October 24, 2014 / Week N° 43

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India: panel suggests tougher import controls for pesticides

May 31st, 2013

An Indian government panel is seeking to reel in usage of restricted pesticides on imported fruits.

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Greece: Greenpeace blew residue results “out of proportion”

May 17th, 2013

Incofruit’s George Frangistas says Greenpeace skewed pesticide residue results, painting a negative picture of the Greek produce industry.

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South African apples and pears shine on European market

May 17th, 2013

South Africa could reach record pear exports, in part due to demand from an undersupplied Europe.

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U.S.: salad bars removed from five schools in Monterey

May 16th, 2013

A district-level labor dispute in California has brought a slight setback to the “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” campaign.

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Mexico eliminates tariffs for limes, tomatillos

May 16th, 2013

A Mexican lime growers’ association representative says the government’s recent tariff cuts could lead to an industry “collapse”.

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Indian mango exporter finds market in Germany

May 15th, 2013

Germany has provided a welcome testing ground for mangoes from India’s Rapid Import and Exporters.

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Colombia a “paradise” for avocados, says Antioquia leader

May 14th, 2013

The Colombian avocado industry is ramping up production, GlobalG.A.P. certifications and market access talks.

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U.S.: fair trade promotion expands into new, bigger markets

May 13th, 2013

Interrupcion CEO Rafael Goldberg reflects on outstanding banana volume growth and new projects.

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Canada’s Agriculture Union slams job cuts

May 10th, 2013

Canada’s agricultural budget cuts put research, industry and food safety at risk, according to a former CFIA inspection supervisor.

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Czech golden apple gains global footprint

May 10th, 2013

The owners of the Opal apple variety have found new planting horizons to meet bullish retailer demand.

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U.S. Pacific Northwest braces for possible fruit fly surge

May 9th, 2013

Ideal temperatures could create a boom year for spotted wing drosophila in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

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European companies bring bananas to life through comics

May 8th, 2013

An Irish produce company and a German branding agency concocted a fresh way to boost banana consumption – laser printed comics.

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Coca-Cola to invest US$2B in Florida citrus

May 7th, 2013

Florida’s orange industry has received an economic boost from the Coca-Cola Company.

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Peruvian growers encouraged to invest in organic pineapples

May 7th, 2013

Growing U.S. demand for pesticide-free pineapples could create market possibilities for Peru.

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Indonesian restrictions lead to “one big mess of juice and grape flesh”

May 6th, 2013

AHEA’s Maxwell Summers discusses the impacts of Indonesian import quotas and the opening of a new Asian market for Australia.

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Contrasting outlooks for different Chilean citrus fruits

May 2nd, 2013

We speak with two Chilean citrus exporters with very different outlooks for this season.

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Ecuador to reinforce Russian fruit market position

April 30th, 2013

Ecuador’s banana exports to Russia have skyrocketed this year with supermarket promotion plans underway.

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Chile: Subsole expands into nut category

April 29th, 2013

Chile’s Subsole aims to become a leader in the export of several types of nuts through a recent alliance.

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Bipartisan GMO labeling bill introduced to U.S. Congress

April 26th, 2013

A proposed GMO labeling bill has received bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress.

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Blueberry industry funds US$1M for metabolic health research

April 25th, 2013

Blueberry representatives from North America and Chile aim to take health claims to the next level through clinical research.

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Markets remain uncertain for South African citrus exports

April 24th, 2013

Doubt from the European Union and China has created new questions for South African citrus.

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Chinese ban on Washington apples ‘doesn’t make sense’

April 23rd, 2013

Jim Archer discusses discrepancies between Chinese interceptions and the ban on Washington apples.

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Egyptian citrus exporter reflects on new markets

April 22nd, 2013

El Gebaly’s Sherif Mezar gives insight into new opportunities for Egyptian citrus and the possible U.S. market.

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Latin American promise in the face of climate change

April 19th, 2013

Latin America may face its own extremes from climate change but several factors will lend the region a helping hand.

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Latam retailers shift away from export discards

April 18th, 2013

Two of South America’s leading retailers discuss produce sourcing strategies to meet changing consumer habits.

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Chinese ag giant bets on Chilean premium fruit

April 17th, 2013

A Chinese business linked to Lenovo has kicked off international fruit sourcing plans with a joint venture in South America.

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Chinese citrus ban leaves California scrambling for answers

April 17th, 2013

Chinese brown rot concerns have put Californian citrus exporters in a precarious position.

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Florida citrus growers cross fingers for greening solution

April 16th, 2013

Florida’s citrus industry is placing bets on research to save fruit from greening, which has brought down shipments this year.

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Mexican grape growers confident for strong season

April 15th, 2013

Mexico’s grape producers are cautiously optimistic despite some frost concerns.

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Quinoa: a versatile grain with global potential

April 12th, 2013

Quinoa holds promise as a far-reaching food staple, thanks to its adaptability and nutritional value.

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Fall Creek releases six new blueberry varieties

April 11th, 2013

Fall Creek has released a range of new blueberries to cater to different physical demands, flavors and uses.

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Lower prices cause grape divide for Australian growers

April 10th, 2013

High volume, early season grapes are pushing Australian growers to assess their options for survival.

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Latin American prickly pear snapshot

April 9th, 2013

Prickly pear production is growing in Mexico, Chile and Peru but still lacks a serious export market.

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Peruvian cherimoya variety holds market promise

April 8th, 2013

The Rayan cherimoya has been slated as one of the most promising varieties out of Peru.

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Chile: agreement puts Angamos strikes to a close

April 6th, 2013

Chile’s national port situation is still unclear despite workers in Angamos reaching an agreement with operator Ultraport.

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International unions put weight behind Thai fruit case

April 5th, 2013

The ITUC has called on the Thai prime minister to drop charges brought against a British human right lawyer by a fruit processor.

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Honeycrisp apples prove power of consumer push

April 5th, 2013

Honeycrisp apples may create heachaches across the supply chain but the variety has shown to pay off.

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Ultraport “agrees” to strikers’ demands, workers not satisfied

April 4th, 2013

The port operator at the center of Chile’s debilitating strikes claims it has offered to comply with union demands.

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Strikes force Chile to halt fruit harvest

April 4th, 2013

A mind-blowing amount of fruit-growing land will not be harvested in Chile due to the impacts of port strikes.

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Thai tropical fruit company launches suit against British activist

April 3rd, 2013

Thailand’s Natural Fruit Company has sought to sue a British human rights researcher for US$10 million in libel claims.

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Zespri to appeal Shanghai customs case

April 2nd, 2013

New Zealand’s Zespri will challenge a recent Chinese court decision over alleged kiwifruit smuggling.

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State Security calls made over Chilean port strikes

April 2nd, 2013

Cristian Allendes says it will be impossible for detained Chilean grapes to make the U.S. Marketing Order deadline.

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Blueberry production could rise 50% by 2018, but will that be enough?

April 1st, 2013

We speak in-depth with the author of the latest NABC World Blueberry Acreage and Production Report.

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Chile: no resolution found for port strikes in San Antonio

March 29th, 2013

Port workers in Chile say strikes will continue indefinitely until they can talk with the government.

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Chile: San Antonio port strike causes delays in Valparaiso

March 28th, 2013

Port strikes in Chile’s San Antonio have led to delays and cost strains elsewhere.

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Australia slashes China-bound grape projections

March 28th, 2013

The demand is high but Australia has had to cut back its expected grape shipments to China this year.

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Chilean grapes go to waste as fruit floods U.S. market

March 27th, 2013

An unpredictable season has encouraged U.S. market oversaturation of Chilean table grapes and a rush to sell produce.

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Chilean port strikes put millions of fruit boxes at risk

March 26th, 2013

Chilean port strikes mean large quantities of fruit may not make Marketing Order timeframes for the U.S. and South Korea.

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Inside Shanghai’s top wholesale produce import market

March 26th, 2013

Special government perks have gone a long way for one Shanghai imported produce wholesale market.

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China: from ‘small ripples to huge waves’ for produce industry

March 25th, 2013

We take an in-depth look at China’s fruit and vegetable trends highlighted at PMA Fresh Connections in Shanghai.

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Zespri found guilty of smuggling by Chinese court

March 22nd, 2013

Zespri and one of its employees have been found guilty in China of violating customs laws.

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Discussing life “after the fruit” with filmmaker Nancy Ghertner

March 22nd, 2013

Filmmaker Nancy Ghertner talks about her film “After I Pick the Fruit” and the reality of U.S. migrant life.

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Eastern appeal strong for Mexican mango sector

March 21st, 2013

Mexico mango producers have their eye on the Asian market, but the sector must first make improvements.

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Aiming high for Peruvian avocados in 2013

March 20th, 2013

Peru’s ProHass has its eye on the Chilean market and growth in the U.S. and Europe.

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HK “gray market” to Chinese mainland on the way out

March 19th, 2013

The diminishing relevance of Hong Kong as a point of entry for fruit into mainland China was a key issue at Fresh Connections today.

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Film Review: After I Pick the Fruit

March 19th, 2013

“After I Pick the Fruit” gives a face to migrant women who help keep farm production running.

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Industry takes in “rhapsody of color” in Chinese produce

March 18th, 2013

Shanghai showed off its broad range of produce market formats to Fresh Connections China participants today.

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Q&A: a fresh look at food security and ag development

March 18th, 2013

The United Nations’ Kostas Stamoulis talks about food stability and lessons learned from Latin America.

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Season kicks off for Spanish “Cherries Glamour”

March 15th, 2013

Oscar Ortiz explains the development of a unique cherry brand in a lucrative market window worldwide.

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Californian grape industry aims for another record year in 2013

March 14th, 2013

California’s grape industry aims to raise production this year and find growth in international markets.

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South Africa: strong growth for Williams and Cripps Pink in 2013

March 13th, 2013

Jacques du Preez discusses South Africa’s pome fruit season and facing industry challenges.

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U.S.: WSU seeks commercial partners for new apple variety

March 12th, 2013

Washington State University has developed a crispy apple with strong storage and non-browning characteristics.

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Asia-Pacific agriculture drives global demand for ammonia

March 11th, 2013

Growing populations in China and India are driving food security pressures and demand for ammonia-based fertilizers.

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NZ: Enza Gold growers “cautiously optimistic” on Hipkins departure

March 8th, 2013

After feeling abandoned from the BayWa takeover, NZ Enza Gold growers are hopeful T&G will change tack on their variety.

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Budget cuts bring longer wait times to U.S. produce imports

March 7th, 2013

Thousands of expected job losses at the U.S. border could mean serious wait times for produce importers.

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Goldenberry brings riches to Peruvian exporter

March 7th, 2013

Whether you call it a physalis, goldenberry or Inka berry, it’s bringing opportunities to a poor region of northern Peru.

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Research shows wild pollinators make a world of difference

March 6th, 2013

Lucas Garibaldi explains a 10-year global study into the effectiveness of wild pollinators over honeybees.

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Hail punctures Argentine apple crop

March 5th, 2013

Argentina will likely suffer a significant drop in apple exports in the wake of hail last Friday.

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Australia: costs add up as flood waters recede

March 4th, 2013

An Aussie citrus grower says floods have taken their toll financially, but crops should still be stable.

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Mexican tomato deal promises big changes

March 1st, 2013

Mexican tomato industry reps look at the bright side of higher reference prices for exports to the U.S.

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Chile’s 2013 kiwifruit market outlook

February 28th, 2013

Chile will have less kiwifruit production this year with the industry upbeat about market prospects.

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NZ: Turners & Growers ‘changing the way it ships to market’

February 27th, 2013

Turners & Growers executives discuss strategy in a changing global apple industry.

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U.S. cantaloupe association prepares for first year of certification

February 26th, 2013

The Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Association will put safety standards to the test as it enters its first season.

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South Africa: new farm strikes threatened pending wage deadline

February 25th, 2013

South Africa may have more strikes in the works if farmers do not honor the new minimum wage.

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Total Produce-Oppy alliance gives “huge footprint” to growers

February 22nd, 2013

The heads of Total Produce and Oppy talk shop about their alliance and plans for growth.

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Wal-Mart reports strong sales, welcomes lower taxes

February 21st, 2013

A lower than expected tax rate boosted Wal-Mart’s 2012 financial results, while sales rose 5%.

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Strawberry licensee fights illegal plant duplication in Egypt

February 21st, 2013

Ekland Marketing is working to enforce legal strawberry licensing in Egypt to protect authorized growers.

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Brazil aims to export niche banana variety

February 20th, 2013

Ivanete Pereira says a new Brazilian export banana will provide something new but won’t compete with Cavendish.

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U.S.: Del Monte income jumps 54.8% for 2012

February 19th, 2013

Logistics improvements have raised Del Monte’s profitability despite lower net sales.

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Israel: overcoming a diluted produce industry

February 19th, 2013

Israeli Export Institute CEO Ofer Sachs highlights changes for growers since the bankruptcy of Agrexco in 2011.

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Berries to become top category “one country at a time”, says Bjorn

February 18th, 2013

Driscoll’s’ Soren Bjorn discusses a wide range of berry trends affecting the European, Middle Eastern and Australian markets.

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Mixed reactions over troubled Chilean grape export deal

February 15th, 2013

Importer responses to Chile’s difficult grape export season have ranged from disappointment to understanding.

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Chiquita expands deciduous brand through independent licensee

February 14th, 2013

The International Fruit Company will keep the Chiquita brand alive for deciduous fruits across various markets.

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Modest growth for Southern Hemisphere apples and pears

February 13th, 2013

Chile will take the top spot for Southern Hemisphere apple production but will experience the greatest production drop.

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Kenyan exporters “offended” by European bean inspection delays

February 12th, 2013

Kenya’s Stephen Mbithi has dealt harsh words to the European Union for untimely bean inspections for pesticide residues.

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U.K. professor warns agriculture against extreme weather

February 11th, 2013

Farming will need to become more diverse to fight the effects of extreme weather.

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City-Farming takes Fruit Logistica Innovation Award

February 8th, 2013

With City-Farming people could grow lettuce “in the deserts, in the north pole, it doesn’t matter”.

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Italy: Summerfruit wins rights to early gold kiwifruit

February 8th, 2013

Italy’s Summerfruit has bagged a new gold kiwifruit to add to its early window portfolio.

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Ecuadorian mango industry strives to set example

February 7th, 2013

Even with outside challenges, Ecuador’s mango export volume grew 10-15%.

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Facing the early days of Psa on a Chilean orchard

February 6th, 2013

We take a hands-on look at how Chilean kiwifruit growers are tackling vine disease Psa in the region of Maule.

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Germany in danger of ‘losing importance’ in fruit trade, says Krauss

February 5th, 2013

Fruit Logistica kicked off in Berlin today with a call for the industry to stop focusing on prices.

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Indonesian politician proposes full fruit import ban

February 5th, 2013

Indonesia’s Marzuki Alie has asked for a haram edict on fruit imports to protect local farmers.

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Mexico: blueberries offer alternative to Sinaloa growers

February 4th, 2013

Mexico’s blueberry boom could extend to a new farming region if feasibility tests prove successful.

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Chilean apple season delayed

February 1st, 2013

Chile’s opportunity to capitalize on reduced Northern Hemisphere apple stocks could be reduced by a delayed harvest.

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Spanish avocados, apricots on track for U.S. market access

January 31st, 2013

U.S. authorities have proposed to allow imports of Spanish avocados and fresh apricots.

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Syrian conflict sends agriculture into shambles

January 30th, 2013

A once promising agriculture sector has been left in pieces from Syria’s ongoing civil war.

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U.S. importers report rocky start for Peruvian mango campaign

January 29th, 2013

From strikes to shipping problems, several factors have created an unstable start for Peruvian mango exports.

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Moko disease a threat to Colombian banana costs

January 28th, 2013

Colombia’s top banana exporters can control Moko disease but bear higher production costs if other growers are lax.

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Protectionist pressure on Mexico could double U.S. tomato prices

January 25th, 2013

Pushing Mexican tomatoes out of the U.S. market could have extensive implications for traders and consumers.

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Mexico: Sonora’s horticultural sector counts the cost of frost damage

January 24th, 2013

Severe frosts in northern Mexico are likely to affect supplies of a wide of range of vegetables and fruits going into the U.S.

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