May 23, 2015 / Week N° 21
May 31st, 2013
An Indian government panel is seeking to reel in usage of restricted pesticides on imported fruits.
May 17th, 2013
Incofruit’s George Frangistas says Greenpeace skewed pesticide residue results, painting a negative picture of the Greek produce industry.
South Africa could reach record pear exports, in part due to demand from an undersupplied Europe.
May 16th, 2013
A district-level labor dispute in California has brought a slight setback to the “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” campaign.
A Mexican lime growers’ association representative says the government’s recent tariff cuts could lead to an industry “collapse”.
May 15th, 2013
Germany has provided a welcome testing ground for mangoes from India’s Rapid Import and Exporters.
May 14th, 2013
The Colombian avocado industry is ramping up production, GlobalG.A.P. certifications and market access talks.
May 13th, 2013
Interrupcion CEO Rafael Goldberg reflects on outstanding banana volume growth and new projects.
May 10th, 2013
Canada’s agricultural budget cuts put research, industry and food safety at risk, according to a former CFIA inspection supervisor.
The owners of the Opal apple variety have found new planting horizons to meet bullish retailer demand.
May 9th, 2013
Ideal temperatures could create a boom year for spotted wing drosophila in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.
May 8th, 2013
An Irish produce company and a German branding agency concocted a fresh way to boost banana consumption – laser printed comics.
May 7th, 2013
Florida’s orange industry has received an economic boost from the Coca-Cola Company.
Growing U.S. demand for pesticide-free pineapples could create market possibilities for Peru.
May 6th, 2013
AHEA’s Maxwell Summers discusses the impacts of Indonesian import quotas and the opening of a new Asian market for Australia.
May 2nd, 2013
We speak with two Chilean citrus exporters with very different outlooks for this season.
April 30th, 2013
Ecuador’s banana exports to Russia have skyrocketed this year with supermarket promotion plans underway.
April 29th, 2013
Chile’s Subsole aims to become a leader in the export of several types of nuts through a recent alliance.
April 26th, 2013
A proposed GMO labeling bill has received bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress.
April 25th, 2013
Blueberry representatives from North America and Chile aim to take health claims to the next level through clinical research.
April 24th, 2013
Doubt from the European Union and China has created new questions for South African citrus.
April 23rd, 2013
Jim Archer discusses discrepancies between Chinese interceptions and the ban on Washington apples.
April 22nd, 2013
El Gebaly’s Sherif Mezar gives insight into new opportunities for Egyptian citrus and the possible U.S. market.
April 19th, 2013
Latin America may face its own extremes from climate change but several factors will lend the region a helping hand.
April 18th, 2013
Two of South America’s leading retailers discuss produce sourcing strategies to meet changing consumer habits.
April 17th, 2013
A Chinese business linked to Lenovo has kicked off international fruit sourcing plans with a joint venture in South America.
Chinese brown rot concerns have put Californian citrus exporters in a precarious position.
April 16th, 2013
Florida’s citrus industry is placing bets on research to save fruit from greening, which has brought down shipments this year.
April 15th, 2013
Mexico’s grape producers are cautiously optimistic despite some frost concerns.
April 12th, 2013
Quinoa holds promise as a far-reaching food staple, thanks to its adaptability and nutritional value.
April 11th, 2013
Fall Creek has released a range of new blueberries to cater to different physical demands, flavors and uses.
April 10th, 2013
High volume, early season grapes are pushing Australian growers to assess their options for survival.
April 9th, 2013
Prickly pear production is growing in Mexico, Chile and Peru but still lacks a serious export market.
April 8th, 2013
The Rayan cherimoya has been slated as one of the most promising varieties out of Peru.
April 6th, 2013
Chile’s national port situation is still unclear despite workers in Angamos reaching an agreement with operator Ultraport.
April 5th, 2013
The ITUC has called on the Thai prime minister to drop charges brought against a British human right lawyer by a fruit processor.
Honeycrisp apples may create heachaches across the supply chain but the variety has shown to pay off.
April 4th, 2013
The port operator at the center of Chile’s debilitating strikes claims it has offered to comply with union demands.
A mind-blowing amount of fruit-growing land will not be harvested in Chile due to the impacts of port strikes.
April 3rd, 2013
Thailand’s Natural Fruit Company has sought to sue a British human rights researcher for US$10 million in libel claims.
April 2nd, 2013
New Zealand’s Zespri will challenge a recent Chinese court decision over alleged kiwifruit smuggling.
Cristian Allendes says it will be impossible for detained Chilean grapes to make the U.S. Marketing Order deadline.
April 1st, 2013
We speak in-depth with the author of the latest NABC World Blueberry Acreage and Production Report.
March 29th, 2013
Port workers in Chile say strikes will continue indefinitely until they can talk with the government.
March 28th, 2013
Port strikes in Chile’s San Antonio have led to delays and cost strains elsewhere.
The demand is high but Australia has had to cut back its expected grape shipments to China this year.
March 27th, 2013
An unpredictable season has encouraged U.S. market oversaturation of Chilean table grapes and a rush to sell produce.
March 26th, 2013
Chilean port strikes mean large quantities of fruit may not make Marketing Order timeframes for the U.S. and South Korea.
Special government perks have gone a long way for one Shanghai imported produce wholesale market.
March 25th, 2013
We take an in-depth look at China’s fruit and vegetable trends highlighted at PMA Fresh Connections in Shanghai.
March 22nd, 2013
Zespri and one of its employees have been found guilty in China of violating customs laws.
Filmmaker Nancy Ghertner talks about her film “After I Pick the Fruit” and the reality of U.S. migrant life.
March 21st, 2013
Mexico mango producers have their eye on the Asian market, but the sector must first make improvements.
March 20th, 2013
Peru’s ProHass has its eye on the Chilean market and growth in the U.S. and Europe.
March 19th, 2013
The diminishing relevance of Hong Kong as a point of entry for fruit into mainland China was a key issue at Fresh Connections today.
“After I Pick the Fruit” gives a face to migrant women who help keep farm production running.
March 18th, 2013
Shanghai showed off its broad range of produce market formats to Fresh Connections China participants today.
The United Nations’ Kostas Stamoulis talks about food stability and lessons learned from Latin America.
March 15th, 2013
Oscar Ortiz explains the development of a unique cherry brand in a lucrative market window worldwide.
March 14th, 2013
California’s grape industry aims to raise production this year and find growth in international markets.
March 13th, 2013
Jacques du Preez discusses South Africa’s pome fruit season and facing industry challenges.
March 12th, 2013
Washington State University has developed a crispy apple with strong storage and non-browning characteristics.
March 11th, 2013
Growing populations in China and India are driving food security pressures and demand for ammonia-based fertilizers.
March 8th, 2013
After feeling abandoned from the BayWa takeover, NZ Enza Gold growers are hopeful T&G will change tack on their variety.
March 7th, 2013
Thousands of expected job losses at the U.S. border could mean serious wait times for produce importers.
Whether you call it a physalis, goldenberry or Inka berry, it’s bringing opportunities to a poor region of northern Peru.
March 6th, 2013
Lucas Garibaldi explains a 10-year global study into the effectiveness of wild pollinators over honeybees.
March 5th, 2013
Argentina will likely suffer a significant drop in apple exports in the wake of hail last Friday.
March 4th, 2013
An Aussie citrus grower says floods have taken their toll financially, but crops should still be stable.
March 1st, 2013
Mexican tomato industry reps look at the bright side of higher reference prices for exports to the U.S.
February 28th, 2013
Chile will have less kiwifruit production this year with the industry upbeat about market prospects.
February 27th, 2013
Turners & Growers executives discuss strategy in a changing global apple industry.
February 26th, 2013
The Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Association will put safety standards to the test as it enters its first season.
February 25th, 2013
South Africa may have more strikes in the works if farmers do not honor the new minimum wage.
February 22nd, 2013
The heads of Total Produce and Oppy talk shop about their alliance and plans for growth.
February 21st, 2013
A lower than expected tax rate boosted Wal-Mart’s 2012 financial results, while sales rose 5%.
Ekland Marketing is working to enforce legal strawberry licensing in Egypt to protect authorized growers.
February 20th, 2013
Ivanete Pereira says a new Brazilian export banana will provide something new but won’t compete with Cavendish.
February 19th, 2013
Logistics improvements have raised Del Monte’s profitability despite lower net sales.
Israeli Export Institute CEO Ofer Sachs highlights changes for growers since the bankruptcy of Agrexco in 2011.
February 18th, 2013
Driscoll’s’ Soren Bjorn discusses a wide range of berry trends affecting the European, Middle Eastern and Australian markets.
February 15th, 2013
Importer responses to Chile’s difficult grape export season have ranged from disappointment to understanding.
February 14th, 2013
The International Fruit Company will keep the Chiquita brand alive for deciduous fruits across various markets.
February 13th, 2013
Chile will take the top spot for Southern Hemisphere apple production but will experience the greatest production drop.
February 12th, 2013
Kenya’s Stephen Mbithi has dealt harsh words to the European Union for untimely bean inspections for pesticide residues.
February 11th, 2013
Farming will need to become more diverse to fight the effects of extreme weather.
February 8th, 2013
With City-Farming people could grow lettuce “in the deserts, in the north pole, it doesn’t matter”.
Italy’s Summerfruit has bagged a new gold kiwifruit to add to its early window portfolio.
February 7th, 2013
Even with outside challenges, Ecuador’s mango export volume grew 10-15%.
February 6th, 2013
We take a hands-on look at how Chilean kiwifruit growers are tackling vine disease Psa in the region of Maule.
February 5th, 2013
Fruit Logistica kicked off in Berlin today with a call for the industry to stop focusing on prices.
Indonesia’s Marzuki Alie has asked for a haram edict on fruit imports to protect local farmers.
February 4th, 2013
Mexico’s blueberry boom could extend to a new farming region if feasibility tests prove successful.
February 1st, 2013
Chile’s opportunity to capitalize on reduced Northern Hemisphere apple stocks could be reduced by a delayed harvest.
January 31st, 2013
U.S. authorities have proposed to allow imports of Spanish avocados and fresh apricots.
January 30th, 2013
A once promising agriculture sector has been left in pieces from Syria’s ongoing civil war.
January 29th, 2013
From strikes to shipping problems, several factors have created an unstable start for Peruvian mango exports.
January 28th, 2013
Colombia’s top banana exporters can control Moko disease but bear higher production costs if other growers are lax.
January 25th, 2013
Pushing Mexican tomatoes out of the U.S. market could have extensive implications for traders and consumers.
January 24th, 2013
Severe frosts in northern Mexico are likely to affect supplies of a wide of range of vegetables and fruits going into the U.S.
January 23rd, 2013
Oceania has spurred growth in global organic farmland while the U.S. and Africa have lagged behind.
January 22nd, 2013
This year’s bizarre weather is a sign Chile needs to harness protection tools and improve the supply chain for blueberries to thrive.
January 21st, 2013
Organic potato farmer Jim Gerritsen speaks on his legal battle for court protection against Monsanto.
January 18th, 2013
New Zealand kiwifruit marketer Zespri has expressed its disturbance at having been let down in China by an independent importer.
After a decade of negotiations, Uruguayan citrus could soon be on its way to U.S. consumers.
January 17th, 2013
Six new cold-weather cherry varieties have entered their first year of production in Canada.
January 16th, 2013
A partnership between David del Curto and Southern Fruit will create one of Chile’s largest produce exporters.
January 15th, 2013
Amino acid profiles may hold the key to managing plant defenses against citrus greening disease.
January 14th, 2013
Demonstrations are once again shaking South Africa’s fruit industry and sparking public concern.
January 11th, 2013
The San Joaquin Valley expects multiple days of below average temperatures that could send a blow to citrus.
January 10th, 2013
Growers in Uganda who combined banana and coffee crops are earning over 40% more income.
January 9th, 2013
South African producers face another difficult week ahead with the possibility of strikes and boycott.
January 8th, 2013
By 2017, Europe’s top produce company will control 65% of the Oppenheimer Group.
January 4th, 2013
Domex’s Howard Nager takes a look at the core issues shaping this year’s U.S. apple and pear crop.
January 3rd, 2013
The U.S. farm bill has returned to the drafting table after Congress failed to implement new legislation.
January 2nd, 2013
An Aussie technology that converts bananas into energy could help harness fruit waste.
December 31st, 2012
At Fresh Fruit Portal we give a snapshot of the top stories that made headlines in the second half of 2012.
December 28th, 2012
The ILA and the USMX have finally reached a truce to avoid disruptive strikes this weekend.
At Fresh Fruit Portal, we take a look at the issues and events that defined 2012 for the produce industry.
December 27th, 2012
U.S. port operators make their calls on what strikes would imply if the ILA and USMX can’t reach an agreement.
Mexico’s Biofase is working to convert avocado seeds into 100% biodegradable plastic resins.
December 26th, 2012
Summerfruit’s Giampaolo Dal Pane talks about a new fertilizer that could fight Psa.
With mango prices threatening to fall as low as US$0.39 per 20kg box, Peruvian farmers are struggling to stay afloat.
December 24th, 2012
The Australian government will change rules that restrict who citrus exporters ship to in the U.S.
December 21st, 2012
Chinese company Chevalier is finalizing a deal to buy Australia’s Moraitis Group.
December 20th, 2012
We hear New Zealand, U.S. and Chilean perspectives on India’s apple market obstacles.
December 19th, 2012
Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg Süd could become one of the world’s largest shipping companies.
December 18th, 2012
Potential strikes on the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts are looking more likely if negotiating parties can’t find common ground soon.
French and Belgian growers have formed FRESHCOOP, and plan to expand their European scope.
December 17th, 2012
Irish company Total Produce plans to make a bold move into the North American market, acquiring Oppy.
A Chilean breeding program is aiming for cherries that can be grown in earlier and warmer northern areas.
December 14th, 2012
Fruit and vegetable sourcing specialist Senthil Natarajan gives his insights on the Indian produce market.
December 13th, 2012
Mexico’s top banana players discuss industry development and newfound European possibilities.
Flight delays and a build-up of cherries and blueberries in storage have impacted Chile’s export sector.
December 11th, 2012
Bayer Cropscience has responded to residue limit demands with more biologic options for growers.
An Australian technology aims to take out fruit grower dependence on ripening room infrastructure.
South Africa may have record stonefruit output but will miss the peak European export window.
December 10th, 2012
The ILA and USMX will resume talks today to avoid an East Coast strike.
The Colombian Attorney General has decided to revisit Chiquita’s payments to paramilitary AUC.
December 7th, 2012
Argentina says U.S. protectionist measures wrongfully impede the lemon industry.
December 5th, 2012
‘Redhouse’ may be the new buzzword in farming if China takes to growing vegetables on Mars.
Japan has joined Peru’s list of available avocado market destinations without cold treatment.
December 4th, 2012
Chile’s number of Psa cases in kiwifruit orchards has risen by 23% in the last month.
December 3rd, 2012
European importers anticipate a strong Chilean grape season, with South Africa’s Western Cape uncertain.
A homage to fruit, documentary “The Fruit Hunters” is a colorful, entertaining and informative film.
November 30th, 2012
South Africa will train people living with HIV/AIDS in farming for local markets.
Supplying 1,400 items is a “logistical headache” for Melissa’s Produce, but well worth the effort.
Gourmet Trading Company has imported the first commercial load of Peruvian blueberries in the U.S.
November 29th, 2012
Mexican consumers are looking for better quality, smaller-sized papayas.
The Western Cape’s premier says the national defense force is needed to quell violence on farms.
New Zealand’s produce push into Asia carries tariff complications.
November 28th, 2012
Southern Chilean blueberry growers claim to have lost a lot of fruit to recent black frosts.
November 27th, 2012
Ecuador’s banana industry faces major topics and big changes.
Chile’s top cherry exporter has opened a US$30 million processing plant.
The African Union has been asked to consider a genetically modified food ban this January.
November 26th, 2012
U.S. agriculture faces an uncertain future as Congress stalls to approve the Farm Bill.
Purity Organic plans to raise its Peruvian easy peeler and asparagus programs in 2013.
November 23rd, 2012
Australian avocados have bucked trends with strong export growth despite exchange rate difficulties.
November 22nd, 2012
Brazilian researchers are betting a new peach variety will live up to its name, translated as ‘Fascination’.
November 21st, 2012
Brazil moves around US$240 million in organic goods each year, mostly to the benefit of farming families.
November 20th, 2012
Philippine banana exports to China are recovering, while strategies look to Russia, Europe and the U.S.
After a hard 2011-2012 season, Peruvian mango production is expected to bounce back to normal.
Soil organic carbon mapping in New Zealand could change the way kiwifruit growers manage orchards.
November 19th, 2012
Chilean company Quitoquímica has embarked on a natural fungicide development for berries.
The Ecuadorian government is offering banana growers support to switch to more suitable crops.
A Spanish study has found soil mites can help reduce thrip infestations in citrus fruits.
November 16th, 2012
North Bay Produce is bullish about the logistics potential of its airport facility in St. Louis.
The USDA Farm to Schools grant will reach around 1.75 million students.
November 15th, 2012
Del Monte has denied ties to footage in a confronting documentary about Cameroon’s banana industry.
We hear from South America and South Africa about the prospects and perils of the Asian grape market.
Chile’s biggest organic strawberry and raspberry exporter is facing heavy losses from rain damage.
November 14th, 2012
South African high school students are earning hands-on farming skills in a new citrus program.
Fair Trade USA’s Alexandria Coari discusses the real impact of community development funds on farmers.
November 13th, 2012
Marketers from five continents have come on board with an IFO red-flesh apple project.
November 12th, 2012
Chile’s cherry export figures will be quite different this year going into mid-December.
Australia has finally achieved access to the highly coveted Chinese cherry market.
We take a look at a program developing Chilean antioxidant superstar the maqui berry.
November 9th, 2012
The E.U. and Latin America were able to end the longest-running dispute in multilateral trading history.
Disease detection has forced Brazil to cease orange shipments to Europe.
November 8th, 2012
Campaigners plan to hold Barack Obama to his 2007 GM food labeling promise.
Vineyards in South Africa were burned down after protests with possible political roots.
November 7th, 2012
BRS Platina bananas, a new breed from Brazil, resist yellow Sigatoka and Panama disease.
Chile, Mexico, Japan and China are in the sights of Peru’s Hass avocado industry.
November 6th, 2012
Manipulating chloroplasts could be a possible key to controlling when fruits mature.
November 5th, 2012
AMHPAC’s Eric Viramontes discusses Mexico’s shifts in traceability and protected horticulture.
An Australian company is opening the largest tomato greenhouse of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
Zespri CEO Lain Jager talks about a broad range of issues facing New Zealand kiwifruit growers.
November 2nd, 2012
Spanish researchers claim to have developed the best early clementine available.
The Fresh Produce Import Alliance is ready to go “full force forward”, says president Joseph Galeone.
November 1st, 2012
Cold weather set back the South Africa grape harvest but output should stay on course with last year.
Years of oxytetracycline use to treat U.S. honeybees may have actually done harm to the insect.
A small farm in California trains U.S. veterans in sustainable farming and helps ease the return back home.
October 31st, 2012
Japanese plums present various cultivation problems, something Spain wants to fix.
South Africa has five months to tackle a raft of issues threatening its citrus growers.
October 30th, 2012
Peru’s largest organic banana cooperative has come far since its inception in 2003, but there is still a long way to go.
October 29th, 2012
It is hoped a Chilean blueberry merger will reduce fragmented distribution chains and supply gaps.
Cold weather has set the South African blueberry season back by about three weeks.
October 25th, 2012
Media reports indicate the cold weather and rain could mean a rough season for Argentine producers.
October 24th, 2012
New growing techniques on the U.S. East Coast could mean a whole new strawberry season.
October 23rd, 2012
Heavy weekend rain was welcomed in Chile, even though it came out of season.
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