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Can Wal-Mart really make organic food cheap for everyone?

33 min 53 sec ago
It could be another milestone in organic food's evolution from crunchy to commercial: Wal-Mart, the king of mass retailing, is promising to "drive down organic food prices" with a new line of organic food products. The new products will be at least 25 percent cheaper than organic food that's on Wal-Mart's.....
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Carrefour's sales up by 15% in Latin America

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The French chain Carrefour announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2014, during which sales increased by just 3.7%, reaching a total of 19,786 million Euro in revenue. This was mainly driven by the Latin American market, where sales increased by 15.2%.Excluding petrol sales, calendar effects.....
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DIA roll out share incentive plan to employees

33 min 53 sec ago
Spanish supermarket chain DIA has announced that it is to offer hundreds of staff the chance to buy into a longterm share incentive plan over the next two years. The board of directors at DIA hope to make 6.98 million shares, valued at €43.16 million, available to up to 250 managers.This plan, which was.....
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Food Retail Sales Dip At Sligro

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Dutch retailer and wholesaler Sligro Food Group has reported a fall in sales growth during the first quarter of the fiscal year as growing price competition looks to have taken its toll. Despite maintaining sales volumes, Sligro said that the value of food retail sales fell by a worrying 4.4% during the.....
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Net loss of 21 million euro for Greenery

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:29
The increasing consolidation of the European retail sector along with weak prices, partly caused by a persistently cold and dark spring, have led to disappointing results for fruit and vegetable suppliers in 2013. The Greenery's net turnover reflects this, having fallen from 1.4 billion Euro in 2012 to 1.3.....
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US (CA): Good demand for berries

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:29
The holiday pull from Easter and Mother's Day has helped make for good demand for strawberries and blueberries. Mild weather has made for good quality, which has, in turn, also contributed to good demand.“Our volume is tracking very nicely with customer demand on both strawberries and blueberries this.....
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Canada: Growing demand for Asian produce

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:29
With the rising influence of Asian cuisine on North American buying habits, Fresh Direct Produce, based in Vancouver, added more products popular in Asian dishes. “You can see consumers are moving more toward Asian tastes,” said Judith Lu of Fresh Direct. “Whether or not you eat Asian food for lunch or.....
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TopLine Creations wins CPMA’s best product award

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:29
During the CPMA show in Vancouver Westmoreland/TopLine Farms won the Best Product Award with TopLine Creations. Jimmy Coppola mentioned that they are always looking to innovate, although it is not always that easy in this industry. “By innovate we do not mean just changing up the packaging. So we came up.....
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Lettuce for fresh cut chain should be processed immediately after harvest

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:29
Despite the importance of the lettuce for fresh-cut chain, the impact of storage conditions of the intact heads before processing on quality of minimally processed lettuce has never been quantified.The scientists, Witkowska and Woltering, at Wageningen University (The Netherlands) have investigated the.....
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Apofruit pursues to promote organic fruit in Poland

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:29
Apofruit is an Italian cooperative of fruit growers founded over 50 years ago. Since 2000, the company also provides organic products, which are marketed under the brand AlmaVerde through Canova srl, a specialized company in organic production. We had a chat at World Foods Warsaw with Vincenzo Berti and.....
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Philippines wins back rank as world's second largest banana exporter

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:29
According to the Banana Market Review and Statistics released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Philippines has won back its ranking. FAO data for 2011 indicate that exports from Asia showed a recovery following sharp declines in exports between 2006 and 2010. The bulk of the exports coming.....
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China: 30-40% of imported fruits in the market are actually fake

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:29
With the standard of living improving in China, more and more residents prefer to buy imported fruits. And of course buyers looks at the labels on the fruit to check if the fruits are imported. The question is how do you know that the fruit is actually imported and not local?In China, there has been news.....
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UK: Marco receive prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:29
Marco, the UK based technology company, are delighted to announce that they have won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for outstanding business achievement in International Trade. The winners were announced on the birthday of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II, April 21st. The award represents one of the.....
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Royal Apple juice sales skyrocketing over the past three years

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:29
The Polish manufacturer and exporter Activ is a family business based about 60 km from Warsaw, in the Mazovia region. It was founded in 1996 and it supplies a variety of fruits and vegetables, especially apples, for the domestic market and overseas. The products are exported to almost all European countries.....
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"Dutch area of little gem is growing"

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:29
Dutch lollo rossa, lollo bionda, romana lettuce and little gem will be fully available at The Greenery once again starting next week. There is already a limited harvest from the greenhouses. For instance at Jos Sweep in Prinsenbeek. Together with Greenery sellers Dick Bakker and Barry Vermulm the grower.....
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Abbotsleigh and Seven Fields join forces with a focus on farm gate returns

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:29
Abbotsleigh Citrus have joined with Seven Fields to have all of their citrus production marketed through Seven Fields. Together with Seven Fields’ own production in Katherine and Sunraysia, the volume of produce covered will mean Seven Fields is able to offer lemons to the domestic market for 12 months of.....
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Cherry tomato on the rise in Switzerland

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:29
The Swiss love tomatoes. However, recently the consumption of cherry tomatoes has exploded. Since 2005 the consumption of cherry tomatoes in Switzerland has more than doubled. In 2013 the country produced 7,558 tonnes of cherry tomatoes and imported another 12.721 tons. That amounts to a consumption of 2.52.....
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Guatemalan banana bosses deny they’re exploiting campesinos

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:29
Guatemala is the world’s third-largest banana exporter, trailing only Costa Rica and Colombia, with sales increasing by 25 percent last year to $623.4 million. Productivity now stands at a record 4,000 boxes per hectare.But critics say that unusually high productivity has come at the expense of Guatemala’s.....
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Canada: Potato acres likely to drop as contract talks continue

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:29
Manitoba potato growers and processors haven’t reached an agreement on price, but both sides know fewer potatoes will be grown in the province this year.Keystone Potato Growers Association manager Dan Sawatzky said processors have completely cut ties with several growers, and overall volume will be down. “We.....
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Dominican Republic expects to increase pitahaya exports

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:29
Luis Ramon Rodriguez, Minister of Agriculture, announced the implementation of a program to promote the cultivation of pitahaya, which seeks to increase exports through the diversification of the agricultural production in the Dominican Republic.Rodriguez said this tropical fruit from Asia, is highly.....
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