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VIEWER COMMENTS: DANIEL GAUTHIER (C.H. ROBINSON (MONTREAL))

Good morning !
I am the new buyer and salesmen for stone fruits for Montreal, Ottawa. 
Our customers are chain stores, wholesalers and processors if you are looking for a reliable house to represent you in our area do not hesitate to call me or e-mail me.
We care for the shipper if there’s a problem we go and see the product we take pictures and make a report directly to you.  
Regards
PS: we do full line of fruits and vegetables organics and conventional.

Daniel Gauthier
Montreal Branch #467 -'(514) 381-7404 /7(514) 381-7758 –È(514) 983-9995
*daniel.gauthier@chrobinson.com

BEST CHEFS: JAMES A BEARD FOUNDATION HANDS OUT THE AWARDS

May 10, 2011, 10:36 AM
Eleven Madison Park, ABC Kitchen and Gabrielle Hamilton Win James Beard AwardsBy FLORENCE FABRICANTCasey Kelbaugh for The New York TimesGabrielle Hamilton, second from right, was named Best Chef for New York City on Monday evening at the James Beard awards ceremony . Amid the all heartfelt Oscar-style thank-you speeches Monday evening at the annual James Beard Foundation Awards, Gabrielle Hamilton’s remarks came as a cold shower.  The chef and owner of Prune in the East Village, who was named Best Chef for New York City, looked sleek in creamy satin, apologized for not having prepared a speech, and said: “All you have to do is open a can of sardines and a box of Triscuits, call it a signature dish, and you get Best Chef New York City.”
http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/10/eleven-madison-park-abc-kitchen-andgabrielle-hamilton-win-james-beard-awards/?smid=tw-nytimesdining&seid=auto

WEST AFRICAN NATION HOPES RIDING ON THE MANGO

Huge sense of anticipation in Sierra 
Leone as President Koroma ignites 
hope in the country’s future

Published on May 10, 2011 by Cocorioko News   ·   No Comments By KABS KANU :

 The 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations have demonstrated without any iota of doubt that hope eternal has sprung in the hearts of all Sierra Leoneans.

 For a whole nation and its citizens in the diaspora to be so united in their celebrations, it means that national pride and national love for the country has been reborn and the credit goes to President Ernest Koroma whose inspiring leadership and achievements under his AGENDA FOR CHANGE Program have given Sierra Leoneans hope that regardless of whatever the problems our nation is facing today there is a light at the end of the tunnel.


http://www.cocorioko.net/?p=10696



EUPHORIA IN INDIA AS LONG WAIT IS OVER FOR KING ALPHONSO

Time for the king of fruit Neeta Lal (Issues)

11 May 2011 Indian streets are flooded these days with the ‘King of Fruits’ aka Mangifera indica or what you and me call mangoes.  Countless varieties—from the melt-in-the-mouth Alphonso ($5 a pop) to the fibrous Chausa, the tantalising Totapari to the sumptuous Safeda – are all lolling in vendors’ baskets like incandescent eggs in a bird’s nest.
Oozing ambrosial juices and complex flavours, much of the fruit will be pureed to create refreshing drinks that will make India’s catatonic heat a tad more bearable.  Large batches of raw mangoes will be pickled in fragrant condiments and savoured with hot parathas (flaky bread) spelling gastronomic heaven.  Rolled out into glutinous sheets called aam papad, mangoes will be a price pick for NRIs winging their way back to their foreign homes.  And mango chutney?  How can one feasibly describe the uber taste of this delectable sweet-sour concoction, flecked with cardamom and roasted cumin, that graces table…

MANGOES ARE KEY TO SIERRA LEON'S FUTURE

West Africa Rising: Leaders tout Sierra Leone's first value-added factory since the warMango juice concentrate is now churning out of a factory’s gleaming steel machinery in Sierra Leone. It's the country's first significant value-added export since it fell into civil war in 1991. Sierra Leone's president, Ernest Koroma (c.), shakes hands with a worker at the Africa Felix Juice factory in Newton, Sierra Leone on May 5 as the site manager, Giorgia Calanca (l.), welcomes him. Paige McClanahan


















http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/Africa-Monitor/2011/0510/West-Africa-Rising-Leaders-tout-Sierra-Leone-s-first-value-added-factory-since-the-war


MANGO SEASON IN JAMAICA

It's early on a weekday morning, and Chippie the plumber from Old Harbour, St Catherine, is preparing his lunch for the long day ahead. He's standing at the side of the road at a place called Innswood, not far from his Old Harbour home, looking up at a large mango tree. "Mi full two bag already. Mi just ah meck sure put on likkle brawta cause dem bwoy too beggy beggy," said Chippie. 
He was wearing a plaid, long-sleeved shirt and a pair of baggy jeans pants. I was standing next to him, looking up at the tree that was full of green and yellow mangoes. "Ah common mango dem," said Chippie. "Mi like East Indian, but yuh nah go find East Indian ah grow wild ah dem place yah," he said.
http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20110510/life/life1.html






BIG STEP FORWARD FOR USA - COLOMBIA TRADE & TRANSPORTATION

U.S., Colombia Sign Open Skies AgreementPOSTED BY JOSE W. FERNANDEZ / MAY 10, 2011
Jose W. Fernandez serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs.
Earlier today, Under Secretary William J. Burns signed an Open Skies Air Transport agreement with Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin.

LINKEDIN KEEPING UP WITH THE SOCIAL MEDIA SURGE IN BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS

A few weeks ago we noticed a huge surge in Business Insider traffic coming from LinkedIn.
Being the journalists we are, we naturally asked ourselves "Why is this happening?" Then we went straight to the source. It turns out LinkedIn has been adding more and more social features that make sharing news and links with professionals in a specific industry easier than ever.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-make-the-most-out-of-linkedin-2011-5#ixzz1LzSpSrQn

UNREST IN THE LAND OF ALPHONSOS

Grown mainly in the narrow strip of land between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea in the scenic Konkan region of India, the Alphonso mangoes are considered king among the several varieties that flood the market during the mango season. 


Known for their delectable flavour, richness of meaty texture and sweetness they are coveted all over the world.


 In 2007, the US traded off the restrictions for its imports against export of Harley Davidsons to the burgeoning Indian market. 




It is this Alphonso land that is seemingly is today in a state of war.




http://www.groundreport.com/World/Unrest-in-Alphonso-land/2938894





THE PROMOTION TOOL THAT TOPS MARKETS USES

Top Stories » Headlines » Technology May 10, 2011 Tops Markets Renews Agreement with DemandTec
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Regional grocer Tops Markets LLC has renewed its subscription to multiple pricing and promotion software services from San Francisco-based DemandTec, the tech firm said today.
Williamsville, N.Y.-based Tops Markets, which operates 133 stores in upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania, has been a DemandTec customer since 2008. 
The grocer leverages DemandTec services across core merchandising and marketing functions that touch pricing, promotion and collaborative deal management processes.
DemandTec End-to-End Promotion Management is a comprehensive tool for managing the entire promotion process, from collaborative promotion planning and deal management to in-store execution and post event analysis, while DemandTec Lifecycle Price Optimization is a comprehensive solution for pricing the entire store, including new items, regular retails, promoted items and clearance items.
"At Tops…

WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW ALL THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT CHEF ALICE WATERS

Alice Waters, chef, author, and the proprietor of Chez Panisse, is an American pioneer of a culinary philosophy that maintains that cooking should be based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably and locally.  She is a passionate advocate for a food economy that is “good, clean, and fair.”  Over the course of nearly forty years, Chez Panisse has helped create a community of scores of local farmers and ranchers whose dedication to sustainable agriculture assures the restaurant a steady supply of fresh and pure ingredients. In 1996, Waters’s commitment to education led to the creation of The Edible Schoolyard at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School: a one-acre garden, an adjacent kitchen-classroom, and an “eco-gastronomic” curriculum.  By actively involving a thousand students in all aspects of the food cycle, The Edible Schoolyard is a model public education program that instills the knowledge and values we need to build a humane and susta…

PMA ADDS SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has added Glenn Boyet to its staff as senior director for public relations. 
In his new role, Boyet will enhance and broaden awareness of the association’s brand via outreach programs targeting members, media and government.
Boyet (left) arrives at Newark, Del.-based PMA with 20 years of experience in public relations, government affairs and public policy in the financial services and information technology industries, as well as with top member and trade associations. 
His most recent position was head of public relations, worldwide, for the Project Management Institute (PMI), in which capacity he directly oversaw media and analyst relations and executive speechwriting, in addition to engaging such luminaries as former President Clinton to speak at its annual conference in 2010.
http://www.progressivegrocer.com/top-stories/headlines/fresh-food/id32686/pma-hires-senior-pr-director/



TURNS OUT THAT CHARACTER IS NEGOTIABLE

What can science reveal about our “character” — that core of good, or evil, that shapes our moral behavior? 


The answer, according to a new book, is that there may not be much of a core, after all. 


In “Out of Character,” scientists David DeSteno andPiercarlo Valdelsolo argue that how we think about character — a conception that dates back to at least the ancient Greeks — is deeply flawed. Our moral behavior, to a surprising degree, is shaped by the context in which we find ourselves.


 Mind Matters editor Gareth Cook spoke recently with DeSteno about the book, and the broader implications of the new science.




http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=psychologists-put-character-under-microscope









PERU EXPORTA HASTA CARTON !

Por primera vez
Perú: Exporta cajas de cartón para la agroexportación

Carvimsa, la principal proveedora de cajas de cartón para los productos de agroexportación con una participación en el mercado de 45% del total, proyectó un crecimiento de 20%, en relación al año 2010.








http://www.freshplaza.es/news_detail.asp?id=51623





MICROSOFT ON THE VERGE OF ACQUIRING SKYPE

By Nadia Damouni NEW YORK, May 10 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is close to buying Web video conferencing service Skype Technologies for $8.5 billion including debt, a source familiar with the situation said, underscoring the technology giant's growing ambition to plug a hole in its mobile offerings.


 Buying money-losing Skype would have no immediate impact on Microsoft's finances, but would make clear its intention to compete with rivals such as Apple Inc and Google Inc . 


Microsoft is putting more energy and resources into the mobile and Internet arenas as the importance of the personal computers underpinning its Windows and Office franchise appears to be under threat. 


Microsoft's deal with Skype is expected to be announced as early as Tuesday morning, the source said.


http://www.cnbc.com/id/42968454















FOCUS ON RETAIL: GELSEN'S SUPER MARKETS (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA)

Bernard and Eugene Gelson began working in the grocery business as children, helping in their father's grocery store in Iowa.
 As adults, the grocery business became their vocation, and the two brothers developed a vision of what they believed the business of bringing quality goods to the public should ultimately be: a shopping experience that would bring customers back again and again.
The Gelson brothers eventually moved to California, and after World War II, they made their vision a reality by opening the first Gelson's Market in Burbank in 1951. 
Their advertisement announcing the grand opening of Gelson's promised customers the best quality products and services that a store could provide.


http://www.gelsons.com/about/company/history.asp



EURO MARKET REPORT: ANDRE van der Wiel (TACLER)

Report from IMO friend Andre van der Wiel of tacler fame:


Prices are in Euro FOT/ Rotterdam:


Fruit is from Central America.


Tommy's trading around 4.5 to 5 for 5es and 6es,




 7s, 8s, and 9es trading around 5 €, 






10s and 12es from 4.50 to 5

RELATIONS BETWEEN USA & PAKISTAN: HOW WILL MANGO TRADE BE AFFECTED ?

By George Friedman


The past week has been filled with announcements and speculations on how Osama bin Laden was killed and on Washington’s source of intelligence. 


After any operation of this sort, the world is filled with speculation on sources and methods by people who don’t know, and silence or dissembling by those who do.




http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/20110509-us-pakistani-relations-beyond-bin-laden?utm_source=GWeekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=110510&utm_content=readmore&elq=6cba63dc91474042927886cb518c889c

Read more: U.S.-Pakistani Relations Beyond Bin Laden | STRATFOR