August 01, 2014 / Week N° 31
August 1st, 2014
Marketing expert Lisa Cork was impressed with produce packaging during a recent visit to London.
Peru’s Hass avocado representative body says it is on track to enter Japan, China and Korea in 2015.
New technology and better industry communication are Italy’s points of focus for improving kiwifruit quality.
New EU organic certification rules threaten to derail mixed crop farming through a purist approach.
July 31st, 2014
Irina Koziy gives the lowdown on the different implications of Russia’s recent ban on many Polish crops.
Chilean blueberry and plum growers in certain regions will now be obliged to create pest control methods.
New practices will be put in place at Zespri to avoid the repetition of previous mishaps in Asian export markets.
Costa Rica’s pineapple exports could hit US$900 million this year, as they grow 12.7% year-on-year.
July 30th, 2014
Canadian cherry exporters outperformed their U.S. competition in China during week 30.
France’s biggest apple exporter expects greater shipments to Asia this year, but is unsure about the European market.
A Del Monte exec says while there are market benefits from recent poor weather, it has driven up costs.
A British retailer conducted a worldwide search to find the “perfect” nectarine, but found it very close to home.
July 29th, 2014
Chilean cherries prices shot up this year but not all growers received the full benefit of the increase.
Amidst Greece’s economic crisis, the country’s grape growers are changing their practices to stay ahead of the game.
An Australian apple grower looks to ‘broaden’ China-bound exports after the first sea shipment was ‘a big success’.
A leading organic carrot supplier has been bought by a U.K. company.
July 28th, 2014
Large Californian pomegranates will be tight this year in a ‘uniquely’ early season for the industry.
A Maltese fruit importer hopes to change the country’s market dynamics with a banana brand people trust.
Peru’s EsSalud has recommended regular consumption of Cape gooseberries, also known as physalis and uchuva.
A report says El Niño bodes positively for Brazil’s mango industry, and not so well for a key competitor.
July 25th, 2014
An Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) expert looks at the important role of horticulture in development.
A recent CEPEA report looks at the Brazilian papaya season to date and what can be expected for the rest of 2014.
VitalBerry BV’s new variety with the ‘strongest aroma of all strawberries’ has performed strongly in Great Britain.
Canada’ BC Blueberry Council says gaining China and Korea access will be a key use of government funding.
July 24th, 2014
Retail veteran Greg Foran has been promoted from head of Walmart Asia to CEO of Walmart U.S.
They may make up a fraction of Syngenta’s business, but vegetable seeds outperformed total sales in the first half.
With harvest just days away, a large Israeli pomegranate producer is optimistic about the campaign ahead.
An Israeli pepper breeder has a new spicy creation that is undergoing sample trials in Europe and Africa.
July 23rd, 2014
Increased lemon imports to the U.S. East Coast compensated for California’s shortfall in week 29.
Nico Liturri discusses how unusual weather conditions have cut grape production estimates this year.
One Dutch blueberry marketer who experienced ‘almost no winter’ is enjoying a very productive harvest season.
Nut exporters could reap the fruits of the EU’s plans to raise maximum residue limits for one chemical.
July 22nd, 2014
A subsidiary of Compagnie Fruitiere in Cameroon has announced the expansion of its banana farms.
Wisconsin cranberry growers are due for an average crop this year amid unenticing market conditions.
Green Giant and Taylor Farms have kicked off a summer promotion involving sweepstakes and coupons.
Argentina has developed two new onion varieties with Guarani names, which are apt for humid farming areas.
July 21st, 2014
Migrant rights defender Andy Hall has revealed a new twist in his case with Natural Fruit in Thailand.
Fruit and vegetable packers and processors who sell their products in Europe will need to be aware of new rules for quaternary ammonium compounds.
British scientists have questioned why higher antioxidants in organic fruit should equate to public health benefits.
Foodservice provider Sysco has agreed to pay damages for its prior use of noncompliant drop sites in California.
July 18th, 2014
An ‘oversaturated’ U.S. avocado market has led to Peru competing more heavily with South Africa in the EU.
The USDA has slated a record level of funding for organic certification cost-share assistance.
The Chilean Table Grape Committee says a grapewine moth could threaten the whole national fruit industry.
Brazilians have spent a lot more on imported apples this year compared to the prices achieved for exports.
July 17th, 2014
Can new varieties help recover Chile’s dwindling presence in the fresh raspberry market?
We take a look at the latest of several centers supported by Israel that are raising Indian horticultural productivity.
Similar to Hass but with its own benefits, a South African avocado variety is ‘expanding at speed’ across the globe.
A new online service aims to make produce market dynamics easy to understand and visualize in context.
July 16th, 2014
The first placements in China for the U.S. table grape season were registered in week 28.
NZ Kiwifruit Vine Health has introduced a ‘Core Standard’ for nurseries to show they are disease-free.
Land disputes could be the motive behind an armed attack on a banana plantation in the Philippines.
July 15th, 2014
An important figure in Chile’s agricultural development, Alfonso Prohens, has died.
A large Chilean kiwifruit exporter says the season is ‘not disastrous’ despite production falling by 55%.
Terminal operators in Vancouver’s port will decide on whether to accept new business in the event of U.S. delays.
The latest EUROPHYT report is good news for South Africa’s citrus industry.
An Irish media outlet has revealed incentives and fees associated with the pending ChiquitaFyffes deal.
July 14th, 2014
While Argentina’s citrus crops have taken a battering, a leading exporter’s orange crop has been fairly unscathed.
Melbourne University research shows broccoli could be used as an alternative treatment for asthma sufferers.
New Zealand authorities have failed to protect an Indian whistleblower who revealed abuse in the kiwifruit industry.
An Ohio State University (OSU) study shows pairing avocados with orange veggies helps for Vitamin A conversion.
July 11th, 2014
Karen Caplan looks at the fanaticism that surrounds Hatch chiles, and the labeling laws in place to protect them.
The University of Western Sydney and HAL will build a special greenhouse to help bring the industry into the future.
A New Zealand kiwifruit company has announced a graduate scheme to ‘develop the future leaders of this industry’.
A large-scale Romanian police operation has broken up a gang that allegedly evaded tax through produce imports.
July 10th, 2014
An Ecuadorian banana industry rep discusses El Niño, drug inspections and shipping delays to China.
Western Growers has urged U.S. Congress for immigration reform to strengthen the agricultural industry.
The Universidad de Chile has completed tests with a new tech that improves water management in drought-hit regions.
Strong demand for Peruvian organic bananas has led one co-op to recruit more growers.
July 9th, 2014
Independence Day celebrations give U.S. lemons a boost in week 27.
A Colombian agricultural development body will work with other South American countries to strengthen the industry.
A U.S. company is investing in vertical farming facilities for leafy greens, with a transition to cannabis in its sights.
One company’s plight shows another reality from Pakistan’s tough restrictions imposed on mango exporters.
July 8th, 2014
California is expecting increased production of a crop that a recent study described as a new ‘superfood’.
The Michigan blueberry harvest is off to a slow start but one grower still expects a positive season.
Two new zones in Mexico will now have more opportunities to move their avocados both nationally and abroad.
Indian scientists have called for natural parasites to combat heavy infestations of the banana leaf roller.
July 7th, 2014
It is unconscionable that an academic researcher could face jail time for an audit conducted in a Thai fruit factory.
TomatoesNZ has asked consumers to complain if they suspect unlabeled irradiated tomatoes are being sold.
One exporter says a new ChiquitaFyffes fusion would gain more control, but Ecuadorian prices would be unaffected.
British Summer Fruits has responded to a European report into Salmonella and Norovirus risks in berries.
July 4th, 2014
Peruvian diplomats are lining up Shanghai supermarkets for the first sales of asparagus exports later this year.
New quinoa varieties are growing in France and the Netherlands, while cultivation in Asia is also a possibility.
Fresh Del Monte leaders have made handsome profits by cashing in on stock options in the company.
A Peruvian government agency is taking steps in its goal to make Cajamarca a berry capital.
July 3rd, 2014
China Fruits Corp has announced it will set up shop with Alibaba’s online sales platform Tmall.
Alpine Chile will now be known by the name Navy Blue Export S.A., driven by trade strategies for Europe and Asia.
Mexico is now the third Latin American country to accept Korean pears, after Chile and Peru.
The British potato industry is changing tack to regain its presence in the minds of consumers.
July 2nd, 2014
Canadian cherries joined U.S. and Spanish supply in China in week 26.
Banking on customer experience, a young company is making inroads in China’s booming online fruit market.
An industry body says Californian grape production will be fine for this year, but water usage is ‘unsustainable’.
“It takes a lot of guts to travel to Xinjiang alone just to procure local apples,” says trader Chen Haiwen.
July 1st, 2014
Limoneira has purchased a packing plant in Arizona to ‘significantly increase capacity’.
Australia’s AHEA will have access to new funding to boost online communication and trade relationships in Asia.
Around 14% of Himachal Pradesh orchards will come under a scheme aimed at raising orchard productivity.
After 10 months of negotiations, Tela Railroad Co. workers have negotiated a 27% pay rise to go over three years.
Delassus’ Fatiha Charrat looks back on what she describes as the ‘worst season ever’ for Moroccan citrus.
Avi Crane discusses an upcoming avocado season that he expects will put Peru in the top three suppliers to the U.S.
June 30th, 2014
Two major Florida citrus companies will merge packing operations to better cope with HLB consequences.
The CGA hopes a recent diplomatic visit will help dramatically reduce citrus black spot interceptions in Europe.
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