March 12, 2014 / Week N° 11
March 7th, 2014
South African multinational Capespan Group raised its fruit volumes for the first time in six years in 2013.
March 6th, 2014
Mark Baker looks back on the 2013 South African avocado season and efforts made for market access in the U.S. and Japan.
March 4th, 2014
Table grape packing is either done or finishing up in the majority of South Africa’s growing regions.
March 3rd, 2014
From Shanghai to Pretoria to Sao Paulo, two PMA execs cover a string of Fresh Connections events in the pipeline.
February 27th, 2014
South African apple growers are dealing with the effects of hail and a European crop overhang.
With pilot trials now in South Africa and New Zealand, we take a look at the potential for Opal apples in Europe.
February 24th, 2014
With Red Seedless varieties on the water, South African grape shippers hope to find an improved European market.
February 21st, 2014
A report released in Europe today gives little hope for a change in policy relating to imports of South African citrus.
February 19th, 2014
Total intakes may be down, but South African grape exporters have bolstered exports well over the last month.
February 12th, 2014
The head of one of Europe’s oldest fruit distributors discusses supply and demand trends for Germany and Eastern Europe
February 11th, 2014
After a record citrus export crop, South Africa is taking all measures possible to meet European regulations around CBS disease.
February 4th, 2014
A Dole Europe subsidiary has entered an agreement to buy an early season grape farm in the Orange River region.
January 23rd, 2014
With global supply down, South Africa is under pressure to fill greater stonefruit demand.
January 21st, 2014
South Africa’s table grape exports were 53% lower year-on-year in the first fortnight of 2014.
January 14th, 2014
Leon de Kock says a transforming South African grape offering will move more strongly into retail.
January 9th, 2014
Frosts took a toll on South Africa’s overall table grape exports for 2013.
January 8th, 2014
Rains in the Western Cape have put grape and pear harvesting on hold until Monday.
December 18th, 2013
The first shipment of South African grapes has arrived in time to hit Dutch supermarkets for Christmas sales.
November 29th, 2013
After a season of intense debate, the EU has implemented a ban on one of its leading sources of citrus fruit.
November 28th, 2013
Freshworld and Fresh Produce Group are the latest grape licensees of Sun World.
Brazil has European grape markets full at the moment. Chile, however, should find a more open market in 2014.
November 27th, 2013
Initial flood damage estimates indicate lower apple and pear exports from South Africa’s Western Cape.
November 26th, 2013
The Australian citrus industry has urged the EFSA not to block South African fruit over citrus black spot concerns.
November 23rd, 2013
South Africa reported significant differences in its global lemon distribution due to limitations in Europe.
November 22nd, 2013
The Sustainable Fruit Initiative looks to minimize the environmental impact of South African producers.
November 20th, 2013
Despite flooding in the Western Cape, table grape producers have not reported major damages.
November 19th, 2013
Flash flooding struck the Western Cape over the weekend. Agricultural damage assessments are still underway.
November 18th, 2013
South Africa’s Novapine has transformed its fresh pineapple business through dried fruit exports.
November 11th, 2013
A reported 4,000 farm workers went on strike last week, affecting a major Western Cape fruit producer.
November 8th, 2013
A year on from South Africa’s vineyard strikes, farm workers say they’ve had enough of politics.
November 4th, 2013
Despite frosts in the Orange River Region, South Africa is expected to maintain table grape volume.
October 28th, 2013
Oppy’s James Milne says the U.S. is moving to a more fixed ‘European’ produce sourcing model as growers seek to cut risks.
As a new season nears, the South African table grape industry emphasized respect for labor laws.
October 25th, 2013
South African grapes could meet greater competition this year from Brazil and Europe.
October 24th, 2013
A low supply forecast out of South America has meant high interest in South African stonefruit.
October 16th, 2013
September frosts could mean 15,000 jobs lost in South Africa’s Orange River grape industry.
October 10th, 2013
Spain’s AVA-ASAJA shared biting words, calling for an immediate ban on South African citrus.
October 8th, 2013
Asda has been recognized for more than 40% sales growth for South African peaches, nectarines and plums.
October 7th, 2013
An international working group has questioned the E.U. stance on citrus black spot.
October 4th, 2013
South African avocado growers reported low prices as Peru remains on the European market.
September 26th, 2013
South Africa’s biggest grape regions have been affected by a mix of frosts and cold weather.
September 25th, 2013
Under pressure from black spot, South Africa could miss out on two million boxes of citrus sales meant for the EU.
September 23rd, 2013
The WCCPF expects a strong finish for South African citrus in the U.S. this year.
September 17th, 2013
South Africa’s Hortgro encouraged support of the SIZA audit system to avoid worker abuse.
September 16th, 2013
South African fruit industry representatives were made to feel very welcome during a recent visit with Chinese quarantine officials.
September 12th, 2013
Spain’s lemon industry expects a good season despite intensified competition from Turkey.
September 11th, 2013
South Africa’s Cosatu is not pleased with February’s farm worker minimum wage and may push for another strike.
September 10th, 2013
A recent Asia Fruit Award winner discusses the key fruits that are making ground in the Malaysian market.
September 9th, 2013
Designer Stephen Lamb asks how fresh produce can be provided to South Africa’s poorest populations.
September 6th, 2013
New Zealand’s Seeka is teaming up with international and local players in Malaysia to improve cold chain infrastructure.
September 5th, 2013
South Africa’s Capespan is now offering a financial alternative for fruit producers and exporters.
August 30th, 2013
Spain’s Young Farmer’s Association wants immediate action taken for South Africa’s fifth black spot detection.
August 29th, 2013
Maine Daniels of RSA Agents takes us through the Cape Town Market trading floor.
August 28th, 2013
With five black spot interceptions, South African citrus exporters are wondering whether they’ll be blocked from the EU.
August 22nd, 2013
The Piel de Sapo melon is venturing out of its traditional growing territory into Southern Africa.
August 21st, 2013
The Joburg Market is already Africa’s biggest fresh produce platform. Now it wants to be one of the safest.
August 19th, 2013
University of Stellenbosch’s Mohammed Karaan says South African agriculture needs to be advanced and humane.
August 16th, 2013
A good inventory position and a dearth of easy peelers should bode well for a stable U.S. orange market.
More EU interceptions of the controversial citrus black spot disease had been recorded for Argentina than South Africa.
Bryan Silbermann and Jan DeLyser reflect on Africa’s outstanding retail potential and expectations for growth.
August 15th, 2013
Lisa Cork and Jacques Coetzee discussed the importance of packaging at PMA Fresh Connections: Southern Africa.
August 13th, 2013
Lantao’s John Wang gives his verdict on the varying quality and prospects in China for imported apples, grapes, citrus and cherries.
August 9th, 2013
Scheduling issues in South Africa’s port in Durban are causing headaches for citrus exporters.
August 5th, 2013
Capespan North America CEO Mark Greenberg discusses the current import dynamics of easy peelers and Navels.
Farming proponents have contested a proposed residential development on horticultural land near Cape Town.
July 30th, 2013
South African citrus exporters are looking to new markets as the future of trade with Europe remains in doubt.
July 24th, 2013
South Africa’s Derek Donkin describes a strong avocado campaign, fit to compete with Peru.
July 18th, 2013
South Africa will look to address ctirus and a growing trade imbalance in talks with the European Union.
July 12th, 2013
South African and Italian produce will be the first under investigation by Australia’s new Anti-Dumping Commission.
June 20th, 2013
A USDA report has highlighted an expected increase for South African citrus exports, provided the European Union doesn’t close its doors.
June 14th, 2013
Fairtrade Label South Africa’s Arianna Baldo explains the potential of emerging markets as fair trade consumers.
June 11th, 2013
We take an in-depth look at a farm in South Africa’s apple-growing heartland of the Elgin Valley.
South Africa’s Ambassador to Belgium has publicly raised the issue of European Union protectionism towards his country’s citrus exports.
June 7th, 2013
South Africa and Argentina hope to exchange agricultural and technological knowledge through a new agreement.
May 31st, 2013
A new packaging film may aid British supermarkets in goals to reduce food waste by 1.1 million tons.
May 29th, 2013
South Africans are getting a lesson in how to grow and eat organic pomegranates.
May 27th, 2013
Botswana’s efforts to control the Asian fruit fly may cause big food shortages.
May 24th, 2013
A new book chronicles thousands of farm attack victims in South Africa.
May 17th, 2013
South Africa could reach record pear exports, in part due to demand from an undersupplied Europe.
Organic South African grapefruit has yet to find a firm place on European shelves.
May 13th, 2013
Stock build-up and “system failure” led to delays for South African citrus exports.
May 6th, 2013
The Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa highlighted concerns over the Chinese and European markets.
April 30th, 2013
South Africa’s Farm Gate Exchange connects buyers and sellers through an online platform.
April 24th, 2013
Doubt from the European Union and China has created new questions for South African citrus.
April 19th, 2013
New Zealand’s apple exports were up in the early season, but volumes were down for Chile, Argentina and South Africa.
April 10th, 2013
South African weather has been ideal for raisin production, but will packers be able to buy the fruit?
March 21st, 2013
To date, South Africa table grape exports are slightly down but compare well to previous years.
March 13th, 2013
Jacques du Preez discusses South Africa’s pome fruit season and facing industry challenges.
March 11th, 2013
Black spot concerns have led Spanish citrus growers to urge for blocking South African imports or exhaustive controls.
March 7th, 2013
Gavin Kelly reflects on increased cost burdens for South African road freight, one of the nation’s most taxed industries.
February 28th, 2013
Southern Hemisphere fruit exporters urged shipping lines to reconsider steep rate increases that could damage competitiveness.
South Africa anticipates lower avocado production this season and increased volume pressure from Peru.
February 26th, 2013
South Africa’s grape intakes are now slightly up year-on-year in recovery from strike setbacks.
February 25th, 2013
South Africa may have more strikes in the works if farmers do not honor the new minimum wage.
February 19th, 2013
FPEF CEO Anton Kruger talks about South Africa’s pipeline of infrastructure projects and governmental value-add plans.
February 15th, 2013
Capespan Continent’s Stefanie de Puysseleir discusses the European pome fruit outlook this season.
February 13th, 2013
Purity Organic has strong expectations for its first ever quality arrivals of organic Peruvian table grapes in the U.S.
South Africa has its work cut out to overcome tightening European Union rules on citrus black spot disease.
February 11th, 2013
Peru hopes to build on market opportunities in Poland, Panama and South Africa.
February 5th, 2013
A 52% increase in the farm worker minimum wage has been met with praise and resistance in South Africa.
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