July 23, 2014 / Week N° 30
July 23rd, 2014
Berry Gardens and Syngenta will be among the beneficiaries of a U.K. grant for agricultural innovation projects.
European fruit importer and distributor Total Produce has added pineapples to its highest quality label.
Seedless grapes are now commonplace, but what about a seedless mango? Indian researchers think it could be the next big thing.
July 22nd, 2014
SuperMax Dorado was the winner of the “2014 Potato Lover’s Month Caribbean” contest.
July 21st, 2014
After making waves with its baby carrots, Bolthouse Farms is taking junk food head on again with a new line of fruit and vegetable snacks and smoothies for kids.
Contract negotiations for workers from 29 West Coast ports are on hold until Wednesday so the union can attend to other matters.
South Africa no longer has a clean sheet on citrus black spot this year, and an expert is investigating the farm in question.
Migrant rights defender Andy Hall has revealed a new twist in his case with Natural Fruit in Thailand.
Fruit and vegetable packers and processors who sell their products in Europe will need to be aware of new rules for quaternary ammonium compounds.
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.
The Chilean Table Grape Committee says a grapewine moth could threaten the whole national fruit industry.
Brazilians have spent a lot more on imported apples this year compared to the prices achieved for exports.
Malawi Mangoes aims to be the ‘leading agro-processing company on the African continent’ in five years.
Requests for support by various European peach and nectarine growers have been approved by the EU.
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.
BanaBay is expanding into organic bananas to cater to growing demand for the category in Britain.
Can new varieties help recover Chile’s dwindling presence in the fresh raspberry market?
A new technology used by Tesco in the U.K. has the potential to drastically change how consumers interact with supermarkets.
We take a look at the latest of several centers supported by Israel that are raising Indian horticultural productivity.
Similar to Hass but with its own benefits, a South African avocado variety is ‘expanding at speed’ across the globe.
A new online service aims to make produce market dynamics easy to understand and visualize in context.
July 16th, 2014
The first placements in China for the U.S. table grape season were registered in week 28.
NZ Kiwifruit Vine Health has introduced a ‘Core Standard’ for nurseries to show they are disease-free.
Land disputes could be the motive behind an armed attack on a banana plantation in the Philippines.
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.
A large Chilean kiwifruit exporter says the season is ‘not disastrous’ despite production falling by 55%.
Terminal operators in Vancouver’s port will decide on whether to accept new business in the event of U.S. delays.
Stonefruit growers from France, Spain, Italy and Greece hope the EU will take urgent measures to help them overcome what has been a difficult campaign.
Russia has continued its run of announcements that have put foreign produce exporters on alert.
The latest EUROPHYT report is good news for South Africa’s citrus industry.
Details have been revealed about Chiquita’s recent lease extension at the U.S. Port of Wilmington.
An Irish media outlet has revealed incentives and fees associated with the pending ChiquitaFyffes deal.
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.
While Argentina’s citrus crops have taken a battering, a leading exporter’s orange crop has been fairly unscathed.
Melbourne University research shows broccoli could be used as an alternative treatment for asthma sufferers.
New Zealand authorities have failed to protect an Indian whistleblower who revealed abuse in the kiwifruit industry.
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.
An Ohio State University (OSU) study shows pairing avocados with orange veggies helps for Vitamin A conversion.
July 11th, 2014
Karen Caplan looks at the fanaticism that surrounds Hatch chiles, and the labeling laws in place to protect them.
Good quality and shelf-life of Peru’s mandarins have led to increased demand and production of the crop.
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.
The University of Western Sydney and HAL will build a special greenhouse to help bring the industry into the future.
A New Zealand kiwifruit company has announced a graduate scheme to ‘develop the future leaders of this industry’.
A large-scale Romanian police operation has broken up a gang that allegedly evaded tax through produce imports.
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.
An Ecuadorian banana industry rep discusses El Niño, drug inspections and shipping delays to China.
Western Growers has urged U.S. Congress for immigration reform to strengthen the agricultural industry.
The Universidad de Chile has completed tests with a new tech that improves water management in drought-hit regions.
Strong demand for Peruvian organic bananas has led one co-op to recruit more growers.
July 9th, 2014
Independence Day celebrations give U.S. lemons a boost in week 27.
A Colombian agricultural development body will work with other South American countries to strengthen the industry.
A Swiss company is expanding its global reach in horticulture with the help of a natural nematicide.
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.
Chilean authorities in China have signed the final protocol to permit avocado exports to the Asian country.
A U.S. company is investing in vertical farming facilities for leafy greens, with a transition to cannabis in its sights.
One company’s plight shows another reality from Pakistan’s tough restrictions imposed on mango exporters.
July 8th, 2014
The ILWU-Pacific Maritime Association contract will resume until Friday while the union attends to another unrelated negotiation.
The Chilean Walnut Commission plans to crack down on a spate of high-value thefts in the industry.
Not only has Dutch strawberry cultivation increased consistently in recent years, but the share under glasshouses has ramped up dramatically.
California is expecting increased production of a crop that a recent study described as a new ‘superfood’.
The Michigan blueberry harvest is off to a slow start but one grower still expects a positive season.
Two new zones in Mexico will now have more opportunities to move their avocados both nationally and abroad.
Indian scientists have called for natural parasites to combat heavy infestations of the banana leaf roller.
July 7th, 2014
In the face of water shortages and rising fuel costs, a hydroponic grower explains why he believes the method will take off in the U.S. over the coming years.
Action has been taken against 18 New Zealand kiwifruit contractors for employing illegal workers.
It is unconscionable that an academic researcher could face jail time for an audit conducted in a Thai fruit factory.
TomatoesNZ has asked consumers to complain if they suspect unlabeled irradiated tomatoes are being sold.
One exporter says a new ChiquitaFyffes fusion would gain more control, but Ecuadorian prices would be unaffected.
British Summer Fruits has responded to a European report into Salmonella and Norovirus risks in berries.
July 4th, 2014
Mexican mango shipments are down considerably this week compared to the same time last year.
Peruvian diplomats are lining up Shanghai supermarkets for the first sales of asparagus exports later this year.
Fresh Del Monte leaders have made handsome profits by cashing in on stock options in the company.
New quinoa varieties are growing in France and the Netherlands, while cultivation in Asia is also a possibility.
A Peruvian government agency is taking steps in its goal to make Cajamarca a berry capital.
The department that developed Cripps Pink, sold under the brand Pink Lady, has released a new apple variety.
July 3rd, 2014
The Indian government has raised the minimum export price for onions by two thirds.
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.
U.S. organic products can now be sold in South Korea without need for further certification.
China Fruits Corp has announced it will set up shop with Alibaba’s online sales platform Tmall.
The California Strawberry Commission has published a report highlighting the crop’s role in providing opportunities to immigrant farmers over generations.
Alpine Chile will now be known by the name Navy Blue Export S.A., driven by trade strategies for Europe and Asia.
Mexico is now the third Latin American country to accept Korean pears, after Chile and Peru.
The British potato industry is changing tack to regain its presence in the minds of consumers.
July 2nd, 2014
Canadian cherries joined U.S. and Spanish supply in China in week 26.
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.
Banking on customer experience, a young company is making inroads in China’s booming online fruit market.
A recent visit of two Chinese officials to Californian citrus groves bodes well for market access negotiations.
An industry body says Californian grape production will be fine for this year, but water usage is ‘unsustainable’.
Western Growers says there is ‘no indication’ of imminent delays in U.S. West Coast ports, but adds exporters are being cautious.
“It takes a lot of guts to travel to Xinjiang alone just to procure local apples,” says trader Chen Haiwen.
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