April 27, 2015 / Week N° 18

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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State of the Market – Week 10, 2015

March 11th, 2015

Some containers of Chilean blueberries arriving in the EU had gas regulation problems in week 10.

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Australia: Tasmanian irrigation projects strengthen Costa’s berry business

March 11th, 2015

Australia’s largest privately-owned produce company expects to double its Tasmanian berry production.

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Pakistan kinnow campaign boosted by Russian market

March 11th, 2015

Pakistan has been able to raise exports of Kinnow mandarins to markets ranging from Russia to Canada.

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Can Kenyan avocados outprice the competition in Hong Kong?

March 11th, 2015

Terra Exports plans to raise its shipments of Kenyan avocados fifteenfold for the Hong Kong market this year.

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U.S.: Pink Lady to add several varieties to brand

March 10th, 2015

Pink Lady-branded apples will be available earlier in the season following the inclusion of new varieties.

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U.K. firm develops micro-perforated lids for soft fruits

March 10th, 2015

A new British innovation allows berries to breathe but also prevents contaminants from affecting the fruit.

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Chile: Smallholder apple farmer upbeat for China despite market concerns

March 10th, 2015

A Chilean apple company plans to plant cherry trees to complement future online sales in China.

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U.S.: New primocane-fruiting blackberry released

March 10th, 2015

The University of Arkansas has released a blackberry cultivar suitable for traveling long distances.

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Chile: Coquimbo fruit sector estimated to have lost US$1B to drought

March 9th, 2015

An industry head as requested a series of state support measures to aid a regional industry in crisis.

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Chilean fresh blueberry exports set new record

March 9th, 2015

With just a few weeks left of the Chilean blueberry export season, total volumes could hit 91,000MT.

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Palestine Crops upbeat for renewed veggie trade with Israel

March 9th, 2015

Mohammed Zwayyed is positive about Gaza’s new produce trade relationship with Israel, but expects some restrictions will remain.

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South Africa: DFI announces ‘realistic’ land reform strategy

March 9th, 2015

South Africa’s Deciduous Fruit Industry land reform initiative would add 1,227 new hectares of pome fruit and stonefruit over five years.

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Moldova: Russian collaboration will continue, says Agrodenidan

March 6th, 2015

A Moldovan apple exporter was in a critical situation before a recent Russian market reopening for certain companies.

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Australia: Queensland warned of ‘serious consequences’ if TR4 spreads

March 6th, 2015

The Costa Group has urged industry cooperation following a suspected detection of Panama Disease TR4.

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Israel reopens for Gaza produce imports

March 6th, 2015

Israel has opened is doors to Gaza-grown produce after banning exports from the territory when Hamas took control in 2007.

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Portugal encourages investment from Chilean produce companies

March 6th, 2015

On a recent visit, a Portuguese minister said Chilean fruit exporters might be able to use its ‘EU gateway’ Port of Sines.

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Brazil: Early 2015 rains lift Gala apple quality

March 5th, 2015

Rainfall in two key Brazilian production areas from January to March is unlikely to be lower than historic averages.

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Melons from Portuguese island receive granted protected status from EU

March 5th, 2015

Melons from an island in the Azores join a list of 1,200 EU products with a Protected Geographical Indication.

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Stress on young bees could explain colony collapse, U.K. study shows

March 5th, 2015

Researchers say bees that are forced to forage too early in their lives put the colony at risk.

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Belgium: Univeg to enter merger talks with Greenyard Foods, Peatinvest

March 5th, 2015

A tie up of three Belgium-headquartered companies could combine sales worth in excess of €3.7 billion.

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State of the Market – Week 9, 2015

March 4th, 2015

Local U.S. apple prices were 5-27% lower year-on-year in week 9.

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Aussie blueberry growers need urgent protocol support

March 4th, 2015

Australian blueberry growers have prepared a 50-page export strategy, emphasizing an impending oversupply at home.

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Freshfel delegate speaks of ‘general consensus’ for EU School Fruit Scheme

March 4th, 2015

An EU meeting held yesterday appeared promising for the continuation of EC-backed school fruit programs.

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Link discovered between guava smell and weevil pest

March 4th, 2015

Colombian researchers believe a new method for controlling the guava weevil pest could be in store.

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Australia: APAL anticipates production and quality boost in 2015

March 3rd, 2015

Per hectare pome fruit yields in Australia are on the up thanks to improved orchard management.

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India: Unexpected downpours in Pune damage leafy crops

March 3rd, 2015

Spinach, coriander, tomatoes, cucumber and grapes are some crops that have been hit by heavy rain in Maharashtra.

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New banana variety gives Philippine growers “hope to rise again”

March 3rd, 2015

The Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) is offering a Panama Disease Race IV-resistant banana cultivar to growers in Davao.

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Russia may allow some EU food imports, says Kremlin spokesperson

March 3rd, 2015

A Kremlin representative says Russia may be able to get around the food import ban by using local processing as a condition of entry.

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Russia: Food embargo removal bill “violated party discipline”

March 2nd, 2015

Three Russian lawmakers who proposed to remove the import ban have been reprimanded for the action.

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China: Red kiwifruit production region hopes for foothold in EU market

March 2nd, 2015

Part of a Chinese county has received the Protected Eco-Origin Product certification for red kiwifruit varieties.

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School fruit would “fall apart” in many countries if EU scheme is scrapped

March 2nd, 2015

Raquel Izquierdo de Santiago gives her assessment as to why the EU School Fruit scheme should definitely not be pulled or changed.

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Peru: Sierra Exportadora to plant soursop trees

March 2nd, 2015

A Peruvian company hopes to plant dozens of hectares of a fruit that is often promoted as an alternative cancer treatment.

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U.S.: White seedless table grapes could hit ‘bargain prices’

February 27th, 2015

Capespan North America says there will likely be a ‘fast peak and abrupt end’ for Thompsons.

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Seoul searching pays off for Aussie cherry industry

February 27th, 2015

Stemming from a recent FTA, Australia’s cherry exports to South Korea have experienced exponential growth.

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Russian market reopens for some Moldovan apple shippers

February 27th, 2015

Russian authorities have approved several Moldovan firms for apple exports.

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Fairtrade ‘absorbing’ farms, changing livelihoods

February 27th, 2015

With GDP per capita that is five times lower than the EU, is China ready for fairtrade produce? Fairtrasa’s Patrick Struebi thinks yes.

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U.S.: Chiquita forced to stay longer at Gulfport

February 26th, 2015

Port congestion in New Orleans has delayed the completion of a logistics move for Chiquita Brands International.

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U.S. pistachio industry celebrates new dietary recommendations

February 26th, 2015

Pistachio growers all around the globe have cause for celebration on World Pistachio Day.

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Ireland dragging heels on fairtrade bananas, new report claims

February 26th, 2015

While Irish retailers have been slow on the uptake of fairtrade bananas, two stores recently committed to stock 100% fairtrade pears.

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Australia: Frozen berries were source of growth for Patties Foods in 2014

February 25th, 2015

The company that recalled its berry products due to a recent health scare recorded strong results for its fruit brand last year.

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EU School Fruit Scheme under threat

February 25th, 2015

Freshfel has urged the European Commission not to put ‘better regulation’ ahead of children’s health.

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State of the Market – Week 8, 2015

February 25th, 2015

Large Red Globe volumes from South Africa pushed prices down in Europe in week 8.

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Aussie grower expects “balanced” citrus crop for 2015

February 25th, 2015

“I’d prefer an average volume crop of good size to a massive crop of small fruit,” says Seven Fields’ Brett Jackson.

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Argentina: San Miguel anticipates ‘loss in competitiveness’ this season

February 25th, 2015

San Miguel aims to overcome complex challenges outside of its control for the processed and fresh citrus sectors.

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California: China citrus import suspension means ‘robust trade won’t materialize’

February 24th, 2015

There is as yet no indication as to when China’s citrus import suspension on Tulare County might be lifted.

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Australia: Cyclone Marcia hits “two years’ income” for some growers

February 24th, 2015

Some growers have been hit hard by Cyclone Marcia while timing has been very lucky for others.

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Washington apple industry applauds U.S. West Coast port breakthrough

February 24th, 2015

After missing “critical shipping opportunities”, the Washington Apple Commission is pleased the ports are back up and running.

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U.K.: Factory closures and job losses at Produce World

February 24th, 2015

A major U.K. vegetable supplier intends to form a joint venture with brassica grower and marketer Lincolnshire Field Products.

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Aussie produce industry calls for stricter country of origin labeling

February 23rd, 2015

Both the AHEA and Ausveg believe the recent Hepatitis A outbreak has re-opened the debate on COO labels.

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Colombia: Asoppitaya to expand crop offering

February 23rd, 2015

After making its name in dragonfruit, Colombia’s Asoppitaya plans to move into organic crops and other tropical fruits.

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NZ kiwifruit season to be ‘about 25% bigger’, says EastPack

February 23rd, 2015

EastPack’s CEO says he’s ‘pretty optimistic’ about the season amid strong industry recovery from Psa.

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NZ: Late harvest ‘not much of a disadvantage this year’, says Mr Apple

February 23rd, 2015

A major New Zealand apple exporter says a colder February has led to ‘exceptional’ fruit color.

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Solar-powered produce dehydrator developed in Chile

February 20th, 2015

The creator of a dehydrator that uses renewable energy says it protects produce quality.

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Argentina: Rio Negro report paints bleak economic picture for fruit growers

February 20th, 2015

Pome fruit growers in Rio Negro will suffer from falling market prices and rising costs this season.

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‘Biological and macroeconomic factors’ to complicate Argentine lemon season

February 20th, 2015

Argentina’s lemon volumes are recovering from last season, but are still 15-20% off ‘normal’ levels.

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Moroccan citrus exports boosted to North America

February 20th, 2015

Morocco has so far this season shipped 5% more citrus to North America than the EU.

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The Hass Horn: U.S. avocado supply outlook, 2015 and beyond

February 19th, 2015

An experienced avocado industry veteran reveals his forecasts for the market’s future and supply sources.

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Uber teams up with Xianfeng for Chinese fruit discount service

February 19th, 2015

While Uber has been banned in many countries, the app is growing rapidly in China where it is also involved with fresh produce in one city.

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Imported fruit losing exotic appeal in China, says trader

February 19th, 2015

China’s efforts to halt corruption have affected gift giving, and therefore the sales of imported Australian premium fruits.

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NZ: Queensland fruit fly detected in Auckland

February 19th, 2015

HortNZ has called for tougher biosecurity measures after the fourth fruit fly detection in three years.

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State of the Market – Week 7, 2015

February 18th, 2015

A low blueberry supply and stable demand allowed for price rises in the U.S. in week 7.

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First Aussie mango shipment to the U.S. ‘sold out quickly’

February 18th, 2015

An Australian mango exporter says it is beginning a three-year export program to the U.S.

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U.K.: Vegetable sector labor supplier’s license revoked by authorities

February 18th, 2015

A U.K. government body has prosecuted the head of a company that supplied vegetable harvesting workers.

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U.S.: Del Monte shares fall despite strong result

February 18th, 2015

Tomatoes and melons showed the biggest percentage sales increases at Fresh Del Monte in the fourth quarter.

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Indian mangoes officially back on the menu for EU consumers

February 17th, 2015

One EU importer believes Indian mango sales may initially be affected by a damaged reputation.

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China: New e-commerce platform to shake up imported fruit business

February 17th, 2015

A unique government-backed e-commerce platform is expected to usher in an era of cheap imported fruit.

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European kiwifruit campaign to finish on a high

February 17th, 2015

Despite the Russian ban, Greece has relatively low kiwifruit stocks remaining.

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South Africa: Limpopo citrus producer eyes first trial U.S. shipment this year

February 17th, 2015

A group in South Africa’s Loskop Valley hopes to send a trial of ‘top quality’ citrus to the U.S. this season.

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NZ: NZKGI member urges govt to reject industry proposals

February 16th, 2015

Robert Thode alleges there is a conflict of interest in the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project.

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U.S.: California Avocado Commission releases crop update

February 16th, 2015

California’s avocado grower body has forecast volumes 10% higher year-on-year.

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