March 07, 2014 / Week N° 10
March 7th, 2014
Growers in a key Spanish berry region will now have access to University of Florida-developed blueberries.
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.
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.
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