April 21, 2014 / Week N° 17
April 21st, 2014
A new study will evaluate the nutrional benefits of Chilean blueberries in fresh and processed forms.
April 16th, 2014
Low import volume has pushed Washington Apples to refocus its marketing efforts in India.
Blue Whale’s Alain Vialaret discusses an agreement that forms France’s leading apple player.
The first exports of Australian table grapes to Japan marks the country’s second produce milestone in a week.
India’s ASSOCHAM has released an estimated reduction rate for the country’s mango production this year.
Fedefruta’s new president, Juan Carolus Brown, said he will continue pushing for a law to protect persihable exports.
With 1,800 newly installed solar panels, the Dutch port of Maasvlakte has taken a step toward sustainability.
April 15th, 2014
Turners & Growers plans fork out an initial NZ$43 million to purchase integrated exporter Apollo Apples.
Moroccan growers are livid over an “incomprehensible” EU pricing move that could limit consignment-based exports.
Tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplants suffered some of the worst damages from Cyclone Ita in Australia.
A technology on trial from Europe’s Total Produce seeks to interact with consumers while doing away with the impediments of QR codes.
New Zealand researchers will study the value of kiwifruit extract in treating irritable bowel syndrome.
A Uruguayan minister has released figures for the amount of citrus to be squeezed into the U.S. market this year.
AHEA executive director Michelle Christoe takes a crop-by-crop look at the Australia-Japan FTA.
Argentine Alexander Lucas pears will arrive in limited quantity to the U.S. this month.
The Dominican government hopes to transform dragonfruit into a cash crop for growers.
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.
Apple importers could feel disruptions this June as South Africa’s hail damage begins to show its impact.
Russia may be on track to becoming the most expensive country in the region for fresh food, said one local retailer.
PrimLand Chile has announced the beginning of its kiwifruit campaign, following a difficult growing season.
New Zealand kiwifruit growers discuss the pros and cons of the Zespri kiwifruit export scheme and other proposals.
April 13th, 2014
A fire in Valparaiso has caused 11 deaths and led to thousands being evacuated from their homes.
Australia’s banana growers have been fortunate that Cyclone Ita weakened from a Category 4 to Category 1.
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.
The Best Pack Award has gone to a campaign run by the Canary Islands’ ASPROCAN.
After strong growth in bananas, distributor BanaBay is branching out into a new tropical fruit category.
A relaxation in requirements could see more parts of Japan and the Philippines shipping fruit to the U.S.
Following suspension in October, Chilean apples will once again be able to enter China.
Valencia orange trees in Colombia were able to recover from low water access during early fruit development.
April 10th, 2014
Mandarins, oranges and macadamia nuts are a few Australian products expected to profit from the Japan FTA.
A Zespri spokesperson has denied any relation between the announced resignation of chief financial officer Merv Dallas and the company’s historical problems in China.
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.
Less availability has led to good market conditions for New Zealand’s apple exports, according to a leading shipper.
Australian cherry exporters have gotten more bang for their buck in recent months.
Peru will need more peach planations to satisfy demand from the juice industry.
April 9th, 2014
Cool, wet weather could mean fungal attacks on Spanish melons.
The U.S. Port Tampa Bay will work more closely with Colombia’s Port of Barranquilla.
A lower Australian dollar has helped make Tasmanian apple shipments to China more viable.
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 8th, 2014
The Appgro program allows farmers to view, update and compare crop information from any location in the world.
Mock Crop’s berries look, feel and weigh the same as an actual blueberry with one difference – they’re plastic.
While Chile’s kiwifruit growers have focused on frosts, Psa is moving silently toward larger production areas.
A University College London study has been cited as a driver of increased veggie sales at Sainsbury’s.
April 7th, 2014
Horticulture is expected to be one of many beneficiary industries from an Australia-Japan FTA.
In an effort to decrease dependence on the EU, Brazil is sending much more fruit to the Middle East.
PMA’s Ed Treacy says PLU codes could add value to China’s fruit sales – if China is ready for them.
Chile’s first pomegranates of the year have hit the water for the United States.
The Produce Marketing Association helped bring 22,000 kilos of fresh fruit to runners at the Santiago Marathon yesterday.
April 4th, 2014
South Africa’s super avocado is expected to return for a second season to Tesco’s shelves in the U.K.
While many Chinese ecommerce sites have emerged in recent years, Fruitday.com has stood out for fresh produce.
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?
A Hass promotional campaign in Colombia hopes to launch producers into national and international sales.
One New Delhi fruit importer has cut volume in half in response to high prices and a weak rupee.
As South Africa approaches its 15th year selling citrus to the U.S., exporters praised market growth.
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.
The European Union will seek to establish its first “harmonized methodology” to assess pesticide risk.
April 1st, 2014
Approval of direct trade routes will mean easier access for California exporters to mainland China.
It has taken time for Barhi date production to take off in India, but this year’s harvest could bring record volume.
Online buying platform Local Dirt aims to make it as easy as possible for U.S. retailers to find and buy local.
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March 31st, 2014
Chilean Kiwifruit Committee’s Carlos Cruzat said initial exports will begin in the U.S., Russia and Latin America.
New Zealand’s Zespri indicated higher volume of gold kiwifruit, pointing to successful efforts against Psa.
Devastated by blight, the iconic American chestnut is regaining old ground with a new hybrid.
March 28th, 2014
The Shanghai Free Trade Zone and effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts were among the hottest topics discussed in China last week.
A Felix Instruments device brings greater precision to the fruit and vegetable ripening process.
BayWa reported a strong spike in earnings, driven by key acquisitions in agriculture.
Indian companies such as Delicious Mangoes must now abandon plans in Europe following the EU’s ban.
March 27th, 2014
With the South African citrus season near, debate over black spot has roared up once again in the EU.
British fruit supplier Berry Gardens has been experimenting with biomass boilers to improve energy usage.
Brazil’s Abrafrutas has its sights set on international markets and better pesticide regulations.
As the world’s second largest grower of almonds, Australia has engaged in marketing campaigns to help find a home for extra production.
March 26th, 2014
EU members moved to ban five Indian fresh produce categories, effective until the end of 2015.
E-commerce offers tremendous growth and import opportunities in China, said panelists at PMA Fresh Connections.
India’s Star Bazaar will offer branded grapes in an effort to raise fruit quality for the nation’s middle class consumers.
British Columbia hopes to win over local and international markets with a growing greenhouse vegetable sector.
March 25th, 2014
Fresh Brazilian muskmelons and watermelons have been approved for sale in Chile.
Mexico’s Ecofruit discusses the current mango season and prospects in Russia.
A Chilean government grant has supported a pilot project to use geothermal energy in a watercress greenhouse.
After two decades of blockage, Latin America’s top banana producer will once again send fruit to Brazil.
March 24th, 2014
Tesco’s joint venture with the Tata Group will bring 12 new retail stores to India.
Califorinia brought in record table grape volume this year, reaching export markets in force.
Peruvian grape exports continue to show strong growth, most notably in China.
Zespri is on the cusp of signing a new importer in China, where executive Simon Limmer looks at the season ahead.
A dry start to the year has reduced volumes for several top fruit categories in Brazil.
March 21st, 2014
Two of the world’s leading shipping lines are one step closer to a game-changing partnership.
A new gold-fleshed kiwifruit variety has propped up exports for an Italian shipper this year.
Retail experts look at how a combined Albertsons-Safeway operation will take on supermarket giant Kroger.
Pink Lady Europe is utilizing a recent French study to bolster a new set of promotional materials for the continent.
New organic standards may not scare away most apple and pear growers, but new treatments could prove costly.
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.
With recent approval, Malaysia expects to export 7,000MT in different tropical fruits to the U.S. per year.
Peru’s ProHass says Europe will be a key driver of a substantial rise in avocado exports this year.
The British cartoon classic Bananaman has been slated for the big screen.
SAGARPA has labeled the difference between lime grower returns and consumer prices as “unacceptable”.
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