December 09, 2013 / Week N° 50
December 5th, 2013
A corporate takeover has put plans for a 500,000MT fruit trade route between Almeria and Southampton on ice for the moment.
November 26th, 2013
Spain’s fruit and vegetable imports increased by more than €200 million in the first three quarters of this year.
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.
October 14th, 2013
Spanish researchers have developed fruit and vegetable netting ready for the compost bin.
October 10th, 2013
Spain’s AVA-ASAJA shared biting words, calling for an immediate ban on South African citrus.
October 2nd, 2013
Polish apple growers hope to raise exports with the help of multi-million euro, EU-backed promotions in China and Egypt.
September 27th, 2013
Europe’s ARC Eurobanan will be filling a gap in the Chinese market with shipments of Spanish citrus.
September 12th, 2013
Spain’s lemon industry expects a good season despite intensified competition from Turkey.
September 10th, 2013
A recent Asia Fruit Award winner discusses the key fruits that are making ground in the Malaysian market.
September 4th, 2013
Spain’s La Unió de Llauradors has accused buyers of withholding payment for citrus from Valencia.
August 30th, 2013
Spain’s Young Farmer’s Association wants immediate action taken for South Africa’s fifth black spot detection.
August 12th, 2013
Bananas may have the perfect natural packaging, but an Ecuadorian business claims vacuum seals reduce waste and extend shelf life.
August 8th, 2013
A team in Spain has found two wasp species effective for eradicating citrus red scale.
July 22nd, 2013
Faced with high transportation costs, a Spanish export consortium is hoping for new shipping routes to the UK and Northern Europe.
Scientists in Spain hope to turn discarded citrus rinds into a feasible bioethanol choice.
July 19th, 2013
Despite adverse weather, one cherry exporter in northern Spain reported a strong season with high prices.
An Almeria-based cooperative will become part of the Anecoop group’s commercial arm.
July 8th, 2013
Compensation payments are expected to begin later this month as strawberry producers in Spain seek to recover from a disastrous harvest.
July 4th, 2013
This season’s Spanish almond crop is likely to be lowest since 2004.
July 2nd, 2013
Despite a false E.coli link in 2011, Spanish vegetables show strong volume growth.
July 1st, 2013
Hortyfruta, an organization that represents hundreds of growers in Spain’s Andalucía region, has undergone major restructuring.
June 28th, 2013
Spanish citrus growers have requested government aid after storms sent a blow to late-season crops.
June 24th, 2013
Cooperative Unica will now be the largest on-the-vine tomato grower in Spain through the incorporation of a new member.
June 21st, 2013
Spain’s red berry sector revenue fell significantly in the 2012-13 season despite a greater surface area of crops.
June 20th, 2013
Heavy rains earlier this year have negatively impacted the quality of Spanish strawberries, leading to overall poor results for the campaign.
Spain’s Court of Appeals has thrown out a claim by ‘Don Simon’ juice group that the ‘Persimon’ fresh produce brand could confuse consumers.
June 19th, 2013
A FEPEX spokesperson discusses the difficulties of Chinese produce import protocols.
June 14th, 2013
New European Union rules hail in a “new era” for fruit labeling, according to a Spanish technology company.
June 13th, 2013
Spain’s FEPEX says China’s phytosanitary measures “mask an extremely effective protectionist policy”.
June 12th, 2013
Taste, early production and disease resistance are the orders of the day for new peaches and nectarines developed in Spain.
May 28th, 2013
European researchers are teaming up to turn farm waste from pruning into energy.
May 16th, 2013
Spanish researchers have developed a seedless GM tomato with added nutrients and strong processing potential.
May 8th, 2013
An Irish produce company and a German branding agency concocted a fresh way to boost banana consumption – laser printed comics.
May 2nd, 2013
All Spanish stonefruit categories were expected to rise in volume, except for apricots.
April 24th, 2013
Four potato clones from Spain are said to have good disease restistance and strong output.
April 16th, 2013
Spain’s Nufri is upbeat about prices and demand in Europe for Southern Hemisphere apples and pears.
April 9th, 2013
Banana shipments continue to serve as a key mode of illegal drug transport to Europe.
April 4th, 2013
FEPEX in Spain has raised concerns over a decline in fruit and vegetable exports to the U.S.
March 19th, 2013
Planasa has announced one early and two extra early strawberry varieties.
March 15th, 2013
Oscar Ortiz explains the development of a unique cherry brand in a lucrative market window worldwide.
March 12th, 2013
Spanish authorities have uncovered 14,000 kiwifruit plants without proper paperwork.
March 11th, 2013
Black spot concerns have led Spanish citrus growers to urge for blocking South African imports or exhaustive controls.
March 7th, 2013
Strong winds dealt serious damage to the top three banana producing islands in the Canaries.
February 18th, 2013
Driscoll’s’ Soren Bjorn discusses a wide range of berry trends affecting the European, Middle Eastern and Australian markets.
February 4th, 2013
Laser Food says its fruit technology offers better branding, improved traceability and less waste.
January 4th, 2013
Bad loans to producers have put Spanish citrus co-op Canla on the brink of closure.
December 18th, 2012
French and Belgian growers have formed FRESHCOOP, and plan to expand their European scope.
December 12th, 2012
As traditional crops become less appealing, kiwifruit present a new option in Spain.
November 19th, 2012
A Spanish study has found soil mites can help reduce thrip infestations in citrus fruits.
November 13th, 2012
Marketers from five continents have come on board with an IFO red-flesh apple project.
November 2nd, 2012
Spanish researchers claim to have developed the best early clementine available.
October 31st, 2012
Japanese plums present various cultivation problems, something Spain wants to fix.
October 25th, 2012
Keeping treatment pools clean and low residues on fruit, Citrosol has advanced sales dramatically in recent years.
October 8th, 2012
Israel’s largest grapefruit grower says it has benefited from lack of South African fruit in Europe.
September 12th, 2012
Argentine trade restrictions have led Bolivia to look for new banana export destinations.
September 5th, 2012
A controversial table grape ownership dispute was settled last week in South Africa’s Court of Appeal.
September 4th, 2012
Federico Beltrán Molina takes an in-depth look at Peru’s blueberry potential and competitive threats.
August 10th, 2012
Argentina’s accelerated lemon harvest has helped replicate last year’s export volumes.
July 20th, 2012
Natural predators are being used to combat the tomato borer moth in several Middle Eastern countries.
July 6th, 2012
Spanish researchers have unlocked the secrets of the melon genome.
July 3rd, 2012
David Pearce says a shortage of Chilean and U.S. apples has helped South African suppliers in the Middle East.
June 27th, 2012
Avocado exports from a Peruvian region have dropped by nearly a quarter for the first four months of 2012.
June 22nd, 2012
Europe is experiencing a severe undersupply of lemons this summer, while wet weather has potentially impacted demand.
June 19th, 2012
South Africa is capitalizing on a lack of Spanish and Moroccan late oranges in the European market.
June 18th, 2012
Peru’s grape industry has witnessed impressive growth over a short period of time, according to a USDA report.
June 4th, 2012
Researchers from around the globe have put together a genome sequence for the common tomato.
May 31st, 2012
South African producers are hoping avocado prices in Europe will bounce back after a clash of supply with Peru.
May 14th, 2012
Zespri Europe GM Bert Barmans is upbeat for New Zealand’s kiwifruit prospects in Europe this year.
April 18th, 2012
Spanish producers have called for trade retaliation over the appropriation of YPF with an Argentine lemon veto.
April 11th, 2012
A fruit marketer says increased cold storage in Dubai means high early season citrus prices are ‘unrealistic’.
April 9th, 2012
A greenhouse idea utilizing seawater has made its mark in several dry and arid countries, with more projects slated.
April 5th, 2012
U.K. shoppers have shown a taste for exotic fruits following impressive sales of Spanish persimmons.
March 29th, 2012
South African producers have got high hopes for grapefruit and lemon entry in the South Korean market.
March 27th, 2012
South Africa is well placed to plug a gap in the European avocado market with high yields predicted.
March 21st, 2012
European importers are on the look out for more small to medium suppliers of organic lemons, claims ProChile.
March 12th, 2012
Large-sized figs and sweet pomegranates varieties are being developed in South Africa for export.
February 27th, 2012
Peru’s artichoke exports are predicted to be strong in 2012, especially in the wake of a difficult Spanish season.
February 15th, 2012
The Mango Marketing Promotion and Information (MMPI) platform is in full motion towards reaching its goals.
February 7th, 2012
A growing international appetite for asparagus has helped Peru bolster its shipments of the frozen and processed vegetable.
January 18th, 2012
Lower Mediterranean peach and nectarine stocks have led to a South African boost in U.K.-bound exports
January 4th, 2012
NZKGI president Neil Trebilco details the 2011 experience of kiwifruit disease Psa and what can be learned for 2012.
December 26th, 2011
Brazil’s apple industry suffered from hail and high exchange rates in 2011, but 2012 is looking brighter.
December 21st, 2011
Australia has the world’s fastest-growing almond industry, tapping into rising demand in Asia and elsewhere.
December 12th, 2011
Peruvian police have arrested two Colombians for plans to send cocaine to Spain in cans of asparagus.
November 7th, 2011
South America is fortunate enough to still have sufficient bee colonies but those days could be numbered.
September 16th, 2011
European avocado arrivals are down 9% in the season to date, as South Africa and Peru make way for Israel and Spain.
August 31st, 2011
Spanish researchers have found the flavonoids in grapes can be used to reduce the effects of UV radiation and skin damage.
July 15th, 2011
Spanish scientists have found cranberry consumption can help prevent bacteria like E. coli entering the urinary tract.
June 14th, 2011
The Dominican Republic has tripled banana sales in Spain over the last four years.
June 7th, 2011
Spanish fruit company Agromolinillo has launched a blueberry test run in Brazil.
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 15th, 2011
Blueberry production outside the U.S. is forecast to rise with strong Southern Hemisphere input, but the industry will need to find new demand sources to meet supply.
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 1st, 2011
Chile’s Office of Agriculture Studies and Policy (ODEPA) has announced horticultural export values rose 29% to US$26 million in January and February.
March 28th, 2011
Peru’s onion Freight On Board (FOB) export values grew 75% in January, with Colombia, the U.S. and Spain as its main markets.
March 18th, 2011
A U.S. scientist believes the seedless cherimoya could become ‘the next banana’, after a gene discovery in conjunction with Spanish researchers.
February 28th, 2011
Southern Hemisphere grape producers and winemakers could benefit from a Spanish-developed technology that uses grape scraps for beauty products.
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