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Alliance a “plus for sales rates”, says Camposol Agricom Fresh ...

February 25th, 2013

Three years of negotiations finally came to fruition in late January when Peru’s Camposol and Chile’s Agricom officially formed a trading and marketing partnership in Europe, based in the Netherlands. 

The new company will be able to synchronize supply for products the two countries have in common like avocados, grapes, citrus fruits, blueberries and pomegranates; the last two being fairly new from Camposol’s perspective. 

In the medium term the company will likely move on to new products. 

During Fruit Logistica in Berlin, caught up with Camposol Agricom Fresh general manager Sergio Torres Takahashi, who expects the new offering will be a “valid alternative” of direct sourcing for retailers.

Weather conditions and an oversupply of avocados in North America led to a tough trading climate for Camposol in the third quarter of 2012, and since then the Lima-based business has announced a 30% rise in asparagus prices due to higher costs.

Sergio Torres…

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food ...

Grant Cornett for The New York Times


Published: February 20, 2013 

On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and discharged 11 men who controlled America’s largest food companies. 

Nestlé was in attendance, as were Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Mars. 

Rivals any other day, the C.E.O.’s and company presidents had come together for a rare, private meeting. 

On the agenda was one item: the emerging obesity epidemic and how to deal with it. While the atmosphere was cordial, the men assembled were hardly friends. 

Their stature was defined by their skill in fighting one another for what they called “stomach share” — the amount of digestive space that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition.

Grant Cornett for The New York Times; Prop Stylist: Janine Iversen

Grant Cornett for The New York Times

Grant Cornett for The New York Times

James Behnke, a 55-y…