April 23, 2015 / Week N° 17
April 21st, 2015
Feeling ignored by their government over labor forms, a range of Chilean unions have started a one-day strike in the port, mining, forestry and construction sectors.
One of three new Chilean raspberry varieties grows earlier than the standard cultivar and has a high Brix level.
A U.S.-based subsidiary of two Latin American berry groups is optimistic for this year’s blueberry deal.
April 17th, 2015
A table grape facility in northern Chile has been turned into a distribution center to support the post-flood relief effort.
A leading Copiapó vegetable grower discusses the “slow funeral” of his business and hopes for salvaging crops.
The Atacama table grape industry at least has its heritage intact after the first rootstock planted in the region survived recent floods.
“It’s possible to enter but you if you’re walking like an astronaut in the mud you can’t access the tree to harvest,” says olive grower Rafael Garcia.
The Chilean state has given up its search for a missing Fruticola Atacama worker, but since disaster struck three weeks ago the company has taken rescue and relief efforts into its own hands.
April 15th, 2015
ASOEX’s Ronald Bown says an early table grape production area in northern Chile will see volumes reduced by ‘at least 30% over the coming seasons’.
Chile’s National Irrigation Commission has pledged significant funds to rehabilitate agriculture in the Atacama region, but the clock is ticking for growers.
April 13th, 2015
Carlos Cruzat says New Zealand’s Zespri has ‘regressed’ in its market behavior since it was fined for monopolistic practices in Korea almost four years ago.
April 9th, 2015
More than 900 hectares of vineyards and 1,000 hectares worth of olive and vegetable plantations have been damaged by floods in Chile.
Two Mediterranean fruit flies have been caught in traps in Chile’s Los Andes province.
April 7th, 2015
Weeks of production compromised and 6,000 horticultural laborers potentially out of work; this is the damage left by flooding in a normally very dry part of Chile.
A Chilean pomegranate processor believes the industry could grow ‘six or seven-fold’ in the U.S.
Could Peru bank on yet another horticultural crop that has proven successful for its southern neighbor?
Dole Chile’s berry manager says establishment in the country has gone well and he expects a promising future.
China will now require cold treatment for fruit exported from a key Chilean grape-growing region.
April 6th, 2015
ASOEX has urged immediate efforts to restore the irrigation network in an area recently hit hard by flooding.
April 2nd, 2015
U.S. port strikes, lower prices, smaller berry sizes and condition problems meant the 2014-15 Chilean table grape export campaign was no easy sailing.
April 1st, 2015
Representatives of Fresh Del Monte and Frutícola Atacama discuss flood effects in northern Chile, where funding is on its way for recovery.
March 31st, 2015
Mission Produce Europe says early ends and late starts from some major avocado-producing countries are pushing up prices.
March 27th, 2015
Chile’s National Agricultural Society (SAN) says the severe flooding has left many stranded without water for days, as produce companies use private helicopters to rescue those in need.
March 26th, 2015
The Copiapó Valley has been one of the worst hit agricultural zones from recent storms in northern Chile.
March 24th, 2015
The construction of new dams and rainwater harvesting initiatives are just some of the actions planned by the Chilean Government to combat an ongoing drought.
The delicate balance of Chilean grape prices abroad could be impacted by Ecuador’s recent protectionist policy.
March 20th, 2015
Ecuador’s enormous increase in food import tariffs is taking its toll on the country’s wholesalers.
March 19th, 2015
Gustavo Yentzen has joined the likes of Don Goodwin and Dawn Gray as an advisor with Verdant Partners.
March 18th, 2015
The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says phytosanitary measures would mitigate the risk of importing fresh Chilean cranberries.
March 17th, 2015
Fruit industry leaders have congratulated port operators and workers in Valparaiso for finding a prompt resolution to a cargo dispute.
March 11th, 2015
Chile’s Fedefruta has cried foul about Ecuador’s food import tariff hike to 45%, which is due to be implemented today.
March 10th, 2015
A Chilean apple company plans to plant cherry trees to complement future online sales in China.
March 9th, 2015
An industry head as requested a series of state support measures to aid a regional industry in crisis.
With just a few weeks left of the Chilean blueberry export season, total volumes could hit 91,000MT.
March 6th, 2015
On a recent visit, a Portuguese minister said Chilean fruit exporters might be able to use its ‘EU gateway’ Port of Sines.
March 5th, 2015
Giumarra Wenatchee has seen success so far in its second year selling Chilean-grown Carmen pears.
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.
A leading table grape breeder says public varieties are on the way out and growers need to ‘get with the program’ to avoid poor market prices.
February 25th, 2015
Even though Russia cut off a large chunk of its apple supply last year with the import ban, South American shippers say the country is largely unable to pay good enough prices for their fruit.
February 20th, 2015
The creator of a dehydrator that uses renewable energy says it protects produce quality.
February 19th, 2015
The U.S. Ambassador to Chile received leaders of Fedefruta yesterday to discuss effects from the West Coast port dispute.
An experienced avocado industry veteran reveals his forecasts for the market’s future and supply sources.
February 17th, 2015
Despite the Russian ban, Greece has relatively low kiwifruit stocks remaining.
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.
ASOEX has said US$45 million worth of fruit is at risk of deteriorating due to U.S. port delays.
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
Chile’s Fruit Producers Federation says the industry “must be alert” to delays in U.S. West Coast ports.
February 10th, 2015
While Southern Hemisphere apple production is expected to increase 5%, exports are anticipated to decline by the same percentage partly due to oversupply issues in Europe.
February 5th, 2015
U.S. fumigation rules on Chilean blueberries have caused one organic exporter to look to China.
February 3rd, 2015
A good U.S. dollar exchange rate supported the Chilean cherry sector in a season of record volumes.
February 2nd, 2015
Some arrivals of Chilean cherries in China will not be opened for a few weeks when demand is due to increase.
January 29th, 2015
Avocados shipped from two key Chilean regions to China will likely not be subjected to cold treatment next season.
January 28th, 2015
“We cannot allow agriculture in this region to die,” were the words of SAN’s María Inés Figari after revealing a recent drought report.
January 27th, 2015
A huge spike in volume has made the Chinese cherry market challenging this year for Chilean shippers.
January 22nd, 2015
At least one major Chinese fruit importer has had staff summoned by authorities as part of an investigation into a customs broker.
A Chilean lettuce grower has implemented a hydroponic system that moves crops around the greenhouse.
January 21st, 2015
A Chilean kiwifruit exporter forecasts less competition with New Zealand green varieties this year.
January 19th, 2015
Chilean fruit industry representatives are pleased they have been recognized to join Michelle Bachelet on a U.S. tour.
January 14th, 2015
Pacific Organic’s Greg Holzman discusses upcoming pome fruit and mango deals, as well as the strong dollar’s effect on produce trade flows.
January 13th, 2015
A Chilean grower with a unique packing method is developing fruit exports from Olmos in northern Peru, where he now has the option to tap into Odebrecht’s mega-irrigation project.
January 12th, 2015
Baltic Reefers could not have chosen a more apt time to buy NYK Cool, which under a new name is steaming ahead with new produce trade contracts.
January 9th, 2015
Fetraportces workers were threatening to block fruit-shipping terminals, but their strike action has finished after reaching a deal with Puerto Central.
A Chilean market intelligence consultancy expects the country’s pear shipments to return to 2013 levels this year.
January 8th, 2015
Strikes have not yet hit Chile’s fruit exports, but dockworkers threaten to spread their actions to terminals responsible for perishables.
January 6th, 2015
Fedefruta hopes a port workers’ union in San Antonio will make good on a promise not to suspend the export of perishables during strikes.
IG International is confident about Chile’s cherry potential and is also launching a new dragonfruit program.
January 5th, 2015
A project is underway in southern Chile to sell a natural juice product made from regional fruit.
A report says the already dire situation in Chile’s Coquimbo region where water scarcity will only get worse.
December 24th, 2014
Figs’ very short shelf life means Chilean shippers face a unique set of challenges compared to many Northern Hemisphere producers.
December 16th, 2014
GP Graders has received recognition for its international presence in the world of cherry sorting.
December 12th, 2014
Chilean blueberry exporters will need to be on the lookout for stem canker in their packing lines.
Chilean and New Zealand apple exporters say varietal selection is key in the demanding Chinese market.
December 11th, 2014
A Chilean fruit industry consultant has released a slightly more optimistic grape export forecast.
December 10th, 2014
Russia has banned around 5% of produce shipments from Belarus since inspection posts were set up on the border.
Despite an attractive domestic avocado market this season, a large Chilean grower has warned there will be consequences if the industry loses focus on foreign trade.
December 5th, 2014
The head of Chile’s fruit exporters’ group says a recent U.S. visit helped both sides to explore new possibilities.
December 4th, 2014
Some 11.5 million boxes of table grapes are expected to be shipped from Chile’s northern production hub this season.
December 3rd, 2014
A Chilean consultancy has provided a variety-by-variety glimpse of cherry damages in the wake of weekend rains.
December 1st, 2014
Up to 40% of cherries in a key Chilean growing region are no longer eligible for export following rainfall on Saturday.
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 28th, 2014
Breeding programs and pre-conditioning are two of many priorities for Chilean kiwifruit growers next year.
November 27th, 2014
Chile’s cherry and blueberry industries have very different views on the effects of recent port strikes.
A fair trader from Interrupcion says the recent U.S. focus on immigration and farmworkers’ rights is here to stay.
Exporters whose fruit requires fumigation in the U.S. now have a much more practical solution on offer in Florida.
November 26th, 2014
With the Chilean table grape season just kicking off, one producer can’t meet demand despite rising production.
November 25th, 2014
A Chinese agribusiness hopes the Australian FTA will also lead to simplified quarantine protocols for fruit imports, and has also signaled plans to include South African sourcing.
November 24th, 2014
Bayer CropScience has two new naturally-bred agricultural products it says will solve some food chain problems.
Originally designed for commodity crops, an Argentine field management app is making an impact in Chile’s fruit and vegetable sector.
November 21st, 2014
A U.K. company recently visited Santiago de Chile in search of ready-to-eat beetroot export opportunities.
North Bay Produce’s Ruy Barbosa talks about Chilean blueberry uniformity and the implications of fumigation measures.
A Chilean nursery company says attractive prices for cherries in China are spurring on production growth.
NatureSeal’s A.J. Martinich looks at some of the key items and regions with growth potential in fresh-cut produce.
November 20th, 2014
A decision by Japan’s MAFF will now allow for much greater volumes of Chilean cherries this Christmas.
PMA Fruittrade Latin America was the first port of call for a recently launched Korean import company.
November 19th, 2014
Chile’s Andres Armstrong believes Russia’s produce ban could be more of a problem than an opportunity.
Chile has played host to a hot pepper expert dubbed the ‘Chileman’ this week.
November 18th, 2014
California Giant Berry Farms owner Patrick Riordan says he is “blessed” to be involved in the category.
November 17th, 2014
Airfrieght shipments are limiting Peruvian mango growth in Japan and China, but Chile holds no such problems.
November 14th, 2014
The fungus Monilinia fructicola that causes brown rot is no longer a quarantine pest in Chile.
After tripling sales in the last year, Fruitday co-founder Loren Zhao looks ahead for fruit imports in 2014-15.
November 11th, 2014
At PMA Fruittrade Latin America, industry experts will talk about why just having a good product is not enough.
November 10th, 2014
Subsole says its growers using certain methods to protect crops from extreme weather are seeing great results.
At first it was just shortages driving up prices, but now Limoneira believes stonger lemon demand is here to stay.
November 7th, 2014
A project aiming to improve Chile’s table grape sector through collaborative research will be highlighted at PMA Fruittrade Latin America next week.
November 6th, 2014
The head of Chile’s Fedefruta says despite a favorable exchange rate, pome fruit prices have still fallen 25%.
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.
Chile looks on track to export 100,000MT of cherries this season, stepping up a notch with its Chinese focus.
November 3rd, 2014
Euromonitor’s Marta Barriga explains agriculture’s resilience through the financial crises of recent years.
October 29th, 2014
International trade lawyer Karen Meier gives her take on the potential risks for Chileans boosting trade with Russia.
October 28th, 2014
The kiwifruit vine disease Psa has spread to another one of Chile’s key production areas.
October 23rd, 2014
The number of products covered by a 2007 trade agreement between Chile and India is set to shoot up six-fold.
Mission Produce’s Ron Araiza points to changes in the avocado industry, including greater security measures, new facilities and the search for new growing regions.
October 22nd, 2014
The Argentine Blueberry Committee has rebuffed recent predications made about the future of its processed sector.
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.
A new U.S. rule proposes to scrap methyl bromide treatment from Chile’s existing kiwifruit export requirements.
October 16th, 2014
A Chilean grower says frosts in southern production regions have destroyed 30-100% of several fruit crops.
October 15th, 2014
Subsole’s new marketing plan involves letting customers know exactly how much longer the avocados need to mature.
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 9th, 2014
A favorable exchange rate will likely help the Chilean produce industry in the summer season.
After almost three months testing the waters with a trial run for potential clients around the world, Agronometrics plans to go live today with its fruit market data service.
October 3rd, 2014
Westfalia and Subsole are hoping to take the Chilean avocado sector by storm with the Gem™ variety.
September 29th, 2014
The global crop conservation organization says it is imperative we conserve genetic diversity now for the sake of humanity’s future in a rapidly changing world.
September 26th, 2014
The North American cranberry harvest is underway, with leading cooperative Ocean Spray expanding internationally.
September 25th, 2014
The Chilean Citrus Committee is upbeat about new export prospects in nearby Brazil.
September 24th, 2014
An initiative in Chile to use geothermal energy in a greenhouse could increase crop yield by 40% annually.
Chilean citrus exporters will now have a handy outlet if Northern Hemisphere markets get swamped in the future.
While Argentina is renowned for its citrus exports, only recently has it been able to send oranges next door to Chile.
September 17th, 2014
Chile saw a 11.4% reduction in fruit exports for the 2013-14 season, largely due to port strikes and frosts.
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 12th, 2014
CSAV and Hapag-Lloyd are now one step closer to forming the world’s fourth largest container shipping group.
September 10th, 2014
Unifrutti Chile and New Zealand’s Turners & Growers expect a new Peruvian grape partnership will yield fruit next year.
September 9th, 2014
Protocols have been signed between Chile and China to allow shelled walnut imports.
September 8th, 2014
Following a successful meeting, the first cherry shipment from Chile to South Korea looks like it will be next season.
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.
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