September 01, 2014 / Week N° 36
September 1st, 2014
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.
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.
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