November 24, 2014 / Week N° 48
November 21st, 2014
A Chilean nursery company says attractive prices for cherries in China are spurring on production growth.
November 20th, 2014
A decision by Japan’s MAFF will now allow for much greater volumes of Chilean cherries this Christmas.
After conquering palates in Europe, Madagascan litchi growers are now looking for new northern markets.
Iran’s kiwifruit sector is positive for the season after the government almost ruled out exports altogether.
Jim Provost believes the ‘Eat Brighter!’ campaign will help raise Asian pear consumption in the U.S.
Increased plantings will help offset some of the impacts of rain on papaya volumes in Colima.
PMA Fruittrade Latin America was the first port of call for a recently launched Korean import company.
November 19th, 2014
Fresh Del Monte Produce has opened a new operation to supply fresh cut salads, fruits and vegetables to the Canadian market.
An EU review over chemical usage could mean a mushy outlook for a £50 million industry in Britain.
Chilean avocado suppliers beat the Mexican competition on price in China during week 46.
British consumers no longer have to wait in vain for Jamaican bananas, with more volumes from the Caribbean nation set to soon come their way.
Chile’s Andres Armstrong believes Russia’s produce ban could be more of a problem than an opportunity.
Chile has played host to a hot pepper expert dubbed the ‘Chileman’ this week.
November 18th, 2014
A decision to single out citrus growers in labeling the use of postharvest chemicals has been supported by the General Court of the European Union.
We look at an Argentine government-backed group that is putting local companies on the map.
California Giant Berry Farms owner Patrick Riordan says he is “blessed” to be involved in the category.
After seeing the success of BanaBay, another U.K. fruit company aims to establish a fresh banana brand.
Business may not be growing as quickly as in Peru, but a Chilean blueberry nursery is expanding in Brazil.
Central American Produce says volatile mango import volumes from Latin America mean buyers must act now.
November 17th, 2014
Australia’s fresh fruit, vegetable and orange juice sectors are all set to gain after the signing of an FTA with China.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister says the free trade agreement with South Korea will put exporters ‘back on a level playing field’ with U.S. and EU competitors.
Airfrieght shipments are limiting Peruvian mango growth in Japan and China, but Chile holds no such problems.
A U.S. pear group is shifting away from educational seminars as ‘that’s just not the nature of today’s world’.
Weather has been favorable for the European Pink Lady apple crop this year.
LoBue Citrus’ new packaging strategy for Cara Cara oranges shows that simple is sometimes beautiful.
The first crops have been planted as part of a US$280 million dam project in Peru to support agriculture, including sugarcane, avocados and blueberries.
November 14th, 2014
A Colombian team found natural-based coatings kept mangoes in better condition for longer.
With the Navel crop in a key Chinese production region down 20%, one grower still has his hopes up.
The fungus Monilinia fructicola that causes brown rot is no longer a quarantine pest in Chile.
After tripling sales in the last year, Fruitday co-founder Loren Zhao looks ahead for fruit imports in 2014-15.
Tesco’s Simon Mandelbaum spoke at PMA Fruittrade about the changing needs of U.K. consumers.
November 13th, 2014
A U.K. government department has bet on transforming West African smallholdings into large enterprises.
A new export destination is on the cards for the upcoming Honduran melon season which is a bit behind schedule.
It was an early start for many South African blueberry growers this year, and production ‘could treble’ in five years.
The Ecuadorian government has pledged US$1.1 million to build collection centers for ‘barraganete’ bananas.
AMHPAC president Juan Ariel Reyes discusses changing dynamics and key goals for the Mexican protected horticulture sector.
November 12th, 2014
There has been an air of optimism at PMA Fruittrade Latin America today, with Fedefruta’s chief forecasting a 15% rise in fruit exports for next year.
Chilean avocado exporters had a good time in the European market during week 45.
After adding pineapples to its product mix in April, British-Ecuadorian group BanaBay is now trialing mango sales.
A new mobile app that pinpoints diseases and pests in fields has won the U.K. leg of the European Satellite Navigation Competition.
Lower costs and increased traffic saw Maersk Line’s profits hit US$685 million this quarter.
Berry development is running up to 14 days earlier year-on-year for grapes in the Berg River region of South Africa.
Russian authorities have responded to appeals from the country’s biggest importers of agricultural goods.
November 11th, 2014
A few New Zealand kiwifruit growers could be ‘significantly affected’ by adverse weather that worked its way north up to the Bay of Plenty region.
At PMA Fruittrade Latin America, industry experts will talk about why just having a good product is not enough.
South Korea has finally opened the door to Persian limes from Mexico, with table grapes next in line for approval.
A genetically modified potato that produces fewer cancerous chemicals could soon hit the U.S. market.
An Egyptian citrus industry leader has called for truck access to cross the Suez Canal to reduce export delays.
Gysbert du Toit talks about the evolution of an early cherry deal from South Africa in a tie-up with Californian varieties.
November 10th, 2014
Speaking prior to PMA Fruittrade Latin America, a Maersk representative says reefer demand is exceeding supply.
Mainland Australian cherry growers had previously ignored the option to export directly to China with cold treatment, but that approach has changed this season.
Subsole says its growers using certain methods to protect crops from extreme weather are seeing great results.
After a conference call with the DoA, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd has confirmed Vietnam is still open for exports.
At first it was just shortages driving up prices, but now Limoneira believes stonger lemon demand is here to stay.
November 7th, 2014
Groups from Israel, India and Australia will cooperate on projects to improve food supply and water use.
The Pacific Maritime Association claims a union is now withholding skilled workers in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
A project aiming to improve Chile’s table grape sector through collaborative research will be highlighted at PMA Fruittrade Latin America next week.
Finnwatch executive director Sonja Vartiala gives her account of the heated Natural Fruit trial against Andy Hall, revealing an unexpected twist in the story.
An old agreement to supply GB seed potatoes to Castro’s Cuba has been revisited.
Nature Fresh says its mobile micro greenhouse is a great way to educate consumers about food production.
China-bound exports of U.S. cranberries are up 104% this year, with a big future on the cards.
Russian authorities continue to clamp down on a gray market that has emerged for EU-grown produce.
For the first time a strong link between pesticide exposure and diet has been demonstrated at the molecular level in honey bees.
November 6th, 2014
Chiquita chief executive officer Ed Lonergan says he is proud of the company’s third quarter results amid a period of merger and acquisition distractions.
Gerawan Farming has achieved a breakthrough in its struggle against the forced unionization of farmworkers.
We take an in-depth look at how some major Washington apple producers are marketing their huge crops this season, as well as other key issues like storage space and labor availability.
Spots have filled up quickly for an event to promote a unique Italian pear at Eataly in New York.
Polish farmers protested in Warsaw this week, but an industry consultant has urged them not to panic.
A campaign that saw fresh produce sales rise by almost half has brought marketing awards for Lidl Finland.
BanaBay’s North American president of North American operations says doing business as usual is a “death sentence”.
The head of Chile’s Fedefruta says despite a favorable exchange rate, pome fruit prices have still fallen 25%.
November 5th, 2014
Pipfruit New Zealand says the country’s next apple crop will be similar to previous years after an isolated hailstorm incident on the South Island.
Devastating hailstorms in New Zealand’s Tasman district have left some orchards in tatters.
Despite good movement, prices for most U.S. table grape varieties in China fell during week 44.
Seatrade CEO Yntze Buitenwerf says shipping line fusions mean less choice for exporters and longer transit times.
The International Longshore & Warehouse Union says recent claims made against it were part of a smear campaign.
WP Rawl has new plants in the ground such as kale and beets in Florida, which will be ready for harvest in December.
It’s been a boring year for weather and a booming one for markets in organic bananas, says Mayra Velazquez de Leon.
An aggressive Lake Constance investment program comes as part of a new structure for apple company BayWa.
November 4th, 2014
After dealing with years of headaches forming a new protocol to regain Thai market access, the Australian horticultural industry may face new non-tariff challenges in another South East Asian market.
Almost 18 million metric tons of crops in Mexico are due to benefit from the country ridding itself of a specific Medfly.
Giumarra Companies’ Tom Richardson gives his take on what to expect from the Chilean blueberry season and next week’s PMA Fruittrade in Santiago.
A recent report could have bearings on legal disputes over mandarin variety rights in Spain and South Africa.
Chile looks on track to export 100,000MT of cherries this season, stepping up a notch with its Chinese focus.
A state-backed company in the Indian region of Tamil Nadu has its sights set on boosting infrastructure to ship its Cavendish and native bananas to the world.
A Burmese witness who testified to a Thai court about his alleged treatment in a pineapple factory has reportedly been threatened.
November 3rd, 2014
The Pacific Maritime Association claims a union has broken an agreement by severely reducing productivity in the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.
Production will ramp up over the next few years for a new clementine variety that was discovered in Spain.
CPMA president Ron Lemaire looks in depth at what less payment protection in the U.S. could lead to for Canadian produce exporters.
“The trick with Asia is you’ve got so many opportunities, it’s just which one’s going to strike first?” says John Carroll.
An animal study has concluded that walnuts’ nutritional content could protect brains from Alzheimer’s disease.
October 30th, 2014
The European Commission has put forth further funding to support agricultural goods at home and abroad.
Washington Red and Golden Delicious apples can soon be shipped to China after a two-year hiatus.
A criminal investigation is now underway after Tesco overstated its profits by US$423 million.
It turns out four different fruit flies are part of the same species, and the finding has big implications.
Expenses, sourcing costs and lower prices put the strain on Camposol’s profits in the third quarter.
A report suggests Ecuadorian dragon fruit exporters could fare well in China thanks to their in-demand variety.
NatureSweet’s Michael Joergensen speaks candidly about why his company’s employment policy differs from the norm, and how that translates to better tomato flavor.
After 16 years’ hard work, a major Chinese apple producing province could soon start shipping to the U.S.
October 29th, 2014
The first case brought by a Thai pineapple company against migrant worker defender Andy Hall has been dismissed due to “unlawful interrogation”.
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