September 23, 2014 / Week N° 39
September 23rd, 2014
Univeg is preparing to receive around 50 truckloads of Black Bursas from the world’s biggest fig exporter.
Authorities have found a good level of pesticide control on Costa Rica’s pineapple farms, but a recent study in a banana-growing area has not been so positive.
September 22nd, 2014
To “feed the world” by 2050 without nourishing it is a self-defeating policy, according to the World Vegetable Center’s Dyno Keatinge.
September 18th, 2014
Two farmers who invested heavily in the Aronia berry say the industry is ‘where the cranberry business was 30 years ago’, and see a big future for the fruit.
September 17th, 2014
An EU delegation recently visited India to inspect the country’s mango supply chain.
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.
September 15th, 2014
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,
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.
September 11th, 2014
South Africa’s citrus association wishes it could have avoided the recent export suspension, but couldn’t risk further restrictions from Europe.
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”.
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.
An earlier season could give Spanish stonefruit exporters an edge in China once the market opens up.
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.
Fruit picker Silvia Lopez discusses her fight to end forced unionization on a California farm.
September 5th, 2014
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
A Polish company that manufactures UAVs for precision agriculture says growers can save 30% on fertilizer costs.
September 3rd, 2014
Houston, we have South African oranges.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Banana trader Chiquita has described claims in a recent lawsuit as inaccurate, and says invitations for mediation have gone unanswered.
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
U.S. authorities claim South Africa should be treated the same way as Florida when it comes to citrus black spot.
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.
Gerawan Farming says ‘It is unfortunate that our employees need to take such a drastic action’.
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 United Farmworkers Union has accused the Center for Worker Freedom of “cynical outreach to Latinos”, backed by the “architect” of last fall’s Federal Government shutdown.
August 26th, 2014
An expanded greenhouse with a diffused glass ceiling will support increased tomato production for Sunset Produce.
Employers will not be the targets in a peach picker protest to take place today, but rather unions and the State of the California.
August 25th, 2014
Danfoss India has ambitious plans to resolve infrastructure problems that are leaving a third of bananas by the wayside.
Canadian authorities have vowed to speed up market access for Polish apple growers, who like their own fishermen have been impacted by Russia’s food import embargo.
August 24th, 2014
A leading Australian almond company plans to spend US$59 million on new properties and water entitlements in a bid to double production by 2018.
A Del Monte aircraft hangar was one site of rebel attacks on banana operations in the Philippines over the weekend.
August 22nd, 2014
A U.K. company is taking a further step in testing fruit fly controls through genetic modification, but GeneWatch believes the move could threaten the food supply.
August 21st, 2014
A more competitive postharvest environment hasn’t stopped New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit packer from making big gains in the first half of 2014.
In order to help its own farmers, Russia has scrapped some agricultural items from its import ban including onion and potato seeds.
Brazil’s leading table grape producer says cloudy weather greatly affected white seedless production this year, however a strong domestic market and 14 new varieties mean it isn’t all bad news.
August 20th, 2014
Stricter regulations could soon come into force in South Africa to clarify what constitutes GM produce.
European farmer and cooperative organization Copa Cogeca believes more extraordinary measures are warranted to soften the blow from Russia’s import ban.
August 19th, 2014
Russia has prevented 11 cases of agricultural imports totaling more than 93MT via Belarus, including shipments from banned EU countries.
U.S. fruit company Limoneira has made its first investment abroad with a bet on Chilean citrus opportunities.
A key Californian producer association says this summer’s stonefruit contamination scare was a ‘wake-up call’ for the industry, and has also praised the recently proposed water bond as a ‘valid opportunity’.
August 18th, 2014
The European Union will tap emergency funding to support growers affected by Russia’s import ban, but not all crops will be included.
IG International’s Tarun Arora looks at the Indian crops to benefit from Russia’s import ban, and how the move will affect European and Middle Eastern growers’ orientations toward his country.
August 15th, 2014
An agri-food economist looks at the Dutch boom in certain produce items prior to tensions between Russia and the Ukraine, and what approach is needed from here.
August 14th, 2014
Banana workers and advocacy groups had raised concern that a Brazilian takeover would set back 15 years of progress. Luckily for them, Chiquita is not recommending the deal to its shareholders.
To tackle challenges from Russia’s food import ban, the EU will implement a faster market monitoring service and new stabilization measures for fruits and vegetables.
A multi-billion dollar package to improve California’s extensive water system will now to go public vote after it was approved by lawmakers.
Speculation is mounting about the unofficial exports of some European Union-grown fruit to Russia despite the embargo.
The Colombian avocado industry has the U.S., Russia, Japan and Korea in its sights for export.
August 13th, 2014
A Peruvian market consultant says his country can partner with Chile to ensure a smoother grape supply.
August 12th, 2014
Belarus has vowed it will not become a re-export point for foods banned by its neighbor Russia.
“We must get ahead now” but be careful not to swarm the Russian market, says a leading Chinese produce exporter.
August 11th, 2014
A corporate tilt from Brazil threatens to derail the proposed merger between produce giants Chiquita and Fyffes.
We take an in-depth, crop-by-crop look at the effects of the Russian produce ban on U.S. and Canadian growers.
ASOEX and Fedefruta have questioned why the fruit industry should pay the cost of port labor issues again.
Two Russian importers claim most products lost from the ban on EU produce can be regained from other countries.
August 10th, 2014
As peach and nectarine growers seek urgent action to resolve what they see as a crisis, the European Commission is weighing up whether prices are off-trend for different Mediterranean sources.
August 8th, 2014
The European Commission is seeking an end to the blockade on its €1.8 billion Russian produce export market, and hasn’t ruled out making emergency funding available to the industry.
Research has moved one step closer to developing more productive apple rootstocks that bear fruit earlier.
August 7th, 2014
Russia’s recent decision has cut out around a quarter of the country’s produce imports, according to preliminary estimates from consultancy Decofrut.
One U.S. agricultural group says ‘it is unfortunate that the biggest losers in this will be Russian consumers’.
The Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has identified great opportunities for apple and plum exports to Russia in the wake of the food import ban on competing nations.
Russia is taking active steps to forge a Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in the wake of its ban on a range of food items from the West.
A Dutch industry representative says the Russian ban is the worst thing to happen to the European produce sector since the E. coli outbreak.
Valencian farmers have called for measures to mitigate the impact of losing a key market for its persimmons and citrus fruits.
Merger proposals bit into Chiquita’s bottom line in the second quarter, but the core business was slightly improved.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes sanctions are a “blind alley”, but the latest ban on food imports from the EU, U.S., Norway, Canada and Australia will benefit local farmers.
Colombian banana worker protests against Banacol took a turn for the worse this week.
A key U.S. apple grower group expecting a bumper crop says consumers are ‘looking for a different experience’.
August 6th, 2014
While the wording is vague, one thing is certain – a decree signed today by Vladimir Putin will mean bans on a range of agricultural goods from the West.
Fruit farmers in Kenya, Nigeria and Malawi are expected to benefit from Coca Cola’s expansive ‘Source Africa’ initiative.
August 5th, 2014
After a 15-month absence, California’s citrus industry can once again ship its fruit to China.
One Irish supermarket chain has responded to calls from a retail workers’ union to boycott Israeli goods due to the Gaza conflict.
A British charity has paid a substantial sum for a consumer cooperative’s farms, covering 15,997 hectares of land as well as facilities and properties.
August 4th, 2014
We speak with the man behind India’s renowned “practically seedless” Sindhu mango.
August 1st, 2014
Russia looks likely to place an import ban on Greek fruit which could have drastic impacts on the industry.
A U.S. Northwest Horticultural Council representative discusses the state of trade barriers with Indonesia and China at the moment.
July 31st, 2014
Ghana’s burgeoning vegetable exports have not been up to scratch for the EU this year, prompting a temporary ban.
Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton looks at how northern blueberry markets are faring, what this means for upcoming foreign suppliers, and Morocco’s recent U.S. breakthrough.
July 30th, 2014
U.S. consumers simply can’t get enough of blueberries, and soon they will have another source of origin for the antioxidant-rich fruit.
After much speculation, Russian authorities have finally acted. Polish apples and a range of other produce items are now banned.
A Dutch horticultural supplier has been praised for its innovative technology used on a South African farm.
July 29th, 2014
RK Marketing’s Irina Koziy gives her two kopeks on talk that Russia may ban fresh fruit imports from some European countries.
Bananas, pineapples, tomatoes and melons were some of Del Monte’s strongest performing products in the second quarter.
European banana growers will likely seek extra funding support to cope with stronger competition from Ecuador once its tariffs are cut.
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