling the society to support hundreds of.....


Apple TV remote gets rid of garlic smell
The stainless steel of the Apple TV and other remotes could rid hands of the annoying smell of garlic and the potentially harmful residue of chilli.Stainless steel is often recommended as a way of cleaning off stubborn chilli and garlic smells, in addition to other solutions like lemon juice. Some companies.....


EU: Bacteria threatening olive trees
The EU countries want to stop the further spread of the bacterium Xylella that threatens mainly olive trees. On Tuesday in Brussels, Experts from the EU member states agreed on measures to prevent the import and redistribution of the bacterium from America.According to EU figures, Xylella Fastidiosa.....

WhatsApp turns trading platform for Indian farmers
Rajkot-based agriculture entrepreneur Dinesh Tilva has turned popular social media app WhatsApp into a classifieds marketplace that allows farmers to trade goods such as grains, vegetables, seeds, irrigation equipment and tractors, among others. He moderates all the ads and broadcasts them to.....

Instagram blocks 'offensive' eggplant emoji hashtag
Instagram now lets you search for photos with emojis. Well, unless you're looking for that naughty, naughty eggplant.The purple fruit, known for its delicious taste (particularly after being deep-fried and smothered with cheese and tomato sauce), is about as offensive as a honeydew melon. But Instagram has.....

Recruitment campaign for "green jobs" continues
Committee for Vocational Education sees results of campaign
The numbers of traineeships for "green jobs" shows a constant trend, despite the nationwide decline in the economy. A nationwide survey among the members of the Committee on the Vocational Education policy of the German Farmers Association (Deutschen Bauernverbandes, DBV) showed this positive trend. Vice.....


Dutch King opens new APM terminal
King Willem-Alexander opened the new APM container terminal on the Second Maasvlakte on Friday afternoon. It is the first fully automatised overhaul complex, where the dock cranes are controlled from a distance. The terminal is made for the increasingly large container ships. In time, the terminal should.....

GLOBAL GAP Tour 2015 in Almeria
The innovations in the GLOBAL GAP Quality Protocol for fruits and vegetables and the certification requirements demanded by supermarket chains are the main topics to be discussed at the GLOBAL GAP Congress, which will be held on April 28 and 29 in Almeria. The Association of Fruit and Vegetables Producing.....

Colombia: Food prices continue to decrease
The National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE) stated, via the Agricultural Price and Supply Sector's Information System (Sipsa), that the prices of vegetables, fruits, and tubers had decreased during the last week.Celery prices, for example, fell in 28 of the 30 markets where it is offered,.....


Cavendish banana?
Cyclist Cavendish wins a bunch of bananas after stage win
No cobblestone trophy like in Paris-Roubaix, no donkey like in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, no lion like in the Tour de France and definitely no ordinary trophy like in the Amstel Gold Race. The winner of the Tour of Turkey and the one who wears the leaders jersey, Mark Cavendish, has won.....a bunch of bananas......

Whistleblower keeps garlic farming honest
Garlic growing and police corruption work don’t often go hand in hand, but they have more in common than might be expected for whistleblower turned farmer Simon Illingworth. Attention to detail, patience and the capacity to handle different situations are the biggest ‘transferable skills’ that he believes.....


Potato head goes viral in Spain
18-year-old Alberto left the Spanish TV series Masterchef Spain in tears two weeks ago. The potato on his dish had three scoops and five blades and was supposed to look like a lions head. "What is this supposed to be? An insult to cooking!" said the jury and sent Alberto home.Alberto is receiving a lot of.....


Markets in 16 countries unite
‘Love Your Local Market’ (LYLM) Campaign
Over 2,000 retail and wholesale markets from 16 countries will come together to celebrate the positive contribution local markets offer their communities and customers, celebrating ‘Love Your Local Market’ (LYLM) 2015 between 15 and 30 May 2015.Participating countries include markets in the UK, France,.....

Can eating the world's hottest pepper kill you?
The strong and sometimes overwhelming effects that come with eating spicy food are caused by one small chemical found in chili peppers: capsaicin. The discomfort of eating high amounts of capsaicin is meant to deter overconsumption, but for those able to overcome both the physical and mental pain, the.....


Vegetable horrors without an Anliker vegetable cutter
In four images the advertising agency Werbeanstalt show the kitchen equipment made by manufacturer Anliker. The theme is: Wrong cutters are horrific for vegetables. Anliker food processors are among the absolute best in the world and it is almost impossible to run a catering company without them. For the.....

10 million Britons have food allergies
An estimated 10 million people in the UK are allergic or intolerant to at least one foodstuff yet many think sufferers make an unnecessary fuss about the problem, research has found.While a third (35%) of people think those with them make a fuss, a quarter (24%) admit they feel no empathy.More than half.....

Peru strengthens relationships with the US for trade of agricultural products
The Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation of Peru, Juan Manuel Benites Ramos, travelled to the US to meet with the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture of the United States, Edward Avalos, on April 23 and 24 in order to strengthen bilateral relations for the benefit of trade in agricultural products between both.....

Nepal earthquake could slow local food production
The earthquake in Nepal will have a huge impact on the country's ability to grow and transport fresh food and could slow an Australian Government-funded aid program.The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) spends millions of dollars on programs in Nepal and neighbouring countries.....

Ghana: Man breaks female fruit seller mould
In the Southern states of Nigeria, housewives, single parents and girls are the promoters of roadside grocery trade, but 35 years old Emmanuel Chinonso Maduga, from Ezinochi, in Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State didn’t fit into these categories. Between peeling and selling at his duty post at the.....

Aldi worker becomes internet sensation
A young man from Horwich in Greater Manchester has become an unexpected internet sensation after he was photographed walking a frail old man home from the supermarket.Aldi worker Christian Trouesdale, 18, said he had received a “crazy reaction” with messages of support flooding in from as far afield as.....

Chipotle first to stop serving GM food
The Mexican-style fast food chain Chipotle will no longer serve food that has been genetically modified starting on Monday.The move makes Chipotle the first major fast food chain in the United States to end the practice, according to the New York Times."This is another step toward the visions we have of.....


kitchen gardens are hot
"Home grown fruit and vegetables preferred over store bought"
Kitchen gardens are hot! More and more people are growing their own vegetables, fruit and herbs. Over 60 percent of Dutch people are opting to eat fruit and vegetables from their own garden rather than those from the shop. They prefer to grow strawberries (60%), followed by herbs (50%) and tomatoes (43%)......

Spain: Hashish hidden in oranges
The Spanish Guardia Civil reported the arrest this week of three people suspected of drug trafficking as a result of three actions carried out in the port of Melilla in recent weeks, which resulted in the seize of a total of 30 kilos of hashish, 2 of which were hidden inside large oranges. A passenger, who.....

US (NY): Competition to down world's hottest peppers
A peck of brave — and possibly insane — heat-seekers will compete to cram as many of the world’s hottest peppers down their gullets as possible at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint on April 26.This contest is no light-weight jalapeno-chomping contest with your buddies, said the.....

US (MN): Immigrant farmers establish new roots
In many parts of the world, farming is just about growing food. Minnesota’s burgeoning immigrant farmer population is discovering that, in the United States, it is often about business — credit, marketing, contracts and networking.“Farmers who want to start small farms have huge obstacles,” said Hilary Otey.....


One third of Dutch export to Germany
Germany: worldwide 2nd market fresh fruit and vegetables
Germany is an important market for fresh fruit and vegetables. Quantity-wise, Germany was the second-largest in 2014 at 8.1 million tonnes, after the United States. Germany took the second place from Russia, whose import was less than 8 million tonnes in 2014 due to the boycott. After Spain, the Netherlands.....

Peru: New fruit processing plant in Lambayeque
A modern fresh fruit processing plant was installed in the district of Jayanca, Lambayeque. The plant required an investment of S/. 6,000,000 and will process up to 240 tons of fruit per day.The new plant is property of the Proserla SAC Company and occupies an area of 12,000 m2. Its opening generated great.....

Burglar makes potato snack, falls asleep on couch
A California man who intended to rob a house had his plans go awry when he made himself a snack and fell asleep on the couch, police said on Friday.James Adams, 44, was arrested on a charge of breaking into the home in Petaluma, about an hour's drive north of San Francisco, around 2pm local time on Thursday,.....

New Zealand farmers unaffected by magnitude 6.3 earthquake
Farmers located on New Zealand’s South Island, especially near Kaikoura, where a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck on Friday are counting their lucky stars. Horticulture New Zealand Communcations Manager Leigh Catley has confirmed that there have been no reports of growers suffering any damage or loss of crops.....

Mango throwing woman rewarded new home
A woman who bashed President Nicolas Maduro on the head with a mango has been promised a new house for her troubles in a surreal tropical tale that has gone viral in Venezuela.The 52-year-old president was driving a bus through a crowd last weekend in the central state of Aragua when someone in the crowd.....

AU: Orchard operator pleads guilty over picker death
A central Victorian employer has pleaded guilty to a workplace safety offence, after the death of a fruit picker in 2013.WorkSafe Victoria said the fruit picker was killed two years ago when a forklift connected to a tractor flipped on wet ground.The tractor pinned the man underneath and he died at the.....

NZ: Fighting nature with nature
New research into sustainable pest management controls might soon offer avocado growers an effective non-chemical control against leafrollers.The research, being conducted by scientists at Plant & Food Research aims to use the pests' own sex pheromones to disrupt the mating process in an effort to reduce.....

Dutch biotech firms worried about minister’s patent plans
Dutch biotech firms are worried about government plans to limit patent rights on plant breeding, the Financieele Dagblad reports. The paper says the firms are concerned they will lose their investments if farm minister Sharon Dijksma succeeds in her wish to break open current EU patent legislation to favour.....

Another severe storm for India
A complex of thunderstorms hammered northeastern India Tuesday night with high winds, hail and heavy rain, killing at least 42 people and injuring more than 100. Satellite animation of the complex of storms moving through northeast India and adjacent parts of Nepal and Bangladesh Tuesday night. Nitish Kumar,.....

UK: BBC bans tropical fruit
The BBC has banned bananas from its Belfast HQ.The blanket ban on the popular fruit has left office workers at Broadcasting House in Belfast city centre going bananas after they received an email warning them of a co-worker's allergy.The message warned office workers that they are forbidden from bringing the.....


Rising demand for avocado
“The avocado is currently in vogue”
“Currently, the avocado is definitely in vogue”, reports Andreas Wolf, product manager at Bratzler & Co. GmbH. The exotic, pear-shaped fruit is enjoying an ever increasing popularity in the German-speaking area. “On the German market, demand is not yet as strong as on the Swiss or Austrian markets”,.....

Colombia: Fruit and vegetable exports will multiply by ten
Fruit and vegetable exports (including bananas) could amount to 1.580 billion within the next 15 years when Colombia implements the projects that the Ministry of Commerce, through the program of productive transformation (PTP), designed to empower this sector in the world market."We could start being.....

Mexico: Radish and green tomato prices increase
This week the field products that had the highest increase in prices were the radish, which increased from $5 to $12 pesos, green tomatoes, which went from $12 to $15 pesos, and papaya, which increased from $5 to $9 pesos per kilo.Other product that had price increases were avocado, pink potatoes, plum, and.....

Sri Lanka: Export sector posts 5% growth
Sri Lanka’s export sector, a key driver of the economy rebounded from last year’s sluggish pace to record a five percent growth during the first quarter of this year as against the corresponding quarter last year.Revenue from exports rose from US$ 1,739 million in the first quarter last year to US$ 1,823.....

German agricultural finance conference
Agricultural sector remains future industry
“The agricultural sector remains a future industry – in Germany, Europe and worldwide. However, the current economic atmosphere and the investment climate in the German agricultural sector, show that the political conditions for further development and innovation are in need of improvement”, states Werner.....


Big sharks, small fish
Germany: Catering as future market for wholesale dealers
The German wholesale markets are in the process of changing. The number of wholesale market companies is decreasing and the traffic of clients on the wholesale market terrains is dwindling. Mustafa Karahan of Maxime BVBA, located in Essen, sees the problem in the general economic situation, with the.....


UGLI® on the outside, sweet on the inside
UGLI®, an exclusive fruit from Jamaica
This tangelo citrus fruit UGLI® appeared at the Frankfurt wholesale market. At first glance this very vitamin-rich citrus fruit does not look particularly appetizing, however it is very sweet when it has fully ripened. "The appearance of the UGLI® cannot be compared with an orange or tangerine, but that is.....

Mexico: Avocado prices increase
The prices of some basic food products recorded mixed variations in the week between April 13 and April 17 this year and the product that had the highest price increase was the avocado.Avocado prices in Puebla went from $19 to $27 pesos, while in Guadalajara, Jalisco, they increased from $19 to $26 pesos per.....