September 18, 2014 / Week N° 38

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Opinion: why the U.S. needs to change its eating habits

September 18th, 2014

Frieda’s Specialty Produce CEO Karen Caplan discusses “Fruits & Veggies – More Matters” month.

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U.S.: ‘great acceptance’ for exclusive varieties, says First Fruits Marketing

September 18th, 2014

With increasing volumes of unique varieties and a new mesh packaging, one Washington producer eases into the season.

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U.S.: 4Earth Farms eyes majority organic sales in near future

September 18th, 2014

Many years’ hard work finally pay off as 4Earth Farms sees phenomenal growth from its various organic programs.

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Peruvian asparagus exports to continue downward trend

September 18th, 2014

A Scotiabank report claims greater Mexican and U.S. competition has led to lower export values for Peruvian asparagus.

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State of the Market – Week 37, 2014

September 17th, 2014

Californian and Mexican avocados outperformed Peruvian fruit on the U.S. West Coast in week 37.

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California: CCM urges Governor to veto ‘ambiguous’ groundwater legislation

September 17th, 2014

The California Citrus Mutual says state groundwater management plans ‘will create more problems than they solve.’

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U.K.: Tesco launches pink-fleshed ‘Surprize’ apple

September 17th, 2014

Tesco has launched another funky apple with colorful flesh, two years after the last one.

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Chilean fruit exports take a tumble for the season

September 17th, 2014

Chile saw a 11.4% reduction in fruit exports for the 2013-14 season, largely due to port strikes and frosts.

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EU to announce ‘new, more targeted measures’ this week

September 16th, 2014

A few days after suspending aid to farmers affected by Russia’s ban, the EU is set to announce its new measures.

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Citrus Australia bullish on South Korean promise

September 16th, 2014

The finalization of Australia’s FTA with Korea may take the pressure off other Asian citrus markets next season.

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Did someone say food fight?

September 16th, 2014

Dutch revelers have pelted tomatoes at each other in a party to raise awareness about the effects of Russia’s food ban.

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Spanish lemon growers to benefit from early Southern Hemisphere end

September 16th, 2014

Spain’s lemon season will be one of ‘normality and stability’ but there may be heavy Turkish competition in EU markets.

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Asia could take “significantly more South African fruit”, says CGA chief

September 15th, 2014

A South African citrus industry representative gives insights from a recent visit to Hong Kong, India and Indonesia.

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Mango exporters ‘can go anywhere’ with new tech use, says Maersk

September 15th, 2014

Maersk says that like avocados and bananas, mangoes also stand to benefit from controlled atmosphere containers.

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U.S. study shows mangoes could benefit obese adults

September 15th, 2014

Although it doesn’t reduce weight, a study shows mango consumption could lower blood sugar levels in obese adults.

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Peruvian citrus volumes fall back to initial estimates

September 15th, 2014

Peru’s citrus industry has notched a more sober export result after a blistering start to harvests raised expectations.

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European Commission approves German-Chilean container shipping merger

September 12th, 2014

CSAV and Hapag-Lloyd are now one step closer to forming the world’s fourth largest container shipping group.

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Chiquita launches US$30M Guatemalan port revamp

September 12th, 2014

A new port expansion looks set to consolidate Chiquita’s position as the leading Guatemalan banana exporter.

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EU aid withdrawal ‘intolerable’, says Spanish ag union

September 12th, 2014

A Spanish grower group has labeled the EU’s suspension of aid measures as akin to abandonment.

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Drought makes California orange forecast questionable, says CCM

September 12th, 2014

California Citrus Mutual believes the latest NASS orange crop forecast is too high.

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Canary Islands: financial support request for banana growers ‘very complicated’

September 11th, 2014

Canary Islands’ banana growers may have to wait to know if they will be compensated for higher EU competition.

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U.S.: PortMiami opens container restack facility

September 11th, 2014

A new facility at PortMiami will allow users to manipulate and restack cargo in preparation for fumigation.

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A hot date is good for the heart

September 11th, 2014

The American Heart Association has pumped extra life into California’s Medjool date industry.

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U.K.: early pears at Waitrose proving popular with consumers

September 11th, 2014

A popular British TV show has helped Waitrose raise its early season pear sales.

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State of the Market – Week 36, 2014

September 10th, 2014

Retail promotions on the U.S. West Coast kept avocado prices stable in week 36.

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U.S.: Calavo income hits historic high in Q3

September 10th, 2014

Calavo has beaten the last quarter’s operating income and has also launched a new cloud technology project.

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Australia: APHIS determination may pave way for other import markets

September 10th, 2014

While largely symbolic, a recent recognition of Australia’s east-west protocol is good news for the fruit industry.

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High EU apple volumes could affect South African stonefruit deal

September 10th, 2014

Although early signs point to a positive South African stonefruit season, low pomefruit prices could affect sales in Europe.

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China to open its doors for Costa Rican pineapples ‘within four months’

September 9th, 2014

Pineapple exports from Costa Rica could be allowed into China later this year, but transit challenges remain.

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Zespri: organic fruit’s time is yet to come in China

September 9th, 2014

A Zespri representative sheds light on the niche organic fruit sector in China.

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Chile can become a ‘strategic partner’ to China as walnut supplier

September 9th, 2014

Protocols have been signed between Chile and China to allow shelled walnut imports.

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North Korean blueberry producers enjoy bountiful harvest

September 9th, 2014

Prices for North Korean blueberries that are juiced and sold to China have increased by around 50%.

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EU heads talk extra measures in Russian ban response

September 8th, 2014

EU officials held an in-depth press conference last week about Russia’s food import embargo.

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Canada: researchers begin farm trials for better sweet potato varieties

September 8th, 2014

Progress has been made in developing sweet potato varieties more suited to Canada’s cool climate.

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‘Breakthrough’ made in Chile’s path to opening cherry exports to South Korea

September 8th, 2014

Following a successful meeting, the first cherry shipment from Chile to South Korea looks like it will be next season.

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European pear suppliers stay upbeat despite Russian ban

September 8th, 2014

Pear growers in the Netherlands and Belgium are positive despite losing the Russian market.

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NZ: T&G partners with school charity to aid agricultural education

September 5th, 2014

Turners & Growers will support a charity to help provide New Zealand schools with purpose-built gardens.

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India: Kashmir apple growers fear significant fruit drop

September 5th, 2014

First it was hail, now heavy rainfall poses a threat to this year’s apple crop in Kashmir.

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The new Silk Road: Kashgar Airport links Pakistani mangoes with China

September 5th, 2014

China’s Silk Road economic belt strategy is expected to lead to more Central Asian fruit imports.

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U.S. company develops hydroponic ‘watchdog’ technology

September 5th, 2014

A Las Vegas-based manufacturer says its newly-released greenhouses sensors can ‘mitigate downtime and crop loss’.

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Chinese inspectors find quarantine pest in South African grapefruit

September 4th, 2014

China’s port of Jiuzhou has reportedly sent back its first ever substandard fruit shipment.

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Bayer CropScience to invest close to US$1B in U.S. businesses

September 4th, 2014

Bayer’s agricultural arm says it will invest heavily in U.S. infrastructure including labs and breeding stations.

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U.S.: industry ‘surprised’ at slow Navel season, says Capespan

September 4th, 2014

Capespan says two key reasons are at the heart of why the Navel season went on longer than originally thought.

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Spanish growers turn up the heat with new protests planned

September 4th, 2014

Spanish growers plan to rally in Madrid on Friday calling for more support amid Russia’s ban on produce imports.

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U.S.: Dole Food Company distances itself from Andy Hall case

September 3rd, 2014

Dole Food Company claims it has no connection with the Thai Pineapple Industry Association.

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Peru: PAC to ‘engage’ U.S. consumers via social media

September 3rd, 2014

The Peruvian Avocado Commission says its ‘smart, relevant, and engaging’ online content will help drive sales.

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U.S.: avocado acquisition a ‘good combination between their culture and ours’

September 3rd, 2014

Eco Farms’ head says the new venture with Total Produce will allow it to double volume within five years.

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Kiwifruit prices rise 42.3% in Russia after produce embargo

September 3rd, 2014

Figures have emerged as to the alarming extent of produce shortages in Russia since the ban came into effect.

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The Packaging Pitch: a change of perspective

September 2nd, 2014

Lisa Cork discusses some simple ways produce companies can rethink their packaging messages for the better.

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France: Sofruileg secures Italian deal to grow Nergi baby kiwi

September 2nd, 2014

A new partnership with Ortofruit Italia will see Nergi baby kiwi production rise in Europe.

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Market ‘imbalance’ to blame for poor Spanish produce results, says FEPEX

September 2nd, 2014

Fruit value may have outpaced volume growth in the first half in Spain, but overall produce returns were poor.

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Ecuador: banana exporters may focus on China over EU, says Seatrade

September 2nd, 2014

Ivo Ravelli says EU tariff cuts might not come soon enough for Ecuador, with other markets showing more potential.

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BanaBay starts operations in China

September 1st, 2014

U.K. fruit company BanaBay has continued its rapid expansion with the opening of a new office in Shanghai.

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Ecuador hopes international event will help enhance mango industry

September 1st, 2014

An Ecuadorian mango sector spokesperson says the industry needs to improve in various areas to boost trade.

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‘U.S. blueberry farming practices need to evolve’, says Giant Berry Farms

September 1st, 2014

With phenomenal North American blueberry production forecast, one company says big changes are needed.

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China: dismaying imported fruit numbers for Mid-Autumn festival

September 1st, 2014

Australian citrus is one of many imported fruits that have suffered from flat sales in China recently.

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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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