Peru: US main destination for frozen yellow potatoes

In the first few months of 2017, frozen yellow potato exports have had a somewhat slower pace than in the same period of last year. According to the Agrodata Peru website, between January and April of this year, Peru exported 51,121 kilos of this product for an FOB value of US $ 133,077. In the same period…..

Argentina: Lack of credit complicates entry of citrus to Brazil
The initial euphoria for the opening of the Brazilian market to Argentine citrus has dwindled as the weeks go by. Why is this? “There are no credits for working capital”, summarized Mariano Caprarulo, the Executive Director of the Chamber of Exporters of Citrus NEA (CECNEA).Caprarulo does not fail to…..

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Costa Rica sends its first pineapples to China
According to the Chamber of Producers and Exporters of Pineapple (Canapep), Upala Agricola, Productos Agropecuarios Visa, Agromonte, and Acon became the first companies to export Costa Rican pineapples to the Chinese Market on Thursday June 1, when they shipped nine containers with nearly 15,210 boxes of…..

Chile: Seminar helps producers fall in love again with the kiwi business
“The goal of this seminar is to provide producers with information that shows them the kiwi business worldwide, and the positive projections of this business, so that they can join in this emerging opportunity. Today, there are many countries betting on kiwis, so it’s important to see how we can fall in love…..

Peru: Six new potato varieties in recent years
Science not only preserves our heritage in terms of germplasm, but it also allows developing food varieties that, in this case, combine the best characteristics of the different types of potatoes that exist in our country.Hector Cabrera Hoyos, the former leader of the National Institute for Agrarian…..

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Argentina: Company from Cordoba to produce almonds in Mendoza
Aceitera General Dehesa inaugurated in Mendoza its first industrial plant for the production of almonds, after making an investment of 70 million pesos. The company from Cordoba has been working for seven years in the province of Cuyana, in its first project outside the Pampa Humeda.In addition to the…..

Carrefour’s subsidiary in Brazil requests authorization to be publicly traded
The Brazilian subsidiary of the French supermarket chain Carrefour has made a request to the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM) for preliminary authorization to hold a public offering of shares in the country, a company spokesmen said on Friday.The shares, which would be traded on the so-called…..

NZ: Volumes of green kiwifruit significantly down
PHOTO REPORT This season has been tough for New Zealand’s kiwifruit growers as a whole, as it has been a wet, dull growing season with late maturity. Some kiwifruit growers in Te Puke, New Zealand’s major kiwi growing region have struggled to achieve the Zespri required dry matter levels in the fruit, with low sunshine and…..

“Sweet Palermo has been grown in Spain for more than 15 years”
The sweet pointed pepper Sweet Palermo was officially introduced in 2014 as an innovation in the bell pepper segment. “The variety Palermo RZ had already been growing in Spain for more than 15 years. To make the product more distinctive, the project Sweet Palermo was started three years ago,” says Victor…..

Elena Rogojnikova, Hagé International:
“Enough avocados from Kenya and Peru but not from South Africa”
The South African, Kenyan and Peruvian avocado season is in full swing. “Hass avocados are still quite expensive for this time of year. Kenya and Peru have adequate volumes, but South Africa is lagging a bit behind this year. This has resulted in a longer ripening time”, explains Elena Rogojnikova of Hage…..

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Bing cherries peaking in California’s San Joaquin Valley
Bing cherries are peaking in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Most of all the other early major varieties have finished. Joe Cataldo, founder of J&M Farms says they’re getting through the bulk of their Bings over the next seven to eight days. The California Cherry Advisory Board Research Committee (CCAB)…..

Navel season expected to end about 3 weeks earlier
Eastern Cape: early signs of splitting on late navels, but to lesser degree
Navel producers in the Eastern Cape are making the most of the cards they were dealt this season in an area whose economy is massively dependent on citrus.Yield on navels in the Sundays River Valley is still estimated at 40 to 50% down and in the Gamtoos River Valley (Patensie) it is estimated to be 30%…..

Consistent quality in greenhouse tomatoes benefits customers
After some “abysmal” weather in Delta, British Columbia up until a week and a half ago, greenhouse tomato supply is now very good. “We’ve had strong crops and good, but not enough, light to get humming,” explained David Bell of Houweling’s. “I was walking through our pack house earlier this week and our grower…..

The main difficulty in selling jackfruit is its size
This fruit weighs on average 20kg and is not as easy to sell as other tropical fruits because of its weight, stated Martin Francis, the manager at Francis Trading BV. This, in turn, increases its price. “It is being sold at 8 euro per kilo in local markets,” Francis added. The fruit’s price, however, has been…..

Cold spring temperatures affect volumes of organic bananas from Mexico
Organic banana supply from Mexico is ramping up for the season. “Right now, we get our supplies for year-round programs and contract business out of Mexico and supply is moderate,” says Jose M. Roggiero of Florida-based Freshway Produce LLC. “The big season should come up probably in about a month. And while…..

Egypt: “Our main competitors in the grape market are European growers”
The lower cost in logistics, as well as the better quality and greater options in packaging, entail advantages for the grapes coming from Spain or Italy, against which Egypt is unable to compete. “We also have more restrictions on exporting to European countries, so the process slows down,” explains Yara…..

Willem Dijk senior:
“Good nispero sales this year, but not in the Netherlands”
Willem Dijk Senior has been trying for years to introduce Spanish nisperos to the Dutch market, but the adage “what the farmer does not know, he does not eat” remains firmly in place. The fruit is, however, very popular in Germany, especially with Turkish customers. “I have never sold this many nisperos.”Belma…..

China: The polarization of Shandong cherries
“The season of cherries from Shandong Province has just arrived. Compared to last year, the cherries this year are smaller and the percentage of those with good quality is relatively low. The market prices have showed a polarized trend based on the quality of those cherries,” said Mr, Liu, general manager of…..

Consumer demand growing for the sweet pointed pepper
South Africa’s only Sweet Palermo® RZ producer
Graceland Hydroponics in the Northwest Province is the only production site of Sweet Palermo® peppers, Rijk Zwaan’s sweet pointed pepper which was launched in 2015.Under tunnels, 2 ha of Sweet Palermo® peppers have been grown for the past two years and delivered to PicknPay supermarkets countrywide.“Demand is…..

UAE, a great market for Polish blueberries
“Since we started exporting our blueberries to Dubai, the number of orders has increased by 60% every year,” explains Klaudia Szymańska, production manager in Poland and commercial manager and partner of Rivia Global Ziyad AlHousani in the United Arab Emirates. This is a product whose popularity in that…..

Study shows Americans more open to meatless meals if walnuts are used
According to a just released consumer survey, flavor and texture are the top reasons people enjoy cooking with meat, and the fear of missing that is the reason fewer people follow a plant-based diet. Conducted by the California Walnut Board, the study also revealed that meat remains the focal point of plates…..

Next generation preps Western NY Farm for busy season
It all started in 1995 when Dan Underhill purchased 250 strawberry plants for his farm as a source of fun and as a way to keep his three sons — Andy, George and Steven — out of trouble.Today, the Underhill Farm in Batavia has 8,000 strawberry plants on 1.5 acres and is one of the area’s hottest strawberry…..

Packinghouses struggle to maintain supplies amid greening crisis
Stories of the fatal bacterial disease, citrus greening, often focus on growers, who have seen their annual harvest decline by more than 70 percent because of greening.Just as severely impacted have been Florida’s fresh citrus packinghouses, which buy a large portion of Florida’s annual orange, grapefruit and…..

AU: Woolworths customer’s sweet potato rant goes viral
A Woolworths customer has unleashed on the supermarket giant in a viral social media rant over sweet potatoes.Newcastle woman Leanne Stokan attracted the attention of thousands of Australians when she posted an image of packaged sweet potatoes on the retailer’s Facebook page — in a rant that drew comments and…..

Four Arab nations have cut ties with Qatar
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorism and opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world.Iran — long at odds with Saudi Arabia and a behind-the-scenes target of the move…..

PotatoSize app helps farmers predict yields with their smartphones
As part of the smart farming project, a software-based potato yield model that has been developed jointly by agridata centre Agrimetrics and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) is aimed at giving farmers reliable predictions on a crop’s likely yield and value via their smartphones.PotatoSize,…..

Port Canaveral & NOLA cold treatment program to ease fruit imports
Port Canaveral and Port NOLA in Louisiana have joined the Southeast US In-transit Cold Treatment Pilot Program. Launched by the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the pilot program allows direct import of select fruits and vegetables from South America into south…..

US frozen and fresh potato exports recover
Total U.S. frozen potato exports recovered in March, up 17% over March 2016 and bringing the total for the first three-quarters of the marketing year to 754,953 metric tons, up 3% over the same period last fiscal year, according to Potatoes USA’s data.The March recovery was led by the Philippines up 57%,…..

California Grape Growers award scholarships
California’s table grape growers recently awarded scholarships to nine students in grape-growing regions of the state. All recipients will be attending California universities or colleges. Six field worker scholarships were awarded in 2017: three $3,500 two-year scholarships to community colleges, and three…..

Origine Group makes Sweeki kiwi available year-round
Origine Group – the owner of the brand Sweeki kiwi has decided not to stop product availability by making Sweeki a product available 12 months a year – and claim to do so without a drop in quality.After a few months of negotiations, a trading partner was identified that shared the Origine Group strategies. The…..

Ranking nations on food sustainability
The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) have created The Food Sustainability Index (FSI), which ranks countries on food system sustainability based on three pillars: food loss and waste, sustainable agriculture, and nutritional challenges.”The…..

California looks to grow the only crop it doesn’t; coffee
California is an agricultural powerhouse and already grows pretty much anything you can imagine: strawberries, wine grapes, dates, apples, citrus and much more. Until now however, the one crop that’s been neglected – is coffee.Coffee doesn’t really like to grow anywhere in the continental United States……

Pharr to host groundbreaking ceremony for Index Fresh avocado facility
Pharr Mayor, Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D., City of Pharr leaders, and the Pharr Economic Development Corporation will host a groundbreaking ceremony for an avocado ripening and distribution facility for Index Fresh. The groundbreaking will be held at 10 am Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 1100 W. Capote Central Ave. in…..

India: Mango growers to get advice through SMS
The Mango Research Institute (MRI) has started a registration of mango growers for timely delivery of advice on improving fruit quality through SMS.MRI Director Dr Hameedullah said that initially 4,000 mango growers would be registered for the service. He said the department would install SMS-caster in the…..

Vietnam: Demand for organic products keeps rising
Demand for organic farm and other products has increased significantly both in Vietnam and globally, and this is good news for businesses investing in the field, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.Deputy Minister Trần Thanh Nam said many countries had begun to adopt organic…..

Taiwan: Extreme torrential rain causes severe damage to crops and infrastructure
Although Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has not released official figures on the total economic losses incurred from the extreme torrential rainfall over the last few days, certain industries have reported severe damage.Farmers have been particularly hard hit by flash floods, and reported a total…..

Pakistan: Mango exporters disappointed at airlines’ high cargo charges
Regional Chairman of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce (FPCCI), Standing Committee on Horticulture Exports, Ahmad Jawad has said mango exporters are disappointed at the airlines due to high rates of air cargo which would be a big hurdle to tap the international market on competitive rates. In a…..

Fruit and vegetable shortage hits Oman markets
A shortage of fruits and vegetables has hit some supermarkets, a number of retailers in Oman have confirmed.“We have a shortage of broccoli, beetroot, apple and even dates. This is because the demand is high and the supply is very much less and we can also not raise prices because that will require permission…..

Malaysia: Chinese investors turn to the king of fruits
If reports are to be believed, land and development aren’t the only things Chinese investors are interested in.They’re also turning their gaze on arguably the most Malaysian asset of all: the durian.Just three weeks after Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek spoke of efforts to…..

China postal authority calls for end to data spat between Alibaba unit & SF Holdings
China’s postal authority has asked SF Holding Co and the Alibaba Holding Group Ltd’s logistics unit, two of the nation’s top logistics players, to end a spat that disrupted deliveries when the two firms abruptly cut ties on Thursday.SF is one of several top logistics firms that have a strategic partnership…..

Philippines banana industry grapples with numerous challenges
Recognised as the second-ranked Philippine agriculture exports sector, the banana industry has largely been an underrated segment. Contributing $1.14 billion to the world banana trade in 2014, the local industry, particularly the fresh banana sector, is also the world’s fifth-largest exporter of bananas.By…..

Cold front expected to bring welcome rains to parts of Western Cape
An “intense” weather system could bring as much as 80mm of rain to mountainous areas in the Western Cape.But according to Michael Barnes of the South African weather service’s Cape Town weather office, the system does not mean an end to the dry weather currently being experienced in the southern and western…..

Kenya seeks to revamp potato farming & improve yields
Kenya’s potato stakeholders have vowed to revamp potato farming to help to increase supply as demand for the produce, mostly consumed as fries, rises in both urban and rural areas.Speaking at a national conference in Nairobi on Friday, the stakeholders vowed to increase annual potato output by addressing the…..

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Ghana: Ban on food exports to the EU
The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has called for stricter sanctions for Freight Forward Operators, Customs Officers and individuals and institutions who fail to adhere to due processes in the export of food and other items to foreign markets.The Minister says the time has come for…..

UK: Supermarket worker finds exotic lizard hiding in Spanish veg shipment
A stunned Hamilton supermarket worker found an exotic lizard hiding in a shipment of Spanish vegetables.The Scottish SPCA were alerted to the discovery after the stowaway was spotted under some cellophane wrap.He was suffering from dehydration and lurking in a broccoli head after the trip over from Europe, but…..

China’s epic race to avoid a food crisis
China’s 1.4 billion people are building up an appetite that is changing the way the world grows and sells food. The Chinese diet is becoming more like that of the average American, forcing companies to scour the planet for everything from bacon to bananas.But China’s efforts to buy or lease agricultural land…..

Tomato smuggler refused entry to New Zealand
A Korean traveller has been refused entry to New Zealand after trying to hide tomato seeds from biosecurity officers.The woman arrived at Auckland Airport yesterday with her husband.The seeds were found in tissue paper hidden between the flaps of a box during a baggage search.She has been forced to return to…..

India: 4 mega food parks to become operational in next 3 months
Up to four mega food parks will become operational during the course of next three months, the Union minister of state for food processing industries, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, said at an ASSOCHAM event in New Delhi today.”Only two mega food parks became operational between 2009 and 2014 whereas six mega food…..

Argentinian lemon’s sour competition in Greece
The Central Fruit and Vegetable Market of Thessaloniki, known for trading fruits and vegetables, has been a shining star, despite the current worsening political landscape in Greece. It has been supplying fruits and vegetables both locally and internationally, without much help from the government. The company…..

Eroski lowers price on thousands of products
Ocado finally lands US deal | Amazon Fresh expands in UK
US: Meal-kit service Blue Apron files for IPOBlue Apron, a meal-kit-delivery service dedicated to making “incredible home cooking accessible to everyone,” has filed preliminary documents for an IPO. The largest company in the meal-kit-delivery sector, Blue Apron has not been profitable, and it intends to…..

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