November 24, 2014 / Week N° 48
November 24th, 2014
Chinese representatives plan to assess different Polish apple varieties for a potential market opening next year.
Bayer CropScience has two new naturally-bred agricultural products it says will solve some food chain problems.
The Western Growers head says Obama’s plans could lead to many workers leaving the agricultural industry.
Brazilian retail specialist Leonardo Miyao discusses trends in South America’s largest fruit and vegetable market.
November 21st, 2014
North Bay Produce’s Ruy Barbosa talks about Chilean blueberry uniformity and the implications of fumigation measures.
Marketing schemes have gone a long way for Paramount Farms’ almond and pistachio sales.
A CN Seeds representative says the Southern European fresh herb market is on the way up.
CEPEA believes a speculative storage strategy has led to lower prices for Brazilian apples.
November 20th, 2014
After conquering palates in Europe, Madagascan litchi growers are now looking for new northern markets.
Iran’s kiwifruit sector is positive for the season after the government almost ruled out exports altogether.
Jim Provost believes the ‘Eat Brighter!’ campaign will help raise Asian pear consumption in the U.S.
PMA Fruittrade Latin America was the first port of call for a recently launched Korean import company.
November 19th, 2014
An EU review over chemical usage could mean a mushy outlook for a £50 million industry in Britain.
Chilean avocado suppliers beat the Mexican competition on price in China during week 46.
Chile’s Andres Armstrong believes Russia’s produce ban could be more of a problem than an opportunity.
Chile has played host to a hot pepper expert dubbed the ‘Chileman’ this week.
November 18th, 2014
We look at an Argentine government-backed group that is putting local companies on the map.
After seeing the success of BanaBay, another U.K. fruit company aims to establish a fresh banana brand.
Business may not be growing as quickly as in Peru, but a Chilean blueberry nursery is expanding in Brazil.
Central American Produce says volatile mango import volumes from Latin America mean buyers must act now.
November 17th, 2014
Airfrieght shipments are limiting Peruvian mango growth in Japan and China, but Chile holds no such problems.
A U.S. pear group is shifting away from educational seminars as ‘that’s just not the nature of today’s world’.
Weather has been favorable for the European Pink Lady apple crop this year.
LoBue Citrus’ new packaging strategy for Cara Cara oranges shows that simple is sometimes beautiful.
November 14th, 2014
A Colombian team found natural-based coatings kept mangoes in better condition for longer.
With the Navel crop in a key Chinese production region down 20%, one grower still has his hopes up.
The fungus Monilinia fructicola that causes brown rot is no longer a quarantine pest in Chile.
Tesco’s Simon Mandelbaum spoke at PMA Fruittrade about the changing needs of U.K. consumers.
November 13th, 2014
A U.K. government department has bet on transforming West African smallholdings into large enterprises.
A new export destination is on the cards for the upcoming Honduran melon season which is a bit behind schedule.
It was an early start for many South African blueberry growers this year, and production ‘could treble’ in five years.
The Ecuadorian government has pledged US$1.1 million to build collection centers for ‘barraganete’ bananas.
November 12th, 2014
Chilean avocado exporters had a good time in the European market during week 45.
Lower costs and increased traffic saw Maersk Line’s profits hit US$685 million this quarter.
Berry development is running up to 14 days earlier year-on-year for grapes in the Berg River region of South Africa.
Russian authorities have responded to appeals from the country’s biggest importers of agricultural goods.
November 11th, 2014
At PMA Fruittrade Latin America, industry experts will talk about why just having a good product is not enough.
South Korea has finally opened the door to Persian limes from Mexico, with table grapes next in line for approval.
A genetically modified potato that produces fewer cancerous chemicals could soon hit the U.S. market.
An Egyptian citrus industry leader has called for truck access to cross the Suez Canal to reduce export delays.
November 10th, 2014
Speaking prior to PMA Fruittrade Latin America, a Maersk representative says reefer demand is exceeding supply.
Subsole says its growers using certain methods to protect crops from extreme weather are seeing great results.
After a conference call with the DoA, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd has confirmed Vietnam is still open for exports.
At first it was just shortages driving up prices, but now Limoneira believes stonger lemon demand is here to stay.
November 7th, 2014
Finnwatch executive director Sonja Vartiala gives her account of the heated Natural Fruit trial against Andy Hall, revealing an unexpected twist in the story.
An old agreement to supply GB seed potatoes to Castro’s Cuba has been revisited.
Nature Fresh says its mobile micro greenhouse is a great way to educate consumers about food production.
China-bound exports of U.S. cranberries are up 104% this year, with a big future on the cards.
November 6th, 2014
Spots have filled up quickly for an event to promote a unique Italian pear at Eataly in New York.
Polish farmers protested in Warsaw this week, but an industry consultant has urged them not to panic.
A campaign that saw fresh produce sales rise by almost half has brought marketing awards for Lidl Finland.
The head of Chile’s Fedefruta says despite a favorable exchange rate, pome fruit prices have still fallen 25%.
November 5th, 2014
Despite good movement, prices for most U.S. table grape varieties in China fell during week 44.
Seatrade CEO Yntze Buitenwerf says shipping line fusions mean less choice for exporters and longer transit times.
The International Longshore & Warehouse Union says recent claims made against it were part of a smear campaign.
An aggressive Lake Constance investment program comes as part of a new structure for apple company BayWa.
November 4th, 2014
Almost 18 million metric tons of crops in Mexico are due to benefit from the country ridding itself of a specific Medfly.
Giumarra Companies’ Tom Richardson gives his take on what to expect from the Chilean blueberry season and next week’s PMA Fruittrade in Santiago.
A recent report could have bearings on legal disputes over mandarin variety rights in Spain and South Africa.
With California’s produce sector feeling the crunch, lobby group Western Growers is fighting for sensible decisions from state and federal governments.
November 3rd, 2014
Production will ramp up over the next few years for a new clementine variety that was discovered in Spain.
Euromonitor’s Marta Barriga explains agriculture’s resilience through the financial crises of recent years.
“The trick with Asia is you’ve got so many opportunities, it’s just which one’s going to strike first?” says John Carroll.
An animal study has concluded that walnuts’ nutritional content could protect brains from Alzheimer’s disease.
October 30th, 2014
Washington Red and Golden Delicious apples can soon be shipped to China after a two-year hiatus.
A criminal investigation is now underway after Tesco overstated its profits by US$423 million.
It turns out four different fruit flies are part of the same species, and the finding has big implications.
Expenses, sourcing costs and lower prices put the strain on Camposol’s profits in the third quarter.
A report suggests Ecuadorian dragon fruit exporters could fare well in China thanks to their in-demand variety.
After 16 years’ hard work, a major Chinese apple producing province could soon start shipping to the U.S.
October 29th, 2014
Chilean avocado exporters took some focus away from the U.S. market in week 43.
A New York law firm is investigating Chiquita over its shareholder duties relating to the Cutrale-Safra takeover.
International trade lawyer Karen Meier gives her take on the potential risks for Chileans boosting trade with Russia.
Capespan says the new activity in Turkey is part of ‘a quest to partner with the best people and companies’.
October 28th, 2014
Rainier’s sister warehouse now has the U.S. Northwest’s first automated fruit shipping facility.
The U.K.’s National Farmers’ Union says it is ‘dismayed’ about the decision to not accept EU support.
With some Brazilian water reservoirs at 5% capacity, lime prices have shot up to US$2.79 per kilogram.
The kiwifruit vine disease Psa has spread to another one of Chile’s key production areas.
October 27th, 2014
Victoria Nuevo-Celeste discusses a new kiwifruit brand and gives her take on easy peeler prospects.
While moving strawberries via sea can cause ‘shock’ for some end users, one shipper says it’s a good system.
Nearly five years after the program began, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has unveiled its Fair Food label.
After talks were fast-tracked in August, Canada will now take some market pressure off Polish apple exporters.
October 24th, 2014
A discount retailer in Britain is hoping to attract a new middle class clientele with a line of fresh organic produce.
The New Zealand group suing the government over the Psa outbreak has alleged Zespri ‘intimidated growers’ families’.
Corbana says a “small group cannot kidnap the development of a nation for special interests”.
290 million boxes could be shipped from Ecuador this year, with increasingly strong future prospects.
October 23rd, 2014
Walmart Canada a has signed up to the ‘Half Your Plate’ campaign, which aims to make healthy eating easier.
While South Africa’s grape industry would like to focus more on the Far East, some obstacles remain.
The number of products covered by a 2007 trade agreement between Chile and India is set to shoot up six-fold.
Leo Holt talks about new services, the healthy importance of produce and a proposed Guatemala canal.
October 22nd, 2014
U.S. lemon exporters began their season in China, while South African supply declined during week 42.
2015 could be an excellent year for Peruvian table grape exporters, with high volumes and good international prices.
The Argentine Blueberry Committee has rebuffed recent predications made about the future of its processed sector.
With Russia off the cards, a Polish blueberry group has successfully rebranded itself for a market closer to home.
October 21st, 2014
Severe weather conditions in the EU this year could mean a lower availability of wine on the market.
After a slip in table grape production during the last season, South Africa is now expecting a 4-7% increase.
Mexican officials say they will work toward improving product traceability and creating a single-window system.
In an unexpected change of tune, a major advisory body is now opposing a takeover of Chiquita.
October 20th, 2014
Revenue for Brazilian papaya exports has so far been 16% higher this year compared to 2013.
An Australian industry head says growers may end up leaving the sector as a result of the fenthion ban.
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