May 21, 2015 / Week N° 21
May 19th, 2015
A British MP has delivered a box of Alphonso mangoes to the Prime Minister in appreciation for his help in lifting the Indian import ban.
April 30th, 2015
Global transportation and shipping company the CMA CGM Group is reinforcing its position in India with a new acquisition.
April 29th, 2015
India’s Assocham has put forward a plan of action to transform mango exports but weather challenges will be a setback this year.
April 23rd, 2015
After a 10-year absence, Argentine apple shippers are once more sending their fruit to India.
April 22nd, 2015
With previous strains of Panama disease already in the country, India is pulling out the stops to prevent a TR4 incursion.
April 15th, 2015
Following the reopening of the EU market, Indian mango exporters could reportedly soon gain broader access to the U.S. as well.
April 9th, 2015
Kaushal Khakhar says restoring faith in Indian mangoes around the world is a ‘matter of pride’.
April 3rd, 2015
An international project aims to improve the shelf life of fruit through an easily accessible nanotech formula.
March 27th, 2015
An Indian wine producer is using the recent severe hail storms as an opportunity not only to boost its economy port production but also to help table grape growers facing major financial losses.
March 26th, 2015
Pick N Serve managing director Subrata Mondal believes he can get an edge over Ecuadorian and Philippine banana suppliers to the Gulf region.
March 23rd, 2015
The Indo-Israel Agriculture Project Cooperation Project (IIAP) recently held its biggest workshop yet.
March 20th, 2015
The new documentary set to air tomorrow shows the beauty of how a 40-pound cabbage can turn into a global movement.
March 17th, 2015
In exchange for supporting India’s apple sector, the New Zealand industry hopes trade tariffs will be removed.
“Farmers have never really seen anything like the size of the hail stones,” says an Indian grape industry leader.
March 13th, 2015
Poland’s Fruit Union president is positive about the recent visit of the country’s agriculture minister to India.
March 4th, 2015
Australian blueberry growers have prepared a 50-page export strategy, emphasizing an impending oversupply at home.
March 3rd, 2015
Spinach, coriander, tomatoes, cucumber and grapes are some crops that have been hit by heavy rain in Maharashtra.
February 23rd, 2015
The Indian government has relaxed the minimum export price (MEP) on potatoes that was initially introduced last June.
February 20th, 2015
New government support will make the Japanese market much more accessible for India’s mango industry.
February 19th, 2015
Revenue surpassed US$1 billion for the largest citrus shipper in the U.S. last year, bolstered by a new partnerships in India and Brazil.
February 17th, 2015
One EU importer believes Indian mango sales may initially be affected by a damaged reputation.
February 12th, 2015
An Indian grower is gearing up for renewed mango exports to Europe, but thinks exchange rates will impact produce trading overall.
February 4th, 2015
An Indian company’s investment in Czech cherry orchards is set to pay dividends in the coming years.
A collaborative project funded by the International Development Research Centre has shown nanotechnology could help boost Asian mango shippers’ profits by 15%.
February 2nd, 2015
A report says there could be a connection between litchi seeds and an unknown illness in a northern Indian region.
January 28th, 2015
A government-backed organization in Himachal Pradesh intends to significantly improve apple storage options in the state.
January 23rd, 2015
The Indian Agricultural Research Institute’s Anand Singh discusses what’s next in overcoming EU bans on produce imports.
January 22nd, 2015
India’s mango farmers are jubilant at the news they will soon be able to export their fruit to Europe again.
January 20th, 2015
“It vindicates our opinion that the ban should never have been put in place,” says Monica Bhandari.
European plant health experts are content with India’s assurances that mango exports to the EU will be free of quarantine pests.
“Everything points towards the easing of restrictions,” one source told www.freshfruitportal.com.
January 15th, 2015
The third phase of an Israeli-Indian horticultural technology, research and trade project is now underway.
January 14th, 2015
Sopan Kanchan says bouts of inclement weather have been ‘nothing the Indian grape industry can’t handle’.
Keith Vaz has urged Europe’s politicians to vote in favor of the Indian produce trade during a vote to take place in a week’s time.
January 12th, 2015
India is next in Australia’s sights after a series of FTA breakthroughs with China, Japan and South Korea.
January 8th, 2015
A Defra spokesperson has confirmed the European Commission will vote soon on whether to lift a ban on Indian mangoes.
January 6th, 2015
IG International is confident about Chile’s cherry potential and is also launching a new dragonfruit program.
Financial challenges mean mango cultivation could face the chop in parts of the Punjab.
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
Zespri’s kiwifruit sales have doubled in India as more consumers become familiar with the exotic fruit.
December 9th, 2014
An increasing number of Indian table grape growers are learning how best to produce their fruit to meet high international trade standards.
December 4th, 2014
Although Europe’s ban on Indian mango imports was originally set to last until the end of 2015, experts from the Asian country claim trade could start up again much sooner.
Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd has reached a deal with three Indian research groups to improve horticulture.
December 3rd, 2014
BVF’s Marc Evrard discusses his expectations for an incipient pome fruit program in India.
November 28th, 2014
Two Argentine apple shippers are delighted at the new Indian market access, with both saying they were surprised at the news and that a strong future is in store.
November 7th, 2014
Groups from Israel, India and Australia will cooperate on projects to improve food supply and water use.
November 4th, 2014
A state-backed company in the Indian region of Tamil Nadu has its sights set on boosting infrastructure to ship its Cavendish and native bananas to the world.
October 23rd, 2014
The number of products covered by a 2007 trade agreement between Chile and India is set to shoot up six-fold.
September 17th, 2014
An EU delegation recently visited India to inspect the country’s mango supply chain.
September 5th, 2014
First it was hail, now heavy rainfall poses a threat to this year’s apple crop in Kashmir.
September 2nd, 2014
New Zealand cherry industry players discuss several steps underway to make the most of booming opportunities in Asia.
August 29th, 2014
New rules mean it will now be much easier for Indian onion growers to sell their produce outside the country.
August 25th, 2014
Danfoss India has ambitious plans to resolve infrastructure problems that are leaving a third of bananas by the wayside.
August 19th, 2014
Authorities are assessing the damage of hail in Kashmir, where some pome fruit orchards have had a ‘total loss’.
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 11th, 2014
Two Russian importers claim most products lost from the ban on EU produce can be regained from other countries.
August 7th, 2014
India is next on the list of countries where the U.S. cranberry industry plans to pump up exports with new funds.
August 4th, 2014
We speak with the man behind India’s renowned “practically seedless” Sindhu mango.
July 28th, 2014
One of the most recognizable faces in Indian cinema is now officially a representative of the country’s leading fruit-growing state.
July 25th, 2014
An Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) expert looks at the important role of horticulture in development.
July 23rd, 2014
Berry Gardens and Syngenta will be among the beneficiaries of a U.K. grant for agricultural innovation projects.
Seedless grapes are now commonplace, but what about a seedless mango? Indian researchers think it could be the next big thing.
July 17th, 2014
We take a look at the latest of several centers supported by Israel that are raising Indian horticultural productivity.
July 8th, 2014
Indian scientists have called for natural parasites to combat heavy infestations of the banana leaf roller.
July 3rd, 2014
The Indian government has raised the minimum export price for onions by two thirds.
July 1st, 2014
Around 14% of Himachal Pradesh orchards will come under a scheme aimed at raising orchard productivity.
June 30th, 2014
After a decision to limit export prices on onions, India has now applied a similar measure to potatoes.
June 23rd, 2014
Pipfruit NZ has said it believes it can work with India to resolve any trade issues.
June 20th, 2014
Fresh and dried fruit companies were part of a recent Afghan delegation to visit New Delhi for trade promotion.
June 18th, 2014
Some Indian districts have banned litchi sales, but scientists and growers say there is no link between the fruit and an outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).
June 12th, 2014
India’s PM hopes other parts of the country can emulate Sikkim, which is on track to becoming a fully organic state.
A state government source says many orchardists think India’s new Prime Minister will ban apple imports.
June 10th, 2014
The new Indian Government has pledged to crack down on dangerous chemicals used to artificially ripen fruit.
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.
June 3rd, 2014
With branded product, an Indian company has a long-term goal to rival banana suppliers from Latin America and the Philippines.
May 28th, 2014
The Washington Apple Commission has revealed its long-term plan to boost sales in India.
May 26th, 2014
The U.K. Government has pledged closer collaboration with India to negotiate re-opening mango import access in the future.
May 23rd, 2014
Leicester MP Keith Vaz says nothing can be done to reverse the EU’s ban on Indian mangoes over the summer.
May 22nd, 2014
From papadums to sweets to juices, Indian researchers are aiming to improve the way jackfruits are utilized.
May 21st, 2014
The last time India had a bumper litchi crop, growers were able to export the excess to Europe and the Middle East.
May 19th, 2014
If projections come to fruition, U.S. importers can expect a lot more Indian mangoes this season.
May 16th, 2014
An EU spokesperson has contradicted an Indian press report that the controversial mango ban has been lifted.
May 15th, 2014
Ripe Now’s Lewey Hook is focusing more efforts on West African mangoes now that India-sourced trials have had to be put on hold.
May 13th, 2014
The government of India’s largest kinnow mandarin-growing state hopes to incentivize producers by promoting the fruit’s health benefits to the public.
May 8th, 2014
Several U.K. MPs told Parliament the ban on Indian mangoes was “EU bureaucracy going too far”, but a DEFRA rep cited “major shortcomings” in the South Asian country’s export system.
May 7th, 2014
David Cameron “looks forward” to discussing the ban on Indian mangoes with the country’s next prime minister.
The Speaker of the U.K. House of Commons has granted parliamentary debate on the EU mango ban for this Thursday.
With Europe cut off, Indian mango farmers are having to look to new markets to balance their sales portfolios.
May 6th, 2014
Indian politicians have criticized the EU while lambasting their own authorities over a ban on mangoes.
May 5th, 2014
Babar Durrani discusses steps for Pakistan to avoid the fate of India, which has lost access to the EU mango market.
Retail experts give the lowdown on underlying cultural and economic factors behind India’s supermarket boom.
April 29th, 2014
Monica Bhandari questions why Indian mangoes can’t be subjected to heat treatment instead of an outright EU ban.
Leicester East MP Keith Vaz is determined to “save the mango in Britain”.
April 21st, 2014
The Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board explains a new program to build four cold storage centers.
April 16th, 2014
Low import volume has pushed Washington Apples to refocus its marketing efforts in India.
India’s ASSOCHAM has released an estimated reduction rate for the country’s mango production this year.
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.
April 1st, 2014
It has taken time for Barhi date production to take off in India, but this year’s harvest could bring record volume.
March 26th, 2014
EU members moved to ban five Indian fresh produce categories, effective until the end of 2015.
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
Tesco’s joint venture with the Tata Group will bring 12 new retail stores to India.
March 18th, 2014
All Indian produce exports to Europe will now have to be routed through government approved packhouses.
After last week’s IBO conference in Mexico, two experts revealed plans for building blueberry demand.
March 6th, 2014
In the face of a bumper crop and falling domestic prices, India has removed price limits on onion exports.
March 3rd, 2014
US$11 billion Indian company Mahindra outlines plans for grape and apple branding.
February 25th, 2014
Modelled after Rungis in France, the US$242 million Gaunnar perishables market is on its way in India.
February 20th, 2014
An Indian grape shipper says weather set back harvest times, but volumes will be up.
February 13th, 2014
New direct trade routes out of India could help Delicious Mangoes expand its focus on Europe.
February 12th, 2014
The head of one of Europe’s oldest fruit distributors discusses supply and demand trends for Germany and Eastern Europe
February 11th, 2014
Marketing under the Kimaye brand, a dramatic rise in pomegranate production is in store for India’s INI Farms.
February 10th, 2014
Growth in Indian agricultural exports was driven by products such as Basmati rice and mango pulp.
February 4th, 2014
New refrigeration capacity in Bangalore airport could be a “major boost” for perishables traders in the region.
January 27th, 2014
Amendments to India’s foreign direct investment could mean a boost to the modest modern retail sector.
January 20th, 2014
California walnut exporters aim to ride a wave in India that has seen their compatriots’ almonds and pistachios soar in popularity.
January 13th, 2014
Syngenta Asia’s Prashant Belgamwar discusses seedless watermelon and grape projects in India.
December 20th, 2013
Tesco’s chief executive officer for Asia explains plans for India and exciting times ahead for the supermarket chain.
December 19th, 2013
Tesco has taken a necessary step to gain greater access to India’s prospective retail market.
December 12th, 2013
Indian authorities expect a decline in the country’s mango shipments this year in the face of difficult protocol measures in destination markets.
November 12th, 2013
In a no-trust vote, the Delhi High Court has ordered the government to reassess produce pesticide levels.
November 6th, 2013
India’s IG International and Atharva International have formed a joint venture to export fruits and vegetables abroad.
The U.S. Apple Export Council recently invited Indian and Central American importers to visit orchards and packhouses.
October 30th, 2013
India’s Mahindra & Mahindra is set to launch its own fruit brand which it plans to take global.
October 9th, 2013
Indonesia, Morocco and India were a few markets highlighted for Chilean fruit opportunities at Fruittrade yesterday.
October 4th, 2013
A new partnership will help Australian and Indian researchers work together to tackle common horticultural challenges.
August 23rd, 2013
Australian researchers have the developing world in mind with GM bananas, but results could have broader implications.
August 21st, 2013
Growers in India’s Karnataka state hope to send organic produce to European consumers.
August 20th, 2013
India is expected to have an average apple crop, contrasted by growing imports and local demand.
August 14th, 2013
Pipfruit NZ will take a delegation of growers to India later this month to work on an industry cooperation agreement.
August 13th, 2013
Two Australian biosecurity officers have potentially saved the country’s citrus industry from devastating disease HLB.
July 25th, 2013
Depreciation of the rupee and a cheap supply from Iran have made U.S. apples less appealing on the Indian market.
July 22nd, 2013
India’s Assam state is pushing rooftop farming to provide fresh vegetables in urban zones.
July 17th, 2013
India will now accept walnuts from the United States that first undergo methyl bromide fumigation.
July 5th, 2013
India’s new food security bill could provide relief to the poor, but can the nation’s infrastructure handle it?
June 18th, 2013
U.S.-led sanctions have not prevented a fruitful trade relationship between Iran and India.
May 31st, 2013
An Indian government panel is seeking to reel in usage of restricted pesticides on imported fruits.
May 24th, 2013
India’s Uttar Pradesh state is considered the next fruit hub, but infrastructure may create problems.
May 20th, 2013
A U.S.-based think tank has criticized Indian trade policies that may jeopardize the agricultural supply chain.
May 15th, 2013
Germany has provided a welcome testing ground for mangoes from India’s Rapid Import and Exporters.
May 14th, 2013
If production during the monsoon season goes well, India’s mango shipments to the U.S. could jump significantly.
April 12th, 2013
More Indian shoppers are connecting to the internet to fill their kitchen cabinets.
April 10th, 2013
The Washington State Apple Commission hopes to bowl the competition over by supporting cricket.
March 11th, 2013
Growing populations in China and India are driving food security pressures and demand for ammonia-based fertilizers.
February 22nd, 2013
Port strikes and general congestion have made headaches for Indian fruit importers.
February 14th, 2013
India’s leading fruit distributor has slated a US$25 million investment plan in cold storage facilities over two years.
February 12th, 2013
India will give almost US$1.5 million to mango producers that experienced extensive production losses.
February 11th, 2013
India’s seed industry would like to return to its old income tax exempt status.
February 1st, 2013
Indian grape exports to the European Union were around 10 times higher year-on-year in January.
January 17th, 2013
India expects clearance soon to export mangoes to yet another new market – South Africa.
January 7th, 2013
Around 30% of produce goes to waste in India’s top banana-growing region.
December 28th, 2012
India’s Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees may be asleep on the job, farmers claim.
December 27th, 2012
A lac-based coating has potential to elongate fruit shelf life for up to two weeks.
December 24th, 2012
Mahagrapes’ Sachin Korde discusses the prospects for this Indian table grape season.
December 20th, 2012
We hear New Zealand, U.S. and Chilean perspectives on India’s apple market obstacles.
December 13th, 2012
India has a large fruit market but one importer says little trade effort has been made by Chile.
December 4th, 2012
India still holds a small U.S. mango market share, but irradiation is helping the country get a foot in.
October 1st, 2012
India’s burgeoning fruit processing industry could fuel improvement in the country’s postharvest system.
September 19th, 2012
Chile needs to intensify its marketing in India to make the most of lower import tariffs.
August 30th, 2012
Australian and Indian researchers aim to develop a banana that will help reduce anaemia rates.
August 23rd, 2012
Oliver Flake told PMA Fresh Connections Southern Africa about the gains to be had in developing markets.
The U.S. drought has prompted global organizations to discuss a worldwide water deficit management strategy.
August 21st, 2012
Researchers have successfully grown kiwifruit for the first time in southern India but yields are still low.
August 17th, 2012
K.S. Subramanian discusses a joint Indian-Sri Lankan-Canadian project to improve packaging technology.
August 9th, 2012
India’s commerce ministry is concerned China won’t renew an import deal for mangoes and grapes.
July 27th, 2012
Adrienna Zsakay sums up labeling law changes in China, India and Indonesia.
July 26th, 2012
Mangoes exports to the U.S. are expected to be easier under new irradiation treatment rules.
July 24th, 2012
More parts of the U.S. will be able to have irradiation treatment plants, while new rules are set for Indian and Thai fruit.
July 18th, 2012
Up to 15% of table grape growers in India’s Maharashtra state face having no yields due to rain shortages.
July 5th, 2012
Adrienna Zsakay takes a look at the raft of food regulation changes taking place across Asia.
June 26th, 2012
India is optimistic about the export potential of a new sweet plum developed by researchers in the Punjab.
June 7th, 2012
An Indian scientist has decoded a bacteria that leads to disease in mangoes, pomegranates and citrus fruits.
June 5th, 2012
Chilean walnut producers are eyeing up new markets off the back of an excellent growth in export prices.
June 4th, 2012
Researchers from around the globe have put together a genome sequence for the common tomato.
June 1st, 2012
Researchers from India, Sri Lanka and Canada are testing nano-film with the aim of reducing post harvest losses.
May 31st, 2012
Peru will now have a new outlet for its avocado and asparagus production following Indian market entry approval.
May 21st, 2012
Poor weather and a pest threat have impacted mangoes in a key Indian fruit-growing state.
May 17th, 2012
India increased its grape shipments to Europe by a whopping 63% this season.
May 10th, 2012
An Indian grape growers’ group is looking to South African varieties.
May 3rd, 2012
A new Indian variety of mango with a reddish skin and sweet flavor has been named after a young politician.
April 30th, 2012
Chilean ag minister Luis Mayol has met with Indian Ambassador Pradeep Kapur ahead of an Asian tour.
April 27th, 2012
Hail and rain have dashed hopes for a high mango yield in parts of the Indian state of Karnatka.
April 20th, 2012
The South African is under pressure to ensure fruit export opportunities move further up the BRICS agenda.
April 19th, 2012
Walmart CEO Mike Duke outlines green goals, including the ditching of unsustainable palm oil by 2015.
April 16th, 2012
Retailer Walmart has started a program it claims will empower 60,000 women in developing countries.
April 11th, 2012
A high Australian exchange rate has shifted the attention of Indian importers to South African oranges.
March 23rd, 2012
An FTA could make India “capable of consuming all of Chile’s produce”, says a leading fruit importer.
March 21st, 2012
One U.K. importer has seen mango prices double due to rough weather conditions in India.
March 6th, 2012
New Zealand avocado growers have high hopes about technology which will allow them to export beyond the Pacific Rim.
March 2nd, 2012
The Pakistani cabinet has decided to ease its restrictions on Indian imports by the end of the year.
February 17th, 2012
APM Terminals says India needs massive investment to raise its shipping status to handle trade growth.
February 3rd, 2012
India has great grape-growing conditions this year, but European market dynamics may force export delays.
January 26th, 2012
India’s avocado industry has identified several regions with strong Hass-growing potential.
January 17th, 2012
Outgoing Pipfruit NZ CEO Peter Beaven discusses growing conditions and the market outlook in 2012.
December 23rd, 2011
Chile’s walnut growers and exporters predict a bright future.
December 22nd, 2011
Peruvian exporters want greater access to India as developed markets continue to falter.
December 21st, 2011
Australia has the world’s fastest-growing almond industry, tapping into rising demand in Asia and elsewhere.
December 19th, 2011
The National Mango Board’s William Watson talks plans for improved export data and new market opportunities.
December 2nd, 2011
Indian apple volumes have plummeted, especially in hilly regions due to rainfall.
October 18th, 2011
Australia is set to tap into the lucrative Indian market thanks to new import rules on macadamia nuts.
October 3rd, 2011
U.S. inspection officials believe Indian pomegranates are safe to import.
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