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B.C. blueberry farmers worried early blooms spoil harvest

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Blueberry farmers are worried the warm weather in the Lower Mainland could put their crops at risk."A lot can change from now until harvest time," Jason Smith, the chair of the BC Blueberry Council told The Early Edition's Rick Cluff.Smith some of the plants are at a blooming stage they wouldn't usually.....
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Honduras: Orange exports on the rise

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Honduras is becoming Central America's largest citrus producer and exporter. Its oranges, grapefruit and lemons are consumed in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.About 600 truckloads of oranges from the Lower Aguán and Sonaguera, in the department of Colón, and several communities in the department of.....
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Gross loss first half year Asian Citrus

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Asian Citrus Holdings Ltd Thursday swung to a gross loss in the first half of the year, hit by a significant drop in revenue, largely due to lower orange production following damage to its plantations from two typhoons during the period and the infection of its orange trees with the citrus canker disease.The.....
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Stagnation in the lime market

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Lime importers with already scheduled appointments are doing pretty well at the moment, but it is more difficult for those who have surrendered to the daily market. According to a trader, the market started slowing down over a week ago, "Until December it was quite good. The moral in January was the same as.....
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US: Different lemon growing areas complement each other

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“North American lemon supplies are coming out of California this time of the year”, says John Carter with Limoneira. “Some California growing regions offer year-round supply, but the peak is really from October through June.” Limoneira also grows lemons in Arizona and recently expanded into Chile......
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Organic fruit and vegetables at packaging free shop in Antwerp

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In August 2014 the first packaging free shop opened in Belgium. The Zero Waste Shop is located in Antwerp. The idea came from owner Savina Istas, who wanted to tackle the waste problem at the source. "We do this by minimising the use of packaging in our shop. I studied sustainable sciences and was always.....
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Spain: García Carrión to produce pineapples in Murcia

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The president of the beverage company J. García Carrión, José García Carrión, aims for the industrial production of tropical pineapple juice to start in 2018, after successfully managing to cultivate the crop in Murcian greenhouses.According to García Carrión, the first test stage has already been completed.....
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Europe: 16% Jump in food recalls last quarter

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Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS, the global leader in product recalls, retrievals, returns and audits, has revealed that there was a significant rise in food recall and notification occurrences across Europe during the final three months of 2014.Compared to the previous quarter, there was a 16 per cent jump in.....
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Organic makes the difference with Roux Pecans in South Africa

4 hours 57 min ago
'Roux Pecans' grows organic pecan nuts. The company is located at the banks of the Orange River in South Africa. Through exclusive distributor Rhumveld Winter & Konijn, Roux Pecans supplies its organic pecan nuts to customers all over Europe. Bob Roux, son of founder Chris, works full time with Roux.....
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Mexico: Oxxo sets new stores benchmark

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FEMSA Comercio's total revenues were up 12% in the last quarter of 2014, driven by new store openings and same store sales growth. Full year revenues were up 12.4% and same store sales increased on average 2.7%, mirroring top line trends that gradually improved throughout the year.New benchmark for store.....
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How Lidl is changing in Germany

4 hours 57 min ago
We've been in-store in Düsseldorf to assess the retailer's latest initiatives. Here's our perspective on what we learned. Lidl is communicating a new value-quality equation In-store communication now differs from that traditionally associated with Lidl, focusing on quality led values much more than pure.....
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Mexican Soriana: positive end to year

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Mexican retailer Soriana has reported net sales growth of 0.1% in the fourth quarter of 2014, and a net earnings increase of 129.4%.Positive trends in quarter fourSoriana said it had noticed a positive change in income trends as of October 2014, as well as a recovery in customer traffic which has continued.....
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UK: Tesco boss declares war on rival discounters:

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In what amounts to a declaration of war against the value and discount retailers Tesco is seeking to offer competitive prices right across the retail market.‘We aim to be competitive at all ends of the market and that includes the opening price point in every category.’Lewis began the process of widespread.....
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NZ: Countdown boosts first-half earnings

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Countdown, the New Zealand supermarket chain owned by Australian retailer Woolworths, increased first-half earnings 2.9 percent as it cut costs and boosted volumes to compensate for lower prices.Earnings before interest and tax increased to $169.1 million in the half year ended Jan. 4, from $164.4 million in.....
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UK: Costcutter supermarket group embarks on new marketing campaign

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Costcutter Supermarkets Group, based in Dunnington, has taken on Leeds-based integrated media agency, Boutique, to handle its media strategy and implementation following a four-way pitch.The decision to recruit a new media agency comes as Costcutter embarks on a new operations and marketing model.Working on.....
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AU: Woolworths profits slide

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Woolworths has downgraded its full year guidance and announced plans to step up investment in its core supermarkets business after falling further behind arch rival Coles.The supermarket giant had previously forecast full year profit growth of between four and seven per cent but now says growth is likely to.....
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UK: Organic food goes budget as sales surge thanks to Lidl and Aldi

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The food industry has seen a surge in the sales of organic foods according to an annual report by the Soil Association.The research found that UK shoppers are now spending an extra £1.4 million a week on organic food.The growth in sales is largely being helped by the discount organic ranges found at budget.....
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ISAAQ® apple enters Europe, UK and Asia

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:29
ISAAQ® branded apples make their entry in the market: first important tonnages went to retailers in whole Europe, UK and Asia. Kröpfl (Austria), Fratelli Clementi (Italy), Bio Express (organic, Italy), Bio Meran (biodynamic, South Tyrol – Italy), Pickmee! (New Zealand) and KIKU Variety Management (global.....
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Asparagus harvest returned to normal a level

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:29
The German asparagus season is coming. 2014 was a record year for the German asparagus industry. Around 114,500 tons of asparagus were cut between the 10th April and 24th June 2014. Now asparagus lovers wait feverishly for the 2015 season. Willy Kreienbaum from Spargelhof Kreienbaum and chairman of the.....
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UK: Red cabbage in big demand

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 14:29
According to one of the UK's biggest organic veg growers, demand for red cabbage grew 48.9% last year, compared to the previous year.Produce World Group, attribute this to UK consumers recognising the high nutritional value of the veg and making it a part of their meals all year-round – not just at.....
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