July 01, 2015 / Week N° 27
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.
Oppy’s Jason Fung looks at the summer campaign ahead for BC blueberries, and is upbeat about Aussie citrus and New Zealand kiwifruit.
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 23rd, 2015
A Ontario producer swept to victory in the ‘Best Specialty Mini Pepper’ category at a recent greenhouse competition, winning the top three prizes.
June 15th, 2015
A government official says Canadians will soon have the highest level of information on food’s sugar content than anywhere else in the world.
June 5th, 2015
Having successfully adapted sulphur pads to the Sovereign Coronation variety, an Ontario research center now hopes to trial fumigation methods to increase growers’ competitiveness.
June 2nd, 2015
Two U.S. and Canadian public health organizations will work together to help make ‘informed risk-based regulatory decisions’.
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 6th, 2015
Eric Viramontes has kicked off proceedings at this year’s PMA Fresh Connections: Mexico event, hopeful the produce industry can help significantly boost fruit and vegetable consumption in the country.
J.V. Steele has secured the exclusive rights to sell a unique onion variety in the U.S. and Canada.
April 27th, 2015
While the British Columbia cherry growers are ‘mobbed’ by Chinese interest, the U.S. Northwest early start is cause for ‘excitement’.
‘Cutecumbers’ will be sold in several cities around the biggest cucumber-producing country in the world.
April 23rd, 2015
A Red Sun Farms executive will speak at the upcoming PMA Fresh Connections: Mexico event about how producers can benefit from sometimes hard-to-access information.
April 6th, 2015
The Okanagan Specialty Fruits head says “prospects are huge” for the GM apple following regulatory approval for the U.S. and Canada.
March 3rd, 2015
A US$4.2 billion biotech company has bought into the fresh-cut and foodservice propositions of Okanagan Specialty Fruit’s (OSF) Arctic apples.
February 15th, 2015
Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) is one step closer to getting its genetically modified, non-browning apples on the U.S. market.
February 3rd, 2015
Total produce has expanded its North American operations with a 50% shareholding acquisition of the Canadian fresh produce company Gambles Group.
January 20th, 2015
A Canadian greenhouse vegetable grower will be able to reduce its use of cardboard boxes with a new partnership.
January 13th, 2015
Building on a successful Michigan tomato operation, Sunset Produce will soon grow peppers in a large-scale U.S. pepper greenhouse.
January 7th, 2015
Consumers have not yet seen enough tangible benefits from biotech food to make the category popular, argues OSF’s Neal Carter.
November 25th, 2014
Lawyer Tim Henkel says the USDA was justified in its actions regarding Canadian exporters and PACA.
Financial protection for produce sellers was one of the key topics addressed during recent meetings between industry and government in Ottawa.
November 20th, 2014
After conquering palates in Europe, Madagascan litchi growers are now looking for new northern markets.
November 19th, 2014
Fresh Del Monte Produce has opened a new operation to supply fresh cut salads, fruits and vegetables to the Canadian market.
November 13th, 2014
AMHPAC president Juan Ariel Reyes discusses changing dynamics and key goals for the Mexican protected horticulture sector.
November 7th, 2014
Nature Fresh says its mobile micro greenhouse is a great way to educate consumers about food production.
November 3rd, 2014
CPMA president Ron Lemaire looks in depth at what less payment protection in the U.S. could lead to for Canadian produce exporters.
October 30th, 2014
NatureSweet’s Michael Joergensen speaks candidly about why his company’s employment policy differs from the norm, and how that translates to better tomato flavor.
October 27th, 2014
After talks were fast-tracked in August, Canada will now take some market pressure off Polish apple exporters.
October 23rd, 2014
Walmart Canada a has signed up to the ‘Half Your Plate’ campaign, which aims to make healthy eating easier.
October 6th, 2014
Canadian produce companies are no longer protected by the U.S. payment protection system PACA.
September 26th, 2014
The North American cranberry harvest is underway, with leading cooperative Ocean Spray expanding internationally.
September 25th, 2014
If Canadian authorities don’t act fast, exporters could soon be at risk of going bankrupt if they continue trade with the U.S.
September 24th, 2014
As of January 2015, Japan and Canada will be able to trade organic produce without the need for further certification.
September 23rd, 2014
A Mexico-specific distribution center will be built in Canada as part of plans to bolster the countries’ trade relationship.
September 15th, 2014
Peru’s citrus industry has notched a more sober export result after a blistering start to harvests raised expectations.
September 8th, 2014
Progress has been made in developing sweet potato varieties more suited to Canada’s cool climate.
September 1st, 2014
With phenomenal North American blueberry production forecast, one company says big changes are needed.
Australian citrus is one of many imported fruits that have suffered from flat sales in China recently.
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 26th, 2014
An expanded greenhouse with a diffused glass ceiling will support increased tomato production for Sunset Produce.
August 25th, 2014
Canadian authorities have vowed to speed up market access for Polish apple growers, who like their own fishermen have been impacted by Russia’s food import embargo.
August 12th, 2014
Mexico’s avocado shipments to its three biggest importers increased by around a third from January to June.
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.
August 5th, 2014
Following a recent interview, Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton takes an in-depth look at the North American blueberry deal.
August 4th, 2014
Ontario researchers aim to cater to growing Asian populations at home by cultivating more ‘exotic’ vegetables.
July 31st, 2014
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 25th, 2014
Canada’ BC Blueberry Council says gaining China and Korea access will be a key use of government funding.
July 15th, 2014
Terminal operators in Vancouver’s port will decide on whether to accept new business in the event of U.S. delays.
June 26th, 2014
Growth is expected for Canadian horticulture, amidst an environment of U.S. competition and technology pressures.
June 23rd, 2014
British Colombia’s cherry growers say the new deal with China is a gigant step for the industry.
June 19th, 2014
Canadian government officials hope blueberries will follow a recent Chinese cherry market access deal.
March 26th, 2014
British Columbia hopes to win over local and international markets with a growing greenhouse vegetable sector.
March 18th, 2014
After last week’s IBO conference in Mexico, two experts revealed plans for building blueberry demand.
February 12th, 2014
While details remain unknown, the Canadian produce industry will look to make the most of a European trade pact.
January 28th, 2014
A Canadian company expects strong regulatory prospects with a U.K.-developed GM purple tomato.
January 7th, 2014
U.S. onion growers will soon have less red tape when shipping to their northern neighbors in Canada.
December 18th, 2013
Colombian growers have successfully shipped papayas to Canada and are working on certifications to open new markets.
December 16th, 2013
American Airlines’ Carmen Taylor discusses new produce flight routes and the investment needed to keep perishables in top condition.
December 3rd, 2013
Hail damage cut down British Columbia’s apple crop this year but grower Jagdeep Gill said quality remained high.
November 18th, 2013
Implementation of the Safe Food for Canadians Act and other regulations will lead to significant changes for produce imports.
November 12th, 2013
Okanagan Specialty Fruits has responded to interpretations of letters about its GM apples.
OSF’s Neal Carter discusses plans for GM apple production in the U.S., food service benefits and expectations for Canadian deregulation.
November 8th, 2013
U.S. authorities have opened up assessments on genetically modified apples for public comment.
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.
October 28th, 2013
Oppy’s James Milne says the U.S. is moving to a more fixed ‘European’ produce sourcing model as growers seek to cut risks.
October 10th, 2013
Canada’s AAFC plans to collaborate with cucumber, tomato and pepper growers to improve yields and fight disease.
September 27th, 2013
Canada wraps up its fourth annual Organic Week today, in celebration of the nation’s blossoming organic market.
September 20th, 2013
Just five months after it was declared as eradicated, an Asian Long-horned beetle has reared its head on an industrial site in Ontario.
The Canadian license holder for Red Prince apples is now vertically integrated after the purchase of a shipper.
September 12th, 2013
A recent approval is expected to “establish a bridgehead” for Korean fruit exports to Latin America.
August 29th, 2013
Mexico’s Roger Gay discusses a need for better direct access to Europe and the prospects of better tasting irradiated mangoes.
August 13th, 2013
Lantao’s John Wang gives his verdict on the varying quality and prospects in China for imported apples, grapes, citrus and cherries.
June 18th, 2013
Mastronardi Produce’s Mini Kumato tomato may look a bit odd at first glance but the company says it’s sweet.
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.
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 10th, 2013
Canada’s agricultural budget cuts put research, industry and food safety at risk, according to a former CFIA inspection supervisor.
April 25th, 2013
Canada’s Mike Makara explains the benefits for British Columbia blueberries and a possibly big new trading partner.
Blueberry representatives from North America and Chile aim to take health claims to the next level through clinical research.
April 22nd, 2013
Oppy’s David Nelley talks about a “beacon” for the pear market and positives for Southern Hemisphere suppliers.
April 15th, 2013
Nonbrowing Arctic apples look and taste just like their parent fruit, but will consumers accept the GM product?
March 26th, 2013
Oleen Smethurst discusses the produce initiatives and lessons learned at Costco Wholesale in Canada.
March 19th, 2013
Chile will plant 4,000 Saskatoon berry plants over three years to test their suitability to the climate.
February 28th, 2013
Oppy now has a dozen consecutive Canada’s Best Managed Company recognitions to its name.
January 23rd, 2013
The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) has released production statistics for 34 American states and British Columbia.
January 22nd, 2013
U.S. distributor Mission Produce plans to grow its capabilities in Canada and Mexico.
January 17th, 2013
Six new cold-weather cherry varieties have entered their first year of production in Canada.
January 15th, 2013
The Oppenheimer Group will soon become a marketer of around 2 million boxes of sweet bell peppers.
January 8th, 2013
By 2017, Europe’s top produce company will control 65% of the Oppenheimer Group.
January 7th, 2013
A shortfall in Chilean export grapes has led to high prices for both white and red seedless.
January 4th, 2013
Domex’s Howard Nager takes a look at the core issues shaping this year’s U.S. apple and pear crop.
November 13th, 2012
Marketers from five continents have come on board with an IFO red-flesh apple project.
November 6th, 2012
Three populations of black raspberries have shown resistance to a disease-spreading aphid.
Oppy president John Anderson talks about independent decisions and competing for supply.
October 29th, 2012
Canada is pushing to give its organic foods a competitive edge on the international market.
October 19th, 2012
Dawn Gray looks at how the Amazon online business model could take the produce industry by storm.
October 15th, 2012
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has bred a new apple crossing Splendour and Gala varieties.
October 12th, 2012
An historic olive region in Chile is moving towards organic production to improve grower returns.
October 10th, 2012
Mexico’s Aneberries president Mario Steta is confident growers will soon gain access to China.
September 17th, 2012
The parent company of Sobeys’ grocery chain has shown positive sales growth, thanks in part to acquisitions.
September 13th, 2012
British Columbian blueberry farmers expect the season to close in early October with a 15% volume rise.
September 7th, 2012
Distributors have urged retailers to understand the specifics of the current mango salmonella scare.
September 4th, 2012
Federico Beltrán Molina takes an in-depth look at Peru’s blueberry potential and competitive threats.
August 23rd, 2012
Canada’s demand for high quality and value added products has worked in favor of Peruvian horticulturalists.
August 20th, 2012
Weather troubles have fueled hopes for strong apple returns, but could a lack of promotions cut expectations?
August 17th, 2012
K.S. Subramanian discusses a joint Indian-Sri Lankan-Canadian project to improve packaging technology.
August 7th, 2012
The U.S. Apple Association has questioned the need for a GM fruit in the industry.
August 6th, 2012
The Sweetheart cherry cultivar has helped Canada establish itself as a worldwide exporter.
OSF’s Neal Carter talks about silencing genes that cause browning and bruising in apples and other fruit.
July 30th, 2012
Sergio del Castillo explains why Peru’s mandarins have become such a runaway success.
July 26th, 2012
Good prices have helped drive growth for Peruvian mandarins and organic bananas this year.
July 16th, 2012
Peru is on schedule to exceed last year’s citrus exports by 3.8%.
Two new GM non-browning apples must gain public feedback before U.S. authorities allow them to go on sale.
July 10th, 2012
Greenhouse gases are being used to nourish sweet bell peppers, the Oppenheimer Group has revealed.
July 6th, 2012
ClemenGold founder Abs van Rooyen talks about premium growth and the benefits of offshoot products.
July 4th, 2012
The Canadian government has announced a processing subsidy it hopes will bolster Ontario’s apple sector.
South African orange exporters discuss the impact of Egyptian Valencia oversupply in the Middle East.
June 11th, 2012
Canadian apple growers in British Columbia are lobbying against a proposed GM commercial crop trial.
The CPMA says food inspection modernization could help boost consumer confidence in fruits and vegetables.
June 7th, 2012
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has released a draft proposal for an overhaul of its programs.
June 1st, 2012
Researchers from India, Sri Lanka and Canada are testing nano-film with the aim of reducing post harvest losses.
May 30th, 2012
More plantations in China have helped push up global peach production in 2011-12.
May 21st, 2012
Oppenheimer’s David Nelley takes a look at the dynamics driving the U.S. pome fruit market at the moment.
May 18th, 2012
Indonesia may exempt the U.S., Australia, Canada and perhaps New Zealand from fresh produce import restrictions.
Canada’s chief horticultural bodies have merged their two food safety programs in a move to cut duplication.
May 16th, 2012
Dawn Gray looks at why Canadians outshine their larger U.S. neighbors in fruit and vegetable consumption.
May 11th, 2012
Mexican avocados and berries have proved a hit with Canadian consumers, contributing to a fruit export jump.
April 12th, 2012
Brazil records increased fig sales in the first quarter thanks to good fruit quality.
April 11th, 2012
Californian grape growers recorded their second-largest export volume ever from May to January.
April 3rd, 2012
South African apple exports are expected to increase this season while prices remain flat.
Indonesia’s proposed Jakarta port closure was among the new concerns raised to the WTO.
March 5th, 2012
New Mexican pineapple packaging center to export 45,000MT by 2014.
February 28th, 2012
Argentina’s blueberry charm offensive has paid dividends with increased European consumption.
February 7th, 2012
Canadian police have made their second fruit-related cocaine bust in recent weeks.
January 19th, 2012
ConAgra Foods has announced it will acquire Del Monte Canada’s packaged fruit, fruit snacks and vegetables.
January 16th, 2012
The Australian citrus industry hopes the government will follow the U.S. in testing Brazilian juice imports.
A new South African mango variety is starting commercial trials worldwide, from Australia to Peru.
January 13th, 2012
U.S. moves to test orange juice for pesticides have caught Brazilian exporters by surprise.
December 29th, 2011
Mendoza exporters will find it easier to export stonefruit to the U.S. after a fruit fly status update.
December 28th, 2011
Mexico has staked its guava-exporting claim in the U.S. market.
December 27th, 2011
Peru’s organic exports have skyrocketed as the country continues to look for new markets.
October 28th, 2011
Argentine blueberry exports to the U.S. and Canada spiked in week 42, with growth set to continue.
October 6th, 2011
Peru’s exotic fruit could be key to tapping into Canada’s lucrative organic import market.
May 19th, 2011
A stong crop in a Mexican mango-growing region has led to market saturation, allowing exporters to choose higher quality produce.
May 12th, 2011
The Mexican Center for Philanthropy (CEMFI) has awarded a pepper producer its fourth consecutive Socially Responsible Enterprise Award.
April 21st, 2011
Panama has negotiated its first papaya shipments to Canada, in a move that could pave the way for other fruits to enter the lucrative market.
April 19th, 2011
Mexico and Canada are seeking ways to increase efficiency for their US$612 million trade relationship.
March 24th, 2011
Canada’s Ambassador to Mexico has forecast a trade boost of 25% this year.
March 17th, 2011
Canadian company Agrium is going to ‘ramp up’ its presence in the Australian horticulture sector in 2011, with its recently-acquired pastoral agency Landmark.
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