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Special — Year Overview
'Tis the season for Spanish citrus, EU kiwis and Truffle Sprouts!!
Zespri saw the start of its European kiwi supply in December and also the very first volumes of SunGold, the total volume of Gold is 20% lower than the previous season as a result of the change over.It was a worrying start to the month for citrus growers in California, when a cold front, followed by an.....
Typhoons, hail storms, bans
Not everyone will be looking fondly back on November 2013
The month of November brought many storms in its wake, as the victims of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines know all too well. Many businesses ran to their aid such as Japanese retailer Aeon and Tadeco, who donated their time and money to help survivors by distributing relief packs. There was however, relief.....
Exhibitions, shut downs, pumpkins in space!
October was the month of Exhibitions! The PMA which took place in New Orleans this year, there was also the Fruit Attraction in Spain and the Expoalimentaria in Peru, as always FreshPlaza was at all these events and made photos reports, click on the links to take a look at the photos.The US Federal.....
Milestones, international partnership in Hong Kong and groundbreaking innovations in transport
September was a very exciting month for FreshPlaza. We were pleased to announce that we had reached 30,000 subscribers!The month also brought other exciting events for our subscribers, such as Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong. Along with our regular photo report covering the event, it was also a great.....
Good season for top fruit growers in NH
August 2013: Fifth case of CBS found in ZA citrus
August started off bright for New York apple growers, with the New York Apple Association saying this year's crop was to be 100 percent or more than their typical yield and indeed towards the end of the month this was confirmed by the US Apple Association who said, despite setbacks in Washington, U.S. apple.....
July 2013: Nelson Mandela International day, anniversaries and international cooperation
With the death of Nelson Mandela this month, we are reminded that he would have had a birthday on the 18th of July. Last year, in honour of his 95th birthday, South Africa Summer Citrus joined with the United Nations and the South African Consulate General of New York to celebrate Nelson Mandela.....
June 2013: Southern hemisphere sees success, while Northern hemisphere battles floods, cold weather, shortages
June 2013 saw shortages of vegetables in Europe in particular cauliflower and broccoli but also iceberg lettuce due to persistent cold weather. The persistent rainfall in mainly the East and Southeast of Germany has lead to a flood situation in the Danube, the Inn and the Elbe which hasn't been seen.....
May 2013: From bad weather, fires, legal battles...comes hope, new opportunities
The UK cherry season was dramatically reduced back in 2012, so after a cold winter and light crop last year, Jon Clark, Director of Total Cherry was feeling positive about the cherry crop for the Summer of 2013. A crop of 3,500 tonnes was expected, but only time would tell if this estimate was near its mark.....
Dull spring takes toll on EU production, positive start for SH citrus
April 2013 saw the French apple season wrap up earlier after a strong demand cut supplies short, while in Canada it was cut short due to bad weather and Washington apples saw a big demand in record production year, an estimated 130 million boxes, 18 percent larger than the previous record.....
March 2014: Most unusual grape season ever!
March 2013 seemed to be dominated with news about the Southern Hemisphere grape production. Namibia had good volumes and a very good demand due to the delayed South African season which was also 3.3 million cartons short due rain. Geoff Green, Capespan International said he had never seen such an “unusual".....
Innovation, weather and a month of firsts, Feb. 2013
The month of February 2013, started with the rise in reefer container rates. An informed source within the reefer industry said, "For a number of years, specialised reefer lines have been attacked in a number of trades by container lines, with the slashing of rates and promises regarding scheduling and.....
Hail, floods, fire, 2013 got off to a troubled start
The year started with freeze concerns for California's citrus growers, the majority of the fruit was still on the trees and susceptible to damage. In Florida the industry was predicting, "The worst citrus production climate in 40 years," with volumes down by 40-60%.In January NatureSweet announced plans to.....