November 09 2018

first_imgNovember 09 , 2018 Argentine blueberries: Country will be “niche” pla … Blueberry uptick drives Camposol’s strong performa … Argentina to send increased blueberry volumes in s … Chilean fresh fruit exports rose by 6.7% year-on-year during the 2017-18 season, driven by China (mainland and Hong Kong) which saw a massive 45% growth.The Chilean Fruit Exporters’ Association (ASOEX) said the total shipments to all destinations during the 2017-18 season reached a total of 2.78 million metric tons (MT), while to China they increased to 390,218MT.The Far East region overall saw 30.7% growth to 626,729MT.”This increase is explained, mainly in Asia and China, by the record volumes reached in cherries and blueberries,” said ASOEX president Ronald Bown.”In the case of cherries, the growth reached 96%, which led this produce item to become, for the first time, the third most exported fruit in Chile.”This growth reflects the great interest that the Asia-Pacific markets have acquired for the fruit export sector, where China has become a key market. We believe that Asia, especially China, will soon be the main market for Chilean fruit shipments.”Meanwhile, exports to Europe rose by 10.3% to 658,711MT during the 2017-18 season. To North America, they declined by 2.6%, although the region remains Chile’s most important market, with a 32% share.”The Chilean fruit industry is looking to diversify exports, promote new markets and niches, as well as open new market destinations”, said Brown.”[But] this does not mean that we will stop supplying traditional markets, since we have established solid relationships and programs with them.”After cherries, clementines registered the second-highest export growth, rising by 53.9% to 63,048MT.”For the second time, apples are the most exported fruit in Chile, since traditionally the country’s fruit exports had been led by table grapes, with volumes that make Chile the leading exporter of table grapes in the world,” said Bown.Photo: Shutterstock.com India: IG International sees rising blueberry sale … You might also be interested inlast_img read more


Bayer faces second US trial over alleged Roundup

first_img Bayer faces second U.S. trial over alleged Roundup … The global blueberry industry gathering in British … California-based The Wonderful Company has announced its intention to use 100% renewable electricity in its U.S. operations by 2025, following a path that began in 2007 with a ground-mounted solar installation.At the time that installation was the the largest privately held single-site solar plant in the U.S., generating nearly 15% of the required energy at its processing facility for almonds and pistachios.The grower-marketer has come a long way since then. In 2013, Wonderful quadrupled its investment in renewable energy, installing rooftop solar panels at its JUSTIN Wines, Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds, and Halos facilities.The Halos project became the largest privately owned single-site solar rooftop in the U.S.As part of today’s commitment The Wonderful Company is joining RE100, a collaborative global initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, uniting more than 160 influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity.”As a responsible steward of the environment, we’ve invested more than $300 million in sustainability research and innovations, clean energy and prudent use of natural resources,” The Wonderful Company chairman and president Stewart Resnick. March 26 , 2019 U.S.: PMA, United Fresh welcome stricter ag water … center_img Chilean clementine season sees greater volumes of … “This is the natural progression of our sustainability efforts and the right thing for us to do as leaders in the agriculture industry.”The company also plans to achieve the feat globally by 2040. The move follows on from Wonderful’s signing of its first large-scale power purchase agreement in January, in partnership with NextEra Energy to build a 23-megawatt solar project, more than five times the size of previousinstallations on 157 acres of fallow farmland at company facilities in California’s Central Valley.Once completed, the project will generate enough clean electricity each year to grow nearly half of the company’s pistachio, almond, and pomegranate crops and bring the company’s global renewable electricity use to approximately 25%.Building on the success of these past renewable energy projects, The Wonderful Company will seek to source the remaining 75% of its electricity from renewable energy projects sited primarily on company land in the Central Valley.Combined with additional off-site renewable energy projects that will maximize emissions savings, and continued investments in energy efficiency, “The agricultural sector is one of the global industries most immediately impacted by the effects of climate change,” said The Climate Group executive director for North America, Amy Davidsen.”As the largest agriculture business to join RE100 to date, we’re delighted to see The Wonderful Company tackle greenhouse gas emissions from the sector by committing to 100 percent renewable electricity, and we encourage all of their peers to join them.” You might also be interested inlast_img read more


In the south of Spain the brutal heat sent temper

first_imgIn the south of Spain, the brutal heat sent temperatures soaring to around 40°C (104°F) each day through Sunday in Madrid.The hottest locations across the country could have temperatures of 42-44°C (108-112°F) these days.The dangerous heat once again expanded its grip across central Europe on Saturday and Sunday.The weekend was forecasted to start with temperatures approaching or reaching 32°C (90°F) in Brussels, Belgium; and Cologne, Germany.It also spread much farther to the north than earlier last week with widespread highs of 27-30°C (80-86°F) across England on Saturday.An increase in humidity will accompany the surging heat, pushing AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures to near 32°C (90°F) in London.Similar actual highs were registered across southern parts of Norway and Sweden, away from the coast, on Saturday. In Oslo, temperatures can reach 26°C (79°F) on a day when a high closer to 19°C (67°F) is more common.June will end on Sunday with temperatures exceeding 32°C (90°F) for many communities in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and Switzerland.Relief from Europe’s heatwave on the horizonAs quick as the heat surges back to the north, a storm is expected to sweep welcome cooler air into northern Europe.The more comfortable weather first spread across the U.K., Netherlands, Brussels and northern France on Sunday. It is predicted to sweep the heat out of the rest of northern Europe on Monday and Tuesday.Temperatures are set to return to or under 26°C (79°F) in Paris today.The cooler weather will reach Berlin, Germany; Warsaw, Poland; and Zürich, Switzerland, on Tuesday.Madrid will remain hot these days, but the heat will not be as extreme as in the final days of June. EU-Mercosur trade deal increases risk of banana ov … July 01 , 2019 You might also be interested in European apple production to fall by 20% … center_img State of the Market – Week 24, 2019 … As a powerful heatwave swept across Europe last week, France suffered all-time record high temperatures on Friday, with Gallargues-le-Montueux reaching 45.8°C (114.4°F) in the afternoon, says AccuWeather.As temperatures hit dangerous peaks, France’s national weather service issued the first ever “red” hazardous weather warning for southeastern portions of the country on Friday.A “red” warning is the highest level out of a four-level alert system. It was first put into effect after a deadly heatwave in 2003 claimed 15,000 lives, according to the Associated Press.Meanwhile, in Italy, temperatures soared past 33°C (above 90°F) each day last week.Similar scorching temperatures in Spain even led to a major wildfire near Tarragona in the country’s northeast.About 10,000 acres of forest and vegetation were threatened by the blaze, notes AccuWeather.Regional government officials described it as one of the worst in 20 years; more than 50 people evacuated for their safety.CNN reports that the fire may have been started by an “improperly managed” pile of manure that self-combusted, similar to the threat that wet hay bales pose.Other European nations had no reprieve from the overpowering heat either.Last week, all-time June record highs were set in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.In Germany, for example, Coschen station (Berlin-Brandenburg) reached 38.6°C (101.5°F). This is less than 2°C lower than its all-time record maximum, set in Kitzingen in August 2015.Temperatures soared to 38.2°C (100.8°F) at Radzyń, Poland, on Wednesday, while Doksany in the Czech Republic, recorded a high of 38.9°C (102°F).Additionally, more than half of the stations in Switzerland recorded new all-time June temperatures on Wednesday.In Spain, site-specific June record highs were also broken in Molina de Aragón and Daroca on Wednesday.Heat to hold firm across France, surge back to Germany and PolandCooler air is currently bringing much-needed heat relief to central Europe. But the heat is holding firm across Spain and France and surged back to the north in the final days of June. Peruvian avocados: Greater early-season volumes ma …last_img read more