October 01, 2014 / Week N° 40

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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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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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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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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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Opinion: why the U.S. needs to change its eating habits

September 18th, 2014

Frieda’s Specialty Produce CEO Karen Caplan discusses “Fruits & Veggies – More Matters” month.

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U.S.: ‘great acceptance’ for exclusive varieties, says First Fruits Marketing

September 18th, 2014

With increasing volumes of unique varieties and a new mesh packaging, one Washington producer eases into the season.

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U.S.: 4Earth Farms eyes majority organic sales in near future

September 18th, 2014

Many years’ hard work finally pay off as 4Earth Farms sees phenomenal growth from its various organic programs.

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Peruvian asparagus exports to continue downward trend

September 18th, 2014

A Scotiabank report claims greater Mexican and U.S. competition has led to lower export values for Peruvian asparagus.

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State of the Market – Week 37, 2014

September 17th, 2014

Californian and Mexican avocados outperformed Peruvian fruit on the U.S. West Coast in week 37.

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California: CCM urges Governor to veto ‘ambiguous’ groundwater legislation

September 17th, 2014

The California Citrus Mutual says state groundwater management plans ‘will create more problems than they solve.’

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U.K.: Tesco launches pink-fleshed ‘Surprize’ apple

September 17th, 2014

Tesco has launched another funky apple with colorful flesh, two years after the last one.

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Chilean fruit exports take a tumble for the season

September 17th, 2014

Chile saw a 11.4% reduction in fruit exports for the 2013-14 season, largely due to port strikes and frosts.

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EU to announce ‘new, more targeted measures’ this week

September 16th, 2014

A few days after suspending aid to farmers affected by Russia’s ban, the EU is set to announce its new measures.

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Citrus Australia bullish on South Korean promise

September 16th, 2014

The finalization of Australia’s FTA with Korea may take the pressure off other Asian citrus markets next season.

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Did someone say food fight?

September 16th, 2014

Dutch revelers have pelted tomatoes at each other in a party to raise awareness about the effects of Russia’s food ban.

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Spanish lemon growers to benefit from early Southern Hemisphere end

September 16th, 2014

Spain’s lemon season will be one of ‘normality and stability’ but there may be heavy Turkish competition in EU markets.

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Asia could take “significantly more South African fruit”, says CGA chief

September 15th, 2014

A South African citrus industry representative gives insights from a recent visit to Hong Kong, India and Indonesia.

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Mango exporters ‘can go anywhere’ with new tech use, says Maersk

September 15th, 2014

Maersk says that like avocados and bananas, mangoes also stand to benefit from controlled atmosphere containers.

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U.S. study shows mangoes could benefit obese adults

September 15th, 2014

Although it doesn’t reduce weight, a study shows mango consumption could lower blood sugar levels in obese adults.

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Peruvian citrus volumes fall back to initial estimates

September 15th, 2014

Peru’s citrus industry has notched a more sober export result after a blistering start to harvests raised expectations.

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European Commission approves German-Chilean container shipping merger

September 12th, 2014

CSAV and Hapag-Lloyd are now one step closer to forming the world’s fourth largest container shipping group.

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Chiquita launches US$30M Guatemalan port revamp

September 12th, 2014

A new port expansion looks set to consolidate Chiquita’s position as the leading Guatemalan banana exporter.

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EU aid withdrawal ‘intolerable’, says Spanish ag union

September 12th, 2014

A Spanish grower group has labeled the EU’s suspension of aid measures as akin to abandonment.

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Drought makes California orange forecast questionable, says CCM

September 12th, 2014

California Citrus Mutual believes the latest NASS orange crop forecast is too high.

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Canary Islands: financial support request for banana growers ‘very complicated’

September 11th, 2014

Canary Islands’ banana growers may have to wait to know if they will be compensated for higher EU competition.

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U.S.: PortMiami opens container restack facility

September 11th, 2014

A new facility at PortMiami will allow users to manipulate and restack cargo in preparation for fumigation.

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A hot date is good for the heart

September 11th, 2014

The American Heart Association has pumped extra life into California’s Medjool date industry.

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U.K.: early pears at Waitrose proving popular with consumers

September 11th, 2014

A popular British TV show has helped Waitrose raise its early season pear sales.

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State of the Market – Week 36, 2014

September 10th, 2014

Retail promotions on the U.S. West Coast kept avocado prices stable in week 36.

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U.S.: Calavo income hits historic high in Q3

September 10th, 2014

Calavo has beaten the last quarter’s operating income and has also launched a new cloud technology project.

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Australia: APHIS determination may pave way for other import markets

September 10th, 2014

While largely symbolic, a recent recognition of Australia’s east-west protocol is good news for the fruit industry.

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High EU apple volumes could affect South African stonefruit deal

September 10th, 2014

Although early signs point to a positive South African stonefruit season, low pomefruit prices could affect sales in Europe.

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China to open its doors for Costa Rican pineapples ‘within four months’

September 9th, 2014

Pineapple exports from Costa Rica could be allowed into China later this year, but transit challenges remain.

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Zespri: organic fruit’s time is yet to come in China

September 9th, 2014

A Zespri representative sheds light on the niche organic fruit sector in China.

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Chile can become a ‘strategic partner’ to China as walnut supplier

September 9th, 2014

Protocols have been signed between Chile and China to allow shelled walnut imports.

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North Korean blueberry producers enjoy bountiful harvest

September 9th, 2014

Prices for North Korean blueberries that are juiced and sold to China have increased by around 50%.

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EU heads talk extra measures in Russian ban response

September 8th, 2014

EU officials held an in-depth press conference last week about Russia’s food import embargo.

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Canada: researchers begin farm trials for better sweet potato varieties

September 8th, 2014

Progress has been made in developing sweet potato varieties more suited to Canada’s cool climate.

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‘Breakthrough’ made in Chile’s path to opening cherry exports to South Korea

September 8th, 2014

Following a successful meeting, the first cherry shipment from Chile to South Korea looks like it will be next season.

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European pear suppliers stay upbeat despite Russian ban

September 8th, 2014

Pear growers in the Netherlands and Belgium are positive despite losing the Russian market.

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NZ: T&G partners with school charity to aid agricultural education

September 5th, 2014

Turners & Growers will support a charity to help provide New Zealand schools with purpose-built gardens.

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India: Kashmir apple growers fear significant fruit drop

September 5th, 2014

First it was hail, now heavy rainfall poses a threat to this year’s apple crop in Kashmir.

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The new Silk Road: Kashgar Airport links Pakistani mangoes with China

September 5th, 2014

China’s Silk Road economic belt strategy is expected to lead to more Central Asian fruit imports.

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U.S. company develops hydroponic ‘watchdog’ technology

September 5th, 2014

A Las Vegas-based manufacturer says its newly-released greenhouses sensors can ‘mitigate downtime and crop loss’.

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Chinese inspectors find quarantine pest in South African grapefruit

September 4th, 2014

China’s port of Jiuzhou has reportedly sent back its first ever substandard fruit shipment.

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Bayer CropScience to invest close to US$1B in U.S. businesses

September 4th, 2014

Bayer’s agricultural arm says it will invest heavily in U.S. infrastructure including labs and breeding stations.

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U.S.: industry ‘surprised’ at slow Navel season, says Capespan

September 4th, 2014

Capespan says two key reasons are at the heart of why the Navel season went on longer than originally thought.

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Spanish growers turn up the heat with new protests planned

September 4th, 2014

Spanish growers plan to rally in Madrid on Friday calling for more support amid Russia’s ban on produce imports.

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U.S.: Dole Food Company distances itself from Andy Hall case

September 3rd, 2014

Dole Food Company claims it has no connection with the Thai Pineapple Industry Association.

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Peru: PAC to ‘engage’ U.S. consumers via social media

September 3rd, 2014

The Peruvian Avocado Commission says its ‘smart, relevant, and engaging’ online content will help drive sales.

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U.S.: avocado acquisition a ‘good combination between their culture and ours’

September 3rd, 2014

Eco Farms’ head says the new venture with Total Produce will allow it to double volume within five years.

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Kiwifruit prices rise 42.3% in Russia after produce embargo

September 3rd, 2014

Figures have emerged as to the alarming extent of produce shortages in Russia since the ban came into effect.

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The Packaging Pitch: a change of perspective

September 2nd, 2014

Lisa Cork discusses some simple ways produce companies can rethink their packaging messages for the better.

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France: Sofruileg secures Italian deal to grow Nergi baby kiwi

September 2nd, 2014

A new partnership with Ortofruit Italia will see Nergi baby kiwi production rise in Europe.

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Market ‘imbalance’ to blame for poor Spanish produce results, says FEPEX

September 2nd, 2014

Fruit value may have outpaced volume growth in the first half in Spain, but overall produce returns were poor.

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Ecuador: banana exporters may focus on China over EU, says Seatrade

September 2nd, 2014

Ivo Ravelli says EU tariff cuts might not come soon enough for Ecuador, with other markets showing more potential.

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BanaBay starts operations in China

September 1st, 2014

U.K. fruit company BanaBay has continued its rapid expansion with the opening of a new office in Shanghai.

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Ecuador hopes international event will help enhance mango industry

September 1st, 2014

An Ecuadorian mango sector spokesperson says the industry needs to improve in various areas to boost trade.

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‘U.S. blueberry farming practices need to evolve’, says Giant Berry Farms

September 1st, 2014

With phenomenal North American blueberry production forecast, one company says big changes are needed.

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China: dismaying imported fruit numbers for Mid-Autumn festival

September 1st, 2014

Australian citrus is one of many imported fruits that have suffered from flat sales in China recently.

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Indian govt loosens reins on minimum onion export prices

August 29th, 2014

New rules mean it will now be much easier for Indian onion growers to sell their produce outside the country.

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Colombia will be ‘a very important player’ in avocado trade, says Westfalia rep

August 29th, 2014

A Westfalia Colombia rep says the industry could double in the next decade and take on Chile and Peru in the U.S.

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Decoding China’s “banana-mania” in 2014

August 29th, 2014

Xia Zuxiang explains how Ecuadorian bananas have edged ahead of local and Philippine competition in China.

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U.S.: Sun Pacific ‘affected dramatically’ by the drought

August 29th, 2014

‘Water prices are way up, water availability is way down, and it’s scary’, says a Californian citrus grower.

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Scandinavian buyers cry foul over Thai food industry’s actions

August 28th, 2014

A group of Scandinavia’s largest retailers is “greatly worried” about litigation against Andy Hall in Thailand.

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Sweet ending for a successful British Columbian blueberry season

August 28th, 2014

British Columbia is on track to top last year’s production by 24%, as the late Elliot variety hits pleasing brix levels.

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Tozer to expand flower sprouts on European continent

August 28th, 2014

After a recent U.S. launch, Tozer Seeds now has more new markets lined up for a kale-brussels sprout hybrid.

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California competition greater than Chile, says Peruvian grape exporter

August 28th, 2014

One Peruvian table grape company has raised concerns about what Russia’s ban will mean for export markets.

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State of the Market – Week 34, 2014

August 27th, 2014

The supply of U.S. grape varieties saw an increase in the Chinese market during week 34.

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Chilean table grape industry addresses ’30% loss in competitiveness’

August 27th, 2014

One expert says urgent structural changes are required in Chile’s table grape industry to retain its global standing.

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Argentina gears up for first blueberry shipments in September

August 27th, 2014

With Argentina’s blueberry season imminent, production volume looks like it could break a two-year trend.

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France: kiwifruit producer looks forward to ‘active markets’ in coming season

August 27th, 2014

Prim’land is expecting a great season for its kiwifruit but says the apple situation is ‘quite complicated’.

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