September 01, 2014 / Week N° 36
September 1st, 2014
After recording sluggish export results, China’s Great-Sun Foods is raising capital to invest in better processing and distribution centers.
August 31st, 2014
The number of petitioners in support of Andy Hall continues to rise, joining the likes of United Nordic, leading U.K. retailers and Fyffes.
August 29th, 2014
The Thai pineapple industry responded to an international support effort by telling Andy Hall to behave himself. The Briton’s response? “This campaign was not instigated by me.”
New rules mean it will now be much easier for Indian onion growers to sell their produce outside the country.
U.S. authorities claim South Africa should be treated the same way as Florida when it comes to citrus black spot.
A Westfalia Colombia rep says the industry could double in the next decade and take on Chile and Peru in the U.S.
Hot on the heels of apples, Chinese citrus is now on track to gaining U.S. market entry after a recent proposed rule from APHIS.
Xia Zuxiang explains how Ecuadorian bananas have edged ahead of local and Philippine competition in China.
‘Water prices are way up, water availability is way down, and it’s scary’, says a Californian citrus grower.
August 28th, 2014
Spanish growers have accused retailers of taking advantage of the Russian ban with extremely low prices.
A Seattle-based NGO claims the Rainforest Alliance is re-thinking its endorsement of Chiquita bananas, following allegations of water contamination in Guatemala.
A group of Scandinavia’s largest retailers is “greatly worried” about litigation against Andy Hall in Thailand.
Gerawan Farming says ‘It is unfortunate that our employees need to take such a drastic action’.
British Columbia is on track to top last year’s production by 24%, as the late Elliot variety hits pleasing brix levels.
After a recent U.S. launch, Tozer Seeds now has more new markets lined up for a kale-brussels sprout hybrid.
One Peruvian table grape company has raised concerns about what Russia’s ban will mean for export markets.
August 27th, 2014
Clear progress is made in the U.S. West Coast port negotiations as both sides reach a ‘tentative agreement on terms for health benefits’.
Brazil’s Cavendish Global may seek to sway shareholders from the merger, but Chiquita and Fyffes have found new benefits that could be gained from their partnership.
The supply of U.S. grape varieties saw an increase in the Chinese market during week 34.
One expert says urgent structural changes are required in Chile’s table grape industry to retain its global standing.
The United Farmworkers Union has accused the Center for Worker Freedom of “cynical outreach to Latinos”, backed by the “architect” of last fall’s Federal Government shutdown.
With Argentina’s blueberry season imminent, production volume looks like it could break a two-year trend.
Prim’land is expecting a great season for its kiwifruit but says the apple situation is ‘quite complicated’.
A British teenager has overcome perceptions about growing conditions to supply watermelons to retailer Tesco.
For every hour un-chilled, a produce item can lose eight hours of life in the home, according to Morrisons.
August 26th, 2014
An expanded greenhouse with a diffused glass ceiling will support increased tomato production for Sunset Produce.
A Russian reefer company has bought Swedish shipping line NYK Cool, which will now operate under a new name.
Grant J. Hunt Company is expecting ‘one of the cleanest’ Empress plum crops ever as production increases.
A Florida producer says green-skinned avocados’ ‘good flavor profile’ is one reason for growing demand.
An Egyptian produce company says citrus exports to the U.S. should be small for now due to Russian opportunities.
A recent Chilean report provides an in-depth look at trends in global strawberry consumption.
Employers will not be the targets in a peach picker protest to take place today, but rather unions and the State of the California.
August 25th, 2014
Danfoss India has ambitious plans to resolve infrastructure problems that are leaving a third of bananas by the wayside.
Apart from the import embargo, currency issues will also determine how Chilean dried fruit fares in Russia.
Research shows worker safety and food quality could be improved by using phosphine instead of methyl bromide on crops.
Canadian authorities have vowed to speed up market access for Polish apple growers, who like their own fishermen have been impacted by Russia’s food import embargo.
A U.S. grape company says consumer preference for freshness is one reason retailers may import earlier this season.
It seems like California kiwifruit growers have escaped the worst of the drought, with normal production expected.
August 24th, 2014
A leading Australian almond company plans to spend US$59 million on new properties and water entitlements in a bid to double production by 2018.
A Del Monte aircraft hangar was one site of rebel attacks on banana operations in the Philippines over the weekend.
August 22nd, 2014
A port in the U.S. state of Georgia will soon allow entry for cold-treated citrus from Peru.
Kiwifruit vines in New Zealand’s Katikati and Opotiki regions have shown increased Psa symptoms recently.
Pear volumes from Oregon and Washington State are set to be 8% bigger than previously thought.
Tozer Seeds believes its brussel sprouts-kale hybrid will ‘take off quickly’ as six U.S. growers are announced.
Argentina’s authorities and kiwifruit industry are taking a 100% preventative approach to Psa very seriously.
A U.K. company is taking a further step in testing fruit fly controls through genetic modification, but GeneWatch believes the move could threaten the food supply.
Mexico and the U.S. could soon enjoy an organic equivalency agreement, with the first visit taking place this year.
A Peruvian industry representative has asked ‘why aren’t Californian avocados tested for sunblotch in Chile too?’
August 21st, 2014
A more competitive postharvest environment hasn’t stopped New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit packer from making big gains in the first half of 2014.
In order to help its own farmers, Russia has scrapped some agricultural items from its import ban including onion and potato seeds.
C.H. Robinson’s Bob Biesterfeld looks at the science of keeping cold chains in check in the modern world.
A Chilean team may have come up with something of an elixir of shelf life.
While Australian apples have counterseasonal advantages, a more competitive market demands high quality.
Brazil’s leading table grape producer says cloudy weather greatly affected white seedless production this year, however a strong domestic market and 14 new varieties mean it isn’t all bad news.
Spain says unless melons and watermelons are included in EU’s special measures there will be ‘serious disruptions’.
After frosts that hit the recent crop, Chile stonefruit growers are gearing up for higher production in 2014-15.
August 20th, 2014
Stricter regulations could soon come into force in South Africa to clarify what constitutes GM produce.
European farmer and cooperative organization Copa Cogeca believes more extraordinary measures are warranted to soften the blow from Russia’s import ban.
Frosts slashed Argentina’s lemon exports this year, but the industry’s quality standards are yielding new partners.
The NMB is due to hold another web seminar today on mango ripening practices, with ‘more progress to be made’.
The U.K.’s Elizabeth Truss has called for more clarity and flexibility in EU reforms related to crop diversification.
A key Spanish region used to export almost a third of its pomegranates to Russia, yet the fruit has been left off an EU support list.
August 19th, 2014
Russia has prevented 11 cases of agricultural imports totaling more than 93MT via Belarus, including shipments from banned EU countries.
U.S. fruit company Limoneira has made its first investment abroad with a bet on Chilean citrus opportunities.
A Thai pineapple industry group has told a human rights campaigner to behave or face further prosecution.
Like its avocados, Mexico’s lime exports saw substantial growth to key markets in the first half of this year.
Authorities are assessing the damage of hail in Kashmir, where some pome fruit orchards have had a ‘total loss’.
A key Californian producer association says this summer’s stonefruit contamination scare was a ‘wake-up call’ for the industry, and has also praised the recently proposed water bond as a ‘valid opportunity’.
New Mexico’s chile industry will today launch a certification program to protect its peppers from copycats.
August 18th, 2014
The European Union will tap emergency funding to support growers affected by Russia’s import ban, but not all crops will be included.
Peppers were the only produce item that didn’t show growth for Peruvian exporter Camposol in the second quarter.
After the Chiquita board said “no” to a takeover offer, two Brazilian groups are making a direct pitch to shareholders.
Ecuador’s broccoli growers hope to replicate their Japanese success in Russia now that key competitors are gone.
IG International’s Tarun Arora looks at the Indian crops to benefit from Russia’s import ban, and how the move will affect European and Middle Eastern growers’ orientations toward his country.
Chilean growers hope lab results will give weight to their appeal to prevent unfettered access for Peruvian avocados.
August 15th, 2014
Washington State Pink Lady volume is not just up by 14% this year, but movement has been strong week-on-week.
Peru’s pomegranate industry sees rapid growth in production and exports, but the increase is impacting on prices.
The clock is ticking for 9,000MT of Greek stonefruit in cold storage with nowhere to go after the Russian embargo.
An agri-food economist looks at the Dutch boom in certain produce items prior to tensions between Russia and the Ukraine, and what approach is needed from here.
The INIFAP in Mexico has raised concerns the avocado sector is causing rapid deforestation in one state.
August 14th, 2014
Banana workers and advocacy groups had raised concern that a Brazilian takeover would set back 15 years of progress. Luckily for them, Chiquita is not recommending the deal to its shareholders.
To tackle challenges from Russia’s food import ban, the EU will implement a faster market monitoring service and new stabilization measures for fruits and vegetables.
A multi-billion dollar package to improve California’s extensive water system will now to go public vote after it was approved by lawmakers.
Speculation is mounting about the unofficial exports of some European Union-grown fruit to Russia despite the embargo.
The Colombian avocado industry has the U.S., Russia, Japan and Korea in its sights for export.
Simon Boughey is not too fussed about the loss of the Russian cherry market for now.
A U.S. pistachio grower says the Russian ban ‘won’t hurt us’, despite redirecting a shipment already on the water.
Around 200 French produce growers blocked highways yesterday in protest of Spain’s ‘economic dumping’.
Instead of Russian consumers, Poland’s poorest families will benefit from the EU country’s oversupply of produce.
A large Serbian apple shipper says it is working ‘as normal’ and Russian price increases will be minimal.
August 13th, 2014
Chilean apple exports to the Far East saw a substantial year-on-year increase in week 32.
A Peruvian market consultant says his country can partner with Chile to ensure a smoother grape supply.
Czech orchardists are concerned for an oversupply of apples from Poland, but a social media campaign has helped boost consumption.
The Tajik Government has set ambitious goals to raise an already sizable produce export presence in Russia.
Peru’s blueberry exports could hit US$40 million this year as it takes advantage of a month-long global supply gap.
One U.K. retailer has forecast a 30% uptick in sweet corn sales this summer.
Britain’s Potato Council aims to get consumers to ditch a “generic” approach to their purchases of the tuber.
August 12th, 2014
Belarus has vowed it will not become a re-export point for foods banned by its neighbor Russia.
Argentine pome fruit shippers could help fill the new Russian supply gap but only if the price is right.
Retailers from around the world have signed up for the unique PMA Fruittrade Latin America event in Chile.
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