May 21, 2015 / Week N° 21
May 19th, 2015
Brazil plans to reopen the market to Argentine apples, pears and quince this season, but not as soon as its neighbors would like.
May 18th, 2015
One of Argentina’s top 10 apple and pear companies is to open structural reorganization proceedings, with some US$5.4 million of debt.
May 13th, 2015
In April it was apples to India and now it’s pears for China. Argentina is on a roll with inaugural fruit shipments to Asia.
May 7th, 2015
Chile’s southern port of Coronel has witnessed exponential growth in fruit exports in recent years, and is about to receive a boost for the U.S. market.
April 20th, 2015
A South African pome fruit distributor has bolstered storage space to cope with an upcoming spike in volume over the next five years.
April 2nd, 2015
Australia’s pome fruit grower body says greatly improved orchard practices have led to roughly 15% more class 1 fruit than 2014.
March 26th, 2015
A major Argentine industry body warns of “severe social consequences” if Brazil’s pome fruit ban continues.
March 25th, 2015
Brazilian authorities say they detected the codling moth in 15 Argentine apple and pear shipments in the first quarter of 2015 alone.
March 20th, 2015
Ecuador’s enormous increase in food import tariffs is taking its toll on the country’s wholesalers.
Two leading agricultural nations have taken aim at Indonesia’s “trade-restrictive import licensing regime”.
March 5th, 2015
Giumarra Wenatchee has seen success so far in its second year selling Chilean-grown Carmen pears.
March 3rd, 2015
Per hectare pome fruit yields in Australia are on the up thanks to improved orchard management.
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.
September 27th, 2012
Portugal Fresh has given an estimate of pear industry losses from the country’s paralyzing port strikes.
September 24th, 2012
Containers full of pears are sitting and waiting in Portuguese ports due to strikes over austerity measures.
September 19th, 2012
An Australian state government department has developed hardier and tastier pear varieties.
September 17th, 2012
Argentina will be able to export citrus to the Philippines next year while other fruits are in negotiation.
September 5th, 2012
Europe’s lack of domestic pears in storage is predicted to fuel strong Southern Hemisphere imports in 2013.
August 31st, 2012
Emerging farmers now have access to decidious fruit training videos available online.
August 28th, 2012
Postharvest expert Deirdre Holcroft outlines how new science is helping fruit stay in tiptop condition.
August 20th, 2012
Uruguay’s apple yields have hit a 10-year low but pears have fared better.
August 15th, 2012
Eric Trachtenberg and Anton Kruger discuss key topics slated for PMA Fresh Connections in South Africa.
August 14th, 2012
Anton Rabe explains how sterile mating is controlling Mediterranean fruit fly populations in South Africa.
August 3rd, 2012
Lower European pome fruit volumes mean the industry will need to explore new strategies, says Philippe Binard.
July 27th, 2012
Thunderstorms and hail in Washington State have caused isolated fruit orchard damage.
July 26th, 2012
Marcelo Loyarte discusses the core issues that have hindered Argentina’s pome fruit exports in 2012.
July 16th, 2012
Crown Jewels’ Bill Lewis discusses grape and pomegranate supply deals from South America to the U.S. market.
July 13th, 2012
Pome fruit volume is the main reason behind slashed horticultural exports from southern Argentina.
July 3rd, 2012
David Pearce says a shortage of Chilean and U.S. apples has helped South African suppliers in the Middle East.
June 25th, 2012
Pear prices in Europe have bounced back with demand for Packhams particularly strong.
June 11th, 2012
We take a look at dramatically lower Argentine pome fruit exports and the market scenarios they face.
June 8th, 2012
U.S. Northwest pear volumes are better than the five-year average but are predicted to be 6% lower this year.
June 7th, 2012
Scientists hope to exploit the potential of an Asiatic pear variety as its genome has now been sequenced.
May 21st, 2012
Oppenheimer’s David Nelley takes a look at the dynamics driving the U.S. pome fruit market at the moment.
May 17th, 2012
Argentine fruit producers are struggling to get shipments across the Brazilian border due to tighter controls.
May 11th, 2012
South African pear exports to the U.S. have been delayed due to grading approval failures.
April 30th, 2012
Chilean ag minister Luis Mayol has met with Indian Ambassador Pradeep Kapur ahead of an Asian tour.
April 23rd, 2012
It is hoped a new bag in Chile will allow fruit exporters more shelf life reliability in shipping long distances.
April 19th, 2012
Dutch pear producers are expecting a tough year for their crops after low temperatures earlier this year.
April 9th, 2012
Pipfruit New Zealand’s new CEO Allan Pollard says he’s not afraid to ask the difficult questions.
March 29th, 2012
An interspecific pear variety developed in New Zealand has had successful field tests in Asia and the U.K.
March 28th, 2012
Southern Hemisphere pear exports to the U.S. are starting later than normal due to a strong domestic supply.
March 23rd, 2012
An FTA could make India “capable of consuming all of Chile’s produce”, says a leading fruit importer.
March 16th, 2012
The Southern Hemisphere’s largest pear exporter has drastically reduced its season forecast.
March 1st, 2012
Volcanic ash increases fruit yields in Ecuador’s Tungurahua region attracting many people back to the industry.
February 20th, 2012
Apple and pear crops in the Southern Hemisphere are expected to drop this year, but pear shipments are set to rise.
February 14th, 2012
South Africa is involved in an early export trial of one of its largest pear cultivars in a bid to beat rivals on quality.
February 10th, 2012
Fruit shipments from Argentina’s Río Negro province slumped in January.
January 26th, 2012
Fruit exporters from Washington State, California and Australia discuss the impacts of a potential Jakarta port closure.
January 24th, 2012
Argentina’s pome fruit industry needs to adapt to an environment of higher costs and declining returns.
January 12th, 2012
Apple production is due for a fall in two key Argentine provinces this year, but pear volumes are on the up.
January 5th, 2012
SA growers are selling their earliest pear variety to canning factories to avoid overlapping with Europe.
December 28th, 2011
South Africa is expecting a good pome fruit crop but is looking for alternative markets to Europe for its pears.
December 26th, 2011
Chile registered strong fruit export growth in 2011 despite falls for apples, avocadoes and kiwifruit.
November 25th, 2011
Russia is to drastically cut its import duties on apples and pears as a condition to joining the WTO next year.
November 14th, 2011
Chile’s apple concentrate exports have nearly doubled, with higher output expected this season.
November 10th, 2011
South Africa should exploit closer markets to ramp up its apple, pear and grape exports
Mexican apple and pear production is set to rise this season, but grapes are due for a slight fall.
October 27th, 2011
Argentina’s pome fruit exports have jumped dramatically but growers are facing financial problems.
October 25th, 2011
Australian politicians are worried NZ imports could put their pear industry at risk because of poor controls.
September 14th, 2011
The Argentine Protected Patagonia region produced 1.366 million metric tons (MT) of pome fruit in the first half of 2011.
August 8th, 2011
Cold storage apple and pear competition looks set to increase for Southern Hemisphere exporters next season.
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.
July 6th, 2011
Argentina’s National Institute of Agricultural Technology has created a new nutritonal labelling scheme for Williams pears, in a bid to promote consumption and ensure quality.
June 14th, 2011
Farmers in Argentine Patagonia will meet with disaster management authorities today after severe ash cloud damages.
June 10th, 2011
Argentina’s Northern Patagonian port terminal registered high pear and apple shipment growth in May.
April 20th, 2011
A new pear cultivar called ‘Velvetine’ will be marketed by New Zealand exporter Enza, following a licensing arrangement with Prevar Limited.
April 12th, 2011
Argentine pear and apple producers have pointed to a lack of productivity as a major cause for stagnation.
April 5th, 2011
The Argentine province of Río Negro has recorded increased pear stock volumes, with concerns over high ripeness levels.
March 11th, 2011
Strong currency and production costs have put pressure on South Africa’s pome fruit industry, but apple exports are expected to grow 10% this season.
March 4th, 2011
Apple and pear production in Argentina’s southern Protected Patagonia region fell 17.25% in 2010
Australia’s almond crop is looking promising this year despite floods as the country gears up to be the world’s second-largest producer by 2015.
February 17th, 2011
Chile’s drought has affected the quality and size of a broad spectrum of fruits, with the situation expected to become ‘critical’ in more areas.
February 15th, 2011
European and U.S. apple and pear stocks might be falling but the Southern Hemisphere is expected to make up part of the gap this year, with a 5% rise in exports forecast by industry association WAPA.
February 9th, 2011
Argentine province issues US$1.96 million in cheques, with more to come as a result of resolutions from last month’s fruit industry strikes.
February 3rd, 2011
Mendoza provincial government in Argentina has offered zero interest loans to support plum, apple and pear farmers.
January 27th, 2011
Two ships destined for the Netherlands await enough cargo to set off
Increase was fueled by higher blueberry sales and a recovery in the citrus sector.
January 24th, 2011
Poor climate conditions could affect Argentine pear crops, but the country’s exports are expected to rise 7.9%
January 20th, 2011
One Argentine union has formed a pact with the government, while others continue to protest.
January 19th, 2011
A drop in demand and higher production costs are hurting industry
January 18th, 2011
Meanwhile, pear production is expected to drop by about 20%
January 10th, 2011
The Williams variety is showing larger sizes, a trend expected for the entire pear crop from Argentina this season.
December 24th, 2010
An increase in pears of 21.2% over last season and an increase of 26.1% for apples is expected for growers from Neuquén and Río Negro.
December 22nd, 2010
Export volumes will increase over 2010 as new varieties compensate for frost damage inflicted in October, according to preseason estimates from iQonsulting.
November 24th, 2010
Increased labor costs have Argentine growers looking to the government for backing.
November 10th, 2010
Good weather and more planted area will yield more apples and pears, USDA data show.
November 9th, 2010
Good weather and more plantings account for growth; Europe remains top market for exports, report says.
Weather had mixed impact on fruit production; Europe remains biggest export market, report says
November 5th, 2010
Especially cold winter provided enough cold hours, but frost may limit production. Unfavorable exchange rate is limiting investments.
October 8th, 2010
Apple and Pear growers in New Zealand’s Tasman region have called on the country’s central government to tighten its control over the export industry, as is the case for kiwi.
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