December 18, 2014 / Week N° 51
December 18th, 2014
Three new healthy potato cultivars with red and purple flesh are now on sale in the U.S.
North Carolina is boosting its sweet potato volumes to keep up with a huge national demand growth.
The Pacific Maritime Association says rumors that the negotiations are close to a final contract are not true and both sides remain apart on several issues.
December 17th, 2014
The California Fresh Fruit Association says recent rainfall has been excellent for the industry, but it is too early to speculate on water allocation for next year.
December 16th, 2014
Vision Produce says it will be able to supply far more customers with new grower deals.
GP Graders has received recognition for its international presence in the world of cherry sorting.
December 12th, 2014
A California court has denied a consumer’s allegation that Dole’s use of ascorbic and citric acids in packaged products makes the label “All Natural Fruit” misleading.
While California Citrus Mutual has said the current storms in the state are a ‘plus all the way round’, others say it will delay harvesting at a peak time.
AVA-ASAJA has raised alarm about the “disturbing” spread of Texas Citrus Mite in Spanish orchards.
December 11th, 2014
Growers in the Mexican state of Chihuahua have filed a complaint alleging unfair trade practices from U.S. apple exporters.
December 5th, 2014
Western Growers says there are exporters ‘backing off’ their shipping volumes due to congestion in West Coast ports, and it is unclear when conditions will begin to improve.
The head of Chile’s fruit exporters’ group says a recent U.S. visit helped both sides to explore new possibilities.
December 3rd, 2014
The U.S. sweet potato export sector is now worth US$95 million, with EU-bound shipments up 17% this year.
December 2nd, 2014
River Point says its new packing facility will help prepare for the doubling of onion production over the next year.
A laser labeling technology is coming to the U.S. produce industry, and potentially anywhere that JBT Corporation has customers.
November 28th, 2014
Breeding programs and pre-conditioning are two of many priorities for Chilean kiwifruit growers next year.
November 27th, 2014
Mission Produce has raised its avocado sales in China by 15% since a partnership was reached with Lantao.
A fair trader from Interrupcion says the recent U.S. focus on immigration and farmworkers’ rights is here to stay.
Exporters whose fruit requires fumigation in the U.S. now have a much more practical solution on offer in Florida.
November 25th, 2014
Actor Martin Sheen has called on the public to support a farmworker union that has been steeped in controversy of late.
Lawyer Tim Henkel says the USDA was justified in its actions regarding Canadian exporters and PACA.
Financial protection for produce sellers was one of the key topics addressed during recent meetings between industry and government in Ottawa.
November 24th, 2014
The Western Growers head says Obama’s plans could lead to many workers leaving the agricultural industry.
November 21st, 2014
North Bay Produce’s Ruy Barbosa talks about Chilean blueberry uniformity and the implications of fumigation measures.
Marketing schemes have gone a long way for Paramount Farms’ almond and pistachio sales.
November 20th, 2014
After conquering palates in Europe, Madagascan litchi growers are now looking for new northern markets.
Jim Provost believes the ‘Eat Brighter!’ campaign will help raise Asian pear consumption in the U.S.
November 19th, 2014
Fresh Del Monte Produce has opened a new operation to supply fresh cut salads, fruits and vegetables to the Canadian market.
Chile has played host to a hot pepper expert dubbed the ‘Chileman’ this week.
November 18th, 2014
California Giant Berry Farms owner Patrick Riordan says he is “blessed” to be involved in the category.
Central American Produce says volatile mango import volumes from Latin America mean buyers must act now.
November 17th, 2014
LoBue Citrus’ new packaging strategy for Cara Cara oranges shows that simple is sometimes beautiful.
November 14th, 2014
With the Navel crop in a key Chinese production region down 20%, one grower still has his hopes up.
After tripling sales in the last year, Fruitday co-founder Loren Zhao looks ahead for fruit imports in 2014-15.
November 13th, 2014
AMHPAC president Juan Ariel Reyes discusses changing dynamics and key goals for the Mexican protected horticulture sector.
November 11th, 2014
At PMA Fruittrade Latin America, industry experts will talk about why just having a good product is not enough.
A genetically modified potato that produces fewer cancerous chemicals could soon hit the U.S. market.
Gysbert du Toit talks about the evolution of an early cherry deal from South Africa in a tie-up with Californian varieties.
November 10th, 2014
At first it was just shortages driving up prices, but now Limoneira believes stonger lemon demand is here to stay.
November 7th, 2014
The Pacific Maritime Association claims a union is now withholding skilled workers in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
China-bound exports of U.S. cranberries are up 104% this year, with a big future on the cards.
November 6th, 2014
Gerawan Farming has achieved a breakthrough in its struggle against the forced unionization of farmworkers.
We take an in-depth look at how some major Washington apple producers are marketing their huge crops this season, as well as other key issues like storage space and labor availability.
Spots have filled up quickly for an event to promote a unique Italian pear at Eataly in New York.
BanaBay’s North American president of North American operations says doing business as usual is a “death sentence”.
November 5th, 2014
The International Longshore & Warehouse Union says recent claims made against it were part of a smear campaign.
WP Rawl has new plants in the ground such as kale and beets in Florida, which will be ready for harvest in December.
November 4th, 2014
Giumarra Companies’ Tom Richardson gives his take on what to expect from the Chilean blueberry season and next week’s PMA Fruittrade in Santiago.
A recent report could have bearings on legal disputes over mandarin variety rights in Spain and South Africa.
With California’s produce sector feeling the crunch, lobby group Western Growers is fighting for sensible decisions from state and federal governments.
November 3rd, 2014
The Pacific Maritime Association claims a union has broken an agreement by severely reducing productivity in the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.
CPMA president Ron Lemaire looks in depth at what less payment protection in the U.S. could lead to for Canadian produce exporters.
An animal study has concluded that walnuts’ nutritional content could protect brains from Alzheimer’s disease.
November 1st, 2014
A representative from Global Agricultural Trading says physalis definitely has an interesting future in the U.S., and plans to start selling outside California.
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.
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