By Will Cavan Executive Director International Mango Organization (IMO) Vista, California
September 16, 2011
The most recent import data for Brazil mangoes shows a varied lot on the shipping end.
This season 12 shippers from Brazil are mixing up their receiver base in North America among 18 USA importers and seven Canadian importers.
Brazil innovator Flavio Muranaka is adding more boxes per pallet, shipping 6,006 (4kg) cartons per container or 273 cartons per pallet in hopes of amortizing expensive shipping costs that are averaging $8,500 per container in the hopes of saving .10 per unit.
This is a step up from the standard 252 (4kg) cartons per pallet or 5,544 cartons per container that runs an average of $1.53 per carton for ocean freight.
(This compared to Ecuadorian and Peruvian shippers that have a substantial advantage. Average ocean freights can run as much as 25% less, running $6,500 per container or $1.17 per carton with a standard configuration.)
Coca-Cola India and Jain Irrigation launch Unnati, a project on mangoes
Our Bureau, Mumbai
Coca-Cola India and Jain Irrigation have announced the launch of Project Unnati, a unique partnership with farmers to demonstrate and enable adoption of Ultra-High Density Plantation (UHDP) practice for mangoes. The launch was announced on Wednesday.
The project will encourage sustainable, modern agricultural practices and help double mango yields, thereby increasing the income of the farmers. The UHDP is a farming practice that leads to mango orchards attaining their full potential in three to four years and also allows nearly 600 trees to be planted in an acre instead of the conventional method of planting 40 trees in an acre.
Atul Singh, president and CEO, Coca-Cola, India, and south-west Asia, and Atul Jain, joint managing director, Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd, together announced the launch.
Atul Singh said, "Project Unnati takes forward our partnership with farmers on sustainable agricult…
ISLAMABAD, Sept 14: Pakistani mangoes presented to the top Iranian leadership by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani during his visit to the neighbourly country won profound appreciation and gratitude from the host dignitaries.
Earlier, the American people enjoyed delicious Pakistani mangoes as this summer, first time; the king of fruits was exported to the US.
Prime Minister took some 100 crates of Multani mangoes to Iran hoping to add much-needed sweetener to the not-so-friendly relations between the two countries. As expected, the mangoes did the trick, said a member of the Pakistani delegation.
Immediately after landing in Teheran, the Pakistani officials dispatched the crates of mangoes to the top leadership of the country including President of Iran. As a result, during every meeting, Iranian officials didn’t miss to register their gratitude for the gift of the Pakistani mangoes.
CERTIFICATION STANDARDS FOR GOOD AND SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
“Adopting Good Agricultural Practice standards will become a necessity around the world”
Interview with Dr. Kristian Moeller and Dr. Elmé Coetzer of GLOBALG.A.P.
Good and sustainable practices are becoming more and more important in today’s industries, and the food and vegetable market is no exception. In this respect, GLOBALG.A.P., a private sector body, sets private standards for the certification of production processes of agricultural products around the globe.
Peppers Today talked to Dr. Kristian Moeller, Managing Director of GLOBALG.A.P. FoodPlus GmbH and President of GLOBALG.A.P. North America Inc., as well as with Dr. Elmé Coetzer, Manager Standards Development at GLOBALG.A.P., who outlined the importance of sustainable practices and certification standards in the fruit and vegetable market around the world and provided some information about the GLOBALG.A.P Tour 2011.
Certification standards for good and sustainable practi…
It can sometimes be hard, drawing a distinction between protecting a domestic industry and outright protectionism.
High tariffs on imported competing products or subsidies paid to your own producers are usually taken as unfair protectionism. Selling goods below their production cost will rightly provoke accusations of dumping.
But where do people stand when it comes to a government guaranteeing a minimum price to its farmers of a commodity that is mostly geared for export?
I am referring, of course, to the minimum price guaranteed to Brazilian farmers for their oranges.
Now nobody would dispute that Brazil is having problems selling its orange juice in the international market.
The reais is incredibly strong against the dollar, and every year, it seems, they earn fewer reals for each tonne of orange juice sold. And Brazil has to pay its cost…
Chiquita Headquarters in Cincinatti, Ohio
Banana giant Chiquita Brands International considered moving its corporate headquarters to Palm Beach County, Florida but wanted more in incentives than Florida State Officials were willing to offer, Boca Mayor Susan Whelchel said today.
Cincinnati-based Chiquita sought $15 million in incentives from the city, county and state, Whelchel said, including $2.5 million each from the city and county and $10 million from the state.
While Boca officials were willing to spend $2.5 million, county officials thought the deal was too rich. "When we weren't able to meet their incentive requirements, they said adios," Whelchel said. "But we'd be happy to hear from them again." Chiquita said it would bring 350 jobs and lease 150,000 square feet of offices, Whelchel said. Negotiations ended earlier this year.
Chiquita's interest in Boca became public Tuesday, when the Charlotte Business Journal and Charlotte Observer reported …