April 19, 2014 / Week N° 16

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U.S.: Washington asparagus harvest underway

April 17th, 2014

Despite a national decline in U.S. asparagus farming, a Washington company is working to increase acreage.

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Brazil plans organic food promotions for World Cup

April 17th, 2014

An upcoming organic campaign in Brazil would promote sustainable eating to soccer fans at the World Cup.

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Ukraine: former ag minister faces embezzlement charges

April 17th, 2014

Ukrainian investigators have alleged Mykola Prisyazhniuk stole US$41.5 million from the country’s Agrarian Fund.

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Opinion: how to win the claim game

April 17th, 2014

Jan van de Ven looks at how fruit traders can protect themselves in dealing with the ‘subjective’ concept of quality.

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First Aussie grapes arrive in Japan

April 16th, 2014

The first exports of Australian table grapes to Japan marks the country’s second produce milestone in a week.

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Supply shortage to drive up Indian mango prices

April 16th, 2014

India’s ASSOCHAM has released an estimated reduction rate for the country’s mango production this year.

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Chile: new Fedefruta president to focus on exporter safeguards

April 16th, 2014

Fedefruta’s new president, Juan Carolus Brown, said he will continue pushing for a law to protect persihable exports.

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Solar panels to fuel Dutch cold storage facilities

April 16th, 2014

With 1,800 newly installed solar panels, the Dutch port of Maasvlakte has taken a step toward sustainability.

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Uruguay announces U.S.-bound citrus export expectations

April 15th, 2014

A Uruguayan minister has released figures for the amount of citrus to be squeezed into the U.S. market this year.

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Australia: Japan tariff reductions help “level the playing field”

April 15th, 2014

AHEA executive director Michelle Christoe takes a crop-by-crop look at the Australia-Japan FTA.

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Heirloom pear variety en route from Argentina to U.S.

April 15th, 2014

Argentine Alexander Lucas pears will arrive in limited quantity to the U.S. this month.

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Dominican Republic encourages dragonfruit exports

April 15th, 2014

The Dominican government hopes to transform dragonfruit into a cash crop for growers.

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Late season volume slump expected for South African apples

April 14th, 2014

Apple importers could feel disruptions this June as South Africa’s hail damage begins to show its impact.

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Challenging times ahead for Russian retail market

April 14th, 2014

Russia may be on track to becoming the most expensive country in the region for fresh food, said one local retailer.

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Marketing begins for Chilean kiwifruit

April 14th, 2014

PrimLand Chile has announced the beginning of its kiwifruit campaign, following a difficult growing season.

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Self-interest or frustration? A grower view on NZ’s kiwifruit duopoly pitch

April 14th, 2014

New Zealand kiwifruit growers discuss the pros and cons of the Zespri kiwifruit export scheme and other proposals.

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U.S.: surf’s up for Costan Rican pineapples

April 11th, 2014

A small Californian company hopes to step up the game for U.S. pineapple marketing.

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Banana Rain campaign brings rewards to Canary Islands group

April 11th, 2014

The Best Pack Award has gone to a campaign run by the Canary Islands’ ASPROCAN.

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Chilean apples approved for new ports in China

April 11th, 2014

Following suspension in October, Chilean apples will once again be able to enter China.

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Valencia oranges perform well under hydric stress

April 11th, 2014

Valencia orange trees in Colombia were able to recover from low water access during early fruit development.

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Australian citrus, nuts and cherries to benefit from Japan FTA

April 10th, 2014

Mandarins, oranges and macadamia nuts are a few Australian products expected to profit from the Japan FTA.

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U.S.: better prices expected for Mexican limes

April 10th, 2014

The worst of Mexican lime prices could soon be in the past, but quality remains inconsistent.

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Volumes down, values up for Australian cherries

April 10th, 2014

Australian cherry exporters have gotten more bang for their buck in recent months.

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Peru demands more peaches

April 10th, 2014

Peru will need more peach planations to satisfy demand from the juice industry.

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Market Pulse Week 14 – 2014

April 9th, 2014

The first Argentine citrus volume was reported in Europe in week 14.

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Spanish melon growers warned of fungal risk

April 9th, 2014

Cool, wet weather could mean fungal attacks on Spanish melons.

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U.S.: Florida port deepens trade ties with Colombia

April 9th, 2014

The U.S. Port Tampa Bay will work more closely with Colombia’s Port of Barranquilla.

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First Aussie apples arrive in China

April 9th, 2014

A lower Australian dollar has helped make Tasmanian apple shipments to China more viable.

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Processors turn to mock berries to ease costs

April 8th, 2014

Mock Crop’s berries look, feel and weigh the same as an actual blueberry with one difference – they’re plastic.

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Chilean kiwifruit heartland at “enormous” risk from Psa, says committee

April 8th, 2014

While Chile’s kiwifruit growers have focused on frosts, Psa is moving silently toward larger production areas.

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U.K.: Sainsbury’s vegetable sales jump on UCL recommendation

April 8th, 2014

A University College London study has been cited as a driver of increased veggie sales at Sainsbury’s.

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Opinion: rough blueberry season reminds Chile of priorities

April 8th, 2014

Chile’s Andrés Armstrong reflects on the lessons to be learned from a difficult blueberry season.

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Brazilian fruit exports soar in Middle East

April 7th, 2014

In an effort to decrease dependence on the EU, Brazil is sending much more fruit to the Middle East.

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PLU codes capture retailer interest in China

April 7th, 2014

PMA’s Ed Treacy says PLU codes could add value to China’s fruit sales – if China is ready for them.

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Chile exports first pomegranates of season

April 7th, 2014

Chile’s first pomegranates of the year have hit the water for the United States.

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South Africa’s Avozilla set for return to U.K. shelves

April 4th, 2014

South Africa’s super avocado is expected to return for a second season to Tesco’s shelves in the U.K.

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Opinion: artichokes, California’s pride

April 4th, 2014

It’s artichoke season in California and Karen Caplan of Frieda’s Specialty Produce is ready with some unique varieties.

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How China’s Fruitday.com won over ClearVue Partners

April 4th, 2014

While many Chinese ecommerce sites have emerged in recent years, Fruitday.com has stood out for fresh produce.

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Colombia promotes “más” Hass

April 3rd, 2014

A Hass promotional campaign in Colombia hopes to launch producers into national and international sales.

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Weak rupee drags on Indian fruit imports

April 3rd, 2014

One New Delhi fruit importer has cut volume in half in response to high prices and a weak rupee.

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South Africa welcomes growth on U.S. citrus market

April 3rd, 2014

As South Africa approaches its 15th year selling citrus to the U.S., exporters praised market growth.

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Zimbabwe bans all fruit and vegetable imports

April 3rd, 2014

In one the world’s most food insecure nations, the government has announced a total ban on imported produce.

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Market Pulse Week 13 – 2014

April 2nd, 2014

The first sales of Kenyan Hass avocados were reported in Europe in week 13.

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Chinese supermarket appeals to high-end fruit consumers

April 2nd, 2014

Imported fruit may come at a price, but China’s Ole’ stores satisfy a niche once unavailable to premium buyers.

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EU opens comments for pesticide risk assessment

April 2nd, 2014

The European Union will seek to establish its first “harmonized methodology” to assess pesticide risk.

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China: direct trade with Chongqing means opportunity for California

April 1st, 2014

Approval of direct trade routes will mean easier access for California exporters to mainland China.

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From Israel to India: Barhi dates in for bumper crop

April 1st, 2014

It has taken time for Barhi date production to take off in India, but this year’s harvest could bring record volume.

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Cool Logistics heads to Latin America

April 1st, 2014

Receive a special booking rate at Cool Logistics Americas in São Paulo by signing up through www.freshfruitportal.com.

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Chile eyes hot markets for limited kiwifruit offer

March 31st, 2014

Chilean Kiwifruit Committee’s Carlos Cruzat said initial exports will begin in the U.S., Russia and Latin America.

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Zespri reports volume recovery for gold kiwifruit

March 31st, 2014

New Zealand’s Zespri indicated higher volume of gold kiwifruit, pointing to successful efforts against Psa.

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The Hass Horn: U.S. avocado supply outlook – second quarter 2014

March 31st, 2014

Avocado expert Avi Crane explains the supply shortages ahead for the growing U.S. consumer market.

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Hortifrut reports volume and revenue growth

March 31st, 2014

Chile’s Hortifrut reported high volume and sales growth, encouraged by expansion in Europe.

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BayWa acquisitions translate into strong financial year

March 28th, 2014

BayWa reported a strong spike in earnings, driven by key acquisitions in agriculture.

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EU ban forces Indian mango exporters to reevaluate

March 28th, 2014

Indian companies such as Delicious Mangoes must now abandon plans in Europe following the EU’s ban.

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Spanish association calls on EU to close borders to South African citrus

March 27th, 2014

With the South African citrus season near, debate over black spot has roared up once again in the EU.

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Biomass energy fuels growth for U.K.’s Berry Gardens

March 27th, 2014

British fruit supplier Berry Gardens has been experimenting with biomass boilers to improve energy usage.

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Brazilian fruit association looks to globalize sales

March 27th, 2014

Brazil’s Abrafrutas has its sights set on international markets and better pesticide regulations.

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Market Pulse Week 12 – 2014

March 26th, 2014

Blueberries were in low supply and high demand in the U.S. in week 12.

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India’s Tata Group partners with Rallis for branded grapes

March 26th, 2014

India’s Star Bazaar will offer branded grapes in an effort to raise fruit quality for the nation’s middle class consumers.

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Brazilian melons approved for import to Chile

March 25th, 2014

Fresh Brazilian muskmelons and watermelons have been approved for sale in Chile.

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Mexico prepares mangoes for sale in Russia

March 25th, 2014

Mexico’s Ecofruit discusses the current mango season and prospects in Russia.

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Ecuadorian bananas gain reentry to Brazil

March 25th, 2014

After two decades of blockage, Latin America’s top banana producer will once again send fruit to Brazil.

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Tesco announces joint venture with Tata in India

March 24th, 2014

Tesco’s joint venture with the Tata Group will bring 12 new retail stores to India.

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California reports record table grape volume

March 24th, 2014

Califorinia brought in record table grape volume this year, reaching export markets in force.

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Peruvian grape volume grows across new and old markets

March 24th, 2014

Peruvian grape exports continue to show strong growth, most notably in China.

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Fruit volumes dry up under Brazilian drought

March 24th, 2014

A dry start to the year has reduced volumes for several top fruit categories in Brazil.

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Italy: Asia-bound kiwifruit exports skyrocket for Apofruit

March 21st, 2014

A new gold-fleshed kiwifruit variety has propped up exports for an Italian shipper this year.

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U.S.: Albertsons-Safeway merger in the spotlight

March 21st, 2014

Retail experts look at how a combined Albertsons-Safeway operation will take on supermarket giant Kroger.

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Pink Lady tops apple preferences for French kids

March 21st, 2014

Pink Lady Europe is utilizing a recent French study to bolster a new set of promotional materials for the continent.

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Q&A: South Korean blueberry market snapshot

March 21st, 2014

Very Berry Korea Corp CEO Chaesup Rim talks about changing consumer attitudes to blueberries in Korea.

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Malaysian tropical fruits approved for U.S. market

March 20th, 2014

With recent approval, Malaysia expects to export 7,000MT in different tropical fruits to the U.S. per year.

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Peru releases avocado export forecast

March 20th, 2014

Peru’s ProHass says Europe will be a key driver of a substantial rise in avocado exports this year.

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U.K. studio to make Bananaman movie

March 20th, 2014

The British cartoon classic Bananaman has been slated for the big screen.

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Mexico: SAGARPA explains key lime price spike

March 20th, 2014

SAGARPA has labeled the difference between lime grower returns and consumer prices as “unacceptable”.

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Market Pulse Week 11 – 2014

March 19th, 2014

The Chilean blueberry campaign began to fade out in northern markets in week 11.

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Argentina makes progress in U.S. citrus access talks

March 19th, 2014

Argentine authorities claim recent talks with APHIS were an advancement in a bid for U.S. citrus market access.

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Sun World names grape licensees in Chile, Italy

March 19th, 2014

With new marketers in Chile and Italy, Sun World now has 32 grape licensees worldwide.

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Opinion: U.S. lime prices soar on Mexican supply issues

March 19th, 2014

Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain looks at the “astounding” price hike seen for Mexican limes this year.

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U.S.: early start for Giumarra’s west Mexican watermelon deal

March 18th, 2014

Expanding into new areas has helped Giumarra fill watermelon supply gaps.

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“There’s a lot of room for growth” in blueberries, says USHBC

March 18th, 2014

After last week’s IBO conference in Mexico, two experts revealed plans for building blueberry demand.

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U.S.: Chiquita denies speculation over Charlotte withdrawal

March 18th, 2014

Chiquita’s deal with Fyffes has sent a scare in Charlotte, where some fear a violation of contract terms.

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South African grapes enjoy partial recovery in late season

March 18th, 2014

South African table grapes have picked up volume in recent weeks, showing recovery from the early season.

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Papyrus Australia to process banana fiber in China

March 17th, 2014

An Australian company is set to bring its value-added banana technology to the Chinese island of Hainan.

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Organic U.S. growers look for alternatives to treat fire blight

March 17th, 2014

U.S. apple and pear growers could soon face trouble maintaining organic status under new treatment guidelines.

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Colombia: Banacol undergoes restructuring amid debt woes

March 17th, 2014

Latin American banana group Banacol will restructure in response to debt concerns.

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ChiquitaFyffes a boost for Ecuador, says banana industry leader

March 17th, 2014

Eduardo Ledesma believes the formation of ChiquitaFyffes will “undoubtedly” benefit Ecuador’s banana industry.

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Uruguay looks to win back Chinese citrus market

March 14th, 2014

Cold treatment requirements have complicated Uruguayan citrus shipments to China.

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Papayas among top offenders in GM trade detections

March 14th, 2014

Instances of GM foods in non-GM shipments have spiked in recent years, in part due to mismarked papayas.

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McDonald’s launches pan-European fruit campaign

March 14th, 2014

A new McDonald’s campaign will offer free fruit in Happy Meals in 19 European countries.

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Mexican president meets with Michoacán avocado growers

March 14th, 2014

Mexico’s president traveled to the country’s avocado heartland yesterday to take a firm stance against crime.

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Most U.S. food complies with pesticide residue limits, study finds

March 13th, 2014

More food in the U.S. lies within pesticide residue limits than in Europe, where standards are much stricter.

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Costa Rica to export rambutans to Chile in 2014

March 13th, 2014

Building on Chilean market success in pineapples, Costa Rica aims to experiment with exports of more fruits.

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Florida grapefruit suffers worst non-hurricane decline on record

March 13th, 2014

New numbers for Florida’s citrus crop have the Sunshine State down for oranges and grapefruit.

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Pennsylvania and Veracruz consider maritime trade

March 13th, 2014

A shift from land to maritime trade could improve commerce between Pennsylvania and Veracruz.

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Market Pulse Week 10 – 2014

March 12th, 2014

Argentine pear supply affected sales of Chilean pears in the U.S. during week 10.

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U.K. asparagus to hit shelves earlier in 2014

March 12th, 2014

A combination of mild weather and improved growing techniques will give the U.K. a wider asparagus window.

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Philippine govt makes banana grower insurance payment

March 12th, 2014

The Philippines’ Agriculture Secretary has pledged to prioritize crop insurance programs in 2015.

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USDA expands loan program for specialty produce growers

March 12th, 2014

U.S. fruit and veggie growers will have requirements eased and options expanded for storage-related loans.

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U.S.: Appeals Court throws out Dole pesticide case

March 11th, 2014

A group of Nicaraguans claiming pesticide damages from Dole has had its case dropped by a California court.

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Chiquita-Fyffes merger a “dramatic acceleration” for banana value

March 11th, 2014

Ed Lonergan and David McCann get into the nuts and bolts of a monumental deal announced yesterday.

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