March 12, 2014 / Week N° 11
March 12th, 2014
The Australian macadamia nut industry is aggressively pushing for higher yields and new markets.
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.
February 28th, 2014
Victoria-based Murphy Fresh has seen high yields from a Truss tomato developed by Monsanto’s De Ruiter Seeds.
February 25th, 2014
British retailer M&S continues its exotic fruits campaign with an Amazonian specimen related to mangosteens.
February 19th, 2014
Easy ordering trials for fresh produce and other areas aided Coles in a strong half-year earnings result.
February 18th, 2014
A wide range of Australian horticultural products will enjoy an immediate tariff break in Korea.
February 14th, 2014
New Zealand MP Shane Jones has accused the Countdown supermarket of blackmail, racketeering and extortion.
January 31st, 2014
Australia’s pome fruit industry believes growers have a strong future despite the latest SPC decision.
January 30th, 2014
Hong Kong overtook Japan as the leading buyer of Aussie oranges in 2012-13.
January 29th, 2014
Two Chinese experts explain the factors behind this year’s “viral” cherry sales campaign.
January 28th, 2014
A new early cultivar licensing deal has the potential to be a game-changer for the Pink Lady industry.
January 22nd, 2014
Up to 5,000 honey bees in Australia could soon be equipped with special sensors.
January 17th, 2014
Australia’s The Grape House says the industry must focus on “all markets” this export season.
January 10th, 2014
Australia’s Northern Territory government has set up another banana freckle eradication zone in the Virginia area.
January 9th, 2014
Australian companies will now be able to export grape seeds to China following a recent agreement.
December 19th, 2013
The Australian table grape industry expects millions of dollars worth of exports under a new Korean agreement.
December 16th, 2013
A Best Exhibitor Award for Australia Fresh at a Beijing trade fair represents a “significant step forward” for links with China’s CIQA
December 12th, 2013
An Australian preselection inspection of Chinese apples has proven successful for grower Huarong Guoye.
December 10th, 2013
Liu Chuanzhi and Chen Shaopeng talk about fruit investment opportunities in Chile, Australia and the U.S.
December 9th, 2013
With the help of a free trade agreement with Korea, Australia expects to reach AUD$1 billion in nut exports.
December 3rd, 2013
A Ferrero Group subsidiary has imported more than 200,000 Chilean hazelnut trees for planting in Australia.
November 28th, 2013
Beef and dairy companies have dominated the agribusiness part of the Australian Export Awards in recent years, but not in 2013.
Freshworld and Fresh Produce Group are the latest grape licensees of Sun World.
November 26th, 2013
The Australian citrus industry has urged the EFSA not to block South African fruit over citrus black spot concerns.
November 21st, 2013
Lisa Cork addresses the common mistake made by produce marketers – stating the obvious in their packaging.
November 19th, 2013
Australia’s top two retailers have signed a landmark code of conduct for dealings with suppliers.
November 14th, 2013
PMA Australia-New Zealand’s Michael Worthington urges Pacific Rim produce industry players to connect in Auckland’s Fresh Connections in June.
November 13th, 2013
The South Australian government has announced an industry first in tackling Queensland fruit fly.
November 4th, 2013
Italian processed tomato exporters will have to pay duties after an Australian report found grounds for anti-dumping action.
October 30th, 2013
Australia’s Select Harvests Limited has reported higher demand and prices for almonds.
October 28th, 2013
Oppy’s James Milne says the U.S. is moving to a more fixed ‘European’ produce sourcing model as growers seek to cut risks.
October 24th, 2013
WIth low valuations and low debt, China’s produce industry presents great possibilities for cross-border M&A activity.
October 21st, 2013
Australia will focus on pest management to protect its growing berry industry.
October 19th, 2013
A Chinese fruit importer has urged Chilean shippers to lower their price expectations in the market.
October 18th, 2013
A local sourcing move by an Australian retailer will see a drastic reduction of frozen vegetable imports.
October 10th, 2013
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is optimistic a free trade deal can soon be reached with China.
October 7th, 2013
Italian chocolate business Ferrero will source hazelnuts from a new project in New South Wales.
October 4th, 2013
A new partnership will help Australian and Indian researchers work together to tackle common horticultural challenges.
September 24th, 2013
Hot on the heels of mangoes, another subtropical fruit has been approved for export from Australia to the U.S.
September 23rd, 2013
Australia’s mango industry is excited about U.S. export prospects but realistic about the challenges involved.
September 19th, 2013
Australian mango growers have been given a pleasant surprise as the season gets underway, with the approval of U.S. market access.
September 12th, 2013
A recent approval is expected to “establish a bridgehead” for Korean fruit exports to Latin America.
September 10th, 2013
A recent Asia Fruit Award winner discusses the key fruits that are making ground in the Malaysian market.
September 9th, 2013
A USDA report forecasts jumps and falls in the production of different Australian stonefruit crops in 2013-14.
September 5th, 2013
A University of Queensland scientist has found important gene promoters in pineapples that could help toward health outcomes.
September 2nd, 2013
Automated fruit harvesting is the ultimate goal of Australian robot trials that have shown positive results in field intelligence.
August 26th, 2013
Australia’s grape export season is still several months away but registrations and protocol training are just around the corner.
August 23rd, 2013
Australian researchers have the developing world in mind with GM bananas, but results could have broader implications.
August 15th, 2013
HortNZ has raised concerns over the irradiation of imported Australian tomatoes and peppers.
John Baker says there is still much to be learned in Australia for Californian stonefruit exporters.
August 13th, 2013
Two Australian biosecurity officers have potentially saved the country’s citrus industry from devastating disease HLB.
Lantao’s John Wang gives his verdict on the varying quality and prospects in China for imported apples, grapes, citrus and cherries.
August 12th, 2013
Australian citrus players discuss Asian demand, currency conditions and wider export options in the United States.
August 7th, 2013
The Australian dollar has fallen at almost twice the rate of currencies from competitors, prompting optimism from produce exporters.
August 2nd, 2013
The company behind Australia’s Banana Bar vending machine has its sights set on expansion.
July 26th, 2013
Horticulture Australia Limited wants to examine how to “make growers’ levies work harder”.
July 12th, 2013
South African and Italian produce will be the first under investigation by Australia’s new Anti-Dumping Commission.
July 10th, 2013
A wide range of Australia fruit has been given greater access to the Philippines.
July 5th, 2013
Orange juice concentrate from Brazil is rapidly declining in Australia, but that isn’t necessarily good news for local growers.
July 1st, 2013
Lisa Cork analyzes some man-targeting packaging that the produce industry could take on board.
June 26th, 2013
Citrus Australia has seen a sharp uptick in orange demand in China, and is optimistic for U.S. prospects under the new import system.
June 24th, 2013
Michael McAllum calls for a more sustainable food model based on renewable energy and agroecology.
Nuts are Australia’s biggest horticultural export and the native macadamia is showing particular strength overseas.
June 17th, 2013
While speaking at PMA Fresh Connections, a U.S. scientist said Australia needed a stronger food safety culture.
June 4th, 2013
Oppy’s James Milne describes plans for the upcoming Australian citrus deal in North America.
May 31st, 2013
It is hoped that new Australian research into Fusarium wilt will help breed more resistant strawberry varieties.
May 28th, 2013
Citrus Australia CEO Judith Damiani says “Let’s get on with transforming the mining boom into the dining boom”.
The Australian government plans to build on the country’s strong reputation for food quality with a new international branding initiative.
May 22nd, 2013
Key stakeholders from Japan, Malaysia and Hong Kong will visit Australia later this month to see the range of veggies it has on offer.
May 20th, 2013
Australian inspectors are expected to visit Pakistan soon to review the country’s mango export procedures.
May 9th, 2013
Michael Worthington says Australian growers need to consider how to deal with potentially higher fresh produce imports.
May 6th, 2013
AHEA’s Maxwell Summers discusses the impacts of Indonesian import quotas and the opening of a new Asian market for Australia.
April 25th, 2013
Fields in northern Queensland have the potential to put Australia into a situation of year-round blueberry supply.
April 23rd, 2013
Australia will add cherries from California to its pre-shipment inspection program.
Australia’s mandarin production is set to rise this year despite the impact of floods in Queensland.
April 19th, 2013
Fruit fly has been found in the only mainland Australian state that has been free of the pest, prompting an active eradication program.
April 17th, 2013
Pressure has been placed on Indonesia to end restrictive import quotas, linked to possible corruption.
April 11th, 2013
Western Australia may join the rest of the country in allowing Californian grape imports.
April 10th, 2013
High volume, early season grapes are pushing Australian growers to assess their options for survival.
April 9th, 2013
A recent Australian cherry report looks at export dynamics by state and destination.
A bumblebee was found in a raspberry package in Western Australia, posing a threat to the state’s ecosystem.
April 5th, 2013
A good growing season and less Chilean competition helped boost Australian cherries in 2012-13.
March 28th, 2013
The demand is high but Australia has had to cut back its expected grape shipments to China this year.
March 22nd, 2013
Developers hope the Nadia cherry-plum hybrid will lead a new generation of fruit.
March 20th, 2013
Australia’s Nutri-Tech Solutions has called organic standards “nitpicking” after losing certification for certain products.
March 14th, 2013
New inspection charges are pushing costs out of reach for some Australian fruit exporters.
March 12th, 2013
A snail that could pose a high biosecurity risk has been found in an Australian container yard.
March 5th, 2013
Mandarins and navel oranges may drive a record year for South Australian citrus production.
March 4th, 2013
An Aussie citrus grower says floods have taken their toll financially, but crops should still be stable.
February 28th, 2013
Southern Hemisphere fruit exporters urged shipping lines to reconsider steep rate increases that could damage competitiveness.
February 22nd, 2013
Australia’s Perfection Fresh will ramp up its Asia-Pacific presence with a Singapore office in June.
February 20th, 2013
Horticulture New Zealand calls out AUSVEG on accusations about sub-standard, Chinese produce.
February 18th, 2013
Driscoll’s’ Soren Bjorn discusses a wide range of berry trends affecting the European, Middle Eastern and Australian markets.
February 7th, 2013
Government disaster relief will provide an “injection of confidence” to many growers in the Australian state of Queensland.
January 31st, 2013
An Aussie supermarket has vowed to support local flood hit growers and not stock extra foreign citrus.
January 29th, 2013
Queensland’s floods will be heartbreaking for many growers but at least the banana crop looks fine.
January 23rd, 2013
“Supergold” corn could help fight age-related macular degeneration and prevent blindness.
January 21st, 2013
The first Australian cherry exports to China took off late last week.
January 16th, 2013
Chilean cherry growers are aiming to reduce dependence on scarce labor supply by learning Australian techniques.
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