May 22, 2015 / Week N° 21

Archive for the Top Stories Category

Chile and China engage in fresh produce trade discussions

May 22nd, 2015

Pomegranates, nectarines and avocados were on the agenda during recent meetings between AQSIQ and SAG.

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California minimum wage rises could have ‘major impacts’, says CFFA

May 22nd, 2015

The California Fresh Fruit Association’s head believes future state-wide minimum wage rises may limit the sector’s competitiveness internationally.

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Mexico: Persian lime production set for drop in Veracruz after humidity

May 22nd, 2015

With fungi affected the flowering stage of Persian limes in a Mexican state, U.S.-bound shipments look set to slip.

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SB Group enters Peruvian blueberry JV

May 22nd, 2015

A Chilean company affiliated with Illinois-based Sun Belle has signed a deal to develop blueberry plantations in Peru.

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Land reform consolidation to bolster domestic Chinese fruit industry

May 21st, 2015

The organizers of Shanghai’s iFresh Summit hope the event will be a positive force for change, tackling asymmetries in the import game as fruit production modernizes rapidly at home.

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Total Produce in ‘strong position to expand’

May 20th, 2015

The Irish multinational says the first four months of 2015 have been ‘satisfactory’ and full year earnings should be in the upper targeted range.

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State of the Market – Week 20, 2015

May 20th, 2015

Demand for grapes was increasing in South Korea due to the nearing of the Budda’s Birthday in week 20.

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Brazil: Low apple prices push Renar into the red in Q1

May 20th, 2015

A Brazilian apple company is yet to recover from last year’s price falls, with a loss recorded for the first quarter of 2015.

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Israel gears up for early grape harvest

May 20th, 2015

‘Low returns’ and ‘political issues’ were two reasons given why Israeli grape exports have decreased significantly over recent years.

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Weather, exchange rates favor strong China-bound export deal for Aussie citrus

May 19th, 2015

Australian citrus growers are upbeat for the season ahead with the first shipments set to arrive in mid-June.

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Higher yields and demand to lift British strawberry season

May 19th, 2015

Although the British strawberry deal has started 10 days later than last year, expectations are high for a strong campaign.

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Costa Rican import group warns of avocado scarcity

May 19th, 2015

Following recent trade restrictions, one Costa Rican avocado grower believes California could be a potential new market supplier.

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Russian food watchdog reveals update on fraudulent produce imports

May 19th, 2015

Russian authorities have been blocking an average of more than 1,000MT per month of plant-based products coming through Belarus.

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Turkish citrus company declares bankruptcy with US$78M debt

May 18th, 2015

The devaluation of the Russian ruble has hit a major Turkish citrus exporter hard, with debts owed to a large number of companies and workers.

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‘Stop Blood Tomatoes Act’ introduced to U.S. Congress

May 18th, 2015

A new bill aims to ensure retailers’ products have not been produced using child or forced labor.

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Canaries cooperative goes bananas over low carbon footprint

May 18th, 2015

ASPROCAN has been recognized for its low incidence of greenhouse gases across the banana supply chain.

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Dole to substantially boost Costa Rica workforce

May 18th, 2015

Following more than US$100 million dollars of investment in Costa Rica last year, Dole now plans to create some 150 new jobs.

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U.S. bolsters import rules for some Chilean fruits after Medfly detections

May 15th, 2015

Pomegranates, grapes and lemons being shipped to the U.S. from parts of Chile will now require an additional treatment.

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Spain sees “disturbing” price falls for late mandarin varieties

May 15th, 2015

AVA-ASAJA says never before have prices for premium mandarin varieties like Nadorcott and Tango been so low.

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Canada: BC blueberry growers set for one of earliest starts

May 15th, 2015

Inspectors from an Asian country will visit Vancouver this summer with view to opening up the market to fresh British Columbia blueberries.

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Haiti to start up organic banana production for EU market

May 15th, 2015

Haitian producers covering 1,000 hectares will receive technical assistance from two French groups to grow and ship organic bananas.

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Naturipe aims to become ‘leading berry brand’ in Mexican retailers

May 14th, 2015

With Naturipe’s first commercial office in Mexico having opened late last year, the berry marketer has big plans for the future.

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Australia overhauls biosecurity system

May 14th, 2015

A clearer legislation for Australian quarantine is expected to save AUD$6.9 million per annum in efficiencies.

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Australia: Victorian cherry exports more than doubled in 2014-15

May 14th, 2015

The Australian state of Victoria gained significant ground on Tasmania this season for cherry exports.

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Mexico: Police brutally beat San Quintin farmworkers, minors, the elderly

May 14th, 2015

Police in San Quintin have been criticized for an excessive use of force, amid clashes with farmworkers that have been striking since March.

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Final agreement reached on Univeg merger

May 13th, 2015

Greenyard Foods and Peatinvest are now one step closer to their combination with Univeg to form the world’s largest fresh produce group.

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State of the Market – Week 19, 2015

May 13th, 2015

Local lemon prices in the U.S. were on the up but Navels saw little change in week 19.

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“Proper” El Niño brewing in the Pacific, says Australian scientist

May 13th, 2015

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology says El Niño thresholds have been reached in the tropical Pacific for the first time since March 2010.

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Argentina sends first pears to mainland China

May 13th, 2015

In April it was apples to India and now it’s pears for China. Argentina is on a roll with inaugural fruit shipments to Asia.

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Cameroon: PHP begins banana plantation expansion

May 12th, 2015

A Cameroon-based subsidiary of Compagnie Fruitière is expecting an 8% boost in banana production this year.

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Costa Rica blocks avocado imports from numerous origins

May 12th, 2015

South Africa, Australia and Spain are just three countries unable to ship avocados to Costa Rica due to sunblotch concerns.

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Peru on the cusp of Japanese avocado market entry

May 12th, 2015

Recent comments made by Japanese Ambassador to Peru, Tatsuya Kabutan, bode well for the country’s avocado exporters.

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Chile: Clemenluz sheds new light on early clementine market

May 12th, 2015

A new Chilean easy peeler is “not superior nor inferior” in taste to a clemenule, but it does ripen three weeks earlier and show better sizing.

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Does the pollen on your trees play a role in the rain they receive?

May 11th, 2015

A study from the University of Michigan and Texas A&M yielded an unexpected finding – pollen grains may have an impact on rainfall.

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BanaBay slips into Russia after successful trial

May 11th, 2015

BanaBay’s Vitali Donskoi sees huge potential for the company’s bananas in the Russian market.

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Chilean company develops bio-control for crown gall disease in fruit trees

May 11th, 2015

Using a bacteria native to Australia, a natural product from Chile’s Biogram prevents a serious disease that affects a range of crops.

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Monsanto stands behind US$45B offer for Syngenta

May 11th, 2015

Monsanto appears unswayed by Syngenta’s rejection of its takeover offer in a bid to form the world’s largest crop protection and seed group.

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Chilean blueberry export values overcome dramatic price falls

May 8th, 2015

In a record year for volumes with many challenges in markets, Chile’s blueberry export values grew slightly in 2014-15.

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Suspension for EU-bound Ugandan pepper exports

May 8th, 2015

One Ugandan says “enough is enough” when it comes to rogue companies shipping contaminated produce.

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PMA invites Mexican produce industry to join ‘eat brighter’ campaign

May 8th, 2015

PMA’s Nancy Tucker says the group’s healthy eating initiative with Sesame Street is ‘an incredible opportunity to make a difference in this world.’

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Lower German fruit prices bite into BayWa profits in Q1

May 8th, 2015

Profits fell by more than half for German produce company BayWa in the first quarter but the group is optimistic for the months ahead.

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Please report poor treatment and wage violations, says Citrus Australia

May 7th, 2015

In the wake of the Four Corners report on some labor contractors’ dodgy practices, Citrus Australia has urged people to report any incidents of abuse.

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Smooth Jazz apple transition for Europe with NZ season underway

May 7th, 2015

While hailstorms have affected New Zealand’s apple volumes, Enzafruit is upbeat for a positive 2015 campaign in Europe.

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Netherlands: Mini vine tomato with chocolate color goes on sale

May 7th, 2015

We speak with the growers of an organic, chocolate-colored tomato now marketed by Dutch company Eosta.

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Russia blocks large Polish apple shipment in transit from Belarus

May 7th, 2015

Blocked produce shipments close to the 200MT mark are fast becoming the norm for Russia’s agricultural watchdog.

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U.S. cherries in top shape for Memorial Day and July 4 sales, says Stemilt

May 7th, 2015

With a long cherry season ahead, Stemilt Growers gives the lowdown on what retailers can expect through to September.

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State of the Market – Week 18, 2015

May 6th, 2015

Prices for Chilean Royal Galas were higher than the South African competition in China during week 18.

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Zespri secures new partner to develop kiwifruit ties in southwestern China

May 6th, 2015

A Zespri China representative says a new distribution partner has been found in the Sichuan province, and the company will continue looking for fresh regional alliances.

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Will North Americans be tickled pink by the Rosanna onion?

May 6th, 2015

J.V. Steele has secured the exclusive rights to sell a unique onion variety in the U.S. and Canada.

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Dutch researchers cultivate quinoa as part of new European trial

May 6th, 2015

Wageningen University and Research Centre has sown the first quinoa fields as part of its field test study in the Netherlands.

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NZ scientists test biological options to tackle Psa

May 5th, 2015

While kiwifruit vine disease Psa shows some resistance to antibiotics, New Zealand researchers have made a breakthrough in biological controls.

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South African citrus growers gear up for U.S.-bound export season

May 5th, 2015

Two key pilot initiatives from 2014 will continue for Western Cape citrus exporters to the U.S. this year, but there will be a few minor changes in shipping practices.

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Chile: SAG urges citizen cooperation in fruit fly fight

May 5th, 2015

The quarantine area around La Serena was recently expanded due to a Medfly detection outside the original zone.

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U.S.: APHIS proposes allowing citrus imports from whole of Peru

May 5th, 2015

APHIS says larger citrus volumes expected from Peru would not represent more than 1% of current imports or local production.

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NZ: New campaign aims to lift kiwifruit consumption in Australia

May 4th, 2015

With more gold kiwifruit on its way this year, New Zealanders are hoping to raise the fruit’s profile across the Tasman Sea in Australia.

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Tesco trials ‘eye-catching’ purple cross asparagus

May 4th, 2015

The fiber-rich Burgundine asparagus variety will be available in Tesco stores in the U.K. starting this week.

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Garlic becomes key Argentine vegetable export crop

May 4th, 2015

Mendoza’s planted hectarage of garlic is expected to shoot up by more than a quarter this season.

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U.S.: Shanley Farms to diversify finger lime product range

May 4th, 2015

The harvest season for a fruit sometimes called ‘citrus caviar’ will kick off in California in June.

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Latin American desire for new brands ‘outpaces other parts of globe’

April 30th, 2015

The head of Nielsen Perishables Group talks about how retailers and growers might be missing a trick in the Latin American market.

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Dutch development plans follow The Greenery and WDP Nederland agreement

April 30th, 2015

WDP Nederland will be making substantial investments in two facilities operated by produce company The Greenery.

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USDA announces US$18.3M bonus buy of U.S. apples

April 30th, 2015

In a time of excess supply, the USDA has pledged to make its largest apple purchase in history.

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Peru: Sociedad Agricola Virú denies fault after violent strike

April 30th, 2015

A Peruvian asparagus and artichoke company has refuted allegations it manipulated financial accounts to avoid paying workers a share of its profits.

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State of the Market – Week 17, 2015

April 29th, 2015

Chilean Red Globe grapes performed well in the U.S., China and South Korea during week 17.

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Citrus workers strike in Argentine province

April 29th, 2015

A farmworker union is demanding a 40% pay rise in Tucumán, but the government says economic conditions don’t allow for more than 30%.

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California cherries arrive in China

April 29th, 2015

Oheng Import & Export Co was one Chinese company receiving the first batches of California cherries in Shanghai earlier this week.

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Colombia aims to replace grape imports with domestic production

April 29th, 2015

Colombia’s Minister of Agriculture believes the country will one day soon export seedless grapes from the Cauca Valley.

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Argentina: Medfly detected in Mendoza

April 28th, 2015

Argentina’s Senasa has emphasized a recent pest discovery in an urban area does not affect Oasis Centro’s fruit fly-free status.

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Freshfel launches new EU production and consumption statistics database

April 28th, 2015

Freshfel members will now have a new tool at their fingertips for analyzing markets and forming strategies.

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Giumarra blackberry suppliers employ new growing method

April 28th, 2015

A new planting technique for blackberries makes it easier for the fruit to be harvested and ensures more berries make the grade.

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Colombia: International certifications lift avocado exports

April 28th, 2015

One avocado producer estimates Colombia’s export volumes shot up by around a half last season.

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Early starts likely for U.S. and Canadian cherry growers

April 27th, 2015

While the British Columbia cherry growers are ‘mobbed’ by Chinese interest, the U.S. Northwest early start is cause for ‘excitement’.

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U.S.: APHIS considers new sourcing areas for Andean berries, bell peppers

April 27th, 2015

Two neighboring Latin American countries could soon be exporting new fruits and vegetables to the U.S.

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NZ: Kiwifruit vine disease Psa shows resistance to key treatment

April 27th, 2015

While ‘not completely unexpected’, regular testing has found streptomycin-resistant Psa in two Te Puke orchards.

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First Canadian cucumbers land in China

April 27th, 2015

‘Cutecumbers’ will be sold in several cities around the biggest cucumber-producing country in the world.

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English heatwave brings tomato season forward

April 24th, 2015

U.S. retailer Waitrose is expecting a ‘bumper crop’ of home-grown tomatoes over the coming months.

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U.S.: APHIS completes pest risk analysis for Spanish cherry imports

April 24th, 2015

The U.S. has identified five potential pests that would need control if Spain were to be granted access for cherry imports.

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Indonesia lifts trade restrictions for U.S. apples

April 24th, 2015

Indonesia’s three-month ban on some U.S. apples due to a listeria outbreak has come to an end.

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Peruvian asparagus to hit Chinese market

April 24th, 2015

Peruvian asparagus may have some transit time issues in reaching China, but competition with local produce should be minimal.

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British asparagus crop may rise 20%, says Morrisons

April 23rd, 2015

Predictions for a long heatwave in the U.K. have sparked high expectations for this year’s asparagus crop.

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Argentine apple industry back in the game for Indian market

April 23rd, 2015

After a 10-year absence, Argentine apple shippers are once more sending their fruit to India.

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Israel: Grants to persuade pepper growers to diversify desert crops

April 23rd, 2015

Growers in Israel’s Arava region will receive government incentives to convert from peppers to other crops.

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U.K.: Yorkshire Fresh Fruits under fire over redundancy package

April 23rd, 2015

A U.K. fruit supplier has been forced to shut down its factory after losing a key contract with retailer Asda.

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State of the Market – Week 16, 2015

April 22nd, 2015

Preference for national apples in the U.S. became apparent as Chilean volumes increased in week 16.

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Argentine pomegranate exporter doubles shipments

April 22nd, 2015

A few weeks of rainfall at the start of a company’s pomegranate harvest did not dampen an ‘extremely positive’ season.

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NZ: Zespri plans SunGold kiwifruit splash in Germany

April 22nd, 2015

Zespri has planned promotional activities in Berlin, Hamburg and Düsseldorf to spread the word about SunGold kiwifruit.

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India steps up plant surveillance after Pakistan’s TR4 outbreak

April 22nd, 2015

With previous strains of Panama disease already in the country, India is pulling out the stops to prevent a TR4 incursion.

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects human rights abuse claims against Chiquita

April 21st, 2015

Chiquita had a victory in court yesterday for one case, right as a new one had just opened with allegations of “pesticide showers” in Guatemala.

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Three new raspberry varieties set for release in Chile

April 21st, 2015

One of three new Chilean raspberry varieties grows earlier than the standard cultivar and has a high Brix level.

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Turkish cherry producer dodges frost scare

April 21st, 2015

Despite industry concerns a recent cold snap might hamper Turkish cherry production, one grower is expecting higher volumes.

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Chilean-U.S. blueberry season transition smooth in 2015, claims Berry Fresh

April 21st, 2015

A U.S.-based subsidiary of two Latin American berry groups is optimistic for this year’s blueberry deal.

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New on-the-go packaging for booming berry sector

April 20th, 2015

Belgian berry importer Special Fruit says new labels, topseals and shakers reflect a ‘unique market move’.

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Russian authorities block “fake” Chilean kiwifruit shipment

April 20th, 2015

A kiwifruit shipment marked as Chilean has been rejected by Russia’s Rosselkhoznadzor, claiming its certificate was fraudulent.

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Peruvian table grape exports up while mangoes slip

April 20th, 2015

Peru’s table grape exports rose by more than a fifth in the 2014-15 campaign.

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U.S.: Falling orange juice consumption levels affect Florida growers

April 20th, 2015

Despite some serious problems facing the industry, Florida’s citrus growers are said to have had a relatively good season.

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Prohens: Out with the grapes, in with the emergency supplies

April 17th, 2015

A table grape facility in northern Chile has been turned into a distribution center to support the post-flood relief effort.

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Chile: Atacama has ‘lost 90% of its capacity to deliver vegetables’, says Ghiglino

April 17th, 2015

A leading Copiapó vegetable grower discusses the “slow funeral” of his business and hopes for salvaging crops.

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Historical Thompson Seedless rootstock survives Chilean flood

April 17th, 2015

The Atacama table grape industry at least has its heritage intact after the first rootstock planted in the region survived recent floods.

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Chile: Export olives bear brunt of floods during peak harvest

April 17th, 2015

“It’s possible to enter but you if you’re walking like an astronaut in the mud you can’t access the tree to harvest,” says olive grower Rafael Garcia.

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Celebrity endorsements for ‘Save Our Soil’ campaign to trigger interest

April 16th, 2015

The head of an ambitious sustainability campaign says ‘change has never come from a majority, but rather from a trendsetting minority’.

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Australia to receive US$6M almond research facility

April 16th, 2015

Boosting exports into Asia and sustainable growing methods are key aims of an Almond Centre of Excellence.

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Aussie banana growers asked to pay voluntary levy

April 16th, 2015

An optional levy of 1 cent per kilogram of bananas marketed would reimburse growers affected by the TR4 outbreak.

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U.S.: Record Mexican mango imports anticipated for Q2

April 16th, 2015

The National Mango Board is encouraging retailers to carry out promotional activities to move an expected increase in supply.

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State of the Market – Week 15, 2015

April 15th, 2015

Transport strikes led to a difficult market situation for apples and grapes in Colombia in week 15.

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Greenyard Foods, Univeg and Peatinvest merger one step closer

April 15th, 2015

A tie-up that could create US$3.9 billion in combined sales is expected to be completed in a few months’ time.

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Australia calls in international banana experts to aid TR4 fight

April 15th, 2015

Two specialists in Panama Disease Tropical Race IV will come to Queensland to assist with the recent outbreak.

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U.S. moves closer to easing Indian fruit import restrictions

April 15th, 2015

Following the reopening of the EU market, Indian mango exporters could reportedly soon gain broader access to the U.S. as well.

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California: CCM criticizes Central Valley Project’s water allocation

April 14th, 2015

The California Citrus Mutual claims agriculture has taken the largest water cut out of any sector in the state.

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U.S.: Apple import permits for China expected ‘in time for new harvest’

April 14th, 2015

Despite China signing a deal to allow all U.S. apple imports in January, a grower body has received ‘no indication’ the process has moved forward.

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Peru’s lemon essential oil exports see incremental growth

April 14th, 2015

Demand for natural products in food and cosmetics has helped Peru’s lemon essential oil exports double in five years.

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U.S.: Nature Fresh Farms begins 180-acre greenhouse project

April 14th, 2015

The first tomato crop from a major greenhouse project in Ohio is expected to be harvested this December.

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Spain: Banana workers ready to strike in the Canary Islands

April 13th, 2015

A Canary Islands union alleges banana growers are avoiding contract negotiations in order to hire new staff at lower wages.

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Average global produce consumption up 4% over half century

April 13th, 2015

An interactive website shows Cuba leads the world in fruit consumption, while the British eat a lot more than their first world counterparts.

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Cranberry consumption study shows fruit has impact on blood sugar

April 13th, 2015

A recent study shows complementing meals with cranberries can produce ‘modest but notable’ health benefits.

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Australia: Chinese supermarket chain to work closer with Tasmania

April 13th, 2015

Yonghui Superstores plans to buy more than US$15 million of Australian fruit, meat and seafood products in 2015.

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South Africa: Zeder confirms full Capespan buyout bid

April 10th, 2015

A South African agribusiness investor hopes to buy out minority shareholders in a US$590 million a year produce company.

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Citrus black spot in Europe would be ‘catastrophic’, says Copa Cogeca

April 10th, 2015

The Copa Cogeca head has proposed tighter EU measures to lower the chances of CBS entering from South Africa.

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Australian cherry exports jump by a third

April 10th, 2015

Australia’s cherry industry body says better airfreight protocols are needed, amid expectations for a doubling of exports over the next ‘five to seven years’.

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U.S. judge grants emergency deposition request in Chiquita litigation

April 10th, 2015

Despite Chiquita’s objection, a U.S. judge believes the deposition of three jailed Colombian ex-paramilitaries should take place ‘immediately’.

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Chile: Fruit fly found in Valparaiso region

April 9th, 2015

Two Mediterranean fruit flies have been caught in traps in Chile’s Los Andes province.

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China: Dairy Farm acquires stake in Yonghui Superstores

April 9th, 2015

A deal worth around US$915 million between Dairy Farm and a large Chinese supermarket chain has just been completed.

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Mauritius issues first ever phyto clearance for Indian fruit

April 9th, 2015

Kaushal Khakhar says restoring faith in Indian mangoes around the world is a ‘matter of pride’.

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DR asks U.S. to lift fruit and vegetable import ban

April 9th, 2015

The Dominican Republic says it has managed to contain the recent Medfly outbreak and cut the population in half.

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State of the Market – Week 14, 2015

April 8th, 2015

Chilean blueberries were losing prominence over local and Mexican supply in the U.S. in week 14.

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Brazil plans to reduce fruit and vegetable waste

April 8th, 2015

The Brazilian government has jumped on the ‘ugly fruit’ bandwagon to counteract a 30% produce waste rate.

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Russia blocks transit of Polish apple shipment

April 8th, 2015

Although a Polish apple shipment was reportedly intended for sale in Kazakhstan, Russia would not allow its transit from Belarus.

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Peru set to export larger mangoes and citrus from all regions to U.S.

April 8th, 2015

Four years of work from Peru to ease U.S. import restrictions on mangoes, citrus and peppers are reportedly about to pay off.

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Chilean pomegranate production ‘lower and earlier’

April 7th, 2015

A Chilean pomegranate processor believes the industry could grow ‘six or seven-fold’ in the U.S.

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Peru allows imports of Chilean walnut plants

April 7th, 2015

Could Peru bank on yet another horticultural crop that has proven successful for its southern neighbor?

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Two executives to leave Chiquita Brands International

April 7th, 2015

Chiquita’s interim CEO Brian W. Kocher has left the company, and vice president Joseph B. Johnson will be on his way out soon.

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China: AQSIQ puts quarantine controls on entire region in Chile

April 7th, 2015

China will now require cold treatment for fruit exported from a key Chilean grape-growing region.

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Japanese giant strawberry growers enjoy soaring demand

April 6th, 2015

In Japan 243 strawberries varieties have been registered, with 50 news ones since 2011.

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U.S.: EPA ‘unlikely’ to approve new neonicotinoid pesticide uses

April 6th, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency says it’s concerned about some pesticides’ effects on bee populations.

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U.S.: ILWU delegates vote to recommend proposed labor contract

April 6th, 2015

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez has applauded the West Coast port worker union’s ‘willingness to move forward’.

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Chile: Some northern growers could lose crops ‘in a month’ without irrigation

April 6th, 2015

ASOEX has urged immediate efforts to restore the irrigation network in an area recently hit hard by flooding.

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Nanotech research could bring range of farmer-friendly products to market

April 3rd, 2015

An international project aims to improve the shelf life of fruit through an easily accessible nanotech formula.

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China: Understaffed AQSIQ leads to sluggish produce import access approvals

April 3rd, 2015

During PMA Fresh Connections: China, Feng Chunguang shared some lesser known facts about the country’s quarantine agency.

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California water measures ‘acknowledge seriousness of drought’, says WG

April 3rd, 2015

Western Growers’ Tom Nassif says he is pleased the ‘plight’ of Californian farmers has been highlighted in Governor Brown’s unprecedented statewide water reduction measures.

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Peru: ‘Exporter of the Year’ award makes us hungry for more, says Coexa

April 3rd, 2015

The head of Peruvian grower and shipper Coexa has been given a prestigious prize by the national Exporters’ Association (ADEX) for the second time in 25 years.

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Driscoll’s CEO steps down after 15-year tenure

April 2nd, 2015

Driscoll’s former president and COO Kevin Murphy has been given a more senior role at the berry company.

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Peru’s piquillo pepper exports skyrocket in 2015

April 2nd, 2015

From Spain to the U.S. to Australia, Peru’s piquillo pepper industry is finding growth opportunities in the gourmet food segment.

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Chile reflects on challenging table grape season

April 2nd, 2015

U.S. port strikes, lower prices, smaller berry sizes and condition problems meant the 2014-15 Chilean table grape export campaign was no easy sailing.

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Mexico: Frosts to halve April’s Persian lime production

April 2nd, 2015

Freezing temperatures in many parts of Mexico will lead to sharp price rises for limes.

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State of the Market – Week 13, 2015

April 1st, 2015

Grape markets were oversupplied in Asia last week, but the situation was more promising in Europe and the U.S.

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Peru: Flooding hits large swathes of agricultural land

April 1st, 2015

While recent torrential rain in northern Peru has affected large areas of rice production, the extent of the damage to fruit crops is as yet unclear.

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Xinjiang table grapes to make mark on Chinese market

April 1st, 2015

Grape exporters to China are set to face increasing domestic competition in the coming years.

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Seald Sweet expands Mexican grape program

April 1st, 2015

U.S.-based produce distributor Seald Sweet has made “substantial financial investments” to bolster its table grape program.

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Avocado shortage in Europe as Easter approaches

March 31st, 2015

Mission Produce Europe says early ends and late starts from some major avocado-producing countries are pushing up prices.

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U.K.: Port expansion to make one of Europe’s ‘largest reefer facilities’

March 31st, 2015

A £20 million refrigerated distribution center in London will have capacity for 25,000 pallets.

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International Blueberry Organization to host forum Down Under

March 31st, 2015

Blueberry experts from around the globe will come to Coffs Harbour in September for a ‘true blue’ Aussie experience.

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Spain signs deal to open U.S. market for avocados and apricots

March 31st, 2015

Spain’s prioritization of new market openings means two more of the country’s fruits will soon be able to reach the U.S.

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Russia trashes gray market apples

March 30th, 2015

Recent photos show Russian authorities have dumped illegal fruit in landfill sites.

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U.K.: Earliest ever raspberries hit Waitrose shelves

March 30th, 2015

British Summer Fruits (BSF) expects outdoor raspberry crops to be two weeks later than last year.

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NZ kiwifruit export season kicks off

March 30th, 2015

Zespri’s Lain Jager says New Zealand’s kiwifruit volumes are set to be back to pre-Psa levels this year.

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Peru: Strong demand spurs on strawberry exports

March 30th, 2015

A Peruvian industry head says improved technology could boost frozen strawberries’ potential.

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Mexico: New avocado export system better serves industry, says APEAM

March 27th, 2015

APEAM is pleased that no sanctions or penalties were posed in a recent competition authority decision.

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U.K.: Scientist says govt drew wrong conclusion from neonicotinoids study

March 27th, 2015

A biology professor reportedly says the U.K.’s position on a type of pesticide “doesn’t add up”.

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Indonesia: Fresh Grow to launch ‘King Tomato’ range after positive trial

March 27th, 2015

Fresh Grow says ‘lower-cost and unmatched quality beat-out less fresh, higher-costing imports.’

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South Africa: Eastern Cape citrus sector receives funding to boost exports

March 27th, 2015

Some US$1.8 million of funding will reportedly help an area of the Eastern Cape reach the EU market.

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Costa Rica: CANAPEP says eco-group “overstated” water pollution problems

March 26th, 2015

A Costa Rican NGO has petitioned the IAHCR to help halt pineapple expansion in the Caribbean country.

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Mexican resolution puts an end to avocado export services monopoly

March 26th, 2015

Mexican avocado packers no longer need to be members of APEAM to export to the U.S.

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No risk of Russian ban on Serbian fruit, says ambassador

March 26th, 2015

Serbia has reportedly established a new system of sending phytosanitary certificates to Russia in advance.

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Brazil’s Argentine pome fruit ban “unjustified and hasty”, says CAFI

March 26th, 2015

A major Argentine industry body warns of “severe social consequences” if Brazil’s pome fruit ban continues.

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State of the Market – Week 12, 2015

March 25th, 2015

A reduced supply allowed for white seedless grape price stabilization in the U.S. in week 12.

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WHO-affiliated group deems glyphosate “probably carcinogenic”

March 25th, 2015

Monsanto is ‘outraged’ at a determination from the IARC that the world’s most used herbicide is probably carcinogenic to humans.

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Dominican Medfly outbreak far from commercial fruit production, says mango rep

March 25th, 2015

Mango and avocado exporters believe the U.S. trade restrictions on Dominican fruit should be over soon.

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Russian ban prompts harvest change for early-season Spanish cherries

March 25th, 2015

An exclusive Spanish cherry group has had to reconfigure its greenhouse conditions to adapt to the loss of the Russian market.

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Swiss group to boost Colombian agro-industry with its first ever buyer mission

March 24th, 2015

Following success in Peru, Switzerland Global Enterprise will hold its first buyer visit to Colombia this year.

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Australia: Farm robotics raise student interest in horticulture

March 24th, 2015

Drone technology has helped get more young people interested in horticultural research at the University of Queensland.

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Russia mulls ban on Serbian fruit imports

March 24th, 2015

Serbia will have to explain its sharp uptick in apple shipments to Russia if it is to avoid a ban on the trade.

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Ecuadorian tariffs could have flow-on effects for Chile’s overseas grape exports

March 24th, 2015

The delicate balance of Chilean grape prices abroad could be impacted by Ecuador’s recent protectionist policy.

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Indo-Israeli centres of excellence going strong

March 23rd, 2015

The Indo-Israel Agriculture Project Cooperation Project (IIAP) recently held its biggest workshop yet.

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Russian authorities intercept another Polish apple shipment

March 23rd, 2015

Some 58MT of Polish apples have been blocked from entering Russia via Kazakhstan.

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Russia may capitalize on U.S. ban of Dominican fruit

March 23rd, 2015

The U.S. ban on Dominican Republic fruit has the potential to play in favor of a Russian market in need of more supply.

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Australia: Other banana farms come up negative for Panama Disease TR4

March 23rd, 2015

While there is good news for the Australian banana industry, a grower body has urged everyone to stay vigilent.

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Film Review: The Starfish Throwers

March 20th, 2015

The new documentary set to air tomorrow shows the beauty of how a 40-pound cabbage can turn into a global movement.

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Chinese kiwiberry importer overcomes hiccups from NZ fruit fly detection

March 20th, 2015

The inclusion of Auckland Airport in a Queensland fruit fly detection zone caused minor setbacks for the kiwiberry trade.

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U.S., NZ take Indonesia to WTO over import license restrictions

March 20th, 2015

Two leading agricultural nations have taken aim at Indonesia’s “trade-restrictive import licensing regime”.

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China: Hainan mango growers look to new markets

March 19th, 2015

Hainan mango growers are optimistic about market opportunities in mainland China, South Korea, Japan and Russia.

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Virgin Australia chairman may take top role at Costa Group

March 19th, 2015

The Australian Financial Review has speculated that Virgin Australia chairman Neil Chatfield could head up the Costa Group.

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Philippines: Dry spell hits around 5% of banana production, says PBGEA

March 19th, 2015

The Philippine banana sector is exporting less fruit to the Middle East due to conflict in the region.

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Italian organic kiwifruit brand ‘conquers’ Australia

March 19th, 2015

A northern Italian kiwifruit grower is making the most of Australia’s high fruit demand, and is planning other international ventures.

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State of the Market – Week 11, 2015

March 18th, 2015

The European white seedless grape market was strong during week 11.

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U.S.: Florida blueberry growers ‘pleased’ with fruit set

March 18th, 2015

The Florida blueberry harvest should kick off later this month, barring any cold snaps.

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California: ‘Highly unusual’ weather to accelerate summer crop season

March 18th, 2015

Barry Bedwell says it appears as though recent hot weather won’t impact negatively on fruit quality.

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Table grape season wrapping up in South Africa

March 18th, 2015

As South Africa’s table grape season is on its last legs, weather conditions for harvest are the best seen in decades in the Hex River Valley.

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Pipfruit NZ to help revitalize Indian apple sector

March 17th, 2015

In exchange for supporting India’s apple sector, the New Zealand industry hopes trade tariffs will be removed.

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Chile: ASOEX calls for govt action to end Valparaiso port strike

March 17th, 2015

A Chilean strike puts fruit shipments at risk of missing thresholds for the U.S. Marketing Order.

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Australian govt responds quickly to TR4 confirmation in Queensland

March 17th, 2015

The Australian Federal Government has pledged funding and expert staff to support the Panama Disease TR4 containment effort.

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South Africa suspends citrus shipments to Spain

March 17th, 2015

Justin Chadwick says Spain’s methodology for identifying CBS in citrus imports is “clearly a big concern”.

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Costa Rica recognizes first carbon neutral banana farm

March 16th, 2015

A Costa Rican banana farm hopes its eco-friendly practices will serve as an example to the industry.

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Honduras: Finca Tropical responds to anti-union allegations

March 16th, 2015

A banana supplier to Chiquita has defended its labor record following recent criticisms from FESTAGRO.

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NZ: Seeka says packhouse fire shoudn’t impact on ‘operational performance’

March 16th, 2015

Seeka’s insurance claim following a packhouse fire has been accepted.

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Chinese greenhouse cherries cash in on early market

March 13th, 2015

Greenhouse production means small volumes of fresh Chinese cherries, blueberries and nectarines are already hitting the market.

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U.S.: Dole at odds with Delaware appraisal laws

March 13th, 2015

Dole executives have reportedly said they may consider moving the business out of Delaware if appraisal laws aren’t changed.

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Australia: FAO rep optimistic despite TR4 doom and gloom

March 13th, 2015

A plant disease expert believes Queensland will be able to contain the suspected case of TR4.

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Israeli bred grape tomato commercialized in Mexico

March 13th, 2015

Seed company Hazera said its ‘Olivia’ tomato provides growers with consistent sizing and sugar levels.

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Advertorial: Awe Sum Organics’ Pear Season Begins

March 12th, 2015

Awe Sum Organics’ new crop organic Argentine pears are arriving now on both coasts of the U.S.

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Chiquita supplier accused of anti-union activity in Honduras

March 12th, 2015

FESTAGRO alleges a banana picker was fired after an accident at Finca Tropical, but an HR representative says he never worked there.

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Greek strawberry grower says Russian embargo “only on paper”

March 12th, 2015

With the import ban from Russia, Greek strawberry oversupply may be alleviated somewhat due to weather impacts.

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U.S.: Newark vertical farm to take ‘precision and performance to another level’

March 12th, 2015

AeroFarms says it is investing heavily in software for its vertical farms to ‘scale-up and go worldwide’.

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