Chilean avocados see good prospects in Asia

Chilean exporters of Hass avocados will prioritize shipments to Asia in the medium and long term, especially to China, which in 2016 ranked fifth among the destinations for that fruit, union sources said.The manager of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Hass Avocado of Chile, Juan Enrique Lazo, told…..

Dominican Republic: After overcoming the veto, the market is promising
Exports have long been affected by pesticide and health issues. Greenhouses have helped improve these problems. This was the case of the Mediterranean fly, which caused production problems that, thankfully, have already been solved. Currently, the veto has been abolished. As a result it’s been possible to…..

Mexico: Influx of Chinese garlic drives prices down
Mexican producers of white garlic fear that, despite having achieved excellent yields, they won’t be able to sell their product to the markets because of the excessive admission of Chinese white garlic into Mexican territory, said the manager of the Garlic Product System, Hostilio Torres Robles.The presence of…..

Brexit: Both challenges and opportunites for the sector
Last week at The London Produce Show the General Election and Brexit were hot topics and even though we don’t know what will happen after Brexit it is important that importers and exporters stay well informed about the possibilities of what might happen.To this end a workshop took place to discuss a few…..

85% of the apples that Peru imports come from Chile
Apple imports have maintained a steady pace this year and are slightly higher than in 2016. According to the Agrodata Peru website, between January and May 2017, Peru imported 21,577,650 kilos of apples at a CIF value of US $15,951,739. In the same period of 2016, Peru imported 19,743,352 kilos worth US…..

Russian market plagued with bad lemons
A large amount of lemon shipments from Argentina and South Africa are flooding the Russian market, which has brought very low prices.”This year has been very difficult for citrus in Russia. There was a large shortage of lemons last year which meant that producers and Russian exporters alike, earned a lot of…..

China Fruit Logistica to kick off in 2018
Global Produce Events has announced the launch of China Fruit Logistica, the new annual trade show for China’s fresh fruit and vegetable business, which opens its doors next May in Shanghai.“Fruit Logisticais a trusted brand family, and we now have a third platform that enables us to service the fresh produce…..

Heavy volumes on limes from Mexico
After the U.S. market experienced a somewhat tight spring market, limes are seeing heavy volumes right now. “We’re seeing about 500-600, maybe even 650 loads a week crossing the border into the U.S. from Mexico,” notes J.B. Cutsinger of International Citrus and Produce in Burlingame, Ca. “Compared to last…..

DeltaTrak announces new FlashLink real-time monitoring solution
DeltaTrak Announces New FlashLink Real-Time In-Transit Monitoring Solution at United Fresh 2017DeltaTrak has announced the release of its new FlashLink Real-Time Monitoring Solution at the United Fresh Expo, Booth 3827, McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois. This system combines the FlashLink Real-Time In-Transit…..

Soft fruit seminar in Poland
European blueberry sales steadily growing
The cultivation, trade and sales of soft fruit are growing in large parts of Europe. Especially blueberries can boast an increasing popularity. Poland is a very important player on the blueberry market. A seminar in Hegelsom on 8 June illuminated the developments, possibilities and opportunities in the Polish…..

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Peak season for Greek watermelons
The season for Greek watermelons started in May and is currently enjoying its peak. “Farmers throughout Pelloponesos and Messinia are in production and supply is steady,” says Panos Goumas of the Greek export company Agrexpo. “The quality is good and there aren’t any problems. Last year we had some issues due…..

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Turkey: The price of Bursa peaches is higher than usual
There are several reasons why the price of products can change from year to year. In this case, “the winter cold has damaged the fields, greenhouses, etc. This affected the quality and everything in general was harvested later,” said Semih Azizoğlu, from the ZBS Foreign Trade Company. In addition, “there…..

AU: Trade seminars boost Australian Citrus’ relationship with Japan
Citrus Australia has labelled recent trade seminars in Japan a major success, with capacity attendance at both of its events.The Australian organisation hosted events in Tokyo and Osaka, and its Chief Executive Officer says it is part of developing a deeper market engagement program for one of its most…..

Independent laboratory for the fresh produce industry opens its doors
About three months ago, QfreshLAB opened its doors. “It’s the first fully independent, quality, analytical and packaging laboratory supporting the fresh produce industry,” says Jeff Brandenburg, founding partner of QfreshLAB. “We are a third-party testing facility that allows fresh produce grower-shippers to…..

Study finds seductive names encourage consumers to pick more vegetables
People may be more likely to pile vegetables on their plates when these dishes are served up with seductive names like “sweet sizzlin’ green beans and crispy shallots” than when they’re peddled as health foods, a recent experiment suggests.For the study, a team of researchers at Stanford University in…..

“China’s fresh vegetable prices continue to dip”
“In comparison to last year’s season, export prices of non-storage fresh vegetables at this stage are decreasing. This is closely related to a general fall in vegetable prices that recently took place in China, and for which there are three main reasons. Firstly, in summer vegetables grow faster, growth cycles…..

ETI board gives update on Fyffes’ suspension
On May 4th, ETI’s Board suspended Fyffes’ membership over what it viewed as the company’s failure to meet its membership obligations. This upheld the recommendations of a disciplinary subcommittee that met on March 30th.Importantly, the subcommittee commented on their concerns about Fyffes’ understanding of,…..

Italy: 80% of Red Magic grapes are exported to the UK and Germany
The Italian Red Magic grape production has achieved a good reputation in the United Kingdom and Germany, where it is received with anticipation and where “good prices are paid for it,” explains Stefano Franchini, commercial manager at Franchini Farm. “Currently, we export most of our production, which entails…..

Thailand police find 306kg of marijuana hidden in durians
Hat Yai police arrested an Amnartcharoen man on Monday morning for allegedly trying to smuggle 306 kilograms of marijuana under a pile of durians and corn to Songkhla province.Hat Yai police chief Colonel Kittichai Sangkhathavorn said the pickup truck was stopped at a road checkpoint on the Asia Highway in Ban…..

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Creation of Primaflor UK
“We can now supply 100% British products to UK chains”
Primaflor, a Spanish company based in Almería and specialist in the production of leafy vegetables, salads and other fresh cut products, has officially presented its Primaflor UK division at the London Produce Show.After more than 30 years working with supermarket chains in the United Kingdom, its main market…..

Listeria causes Castellini Group subsidiaries to recall over a ton of salad
Following a Listeria-related recall by its parent company Club Chef, involving freshcut produce snacks, CC Kitchens LLC today recalled more than a ton of salads because they contained lettuce that had been recalled for possible Listeria contamination.CC Kitchens Club Chef and also today the Kroger Co. posted…..

JAZZ™ holds Summer Vacation Sensation Instagram Contest
As consumers across North America pack their bags for summer vacations in the weeks ahead, the savviest among them will tuck in a little something extra—a freshly rebranded New Zealand JAZZ apple—with an aim to refresh their palates and their pocketbooks.A $3,000 grand prize awaits the winner of JAZZ apples’…..

European vegetable crops affected by dry weather conditions
European processors of canned, frozen and dehydrated vegetables in major producing countries are very concerned about the impact of warm and dry weather conditions over this year’s spring and summer crops.In Spain, producers highlighted that the crops were severely affected by the scarce or nearly nonexistent…..

Tru-Cape makes heritage trees available to the public
Although not in the business of selling trees, Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, a distributor of South African apples and pears, has arranged with the nurserymen at SAPO Trust, to make ancient apple and pear trees planted in the Tru-Cape Heritage Orchard on Oak Valley Estate, Grabouw, available to the…..

FreshSurety announces trial for sensors to ensure produce freshness
FreshSurety Corporation announced today a Technology Trial of its AssuredFreshness reporting service.“The produce business loses 30% of its product from farm to table – a multibillion dollar problem”, said Tom Schultz, FreshSurety CEO. “Much of this loss is driven by lack of reliable freshness information…..

Unique vegetable chips unveiled at Sweet & Snacks Expo
A record number of start-up brands exhibited at this year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo, showcasing such product concepts as pistachio brittle and mushroom chips. The latter product, offered by Porta Bela, Kennett Square, Pa., taps into several industry trends.The vegetable chip category is booming, with sales up…..

IITA expands research with 205ha research farm in Nigeria
As the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) marks its 50th anniversary, the Institute today inaugurated a new research station in Ago-Owu in Osun state, Nigeria, as part of efforts to expand its research agenda and create impact at farm level.The Ago-Owu research station is located in the…..

VOG to produce 100 hectares of Crimson Snow®
A new Club apple is to be added to the assortment offered by the VOG Consortium, which from 2020 will be planting trees to produce Crimson Snow, which has crimson skin and white flesh. Developed in Australia as variety ‘MC38’, the apple was bred by Kiku Variety Management, its world licensee and brand…..

Canadian potato farmer enters the vodka business
A family of potato farmers in New Brunswick, Canada are getting into the liquor business by making vodka from potatoes.Blue Roof Distillers has joined a small handful of distillers in the country making the product. Devon Strang, 25 wanted to find a way to profit from the potatoes they grow that are too small…..

Avocado prices in New Zealand skyrocket to $7.50 each
It’s a far cry from the great avocado shortage of 2016, but avocados have surged in price and are selling for up to up to $7.50 each.Auckland woman Josie Campbell was surprised to see avocados selling for $7.49 at Fruitworld. The grocery store’s spokeswoman said the price had surged due to a shortage in…..

Australian research finds way to extend mango season
In an effort to extend the mango season, researchers have uncovered the best treatments to bring on early flowering and therefore fruit.The five-year project, funded by the NT Government and Horticulture Innovation Australia has recently come to an end, identifying the key formulations for successful flower…..

Harvest CROO Robotics make headway towards autonomous strawberry picker
Harvest CROO Robotics has announced the introduction of their autonomous vehicle. This is a major step towards the completion of the Alpha Unit, which is expected to be picking strawberries in Florida next winter.As part of Phase I of the National Science Foundation Grant, Harvest CROO Robotics is developing…..

Russia: Slowdown in growth of fruit and veg prices
The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation has observed a slowdown in the growth of prices for fruit and vegetable products and expects this trend to continue in the following months.”The slowdown in the growth rate of prices for fruit and vegetable products is likely to continue in the…..

Uzbekistan: Construction of fruit and veg processing plant in Andijan
A ceremony was held in the Andijan region of Uzbekistan to launch the construction of a plant for the processing and drying of fruits and vegetables, as well as for the production of juice. Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took part in the ceremony.Within the framework of the project, there are plans to…..

Food price inflation ‘likely to return to France by year-end’: Barclays
Ocado to raise millions to support growth
India’s consumer price inflation falls to record lowIndia’s inflation slowed to the lowest on record as food prices continued to soften, adding to expectations that the central bank will cut rates when it meets for a review in August. Consumer prices declined to 2.18% in May from 5.76% a year earlier, the…..

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