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Montreal supermarket offers produce from rooftop garden

“People don’t believe that we can grow veggies on a rooftop,” says Carl Pichette, marketing vice-president for Sobeys Quebec. But that’s exactly what an IGA supermarket in Montreal’s borough of Saint-Laurent is doing. They have planted a 23,000-square foot rooftop garden that shoppers can spot from the parking.....

New products from Belt & Road countries make their way to Chinese homes

Until recently, the majority of Chinese had never heard of exotic products such as African shea butter, Spanish artichokes and Arabic herbs, Now all this has changed, thanks to increasing trade with Belt and Road countries.Spain, Peru, Italy and Chile are among the largest artichoke producers in the world, but.....

Technical University of Munich:

Allergy potential of strawberries and tomatoes depends on variety

They are among the most consumed fruits and vegetables in the world: strawberries and tomatoes. However, many people are allergic to them, particularly people who are also allergic to birch pollen. A team from the Technische Universität München (TUM) has investigated which strawberry or tomato varieties.....

Plug pulled on Indian online grocery service

The Gurugram-based online grocery delivery service Grofers has shut down its vegetables and fruits delivery segment across NCR and Bengaluru. The service had been suspended in the aforementioned cities for the past couple of weeks, and it has been confirmed that the SoftBank-backed start-up has killed the.....

Potential Chinese investments continue to grow in Turkey

As one of the first and largest direct investors, China's interest in Turkey is increasing, and the potential for cooperation continues to grow.A delegation of Turkish business people led by the International Cooperation Platform (UİP) held meetings in Shanghai. The organization recently established an.....

Agriculture sector dubs campaign 'misleading'

Jordanians urged to continue tomato boycott

Last Monday, the Consumer Protection Society urged Jordanians to sustain their boycott of tomatoes. However, leading agricultural institutions described the boycott campaign as 'misleading'.Mohammad Obeidat, CPS president, said that the campaign -which the society launched early this week- has begun to bear.....

EU: 10 million euros for fruit and vegetable promotion

Following the 2017 call for proposals for multi programmes for information provision and promotion measures for agricultural products, the EU has awarded 10 grants in 2017. Among the projects were:Promotion of fruits and vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries) in France and Hungary: 4 million.....

June at the Lusia fresh produce market

The first half of June was characterised by lots of thunderstorms that made temperatures drop. This is turn caused fluctuations in product quantities and quotations.The weather was sunnier and with good temperatures during the second part of the month, with increasing quotations thanks to the livelier.....

Stephan Junkers, Go Fresh GmbH:

'Convenience product needs additional value'

He was one of the pioneers in the field of pre-cut goods when the term convenience was not even around. Today, longtime entrepreneur Stephan Junkers is still dealing with this product segment, which is currently growing rapidly, especially in Germany. Despite the huge growth, conditions are the same as they.....

Adam and Eve Fruchthandel GmbH

"Our range includes everything that restaurateurs need"

When Nurten Orakci, founder of Adam and Eve Fruchthandel GmbH & Co. KG gets to work, it is still dark outside. His day begins, as for many dealers in the wholesale market at three o'clock in the morning. Then the first trucks arrive, whose goods have to be checked and taken off. Quality comes first in the.....

Michel Lesage, Lesage Champignons

"Spain and Portugal demand more mushrooms in the summer"

During the holidays, there is an increased demand from Southern Europe for Western European mushrooms. "We have clients in Spain and Portugal who focus on Western tourists in particular", says Michel Lesage of the Belgian Lesage Champignons. "These clients see that tourists do not choose local mushrooms. This.....

Afghanistan

Government builds fruit packaging facility & laboratory in Kabul

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock is all set to build a compound of fruit packaging facility and a laboratory in Badam Bagh area in Kabul. Work on the compound is to be completed within the next seven months, the agriculture minister Nasir Ahmad Durani said. The laboratory equipment will be.....

Fruit and veg exports from Uzbekistan up by 73.4%

The volume of food exports from Uzbekistan increased by 58.9% from January-June 2018, due to an increase in the export of fruit and vegetable products by 73.4%. The volume of exports of fruit and vegetable products amounted to US$463.2 million, or increased compared to the same period last year by 73.3%.From.....

Scottish fields parched as well

Dry spell could be catastrophic for Isle of Wight farmers

Isle of Wight farmers who have resorted to emergency measures to save failing crops. And the Isle of Wight branch of the National Farmers' Union has warned the impact could be catastrophic, if the dry spell continues.Emergency irrigation has been carried out across the Island but not all farmers have access to.....

Frequency of irrigation reduced by up to 50%

Development of hydrogel that retains water and nutrients for crops

Grupo Projar has developed a hydrogel that helps crops retain water and nutrients and manages to reduce the frequency of irrigation by up to 50%. In the case of there being no irrigation or restrictions, it positively affects the growth and production of plants, even in extreme cases of lack of water,.....

Statistics of 2017 food consumption in Finland

Last year, people in Finland consumed an average of 160 kilograms of liquid milk products, 81 kilograms of meat, 80 kilograms of grains, 65 kilograms of fruit and 64 kilograms of vegetables. This is indicated by the advance information on the Balance Sheet for Food Commodities published by the Natural.....

Apricot export volumes in Armenia up by over 126%

As of July 11, 2018, a total of 101.492 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables have been exported from Armenia, compared to the 56.856 tons of the same products of the previous year, the Ministry of Agriculture told Armenpress.Compared to the same period of the previous year, total export volumes increased by.....

Roadmap ready to increase Pakistan’s horticulture exports

Waheed Ahmed is both Patron-in-Chief of the Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) and Vice President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI). He claims that his nation’s horticulture exports, currently at around $600 million, have the.....

Ahmet Cicek - Diyarmed GmbH:

'Bulk availability of Belgian tomatoes very good'

The supply of Western European tomatoes and cucumbers has just entered its main season. On the wholesale markets in the Ruhr region, products from Dutch and Belgian soil mainly dominate events. The quantity availability is broadly satisfactory, but demand and prices fluctuate per day, says Ahmet Cicek of.....

BLE Marktbericht KW27/18

Germany: Apple imports from overseas are setting the tone

An influx of European apples from this year's season was increasingly noticeable. This was particularly true in Frankfurt with the Polish Geneva Early and Bialy Nalew. In Hamburg, local, homegrown apples and in Berlin the native Lodi could be accessed. Of course, these quantities were small and, at best,.....

Villages in Andhra Pradesh to have own vegetable gardens

Last Thursday, Chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said that the government would soon start vegetable gardens in the villages of Andhra Pradesh, to grow vegetables. These gardens will fall under the local Anganawaid Centers, from where the food is supplied to the children and pregnant women. He said Andhra.....

The major fruit capitals of India

In June 2018, Indian president Ram Nath Kovind declared Tripura's queen variety pineapple to be the state fruit. He admitted that the export of this pineapple variety is a major step in connecting the state with world trade.Kovind addressed the reception programme held in Tripura on the evening of June 7 where.....

Kenya's horticulture sector eyes Chinese market

Kenya's horticulture sector is seeking to increase exports to China in order to boost revenues. Hosea Machuki, CEO of the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya, stated in Nairobi that currently less than two percent of horticultural exports are sold in China."We are therefore going to intensify.....

New Zealand’s kiwis to remain top horticultural export fruit

Kiwifruit exports, valued at $1.86 billion, remain New Zealand's most valuable horticulture export. It is certainly closely followed by the value of wine exports, at $1.72 billion, though they were less than half the value of the kiwifruit exports in 2004. The latest forecasts by the Ministry for Primary.....

Dubai’s Al Aweer Fruits and Vegetables Market gets makeover

Sweating and fretting in summer heat will be a thing of the past for customers and traders at the Central Fruits and Vegetable Market in Al Aweer in Dubai. By the end of 2019, fresher fruits and vegetables and a cooler shopping experience will be available for customers at Dubai’s largest market for fresh.....

Four days after heavy rains:

Vegetable prices drop in Mumbai

Four days of incessant rains have unleashed mayhem in the city Mumbai, but there is some good news as well. Vegetable prices have come down by 20 percent, and if the rain continues, prices are likely to come down even more. According to the veggie traders at Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), Vashi,.....

Produce man Michael Marks

Green beans, peaches and strawberries

Produce man Michael Marks is back again, with the best deals in seasonal fruits and vegetables.

West Bengal, India

Basarat packaging house in to aid exporters

To keep vegetables, fruits and other foodstuffs fresh and fit for export, the West Bengal Government is building a packaging house of international standards in Barasat. This facility could be particularly useful to large farmers who want to export their products, but the initiative will also be beneficial for.....

Technology helps to assess ripeness of summer fruit

There is no alternative when it comes to summer fruit: the produce sold in supermarkets must taste good and have a level of ripeness that is good for both shelf-life and consumption. Technology helps operators achieve this."Our meter is used is to assess cherry batches from all over the northern hemisphere. It.....

Bulgaria: Potato prices lower than last year

A couple of weeks ago, the average wholesale price of potatoes, both fresh and old, fell below last year's levels.This was revealed by an operational analysis from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MAFG) on the market conditions for certain basic crops. Declines have also been reported for other.....

Swiss import company Jehle explores German market

‘Potential for Italian specialties in Southern Germany’

The Swiss import and wholesale company Jehle is about to expand onto the southern German market. The traditional company based in Zurich and Mellingen has completely focused on the marketing of Italian fruit and vegetable specialties and from next year will take on the challenge of exporting the products to.....

Aussie growers stand by their products

‘Tasmanian vegetables are safe’

Vegetable growers are urging Tasmanians to buy local as imported frozen vegetables are pulled from supermarket shelves across the country. Fears over the deadly listeria strain of bacteria have sparked a recall of frozen corn, carrot, broccoli and mixed vegetable bags from Woolworths, IGA, Aldi and some other.....

Rwanda’s vegetable farmers seek to exploit marshlands

According to a 2008 report, Rwanda has 867 marshlands covering a total surface area of 278,536 ha. Farmers currently growing vegetables in a marshland in Gasabo District, Kigali City, want to be permitted to exploit other idle agricultural marshlands.The farmers have formed the ‘Juru Cooperative’. They are.....

Farmers pleased with prices

Indian tomato trade picks up

After a gap of four months the tomato trade picked up, giving a comfortable ₹24 (€0.30) a kg on Saturday as against the ₹8 (€0.10) last week at the Madanapalle market, considered the largest in India.The farmers are also happy with the overwhelming response on the exports front, taking a share of.....

High-tech table fruit competency centre to be officially opened

At the end of August, GEISER agro.com ag moves to new premises

The Swiss trading company GEISER agro.com ag is about to reach an important milestone. Next month, the company will move into a highly modern and efficient competence centre for processing, storage and packaging of table fruit. The new facility will be officially opened on August 31 in the presence of.....

Spain: Western Sahara could increase horticultural area

Fepex, the Spanish federation of associations of producers and exporters of fruits, vegetables, flowers and live plants, has stated that the area dedicated to fruit and vegetables in the Western Sahara could grow from the current 900 hectares to 5,000 hectares.If these forecasts of an increase in acreage are.....

Italy: Duties on US products

In an interview with "La Stampa", Minister for Agriculture Gianmarco Centinaio talked about the uselessness of a protectionist policy and explained that duties call for other duties. "The best method is for all countries is to carry out strict checks and guarantee the quality of what arrives in our ports."The.....

Turkish Senator: Turkey is in top 5 globally for fruit and veg production

AK Party Senator, Halil Etyemez: “We as a government offer support to growers in all areas of production. Our support does not only cover the distribution of seeds and seedlings to growers but also special incentive programs for exports and funding and grants for setting up greenhouses, know-how in soil.....

Lidl focuses on Spanish fruit and vegetables

In 2017, Lidl bought Spanish products to the value of EUR1,9 billion. This is an increase of 35% compared to the previous year. In Spain, Lidl's purchases represent 10,5% of the total number of products grown there. Of these fruits and vegetables, 86% is exported.This concerns melons, citrus, bananas,.....

Spain, first fourth months of 2018

Spanish horticultural exports to the EU down 4%; shipments to third countries up 5%

Fruit and vegetable exports intended for the EU fell by 4% and those shipped to third countries grew by 5% in the first four months of 2018.The value of the fruit and vegetable exports shipped to the EU in the first four months of the year stood at 4,745 million Euro (-4%), while exports to third countries.....

New partners join the seedless grapes project "ARRA"

The following Italian enterprises:Agrimessina, Extrafrutta, Frudis, La Pernice, Lilla & Giuliani and Salvihave also taken part in the ARRA™ project. Avi and Grapa welcomed these new partners in the ARRA™project as they represent an important addition of added value on top of the already existing.....

From 6th to 18th October all the main experts will be at the event

Three international days focused on asparagus

There are a lot of expectations for the International Asparagus Days (Cesena, October 16-18, 2018), an event intended to take stock of the technical, production and business situation of this vegetable.The cultivation of the green, white and purple asparagus involves 210.000 hectares worldwide and currently.....

OECD/ UN Food and Agriculture Organisation report:

‘Agriculture in Europe to decline as Asian output grows’

Agricultural production in Western Europe is set to decline over the coming decade, with output in Africa and Asia expected to increase. This is one of the predictions of a report, released by the OECD and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, this Tuesday.The unrest-wracked Middle East meanwhile faces a.....

‘On the shelf within the hour’

Delhaize tries out growing produce on own roof

A supermarket in Belgium’s capital is selling produce grown on its own roof only hours after being harvested. Delhaize, a Belgian supermarket chain -part of Ahold Delhaize- said it launched the "Urban Farm" project to satisfy the growing number of consumers who are concerned about where their food is sourced......

Raising farmers' incomes by 400%

Philippines: Road map essential for coconut intercropping

According to Coalition for Agriculture Modernization in the Philippines chair, Emil Javier, only 30 percent of the 3.2 million coconut hectares are intercropped. If we allow 10 percent for spacing between trees, we still have 1.8 million hectares that are idle and can be planted with other crops. Experts say a.....

Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services announces Agricultural Plan

Abu Dhabi Farmers' Service Centre (ADFSC) has announced its 'Agricultural Production Plan' for the 2018-2019 season, starting mid-August and continuing until June 2019.The ADFSC has identified 68 varieties of fresh vegetables, including 6 fruit crops -for the first time- in the agricultural plan to encourage.....

Mexico's new President promises higher wages, more domestic food production

Last week, Mexico elected a new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and growers are now assessing what impact the new President-elect will have on the country's fresh produce industry. López Obrador secured 53 percent of the vote with a 60 percent turnout for the vote and is considered a leftist. According.....

Taiwan: Premier acts against drop in fruit prices

Premier William Lai yesterday ordered Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture to find out the reasons behind plummeting fruit prices. It should also set targets of 10 percent of Taiwan’s total fruit supply each for exports, processing and direct and promotional sale volumes, to drive up demand.Lai instructed the.....

Spain: Reduction of fruit and veg sales in traditional stores

Traditional stores were still the number one choice for Spanish households to buy fresh fruit and vegetables in 2017, accounting for 33.4% of the total in the case of fruit and 30.7% in the case of vegetables. However, their share has registered a decline compared to the previous year, while sales in.....

Turkey: Costs for growers outpaces inflation rate

The costs for agricultural production have increased by more than the inflation rate which is putting Turkish growers in a difficult position. The inflation rate in the last year has been 11.1 % whereas some cost items such as petroleum prices increased by 27 %.These increases can be seen also on the market.....

Romanians warned not to buy vegetables affected by recent floods

Weather conditions are finally improving for Romanian vegetable growers, after a cold and dry start to the season. There were new challenges last week, with rains continuing for 7 days and 7 nights in some regions.Scientists have been warning local consumers to be cautions consuming vegetables affected by the.....

Fruit and veg prices rising much faster in Russia than in the EU

Between January and May 2018, food products became 2.1% more expensive in Russia, while in the European Union, the same products saw prices grow by just 1.1%, according to Rosstat.The most notable difference was recorded in the price of vegetables, which grew by 14.4% in Russia, while in the EU they only.....

Ivory Coast government promotes vegetables and cassava

On July 2, the Ivorian government launched its support project for the cassava and vegetable sectors’ development (PRO2M), estimated at CFA11.5 billion (€17.5 mln).The EU-financed initiative will focus on 21 regions in the country and will run until 2021. It is expected to generate 7,500 direct and 20,000.....

‘For some fruit, it’s fly or die’

Australian fresh produce needs more airfreight capacity

Australian fresh food exporters of seafood and fruit/vegetables say they potentially are missing out on hundreds of millions of dollars in sales because air carriers are prioritising higher-margin beef and milk shipments. Many of the fruit and vegetable products have very limited shelf lives and are therefore.....

Russia: Seven storage units to be built in federal republic of Adygea

Seven refrigerated units storing fruits and vegetables will be built in Adygea in the next two years, the head of the republic's Agriculture Ministry, Yuri Petrov, said in an interview with TASS. According to preliminary estimates, investments will exceed 2.1 billion rubles (€28.4 mln)."We are changing the.....

Avocados still have to wait

Ecuador: Tomatoes ready for export to US

On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, the US opened its borders to receive tree tomatoes, as fresh fruit, from Ecuador. This generated high expectations with the producers of Tungurahua, the province with the largest amount of this crop.“If exporting means having better prices in the sale, combating pests and.....

Spain: Search for strategy to protect tomatoes from heatstroke

A serious problem that many horticultural crops in Valencia have been suffering for a long time is the negative impact of heatstroke, which usually causes widespread collapses in plantations. Tomatoes, peppers or watermelons that were developing very well during the spring and early in the summer start.....