October 20, 2014 / Week N° 43
October 16th, 2014
Chiquita says Cutrale-Safra have ‘failed to deliver’ an irrevocable offer, claiming a merger with Fyffes would provide much better value than US$14 per share.
A Fairfood International report alleges huge pay disparities between employees and ‘contractual’ workers at Dole Philippines and Del Monte Philippines Incorporated.
A Chilean grower says frosts in southern production regions have destroyed 30-100% of several fruit crops.
A Guatemalan businessman working on an ambitious maritime transit system says the project will serve the needs of increasing global trade while improving quality of life in the region.
October 15th, 2014
In a last-ditch effort, Cutrale-Safra have upped their Chiquita takeover offer to US$14 per share, saying it provides ‘complete certainty’ in terms of value to shareholders.
Californian authorities will soon have far more funds to help combat inauthentic produce in farmers’ markets.
October 14th, 2014
Is irradiating budwood for seedless characteristics enough to make a citrus variety be considered different? A landmark South African court case will set out to answer this question next year.
October 10th, 2014
Almost 12,000 former banana workers and relatives affected by the chemical DBCP are in line to receive compensation from the Costa Rican government.
Despite reduced Latin American mango production, Kingston Fresh will import more Ecuadorian fruit this season.
October 9th, 2014
A berry from northern Australia has destroyed cancerous tumours in 75% of clinical tests.
A favorable exchange rate will likely help the Chilean produce industry in the summer season.
October 8th, 2014
After a lengthy process Australia’s new levy-backed horticultural industry body has been formed.
October 7th, 2014
A key figure has pulled out of a claim against the New Zealand government, but another plaintiff has emphasized that participating growers will have no liabilities if the case fails.
Due to new avocado plantings and a recent focus on certification, Colombia is expecting 600% export growth by 2018.
Mushroom company To-Jo has boosted a range of its facilities as new industry marketing concepts help increase sales.
September 24th, 2014
An initiative in Chile to use geothermal energy in a greenhouse could increase crop yield by 40% annually.
Russia has returned tomato and potato consignments to Belarus as no countries of origin were given.
September 23rd, 2014
China and Mexico have reached an agreement for berry exports, with protocols set to be signed by November.
Washington apples and Israeli citrus are just two of several new fresh fruit items listed by China’s AQSIQ as approved for import.
Univeg is preparing to receive around 50 truckloads of Black Bursas from the world’s biggest fig exporter.
September 22nd, 2014
We take a visit to Peru with a buyer mission organized by SIPPO, which is also looking to find new partners in Colombia.
To “feed the world” by 2050 without nourishing it is a self-defeating policy, according to the World Vegetable Center’s Dyno Keatinge.
September 18th, 2014
Two farmers who invested heavily in the Aronia berry say the industry is ‘where the cranberry business was 30 years ago’, and see a big future for the fruit.
September 17th, 2014
The California Citrus Mutual says state groundwater management plans ‘will create more problems than they solve.’
Tesco has launched another funky apple with colorful flesh, two years after the last one.
Chile saw a 11.4% reduction in fruit exports for the 2013-14 season, largely due to port strikes and frosts.
September 16th, 2014
In order to gain permission for a tie-up in the Phase I review period, Chiquita and Fyffes say they are considering offering concessions to the EU.
Mexico could start shipping several types of berry to China by the end of this year.
September 15th, 2014
Maersk says that like avocados and bananas, mangoes also stand to benefit from controlled atmosphere containers.
September 12th, 2014
A new port expansion looks set to consolidate Chiquita’s position as the leading Guatemalan banana exporter.
California Citrus Mutual believes the latest NASS orange crop forecast is too high.
September 10th, 2014
Unifrutti Chile and New Zealand’s Turners & Growers expect a new Peruvian grape partnership will yield fruit next year.
The European Commission has said its aid scheme designed to support farmers affected by the Russian ban ‘has to be closed due to a disproportionate surge in claims’.
Chiquita has further relaxed its stance on the proposed merger from two Brazilian companies by entering into a non-disclosure agreement.
Andy Hall has been given back his passport by judges who have been described as “conscientious and careful”.
September 9th, 2014
Pineapple exports from Costa Rica could be allowed into China later this year, but transit challenges remain.
September 8th, 2014
A U.K industry body says the suspension of some citrus exports from South Africa to Europe will cause ‘major issues’ for the British market.
Fruit picker Silvia Lopez discusses her fight to end forced unionization on a California farm.
September 5th, 2014
As a very successful second season with excellent prices in China draws to a close, one Canadian cherry company says shoppers are ‘more sophisticated’ than five years ago.
September 3rd, 2014
Dole Food Company claims it has no connection with the Thai Pineapple Industry Association.
Several international organizations have raised concerns as to whether Andy Hall will get a fair trial in Thailand. Early signs show those worries may have been justified.
Eco Farms’ head says the new venture with Total Produce will allow it to double volume within five years.
September 2nd, 2014
In a “robust” results announcement for the first half, multinational Total Produce has drawn attention to its recent purchase of a stake in U.S. avocado grower Eco Farms.
New Zealand cherry industry players discuss several steps underway to make the most of booming opportunities in Asia.
September 1st, 2014
An organization that works with hundreds of European retailers and importers has said it’s ‘time for cooperation rather than litigation’, in response to the charges brought against activist Andy Hall.
August 31st, 2014
The number of petitioners in support of Andy Hall continues to rise, joining the likes of United Nordic, leading U.K. retailers and Fyffes.
August 29th, 2014
U.S. authorities claim South Africa should be treated the same way as Florida when it comes to citrus black spot.
‘Water prices are way up, water availability is way down, and it’s scary’, says a Californian citrus grower.
August 28th, 2014
A Seattle-based NGO claims the Rainforest Alliance is re-thinking its endorsement of Chiquita bananas, following allegations of water contamination in Guatemala.
Gerawan Farming says ‘It is unfortunate that our employees need to take such a drastic action’.
August 27th, 2014
Brazil’s Cavendish Global may seek to sway shareholders from the merger, but Chiquita and Fyffes have found new benefits that could be gained from their partnership.
The United Farmworkers Union has accused the Center for Worker Freedom of “cynical outreach to Latinos”, backed by the “architect” of last fall’s Federal Government shutdown.
August 26th, 2014
Employers will not be the targets in a peach picker protest to take place today, but rather unions and the State of the California.
August 25th, 2014
Research shows worker safety and food quality could be improved by using phosphine instead of methyl bromide on crops.
August 24th, 2014
A leading Australian almond company plans to spend US$59 million on new properties and water entitlements in a bid to double production by 2018.
A Del Monte aircraft hangar was one site of rebel attacks on banana operations in the Philippines over the weekend.
August 22nd, 2014
A U.K. company is taking a further step in testing fruit fly controls through genetic modification, but GeneWatch believes the move could threaten the food supply.
A Peruvian industry representative has asked ‘why aren’t Californian avocados tested for sunblotch in Chile too?’
August 21st, 2014
In order to help its own farmers, Russia has scrapped some agricultural items from its import ban including onion and potato seeds.
A Chilean team may have come up with something of an elixir of shelf life.
Brazil’s leading table grape producer says cloudy weather greatly affected white seedless production this year, however a strong domestic market and 14 new varieties mean it isn’t all bad news.
August 18th, 2014
The European Union will tap emergency funding to support growers affected by Russia’s import ban, but not all crops will be included.
Peppers were the only produce item that didn’t show growth for Peruvian exporter Camposol in the second quarter.
After the Chiquita board said “no” to a takeover offer, two Brazilian groups are making a direct pitch to shareholders.
August 14th, 2014
Banana workers and advocacy groups had raised concern that a Brazilian takeover would set back 15 years of progress. Luckily for them, Chiquita is not recommending the deal to its shareholders.
Speculation is mounting about the unofficial exports of some European Union-grown fruit to Russia despite the embargo.
August 13th, 2014
A Peruvian market consultant says his country can partner with Chile to ensure a smoother grape supply.
Czech orchardists are concerned for an oversupply of apples from Poland, but a social media campaign has helped boost consumption.
Peru’s blueberry exports could hit US$40 million this year as it takes advantage of a month-long global supply gap.
August 12th, 2014
Belarus has vowed it will not become a re-export point for foods banned by its neighbor Russia.
August 11th, 2014
A corporate tilt from Brazil threatens to derail the proposed merger between produce giants Chiquita and Fyffes.
We take an in-depth, crop-by-crop look at the effects of the Russian produce ban on U.S. and Canadian growers.
ASOEX and Fedefruta have questioned why the fruit industry should pay the cost of port labor issues again.
Two Russian importers claim most products lost from the ban on EU produce can be regained from other countries.
August 8th, 2014
The European Commission is seeking an end to the blockade on its €1.8 billion Russian produce export market, and hasn’t ruled out making emergency funding available to the industry.
August 7th, 2014
Russia’s recent decision has cut out around a quarter of the country’s produce imports, according to preliminary estimates from consultancy Decofrut.
One U.S. agricultural group says ‘it is unfortunate that the biggest losers in this will be Russian consumers’.
Russia is taking active steps to forge a Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in the wake of its ban on a range of food items from the West.
A Dutch industry representative says the Russian ban is the worst thing to happen to the European produce sector since the E. coli outbreak.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes sanctions are a “blind alley”, but the latest ban on food imports from the EU, U.S., Norway, Canada and Australia will benefit local farmers.
August 6th, 2014
While the wording is vague, one thing is certain – a decree signed today by Vladimir Putin will mean bans on a range of agricultural goods from the West.
A golden Zespri kiwifruit variety marketed as Charm has been shriveling up on supermarket shelves.
Fruit farmers in Kenya, Nigeria and Malawi are expected to benefit from Coca Cola’s expansive ‘Source Africa’ initiative.
August 5th, 2014
After a 15-month absence, California’s citrus industry can once again ship its fruit to China.
One Irish supermarket chain has responded to calls from a retail workers’ union to boycott Israeli goods due to the Gaza conflict.
A Florida potato grower has said his innovative irrigation method ‘is and needs to be the future’.
August 4th, 2014
We speak with the man behind India’s renowned “practically seedless” Sindhu mango.
August 1st, 2014
Russia looks likely to place an import ban on Greek fruit which could have drastic impacts on the industry.
New EU organic certification rules threaten to derail mixed crop farming through a purist approach.
July 31st, 2014
Ghana’s burgeoning vegetable exports have not been up to scratch for the EU this year, prompting a temporary ban.
Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton looks at how northern blueberry markets are faring, what this means for upcoming foreign suppliers, and Morocco’s recent U.S. breakthrough.
July 30th, 2014
U.S. consumers simply can’t get enough of blueberries, and soon they will have another source of origin for the antioxidant-rich fruit.
After much speculation, Russian authorities have finally acted. Polish apples and a range of other produce items are now banned.
A Dutch horticultural supplier has been praised for its innovative technology used on a South African farm.
July 29th, 2014
Bananas, pineapples, tomatoes and melons were some of Del Monte’s strongest performing products in the second quarter.
Chilean cherries prices shot up this year but not all growers received the full benefit of the increase.
July 28th, 2014
One of the most recognizable faces in Indian cinema is now officially a representative of the country’s leading fruit-growing state.
July 25th, 2014
With a merger deal on the cards between CSAV and Hapag-Lloyd, another Valparaiso company is on track for a transaction with a multinational based in Hamburg.
A new documentary looks at how young Dublin retail workers took action against the injustices of racial segregation in South Africa in the 1980s.
July 24th, 2014
A case relating to alleged paramilitary payments from Chiquita in Colombia has been dismissed by a federal court in Florida as being outside U.S jurisdiction.
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