Friday, June 22, 2018
Latin America edition

The supply of summer fruit affects the banana market in the northern hemisphere in different ways. In some markets, including Poland and China, the supply of summer fruit had a good start, so consumers have…..

From Chile to Vietnam
Agro-photovoltaics goes global
Agro-photovoltaics (APV), a technology which combines the production of solar electricity and crops on the same land, has already been successfully demonstrated in pilot projects in several European countries. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in cooperation with the Innovation Group…..

Dominican Republic:
New organic biostimulants to improve the development and production of bananas
ADOBANANO, the Grena products, and the BAM project report were officially presented on June 14. These innovations represent an important improvement in the banana sector and aim to place the bananas of the Dominican Republic at the forefront of world exports.The organic biostimulants presented were Grena Ultra…..

Cargo destined to Sweden
Ecuador: Authorities seize 62 kg of drugs hidden in bananas
The Ecuadorian Ministry of the Interior reported today that the Ecuadorian authorities had seized 62 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride that were going to be sent to Sweden.The drug was camouflaged in the double wall of a container bound for Sweden with a load of bananas, from Puerto Bolivar, in the province of El…..

World Cup Special: Brazil
«In Brazil, the excitement for the World Cup is incredible. Brazil has already won five world cup titles, so this world championship awakens much enthusiasm in this country; so much so that the country stops when their national team is playing. People are united during the match and, when Brazil wins, the…..

Year-round blueberry supply
Chilean blueberry exports to China
«The harvest season of our open-field blueberries began on June 15th after the season of greenhouse blueberries finished. The Chinese blueberry production season ends in August. However, we started importing Chilean blueberries last year in October. In this way we can guarantee year-round supply. The packaging…..

Rainfall brings mixed outcomes for GA, MI bell pepper growers
Georgia is producing strong volumes of bell peppers at the moment as summer temperatures encourage strong growth. Meanwhile in Michigan, growers are preparing for their harvest in a month’s time. Both states have experienced significant rainfall in recent months, but each have very different results from those…..

Is America ready for a new potato?
From the Russet to the red and yellow, to specialty potato varieties, the US is a large producer and consumer of potatoes. In recent years, more people are seeking out new varieties and there is an increasing focus on flavor. One US-based company has been tasked with distributing one of the newest varieties of…..

Three times the original number of vessels – double the users
Maersk extends contract for advanced vessel tracking & monitoring solutions
Following the initial signing of a two-year contract in September 2016 with BigOceanData for the supply of vessel tracking services, Maersk has now extended and expanded the contract for another 30 months to cover three times the original number of vessels and nearly double the number of users. 300 vessels are…..

Melon merchandising for the summer holidays
Savor Fresh Farms announces the return of their Independence Day themed retail display cartons. Just in time for 4th of July displays, the company says the red, white and blue cartons will help retailers highlight their Kiss Melon promotions during the holiday.Working with retail partners, Savor Fresh Farms,…..

Retailers of all sizes welcome to participate
Mango mania display contest kicks off
The National Mango Board (NMB) will host their annual Mango Mania Display Contest during the month of July. Retailers big and small have a chance to win big prizes. The NMB will also send a $15 digital gift card to each valid entry. Additionally, stores that include Tajín fruit seasoning will receive a second…..

Special Poland

Weather, prices and labour affect Polish soft fruit growers
The market situation for Polish soft fruit growers has been a difficult one; plagued by weather issues, low prices and labour issues. «There has been talk of crop failure. Although you would think that the lack of problems this year, like frost or hail, would be appreciated by the growers, the prices have…..

Global Focus Soft / Stonefruit

Chinese market share grows

Global consumption of strawberries increases annually
Data from leading market analysis company IndexBox shows that the world’s largest consumers of strawberries are China (41%), the USA (16%), Egypt (5%), Turkey (4%), Mexico (4%), and Germany (3%). Together they account for 73% of global strawberry consumption.The largest growth of strawberry consumption between…..

Mild weather fuels record strawberry production in California
Production of strawberries in California has reached record levels up to this point in the season. It’s all thanks to the mild weather and the significant spring rainfall, which ironically caused a shortage of fruit at the time. However, according to growers, the rains sparked all growing regions into action,…..

Courchesne Larose Ltd. takes minority stake in Montreal produce company
Jean-François Laverdure, CEO of J.B. Laverdure Inc. and Alain Routhier, CEO of Courchesne Larose Ltd. are pleased to announce that Courchesne Larose Ltd. has taken a minority stake in J.B. Laverdure Inc. Both organisations are key players in Quebec’s produce importation and distribution industry and this…..

Flight paths over the USA within a 24 hour period

Fruity nail designs, perfect for the summer
Fruit prints seem to be big this summer, with lemon and pineapple dresses selling out at online stores. Some women even start transferring the look to their nails.We’ve come across a selection of fruit-printed nails. Here are a few of our favourites:

FlyDubai cargo starts operations in Italy: new chances for fresh products
From 13 June 2018, FlyDubai will offer to the Italian freight forwarders’ community daily direct flights to Dubai, connecting with more than 100 destinations of the Airline’s Network in Asia, Africa, Middle East and Europe/Russia. (click here to download cargo flights map).Flights will be operated by the most…..

Chinese inspectors look into possibilites of Ukrainian cherry exports
Inspectors from the People’s Republic of China visited the Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions last week, to get acquainted with the features of growing, storing, packing and phytosanitary procedures for Ukrainian sweet cherries. The purpose of the visit was to look into the possibility of future…..

Intelligent containers: CMA CGM introduces TRAXENS by CMA CGM
The CMA CGM Group, a global shipping group, is pleased to announce the marketing of its networked container solution: TRAXENS by CMA CGM.As the first company to invest in TRAXENS, and having been instrumental in its development, CMA CGM has already conducted numerous tests with this unique solution. As of…..

Cool Chain Association chairman appeal:
Air cargo community should create its own supply chain standard
The air cargo community should drive its own standard for perishables without waiting for other groups and agencies to establish them. This is according to Stavros Evangelakakis, Cool Chain Association (CCA) Chairman and Global Product Manager Healthcare & Perishable, Cargolux.At the “World without Food…..

EU imposes additional tariffs on US blueberries
The European Union will impose additional tariffs worth 2,800 million euro on almost 200 products from the United States – such as orange juice, whiskey, tobacco, jeans, blueberries, motorcycles or peanut butter – in response to the tariffs that President Donald Trump decided to impose on steel and aluminum…..

Curtin University research
Fruit and vegetables linked to changes in skin colour
Skin colour in young Caucasian men is strongly linked to high levels of fruit and vegetable consumption, new research by Curtin University has found. The research, published in the Journal of Nutrition and Intermediary Metabolism, suggests that skin colour can be a clear indicator of whether a person has a…..

Map of Europe and Asia Minor- focusing on rivers
Let’s call it a flowchart.

Washington State University
Human immune response in fruit fly
Washington State University researchers have seen how both humans and fruit flies deploy a protein that plays a critical role in their immune responses to invading bacteria. The discovery gives scientists a model organism with which to explore ways to boost the human immune system and create infection-fighting…..

Ecommerce in Italy: €23.1bln in 2018
Albert Heijn tests smart door lock
Southeast Asian online shoppers lead the world in spending via appsSoutheast Asian online shoppers are leading the world when it comes to spending on shopping apps, according to research by tech company Criteo. Across Asia Pacific, 54% of all online transactions are made in-app, 18% on mobile web and 28% on…..

FreshPlaza funny
This guy will never be out of work!

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