November 24, 2014 / Week N° 48
November 20th, 2014
A decision by Japan’s MAFF will now allow for much greater volumes of Chilean cherries this Christmas.
November 19th, 2014
Fresh Del Monte Produce has opened a new operation to supply fresh cut salads, fruits and vegetables to the Canadian market.
November 18th, 2014
A decision to single out citrus growers in labeling the use of postharvest chemicals has been supported by the General Court of the European Union.
California Giant Berry Farms owner Patrick Riordan says he is “blessed” to be involved in the category.
Business may not be growing as quickly as in Peru, but a Chilean blueberry nursery is expanding in Brazil.
November 17th, 2014
The first crops have been planted as part of a US$280 million dam project in Peru to support agriculture, including sugarcane, avocados and blueberries.
November 14th, 2014
After tripling sales in the last year, Fruitday co-founder Loren Zhao looks ahead for fruit imports in 2014-15.
Tesco’s Simon Mandelbaum spoke at PMA Fruittrade about the changing needs of U.K. consumers.
November 11th, 2014
A genetically modified potato that produces fewer cancerous chemicals could soon hit the U.S. market.
Gysbert du Toit talks about the evolution of an early cherry deal from South Africa in a tie-up with Californian varieties.
November 10th, 2014
Speaking prior to PMA Fruittrade Latin America, a Maersk representative says reefer demand is exceeding supply.
Mainland Australian cherry growers had previously ignored the option to export directly to China with cold treatment, but that approach has changed this season.
At first it was just shortages driving up prices, but now Limoneira believes stonger lemon demand is here to stay.
November 7th, 2014
The Pacific Maritime Association claims a union is now withholding skilled workers in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
November 6th, 2014
Gerawan Farming has achieved a breakthrough in its struggle against the forced unionization of farmworkers.
We take an in-depth look at how some major Washington apple producers are marketing their huge crops this season, as well as other key issues like storage space and labor availability.
November 4th, 2014
After dealing with years of headaches forming a new protocol to regain Thai market access, the Australian horticultural industry may face new non-tariff challenges in another South East Asian market.
A recent report could have bearings on legal disputes over mandarin variety rights in Spain and South Africa.
With California’s produce sector feeling the crunch, lobby group Western Growers is fighting for sensible decisions from state and federal governments.
November 3rd, 2014
The Pacific Maritime Association claims a union has broken an agreement by severely reducing productivity in the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.
Production will ramp up over the next few years for a new clementine variety that was discovered in Spain.
CPMA president Ron Lemaire looks in depth at what less payment protection in the U.S. could lead to for Canadian produce exporters.
An animal study has concluded that walnuts’ nutritional content could protect brains from Alzheimer’s disease.
October 28th, 2014
Profitability soared for Fresh Del Monte in the third quarter on the back of strong sales for bananas and pineapples.
With some Brazilian water reservoirs at 5% capacity, lime prices have shot up to US$2.79 per kilogram.
October 27th, 2014
After months of back and forth, Chiquita has agreed to a US$14.50 per share takeover by Cutrale-Safra.
Paramount Citrus president David Krause is “betting big” on grapefruit and is confident for a leadership position in mandarins.
October 24th, 2014
New Zealand kiwifruit icon Zespri has raised its grower return forecast for the season. Two company executives explain some of the reasons why and outline plans for future campaigns.
October 23rd, 2014
Mission Produce’s Ron Araiza points to changes in the avocado industry, including greater security measures, new facilities and the search for new growing regions.
October 22nd, 2014
The gloves are off in the Chiquita saga, as a proxy advisory firm accuses the banana giant of relying on valuations ‘unsupported by market trends’ and using ‘questionable methodologies’ to undermine the Brazilian bid.
October 21st, 2014
After a slip in table grape production during the last season, South Africa is now expecting a 4-7% increase.
A report by the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association says while recent frosts may have caused damages of up to 80% in ‘extreme cases’, the 2014-15 export season will be an ordinary one.
October 20th, 2014
Union Owocowa’s Jolanta Kazimierska says the toughest times are just around the corner for Poland’s apple sector.
A Brazilian professor says farmers using his HLB-detection machine could control the disease ‘within three years’.
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.
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