July 03, 2015 / Week N° 27
July 3rd, 2015
Now that crops have been successfully grown underwater off the coast of Italy, the next challenge is economic feasibility.
July 2nd, 2015
Representatives from Brazil’s largest retailer are lining up deals for direct purchases of Peruvian asparagus, grapes and strawberries.
June 24th, 2015
“In my mind we’re only going to see more blurring of the traditional retail channels for fruit,” says Naturipe CEO Dwight Ferguson.
June 16th, 2015
A grower says his new ‘orangey red’ cultivar has the ‘wow factor’, as the fruit hits Waitrose shelves.
June 12th, 2015
One industry body in Spain estimates volumes will end up being 10-15% lower than the 279,000MT produced last year.
May 19th, 2015
Although the British strawberry deal has started 10 days later than last year, expectations are high for a strong campaign.
May 14th, 2015
With Naturipe’s first commercial office in Mexico having opened late last year, the berry marketer has big plans for the future.
April 21st, 2015
The owner of Wish Farms has a strawberry-picking robotics project that even his competitors are investing in.
April 20th, 2015
Belgian berry importer Special Fruit says new labels, topseals and shakers reflect a ‘unique market move’.
April 9th, 2015
Heated farmworker protests in Baja California last month may have crippled agriculture in peak season, but a major Driscoll’s supplier alleges many were ‘threatened’ not to return to the fields.
April 8th, 2015
Today’s meeting between Vladimir Putin and Alexis Tsipras was not fruitful enough to lift the Kremlin’s ban on Greek food imports.
April 6th, 2015
In Japan 243 strawberries varieties have been registered, with 50 news ones since 2011.
March 12th, 2015
With the import ban from Russia, Greek strawberry oversupply may be alleviated somewhat due to weather impacts.
March 3rd, 2015
A Kremlin representative says Russia may be able to get around the food import ban by using local processing as a condition of entry.
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.
January 26th, 2015
Both Driscoll’s and Naturipe have capitalized on China’s recent opening for Mexican berries.
December 22nd, 2014
A large U.S. real estate investor won the right at a public auction to buy a strawberry farm for US$17 million.
December 15th, 2014
Peru has witnessed solid growth for its frozen strawberry industry this year, with buoyant demand in the U.S. and Canada.
November 18th, 2014
California Giant Berry Farms owner Patrick Riordan says he is “blessed” to be involved in the category.
October 27th, 2014
While moving strawberries via sea can cause ‘shock’ for some end users, one shipper says it’s a good system.
October 6th, 2014
A produce shipper says the Moroccan industry’s constant ‘evolution’ is putting it in good stead for the future.
September 25th, 2014
A biological control system used for strawberries has been rejigged by Australian scientists for cherries, and could potentially be applied to a range of other crops.
September 15th, 2014
Chilean berry multinational Hortifrut did not let the Lobesia botrana crisis and port strikes get in the way of an exceptional financial result for 2013-14,
August 26th, 2014
A recent Chilean report provides an in-depth look at trends in global strawberry consumption.
July 25th, 2014
A mild spring has led to a much larger strawberry crop for Berry Gardens in the first six months of 2014.
VitalBerry BV’s new variety with the ‘strongest aroma of all strawberries’ has performed strongly in Great Britain.
July 23rd, 2014
Berry Gardens and Syngenta will be among the beneficiaries of a U.K. grant for agricultural innovation projects.
July 8th, 2014
Not only has Dutch strawberry cultivation increased consistently in recent years, but the share under glasshouses has ramped up dramatically.
July 7th, 2014
British Summer Fruits has responded to a European report into Salmonella and Norovirus risks in berries.
July 3rd, 2014
The California Strawberry Commission has published a report highlighting the crop’s role in providing opportunities to immigrant farmers over generations.
June 23rd, 2014
Competition with local spring fruits was tough for Spanish strawberry growers, leading to lower prices for their produce this year.
June 19th, 2014
British scientists are investigating the emotions associated with fruits, and our surroundings when we eat them.
June 16th, 2014
Execs from Angus Soft Fruits and BerryWorld talk shop about varietal development and raising winter consumption.
May 8th, 2014
Mexico’s agriculture and fishing exports rose by almost 10% year-on-year in March.
May 7th, 2014
After registering its highest ever profits, Britain’s leading berry grower-marketer has appointed a new chairman.
May 2nd, 2014
British retailer Waitrose will sell heritage musk strawberries, sold as bubbleberries, for five weeks.
March 4th, 2014
USHBC research bodes well for what California Giant Berry Farms expects will be a much larger U.S. blueberry crop.
February 14th, 2014
Morocco’s climate is ideal for organic production of a range of fruits, but growers say a booming market for the category isn’t quite there yet.
February 13th, 2014
Driscoll’s has described the Lusa strawberry as an advancement in glasshouse production.
February 12th, 2014
Peru expects to surpass its export record for fruit products in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.
January 27th, 2014
Colombia has highly ambitious goals for export leadership in the future for strawberries and papayas.
Egypt’s leading produce exporter is trialing several new products in diverse markets, from the U.S. to Russia.
January 3rd, 2014
With few pesticide options, Argentine researchers are using natural predators against strawberry pests.
December 11th, 2013
The Spanish province of Huelva has seen growth in berry plantations, despite difficulties for strawberries.
December 10th, 2013
A recent strawberry study has shown bee pollination has “higher economic importance than hitherto thought”.
November 14th, 2013
Scientists have found that once broken down in the colon, polyphenols produce molecules that are beneficial for the digestive system.
October 9th, 2013
Watermelons, strawberries and tomatoes are just some crops included in a revised Korean horticultural insurance scheme.
September 24th, 2013
First Lenovo, now another Asian technology giant is moving into the world of horticulture.
September 16th, 2013
A new University of Florida strawberry has shown favorable results in taste panel testing.
September 13th, 2013
Chile’s strawberries and blackberries are on the resurgence in frozen form.
August 21st, 2013
As international interest increases, Mexico sees promise in strawberry development.
August 8th, 2013
Researchers in Argentina are using natural preservative chitosan with the aim of boosting the commercial viability of strawberries.
July 29th, 2013
U.K. breeder East Malling Research said plans were in place to expand on the successful Malling Centenary strawberry variety.
July 26th, 2013
A late start hasn’t stopped the U.K.’s Berry Gardens from notching strong sales recently.
July 15th, 2013
The newly discovered Cascade strawberry could offer breeding and marketing potential.
July 12th, 2013
Native Chilean strawberries stand out for their unique color but production still poses a challenge for the fruit.
July 11th, 2013
A French campaign group says endocrine-disrupting chemicals and banned pesticides were found in E.U. strawberries.
July 8th, 2013
Compensation payments are expected to begin later this month as strawberry producers in Spain seek to recover from a disastrous harvest.
June 25th, 2013
Peruvian strawberry exports have risen significantly this year with Germany, Belgium and Canada as the leading destinations.
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.
May 31st, 2013
It is hoped that new Australian research into Fusarium wilt will help breed more resistant strawberry varieties.
May 29th, 2013
The Dole Food Company has ditched a share buyback scheme in favor of a shipping investment.
May 27th, 2013
Aneberries hopes to finalize talks to enter China, following an announcement of direct flights between Guadalajara and Hong Kong.
May 13th, 2013
Interrupcion CEO Rafael Goldberg reflects on outstanding banana volume growth and new projects.
May 9th, 2013
If research pans out, strawberries and jujubes could provide niche crops in northern New Mexico.
May 3rd, 2013
We speak with the California Strawberry Commission about increased planting and consumption.
March 19th, 2013
Planasa has announced one early and two extra early strawberry varieties.
February 21st, 2013
Ekland Marketing is working to enforce legal strawberry licensing in Egypt to protect authorized growers.
February 19th, 2013
Relaxed U.K. labor rules for Bulgarians and Romanians has left some asking, “Who will pick the strawberries?”
February 18th, 2013
Driscoll’s’ Soren Bjorn discusses a wide range of berry trends affecting the European, Middle Eastern and Australian markets.
December 28th, 2012
General Mills will need a redesign for its Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups labeling to clarify fruit content.
Mexico increased strawberry output by over half in 2012 and made a splash with exports.
December 18th, 2012
French and Belgian growers have formed FRESHCOOP, and plan to expand their European scope.
November 19th, 2012
Chilean company Quitoquímica has embarked on a natural fungicide development for berries.
November 16th, 2012
The Dole Food Company managed to raise earnings in the third quarter despite challenging conditions.
November 15th, 2012
Chile’s biggest organic strawberry and raspberry exporter is facing heavy losses from rain damage.
October 24th, 2012
New growing techniques on the U.S. East Coast could mean a whole new strawberry season.
October 12th, 2012
Argentine researchers have a new less harmful method for cleaning strawberries.
October 11th, 2012
Driscoll’s CEO J. Miles Reiter says different berries have supported each other in the category’s growth.
September 20th, 2012
Mexico’s strawberry industry is improving yields, exports and may look to new growing regions.
August 28th, 2012
Mexican berry growers are looking to new varieties and markets to turn a higher profit.
Postharvest expert Deirdre Holcroft outlines how new science is helping fruit stay in tiptop condition.
July 19th, 2012
Chilean strawberries could improve following the discovery of the berry’s genome sequence.
July 13th, 2012
Hortifrut president Victor Moller was pleased with the company’s IPO yesterday.
July 3rd, 2012
Colombia can send a wide range of fruits to the U.S. but there are still many exotic products pending approval.
June 22nd, 2012
Peruvian fruit exporter Talsa has announced plans for new berry plantations.
June 21st, 2012
Poland’s strawberry crop this season is forecast to drop significantly.
June 20th, 2012
Berry company Hortifrut is offering up a 29% stake to the market in a bid to fund expansion investment.
June 12th, 2012
Consultant Dick Spezzano discusses the competitive U.S. horticultural landscape.
June 7th, 2012
Naturipe has introduced a new in-field technology that cools strawberries.
May 16th, 2012
Chile’s organic horticultural production land fell last year, but positive signs were seen for organic wine.
April 25th, 2012
Growers have been urged to embrace traceability if they want to continue trading with the U.S.
April 17th, 2012
The USDA has sent out an encouraging message for Philippine banana growers and Egyptian strawberry producersl.
March 14th, 2012
Chilean berry giant Hortifrut has carved a 22% rise in sales and an even larger jump in profits.
March 2nd, 2012
Mexico is pioneering a new mobile plant for irrigating strawberries with pollutant-free water.
March 1st, 2012
Volcanic ash increases fruit yields in Ecuador’s Tungurahua region attracting many people back to the industry.
February 10th, 2012
New Zealand authorities gave incorrect clearance to thousands of kits of imported strawberry seeds last year.
February 1st, 2012
Peruvian frozen strawberry exporter Agroworld is bullish on market opportunities for the next season.
January 31st, 2012
Mexican exporter Mainland Farms discusses the outlook for the blackberry and strawberry industries.
January 17th, 2012
Cornell University is releasing a new strawberry with higher yields than the predominant midseason Jewel variety.
January 11th, 2012
U.S. researchers have found fungus Botrytis cinerea has become more resistant to pesticides on strawberries.
January 5th, 2012
The Peruvian government is hopeful a small shipment of blueberries will be exported in September.
Australian growers are calling on consumers for more awareness to reduce extreme levels of horticultural wastage.
December 13th, 2011
The Brazilian government will fine supermarkets that have unacceptable levels of pesticides in produce.
December 8th, 2011
Mexico’s fruit, vegetables and processed food exports to Europe have climbed by 30% this year.
November 21st, 2011
New Zealand’s farmers want the public to get rid of strawberry seed packs which pose a biosecurity risk.
November 1st, 2011
Brazil loses nearly a third of its fruit due to poor knowledge of packing and transportation methods.
September 28th, 2011
Mexican strawberry exports to the U.S. have increased by 11% year-on-year from January to August.
August 16th, 2011
Chilean and Colombian partners have teamed up to build an ambitious tropical frozen fruit plant.
August 1st, 2011
Mexico’s strawberry exports rose 13.4% year-on-year to US$392.6 million in the first five months of 2011.
July 14th, 2011
Chilean researchers are upbeat about the prospect of developing new national raspberry and strawberry varieties.
June 8th, 2011
Mexico’s agricultural secretary has forecast growth for strawberries and avocadoes in destination markets.
June 7th, 2011
Spanish fruit company Agromolinillo has launched a blueberry test run in Brazil.
May 31st, 2011
Tax concessions have been extended for citrus, blueberry and strawberry growers in Tucumán.
March 21st, 2011
Peru recorded rapid growth in frozen strawberry sales to the U.S., Belgium, Japan and Germany in January and February.
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