1) Government agencies: Fruit fly species stopped at border; ICPR Changes; Last controls on the movement of fruit and vegetables lifted; Cargo facilities can now be fined; Entry to UK in the case of a no deal exit; Wood packaging; Biosecurity sniffer looking for name; WTO Notifications
2) New Zealand News: Appointment of new Ambassador to Japan; Farmers focused on climate change; More water storage needed; Zespri staff move into Mount Maunganui head office; $52m Craigmore apple orchard investment approved; Freshmax appoints Terry Brown as General Manager; Avocado prices have doubled since February; 'Outstanding' apple season blighted by a lack of workers willing to pick them; High-end shoppers seek quality; Ambrosia beetle is a concern for New Zealand avocado sector.
3) International news:GAIN reports; Fruit caught up in new US-EU trade spat; UK granted a Brexit extension until 31 October; ASTA applauds international move to streamline phytosanitary system for seed; US: Retailer demands and the Food Safety Modernization Act; Bayer shareholder Deka joins chorus of complaints over Monsanto; Workforce is the single biggest challenge for global horticulture; Insolar accepted into Blockchain in Transport Alliance; Pagoda advances "steady" market strategy; Swiss and Finnish checks detect Listeria; “Veggycation” relaunch teaches us how to love vegetables; The rise of products without pesticide residues; Smart tech ‘can boost yields and limit waste’; oil Association announces Ecocert partnership
1) Government agencies: New agreement to protect citrus industry; Stricter stink bug controls proposed for imported cargo; WTO Notifications
2) New Zealand News:Growers upbeat about crop harvest; China's appetite continues to grow for New Zealand exports; Lifetime working with seeds and grains; Seasonal labour shortage declared in the Bay of Plenty; Research centre to focus on robotics in agriculture; China's Pagoda becomes world's largest retailer of Rockit apples; NZ technology boosts Aussie mango operation; Creator of gold kiwifruit Russell Lowe: 50 years at Plant and Food Research; New Zealand growers participate in biosecurity workshop; Where myrtle rust has been found
3) International news: GAIN reports; Singapore focuses on food security to counter external threats; EFSA provides dedicated support for small and medium-sized enterprises; "The GMO directive needs to be amended"; France takes action over kiwifruit fraud; Importing and exporting plants and plant products if the UK leaves the EU without a deal; Danish organic fruit and veg prices under pressure; Bayer board says pursuit of Monsanto was done diligently; Freshfel's latest Headlines.; Free online food safety liability training; "Deeper scrutiny of plant and microbe interactions key for food safety"; Increasing cases of bacteria in IQF vegetables restraining market growth; Daily consumption of fruit and vegetables in the EU; CREA highlights the beneficial properties of blue-violet fruits and vegetables; Influence of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles on germination and plant metabolism; Algorithms to change the way we buy
1) Agency News Public asked to help with beetle surveillance; WTO Notifications; Mandatory Breach Reporting – what does it mean for your business?; Cracking Europe - webinar series through May 2019; NZCTA - China Business Awards 2019.
2) New Zealand News: Net profit increases at EastPack; First charter ship carrying Zespri Kiwifruit sets sail for China and Japan; Zespri China sales still growing; T&G in apple robot first; New Zealand Research Organization and Yunnan to create "green food brand"; Weather impacts South Canterbury orchard fruit size - not quantity; Novel plant architectures and canopy management techniques bear fruit. 3) International news: GAIN reports; EU preparations for Brexit; "End the legal chaos at the European Patent Office"; "Patents were invented for a reason"; New intellectual property protection for new varieties in the US; MRL detections report in the EU stresses importance of pest control; Italy joins Belt and Road initiative; Uber Freight launches in Europe; Bayer's blind spot on Monsanto's roundup may cost billions"; Stand applications still open for ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA; US: Efficacy of biochemical biopesticides that may be used in organic farming; US: 2018 Vegetables Summary; China’s soaring demand for fruit to benefit foreign growers; Reduce blood clotting with kiwifruit?; Fruit and vegetables boost well-being; Doctors ‘prescribing fruits and veg’ could save the US $100 billion in medical costs.
1) New Zealand News: Foreign Minister to visit Indonesia and Turkey; Export NZ’s Trade update; Fruit fly in Auckland; Kiwifruit growers' PSA case: Judge took right approach – lawyer; Court told Seeka deserves the right to claim post harvest operator losses; Flower supplies run short as the sea of floral tributes in Christchurch; Kiwifruit workers urged to shop around in New Zealand; Nelson family business: Feijoas year-round.; Going beyond quality inspection; New technology will help ; Seeka a busy time both operationally and strategically; The continuance of kiwifruit’s golden run; Apricot growers excited by the release of new varieties; North Island avocado scheme going for growth; Right food at the right time is key to restoring our body clock and gut health
2.International news: GAIN reports; The EU fruit and vegetable sector: Main features, challenges and prospects; Origin of organic agricultural products often still untraceable”; European justice forces access to reports on glyphosate; Prognosis 2030: declining consumption of apples, peaches and nectarines; Turkey: Major producer and exporter of fruit and vegetables; Turkey: Major producer and exporter of fruit and vegetables; Facts to Consider About the "Dirty Dozen" List; EWG updates 'Dirty Dozen' list; Produce crops now set to benefit from heat treatment expansion; Clēan Works announces new way to clean food products without using water; Researchers of the WUR present the latest methods for improving quality of fruit and vegetables; Dry ice in containers results in better quality soft fruit; Researchers make plant disease breakthrough
2. New Zealand News: Primary sector export value continues to climb; Trade numbers show promising start to CPTPP; Workforce changes present opportunities for industry; Crown's appeal argues The Kiwifruit Claim judgement is unsound in law and fact; NZ apple season looking rosy; Motueka exporter opens state-of-the-art apple packhouse; First of an estimated industry-wide 150 million trays picked and packed in Gisborne; Red kiwifruit variety to go on trial in New Zealand; As labour shortage bites, app aims to hook growers up with workers; Enzed Exotics celebrates landmark; Seeka purchases Aongatete coolstores for $25M; South Island packhouse upgrades technology; New Zealand blackcurrant contains high levels of cyclic Glycine-Proline; kiwi Zesy002: the earlier the flowering, the heavier the fruit
3. International news: GAIN reports; Food Defense Updates; An important step closer to a fairer food chain for everyone"; To Brexit or not to Brexit?; Zero-tariff Brexit raises questions; Brexit raises food safety concerns; New standard for fresh produce airfreight; Singapore: New 30% goal for home-grown food by 2030; NFU warns Brexit uncertainty will hit UK organic farmers; Airfreight demand dips; European organic market doubles in size in a decade; 2018 China Fruit Import Statistics Released; ‘UK Fruit and vegetable producers at risk if climate change continues’; ‘Will "residue-free" label fit between organic & conventional; Eating mushrooms may reduce the risk of cognitive decline; Sour cherry: a good sleeping pill; Kidney-friendly vegetables in hydroponics.
1) Government agencies Fruit Fly update; ICPR Changes; Myrtle rust online training Exotic insect discovered in New Zealand for the first time
2) New Zealand News: EPA proposes to ban some lethal herbicide paraquat sprays; The Kiwifruit Claim preparing to enter the appeals stage; Concerned Growers Collective opposes Zespri vote; Spotlight on quality avocado; New Zealand’s growers partner up to grow premium Squash variety; New look and planet-friendly packaging for Rockit apples; Mr Apple's new varieties pass consumer tests as production prepares to ramp up; Plant-based menus & tech trends; Influenza-like illness circulating in Hawke's Bay; Labour pains rack growers; Marlborough vineyards scare birds with drones; Bright begonias have scent, stripes and spots; Confidence in system after fruit fly detections; Wairarapa pea weevil ban could come to an end 3) International news: GAIN reports; FDA takes new steps to protect food products from deliberate attacks; The FSMA Produce Safety Rule: An inspection preview; Opposition filed against patent on lettuce; ‘The impact of Brexit on UK grocery industry and shoppers’; Australia warned of growing Chilean threat in China; Tomatoes may help reduce risk of liver cancer; New plant genome editing database launched; Managing vegetables with your smartphone; Australia focuses on microscopic pests
1) Government Agencies : Fruit Fly Update; Brexit Information, WTO Notifications; Customs arrangement with Hong Kong to benefit New Zealand
2) New Zealand News: NZ and Fiji to hold regular talks; Visit to strengthen trade links with Mexico; Strong export growth in face of global headwinds; Export NZ Trade Update; Feedback from exporters on industrial relations changes; Seeka reports 27 percent lift in profit due to upturn in kiwifruit volumes; T&G Director of International Sales appointed; T&G Global reports profit dip; Scales Corporation delivers strong profit result; NZ kiwifruit continues on its export roll; New kiwi packaging facility for Katikati; NZ kiwifruit packhouse announces living wage; Onions NZ will explore sustainable production; Onions NZ will explore sustainable production; Chinese landing eyed for NZ apples; New Zealand banana project could soon bear fruit; HortNZ director election 2019; NZ Biosecurity Minister commends Hawke's Bay's defences against fruit fly; MPI to advise Government on biosecurity funding;
3) International news:GAIN reports; Brexit to be delayed?; Vietnam: New food safety measures for agricultural sector; US FDA to adopt new methods to assess imports; European Commission to launch new market observatories; Australia will sign FTA with Indonesia; Dover can handle "moderate" Brexit disruption; Consolidation in the seed industry; Bayer swings to loss on Monsanto-related charges; Compass: ‘Trust and tech will shape our food system’; Naturipe targets global blockchain roll-out; Kuhne and Nagel increases results; Computer program aids food safety experts with pathogen testing; Listeria in US food facility means recall of veggies sold at Walmart; The carbon footprint of flowers; 'Ugly produce' might be losing its appeal in the US; Real to replace plastic bags with reusable nets by 2020; Home compostable film combined with paper; Avocado stone fights against cardiovascular diseases and cancer; Produce traceability on patented labelling system; Silver nanoparticles for bacterial control; Tiny drones a buzzkill for greenhouse insects
2) New Zealand News: Minister travels to UAE and Egypt; Fruit fly trap checks stepped up; Food Standards Australia New Zealand report on strawberry tampering; Seed business sale approved by commissions; Kiwifruit sector front-foots campaign to find pickers; Apple crop of excellent quality expected; Potatoes New Zealand continues work after potato mop-top virus find; New Zespri Chairman; Farmers must comply with society's expectations; New species of fruit fly found in Auckland;
3) International news: GAIN reports; Tariffs: Gove wants protection on "sensitive" products; UK to sign post-Brexit trade continuity accord with Israel; EFSA to share data on open-access platform; No-Deal Brexit could cost grocery sector billions; Supermarkets will have to take a look at their margins; Germany remains a very price-sensitive market; Delay concerns over piece-level inspection; Successful brand structure and promotion are key to market success"; Why is premium fruit becoming cheaper and cheaper in China?; Why have fruit imports increased over the years?; China & US start new round of trade talks in Washington; Report raises new glyphosate fears; Thermolabel registers temperature of fruit and veg; Picvert goes for the label 'Cultivated without Pesticides'; Paper replacement for polyethene mulches; "No genetic engineering means people die"; Global organic acreage grows by 20%; Swedish vertical farming company Plantagon International bankrupt; Gut bacteria adapting to New Zealanders' love of fruit and veg; 'Blueberries can help lower blood pressure
Full update available here 1) Government agencies: Auckland Fruit Fly under investigation, New Zealand primary products continue to clear China border as usual; WTO Notifications; Exports essential e-book Perception of Corruption report; Using the New Zealand story 2) New Zealand News: FTA top of mind in Agriculture Minister and EU Commissioner meeting; Exporters expand despite global challenges; New Zealand bids for World Avocado Congress; World Potato Markets’ interesting picture for processors; Potato season looking good across South Canterbury region; Minimum wage affects labour-intensive fruit exporters; Munch'n™ Kiwiberry harvest underway; New Zealand apple industry under threat from climate change; Seasonal labour shortage declared in New Zealand's Hawke's Bay; New Zealand grown' labels; Tropical fruit options brings opportunities to New Zealand growers; Australia’s most threatening plant disease targeted; UK: Researchers rally against Xylella fastidiosa; Italy Container load compliance update in combat against stink bugs
3) International news: GAIN reports; Patents on classical plant cultivation should not be possible"; FDA issues Final Guidance on Voluntary Food Recalls; UK: Plant health inspection facilities at place of first arrival if there's no Brexit deal; European parliament passes medical marijuana resolution; European parliament passes medical marijuana resolution; Agreement with Singapore set to give a boost to EU-Asia trade; The slow boat to Brexit Oblivion is leaving soon; The most important European markets at a glance; Blockchain for improved distribution, food safety, quality and traceability; Port of Melbourne to upgrade infrastructure; Chinese fruit retail is in the process of expansion into regional markets; Envy apple featured again at New York Fashion Week; PMA Picks: Top Produce Retail Trends and Products; Learnings from the leafy green recall; New technology puts the heat on pests; Organic industry 2019 in Europe and worldwide; Articles on a number of more sustainable packaging and labelling approaches; Crowdfunding for sustainable agri-food; The world's most expensive and extravagant flower bouquet
1) Government agencies: WTO Notifications; Handy new tool from MPI; New Zealand Central in Shanghai; Spreading to the UAE and beyond; Southeast Asia Market Readiness Programme – Auckland, 8 March
2) New Zealand News: Australian Foreign Minister has visited New Zealand; We are not cash cows, farmers tell councils; Tomato rootstock seed imports resume; Horticulture: New social practice standard on its way; More communication necessary during cases of tampering’; Horticulture industry training and undergraduate scholarships available; Funding available for development of women leaders; Central Hawkes Bay has potential for high value crops; Second round of Tamarixia triozae biological control releases underway; 174 cases of myrtle rust fungus found in the Bay of Plenty; Australia: Biosecurity advice - Brown marmorated stink bug; Australia: BSMB found in Port Melbourne; Australia: A free electronic pest identification tool; UK Putting biosecurity at the heart of the horticultural trade
3) International news: GAIN reports; EU-28 agri-food chain makes joint proposals to Michel Barnier in preparation for a Brexit no-deal scenario; New EU retail rules will protect farmers, even after Brexit; Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between EU and Japan; The state of the USDA: A quiet dismantling; No deal challenges for UK horticulture; Trade Union fears Brexit will impact country’s maritime sector; Chayote (Choko) A 2019 food trend; Top fruit safety guaranteed; France: a new agroecological approach for apple production; France: three tomato giants join forces to offer zero-pesticide products; Orchards get sun smart in record heatwave; Rapid gene cloning technique will transform crop disease protection"