Argentina’s record cherries season could have impact on UK this spring

Following two back-to-back seasons affected by poor weather, which saw export volumes drop, Argentine cherries are looking at a much better 2023-24, the Argentine Chamber of Integrated Cherry Producers (CAPCI) says. CAPCI President Aníbal Caminiti tells FreshFruitPortal.com the sector is projecting the end of the harvest on Feb. 25, and that he has observed good […]

Cultivating Goodness: Insights from the 20th Banana Time convention in Ecuador

In the heart of banana cultivation, the 20th International Banana Time Convention in Guayaquil organized by the Association of Banana Exporters of Ecuador (AEBE) showcased not just the bountiful harvests of Ecuador’s banana industry, but also the extraordinary commitment of its farmers to social responsibility and technological innovation. One of the defining features of this […]

South African table grape planted area to recover after three years

Pink Globe: new table grape variety poised to make a big splash

South Africa table grape planted area, production and exports are all forecast to increase in the marketing year 2021-22, according to a USDA report. The area planted to table grapes is forecast to grow by two percent to 20,900 hectares in the 2021-22 marketing year from 20,564 hectares last year. This comes from new orchards and […]

UK apple suppliers welcome Enhanced Trade Partnership with India

Expanding the UK’s export horizons opens the door for growers to achieve superior prices for larger apple sizes not demanded by domestic retailers. Growers and exporters in the UK have welcomed the signing of an Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP) between the UK and India to facilitate the supply of fresh apples. The opportunities in India […]

South Africa protests disrupt citrus exports

South African farmers have been hit by days of unrest and looting as trucks carrying produce are prevented from delivering to markets. The country’s citrus exports through the port of Durban have been halted after violence erupted in the KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng regions. Crowds have this week clashed with police and ransacked shopping malls, […]

Salmonella outbreak in UK, other countries tied to melons

Melons have been linked to a Salmonella outbreak that has affected 200 people in more than 10 countries. Patients have been reported in Denmark, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Canada and Switzerland. Illnesses started in late March, Food Safety News reports. Czech Republic and Spain have also recorded recent Salmonella […]

In U.S. and across globe, retail success may be hard to sustain

Originally printed in the April 2021 issue of Produce Business. Though the produce category had a record year at retail in 2020, foodservice was, of course, way down as so many restaurants were closed as were institutions such as schools and their lunch and meal programs. The statistics are not all in yet, but there is […]