Thursday, May 10, 2018
Latin America edition

For European market
México: More limes expected to be available soon
“We expect bigger volumes of Mexican limes available from next week on. The new production is getting the correct quality and sizes. The biggest issue so far has been the small sizes. However, this new production has the right sizes and better production volumes”, explains Efrain Saucedo Nuñez from the company…..

Job Offers:
• Nourse Farms, Chief Operations Officer – Deerfield (MA) USA
• Agriges, Sales Area Managers – Czech Republic, Eastern Europe, Portugal

Tupy blackberry, at risk due to lack of interest in its production
The Tupy blackberry free variety, which until a few years ago was the most produced in most of the orchards of the Los Reyes valley, in Michoacan, is no longer the variety preferred by some of the leading companies in the export of berries.Worker harvesting and packing blackberries. Female hands are more…..

First quarter
Peru: Fruit & veg boosted the growth of agricultural exports by 23.9%
The Association of Agricultural Producers’ Guilds of Peru (AGAP) reported that during the first quarter of this year the agricultural sector had recorded a growth of 23.9%, as it achieved shipments of US $ 1.424 billion, compared to the US $1.149 billion achieved in the same quarter of 2017, and that it…..

Production increase: 20,000 tons
Chile expects to produce 245,000 tons of avocado
According to estimates, Chile will produce about 245 thousand tons of avocados this season and their quality will be good. The country will achieve this production thanks to the good weather there has been in this campaign.»Last season we had heat waves that affected the last flowers. This started in November,…..

Peru: 118,000 blueberry plants from the US
The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) reported that 118 thousand blueberry plants from the United States had arrived in the country to improve the competitiveness of its agro-industry and expand the agricultural export of fresh fruits in the Moquegua region.The seedlings are undergoing their…..

Shipments were not suspended
Argentina: Fruit fly detected in lemons destined to the US
After fruit flies were detected in Tucuman lemons for export to the United States, the Governor of Tucuman, Juan Manzur, and the Minister of productive development, Juan Luis Fernandez, denied there was a suspension in shipments and said controls had been reinforced.»Senasa, in its exhaustive controls, has…..

Colombia: Avocados go from the port of Barranquilla to the United States
Colombia’s Agricultural Institute (ICA) endorsed the Puerto de Barranquilla company to export Hass avocados to the United States. The terminal already has the infrastructure for refrigerated and frozen cargo, with a warehouse in which it handles all kinds of products such as flowers, fruits, vegetables, meats,…..

Antigua signs partnership with China
The Ministry of Agriculture will be working closely with a Chinese-based agricultural firm to develop the local sector through the use of technology.The three-year project with the Chinese-based Yuan Longping High-Tech Agriculture Company (LPHT) and the government of Antigua and Barbuda was signed during a…..

AgroFresh announces new strategic approach to China market
AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., a global leader in produce freshness solutions, today announced an innovative business strategy for the Chinese market. In partnership with Pagoda, the largest fruit chain retailer in China with 3,000 outlets, AgroFresh will open an innovation center to develop solutions to extend…..

Victor Bernad, manager of DBS Agro:
“The Asian market is asking for food safe European products”
“The Asian market is a difficult market, particularly the Chinese market. Transport is difficult in Asian countries, because you’re always dealing with air freight, and quality can’t always be guaranteed,” says Victor Bernad, manager of DBS Agro. “Besides the tricky transport, market access to Asian countries…..

Special Greece

Pomegranates bring good luck, wealth and health in Greece
After reports started to surface a few years ago about the health benefits of pomegranates, the President of Agricultural cooperative Afroditi, Giorgos Mpitsaras Normal 0 false false false NL EN-GB AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4…..

Global Focus Melons/Pineapple

Starting in Hermosillo and moving to California

Organic honeydew market settles after hot start
Now that organic honeydew melon supplies have steadied, the market has moderated after experiencing high prices during the opening weeks. Demand is steady and growers are expecting a stable market for the upcoming weeks.»We have started the organic season out of Hermosillo with honeydews, followed by orange…..

Demand of wealthy consumers for small watermelons has created a growing industry

China: Pagoda and and Joy Wing Mau attend «2018 Watermelon Festival»
The 2018 Dongtai Sancang Watermelon Festival was held between April 27th and May 1st in Sancang Village, DongtaiOn April 27th, the organisation of HiFresh brought more than 50 domestic purchase traders to Dongtai, including Pagoda, Xianfeng, Joy Wing Mau, Yuanxing Fruit, and Beijing Miss Fresh.Opening ceremony…..

California growers welcome smaller-sized organic lemons
As California organic lemon growers transition between growing regions, they look towards gaining more smaller-sized fruit. “We’re finishing up in District One in California and we are seeing really large fruit,” says Bianca Kaprielian of Fruit World Co. Inc. in Reedley, Ca. “We are peaking on 63s and 75s……

Season moving into its peak
Chinese tourism boosts air-shipments of fresh Thai mangoes
Thai Farm Fresh specialises in mango exports to, among other destinations, Mainland China. «For mangoes, this is the top period for us. Weather conditions this season were a little worrisome, for example, some fruits such as durian, will have less production because blossoms got hit by severe rain in the past…..

Fred Douven, abbGrowers:
“Dutch blueberry market set to have a big boom”
After weeks in which the blueberry supply was at a low volume, much supply is now imminent from Spain, Morocco and Portugal. “The season is delayed, and that resulted in high prices, but low volumes. That’s now going to change,” says Fred Douven from abbGrowers. “The downside is that prices have also started…..

Kasseler Wholesale starts partnership with Parisian wholesale market
‘We want to bring more products to our existing customers’
In today’s trade, it is almost impossible to include new unknown varieties in one’s assortment. However, if you supply a diversified, partially upscale clientele, you must be able to have appropriate offers. That is the motto of wholesaler T. Meissner Frucht-Handels-GmbH, based in Kassel. While its customer…..

Wittenberg Gemüse GmbH is enjoying a successful start to the season
‘Sales of Luther paprikas satisfactory so far’
In the high-tech greenhouse of Wittenberg Gemüse GmbH Wittenberg Gemüse GmbH has harvested and marketed the first ‘Luther-Paprikas’ of the season. After planting in January, on a 3 hectare greenhouse area, recently the first predominantly red pods were packed and delivered under their own label. The sales…..

Indoor Ag-Con
E.coli outbreak puts food safety top of mind for VF-industry
The E.coli outbreak in open field grown romaine lettuce might open doors and markets for indoor farmers and their local grown produce currently, but it also shows the vulnerability of an industry. On the Indoor Ag-Con industry leaders warned their colleagues for the possible threat to the complete industry…..

Italy: Good start for Macfrut
A good number of visitors attended Macfrut on the first day. We talked to a few exhibitors with different opinions ranging from “It went very well, lots of people visited our stand” to “I expected something more.” Another added that “the important thing is people who are seriously interested in doing business……

7 in WA sickened by E. Coli outbreak linked to lettuce
Seven people in Washington state have now gotten sick in the national E. Coli outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The Centers for Disease Control has tallied 149 cases in 29 states stemming from the romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Ariz., region, including one death and 64…..

Launch of marketing campaign for no-shell pistachios
Wonderful Pistachios launched its first ever multimillion-dollar integrated marketing campaign specifically for its Wonderful Pistachios No Shells brand. The campaign entitled, “Sometimes, Naked Is Better,” has some cheeky fun by covering up famous nude figures in classic works of art with outrageous clothing……

Ayesha Curry joins National Mango Board to showcase mango recipes
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Ayesha Curry, food personality, restaurateur, author of The New York Times bestselling cookbook “The Seasoned Life,” and overall «foodpreneur,” joins the National Mango Board (NMB) for the second consecutive year to showcase delicious recipes featuring the fruit. The proud mom of…..

Second annual Southern AZ Sustainability Expo comes to Nogales
The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas is proud to present the Southern Arizona Sustainability Expo on Thursday, May 17 at the Santa Cruz Center in Nogales, from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.Companies today are faced with the financial pressure to lower operating costs and the social pressure to be more…..

India: Mango hub yet to bear fruit in Dhenkanal
The ambitious mango hub in the district is yet to provide benefits to farmers as the facility is yet to start operation even after its construction. The project includes storing, ripening chambers and grading and marketing facilities in view of huge production in Dhenkanal and its adjoining districts.The hub,…..

Kenya: Laikipia farmer invests millions to avert post-harvest losses
The price of a single tomato in some Nairobi estates is now going for Sh15, or you could buy three pieces for Sh25. All this is while less than 200 kilometres away, in Nyandarua, animals are fed with cabbages and carrots, while tomatoes rot away as lack of transport keeps farmers and consumers worlds apart……

Vietnam: Fruits & vegetables surpass crude oil in export revenue
With a sharp surge of 30 percent to US$1.32 billion in the first four months of this year, export turnover of fruits and vegetables surpassed crude oil for the first time.Experts attributed the rise to the sector’s success in exploiting market advantages and applying clean production. With the high export…..

Amazing Asian agriculture fruit harvesting compilation
The Naju pear (Korea), the world’s best pear, is grown in the Yeongsan River’s quality soil and optimal climate using the local farmers’ accumulated technologies. Highly sweet and delicious, the Naju pear is widely known around the world and local farmers are making great efforts to produce a quality product.

Bilateral agriculture cooperation to control plant pests in potato cultivation in Indonesia
Indonesia, recognized as a biodiversity-rich place for plants and animals, has a great potential for agricultural production that needs prevention measures against ingress of pathogens and exotic diseases and weeds that threaten the agriculture production. In fact, plant pests known as a major problem in…..

United Fresh 2018
36 finalists demonstrate innovation in fresh produce
United Fresh this week announces 36 new products as finalists for the United Fresh Produce Association’s 2018 Innovation Awards. This year’s finalists will compete in seven categories, including the two new categories for 2018: Best New Indoor Growing Technology and Best New Field Technology, for the title of…..

Japan aims to gain international protection for the intellectual property
The agriculture ministry is ramping up efforts to prevent unintended outflows of domestically developed fruit varieties after the unauthorized production of cherished types was found in South Korea and China.The ministry aims to gain international protection for the intellectual property of municipalities and…..

India: Double bonanza for Asia’s largest pineapple market
It’s a double bonanza for Asia’s largest pineapple market, nine years after the Vazhakkulam Pineapple got the Geographical Indicator (GI) tag. Just when the Vazhakkulam pineapple merchants came together to announce that this market will be a hartal-free zone (free of business bandhs), pineapple has figured…..

Spain: Refrigeration of goods with up to 50% energy savings
The Port of Huelva and Enagás have developed a pioneering project in Huelva’s port facilities, which will allow the refrigeration of goods with the cold generated by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), achieving energy savings of up to 50%.The project was presented by the president of the Port Authority of Huelva,…..

Tauranga startup signs global deal for robotic apple packers
New Zealand agricultural robotics and automation company Robotics Plus, today announced it has signed an agency and distribution agreement with GlobalPac Technologies which will see the company’s robotic apple packers go global. The deal, which will initially target the US, Australian and New Zealand markets,…..

NZ: Scales to sell cold storage unit to US-based Emergent Cold
Scales Corp will sell its cold storage businesses to newly-incorporated US cold chain company Emergent Cold for $151.4 million as it shifts to a greater focus on pure agribusiness.»We have identified our strengths as (1) operating fully-vertically integrated agriculture businesses, (2) participating in…..

Mahindra & Mahindra joins McCain Foods and Monsanto Growth Ventures as strategic partners in Resson
Resson, a predictive analytics company for the agricultural industry, today announced a $14 million Series C up round of financing that welcomed Mahindra & Mahindra as a strategic partner, joining existing strategic partners McCain Foods and Monsanto Growth Ventures as well as existing investors Build…..

Sudan: Red Sea Councillor ‘Threatened With Dismissal’ for Criticising Ports Policy
A Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) of the Red Sea state reported that he was threatened with dismissal by the Speaker of the Council because of criticising the governor of the state for transfer of the cargo and unloading association into companies.Mohamed Tahir said that the Speaker of the Legislative…..

Kiwifruit Workers Alliance Launched
While the business community’s response to a worker shortage in the Bay of Plenty is well known, workers who’re dealing with these issues every day have not yet had their say.In response to concerns workers have raised with us, FIRST Union is launching The Kiwifruit Workers Alliance. The Alliance will provide…..

AU: Pear growers short-changed as oversupply pushes prices ‘ridiculously’ low
A third-generation orchardist says he was getting better returns for his pears in 1973 than he is in 2018.Bo Silverstein works tirelessly to supply his best product to the market, but the cruel reality is the return on a bin full of juicy pears from Shepparton will not meet production costs.»We actually found…..

Aussie vegetable exports tracking towards $315m 2020 goal
Australian vegetable growers are kicking substantial export goals with figures showing a 61 per cent increase in value over the past five years. The Global Trade Atlas figures also reveal that total fresh vegetable exports from Australia have had an average growth rate of 10pc per year. It’s good news for the…..

Afghanistan to export agro products to Russia, Kazakhstan via Uzbekistan
At a meeting organized on May 8 in Kabul for assessing Afghan agricultural products’ export to regional countries, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock said that Afghan traders can use cold storage and packaging facilities in Termez city in Uzbekistan until Afghanistan establishes…..

University of New Hampshire
Plain old cross-breeding can modify plant genetics like crazy
Who needs gene-splicing tech like CRISPR? At the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire, there is a researcher who represents the longest continuous squash and pumpkin breeding program in North America. Emeritus professor of plant genetics Brent Loy’s most recent work has…..

Canadian study
Jerusalem artichoke’s invasive tendencies blamed on genetics
The ability of invasive plants to overrun new territory is rooted in their genes. This is stated by Canadian researchers looking at a species of the sunflower family, the Jerusalem artichoke. The root vegetable makes for a gourmet dish but it’s a nuisance for Canadian farmers and the plants wreak havoc across…..

New World Health Organization Europe report
Nordic and Mediterranean countries can make more of healthy cuisine
A new report from World Health Organization Europe looks into the health-promoting properties of Mediterranean and the Nordic diets, which have won acclaim for helping to prevent cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.The report analyses…..

Chinese prime minister to Indonesia
Import our mandarin oranges
Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang has requested that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo increase the import quota of mandarin oranges from China.In a joint press statement on Monday, Li said that during a bilateral meeting between the two leaders, he had conveyed China’s concerns about a limitation on mandarin…..

China-US trade war could cost South Africa jobs
Last March, Trade and Industry minister Rob Davies commented on the rising tensions of a possible trade war between the US and China. He was certain South Africa was not in any country’s sights in such a war. But it could suffer considerable collateral damage nonetheless.The most direct harm to SA could come…..

Deadly pest that devastated swathes of Africa
Fall army worm: On its way to Europe and Britain
Experts are warning that a crop-destroying caterpillar that has devastated agriculture in Africa is poised to spread into southern Europe for the first time and could even reach Britain. The Fall Army Worm has cost African economies billions in crop losses since the American pest was first spotted on the…..

Nationwide cold spell hits agricultural production
The nationwide cold spell during the Qingming Festival [April 4th until 20th] is already a month ago, but the influence of this record cold snap is still affecting apple production areas in Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, and Shandong. It also affected almost all fruit production areas in the north. The damage was…..

Spar Cyprus target: opening 20 supermarkets, first this year
Morrisons: better-than-expected 3.6% sales hike
Belgium: Bio-Planet opens its 1st city centre supermarket in AntwerpBelgian retailer Colruyt Group has announced that its Bio-Planet chain has opened its first city centre supermarket. The new store in Antwerp is a fully-fledged organic supermarket, which will carry over 6,000 organic and ecological products……

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