March 01, 2015 / Week N° 09
February 9th, 2015
The head of a major U.K. banana ripening facility likens the business to a ‘hamster wheel’, and says reputations can be ‘built over years and lost in days’.
December 19th, 2014
A US$1 billion port project in Costa Rica has been given the green light by environmental authorities.
December 12th, 2014
The first batches of Canary Islands watermelons have arrived in the Netherlands in a new Ramafrut-Hillfresh deal.
December 9th, 2014
A Costa Rican pineapple industry representative says it’s important to learn from other sectors already shipping to China.
October 24th, 2014
Corbana says a “small group cannot kidnap the development of a nation for special interests”.
October 10th, 2014
Almost 12,000 former banana workers and relatives affected by the chemical DBCP are in line to receive compensation from the Costa Rican government.
September 23rd, 2014
Authorities have found a good level of pesticide control on Costa Rica’s pineapple farms, but a recent study in a banana-growing area has not been so positive.
September 22nd, 2014
Vegalab’s Costa Rican distributor will take on seven more natural sustainable products as demand continues to grow.
September 9th, 2014
Pineapple exports from Costa Rica could be allowed into China later this year, but transit challenges remain.
August 12th, 2014
Chiquita’s CEO discussed supply dynamics last week, as well as what Russia’s sanctions meant for banana markets.
July 31st, 2014
Costa Rica’s pineapple exports could hit US$900 million this year, as they grow 12.7% year-on-year.
June 24th, 2014
Costa Rica’s mango exports have dropped off for the third consecutive year in 2014.
May 30th, 2014
Chiefs from CORBANA have met with government officials to discuss industry’s biggest issues.
May 14th, 2014
A leading U.S. melon distributor is harnessing its logistics capacity to expand into Costa Rican pineapples.
May 13th, 2014
Chiquita executives have discussed the threat of Panama Disease TR4 and adapting to weather conditions in Central America.
March 17th, 2014
Latin American banana group Banacol will restructure in response to debt concerns.
March 13th, 2014
Building on Chilean market success in pineapples, Costa Rica aims to experiment with exports of more fruits.
February 27th, 2014
Bayer CropScience hopes a new green band nematicide will gain traction to support Costa Rica’s banana industry.
January 29th, 2014
Del Monte and Logistec are on the cusp of sealing a US$24.6 million warehouse deal in Florida through a public-private partnership.
December 17th, 2013
Costa Rica’s SFE is keeping growers in the loop to help them comply with new European Union organic rules.
December 11th, 2013
An outbreak of banana mealybugs and Boisduval scales has prompted emergency measures from the Costa Rican government.
November 6th, 2013
The U.S. Apple Export Council recently invited Indian and Central American importers to visit orchards and packhouses.
September 30th, 2013
Companies from China and Costa Rica plan to develop new watermelons that are resistant to the bacteria Acidovorax avenae.
September 10th, 2013
Costa Rica aims to lose its crown as the biggest emitter of nitrous oxide per hectare of agriculture in Central America.
July 17th, 2013
PROMECAFE and IICA have built an integrated plan to take on the serious problem of coffee rust.
July 9th, 2013
Costa Rica’s PROCOMER aims to build on its pineapple success in Chile with a new fruit export.
July 2nd, 2013
A 23-day strike against a Del Monte subsidiary in Costa Rica has come to an end as fired workers undergo reconsideration.
June 21st, 2013
Bandeco claims only a small amount of banana growers are striking in Costa Rica, while union SITEPP cries foul over alleged reprisals.
May 28th, 2013
Costa Rica’s organic horticultural exports rose in 2012 despite a slight decline in planted surface area.
April 30th, 2013
Ecuador’s banana exports to Russia have skyrocketed this year with supermarket promotion plans underway.
April 9th, 2013
Costa Rican organic fruit growers will now have less hassle in shipping to Canada.
March 14th, 2013
Costa Rica has released statistics for its first year of ripe tomato and bell pepper exports to the U.S.
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.
October 5th, 2012
Costa Rica’s pineapple production growth is predicted to rise by up to 10% this year.
September 21st, 2012
Costa Rican pineapple exports rose in the year to August but banana shipments fell by a higher percentage.
September 11th, 2012
U.S. East Coast fruit importers have revealed their worries over a potential dock worker strike in October.
Costa Rican officials were impressed with a recent visit to a Dole pineapple farm.
September 7th, 2012
An attorney representing more than 5,000 plaintiffs claims a “fair agreement” has been reached with Dole.
September 4th, 2012
Fyffes has posted an increase in pre-tax profits thanks to organic growth and shipping efficiencies.
September 3rd, 2012
Brazilian melon exports look well placed to take advantage of the Mediterranean’s early season finish.
August 31st, 2012
Costa Rica’s melon exports are growing, making it the largest supplier to Europe.
We cover a botanist’s journey to document exotic and wonderful tropical fruits from around the globe.
August 17th, 2012
Costa Rica believes bananas and pineapples are ripe for export development in Norway and Switzerland.
August 9th, 2012
The Costa Rican government is still evaluating the impacts on crops from recent heavy rain.
August 8th, 2012
A legal attempt to block APM Terminals’ award concession in Costa Rica has been denied.
August 3rd, 2012
West African pineapples still have a bright export future in Europe despite shrinking volumes.
July 20th, 2012
The Costa Rican government has launched an action plan for the pineapple industry to fight a stable fly outbreak.
July 9th, 2012
Costa Rican pineapple growers held back U.S. export supply during the key flowering period of May and June.
July 5th, 2012
Latin American banana producers must increase productivity if they are to survive in a world of rising costs.
June 15th, 2012
Costa Rica’s ports are open again but strikers say they will continue action with road blockades.
June 14th, 2012
Strikes in Costa Rica over port concessions are holding back pineapple exports.
May 22nd, 2012
U.S. tropical fruit procurement company Kingston plans to grow its pineapple presence.
May 21st, 2012
Maersk Line has vowed to increase its Latin American route rates to absorb rising fuel costs.
May 15th, 2012
Costa Rica is finalizing phytosanitary certificates for pineapple and melon exports to China.
April 19th, 2012
Nicaragua and a host of other Central American countries are set to ship dragon fruit to the U.S.
April 10th, 2012
Latin American mango exports to the U.S. climbed by 24% in the last week of March.
Fair Trade USA talks up growing demand and valuable projects in Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru.
March 27th, 2012
Mexico’s mango export volumes fell last week, but the NMB forecasts a rise over the coming fortnight.
March 26th, 2012
Banana export values and prices have suffered in Costa Rica following a lack of rain.
March 22nd, 2012
A US$992 million port project in Costa Rica could have a positive impact on the fruit industry.
March 15th, 2012
A major grower is hoping Panama pineapples’ renowned low pesticide levels will entice U.S. and E.U. retailers.
March 5th, 2012
Mexico’s mango exports to the U.S. increased by more than 100% in week 8 as the season gets into full swing.
February 29th, 2012
A 24% year-on-year rise in profits for ATM Terminals will be ploughed into expanding the operator’s port networks.
February 23rd, 2012
Russia’s largest fruit importer JFC Group is struggling to survive following huge operational losses.
February 7th, 2012
Canadian police have made their second fruit-related cocaine bust in recent weeks.
January 13th, 2012
The Costa Rican government will use Rad Source Technology equipment in a bid to wipe out fruit flies.
January 10th, 2012
Premature pineapple growth is expected in Costa Rica due to cold temperatures over the weekend.
December 22nd, 2011
Costa Rica’s fresh pineapple exports rose 8% in 2011, along with a stronger industry focus on sustainability.
December 19th, 2011
Costa Rica is recruiting immigrants to help with its fruit harvests.
December 15th, 2011
China and other Latin American countries are becoming increasingly important markets for Chilean cherries.
December 7th, 2011
Ecuador has finally decided on an average default price of a box of bananas for 2012.
December 6th, 2011
Scientists have said Costa Rica’s use of active ingredient pesticides is the highest in the world.
December 2nd, 2011
Costa Rican banana employees have returned to work after winning better conditions at Del Monte’s plantations.
November 30th, 2011
Banana workers at Del Monte’s Costa Rican plantations have downed tools over poor pay.
November 16th, 2011
Banana workers at Del Monte’s Costa Rican plantations are still on strike over work conditions.
November 1st, 2011
Armed with a string of certifications, Costa Rican pineapple company Upala Agricola is set to ramp up production.
October 26th, 2011
Heavy rains in Costa Rica have affected transportation of pineapples, bananas and plantains.
October 18th, 2011
Industry expert Dick Spezzano says Latin American melon exports will likely struggle in the U.S. this year.
October 12th, 2011
The rambutan industries of both Costa Rica and Puerto Rico have been given a boost.
September 26th, 2011
A Costa Rican pineapple sustainability scheme has been accused of ‘greenwashing’.
September 6th, 2011
Costa Rica’s privatization of the Moin port to APM Terminals has turned sour with blockades.
August 29th, 2011
A lack of trade agreements has pushed Honduras to the margins of the global banana market.
August 15th, 2011
After 15 years of legal battles, Dole has agreed to compensate former workers claiming health damages from pesticides.
August 11th, 2011
APM Terminals has called on the Costa Rican government to sign a container port construction contract.
July 29th, 2011
Costa Rica recorded strong export growth across most fruit categories in the first half.
July 27th, 2011
Costa Rica’s pineapple industry will likely need to shift towards more processed exports to meet European demand changes.
June 29th, 2011
Costa Rica’s vice president has touted his country as a leader in environmental protection, despite global criticism over contamination in the pineapple industry.
June 24th, 2011
Costa Rica’s pineapple industry is in hot water again but this time over labor code violations.
June 22nd, 2011
High transport costs and increased competition have set back Costa Rica’s banana exports to China.
June 16th, 2011
Pesticides from pineapple farms have polluted rivers and streams in the Costa Rican province of Limon.
June 6th, 2011
Costa Rican disease control has halted the spread of HLB, but nurseries are critical of the measures.
May 26th, 2011
Costa Rica recorded a slight uptick in pineapple exports in the first quarter while banana exports fell.
May 25th, 2011
A Costan Rican tribunal has accused pineapple growers of degrading a protected wildlife refuge.
May 20th, 2011
Costa Rican port workers plan to strike over JAPDEVA’s proposed privatization plans.
May 19th, 2011
A Dutch firm has bought a stake in Costa Rican pineapple business Agricola Agromonte S.A.
April 29th, 2011
Costa Rica’s banana export rates improved slightly in March while melon exports fell significantly during the first three months of 2011.
April 25th, 2011
Spain, Costa Rica and the U.S. have worked together towards dismantling a drug ring that hides cocaine in fruit shipments.
April 11th, 2011
Ecuador’s banana industry says the system is more competitive, but a European think tank has criticized its volatility.
April 4th, 2011
Poor Caribbean weather conditions led to lower export volumes for Costa Rica’s most important agricultural export over January and February.
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