July 01, 2015 / Week N° 27
June 23rd, 2015
It is expected Costa Group will sell 60% of its shares to the public in an IPO next month.
June 15th, 2015
The Department of Rural Development hopes to help commercial farmers in Peddie develop exports to the EU.
June 10th, 2015
While orange production is set to slip by 6.5% this season, mandarin volumes are expected to be up by a quarter.
May 29th, 2015
A weakening of the Australian dollar has contributed to an expected increase in U.S.-bound citrus shipments this campaign.
May 28th, 2015
The Indonesian Department of Agriculture reportedly advised the government to stop citrus imports later this year.
The Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum says U.S.-bound shipments could increase from last season’s 45,000MT.
May 26th, 2015
ASOEX president Ronald Bown says the Port of Valparaiso is ‘virtually paralyzed’ and the country’s reputation is on the line.
May 25th, 2015
Some 120 metric tons of oranges being shipped into Russia via sea were sent back after lab tests confirmed a quarantined pest.
Fedefruta’s head says apples, kiwifruit and citrus are some of the crops that have been affected by recent strikes.
May 19th, 2015
Australian citrus growers are upbeat for the season ahead with the first shipments set to arrive in mid-June.
May 18th, 2015
The devaluation of the Russian ruble has hit a major Turkish citrus exporter hard, with debts owed to a large number of companies and workers.
May 15th, 2015
AVA-ASAJA says never before have prices for premium mandarin varieties like Nadorcott and Tango been so low.
May 12th, 2015
A new Chilean easy peeler is “not superior nor inferior” in taste to a clemenule, but it does ripen three weeks earlier and show better sizing.
May 7th, 2015
In the wake of the Four Corners report on some labor contractors’ dodgy practices, Citrus Australia has urged people to report any incidents of abuse.
May 5th, 2015
Two key pilot initiatives from 2014 will continue for Western Cape citrus exporters to the U.S. this year, but there will be a few minor changes in shipping practices.
APHIS says larger citrus volumes expected from Peru would not represent more than 1% of current imports or local production.
April 29th, 2015
A farmworker union is demanding a 40% pay rise in Tucumán, but the government says economic conditions don’t allow for more than 30%.
April 20th, 2015
Despite some serious problems facing the industry, Florida’s citrus growers are said to have had a relatively good season.
April 14th, 2015
The California Citrus Mutual claims agriculture has taken the largest water cut out of any sector in the state.
The Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa says producers might need to hold back on some sizes if they’re not ‘viable with markets the way they are’.
April 10th, 2015
The 2015 citrus campaign has “difficult” written all over it, according to a South African industry body.
The Copa Cogeca head has proposed tighter EU measures to lower the chances of CBS entering from South Africa.
April 8th, 2015
Four years of work from Peru to ease U.S. import restrictions on mangoes, citrus and peppers are reportedly about to pay off.
March 27th, 2015
An industry head in Valencia unveils plans to prevent the sector becoming “a shadow of its former self”.
Some US$1.8 million of funding will reportedly help an area of the Eastern Cape reach the EU market.
March 20th, 2015
California Citrus Mutual and Bayer CropScience have teamed up with the #CitrusMatters campaign to help prevent the spread of HLB.
March 17th, 2015
Justin Chadwick says Spain’s methodology for identifying CBS in citrus imports is “clearly a big concern”.
March 11th, 2015
Pakistan has been able to raise exports of Kinnow mandarins to markets ranging from Russia to Canada.
March 9th, 2015
Higher costs offset the benefits of favorable market conditions and larger lemon volumes for Limoneira in the first quarter.
March 3rd, 2015
A Kremlin representative says Russia may be able to get around the food import ban by using local processing as a condition of entry.
February 26th, 2015
South Africa’s total citrus volumes this season should be roughly in line with previous years.
February 25th, 2015
New Zealand-based produce company Turners & Growers did not quite achieve the 10-20% profit rise for 2014 that its board had forecast on Jan. 21.
“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.
San Miguel aims to overcome complex challenges outside of its control for the processed and fresh citrus sectors.
February 24th, 2015
There is as yet no indication as to when China’s citrus import suspension on Tulare County might be lifted.
February 19th, 2015
Revenue surpassed US$1 billion for the largest citrus shipper in the U.S. last year, bolstered by a new partnerships in India and Brazil.
China’s efforts to halt corruption have affected gift giving, and therefore the sales of imported Australian premium fruits.
February 17th, 2015
A group in South Africa’s Loskop Valley hopes to send a trial of ‘top quality’ citrus to the U.S. this season.
February 13th, 2015
Whether it’s edible-skin squash, a unique citrus fruit or fresh wasabi, Japanese horticultural companies are banking on growing overseas interest in their national cuisine.
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.
A biosecurity partnership has been formed in Australia’s Sunraysia to protect citrus from exotic pests.
February 10th, 2015
The California Citrus Mutual estimates exports this so far this season are 25% lower than planned.
February 9th, 2015
Limoneira has acquired an additional 200 acres of lemon trees for around US$1.2 million.
February 5th, 2015
A portable and inexpensive citrus greening detector developed by University of Florida scientists could soon be available to citrus growers.
January 26th, 2015
Donnelly Fresh Produce and ClemenGold discuss expansion developments for a unique mandarin variety in Europe and Africa.
January 23rd, 2015
Many of Peru’s W. Murcott trees are reaching adulthood and will add to shipping volumes this season.
January 21st, 2015
Only 30% of Morocco’s citrus crop is believed to be of export quality after rain and strong winds last November.
January 15th, 2015
Australia’s second-largest horticultural export destination will now start reducing tariffs on items like citrus fruit, grapes and asparagus.
The third phase of an Israeli-Indian horticultural technology, research and trade project is now underway.
January 12th, 2015
India is next in Australia’s sights after a series of FTA breakthroughs with China, Japan and South Korea.
December 12th, 2014
While California Citrus Mutual has said the current storms in the state are a ‘plus all the way round’, others say it will delay harvesting at a peak time.
AVA-ASAJA has raised alarm about the “disturbing” spread of Texas Citrus Mite in Spanish orchards.
December 2nd, 2014
A new protocol means Peruvian citrus that is exported to China will be subject to less a damaging cold treatment.
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 17th, 2014
Australia’s fresh fruit, vegetable and orange juice sectors are all set to gain after the signing of an FTA with China.
LoBue Citrus’ new packaging strategy for Cara Cara oranges shows that simple is sometimes beautiful.
November 11th, 2014
An Egyptian citrus industry leader has called for truck access to cross the Suez Canal to reduce export delays.
October 27th, 2014
Paramount Citrus president David Krause is “betting big” on grapefruit and is confident for a leadership position in mandarins.
October 8th, 2014
Rains in southern Brazil have broken the trend of dry weather in 2014 that was negatively affecting citrus growers.
October 7th, 2014
In a bid to help fight childhood obesity, Sunkist will sell its citrus with packaging from a popular kids’ TV show.
October 6th, 2014
A produce shipper says the Moroccan industry’s constant ‘evolution’ is putting it in good stead for the future.
September 30th, 2014
The IPPC will establish an expert committee to try and resolve South Africa’s CBS dispute with the EU once and for all.
September 26th, 2014
Recent hailstorms have put a €52.5 million dent in eastern Spanish citrus, grape and persimmon farms.
September 25th, 2014
The Chilean Citrus Committee is upbeat about new export prospects in nearby Brazil.
September 16th, 2014
The finalization of Australia’s FTA with Korea may take the pressure off other Asian citrus markets next season.
September 15th, 2014
A South African citrus industry representative gives insights from a recent visit to Hong Kong, India and Indonesia.
September 12th, 2014
California Citrus Mutual believes the latest NASS orange crop forecast is too high.
September 11th, 2014
South Africa’s citrus association wishes it could have avoided the recent export suspension, but couldn’t risk further restrictions from Europe.
September 8th, 2014
A U.K industry body says the suspension of some citrus exports from South Africa to Europe will cause ‘major issues’ for the British market.
September 4th, 2014
Capespan says two key reasons are at the heart of why the Navel season went on longer than originally thought.
September 3rd, 2014
Houston, we have South African oranges.
August 29th, 2014
U.S. authorities claim South Africa should be treated the same way as Florida when it comes to citrus black spot.
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.
‘Water prices are way up, water availability is way down, and it’s scary’, says a Californian citrus grower.
August 26th, 2014
An Egyptian produce company says citrus exports to the U.S. should be small for now due to Russian opportunities.
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.
While Russia-bound shipments of South African citrus may increase, there will be new logistical issues.
August 7th, 2014
Valencian farmers have called for measures to mitigate the impact of losing a key market for its persimmons and citrus fruits.
August 6th, 2014
Fruit farmers in Kenya, Nigeria and Malawi are expected to benefit from Coca Cola’s expansive ‘Source Africa’ initiative.
August 5th, 2014
After a 15-month absence, California’s citrus industry can once again ship its fruit to China.
August 4th, 2014
The Uruguayan citrus sector is delighted with progress being made gaining access to critical world markets.
July 25th, 2014
A new documentary looks at how young Dublin retail workers took action against the injustices of racial segregation in South Africa in the 1980s.
July 21st, 2014
South Africa no longer has a clean sheet on citrus black spot this year, and an expert is investigating the farm in question.
July 15th, 2014
The latest EUROPHYT report is good news for South Africa’s citrus industry.
July 2nd, 2014
An Argentine citrus industry representative says growers urgently need the U.S. and Brazilian markets to be opened if they are to improve their lot.
A recent visit of two Chinese officials to Californian citrus groves bodes well for market access negotiations.
June 30th, 2014
Two major Florida citrus companies will merge packing operations to better cope with HLB consequences.
June 26th, 2014
Citrus, melons and persimmons have been some of the fruit crops most affected by severe hailstorms in eastern Spain.
Forecasts for the potential expansion of HLB in São Paulo do not look good for growers.
Peru’s El Niño phenomenon is not in a strong phase, yet slight temperature upticks are having an effect on mango, grape and citrus crops.
June 25th, 2014
Low U.S. production and strong global markets could make for a fantastic Australian lemon season.
June 19th, 2014
Researchers have analyzed citrus genomes for the first time, opening up new possibilities.
Pesticide residues in Chinese fruit imports have been described as “quite serious” in Vietnam.
June 17th, 2014
With South African citrus growers shipping more to the U.S., Chile is likely to diversify its markets.
June 16th, 2014
South Africa is slowing down grapefruit exports, while greater orange volumes have gone to the Far East this year.
June 13th, 2014
Giumarra Wenatchee is optimistic for the upcoming import season of New Zealand-grown lemons.
June 11th, 2014
A hungry U.S. market and faster shipments look to fare well for South Africa’s citrus exporters.
A citrus pest quarantine zone in California’s Tulare County has expanded by 15%, with a further extension potentially on the cards.
SENASA has found cold treatment eliminated fruit fly pests, paving the way for shipments to Japan.
June 3rd, 2014
A Swiss Government-backed import promotion program will be bringing buyers to Peru in August.
May 29th, 2014
FPC chief executive Nigel Jenney says the European Commission ignored recommendations from its own experts in the way it tightened rules for South African citrus imports.
South African citrus growers are wondering why they’ve been singled out for a disease other exporters have too.
May 28th, 2014
Justin Chadwick finds some encouragement from the European Union’s new rules for South African citrus, but calls for government action to bring long term security to the trade.
May 27th, 2014
The EU had “no choice but to impose a stricter inspection regime” on South African citrus, according to Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg.
May 21st, 2014
Peru’s latest citrus export expectations have been lifted since April, while a fresh market access deal edges closer.
May 12th, 2014
Chilean citrus volume is expected to drop, but the industry remains positive about new export deals.
May 9th, 2014
China Fruits Corporation has emulated a Chiquita-style beauty contest with ambassadors chosen for 10 fruits.
May 8th, 2014
Mexico’s agriculture and fishing exports rose by almost 10% year-on-year in March.
May 7th, 2014
The amount of South African citrus orchards voluntarily withdrawn for EU export is more than 10 times what it was last year.
May 5th, 2014
A new mandarin and a Navel orange-like variety will go to market thanks to the University of Florida.
April 30th, 2014
South African citrus export volumes should remain stable this year, but with changes to the variety make-up.
April 29th, 2014
California’s citrus industry has demanded its fair share of water resources to keep growers in production.
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.
April 24th, 2014
European co-operative Copa-Cogeca has called on the EU to enforce black spot restrictions against South Africa.
April 14th, 2014
A US$16.7 billion company from India and a US$3.2 billion Belgian group will combine forces as part of a landmark produce agreement.
April 11th, 2014
A relaxation in requirements could see more parts of Japan and the Philippines shipping fruit to the U.S.
April 10th, 2014
Mandarins, oranges and macadamia nuts are a few Australian products expected to profit from the Japan FTA.
April 3rd, 2014
As South Africa approaches its 15th year selling citrus to the U.S., exporters praised market growth.
March 27th, 2014
With the South African citrus season near, debate over black spot has roared up once again in the EU.
March 14th, 2014
Cold treatment requirements have complicated Uruguayan citrus shipments to China.
March 3rd, 2014
Pakistani produce items will be allowed in Russia again, but a protocol is still needed for the country’s potatoes.
Transportation time for Pakistani fruit exported to China will be cut to 70 minutes by air.
February 27th, 2014
Two of New Zealand’s leading produce players have notched good results for the 2013 calendar year.
February 25th, 2014
A series of initiatives helped grow revenue for Sunkist Growers last year despite a Chinese ban on California citrus.
February 17th, 2014
Cairo-based Elwadi Export is celebrating 50 years of business with large volumes of navel oranges.
February 14th, 2014
After a decade of talks, Argentina will be able to ship fresh oranges and mandarins to Japan.
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 11th, 2014
After a record citrus export crop, South Africa is taking all measures possible to meet European regulations around CBS disease.
January 21st, 2014
New plantings and strong fruit set are some reasons behind Peru’s citrus outlook.
January 16th, 2014
Funding from the U.S. Congress seeks to prevent a potentially devastating threat to the citrus industry.
January 8th, 2014
Two key U.S.fruit-growing states avoided frosts, but the lack of snow is not entirely positive news.
November 29th, 2013
After a season of intense debate, the EU has implemented a ban on one of its leading sources of citrus fruit.
November 28th, 2013
Beef and dairy companies have dominated the agribusiness part of the Australian Export Awards in recent years, but not in 2013.
November 27th, 2013
After losing market access in April, California citrus may once again be welcome in China.
November 26th, 2013
The Australian citrus industry has urged the EFSA not to block South African fruit over citrus black spot concerns.
November 15th, 2013
The “Citrus Unidos” plan provides a US$4 million investment to fight citrus greening in Brazil.
November 6th, 2013
Representatives from Italy have called for an import ban on South African and South American citrus.
November 1st, 2013
Brazilian researchers have teamed up to develop the nation’s first natural pesticide against citrus greening.
October 30th, 2013
Avocado volumes and asparagus prices helped raise profitability for Peruvian exporter Camposol in the third quarter.
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 23rd, 2013
A compound in the Matico pepper plant could provide a natural insecticide against Asian Citrus Psyllid.
October 21st, 2013
While estimates for the U.S. citrus season did not look good, European nations forecast a strong season ahead.
October 14th, 2013
Spanish researchers have developed fruit and vegetable netting ready for the compost bin.
October 11th, 2013
Research led by a University of California team could improve HLB treatment and diagnosis.
October 10th, 2013
Spain’s AVA-ASAJA shared biting words, calling for an immediate ban on South African citrus.
October 1st, 2013
University of Florida citrus rootstocks have shown HLB-tolerance, but it is yet to be seen how they perform in large-scale trials.
September 27th, 2013
Europe’s ARC Eurobanan will be filling a gap in the Chinese market with shipments of Spanish citrus.
September 25th, 2013
California citrus volume should remain similar to last year, even with pressure from pests and drought.
Blueberries, cherries and plums look likely to be the biggest victims of Chile’s recent frosts, but other crops have also been affected.
Under pressure from black spot, South Africa could miss out on two million boxes of citrus sales meant for the EU.
September 23rd, 2013
The WCCPF expects a strong finish for South African citrus in the U.S. this year.
September 16th, 2013
South African fruit industry representatives were made to feel very welcome during a recent visit with Chinese quarantine officials.
September 4th, 2013
Spain’s La Unió de Llauradors has accused buyers of withholding payment for citrus from Valencia.
August 30th, 2013
Spain’s Young Farmer’s Association wants immediate action taken for South Africa’s fifth black spot detection.
August 28th, 2013
With five black spot interceptions, South African citrus exporters are wondering whether they’ll be blocked from the EU.
August 22nd, 2013
High shipping costs could be a key barrier to Egypt’s re-entry to the U.S. citrus market.
August 13th, 2013
Two Australian biosecurity officers have potentially saved the country’s citrus industry from devastating disease HLB.
August 9th, 2013
Scheduling issues in South Africa’s port in Durban are causing headaches for citrus exporters.
August 8th, 2013
A team in Spain has found two wasp species effective for eradicating citrus red scale.
August 2nd, 2013
The California citrus industry is working to re-open the Chinese market before next season.
August 1st, 2013
New detections of Asian citrus psyllid have sparked a quarantine zone in California’s citrus country.
July 30th, 2013
South African citrus exporters are looking to new markets as the future of trade with Europe remains in doubt.
July 22nd, 2013
Citrus plants are being prepared for long-term cold storage to fight disease and preserve genetics.
Scientists in Spain hope to turn discarded citrus rinds into a feasible bioethanol choice.
July 18th, 2013
South Africa will look to address ctirus and a growing trade imbalance in talks with the European Union.
July 17th, 2013
Severe weather has dealt a blow to Uruguay’s citrus production, taking a toll on all major crops.
July 11th, 2013
After three years of work, Uruguayan citrus has been approved for sales in the United States.
July 5th, 2013
Orange juice concentrate from Brazil is rapidly declining in Australia, but that isn’t necessarily good news for local growers.
June 28th, 2013
Spanish citrus growers have requested government aid after storms sent a blow to late-season crops.
June 27th, 2013
Citrus from northern Chile enjoys an early season but drought has made production difficult.
June 25th, 2013
If water trends with Mexico continue, researchers warn that Texan citrus production could drop to zero.
June 4th, 2013
Improved rural roads have been inaugurated in Argentina to connect the citrus industry with commercial centers.
May 28th, 2013
Citrus Australia CEO Judith Damiani says “Let’s get on with transforming the mining boom into the dining boom”.
May 27th, 2013
Heat waves and cold spells took their toll on Morocco’s citrus volume and quality.
May 23rd, 2013
Citrus fruits are just the start for Argentina’s export plans in the Philippines.
May 13th, 2013
Stock build-up and “system failure” led to delays for South African citrus exports.
May 9th, 2013
Michael Worthington says Australian growers need to consider how to deal with potentially higher fresh produce imports.
May 6th, 2013
The Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa highlighted concerns over the Chinese and European markets.
April 26th, 2013
Peru expected the greatest percentage growth for citrus exports while South Africa came out on top for volume.
April 24th, 2013
Doubt from the European Union and China has created new questions for South African citrus.
April 22nd, 2013
El Gebaly’s Sherif Mezar gives insight into new opportunities for Egyptian citrus and the possible U.S. market.
April 17th, 2013
Chinese brown rot concerns have put Californian citrus exporters in a precarious position.
April 16th, 2013
Florida’s citrus industry is placing bets on research to save fruit from greening, which has brought down shipments this year.
March 25th, 2013
A new hybrid tangerine stands out for high output and disease resistance.
March 22nd, 2013
Drought in Mexico’s Tamaulipas state is forcing producers to rush and sell citrus before it goes bad.
March 18th, 2013
Dominican citrus producers cannot keep up with the costs of fighting locust swarms.
March 14th, 2013
Uruguay has its focus on perfecting its national product brand “Uruguay Natural”.
March 11th, 2013
Black spot concerns have led Spanish citrus growers to urge for blocking South African imports or exhaustive controls.
March 4th, 2013
An Aussie citrus grower says floods have taken their toll financially, but crops should still be stable.
March 1st, 2013
Uruguay ranked highly for Latin American citrus exports last year.
February 26th, 2013
Guava fruit could hold the key to maintaining citrus production in Mexico.
February 6th, 2013
Approval of Uruguayan citrus is entering its final stages in the U.S. and open to public comment.
January 31st, 2013
An Aussie supermarket has vowed to support local flood hit growers and not stock extra foreign citrus.
January 22nd, 2013
The challenge for South African citrus growers this season will be to maintain quality expectations under strict export standards.
January 18th, 2013
After a decade of negotiations, Uruguayan citrus could soon be on its way to U.S. consumers.
January 11th, 2013
The San Joaquin Valley expects multiple days of below average temperatures that could send a blow to citrus.
January 10th, 2013
A team of researchers in Chile are working to find a new method to fight the Saissetia oleae beetle.
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