Friday, November 24, 2017
Latin America edition

The World Avocado Organization has designated November as the world’s avocado month. The Netherlands has offered its capital for a whole month for this event, so Amsterdam is now becoming the «avocado capital of…..

Jon Clark – Fruit Growers Alianza
«It is not about competition, but increasing consumption together»
The fruit business is constantly changing as are exchange rates, politics, protocols and borders. Fruit Growers Alianza (FGA) is a company which has to deal with this kind of thing on a day to day basis. The company is owned by two leading Chilean growers, GESEX and San Clemente, and enables those farms to…..

Dominica plants 130,000 new seedlings to redevelop production after Hurricane Maria
The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is supporting the work of the OECS Commission’s Agricultural Unit to help redevelop Dominica’s food production sector which was left decimated with the passage of Hurricane Maria.To date in excess of 130,000 seedlings have been planted in…..

Chile looks to increase the appeal of blueberries for winter holidays
Chile’s 2017-18 blueberry campaign has got underway in the UK, with its first-ever sampling at Taste of London as part of a season-long calendar of health-focused promotions. The Chilean Blueberry Committee (ASOEX) handed out 2,000 pots of blueberries at the main entrance to London’s major restaurant festival…..

Honduras receives a Mexican delegation to audit melon farms
A Delegation of Mexico’s National Health, Food Safety and Quality Service (Senasica) arrived in Honduras to carry out an on-site audit in the Montelibano and Santa Rosa melon farms, which have been declared as free of Mediterranean fly production sites in southern Honduras.The purpose of the visit is to verify…..

Peru wants to boost potato production 10% by 2021
Miguel Ordinola, the coordinator of Latin America Projects in Peru for the International Potato Center (CIP), said that Peru currently plants 319,819 hectares of potatoes per year and that by 2021 the country would have 325,000 hectares of this product, which would represent a 2% increase in area.Ordinola also…..

Peruvian blueberry exports annual growth was 186% in 2016
Peruvian blueberry exports will experience continuous growth above 12% during the coming four years, underpinned by higher demand from main target markets and greater production, Lima Chamber of Commerce (LCC) projected.According to LCC’s Foreign Trade Research and Development Institute (Idexcam), main…..

Brexit doesn’t scare Dutch onion exporters
After Senegal, the United Kingdom is the second largest export destination for Dutch onions. Last year, total exports to the UK increased by more than a third compared to the year before, so that exports amounted to more than 140,000 tonnes, about 14 per cent of the total exported volume of Dutch onions. All…..

Opportunity for joya® apples
Low volumes will mean high demand for French apples
“The demand for french apples this year is quite exceptional”, says Marc Peyres from Blue Whale, a French growers co-op. The frost damage experienced in northern Europe means that by the end of the season this year, there will be 3 – 4 million tonnes less fruit available than last year in Europe .“Since early…..

Less room for free trade in coming years
During his military service, Jan-Willem Grievink of FoodService Instituut (FSIN) worked as a ‘pilot-officer-observer.’ His job was to simply observe changes on the ground from his plane, and to report those changes to the ground troops. “I’m still doing that, but for retail,” he says during the AGF…..

Dutch business day
Ecuador – A Republic of Opportunities
A business day was arranged by the Trade Office of ProEcuador in The Netherlands. At the beginning of November Dutch importers of cacao, chocolate, fashion, fresh fruits and handmade products gathered. Companies from the agribusiness sector were present along with representatives from services and logistics……

Special Avocados

AU: An overwhelming response to Sydney’s pop-up avocado cafe
Organisers of Sydney’s pop-up avocado cafe say its success has exceeded expectations, attracting thousands of visitors in just a few weeks.With Australia’s growing love for avocados known across the industry, the Good Fat Cafe was about capitalising on that demand, while at the same promoting the versatility…..

Global Focus Citrus

Italy: Clementine demand exceeds supply
«Our citrus fruit campaign starts in mid-October with the Caffin variety, followed by Spinoso and seedless Clementines from early November. The production cycle was affected by drought this year, as it didn’t rain for over five months,» explains Maria Malagrinò from Fruttone Srl in Corigliano Calabro…..

Egypt: Chandler strawberry consumption up by 11% in the last year
The Chandler strawberry campaign began in Egypt at the beginning of November and it is scheduled to end in March. In recent years, this product has managed to open a space in the Russian market, so its popularity and consumption have significantly increased.However, not all Chandler strawberries are sent to…..

Zespri wins 2degrees Best Growth Strategy award
Zespri was recognised last night in the 2017 Deloitte Top 200 Awards for its strong growth strategy, with the kiwifruit marketing company on track to more than double global sales to $4.5 billion by 2025.Zespri Chief Executive Dan Mathieson says the 2degrees Best Growth Strategy award is welcome recognition…..

Farah Abou El Roub, Valstar:
«Kale gaining popularity in the Middle East»
Kale is currently abundantly available in the Netherlands, and is becoming increasingly popular in America. It is, however, also popular in the Middle East. So says Farah Abou El Roub, Middle Eastern Account Manager at Valstar, a fresh produce wholesaler based in the Netherlands. «Here at Valstar, we are…..

Good year for Pakistani mandarins
Mandarins – one Pakistan’s main fresh produce exports – have been reported to be performing well this season. There has been good weather, which has led to good quality produce.According to Abdul Malik of Union Fruit, “This season has been particularly good for us. We’ve produced better quality mandarins for…..

Greece: Kiwis profitable despite internal competition and calamities
Current trends suggest that Greek Kiwis will follow the current market trends this November – heading into Christmas. The Kiwi market during Christmas has been good during the past few years. According to Christina Manossis of Zeus Kiwi SA, “During this season we face less competition from Greece, therefore…..

Eimskip EBITDA up 8.6% in Q3 2017
Gylfi Sigfússon, Eimskip President and CEO:“The third quarter 2017 is the company’s largest quarter in terms of revenue and EBITDA since 2009. Revenues were EUR 177.0 million, up by EUR 42.9 million or 32.0% from last year, largely explained by new acquisitions, volume growth and increased freight rates.The…..

Pink Lady apples get dressed up in new Christmas promotion with Amazon and Tesco
Pink Lady apples has announced a series of value-added offers and promotions with Tesco and Amazon Fresh to finish off the year with a bang, just as the northern hemisphere crop hits UK retailers.The company will be offering a free apple cosy in every Pink Lady 6 pack sold in Tesco Express stores. The festive…..

Spain: New experimental farm in Lepe
The new experimental farm that Onubafruit has in the municipality of Lepe was officially inaugurated this Tuesday. The event was attended by representatives of the trader, of its five associated cooperatives (Cobella, Cartayfres, Freslucena, SAT Condado and Costa de Huelva) and by local and provincial…..

UK: Crop damaging ‘super pest’ now survives cold winter conditions
A ‘super pest’ moth, resistant to a class of common plant protection, is now also capable of surviving through the UK’s cold winter conditions, according to new research.Diamondback moth (DBM) caterpillars feed on crops including cabbage, broccoli, swedes and Brussels sprouts, causing cosmetic damage, which…..

New low carb potato variety released in the US
Potandon Produce has released a new potato variety making a counter intuitive marketing claim for a starchy vegetable.The Idaho Falls-based company unveiled its first low-carbohydrate potato Oct. 19 during the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit convention in New Orleans. Potandon boasts its CarbSmart…..

Aldi has opened stores in French cities
Co-op is trialling a new “ultimate convenience» format
Food sales boost Italian FMCG sector in Q3Italy saw a growth in FMCG sales in Q3 2017, driven largely by increased food sales, however non food segments experienced a decrease, according to data from IRI. In Q3, volume demand increased in supermarkets (+4.4%) and drugstores (+5.8%), while discounters (-2.0%)…..

FreshPlaza funny
Straight from the piggy bank to the bank account