May 28, 2015 / Week N° 22
April 28th, 2015
Higher banana procurement costs were among the issues that contributed to Fresh Del Monte’s first quarter net income falling by 25%.
March 26th, 2015
A Costa Rican NGO has petitioned the IAHCR to help halt pineapple expansion in the Caribbean country.
March 19th, 2015
Defendant Andy Hall believes his second case will most likely go to a full trial, but he is optimistic he will be successful in the end.
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.
February 24th, 2015
Some growers have been hit hard by Cyclone Marcia while timing has been very lucky for others.
February 17th, 2015
From corporate social responsibility to ships that use less fuel, a French company is developing on several fronts of its €800 million produce business.
February 12th, 2015
A Spanish firm focused on the German-speaking market is testing a range of new fruit projects in Africa, the Middle East, South America and its own backyard.
February 3rd, 2015
Andy Hall’s second case hearing involving the Computer Crimes Act will continue in March after the one this week had to be cut short.
On a platform of social integration for indigenous groups, Malaysia’s RIPI is ramping up pineapple cultivation at a fast pace.
January 30th, 2015
Due to the state’s lack of funds, Hawaii may propose a land swap with Dole Food Company.
Andy Hall says documents show European buyers did not plan to cut Natural Fruit’s supply after his factory audit report.
January 13th, 2015
Colombian growers were able to raise exports of a range of exotic fruit crops to the EU last year.
December 9th, 2014
A Costa Rican pineapple industry representative says it’s important to learn from other sectors already shipping to China.
November 6th, 2014
BanaBay’s North American president of North American operations says doing business as usual is a “death sentence”.
November 4th, 2014
A Burmese witness who testified to a Thai court about his alleged treatment in a pineapple factory has reportedly been threatened.
October 29th, 2014
The first case brought by a Thai pineapple company against migrant worker defender Andy Hall has been dismissed due to “unlawful interrogation”.
October 28th, 2014
Profitability soared for Fresh Del Monte in the third quarter on the back of strong sales for bananas and pineapples.
October 24th, 2014
NGOs will hold worldwide demonstrations outside Thai Embassies in support of a human rights defender who faces prosecution from a Thai pineapple company.
October 16th, 2014
A Fairfood International report alleges huge pay disparities between employees and ‘contractual’ workers at Dole Philippines and Del Monte Philippines Incorporated.
October 2nd, 2014
A UN working group has called attention to allegations over forced labor at two Thai fruit processors.
October 1st, 2014
Human rights campaigner Andy Hall has alleged there is a widespread non-payment of wages in Thailand amid pineapple factory shutdowns.
In the face of high labor costs, Australian growers like Kerry Smerdon have looked to premium crops like macadamia nuts and custard apples to gain an edge.
September 23rd, 2014
Authorities have found a good level of pesticide control on Costa Rica’s pineapple farms, but a recent study in a banana-growing area has not been so positive.
September 10th, 2014
Andy Hall has been given back his passport by judges who have been described as “conscientious and careful”.
September 9th, 2014
Pineapple exports from Costa Rica could be allowed into China later this year, but transit challenges remain.
September 3rd, 2014
Dole Food Company claims it has no connection with the Thai Pineapple Industry Association.
August 31st, 2014
The number of petitioners in support of Andy Hall continues to rise, joining the likes of United Nordic, leading U.K. retailers and Fyffes.
August 29th, 2014
The Thai pineapple industry responded to an international support effort by telling Andy Hall to behave himself. The Briton’s response? “This campaign was not instigated by me.”
August 28th, 2014
A group of Scandinavia’s largest retailers is “greatly worried” about litigation against Andy Hall in Thailand.
August 19th, 2014
A Thai pineapple industry group has told a human rights campaigner to behave or face further prosecution.
August 18th, 2014
Ecuador’s broccoli growers hope to replicate their Japanese success in Russia now that key competitors are gone.
August 7th, 2014
Russia’s recent decision has cut out around a quarter of the country’s produce imports, according to preliminary estimates from consultancy Decofrut.
August 6th, 2014
Fruit farmers in Kenya, Nigeria and Malawi are expected to benefit from Coca Cola’s expansive ‘Source Africa’ initiative.
July 31st, 2014
Costa Rica’s pineapple exports could hit US$900 million this year, as they grow 12.7% year-on-year.
July 29th, 2014
Bananas, pineapples, tomatoes and melons were some of Del Monte’s strongest performing products in the second quarter.
July 23rd, 2014
European fruit importer and distributor Total Produce has added pineapples to its highest quality label.
July 21st, 2014
Migrant rights defender Andy Hall has revealed a new twist in his case with Natural Fruit in Thailand.
July 18th, 2014
Malawi Mangoes aims to be the ‘leading agro-processing company on the African continent’ in five years.
July 9th, 2014
A Swiss company is expanding its global reach in horticulture with the help of a natural nematicide.
May 14th, 2014
Profits were down for Fyffes’ pineapple and banana businesses early this year, but melons pushed the company into growth territory.
A leading U.S. melon distributor is harnessing its logistics capacity to expand into Costa Rican pineapples.
April 23rd, 2014
With the support of its owner Itochu, Dole Philippines is making ambitious expansion plans for its plantations.
April 11th, 2014
After strong growth in bananas, distributor BanaBay is branching out into a new tropical fruit category.
March 20th, 2014
With recent approval, Malaysia expects to export 7,000MT in different tropical fruits to the U.S. per year.
March 13th, 2014
Building on Chilean market success in pineapples, Costa Rica aims to experiment with exports of more fruits.
February 21st, 2014
A Nigerian airport cold storage initiative could see increased fruit exports to Europe and the U.S.
February 20th, 2014
Philippine company AgriNurture has indicated plans to create a more independently supplied pineapple business.
February 19th, 2014
Del Monte Pacific has completed the purchase of one of the “most respected consumer brands in the United States”.
February 12th, 2014
The head of one of Europe’s oldest fruit distributors discusses supply and demand trends for Germany and Eastern Europe
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.
January 27th, 2014
Colombia has highly ambitious goals for export leadership in the future for strawberries and papayas.
December 9th, 2013
Colombia’s pineapple sector has far surpassed the crop’s global growth rate in recent years.
December 2nd, 2013
Facilities owned by Dole Philippines have been targeted by rebels opposed to the presence of multinational companies.
November 19th, 2013
Del Monte Fresh Produce will pay US$1.2 million to Thai claimants to settle a Hawaiian case, while bringing in new anti-discrimination procedures.
November 18th, 2013
South Africa’s Novapine has transformed its fresh pineapple business through dried fruit exports.
November 12th, 2013
Despite extreme destruction to the central Philippines, Del Monte reported minimal damage to its operations.
November 6th, 2013
A Fairfood International campaign highlights low wages and child labor in the Philippine pineapple sector.
October 7th, 2013
Thailand will remove 90% of tariffs on Chilean products following the signing of a recent free trade agreement.
September 30th, 2013
A recent Youtube video has provoked more defamation charges from a Thai fruit company against a British human rights campaigner.
September 10th, 2013
Costa Rica aims to lose its crown as the biggest emitter of nitrous oxide per hectare of agriculture in Central America.
September 5th, 2013
A University of Queensland scientist has found important gene promoters in pineapples that could help toward health outcomes.
September 4th, 2013
Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture found traces of several banned or restricted pesticides on fresh fruit samples.
August 27th, 2013
Ecuadorian mangoes and pineapples could find a greater place in the Chinese market.
July 9th, 2013
Costa Rica’s PROCOMER aims to build on its pineapple success in Chile with a new fruit export.
June 11th, 2013
Del Monte Pacific plans to move into selling fresh pineapples via the brand of an acquired company.
May 28th, 2013
Costa Rica’s organic horticultural exports rose in 2012 despite a slight decline in planted surface area.
May 8th, 2013
APHIS has proposed treatment methods for the import of three different Malaysian tropical fruits into the U.S.
May 7th, 2013
Growing U.S. demand for pesticide-free pineapples could create market possibilities for Peru.
April 3rd, 2013
Thailand’s Natural Fruit Company has sought to sue a British human rights researcher for US$10 million in libel claims.
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.
January 11th, 2013
Pineapple shipments from Brazil’s Minas Gerais state grew 724.5% from January to October 2012.
December 10th, 2012
The Dominican Republic government has pledged a US$2 million investment in the pineapple industry.
November 13th, 2012
Mango supply hasn’t been able to keep up with demand in the U.S., according to Ken Nabal.
November 9th, 2012
A Colombian banana co-op is taking the stories of its growers to North American consumers.
October 26th, 2012
Fair Trade USA certified produce imports have taken a significant leap in the last two years.
October 5th, 2012
Costa Rica’s pineapple production growth is predicted to rise by up to 10% this year.
September 25th, 2012
The Ecuadorian pineapple industry is battling an unprecedented snail outbreak that has impacted exports.
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.
Costa Rican officials were impressed with a recent visit to a Dole pineapple farm.
August 31st, 2012
We cover a botanist’s journey to document exotic and wonderful tropical fruits from around the globe.
August 20th, 2012
We take a look at the challenges facing the world’s southernmost pineapple region in Bathurst, South Africa.
August 17th, 2012
Costa Rica believes bananas and pineapples are ripe for export development in Norway and Switzerland.
August 3rd, 2012
West African pineapples still have a bright export future in Europe despite shrinking volumes.
August 1st, 2012
Fresh Del Monte has posted higher earnings in the second quarter despite a banana sales drop.
July 9th, 2012
Costa Rican pineapple growers held back U.S. export supply during the key flowering period of May and June.
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 15th, 2012
Costa Rica’s ports are open again but strikers say they will continue action with road blockades.
June 14th, 2012
Strikes in Costa Rica over port concessions are holding back pineapple exports.
June 5th, 2012
Better fertilization and disease control have helped drive up Honduran banana exports this year.
May 28th, 2012
Readypac marketing director Tristan Simpson discusses fresh cut fruit and the opportunities of yogurt parfaits.
May 22nd, 2012
PMA’s Michael Worthington provides a snapshot of Australia’s produce industry and retail trends.
U.S. tropical fruit procurement company Kingston plans to grow its pineapple presence.
May 16th, 2012
Agrofuturo Colombia project developer Camilo Perez highlights opportunities in pineapples, cocoa and palm oil.
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.
April 5th, 2012
U.K. shoppers have shown a taste for exotic fruits following impressive sales of Spanish persimmons.
March 19th, 2012
Panama aims to regulate pesticides to bank on a boom in demand for organic produce.
March 15th, 2012
A major grower is hoping Panama pineapples’ renowned low pesticide levels will entice U.S. and E.U. retailers.
March 5th, 2012
New Mexican pineapple packaging center to export 45,000MT by 2014.
February 7th, 2012
Kenyan producers are optimistic exports will continue to grow despite having to use more expensive pesticides.
Canadian police have made their second fruit-related cocaine bust in recent weeks.
February 2nd, 2012
Packaging expert Lisa Cork highlights ways marketers can harness sticker space to send powerful messages.
January 23rd, 2012
Brazil needs to make changes to consolidate export markets, says PMA representative Valeska de Oliveira.
January 10th, 2012
Premature pineapple growth is expected in Costa Rica due to cold temperatures over the weekend.
December 22nd, 2011
Costa Rica’s fresh pineapple exports rose 8% in 2011, along with a stronger industry focus on sustainability.
November 1st, 2011
Armed with a string of certifications, Costa Rican pineapple company Upala Agricola is set to ramp up production.
October 26th, 2011
Heavy rains in Costa Rica have affected transportation of pineapples, bananas and plantains.
October 19th, 2011
Argentina has launched a national campaign to improve its tropical fruit production and reduce its reliance on imports.
August 16th, 2011
Chilean and Colombian partners have teamed up to build an ambitious tropical frozen fruit plant.
Australia’s largest pineapple producer says Malaysian imports could threaten producers economically and cause unprecedented disease problems.
August 11th, 2011
Multinational Del Monte has announced a new drip irrigation system will reduce its water usage in Kenya by 30%.
July 29th, 2011
Costa Rica recorded strong export growth across most fruit categories in the first half.
July 27th, 2011
Costa Rica’s pineapple industry will likely need to shift towards more processed exports to meet European demand changes.
June 29th, 2011
Costa Rica’s vice president has touted his country as a leader in environmental protection, despite global criticism over contamination in the pineapple industry.
June 24th, 2011
Costa Rica’s pineapple industry is in hot water again but this time over labor code violations.
June 16th, 2011
Pesticides from pineapple farms have polluted rivers and streams in the Costa Rican province of Limon.
May 26th, 2011
Costa Rica recorded a slight uptick in pineapple exports in the first quarter while banana exports fell.
May 25th, 2011
A Costan Rican tribunal has accused pineapple growers of degrading a protected wildlife refuge.
May 19th, 2011
A Dutch firm has bought a stake in Costa Rican pineapple business Agricola Agromonte S.A.
May 11th, 2011
A Kenyan avocado, pineapple and tea exporter could face forceful land acquisition if it doesn’t reach agreement over road construction on its land.
May 5th, 2011
International certification for Mozambican pineapple exports has been heralded as an ‘historic moment’ for development.
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 25th, 2011
Spain, Costa Rica and the U.S. have worked together towards dismantling a drug ring that hides cocaine in fruit shipments.
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 14th, 2011
Ecuador’s anti-narcotics police have found 1.3 metric tons (MT) of cocaine in two fruit containers that would have been bound for Europe.
April 7th, 2011
Panama’s banana, watermelon and pineapple exports fell in January in comparison to the same period in 2010.
April 1st, 2011
Brazilian researchers have found extracts from bananas, pineapples and coconuts could replace steel in many car components.
March 10th, 2011
A Saudi Arabian business plans to build a 5,000 hectare pineapple farm in Zambia this year, along with a juice-producing factory and 2,000 housing units.
February 28th, 2011
Panama is set to double pineapple exports next year with new markets in Russia and Turkey, with potential expansion into Japan and other Asian countries.
Costa Rica’s banana and pineapple industries will likely receive a boost from a China FTA agreement expected this week.
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 11th, 2011
Uganda’s fruit industry may be small but the country’s investment agency has big plans for agricultural entrepreneurs, as foreign entities continue to invest in the African country.
February 9th, 2011
Colombia’s export promotion agency highlights $5.6 million in tropical fruit exports to Europe last year.
February 1st, 2011
Indonesian minister expects climate change and extreme weather to cause troubles for the country’s $4.53 billion agricultural export industry.
January 28th, 2011
British, Romanian, Jamaican and Costa Rican nationals have been detained for alleged cocaine and marijuana trafficking inside pineapple cartons.
January 18th, 2011
Ecuador’s Gold Extra Sweet pineapple growers have cut production due to high production costs, price declines and an oversupply in the global market.
January 5th, 2011
Barge will transport fruit from cities cut off by water to dry land for trucking to market
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