April 19, 2014 / Week N° 16
April 17th, 2014
Despite a national decline in U.S. asparagus farming, a Washington company is working to increase acreage.
An upcoming organic campaign in Brazil would promote sustainable eating to soccer fans at the World Cup.
Ukrainian investigators have alleged Mykola Prisyazhniuk stole US$41.5 million from the country’s Agrarian Fund.
Jan van de Ven looks at how fruit traders can protect themselves in dealing with the ‘subjective’ concept of quality.
April 16th, 2014
The first exports of Australian table grapes to Japan marks the country’s second produce milestone in a week.
India’s ASSOCHAM has released an estimated reduction rate for the country’s mango production this year.
Fedefruta’s new president, Juan Carolus Brown, said he will continue pushing for a law to protect persihable exports.
With 1,800 newly installed solar panels, the Dutch port of Maasvlakte has taken a step toward sustainability.
April 15th, 2014
A Uruguayan minister has released figures for the amount of citrus to be squeezed into the U.S. market this year.
AHEA executive director Michelle Christoe takes a crop-by-crop look at the Australia-Japan FTA.
Argentine Alexander Lucas pears will arrive in limited quantity to the U.S. this month.
The Dominican government hopes to transform dragonfruit into a cash crop for growers.
April 14th, 2014
Apple importers could feel disruptions this June as South Africa’s hail damage begins to show its impact.
Russia may be on track to becoming the most expensive country in the region for fresh food, said one local retailer.
PrimLand Chile has announced the beginning of its kiwifruit campaign, following a difficult growing season.
New Zealand kiwifruit growers discuss the pros and cons of the Zespri kiwifruit export scheme and other proposals.
April 11th, 2014
A small Californian company hopes to step up the game for U.S. pineapple marketing.
The Best Pack Award has gone to a campaign run by the Canary Islands’ ASPROCAN.
Following suspension in October, Chilean apples will once again be able to enter China.
Valencia orange trees in Colombia were able to recover from low water access during early fruit development.
April 10th, 2014
Mandarins, oranges and macadamia nuts are a few Australian products expected to profit from the Japan FTA.
The worst of Mexican lime prices could soon be in the past, but quality remains inconsistent.
Australian cherry exporters have gotten more bang for their buck in recent months.
Peru will need more peach planations to satisfy demand from the juice industry.
April 9th, 2014
The first Argentine citrus volume was reported in Europe in week 14.
Cool, wet weather could mean fungal attacks on Spanish melons.
The U.S. Port Tampa Bay will work more closely with Colombia’s Port of Barranquilla.
A lower Australian dollar has helped make Tasmanian apple shipments to China more viable.
April 8th, 2014
Mock Crop’s berries look, feel and weigh the same as an actual blueberry with one difference – they’re plastic.
While Chile’s kiwifruit growers have focused on frosts, Psa is moving silently toward larger production areas.
A University College London study has been cited as a driver of increased veggie sales at Sainsbury’s.
Chile’s Andrés Armstrong reflects on the lessons to be learned from a difficult blueberry season.
April 7th, 2014
In an effort to decrease dependence on the EU, Brazil is sending much more fruit to the Middle East.
PMA’s Ed Treacy says PLU codes could add value to China’s fruit sales – if China is ready for them.
Chile’s first pomegranates of the year have hit the water for the United States.
April 4th, 2014
South Africa’s super avocado is expected to return for a second season to Tesco’s shelves in the U.K.
It’s artichoke season in California and Karen Caplan of Frieda’s Specialty Produce is ready with some unique varieties.
While many Chinese ecommerce sites have emerged in recent years, Fruitday.com has stood out for fresh produce.
April 3rd, 2014
A Hass promotional campaign in Colombia hopes to launch producers into national and international sales.
One New Delhi fruit importer has cut volume in half in response to high prices and a weak rupee.
As South Africa approaches its 15th year selling citrus to the U.S., exporters praised market growth.
In one the world’s most food insecure nations, the government has announced a total ban on imported produce.
April 2nd, 2014
The first sales of Kenyan Hass avocados were reported in Europe in week 13.
Imported fruit may come at a price, but China’s Ole’ stores satisfy a niche once unavailable to premium buyers.
The European Union will seek to establish its first “harmonized methodology” to assess pesticide risk.
April 1st, 2014
Approval of direct trade routes will mean easier access for California exporters to mainland China.
It has taken time for Barhi date production to take off in India, but this year’s harvest could bring record volume.
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March 31st, 2014
Chilean Kiwifruit Committee’s Carlos Cruzat said initial exports will begin in the U.S., Russia and Latin America.
New Zealand’s Zespri indicated higher volume of gold kiwifruit, pointing to successful efforts against Psa.
Avocado expert Avi Crane explains the supply shortages ahead for the growing U.S. consumer market.
Chile’s Hortifrut reported high volume and sales growth, encouraged by expansion in Europe.
March 28th, 2014
BayWa reported a strong spike in earnings, driven by key acquisitions in agriculture.
Indian companies such as Delicious Mangoes must now abandon plans in Europe following the EU’s ban.
March 27th, 2014
With the South African citrus season near, debate over black spot has roared up once again in the EU.
British fruit supplier Berry Gardens has been experimenting with biomass boilers to improve energy usage.
Brazil’s Abrafrutas has its sights set on international markets and better pesticide regulations.
March 26th, 2014
Blueberries were in low supply and high demand in the U.S. in week 12.
India’s Star Bazaar will offer branded grapes in an effort to raise fruit quality for the nation’s middle class consumers.
March 25th, 2014
Fresh Brazilian muskmelons and watermelons have been approved for sale in Chile.
Mexico’s Ecofruit discusses the current mango season and prospects in Russia.
After two decades of blockage, Latin America’s top banana producer will once again send fruit to Brazil.
March 24th, 2014
Tesco’s joint venture with the Tata Group will bring 12 new retail stores to India.
Califorinia brought in record table grape volume this year, reaching export markets in force.
Peruvian grape exports continue to show strong growth, most notably in China.
A dry start to the year has reduced volumes for several top fruit categories in Brazil.
March 21st, 2014
A new gold-fleshed kiwifruit variety has propped up exports for an Italian shipper this year.
Retail experts look at how a combined Albertsons-Safeway operation will take on supermarket giant Kroger.
Pink Lady Europe is utilizing a recent French study to bolster a new set of promotional materials for the continent.
Very Berry Korea Corp CEO Chaesup Rim talks about changing consumer attitudes to blueberries in Korea.
March 20th, 2014
With recent approval, Malaysia expects to export 7,000MT in different tropical fruits to the U.S. per year.
Peru’s ProHass says Europe will be a key driver of a substantial rise in avocado exports this year.
The British cartoon classic Bananaman has been slated for the big screen.
SAGARPA has labeled the difference between lime grower returns and consumer prices as “unacceptable”.
March 19th, 2014
The Chilean blueberry campaign began to fade out in northern markets in week 11.
Argentine authorities claim recent talks with APHIS were an advancement in a bid for U.S. citrus market access.
With new marketers in Chile and Italy, Sun World now has 32 grape licensees worldwide.
Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain looks at the “astounding” price hike seen for Mexican limes this year.
March 18th, 2014
Expanding into new areas has helped Giumarra fill watermelon supply gaps.
After last week’s IBO conference in Mexico, two experts revealed plans for building blueberry demand.
Chiquita’s deal with Fyffes has sent a scare in Charlotte, where some fear a violation of contract terms.
South African table grapes have picked up volume in recent weeks, showing recovery from the early season.
March 17th, 2014
An Australian company is set to bring its value-added banana technology to the Chinese island of Hainan.
U.S. apple and pear growers could soon face trouble maintaining organic status under new treatment guidelines.
Latin American banana group Banacol will restructure in response to debt concerns.
Eduardo Ledesma believes the formation of ChiquitaFyffes will “undoubtedly” benefit Ecuador’s banana industry.
March 14th, 2014
Cold treatment requirements have complicated Uruguayan citrus shipments to China.
Instances of GM foods in non-GM shipments have spiked in recent years, in part due to mismarked papayas.
A new McDonald’s campaign will offer free fruit in Happy Meals in 19 European countries.
Mexico’s president traveled to the country’s avocado heartland yesterday to take a firm stance against crime.
March 13th, 2014
More food in the U.S. lies within pesticide residue limits than in Europe, where standards are much stricter.
Building on Chilean market success in pineapples, Costa Rica aims to experiment with exports of more fruits.
New numbers for Florida’s citrus crop have the Sunshine State down for oranges and grapefruit.
A shift from land to maritime trade could improve commerce between Pennsylvania and Veracruz.
March 12th, 2014
Argentine pear supply affected sales of Chilean pears in the U.S. during week 10.
A combination of mild weather and improved growing techniques will give the U.K. a wider asparagus window.
The Philippines’ Agriculture Secretary has pledged to prioritize crop insurance programs in 2015.
U.S. fruit and veggie growers will have requirements eased and options expanded for storage-related loans.
March 11th, 2014
A group of Nicaraguans claiming pesticide damages from Dole has had its case dropped by a California court.
Ed Lonergan and David McCann get into the nuts and bolts of a monumental deal announced yesterday.
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