October 20, 2014 / Week N° 43
October 18th, 2014
Chilean fruit industry representatives say it could be 15 days yet before a full estimate of recent frost damages can be given.
While some South African stonefruit export volumes will be 10-15% higher year-on-year, oversupply issues are lingering in one of the country’s key markets.
October 17th, 2014
The Chilean Blueberry Committee says export reductions could be between 0-15% for different companies this season.
Paramount Citrus will become Mulholland Citrus’ exclusive sales agent in a partnership that aims to expand the consumption of Wonderful Halo mandarins across North America.
A new U.S. rule proposes to scrap methyl bromide treatment from Chile’s existing kiwifruit export requirements.
A weekly service between Port Manatee and Veracruz in Mexico will ‘enhance delivery of fresher products’.
With a 12-month phaseout, Australia has banned almost all horticultural uses for the chemical fenthion.
One of China’s most influential men is looking at new ways to trade kiwifruit via smartphone e-commerce.
Russian authorities believe Ukraine may be re-exporting agricultural products from prohibited countries.
October 16th, 2014
Chiquita says Cutrale-Safra have ‘failed to deliver’ an irrevocable offer, claiming a merger with Fyffes would provide much better value than US$14 per share.
A Fairfood International report alleges huge pay disparities between employees and ‘contractual’ workers at Dole Philippines and Del Monte Philippines Incorporated.
Marketing expert Lisa Cork draws on a recent trip to Thailand to explain the importance of culture in packaging.
A Chilean grower says frosts in southern production regions have destroyed 30-100% of several fruit crops.
A small clinical study has concluded a chemical found in broccoli sprouts could open up new autism research avenues.
A Freshfel rep says the EU must relax its ‘extremely limiting’ marketing rules to boost fresh produce consumption.
Costco will sell some of its products in China through Alibaba’s website, delivering orders from its U.S. warehouses.
A Guatemalan businessman working on an ambitious maritime transit system says the project will serve the needs of increasing global trade while improving quality of life in the region.
October 15th, 2014
In a last-ditch effort, Cutrale-Safra have upped their Chiquita takeover offer to US$14 per share, saying it provides ‘complete certainty’ in terms of value to shareholders.
Peruvian blueberries have been hitting the Chinese market recently, with Australia just having entered in week 41.
New Zealand’s Plant and Food Research is hoping to double 1,200 Kenyan avocado growers’ returns in a decade.
Subsole’s new marketing plan involves letting customers know exactly how much longer the avocados need to mature.
Two million banana trees are due to be planted in Haiti as part of a plan to strengthen the organic export sector.
Californian authorities will soon have far more funds to help combat inauthentic produce in farmers’ markets.
October 14th, 2014
Is irradiating budwood for seedless characteristics enough to make a citrus variety be considered different? A landmark South African court case will set out to answer this question next year.
Freshfel’s André Feldhof outlines how European trade policy needs to change amid Russia’s produce embargo.
Brazil’s 2014-15 melon export season is already off to a positive start with strong prices as well.
Belgian pear growers are now on an equal footing with their neighbors after a Canadian market opening.
After a troublesome 2013-14 deal, the world’s leading blueberry exporter is looking much stronger this year.
October 13th, 2014
The Australian government is due to continue with its US$23 million Banana Freckle eradication project.
As Chile’s frozen blueberry industry continues to grow, falling international prices could see its next-door neighbor focus far more attention on the sector in the ‘medium-term’.
Sales have doubled for the British blackberry sector, which is in revival with sweeter varieties.
Travel and e-commerce put a dint in the Zhejiang Wenhui wholesale fruit market for a key national holiday.
Greater investment from abroad could shift Australian cherry growers away from their domestic market focus.
October 10th, 2014
CSO’s Elisa Macchi says the Italian kiwifruit industry cannot afford to rest on its laurels.
An anti-slavery enforcement authority has slammed a decision to give a small fine given to an orchard manager in Northern Ireland.
With a Chinese market opening on the cards, good weather has fared very well for Uruguay’s blueberry producers.
Almost 12,000 former banana workers and relatives affected by the chemical DBCP are in line to receive compensation from the Costa Rican government.
Despite reduced Latin American mango production, Kingston Fresh will import more Ecuadorian fruit this season.
Naturipe Farms says its innovative and recyclable packing aligns with organic consumers’ values.
October 9th, 2014
Vietnam has just two strikes left before risking an EU ban on its produce shipments.
Fear and stigmatization over Ebola threaten agricultural activities in West Africa, according to the FAO.
A berry from northern Australia has destroyed cancerous tumours in 75% of clinical tests.
A favorable exchange rate will likely help the Chilean produce industry in the summer season.
After almost three months testing the waters with a trial run for potential clients around the world, Agronometrics plans to go live today with its fruit market data service.
October 8th, 2014
The low availability of avocados from several countries helped balance supply and demand in Europe in week 40.
Rains in southern Brazil have broken the trend of dry weather in 2014 that was negatively affecting citrus growers.
Chiquita is showcasing bananas’ versatility through a national competition with weekly cash prizes.
After a lengthy process Australia’s new levy-backed horticultural industry body has been formed.
The U.S. looks set to lose its position as the second biggest grape supplier to the Chinese market this season.
The Watercress Alliance in the U.K. is launching an aggressive PR pitch in a bid to raise consumption.
Education programs have been key for helping Ghanaian farmers train up for exporting to Europe once more.
October 7th, 2014
A key figure has pulled out of a claim against the New Zealand government, but another plaintiff has emphasized that participating growers will have no liabilities if the case fails.
The divisions in New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry continue to grow, as the country’s largest producer joins the class action alleging the government did not do enough to prevent the entry of Psa.
Due to new avocado plantings and a recent focus on certification, Colombia is expecting 600% export growth by 2018.
Peru will offer Cape gooseberry growers a wealth of support to help raise export possibilities.
In a bid to help fight childhood obesity, Sunkist will sell its citrus with packaging from a popular kids’ TV show.
Mushroom company To-Jo has boosted a range of its facilities as new industry marketing concepts help increase sales.
October 6th, 2014
The U.S. plans to bolster specialty crop competitiveness by funding 838 agricultural projects across the country.
The head of the group launching a legal suit over negligence relating to Psa entering New Zealand has hit back at critics, stressing the need for accountability and saying growers ‘have nothing to lose’.
A produce shipper says the Moroccan industry’s constant ‘evolution’ is putting it in good stead for the future.
Italian kiwifruit companies are finding it difficult to get the volumes requested by large Chinese importers.
Canadian produce companies are no longer protected by the U.S. payment protection system PACA.
October 3rd, 2014
The European Commission has given the go-ahead to a potential merger between Chiquita and Fyffes, saying there would be no detrimental effect on market competition.
While some supermarkets are unwilling to buy produce from Israeli-occupied territories, the country’s fruit and vegetable sector has proven resilient throughout the recent Gaza crisis.
Westfalia and Subsole are hoping to take the Chilean avocado sector by storm with the Gem™ variety.
Freshmax and Crasborn Bros plan to merge to become New Zealand’s third largest apple exporter.
Citing a lack of transparency, New Zealand kiwifruit industry leaders have criticized a claim against the government.
While production challenges abound, China’s macadamia industry now has as many trees in the ground as Australia.
October 2nd, 2014
A UN working group has called attention to allegations over forced labor at two Thai fruit processors.
Despite some port delays in Argentina last month due to strikes, the blueberry industry says damages weren’t severe.
Viva Tierra Organic has embarked on its second Italian kiwifruit import season.
A Chinese partner will soon start selling Disney-branded grapes sourced from Dayka & Hackett in the U.S.
A new Tasmanian horticultural reform scheme aims to make progress where previous plans fell flat.
October 1st, 2014
The variable condition of Californian Hass avocados contributed to lower U.S. West Coast prices in week 39.
Human rights campaigner Andy Hall has alleged there is a widespread non-payment of wages in Thailand amid pineapple factory shutdowns.
Despite seed availability challenges, kale growers are confident the vegetable’s popularity is here to stay.
In the face of high labor costs, Australian growers like Kerry Smerdon have looked to premium crops like macadamia nuts and custard apples to gain an edge.
South Africa expects to increase its macadamia nut hectarage by around 5% annually over the next five years.
Freshmax says its new intellectual property business will focus on new variety licensing and brand development.
Toshiba says the crops grown in its near-sterile factory in Japan will have extended shelf-life and superior freshness.
September 30th, 2014
APRATUC Guillermo Olivera says blueberry growing conditions have been “benign” compared to last year.
Chiquita-Unifrutti plans to plant more bananas in an area previously held by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Peru’s mango grower body has emphasized a lower crop will not compromise export quality next season.
The IPPC will establish an expert committee to try and resolve South Africa’s CBS dispute with the EU once and for all.
As if Israeli farmers didn’t have enough pressure from overseas, now the country’s military won’t buy their crops.
Although Guadeloupe and Martinique banana growers can no longer spray pesticides aerially on their crops, the development has been welcomed by the industry.
September 29th, 2014
Citrus fruits will now be included in a bigger and better European support package for growers hit by the Russian produce import ban.
Western Growers CEO Tom Nassif has responded to two recent farm labor decisions made by California Governor Jerry Brown.
Three large table grape growers in South Africa lost some of their crops in last week’s poor weather.
The Brazilian companies trying to buy Chiquita are not impressed with its recent announcement regarding Fyffes.
A South African fruit industry representative believes it is possible the Chinese market will be open for next season.
Polish and Greek fruit exporters discuss the risks and regulations surrounding the gray market to Russia.
The global crop conservation organization says it is imperative we conserve genetic diversity now for the sake of humanity’s future in a rapidly changing world.
September 26th, 2014
In a bid to sway interest away from Brazilian competition, Fyffes is now offering Chiquita shareholders a much greater share in the combined entity.
Ready Pac’s Jay Ellis discusses the evolution of snacking and the segment’s ‘unlimited’ growth opportunities.
The North American cranberry harvest is underway, with leading cooperative Ocean Spray expanding internationally.
Recent hailstorms have put a €52.5 million dent in eastern Spanish citrus, grape and persimmon farms.
A scientist has hailed the exciting possibility of increasing major global crop yields by 60%, using genetic modification to speed up photosynthesis.
Argentina’s San Miguel aims to position itself as a “global citrus expert” under a new branding scheme.
September 25th, 2014
The Chilean Citrus Committee is upbeat about new export prospects in nearby Brazil.
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