Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Latin America edition

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Brazil: Orange juice industry may benefit from Florida citrus losses
Many mango producers from Livramento de Nossa Senhora, Bahía region, didn’t harvest any fruit last week. According to HF Brasil, the rains of last week were welcome, however, it limited field activities, the harvest and transportation. On the other hand, some producers mention that the low prices result in…..

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Ecuador: Start of Kent mango export season to Europe
The campaign started in September, but it is only now that significant volumes begin to appear in the European markets. The most important destinations in Europe are Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands. However, they are not the only places that demand Ecuadorian Kent mango, as the…..

Argentina: Fungus is not affecting this season’s garlic production
Argentinian garlic, particularly the variety grown in the province of Mendoza, is not currently threatened by fungus, despite what was said in some recent reports. Agronomist Aldo López, of the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA), stressed that «it is not true that the fungus is affecting a…..

“One Banana a Day Makes a Difference” program launches in Peru
One Banana has announced the launch of their nutritional food security program “One Banana a Day Makes a Difference” in the desert of La Obrilla, Peru, where One Banana has organic banana plantations.This project has been implemented in schools in Guatemala with documented success. Approximately 2100 organic…..

Mexico: Jalisco’s mango producers make improvements
Jalisco’s mango production chain has been making advances in the certification of its orchards and its packers, to improve the exportable supply. This is a response to the demands of the global market, said the general director of Agricultural and Horticultural Development of the Seder in Jalisco, Mario Ramos…..

Chile: Fruit export season kicks off at the Terminal Pacífico Sur Valparaiso
The shipment of cherries to the Chinese market in mid-November will mark the beginning of the 2017-2018 fruit season in the Terminal Pacifico Sur Valparaíso (TPS). The first cherries and sweet cherries to China will embark on the Santa Rita ship of the ASPA service, with the aim of covering the demand from the…..

Argentinian citrus exports to Ukraine reduced by half
Since the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign, Argentina has noticeably reduced its presence in the Ukrainian citrus market, reports APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits.According to Ukrainian customs statistics, in September 2017, Argentina shipped only 1.2 thousand tonnes of these fruits to the Ukrainian market,…..

Greater appetite for fresh, high-end perishables
Surge in air freighted produce
An increasing number of customers seeking the freshest produce has caused a surge in air freight exports from the United States. This was demonstrated by United Airlines recently announcing a 54% increase in the amount of cherries they carried in 2017 compared to the previous year. The bulk of the cherries…..

Egypt: Cherimoyas have competitive prices again
After the Egyptian government decided to free foreign currency exchange rates in 2016, farmers and exporters have been able to continue marketing cherimoyas, which are also known as custard apples, abroad. «We could not export any significant amount of cherimoya before because of the high prices they reached -…..

Special Avocados

Mexico must compete with Colombia for exports of avocados to the USA
Mexico has a new rival in the export of avocados to the United States: Colombia. The South American country has already made its first shipment of this fruit to the US thanks to the agreement between the two countries last August.There are only a few countries that serve this market, which is 80% dominated by…..

«Lower volumes of Israeli avocados this year»
The avocado season is not yet in full swing at Galilee Exports. “At the moment, we have only greenskins”, says Marketing VP, Eitan Zvi. “Soon we will start to sell the Hass variety, but it will be in light volumes.In January, we have greenskins, as well as Hass, available.” At the moment, this Israeli exporter…..

Global Focus Citrus

US grapefruit production moves to warmer regions
Grapefruit production has moved into the warmer regions in time for the winter season. Yields are forecast to be close to the average, but the quality of the fruit is looking good. The season will stick around the desert region for a number of months, while the Texas season has also begun.»The grapefruit…..

Prime Tropics

Guatemala: First shipment of finger limes to Europe
The Guatemalan company Prime Tropics has started exporting finger limes to the European market. The first shipment of this exotic fruit went to the company Hermanos Montes, in Madrid, on Friday 10 November. This first shipment will entail a very important launch for this firm and forms an excellent…..

Idaho onion market high due to shorter supplies
The Idaho onion market is on the high side because supplies are more limited this year. Local growers were affected by a wet spring which caused some flooding in the region earlier this year. As a result, some crops struggled to get going for the summer growing season and stocks are somewhat down on…..

Crown pear sells outside China
China: «Low prices at the end last year affected this year’s harvest»
«The Hebei pears were being harvested, stored and sent out for direct sale between July and September. In October, the cold storage delivery starts. Usually, the high season for sales are July to November. This year, the direct sales period is already finished. When we look back, we have seen a reduced export…..

Italy: Dorì kiwis available in China
Dorì golden kiwis are just the latest Italian kiwi variety to have reached China. The event raised considerable interest among local operators, who are searching for a product with golden flesh and excellent organoleptic qualities.Alberto Raviolo andGiampaolo Dal Pane fromDorì Europe, together withKevin…..

Bagioni presents asparagus harvester that works in bad weather
Soil conditions are not always perfect. Sometimes rain makes the ground slippery, especially in clayey areas, yet operations cannot be postponed. This is why Bagioni has equipped white asparagus harvesters with a differential locking mechanism.In this way, the machine works perfectly on slippery ground, as the…..

How should the next Potato Europe be organised?
For the second time in a row, the Potato Europe fair in Emmeloord, the Netherlands, has fallen through. And the consequences were extreme this year as the first day of the fair was cancelled. Now that everything has settled down again a bit, we look back with some of the exhibitors and people involved. And we…..

AU: Strong cherry production helps drive Tasmania’s agri-food growth
Tasmania’s agri-food production grew by 5.9 per cent in 2015-16, to a gross value of $2.4billion, with strong performances from the fruit and vegetable sectors.In a year of challenging seasonal conditions and weakness in some important commodity markets, the annual Tasmanian Agri-Food ScoreCard showed record…..

Former Vice-President Mnangagwa expected to take over; he recently supported militarisation of agriculture
It’s official: the Mugabe era is over
The long-awaited end of the Mugabe era (or as some have called it, the Mugabe ‘error’) seems to have come at last: President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace are allegedly under house arrest in Harare, together with a number of other cabinet ministers and, reportedly, the police commissioner, all of whom were…..

Gerbert van Egmond, buying manager at Levarht:
“With Caribbean, we want to offer retailers the same quality and flavour year round”
According to Levarht, an import and export company based in the Dutch village of De Kwakel, supply chain collaboration is essential for long-term growth. That’s why the company maintains short lines of communication with growers, Rijk Zwaan and retailers.Its aim is to provide retailers with a year-round supply…..

China: Export price of Huaniu apples down by 20%
«In Lixian County, the total production area of Huaniu apples is around 5,336 hectares. This year, bad weather conditions like hail have caused a lower crop, but the fast sales during the past few years encouraged farmers to expand their production areas. Thus the total crop is close to that of last year, «…..

Putting the carrot on a pedestal
The carrot is one of the most important food crops in the world. Carrots are on the plates of virtually every citizen in the world almost daily. It’s therefore no surprise that seed improvement companies put so much energy into this crop. For Bejo Zaden, the carrot is the number one crop. During their open…..

E-commerce helps US apples get access to the Chinese market
More than a dozen workers in the orchards on the western outskirts of Wenatchee, Washington, are picking green apples and loading them onto the trucks. These apples will be cleaned, sorted and boxed in a highly automated processing center. After that, in about two weeks, the apples will be delivered to Chinese…..

High export costs hampering US pecan farmers looking to export overseas
The pecan farming business is booming. The industry is rapidly adding jobs in Georgia and billions of dollars to the economy in the South – but now the sector faces a stumbling block.Pecan farmers are looking to send more of their product overseas. The Indian market looks promising, but U.S. farmers face high…..

US: Report reveals potato production down throughout the Pacific Northwest
According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA) report, potato production was down throughout the Pacific Northwest during 2017, driven by acreage reductions in Idaho and lower yields in Washington and Oregon.USDA has estimated the 2017 potato production at 131.325 million hundredweight,…..

Organic apple and pear demand continues to soar in the US
Following an ideal growing season and a nice harvest, Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers tells that it is seeing exceptional movement of all apple and pear varieties, with demand soaring in the organic category.Oneonta National Marketing Representative Brent Shammo said as demand for organics increases, the company…..

Scientists suggest mushrooms may have anti-ageing potential
Mushrooms contain unusually high amounts of two antioxidants that some scientists suggest could help fight ageing and bolster health, according to a team of Penn State researchers.In a study, researchers found that mushrooms have high amounts of ergothioneine and glutathione, both important antioxidants, said…..

Verroa mite eradication in live Beehives
RAL Global have recently developed a device to eradicate Verroa Mite in live beehives for launch 2018. Fully automated with rechargeable batteries providing a 30 minute treatment. There will be 2 versions, standard for simplistic operation or the deluxe version which is attached to the hive during the problem…..

US: BrightFarms hires new head of greenhouse development
BrightFarms has hired Erik Lallum as Vice President of Design, Construction and Facilities. Lallum will be responsible for leading all greenhouse development, including real estate, design, engineering and construction. BrightFarms plans to open 15 new greenhouses across the U.S. in the next three years.Lallum…..

Domex Superfresh Growers
«Social media influencers a key part to growth in the Autumn Glory apple brand»
On the last few days of harvest, Domex Superfresh Growers hosted eight blogger influencers in their Yakima Valley orchards to celebrate the beginning of Autumn Glory apple season to kick off popularity on social media.Social media influencers flew in from all over the United States to experience the apple…..

WTO course helps improve global phytosanitary standards in agriculture
Twenty-three participants from around the world are attending the Advanced Course on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS), which opened at the WTO’s headquarters on 23 October 2017. The course is due to run until 10 November.Participants have engaged in hands-on training on SPS-related matters, ranging…..

Avocados causing shifts in land use in New Zealand
Climate and new market opportunities are opening the door to major land-use shifts in the upper North Island, New Zealand.But rather than the wholesale conversion to dairying witnessed over the past decade, it is the horticultural sector spurring a new wave of land use.Northland is experiencing one of the most…..

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