July 30, 2014 / Week N° 31
July 30th, 2014
Prevar has selected a U.S.-based fruit company to produce its exclusive and well-received Smitten apples.
A Del Monte exec says while there are market benefits from recent poor weather, it has driven up costs.
Two Korean orange hybrids could soon be eligible for U.S. import if APHIS’s proposal goes through.
A U.S. organic industry representative says chemical-free methods of controlling citrus greening must be found, as current neonicotinoid practices are dangerous to human health.
July 28th, 2014
Large Californian pomegranates will be tight this year in a ‘uniquely’ early season for the industry.
July 25th, 2014
U.S. retailer Whole Foods is supporting a GM labeling measure that will go to the ballot in Oregon in November.
July 24th, 2014
A new deal between Mexico and the U.S. includes several measures aimed at increasing the safety of produce items traded between the two countries.
A case relating to alleged paramilitary payments from Chiquita in Colombia has been dismissed by a federal court in Florida as being outside U.S jurisdiction.
Retail veteran Greg Foran has been promoted from head of Walmart Asia to CEO of Walmart U.S.
The CEO of Organics Unlimited agrees with criticism of a recent study, saying you can’t “compare apples to apples”.
The share of Mexican bell peppers grown inside is set to rise by two percentage points this year.
July 23rd, 2014
MBG Marketing continues to expand its blueberry processing and distribution capacity with a new facility in Georgia.
July 22nd, 2014
SuperMax Dorado was the winner of the “2014 Potato Lover’s Month Caribbean” contest.
Wisconsin cranberry growers are due for an average crop this year amid unenticing market conditions.
Green Giant and Taylor Farms have kicked off a summer promotion involving sweepstakes and coupons.
July 21st, 2014
After making waves with its baby carrots, Bolthouse Farms is taking junk food head on again with a new line of fruit and vegetable snacks and smoothies for kids.
Contract negotiations for workers from 29 West Coast ports are on hold until Wednesday so the union can attend to other matters.
U.S. and European organic companies assess the many facets of their category and how it relates to a recent study claiming superior nutritional benefits.
Foodservice provider Sysco has agreed to pay damages for its prior use of noncompliant drop sites in California.
July 18th, 2014
A recent posting on the Federal Register puts China one step closer to gaining access to the U.S. apple market.
The USDA has slated a record level of funding for organic certification cost-share assistance.
July 17th, 2014
A new technology used by Tesco in the U.K. has the potential to drastically change how consumers interact with supermarkets.
July 16th, 2014
The new study from UC Davis says groundwater reserves cannot be treated like an ‘unlimited savings account’.
July 15th, 2014
Terminal operators in Vancouver’s port will decide on whether to accept new business in the event of U.S. delays.
Details have been revealed about Chiquita’s recent lease extension at the U.S. Port of Wilmington.
An Irish media outlet has revealed incentives and fees associated with the pending ChiquitaFyffes deal.
July 11th, 2014
From figs to persimmons to chestnuts, U.S.-based Stellar Distributing is on the hunt for new international trade deals.
July 10th, 2014
Western Growers has urged U.S. Congress for immigration reform to strengthen the agricultural industry.
July 9th, 2014
A Colombian agricultural development body will work with other South American countries to strengthen the industry.
A Swiss company is expanding its global reach in horticulture with the help of a natural nematicide.
A U.S. company is investing in vertical farming facilities for leafy greens, with a transition to cannabis in its sights.
July 7th, 2014
In the face of water shortages and rising fuel costs, a hydroponic grower explains why he believes the method will take off in the U.S. over the coming years.
July 4th, 2014
Mexican mango shipments are down considerably this week compared to the same time last year.
July 3rd, 2014
U.S. organic products can now be sold in South Korea without need for further certification.
The California Strawberry Commission has published a report highlighting the crop’s role in providing opportunities to immigrant farmers over generations.
July 2nd, 2014
An Argentine citrus industry representative says growers urgently need the U.S. and Brazilian markets to be opened if they are to improve their lot.
A recent visit of two Chinese officials to Californian citrus groves bodes well for market access negotiations.
Western Growers says there is ‘no indication’ of imminent delays in U.S. West Coast ports, but adds exporters are being cautious.
June 30th, 2014
The Australian stonefruit sector has been actively promoting itself in China ahead of expected market access approval for nectarines.
We take a closer look at the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market – the largest of its kind internationally in terms of revenue.
Gulfport says charging Chiquita more rent over the lease extension period isn’t retaliation for leaving.
June 27th, 2014
While many Californian stonefruit growers have suffered from bad weather, those unaffected are enjoying better prices.
The biggest U.S. states for sweet cherry production have witnessed significant changes, in opposite directions.
A range of markets are showing great interest in U.S. Northwest cherries, but it would take the “entire world” to move the 2014 crop.
June 26th, 2014
Chilean asparagus growers may soon be able to export more to the U.S. via seafreight thanks to a new liquid.
June 25th, 2014
Organics are now seen as more available and less of a budget constraint, according to a recent study.
June 20th, 2014
The latest U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report was damning of two major agricultural countries, but showed positives for one significant fruit shipper.
June 19th, 2014
Negative experiences have turned many shoppers off QR codes, so what’s next?
June 17th, 2014
The recent spring has been a special one for Florida’s sweet corn growers.
A project from Australia’s QUT to develop pro-Vitamin A-enriched bananas is about to reach a whole new level, with a world-first human trial in the United States.
The Philippines’ Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) is hopeful for further market development in the U.S. and Australia.
June 13th, 2014
Giumarra Wenatchee is optimistic for the upcoming import season of New Zealand-grown lemons.
English Apples and Pears staff found something unexpected when looking into new market opportunities in Asia.
Local food-oriented BrightFarms is one step closer to building a greenhouse that is almost double the size of its Pennsylvania operation.
June 12th, 2014
Two Joyvio reps look at what competition would come from the U.S. if it were granted Chinese blueberry market access.
June 11th, 2014
A citrus pest quarantine zone in California’s Tulare County has expanded by 15%, with a further extension potentially on the cards.
June 10th, 2014
While the “Guacapocalyspe” has not happened, prices look set to surge if Mexico doesn’t lift volumes significantly by Labor Day.
Zacks has said “avoid this stock or consider jumping ship” in recent comments about Chiquita.
June 9th, 2014
Mexico’s SENASICA has reportedly closed the country’s doors to U.S. potatoes following complaints from local growers.
June 6th, 2014
Chiquita has spoken out amid claims it allegedly spent US$780,000 in lobbying against a 9/11 victims’ bill.
June 5th, 2014
Capitalizing on demand for well-priced local salads, New York’s BrightFarms expects a raft of new greenhouses to break ground in the next 18 months.
A Chinese-U.S. study shows a substance in blueberry leaves can help extend fruit shelf life and add antioxidants.
June 4th, 2014
A U.K. fruit company says if anyone is to be affected by the ChiquitaFyffes merger it will be growers, not consumers.
June 2nd, 2014
Avocados continue to be a safe bet on Wall Street, with Calavo shares rising 6.78% on a recent results announcement.
May 29th, 2014
New research from the University of Miami has revealed grapes’ eye-protecting properties.
The U.S. would likely become Peru’s top cherimoya export market once a protocol is finalized.
May 27th, 2014
Dole Food Company has sold its minority interest in the holding company of Compagnie Fruitière Group.
Plums continued to be Chile’s leading stonefruit export crop in 2013-14, but with a 66% fall in volume.
May 26th, 2014
Some players in the produce industry have “chosen not to innovate”, but the FPAA’s new chairman is still optimistic for the sector’s prospects.
May 22nd, 2014
Amy Nguyen is optimistic for selling a range of produce items in China following a recent USDA trade mission visit.
May 20th, 2014
Mississippi’s port of Gulfport has announced McDermott International will replace Chiquita as tenants.
Dole Food Company is closing a California plant as part of a global restructuring plan.
May 19th, 2014
If projections come to fruition, U.S. importers can expect a lot more Indian mangoes this season.
May 17th, 2014
A lack of staff training is making cold chains “deficient” in the eyes of GCCA Guatemala director Debbie Corado.
May 15th, 2014
The U.S. organic market has hit new heights, reaching US$35.1 billion in sales last year.
May 14th, 2014
Chiquita’s latest move is a “huge, historic win for the Port of New Orleans”, according to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
Profits were down for Fyffes’ pineapple and banana businesses early this year, but melons pushed the company into growth territory.
A leading U.S. melon distributor is harnessing its logistics capacity to expand into Costa Rican pineapples.
Frieda’s Specialty Produce CEO Karen Caplan gives her take on a “heavenly” white apricot available for a short period.
May 12th, 2014
Concerns over post-harvest chemical DPA have become symbolic of strict residue standards from European retailers.
Indonesia’s import licensing policy has sparked another WTO trade dispute with the U.S. and New Zealand.
May 9th, 2014
California has reached a supplementary protocol to regain access to the Chinese citrus market, but approval will depend on a technical visit that will likely take place in June.
Chiquita Brands has cited drought in supply regions and winter storms in the north as behind a net loss for the first quarter.
Improvements in production strategies have helped protect California table grapes from drought conditions.
May 8th, 2014
Chelan Fresh has high expectations for the cherry season around the corner, with bigger volumes of a well-received variety introduced in 2012.
Once HLB appears on plant leaves, the disease has already caused extensive losses to the root system.
May 7th, 2014
New Zealand’s wine sector was not able to beat apple growers’ phenomenal rise in export values last year.
May 6th, 2014
We take a look at United Fresh’s current salad bar drive and the effects of improved school lunch legislation for a produce distributor.
May 5th, 2014
Cape gooseberry, physalis, goldenberry, aguaymanto and uchuva – they’re all the same fruit and many Colombian growers will now have an easier job of shipping them to the U.S.
A new mandarin and a Navel orange-like variety will go to market thanks to the University of Florida.
An improvised storage solution has triggered growth in American Airlines’ Brazilian papaya freight business, while new routes have also opened up unexpected opportunities elsewhere.
April 30th, 2014
Colin Fain looks out how just a small change in Chilean lemon production can have a dramatic effect on prices.
Moonlight Sales Corporation is now the fourth Californian company involved in Sun World stonefruit varieties.
Fresh Del Monte has reported strong earnings, but also expressed concern over Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 and Ecuador’s illicit drug trade.
April 29th, 2014
APHIS has identified three quarantine pests Colombia needs to address to gain Hass avocado access to the U.S.
April 28th, 2014
A Chilean-American company is adapting to flexible retail needs for bulk blueberry sourcing.
Health promotions have helped push blueberries into new areas of growth on the U.S. market.
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.
With labor shortages at home, C.H. Robinson is considering a grape re-packing set-up in China.
April 23rd, 2014
Legend Produce has increased acreage of Origami cantaloupes to make them its dominant variety.
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