July 23, 2014 / Week N° 30
July 23rd, 2014
Increased lemon imports to the U.S. East Coast compensated for California’s shortfall in week 29.
Nico Liturri discusses how unusual weather conditions have cut grape production estimates this year.
One Dutch blueberry marketer who experienced ‘almost no winter’ is enjoying a very productive harvest season.
Nut exporters could reap the fruits of the EU’s plans to raise maximum residue limits for one chemical.
July 22nd, 2014
A subsidiary of Compagnie Fruitiere in Cameroon has announced the expansion of its banana farms.
Wisconsin cranberry growers are due for an average crop this year amid unenticing market conditions.
Green Giant and Taylor Farms have kicked off a summer promotion involving sweepstakes and coupons.
Argentina has developed two new onion varieties with Guarani names, which are apt for humid farming areas.
July 21st, 2014
Migrant rights defender Andy Hall has revealed a new twist in his case with Natural Fruit in Thailand.
Fruit and vegetable packers and processors who sell their products in Europe will need to be aware of new rules for quaternary ammonium compounds.
British scientists have questioned why higher antioxidants in organic fruit should equate to public health benefits.
Foodservice provider Sysco has agreed to pay damages for its prior use of noncompliant drop sites in California.
July 18th, 2014
An ‘oversaturated’ U.S. avocado market has led to Peru competing more heavily with South Africa in the EU.
The USDA has slated a record level of funding for organic certification cost-share assistance.
The Chilean Table Grape Committee says a grapewine moth could threaten the whole national fruit industry.
Brazilians have spent a lot more on imported apples this year compared to the prices achieved for exports.
July 17th, 2014
Can new varieties help recover Chile’s dwindling presence in the fresh raspberry market?
We take a look at the latest of several centers supported by Israel that are raising Indian horticultural productivity.
Similar to Hass but with its own benefits, a South African avocado variety is ‘expanding at speed’ across the globe.
A new online service aims to make produce market dynamics easy to understand and visualize in context.
July 16th, 2014
The first placements in China for the U.S. table grape season were registered in week 28.
NZ Kiwifruit Vine Health has introduced a ‘Core Standard’ for nurseries to show they are disease-free.
Land disputes could be the motive behind an armed attack on a banana plantation in the Philippines.
July 15th, 2014
An important figure in Chile’s agricultural development, Alfonso Prohens, has died.
A large Chilean kiwifruit exporter says the season is ‘not disastrous’ despite production falling by 55%.
Terminal operators in Vancouver’s port will decide on whether to accept new business in the event of U.S. delays.
The latest EUROPHYT report is good news for South Africa’s citrus industry.
An Irish media outlet has revealed incentives and fees associated with the pending ChiquitaFyffes deal.
July 14th, 2014
While Argentina’s citrus crops have taken a battering, a leading exporter’s orange crop has been fairly unscathed.
Melbourne University research shows broccoli could be used as an alternative treatment for asthma sufferers.
New Zealand authorities have failed to protect an Indian whistleblower who revealed abuse in the kiwifruit industry.
An Ohio State University (OSU) study shows pairing avocados with orange veggies helps for Vitamin A conversion.
July 11th, 2014
Karen Caplan looks at the fanaticism that surrounds Hatch chiles, and the labeling laws in place to protect them.
The University of Western Sydney and HAL will build a special greenhouse to help bring the industry into the future.
A New Zealand kiwifruit company has announced a graduate scheme to ‘develop the future leaders of this industry’.
A large-scale Romanian police operation has broken up a gang that allegedly evaded tax through produce imports.
July 10th, 2014
An Ecuadorian banana industry rep discusses El Niño, drug inspections and shipping delays to China.
Western Growers has urged U.S. Congress for immigration reform to strengthen the agricultural industry.
The Universidad de Chile has completed tests with a new tech that improves water management in drought-hit regions.
Strong demand for Peruvian organic bananas has led one co-op to recruit more growers.
July 9th, 2014
Independence Day celebrations give U.S. lemons a boost in week 27.
A Colombian agricultural development body will work with other South American countries to strengthen the industry.
A U.S. company is investing in vertical farming facilities for leafy greens, with a transition to cannabis in its sights.
One company’s plight shows another reality from Pakistan’s tough restrictions imposed on mango exporters.
July 8th, 2014
California is expecting increased production of a crop that a recent study described as a new ‘superfood’.
The Michigan blueberry harvest is off to a slow start but one grower still expects a positive season.
Two new zones in Mexico will now have more opportunities to move their avocados both nationally and abroad.
Indian scientists have called for natural parasites to combat heavy infestations of the banana leaf roller.
July 7th, 2014
It is unconscionable that an academic researcher could face jail time for an audit conducted in a Thai fruit factory.
One exporter says a new ChiquitaFyffes fusion would gain more control, but Ecuadorian prices would be unaffected.
TomatoesNZ has asked consumers to complain if they suspect unlabeled irradiated tomatoes are being sold.
British Summer Fruits has responded to a European report into Salmonella and Norovirus risks in berries.
July 4th, 2014
Peruvian diplomats are lining up Shanghai supermarkets for the first sales of asparagus exports later this year.
New quinoa varieties are growing in France and the Netherlands, while cultivation in Asia is also a possibility.
Fresh Del Monte leaders have made handsome profits by cashing in on stock options in the company.
A Peruvian government agency is taking steps in its goal to make Cajamarca a berry capital.
July 3rd, 2014
China Fruits Corp has announced it will set up shop with Alibaba’s online sales platform Tmall.
Alpine Chile will now be known by the name Navy Blue Export S.A., driven by trade strategies for Europe and Asia.
Mexico is now the third Latin American country to accept Korean pears, after Chile and Peru.
The British potato industry is changing tack to regain its presence in the minds of consumers.
July 2nd, 2014
Canadian cherries joined U.S. and Spanish supply in China in week 26.
Banking on customer experience, a young company is making inroads in China’s booming online fruit market.
An industry body says Californian grape production will be fine for this year, but water usage is ‘unsustainable’.
“It takes a lot of guts to travel to Xinjiang alone just to procure local apples,” says trader Chen Haiwen.
July 1st, 2014
Limoneira has purchased a packing plant in Arizona to ‘significantly increase capacity’.
Australia’s AHEA will have access to new funding to boost online communication and trade relationships in Asia.
Around 14% of Himachal Pradesh orchards will come under a scheme aimed at raising orchard productivity.
After 10 months of negotiations, Tela Railroad Co. workers have negotiated a 27% pay rise to go over three years.
Delassus’ Fatiha Charrat looks back on what she describes as the ‘worst season ever’ for Moroccan citrus.
Avi Crane discusses an upcoming avocado season that he expects will put Peru in the top three suppliers to the U.S.
June 30th, 2014
Two major Florida citrus companies will merge packing operations to better cope with HLB consequences.
The CGA hopes a recent diplomatic visit will help dramatically reduce citrus black spot interceptions in Europe.
Gulfport says charging Chiquita more rent over the lease extension period isn’t retaliation for leaving.
After a decision to limit export prices on onions, India has now applied a similar measure to potatoes.
June 27th, 2014
Argentinian Blueberry Committee (ABC) manager Ines Pelaez discusses a recent farm visit to Agroberries SA.
The biggest U.S. states for sweet cherry production have witnessed significant changes, in opposite directions.
A young developer of 100% fruit-only jam is set to receive honors from the Queen of England.
A landmark strategic deal with China’s biggest agricultural distributor is set to be a boost for Aussie citrus exports.
June 26th, 2014
Forecasts for the potential expansion of HLB in São Paulo do not look good for growers.
Scotland’s largest fresh herb grower is set to capitalize on demand for local items in the U.K. retail market.
Growth is expected for Canadian horticulture, amidst an environment of U.S. competition and technology pressures.
Chilean asparagus growers may soon be able to export more to the U.S. via seafreight thanks to a new liquid.
June 25th, 2014
Limited supply meant kiwifruit prices stayed stable in the U.S. despite competition from local fruit in week 25.
Organics are now seen as more available and less of a budget constraint, according to a recent study.
Low U.S. production and strong global markets could make for a fantastic Australian lemon season.
A U.K. ban on khat leaves may put trade ties with the Horn of Africa under strain.
June 24th, 2014
Pakistan will be hoping for a different fate to India after a recent pest discovery in its mangoes.
Costa Rica’s mango exports have dropped off for the third consecutive year in 2014.
APHIS has overseen assessments of Colombian avocado farms to test for the presence of quarantine pests.
June 23rd, 2014
Pipfruit NZ has said it believes it can work with India to resolve any trade issues.
British Colombia’s cherry growers say the new deal with China is a gigant step for the industry.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says there is a 70% chance of an El Niño event occurring during the Northern Hemisphere summer.
AHEA is optimistic for Australia’s horticultural exports despite government forecasts for a reduction in 2014-15.
Favorable weather conditions mean New Zealand’s apple growers are optimistic about this season.
June 20th, 2014
The vast majority of HAL’s members have voted in favor of transitioning to a grower-owned organization.
China’s soil quality may not be the best, but that hasn’t stopped investors from clamoring to grow blueberries.
Peru is not usually the first country associated with kiwifruit, but growers have expressed interest in importing kiwifruit plants from the U.S.
Preliminary studies have shown large Peruvian mangoes can be effectively treated with hot water.
June 19th, 2014
Scales Corporation has revealed its conditions for the stock market launch next month.
Researchers have analyzed citrus genomes for the first time, opening up new possibilities.
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