July 30, 2014 / Week N° 31
July 30th, 2014
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.
July 28th, 2014
Russian authorities have cited labeling problems and nutritional disparity as behind a ban on Ukrainian canned fruits and vegetables.
One of the most recognizable faces in Indian cinema is now officially a representative of the country’s leading fruit-growing state.
Ecuador’s EU banana tariff will be very nearly on par with Colombia and Central America from 2016 onwards.
Growers from around the world visited the Netherlands recently to see new Rijk Zwaan varieties of a range of vegetables, including endives, lettuce, cabbage and celery.
July 25th, 2014
With a merger deal on the cards between CSAV and Hapag-Lloyd, another Valparaiso company is on track for a transaction with a multinational based in Hamburg.
U.S. retailer Whole Foods is supporting a GM labeling measure that will go to the ballot in Oregon in November.
A mild spring has led to a much larger strawberry crop for Berry Gardens in the first six months of 2014.
A new documentary looks at how young Dublin retail workers took action against the injustices of racial segregation in South Africa in the 1980s.
July 24th, 2014
A new deal between Mexico and the U.S. includes several measures aimed at increasing the safety of produce items traded between the two countries.
A case relating to alleged paramilitary payments from Chiquita in Colombia has been dismissed by a federal court in Florida as being outside U.S jurisdiction.
The CEO of Organics Unlimited agrees with criticism of a recent study, saying you can’t “compare apples to apples”.
July 23rd, 2014
MBG Marketing continues to expand its blueberry processing and distribution capacity with a new facility in Georgia.
A South African government department has emphasized its focus on compliance following the interception of fruit with citrus black spot (CBS) in Europe.
July 22nd, 2014
The EU is looking to put tougher sanctions on Russia in a bid to stop the flow of weapons into the Ukraine.
Shandong Goodfarmer’s president talks about Ecuadorian bananas, Zespri kiwifruit and creating a new Latin American company.
July 21st, 2014
After making waves with its baby carrots, Bolthouse Farms is taking junk food head on again with a new line of fruit and vegetable snacks and smoothies for kids.
Contract negotiations for workers from 29 West Coast ports are on hold until Wednesday so the union can attend to other matters.
South Africa no longer has a clean sheet on citrus black spot this year, and an expert is investigating the farm in question.
U.S. and European organic companies assess the many facets of their category and how it relates to a recent study claiming superior nutritional benefits.
July 18th, 2014
A recent posting on the Federal Register puts China one step closer to gaining access to the U.S. apple market.
Malawi Mangoes aims to be the ‘leading agro-processing company on the African continent’ in five years.
July 17th, 2014
Ecuador is now one step closer to being on par with its banana-exporting competitors in Europe when it comes to tariffs.
BanaBay is expanding into organic bananas to cater to growing demand for the category in Britain.
A new technology used by Tesco in the U.K. has the potential to drastically change how consumers interact with supermarkets.
July 16th, 2014
The new study from UC Davis says groundwater reserves cannot be treated like an ‘unlimited savings account’.
July 15th, 2014
Details have been revealed about Chiquita’s recent lease extension at the U.S. Port of Wilmington.
July 14th, 2014
4,500 hectares of banana plantations have been destroyed by strong winds in northern Colombia.
Organic proponents hope a recent landmark international study will dispel consumer confusion about the category’s benefits.
Driscoll’s has taken the lead with the Spanish government on researching vinegar fly Drosophila Suzukii, and has reported a promising outlook for controlling the pest.
July 11th, 2014
From figs to persimmons to chestnuts, U.S.-based Stellar Distributing is on the hunt for new international trade deals.
July 10th, 2014
The Peruvian Avocado Commission aims to show leadership in revamped web design in the produce industry.
July 9th, 2014
First it was Longwu, then Huizhan stepped in, and now another player aims to build a project in Jiangsu north of Shanghai to “revolutionize” China’s imported fruit market.
July 8th, 2014
The ILWU-Pacific Maritime Association contract will resume until Friday while the union attends to another unrelated negotiation.
The Chilean Walnut Commission plans to crack down on a spate of high-value thefts in the industry.
Not only has Dutch strawberry cultivation increased consistently in recent years, but the share under glasshouses has ramped up dramatically.
July 7th, 2014
In the face of water shortages and rising fuel costs, a hydroponic grower explains why he believes the method will take off in the U.S. over the coming years.
July 4th, 2014
The department that developed Cripps Pink, sold under the brand Pink Lady, has released a new apple variety.
July 3rd, 2014
The Indian government has raised the minimum export price for onions by two thirds.
After losing the Russian market, Ukraine has now lost access for its potatoes in Belarus.
University of Sydney researchers have unveiled a new robot that could significantly assist farmers.
The California Strawberry Commission has published a report highlighting the crop’s role in providing opportunities to immigrant farmers over generations.
July 2nd, 2014
An Argentine citrus industry representative says growers urgently need the U.S. and Brazilian markets to be opened if they are to improve their lot.
July 1st, 2014
The first Australian apple shipment via sea to mainland China is due to arrive this week, featuring a newly developed variety.
In the face of tough competition with summer fruit, many Spanish and Italian grape growers are shifting their varietal offerings to get ahead.
June 30th, 2014
The Australian stonefruit sector has been actively promoting itself in China ahead of expected market access approval for nectarines.
We take a closer look at the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market – the largest of its kind internationally in terms of revenue.
A new papaya virus has been found in Ecuador, but the man who discovered it says growers need not be alarmed just yet.
June 27th, 2014
A range of markets are showing great interest in U.S. Northwest cherries, but it would take the “entire world” to move the 2014 crop.
June 26th, 2014
Citrus, melons and persimmons have been some of the fruit crops most affected by severe hailstorms in eastern Spain.
Turners & Growers’ new pipfruit manager discusses ambitious plans for the next six years.
June 25th, 2014
Jen Scoular believes New Zealand can quadruple avocado export revenue and reduce dependence on trade with Australia.
Produce traders are losing “large swathes of land” with Middle Eastern populations due to conflict.
June 24th, 2014
The ILWU says there is ‘nothing substantive’ in fears over West Coast port strikes and talks should end well.
Produce is in high demand in the Middle East, where most retailers have expansion plans in the offing.
June 23rd, 2014
A researcher in Australia is about to release new cucumber varieties that are specifically suited to harsh environmental conditions.
June 20th, 2014
The latest U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report was damning of two major agricultural countries, but showed positives for one significant fruit shipper.
Wilberforce Ngugi is optimistic about human trials for vitamin-rich GM bananas. What do you think the initiative will mean for East Africa?
June 19th, 2014
Canadian government officials hope blueberries will follow a recent Chinese cherry market access deal.
British scientists are investigating the emotions associated with fruits, and our surroundings when we eat them.
June 18th, 2014
Some Indian districts have banned litchi sales, but scientists and growers say there is no link between the fruit and an outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).
June 17th, 2014
Despite US$10 million in lawsuits hanging over his head, Andy Hall has returned to Thailand to continue working for the rights of abused migrant workers in the country’s food export industries.
A project from Australia’s QUT to develop pro-Vitamin A-enriched bananas is about to reach a whole new level, with a world-first human trial in the United States.
June 16th, 2014
Execs from Angus Soft Fruits and BerryWorld talk shop about varietal development and raising winter consumption.
Joyvio’s Dr. Jin Xixuan looks at some of the challenges of developing ready-to-eat fruit for the Chinese market.
June 15th, 2014
U.S. authorities believe irradiation will help mitigate pest risks from the import of Mexican figs.
June 13th, 2014
With the help of a smartphone app, a U.K. company makes hydroponic gardening an easy and visually appealing addition to the living room.
June 12th, 2014
Brazil’s ANDEF has identified 350 pest threats to watch out for during the World Cup.
A POM Wonderful spokesperson says today’s legal win over Coca Cola brings greater assurances to consumers over food labeling.
A European Environment Council agreement has upheld the rights of member states to ban or restrict genetically modified food crops.
Retail analysts take an in-depth look at what a partnership may mean for Tesco and China Resources Enterprise.
India’s PM hopes other parts of the country can emulate Sikkim, which is on track to becoming a fully organic state.
June 11th, 2014
A large Argentine fruit company has been ordered to pay more than US$100,000 to settle a case with a grower.
A citrus pest quarantine zone in California’s Tulare County has expanded by 15%, with a further extension potentially on the cards.
June 10th, 2014
The new Indian Government has pledged to crack down on dangerous chemicals used to artificially ripen fruit.
June 9th, 2014
Mexico’s SENASICA has reportedly closed the country’s doors to U.S. potatoes following complaints from local growers.
Strong lemon prices have led Limoneira to raise its income expectations by more than half.
A new organic pesticide developed in the U.K. shows potential to step in to the void left by an EU ban on neonicotinoids.
June 6th, 2014
After acting in more than 180 films, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan will likely take to the stage of Maharashtra’s fruit and vegetable industry.
Hortofruticola Sudamericana says despite logistical issues, it is confident figs can follow the path of blueberries in becoming the next big superfood.
June 5th, 2014
Capitalizing on demand for well-priced local salads, New York’s BrightFarms expects a raft of new greenhouses to break ground in the next 18 months.
June 4th, 2014
Two Chinese companies are claiming NZ$33.5 million in damages from kiwifruit exporter Zespri.
A U.K. fruit company says if anyone is to be affected by the ChiquitaFyffes merger it will be growers, not consumers.
June 3rd, 2014
What started as a restoration project for the Vatican has become a unique, energy efficient storage system for an Italian apple company.
With branded product, an Indian company has a long-term goal to rival banana suppliers from Latin America and the Philippines.
June 2nd, 2014
Avocados continue to be a safe bet on Wall Street, with Calavo shares rising 6.78% on a recent results announcement.
In 10 years’ time, new technology that monitors air and saves energy could become standard throughout the world for shipping containers.
May 30th, 2014
With support from a Silicon Valley company and the Chilean Government, three young entrepreneurs have created a device for real time orchard monitoring with the goal of mitigating plant disease effects.
May 29th, 2014
FPC chief executive Nigel Jenney says the European Commission ignored recommendations from its own experts in the way it tightened rules for South African citrus imports.
May 28th, 2014
Justin Chadwick finds some encouragement from the European Union’s new rules for South African citrus, but calls for government action to bring long term security to the trade.
A Shanghai Zelun Trading rep is positive about the launch of Enza Red kiwifruit today, and discusses other T&G-owned fruit varieties on their way to China.
May 27th, 2014
The EU had “no choice but to impose a stricter inspection regime” on South African citrus, according to Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg.
A U.S. marketing group is encouraging Mexican consumers to snack on apples with lime, chili and salt flavorings during the World Cup.
May 26th, 2014
Two European organic produce experts say consumers are now more mindful of the stories behind their food, but upcoming EC regulations could make the category much tougher.
May 23rd, 2014
Profitability outpaced sales growth for Peru’s Camposol in what was a stellar first quarter for 2014.
An increase in franchise stores and a push into foreign markets have helped drive exponential growth for China Fruits Corporation early this year.
May 22nd, 2014
Produce industry professionals will get a chance to meet Chinese retailers and traders face-to-face at a Shanghai event in June.
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