May 21, 2015 / Week N° 21
May 15th, 2015
The California Court of Appeal in Fresno has declared the ALRB’s forced collective bargaining agreements on Gerawan Farming as unconstitutional.
April 8th, 2015
Today’s meeting between Vladimir Putin and Alexis Tsipras was not fruitful enough to lift the Kremlin’s ban on Greek food imports.
March 31st, 2015
California’s largest stonefruit grower says the strong dollar is not affecting overseas demand for its upcoming crop.
March 3rd, 2015
A Kremlin representative says Russia may be able to get around the food import ban by using local processing as a condition of entry.
January 19th, 2015
Fruit exporter Pico plans to expand its core offering while adding new crops such as pomegranates and avocados in the mix.
January 12th, 2015
A new peach cultivar introduced in Mexico has greater tolerance to disease and ripens in a period with less hail risk.
January 7th, 2015
Sierra Exportadora is helping Peruvian growers find new commercial opportunities for their fruit production.
December 23rd, 2014
Buenos Aires peach growers will now have access to two early season varieties with good coloring and texture.
October 28th, 2014
Apofruit’s Renzo Balestri highlights Italy’s renewed export focus, agricultural attrition and a push south for fruit production.
October 18th, 2014
While some South African stonefruit export volumes will be 10-15% higher year-on-year, oversupply issues are lingering in one of the country’s key markets.
September 10th, 2014
Although early signs point to a positive South African stonefruit season, low pomefruit prices could affect sales in Europe.
September 9th, 2014
An earlier season could give Spanish stonefruit exporters an edge in China once the market opens up.
August 28th, 2014
Gerawan Farming says ‘It is unfortunate that our employees need to take such a drastic action’.
August 27th, 2014
The United Farmworkers Union has accused the Center for Worker Freedom of “cynical outreach to Latinos”, backed by the “architect” of last fall’s Federal Government shutdown.
August 26th, 2014
Employers will not be the targets in a peach picker protest to take place today, but rather unions and the State of the California.
August 21st, 2014
After frosts that hit the recent crop, Chile stonefruit growers are gearing up for higher production in 2014-15.
August 15th, 2014
The clock is ticking for 9,000MT of Greek stonefruit in cold storage with nowhere to go after the Russian embargo.
August 12th, 2014
The EC has heeded the call of European stonefruit growers calling for support to alleviate tough market conditions.
August 10th, 2014
As peach and nectarine growers seek urgent action to resolve what they see as a crisis, the European Commission is weighing up whether prices are off-trend for different Mediterranean sources.
August 5th, 2014
Spanish plums, peaches and possibly grapes are under review for potential export to China.
July 31st, 2014
Irina Koziy gives the lowdown on the different implications of Russia’s recent ban on many Polish crops.
July 18th, 2014
Requests for support by various European peach and nectarine growers have been approved by the EU.
July 15th, 2014
Stonefruit growers from France, Spain, Italy and Greece hope the EU will take urgent measures to help them overcome what has been a difficult campaign.
June 30th, 2014
The Australian stonefruit sector has been actively promoting itself in China ahead of expected market access approval for nectarines.
May 27th, 2014
Plums continued to be Chile’s leading stonefruit export crop in 2013-14, but with a 66% fall in volume.
April 30th, 2014
Moonlight Sales Corporation is now the fourth Californian company involved in Sun World stonefruit varieties.
April 23rd, 2014
After a three-year hiatus, Aussie stonefruit growers are squeezing in late season shipments to Thailand.
April 10th, 2014
Peru will need more peach planations to satisfy demand from the juice industry.
November 5th, 2013
Frosts in Argentina’s Mendoza province have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage to fruit.
October 31st, 2013
A breeding program in Argentina hopes to reduce frost damage to peaches.
October 24th, 2013
A low supply forecast out of South America has meant high interest in South African stonefruit.
October 9th, 2013
Chilean frost loss damages estimates have risen by 20 million boxes of fruit.
October 8th, 2013
Asda has been recognized for more than 40% sales growth for South African peaches, nectarines and plums.
October 3rd, 2013
Apricots, peaches, grapes, plums and almonds are some of the hardest hit fruits from Argentina’s frosts.
September 9th, 2013
A USDA report forecasts jumps and falls in the production of different Australian stonefruit crops in 2013-14.
August 29th, 2013
An aging population and a shift away from fresh fruit are affecting Japan’s stonefruit market growth possibilities.
August 15th, 2013
John Baker says there is still much to be learned in Australia for Californian stonefruit exporters.
August 1st, 2013
The peach and apple growing area of Asientos in Mexico has been declared fruit fly free.
July 30th, 2013
Weather hurt Chilean nectarines and peaches, but plums kept the stonefruit category ahead.
July 12th, 2013
South African and Italian produce will be the first under investigation by Australia’s new Anti-Dumping Commission.
June 13th, 2013
Spain’s FEPEX says China’s phytosanitary measures “mask an extremely effective protectionist policy”.
June 12th, 2013
Taste, early production and disease resistance are the orders of the day for new peaches and nectarines developed in Spain.
May 2nd, 2013
All Spanish stonefruit categories were expected to rise in volume, except for apricots.
January 11th, 2013
Pineapple shipments from Brazil’s Minas Gerais state grew 724.5% from January to October 2012.
December 13th, 2012
Peach planting has gone up significantly in the Argentine province of Mendoza over the past year.
December 11th, 2012
South Africa may have record stonefruit output but will miss the peak European export window.
November 22nd, 2012
U.S. scientists could help peach farmers cut water usage during key months.
Brazilian researchers are betting a new peach variety will live up to its name, translated as ‘Fascination’.
November 9th, 2012
Breeders have announced new nectarine and peach varieties ideal for the southern U.S.
October 26th, 2012
Fair Trade USA certified produce imports have taken a significant leap in the last two years.
October 22nd, 2012
South Africa is set to grow around one million more cartons of stonefruit this coming season.
October 17th, 2012
South Africa is gearing up for high stonefruit volumes this season as new orchards come on stream.
September 28th, 2012
South African fruit growers will emphasize the ethical aspect of production in a bid to increase U.K. sales.
August 29th, 2012
Australia’s stonefruit growers are facing a squeeze from chemical bans and U.S. imports.
August 28th, 2012
Turkish cherry production and exports have recovered from a ‘devastating’ 2011.
August 20th, 2012
Uruguay’s apple yields have hit a 10-year low but pears have fared better.
August 13th, 2012
South African stonefruit growers are relieved their crops are intact despite recent bad weather.
July 20th, 2012
Produce Geek Jonathan Steffy explains how fruit seasonality can work for importers.
June 22nd, 2012
U.S. researchers will soon put their obesity-tackling stonefruit compounds to the test on mice.
June 1st, 2012
Spraying chemicals by air is not the only option, as a South African father and son quad bike team have proved.
May 30th, 2012
More plantations in China have helped push up global peach production in 2011-12.
April 27th, 2012
South Africa must develop new import destinations for its increasing plum, peach and nectarine yields.
April 23rd, 2012
South African stonefruit exporters discuss the increasingly demanding standards set by European retailers.
March 8th, 2012
An elderly New Zealand couple is on track to commercialize an organic tasty peach that resists disease without spraying.
February 23rd, 2012
A U.S. study has found there is serious electricity-generating potential in fruit, nut and coconut waste.
January 25th, 2012
Australia’s stonefruit sales in Asia were going well until Chilean fruit flooded the market.
January 20th, 2012
Chile is expected to keep stable stonefruit export volumes this year despite production falls.
January 18th, 2012
Lower Mediterranean peach and nectarine stocks have led to a South African boost in U.K.-bound exports
January 9th, 2012
South Africa’s apricot export volumes have risen significantly, but plum shipments are down.
December 27th, 2011
Argentina’s National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) is promoting a new peach variety to growers.
December 26th, 2011
Chile registered strong fruit export growth in 2011 despite falls for apples, avocadoes and kiwifruit.
November 29th, 2011
Market researcher iQonsulting has forecast a 3% rise for Southern Hemisphere stonefruit exports.
November 8th, 2011
Australia expects a strong stonefruit crop with the first shipments to arrive in Hong Kong in December.
October 3rd, 2011
South African stonefruit exports are set to rise this year, with a growing share of late plums.
September 2nd, 2011
The Colombian department of Huila aims to export blackberries, avocadoes, peaches, sweet granadillas and cholupas to Europe.
August 23rd, 2011
Australian peaches, nectarines and cherries are expected to ‘rebound’ in crop year 2012, according to a USDA report.
August 16th, 2011
Chile’s peach and nectarine cultivation area has declined in recent years but growers have planted more productive varieties.
July 7th, 2011
Chile’s Office of Agriculture Studies and Policy (ODEPA) gives an export breakdown of different fruit species in the first five months of 2011.
May 6th, 2011
Drought has cut back Bolivia’s citrus production this season while frosts had a negative impact on tomatoes.
April 21st, 2011
New peach varieties in Ecuador could yield 60% higher returns, says INIAP.
March 8th, 2011
Chile’s Office of Agriculture Studies and Policy (ODEPA) has announced a 19.5% rise in fruit shipments in January.
February 3rd, 2011
Mendoza provincial government in Argentina has offered zero interest loans to support plum, apple and pear farmers.
January 20th, 2011
All stone fruit shipments to the Middle East increase dramatically
January 18th, 2011
Meanwhile, pear production is expected to drop by about 20%
January 4th, 2011
Plum production expected to nearly quintuple; peaches forecast to be up more than 150%
November 11th, 2010
Wind gusts of more than 53 miles per hour on Nov. 7 devastated the stonefruit sector in Argentina’s San Juan region, with more than 50% of apricots, plums and peaches damaged
November 1st, 2010
With better weather in 2010, Chile is expected to ship about 200,000 tons, while South African exporters worry about the exchange rate, iQonsulting report says.
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