Stockton enters Timorex Gold® distribution agreement with Duwest

Stockton STK, a company working in the development and marketing of botanical based solutions for crop protection, announced today that they signed a distribution agreement with Duwest Dominicana in the Dominican Republic for Timorex Gold.As the world’s population increases and the need for food sustainability…..

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Colombia and Israel are closer to having an FTA
With 70 votes in favor and 21 against, the Colombian House of Representatives approved the initiative that will put into effect the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Israel.»This agreement is especially beneficial for the agricultural and agroindustrial sectors,» said the Minister of Commerce, Industry and…..

Mexican banana producers want to lower the export tariff to Europe
The National Council of Plantain Producers said that they would seek, through the Ministry of Economy (SE), to reduce the tariff on banana exports to the European Union to have the same advantages as other producing countries.The president of the organization, Adrian Prats Leal, said European importers had to…..

Frans de Jong – Southern Belle Orchard
NZ: «There is a big need to grow interest in the feijoa»
PHOTO REPORT As winter draws near in New Zealand much of the feijoa crop has been harvested and growers are either busy packing or just finishing up.Southern Belle Orchard, situated in Mata mata, harvested the last feijoas two weeks ago. Frans de Jong who owns the company said that normally he would expect 30kg of fruit…..

Rambutans are shifting from ethnic to mainstream in North America
“Two weeks ago, we received our first shipments of rambutans from Guatemala for the season,” says Andres Ocampo with HLB Specialties. “Volumes are building up quickly and our grower has enough volume to push hard,” he added. There should be enough supplies until mid-November. In September, Honduras will start…..

Extra volume for California gold nugget mandarins this season
Gold nugget mandarin production is up significantly in volume for 2017. “We’re up about 15-20 per cent over last year,” says Roger Griess of Lindsay, Ca.’s Suntreat Packing & Shipping Co. “We started harvesting in early March and with the added volume, we’re going longer this season. We usually finish…..

Inaccurate estimates cause $500 mln. problem in US strawberry industry
Disk enables accurate forecasting of produce yields and quality
“Many shippers struggle to know how much produce is in the field and what the quality is,” says Adam Wolf with Arable. “Having access to accurate data is key,” he added. If a shipper has too much produce, it can’t be sold for the right price. On the other hand, if supplies can’t be met, the buyer is upset. To…..

Instability in market prices during the later stages
China: Supply exceeds demand at the garlic market
«This year, there were high yields of garlic all over the country. There are two main causes for this. First of all, the flourishing garlic market from 2 years ago excited many garlic farmers which drove them to expand. In 2016, the area used to grow garlic took up 403.333 hectares, but estimates show that…..

Ramadan boosts date consumption in South Africa
Insatiable global demand for avocados
“Demand for avocados has grown exponentially as people realise its health benefits – if we doubled or quadrupled, or even go ten times bigger, we’d still find a market for our avocados,” says Clive Garrett, marketing manager of ZZ2, whose Hass harvest is over, while the Ryan harvest will continue until the end…..

Italy: Mangoes imported by air are always more popular
Summer is not the ideal season for mangoes in Italy. Domestic summer fruit more than meets demands, so mangoes are not imported very much. «We reduce quantities by 85% during the summer. Prices are average at around €5/kg. In winter months, if there are no problems due to the bad weather, we can reach €10/kg,»…..

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Not enough early Danish strawberries to meet demand
Domestically grown strawberries are synonymous with warm weather in Denmark and local producers are finding it hard to keep up with demand; organic strawberries pose an even greater challenge. «It is especially difficult to produce enough strawberries to meet consumer demand earlier in the season.» shared…..

Italy: Good prices for high-quality cherries from Vignola
«High-quality cherries achieve good prices, save for small grades. This year, we have both Extra and First-quality cherries available, so we’re trying not to put second-quality ones on the market,» explains Walter Monari, director ofConsorzio di tutela della ciliegia di Vignola.»Prices reached €4-6/kg for good…..

Crisis due to high energy costs

Argentina: Blueberry and strawberry processors from Tucuman could close
The companies that process strawberries and blueberries in Tucuman are in a quandary due to the high costs of energy. The situation is so delicate that the establishments that freeze 100% of Tucuman’s strawberry and 80% of the its blueberry might be closed by September, according to Daniel Bianciotti, the…..

Hort Connections: The growth of online produce shopping
Digital commerce, or online shopping, is here to stay. That is the message from leading international market research company, Nielsen at this year’s Hort Connections.The company’s Retail Industry Group Executive Director Megan Treston explained online growth is sitting at 10 per cent, compared to physical…..

Martina Otten, sales manager at Trop:
«There are still places in Spain where mangoes are unknown»
Although it is still too early for predictions regarding the next Spanish mango campaign, given that the flowering stage has not yet finished, prospects point to the harvest being similar in terms of volume to that of 2016.»It is still difficult to predict what the volume will be, because the flowering stage…..

China sees fruit imports increase
China’s fruit imports have been growing rapidly in the past few years, thanks partly to the nation’s growing middle class population and the emergence of a new generation of consumers willing to spend more on healthy food, and the trend has huge economic implications for China’s fruit-exporting neighbors,…..

Coca-cola to team up to invest $900m into India’s fruit industry
Beverages major Coca-Cola India on Monday said its bottling arm – Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, along with its partners, which include independent franchise bottlers and fruit processing companies, would invest about $900 million on manufacturing lines, juice bottling infrastructure and fruit processing…..

EU restrictions could increase export costs of Bangladesh fruit & veg
The European Union has put Bangladesh on the list of high-risk countries in terms of operating cargo services by air and sea to the EU countries, said sources at the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh.Officials at the CAAB and the civil aviation ministry ruled out the possibility of any adverse impact of…..

Sydney, June 22-24
Catalytic Generators Australia to sponsor Banana Congress 2017
The Australian Banana Congress is set for 22-24 June in Sydney, and Catalytic Generators Australia is partnering with the event as an official sponsor. “We are honored to help support this fantastic event,” said Catalytic Generators Australia’s Owner & Sales Manager Leigh Cummin. “The Banana Congress is a…..

New vegetable noodles revealed at United Fresh
Green Giant™ Fresh is headed to Chicago for the 2017 United Fresh show next week. With several exciting new innovations on the radar, the Green Giant Fresh team will be showcasing their new Vegetable Noodles at the show. New on-trend, value-added products including Beet, Butternut, Carrot, Sweet Potato and…..

Moldovan food products promoted in Belarus
22 Moldovan companies devoted to the marketing of wine, fruit and vegetables and other food products, are promoting their products at the BELAGRO International Specialized Exhibition in a country stand, funded by the Export and Investment Promotion Organization (MIEPO). The event is taking place from 6 to 10…..

Romania: Notable increase of food imports in first two months of 2017
In the first two months of this year, Romania imported agro-food products worth 1.069 billion Euro; up 9.4% over the same period in 2016. At the same time, exports increased by only 1.2% during the period at hand, according to data provided by the National Institute of Statistics (NSI), at the request of…..

Bulgaria: Pepper producers want increased aid for insurance
The Bulgarian Pepper Association (APB) has asked the country’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MAF), Rumen Porozhanov, to increase the funding for insurances by 500,000 Lev (about 255,720 Euro).They point out that fruit and vegetable insurance funds are exhausted, and only 1.5% of producers have…..

Banana debate: research True Price
“Hidden cost of one box of bananas – $6.70”
“Price is the final taboo in sustainability,” says Peter d’Angremond, manager Stichting Max Havelaar, in front of a packed house during the ‘Great Banana Debate’ in the Rode Hoed, Amsterdam, last week. During the debate, Adrian de Groot Ruiz, manager of True Price, presented new research into the hidden costs…..

Dutch retailer starts summer campaign with picnic products
With the summer about to start, Dutch retailer Jumbo introduces various new, fresh products aimed at eating outside and convenience: cold soups, luxury salads, fruit mixes and cocktails. Having a holiday at home is the campaign’s slogan. This year, Jumbo introduces 200 healthy (healthier) convenience…..

Seasoning could be the key to adults eating more vegetables
Adults who don’t routinely eat vegetables for lunch may be more likely to consume them if the vegetables are seasoned, a new study suggests.People who seldom ate vegetables at lunch were 1.5 times more likely to select a seasoned vegetable than its unseasoned counterpart, researchers at the University of…..

Certificates to allow Kenyan avocado exports to EU
The Export Promotion Council (EPC) has welcomed the issuance of conformity certificates to 12 companies allowing 294 farmers to sell freshly harvested Kenyan avocados to Europe.Council chief executive Peter Biwott said State agencies were duty-bound to promote Kenyan farmers’ access to European markets by…..

Australian Aldi the cheapest supermarket, survey finds
Iceland UK’s fastest-growing food retailers
India overtakes China as the most promising retail market As retailers struggle in the U.S., a new report suggests India could be the next bright spot for the industry. A.T. Kearney’s annual look at emerging retail markets puts the country at the top of the list, ahead of China, which has been a longtime index…..

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