September 18, 2014 / Week N° 38
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.
September 12th, 2014
CSAV and Hapag-Lloyd are now one step closer to forming the world’s fourth largest container shipping group.
A new port expansion looks set to consolidate Chiquita’s position as the leading Guatemalan banana exporter.
A Spanish grower group has labeled the EU’s suspension of aid measures as akin to abandonment.
California Citrus Mutual believes the latest NASS orange crop forecast is too high.
September 11th, 2014
Canary Islands’ banana growers may have to wait to know if they will be compensated for higher EU competition.
A new facility at PortMiami will allow users to manipulate and restack cargo in preparation for fumigation.
The American Heart Association has pumped extra life into California’s Medjool date industry.
A popular British TV show has helped Waitrose raise its early season pear sales.
September 10th, 2014
Retail promotions on the U.S. West Coast kept avocado prices stable in week 36.
Calavo has beaten the last quarter’s operating income and has also launched a new cloud technology project.
While largely symbolic, a recent recognition of Australia’s east-west protocol is good news for the fruit industry.
Although early signs point to a positive South African stonefruit season, low pomefruit prices could affect sales in Europe.
September 9th, 2014
Pineapple exports from Costa Rica could be allowed into China later this year, but transit challenges remain.
A Zespri representative sheds light on the niche organic fruit sector in China.
Protocols have been signed between Chile and China to allow shelled walnut imports.
Prices for North Korean blueberries that are juiced and sold to China have increased by around 50%.
September 8th, 2014
EU officials held an in-depth press conference last week about Russia’s food import embargo.
Progress has been made in developing sweet potato varieties more suited to Canada’s cool climate.
Following a successful meeting, the first cherry shipment from Chile to South Korea looks like it will be next season.
Pear growers in the Netherlands and Belgium are positive despite losing the Russian market.
September 5th, 2014
Turners & Growers will support a charity to help provide New Zealand schools with purpose-built gardens.
First it was hail, now heavy rainfall poses a threat to this year’s apple crop in Kashmir.
China’s Silk Road economic belt strategy is expected to lead to more Central Asian fruit imports.
A Las Vegas-based manufacturer says its newly-released greenhouses sensors can ‘mitigate downtime and crop loss’.
September 4th, 2014
China’s port of Jiuzhou has reportedly sent back its first ever substandard fruit shipment.
Bayer’s agricultural arm says it will invest heavily in U.S. infrastructure including labs and breeding stations.
Capespan says two key reasons are at the heart of why the Navel season went on longer than originally thought.
Spanish growers plan to rally in Madrid on Friday calling for more support amid Russia’s ban on produce imports.
September 3rd, 2014
Dole Food Company claims it has no connection with the Thai Pineapple Industry Association.
The Peruvian Avocado Commission says its ‘smart, relevant, and engaging’ online content will help drive sales.
Eco Farms’ head says the new venture with Total Produce will allow it to double volume within five years.
Figures have emerged as to the alarming extent of produce shortages in Russia since the ban came into effect.
September 2nd, 2014
Lisa Cork discusses some simple ways produce companies can rethink their packaging messages for the better.
A new partnership with Ortofruit Italia will see Nergi baby kiwi production rise in Europe.
Fruit value may have outpaced volume growth in the first half in Spain, but overall produce returns were poor.
Ivo Ravelli says EU tariff cuts might not come soon enough for Ecuador, with other markets showing more potential.
September 1st, 2014
U.K. fruit company BanaBay has continued its rapid expansion with the opening of a new office in Shanghai.
An Ecuadorian mango sector spokesperson says the industry needs to improve in various areas to boost trade.
With phenomenal North American blueberry production forecast, one company says big changes are needed.
Australian citrus is one of many imported fruits that have suffered from flat sales in China recently.
August 29th, 2014
New rules mean it will now be much easier for Indian onion growers to sell their produce outside the country.
A Westfalia Colombia rep says the industry could double in the next decade and take on Chile and Peru in the U.S.
Xia Zuxiang explains how Ecuadorian bananas have edged ahead of local and Philippine competition in China.
‘Water prices are way up, water availability is way down, and it’s scary’, says a Californian citrus grower.
August 28th, 2014
A group of Scandinavia’s largest retailers is “greatly worried” about litigation against Andy Hall in Thailand.
British Columbia is on track to top last year’s production by 24%, as the late Elliot variety hits pleasing brix levels.
After a recent U.S. launch, Tozer Seeds now has more new markets lined up for a kale-brussels sprout hybrid.
One Peruvian table grape company has raised concerns about what Russia’s ban will mean for export markets.
August 27th, 2014
The supply of U.S. grape varieties saw an increase in the Chinese market during week 34.
One expert says urgent structural changes are required in Chile’s table grape industry to retain its global standing.
With Argentina’s blueberry season imminent, production volume looks like it could break a two-year trend.
Prim’land is expecting a great season for its kiwifruit but says the apple situation is ‘quite complicated’.
August 26th, 2014
A Russian reefer company has bought Swedish shipping line NYK Cool, which will now operate under a new name.
A Florida producer says green-skinned avocados’ ‘good flavor profile’ is one reason for growing demand.
An Egyptian produce company says citrus exports to the U.S. should be small for now due to Russian opportunities.
A recent Chilean report provides an in-depth look at trends in global strawberry consumption.
August 25th, 2014
Apart from the import embargo, currency issues will also determine how Chilean dried fruit fares in Russia.
Research shows worker safety and food quality could be improved by using phosphine instead of methyl bromide on crops.
A U.S. grape company says consumer preference for freshness is one reason retailers may import earlier this season.
It seems like California kiwifruit growers have escaped the worst of the drought, with normal production expected.
August 22nd, 2014
A port in the U.S. state of Georgia will soon allow entry for cold-treated citrus from Peru.
Tozer Seeds believes its brussel sprouts-kale hybrid will ‘take off quickly’ as six U.S. growers are announced.
Mexico and the U.S. could soon enjoy an organic equivalency agreement, with the first visit taking place this year.
A Peruvian industry representative has asked ‘why aren’t Californian avocados tested for sunblotch in Chile too?’
August 21st, 2014
C.H. Robinson’s Bob Biesterfeld looks at the science of keeping cold chains in check in the modern world.
A Chilean team may have come up with something of an elixir of shelf life.
While Australian apples have counterseasonal advantages, a more competitive market demands high quality.
After frosts that hit the recent crop, Chile stonefruit growers are gearing up for higher production in 2014-15.
August 20th, 2014
Cherries from the U.S. fetched higher prices than those from Canada in the Chinese market during week 33.
Frosts slashed Argentina’s lemon exports this year, but the industry’s quality standards are yielding new partners.
The NMB is due to hold another web seminar today on mango ripening practices, with ‘more progress to be made’.
The U.K.’s Elizabeth Truss has called for more clarity and flexibility in EU reforms related to crop diversification.
August 19th, 2014
A Thai pineapple industry group has told a human rights campaigner to behave or face further prosecution.
Like its avocados, Mexico’s lime exports saw substantial growth to key markets in the first half of this year.
Authorities are assessing the damage of hail in Kashmir, where some pome fruit orchards have had a ‘total loss’.
New Mexico’s chile industry will today launch a certification program to protect its peppers from copycats.
August 18th, 2014
Peppers were the only produce item that didn’t show growth for Peruvian exporter Camposol in the second quarter.
After the Chiquita board said “no” to a takeover offer, two Brazilian groups are making a direct pitch to shareholders.
Ecuador’s broccoli growers hope to replicate their Japanese success in Russia now that key competitors are gone.
Chilean growers hope lab results will give weight to their appeal to prevent unfettered access for Peruvian avocados.
August 15th, 2014
Washington State Pink Lady volume is not just up by 14% this year, but movement has been strong week-on-week.
Peru’s pomegranate industry sees rapid growth in production and exports, but the increase is impacting on prices.
The clock is ticking for 9,000MT of Greek stonefruit in cold storage with nowhere to go after the Russian embargo.
The INIFAP in Mexico has raised concerns the avocado sector is causing rapid deforestation in one state.
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