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Coca-Cola subsidiary launches Super Juice
The Coca-Cola Co's UK juice unit, Innocent Drinks, has launched a new range of functional juices with vitamins. The Super Juice range is made up of three flavours:Wonder Green with Apple, Pear, Cucumber & a Hint of GingerSuper Juice with Raspberry & Cherries with Goji BerriesSuper Juice with Oranges.....


Piet Crienen, ZON’s man in Spain:
“Most cooperatives here are not used to working with an auction”
For the second year in a row, ZON fruit & vegetables has Spanish product at auction during the winter months. To this end, ZON worked with a number of Spanish cooperatives. Just like last year, Piet Crienen, Head of Inspections for ZON, was once again in Spain during this period in order to make sure.....


Violation of laws
Walmart is accused of choking the Mexican countryside
The retail chain owned by Christy Walton, one of the richest women in the world, and which is accused of breaking Mexican agricultural, tax, and labor laws, was denounced by various sectors who are opposing the opening of a Walmart store in Cuetzalan, Puebla.This corporation, they said, teaches providers of.....

Peru: Recent rains could delay the harvest and planting seasons
According to Juan Varilias, the president of the Association of Exporters (ADEX), the intensity of the rains in recent weeks could have an impact on the development of this year's agricultural season.Varillas said that the changes in climate could cause a delay in the harvest and planting campaign for 2017.....


Optical illusion makes your brain see colours
A new optical illusion is making its way around the internet and has people questioning. The photo shows a plate of delicious looking red strawberries, or at leas they seem red. The catch, however, is that there aren’t any red pixels at all in the picture, only gray.Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a professor of.....

Warning: Do not open hacked mail from Frutimex
Various importers have warned us about an e-mail from the Indian fruit and vegetable exporter, Frutimex, which has a sales office in Capelle a/d IJssel, the Netherlands. Our inquiries indicate that the e-mail address has been hacked. Do not open this e-mail. Forewarned, forearmed…


Agricultural Bank of China under investigation for money laundering
As China further strengthens its anti money-laundering regulations, authorities have committed to increasing coordination among themselves as they go after underground banks that are conducting illegal operations.This move is in line with the Chinese government's efforts to maintain financial order and.....


Shipping routes during the colonial era
This map shows British, Dutch and Spanish shipping routes from 1750 to 1800. It's been created from newly digitized logbooks of European ships during this period. A full size version of the map can be found here.source: washingtonpost.com

Mexico: Jalisco's food products have opportunities in China
According to Zou Ming Chuan, the economic and commercial counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Mexico, the avocados, berries, and other food products produced in Jalisco have great opportunities to enter the Chinese market."So far, there are agricultural food products, electronic products, and auto parts (...).....


The global economy by GDP
Top ten countries ranked by GDP (GDP in brackets)1. United States ($18.03 trillion)2. China ($11 trillion)3. Japan ($4.38 trillion)4. Germany ($3.36 trillion)5. UK ($2.86 trillion)6. France ($2.42 trillion)7. India ($2,09 trillion)8. Italy ($1.82 trillion)9. Brazil ($1.77 trillion)10. Canada ($1.55.....

Support for EU initiative on agricultural patents
The European organization, Copa and Cogeca, have welcomed the initiative of EU ministers against the use of patents on plant varieties essentially obtained through biological processes. Copa has constantly stated that, "patent law is not the appropriate instrument for the EU agricultural sector."This.....

Could there be another El Niño phenomenon in 2017?
Scientists at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) believe there is a possibility of another El Niño phenomenon this year, even though this weather phenomenon usually reappears two to seven years after the previous one. According to experts, the so-called Super El Niño, which took place in 2015 and.....

Mexico: Jalisco to export agricultural products to Kazakhstan
Agricultural producers, agricultural businesses in the state, and foreign trade service providers participated in a business meeting with representatives of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in order to conquer that country's market.The meeting, which seeks to create new foreign trade alternatives and diversify.....

India man sets Guinness world record for coconut cracking
An Indian man from Delhi, 25 year old Abeesh P. Dominic, recently set a new Guinness world record for opening coconuts with his bare hands. He cracked 145 coconuts with right elbow in less than 50 seconds, and completely broke open 124 coconuts. The previous record was set by the German Muhamed Kahrimanovic,.....

International space station harvests Chinese lettuce
According to a report on the American space agency's website, astronaut Peggy Whitson has spent almost one month tending the first batch of Chinese lettuce on the international space station with the utmost care. On February 17th she was able to harvest the lettuce. This is the fifth time the international.....

Panama: Former banana employees demand land in Baru be distributed
A group of 600 former employees of the Multiple Services Cooperative of Puerto Armuelles, RL (Coosemupar) who, at the time of its dissolution, had a status of unpaid leave, retirement, pension, and renouncement, are demanding that the Government of Panama gives them a hectare of land each.The former.....

Ecuador and the Nordic countries strengthen trade relations
Ecuador has strengthened trade relations with the Nordic territories by opening an office of the Institute for the Promotion of Exports and Investments, PRO Ecuador, in Sweden today.The new office's main mission will be to promote the entry of domestic products in that market and to attract investment under.....


Number of immigrants as a percentage of population
A larger version of the map can be found here.source: matadornetwork.com

Saudi Arabia increases import levies on potatoes and beans
Saudi Arabia has changed its import levies. They have risen considerably, and it concerns a wide range of (agricultural) goods. For example, the levy on fresh potatoes and beans increases from 5 to 12 per cent. Lemon, pineapple and orange juice with a brix level of 20 or higher will see an increase in import.....


The Fruit Exporters Association of Chile reports contribution for fire relief
The Board of Directors of the Fruit Exporters Association of Chile (ASOEX) has joined forces with the Fundacion Desafio Levantemos Chile in relief efforts connected to recent fires that impacted thousands of people in Chile. The organizations will work together to rebuild houses and support infrastructure.....


Risks on the garlic market abound
China: Garlic prices to trend downwards in 2017
The outlook for the garlic market in 2017 is gloomy. Sales of garlic for cold storage have run into difficulties, and transactions between the production plants and the marketplace have not improved over the years. Supply exceeds demand. The prices for garlic are currently in steep decline. What impact will.....


Eduardo Ferreyros, Peru's Minister of Foreign Trade:
"Consumer trends have changed, and Peru has adapted perfectly"
SuperfruitsPeru's presence in Berlin's Fruit Logistica did not go unnoticed due to their attractive food tasting and, mainly, because of the country's diverse product offerings. There were producers of mangoes, grapes, asparagus, blueberries, aguaymanto (physallis), and passion fruit, among others, with a.....

China wants to develop trade with the Spanish-speaking food industry
"The Spanish-speaking market is important for China, as it has launched economic offices in Spain, Mexico, the United States, and Hong Kong, in less than a year, to maximize trade between China and all the Spanish-speaking countries. In addition, the country's goal is to gradually open offices in other.....


“If Minnaar still existed, we would still be working there”
Photo report: Reunion for former colleagues of Minnaar
Fifteen years ago, the fresh produce exporter from the Westland was sold to The Greenery. At the initiative of Anton Rutten, a reunion took place at tomato nursery CombiVliet in Maasdijk on Friday 17 February. That team spirit was still fresh was obvious from the number of former colleagues in attendance,.....


Spain: Guardia Civil seizes 85,000 unlicenced almond plants
The Spanish Guardia Civil has seized 85,000 almond trees from a nursery in the municipality of Huelma. The owner is under investigation for intellectual property crime, as the exploitation of these varieties corresponds exclusively to a company in possession of a State contract. The intervention has taken.....


Map of second languages in each country
A leftover of an age of conquest and colonialism has led to many languages lingering in countries long since liberated. Algeria's second language for example, is French - a remnant of France's occupation - and much of Africa speaks English, Italian or French as a result of colonial rule, alongside their many.....

New biodegradable bioplastics to increase crop yields
The goal of a project funded by Valencian Climate-KIC, the European initiative against climate change, is to use new biodegradable plastics with active components to increase crop yields in agriculture and to improve its competitiveness in the market.Researchers at the Institute of Food Engineering for.....

Mexico: Michoacan to export tropical fruits and berries to the Netherlands and Sweden
Companies from Michoacan will export 37.6 tons of food products to the Netherlands and Sweden this year. This exports are possible thanks to the actions that the State Government, headed by Silvano Aureoles Conejo, develops through the Ministry of Economic Development (Sedeco) to increase the existing.....

New El Niño possible this year according to weather experts
Scientists from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) say there is a possibility of a new El Niño event forming later this year. Back in 2015 and 2016, El Niño drove up global temperatures and played a role in droughts in many parts of the world.Normally the weather phenomenon only re-appears every two.....


Bolivia: 80% of crops are threatened by a plague of locusts
In late January, Bolivian producers in the region of Santa Cruz reported the first outbreak of a plague of locusts, which initially only affected 220 hectares and was rated as stationary. In early February, however, the infected areas multiplied and surpassed 1,200 hectares. So far, the crops affected are of.....


The farming astronaut, a new profile at NASA
Astronauts ate the first lettuce to be grown in space on August 10, 2015. "It tastes delicious," they said. The best thing was that it was as nutritious as a lettuce grown on earth.Growing more fresh vegetables is a dream about to come true for astronauts who spend months without having a decent meal. To win.....

Erin Atkinson crowned Bay of Plenty Young Grower of the Year
Erin Atkinson, 29, Technical Advisor for Apata Group Limited in Te Puke has been crowned Bay of Plenty’s Young Fruit Grower for 2017 at last night’s special gala dinner in Tauranga.The day-long competition last Saturday, the 11th of February at Te Puke Showgrounds, followed by the gala dinner, saw six.....

Workshop to inform Australian farmers on backpacker tax obligations
While the chaotic battle over the backpacker tax is over, some worry that some farmers may be confused over the new tax rules they must abide by. The new changes came into effect on Jan 1st, requiring farmers to pay 15% in income tax from the first dollar earned and includes changes to backpackers'.....


Map shows top brands of each Country in 2017
The map shows the biggest brand in selected countries. Each brand shown is the biggest company of its country. Each country is sized to reflect the global value of its major brand (bigger is more valuable, of course). The colors represent brand strength, out of a maximum of 100. To see a larger version of.....


Duchess of Cornwall buys avocado painting
One oil painter in the UK was honored when The Duchess of Cornwall bought one of her paintings at the Ferens Art Gallery when visiting with the Prince of Wales on Wednesday. Helen Brayshaw was shocked that her painting of an avocado was chosen out of the 330 other works at the open exhibition. While the.....


USA: Kimbal Musk debuts healthy fast food restaurant
Walk around in any busy city and you will notice how unhealthy food is much easier to find than healthy. In some places it may be nearly impossible to eat healthy but quickly, and these days, time is limited and sadly unhealthy food is more convenient.To change this, Kimbal Musk, Elon Musk's brother, has.....

Zimbabwean official says U.S. critics can "go hang on a banana tree"
U.S. critics of Zimbabwe’s human rights record can “go hang on a banana tree,” a Zimbabwean official said and stated that the government was to wait to see how the Trump administration will see the country.“We are waiting for a cue from the new government,” Zimbabwe’s state-run Herald newspaper quoted.....

China: Prickly pears confiscated at Nanjing Airport
When an employee of the Chinese Border Control Agency of Nanjing Airport, in Jiangsu province, made an inspection on a flight coming from Hongkong, she found one of the passengers was carrying prickly pears. This fruit came from South Africa and was brought for the passenger's relatives who had never seen.....


Obtaining blue colouring from algae cultivation
The Blue Chain project is looking at possibilities to realise the commercial cultivation of algae in greenhouses in the Western Brabant and Flanders region. The Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy is involved with two parts of this project.Firstly, the lectureship, Biobased Products, is looking at the.....


Fruit Exporters Association of Chile helping rebuild fire affected areas
The Fruit Exporters Association of Chile (ASOEX) has confirmed their support for reconstruction in the areas impacted by fires that have affected the country. An undisclosed amount of funding will be committed to relief measures."We are deeply saddened by the loss of human lives, houses, infrastructure,.....

China: Border patrol in Xiamen impounds tons of imported fruit
During the Spring Festival, which was held between January 27th and and February 2nd this year, the Xiamen branch of the Chinese Border Control Agency assured the safety of 78 916 passengers travelling on 528 international flights. Additionally, it seized 114 contraband items that were to be smuggled into.....


Vehicles per 1000 people by country
This map uses the above color code to show the number of vehicles per 1000 people per country. The darker the color of a country on the map, the more cars.

European people-smugglers are using garlic to create confusion
European people-smuggling gangs are using garlic to confuse sniffer dogs as they attempt to sneak people into the UK.The extraordinary ruse came to light at the ongoing trial of four Bulgarian men in England who are accused of people-trafficking.When border officials in the port town of Dover in the south of.....


Countries with a lower population than Singapore
To see a larger version of the map click here:source: twitter.com


Renaat Kuipers, former manager Veiling Haspengouw:
“We should have been clearer about obligations to deliver for cultivators”
In September 2014, Renaat Kuipers left Veiling Haspengouw. According to him, the biggest challenge was to keep all parties satisfied. “A cooperative is an especially unusual structure. You have shareholders, suppliers, producers and customers. Suppliers are, at the same time, also shareholders, making it.....

British tabloid blames Spain for vegetable shortages
The rainy weather of December and the snow of January took a great toll on the lettuce production in the Region of Murcia, and this, as growers had warned, is causing difficulties to fulfill the commitments with customers in Europe and in the British market, where nine out of ten lettuces are imported from.....


Mexicans harvest US products
Roger Medina's alarm clock rings just as many people are about to go to sleep. It's midnight, he jumps out of bed, drinks a coffee and runs to the border, while his wife and 11-month-old daughter are still asleep.He is one of the thousands of Mexican peasants who daily cross the border into the United States.....

Chilean fruits have opportunities in the UAE
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a very low food production mainly because of the unfavorable climatic conditions for the cultivation of fruits and vegetables and because of the high cost of labor. As a result, the UAE is highly dependent on food and beverage imports to meet the needs of its 9.4 million.....

Chile: Asoex confirms that the fires have only affected 2% of the agricultural areas
The Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile, ASOEX, decided to provide institutional support to the areas devastated by the forest fires that have affected Chile in recent weeks."We deeply regret the loss of human lives, homes, infrastructure, labor sources, and animals in the affected areas. We reiterate.....

10% drop in yearly export of produce from Taiwan to mainland China
2016 saw a change of the ruling political party in Taiwan and a stalling of relations with China. This led to a setback in produce export. According to a statistic produced by the Agricultural Committee, exports of produce from Taiwan to China were worth 905 milion dollars last year, which was a drop of.....


Scottish parliament votes against triggering Brexit
Scottish parliament has shown its disapproval of the Brexit with 90 votes to 34 against triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on Tuesday which is required before the Brexit can officially begin. This comes after the UK's Supreme Court ruled that the UK parliament must vote in order to begin the process.....


Uruguay: "We can't enter the plantations due to the strong winds"
Uruguay declared an orange code warning at the weekend because of strong winds exceeding 90 kilometers per hour. The winds mainly affected the coastal departments of Montevideo, Canelones, San Jose, Colonia, Maldonado and Rocha. The Uruguayan meteorological department, INUMET, also declared a yellow code for.....

The future of the CAP is subject to public consultation
The European Commission has started the first phase of the modernization and simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy by opening a public consultation, which began yesterday and will conclude on May 2.The Commission will take into consideration the input received in the consultation when drafting the.....

Negotiation of the FTA between Mexico & EU to be accelerated
The Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, and the Trade Commissioner of the European Union (EU), Cecilia Malmström, held a conference call in which they agreed to accelerate negotiations to modernize the Free Trade Agreement between Mexico and the EU (TLCUEM)."We will position our trade.....

Tomato and citrus, the most affected
Spanish farmers trust Trump will lift the Russian veto
In August 2014, the United States and the European Union agreed to impose sanctions on Russia for bringing down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, when almost 300 people died.Brussels sanctions, also supported by Spain, included a ban on the sale of shares or bonds issued by banks in which the Russian State.....


IFCO donates environmentally friendly RPCs all over the world
IFCO Systems, a leading global provider of reusable packaging solutions, has donated more than 240,000 RPCs (Reusable Plastic Containers) to food banks since the start of its initiative for the support of food banks in 2009.Ever since, IFCO has provided the food banks on a free-of-charge basis with IFCO RPCs.....


Denmark has most expensive food prices in the EU
This map shows each country's ranking by average food price, with a score of 100 being the average price in Europe. To see a full sized version with more members,click here.source: ec.europa.eu

Mother sues Morrisons after son breaks femur falling over plastic bag
An outraged mother in the UK is trying to sue one of the largest supermarkets in the country after her son broke his thigh bone from falling in one of their stores.Chloe Phillips was out shopping with her son at Morrisons in Erith, South-East London when a stray fruit and vegetable bag caused him to fall. A.....

"Russia" not an excuse for anonymous pears
However many boycotts there might be, you can't trade anonymous pears. This is according to an announcement by the Judiciary.The announcement concerns a batch of pears that were found by the KCB and the NVWA in October 2014. The Conference pears, 1480 colli at 12 kilograms, were in wooden crates. Class.....

Flexible controlled atmosphere, an efficient way to better valorize fresh products
Like a growing number of American fruit & vegetable producers, Steve Tennes, a blueberry grower in Charlotte, Michigan, has integrated the Janny MT flexible controlled atmosphere technology into his farm, and got straight economic benefits.A clear and dynamic website, a Facebook page with more than 8 000.....


Italy: MD-LD bets on fresh produce
With 711 stores, 5,000 employees and 6 logistics platforms, MD-LD discount group is one of the leading companies in distribution. We talked to Luigi La Montagna, purchasing manager of a segment that last year handled over €160 million.Watch the video interview with Luigi La Montagna:"Fruit and vegetable.....


Chile: The US Ambassador visits fruit exporting company
The US ambassador to Chile, Carol Perez, paid a visit to the Plant Health Inspection Site at Lo Herrera and to the Dole Chile SA company in Codegua. She wanted to see for herself the phytosanitary inspection sites and the selection and packaging processes used to export Chilean fruits.The Ambassador and her.....

A quarter of the crops in Guatemala were affected by the frost
According to agricultural authorities and exporters, the low temperatures in Guatemala affected snow peas, blackberries, avocados and other crops, and endangered 1,840 quintals of peas and green beans.In a preliminary assessment, the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport) estimated that the frost.....

Cuban farmers urged to produce more to meet the demands of tourism
The Cuban authorities have urged farmers to increase food production to supply the demands of tourism and of the domestic market.Independent producers answered the official appeal, launched over the weekend, by saying that "the island's agricultural production increase depends on the Cuban state."On.....

Colombia to have horticulture center in the Atlantic department
The Governor's office and Grupo Grajales have begun work on structuring the financial model of a project to consolidate the creation of a Caribbean Fruit and Vegetable Center in the Malambo, in the deparment of Atlantico, which is expected to be ready in three months.Grupo Grajales, a business group from the.....

Peru establishes phytosanitary requirements for French cherry seeds
The Peruvian Government has established phytosanitary requirements to import cherry seeds (Prunus mahaleb) of French origin and provenance through the Directorial Resolution No. 0002-2017-Minagri-SENASA-DSV.The standard, which was published yesterday in the official newspaper "El Peruano", states that all.....