December 08, 2013 / Week N° 49
December 4th, 2013
A new packaging film from Sirane has increased mushroom shelf life by up to 11 days.
December 2nd, 2013
If Mexican agriculture can satisfy U.S. demands, it can compete anywhere, argues VISER president Eric Viramontes.
November 21st, 2013
A Washington state researcher hopes that a better understanding of fungi will improve cranberry production.
October 31st, 2013
The friendly faces of Sesame Street’s Elmo and Rosita will soon line produce aisles in the United States.
October 25th, 2013
St. Louis will become the newest entry point for blueberries imported into the United States.
October 24th, 2013
It’sFresh! gained recognition for its ethylene removal technology at PMA Fresh Summit.
October 23rd, 2013
Avocado marketing takes a broader focus with the “Saborea uno hoy” campaign.
October 18th, 2013
Furloughed USDA workers are back in their posts, but the department will have trouble catching up.
October 17th, 2013
Southern Specialties will be expanding its berry offering with the Adelita raspberry.
October 11th, 2013
Chelan Fresh’s Mac Riggan compares the company’s Cup o’ Cherries to the convenience of a to-go coffee.
Research led by a University of California team could improve HLB treatment and diagnosis.
October 7th, 2013
Hawaii’s Rainbow papaya continues to drive production and controversy over GM foods.
October 4th, 2013
Georgia pecans have received high demand from China, but can the U.S. state keep up?
October 2nd, 2013
California’s Sun World will now include Peru’s Camposol and Mexico’s Grupo Alta in its grape program.
October 1st, 2013
California’s Freska Produce expects Ecuadorian mango volume to see a marked increase.
September 30th, 2013
Whole Foods Market will implement a three-tier rating system to guide consumers on the ethics of their produce.
September 26th, 2013
As the fiscal year nears its end, the USDA has approved US$52 million to continue funding for specialty crops.
September 25th, 2013
California citrus volume should remain similar to last year, even with pressure from pests and drought.
September 13th, 2013
U.S. apple industry representatives discuss the potential impacts of larger crops from Washington, Michigan and New York.
September 11th, 2013
Focused marketing and big fruit have meant a strong year for Georgia peaches.
September 9th, 2013
Manipulation of plant gene S3H could mean fruits and veggies that stay fresh for much longer.
September 6th, 2013
A pear that looks more like an apple, the Papple is reaching growers across North America and Europe.
August 26th, 2013
Angel City Brewery’s Avocado Ale is a light, creamy brew made with 150 lbs. of Fuerte Avocado.
Mentions for Bing cherries outpaced the Rainier variety on Twitter and Facebook.
August 23rd, 2013
Curry & Company will begin sourcing berries from Chile, Argentina and Peru to achieve year-long supply.
Organics Unlimited’s GROW banana brand will help deliver funds to social initiatives Project Amigo and Children International.
August 21st, 2013
A direct, refrigerated rail service is in the works to connect the Port of Tampa to the Midwest.
August 8th, 2013
Chile production in Hatch, New Mexico has fallen but outside sources are keeping up supply using the valley’s name.
August 2nd, 2013
Fall Creek’s Dave Brazelton described a big year and major possibilities for U.S. blueberries.
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 31st, 2013
Mevi Avocados and the Oppenheimer Group hope to expand on avocado production in a key Mexican state.
July 26th, 2013
Bayer CropScience’s research plans include expansion of its West Sacramento facilities and a focus on vegetable seeds.
July 25th, 2013
A pilot program at PortMiami is expected to speed along the passge for Peruvian grapes and blueberries entering the U.S.
Depreciation of the rupee and a cheap supply from Iran have made U.S. apples less appealing on the Indian market.
July 24th, 2013
U.S. researchers have found certain LED lighting to improve the aroma and taste of key fruit varieties.
July 23rd, 2013
As an oxytetracycline restriction nears, U.S. organic apple and pear producers are growing nervous for an alternative.
July 22nd, 2013
Citrus plants are being prepared for long-term cold storage to fight disease and preserve genetics.
July 18th, 2013
Berry pest spotted-wing drosophila has been confirmed once again in the U.S. state of Minnesota.
A new UC Davis program will train produce industry professionals on best practices across the supply chain.
July 17th, 2013
India will now accept walnuts from the United States that first undergo methyl bromide fumigation.
July 15th, 2013
The United States Department of Agriculture seeks to set an industry standard for arsenic levels in apple juice.
The newly discovered Cascade strawberry could offer breeding and marketing potential.
July 12th, 2013
Processing speed of plant protection applications in the U.S. is expected to more than double the 10-year average.
July 11th, 2013
After three years of work, Uruguayan citrus has been approved for sales in the United States.
July 10th, 2013
Researchers at Washington State University hope to diversify honey bee populations in the U.S. through a genetic bank.
July 9th, 2013
After a Salmonella alert last year, Agrícola Daniella is ready to send its mangoes to the U.S. market again.
July 5th, 2013
Fruits and vegetables have struggled to keep up with the convenience of processed foods.
July 3rd, 2013
Weather warnings have taken center stage on the California Avocado Commission’s new website.
Invasive species like spotted-wing drosophila have kept Florida researchers and agriculture on their toes.
July 2nd, 2013
Ecuadorian fruit exporters could face up to 14% in additional costs to send their products to the United States.
June 28th, 2013
The approved U.S. Senate bill would reform the agriculture guest worker program and provide a legal path for workers.
June 25th, 2013
If water trends with Mexico continue, researchers warn that Texan citrus production could drop to zero.
June 21st, 2013
U.S. researchers found that fruit exposed to low UV lighting lasted longer in storage.
June 18th, 2013
Shipments for the season will begin soon for New Zealand Meyer lemons bound for U.S. grocery stores.
June 14th, 2013
Michigan is working to build its footprint as a U.S. agricultural product and fruit exporter in Latin America and Asia.
June 12th, 2013
More late season mango varieties are being planted further north in Mexico and helping increase exports to the U.S.
June 10th, 2013
The U.S. Senate is expected to approve the five-year farm bill, but the House vote remains uncertain.
June 4th, 2013
As Hepatitis A cases appear across five U.S. states, a berry and pomegranate blend is under suspicion as the source.
May 23rd, 2013
Optical cherry sorters may help ease labor shortage in California.
May 20th, 2013
A U.S.-based think tank has criticized Indian trade policies that may jeopardize the agricultural supply chain.
May 14th, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Monsanto’s patent claims yesterday in a case against an Indiana farmer.
Grapes, figs and lemons from Chile may be approved for a systems approach in exports to the U.S.
May 13th, 2013
Interrupcion CEO Rafael Goldberg reflects on outstanding banana volume growth and new projects.
May 9th, 2013
Ideal temperatures could create a boom year for spotted wing drosophila in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.
If research pans out, strawberries and jujubes could provide niche crops in northern New Mexico.
May 7th, 2013
Growing U.S. demand for pesticide-free pineapples could create market possibilities for Peru.
May 3rd, 2013
We speak with the California Strawberry Commission about increased planting and consumption.
April 30th, 2013
The Port of Miami is getting ready for a renovated Panama Canal with a US$2 billion investment.
April 26th, 2013
A proposed GMO labeling bill has received bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress.
Chiquita and Organics Unlimited have begun marketing bananas together for U.S. consumers.
April 24th, 2013
Doubt from the European Union and China has created new questions for South African citrus.
April 23rd, 2013
Australia will add cherries from California to its pre-shipment inspection program.
April 22nd, 2013
Mango buyers in the U.S. spent US$23 more per store trip than the average produce shopper.
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.
April 15th, 2013
The Hass Avocado Board’s Emiliano Escobedo talks about the factors that have pushed U.S. avocado consumption to grow 200%.
Nonbrowing Arctic apples look and taste just like their parent fruit, but will consumers accept the GM product?
April 11th, 2013
U.S. East and Gulf coast port workers are close to the final seal of approval for a new six-year contract.
April 5th, 2013
Honeycrisp apples may create heachaches across the supply chain but the variety has shown to pay off.
April 2nd, 2013
California’s AGQ Lab has been approved to help release fruit detained in U.S. customs.
Whole Foods is working with Gotham Greens to build the first commercial greenhouse on the roof of a U.S. retail outlet.
April 1st, 2013
A long-running licensing dispute has been settled between Fresh Del Monte and Del Monte Foods.
March 27th, 2013
An unpredictable season has encouraged U.S. market oversaturation of Chilean table grapes and a rush to sell produce.
March 22nd, 2013
Filmmaker Nancy Ghertner talks about her film “After I Pick the Fruit” and the reality of U.S. migrant life.
After two years of consideration, Colombian watermelons may soon enter the U.S. market.
Developers hope the Nadia cherry-plum hybrid will lead a new generation of fruit.
March 19th, 2013
“After I Pick the Fruit” gives a face to migrant women who help keep farm production running.
March 13th, 2013
Organic Alliance has sent its first organic Tommy Atkins and Ataulfo mangoes from Mexico to the U.S.
March 12th, 2013
Whole Foods has become the first U.S. grocery chain to set a deadline for full GMO transparency.
March 11th, 2013
U.S. fruit prices may have increased in the last quarter of 2012 but volume and dollar sales stayed strong.
March 7th, 2013
Thousands of expected job losses at the U.S. border could mean serious wait times for produce importers.
Calavo CEO Lee E. Cole predicted a record year for the avocado and fresh produce supplier.
March 6th, 2013
The U.S. has closed its anti-dumping investigation against Mexican tomato importers.
March 5th, 2013
Florida will bring in the U.S. blueberry season this month with high expectations for the year.
March 4th, 2013
California is expected to produce 515 million pounds of avocado this season in another strong year.
March 1st, 2013
Hass avocados rank among the strongest growing U.S. fruit categories.
February 28th, 2013
Fresh Colombian mangoes are ready to enter the U.S. market but with strict delivery requirements.
February 26th, 2013
The Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Association will put safety standards to the test as it enters its first season.
February 21st, 2013
A lower than expected tax rate boosted Wal-Mart’s 2012 financial results, while sales rose 5%.
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