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JAPAN : In chilly Hokkaido, farmer uses hot spring to grow premier mangoes

Mango farmer Mitsumune Murata shows off produce that his friends doubted he could grow. | KYODO




JAN 21, 2016

KUSHIRO, HOKKAIDO – In the cold, snowy town of Teshikaga, Hokkaido, Mitsumune Murata was contemplating how to make use of a plot of land with a hot spring when he came up with a unique idea: mangoes.

Murata is a big fan of onsen (spas), but did not feel like constructing a hot springs facility as there already were many in the neighborhood’s Mashu Onsen area. So he decided to use that thermal energy to heat greenhouses instead.

Perhaps because the tropical fruit was too far removed from the common image of wintry Hokkaido, friends he consulted were all skeptical of his plan and said the business would not work. The negative responses just made him more determined to give it a try.

“Since everyone is saying this is (unfeasible), I thought it would be rather interesting if I actually succeed in making it happen,” the 63-year-old president of Farm People, a loc…

Peruvian ‘Sun mango’ proves an unexpected hit in Chinese second tier cities

January 21 , 2016

The Peruvian Embassy in China recently co-hosted a tasting event for the country's 'Sun' mangoes, which have been air-freighted to the market and have sold quickly in a range of regions.

Importer Shanghai FCD Industrial Co was the other host, and its general manager Hao Yu told the group was targeting wholesale markets in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and other major cities, along with efforts in retail, e-commerce and WeChat-based distribution channels.

He added Shenyang, Dalian, Harbin, Chongqing and many second-tier cities had also seen unexpected popularity with Sun mangoes, which are of the Kent variety.

The company has opened an office in the northern Peruvian mango-growing region of Piura to be close to supply, but Hao is contemplating a move to Lima to be closer to the airport.

When asked about pricing, the importer said it would be toward the higher end of the spectrum due to the cost of air freight, however in the early stages…

The Specter of Donald Trump Is Haunting Davos

Jeff Black Jeffrey_Black

January 21, 2016 — 1:46 AM PST

Donald Trump Hits Ted Cruz, Says'Goldman Sachs Owns Him'

Concerns over protectionism and U.S. reputation bubble up

Ex-White House advisor still thinks Trump will be nominee

If Donald Trump as president of the United States is the ghost that’s stalking Davos, many among the global elite hope he’ll be banished by spring. Others see that as wishful thinking.

“I think the nominees will be Donald Trump for the Republicans and Hillary Clinton”for the Democrats, Donald Baer, a former White House adviser under President Bill Clinton, said at a panel co-hosted by Bloomberg and WPP Plc.

“The next year will be a very uncertain, chaotic period.”

Eric Cantor, left, Donald Baer, center, and Martin Sorrell speak at Davos.
Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

The prospect of Trump in the White House is ratcheting up anxiety among the 2,500 business and political leaders gathered at the Swiss ski resort for the annual World Economic Forum. With les…

AFTER 11 YEARS, A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION : Mango board adds to retail staff

By Andy Nelson
January 21, 2016 | 2:10 pm EST

Tim Beerup (upper left) has joined three others in the Orlando-based National Mango Board's retail group. Beerup joins (clockwise from upper right) Katie Manetti, Wendy McManus and Cece Krumrine.

Photo by National Mango Board

The National Mango Board has added to its retail staff.

Tim Beerup joins three others in the Orlando-based board’s retail group, according to a news release.

Beerup will work with retailers in the central U.S. His territory covers Texas through the Midwest. Beerup has a strong background in retail and wholesale produce, according to the release.

The other members of the board’s retail staff include Cece Krumrine (northeast), Katie Manetti (west) and Wendy McManus (southeast).

17 Reasons Why You Need a Mango Every Day

by Mae Chan

Mangoes may very well be the king of all fruits. They fight cancer, alkalize the body, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes, help digestion, clean your skin, and make the perfect snack. Here are 17 healthy reasons why you should be eating a mango every day.

Nutrition chart

One cup of mangoes (225 gms contain) contains the following percentages that apply to daily value.

105 calories

76 percent vitamin C (antioxidant and immune booster)

25 percent vitamin A (antioxidant and vision)

11 percent vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins (hormone production in brain and heart disease prevention)

9 percent healthy probiotic fibre

9 percent copper (copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes plus production of red blood cells)

7 percent potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)

4 percent magnesium

1. Fights cancer
Antioxidants like quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat present in mango protect the body against colon, breast, leukemia an…