April 23, 2014 / Week N° 17
April 23rd, 2014
One of Poland’s biggest apple grower associations is developing other markets to soften the blow from a likely Russian ban.
Fresh Fruit Portal will now be publishing weekly ‘State of the Market’ reports in conjunction with Decofrut.
April 22nd, 2014
The full effects of unusual frosts are yet to be seen in the world’s leading apricot region, as well as impacts on other crops like grapes, peaches and walnuts.
ASOGUABO president Fabiola Ramón says new supermarket trends are making it harder to sell fairtrade bananas.
April 21st, 2014
Pacific Organic expects to make another breakthrough in its produce offering with the first imports of organic Peruvian pomegranate arils.
In the fight against Panama Disease Tropical Race 4, Gianluca Gondolini of the World Banana Forum reminds traders that prevention is better than cure.
April 17th, 2014
A University of Wisconsin pledge will maintain 29 vegetable and grain varieties open for public use.
April 16th, 2014
The European Parliament has adopted a new framework that will more than triple agricultural promotion program funding, with the lion’s share expected to go toward produce.
Low import volume has pushed Washington Apples to refocus its marketing efforts in India.
Blue Whale’s Alain Vialaret discusses an agreement that forms France’s leading apple player.
April 15th, 2014
Turners & Growers plans fork out an initial NZ$43 million to purchase integrated exporter Apollo Apples.
Moroccan growers are livid over an “incomprehensible” EU pricing move that could limit consignment-based exports.
Tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplants suffered some of the worst damages from Cyclone Ita in Australia.
A technology on trial from Europe’s Total Produce seeks to interact with consumers while doing away with the impediments of QR codes.
April 14th, 2014
A US$16.7 billion company from India and a US$3.2 billion Belgian group will combine forces as part of a landmark produce agreement.
From apple scarcity to a flood of Iranian kiwifruit, IG International’s Tarun Arora explains Indian market trends, along with a few export ventures.
April 13th, 2014
A fire in Valparaiso has caused 11 deaths and led to thousands being evacuated from their homes.
Australia’s banana growers have been fortunate that Cyclone Ita weakened from a Category 4 to Category 1.
April 12th, 2014
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has revealed the first effects of damages from Cyclone Ita.
April 11th, 2014
A relaxation in requirements could see more parts of Japan and the Philippines shipping fruit to the U.S.
April 10th, 2014
Del Monte recently signed up to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) fair food program, but what does that actually mean? Gerardo Reyes explains a system that is protecting tomato workers’ rights like never before.
April 9th, 2014
While media reports have sparked fears over a ‘bananapocalypse’, a group of Belgian researchers is taking a more staid approach to protecting one of the world’s leading crops.
April 8th, 2014
The Appgro program allows farmers to view, update and compare crop information from any location in the world.
April 7th, 2014
Horticulture is expected to be one of many beneficiary industries from an Australia-Japan FTA.
The Produce Marketing Association helped bring 22,000 kilos of fresh fruit to runners at the Santiago Marathon yesterday.
April 4th, 2014
Discount retailers like Aldi and Lidl are moving in on the U.K.’s leading supermarkets.
April 3rd, 2014
With Chinese cherry demand growing, should Chile worry about over reliance on the Asian market?
April 2nd, 2014
Pesticide residue concerns have pushed Kenya’s plant service to focus on safety to reach export markets.
April 1st, 2014
Online buying platform Local Dirt aims to make it as easy as possible for U.S. retailers to find and buy local.
March 31st, 2014
Devastated by blight, the iconic American chestnut is regaining old ground with a new hybrid.
March 28th, 2014
The Shanghai Free Trade Zone and effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts were among the hottest topics discussed in China last week.
A Felix Instruments device brings greater precision to the fruit and vegetable ripening process.
March 27th, 2014
As the world’s second largest grower of almonds, Australia has engaged in marketing campaigns to help find a home for extra production.
March 26th, 2014
EU members moved to ban five Indian fresh produce categories, effective until the end of 2015.
E-commerce offers tremendous growth and import opportunities in China, said panelists at PMA Fresh Connections.
British Columbia hopes to win over local and international markets with a growing greenhouse vegetable sector.
March 25th, 2014
A Chilean government grant has supported a pilot project to use geothermal energy in a watercress greenhouse.
March 24th, 2014
Zespri is on the cusp of signing a new importer in China, where executive Simon Limmer looks at the season ahead.
March 21st, 2014
Two of the world’s leading shipping lines are one step closer to a game-changing partnership.
New organic standards may not scare away most apple and pear growers, but new treatments could prove costly.
March 20th, 2014
A former Zespri director and an NZ fruit trader are looking to build a new kiwifruit export structure for China.
A Georgia Department of Agriculture move to set an earliest date for Vidalia onion shipments has been invalidated.
A Colombian banana leader discusses what the buying power of ChiquitaFyffes will mean for his industry.
March 19th, 2014
Britain’s NFU is pleased with an increased annual investment allowance rate from the national budget, but says other areas are “sadly lacking”.
“Everybody is very worried about this situation,” says one Russian fruit importer.
March 18th, 2014
All Indian produce exports to Europe will now have to be routed through government approved packhouses.
The kiwifruit harvest has begun in New Zealand with the industry upbeat about prospects for its earliest export market, Japan.
March 17th, 2014
Mexican developers hope to trial fruit and veggie production in a portable, fridge-like chamber in the Ukraine.
March 14th, 2014
‘Bananaland: Blood, Bullets and Poison’ will be airing at the Equal Exchange Banana Conference in Boston on March 21.
A group of young, socially-minded entrepreneurs in Singapore has spearheaded a unique aquaponic horticulture project.
March 13th, 2014
The latest data released by United Fresh indicates growth across all major retail fruit categories in the U.S.
March 12th, 2014
The Australian macadamia nut industry is aggressively pushing for higher yields and new markets.
March 11th, 2014
Frugi Venta’s Inge Ribbens looks at a range of market opening negotiations in the works.
March 10th, 2014
A leading U.S. lemon and avocado player picked up its game on the financial performance front in the first quarter.
Fyffes shares have surged today on the announcement of a merger with Chiquita.
A Mexican project to benefit diabetics has given rise to a smartphone app to measure fruit ripeness.
March 7th, 2014
The University of Florida will act with the full force of the law if Spanish blueberry growers don’t comply with IP laws for its varieties.
March 6th, 2014
English apple farmer Alison Capper believes her government is conducting a “social experiment” in scrapping a seasonal worker scheme.
March 5th, 2014
An Aussie farmer’s bid to get sole non-Bolivian commercial rights for an Amazonian superfruit has paid dividends.
March 4th, 2014
Australian researchers believe an alternative method could help shift negative public perceptions about GMOs.
March 3rd, 2014
From Shanghai to Pretoria to Sao Paulo, two PMA execs cover a string of Fresh Connections events in the pipeline.
February 28th, 2014
Spanish scientists have developed a golden-colored orange with much higher antioxidant rates in juice than traditional varieties.
HLB Specialties’ CEO discusses trends surrounding two of the leading export fruits in his native Brazil.
February 27th, 2014
Two of New Zealand’s leading produce players have notched good results for the 2013 calendar year.
A net loss may not sound so positive, but Chiquita was US$389 million closer to breaking even last year compared to 2012.
With pilot trials now in South Africa and New Zealand, we take a look at the potential for Opal apples in Europe.
February 26th, 2014
Naturipe Farms’ Robert Verloop describes how a variety of options has helped partially offset the impacts of U.S. fumigation rules for Chilean blueberries.
February 25th, 2014
A series of initiatives helped grow revenue for Sunkist Growers last year despite a Chinese ban on California citrus.
Farmworker Justice’s Virginia Ruiz speaks about new EPA pesticide standards and what still needs to be done.
We speak with the face of a campaign aimed at teaching British consumers about the realities of banana-growing in Colombia.
A Chiquita baby banana supplier has launched its own brand to market a portion of volume.
February 24th, 2014
Brazil will have fewer apples than expected to work with this season, but hopes are still high for a rise in exports.
A Miami-based company has been licensed to sell a range of frozen Chiquita-branded produce items.
February 21st, 2014
A report released in Europe today gives little hope for a change in policy relating to imports of South African citrus.
A Nigerian airport cold storage initiative could see increased fruit exports to Europe and the U.S.
February 20th, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suggested new pesticide norms to safeguard farmworker health.
Polish blueberry company Polskie Jagody has enjoyed the benefits of greater EU investment.
February 19th, 2014
Total intakes may be down, but South African grape exporters have bolstered exports well over the last month.
February 18th, 2014
Fresh Del Monte Produce’s CEO says strong progress has been “tarnished” by a disappointing end to 2013.
Hortifrut’s new division in Peru will aim to increase the company’s early-season berry presence.
February 17th, 2014
Despite complications this season, Chilean blueberries have experienced growth in Europe and Asia.
February 14th, 2014
Morocco’s climate is ideal for organic production of a range of fruits, but growers say a booming market for the category isn’t quite there yet.
February 13th, 2014
BayWa CEO Klaus Lutz talks about international sourcing plans for three key fruits.
February 12th, 2014
Chinese authorities will be visiting Mexico very soon to inspect berry orchards as part of trade talks.
February 11th, 2014
After a record citrus export crop, South Africa is taking all measures possible to meet European regulations around CBS disease.
February 10th, 2014
High costs and citrus greening are forcing producers out of São Paulo’s citrus industry.
February 7th, 2014
A BBQ Grill-Mix has taken the prestigious Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2014.
Heavy rains have left English farms washed out and demanding solutions from the government.
February 6th, 2014
Pome fruit farmers in Kent have found a value-added way to market “pretty serious volume” across the world.
February 5th, 2014
On the back of a bumper crop, Cyprus’ Alnar Narcilik Pomegranates believes there is still more potential for the polyphenol-rich fruit.
February 4th, 2014
German fruit consumption may be down, but a rise in imports last year bodes well for visitors at Fruit Logistica in Berlin.
New refrigeration capacity in Bangalore airport could be a “major boost” for perishables traders in the region.
February 3rd, 2014
On top of lost revenue due to freezes, San Joaquin Valley growers have spent big to protect remaining crops.
In the produce aisles of Britain and the Netherlands, consumers can buy salads for the windowsill rather than the fridge.
January 31st, 2014
A trilateral agreement between Israel, Germany and Ghana will help hundreds of West African farmers put the zest into citrus exports.
January 30th, 2014
A revised U.S. Farm Bill would cut spending on food stamps and increase allocations to horticulture.
January 29th, 2014
With Chile’s strikes at least hopefully suspended until May, we reveal the country’s fruit exports this month in numbers.
Del Monte and Logistec are on the cusp of sealing a US$24.6 million warehouse deal in Florida through a public-private partnership.
January 28th, 2014
“We are very, very angry. Chile does not deserve this,” says Fedefruta president Cristián Allendes.
Port workers in San Antonio have decided to strike again, alleging their employers have not held their end of the bargain.
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