March 11, 2014 / Week N° 11
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.
A new early cultivar licensing deal has the potential to be a game-changer for the Pink Lady industry.
January 27th, 2014
Egypt’s leading produce exporter is trialing several new products in diverse markets, from the U.S. to Russia.
January 25th, 2014
Chile’s port operations are back to normal after a deal was struck between workers, companies and the government.
January 24th, 2014
Colombia’s department of Antioquia will spend millions of dollars on a range of avocado industry projects.
January 23rd, 2014
With global supply down, South Africa is under pressure to fill greater stonefruit demand.
January 22nd, 2014
Renovations to Mexico’s highway system will create a fast track for fresh produce to Texas.
January 21st, 2014
Chilean authorities are taking their crackdown on port protests up a notch with the arrest of Sergio Vargas.
With 10 times the anthocyanin levels of regular plums, the Queen Garnet variety has the potential to storm its way into the super food market.
January 20th, 2014
California walnut exporters aim to ride a wave in India that has seen their compatriots’ almonds and pistachios soar in popularity.
January 17th, 2014
Argentina reported a smooth beginning for the start of its pear harvest.
January 16th, 2014
For now, citrus and stonefruit will be fairly unaffected by the Riverland’s first fruit fly outbreaks in two decades, with most harvests already finished.
January 15th, 2014
In the eyes of European law, a recent Oxford University health study is not enough for apple growers to spruik their record production to consumers.
January 14th, 2014
“This is war” is the response of a Chilean union leader to police occupation of the port of San Antonio.
Chinese app WeChat, now with 100 million users, has given fruit a prominent position in its ‘Selected products’ section.
January 13th, 2014
Syngenta Asia’s Prashant Belgamwar discusses seedless watermelon and grape projects in India.
January 10th, 2014
A favorable exchange rate has encouraged diverse sales for Brazilian bananas.
January 9th, 2014
The diverse island of Madagascar is one of the world’s top litchi producers, leading exports to Europe.
January 8th, 2014
PMA Fruittrade Latin America will be the first event to fully bring together the region’s entire supply chain.
Thai Agro Exchange Co aims to make its produce wholesale market a hub for the ASEAN economic community.
January 7th, 2014
A British government minister is set to give a speech rallying households to support local farmers.
A Chilean port union leader claims to have a safeguard for export fruit during strikes – he calls it “refrigeration”.
January 6th, 2014
A survey by Natural England highlights the importance of nutrient planning for soil health.
January 3rd, 2014
With few pesticide options, Argentine researchers are using natural predators against strawberry pests.
January 2nd, 2014
A group of growers hope papayas will be taken off the exemption list of Hong Kong’s GM release control ordinance.
December 31st, 2013
It may surprise you to know what was the most read story on Fresh Fruit Portal in 2013.
December 30th, 2013
Chilean strikes and Dole’s privatization bid were just two of the top stories in the first six months of 2013.
December 27th, 2013
Lobesia botrana detections mean Chilean blueberries bound for the U.S. will now undergo fumigation.
December 20th, 2013
In its early stages of development, ozone technology has shown some advantages over chemical-based apple wash.
December 19th, 2013
The Australian table grape industry expects millions of dollars worth of exports under a new Korean agreement.
Worker treatment concerns led to decertification for a group of banana farms in Honduras.
December 18th, 2013
Colombian growers have successfully shipped papayas to Canada and are working on certifications to open new markets.
December 17th, 2013
China’s Fruitday.com teamed up with TMall.com to bank in on an online sales blitz on Nov. 11.
December 16th, 2013
American Airlines’ Carmen Taylor discusses new produce flight routes and the investment needed to keep perishables in top condition.
December 13th, 2013
Brazil’s new Explorer watermelon has shown good disease resistance, post-harvest qualities and a tasty, sweet intense red flesh.
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.
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