July 01, 2015 / Week N° 27
June 23rd, 2015
A Spanish farmers’ union is calling for government compensation after a series of adverse weather events in the first half of 2015.
June 12th, 2015
One industry body in Spain estimates volumes will end up being 10-15% lower than the 279,000MT produced last year.
June 10th, 2015
Although Spanish avocado growers have enjoyed record returns in the 2014-15 campaign, an industry warns productivity needs to be increased.
June 4th, 2015
A new facility in a major Madrid wholesale market will store up to 160 pallets of bananas and other tropical fruits.
June 2nd, 2015
Spanish police say 200kg of cocaine they found in pineapples had been concealed in a ‘sophisticated’ way.
May 22nd, 2015
Blueberries are all the rage in Morocco where growers are planting aggressively, but to steer clear of price falls they will need to avoid heavy harvesting from April to June.
May 18th, 2015
ASPROCAN has been recognized for its low incidence of greenhouse gases across the banana supply chain.
May 15th, 2015
AVA-ASAJA says never before have prices for premium mandarin varieties like Nadorcott and Tango been so low.
April 24th, 2015
The U.S. has identified five potential pests that would need control if Spain were to be granted access for cherry imports.
April 23rd, 2015
An ongoing row with the Canary Islands has led to a frustrating and costly season for U.K. potato exporters.
April 22nd, 2015
A Spanish produce group with a strong focus on German-speaking markets has received a boost to its North African raspberry production.
April 13th, 2015
A Canary Islands union alleges banana growers are avoiding contract negotiations in order to hire new staff at lower wages.
March 31st, 2015
Spain’s prioritization of new market openings means two more of the country’s fruits will soon be able to reach the U.S.
March 27th, 2015
An industry head in Valencia unveils plans to prevent the sector becoming “a shadow of its former self”.
March 25th, 2015
An exclusive Spanish cherry group has had to reconfigure its greenhouse conditions to adapt to the loss of the Russian 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 17th, 2015
Justin Chadwick says Spain’s methodology for identifying CBS in citrus imports is “clearly a big concern”.
March 16th, 2015
Spanish growers have been undeterred by calls not to plant the seedless Tango mandarin variety, with demand outstripping supply.
February 23rd, 2015
After making its name in dragonfruit, Colombia’s Asoppitaya plans to move into organic crops and other tropical fruits.
February 12th, 2015
A Spanish firm focused on the German-speaking market is testing a range of new fruit projects in Africa, the Middle East, South America and its own backyard.
February 4th, 2015
After U.S. success, an event aimed at advancing women in agribusiness will also be held in Europe.
January 26th, 2015
Donnelly Fresh Produce and ClemenGold discuss expansion developments for a unique mandarin variety in Europe and Africa.
January 23rd, 2015
With Laser Foods’ newfound ‘global structure’, the company says 2015 is going to be a transformational year.
December 23rd, 2014
The agricultural year of 2014 has been described as an ‘unmitigated disaster’ for Valencian growers.
December 15th, 2014
Having met China’s rigorous requirements, one Spanish shipper no longer has to send lemons via Hong Kong.
December 12th, 2014
The first batches of Canary Islands watermelons have arrived in the Netherlands in a new Ramafrut-Hillfresh deal.
AVA-ASAJA has raised alarm about the “disturbing” spread of Texas Citrus Mite in Spanish orchards.
As part of its growth strategy, produce technology group Locus Traxx will forge a more direct presence in two key EU countries.
December 10th, 2014
Russia has banned around 5% of produce shipments from Belarus since inspection posts were set up on the border.
December 2nd, 2014
Spain’s Nice Fruit has signed a joint venture to run a frozen fruit facility in the Philippines.
A laser labeling technology is coming to the U.S. produce industry, and potentially anywhere that JBT Corporation has customers.
November 26th, 2014
Spanish pomegranate growers will team up with the Elche soccer team to promote their fruit at home and abroad.
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 21st, 2014
A CN Seeds representative says the Southern European fresh herb market is on the way up.
November 18th, 2014
A decision to single out citrus growers in labeling the use of postharvest chemicals has been supported by the General Court of the European Union.
November 17th, 2014
Weather has been favorable for the European Pink Lady apple crop this year.
November 4th, 2014
A recent report could have bearings on legal disputes over mandarin variety rights in Spain and South Africa.
November 3rd, 2014
Production will ramp up over the next few years for a new clementine variety that was discovered in Spain.
October 6th, 2014
A produce shipper says the Moroccan industry’s constant ‘evolution’ is putting it in good stead for the future.
September 26th, 2014
Recent hailstorms have put a €52.5 million dent in eastern Spanish citrus, grape and persimmon farms.
September 24th, 2014
Russia has returned tomato and potato consignments to Belarus as no countries of origin were given.
September 16th, 2014
Spain’s lemon season will be one of ‘normality and stability’ but there may be heavy Turkish competition in EU markets.
September 12th, 2014
A Spanish grower group has labeled the EU’s suspension of aid measures as akin to abandonment.
September 9th, 2014
An earlier season could give Spanish stonefruit exporters an edge in China once the market opens up.
After Friday’s EC meeting in Brussels, cooperative group Copa Cogeca is calling for greater support in the wake of Russia’s produce import ban, encompassing grower measures and school food schemes.
September 4th, 2014
Spanish growers plan to rally in Madrid on Friday calling for more support amid Russia’s ban on produce imports.
September 2nd, 2014
Fruit value may have outpaced volume growth in the first half in Spain, but overall produce returns were poor.
August 28th, 2014
Spanish growers have accused retailers of taking advantage of the Russian ban with extremely low prices.
August 21st, 2014
Spain says unless melons and watermelons are included in EU’s special measures there will be ‘serious disruptions’.
August 20th, 2014
A key Spanish region used to export almost a third of its pomegranates to Russia, yet the fruit has been left off an EU support list.
August 19th, 2014
Russia has prevented 11 cases of agricultural imports totaling more than 93MT via Belarus, including shipments from banned EU countries.
August 18th, 2014
IG International’s Tarun Arora looks at the Indian crops to benefit from Russia’s import ban, and how the move will affect European and Middle Eastern growers’ orientations toward his country.
August 14th, 2014
Speculation is mounting about the unofficial exports of some European Union-grown fruit to Russia despite the embargo.
Around 200 French produce growers blocked highways yesterday in protest of Spain’s ‘economic dumping’.
August 13th, 2014
One U.K. retailer has forecast a 30% uptick in sweet corn sales this summer.
August 12th, 2014
The EC has heeded the call of European stonefruit growers calling for support to alleviate tough market conditions.
August 11th, 2014
Two Russian importers claim most products lost from the ban on EU produce can be regained from other countries.
August 10th, 2014
As peach and nectarine growers seek urgent action to resolve what they see as a crisis, the European Commission is weighing up whether prices are off-trend for different Mediterranean sources.
August 7th, 2014
Valencian farmers have called for measures to mitigate the impact of losing a key market for its persimmons and citrus fruits.
August 5th, 2014
Spanish plums, peaches and possibly grapes are under review for potential export to China.
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 29th, 2014
European banana growers will likely seek extra funding support to cope with stronger competition from Ecuador once its tariffs are cut.
July 18th, 2014
Requests for support by various European peach and nectarine growers have been approved by the EU.
July 17th, 2014
A new online service aims to make produce market dynamics easy to understand and visualize in context.
July 15th, 2014
Stonefruit growers from France, Spain, Italy and Greece hope the EU will take urgent measures to help them overcome what has been a difficult campaign.
July 14th, 2014
Driscoll’s has taken the lead with the Spanish government on researching vinegar fly Drosophila Suzukii, and has reported a promising outlook for controlling the pest.
July 1st, 2014
In the face of tough competition with summer fruit, many Spanish and Italian grape growers are shifting their varietal offerings to get ahead.
June 30th, 2014
The CGA hopes a recent diplomatic visit will help dramatically reduce citrus black spot interceptions in Europe.
June 26th, 2014
Citrus, melons and persimmons have been some of the fruit crops most affected by severe hailstorms in eastern Spain.
June 23rd, 2014
Competition with local spring fruits was tough for Spanish strawberry growers, leading to lower prices for their produce this year.
June 13th, 2014
With the help of a smartphone app, a U.K. company makes hydroponic gardening an easy and visually appealing addition to the living room.
May 13th, 2014
Weather factors have led to expectations for earlier peak Mediterranean raspberry production at Driscoll’s.
April 29th, 2014
Spain’s Caliplant has released three pomegranate varieties for fresh and processed fruits.
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 11th, 2014
The Best Pack Award has gone to a campaign run by the Canary Islands’ ASPROCAN.
April 9th, 2014
Cool, wet weather could mean fungal attacks on Spanish melons.
March 27th, 2014
With the South African citrus season near, debate over black spot has roared up once again in the EU.
March 13th, 2014
Colombia has rejected four shipments of citrus fruit from abroad due to the discovery of red scale.
March 7th, 2014
The University of Florida will act with the full force of the law if Spanish blueberry growers don’t comply with IP laws for its varieties.
February 28th, 2014
Spanish scientists have developed a golden-colored orange with much higher antioxidant rates in juice than traditional varieties.
February 24th, 2014
A Spanish study produced higher yield in greenhouse tomato plants protected by mobile shading.
February 21st, 2014
A buyer from Asda in the U.K. discusses the popularity of a fruit that is outselling kiwifruit and pineapples.
February 20th, 2014
Spain’s Alcudia Export Fruit speaks about increased competition for its traditional pomegranate variety.
February 19th, 2014
Plátano de Canarias marketing manager Sergio Caceres talks about how a new seal could help the industry.
January 20th, 2014
Brittany Ferries plans to take on giant LNG-powered passenger ships with extra freight capacity.
January 17th, 2014
Spain accounts for less than 1% of Ecuador’s mango exports – a percentage Pro Ecuador hopes to change.
Spain’s Ideal grape captures consumer desire, even when weather complicates production.
January 16th, 2014
A U.S.-Spanish-Chilean consortium has developed a clean technology that improves fruit shelf life.
January 6th, 2014
Spain has been approved to send avocados to world’s largest import market for the fruit.
December 11th, 2013
The Spanish province of Huelva has seen growth in berry plantations, despite difficulties for strawberries.
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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