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Favourable exchange rate boosts sales of Surinam vegetables
Until 2015, MN Food Impex, located in Surinam, had seen its vegetable sales declining for years. Due to a favourable exchange rate and an attractive investment climate in the home country, the exporter suddenly saw sales tripling in 2016. “In no time at all we went from an average three to four tonnes per week…

Ecuador: Climate hasn’t affected broccoli much
“Even though Ecuador produces a lot of broccoli throughout the year, it is not part of the fresh produce sector and it is only sold in the IQF market. Prices and production in this market are stable throughout the year. Ecuadorian broccoli is produced in the mountains, 300 meters above sea level and, since we….

Mexico: Avocado producers refuse to pay the fine of the Cofece
The 40.7 million peso fine imposed by the Cofece on the Association of Producers and Exporting Packers of Mexican Avocado (Apeam) is illegal and will not be paid, stated Miguel Flores, the Legal Adviser of the Association.On May 3, the Federal Economic Competition Commission (Cofece) imposed a fine on avocado….

Eddy Kreukniet, Exsa Europe, about the South African citrus season:
“Fewer Navels and more export outside of Europe”
The South African citrus season has started again. The significant losses of Navel, the Cold treatment measures against the false codling moth hanging over the market, and the decreasing interest of Europe for the South African growers, resulted in plenty of ingredients for a tense season. Eddy Kreukniet from…

Season launches with customized retail programs
Zespri SunGold kiwifruit driving growth in North America
Since opening offices in North America last year, Zespri has been making great strides into the U.S. market with its new SunGold variety. Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit is expected to change the category due to its sweeter taste and longer shelf life. Overall, kiwifruit is on trend and growing fast with SunGold…

Italy: New early green kiwi variety Fruges 15/09
“As propagation company, we have different kiwi varieties in our catalogue but, at Macfrut 2017, we will launch a new early variety in co-ownership with Minguzzi SpA from Alfonsine (Ravenna)”, reportsAmleto Venturi, marketing manager for Venturi Società Agricola in Tessello di Cesena, a company specialising in…

Ethical Trading Initiative suspends Fyffes’ membership
The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has decided to suspend banana producer Fyffes’ membership. This follows a complaint received by ETI of reported human rights abuse by Fyffes on a honduras melon plantation back in April 2016. The complaint was from from the International Union of Food Workers (IUF) and…

New Zealand apple & pear harvest down on forecast
New Zealand’s 2017 apple and pear harvest will fall short of pre-season forecasts.Earlier this year, Pipfruit New Zealand (PNZ) forecast a record gross crop of 590,000 tonnes of apples and pears, up from the previous record of 560,000 tonnes achieved in 2004. Of this estimate, 384,000 tonnes was expected to be..

China: Jinxiang garlic export market faces challenges
“The peak export period of Chinese garlic this year will be from June to the end of August. Because of the moderate weather during December 2016, the garlic production volume in Jinxiang county has increased by 10 to 20%. The increase even goes up to 25% in other production regions. The main reason for this…

Innovative packaging guaranteeing hygiene and shelf-life
EPS is the acronym of Expanded Polystyrene and is the latest frontier in the fresh produce pacakging sector. Its characteristics make the transport and storage of produce simpler in the most prohibitive conditions. It also absorbs shocks and maintains temperature, so it is an exceptionally good product,…

Special Poland

Catalina: New organic banana for Polish market
As the Polish market continues to develop more demand for eco-friendly and healthy produce, Targban is introducing organic Ecuadorian bananas under their premium brand-Catalina®. The first shipment is expected to arrive on May 15th in the Port of Rotterdam, destined for the Polish consumers.”Organic or bio…

Global Focus Melons / Pineapples

The seedless watermelons that are consolidating in the markets
The watermelon campaign is underway in Almeria, with production in full swing at the moment. The harvest kicked off in mid-April, and although the exceptional low temperatures of this last month in Europe have slowed the consumption down at the beginning of the campaign, the quality this Year is exceptional,…

No more excuses not to eat healthy
Consumers still eat too few fruit and vegetables. It’s not just up to producers to change this, but by means of inspiring products, they can respond to trends that can positively contribute.Health completely applies to Greenyard’s vision. “Making consumers healthy, and letting them enjoy the products at any..

Spain is the only European country producing and exporting avocados
Spain is the only European country producing and exporting avocados. The harvest of the fruit in this country takes place between the months of November and May, which means that Spanish producers will end the current campaign either this week or next.According to provisional data from the Ministry of..

Australian banana producers cuts waste with ice cream
Producers in Western Australia’s Gascoyne region have reduced food wastage by more than 90 per cent, thanks to industry collaboration, and value-adding efforts.Banana producers in Carnarvon, 900 kilometres north of Perth, had been forced to throw away roughly 60 per cent of their crops in the past, due to…

Pineapple added to art exhibit after student prank
Are pineapples art, that was the question on many visitors minds when the spiky fruit was given its own display case after students left it on a plinth as a joke at an art exhibit.The students were Scots Ruairi Gray and Lloyd Jack from the Robert Gordon University and reportedly they left the pineapple at the….

Australia: Farming groups welcome major funding for inland railway
Farming groups have applauded the Federal Government’s decision to provide $8.4billion dollars for an inland railway to connect Brisbane and Melbourne.The National Farmers Federation say it was the ‘jewel in the crown’ for the farm sector out of the budget, which it gave an overall B+ grading on its annual…

China: Carrefour sells Zespri kiwis
On 28 April, the global retail giant, Carrefour, joined a cooperation with the China Fruit Industry Navigation Enterprise Zespri Wingmao Group. A Zespri New Zealand Kiwi start-up ceremony was held at the Shenzhen Carrefour Meilin Shop. Many honoured guests of the China Carrefour and the Zespri Wingmao group…

More demand for large sliced vegetables
Vlaemynck is a total supplier of fresh produce. Besides a complete range of unprocessed fruit and vegetables, the company also supplies sliced vegetables. The wholesaler sees an increase in demand for fresh sliced vegetables, preferably in a larger size.At the company’s own cutting plant, fresh daily…

Swiss organic apples are running out
This month, the stock of Swiss organic apples are expected to run out. At the end of April the stocks were lower than they had ever been in the past four years.At the end of April, 143 metric tonnes of organic apples were in stock, according to the latest report from Bio Suisse und Swisscofel. This is 437…

China: First 20 tons of Hainan lychees exported to the US
Recently, the first batch of lychees from Hainan with the total weight of 20 tons and a worth of $78,000 have been packed and shipped to the US after passing the inspection from Sanya Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. The area around Lingshui is the major cultivation region of lychees in Hainan Province. The…

Arie Meeuwissen, Taks Handling Systems:
“Packaging Technology is all about flexibility, labor saving and data”
In the world of packaging technology roughly three trends are visible. One of these trends is the focus on labor-saving packaging solutions. “The packaging of fresh produce requires many actions. Automation is pleasant, because labor is expensive. Cheaper solutions for this are more than welcome”, Arie..

AgroFresh Solutions sees 15% growth in net sales
AgroFresh Solutions, a global leader in produce freshness solutions, announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2017, ended March 31, 2017. AgroFresh is in the business of preserving and enhancing the quality and freshness of food, reducing food waste and improving productivity.Jordi Ferre,…

Origin of fruit and veg in Romanian markets to be verified
The Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is planning to enforce checks on all agro-food and wholesale markets in Bucharest and the municipalities in all counties. This measure will have a permanent character.The action is intended to strengthen order and discipline in all agro-food markets in…

Kenya may resume avocado exports to South Africa
Kenya is currently negotiating with the South African government in order to resume avocado exports to the country and lifting the 2010 ban, according to Kenyan officials. Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) General Manager of Phytosanitary Services, Isaac Macharia, told Xinhua recently in Nairobi..

Romania: Exorbitant cherry prices this year
Romanian cherries will reach prices of up to 20 lei per kilo (about 4.40 Euro) due to the weak production this year, as more than 50% of the early fruits have been affected as a result of hail and cold, reports economica.net.At this time, consumers can only find imported cherries on the market and prices range…

Italian and Turkish production, the most expensive
Spain: Hazelnut prices fall to levels of four years ago
It is the eternal battle: the fight for a decent price. They do not seek to become rich; just to earn a living, and this is no easy task. Producers in the nut sector, especially those devoted to hazelnuts, have been in a crisis for years which seems to have no end. The price has returned to the levels of four..

Italy: Golden Prince: A new umbrella brand for Azucar melons
Five years ago, Meridiem Seeds Italia started working with a few Spanish companies to supply pigmented-flesh Amarillo melons. Feedback had already been positive in central and northern Europe and the response seems to be great in Italy as well.These melons, called Azucar, are currently grown in Sicily…

Spain: Murcia ventures in the production of tropical crops
Aromatic plants, truffles, and now, tropical fruits; these are three examples of attempts by producers of the Region of Murcia to conquer markets with new products and to be able to compete in the increasingly global world of the sale of fruits and other agricultural products. Two companies, Grupo Durán, in…

Spain and EU increased garlic imports in 2016
The Spanish garlic campaign was excellent in 2016, among other reasons, because of the positive impact of the negative situation in China. It closed with 220,000 tonnes of garlic produced (+19% compared to 2015) in an area of about 21,000 hectares.As regards exports, the total volume shipped to….

LEAF announces Integrated Farm Management conference programme
LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has announced the programme and speakers for its annual Integrated Farm Management (IFM) conference. The conference, titled ‘Technology and Progression in IFM’, takes place on Thursday 25th May 2017 at Fera Science Ltd (Fera), National Agri-Food Innovation Campus, Sand…

Study: How retailers can boost fruit sales
Ahold Delhaize Q1 beats expectations
ICA Gruppen sales of organic food growsICA Gruppen has reported continued growth in sales of eco-labelled, organic & and ethically labelled range products. Sales in these categories from ICA’s central assortment grew 8% over the past 12 months. (esmmagazine.com)Ahold Delhaize cuts costs to beat…

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