January 22, 2015 / Week N° 04
December 12th, 2014
Chilean blueberry exporters will need to be on the lookout for stem canker in their packing lines.
December 3rd, 2014
APAMA president Juan Scordia says blueberry growers have recovered well from a disastrous 2013 season.
December 1st, 2014
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 27th, 2014
Chile’s cherry and blueberry industries have very different views on the effects of recent port strikes.
Exporters whose fruit requires fumigation in the U.S. now have a much more practical solution on offer in Florida.
November 21st, 2014
North Bay Produce’s Ruy Barbosa talks about Chilean blueberry uniformity and the implications of fumigation measures.
November 19th, 2014
Chile’s Andres Armstrong believes Russia’s produce ban could be more of a problem than an opportunity.
November 18th, 2014
California Giant Berry Farms owner Patrick Riordan says he is “blessed” to be involved in the category.
November 17th, 2014
The first crops have been planted as part of a US$280 million dam project in Peru to support agriculture, including sugarcane, avocados and blueberries.
November 13th, 2014
It was an early start for many South African blueberry growers this year, and production ‘could treble’ in five years.
November 4th, 2014
Giumarra Companies’ Tom Richardson gives his take on what to expect from the Chilean blueberry season and next week’s PMA Fruittrade in Santiago.
October 28th, 2014
Rainier’s sister warehouse now has the U.S. Northwest’s first automated fruit shipping facility.
October 22nd, 2014
The Argentine Blueberry Committee has rebuffed recent predications made about the future of its processed sector.
With Russia off the cards, a Polish blueberry group has successfully rebranded itself for a market closer to home.
October 21st, 2014
A report by the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association says while recent frosts may have caused damages of up to 80% in ‘extreme cases’, the 2014-15 export season will be an ordinary one.
October 18th, 2014
Chilean fruit industry representatives say it could be 15 days yet before a full estimate of recent frost damages can be given.
October 17th, 2014
The Chilean Blueberry Committee says export reductions could be between 0-15% for different companies this season.
October 16th, 2014
A Chilean grower says frosts in southern production regions have destroyed 30-100% of several fruit crops.
October 14th, 2014
After a troublesome 2013-14 deal, the world’s leading blueberry exporter is looking much stronger this year.
October 13th, 2014
As Chile’s frozen blueberry industry continues to grow, falling international prices could see its next-door neighbor focus far more attention on the sector in the ‘medium-term’.
October 10th, 2014
With a Chinese market opening on the cards, good weather has fared very well for Uruguay’s blueberry producers.
Naturipe Farms says its innovative and recyclable packing aligns with organic consumers’ values.
October 2nd, 2014
Despite some port delays in Argentina last month due to strikes, the blueberry industry says damages weren’t severe.
September 30th, 2014
APRATUC Guillermo Olivera says blueberry growing conditions have been “benign” compared to last year.
September 25th, 2014
Produce multinational Camposol is set to raise blueberry exports by 150% this year.
September 16th, 2014
Mexico could start shipping several types of berry to China by the end of this year.
September 15th, 2014
Chilean berry multinational Hortifrut did not let the Lobesia botrana crisis and port strikes get in the way of an exceptional financial result for 2013-14,
September 9th, 2014
Imalinx and the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council recently coordinated culinary workshops in Mexico City and Cancun aimed at incorporating blueberries in gastronomy.
Prices for North Korean blueberries that are juiced and sold to China have increased by around 50%.
September 1st, 2014
With phenomenal North American blueberry production forecast, one company says big changes are needed.
August 28th, 2014
British Columbia is on track to top last year’s production by 24%, as the late Elliot variety hits pleasing brix levels.
August 27th, 2014
With Argentina’s blueberry season imminent, production volume looks like it could break a two-year trend.
August 13th, 2014
Peru’s blueberry exports could hit US$40 million this year as it takes advantage of a month-long global supply gap.
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 5th, 2014
Following a recent interview, Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton takes an in-depth look at the North American blueberry deal.
July 31st, 2014
Chilean blueberry and plum growers in certain regions will now be obliged to create pest control methods.
Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton looks at how northern blueberry markets are faring, what this means for upcoming foreign suppliers, and Morocco’s recent U.S. breakthrough.
July 30th, 2014
U.S. consumers simply can’t get enough of blueberries, and soon they will have another source of origin for the antioxidant-rich fruit.
July 25th, 2014
Canada’ BC Blueberry Council says gaining China and Korea access will be a key use of government funding.
July 23rd, 2014
MBG Marketing continues to expand its blueberry processing and distribution capacity with a new facility in Georgia.
One Dutch blueberry marketer who experienced ‘almost no winter’ is enjoying a very productive harvest season.
July 22nd, 2014
Shandong Goodfarmer’s president talks about Ecuadorian bananas, Zespri kiwifruit and creating a new Latin American company.
July 17th, 2014
A new online service aims to make produce market dynamics easy to understand and visualize in context.
July 8th, 2014
The Michigan blueberry harvest is off to a slow start but one grower still expects a positive season.
July 3rd, 2014
Alpine Chile will now be known by the name Navy Blue Export S.A., driven by trade strategies for Europe and Asia.
June 27th, 2014
Argentinian Blueberry Committee (ABC) manager Ines Pelaez discusses a recent farm visit to Agroberries SA.
June 26th, 2014
Growth is expected for Canadian horticulture, amidst an environment of U.S. competition and technology pressures.
June 23rd, 2014
Vietnamese authorities have approved Argentina’s food safety control systems, which may open up fruit exports.
June 20th, 2014
China’s soil quality may not be the best, but that hasn’t stopped investors from clamoring to grow blueberries.
June 19th, 2014
Canadian government officials hope blueberries will follow a recent Chinese cherry market access deal.
June 16th, 2014
Execs from Angus Soft Fruits and BerryWorld talk shop about varietal development and raising winter consumption.
Joyvio’s Dr. Jin Xixuan looks at some of the challenges of developing ready-to-eat fruit for the Chinese market.
One Chinese fruit industry rep has questioned whether blueberries will follow the price falls seen for blackberries and raspberries in 2010.
An incipient Peruvian blueberry growers’ group believes joint planning will be a boost for the industry.
June 12th, 2014
Two Joyvio reps look at what competition would come from the U.S. if it were granted Chinese blueberry market access.
June 11th, 2014
Chilean blueberry exports fell by 15% this season though some new markets saw vast growth.
June 9th, 2014
Curry & Co and Driediger Farms have formed a partnership to give blueberry sales a lift.
June 5th, 2014
Chinese produce giant Joyvio is strengthening its blueberry capabilities across a range of different fronts.
A Chinese-U.S. study shows a substance in blueberry leaves can help extend fruit shelf life and add antioxidants.
June 3rd, 2014
To facilitate rapid production growth, Camposol has announced housing projects to look after its employees.
May 28th, 2014
With exports due to rise 15% this year, Peru’s produce industry will be making its mark at the London Produce Show.
May 27th, 2014
Bad weather and strong competition led to double trouble for Florida blueberry growers this year.
May 21st, 2014
Blueberry genetics and early season synergies will be at the core of a new deal between Hortifrut and Expofresh.
May 19th, 2014
Great weather and strong demand bode well for some blueberry regions in North America.
May 12th, 2014
Sierra Exportadora has revealed an estimated value for Peru’s blueberry exports this year.
May 7th, 2014
New Zealand’s wine sector was not able to beat apple growers’ phenomenal rise in export values last year.
After registering its highest ever profits, Britain’s leading berry grower-marketer has appointed a new chairman.
April 28th, 2014
A Chilean-American company is adapting to flexible retail needs for bulk blueberry sourcing.
Health promotions have helped push blueberries into new areas of growth on the U.S. market.
April 21st, 2014
A new study will evaluate the nutrional benefits of Chilean blueberries in fresh and processed forms.
April 8th, 2014
Mock Crop’s berries look, feel and weigh the same as an actual blueberry with one difference – they’re plastic.
March 21st, 2014
Very Berry Korea Corp CEO Chaesup Rim talks about changing consumer attitudes to blueberries in Korea.
March 18th, 2014
After last week’s IBO conference in Mexico, two experts revealed plans for building blueberry demand.
March 11th, 2014
Mexico’s berry industry has been hopeful for Chinese blackberry access in 2014, but raspberries could be in line too.
March 7th, 2014
The University of Florida will act with the full force of the law if Spanish blueberry growers don’t comply with IP laws for its varieties.
March 5th, 2014
The largest asparagus distributor in North America has teamed up with California-based FoodLink.
March 4th, 2014
USHBC research bodes well for what California Giant Berry Farms expects will be a much larger U.S. blueberry crop.
February 26th, 2014
Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain digs deep into the data to assess the biggest price spike in recent blueberry history.
Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton compares what Rocky Balboa and Chilean blueberries have in common.
Naturipe Farms’ Robert Verloop describes how a variety of options has helped partially offset the impacts of U.S. fumigation rules for Chilean blueberries.
February 20th, 2014
Polish blueberry company Polskie Jagody has enjoyed the benefits of greater EU investment.
February 17th, 2014
From Colombian avocados to U.S. blueberries, Camposol is looking to new supplies to build its brand.
Despite complications this season, Chilean blueberries have experienced growth in Europe and Asia.
February 13th, 2014
Nelly Yunta gives insights into a pilot perishables program in Florida, and fumigation issues for Chilean blueberries.
February 12th, 2014
Chinese authorities will be visiting Mexico very soon to inspect berry orchards as part of trade talks.
January 3rd, 2014
Modest supplies of Moroccan blueberries are under consideration for the U.S. market.
December 27th, 2013
Lobesia botrana detections mean Chilean blueberries bound for the U.S. will now undergo fumigation.
December 13th, 2013
China Eastern Airlines brought its first batch of Chilean fruit to Shanghai under a new flight itinerary arrangement.
December 11th, 2013
The Spanish province of Huelva has seen growth in berry plantations, despite difficulties for strawberries.
December 10th, 2013
Liu Chuanzhi and Chen Shaopeng talk about fruit investment opportunities in Chile, Australia and the U.S.
December 9th, 2013
Camposol chief commercial officer Jose Antonio Gomez details what lies behind ambitions to build Peru’s biggest agri-project, in blueberries.
December 4th, 2013
More than half of Camposol’s investment plans next year will go toward a new blueberry variety.
December 3rd, 2013
The fourth International Blueberry Conference will bring a global perspective to Mexico’s growing industry.
November 29th, 2013
ASOEX has spoken out over the “serious and severe disruption” to fruit traders caused by public sector strikes in Chile.
High blueberry volumes have been picked in Chile recently but air shipments still dominated exports last week.
November 22nd, 2013
The Chilean blueberry industry will undertake a range of initiatives to boost consumption in China and South Korea.
November 19th, 2013
China’s Legend Holdings has reported strong kiwifruit volume from its agricultural division.
November 13th, 2013
A Chinese company is investing more than US$800,000 in an organic blueberry project in the northeastern province of Jilin.
Several key European countries will get an extra taste of Chilean blueberries during winter months.
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