September 01, 2014 / Week N° 36
September 1st, 2014
With phenomenal North American blueberry production forecast, one company says big changes are needed.
August 28th, 2014
One Peruvian table grape company has raised concerns about what Russia’s ban will mean for export markets.
August 27th, 2014
One expert says urgent structural changes are required in Chile’s table grape industry to retain its global standing.
Prim’land is expecting a great season for its kiwifruit but says the apple situation is ‘quite complicated’.
August 26th, 2014
A recent Chilean report provides an in-depth look at trends in global strawberry consumption.
August 25th, 2014
Apart from the import embargo, currency issues will also determine how Chilean dried fruit fares in Russia.
Research shows worker safety and food quality could be improved by using phosphine instead of methyl bromide on crops.
A U.S. grape company says consumer preference for freshness is one reason retailers may import earlier this season.
August 22nd, 2014
A Peruvian industry representative has asked ‘why aren’t Californian avocados tested for sunblotch in Chile too?’
August 21st, 2014
A Chilean team may have come up with something of an elixir of shelf life.
After frosts that hit the recent crop, Chile stonefruit growers are gearing up for higher production in 2014-15.
August 19th, 2014
U.S. fruit company Limoneira has made its first investment abroad with a bet on Chilean citrus opportunities.
August 18th, 2014
Chilean growers hope lab results will give weight to their appeal to prevent unfettered access for Peruvian avocados.
August 13th, 2014
A Peruvian market consultant says his country can partner with Chile to ensure a smoother grape supply.
August 11th, 2014
ASOEX and Fedefruta have questioned why the fruit industry should pay the cost of port labor issues again.
Two Russian importers claim most products lost from the ban on EU produce can be regained from other countries.
August 7th, 2014
Russia’s recent decision has cut out around a quarter of the country’s produce imports, according to preliminary estimates from consultancy Decofrut.
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 29th, 2014
Chilean cherries prices shot up this year but not all growers received the full benefit of the increase.
July 25th, 2014
With a merger deal on the cards between CSAV and Hapag-Lloyd, another Valparaiso company is on track for a transaction with a multinational based in Hamburg.
July 23rd, 2014
Nut exporters could reap the fruits of the EU’s plans to raise maximum residue limits for one chemical.
July 22nd, 2014
Shandong Goodfarmer’s president talks about Ecuadorian bananas, Zespri kiwifruit and creating a new Latin American company.
July 18th, 2014
The Chilean Table Grape Committee says a grapewine moth could threaten the whole national fruit industry.
July 17th, 2014
Can new varieties help recover Chile’s dwindling presence in the fresh raspberry market?
A new online service aims to make produce market dynamics easy to understand and visualize in context.
July 15th, 2014
An important figure in Chile’s agricultural development, Alfonso Prohens, has died.
A large Chilean kiwifruit exporter says the season is ‘not disastrous’ despite production falling by 55%.
July 11th, 2014
A request from Chilean growers to block Peruvian avocado imports will now come before the Supreme Court.
From figs to persimmons to chestnuts, U.S.-based Stellar Distributing is on the hunt for new international trade deals.
July 10th, 2014
The Universidad de Chile has completed tests with a new tech that improves water management in drought-hit regions.
July 9th, 2014
A Colombian agricultural development body will work with other South American countries to strengthen the industry.
Chilean authorities in China have signed the final protocol to permit avocado exports to the Asian country.
July 8th, 2014
The Chilean Walnut Commission plans to crack down on a spate of high-value thefts in the industry.
July 4th, 2014
New quinoa varieties are growing in France and the Netherlands, while cultivation in Asia is also a possibility.
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 26th, 2014
Chilean asparagus growers may soon be able to export more to the U.S. via seafreight thanks to a new liquid.
June 25th, 2014
Produce traders are losing “large swathes of land” with Middle Eastern populations due to conflict.
June 17th, 2014
With South African citrus growers shipping more to the U.S., Chile is likely to diversify its markets.
A Chilean agricultural group will implement a new and safer method of greenhouse pesticide application.
June 13th, 2014
After a disastrous season, Argentine avocado growers are intent on renourishing orchards and getting back on track.
June 11th, 2014
Chilean blueberry exports fell by 15% this season though some new markets saw vast growth.
June 9th, 2014
Tax reform is the hottest political topic in Chile right now. Tomas Vio explains what it will mean for growers.
June 6th, 2014
After causing losses of Chilean fruit in January with strikes, port workers are happy with a new bill to be put to Congress.
June 5th, 2014
Chile’s apple growers have suffered from smaller fruit sizing and poor export markets this season, according to Santiago-based Los Lirios.
June 4th, 2014
Chilean border and port officials want third party contractors to gain benefits from the government, and will strike to make their demands heard.
May 30th, 2014
Strong markets and hard work from the industry led to soaring Chilean walnut exports for 2013-14.
May 26th, 2014
A Chilean project seeks to kill two birds with one stone – keep fruit free of bacterial threats and not damage the environment in the process.
May 21st, 2014
Blueberry genetics and early season synergies will be at the core of a new deal between Hortifrut and Expofresh.
May 12th, 2014
Chilean citrus volume is expected to drop, but the industry remains positive about new export deals.
May 8th, 2014
After two years of disastrous port strikes, Chilean grower group Fedefruta has proposed a law to the Upper House that would allow for the free movement of perishables.
May 6th, 2014
The wheels are in motion to form a national committee for growers and exporters of Chile’s most-shipped fruit.
April 30th, 2014
Colin Fain looks out how just a small change in Chilean lemon production can have a dramatic effect on prices.
April 29th, 2014
Chilean cherry exports grew by almost a third, but frosts still took their toll on final volume.
April 28th, 2014
A Chilean-American company is adapting to flexible retail needs for bulk blueberry sourcing.
April 25th, 2014
Southern Hemisphere lemon exports are expected to fall this year, contrasted by a rise in easy peelers and a fairly stable situation for orange volume.
Fedefruta’s new president speaks about the priorities ahead to protect Chilean fruit producers.
With labor shortages at home, C.H. Robinson is considering a grape re-packing set-up in China.
April 16th, 2014
Fedefruta’s new president, Juan Carolus Brown, said he will continue pushing for a law to protect persihable exports.
April 14th, 2014
PrimLand Chile has announced the beginning of its kiwifruit campaign, following a difficult growing season.
April 13th, 2014
A fire in Valparaiso has caused 11 deaths and led to thousands being evacuated from their homes.
April 11th, 2014
Following suspension in October, Chilean apples will once again be able to enter China.
April 8th, 2014
While Chile’s kiwifruit growers have focused on frosts, Psa is moving silently toward larger production areas.
April 7th, 2014
Chile’s first pomegranates of the year have hit the water for the United States.
The Produce Marketing Association helped bring 22,000 kilos of fresh fruit to runners at the Santiago Marathon yesterday.
April 3rd, 2014
With Chinese cherry demand growing, should Chile worry about over reliance on the Asian market?
March 31st, 2014
Chilean Kiwifruit Committee’s Carlos Cruzat said initial exports will begin in the U.S., Russia and Latin America.
Chile’s Hortifrut reported high volume and sales growth, encouraged by expansion in Europe.
March 25th, 2014
Fresh Brazilian muskmelons and watermelons have been approved for sale in Chile.
A Chilean government grant has supported a pilot project to use geothermal energy in a watercress greenhouse.
March 21st, 2014
Two of the world’s leading shipping lines are one step closer to a game-changing partnership.
March 19th, 2014
With new marketers in Chile and Italy, Sun World now has 32 grape licensees worldwide.
March 13th, 2014
Building on Chilean market success in pineapples, Costa Rica aims to experiment with exports of more fruits.
March 10th, 2014
U.S. and Chilean officials have signed a declaration of intent for technical cooperation with Honduras
March 6th, 2014
A Chilean study seeks to overcome an Achilles’ heel of sorts for pomegranates – their sensitivity to the cold.
March 3rd, 2014
Argentine avocado growers are not happy about a proposed entry of Peruvian volume that could “crush” them.
February 28th, 2014
Forecasts for Chile’s kiwifruit crop are slightly higher than estimates released after frosts hit orchards last year.
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 18th, 2014
Hortifrut’s new division in Peru will aim to increase the company’s early-season berry presence.
February 17th, 2014
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
The head of one of Europe’s oldest fruit distributors discusses supply and demand trends for Germany and Eastern Europe
February 6th, 2014
A relatively unknown fruit, a berry known as ‘Calafate’ could have potential as a health supplement.
Initial estimates have been released for export losses during Chile’s three-week port strike.
February 4th, 2014
The Chilean Kiwifruit Committee and Kiwifruit of Italy will formalize a collaboration agreement this week.
January 30th, 2014
Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain looks at market differences between the Mexican and U.S. avocado seasons.
January 29th, 2014
Two Chinese experts explain the factors behind this year’s “viral” cherry sales campaign.
January 28th, 2014
“We are very, very angry. Chile does not deserve this,” says Fedefruta president Cristián Allendes.
Port workers in San Antonio have decided to strike again, alleging their employers have not held their end of the bargain.
January 22nd, 2014
The flow of ships in Chile’s Port of Valparaiso has risen 36% as vessels get diverted from San Antonio.
January 21st, 2014
A further US$70 million worth of Chilean fruit exports could be compromised by strikes this week.
January 17th, 2014
Some Chilean fruit exporters have already lost clients due to the damages inflicted by port strikes.
January 16th, 2014
A U.S.-Spanish-Chilean consortium has developed a clean technology that improves fruit shelf life.
January 15th, 2014
Between weather complications and export barriers, Chilean fresh fruit faced a tough year in 2013.
January 14th, 2014
“This is war” is the response of a Chilean union leader to police occupation of the port of San Antonio.
Fedefruta’s Cristián Allendes says a minority group in Chile without legal foundations is “killing the country”.
January 7th, 2014
Chile’s new avocado industry leader has slammed the rigor of a pest risk analysis for Peruvian imports.
January 3rd, 2014
Chile’s port of San Antonio renewed strike action on Friday, citing ongoing labor conflict.
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