March 03, 2015 / Week N° 10

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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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Chilean fruit export industry fears for cargo following U.S. port suspensions

February 16th, 2015

ASOEX has said US$45 million worth of fruit is at risk of deteriorating due to U.S. port delays.

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Giumarra expects high volume of ‘eat brighter’ spring watermelons

February 16th, 2015

Giumarra will offer seedless watermelons grown in Mexico from around mid-March.

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The Packaging Pitch: Nutrition frustration

February 13th, 2015

Marketing expert Lisa Cork has a look at the legume-free Paleo diet.

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Univeg statement responds to merger rumors

February 13th, 2015

Amid reports of a possible initial public offering, Univeg clarifies a board member’s position.

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Russia and Afghanistan in possible gas-for-fruit exchange

February 13th, 2015

Russian and Afghani authorities are said to be discussing an unconventional trade deal.

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U.S.: Western Growers urges Obama to engage in port conflict

February 13th, 2015

Tom Nassif releases a statement on the ‘nightmarish situation’ in West Coast ports.

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Poland: Additional aid due for fruit and veg producers

February 12th, 2015

The Polish government is planning to withdraw some 155,700MT of apples and pears from the market.

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Rupee appreciation to “definitely” cut Indian fruit exports to Europe, says Khakhar

February 12th, 2015

An Indian grower is gearing up for renewed mango exports to Europe, but thinks exchange rates will impact produce trading overall.

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Australia: Citrus industry steps up biosecurity surveillance

February 12th, 2015

A biosecurity partnership has been formed in Australia’s Sunraysia to protect citrus from exotic pests.

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Peru optimistic for South Korean mango access by next season

February 12th, 2015

A Peruvian mango industry head says he is “confident” a recent visit by Korean officials went well.

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State of the Market – Week 6, 2015

February 11th, 2015

The U.S. blueberry market generally saw good demand and prices in week 6.

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Chinese opening brings great opportunities for U.S.-grown club varieties, says T&G

February 11th, 2015

A Turners & Growers pipfruit executive discusses China’s opening for U.S. apples and a challenging New Zealand deal.

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Opinion: Strategies to differentiate the Argentine blueberry industry

February 11th, 2015

Carlos Stabile says the Argentine blueberry sector is moving “along the right path.”

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Chiquita faces another eco-lawsuit

February 11th, 2015

A Seattle-based law firm alleges that Chiquita produces bananas in such a way that poisons local residents.

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Serbia: Russian embargo “no good for anybody”, says Apple World founder

February 10th, 2015

One Serbian grower says he’d rather have a level playing field than the comparative benefits of Russian market access.

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China: Fruitday’s sales reach new heights

February 10th, 2015

E-commerce giant Fruitday’s January sales value almost matched the whole first half of 2013.

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California: Port situation ‘couldn’t have happened at a worse time’, says CCM

February 10th, 2015

The California Citrus Mutual estimates exports this so far this season are 25% lower than planned.

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NZ apple crop ‘down 6% on 2014′, says Pipfruit NZ

February 10th, 2015

Although a cold spring hit New Zealand’s apple volumes, the warm summer has boosted quality.

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Opinion: Asian flavors and other 2015 produce trends

February 9th, 2015

Karen Caplan discusses how produce is taking the center stage at restaurants.

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New U.S.-South Africa Avocado Committee seeks to overcome trade barriers

February 9th, 2015

Amid soaring U.S. avocado demand, the first U.S.-South Africa agricultural committee has been set up.

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U.S. clears French pome fruit imports

February 9th, 2015

After a 10-year hiatus due to a leaf borer detection, France is again shipping apples to the U.S.

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Colombia: Avocado industry steps up efforts for U.S. market access this year

February 9th, 2015

Colombia’s Agriculture Minster says gaining U.S. avocado access would be like ‘winning the lottery’.

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U.K.: Tesco investigated by new regulator

February 6th, 2015

The U.K. Groceries Code Adjudicator has ‘reasonable suspicion’ Tesco breached its code of practice.

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Fruit flies shown to ‘indirectly’ smell antioxidants

February 6th, 2015

Research has shown that antioxidants attract fruit flies and cause the females to lay eggs.

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U.S.: Giumarra announces first year for DulceVida stonefruit

February 6th, 2015

Giumarra has described its ‘extra-sweet’ apricots and nectarines as an ‘international solution’.

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China: Mexican Embassy holds reception to celebrate first berries’ arrival

February 6th, 2015

An Aneberries representative says Mexican berries’ sweetness will fare well for them in China.

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Chilean exporter ships first organic blueberries to China

February 5th, 2015

U.S. fumigation rules on Chilean blueberries have caused one organic exporter to look to China.

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Australia: Growers make ‘significant’ savings with Avolution business model

February 5th, 2015

An Australian grower-owned avocado marketer says it has driven costs down ‘in an overall sense’.

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U.K.: Waitrose announces exclusive partnership with Primafruit

February 5th, 2015

Waitrose hopes to build stronger links with growers through a deal with fruit supplier Primafruit.

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EU to fund development of first bell pepper harvesting robot

February 5th, 2015

A bell pepper robot harvester could soon stir up the European greenhouse sector.

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State of the Market – Week 5, 2015

February 4th, 2015

Chilean avocado exports to the U.S. were 66% lower year-on-year during week 5.

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Thai fruit on the move for Chinese New Year

February 4th, 2015

It’s a busy season for fruit traders in China, and Thailand will be looking to make an impact.

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India: Momentum builds for IG International’s Czech cherry venture

February 4th, 2015

An Indian company’s investment in Czech cherry orchards is set to pay dividends in the coming years.

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Women in agribusiness to meet at Barcelona event

February 4th, 2015

After U.S. success, an event aimed at advancing women in agribusiness will also be held in Europe.

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Germany: Edeka and Globus awarded retail prizes for fresh produce

February 3rd, 2015

Two German retailers have been awarded the Fruchthandel Magazine Retail Award 2015.

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Chilean cherry exports to hit 150,000MT in ‘four to five years’

February 3rd, 2015

A good U.S. dollar exchange rate supported the Chilean cherry sector in a season of record volumes.

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Opinion: From apple juice to caramel apples – a 20-year journey to the same place

February 3rd, 2015

Food poisoning attorney Bill Marler says the cost of the recent U.S. Listeria outbreak will be huge.

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South Africa: Farmworkers’ minimum wages set for a boost

February 3rd, 2015

The South African Department of Labour will increase farmworkers’ minimum wages from March.

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Australia: Major Chinese greengrocer seeks Tasmanian apples

February 3rd, 2015

Despite concerns over the ‘Australian price point’, Pagoda in China may import Tasmanian apples this year.

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U.S.: CDC monitors possible link between litchis and mysterious illness in India

February 2nd, 2015

A report says there could be a connection between litchi seeds and an unknown illness in a northern Indian region.

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U.S. allows imports of two South Korean Unshu oranges

February 2nd, 2015

Commercial consignments of two Korean Unshu sweet and mandarin orange hybrids can now enter the U.S.

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China: Free trade port approval brings spicy Sichuan opportunities to foreign exporters

February 2nd, 2015

The central Chinese city of Chongqing has been approved as free trade port for imported produce.

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Chilean cherry prices in China ‘significantly’ lower than previous season

February 2nd, 2015

Some arrivals of Chilean cherries in China will not be opened for a few weeks when demand is due to increase.

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Capespan to step up South African topfruit production

January 30th, 2015

Capespan aims to bring its total South African pome fruit production land to 630 hectares in three years.

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US$16M European funding aims to improve U.K.-France trade routes

January 30th, 2015

US$16 million worth of EU funds will help improve the capacity of two of Europe’s busiest ports.

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Hawaii to propose Dole swap former pineapple land for prison site

January 30th, 2015

Due to the state’s lack of funds, Hawaii may propose a land swap with Dole Food Company.

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Thailand: Andy Hall gears up for preliminary hearing on Monday

January 30th, 2015

Andy Hall says documents show European buyers did not plan to cut Natural Fruit’s supply after his factory audit report.

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U.K.: Seville oranges get jamming after Paddington movie

January 29th, 2015

An animated bear who likes marmalade has given Spanish orange growers a boost in the U.K. this winter.

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Crunch time for Moldova-Russia apple import talks

January 29th, 2015

Russia is on track to lifting its import ban on a key Eastern European apple exporter.

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China: JD.com expands imported food program

January 29th, 2015

China’s largest online retailer plans to promote food imports from the U.S., Canada, Chile, Australia, New Zealand and France.

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China to lift quarantine measures for key Chilean avocado regions

January 29th, 2015

Avocados shipped from two key Chilean regions to China will likely not be subjected to cold treatment next season.

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State of the Market – Week 4, 2015

January 28th, 2015

Avocado prices on the U.S. East Coast remained stable despite a higher supply in week 4.

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Report sheds burning light on northern Chilean drought impact

January 28th, 2015

“We cannot allow agriculture in this region to die,” were the words of SAN’s María Inés Figari after revealing a recent drought report.

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India: Storing an apple a day keeps farmers’ debts at bay

January 28th, 2015

A government-backed organization in Himachal Pradesh intends to significantly improve apple storage options in the state.

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