December 10, 2013 / Week N° 50
October 25th, 2013
Torrential rains damaged and delayed harvests in western Mexico, but the inclement weather has brought some positives to growers.
Colorado’s cantaloupe growers have been reborn through food safety and are stronger than ever.
October 9th, 2013
Watermelons, strawberries and tomatoes are just some crops included in a revised Korean horticultural insurance scheme.
September 30th, 2013
Companies from China and Costa Rica plan to develop new watermelons that are resistant to the bacteria Acidovorax avenae.
August 22nd, 2013
The Piel de Sapo melon is venturing out of its traditional growing territory into Southern Africa.
May 7th, 2013
Favorable climatic conditions should yield better revenues for Honduran melon exporters this year.
February 22nd, 2013
Breeders have released two new melon and watermelon varieties meant for fresh processing.
February 19th, 2013
Logistics improvements have raised Del Monte’s profitability despite lower net sales.
January 29th, 2013
The Indonesian government continues down its protectionist path with a ban on tropical fruits from Taiwan.
October 26th, 2012
Fair Trade USA certified produce imports have taken a significant leap in the last two years.
October 15th, 2012
The Honduran Federation of Agroexporters has forecast a boost for melon production this season.
September 26th, 2012
Mexican researchers have determined the optimal conditions and times for growing melons in different areas.
September 21st, 2012
Costa Rican pineapple exports rose in the year to August but banana shipments fell by a higher percentage.
September 11th, 2012
U.S. East Coast fruit importers have revealed their worries over a potential dock worker strike in October.
August 31st, 2012
Costa Rica’s melon exports are growing, making it the largest supplier to Europe.
August 30th, 2012
Foodborne illness lawyer Bill Marler slams the FDA’s slow response to the recent salmonella outbreak.
August 27th, 2012
Cantaloupes may be more susceptible to disease than other fruits but that is no excuse for 178 salmonella cases.
August 23rd, 2012
The Indiana farm believed to be the source of the U.S. salmonella outbreak has been identified.
August 21st, 2012
U.S. authorities have traced the farm responsible for the salmonella cantaloupe outbreak.
August 14th, 2012
Food poisoning fears have prompted a U.S. recall of some melons and pre-packed apple products.
August 1st, 2012
Fresh Del Monte has posted higher earnings in the second quarter despite a banana sales drop.
July 6th, 2012
The UN has tightened melon and fig regulations to ward off disease outbreaks and carcinogenic toxins.
Spanish researchers have unlocked the secrets of the melon genome.
July 3rd, 2012
Colombia can send a wide range of fruits to the U.S. but there are still many exotic products pending approval.
June 12th, 2012
Consultant Dick Spezzano discusses the competitive U.S. horticultural landscape.
June 5th, 2012
Better fertilization and disease control have helped drive up Honduran banana exports this year.
May 15th, 2012
Costa Rica is finalizing phytosanitary certificates for pineapple and melon exports to China.
May 1st, 2012
Fresh Del Monte Produce recorded slower banana sales in the Middle East and Asia in the first quarter of 2012.
March 29th, 2012
Zona Sul’s Carlos Cury looks at important trends that produce exporters can capitalize on in Brazil.
March 19th, 2012
Panama aims to regulate pesticides to bank on a boom in demand for organic produce.
February 29th, 2012
A tough economic climate and high petrol costs prompted a 5% rise in net losses in Q4 for Del Monte.
January 23rd, 2012
Brazil needs to make changes to consolidate export markets, says PMA representative Valeska de Oliveira.
December 19th, 2011
Costa Rica is recruiting immigrants to help with its fruit harvests.
November 2nd, 2011
Brazilian melon exports are not expected to change significantly this year, despite a very good crop.
October 20th, 2011
Monsanto and Beemart Enterprises have developed a new sweet melon in Australia for commercial sale.
Honduran melon growers are hoping they can make up for lost time after heavy rain this week postponed planting.
October 18th, 2011
Industry expert Dick Spezzano says Latin American melon exports will likely struggle in the U.S. this year.
September 30th, 2011
The Argentine province is Mendoza has registered a significant jump in cultivated vegetable land this year.
August 16th, 2011
Chilean and Colombian partners have teamed up to build an ambitious tropical frozen fruit plant.
August 8th, 2011
Consultant and former Sam’s Club senior VP Bob DiPiazza gives a fruit-by-fruit verdict on U.S. consumer trends.
August 1st, 2011
Honduras is expecting an uptick in melon exports to Europe and the U.S.
July 29th, 2011
Costa Rica recorded strong export growth across most fruit categories in the first half.
July 13th, 2011
The Dominican Republic has temporarily suspended plantations in several regions to combat pests.
July 5th, 2011
Brazilian fresh produce company Agrícola Famosa plans to start an experimental melon plantation in Senegal in December.
June 15th, 2011
Price rises led to a record season for Honduran melon exports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 11th, 2011
Low temperatures have damaged Mexican crops but U.S. importer assures buyers supply will be available.
February 9th, 2011
Colombia’s export promotion agency highlights $5.6 million in tropical fruit exports to Europe last year.
February 8th, 2011
Brazil’s high currency pushed down fruit export volumes in 2010, but dollar values were up nearly 9%
February 7th, 2011
Farmers from Mexico’s Matamaros and Viesca municipalities have called on the government for assistance after crops were damaged by frost.
January 19th, 2011
National Australia Bank predicts floods could cost farm production value $2.5 billion.
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.
November 30th, 2010
Heavy rain from December to March could delay planting, official advises choosing crops that need more rain
November 25th, 2010
Honduras shipments, delayed by heavy rain in May, will be 40 days late
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