August 29, 2014 / Week N° 35

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Indian govt loosens reins on minimum onion export prices

August 29th, 2014

New rules mean it will now be much easier for Indian onion growers to sell their produce outside the country.

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Colombia will be ‘a very important player’ in avocado trade, says Westfalia rep

August 29th, 2014

A Westfalia Colombia rep says the industry could double in the next decade and take on Chile and Peru in the U.S.

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Decoding China’s “banana-mania” in 2014

August 29th, 2014

Xia Zuxiang explains how Ecuadorian bananas have edged ahead of local and Philippine competition in China.

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U.S.: Sun Pacific ‘affected dramatically’ by the drought

August 29th, 2014

‘Water prices are way up, water availability is way down, and it’s scary’, says a Californian citrus grower.

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Scandinavian buyers cry foul over Thai food industry’s actions

August 28th, 2014

A group of Scandinavia’s largest retailers is “greatly worried” about litigation against Andy Hall in Thailand.

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Sweet ending for a successful British Columbian blueberry season

August 28th, 2014

British Columbia is on track to top last year’s production by 24%, as the late Elliot variety hits pleasing brix levels.

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Tozer to expand flower sprouts on European continent

August 28th, 2014

After a recent U.S. launch, Tozer Seeds now has more new markets lined up for a kale-brussels sprout hybrid.

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California competition greater than Chile, says Peruvian grape exporter

August 28th, 2014

One Peruvian table grape company has raised concerns about what Russia’s ban will mean for export markets.

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State of the Market – Week 34, 2014

August 27th, 2014

The supply of U.S. grape varieties saw an increase in the Chinese market during week 34.

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Chilean table grape industry addresses ’30% loss in competitiveness’

August 27th, 2014

One expert says urgent structural changes are required in Chile’s table grape industry to retain its global standing.

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Argentina gears up for first blueberry shipments in September

August 27th, 2014

With Argentina’s blueberry season imminent, production volume looks like it could break a two-year trend.

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France: kiwifruit producer looks forward to ‘active markets’ in coming season

August 27th, 2014

Prim’land is expecting a great season for its kiwifruit but says the apple situation is ‘quite complicated’.

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Sweden: NYKCool to change name under new ownership

August 26th, 2014

A Russian reefer company has bought Swedish shipping line NYK Cool, which will now operate under a new name.

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U.S.: Florida grower sees substantial growth in green-skinned avocado sales

August 26th, 2014

A Florida producer says green-skinned avocados’ ‘good flavor profile’ is one reason for growing demand.

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Egyptian produce company expects minimal U.S.-bound citrus exports

August 26th, 2014

An Egyptian produce company says citrus exports to the U.S. should be small for now due to Russian opportunities.

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Chile: ODEPA urges strawberry growers to seize international opportunities

August 26th, 2014

A recent Chilean report provides an in-depth look at trends in global strawberry consumption.

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Chilean walnut, almond and prune exporters look to Russia

August 25th, 2014

Apart from the import embargo, currency issues will also determine how Chilean dried fruit fares in Russia.

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USDA researcher reveals encouraging results of phosphine fumigation tests

August 25th, 2014

Research shows worker safety and food quality could be improved by using phosphine instead of methyl bromide on crops.

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U.S.: Pandol Brothers predicts earlier grape import transition this year

August 25th, 2014

A U.S. grape company says consumer preference for freshness is one reason retailers may import earlier this season.

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U.S.: Californian kiwifruit industry forecasts good fruit quality

August 25th, 2014

It seems like California kiwifruit growers have escaped the worst of the drought, with normal production expected.

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U.S.: Port of Savannah to receive new fruit imports next month

August 22nd, 2014

A port in the U.S. state of Georgia will soon allow entry for cold-treated citrus from Peru.

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Tozer Seeds reveals U.S. ‘Kalette’ growers and marketers

August 22nd, 2014

Tozer Seeds believes its brussel sprouts-kale hybrid will ‘take off quickly’ as six U.S. growers are announced.

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Mexico and U.S. begin organic equivalency talks

August 22nd, 2014

Mexico and the U.S. could soon enjoy an organic equivalency agreement, with the first visit taking place this year.

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Peruvian avocado industry accuses Chile of unfair treatment

August 22nd, 2014

A Peruvian industry representative has asked ‘why aren’t Californian avocados tested for sunblotch in Chile too?’

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Opinion: balancing technology and process to maintain your cold chain

August 21st, 2014

C.H. Robinson’s Bob Biesterfeld looks at the science of keeping cold chains in check in the modern world.

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Chilean scientists find new way to control fruit decomposition

August 21st, 2014

A Chilean team may have come up with something of an elixir of shelf life.

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Australia sees greater apple competition after Russian ban

August 21st, 2014

While Australian apples have counterseasonal advantages, a more competitive market demands high quality.

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USDA expects Chilean stonefruit rebound in 2014-15

August 21st, 2014

After frosts that hit the recent crop, Chile stonefruit growers are gearing up for higher production in 2014-15.

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State of the Market – Week 33, 2014

August 20th, 2014

Cherries from the U.S. fetched higher prices than those from Canada in the Chinese market during week 33.

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Argentina: All Lemon attracts new customers despite lower volume

August 20th, 2014

Frosts slashed Argentina’s lemon exports this year, but the industry’s quality standards are yielding new partners.

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U.S.: National Mango Board to host online ‘webinar’ on best ripening protocols

August 20th, 2014

The NMB is due to hold another web seminar today on mango ripening practices, with ‘more progress to be made’.

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British minister calls for clarification over European CAP reforms

August 20th, 2014

The U.K.’s Elizabeth Truss has called for more clarity and flexibility in EU reforms related to crop diversification.

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Thailand: TPIA will ‘not intervene’ in Natural Fruit v. Andy Hall

August 19th, 2014

A Thai pineapple industry group has told a human rights campaigner to behave or face further prosecution.

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Sharp spurt for Mexican lime exports

August 19th, 2014

Like its avocados, Mexico’s lime exports saw substantial growth to key markets in the first half of this year.

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India: hailstorms lacerate apple and pear trees in Kashmir

August 19th, 2014

Authorities are assessing the damage of hail in Kashmir, where some pome fruit orchards have had a ‘total loss’.

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U.S.: New Mexico Chile Association to launch certification program

August 19th, 2014

New Mexico’s chile industry will today launch a certification program to protect its peppers from copycats.

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Peru: Camposol profit surges more than 2.5 times in Q2

August 18th, 2014

Peppers were the only produce item that didn’t show growth for Peruvian exporter Camposol in the second quarter.

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Brazilian suitor urges Chiquita shareholders to reject Fyffes merger

August 18th, 2014

After the Chiquita board said “no” to a takeover offer, two Brazilian groups are making a direct pitch to shareholders.

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ProEcuador sees new ground in Russia for broccoli and tropical fruit

August 18th, 2014

Ecuador’s broccoli growers hope to replicate their Japanese success in Russia now that key competitors are gone.

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Peruvian avocados with sunblotch detected in Chile

August 18th, 2014

Chilean growers hope lab results will give weight to their appeal to prevent unfettered access for Peruvian avocados.

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U.S.: another record year for Pink Lady apples

August 15th, 2014

Washington State Pink Lady volume is not just up by 14% this year, but movement has been strong week-on-week.

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Peruvian pomegranate exports to more than double in 2014

August 15th, 2014

Peru’s pomegranate industry sees rapid growth in production and exports, but the increase is impacting on prices.

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Greek stonefruit farmers need new markets as soon as possible

August 15th, 2014

The clock is ticking for 9,000MT of Greek stonefruit in cold storage with nowhere to go after the Russian embargo.

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Mexican agricultural institute warns of avocado industry’s eco impacts

August 15th, 2014

The INIFAP in Mexico has raised concerns the avocado sector is causing rapid deforestation in one state.

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U.S. pistachio exporter unfazed about redirecting Russia-bound shipment

August 14th, 2014

A U.S. pistachio grower says the Russian ban ‘won’t hurt us’, despite redirecting a shipment already on the water.

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French growers unite in blocking Spanish trucks over dumping accusations

August 14th, 2014

Around 200 French produce growers blocked highways yesterday in protest of Spain’s ‘economic dumping’.

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Polish govt launches food bank drive for excess produce

August 14th, 2014

Instead of Russian consumers, Poland’s poorest families will benefit from the EU country’s oversupply of produce.

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Serbian apple exporter plays down Russia opportunities

August 14th, 2014

A large Serbian apple shipper says it is working ‘as normal’ and Russian price increases will be minimal.

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State of the Market – Week 32, 2014

August 13th, 2014

Chilean apple exports to the Far East saw a substantial year-on-year increase in week 32.

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Tajikistan plans fivefold produce export boost to Russia

August 13th, 2014

The Tajik Government has set ambitious goals to raise an already sizable produce export presence in Russia.

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Peruvian blueberry grower expects major increase in national production

August 13th, 2014

Peru’s blueberry exports could hit US$40 million this year as it takes advantage of a month-long global supply gap.

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‘Earliest start ever’ for U.K. sweet corn grower

August 13th, 2014

One U.K. retailer has forecast a 30% uptick in sweet corn sales this summer.

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Peru to implement mango quality seal as long-term strategy

August 12th, 2014

The Peruvian mango industry hopes to start a pilot scheme of its new quality seal later this year.

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Mexico enjoys colossal growth in key avocado export markets

August 12th, 2014

Mexico’s avocado shipments to its three biggest importers increased by around a third from January to June.

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Russian situation ‘accelerates’ action on EU stonefruit crisis

August 12th, 2014

The EC has heeded the call of European stonefruit growers calling for support to alleviate tough market conditions.

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Poland asks U.S. to open doors to its “freedom apples”

August 12th, 2014

Poland’s Ambassador to the U.S. has called on Washington to allow his country’s apples, now banned in Russia.

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Almost 100 rights groups call for an end to Natural Fruit v. Andy Hall

August 11th, 2014

Organizations from around the world have made a plea to the Thai Pineapple Industry Association (TPIA).

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Australia ‘remains strong’ despite Russia blocking trade

August 11th, 2014

Australian ministers have criticized Russia for implementing the import ban and say ‘there are no winners’.

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South African citrus industry cautious about Russian trade implications

August 11th, 2014

While Russia-bound shipments of South African citrus may increase, there will be new logistical issues.

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Israel: Russia ‘already asking’ to increase shipments, says exporter

August 11th, 2014

One Israeli produce grower says trade of certain vegetables and tropical fruit will get a boost in the Russian market.

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Thailand gears up for end of EU tariff reduction privileges

August 8th, 2014

Thai agricultural companies could start to relocate abroad soon as their EU tariff agreements are set to end.

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NZ: tough weather batters T&G results in H1

August 8th, 2014

Growth in Turners & Growers’ pipfruit division was not enough to offset tough conditions for its international business.

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WAPA releases 2014 pome fruit forecast

August 8th, 2014

Russia’s ban on EU fruit imports has coincided with expectations for a significantly bigger apple crop.

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U.K.: BanaBay secures fresh Middle East deal

August 8th, 2014

A British company with growing operations in Ecuador is upbeat about a banana supply contract in Libya.

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Israel: Galilee Export to ramp up mango shipments

August 7th, 2014

An Israeli company better known for its citrus fruit and avocados is making headway in the mango market.

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Pakistani mangoes en route to U.S. market

August 7th, 2014

A Pakistani mango exporter starting a U.S. deal argues his fruit is miles ahead of the Mexican competition in quality.

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U.S. cranberry industry hopes to ignite Indian demand with govt grant

August 7th, 2014

India is next on the list of countries where the U.S. cranberry industry plans to pump up exports with new funds.

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U.S. pear grower kicks off season with ‘big, clean’ fruit

August 7th, 2014

Limited small fruit, good markets and a new promotion have set up a U.S. pear producer for a positive season.

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Ireland: SuperValu denies boycott of Israeli produce

August 6th, 2014

Ireland’s biggest supermarket chain says its move to take Israeli carrots off the shelves is not politically motivated.

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State of the Market – Week 31, 2014

August 6th, 2014

Weak condition for Uruguayan and Peruvian supply helped push down prices for mandarins in the U.S. last week.

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NZ: future in doubt for recent Zespri kiwifruit variety

August 6th, 2014

A golden Zespri kiwifruit variety marketed as Charm has been shriveling up on supermarket shelves.

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China ‘does not have a good cold chain network’, says importer

August 6th, 2014

A Hong Kong importer says good shelf life is key for produce in China due to limited cold chain capabilities.

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Mexican region celebrates first U.S.-bound pomegranate shipment

August 6th, 2014

Pomegranate producers from Mexico’s Mezquital Valley hope to expand upon an initial U.S.-bound shipment.

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Opinion: midsummer fresh blueberry review in North America

August 5th, 2014

Following a recent interview, Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton takes an in-depth look at the North American blueberry deal.

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U.S.: huge water savings made with ‘remarkable’ new irrigation methods

August 5th, 2014

A Florida potato grower has said his innovative irrigation method ‘is and needs to be the future’.

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Chinese inspectors visit Spanish stonefruit fields

August 5th, 2014

Spanish plums, peaches and possibly grapes are under review for potential export to China.

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Polish talks address compensation over Russian produce ban

August 5th, 2014

The Polish Government estimates losses from Russia’s produce embargo could amount to €500 million.

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Canadian researchers address changing population habits with new funds

August 4th, 2014

Ontario researchers aim to cater to growing Asian populations at home by cultivating more ‘exotic’ vegetables.

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Ghana responds to EU vegetable ban with blacklist system

August 4th, 2014

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) talks about plans to overcome the EU’s recent vegetable import ban.

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Uruguayan citrus industry reaps benefits of its strategic plan

August 4th, 2014

The Uruguayan citrus sector is delighted with progress being made gaining access to critical world markets.

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Singapore: Panasonic pilot to supply premium veggies to Japanese restaurants

August 4th, 2014

Panasonic believes indoor farming will lead to more affordable premium Japanese crops in Singapore.

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The Packaging Pitch: using packaging to sell the sizzle

August 1st, 2014

Marketing expert Lisa Cork was impressed with produce packaging during a recent visit to London.

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Peru anticipates avocado access to key Asian markets next year

August 1st, 2014

Peru’s Hass avocado representative body says it is on track to enter Japan, China and Korea in 2015.

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Italian kiwifruit industry seeks to improve quality via new projects

August 1st, 2014

New technology and better industry communication are Italy’s points of focus for improving kiwifruit quality.

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British growers slam proposed EU organic regulation changes

August 1st, 2014

New EU organic certification rules threaten to derail mixed crop farming through a purist approach.

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Opinion: a call for agreement between Russia and Poland

July 31st, 2014

Irina Koziy gives the lowdown on the different implications of Russia’s recent ban on many Polish crops.

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Chile steps up Grapevine moth control regulations

July 31st, 2014

Chilean blueberry and plum growers in certain regions will now be obliged to create pest control methods.

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NZ: Zespri to address regulatory non-compliance with stricter measures

July 31st, 2014

New practices will be put in place at Zespri to avoid the repetition of previous mishaps in Asian export markets.

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Costa Rican pineapple trade sails ahead of bananas

July 31st, 2014

Costa Rica’s pineapple exports could hit US$900 million this year, as they grow 12.7% year-on-year.

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State of the Market – Week 30, 2014

July 30th, 2014

Canadian cherry exporters outperformed their U.S. competition in China during week 30.

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French apple exporter ‘uncertain’ about forthcoming season

July 30th, 2014

France’s biggest apple exporter expects greater shipments to Asia this year, but is unsure about the European market.

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Del Monte CEO sees silver lining from recent crop-damaging weather

July 30th, 2014

A Del Monte exec says while there are market benefits from recent poor weather, it has driven up costs.

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U.K.: Waitrose launches new nectarine and grape lines

July 30th, 2014

A British retailer conducted a worldwide search to find the “perfect” nectarine, but found it very close to home.

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Chile: cherry prices go sky high in record year for growers

July 29th, 2014

Chilean cherries prices shot up this year but not all growers received the full benefit of the increase.

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Stable outlook for restructuring Greek grape sector

July 29th, 2014

Amidst Greece’s economic crisis, the country’s grape growers are changing their practices to stay ahead of the game.

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First Aussie seafreight apples to China ‘couldn’t have gone better’

July 29th, 2014

An Australian apple grower looks to ‘broaden’ China-bound exports after the first sea shipment was ‘a big success’.

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U.K.: Produce World Group buys organic veggie player

July 29th, 2014

A leading organic carrot supplier has been bought by a U.K. company.

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U.S. grower cites new ‘phenomenon’ for pomegranate production

July 28th, 2014

Large Californian pomegranates will be tight this year in a ‘uniquely’ early season for the industry.

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Fruit company hopes to ‘create Malta’s Chiquita’

July 28th, 2014

A Maltese fruit importer hopes to change the country’s market dynamics with a banana brand people trust.

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Peruvian state health insurer touts physalis benefits

July 28th, 2014

Peru’s EsSalud has recommended regular consumption of Cape gooseberries, also known as physalis and uchuva.

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