October 20, 2014 / Week N° 43
October 20th, 2014
An Australian industry head says growers may end up leaving the sector as a result of the fenthion ban.
Revenue for Brazilian papaya exports has so far been 16% higher this year compared to 2013.
A Brazilian professor says farmers using his HLB-detection machine could control the disease ‘within three years’.
Following the U.S., Australia and Chile, Taiwan has set its sights on Colombia as a new fresh litchi export market.
October 17th, 2014
A new U.S. rule proposes to scrap methyl bromide treatment from Chile’s existing kiwifruit export requirements.
A weekly service between Port Manatee and Veracruz in Mexico will ‘enhance delivery of fresher products’.
With a 12-month phaseout, Australia has banned almost all horticultural uses for the chemical fenthion.
Russian authorities believe Ukraine may be re-exporting agricultural products from prohibited countries.
October 16th, 2014
Marketing expert Lisa Cork draws on a recent trip to Thailand to explain the importance of culture in packaging.
A Chilean grower says frosts in southern production regions have destroyed 30-100% of several fruit crops.
A small clinical study has concluded a chemical found in broccoli sprouts could open up new autism research avenues.
A Freshfel rep says the EU must relax its ‘extremely limiting’ marketing rules to boost fresh produce consumption.
October 15th, 2014
Peruvian blueberries have been hitting the Chinese market recently, with Australia just having entered in week 41.
New Zealand’s Plant and Food Research is hoping to double 1,200 Kenyan avocado growers’ returns in a decade.
Subsole’s new marketing plan involves letting customers know exactly how much longer the avocados need to mature.
Two million banana trees are due to be planted in Haiti as part of a plan to strengthen the organic export sector.
October 14th, 2014
Freshfel’s André Feldhof outlines how European trade policy needs to change amid Russia’s produce embargo.
Brazil’s 2014-15 melon export season is already off to a positive start with strong prices as well.
Belgian pear growers are now on an equal footing with their neighbors after a Canadian market opening.
After a troublesome 2013-14 deal, the world’s leading blueberry exporter is looking much stronger this year.
October 13th, 2014
The Australian government is due to continue with its US$23 million Banana Freckle eradication project.
Sales have doubled for the British blackberry sector, which is in revival with sweeter varieties.
Travel and e-commerce put a dint in the Zhejiang Wenhui wholesale fruit market for a key national holiday.
Greater investment from abroad could shift Australian cherry growers away from their domestic market focus.
October 10th, 2014
CSO’s Elisa Macchi says the Italian kiwifruit industry cannot afford to rest on its laurels.
With a Chinese market opening on the cards, good weather has fared very well for Uruguay’s blueberry producers.
Despite reduced Latin American mango production, Kingston Fresh will import more Ecuadorian fruit this season.
Naturipe Farms says its innovative and recyclable packing aligns with organic consumers’ values.
October 9th, 2014
Vietnam has just two strikes left before risking an EU ban on its produce shipments.
Fear and stigmatization over Ebola threaten agricultural activities in West Africa, according to the FAO.
A berry from northern Australia has destroyed cancerous tumours in 75% of clinical tests.
A favorable exchange rate will likely help the Chilean produce industry in the summer season.
October 8th, 2014
The low availability of avocados from several countries helped balance supply and demand in Europe in week 40.
The U.S. looks set to lose its position as the second biggest grape supplier to the Chinese market this season.
The Watercress Alliance in the U.K. is launching an aggressive PR pitch in a bid to raise consumption.
Education programs have been key for helping Ghanaian farmers train up for exporting to Europe once more.
October 7th, 2014
Due to new avocado plantings and a recent focus on certification, Colombia is expecting 600% export growth by 2018.
Peru will offer Cape gooseberry growers a wealth of support to help raise export possibilities.
In a bid to help fight childhood obesity, Sunkist will sell its citrus with packaging from a popular kids’ TV show.
Mushroom company To-Jo has boosted a range of its facilities as new industry marketing concepts help increase sales.
October 6th, 2014
The U.S. plans to bolster specialty crop competitiveness by funding 838 agricultural projects across the country.
A produce shipper says the Moroccan industry’s constant ‘evolution’ is putting it in good stead for the future.
Italian kiwifruit companies are finding it difficult to get the volumes requested by large Chinese importers.
Canadian produce companies are no longer protected by the U.S. payment protection system PACA.
October 3rd, 2014
Westfalia and Subsole are hoping to take the Chilean avocado sector by storm with the Gem™ variety.
Freshmax and Crasborn Bros plan to merge to become New Zealand’s third largest apple exporter.
Citing a lack of transparency, New Zealand kiwifruit industry leaders have criticized a claim against the government.
While production challenges abound, China’s macadamia industry now has as many trees in the ground as Australia.
October 2nd, 2014
A UN working group has called attention to allegations over forced labor at two Thai fruit processors.
Despite some port delays in Argentina last month due to strikes, the blueberry industry says damages weren’t severe.
Viva Tierra Organic has embarked on its second Italian kiwifruit import season.
A new Tasmanian horticultural reform scheme aims to make progress where previous plans fell flat.
October 1st, 2014
The variable condition of Californian Hass avocados contributed to lower U.S. West Coast prices in week 39.
Despite seed availability challenges, kale growers are confident the vegetable’s popularity is here to stay.
South Africa expects to increase its macadamia nut hectarage by around 5% annually over the next five years.
Toshiba says the crops grown in its near-sterile factory in Japan will have extended shelf-life and superior freshness.
September 30th, 2014
APRATUC Guillermo Olivera says blueberry growing conditions have been “benign” compared to last year.
Peru’s mango grower body has emphasized a lower crop will not compromise export quality next season.
The IPPC will establish an expert committee to try and resolve South Africa’s CBS dispute with the EU once and for all.
As if Israeli farmers didn’t have enough pressure from overseas, now the country’s military won’t buy their crops.
September 29th, 2014
Three large table grape growers in South Africa lost some of their crops in last week’s poor weather.
The Brazilian companies trying to buy Chiquita are not impressed with its recent announcement regarding Fyffes.
A South African fruit industry representative believes it is possible the Chinese market will be open for next season.
Polish and Greek fruit exporters discuss the risks and regulations surrounding the gray market to Russia.
September 26th, 2014
Ready Pac’s Jay Ellis discusses the evolution of snacking and the segment’s ‘unlimited’ growth opportunities.
The North American cranberry harvest is underway, with leading cooperative Ocean Spray expanding internationally.
Recent hailstorms have put a €52.5 million dent in eastern Spanish citrus, grape and persimmon farms.
Argentina’s San Miguel aims to position itself as a “global citrus expert” under a new branding scheme.
September 25th, 2014
The Chilean Citrus Committee is upbeat about new export prospects in nearby Brazil.
Turners & Growers looks ahead to the next 100 years with a simplified name and new logo.
If Canadian authorities don’t act fast, exporters could soon be at risk of going bankrupt if they continue trade with the U.S.
Produce multinational Camposol is set to raise blueberry exports by 150% this year.
September 24th, 2014
A large Portuguese pear company says despite the Russian ban’s effects on EU supply, it will not change tack.
An initiative in Chile to use geothermal energy in a greenhouse could increase crop yield by 40% annually.
While Argentina is renowned for its citrus exports, only recently has it been able to send oranges next door to Chile.
Russia has returned tomato and potato consignments to Belarus as no countries of origin were given.
September 23rd, 2014
A Mexico-specific distribution center will be built in Canada as part of plans to bolster the countries’ trade relationship.
Colombian authorities have introduced a phone number for people to report ‘the worst pest in agriculture’.
Tesco has turned back time with its unique introduction of purple carrots originally popularized in 17th century Britain.
Canary Islands tomato exports could grow 60% if a series of new measures are introduced.
September 22nd, 2014
Pakistani exporters are hopeful a Russian deal could open up new avenues now closed to European produce shippers.
European buyers give their take on a recent visit to see Peru’s produce logistics, farms, packhouses and markets.
We take a visit to Peru with a buyer mission organized by SIPPO, which is also looking to find new partners in Colombia.
IFPRI director general Dr. Shenggen Fan says subsidies that distort food markets need to change for healthier outcomes.
September 18th, 2014
Frieda’s Specialty Produce CEO Karen Caplan discusses “Fruits & Veggies – More Matters” month.
With increasing volumes of unique varieties and a new mesh packaging, one Washington producer eases into the season.
Many years’ hard work finally pay off as 4Earth Farms sees phenomenal growth from its various organic programs.
A Scotiabank report claims greater Mexican and U.S. competition has led to lower export values for Peruvian asparagus.
September 17th, 2014
Californian and Mexican avocados outperformed Peruvian fruit on the U.S. West Coast in week 37.
The California Citrus Mutual says state groundwater management plans ‘will create more problems than they solve.’
Tesco has launched another funky apple with colorful flesh, two years after the last one.
Chile saw a 11.4% reduction in fruit exports for the 2013-14 season, largely due to port strikes and frosts.
September 16th, 2014
A few days after suspending aid to farmers affected by Russia’s ban, the EU is set to announce its new measures.
The finalization of Australia’s FTA with Korea may take the pressure off other Asian citrus markets next season.
Dutch revelers have pelted tomatoes at each other in a party to raise awareness about the effects of Russia’s food ban.
Spain’s lemon season will be one of ‘normality and stability’ but there may be heavy Turkish competition in EU markets.
September 15th, 2014
A South African citrus industry representative gives insights from a recent visit to Hong Kong, India and Indonesia.
Maersk says that like avocados and bananas, mangoes also stand to benefit from controlled atmosphere containers.
Although it doesn’t reduce weight, a study shows mango consumption could lower blood sugar levels in obese adults.
Peru’s citrus industry has notched a more sober export result after a blistering start to harvests raised expectations.
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