March 03, 2015 / Week N° 10
March 3rd, 2015
Per hectare pome fruit yields in Australia are on the up thanks to improved orchard management.
Spinach, coriander, tomatoes, cucumber and grapes are some crops that have been hit by heavy rain in Maharashtra.
The Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) is offering a Panama Disease Race IV-resistant banana cultivar to growers in Davao.
A Kremlin representative says Russia may be able to get around the food import ban by using local processing as a condition of entry.
March 2nd, 2015
Three Russian lawmakers who proposed to remove the import ban have been reprimanded for the action.
Part of a Chinese county has received the Protected Eco-Origin Product certification for red kiwifruit varieties.
Raquel Izquierdo de Santiago gives her assessment as to why the EU School Fruit scheme should definitely not be pulled or changed.
A Peruvian company hopes to plant dozens of hectares of a fruit that is often promoted as an alternative cancer treatment.
February 27th, 2015
Capespan North America says there will likely be a ‘fast peak and abrupt end’ for Thompsons.
Stemming from a recent FTA, Australia’s cherry exports to South Korea have experienced exponential growth.
Russian authorities have approved several Moldovan firms for apple exports.
With GDP per capita that is five times lower than the EU, is China ready for fairtrade produce? Fairtrasa’s Patrick Struebi thinks yes.
February 26th, 2015
Port congestion in New Orleans has delayed the completion of a logistics move for Chiquita Brands International.
Pistachio growers all around the globe have cause for celebration on World Pistachio Day.
While Irish retailers have been slow on the uptake of fairtrade bananas, two stores recently committed to stock 100% fairtrade pears.
February 25th, 2015
The company that recalled its berry products due to a recent health scare recorded strong results for its fruit brand last year.
Freshfel has urged the European Commission not to put ‘better regulation’ ahead of children’s health.
Large Red Globe volumes from South Africa pushed prices down in Europe in week 8.
“I’d prefer an average volume crop of good size to a massive crop of small fruit,” says Seven Fields’ Brett Jackson.
San Miguel aims to overcome complex challenges outside of its control for the processed and fresh citrus sectors.
February 24th, 2015
There is as yet no indication as to when China’s citrus import suspension on Tulare County might be lifted.
Some growers have been hit hard by Cyclone Marcia while timing has been very lucky for others.
After missing “critical shipping opportunities”, the Washington Apple Commission is pleased the ports are back up and running.
A major U.K. vegetable supplier intends to form a joint venture with brassica grower and marketer Lincolnshire Field Products.
February 23rd, 2015
Both the AHEA and Ausveg believe the recent Hepatitis A outbreak has re-opened the debate on COO labels.
After making its name in dragonfruit, Colombia’s Asoppitaya plans to move into organic crops and other tropical fruits.
EastPack’s CEO says he’s ‘pretty optimistic’ about the season amid strong industry recovery from Psa.
A major New Zealand apple exporter says a colder February has led to ‘exceptional’ fruit color.
February 20th, 2015
The creator of a dehydrator that uses renewable energy says it protects produce quality.
Pome fruit growers in Rio Negro will suffer from falling market prices and rising costs this season.
Argentina’s lemon volumes are recovering from last season, but are still 15-20% off ‘normal’ levels.
Morocco has so far this season shipped 5% more citrus to North America than the EU.
February 19th, 2015
An experienced avocado industry veteran reveals his forecasts for the market’s future and supply sources.
While Uber has been banned in many countries, the app is growing rapidly in China where it is also involved with fresh produce in one city.
China’s efforts to halt corruption have affected gift giving, and therefore the sales of imported Australian premium fruits.
HortNZ has called for tougher biosecurity measures after the fourth fruit fly detection in three years.
February 18th, 2015
A low blueberry supply and stable demand allowed for price rises in the U.S. in week 7.
An Australian mango exporter says it is beginning a three-year export program to the U.S.
A U.K. government body has prosecuted the head of a company that supplied vegetable harvesting workers.
Tomatoes and melons showed the biggest percentage sales increases at Fresh Del Monte in the fourth quarter.
February 17th, 2015
One EU importer believes Indian mango sales may initially be affected by a damaged reputation.
A unique government-backed e-commerce platform is expected to usher in an era of cheap imported fruit.
Despite the Russian ban, Greece has relatively low kiwifruit stocks remaining.
A group in South Africa’s Loskop Valley hopes to send a trial of ‘top quality’ citrus to the U.S. this season.
February 16th, 2015
Robert Thode alleges there is a conflict of interest in the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project.
California’s avocado grower body has forecast volumes 10% higher year-on-year.
ASOEX has said US$45 million worth of fruit is at risk of deteriorating due to U.S. port delays.
Giumarra will offer seedless watermelons grown in Mexico from around mid-March.
February 13th, 2015
Marketing expert Lisa Cork has a look at the legume-free Paleo diet.
Amid reports of a possible initial public offering, Univeg clarifies a board member’s position.
Russian and Afghani authorities are said to be discussing an unconventional trade deal.
Tom Nassif releases a statement on the ‘nightmarish situation’ in West Coast ports.
February 12th, 2015
The Polish government is planning to withdraw some 155,700MT of apples and pears from the market.
An Indian grower is gearing up for renewed mango exports to Europe, but thinks exchange rates will impact produce trading overall.
A biosecurity partnership has been formed in Australia’s Sunraysia to protect citrus from exotic pests.
A Peruvian mango industry head says he is “confident” a recent visit by Korean officials went well.
February 11th, 2015
The U.S. blueberry market generally saw good demand and prices in week 6.
A Turners & Growers pipfruit executive discusses China’s opening for U.S. apples and a challenging New Zealand deal.
Carlos Stabile says the Argentine blueberry sector is moving “along the right path.”
A Seattle-based law firm alleges that Chiquita produces bananas in such a way that poisons local residents.
February 10th, 2015
One Serbian grower says he’d rather have a level playing field than the comparative benefits of Russian market access.
E-commerce giant Fruitday’s January sales value almost matched the whole first half of 2013.
The California Citrus Mutual estimates exports this so far this season are 25% lower than planned.
Although a cold spring hit New Zealand’s apple volumes, the warm summer has boosted quality.
February 9th, 2015
Karen Caplan discusses how produce is taking the center stage at restaurants.
Amid soaring U.S. avocado demand, the first U.S.-South Africa agricultural committee has been set up.
After a 10-year hiatus due to a leaf borer detection, France is again shipping apples to the U.S.
Colombia’s Agriculture Minster says gaining U.S. avocado access would be like ‘winning the lottery’.
February 6th, 2015
The U.K. Groceries Code Adjudicator has ‘reasonable suspicion’ Tesco breached its code of practice.
Research has shown that antioxidants attract fruit flies and cause the females to lay eggs.
Giumarra has described its ‘extra-sweet’ apricots and nectarines as an ‘international solution’.
An Aneberries representative says Mexican berries’ sweetness will fare well for them in China.
February 5th, 2015
U.S. fumigation rules on Chilean blueberries have caused one organic exporter to look to China.
An Australian grower-owned avocado marketer says it has driven costs down ‘in an overall sense’.
Waitrose hopes to build stronger links with growers through a deal with fruit supplier Primafruit.
A bell pepper robot harvester could soon stir up the European greenhouse sector.
February 4th, 2015
Chilean avocado exports to the U.S. were 66% lower year-on-year during week 5.
It’s a busy season for fruit traders in China, and Thailand will be looking to make an impact.
An Indian company’s investment in Czech cherry orchards is set to pay dividends in the coming years.
After U.S. success, an event aimed at advancing women in agribusiness will also be held in Europe.
February 3rd, 2015
Two German retailers have been awarded the Fruchthandel Magazine Retail Award 2015.
A good U.S. dollar exchange rate supported the Chilean cherry sector in a season of record volumes.
Food poisoning attorney Bill Marler says the cost of the recent U.S. Listeria outbreak will be huge.
The South African Department of Labour will increase farmworkers’ minimum wages from March.
Despite concerns over the ‘Australian price point’, Pagoda in China may import Tasmanian apples this year.
February 2nd, 2015
A report says there could be a connection between litchi seeds and an unknown illness in a northern Indian region.
Commercial consignments of two Korean Unshu sweet and mandarin orange hybrids can now enter the U.S.
The central Chinese city of Chongqing has been approved as free trade port for imported produce.
Some arrivals of Chilean cherries in China will not be opened for a few weeks when demand is due to increase.
January 30th, 2015
Capespan aims to bring its total South African pome fruit production land to 630 hectares in three years.
US$16 million worth of EU funds will help improve the capacity of two of Europe’s busiest ports.
Due to the state’s lack of funds, Hawaii may propose a land swap with Dole Food Company.
Andy Hall says documents show European buyers did not plan to cut Natural Fruit’s supply after his factory audit report.
January 29th, 2015
An animated bear who likes marmalade has given Spanish orange growers a boost in the U.K. this winter.
Russia is on track to lifting its import ban on a key Eastern European apple exporter.
China’s largest online retailer plans to promote food imports from the U.S., Canada, Chile, Australia, New Zealand and France.
Avocados shipped from two key Chilean regions to China will likely not be subjected to cold treatment next season.
January 28th, 2015
Avocado prices on the U.S. East Coast remained stable despite a higher supply in week 4.
“We cannot allow agriculture in this region to die,” were the words of SAN’s María Inés Figari after revealing a recent drought report.
A government-backed organization in Himachal Pradesh intends to significantly improve apple storage options in the state.
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