Chile and the EU ratify their agreement on trade in organic products
Yesterday, Chile’s Minister of Agriculture, Carlos Furche, the Deputy Prime Minister of Malta – the current President of the EU Council – Louis Grech, and the Commissioner for Climate Change and Energy, Miguel Angel Arias, signed in Brussels an equivalence of standards for the certification of organic products…

Argentina: Mendoza calls for ban on entry of Chinese garlic into Brazil
The provincial government is working with the garlic production sector from Mendoza and the entity that groups them in Brazil to apply effective antidumping measures in Brazil to curb the indiscriminate entry of garlic to that country and achieve a competitive market in prices.”We are working so that the…

Argentina signs a protocol to export table grapes to China
The Ministry of Agroindustry, which is headed by Ricardo Buryaile, through the Secretary of Agroindustrial Markets, Marisa Bircher, began a tour of the People’s Republic of China, in order to advance the issues of the bilateral agribusiness agenda, in preparation for the official visit of President Mauricio…

Maltese fresh produce importer collects trade in Genoa and ships it to island from there
“Ten years ago, the Maltese only looked at price, but now they would rather buy a smaller amounts of a good-quality product than a larger volume for a lower price,” Mark Mizzi from Mafimex says. Mafimex supplies to all kinds of businesses, from street vendors to cruise ships. “Every client has different needs,…

Hans Korsten:
“Sifting the wheat from the chaff during Egyptian grape season”
For the coming grape season, at least 20 per cent of the Egyptian export volume will be subjected to residue inspections upon arrival in Europe. This, in addition to increasing requirements regarding food safety and quality from other parts in the world, such as the Middle East and the increasingly important…

First edition of Chinese Cherry Production and Sales Convention
On 27 April, the first edition of the Chinese Cherry Production and Sales Convention was opened in Yantai, Shandong province. The convention was mainly organised by the China Gardening Association, the iFresh Asian Fruit Association (Shanghai Yixian Information and Technology), the Yantai City Agricultural…

Piet van Liere, Fleotrade Dronten:
“Trouble is brewing on the onion market, but Dutch sorters are not making money”
There has been upheaval on the onion market in the past few weeks. “In Brazil, there was an unexpected gap in the supply chain and we took advantage of that”, explains exporter, Piet van Liere. “The volume that was needed was sent here, but now we are not making any progress as the harvest is expected…

Farmer’s Best
Mexican table grape harvest to start May
Farmer’s Best, a produce grower in Mexico and distributor in the United States, announces the beginning of its May harvest of seedless Sugraone, Flame and Perlette grapes. These grape varieties will arrive to Farmer’s Best warehouses in Nogales, Arizona during May through June ready for distribution to major…

Eight week exports to Europe
Favourable weather propels Luscious Fresh’s snow pea & sugar snap harvest
Luscious Fresh’s snow pea and sugar snap harvest has recently started in China. “Our harvest has started last week. Weather conditions have been very positive during these weeks and we have been able to make significant progress harvesting and packing our snow peas and sugar snaps, as well as preparing them…

California looks to grow avocados year-round with new varieties
With the development of new varieties of avocados, California may soon be able to grow avocados year-round. The goal is to breed varieties that aren’t super tall, can be planted close to each other and have a high yield. One type Arpaia and her colleague, Eric Focht, are recommending to growers has all these..

Global Focus Melons / Pineapples

AU: Help sought for melon exports to Japan
Australian Melon growers want more assistance from the government in exporting their fruit to Japan.An agreement was reached regarding market access last year, opening the door for the Australian product to be sold in the Asian country. So far a small number of shipments have been made, but the Australian..

Russia still third largest import country in the world
Despite the boycott of the import of fresh fruit and vegetables from EU countries and Turkey, Russia was still the third largest importer of fresh produce globally in the past year. During the final year before the boycott, Russia was also third. In 2013, this amounted to 8.5 million tonnes, while last year,…

Costly & cumbersome labelling demands “have disturbed SA fruit industry in Russia”
South African citrus industry appeals to Putin
The trade in citrus between Russia and South Africa has been under strain for the last three years. From 2014 to 2015 there was a 40% decrease in trade and over the period 2013 to 2016 the drop is dizzying: from 129,000t to 66,000t last year.The reduction in volumes is attributed to various factors, among them…

Production out of Veracruz and Tabasco to peak in July and August
US: Supply of large size limes is tight
“Right now, lime supplies are just sufficient,” says Rudy Uresti with Jade Produce. The large sizes, 110, 150 and 175s, are tight, because the large fruit has already been picked. Smaller sizes (230s and 250s) are available in abundance. Jade Produce works with two partner-growers in Veracruz and Tabasco, two…

Freshfel report shows growth in EU fruit & veg consumption
Freshfel Europe published its latest edition of the Freshfel Consumption Monitor which analyses the production, trade and consumption trends for fresh fruit and vegetables in the EU-28. The analysis of the latest available data (up to 2014) shows that consumption in the EU-28 stands at 353 gram of fresh fruit..

Italy: Frost and rain damage on hazelnut groves in Piedmont
The absolute values (-2.6 °C) reported in the Agrion technical note on 27th April 2017 do not define the consecutive minimum temperature plants were subjected to during the early hours of the days between 19th and 21st April. The values were recorded in the stations (Alba, Asti, Cravanzana, Guarene, Mondovì,..

International freight company Panalpina to aquire Air Connection
International freight forwarding and logistics company Panalpina is to acquire Air Connection, a Kenya-based forwarder specialized in the export of flowers and vegetables. The move comes after Panalpina’s acquisition of Airflo in Kenya in 2016 and only two weeks after the company formally announced the launch..

Sinclair® Compact Pattern Labeller™ wins Silver Medal Macfrut Innovation Award
The Sinclair® Compact Pattern Labeller (CPL) has been awarded a silver medal as part of the 2017 Macfrut Innovation Awards in the category of packaging and packaging materials. Sponsored by Cesena Fiera and The Agrarian Informer, the Macfrut Innovation Award program celebrates product innovation and quality as…

Carrots could use a boost
“The crazy carrot weeks,” under that attention-grabbing headline, attention was brought to the versatile consumption options of carrots by Dutch newspaper Trouw. The many shapes in which carrots are available, both fresh and processed, are discussed. A truly traditional product is brought to the attention of..

Potato shortage shines light on Japan’s trade policies
Japan’s potato chip shortage is getting more serious as supermarket shelves are going empty and producers struggle to create supply. Dwindling stocks at snack makers are the immediate cause of the crisis after a poor harvest of autumn potatoes in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido and spring potatoes are not..

Cashew prices skyrocket after low yields in Vietnam & Cambodia
Cashew nut prices have hit the roof and seem to be on a sustained rally due to a crop shortfall in Vietnam. Traders said that the rally is scary as market prices have crossed $5 per pound and touched a record high of $5.35-5.50. India produces 6-7 million tonne raw cashew per annum and was until recently the…

Pakistan vegetable exports fall by 24%
Pakistan exported fresh fruits worth $325.631 million and vegetables valuing $113.167 million during first three quarters of current financial year, as compared to the exports of the corresponding period of last year.During the period from July-March 2016-17, about 439,797 metric tons of fresh fruits and…

Locally grown produce becoming big business for supermarkets
What began as a limited marketing effort to capitalize on the surging interest in farm stands and community supported agriculture has evolved into a major growth opportunity as consumer desire for fresh foods, emerging brands, unique flavors, and transparency has expanded. That has piqued the interest of..

Dubai Chamber organises trade mission to Uzbekistan
The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has concluded a successful trade mission to the Uzbek capital of Tashkent to explore opportunities and promote joint cooperation in agriculture.The Chamber organised the trade mission in cooperation with the UAE Embassy in Uzbekistan, the Embassy of Uzbekistan..

Solyenta explores potential of hybrid potatoes in East Africa
The Food & Business Knowledge Platform – a knowledge platform focused on food security initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs – supported a fact-finding mission in East Africa to explore the potential of the usage of hybrid true potato seeds (TPS) for theregion, and to identify interested…

China shows interest in new peach varieties from Lleida
Last Wednesday, an official delegation from the Chinese province of Jiangxi visited the farms of the company Sat Tros Nou-Viversa and the biogas plant of Almenar, Lleida, to learn about new peach varieties and biogas production.The delegation, headed by Vice President Huang Zhangong, paid a visit to a farm…

US Compartés releases avocado chocolate
L.A.-based Compartés is a brand known for its distinctive, colorful packaging and unusual flavor combinations. Their new addition will make avocado lovers swoon as they plan to add the popular fruit to their latest bar. The chocolate bar is made up of only two ingredients: Avocado and white chocolate…

$6m grant continues academic efforts to fight citrus greening
Kansas State University researchers will continue to lead efforts to combat a deadly bacterial disease that’s affected up to 80 percent of Florida’s citrus trees and cost billions in lost revenue.A $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Research Initiative supports the..

May 11 session
IFCO-FMI educational seminar for retailers & growers
IFCO, provider of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) for fresh food packaging, today announced it is collaborating with the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) to offer a series of online educational sessions, Just the Facts: How Reusable Assets Can Help Retailers and Growers Achieve their Zero Waste Goals. On May..

Avocado shortage in Mexico and California
Guacamole will be more expensive this Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo guacamole will be more expensive this year, as avocado prices have risen to a record high due to an increased demand and a lower harvest in Mexico and California.According to the government, a 10-kilo (22 lb) box of Hass avocado from the state of Michoacan, Mexico’s largest producer, costs 530..

Consumer research results announced
Knowing the health benefits of asparagus would positively impact consumer buying decision
In an effort to gain a better understanding of the asparagus category at retail, as well as consumer preferences and purchase triggers, the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board (MAAB) recently conducted extensive consumer and trade research. The consumer research included an online survey that reached 500..

December 13 and 14, Monterey, CA
Booth registration now open for Inaugural Organic Grower Summit
Exhibitor booth registration is now open for the inaugural Organic Grower Summit (OGS), slated for December 13-14, 2017, in Monterey, California. Supply chain providers for organic farmers and growers are encouraged to sign up for a booth at the first-ever event bringing together organic producers and service..

Jordan Ministry announces new ag safety measures
The Ministry of Agriculture in Jordan made a change in safety measures on Tuesday and announced a ban on the use of chlorfenapyr, a chemical pesticide, on certain fruits and vegetables and a modification of the chemical’s pre-harvest interval for other crops. Chlorfenapyr is now banned from being used on..

UAE: Prices likely to rise after ban on imports from five countries
Last week, UAE authorities banned the importation of fruits and vegetables from five countries amid concerns about the high amounts of pesticides used in their agricultural production.Since the ban on the import of fruits and vegetables from Egypt, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen, consumers have feared the…

Kurdistan increases duties on imported fruit and veg
The Kurdistan Regional Government is imposing additional duties on imported fruits and vegetables because of increased production of these crops locally. The imposition of these fees is thus in the interest of domestic producers.”When local crops are not yet ready, the fees for imported crops are not imposed..

Woolworths to push fruit consumption | UK: All Big 4 see growth – Kantar
Tesco and Morrisons cut fresh produce prices
UK: Sainsbury holds profit steadyJ Sainsbury Plc showed it’s coping with a Brexit-fueled squeeze on industry profitability as it reported annual profit that met analyst estimates, Bloomberg reports. Underlying pretax profit fell 1% to £581m ($750m) in the 12 months ended March 11, the London-based company said..

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