August 18, 2014 / Week N° 34
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.
Retail veteran Greg Foran has been promoted from head of Walmart Asia to CEO of Walmart U.S.
The CEO of Organics Unlimited agrees with criticism of a recent study, saying you can’t “compare apples to apples”.
July 23rd, 2014
A South African government department has emphasized its focus on compliance following the interception of fruit with citrus black spot (CBS) in Europe.
July 22nd, 2014
The EU is looking to put tougher sanctions on Russia in a bid to stop the flow of weapons into the Ukraine.
Wisconsin cranberry growers are due for an average crop this year amid unenticing market conditions.
Shandong Goodfarmer’s president talks about Ecuadorian bananas, Zespri kiwifruit and creating a new Latin American company.
July 21st, 2014
South Africa no longer has a clean sheet on citrus black spot this year, and an expert is investigating the farm in question.
U.S. and European organic companies assess the many facets of their category and how it relates to a recent study claiming superior nutritional benefits.
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
A recent posting on the Federal Register puts China one step closer to gaining access to the U.S. apple market.
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.
July 17th, 2014
Ecuador is now one step closer to being on par with its banana-exporting competitors in Europe when it comes to tariffs.
July 16th, 2014
The new study from UC Davis says groundwater reserves cannot be treated like an ‘unlimited savings account’.
July 15th, 2014
An important figure in Chile’s agricultural development, Alfonso Prohens, has died.
July 14th, 2014
4,500 hectares of banana plantations have been destroyed by strong winds in northern Colombia.
Organic proponents hope a recent landmark international study will dispel consumer confusion about the category’s benefits.
Driscoll’s has taken the lead with the Spanish government on researching vinegar fly Drosophila Suzukii, and has reported a promising outlook for controlling the pest.
July 11th, 2014
A request from Chilean growers to block Peruvian avocado imports will now come before the Supreme Court.
Mexico has spent US$22 million on building and upgrading border facilities to prevent the entry of exotic pests and diseases.
From figs to persimmons to chestnuts, U.S.-based Stellar Distributing is on the hunt for new international trade deals.
July 10th, 2014
The Peruvian Avocado Commission aims to show leadership in revamped web design in the produce industry.
July 9th, 2014
A Colombian agricultural development body will work with other South American countries to strengthen the industry.
First it was Longwu, then Huizhan stepped in, and now another player aims to build a project in Jiangsu north of Shanghai to “revolutionize” China’s imported fruit market.
A U.S. company is investing in vertical farming facilities for leafy greens, with a transition to cannabis in its sights.
July 4th, 2014
Fresh Del Monte leaders have made handsome profits by cashing in on stock options in the company.
July 3rd, 2014
After losing the Russian market, Ukraine has now lost access for its potatoes in Belarus.
University of Sydney researchers have unveiled a new robot that could significantly assist farmers.
Alpine Chile will now be known by the name Navy Blue Export S.A., driven by trade strategies for Europe and Asia.
July 2nd, 2014
An Argentine citrus industry representative says growers urgently need the U.S. and Brazilian markets to be opened if they are to improve their lot.
July 1st, 2014
The first Australian apple shipment via sea to mainland China is due to arrive this week, featuring a newly developed variety.
In the face of tough competition with summer fruit, many Spanish and Italian grape growers are shifting their varietal offerings to get ahead.
Delassus’ Fatiha Charrat looks back on what she describes as the ‘worst season ever’ for Moroccan citrus.
June 30th, 2014
We take a closer look at the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market – the largest of its kind internationally in terms of revenue.
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.
June 27th, 2014
The biggest U.S. states for sweet cherry production have witnessed significant changes, in opposite directions.
A range of markets are showing great interest in U.S. Northwest cherries, but it would take the “entire world” to move the 2014 crop.
June 26th, 2014
Citrus, melons and persimmons have been some of the fruit crops most affected by severe hailstorms in eastern Spain.
Peru’s El Niño phenomenon is not in a strong phase, yet slight temperature upticks are having an effect on mango, grape and citrus crops.
Turners & Growers’ new pipfruit manager discusses ambitious plans for the next six years.
Chilean asparagus growers may soon be able to export more to the U.S. via seafreight thanks to a new liquid.
June 25th, 2014
Produce traders are losing “large swathes of land” with Middle Eastern populations due to conflict.
June 24th, 2014
The ILWU says there is ‘nothing substantive’ in fears over West Coast port strikes and talks should end well.
June 23rd, 2014
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.
June 20th, 2014
The latest U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report was damning of two major agricultural countries, but showed positives for one significant fruit shipper.
Peru is not usually the first country associated with kiwifruit, but growers have expressed interest in importing kiwifruit plants from the U.S.
June 18th, 2014
ClemenGold will continue to open new markets this year and has new varieties in the works.
APHIS is considering a new US$375 fee for import treatments which could have far-reaching effects.
June 17th, 2014
Despite US$10 million in lawsuits hanging over his head, Andy Hall has returned to Thailand to continue working for the rights of abused migrant workers in the country’s food export industries.
With South African citrus growers shipping more to the U.S., Chile is likely to diversify its markets.
U.K. retailer Asda has given a startling estimate of expected fresh produce losses as a result of climate change.
June 16th, 2014
Execs from Angus Soft Fruits and BerryWorld talk shop about varietal development and raising winter consumption.
June 13th, 2014
With the help of a smartphone app, a U.K. company makes hydroponic gardening an easy and visually appealing addition to the living room.
New research from Cambridge University shows a powerful medical use of lycopene from tomatoes.
A Woolworths decision to renege on an Asian buyer visit commitment has been described as “churlish” by Ausveg.
June 12th, 2014
A POM Wonderful spokesperson says today’s legal win over Coca Cola brings greater assurances to consumers over food labeling.
June 11th, 2014
A large Argentine fruit company has been ordered to pay more than US$100,000 to settle a case with a grower.
A hungry U.S. market and faster shipments look to fare well for South Africa’s citrus exporters.
A citrus pest quarantine zone in California’s Tulare County has expanded by 15%, with a further extension potentially on the cards.
June 10th, 2014
Zacks has said “avoid this stock or consider jumping ship” in recent comments about Chiquita.
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