May 21, 2015 / Week N° 21
June 20th, 2014
Preliminary studies have shown large Peruvian mangoes can be effectively treated with hot water.
June 11th, 2014
A hungry U.S. market and faster shipments look to fare well for South Africa’s citrus exporters.
March 31st, 2014
Devastated by blight, the iconic American chestnut is regaining old ground with a new hybrid.
March 13th, 2014
New numbers for Florida’s citrus crop have the Sunshine State down for oranges and grapefruit.
January 28th, 2014
Mission Produce’s expanded New Jersey facility comes in response to produce trade growth from Peru.
January 22nd, 2014
Renovations to Mexico’s highway system will create a fast track for fresh produce to Texas.
January 20th, 2014
California’s governor has declared a state of emergency following the state’s driest year.
January 3rd, 2014
Modest supplies of Moroccan blueberries are under consideration for the U.S. market.
December 10th, 2013
The United States, Mexico and Guatemala will continue joint efforts to eradicate the Mediterranean fruit fly.
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%.
February 18th, 2013
Proposed U.S. produce handling rules will be open for comment until May 16.
February 15th, 2013
Importer responses to Chile’s difficult grape export season have ranged from disappointment to understanding.
Green Day Brand Dried Coconut has been recalled in New York for undeclared sulfites.
February 14th, 2013
The International Fruit Company will keep the Chiquita brand alive for deciduous fruits across various markets.
February 12th, 2013
Fruits and nuts will dominate U.S. horticulture sales over the decade, although production growth will prove difficult.
February 8th, 2013
The U.S. Farm Bill has been made a Senate priority but still faces budget debates.
Another Adams Produce official has been accused of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. federal government.
February 7th, 2013
U.S. scientists used a wind tunnel and DNA sequencing to investigate the finer points of soil health.
February 6th, 2013
Approval of Uruguayan citrus is entering its final stages in the U.S. and open to public comment.
February 5th, 2013
A new master contract is in the works for U.S. port workers following successful negotiations.
February 4th, 2013
Hass avocados had a record-breaking in the U.S. with 34% growth in consumption.
The “Smart Snacks in School” initiative seeks to create a healthier food environment in U.S. schools.
February 1st, 2013
As U.S. pears enter China for the first time a key challenge will be winning over consumer hearts.
January 29th, 2013
From strikes to shipping problems, several factors have created an unstable start for Peruvian mango exports.
January 25th, 2013
Pushing Mexican tomatoes out of the U.S. market could have extensive implications for traders and consumers.
January 22nd, 2013
U.S. distributor Mission Produce plans to grow its capabilities in Canada and Mexico.
January 21st, 2013
Organic potato farmer Jim Gerritsen speaks on his legal battle for court protection against Monsanto.
January 18th, 2013
After a decade of negotiations, Uruguayan citrus could soon be on its way to U.S. consumers.
As stands, Barhi dates from Israel should soon be welcomed to the United States market.
January 15th, 2013
The Oppenheimer Group will soon become a marketer of around 2 million boxes of sweet bell peppers.
On a 10-acre bog in the Pacific Northwest, U.S. researchers are dedicated to understanding cranberries.
January 14th, 2013
With the acquisition of Cran Chile, Ocean Spray will produce 12 million lbs. more of dried cranberries a year.
January 11th, 2013
The San Joaquin Valley expects multiple days of below average temperatures that could send a blow to citrus.
A U.S. hospital has hired a residental farmer to run an organic greenhouse for health and wellness.
January 9th, 2013
Alpine Fresh has entered a joint venture with Five Star Family Growers that could build into a larger North American program.
January 8th, 2013
After six decades of operation, Colorado’s Grant Family Farms faces closure.
January 3rd, 2013
The U.S. farm bill has returned to the drafting table after Congress failed to implement new legislation.
December 28th, 2012
General Mills will need a redesign for its Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups labeling to clarify fruit content.
December 27th, 2012
After years of talks, the U.S. will open its doors to Chinese sand pears in the beginning of the new year.
December 24th, 2012
With a strike looming, containerized goods may stay put at U.S. ports, with the exception of fresh foods.
December 18th, 2012
A mango recall earlier in the year has meant more inspections and big questions at the U.S. border.
December 13th, 2012
Even in zero gravity, plant roots showed normal growth movements in a NASA-funded study.
December 10th, 2012
The ILA and USMX will resume talks today to avoid an East Coast strike.
December 7th, 2012
Argentina says U.S. protectionist measures wrongfully impede the lemon industry.
December 3rd, 2012
U.S. produce retail sales were steady in the third quarter, while organic and value-add items were strong.
November 26th, 2012
U.S. agriculture faces an uncertain future as Congress stalls to approve the Farm Bill.
Protests were reported in around 100 U.S. cities against Wal-Mart stores.
November 22nd, 2012
U.S. scientists could help peach farmers cut water usage during key months.
November 16th, 2012
The USDA Farm to Schools grant will reach around 1.75 million students.
November 14th, 2012
The world’s top prune exporter is looking for new ways to generate interest in the dried fruit.
November 9th, 2012
Breeders have announced new nectarine and peach varieties ideal for the southern U.S.
November 6th, 2012
Three populations of black raspberries have shown resistance to a disease-spreading aphid.
November 2nd, 2012
Over 21,000 people gathered in California for the largest U.S. turnout in fresh produce history.
Mice fed walnuts showed very positive results in fighting breast cancer, researchers said.
November 1st, 2012
Years of oxytetracycline use to treat U.S. honeybees may have actually done harm to the insect.
A small farm in California trains U.S. veterans in sustainable farming and helps ease the return back home.
October 31st, 2012
Low demand in the Middle East and Europe decreased Fresh Del Monte sales, although profits increased.
October 30th, 2012
Apple imports to Central America have grown significantly, although the region still prefers bananas.
October 26th, 2012
Walmart has outlined measures to boost social and environmental responsibility.
October 19th, 2012
A University of Florida study has found that adding sulfur to soil could boost tomato production.
April 2nd, 2012
HLB disease puts the world’s citrus industry under threat, but could immune GM trees be the answer?
January 5th, 2011
At the end of 2010 the harvest is about 4% higher than previously forecasted, reaching 20,862 metric tons (MT)
December 22nd, 2010
The group is preparing a survey that focuses on consumer buying habits, the evolution of added value solutions and purchasing patterns.
December 8th, 2010
The country is looking to diversify the markets that receive its fruit and increase its participation in countries already open to Uruguayan fresh fruit.
November 2nd, 2010
The value of Peru’s exports have grown 30% between January and September but still lack far behind levels seen in 2008
October 26th, 2010
As of October 15 some 12.8 million cartons of grapes are stored in California, 50% more than at the same time last year
October 21st, 2010
The rise of U.S. consumers who prefer local fruit and vegetables, also known as “locavores,” will not likely alter demand for out-of-season or hard-to-find products supplied by Southern Hemisphere countries
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