March 27, 2015 / Week N° 13
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.
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