July 01, 2015 / Week N° 27

Posts Tagged Melons

Melons from Portuguese island receive granted protected status from EU

March 5th, 2015

Melons from an island in the Azores join a list of 1,200 EU products with a Protected Geographical Indication.

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Tropical fruit volume boosts Fyffes profits in 2014

February 27th, 2015

Produce multinational Fyffes will be pursuing price increases in all markets this year in response to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar against the euro.

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U.S.: Del Monte shares fall despite strong result

February 18th, 2015

Tomatoes and melons showed the biggest percentage sales increases at Fresh Del Monte in the fourth quarter.

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Uzbek exporter eyes European market growth

February 13th, 2015

It may have a mouthful of a name, but Uztadbirkoreksport is feeding more stomachs in Europe courtesy of a new office in Riga.

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New juiceless tomato ‘fantastic’ for foodservice, says Bayer CropScience

November 24th, 2014

Bayer CropScience has two new naturally-bred agricultural products it says will solve some food chain problems.

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Singapore opens up to Honduran melon exporters

November 13th, 2014

A new export destination is on the cards for the upcoming Honduran melon season which is a bit behind schedule.

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Slight rise for Brazil’s early season melon exports

October 14th, 2014

Brazil’s 2014-15 melon export season is already off to a positive start with strong prices as well.

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Spain asks EU to add melons and watermelons to emergency measures

August 21st, 2014

Spain says unless melons and watermelons are included in EU’s special measures there will be ‘serious disruptions’.

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Favorable exchange rates raise Del Monte results in Q2

July 29th, 2014

Bananas, pineapples, tomatoes and melons were some of Del Monte’s strongest performing products in the second quarter.

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Spain: Valencia fruit industry racked by hail

June 26th, 2014

Citrus, melons and persimmons have been some of the fruit crops most affected by severe hailstorms in eastern Spain.

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Melons drive Fyffes profit growth in Q1

May 14th, 2014

Profits were down for Fyffes’ pineapple and banana businesses early this year, but melons pushed the company into growth territory.

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Strawberries led Mexican ag export growth in March

May 8th, 2014

Mexico’s agriculture and fishing exports rose by almost 10% year-on-year in March.

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Honduras eyes Japan for increased melon exports

May 2nd, 2014

Honduras hopes to increase its melon export campaign by two million boxes this season.

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Spanish melon growers warned of fungal risk

April 9th, 2014

Cool, wet weather could mean fungal attacks on Spanish melons.

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Brazilian melons approved for import to Chile

March 25th, 2014

Fresh Brazilian muskmelons and watermelons have been approved for sale in Chile.

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Fruit volumes dry up under Brazilian drought

March 24th, 2014

A dry start to the year has reduced volumes for several top fruit categories in Brazil.

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Chiquita-Fyffes merger a “dramatic acceleration” for banana value

March 11th, 2014

Ed Lonergan and David McCann get into the nuts and bolts of a monumental deal announced yesterday.

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U.S.: Port Manatee deal could bolster Del Monte import presence

January 29th, 2014

Del Monte and Logistec are on the cusp of sealing a US$24.6 million warehouse deal in Florida through a public-private partnership.

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High hopes for delayed Honduran melon season

January 3rd, 2014

The Honduran melon season came almost three weeks late but trade could reach record value.

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Syngenta sells Dulcinea Farms

December 19th, 2013

Swiss company Syngenta has decided to back out of its U.S.-based melon business.

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Mexico: Hurricane Manuel brought “silver lining” for growers

October 25th, 2013

Torrential rains damaged and delayed harvests in western Mexico, but the inclement weather has brought some positives to growers.

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From crisis to best prices for Colorado cantaloupes

October 25th, 2013

Colorado’s cantaloupe growers have been reborn through food safety and are stronger than ever.

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Korea bolsters horticultural disaster insurance budget

October 9th, 2013

Watermelons, strawberries and tomatoes are just some crops included in a revised Korean horticultural insurance scheme.

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China, Costa Rica to develop more resilient melons and watermelons

September 30th, 2013

Companies from China and Costa Rica plan to develop new watermelons that are resistant to the bacteria Acidovorax avenae.

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Niche melon variety gets test run in South Africa

August 22nd, 2013

The Piel de Sapo melon is venturing out of its traditional growing territory into Southern Africa.

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Honduras expects better melon export sales

May 7th, 2013

Favorable climatic conditions should yield better revenues for Honduran melon exporters this year.

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Chile announces new melon and watermelon varieties

February 22nd, 2013

Breeders have released two new melon and watermelon varieties meant for fresh processing.

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U.S.: Del Monte income jumps 54.8% for 2012

February 19th, 2013

Logistics improvements have raised Del Monte’s profitability despite lower net sales.

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Indonesia bans Taiwanese fruit imports

January 29th, 2013

The Indonesian government continues down its protectionist path with a ban on tropical fruits from Taiwan.

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U.S.: fair trade produce imports buoyant in 2012

October 26th, 2012

Fair Trade USA certified produce imports have taken a significant leap in the last two years.

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Honduran melon production to rise in 2012-13

October 15th, 2012

The Honduran Federation of Agroexporters has forecast a boost for melon production this season.

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Mexican researchers pinpoint best melon growing conditions

September 26th, 2012

Mexican researchers have determined the optimal conditions and times for growing melons in different areas.

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Slight growth for Costa Rican ag exports

September 21st, 2012

Costa Rican pineapple exports rose in the year to August but banana shipments fell by a higher percentage.

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U.S.: high season port strikes would mean ‘big losses’ for importers

September 11th, 2012

U.S. East Coast fruit importers have revealed their worries over a potential dock worker strike in October.

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Costa Rica’s melon exports on healthy growth trajectory

August 31st, 2012

Costa Rica’s melon exports are growing, making it the largest supplier to Europe.

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Opinion: the dire state of FDA recall announcement delays

August 30th, 2012

Foodborne illness lawyer Bill Marler slams the FDA’s slow response to the recent salmonella outbreak.

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Traceability needs ‘stonger deterrents, stronger oversight’

August 27th, 2012

Cantaloupes may be more susceptible to disease than other fruits but that is no excuse for 178 salmonella cases.

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U.S.: FDA names farm in cantaloupe salmonella outbreak

August 23rd, 2012

The Indiana farm believed to be the source of the U.S. salmonella outbreak has been identified.

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U.S. farm withdraws melons after salmonella crisis

August 21st, 2012

U.S. authorities have traced the farm responsible for the salmonella cantaloupe outbreak.

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U.S.: melons and apple products recalled due to listeria worries

August 14th, 2012

Food poisoning fears have prompted a U.S. recall of some melons and pre-packed apple products.

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Fresh Del Monte overcomes challenges with higher profits in Q2

August 1st, 2012

Fresh Del Monte has posted higher earnings in the second quarter despite a banana sales drop.

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UN releases new regulations for melons and dried figs

July 6th, 2012

The UN has tightened melon and fig regulations to ward off disease outbreaks and carcinogenic toxins.

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Melon genome breakthrough should lead to tastier fruit

July 6th, 2012

Spanish researchers have unlocked the secrets of the melon genome.

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More than 20 Colombian fruits meet U.S. admissibility standards

July 3rd, 2012

Colombia can send a wide range of fruits to the U.S. but there are still many exotic products pending approval.

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The drivers behind low U.S. fruit and vegetable prices

June 12th, 2012

Consultant Dick Spezzano discusses the competitive U.S. horticultural landscape.

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Honduran banana and pineapple sales up in Q1

June 5th, 2012

Better fertilization and disease control have helped drive up Honduran banana exports this year.

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Costa Rica sets sights on Chinese pineapple and melon markets

May 15th, 2012

Costa Rica is finalizing phytosanitary certificates for pineapple and melon exports to China.

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U.S.: Del Monte sales down, net income up in Q1

May 1st, 2012

Fresh Del Monte Produce recorded slower banana sales in the Middle East and Asia in the first quarter of 2012.

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Opinion: Consumer outlook and expectations in Brazil

March 29th, 2012

Zona Sul’s Carlos Cury looks at important trends that produce exporters can capitalize on in Brazil.

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Panama to regulate pesticides in 2015

March 19th, 2012

Panama aims to regulate pesticides to bank on a boom in demand for organic produce.

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Fresh Del Monte posts Q4 losses despite overall 2011 gain

February 29th, 2012

A tough economic climate and high petrol costs prompted a 5% rise in net losses in Q4 for Del Monte.

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Opinion: Brazil must raise competitiveness in 2012

January 23rd, 2012

Brazil needs to make changes to consolidate export markets, says PMA representative Valeska de Oliveira.

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Costa Rica to boost migrant fruit picker intake

December 19th, 2011

Costa Rica is recruiting immigrants to help with its fruit harvests.

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Low demand affects strong Brazilian melon crop

November 2nd, 2011

Brazilian melon exports are not expected to change significantly this year, despite a very good crop.

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New sweet melon developed in Australia

October 20th, 2011

Monsanto and Beemart Enterprises have developed a new sweet melon in Australia for commercial sale.

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Heavy rain in Honduras delays melon planting

October 20th, 2011

Honduran melon growers are hoping they can make up for lost time after heavy rain this week postponed planting.

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Latin American melon farmers could suffer from U.S. disease scare

October 18th, 2011

Industry expert Dick Spezzano says Latin American melon exports will likely struggle in the U.S. this year.

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Argentina: Mendoza dedicates more land to veggie plantations

September 30th, 2011

The Argentine province is Mendoza has registered a significant jump in cultivated vegetable land this year.

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Chile-Colombia partnership to build frozen fruit plant

August 16th, 2011

Chilean and Colombian partners have teamed up to build an ambitious tropical frozen fruit plant.

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U.S.: ‘Buy local’ won’t affect SH growers, says DiPiazza

August 8th, 2011

Consultant and former Sam’s Club senior VP Bob DiPiazza gives a fruit-by-fruit verdict on U.S. consumer trends.

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Honduras expects melon export growth

August 1st, 2011

Honduras is expecting an uptick in melon exports to Europe and the U.S.

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Costa Rican ag exports rise 10.4% in H1

July 29th, 2011

Costa Rica recorded strong export growth across most fruit categories in the first half.

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Dominican Republic starts white fly control program

July 13th, 2011

The Dominican Republic has temporarily suspended plantations in several regions to combat pests.

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Brazilian company plans Senegal melon plantations

July 5th, 2011

Brazilian fresh produce company Agrícola Famosa plans to start an experimental melon plantation in Senegal in December.

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Honduras harvests record melon exports

June 15th, 2011

Price rises led to a record season for Honduran melon exports.

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First quarter export fall for Costa Rica’s bananas and melons

April 29th, 2011

Costa Rica’s banana export rates improved slightly in March while melon exports fell significantly during the first three months of 2011.

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Panama to export first papayas to Canada

April 21st, 2011

Panama has negotiated its first papaya shipments to Canada, in a move that could pave the way for other fruits to enter the lucrative market.

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Poland plans Honduras agricultural investment

April 4th, 2011

Poland and Honduras only trade around US$10 million worth of products annually, but officials from the Central European country hope that figure will increase in the future.

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Costa Rica uses most pesticides per hectare

February 22nd, 2011

Protesters have gathered around Costa Rica to encourage reduction of the country’s pesticide use, as it is the highest user per hectare of crop land in the world.

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Australia’s almond crops drowning in Victoria

February 14th, 2011

Australa’s almong-growing region of Sunraysia is inundated with water, leaving farmers in a desperate situation to recover what they can.

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U.S. importers’ association assures ‘steady’ Mexican fresh produce supply

February 11th, 2011

Low temperatures have damaged Mexican crops but U.S. importer assures buyers supply will be available.

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Colombia exported $5.6M in tropical fruit to Europe in 2010

February 9th, 2011

Colombia’s export promotion agency highlights $5.6 million in tropical fruit exports to Europe last year.

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Brazil’s fresh fruit export volumes fell slightly in 2010

February 8th, 2011

Brazil’s high currency pushed down fruit export volumes in 2010, but dollar values were up nearly 9%

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Mexico’s frost could damage 270 hectares of melon crops

February 7th, 2011

Farmers from Mexico’s Matamaros and Viesca municipalities have called on the government for assistance after crops were damaged by frost.

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Floods to cost Australian agriculture US$2.48B

January 19th, 2011

National Australia Bank predicts floods could cost farm production value $2.5 billion.

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Australia could take up to 80% loss on melons, cherries due to rains

December 7th, 2010

Continuing heavy rain in eastern and southern Australia has devastated crops. Apart from the fruit industry the nation’s multibillion-dollar wheat industry also taking a severe hit.

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Panama’s watermelon, melon production expected to drop 50% due to La Niña

November 30th, 2010

Heavy rain from December to March could delay planting, official advises choosing crops that need more rain

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Honduras, Guatemala melon exports set to start

November 25th, 2010

Honduras shipments, delayed by heavy rain in May, will be 40 days late

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