March 08, 2014 / Week N° 10
March 7th, 2014
Cocaine was hidden in the walls of banana boxes in a recent drug bust outside of Paris.
Jan van de Ven discusses a tool exporters can use in the Netherlands to protect European payment rights.
South African multinational Capespan Group raised its fruit volumes for the first time in six years in 2013.
New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula is showing signs of recovery for its kiwifruit industry.
March 6th, 2014
Belgium’s Biobest hopes to bring its “flying doctor” bumblebees and other organic products to Chinese growers.
Mark Baker looks back on the 2013 South African avocado season and efforts made for market access in the U.S. and Japan.
A new rule set by APHIS will mean more kiwifruit from California and abroad meet minimum grade requirements.
A Chilean study seeks to overcome an Achilles’ heel of sorts for pomegranates – their sensitivity to the cold.
March 5th, 2014
Argentine apples registered similar prices in Brazil to last year in week 9.
A New Zealand sorting equipment company has bought out Spain’s Fomesa.
Total Produce was able to overcome currency challenges to raise profits and revenue in 2013.
The largest asparagus distributor in North America has teamed up with California-based FoodLink.
March 4th, 2014
USHBC research bodes well for what California Giant Berry Farms expects will be a much larger U.S. blueberry crop.
Table grape packing is either done or finishing up in the majority of South Africa’s growing regions.
Resistance to citrus black spot (CBS) disease is the driver behind a new Brazilian GM field study.
Peru’s leading pomegranate exporter discusses the season ahead, and what the industry needs to grow.
March 3rd, 2014
Pakistani produce items will be allowed in Russia again, but a protocol is still needed for the country’s potatoes.
US$11 billion Indian company Mahindra outlines plans for grape and apple branding.
Transportation time for Pakistani fruit exported to China will be cut to 70 minutes by air.
Argentine avocado growers are not happy about a proposed entry of Peruvian volume that could “crush” them.
February 28th, 2014
Peru’s organic banana exporters will now have a new technology at their disposal to make life a little bit easier.
Victoria-based Murphy Fresh has seen high yields from a Truss tomato developed by Monsanto’s De Ruiter Seeds.
Forecasts for Chile’s kiwifruit crop are slightly higher than estimates released after frosts hit orchards last year.
Peru’s Senasa has set a series of new requirements for Hass avocado exports to the United States.
February 27th, 2014
South African apple growers are dealing with the effects of hail and a European crop overhang.
British Farming Minister George Eustice has made controversial comments about the unemployed and farm labor.
Taiwan is investing in organic vegetable consumption for kids to make agriculture healthier and safer.
Bayer CropScience hopes a new green band nematicide will gain traction to support Costa Rica’s banana industry.
February 26th, 2014
Local pear supplies began to hit markets in the U.S. and Europe, possibly complicating imports in week 8.
Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain digs deep into the data to assess the biggest price spike in recent blueberry history.
Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton compares what Rocky Balboa and Chilean blueberries have in common.
Theo Houwen from Driscoll’s talks about recent front-end and supply advances in the berry category.
February 25th, 2014
British retailer M&S continues its exotic fruits campaign with an Amazonian specimen related to mangosteens.
Philippine inspectors were happy with the state of Argentine pome fruit and grape operations during a recent tour.
A Taiwanese importer looks back on recent pre-Chinese New Year sales.
Modelled after Rungis in France, the US$242 million Gaunnar perishables market is on its way in India.
February 24th, 2014
We caught up with the PMA’s Nancy Tucker and others from the U.S. delegation at this year’s Fruit Logistica.
A shift to cheaper options from upscale fruits is just one of many trends highlighted by Russian market analyst Irina Koziy.
A Spanish study produced higher yield in greenhouse tomato plants protected by mobile shading.
With Red Seedless varieties on the water, South African grape shippers hope to find an improved European market.
February 21st, 2014
From Canada to Colombia to Spain, farmers are showing interest in a new pre-cooling technology.
Peru’s national mango association is on track to exceeding export forecasts with a sharp rise in shipments.
Financial support for exports will be one of the measures entailed in an emergency decree for citrus growers in Tucumán.
A buyer from Asda in the U.K. discusses the popularity of a fruit that is outselling kiwifruit and pineapples.
February 20th, 2014
Spain’s Alcudia Export Fruit speaks about increased competition for its traditional pomegranate variety.
An Indian grape shipper says weather set back harvest times, but volumes will be up.
Shandong Goodfarmer’s Liu Zijie outlines some of the company’s trading operations and plans.
Philippine company AgriNurture has indicated plans to create a more independently supplied pineapple business.
February 19th, 2014
Stonefruit supplies were low and prices were rising in the U.S. in week 7.
Plátano de Canarias marketing manager Sergio Caceres talks about how a new seal could help the industry.
Del Monte Pacific has completed the purchase of one of the “most respected consumer brands in the United States”.
Easy ordering trials for fresh produce and other areas aided Coles in a strong half-year earnings result.
February 18th, 2014
Learning its lesson from China, Zespri has been proactive in Taiwan after discrepancies were found in invoices.
Germany’s IPD and Switzerland’s SIPPO work with growers from diverse regions to access European buyers.
A wide range of Australian horticultural products will enjoy an immediate tariff break in Korea.
All Lemon president Romain Corneille says there will be stricter controls for Argentine lemon exports this year.
February 17th, 2014
A temporary ban from Russia has encouraged Pakistani kinnow exporters to improve food safety practices.
From Colombian avocados to U.S. blueberries, Camposol is looking to new supplies to build its brand.
Although new to China, U.S., Western-style pears have already exceeded volume expectations.
Cairo-based Elwadi Export is celebrating 50 years of business with large volumes of navel oranges.
February 14th, 2014
Karen Caplan of Frieda’s Specialty Produce shares some aphrodisiacal fruit ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
After a decade of talks, Argentina will be able to ship fresh oranges and mandarins to Japan.
A vegetable oil mix has been used successfully to control pests in cucumber crops, said the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute.
New Zealand MP Shane Jones has accused the Countdown supermarket of blackmail, racketeering and extortion.
February 13th, 2014
T&G CEO Alastair Hulbert discuses operational expectations for kiwifruit, apples, grapes and blueberries.
New direct trade routes out of India could help Delicious Mangoes expand its focus on Europe.
Driscoll’s has described the Lusa strawberry as an advancement in glasshouse production.
Nelly Yunta gives insights into a pilot perishables program in Florida, and fumigation issues for Chilean blueberries.
February 12th, 2014
Red Globes were a harder sell than seedless grape varieties in the U.S. and Europe in week 6.
The Uruguayan citrus industry expects a larger crop this year, but it will have to deal with higher tariffs in Europe.
The head of one of Europe’s oldest fruit distributors discusses supply and demand trends for Germany and Eastern Europe
Peru expects to surpass its export record for fruit products in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.
February 11th, 2014
While Southern Hemisphere apples can expect an uptick this year, pears will not follow their lead.
Malaysia now joins Thailand in selling the pungent-smelling durian fruit to British consumers.
Marketing under the Kimaye brand, a dramatic rise in pomegranate production is in store for India’s INI Farms.
A follow-up report from Finnwatch has led to a planned three-day warehouse boycott of some Thai fruit juices.
February 10th, 2014
Freshfel and EPHA have questioned plans to unite school fruit and dairy promotions.
New Zealand farmers can take a sign of relief after this month’s fruit fly scare.
Colombia hopes progress in fruit fly eradication could help open the U.S. market for uchuvas.
Growth in Indian agricultural exports was driven by products such as Basmati rice and mango pulp.
February 7th, 2014
Robert Guenther highlights research and nutritional funding for specialty crops in the latest U.S. farm bill.
A Swedish university found lingonberries to prevent weight gain and lower blood sugar.
Banana Link’s Alistair Smith analyzes the pressures that are putting many growers out of business.
Chilean researchers hope a better genetic understanding of raspberries will improve shelf life.
February 6th, 2014
A relatively unknown fruit, a berry known as ‘Calafate’ could have potential as a health supplement.
Initial estimates have been released for export losses during Chile’s three-week port strike.
A mysterious disease in Washington state is causing small, tasteless and unmarketable cherries.
With ideal market windows, Senegalese mango growers expect continued growth with the help of a Dutch program.
February 5th, 2014
U.S. avocado movement slowed down in week 5, following high sales for the Super Bowl.
Italy’s main pear variety, Abate Fetel, is making its rounds in its first year on the U.S. market.
The U.S. Senate ended two years of legislative debate yesterday with a final farm bill vote.
Whole Food’s most recent non-profit annoucement could influence urban access to healthy foods.
February 4th, 2014
A Dole Europe subsidiary has entered an agreement to buy an early season grape farm in the Orange River region.
Marketing expert Lisa Cork discusses a nifty packaging concept she felt an instant affinity with.
The Chilean Kiwifruit Committee and Kiwifruit of Italy will formalize a collaboration agreement this week.
A U.N. guide seeks to standardize management of plant genetic material to promote conservation.
Sergio del Castillo discusses Peru’s citrus production trends, and plans to develop markets like Africa.
February 3rd, 2014
A German company’s product has been a game changer in the global transport of bananas.
A ZTI Mechatronic innovation promises to cut grape destemming costs significantly.
A Dutch technology free of chemicals or gases can extend broccoli shelf life by up to eight days.
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