October 30, 2014 / Week N° 44
October 30th, 2014
Washington Red and Golden Delicious apples can soon be shipped to China after a two-year hiatus.
After 16 years’ hard work, a major Chinese apple producing province could soon start shipping to the U.S.
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 29th, 2014
A leading indoor farming company says the sector can support the traditional industry in times of need.
October 28th, 2014
Apofruit’s Renzo Balestri highlights Italy’s renewed export focus, agricultural attrition and a push south for fruit production.
Profitability soared for Fresh Del Monte in the third quarter on the back of strong sales for bananas and pineapples.
Rainier’s sister warehouse now has the U.S. Northwest’s first automated fruit shipping facility.
Bolthouse Farms’ Pamela Naumes talks about The Food Porn Index, the ethical leanings of millenial consumers, and forgetting distinctions between online and offline marketing.
October 23rd, 2014
Mission Produce’s Ron Araiza points to changes in the avocado industry, including greater security measures, new facilities and the search for new growing regions.
An affiliate of Mexican grower Triple H plans to open a new in/out fruit processing facility in the U.S. next month.
October 22nd, 2014
2015 could be an excellent year for Peruvian table grape exporters, with high volumes and good international prices.
October 17th, 2014
A new U.S. rule proposes to scrap methyl bromide treatment from Chile’s existing kiwifruit export requirements.
A weekly service between Port Manatee and Veracruz in Mexico will ‘enhance delivery of fresher products’.
October 16th, 2014
Chiquita says Cutrale-Safra have ‘failed to deliver’ an irrevocable offer, claiming a merger with Fyffes would provide much better value than US$14 per share.
Costco will sell some of its products in China through Alibaba’s website, delivering orders from its U.S. warehouses.
October 15th, 2014
In a last-ditch effort, Cutrale-Safra have upped their Chiquita takeover offer to US$14 per share, saying it provides ‘complete certainty’ in terms of value to shareholders.
October 14th, 2014
Is irradiating budwood for seedless characteristics enough to make a citrus variety be considered different? A landmark South African court case will set out to answer this question next year.
October 13th, 2014
As Chile’s frozen blueberry industry continues to grow, falling international prices could see its next-door neighbor focus far more attention on the sector in the ‘medium-term’.
October 10th, 2014
Despite reduced Latin American mango production, Kingston Fresh will import more Ecuadorian fruit this season.
October 9th, 2014
A favorable exchange rate will likely help the Chilean produce industry in the summer season.
October 8th, 2014
The U.S. looks set to lose its position as the second biggest grape supplier to the Chinese market this season.
October 7th, 2014
Due to new avocado plantings and a recent focus on certification, Colombia is expecting 600% export growth by 2018.
In a bid to help fight childhood obesity, Sunkist will sell its citrus with packaging from a popular kids’ TV show.
Mushroom company To-Jo has boosted a range of its facilities as new industry marketing concepts help increase sales.
October 6th, 2014
The U.S. plans to bolster specialty crop competitiveness by funding 838 agricultural projects across the country.
Canadian produce companies are no longer protected by the U.S. payment protection system PACA.
October 2nd, 2014
Viva Tierra Organic has embarked on its second Italian kiwifruit import season.
September 30th, 2014
APRATUC Guillermo Olivera says blueberry growing conditions have been “benign” compared to last year.
September 29th, 2014
Western Growers CEO Tom Nassif has responded to two recent farm labor decisions made by California Governor Jerry Brown.
The Brazilian companies trying to buy Chiquita are not impressed with its recent announcement regarding Fyffes.
The global crop conservation organization says it is imperative we conserve genetic diversity now for the sake of humanity’s future in a rapidly changing world.
September 26th, 2014
In a bid to sway interest away from Brazilian competition, Fyffes is now offering Chiquita shareholders a much greater share in the combined entity.
Ready Pac’s Jay Ellis discusses the evolution of snacking and the segment’s ‘unlimited’ growth opportunities.
The North American cranberry harvest is underway, with leading cooperative Ocean Spray expanding internationally.
A scientist has hailed the exciting possibility of increasing major global crop yields by 60%, using genetic modification to speed up photosynthesis.
September 25th, 2014
If Canadian authorities don’t act fast, exporters could soon be at risk of going bankrupt if they continue trade with the U.S.
Produce multinational Camposol is set to raise blueberry exports by 150% this year.
September 24th, 2014
They probably won’t stir up the market, but Jamaican mangoes have been approved for export to the U.S.
September 22nd, 2014
Vegalab’s Costa Rican distributor will take on seven more natural sustainable products as demand continues to grow.
September 18th, 2014
Frieda’s Specialty Produce CEO Karen Caplan discusses “Fruits & Veggies – More Matters” month.
Two farmers who invested heavily in the Aronia berry say the industry is ‘where the cranberry business was 30 years ago’, and see a big future for the fruit.
With increasing volumes of unique varieties and a new mesh packaging, one Washington producer eases into the season.
Many years’ hard work finally pay off as 4Earth Farms sees phenomenal growth from its various organic programs.
September 17th, 2014
The California Citrus Mutual says state groundwater management plans ‘will create more problems than they solve.’
California-based Limoneira Company has announced the death of its chairman Alan M. Teague.
September 15th, 2014
Although it doesn’t reduce weight, a study shows mango consumption could lower blood sugar levels in obese adults.
Peru’s citrus industry has notched a more sober export result after a blistering start to harvests raised expectations.
September 12th, 2014
Delegitimization attempts have kicked up a notch in a fierce debate over worker freedom and union membership in California’s Central Valley.
California Citrus Mutual believes the latest NASS orange crop forecast is too high.
September 11th, 2014
A new facility at PortMiami will allow users to manipulate and restack cargo in preparation for fumigation.
The American Heart Association has pumped extra life into California’s Medjool date industry.
September 10th, 2014
Calavo has beaten the last quarter’s operating income and has also launched a new cloud technology project.
September 9th, 2014
Higher lemon prices than usual are one of the key reasons why Limoneira saw a 22% revenue increase for the third quarter.
September 8th, 2014
Fyffes has given Chiquita a waiver allowing Chiquita to engage in discussions with its Brazilian suitors.
Fruit picker Silvia Lopez discusses her fight to end forced unionization on a California farm.
September 5th, 2014
A Las Vegas-based manufacturer says its newly-released greenhouses sensors can ‘mitigate downtime and crop loss’.
As a very successful second season with excellent prices in China draws to a close, one Canadian cherry company says shoppers are ‘more sophisticated’ than five years ago.
September 4th, 2014
Bayer’s agricultural arm says it will invest heavily in U.S. infrastructure including labs and breeding stations.
Capespan says two key reasons are at the heart of why the Navel season went on longer than originally thought.
September 3rd, 2014
Houston, we have South African oranges.
Eco Farms’ head says the new venture with Total Produce will allow it to double volume within five years.
September 1st, 2014
With phenomenal North American blueberry production forecast, one company says big changes are needed.
August 29th, 2014
U.S. authorities claim South Africa should be treated the same way as Florida when it comes to citrus black spot.
A Westfalia Colombia rep says the industry could double in the next decade and take on Chile and Peru in the U.S.
Hot on the heels of apples, Chinese citrus is now on track to gaining U.S. market entry after a recent proposed rule from APHIS.
‘Water prices are way up, water availability is way down, and it’s scary’, says a Californian citrus grower.
August 28th, 2014
Gerawan Farming says ‘It is unfortunate that our employees need to take such a drastic action’.
One Peruvian table grape company has raised concerns about what Russia’s ban will mean for export markets.
August 27th, 2014
Clear progress is made in the U.S. West Coast port negotiations as both sides reach a ‘tentative agreement on terms for health benefits’.
The United Farmworkers Union has accused the Center for Worker Freedom of “cynical outreach to Latinos”, backed by the “architect” of last fall’s Federal Government shutdown.
August 26th, 2014
Grant J. Hunt Company is expecting ‘one of the cleanest’ Empress plum crops ever as production increases.
A Florida producer says green-skinned avocados’ ‘good flavor profile’ is one reason for growing demand.
An Egyptian produce company says citrus exports to the U.S. should be small for now due to Russian opportunities.
Employers will not be the targets in a peach picker protest to take place today, but rather unions and the State of the California.
August 25th, 2014
Apart from the import embargo, currency issues will also determine how Chilean dried fruit fares in Russia.
Research shows worker safety and food quality could be improved by using phosphine instead of methyl bromide on crops.
Canadian authorities have vowed to speed up market access for Polish apple growers, who like their own fishermen have been impacted by Russia’s food import embargo.
A U.S. grape company says consumer preference for freshness is one reason retailers may import earlier this season.
It seems like California kiwifruit growers have escaped the worst of the drought, with normal production expected.
August 22nd, 2014
A port in the U.S. state of Georgia will soon allow entry for cold-treated citrus from Peru.
Pear volumes from Oregon and Washington State are set to be 8% bigger than previously thought.
Tozer Seeds believes its brussel sprouts-kale hybrid will ‘take off quickly’ as six U.S. growers are announced.
Mexico and the U.S. could soon enjoy an organic equivalency agreement, with the first visit taking place this year.
August 21st, 2014
After frosts that hit the recent crop, Chile stonefruit growers are gearing up for higher production in 2014-15.
August 20th, 2014
The NMB is due to hold another web seminar today on mango ripening practices, with ‘more progress to be made’.
August 19th, 2014
U.S. fruit company Limoneira has made its first investment abroad with a bet on Chilean citrus opportunities.
A key Californian producer association says this summer’s stonefruit contamination scare was a ‘wake-up call’ for the industry, and has also praised the recently proposed water bond as a ‘valid opportunity’.
New Mexico’s chile industry will today launch a certification program to protect its peppers from copycats.
August 18th, 2014
After the Chiquita board said “no” to a takeover offer, two Brazilian groups are making a direct pitch to shareholders.
August 15th, 2014
Washington State Pink Lady volume is not just up by 14% this year, but movement has been strong week-on-week.
August 14th, 2014
Banana workers and advocacy groups had raised concern that a Brazilian takeover would set back 15 years of progress. Luckily for them, Chiquita is not recommending the deal to its shareholders.
The Colombian avocado industry has the U.S., Russia, Japan and Korea in its sights for export.
A U.S. pistachio grower says the Russian ban ‘won’t hurt us’, despite redirecting a shipment already on the water.
August 12th, 2014
The Peruvian mango industry hopes to start a pilot scheme of its new quality seal later this year.
Mexico’s avocado shipments to its three biggest importers increased by around a third from January to June.
Poland’s Ambassador to the U.S. has called on Washington to allow his country’s apples, now banned in Russia.
Chiquita’s CEO discussed supply dynamics last week, as well as what Russia’s sanctions meant for banana markets.
August 11th, 2014
We take an in-depth, crop-by-crop look at the effects of the Russian produce ban on U.S. and Canadian growers.
August 8th, 2014
Research has moved one step closer to developing more productive apple rootstocks that bear fruit earlier.
August 7th, 2014
One U.S. agricultural group says ‘it is unfortunate that the biggest losers in this will be Russian consumers’.
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