July 03, 2015 / Week N° 27
July 3rd, 2015
The U.S. Conference of Mayors has urged retailers to follow Wal-Mart’s lead in considering farmworker living conditions.
Now that crops have been successfully grown underwater off the coast of Italy, the next challenge is economic feasibility.
Kingston Fresh’s Mike Anderson says already limited Costa Rican pineapple volumes have been exacerbated by recent floods.
A key industry body says an additional hour of darkness during mornings this winter is causing worrying problems for most fruit producers.
July 2nd, 2015
Representatives from Brazil’s largest retailer are lining up deals for direct purchases of Peruvian asparagus, grapes and strawberries.
A Michelin-starred chef says he’s looking forward to cooking with herbs and micro salads from ‘the world’s first underground urban farm’.
Field trials will take place this summer for fungicidal technology that uses ‘two agents’ to help prevent crop failures.
Following the success of its packaging for Mandarina-branded fruit, a U.S. produce distributor has launched a new design for its kid-orientated clementines.
July 1st, 2015
Problems with fruit condition led to price falls for imported Granny Smith apples in the U.S. during week 26.
U.S. Banana importer Turbana was able to fulfill contracts despite supply shortages earlier in the year, and expects a more stable second half.
A Lithuanian couple who built a successful business supplying farmworkers to the U.K. fresh produce sector has been jailed.
Could labor intensive broccoli harvesting soon be a thing of the past?
June 29th, 2015
Lower domestic consumption has led Brazilian papaya growers to ship more fruit abroad.
A pest native to the Southwestern U.S. was detected in a 18.8MT peach shipment at the Russian border.
While prices of Chilean kiwifruit have been rising over recent weeks, they are still 40% lower year-on-year.
A shipper that deals with refrigerated cargo was recently fined US$750,000 for an ‘inexcusable and criminal act’.
June 26th, 2015
While the EU extended its Russian sanctions by six months, the world’s largest nation has added an extra year to its current ban on food imports.
A Canadian industry body head says it will be ‘a busy summer’, with inspectors from two major Asian markets due to visit in the coming weeks.
Oppy’s Jason Fung looks at the summer campaign ahead for BC blueberries, and is upbeat about Aussie citrus and New Zealand kiwifruit.
One Pakistani mango exporter unrelated to the shipment in the Netherlands found to have fruit fly says he “hopes and prays” the situation will not recur.
June 25th, 2015
The Nocturne blueberry developed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service has black fruit and genes from the Premier variety.
The world’s largest food distributor claims a proposed merger with US Foods would be “procompetitive”.
A lack of seed treatment applications is putting the future of some crops at risk, according to an EU roundtable.
An industry source believes certain geographical and infrastructural aspects could lessen the effects of reduced rain for growers around Santiago.
June 24th, 2015
European apple and pear stocks are now down year-on-year despite the Russian ban.
After months of protests and negotiations, farmworkers in San Quintin achieved a substantial set of pay rises one expert described as a ‘watershed moment’.
A major Northwest cherry grower says it has the largest network in the industry of on-farm cooling machines.
Dow AgroSciences has urged the IARC to focus on what “is” carcinogenic to humans rather than what “could be”.
June 23rd, 2015
The Australian Government has released an unprecedented fruit fly research plan with specific recommendations for tackling future threats and improving market access arrangements.
The Russian government is preparing a draft decree of banned products as part of a retaliatory extension of the current embargo.
A Spanish farmers’ union is calling for government compensation after a series of adverse weather events in the first half of 2015.
From Brazil to India, Argentina’s Federcitrus is busy across four corners of the globe to garner new market access deals for lemons.
A Ontario producer swept to victory in the ‘Best Specialty Mini Pepper’ category at a recent greenhouse competition, winning the top three prizes.
June 22nd, 2015
Chile’s nursery sector will be presenting its extensive range of species and varieties to key industry actors at a trade show later this year.
An Irish multinational says ‘currency headwinds’ this year boosted selling prices for bananas and pineapples.
A Canadian producer says the timing of its greenhouse development in California ‘couldn’t be better’.
Zespri’s head reportedly said 2.8 million emails have been provided to the Serious Fraud Office so far, although the investigation’s focus remains unconfirmed.
June 19th, 2015
With more than 400 pest interceptions of Costa Rican pineapples last year, the U.S. is considering taking action.
Weeks after a similar project in Norway, a Netherlands-headquarted fruit logistics company has opened a new facility near Durban.
Uruguay’s mandarin export volumes to the U.S. during the start of the season were up almost 13-fold.
As of the end of May, the overall Expansion Program of the Panama Canal reportedly stood at 89.8% complete.
June 18th, 2015
While Chilean Navel volumes shipped to the U.S. so far this campaign are lower than last year, they are expected to be up 8% for the season.
Brazil is satisfied that agreed phytosanitary controls will prevent the codling moth from entering the country in Argentine apples and pears.
All tariffs on Australian horticultural products will be eliminated under the recently signed trade deal.
Thousands of pounds of blueberries produced by a grower cooperative have for the first time been marketed in two emerging Asian markets.
June 17th, 2015
The European kiwifruit market saw limited demand in week 24.
Russia has permitted the entry of several key fruit crops from Moldova, although the number of eligible companies remains limited.
With a record production season, it is anticipated the New Zealand apple industry could reach NZ$1 billion in annual export receipts ahead of schedule.
Research carried out by a U.K. scientist is said to have great potential for improving the whole EU pea industry.
June 16th, 2015
The French government is being urged to take action over the migrant crisis at a key port, with more than US$15 million of produce having been thrown away this year.
Legend Holdings says it will use most of the funding raised from entering the stock market to boost strategic investments and acquisitions.
The Australian market will be closed to South Korean pear exporters until further notice due to a fire blight outbreak.
A new route from Seattle-Tacoma across the Pacific will see its first flight take off this weekend.
June 15th, 2015
A high-resolution camera mounted onto a drone will provide growers real-time information on the typography of the soil and type of weeds.
A government official says Canadians will soon have the highest level of information on food’s sugar content than anywhere else in the world.
The Polish Ministry of Agriculture says it is ‘counting on Indonesia’s readiness’ to be open to more food imports.
The Department of Rural Development hopes to help commercial farmers in Peddie develop exports to the EU.
June 12th, 2015
Three Dutch brothers’ organic production only began this year, but they are already set to export to the U.K.
Despite New Zealand experiencing its highest ever avocado production season, returns almost hit record levels.
One industry body in Spain estimates volumes will end up being 10-15% lower than the 279,000MT produced last year.
Within the space of a couple of months, the U.S. has eased weight restrictions for mango imports from two South American countries.
June 11th, 2015
Zespri’s exports of gold kiwifruit this seaon are reportedly anticipated to be on par with pre-Psa levels at around 32 million trays.
The head of Israeli biotech group Rahan Meristem is reportedly ‘certain’ the company’s materials will be helpful to Australian banana growers.
The season of a major U.S. cherry grower’s new Skylar Rae-branded fruit will last for a month from mid-June.
A Freshfel representative says it is ‘urgent’ to stimulate falling demand for produce in Europe.
June 10th, 2015
Strong demand for clementines in the U.S. kept prices high in week 23.
British supermarket Tesco says demand for leafy salads has grown at three times the rate of sandwiches.
Although Spanish avocado growers have enjoyed record returns in the 2014-15 campaign, an industry warns productivity needs to be increased.
While orange production is set to slip by 6.5% this season, mandarin volumes are expected to be up by a quarter.
June 9th, 2015
A Brazilian citrus group anticipates 279 million boxes of oranges will be harvested from the ‘citrus belt’ in the 2015-16 season.
What Asda describes as the ‘ultimate super pepper’ is now on sale across the U.K.
The U.S. lemon market could soon open to lemon shippers in two key northern provinces, after a positive visit by APHIS officials.
June 8th, 2015
A preliminary estimate by the University of California Davis says about 18,600 jobs could be lost to the drought this year.
At least 200 hecaters of banana production in a major Colombian region suffered damage last week from severe weather.
Volumes and prices of U.S. lemons were up in three large Asian markets in the first few months of the year.
As part of a 2013 agreement with the The Namibia Grape Company, Capespan is financing the development of 114 hectares of vineyards.
June 5th, 2015
A banana variety thought to only grow in Oman is reported to have a ‘chemical cocktail’ that acts as a natural beetle repellent.
A Crown lawyer reportedly believes Psa might not have arrived in imported pollen in June 2009, but ‘much earlier’.
With a major Swiss multinational having recently turned down a takeover bid, an offer from a different company could be on the cards.
With global water demand growing faster than the world population, Camposol is undertaking three projects in 2015 aimed at reducing water consumption.
June 4th, 2015
Cherry shipments from Tajikistan continue after the country first received market access for China one year ago.
Amid anticipated record Peruvian avocado exports to the U.S., an industry body has cooked for sailors on the USS Cole Navy ship.
A U.K. researcher has warned pea and bean growers that pyrethroid sprays ‘may not be effective’ against a pest causing severe damage.
A new facility in a major Madrid wholesale market will store up to 160 pallets of bananas and other tropical fruits.
June 3rd, 2015
The U.S. clementine market was reported to be undersupplied in week 22.
Several stops in Europe and the U.S. East Coast are included in the company’s new Atlantic service.
Indian onions are not anticipated to last nearly as long in storage this year due to heavy rainfall that hit the country last year.
June 2nd, 2015
Spanish police say 200kg of cocaine they found in pineapples had been concealed in a ‘sophisticated’ way.
Two U.S. and Canadian public health organizations will work together to help make ‘informed risk-based regulatory decisions’.
Zespri North America says it will be ‘ramping up a multi-media campaign’ in various markets starting in June.
The Pear Bureau Northwest says this autumn’s production will be 2% down on last year but still above the five-year average.
June 1st, 2015
Lisa Cork says it’s interesting to see just how much sugar is prevalent in the average ‘healthy’ Western diet.
Smallholder grape, apple and plum farmers in Moldova will benefit from grants that should compensate for half of last summer’s lost profits.
The Port of New Orleans has confirmed Chiquita has put plans to move a small part of its operation there on hold.
Just several days after Russia found Medfly in an orange shipment, another infected batch has been blocked.
May 29th, 2015
An MEP says new rules aim to ensure that more is done in EU schools to provide better education on healthy eating.
A weakening of the Australian dollar has contributed to an expected increase in U.S.-bound citrus shipments this campaign.
After a threat of a ‘solidarity’ strike by Chile’s Agriculture and Livestock Service union, customs operations will now return to normal.
Preventing and managing food waste are key goals of a recently announced alliance by the United Nation’s agricultural arm.
May 28th, 2015
Frieda’s Specialty Produce’s CEO Karen Caplan talks about what unconventional food can be grilled in the backyard this summer.
Bangladeshi mango growers are optimistic about high prices in Europe this season.
The Indonesian Department of Agriculture reportedly advised the government to stop citrus imports later this year.
The Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum says U.S.-bound shipments could increase from last season’s 45,000MT.
May 27th, 2015
After a delayed harvest, the first shipments of Egyptian table grapes arrived in Europe in week 21.
Kloosterboer has recently acquired a 8,500-square-meter cold store built into the side of a mountain near Oslo.
Ecuador has embarked on its second promotional campaign in China across 10 supermarkets, with promising first day results.
A leading Chinese online direct sales company is the main investor in a deal with the country’s largest fresh produce e-retailer.
May 26th, 2015
Russian authorities say problems were found on a shipment of summer fruit originating from Mexico and Morocco.
A French supermarket campaign highlighting the absurdity of throwing away misshapen fruit has received a pat on the back.
ASOEX president Ronald Bown says the Port of Valparaiso is ‘virtually paralyzed’ and the country’s reputation is on the line.
Peru’s Ministry of Agriculture believes the first Hass shipment will set sail to China in July.
May 25th, 2015
The Pacific Maritime Association says the new contract that will last until July 2019 features an ‘enhanced arbitration system’.
Some 120 metric tons of oranges being shipped into Russia via sea were sent back after lab tests confirmed a quarantined pest.
Fedefruta’s head says apples, kiwifruit and citrus are some of the crops that have been affected by recent strikes.
Two major U.S.-based vegetable grower-shippers have struck a deal to offer their customers wider organic product lines.
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.
With a long cherry season ahead, Stemilt Growers gives the lowdown on what retailers can expect through to September.
Blocked produce shipments close to the 200MT mark are fast becoming the norm for Russia’s agricultural watchdog.
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.
Peruvian asparagus may have some transit time issues in reaching China, but competition with local produce should be minimal.
Indonesia’s three-month ban on some U.S. apples due to a listeria outbreak has come to an end.
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.
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