April 24, 2015 / Week N° 17
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 14th, 2015
The Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa says producers might need to hold back on some sizes if they’re not ‘viable with markets the way they are’.
April 10th, 2015
The 2015 citrus campaign has “difficult” written all over it, according to a South African industry body.
A South African agribusiness investor hopes to buy out minority shareholders in a US$590 million a year produce company.
The Copa Cogeca head has proposed tighter EU measures to lower the chances of CBS entering from South Africa.
March 31st, 2015
Mission Produce Europe says early ends and late starts from some major avocado-producing countries are pushing up prices.
March 27th, 2015
The South African Apple and Pear Producers’ Association (SAAPPA) is “over the moon” about the opening of the Chinese market.
Some US$1.8 million of funding will reportedly help an area of the Eastern Cape reach the EU market.
March 23rd, 2015
The palpable buzz around an anthocyanin-rich Queensland-bred plum is spreading internationally, with a French nursery upbeat for commercial harvests and U.S. growers playing their cards close to their chests.
March 18th, 2015
As South Africa’s table grape season is on its last legs, weather conditions for harvest are the best seen in decades in the Hex River Valley.
March 17th, 2015
Justin Chadwick says Spain’s methodology for identifying CBS in citrus imports is “clearly a big concern”.
March 13th, 2015
A former head of the Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum (FPEF) will join Capespan South Africa as managing director in May.
March 9th, 2015
South Africa’s Deciduous Fruit Industry land reform initiative would add 1,227 new hectares of pome fruit and stonefruit over five years.
February 26th, 2015
South Africa’s total citrus volumes this season should be roughly in line with previous years.
February 25th, 2015
San Miguel aims to overcome complex challenges outside of its control for the processed and fresh citrus sectors.
February 19th, 2015
An experienced avocado industry veteran reveals his forecasts for the market’s future and supply sources.
February 17th, 2015
A group in South Africa’s Loskop Valley hopes to send a trial of ‘top quality’ citrus to the U.S. this season.
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 13th, 2015
Whether it’s edible-skin squash, a unique citrus fruit or fresh wasabi, Japanese horticultural companies are banking on growing overseas interest in their national cuisine.
February 11th, 2015
“Viability” is a term that could revive South Africa’s stability in the European citrus market, where talks are lined up aiming to remove discrepancies in citrus black spot (CBS) inspection methods.
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
Amid soaring U.S. avocado demand, the first U.S.-South Africa agricultural committee has been set up.
February 3rd, 2015
The South African Department of Labour will increase farmworkers’ minimum wages from March.
January 30th, 2015
Capespan aims to bring its total South African pome fruit production land to 630 hectares in three years.
January 28th, 2015
With the South African pome fruit season running two weeks early, the industry anticipates lower pear volumes.
January 27th, 2015
Halls International’s Ate Kalsbeek discusses some of the new items lined up after the acquisition of Columbus Exotics.
January 26th, 2015
Donnelly Fresh Produce and ClemenGold discuss expansion developments for a unique mandarin variety in Europe and Africa.
January 21st, 2015
The head of the South African pomegranate industry gives a seasonal outlook on production and markets.
January 14th, 2015
South Africa’s table grape volume is well ahead of previous years, but the total should taper to a “normal” level.
January 12th, 2015
Baltic Reefers could not have chosen a more apt time to buy NYK Cool, which under a new name is steaming ahead with new produce trade contracts.
January 6th, 2015
Halls will be expanding its presence in the European exotic fruit market.
December 23rd, 2014
Thompson Seedless harvests are wrapping up in early-growing northern parts of South Africa but red varieties are still going strong.
December 15th, 2014
The value of South Africa’s national avocado market shot up by around 20% year-on-year.
December 12th, 2014
Chilean and New Zealand apple exporters say varietal selection is key in the demanding Chinese market.
December 11th, 2014
A South African exporter hopes pears will also soon be approved by Chinese authorities.
December 4th, 2014
The South African apple industry hopes the new Chinese market access will act as a ‘springboard’ to enter other Asian countries in the future.
December 2nd, 2014
One South African table grape exporter says ‘everything that can go well so far this season is good’, as producers continue to plant new varieties.
November 27th, 2014
While the stonefruit export season is generally going well for Capespan, some key markets are said to be inexplicably ‘flat’.
November 25th, 2014
A Chinese agribusiness hopes the Australian FTA will also lead to simplified quarantine protocols for fruit imports, and has also signaled plans to include South African sourcing.
November 13th, 2014
It was an early start for many South African blueberry growers this year, and production ‘could treble’ in five years.
November 12th, 2014
Berry development is running up to 14 days earlier year-on-year for grapes in the Berg River region of South Africa.
November 11th, 2014
Gysbert du Toit talks about the evolution of an early cherry deal from South Africa in a tie-up with Californian varieties.
November 4th, 2014
A recent report could have bearings on legal disputes over mandarin variety rights in Spain and South Africa.
October 23rd, 2014
While South Africa’s grape industry would like to focus more on the Far East, some obstacles remain.
October 21st, 2014
After a slip in table grape production during the last season, South Africa is now expecting a 4-7% increase.
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.
October 14th, 2014
Is irradiating budwood for seedless characteristics enough to make a citrus variety be considered different? A landmark South African court case will set out to answer this question next year.
October 1st, 2014
South Africa expects to increase its macadamia nut hectarage by around 5% annually over the next five years.
September 30th, 2014
The IPPC will establish an expert committee to try and resolve South Africa’s CBS dispute with the EU once and for all.
September 29th, 2014
Three large table grape growers in South Africa lost some of their crops in last week’s poor weather.
A South African fruit industry representative believes it is possible the Chinese market will be open for next season.
September 15th, 2014
A South African citrus industry representative gives insights from a recent visit to Hong Kong, India and Indonesia.
September 11th, 2014
South Africa’s citrus association wishes it could have avoided the recent export suspension, but couldn’t risk further restrictions from Europe.
September 10th, 2014
Although early signs point to a positive South African stonefruit season, low pomefruit prices could affect sales in Europe.
September 8th, 2014
A U.K industry body says the suspension of some citrus exports from South Africa to Europe will cause ‘major issues’ for the British market.
September 3rd, 2014
Houston, we have South African oranges.
September 1st, 2014
Australian citrus is one of many imported fruits that have suffered from flat sales in China recently.
August 29th, 2014
U.S. authorities claim South Africa should be treated the same way as Florida when it comes to citrus black spot.
August 21st, 2014
After frosts that hit the recent crop, Chile stonefruit growers are gearing up for higher production in 2014-15.
August 20th, 2014
Stricter regulations could soon come into force in South Africa to clarify what constitutes GM produce.
August 11th, 2014
Two Russian importers claim most products lost from the ban on EU produce can be regained from other countries.
While Russia-bound shipments of South African citrus may increase, there will be new logistical issues.
July 31st, 2014
Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton looks at how northern blueberry markets are faring, what this means for upcoming foreign suppliers, and Morocco’s recent U.S. breakthrough.
July 30th, 2014
A Dutch horticultural supplier has been praised for its innovative technology used on a South African farm.
July 25th, 2014
A new documentary looks at how young Dublin retail workers took action against the injustices of racial segregation in South Africa in the 1980s.
July 21st, 2014
South Africa no longer has a clean sheet on citrus black spot this year, and an expert is investigating the farm in question.
July 18th, 2014
An ‘oversaturated’ U.S. avocado market has led to Peru competing more heavily with South Africa in the EU.
July 17th, 2014
Similar to Hass but with its own benefits, a South African avocado variety is ‘expanding at speed’ across the globe.
A new online service aims to make produce market dynamics easy to understand and visualize in context.
July 15th, 2014
The latest EUROPHYT report is good news for South Africa’s citrus industry.
June 30th, 2014
The CGA hopes a recent diplomatic visit will help dramatically reduce citrus black spot interceptions in Europe.
June 25th, 2014
Produce traders are losing “large swathes of land” with Middle Eastern populations due to conflict.
June 18th, 2014
ClemenGold will continue to open new markets this year and has new varieties in the works.
June 17th, 2014
With South African citrus growers shipping more to the U.S., Chile is likely to diversify its markets.
June 16th, 2014
South Africa is slowing down grapefruit exports, while greater orange volumes have gone to the Far East this year.
June 11th, 2014
A hungry U.S. market and faster shipments look to fare well for South Africa’s citrus exporters.
May 29th, 2014
FPC chief executive Nigel Jenney says the European Commission ignored recommendations from its own experts in the way it tightened rules for South African citrus imports.
South African citrus growers are wondering why they’ve been singled out for a disease other exporters have too.
May 28th, 2014
Justin Chadwick finds some encouragement from the European Union’s new rules for South African citrus, but calls for government action to bring long term security to the trade.
May 27th, 2014
The EU had “no choice but to impose a stricter inspection regime” on South African citrus, according to Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg.
May 23rd, 2014
After a “turbulent season preparation”, OTC-Holland is kicking off its South African campaign with organic grapefruit.
May 14th, 2014
Is the European citrus market sluggish or strong? South African growers have mixed views for the season ahead.
May 7th, 2014
The amount of South African citrus orchards voluntarily withdrawn for EU export is more than 10 times what it was last year.
May 2nd, 2014
South African plum exports suffered from from adverse weather that drug down volume.
April 30th, 2014
South African citrus export volumes should remain stable this year, but with changes to the variety make-up.
April 25th, 2014
Southern Hemisphere lemon exports are expected to fall this year, contrasted by a rise in easy peelers and a fairly stable situation for orange volume.
April 24th, 2014
European co-operative Copa-Cogeca has called on the EU to enforce black spot restrictions against South Africa.
April 14th, 2014
Apple importers could feel disruptions this June as South Africa’s hail damage begins to show its impact.
April 4th, 2014
South Africa’s super avocado is expected to return for a second season to Tesco’s shelves in the U.K.
April 3rd, 2014
As South Africa approaches its 15th year selling citrus to the U.S., exporters praised market growth.
March 27th, 2014
With the South African citrus season near, debate over black spot has roared up once again in the EU.
March 18th, 2014
South African table grapes have picked up volume in recent weeks, showing recovery from the early season.
March 13th, 2014
Subtrop’s Derek Donkin takes a look at the competitive issues surrounding the upcoming avocado season.
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.
January 30th, 2013
South Africa’s grape packing is going at “full steam” in remaining areas but total exports are markedly lower than last year.
January 24th, 2013
South Africa’s labor strife played into the hands of Namibian grape exports, which have been growing regardless.
A call back to normal operations has put South Africa’s fruit industry back on track, at least for the moment.
January 22nd, 2013
The challenge for South African citrus growers this season will be to maintain quality expectations under strict export standards.
January 21st, 2013
A South African organization has warned against increased farm labor costs amid social strife over wages.
January 17th, 2013
India expects clearance soon to export mangoes to yet another new market – South Africa.
January 15th, 2013
A South African fruit chamber warns an extended strike could push black farmers out of the fruit business.
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