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Portugal: More than a third of fruit and veg exported

13 min 21 sec ago
A total of 38% of all Portuguese fruit, vegetables and flowers are exported Manuel Évora, President of Portugal Fresh, revealed to the Lusa News Agency.Évora was speaking at an awareness raising event in Lisbon that was also highlighting how Portugal had been chosen as the official partner of the 2015 Fruit.....
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Colombia hopes to take advantage of China's agricultural opportunities

13 min 21 sec ago
The agreement of the Pacific Alliance involves deep integration of its members with the Asian Pacific, which obviously includes China. However, only Chile and Peru are better related to the Asian giant thanks to their FTAs, making it clear that Colombia still has a long way to go in terms of exports.It is.....
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The Endgame of the EU-SADC EPA Negotiations

13 min 21 sec ago
Despite the World Trade Organization's Doha Round negotiations displaying signs of life with the conclusion of the Trade Facilitation Agreement during the Bali Ministerial in December last year, the negotiation and conclusion of comprehensive bilateral and regional trade agreements by many of the world's.....
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German investors show interest in Bulgarian fruit and vegetable production

13 min 21 sec ago
German investors plan to make large scale agrarian investments in the south Bulgarian city Petritsj (on the Greek border), reports the German website Fruchthandel.de. They plan to grow mainly potatoes, peppers and aubergines for the German market. The first talks with the Bulgarian side have been promising.....
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Gourmet Trading Company announces early start of California blueberry season

13 min 21 sec ago
Gourmet Trading Company prepares for an early start of its California blueberry season. The company anticipates beginning to pack by mid-April. “The season is set to begin three weeks earlier than previous years due to great weather in California. With the season starting so early we hope to satisfy the.....
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US: Webinar focuses on employer responsibilities for Affordable Care Act (ACA)

13 min 21 sec ago
United Fresh is offering a webinar to help produce industry employers prepare for compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The webinar, Managing Your Responsibilities Under the Affordable Care Act, will be held April 30 at 2 pm EDT. The webinar is offered by United's.....
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Australian Ginger Industry shocked about ginger import research

13 min 21 sec ago
The Australian ginger industry has been taken back by information taxpayer money was used to assist with a Fijian ginger import proposal. The information came to light within the recently released Senate committee report on the potential importation of ginger from Fiji.The Australian Ginger Industry.....
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Colombia: New technology to analyse soils and make them more fertile

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Switzerland: Clearly more organic apples produced than in previous years

13 min 21 sec ago
After supplies of Swiss organic apples sold out by May last year, supplies this year are clearly larger, reports German website Gabot.de. Supplies of organic pears, by contrast however, see only residual amounts left.According to figures from Bio Suisse and Suisscofel, at the end of March 2014, there was.....
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Germany has the largest food processing sector in Europe

13 min 21 sec ago
With a yearly turnover of 175 billion Euros and approximately 555,000 employees, Germany has the largest food processing industry of Europe. According to estimates, in the last year, 6,000 producers filled supermarket shelves with around 170,000 products.The sector is the third most important German industry.....
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APC announces $22.6 million expansion

13 min 21 sec ago
American Packaging Corporation will undergo a $22.6 million expansion at its facility including additional production equipment and a new technology center.While many phases of the current expansion are already under way, people will begin to see construction activity outside of the facility soon. The.....
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Lidl CEO confirms U.S. plans, with delay

13 min 21 sec ago
Klaus Gehrig, CEO of Lidl parent Schwarz Group, told the German newspaper Heilbronner Stimme Thursday that U.S. expansion was “in full swing” but that 2018 was the target date for stores. As reported previously in SN, Lidl has established a U.S. office in Arlington, Va., headed by executives from its.....
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Co-operative Group To Sell 60% Of Somerfield Sites

13 min 22 sec ago
The Co-operative Group plans to sell around 60% of the stores it acquired as part of the 2009 acquisition of Somerfield. The retailer has stated it will concentrate on its convenience sector instead.Interim chief executive Richard Pennycock said, "We have put together a new strategy for food which focuses.....
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Running loss on trading white gold

13 min 22 sec ago
During Easter asparagus was on the menu for a lot of people. Supermarkets had the white gold on promotion, and the consumers didn't have to pay much for this lovely product. Traders wre not happy with this development. A Belgian trader says: " It is good and not good. The demand is good and we are happy.....
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Plassat could stay Carrefour CEO till 2020

13 min 22 sec ago
Shareholders at the world's second-largest retailer, Carrefour, have made the decision to raise its CEO age barrier from 65 to 70 years-of-age.This is good news for the French company's current CEO, Georges Plassat, as he might have been forced to step down from his position in spring 2015 when he will turn.....
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Happy Easter from the FreshPlaza team

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
The FreshPlaza team would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Easter. We will be back on Tuesday the 22nd of April with the latest news in the fresh produce sector.
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US (FL): Watermelon season off to good start

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
A couple of weeks into the Florida watermelon season, quality has been looking good, according to the state's growers.“Quality is excellent, sugars are high and internal quality is really good,” said Jim Barfield, President of the Florida Watermelon Association and grower with Wolf Island in Immokalee,.....
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Strong USA Pink Lady® market setting up promising import season

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
Good movement at good prices should be bringing positive conditions in the USA market for Pink Lady® growers in the Southern Hemisphere harvesting fruit to soon be joining domestic supplies. According to contacts in the industry by Pink Lady America LLC (PLA) in Yakima, Washington, shipments by Pink Lady.....
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France: Breton cauliflower season to end early

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
Similar to other winter vegetables, the cauliflower season 'wasn't a good season at all, according to Mr Jacq from Pierre Jacq. Due to the mild winter, consumers were turning to salads and there was less demand for winter vegetables. “The prices paid to the producers weren't right. The absence of winter.....
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Chile: "We will seek free transit regulations to prevent port strikes"

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:29
Great challenges are ahead for the new president of Fedefruta, Juan Carolus Brown, who replaced Cristián Allendes. His team was formed yesterday, with the latter in it, as well as Felipe Garcia-Huidobro (first Vice President), Jorge Valenzuela (second Vice President), María Inés Figari (secretary), Antonio.....
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