July 02, 2015 / Week N° 27
July 2nd, 2015
Seeds for “penis peppers” and other provocatively-shaped fruits and vegetables have proved a hit with tourists on Barcelona’s La Rambla promenade.
July 1st, 2015
CMA CGM is naming one of its new vessels after a 15th century Chinese admiral.
June 29th, 2015
Lower domestic consumption has led Brazilian papaya growers to ship more fruit abroad.
With 15% of seed company Hazera’s revenues going into R&D, double-digit year-on-year onion sales growth is being seen in several regions.
A pest native to the Southwestern U.S. was detected in a 18.8MT peach shipment at the Russian border.
While prices of Chilean kiwifruit have been rising over recent weeks, they are still 40% lower year-on-year.
A shipper that deals with refrigerated cargo was recently fined US$750,000 for an ‘inexcusable and criminal act’.
June 26th, 2015
A Fresh Del Monte appeal over a banana pricing cartel case has backfired.
While the EU extended its Russian sanctions by six months, the world’s largest nation has added an extra year to its current ban on food imports.
A Canadian industry body head says it will be ‘a busy summer’, with inspectors from two major Asian markets due to visit in the coming weeks.
Jordanian agribusiness consultant Wael Haddadin says growers are still looking strongly to EU, Russian and UAE markets even though a key supply route has been cut.
Oppy’s Jason Fung looks at the summer campaign ahead for BC blueberries, and is upbeat about Aussie citrus and New Zealand kiwifruit.
One Pakistani mango exporter unrelated to the shipment in the Netherlands found to have fruit fly says he “hopes and prays” the situation will not recur.
June 25th, 2015
An industry head says she is ‘ecstatic’ about a deal with China estimated to be worth CAD$65 million a year.
Australia’s largest integrated produce company has dropped down its IPO value from previous expectations.
The PMA has praised Congress for its work on an act that will help speed up moves to establish trade deals like the TPP.
The Nocturne blueberry developed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service has black fruit and genes from the Premier variety.
The world’s largest food distributor claims a proposed merger with US Foods would be “procompetitive”.
From late mandarin competition in Europe to new consumption trends, Justin Chadwick gives a global citrus update on the South African deal.
A lack of seed treatment applications is putting the future of some crops at risk, according to an EU roundtable.
An industry source believes certain geographical and infrastructural aspects could lessen the effects of reduced rain for growers around Santiago.
June 24th, 2015
After a computer glitch caused delays for hundreds of Mexican seasonal farmworkers entering the U.S., a labor association has confirmed the majority are now through.
European apple and pear stocks are now down year-on-year despite the Russian ban.
“In my mind we’re only going to see more blurring of the traditional retail channels for fruit,” says Naturipe CEO Dwight Ferguson.
After months of protests and negotiations, farmworkers in San Quintin achieved a substantial set of pay rises one expert described as a ‘watershed moment’.
A major Northwest cherry grower says it has the largest network in the industry of on-farm cooling machines.
Dow AgroSciences has urged the IARC to focus on what “is” carcinogenic to humans rather than what “could be”.
June 23rd, 2015
The Australian Government has released an unprecedented fruit fly research plan with specific recommendations for tackling future threats and improving market access arrangements.
The marketing director of English produce trader Moorhouse & Mohan says orders have been cancelled or postponed due to a port conflict in France.
Syngenta chairman Michel Demaré has rebuffed Monsanto’s takeover bid on Youtube.
The Russian government is preparing a draft decree of banned products as part of a retaliatory extension of the current embargo.
It is expected Costa Group will sell 60% of its shares to the public in an IPO next month.
A Spanish farmers’ union is calling for government compensation after a series of adverse weather events in the first half of 2015.
From Brazil to India, Argentina’s Federcitrus is busy across four corners of the globe to garner new market access deals for lemons.
A Ontario producer swept to victory in the ‘Best Specialty Mini Pepper’ category at a recent greenhouse competition, winning the top three prizes.
June 22nd, 2015
Chile’s nursery sector will be presenting its extensive range of species and varieties to key industry actors at a trade show later this year.
An Irish multinational says ‘currency headwinds’ this year boosted selling prices for bananas and pineapples.
A Canadian producer says the timing of its greenhouse development in California ‘couldn’t be better’.
A U.K. researcher says while honeybees could previously pollinate most of the country’s crops, now there are only enough to manage a quarter.
Zespri’s head reportedly said 2.8 million emails have been provided to the Serious Fraud Office so far, although the investigation’s focus remains unconfirmed.
June 19th, 2015
It is very easy to take the abundance of fruits at our fingertips for granted, but a recent documentary looks at how one woman helped broaden U.S. consumers’ palates for the better.
With more than 400 pest interceptions of Costa Rican pineapples last year, the U.S. is considering taking action.
Weeks after a similar project in Norway, a Netherlands-headquarted fruit logistics company has opened a new facility near Durban.
Uruguay’s mandarin export volumes to the U.S. during the start of the season were up almost 13-fold.
As of the end of May, the overall Expansion Program of the Panama Canal reportedly stood at 89.8% complete.
June 18th, 2015
While Chilean Navel volumes shipped to the U.S. so far this campaign are lower than last year, they are expected to be up 8% for the season.
Brazil is satisfied that agreed phytosanitary controls will prevent the codling moth from entering the country in Argentine apples and pears.
While the major Port of Valparaiso is due to continue operating as normal, San Antonio will experience an ‘indefinite’ strike in a row over labor reform.
A few months after the United Nations called glyphosate ‘probably cargcinogenic’, France has banned the sale of a popular herbicide product to amateur gardeners.
All tariffs on Australian horticultural products will be eliminated under the recently signed trade deal.
Thousands of pounds of blueberries produced by a grower cooperative have for the first time been marketed in two emerging Asian markets.
A British supermarket chain is investing US$196 million to cut prices on more than 100 fresh produce lines.
June 17th, 2015
The European kiwifruit market saw limited demand in week 24.
Russia has permitted the entry of several key fruit crops from Moldova, although the number of eligible companies remains limited.
With a record production season, it is anticipated the New Zealand apple industry could reach NZ$1 billion in annual export receipts ahead of schedule.
Research carried out by a U.K. scientist is said to have great potential for improving the whole EU pea industry.
A recent Greenpeace study found 70% of pesticides in samples taken across the EU had a ‘very high overall toxicity to humans and wildlife’.
June 16th, 2015
The French government is being urged to take action over the migrant crisis at a key port, with more than US$15 million of produce having been thrown away this year.
Legend Holdings says it will use most of the funding raised from entering the stock market to boost strategic investments and acquisitions.
The Australian market will be closed to South Korean pear exporters until further notice due to a fire blight outbreak.
APM Terminals has partnered with two other organizations to invest US$1.5 billion in a new deep-water port aimed at putting Ghana at the ‘forefront of African global trade’.
A grower says his new ‘orangey red’ cultivar has the ‘wow factor’, as the fruit hits Waitrose shelves.
A new route from Seattle-Tacoma across the Pacific will see its first flight take off this weekend.
June 15th, 2015
The U.S. Climate Prediction Center (CPC) believes a weather phenomenon could bring higher rainfall to the country later this year.
A high-resolution camera mounted onto a drone will provide growers real-time information on the typography of the soil and type of weeds.
A government official says Canadians will soon have the highest level of information on food’s sugar content than anywhere else in the world.
The Polish Ministry of Agriculture says it is ‘counting on Indonesia’s readiness’ to be open to more food imports.
The Department of Rural Development hopes to help commercial farmers in Peddie develop exports to the EU.
June 12th, 2015
Giumarra says its high-Brix DIVA apple will be a ‘star’ in the category in the months ahead.
Three Dutch brothers’ organic production only began this year, but they are already set to export to the U.K.
Despite New Zealand experiencing its highest ever avocado production season, returns almost hit record levels.
One industry body in Spain estimates volumes will end up being 10-15% lower than the 279,000MT produced last year.
Within the space of a couple of months, the U.S. has eased weight restrictions for mango imports from two South American countries.
A big opportunity has opened up for Colombian golden berry producers in two departments with farms above a certain altitude.
June 11th, 2015
Zespri’s exports of gold kiwifruit this seaon are reportedly anticipated to be on par with pre-Psa levels at around 32 million trays.
Capespan is embarking upon a ‘specialized initiative’ with a China-based company in which it holds a 25% stake.
The head of Israeli biotech group Rahan Meristem is reportedly ‘certain’ the company’s materials will be helpful to Australian banana growers.
The season of a major U.S. cherry grower’s new Skylar Rae-branded fruit will last for a month from mid-June.
A Freshfel representative says it is ‘urgent’ to stimulate falling demand for produce in Europe.
June 10th, 2015
Strong demand for clementines in the U.S. kept prices high in week 23.
British supermarket Tesco says demand for leafy salads has grown at three times the rate of sandwiches.
The exclusive grower of the Opal variety in North America has urged the industry to help fix the ‘dysfunctional and broken’ immigration system following a hefty fine.
Although Spanish avocado growers have enjoyed record returns in the 2014-15 campaign, an industry warns productivity needs to be increased.
While orange production is set to slip by 6.5% this season, mandarin volumes are expected to be up by a quarter.
June 9th, 2015
A Zespri representative hopes the first-of-its-kind deal with McDonald’s will help introduce gold kiwifruit to people who weren’t familiar with it before.
What Asda describes as the ‘ultimate super pepper’ is now on sale across the U.K.
A Brazilian citrus group anticipates 279 million boxes of oranges will be harvested from the ‘citrus belt’ in the 2015-16 season.
The U.S. lemon market could soon open to lemon shippers in two key northern provinces, after a positive visit by APHIS officials.
June 8th, 2015
Syngenta says Monsanto’s newest offer represents the ‘same inadequate price’ and the ‘same regulatory risks’ as the previous one a few weeks ago.
A preliminary estimate by the University of California Davis says about 18,600 jobs could be lost to the drought this year.
At least 200 hecaters of banana production in a major Colombian region suffered damage last week from severe weather.
Volumes and prices of U.S. lemons were up in three large Asian markets in the first few months of the year.
Kazakhstan’s president hopes a greenhouse being constructed in the north of the country will contribute towards making the nation more agriculturally self-sufficient.
June 5th, 2015
Having successfully adapted sulphur pads to the Sovereign Coronation variety, an Ontario research center now hopes to trial fumigation methods to increase growers’ competitiveness.
A banana variety thought to only grow in Oman is reported to have a ‘chemical cocktail’ that acts as a natural beetle repellent.
A Crown lawyer reportedly believes Psa might not have arrived in imported pollen in June 2009, but ‘much earlier’.
With a major Swiss multinational having recently turned down a takeover bid, an offer from a different company could be on the cards.
With global water demand growing faster than the world population, Camposol is undertaking three projects in 2015 aimed at reducing water consumption.
June 4th, 2015
Despite the Russian economy having shrunk by 2% in the first quarter, the country’s prime minister says the food import ban would only be lifted if the West drops its economic sanctions.
Cherry shipments from Tajikistan continue after the country first received market access for China one year ago.
Amid anticipated record Peruvian avocado exports to the U.S., an industry body has cooked for sailors on the USS Cole Navy ship.
A U.K. researcher has warned pea and bean growers that pyrethroid sprays ‘may not be effective’ against a pest causing severe damage.
A new facility in a major Madrid wholesale market will store up to 160 pallets of bananas and other tropical fruits.
June 3rd, 2015
Although a sharp increase in avocado volumes was ‘substantially’ offset by weather-related declines in other product categories, revenues, gross margin and net income all jumped to new heights.
The U.S. clementine market was reported to be undersupplied in week 22.
Monsanto is reportedly preparing to make another takeover bid for the Swiss multinational, which is anticipated to be at least 10% higher.
Several stops in Europe and the U.S. East Coast are included in the company’s new Atlantic service.
Indian onions are not anticipated to last nearly as long in storage this year due to heavy rainfall that hit the country last year.
June 2nd, 2015
Spanish police say 200kg of cocaine they found in pineapples had been concealed in a ‘sophisticated’ way.
Two U.S. and Canadian public health organizations will work together to help make ‘informed risk-based regulatory decisions’.
The new contract between the West Coast port employer and worker union may have just been ratified, but the new dispatch process reportedly encountered trouble on Sunday.
Zespri North America says it will be ‘ramping up a multi-media campaign’ in various markets starting in June.
The Pear Bureau Northwest says this autumn’s production will be 2% down on last year but still above the five-year average.
June 1st, 2015
Lisa Cork says it’s interesting to see just how much sugar is prevalent in the average ‘healthy’ Western diet.
Smallholder grape, apple and plum farmers in Moldova will benefit from grants that should compensate for half of last summer’s lost profits.
The Port of New Orleans has confirmed Chiquita has put plans to move a small part of its operation there on hold.
Just several days after Russia found Medfly in an orange shipment, another infected batch has been blocked.
A new brand encompassing more than 350 Italian table grape growers will revolve around ‘product culture, inclusiveness and enhancement’.
May 29th, 2015
An MEP says new rules aim to ensure that more is done in EU schools to provide better education on healthy eating.
The PMA’s Richard Owen discusses the potential implications of what could be the most significant trade agreement in history.
A weakening of the Australian dollar has contributed to an expected increase in U.S.-bound citrus shipments this campaign.
After a threat of a ‘solidarity’ strike by Chile’s Agriculture and Livestock Service union, customs operations will now return to normal.
Preventing and managing food waste are key goals of a recently announced alliance by the United Nation’s agricultural arm.
May 28th, 2015
Frieda’s Specialty Produce’s CEO Karen Caplan talks about what unconventional food can be grilled in the backyard this summer.
Bangladeshi mango growers are optimistic about high prices in Europe this season.
The Indonesian Department of Agriculture reportedly advised the government to stop citrus imports later this year.
The Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum says U.S.-bound shipments could increase from last season’s 45,000MT.
A Kenyan entomologist is forging cultural change, urging farmers to spray less and foster the insects that help boost yields through pollination.
May 27th, 2015
After a delayed harvest, the first shipments of Egyptian table grapes arrived in Europe in week 21.
Kloosterboer has recently acquired a 8,500-square-meter cold store built into the side of a mountain near Oslo.
A major British retailer is tapping into a recent European and U.S. trend of providing shoppers with a ‘simple option to lower carb intake’.
Ecuador has embarked on its second promotional campaign in China across 10 supermarkets, with promising first day results.
Using near-infrared hyperspectral imaging (NIR), an Israeli technology is now used to check thousands of pieces apples or avocados at a time, with citrus fruit and mangoes in the pipeline.
A leading Chinese online direct sales company is the main investor in a deal with the country’s largest fresh produce e-retailer.
May 26th, 2015
A three-way tie-up that would create combined sales of US$4.1 billion has just passed an important hurdle.
Russian authorities say problems were found on a shipment of summer fruit originating from Mexico and Morocco.
A French supermarket campaign highlighting the absurdity of throwing away misshapen fruit has received a pat on the back.
ASOEX president Ronald Bown says the Port of Valparaiso is ‘virtually paralyzed’ and the country’s reputation is on the line.
Peru’s Ministry of Agriculture believes the first Hass shipment will set sail to China in July.
After California’s cities and towns were recently forced to cut water usage by a quarter due to the four-year drought, many of the state’s growers have chosen to take similar action.
May 25th, 2015
The Pacific Maritime Association says the new contract that will last until July 2019 features an ‘enhanced arbitration system’.
A Belgian importer is expecting some 140 metric tons of blueberries for its organic BerryFresh range this season.
European politicians believe not enough was done to prevent the entry of ‘leaf scorch’ into the continent and say olive growers need compensation.
Some 120 metric tons of oranges being shipped into Russia via sea were sent back after lab tests confirmed a quarantined pest.
Turners & Growers expects to better anticipate market changes to the benefit of growers, through the help of a new office in China.
Fedefruta’s head says apples, kiwifruit and citrus are some of the crops that have been affected by recent strikes.
As part of efforts to dramatically cut food waste in the country, large French supermarkets will soon face hefty fines if they fail to donate unsold food to charity.
Two major U.S.-based vegetable grower-shippers have struck a deal to offer their customers wider organic product lines.
May 22nd, 2015
Pomegranates, nectarines and avocados were on the agenda during recent meetings between AQSIQ and SAG.
Blueberries are all the rage in Morocco where growers are planting aggressively, but to steer clear of price falls they will need to avoid heavy harvesting from April to June.
The California Fresh Fruit Association’s head believes future state-wide minimum wage rises may limit the sector’s competitiveness internationally.
With fungi affected the flowering stage of Persian limes in a Mexican state, U.S.-bound shipments look set to slip.
A Chilean company affiliated with Illinois-based Sun Belle has signed a deal to develop blueberry plantations in Peru.
May 21st, 2015
The organizers of Shanghai’s iFresh summit hope the event will be a positive force for change, tackling asymmetries in the import game as fruit production modernizes rapidly at home.
May 20th, 2015
The Irish multinational says the first four months of 2015 have been ‘satisfactory’ and full year earnings should be in the upper targeted range.
Greece is one of three European countries which could soon see some of its exporters able to ship to Russia once again.
Demand for grapes was increasing in South Korea due to the nearing of the Budda’s Birthday in week 20.
While glyphosate will no longer be used to eradicate illegal crops, regulations will be established to control its use for agricultural purposes.
A North Queensland farm has been declared as free of Panama Disease Tropical Race IV, but consultancy Deloitte has been appointed to review banana disease testing practices.
A Brazilian apple company is yet to recover from last year’s price falls, with a loss recorded for the first quarter of 2015.
The National Mango Board has urged retailers to act quickly to shift weekly shipments in excess of four million boxes.
‘Low returns’ and ‘political issues’ were two reasons given why Israeli grape exports have decreased significantly over recent years.
May 19th, 2015
Brazil plans to reopen the market to Argentine apples, pears and quince this season, but not as soon as its neighbors would like.
A British MP has delivered a box of Alphonso mangoes to the Prime Minister in appreciation for his help in lifting the Indian import ban.
Australian citrus growers are upbeat for the season ahead with the first shipments set to arrive in mid-June.
Northern Chilean grape growers are working at full tilt to recover productivity in the wake of flood damages.
Although the British strawberry deal has started 10 days later than last year, expectations are high for a strong campaign.
Following recent trade restrictions, one Costa Rican avocado grower believes California could be a potential new market supplier.
Russian authorities have been blocking an average of more than 1,000MT per month of plant-based products coming through Belarus.
May 18th, 2015
Camposol’s earnings took a nosedive in the beginning of 2015, partly due to lower volumes of certain key crops and rising costs.
The devaluation of the Russian ruble has hit a major Turkish citrus exporter hard, with debts owed to a large number of companies and workers.
One of Argentina’s top 10 apple and pear companies is to open structural reorganization proceedings, with some US$5.4 million of debt.
A new bill aims to ensure retailers’ products have not been produced using child or forced labor.
ASPROCAN has been recognized for its low incidence of greenhouse gases across the banana supply chain.
Following more than US$100 million dollars of investment in Costa Rica last year, Dole now plans to create some 150 new jobs.
May 15th, 2015
The California Court of Appeal in Fresno has declared the ALRB’s forced collective bargaining agreements on Gerawan Farming as unconstitutional.
A group representing farmworkers in the Mexican state of Baja California has hailed a recent labor deal as “extremely important”.
Lower banana volume in North America and Europe was partly to blame for the multinational’s substantial net loss in the first quarter of 2015.
A 91% increase in fruit and vegetable prices compared to other foods is driving obesity rates, according to a recent ODI report.
Pomegranates, grapes and lemons being shipped to the U.S. from parts of Chile will now require an additional treatment.
Zespri’s Shane Max says Japanese growers have been reluctant to report Psa out of fear their orchards will be destroyed, while French producers have seen unexpected trunking.
AVA-ASAJA says never before have prices for premium mandarin varieties like Nadorcott and Tango been so low.
Inspectors from an Asian country will visit Vancouver this summer with view to opening up the market to fresh British Columbia blueberries.
Haitian producers covering 1,000 hectares will receive technical assistance from two French groups to grow and ship organic bananas.
May 14th, 2015
With Naturipe’s first commercial office in Mexico having opened late last year, the berry marketer has big plans for the future.
A clearer legislation for Australian quarantine is expected to save AUD$6.9 million per annum in efficiencies.
The Australian state of Victoria gained significant ground on Tasmania this season for cherry exports.
Police in San Quintin have been criticized for an excessive use of force, amid clashes with farmworkers that have been striking since March.
British chef Jamie Oliver believes quality food education is every child’s human right and hopes to create a ‘strong sustainable movement’ to help reverse sky-high obesity rates.
May 13th, 2015
Greenyard Foods and Peatinvest are now one step closer to their combination with Univeg to form the world’s largest fresh produce group.
Local lemon prices in the U.S. were on the up but Navels saw little change in week 19.
The Chilean developers of white-fleshed Pink Globe grapes are aiming to license out more than 3,500 hectares of plantings globally.
Without the Russian market, new data shows just how dramatically Poland’s apple exports have changed this year.
Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology says El Niño thresholds have been reached in the tropical Pacific for the first time since March 2010.
In April it was apples to India and now it’s pears for China. Argentina is on a roll with inaugural fruit shipments to Asia.
A Yucatan-based company that is developing organic dragon fruit and pineapple projects is giving back to the community in a rather unique way.
Russia’s agricultural watchdog appears to be taking a more pragmatic approach to the issue of food re-exports via the EU.
May 12th, 2015
A French shipper will develop a logistics platform outside of Havana, in what has been described as the first international agreement of its kind in Cuba.
A Cameroon-based subsidiary of Compagnie Fruitière is expecting an 8% boost in banana production this year.
South Africa, Australia and Spain are just three countries unable to ship avocados to Costa Rica due to sunblotch concerns.
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