Friday, January 19, 2018
Latin America edition

OVERVIEW GLOBAL BLUEBERRY MARKET
The blueberry market continues to grow, not only in Europe, but also in North America and China. The latter is getting a lot of attention from Latin American countries, who would like to export to China. Eastern…..

Berries del Sol
Argentina: “The blueberry production will increase due to the renewal of plantations”
For the 2018 season, the growth prospects for the berries produced in Argentina are very good, since there is expected to be growth due to the renewal of plantations that has been carried out by some companies, and which are reaching their full productive potential, as is the case of Berries del Sol. This…..

Equipment revolution in blueberry industry
“This represents a real revolution in the blueberry industry to us. In a couple of years, those without this technology will be left on the sidelines.”That was the comment from Cristobal Duke, Managing Director of Collipulli (Chile), on UNITEC Blueberry Vision technology back at the end of 2016.”Blueberry…..

Mexico: Low temperatures freeze strawberries
The low temperatures have literally frozen the strawberries produced in Irapuato.Fidel Zavala Garcia, the secretary of the Asociación Pro Mercado de la Fresa, stated that more than 900 hectares of the 1,700 hectares devoted to strawberry production in Irapuato had been affected by the low temperatures,…..

Mr Bindraban has been exporting to the Caribbean for years
“Imports from the Dominican Republic could be the answer”
Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, has withdrawn his accusation that gold was being smuggled from Venezuela to the Antilles. As a result, the trade embargo has been somewhat relaxed. The first ships carrying fruit have docked at Willemstad again, but there are still significant shortages.Trade company, Bima…..

Colombia: Hass avocados are the most exported fruit from the port of Buenaventura
Colombia has had an increase in Hass avocado exports, thanks to its quality and the high demand, and 400 tons of this product have been shipped through the port of Buenaventura.”In 2017 this variety of avocado became a flagship export product, especially to Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, where demand has been…..

US grower launches reduced carb potato
As consumers continue to seek out healthy food options, companies are continuing to provide alternatives to traditional fresh produce. Potandon Produce, a potato and onion marketer based in Idaho Falls, recently introduced a new variety of potato. Branded CarbSmart, these potatoes have 27% fewer carbohydrates…..

California kiwi fruit season turns from harvesting to packing
Kiwi fruit growers in California are finishing up the harvesting phase of their season as the focus now turns to packing and shipping. Although much of the region has experienced cold temperatures recently, growers say these did not affect the crop and they are happy with yields, which are close to…..

“Golden Berry” supports convenient shopping in “fresh food week”
Miss Fresh and Chilean Blueberry Association convene strategic cooperation
Miss Fresh&The Chilean Blueberry Associationconvened a news conference for strategic cooperation on January 15th, in Beijing. Vice-ambassador of the Chilean embassy in China, Gustavo Gonzalez; Supervisor of the Eurasian Market Department of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association, Charif Christian Cavajal;…..

How can Spain take advantage of this with its production?
Avocado sales could more than double in China
China could eventually start producing enough avocados of its own to reduce imports, although experts say it is unlikely to happen soon.Avocado sales to China are expected to more than double this year as the demand for the fruit from the country’s growing middle class population continues to increase. “They…..

Real-time monitoring gets personal
The Polish-French venture, blulog, has developed a new solution to add to its line of temperature monitoring solutions, called BluRoad. Customised to meet users’ needs, the device measures and delivers temperature data by the minute. It is comprised of temperature data loggers placed inside the refrigerated…..

Special Fruit Logistica

China: “Spike in Pinghe honey pomelo export volumes”
“The weather conditions last year were relatively stable all year. Add to this the fact that the overall plantation surface area has expanded, and it follows that the production volume of Pinghe honey pomelos this production season was relatively large. The fruit itself was a bit smaller than last year, but…..

On show at Fruit Logistica

Environmentally responsible packaging certified by European standards
With packaging a vital part of the fresh produce chain along with a growing concern regarding the amount of plastic use, a number of companies are increasingly looking to environmentally responsible alternatives for their packaging needs. CKF Inc, a Canadian based packaging manufacturer, pride themselves on…..

New programme at China Fruit Logistica
China Fruit logsitica, launches on 14-16 May in Shanghai, and Fresh Produce Forum China (FPFC) is back with a brand-new format to give trade show visitors the best combination of information and insights on the show-floor. FPFC returns with a new three-track programme format over three days, bringing China…..

Global Focus Bananas

Agroban Nordic starts its operations

The first container of Ecuadorian bananas arrives in Sweden
Agroban Nordic started its operations in Helsingborg, Sweden, allowing the production of the Ecuadorian Banana Regional Corporation (Agroban) to reach that market with its own brand. The first container with fruit from the Maria Maria farm, which is located in the province of Los Rios, has already arrived in…..

AU: Low avocado numbers not a complete surprise according to industry body
Avocados Australia has moved to reassure the public that supplies are on the way back up, after low numbers over the past month.There have been reports of cafes taking avocados off the menu, and retailers selling the fruit for over $5 a piece – that is if they could source any at all. But the peak industry…..

Italy: Distributor branded products are increasingly popular
PHOTO REPORT Marca, which took place in Bologna on 17th and 18th January 2018, is a fair whose popularity continues to grow, especially with those companies working in the fresh-cut and processed product sectors. Italians are buying more and more distributor branded products, which have reached a market share of…..

Italy is the European vegetable leader
Italy occupies the first place in Europe as regards the value of vegetables produced at 19.3%, followed by Spain (18%), Germany (10%), France (9.2%) and the Netherlands (7.7%). But this doesn’t mean it can relax, as innovative products are needed that can grasp the attention of consumers.This is what reported…..

South Africa: Prickly pear grower has big plans for the fruit
A prickly pear (cactus pear) grower north of Pretoria, whose cultivation has grown from a sideline to a strong business, has big plans for the fruit. Daan Boraine’s harvest at Prickly Business has been going well, although it has been a dry summer with some signs of water stress on younger cladodes (pads) and…..

“Still room for Durians on mainland Chinese market”
“The mainland Chinese market for imported fruit has been growing rapidly in recent years as a result of the higher income level of Chinese consumers and their continuously increasing demand for high-quality fruit. Year after year, the import volume shows growth. In comparison with European and American…..

Blueberry campaign kicks off with the earliest variety, the Snowchaser
“With 30% more blueberries in Huelva, we expect a difficult year”
Huelva is currently starting to harvest the first blueberries of the season, which will last until mid-July. “Not everyone is able to start the blueberry campaign so early,” explains Francisco Sánchez, manager of Onubafruit. “We can, thanks to the variety Snowchaser, developed by the breeder Rústicas del…..

Bavarian gastro supplier sees citrus market as satisfactory
“Spanish citrus very constant in quality”
The availability of goods in the Spanish import market currently leaves much to be desired for some products. However, in the citrus sector, the current market situation is rather satisfactory, especially in terms of quality. If the oranges and clementines were mostly rotten and mouldy at the wholesalers in…..

Prices halved compared to last year
Germany: “Stable market situation for Italian lettuce varieties”
While the available quantities of imported Spanish goods is rather limited due to weather conditions, the market situation in the Italian import market looks rather stable. Although the prices are halved compared to last year, the sales are going much better. Good news for the catering industry, where colorful…..

Frankish children help with the planting of cucumbers
Cucumber producer welcomes miniature gardeners in greenhouse
Cucumber producer André Busigel from Albertshofen has welcomed 23 miniature gardeners into one of his greenhouses. As part of the project ‘Europe’s Mini Gardeners’, the children assembled in one of its greenhouses, to see the planting of the vegetables with their own eyes. And so the small producers learned…..

Appeal to financial sector through Dutch Queen
Volkert Engelsman, CEO of major organics marketer Eosta and one of the driving forces behind the True Cost Accounting movement, has made an appeal to banks and investors through HRH Queen Máxima calling on the sector to move up a gear with more “inclusive finance”. By including the environmental and societal…..

AU: Fruit Fly Detection on Flinders Island
Biosecurity Tasmania has identified the larvae of two fruit flies on a residential property at Lady Barron on Flinders Island, in the Bass Straight between the Australian mainland and Tasmania. Entomologists have identified the larvae as a species of Bactrocera fruit fly. The larvae were discovered on…..

New research:
Drinking 100 percent fruit juice does not affect blood sugar levels
One hundred percent juice does not have a significant effect on fasting blood glucose, fasting blood insulin, or insulin resistance according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science. The findings are consistent with previous research indicating that 100% fruit juice is not associated…..

NZ: Enzed Exotics sends off first sea shipment of Kiwano for 2018 season
Enzed Exotics says it will have an ample supply of high quality Kiwano this season to meet the growing demand for sustainably farmed exotic produce.The first sea container of fruit for the season departed the Enzed Exotics packhouse for the US on Jan 19th, with air freight expected to begin next week. Once in…..

Plums could lower blood pressure
There could be a tasty new means of lowering blood pressure – dig into into some Queen Garnet plums. Developed by Queensland Government scientists to be very high in anthocyanins, is cementing its place as a superfood, with the first human trials demonstrating its ability to effectively lower blood pressure in…..

Eduardo Cifre, of Oka Fruits Export:
“The prospects for kakis were very good a few years ago”
The kaki campaign is approaching its final stages in the Ribera del Xúquer, in Valencia, the crop’s main production area in Spain. This season has been marked by occasional moments of prices under pressure and by a frost that drastically changed the course of the campaign, as reported by Eduardo Cifre,…..

Former air stewardess is now exporting durians
Malaysia’s ‘Musang Queen’
Former air stewardess Anna Teo nowadays is one of Malaysia’s largest exporters of durians. Among her products is -of course- the popular Musang King variety with its deep yellow flesh.Apart from fresh durians, her company also exports durian puree and cakes to meet the growing demand for the king of fruits in…..

New Zealand
Zespri multimillion-dollar office space constructed in Tauranga CBD
A new four-level office development on The Strand and the latest stage in the construction of Zespri’s multimillion-dollar head office contributed to $32 million in commercial consents issued in Tauranga last month.According to a nzherald.co.nz article, the latest monthly building consent report showed $2.7m…..

South Africa: Deadliest listeriosis outbreak in history
The deadly and record-setting South African listeriosis outbreak is not slowing down. Contaminated food is the suspected culprit, but health officials have not yet identified a specific source.Since the new year began, the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed six more…..

Swiss container group to accept cryptocurrency payments
Smart Containers Group, the Swiss-based high-tech logistics company and manufacturer of temperature-controlled containers for the food and pharmaceutical industries, today announced that one of its divisions, SkyCell AG, will accept cryptocurrency payments for its services. This innovation aims to expedite…..

Free Tru-Cape apples given to uniformed firefighters in South Africa
As a thank you for the extraordinary efforts by Fire and Rescue teams, Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, headquartered in Somerset West, invites any uniformed fire fighters to enjoy free Tru-Cape apples at their offices.Putting out fires is something everyone in business has to deal with all the time and South…..

Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry issue NAFTA statement
Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry supports the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) provided it upholds fair and free principles, preserves integrated supply chains across the continent. They are urging negotiators to conclude negotiations as soon as possible for the…..

Automated transplanting company welcomes new VP of Engineering
PlantTape has announced its newest addition to their team, Lance Portman as Vice President of Engineering. He joins the company at a pivotal time and will support automated transplanting technology, which the company said is seeing growing global demand.“We are very excited to welcome Lance to our PlantTape…..

Trade in quinoa has tripled in past four years
In 2016, the Netherlands imported about 5.5 million kilos of quinoa. This is a record, and more than three times as much as four years ago. This was reported by the Dutch CBS (Statistics Netherlands) based on new analyses of trade figures.The export of quinoa also increased in the past four years: from 1.4…..

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Strong Q3 results for Seven & i Holdings
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