March 03, 2015 / Week N° 10
March 3rd, 2015
Per hectare pome fruit yields in Australia are on the up thanks to improved orchard management.
February 25th, 2015
New Zealand-based produce company Turners & Growers did not quite achieve the 10-20% profit rise for 2014 that its board had forecast on Jan. 21.
Even though Russia cut off a large chunk of its apple supply last year with the import ban, South American shippers say the country is largely unable to pay good enough prices for their fruit.
February 24th, 2015
After missing “critical shipping opportunities”, the Washington Apple Commission is pleased the ports are back up and running.
February 23rd, 2015
BayWa CEO Klaus Lutz says it is “ridiculous” that the EU does not have harmonized market access processes for fruit exporters in destination markets.
A major New Zealand apple exporter says a colder February has led to ‘exceptional’ fruit color.
February 16th, 2015
South Africa aims to ship its first apples to mainland China in March, as growers continue to seek new markets to support higher volumes in the pipeline.
February 15th, 2015
Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) is one step closer to getting its genetically modified, non-browning apples on the U.S. market.
February 12th, 2015
A Spanish firm focused on the German-speaking market is testing a range of new fruit projects in Africa, the Middle East, South America and its own backyard.
February 11th, 2015
A Turners & Growers pipfruit executive discusses China’s opening for U.S. apples and a challenging New Zealand deal.
February 10th, 2015
While Southern Hemisphere apple production is expected to increase 5%, exports are anticipated to decline by the same percentage partly due to oversupply issues in Europe.
Polish apple and mushroom exporters are forging ahead in new markets, rising above the price crash wrought by the Russian embargo.
One Serbian grower says he’d rather have a level playing field than the comparative benefits of Russian market access.
Although a cold spring hit New Zealand’s apple volumes, the warm summer has boosted quality.
February 9th, 2015
After a 10-year hiatus due to a leaf borer detection, France is again shipping apples to the U.S.
February 5th, 2015
Diversification has been a big part of BayWa’s international strategy, but the apple industry player now plans to apply it closer to home with new varieties and commodities.
February 3rd, 2015
Food poisoning attorney Bill Marler says the cost of the recent U.S. Listeria outbreak will be huge.
Despite concerns over the ‘Australian price point’, Pagoda in China may import Tasmanian apples this year.
January 29th, 2015
Russia is on track to lifting its import ban on a key Eastern European apple exporter.
Eight U.S. apple varieties have been singled out for promotional activity in China following a recent market opening.
January 28th, 2015
A government-backed organization in Himachal Pradesh intends to significantly improve apple storage options in the state.
With the South African pome fruit season running two weeks early, the industry anticipates lower pear volumes.
January 27th, 2015
Citing uncertainty around possible listeria outbreaks due to regional trade, the Indonesian Government has banned certain U.S. apples from the market.
A Northwest Horticultural Council representative says a ‘very difficult situation’ has arisen from inaccurate reports in Asia-Pacific countries about the recall of some U.S. apples.
January 26th, 2015
Bilateral talks between the USDA and AQSIQ have led to China granting market access for all apple varieties from all U.S. apple-growing regions.
January 22nd, 2015
Pipfruit NZ says the industry will begin alligning its proprietary varieties to become more customer-focused.
January 16th, 2015
The breeder behind the recently released SnapDragon and RubyFrost apples is quietly confident the varieties will be a big hit.
A Russian official says Azerbaijan will hold a firm place in the country’s apple market even if the ban on EU fruit is lifted.
January 7th, 2015
Sierra Exportadora is helping Peruvian growers find new commercial opportunities for their fruit production.
Consumers have not yet seen enough tangible benefits from biotech food to make the category popular, argues OSF’s Neal Carter.
December 24th, 2014
Although prices are still depressed, British supermarkets have helped to relieve the ‘tough times’ the English apple industry is going through as a result of the Russian ban.
December 18th, 2014
The Williams pear harvest in parts of Argentina will likely begin around a week earlier than normal.
December 15th, 2014
Charley Xia explores how understanding historic price data could help growers improve returns.
December 12th, 2014
Chilean and New Zealand apple exporters say varietal selection is key in the demanding Chinese market.
December 11th, 2014
Growers in the Mexican state of Chihuahua have filed a complaint alleging unfair trade practices from U.S. apple exporters.
A South African exporter hopes pears will also soon be approved by Chinese authorities.
December 10th, 2014
Listeria contamination risks from Gala red apples grown in Pennsylvania have led Del Monte to recall some of its fresh cut fruit products.
December 9th, 2014
BayWa’s share of New Zealand’s apple exports will soon increase to 35%.
December 4th, 2014
The South African apple industry hopes the new Chinese market access will act as a ‘springboard’ to enter other Asian countries in the future.
December 3rd, 2014
BVF’s Marc Evrard discusses his expectations for an incipient pome fruit program in India.
December 1st, 2014
Australia’s pome fruit grower body says while the Chinese FTA is ‘terrific’, mainland apple access needs to be gained.
OA-Global’s ozone technology products worked wonders on kiwifruit trials in New Zealand, and the company hopes for similar success in new geographies and crops.
November 28th, 2014
Two Argentine apple shippers are delighted at the new Indian market access, with both saying they were surprised at the news and that a strong future is in store.
November 27th, 2014
Pipfruit New Zealand says Asia-bound exports could represent half the total volumes by 2022 following new funding.
November 26th, 2014
A 400-fold increase in Swiss apple exports to Russia has sparked suspicions of smuggling to avoid a trade ban on EU produce.
November 24th, 2014
Chinese representatives plan to assess different Polish apple varieties for a potential market opening next year.
November 21st, 2014
A Chilean nursery company says attractive prices for cherries in China are spurring on production growth.
CEPEA believes a speculative storage strategy has led to lower prices for Brazilian apples.
November 17th, 2014
Weather has been favorable for the European Pink Lady apple crop this year.
November 14th, 2014
After tripling sales in the last year, Fruitday co-founder Loren Zhao looks ahead for fruit imports in 2014-15.
November 11th, 2014
A few New Zealand kiwifruit growers could be ‘significantly affected’ by adverse weather that worked its way north up to the Bay of Plenty region.
November 10th, 2014
After a conference call with the DoA, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd has confirmed Vietnam is still open for exports.
November 7th, 2014
Russian authorities continue to clamp down on a gray market that has emerged for EU-grown produce.
November 6th, 2014
We take an in-depth look at how some major Washington apple producers are marketing their huge crops this season, as well as other key issues like storage space and labor availability.
Polish farmers protested in Warsaw this week, but an industry consultant has urged them not to panic.
The head of Chile’s Fedefruta says despite a favorable exchange rate, pome fruit prices have still fallen 25%.
November 5th, 2014
Pipfruit New Zealand says the country’s next apple crop will be similar to previous years after an isolated hailstorm incident on the South Island.
Devastating hailstorms in New Zealand’s Tasman district have left some orchards in tatters.
An aggressive Lake Constance investment program comes as part of a new structure for apple company BayWa.
October 30th, 2014
Washington Red and Golden Delicious apples can soon be shipped to China after a two-year hiatus.
After 16 years’ hard work, a major Chinese apple producing province could soon start shipping to the U.S.
October 28th, 2014
Apofruit’s Renzo Balestri highlights Italy’s renewed export focus, agricultural attrition and a push south for fruit production.
Rainier’s sister warehouse now has the U.S. Northwest’s first automated fruit shipping facility.
October 27th, 2014
After talks were fast-tracked in August, Canada will now take some market pressure off Polish apple exporters.
October 20th, 2014
Union Owocowa’s Jolanta Kazimierska says the toughest times are just around the corner for Poland’s apple sector.
October 16th, 2014
A Chilean grower says frosts in southern production regions have destroyed 30-100% of several fruit crops.
October 13th, 2014
Travel and e-commerce put a dint in the Zhejiang Wenhui wholesale fruit market for a key national holiday.
October 10th, 2014
An anti-slavery enforcement authority has slammed a decision to give a small fine given to an orchard manager in Northern Ireland.
September 29th, 2014
A South African fruit industry representative believes it is possible the Chinese market will be open for next season.
September 25th, 2014
A biological control system used for strawberries has been rejigged by Australian scientists for cherries, and could potentially be applied to a range of other crops.
September 18th, 2014
With increasing volumes of unique varieties and a new mesh packaging, one Washington producer eases into the season.
September 17th, 2014
Tesco has launched another funky apple with colorful flesh, two years after the last one.
September 5th, 2014
First it was hail, now heavy rainfall poses a threat to this year’s apple crop in Kashmir.
August 27th, 2014
Prim’land is expecting a great season for its kiwifruit but says the apple situation is ‘quite complicated’.
August 25th, 2014
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 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.
© Copyright 2008 - 2010.