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Global Produce News | Thursday March 1

FreshPlaza.com | jueves, 01 de marzo de 2012

 

US (CA): Fall potato volumes up, quality slightly down
The harvest for fall potatoes in California continues, and volumes have been reported to be up generally. But some growers have also reported a reduction in quality.“We have potatoes year-round,” says Mike Haddad of Kirschenman Enterprises. “Right now, we're harvesting the fall crop in Bakersfield, and.....

Damco continues to make strong, steady progress
Earnings increased again significantly, up a third from 2010. Ocean and air freight volume growth was substantially higher than market. These results demonstrate another year of strong, steady progress for Damco, the logistics arm of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group. Global logistics and freight.....

RUCIP 2012
New rules and practices in European potato trade
On the 1st of March new Rules and Practices of the Inter-European Trade in Potatoes (RUCIP) will start to apply. The RUCIP European Committee, composed of the European associations Europatat (Potato Trade), EUPPA (Potato Processing) and Intercoop Europe (Cooperatives), has validated in February 2012 the new.....

 

 
US (AZ): Decline of the citrus industry
Citrus is one of the industries that helped take Arizona from "wild west" to civilisation, one of the icons that helps define the identity of the state. It is, however, in decline. Don Shaw, owner of Verde Oro Farms, has been farming citrus orchards in the East Valley since the 1960s, persevering even as.....

Bonduelle: First half year 2011/2012 financial results
Bonduelle has announced its First Half Year 2011/2012 financial results. There has been strong profitability rebound in line with forecasts. Strong turnover growth of 2.1%; and operating profitability increase of 30.5%The Bonduelle group turnover remained stable at € 880 million (-0.6%) for the first half.....

Company to grow sea freight potential for perishable goods
Cool Logistics Africa to expand in East and West Africa
Shipping flowers from Kenya by sea or mangoes from Mali by rail may still be regarded as a feat of logistical coordination. Yet two leading European importers of horticultural products, Agrofair and FloraHolland, having proved that where there is a will there is a way, will share their experiences of.....

 

US: Del Monte Fresh Produce Announces “500 Sneaker March” Promotion
Del Monte Fresh Produce announced today the launch of their “500 Sneaker March” promotion which begins March 1st and runs through March 31st. The promotion, hosted on the Del Monte Fresh Produce Facebook page, will randomly award 500 sneakers to 500 Del Monte Facebook fans who enter the contest. All.....

 
UK: 140 jobs to go as EVS closes it's doors
140 jobs to go in closure of Newport firm English Village Salads. The company announced yesterday it will cease trading at the end of March following a 90-day consultation period with all 178 staff. The announcement comes after ASDA, a major EVS customer took a substantial part of its salads.....

 
Italy: Success for tasting special events organized by Fris-Co
Starting from this year the company Fris-Co will organize tasting events for 'special' products such as baby vegetables, Asian vegetables, exotics, edible flowers and leaves, forgotten traditional vegetables (yellow and purple carrots, black salsify, parsley root, etc).Fris-Co 'special products'.....

 

Israel: Arava unveils Edible Flowers range
From top left clockwise: Roses, Yellow Pansy, Carnation, Red Salvia, Daisy, Purple Pansy, Viola and Tagetes.Arava, exporters of Israeli produce, are pleased to announce that, as of next week, they will be extending their product lines to include Edible Flowers. Other flowers in the current.....

North America
 
US: Papaya growers in council for promotion of Hawaiian produce
Hawaiian growers are trying to better market their products, at home and abroad. To achieve this aim three state-wide agricultural associations have founded a new group - the not for profit Synergistic Hawaii Agriculture Council (SHAC). SHAC is made up of the Hawaii Papaya Industry Association (HPIA), the.....

 
US (CA): Tulare bug triggers rapid response
An Asian citrus psyllid was last week found in Tulare County, sparking an alert for citrus greening disease. However, tests have confirmed that it was not carrying the disease.The finding triggered off a rapid response from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, which mobilized 24 crews,.....

 

US (ID): Arrowhead gets traceability grant
Soon every Arrowhead Potato Co. spud will be traceable not only to the farm on which it was grown, but to the very field from which it was pulled.Arrowhead, owned since 2007 by Moss Produce, has received a $300,000 Value-Added Producer Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The relatively small.....

US: Freshway Foods contributes to Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign
Freshway Foods announces today that it has made a contribution of $2,500 to the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign. This donation will fund the equipment for a salad bar in one of over 1,200 schools that have applied for support from the program.Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is a grassroots effort.....

US (CA): Raisin producers declare battle with Craisins
Raisin farmers in the Rio Grande Valley are taking on Ocean Spray in a marketing war over the continuing success of Craisins. Concerned that Ocean Spray are marketing Craisins as a better product, or even as an alternative to raisins the California Raisin Board is hitting back with some marketing of its own.....

 

 
US (NY): Bud deterrent snowfall welcomed
There has been significant snowfall in New York State, something Michael Fargione, a fruit education expert with the Cornell Cooperative Extension, said was a "wonderful gift" to apple growers.He said the covering of snow would prevent the buds on the trees opening early - something local growers had been.....

US: Tomato growers frustrated over audits
Some of the audit fatigue frustrations growers experience boiled over during a recent industry meeting discussing tomato food safety metrics.The tomato industry’s brain trust of growers, shippers, repackers, buyers, regulators and auditors met at the Florida Tomato Exchange headquarters in Maitland in early.....

Canada: Thrifty not skimping on greenhouse produce range
Not everybody drives the same kind of car. People choose from a plethora of makes and models and select the options that they want. Michael Mockler, director of produce operations for Thrifty Foods, a chain of 27 supermarkets based in Victoria, British Columbia, thinks that same principle should.....

 

US (CA): More pistachio trees coming into production this season
By the time California’s pistachio growers finished shaking their trees late last October, they had brought in their second biggest-ever crop — a total of 448 million pounds of nuts. That’s at the top end of the range of earlier projections by industry observers who had estimated that the 2011 crop — an.....

US: Washington apples on small side, but demand steady
Shippers expect continued steady demand for high-quality U.S. apples, with Washington fruit expected to be smaller than usual for the duration of the season.Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers Inc. expects continued strong demand as the domestic apple deal heads into spring and summer, said Roger.....

US (FL): Watermelon board highlights crisis planning
Trying to prevent their commodity from being tied to an overseas outbreak, the National Watermelon Promotion Board focused on crisis training at the commodity’s yearly convention.During a Feb. 24 general session at the National Watermelon Association conference, Stephanie Simek, the promotion board’s.....

 

Europe
 
UK: Portsmouth shoppers go bananas for free fairtrade fruit
Portsmouth shoppers have been enjoying free bananas as they are given away in the streets to highlight Fairtrade.And with a couple of inflatable ones for children to play with it was the perfect way to start the campaign.As she handed out the Fyffes fruit, forum chairwoman Sue James said: ‘Portsmouth is the.....

Fight for the Swiss organic market
Migros, the largest retailer in Switzerland, is bringing Alnatura, the German market leader in the area of organic products, to Switzerland. This means Migros will be competing against Coop, the company who controls around half of the Swiss organic market.The partners Migros and Alnatura want to supply only.....

Germany: Environmental organisation: No flown in fruit and vegetables
Consumers organisations stir regularly and at the moment an organisation from Bavaria is calling for people to stop eating fruit and vegetables that have been flown into the country during the winter, from an environmental point of view. Fresh mangoes, beans or asparagus are attractive in the winter, but,.....

 

 
Pakistan kinnow makes a splash in Amsterdam
Pakistani Kinnow is now available for sale at Dutch chainstores e.g. Hanos – one of the leading chains of Horeca supplies in Europe. The Commercial Wing of the Embassy of Pakistan, The Hague, in collaboration with Hanos, is organizing an in-store promotion of Pakistani Kinnow in Hanos in Amsterdam on 2nd.....

Italy: project for a common brand for Emilia-Romagna pears
66 percent of Italian pears (or 30% of the European total) grows on Emilia-Romagna fields, in the area of Ferrara, Modena and Bologna (Italy). 100% of the Abate Fetel variety is grown here.In spite of this, Emilia-Romagna pear growers run the risk of selling their products this year at prices that will not.....

 
UK: "Intelligent" potato processor for improved efficiency
Researchers at the University of Lincoln have unveiled the latest technology to grace the potato processing industry. They have developed a scanner that uses artificial intelligence to improve processing. The team behind the project used off the shelf equipment coupled with some new software to create a.....

 

Hungary: Syngenta experiences 5% revenue rise
The Hungarian units of Swiss agribusiness company Syngenta expect revenue to climb at least 5% this year over HUF 29 billion in 2011, Syngenta Magyarország managing director Tibor Czigány said at a press conference on Wednesday.Last year, revenue rose 8-10%, Czigány said.?Syngenta has merged its.....

 
Malta: Agricultural production costs up 2%
During the fourth quarter last year, producer and input price indices for agriculture rose by 2.0 and 7.0 per cent respectively over the corresponding quarter of 2010.The producer price index for agricultural products increased by 2.0 per cent, from 118.52 points in the fourth quarter of 2010 to 120.87.....

 
Welsh soldiers in Afghanistan eating raw leek for St. David's Day
Welsh soldiers in Afghanistan celebrated St David's Day in the traditional way - by each munching their way through a whole raw leek.Troopers from 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards (QDG) may be thinking about the usual celebrations at home - daffodils, children in the national dress, and Welsh flags flying -.....

 

 
Gordon Stokes as head of farming
UK: New face at Southern England Farms
Leedstown-based company Southern England Farms Ltd (SEF) has strengthened its team with the appointment of Gordon Stokes as head of farming.Gordon Stokes – heads farmingMr Stokes has been producing fresh produce for major British retailers for 18 years, first in Zimbabwe and since 2000 in the UK, working in.....

Intervention in Swiss potato market averts price collapse
The 2011 potato growing season in Switzerland was a special one. "It was summer in the spring, it was fall in the summer and it was summer in the fall" is how the season was described by Ruedi Fischer, president of the Vereinigung der Schweizer Kartoffelproduzenten (VKSP), which translates to "Association of.....

UK: Potato prices hold steady as planting gets under way
Potato markets remained stable last week, with the GB weekly average price up by just 9p, to £113.85/t. The free-market average increased by £5.19/t, to £95.14/t, making up a greater proportion of trade than the previous week, said a report by the Potato Council.

 

27-30 May Edinburgh
UK: Space age agronomy on show at the World Potato Congress
Satellite technology developed during the Cold War is set to deliver state-of-the-art crop monitoring systems to help growers improve agronomy and drive up profits. Although the technology dates back several decades, its capabilities for remote sensing of crops are only now being realised thanks to.....

 
UK: New sprout processing plant in borders
A state of the art £1.6m sprout processing facility at Scottish company Drysdales, was opened Wednesday, February 29 by Scottish Government Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead. The new facility will improve product quality, reduce waste and is expected to result in an additional £1m of continual spend.....

March 8th and 9th at Sint-Truiden
Belgium: General Assembly of the AREFLH
The General Assembly of the AREFLH (Assembly of the European Regions producing fruit, vegetables and plants) will take place March 8th and 9th at Sint-Truiden, in Belgium. This year the region of Flanders will welcome the adherent regions and producers associations of the AREFLH.The main issues which will be.....

 

Asia
 
Pakistan: Worlds 4th largest mango producer can grow more
Pakistanis the fourth largest producer of mangoes in the world - and this is despite the fact that the average production level is low compared to that of developing countries. This is according to the Executive District Officer Agriculture Rana Busharat.He encouraged mango growers to adopt the latest.....

 
India: Delays in alphonso arrival in Mumbai
Yesterday FreshPlaza reported that the first of the alphonso crop had arrived in Gujarat. However, there are currently problems in getting the variety into Mumbai markets. The constantly changing weather has led to delays which some say will hold back the bulk of the production until April. Dr Vivek Bhide,.....

 
Bumper fruit yields anticipated however
Thailand: Food shortages push up prices
Food shortages are pushing up consumer food prices in Thailand. After experiencing the worst floods in the history if the country, many regions - notably the north and central areas - are now enduring sever drought.The resultant food shortages are increasing food prices on the markets considerably. Fruit and.....

 

 
Qatar: Eco-greenhouse inspired by camel's nose
A unique desert greenhouse project has been inspired, perhaps bizarrely, by camel's nostrils! The pilot project will see a hectare of land aims to demonstrate the potential for cultivating desert land.The greenhouse will borrow tricks from nature to extract the salt from seawater and create conditions for.....

Pakistan: Tomato growers see red over price falls
Tomatoes prices have been dropping sharply in the local markets around Talhar. Currently selling at a rate of Rs 10 per kg, this is a sharp contrast to recent prices of Rs 100 per kg.The drop is completely unexpected and comes as a result of a recent drop in temperature badly damaged crops. A market survey.....

Damco opening new China offices
Damco, the logistics arm of the Copenhagen-based shipping conglomerate AP-Moller Maersk Group, will set up five new offices in West China this year, said Henriette Thygesen, the company's chief executive for North Asia."We expect China's logistics market to continue to develop rapidly," she said.The company.....

 

Oceania
AU: Federal Liberal MP speaks up for growers on price war
A federal Liberal MP has spoken out against the Coles-Woolworths price war after seeing first hand the potential it has to harm the growing industry. MP for Murray Dr Sharman Stone was shopping in Coles when she purchased some plums for 50 cents a kilo - a price she says she believes could kill the industry.....

AU: Queensland growers lose most of watermelon crop
Quality downgrades have forced Queensland's watermelon growers to throw out between 50 and 80% of their crops. Darryl O'Leary, a grower from Western Downs, said that a large percentage of the melons are hollow or cracked and that the situation is compounded as it comes at a time of low prices. He says some.....

AU: Promising year at last for macademia growers
At long last macademia growers nationwide are looking forward to a profitable season - the first in three years. If the industrial crop predictions are correct then there will be increases of nearly a third in comparison to last year. At the same time prices look set to remain high. CEO of the Australian.....

 

AU: Queensland farming family scoop food safety award
A Queensland farming family has won an international award for its quality assurance system.The Mattiazzi family grow apples near Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt and have this week been awarded the Safe Quality Food Institute's global quality achievement award.Dianne Mattiazzi says their company 'Lerinda.....

Central America
Belize: Ministry of Agriculture signs citrus support agreement
The Ministry of Agriculture has signed four agreements for projects relating to technical support for the agricultural industry. The projects will benefit the citrus industry as over $8,000 is being made available for assistance with citrus greening disease. An official press release says that the money will.....

Trinidad and Tobago harvests first ever commercial onion crop
Trinidad and Tobago's first ever commercially viable onion crop has been harvested this week as a result of a pilot project coordinated jointly by the Ministry of Food Production and local company Caribbean Chemicals. 30,000 onions were seeded in November, transplanted in December and then harvested 90 days.....

 
Jamaica: Banana thieves slip up as felled tree blocks escape
Grethel Sessing has lost 50 bunches of banana (valued at $80,000) to thieves over the past two weeks. She explained that her workers discovered the fruit cut and hidden on the boundary of the farm. They then marked the bananas and contacted the police. Residents and workers were waiting when a car turned up.....

 

Africa
Kenya: Olivado group invests in avocado expansion
The Olivado group of companies has invested more than Sh400million to boost avocado farming in Kenya. The company's CEO Gary Hannan said they have engaged 1,030 farmers in avocado production and plan to raise the number to over 2,000. Speaking during a workshop at Kenyatta University, Hannan said they.....

Ghana: Tomato plant closure causes concerns
The Northern Star Tomato Factory in the Upper East Region has closed temporarily due to technical reasons. This is a blow for local growers who produce tomatoes for the processor. A big concern now is that exploitative traders will attempt to exploit the situation and offer the growers woefully low prices.....

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