March 09, 2014 / Week N° 10
March 6th, 2014
English apple farmer Alison Capper believes her government is conducting a “social experiment” in scrapping a seasonal worker scheme.
March 5th, 2014
An Aussie farmer’s bid to get sole non-Bolivian commercial rights for an Amazonian superfruit has paid dividends.
February 27th, 2014
British Farming Minister George Eustice has made controversial comments about the unemployed and farm labor.
February 25th, 2014
British retailer M&S continues its exotic fruits campaign with an Amazonian specimen related to mangosteens.
February 21st, 2014
A buyer from Asda in the U.K. discusses the popularity of a fruit that is outselling kiwifruit and pineapples.
February 6th, 2014
Pome fruit farmers in Kent have found a value-added way to market “pretty serious volume” across the world.
February 3rd, 2014
In the produce aisles of Britain and the Netherlands, consumers can buy salads for the windowsill rather than the fridge.
January 28th, 2014
A Canadian company expects strong regulatory prospects with a U.K.-developed GM purple tomato.
January 27th, 2014
A virtual supermarket targeting British expats now offers them home-grown fruit and veg.
January 13th, 2014
M&S takes us behind the scenes with a licorice-flavored pear from the Czech Republic grown in England.
January 7th, 2014
A British government minister is set to give a speech rallying households to support local farmers.
January 6th, 2014
UNIVEG finalized acquisition of fruit importer Empire World Trade.
December 20th, 2013
Tesco’s chief executive officer for Asia explains plans for India and exciting times ahead for the supermarket chain.
December 19th, 2013
Tesco has taken a necessary step to gain greater access to India’s prospective retail market.
December 16th, 2013
American Airlines’ Carmen Taylor discusses new produce flight routes and the investment needed to keep perishables in top condition.
December 11th, 2013
England’s National Farmers’ Union says removing an historic migrant worker scheme will stifle growth for the sector.
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 29th, 2013
Tesco has opened its sixth online center in London in the space of seven years, helping to tackle local unemployment problems.
November 26th, 2013
Not only does London now have a new super-port, but in June it will host a new produce event to link exporters with the innovative U.K. market.
October 24th, 2013
It’sFresh! gained recognition for its ethylene removal technology at PMA Fresh Summit.
October 8th, 2013
Asda has been recognized for more than 40% sales growth for South African peaches, nectarines and plums.
September 11th, 2013
The U.K. government has rejected the science behind an EU neonicotinoid ban but will have to implement it anyway.
August 28th, 2013
Finnwatch has questioned the methods of Thai government labor inspections that defended the Natural Fruit Company.
August 19th, 2013
Predictions for full year supply could make the U.K. less dependent on apple imports within a decade.
August 15th, 2013
More airlines can transport fruit to the U.S. from Pakistan but irradiation restrictions remain a concern for exporters.
August 13th, 2013
Offering greater stability to South American blueberry growers is essential for Angus Soft Fruits’ Nicolas Sotomayor.
August 9th, 2013
Talks are underway to potentially form China’s largest multi-platform retailer with sales upward of US$15 billion.
July 30th, 2013
The U.K.’s recently-appointed Groceries Code Adjudicator admits a “climate of fear” exists among supermarket suppliers over new rules.
July 29th, 2013
U.K. retailer Morrisons plans to buy a former Del Monte banana ripening facility in a bid to better control quality.
July 26th, 2013
A late start hasn’t stopped the U.K.’s Berry Gardens from notching strong sales recently.
May 31st, 2013
A new packaging film may aid British supermarkets in goals to reduce food waste by 1.1 million tons.
May 20th, 2013
U.K. retailer Morrisons has slated a big budget for launching an online grocery delivery service.
May 8th, 2013
The “Frisco” and “Rocket” cherry varieties could encourage an earlier U.K. season.
April 8th, 2013
U.K. politicians have called for a ban on three pesticides with concerns over impacts on pollinators.
April 3rd, 2013
Banana Link’s Alistair Smith tells of a group of Panamanian growers selling fair trade fruit to Europe.
March 8th, 2013
Waitrose’s online sales growth outperformed the industry by 30 percentage points last year.
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.
January 15th, 2013
A survey has revealed very little knowledge of GM foods in the U.K.
December 18th, 2012
French and Belgian growers have formed FRESHCOOP, and plan to expand their European scope.
December 17th, 2012
Banana Link’s Alistair Smith questions whether trade will move from value-stripping to value enhancement.
December 4th, 2012
Tesco has been named the South African Stone Fruit Retailer of the Year 2012.
November 13th, 2012
Marketers from five continents have come on board with an IFO red-flesh apple project.
October 24th, 2012
A study has shown exposure to two pesticides can reduce the lifespan or foraging behavior of bumblebees.
October 17th, 2012
South Africa is gearing up for high stonefruit volumes this season as new orchards come on stream.
October 10th, 2012
Mexico’s Aneberries president Mario Steta is confident growers will soon gain access to China.
October 8th, 2012
A South African family is on the cusp of commercializing an unusually sweet grapefruit variety.
October 5th, 2012
Peru’s Camu-camu exports have increased thanks to a growing appetite for dry extracts of the fruit.
October 4th, 2012
Supermarket giant Tesco has launched a new raspberry tasting apple for sale in three U.K. stores.
October 1st, 2012
South African growers are hoping for hotter weather to avoid smaller-sized stonefruit this season.
South African growers are increasing their exports to U.K. supermarkets in the run up to Christmas.
September 26th, 2012
South African and Argentine citrus growers will visit Europe next week to debate pesticide residue limits.
September 7th, 2012
Okanagan has granted production rights for the Staccato cherry in the U.K. and Ireland.
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 30th, 2012
The director of Pakistan’s largest mango exporter talks about innovative treatment and new export markets.
August 15th, 2012
The ClemenGold brand of Nardorcott mandarins is making its presence felt in Europe with a marketing blitz.
August 14th, 2012
A South African supermarket chain has denied suggestions of a possible takeover or merger.
August 13th, 2012
U.K. retailers have intensified measures to educate consumers in a bid to slash fresh produce waste.
July 31st, 2012
U.K. pupils have taken part in a competition to raise awareness about fruit and South African school life.
July 30th, 2012
Sergio del Castillo explains why Peru’s mandarins have become such a runaway success.
July 26th, 2012
Good prices have helped drive growth for Peruvian mandarins and organic bananas this year.
July 25th, 2012
A traffic light system for denoting avocado ripeness is being tested by a major U.K. supermarket chain.
July 19th, 2012
Cold weather and prolonged rain have slowed down England’s ambitious cherry growth.
July 16th, 2012
Peru is on schedule to exceed last year’s citrus exports by 3.8%.
July 6th, 2012
ClemenGold founder Abs van Rooyen talks about premium growth and the benefits of offshoot products.
July 4th, 2012
South African orange exporters discuss the impact of Egyptian Valencia oversupply in the Middle East.
June 26th, 2012
British blueberries are starting late this summer due to cold wet weather.
June 20th, 2012
South African apple exporters have given Europe a wide berth this season in favor of eastern markets.
June 18th, 2012
Peru’s grape industry has witnessed impressive growth over a short period of time, according to a USDA report.
European importers are upbeat about a new accord over organic certification between the U.S. and E.U.
June 6th, 2012
Apple supply in Europe is tight with a weak euro and foreign growers opting for closer markets.
May 23rd, 2012
South African exporters see Africa, Asia and the Middle East as key markets for their apples and grapes.
May 11th, 2012
Robert Balicki talks reducing excessive packaging and energy usage at U.K.-based Worldwide Fruit.
May 9th, 2012
Danish shipping line Maersk will finish up direct services from Peru and Chile to Northwest Europe.
May 7th, 2012
South Africa’s smaller soft citrus fruit could make it harder for producers to sell to retailers.
April 25th, 2012
Speakers at the Global Berry Congress in the UK will look at striking the balance between fruit strength and taste.
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.
April 3rd, 2012
South African apple exports are expected to increase this season while prices remain flat.
March 27th, 2012
South Africa is well placed to plug a gap in the European avocado market with high yields predicted.
March 21st, 2012
One U.K. importer has seen mango prices double due to rough weather conditions in India.
March 13th, 2012
Scientists have found that high fruit and vegetable consumption gives people a healthier glow.
March 7th, 2012
Despite exporting record quantities of nectarines and apricots, South Africa has found this year’s stonefruit season hard.
February 29th, 2012
New GM technology is to be tested in Africa in a bid to stop a deadly worm at the root of the continent’s fruit losses.
February 28th, 2012
Argentina’s blueberry charm offensive has paid dividends with increased European consumption.
February 17th, 2012
Europeans increased their citrus consumption in a bid to ward off illness during the recent coldsnap.
February 15th, 2012
The Mango Marketing Promotion and Information (MMPI) platform is in full motion towards reaching its goals.
February 9th, 2012
The Falkland Islands is low on fruit supplies, but Argentine authorities deny any pressure to stop flights from Chile.
February 7th, 2012
Kenyan producers are optimistic exports will continue to grow despite having to use more expensive pesticides.
January 26th, 2012
India’s avocado industry has identified several regions with strong Hass-growing potential.
January 19th, 2012
South Africa’s berry growers are looking to get more chemicals registered for crop use to boost volumes and exports.
January 18th, 2012
Lower Mediterranean peach and nectarine stocks have led to a South African boost in U.K.-bound exports
January 16th, 2012
A new South African mango variety is starting commercial trials worldwide, from Australia to Peru.
January 13th, 2012
South African growers are confident about strong export volumes, but European prices are a concern.
December 28th, 2011
South Africa is expecting a good pome fruit crop but is looking for alternative markets to Europe for its pears.
December 27th, 2011
Peru’s organic exports have skyrocketed as the country continues to look for new markets.
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 15th, 2011
The fruit fly headache for mango exporters could be a thing of the past thanks to genetic engineering.
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