March 08, 2014 / Week N° 10
March 6th, 2014
Belgium’s Biobest hopes to bring its “flying doctor” bumblebees and other organic products to Chinese growers.
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.
A new rule set by APHIS will mean more kiwifruit from California and abroad meet minimum grade requirements.
In the face of a bumper crop and falling domestic prices, India has removed price limits on onion exports.
A Chilean study seeks to overcome an Achilles’ heel of sorts for pomegranates – their sensitivity to the cold.
March 5th, 2014
An Aussie farmer’s bid to get sole non-Bolivian commercial rights for an Amazonian superfruit has paid dividends.
A New Zealand sorting equipment company has bought out Spain’s Fomesa.
Total Produce was able to overcome currency challenges to raise profits and revenue in 2013.
Del Monte has furthered its land acquisition plans for vegetable production in Florida.
The largest asparagus distributor in North America has teamed up with California-based FoodLink.
March 4th, 2014
USHBC research bodes well for what California Giant Berry Farms expects will be a much larger U.S. blueberry crop.
Australian researchers believe an alternative method could help shift negative public perceptions about GMOs.
Table grape packing is either done or finishing up in the majority of South Africa’s growing regions.
Resistance to citrus black spot (CBS) disease is the driver behind a new Brazilian GM field study.
Peru’s leading pomegranate exporter discusses the season ahead, and what the industry needs to grow.
March 3rd, 2014
Pakistani produce items will be allowed in Russia again, but a protocol is still needed for the country’s potatoes.
From Shanghai to Pretoria to Sao Paulo, two PMA execs cover a string of Fresh Connections events in the pipeline.
US$11 billion Indian company Mahindra outlines plans for grape and apple branding.
Transportation time for Pakistani fruit exported to China will be cut to 70 minutes by air.
February 28th, 2014
Spanish scientists have developed a golden-colored orange with much higher antioxidant rates in juice than traditional varieties.
As the only Argentine province with an olive forecasting program, Mendoza is set for a huge production drop in 2014.
Peru’s organic banana exporters will now have a new technology at their disposal to make life a little bit easier.
Victoria-based Murphy Fresh has seen high yields from a Truss tomato developed by Monsanto’s De Ruiter Seeds.
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.
HLB Specialties’ CEO discusses trends surrounding two of the leading export fruits in his native Brazil.
February 27th, 2014
Two of New Zealand’s leading produce players have notched good results for the 2013 calendar year.
A net loss may not sound so positive, but Chiquita was US$389 million closer to breaking even last year compared to 2012.
South African apple growers are dealing with the effects of hail and a European crop overhang.
With pilot trials now in South Africa and New Zealand, we take a look at the potential for Opal apples in Europe.
British Farming Minister George Eustice has made controversial comments about the unemployed and farm labor.
Taiwan is investing in organic vegetable consumption for kids to make agriculture healthier and safer.
Bayer CropScience hopes a new green band nematicide will gain traction to support Costa Rica’s banana industry.
February 26th, 2014
Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain digs deep into the data to assess the biggest price spike in recent blueberry history.
Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton compares what Rocky Balboa and Chilean blueberries have in common.
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.
Farmworker Justice’s Virginia Ruiz speaks about new EPA pesticide standards and what still needs to be done.
We speak with the face of a campaign aimed at teaching British consumers about the realities of banana-growing in Colombia.
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.
Philippine inspectors were happy with the state of Argentine pome fruit and grape operations during a recent tour.
A Taiwanese importer looks back on recent pre-Chinese New Year sales.
Modelled after Rungis in France, the US$242 million Gaunnar perishables market is on its way in India.
February 24th, 2014
Brazil will have fewer apples than expected to work with this season, but hopes are still high for a rise in exports.
Lemurs that consume a fruit-rich diet were found to have better spatial memory.
We caught up with the PMA’s Nancy Tucker and others from the U.S. delegation at this year’s Fruit Logistica.
A shift to cheaper options from upscale fruits is just one of many trends highlighted by Russian market analyst Irina Koziy.
A Miami-based company has been licensed to sell a range of frozen Chiquita-branded produce items.
A Spanish study produced higher yield in greenhouse tomato plants protected by mobile shading.
With Red Seedless varieties on the water, South African grape shippers hope to find an improved European market.
Italy’s Centro Servizi Ortofrutticoli (CSO) cites a turnaround in sales for a key pear variety.
February 21st, 2014
A report released in Europe today gives little hope for a change in policy relating to imports of South African citrus.
The Brazilian state of Ceará has eradicated a bacterial disease that kills fruit on banana plants.
From Canada to Colombia to Spain, farmers are showing interest in a new pre-cooling technology.
Peru’s national mango association is on track to exceeding export forecasts with a sharp rise in shipments.
A Nigerian airport cold storage initiative could see increased fruit exports to Europe and the U.S.
Financial support for exports will be one of the measures entailed in an emergency decree for citrus growers in Tucumán.
A buyer from Asda in the U.K. discusses the popularity of a fruit that is outselling kiwifruit and pineapples.
The Chilean blueberry industry has adopted a novel concept to plug its product in the Turkish market.
February 20th, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suggested new pesticide norms to safeguard farmworker health.
It may receive a fraction of what is sent to the U.S., but the EU is set to import more litchis this year from one of China’s leading shippers of the fruit.
Myanmar’s government has plans for several wholesale fruit markets to increase access to China.
Spain’s Alcudia Export Fruit speaks about increased competition for its traditional pomegranate variety.
Shandong Goodfarmer’s Liu Zijie outlines some of the company’s trading operations and plans.
An Indian grape shipper says weather set back harvest times, but volumes will be up.
Polish blueberry company Polskie Jagody has enjoyed the benefits of greater EU investment.
Philippine company AgriNurture has indicated plans to create a more independently supplied pineapple business.
February 19th, 2014
Plátano de Canarias marketing manager Sergio Caceres talks about how a new seal could help the industry.
Total intakes may be down, but South African grape exporters have bolstered exports well over the last month.
Del Monte Pacific has completed the purchase of one of the “most respected consumer brands in the United States”.
Guatemalan bananas enjoyed a year of high exports and improved prices.
The ratio of anthocyanins in blackcurrants could be instrumental in suppressing asthmatic inflammation.
February 17th, 2014
A temporary ban from Russia has encouraged Pakistani kinnow exporters to improve food safety practices.
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.
A Brazilian Hass avocado exporter plans a significant increase in production over the coming years.
Cairo-based Elwadi Export is celebrating 50 years of business with large volumes of navel oranges.
February 14th, 2014
After a decade of talks, Argentina will be able to ship fresh oranges and mandarins to Japan.
Morocco’s climate is ideal for organic production of a range of fruits, but growers say a booming market for the category isn’t quite there yet.
A vegetable oil mix has been used successfully to control pests in cucumber crops, said the Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute.
New Zealand MP Shane Jones has accused the Countdown supermarket of blackmail, racketeering and extortion.
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.
New direct trade routes out of India could help Delicious Mangoes expand its focus on Europe.
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.
The volume of fresh produce coming into the U.K could shoot up if plans to build a new cargo terminal at Dover get off the ground.
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
While details remain unknown, the Canadian produce industry will look to make the most of a European trade pact.
Chinese authorities will be visiting Mexico very soon to inspect berry orchards as part of trade talks.
Peru expects to surpass its export record for fruit products in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.
Contract disputes and a breakdown in dialogue brought progress on the Panama Canal extension to a halt this week.
February 11th, 2014
While Southern Hemisphere apples can expect an uptick this year, pears will not follow their lead.
Malaysia now joins Thailand in selling the pungent-smelling durian fruit to British consumers.
After a record citrus export crop, South Africa is taking all measures possible to meet European regulations around CBS disease.
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