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Monday, October 3, 2022

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Florida grapefruit industry seeing minimal fruit loss post Hurricane Ian

Following Hurricane Ian’s arrival, Florida grapefruit looks to have made its way through the event with minimal effects. “We got extremely lucky,” says Dan Richey of Riverfront Packing Company. “The storm was bearing down and then it turned to the Northeast and that got us through.” Florida grapefruit is…

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Chinese Begonia apple exported around the globe for the first time

In a small region in China, an apple with the aroma of Begonia flowers is grown, although some say it has the aroma of strawberries. “It’s the world’s sweetest apple with a brix of 19-22 due to its water cores,” says Ricky Chong with World Fresh Exports. Water cores indicate the apple was picked after…

Real-time in-transit visibility reduces losses in produce shipments

A multi-sensor tracker containing the technology to measure hyper-accurate location, temperature, humidity, shock, and light exposure of shipments - all packed into a small box, the size of a mobile phone. Or a cloud-enabled temperature logger in the form of a paper-thin, flexible label. Both of which…

Idaho potato acreage and yields down for 2022-2023 crop

Potato acreage is down and yields are relatively low in Idaho. “Growers aren’t feeling very positive about their yields--they’re looking to be lower,” says Ryan Wahlen of Pleasant Valley Potato. He notes there are a few factors behind the reduced yields, starting with a delay in the crop to start the…

GROW scholars receive education and chase their professional dreams

As September has come to a close, Organics Unlimited is busy wrapping up GROW Month, a month when retailers celebrate how the GROW program positively impacts underserved communities in banana growing regions of Mexico and Ecuador through the sale of Organics Unlimited GROW label organic bananas.Recent…

International and Spanish Tradeshow Magazine - Primeur Fruit Attraction

Fruit Attraction will be held between Tuesday 4th October and Thursday 6th October in Madrid. FreshPlaza and Primeur have joined together to publish a 150 page tradeshow magazine. It is a truly international edition with in-depth articles from the international fresh produce sector. The international…

Exports from Brazil soar in response

Hurricane Ian worsens outlook for US orange juice industry

Hurricane Ian is likely to have worsened what was already expected to be the smallest US orange crop in 55 years after it blasted through a large fruit-producing area when it passed through Florida this week, flooding farms and causing oranges to drop from trees. The Brazilian orange industry is closely…

Inflation, high shipping rates squeeze profit margins of Costa Rican pineapples

Despite the high inflation and the increased shipping rates squeezing its profit margins, the Costa Rican pineapple grower and exporter Tropicales del Valle continues to export its ready to eat pineapples to the United States, Europe and the Middle East for 12 months of the year. According to Jose Carlos…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products - weekly update

Peruvian blueberry imports through Southern California ports of entry movement expected to remain the same

This hurricane season has been somewhat quiet until now. Hurricane Ian has changed all that and made landfall around Ft. Myers, Florida, and the surrounding communities. According to local farmers and growers in Southwest and Central Florida, now, it is too early to tell how much crop damage has…

USDA

National Retail Report - Specialty Crops (FVWRETAIL)

Melons, summer squash and most stone fruit go by the wayside as retailers filled their bins with fall favorites

This week we saw melons, summer squash, and most stone fruit go by the wayside as retailers filled their bins with fall favorites. Cranberries made their first appearance in ads this week, adding extra fall glory to the growing array of pumpkins, acorn and butternut squashes, cabbage, pomegranates,…

Williams Sonoma and pomegranate shipper launch co-branded product line

Home retailer Williams Sonoma announced a partnership with POM Wonderful, a grower-shipper of California-grown pomegranates. The two collaborated to develop a product line showcasing the flavor and versatility of pomegranates. The products will launch as part of POM’s 20th-anniversary celebrations and as…

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Hugo Steeds, of Pérez Zara Agrícola: "The use of micro-sprinklers unnecessarily increases the crop's water footprint"

"The consumer deserves to eat an exceptional avocado and not a mediocre fruit at an unjustifiable price"

In recent years, the province of Cadiz has seen an expansion in avocado cultivation which, according to Hugo Steeds, is now estimated to extend over some 2,500 hectares in the Campo de Gibraltar area, which used to be used mostly for citrus fruit production. "This is a privileged area when it comes to…

Top Fruits

"Hi-technology gives us a competitive position on the global market”

Started in 1986 as an agricultural paradise business at Batu Pahat, Top Fruits owns one of the largest Durian farms in Malaysia, with total durian plantations of almost 500acres, and most of their durian trees have a mature period of at least 20 - 30 years. “The top 5 export markets of our durians in the…

A nursery located in one of the driest areas in Europe has successfully produced kiwi

Producers have accomplished growing kiwi outside its growing area for the first time

"We are the southernmost nursery in all of Europe that has grown kiwi in the driest conditions to date," stated Didier Diaz, the director of Diego Díaz Viveros. Facing the challenge of cultivating this species for the first time and in extreme latitudes required a positive attitude. The nursery, located in…

Inflation, high shipping rates squeeze profit margins of Costa Rican pineapples

Despite the high inflation and the increased shipping rates squeezing its profit margins, the Costa Rican pineapple grower and exporter Tropicales del Valle continues to export its ready to eat pineapples to the United States, Europe and the Middle East for 12 months of the year. According to Jose Carlos…

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Colombia: Land occupations raise tensions and scare off investors

In parts of Colombia, land occupations have increased since the election of president Gustavo Petro, who has promised to spend tens of billions of dollars to ensure…

Riaan Sonnekus & Nadia Pretorius, Checkers

A tour of the Checkers fresh produce aisles

There is a story behind each of the 800 to 965 lines in the fresh produce aisles of a Checkers FreshX store, where potatoes, bananas, tomatoes, apples and onions are always among the top ten sellers.Riaan Sonnekus from Freshmark, the Shoprite Group’s fruit and vegetable procurement and distribution arm,…

“Commercial expert in fruit and vegetables”: new training launched by Sanlucar and the AHK

The company SanLucar and the German Chamber of Commerce for Spain - AHK have launched the new program called "Commercial Expert in Fruit and Vegetables" this year. A new qualification to train the young talents within the fruit and vegetable trade branch. Over two years, and including 100 learning hours,…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products - weekly update

Peruvian blueberry imports through Southern California ports of entry movement expected to remain the same

This hurricane season has been somewhat quiet until now. Hurricane Ian has changed all that and made landfall around Ft. Myers, Florida, and the surrounding communities. According to local farmers and growers in Southwest and Central Florida, now, it is too early to tell how much crop damage has…

USDA

National Retail Report - Specialty Crops (FVWRETAIL)

Melons, summer squash and most stone fruit go by the wayside as retailers filled their bins with fall favorites

This week we saw melons, summer squash, and most stone fruit go by the wayside as retailers filled their bins with fall favorites. Cranberries made their first appearance in ads this week, adding extra fall glory to the growing array of pumpkins, acorn and butternut squashes, cabbage, pomegranates,…

Costa Rica will suspend tariff benefits for Panama

In 2020, a tribunal ruled in favor of Costa Rica, after Panama imposed limitations on the importation of fresh tomatoes from Costa Rica. Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign…

Fruit more »

Chinese Begonia apple exported around the globe for the first time

In a small region in China, an apple with the aroma of Begonia flowers is grown, although some say it has the aroma of strawberries. “It’s the world’s sweetest apple with a brix of 19-22 due to its water cores,” says Ricky Chong with World Fresh Exports. Water cores indicate the apple was picked after…

Moldova-special: Piet Schotel of the CBI

"We have worked with Moldovan companies that get it and are real entrepreneurs"

Moldovan growers are not getting support from only USAID's HVAA project, as covered in an earlier part of our Moldovan special. The Netherlands Center for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI), too, advises and supports these growers to tap new markets through advice and active…

Guangzhou Fruit Wholesale Market Report - Week 39

Vietnamese durian sales are ideal, but product movement of Australian oranges slowed down

The seven day holiday for National Day began on Saturday the 1st of October. However, National Day is not a holiday that involves gift giving, so the impact on fruit sales is limited. Only a few traders said that they have seen sales increase. Xinjiang Dinosaur Egg plums (Left) and Vietnamese durian (right)…

Williams Sonoma and pomegranate shipper launch co-branded product line

Home retailer Williams Sonoma announced a partnership with POM Wonderful, a grower-shipper of California-grown pomegranates. The two collaborated to develop a product line showcasing the flavor and versatility of pomegranates. The products will launch as part of POM’s 20th-anniversary celebrations and as…

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