Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Latin America edition

Shipment of Mexican avocados can’t enter Costa Rica
The wait for new Hass avocados from Mexico will continue for now because a shipment of 23,000 kilos that is on the border with Nicaragua can’t enter Costa Rica.The decision was communicated at about 7 pm on Monday, May 7, by the interim director of the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE), Leda Madrigal, based on…..

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Argentina: Fruit exports halted due to trade union conflict
Fruit exports have suffered millions in losses due to the strike of the technicians of the Senasa who sample the fruits for export.A few weeks ago, the health agency laid off 213 employees throughout the territory, ten of which worked at the regional North Patagonia. Once the news came out, the guild took…..

Bolivia: Banana producers declare an emergency
Banana growers from the Tropic of Cochabamba declared a state of emergency because the demand for their product in the Argentine market fell from 200 thousand to 100 thousand boxes in the last weeks.The manager of the Islaban SRL company, Andy Choque, said the sector was concerned because nearly five thousand…..

US: E. coli outbreak spreads to another state
The Minnesota Department of Health reported Tuesday that 10 people have become sick with the illness.In the CDC’s most recent figures, which were released last week, the outbreak has resulted in 121 E. coli cases and 52 hospitalizations nationwide. It originated with romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, AZ,…..

Coachella Valley begins bell pepper season
In the desert areas of California, temperatures are heating up, and so is the bell pepper season. Growers in the Coachella Valley have just begun their bell pepper season, and they are entering a good market, just as supplies begin to taper off in other regions.»Our green pepper season started two weeks ago…..

Cindy Jewell to be honored at Honoring Women in Produce reception
Cindy Jewell, Vice President of Marketing at California Giant Berry Farms, will be the honoree and featured speaker at the Reception Honoring Women in Produce, Tuesday, June 26, at United Fresh 2018 in Chicago. Prior to joining California Giant, Cindy served as Executive Vice President of the California…..

Belgian importer:
“Some melons for Belgian market, but not many”
“The Spanish melon season started slowly,” says one Belgian importer of fruit and vegetables. “Production of watermelons, Galia and Charentais melons isn’t incredibly high. Due to the weather in Spain, the large numbers are later than usual.” The first Spanish melons come from Almeria, but the weather there…..

Certification and skill-building programs
Agriculture’s equitable initiative works to better businesses
Businesses can run smoothly when everyone involved in the supply chain of a particular commodity or brand has a seat at the table to iron out any issues or come up with simple solutions to any issues that present themselves.Non-profit certificationThe Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) is working to transform…..

AU: Reviews could bring avocado imports from South America a step closer
Avocados Australia says it is little surprised that Chile wants access to the Australian market, after the domestic industry has more than doubled demand for the fruit in the past 12 years.In March, the Australian Government started a review of biosecurity import requirements for fresh avocados from the South…..

End sales have definitely started
Swiss apple stocks are almost depleted
The stocks of Swiss apples are slowly emptying; because of the small harvest of last year, this is happening much earlier than normal, says a press release of the Swiss Federation of Agriculture Association Swisscofel. It is not without reason that for the import of apples into Switzerland, the limits on…..

Special Greece

Greece: 20% increase in value of fruit and veg exports
According to the latest figures of the Hellenic Statistical Office of Greece (ELSTAT), processed by theAssociation of Greek Fruit, Vegetable and Juice Exporting Companies (INCOFRUIT Hellas), the country’s fresh fruit and vegetable exports in January-February 2018 increased by 14.5% in terms of volume compared…..

Global Focus Melons/Pineapple

Two-market system continues for imported pineapples into the US
While supplies of Costa Rican pineapple continue to be steady on the West Coast, the market continues to see the two different markets it’s been seeing for at least five months now. “You see anything from $9-$11 pineapples and then you also see $5-$7 pineapples on the USDA reports. I don’t know what kind of…..

Spain: «We prefer watermelons from Senegal rather than Central America»
Last week, the national production campaign started for Sandía Fashionin the Poniente area of Almeria, with excellent prospects in terms of demand. The brand aims to spearhead changes in watermelon consumption habits, given that Fashion watermelons are available for eight months a year and the fruit…..

Photo Report: 6th Annual Indoor Ag-Con
PHOTO REPORT Networking opportunities, interesting speakers and exploring new technologies. On the sixth edition of the Indoor Ag-Con it was all present and we will inform you completely on it. But first get ready for some photos!Check out the photo report here.Organizer, Newbean Capital, every year unites the indoor…..

Arrivals of Argentine lemons into the US expected this week
Argentine lemons are due to arrive on the East Coast of the United States within the week, the first time in 15 years. This season will see moderate volumes as growers and shippers remain cautious about how the US market will respond.»Shipments of lemons from Argentina to the United States began in April and…..

Will ‘Goldenberries’ finally make it in the US?
Getting more people to learn about and consume gooseberries is the primary goal for a Los Angeles based family-owned produce company. Global Agricultural Trading have been importing gooseberries for over seven years now from their own farms in Colombia. Grown at elevation, the company is able to grow them all…..

The automated warehouse of the future
They call it “the hive,” or “the grid.” Or sometimes just: “the machine.” It’s a huge structure that fills a warehouse on the outskirts of Andover, a small and quiet town in southeast England. It’s impossible to take in at a single glance, but standing on a maintenance walkway near the building’s rafters, you…..

South Africa: Arson suspected in citrus pack-house fire
Police told Farmer’s Weekly this suspicion was based on the observations of officers attending the scene of the fire at the Riverside Citrus Services (RCS) pack-house in the Fort Beaufort area.“Our police officers have been investigating the fire and gathering data and other information. An arrest is imminent…..

Citrus company hires two VP’s – Kim Flores and Christine Raymer
Pro Citrus Network, a global supplier of fresh citrus, announced the addition of two positions to their sales and marketing team today, appointing two industry veterans as vice presidents. Kim Flores (pictured, right) has joined the company as VP of marketing and business development, effective May 8……

AVI and OP Giuliano Pugliafruit reach an agreement to produce ARRA grapes
Recently, OP Giuliano Pugliafruit, an Italian based company, specialising in the production and marketing of fresh produce, were licensed with the ARRA™ table grape varieties. The ARRA varieties are the property of ARD, a subsidiary of Giumarra Vineyards Corporation, Bakersfield, California. The varieties are…..

BLE Market Report KW17/18:
Germany: Imported apples from overseas dominate
European apple batches became less important and their prices continued to tumble. In contrast, volumes of imported goods from overseas increased: New Zealand dominated events with large quantities of Royal Gala and Cox Orange. Chile and Argentina supplemented the Royal Gala supply. Chile also consolidated its…..

High-level Afghan delegation visits Pakistan to improve bilateral trade
A high-ranking ministerial delegation from Afghanistan, led by Deputy Minister for Commerce H E Kamila Sidiqi had met with Commerce Secretary Mohammad Younus Dagha and officials of the ministry at the Ministry of Commerce on 8 May 2018.Secretary, National Food Security and Research Fazal Abbas Maken, and…..

Emirates SkyCargo marks a fruitful year with Emirates Fresh
Emirates SkyCargo has recorded a successful year of transporting perishables with Emirates Fresh- the air cargo carrier’s specialised portfolio of solutions for air-freighting different kinds of perishable cargo across its network of over 155 destinations.In the 12 months since the launch of Emirates Fresh in…..

India: Poor storage facility fails Potato Mission
With no sign of potato prices coming down, the much-hyped Potato Mission launched in 2014-15 to achieve self-sufficiency in tuber production and storage capacity in 3 years time has proved to be a big failure. Even as the State Government has set an ambitious target to increase the cold storage capacity to…..

Fruit project launched in 61 schools
It may take two, three, or even 15 tries before a child gets used to the taste of a new food and a little variety goes a long way to achieving the five to six servings daily that school-aged children should consume.The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit has launched the Northern Fruit and Vegetable…..

US: Congressman pushing frozen berries for fresh produce program
A Maine congressman says he plans to go forward with a proposal to include frozen and canned foods in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program despite criticism from the program’s founder.The proposal by Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who has used Maine blueberries as an example of a frozen food that could…..

US: CA Cherry growers expect lighter crop yields
Freezing temperatures just as cherry blossoms began to break, likely reduced this year’s crop, with farmers in different growing regions reporting lighter yields.Harvest in the southern San Joaquin Valley started in late April, according to the California Cherry Board, which said it expects the state’s cherry…..

NZ: Northport to make debut on Kiwi Express schedule
Friday this week, May 11, will mark Northport’s arrival on the New Zealand container port scene, when Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) makes its first export loading on the newly-revamped Kiwi Express schedule.Coming as part of a larger service restructure, the new fortnightly call on the…..

Iranian currency roils as Trump decision looms
Iran’s currency, the rial, continues its free fall reaching a historic low and bringing the country’s economy one step closer to collapse. Reports indicate that the U.S. dollar traded for more than 70,000 Rials on Monday May 7. It is almost double compared to a year ago.The Rial’s devaluation spiral gained…..

India: Water scarcity in Sindh may damage mango crop worth billions
Water scarcity is Sindh is most likely to damage mango crop yields worth billions of rupees. Fruit farmers and agriculturists say at least 60 per cent of the mango crop has been damaged in the province. Due to lack of irrigation this year, mango tree branches are too weak to bear the weight of the growing…..

India: AP Govt plans to construct 58 new onion storage structures
The government aimed to construct 58 new onion storage structures which have a capacity of 1,825 tonnes, explained the officials to Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu during the Collectors Conference on Tuesday at his residence at Undavalli in Guntur.The Chief Minister was also informed that over the past…..

Afghan investors can use Uzbekistan’s facilities for exports
Traders can use cold storage and packaging facilities in Termez city in Uzbekistan until Afghanistan establishes its own. Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) on Tuesday in Kabul, in a meeting organized for assessing Afghanistan agricultural products’ export to regional countries, said…..

Malaysia: Tambunan ginger penetrates China & Singapore markets
A local man, who saw the potential of the area’s high quality ginger a decade ago, has successfully marketed the product in China and Singapore.Henry Charles, 47, who inherited his mother’s ginger business, said he had faced many obstacles, including making losses, rejection of damaged produce, shortage of…..

Tan Yen registers trademark of Lien Chung red scallion
Tan Yen district in Bac Giang province has developed a large-scale area of intensive red scallion cultivation in the communes of Lien Chung, Que Nham and Viet Lap for years, yielding of 450 – 500 kilograms per sao (the old measuring unit equal to 360 square meters) on an average basis. The local big sized…..

Bonduelle Canada to receive up to $8.5 million funding for expansion
Bonduelle to get up to $8.5 million from Ontario for expansion; ‘Tremendous news’ for The money from the Jobs and Prosperity Fund — Food and Beverage Growth will support upgrades to the company’s vegetable processing facilities in Tecumseh, Ingersoll and Strathroy. The expansion is expected to create 87 jobs…..

Sainsbury’s/Asda price pledge threat to suppliers
As many as 2,500 supplier jobs may be at risk if the proposed Sainsbury’s/Asda merger goes ahead as planned, an economics thinktank has reported.Research from the New Economics Foundation, detailed in The Times, claims that the suggested 10% price cut on everyday items may impact suppliers and logistics…..

Blue Whale
«Joya apple will be an important competition for the Southern Hemisphere»
Blue Whale is convinced of Joya®’s genuine strengths for the second part of the season. According to the cooperation, the apple has to become the key point of reference for all our customers for the second period of the season.”Since the start-up of the Joya® 2018 campaign on the 11th of January, Blue Whale…..

Domestic supply fruit & vegetables reduced by 7%
Austria: Larger potato harvest, fruit production declining
Vegetable production in Austria increased by 11% in the 2016/17 marketing year compared to the same period one year ago, although production of fruit decreased significantly. The additional imports of fruit were also unable to offset the decline in production and so domestic consumption dropped, as shown by…..

NAFTA withdrawal would cost US Retail billions, says study
According to a new study by consulting firm A.T. Kearney, prices for fresh food such as asparagus, watermelon, avocados and tomatoes could skyrocket as part of a $15.8 billion hit to the US retail economy if the US should exit the North American Free Trade Agreement.The study comes as officials from the US,…..

Australia: New biosecurity safety advertisement applauded
Federated Farmers applauds the Australian Government’s intention to take border security more seriously by launching a new compulsory biosecurity safety video aimed at all incoming aircraft and cruise line passengers.The safety video depicts people trying to use everyday excuses to get past Australian border…..

Hyderabad: Bumper crop of Gulf dates will lower prices in India
The prices of dates are expected to drop by 15 percent this year, owing to a bumper crop in the Middle East. Around 30 different varieties of dates are imported into India from Iran, Iraq, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Algeria in the days leading up to the month of Ramzan. The reason? The fruit is the preferred…..

Musketeers Group: over PLN100mln investment planned in Poland in 2018
Alibaba buys online retailer Daraz
Ireland: strong Dublin growth gives SuperValu largest market shareWith a sales growth of 3.1% in the 12 weeks to 22 April, SuperValu is once again the grocery retailer with the largest share (22.3%) in the Irish market. According to Kantar Worldpanel, SuperValu’s growth recently has been especially pronounced…..

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