August 29, 2014 / Week N° 35
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.
August 14th, 2014
A U.S. pistachio grower says the Russian ban ‘won’t hurt us’, despite redirecting a shipment already on the water.
Around 200 French produce growers blocked highways yesterday in protest of Spain’s ‘economic dumping’.
Instead of Russian consumers, Poland’s poorest families will benefit from the EU country’s oversupply of produce.
A large Serbian apple shipper says it is working ‘as normal’ and Russian price increases will be minimal.
August 13th, 2014
Chilean apple exports to the Far East saw a substantial year-on-year increase in week 32.
The Tajik Government has set ambitious goals to raise an already sizable produce export presence in Russia.
Peru’s blueberry exports could hit US$40 million this year as it takes advantage of a month-long global supply gap.
One U.K. retailer has forecast a 30% uptick in sweet corn sales this summer.
August 12th, 2014
The Peruvian mango industry hopes to start a pilot scheme of its new quality seal later this year.
Mexico’s avocado shipments to its three biggest importers increased by around a third from January to June.
The EC has heeded the call of European stonefruit growers calling for support to alleviate tough market conditions.
Poland’s Ambassador to the U.S. has called on Washington to allow his country’s apples, now banned in Russia.
August 11th, 2014
Organizations from around the world have made a plea to the Thai Pineapple Industry Association (TPIA).
Australian ministers have criticized Russia for implementing the import ban and say ‘there are no winners’.
While Russia-bound shipments of South African citrus may increase, there will be new logistical issues.
One Israeli produce grower says trade of certain vegetables and tropical fruit will get a boost in the Russian market.
August 8th, 2014
Thai agricultural companies could start to relocate abroad soon as their EU tariff agreements are set to end.
Growth in Turners & Growers’ pipfruit division was not enough to offset tough conditions for its international business.
Russia’s ban on EU fruit imports has coincided with expectations for a significantly bigger apple crop.
A British company with growing operations in Ecuador is upbeat about a banana supply contract in Libya.
August 7th, 2014
An Israeli company better known for its citrus fruit and avocados is making headway in the mango market.
A Pakistani mango exporter starting a U.S. deal argues his fruit is miles ahead of the Mexican competition in quality.
India is next on the list of countries where the U.S. cranberry industry plans to pump up exports with new funds.
Limited small fruit, good markets and a new promotion have set up a U.S. pear producer for a positive season.
August 6th, 2014
Ireland’s biggest supermarket chain says its move to take Israeli carrots off the shelves is not politically motivated.
Weak condition for Uruguayan and Peruvian supply helped push down prices for mandarins in the U.S. last week.
A golden Zespri kiwifruit variety marketed as Charm has been shriveling up on supermarket shelves.
A Hong Kong importer says good shelf life is key for produce in China due to limited cold chain capabilities.
Pomegranate producers from Mexico’s Mezquital Valley hope to expand upon an initial U.S.-bound shipment.
August 5th, 2014
Following a recent interview, Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton takes an in-depth look at the North American blueberry deal.
A Florida potato grower has said his innovative irrigation method ‘is and needs to be the future’.
Spanish plums, peaches and possibly grapes are under review for potential export to China.
The Polish Government estimates losses from Russia’s produce embargo could amount to €500 million.
August 4th, 2014
Ontario researchers aim to cater to growing Asian populations at home by cultivating more ‘exotic’ vegetables.
The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) talks about plans to overcome the EU’s recent vegetable import ban.
The Uruguayan citrus sector is delighted with progress being made gaining access to critical world markets.
Panasonic believes indoor farming will lead to more affordable premium Japanese crops in Singapore.
August 1st, 2014
Marketing expert Lisa Cork was impressed with produce packaging during a recent visit to London.
Peru’s Hass avocado representative body says it is on track to enter Japan, China and Korea in 2015.
New technology and better industry communication are Italy’s points of focus for improving kiwifruit quality.
New EU organic certification rules threaten to derail mixed crop farming through a purist approach.
July 31st, 2014
Irina Koziy gives the lowdown on the different implications of Russia’s recent ban on many Polish crops.
Chilean blueberry and plum growers in certain regions will now be obliged to create pest control methods.
New practices will be put in place at Zespri to avoid the repetition of previous mishaps in Asian export markets.
Costa Rica’s pineapple exports could hit US$900 million this year, as they grow 12.7% year-on-year.
July 30th, 2014
Canadian cherry exporters outperformed their U.S. competition in China during week 30.
France’s biggest apple exporter expects greater shipments to Asia this year, but is unsure about the European market.
A Del Monte exec says while there are market benefits from recent poor weather, it has driven up costs.
A British retailer conducted a worldwide search to find the “perfect” nectarine, but found it very close to home.
July 29th, 2014
Chilean cherries prices shot up this year but not all growers received the full benefit of the increase.
Amidst Greece’s economic crisis, the country’s grape growers are changing their practices to stay ahead of the game.
An Australian apple grower looks to ‘broaden’ China-bound exports after the first sea shipment was ‘a big success’.
A leading organic carrot supplier has been bought by a U.K. company.
July 28th, 2014
Large Californian pomegranates will be tight this year in a ‘uniquely’ early season for the industry.
A Maltese fruit importer hopes to change the country’s market dynamics with a banana brand people trust.
Peru’s EsSalud has recommended regular consumption of Cape gooseberries, also known as physalis and uchuva.
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