December 17, 2014 / Week N° 51
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.
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