March 27, 2015 / Week N° 13
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
Fruit exporter Pico plans to expand its core offering while adding new crops such as pomegranates and avocados in the mix.
A California judge has ruled the USDA maintains rights to grape varieties Scarlet Royal and Autumn King.
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.
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