Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Latin America edition

Brazil & US identify molecule to help fight Citrus Greening Disease
According to voanews, researchers have now identified the molecule that attracts the insect that transmits citrus greening disease. This development is expected to help farmers control a plague that has terrorized the growing regions of Brazil and the United States.The scientific breakthrough is the result of…..

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MIFA Agricultural Packaging and Exports
Cardboard boxes reduce packaging costs
“Our packaging for the agricultural industry helps in reducing costs for companies. We are currently working with producers of strawberries, apples, mangoes, blueberries, blackberries, avocados, tomatoes, chili peppers, limes and many others. The packaging that we offer is corrugated cardboard, which is 100%…..

Stable blueberry market despite strikes in Chile
The situation on the blueberry market is stable at the moment, but behind the scenes, people are working hard to meet the programs. According to Fred Douven of ABB Growers, the most important question now is: «Can we get it to the customers on time? There are currently strikes in Chile, so deliveries don’t…..

Chile: New external quality sorting for kiwis will be installed in TAMM
Tamm-Frulac will be installing a Powervision 3D for kiwi external quality sorting in their San Francisco de Mostazal packing house. The system will be installed in an existing Aweta/Autoline 5 lanes grader.The Powervision 3D sensor technology will be used to produce a more consistent product quality, taking…..

Top fruit export remains in downward spiral
Argentinian top fruit marginalised in world market
The Argentinian top fruit sector is in dire straits. In recent years exports have, for various reasons, been in a downward spiral. The estimates for 2018 also show a further decline. Despite good weather and higher yields, the Argentinian top fruit harvest will not exceed the historic average next year. With…..

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Mexico: Shortage of larger sizes sees higher avocado prices
Avocados are in short supply as a gap in seasons strengthens an already lively market. The shortage is more pronounced on the bigger sized fruit, while the smaller sizes are in sufficient supply. Prices are high thanks to the constraint, particularly on the larger fruit, and are not expected to drop in the…..

Argentina: Stone fruit campaign affected by weather conditions
The weather conditions in the Argentine Valles Templados of Jujuy have had a negative impact on this year’s peach and nectarine campaign. «This season, a total of 130,000 boxes of approximately 10 kg of extra-early and early fruit were handled. The fruit volume is estimated to have fallen by 40% compared to…..

FTA to remove duties on 95% of Peruvian goods entering Australia
Once the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement comes into force, 95% of Peruvian products will enter the Oceania country duty-free immediately, Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry (Mincetur) pointed out.According to Deputy Foreign Trade Minister Edgar Vasquez, the FTA will mainly benefit sectors such as farming,…..

Mexico: Strawberry production in Puebla increased by 707.8%
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) reported that strawberry production in Puebla had increased by 707.8% between 2015 and 2016.According to the Agricultural Food Atlas 2017, the state of Puebla produced a volume of 198 tons, which makes it one of the 10 most…..

Argentina: Mendoza expects to have a good cherry production, but small calibers
Cherry cultivation is growing in Mendoza and the harvest forecast for this year is really auspicious, although producers have their reserves.According to the harvest forecast prepared by the Rural Development Institute (IDR), this year, the production of fresh cherries will amount to 5,901 tons in 688…..

Special Year Overview

Year overview March 2017
China was back in the spotlight in March after PMA held its fifth Fresh Connections: China in Shanghai.The three day programme started of with a series of business round table meetings followed a series of lectures on the global and Chinese fresh produce industry and affiliated branches. The conference on…..

Global Focus Exotic/Tropical Fruit

Higher prices for Formosa than Havaí

European imports of Brazilian papaya increased significantly
“The Formosa papaya has obtained better quotations this year compared to the Havaí papaya, except for the months of May and June. In contrast to last year, when low supply boosted prices, this year’s higher volume resulted in devaluations in price. Where Famosa has been traded on average of R$0.65/kg op to…..

Cherry volumes from Chile to North America expected to be higher
Cherry volumes out of Chile are expected to be higher this year, thanks to good weather conditions and an increasing amount of cherry plantings. Some shipments have already arrived by air, with preparations for sea freight underway.»We’re seeing good growing conditions in Chile this season,» said Norman Barao,…..

SUNSET® serves up convenience with new pasta kits with fresh tomatoes
SUNSET announced the launch of its “You Make Me™” line of four pasta kits that will be sold in supermarkets nationwide. These convenient meal kits contain everything needed to cook a gourmet pasta dish at home: fresh tomatoes, portioned pasta, spice packets and infused olive oil. The recipes were developed by…..

AU: Victorian table grape growers welcome recent ‘refreshing’ rainfall
While several produce lines suffered in last weekend’s storms that lashed parts of Victoria, the table grape industry remained largely unaffected.Australian Table Grapes Association CEO Jeff Scott says it was a welcome sight for many growers, who received around 40-50 millimetres which was perfect timing given…..

Avocados: Peru exports green gold
Avocados are Peruvian exports’ «green gold,» as they have maintained sustained growth in recent years and exceeded 570 million US dollars during the first nine months of 2017, the private-run Foreign Trade Society (ComexPeru) stressed. According to the International Trade Centre (ITC), Peru has ranked as the…..

Size, colour and eating quality of peaches and nectarines are excellent: Jacques du Preez, Hortgro
South African stonefruit quality is unaffected by drought
Given the challenges of the season, things are in actual fact looking pretty good, says Jacques du Preez, general manager for trade and markets at Hortgro. On both peaches and nectarines the size, colour and eating quality are exemplary this year.The weather has even brought some advantages. “We’re off to a…..

Vegetable production in province severely affected: onion and potato plantings 50% down in some areas
Capetonians «behave badly» in their water usage
As the weekly dam levels in the Western Cape have again made a turn for the worse, 1% down, the City of Cape Town has just announced level six water restrictions for next year.Mayor Patricia de Lille yesterday said at a city council meeting: “As of yesterday, our dam levels stand at 35.1%, while collective…..

US organic garlic supplies healthy for this time of year
Garlic supplies are healthy coming out of Pennsylvania. “We have a good supply of garlic out there on our farms. We only do certified organic garlic and it’s all grown here in Pennsylvania. We actually just had a grower call in this morning asking if we could help move their garlic. But our supplies are so…..

Potato growers make their own chips to fight the big boys
More and more often, potato growers are choosing not to take their products to large processors, because they do their own processing. Besides producing, more and more growers also process their own chips. They’re changing direction because of various causes, and they enter the processing industry increasingly…..

Annemarie Dekker, Remmert Dekker Packaging:
“Cardboard a more versatile marketing tool than plastic”
What do chip trays from cafeterias, cardboard beer trays from Heineken and the soft fruit packaging from Nature’s Pride have in common? All of these were invented by Remmert Dekker Packaging. The packaging company now has a wide range of customised cardboard packaging solutions for fruit and vegetables……

China: High quality Anyue lemons successfully enter the Russian market
The Chengdu Handles Trade Co., Ltd and Russia’s largest retail trader Magnit recently signed an agreement for a year-round lemon supply that is worth over 10 million USD. The variety to be exported is a yellow lemon from Anyue, Sichuan, the Youlike.Standardized lemon plantationAnyue is the country’s only…..

Italy: Valente Pali anti-hail systems
The increasingly sudden and violent weather phenomena of the past few years must be taken into consideration when setting up a new orchard to avoid compromising it. Valente Pali has been analysing the situation for years.»Wind, hail and snow cannot be underestimated or considered marginal. Often, structures…..

Driven by rapid growth of healthy snacking category
New on-the-go snacking line to be launched early 2018
Naturipe Farms are launching a new healthy snacking option for health conscious consumers who are looking for convenience in a busy schedule. The new line will be launched early in 2018 and complements their existing snack products. They feature a combination of different berry varieties along with grapes and…..

Researcher develops two new large varieties of Haskap
The Haskap is a red fruit of Japanese origin. After a recent selection process in the United States two new varieties have been discovered. The varieties TANA (US PP26 706 P2) and KAPU (US PP26 820 P2) are new varieties with 100% Japanese genetic background and are the fruit of the work carried out by Dr……

Fifth annual Tour de Fresh opens sponsorships for 2018 ride
Celebrating its fifth year bringing salad bars to schools across the country, Tour de Fresh, presented by The California Giant Foundation announces that 2018 sponsorship opportunities are now available.The wildly successful 2017 ride placed 47 salad bars in schools this fall. In 2018, Tour de Fresh is…..

Women’s Longbow World Champion becomes the face of Seipasa
Women’s Longbox World Champion Encarna Garrido has become the face of Seipasa. The Spanish company, specialised in the development, formulation and manufacture of natural treatments for agriculture, is using Garrido’s image for the launch of Pirecris, a new natural insecticide that Seipasa has just launched in…..

Global ID acquires Italian provider of organic and food safety certifications
The Global ID Group, a market platform dedicated to providing food safety and food quality solutions, today announced that it has acquired Bioagricert, a certification and control body company based in Bologna, Italy. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Founded in 1984, Bioagricert provides…..

Azerbaijan: Guba’s rich apple orchard hopes to export 80,000 tons of product
The northern-western Azerbaijan region of Guba arguably produces the best apples of the country. It accounts not only for the largest number, but also for the greatest variety of sorts. Thanks to suitable soil and climatic conditions, apple trees grow well here; their fruits have many valuable qualities and…..

South Korean ag exports have doubled in the last 10 years
Yeo In-hong, CEO of aT (Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp) is an expert in distribution and export of farm and sea products. He has spent over 30 years developing plans to strengthen government support for export and devising policies to improve distribution structure.On aT’s 50th anniversary, Korea…..

Latest frost in 20 years leads to giant apples in the UK
A British supermarket is selling supersized Braeburn apples after unusual weather conditions in the spring produced a crop of giants.The latest frost for nearly 20 years in April meant fewer apples grew, with as much as 10% of the country’s Braeburn crop affected. However, farmers were surprised to find that…..

Turkey exports more than 100,000 tons of hazelnuts in three months
In the first three months of the 2017-2018 hazelnut season, Turkey exported over 100 thousand tons of hazelnuts worth nearly 648.3 million dollars.The chairman of the Executive Committee of the Black Sea Hazelnuts and Products Exporters’ Association, Ilyas Edip Sevinç, said that the 2017-2018 export season had…..

How climate change is costing you in the vegetable aisle
Founded in 1858, the Oppenheimer Group is one of North America’s largest importers of fresh fruits and vegetables, operating in 27 countries (many know it by its nickname, Oppy). John Anderson joined the company 43 years ago, working his way up from warehouse stafferto president and CEO. The position has given…..

China phasing out more and more pesticides
China plans to ban another 12 highly toxic pesticides within five years, State media reported recently. According to the South China Morning Post, this is part of a government program to improve the safety of its farm produce.This all comes amid an ongoing campaign to improve the environment and, in…..

Italy: Organic tomato production doubled over two years
From the 1,316 hectares of 2015 to the 2,310.22 of 2017 – crops of organic tomatoes destined to the processing industry have almost doubled in northern Italy. This trend confirms the increasing demand for organic products, which was discussed during the convention organised by interbranch organisation Pomodoro…..

California bans the harvest of windfall avocados
The Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule which prohibits the distribution of produce that drops to the ground before harvesting now applies to avocados as well.The Commission just received notification that effective November 21, 2017, the California Department of Food and Agriculture…..

New software helps food suppliers make more informed decisions
Food industry software Company, Muddy Boots Software, has introduced its Greenlight Quality Control users to Insights, a new embedded analytics platform, powered by Tableau. Insights is a data discovery and analytics tool which highlights trends and issues, allowing users to make informed decisions about their…..

Isla Bonita and Esencial Costa Rica celebrated the end of their IV Gastronomic Contest
«Consumption of Costa Rican agricultural products in Spain increases steadily every year»
Isla Bonita and Esencial Costa Rica celebrated the grand finale of their IV Gastronomic Contest at the Zaperoco restaurant in Madrid. The contest is held every year with the aim of promoting knowledge and promoting the consumption of different varieties of tropical fruits. In this edition, the intense flavors,…..

Supermarket chain Spinneys plans to open 18 new UAE stores
Tesco doubles vegan and veggie Christmas Food
New ‘Gourmet’ supermarket opened in Milan by Carrefour ItaliaUnder its ‘Vivi di Gusto’ Carrefour Market banner, a new supermarket in Milan has been opened by Carrefour Italia. The store features a fruit and vegetable department, a meat and cheese counter, fishmonger, sushi, bakery, canned foods, frozen foods,…..

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