April 17, 2015 / Week N° 16
April 17th, 2015
A table grape facility in northern Chile has been turned into a distribution center to support the post-flood relief effort.
The Atacama table grape industry at least has its heritage intact after the first rootstock planted in the region survived recent floods.
April 6th, 2015
ASOEX has urged immediate efforts to restore the irrigation network in an area recently hit hard by flooding.
April 1st, 2015
Grape exporters to China are set to face increasing domestic competition in the coming years.
U.S.-based produce distributor Seald Sweet has made “substantial financial investments” to bolster its table grape program.
March 27th, 2015
Chile’s National Agricultural Society (SAN) says the severe flooding has left many stranded without water for days, as produce companies use private helicopters to rescue those in need.
March 26th, 2015
The Copiapó Valley has been one of the worst hit agricultural zones from recent storms in northern Chile.
March 24th, 2015
The delicate balance of Chilean grape prices abroad could be impacted by Ecuador’s recent protectionist policy.
March 20th, 2015
California raised its table grape exports to several destinations this season, including Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, the U.K. and Indonesia.
Ecuador’s enormous increase in food import tariffs is taking its toll on the country’s wholesalers.
March 18th, 2015
As South Africa’s table grape season is on its last legs, weather conditions for harvest are the best seen in decades in the Hex River Valley.
March 17th, 2015
“Farmers have never really seen anything like the size of the hail stones,” says an Indian grape industry leader.
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.
February 19th, 2015
China’s efforts to halt corruption have affected gift giving, and therefore the sales of imported Australian premium fruits.
January 27th, 2015
With a new CEO at the helm, Sun World will progress in its California grape planting program and will be pulling out of some crops.
January 21st, 2015
Two leading Mexican grower associations have joined a new group that aims to raise the bar in worker treatment on farms.
January 19th, 2015
A California judge has ruled the USDA maintains rights to grape varieties Scarlet Royal and Autumn King.
Fruit exporter Pico plans to expand its core offering while adding new crops such as pomegranates and avocados in the mix.
January 15th, 2015
Australia’s second-largest horticultural export destination will now start reducing tariffs on items like citrus fruit, grapes and asparagus.
January 14th, 2015
Sopan Kanchan says bouts of inclement weather have been ‘nothing the Indian grape industry can’t handle’.
South Africa’s table grape volume is well ahead of previous years, but the total should taper to a “normal” level.
January 8th, 2015
The Vietnamese market closure has caused particular complications for Australian black seedless grape exporters.
January 7th, 2015
Sierra Exportadora is helping Peruvian growers find new commercial opportunities for their fruit production.
December 23rd, 2014
Thompson Seedless harvests are wrapping up in early-growing northern parts of South Africa but red varieties are still going strong.
December 16th, 2014
Maharashtra grape farmers suffering crop damages have protested against the government’s lack of action after recent bad weather.
December 11th, 2014
A Chilean fruit industry consultant has released a slightly more optimistic grape export forecast.
December 1st, 2014
OA-Global’s ozone technology products worked wonders on kiwifruit trials in New Zealand, and the company hopes for similar success in new geographies and crops.
November 27th, 2014
Exporters whose fruit requires fumigation in the U.S. now have a much more practical solution on offer in Florida.
November 26th, 2014
A quality inspector for Cool Fresh’s Namibian grape crop says ‘any farmer could only wish’ for this weather.
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.
An Italian grape group may have lost 30% in sales due to the Russian embargo, but has slated an ambitious grafting plan.
November 20th, 2014
PMA Fruittrade Latin America was the first port of call for a recently launched Korean import company.
November 12th, 2014
Berry development is running up to 14 days earlier year-on-year for grapes in the Berg River region of South Africa.
November 7th, 2014
A project aiming to improve Chile’s table grape sector through collaborative research will be highlighted at PMA Fruittrade Latin America next week.
November 4th, 2014
After dealing with years of headaches forming a new protocol to regain Thai market access, the Australian horticultural industry may face new non-tariff challenges in another South East Asian market.
October 13th, 2014
Travel and e-commerce put a dint in the Zhejiang Wenhui wholesale fruit market for a key national holiday.
October 8th, 2014
The U.S. looks set to lose its position as the second biggest grape supplier to the Chinese market this season.
October 2nd, 2014
A Chinese partner will soon start selling Disney-branded grapes sourced from Dayka & Hackett in the U.S.
September 26th, 2014
Recent hailstorms have put a €52.5 million dent in eastern Spanish citrus, grape and persimmon farms.
September 25th, 2014
A biological control system used for strawberries has been rejigged by Australian scientists for cherries, and could potentially be applied to a range of other crops.
September 22nd, 2014
We take a visit to Peru with a buyer mission organized by SIPPO, which is also looking to find new partners in Colombia.
September 9th, 2014
An earlier season could give Spanish stonefruit exporters an edge in China once the market opens up.
August 22nd, 2014
A port in the U.S. state of Georgia will soon allow entry for cold-treated citrus from Peru.
August 18th, 2014
IG International’s Tarun Arora looks at the Indian crops to benefit from Russia’s import ban, and how the move will affect European and Middle Eastern growers’ orientations toward his country.
August 7th, 2014
Russia’s recent decision has cut out around a quarter of the country’s produce imports, according to preliminary estimates from consultancy Decofrut.
August 5th, 2014
Spanish plums, peaches and possibly grapes are under review for potential export to China.
July 31st, 2014
Chilean blueberry and plum growers in certain regions will now be obliged to create pest control methods.
July 30th, 2014
A British retailer conducted a worldwide search to find the “perfect” nectarine, but found it very close to home.
July 29th, 2014
Amidst Greece’s economic crisis, the country’s grape growers are changing their practices to stay ahead of the game.
July 23rd, 2014
Nico Liturri discusses how unusual weather conditions have cut grape production estimates this year.
July 22nd, 2014
Shandong Goodfarmer’s president talks about Ecuadorian bananas, Zespri kiwifruit and creating a new Latin American company.
July 18th, 2014
The Chilean Table Grape Committee says a grapewine moth could threaten the whole national fruit industry.
July 17th, 2014
A new online service aims to make produce market dynamics easy to understand and visualize in context.
July 15th, 2014
An important figure in Chile’s agricultural development, Alfonso Prohens, has died.
July 2nd, 2014
An industry body says Californian grape production will be fine for this year, but water usage is ‘unsustainable’.
July 1st, 2014
In the face of tough competition with summer fruit, many Spanish and Italian grape growers are shifting their varietal offerings to get ahead.
June 30th, 2014
Egypt’s Mohamed Eldosouky discusses competition with South African oranges in China, and plans to open up the market to new products.
June 26th, 2014
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.
Growth is expected for Canadian horticulture, amidst an environment of U.S. competition and technology pressures.
June 23rd, 2014
AHEA is optimistic for Australia’s horticultural exports despite government forecasts for a reduction in 2014-15.
June 6th, 2014
After acting in more than 180 films, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan will likely take to the stage of Maharashtra’s fruit and vegetable industry.
May 29th, 2014
New research from the University of Miami has revealed grapes’ eye-protecting properties.
May 28th, 2014
With exports due to rise 15% this year, Peru’s produce industry will be making its mark at the London Produce Show.
May 23rd, 2014
Profitability outpaced sales growth for Peru’s Camposol in what was a stellar first quarter for 2014.
May 16th, 2014
Barnaby Joyce has hailed Australia’s first table grape exports to South Korea as an ‘exciting milestone’.
May 9th, 2014
Improvements in production strategies have helped protect California table grapes from drought conditions.
May 6th, 2014
The wheels are in motion to form a national committee for growers and exporters of Chile’s most-shipped fruit.
May 2nd, 2014
China and South Korea will be tariff-free for Peruvian table grapes next year, while work continues to open up the Japanese market.
April 25th, 2014
With labor shortages at home, C.H. Robinson is considering a grape re-packing set-up in China.
April 22nd, 2014
The full effects of unusual frosts are yet to be seen in the world’s leading apricot region, as well as impacts on other crops like grapes, peaches and walnuts.
April 21st, 2014
The Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board explains a new program to build four cold storage centers.
April 16th, 2014
The first exports of Australian table grapes to Japan marks the country’s second produce milestone in a week.
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.
From apple scarcity to a flood of Iranian kiwifruit, IG International’s Tarun Arora explains Indian market trends, along with a few export ventures.
March 26th, 2014
India’s Star Bazaar will offer branded grapes in an effort to raise fruit quality for the nation’s middle class consumers.
March 24th, 2014
Califorinia brought in record table grape volume this year, reaching export markets in force.
Peruvian grape exports continue to show strong growth, most notably in China.
A dry start to the year has reduced volumes for several top fruit categories in Brazil.
March 19th, 2014
With new marketers in Chile and Italy, Sun World now has 32 grape licensees worldwide.
March 18th, 2014
South African table grapes have picked up volume in recent weeks, showing recovery from the early season.
March 4th, 2014
Table grape packing is either done or finishing up in the majority of South Africa’s growing regions.
March 3rd, 2014
US$11 billion Indian company Mahindra outlines plans for grape and apple branding.
February 25th, 2014
Philippine inspectors were happy with the state of Argentine pome fruit and grape operations during a recent tour.
February 24th, 2014
With Red Seedless varieties on the water, South African grape shippers hope to find an improved European market.
February 20th, 2014
An Indian grape shipper says weather set back harvest times, but volumes will be up.
February 19th, 2014
Total intakes may be down, but South African grape exporters have bolstered exports well over the last month.
February 13th, 2014
T&G CEO Alastair Hulbert discuses operational expectations for kiwifruit, apples, grapes and blueberries.
BayWa CEO Klaus Lutz talks about international sourcing plans for three key fruits.
February 12th, 2014
The head of one of Europe’s oldest fruit distributors discusses supply and demand trends for Germany and Eastern Europe
Peru expects to surpass its export record for fruit products in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.
February 4th, 2014
A Dole Europe subsidiary has entered an agreement to buy an early season grape farm in the Orange River region.
February 3rd, 2014
A ZTI Mechatronic innovation promises to cut grape destemming costs significantly.
January 21st, 2014
South Africa’s table grape exports were 53% lower year-on-year in the first fortnight of 2014.
January 17th, 2014
Australia’s The Grape House says the industry must focus on “all markets” this export season.
Spain’s Ideal grape captures consumer desire, even when weather complicates production.
January 16th, 2014
A U.S.-Spanish-Chilean consortium has developed a clean technology that improves fruit shelf life.
January 14th, 2014
Peru has big expectations as a grape provider to the Chinese market.
Leon de Kock says a transforming South African grape offering will move more strongly into retail.
January 13th, 2014
Syngenta Asia’s Prashant Belgamwar discusses seedless watermelon and grape projects in India.
January 9th, 2014
Frosts took a toll on South Africa’s overall table grape exports for 2013.
Australian companies will now be able to export grape seeds to China following a recent agreement.
January 8th, 2014
Rains in the Western Cape have put grape and pear harvesting on hold until Monday.
December 31st, 2013
Two Sun World execs discuss plans to advance next generation grape varieties in South America.
December 30th, 2013
Chilean researchers hope a “pregnancy test for grapes” will take off in the world of yield estimation.
December 19th, 2013
The Australian table grape industry expects millions of dollars worth of exports under a new Korean agreement.
December 18th, 2013
The first shipment of South African grapes has arrived in time to hit Dutch supermarkets for Christmas sales.
December 16th, 2013
Peru’s grape production growth rate is set to be even higher in 2014, with volume rising by almost 100,000 metric tons (MT).
December 11th, 2013
As Chile’s first grape exports take off today, ASOEX has released a total fruit shipment estimate that is higher than previous government calculations.
November 28th, 2013
Beef and dairy companies have dominated the agribusiness part of the Australian Export Awards in recent years, but not in 2013.
Freshworld and Fresh Produce Group are the latest grape licensees of Sun World.
Brazil has European grape markets full at the moment. Chile, however, should find a more open market in 2014.
November 20th, 2013
Peru’s Provid has announced grape export expectations for this season, and hopes for Japanese market access by 2015.
Despite flooding in the Western Cape, table grape producers have not reported major damages.
November 15th, 2013
Oranges, bananas and tomatoes are set to help support a strong rise in Brazilian crop income next year.
November 14th, 2013
Scientists have found that once broken down in the colon, polyphenols produce molecules that are beneficial for the digestive system.
November 11th, 2013
A reported 4,000 farm workers went on strike last week, affecting a major Western Cape fruit producer.
November 6th, 2013
India’s IG International and Atharva International have formed a joint venture to export fruits and vegetables abroad.
November 5th, 2013
Isis has joined the ranks among Brazil’s nationally developed seedless grape varieties.
November 4th, 2013
Despite frosts in the Orange River Region, South Africa is expected to maintain table grape volume.
October 30th, 2013
India’s Mahindra & Mahindra is set to launch its own fruit brand which it plans to take global.
October 28th, 2013
As a new season nears, the South African table grape industry emphasized respect for labor laws.
October 25th, 2013
South African grapes could meet greater competition this year from Brazil and Europe.
October 24th, 2013
Through an ASOEX agreement, Chilean fruit will have a direct route to 200 Chinese wholesale markets.
October 21st, 2013
CTGC president Kathleen Nave is positive about the potential to move greater volume toward the end of the grape deal.
October 17th, 2013
Brazil’s overall fruit exports are expected to increase, despite severe drought in the northeast.
October 16th, 2013
September frosts could mean 15,000 jobs lost in South Africa’s Orange River grape industry.
October 11th, 2013
Move over, milk; grapes may play a role in maintaining strong, healthy bones.
October 9th, 2013
Indonesia, Morocco and India were a few markets highlighted for Chilean fruit opportunities at Fruittrade yesterday.
October 7th, 2013
Thailand will remove 90% of tariffs on Chilean products following the signing of a recent free trade agreement.
October 3rd, 2013
Apricots, peaches, grapes, plums and almonds are some of the hardest hit fruits from Argentina’s frosts.
October 2nd, 2013
California’s Sun World will now include Peru’s Camposol and Mexico’s Grupo Alta in its grape program.
September 30th, 2013
Despite frosts, table grape producers in Chile’s Copiapó province expect volume on par with average.
September 26th, 2013
South Africa’s biggest grape regions have been affected by a mix of frosts and cold weather.
Export growth for Chile’s strongest fruit commodities helped offset heavy falls for products like avocados and oranges last season.
September 25th, 2013
Blueberries, cherries and plums look likely to be the biggest victims of Chile’s recent frosts, but other crops have also been affected.
September 24th, 2013
Chilean fruit experts are currently evaluating the impacts of frosts on a variety of key export crops.
September 23rd, 2013
Weekly shipments have risen substantially for the California table grape industry this year.
The immune function may be boosted by grape and blueberry consumption.
September 20th, 2013
Peru’s Alvaro Diaz hopes anti-dumping investigations against China don’t hurt a booming grape trade.
September 3rd, 2013
The Brazilian government put its new grape options on display to promote juice production.
September 2nd, 2013
Whether you call them berries or grapes, muscadines pack a tasty, antixodiant-rich punch for Karen Caplan.
August 26th, 2013
Australia’s grape export season is still several months away but registrations and protocol training are just around the corner.
August 13th, 2013
Lantao’s John Wang gives his verdict on the varying quality and prospects in China for imported apples, grapes, citrus and cherries.
August 12th, 2013
A Californian asset management firm has bought a leading produce breeding, growing and marketing company.
August 8th, 2013
Brazil’s new variety BRS Núbia has been praised as a step forward for black grapes.
August 7th, 2013
A key Turkish grape company expects a 25% uptick in exports this season.
June 28th, 2013
A new modern greenhouse in Peru’s Ica region will allow for more timely grape plantations for the country’s growers.
June 7th, 2013
A FAO initiative to protect traditional agriculture has incorporated two fruit sites from China that grow grapes and torreya fruit.
May 17th, 2013
Higher prices for Camposol’s mainstay crop raised profitability in the first quarter, with a bigger avocado deal around the corner.
May 14th, 2013
Grapes, figs and lemons from Chile may be approved for a systems approach in exports to the U.S.
May 9th, 2013
Michael Worthington says Australian growers need to consider how to deal with potentially higher fresh produce imports.
May 6th, 2013
AHEA’s Maxwell Summers discusses the impacts of Indonesian import quotas and the opening of a new Asian market for Australia.
April 17th, 2013
A Chinese business linked to Lenovo has kicked off international fruit sourcing plans with a joint venture in South America.
April 11th, 2013
Western Australia may join the rest of the country in allowing Californian grape imports.
April 10th, 2013
High volume, early season grapes are pushing Australian growers to assess their options for survival.
April 8th, 2013
ASOEX has released figures of estimated losses by fruit category from Chilean strikes in weeks 13 and 14.
March 28th, 2013
The demand is high but Australia has had to cut back its expected grape shipments to China this year.
March 27th, 2013
An unpredictable season has encouraged U.S. market oversaturation of Chilean table grapes and a rush to sell produce.
March 26th, 2013
Chilean port strikes mean large quantities of fruit may not make Marketing Order timeframes for the U.S. and South Korea.
March 25th, 2013
A Chilean grape industry leader believes China will follow South Korea’s lead towards seedless grape varieties.
March 21st, 2013
To date, South Africa table grape exports are slightly down but compare well to previous years.
March 14th, 2013
California’s grape industry aims to raise production this year and find growth in international markets.
March 11th, 2013
Argentina’s apple and pear shipments to northern Europe were up sharply in the first two months of 2013.
March 1st, 2013
Camposol’s profits have dropped amid higher sales rates, with a significant avocado volume increase in store for 2013.
February 26th, 2013
South Africa’s grape intakes are now slightly up year-on-year in recovery from strike setbacks.
February 21st, 2013
Peru’s produce exports forged ahead in 2012 for grapes, asparagus, mandarins and bananas.
February 18th, 2013
iQonsulting’s Cristóbal González describes the drivers behind Chile’s difficult 2012-13 grape season.
February 15th, 2013
Importer responses to Chile’s difficult grape export season have ranged from disappointment to understanding.
February 14th, 2013
Chile’s Agricultural Research Institute has over 60 grape varieties in development to help keep the country cutting edge.
February 13th, 2013
Purity Organic has strong expectations for its first ever quality arrivals of organic Peruvian table grapes in the U.S.
February 1st, 2013
Indian grape exports to the European Union were around 10 times higher year-on-year in January.
January 30th, 2013
South Africa’s grape packing is going at “full steam” in remaining areas but total exports are markedly lower than last year.
January 24th, 2013
South Africa’s labor strife played into the hands of Namibian grape exports, which have been growing regardless.
January 23rd, 2013
Peruvian grape exporter Complejo Agroindustrial Beta will be investing aggressively over the next two years.
January 11th, 2013
Pineapple shipments from Brazil’s Minas Gerais state grew 724.5% from January to October 2012.
January 8th, 2013
Rains and further strike possibilities could hurt South African table grape output, in an otherwise good season.
January 7th, 2013
A shortfall in Chilean export grapes has led to high prices for both white and red seedless.
December 31st, 2012
After a year of hail damage, Argentina projects 29% growth for national grape output.
December 26th, 2012
Capespan North America CEO Mark Greenberg looks at how unseasonal rain may affect Chile’s grape export deal.
December 24th, 2012
Mahagrapes’ Sachin Korde discusses the prospects for this Indian table grape season.
December 20th, 2012
Strange rains have slashed Chile’s cherry export prospects, with lighter effects for grapes and blueberries.
December 18th, 2012
Peru’s grape exports should continue their upward trend in 2013 thanks to new treaties and demand.
December 17th, 2012
A Chilean early grape quality seal has been flooded with interest for this season.
December 11th, 2012
Brazil has ended a ban on Argentine grapes, reopening a big market between the two countries.
December 4th, 2012
Oppy’s Bill Poulos has applauded the exceptional quality of Brazilian Rainforest Alliance Thompson grapes.
December 3rd, 2012
European importers anticipate a strong Chilean grape season, with South Africa’s Western Cape uncertain.
November 28th, 2012
Brazil’s EMBRAPA has developed two grapes with climate adaptability and high brix levels.
November 26th, 2012
Drought in South Africa’s Northern Cape could threaten the livelihood of local farmers.
November 21st, 2012
A Chilean soil study has found low air capacity is impacting productivity in a key grape growing region.
November 20th, 2012
Chilean table exports are set to grow by 4% worldwide in 2012-13.
November 15th, 2012
Farm strikes in South Africa entered another confusing day marred by violence on Wednesday.
We hear from South America and South Africa about the prospects and perils of the Asian grape market.
November 12th, 2012
Vineyard labor negotiations came to deadlock as finger-pointing continued in South Africa.
November 8th, 2012
Vineyards in South Africa were burned down after protests with possible political roots.
November 1st, 2012
Cold weather set back the South Africa grape harvest but output should stay on course with last year.
October 26th, 2012
Fair Trade USA certified produce imports have taken a significant leap in the last two years.
October 18th, 2012
Brazilian grapes are selling for a high price in Europe as importers struggle to meet demand.
October 17th, 2012
Chilean and Peruvian companies Decofrut and CERPER have launched an alliance.
October 15th, 2012
Growers and exporters in South Africa are expecting record volumes and are bullish about market prospects.
October 11th, 2012
Chilean exporter Verfrut aims to make the most of northern Peru’s ideal weather for grape production.
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