December 19, 2014 / Week N° 51
December 19th, 2014
A Philippine agricultural group has sold its share in a banana plantation, which will now be a sourcing partner.
A US$1 billion port project in Costa Rica has been given the green light by environmental authorities.
Disease woes look set to slash exports by 45% this year for a northern Peruvian organic banana group.
Argentine cherry exports have been made more viable with the help of direct flights from Patagonia to international markets.
December 18th, 2014
Three new healthy potato cultivars with red and purple flesh are now on sale in the U.S.
The Williams pear harvest in parts of Argentina will likely begin around a week earlier than normal.
A ‘ground-breaking partnership’ has been created between a major British retailer and a labor investigator.
North Carolina is boosting its sweet potato volumes to keep up with a huge national demand growth.
December 17th, 2014
Demand for medium-sized avocados was strong in the U.S. during week 50.
Plant & Food NZ’s Dr. Brent Clothier discusses what growers can expect from better detailing their eco-footprint.
After securing national distribution rights, Freshmax NZ plans to bring Love Beets to Australia.
A major British supplier says sales of its organic broccoli are up 20% year-on-year.
December 16th, 2014
It’s time to reform the practices of ‘tiendas de raya’ on Mexican farms.
Seeka’s program primarily for Class 2 kiwifruit into Australia is paying much higher than industry averages.
Maharashtra grape farmers suffering crop damages have protested against the government’s lack of action after recent bad weather.
GP Graders has received recognition for its international presence in the world of cherry sorting.
December 15th, 2014
The value of South Africa’s national avocado market shot up by around 20% year-on-year.
Having met China’s rigorous requirements, one Spanish shipper no longer has to send lemons via Hong Kong.
Peru has witnessed solid growth for its frozen strawberry industry this year, with buoyant demand in the U.S. and Canada.
Charley Xia explores how understanding historic price data could help growers improve returns.
December 12th, 2014
The first batches of Canary Islands watermelons have arrived in the Netherlands in a new Ramafrut-Hillfresh deal.
Chilean blueberry exporters will need to be on the lookout for stem canker in their packing lines.
Chilean and New Zealand apple exporters say varietal selection is key in the demanding Chinese market.
As part of its growth strategy, produce technology group Locus Traxx will forge a more direct presence in two key EU countries.
December 11th, 2014
Exporter Subsole says it can achieve a higher kiwifruit quality using a new system that rewards its producers.
A Chilean fruit industry consultant has released a slightly more optimistic grape export forecast.
A South African exporter hopes pears will also soon be approved by Chinese authorities.
Zespri’s kiwifruit sales have doubled in India as more consumers become familiar with the exotic fruit.
December 10th, 2014
The European avocado and blueberry markets both saw little activity in week 49.
Fernando Cilloniz will lead the government of a key Peruvian agricultural region on a platform of irrigation, port modernization and roads.
Russia has banned around 5% of produce shipments from Belarus since inspection posts were set up on the border.
Jingold will produce and market a kiwifruit variety that is ‘bigger and brighter’ than Hayward following a licensing deal.
December 9th, 2014
A Costa Rican pineapple industry representative says it’s important to learn from other sectors already shipping to China.
The Co-operative supermarket chain says British consumers are strongly in favor of buying locally-sourced produce.
One of France’s biggest pipfruit growers says an active domestic consumption is allaying oversupply concerns.
BayWa’s share of New Zealand’s apple exports will soon increase to 35%.
December 5th, 2014
The value of Peru’s artichoke exports to the U.S. shot by a third this year.
Horticulture New Zealand’s head says progress on trade tariff reduction enhances Asian trade opportunities.
Russia will ban Albanian produce imports following a sudden four-fold increase of certain crops.
The head of Chile’s fruit exporters’ group says a recent U.S. visit helped both sides to explore new possibilities.
December 4th, 2014
Marketing expert Lisa Cork says a shift to low carb diets will make cauliflower a hot crop to watch in 2015.
Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd has reached a deal with three Indian research groups to improve horticulture.
Some 11.5 million boxes of table grapes are expected to be shipped from Chile’s northern production hub this season.
While winds have wreaked havoc on Canary Islands’ banana plantations, growers were all covered by insurance.
December 3rd, 2014
U.S. avocado demand rose during the lead up to Thanksgiving celebrations last week.
A Chilean consultancy has provided a variety-by-variety glimpse of cherry damages in the wake of weekend rains.
Honduran producers selling their bananas to a Chiquita subsidiary say they need to be compensated for crop loss.
The U.S. sweet potato export sector is now worth US$95 million, with EU-bound shipments up 17% this year.
December 2nd, 2014
Spain’s Nice Fruit has signed a joint venture to run a frozen fruit facility in the Philippines.
River Point says its new packing facility will help prepare for the doubling of onion production over the next year.
A new protocol means Peruvian citrus that is exported to China will be subject to less a damaging cold treatment.
A laser labeling technology is coming to the U.S. produce industry, and potentially anywhere that JBT Corporation has customers.
December 1st, 2014
Australia’s pome fruit grower body says while the Chinese FTA is ‘terrific’, mainland apple access needs to be gained.
British growers who supply retailer Sainsbury’s have come up with a way to grow tomatoes during cold months.
Italy’s Alessandro Fornari says new measures will prevent poor quality kiwifruit being released onto the market.
Ecuador’s bananas are gaining ground in China, with the launch of a promotion campaign in a major retail chain.
November 28th, 2014
A recent armed attack in the Philippines targeted Del Monte executives.
The Gaza Ministry of Agriculture has responded to a recent Israeli blockade of produce at the Kerem Shalom crossing.
The Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture is taking all steps to avoid the country’s fruit getting banned in Russia.
Breeding programs and pre-conditioning are two of many priorities for Chilean kiwifruit growers next year.
November 27th, 2014
A fair trader from Interrupcion says the recent U.S. focus on immigration and farmworkers’ rights is here to stay.
Mission Produce has raised its avocado sales in China by 15% since a partnership was reached with Lantao.
Pipfruit New Zealand says Asia-bound exports could represent half the total volumes by 2022 following new funding.
Exporters whose fruit requires fumigation in the U.S. now have a much more practical solution on offer in Florida.
November 26th, 2014
The supply of blueberries from Argentina and Uruguay was dwindling in Asia during week 47.
With the Chilean table grape season just kicking off, one producer can’t meet demand despite rising production.
A quality inspector for Cool Fresh’s Namibian grape crop says ‘any farmer could only wish’ for this weather.
Spanish pomegranate growers will team up with the Elche soccer team to promote their fruit at home and abroad.
November 25th, 2014
New Jersey scientists find that ‘silvering’ in bell peppers is negatively correlated with the epidemic phytophthora disease.
An Italian grape group may have lost 30% in sales due to the Russian embargo, but has slated an ambitious grafting plan.
Actor Martin Sheen has called on the public to support a farmworker union that has been steeped in controversy of late.
Lawyer Tim Henkel says the USDA was justified in its actions regarding Canadian exporters and PACA.
November 24th, 2014
Chinese representatives plan to assess different Polish apple varieties for a potential market opening next year.
Bayer CropScience has two new naturally-bred agricultural products it says will solve some food chain problems.
The Western Growers head says Obama’s plans could lead to many workers leaving the agricultural industry.
Brazilian retail specialist Leonardo Miyao discusses trends in South America’s largest fruit and vegetable market.
November 21st, 2014
North Bay Produce’s Ruy Barbosa talks about Chilean blueberry uniformity and the implications of fumigation measures.
Marketing schemes have gone a long way for Paramount Farms’ almond and pistachio sales.
A CN Seeds representative says the Southern European fresh herb market is on the way up.
CEPEA believes a speculative storage strategy has led to lower prices for Brazilian apples.
November 20th, 2014
After conquering palates in Europe, Madagascan litchi growers are now looking for new northern markets.
Iran’s kiwifruit sector is positive for the season after the government almost ruled out exports altogether.
Jim Provost believes the ‘Eat Brighter!’ campaign will help raise Asian pear consumption in the U.S.
PMA Fruittrade Latin America was the first port of call for a recently launched Korean import company.
November 19th, 2014
An EU review over chemical usage could mean a mushy outlook for a £50 million industry in Britain.
Chilean avocado suppliers beat the Mexican competition on price in China during week 46.
Chile’s Andres Armstrong believes Russia’s produce ban could be more of a problem than an opportunity.
Chile has played host to a hot pepper expert dubbed the ‘Chileman’ this week.
November 18th, 2014
We look at an Argentine government-backed group that is putting local companies on the map.
After seeing the success of BanaBay, another U.K. fruit company aims to establish a fresh banana brand.
Business may not be growing as quickly as in Peru, but a Chilean blueberry nursery is expanding in Brazil.
Central American Produce says volatile mango import volumes from Latin America mean buyers must act now.
November 17th, 2014
Airfrieght shipments are limiting Peruvian mango growth in Japan and China, but Chile holds no such problems.
A U.S. pear group is shifting away from educational seminars as ‘that’s just not the nature of today’s world’.
Weather has been favorable for the European Pink Lady apple crop this year.
LoBue Citrus’ new packaging strategy for Cara Cara oranges shows that simple is sometimes beautiful.
November 14th, 2014
A Colombian team found natural-based coatings kept mangoes in better condition for longer.
With the Navel crop in a key Chinese production region down 20%, one grower still has his hopes up.
The fungus Monilinia fructicola that causes brown rot is no longer a quarantine pest in Chile.
Tesco’s Simon Mandelbaum spoke at PMA Fruittrade about the changing needs of U.K. consumers.
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