December 10, 2013 / Week N° 50
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.
Mastronardi plans to supply more locally grown tomatoes in the U.S. Midwest with a greenhouse expansion.
October 14th, 2013
U.S. company Limoneira has boosted its lemon acreage by more than 10% through a recent acquisition.
Del Monte Pacific has entered into a deal to buy Del Monte Foods’ consumer food business for US$1.675 billion.
October 10th, 2013
Gerardo Cruz from Driscoll’s discusses plans to ramp up Mexican blackberry production with sweeter fruit.
October 7th, 2013
An international working group has questioned the E.U. stance on citrus black spot.
October 3rd, 2013
Del Monte plans to complement its Central American greenhouse tomatoes with field grown produce from Virginia and Florida.
October 1st, 2013
Great prices have led to a longer Peruvian Hass avocado export deal this year.
University of Florida citrus rootstocks have shown HLB-tolerance, but it is yet to be seen how they perform in large-scale trials.
September 30th, 2013
The U.S. and Japan have joined forces on certification to establish equivalency across a US$36 billion organic sector.
Parallel negotiations for bilateral trade have received a boost through U.S. recommendations to allow Mexican potato imports.
September 26th, 2013
Avocado expert Avi Crane discusses a “rain market” that surpasses anything experienced by the industry in the past.
September 24th, 2013
Hot on the heels of mangoes, another subtropical fruit has been approved for export from Australia to the U.S.
Uruguay is set to send its first orange shipments to the U.S. during the first half of October.
September 23rd, 2013
The WCCPF expects a strong finish for South African citrus in the U.S. this year.
Australia’s mango industry is excited about U.S. export prospects but realistic about the challenges involved.
Weekly shipments have risen substantially for the California table grape industry this year.
The immune function may be boosted by grape and blueberry consumption.
September 20th, 2013
The Guatemalan lime deal is heading into a strong period with fruit that is high in juice content.
September 19th, 2013
Australian mango growers have been given a pleasant surprise as the season gets underway, with the approval of U.S. market access.
September 17th, 2013
The Philippines laid its claim as the first Asian banana supplier to the U.S. mainland.
September 16th, 2013
Lettuce production on the International Space Station may provide food and psychological relief to astronauts.
A new University of Florida strawberry has shown favorable results in taste panel testing.
September 13th, 2013
Foodies on the U.S. mainland are set to have another avocado variety to diversify their palates.
September 12th, 2013
A recent approval is expected to “establish a bridgehead” for Korean fruit exports to Latin America.
No one has outbidded David Murdock in his tilt at taking the Dole Food Company private.
September 10th, 2013
A recent Asia Fruit Award winner discusses the key fruits that are making ground in the Malaysian market.
September 6th, 2013
With Mexico’s U.S. tomato trade vulnerable to anti-dumping measures, the industry is actively evaluating other markets.
Calavo Growers outstripped the sales growth rate for the U.S. avocado industry as a whole in the third quarter.
September 2nd, 2013
Whether you call them berries or grapes, muscadines pack a tasty, antixodiant-rich punch for Karen Caplan.
August 30th, 2013
Valerie Weinborn from UC Davis discusses antioxidants and the trade benefits fruits can have as functional food.
August 29th, 2013
Mexico’s Roger Gay discusses a need for better direct access to Europe and the prospects of better tasting irradiated mangoes.
August 28th, 2013
Chile expects growth for its avocado harvest this year despite previous pessimism around frosts and low rainfall.
August 27th, 2013
ARS scientists are testing an alternative to insecticide spraying for treating ambrosia beetles in avocado trees.
August 16th, 2013
A good inventory position and a dearth of easy peelers should bode well for a stable U.S. orange market.
August 15th, 2013
More airlines can transport fruit to the U.S. from Pakistan but irradiation restrictions remain a concern for exporters.
John Baker says there is still much to be learned in Australia for Californian stonefruit exporters.
August 14th, 2013
U.S. authorities have approved import access for two fruit species shipped from Mexico.
August 13th, 2013
David Murdock has reached an agreement to buy remaining Dole shares but the company is still in a 30-day “go-shop” period.
Lantao’s John Wang gives his verdict on the varying quality and prospects in China for imported apples, grapes, citrus and cherries.
August 12th, 2013
A Californian asset management firm has bought a leading produce breeding, growing and marketing company.
APHIS has proposed conditions to allow Peruvian papayas for import into the continental United States.
Bananas may have the perfect natural packaging, but an Ecuadorian business claims vacuum seals reduce waste and extend shelf life.
August 6th, 2013
Uruguay’s latest citrus survey shows growers’ planting intentions to adapt to a new market scenario that now includes U.S. access.
August 5th, 2013
Capespan North America CEO Mark Greenberg discusses the current import dynamics of easy peelers and Navels.
A Chinese website is flying in U.S. cherries to meet strong demand for the fruit.
August 1st, 2013
The PMA’s Dr Bob Whitaker was surprised to hear a link between tropical disease cyclospora and bagged salad was made in two U.S. states.
July 31st, 2013
Del Monte CEO Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh talks about how changes in Ecuador are affecting the global banana business.
July 29th, 2013
U.S. company Toolworx hopes to ease the transition to PTI-compliant labeling through smart printing technology.
July 22nd, 2013
The largest vertically integrated citrus company in the U.S. is set to increase its volume significantly.
July 12th, 2013
Sebastián Saa Silva discusses some of the pitfalls in traditional foliar nutrition analysis.
June 28th, 2013
Avi Crane gives a rundown of upcoming avocado supply dynamics between the U.S., Mexico, Peru and Chile.
June 26th, 2013
Citrus Australia has seen a sharp uptick in orange demand in China, and is optimistic for U.S. prospects under the new import system.
Independent director Andrew J. Conrad will chair a special committee to assess Dole chairman David Murdock’s acquisition bid.
June 21st, 2013
United Fresh’s Ray Gilmer says the Farm Bill rejection by the House of Representatives could have a “chilling effect” on competitiveness.
June 20th, 2013
Argentine and Uruguayan blueberry exporters look set to have improved methyl bromide treatment processes for the U.S.
Peru’s Promango plans to import 23 mango varieties from a U.S. gemplasm to widen the industry’s production portfolio.
June 13th, 2013
Two U.S. law firms have launched investigations relating to this week’s acquisition offer from Dole CEO David Murdock.
June 11th, 2013
United Fresh says the new Farm Bill supports fruits and vegetables in a way that will provide healthy options to U.S. citizens.
June 10th, 2013
The U.S. blueberry deal faces potential gaps and oversupply in the coming weeks and months.
June 7th, 2013
Chile’s Carlos Cruzat says kiwifruit marketer Zespri is testing the limits of fair competition in Japan and South Korea.
Consumers in a key Mexican avocado-growing state are turning their attention to organic produce.
June 6th, 2013
Sales rose for Calavo Growers in the second quarter as the company continued investments to expand avocado category leadership.
June 5th, 2013
A U.S. study has found the Hass variety accounted for 94% of retail avocado sales in 2012.
June 4th, 2013
The United States’ largest produce seller is introducing a new model to ensure quality fruit and vegetables for consumers.
May 31st, 2013
Israel’s Stockton Group has gained registration of a biofungicide in Canada, with hopes of approvals in Brazil and the U.S. in the pipeline.
May 30th, 2013
A strong global and Latin American corn portfolio is expected to boost Monsanto’s financial results this year.
Port of Miami director Bill Johnson discusses how a variety of infrastructure investments will bring competitive benefits to produce suppliers.
May 27th, 2013
Whether it be in fish, cleaning agents or drinking habits, NASDAQ-listed Limoneira is harnessing cultural trends to trigger higher lemon sales.
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