April 27, 2015 / Week N° 18

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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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Organic farmland grows threefold worldwide

January 23rd, 2013

Oceania has spurred growth in global organic farmland while the U.S. and Africa have lagged behind.

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There are no ‘normal years’ for Chilean blueberries

January 22nd, 2013

This year’s bizarre weather is a sign Chile needs to harness protection tools and improve the supply chain for blueberries to thrive.

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Organic farmers push for day in court against Monsanto

January 21st, 2013

Organic potato farmer Jim Gerritsen speaks on his legal battle for court protection against Monsanto.

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Zespri pleads not guilty to customs offenses in China

January 18th, 2013

New Zealand kiwifruit marketer Zespri has expressed its disturbance at having been let down in China by an independent importer.

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Uruguay and U.S. close to citrus trade agreement

January 18th, 2013

After a decade of negotiations, Uruguayan citrus could soon be on its way to U.S. consumers.

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New markets and varieties for Canadian cherry growers

January 17th, 2013

Six new cold-weather cherry varieties have entered their first year of production in Canada.

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Chile: David Del Curto to buy stake in Southern Fruit

January 16th, 2013

A partnership between David del Curto and Southern Fruit will create one of Chile’s largest produce exporters.

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Amino acid study could reveal citrus greening insights

January 15th, 2013

Amino acid profiles may hold the key to managing plant defenses against citrus greening disease.

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South Africa: labor unrest hits ag ahead of more public hearings

January 14th, 2013

Demonstrations are once again shaking South Africa’s fruit industry and sparking public concern.

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U.S.: California citrus growers brace for freezing temperatures

January 11th, 2013

The San Joaquin Valley expects multiple days of below average temperatures that could send a blow to citrus.

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Bananas hold potential for better coffee production

January 10th, 2013

Growers in Uganda who combined banana and coffee crops are earning over 40% more income.

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Labor union threatens South African fruit industry with boycott

January 9th, 2013

South African producers face another difficult week ahead with the possibility of strikes and boycott.

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Total Produce acquires majority share of Oppy

January 8th, 2013

By 2017, Europe’s top produce company will control 65% of the Oppenheimer Group.

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Washington apple crop exceeding expectations, says Domex

January 4th, 2013

Domex’s Howard Nager takes a look at the core issues shaping this year’s U.S. apple and pear crop.

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Specialty crops in limbo after U.S. farm bill extension

January 3rd, 2013

The U.S. farm bill has returned to the drafting table after Congress failed to implement new legislation.

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Australian technology converts banana waste into electricity, fuel

January 2nd, 2013

An Aussie technology that converts bananas into energy could help harness fruit waste.

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2012 Year in Review – Second Half

December 31st, 2012

At Fresh Fruit Portal we give a snapshot of the top stories that made headlines in the second half of 2012.

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U.S. East and Gulf Coast port strike averted

December 28th, 2012

The ILA and the USMX have finally reached a truce to avoid disruptive strikes this weekend.

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2012 Year in Review – First Half

December 28th, 2012

At Fresh Fruit Portal, we take a look at the issues and events that defined 2012 for the produce industry.

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U.S. ports give assurances over fruit & veg trade

December 27th, 2012

U.S. port operators make their calls on what strikes would imply if the ILA and USMX can’t reach an agreement.

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Mexican company converts avocado waste into plastic

December 27th, 2012

Mexico’s Biofase is working to convert avocado seeds into 100% biodegradable plastic resins.

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Italy explores new Psa treatment for kiwifruit

December 26th, 2012

Summerfruit’s Giampaolo Dal Pane talks about a new fertilizer that could fight Psa.

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Dismal prices force Peruvian farmers to suspend mango sales

December 26th, 2012

With mango prices threatening to fall as low as US$0.39 per 20kg box, Peruvian farmers are struggling to stay afloat.

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Australia to phase out citrus regulation

December 24th, 2012

The Australian government will change rules that restrict who citrus exporters ship to in the U.S.

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Chinese firm to buy leading Australian produce supplier

December 21st, 2012

Chinese company Chevalier is finalizing a deal to buy Australia’s Moraitis Group.

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Apple exporters take on Indian tariffs, methyl bromide proposals

December 20th, 2012

We hear New Zealand, U.S. and Chilean perspectives on India’s apple market obstacles.

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Germany: Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg Süd consider merger

December 19th, 2012

Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg Süd could become one of the world’s largest shipping companies.

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U.S. port strike talks hit stalemate over container royalties

December 18th, 2012

Potential strikes on the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts are looking more likely if negotiating parties can’t find common ground soon.

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European association to unite co-ops for better farmer returns

December 18th, 2012

French and Belgian growers have formed FRESHCOOP, and plan to expand their European scope.

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Irish company to buy majority stake in Oppy

December 17th, 2012

Irish company Total Produce plans to make a bold move into the North American market, acquiring Oppy.

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Chilean cherry program aims to defy cold hour norms

December 17th, 2012

A Chilean breeding program is aiming for cherries that can be grown in earlier and warmer northern areas.

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Q&A: getting the “early bird advantage” in India

December 14th, 2012

Fruit and vegetable sourcing specialist Senthil Natarajan gives his insights on the Indian produce market.

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Mexico hopes for European Union banana breakthrough

December 13th, 2012

Mexico’s top banana players discuss industry development and newfound European possibilities.

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Bottleneck jams Chilean air freight fruit

December 13th, 2012

Flight delays and a build-up of cherries and blueberries in storage have impacted Chile’s export sector.

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Bayer Cropscience joins biologics boom

December 11th, 2012

Bayer Cropscience has responded to residue limit demands with more biologic options for growers.

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Australian ethylene powder could outcompete ripening rooms

December 11th, 2012

An Australian technology aims to take out fruit grower dependence on ripening room infrastructure.

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South Africa: big volume and delays for stonefruit

December 11th, 2012

South Africa may have record stonefruit output but will miss the peak European export window.

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U.S. East Coast port negotiations push for resolution

December 10th, 2012

The ILA and USMX will resume talks today to avoid an East Coast strike.

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Colombia reopens Chiquita paramilitary case

December 10th, 2012

The Colombian Attorney General has decided to revisit Chiquita’s payments to paramilitary AUC.

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Argentina files complaint against U.S. for lemon import restrictions

December 7th, 2012

Argentina says U.S. protectionist measures wrongfully impede the lemon industry.

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China gears up for space farming

December 5th, 2012

‘Redhouse’ may be the new buzzword in farming if China takes to growing vegetables on Mars.

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Japan approves market entry for Peruvian avocados

December 5th, 2012

Japan has joined Peru’s list of available avocado market destinations without cold treatment.

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Chilean kiwifruit industry on alert over Psa

December 4th, 2012

Chile’s number of Psa cases in kiwifruit orchards has risen by 23% in the last month.

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Dutch grape importer hedges bets with South African unrest

December 3rd, 2012

European importers anticipate a strong Chilean grape season, with South Africa’s Western Cape uncertain.

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Film Review: The Fruit Hunters

December 3rd, 2012

A homage to fruit, documentary “The Fruit Hunters” is a colorful, entertaining and informative film.

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South Africa trains HIV/AIDS patients in farming

November 30th, 2012

South Africa will train people living with HIV/AIDS in farming for local markets.

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Exotic produce makes headway in U.S. market

November 30th, 2012

Supplying 1,400 items is a “logistical headache” for Melissa’s Produce, but well worth the effort.

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Peruvian blueberries make first U.S. commercial shipment

November 30th, 2012

Gourmet Trading Company has imported the first commercial load of Peruvian blueberries in the U.S.

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Mexico faces papaya paradigm shift

November 29th, 2012

Mexican consumers are looking for better quality, smaller-sized papayas.

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South Africa: Zille calls for defense force presence in farm areas

November 29th, 2012

The Western Cape’s premier says the national defense force is needed to quell violence on farms.

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Tariff costs rising for NZ horticultural exporters

November 29th, 2012

New Zealand’s produce push into Asia carries tariff complications.

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Frost damage hits late season Chilean blueberries

November 28th, 2012

Southern Chilean blueberry growers claim to have lost a lot of fruit to recent black frosts.

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A look at small banana producers in Ecuador

November 27th, 2012

Ecuador’s banana industry faces major topics and big changes.

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State-of-the-art cherry processing plant launched in Chile

November 27th, 2012

Chile’s top cherry exporter has opened a US$30 million processing plant.

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Africa pushes for genetically modified food ban

November 27th, 2012

The African Union has been asked to consider a genetically modified food ban this January.

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Little time left to resolve U.S. Farm Bill

November 26th, 2012

U.S. agriculture faces an uncertain future as Congress stalls to approve the Farm Bill.

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More peaks than troughs for Purity Organic

November 26th, 2012

Purity Organic plans to raise its Peruvian easy peeler and asparagus programs in 2013.

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Education drives Aussie avocado export growth

November 23rd, 2012

Australian avocados have bucked trends with strong export growth despite exchange rate difficulties.

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New peach variety launched in Brazil

November 22nd, 2012

Brazilian researchers are betting a new peach variety will live up to its name, translated as ‘Fascination’.

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Organic food industry booming in Brazil

November 21st, 2012

Brazil moves around US$240 million in organic goods each year, mostly to the benefit of farming families.

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‘Crises won’t last forever’, says Philippine banana chief

November 20th, 2012

Philippine banana exports to China are recovering, while strategies look to Russia, Europe and the U.S.

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Peruvian mangoes back on track for coming season

November 20th, 2012

After a hard 2011-2012 season, Peruvian mango production is expected to bounce back to normal.

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Carbon sequestration mapping a boost for NZ kiwifruit industry

November 20th, 2012

Soil organic carbon mapping in New Zealand could change the way kiwifruit growers manage orchards.

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Biodegradable fungicide in the works for Chilean fruit industry

November 19th, 2012

Chilean company Quitoquímica has embarked on a natural fungicide development for berries.

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Ecuador to aid banana growers in crop shift

November 19th, 2012

The Ecuadorian government is offering banana growers support to switch to more suitable crops.

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Spain: mites could help citrus pest control

November 19th, 2012

A Spanish study has found soil mites can help reduce thrip infestations in citrus fruits.

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North Bay Produce opens new U.S. distribution point

November 16th, 2012

North Bay Produce is bullish about the logistics potential of its airport facility in St. Louis.

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U.S. schools build bonds with local farmers

November 16th, 2012

The USDA Farm to Schools grant will reach around 1.75 million students.

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Documentary paints ugly portrait of Cameroon banana industry

November 15th, 2012

Del Monte has denied ties to footage in a confronting documentary about Cameroon’s banana industry.

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Asia: make or break for export grapes

November 15th, 2012

We hear from South America and South Africa about the prospects and perils of the Asian grape market.

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Strawberry losses ‘very high’ for Organic Fruits Chile

November 15th, 2012

Chile’s biggest organic strawberry and raspberry exporter is facing heavy losses from rain damage.

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Program introduces South African students to citrus industry

November 14th, 2012

South African high school students are earning hands-on farming skills in a new citrus program.

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Fair trade transition picks up speed in the U.S.

November 14th, 2012

Fair Trade USA’s Alexandria Coari discusses the real impact of community development funds on farmers.

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Red-flesh apple project goes global

November 13th, 2012

Marketers from five continents have come on board with an IFO red-flesh apple project.

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Tough weather cuts back Chilean cherry forecast

November 12th, 2012

Chile’s cherry export figures will be quite different this year going into mid-December.

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Australia gains Chinese cherry market access

November 12th, 2012

Australia has finally achieved access to the highly coveted Chinese cherry market.

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Fine-tuning Chile’s maqui berry potential

November 12th, 2012

We take a look at a program developing Chilean antioxidant superstar the maqui berry.

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E.U. and Latin America come to historic banana agreement

November 9th, 2012

The E.U. and Latin America were able to end the longest-running dispute in multilateral trading history.

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Brazil suspends citrus exports to E.U.

November 9th, 2012

Disease detection has forced Brazil to cease orange shipments to Europe.

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California says ‘no’ but GM labeling campaign to continue

November 8th, 2012

Campaigners plan to hold Barack Obama to his 2007 GM food labeling promise.

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South African grape vineyards torched during protests

November 8th, 2012

Vineyards in South Africa were burned down after protests with possible political roots.

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Brazil unveils disease-resistant banana breed

November 7th, 2012

BRS Platina bananas, a new breed from Brazil, resist yellow Sigatoka and Panama disease.

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Peru pushes for new avocado markets

November 7th, 2012

Chile, Mexico, Japan and China are in the sights of Peru’s Hass avocado industry.

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U.K. scientists closer to controlling when fruits ripen

November 6th, 2012

Manipulating chloroplasts could be a possible key to controlling when fruits mature.

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Mexico’s AMHPAC looks to ‘smoking gun’ traceability

November 5th, 2012

AMHPAC’s Eric Viramontes discusses Mexico’s shifts in traceability and protected horticulture.

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US$93M Aussie tomato greenhouse to enter full production

November 5th, 2012

An Australian company is opening the largest tomato greenhouse of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

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NZ could quadruple SunGold kiwifruit exports in 2013

November 5th, 2012

Zespri CEO Lain Jager talks about a broad range of issues facing New Zealand kiwifruit growers.

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Clemensoon, a new early variety of clementine

November 2nd, 2012

Spanish researchers claim to have developed the best early clementine available.

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U.S.: FPIA to tackle inspection issues

November 2nd, 2012

The Fresh Produce Import Alliance is ready to go “full force forward”, says president Joseph Galeone.

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South Africa grape projections on course as early harvest begins

November 1st, 2012

Cold weather set back the South Africa grape harvest but output should stay on course with last year.

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U.S. researchers find antibiotic resistant genes in honeybees

November 1st, 2012

Years of oxytetracycline use to treat U.S. honeybees may have actually done harm to the insect.

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U.S.: Californian farm gives career outlet for war veterans

November 1st, 2012

A small farm in California trains U.S. veterans in sustainable farming and helps ease the return back home.

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Spain addresses Japanese plum problems at Fruit Attraction

October 31st, 2012

Japanese plums present various cultivation problems, something Spain wants to fix.

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South Africa’s bearable 2012 citrus deal

October 31st, 2012

South Africa has five months to tackle a raft of issues threatening its citrus growers.

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‘We can’t just focus on trade’, says Peruvian banana leader

October 30th, 2012

Peru’s largest organic banana cooperative has come far since its inception in 2003, but there is still a long way to go.

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Hortifrut-VitalBerry merger to cut supply ‘lull’, says Naturipe

October 29th, 2012

It is hoped a Chilean blueberry merger will reduce fragmented distribution chains and supply gaps.

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South Africa misses peak price window for blueberries

October 29th, 2012

Cold weather has set the South African blueberry season back by about three weeks.

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Argentina reports extensive crop damage due to unseasonal weather

October 25th, 2012

Media reports indicate the cold weather and rain could mean a rough season for Argentine producers.

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USDA study results encourage wider strawberry window

October 24th, 2012

New growing techniques on the U.S. East Coast could mean a whole new strawberry season.

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Unseasonal rain gives boost to Chilean crops

October 23rd, 2012

Heavy weekend rain was welcomed in Chile, even though it came out of season.

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