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Global Produce News | Friday January 27

FreshPlaza.com | viernes, 27 de enero de 2012

 

 
Coolboxx investigates alternatives for expensive transport from Spain
Importers are stressed, now that the cargo costs from Spain have almost doubled. "Due to the economic crisis in Spain not much is being imported from the west, so almost no products are coming in return. It's everything or nothing per truck. Because there are so few returns, traders pay for there and back,.....

 
Israel: Arava to exhibit black tomato and rainbow carrots
The new Arava Agricultural Research Research and Development Exhibition will feature a host of new and exciting produce. Amongst the more unusual exhibits are an Israeli black tomato, red lemons, seedless lemons and rainbow coloured carrots.The tomato, which will go by the name "Black Galaxy"is not just.....

 

 
By Jane Quinn, International Trade at DMP
Premier Star apples New Zealand’s latest star attraction
Twelve years after it first appeared as a curious branch on a Royal Gala tree in a Nelson home orchard, Premier Star (PVR) was exported successfully for the first time in 2011 to Singapore and Thailand. Premier Star has naturally high sugars and an outstanding block bright red colour that is packed to a 70%+.....

 
UK to introduce charges HGVs
Lorry drivers in the UK will be charged to use the road under government proposals announced last Wednesday. The cost will be £10 per day for lorries over 12 ton, the new proposal will come into force in 2014.The British transport minister, Mike Penning want to create a fairer market for the domestic.....

 

Fruit Logistica Hall 23 Stand F-07
Friend Fruits supplying the Russian market
Friend Fruits Company was founded in 1996 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The company imports products from all over the world to supply Russia's domestic demand.Today the company is a large holding with well-developed infrastructure including 4 warehouses situated in St. Petersburg of the total area of 5,700 m?;.....

UK: Agrexco former employees still awaiting redunancy pay
Former employees of the Israeli based agricultural export company, Agrexco, have complained after not receiving their redundancy pay for jobs they lost when the company went into liquidation in October last year.The company, a 30% share of which was owned by the Israeli government, collapsed owing over £90.....

 

The horticultural sector will be the most damaged
Fepex repeats devastating consequences of Morrocan agreement
FEPEX representatives repeated, yesterday, to the minister of Agriculture, Miguel Arias Cañete, that the start of the agricultural protocol within the Association Agreement with Morocco will increase negative consequences that are already being felt in the Spanish production areas under a current agreement......

Frosts hit fruit and vegetable trade in Russia and Ukraine
Significant fall of temperature caused delays in deliveries of fruits and vegetables to Russian and Ukrainian retail chains. Trade in outdoor markets is almost fully paralyzed.Supermarkets' fruit and vegetable managers reported to Fruit-Inform of serious stoppages in deliveries of fruits and vegetables as.....

 

 
Australian Sable seedless black grapes available
Australian-grown Sable seedless black grapes - known for their distinct muscat sweetness - are a grape connoisseur's choice.Sable seedless black grapes have an intense rich sweetness with distinct muscat overtones and tropical aroma. Because of their high sugar content - half glucose and half fructose - they.....

US: CTF thanks Beckman for his service and leadership
California Tomato Cooperative (CTF) wishes to thank Ed Beckman for his service in leading the cooperative since its inception in 2007. Beckman announced his departure from CTF earlier this month to take another position within the tomato industry.“We want to thank Ed for all of his service. CTF is now.....

 

North America
Canada: Processed potato growers have had their chips this season
A shortage of locally grown processing potatoes is threatening to make Manitoba an importer of spuds for the first time in more than two decades and will lead to production cuts in at least one local processing plant.A spokesman for local growers said that a bad growing season last year was responsible for.....

 
US (NJ): Recognition for Middlesex County growers
For years, Giamarese Farms in Middlesex County has been one of the area’s top spots for for pumpkins, Christmas trees, and fresh fruits and vegetables.On Wednesday, the farm’s owners, Jim and Sue, were honoured at the 2012 Vegetable Growers of New Jersey and State Agricultural Convention dinner with the.....

 

 
US (HI): Unseasonal weather provokes January fruit and blossom
Unseasonal weather last Summer is being blamed for the unusual appearance of both flowers and fruit on mango trees in Hawaii this January. The cold, dry Summer led to flowers that are now turning to ripening fruits, whereas the current flowers are anticipated to ripen in four to five months time. Growers are.....

 
US (NC): Blueberry festival wins state award
A North Carolina blueberry festival, held in Pender County, has received the accolade of being the state's Event of the Year by Showfest.The judges decided in favour of the blueberry festival as a result of its title of second highest county for blueberry production since the 1930s, which they say made it.....

 

 
Global warming could sponsor rise in cranberry production
Yesterday FreshPlaza reported on suggestions that certain crops in the UK may benefit from rising temperatures. Now it transpires that similar predictions are being made for parts of the US. Maine, due to its northerly position, continues to feel cold temperatures and is expected to do so long after.....

US (CA): 20% of mandarin crop damaged
Approximately 20% of the mandarin crop has been damaged by the cold weather in California it can now be revealed. The worst damage has occurred around Fresna and Madera, where the cold has been most pronounced. Often the damage goes beyond the skin, which is just unsightly, and into the flesh of the fruit.....

 

Dropping to 1.50 Pesos per kilo
Mexican lemon prices going down
Hundreds of lemon producers in the Valley of Terra Caliente in Mexico, are now at the worst stage of what should be the best time of the year for citrus production. He denounced the intrusion of citrus "resellers", who force the citrus to be sold at low prices, despite it being one of the best seasons for.....

US (WA): Potato company fined over gas release
The Oregon Potato Company has been fined in Excess of $66,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violating the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).As a result of a failure of.....

 

US: Delta to offer customers cargo tracking facility
Delta airlines has announced an exclusive agreement with OnAsset Intelligence, leading providers of machine to machine tracking solutions. What this means is that Delta customers will be able to track, via GPS, their cargo during every step of its journey, simply by visiting the company website.Delta is the.....

US (CA): Citrus greening disease strikes again!
Citrus psyllid has been discovered in Redlands in San Bernardino County. The city council are planning to hold a meeting next Tuesday to consider a request for $38,000 to be spent on treatment for all 16 of the cities groves to receive treatment.Source: www.cbs8.com

 

Naturex unveils colour range derived from fruit and veg
Natural extracts company, Naturex, has introduced a new range of colours derived from fruits and vegetables as part of its NAT colour range. The colours, known as VegeBrite, are intended for use in beverages, confectionery, ice cream and dairy products.Source: www.foodnavigator-usa.com

Europe
Hall 26 / Stand C-02
Livorno Reefer Terminal will be at Fruit Logistica 2012
Livorno Reefer Terminal (LRT) will be at Fruit Logistica 2012 (Berlin, 8-10 February), the most important fair in the world dedicated to the entire logistic chain of fresh produce trade. Livorno Reefer Terminal will be introduced in a stand with the Port Authority and the Chamber of Commerce of Livorno,.....

 

Good prospects for organic fruit and vegetables in Germany
Sales of organic fruit and vegetables in Germany increase, but the share in the total distribution is still negligible. There is, however, a strong trend noticeable for more local product. This is a positive for the organic products from the region. The consumer finds the origin of the product more and more.....

 
Duplication of the number of members in the anniversary year
Excellent party at 10 year old FresQ
When it first started in 2001 FresQ had 76, and now on their tenth anniversary, they have 155 members. They went from 257 hectares to 1400 hectares and from a turnover of €130 million to an expected €700 million in 2012. This has put FreshQ in the number one position among greenhouse cooperation's in.....

 

Hortyfruta launched a promotional campaign in European supermarkets with German actress Esther Schweins
The new image of Spanish vegetables
Hortyfruta the Andalucian Fruit and Vegetables company announced on Wednesday the start of the promotional campaign, under the slogan 'We care, you enjoy' - for European supermarkets. The aim is to restore confidence to the European consumer in the consumption of fresh vegetables and increase.....

 
with a wall of 9 metres wide (Hall 1.2, stand C-09)
ABC Westland on Fruit Logistica
For the first timeAgri & Food centreABC Westland will be presentat the Fruit Logistica in Berlin(Hall 1.2, stand C-09). They will be showing a film about the agricultural and food companies that operate on their grounds.The film gives a clear view of the many processes, which are carried out by companies.....

 

UK: A wonderful year for pistachio company
The UK flavoured pistachio brand, Wonderful Pistachios, is enjoying the benefits of its recent TV advertising campaign, "Get Crackin."The company has reported robust growth for UK sales after the investment of £1million on the advertising campaign. Sales are up 65% on 2010. Michael Franklin, UK sales.....

 
Fruit Logistica, Hall 2.2 / Stand B-02
Italy: New logo and website restyling for Lagnasco Group
Yesterday, January 26th, 2012, at Tapparelli D'Azeglio Castle in Lagnasco (Piedmont - Italy), the new logo and the website restyling of Lagnasco Group were officially introduced. Several personalities attended the event.Click here for a photo report.Tapparelli D'Azeglio Castle in Lagnasco.After a.....

 

 
Greece: Consumers line up for free produce
People in Athens have been queuing for up to half an hour to get their hands on free fruit and vegetables handed out in the capital by protesting farmers. The local press has observed that the people who were queuing were not the homeless or the unemployed, but rather the ordinary person in the street who,.....

WPC speaker Anton Haverkort outlines key developments for 2012
This year’s World Potato Congress, to be held in Edinburgh in May and organised by Potato Council, has attracted a remarkable line-up of international speakers including Dr Anton Haverkort of Netherlands-based Plant Research International. Around the world companies are putting more emphasis on.....

Asia
 

 
Italy and Philippines consider debt swap deal to fund traceability
The Philippines has entered into discussions with Italy in a bid to secure funding for a food traceability scheme that will ensure its produce is saleable in such markets as Europe and the US. Italy is looking into a debt swap deal worth almost 3 million Euro to the Philippines. The money would be used to.....

 
China: Dried plums pulled from supermarkets in safety worry
Three brands of dried plums are being pulled from the supermarket shelves in China for containing too much sulphur dioxide. This is used as a preservative for both colour and flavour during the drying process. However, too much can cause a worsening of symptoms for asthma symptoms.The plums in question.....

 

Pakistani delegation to reap harvest of FTA wih Sri Lanka
A Pakistani trade delegation of fruit and vegetable producers and exporters is visiting Sri Lanka to explore ways in which bilateral trade can be enhanced.The participants of the delegation specialise in the production and export of various fruits and vegetables including Guava, Chikoo (Sepatila), Mango,.....

 
Saudi Arabia: Illegal farms closed due to sewage contamination
Authorities in Saudi Arabia have closed down 25,000 square metres of illegal farms in Mecca province after it emerged that they had been using sewage for irrigation purposes.Laboratory tests revealed that the produce grown on the farms was indeed contaminated. Crops included beans, capsicums and watercress......

 

India: Mango industry to get grower's association
Orissa state mango growers are keen to find a solution to a current predicament that means they are getting a very poor deal for producing some very high quality fruits. Every year they produce a healthy harvest of large yellow dasheharis and red gulab khas that appear on the market months before the produce.....

Malaysia: Heavy rains continue to wreak havoc
Constant rainfall since the end of December has brought the worst floods to the Kuching area for 20 years and is wreaking havoc on agricultural land. The damage has already meant that crops expected to be ready in time for the Chinese New Year celebrations last week were unavailable. So far it has mostly.....

 

Oceania
Australia: New nut plant will be country's largest
Construction on a new nut processing plant which will be the largest in the country, has commenced in Victoria's North West. The processing plant is being constructed by Singapore based Olam Orchards to the tune of $60 million.The plant will be able to handle 40,000 tonnes of almonds during the peak season and.....

NZ: Psa-V treatments ineffective
The first trials of treatments for Psa-V in a vulnerable kiwi variety have proved unsuccessful. Disease free vines were given a range of different treatments before being placed in infected orchards and being sprayed with water to encourage the disease to spread. None of the treatments had the effect of.....

 
Fiji: Flood damage limited, but produce supplies affected
Floods over the weekend do not appear to have caused any significant damage.However, John Cox, principal agricultural officer northern has stated that there would be an impact upon fruit and vegetable production for the coming months."We have been out surveying flood affected areas and we have not seen much.....

 

AU: Growth of onion business due to rising domestic demand
Tony Rowett started by growing onion seed for the now defunct Japanese market. He has expanded his operations over the years to cater for increasing demand on the domestic market. He is now producing 10,000 tonnes of onions per annum, grown over 120ha, close to the Ngarkat Conservation Park.He has purchased.....

Central America
 
Jamaican farmer calls for government help for ailing growers
A 60 year old farmer is insisting that not enough is being done by authorities to assist the country's ailing agricultural industry. Rudolph King has been farming since the age of 15 after learning his trade from his grandfather, who farmed in the US. Once upon a time King had 5 acres of banana plantation,.....

Panama: MD2 pineapple season is just starting
MD2 pineapple season is just starting with good weather. It has not rained in Panama as had been predicted by the weather forecasts. In the field purchase price is at its low point, although this is normalfor this time of year. Javier Barria, pineapple exporter representing the Panamanian company Valle.....

 

South America
Peruvian mango prices are expected to rise 70%
Fruit and vegetable prices for mangoes, grapes, avocados and asparagus, among others, have increased by up to 80%, said William Arteaga Donayre, coordinator for the Agribusiness Department of Promperú. According to the executive in recent weeks mango prices will have the highest increase, due to asupply.....

Ecuador to increase exports of hass avocado with new technology
The Institute for Agro-LiveStock Investigations in Ecuador - Iniap, develops technologies to promote the cultivation of avocado to increase exports.In the last 5 years, Ecuador exported 34,352 tons of avocado, with an income of US$2.3 million, according to numbers from the Central Bank of Ecuador.From that,.....

Brazil: São Paulo producers start harvesting "Palmer" mango
Since the end of last year, work at Marco Aurélio Ferraro, in Taquaritinga, hasn't stoped. In December, he harvested the "Tommy" mango variety and started harvesting at a loss as there were no buyers for his fruit.Now, Ferraro is harvesting the "Palmer" variety and he's more optimistic because there's more.....

Africa
Nigeria: Shipping firms offer waiver in light of strike action
Maersk and Safmarine have granted waivers to customers as a result of strike action which took place in Nigeria between 9th to 16th January.The decision of the firms comes after a similar decision by the concessionaire of the Apapa Container Terminal (ACT), APM Terminals Apapa Limited.The firm, which is one.....

 

 
EU trade keeps pineapple and banana industry alive in Ghana
An interim Economic Partnership Agreement between Ghana and the EU is keeping alive the country's banana and pineapple industry according to the president of the African Pineapple and Banana Association. George Kporye said that getting the agreement made permanent was a priority for Ghana, especially in the.....

World
Fruit Logistica 2012 hall 1.2 B-03
Monsanto showcases new branding & new products
Monsanto’s Vegetable Seeds Division will be showcasing its new branding at the Fruit Logistica with its leading vegetable seeds brands De Ruiter and Seminis. As part of their customer approach Monsanto will present its new chain team and brand strategy. Two of our innovative products are Beneforte, the new.....

Maersk signs new partnership agreement with Diginonymous
Maersk have signed a partnership agreement with Diginonymous. Maersk has a history of making good partnership deals. This one is intended to bring about faster, more efficient IT and communications.Chris Fertig of Maersk says that Diginonymouos is a good partner for Maersk as they share their entrepreneurial.....

BASF fungicide to get green light
Preliminary results from research conducted last year has shown that Merivon fungicide from BASF will be active on many fungal pathogens that impact pome and stone tree fruit crops each season. The result shows Merivon fungicide, which is expected to receive registration from the U.S. EPA in 2012, will.....

Retail news:
• AU: Price war between Woolworth and Coles continues
• Target sets its sights on Canada
• AU: New COO appointment at metcash
• France: Carrefour annouce CEO change
• Japan: retail sales rise higher and faster than expected

 

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