March 30, 2015 / Week N° 14
March 30th, 2015
Recent photos show Russian authorities have dumped illegal fruit in landfill sites.
British Summer Fruits (BSF) expects outdoor raspberry crops to be two weeks later than last year.
Zespri’s Lain Jager says New Zealand’s kiwifruit volumes are set to be back to pre-Psa levels this year.
A Peruvian industry head says improved technology could boost frozen strawberries’ potential.
March 27th, 2015
APEAM is pleased that no sanctions or penalties were posed in a recent competition authority decision.
A biology professor reportedly says the U.K.’s position on a type of pesticide “doesn’t add up”.
Fresh Grow says ‘lower-cost and unmatched quality beat-out less fresh, higher-costing imports.’
Some US$1.8 million of funding will reportedly help an area of the Eastern Cape reach the EU market.
March 26th, 2015
A Costa Rican NGO has petitioned the IAHCR to help halt pineapple expansion in the Caribbean country.
Mexican avocado packers no longer need to be members of APEAM to export to the U.S.
Serbia has reportedly established a new system of sending phytosanitary certificates to Russia in advance.
A major Argentine industry body warns of “severe social consequences” if Brazil’s pome fruit ban continues.
March 25th, 2015
A reduced supply allowed for white seedless grape price stabilization in the U.S. in week 12.
Monsanto is ‘outraged’ at a determination from the IARC that the world’s most used herbicide is probably carcinogenic to humans.
Mango and avocado exporters believe the U.S. trade restrictions on Dominican fruit should be over soon.
An exclusive Spanish cherry group has had to reconfigure its greenhouse conditions to adapt to the loss of the Russian market.
March 24th, 2015
Following success in Peru, Switzerland Global Enterprise will hold its first buyer visit to Colombia this year.
Drone technology has helped get more young people interested in horticultural research at the University of Queensland.
Serbia will have to explain its sharp uptick in apple shipments to Russia if it is to avoid a ban on the trade.
The delicate balance of Chilean grape prices abroad could be impacted by Ecuador’s recent protectionist policy.
March 23rd, 2015
The Indo-Israel Agriculture Project Cooperation Project (IIAP) recently held its biggest workshop yet.
Some 58MT of Polish apples have been blocked from entering Russia via Kazakhstan.
The U.S. ban on Dominican Republic fruit has the potential to play in favor of a Russian market in need of more supply.
While there is good news for the Australian banana industry, a grower body has urged everyone to stay vigilent.
March 20th, 2015
The new documentary set to air tomorrow shows the beauty of how a 40-pound cabbage can turn into a global movement.
The inclusion of Auckland Airport in a Queensland fruit fly detection zone caused minor setbacks for the kiwiberry trade.
Two leading agricultural nations have taken aim at Indonesia’s “trade-restrictive import licensing regime”.
March 19th, 2015
Hainan mango growers are optimistic about market opportunities in mainland China, South Korea, Japan and Russia.
The Australian Financial Review has speculated that Virgin Australia chairman Neil Chatfield could head up the Costa Group.
The Philippine banana sector is exporting less fruit to the Middle East due to conflict in the region.
A northern Italian kiwifruit grower is making the most of Australia’s high fruit demand, and is planning other international ventures.
March 18th, 2015
The European white seedless grape market was strong during week 11.
The Florida blueberry harvest should kick off later this month, barring any cold snaps.
Barry Bedwell says it appears as though recent hot weather won’t impact negatively on fruit quality.
As South Africa’s table grape season is on its last legs, weather conditions for harvest are the best seen in decades in the Hex River Valley.
March 17th, 2015
In exchange for supporting India’s apple sector, the New Zealand industry hopes trade tariffs will be removed.
A Chilean strike puts fruit shipments at risk of missing thresholds for the U.S. Marketing Order.
The Australian Federal Government has pledged funding and expert staff to support the Panama Disease TR4 containment effort.
Justin Chadwick says Spain’s methodology for identifying CBS in citrus imports is “clearly a big concern”.
March 16th, 2015
A Costa Rican banana farm hopes its eco-friendly practices will serve as an example to the industry.
A banana supplier to Chiquita has defended its labor record following recent criticisms from FESTAGRO.
Seeka’s insurance claim following a packhouse fire has been accepted.
March 13th, 2015
Greenhouse production means small volumes of fresh Chinese cherries, blueberries and nectarines are already hitting the market.
A plant disease expert believes Queensland will be able to contain the suspected case of TR4.
Dole executives have reportedly said they may consider moving the business out of Delaware if appraisal laws aren’t changed.
Seed company Hazera said its ‘Olivia’ tomato provides growers with consistent sizing and sugar levels.
March 12th, 2015
Awe Sum Organics’ new crop organic Argentine pears are arriving now on both coasts of the U.S.
FESTAGRO alleges a banana picker was fired after an accident at Finca Tropical, but an HR representative says he never worked there.
With the import ban from Russia, Greek strawberry oversupply may be alleviated somewhat due to weather impacts.
AeroFarms says it is investing heavily in software for its vertical farms to ‘scale-up and go worldwide’.
March 11th, 2015
Some containers of Chilean blueberries arriving in the EU had gas regulation problems in week 10.
Australia’s largest privately-owned produce company expects to double its Tasmanian berry production.
Pakistan has been able to raise exports of Kinnow mandarins to markets ranging from Russia to Canada.
Terra Exports plans to raise its shipments of Kenyan avocados fifteenfold for the Hong Kong market this year.
March 10th, 2015
Pink Lady-branded apples will be available earlier in the season following the inclusion of new varieties.
A new British innovation allows berries to breathe but also prevents contaminants from affecting the fruit.
A Chilean apple company plans to plant cherry trees to complement future online sales in China.
The University of Arkansas has released a blackberry cultivar suitable for traveling long distances.
March 9th, 2015
An industry head as requested a series of state support measures to aid a regional industry in crisis.
With just a few weeks left of the Chilean blueberry export season, total volumes could hit 91,000MT.
Mohammed Zwayyed is positive about Gaza’s new produce trade relationship with Israel, but expects some restrictions will remain.
South Africa’s Deciduous Fruit Industry land reform initiative would add 1,227 new hectares of pome fruit and stonefruit over five years.
March 6th, 2015
A Moldovan apple exporter was in a critical situation before a recent Russian market reopening for certain companies.
The Costa Group has urged industry cooperation following a suspected detection of Panama Disease TR4.
Israel has opened is doors to Gaza-grown produce after banning exports from the territory when Hamas took control in 2007.
On a recent visit, a Portuguese minister said Chilean fruit exporters might be able to use its ‘EU gateway’ Port of Sines.
March 5th, 2015
Rainfall in two key Brazilian production areas from January to March is unlikely to be lower than historic averages.
Melons from an island in the Azores join a list of 1,200 EU products with a Protected Geographical Indication.
Researchers say bees that are forced to forage too early in their lives put the colony at risk.
A tie up of three Belgium-headquartered companies could combine sales worth in excess of €3.7 billion.
March 4th, 2015
Local U.S. apple prices were 5-27% lower year-on-year in week 9.
Australian blueberry growers have prepared a 50-page export strategy, emphasizing an impending oversupply at home.
An EU meeting held yesterday appeared promising for the continuation of EC-backed school fruit programs.
Colombian researchers believe a new method for controlling the guava weevil pest could be in store.
March 3rd, 2015
Per hectare pome fruit yields in Australia are on the up thanks to improved orchard management.
Spinach, coriander, tomatoes, cucumber and grapes are some crops that have been hit by heavy rain in Maharashtra.
The Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) is offering a Panama Disease Race IV-resistant banana cultivar to growers in Davao.
A Kremlin representative says Russia may be able to get around the food import ban by using local processing as a condition of entry.
March 2nd, 2015
Three Russian lawmakers who proposed to remove the import ban have been reprimanded for the action.
Part of a Chinese county has received the Protected Eco-Origin Product certification for red kiwifruit varieties.
Raquel Izquierdo de Santiago gives her assessment as to why the EU School Fruit scheme should definitely not be pulled or changed.
A Peruvian company hopes to plant dozens of hectares of a fruit that is often promoted as an alternative cancer treatment.
February 27th, 2015
Capespan North America says there will likely be a ‘fast peak and abrupt end’ for Thompsons.
Stemming from a recent FTA, Australia’s cherry exports to South Korea have experienced exponential growth.
Russian authorities have approved several Moldovan firms for apple exports.
With GDP per capita that is five times lower than the EU, is China ready for fairtrade produce? Fairtrasa’s Patrick Struebi thinks yes.
February 26th, 2015
Port congestion in New Orleans has delayed the completion of a logistics move for Chiquita Brands International.
Pistachio growers all around the globe have cause for celebration on World Pistachio Day.
While Irish retailers have been slow on the uptake of fairtrade bananas, two stores recently committed to stock 100% fairtrade pears.
February 25th, 2015
The company that recalled its berry products due to a recent health scare recorded strong results for its fruit brand last year.
Freshfel has urged the European Commission not to put ‘better regulation’ ahead of children’s health.
Large Red Globe volumes from South Africa pushed prices down in Europe in week 8.
“I’d prefer an average volume crop of good size to a massive crop of small fruit,” says Seven Fields’ Brett Jackson.
San Miguel aims to overcome complex challenges outside of its control for the processed and fresh citrus sectors.
February 24th, 2015
There is as yet no indication as to when China’s citrus import suspension on Tulare County might be lifted.
Some growers have been hit hard by Cyclone Marcia while timing has been very lucky for others.
After missing “critical shipping opportunities”, the Washington Apple Commission is pleased the ports are back up and running.
A major U.K. vegetable supplier intends to form a joint venture with brassica grower and marketer Lincolnshire Field Products.
February 23rd, 2015
Both the AHEA and Ausveg believe the recent Hepatitis A outbreak has re-opened the debate on COO labels.
After making its name in dragonfruit, Colombia’s Asoppitaya plans to move into organic crops and other tropical fruits.
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