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Allegiance Retail Services announces grand reopening of Cold Spring Foodtown

The Cold Spring Foodtown in Putnam County, NY, celebrated its grand reopening Sept. 5, featuring an enlarged and completely remodeled store and several new and expanded departments. Some of the enhancements include a new fresh seafood department, an expanded deli and bakery department, a wide variety of organic and natural foods, a new vitamin and supplements department, and an expanded fruit and vegetable department.

The Foodtown of Cold Spring is one of 11 supermarket locations owned and operated by Noah, Daniel and Sydney Katz of PSK Supermarkets.

“We are very proud of the grand reopening of the Cold Spring Foodtown and we are thrilled to serve the community with all its new features and services,” Noah Katz, co-president of PSK Supermarkets, said in a press release. “All that was done would not have been possible without the tremendous help and support of the store associates and the Allegiance Retails Services team. This was truly a great team force.”

“We are excited to have another state-of-the-art supermarket to serve the New York shopper,” Michael Stolarz, president and chief operating officer of Allegiance Retail Services LLC, added in the press release. “The entire Allegiance team congratulates the Katz family and looks forward to the success of the store.”

“We would like to congratulate the Katz family on the grand reopening of the Cold Spring Foodtown,” David Maniaci, chairman and chief executive officer of Allegiance Retail Services, added. “We are honored by the confidence that Noah, Daniel and Sydney have in the Allegiance team, and we wish the store much success.”

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Allegiance Retail Services announces grand reopening of Cold Spring Foodtown

The Cold Spring Foodtown in Putnam County, NY, celebrated its grand reopening Sept. 5, featuring an enlarged and completely remodeled store and several new and expanded departments. Some of the enhancements include a new fresh seafood department, an expanded deli and bakery department, a wide variety of organic and natural foods, a new vitamin and supplements department, and an expanded fruit and vegetable department.

The Foodtown of Cold Spring is one of 11 supermarket locations owned and operated by Noah, Daniel and Sydney Katz of PSK Supermarkets.

“We are very proud of the grand reopening of the Cold Spring Foodtown and we are thrilled to serve the community with all its new features and services,” Noah Katz, co-president of PSK Supermarkets, said in a press release. “All that was done would not have been possible without the tremendous help and support of the store associates and the Allegiance Retails Services team. This was truly a great team force.”

“We are excited to have another state-of-the-art supermarket to serve the New York shopper,” Michael Stolarz, president and chief operating officer of Allegiance Retail Services LLC, added in the press release. “The entire Allegiance team congratulates the Katz family and looks forward to the success of the store.”

“We would like to congratulate the Katz family on the grand reopening of the Cold Spring Foodtown,” David Maniaci, chairman and chief executive officer of Allegiance Retail Services, added. “We are honored by the confidence that Noah, Daniel and Sydney have in the Allegiance team, and we wish the store much success.”

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Allegiance Retail Services announces grand reopening of Cold Spring Foodtown

The Cold Spring Foodtown in Putnam County, NY, celebrated its grand reopening Sept. 5, featuring an enlarged and completely remodeled store and several new and expanded departments. Some of the enhancements include a new fresh seafood department, an expanded deli and bakery department, a wide variety of organic and natural foods, a new vitamin and supplements department, and an expanded fruit and vegetable department.

The Foodtown of Cold Spring is one of 11 supermarket locations owned and operated by Noah, Daniel and Sydney Katz of PSK Supermarkets.

“We are very proud of the grand reopening of the Cold Spring Foodtown and we are thrilled to serve the community with all its new features and services,” Noah Katz, co-president of PSK Supermarkets, said in a press release. “All that was done would not have been possible without the tremendous help and support of the store associates and the Allegiance Retails Services team. This was truly a great team force.”

“We are excited to have another state-of-the-art supermarket to serve the New York shopper,” Michael Stolarz, president and chief operating officer of Allegiance Retail Services LLC, added in the press release. “The entire Allegiance team congratulates the Katz family and looks forward to the success of the store.”

“We would like to congratulate the Katz family on the grand reopening of the Cold Spring Foodtown,” David Maniaci, chairman and chief executive officer of Allegiance Retail Services, added. “We are honored by the confidence that Noah, Daniel and Sydney have in the Allegiance team, and we wish the store much success.”

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Allegiance Retail Services announces grand reopening of Cold Spring Foodtown

The Cold Spring Foodtown in Putnam County, NY, celebrated its grand reopening Sept. 5, featuring an enlarged and completely remodeled store and several new and expanded departments. Some of the enhancements include a new fresh seafood department, an expanded deli and bakery department, a wide variety of organic and natural foods, a new vitamin and supplements department, and an expanded fruit and vegetable department.

The Foodtown of Cold Spring is one of 11 supermarket locations owned and operated by Noah, Daniel and Sydney Katz of PSK Supermarkets.

“We are very proud of the grand reopening of the Cold Spring Foodtown and we are thrilled to serve the community with all its new features and services,” Noah Katz, co-president of PSK Supermarkets, said in a press release. “All that was done would not have been possible without the tremendous help and support of the store associates and the Allegiance Retails Services team. This was truly a great team force.”

“We are excited to have another state-of-the-art supermarket to serve the New York shopper,” Michael Stolarz, president and chief operating officer of Allegiance Retail Services LLC, added in the press release. “The entire Allegiance team congratulates the Katz family and looks forward to the success of the store.”

“We would like to congratulate the Katz family on the grand reopening of the Cold Spring Foodtown,” David Maniaci, chairman and chief executive officer of Allegiance Retail Services, added. “We are honored by the confidence that Noah, Daniel and Sydney have in the Allegiance team, and we wish the store much success.”

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Allegiance Retail Services announces grand reopening of Cold Spring Foodtown

The Cold Spring Foodtown in Putnam County, NY, celebrated its grand reopening Sept. 5, featuring an enlarged and completely remodeled store and several new and expanded departments. Some of the enhancements include a new fresh seafood department, an expanded deli and bakery department, a wide variety of organic and natural foods, a new vitamin and supplements department, and an expanded fruit and vegetable department.

The Foodtown of Cold Spring is one of 11 supermarket locations owned and operated by Noah, Daniel and Sydney Katz of PSK Supermarkets.

“We are very proud of the grand reopening of the Cold Spring Foodtown and we are thrilled to serve the community with all its new features and services,” Noah Katz, co-president of PSK Supermarkets, said in a press release. “All that was done would not have been possible without the tremendous help and support of the store associates and the Allegiance Retails Services team. This was truly a great team force.”

“We are excited to have another state-of-the-art supermarket to serve the New York shopper,” Michael Stolarz, president and chief operating officer of Allegiance Retail Services LLC, added in the press release. “The entire Allegiance team congratulates the Katz family and looks forward to the success of the store.”

“We would like to congratulate the Katz family on the grand reopening of the Cold Spring Foodtown,” David Maniaci, chairman and chief executive officer of Allegiance Retail Services, added. “We are honored by the confidence that Noah, Daniel and Sydney have in the Allegiance team, and we wish the store much success.”

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Allegiance Retail Services announces grand reopening of Cold Spring Foodtown

The Cold Spring Foodtown in Putnam County, NY, celebrated its grand reopening Sept. 5, featuring an enlarged and completely remodeled store and several new and expanded departments. Some of the enhancements include a new fresh seafood department, an expanded deli and bakery department, a wide variety of organic and natural foods, a new vitamin and supplements department, and an expanded fruit and vegetable department.

The Foodtown of Cold Spring is one of 11 supermarket locations owned and operated by Noah, Daniel and Sydney Katz of PSK Supermarkets.

“We are very proud of the grand reopening of the Cold Spring Foodtown and we are thrilled to serve the community with all its new features and services,” Noah Katz, co-president of PSK Supermarkets, said in a press release. “All that was done would not have been possible without the tremendous help and support of the store associates and the Allegiance Retails Services team. This was truly a great team force.”

“We are excited to have another state-of-the-art supermarket to serve the New York shopper,” Michael Stolarz, president and chief operating officer of Allegiance Retail Services LLC, added in the press release. “The entire Allegiance team congratulates the Katz family and looks forward to the success of the store.”

“We would like to congratulate the Katz family on the grand reopening of the Cold Spring Foodtown,” David Maniaci, chairman and chief executive officer of Allegiance Retail Services, added. “We are honored by the confidence that Noah, Daniel and Sydney have in the Allegiance team, and we wish the store much success.”

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Allegiance Retail Services announces grand reopening of Cold Spring Foodtown

The Cold Spring Foodtown in Putnam County, NY, celebrated its grand reopening Sept. 5, featuring an enlarged and completely remodeled store and several new and expanded departments. Some of the enhancements include a new fresh seafood department, an expanded deli and bakery department, a wide variety of organic and natural foods, a new vitamin and supplements department, and an expanded fruit and vegetable department.

The Foodtown of Cold Spring is one of 11 supermarket locations owned and operated by Noah, Daniel and Sydney Katz of PSK Supermarkets.

“We are very proud of the grand reopening of the Cold Spring Foodtown and we are thrilled to serve the community with all its new features and services,” Noah Katz, co-president of PSK Supermarkets, said in a press release. “All that was done would not have been possible without the tremendous help and support of the store associates and the Allegiance Retails Services team. This was truly a great team force.”

“We are excited to have another state-of-the-art supermarket to serve the New York shopper,” Michael Stolarz, president and chief operating officer of Allegiance Retail Services LLC, added in the press release. “The entire Allegiance team congratulates the Katz family and looks forward to the success of the store.”

“We would like to congratulate the Katz family on the grand reopening of the Cold Spring Foodtown,” David Maniaci, chairman and chief executive officer of Allegiance Retail Services, added. “We are honored by the confidence that Noah, Daniel and Sydney have in the Allegiance team, and we wish the store much success.”

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Medvedev announces new investment of billions

Iran wants to take over European market share
Medvedev announces new investment of billions

Russian prime minister Medvedev announced in an interview last week that he wants to invest “dozens of extra billions of roubles” in the agricultural sector. With the investment, Russia wants to further develop domestic production and sales. Iran wants to substantially increase export of fruit and vegetables, and has the ambitious plan of taking over the European share in the Russian market. After discoveries in Russia, in Belarus a batch of illegal fresh produce has been confiscated as well. The origin of the products couldn’t be identified. American nut growers lose a market due to the ban, but are now focusing on Asia.

A new front appears to have opened in the conflict between the West and Russia. On the border between Estonia and Russia, an agent of the Estonian intelligence service was arrested. The man was supposed to have an appointment with an informant, but was taken away by armed men. Estonian security wasn’t able to intervene. The Estonian intelligence officer is being held in Moscow, awaiting the official charge. That is expected to be: espionage.

EU postpones sanctions
The EU has postponed sanctions that were supposed to be put into action yesterday. At the last moment, it turned out there wasn’t unanimous agreement on the additional sanctions. Finland objected in particular, but also Eastern European countries that are being hit hard by the economic war, were doubtful. The additional measures have been postponed for a few days, the Union wants to keep an eye on the situation in Eastern Ukraine over the following days. If the ceasefire holds, the EU can put the sanctions on hold longer.

Belarus: Smuggled fruit confiscated
In a shopping mall in Minsk, police have confiscated more than four tonnes of smuggled fruit and vegetables. The total worth is more than 2 million euros.
The smuggled products were discovered during inspections. The Azerbaijan traders were able to provide documentary evidence for the purchase, storage and transport of a lot of fruit and vegetables. The illegal goods were confiscated. The research data has been given to the tax service.

Californian nut growers look to Asia
Nut growers in California were hit by the Russian import ban. One grower told the American show CCTV America that his load of pistachios was already on its way to Russia when the ban was put into action. He was able to export the nuts, at a loss, to Germany, but did lose a big Russian client because of the ban. The nut growers aren’t really worrying, Asia is one of the markets where demand is growing.

Moscow opens new logistics centre
A new agrocluster, FoodCity, in Moscow, is supposed to increase the supply of fruit and vegetables in Moscow and the surrounding areas. The centre was recently opened by the city’s mayor. To properly supply the region, three or four more of such centres will have to be built. The FoodCity has an area of 84.5 hectares. The wholesale market takes up 246,000 square metres, and the centre also has office space, storage facilities, parking space, and a hotel.
The city’s mayor also announced that three large investors are willing to support the building project of three greenhouse centres. The cost of this project is estimated to be 200 million dollars. The Russian investors are working together with Dutch, Israeli and German companies. The centre is being built near Moscow.

Iran wants to take over EU market share
The Iranian Trade Promotion Organization has announced that the country wants to replace Europe in the Russian food market. Export of vegetables, fruit, fish and poultry should grow in the near future. Several provinces in Iran are willing to visit the World Food Expo in Russia, in order to make contacts with Russian trade. In addition, a trade mission will travel to Russia. Iran is able to supply citrus, kiwifruit, pomegranates and grapes, among others, according to the Iranian organization.

Medvedev announces billions in investments
In an interview with Russian media, prime minister Medvedev has announced an investment of billions in the agricultural sector. “We will definitely make available extra funds to the sector. I am not going to give exact amounts, but we’re talking about dozens of billions of roubles,” the Russian prime minister said. Medvedev’s ambition is clear: “We have to feed ourselves and others. Why do we constantly have to eat foreign fruit?” Apart from investments in cultivation, part of the money will have to be spent on better organization of retailers and suppliers. The retailers have to opt more for Russian produce. The current budget for development of the agro-industrial sector for 2013-2020 is 200 billion roubles (5.4 billion dollars) a year. The investment Medvedev has announced, aren’t included in that yet.

Russians eat less fruit and vegetables
Statistics in August 2014 and August 2013 show that inhabitants of Novosibirsk, in the middle of Russia, are consuming less fruit and vegetables. Consumption of bread, pasta and meat, among others, increased. The average amount consumers spent on food in the region, based on Russian averages, was 3341.74 roubles (67 euros) in August. Compared to the previous month, that was 3.4% cheaper, but compared to December 2013, expenses increased by 7.9%. Fruit and vegetables make up about 18.7% of the food purchases.

European pears make 70% less
Pear prices are under pressure due to the Russian ban. Prices are reportedly up to 70% lower than last year. Russia was the largest buyer of European pears: over 50% of exports went to Russia. The hard facts: in 2013, the EU exported 313.2 million euros’ worth, Russia taking up 179.3 million euros of the export. The most important pear export countries are Belgium, the Netherlands and Lithuania.
Pear growers in Great Britain are also suffering the consequences of the ban. Although the country doesn’t export the pears, prices are reportedly under pressure. The British pear harvest will amount to 20,000 tonnes this year, while demand is estimated to be 150,000 tonnes. The differences is made up for by import.
On the apple market, the British are suffering less from the ban, a representative of English Apples & Pears expects. The British reportedly prefer the smaller, domestic varieties.

Chechnya supplies fruit
In Chechnya, a good apple and pear harvest is expected. Growers are looking for new markets, and they look to the Russian market in particular. The export from the former Soviet republic is expected to increase.
The country has five large agricultural companies, but these companies have big expectations. The harvest has to be stored in order to be able to supply year-round, and investments in the agricultural sector are being encouraged by the government.

Publication date: 9/9/2014
Author: Rudolf Mulderij
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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Medvedev announces new investment of billions

Iran wants to take over European market share
Medvedev announces new investment of billions

Russian prime minister Medvedev announced in an interview last week that he wants to invest “dozens of extra billions of roubles” in the agricultural sector. With the investment, Russia wants to further develop domestic production and sales. Iran wants to substantially increase export of fruit and vegetables, and has the ambitious plan of taking over the European share in the Russian market. After discoveries in Russia, in Belarus a batch of illegal fresh produce has been confiscated as well. The origin of the products couldn’t be identified. American nut growers lose a market due to the ban, but are now focusing on Asia.

A new front appears to have opened in the conflict between the West and Russia. On the border between Estonia and Russia, an agent of the Estonian intelligence service was arrested. The man was supposed to have an appointment with an informant, but was taken away by armed men. Estonian security wasn’t able to intervene. The Estonian intelligence officer is being held in Moscow, awaiting the official charge. That is expected to be: espionage.

EU postpones sanctions
The EU has postponed sanctions that were supposed to be put into action yesterday. At the last moment, it turned out there wasn’t unanimous agreement on the additional sanctions. Finland objected in particular, but also Eastern European countries that are being hit hard by the economic war, were doubtful. The additional measures have been postponed for a few days, the Union wants to keep an eye on the situation in Eastern Ukraine over the following days. If the ceasefire holds, the EU can put the sanctions on hold longer.

Belarus: Smuggled fruit confiscated
In a shopping mall in Minsk, police have confiscated more than four tonnes of smuggled fruit and vegetables. The total worth is more than 2 million euros.
The smuggled products were discovered during inspections. The Azerbaijan traders were able to provide documentary evidence for the purchase, storage and transport of a lot of fruit and vegetables. The illegal goods were confiscated. The research data has been given to the tax service.

Californian nut growers look to Asia
Nut growers in California were hit by the Russian import ban. One grower told the American show CCTV America that his load of pistachios was already on its way to Russia when the ban was put into action. He was able to export the nuts, at a loss, to Germany, but did lose a big Russian client because of the ban. The nut growers aren’t really worrying, Asia is one of the markets where demand is growing.

Moscow opens new logistics centre
A new agrocluster, FoodCity, in Moscow, is supposed to increase the supply of fruit and vegetables in Moscow and the surrounding areas. The centre was recently opened by the city’s mayor. To properly supply the region, three or four more of such centres will have to be built. The FoodCity has an area of 84.5 hectares. The wholesale market takes up 246,000 square metres, and the centre also has office space, storage facilities, parking space, and a hotel.
The city’s mayor also announced that three large investors are willing to support the building project of three greenhouse centres. The cost of this project is estimated to be 200 million dollars. The Russian investors are working together with Dutch, Israeli and German companies. The centre is being built near Moscow.

Iran wants to take over EU market share
The Iranian Trade Promotion Organization has announced that the country wants to replace Europe in the Russian food market. Export of vegetables, fruit, fish and poultry should grow in the near future. Several provinces in Iran are willing to visit the World Food Expo in Russia, in order to make contacts with Russian trade. In addition, a trade mission will travel to Russia. Iran is able to supply citrus, kiwifruit, pomegranates and grapes, among others, according to the Iranian organization.

Medvedev announces billions in investments
In an interview with Russian media, prime minister Medvedev has announced an investment of billions in the agricultural sector. “We will definitely make available extra funds to the sector. I am not going to give exact amounts, but we’re talking about dozens of billions of roubles,” the Russian prime minister said. Medvedev’s ambition is clear: “We have to feed ourselves and others. Why do we constantly have to eat foreign fruit?” Apart from investments in cultivation, part of the money will have to be spent on better organization of retailers and suppliers. The retailers have to opt more for Russian produce. The current budget for development of the agro-industrial sector for 2013-2020 is 200 billion roubles (5.4 billion dollars) a year. The investment Medvedev has announced, aren’t included in that yet.

Russians eat less fruit and vegetables
Statistics in August 2014 and August 2013 show that inhabitants of Novosibirsk, in the middle of Russia, are consuming less fruit and vegetables. Consumption of bread, pasta and meat, among others, increased. The average amount consumers spent on food in the region, based on Russian averages, was 3341.74 roubles (67 euros) in August. Compared to the previous month, that was 3.4% cheaper, but compared to December 2013, expenses increased by 7.9%. Fruit and vegetables make up about 18.7% of the food purchases.

European pears make 70% less
Pear prices are under pressure due to the Russian ban. Prices are reportedly up to 70% lower than last year. Russia was the largest buyer of European pears: over 50% of exports went to Russia. The hard facts: in 2013, the EU exported 313.2 million euros’ worth, Russia taking up 179.3 million euros of the export. The most important pear export countries are Belgium, the Netherlands and Lithuania.
Pear growers in Great Britain are also suffering the consequences of the ban. Although the country doesn’t export the pears, prices are reportedly under pressure. The British pear harvest will amount to 20,000 tonnes this year, while demand is estimated to be 150,000 tonnes. The differences is made up for by import.
On the apple market, the British are suffering less from the ban, a representative of English Apples & Pears expects. The British reportedly prefer the smaller, domestic varieties.

Chechnya supplies fruit
In Chechnya, a good apple and pear harvest is expected. Growers are looking for new markets, and they look to the Russian market in particular. The export from the former Soviet republic is expected to increase.
The country has five large agricultural companies, but these companies have big expectations. The harvest has to be stored in order to be able to supply year-round, and investments in the agricultural sector are being encouraged by the government.

Publication date: 9/9/2014
Author: Rudolf Mulderij
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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Medvedev announces new investment of billions

Iran wants to take over European market share
Medvedev announces new investment of billions

Russian prime minister Medvedev announced in an interview last week that he wants to invest “dozens of extra billions of roubles” in the agricultural sector. With the investment, Russia wants to further develop domestic production and sales. Iran wants to substantially increase export of fruit and vegetables, and has the ambitious plan of taking over the European share in the Russian market. After discoveries in Russia, in Belarus a batch of illegal fresh produce has been confiscated as well. The origin of the products couldn’t be identified. American nut growers lose a market due to the ban, but are now focusing on Asia.

A new front appears to have opened in the conflict between the West and Russia. On the border between Estonia and Russia, an agent of the Estonian intelligence service was arrested. The man was supposed to have an appointment with an informant, but was taken away by armed men. Estonian security wasn’t able to intervene. The Estonian intelligence officer is being held in Moscow, awaiting the official charge. That is expected to be: espionage.

EU postpones sanctions
The EU has postponed sanctions that were supposed to be put into action yesterday. At the last moment, it turned out there wasn’t unanimous agreement on the additional sanctions. Finland objected in particular, but also Eastern European countries that are being hit hard by the economic war, were doubtful. The additional measures have been postponed for a few days, the Union wants to keep an eye on the situation in Eastern Ukraine over the following days. If the ceasefire holds, the EU can put the sanctions on hold longer.

Belarus: Smuggled fruit confiscated
In a shopping mall in Minsk, police have confiscated more than four tonnes of smuggled fruit and vegetables. The total worth is more than 2 million euros.
The smuggled products were discovered during inspections. The Azerbaijan traders were able to provide documentary evidence for the purchase, storage and transport of a lot of fruit and vegetables. The illegal goods were confiscated. The research data has been given to the tax service.

Californian nut growers look to Asia
Nut growers in California were hit by the Russian import ban. One grower told the American show CCTV America that his load of pistachios was already on its way to Russia when the ban was put into action. He was able to export the nuts, at a loss, to Germany, but did lose a big Russian client because of the ban. The nut growers aren’t really worrying, Asia is one of the markets where demand is growing.

Moscow opens new logistics centre
A new agrocluster, FoodCity, in Moscow, is supposed to increase the supply of fruit and vegetables in Moscow and the surrounding areas. The centre was recently opened by the city’s mayor. To properly supply the region, three or four more of such centres will have to be built. The FoodCity has an area of 84.5 hectares. The wholesale market takes up 246,000 square metres, and the centre also has office space, storage facilities, parking space, and a hotel.
The city’s mayor also announced that three large investors are willing to support the building project of three greenhouse centres. The cost of this project is estimated to be 200 million dollars. The Russian investors are working together with Dutch, Israeli and German companies. The centre is being built near Moscow.

Iran wants to take over EU market share
The Iranian Trade Promotion Organization has announced that the country wants to replace Europe in the Russian food market. Export of vegetables, fruit, fish and poultry should grow in the near future. Several provinces in Iran are willing to visit the World Food Expo in Russia, in order to make contacts with Russian trade. In addition, a trade mission will travel to Russia. Iran is able to supply citrus, kiwifruit, pomegranates and grapes, among others, according to the Iranian organization.

Medvedev announces billions in investments
In an interview with Russian media, prime minister Medvedev has announced an investment of billions in the agricultural sector. “We will definitely make available extra funds to the sector. I am not going to give exact amounts, but we’re talking about dozens of billions of roubles,” the Russian prime minister said. Medvedev’s ambition is clear: “We have to feed ourselves and others. Why do we constantly have to eat foreign fruit?” Apart from investments in cultivation, part of the money will have to be spent on better organization of retailers and suppliers. The retailers have to opt more for Russian produce. The current budget for development of the agro-industrial sector for 2013-2020 is 200 billion roubles (5.4 billion dollars) a year. The investment Medvedev has announced, aren’t included in that yet.

Russians eat less fruit and vegetables
Statistics in August 2014 and August 2013 show that inhabitants of Novosibirsk, in the middle of Russia, are consuming less fruit and vegetables. Consumption of bread, pasta and meat, among others, increased. The average amount consumers spent on food in the region, based on Russian averages, was 3341.74 roubles (67 euros) in August. Compared to the previous month, that was 3.4% cheaper, but compared to December 2013, expenses increased by 7.9%. Fruit and vegetables make up about 18.7% of the food purchases.

European pears make 70% less
Pear prices are under pressure due to the Russian ban. Prices are reportedly up to 70% lower than last year. Russia was the largest buyer of European pears: over 50% of exports went to Russia. The hard facts: in 2013, the EU exported 313.2 million euros’ worth, Russia taking up 179.3 million euros of the export. The most important pear export countries are Belgium, the Netherlands and Lithuania.
Pear growers in Great Britain are also suffering the consequences of the ban. Although the country doesn’t export the pears, prices are reportedly under pressure. The British pear harvest will amount to 20,000 tonnes this year, while demand is estimated to be 150,000 tonnes. The differences is made up for by import.
On the apple market, the British are suffering less from the ban, a representative of English Apples & Pears expects. The British reportedly prefer the smaller, domestic varieties.

Chechnya supplies fruit
In Chechnya, a good apple and pear harvest is expected. Growers are looking for new markets, and they look to the Russian market in particular. The export from the former Soviet republic is expected to increase.
The country has five large agricultural companies, but these companies have big expectations. The harvest has to be stored in order to be able to supply year-round, and investments in the agricultural sector are being encouraged by the government.

Publication date: 9/9/2014
Author: Rudolf Mulderij
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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Tozer Seeds announces Kalettes marketing partners

Tozer Seeds announces Kalettes marketing partners

Tozer Seeds announced that it has entered into exclusive marketing agreements with six companies to grow and market Kalettes™, the kale and brussels sprouts hybrid. The companies who have entered into the marketing agreement with Tozer for Kalettes are: 4Earth Farms, Classic Salads, Mann Packing, Ocean Mist Farms, Southern Specialties and WP Rawl.  As part of the agreement, Kalettes seeds will be sold by Johnny’s Select Seeds to small farmers and home growers.

Tozer Seeds made the decision to enter into this agreement with a select group of companies to market under the Kalettes brand to create a consistent name and brand identity for the kale and brussels sprouts hybrid, which would allow consumers to easily recognize this new vegetable.  Tozer and these companies have committed to supporting the Kalettes brand though joint public relations efforts, consumer and trade advertising and by providing recipes, cooking tips and other content to consumers through the website, www.Kalettes.com, and their social media channels. 

Additionally, the companies who are growing as part of the Kalettes brand are subject to strict product specifications and quality controls. Product specifications include sizing, colour and condition which will ensure that consumers receive consistent top quality product. Tozer Seeds has applied for a PLU code under the generic name “kale sprouts”, which will be available to any grower of the kale and brussels sprouts hybrid.

“Our collective goal is to successfully launch Kalettes in the retail and food service channels in the U.S. and Canada and build a strong awareness among consumers.  By working together, the joint marketing efforts of Tozer and these companies will be able to reach the consumer more effectively,” stated Kraig Kuykendall, sales manager of Tozer Seeds America. “We have been very pleased with the incredible response to Kalettes and predict it will be very successful.”

Kalettes are the product of more than a decade of research by Tozer Seeds, the largest family-owned vegetable breeding company in England.  The kale and brussels sprout hybrid offers a fresh fusion of sweet and nutty, combining the best traits of each of its parent vegetables.  Kalettes are not genetically modified and were developed by cross-pollinating brussels sprouts with kale through traditional methods.  

Kalettes are now available in very limited quantities and distribution will continue to increase throughout the fall and winter as production increases.  Kalettes will be available to both retailers and food service distributors directly through the companies. For contact information please visit www.kalettes.com/trade-information.  

For more information on Kalettes, including recipes, visit www.kalettes.com, and for updates on availability like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  

Publication date: 8/22/2014


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Pacific Trellis announces changes at Dulcinea Farms

Pacific Trellis Fruit, the Fresno, CA-based distributor of grapes and tree fruit, announced it will implement some changes at Dulcinea Farms, which it purchased earlier this year.

Dulcinea HighRes-Logo

Key among those changes is the departure of John McGuigan, manager of Dulcinea, who will leave at the end of August.

“John, a 25-year veteran of the produce industry, has been a great asset to the company since his joining,” the company said in a press release. “He was of great assistance to us on this latest acquisition, helping us to transition it from a public company structure to a more market- and grower-focused operation.”

“I have had the great fortune to work for outstanding organizations and help get them positioned for success for the future,” McGuigan added in the press release. “I know that the team will do great things with Dulcinea Farms going forward, and I wish them all the success in the world.”

 

Other changes planned for the fall include the expansion of Dulcinea’s melon program, with new production areas for all varieties. The company said the 2014-15 winter melon program will have increased volume with product coming from Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.

Additionally, Pacific Trellis has hired former Syngenta employee Paul Collazo to a new research and development position, where he will work on existing and new proprietary melon varieties.

Steve Dabich, an eight-year veteran at Dulcinea Farms, continues the role of director of sales.

Pacific Trellis Fruit farms over 6,000 acres of melons annually and is the owner of the consumer brands “PureHeart,” “Tuscan-Style” and “Ruby Bliss,” and many others under the Dulcinea label. It is also a sizable grower and importer of grapes, tree fruit and other commodities.

 

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California Giant announces Executive Director for Blueberry Division

California Giant announces Executive Director for Blueberry Division

To further establish a strong commitment to being a leader in the blueberry industry, California Giant has made a significant staffing change to facilitate growth and expansion in the blueberry market.

Nader Musleh, has been promoted to Executive Director – Blueberry Division for California Giant Berry Farms.  Musleh will take on full responsibility for the profitability of the company-wide blueberry and non-strawberry division working with senior management to develop the strategy and vision necessary to grow the business both domestically and internationally.    

Musleh plans to expand the geographical reach to continue to build the year round supply of berries to meet sales needs and increase market share. He will manage the existing Bush Berry sales team including Jerry Connery the Bush Berry Category Manager and Evan Pence, Blueberry Operations Manager for North America.

“I will be moving my family here in January and even though it is a big change for all of us we are excited about the new opportunity ahead and I look forward to expanding our berry program”, says Musleh.  Previously, Musleh was based in Chile and served as the General Manager for the company’s South American operations.  He is relocating to the corporate offices in Watsonville, CA in his new position effective August 12, 2014.  

“Nader has proven to be a leader in the development of the company’s blueberry program.  We understand this is a big move for him and his family and are very pleased he will take a larger leadership role within the company as we take this program to the next level,” says Bill Moncovich, President/CEO.

Nader Musleh has been with California Giant Berry Farms for 4 years, is married to Susan and has a 3 and ½ year old daughter, Isabella.

For more information:
Cindy Jewell
California Giant Berry Farms
Tel. (831) 728-1773
Fax. (831) 728-0613
[email protected]
 
 

Publication date: 8/19/2014


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European Commission announces support measures for EU perishable fruit & vegetable producers

European Commission announces support measures for EU perishable fruit & vegetable producers

In the context of Russian restrictions on imports of EU agricultural products and following on from last week’s Management Committee meeting discussion of the market situation, the European Commission is moving as from today to introduce support measures for certain perishable fruits & vegetables.

Commenting on the decision, Dacian Cioloș, EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner, stated: “Taking into account the market situation following the Russian restrictions on imports of EU agricultural products, with effect from today, I am triggering CAP emergency measures which will reduce overall supply of a number of fruit and vegetable products on the European market as and when price pressures become too great in the coming months. All farmers of the concerned products – whether in producer organisations or not – will be eligible to take up these market support measures where they see fit. Acting early will provide an efficient support to the price paid to producers on the internal market, help the market adjust and be cost effective.”

Background
The products concerned by the measures announced today are the following: tomatoes, carrots, white cabbage, peppers, cauliflowers, cucumbers, and gherkins, mushrooms, apples, pear, red fruits, table grapes and kiwis. The markets for these products are in full season, with no storage option for most of them and no immediate alternative market available.

The exceptional measures announced today will include market withdrawals especially for free distribution, compensation for non-harvesting and green harvesting. The financial assistance will cover all producers whether they are organised in producers organisation or not. The measures will have a retroactive affect as from August 18. In other words, any volumes withdrawn from today onwards (or subject to green harvesting or the other measures) will already be covered by these additional measures, subject to the necessary controls. These measures will apply until the end of November with a budget foreseen of €125 million.

The ongoing market situation for all products will be discussed in another meeting with Member State experts and experts from the European Parliament scheduled to take place in Brussels on Friday.

The European Commission will continue following markets development for all the sectors affected by the Russian ban on agriculture and food products in close contacts with Member States and will not hesitate to support further sectors heavily dependent on exports to Russia or to adapt the measures already announced, if necessary.

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Publication date: 8/18/2014


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Kroger announces senior leaders, new divisions

The Kroger Co. has named Rick Going president of the company’s new Nashville division, Calvin Kaufman president of the new Louisville division, Jayne Homco president of the Michigan division, and Erin Sharp group vice president of Kroger manufacturing.

“Rick, Calvin, Jayne and Erin bring to their new roles a passion for customers and proven experience leading teams to deliver consistently strong performance,” Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s president and chief operating officer, said in a press release. “Their leadership will help us build on our customer first strategy to enhance customer loyalty, accelerate our growth and deliver shareholder value.”

Kroger also announced the establishment of two new supermarket divisions, a Nashville, TN, division and a Louisville, KY, division.

“Opportunities for growth in Tennessee, northern Alabama, Kentucky and Southern Illinois and Indiana inspired us to take this path,” McMullen said. “We believe this move will enable our associates to do what they do best – meet the needs of our local customers and neighbors, our communities, and each other.”

Going, currently president of the Michigan division, has been named president of Kroger’s new Nashville division.

He joined the company in 1981 and has held a number of leadership positions at the store, district and division level before advancing to his current position in 2007.

The Nashville division will include more than 11,800 associates working in 63 stores in the Nashville area and 28 stores in the Knoxville, TN, and Huntsville, AL, markets.

Kaufman, currently group vice president of Kroger manufacturing, has been named president of the company’s new Louisville division. He joined Kroger in 1994 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including as Kroger’s senior director of logistics, before he was named to his current role in 2007.

The Louisville division will include nearly 15,000 associates working in 98 Kroger stores in Kentucky, southern Illinois and southern Indiana.

Homco, currently vice president of merchandising for Kroger’s Southwest Division, has been promoted to president of the Michigan Division. She replaces Going. Homco joined Kroger in 1978. She was promoted to vice president of merchandising for the company’s QFC division in 2004 and took on her current role in 2007.

The Michigan division includes nearly 16,000 associates working in 129 Kroger supermarkets in Michigan.

Sharp, currently vice president of operations for Kroger manufacturing, has been promoted to group vice president of Kroger manufacturing. She replaces Kaufman.

She joined Kroger in 2011 in her current role. Previously, she served as vice president of manufacturing for the Sara Lee Corp. In that role, Sharp led manufacturing and logistics operations for the central region of their U.S. Fresh Bakery Division. In her new role, Sharp will oversee approximately 7,000 associates working in 37 food processing plants in the United States.

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Sunrain Varieties announces major land investment

Sunrain Varieties LLC, a producer of fresh potato seed, recently purchased a 1,600-acre farm located in the Victor-Driggs, ID, area.

“This acreage will be used primarily for early generation seed production and we look forward to a great fall harvest,” Aron Derbidge, business manager at Sunrain, said in a press release. 

The company also plans construction of a world-class storage and grading facility on the property.

“With on-site sorting and sizing, Sunrain will be able to offer the trade pre-sized seed lots,” Derbidge said in the release. “Sunrain is continually striving to help our customers save time and money in the planting process so this addition makes good sense.”

Sunrain will be holding a new product showcase and open house Aug. 13 at its Idaho facility. Contact Rainey Carraballo at rcarraballo@potandon.com for more information or a facility tour.

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Sunrain Varieties announces major land investment

Sunrain Varieties LLC, a producer of fresh potato seed, recently purchased a 1,600-acre farm located in the Victor-Driggs, ID, area.

“This acreage will be used primarily for early generation seed production and we look forward to a great fall harvest,” Aron Derbidge, business manager at Sunrain, said in a press release. 

The company also plans construction of a world-class storage and grading facility on the property.

“With on-site sorting and sizing, Sunrain will be able to offer the trade pre-sized seed lots,” Derbidge said in the release. “Sunrain is continually striving to help our customers save time and money in the planting process so this addition makes good sense.”

Sunrain will be holding a new product showcase and open house Aug. 13 at its Idaho facility. Contact Rainey Carraballo at rcarraballo@potandon.com for more information or a facility tour.

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Sunrain Varieties LLC announces increased capacity

Sunrain Varieties LLC, known for its innovation, expertise and dedication to fresh potato seed development, has just completed a series of capital improvements in its Idaho Falls-based facilities.

Two additional greenhouses were added to the Idaho Falls complex, in addition to a 25,000-hundredweight storage unit, which will enable Sunrain to increase mini tuber production by nearly 40 percent. Additional office space and on-site testing equipment were also added during the upgrade. The on-site test farm was upgraded by adding a state-of-the-art irrigation system to the 140-acre plot.

The Idaho Falls facility is the crown jewel in a nationwide trial program that now spans 12 different states. By growing their own tissue cultures, plantlets and mini tubers in highly controlled environments, the team of field agronomists can be certain that they are bringing the very best product to market.

Sunrain will be holding a new product showcase and open house Aug 13. Contact Rainey Carraballo for more information or to schedule a facility tour.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please contact Rainey Carraballo at 208/552-3096 ext. 1007 or e-mail rcarraballo@sunrainvarieties.com.

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Sunrain Varieties LLC announces increased capacity

Sunrain Varieties LLC, known for its innovation, expertise and dedication to fresh potato seed development, has just completed a series of capital improvements in its Idaho Falls-based facilities.

Two additional greenhouses were added to the Idaho Falls complex, in addition to a 25,000-hundredweight storage unit, which will enable Sunrain to increase mini tuber production by nearly 40 percent. Additional office space and on-site testing equipment were also added during the upgrade. The on-site test farm was upgraded by adding a state-of-the-art irrigation system to the 140-acre plot.

The Idaho Falls facility is the crown jewel in a nationwide trial program that now spans 12 different states. By growing their own tissue cultures, plantlets and mini tubers in highly controlled environments, the team of field agronomists can be certain that they are bringing the very best product to market.

Sunrain will be holding a new product showcase and open house Aug 13. Contact Rainey Carraballo for more information or to schedule a facility tour.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please contact Rainey Carraballo at 208/552-3096 ext. 1007 or e-mail rcarraballo@sunrainvarieties.com.

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Sunrain Varieties LLC announces increased capacity

Sunrain Varieties LLC, known for its innovation, expertise and dedication to fresh potato seed development, has just completed a series of capital improvements in its Idaho Falls-based facilities.

Two additional greenhouses were added to the Idaho Falls complex, in addition to a 25,000-hundredweight storage unit, which will enable Sunrain to increase mini tuber production by nearly 40 percent. Additional office space and on-site testing equipment were also added during the upgrade. The on-site test farm was upgraded by adding a state-of-the-art irrigation system to the 140-acre plot.

The Idaho Falls facility is the crown jewel in a nationwide trial program that now spans 12 different states. By growing their own tissue cultures, plantlets and mini tubers in highly controlled environments, the team of field agronomists can be certain that they are bringing the very best product to market.

Sunrain will be holding a new product showcase and open house Aug 13. Contact Rainey Carraballo for more information or to schedule a facility tour.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please contact Rainey Carraballo at 208/552-3096 ext. 1007 or e-mail rcarraballo@sunrainvarieties.com.

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