July 02, 2015 / Week N° 27
July 2nd, 2015
A new USDA inspection site will make exports easier for southern Chilean fruit, particularly in apples, pears and blueberries.
June 26th, 2015
A Canadian industry body head says it will be ‘a busy summer’, with inspectors from two major Asian markets due to visit in the coming weeks.
June 25th, 2015
An industry head says she is ‘ecstatic’ about a deal with China estimated to be worth CAD$65 million a year.
June 24th, 2015
“In my mind we’re only going to see more blurring of the traditional retail channels for fruit,” says Naturipe CEO Dwight Ferguson.
June 23rd, 2015
It is expected Costa Group will sell 60% of its shares to the public in an IPO next month.
June 18th, 2015
Thousands of pounds of blueberries produced by a grower cooperative have for the first time been marketed in two emerging Asian markets.
May 25th, 2015
A Belgian importer is expecting some 140 metric tons of blueberries for its organic BerryFresh range this season.
May 22nd, 2015
Blueberries are all the rage in Morocco where growers are planting aggressively, but to steer clear of price falls they will need to avoid heavy harvesting from April to June.
A Chilean company affiliated with Illinois-based Sun Belle has signed a deal to develop blueberry plantations in Peru.
May 15th, 2015
Inspectors from an Asian country will visit Vancouver this summer with view to opening up the market to fresh British Columbia blueberries.
May 8th, 2015
In a record year for volumes with many challenges in markets, Chile’s blueberry export values grew slightly in 2014-15.
May 7th, 2015
Chile’s southern port of Coronel has witnessed exponential growth in fruit exports in recent years, and is about to receive a boost for the U.S. market.
May 5th, 2015
For a capital outlay that’s worth more than two thirds its annual turnover, a Peruvian company is expanding rapidly in plantations of asparagus, grapes and blueberries.
May 4th, 2015
Australia’s largest produce company Costa Group is taking a new, more sophisticated approach to testing berry quality.
April 21st, 2015
The owner of Wish Farms has a strawberry-picking robotics project that even his competitors are investing in.
A U.S.-based subsidiary of two Latin American berry groups is optimistic for this year’s blueberry deal.
April 10th, 2015
Following a very positive first five years of operation, Richland Agriculture Corp has big plans for the future.
April 9th, 2015
Heated farmworker protests in Baja California last month may have crippled agriculture in peak season, but a major Driscoll’s supplier alleges many were ‘threatened’ not to return to the fields.
April 7th, 2015
Dole Chile’s berry manager says establishment in the country has gone well and he expects a promising future.
March 31st, 2015
Blueberry experts from around the globe will come to Coffs Harbour in September for a ‘true blue’ Aussie experience.
March 18th, 2015
Barry Bedwell says it appears as though recent hot weather won’t impact negatively on fruit quality.
March 13th, 2015
Greenhouse production means small volumes of fresh Chinese cherries, blueberries and nectarines are already hitting the market.
March 9th, 2015
With just a few weeks left of the Chilean blueberry export season, total volumes could hit 91,000MT.
March 4th, 2015
Australian blueberry growers have prepared a 50-page export strategy, emphasizing an impending oversupply at home.
March 3rd, 2015
Blueberry growers around Pucon would have been much more affected by the recent volcanic eruption if their season wasn’t all but over.
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 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
Carlos Stabile says the Argentine blueberry sector is moving “along the right path.”
January 26th, 2015
Both Driscoll’s and Naturipe have capitalized on China’s recent opening for Mexican berries.
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.
November 8th, 2013
As their season winds up, British Columbia blueberry growers are optimistic about benefits from a Canada-EU trade deal.
November 5th, 2013
Oxford Frozen Foods Ltd has announced an investment push to encourage New Brunswick blueberries.
November 1st, 2013
A government initiative has helped five north-central Chilean blueberry growers band up to export their fruit.
October 30th, 2013
Avocado volumes and asparagus prices helped raise profitability for Peruvian exporter Camposol in the third quarter.
October 25th, 2013
St. Louis will become the newest entry point for blueberries imported into the United States.
October 14th, 2013
Hail may have damaged up to 50% of blueberry crops in Argentina’s Concordia region.
October 3rd, 2013
Low temperatures have led to lower expectations for the Uruguayan export blueberry crop this season.
A major Chilean blueberry shipper to China has expanded its horizons in the Far East with a Qingdao office.
September 26th, 2013
Export growth for Chile’s strongest fruit commodities helped offset heavy falls for products like avocados and oranges last season.
September 25th, 2013
Blueberries, cherries and plums look likely to be the biggest victims of Chile’s recent frosts, but other crops have also been affected.
September 24th, 2013
Chilean fruit experts are currently evaluating the impacts of frosts on a variety of key export crops.
September 23rd, 2013
The immune function may be boosted by grape and blueberry consumption.
September 20th, 2013
Ines Pelaez explains the weather conditions that have cut back blueberry export forecasts.
September 10th, 2013
A recent Asia Fruit Award winner discusses the key fruits that are making ground in the Malaysian market.
September 5th, 2013
The Argentinean Blueberry Committee has released its estimate for the 2013 season.
September 3rd, 2013
New Zealand’s BBC Technologies Ltd. showed off its berry technology from its office in Chile.
August 23rd, 2013
Curry & Company will begin sourcing berries from Chile, Argentina and Peru to achieve year-long supply.
August 13th, 2013
Offering greater stability to South American blueberry growers is essential for Angus Soft Fruits’ Nicolas Sotomayor.
August 2nd, 2013
Fall Creek’s Dave Brazelton described a big year and major possibilities for U.S. blueberries.
June 21st, 2013
Spain’s red berry sector revenue fell significantly in the 2012-13 season despite a greater surface area of crops.
June 20th, 2013
Argentine and Uruguayan blueberry exporters look set to have improved methyl bromide treatment processes for the U.S.
June 17th, 2013
Canadian cherry exporters are already preparing to sell their fruit in China, while access for another key fruit is also in the works.
June 15th, 2013
Polish blueberry grower Blueamber is looking forward to a strong season, despite weather and pest-related challenges to production.
June 14th, 2013
Michigan is working to build its footprint as a U.S. agricultural product and fruit exporter in Latin America and Asia.
June 10th, 2013
The U.S. blueberry deal faces potential gaps and oversupply in the coming weeks and months.
May 27th, 2013
Aneberries hopes to finalize talks to enter China, following an announcement of direct flights between Guadalajara and Hong Kong.
May 24th, 2013
Driscoll’s Alejandro Sanhueza explains how Chile can remain a world leader in blueberry exports.
May 3rd, 2013
Peru’s Miguel Bentin tries to cool down any excessive enthusiasm over his country’s blueberry industry.
April 26th, 2013
Yoonsang Lee assesses the first campaigns in South Korea for fresh U.S. and Chilean blueberries.
April 25th, 2013
Canada’s Mike Makara explains the benefits for British Columbia blueberries and a possibly big new trading partner.
Blueberry representatives from Argentina and Uruguay reflect on rising production costs and declining orchard space.
Blueberry representatives from North America and Chile aim to take health claims to the next level through clinical research.
Manufactured products like pet food and cosmetics could take a rising share of blueberry volumes.
The parent company of China’s top blueberry business is looking pushing for new suppliers to fill key fruit selling windows.
Fields in northern Queensland have the potential to put Australia into a situation of year-round blueberry supply.
April 17th, 2013
A Chinese business linked to Lenovo has kicked off international fruit sourcing plans with a joint venture in South America.
April 16th, 2013
The Peruvian blueberry season may start earlier now that University of Florida varieties have been made available.
April 11th, 2013
Fall Creek has released a range of new blueberries to cater to different physical demands, flavors and uses.
April 3rd, 2013
Chilean blueberry marketing has pushed category growth to new heights in Europe.
April 1st, 2013
We speak in-depth with the author of the latest NABC World Blueberry Acreage and Production Report.
March 21st, 2013
The International Blueberry Organization Summit will bring together industry leaders this April 23.
March 8th, 2013
Andrés Armstrong discusses one of the most difficult Chilean blueberry seasons he can remember.
March 5th, 2013
Florida will bring in the U.S. blueberry season this month with high expectations for the year.
March 1st, 2013
Uruguay ranked highly for Latin American citrus exports last year.
February 21st, 2013
The third International Blueberry Organization (IBO) meeting will bring global industry leaders together in April.
February 19th, 2013
Chile’s Bberri is reaching out to foreign health conscious consumers with its 100% natural blueberry juice.
February 18th, 2013
Driscoll’s’ Soren Bjorn discusses a wide range of berry trends affecting the European, Middle Eastern and Australian markets.
February 4th, 2013
Mexico’s blueberry boom could extend to a new farming region if feasibility tests prove successful.
January 31st, 2013
A Peruvian blueberry leader says the country needs higher yielding varieties with fewer cold hours.
January 28th, 2013
Berries Paradise is pushing Mexican blueberries to unexplored territory, starting with Asia.
January 23rd, 2013
The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) has released production statistics for 34 American states and British Columbia.
January 14th, 2013
Argentina blueberry output went down slightly but stayed closed to the estimated volume.
January 9th, 2013
Alpine Fresh has entered a joint venture with Five Star Family Growers that could build into a larger North American program.
December 20th, 2012
Strange rains have slashed Chile’s cherry export prospects, with lighter effects for grapes and blueberries.
December 19th, 2012
More than four million kilograms of blueberries went out of Argentina’s Tucumán province in 2012.
December 13th, 2012
Flight delays and a build-up of cherries and blueberries in storage have impacted Chile’s export sector.
December 12th, 2012
Recent investments and market trends paint a hopeful picture for blueberries in China.
December 7th, 2012
Chile’s blueberry harvest is slightly lower than initial estimates due to rain effects.
November 30th, 2012
Gourmet Trading Company has imported the first commercial load of Peruvian blueberries in the U.S.
Chilean fruit company has expanded its offering with its first shipment of blueberries this month.
November 29th, 2012
The Chilean Blueberry Committee has announced estimates for frost impacts in the south.
November 28th, 2012
Southern Chilean blueberry growers claim to have lost a lot of fruit to recent black frosts.
November 26th, 2012
The start of Chile’s peak blueberry export deal has begun with a lower possibility of rain in harvest regions.
November 23rd, 2012
Argentina has shipped significantly more blueberries to Europe this year than in 2011.
November 19th, 2012
Chilean company Quitoquímica has embarked on a natural fungicide development for berries.
November 16th, 2012
North Bay Produce is bullish about the logistics potential of its airport facility in St. Louis.
November 8th, 2012
Giumarra is set to import a rise in Chilean conventional and organic blueberries this year.
October 29th, 2012
It is hoped a Chilean blueberry merger will reduce fragmented distribution chains and supply gaps.
Cold weather has set the South African blueberry season back by about three weeks.
October 26th, 2012
Dr Rodrigo Cazanga discusses studies into the effects of climate change on blueberries in Chile’s Maule region.
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