March 04, 2015 / Week N° 10
March 4th, 2015
Australian blueberry growers have prepared a 50-page export strategy, emphasizing an impending oversupply at home.
March 3rd, 2015
Per hectare pome fruit yields in Australia are on the up thanks to improved orchard management.
February 27th, 2015
Stemming from a recent FTA, Australia’s cherry exports to South Korea have experienced exponential growth.
February 26th, 2015
Pistachio growers all around the globe have cause for celebration on World Pistachio Day.
February 25th, 2015
The company that recalled its berry products due to a recent health scare recorded strong results for its fruit brand last year.
“I’d prefer an average volume crop of good size to a massive crop of small fruit,” says Seven Fields’ Brett Jackson.
New Zealand authorities are said to be using sniffer dogs and improved x-ray surveillance on inbound luggage from Australia, following more fruit fly detections in Auckland.
February 24th, 2015
Some growers have been hit hard by Cyclone Marcia while timing has been very lucky for others.
February 23rd, 2015
The Australian Government has announced new measures to act on the recent Hepatitis A outbreak that has been linked to imported Chinese frozen berries.
Both the AHEA and Ausveg believe the recent Hepatitis A outbreak has re-opened the debate on COO labels.
February 19th, 2015
China’s efforts to halt corruption have affected gift giving, and therefore the sales of imported Australian premium fruits.
HortNZ has called for tougher biosecurity measures after the fourth fruit fly detection in three years.
February 18th, 2015
The Australian distributor that recalled frozen berry products is concentrating on raspberries from a specific source in China as a possible cause of the recent Hepatitis A outbreak.
An Australian mango exporter says it is beginning a three-year export program to the U.S.
February 16th, 2015
The Chilean Association of Fruit Exporters (ASOEX) has emphasized its country’s fruit is not to blame for a recent recall of frozen berry products in Australia.
February 13th, 2015
Whether it’s edible-skin squash, a unique citrus fruit or fresh wasabi, Japanese horticultural companies are banking on growing overseas interest in their national cuisine.
February 12th, 2015
A biosecurity partnership has been formed in Australia’s Sunraysia to protect citrus from exotic pests.
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.
February 5th, 2015
An Australian grower-owned avocado marketer says it has driven costs down ‘in an overall sense’.
February 3rd, 2015
Despite concerns over the ‘Australian price point’, Pagoda in China may import Tasmanian apples this year.
January 28th, 2015
The timing of the U.S. market opening is auspicious for Australian litchi growers with a bumper crop running later than usual.
January 26th, 2015
A Costa representative cited a ‘changed industry and market conditions’ as one reason why the company has decided to reduce its ‘grape farming footprint’.
January 22nd, 2015
Australia’s largest privately-owned produce company may change hands through a share market listing or an outright sale.
January 20th, 2015
More Italian processed tomato exporters could potentially face anti-dumping duties in Australia if a recently launched case proves successful.
A major Australian exporter believes Vietnam will look to Chile and Peru if the trade ban is not resolved soon.
January 15th, 2015
Australia’s second-largest horticultural export destination will now start reducing tariffs on items like citrus fruit, grapes and asparagus.
January 14th, 2015
While most Australian litchi and mango growers have traditionally focused on the domestic market, they will now have a new sales outlet thanks to the official opening of the U.S. market for their crops.
January 12th, 2015
India is next in Australia’s sights after a series of FTA breakthroughs with China, Japan and South Korea.
January 8th, 2015
The Vietnamese market closure has caused particular complications for Australian black seedless grape exporters.
Two Australian produce industry bodies hope the Fair Work Ombudsman takes the right steps to regulate dodgy labor-hire operators.
December 23rd, 2014
South Australia has moved one step closer to building a landmark facility designed to fight Queensland fruit fly.
December 17th, 2014
After securing national distribution rights, Freshmax NZ plans to bring Love Beets to Australia.
December 16th, 2014
Seeka’s program primarily for Class 2 kiwifruit into Australia is paying much higher than industry averages.
GP Graders has received recognition for its international presence in the world of cherry sorting.
December 15th, 2014
Charley Xia explores how understanding historic price data could help growers improve returns.
December 4th, 2014
Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd has reached a deal with three Indian research groups to improve horticulture.
December 1st, 2014
Australia’s pome fruit grower body says while the Chinese FTA is ‘terrific’, mainland apple access needs to be gained.
November 25th, 2014
A Chinese agribusiness hopes the Australian FTA will also lead to simplified quarantine protocols for fruit imports, and has also signaled plans to include South African sourcing.
November 20th, 2014
PMA Fruittrade Latin America was the first port of call for a recently launched Korean import company.
November 17th, 2014
Australia’s fresh fruit, vegetable and orange juice sectors are all set to gain after the signing of an FTA with China.
November 14th, 2014
After tripling sales in the last year, Fruitday co-founder Loren Zhao looks ahead for fruit imports in 2014-15.
November 10th, 2014
Mainland Australian cherry growers had previously ignored the option to export directly to China with cold treatment, but that approach has changed this season.
After a conference call with the DoA, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd has confirmed Vietnam is still open for exports.
November 7th, 2014
Groups from Israel, India and Australia will cooperate on projects to improve food supply and water use.
November 4th, 2014
After dealing with years of headaches forming a new protocol to regain Thai market access, the Australian horticultural industry may face new non-tariff challenges in another South East Asian market.
October 20th, 2014
An Australian industry head says growers may end up leaving the sector as a result of the fenthion ban.
October 17th, 2014
With a 12-month phaseout, Australia has banned almost all horticultural uses for the chemical fenthion.
October 13th, 2014
The Australian government is due to continue with its US$23 million Banana Freckle eradication project.
Greater investment from abroad could shift Australian cherry growers away from their domestic market focus.
October 9th, 2014
A berry from northern Australia has destroyed cancerous tumours in 75% of clinical tests.
October 8th, 2014
After a lengthy process Australia’s new levy-backed horticultural industry body has been formed.
October 1st, 2014
In the face of high labor costs, Australian growers like Kerry Smerdon have looked to premium crops like macadamia nuts and custard apples to gain an edge.
Freshmax says its new intellectual property business will focus on new variety licensing and brand development.
September 26th, 2014
The North American cranberry harvest is underway, with leading cooperative Ocean Spray expanding internationally.
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 16th, 2014
The finalization of Australia’s FTA with Korea may take the pressure off other Asian citrus markets next season.
September 3rd, 2014
Some Australian fruit will now require less stringent treatment for export to the United States, after authorities recently recognized different states and territories as free of certain pests.
September 1st, 2014
Australian citrus is one of many imported fruits that have suffered from flat sales in China recently.
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.
August 21st, 2014
While Australian apples have counterseasonal advantages, a more competitive market demands high quality.
After frosts that hit the recent crop, Chile stonefruit growers are gearing up for higher production in 2014-15.
August 14th, 2014
Simon Boughey is not too fussed about the loss of the Russian cherry market for now.
August 11th, 2014
Australian ministers have criticized Russia for implementing the import ban and say ‘there are no winners’.
July 29th, 2014
An Australian apple grower looks to ‘broaden’ China-bound exports after the first sea shipment was ‘a big success’.
July 24th, 2014
Retail veteran Greg Foran has been promoted from head of Walmart Asia to CEO of Walmart U.S.
July 23rd, 2014
Berry Gardens and Syngenta will be among the beneficiaries of a U.K. grant for agricultural innovation projects.
July 14th, 2014
Melbourne University research shows broccoli could be used as an alternative treatment for asthma sufferers.
July 4th, 2014
The department that developed Cripps Pink, sold under the brand Pink Lady, has released a new apple variety.
July 3rd, 2014
University of Sydney researchers have unveiled a new robot that could significantly assist farmers.
July 1st, 2014
Australia’s AHEA will have access to new funding to boost online communication and trade relationships in Asia.
The first Australian apple shipment via sea to mainland China is due to arrive this week, featuring a newly developed variety.
June 30th, 2014
The Australian stonefruit sector has been actively promoting itself in China ahead of expected market access approval for nectarines.
June 27th, 2014
A landmark strategic deal with China’s biggest agricultural distributor is set to be a boost for Aussie citrus exports.
June 25th, 2014
Low U.S. production and strong global markets could make for a fantastic Australian lemon season.
June 23rd, 2014
AHEA is optimistic for Australia’s horticultural exports despite government forecasts for a reduction in 2014-15.
June 17th, 2014
A project from Australia’s QUT to develop pro-Vitamin A-enriched bananas is about to reach a whole new level, with a world-first human trial in the United States.
The Philippines’ Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) is hopeful for further market development in the U.S. and Australia.
In a bid to remain competitive, HAL has updated its advice to growers on environmental issues.
June 16th, 2014
Australian horticultural exports are set to decrease by a greater percentage than total farm exports in 2014-15.
June 13th, 2014
HAL will run a pilot program in a bid to eliminate all Mediterranean fruit flies from Western Australia.
A Woolworths decision to renege on an Asian buyer visit commitment has been described as “churlish” by Ausveg.
June 12th, 2014
Australian veggie growers have contacted Jamie Oliver asking him to step in over a spat with Woolworths.
June 2nd, 2014
Australia’s HAL says its members have agreed to transition away from its peak Industry body structure.
May 20th, 2014
Shanghai Supafresh’s Zhang Haitong tells of her impressions from a recent visit to Australian apple orchards.
May 16th, 2014
Barnaby Joyce has hailed Australia’s first table grape exports to South Korea as an ‘exciting milestone’.
May 13th, 2014
APAL has responded relatively well to the review of HAL and says the changes could benefit growers.
May 12th, 2014
Vietnam’s CT Group has been given the go-ahead to develop dragonfruit in Australia’s Northern Territory.
“There was a strong consensus from this feedback that change was required,” say the authors of a report on HAL.
May 8th, 2014
Australian researchers have conducted a comparison in pesticide exposure rates between adults with conventional and organic diets.
The Australian Federal Government has responded to calls for a national strategy in fruit fly control.
May 7th, 2014
New Zealand’s wine sector was not able to beat apple growers’ phenomenal rise in export values last year.
April 25th, 2014
Southern Hemisphere lemon exports are expected to fall this year, contrasted by a rise in easy peelers and a fairly stable situation for orange volume.
April 23rd, 2014
The Australian Government has requested changes to Thai cherry import protocols.
After a three-year hiatus, Aussie stonefruit growers are squeezing in late season shipments to Thailand.
April 22nd, 2014
Citrus Australia plans a strong season in China this year, including diversification with lemons and grapefruit.
April 16th, 2014
The first exports of Australian table grapes to Japan marks the country’s second produce milestone in a week.
April 15th, 2014
Tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplants suffered some of the worst damages from Cyclone Ita in Australia.
April 13th, 2014
Australia’s banana growers have been fortunate that Cyclone Ita weakened from a Category 4 to Category 1.
April 12th, 2014
The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has revealed the first effects of damages from Cyclone Ita.
April 10th, 2014
Mandarins, oranges and macadamia nuts are a few Australian products expected to profit from the Japan FTA.
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