November 26, 2014 / Week N° 48

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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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U.K.: DFID invests £9M in West African farms

November 13th, 2014

A U.K. government department has bet on transforming West African smallholdings into large enterprises.

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Singapore opens up to Honduran melon exporters

November 13th, 2014

A new export destination is on the cards for the upcoming Honduran melon season which is a bit behind schedule.

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South African blueberry production shoots up a quarter

November 13th, 2014

It was an early start for many South African blueberry growers this year, and production ‘could treble’ in five years.

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Govt centers to aid direct market access for Ecuadorian banana growers

November 13th, 2014

The Ecuadorian government has pledged US$1.1 million to build collection centers for ‘barraganete’ bananas.

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State of the Market – Week 45, 2014

November 12th, 2014

Chilean avocado exporters had a good time in the European market during week 45.

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Maersk Line profits jump 27% in Q3 as costs fall

November 12th, 2014

Lower costs and increased traffic saw Maersk Line’s profits hit US$685 million this quarter.

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Early season grape harvest begins in South Africa

November 12th, 2014

Berry development is running up to 14 days earlier year-on-year for grapes in the Berg River region of South Africa.

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Russia reopens market for Georgian dried fruit imports

November 12th, 2014

Russian authorities have responded to appeals from the country’s biggest importers of agricultural goods.

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Understanding consumer trends ‘fundamental’ for marketing strategies

November 11th, 2014

At PMA Fruittrade Latin America, industry experts will talk about why just having a good product is not enough.

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South Korea approves Mexican lime imports

November 11th, 2014

South Korea has finally opened the door to Persian limes from Mexico, with table grapes next in line for approval.

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McDonald’s supplier gets USDA approval for GM potato

November 11th, 2014

A genetically modified potato that produces fewer cancerous chemicals could soon hit the U.S. market.

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Egyptian citrus kick-off just around the corner

November 11th, 2014

An Egyptian citrus industry leader has called for truck access to cross the Suez Canal to reduce export delays.

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Reefer equipment scarcity becoming an issue, says Maersk

November 10th, 2014

Speaking prior to PMA Fruittrade Latin America, a Maersk representative says reefer demand is exceeding supply.

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Advertorial: The Chilean kiwifruit industry – home of great farmed produce

November 10th, 2014

Subsole says its growers using certain methods to protect crops from extreme weather are seeing great results.

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No Vietnam fruit ban yet, say Australian authorities

November 10th, 2014

After a conference call with the DoA, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd has confirmed Vietnam is still open for exports.

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Lemon demand has risen 10-15%, says Limoneira exec

November 10th, 2014

At first it was just shortages driving up prices, but now Limoneira believes stonger lemon demand is here to stay.

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Opinion: Juice traders, how do you sleep at night?

November 7th, 2014

Finnwatch executive director Sonja Vartiala gives her account of the heated Natural Fruit trial against Andy Hall, revealing an unexpected twist in the story.

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Cuba to receive potato seeds from Scotland

November 7th, 2014

An old agreement to supply GB seed potatoes to Castro’s Cuba has been revisited.

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Canada: Nature Fresh to showcase ‘mobile greenhouse’

November 7th, 2014

Nature Fresh says its mobile micro greenhouse is a great way to educate consumers about food production.

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China developing an ‘affinity’ for U.S. cranberries

November 7th, 2014

China-bound exports of U.S. cranberries are up 104% this year, with a big future on the cards.

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Italy to showcase Abate Fetel pears at New York foodie institution

November 6th, 2014

Spots have filled up quickly for an event to promote a unique Italian pear at Eataly in New York.

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Polish unrest continues over Russian ban

November 6th, 2014

Polish farmers protested in Warsaw this week, but an industry consultant has urged them not to panic.

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Lidl Finland obtains marketing prestige for fruit & veg initiative

November 6th, 2014

A campaign that saw fresh produce sales rise by almost half has brought marketing awards for Lidl Finland.

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PMA Fruittrade Latin America to get to the core of pome fruit oversupply issues

November 6th, 2014

The head of Chile’s Fedefruta says despite a favorable exchange rate, pome fruit prices have still fallen 25%.

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State of the Market – Week 44, 2014

November 5th, 2014

Despite good movement, prices for most U.S. table grape varieties in China fell during week 44.

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Shipping mergers are not good news for customers, says Seatrade

November 5th, 2014

Seatrade CEO Yntze Buitenwerf says shipping line fusions mean less choice for exporters and longer transit times.

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U.S.: West Coast port slowdown accusations ‘a bold-faced lie’, says ILWU

November 5th, 2014

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union says recent claims made against it were part of a smear campaign.

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BayWa restructures German fruit business

November 5th, 2014

An aggressive Lake Constance investment program comes as part of a new structure for apple company BayWa.

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Mexico eradicates destructive Mediterranean fruit fly

November 4th, 2014

Almost 18 million metric tons of crops in Mexico are due to benefit from the country ridding itself of a specific Medfly.

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Early Chilean blueberry start doesn’t mean early finish, says Giumarra

November 4th, 2014

Giumarra Companies’ Tom Richardson gives his take on what to expect from the Chilean blueberry season and next week’s PMA Fruittrade in Santiago.

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Spanish group discourages new Tango mandarin plantings

November 4th, 2014

A recent report could have bearings on legal disputes over mandarin variety rights in Spain and South Africa.

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Q&A: California attorneys “suing farmers as fast as they can”

November 4th, 2014

With California’s produce sector feeling the crunch, lobby group Western Growers is fighting for sensible decisions from state and federal governments.

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New Octubrina clementine hits U.K. supermarket shelves

November 3rd, 2014

Production will ramp up over the next few years for a new clementine variety that was discovered in Spain.

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‘Organic’ factors buoyed global produce sector through financial crisis

November 3rd, 2014

Euromonitor’s Marta Barriga explains agriculture’s resilience through the financial crises of recent years.

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NZ: building markets to support record avocado crop

November 3rd, 2014

“The trick with Asia is you’ve got so many opportunities, it’s just which one’s going to strike first?” says John Carroll.

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Walnuts linked with preventing Alzheimer’s disease

November 3rd, 2014

An animal study has concluded that walnuts’ nutritional content could protect brains from Alzheimer’s disease.

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China agrees to allow some Washington apple imports

October 30th, 2014

Washington Red and Golden Delicious apples can soon be shipped to China after a two-year hiatus.

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U.K.: Tesco under investigation for suspected fraud

October 30th, 2014

A criminal investigation is now underway after Tesco overstated its profits by US$423 million.

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Four in one fruit fly discovery could ease international trade restrictions

October 30th, 2014

It turns out four different fruit flies are part of the same species, and the finding has big implications.

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Profits plummet for Camposol in Q3

October 30th, 2014

Expenses, sourcing costs and lower prices put the strain on Camposol’s profits in the third quarter.

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Ecuador faced with lucrative dragon fruit opportunities in China

October 30th, 2014

A report suggests Ecuadorian dragon fruit exporters could fare well in China thanks to their in-demand variety.

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Major Chinese apple province on verge of gaining U.S. market access

October 30th, 2014

After 16 years’ hard work, a major Chinese apple producing province could soon start shipping to the U.S.

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State of the Market – Week 43, 2014

October 29th, 2014

Chilean avocado exporters took some focus away from the U.S. market in week 43.

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U.S.: Rosen weighs up class action against Chiquita over Brazil deal

October 29th, 2014

A New York law firm is investigating Chiquita over its shareholder duties relating to the Cutrale-Safra takeover.

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Opinion: what Chile must consider from Russia’s import ban

October 29th, 2014

International trade lawyer Karen Meier gives her take on the potential risks for Chileans boosting trade with Russia.

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Capespan embarks on ‘exciting new ventures’ in Turkey

October 29th, 2014

Capespan says the new activity in Turkey is part of ‘a quest to partner with the best people and companies’.

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U.S.: Rainier Fruit’s productivity to rise with new automated facility

October 28th, 2014

Rainier’s sister warehouse now has the U.S. Northwest’s first automated fruit shipping facility.

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U.K.: NFU condems government’s EU aid rejection

October 28th, 2014

The U.K.’s National Farmers’ Union says it is ‘dismayed’ about the decision to not accept EU support.

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Brazilian drought causes lime prices to double

October 28th, 2014

With some Brazilian water reservoirs at 5% capacity, lime prices have shot up to US$2.79 per kilogram.

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Psa discovered in new Chilean growing region

October 28th, 2014

The kiwifruit vine disease Psa has spread to another one of Chile’s key production areas.

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U.S.: Sun Pacific to triple kiwifruit supply in three years

October 27th, 2014

Victoria Nuevo-Celeste discusses a new kiwifruit brand and gives her take on easy peeler prospects.

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Egyptian strawberry exporter shifts focus away from airfreight

October 27th, 2014

While moving strawberries via sea can cause ‘shock’ for some end users, one shipper says it’s a good system.

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U.S.: CIW launches landmark Fair Food label nationwide

October 27th, 2014

Nearly five years after the program began, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has unveiled its Fair Food label.

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Canada gives green light to Polish apple imports

October 27th, 2014

After talks were fast-tracked in August, Canada will now take some market pressure off Polish apple exporters.

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U.K. supermarket launches ‘affordable’ organic range

October 24th, 2014

A discount retailer in Britain is hoping to attract a new middle class clientele with a line of fresh organic produce.

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NZ: Kiwifruit Claim accuses Zespri of ‘scaremongering’

October 24th, 2014

The New Zealand group suing the government over the Psa outbreak has alleged Zespri ‘intimidated growers’ families’.

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Costa Rican banana industry cries foul over port strike

October 24th, 2014

Corbana says a “small group cannot kidnap the development of a nation for special interests”.

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Ecuador eyes new banana export record in 2014

October 24th, 2014

290 million boxes could be shipped from Ecuador this year, with increasingly strong future prospects.

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Canada: Walmart joins CPMA healthy eating initiative

October 23rd, 2014

Walmart Canada a has signed up to the ‘Half Your Plate’ campaign, which aims to make healthy eating easier.

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South Africa: more table grape market balance is needed, says SATI

October 23rd, 2014

While South Africa’s grape industry would like to focus more on the Far East, some obstacles remain.

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Chile and India agree to reduce bilateral trade tariffs

October 23rd, 2014

The number of products covered by a 2007 trade agreement between Chile and India is set to shoot up six-fold.

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Holt Logistics upbeat about new Philadelphia-bound routes

October 23rd, 2014

Leo Holt talks about new services, the healthy importance of produce and a proposed Guatemala canal.

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State of the Market – Week 42, 2014

October 22nd, 2014

U.S. lemon exporters began their season in China, while South African supply declined during week 42.

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Peru’s table grape production expected to rise 15.8% next year

October 22nd, 2014

2015 could be an excellent year for Peruvian table grape exporters, with high volumes and good international prices.

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