It is the most aggressive hurricane in the history of the Caribbean
Update: Hurricane Irma, more devastating than predicted
The powerful Hurricane Irma, which has already reached category 5 – the highest category on the Saffir-Simpson scale – is headed for the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and Florida on the United States’ east coast.The maximum winds reached so far have been 295 kilometres per hour, much more than the expected…..

India could soon be Brazil’s largest apple export destination
The Association of Producers predicts that India will be the main destination for Brazilian fruit in 2018.India has authorised the importation of apples from Brazil by means of cold treatment. An ordinance of the Indian Ministry of Agriculture, published in the Official Gazette of India, amends local pest…..

Costa Rica: Opening of Chinese market for pineapple exports
After several years of negotiations between Costa Rica and the Asian country, finally all protocols are in place and pineapple shipments by air will soon begin. Although Costa Rica has been exporting its pineapples for more than 20 years, specifically the MD2 variety in recent years, it is still a product…..

Argentina: Blueberry exporters want to depend less on the US.
In the last year, seven out of 10 Argentine blueberries were destined for the United States. That 70% of the harvest is perceived as a very high volume that generates a dependence that could be avoided not only because of these reasons, but also for those of competence and positioning. “We want to concentrate…..

Chilean cherries begin multimillion dollar promotion in China
At the Asia Fruit Congress in Hong Kong, Chile’s fresh cherry sector, the leading exporter of this fruit worldwide, officially announced its new promotional campaign.At 5 million dollars, this initiative becomes the largest promotional campaign carried out by the Chilean fresh fruit export industry for a…..

Mexico dedicates a postage stamp to the avocado
For its contribution to development and the economy, the Mexican Postal Service, Correos de México, has dedicated a postage stamp to the avocado, “Mexico’s Green Gold”.”The stamp has a 100 thousand piece circulation, was designed by Sergio Barranca Rábago and is available in all the country’s postal offices,”…..

Peru: Blueberry exports set to recover in the second quarter
Exports of blueberries will recover in the second half of 2017 and close the year in positive, despite falling in the first half of 2017. The greater profitability obtained in that period due to higher product prices encourages exporters to concentrate their production for that period, thus continuing the…..

Divemex ships first organic peppers from new facility
The first pick from Mexican greenhouse grower Divemex’s new 100% organic facility in Ahaualulco is on its way, Oppy reports.Back in 1992, the first hydroponic tomatoes and bell peppers were grown in Mexico by De Saracho Greenhouses, in a time when this type of growing technique wasn’t as popular as it is now……

Ecuador: Is the Banana Law being implemented?
The former deputy, Fulton Serrano Batallas, urged each province’s Assembly members to press Minister Vanesa Cordero to explain whether the Banana Law is actually being implemented.The execution of guarantees that must be consigned by exporters, and is equivalent to the volume of boxes to be marketed abroad, as…..

The Blueberry Committee of Chile visits New Delhi and Mumbai
Chilean blueberries have good prospects in India
India represents a market of 1.324 billion people and economic growth is expected to reach 7.2% this year.Given its growth, this market is gaining special importance for the Chilean export fruit industry.In this context, and in order to strengthen ties with importers, distributors, wholesale markets and retail…..

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“Traditional market approach untenable in the long term”
The market access of Dutch bell peppers in China is clearly seen at the Asia Fruit Logistica. Multiple exporters show bell peppers under the Dutch Valley brand to the Chinese audience. In June and July, the first sample shipments reached Chinese retail through distributors Global Green Team, Levarht, The…..

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USDA grants $400K to upgrade Cornell’s nematode research facilities
In a visit to the Nematode Quarantine laboratory at Cornell University last Friday, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, announced a commitment of $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).This critical federal investment will enable the laboratory to support vital upgrades to…..

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South Africa’s systems approach to EU’s new FCM regulations
The South African citrus industry has been preparing a systems approach to manage false codling moth for the past four years, in expectation of what has indeed come to pass: from 1 January 2018 false codling moth will be a regulated pest in the EU.Dr Sean Moore of Citrus Research International presented…..

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US blueberry exporter has started sourcing in Poland
Year round supplies of blueberries have been steady as she goes when you’re able to source them from about seven or eight countries. With final shipments coming out of Canada, Terra Exports moves into sourcing from around the globe – including Poland, the newest source. “We’re in the middle of the season for…..

Colombia fits niche as pineapple supplier to the US
This week, the Giumarra Companies launches its new year-round pineapple program sourcing product from Colombia. The Los Angeles-based company is working with Bengala Agrícola to offer a 52-week program of the Costa Rican MD2 golden pineapples grown in Valle de Cauca, Colombia. “With Colombia, we don’t get the…..

Italy: Nectarines – the fine line between high-quality and standard produce
If Italy wants to salvage its peach and nectarine production it needs to take a step forward, otherwise, as reported by a wholesaler, “the best produce will continue to be the one from Spain.”Watch the videoFruits must be harvested at the right moment when the flavour and texture are good but with a few days…..

Jan Doldersum, Rijk Zwaan:
How emerging countries can capitalise on growing demand for fresh produce
This summer I went to Costa Rica on holiday. What struck me there was the wide diversity in terms of sales channels for fresh fruit and vegetables. You still see lots of stalls at the side of the road, piled high with just one type of product. Then there is the rising number of so-called ‘mom-and-pop shops’ –…..

NZ: Kiwifruit Claim defence argues there was no duty of care owed by MPI
The defence in the Kiwifruit claim, where 212 claimants are seeking damages after an outbreak of Psa in 2010, has opened by telling the court that the duty of care that the plaintiffs are relying on is non-existent.Now in its fifth week at the High Court in Wellington, where the plaintiff’s witnesses have…..

Quick method to assess the freshness of leaf vegetables
Vegetable freshness is very important both for the catering business and domestic consumption. Supermarkets often spray water on leaf vegetables to make them look fresh and, most of all, to make it impossible to assess how long they’ve been on the shelf for. Nonetheless, it’s not possible to store these…..

Satsuma acreage has been gradually reduced in recent years
Start of Spanish citrus campaign with more expensive Satsuma mandarins
The citrus season is starting in the Region of Valencia with the harvest of the first mandarins of the Satsuma variety this week, mainly in the province of Valencia. Volumes are still scarce because only a few producers have started harvesting. It will be from week 37 and 38 when the great majority of…..

New flat peach varieties revealed
While the flat peaches varieties of ASF are now well- known as benchmark varieties during the whole season, with a range beginning at UFO3 ripening time until 10 days after Sweetcap, Laurence & Arsene Maillard haven’t stopped the research. The new generation offer varieties starting at UFO2 until 1 month…..

Big opportunities for Latin American countries in Asia
After a crowded first day, the second day at Asia Fruit Logistica wasn’t much quieter and attracted many visitors from around the globe.ArgentinaThe South American country is very close in getting a green light for the export of blueberries to China. This show they have noticed that there is coming demand for…..

AU growers get new trap to fight banana spotting bug
After more than a quarter of a century of work, the banana spotting bug has a new reason to be afraid, with the Queensland Government releasing a pest lure and trap targeting the insect.Banana spotting bug is a major threat to the production of many crops including avocado, banana, cashews, custard apple,…..

Egyptian ag company to invest $9M into two fruit packing stations
Dakahlia for Agricultural Development Company aims to invest EGP 90m in the coming year to establish a packaging terminal, next to the station set to open by the beginning of 2018 at a cost of EGP 70m, boosting the total investments of the company to EGP 160m.Exports director Hossam Abdel Baki said that the…..

Chandler Megafresh installs Bio Turbo systems to prolong produce shelf-life
Chandler Megafresh are a fruit and vegetable retailer located in the eastern suburbs of Brisbane (QLD, Australia) which is owned and operated by Fruiterer Dominic Casagrande. Megafresh recently installed three Bio Turbo systems into their cool rooms to prolong the shelf-life of their fresh produce to improve…..

Bejo to show off new varieties at Open Days 2017
Bejo’s clients and business relations will be able to discover more about vegetable crops and upcoming varieties during the Open Days to be held at Trambaan 2, Warmenhuizen, the Netherlands from the 26th until the 30th of September 2017.In addition to varieties from Bejo’s conventional assortment, there will…..

Spain: “COM’s White Paper on Fruit and Vegetables”
The technical director of Proexport, Abelardo Hernández, attended, yesterday, at the presentation in the European Parliament of the “COM’s White Paper on Fruit and Vegetables”. This publication has been produced by AREFLH (Association of European Fruit and Vegetable Regions), with the collaboration of…..

After five years Syngenta’s African ambition begins to bear fruit
In 2012, following the G8 in Camp David, USA, Syngenta announced an ambitious ten-year growth plan for its African business. This year marks the midway point in our African growth journey. Syngenta wrote in the Wall Street Journal “the continent can be food-secure within a generation…a boon for business and…..

Goodwill & STIHL receive Excellence In Reusable Packaging Award
The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) has announced that STIHL Inc. and Goodwill Industries International are the winners of the 2017 Excellence in Reusable Packaging award. Two award categories were established in 2017: one to recognise for-profit companies and one to recognise non-profit or governmental…..

China: Quality of Pinghe pomelo is stable
“Compared to last year, the volume of pomelos from the Pinghe region has increased by 20%-30% this year. This was mainly caused by the increased production, good weather condition and moderate rainfall,” a spokesperson from the Zhangzhou Dynson Commercial Trade Co. said.Zhangzhou Dynson Commercial Trade’s…..

No path for criminal action for Zespri against grower who sent kiwi to China
Zespri cannot take a criminal action against the kiwifruit grower who allegedly sent plants of its SunGold and Gold9 varieties to China because the Plant Variety Act does not cover criminal proceedings.And the chances of Zespri being able to shut down the Chinese orchards growing the kiwifruit appear to be…..

Dutch greenhouse courgettes: from traditional green to insta-yellow
As a pasta replacement, barbecued, or even on bread: consumers are eating more and more courgettes. At the same time, the Dutch green courgette is getting into more trouble. But there’s still a future for the courgette cultivation in the Netherlands, according to Jesper van Oostende from The Greenery.The area…..

Chile exported less fresh fruit, but more nuts, in July
As of July 2017, 2,041,787 tons of fruit were exported, including fresh fruits and nuts, a figure very similar to that of 2,049,625 tons exported in the same period of 2016. As of the seventh month of the year, shipments of fresh fruit decreased by 1.5%, while those of nuts increased by 49% in volume…..

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Peruvian agro-exports to Indonesia grow 261%
The Indonesian economy grows year by year and this trend is also seen in the Peruvian agro-exports (traditional and non-traditional) it acquires. This is why in the first half of the year they totalled US $ 9,381,000, achieving a growth of 261%, the Association of Exporters (Adex) reported.According to figures…..

JTB unit to sell luxury produce from Japan
Aldi’s fresh food offer puts heat on Woolworths and Coles
UK: Asda cuts nearly 300 jobs at its head officeAsda has axed nearly 300 jobs at its head office as part of a cost-cutting drive at the supermarket. The grocer, which is owned by Walmart, informed 288 affected staff about the cull on Wednesday afternoon, instructing all of those workers to leave their posts…..

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