March 05, 2015 / Week N° 10
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.
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