October 01, 2014 / Week N° 40
October 1st, 2014
The variable condition of Californian Hass avocados contributed to lower U.S. West Coast prices in week 39.
Despite seed availability challenges, kale growers are confident the vegetable’s popularity is here to stay.
South Africa expects to increase its macadamia nut hectarage by around 5% annually over the next five years.
Toshiba says the crops grown in its near-sterile factory in Japan will have extended shelf-life and superior freshness.
September 30th, 2014
APRATUC Guillermo Olivera says blueberry growing conditions have been “benign” compared to last year.
Peru’s mango grower body has emphasized a lower crop will not compromise export quality next season.
As if Israeli farmers didn’t have enough pressure from overseas, now the country’s military won’t buy their crops.
The IPPC will establish an expert committee to try and resolve South Africa’s CBS dispute with the EU once and for all.
September 29th, 2014
Three large table grape growers in South Africa lost some of their crops in last week’s poor weather.
The Brazilian companies trying to buy Chiquita are not impressed with its recent announcement regarding Fyffes.
A South African fruit industry representative believes it is possible the Chinese market will be open for next season.
Polish and Greek fruit exporters discuss the risks and regulations surrounding the gray market to Russia.
September 26th, 2014
Ready Pac’s Jay Ellis discusses the evolution of snacking and the segment’s ‘unlimited’ growth opportunities.
The North American cranberry harvest is underway, with leading cooperative Ocean Spray expanding internationally.
Recent hailstorms have put a €52.5 million dent in eastern Spanish citrus, grape and persimmon farms.
Argentina’s San Miguel aims to position itself as a “global citrus expert” under a new branding scheme.
September 25th, 2014
The Chilean Citrus Committee is upbeat about new export prospects in nearby Brazil.
Turners & Growers looks ahead to the next 100 years with a simplified name and new logo.
If Canadian authorities don’t act fast, exporters could soon be at risk of going bankrupt if they continue trade with the U.S.
Produce multinational Camposol is set to raise blueberry exports by 150% this year.
September 24th, 2014
A large Portuguese pear company says despite the Russian ban’s effects on EU supply, it will not change tack.
An initiative in Chile to use geothermal energy in a greenhouse could increase crop yield by 40% annually.
While Argentina is renowned for its citrus exports, only recently has it been able to send oranges next door to Chile.
Russia has returned tomato and potato consignments to Belarus as no countries of origin were given.
September 23rd, 2014
A Mexico-specific distribution center will be built in Canada as part of plans to bolster the countries’ trade relationship.
Colombian authorities have introduced a phone number for people to report ‘the worst pest in agriculture’.
Tesco has turned back time with its unique introduction of purple carrots originally popularized in 17th century Britain.
Canary Islands tomato exports could grow 60% if a series of new measures are introduced.
September 22nd, 2014
Pakistani exporters are hopeful a Russian deal could open up new avenues now closed to European produce shippers.
European buyers give their take on a recent visit to see Peru’s produce logistics, farms, packhouses and markets.
We take a visit to Peru with a buyer mission organized by SIPPO, which is also looking to find new partners in Colombia.
IFPRI director general Dr. Shenggen Fan says subsidies that distort food markets need to change for healthier outcomes.
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’.
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