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UNITED KINGDOM : Supermarket giant Tesco poised to sell Western Australian mangoes

WA Country Hour By Tom Edwards

Updated 32 minutes ago

PHOTO: Mangoes hanging in a tree in Australia's Top End. (Ben Collins)

MAP: Kununurra 6743

Mangoes from Western Australia could soon be appearing on Tesco supermarket shelves in the United Kingdom.

00:00 AUDIO: Mangoes from Western Australia are set to be sold in Tesco supermarkets in the United Kingdom (ABC Rural)

The WA Department of Agriculture and Food is working with the retailer on improving fruit handling practises to extend shelf life.

It is using mangoes imported to the UK from Pakistan as test subjects, as they are physically similar to Australian mangoes.

Because Australian mangoes have a different season to Pakistan, it is envisaged they will help keep UK consumers in steady year-round supply.

DAFWA research officer Pete Johnson recently returned from the UK and said he would like to see some WA mangoes exported there this season.

"There's huge potential and part of the work we've been doing has really be…

FALL OUT : Epidemic of sea mammal deaths explodes as Fukushima radiation contaminates one-third of the earth

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 
by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Dead and dying sea mammals continue to wash ashore at unusual and alarming rates along the California coast. Scientists are stumped, suggesting that the cause may be food shortages caused by abnormally warm waters - but unsure of what has caused the ocean off the California coast to warm so rapidly.

Meanwhile, the radioactive plume released into the Pacific Ocean following the Fukushima nuclear disaster draws ever closer to North America's western coast. At the same time, radioactive material is still pouring into the sea from the Fukushima site. Could the ongoing radioactive poisoning of the Pacific and the dying of its marine mammals be related?

Whales, dolphins now affected

On July 6, San Francisco news outlets reported the discovery of a large dead dolphin that had washed ashore at nearby Ocean Beach. While one death might not be particularly unusual, a dead sea lion pup and a dead adult elephant seal were …

NMB : National Mango Board to host web seminar on mango quality

By Doug Ohlemeier

August 19, 2015 | 9:49 am EDT

To educate people on handling and quality, the National Mango Board is scheduling another web seminar.

Scheduled for August 25th, the meeting plans to discuss mango postharvest disorders and best practices at importing facilities and retail distribution centers.

Every step in the mango supply chain from tree to a consumer’s plate represents an opportunity to improve quality and the board has invested in research to provide understanding on how to improve quality through better production and postharvest and handling practices, according to a news release.

Jeffrey Brecht of the University of Florida and Patrick Brecht from PEB Commodities are scheduled to speak with Jeffrey Brecht set to discuss mango fruit disorders including fruit decay, surface defects, internal breakdown symptoms, chilling and heat injury as well as ripening disorders.

Patrick Brecht plans to cover best practices at import facilities and retail distribution centers includin…

What does the expansion of the Suez Canal tell us about global trade?

By Satya Savitzky
Aug 19 2015

Egypt has opened a second lane to the Suez Canal amid much fanfare. 

The US$8 billion dollar expansion adds 35km of new channels to the existing canal and another 35km where existing bodies of water were dredged to make way for larger ships

This will supposedly increase capacity from 50 transits a day to 97 and cut waiting times from 18 to 11 hours, which the Suez Canal Authority claims will more than double annual revenue to US$13.2 billion by 2023.

By cutting the distance between Europe and Asia by 43%, the Suez Canal’s opening in 1869 dramatically lowered the cost of moving goods between the two continents. 

Suez – like the Panama Canal, which is also currently undergoing expansion – drew distant places together, facilitated the expansion of national economies, and accelerated globalisation.

Yet in the 21st century, driven largely by growth in China’s manufacturing exports, there are now many more ships plying the sea lanes. And these ships are increasing i…

Peru increased biannual mango exports by 26.2%

According to Comexperu, since 2010, mango exports have been growing at an average annual rate of 11.5 percent.

Despite the 15.5% drop suffered by Peruvian exports in the first six months of 2015, shipments of fresh or dried mango, which amounted to $151 million dollars, increased by 26.2% year on year in the same period. The mango was the third non-traditional agricultural product with the highest export value between January and June of this year, according to Comexperu.

Regarding the main markets, 41% of the mango exports were made to the Netherlands ($62 million dollars), 30% to the United States ($45 million), and 11% to the United Kingdom ($16 million).

Among the main exporters of mangoes are Dominus and Camposol, both with shipments of nearly US $11 million each; Sunshine Export, with $10 million dollars , and Frutos Tropicales del Norte and FLP del Peru, with $7 million dollars each .

According to Comexperu, another product that has also contributed to the growth of non-traditional…