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Aldi Tops the List for Best Organic Fresh Produce


Aldi Tops the List for Best Organic Fresh Produce

Australians appear to prefer the fruit and vegetable selections of a major German supermarket chain. For Supermarket Fruits & Vegetables, Aldi won the Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers honours in 2021. It also chose the ward because of its organic items. Canstar Blue is a consumer review and evaluation website that offers customer satisfaction studies […]


Grains Industry: The Current Overview

Domestic Update After several years of reduced output owing to drought, Australia’s grain production is expected to rebound in 2020-21. The country is a prominent player on the global stage, with many of its grain and oilseeds industries geared toward export. The country’s wheat crop for 2020-21 is expected to be 28.4 million tonnes, increasing […]


VEGOILS-Palm Tracks Weaker Rival Oils

Malaysian palm oil futures dipped on Friday, followed lower-cost competing oils, although speculators profited after the contract hit an all-time high over labour shortage concerns. At the midday break, the flagship palm oil contract FCPOc3 for March delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange fell 71 ringgit, or 1.38 per cent, to 5,090 ringgit ($1,218.14) […]


Are Backpackers Really Safe in Australia?

In a recent court report, serious injuries suffered by UK backpackers working on Bundaberg fields owned by the world’s largest macadamia grower were highlighted. The labourers were hurt in 2018 while working as casuals on Saratoga Holdings Pty Ltd’s plantations. A manager was operating a tractor with a skirting attachment, which had five enormous blades […]


Shipping Companies Make the Most of the Situation: A Global Report

The Indian grape season, which is about to get started, is overwhelmed with challenges. Omicron is posing a serious threat with restrictions and lockdowns, sea freight charges are going through the roof; scarcity of containers is imminent and the cost for packaging material has gone up by around 25%. Samir Singh, business promoter for Indian […]


Shipping Troubles Haunting Almond Growers

Kern County almond growers are facing logistical headaches this year. Industry experts say port congestion, combined with a shortage of truck drivers and other supply-chain problems, are frustrating farmers and processors working to get their product to overseas consumers. The latest official estimates say California’s 2021 almond crop was about 10 per cent smaller in […]


Summer Heat Taking a Heavy Toll on Crops

Summer crop production forecasts are tumbling in South America as drought conditions continue to build soil moisture deficits and crop stress in Southern Brazil and much of Argentina. The La Nina weather pattern threatens to scuttle the production potential of large tracts of this season’s corn and soybean plantings, further tightening global balance sheets. Ironically, […]


Urea Smuggling: A Current Global Challenge

The production of the chemical peaked at an all-time high of 6.3 million tonnes in 2021 thanks to the uninterrupted gas supplies to the urea plants last year on revised government policy. This compared with an annual average demand of around six million tonnes for the last three years. However, the wheat farmers have been […]


Calypso Mango Breaks Records Despite a Tough Season

It has been a tough¬†season for most of Australia’s mango growers, with what some call disappointing yields, combined with labour and input costs challenges. Mango growers expect to produce 7.9 million trays this season, down 20 per cent in some recent years. Although many varieties had disappointing yields, Calypso growers saw a record crop. While […]


Almond Volumes Low Compared to the Supply Available

The pace at which Californian almonds from the new harvest are being received by the huskers is slowing down. The consensus for the final size still remains around 2.8 billion lbs (-10%. vs. N-1). This figure will be confirmed in January because, historically, 96% of the harvest is received by the end of December. Producers […]