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U.S.: Stable start for Chilean orange season despite higher volume

While recent reports suggest quality problems have set back pricing for Chilean lemons and easy peelers, the first weeks of the season showed a strong footing for the country’s oranges in the U.S.

According to figures from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Chilean orange prices stood at US$ 22/15kg (33lbs) box last week, which is similar to the level they were at for the same period in 2015.

South African orange prices were also within the historic two-year average at US$ 24/15kg (33lbs) box.

Chilean orange shipments started in June and until the first week of July they reached 7,483 metric tons (MT), representing a rise of 11% year-on-year, according to Chilean statistics agency Odepa.

As has been the trend at this time of year, the U.S. has accounted for 85% of Chile’s shipments.

In 2015, Chile finished the orange season with 69,170MT exported, recovering from a low of 57,445MT in 2014.

In terms of easy peelers, a representative from the Chilean Citrus Committee has told the local press there has been a lot of fruit with seeds this year due to cross-pollination.

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China to allow Chilean prunes in “natural condition”

While Chile has been selling prunes to the Chinese market since 2010 only tenderized fruit has been allowed until now.

According to the Chile Prunes Association, Chinese authorities have finally authorized imports of prunes that have been dried under “natural conditions”.

“Currently, 90% of prunes imported by China from the rest of the world are of this ‘natural condition’ type, which is why this new understanding between AQSIQ and SAG opens an important market for this product, which makes us very content with the new possibility of exports opened in that country,” says Chilean Agriculture Minister Carlos Furche.

Demand for health products is on the rise in China, bringing with it demand for dried fruits. Chinese consumers have historically eaten local dried ‘Wumei’ prunes, but in recent years there have been imports of the Western-style prunes Chile and other countries produce which are called ‘Ximei’ in the Asian nation.

“Our country, once again, is opening international markets with strong arguments for quality, seriousness and reliability. This news allows us to substantially increase our export potential in China,” said Chile Prunes president Pedro Pablo Diaz.

“Chile has an FTA which allows us to have a 0% tariff, and just this year California will produce 40% of its normal production, so availability of exports will be much lower and consequently, there will be a greater opportunity for Chile,” added Chile Prunes executive director Andrés Rodríguez.

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Chilean grape shipments under way

Harvesting in Chile’s Copiapó Valley has begun, and the first grapes of the Chilean season are on their way to the North American market. With favorable climatic conditions throughout the past year, the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association anticipates that export volumes from Copiapó will grow from 10 million boxes to more than 11 million boxes. North America is the largest export market, receiving roughly 70 percent of all Copiapó grapes.

The main early varieties are Perlette, Thompson, Flame and Superior, but the Copiapó growers, along with the rest of the Chilean grape industry, are working diligently to introduce new varieties. In Copiapó, such new varieties include Prime, Allison, Arra 15, Timco and Ralli.

“I recently spoke on North America market trends at a seminar hosted by the Producer and Exporters Association of Copiapó,” Karen Brux, managing director of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, said in a press release. “Growers clearly have a strong focus on North America, and a commitment to meeting the market’s needs. With positive reports on this year’s crop, we’re looking forward to a strong start to the season.”

The CFFA supports grape promotions throughout the season and has recently hired a new merchandiser in eastern Canada to further expand the marketing of fresh fruit from Chile.

Chilean grapes represent over 40 percent of total Chilean fresh fruit export volumes to the United States. Over 300,000 tons were shipped to the United States last year.

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Chilean grape shipments under way

Harvesting in Chile’s Copiapó Valley has begun, and the first grapes of the Chilean season are on their way to the North American market. With favorable climatic conditions throughout the past year, the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association anticipates that export volumes from Copiapó will grow from 10 million boxes to more than 11 million boxes. North America is the largest export market, receiving roughly 70 percent of all Copiapó grapes.

The main early varieties are Perlette, Thompson, Flame and Superior, but the Copiapó growers, along with the rest of the Chilean grape industry, are working diligently to introduce new varieties. In Copiapó, such new varieties include Prime, Allison, Arra 15, Timco and Ralli.

“I recently spoke on North America market trends at a seminar hosted by the Producer and Exporters Association of Copiapó,” Karen Brux, managing director of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, said in a press release. “Growers clearly have a strong focus on North America, and a commitment to meeting the market’s needs. With positive reports on this year’s crop, we’re looking forward to a strong start to the season.”

The CFFA supports grape promotions throughout the season and has recently hired a new merchandiser in eastern Canada to further expand the marketing of fresh fruit from Chile.

Chilean grapes represent over 40 percent of total Chilean fresh fruit export volumes to the United States. Over 300,000 tons were shipped to the United States last year.

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Chilean grape shipments under way

Harvesting in Chile’s Copiapó Valley has begun, and the first grapes of the Chilean season are on their way to the North American market. With favorable climatic conditions throughout the past year, the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association anticipates that export volumes from Copiapó will grow from 10 million boxes to more than 11 million boxes. North America is the largest export market, receiving roughly 70 percent of all Copiapó grapes.

The main early varieties are Perlette, Thompson, Flame and Superior, but the Copiapó growers, along with the rest of the Chilean grape industry, are working diligently to introduce new varieties. In Copiapó, such new varieties include Prime, Allison, Arra 15, Timco and Ralli.

“I recently spoke on North America market trends at a seminar hosted by the Producer and Exporters Association of Copiapó,” Karen Brux, managing director of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, said in a press release. “Growers clearly have a strong focus on North America, and a commitment to meeting the market’s needs. With positive reports on this year’s crop, we’re looking forward to a strong start to the season.”

The CFFA supports grape promotions throughout the season and has recently hired a new merchandiser in eastern Canada to further expand the marketing of fresh fruit from Chile.

Chilean grapes represent over 40 percent of total Chilean fresh fruit export volumes to the United States. Over 300,000 tons were shipped to the United States last year.

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Chilean grape shipments under way

Harvesting in Chile’s Copiapó Valley has begun, and the first grapes of the Chilean season are on their way to the North American market. With favorable climatic conditions throughout the past year, the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association anticipates that export volumes from Copiapó will grow from 10 million boxes to more than 11 million boxes. North America is the largest export market, receiving roughly 70 percent of all Copiapó grapes.

The main early varieties are Perlette, Thompson, Flame and Superior, but the Copiapó growers, along with the rest of the Chilean grape industry, are working diligently to introduce new varieties. In Copiapó, such new varieties include Prime, Allison, Arra 15, Timco and Ralli.

“I recently spoke on North America market trends at a seminar hosted by the Producer and Exporters Association of Copiapó,” Karen Brux, managing director of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, said in a press release. “Growers clearly have a strong focus on North America, and a commitment to meeting the market’s needs. With positive reports on this year’s crop, we’re looking forward to a strong start to the season.”

The CFFA supports grape promotions throughout the season and has recently hired a new merchandiser in eastern Canada to further expand the marketing of fresh fruit from Chile.

Chilean grapes represent over 40 percent of total Chilean fresh fruit export volumes to the United States. Over 300,000 tons were shipped to the United States last year.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Chilean grape shipments under way

Harvesting in Chile’s Copiapó Valley has begun, and the first grapes of the Chilean season are on their way to the North American market. With favorable climatic conditions throughout the past year, the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association anticipates that export volumes from Copiapó will grow from 10 million boxes to more than 11 million boxes. North America is the largest export market, receiving roughly 70 percent of all Copiapó grapes.

The main early varieties are Perlette, Thompson, Flame and Superior, but the Copiapó growers, along with the rest of the Chilean grape industry, are working diligently to introduce new varieties. In Copiapó, such new varieties include Prime, Allison, Arra 15, Timco and Ralli.

“I recently spoke on North America market trends at a seminar hosted by the Producer and Exporters Association of Copiapó,” Karen Brux, managing director of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, said in a press release. “Growers clearly have a strong focus on North America, and a commitment to meeting the market’s needs. With positive reports on this year’s crop, we’re looking forward to a strong start to the season.”

The CFFA supports grape promotions throughout the season and has recently hired a new merchandiser in eastern Canada to further expand the marketing of fresh fruit from Chile.

Chilean grapes represent over 40 percent of total Chilean fresh fruit export volumes to the United States. Over 300,000 tons were shipped to the United States last year.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Chilean grape shipments under way

Harvesting in Chile’s Copiapó Valley has begun, and the first grapes of the Chilean season are on their way to the North American market. With favorable climatic conditions throughout the past year, the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association anticipates that export volumes from Copiapó will grow from 10 million boxes to more than 11 million boxes. North America is the largest export market, receiving roughly 70 percent of all Copiapó grapes.

The main early varieties are Perlette, Thompson, Flame and Superior, but the Copiapó growers, along with the rest of the Chilean grape industry, are working diligently to introduce new varieties. In Copiapó, such new varieties include Prime, Allison, Arra 15, Timco and Ralli.

“I recently spoke on North America market trends at a seminar hosted by the Producer and Exporters Association of Copiapó,” Karen Brux, managing director of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, said in a press release. “Growers clearly have a strong focus on North America, and a commitment to meeting the market’s needs. With positive reports on this year’s crop, we’re looking forward to a strong start to the season.”

The CFFA supports grape promotions throughout the season and has recently hired a new merchandiser in eastern Canada to further expand the marketing of fresh fruit from Chile.

Chilean grapes represent over 40 percent of total Chilean fresh fruit export volumes to the United States. Over 300,000 tons were shipped to the United States last year.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Chilean grape shipments under way

Harvesting in Chile’s Copiapó Valley has begun, and the first grapes of the Chilean season are on their way to the North American market. With favorable climatic conditions throughout the past year, the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association anticipates that export volumes from Copiapó will grow from 10 million boxes to more than 11 million boxes. North America is the largest export market, receiving roughly 70 percent of all Copiapó grapes.

The main early varieties are Perlette, Thompson, Flame and Superior, but the Copiapó growers, along with the rest of the Chilean grape industry, are working diligently to introduce new varieties. In Copiapó, such new varieties include Prime, Allison, Arra 15, Timco and Ralli.

“I recently spoke on North America market trends at a seminar hosted by the Producer and Exporters Association of Copiapó,” Karen Brux, managing director of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, said in a press release. “Growers clearly have a strong focus on North America, and a commitment to meeting the market’s needs. With positive reports on this year’s crop, we’re looking forward to a strong start to the season.”

The CFFA supports grape promotions throughout the season and has recently hired a new merchandiser in eastern Canada to further expand the marketing of fresh fruit from Chile.

Chilean grapes represent over 40 percent of total Chilean fresh fruit export volumes to the United States. Over 300,000 tons were shipped to the United States last year.

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Double-digit increase anticipated for Chilean cherry imports

The Chilean Cherry Committee, an entity associated with the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association, commonly referred to as ASOEX, expects total exports of fresh cherries from Chile to reach 100,000 tons this year. As the second-largest export market for Chile, North America anticipates a 45 percent increase in volume over the 2013-14 season.

To support this dramatic growth, the Chilean Cherry Committee is pursuing a targeted promotion campaign across the United States and Canada, with increased funding earmarked for retail promotions.312-CHERRIES

“Thanks to an extraordinarily successful harvest, we’re going to see increased volume and promotions in North America,” said Karen Brux, North America managing director for the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association. “The Chilean Cherry Committee is committed to expanding the North American market for Chilean cherries, and we have promotion funding available for retailers to make that happen. We’re in the process of meeting with retailers to confirm holiday promotions.”

This year’s strong harvest is great news for the Chilean cherry industry, which was hard hit in 2013 by a devastating freeze. Brux said the initial estimate for 2013-14 season was 85,000 tons, but after the freeze, this dropped to 68,000 tons. With Chile on track to export at least 100,000 tons during the 2014-15 season, this is a significant step for the industry.

“It’s also great news for North American retailers who want to offer their shoppers a beautiful, premium, great-tasting fruit over the holiday season,” Brux added.

Chile is one of the largest cherry exporters in the world. Fresh cherries from Chile are available in December and January, with export peaks expected from weeks 49 through 51. The Chilean Cherry Committee is offering holiday-themed point-of-sale merchandising materials that encourage shoppers to “bring home the cherry best,” which is its marketing call to action for holiday promotions. Supporting recipes, images and other materials are available for both in-store and online marketing.

The Chilean Cherry Committee was formed under the auspices of the ASOEX, which is based in Santiago, Chile. The Chilean Fresh Fruit Association is its North American counterpart and directs all marketing and promotional activities for fresh Chilean fruit in the U.S. and Canada. More information about cherries and other fruits from Chile is available at www.fruitsfromchile.com.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Double-digit increase anticipated for Chilean cherry imports

The Chilean Cherry Committee, an entity associated with the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association, commonly referred to as ASOEX, expects total exports of fresh cherries from Chile to reach 100,000 tons this year. As the second-largest export market for Chile, North America anticipates a 45 percent increase in volume over the 2013-14 season.

To support this dramatic growth, the Chilean Cherry Committee is pursuing a targeted promotion campaign across the United States and Canada, with increased funding earmarked for retail promotions.312-CHERRIES

“Thanks to an extraordinarily successful harvest, we’re going to see increased volume and promotions in North America,” said Karen Brux, North America managing director for the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association. “The Chilean Cherry Committee is committed to expanding the North American market for Chilean cherries, and we have promotion funding available for retailers to make that happen. We’re in the process of meeting with retailers to confirm holiday promotions.”

This year’s strong harvest is great news for the Chilean cherry industry, which was hard hit in 2013 by a devastating freeze. Brux said the initial estimate for 2013-14 season was 85,000 tons, but after the freeze, this dropped to 68,000 tons. With Chile on track to export at least 100,000 tons during the 2014-15 season, this is a significant step for the industry.

“It’s also great news for North American retailers who want to offer their shoppers a beautiful, premium, great-tasting fruit over the holiday season,” Brux added.

Chile is one of the largest cherry exporters in the world. Fresh cherries from Chile are available in December and January, with export peaks expected from weeks 49 through 51. The Chilean Cherry Committee is offering holiday-themed point-of-sale merchandising materials that encourage shoppers to “bring home the cherry best,” which is its marketing call to action for holiday promotions. Supporting recipes, images and other materials are available for both in-store and online marketing.

The Chilean Cherry Committee was formed under the auspices of the ASOEX, which is based in Santiago, Chile. The Chilean Fresh Fruit Association is its North American counterpart and directs all marketing and promotional activities for fresh Chilean fruit in the U.S. and Canada. More information about cherries and other fruits from Chile is available at www.fruitsfromchile.com.

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