May 04, 2015 / Week N° 19
April 30th, 2015
Russian authorities have vowed to limit imports of Serbian apples in an attempt to stop the re-export trade of EU-grown fruit.
In a time of excess supply, the USDA has pledged to make its largest apple purchase in history.
April 24th, 2015
Indonesia’s three-month ban on some U.S. apples due to a listeria outbreak has come to an end.
April 23rd, 2015
The latest interception of suspicious produce coming into Russia had more than 10 times the usual volume from such blocked consignments, which seem to be becoming more frequent.
After a 10-year absence, Argentine apple shippers are once more sending their fruit to India.
April 22nd, 2015
Just a few months after Chinese authorities opened market access for all U.S.-grown apple varieties, the USDA has reciprocated.
April 20th, 2015
A South African pome fruit distributor has bolstered storage space to cope with an upcoming spike in volume over the next five years.
April 14th, 2015
Despite China signing a deal to allow all U.S. apple imports in January, a grower body has received ‘no indication’ the process has moved forward.
April 8th, 2015
Although a Polish apple shipment was reportedly intended for sale in Kazakhstan, Russia would not allow its transit from Belarus.
April 6th, 2015
The Okanagan Specialty Fruits head says “prospects are huge” for the GM apple following regulatory approval for the U.S. and Canada.
April 2nd, 2015
Australia’s pome fruit grower body says greatly improved orchard practices have led to roughly 15% more class 1 fruit than 2014.
March 30th, 2015
Recent photos show Russian authorities have dumped illegal fruit in landfill sites.
March 27th, 2015
The South African Apple and Pear Producers’ Association (SAAPPA) is “over the moon” about the opening of the Chinese market.
A large Washington State apple supplier says the specific New Zealand region where Honeycrisp apples are grown brings on an ‘amazing color.’
March 26th, 2015
The parent company of Mr Apple has exceeded expectations in its first annual result announcement to the NZX.
Serbia has reportedly established a new system of sending phytosanitary certificates to Russia in advance.
A major Argentine industry body warns of “severe social consequences” if Brazil’s pome fruit ban continues.
March 25th, 2015
Brazilian authorities say they detected the codling moth in 15 Argentine apple and pear shipments in the first quarter of 2015 alone.
March 24th, 2015
Serbia will have to explain its sharp uptick in apple shipments to Russia if it is to avoid a ban on the trade.
March 23rd, 2015
Some 58MT of Polish apples have been blocked from entering Russia via Kazakhstan.
March 20th, 2015
Ecuador’s enormous increase in food import tariffs is taking its toll on the country’s wholesalers.
Two leading agricultural nations have taken aim at Indonesia’s “trade-restrictive import licensing regime”.
March 17th, 2015
In exchange for supporting India’s apple sector, the New Zealand industry hopes trade tariffs will be removed.
March 13th, 2015
It’s been a tough season for most of the U.S. apple industry, but not for growers of the increasingly popular Opal variety.
Poland’s Fruit Union president is positive about the recent visit of the country’s agriculture minister to India.
March 11th, 2015
Chile’s Fedefruta has cried foul about Ecuador’s food import tariff hike to 45%, which is due to be implemented today.
March 10th, 2015
Pink Lady-branded apples will be available earlier in the season following the inclusion of new varieties.
A Chilean apple company plans to plant cherry trees to complement future online sales in China.
March 6th, 2015
A Moldovan apple exporter was in a critical situation before a recent Russian market reopening for certain companies.
March 5th, 2015
Rainfall in two key Brazilian production areas from January to March is unlikely to be lower than historic averages.
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.
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
Growth is expected for Canadian horticulture, amidst an environment of U.S. competition and technology pressures.
Turners & Growers’ new pipfruit manager discusses ambitious plans for the next six years.
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.
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