October 18, 2014 / Week N° 42

Posts Tagged Plums

South Africa may hit stonefruit export record in 2014-15

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.

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EU aid withdrawal ‘intolerable’, says Spanish ag union

September 12th, 2014

A Spanish grower group has labeled the EU’s suspension of aid measures as akin to abandonment.

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High EU apple volumes could affect South African stonefruit deal

September 10th, 2014

Although early signs point to a positive South African stonefruit season, low pomefruit prices could affect sales in Europe.

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Spanish stonefruit set for Chinese splash in 2015

September 9th, 2014

An earlier season could give Spanish stonefruit exporters an edge in China once the market opens up.

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U.S. plum producer says ‘consumers are in for a treat’

August 26th, 2014

Grant J. Hunt Company is expecting ‘one of the cleanest’ Empress plum crops ever as production increases.

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Serbia sees “vast opportunities” in Russian fruit market

August 7th, 2014

The Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has identified great opportunities for apple and plum exports to Russia in the wake of the food import ban on competing nations.

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Chinese inspectors visit Spanish stonefruit fields

August 5th, 2014

Spanish plums, peaches and possibly grapes are under review for potential export to China.

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Opinion: a call for agreement between Russia and Poland

July 31st, 2014

Irina Koziy gives the lowdown on the different implications of Russia’s recent ban on many Polish crops.

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Chile steps up Grapevine moth control regulations

July 31st, 2014

Chilean blueberry and plum growers in certain regions will now be obliged to create pest control methods.

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Aussie stonefruit industry aims for November access opening in China

June 30th, 2014

The Australian stonefruit sector has been actively promoting itself in China ahead of expected market access approval for nectarines.

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Plums suffer greatest losses in Chilean 2013-14 stonefruit deal

May 27th, 2014

Plums continued to be Chile’s leading stonefruit export crop in 2013-14, but with a 66% fall in volume.

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Hail damage shows impact on South Africa stonefruit exports

May 2nd, 2014

South African plum exports suffered from from adverse weather that drug down volume.

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Sun World names new U.S. stonefruit licensee

April 30th, 2014

Moonlight Sales Corporation is now the fourth Californian company involved in Sun World stonefruit varieties.

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Australian stonefruit industry regains Thai access

April 23rd, 2014

After a three-year hiatus, Aussie stonefruit growers are squeezing in late season shipments to Thailand.

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Italian delay extends supply constraints on kiwifruit markets

October 25th, 2013

Granfrutta Zani’s Francesca Borghi discusses expectations for this year’s Italian kiwifruit deal.

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Chile: Fedefruta gives crop-by-crop frost loss update

October 9th, 2013

Chilean frost loss damages estimates have risen by 20 million boxes of fruit.

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Asda named U.K.’s top South African stonefruit retailer

October 8th, 2013

Asda has been recognized for more than 40% sales growth for South African peaches, nectarines and plums.

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Argentine growers suffer from heavy frosts

October 3rd, 2013

Apricots, peaches, grapes, plums and almonds are some of the hardest hit fruits from Argentina’s frosts.

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Marginal rise for Chilean fruit export volume in 2012-13

September 26th, 2013

Export growth for Chile’s strongest fruit commodities helped offset heavy falls for products like avocados and oranges last season.

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Chile: frosts may cut some crops by 25% in two key regions

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.

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Plums maintain growth for Chilean stonefruit exports

July 30th, 2013

Weather hurt Chilean nectarines and peaches, but plums kept the stonefruit category ahead.

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Chile Prunes works to maintain markets with lower volumes

July 1st, 2013

Chilean prune volume will be down by about a third this year, creating a challenge for marketers.

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Spain suffers ‘worst ever’ strawberry season

June 20th, 2013

Heavy rains earlier this year have negatively impacted the quality of Spanish strawberries, leading to overall poor results for the campaign.

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Spanish govt pushes for Chinese stonefruit market access

June 13th, 2013

Spain’s FEPEX says China’s phytosanitary measures “mask an extremely effective protectionist policy”.

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Chilean port strike fruit loss update

April 8th, 2013

ASOEX has released figures of estimated losses by fruit category from Chilean strikes in weeks 13 and 14.

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Cherry-plum hybrid ready for marketing in E.U., Turkey

March 22nd, 2013

Developers hope the Nadia cherry-plum hybrid will lead a new generation of fruit.

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First Chinese plum genome sequence shines light on fruit development

December 31st, 2012

Better understanding of Prunus mume could help breeders improve future Rosaceae family fruits.

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South Africa: big volume and delays for stonefruit

December 11th, 2012

South Africa may have record stonefruit output but will miss the peak European export window.

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Spain addresses Japanese plum problems at Fruit Attraction

October 31st, 2012

Japanese plums present various cultivation problems, something Spain wants to fix.

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Favorable weather drives uptick in SA stonefruit forecast

October 22nd, 2012

South Africa is set to grow around one million more cartons of stonefruit this coming season.

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South African stonefruit volumes ‘promising’

October 17th, 2012

South Africa is gearing up for high stonefruit volumes this season as new orchards come on stream.

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SA fruit industry launches U.K. ethical promo campaign

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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Portuguese strike impacts ‘very bad’ for business, says fruit exporter

September 24th, 2012

Containers full of pears are sitting and waiting in Portuguese ports due to strikes over austerity measures.

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Chile urged to exploit India’s rising cherry and kiwifruit demand

September 19th, 2012

Chile needs to intensify its marketing in India to make the most of lower import tariffs.

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U.S. competition and new regulations to put pressure on Aussie stonefruit

August 29th, 2012

Australia’s stonefruit growers are facing a squeeze from chemical bans and U.S. imports.

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Yield shifts for Uruguayan pome fruit in 2011-12

August 20th, 2012

Uruguay’s apple yields have hit a 10-year low but pears have fared better.

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Opinion: biological fruit pest controls assist South African exports

August 14th, 2012

Anton Rabe explains how sterile mating is controlling Mediterranean fruit fly populations in South Africa.

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Citrus and stonefruit unharmed by South Africa’s localized floods

August 13th, 2012

South African stonefruit growers are relieved their crops are intact despite recent bad weather.

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Prunes soar in value with Chile now a major exporter

July 30th, 2012

A Chilean government study shows prune values have continued to climb thanks to increasing demand.

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Heavy fall for southern Argentine fruit exports in H1

July 13th, 2012

Pome fruit volume is the main reason behind slashed horticultural exports from southern Argentina.

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More than 20 Colombian fruits meet U.S. admissibility standards

July 3rd, 2012

Colombia can send a wide range of fruits to the U.S. but there are still many exotic products pending approval.

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New sweet plum developed in India

June 26th, 2012

India is optimistic about the export potential of a new sweet plum developed by researchers in the Punjab.

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Stonefruit phenols could tackle metabolic syndrome, study shows

June 22nd, 2012

U.S. researchers will soon put their obesity-tackling stonefruit compounds to the test on mice.

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South Africa: quad bike patrol gets the better of fruit fly pests

June 1st, 2012

Spraying chemicals by air is not the only option, as a South African father and son quad bike team have proved.

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Brazil ramps up controls against Argentine produce

May 17th, 2012

Argentine fruit producers are struggling to get shipments across the Brazilian border due to tighter controls.

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Big drop for Chilean organic food last year

May 16th, 2012

Chile’s organic horticultural production land fell last year, but positive signs were seen for organic wine.

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Opinion: New markets are essential for SA’s future export rise

April 27th, 2012

South Africa must develop new import destinations for its increasing plum, peach and nectarine yields.

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South Africa may lobby EU over broken stone classification

April 23rd, 2012

South African stonefruit exporters discuss the increasingly demanding standards set by European retailers.

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SA stonefruit exports lose US$65.8M due to new European rules

March 28th, 2012

A European zero tolerance policy to broken stones for category 1 stonefruit has affected South African exporters.

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Opinion: the ‘huge potential’ for Chilean fruit in India

March 23rd, 2012

An FTA could make India “capable of consuming all of Chile’s produce”, says a leading fruit importer.

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Chile’s fresh fruit exports climbed 5.8%

March 7th, 2012

Chile’s fruit shipments jumped due to an increasing appetite for cherry, plum and blueberry imports.

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SA stonefruit posted higher exports but prices stayed flat

March 7th, 2012

Despite exporting record quantities of nectarines and apricots, South Africa has found this year’s stonefruit season hard.

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Opinion: produce variety drives reduced sales and shrink

March 6th, 2012

Growers, suppliers and retailers need to collaborate to drive up sales with carefully chosen produce.

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Coconut, fruit and nut waste could power energy-poor countries

February 23rd, 2012

A U.S. study has found there is serious electricity-generating potential in fruit, nut and coconut waste.

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Cold spell boosts European appetite for oranges and lemons

February 17th, 2012

Europeans increased their citrus consumption in a bid to ward off illness during the recent coldsnap.

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Plum forecast squashed in Argentine province

February 2nd, 2012

Season plum production estimates in the Argentine province of Mendoza have been revised down significantly.

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The Packaging Pitch: does sticker size matter?

February 2nd, 2012

Packaging expert Lisa Cork highlights ways marketers can harness sticker space to send powerful messages.

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Aussie stonefruit exporter expects post-Chinese New Year congestion

January 25th, 2012

Australia’s stonefruit sales in Asia were going well until Chilean fruit flooded the market.

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Chilean stonefruit hitting peak volumes

January 20th, 2012

Chile is expected to keep stable stonefruit export volumes this year despite production falls.

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SA peach and plum exports soar in the U.K.

January 18th, 2012

Lower Mediterranean peach and nectarine stocks have led to a South African boost in U.K.-bound exports

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SA apricots have exceeded expectations, says Hortgro

January 9th, 2012

South Africa’s apricot export volumes have risen significantly, but plum shipments are down.

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Chilean fresh fruit exports up 7%

December 26th, 2011

Chile registered strong fruit export growth in 2011 despite falls for apples, avocadoes and kiwifruit.

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Southern Hemisphere set for slight stonefruit rise

November 29th, 2011

Market researcher iQonsulting has forecast a 3% rise for Southern Hemisphere stonefruit exports.

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Aussie stonefruit set for 2011-12 recovery

November 8th, 2011

Australia expects a strong stonefruit crop with the first shipments to arrive in Hong Kong in December.

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SA to take on Chile with tougher plum competition

October 26th, 2011

South African growers predict they will compete more intensely with Chile over plum exports in the future.

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Australia’s NSW stonefruit cream of the crop

October 13th, 2011

Plenty of rain and cool temperatures have helped the Australian state of NSW state with its stonefruit harvest.

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Stonefruit season looking peachy for South Africa

October 3rd, 2011

South African stonefruit exports are set to rise this year, with a growing share of late plums.

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Chile to boost fruit exports to China, Indonesia

September 14th, 2011

Chile is increasingly looking to China and Indonesia for horticultural export opportunities.

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Researchers launch fruit antioxidant database

September 2nd, 2011

A Chilean research institution has followed suit from the U.S. in developing a database of antioxidant levels in different fruits.

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Chile’s fruit exports rise 13% in early 2011

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.

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Mexico eyes Australian fruit market

June 23rd, 2011

Mexico hopes to export avocadoes, mangoes, limes and a range of other fruits to Australia.

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Chile’s fruit shipments 19.5% higher in January

March 8th, 2011

Chile’s Office of Agriculture Studies and Policy (ODEPA) has announced a 19.5% rise in fruit shipments in January.

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Argentine province offers zero-interest loans to farmers

February 3rd, 2011

Mendoza provincial government in Argentina has offered zero interest loans to support plum, apple and pear farmers.

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South Africa’s apricot season ends, plum exports skyrocket in week 1

January 20th, 2011

All stone fruit shipments to the Middle East increase dramatically

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Western Argentina expects huge plum, peach production

January 4th, 2011

Plum production expected to nearly quintuple; peaches forecast to be up more than 150%

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Half of stonefruit in Argentina province damaged in windstorm

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

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Chilean cherries, grapes, peaches and plums suffer light damage from heavy rains

November 10th, 2010

Heavy rain in central Chile Nov. 7 caused slight damage to cherries, table grapes, apricots and plums, resulting in slightly lower export However projections are still better than 2009-10 season, according to analysis by fruit consultancy iQonsulting.

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Chilean shipments of stonefruit to increase 20% in 2010-11

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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