January 27, 2015 / Week N° 05
January 27th, 2015
Halls International’s Ate Kalsbeek discusses some of the new items lined up after the acquisition of Columbus Exotics.
A producer of a mini eggplant says growing interest is ‘all a matter of consumers adapting a new mentality’.
A huge spike in volume has made the Chinese cherry market challenging this year for Chilean shippers.
U.S. and South Korean market developments are on the cards for Peruvian mango shippers in February.
January 26th, 2015
Donnelly Fresh Produce and ClemenGold discuss expansion developments for a unique mandarin variety in Europe and Africa.
Although 500 hectares of banana plantations in Peru have been hit by winds, diseases are a more pressing concern.
While the Argentine union UATRE agreed to a 35% pay rise, another syndicate representing packers is still in talks.
A bell pepper developed in Italy weighs 18% more than standard varieties and is less prone to cracking.
January 23rd, 2015
Vietnam is the latest country to take a tough stance on certain U.S. apples to prevent a listeria outbreak spreading internationally.
The Indian Agricultural Research Institute’s Anand Singh discusses what’s next in overcoming EU bans on produce imports.
With Laser Foods’ newfound ‘global structure’, the company says 2015 is going to be a transformational year.
Many of Peru’s W. Murcott trees are reaching adulthood and will add to shipping volumes this season.
January 22nd, 2015
Severance payments, relocation costs and incentive refunds are set to tally up to tens of millions of dollars for Chiquita Brands as part of its move out of Charlotte.
A Chilean lettuce grower has implemented a hydroponic system that moves crops around the greenhouse.
Pipfruit NZ says the industry will begin alligning its proprietary varieties to become more customer-focused.
Australia’s largest privately-owned produce company may change hands through a share market listing or an outright sale.
January 21st, 2015
White seedless grape prices hit the lowest levels seen in three years during week 3 in Europe.
Only 30% of Morocco’s citrus crop is believed to be of export quality after rain and strong winds last November.
The head of the South African pomegranate industry gives a seasonal outlook on production and markets.
A Chilean kiwifruit exporter forecasts less competition with New Zealand green varieties this year.
January 20th, 2015
A Canadian greenhouse vegetable grower will be able to reduce its use of cardboard boxes with a new partnership.
With Mexico’s first berry shipments to China just a few days away, one industry body is predicting large returns.
Avanza director John Carroll gives the wrap on strong performances for avocados in a range of markets this season.
Banana Link’s Alistair Smith urges Cutrale-Safra to focus on corporate social responsibility as the new owners of Chiquita.
January 19th, 2015
Fair Trade USA’s Hannah Freeman provides an in-depth look at the good, the bad and the ugly on Mexican farms.
A California judge has ruled the USDA maintains rights to grape varieties Scarlet Royal and Autumn King.
Fruit exporter Pico plans to expand its core offering while adding new crops such as pomegranates and avocados in the mix.
Germany and Russia are willing to quickly boost agricultural trade if the two countries’ political problems can be solved.
January 16th, 2015
While the year began with scarcity, efforts against HLB actually led to a lime production rise in 2014 in Colima.
Peru’s mango exports to date are significantly down on packed volumes during the same time last year.
A Russian official says Azerbaijan will hold a firm place in the country’s apple market even if the ban on EU fruit is lifted.
The Mango Ecuador Foundation is optimistic about gaining access to the Chinese market before next season.
January 15th, 2015
Australia’s second-largest horticultural export destination will now start reducing tariffs on items like citrus fruit, grapes and asparagus.
Malaysia’s latest import regulatory change shows its days as an easy, non-protocol market are on the way out.
ICA has taken measures to combat a pest that has caused considerable damage to bananas in Quindío and Risaralda.
The third phase of an Israeli-Indian horticultural technology, research and trade project is now underway.
January 14th, 2015
An influx of South African plums hit the European market during week 2.
The EU Health Commissioner has congratulated parliamentarians for putting their differences aside in passing GM crop legislation.
Sopan Kanchan says bouts of inclement weather have been ‘nothing the Indian grape industry can’t handle’.
South Africa’s table grape volume is well ahead of previous years, but the total should taper to a “normal” level.
January 13th, 2015
Building on a successful Michigan tomato operation, Sunset Produce will soon grow peppers in a large-scale U.S. pepper greenhouse.
Hopes are high that talks between German and Russian ministers will help ease trade restrictions on food products.
Colombian growers were able to raise exports of a range of exotic fruit crops to the EU last year.
A Netherlands-based economist believes his country’s produce traders could actually benefit from a weakened euro.
January 12th, 2015
India is next in Australia’s sights after a series of FTA breakthroughs with China, Japan and South Korea.
Pacific Produce hopes to replicate the U.S. success of Peruvian sweet onions in the U.K.
A new peach cultivar introduced in Mexico has greater tolerance to disease and ripens in a period with less hail risk.
January 9th, 2015
A North Carolina store has partnered with the CIW to source Florida tomatoes from the Fair Food program.
The growers of Opal apples are doubling their contribution to youth-backed social causes in 2015.
A Chilean market intelligence consultancy expects the country’s pear shipments to return to 2013 levels this year.
American football fans are set to tackle 240 million avocados head on the week leading up to the Super Bowl.
January 8th, 2015
Strikes have not yet hit Chile’s fruit exports, but dockworkers threaten to spread their actions to terminals responsible for perishables.
The Vietnamese market closure has caused particular complications for Australian black seedless grape exporters.
Two Australian produce industry bodies hope the Fair Work Ombudsman takes the right steps to regulate dodgy labor-hire operators.
Ecuador is the world’s leading banana exporter but it is yet to take the number one spot in the Chinese market.
January 7th, 2015
Peruvian Red Globes bucked the weak trend for grapes in Europe between Christmas and New Years.
Cavolo Nero, also known as Tuscan Kale and Black Cabbage, is taking British foodies by storm.
Consumers have not yet seen enough tangible benefits from biotech food to make the category popular, argues OSF’s Neal Carter.
Argentine fruit exporters suffering from the effects of a weak ruble are now faced with another currency challenge – the falling euro.
January 6th, 2015
IG International is confident about Chile’s cherry potential and is also launching a new dragonfruit program.
Financial challenges mean mango cultivation could face the chop in parts of the Punjab.
Mango trees in a central Mexican state had their flowers in full bloom last month.
Halls will be expanding its presence in the European exotic fruit market.
January 5th, 2015
Dawn Gray says produce companies need to embrace the idea that an educated customer is the best customer.
A project is underway in southern Chile to sell a natural juice product made from regional fruit.
A report says the already dire situation in Chile’s Coquimbo region with water scarcity will only get worse.
A project in Colombia will focus on papaya post-harvest operations so growers can reach more markets.
By using technology that actively controls the atmosphere in reefer containers, Thermo King says produce can be shipped much further than normal while retaining much of its original quality.
December 24th, 2014
The first Chilean table grapes of the season hit the U.S. market during week 51.
Russia’s EU and U.S. import ban has comes as good news to Pakistan’s shippers of a certain mandarin variety.
A U.S. Kalette producer says it has been hard to work out the best growing methods for the new product.
The entity representing West Coast port employers says outside help is needed to reach a contract agreement.
December 23rd, 2014
The agricultural year of 2014 has been described as an ‘unmitigated disaster’ for Valencian growers.
Thompson Seedless harvests are wrapping up in early-growing northern parts of South Africa but red varieties are still going strong.
South Australia has moved one step closer to building a landmark facility designed to fight Queensland fruit fly.
Buenos Aires peach growers will now have access to two early season varieties with good coloring and texture.
December 22nd, 2014
An ex-Zespri manager incarcerated China is sueing the marketer under the Employment Relations Authority.
A project on Croatian farms that uses barren fruit flies to reduce populations is going ‘extremely well’.
A large U.S. real estate investor won the right at a public auction to buy a strawberry farm for US$17 million.
Work on the inter-oceanic Nicaraguan canal is expected to begin today, despite widespread protests.
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.
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