December 05, 2013 / Week N° 49
December 5th, 2013
Japan is Florida’s top grapefruit export market but volume in recent years has suffered.
Genetic research on onions done in New Zealand could guide better breeding.
Limoneira’s latest land sale is not far off the amount paid for a recent agricultural land expansion in Tulare County.
A corporate takeover has put plans for a 500,000MT fruit trade route between Almeria and Southampton on ice for the moment.
December 4th, 2013
The first arrivals of Namibian grapes were recorded in Europe during week 48.
A new packaging film from Sirane has increased mushroom shelf life by up to 11 days.
Flagler Global Logistics’ Chris Scott has labeled a new cold chain technology in Florida as a game changer.
More than half of Camposol’s investment plans next year will go toward a new blueberry variety.
December 3rd, 2013
Chilean fruit exports have returned to normal after strikers struck a deal with the government.
The fourth International Blueberry Conference will bring a global perspective to Mexico’s growing industry.
Hail damage cut down British Columbia’s apple crop this year but grower Jagdeep Gill said quality remained high.
A Ferrero Group subsidiary has imported more than 200,000 Chilean hazelnut trees for planting in Australia.
December 2nd, 2013
Agronometrics.com hopes to serve as a portal to access agricultural data on various international markets.
A Vocativ.com story alleging drug cartel involvement in the Mexican avocado trade has gone viral.
If Mexican agriculture can satisfy U.S. demands, it can compete anywhere, argues VISER president Eric Viramontes.
The founder of Joyvio’s parent company was upbeat about China’s land reforms during a visit to meet growers and business partners in Chile.
November 29th, 2013
Falling tea prices and less avocado production will likely lead to an earnings decline for Kenya’s Kakuzi Limited.
High blueberry volumes have been picked in Chile recently but air shipments still dominated exports last week.
Tesco has opened its sixth online center in London in the space of seven years, helping to tackle local unemployment problems.
November 28th, 2013
Beef and dairy companies have dominated the agribusiness part of the Australian Export Awards in recent years, but not in 2013.
Freshworld and Fresh Produce Group are the latest grape licensees of Sun World.
Brazil has European grape markets full at the moment. Chile, however, should find a more open market in 2014.
A Brazilian scientist has revealed insights into how cold temperatures and chemicals can affect banana smell and color.
November 27th, 2013
Brazil was taking more market share in the U.S. grape market in week 47.
The European Food Safety Authority is taking steps to handle the first field outbreak of Pierce’s disease in the European Union.
After losing market access in April, California citrus may once again be welcome in China.
Initial flood damage estimates indicate lower apple and pear exports from South Africa’s Western Cape.
November 26th, 2013
Wal-Mart has gone shopping at home to pick its new CEO, who will start in the top job in February.
Not only does London now have a new super-port, but in June it will host a new produce event to link exporters with the innovative U.K. market.
The Australian citrus industry has urged the EFSA not to block South African fruit over citrus black spot concerns.
Spain’s fruit and vegetable imports increased by more than €200 million in the first three quarters of this year.
November 25th, 2013
An official ceremony in northern Chile marked the start of the country’s table grape season.
Karen Caplan discusses a brilliantly-colored sweet potato variety that is high in anthocyanins with a low glycemic index.
Polish apple producers claim Russia’s proposed import ban is based on political reasons relating to support for Ukraine-EU ties.
November 23rd, 2013
South Africa reported significant differences in its global lemon distribution due to limitations in Europe.
November 22nd, 2013
ZIM Plant Technology claims it has reduced crop water needs significantly in arid climates.
The Sustainable Fruit Initiative looks to minimize the environmental impact of South African producers.
Guarana fruit yields could skyrocket in Amazonas thanks to two new varieties developed in Brazil.
A later season is expected for the world’s fourth largest watermelon producer as a result of weather conditions.
November 21st, 2013
A Washington state researcher hopes that a better understanding of fungi will improve cranberry production.
Lisa Cork addresses the common mistake made by produce marketers – stating the obvious in their packaging.
November 20th, 2013
Mexico dominated the U.S. avocado market while Chile led Europe in week 46.
The U.S. has made its second relaxation of green bean import rules in the space of just over a week.
Strong demand for Chilean walnuts in Israel has helped push a new market opening for the South American country.
Peru’s Provid has announced grape export expectations for this season, and hopes for Japanese market access by 2015.
November 19th, 2013
Flash flooding struck the Western Cape over the weekend. Agricultural damage assessments are still underway.
Prices for early season French kiwifruit are higher this year thanks to a smaller crop and less Southern Hemisphere overhang.
Australia’s top two retailers have signed a landmark code of conduct for dealings with suppliers.
China’s Legend Holdings has reported strong kiwifruit volume from its agricultural division.
November 18th, 2013
Peru’s Lambayeque region expect free trade agreements with Turkey, Indonesia and India to benefit exporters.
The PMA has called for the Food and Drug Administration to avoid creating confusion over two rules under the FSMA.
The Chilean cherry industry expects a slight rise in exports to China this year, despite the effects of frosts.
South Africa’s Novapine has transformed its fresh pineapple business through dried fruit exports.
November 15th, 2013
Taiwanese developers say a new technology could cut virus testing costs and duration for three crops.
A banana variety developed by France’s CIRAD may help growers reduce pesticide use in the fight against Black Sigatoka disease.
The “Citrus Unidos” plan provides a US$4 million investment to fight citrus greening in Brazil.
Oranges, bananas and tomatoes are set to help support a strong rise in Brazilian crop income next year.
November 14th, 2013
PMA Australia-New Zealand’s Michael Worthington urges Pacific Rim produce industry players to connect in Auckland’s Fresh Connections in June.
Black Sigatoka disease and stiff competition have taken their toll on Ecuador’s banana farms over the last 12 months.
Scientists have found that once broken down in the colon, polyphenols produce molecules that are beneficial for the digestive system.
Mexico’s Colima state will begin its watermelon harvest next month and provide fruit through May.
November 13th, 2013
South American table grape volume began to pick up on international markets in week 45.
A Chinese company is investing more than US$800,000 in an organic blueberry project in the northeastern province of Jilin.
Several key European countries will get an extra taste of Chilean blueberries during winter months.
Nestlé’s Chaunsa Project will support mango production in Pakistan’s southern Punjab.
November 12th, 2013
Okanagan Specialty Fruits has responded to interpretations of letters about its GM apples.
A second director of Peruvian produce exporter Camposol has resigned from the board in the space of a week.
Despite extreme destruction to the central Philippines, Del Monte reported minimal damage to its operations.
In a no-trust vote, the Delhi High Court has ordered the government to reassess produce pesticide levels.
November 11th, 2013
With the touch of a smartphone screen, Brazilian shoppers can trace produce across the supply chain.
A reported 4,000 farm workers went on strike last week, affecting a major Western Cape fruit producer.
Papaya producers can avoid high pesticide costs using a variety of biological control measures.
Through a trap system, Colombia hopes to improve fruit fly control and plant health.
November 8th, 2013
Despite frosts, Peru is on track to send its first mangoes to the U.S. and Europe.
Chiquita Brands’ Brian Kocher says turmoil in Syria, Egypt and Libya has contributed to lower banana pricing globally.
As their season winds up, British Columbia blueberry growers are optimistic about benefits from a Canada-EU trade deal.
As prices soar, California walnuts have become a prized target for highly clever hijackers.
November 7th, 2013
The South Florida Logistics Center will now provide better cold chain support and transport access.
Kaufland will collect money from fair trade bananas sold next week for a project to improve Peruvian grower livelihoods.
Mission Produce has joined with China’s Lantao to get second-tier city consumers eating more avocados.
On a good run from its purchase of Turners & Growers, Germany’s BayWa plans to buy a new fruit business in the coming months.
November 6th, 2013
Local volumes remained high for Northern Hemisphere grapes in week 44.
Representatives from Italy have called for an import ban on South African and South American citrus.
India’s IG International and Atharva International have formed a joint venture to export fruits and vegetables abroad.
The U.S. Apple Export Council recently invited Indian and Central American importers to visit orchards and packhouses.
November 5th, 2013
Oxford Frozen Foods Ltd has announced an investment push to encourage New Brunswick blueberries.
Isis has joined the ranks among Brazil’s nationally developed seedless grape varieties.
Frosts in Argentina’s Mendoza province have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage to fruit.
Chilean citrus promoters are using Tajin powder to boost sales to Latino consumers in the U.S.
November 4th, 2013
EndGroceryWaste.com founder Rod Averbuch explains the power of smartphones in reducing food waste.
An aggressive strain of Panama disease could threaten major banana-producing nations, warned Wageningen UR.
Despite frosts in the Orange River Region, South Africa is expected to maintain table grape volume.
A new pomegranate group has formed in Peru in a bid to speed up access negotiations in the U.S.
November 1st, 2013
Eric Viramontes provides some fatherly advice for leaders in the fresh produce industry.
Brazilian researchers have teamed up to develop the nation’s first natural pesticide against citrus greening.
Dole’s merger deal with David Murdock finalizes today, transferring a majority share to the company CEO.
A government initiative has helped five north-central Chilean blueberry growers band up to export their fruit.
October 31st, 2013
A breeding program in Argentina hopes to reduce frost damage to peaches.
The friendly faces of Sesame Street’s Elmo and Rosita will soon line produce aisles in the United States.
Sirane Food Packaging has entered a deal with Mexico’s Jifkins to distribute its products in Central America.
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