August 01, 2014 / Week N° 31

Archive for the Top Stories Category

The Packaging Pitch: using packaging to sell the sizzle

August 1st, 2014

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

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Peru anticipates avocado access to key Asian markets next year

August 1st, 2014

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

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Italian kiwifruit industry seeks to improve quality via new projects

August 1st, 2014

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

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British growers slam proposed EU organic regulation changes

August 1st, 2014

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

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Opinion: a call for agreement between Russia and Poland

July 31st, 2014

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

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Chile steps up Grapevine moth control regulations

July 31st, 2014

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

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

July 31st, 2014

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

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Costa Rican pineapple trade sails ahead of bananas

July 31st, 2014

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

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State of the Market – Week 30, 2014

July 30th, 2014

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

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French apple exporter ‘uncertain’ about forthcoming season

July 30th, 2014

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

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

July 30th, 2014

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

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

July 30th, 2014

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

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

July 29th, 2014

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

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Stable outlook for restructuring Greek grape sector

July 29th, 2014

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

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

July 29th, 2014

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

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

July 29th, 2014

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

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

July 28th, 2014

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

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Fruit company hopes to ‘create Malta’s Chiquita’

July 28th, 2014

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

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Peruvian state health insurer touts physalis benefits

July 28th, 2014

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

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El Niño may trigger higher Brazilian mango volume in 2014-15

July 28th, 2014

A report says El Niño bodes positively for Brazil’s mango industry, and not so well for a key competitor.

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Opinion: fast-growing Indian horticulture adds value, alleviates poverty

July 25th, 2014

An Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) expert looks at the important role of horticulture in development.

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Brazilian papaya production excess to wear off in H2

July 25th, 2014

A recent CEPEA report looks at the Brazilian papaya season to date and what can be expected for the rest of 2014.

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Bubbleberries ‘received very well’ by U.K. market

July 25th, 2014

VitalBerry BV’s new variety with the ‘strongest aroma of all strawberries’ has performed strongly in Great Britain.

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Canada: BC Blueberry Council reveals plans for govt export support funds

July 25th, 2014

Canada’ BC Blueberry Council says gaining China and Korea access will be a key use of government funding.

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Ex-Woolworths chief promoted to CEO at Walmart U.S.

July 24th, 2014

Retail veteran Greg Foran has been promoted from head of Walmart Asia to CEO of Walmart U.S.

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Strong veggie seed performance for Syngenta in H1

July 24th, 2014

They may make up a fraction of Syngenta’s business, but vegetable seeds outperformed total sales in the first half.

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Israel: pomegranate ‘production looks very good’ says grower

July 24th, 2014

With harvest just days away, a large Israeli pomegranate producer is optimistic about the campaign ahead.

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Israel: new Arava scorpion peppers pack a punch

July 24th, 2014

An Israeli pepper breeder has a new spicy creation that is undergoing sample trials in Europe and Africa.

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State of the Market – Week 29, 2014

July 23rd, 2014

Increased lemon imports to the U.S. East Coast compensated for California’s shortfall in week 29.

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Grape production down but quality in the clear, says Italian supplier

July 23rd, 2014

Nico Liturri discusses how unusual weather conditions have cut grape production estimates this year.

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Dutch blueberry company expecting ‘best crop in five years’

July 23rd, 2014

One Dutch blueberry marketer who experienced ‘almost no winter’ is enjoying a very productive harvest season.

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EU to lighten limits on fosetyl-aluminium

July 23rd, 2014

Nut exporters could reap the fruits of the EU’s plans to raise maximum residue limits for one chemical.

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Cameroon banana leader to bolster plantations

July 22nd, 2014

A subsidiary of Compagnie Fruitiere in Cameroon has announced the expansion of its banana farms.

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U.S.: ‘demand for cranberries fairly stagnant’, says grower group

July 22nd, 2014

Wisconsin cranberry growers are due for an average crop this year amid unenticing market conditions.

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U.S.: Green Giant and Taylor Farms team up for national sweepstakes

July 22nd, 2014

Green Giant and Taylor Farms have kicked off a summer promotion involving sweepstakes and coupons.

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Argentina releases new onions for humid environments

July 22nd, 2014

Argentina has developed two new onion varieties with Guarani names, which are apt for humid farming areas.

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Andy Hall’s prosecutor is Thai pineapple industry leader

July 21st, 2014

Migrant rights defender Andy Hall has revealed a new twist in his case with Natural Fruit in Thailand.

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European Commission sets new MRL levels for two disinfectants

July 21st, 2014

Fruit and vegetable packers and processors who sell their products in Europe will need to be aware of new rules for quaternary ammonium compounds.

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U.K. organic health study is misleading and dismisses key facts, experts say

July 21st, 2014

British scientists have questioned why higher antioxidants in organic fruit should equate to public health benefits.

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U.S.: Sysco to pay US$19.4M settlement over unrefrigerated food sheds

July 21st, 2014

Foodservice provider Sysco has agreed to pay damages for its prior use of noncompliant drop sites in California.

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South African avocados face stronger Peruvian competition in Europe

July 18th, 2014

An ‘oversaturated’ U.S. avocado market has led to Peru competing more heavily with South Africa in the EU.

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U.S.: Farm Bill funding pays greater attention to organic growers

July 18th, 2014

The USDA has slated a record level of funding for organic certification cost-share assistance.

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Chilean grape industry aims to rid country of Lobesia moth

July 18th, 2014

The Chilean Table Grape Committee says a grapewine moth could threaten the whole national fruit industry.

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Brazilian apple exports take a dive in 2014

July 18th, 2014

Brazilians have spent a lot more on imported apples this year compared to the prices achieved for exports.

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Chilean exporter to launch Amira raspberry shipments

July 17th, 2014

Can new varieties help recover Chile’s dwindling presence in the fresh raspberry market?

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Israeli-Indian horticultural partnership expands with two new centers in Bihar

July 17th, 2014

We take a look at the latest of several centers supported by Israel that are raising Indian horticultural productivity.

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New South African avocado variety ‘piggybacks’ on Hass success

July 17th, 2014

Similar to Hass but with its own benefits, a South African avocado variety is ‘expanding at speed’ across the globe.

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Agronometrics releases beta service for fruit market analysis

July 17th, 2014

A new online service aims to make produce market dynamics easy to understand and visualize in context.

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State of the Market – Week 28, 2014

July 16th, 2014

The first placements in China for the U.S. table grape season were registered in week 28.

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NZ launches kiwifruit biosecurity scheme to stop Psa spread

July 16th, 2014

NZ Kiwifruit Vine Health has introduced a ‘Core Standard’ for nurseries to show they are disease-free.

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Philippines: Del Monte banana plantation raided

July 16th, 2014

Land disputes could be the motive behind an armed attack on a banana plantation in the Philippines.

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Chile: grape pioneer passes away

July 15th, 2014

An important figure in Chile’s agricultural development, Alfonso Prohens, has died.

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Low Chilean kiwifruit volume saved by prices and quality, says exporter

July 15th, 2014

A large Chilean kiwifruit exporter says the season is ‘not disastrous’ despite production falling by 55%.

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Canada: accepting increased cargo ‘up to operators’, says Vancouver port

July 15th, 2014

Terminal operators in Vancouver’s port will decide on whether to accept new business in the event of U.S. delays.

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EU: citrus black spot interceptions still at zero in June

July 15th, 2014

The latest EUROPHYT report is good news for South Africa’s citrus industry.

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Ireland: Fyffes execs may get US$1M bonus if Chiquita deal goes through

July 15th, 2014

An Irish media outlet has revealed incentives and fees associated with the pending ChiquitaFyffes deal.

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Argentine Valencia orange harvest kicks off in Jujuy

July 14th, 2014

While Argentina’s citrus crops have taken a battering, a leading exporter’s orange crop has been fairly unscathed.

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Australia: broccoli can ‘make clear breathing easier’ for asthmatics

July 14th, 2014

Melbourne University research shows broccoli could be used as an alternative treatment for asthma sufferers.

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NZ may deport man who revealed kiwifruit worker abuses

July 14th, 2014

New Zealand authorities have failed to protect an Indian whistleblower who revealed abuse in the kiwifruit industry.

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Avocado and orange-colored veggie combo a boost for Vitamin A

July 14th, 2014

An Ohio State University (OSU) study shows pairing avocados with orange veggies helps for Vitamin A conversion.

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Opinion: it’s the season to catch Hatch chile fever

July 11th, 2014

Karen Caplan looks at the fanaticism that surrounds Hatch chiles, and the labeling laws in place to protect them.

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Australia: HAL announces new high-tech research greenhouse

July 11th, 2014

The University of Western Sydney and HAL will build a special greenhouse to help bring the industry into the future.

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NZ: Zespri begins search for new young talent

July 11th, 2014

A New Zealand kiwifruit company has announced a graduate scheme to ‘develop the future leaders of this industry’.

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Romania: fruits and vegetables used for money laundering, police claim

July 11th, 2014

A large-scale Romanian police operation has broken up a gang that allegedly evaded tax through produce imports.

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Ecuadorian banana growers gear up for El Niño

July 10th, 2014

An Ecuadorian banana industry rep discusses El Niño, drug inspections and shipping delays to China.

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U.S.: Several key industry associations urge immigration reform

July 10th, 2014

Western Growers has urged U.S. Congress for immigration reform to strengthen the agricultural industry.

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Chile: new technology improves scarce water resource use

July 10th, 2014

The Universidad de Chile has completed tests with a new tech that improves water management in drought-hit regions.

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Peruvian organic banana group looks for ways to meet demand

July 10th, 2014

Strong demand for Peruvian organic bananas has led one co-op to recruit more growers.

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State of the Market – Week 27, 2014

July 9th, 2014

Independence Day celebrations give U.S. lemons a boost in week 27.

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Colombia unites with Peru and Chile to develop agriculture

July 9th, 2014

A Colombian agricultural development body will work with other South American countries to strengthen the industry.

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U.S.: leafy greens first, then cannabis for NYSE-listed company

July 9th, 2014

A U.S. company is investing in vertical farming facilities for leafy greens, with a transition to cannabis in its sights.

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Mango exporter takes Pakistani govt to court

July 9th, 2014

One company’s plight shows another reality from Pakistan’s tough restrictions imposed on mango exporters.

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U.S.: California’s almond production continuously on the up

July 8th, 2014

California is expecting increased production of a crop that a recent study described as a new ‘superfood’.

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U.S.: the ‘big question’ of Michigan blueberry production

July 8th, 2014

The Michigan blueberry harvest is off to a slow start but one grower still expects a positive season.

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New Mexican areas declared as avocado seed borer-free

July 8th, 2014

Two new zones in Mexico will now have more opportunities to move their avocados both nationally and abroad.

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Butterflies go bananas in India

July 8th, 2014

Indian scientists have called for natural parasites to combat heavy infestations of the banana leaf roller.

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Opinion: it’s time to drop the charges against Andy Hall in Thailand

July 7th, 2014

It is unconscionable that an academic researcher could face jail time for an audit conducted in a Thai fruit factory.

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TomatoesNZ urges action on unlabeled irradiated produce

July 7th, 2014

TomatoesNZ has asked consumers to complain if they suspect unlabeled irradiated tomatoes are being sold.

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Ecuadorian fruit exporter ‘not worried’ about ChiquitaFyffes merger

July 7th, 2014

One exporter says a new ChiquitaFyffes fusion would gain more control, but Ecuadorian prices would be unaffected.

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British strawberry industry reacts to EFSA health risk report

July 7th, 2014

British Summer Fruits has responded to a European report into Salmonella and Norovirus risks in berries.

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Peruvian asparagus exporters bet on counterseasonal opportunities in China

July 4th, 2014

Peruvian diplomats are lining up Shanghai supermarkets for the first sales of asparagus exports later this year.

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Netherlands: Wageningen research to expand quinoa horizons

July 4th, 2014

New quinoa varieties are growing in France and the Netherlands, while cultivation in Asia is also a possibility.

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U.S.: Fresh Del Monte executives sell off millions in stock

July 4th, 2014

Fresh Del Monte leaders have made handsome profits by cashing in on stock options in the company.

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Peru: Sierra Exportadora kicks off raspberry pilot

July 4th, 2014

A Peruvian government agency is taking steps in its goal to make Cajamarca a berry capital.

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China Fruits Corp enters e-commerce fruit market “battle”

July 3rd, 2014

China Fruits Corp has announced it will set up shop with Alibaba’s online sales platform Tmall.

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Identity and ownership change for Chilean blueberry company

July 3rd, 2014

Alpine Chile will now be known by the name Navy Blue Export S.A., driven by trade strategies for Europe and Asia.

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Korea gains Mexican pear market access

July 3rd, 2014

Mexico is now the third Latin American country to accept Korean pears, after Chile and Peru.

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U.K. potato consumption peels off

July 3rd, 2014

The British potato industry is changing tack to regain its presence in the minds of consumers.

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State of the Market – Week 26, 2014

July 2nd, 2014

Canadian cherries joined U.S. and Spanish supply in China in week 26.

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Xianguomai forges role in Chinese e-commerce produce sector

July 2nd, 2014

Banking on customer experience, a young company is making inroads in China’s booming online fruit market.

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U.S.: improving Californian water regulations ‘vitally important’

July 2nd, 2014

An industry body says Californian grape production will be fine for this year, but water usage is ‘unsustainable’.

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China: Xinjiang Aksu apples hit by regional conflict

July 2nd, 2014

“It takes a lot of guts to travel to Xinjiang alone just to procure local apples,” says trader Chen Haiwen.

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U.S.: Limoneira buys strategic packing plant to aid growth

July 1st, 2014

Limoneira has purchased a packing plant in Arizona to ‘significantly increase capacity’.

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Australia: AHEA awarded Austrade grant

July 1st, 2014

Australia’s AHEA will have access to new funding to boost online communication and trade relationships in Asia.

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India: Himachal Pradesh simplifies apple rejuvenation project guidelines

July 1st, 2014

Around 14% of Himachal Pradesh orchards will come under a scheme aimed at raising orchard productivity.

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Honduran workers’ union reaches deal with Chiquita subsidiary

July 1st, 2014

After 10 months of negotiations, Tela Railroad Co. workers have negotiated a 27% pay rise to go over three years.

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Russian problems prompt new outlook for Moroccan citrus

July 1st, 2014

Delassus’ Fatiha Charrat looks back on what she describes as the ‘worst season ever’ for Moroccan citrus.

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

July 1st, 2014

Avi Crane discusses an upcoming avocado season that he expects will put Peru in the top three suppliers to the U.S.

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U.S.: Florida citrus merger a ‘slam dunk’ in changing business environment

June 30th, 2014

Two major Florida citrus companies will merge packing operations to better cope with HLB consequences.

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European diplomats visit South African citrus operations

June 30th, 2014

The CGA hopes a recent diplomatic visit will help dramatically reduce citrus black spot interceptions in Europe.

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