July 03, 2015 / Week N° 27

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USCM addresses farmworker conditions, labor inspections

July 3rd, 2015

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has urged retailers to follow Wal-Mart’s lead in considering farmworker living conditions.

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Could scuba-harvesting be horticulture’s next frontier?

July 3rd, 2015

Now that crops have been successfully grown underwater off the coast of Italy, the next challenge is economic feasibility.

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Costa Rica: Flooding dents pineapple and banana trade

July 3rd, 2015

Kingston Fresh’s Mike Anderson says already limited Costa Rican pineapple volumes have been exacerbated by recent floods.

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Chile: 83% of growers hit by time ruling, says Fedefruta

July 3rd, 2015

A key industry body says an additional hour of darkness during mornings this winter is causing worrying problems for most fruit producers.

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Brazil: Grupo Pão de Açúcar aims for Peruvian direct sourcing

July 2nd, 2015

Representatives from Brazil’s largest retailer are lining up deals for direct purchases of Peruvian asparagus, grapes and strawberries.

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U.K: WWII London bunker converted into subterranean farm

July 2nd, 2015

A Michelin-starred chef says he’s looking forward to cooking with herbs and micro salads from ‘the world’s first underground urban farm’.

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U.K.: ‘Breakthrough’ dual fungicide combats resistance

July 2nd, 2015

Field trials will take place this summer for fungicidal technology that uses ‘two agents’ to help prevent crop failures.

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U.S.: Seald Sweet launches ‘colorful’ packaging for Kiddie Clems

July 2nd, 2015

Following the success of its packaging for Mandarina-branded fruit, a U.S. produce distributor has launched a new design for its kid-orientated clementines.

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State of the Market – Week 26, 2015

July 1st, 2015

Problems with fruit condition led to price falls for imported Granny Smith apples in the U.S. during week 26.

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Turbana exec: Consistency and secondary retail displays key for banana sales

July 1st, 2015

U.S. Banana importer Turbana was able to fulfill contracts despite supply shortages earlier in the year, and expects a more stable second half.

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Jail terms for farm labor suppliers in unique U.K. case

July 1st, 2015

A Lithuanian couple who built a successful business supplying farmworkers to the U.K. fresh produce sector has been jailed.

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3D robotic tech could revolutionize broccoli harvesting

July 1st, 2015

Could labor intensive broccoli harvesting soon be a thing of the past?

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Brazilian papaya export volume up by almost one-fifth

June 29th, 2015

Lower domestic consumption has led Brazilian papaya growers to ship more fruit abroad.

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Pest found in Russia-bound Serbian peaches

June 29th, 2015

A pest native to the Southwestern U.S. was detected in a 18.8MT peach shipment at the Russian border.

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Chilean and New Zealand kiwifruit exports up more than a third

June 29th, 2015

While prices of Chilean kiwifruit have been rising over recent weeks, they are still 40% lower year-on-year.

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U.S.: British shipping company fined for dumping oil near Florida

June 29th, 2015

A shipper that deals with refrigerated cargo was recently fined US$750,000 for an ‘inexcusable and criminal act’.

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Russia’s food import ban extension list “virtually unchanged”

June 26th, 2015

While the EU extended its Russian sanctions by six months, the world’s largest nation has added an extra year to its current ban on food imports.

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Canada: BC Blueberry Council reveals high expectations for China

June 26th, 2015

A Canadian industry body head says it will be ‘a busy summer’, with inspectors from two major Asian markets due to visit in the coming weeks.

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Q&A: Early West Coast crops and pack flexibility in the spotlight

June 26th, 2015

Oppy’s Jason Fung looks at the summer campaign ahead for BC blueberries, and is upbeat about Aussie citrus and New Zealand kiwifruit.

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Pakistani mango probe after exporter slips up with EU shipment

June 26th, 2015

One Pakistani mango exporter unrelated to the shipment in the Netherlands found to have fruit fly says he “hopes and prays” the situation will not recur.

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U.S.: New ‘winter hardy’ blueberry variety ideal for home growers

June 25th, 2015

The Nocturne blueberry developed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service has black fruit and genes from the Premier variety.

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U.S.: Sysco “profoundly disappointed” by merger injunction

June 25th, 2015

The world’s largest food distributor claims a proposed merger with US Foods would be “procompetitive”.

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Plant protection improvements needed, urges European delegation

June 25th, 2015

A lack of seed treatment applications is putting the future of some crops at risk, according to an EU roundtable.

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Not a drop of rain in June for Chilean capital

June 25th, 2015

An industry source believes certain geographical and infrastructural aspects could lessen the effects of reduced rain for growers around Santiago.

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State of the Market – Week 25, 2015

June 24th, 2015

European apple and pear stocks are now down year-on-year despite the Russian ban.

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Mexico: Farmworker movement seeks minimum pricing following pay deal

June 24th, 2015

After months of protests and negotiations, farmworkers in San Quintin achieved a substantial set of pay rises one expert described as a ‘watershed moment’.

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U.S.: Stemilt uses mobile hydrocoolers to boost cherry shelf life

June 24th, 2015

A major Northwest cherry grower says it has the largest network in the industry of on-farm cooling machines.

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Cancer potential claims hang over yet another herbicide

June 24th, 2015

Dow AgroSciences has urged the IARC to focus on what “is” carcinogenic to humans rather than what “could be”.

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Australian govt lends wings to fruit fly control research

June 23rd, 2015

The Australian Government has released an unprecedented fruit fly research plan with specific recommendations for tackling future threats and improving market access arrangements.

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Medvedev proposes extension of Russian food import sanctions

June 23rd, 2015

The Russian government is preparing a draft decree of banned products as part of a retaliatory extension of the current embargo.

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Spain: Drought, flooding, hail and heatwaves impact farmland

June 23rd, 2015

A Spanish farmers’ union is calling for government compensation after a series of adverse weather events in the first half of 2015.

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“European cuisine” trend driving international lemon demand, says Argentine leader

June 23rd, 2015

From Brazil to India, Argentina’s Federcitrus is busy across four corners of the globe to garner new market access deals for lemons.

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Canada: Orangeline Farms ‘truly energized’ by competition award

June 23rd, 2015

A Ontario producer swept to victory in the ‘Best Specialty Mini Pepper’ category at a recent greenhouse competition, winning the top three prizes.

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Chilean nurseries on board for PMA Fruittrade Latin America

June 22nd, 2015

Chile’s nursery sector will be presenting its extensive range of species and varieties to key industry actors at a trade show later this year.

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Fyffes ‘significantly increases’ earnings target

June 22nd, 2015

An Irish multinational says ‘currency headwinds’ this year boosted selling prices for bananas and pineapples.

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U.S.: SunSelect greenhouse expansion to double vegetable volumes

June 22nd, 2015

A Canadian producer says the timing of its greenhouse development in California ‘couldn’t be better’.

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Zespri fraud investigation costs stand at NZD$4.9 million

June 22nd, 2015

Zespri’s head reportedly said 2.8 million emails have been provided to the Serious Fraud Office so far, although the investigation’s focus remains unconfirmed.

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U.S. threatens restrictions on Costa Rican pineapples

June 19th, 2015

With more than 400 pest interceptions of Costa Rican pineapples last year, the U.S. is considering taking action.

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Kloosterboer boosts South African cold store capacity

June 19th, 2015

Weeks after a similar project in Norway, a Netherlands-headquarted fruit logistics company has opened a new facility near Durban.

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Peru leads supply in U.S. imported mandarin market

June 19th, 2015

Uruguay’s mandarin export volumes to the U.S. during the start of the season were up almost 13-fold.

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Panama Canal expansion in final stage

June 19th, 2015

As of the end of May, the overall Expansion Program of the Panama Canal reportedly stood at 89.8% complete.

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First Chilean Navels en route to the U.S.

June 18th, 2015

While Chilean Navel volumes shipped to the U.S. so far this campaign are lower than last year, they are expected to be up 8% for the season.

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Brazil reopens to Argentine pome fruit

June 18th, 2015

Brazil is satisfied that agreed phytosanitary controls will prevent the codling moth from entering the country in Argentine apples and pears.

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China and Australia ink FTA

June 18th, 2015

All tariffs on Australian horticultural products will be eliminated under the recently signed trade deal.

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U.S.: Mississippi blueberries hit India and UAE

June 18th, 2015

Thousands of pounds of blueberries produced by a grower cooperative have for the first time been marketed in two emerging Asian markets.

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State of the Market – Week 24, 2015

June 17th, 2015

The European kiwifruit market saw limited demand in week 24.

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Moldova resumes fruit exports to Russia

June 17th, 2015

Russia has permitted the entry of several key fruit crops from Moldova, although the number of eligible companies remains limited.

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New Zealand apples set to beat 10-year target

June 17th, 2015

With a record production season, it is anticipated the New Zealand apple industry could reach NZ$1 billion in annual export receipts ahead of schedule.

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British scientist awarded prestigious medal for pea genetics research

June 17th, 2015

Research carried out by a U.K. scientist is said to have great potential for improving the whole EU pea industry.

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U.K.-bound produce worth millions lost due to migrant ‘contamination’

June 16th, 2015

The French government is being urged to take action over the migrant crisis at a key port, with more than US$15 million of produce having been thrown away this year.

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China: Joyvio parent company to raise US$1.94B through IPO

June 16th, 2015

Legend Holdings says it will use most of the funding raised from entering the stock market to boost strategic investments and acquisitions.

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Australia halts Korean pear imports

June 16th, 2015

The Australian market will be closed to South Korean pear exporters until further notice due to a fire blight outbreak.

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U.S.: New Asia-bound flight to benefit large cherries

June 16th, 2015

A new route from Seattle-Tacoma across the Pacific will see its first flight take off this weekend.

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Colombia: Drones used to boost banana growers’ productivity

June 15th, 2015

A high-resolution camera mounted onto a drone will provide growers real-time information on the typography of the soil and type of weeds.

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Canadian govt proposes changes to nutritional labelling

June 15th, 2015

A government official says Canadians will soon have the highest level of information on food’s sugar content than anywhere else in the world.

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Polish apple exporters look to Indonesia

June 15th, 2015

The Polish Ministry of Agriculture says it is ‘counting on Indonesia’s readiness’ to be open to more food imports.

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South Africa: Smallholder Eastern Cape citrus farmers receive funding

June 15th, 2015

The Department of Rural Development hopes to help commercial farmers in Peddie develop exports to the EU.

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Dutch trio turn to organic tomatoes as demand grows

June 12th, 2015

Three Dutch brothers’ organic production only began this year, but they are already set to export to the U.K.

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Record NZ avocado season saw volumes almost up by a half

June 12th, 2015

Despite New Zealand experiencing its highest ever avocado production season, returns almost hit record levels.

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Spanish strawberry production falls as growers diversify crops

June 12th, 2015

One industry body in Spain estimates volumes will end up being 10-15% lower than the 279,000MT produced last year.

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Brazil to export larger mangoes to U.S.

June 12th, 2015

Within the space of a couple of months, the U.S. has eased weight restrictions for mango imports from two South American countries.

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Strong volumes and sales lift start of Zespri kiwifruit campaign

June 11th, 2015

Zespri’s exports of gold kiwifruit this seaon are reportedly anticipated to be on par with pre-Psa levels at around 32 million trays.

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Leading Israeli banana breeder to test varieties in Australia

June 11th, 2015

The head of Israeli biotech group Rahan Meristem is reportedly ‘certain’ the company’s materials will be helpful to Australian banana growers.

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U.S.: Stemilt introduces ‘sweetest cherry brand on the market’

June 11th, 2015

The season of a major U.S. cherry grower’s new Skylar Rae-branded fruit will last for a month from mid-June.

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European fruit and vegetable consumption in decline

June 11th, 2015

A Freshfel representative says it is ‘urgent’ to stimulate falling demand for produce in Europe.

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State of the Market – Week 23, 2015

June 10th, 2015

Strong demand for clementines in the U.S. kept prices high in week 23.

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U.K.: Exotic salads increase share of lunchtime snack market

June 10th, 2015

British supermarket Tesco says demand for leafy salads has grown at three times the rate of sandwiches.

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Spain reflects on strong avocado season

June 10th, 2015

Although Spanish avocado growers have enjoyed record returns in the 2014-15 campaign, an industry warns productivity needs to be increased.

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Mandarins drive Uruguayan citrus growth

June 10th, 2015

While orange production is set to slip by 6.5% this season, mandarin volumes are expected to be up by a quarter.

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New data points to larger number of Brazilian citrus trees

June 9th, 2015

A Brazilian citrus group anticipates 279 million boxes of oranges will be harvested from the ‘citrus belt’ in the 2015-16 season.

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U.K.: Dutch grown stripy bell peppers hit Asda shelves

June 9th, 2015

What Asda describes as the ‘ultimate super pepper’ is now on sale across the U.K.

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U.S. to propose import rule for Argentine lemons

June 9th, 2015

The U.S. lemon market could soon open to lemon shippers in two key northern provinces, after a positive visit by APHIS officials.

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California drought to cost state economy US$2.7B in 2015, study says

June 8th, 2015

A preliminary estimate by the University of California Davis says about 18,600 jobs could be lost to the drought this year.

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Colombia: Banana plantations hit by strong winds

June 8th, 2015

At least 200 hecaters of banana production in a major Colombian region suffered damage last week from severe weather.

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U.S. lemons fare well in key Asian markets

June 8th, 2015

Volumes and prices of U.S. lemons were up in three large Asian markets in the first few months of the year.

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South Africa: Capespan boosts Namibian vineyard investment

June 8th, 2015

As part of a 2013 agreement with the The Namibia Grape Company, Capespan is financing the development of 114 hectares of vineyards.

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Banana variety discovered in Oman shows pest resistance

June 5th, 2015

A banana variety thought to only grow in Oman is reported to have a ‘chemical cocktail’ that acts as a natural beetle repellent.

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NZ: Kiwifruit Claim does not have a case, argue Crown lawyers

June 5th, 2015

A Crown lawyer reportedly believes Psa might not have arrived in imported pollen in June 2009, but ‘much earlier’.

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BASF believed to be considering offer for rival Syngenta

June 5th, 2015

With a major Swiss multinational having recently turned down a takeover bid, an offer from a different company could be on the cards.

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Peru: Camposol steps up water use reduction efforts

June 5th, 2015

With global water demand growing faster than the world population, Camposol is undertaking three projects in 2015 aimed at reducing water consumption.

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First Tajikistani cherries of 2015 land in China

June 4th, 2015

Cherry shipments from Tajikistan continue after the country first received market access for China one year ago.

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Peru begins major avocado marketing campaign in U.S.

June 4th, 2015

Amid anticipated record Peruvian avocado exports to the U.S., an industry body has cooked for sailors on the USS Cole Navy ship.

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Research aims to weed out the weevil from U.K. pea & bean sector

June 4th, 2015

A U.K. researcher has warned pea and bean growers that pyrethroid sprays ‘may not be effective’ against a pest causing severe damage.

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Spain: New banana ripening operation opens in Mercamadrid

June 4th, 2015

A new facility in a major Madrid wholesale market will store up to 160 pallets of bananas and other tropical fruits.

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State of the Market – Week 22, 2015

June 3rd, 2015

The U.S. clementine market was reported to be undersupplied in week 22.

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Reefer boost for United Arab Shipping Company

June 3rd, 2015

Several stops in Europe and the U.S. East Coast are included in the company’s new Atlantic service.

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India: Rain-affected onions face storage issues

June 3rd, 2015

Indian onions are not anticipated to last nearly as long in storage this year due to heavy rainfall that hit the country last year.

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Spain: Drug-stuffed pineapples from Central America seized

June 2nd, 2015

Spanish police say 200kg of cocaine they found in pineapples had been concealed in a ‘sophisticated’ way.

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FDA and CFIA to finalize food safety systems recognition

June 2nd, 2015

Two U.S. and Canadian public health organizations will work together to help make ‘informed risk-based regulatory decisions’.

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Zespri to push SunGold sales in North America

June 2nd, 2015

Zespri North America says it will be ‘ramping up a multi-media campaign’ in various markets starting in June.

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U.S. Northwest pear crop to drop for second consecutive year

June 2nd, 2015

The Pear Bureau Northwest says this autumn’s production will be 2% down on last year but still above the five-year average.

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Opinion: Waging war on ‘healthier’ foods

June 1st, 2015

Lisa Cork says it’s interesting to see just how much sugar is prevalent in the average ‘healthy’ Western diet.

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Moldovan fruit farmers get US$12M boost from World Bank

June 1st, 2015

Smallholder grape, apple and plum farmers in Moldova will benefit from grants that should compensate for half of last summer’s lost profits.

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U.S.: Chiquita to keep ripening facilities at Gulfport “for now”

June 1st, 2015

The Port of New Orleans has confirmed Chiquita has put plans to move a small part of its operation there on hold.

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Medfly detected in more Russia-bound Egyptian oranges

June 1st, 2015

Just several days after Russia found Medfly in an orange shipment, another infected batch has been blocked.

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European Parliament backs plans to merge school fruit & milk schemes

May 29th, 2015

An MEP says new rules aim to ensure that more is done in EU schools to provide better education on healthy eating.

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“Planets realign” for recovery of Australian oranges to U.S. market

May 29th, 2015

A weakening of the Australian dollar has contributed to an expected increase in U.S.-bound citrus shipments this campaign.

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Chile: Customs worker union reaches agreement to end strike

May 29th, 2015

After a threat of a ‘solidarity’ strike by Chile’s Agriculture and Livestock Service union, customs operations will now return to normal.

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FAO partners with World Union of Wholesale Markets

May 29th, 2015

Preventing and managing food waste are key goals of a recently announced alliance by the United Nation’s agricultural arm.

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Opinion: Fruits and vegetables are becoming barbecues’ main event

May 28th, 2015

Frieda’s Specialty Produce’s CEO Karen Caplan talks about what unconventional food can be grilled in the backyard this summer.

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U.K.: Asda prepares for Bangladeshi mango arrival

May 28th, 2015

Bangladeshi mango growers are optimistic about high prices in Europe this season.

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Indonesia to suspend citrus imports for four months

May 28th, 2015

The Indonesian Department of Agriculture reportedly advised the government to stop citrus imports later this year.

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South African citrus set for early U.S. arrival

May 28th, 2015

The Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum says U.S.-bound shipments could increase from last season’s 45,000MT.

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State of the Market – Week 21, 2015

May 27th, 2015

After a delayed harvest, the first shipments of Egyptian table grapes arrived in Europe in week 21.

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Norway: Logistics provider expands cold store facilities

May 27th, 2015

Kloosterboer has recently acquired a 8,500-square-meter cold store built into the side of a mountain near Oslo.

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Ecuadorian banana prospects looking up in U.S., China as exports grow

May 27th, 2015

Ecuador has embarked on its second promotional campaign in China across 10 supermarkets, with promising first day results.

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China: JD leads US$70M investment in Fruitday

May 27th, 2015

A leading Chinese online direct sales company is the main investor in a deal with the country’s largest fresh produce e-retailer.

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Russia suspects numerous fake documents on berry shipment

May 26th, 2015

Russian authorities say problems were found on a shipment of summer fruit originating from Mexico and Morocco.

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France: Intermarche’s ugly fruit campaign honored with awards

May 26th, 2015

A French supermarket campaign highlighting the absurdity of throwing away misshapen fruit has received a pat on the back.

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Chile: ASOEX asks for govt intervention in ongoing customs strikes

May 26th, 2015

ASOEX president Ronald Bown says the Port of Valparaiso is ‘virtually paralyzed’ and the country’s reputation is on the line.

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Peru finalizes Hass avocado export protocols with China

May 26th, 2015

Peru’s Ministry of Agriculture believes the first Hass shipment will set sail to China in July.

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U.S.: West Coast port employer ratifies worker contract

May 25th, 2015

The Pacific Maritime Association says the new contract that will last until July 2019 features an ‘enhanced arbitration system’.

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Russia blocks Egyptian orange shipment after Medfly detection

May 25th, 2015

Some 120 metric tons of oranges being shipped into Russia via sea were sent back after lab tests confirmed a quarantined pest.

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Chile: Fedefruta slams ‘illegal’ customs strike

May 25th, 2015

Fedefruta’s head says apples, kiwifruit and citrus are some of the crops that have been affected by recent strikes.

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U.S.: Ocean Mist and Lakeside form organic alliance

May 25th, 2015

Two major U.S.-based vegetable grower-shippers have struck a deal to offer their customers wider organic product lines.

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Chile and China engage in fresh produce trade discussions

May 22nd, 2015

Pomegranates, nectarines and avocados were on the agenda during recent meetings between AQSIQ and SAG.

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California minimum wage rises could have ‘major impacts’, says CFFA

May 22nd, 2015

The California Fresh Fruit Association’s head believes future state-wide minimum wage rises may limit the sector’s competitiveness internationally.

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Mexico: Persian lime production set for drop in Veracruz after humidity

May 22nd, 2015

With fungi affected the flowering stage of Persian limes in a Mexican state, U.S.-bound shipments look set to slip.

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SB Group enters Peruvian blueberry JV

May 22nd, 2015

A Chilean company affiliated with Illinois-based Sun Belle has signed a deal to develop blueberry plantations in Peru.

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Land reform consolidation to bolster domestic Chinese fruit industry

May 21st, 2015

The organizers of Shanghai’s iFresh summit hope the event will be a positive force for change, tackling asymmetries in the import game as fruit production modernizes rapidly at home.

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Total Produce in ‘strong position to expand’

May 20th, 2015

The Irish multinational says the first four months of 2015 have been ‘satisfactory’ and full year earnings should be in the upper targeted range.

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State of the Market – Week 20, 2015

May 20th, 2015

Demand for grapes was increasing in South Korea due to the nearing of the Budda’s Birthday in week 20.

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Brazil: Low apple prices push Renar into the red in Q1

May 20th, 2015

A Brazilian apple company is yet to recover from last year’s price falls, with a loss recorded for the first quarter of 2015.

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Israel gears up for early grape harvest

May 20th, 2015

‘Low returns’ and ‘political issues’ were two reasons given why Israeli grape exports have decreased significantly over recent years.

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Weather, exchange rates favor strong China-bound export deal for Aussie citrus

May 19th, 2015

Australian citrus growers are upbeat for the season ahead with the first shipments set to arrive in mid-June.

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Higher yields and demand to lift British strawberry season

May 19th, 2015

Although the British strawberry deal has started 10 days later than last year, expectations are high for a strong campaign.

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Costa Rican import group warns of avocado scarcity

May 19th, 2015

Following recent trade restrictions, one Costa Rican avocado grower believes California could be a potential new market supplier.

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Russian food watchdog reveals update on fraudulent produce imports

May 19th, 2015

Russian authorities have been blocking an average of more than 1,000MT per month of plant-based products coming through Belarus.

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Turkish citrus company declares bankruptcy with US$78M debt

May 18th, 2015

The devaluation of the Russian ruble has hit a major Turkish citrus exporter hard, with debts owed to a large number of companies and workers.

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‘Stop Blood Tomatoes Act’ introduced to U.S. Congress

May 18th, 2015

A new bill aims to ensure retailers’ products have not been produced using child or forced labor.

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Canaries cooperative goes bananas over low carbon footprint

May 18th, 2015

ASPROCAN has been recognized for its low incidence of greenhouse gases across the banana supply chain.

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Dole to substantially boost Costa Rica workforce

May 18th, 2015

Following more than US$100 million dollars of investment in Costa Rica last year, Dole now plans to create some 150 new jobs.

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U.S. bolsters import rules for some Chilean fruits after Medfly detections

May 15th, 2015

Pomegranates, grapes and lemons being shipped to the U.S. from parts of Chile will now require an additional treatment.

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Spain sees “disturbing” price falls for late mandarin varieties

May 15th, 2015

AVA-ASAJA says never before have prices for premium mandarin varieties like Nadorcott and Tango been so low.

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Canada: BC blueberry growers set for one of earliest starts

May 15th, 2015

Inspectors from an Asian country will visit Vancouver this summer with view to opening up the market to fresh British Columbia blueberries.

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Haiti to start up organic banana production for EU market

May 15th, 2015

Haitian producers covering 1,000 hectares will receive technical assistance from two French groups to grow and ship organic bananas.

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Naturipe aims to become ‘leading berry brand’ in Mexican retailers

May 14th, 2015

With Naturipe’s first commercial office in Mexico having opened late last year, the berry marketer has big plans for the future.

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Australia overhauls biosecurity system

May 14th, 2015

A clearer legislation for Australian quarantine is expected to save AUD$6.9 million per annum in efficiencies.

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Australia: Victorian cherry exports more than doubled in 2014-15

May 14th, 2015

The Australian state of Victoria gained significant ground on Tasmania this season for cherry exports.

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Mexico: Police brutally beat San Quintin farmworkers, minors, the elderly

May 14th, 2015

Police in San Quintin have been criticized for an excessive use of force, amid clashes with farmworkers that have been striking since March.

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Final agreement reached on Univeg merger

May 13th, 2015

Greenyard Foods and Peatinvest are now one step closer to their combination with Univeg to form the world’s largest fresh produce group.

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State of the Market – Week 19, 2015

May 13th, 2015

Local lemon prices in the U.S. were on the up but Navels saw little change in week 19.

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“Proper” El Niño brewing in the Pacific, says Australian scientist

May 13th, 2015

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology says El Niño thresholds have been reached in the tropical Pacific for the first time since March 2010.

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Argentina sends first pears to mainland China

May 13th, 2015

In April it was apples to India and now it’s pears for China. Argentina is on a roll with inaugural fruit shipments to Asia.

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Cameroon: PHP begins banana plantation expansion

May 12th, 2015

A Cameroon-based subsidiary of Compagnie Fruitière is expecting an 8% boost in banana production this year.

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Costa Rica blocks avocado imports from numerous origins

May 12th, 2015

South Africa, Australia and Spain are just three countries unable to ship avocados to Costa Rica due to sunblotch concerns.

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Peru on the cusp of Japanese avocado market entry

May 12th, 2015

Recent comments made by Japanese Ambassador to Peru, Tatsuya Kabutan, bode well for the country’s avocado exporters.

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Chile: Clemenluz sheds new light on early clementine market

May 12th, 2015

A new Chilean easy peeler is “not superior nor inferior” in taste to a clemenule, but it does ripen three weeks earlier and show better sizing.

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Does the pollen on your trees play a role in the rain they receive?

May 11th, 2015

A study from the University of Michigan and Texas A&M yielded an unexpected finding – pollen grains may have an impact on rainfall.

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BanaBay slips into Russia after successful trial

May 11th, 2015

BanaBay’s Vitali Donskoi sees huge potential for the company’s bananas in the Russian market.

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Chilean company develops bio-control for crown gall disease in fruit trees

May 11th, 2015

Using a bacteria native to Australia, a natural product from Chile’s Biogram prevents a serious disease that affects a range of crops.

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Monsanto stands behind US$45B offer for Syngenta

May 11th, 2015

Monsanto appears unswayed by Syngenta’s rejection of its takeover offer in a bid to form the world’s largest crop protection and seed group.

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Chilean blueberry export values overcome dramatic price falls

May 8th, 2015

In a record year for volumes with many challenges in markets, Chile’s blueberry export values grew slightly in 2014-15.

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Suspension for EU-bound Ugandan pepper exports

May 8th, 2015

One Ugandan says “enough is enough” when it comes to rogue companies shipping contaminated produce.

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PMA invites Mexican produce industry to join ‘eat brighter’ campaign

May 8th, 2015

PMA’s Nancy Tucker says the group’s healthy eating initiative with Sesame Street is ‘an incredible opportunity to make a difference in this world.’

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Lower German fruit prices bite into BayWa profits in Q1

May 8th, 2015

Profits fell by more than half for German produce company BayWa in the first quarter but the group is optimistic for the months ahead.

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Please report poor treatment and wage violations, says Citrus Australia

May 7th, 2015

In the wake of the Four Corners report on some labor contractors’ dodgy practices, Citrus Australia has urged people to report any incidents of abuse.

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Smooth Jazz apple transition for Europe with NZ season underway

May 7th, 2015

While hailstorms have affected New Zealand’s apple volumes, Enzafruit is upbeat for a positive 2015 campaign in Europe.

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Netherlands: Mini vine tomato with chocolate color goes on sale

May 7th, 2015

We speak with the growers of an organic, chocolate-colored tomato now marketed by Dutch company Eosta.

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U.S. cherries in top shape for Memorial Day and July 4 sales, says Stemilt

May 7th, 2015

With a long cherry season ahead, Stemilt Growers gives the lowdown on what retailers can expect through to September.

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Russia blocks large Polish apple shipment in transit from Belarus

May 7th, 2015

Blocked produce shipments close to the 200MT mark are fast becoming the norm for Russia’s agricultural watchdog.

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State of the Market – Week 18, 2015

May 6th, 2015

Prices for Chilean Royal Galas were higher than the South African competition in China during week 18.

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Zespri secures new partner to develop kiwifruit ties in southwestern China

May 6th, 2015

A Zespri China representative says a new distribution partner has been found in the Sichuan province, and the company will continue looking for fresh regional alliances.

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Will North Americans be tickled pink by the Rosanna onion?

May 6th, 2015

J.V. Steele has secured the exclusive rights to sell a unique onion variety in the U.S. and Canada.

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Dutch researchers cultivate quinoa as part of new European trial

May 6th, 2015

Wageningen University and Research Centre has sown the first quinoa fields as part of its field test study in the Netherlands.

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NZ scientists test biological options to tackle Psa

May 5th, 2015

While kiwifruit vine disease Psa shows some resistance to antibiotics, New Zealand researchers have made a breakthrough in biological controls.

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South African citrus growers gear up for U.S.-bound export season

May 5th, 2015

Two key pilot initiatives from 2014 will continue for Western Cape citrus exporters to the U.S. this year, but there will be a few minor changes in shipping practices.

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Chile: SAG urges citizen cooperation in fruit fly fight

May 5th, 2015

The quarantine area around La Serena was recently expanded due to a Medfly detection outside the original zone.

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U.S.: APHIS proposes allowing citrus imports from whole of Peru

May 5th, 2015

APHIS says larger citrus volumes expected from Peru would not represent more than 1% of current imports or local production.

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NZ: New campaign aims to lift kiwifruit consumption in Australia

May 4th, 2015

With more gold kiwifruit on its way this year, New Zealanders are hoping to raise the fruit’s profile across the Tasman Sea in Australia.

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Tesco trials ‘eye-catching’ purple cross asparagus

May 4th, 2015

The fiber-rich Burgundine asparagus variety will be available in Tesco stores in the U.K. starting this week.

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Garlic becomes key Argentine vegetable export crop

May 4th, 2015

Mendoza’s planted hectarage of garlic is expected to shoot up by more than a quarter this season.

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U.S.: Shanley Farms to diversify finger lime product range

May 4th, 2015

The harvest season for a fruit sometimes called ‘citrus caviar’ will kick off in California in June.

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Latin American desire for new brands ‘outpaces other parts of globe’

April 30th, 2015

The head of Nielsen Perishables Group talks about how retailers and growers might be missing a trick in the Latin American market.

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Dutch development plans follow The Greenery and WDP Nederland agreement

April 30th, 2015

WDP Nederland will be making substantial investments in two facilities operated by produce company The Greenery.

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USDA announces US$18.3M bonus buy of U.S. apples

April 30th, 2015

In a time of excess supply, the USDA has pledged to make its largest apple purchase in history.

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Peru: Sociedad Agricola Virú denies fault after violent strike

April 30th, 2015

A Peruvian asparagus and artichoke company has refuted allegations it manipulated financial accounts to avoid paying workers a share of its profits.

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State of the Market – Week 17, 2015

April 29th, 2015

Chilean Red Globe grapes performed well in the U.S., China and South Korea during week 17.

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Citrus workers strike in Argentine province

April 29th, 2015

A farmworker union is demanding a 40% pay rise in Tucumán, but the government says economic conditions don’t allow for more than 30%.

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California cherries arrive in China

April 29th, 2015

Oheng Import & Export Co was one Chinese company receiving the first batches of California cherries in Shanghai earlier this week.

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Colombia aims to replace grape imports with domestic production

April 29th, 2015

Colombia’s Minister of Agriculture believes the country will one day soon export seedless grapes from the Cauca Valley.

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Argentina: Medfly detected in Mendoza

April 28th, 2015

Argentina’s Senasa has emphasized a recent pest discovery in an urban area does not affect Oasis Centro’s fruit fly-free status.

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Freshfel launches new EU production and consumption statistics database

April 28th, 2015

Freshfel members will now have a new tool at their fingertips for analyzing markets and forming strategies.

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Giumarra blackberry suppliers employ new growing method

April 28th, 2015

A new planting technique for blackberries makes it easier for the fruit to be harvested and ensures more berries make the grade.

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Colombia: International certifications lift avocado exports

April 28th, 2015

One avocado producer estimates Colombia’s export volumes shot up by around a half last season.

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Early starts likely for U.S. and Canadian cherry growers

April 27th, 2015

While the British Columbia cherry growers are ‘mobbed’ by Chinese interest, the U.S. Northwest early start is cause for ‘excitement’.

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U.S.: APHIS considers new sourcing areas for Andean berries, bell peppers

April 27th, 2015

Two neighboring Latin American countries could soon be exporting new fruits and vegetables to the U.S.

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NZ: Kiwifruit vine disease Psa shows resistance to key treatment

April 27th, 2015

While ‘not completely unexpected’, regular testing has found streptomycin-resistant Psa in two Te Puke orchards.

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First Canadian cucumbers land in China

April 27th, 2015

‘Cutecumbers’ will be sold in several cities around the biggest cucumber-producing country in the world.

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English heatwave brings tomato season forward

April 24th, 2015

U.S. retailer Waitrose is expecting a ‘bumper crop’ of home-grown tomatoes over the coming months.

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U.S.: APHIS completes pest risk analysis for Spanish cherry imports

April 24th, 2015

The U.S. has identified five potential pests that would need control if Spain were to be granted access for cherry imports.

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Peruvian asparagus to hit Chinese market

April 24th, 2015

Peruvian asparagus may have some transit time issues in reaching China, but competition with local produce should be minimal.

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Indonesia lifts trade restrictions for U.S. apples

April 24th, 2015

Indonesia’s three-month ban on some U.S. apples due to a listeria outbreak has come to an end.

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British asparagus crop may rise 20%, says Morrisons

April 23rd, 2015

Predictions for a long heatwave in the U.K. have sparked high expectations for this year’s asparagus crop.

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Argentine apple industry back in the game for Indian market

April 23rd, 2015

After a 10-year absence, Argentine apple shippers are once more sending their fruit to India.

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Israel: Grants to persuade pepper growers to diversify desert crops

April 23rd, 2015

Growers in Israel’s Arava region will receive government incentives to convert from peppers to other crops.

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U.K.: Yorkshire Fresh Fruits under fire over redundancy package

April 23rd, 2015

A U.K. fruit supplier has been forced to shut down its factory after losing a key contract with retailer Asda.

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State of the Market – Week 16, 2015

April 22nd, 2015

Preference for national apples in the U.S. became apparent as Chilean volumes increased in week 16.

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Argentine pomegranate exporter doubles shipments

April 22nd, 2015

A few weeks of rainfall at the start of a company’s pomegranate harvest did not dampen an ‘extremely positive’ season.

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NZ: Zespri plans SunGold kiwifruit splash in Germany

April 22nd, 2015

Zespri has planned promotional activities in Berlin, Hamburg and Düsseldorf to spread the word about SunGold kiwifruit.

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