Sources in Malatya, Turkey, report that the apricot trees started blossoming 20 days earlier than usual at the beginning of March, following a very mild winter.  The sudden frost that occurred on the nights of March 30 and 31 did therefore cause much more dama...

Russia's burgeoning berry product market

Russia's growing berry product market Russia is emerging as a booming market for fresh and processed berries, according to the USDA.A fast-paced lifestyle with emphasis on eating on-the-go, increasing interest in health and functional food, and a g...

Brazil records upturn in cashew nut prices

Prices of cashew nuts in all principal producer states in Brazil have increased in March compared with 12 months ago.Prices went up by 21% to BRL1.81 (USD0.80) per kilo in Ceará, while the price increase in the...

Global tomato production rise in 2014 driven by China and EU

Tomatoes Global processing tomato production is expected to increase by 18% this year, driven by a significant rise in output from a number of major producers.Total tomato production for the 2014 calendar year is foreca...

Brazil increases peanut crop forecast

Peanuts, lots of 'em Brazil’s National Supply Company (CONAB) raised its 2014 national peanut harvest forecast to 322,000 tonnes in April, up 11% from the 289,400 tonnes announced in an earlier survey in March. Despite the sizeable...

Brazil nut market has major difficulties

Brazil nuts 01 The brazil nut market is expected to face continued supply difficulties over the coming months, after severe floods in Bolivia earlier this year.In an April 7 market report Freeworld Trading warned of major cha...

Editorial: A fat chance

All this sugar bashing may be a bane to the fruit juice industry – but the focus shifting away from fat is a boon for nuts.Last autumn, Swedish scient...

Better rainfall will improve Thai crop conditions

Rains increased across much of Thailand this past month. Amounts have been 0.5 to 2”, locally 10”.Rainfall is expected to be a bit light across the re...

Spanish tomato factory sale approved

Spain’s group of cooperatives, Acorex has reportedly made a new step towards the sale of its tomato processing company, Tomates de Miajadas (Tómix), l...

Safety concerns affect China strawberry trade

Chinese frozen strawberry exports to Europe registered a marked decline last year, as customers in both importing markets and trading hubs opted to so...

Polish strawberry exports picking up in 2013

Polish exports of frozen strawberries to the leading destination, Germany, picked up slightly in 2013 after two years of decline.Total exports to Germ...

Billion profit losses for Co-op in 2013

Britain’s Co-operative Group recorded losses of GBP2.5 billion in 2013 (USD4.2 bln), a year that marked the company’s worst performance since its foun...

PepsiCo CSD sales fall

PepsiCo, like Coca-Cola, is being affected by the general slowdown in developed markets of carbonated soft drinks sales.Beverage volumes for the Pepsi...

Spanish tomato paste may be cheaper than Italian this year

Tomato paste may be significantly cheaper in Spain than in rival Italy this year, due to the difference in raw material price in the two countries. Doubts remain on Spain...

New banana puree plant will ramp up Guatemalan output

Guatemalan processing company, Antigua Processors, has opened a large banana puree factory which will double its output. FOODNEWS was invited to the opening ceremony on A...

Demand still firm for US juice apples

Trading in Michigan juice apples is reported as “fairly active” in the USDA’s latest National Apple Processing report.The report places prices around eight US c...

Hungary sells more sweet corn to France

Hungary shipped significantly more canned sweet corn in 2013.Unsurprisingly, given that French sweet corn giant Bonduelle has factories there, the chief benefic...

Freak snowstorms damage Serbian raspberry crop

Freak snowstorms in mid-April have surprised Serbian raspberry producers in central and west Serbia and caused losses initially projected at around EUR15 millio...

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India has positive view on peanut exports

India had a very successful winter crop of peanuts both in terms of volume and quality, Kishore Tanna, chairman of the Indian Oilseeds and Produce Export Promot...

South Africa prunes raisins demand markets

New cultivars will benefit South African raisins

Shorter Turkish production and a drought in California may create opportunities for smaller raisin producers – but South Africa is forging its own path, Dappie ...

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Moroccan strawberry crop start slowly as prices stable

Adverse weather has affected the start of the strawberry crop in Morocco, where fruit development has been slow, but demand for frozen strawberries is reportedl...

Fruit mixed

Brazil must find new fresh fruit markets

Brazil’s fruit sector has enjoyed a very good run for the past two years and the priority now is to try to open new markets to diversify export destinations, an...

Drones to monitor tomato crop

Tomato transplantings have started in Lombardy, northern Italy, where this year a fleet of drones will be used to keep track of growing areas and monitor crop p...

Rise in Japanese supermarket sales

Japanese supermarket sales in fiscal 2013 rose 0.8% from 2012 on a same-store basis, to post the first increase in 17 years, according to the Japan Chain Stores...

Unpredictability is predicted

And Argentina has just seen another crop damaged because of a sudden burst of intensely bad weather, in this case rain, which dumped a year’s worth of rainfall ...