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Global Produce News | Monday January 2

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US (CA): Table grape grower collaborates with Disney On Ice
Dayka & Hackett, LLC, a grower and distributor of table grapes, collaborated with Disney On Ice and Jewel-Osco stores in Chicago to run a successful promotion that encouraged kids to eat more grapes. Consumers who bought bags of Disney-branded grapes in Chicago-area Jewel-Osco stores during the promotion.....

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Indian mangoes losing American market to Pakistan
Indian mango exporters are losing ground to their Pakistani counterparts in the US market. The exports of this exotic fruit from India, which started in 2007 in bargain of the access to the US Harley Davidson bikes to Indian market, is seeing a continuous decline over past three years. Exchange rate.....

US: Florida scientists have created a new kind of strawberry!
The new berry has been released by the University of Florida's Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. Experts believe it will bring a sweeter, early blossoming fruit to farmer's fields. Developing these berries can be a long and tedious process, as much as 30,000 seedlings have to be evaluated. It's the.....

ISMEA survey
Italy: PDO and PGI trademarks unknown for Italian consumers
The degree of knowledge of Italian consumers in the field of PDO and PGI remains limited. A factor that generally reflects the ability to attribute the right value to designations of origin, to fully appreciate the distinctive features and to recognize them a premium price.This emerges from a.....

Pakistan: Kinnow quality needs improvement to attract EU markets
Fruit blemishes in Pakistani Kinnow are one of the main causes impeding its exports to the world market, particularly to the European Union, experts said. “Cosmetic look of the fruit is a very important factor affecting consumer choice in the market and attractive, blemish-free fruits are desired by the.....

New management team for Rijk Zwaan UK
On December 31st this year, Roger Stewart will step down as managing director of Rijk Zwaan UK Ltd. Daily management will then be taken over by country managers Gerard van der Hut and Jayne Copeland, who will report to Marcel Barten and John Coremans, the management team of Rijk Zwaan Nederland. Roger.....

Chiquita softens stance to Canadian oil boycott
International banana giant Chiquita appears to be softening its stance on using fuel from Canadian oilsands, saying that “misinformation” has been circulated by certain groups. In a letter sent to the Alberta Enterprise Group dated Dec. 21, Chiquita Brands International senior vice-president Manuel Rodriguez.....

Frieda’s offers Chinese New Year promotion tips
The specialty produce experts at Frieda’s provide merchandising ideas for successful “Year of the Dragon” promotions.Since 1973, Frieda’s has worked with produce retailers to promote Asian produce specialties for Chinese New Year. A longtime leader in the specialty Asian produce category, Frieda’s presents.....

US: United Fresh Produce spent $210K lobbying
The United Fresh Produce Association, which represents farmers, grocers and restaurant chains, spent $210,000 in the third quarter lobbying federal officials about labor, food safety, promotion of fruits and vegetables, Mexican truckers in the U.S. and other industry issues, according to a recent disclosure.....

Israel develops green pesticide
Israeli scientists have developed an inexpensive environment friendly pesticide. Researchers, led by Shmuel Gan-Mor, at Israel's Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), said they have developed an emulsion based on an edible oil that is effective against pests on tomatoes, zucchinis, peppers and other.....

AU: Jessica cherry-ripe for promo
Sailor and Young Australian of the Year Jessica Watson has lent her star power to promoting cherries. Yesterday on Hobart's waterfront, Watson, 18, indulged in some of Tasmania's finest cherries as part of a push to alert consumers to the nutritious fruit's short season. Tasmanian cherries are entering their.....

North America
US: 10 ideas for getting your kids to eat their veggies
Make getting more vegetables in your kids' diet your 2012 resolution and succeed with help from Brian Wansink, the director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, who headed up a study of the best way to get your children to eat more vegetables. Birds Eye commissioned the research as part of the brand's.....

Chilean summer blueberries available in North America this winter
US (CA): Two top nutritionists recommend blueberries
With the arrival a new year, and the inevitable resolutions to eat healthier that arrive with it, Ellie Krieger, RD, and Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, are advising the health-conscious to reap the ample “superfood” benefits of blueberries for year-round good health. Both nutrition experts have teamed up with the.....

USDA reverses decision to cut agriculture reports
The Agriculture Department is reinstating several reports that it had targeted for elimination two months ago in a cost-cutting move. The department says that it will reinstate reports for industries such as fruits and vegetables, and bees and honey. In October, the USDA had said that eliminating or reducing.....

Mexican grower prepares site in Amado for five 12-acre greenhouses
Mexico: Hot tomatoes closer to Tucson
Those to-die-for tomatoes at local suppliers soon will be picked closer to home - and more available here in peak summer months - as a longtime Mexican grower plans greenhouse operations in Amado that someday could employ more than 200 people. Ground has been broken for the first of five 12-acre greenhouses.....

US: California accounts for two-thirds of fall vegetable acreage
Compared with a year earlier, fall season area for harvest of 11 selected fresh-market vegetables in the U.S. is expected to rise by 5 percent this year, to 153,450 acres, according to the latest USDA Vegetable and Melons Outlook.Regional shipments from late summer/early fall crops began to wind down in.....

US: Citrus growers to get a break from the cold
Freezing temperatures over the Christmas holiday weekend kept local citrus growers busy as lows dipped to 24 degrees in some areas of the citrus belt. Growers may have had their last long night Tuesday and the forecast for the next several days is favorable. Lows are predicted to be in the upper-30s and.....

Gourmet gift retailer Cushman’s offers delicious Honeybell oranges
Cushman’s®, America’s citrus gift experts for over 60 years, celebrates the annual harvest of Honeybell® oranges with fresh fruit gifts, including delightful Honeybell® gift boxes, filled with bounty from Cushman’s beautiful Honeybell groves. Enjoy fresh, delicious Honeybell® oranges, the World’s Only.....

US (CA): Raspberry harvester from featured at World Ag Expo
Oxbo, which has a manufacturing facility in Lynden, has one of its products featured at the upcoming 2012 World Ag Expo, taking place in February in Tulare, Calif. The Oxbo 9120 is a raspberry harvester featured on the Top Ten New Products list for the expo.The raspberry harvester was designed to.....

CPMA dishes up a handy new tool
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s Fruits and Veggies - Mix it up!™ program focuses on simple and practical ways to add a variety of fruits and veggies to every meal and snack – at home, at school, at work or while on the go. Mix it up!® promotes consumption of produce as part of a healthy diet and.....

Europe
UK: Here's the reason why people hate sprouts
Researchers say that a certain gene is responsible for peoples' distaste towards Brussels sprouts, which is a quintessential part of Christmas dinner. According to spokesman for the Eden Project, the vegetables contain a bitter chemical similar to PTC (Phenylthiocarbamide) which tastes bitter to people that.....

Italy: Spreafico and Ortoromi plants burn
First day of 2012 marked by a big fire at Spreafico plant in Dolzago (Lecco - Italy), leader in import and distribution of fruit, and at Azienda Agricola Corradi in Marcon (Venice - Italy), main associate of Ortoromi, leader in fresh-cut lettuce production.As for Spreafico, everything points to an arson.....

UK: East Yorkshire farm benefits from sprouts bonanza
Love them or loathe them, Brussels sprouts are a traditional part of the British Christmas dinner. For one East Yorkshire farm the seasonal staple is a green gold-rush, which sees their sales increase five-fold over the festive period. Workers at W Clappison's farm at Walkington, near Beverley will have.....

UK: Warm winter brings bumper vegetable crops amid shortage fears
Bumper crops of vegetables are currently being harvested due to the recent mild weather amid fears Britain could soon be facing a critical shortage and higher prices in shops. Farmers in many parts of the country have reported crops of cabbages, broccoli and cauliflowers have matured two months earlier than.....

iMetosTRAP: Alert automatic system for pest occurrence on crops
On 15th December, 2011, during the 23rd Forum of Vegetable Medicine in Bari (Italy), Eleonora Filippi, key account manager in Italy for Pessl Instruments, presented 'iMetosTRAP', the Automatic Pheromon Trap of the Austrian company with Italian offices in Trento.The truly innovative trap created great.....

 
Bumper crop of Christmas apples leaves British plants in confusion
One on the warmest autumns on record has left Britain with a huge stock of apples this year.And with the mild weather continuing long into the winter, apple trees across the country are still heavy with fruit.But it is not only apples that have flourished in during 2011's unseasonal weather, insects and.....

Spain: Certified Clemcott tangerines return
Clemcott, the only Spanish tangerine that is quality certified is back for another season. Launched last year, Clemcott will be back for 4 months in European markets. It derives from a rigorous selection from the Nadorcott variety and is certified by CVVP (Club Variedades Protegidas), which controls all.....

NL: New owner of HortiMaX plans to reorganise and invest
The Ridder Group announced today that it intends to reorganise the HortiMaX Group, which it acquired in October of this year. This will result in fifteen job cuts and the closure or sale of two of its offices abroad. According to Ridder’s Board of Management, these measures are necessary to pull the HortiMaX.....

Record year for containers and liquid bulk
Belgium: Port of Antwerp handles 186 million tonnes of freight in 2011
The port of Antwerp expects to have handled 186.4 million tonnes of freight this year. This represents an increase of 4.6% compared with 2010, when the volume was 178.2 million tonnes. Furthermore, all-time records have been set this year for containers and liquid bulk, with expected volumes of 104,779,157.....

Asia
 
COA promote Taiwan fruit exports
The Council of Agriculture is teaming up with the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) to promote homegrown fruits and vegetables for overseas market, according to TAITRA Dec. 29. Two fruit and vegetable exhibits were held in mainland China in December, and another six are scheduled for.....

India: Limited export buying amid arrivals drags onion
Heavy arrivals, particularly of late kharif crop, continued to pound onion in markets around growing regions in Maharashtra and Gujarat this week. “Arrivals have been huge in the last 3-4 days of the late kharif. Some 34,000 tonnes have arrived and of this, 10,000 tonnes flooded the Solapur agricultural.....

Jordanian farmers demand - stop importing Israeli potatoes
Farmers and wholesalers in Jordan have demanded that the government stop imports of potatoes originating in Israel. According to the report, the Jordanian farmers are claiming that the policy of the Jordanian Agriculture Ministry is forcing them to sell their produce at a loss. The reason for this, they.....

Singapore is world's largest importer of Korean strawberries
Move aside kimchi and K-pop idols. Korea is now making an impact on Singapore with its sweet and juicy strawberries instead. Export figures hit a record-high of 1,502 tonnes worth US$11.2 million (S$14.5 million) last year, according to the Korea Agro-Trade Centre Singapore, which makes Singapore the largest.....

Great potential for tropical fruit, vegetable export in Vietnam
Vietnam holds great potential in export of tropical fruits and vegetables, said Huynh Quang Dau, Vice-Chairman of the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association (Vinafruit). With favorable weather conditions, Vietnam is suitable for growing tropical fruits and vegetables, and has become the fifth largest Asian.....

UAE: 'Millions' owed to Dubai fruit and vegetable traders is missing
More than a dozen traders at Al Aweer's Fruits and Vegetable Market say they are facing massive financial losses after a businessman who owed them "millions" allegedly absconded. The owner of Orange Line food store, Mohammed Ashraf from India, bought fruit and vegetables from the traders to export to GCC.....

Philippines: Mango exporters urged to cater to Japan
Inexpensive, agrochemical-free and easy to eat. These are the basic elements mango exporters should focus on if they want to capture the lucrative Japanese market, an official of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said. “The Japanese are not that familiar with the mango. We Filipinos, on the other.....

Nepal: Gap between retail and wholesale prices widens
Retailers are charging up to 45 percent higher than the wholesale price for vegetables. Retail prices set by shopkeepers who have set up their shops inside Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market premises are far different from the wholesale price. Normally, a 10-15 percent of difference between wholesale and.....

Pakistan allows vegetables import from India by truck
The Ministry of Commerce (MoC) allows import of 16 types of vegetables by trucks through land route from India by making amendments in the Import Policy Order 2009. The MoC also amended the Export Policy Order 2009 to allow organic brown sugar’s export. The MoC also made amendments in the Export Policy Order.....

Vietnam: Plenty of good fruit but low prices
Le Van Thai, a farmer in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Vinh Long, is getting ready to harvest a bumper crop of rambutan in his 5,000sq.m orchard, but he is not a very happy man. His bumper crop is no guarantee that he can make a profit. Thai, who lives in Long Ho District's Hoa Ninh Commune, has.....

China: Output of all major farm produce to rise in 2011
The output of all major agricultural products will have increased in China this year, marking the first time for such an event in 16 years, a senior agricultural official said Wednesday. The country's vegetable and fruit output is expected to hit 677 million tons and 142 million tons in 2011, up 4 percent.....

Japan: Sea veggies among nature's finest foods
Sea vegetables, forms of algae that range from seaweed to kelp, are one of nature's most valuable foods. Archaeological evidence suggests that Japanese cultures have been consuming them for more than 10,000 years. And many other countries located by the sea have relied upon sea vegetables for nutritional.....

Pakistan clears import of 16 vegetables from India
Pakistani authorities have cleared the import of 16 vegetables and raw jute from India through the Wagah land border in order to bring down prices in the domestic market and added 18 more items to the list of goods that can be imported from the neighbouring country.Among the vegetables whose import has been.....

Oceania
AU: Vegetable plan open for comment
The Australian vegetable industry’s Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) White Paper has now been released to the public and feedback will be collated by AUSVEG until February 16 next year. “We welcome all feedback from members of the vegetable industry; as well as those in the supply chain, researchers,.....

NZ: Endless rain bad news for strawberry lovers
Strawberry fields forever? Forget it: right now they're a sodden mass of mud and rotting fruit. The relentless rain of recent days has drowned strawberries across the country. Some growers and suppliers are losing more than 65 per cent of their crops. Anyone thinking about serving up strawberries and.....

Giumarra selling New Zealand cherries and apricots
The Giumarra Companies announces that it will work together with RD8 Fresh Produce from New Zealand to offer apricots and cherries this season. The fruit is grown in the Central Otago region, which has unique growing conditions due to the alluvial soils rich in natural nutrients. The climate is well suited.....

South America
Peru could be world's biggest avocado exporter in 8 years
On Thursday Peru’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) said the country would become the world’s largest exporter of avocados in eight to ten years. "[Avocado exports] have been growing and we will be the world’s number one avocado exporter in eight or ten years," said Jose Luis Silva, Minister.....

Africa
Angola: First national banana fair set for January
Bengo Province will hosts in January 2012 the first National Exhibition Fair of Banana, an initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture, in partnership with the local government. The announcement was made on Friday, by the provincial governor, João Bernardo de Miranda, in the ceremony of seasons greetings,.....



 

 


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