April 26, 2015 / Week N° 17
November 8th, 2013
As prices soar, California walnuts have become a prized target for highly clever hijackers.
November 7th, 2013
Washington Pink Lady apples have been available this year during a time when they used to be absent from store shelves.
We observe how a salad bar initiative is affecting kids’ eating habits at a New Orleans school.
October 31st, 2013
The friendly faces of Sesame Street’s Elmo and Rosita will soon line produce aisles in the United States.
October 29th, 2013
Sugar and acid ratios were key to creating tastier tomatoes in an extensive USDA study.
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama is set to make an announcement this week about marketing healthier foods to children.
October 28th, 2013
Oppy’s James Milne says the U.S. is moving to a more fixed ‘European’ produce sourcing model as growers seek to cut risks.
Dragonberry Produce has ambitious goals to make Vietnamese dragonfruit an affordable ‘everyday’ item in the U.S.
HLB Specialties has reintroduced Colombian goldenberries to its U.S. portfolio with hopes cold treatment will be scrapped in 2014.
October 25th, 2013
St. Louis will become the newest entry point for blueberries imported into the United States.
Colorado’s cantaloupe growers have been reborn through food safety and are stronger than ever.
October 21st, 2013
CTGC president Kathleen Nave is positive about the potential to move greater volume toward the end of the grape deal.
October 18th, 2013
Furloughed USDA workers are back in their posts, but the department will have trouble catching up.
October 17th, 2013
Southern Specialties will be expanding its berry offering with the Adelita raspberry.
October 15th, 2013
With big volume and large fruit, U.S. pears are making a splash in their first full season in China.
October 14th, 2013
U.S. company Limoneira has boosted its lemon acreage by more than 10% through a recent acquisition.
Del Monte Pacific has entered into a deal to buy Del Monte Foods’ consumer food business for US$1.675 billion.
October 11th, 2013
Chelan Fresh’s Mac Riggan compares the company’s Cup o’ Cherries to the convenience of a to-go coffee.
Research led by a University of California team could improve HLB treatment and diagnosis.
October 7th, 2013
Hawaii’s Rainbow papaya continues to drive production and controversy over GM foods.
October 4th, 2013
Georgia pecans have received high demand from China, but can the U.S. state keep up?
October 3rd, 2013
Del Monte plans to complement its Central American greenhouse tomatoes with field grown produce from Virginia and Florida.
October 2nd, 2013
California’s Sun World will now include Peru’s Camposol and Mexico’s Grupo Alta in its grape program.
October 1st, 2013
Failure to establish a U.S. federal budget has placed many food safety and import operations on hold.
California’s Freska Produce expects Ecuadorian mango volume to see a marked increase.
University of Florida citrus rootstocks have shown HLB-tolerance, but it is yet to be seen how they perform in large-scale trials.
September 30th, 2013
Whole Foods Market will implement a three-tier rating system to guide consumers on the ethics of their produce.
September 26th, 2013
As the fiscal year nears its end, the USDA has approved US$52 million to continue funding for specialty crops.
September 25th, 2013
California citrus volume should remain similar to last year, even with pressure from pests and drought.
September 24th, 2013
Hot on the heels of mangoes, another subtropical fruit has been approved for export from Australia to the U.S.
September 23rd, 2013
Weekly shipments have risen substantially for the California table grape industry this year.
September 16th, 2013
Lettuce production on the International Space Station may provide food and psychological relief to astronauts.
A new University of Florida strawberry has shown favorable results in taste panel testing.
September 13th, 2013
U.S. apple industry representatives discuss the potential impacts of larger crops from Washington, Michigan and New York.
Foodies on the U.S. mainland are set to have another avocado variety to diversify their palates.
September 12th, 2013
No one has outbidded David Murdock in his tilt at taking the Dole Food Company private.
September 9th, 2013
Manipulation of plant gene S3H could mean fruits and veggies that stay fresh for much longer.
September 6th, 2013
Calavo Growers outstripped the sales growth rate for the U.S. avocado industry as a whole in the third quarter.
A pear that looks more like an apple, the Papple is reaching growers across North America and Europe.
September 4th, 2013
A Safeway plan to reduce emissions could become a “model” for industry compliance with the Clean Air Act.
August 27th, 2013
ARS scientists are testing an alternative to insecticide spraying for treating ambrosia beetles in avocado trees.
August 26th, 2013
Angel City Brewery’s Avocado Ale is a light, creamy brew made with 150 lbs. of Fuerte Avocado.
August 23rd, 2013
Organics Unlimited’s GROW banana brand will help deliver funds to social initiatives Project Amigo and Children International.
August 21st, 2013
A direct, refrigerated rail service is in the works to connect the Port of Tampa to the Midwest.
August 16th, 2013
A good inventory position and a dearth of easy peelers should bode well for a stable U.S. orange market.
August 15th, 2013
John Baker says there is still much to be learned in Australia for Californian stonefruit exporters.
August 13th, 2013
David Murdock has reached an agreement to buy remaining Dole shares but the company is still in a 30-day “go-shop” period.
The Hass Avocado Board will be reaching out to health professionals and consumers.
August 12th, 2013
A Californian asset management firm has bought a leading produce breeding, growing and marketing company.
August 9th, 2013
Chiquita’s banana business performed well in the second quarter and helped bring in strong financial results.
August 8th, 2013
Chile production in Hatch, New Mexico has fallen but outside sources are keeping up supply using the valley’s name.
August 5th, 2013
Capespan North America CEO Mark Greenberg discusses the current import dynamics of easy peelers and Navels.
A Chinese website is flying in U.S. cherries to meet strong demand for the fruit.
August 2nd, 2013
Fall Creek’s Dave Brazelton described a big year and major possibilities for U.S. blueberries.
The California citrus industry is working to re-open the Chinese market before next season.
August 1st, 2013
New detections of Asian citrus psyllid have sparked a quarantine zone in California’s citrus country.
The PMA’s Dr Bob Whitaker was surprised to hear a link between tropical disease cyclospora and bagged salad was made in two U.S. states.
July 31st, 2013
The TEU capacity of ships carrying produce to Delaware River ports is set to rise by 50%.
July 29th, 2013
U.S. company Toolworx hopes to ease the transition to PTI-compliant labeling through smart printing technology.
July 26th, 2013
Bayer CropScience’s research plans include expansion of its West Sacramento facilities and a focus on vegetable seeds.
July 25th, 2013
A pilot program at PortMiami is expected to speed along the passge for Peruvian grapes and blueberries entering the U.S.
July 24th, 2013
U.S. researchers have found certain LED lighting to improve the aroma and taste of key fruit varieties.
July 23rd, 2013
As an oxytetracycline restriction nears, U.S. organic apple and pear producers are growing nervous for an alternative.
July 22nd, 2013
The largest vertically integrated citrus company in the U.S. is set to increase its volume significantly.
Citrus plants are being prepared for long-term cold storage to fight disease and preserve genetics.
July 18th, 2013
Berry pest spotted-wing drosophila has been confirmed once again in the U.S. state of Minnesota.
A new UC Davis program will train produce industry professionals on best practices across the supply chain.
July 15th, 2013
The United States Department of Agriculture seeks to set an industry standard for arsenic levels in apple juice.
The newly discovered Cascade strawberry could offer breeding and marketing potential.
July 12th, 2013
Processing speed of plant protection applications in the U.S. is expected to more than double the 10-year average.
July 11th, 2013
A specialized gardening program in Utah seeks to train inmates on career possibilities in horticulture.
July 10th, 2013
Researchers at Washington State University hope to diversify honey bee populations in the U.S. through a genetic bank.
July 3rd, 2013
Weather warnings have taken center stage on the California Avocado Commission’s new website.
Invasive species like spotted-wing drosophila have kept Florida researchers and agriculture on their toes.
July 1st, 2013
In the first of a two-part series on produce for kids, we track the Let’s Move! Salad Bars 2 Schools campaign that has taken the U.S. by storm.
June 28th, 2013
While Peru’s grape exports have “skyrocketed’ in recent years, the country needs to overcome nematode problems.
The approved U.S. Senate bill would reform the agriculture guest worker program and provide a legal path for workers.
June 27th, 2013
From Peruvian satsumas to Mexican coconuts, Purity Organic has a range of new products due for U.S. arrival.
A new APHIS proposal plans to consolidate plant import rules, requiring permit holders to have a U.S. residence.
June 26th, 2013
Independent director Andrew J. Conrad will chair a special committee to assess Dole chairman David Murdock’s acquisition bid.
June 21st, 2013
United Fresh’s Ray Gilmer says the Farm Bill rejection by the House of Representatives could have a “chilling effect” on competitiveness.
U.S. researchers found that fruit exposed to low UV lighting lasted longer in storage.
June 20th, 2013
Argentine and Uruguayan blueberry exporters look set to have improved methyl bromide treatment processes for the U.S.
June 14th, 2013
Michigan is working to build its footprint as a U.S. agricultural product and fruit exporter in Latin America and Asia.
June 12th, 2013
Just weeks after Dole canceled a share repurchase scheme, its chairman now wants to personally buy all remaining stock.
June 11th, 2013
United Fresh says the new Farm Bill supports fruits and vegetables in a way that will provide healthy options to U.S. citizens.
June 10th, 2013
The U.S. Senate is expected to approve the five-year farm bill, but the House vote remains uncertain.
The U.S. blueberry deal faces potential gaps and oversupply in the coming weeks and months.
June 6th, 2013
Sales rose for Calavo Growers in the second quarter as the company continued investments to expand avocado category leadership.
June 5th, 2013
A U.S. study has found the Hass variety accounted for 94% of retail avocado sales in 2012.
June 4th, 2013
The United States’ largest produce seller is introducing a new model to ensure quality fruit and vegetables for consumers.
As Hepatitis A cases appear across five U.S. states, a berry and pomegranate blend is under suspicion as the source.
May 30th, 2013
A strong global and Latin American corn portfolio is expected to boost Monsanto’s financial results this year.
Port of Miami director Bill Johnson discusses how a variety of infrastructure investments will bring competitive benefits to produce suppliers.
May 29th, 2013
The Dole Food Company has ditched a share buyback scheme in favor of a shipping investment.
May 27th, 2013
Whether it be in fish, cleaning agents or drinking habits, NASDAQ-listed Limoneira is harnessing cultural trends to trigger higher lemon sales.
May 23rd, 2013
Optical cherry sorters may help ease labor shortage in California.
May 20th, 2013
A U.S.-based think tank has criticized Indian trade policies that may jeopardize the agricultural supply chain.
May 16th, 2013
A district-level labor dispute in California has brought a slight setback to the “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” campaign.
May 14th, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Monsanto’s patent claims yesterday in a case against an Indiana farmer.
May 10th, 2013
Suncrest Produce Solutions will partner with Curry & Company for its onion program this fall in the U.S.
May 9th, 2013
Ideal temperatures could create a boom year for spotted wing drosophila in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.
If research pans out, strawberries and jujubes could provide niche crops in northern New Mexico.
May 8th, 2013
APHIS has proposed treatment methods for the import of three different Malaysian tropical fruits into the U.S.
May 7th, 2013
Green Giant Fresh will be selling avocados in the U.S. this year in conjunction with a major logistics company.
May 3rd, 2013
A key supplier of french fries to fast food chains has sought deregulation of its GM potato line from APHIS.
We speak with the California Strawberry Commission about increased planting and consumption.
April 30th, 2013
The Port of Miami is getting ready for a renovated Panama Canal with a US$2 billion investment.
April 26th, 2013
A proposed GMO labeling bill has received bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress.
Chiquita and Organics Unlimited have begun marketing bananas together for U.S. consumers.
April 23rd, 2013
Australia will add cherries from California to its pre-shipment inspection program.
April 22nd, 2013
Mango buyers in the U.S. spent US$23 more per store trip than the average produce shopper.
April 17th, 2013
The U.S. Trade Representative has listed several sanitary and phytosanitary measures holding back exports.
Chinese brown rot concerns have put Californian citrus exporters in a precarious position.
April 16th, 2013
Florida’s citrus industry is placing bets on research to save fruit from greening, which has brought down shipments this year.
The PMA has chosen the schools that will receive its first US$100,000 in salad bar funding and has encouraged more members to donate.
April 15th, 2013
The Hass Avocado Board’s Emiliano Escobedo talks about the factors that have pushed U.S. avocado consumption to grow 200%.
Nonbrowing Arctic apples look and taste just like their parent fruit, but will consumers accept the GM product?
April 11th, 2013
Recipes and social media campaigns will be the order of the day for Californian avocado promoters during Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Fall Creek has released a range of new blueberries to cater to different physical demands, flavors and uses.
U.S. East and Gulf coast port workers are close to the final seal of approval for a new six-year contract.
April 5th, 2013
Barbara Mikulski has expressed regret over a law that prevents government action against GM crops even if they are proven to be hazardous.
April 2nd, 2013
California’s AGQ Lab has been approved to help release fruit detained in U.S. customs.
Whole Foods is working with Gotham Greens to build the first commercial greenhouse on the roof of a U.S. retail outlet.
Dole will play a much smaller role for certain commodities, following a major transfer to ITOCHU Corp.
April 1st, 2013
A long-running licensing dispute has been settled between Fresh Del Monte and Del Monte Foods.
March 22nd, 2013
Filmmaker Nancy Ghertner talks about her film “After I Pick the Fruit” and the reality of U.S. migrant life.
After two years of consideration, Colombian watermelons may soon enter the U.S. market.
March 19th, 2013
“After I Pick the Fruit” gives a face to migrant women who help keep farm production running.
March 18th, 2013
The European General Court has upheld a decision to fine Dole Food Company for alleged anticompetitive behavior.
March 14th, 2013
Avi Crane reveals his expectations for different avocado suppliers in North America this quarter.
California’s grape industry aims to raise production this year and find growth in international markets.
March 13th, 2013
Dole Food Company has slated a large sum of money for strategic investments in 2013.
March 12th, 2013
Whole Foods has become the first U.S. grocery chain to set a deadline for full GMO transparency.
Calavo hopes a new networking technology will add value while reducing waste in the fresh food industry.
Fruit company Chiquita Brands has listed several causes for optimism in 2013.
Washington State University has developed a crispy apple with strong storage and non-browning characteristics.
March 11th, 2013
U.S. fruit prices may have increased in the last quarter of 2012 but volume and dollar sales stayed strong.
March 7th, 2013
Thousands of expected job losses at the U.S. border could mean serious wait times for produce importers.
March 5th, 2013
Florida will bring in the U.S. blueberry season this month with high expectations for the year.
March 4th, 2013
California is expected to produce 515 million pounds of avocado this season in another strong year.
March 1st, 2013
Hass avocados rank among the strongest growing U.S. fruit categories.
February 26th, 2013
The Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Association will put safety standards to the test as it enters its first season.
February 25th, 2013
Dole hopes to gain up to US$200 million in proceeds by divesting 21,800 acres of land in Hawaii.
February 21st, 2013
A lower than expected tax rate boosted Wal-Mart’s 2012 financial results, while sales rose 5%.
February 20th, 2013
Fresh Del Monte’s Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh praised the company’s success under tough conditions last year.
February 18th, 2013
Proposed U.S. produce handling rules will be open for comment until May 16.
February 15th, 2013
Green Day Brand Dried Coconut has been recalled in New York for undeclared sulfites.
The PMA’s Nancy Tucker looks at the common challenges facing the North American and European produce industries.
February 14th, 2013
The International Fruit Company will keep the Chiquita brand alive for deciduous fruits across various markets.
February 12th, 2013
Fruits and nuts will dominate U.S. horticulture sales over the decade, although production growth will prove difficult.
February 8th, 2013
The U.S. Farm Bill has been made a Senate priority but still faces budget debates.
Another Adams Produce official has been accused of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. federal government.
February 7th, 2013
U.S. scientists used a wind tunnel and DNA sequencing to investigate the finer points of soil health.
February 5th, 2013
A solution may be in sight for a trade spat between the U.S. and Mexico over tomatoes, but is it reasonable?
A new master contract is in the works for U.S. port workers following successful negotiations.
February 4th, 2013
Hass avocados had a record-breaking in the U.S. with 34% growth in consumption.
The “Smart Snacks in School” initiative seeks to create a healthier food environment in U.S. schools.
February 1st, 2013
As U.S. pears enter China for the first time a key challenge will be winning over consumer hearts.
January 29th, 2013
From strikes to shipping problems, several factors have created an unstable start for Peruvian mango exports.
January 25th, 2013
Pushing Mexican tomatoes out of the U.S. market could have extensive implications for traders and consumers.
A new section helps fruit suppliers track retail prices at supermarket chains in four U.S. cities.
January 22nd, 2013
U.S. distributor Mission Produce plans to grow its capabilities in Canada and Mexico.
January 21st, 2013
Organic potato farmer Jim Gerritsen speaks on his legal battle for court protection against Monsanto.
January 18th, 2013
As stands, Barhi dates from Israel should soon be welcomed to the United States market.
January 17th, 2013
The PMA’s man in Washington D.C. talks about how new FDA food safety rules could reinforce the produce industry.
January 15th, 2013
Amino acid profiles may hold the key to managing plant defenses against citrus greening disease.
The Oppenheimer Group will soon become a marketer of around 2 million boxes of sweet bell peppers.
On a 10-acre bog in the Pacific Northwest, U.S. researchers are dedicated to understanding cranberries.
January 11th, 2013
The San Joaquin Valley expects multiple days of below average temperatures that could send a blow to citrus.
January 9th, 2013
Alpine Fresh has entered a joint venture with Five Star Family Growers that could build into a larger North American program.
January 8th, 2013
After six decades of operation, Colorado’s Grant Family Farms faces closure.
January 4th, 2013
Proposed U.S. FDA rules would shift produce safety from reactionary to preventative, with greater burdens in store.
One Safeway director has said CEO Steve Burd will be very difficult to replace when he steps down in May.
January 3rd, 2013
Giumarra is putting a big focus on international expansion and strategy with two new appointments to its executive team.
The U.S. farm bill has returned to the drafting table after Congress failed to implement new legislation.
Declining earnings expectations for 2013 led to unease for Dole Food Company shareholders yesterday.
December 28th, 2012
The ILA and the USMX have finally reached a truce to avoid disruptive strikes this weekend.
General Mills will need a redesign for its Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups labeling to clarify fruit content.
December 27th, 2012
U.S. port operators make their calls on what strikes would imply if the ILA and USMX can’t reach an agreement.
December 24th, 2012
With a strike looming, containerized goods may stay put at U.S. ports, with the exception of fresh foods.
December 20th, 2012
United Fresh’s David Gombas says the FDA facility registration extension is no excuse for delays.
December 18th, 2012
A mango recall earlier in the year has meant more inspections and big questions at the U.S. border.
December 13th, 2012
Even in zero gravity, plant roots showed normal growth movements in a NASA-funded study.
December 11th, 2012
Bayer Cropscience has responded to residue limit demands with more biologic options for growers.
December 10th, 2012
The ILA and USMX will resume talks today to avoid an East Coast strike.
December 7th, 2012
Washington’s cherry and apricot growers are set to have lower marketing rates on their fruit.
December 6th, 2012
California-based Baloian Farms is now the exclusive West Coast supplier of BellaFina baby bell peppers.
December 3rd, 2012
U.S. produce retail sales were steady in the third quarter, while organic and value-add items were strong.
November 30th, 2012
Supplying 1,400 items is a “logistical headache” for Melissa’s Produce, but well worth the effort.
November 26th, 2012
Protests were reported in around 100 U.S. cities against Wal-Mart stores.
November 22nd, 2012
U.S. scientists could help peach farmers cut water usage during key months.
Intelleflex CEO Peter Mehring discusses traceability benefits and regulation.
November 16th, 2012
The Dole Food Company managed to raise earnings in the third quarter despite challenging conditions.
Walmart’s ROI has jumped but earnings took a hit from currency exchange rates.
The USDA Farm to Schools grant will reach around 1.75 million students.
November 13th, 2012
Timco Worldwide expects significant volumes of CantaBella melons in October 2013.
November 9th, 2012
Breeders have announced new nectarine and peach varieties ideal for the southern U.S.
November 8th, 2012
Campaigners plan to hold Barack Obama to his 2007 GM food labeling promise.
November 2nd, 2012
Over 21,000 people gathered in California for the largest U.S. turnout in fresh produce history.
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