April 27, 2015 / Week N° 18
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.
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.
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.
From Spain to the U.S. to Australia, Peru’s piquillo pepper industry is finding growth opportunities in the gourmet food segment.
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’.
March 11th, 2015
Some containers of Chilean blueberries arriving in the EU had gas regulation problems in week 10.
Australia’s largest privately-owned produce company expects to double its Tasmanian berry production.
Pakistan has been able to raise exports of Kinnow mandarins to markets ranging from Russia to Canada.
Terra Exports plans to raise its shipments of Kenyan avocados fifteenfold for the Hong Kong market this year.
March 10th, 2015
Pink Lady-branded apples will be available earlier in the season following the inclusion of new varieties.
A new British innovation allows berries to breathe but also prevents contaminants from affecting the fruit.
A Chilean apple company plans to plant cherry trees to complement future online sales in China.
The University of Arkansas has released a blackberry cultivar suitable for traveling long distances.
March 9th, 2015
An industry head as requested a series of state support measures to aid a regional industry in crisis.
With just a few weeks left of the Chilean blueberry export season, total volumes could hit 91,000MT.
Mohammed Zwayyed is positive about Gaza’s new produce trade relationship with Israel, but expects some restrictions will remain.
South Africa’s Deciduous Fruit Industry land reform initiative would add 1,227 new hectares of pome fruit and stonefruit over five years.
March 6th, 2015
A Moldovan apple exporter was in a critical situation before a recent Russian market reopening for certain companies.
The Costa Group has urged industry cooperation following a suspected detection of Panama Disease TR4.
Israel has opened is doors to Gaza-grown produce after banning exports from the territory when Hamas took control in 2007.
On a recent visit, a Portuguese minister said Chilean fruit exporters might be able to use its ‘EU gateway’ Port of Sines.
March 5th, 2015
Rainfall in two key Brazilian production areas from January to March is unlikely to be lower than historic averages.
Melons from an island in the Azores join a list of 1,200 EU products with a Protected Geographical Indication.
Researchers say bees that are forced to forage too early in their lives put the colony at risk.
A tie up of three Belgium-headquartered companies could combine sales worth in excess of €3.7 billion.
March 4th, 2015
Local U.S. apple prices were 5-27% lower year-on-year in week 9.
Australian blueberry growers have prepared a 50-page export strategy, emphasizing an impending oversupply at home.
An EU meeting held yesterday appeared promising for the continuation of EC-backed school fruit programs.
Colombian researchers believe a new method for controlling the guava weevil pest could be in store.
March 3rd, 2015
Per hectare pome fruit yields in Australia are on the up thanks to improved orchard management.
Spinach, coriander, tomatoes, cucumber and grapes are some crops that have been hit by heavy rain in Maharashtra.
The Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) is offering a Panama Disease Race IV-resistant banana cultivar to growers in Davao.
A Kremlin representative says Russia may be able to get around the food import ban by using local processing as a condition of entry.
March 2nd, 2015
Three Russian lawmakers who proposed to remove the import ban have been reprimanded for the action.
Part of a Chinese county has received the Protected Eco-Origin Product certification for red kiwifruit varieties.
Raquel Izquierdo de Santiago gives her assessment as to why the EU School Fruit scheme should definitely not be pulled or changed.
A Peruvian company hopes to plant dozens of hectares of a fruit that is often promoted as an alternative cancer treatment.
February 27th, 2015
Capespan North America says there will likely be a ‘fast peak and abrupt end’ for Thompsons.
Stemming from a recent FTA, Australia’s cherry exports to South Korea have experienced exponential growth.
Russian authorities have approved several Moldovan firms for apple exports.
With GDP per capita that is five times lower than the EU, is China ready for fairtrade produce? Fairtrasa’s Patrick Struebi thinks yes.
February 26th, 2015
Port congestion in New Orleans has delayed the completion of a logistics move for Chiquita Brands International.
Pistachio growers all around the globe have cause for celebration on World Pistachio Day.
While Irish retailers have been slow on the uptake of fairtrade bananas, two stores recently committed to stock 100% fairtrade pears.
February 25th, 2015
The company that recalled its berry products due to a recent health scare recorded strong results for its fruit brand last year.
Freshfel has urged the European Commission not to put ‘better regulation’ ahead of children’s health.
Large Red Globe volumes from South Africa pushed prices down in Europe in week 8.
“I’d prefer an average volume crop of good size to a massive crop of small fruit,” says Seven Fields’ Brett Jackson.
San Miguel aims to overcome complex challenges outside of its control for the processed and fresh citrus sectors.
February 24th, 2015
There is as yet no indication as to when China’s citrus import suspension on Tulare County might be lifted.
Some growers have been hit hard by Cyclone Marcia while timing has been very lucky for others.
After missing “critical shipping opportunities”, the Washington Apple Commission is pleased the ports are back up and running.
A major U.K. vegetable supplier intends to form a joint venture with brassica grower and marketer Lincolnshire Field Products.
February 23rd, 2015
Both the AHEA and Ausveg believe the recent Hepatitis A outbreak has re-opened the debate on COO labels.
After making its name in dragonfruit, Colombia’s Asoppitaya plans to move into organic crops and other tropical fruits.
EastPack’s CEO says he’s ‘pretty optimistic’ about the season amid strong industry recovery from Psa.
A major New Zealand apple exporter says a colder February has led to ‘exceptional’ fruit color.
February 20th, 2015
The creator of a dehydrator that uses renewable energy says it protects produce quality.
Pome fruit growers in Rio Negro will suffer from falling market prices and rising costs this season.
Argentina’s lemon volumes are recovering from last season, but are still 15-20% off ‘normal’ levels.
Morocco has so far this season shipped 5% more citrus to North America than the EU.
February 19th, 2015
An experienced avocado industry veteran reveals his forecasts for the market’s future and supply sources.
While Uber has been banned in many countries, the app is growing rapidly in China where it is also involved with fresh produce in one city.
China’s efforts to halt corruption have affected gift giving, and therefore the sales of imported Australian premium fruits.
HortNZ has called for tougher biosecurity measures after the fourth fruit fly detection in three years.
February 18th, 2015
A low blueberry supply and stable demand allowed for price rises in the U.S. in week 7.
An Australian mango exporter says it is beginning a three-year export program to the U.S.
A U.K. government body has prosecuted the head of a company that supplied vegetable harvesting workers.
Tomatoes and melons showed the biggest percentage sales increases at Fresh Del Monte in the fourth quarter.
February 17th, 2015
One EU importer believes Indian mango sales may initially be affected by a damaged reputation.
A unique government-backed e-commerce platform is expected to usher in an era of cheap imported fruit.
Despite the Russian ban, Greece has relatively low kiwifruit stocks remaining.
A group in South Africa’s Loskop Valley hopes to send a trial of ‘top quality’ citrus to the U.S. this season.
February 16th, 2015
Robert Thode alleges there is a conflict of interest in the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project.
California’s avocado grower body has forecast volumes 10% higher year-on-year.
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