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OVERVIEW GLOBAL SWEET POTATO MARKET

This year, hurricane Florence has had a decisive influence on the sweet potato market. The hurricane moved across the US and decimated the harvest in North Carolina and South Carolina. Worldwide, traders are waiting to see how the market develops. Some are switching to other origins, but not everyone is…

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California: Cold weather could affect broccoli supplies

Broccoli supplies look thin right now. “There seems to be lighter supplies compared to last year around this time,” says Gopal K. Gupta of Surrey, BC’s City Wide Produce. “California is lower in production. Colder weather has made it difficult to harvest in certain areas. Santa Maria/Salinas shippers scale back in…

Produce technology supplier sees value in more learning tools

With the amount of new technology entering the fresh produce sphere, growers are now required to know these sometimes unfamiliar technologies along with placing their attention on their main task - growing produce. QA Supplies, which supplies producers with tools to measure and analyze their product…

Medically important antibiotic oxytetracycline allowed on oranges, tangerines

Trump administration approves antibiotic residue on citrus fruit

The Trump administration has approved a maximum level of the medically important antibiotic oxytetracycline allowed in citrus fruits. The Environmental Protection Agency…

Federal Councilor Johann Schneider-Ammann could not achieve a breakthrough

For the time being, no free trade negotiations between Switzerland and the USA

For the time being, there will be no more formal free trade negotiations between Switzerland and the USA. During his visit to Washington, Federal Councilor Johann…

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US berry and avocado grower speaks at GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT 2018

Naturipe’s Director of Food Safety and Social Responsibility Donna Lynn Browne, spoke on several panels at GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT 2018 in Lima, Peru. “The GLOBALG.A.P. SUMMIT introduces opportunities to educate our industry,” says Donna Lynn Browne, Director of Food Safety and social responsibility. “We are at the…

Canadian report: Meat eaters will pay less, veggie lovers more

According to Canada’s Food Price Report , meat eating Canadians will benefit from dropping prices for animal protein in 2019, while the growing legion of meat-free eaters will pay more for their vegetables. Some 40 per cent of British Columbians aged 35 and under follow some variation of a meat-free diet, which is…

Chile decrees agricultural emergency zone in 10 communes of O'Higgins

Yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, decreed an agricultural emergency zone in the municipalities of Mostazal, Graneros, Codegua, Machali, Rancagua, Requinoa, Rengo, Olivar, Malloa, and Chimbarongo, due to the complex situation that the hailstorm that took place on November 12 and that…

Fyffes denies allegations of abuse at Honduran plantation

This Thursday, The Times Ireland  reported that the Dublin-headquartered fruit company strongly rejected allegations of abuse at its Honduran melon plantation, saying the safety of its workers is a “core value”. The paper reported that Fyffes had its fair-trade certification suspended after allegations that workers had…

Dramatically different situations for Florida and Brazilian citrus

When compared to last season’s output, expected orange production this season is dramatically different in both Florida and Brazil. Florida up The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s November forecast…

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Europe

Persimmon market continues to grow

Lisan van Koppen of Jaguar The Fresh Company can sum up the Spanish persimmon and citrus season in two words: small sizes. There’s naturally a more nuanced image behind these two words. She talks about the delayed harvest, the growing market for persimmons and the early tangerines that are being pushed…

Spanish import season in full swing

Keeping a grip on short supply chain with own production

As soon as summer reaches its end in the low countries, the import of greenhouses vegetables from Spain always starts again. This year the start was calm and supply gradually got into its stride. Yet the import season appears to be starting earlier in recent years, although ‘the Spaniards’ also continue…

Leo Pels:

“Larger citrus production globally is our biggest competitor”

Large or small harvests, large or small sizes: it doesn’t matter either way to Leo Pels of the Dutch import company of the same name. In his long career in citrus, he’s seen it all. He prefers taking a step back and looking at the larger trends now seen on the citrus market: overproduction, (too)…

Warm autumn curbs start of citrus season

The warm autumn weather in the Netherlands and Belgium resulted in a difficult start to the Spanish citrus season; demand lagged. Yet David Remy of the Belgian wholesaler’s and importer Jacques Remy isn’t pessimistic. He expects a season with good quality and a larger volume to market. “We do our own importing from Spain under our…

Port of Trieste may become gateway for Europe’s banana imports from India

As part of “Banana4growth”, a shipment of 22 tons of bananas from India was handled at Trieste port. The fruit will be donated to 51,000 less fortunate people in the Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto regions. ‘Banana4growth’ is development cooperation project co-financed with regional funds, of which Autorita’ di Sistema…

Danish government in favor of banning thin plastic bags

The Danish government is in favor of banning the thin plastic bags, according to newspaper Politiken . The prospective ban is part of the government’s plastic strategy, which seeks to dramatically reduce Denmark’s consumption of plastic bags. “We need to move away from the ‘use and throw away’ culture that we probably…

Italy: Successful partnership between Apofruit Italia and Società Frutticoltori Trento

The strategic partnership between the Società Frutticoltori Trento and Apofruit Italia has been incredibly successful. The agreement involved the cooperation of Società Frutticolotri Trento with the Apofruit, combining their industrial and the marketing departments, thus putting them under a single management and with…

Jacob Aktalan, MG Fruit:

“Cantaloupes a positive exception on difficult melon market”

Melon sales are currently difficult in general. “The only exception to this is the Cantaloupe melon. Up to two weeks ago, the sales of Galia and watermelon — mostly seedless — went fairly well with good prices, but that has completely changed now,” says Jacob Aktalan of MG Fruit in Barendrecht, the…

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Keeping your fruit and veg fresh longer than ever imagined

Many people would like to cut down on food waste, but if your fruit is forever turning mouldy and vegetables going mushy, it's hard to stick to good intentions. Now experts have revealed the best way to store fresh produce to ensure it stays fresher for longer, with hardy vegetables such as parsnips lasting as long…

Spanish white celery harvest has begun

Sipo has started the harvest of white celery grown in Spain, specifically from the Murcia region, which will be available from Monday, December 3rd. It is picked from December to the beginning of April. The choice of Murcia for cultivation was made to guarantee a commercially viable product, something which in recent…

Among shipment of oranges bound for UK

Spain: Guardia Civil intercepts 1,335 kilos of hashish

The Guardia Civil have made one of the most significant drug busts in Spain in recent years, when discovering more than a 1,000 kilos of hashish in a lorry heading to the UK. As a part of the Guardia Civil’s Action Plan for the Surveillance of Communication Roads (PAVICOM), officers are charged with…

Eimskip's revenue grows but their EBITDA drops

The Icelandic shipping company, Eimskip, has achieved a turnover of EUR182,2 million for the third quarter of this year. This result is 4,8% (EUR8,3 mill) higher than in the…

Dutch, German, and Belgian blueberry farmers join forces

Twelve ambitious blueberry growers from the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium have joined forces. Through their joint R&D company, they want to accelerate innovation in the area of smart farming and robotized harvesting and pest control. They also want to make this more accessible.  Co-creation with educational and knowledge…

Lidl is Spain's fruit and vegetable sector's largest client

Lidl is investing heavily in Spanish fruit and vegetables. This German supermarket chain is doing so to fill its store shelves worldwide. Lidl's purchasing of these products…

Sander De Proost:

"Increasing number of market stall holders find their way to organic fruits and vegetables at BelOrta"

"The share of organic produce is growing both in general and certainly within the fruit and vegetable segment in Belgium. We notice an increasing demand among a number of our existing organic clients," says Sander De Proost of BelOrta. "We also notice an expansion of the clientele for organic products. A…

"The protests may continue"

Spain: "Subtropical fruit exports to the EU down by more than 30% due to protests"

Fruit exporters have acknowledged that the three weeks of protests in France because of the rise in fuel taxes are starting to take their toll on sectors such as the tropical one in the Axarquía, which estimates that exports to European Union countries, and especially to France, have been reduced by more…

Mobile greenhouse is financed by Gemüsering Thüringen

Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences conducts research on urban farming in growtainer

The Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences received a growtainer at the beginning of the year, intended for research and teaching purposes. The "Gemüsering Thüringen" company is financing the mobile greenhouse for a period of ten years. This is a fully insulated container that has been…

Federal Councilor Johann Schneider-Ammann could not achieve a breakthrough

For the time being, no free trade negotiations between Switzerland and the USA

For the time being, there will be no more formal free trade negotiations between Switzerland and the USA. During his visit to Washington, Federal Councilor Johann…

Excellent quality, abundant yields and satisfactory prices

A good year for South Tyrolean vegetables and berries

Strawberries, cherries, raspberries, potatoes, cauliflower or red beets with the South Tyrol quality  label: The year 2018 put a smile on farmers' faces. All in all, it was a year…

The Rocha pear on the Christmas market in Paris

The promotional ad from the Rocha Pear Producers’ Association (ANP) will be shown for 39 days, during the “Magic of Christmas” market located in the Tuileries Gardens, where…

Higher demand for Spanish products due to ‘Yellow Vests’ Movement

France: “It is easier to import cauliflower from Spain than to get it from Brittany”

The ‘yellow vests’ are still causing a lot of blockages. “Much of the merchandise does get through, but you never know if it will make it to the customers,” explains Charles Farran of Frutas Ponche France, a wholesale retailer in Perpignan. “At the moment, it is easier to import cauliflower from Spain…

Morocco is Spain's leading supplier of fruits and vegetables

According to data published by Fexpex (Spanish Federation of Fruit and Vegetable Exporters), Morocco remains Spain's leading supplier of fruits and vegetables, with an…

French consumption habits change after yellow vests demos

According to a Perifem/Opinionway survey published earlier this month, 56% of French people aged 18 and over have changed their Christmas shopping habits or will do so…

Cambridgeshire, UK

Barry Hamilton retires after almost 50 years of selling fruit and veg in St Neots

Barry Hamilton, 68, has retired from Hamiltons Greengrocers, in the Cross Keys. The shop was originally called Hamilton and Son where Barry and his father ran the shop after moving to St Neots in 1967. Barry was only 20 when he started working at the shop and says it has been a huge part of his life. “I’m not quite…

Ireland imported 72,000 tons of potatoes in 2017

Ireland imported 72,000 tons of potatoes last year, as total imports of goods cost approximately €79 billion. These figures come from the Central Statistics Office which also…

And soon in another color

JJ Baby bell pepper gets new sustainable packaging

Why not put the baby bell pepper, Tinkerbell, in the already successful packaging of the Tomberry. This must have been the thinking at Eminent Food. Since the start of December, the baby bell pepper has been offered in a new, sustainable, cardboard packaging of 150 gram, in response to the current…

3.9 million euro in funding towards various growers

Greek kiwi grower lands huge investment from EU

Happy days for the kiwi growers in Greece, as they’ve gotten approval for a long operational program. The EU was accepting applications from various producer organizations, and Zeus was one of the companies that took advantage. Christina Manosis, export manager for Zeus, was delighted that her company got approved for…

Apple specialties from overseas still popular in the Advent season

"Price of St. Nicholas apples too low in relation to their quality"

During the Advent season, fruit and vegetable specialties are a real feature within the specialized trade. One product that will always show up at this time is the red-skinned St. Nicholas apple. The small pome fruit is mainly imported from overseas. Specialized dealers are currently preparing for its…

Fyffes denies allegations of abuse at Honduran plantation

This Thursday, The Times Ireland  reported that the Dublin-headquartered fruit company strongly rejected allegations of abuse at its Honduran melon plantation, saying the safety of its workers is a “core value”. The paper reported that Fyffes had its fair-trade certification suspended after allegations that workers had…

France: Cabinet delays raising food prices for farmers after protests

French farmers, who have always been a powerful factor in French politics, have long complained of being hit by a price war between retailers, which has benefited consumers…

Russia tightens control of Turkish citrus fruit imports

Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture imposed extra controls on Turkish citrus fruit imports, reports newspaper Sözcü. The Ministry said it held meetings with Turkish officials…

Volodymyr Glus, founder of Green Farm:

"Consumers are moving away from mainstream apples"

Greenfarm, being a producer of apples and an active exporter to a number of markets, took note of recent trends in consumer preferences when it came to their apples. Volodymyr Glus is the founder of Green Farm and states there are a number of regional tendencies in consumer preferences. "While there are a number…

President Dodon: ‘Moldova seeks closer cooperation with EAEU countries’

Moldovan president Igor Dodon said at the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council that producers from his nation are very interested in achieving a new, higher level…

Belgian and Dutch importers affected by 'Yellow Vest' protests

Three weeks ago, the protests of the 'yellow vests' started in France as a protest against the rise of fuel taxes. Currently, the protests are on hold, as the tax increase has not been added to the 2019 budget. Last week, a protest by Belgian activists also started spontaneously in Brussels. The…

OVERVIEW GLOBAL SWEET POTATO MARKET

This year, hurricane Florence has had a decisive influence on the sweet potato market. The hurricane moved across the US and decimated the harvest in North Carolina and South Carolina. Worldwide, traders are waiting to see how the market develops. Some are switching to other origins, but not everyone is…

Oceania

Australia: McCain launches sweet potato chips

The popularity of sweet potatoes is continuing to grow steadily in Australia, and so McCain Foods is introducing new oven-baked chips to the freezer aisle of supermarkets. A…

Samoa back on track with banana export to New Zealand

After its first two successful shipments passed border checks by New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), Samoa is back on track for banana exports. New Zealand Samoa Trade & Investment Commissioner Magele Mauiliu Magele: “The first shipment went well. Most of the retailers in Otara, Mangere and Otahuhu…

Customers squeezing the life out of avocados

A survey by Hort Innovation Australia found that 97 per cent of avocado buyers admitted to squeezing them before buying them. Even worse, on average, avo buyers squeeze tested three times more fruit than they actually bought. So while avocado growers and retailers are working hard on looking after…

'Hidden regulations and red-tape used to distort trade flow'

Australia tries to break down non-tariff barriers to export markets

Australia’s federal government has launched a new initiative to reduce the costs and red tape confronting Australian exporters in international markets. Free trade agreements…

World

Del Monte Fresh Produce comes up with a game for the season

Ringing in the Holiday season

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (“Del Monte”) announces its first-ever holiday game for the 2018 holiday season. Del Monte created the game as a fun-filled way to encourage everyone to eat healthy fruits in…

Where in Europe will climate change hit the hardest?

...I'll start looking for my snorkel.


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