April 15, 2015 / Week N° 16
April 10th, 2015
Despite Chiquita’s objection, a U.S. judge believes the deposition of three jailed Colombian ex-paramilitaries should take place ‘immediately’.
March 24th, 2015
Following success in Peru, Switzerland Global Enterprise will hold its first buyer visit to Colombia this year.
March 10th, 2015
A Chilean apple company plans to plant cherry trees to complement future online sales in China.
March 5th, 2015
A new app aims to simplify how produce sellers and buyers interact across time zones and continents.
March 4th, 2015
Colombian researchers believe a new method for controlling the guava weevil pest could be in store.
February 23rd, 2015
After making its name in dragonfruit, Colombia’s Asoppitaya plans to move into organic crops and other tropical fruits.
February 19th, 2015
An experienced avocado industry veteran reveals his forecasts for the market’s future and supply sources.
February 9th, 2015
Colombia’s Agriculture Minster says gaining U.S. avocado access would be like ‘winning the lottery’.
January 30th, 2015
Chiquita has accused one lawyer, whose firm has provided security to witnesses under threat in the past in other cases, of allegedly paying off witnesses. Whether this is a delay tactic or a case-changing argument is yet to be seen.
January 15th, 2015
The families of U.S. missionaries murdered in Colombia by FARC forces in 1995 have sought damages against Chiquita on 24 counts, of which one was dismissed by a South Florida court last week.
ICA has taken measures to combat a pest that has caused considerable damage to bananas in Quindío and Risaralda.
January 13th, 2015
Colombian growers were able to raise exports of a range of exotic fruit crops to the EU last year.
January 5th, 2015
A project in Colombia will focus on papaya post-harvest operations so growers can reach more markets.
November 21st, 2014
NatureSeal’s A.J. Martinich looks at some of the key items and regions with growth potential in fresh-cut produce.
November 14th, 2014
A Colombian team found natural-based coatings kept mangoes in better condition for longer.
November 1st, 2014
A representative from Global Agricultural Trading says physalis definitely has an interesting future in the U.S., and plans to start selling outside California.
October 30th, 2014
A report suggests Ecuadorian dragon fruit exporters could fare well in China thanks to their in-demand variety.
October 20th, 2014
Following the U.S., Australia and Chile, Taiwan has set its sights on Colombia as a new fresh litchi export market.
October 7th, 2014
Due to new avocado plantings and a recent focus on certification, Colombia is expecting 600% export growth by 2018.
September 23rd, 2014
Colombian authorities have introduced a phone number for people to report ‘the worst pest in agriculture’.
August 29th, 2014
A Westfalia Colombia rep says the industry could double in the next decade and take on Chile and Peru in the U.S.
August 14th, 2014
The Colombian avocado industry has the U.S., Russia, Japan and Korea in its sights for export.
August 12th, 2014
Chiquita’s CEO discussed supply dynamics last week, as well as what Russia’s sanctions meant for banana markets.
August 7th, 2014
Colombian banana worker protests against Banacol took a turn for the worse this week.
July 24th, 2014
A case relating to alleged paramilitary payments from Chiquita in Colombia has been dismissed by a federal court in Florida as being outside U.S jurisdiction.
July 17th, 2014
A new online service aims to make produce market dynamics easy to understand and visualize in context.
July 14th, 2014
4,500 hectares of banana plantations have been destroyed by strong winds in northern Colombia.
July 9th, 2014
A Colombian agricultural development body will work with other South American countries to strengthen the industry.
June 24th, 2014
APHIS has overseen assessments of Colombian avocado farms to test for the presence of quarantine pests.
June 10th, 2014
Drug busts involving fruit are becoming increasingly common, with the latest seizure involving Colombian bananas.
June 6th, 2014
Chiquita has spoken out amid claims it allegedly spent US$780,000 in lobbying against a 9/11 victims’ bill.
June 2nd, 2014
Colombian scientists now have a yellow dragonfruit genotype from which they plan to improve production methods.
Fruit company Turbana has given thousands of dollars for medical operations in Colombia.
May 26th, 2014
Two European organic produce experts say consumers are now more mindful of the stories behind their food, but upcoming EC regulations could make the category much tougher.
May 20th, 2014
Colombia aims to capitalize on a “gigantic opportunity” from its FTA with the U.S. through agricultural growth.
May 16th, 2014
Despite their incredibly small brains, fruit flies can maneuver with the speed of an advanced aircraft.
May 9th, 2014
An EU delegation could approve Colombia as a recognized organic food producer.
May 5th, 2014
Cape gooseberry, physalis, goldenberry, aguaymanto and uchuva – they’re all the same fruit and many Colombian growers will now have an easier job of shipping them to the U.S.
April 29th, 2014
APHIS has identified three quarantine pests Colombia needs to address to gain Hass avocado access to the U.S.
April 24th, 2014
Asohofrucol hopes Colombia’s strikes do not cause road blockages, and expects minimal disruptions to harvests.
April 22nd, 2014
Colombian farmers say the government has failed to fulfill its promises from last year’s strikes.
April 11th, 2014
Valencia orange trees in Colombia were able to recover from low water access during early fruit development.
April 9th, 2014
The U.S. Port Tampa Bay will work more closely with Colombia’s Port of Barranquilla.
April 3rd, 2014
A Hass promotional campaign in Colombia hopes to launch producers into national and international sales.
March 20th, 2014
A Colombian banana leader discusses what the buying power of ChiquitaFyffes will mean for his industry.
March 17th, 2014
Latin American banana group Banacol will restructure in response to debt concerns.
March 13th, 2014
Colombia has rejected four shipments of citrus fruit from abroad due to the discovery of red scale.
February 25th, 2014
We speak with the face of a campaign aimed at teaching British consumers about the realities of banana-growing in Colombia.
February 17th, 2014
From Colombian avocados to U.S. blueberries, Camposol is looking to new supplies to build its brand.
February 10th, 2014
Colombia hopes progress in fruit fly eradication could help open the U.S. market for uchuvas.
February 7th, 2014
Banana Link’s Alistair Smith analyzes the pressures that are putting many growers out of business.
January 27th, 2014
Colombia has highly ambitious goals for export leadership in the future for strawberries and papayas.
January 24th, 2014
Colombia’s department of Antioquia will spend millions of dollars on a range of avocado industry projects.
January 8th, 2014
Aldi supermarket staff in Berlin were given a surprise this week when they found cocaine in banana boxes.
December 18th, 2013
Colombian growers have successfully shipped papayas to Canada and are working on certifications to open new markets.
December 17th, 2013
Colombia aims to add the U.S. and Russia to its export portfolio for fruits like passionfruit and granadilla.
December 9th, 2013
Colombia’s pineapple sector has far surpassed the crop’s global growth rate in recent years.
November 11th, 2013
Through a trap system, Colombia hopes to improve fruit fly control and plant health.
October 31st, 2013
Dole Food Company will be launching the largest ag investment Colombia has seen in five years.
October 28th, 2013
HLB Specialties has reintroduced Colombian goldenberries to its U.S. portfolio with hopes cold treatment will be scrapped in 2014.
October 22nd, 2013
Colombia’s Valencia province sent its first papaya exports for Canada Friday.
Colombian and Brazilian scientists have found value added potential in mango peels due to beneficial bioactive compounds.
October 15th, 2013
Colombia will produce around 40,000MT of Hass avocados this season, mostly for national consumption.
October 8th, 2013
With a new office in Colombia, Fairtrasa will be expanding its Latin American fruit program.
October 7th, 2013
Pears, tomatoes and potatoes are some of the products now restricted for import in Colombia.
September 27th, 2013
Colombian researchers are finding new ways to utilize tropical fruits like acai and camu camu.
September 12th, 2013
A new Colombian department is ready to jump on the country’s fast-moving Hass avocado export bandwagon.
September 11th, 2013
A Colombian researcher has analyzed a simple metric that can affect the speed of banana ripening.
August 30th, 2013
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the government will focus on pesticide and fertilizer prices.
August 29th, 2013
Free trade and human rights concerns continue to fuel debate in Colombia’s agricultural sector.
August 19th, 2013
The blackberry is a “champion” crop for Colombian consumption but producers still have room for improving growing practices for the fruit.
July 17th, 2013
The Colombian lime industry is undertaking measures to gain a competitive edge in export markets.
July 4th, 2013
With a new avocado packaging plant, Colombia’s Cauca Valley looks to the export market.
June 21st, 2013
Colombia’s banana industry initially planned to cut wages, but strike threats have led to a splash out on worker benefits.
June 6th, 2013
An important Colombian plantain region is facing flooding difficulties again this year.
June 5th, 2013
A potential Colombian banana worker strike could threaten hundreds of thousands of boxes in exports per day.
May 30th, 2013
Enrique Villegas explains how producers can keep up with changes in Colombia’s Orinoquia region.
May 28th, 2013
A “critical step” has been taken by FARC and the Colombian government toward agriculture reform.
May 23rd, 2013
Possible wage cuts could provoke an extensive strike in Colombia’s banana industry.
May 14th, 2013
The Colombian avocado industry is ramping up production, GlobalG.A.P. certifications and market access talks.
May 10th, 2013
Enrique Villegas gives a background lesson on Colombia, a growing country with significant agricultural opportunities.
April 22nd, 2013
Colombia may be one of the world’s biggest avocado producers but it still has a way to go in developing an export market.
April 17th, 2013
Colombia’s avocado industry has stepped up its game in the push for U.S. market access.
April 9th, 2013
Banana shipments continue to serve as a key mode of illegal drug transport to Europe.
March 22nd, 2013
After two years of consideration, Colombian watermelons may soon enter the U.S. market.
February 28th, 2013
Fresh Colombian mangoes are ready to enter the U.S. market but with strict delivery requirements.
February 18th, 2013
Mangosteen exporters from Colombia hope to gain U.S. market access.
January 28th, 2013
Colombia’s top banana exporters can control Moko disease but bear higher production costs if other growers are lax.
January 8th, 2013
Rolf Blancke describes a pristine Ecuadorian rare fruit paradise under threat from a thermoelectric dam project.
December 10th, 2012
The Colombian Attorney General has decided to revisit Chiquita’s payments to paramilitary AUC.
December 3rd, 2012
Colombian banana growers support a tax reform bill they believe will help better formalize the economy.
November 14th, 2012
Fair Trade USA’s Alexandria Coari discusses the real impact of community development funds on farmers.
November 9th, 2012
The E.U. and Latin America were able to end the longest-running dispute in multilateral trading history.
September 25th, 2012
Enrique Villegas talks about Colombia’s potential to overcome its obstacles and export exotic fruit worldwide.
September 6th, 2012
Colombia has enlisted citrus growers to help them prevent citrus greening from gaining a foothold.
September 4th, 2012
Fyffes has posted an increase in pre-tax profits thanks to organic growth and shipping efficiencies.
August 17th, 2012
We provide a synopsis of how El Niño is set to impact Latin American fruit growing countries.
August 14th, 2012
Colombia has started exporting mangoes to Japan after gaining access late last month.
August 3rd, 2012
West African pineapples still have a bright export future in Europe despite shrinking volumes.
July 31st, 2012
Colombia has fulfilled Chilean treatment requirements for dragonfruit exports.
July 5th, 2012
Latin American banana producers must increase productivity if they are to survive in a world of rising costs.
July 3rd, 2012
Colombia can send a wide range of fruits to the U.S. but there are still many exotic products pending approval.
July 2nd, 2012
A Chilean-Colombian processing plant partnership has gone live and will be exporting frozen tropical fruits.
June 18th, 2012
Peru’s grape industry has witnessed impressive growth over a short period of time, according to a USDA report.
June 11th, 2012
A lawsuit alleging Dole paid Colombian paramilitary groups has been dismissed by a Los Angeles court.
May 22nd, 2012
U.S. inspectors have given Colombia’s celery, arugula and spinach the green light for imports.
May 18th, 2012
Peru’s agricultural exports look set to rise by 15% this year, thanks to key fruits like avocados and grapes.
May 16th, 2012
Agrofuturo Colombia project developer Camilo Perez highlights opportunities in pineapples, cocoa and palm oil.
May 9th, 2012
Danish shipping line Maersk will finish up direct services from Peru and Chile to Northwest Europe.
April 10th, 2012
Farmers in a Colombian region have lost up to 40% of their crops due to a hot summer and lack of water.
Fair Trade USA talks up growing demand and valuable projects in Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru.
April 3rd, 2012
Indonesia’s proposed Jakarta port closure was among the new concerns raised to the WTO.
February 29th, 2012
The Columbian agriculture ministry is campaigning for tighter control over mining licenses to protect farmers.
February 22nd, 2012
The Colombian Banana Growers Association says banana exports are on track despite flooding in the Magdalena region.
January 31st, 2012
The Colombian Ministry of Agriculture has vowed to protect exporters with exchange rate insurance.
January 30th, 2012
The Dutch government is providing assistance in a new sustainable banana production program in Colombia.
January 4th, 2012
Colombia’s banana production is down due to a lethal bacterium caused by heavy rains and high humidity.
December 23rd, 2011
The Colombian Government aims to consolidate the country’s organic agriculture industry.
December 22nd, 2011
Nature’s Pride CEO Shawn Harris says fair trade goes beyond ‘greenwashing’ and needs strong checks to ensure its credibility.
December 15th, 2011
China and other Latin American countries are becoming increasingly important markets for Chilean cherries.
December 12th, 2011
Peruvian police have arrested two Colombians for plans to send cocaine to Spain in cans of asparagus.
October 13th, 2011
Colombia’s banana imports showed a more than two-fold increase this year.
October 5th, 2011
Colombian fruit exporters will be pleased at Barack Obama’s decision to push ahead an FTA.
September 21st, 2011
Colombian banana growers have welcomed a Dutch Government scheme to promote sustainable production for small growers.
September 7th, 2011
Colombia and India took center stage on the opening day of the VII World Avocado Congress in Australia.
September 2nd, 2011
The Colombian department of Huila aims to export blackberries, avocadoes, peaches, sweet granadillas and cholupas to Europe.
August 16th, 2011
Chilean and Colombian partners have teamed up to build an ambitious tropical frozen fruit plant.
August 3rd, 2011
Colombian authorities have seized US$10 million worth of cocaine hidden in a package of bananas.
June 21st, 2011
For the first part of Fresh Fruit Portal’s GM Special we look at the situation in South America.
June 16th, 2011
Ecuador may need to export primary products through Peru and Colombia due to a lack of FTAs with key markets.
June 15th, 2011
Free trade talks between Colombian and European Union officials in Brussels have been ‘very positive’.
June 10th, 2011
The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) plans to deliver damage mitigation projects amidst a difficult flooding season
May 23rd, 2011
Floods in Colombia look unlikely to ease, with banana exports seriously affected.
May 11th, 2011
Colombian exporters are paying tariffs of US$16 million per month in the absence of the ATPDEA, but some are still banking on a retrospective renewal.
May 10th, 2011
Colombia’s organic industry is just emerging, but increased global demand has led to fresh opportunities.
May 2nd, 2011
The presidents of Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru have met in Lima to sign the Pacific Agreement, which could rival Mercosur
April 20th, 2011
Colombia could play an ‘important role’ in the global food market but it needs to synchronize scientific and technological innovation, investment, credit availability and market studies.
April 15th, 2011
Shortly after 1.3MT of cocaine was found in pineapple and banana shipments in Ecuador, more fruit with hidden drugs has been discovered in Colombia.
March 28th, 2011
Peru’s onion Freight On Board (FOB) export values grew 75% in January, with Colombia, the U.S. and Spain as its main markets.
March 22nd, 2011
U.S. politicans and officials have pledged support for a Colombian free trade agreement (FTA) signing in the ‘near future’.
February 23rd, 2011
Colombia’s growers have been given hope by the country’s trade minister, who is confident the U.S. will renew tariff preferences in mid-March, with an FTA ratification expected later this year.
February 22nd, 2011
A former Colombian vice-president has highlighted the benefits of a Colombian FTA with South Korea, in the wake of a suspended U.S. agreement.
February 21st, 2011
Colombia’s farming businesses have a negative outlook for 2011 despite attractive prices, a recent survey has shown.
February 18th, 2011
Colombia’s 15-day truck driver strike has come to a close as the government reached a breakthrough deal with the union.
February 16th, 2011
Colombia will aim to become a stronger regional trade power in the Americas, as Chinese investors flock to the country with infrastructure development proposals.
February 15th, 2011
A U.S. Congress decision not to extend a free trade agreement with Colombia and Ecuador will have significant effects on the countries’ fruit export industries.
February 14th, 2011
Mexico’s PRD party has joined the country’s agricultural industry in a chorus of dissent against a proposed free trade deal with Peru, Brazil and Colombia.
February 10th, 2011
Mexican industry leaders have slammed the government over FTA plans with Peru, Colombia and Brazil, saying it would only be negative for the agricultural sector.
February 9th, 2011
Colombia’s export promotion agency highlights $5.6 million in tropical fruit exports to Europe last year.
January 24th, 2011
Despite floods, Colombian banana growers only expect 3% annual production fall.
December 17th, 2010
Flooding prevents harvest and shipment from Colombia; speculation is a concern in Ecuador
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