July 01, 2015 / Week N° 27
July 1st, 2015
CMA CGM is naming one of its new vessels after a 15th century Chinese admiral.
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.
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
From Brazil to India, Argentina’s Federcitrus is busy across four corners of the globe to garner new market access deals for lemons.
June 18th, 2015
All tariffs on Australian horticultural products will be eliminated under the recently signed trade deal.
June 16th, 2015
Legend Holdings says it will use most of the funding raised from entering the stock market to boost strategic investments and acquisitions.
A new route from Seattle-Tacoma across the Pacific will see its first flight take off this weekend.
June 8th, 2015
Volumes and prices of U.S. lemons were up in three large Asian markets in the first few months of the year.
June 4th, 2015
Cherry shipments from Tajikistan continue after the country first received market access for China one year ago.
May 27th, 2015
Ecuador has embarked on its second promotional campaign in China across 10 supermarkets, with promising first day results.
A leading Chinese online direct sales company is the main investor in a deal with the country’s largest fresh produce e-retailer.
May 26th, 2015
Peru’s Ministry of Agriculture believes the first Hass shipment will set sail to China in July.
May 25th, 2015
Turners & Growers expects to better anticipate market changes to the benefit of growers, through the help of a new office in China.
May 22nd, 2015
Pomegranates, nectarines and avocados were on the agenda during recent meetings between AQSIQ and SAG.
May 21st, 2015
The organizers of Shanghai’s iFresh summit hope the event will be a positive force for change, tackling asymmetries in the import game as fruit production modernizes rapidly at home.
May 19th, 2015
Australian citrus growers are upbeat for the season ahead with the first shipments set to arrive in mid-June.
May 14th, 2015
With Naturipe’s first commercial office in Mexico having opened late last year, the berry marketer has big plans for the future.
May 13th, 2015
In April it was apples to India and now it’s pears for China. Argentina is on a roll with inaugural fruit shipments to Asia.
May 6th, 2015
A Zespri China representative says a new distribution partner has been found in the Sichuan province, and the company will continue looking for fresh regional alliances.
May 4th, 2015
Despite some challenges this season like the strong U.S. dollar, the Chilean walnut industry expects its fortunes to turn.
Golden Wing Mau has opened a 200-square meter store to sell Zespri kiwifruit in Shanghai’s leading wholesale market for imported produce.
April 29th, 2015
Oheng Import & Export Co was one Chinese company receiving the first batches of California cherries in Shanghai earlier this week.
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 24th, 2015
Peruvian asparagus may have some transit time issues in reaching China, but competition with local produce should be minimal.
April 22nd, 2015
Just a few months after Chinese authorities opened market access for all U.S.-grown apple varieties, the USDA has reciprocated.
April 14th, 2015
Despite China signing a deal to allow all U.S. apple imports in January, a grower body has received ‘no indication’ the process has moved forward.
April 13th, 2015
Yonghui Superstores plans to buy more than US$15 million of Australian fruit, meat and seafood products in 2015.
April 10th, 2015
Australia’s cherry industry body says better airfreight protocols are needed, amid expectations for a doubling of exports over the next ‘five to seven years’.
Following a very positive first five years of operation, Richland Agriculture Corp has big plans for the future.
April 9th, 2015
A deal worth around US$915 million between Dairy Farm and a large Chinese supermarket chain has just been completed.
April 7th, 2015
China will now require cold treatment for fruit exported from a key Chilean grape-growing region.
During PMA Fresh Connections: China, leaders from some of the most iconic names in produce discussed the building blocks behind good branding.
April 3rd, 2015
During PMA Fresh Connections: China, Feng Chunguang shared some lesser known facts about the country’s quarantine agency.
April 2nd, 2015
Australia’s pome fruit grower body says greatly improved orchard practices have led to roughly 15% more class 1 fruit than 2014.
April 1st, 2015
Grape exporters to China are set to face increasing domestic competition in the coming years.
March 27th, 2015
The South African Apple and Pear Producers’ Association (SAAPPA) is “over the moon” about the opening of the Chinese market.
March 23rd, 2015
IFCO’s Christy Zhu will be one of several speakers at this week’s PMA Fresh Connections: China event in Shanghai.
March 20th, 2015
The inclusion of Auckland Airport in a Queensland fruit fly detection zone caused minor setbacks for the kiwiberry trade.
March 19th, 2015
Hainan mango growers are optimistic about market opportunities in mainland China, South Korea, Japan and Russia.
March 10th, 2015
Chinese authorities have been tight-lipped amidst an investigation into fruit smuggling in Dalian, but one official has revealed a few more details about the case.
A Chilean apple company plans to plant cherry trees to complement future online sales in China.
March 6th, 2015
Both China and Japan are one step closer to allowing imports of Peruvian avocados.
March 4th, 2015
Australian blueberry growers have prepared a 50-page export strategy, emphasizing an impending oversupply at home.
March 2nd, 2015
Part of a Chinese county has received the Protected Eco-Origin Product certification for red kiwifruit varieties.
February 27th, 2015
With GDP per capita that is five times lower than the EU, is China ready for fairtrade produce? Fairtrasa’s Patrick Struebi thinks yes.
February 25th, 2015
The company that recalled its berry products due to a recent health scare recorded strong results for its fruit brand last year.
“I’d prefer an average volume crop of good size to a massive crop of small fruit,” says Seven Fields’ Brett Jackson.
China’s quarantine branches have been put on high alert for citrus imports from all U.S. growing regions.
An Australian cherry shipper is taking steps to tackle the counterfeiting of its brand in Asia.
February 24th, 2015
There is as yet no indication as to when China’s citrus import suspension on Tulare County might be lifted.
February 23rd, 2015
The Australian Government has announced new measures to act on the recent Hepatitis A outbreak that has been linked to imported Chinese frozen berries.
Both the AHEA and Ausveg believe the recent Hepatitis A outbreak has re-opened the debate on COO labels.
BayWa CEO Klaus Lutz says it is “ridiculous” that the EU does not have harmonized market access processes for fruit exporters in destination markets.
February 19th, 2015
While Uber has been banned in many countries, the app is growing rapidly in China where it is also involved with fresh produce in one city.
China’s efforts to halt corruption have affected gift giving, and therefore the sales of imported Australian premium fruits.
February 18th, 2015
The Australian distributor that recalled frozen berry products is concentrating on raspberries from a specific source in China as a possible cause of the recent Hepatitis A outbreak.
February 17th, 2015
The floodgates have opened in China’s crackdown on agricultural import smuggling and customs evasion, with local media reporting that 33 people have been arrested in a recent high-profile case.
A unique government-backed e-commerce platform is expected to usher in an era of cheap imported fruit.
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.
February 11th, 2015
A Turners & Growers pipfruit executive discusses China’s opening for U.S. apples and a challenging New Zealand deal.
February 10th, 2015
E-commerce giant Fruitday’s January sales value almost matched the whole first half of 2013.
February 6th, 2015
An Aneberries representative says Mexican berries’ sweetness will fare well for them in China.
February 5th, 2015
U.S. fumigation rules on Chilean blueberries have caused one organic exporter to look to China.
February 4th, 2015
It’s a busy season for fruit traders in China, and Thailand will be looking to make an impact.
February 3rd, 2015
Despite concerns over the ‘Australian price point’, Pagoda in China may import Tasmanian apples this year.
February 2nd, 2015
The central Chinese city of Chongqing has been approved as free trade port for imported produce.
Some arrivals of Chilean cherries in China will not be opened for a few weeks when demand is due to increase.
January 29th, 2015
China’s largest online retailer plans to promote food imports from the U.S., Canada, Chile, Australia, New Zealand and France.
Eight U.S. apple varieties have been singled out for promotional activity in China following a recent market opening.
Avocados shipped from two key Chilean regions to China will likely not be subjected to cold treatment next season.
January 28th, 2015
With the South African pome fruit season running two weeks early, the industry anticipates lower pear volumes.
January 27th, 2015
A huge spike in volume has made the Chinese cherry market challenging this year for Chilean shippers.
January 26th, 2015
Bilateral talks between the USDA and AQSIQ have led to China granting market access for all apple varieties from all U.S. apple-growing regions.
Both Driscoll’s and Naturipe have capitalized on China’s recent opening for Mexican berries.
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.
January 20th, 2015
With Mexico’s first berry shipments to China just a few days away, one industry body is predicting large returns.
January 16th, 2015
A Russian official says Azerbaijan will hold a firm place in the country’s apple market even if the ban on EU fruit is lifted.
January 12th, 2015
India is next in Australia’s sights after a series of FTA breakthroughs with China, Japan and South Korea.
December 22nd, 2014
An ex-Zespri manager incarcerated China is sueing the marketer under the Employment Relations Authority.
December 19th, 2014
Argentine cherry exports have been made more viable with the help of direct flights from Patagonia to international markets.
December 15th, 2014
Having met China’s rigorous requirements, one Spanish shipper no longer has to send lemons via Hong Kong.
Zespri’s Matt Crawford discusses production possibilities in China and a red kiwifruit variety trialled in Singapore.
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 South African exporter hopes pears will also soon be approved by Chinese authorities.
December 9th, 2014
A Costa Rican pineapple industry representative says it’s important to learn from other sectors already shipping to China.
December 4th, 2014
The South African apple industry hopes the new Chinese market access will act as a ‘springboard’ to enter other Asian countries in the future.
December 2nd, 2014
A new protocol means Peruvian citrus that is exported to China will be subject to less a damaging cold treatment.
December 1st, 2014
Australia’s pome fruit grower body says while the Chinese FTA is ‘terrific’, mainland apple access needs to be gained.
Ecuador’s bananas are gaining ground in China, with the launch of a promotion campaign in a major retail chain.
November 27th, 2014
Mission Produce has raised its avocado sales in China by 15% since a partnership was reached with Lantao.
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
Chinese representatives plan to assess different Polish apple varieties for a potential market opening next year.
November 21st, 2014
Marketing schemes have gone a long way for Paramount Farms’ almond and pistachio sales.
November 20th, 2014
Jim Provost believes the ‘Eat Brighter!’ campaign will help raise Asian pear consumption in the U.S.
November 17th, 2014
Australia’s fresh fruit, vegetable and orange juice sectors are all set to gain after the signing of an FTA with China.
November 14th, 2014
With the Navel crop in a key Chinese production region down 20%, one grower still has his hopes up.
After tripling sales in the last year, Fruitday co-founder Loren Zhao looks ahead for fruit imports in 2014-15.
November 10th, 2014
Mainland Australian cherry growers had previously ignored the option to export directly to China with cold treatment, but that approach has changed this season.
At first it was just shortages driving up prices, but now Limoneira believes stonger lemon demand is here to stay.
November 7th, 2014
China-bound exports of U.S. cranberries are up 104% this year, with a big future on the cards.
November 6th, 2014
We take an in-depth look at how some major Washington apple producers are marketing their huge crops this season, as well as other key issues like storage space and labor availability.
November 4th, 2014
Chile looks on track to export 100,000MT of cherries this season, stepping up a notch with its Chinese focus.
October 30th, 2014
Washington Red and Golden Delicious apples can soon be shipped to China after a two-year hiatus.
A report suggests Ecuadorian dragon fruit exporters could fare well in China thanks to their in-demand variety.
After 16 years’ hard work, a major Chinese apple producing province could soon start shipping to the U.S.
October 23rd, 2014
While South Africa’s grape industry would like to focus more on the Far East, some obstacles remain.
October 20th, 2014
Union Owocowa’s Jolanta Kazimierska says the toughest times are just around the corner for Poland’s apple sector.
October 17th, 2014
One of China’s most influential men is looking at new ways to trade kiwifruit via smartphone e-commerce.
October 16th, 2014
Costco will sell some of its products in China through Alibaba’s website, delivering orders from its U.S. warehouses.
October 13th, 2014
Travel and e-commerce put a dint in the Zhejiang Wenhui wholesale fruit market for a key national holiday.
October 8th, 2014
The U.S. looks set to lose its position as the second biggest grape supplier to the Chinese market this season.
October 3rd, 2014
While production challenges abound, China’s macadamia industry now has as many trees in the ground as Australia.
October 2nd, 2014
A Chinese partner will soon start selling Disney-branded grapes sourced from Dayka & Hackett in the U.S.
September 29th, 2014
A South African fruit industry representative believes it is possible the Chinese market will be open for next season.
September 23rd, 2014
Washington apples and Israeli citrus are just two of several new fresh fruit items listed by China’s AQSIQ as approved for import.
September 16th, 2014
Mexico could start shipping several types of berry to China by the end of this year.
September 15th, 2014
A South African citrus industry representative gives insights from a recent visit to Hong Kong, India and Indonesia.
September 9th, 2014
Pineapple exports from Costa Rica could be allowed into China later this year, but transit challenges remain.
A Zespri representative sheds light on the niche organic fruit sector in China.
An earlier season could give Spanish stonefruit exporters an edge in China once the market opens up.
Protocols have been signed between Chile and China to allow shelled walnut imports.
Prices for North Korean blueberries that are juiced and sold to China have increased by around 50%.
September 5th, 2014
China’s Silk Road economic belt strategy is expected to lead to more Central Asian fruit imports.
As a very successful second season with excellent prices in China draws to a close, one Canadian cherry company says shoppers are ‘more sophisticated’ than five years ago.
September 2nd, 2014
New Zealand cherry industry players discuss several steps underway to make the most of booming opportunities in Asia.
Ivo Ravelli says EU tariff cuts might not come soon enough for Ecuador, with other markets showing more potential.
September 1st, 2014
U.K. fruit company BanaBay has continued its rapid expansion with the opening of a new office in Shanghai.
After recording sluggish export results, China’s Great-Sun Foods is raising capital to invest in better processing and distribution centers.
Australian citrus is one of many imported fruits that have suffered from flat sales in China recently.
August 29th, 2014
Hot on the heels of apples, Chinese citrus is now on track to gaining U.S. market entry after a recent proposed rule from APHIS.
Xia Zuxiang explains how Ecuadorian bananas have edged ahead of local and Philippine competition in China.
August 14th, 2014
Simon Boughey is not too fussed about the loss of the Russian cherry market for now.
August 12th, 2014
“We must get ahead now” but be careful not to swarm the Russian market, says a leading Chinese produce exporter.
August 11th, 2014
Two Russian importers claim most products lost from the ban on EU produce can be regained from other countries.
August 7th, 2014
A key U.S. apple grower group expecting a bumper crop says consumers are ‘looking for a different experience’.
August 6th, 2014
A Hong Kong importer says good shelf life is key for produce in China due to limited cold chain capabilities.
August 5th, 2014
After a 15-month absence, California’s citrus industry can once again ship its fruit to China.
Spanish plums, peaches and possibly grapes are under review for potential export to China.
August 1st, 2014
Peru’s Hass avocado representative body says it is on track to enter Japan, China and Korea in 2015.
A U.S. Northwest Horticultural Council representative discusses the state of trade barriers with Indonesia and China at the moment.
July 29th, 2014
An Australian apple grower looks to ‘broaden’ China-bound exports after the first sea shipment was ‘a big success’.
July 25th, 2014
Canada’ BC Blueberry Council says gaining China and Korea access will be a key use of government funding.
July 22nd, 2014
Shandong Goodfarmer’s president talks about Ecuadorian bananas, Zespri kiwifruit and creating a new Latin American company.
July 18th, 2014
A recent posting on the Federal Register puts China one step closer to gaining access to the U.S. apple market.
July 11th, 2014
From figs to persimmons to chestnuts, U.S.-based Stellar Distributing is on the hunt for new international trade deals.
July 9th, 2014
First it was Longwu, then Huizhan stepped in, and now another player aims to build a project in Jiangsu north of Shanghai to “revolutionize” China’s imported fruit market.
Chilean authorities in China have signed the final protocol to permit avocado exports to the Asian country.
July 4th, 2014
Peruvian diplomats are lining up Shanghai supermarkets for the first sales of asparagus exports later this year.
New quinoa varieties are growing in France and the Netherlands, while cultivation in Asia is also a possibility.
July 3rd, 2014
China Fruits Corp has announced it will set up shop with Alibaba’s online sales platform Tmall.
July 2nd, 2014
Banking on customer experience, a young company is making inroads in China’s booming online fruit market.
A recent visit of two Chinese officials to Californian citrus groves bodes well for market access negotiations.
“It takes a lot of guts to travel to Xinjiang alone just to procure local apples,” says trader Chen Haiwen.
July 1st, 2014
Australia’s AHEA will have access to new funding to boost online communication and trade relationships in Asia.
The first Australian apple shipment via sea to mainland China is due to arrive this week, featuring a newly developed variety.
June 30th, 2014
The Australian stonefruit sector has been actively promoting itself in China ahead of expected market access approval for nectarines.
June 27th, 2014
A landmark strategic deal with China’s biggest agricultural distributor is set to be a boost for Aussie citrus exports.
June 23rd, 2014
British Colombia’s cherry growers say the new deal with China is a gigant step for the industry.
June 20th, 2014
China’s soil quality may not be the best, but that hasn’t stopped investors from clamoring to grow blueberries.
June 19th, 2014
Canadian government officials hope blueberries will follow a recent Chinese cherry market access deal.
June 16th, 2014
Joyvio’s Dr. Jin Xixuan looks at some of the challenges of developing ready-to-eat fruit for the Chinese market.
One Chinese fruit industry rep has questioned whether blueberries will follow the price falls seen for blackberries and raspberries in 2010.
June 12th, 2014
Retail analysts take an in-depth look at what a partnership may mean for Tesco and China Resources Enterprise.
June 10th, 2014
Thai and Vietnamese dragonfruit, as well as Vietnamese bananas, will be under closer scrutiny from AQSIQ.
June 6th, 2014
Zespri’s public response to its latest legal case is quite strange considering the amount of money in question.
June 5th, 2014
Chinese produce giant Joyvio is strengthening its blueberry capabilities across a range of different fronts.
A Chinese-U.S. study shows a substance in blueberry leaves can help extend fruit shelf life and add antioxidants.
June 3rd, 2014
Lisa Cork gives a detailed account of her exposure to the Chinese online grocery shopping experience.
May 28th, 2014
A Shanghai Zelun Trading rep is positive about the launch of Enza Red kiwifruit today, and discusses other T&G-owned fruit varieties on their way to China.
May 23rd, 2014
An increase in franchise stores and a push into foreign markets have helped drive exponential growth for China Fruits Corporation early this year.
May 22nd, 2014
Amy Nguyen is optimistic for selling a range of produce items in China following a recent USDA trade mission visit.
May 20th, 2014
Shanghai Supafresh’s Zhang Haitong tells of her impressions from a recent visit to Australian apple orchards.
May 9th, 2014
California has reached a supplementary protocol to regain access to the Chinese citrus market, but approval will depend on a technical visit that will likely take place in June.
May 7th, 2014
New Zealand’s wine sector was not able to beat apple growers’ phenomenal rise in export values last year.
April 25th, 2014
After trying its hand at wine, Lenovo-owned Chinese produce power Joyvio is expanding into tea.
With labor shortages at home, C.H. Robinson is considering a grape re-packing set-up in China.
April 24th, 2014
New Zealand and Chinese authorities have come to an agreement to continue apple shipments.
April 22nd, 2014
Citrus Australia plans a strong season in China this year, including diversification with lemons and grapefruit.
April 21st, 2014
China may only account for a small fraction of the world’s banana powder, but the industry is set for buoyant growth.
April 11th, 2014
Following suspension in October, Chilean apples will once again be able to enter China.
April 9th, 2014
A lower Australian dollar has helped make Tasmanian apple shipments to China more viable.
April 7th, 2014
PMA’s Ed Treacy says PLU codes could add value to China’s fruit sales – if China is ready for them.
April 4th, 2014
While many Chinese ecommerce sites have emerged in recent years, Fruitday.com has stood out for fresh produce.
April 3rd, 2014
With Chinese cherry demand growing, should Chile worry about over reliance on the Asian market?
April 2nd, 2014
Imported fruit may come at a price, but China’s Ole’ stores satisfy a niche once unavailable to premium buyers.
March 26th, 2014
E-commerce offers tremendous growth and import opportunities in China, said panelists at PMA Fresh Connections.
March 24th, 2014
Zespri is on the cusp of signing a new importer in China, where executive Simon Limmer looks at the season ahead.
March 17th, 2014
An Australian company is set to bring its value-added banana technology to the Chinese island of Hainan.
March 14th, 2014
Cold treatment requirements have complicated Uruguayan citrus shipments to China.
March 11th, 2014
Frugi Venta’s Inge Ribbens looks at a range of market opening negotiations in the works.
Mexico’s berry industry has been hopeful for Chinese blackberry access in 2014, but raspberries could be in line too.
March 3rd, 2014
Transportation time for Pakistani fruit exported to China will be cut to 70 minutes by air.
February 20th, 2014
It may receive a fraction of what is sent to the U.S., but the EU is set to import more litchis this year from one of China’s leading shippers of the fruit.
Myanmar’s government has plans for several wholesale fruit markets to increase access to China.
Shandong Goodfarmer’s Liu Zijie outlines some of the company’s trading operations and plans.
February 17th, 2014
Although new to China, U.S., Western-style pears have already exceeded volume expectations.
February 12th, 2014
Chinese authorities will be visiting Mexico very soon to inspect berry orchards as part of trade talks.
Peru expects to surpass its export record for fruit products in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.
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