US, Netherlands and UK are the top buyers of Peruvian fruit
In 2016, the United States, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom were the main consumers of fresh fruit from Peru, as they purchased US $1,349 million. Together, they accounted for 61.8% of total exports, according to the Foreign Trade…..

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Costa Rica: Avocado conflict could cost 72 million colonos in legal fees
Costa Rica’s legal advice to defend itself in the avocado conflict with Mexico will cost the state about ¢72 million.This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Trade, Jhon Fonseca, who said that the estimate was based on the negotiations…..

A visit to the market of Medellin
Fruit that is mostly unknown in Europe but also apples, pears and imported kiwis. During a visit to Colombia to promote Macfrut, Cesena Fiera President, Renzo Piraccini, also visited the market of Medellin and a few producer companies.Click…..

Mexico: Michoacan exports nearly 52,000 tons of mango
The mango, like the avocado, is a Mexican product that is becoming more and more important for the agricultural food sector; as a result, many different nations, 27 in total, purchase it to consume it on a daily basis, stated the Secretariat of…..

Pineapples boom in Tecoman
Mexico: Colima has pineapples when Veracruz has no production
Jose Manuel Gonzalez del Castillo, a producer of pineapple in Tecoman, said that despite the many problems they face due to fungi, they have had good seasons. “Last season was good. The surface has increased a lot. Many people from Veracruz…..

Peru: Rain affects more than 3,000 hectares of crops in La Libertad
According to the agricultural agencies of the Regional Management of Agriculture of La Libertad (GRALL), so far the rains and floods have affected almost 3 thousand hectares of crops.These crops belong to the provinces of Ascope, Trujillo,…..

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Kapiris Bros rolls out cloud technology
The presence of mobile applications in our lives has become as commonplace as eating dinner and sleeping. This trend is now beginning to shift into the agricultural world. LiveFarmer is a mobile application software that caters specifically to…..

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See-saw season
South Africa: “The later grape varieties outshone the earlier ones.”
Managing to pretty much sidestep the effects of South Africa’s severe drought, which it anticipates will cause only minor table grape harvest losses this year, Cape Town-based producer and exporter SAFE (South African Fruit Exporters) is set to…..

Is Polish apple fungus claim ‘fake news’?
Recent news reports have claimed that Chinese phytosanitary inspectors detected the Neofabraea kienholzii pathogen in a shipment of Polish apples. However, this news has not yet been posted on the website by the Chinese Authorities themselves…..

Turkish asparagus surface is increasing
The Nomad Food & Agricultural Company is preparing to become a long- season asparagus supplier for Europe with the brand “Saricakaya Asparagus Valley”. The company was the first to produce local asparagus on a large scale and only completed…..

Chilean nectarines launched in Beijing
Today, the official launch of the first Chilean nectarine season took place in Beijing. The event was staged by the Trade Commission of Chile in Beijing. Chilean export organisation GESEX, one of the country’s largest nectarine growers and…..

Oron Ziv, Befresh Europe:
“Good grapefruit situation in coming years”
“We are deep in the citrus and avocado seasons,” says Oron Ziv from Befresh Europe. “Unfortunately, we have limited volumes of Orri left, the season is completely different from what everybody predicted. There is quite a bit of demand, Some…..

Egyptian onions fetch high prices due to empty market
Egyptian onions are currently fetching high prices in both the domestic market and through exports. The reason is that last season was affected by the devaluation of the Egyptian pound in October. This led to a lucrative export market,…..

Ronald van Vossen, Fruit World:
“More certainty of supply with raspberries and blackberries from Sicily”
Next week, the first Italian raspberries will arrive at Fruit World in Breda, the Netherlands, followed in week 15 by the first blackberries. For that, the company started cooperating with an Italian cooperative. “We have seen the weather…..

Spain: Certified mandarins to overcome weather-related problems
“With less than 6 weeks before the end of the Clemcott season, the brand continues to thrive in the European markets,” affirms its producer association. This quality-certified late mandarin is marketed from January to April.In this 2016-2017…..

Italy: Weird year for winter lettuce
“It’s been a very weird year for winter lettuce, as producers hadn’t seen such high prices and lack of produce in 10 years. It was the coldest winter of the past 4 or 5 years, so ripening was delayed,” explains Bayer lettuce account manager…..

First kiwifruit shipment of the season set to sail for China
The 2017 New Zealand kiwifruit season is underway with the first ship, the Asian Adonis, set to sail to Shanghai tomorrow with 840,000 trays of premium Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit.Asian Adonis captain Bernardo D. Ocampo, with part of the first…..

Expansion of 200 hectares for Jaguacy Brazil to meet increasing demand
First arrival of Brazilian Hass avocados next week
On Friday 31 March, Jaguacy Holland will receive their first containers of Hass avocados from Brazil for the 2017 season. The first container will be expected at and received by Cool Control in Maasdijk, the Netherlands, and from there it will…..

IFCO North America names Jeff Mitchell Director of Food Safety and Quality
IFCO North America today announces the appointment of Jeff Mitchell as Director of Food Safety and Quality. Mr. Mitchell will oversee the North American food safety and quality initiatives at the company’s Reusable Plastic Container (RPC)…..

500 million avocados sold at retail during 2016 public holidays and events
Avocados are appearing more often on menus when family and friends gather for holiday celebrations. The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) recently released a study that shows the growing popularity of avocados as measured by retail sales trends during…..

BrightFarms plans to build 160,000 sq. ft greenhouse in Ohio
BrightFarms, a start-up revolutionizing the U.S. produce supply chain by creating the first national brand of local produce, today announced it will build a 160,000 square-foot greenhouse in Wilmington, Ohio, creating 30 permanent green collar…..

California delays enforcement of citrus transport regulations
Earlier this year, the California Department of Food and Agriculture mailed letters to about 6,000 citrus farmers, trucking companies and others involved in shipping commercial citrus, informing them of new rules about transporting the fruit……

Italy: Early and summer green bean varieties by Four
“Despite the fact that the Trofeo green bean variety has been on the market for 15 years, it is still the leader of its segment, i.e. early-spring green beans for fresh consumption,” explains Rocco Parisella, sales manager of Four (a Blumen…..

Dennis van Tricht, AGF-Direct:
“Room for Dutch winter cauliflower on the market”
The Dutch cauliflower season has started again. “Beautiful sixes,” says Dennis van Tricht from AGF-Direct from Zwaagdijk. “There’s mostly interest form the domestic market for the first Dutch winter cauliflower. These are the first varieties…..

Bart Nemegheer, De Aardappelhoeve:
“Consumers are looking for something special”
The sales of waxy, smooth Laurette potatoes are going satisfactorily. This smooth, waxy potato was introduced in 2015. “The growth is enormous. Compared to the same period last year, we sold over 15 per cent more,” says Bart Nemegheer from De…..

Italy: Unisorting testing new pear sorting technologies
Compared to apples, pears are more difficult to process and sort. First of all, they do not float, so technical solutions must be implemented not to damage them. In addition, the shape varies greatly depending on the variety.As explained by…..

Ilse Hayen, manager EFC:
“Much more susceptible to whims of the market with free varieties”
“The wonderful thing is that we’ve managed to let growers earn a profit from their product, thanks to our varieties. Henry Müller and Urs Luder from GKE pull the cart for this, naturally, but we also have much to thank our partners for,” says…..

Italy: Shipments of kiwis to end early
Thanks to the combination of lively demand throughout February and early March, and a total production 22% lower than 2015, stocks are 40% lower than 2016.This was reported by an operator who also stressed that, at the end of March, stocks are…..

Strawberry genotype similar to Sabrosa and Florida Fortuna
Fragaria × ananassa Duch. is one of the strawberry crops, part of theRosaceae family, that is most important on a global level, producing over 7.8 million tons. The main producers are China, US, Mexico, Turkey and Europe. Spain is the main…..

Leaders call for a comprehensive sustainable EU food policy
In a debate with the EU’s Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, members of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) declared their support for an EU policy on sustainable food. A common and long-term vision is…..

Poland: Tesco’s “Perfectly Imperfect” program growing in popularity
Tesco reports that “Perfectly Imperfect”, an initiative that the retailer launched in January as a test in 50 stores in Central Europe, including 14 in Poland, has turned out to be a hit. Polish customers have appreciated the advantages of…..

Hamburg Sud/Maersk offer concessions to gain EU merger approval
Maersk Line, the world’s biggest container shipping firm and part of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk (MAERSKb.CO), has offered concessions to EU antitrust regulators in an attempt to get approval for the takeover of German rival Hamburg…..

China: International delegation visits An Xianda Logistics Technology
On March 17th, the fifth International Fruit and Vegetable Market Association Fellowship Conference (China) was held in Shanghai. And an international fruit and vegetable union delegation visited An Xianda Logistics Technology Co.Ltd of the…..

China’s space mango test successful
Chinese scientists have announced that embryonic mango cells brought back from space have been successfully grown into “space mangoes” that may someday become a high-quality, insect-resistant strain of the sweet fruit.The mangoes came from the…..

Oversupply leads to $2.72 strawberry prices in UAE
With a recent flood of strawberries into UAE markets prices have been seen going as low as USD $2.72 a kilogram. Subhash K, marketing head at Choithrams, spoke about the price drop, “Compared to previous years, this year the strawberry season…..

Armenia calls for increased trade and ag investment from UAE
President Serzh Sargsyan attended today the Armenia-UAE investment forum in Abu Dhabi. The forum has been organized by the Armenian President, Serzh Sargsyan, and Vice President of the UAE, Minister of presidential affairs, Sheikh Mansour bin…..

Chinese ag exports rise while others fall
Exports slid in February after three months of increases but exports of agriculture products rose for the fourth straight month and saw a rise of 13.9% totaling $2.85 billion compared to the previous year. The Commerce Ministry yesterday…..

Cherry-plum hybrid to be grown in Tasmania
Now that the company Green Planet Agriculture has secured the rights to Nadia, they plan to begin growing the cherry-plum hybrid in Tasmania. 250 juvenile trees have been grafted and are being nurtured at Tahune Fields Orchard Farm at…..

Central Otago cherry growers satisfied with summer crop
While Central Otago’s summer cherry crop did not break any records, local growers are still satisfied with the harvest, according to Summerfruit New Zealand chief executive officer Marie Dawkins.Orchardists had been on track for a record season…..

Scientists use plasma to stave off fresh produce spoilage
Perth sciencists may have just stumbled upon a breakthrough which could help save tonnes of wasted food due to mould around the world. Kirsty Bayliss from Perth’s Murdoch University is using plasma and electrical currents to stop mould from…..

PMRC agree with Zambian ban on certain ag products
The Policy Monitoring and Research Centre (PMRC) in Zambia has welcomed Government ban on the importation of certain agricultural products since they believe it is helping create more sustainable farming practices and helping local growers.The…..

South African fruit & veg processing employed 15,000 in 2016
The processing of fruit and vegetables is a sector of the agro-processing industry that has become increasingly important to South African manufacturing and was worth R14.6bn in 2015. There were 55,105 people employed in food processing…..

New rail service connecting China and Europe
The international maritime, air and land transport company Kuehne+Nagel has launched a new rail service connecting China and Europe. The route will link China, Russia and Europe with a trip for the import and export of groupage loads with its…..

Spain: New sensors to detect foreign bodies in food
Researchers from the Public University of Navarra (UPNA) and the Navarre-based company Anteral SL, have designed a new system of sensors intended to improve quality controls in the agro-food sector.These devices make it possible to detect…..

Kapiris Bros rolls out cloud technology
The presence of mobile applications in our lives has become as commonplace as eating dinner and sleeping. This trend is now beginning to shift into the agricultural world. LiveFarmer is a mobile application software that caters specifically to…..

See-saw season
South Africa: “The later grape varieties outshone the earlier ones.”
Managing to pretty much sidestep the effects of South Africa’s severe drought, which it anticipates will cause only minor table grape harvest losses this year, Cape Town-based producer and exporter SAFE (South African Fruit Exporters) is set to…..

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Pick n Pay to cut prices of fresh produce | Walmart invests $800m in Chile
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SA: Pick n Pay to cut prices of fresh producePick n Pay said on Wednesday it was celebrating its 50th anniversary by returning to its roots of keeping prices low by investing more than half a billion rand on reducing the cost of essential…..

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