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Machinery hiccup hits Colombian pitahaya exports to Korea, Japan

Despite a free trade agreement (FTA) coming into effect between Colombia and South Korea, a machinery deconfiguration has put dragon fruit exports to the country and Japan on hold along with U.S. negotiations. Grower group Asoppitaya is seeking investments to rehabilitate its vapor heat treatment (VHT) equipment to get back on track with these prospective markets. 

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When www.freshfruitportal.com visited Asoppitaya’s packing plant in Pereira in August last year, the group’s general manager Sandra Garcia was excited for an upcoming inaugural shipment to South Korea.

But it did not come to pass.

“Last year we managed to have everything ready to export to Korea, but unfortunately we had an electrical failure and the machine was deconfigured,” she says.

The VHT machinery is supposed to keep the fruit, also known as pitahaya, at 46°C (115°F) for approximately three hours to meet the East Asian country’s specifications.

The treatment is also required for exports to Japan, and forms a vital part of negotiations for U.S. access.

“We didn’t manage to configure it because it has to be done by a Japanese technician, so our attempt failed.

“It cost us a lot of money but we’re still going to try again and we’re looking for foreign investment to bring a Japanese technician.

“It’s a large investment that has to be made in repairs, we’re talking about US$ 50,000 and as small growers for us that’s a lot of money.”

Garcia says discussions are underway with a South Korean company to provide the capital necessary to get the machine back on track, but she is open to further support.

She hopes the funding can be secured for repairs by the end of this year, getting the machine operational for the 2017 season.

In the 2015-16 deal, Asoppitaya exported 28 metric tons (MT) of pitahayas worldwide, to markets including Hong Kong, Singapore, Brazil, Canada.

When asked about the FTA with South Korea, Garcia says tariffs will be gradually reduced to zero over the next five years, and she will also try to use the agreement to improve some aspects of the export protocol.

“Specifically for pitahaya, the phytosanitary rules are not negotiated as it’s a sovereign right of every country. But what can be negotiated in line with the FTA would be the reduction of some costs to be able to comply with the rules,” she says.

“In this case it’d be about organizing the feesof the inspector which are very high, between transport, food, overseas calls. It cost us almost 30 million pesos (US$ 10,230).

“An important message is that as small growers and business, we want to know the opportunities of every agreement very well. A lot of the time growers don’t make the most of these agreements because they’re not known in the productive sector.”

What else could benefit from the Colombia-South Korea FTA?

In a search of Korea International Trade Organization (KITO) statistics, bananas appeared as the main fruit crop Colombia has shipped to the country in the past.

However, the last registered exports were in 2013 when 164MT were shipped, down from 360MT in 2011 and a much higher figure of 908MT almost two decades prior in 1993.

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Apple fire blight hits 90% of Nova Scotia orchards

Apple fire blight hits 90% of Nova Scotia orchards

Nova Scotia apple growers are fighting an outbreak of fire blight that threatens next year’s crops. The bacterium likely arrived with tropical storm Arthur and has affected nearly every orchard in the province.

While this year’s apples are healthy and nearly ready for harvesting, thousands of new trees have been badly damaged.

Andy Parker planted thousands of trees in his Berwick orchard last year, but they were badly damaged by the blight. The trees were essentially pruned into twigs in an effort to cut out the blight.

“Probably between 1,000 and 2,000 trees. Maybe even a little higher than that. Depends on how they survive the winter,” he said.

Robert Peill’s Port Williams orchard suffered too. “In this block there, about 700 trees that are gone. And there is no hope for what you see here. That’s pretty well dead stuff,” he said.
90% of orchards hit

Chris Duyvelshoff, a horticulturist with the Crown agency Perennia, said it was a dire situation.   “The worst we’ve ever experienced here in Nova Scotia. Over 90 per cent of the orchards are affected in some way,” he said.

Pruning in the weeks after Arthur helped limit some of the damage on mature trees but the new ones were too small to survive. “We are talking roughly in the neighbourhood of about 10,000 trees industry-wide,” he said.

Apple growers hope the worst of the blight is over, and that some of the trees will recover to bear fruit next year.

Source: cbc.ca

Publication date: 9/5/2014


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Poland takes most of the hits

Eastern Europe’s exports to Russia
Poland takes most of the hits

The Freshfel data also provide a deeper insight into the fruit and vegetable exports from the EU to Russia. It reveals what products were exported to Russia by each country, in what volumes and for how many dollars. Today, Eastern Europe, especially Poland, which has been hit hard.

Eastern Europe, especially Poland exports many
Of the Eastern European countries, Poland was by far the largest exporter to Russia. Of the sixteen most exported products, Hungary has the twelfth place; the other fifteen places are taken by Polish exports. Apples are clearly on top, with over 705,000 tonnes. Second are cabbages with 70,000 tonnes. For most Polish products on the top the export volumes increased compared to 2012. Only for pears and mushrooms did the volume drop.

Hungary, on the twelfth place, reaches this position with the export of sour cherries. In 2013, the country exported 4,200 tonnes of cherries; a year earlier it had shipped 4850 tonnes.

In dollars, Eastern Europe shows a similar picture. Besides the tenth place, occupied by Hungary, the top 17 are taken by Polish products. The most revenue was made by Poland’s apple exports, with more than 389 million Euro, followed by mushrooms, tomatoes and pears with 62, 52 and 38 million respectively. Hungarian sour cherry exports made a total of 5.8 million Euro.

Publication date: 9/4/2014


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Phil Lempert’s New Products Hits & Misses (video)

Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert samples five new products this week: biscotti bites; hydration replenishing drink; green pepper hot sauce; mustard and onion tortilla chips; and peanut butter with honey.

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Phil Lempert’s New Products Hits & Misses (video)

Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert samples five new products this week: chocolate pretzel ice cream topping; cookies and cream ice cream bar; whiskey-infused ice cream; banana vanilla frozen yogurt; vanilla caramel gelato.

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Phil Lempert’s New Products Hits & Misses (video)

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Phil Lempert’s New Products Hits & Misses (video)

Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert samples five new products this week: Fruity Farts Candy; chocolate cream-filled biscuit sticks; baked snack bites, bruschetta flavor; smoked paprika and chipotle rub; and a pineapple-mango 10-calorie beverage.

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India: EU mango import ban hits DHL

India: EU mango import ban hits DHL

A ban on import of Indian mangoes by the European Union has affected shipment volume of the ‘king of fruits’ sent via DHL Mango Express. In May, shipments from India were suspended after consignments were found infested with fruit flies.

Media reports said that annually the UK alone imports around £6.3 million worth Indian mangoes, roughly 10 per cent of the total UK mango market worth £68 million.

Due to the ban, the company delivered only around 400 shipments to global customers this year as against about 1,200 in the last couple of years, according to Rs. Subramanian, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DHL Express.

Some companies gifted the ‘king of fruit’ to customers overseas, he said.

DHL started the Mango Express service in 2004 as a hassle-free solution, including selecting the Devgadh Alphonso mangoes, getting phytosanitary certification, packaging, documentation, customs clearance and doorstep delivery.

Mangoes are chosen on the basis of transit and clearance time to ensure the fruits are ‘ripe-in-time’ when delivered. The mango gift packs are connected via the first available flight. DHL Express Easy shipments containing mangoes are sent with either one- or two-dozen mangoes.

Charges vary from ₹5,000 to ₹7,500 a dozen. Mangoes came free to customers as part of Express Easy Mango service, he said.

Source: thehindubusinessline.com

Publication date: 7/7/2014


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Sunshine Sweet Corn hits record levels

The industry witnessed more sweet corn shipping records broken in the Sunshine State this spring. As most of the country experienced one of the coldest springs on record, Florida’s spring deal saw a sluggish start capped off by another record May, with consecutive week totals that exceeded 1.6 million crates shipped. sunshinesseetThe Sunshine Sweet Corn Farmers of Florida and its members have helped to drive this movement by supporting an integrated marketing campaign that reaches multiple audiences across a variety of channels.

“We faced a variety of obstacles, including extended cold in the North U.S. and trucking challenges during a critical period,” Paul Allen, SSCFF president, said in a press release. “Despite that, we shipped nearly 7.8 million crates in April and May.”

The quality of Sunshine Sweet Corn was cited by many retailers as a driving force behind this growth in spring corn sales. Third-party inspections, funded by SSCFF members, have helped to guarantee consistent high-quality throughout the season, and a strong marketing campaign has driven consumer demand.

“When you are able to drive purchase and deliver a great-tasting product to the market, you have the recipe for a successful season, regardless of the challenges you face,” Allen said in the release.

“As an industry, we have invested significant time and resource to change the perception of sweet corn as just a summer vegetable and improve attitudes toward spring corn,” Ted Wanless, chair of SSCFF’s marketing committee, said in the release. “Through an integrated campaign that has included outreach to trade, media, influencers and consumers, we have been able to grow sales in the face of hyper-local and seasonal trends.”

This year’s program included a television advertising campaign in partnership with Fresh From Florida, which aired in three markets: Indianapolis, Buffalo and Raleigh-Durham, NC.

Its marketing agency, PadillaCRT, secured coverage for fresh spring corn in national and local print and online media that reached over 100 million consumers in April and May. Further investment in online initiatives resulted in more than 60,000 visits to sunshinesweetcorn.com, and a successful Pinterest contest generated more than 60,000 pins and repins, and 9 million impressions across the platform.

Sunshine Sweet Corn is grown in Florida from premium non-GMO seed varieties that are reviewed and approved each year.

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Great Big Idaho Potato Truck hits the road with health message for women

The head-turning, jaw-dropping Great Big Idaho Potato Truck is back on the road for its third consecutive cross-country tour with a new message for women: Take care of your heart.

The five-month 2014 Big Idaho Potato Truck Tour kicked off in Boise, ID, with waves, cheers and hugs from the students of Riverside Elementary School and salutes from soldiers at the Air Force Base in Mountain Home.

In 2011, fresh Idaho potatoes were certified by the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check Food Certification Program by meeting the program’s nutrition requirements and they now bear the highly recognized and respected Heart-Check mark on the packaging.

This recognition is profoundly helpful in reminding consumers that Idaho potatoes can be a part of their everyday diet. Knowing that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women (mothers, sisters, daughters, friends) and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined, it’s more important than ever that women understand the role both diet and exercise play in achieving a healthy lifestyle.

“The Idaho Potato Commission’s support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement provides another new and exciting way we can remind consumers, especially women, of the nutritional benefits Idaho potatoes offer,” Frank Muir, president and chief executive officer of the Idaho Potato Commission, said in a press release. “In addition to a new charity beneficiary, we’ve rebranded the truck so it showcases fresh Idaho potatoes prepared in various ways and creatively communicates the potato’s nutritional benefits.”

“The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is grateful to the Idaho Potato Commission for supporting us in our fight against heart disease in women,” Bernie Dennis, chairman of the American Heart Association national board of directors, added in the press release. “This is an exciting opportunity for the Idaho Potato Commission to help educate consumers on ways they can prevent heart disease through diet and exercise.”

In 2014, the truck will visit 26 states and travel close to 19,000 miles during a five-month period. The truck and its seasoned traveling Tater Team will stop at high traffic events like the Kentucky Derby, the Art Car Parade and Festival in Houston and the 55th World Lumberjack Competition in Hayward, WI. In between events, the truck will visit key retailers and foodservice operators, and local places of interest it finds along the way.

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