March 02, 2015 / Week N° 10
February 25th, 2015
Even though Russia cut off a large chunk of its apple supply last year with the import ban, South American shippers say the country is largely unable to pay good enough prices for their fruit.
February 16th, 2015
South Africa aims to ship its first apples to mainland China in March, as growers continue to seek new markets to support higher volumes in the pipeline.
February 10th, 2015
While Southern Hemisphere apple production is expected to increase 5%, exports are anticipated to decline by the same percentage partly due to oversupply issues in Europe.
February 9th, 2015
After a 10-year hiatus due to a leaf borer detection, France is again shipping apples to the U.S.
February 2nd, 2015
The U.S. Agricultural Research Service and three universities have jointly released a high-yielding and fire blight-resistant pear cultivar.
January 28th, 2015
With the South African pome fruit season running two weeks early, the industry anticipates lower pear volumes.
January 26th, 2015
While the Argentine union UATRE agreed to a 35% pay rise, another syndicate representing packers is still in talks.
January 22nd, 2015
Strikes over a pay dispute that threatened to delay the Argentine pear harvest have been pushed back.
January 14th, 2015
Pacific Organic’s Greg Holzman discusses upcoming pome fruit and mango deals, as well as the strong dollar’s effect on produce trade flows.
January 9th, 2015
A Chilean market intelligence consultancy expects the country’s pear shipments to return to 2013 levels this year.
December 18th, 2014
The Williams pear harvest in parts of Argentina will likely begin around a week earlier than normal.
December 9th, 2014
One of France’s biggest pipfruit growers says an active domestic consumption is allaying oversupply concerns.
December 3rd, 2014
BVF’s Marc Evrard discusses his expectations for an incipient pome fruit program in India.
December 1st, 2014
Australia’s pome fruit grower body says while the Chinese FTA is ‘terrific’, mainland apple access needs to be gained.
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 20th, 2014
Jim Provost believes the ‘Eat Brighter!’ campaign will help raise Asian pear consumption in the U.S.
November 17th, 2014
A U.S. pear group is shifting away from educational seminars as ‘that’s just not the nature of today’s world’.
November 14th, 2014
After tripling sales in the last year, Fruitday co-founder Loren Zhao looks ahead for fruit imports in 2014-15.
November 10th, 2014
After a conference call with the DoA, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd has confirmed Vietnam is still open for exports.
November 6th, 2014
Spots have filled up quickly for an event to promote a unique Italian pear at Eataly in New York.
The head of Chile’s Fedefruta says despite a favorable exchange rate, pome fruit prices have still fallen 25%.
October 28th, 2014
Apofruit’s Renzo Balestri highlights Italy’s renewed export focus, agricultural attrition and a push south for fruit production.
Rainier’s sister warehouse now has the U.S. Northwest’s first automated fruit shipping facility.
October 14th, 2014
Belgian pear growers are now on an equal footing with their neighbors after a Canadian market opening.
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 24th, 2014
A large Portuguese pear company says despite the Russian ban’s effects on EU supply, it will not change tack.
September 11th, 2014
A popular British TV show has helped Waitrose raise its early season pear sales.
September 8th, 2014
Pear growers in the Netherlands and Belgium are positive despite losing the Russian market.
August 22nd, 2014
Pear volumes from Oregon and Washington State are set to be 8% bigger than previously thought.
August 21st, 2014
While Australian apples have counterseasonal advantages, a more competitive market demands high quality.
August 19th, 2014
Authorities are assessing the damage of hail in Kashmir, where some pome fruit orchards have had a ‘total loss’.
August 12th, 2014
Argentine pome fruit shippers could help fill the new Russian supply gap but only if the price is right.
“We must get ahead now” but be careful not to swarm the Russian market, says a leading Chinese produce exporter.
August 11th, 2014
We take an in-depth, crop-by-crop look at the effects of the Russian produce ban on U.S. and Canadian growers.
Two Russian importers claim most products lost from the ban on EU produce can be regained from other countries.
August 8th, 2014
Russia’s ban on EU fruit imports has coincided with expectations for a significantly bigger apple crop.
August 7th, 2014
Limited small fruit, good markets and a new promotion have set up a U.S. pear producer for a positive season.
July 31st, 2014
Irina Koziy gives the lowdown on the different implications of Russia’s recent ban on many Polish crops.
July 3rd, 2014
Mexico is now the third Latin American country to accept Korean pears, after Chile and Peru.
June 19th, 2014
Pesticide residues in Chinese fruit imports have been described as “quite serious” in Vietnam.
June 6th, 2014
USA Pears has planned several strong marketing campaigns as production slips slightly.
May 22nd, 2014
Amy Nguyen is optimistic for selling a range of produce items in China following a recent USDA trade mission visit.
May 13th, 2014
APAL has responded relatively well to the review of HAL and says the changes could benefit growers.
May 12th, 2014
Concerns over post-harvest chemical DPA have become symbolic of strict residue standards from European retailers.
April 28th, 2014
U.K. retailers are planning well ahead of the upcoming English pome fruit season to ensure supply of local produce.
April 15th, 2014
Argentine Alexander Lucas pears will arrive in limited quantity to the U.S. this month.
March 21st, 2014
New organic standards may not scare away most apple and pear growers, but new treatments could prove costly.
March 17th, 2014
U.S. apple and pear growers could soon face trouble maintaining organic status under new treatment guidelines.
March 11th, 2014
Frugi Venta’s Inge Ribbens looks at a range of market opening negotiations in the works.
March 10th, 2014
Marcelo Loyarte and Betina Ernst give their takes on this year’s Argentine apple and pear season.
February 25th, 2014
Philippine inspectors were happy with the state of Argentine pome fruit and grape operations during a recent tour.
February 17th, 2014
Although new to China, U.S., Western-style pears have already exceeded volume expectations.
February 6th, 2014
Pome fruit farmers in Kent have found a value-added way to market “pretty serious volume” across the world.
February 5th, 2014
Italy’s main pear variety, Abate Fetel, is making its rounds in its first year on the U.S. market.
January 31st, 2014
Australia’s pome fruit industry believes growers have a strong future despite the latest SPC decision.
January 17th, 2014
Argentina reported a smooth beginning for the start of its pear harvest.
January 13th, 2014
M&S takes us behind the scenes with a licorice-flavored pear from the Czech Republic grown in England.
January 8th, 2014
Rains in the Western Cape have put grape and pear harvesting on hold until Monday.
January 7th, 2014
Two significant events occurred for Israel’s agriculture sector and produce market over the weekend.
December 4th, 2013
A proposed four-day nationwide trucker strike could have effects for Italy’s domestic and export fruit sales.
November 27th, 2013
Initial flood damage estimates indicate lower apple and pear exports from South Africa’s Western Cape.
November 26th, 2013
Spain’s fruit and vegetable imports increased by more than €200 million in the first three quarters of this year.
November 15th, 2013
The Argentine pome fruit industry hopes a new protocol will finally open up access to the Chinese market.
October 25th, 2013
Granfrutta Zani’s Francesca Borghi discusses expectations for this year’s Italian kiwifruit deal.
October 15th, 2013
With big volume and large fruit, U.S. pears are making a splash in their first full season in China.
October 9th, 2013
Chilean frost loss damages estimates have risen by 20 million boxes of fruit.
October 7th, 2013
Pears, tomatoes and potatoes are some of the products now restricted for import in Colombia.
September 26th, 2013
Export growth for Chile’s strongest fruit commodities helped offset heavy falls for products like avocados and oranges last season.
September 25th, 2013
Blueberries, cherries and plums look likely to be the biggest victims of Chile’s recent frosts, but other crops have also been affected.
September 12th, 2013
A recent approval is expected to “establish a bridgehead” for Korean fruit exports to Latin America.
September 6th, 2013
A pear that looks more like an apple, the Papple is reaching growers across North America and Europe.
August 20th, 2013
World Apple Report’s Desmond O’Rourke describes the evolution of world fruit markets.
August 12th, 2013
Despite an anticipated late start, Europe expects a high-volume apple and pear season.
June 25th, 2013
As production costs rise for apples and pears, Argentine growers are struggling to remain competitive.
May 30th, 2013
Hail storms damaged Argentina’s apple and pear crops but exports will still fare better than in 2012.
May 17th, 2013
South Africa could reach record pear exports, in part due to demand from an undersupplied Europe.
May 6th, 2013
Spanish and Swedish researchers have developed a nose highly sensitive to apples and pears.
April 22nd, 2013
Oppy’s David Nelley talks about a “beacon” for the pear market and positives for Southern Hemisphere suppliers.
April 16th, 2013
Spain’s Nufri is upbeat about prices and demand in Europe for Southern Hemisphere apples and pears.
April 12th, 2013
Portuguese fruit exporters hope to add to their €40 million in annual trade with Brazil through a special agreement with the country.
March 22nd, 2013
Brazil is close to overcoming one of its most damaging pests, the codling moth.
March 13th, 2013
Jacques du Preez discusses South Africa’s pome fruit season and facing industry challenges.
March 11th, 2013
Argentina’s apple and pear shipments to northern Europe were up sharply in the first two months of 2013.
March 5th, 2013
Argentina will likely suffer a significant drop in apple exports in the wake of hail last Friday.
February 15th, 2013
Capespan Continent’s Stefanie de Puysseleir discusses the European pome fruit outlook this season.
February 13th, 2013
Chile will take the top spot for Southern Hemisphere apple production but will experience the greatest production drop.
February 11th, 2013
The Sweet Sensation pear is moving in to new production zones and closer to year-long availability.
February 7th, 2013
Apples have taken the brunt of Uruguayan hail storms but other crops have been slightly affected too.
February 4th, 2013
New Zealand’s forecast of a balance apple crop will come as welcome news after a late season with small sizes last year.
February 1st, 2013
As U.S. pears enter China for the first time a key challenge will be winning over consumer hearts.
January 30th, 2013
Argentine researchers are studying yeast-based solutions to prevent the decomposition of apples and pears.
January 24th, 2013
Weather has so far been on the Argentine pome fruit industry’s side, following a disastrous 2012 export deal.
January 16th, 2013
An Argentine rural strike has been lifted following a wage rise agreement.
January 4th, 2013
Domex’s Howard Nager takes a look at the core issues shaping this year’s U.S. apple and pear crop.
December 28th, 2012
Argentina’s INTA has released the season’s pear and apple harvest calendar.
December 27th, 2012
After years of talks, the U.S. will open its doors to Chinese sand pears in the beginning of the new year.
October 18th, 2012
The U.S. pear industry is hopeful it will be able to export to the Chinese mainland in September 2013.
October 4th, 2012
Scientists have unlocked the genetic sequence of the European pear.
October 1st, 2012
South African growers are hoping for hotter weather to avoid smaller-sized stonefruit this season.
September 28th, 2012
South African fruit growers will emphasize the ethical aspect of production in a bid to increase U.K. sales.
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