August 21, 2014 / Week N° 34
August 21st, 2014
While Australian apples have counterseasonal advantages, a more competitive market demands high quality.
August 19th, 2014
Authorities are assessing the damage of hail in Kashmir, where some pome fruit orchards have had a ‘total loss’.
August 18th, 2014
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
Washington State Pink Lady volume is not just up by 14% this year, but movement has been strong week-on-week.
August 14th, 2014
A large Serbian apple shipper says it is working ‘as normal’ and Russian price increases will be minimal.
August 13th, 2014
Czech orchardists are concerned for an oversupply of apples from Poland, but a social media campaign has helped boost consumption.
August 12th, 2014
Argentine pome fruit shippers could help fill the new Russian supply gap but only if the price is right.
“We must get ahead now” but be careful not to swarm the Russian market, says a leading Chinese produce exporter.
Poland’s Ambassador to the U.S. has called on Washington to allow his country’s apples, now banned in Russia.
August 11th, 2014
We take an in-depth, crop-by-crop look at the effects of the Russian produce ban on U.S. and Canadian growers.
Two Russian importers claim most products lost from the ban on EU produce can be regained from other countries.
August 8th, 2014
Research has moved one step closer to developing more productive apple rootstocks that bear fruit earlier.
Russia’s ban on EU fruit imports has coincided with expectations for a significantly bigger apple crop.
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.
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.
A key U.S. apple grower group expecting a bumper crop says consumers are ‘looking for a different experience’.
August 1st, 2014
A U.S. Northwest Horticultural Council representative discusses the state of trade barriers with Indonesia and China at the moment.
July 31st, 2014
Irina Koziy gives the lowdown on the different implications of Russia’s recent ban on many Polish crops.
July 30th, 2014
Prevar has selected a U.S.-based fruit company to produce its exclusive and well-received Smitten apples.
France’s biggest apple exporter expects greater shipments to Asia this year, but is unsure about the European market.
July 29th, 2014
An Australian apple grower looks to ‘broaden’ China-bound exports after the first sea shipment was ‘a big success’.
July 18th, 2014
A recent posting on the Federal Register puts China one step closer to gaining access to the U.S. apple market.
Brazilians have spent a lot more on imported apples this year compared to the prices achieved for exports.
July 4th, 2014
The department that developed Cripps Pink, sold under the brand Pink Lady, has released a new apple variety.
July 2nd, 2014
“It takes a lot of guts to travel to Xinjiang alone just to procure local apples,” says trader Chen Haiwen.
July 1st, 2014
The first Australian apple shipment via sea to mainland China is due to arrive this week, featuring a newly developed variety.
Around 14% of Himachal Pradesh orchards will come under a scheme aimed at raising orchard productivity.
June 26th, 2014
Turners & Growers’ new pipfruit manager discusses ambitious plans for the next six years.
Growth is expected for Canadian horticulture, amidst an environment of U.S. competition and technology pressures.
June 23rd, 2014
Pipfruit NZ has said it believes it can work with India to resolve any trade issues.
Favorable weather conditions mean New Zealand’s apple growers are optimistic about this season.
June 19th, 2014
Scales Corporation has revealed its conditions for the stock market launch next month.
A New Zealand apple company head could face jail as he faces charges over export scheme.
Pesticide residues in Chinese fruit imports have been described as “quite serious” in Vietnam.
British scientists are investigating the emotions associated with fruits, and our surroundings when we eat them.
June 13th, 2014
English Apples and Pears staff found something unexpected when looking into new market opportunities in Asia.
IFORED now has two new members, with the first pre-commercial, red-flesh apple orchards set for planting in 2015.
June 12th, 2014
A state government source says many orchardists think India’s new Prime Minister will ban apple imports.
June 6th, 2014
Italy’s largest apple region expects yet another good season ahead but must innovate for long term prosperity.
June 5th, 2014
Chile’s apple growers have suffered from smaller fruit sizing and poor export markets this season, according to Santiago-based Los Lirios.
June 4th, 2014
Apple exporter Scales Corp is set to float on the stock market after more than 100 years of private ownership.
May 28th, 2014
The Washington Apple Commission has revealed its long-term plan to boost sales in India.
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
A U.S. marketing group is encouraging Mexican consumers to snack on apples with lime, chili and salt flavorings during the World Cup.
May 22nd, 2014
Amy Nguyen is optimistic for selling a range of produce items in China following a recent USDA trade mission visit.
May 13th, 2014
APAL has responded relatively well to the review of HAL and says the changes could benefit growers.
May 9th, 2014
China Fruits Corporation has emulated a Chiquita-style beauty contest with ambassadors chosen for 10 fruits.
May 7th, 2014
New Zealand’s wine sector was not able to beat apple growers’ phenomenal rise in export values last year.
May 6th, 2014
Through extensive eradication work, Brazil is now free of a major apple pest.
April 28th, 2014
U.K. retailers are planning well ahead of the upcoming English pome fruit season to ensure supply of local produce.
April 24th, 2014
New Zealand and Chinese authorities have come to an agreement to continue apple shipments.
April 23rd, 2014
One of Poland’s biggest apple grower associations is developing other markets to soften the blow from a likely Russian ban.
April 16th, 2014
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.
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.
Apple importers could feel disruptions this June as South Africa’s hail damage begins to show its impact.
April 11th, 2014
Following suspension in October, Chilean apples will once again be able to enter China.
April 10th, 2014
Less availability has led to good market conditions for New Zealand’s apple exports, according to a leading shipper.
April 9th, 2014
A lower Australian dollar has helped make Tasmanian apple shipments to China more viable.
March 24th, 2014
A dry start to the year has reduced volumes for several top fruit categories in Brazil.
March 21st, 2014
Pink Lady Europe is utilizing a recent French study to bolster a new set of promotional materials for the continent.
New organic standards may not scare away most apple and pear growers, but new treatments could prove costly.
March 17th, 2014
U.S. apple and pear growers could soon face trouble maintaining organic status under new treatment guidelines.
March 10th, 2014
Marcelo Loyarte and Betina Ernst give their takes on this year’s Argentine apple and pear season.
March 6th, 2014
English apple farmer Alison Capper believes her government is conducting a “social experiment” in scrapping a seasonal worker scheme.
February 27th, 2014
Two of New Zealand’s leading produce players have notched good results for the 2013 calendar year.
South African apple growers are dealing with the effects of hail and a European crop overhang.
With pilot trials now in South Africa and New Zealand, we take a look at the potential for Opal apples in Europe.
February 25th, 2014
Philippine inspectors were happy with the state of Argentine pome fruit and grape operations during a recent tour.
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.
February 13th, 2014
T&G CEO Alastair Hulbert discuses operational expectations for kiwifruit, apples, grapes and blueberries.
BayWa CEO Klaus Lutz talks about international sourcing plans for three key fruits.
February 12th, 2014
The head of one of Europe’s oldest fruit distributors discusses supply and demand trends for Germany and Eastern Europe
February 6th, 2014
Pome fruit farmers in Kent have found a value-added way to market “pretty serious volume” across the world.
January 31st, 2014
Australia’s pome fruit industry believes growers have a strong future despite the latest SPC decision.
January 28th, 2014
A new early cultivar licensing deal has the potential to be a game-changer for the Pink Lady industry.
January 23rd, 2014
A trademarked New Zealand apple is making a big impact with Washington State growers.
January 17th, 2014
Argentina reported a smooth beginning for the start of its pear harvest.
January 7th, 2014
Two significant events occurred for Israel’s agriculture sector and produce market over the weekend.
December 31st, 2013
U.S. apples could soon regain access to China but the future remains unclear.
December 20th, 2013
In its early stages of development, ozone technology has shown some advantages over chemical-based apple wash.
December 12th, 2013
An Australian preselection inspection of Chinese apples has proven successful for grower Huarong Guoye.
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.
Hail damage cut down British Columbia’s apple crop this year but grower Jagdeep Gill said quality remained high.
November 27th, 2013
Initial flood damage estimates indicate lower apple and pear exports from South Africa’s Western Cape.
November 26th, 2013
Spain’s fruit and vegetable imports increased by more than €200 million in the first three quarters of this year.
November 25th, 2013
Polish apple producers claim Russia’s proposed import ban is based on political reasons relating to support for Ukraine-EU ties.
November 15th, 2013
The Argentine pome fruit industry hopes a new protocol will finally open up access to the Chinese market.
Oranges, bananas and tomatoes are set to help support a strong rise in Brazilian crop income next year.
November 12th, 2013
Okanagan Specialty Fruits has responded to interpretations of letters about its GM apples.
The developers of GM Arctic apples have pointed to benefits in food service but McDonald’s is not interested.
OSF’s Neal Carter discusses plans for GM apple production in the U.S., food service benefits and expectations for Canadian deregulation.
November 8th, 2013
U.S. authorities have opened up assessments on genetically modified apples for public comment.
November 7th, 2013
Washington Pink Lady apples have been available this year during a time when they used to be absent from store shelves.
November 6th, 2013
The U.S. Apple Export Council recently invited Indian and Central American importers to visit orchards and packhouses.
October 30th, 2013
India’s Mahindra & Mahindra is set to launch its own fruit brand which it plans to take global.
October 29th, 2013
Despite forecasts for a lower fresh apple crop this year, Poland has long-term plans to keep its output growing.
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