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MANGO SEASON IN INDONESIA

M a n g g oMango is one of the most popular fruits in Indonesia.  Mango comes in season when climate reaches its hottest and driest period of the year which is around August, September and October.  Mangoes can be found in different types, sizes, tastes and colors




The most popular one isArum Manis, as the name implies this manggo smells nice (Arum) and tastes sweet (manis) (although a bit sour too when it's not very ripe), and it has dark green color and the color becomes light yellow when it's ripe.
Another popular type is Gedong Gincu, this mango is the most expensive one since there is smaller supply in the market and taste sweeter than Arum manis, not to mention its attractive bright red, like lipstick (Gincu), appearance when it's ripe.
 A kilo or Arum manis costs around 5000 to7000 rupiah while Gedong gincu costs 15,000 to 24,000 rupiah at supermarkets.
There are other types of mangoes like Indramayu, kwini, and golek which can also be enjoyed although they are mostly so…

MEXICO MANGO SEASON OVERVIEW (MAY 25, 2011)

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California


May 25, 2011




HOT WATER TREATED MANGOES:


The season that started back in February is now getting into full swing.


The early states of Campeche, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Michoacan are all done.


Colima is halfway through their crop which means that they will be done in about a month.


Nayarit just started and Jalisco is about 10 days old. Expect to see fruit from these two states for the next 6 - 8 weeks in the USA market place.


We are two weeks away from the start up of the peak volume from southern Sinaloa state; which in a bell shaped curve, crests traditionally around the 4th of July.






FRUIT FLY FREE ZONE:


The second half of Sinaloa, the tail end of the Mexican deal is slated for an early August start from the Los Mochis area of  Northern Sinaloa state. (Bring on the 3F mangoes!)





RUIZ, NAYARIT, MEXICO: EPICENTER OF DEADLY NARCO SHOOT OUT AND THE HEART OF MANGO COUNTRY

IN THE HEART OF MEXICAN MANGO COUNTRY: NAYARIT TOWN SCENE OF DEADLY NARCO SHOOT OUT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gunmen apparently from two rival drug gangs fought a ferocious gunbattle on a highway in a western Mexico state that killed 28 men Wednesday, authorities said.
The attorney general's office in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit said the gunfight started about 5 p.m. near the town of Ruiz, 500 miles (805 kilometers) of Mexico City.
Police initially responded to a citizen complaint of a kidnapping by a group of armed men in a nearby city who reportedly fled on the federal highway, the prosecutors office said. 
As the officers headed toward the scene, they heard a second report of a shootout involving the same men, it said.
Police found 28 men lying dead and four others wounded when they arrived. 
Ten vehicles were abandoned and bullet casings from high-powered weapons were scattered about.

Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/news/arti

SN OPINION: USA SUPERMARKETS ARE RESPONDING TO CONSUMERS DEMAND TO KNOW NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Since Hannaford Bros. introduced its Guiding Stars program in 2006, nutritional labeling guidance programs of various kinds have proliferated across the food retailing industry. In fact, the past year has been a watershed for these programs.  According to The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2011, the Food Marketing Institute's annual industry survey, 48.5% of retailer respondents said they have implemented a nutritional labeling guidance program such as NuVal, Guiding Stars or their own proprietary system.  That's almost twice as many respondents (26.2%) who said they used the programs in the 2010 report. Along with retailers' programs, manufacturers are coming out this year with Nutrition Keys, the voluntary front-of-package labeling system designed by FMI and the Grocery Manufacturers Association to provide essential nutrition information.
http://supermarketnews.com/viewpoints/nutrition_programs_0523/

USA SUPERMARKETS: NASH FINCH SELLS 4 COLORADO STORES TO TEXAS RETAILER

MINNEAPOLIS —Nash Finch Co. here said Wednesday it has sold four of its five Hispanic-oriented Avanza stores to Lowe's Market, Littlefield, Texas, for an undisclosed amount. The four Avanza stores are located in Colorado.










The company declined further comment, and Lowe's executives could not be reached for comment. Industry sources said Nash Finch was not trying to sell the stores but received an unsolicited bid from Lowe's, which it accepted. Lowe's is expected to retain the name and Hispanic orientation of the stores, industry sources told SN.
http://supermarketnews.com/retail_financial/nash_finch_avanza_0525/


THE WORLDS TOP RETAILERS (BASED ON 2009 SALES) FOR 2010

SN’s Top 25 Worldwide Food Retailers for 2010Source: PlanetRetail.  Based on sales for calendar 2009 or fiscal year closest to calendar 2009. 
All sales include nonfood operations and are net sales in U.S. dollars based on full-year average exchange rates.  Store counts include franchised or licensed locations and may include nonfood outlets; counts are based on PlanetRetail research, company reports and estimates.
IMO NOTE: WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEARCH FOR MORE CURRENT AND FRESH PRODUCE RELATED OUTLETS. THIS IS THE BEST SUPERMARKET NEWS COULD DO:

1.Wal-Mart Stores


2.Carrefour


3.Metro Group


4.Tesco


5.Schwarz Group


6.Kroger


7.Rewe


8.Costco


9.Aldi


10.Target


11.Edeka   12.Auchan  13.Seven & i  14.AEON   15.Woolworths (AUS)


16.Safeway (USA)   17.SuperValu     18.Ahold


19.Casino Group     20.Coles Group    21.J Sainsbury


22.Leclerc               23.Delhaize Group        24.Loblaw Cos.


25.ITM (Intermarché)





TOP 50 INDEPENDENT SMALL RETAILERS (SALES UNDER $1 BILLION) IN USA

This is the second installment of SN’s Top 50 Small Chains and Independents list. To qualify, a company must have sales under $1 billion, and it must not be owned by a wholesaler or a larger retail entity. All numbers are listed as estimates, although SN did attempt to obtain accurate figures by contacting every company on the list.  [Download the printer-friendly version] 1.The Fresh Market2.Fareway Stores3.Grocery Outlet4.Woodman’s Markets5.King Kullen Grocery Co.6.Cardenas Markets7.Redner’s Markets8.PAQ9.Northgate Gonzalez Market10.Bodega Latina11.Rouses Enterprises12.Jerry’s Enterprises13.Lowe’s Market14.

SUPERMARKET NEWS TOP 75 CHAINSTORES IN THE USA

Sales among the Top 75 food retailers in North America recovered from a slump in 2009, rising 7.7% during 2010, compared with a cumulative drop of 0.2% a year ago. Total revenues, encompassing sales of food and nonfood merchandise, totaled $960.3 billion last year, compared with $891.4 billion in 2009. 
# 1 - GUESS WHO ?2.Kroger Co.3.Costco Wholesale Corp.4.Safeway5.Supervalu6.Loblaw Cos.7.Publix Super Markets8.Ahold USA9.C&S Wholesale Grocers10.Delhaize America11.H.E. Butt Grocery Co.12.Sobeys13.7-Eleven14.Meijer Inc.15.Dollar General Corp.16.

BURKINA FASO INITIATIVE CREATES POSITIVE RESULTS FOR LOCAL FARMING COMMUNITY

Achievements
-Making of a transformation unit
-The construction of infrastructures for transformation: four mango drying facilities of a capacity of 90 tons of dried products, as well as a juice, syrup and jam fabricating facility




-Creation of 450 jobs which 87% are occupied by women, nd increase of the average annual salary


-Acquisition of the FLO certificate for fair trade and the ECOCERT-International certificate for biological products


-Setting of a collecting and marketing center


-Introduction of agricultural and management counseling for the development process


-Welcoming of national and international interns from schools and universities


-Partnership with the University of Ouagadougou, the Polytechnical University of Bobo-Dioulasso and the Polytechnical University of Catalonia


-Creation of a micro-enterprises network of fruit transformation and creation of a cereal bank


-Acquisition of 45 gas homes and 347 bikes for the members


-Creation of a community canteen with a large variety of food…

JAPAN AGENCY APPROVES THREE SEPARATE LOANS TO AID BANGLADESH TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 5/25/2011 10:33:02 AM Japan agency aids Bangladesh bridge project   The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) this week approved three loans to develop infrastructure in Bangladesh, including one targeted at transport links in the South Asian nation.

   The loans total $670 million and will be administered by JICA, the arm of the Japanese government for international development. 


The transport loan will help fund construction of one of the longest bridges in the world over the Padma River, linking the country’s capital, Dhaka, to the industrial center and port city Chittagong, reducing travel time across from 12 to three hours.

   The other loans are targeted at helping Bangladesh’s small and medium-sized enterprises and the country’s sanitation facilities.




23 USA GOVERNORS PUT PRSSURE ON WASHINGTON D.C. TO APPROVE PENDING FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 5/25/2011 10:35:05 AM Governors urge Congress to pass FTAs, TAA
   Twenty-three state governors and two from U.S. territories urged House and Senate leadership to approve three pending free trade agreements, and reinstate the Trade Adjustment Assistance program and the president’s fast-track trade negotiation authority.

   “Export-related jobs pay better than non-exporting industries, and, with nearly 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside the U.S., exports have been the focus of increased job growth in recent years,” the governors wrote in a letter this week.

   The governors highlighted the trade balance benefits of existing U.S. FTAs with Chile, Singapore, Australia, Israel and Jordan. They believe that similar benefits will come from the approval of FTAs with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.

   “We must think holistically about international trade and recognize that world trade can cause economic adjustments that require traini…

ADM INVESTS IN NEW PRIVATE URUGUAY PORT

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 5/25/2011 10:29:29 AM ADM to build South American terminal   Agribusiness conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland Co. said Thursday it has begun construction on a port terminal in Nueva Palmira, Uruguay, to handle grain exports to Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.

   The terminal will be the only one at the port able to load post-Panamax and Capesize vessels.
   ADM, of Decatur, Ill., said the port terminal will export corn, soy, wheat and soybean meal from Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay and Brazil.


 It will have storage capacity of 180,000 metric tons. It is expected to handle 2.8 million metric tons of goods in its first year of operation.

   Construction is scheduled to be completed in March 2013.

FRESH & EASY (TESCO USA) CONFIRMS PREVIOUS REPORTS OF TWO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA STORE OPENINGS

Tesco's Fresh & Easy in Northern California - 2011

On May 10, 2011 we reported exclusively that Tesco's Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market would open its first store in San Francisco, at 32nd Street and Clement Avenue in the Outer Richmond District, on June 22.

Read our story here - May 10, 2011:Breaking Buzz: Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Plans to Open First San Francisco Store at 32nd and Clement June 22.

Four days later, on May 14, 2011, we reported exclusively the 175-store small-format fresh food and grocery chain would open its second Fresh & Easy unit in the City by the Bay, at 3rd Street and Carrol Avenue in the Bayview District, on August 24, 2011

Read our story here - May 14, 2011: Breaking Buzz: Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Plans August 24 Opening For Third & Carroll Store in San Francisco's Bayview District.

Today Tesco's Fresh & Easy confirmed our reporting when it announced in a press release (see here), which is being rep…

OXFAM JOINT VENTURE BRINGS REWARDS TO BURKINA FASO MANGO GROWERS

Achieved projects

During the year 2002, the Wouol Association concentrated its efforts on three particular programs. First of all, it developed a humanitarian management program to help relieve the consequences of the Ivorian crisis on the Cascades region. Moreover, it defined the parameters of its strategic plan.


The Association has also put together a program for the reinforcement of organizational and commercial activities for local products. 


This program received techninal advice and was financially supported by Internom Oxfam and by the Spanish community of Castille-La-Manche, which helped obtain appreciable results. 


Indeed, between 2001 and 2005 the number of harvested mangoes went from 150 thousand kg to 650 thousand kg, which gave 26 million of FCFA (equivalent to 40 thousand Euros).


 During the same period, the quantity of dried mangoes went from 5 500 kg to 31 000 kg for a total of 96 million FCFA (representing 146 thousand Euros). 


This improvement has contributed to the divers…