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WORST MONSOON FLOODS IN DECADES AFFECT THAILAND'S MANGO CROP...

'Worst' Thai floods kill 224, threaten Bangkok




by Staff Writers
Bangkok (AFP) Oct 4, 2011






Thailand's worst monsoon floods in decades have killed 224 people and affected three quarters of the country, including part of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, officials said Tuesday.

Authorities were meanwhile battling to stop the floods reaching the centre of low-lying Bangkok, as forecasters warned of more wild weather to come.

"It's the worst flooding yet in terms of the amount of water and people affected," said an official at the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation who preferred not to be named.

Two months of flooding have inundated 58 of 77 provinces -- with 25 still severely affected -- and damaged the homes or livelihoods of millions of people, according to the government.

Wat Chaiwatthanaram, one of Ayutthaya's best-known temples, has been closed to visitors after a makeshift dyke was breached at the former capital, a popular tourist destination north …

COSTCO SWITCHES FROM MEXICAN KEITTS @ $6.99 TO BRAZIL TOMMIES @ $9.99 PER 4KG. CARTON...

COSTCO MAKES THE SWITCH FROM BLEMISHED MEXICAN KEITTS TO CLEAN BRAZIL TOMMIES...







A visit to the local COSTCO store in Vista, California found a switch from Mexican KEITTS @$6.99 for a six count to Brazil TOMMIES @$9.99 for an 8 count. This bumped the per unit price up from $1.165 for the KEITTS to $1.248 for the TOMMIES.





The fruit from Brazil was clean, unlike the blemished fruit from Los Mochis.
The Shipper was MURANAKA from Petrolina, Brazil. They have been stacking 273 boxes per pallet unlie other shippers from Brazil that are staying with a satndard 252 box configuration per pallet.

IMO BLOG ENJOYING UNPRECEDENTED VIEWERSHIP...

Daily Pageviews for past week look like alltime highs for IMO BLOG







The IMO BLOG has been logging daily pageviews for the past seven days that each on their own would have been a new alltime high in any other week in the past six and a half months prior.
The IMO BLOG is enjoying unprecedented viewership.
CREDIT THE NEW LOOK:

In large part these new numbers coincide with the overhaul courtesy of Google of the website.
The crest started two days before the make-over. 
After weeks of daily viewership in the 400-500 range, the numbers started to jump into the high 600 daily pageview range around the 19th & 20th of September. The following week the daily pageview jumped to 757 on the 28th of September.
On the 29th of September, the day of the website upgrade, pageviews set a new alltime high of 927 pageviews. The following day pageviews hit 838. On saturday, the first of October, pageviews rocketed over the 1,000 mark for a total pageview daily record of 1,364!
The 2nd of October saw pageviews …

MANGO SEASON IN FULL SWING IN AUSTRALIA...

It's mango madness season



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

© The Cairns Post







MANGO madness has begun, with lovers of the fruit rushing to supermarkets to grab the first batches of the season.

But Mareeba District Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association president Joe Moro told The Cairns Post mangoes from the Tableland would not be seen in stores until late November or December.

"Some of the shops will source directly from up here," he said.

"Some of the fruit in Woolies and Coles will unfortunately get sold down south and then come up (to the Far North)."

Woolworths fresh food manager Pat McEntee said for the next four weeks, mangoes would be sourced from Darwin.

"To get them to our customers we will commandeer approximately 15 containers to transport more than 40,000 cartons of mangoes as they make their journey by rail through the centre of Australia from Darwin to Adelaide," he said.

From today, Woolworths will drop the price of mangoes to under $3kg to start the…

MODELO A SEGUIR: LA MEJOR PULPA DE FRUTA SE ELABORA EN COLOMBIA...

Salen desde de zona Franca de Barranquilla
Colombia exporta el mejor concentrado de fruta

El potencial exportador que desde un principio visionó la Compañía envasadora del Atlántico, CEA, así como la posibilidad de diversificar a tiempo sus productos aumentado los volúmenes de producción, han sido dos de sus decisiones más salomónicas para competir hoy en 34 mercados distintos.

“Veíamos en la Zona Franca como nuestro sitio natural para instalarnos y desde la misma concepción de la empresa, se planteó que fuera allí puesta”, dijo el gerente comercial de CEA, Sergio A. Karagumechian, al explicar las razones por las cuales la compañía decidió establecer su planta en la Zona Franca de Barranquilla.

El 99% de la producción se exporta a dos de las más grandes compañías de bebidas carbonatas en el mundo, a 8 de las principales industrias de jugo a nivel mundial, a 7 de las firmas más representativas de alimentos para niños y a dos fabricantes mundiales de helados.

El 1% restante, es destinado al…

CRECE PRODUCCION DE MANGO ESPAñOL...

Axarquía
España: El mango lucha por derrocar al cultivo del aguacate


La cosecha de este fruto subtropical puede llegar a duplicarse este año gracias a la continua puesta en marcha de nuevas explotaciones.



En los supermercados y las fruterías de la ciudad ya pueden encontrarse por estas fechas. Por su exótico sabor hay quien pensará que vienen de algún país tropical, pero el camino que han recorrido para llegar hasta la despensa de los malagueños es mucho más corto de lo que cabría imaginar. La Axarquía, junto a la Costa Tropical granadina, se ha convertido en la principal zona productora de mango de toda Europa. La cosecha acaba de arrancar y entre los agricultores se comenta que podría batir todos los récords, duplicando incluso la del año pasado, que fue de 11.000 toneladas.

«Esta campaña promete. Va a ser muy buena», confirma el técnico de Asaja especializado en frutas y hortalizas, Benjamín Faulí. «No ha habido problemas climatológicos ni plagas y cada vez entran en producción más árb…

CHEAPER FOR BRAZIL TO IMPORT FRUIT THAN EXPORT IT...

Brazil becomes net fruit importer


For the first time since 1998, the commercial balance of fruit in Brazil is in the red. In the first eight months of the year, the sector has a deficit of US$43.8 million, according to data from the Secretary of External Commerce (Secex), compiled by the Brazilian Institute of Fruits (Ibraf).

Between January and August 2011, imports of fresh fruit reached US$ 300.8 million, a 34.6% rise regarding the same period of last year. Exports added up to US$ 257 million until August, a drop of 3.3% regarding the first eight months of 2010.

In volume, external sales fell 21.8% in the same period comparison, going from last year’s 419,000 tons to 328,000 tons this year.

The total of imported fruits reached 292,800 tons until August 2011, 26.8% more than the 223,500 tons registered in the same period of last year, among which there’s an emphasis on apple buying, which grew 47.7% and reached the 50,800 tons.

Surprised by the negative outcome, the manager of the Central…

GHANA BETS ON MANGOES AS TOP EXPORT CROP...

EDIF provides funding for mango cultivation



From: Ghana/Daily Graphic 

 Last Updated: October 4, 2011, 1:30 pm








Already, EDIF has invested over GH¢11.7 million in the mango cultivation project


The Export Development and Investment Fund (EDIF) has provided funds for the cultivation of over 5,000 acres of mango in the Brong Ahafo, Volta, Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions this year.

This is to give meaning to the government’s plans to champion mango cultivation in the Savannah areas and other parts of the country as a mechanism to increase farmer incomes and combat rural poverty.

Already, EDIF has invested over GH¢11.7 million in the project and its goal is to ensure that a total of 20,000 acres of mango plantations are cultivated by 2013.

The Board Chairman of EDIF, Prof. Francis Dodoo, made this known at an interactive meeting with beneficiary farmers of the EDIF mango project.

The meeting was organised to enable the board and management of the EDIF to have first-hand information…

tacler.com EUROPEAN MARKET REPORT (October 04, 2011)

Prices are courtesy of our friends at tacler.com (mango discussion group)
Join today at:   www.tacler.com



Supply exceeds demand as Brazil supplies are plentiful. 
Top of market for Brazil mangoes is 4.00 euros, down over two euros per 4kg carton in past month.
Spanish mango growers fight to defend top of the market....


Prices are in Euros,FOT, near Rotterdam.




Brazilian Tommy Mangoes:
 5s around 3, 6s from 3 to 3.75, 
7s from 3 to 3.75, 
8s from 3.75 to 4.50, 
9s around 3.75, 
10s from 3.75 to 4.50, 
12s around 3.75




Spanish Osteen Mangoes:
 size 5s around 8.50,
6s around 8, 
7s around 9.25, 
8s around 10, 
9s around 9.75

GOVERNMENT OF THE PHILIPPINES THROWS FULL SUPPORT TO MANGO INDUSTRY...

Philippine mango industry gets backing


By NONOY E. LACSON
October 4, 2011, 2:35pm


GUMASA, Glan, Sarangani, Philippines — Agriculture Secretary Proseso Alcala guaranteed growers of Philippine mango with his department’s support as he graced the 13th National Mango Congress at Isla Jardin del Mar resort in Gumasa.

“Rest assured that the DA (Department of Agriculture) will continue with support programs including the establishment and rehabilitation of nurseries and foundation scion grove, household and village processing assistance and crop
improvement especially for climate change adaptability,” Alcala told 322 registered delegates on Friday at the closing of the three-day mango congress here.

Alcala reported a seven percent growth in the annual production of mangoes in 2010 which was reportedly “prompted by the continuous flower induction in Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Bicol Region and all the Visayas regions.”

However, a decline of 5.3 percent during the early months this year was noted. He…

NEW BID APPEARS FOR AGREXCO...AS "BOTTOM FISHING" FOR FORMER AGRICULTURAL GIANT BEGINS...

Flower Board submits new NIS 17m bid for Agrexco



The Tel Aviv District Court was set to award the company to the sole NIS 16.1 million cash bid by flower grower Gideon Bickel.

2 October 11 15:56, Avi Shauly





Sources inform ''Globes'' that the Flower Board of Israel and US investor Ahron Forem today submitted a new NIS 17 million bid for Agrexco with the Tel Aviv District Court. 
Tomorrow, the court was due to declare the NIS 16.1 million cash bid by flower grower Gideon Bickel as the company's new owner.

Agrexco's liquidators, Adv. Amit Lederman and Evyatar Kramer will appear Tel Aviv District Court Judge Varda Alshech, who is due to announce the sale of Agrexco and its assets as a going concern.

Bickel Group Export and Trade Ltd. and Orian SM Ltd. (TASE:ORIN) are offering NIS 16.1 million in cash for Agrexco, plus future payments derived from future sales proceeds by Agrexco up to a total offer of NIS 40 million. Agrexco workers committee chairman Shaul Tzivoni said …

MANGOES LOSE ANOTHER FIXED MARKET...AS MIDDLE EAST TRADERS SWITCH TO CONSIGNMENT METHOD OF BUSINESS...

Middle Eastern fruit market shifting to consignment deals



October 4th, 2011


A Middle East fruit market expert says the trend of oversupply in the region is changing the trade dynamic from traditional fixed price deals to consignment arrangements.







G.F. Marketing director David Pearce toldwww.freshfruitportal.com the shift has been a decade in the making with the onset of more fruit providers

“The Middle East has always been a fixed price market, fewer traders allowed that they could take a stock risk and normally ended up making a profit, and hence there was no need for a consignment based market,” says the South African national.

“As South Africa has increased shipments of pome fruit, stonefruit, citrus fruits and grapes to the Middle East, so has Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Egypt, Spain, France and other suppliers to the market, and this has caused that there are surpluses rather than shortages in the market.

“I do believe that if this trend of oversupply keeps continuing, the Middle E…

ROUBINI: CHINA HEADED FOR "SPECTACULAR" CRASH...WHERE WILL ALL THE MANGOES DESTINED FOR CHINA END UP ???...

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China Monthly: A Complex and Tightly Coupled System Headed for Failure

By Adam Wolfe: China’s economy is an interactively complex system in which the component sectors are tightly coupled, putting China at risk of a spectacular economic crash should one or more of these sectors begin to fail…and all are heading in that direction. 
We look at the state of China’s property markets, sovereign debts, commercial banking sector, exports, central bank and domestic politics through the lens of normal accident theory (Charles Perrow), judging their risk of failure and degree of coupling. Nearly all of these sectors have become more brittle and susceptible to failure since the Great Recession started in 2008 and each relies more heavily on the others than it did before as well.

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Japanese Corporate Sentiment Improves in Q3 2011; Outlook Remains Subdued

In Q3 2011, the Bank of Japan's (BoJ) quarterly Tankan survey showed an improvement in corporate sentiment, as the diffus…