December 19, 2014 / Week N° 51

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AgriNurture sells stake in southern Philippines banana plantation

December 19th, 2014

A Philippine agricultural group has sold its share in a banana plantation, which will now be a sourcing partner.

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Costa Rica grants environmental approval for APM Terminals project

December 19th, 2014

A US$1 billion port project in Costa Rica has been given the green light by environmental authorities.

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Exports drop 45% for Peruvian banana group

December 19th, 2014

Disease woes look set to slash exports by 45% this year for a northern Peruvian organic banana group.

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Argentine cherries reach Hong Kong market

December 19th, 2014

Argentine cherry exports have been made more viable with the help of direct flights from Patagonia to international markets.

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USDA develops colored potato varieties

December 18th, 2014

Three new healthy potato cultivars with red and purple flesh are now on sale in the U.S.

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Argentine pome fruit growers forecast earlier harvest

December 18th, 2014

The Williams pear harvest in parts of Argentina will likely begin around a week earlier than normal.

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U.K: Sainsbury’s suppliers to be taught how to spot exploitation

December 18th, 2014

A ‘ground-breaking partnership’ has been created between a major British retailer and a labor investigator.

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U.S.: North Carolina sweet potato production soars

December 18th, 2014

North Carolina is boosting its sweet potato volumes to keep up with a huge national demand growth.

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State of the Market – Week 50, 2014

December 17th, 2014

Demand for medium-sized avocados was strong in the U.S. during week 50.

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Opinion: Why ‘eco-credentials’ will soon become a necessity

December 17th, 2014

Plant & Food NZ’s Dr. Brent Clothier discusses what growers can expect from better detailing their eco-footprint.

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Freshmax markets Love Beets in NZ

December 17th, 2014

After securing national distribution rights, Freshmax NZ plans to bring Love Beets to Australia.

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U.K.: Festive season surge for organic vegetables

December 17th, 2014

A major British supplier says sales of its organic broccoli are up 20% year-on-year.

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Opinion: LA Times’ Mexican investigation reveals blight on produce sector

December 16th, 2014

It’s time to reform the practices of ‘tiendas de raya’ on Mexican farms.

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SeekaFresh delivers record returns

December 16th, 2014

Seeka’s program primarily for Class 2 kiwifruit into Australia is paying much higher than industry averages.

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Farmers angry after severe rain and hail batter Indian grape crops

December 16th, 2014

Maharashtra grape farmers suffering crop damages have protested against the government’s lack of action after recent bad weather.

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Fruit sorting tech company wins Australian Exporter of the Year award

December 16th, 2014

GP Graders has received recognition for its international presence in the world of cherry sorting.

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Extensive promotional campaigns pay off for South African avocados

December 15th, 2014

The value of South Africa’s national avocado market shot up by around 20% year-on-year.

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Spanish exporter ships its first batch of lemons to mainland China

December 15th, 2014

Having met China’s rigorous requirements, one Spanish shipper no longer has to send lemons via Hong Kong.

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Peruvian strawberry exports climb in 2014

December 15th, 2014

Peru has witnessed solid growth for its frozen strawberry industry this year, with buoyant demand in the U.S. and Canada.

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Opinion: Melbourne wholesale apple price trends – what do they tell us?

December 15th, 2014

Charley Xia explores how understanding historic price data could help growers improve returns.

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Watermelon sourced from the Canary Islands boosts supply for Hillfresh

December 12th, 2014

The first batches of Canary Islands watermelons have arrived in the Netherlands in a new Ramafrut-Hillfresh deal.

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China intercepts fungus in Chilean blueberry shipment

December 12th, 2014

Chilean blueberry exporters will need to be on the lookout for stem canker in their packing lines.

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Competitors unconcerned by Chinese access for South African apples

December 12th, 2014

Chilean and New Zealand apple exporters say varietal selection is key in the demanding Chinese market.

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Locus Traxx appoints operational heads in Italy, Spain

December 12th, 2014

As part of its growth strategy, produce technology group Locus Traxx will forge a more direct presence in two key EU countries.

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Advertorial: Subsole creates ‘Taste Index’ to incentivize its growers

December 11th, 2014

Exporter Subsole says it can achieve a higher kiwifruit quality using a new system that rewards its producers.

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Chilean table grape export volume to rise 16%, says Decofrut

December 11th, 2014

A Chilean fruit industry consultant has released a slightly more optimistic grape export forecast.

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South African apple shipper targets China for next season

December 11th, 2014

A South African exporter hopes pears will also soon be approved by Chinese authorities.

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NZ kiwifruit scoops greater market share in India

December 11th, 2014

Zespri’s kiwifruit sales have doubled in India as more consumers become familiar with the exotic fruit.

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State of the Market – Week 49, 2014

December 10th, 2014

The European avocado and blueberry markets both saw little activity in week 49.

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Fruit industry figure wins regional election in Peru

December 10th, 2014

Fernando Cilloniz will lead the government of a key Peruvian agricultural region on a platform of irrigation, port modernization and roads.

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Russia releases gray trade interception stats from Belarus

December 10th, 2014

Russia has banned around 5% of produce shipments from Belarus since inspection posts were set up on the border.

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Italy: Jingold expands program with new Boerica kiwifruit

December 10th, 2014

Jingold will produce and market a kiwifruit variety that is ‘bigger and brighter’ than Hayward following a licensing deal.

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Costa Rica prepares pineapple export program for China

December 9th, 2014

A Costa Rican pineapple industry representative says it’s important to learn from other sectors already shipping to China.

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U.K.: Co-operative Food pledges three-year commitment to home-grown produce

December 9th, 2014

The Co-operative supermarket chain says British consumers are strongly in favor of buying locally-sourced produce.

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France: Blue Whale anticipates 15% rise in pear volumes

December 9th, 2014

One of France’s biggest pipfruit growers says an active domestic consumption is allaying oversupply concerns.

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NZ: T&G granted approval to acquire Apollo Apples

December 9th, 2014

BayWa’s share of New Zealand’s apple exports will soon increase to 35%.

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Peruvian artichoke shipments see solid growth

December 5th, 2014

The value of Peru’s artichoke exports to the U.S. shot by a third this year.

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NZ trade tariff costs down by a quarter since 2012

December 5th, 2014

Horticulture New Zealand’s head says progress on trade tariff reduction enhances Asian trade opportunities.

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Russia adds Albania to produce import ban list

December 5th, 2014

Russia will ban Albanian produce imports following a sudden four-fold increase of certain crops.

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Tampa Bay delegation visits Chile to ‘deepen business opportunities’

December 5th, 2014

The head of Chile’s fruit exporters’ group says a recent U.S. visit helped both sides to explore new possibilities.

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The Packaging Pitch: Cauliflower to take kale’s food trend reign in 2015

December 4th, 2014

Marketing expert Lisa Cork says a shift to low carb diets will make cauliflower a hot crop to watch in 2015.

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Australia to benefit from R&D agreements with India

December 4th, 2014

Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd has reached a deal with three Indian research groups to improve horticulture.

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Chile’s Atacama region welcomes start of table grape export campaign

December 4th, 2014

Some 11.5 million boxes of table grapes are expected to be shipped from Chile’s northern production hub this season.

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Strong winds hit up to a third of Canary Islands’ banana crops

December 4th, 2014

While winds have wreaked havoc on Canary Islands’ banana plantations, growers were all covered by insurance.

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State of the Market – Week 48, 2014

December 3rd, 2014

U.S. avocado demand rose during the lead up to Thanksgiving celebrations last week.

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Decofrut forecasts 17% fall in Chilean cherry exports

December 3rd, 2014

A Chilean consultancy has provided a variety-by-variety glimpse of cherry damages in the wake of weekend rains.

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Honduran banana growers say more support from Chiquita is needed

December 3rd, 2014

Honduran producers selling their bananas to a Chiquita subsidiary say they need to be compensated for crop loss.

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U.S.: Sweet potato exports spike over five-year period

December 3rd, 2014

The U.S. sweet potato export sector is now worth US$95 million, with EU-bound shipments up 17% this year.

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Del Monte Pacific inks frozen produce deal with European firms

December 2nd, 2014

Spain’s Nice Fruit has signed a joint venture to run a frozen fruit facility in the Philippines.

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River Point Farms starts work on ‘state of the art’ packing plant

December 2nd, 2014

River Point says its new packing facility will help prepare for the doubling of onion production over the next year.

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China: Conditions improve for Peruvian citrus trade

December 2nd, 2014

A new protocol means Peruvian citrus that is exported to China will be subject to less a damaging cold treatment.

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Spain: Laser Food signs global deal with US$900M equipment group

December 2nd, 2014

A laser labeling technology is coming to the U.S. produce industry, and potentially anywhere that JBT Corporation has customers.

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Australia: China FTA will bring us on par with NZ and Chile, says APAL

December 1st, 2014

Australia’s pome fruit grower body says while the Chinese FTA is ‘terrific’, mainland apple access needs to be gained.

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LED technology extends British tomato deal

December 1st, 2014

British growers who supply retailer Sainsbury’s have come up with a way to grow tomatoes during cold months.

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Italy issues decree preventing early kiwifruit harvesting

December 1st, 2014

Italy’s Alessandro Fornari says new measures will prevent poor quality kiwifruit being released onto the market.

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Ecuadorian bananas a ‘force’ in new Chinese province

December 1st, 2014

Ecuador’s bananas are gaining ground in China, with the launch of a promotion campaign in a major retail chain.

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Security officer injured in attack on Philippine banana executives

November 28th, 2014

A recent armed attack in the Philippines targeted Del Monte executives.

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Gaza officials block Israeli produce flows

November 28th, 2014

The Gaza Ministry of Agriculture has responded to a recent Israeli blockade of produce at the Kerem Shalom crossing.

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Swiss authorities seek to allay Russian fruit smuggling suspicions

November 28th, 2014

The Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture is taking all steps to avoid the country’s fruit getting banned in Russia.

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Chilean kiwifruit industry prepares ground for 2015 season

November 28th, 2014

Breeding programs and pre-conditioning are two of many priorities for Chilean kiwifruit growers next year.

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U.S.: Fair trade demand ‘tremendous’ as awareness grows

November 27th, 2014

A fair trader from Interrupcion says the recent U.S. focus on immigration and farmworkers’ rights is here to stay.

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Mission Produce teams up with Lantao for Chinese avocado sales

November 27th, 2014

Mission Produce has raised its avocado sales in China by 15% since a partnership was reached with Lantao.

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NZ: Plant & Food Research to support pipfruit access to Asian markets

November 27th, 2014

Pipfruit New Zealand says Asia-bound exports could represent half the total volumes by 2022 following new funding.

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U.S: new fumigation method allows for greater fruit volumes

November 27th, 2014

Exporters whose fruit requires fumigation in the U.S. now have a much more practical solution on offer in Florida.

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State of the Market – Week 47, 2014

November 26th, 2014

The supply of blueberries from Argentina and Uruguay was dwindling in Asia during week 47.

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Business as usual for Chilean table grape exporters

November 26th, 2014

With the Chilean table grape season just kicking off, one producer can’t meet demand despite rising production.

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Namibian grape season off to a flying start

November 26th, 2014

A quality inspector for Cool Fresh’s Namibian grape crop says ‘any farmer could only wish’ for this weather.

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Spain: Pomegranate growers team up with La Liga club

November 26th, 2014

Spanish pomegranate growers will team up with the Elche soccer team to promote their fruit at home and abroad.

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U.S. research teams make advances in phytophthora studies

November 25th, 2014

New Jersey scientists find that ‘silvering’ in bell peppers is negatively correlated with the epidemic phytophthora disease.

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Italy: Agricoper rises above grape challenges

November 25th, 2014

An Italian grape group may have lost 30% in sales due to the Russian embargo, but has slated an ambitious grafting plan.

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U.S.: Martin Sheen appeals for UFW support

November 25th, 2014

Actor Martin Sheen has called on the public to support a farmworker union that has been steeped in controversy of late.

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Opinion: U.S. farmers losing millions due to Canadian bankruptcies

November 25th, 2014

Lawyer Tim Henkel says the USDA was justified in its actions regarding Canadian exporters and PACA.

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Polish industry expects Chinese apple market access in 2015

November 24th, 2014

Chinese representatives plan to assess different Polish apple varieties for a potential market opening next year.

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New juiceless tomato ‘fantastic’ for foodservice, says Bayer CropScience

November 24th, 2014

Bayer CropScience has two new naturally-bred agricultural products it says will solve some food chain problems.

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‘Congress must enact meaningful immigration legislation,’ says Nassif

November 24th, 2014

The Western Growers head says Obama’s plans could lead to many workers leaving the agricultural industry.

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Food safety high on the agenda for Brazilian consumers

November 24th, 2014

Brazilian retail specialist Leonardo Miyao discusses trends in South America’s largest fruit and vegetable market.

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U.S. rules hit Chilean organic blueberry hectares, says North Bay

November 21st, 2014

North Bay Produce’s Ruy Barbosa talks about Chilean blueberry uniformity and the implications of fumigation measures.

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Healthier diets drive higher demand for almonds, pistachios

November 21st, 2014

Marketing schemes have gone a long way for Paramount Farms’ almond and pistachio sales.

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New herbs in the pipeline for U.K. breeder

November 21st, 2014

A CN Seeds representative says the Southern European fresh herb market is on the way up.

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Imported apples gain ground in Brazilian market

November 21st, 2014

CEPEA believes a speculative storage strategy has led to lower prices for Brazilian apples.

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Madagascan litchi season kicks off

November 20th, 2014

After conquering palates in Europe, Madagascan litchi growers are now looking for new northern markets.

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Leading Iranian kiwifruit group reveals export forecast

November 20th, 2014

Iran’s kiwifruit sector is positive for the season after the government almost ruled out exports altogether.

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Chinese Sesame Street-branded pears bound for U.S. market

November 20th, 2014

Jim Provost believes the ‘Eat Brighter!’ campaign will help raise Asian pear consumption in the U.S.

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Korean importer makes international debut at Chilean event

November 20th, 2014

PMA Fruittrade Latin America was the first port of call for a recently launched Korean import company.

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EU chemical review threatens U.K. pea sector

November 19th, 2014

An EU review over chemical usage could mean a mushy outlook for a £50 million industry in Britain.

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State of the Market – Week 46, 2014

November 19th, 2014

Chilean avocado suppliers beat the Mexican competition on price in China during week 46.

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Q&A: What’s in store for the 2014-15 Chilean blueberry deal?

November 19th, 2014

Chile’s Andres Armstrong believes Russia’s produce ban could be more of a problem than an opportunity.

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Younger generation to shift chili pepper market, says expert

November 19th, 2014

Chile has played host to a hot pepper expert dubbed the ‘Chileman’ this week.

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ProArgex putting Argentine SMEs on the world stage

November 18th, 2014

We look at an Argentine government-backed group that is putting local companies on the map.

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U.K.: Desiva Produce pitches “slow ripening” for banana import deal

November 18th, 2014

After seeing the success of BanaBay, another U.K. fruit company aims to establish a fresh banana brand.

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Brazilian blueberry market “spectacular”, says Chilean export nursery

November 18th, 2014

Business may not be growing as quickly as in Peru, but a Chilean blueberry nursery is expanding in Brazil.

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U.S.: Peak volumes mean ‘now is the time to promote mangoes’

November 18th, 2014

Central American Produce says volatile mango import volumes from Latin America mean buyers must act now.

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Chile in the crosshairs of Peruvian mango shippers

November 17th, 2014

Airfrieght shipments are limiting Peruvian mango growth in Japan and China, but Chile holds no such problems.

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USA Pears eyes better retail education through online program

November 17th, 2014

A U.S. pear group is shifting away from educational seminars as ‘that’s just not the nature of today’s world’.

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Conditions bode well for Pink Lady apples in Europe

November 17th, 2014

Weather has been favorable for the European Pink Lady apple crop this year.

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U.S.: LoBue’s Cara Cara nets to reel in new shoppers

November 17th, 2014

LoBue Citrus’ new packaging strategy for Cara Cara oranges shows that simple is sometimes beautiful.

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Natural coatings found to increase mango shelf life

November 14th, 2014

A Colombian team found natural-based coatings kept mangoes in better condition for longer.

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China: California citrus reentry to cause “minor” problems, says grower

November 14th, 2014

With the Navel crop in a key Chinese production region down 20%, one grower still has his hopes up.

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Chile downgrades control measures for stonefruit pest

November 14th, 2014

The fungus Monilinia fructicola that causes brown rot is no longer a quarantine pest in Chile.

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‘Price factor becoming far less important for shoppers’, says Tesco U.K.

November 14th, 2014

Tesco’s Simon Mandelbaum spoke at PMA Fruittrade about the changing needs of U.K. consumers.

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