May 22, 2015 / Week N° 21
May 22nd, 2015
Pomegranates, nectarines and avocados were on the agenda during recent meetings between AQSIQ and SAG.
The California Fresh Fruit Association’s head believes future state-wide minimum wage rises may limit the sector’s competitiveness internationally.
With fungi affected the flowering stage of Persian limes in a Mexican state, U.S.-bound shipments look set to slip.
A Chilean company affiliated with Illinois-based Sun Belle has signed a deal to develop blueberry plantations in Peru.
May 21st, 2015
The organizers of Shanghai’s iFresh Summit hope the event will be a positive force for change, tackling asymmetries in the import game as fruit production modernizes rapidly at home.
May 20th, 2015
The Irish multinational says the first four months of 2015 have been ‘satisfactory’ and full year earnings should be in the upper targeted range.
Demand for grapes was increasing in South Korea due to the nearing of the Budda’s Birthday in week 20.
A Brazilian apple company is yet to recover from last year’s price falls, with a loss recorded for the first quarter of 2015.
‘Low returns’ and ‘political issues’ were two reasons given why Israeli grape exports have decreased significantly over recent years.
May 19th, 2015
Australian citrus growers are upbeat for the season ahead with the first shipments set to arrive in mid-June.
Although the British strawberry deal has started 10 days later than last year, expectations are high for a strong campaign.
Following recent trade restrictions, one Costa Rican avocado grower believes California could be a potential new market supplier.
Russian authorities have been blocking an average of more than 1,000MT per month of plant-based products coming through Belarus.
May 18th, 2015
The devaluation of the Russian ruble has hit a major Turkish citrus exporter hard, with debts owed to a large number of companies and workers.
A new bill aims to ensure retailers’ products have not been produced using child or forced labor.
ASPROCAN has been recognized for its low incidence of greenhouse gases across the banana supply chain.
Following more than US$100 million dollars of investment in Costa Rica last year, Dole now plans to create some 150 new jobs.
May 15th, 2015
Pomegranates, grapes and lemons being shipped to the U.S. from parts of Chile will now require an additional treatment.
AVA-ASAJA says never before have prices for premium mandarin varieties like Nadorcott and Tango been so low.
Inspectors from an Asian country will visit Vancouver this summer with view to opening up the market to fresh British Columbia blueberries.
Haitian producers covering 1,000 hectares will receive technical assistance from two French groups to grow and ship organic bananas.
May 14th, 2015
With Naturipe’s first commercial office in Mexico having opened late last year, the berry marketer has big plans for the future.
A clearer legislation for Australian quarantine is expected to save AUD$6.9 million per annum in efficiencies.
The Australian state of Victoria gained significant ground on Tasmania this season for cherry exports.
Police in San Quintin have been criticized for an excessive use of force, amid clashes with farmworkers that have been striking since March.
May 13th, 2015
Greenyard Foods and Peatinvest are now one step closer to their combination with Univeg to form the world’s largest fresh produce group.
Local lemon prices in the U.S. were on the up but Navels saw little change in week 19.
Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology says El Niño thresholds have been reached in the tropical Pacific for the first time since March 2010.
In April it was apples to India and now it’s pears for China. Argentina is on a roll with inaugural fruit shipments to Asia.
May 12th, 2015
A Cameroon-based subsidiary of Compagnie Fruitière is expecting an 8% boost in banana production this year.
South Africa, Australia and Spain are just three countries unable to ship avocados to Costa Rica due to sunblotch concerns.
Recent comments made by Japanese Ambassador to Peru, Tatsuya Kabutan, bode well for the country’s avocado exporters.
A new Chilean easy peeler is “not superior nor inferior” in taste to a clemenule, but it does ripen three weeks earlier and show better sizing.
May 11th, 2015
A study from the University of Michigan and Texas A&M yielded an unexpected finding – pollen grains may have an impact on rainfall.
BanaBay’s Vitali Donskoi sees huge potential for the company’s bananas in the Russian market.
Using a bacteria native to Australia, a natural product from Chile’s Biogram prevents a serious disease that affects a range of crops.
Monsanto appears unswayed by Syngenta’s rejection of its takeover offer in a bid to form the world’s largest crop protection and seed group.
May 8th, 2015
In a record year for volumes with many challenges in markets, Chile’s blueberry export values grew slightly in 2014-15.
One Ugandan says “enough is enough” when it comes to rogue companies shipping contaminated produce.
PMA’s Nancy Tucker says the group’s healthy eating initiative with Sesame Street is ‘an incredible opportunity to make a difference in this world.’
Profits fell by more than half for German produce company BayWa in the first quarter but the group is optimistic for the months ahead.
May 7th, 2015
In the wake of the Four Corners report on some labor contractors’ dodgy practices, Citrus Australia has urged people to report any incidents of abuse.
While hailstorms have affected New Zealand’s apple volumes, Enzafruit is upbeat for a positive 2015 campaign in Europe.
We speak with the growers of an organic, chocolate-colored tomato now marketed by Dutch company Eosta.
Blocked produce shipments close to the 200MT mark are fast becoming the norm for Russia’s agricultural watchdog.
With a long cherry season ahead, Stemilt Growers gives the lowdown on what retailers can expect through to September.
May 6th, 2015
Prices for Chilean Royal Galas were higher than the South African competition in China during week 18.
A Zespri China representative says a new distribution partner has been found in the Sichuan province, and the company will continue looking for fresh regional alliances.
J.V. Steele has secured the exclusive rights to sell a unique onion variety in the U.S. and Canada.
Wageningen University and Research Centre has sown the first quinoa fields as part of its field test study in the Netherlands.
May 5th, 2015
While kiwifruit vine disease Psa shows some resistance to antibiotics, New Zealand researchers have made a breakthrough in biological controls.
Two key pilot initiatives from 2014 will continue for Western Cape citrus exporters to the U.S. this year, but there will be a few minor changes in shipping practices.
The quarantine area around La Serena was recently expanded due to a Medfly detection outside the original zone.
APHIS says larger citrus volumes expected from Peru would not represent more than 1% of current imports or local production.
May 4th, 2015
With more gold kiwifruit on its way this year, New Zealanders are hoping to raise the fruit’s profile across the Tasman Sea in Australia.
The fiber-rich Burgundine asparagus variety will be available in Tesco stores in the U.K. starting this week.
Mendoza’s planted hectarage of garlic is expected to shoot up by more than a quarter this season.
The harvest season for a fruit sometimes called ‘citrus caviar’ will kick off in California in June.
April 30th, 2015
The head of Nielsen Perishables Group talks about how retailers and growers might be missing a trick in the Latin American market.
WDP Nederland will be making substantial investments in two facilities operated by produce company The Greenery.
In a time of excess supply, the USDA has pledged to make its largest apple purchase in history.
A Peruvian asparagus and artichoke company has refuted allegations it manipulated financial accounts to avoid paying workers a share of its profits.
April 29th, 2015
Chilean Red Globe grapes performed well in the U.S., China and South Korea during week 17.
A farmworker union is demanding a 40% pay rise in Tucumán, but the government says economic conditions don’t allow for more than 30%.
Oheng Import & Export Co was one Chinese company receiving the first batches of California cherries in Shanghai earlier this week.
Colombia’s Minister of Agriculture believes the country will one day soon export seedless grapes from the Cauca Valley.
April 28th, 2015
Argentina’s Senasa has emphasized a recent pest discovery in an urban area does not affect Oasis Centro’s fruit fly-free status.
Freshfel members will now have a new tool at their fingertips for analyzing markets and forming strategies.
A new planting technique for blackberries makes it easier for the fruit to be harvested and ensures more berries make the grade.
One avocado producer estimates Colombia’s export volumes shot up by around a half last season.
April 27th, 2015
While the British Columbia cherry growers are ‘mobbed’ by Chinese interest, the U.S. Northwest early start is cause for ‘excitement’.
Two neighboring Latin American countries could soon be exporting new fruits and vegetables to the U.S.
While ‘not completely unexpected’, regular testing has found streptomycin-resistant Psa in two Te Puke orchards.
‘Cutecumbers’ will be sold in several cities around the biggest cucumber-producing country in the world.
April 24th, 2015
U.S. retailer Waitrose is expecting a ‘bumper crop’ of home-grown tomatoes over the coming months.
The U.S. has identified five potential pests that would need control if Spain were to be granted access for cherry imports.
Indonesia’s three-month ban on some U.S. apples due to a listeria outbreak has come to an end.
Peruvian asparagus may have some transit time issues in reaching China, but competition with local produce should be minimal.
April 23rd, 2015
Predictions for a long heatwave in the U.K. have sparked high expectations for this year’s asparagus crop.
After a 10-year absence, Argentine apple shippers are once more sending their fruit to India.
Growers in Israel’s Arava region will receive government incentives to convert from peppers to other crops.
A U.K. fruit supplier has been forced to shut down its factory after losing a key contract with retailer Asda.
April 22nd, 2015
Preference for national apples in the U.S. became apparent as Chilean volumes increased in week 16.
A few weeks of rainfall at the start of a company’s pomegranate harvest did not dampen an ‘extremely positive’ season.
Zespri has planned promotional activities in Berlin, Hamburg and Düsseldorf to spread the word about SunGold kiwifruit.
With previous strains of Panama disease already in the country, India is pulling out the stops to prevent a TR4 incursion.
April 21st, 2015
Chiquita had a victory in court yesterday for one case, right as a new one had just opened with allegations of “pesticide showers” in Guatemala.
One of three new Chilean raspberry varieties grows earlier than the standard cultivar and has a high Brix level.
Despite industry concerns a recent cold snap might hamper Turkish cherry production, one grower is expecting higher volumes.
A U.S.-based subsidiary of two Latin American berry groups is optimistic for this year’s blueberry deal.
April 20th, 2015
Belgian berry importer Special Fruit says new labels, topseals and shakers reflect a ‘unique market move’.
A kiwifruit shipment marked as Chilean has been rejected by Russia’s Rosselkhoznadzor, claiming its certificate was fraudulent.
Peru’s table grape exports rose by more than a fifth in the 2014-15 campaign.
Despite some serious problems facing the industry, Florida’s citrus growers are said to have had a relatively good season.
April 17th, 2015
A table grape facility in northern Chile has been turned into a distribution center to support the post-flood relief effort.
A leading Copiapó vegetable grower discusses the “slow funeral” of his business and hopes for salvaging crops.
The Atacama table grape industry at least has its heritage intact after the first rootstock planted in the region survived recent floods.
“It’s possible to enter but you if you’re walking like an astronaut in the mud you can’t access the tree to harvest,” says olive grower Rafael Garcia.
April 16th, 2015
The head of an ambitious sustainability campaign says ‘change has never come from a majority, but rather from a trendsetting minority’.
Boosting exports into Asia and sustainable growing methods are key aims of an Almond Centre of Excellence.
An optional levy of 1 cent per kilogram of bananas marketed would reimburse growers affected by the TR4 outbreak.
The National Mango Board is encouraging retailers to carry out promotional activities to move an expected increase in supply.
April 15th, 2015
Transport strikes led to a difficult market situation for apples and grapes in Colombia in week 15.
A tie-up that could create US$3.9 billion in combined sales is expected to be completed in a few months’ time.
Two specialists in Panama Disease Tropical Race IV will come to Queensland to assist with the recent outbreak.
Following the reopening of the EU market, Indian mango exporters could reportedly soon gain broader access to the U.S. as well.
April 14th, 2015
The California Citrus Mutual claims agriculture has taken the largest water cut out of any sector in the state.
Despite China signing a deal to allow all U.S. apple imports in January, a grower body has received ‘no indication’ the process has moved forward.
Demand for natural products in food and cosmetics has helped Peru’s lemon essential oil exports double in five years.
The first tomato crop from a major greenhouse project in Ohio is expected to be harvested this December.
April 13th, 2015
A Canary Islands union alleges banana growers are avoiding contract negotiations in order to hire new staff at lower wages.
An interactive website shows Cuba leads the world in fruit consumption, while the British eat a lot more than their first world counterparts.
A recent study shows complementing meals with cranberries can produce ‘modest but notable’ health benefits.
Yonghui Superstores plans to buy more than US$15 million of Australian fruit, meat and seafood products in 2015.
April 10th, 2015
A South African agribusiness investor hopes to buy out minority shareholders in a US$590 million a year produce company.
The Copa Cogeca head has proposed tighter EU measures to lower the chances of CBS entering from South Africa.
Australia’s cherry industry body says better airfreight protocols are needed, amid expectations for a doubling of exports over the next ‘five to seven years’.
Despite Chiquita’s objection, a U.S. judge believes the deposition of three jailed Colombian ex-paramilitaries should take place ‘immediately’.
April 9th, 2015
Two Mediterranean fruit flies have been caught in traps in Chile’s Los Andes province.
A deal worth around US$915 million between Dairy Farm and a large Chinese supermarket chain has just been completed.
Kaushal Khakhar says restoring faith in Indian mangoes around the world is a ‘matter of pride’.
The Dominican Republic says it has managed to contain the recent Medfly outbreak and cut the population in half.
April 8th, 2015
Chilean blueberries were losing prominence over local and Mexican supply in the U.S. in week 14.
The Brazilian government has jumped on the ‘ugly fruit’ bandwagon to counteract a 30% produce waste rate.
Although a Polish apple shipment was reportedly intended for sale in Kazakhstan, Russia would not allow its transit from Belarus.
Four years of work from Peru to ease U.S. import restrictions on mangoes, citrus and peppers are reportedly about to pay off.
April 7th, 2015
A Chilean pomegranate processor believes the industry could grow ‘six or seven-fold’ in the U.S.
Could Peru bank on yet another horticultural crop that has proven successful for its southern neighbor?
Chiquita’s interim CEO Brian W. Kocher has left the company, and vice president Joseph B. Johnson will be on his way out soon.
China will now require cold treatment for fruit exported from a key Chilean grape-growing region.
April 6th, 2015
In Japan 243 strawberries varieties have been registered, with 50 news ones since 2011.
The Environmental Protection Agency says it’s concerned about some pesticides’ effects on bee populations.
U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez has applauded the West Coast port worker union’s ‘willingness to move forward’.
ASOEX has urged immediate efforts to restore the irrigation network in an area recently hit hard by flooding.
April 3rd, 2015
An international project aims to improve the shelf life of fruit through an easily accessible nanotech formula.
During PMA Fresh Connections: China, Feng Chunguang shared some lesser known facts about the country’s quarantine agency.
Western Growers’ Tom Nassif says he is pleased the ‘plight’ of Californian farmers has been highlighted in Governor Brown’s unprecedented statewide water reduction measures.
The head of Peruvian grower and shipper Coexa has been given a prestigious prize by the national Exporters’ Association (ADEX) for the second time in 25 years.
April 2nd, 2015
Driscoll’s former president and COO Kevin Murphy has been given a more senior role at the berry company.
From Spain to the U.S. to Australia, Peru’s piquillo pepper industry is finding growth opportunities in the gourmet food segment.
U.S. port strikes, lower prices, smaller berry sizes and condition problems meant the 2014-15 Chilean table grape export campaign was no easy sailing.
Freezing temperatures in many parts of Mexico will lead to sharp price rises for limes.
April 1st, 2015
Grape markets were oversupplied in Asia last week, but the situation was more promising in Europe and the U.S.
While recent torrential rain in northern Peru has affected large areas of rice production, the extent of the damage to fruit crops is as yet unclear.
Grape exporters to China are set to face increasing domestic competition in the coming years.
U.S.-based produce distributor Seald Sweet has made “substantial financial investments” to bolster its table grape program.
March 31st, 2015
Mission Produce Europe says early ends and late starts from some major avocado-producing countries are pushing up prices.
A £20 million refrigerated distribution center in London will have capacity for 25,000 pallets.
Blueberry experts from around the globe will come to Coffs Harbour in September for a ‘true blue’ Aussie experience.
Spain’s prioritization of new market openings means two more of the country’s fruits will soon be able to reach the U.S.
March 30th, 2015
Recent photos show Russian authorities have dumped illegal fruit in landfill sites.
British Summer Fruits (BSF) expects outdoor raspberry crops to be two weeks later than last year.
Zespri’s Lain Jager says New Zealand’s kiwifruit volumes are set to be back to pre-Psa levels this year.
A Peruvian industry head says improved technology could boost frozen strawberries’ potential.
March 27th, 2015
APEAM is pleased that no sanctions or penalties were posed in a recent competition authority decision.
A biology professor reportedly says the U.K.’s position on a type of pesticide “doesn’t add up”.
Fresh Grow says ‘lower-cost and unmatched quality beat-out less fresh, higher-costing imports.’
Some US$1.8 million of funding will reportedly help an area of the Eastern Cape reach the EU market.
March 26th, 2015
A Costa Rican NGO has petitioned the IAHCR to help halt pineapple expansion in the Caribbean country.
Mexican avocado packers no longer need to be members of APEAM to export to the U.S.
Serbia has reportedly established a new system of sending phytosanitary certificates to Russia in advance.
A major Argentine industry body warns of “severe social consequences” if Brazil’s pome fruit ban continues.
March 25th, 2015
A reduced supply allowed for white seedless grape price stabilization in the U.S. in week 12.
Monsanto is ‘outraged’ at a determination from the IARC that the world’s most used herbicide is probably carcinogenic to humans.
Mango and avocado exporters believe the U.S. trade restrictions on Dominican fruit should be over soon.
An exclusive Spanish cherry group has had to reconfigure its greenhouse conditions to adapt to the loss of the Russian market.
March 24th, 2015
Following success in Peru, Switzerland Global Enterprise will hold its first buyer visit to Colombia this year.
Drone technology has helped get more young people interested in horticultural research at the University of Queensland.
Serbia will have to explain its sharp uptick in apple shipments to Russia if it is to avoid a ban on the trade.
The delicate balance of Chilean grape prices abroad could be impacted by Ecuador’s recent protectionist policy.
March 23rd, 2015
The Indo-Israel Agriculture Project Cooperation Project (IIAP) recently held its biggest workshop yet.
Some 58MT of Polish apples have been blocked from entering Russia via Kazakhstan.
The U.S. ban on Dominican Republic fruit has the potential to play in favor of a Russian market in need of more supply.
While there is good news for the Australian banana industry, a grower body has urged everyone to stay vigilent.
March 20th, 2015
The new documentary set to air tomorrow shows the beauty of how a 40-pound cabbage can turn into a global movement.
The inclusion of Auckland Airport in a Queensland fruit fly detection zone caused minor setbacks for the kiwiberry trade.
Two leading agricultural nations have taken aim at Indonesia’s “trade-restrictive import licensing regime”.
March 19th, 2015
Hainan mango growers are optimistic about market opportunities in mainland China, South Korea, Japan and Russia.
The Australian Financial Review has speculated that Virgin Australia chairman Neil Chatfield could head up the Costa Group.
The Philippine banana sector is exporting less fruit to the Middle East due to conflict in the region.
A northern Italian kiwifruit grower is making the most of Australia’s high fruit demand, and is planning other international ventures.
March 18th, 2015
The European white seedless grape market was strong during week 11.
The Florida blueberry harvest should kick off later this month, barring any cold snaps.
Barry Bedwell says it appears as though recent hot weather won’t impact negatively on fruit quality.
As South Africa’s table grape season is on its last legs, weather conditions for harvest are the best seen in decades in the Hex River Valley.
March 17th, 2015
In exchange for supporting India’s apple sector, the New Zealand industry hopes trade tariffs will be removed.
A Chilean strike puts fruit shipments at risk of missing thresholds for the U.S. Marketing Order.
The Australian Federal Government has pledged funding and expert staff to support the Panama Disease TR4 containment effort.
Justin Chadwick says Spain’s methodology for identifying CBS in citrus imports is “clearly a big concern”.
March 16th, 2015
A Costa Rican banana farm hopes its eco-friendly practices will serve as an example to the industry.
A banana supplier to Chiquita has defended its labor record following recent criticisms from FESTAGRO.
Seeka’s insurance claim following a packhouse fire has been accepted.
March 13th, 2015
Greenhouse production means small volumes of fresh Chinese cherries, blueberries and nectarines are already hitting the market.
Dole executives have reportedly said they may consider moving the business out of Delaware if appraisal laws aren’t changed.
A plant disease expert believes Queensland will be able to contain the suspected case of TR4.
Seed company Hazera said its ‘Olivia’ tomato provides growers with consistent sizing and sugar levels.
March 12th, 2015
Awe Sum Organics’ new crop organic Argentine pears are arriving now on both coasts of the U.S.
FESTAGRO alleges a banana picker was fired after an accident at Finca Tropical, but an HR representative says he never worked there.
With the import ban from Russia, Greek strawberry oversupply may be alleviated somewhat due to weather impacts.
AeroFarms says it is investing heavily in software for its vertical farms to ‘scale-up and go worldwide’.
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