April 01, 2015 / Week N° 14
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.
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