May 01, 2015 / Week N° 18
April 21st, 2015
Chiquita had a victory in court yesterday for one case, right as a new one had just opened with allegations of “pesticide showers” in Guatemala.
April 8th, 2015
The Brazilian government has jumped on the ‘ugly fruit’ bandwagon to counteract a 30% produce waste rate.
March 26th, 2015
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 10th, 2015
A Chilean apple company plans to plant cherry trees to complement future online sales in China.
March 5th, 2015
Rainfall in two key Brazilian production areas from January to March is unlikely to be lower than historic averages.
February 19th, 2015
Revenue surpassed US$1 billion for the largest citrus shipper in the U.S. last year, bolstered by a new partnerships in India and Brazil.
January 7th, 2015
Brian Kocher will serve as interim CEO of the new privately-owned Chiquita Brands International.
January 6th, 2015
With a tender offer now complete, the Brazilian takeover of Chiquita Brands is right around the corner.
December 18th, 2014
Waitrose will stock various table grape varieties such as Sweet Mayabelle for the festive season.
November 24th, 2014
Bayer CropScience has two new naturally-bred agricultural products it says will solve some food chain problems.
Brazilian retail specialist Leonardo Miyao discusses trends in South America’s largest fruit and vegetable market.
November 21st, 2014
CEPEA believes a speculative storage strategy has led to lower prices for Brazilian apples.
NatureSeal’s A.J. Martinich looks at some of the key items and regions with growth potential in fresh-cut produce.
November 18th, 2014
Central American Produce says volatile mango import volumes from Latin America mean buyers must act now.
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.
October 28th, 2014
With some Brazilian water reservoirs at 5% capacity, lime prices have shot up to US$2.79 per kilogram.
October 20th, 2014
Revenue for Brazilian papaya exports has so far been 16% higher this year compared to 2013.
A Brazilian professor says farmers using his HLB-detection machine could control the disease ‘within three years’.
October 16th, 2014
Chiquita says Cutrale-Safra have ‘failed to deliver’ an irrevocable offer, claiming a merger with Fyffes would provide much better value than US$14 per share.
October 15th, 2014
In a last-ditch effort, Cutrale-Safra have upped their Chiquita takeover offer to US$14 per share, saying it provides ‘complete certainty’ in terms of value to shareholders.
October 14th, 2014
Brazil’s 2014-15 melon export season is already off to a positive start with strong prices as well.
October 8th, 2014
Rains in southern Brazil have broken the trend of dry weather in 2014 that was negatively affecting citrus growers.
September 29th, 2014
The Brazilian companies trying to buy Chiquita are not impressed with its recent announcement regarding Fyffes.
September 26th, 2014
In a bid to sway interest away from Brazilian competition, Fyffes is now offering Chiquita shareholders a much greater share in the combined entity.
September 25th, 2014
The Chilean Citrus Committee is upbeat about new export prospects in nearby Brazil.
September 24th, 2014
A large Portuguese pear company says despite the Russian ban’s effects on EU supply, it will not change tack.
Chilean citrus exporters will now have a handy outlet if Northern Hemisphere markets get swamped in the future.
September 8th, 2014
Fyffes has given Chiquita a waiver allowing Chiquita to engage in discussions with its Brazilian suitors.
August 25th, 2014
A U.S. grape company says consumer preference for freshness is one reason retailers may import earlier this season.
August 22nd, 2014
A port in the U.S. state of Georgia will soon allow entry for cold-treated citrus from Peru.
A U.K. company is taking a further step in testing fruit fly controls through genetic modification, but GeneWatch believes the move could threaten the food supply.
August 21st, 2014
Brazil’s leading table grape producer says cloudy weather greatly affected white seedless production this year, however a strong domestic market and 14 new varieties mean it isn’t all bad news.
August 18th, 2014
After the Chiquita board said “no” to a takeover offer, two Brazilian groups are making a direct pitch to shareholders.
August 14th, 2014
Banana workers and advocacy groups had raised concern that a Brazilian takeover would set back 15 years of progress. Luckily for them, Chiquita is not recommending the deal to its shareholders.
July 28th, 2014
A report says El Niño bodes positively for Brazil’s mango industry, and not so well for a key competitor.
July 25th, 2014
A recent CEPEA report looks at the Brazilian papaya season to date and what can be expected for the rest of 2014.
July 18th, 2014
Brazilians have spent a lot more on imported apples this year compared to the prices achieved for exports.
July 17th, 2014
A new online service aims to make produce market dynamics easy to understand and visualize in context.
July 2nd, 2014
An Argentine citrus industry representative says growers urgently need the U.S. and Brazilian markets to be opened if they are to improve their lot.
June 26th, 2014
Forecasts for the potential expansion of HLB in São Paulo do not look good for growers.
June 12th, 2014
Brazil’s ANDEF has identified 350 pest threats to watch out for during the World Cup.
May 6th, 2014
Through extensive eradication work, Brazil is now free of a major apple pest.
May 5th, 2014
An improvised storage solution has triggered growth in American Airlines’ Brazilian papaya freight business, while new routes have also opened up unexpected opportunities elsewhere.
May 2nd, 2014
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April 24th, 2014
While Mexican growers have struggled to garner lime volumes, Brazil has recorded a sharp year-on-year uptick.
April 17th, 2014
An upcoming organic campaign in Brazil would promote sustainable eating to soccer fans at the World Cup.
April 7th, 2014
In an effort to decrease dependence on the EU, Brazil is sending much more fruit to the Middle East.
March 27th, 2014
Brazil’s Abrafrutas has its sights set on international markets and better pesticide regulations.
March 25th, 2014
Fresh Brazilian muskmelons and watermelons have been approved for sale in Chile.
After two decades of blockage, Latin America’s top banana producer will once again send fruit to Brazil.
March 24th, 2014
A dry start to the year has reduced volumes for several top fruit categories in Brazil.
March 4th, 2014
Resistance to citrus black spot (CBS) disease is the driver behind a new Brazilian GM field study.
March 3rd, 2014
From Shanghai to Pretoria to Sao Paulo, two PMA execs cover a string of Fresh Connections events in the pipeline.
February 28th, 2014
HLB Specialties’ CEO discusses trends surrounding two of the leading export fruits in his native Brazil.
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 21st, 2014
The Brazilian state of Ceará has eradicated a bacterial disease that kills fruit on banana plants.
February 17th, 2014
A Brazilian Hass avocado exporter plans a significant increase in production over the coming years.
February 10th, 2014
High costs and citrus greening are forcing producers out of São Paulo’s citrus industry.
January 31st, 2014
Peruvian authorities expect to reach a mandarin export agreement with Brazil by April.
January 28th, 2014
In the face of a devastating citrus disease, Brazil’s top production state has fought back with vigor.
January 27th, 2014
Brazil’s new cherry tomato variety has been described as one of the tastiest available.
January 23rd, 2014
Six out of Brazil’s top seven fresh fruit exports scored improved results in the 2013 season.
January 16th, 2014
High labor costs have restricted Brazilian papayas, but the industry is invested in promoting exports.
Brazil now has emergency measures in six states to combat Helicoverpa armigera outbreaks.
January 10th, 2014
A favorable exchange rate has encouraged diverse sales for Brazilian bananas.
The Brazilian port of Paranaguá will receive improvements to its cargo processing system.
January 2nd, 2014
Supply shortages in 2013 sent Brazilian tomato prices up a reported 800%.
December 13th, 2013
Brazil’s new Explorer watermelon has shown good disease resistance, post-harvest qualities and a tasty, sweet intense red flesh.
November 28th, 2013
Brazil has European grape markets full at the moment. Chile, however, should find a more open market in 2014.
A Brazilian scientist has revealed insights into how cold temperatures and chemicals can affect banana smell and color.
November 22nd, 2013
Guarana fruit yields could skyrocket in Amazonas thanks to two new varieties developed in Brazil.
A later season is expected for the world’s fourth largest watermelon producer as a result of weather conditions.
November 15th, 2013
The “Citrus Unidos” plan provides a US$4 million investment to fight citrus greening in Brazil.
Oranges, bananas and tomatoes are set to help support a strong rise in Brazilian crop income next year.
November 11th, 2013
With the touch of a smartphone screen, Brazilian shoppers can trace produce across the supply chain.
November 8th, 2013
Brazil has achieved a breakthrough agreement to ship corn directly to the Chinese mainland.
November 5th, 2013
Isis has joined the ranks among Brazil’s nationally developed seedless grape varieties.
November 1st, 2013
Brazilian researchers have teamed up to develop the nation’s first natural pesticide against citrus greening.
Traceability must be inclusive for all types of growers and protect the environment, according to Thomas Eckschmidt.
October 23rd, 2013
A compound in the Matico pepper plant could provide a natural insecticide against Asian Citrus Psyllid.
October 22nd, 2013
Colombian and Brazilian scientists have found value added potential in mango peels due to beneficial bioactive compounds.
October 17th, 2013
Brazil’s overall fruit exports are expected to increase, despite severe drought in the northeast.
October 7th, 2013
An international working group has questioned the E.U. stance on citrus black spot.
October 4th, 2013
Mercosur could end a protective tariff on garlic, putting the Brazilian industry on alert.
September 25th, 2013
Argentine pome fruit exporters have fetched good prices this year but are concerned about Brazilian currency devaluation.
September 4th, 2013
Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture found traces of several banned or restricted pesticides on fresh fruit samples.
September 3rd, 2013
The Brazilian government put its new grape options on display to promote juice production.
August 28th, 2013
Chile expects growth for its avocado harvest this year despite previous pessimism around frosts and low rainfall.
August 19th, 2013
If approved by Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff, a new fund will be created to support the country’s cashew growers.
August 15th, 2013
Banana growers in Sao Paulo say management costs for Black Sigatoka remain prohibitive.
August 9th, 2013
Lower import requirements mean Chile should have easier avocado access to Brazil.
August 8th, 2013
Brazil’s new variety BRS Núbia has been praised as a step forward for black grapes.
August 2nd, 2013
Cold weather during dormancy is expected to bump up Brazil’s apple harvest.
July 22nd, 2013
Ecuadorian banana exporters are gearing up to ship to Brazil, but the Latin American giant has announced aims to delay the process.
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 5th, 2013
Witch’s broom disease put a nasty spell on Brazil’s cacao crops in the 90s, but a state institution has come up with an organic remedy.
May 31st, 2013
Israel’s Stockton Group has gained registration of a biofungicide in Canada, with hopes of approvals in Brazil and the U.S. in the pipeline.
May 22nd, 2013
An Egyptian grower-exporter’s agreement to grow Brazilian peaches and nectarines may prompt trials with other products.
April 19th, 2013
Latin America may face its own extremes from climate change but several factors will lend the region a helping hand.
April 12th, 2013
Portuguese fruit exporters hope to add to their €40 million in annual trade with Brazil through a special agreement with the country.
March 25th, 2013
A new hybrid tangerine stands out for high output and disease resistance.
March 22nd, 2013
Brazil is close to overcoming one of its most damaging pests, the codling moth.
March 8th, 2013
Weather impacts and competition with more profitable crops will cut back Brazil’s apple harvest this year.
March 5th, 2013
Argentina will likely suffer a significant drop in apple exports in the wake of hail last Friday.
February 28th, 2013
Southern Hemisphere fruit exporters urged shipping lines to reconsider steep rate increases that could damage competitiveness.
February 20th, 2013
Brazil is celebrating “victory” in an orange juice trade dispute with the United States.
Ivanete Pereira says a new Brazilian export banana will provide something new but won’t compete with Cavendish.
February 18th, 2013
Juan Carlos Rivera explains the positive situation Peru’s mango industry is now in after a staggered start.
February 13th, 2013
Purity Organic has strong expectations for its first ever quality arrivals of organic Peruvian table grapes in the U.S.
January 18th, 2013
Expectations for Brazil’s 2013-14 citrus deal are unclear, but growers believe higher profitability is likely.
January 11th, 2013
Pineapple shipments from Brazil’s Minas Gerais state grew 724.5% from January to October 2012.
December 19th, 2012
Disease resistance and high productivity are traits of new Brazilian limes, passionfruit and cherries.
December 18th, 2012
Brazilian citrus output is expected to drop by 10% due to stressed trees and average blossoming.
December 11th, 2012
Brazil has ended a ban on Argentine grapes, reopening a big market between the two countries.
December 4th, 2012
Oppy’s Bill Poulos has applauded the exceptional quality of Brazilian Rainforest Alliance Thompson grapes.
November 28th, 2012
Brazil’s EMBRAPA has developed two grapes with climate adaptability and high brix levels.
November 22nd, 2012
Brazilian researchers are betting a new peach variety will live up to its name, translated as ‘Fascination’.
November 21st, 2012
Brazil moves around US$240 million in organic goods each year, mostly to the benefit of farming families.
November 9th, 2012
The E.U. and Latin America were able to end the longest-running dispute in multilateral trading history.
Disease detection has forced Brazil to cease orange shipments to Europe.
November 7th, 2012
BRS Platina bananas, a new breed from Brazil, resist yellow Sigatoka and Panama disease.
October 19th, 2012
Subtrop’s Rudolf Badenhorst says South Africa looks to be in for a good mango harvest in December.
October 18th, 2012
Brazilian grapes are selling for a high price in Europe as importers struggle to meet demand.
October 11th, 2012
Global hunger levels have dropped significantly but FAO chief, José Graziano Da Silva believes more can be done.
September 28th, 2012
Brazilian apple growers were expecting a great year until unusual frosts hit orchards this week.
September 24th, 2012
Containers full of pears are sitting and waiting in Portuguese ports due to strikes over austerity measures.
September 12th, 2012
Argentine trade restrictions have led Bolivia to look for new banana export destinations.
September 10th, 2012
Peru is expected to increase its overseas grape shipments by a fifth this season.
September 7th, 2012
Conditions are looking better for the Chilean grape deal transition in 2012.
September 5th, 2012
A Brazilian study to extend raspberry shelf life should help small to medium sized-growers.
September 4th, 2012
Fyffes has posted an increase in pre-tax profits thanks to organic growth and shipping efficiencies.
September 3rd, 2012
Brazilian melon exports look well placed to take advantage of the Mediterranean’s early season finish.
Brazil’s table grape harvest kicks off this week but more growers are opting to sell in a strong domestic market.
August 24th, 2012
Brazilian mango exporters look set to gain from a delayed start to the Ecuadorian season.
August 21st, 2012
U.S. distributor Kingston & Associates continues to expand its import scope with mangoes from Brazil.
August 17th, 2012
Brazil’s papaya export industry is recovering from a hiccup in supply due to tax inspector strikes.
We provide a synopsis of how El Niño is set to impact Latin American fruit growing countries.
August 2nd, 2012
iQonsulting analyzes the competitive and productive factors affecting northern Chile’s grape exporters.
July 30th, 2012
Research in Brazil has so far shown CVC disease is not spread through citrus seeds.
Sergio del Castillo explains why Peru’s mandarins have become such a runaway success.
July 27th, 2012
Members of the Southern Agricultural Council (CAS) have agreed to technical collaboration for Chinese trade.
July 26th, 2012
Marcelo Loyarte discusses the core issues that have hindered Argentina’s pome fruit exports in 2012.
July 23rd, 2012
U.S. mango imports were slightly down in week 28.
July 18th, 2012
Brazil’s fibrous Tommy Atkins mangoes are proving less popular in Europe.
July 16th, 2012
Crown Jewels’ Bill Lewis discusses grape and pomegranate supply deals from South America to the U.S. market.
July 12th, 2012
Rio de Janeiro hosted a Chinese delegation recently to discuss growing and exporting blueberries.
July 9th, 2012
IICA’s David Williams discusses the Rio+20 conference and what it means for agriculture.
July 2nd, 2012
The U.S. share in Brazil’s produce market is falling, but potential still exists for exporters.
June 13th, 2012
Argentine growers will finally be able to send oranges to their neighbor Brazil in July.
June 8th, 2012
The Amazon camu-camu fruit is versatile, antioxidant-rich and can be consumed in myriad ways.
CitrusBR president Christian Lohbauer discusses Brazil’s orange juice stock outlook.
June 6th, 2012
Apple supply in Europe is tight with a weak euro and foreign growers opting for closer markets.
May 31st, 2012
A build-up of Brazilian orange juice stocks has been disquieting for the industry this year.
May 22nd, 2012
U.S. tropical fruit procurement company Kingston plans to grow its pineapple presence.
May 21st, 2012
Maersk Line has vowed to increase its Latin American route rates to absorb rising fuel costs.
May 17th, 2012
Argentine fruit producers are struggling to get shipments across the Brazilian border due to tighter controls.
May 15th, 2012
Agropar boss André Briso discusses Brazil’s high brix litchis and the industry changes taking place.
May 8th, 2012
Convincing Brazilians to make the switch to Hass variety avocados will be a big challenge for Chile.
May 4th, 2012
Brazil has taken a hardline reaction to disease mitigation by halting grape imports from Argentina.
May 3rd, 2012
The world’s largest orange-growing region is set for a 15% production drop this year.
April 25th, 2012
Brazilian authorities say Chilean avocados can be imported, but will need to meet pest requirements.
April 23rd, 2012
Lisa Cork says the push for better packaging and label marketing starts with grower initiative.
April 20th, 2012
The South African is under pressure to ensure fruit export opportunities move further up the BRICS agenda.
April 19th, 2012
The NMB will help exporters in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru and Haiti improve mango quality.
April 17th, 2012
A former Greenpeace leader calls on the international community to wake up and realize the benefits of GM crops.
April 12th, 2012
Brazil records increased fig sales in the first quarter thanks to good fruit quality.
April 3rd, 2012
Indonesia’s proposed Jakarta port closure was among the new concerns raised to the WTO.
April 2nd, 2012
Packaging expert Lisa Cork talks banking on food trends ahead of an upcoming visit to South America.
Brazilian producers are predicting this season will be another year of depressed fruit exports.
March 29th, 2012
Zona Sul’s Carlos Cury looks at important trends that produce exporters can capitalize on in Brazil.
March 19th, 2012
The papaya industry is wrestling with tough weather conditions in the wake of last year’s U.S. salmonella outbreak.
March 14th, 2012
Brazilian apple growers have experienced an ‘interesting’ season in terms of weather and fruit quality.
March 12th, 2012
Brazil is to train farmers nationwide on using pesticides safely.
March 1st, 2012
Brazillian researchers are working on a new type of edible plastic covering which could double fruit shelf-life.
February 29th, 2012
A 24% year-on-year rise in profits for ATM Terminals will be ploughed into expanding the operator’s port networks.
February 20th, 2012
Apple and pear crops in the Southern Hemisphere are expected to drop this year, but pear shipments are set to rise.
February 16th, 2012
FSANZ has decided not to ban carbendazim in orange juice imports.
February 15th, 2012
The Mango Marketing Promotion and Information (MMPI) platform is in full motion towards reaching its goals.
February 8th, 2012
The Brazilian government may pass a law that aims to stop biopiracy of the ‘açaí’ fruit brand.
February 3rd, 2012
Brazil has halted the use of carbendazim on orange crops and is looking for a U.S. reopening.
January 27th, 2012
Orange growers in the southwest of São Paulo are scrambling to capture a high yielding crop and avoid rain damage.
January 23rd, 2012
Brazil needs to make changes to consolidate export markets, says PMA representative Valeska de Oliveira.
January 20th, 2012
Brazil would have had another record wine grape harvest this year if it weren’t for hail and drought.
January 16th, 2012
Chile’s walnut export industry crosed the US$200 million mark in 2011.
The Australian citrus industry hopes the government will follow the U.S. in testing Brazilian juice imports.
January 13th, 2012
U.S. moves to test orange juice for pesticides have caught Brazilian exporters by surprise.
Brazilian growers were expecting a record year for apple quality, but recent hailstorms have changed that.
January 11th, 2012
Peruvian mango growers need better coordination to succeed in Asia and increase U.S. access size requirements.
January 10th, 2012
Brazilian grape company Fazendas Labrunier is finding new ways to adapt to a competitive market environment.
January 6th, 2012
South Africa’s growing food processing industry is hungry for good quality raw imports.
January 3rd, 2012
Brazil’s papaya growing heartland has been hit by heavy downpour and is at risk of possible fungal damage.
December 26th, 2011
Brazil’s apple industry suffered from hail and high exchange rates in 2011, but 2012 is looking brighter.
December 22nd, 2011
Nature’s Pride CEO Shawn Harris says fair trade goes beyond ‘greenwashing’ and needs strong checks to ensure its credibility.
December 21st, 2011
Mexico has intensified its strawberry production to post record exports.
December 19th, 2011
The National Mango Board’s William Watson talks plans for improved export data and new market opportunities.
December 15th, 2011
China and other Latin American countries are becoming increasingly important markets for Chilean cherries.
The fruit fly headache for mango exporters could be a thing of the past thanks to genetic engineering.
Brazilian orange juice shipments are expected to increase despite lower crop yields.
December 13th, 2011
The Brazilian government will fine supermarkets that have unacceptable levels of pesticides in produce.
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