May 21, 2015 / Week N° 21
May 7th, 2015
We speak with the growers of an organic, chocolate-colored tomato now marketed by Dutch company Eosta.
April 29th, 2015
AHPIS believes it is safe to resume shipments of Hass avocados and green tomatoes from the Dominican Republic, following Medfly detections in the country last month.
April 24th, 2015
U.S. retailer Waitrose is expecting a ‘bumper crop’ of home-grown tomatoes over the coming months.
April 23rd, 2015
A Red Sun Farms executive will speak at the upcoming PMA Fresh Connections: Mexico event about how producers can benefit from sometimes hard-to-access information.
March 27th, 2015
Fresh Grow says ‘lower-cost and unmatched quality beat-out less fresh, higher-costing imports.’
March 9th, 2015
Mohammed Zwayyed is positive about Gaza’s new produce trade relationship with Israel, but expects some restrictions will remain.
March 6th, 2015
Poland’s Citronex plans to triple its greenhouse tomato production near the German border over the coming months.
Israel has opened is doors to Gaza-grown produce after banning exports from the territory when Hamas took control in 2007.
March 3rd, 2015
Spinach, coriander, tomatoes, cucumber and grapes are some crops that have been hit by heavy rain in Maharashtra.
February 27th, 2015
With warmer weather than the rest of the country, could Belgorod become the “Netherlands of Russia” with the help of greenhouse entrepreneurship?
February 18th, 2015
Tomatoes and melons showed the biggest percentage sales increases at Fresh Del Monte in the fourth quarter.
January 20th, 2015
More Italian processed tomato exporters could potentially face anti-dumping duties in Australia if a recently launched case proves successful.
A Canadian greenhouse vegetable grower will be able to reduce its use of cardboard boxes with a new partnership.
January 13th, 2015
Building on a successful Michigan tomato operation, Sunset Produce will soon grow peppers in a large-scale U.S. pepper greenhouse.
January 9th, 2015
A North Carolina store has partnered with the CIW to source Florida tomatoes from the Fair Food program.
December 1st, 2014
British growers who supply retailer Sainsbury’s have come up with a way to grow tomatoes during cold months.
November 24th, 2014
Bayer CropScience has two new naturally-bred agricultural products it says will solve some food chain problems.
November 19th, 2014
Chile has played host to a hot pepper expert dubbed the ‘Chileman’ this week.
November 13th, 2014
AMHPAC president Juan Ariel Reyes discusses changing dynamics and key goals for the Mexican protected horticulture sector.
October 30th, 2014
NatureSweet’s Michael Joergensen speaks candidly about why his company’s employment policy differs from the norm, and how that translates to better tomato flavor.
October 23rd, 2014
An affiliate of Mexican grower Triple H plans to open a new in/out fruit processing facility in the U.S. next month.
September 24th, 2014
Russia has returned tomato and potato consignments to Belarus as no countries of origin were given.
September 22nd, 2014
To “feed the world” by 2050 without nourishing it is a self-defeating policy, according to the World Vegetable Center’s Dyno Keatinge.
August 26th, 2014
An expanded greenhouse with a diffused glass ceiling will support increased tomato production for Sunset Produce.
July 29th, 2014
Bananas, pineapples, tomatoes and melons were some of Del Monte’s strongest performing products in the second quarter.
July 14th, 2014
An Ohio State University (OSU) study shows pairing avocados with orange veggies helps for Vitamin A conversion.
July 9th, 2014
A Swiss company is expanding its global reach in horticulture with the help of a natural nematicide.
July 7th, 2014
TomatoesNZ has asked consumers to complain if they suspect unlabeled irradiated tomatoes are being sold.
June 23rd, 2014
A researcher in Australia is about to release new cucumber varieties that are specifically suited to harsh environmental conditions.
June 16th, 2014
Mexican tomato growers shift towards more modern farming techniques while exports slip.
June 13th, 2014
New research from Cambridge University shows a powerful medical use of lycopene from tomatoes.
May 15th, 2014
California volumes under the Oceanside Pole brand are just around the corner, and they’re set to double.
April 25th, 2014
A Moroccan exporter has called for more transparency in how the EU’s Standard Import Values (SIV) are calculated.
April 23rd, 2014
The European Commission’s Roger Waite explains a new import rule that has caused discontent in Morocco.
April 15th, 2014
Moroccan growers are livid over an “incomprehensible” EU pricing move that could limit consignment-based exports.
Tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplants suffered some of the worst damages from Cyclone Ita in Australia.
April 10th, 2014
Del Monte recently signed up to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) fair food program, but what does that actually mean? Gerardo Reyes explains a system that is protecting tomato workers’ rights like never before.
February 28th, 2014
Victoria-based Murphy Fresh has seen high yields from a Truss tomato developed by Monsanto’s De Ruiter Seeds.
February 24th, 2014
A Spanish study produced higher yield in greenhouse tomato plants protected by mobile shading.
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 4th, 2014
Marketing expert Lisa Cork discusses a nifty packaging concept she felt an instant affinity with.
January 28th, 2014
A Canadian company expects strong regulatory prospects with a U.K.-developed GM purple tomato.
January 7th, 2014
Two significant events occurred for Israel’s agriculture sector and produce market over the weekend.
January 2nd, 2014
New York-based researchers could increase tomato yields by manipulating plant flowering.
November 15th, 2013
Oranges, bananas and tomatoes are set to help support a strong rise in Brazilian crop income next year.
November 4th, 2013
Italian processed tomato exporters will have to pay duties after an Australian report found grounds for anti-dumping action.
October 29th, 2013
Sugar and acid ratios were key to creating tastier tomatoes in an extensive USDA study.
October 25th, 2013
Torrential rains damaged and delayed harvests in western Mexico, but the inclement weather has brought some positives to growers.
Florida Tomato Committee manager Reggie Brown hopes enforcement problems won’t arise under a new Mexican pricing agreement.
October 15th, 2013
Mastronardi plans to supply more locally grown tomatoes in the U.S. Midwest with a greenhouse expansion.
October 10th, 2013
Canada’s AAFC plans to collaborate with cucumber, tomato and pepper growers to improve yields and fight disease.
October 9th, 2013
Watermelons, strawberries and tomatoes are just some crops included in a revised Korean horticultural insurance scheme.
October 7th, 2013
Thailand will remove 90% of tariffs on Chilean products following the signing of a recent free trade agreement.
Pears, tomatoes and potatoes are some of the products now restricted for import in Colombia.
October 3rd, 2013
Del Monte plans to complement its Central American greenhouse tomatoes with field grown produce from Virginia and Florida.
September 6th, 2013
With Mexico’s U.S. tomato trade vulnerable to anti-dumping measures, the industry is actively evaluating other markets.
August 15th, 2013
HortNZ has raised concerns over the irradiation of imported Australian tomatoes and peppers.
August 8th, 2013
A strong apple program combined with increased profits on stonefruit exports have helped boost results for Turners & Growers.
July 12th, 2013
South African and Italian produce will be the first under investigation by Australia’s new Anti-Dumping Commission.
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 18th, 2013
Mastronardi Produce’s Mini Kumato tomato may look a bit odd at first glance but the company says it’s sweet.
May 16th, 2013
Spanish researchers have developed a seedless GM tomato with added nutrients and strong processing potential.
May 15th, 2013
A Sinaloa-based group has moved away from direct production to focus on marketing produce in North America.
May 10th, 2013
Tomatoes exposed to LED lights were found to have up to twice the vitamin C content.
March 26th, 2013
Two European companies are developing environmentally friendly tomato glasshouses in England.
March 14th, 2013
Costa Rica has released statistics for its first year of ripe tomato and bell pepper exports to the U.S.
March 11th, 2013
Lisa Cork looks at how educating consumers about different uses of certain varieties can drive sales across products.
March 7th, 2013
Calavo CEO Lee E. Cole predicted a record year for the avocado and fresh produce supplier.
March 6th, 2013
The U.S. has closed its anti-dumping investigation against Mexican tomato importers.
March 1st, 2013
Mexican tomato industry reps look at the bright side of higher reference prices for exports to the U.S.
February 22nd, 2013
Brazilian and French researchers have found organic tomatoes to be small in size but strong for vitamin C and lycopene.
February 19th, 2013
Logistics improvements have raised Del Monte’s profitability despite lower net sales.
February 5th, 2013
A solution may be in sight for a trade spat between the U.S. and Mexico over tomatoes, but is it reasonable?
January 25th, 2013
Pushing Mexican tomatoes out of the U.S. market could have extensive implications for traders and consumers.
January 24th, 2013
Severe frosts in northern Mexico are likely to affect supplies of a wide of range of vegetables and fruits going into the U.S.
December 18th, 2012
French and Belgian growers have formed FRESHCOOP, and plan to expand their European scope.
December 17th, 2012
Mexican tomato growers can probably count on the U.S. market for the 2012-13 campaign.
November 6th, 2012
Manipulating chloroplasts could be a possible key to controlling when fruits mature.
November 5th, 2012
AMHPAC’s Eric Viramontes discusses Mexico’s shifts in traceability and protected horticulture.
An Australian company is opening the largest tomato greenhouse of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
October 26th, 2012
Fair Trade USA certified produce imports have taken a significant leap in the last two years.
October 19th, 2012
A University of Florida study has found that adding sulfur to soil could boost tomato production.
October 3rd, 2012
U.S. produce industry representatives have asked the government not to terminate a Mexican tomato trade agreement.
September 27th, 2012
A U.S. government decision today could pulverize Mexico’s tomato industry and tens of thousands of U.S. jobs.
September 19th, 2012
The Mexican government has “categorically rejected” accusations of dumping from Florida’s tomato growers.
September 10th, 2012
Wal-Mart has joined the campaign to keep a Mexican tomato trade agreement that is currently under review.
August 22nd, 2012
U.S. politicians including John McCain have urged the administration not to derail the Mexican tomato trade.
August 16th, 2012
U.S. authorities have changed the rules for tomato leafminer prevention in exporting countries.
August 13th, 2012
Tamaulipas growers have ambitious lemon export targets and are trialing other new horticultural shipments.
August 3rd, 2012
Growers in Chile’s Coquimbo region are having to be more selective about watering their crops.
August 1st, 2012
Fresh Del Monte has posted higher earnings in the second quarter despite a banana sales drop.
July 30th, 2012
Mexican tomato proponents have spoken frankly about the impacts Florida’s protectionism could have on quality.
July 20th, 2012
Natural predators are being used to combat the tomato borer moth in several Middle Eastern countries.
July 17th, 2012
Mexican growers have accused Florida’s tomato industry of ‘hijacking’ an election year for political purposes.
June 29th, 2012
Florida’s agricultural commissioner has stood behind growers in a trade fight against Mexican tomato suppliers.
June 13th, 2012
U.S. authorities have opened up the door to tomato imports from 15 West African countries.
June 12th, 2012
Consultant Dick Spezzano discusses the competitive U.S. horticultural landscape.
June 4th, 2012
Researchers from around the globe have put together a genome sequence for the common tomato.
May 22nd, 2012
PMA’s Michael Worthington provides a snapshot of Australia’s produce industry and retail trends.
May 10th, 2012
NY-based BrightFarms has signed its second Produce Purchase Agreement with a retailer.
May 3rd, 2012
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has called to cut funding for an E.coli monitoring program.
May 1st, 2012
Fresh Del Monte Produce recorded slower banana sales in the Middle East and Asia in the first quarter of 2012.
April 26th, 2012
South African farming union Agri SA is calling on the government to make its labor laws more flexible.
April 20th, 2012
J-C Distributing president Jaime Chamberlain points to buoyant growth for tomatoes, peppers, chilis and cucumbers.
March 29th, 2012
Zona Sul’s Carlos Cury looks at important trends that produce exporters can capitalize on in Brazil.
March 1st, 2012
Marketing expert Lisa Cork looks at stickers that fail to educate consumers about product benefits.
February 27th, 2012
Tomato seeds, pulp and skin could prove to be a useful ingredient to boost food health.
February 15th, 2012
BrightFarms says the scalability of its greenhouse model has far-reaching implications for locally grown produce.
February 10th, 2012
Tesco hopes to drastically reduce fruit wastage with a new packaging technology it is trialing.
February 1st, 2012
Oregon State University has released an anthocyanin-rich purple tomato called “Indigo Rose”.
January 20th, 2012
Frosts have hit a Kenyan tea, coffee, avocado and tomato-growing region.
January 12th, 2012
HortNZ president Andrew Fenton says retail margins need to be challenged to stop growers going out of business.
December 22nd, 2011
Honduras has signed an export protocol with the U.S. to ship tomatoes.
September 30th, 2011
The Argentine province is Mendoza has registered a significant jump in cultivated vegetable land this year.
August 23rd, 2011
Mexico’s Union of Social Sector Citrus Growers has announced plans to promote grapefruit exports in Europe and Asia for the rest of 2011.
August 17th, 2011
Snows in New Zealand’s North Island are expected to affect some horticultural crops, but apples and kiwifruit are mostly in the clear.
August 16th, 2011
Chilean and Colombian partners have teamed up to build an ambitious tropical frozen fruit plant.
August 10th, 2011
A Brazilian partnership has developed three new tomato cultivars that are expected to hit the market in 2012.
July 29th, 2011
Kenya-based Orion Seed Company has launched two new hybrid tomato seeds.
July 13th, 2011
The Dominican Republic has temporarily suspended plantations in several regions to combat pests.
June 21st, 2011
Australia’s floods have led to a shortage of tomatoes in New Zealand.
June 9th, 2011
Kenyan farmers have bred a ‘pomato’ plant in a bid to improve land use and fight hunger.
June 2nd, 2011
Mexico’s switch to greenhouse tomato production has increased yields.
May 16th, 2011
Low rain levels and temperatures in Brazil’s state of Sao Paulo have kept farmers optimistic for tomato and grape harvests.
May 6th, 2011
Drought has cut back Bolivia’s citrus production this season while frosts had a negative impact on tomatoes.
April 27th, 2011
A Brazilian agronomist has found pesticide-free agroecological tomato production can reduce costs by 84%, but with lower yields.
April 13th, 2011
An Australian tomato, zucchini and capsicum supplier has gone into receivership and is now under control of Ernst & Young.
March 3rd, 2011
Researchers from the University of Melbourne have found tomato and apple peel waste can slow cancer growth
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