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Takeover of Intermarché’s Bosnian unit

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After months of negotiations, Bosnian retail chain Bingo has officially took over rival Interex, which was operated by France’s Intermarché for the past 14 years.The value of the acquisition was not disclosed, but a €30 million price tag is being mentioned unofficially.Bingo purchased 24 Interex outlets that.....
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Lidl marks 20 years in Spain

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Lidl will today open a new store in Erandio, Pais Vasco, which will be its twenty-first in Spain.The German discounter pumped €190 million into the country in 2014 – an increase of almost 20 per cent on last year (€160 million). On top of this, it opened its ninth Spanish logistics plant (in Lorquí,.....
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Ireland: Eurospar undercuts rivals

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Eurospar has slashed fruit and vegetable prices to as little as 9c — just weeks after other major retailers agreed not to sell produce below cost.At the start of the month, Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, and the Musgrave Group pledged not to sell fruit and vegetables at below-cost prices in the run-up to Christmas. The.....
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US (SC): You can now drink beer while shopping at Whole Foods

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Whole Foods Marketing Team Leader Pam Fischette, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, recently announced via twitter that, "You can now drink beer while you shop with us.""The way it works is the customer buys the beer from the cashier and if the customer doesn’t have a bottle opener, the cashier sends them to.....
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US: Putting online deliveries to the test

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Upcoming changes in the Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service in Seattle are causing some longtime customers to think twice. Is it worth the new $299/year Prime Fresh subscription? What about one of these newer services like Instacart, or delivery from a traditional supermarket like Safeway?GeekWire ordered.....
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Finnish grower installs demo greenhouse in grocery store

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All over the world consumers want to learn more about where their food is coming from. Many farmers and growers felt this awareness and realize that they should tell consumers about the good practices that are being conducted during the production of their food. Finnish grower Puutarhuri Yli-Nikula also felt.....
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Israel: Carrot market depends on Rouble

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:29
The Israeli carrot market is waiting to see what the Rouble will to do. This will likely affect the demand for Russian importers. There is enough Israeli volume, as 90% is already in the ground, and the last 10% is for the end of January and will go to the local market. Although there might be more demand in.....
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Locally-grown as a guarantee of freshness and quality

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:29
The U.S. firm BrightFarms, interested in urban agriculture since 2006, has been on a quest to bring it to the market on a commercial scale since 2011. Toby Tiktinsky of Bright Farms affirms that “our products are all grown locally in our 56,000 square feet greenhouse in Bucks County,.....
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Logistics, key to future of cherries in China

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:29
"The increase in Chile's cherry production in recent years has been closely linked to China's growing demand; in fact, we are increasingly shipping less fruit to the United States and Europe. As a company, we allocate between 85% and 90% of our production to the Chinese market," explains Ricardo Monge,.....
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"Avocado prices down, supply up"

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:29
The avocado season is currently in full swing at Spanish company Natural Tropic. "The season started with very high prices, but eventually the price level dropped significantly. The current situation being enough avocados available on the market but sales are slow. There's a lot of competition from countries.....
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Apple consumers increasingly more interested in taste

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:29
Chelan Fresh specialises on three products: fresh Washington apples, pears and cherries. They also pack ship and market Canadian apples for a select group of premium quality BC Canada growers “We bring down approximately 175,000 cases of Ambrosia (organic apples) and 350,000 of Gala, which we pack and.....
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US (NC): Sweet potato production rises to meet demand

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:29
Consumer demand in the USA for sweet potatoes has risen by 40% since 2008. With exports rising exponentially during the same period, North Carolina, as the leading state in sweet potato production, has increased its volume to meet the demand.“North Carolina’s growers and shippers have invested heavily in.....
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Spain: Great future for kakis Eastern Europe

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:29
The current Bright Red kaki campaign is underway with lower prices than last season, mostly due to the weather's impact on calibres, the Russian veto and the drop in consumption as a result of the recession.According to Jordi Motilla, manager of Quid Pro Quo Fruits, "the season has been marked by a number of.....
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White House garden harvests orange sweet potato

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:29
For the first time, this year’s crop in the U.S. White House kitchen garden included orange sweet potato (OSP), a root vegetable rich in vitamin A, that is becoming popular in Africa.The sweet potato was chosen to highlight its role in improving the nutrition and health of millions of children and women.....
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Fresh-cut butternut squash grows in popularity in Greece

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:29
Demand for butternut squash has grown steadily in Greece over the last several years. With winter on its way, and cold weather spurring greater sales, that demand could continue to increase into 2015. “In recent years we have seen a growth in domestic consumption,” said Lior Touron of Trikala Farms. “The.....
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"Late March we'll know where we stand in the top fruit market"

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:29
Usually, Floor van Os of the eponymous wholesaler from Benschop has an outspoken expectation about the top fruit market. This year, he is more cautious. "I just don't know this season. That's also the reason why we're continuing to sell as normal with these low market prices, spreading sales across the.....
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UK: Meyer Lemons in time for holidays

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:29
Tesco and AMT (Munoz) the UKʼs leading citrus specialist has once againwelcomed in the supply of the exclusive Meyer Lemon from the USA.Available across the retailerʼs stores nationwide, the citrus is a knownfavourite ingredient of chefs throughout the country, notably Jamie Oliver whohas recently.....
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Onion dependence on Africa growing

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:29
The Dutch onion export season started early and with large volumes. This has caused the price to fall quite quickly. "For many consumers in Africa and the Far East the onion is a basic necessity. The lower the price, the more they consume," says Gerard Hoekman from Mulder Onions in Kerkrade. He is positive.....
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India: Pesticide residue found on one-third of organic veggies

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:29
Following up on its October investigation of data irregularities in the National Project on Organic Farming (NPOF), the Crop Care Federation of India (CCFI) stated on Tuesday that it had found pesticide residues in one-third of the organic products retailed in New Delhi that are marketed as chemical.....
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UK: Sprouts to star on Christmas TV

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:29
Brussels sprouts are set to have a starring role on the small screen this Christmas.Sprout farmer, Martin Haines, who is based in Chipping Campden, hosted a visit from Adam Henson and the Countryfile crew to give them a unique insight into Brassica production and their place as a festive tradition both in.....
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