December 12, 2013 / Week N° 50
December 12th, 2013
A Washington-based nonprofit alleges Chiquita’s operations have compromised Guatemalan drinking water.
December 11th, 2013
England’s National Farmers’ Union says removing an historic migrant worker scheme will stifle growth for the sector.
December 10th, 2013
An FTA with Korea is set to “dramatically increase” Australia’s competitiveness, but much will depend on protocols and tariff reduction schedules.
December 9th, 2013
Camposol chief commercial officer Jose Antonio Gomez details what lies behind ambitions to build Peru’s biggest agri-project, in blueberries.
December 5th, 2013
Agroban’s Manuel Romero sees possible competitive advantages for Ecuadorian bananas in China.
December 4th, 2013
A proposed four-day nationwide trucker strike could have effects for Italy’s domestic and export fruit sales.
December 3rd, 2013
Three Chinese provinces have been approved to export apples to Chile.
December 2nd, 2013
Facilities owned by Dole Philippines have been targeted by rebels opposed to the presence of multinational companies.
November 29th, 2013
ASOEX has spoken out over the “serious and severe disruption” to fruit traders caused by public sector strikes in Chile.
As if frost impacts weren’t enough, a public sector strike is damaging the season’s prospects for many Chilean fruit growers and exporters.
After a season of intense debate, the EU has implemented a ban on one of its leading sources of citrus fruit.
November 28th, 2013
Safety is the main driver behind a USDA decision to temporarily halt avocado imports from a town in northern Mexico.
November 27th, 2013
Nicaraguan dragonfruit hit the U.S. market for the first time this year, creating price competition for Vietnam.
November 26th, 2013
A Chilean customs strike is delaying air freight fruit shipments, but the extent of the impact is under contention.
The U.S. has taken interest in Japan’s fruit market due to the Asian nation’s declining national supply.
November 25th, 2013
Food Tank’s Danielle Nierenberg discusses the potential of indigenous crops in promoting food security.
November 22nd, 2013
The Chilean blueberry industry will undertake a range of initiatives to boost consumption in China and South Korea.
November 21st, 2013
New Zealand is set to get a fresh competitive edge in its top cherry export market.
November 20th, 2013
New cooking banana varieties could ward off Black Sigatoka and give a production boost to East African farmers.
November 19th, 2013
Del Monte Fresh Produce will pay US$1.2 million to Thai claimants to settle a Hawaiian case, while bringing in new anti-discrimination procedures.
Poland may lose one of its largest produce markets if it doesn’t meet Russian standards around certification and pesticide residues.
November 18th, 2013
Implementation of the Safe Food for Canadians Act and other regulations will lead to significant changes for produce imports.
November 15th, 2013
The Argentine pome fruit industry hopes a new protocol will finally open up access to the Chinese market.
To address water demands, Chilean researchers hope electromagnetic fields will improve efficiency in agriculture.
November 14th, 2013
Chilean Hass avocado currently leads the European market, where outside supply has been low.
November 13th, 2013
Dominican Republic vegetable growers will now have easier access to the U.S. market.
November 12th, 2013
The developers of GM Arctic apples have pointed to benefits in food service but McDonald’s is not interested.
Arson and arrests were reported in relation to farm strikes in South Africa’s Western Cape yesterday.
November 11th, 2013
Bayer CropScience’s Rob Schrick discusses the strategy needed to adapt to changing regulatory environments.
November 8th, 2013
U.S. authorities have opened up assessments on genetically modified apples for public comment.
A year on from South Africa’s vineyard strikes, farm workers say they’ve had enough of politics.
November 7th, 2013
We observe how a salad bar initiative is affecting kids’ eating habits at a New Orleans school.
November 6th, 2013
A Fairfood International campaign highlights low wages and child labor in the Philippine pineapple sector.
November 4th, 2013
Italian processed tomato exporters will have to pay duties after an Australian report found grounds for anti-dumping action.
ChileOliva is working to set the Chilean olive oil sector apart in a global market dominated by big players.
November 1st, 2013
Traceability must be inclusive for all types of growers and protect the environment, according to Thomas Eckschmidt.
October 31st, 2013
Dole Food Company will be launching the largest ag investment Colombia has seen in five years.
October 30th, 2013
A global oversupply of bananas was given as one reason for Fresh Del Monte’s poor third quarter results.
October 29th, 2013
A call for an enquiry into New Zealand’s kiwifruit system touches on “information monopoly”, grower share imbalance and UPOV.
October 28th, 2013
A Chinese report has surprised many for its boldness, tackling reform issues in farmland and currency markets.
Oppy’s James Milne says the U.S. is moving to a more fixed ‘European’ produce sourcing model as growers seek to cut risks.
October 25th, 2013
St. Louis will become the newest entry point for blueberries imported into the United States.
October 24th, 2013
A low supply forecast out of South America has meant high interest in South African stonefruit.
October 23rd, 2013
New Zealand’s Serious Fraud Office has launched an investigation into kiwifruit company Zespri.
October 22nd, 2013
Mexican apple growers are feeling the pressure of cheap volume from the United States.
October 21st, 2013
CTGC president Kathleen Nave is positive about the potential to move greater volume toward the end of the grape deal.
October 19th, 2013
A Chinese fruit importer has urged Chilean shippers to lower their price expectations in the market.
October 18th, 2013
A Chilean company hopes to bridge counterseasonal supply gaps with fresh, ready-to-eat pomegranate arils.
October 17th, 2013
We look at the measures taken by a Chilean avocado company to overcome an incessant drought.
October 16th, 2013
With the launch of Chinafruitportal.com, we now have the world’s top three languages covered in delivering produce news.
October 15th, 2013
Chile’s Ministry of Agriculture expects frosts will cut back fruit exports by 22%.
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.
Spanish researchers have developed fruit and vegetable netting ready for the compost bin.
October 11th, 2013
Chinese importers discuss a watershed moment in Shanghai and some evolving fruit industry trends.
October 10th, 2013
The world’s largest reefer owner and operator has combined with Chile’s Pacific Seaways in a new venture.
Gerardo Cruz from Driscoll’s discusses plans to ramp up Mexican blackberry production with sweeter fruit.
October 9th, 2013
New technology will help trade to and from far-flung regions with commodities like bananas, avocados, mangoes and asparagus.
October 8th, 2013
A United Nations agreement with La Via Campesina gives power to the world’s largest movement of small food producers.
October 7th, 2013
Hawaii’s Rainbow papaya continues to drive production and controversy over GM foods.
October 4th, 2013
Ecuador’s Internal Revenue Service plans to auction planes, yachts, cars and properties belonging to Bananera Noboa.
October 3rd, 2013
Estimates show recent frosts will cut Chile’s kiwifruit crop by US$120 million, and may increase the incidence of bacterial vine disease Psa.
Apricots, peaches, grapes, plums and almonds are some of the hardest hit fruits from Argentina’s frosts.
October 2nd, 2013
Polish apple growers hope to raise exports with the help of multi-million euro, EU-backed promotions in China and Egypt.
October 1st, 2013
Failure to establish a U.S. federal budget has placed many food safety and import operations on hold.
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
Despite frosts, table grape producers in Chile’s Copiapó province expect volume on par with average.
September 27th, 2013
Canada wraps up its fourth annual Organic Week today, in celebration of the nation’s blossoming organic market.
September 26th, 2013
South Africa’s biggest grape regions have been affected by a mix of frosts and cold weather.
September 25th, 2013
The New Zealand apple industry has taken precautionary action after post-harvest rot was found in consignments for China.
Blueberries, cherries and plums look likely to be the biggest victims of Chile’s recent frosts, but other crops have also been affected.
September 24th, 2013
Uruguay is set to send its first orange shipments to the U.S. during the first half of October.
September 23rd, 2013
The WCCPF expects a strong finish for South African citrus in the U.S. this year.
September 20th, 2013
Just five months after it was declared as eradicated, an Asian Long-horned beetle has reared its head on an industrial site in Ontario.
Peru’s Alvaro Diaz hopes anti-dumping investigations against China don’t hurt a booming grape trade.
September 19th, 2013
Australian mango growers have been given a pleasant surprise as the season gets underway, with the approval of U.S. market access.
Brazilian federal police have uncovered over of a ton of illegal pesticides smuggled from Uruguay.
September 17th, 2013
Cabilfrut’s Juan Pablo Cerda discusses moves to close an avocado supply gap left by Chile and Peru.
September 16th, 2013
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.
September 12th, 2013
No one has outbidded David Murdock in his tilt at taking the Dole Food Company private.
September 11th, 2013
Focused marketing and big fruit have meant a strong year for Georgia peaches.
September 10th, 2013
A recent Asia Fruit Award winner discusses the key fruits that are making ground in the Malaysian market.
September 9th, 2013
Designer Stephen Lamb asks how fresh produce can be provided to South Africa’s poorest populations.
September 6th, 2013
With Mexico’s U.S. tomato trade vulnerable to anti-dumping measures, the industry is actively evaluating other markets.
September 5th, 2013
The Argentinean Blueberry Committee has released its estimate for the 2013 season.
September 4th, 2013
A Safeway plan to reduce emissions could become a “model” for industry compliance with the Clean Air Act.
Nicole Vitello believes greater opportunities will arise for fair trade differentiation as avocados become more ubiquitous in the U.S.
September 3rd, 2013
Peru hopes to step up its pomegranate production with six new varieties from Israel.
September 2nd, 2013
Automated fruit harvesting is the ultimate goal of Australian robot trials that have shown positive results in field intelligence.
August 30th, 2013
Rainforest Alliance sourcing and a Women’s Committee in the banana industry were some of the highlights of Chiquita’s CSR report.
August 29th, 2013
Maine Daniels of RSA Agents takes us through the Cape Town Market trading floor.
August 28th, 2013
With five black spot interceptions, South African citrus exporters are wondering whether they’ll be blocked from the EU.
August 27th, 2013
A neonicotinoid ban in Europe has prompted legal action from a leading Swiss crop protection company.
With a new marketing board, Sierra Leone hopes to set its agricultural exports apart in Europe and the U.S.
August 26th, 2013
Angel City Brewery’s Avocado Ale is a light, creamy brew made with 150 lbs. of Fuerte Avocado.
August 23rd, 2013
Australian researchers have the developing world in mind with GM bananas, but results could have broader implications.
August 22nd, 2013
Chile’s dried fruit sector is on track to becoming a flagship export category, alongside copper and wine.
August 21st, 2013
The Joburg Market is already Africa’s biggest fresh produce platform. Now it wants to be one of the safest.
August 20th, 2013
Fruit & Veg City looks to expand across Africa with a flexible focus on retail.
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