September 17, 2014 / Week N° 38
September 17th, 2014
California-based Limoneira Company has announced the death of its chairman Alan M. Teague.
September 16th, 2014
In order to gain permission for a tie-up in the Phase I review period, Chiquita and Fyffes say they are considering offering concessions to the EU.
Mexico could start shipping several types of berry to China by the end of this year.
A few days after suspending aid to farmers affected by Russia’s ban, the EU is set to announce its new measures.
The finalization of Australia’s FTA with Korea may take the pressure off other Asian citrus markets next season.
Dutch revelers have pelted tomatoes at each other in a party to raise awareness about the effects of Russia’s food ban.
Spain’s lemon season will be one of ‘normality and stability’ but there may be heavy Turkish competition in EU markets.
September 15th, 2014
A South African citrus industry representative gives insights from a recent visit to Hong Kong, India and Indonesia.
Chilean berry multinational Hortifrut did not let the Lobesia botrana crisis and port strikes get in the way of an exceptional financial result for 2013-14,
Maersk says that like avocados and bananas, mangoes also stand to benefit from controlled atmosphere containers.
Although it doesn’t reduce weight, a study shows mango consumption could lower blood sugar levels in obese adults.
Peru’s citrus industry has notched a more sober export result after a blistering start to harvests raised expectations.
September 12th, 2014
Delegitimization attempts have kicked up a notch in a fierce debate over worker freedom and union membership in California’s Central Valley.
CSAV and Hapag-Lloyd are now one step closer to forming the world’s fourth largest container shipping group.
A new port expansion looks set to consolidate Chiquita’s position as the leading Guatemalan banana exporter.
A Spanish grower group has labeled the EU’s suspension of aid measures as akin to abandonment.
California Citrus Mutual believes the latest NASS orange crop forecast is too high.
September 11th, 2014
Canary Islands’ banana growers may have to wait to know if they will be compensated for higher EU competition.
A new facility at PortMiami will allow users to manipulate and restack cargo in preparation for fumigation.
The American Heart Association has pumped extra life into California’s Medjool date industry.
South Africa’s citrus association wishes it could have avoided the recent export suspension, but couldn’t risk further restrictions from Europe.
A popular British TV show has helped Waitrose raise its early season pear sales.
September 10th, 2014
Unifrutti Chile and New Zealand’s Turners & Growers expect a new Peruvian grape partnership will yield fruit next year.
The European Commission has said its aid scheme designed to support farmers affected by the Russian ban ‘has to be closed due to a disproportionate surge in claims’.
Chiquita has further relaxed its stance on the proposed merger from two Brazilian companies by entering into a non-disclosure agreement.
Andy Hall has been given back his passport by judges who have been described as “conscientious and careful”.
Retail promotions on the U.S. West Coast kept avocado prices stable in week 36.
Calavo has beaten the last quarter’s operating income and has also launched a new cloud technology project.
While largely symbolic, a recent recognition of Australia’s east-west protocol is good news for the fruit industry.
Although early signs point to a positive South African stonefruit season, low pomefruit prices could affect sales in Europe.
While describing Ebola quarantine efforts as necessary, the FAO says they have cut off crop supplies from productive West African growing regions.
September 9th, 2014
Higher lemon prices than usual are one of the key reasons why Limoneira saw a 22% revenue increase for the third quarter.
Russian produce market expert Irina Koziy has launched a version of her FruitNews service in English.
Imalinx and the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council recently coordinated culinary workshops in Mexico City and Cancun aimed at incorporating blueberries in gastronomy.
Pineapple exports from Costa Rica could be allowed into China later this year, but transit challenges remain.
A Zespri representative sheds light on the niche organic fruit sector in China.
An earlier season could give Spanish stonefruit exporters an edge in China once the market opens up.
After Friday’s EC meeting in Brussels, cooperative group Copa Cogeca is calling for greater support in the wake of Russia’s produce import ban, encompassing grower measures and school food schemes.
Protocols have been signed between Chile and China to allow shelled walnut imports.
Prices for North Korean blueberries that are juiced and sold to China have increased by around 50%.
September 8th, 2014
Fyffes has given Chiquita a waiver allowing Chiquita to engage in discussions with its Brazilian suitors.
A U.K industry body says the suspension of some citrus exports from South Africa to Europe will cause ‘major issues’ for the British market.
EU officials held an in-depth press conference last week about Russia’s food import embargo.
Progress has been made in developing sweet potato varieties more suited to Canada’s cool climate.
Following a successful meeting, the first cherry shipment from Chile to South Korea looks like it will be next season.
Fruit picker Silvia Lopez discusses her fight to end forced unionization on a California farm.
Pear growers in the Netherlands and Belgium are positive despite losing the Russian market.
September 5th, 2014
Turners & Growers will support a charity to help provide New Zealand schools with purpose-built gardens.
First it was hail, now heavy rainfall poses a threat to this year’s apple crop in Kashmir.
China’s Silk Road economic belt strategy is expected to lead to more Central Asian fruit imports.
A Las Vegas-based manufacturer says its newly-released greenhouses sensors can ‘mitigate downtime and crop loss’.
As a very successful second season with excellent prices in China draws to a close, one Canadian cherry company says shoppers are ‘more sophisticated’ than five years ago.
September 4th, 2014
China’s port of Jiuzhou has reportedly sent back its first ever substandard fruit shipment.
Bayer’s agricultural arm says it will invest heavily in U.S. infrastructure including labs and breeding stations.
Capespan says two key reasons are at the heart of why the Navel season went on longer than originally thought.
A Polish company that manufactures UAVs for precision agriculture says growers can save 30% on fertilizer costs.
Spanish growers plan to rally in Madrid on Friday calling for more support amid Russia’s ban on produce imports.
September 3rd, 2014
Houston, we have South African oranges.
Dole Food Company claims it has no connection with the Thai Pineapple Industry Association.
Several international organizations have raised concerns as to whether Andy Hall will get a fair trial in Thailand. Early signs show those worries may have been justified.
The European Commission has increased the 2015 budget for Common Agricultural Policy programs by 50% as a ‘medium-term’ response to Russia’s embargo.
Some Australian fruit will now require less stringent treatment for export to the United States, after authorities recently recognized different states and territories as free of certain pests.
The first few tons of Chilean Hass avocados arrived in the Spanish market in week 35.
Poland is incentivizing shipments to new markets with cuts in export insurance, and a new logo campaign.
Retail and produce experts look at Turkey’s potential as a destination market for high-value products.
The Peruvian Avocado Commission says its ‘smart, relevant, and engaging’ online content will help drive sales.
Eco Farms’ head says the new venture with Total Produce will allow it to double volume within five years.
Figures have emerged as to the alarming extent of produce shortages in Russia since the ban came into effect.
September 2nd, 2014
In a “robust” results announcement for the first half, multinational Total Produce has drawn attention to its recent purchase of a stake in U.S. avocado grower Eco Farms.
New Zealand cherry industry players discuss several steps underway to make the most of booming opportunities in Asia.
Lisa Cork discusses some simple ways produce companies can rethink their packaging messages for the better.
A new partnership with Ortofruit Italia will see Nergi baby kiwi production rise in Europe.
Fruit value may have outpaced volume growth in the first half in Spain, but overall produce returns were poor.
September 1st, 2014
An organization that works with hundreds of European retailers and importers has said it’s ‘time for cooperation rather than litigation’, in response to the charges brought against activist Andy Hall.
Andy Hall feels recent reactions from European buyers were prompted by “ridiculous” statements from the Thai Pineapple Industry Association (TPIA).
U.K. fruit company BanaBay has continued its rapid expansion with the opening of a new office in Shanghai.
After recording sluggish export results, China’s Great-Sun Foods is raising capital to invest in better processing and distribution centers.
An Ecuadorian mango sector spokesperson says the industry needs to improve in various areas to boost trade.
Banana trader Chiquita has described claims in a recent lawsuit as inaccurate, and says invitations for mediation have gone unanswered.
With phenomenal North American blueberry production forecast, one company says big changes are needed.
Australian citrus is one of many imported fruits that have suffered from flat sales in China recently.
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.
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.
Gerawan Farming says ‘It is unfortunate that our employees need to take such a drastic action’.
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.
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