December 07, 2013 / Week N° 49
December 2nd, 2013
A Vocativ.com story alleging drug cartel involvement in the Mexican avocado trade has gone viral.
November 28th, 2013
Safety is the main driver behind a USDA decision to temporarily halt avocado imports from a town in northern Mexico.
November 27th, 2013
The European Food Safety Authority is taking steps to handle the first field outbreak of Pierce’s disease in the European Union.
After losing market access in April, California citrus may once again be welcome in China.
November 26th, 2013
A Chilean customs strike is delaying air freight fruit shipments, but the extent of the impact is under contention.
November 21st, 2013
New Zealand is set to get a fresh competitive edge in its top cherry export market.
November 20th, 2013
Peru’s Provid has announced grape export expectations for this season, and hopes for Japanese market access by 2015.
November 19th, 2013
Del Monte Fresh Produce will pay US$1.2 million to Thai claimants to settle a Hawaiian case, while bringing in new anti-discrimination procedures.
Poland may lose one of its largest produce markets if it doesn’t meet Russian standards around certification and pesticide residues.
November 18th, 2013
Implementation of the Safe Food for Canadians Act and other regulations will lead to significant changes for produce imports.
The Chilean cherry industry expects a slight rise in exports to China this year, despite the effects of frosts.
November 15th, 2013
The Argentine pome fruit industry hopes a new protocol will finally open up access to the Chinese market.
November 14th, 2013
Black Sigatoka disease and stiff competition have taken their toll on Ecuador’s banana farms over the last 12 months.
Scientists have found that once broken down in the colon, polyphenols produce molecules that are beneficial for the digestive system.
November 12th, 2013
The developers of GM Arctic apples have pointed to benefits in food service but McDonald’s is not interested.
A second director of Peruvian produce exporter Camposol has resigned from the board in the space of a week.
Despite extreme destruction to the central Philippines, Del Monte reported minimal damage to its operations.
Arson and arrests were reported in relation to farm strikes in South Africa’s Western Cape yesterday.
November 11th, 2013
With the touch of a smartphone screen, Brazilian shoppers can trace produce across the supply chain.
A reported 4,000 farm workers went on strike last week, affecting a major Western Cape fruit producer.
November 8th, 2013
U.S. authorities have opened up assessments on genetically modified apples for public comment.
A year on from South Africa’s vineyard strikes, farm workers say they’ve had enough of politics.
Chiquita Brands’ Brian Kocher says turmoil in Syria, Egypt and Libya has contributed to lower banana pricing globally.
As prices soar, California walnuts have become a prized target for highly clever hijackers.
November 7th, 2013
An ethylene-absorbing strip developed in the U.K. could help exporters send fruit on longer trip overseas.
Mission Produce has joined with China’s Lantao to get second-tier city consumers eating more avocados.
On a good run from its purchase of Turners & Growers, Germany’s BayWa plans to buy a new fruit business in the coming months.
November 5th, 2013
Isis has joined the ranks among Brazil’s nationally developed seedless grape varieties.
Chilean citrus promoters are using Tajin powder to boost sales to Latino consumers in the U.S.
November 1st, 2013
Traceability must be inclusive for all types of growers and protect the environment, according to Thomas Eckschmidt.
October 31st, 2013
Dole Food Company will be launching the largest ag investment Colombia has seen in five years.
A breeding program in Argentina hopes to reduce frost damage to peaches.
The friendly faces of Sesame Street’s Elmo and Rosita will soon line produce aisles in the United States.
October 28th, 2013
Oppy’s James Milne says the U.S. is moving to a more fixed ‘European’ produce sourcing model as growers seek to cut risks.
In the ongoing citrus black spot debate, the South African industry has praised a report critical of EU analysis.
October 25th, 2013
St. Louis will become the newest entry point for blueberries imported into the United States.
South African grapes could meet greater competition this year from Brazil and Europe.
October 24th, 2013
A low supply forecast out of South America has meant high interest in South African stonefruit.
Through an ASOEX agreement, Chilean fruit will have a direct route to 200 Chinese wholesale markets.
It’sFresh! gained recognition for its ethylene removal technology at PMA Fresh Summit.
October 23rd, 2013
New Zealand’s Serious Fraud Office has launched an investigation into kiwifruit company Zespri.
October 22nd, 2013
Mexican apple growers are feeling the pressure of cheap volume from the United States.
October 18th, 2013
A Chilean company hopes to bridge counterseasonal supply gaps with fresh, ready-to-eat pomegranate arils.
Consumers are focusing in on brix levels before making purchases in Japan’s demanding fruit market.
A local sourcing move by an Australian retailer will see a drastic reduction of frozen vegetable imports.
October 17th, 2013
We look at the measures taken by a Chilean avocado company to overcome an incessant drought.
October 16th, 2013
With uncertainty following frosts, Chile’s Region VI seeks to remind buyers that there is still fruit to be had.
October 14th, 2013
U.S. company Limoneira has boosted its lemon acreage by more than 10% through a recent acquisition.
Spanish researchers have developed fruit and vegetable netting ready for the compost bin.
October 11th, 2013
Chinese importers discuss a watershed moment in Shanghai and some evolving fruit industry trends.
October 10th, 2013
The world’s largest reefer owner and operator has combined with Chile’s Pacific Seaways in a new venture.
The Chilean government will deliver emergency support to 18 growing zones around the nation’s capital.
Gerardo Cruz from Driscoll’s discusses plans to ramp up Mexican blackberry production with sweeter fruit.
October 9th, 2013
Chilean frost loss damages estimates have risen by 20 million boxes of fruit.
New technology will help trade to and from far-flung regions with commodities like bananas, avocados, mangoes and asparagus.
October 8th, 2013
The Chilean government will provide more funds and support actions for growers affected by frosts.
October 7th, 2013
An international working group has questioned the E.U. stance on citrus black spot.
October 3rd, 2013
Apricots, peaches, grapes, plums and almonds are some of the hardest hit fruits from Argentina’s frosts.
October 2nd, 2013
A Swedish study into healthy bee bacteria could have implications for colony collapse disorder, and even antibiotic resistance for humans.
October 1st, 2013
Failure to establish a U.S. federal budget has placed many food safety and import operations on hold.
September 30th, 2013
Whole Foods Market will implement a three-tier rating system to guide consumers on the ethics of their produce.
September 27th, 2013
Europe’s ARC Eurobanan will be filling a gap in the Chinese market with shipments of Spanish citrus.
September 26th, 2013
Avocado expert Avi Crane discusses a “rain market” that surpasses anything experienced by the industry in the past.
September 24th, 2013
Uruguay is set to send its first orange shipments to the U.S. during the first half of October.
Chilean fruit experts are currently evaluating the impacts of frosts on a variety of key export crops.
September 20th, 2013
Just five months after it was declared as eradicated, an Asian Long-horned beetle has reared its head on an industrial site in Ontario.
Peru’s Alvaro Diaz hopes anti-dumping investigations against China don’t hurt a booming grape trade.
September 19th, 2013
Australian mango growers have been given a pleasant surprise as the season gets underway, with the approval of U.S. market access.
Sirane Food Packaging said its ethylene absorbency technology can extend berry shelf life.
Mexican researchers have found certain fungi and bacteria to speed up fruit tree maturity by up to 40%.
September 17th, 2013
An Ecuadorian fruit industry representative says the removal of a banana tax will help restore competitiveness to the sector.
Cabilfrut’s Juan Pablo Cerda discusses moves to close an avocado supply gap left by Chile and Peru.
The Philippines laid its claim as the first Asian banana supplier to the U.S. mainland.
September 16th, 2013
Fruit trade tensions continue to heat up between Chile and Peru.
A new University of Florida strawberry has shown favorable results in taste panel testing.
September 13th, 2013
Broccoli consumption has been found to significantly slow down joint pain from arthritis in mice.
Foodies on the U.S. mainland are set to have another avocado variety to diversify their palates.
September 12th, 2013
A new Colombian department is ready to jump on the country’s fast-moving Hass avocado export bandwagon.
No one has outbidded David Murdock in his tilt at taking the Dole Food Company private.
September 9th, 2013
Designer Stephen Lamb asks how fresh produce can be provided to South Africa’s poorest populations.
September 6th, 2013
With Mexico’s U.S. tomato trade vulnerable to anti-dumping measures, the industry is actively evaluating other markets.
A pear that looks more like an apple, the Papple is reaching growers across North America and Europe.
September 5th, 2013
South Africa’s Capespan is now offering a financial alternative for fruit producers and exporters.
The Argentinean Blueberry Committee has released its estimate for the 2013 season.
September 4th, 2013
Nicole Vitello believes greater opportunities will arise for fair trade differentiation as avocados become more ubiquitous in the U.S.
September 3rd, 2013
Peru hopes to step up its pomegranate production with six new varieties from Israel.
September 2nd, 2013
At 2.9 lbs, South Africa’s Avozilla is said to be the largest avocado on the U.K. market.
Automated fruit harvesting is the ultimate goal of Australian robot trials that have shown positive results in field intelligence.
August 30th, 2013
Spain’s Young Farmer’s Association wants immediate action taken for South Africa’s fifth black spot detection.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the government will focus on pesticide and fertilizer prices.
August 29th, 2013
Free trade and human rights concerns continue to fuel debate in Colombia’s agricultural sector.
Mexico’s Roger Gay discusses a need for better direct access to Europe and the prospects of better tasting irradiated mangoes.
August 28th, 2013
With five black spot interceptions, South African citrus exporters are wondering whether they’ll be blocked from the EU.
Finnwatch has questioned the methods of Thai government labor inspections that defended the Natural Fruit Company.
August 27th, 2013
A neonicotinoid ban in Europe has prompted legal action from a leading Swiss crop protection company.
With a new marketing board, Sierra Leone hopes to set its agricultural exports apart in Europe and the U.S.
August 26th, 2013
The Hortifrut and Vitalberry merger means staff changes and a shift in company control.
Angel City Brewery’s Avocado Ale is a light, creamy brew made with 150 lbs. of Fuerte Avocado.
August 23rd, 2013
Young male students in a New Zealand study had less fatigue and more energy when consuming two kiwifruit a day.
Australian researchers have the developing world in mind with GM bananas, but results could have broader implications.
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