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A third of European fruit and veg ‘too ugly to sell’ – research

A third of European fruit and veg ‘too ugly to sell’ – research

21/08/2018 - 11:32
More than one-third of all fruit and vegetables grown across Europe are discarded every year as they are deemed to be ‘too ugly to sell’, according to research conducted by the University of Edinburgh. read more
Pick n Pay brings more flavour and variety with new fresh offering

Pick n Pay brings more flavour and variety with new fresh offering

21/05/2018 - 13:41
Pick n Pay has relaunched its fresh offering, introducing both new product lines and new packaging, underpinned by its new fresh promise – Perfectly fresh, whatever it takes. The lines will offer something for all tastes and budgets and will be rolled out from this month. read more
Amazon expanding fresh produce sales in fast-growing Indian market

Amazon expanding fresh produce sales in fast-growing Indian market

04/05/2018 - 10:13
Amazon expects groceries and household products to account for more than half of its Indian business in five years, according to Reuters. Amit Agarwal, Amazon’s SVP and Country Manager India, said such products make up the retailer’s largest category in the country by units sold. read more
Italian fruit and vegetable exports set new record

Italian fruit and vegetable exports set new record

18/04/2018 - 15:33
Italian fruit and vegetable exports reached the €5 billion mark last year, growing by 3% compared to 2016, setting a historical record for the sector. read more
Competition Commission takes on fresh produce market agents

Competition Commission takes on fresh produce market agents

12/10/2017 - 09:01
The Competition Commission on Wednesday said that the 50-year-old practice by fresh produce market agents of charging fixed commissions to farmers amounts to price fixing.  read more
Grape harvest larger than 2016’s despite drought, but innovation is key to survival

Grape harvest larger than 2016’s despite drought, but innovation is key to survival

18/07/2017 - 10:26
The drought has, until now, not had a major effect on the wine industry, but adequate rainfall is needed this winter for good vine performance and crop yields for the coming season, wine producer body VinPro says. read more
Innovation drives citrus nursery’s 450% production increase

Innovation drives citrus nursery’s 450% production increase

11/05/2017 - 12:31
In 2014, the Cederberg Tree Nursery produced 100 000 citrus trees a year. Two years later, after its acquisition by ANB Investments, the nursery produces more than 550 000 citrus trees annually. read more
Orange industry in big trouble

Orange industry in big trouble

03/05/2017 - 10:23
The orange industry is facing a “disaster”‚ with up to 40% of navels dropping off trees in the Eastern Cape.  read more
Recognising the value of fresh produce market agents to the industry

Recognising the value of fresh produce market agents to the industry

02/05/2017 - 14:37
As a firm supporter of a free and open market system, PMA endorses competitive practices, which is inclusive of all role players throughout the fresh produce value chain. Fair and transparent price forming mechanisms are critical to bring about equal access to the marketplace. read more
Eastern Cape potato co-ops cash in on commodity boom

Eastern Cape potato co-ops cash in on commodity boom

02/05/2017 - 13:47
Potatoes are the fastest-moving commodity in the Easter Cape’s OR Tambo district, said Ikhona Mvaphantsi, Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) spokesperson.  read more
RSA Group responds to Competition Commission fresh produce allegations

RSA Group responds to Competition Commission fresh produce allegations

30/03/2017 - 15:46
The RSA Group is one of nine firms targeted by the Competition Commission in a number of search and seizure operations carried out at fresh produce markets across the country on the 23rd and 24th of March 2017. read more
Corrugated packaging: The number-one choice

Corrugated packaging: The number-one choice

14/11/2016 - 11:10
A new study has revealed that corrugated packaging keeps produce fresher than plastic, with corrugated fibres helping to trap and stifle microorganisms. read more
FLM promoting good nutrition with collectible veggie plushies

FLM promoting good nutrition with collectible veggie plushies

14/09/2016 - 09:01
Food Lover's Market recently launched The Goodness Gang - a line-up of fresh produce plushies to hero healthy eating and nutrition. The Goodness Gang is designed to help parents of Grade RR to Grade 3 learners teach their kids about the healthy benefits of eating their fruit and veg. The veg characters are available for collection via stickers earned over the course of the six-month campaign. read more
Metal exports soar, Zambia

Metal exports soar, Zambia

17/03/2014 - 09:05
A rise in copper export income has pushed Zambia’s metal export earnings to US$7,086.6 billion from $6.511 billion posted in 2012. The merchandise imports bill also increased to $9,234.8 billion. read more
Wal-Mart Canada plans $500 million expansion

Wal-Mart Canada plans $500 million expansion

19/02/2014 - 11:17
Wal-Mart Canada plans to complete 35 supercenter projects in the company's fiscal year which runs from February 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015. The company also will expand its distribution network to support its growth and will continue to expand its Canadian e-commerce operation.  read more
Ghana to meet with international supermarket groups

Ghana to meet with international supermarket groups

10/02/2014 - 15:51
The Ghanaian-German Economic Association (GGEA) is organising what it calls “a strategic business delegation” to participate in Biofach 2014, the world´s leading fair on organic food and natural cosmetics. read more
Nigerian perishable cargo revenue to surpass oil revenue in 10 years

Nigerian perishable cargo revenue to surpass oil revenue in 10 years

07/01/2014 - 10:13
The Minister of Aviation, Stella Adaeze Oduah, has projected that revenue that will accrue from the export of farm produce by Nigerian farmers through the perishable cargo programme would surpass oil revenue in the next 10 years.  read more
Countdown to new Pick n Pay at V&A Waterfront, opening in November 2013

Countdown to new Pick n Pay at V&A Waterfront, opening in November 2013

08/11/2013 - 15:12
In just under three weeks, Pick n Pay will open its new store at the V&A Waterfront, bringing an unprecedented retail offering to the central Cape Town area. Located in a prime and highly accessible position on the lower level of the Victoria Wharf, the store will start trading at 10am on Thursday 28 November 2013. read more
Tesco vows to curb Britain's food waste

Tesco vows to curb Britain's food waste

28/10/2013 - 09:07
Berlin - Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer, has vowed to cut the near 60 000 tonnes of food wasted by its suppliers and shoppers each year, the latest firm volunteering to help tackle a growing environmental problem. read more
Walmart launches fresh produce initiative

Walmart launches fresh produce initiative

05/06/2013 - 08:17
Bentonville, Ark. – Wal-Mart is launching an initiative to increase the amount of fresh produce on its shelves. The effort includes buying produce directly from growers for immediate shipment to stores, performing independent weekly fresh produce checks at stores and providing fresh produce training for associates.  read more
Pick n Pay to face off with Shoprite

Pick n Pay to face off with Shoprite

15/04/2013 - 09:38
Recognising the strong buying power of emerging markets in Durban’s outer lying suburbs, Pick n Pay has acquired a property in Chatsworth which will see it go head-to-head with competitor Shoprite’s store on the opposite side of the road.  read more
No food price fireworks ahead - economists

No food price fireworks ahead - economists

11/02/2013 - 09:11
Johannesburg - There won’t be food price fireworks this year, but the cost of locally produced fresh produce like fruit and vegetables could potentially soar because of increased labour wages, proposed electricity hikes and surging fuel prices.  read more
Vegetable stores in Kenya survive supermarkets' siege

Vegetable stores in Kenya survive supermarkets' siege

28/01/2013 - 09:53
Kenya has experienced a boom in supermarkets, with the retail outlets rapidly expanding in suburbs and town across the East African nation as competition stiffens. read more
Up to half of world's food wasted

Up to half of world's food wasted

11/01/2013 - 07:43
London - Up to half of all the food produced worldwide ends up going to waste due to poor harvesting, storage and transport methods as well as irresponsible retailer and consumer behaviour, a report said on Thursday.  read more
 Makro revamps stores to compete

Makro revamps stores to compete

30/08/2012 - 09:10
Massmart plans to revamp 10 of its 17 Makro stores, which would thereafter offer fresh produce, butchery items and new brands.  read more
How Massmart, ABI scored in townships

How Massmart, ABI scored in townships

13/08/2012 - 08:42
Bloemfontein – Townships are profitable gold mines, but enterprises must not think they can dispose of their reject products there. read more
SA: Massmart signs up smaller farmers to supply fresh produce

SA: Massmart signs up smaller farmers to supply fresh produce

02/08/2012 - 09:37
South African retailer Massmart’s campaign, to enlist black emerging farmers to supply fresh produce in the company’s string of supermarket chains, kicks off this week in Limpopo. read more
AgriZone puts veggies on Woolies' table

AgriZone puts veggies on Woolies' table

28/05/2012 - 07:53
Durban - It might seem rather strange, but your Woolies veggies may well have been grown at Durban airport.  read more
Massmart pledges R15m for BEE farmers

Massmart pledges R15m for BEE farmers

06/03/2012 - 09:06
Massmart would put up an investment of R15 million to attract more than 1 500 black farmers to its supply chain within the next five years, the retailer said yesterday.  read more
Agribusiness chamber sees price relief ahead

Agribusiness chamber sees price relief ahead

30/01/2012 - 08:42
Expected higher agricultural product prices this season could bring about some relief for food producers, the Agriculture Business Chamber said last week.  read more
Researchers develop whey-based packaging film

Researchers develop whey-based packaging film

17/01/2012 - 09:08
Researchers have come up with a commercially viable method of producing film coatings, on an industrial scale, made from whey protein. read more
Tribunal tells Massmart to tweak deals

Tribunal tells Massmart to tweak deals

19/12/2011 - 09:33
Competition Tribunal chairman Norman Manoim sent Massmart home yesterday without approving its acquisition of Fruitspot and 16 Rhino stores, and asked the retailer and the Competition Commission to tweak conditions to the sales. read more
UN: Food prices stabilising at high levels

UN: Food prices stabilising at high levels

09/12/2011 - 08:19
Milan - Global food prices have been stabilising at high levels and there is still risk that prices can rise, a senior economist at the United Nations food agency said on Thursday after the UN’s food prices index showed a new monthly decline in November. read more