Monthly Archives: January 2015

AU: Costa family considers IPO

Frank Costa flags overseas sale for Costa Group Frank Costa says his Costa Group could be the latest agricultural company to be sold to overseas interests, after Australia’s largest grower and distributor of fruit and vegetables confirmed it is up for sale. As exclusively revealed by Street Talk on Wednesday, Costa Group will pursue an… Read more »

Indian mango exports could increase by 50%

India’s mango exports are expected to rise by 40-50 percent next fiscal year, following the lifting of the EU import ban, says Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh. “The lifting of the ban by the European Union will boost mango exports. The country’s overall exports are expected to increas by 40-50 percent next fiscal,” Singh told… Read more »

Australia’s largest horticulture producer shuts gates at two grape farms

Australia’s largest horticulture producer, the Costa Group, has shut the gates on its grape farms at St George and Menindee. The company said the ‘regrettable’ decision to close the farms, in southern Queensland and western New South Wales respectively, had ‘not been taken lightly’. In a written statement, Costa outlined ‘that changed industry and market… Read more »

California plums gain access to Australia

California plums will add significantly to the counter-seasonal stone fruit category in Australia from 2015, following access being approved by Australian quarantine authorities. Marcy Martin, Trade Director with California Fresh Fruit Association, said success over the past two seasons for California white and yellow-fleshed peaches and nectarines indicated there will also be good demand for… Read more »

Australian lentil prices reach $1000 a tonne

LENTIL prices are at sky high levels of $1000 a tonne, after a tight finish to the Australian season. The price offered for the pulse shot up more than $100 in a week to peak at $1015 last week for nipper lentils delivered to Port Adelaide. The same price has been offered for lentils this… Read more »

US: Bigger crops ahead for WA apples

Growers will need to produce niche varieties and maximize production efficiency, marketers say. Washington state’s apple production will continue to expand, with a fresh crop of 200 million boxes possible in the future, two top marketers predicted during the Washington State Horticultural Association’s annual meeting in December. Robert Kershaw, president of Kershaw Fruit Company in… Read more »

Australia hit by fire and flood

Oz summer storms cause flood damage to infrastructure and produce. Australia has endured some dramatic weather in the last few weeks. Vicious bush fires in South Australia in the Adelaide hills.   Flash flooding in Western Australia up in Kimberley and more flooding just outside Darwin in Northern Territory.   Then, a forecast of a… Read more »

Poland fights for Indian apple market

by Hari Yellina The move comes as Poland is eyeing a greater presence on the Indian market, with Deputy PM and Economy Minister Janusz Piechocinski closing a three-day visit to Gujarat, Monday, with a delegation of almost 25 Polish businesses and government officials. The announcement was made by Poland’s Deputy Agriculture Minister Tadeusz Nalewajk following… Read more »