December 18, 2014 / Week N° 51
December 18th, 2014
Waitrose will stock various table grape varieties such as Sweet Mayabelle for the festive season.
December 16th, 2014
It’s time to reform the practices of ‘tiendas de raya’ on Mexican farms.
Vision Produce says it will be able to supply far more customers with new grower deals.
Seeka’s program primarily for Class 2 kiwifruit into Australia is paying much higher than industry averages.
Growers in parts of the Mexican state of Michoacan will be able to access new markets after the national agricultural watchdog downgraded the prevalence level of fruit fly.
Maharashtra grape farmers suffering crop damages have protested against the government’s lack of action after recent bad weather.
GP Graders has received recognition for its international presence in the world of cherry sorting.
December 15th, 2014
There are about 50 vessels blocked from entering or leaving an important fruit import hub in Europe.
The value of South Africa’s national avocado market shot up by around 20% year-on-year.
Having met China’s rigorous requirements, one Spanish shipper no longer has to send lemons via Hong Kong.
Zespri’s Matt Crawford discusses production possibilities in China and a red kiwifruit variety trialled in Singapore.
Peru has witnessed solid growth for its frozen strawberry industry this year, with buoyant demand in the U.S. and Canada.
Charley Xia explores how understanding historic price data could help growers improve returns.
December 12th, 2014
A California court has denied a consumer’s allegation that Dole’s use of ascorbic and citric acids in packaged products makes the label “All Natural Fruit” misleading.
While California Citrus Mutual has said the current storms in the state are a ‘plus all the way round’, others say it will delay harvesting at a peak time.
The first batches of Canary Islands watermelons have arrived in the Netherlands in a new Ramafrut-Hillfresh deal.
Chilean blueberry exporters will need to be on the lookout for stem canker in their packing lines.
AVA-ASAJA has raised alarm about the “disturbing” spread of Texas Citrus Mite in Spanish orchards.
Chilean and New Zealand apple exporters say varietal selection is key in the demanding Chinese market.
As part of its growth strategy, produce technology group Locus Traxx will forge a more direct presence in two key EU countries.
December 11th, 2014
Exporter Subsole says it can achieve a higher kiwifruit quality using a new system that rewards its producers.
A Chilean fruit industry consultant has released a slightly more optimistic grape export forecast.
Growers in the Mexican state of Chihuahua have filed a complaint alleging unfair trade practices from U.S. apple exporters.
A South African exporter hopes pears will also soon be approved by Chinese authorities.
Zespri’s kiwifruit sales have doubled in India as more consumers become familiar with the exotic fruit.
December 10th, 2014
Listeria contamination risks from Gala red apples grown in Pennsylvania have led Del Monte to recall some of its fresh cut fruit products.
The European avocado and blueberry markets both saw little activity in week 49.
British high jumper Mike Edwards is supporting BanaBay in a bid to promote healthy eating habits for children.
Fernando Cilloniz will lead the government of a key Peruvian agricultural region on a platform of irrigation, port modernization and roads.
Russia has banned around 5% of produce shipments from Belarus since inspection posts were set up on the border.
Jingold will produce and market a kiwifruit variety that is ‘bigger and brighter’ than Hayward following a licensing deal.
Despite an attractive domestic avocado market this season, a large Chilean grower has warned there will be consequences if the industry loses focus on foreign trade.
December 9th, 2014
Many companies in the Port of Antwerp have advised shipping lines not to make calls on certain days next week.
A Costa Rican pineapple industry representative says it’s important to learn from other sectors already shipping to China.
The Co-operative supermarket chain says British consumers are strongly in favor of buying locally-sourced produce.
One of France’s biggest pipfruit growers says an active domestic consumption is allaying oversupply concerns.
An increasing number of Indian table grape growers are learning how best to produce their fruit to meet high international trade standards.
BayWa’s share of New Zealand’s apple exports will soon increase to 35%.
December 5th, 2014
The value of Peru’s artichoke exports to the U.S. shot by a third this year.
Western Growers says there are exporters ‘backing off’ their shipping volumes due to congestion in West Coast ports, and it is unclear when conditions will begin to improve.
Horticulture New Zealand’s head says progress on trade tariff reduction enhances Asian trade opportunities.
Russia will ban Albanian produce imports following a sudden four-fold increase of certain crops.
The head of Chile’s fruit exporters’ group says a recent U.S. visit helped both sides to explore new possibilities.
December 4th, 2014
The South African apple industry hopes the new Chinese market access will act as a ‘springboard’ to enter other Asian countries in the future.
Marketing expert Lisa Cork says a shift to low carb diets will make cauliflower a hot crop to watch in 2015.
Although Europe’s ban on Indian mango imports was originally set to last until the end of 2015, experts from the Asian country claim trade could start up again much sooner.
BanaBay has reached agreements with growers in various Latin American countries to grow its mini Cavendish ‘BanaBinos’.
Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd has reached a deal with three Indian research groups to improve horticulture.
Some 11.5 million boxes of table grapes are expected to be shipped from Chile’s northern production hub this season.
While winds have wreaked havoc on Canary Islands’ banana plantations, growers were all covered by insurance.
December 3rd, 2014
U.S. avocado demand rose during the lead up to Thanksgiving celebrations last week.
A Chilean consultancy has provided a variety-by-variety glimpse of cherry damages in the wake of weekend rains.
APAMA president Juan Scordia says blueberry growers have recovered well from a disastrous 2013 season.
Honduran producers selling their bananas to a Chiquita subsidiary say they need to be compensated for crop loss.
BVF’s Marc Evrard discusses his expectations for an incipient pome fruit program in India.
The U.S. sweet potato export sector is now worth US$95 million, with EU-bound shipments up 17% this year.
December 2nd, 2014
Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV have completed their tie up to become the world’s fourth-largest container liner shipping company, with expected annual sales of US$12 billion.
Spain’s Nice Fruit has signed a joint venture to run a frozen fruit facility in the Philippines.
River Point says its new packing facility will help prepare for the doubling of onion production over the next year.
One South African table grape exporter says ‘everything that can go well so far this season is good’, as producers continue to plant new varieties.
A new protocol means Peruvian citrus that is exported to China will be subject to less a damaging cold treatment.
A laser labeling technology is coming to the U.S. produce industry, and potentially anywhere that JBT Corporation has customers.
December 1st, 2014
Up to 40% of cherries in a key Chilean growing region are no longer eligible for export following rainfall on Saturday.
Australia’s pome fruit grower body says while the Chinese FTA is ‘terrific’, mainland apple access needs to be gained.
British growers who supply retailer Sainsbury’s have come up with a way to grow tomatoes during cold months.
Italy’s Alessandro Fornari says new measures will prevent poor quality kiwifruit being released onto the market.
The Kiwifruit Claim has now been filed in Wellington’s High Court, with Seeka representing the post-harvest class.
Ecuador’s bananas are gaining ground in China, with the launch of a promotion campaign in a major retail chain.
U.K. Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss says agriculture is helping support the government’s long-term plans.
OA-Global’s ozone technology products worked wonders on kiwifruit trials in New Zealand, and the company hopes for similar success in new geographies and crops.
November 28th, 2014
A recent armed attack in the Philippines targeted Del Monte executives.
The Gaza Ministry of Agriculture has responded to a recent Israeli blockade of produce at the Kerem Shalom crossing.
The Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture is taking all steps to avoid the country’s fruit getting banned in Russia.
Two Argentine apple shippers are delighted at the new Indian market access, with both saying they were surprised at the news and that a strong future is in store.
Breeding programs and pre-conditioning are two of many priorities for Chilean kiwifruit growers next year.
November 27th, 2014
Chile’s cherry and blueberry industries have very different views on the effects of recent port strikes.
A fair trader from Interrupcion says the recent U.S. focus on immigration and farmworkers’ rights is here to stay.
Mission Produce has raised its avocado sales in China by 15% since a partnership was reached with Lantao.
Pipfruit New Zealand says Asia-bound exports could represent half the total volumes by 2022 following new funding.
Exporters whose fruit requires fumigation in the U.S. now have a much more practical solution on offer in Florida.
While the stonefruit export season is generally going well for Capespan, some key markets are said to be inexplicably ‘flat’.
November 26th, 2014
A 400-fold increase in Swiss apple exports to Russia has sparked suspicions of smuggling to avoid a trade ban on EU produce.
The supply of blueberries from Argentina and Uruguay was dwindling in Asia during week 47.
With the Chilean table grape season just kicking off, one producer can’t meet demand despite rising production.
A quality inspector for Cool Fresh’s Namibian grape crop says ‘any farmer could only wish’ for this weather.
The Gaza Ministry of Agriculture has warned it will retaliate with sanctions if Israel continues to obstruct its fruit and vegetable trade.
Spanish pomegranate growers will team up with the Elche soccer team to promote their fruit at home and abroad.
November 25th, 2014
A Chinese agribusiness hopes the Australian FTA will also lead to simplified quarantine protocols for fruit imports, and has also signaled plans to include South African sourcing.
New Jersey scientists find that ‘silvering’ in bell peppers is negatively correlated with the epidemic phytophthora disease.
An Italian grape group may have lost 30% in sales due to the Russian embargo, but has slated an ambitious grafting plan.
Actor Martin Sheen has called on the public to support a farmworker union that has been steeped in controversy of late.
Lawyer Tim Henkel says the USDA was justified in its actions regarding Canadian exporters and PACA.
Financial protection for produce sellers was one of the key topics addressed during recent meetings between industry and government in Ottawa.
November 24th, 2014
Chinese representatives plan to assess different Polish apple varieties for a potential market opening next year.
Bayer CropScience has two new naturally-bred agricultural products it says will solve some food chain problems.
The Western Growers head says Obama’s plans could lead to many workers leaving the agricultural industry.
Originally designed for commodity crops, an Argentine field management app is making an impact in Chile’s fruit and vegetable sector.
Brazilian retail specialist Leonardo Miyao discusses trends in South America’s largest fruit and vegetable market.
November 21st, 2014
A U.K. company recently visited Santiago de Chile in search of ready-to-eat beetroot export opportunities.
North Bay Produce’s Ruy Barbosa talks about Chilean blueberry uniformity and the implications of fumigation measures.
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