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Transportation of fruit and vegetables by rail: from myth to reality - 10/29/2012 - Caroline Garcia

Over the past 15 years, Europe has been working on developing alternatives to road freight, both in light of the expected growth in flows and also with the aim of exploring greener modes of transport Since 1996, the European Union has been developing a Community-wide transport network, defining the major transport axes...

'Green' fruit and veg transportation struggles to take off - 10/29/2012 - Caroline Garcia

Attempts to change the way in which fruit and vegetables get from producers to consumers are encountering numerous hurdles, relating mainly to the products themselves. Nearly all fruit and vegetables traded in the Mediterranean region are transported by lorry. Those involved in the supply chain can see the benefits of...

Change of track for fruit and vegetables - 10/29/2012 - Caroline Garcia à BRUXELLES

Environmental objectives, green taxes and the development of alternatives to road transport are obliging fruit and vegetable carriers to think about the best course for the future. The issue is made all the more complex by the constraints of a fragile product. Both European and French objectives are ambitious: by 2020, in only...

Web caters for Spanish fruit and veg - 10/29/2012 - Francis Mateo, BARCELONA

The internet has become a sales channel for fruit and vegetables in Spain, where freight shippers and producers are developing concerted strategies. The online sale of fruit and vegetables needs to add value to production (like organic produce) and demands the utmost reliability and transparency from logistics. SPAIN. Revenue...

From producer to consumer in even less time! - 10/29/2012 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier

Eating healthily, eating organic, consuming high-quality fresh produce while minimising your environmental footprint… New buying habits are emerging in the fruit and vegetable sector. Buying direct from farmers is increasing. Is this a trend or a fad? In recent years a new ethic has emerged among fruit and vegetable producers...

Fruit and vegetables, a loss leader for hypermarkets and supermarkets - 10/29/2012 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier

Currently, large-scale retailers in Morocco are not suffering competition from the Internet. For Moroccans, the place of production or harvest is of great importance, as is the need to be able to look at, touch and smell the fruit and vegetables that they are to buy. MOROCCO. Going directly to the place of sale enables...

Short supply chains for fruit and vegetables gain momentum in Italy - 10/29/2012 - Christiane Navas

Farmers’ markets, increased numbers of temporary and permanent sales outlets, e-commerce websites…all of these, supported by new services offered by logistics platforms, have led to the development of highly effective short supply chains for the sale of fruit and vegetables in Italy. ITALY. Short supply chains in Italy have the...

Traceability, added value for Spanish fruit and vegetables - 10/29/2012 - Francis Mateo, à BARCELONE

Despite the "cucumber crisis," which unfairly blacklisted Spanish fruit and vegetable producers, all industry players remain convinced of the benefits of traceability. For reasons of safety and quality of service. SPAIN. Spanish fruit and vegetable producers have still not recovered from the "cucumber crisis” in the...

Traceability of fruit and vegetables: A glut of technologies but little consistency! - 10/29/2012 - Nathalie Bureau du Colombier

From PDAs used in fields to control the amount of pesticides sprayed on the land, to RFID chips, bar codes and the networking of operators… New technologies dedicated to the traceability of fruit and vegetables help meet regulatory requirements and the information needs of consumers. When used properly this necessity can become...

Italian products gain from food traceability - 10/29/2012 - Christiane Navas

With counterfeiting on the increase in the food industry, traceability has become a useful weapon with which professionals and consumers can defend Italian production by guaranteeing the origin and quality of products. ITALY. "The whole structure of the fruit and vegetables industry needs to be redesigned." That was the stark...

HGV tax: a financial, administrative and commercial headache - 10/29/2012 - Bruno Kothe, co-chairman of the National Federation of Road

By Bruno Kothe, co-chairman of the National Federation of Road Hauliers (FNTR) in Languedoc-Roussillon As the representative of the National Federation of Road Hauliers (FNTR) in Languedoc-Roussillon, I can tell you that the HGV tax scheduled to come into force in July 2013 is a financial, administrative and commercial...

Ports face crucial sustainable development challenge - 09/29/2012 - Christiane Navas

The growth of passenger shipping is forcing ports to front up to environmental challenges, but a gap remains between northern and southern Europe. The best-equipped ports will be first in line for cruise ships. The growth of the cruise market (20 million passengers in 2011, according to the Cruise Lines International...

Maritime passenger traffic: balancing growth and preservation of the marine environment - 09/29/2012 - Christiane Navas

The growth in passengers travelling by sea requires a reduced carbon footprint on the marine environment and the environment in general. Under pressure from more stringent international and European standards, technologies are evolving, as is behaviour, but there is still much to do.
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