April 20, 2014 / Week N° 16
April 17th, 2014
Despite a national decline in U.S. asparagus farming, a Washington company is working to increase acreage.
April 16th, 2014
Low import volume has pushed Washington Apples to refocus its marketing efforts in India.
April 15th, 2014
Argentine Alexander Lucas pears will arrive in limited quantity to the U.S. this month.
April 11th, 2014
A relaxation in requirements could see more parts of Japan and the Philippines shipping fruit to the U.S.
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.
April 9th, 2014
The U.S. Port Tampa Bay will work more closely with Colombia’s Port of Barranquilla.
April 4th, 2014
It’s artichoke season in California and Karen Caplan of Frieda’s Specialty Produce is ready with some unique varieties.
April 3rd, 2014
As South Africa approaches its 15th year selling citrus to the U.S., exporters praised market growth.
April 1st, 2014
Online buying platform Local Dirt aims to make it as easy as possible for U.S. retailers to find and buy local.
March 28th, 2014
A Felix Instruments device brings greater precision to the fruit and vegetable ripening process.
March 24th, 2014
Califorinia brought in record table grape volume this year, reaching export markets in force.
March 21st, 2014
Retail experts look at how a combined Albertsons-Safeway operation will take on supermarket giant Kroger.
New organic standards may not scare away most apple and pear growers, but new treatments could prove costly.
March 20th, 2014
A Georgia Department of Agriculture move to set an earliest date for Vidalia onion shipments has been invalidated.
With recent approval, Malaysia expects to export 7,000MT in different tropical fruits to the U.S. per year.
March 19th, 2014
Argentine authorities claim recent talks with APHIS were an advancement in a bid for U.S. citrus market access.
With new marketers in Chile and Italy, Sun World now has 32 grape licensees worldwide.
Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain looks at the “astounding” price hike seen for Mexican limes this year.
March 18th, 2014
Expanding into new areas has helped Giumarra fill watermelon supply gaps.
After last week’s IBO conference in Mexico, two experts revealed plans for building blueberry demand.
Chiquita’s deal with Fyffes has sent a scare in Charlotte, where some fear a violation of contract terms.
March 17th, 2014
U.S. apple and pear growers could soon face trouble maintaining organic status under new treatment guidelines.
March 13th, 2014
Colombia has rejected four shipments of citrus fruit from abroad due to the discovery of red scale.
The latest data released by United Fresh indicates growth across all major retail fruit categories in the U.S.
A shift from land to maritime trade could improve commerce between Pennsylvania and Veracruz.
March 12th, 2014
U.S. fruit and veggie growers will have requirements eased and options expanded for storage-related loans.
March 11th, 2014
Ed Lonergan and David McCann get into the nuts and bolts of a monumental deal announced yesterday.
March 10th, 2014
A leading U.S. lemon and avocado player picked up its game on the financial performance front in the first quarter.
U.S. and Chilean officials have signed a declaration of intent for technical cooperation with Honduras
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.
March 6th, 2014
A new rule set by APHIS will mean more kiwifruit from California and abroad meet minimum grade requirements.
March 5th, 2014
The largest asparagus distributor in North America has teamed up with California-based FoodLink.
March 4th, 2014
USHBC research bodes well for what California Giant Berry Farms expects will be a much larger U.S. blueberry crop.
February 26th, 2014
Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain digs deep into the data to assess the biggest price spike in recent blueberry history.
February 25th, 2014
Farmworker Justice’s Virginia Ruiz speaks about new EPA pesticide standards and what still needs to be done.
February 24th, 2014
We caught up with the PMA’s Nancy Tucker and others from the U.S. delegation at this year’s Fruit Logistica.
February 20th, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suggested new pesticide norms to safeguard farmworker health.
February 19th, 2014
Del Monte Pacific has completed the purchase of one of the “most respected consumer brands in the United States”.
February 17th, 2014
Although new to China, U.S., Western-style pears have already exceeded volume expectations.
February 7th, 2014
Robert Guenther highlights research and nutritional funding for specialty crops in the latest U.S. farm bill.
February 6th, 2014
A mysterious disease in Washington state is causing small, tasteless and unmarketable cherries.
February 5th, 2014
Italy’s main pear variety, Abate Fetel, is making its rounds in its first year on the U.S. market.
The U.S. Senate ended two years of legislative debate yesterday with a final farm bill vote.
Whole Food’s most recent non-profit annoucement could influence urban access to healthy foods.
February 3rd, 2014
On top of lost revenue due to freezes, San Joaquin Valley growers have spent big to protect remaining crops.
January 30th, 2014
A revised U.S. Farm Bill would cut spending on food stamps and increase allocations to horticulture.
Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain looks at market differences between the Mexican and U.S. avocado seasons.
Remorse and cooperation eased sentencing for Colorado cantaloupe farmers over a deadly listeria outbreak.
January 29th, 2014
Del Monte and Logistec are on the cusp of sealing a US$24.6 million warehouse deal in Florida through a public-private partnership.
A proposed report entails a 55% investment increase in specialty crop-related initiatives and programs.
January 28th, 2014
A new early cultivar licensing deal has the potential to be a game-changer for the Pink Lady industry.
January 23rd, 2014
A trademarked New Zealand apple is making a big impact with Washington State growers.
January 22nd, 2014
FGL claims its integrated fumigation and cold storage facilities offer a unique service to exporters, importers and retailers.
January 16th, 2014
Funding from the U.S. Congress seeks to prevent a potentially devastating threat to the citrus industry.
A U.S.-Spanish-Chilean consortium has developed a clean technology that improves fruit shelf life.
January 8th, 2014
Profit growth was not able to keep pace with a surge in avocado sales for Calavo Growers in the fourth quarter.
Two key U.S.fruit-growing states avoided frosts, but the lack of snow is not entirely positive news.
January 7th, 2014
U.S. onion growers will soon have less red tape when shipping to their northern neighbors in Canada.
January 6th, 2014
Newly implemented policy in South Korea almost left the U.S. out of the organic food market.
Spain has been approved to send avocados to world’s largest import market for the fruit.
January 2nd, 2014
New York-based researchers could increase tomato yields by manipulating plant flowering.
Oregon cherry researcher Lynn Long has found promising results from two Russian roostocks.
December 31st, 2013
U.S. apples could soon regain access to China but the future remains unclear.
December 27th, 2013
Lobesia botrana detections mean Chilean blueberries bound for the U.S. will now undergo fumigation.
December 17th, 2013
A 30-year study of nut consumption in the U.S. has shown an inverse relationship with several key causes of death.
December 16th, 2013
American Airlines’ Carmen Taylor discusses new produce flight routes and the investment needed to keep perishables in top condition.
Philabundance president Bill Clark discusses fresh food access in the most disadvantaged U.S. communities.
December 11th, 2013
The recently privatized Dole Food Company has pledged its commitment to continued operations in Delaware.
December 10th, 2013
Liu Chuanzhi and Chen Shaopeng talk about fruit investment opportunities in Chile, Australia and the U.S.
December 9th, 2013
Paramount Citrus has received strong responses to its Wonderful Halos mandarin campaign which it claims is unprecedented for the category.
December 5th, 2013
Limoneira’s latest land sale is not far off the amount paid for a recent agricultural land expansion in Tulare County.
December 4th, 2013
Flagler Global Logistics’ Chris Scott has labeled a new cold chain technology in Florida as a game changer.
November 28th, 2013
Freshworld and Fresh Produce Group are the latest grape licensees of Sun World.
November 27th, 2013
After losing market access in April, California citrus may once again be welcome in China.
November 26th, 2013
Wal-Mart has gone shopping at home to pick its new CEO, who will start in the top job in February.
The Australian citrus industry has urged the EFSA not to block South African fruit over citrus black spot concerns.
The U.S. has taken interest in Japan’s fruit market due to the Asian nation’s declining national supply.
November 20th, 2013
The U.S. has made its second relaxation of green bean import rules in the space of just over a week.
November 19th, 2013
Del Monte Fresh Produce will pay US$1.2 million to Thai claimants to settle a Hawaiian case, while bringing in new anti-discrimination procedures.
November 18th, 2013
The PMA has called for the Food and Drug Administration to avoid creating confusion over two rules under the FSMA.
November 12th, 2013
Okanagan Specialty Fruits has responded to interpretations of letters about its GM apples.
November 8th, 2013
U.S. authorities have opened up assessments on genetically modified apples for public comment.
As prices soar, California walnuts have become a prized target for highly clever hijackers.
November 7th, 2013
The South Florida Logistics Center will now provide better cold chain support and transport access.
Washington Pink Lady apples have been available this year during a time when they used to be absent from store shelves.
Mission Produce has joined with China’s Lantao to get second-tier city consumers eating more avocados.
We observe how a salad bar initiative is affecting kids’ eating habits at a New Orleans school.
November 6th, 2013
The U.S. Apple Export Council recently invited Indian and Central American importers to visit orchards and packhouses.
November 5th, 2013
Chilean citrus promoters are using Tajin powder to boost sales to Latino consumers in the U.S.
October 31st, 2013
Dick Spezzano gives his take on the buyout rumors surrounding U.S. retail chain Safeway.
October 30th, 2013
Produce company Giumarra will offer three fair trade squash varieties from Mexico in November.
October 29th, 2013
Sugar and acid ratios were key to creating tastier tomatoes in an extensive USDA study.
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama is set to make an announcement this week about marketing healthier foods to children.
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.
HLB Specialties has reintroduced Colombian goldenberries to its U.S. portfolio with hopes cold treatment will be scrapped in 2014.
October 25th, 2013
Granfrutta Zani’s Francesca Borghi discusses expectations for this year’s Italian kiwifruit deal.
Florida Tomato Committee manager Reggie Brown hopes enforcement problems won’t arise under a new Mexican pricing agreement.
October 18th, 2013
Karen Caplan from Frieda’s Specialty Produce says not all heirloom apples were created equal.
October 15th, 2013
Five Uruguayan companies are preparing the country’s first Valencia orange shipments to the U.S.
With big volume and large fruit, U.S. pears are making a splash in their first full season in China.
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