September 02, 2014 / Week N° 36
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’.
Merger proposals bit into Chiquita’s bottom line in the second quarter, but the core business was slightly improved.
A key U.S. apple grower group expecting a bumper crop says consumers are ‘looking for a different experience’.
A Pakistani mango exporter starting a U.S. deal argues his fruit is miles ahead of the Mexican competition in quality.
India is next on the list of countries where the U.S. cranberry industry plans to pump up exports with new funds.
Limited small fruit, good markets and a new promotion have set up a U.S. pear producer for a positive season.
August 6th, 2014
Fruit farmers in Kenya, Nigeria and Malawi are expected to benefit from Coca Cola’s expansive ‘Source Africa’ initiative.
Pomegranate producers from Mexico’s Mezquital Valley hope to expand upon an initial U.S.-bound shipment.
August 5th, 2014
After a 15-month absence, California’s citrus industry can once again ship its fruit to China.
Following a recent interview, Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton takes an in-depth look at the North American blueberry deal.
A Florida potato grower has said his innovative irrigation method ‘is and needs to be the future’.
August 1st, 2014
A U.S. Northwest Horticultural Council representative discusses the state of trade barriers with Indonesia and China at the moment.
July 31st, 2014
Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton looks at how northern blueberry markets are faring, what this means for upcoming foreign suppliers, and Morocco’s recent U.S. breakthrough.
July 30th, 2014
U.S. consumers simply can’t get enough of blueberries, and soon they will have another source of origin for the antioxidant-rich fruit.
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?
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