April 20, 2014 / Week N° 16
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.
A relaxation in requirements could see more parts of Japan and the Philippines shipping fruit to the U.S.
April 10th, 2014
Del Monte recently signed up to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) fair food program, but what does that actually mean? Gerardo Reyes explains a system that is protecting tomato workers’ rights like never before.
The worst of Mexican lime prices could soon be in the past, but quality remains inconsistent.
April 9th, 2014
While media reports have sparked fears over a ‘bananapocalypse’, a group of Belgian researchers is taking a more staid approach to protecting one of the world’s leading crops.
April 4th, 2014
Discount retailers like Aldi and Lidl are moving in on the U.K.’s leading supermarkets.
April 3rd, 2014
With Chinese cherry demand growing, should Chile worry about over reliance on the Asian market?
In one the world’s most food insecure nations, the government has announced a total ban on imported produce.
April 2nd, 2014
Imported fruit may come at a price, but China’s Ole’ stores satisfy a niche once unavailable to premium buyers.
March 20th, 2014
A former Zespri director and an NZ fruit trader are looking to build a new kiwifruit export structure for China.
A Georgia Department of Agriculture move to set an earliest date for Vidalia onion shipments has been invalidated.
A Colombian banana leader discusses what the buying power of ChiquitaFyffes will mean for his industry.
March 19th, 2014
With new marketers in Chile and Italy, Sun World now has 32 grape licensees worldwide.
“Everybody is very worried about this situation,” says one Russian fruit importer.
March 18th, 2014
All Indian produce exports to Europe will now have to be routed through government approved packhouses.
March 17th, 2014
U.S. apple and pear growers could soon face trouble maintaining organic status under new treatment guidelines.
Latin American banana group Banacol will restructure in response to debt concerns.
Eduardo Ledesma believes the formation of ChiquitaFyffes will “undoubtedly” benefit Ecuador’s banana industry.
March 14th, 2014
‘Bananaland: Blood, Bullets and Poison’ will be airing at the Equal Exchange Banana Conference in Boston on March 21.
Instances of GM foods in non-GM shipments have spiked in recent years, in part due to mismarked papayas.
Mexico’s president traveled to the country’s avocado heartland yesterday to take a firm stance against crime.
March 13th, 2014
More food in the U.S. lies within pesticide residue limits than in Europe, where standards are much stricter.
New numbers for Florida’s citrus crop have the Sunshine State down for oranges and grapefruit.
March 12th, 2014
A combination of mild weather and improved growing techniques will give the U.K. a wider asparagus window.
U.S. fruit and veggie growers will have requirements eased and options expanded for storage-related loans.
March 11th, 2014
Ed Lonergan and David McCann get into the nuts and bolts of a monumental deal announced yesterday.
March 10th, 2014
A leading U.S. lemon and avocado player picked up its game on the financial performance front in the first quarter.
Fyffes shares have surged today on the announcement of a merger with Chiquita.
A Mexican project to benefit diabetics has given rise to a smartphone app to measure fruit ripeness.
March 7th, 2014
The University of Florida will act with the full force of the law if Spanish blueberry growers don’t comply with IP laws for its varieties.
South African multinational Capespan Group raised its fruit volumes for the first time in six years in 2013.
March 6th, 2014
Mark Baker looks back on the 2013 South African avocado season and efforts made for market access in the U.S. and Japan.
English apple farmer Alison Capper believes her government is conducting a “social experiment” in scrapping a seasonal worker scheme.
March 5th, 2014
An Aussie farmer’s bid to get sole non-Bolivian commercial rights for an Amazonian superfruit has paid dividends.
March 4th, 2014
Australian researchers believe an alternative method could help shift negative public perceptions about GMOs.
Resistance to citrus black spot (CBS) disease is the driver behind a new Brazilian GM field study.
March 3rd, 2014
From Shanghai to Pretoria to Sao Paulo, two PMA execs cover a string of Fresh Connections events in the pipeline.
February 28th, 2014
Spanish scientists have developed a golden-colored orange with much higher antioxidant rates in juice than traditional varieties.
Forecasts for Chile’s kiwifruit crop are slightly higher than estimates released after frosts hit orchards last year.
Peru’s Senasa has set a series of new requirements for Hass avocado exports to the United States.
February 27th, 2014
A net loss may not sound so positive, but Chiquita was US$389 million closer to breaking even last year compared to 2012.
With pilot trials now in South Africa and New Zealand, we take a look at the potential for Opal apples in Europe.
February 26th, 2014
Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain digs deep into the data to assess the biggest price spike in recent blueberry history.
Naturipe Farms’ Robert Verloop describes how a variety of options has helped partially offset the impacts of U.S. fumigation rules for Chilean blueberries.
Theo Houwen from Driscoll’s talks about recent front-end and supply advances in the berry category.
February 25th, 2014
A series of initiatives helped grow revenue for Sunkist Growers last year despite a Chinese ban on California citrus.
A Chiquita baby banana supplier has launched its own brand to market a portion of volume.
British retailer M&S continues its exotic fruits campaign with an Amazonian specimen related to mangosteens.
February 21st, 2014
A report released in Europe today gives little hope for a change in policy relating to imports of South African citrus.
Financial support for exports will be one of the measures entailed in an emergency decree for citrus growers in Tucumán.
February 20th, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suggested new pesticide norms to safeguard farmworker health.
Polish blueberry company Polskie Jagody has enjoyed the benefits of greater EU investment.
February 19th, 2014
Del Monte Pacific has completed the purchase of one of the “most respected consumer brands in the United States”.
Total intakes may be down, but South African grape exporters have bolstered exports well over the last month.
February 18th, 2014
Fresh Del Monte Produce’s CEO says strong progress has been “tarnished” by a disappointing end to 2013.
Learning its lesson from China, Zespri has been proactive in Taiwan after discrepancies were found in invoices.
February 17th, 2014
From Colombian avocados to U.S. blueberries, Camposol is looking to new supplies to build its brand.
Although new to China, U.S., Western-style pears have already exceeded volume expectations.
Despite complications this season, Chilean blueberries have experienced growth in Europe and Asia.
February 13th, 2014
T&G CEO Alastair Hulbert discuses operational expectations for kiwifruit, apples, grapes and blueberries.
Driscoll’s has described the Lusa strawberry as an advancement in glasshouse production.
BayWa CEO Klaus Lutz talks about international sourcing plans for three key fruits.
Nelly Yunta gives insights into a pilot perishables program in Florida, and fumigation issues for Chilean blueberries.
February 12th, 2014
The Uruguayan citrus industry expects a larger crop this year, but it will have to deal with higher tariffs in Europe.
The head of one of Europe’s oldest fruit distributors discusses supply and demand trends for Germany and Eastern Europe
Chinese authorities will be visiting Mexico very soon to inspect berry orchards as part of trade talks.
February 11th, 2014
While Southern Hemisphere apples can expect an uptick this year, pears will not follow their lead.
After a record citrus export crop, South Africa is taking all measures possible to meet European regulations around CBS disease.
Marketing under the Kimaye brand, a dramatic rise in pomegranate production is in store for India’s INI Farms.
February 10th, 2014
High costs and citrus greening are forcing producers out of São Paulo’s citrus industry.
February 7th, 2014
A BBQ Grill-Mix has taken the prestigious Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2014.
Robert Guenther highlights research and nutritional funding for specialty crops in the latest U.S. farm bill.
A Swedish university found lingonberries to prevent weight gain and lower blood sugar.
February 5th, 2014
The U.S. Senate ended two years of legislative debate yesterday with a final farm bill vote.
On the back of a bumper crop, Cyprus’ Alnar Narcilik Pomegranates believes there is still more potential for the polyphenol-rich fruit.
February 4th, 2014
A Dole Europe subsidiary has entered an agreement to buy an early season grape farm in the Orange River region.
German fruit consumption may be down, but a rise in imports last year bodes well for visitors at Fruit Logistica in Berlin.
New refrigeration capacity in Bangalore airport could be a “major boost” for perishables traders in the region.
January 31st, 2014
Bev Oster highlights the often unknown benefits of organic production on communities and the environment.
A trilateral agreement between Israel, Germany and Ghana will help hundreds of West African farmers put the zest into citrus exports.
January 30th, 2014
Dole Fresh Fruit Europe has gained distribution rights for a Mozambique banana company.
Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain looks at market differences between the Mexican and U.S. avocado seasons.
January 29th, 2014
With Chile’s strikes at least hopefully suspended until May, we reveal the country’s fruit exports this month in numbers.
Del Monte and Logistec are on the cusp of sealing a US$24.6 million warehouse deal in Florida through a public-private partnership.
Two Chinese experts explain the factors behind this year’s “viral” cherry sales campaign.
January 28th, 2014
“We are very, very angry. Chile does not deserve this,” says Fedefruta president Cristián Allendes.
A new early cultivar licensing deal has the potential to be a game-changer for the Pink Lady industry.
January 27th, 2014
Colombia has highly ambitious goals for export leadership in the future for strawberries and papayas.
Egypt’s leading produce exporter is trialing several new products in diverse markets, from the U.S. to Russia.
January 25th, 2014
Chile’s port operations are back to normal after a deal was struck between workers, companies and the government.
January 23rd, 2014
With global supply down, South Africa is under pressure to fill greater stonefruit demand.
A trademarked New Zealand apple is making a big impact with Washington State growers.
Six out of Brazil’s top seven fresh fruit exports scored improved results in the 2013 season.
January 22nd, 2014
Renovations to Mexico’s highway system will create a fast track for fresh produce to Texas.
The flow of ships in Chile’s Port of Valparaiso has risen 36% as vessels get diverted from San Antonio.
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