July 03, 2014 / Week N° 27
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.
The new Indian Government has pledged to crack down on dangerous chemicals used to artificially ripen fruit.
June 9th, 2014
Mexico’s SENASICA has reportedly closed the country’s doors to U.S. potatoes following complaints from local growers.
Strong lemon prices have led Limoneira to raise its income expectations by more than half.
Is there any point to creating fake but edible 3D fruit? One U.K. company thinks there certainly is.
June 6th, 2014
Chiquita has spoken out amid claims it allegedly spent US$780,000 in lobbying against a 9/11 victims’ bill.
June 5th, 2014
Capitalizing on demand for well-priced local salads, New York’s BrightFarms expects a raft of new greenhouses to break ground in the next 18 months.
Chile’s apple growers have suffered from smaller fruit sizing and poor export markets this season, according to Santiago-based Los Lirios.
A Chinese-U.S. study shows a substance in blueberry leaves can help extend fruit shelf life and add antioxidants.
June 3rd, 2014
What started as a restoration project for the Vatican has become a unique, energy efficient storage system for an Italian apple company.
To facilitate rapid production growth, Camposol has announced housing projects to look after its employees.
June 2nd, 2014
In 10 years’ time, new technology that monitors air and saves energy could become standard throughout the world for shipping containers.
Mission Produce will double the level of employment in a new California avocado packhouse.
May 30th, 2014
With support from a Silicon Valley company and the Chilean Government, three young entrepreneurs have created a device for real time orchard monitoring with the goal of mitigating plant disease effects.
A continental action plan is currently being drafted for Africa to address the potential spread of Panama Disease TR4.
May 28th, 2014
Justin Chadwick finds some encouragement from the European Union’s new rules for South African citrus, but calls for government action to bring long term security to the trade.
A Shanghai Zelun Trading rep is positive about the launch of Enza Red kiwifruit today, and discusses other T&G-owned fruit varieties on their way to China.
May 27th, 2014
Dole Food Company has sold its minority interest in the holding company of Compagnie Fruitière Group.
The EU had “no choice but to impose a stricter inspection regime” on South African citrus, according to Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg.
May 26th, 2014
Two European organic produce experts say consumers are now more mindful of the stories behind their food, but upcoming EC regulations could make the category much tougher.
Some players in the produce industry have “chosen not to innovate”, but the FPAA’s new chairman is still optimistic for the sector’s prospects.
A Chilean project seeks to kill two birds with one stone – keep fruit free of bacterial threats and not damage the environment in the process.
May 23rd, 2014
Profitability outpaced sales growth for Peru’s Camposol in what was a stellar first quarter for 2014.
May 21st, 2014
Excellent weather has led to one northwestern U.S. fruit grower expecting a huge rise in cherry production this year.
Peru’s latest citrus export expectations have been lifted since April, while a fresh market access deal edges closer.
May 20th, 2014
Shanghai Supafresh’s Zhang Haitong tells of her impressions from a recent visit to Australian apple orchards.
The CEO of United Fresh has strongly criticized a bill that would allow schools to opt-out of nutritional standards for meals.
May 19th, 2014
Great weather and strong demand bode well for some blueberry regions in North America.
Industry leaders discussed the importance of PLU and DataBar technology at Fresh Connections: Mexico last week.
May 16th, 2014
While recent rains are unlikely to cut Tucumán’s already lower lemon volumes, Daniel Ploper expects they will cause export delays.
May 15th, 2014
The U.S. organic market has hit new heights, reaching US$35.1 billion in sales last year.
May 14th, 2014
Chiquita’s latest move is a “huge, historic win for the Port of New Orleans”, according to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
Profits were down for Fyffes’ pineapple and banana businesses early this year, but melons pushed the company into growth territory.
May 12th, 2014
Concerns over post-harvest chemical DPA have become symbolic of strict residue standards from European retailers.
Indonesia’s import licensing policy has sparked another WTO trade dispute with the U.S. and New Zealand.
Chilean citrus volume is expected to drop, but the industry remains positive about new export deals.
May 9th, 2014
California has reached a supplementary protocol to regain access to the Chinese citrus market, but approval will depend on a technical visit that will likely take place in June.
Chiquita Brands has cited drought in supply regions and winter storms in the north as behind a net loss for the first quarter.
Improvements in production strategies have helped protect California table grapes from drought conditions.
May 8th, 2014
Australian researchers have conducted a comparison in pesticide exposure rates between adults with conventional and organic diets.
One of the biggest ever drug seizures in a European Union port has taken place, found in a consignment of Costa Rican pineapples.
Once HLB appears on plant leaves, the disease has already caused extensive losses to the root system.
May 6th, 2014
The wheels are in motion to form a national committee for growers and exporters of Chile’s most-shipped fruit.
May 5th, 2014
Improved productivity should bring up Brazilian citrus volume this year, particularly for juice.
Babar Durrani discusses steps for Pakistan to avoid the fate of India, which has lost access to the EU mango market.
Retail experts give the lowdown on underlying cultural and economic factors behind India’s supermarket boom.
An improvised storage solution has triggered growth in American Airlines’ Brazilian papaya freight business, while new routes have also opened up unexpected opportunities elsewhere.
April 30th, 2014
South African citrus export volumes should remain stable this year, but with changes to the variety make-up.
Fresh Del Monte has reported strong earnings, but also expressed concern over Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 and Ecuador’s illicit drug trade.
April 29th, 2014
Monica Bhandari questions why Indian mangoes can’t be subjected to heat treatment instead of an outright EU ban.
APHIS has identified three quarantine pests Colombia needs to address to gain Hass avocado access to the U.S.
California’s citrus industry has demanded its fair share of water resources to keep growers in production.
April 28th, 2014
A Chilean-American company is adapting to flexible retail needs for bulk blueberry sourcing.
April 25th, 2014
Southern Hemisphere lemon exports are expected to fall this year, contrasted by a rise in easy peelers and a fairly stable situation for orange volume.
April 24th, 2014
New Zealand and Chinese authorities have come to an agreement to continue apple shipments.
European co-operative Copa-Cogeca has called on the EU to enforce black spot restrictions against South Africa.
April 23rd, 2014
One of Poland’s biggest apple grower associations is developing other markets to soften the blow from a likely Russian ban.
Fresh Fruit Portal will now be publishing weekly ‘State of the Market’ reports in conjunction with Decofrut.
April 22nd, 2014
The full effects of unusual frosts are yet to be seen in the world’s leading apricot region, as well as impacts on other crops like grapes, peaches and walnuts.
ASOGUABO president Fabiola Ramón says new supermarket trends are making it harder to sell fairtrade bananas.
April 21st, 2014
In the fight against Panama Disease Tropical Race 4, Gianluca Gondolini of the World Banana Forum reminds traders that prevention is better than cure.
The Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board explains a new program to build four cold storage centers.
April 14th, 2014
A US$16.7 billion company from India and a US$3.2 billion Belgian group will combine forces as part of a landmark produce agreement.
From apple scarcity to a flood of Iranian kiwifruit, IG International’s Tarun Arora explains Indian market trends, along with a few export ventures.
Russia may be on track to becoming the most expensive country in the region for fresh food, said one local retailer.
April 13th, 2014
A fire in Valparaiso has caused 11 deaths and led to thousands being evacuated from their homes.
April 12th, 2014
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has revealed the first effects of damages from Cyclone Ita.
April 11th, 2014
A small Californian company hopes to step up the game for U.S. pineapple marketing.
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