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Murano strawberries gain traction in Benelux

CIV Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti is seeing increased interest in its patented strawberry variety Murano in the Netherlands and Belgium, expanding from its success with retailer Sainsbury’s in the U.K.

In a release, the company said the variety was gaining support from supply chain operators in the two countries with extremely attractive price quotations compared to other varieties.

Murano strawberries

Murano strawberries

CIV added consumers were attracted to the fruit for its optimal combination of taste and color.

The group emphasized the performance of its patented varieties had once again been confirmed both from production and commercial points of view.

The group made mention of Clery as the leading strawberry variety in the early segment in Belgium, France and Germany; the variety Joly which is very popular in the Belgian direct sales segment; and Murano and Capri as the most popular everbearers in Northern Europe.

Additionally, the new Flavia and Flaminia varieties are outperforming in Southern Europe and France, as strawberries suitable for production in temperate Mediterranean climates.

CIV said the varieties’ versatility was based on a common thread of technology, with quality characterized by:

  • Natural rusticity and vigour of the plants;
  • Good adaptability to both integrated production and organic cultivation, as well as, obviously, high-yield conventional cultivation;
  • Low environmental impact production thanks to their tolerance to disease and low water and feed requirements; And,
  • Top quality fruit with a distinctive flavour and optimal consistency and shelf-life characteristics.

“The CIV’s primary objective is increasingly to target our Research & Development activity towards the varietal development of environmentally sustainable strawberries of the highest quality, to satisfy every player in the supply chain, from the producer to the end user at an international level,” said CIV president Pier Filippo Tagliani.

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Wakefern posts 4% annual sales gain

Wakefern Food Corp. said Thursday that retail sales improved by 4% to $ 14.7 billion during the fiscal year ended Sept. 27.

The cooperative during the year opened six new ShopRite stores, five new PriceRite stores and six Fresh Grocer stores during the period. In addition, the company expanded its ShopRite from Home services to include 214 stores. Wakefern wholesale sales totaled $ 11.9 billion.

The results were announced Thursday at the company’s annual meeting in East Brunswick, N.J., by chairman and CEO, Joseph S. Colalillo, and president and COO, Joe Sheridan, both of whom were re-elected Thursday.

At the meeting, it was announced that four members have retired from the company’s board of directors: Rocco Cingari of Grade A Market; Bernard Kenny of Delaware Supermarkets; Joel Perlmutter of Perlmart; and James Sumas of Village Super Market. In addition, it was announced that four new members would be welcomed to the board effective immediately: Jordan Coe of Waverly Markets; Harry Garafalo of Milford Markets; Nicholas Sumas of Village Super Market; and David Zallie of Somerset Stores.

Joseph S. Colalillo“The strength of our cooperative lies in the strength of our family businesses and their enduring commitment to their customers, which is handed down from generation to generation,” Colalillo said. “The decades of service, wisdom and expertise that Rocky, Bernie, Jim and Joel have brought to Wakefern will continue to guide us as we move forward as a company. They will remain active in their own companies and at the Wakefern committees on which they serve. We welcome our new members and look forward to their new perspective on our businesses and their contributions to future successes.”

“Year after year, Wakefern continues to grow and adapt to meet the needs of an ever-changing industry and an increasingly demanding customer,” Sheridan added. “After more than 65 years in this business, we rely on the lessons from past successes while always looking to the future for new and better ways to help our members succeed.”


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Also at Thursday’s meeting, Wakefern shareholders re-elected to the board: Colalillo as chairman and CEO; Larri Wolfson and Irv Glass as vice chairmen; Lawrence Inserra, Jr., treasurer; Richard Saker, Jeffrey Brown and Kenneth Capano as assistant treasurers; Dominick J. Romano as secretary; Ned Gladstein and Steven Ravitz, assistant secretaries; as well as Robert Clare, Lawrence Collins, Jon Greenfield, Charles Infusino, Vincent Lo Curcio III, Leonard Sitar, Richard Tully and Richard McMenamin.

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Wakefern posts 4% annual sales gain

Wakefern Food Corp. said Thursday that retail sales improved by 4% to $ 14.7 billion during the fiscal year ended Sept. 27.

The cooperative during the year opened six new ShopRite stores, five new PriceRite stores and six Fresh Grocer stores during the period. In addition, the company expanded its ShopRite from Home services to include 214 stores. Wakefern wholesale sales totaled $ 11.9 billion.

The results were announced Thursday at the company’s annual meeting in East Brunswick, N.J., by chairman and CEO, Joseph S. Colalillo, and president and COO, Joe Sheridan, both of whom were re-elected Thursday.

At the meeting, it was announced that four members have retired from the company’s board of directors: Rocco Cingari of Grade A Market; Bernard Kenny of Delaware Supermarkets; Joel Perlmutter of Perlmart; and James Sumas of Village Super Market. In addition, it was announced that four new members would be welcomed to the board effective immediately: Jordan Coe of Waverly Markets; Harry Garafalo of Milford Markets; Nicholas Sumas of Village Super Market; and David Zallie of Somerset Stores.

Joseph S. Colalillo“The strength of our cooperative lies in the strength of our family businesses and their enduring commitment to their customers, which is handed down from generation to generation,” Colalillo said. “The decades of service, wisdom and expertise that Rocky, Bernie, Jim and Joel have brought to Wakefern will continue to guide us as we move forward as a company. They will remain active in their own companies and at the Wakefern committees on which they serve. We welcome our new members and look forward to their new perspective on our businesses and their contributions to future successes.”

“Year after year, Wakefern continues to grow and adapt to meet the needs of an ever-changing industry and an increasingly demanding customer,” Sheridan added. “After more than 65 years in this business, we rely on the lessons from past successes while always looking to the future for new and better ways to help our members succeed.”


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Also at Thursday’s meeting, Wakefern shareholders re-elected to the board: Colalillo as chairman and CEO; Larri Wolfson and Irv Glass as vice chairmen; Lawrence Inserra, Jr., treasurer; Richard Saker, Jeffrey Brown and Kenneth Capano as assistant treasurers; Dominick J. Romano as secretary; Ned Gladstein and Steven Ravitz, assistant secretaries; as well as Robert Clare, Lawrence Collins, Jon Greenfield, Charles Infusino, Vincent Lo Curcio III, Leonard Sitar, Richard Tully and Richard McMenamin.

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Wakefern posts 4% annual sales gain

Wakefern Food Corp. said Thursday that retail sales improved by 4% to $ 14.7 billion during the fiscal year ended Sept. 27.

The cooperative during the year opened six new ShopRite stores, five new PriceRite stores and six Fresh Grocer stores during the period. In addition, the company expanded its ShopRite from Home services to include 214 stores. Wakefern wholesale sales totaled $ 11.9 billion.

The results were announced Thursday at the company’s annual meeting in East Brunswick, N.J., by chairman and CEO, Joseph S. Colalillo, and president and COO, Joe Sheridan, both of whom were re-elected Thursday.

At the meeting, it was announced that four members have retired from the company’s board of directors: Rocco Cingari of Grade A Market; Bernard Kenny of Delaware Supermarkets; Joel Perlmutter of Perlmart; and James Sumas of Village Super Market. In addition, it was announced that four new members would be welcomed to the board effective immediately: Jordan Coe of Waverly Markets; Harry Garafalo of Milford Markets; Nicholas Sumas of Village Super Market; and David Zallie of Somerset Stores.

Joseph S. Colalillo“The strength of our cooperative lies in the strength of our family businesses and their enduring commitment to their customers, which is handed down from generation to generation,” Colalillo said. “The decades of service, wisdom and expertise that Rocky, Bernie, Jim and Joel have brought to Wakefern will continue to guide us as we move forward as a company. They will remain active in their own companies and at the Wakefern committees on which they serve. We welcome our new members and look forward to their new perspective on our businesses and their contributions to future successes.”

“Year after year, Wakefern continues to grow and adapt to meet the needs of an ever-changing industry and an increasingly demanding customer,” Sheridan added. “After more than 65 years in this business, we rely on the lessons from past successes while always looking to the future for new and better ways to help our members succeed.”


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Also at Thursday’s meeting, Wakefern shareholders re-elected to the board: Colalillo as chairman and CEO; Larri Wolfson and Irv Glass as vice chairmen; Lawrence Inserra, Jr., treasurer; Richard Saker, Jeffrey Brown and Kenneth Capano as assistant treasurers; Dominick J. Romano as secretary; Ned Gladstein and Steven Ravitz, assistant secretaries; as well as Robert Clare, Lawrence Collins, Jon Greenfield, Charles Infusino, Vincent Lo Curcio III, Leonard Sitar, Richard Tully and Richard McMenamin.

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Banana from Ecuador continues to gain ground in China

Ecuador is currently the world’s largest banana exporter and, in the past, it used to lead the Chinese market, as it exported more than 300,000 cases of bananas a week to the Chinese market. 

“Exports in the 80s began thanks to the visionary effort of Segundo Wong, primarily in the form of barter. He was very successful but we began to lose market share, not because of the fruit’s quality but because of the costs, the lack of shipping logistics, and the cheap fruit from the Philippines and other producers. It was very difficult for us to compete and the companies with the biggest share stopped sending fruit,” recalled Eduardo. 

“We were sending a very small quantity to China, but in recent years, thanks to a rise in consumption, the conflict with the Philippines and the drop in production in countries such as Colombia, Costa Rica and the Ivory Coast, we have greatly increased the volume of exports,” he said.

The tension due to the territorial dispute of the South Sea between China and the Philippines, the second largest exporter of bananas in the world, has increased over the years, which has brought complications and impediments to trade between the countries of the region; a situation that, at first sight, seems favourable for Ecuadorian exporters. 

“We have increased the volume of exports and a large number of major reputable importers from China are looking to import larger amounts; not only because of the conflict with the Philippines, but also because of our quality. “


“Nevertheless” 

There are several factors affecting the competitiveness of Ecuador in the Chinese market. 

Ecuadorian bananas require 35 days to arrive at the port of Shanghai, while the bananas from the Philippines only require 3 to 5 days. In addition, Ecuador must pay 10% in tariffs to enter the Chinese market, plus a tax for crossing the Panama Canal, while its Asian competitor is exempt from any fees. 

“Ecuador’s working conditions and workers’ wages are much higher than in most other producing countries, which entails a higher cost of production,” says Ledesma García. 

“Nevertheless, we are selling more and more bananas to China. This year we exported, on average, 217,000 boxes a week, and up to week 25 we had shipped about 4.127 million boxes.”

Looking to the future 

Even though production is at its highest level since 2011 and the level of exports to China is booming, the executive director of the AEBE stressed the need to focus and improve productivity. 

“Currently, we are getting about 1,700 boxes per hectare. We must improve and exceed the 2,000 boxes, “said Ledesma, who added that,” we must also improve logistics with China and reduce transport time to just 25 days by hiring a loose cargo.”

If carried out, these improvements could increase the presence of Ecuadorian crops on Chinese soil and, in turn, would make them more resilient to a possible future resolution of the conflict between Chinese and Filipinos. 

Finally, when asked about what he wished for the future of Ecuadorian banana exports, Ledesma García replied, “I want us to be exporting 400 million boxes, which would cause many countries to stop producing bananas.”

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Northwest cherry growers gain airlift capacity into Shanghai

Northwest cherry growers gain airlift capacity into Shanghai

Northwest cherry growers gained airlift capacity into China with the launch today of weekly service between Seattle and Shanghai on China Eastern Airlines. The new service serving Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will carry more than 400 metric tons of cherries to China from Northwest shippers.chinaeasternair-logo

In addition, China Eastern runs an e-commerce site, Eastern Origin Express,  seeking to provide a means for consumers to order agricultural products directly from producers from around the world, an effort to reduce costs, improve efficiency and maintain product quality.

The inaugural flight of Seattle-Shangai service was scheduled for a welcome ceremony in Shanghai on June 12. On the following day, China Eastern Airlines’ passengers will be provided free northwest cherry tastings on selected flights.

Northwest Cherry Growers, which markets cherries for growers, welcomed the news.

“The northwest cherry harvest season is just the beginning,” said Keith Hu, director of international operations at Northwest Cherry Growers. “We’re excited to provide the first agricultural product exported to China as part of China Eastern’s new service, and we look forward to providing 1.3 billion Chinese citizens delicious northwest cherries.”

Source: goodfruit.com
 

Publication date: 6/12/2014


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Northwest cherry growers gain airlift capacity into Shanghai

Northwest cherry growers gain airlift capacity into Shanghai

Northwest cherry growers gained airlift capacity into China with the launch today of weekly service between Seattle and Shanghai on China Eastern Airlines. The new service serving Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will carry more than 400 metric tons of cherries to China from Northwest shippers.chinaeasternair-logo

In addition, China Eastern runs an e-commerce site, Eastern Origin Express,  seeking to provide a means for consumers to order agricultural products directly from producers from around the world, an effort to reduce costs, improve efficiency and maintain product quality.

The inaugural flight of Seattle-Shangai service was scheduled for a welcome ceremony in Shanghai on June 12. On the following day, China Eastern Airlines’ passengers will be provided free northwest cherry tastings on selected flights.

Northwest Cherry Growers, which markets cherries for growers, welcomed the news.

“The northwest cherry harvest season is just the beginning,” said Keith Hu, director of international operations at Northwest Cherry Growers. “We’re excited to provide the first agricultural product exported to China as part of China Eastern’s new service, and we look forward to providing 1.3 billion Chinese citizens delicious northwest cherries.”

Source: goodfruit.com
 

Publication date: 6/12/2014


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New cash incentive apps gain traction

Point. Click. Save. That’s part of the appeal of new cash-incentive smartphone apps that have hit the market. Most recently, Checkout 51, which has operated in Canada since 2012, launched in the U.S. in January. Checkout 51 is a free mobile app that members can use in any store. In addition to using smartphones, members can also use the Checkout 51 website to redeem offers. Each Thursday, Checkout 51 releases new offers for several dozen products from manufacturers, including Kellogg, …

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New cash incentive apps gain traction

Point. Click. Save. That’s part of the appeal of new cash-incentive smartphone apps that have hit the market. Most recently, Checkout 51, which has operated in Canada since 2012, launched in the U.S. in January. Checkout 51 is a free mobile app that members can use in any store. In addition to using smartphones, members can also use the Checkout 51 website to redeem offers. Each Thursday, Checkout 51 releases new offers for several dozen products from manufacturers, including Kellogg, …

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Promotional Video: National Beef – Gain the Edge in Your Meat Case

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Promotional Video: National Beef – Gain the Edge in Your Meat Case

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Meat case out of stocks can send your customers shopping with the competition. But a well-stocked case can increase sales and consumer confidence. Learn how the Edge Items program from National Beef can help you build incremental sales with ease. Visit NationalBeef.com to learn more.

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Promotional Video: National Beef – Gain the Edge in Your Meat Case

Increase fresh meat case sales the smart way: with less effort.

Meat case out of stocks can send your customers shopping with the competition. But a well-stocked case can increase sales and consumer confidence. Learn how the Edge Items program from National Beef can help you build incremental sales with ease. Visit NationalBeef.com to learn more.

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Promotional Video: National Beef – Gain the Edge in Your Meat Case

Increase fresh meat case sales the smart way: with less effort.

Meat case out of stocks can send your customers shopping with the competition. But a well-stocked case can increase sales and consumer confidence. Learn how the Edge Items program from National Beef can help you build incremental sales with ease. Visit NationalBeef.com to learn more.

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Promotional Video: National Beef – Gain the Edge in Your Meat Case

Increase fresh meat case sales the smart way: with less effort.

Meat case out of stocks can send your customers shopping with the competition. But a well-stocked case can increase sales and consumer confidence. Learn how the Edge Items program from National Beef can help you build incremental sales with ease. Visit NationalBeef.com to learn more.

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Promotional Video: National Beef – Gain the Edge in Your Meat Case

Increase fresh meat case sales the smart way: with less effort.

Meat case out of stocks can send your customers shopping with the competition. But a well-stocked case can increase sales and consumer confidence. Learn how the Edge Items program from National Beef can help you build incremental sales with ease. Visit NationalBeef.com to learn more.

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