October 24, 2014 / Week N° 43

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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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Argentina: no plans to change blueberry sector focus, says ABC

October 22nd, 2014

The Argentine Blueberry Committee has rebuffed recent predications made about the future of its processed sector.

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Polish blueberry grower group fills Russian void with domestic market

October 22nd, 2014

With Russia off the cards, a Polish blueberry group has successfully rebranded itself for a market closer to home.

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European wine grape crop expected to fall 10%

October 21st, 2014

Severe weather conditions in the EU this year could mean a lower availability of wine on the market.

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South African table grape volumes back on track

October 21st, 2014

After a slip in table grape production during the last season, South Africa is now expecting a 4-7% increase.

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Mexico and California agree to improve agricultural collaboration

October 21st, 2014

Mexican officials say they will work toward improving product traceability and creating a single-window system.

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ISS makes U-turn on ChiquitaFyffes recommendation

October 21st, 2014

In an unexpected change of tune, a major advisory body is now opposing a takeover of Chiquita.

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Australia: not enough time to switch from fenthion, says APAL

October 20th, 2014

An Australian industry head says growers may end up leaving the sector as a result of the fenthion ban.

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Brazilian papaya exports much stronger than 2013

October 20th, 2014

Revenue for Brazilian papaya exports has so far been 16% higher this year compared to 2013.

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Handheld citrus greening detection device requires ‘cultural change’

October 20th, 2014

A Brazilian professor says farmers using his HLB-detection machine could control the disease ‘within three years’.

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Taiwan, Colombia seek bilateral market access for exotic fruits

October 20th, 2014

Following the U.S., Australia and Chile, Taiwan has set its sights on Colombia as a new fresh litchi export market.

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U.S.: APHIS proposes new import regime for Chilean kiwifruit

October 17th, 2014

A new U.S. rule proposes to scrap methyl bromide treatment from Chile’s existing kiwifruit export requirements.

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Mexican exporters to benefit from new Florida-bound shipping service

October 17th, 2014

A weekly service between Port Manatee and Veracruz in Mexico will ‘enhance delivery of fresher products’.

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Australian authorities make final decision on fenthion

October 17th, 2014

With a 12-month phaseout, Australia has banned almost all horticultural uses for the chemical fenthion.

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Russia may add Ukraine to list of banned countries

October 17th, 2014

Russian authorities believe Ukraine may be re-exporting agricultural products from prohibited countries.

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The Packaging Pitch: delving into the cultural context

October 16th, 2014

Marketing expert Lisa Cork draws on a recent trip to Thailand to explain the importance of culture in packaging.

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Chilean producers crushed by second consecutive year of frosts

October 16th, 2014

A Chilean grower says frosts in southern production regions have destroyed 30-100% of several fruit crops.

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Broccoli chemical may help improve autism symptoms

October 16th, 2014

A small clinical study has concluded a chemical found in broccoli sprouts could open up new autism research avenues.

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EU authorities must act on downward consumption trend, says Freshfel

October 16th, 2014

A Freshfel rep says the EU must relax its ‘extremely limiting’ marketing rules to boost fresh produce consumption.

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State of the Market – Week 41, 2014

October 15th, 2014

Peruvian blueberries have been hitting the Chinese market recently, with Australia just having entered in week 41.

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Kenyan avocado farmers lifted by five-year NZ aid program

October 15th, 2014

New Zealand’s Plant and Food Research is hoping to double 1,200 Kenyan avocado growers’ returns in a decade.

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Advertorial: Subsole overcomes key challenges facing global avocado industry

October 15th, 2014

Subsole’s new marketing plan involves letting customers know exactly how much longer the avocados need to mature.

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First seedlings planted for Haiti’s US$27M banana export project

October 15th, 2014

Two million banana trees are due to be planted in Haiti as part of a plan to strengthen the organic export sector.

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Freshfel calls for fewer one-sided trade agreements

October 14th, 2014

Freshfel’s André Feldhof outlines how European trade policy needs to change amid Russia’s produce embargo.

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Slight rise for Brazil’s early season melon exports

October 14th, 2014

Brazil’s 2014-15 melon export season is already off to a positive start with strong prices as well.

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Belgium gets the nod for Canada-bound pear exports

October 14th, 2014

Belgian pear growers are now on an equal footing with their neighbors after a Canadian market opening.

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Chile set for improved 2014-15 blueberry campaign

October 14th, 2014

After a troublesome 2013-14 deal, the world’s leading blueberry exporter is looking much stronger this year.

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Major Australian banana plantation to be wiped out in disease eradication plan

October 13th, 2014

The Australian government is due to continue with its US$23 million Banana Freckle eradication project.

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British growers gear up for blackberry boom

October 13th, 2014

Sales have doubled for the British blackberry sector, which is in revival with sweeter varieties.

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China: mediocre fruit market expected post-Golden Week

October 13th, 2014

Travel and e-commerce put a dint in the Zhejiang Wenhui wholesale fruit market for a key national holiday.

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Chinese cherry investment a “breath of fresh air” for Aussie growers

October 13th, 2014

Greater investment from abroad could shift Australian cherry growers away from their domestic market focus.

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CSO expects slight rise for Italian kiwifruit production in 2014

October 10th, 2014

CSO’s Elisa Macchi says the Italian kiwifruit industry cannot afford to rest on its laurels.

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Uruguay’s blueberry volumes to shoot up in 2014

October 10th, 2014

With a Chinese market opening on the cards, good weather has fared very well for Uruguay’s blueberry producers.

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Ecuador to help ease U.S. mango shortage

October 10th, 2014

Despite reduced Latin American mango production, Kingston Fresh will import more Ecuadorian fruit this season.

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Naturipe Farms’ compostable packaging up for PMA award

October 10th, 2014

Naturipe Farms says its innovative and recyclable packing aligns with organic consumers’ values.

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Vietnam walking a tightrope with EU produce exports

October 9th, 2014

Vietnam has just two strikes left before risking an EU ban on its produce shipments.

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Food security concerns grow in Ebola-hit nations

October 9th, 2014

Fear and stigmatization over Ebola threaten agricultural activities in West Africa, according to the FAO.

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Cancer-fighting properties of Australian berry revealed

October 9th, 2014

A berry from northern Australia has destroyed cancerous tumours in 75% of clinical tests.

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Chilean exporters set to enjoy favorable exchange rate for U.S. market

October 9th, 2014

A favorable exchange rate will likely help the Chilean produce industry in the summer season.

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State of the Market – Week 40, 2014

October 8th, 2014

The low availability of avocados from several countries helped balance supply and demand in Europe in week 40.

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Peru expected to ramp up China-bound grape exports for 2014/15

October 8th, 2014

The U.S. looks set to lose its position as the second biggest grape supplier to the Chinese market this season.

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U.K. campaign seeks to make watercress a produce mainstay

October 8th, 2014

The Watercress Alliance in the U.K. is launching an aggressive PR pitch in a bid to raise consumption.

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Ghana makes headway for produce re-entry in Europe

October 8th, 2014

Education programs have been key for helping Ghanaian farmers train up for exporting to Europe once more.

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Colombian avocado industry expects strong export future

October 7th, 2014

Due to new avocado plantings and a recent focus on certification, Colombia is expecting 600% export growth by 2018.

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Peru to set up experimental physalis plots

October 7th, 2014

Peru will offer Cape gooseberry growers a wealth of support to help raise export possibilities.

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U.S.: Sunkist launches Sesame Street citrus packaging

October 7th, 2014

In a bid to help fight childhood obesity, Sunkist will sell its citrus with packaging from a popular kids’ TV show.

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U.S.: mushroom grower expands to cope with rising demand

October 7th, 2014

Mushroom company To-Jo has boosted a range of its facilities as new industry marketing concepts help increase sales.

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USDA announces US$118M in grants to support specialty crops

October 6th, 2014

The U.S. plans to bolster specialty crop competitiveness by funding 838 agricultural projects across the country.

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Morocco will become major EU produce supplier, says exporter

October 6th, 2014

A produce shipper says the Moroccan industry’s constant ‘evolution’ is putting it in good stead for the future.

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U.S. revokes Canada reciprocity agreement

October 6th, 2014

Canadian produce companies are no longer protected by the U.S. payment protection system PACA.

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Italy: Adfruit aims for direct kiwifruit exports to China

October 6th, 2014

Italian kiwifruit companies are finding it difficult to get the volumes requested by large Chinese importers.

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Advertorial: Chilean avocado growers discover new Gem™

October 3rd, 2014

Westfalia and Subsole are hoping to take the Chilean avocado sector by storm with the Gem™ variety.

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Freshmax to merge with Crasborn Bros

October 3rd, 2014

Freshmax and Crasborn Bros plan to merge to become New Zealand’s third largest apple exporter.

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NZKGI, Zespri slam ‘The Kiwifruit Claim’ against govt

October 3rd, 2014

Citing a lack of transparency, New Zealand kiwifruit industry leaders have criticized a claim against the government.

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China may become world macadamia nut leader

October 3rd, 2014

While production challenges abound, China’s macadamia industry now has as many trees in the ground as Australia.

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UN calls out Thai fruit companies over forced labor claims

October 2nd, 2014

A UN working group has called attention to allegations over forced labor at two Thai fruit processors.

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Second round of Argentine port strikes called off

October 2nd, 2014

Despite some port delays in Argentina last month due to strikes, the blueberry industry says damages weren’t severe.

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Organic Italian kiwifruit hit U.S. shores

October 2nd, 2014

Viva Tierra Organic has embarked on its second Italian kiwifruit import season.

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Australia: Tasmanian taskforce aims to double produce sales by 2020

October 2nd, 2014

A new Tasmanian horticultural reform scheme aims to make progress where previous plans fell flat.

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State of the Market – Week 39, 2014

October 1st, 2014

The variable condition of Californian Hass avocados contributed to lower U.S. West Coast prices in week 39.

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Superfood upswing for U.S. National Kale Day

October 1st, 2014

Despite seed availability challenges, kale growers are confident the vegetable’s popularity is here to stay.

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South African macadamia nut production set for incremental growth

October 1st, 2014

South Africa expects to increase its macadamia nut hectarage by around 5% annually over the next five years.

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Toshiba kicks off vegetable production in high-tech ‘clean room’ farm

October 1st, 2014

Toshiba says the crops grown in its near-sterile factory in Japan will have extended shelf-life and superior freshness.

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Argentina: first airfreight blueberry exports lift off from Tucumán

September 30th, 2014

APRATUC Guillermo Olivera says blueberry growing conditions have been “benign” compared to last year.

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Peru: APEM expects mango export fall in 2014-15

September 30th, 2014

Peru’s mango grower body has emphasized a lower crop will not compromise export quality next season.

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UN expert panel to address EU-South Africa CBS dispute

September 30th, 2014

The IPPC will establish an expert committee to try and resolve South Africa’s CBS dispute with the EU once and for all.

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Israeli farmers cry foul over army’s local crop sourcing sabbatical

September 30th, 2014

As if Israeli farmers didn’t have enough pressure from overseas, now the country’s military won’t buy their crops.

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South African table grape producers hit by hailstorms

September 29th, 2014

Three large table grape growers in South Africa lost some of their crops in last week’s poor weather.

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Fyffes trying to “hoodwink” Chiquita shareholders, says Cutrale-Safra

September 29th, 2014

The Brazilian companies trying to buy Chiquita are not impressed with its recent announcement regarding Fyffes.

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South Africa: FPEF hopeful for China-bound apple exports in 2015

September 29th, 2014

A South African fruit industry representative believes it is possible the Chinese market will be open for next season.

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Russia’s gray market tightens on EU produce

September 29th, 2014

Polish and Greek fruit exporters discuss the risks and regulations surrounding the gray market to Russia.

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Q&A: Ready Pac’s marketing vision combines health with flavor

September 26th, 2014

Ready Pac’s Jay Ellis discusses the evolution of snacking and the segment’s ‘unlimited’ growth opportunities.

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Global cranberry crop to fall in 2014, says Ocean Spray

September 26th, 2014

The North American cranberry harvest is underway, with leading cooperative Ocean Spray expanding internationally.

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Spain: AVA-ASAJA puts price tag on hail damage

September 26th, 2014

Recent hailstorms have put a €52.5 million dent in eastern Spanish citrus, grape and persimmon farms.

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San Miguel takes on fresh marketing approach

September 26th, 2014

Argentina’s San Miguel aims to position itself as a “global citrus expert” under a new branding scheme.

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Brazilian opening a “great opportunity” for Chilean citrus

September 25th, 2014

The Chilean Citrus Committee is upbeat about new export prospects in nearby Brazil.

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NZ: Turners & Growers to revamp brand

September 25th, 2014

Turners & Growers looks ahead to the next 100 years with a simplified name and new logo.

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U.S. could revoke Canadian reciprocity agreement ‘imminently’

September 25th, 2014

If Canadian authorities don’t act fast, exporters could soon be at risk of going bankrupt if they continue trade with the U.S.

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Peru: Camposol to hold blueberry tastings in Germany, U.K.

September 25th, 2014

Produce multinational Camposol is set to raise blueberry exports by 150% this year.

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Pear marketing strategy will not change, says Portuguese exporter

September 24th, 2014

A large Portuguese pear company says despite the Russian ban’s effects on EU supply, it will not change tack.

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Chile: geothermal greenhouse produces positive results

September 24th, 2014

An initiative in Chile to use geothermal energy in a greenhouse could increase crop yield by 40% annually.

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Chile receives first shipment of Argentine oranges

September 24th, 2014

While Argentina is renowned for its citrus exports, only recently has it been able to send oranges next door to Chile.

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Russia blocks more unauthorized produce shipments

September 24th, 2014

Russia has returned tomato and potato consignments to Belarus as no countries of origin were given.

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Mexico and Canada work to strengthen agri-trade alliance

September 23rd, 2014

A Mexico-specific distribution center will be built in Canada as part of plans to bolster the countries’ trade relationship.

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Colombia steps up fight against contraband produce

September 23rd, 2014

Colombian authorities have introduced a phone number for people to report ‘the worst pest in agriculture’.

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U.K.: purple carrots go on sale at Tesco

September 23rd, 2014

Tesco has turned back time with its unique introduction of purple carrots originally popularized in 17th century Britain.

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New research shows Canary Islands tomato potential

September 23rd, 2014

Canary Islands tomato exports could grow 60% if a series of new measures are introduced.

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Russia may sign produce import MoU with Pakistan

September 22nd, 2014

Pakistani exporters are hopeful a Russian deal could open up new avenues now closed to European produce shippers.

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Forging direct links between Peru and the old continent

September 22nd, 2014

European buyers give their take on a recent visit to see Peru’s produce logistics, farms, packhouses and markets.

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Northern Peru’s productive potential

September 22nd, 2014

We take a visit to Peru with a buyer mission organized by SIPPO, which is also looking to find new partners in Colombia.

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Stop subsidizing grain production, says Hunger Hero award recipient

September 22nd, 2014

IFPRI director general Dr. Shenggen Fan says subsidies that distort food markets need to change for healthier outcomes.

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