July 03, 2014 / Week N° 27

Archive for the Interviews Category

First Aussie seafreight apples about to hit mainland China

July 1st, 2014

The first Australian apple shipment via sea to mainland China is due to arrive this week, featuring a newly developed variety.

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Challenging outlook for Mediterranean grapes

July 1st, 2014

In the face of tough competition with summer fruit, many Spanish and Italian grape growers are shifting their varietal offerings to get ahead.

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Russian problems prompt new outlook for Moroccan citrus

July 1st, 2014

Delassus’ Fatiha Charrat looks back on what she describes as the ‘worst season ever’ for Moroccan citrus.

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Inside New York’s bustling, lock-tight produce trading hub

June 30th, 2014

We take a closer look at the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market – the largest of its kind internationally in terms of revenue.

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U.S.: Florida citrus merger a ‘slam dunk’ in changing business environment

June 30th, 2014

Two major Florida citrus companies will merge packing operations to better cope with HLB consequences.

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European diplomats visit South African citrus operations

June 30th, 2014

The CGA hopes a recent diplomatic visit will help dramatically reduce citrus black spot interceptions in Europe.

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U.S.: doubling Chiquita’s rent ‘not punitive’, says Gulfport

June 30th, 2014

Gulfport says charging Chiquita more rent over the lease extension period isn’t retaliation for leaving.

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A tale of two states for U.S. sweet cherry production

June 27th, 2014

The biggest U.S. states for sweet cherry production have witnessed significant changes, in opposite directions.

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U.S. Northwest finds cherry amour the world over

June 27th, 2014

A range of markets are showing great interest in U.S. Northwest cherries, but it would take the “entire world” to move the 2014 crop.

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Spain: Valencia fruit industry racked by hail

June 26th, 2014

Citrus, melons and persimmons have been some of the fruit crops most affected by severe hailstorms in eastern Spain.

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El Niño already impacting Peruvian fruit crops, says weather agency

June 26th, 2014

Peru’s El Niño phenomenon is not in a strong phase, yet slight temperature upticks are having an effect on mango, grape and citrus crops.

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NZ: T&G plans to double global apple sales by 2020

June 26th, 2014

Turners & Growers’ new pipfruit manager discusses ambitious plans for the next six years.

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Chile develops asparagus preservation liquid

June 26th, 2014

Chilean asparagus growers may soon be able to export more to the U.S. via seafreight thanks to a new liquid.

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Iraq turmoil may impact Middle East fruit market, says exporter

June 25th, 2014

Produce traders are losing “large swathes of land” with Middle Eastern populations due to conflict.

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U.S.: union optimistic talks will be resolved without port strikes

June 24th, 2014

The ILWU says there is ‘nothing substantive’ in fears over West Coast port strikes and talks should end well.

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Canadian cherry growers expect ‘exponential’ China-bound exports

June 23rd, 2014

British Colombia’s cherry growers say the new deal with China is a gigant step for the industry.

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FAO reviews possible upcoming El Niño effects on agriculture

June 23rd, 2014

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says there is a 70% chance of an El Niño event occurring during the Northern Hemisphere summer.

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Malaysia, Thailand hit rock bottom in human trafficking report

June 20th, 2014

The latest U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report was damning of two major agricultural countries, but showed positives for one significant fruit shipper.

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Peru sets rules for importing U.S. kiwifruit plants

June 20th, 2014

Peru is not usually the first country associated with kiwifruit, but growers have expressed interest in importing kiwifruit plants from the U.S.

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Strong outlook for global citrus brand ClemenGold

June 18th, 2014

ClemenGold will continue to open new markets this year and has new varieties in the works.

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U.S.: APHIS proposes new fee for import treatments

June 18th, 2014

APHIS is considering a new US$375 fee for import treatments which could have far-reaching effects.

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Thai companies are “increasingly willing to engage”, says Hall

June 17th, 2014

Despite US$10 million in lawsuits hanging over his head, Andy Hall has returned to Thailand to continue working for the rights of abused migrant workers in the country’s food export industries.

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Chilean citrus exporters forecast less trade with U.S.

June 17th, 2014

With South African citrus growers shipping more to the U.S., Chile is likely to diversify its markets.

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U.K.: fresh produce a major victim in Asda climate change report

June 17th, 2014

U.K. retailer Asda has given a startling estimate of expected fresh produce losses as a result of climate change.

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Flavor and shelf life vital to future berry growth in U.K.

June 16th, 2014

Execs from Angus Soft Fruits and BerryWorld talk shop about varietal development and raising winter consumption.

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Smartphone app mixes home gardening with education and design chic

June 13th, 2014

With the help of a smartphone app, a U.K. company makes hydroponic gardening an easy and visually appealing addition to the living room.

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U.K. study finds tomato extract helps heart disease patients

June 13th, 2014

New research from Cambridge University shows a powerful medical use of lycopene from tomatoes.

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Australia: Woolworths pulls out of Asian buyer visit

June 13th, 2014

A Woolworths decision to renege on an Asian buyer visit commitment has been described as “churlish” by Ausveg.

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U.S.: POM Wonderful responds to Supreme Court ruling against Coca Cola

June 12th, 2014

A POM Wonderful spokesperson says today’s legal win over Coca Cola brings greater assurances to consumers over food labeling.

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Argentina: Ecofrut explains fruit payment lawsuit

June 11th, 2014

A large Argentine fruit company has been ordered to pay more than US$100,000 to settle a case with a grower.

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First South African citrus shipments hit the U.S.

June 11th, 2014

A hungry U.S. market and faster shipments look to fare well for South Africa’s citrus exporters.

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U.S.: Asian citrus psyllid quarantine zone expands in Tulare

June 11th, 2014

A citrus pest quarantine zone in California’s Tulare County has expanded by 15%, with a further extension potentially on the cards.

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U.S.: Zacks gives Chiquita “strong sell” rating

June 10th, 2014

Zacks has said “avoid this stock or consider jumping ship” in recent comments about Chiquita.

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Calcium carbide puts stain on domestic Indian mango market

June 10th, 2014

The new Indian Government has pledged to crack down on dangerous chemicals used to artificially ripen fruit.

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Mexico blocks U.S. potato imports

June 9th, 2014

Mexico’s SENASICA has reportedly closed the country’s doors to U.S. potatoes following complaints from local growers.

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U.S.: Limoneira raises 2014 income guidance

June 9th, 2014

Strong lemon prices have led Limoneira to raise its income expectations by more than half.

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3D printer company ‘reinvents concept of fruit on demand’

June 9th, 2014

Is there any point to creating fake but edible 3D fruit? One U.K. company thinks there certainly is.

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U.S.: Chiquita claims it never tried to block 9/11 victims’ bill

June 6th, 2014

Chiquita has spoken out amid claims it allegedly spent US$780,000 in lobbying against a 9/11 victims’ bill.

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U.S.: BrightFarms to ramp up greenhouse rollout

June 5th, 2014

Capitalizing on demand for well-priced local salads, New York’s BrightFarms expects a raft of new greenhouses to break ground in the next 18 months.

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Chilean apple size ‘worst in 17 years’, says exporter

June 5th, 2014

Chile’s apple growers have suffered from smaller fruit sizing and poor export markets this season, according to Santiago-based Los Lirios.

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Blueberry leaf extract lengthens shelf life, study shows

June 5th, 2014

A Chinese-U.S. study shows a substance in blueberry leaves can help extend fruit shelf life and add antioxidants.

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U.K.: Asda partners with Melinda to supply alpine Italian cave apples

June 3rd, 2014

What started as a restoration project for the Vatican has become a unique, energy efficient storage system for an Italian apple company.

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Peru: Camposol announces social plans to support blueberry production growth

June 3rd, 2014

To facilitate rapid production growth, Camposol has announced housing projects to look after its employees.

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Maersk begins shipping revolution with new tech

June 2nd, 2014

In 10 years’ time, new technology that monitors air and saves energy could become standard throughout the world for shipping containers.

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U.S.: strong outlook for avocado company as it builds new plant

June 2nd, 2014

Mission Produce will double the level of employment in a new California avocado packhouse.

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Chile: information platform aims for early ag disease prediction

May 30th, 2014

With support from a Silicon Valley company and the Chilean Government, three young entrepreneurs have created a device for real time orchard monitoring with the goal of mitigating plant disease effects.

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Mozambique Panama Disease talks to yield containment report

May 30th, 2014

A continental action plan is currently being drafted for Africa to address the potential spread of Panama Disease TR4.

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New EU requirements ‘within South Africa’s capabilities’, says Chadwick

May 28th, 2014

Justin Chadwick finds some encouragement from the European Union’s new rules for South African citrus, but calls for government action to bring long term security to the trade.

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NZ sends first Enza Red kiwifruit to China

May 28th, 2014

A Shanghai Zelun Trading rep is positive about the launch of Enza Red kiwifruit today, and discusses other T&G-owned fruit varieties on their way to China.

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Dole relinquishes shares in French fruit company

May 27th, 2014

Dole Food Company has sold its minority interest in the holding company of Compagnie Fruitière Group.

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EU imposes emergency control measures on South African citrus

May 27th, 2014

The EU had “no choice but to impose a stricter inspection regime” on South African citrus, according to Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg.

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Demand high, laws tightening for EU organic market

May 26th, 2014

Two European organic produce experts say consumers are now more mindful of the stories behind their food, but upcoming EC regulations could make the category much tougher.

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U.S.: Mandel shares produce industry vision

May 26th, 2014

Some players in the produce industry have “chosen not to innovate”, but the FPAA’s new chairman is still optimistic for the sector’s prospects.

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Chilean scientist bets on biodegradable film for fruit packaging

May 26th, 2014

A Chilean project seeks to kill two birds with one stone – keep fruit free of bacterial threats and not damage the environment in the process.

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Peru: mangoes and asparagus drive Camposol profit growth in Q1

May 23rd, 2014

Profitability outpaced sales growth for Peru’s Camposol in what was a stellar first quarter for 2014.

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U.S. cherry grower set for double last year’s crop

May 21st, 2014

Excellent weather has led to one northwestern U.S. fruit grower expecting a huge rise in cherry production this year.

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Peruvian citrus projections squeeze up again

May 21st, 2014

Peru’s latest citrus export expectations have been lifted since April, while a fresh market access deal edges closer.

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Chinese buyer shows keen interest in Aussie Pink Lady apples

May 20th, 2014

Shanghai Supafresh’s Zhang Haitong tells of her impressions from a recent visit to Australian apple orchards.

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U.S.: United Fresh CEO slams cop-out over school nutritional bill

May 20th, 2014

The CEO of United Fresh has strongly criticized a bill that would allow schools to opt-out of nutritional standards for meals.

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Washington State and British Columbia set for record blueberry harvest

May 19th, 2014

Great weather and strong demand bode well for some blueberry regions in North America.

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‘Let’s move to the 21st century’ on traceability, says Walmart Mexico rep

May 19th, 2014

Industry leaders discussed the importance of PLU and DataBar technology at Fresh Connections: Mexico last week.

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Rains put further strain on Argentine lemon season

May 16th, 2014

While recent rains are unlikely to cut Tucumán’s already lower lemon volumes, Daniel Ploper expects they will cause export delays.

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Fruit and vegetables lead U.S. organic sector’s sales surge

May 15th, 2014

The U.S. organic market has hit new heights, reaching US$35.1 billion in sales last year.

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U.S.: Chiquita shipping operations return to the Big Easy

May 14th, 2014

Chiquita’s latest move is a “huge, historic win for the Port of New Orleans”, according to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

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Melons drive Fyffes profit growth in Q1

May 14th, 2014

Profits were down for Fyffes’ pineapple and banana businesses early this year, but melons pushed the company into growth territory.

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MRL uncertainty discourages U.S. pear exporters in Europe

May 12th, 2014

Concerns over post-harvest chemical DPA have become symbolic of strict residue standards from European retailers.

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U.S. and NZ take on Indonesia to protect horticultural trade

May 12th, 2014

Indonesia’s import licensing policy has sparked another WTO trade dispute with the U.S. and New Zealand.

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Chilean citrus sector pursues export deals in Asia, Latin America

May 12th, 2014

Chilean citrus volume is expected to drop, but the industry remains positive about new export deals.

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‘Kudos to the USDA’, says California Citrus Mutual on China protocol

May 9th, 2014

California has reached a supplementary protocol to regain access to the Chinese citrus market, but approval will depend on a technical visit that will likely take place in June.

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U.S.: Chiquita results fall short of expectations in Q1

May 9th, 2014

Chiquita Brands has cited drought in supply regions and winter storms in the north as behind a net loss for the first quarter.

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California grapes could have another record year

May 9th, 2014

Improvements in production strategies have helped protect California table grapes from drought conditions.

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Eating organic for a week cuts pesticide exposure, Aussie study finds

May 8th, 2014

Australian researchers have conducted a comparison in pesticide exposure rates between adults with conventional and organic diets.

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Europe: cocaine and cigarettes found in two fruit-related seizures

May 8th, 2014

One of the biggest ever drug seizures in a European Union port has taken place, found in a consignment of Costa Rican pineapples.

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U.S.: root damage ‘greatly underestimated’ in citrus greening cases

May 8th, 2014

Once HLB appears on plant leaves, the disease has already caused extensive losses to the root system.

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Chile to form national table grape committee

May 6th, 2014

The wheels are in motion to form a national committee for growers and exporters of Chile’s most-shipped fruit.

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More oranges means more juice for Brazilian citrus industry

May 5th, 2014

Improved productivity should bring up Brazilian citrus volume this year, particularly for juice.

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Pakistan’s mango exports in hot water

May 5th, 2014

Babar Durrani discusses steps for Pakistan to avoid the fate of India, which has lost access to the EU mango market.

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All eyes on Indian retail

May 5th, 2014

Retail experts give the lowdown on underlying cultural and economic factors behind India’s supermarket boom.

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U.S.: papayas parked in growth spot with trailer cooling

May 5th, 2014

An improvised storage solution has triggered growth in American Airlines’ Brazilian papaya freight business, while new routes have also opened up unexpected opportunities elsewhere.

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South Africa set for citrus variety export shift in 2014

April 30th, 2014

South African citrus export volumes should remain stable this year, but with changes to the variety make-up.

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Bananas bring profit and uncertainty to Fresh Del Monte in Q1

April 30th, 2014

Fresh Del Monte has reported strong earnings, but also expressed concern over Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 and Ecuador’s illicit drug trade.

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Campaigner for Indian mangoes heads to U.K. Parliament

April 29th, 2014

Monica Bhandari questions why Indian mangoes can’t be subjected to heat treatment instead of an outright EU ban.

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Authorities make progress for Colombian avocado access in the U.S.

April 29th, 2014

APHIS has identified three quarantine pests Colombia needs to address to gain Hass avocado access to the U.S.

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U.S.: citrus groves dry up under California drought

April 29th, 2014

California’s citrus industry has demanded its fair share of water resources to keep growers in production.

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Blueberry growers cotton on to benefits of packing on arrival

April 28th, 2014

A Chilean-American company is adapting to flexible retail needs for bulk blueberry sourcing.

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Lemons to drag down Southern Hemisphere citrus production in 2014

April 25th, 2014

Southern Hemisphere lemon exports are expected to fall this year, contrasted by a rise in easy peelers and a fairly stable situation for orange volume.

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New Zealand apple trade resumes in China

April 24th, 2014

New Zealand and Chinese authorities have come to an agreement to continue apple shipments.

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Copa-Cogeca calls for immediate action on South African citrus

April 24th, 2014

European co-operative Copa-Cogeca has called on the EU to enforce black spot restrictions against South Africa.

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Russian import ban “will happen”, says Polish grower group

April 23rd, 2014

One of Poland’s biggest apple grower associations is developing other markets to soften the blow from a likely Russian ban.

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Fresh Fruit Portal forms alliance with Decofrut

April 23rd, 2014

Fresh Fruit Portal will now be publishing weekly ‘State of the Market’ reports in conjunction with Decofrut.

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Turkish apricots hit by bad weather

April 22nd, 2014

The full effects of unusual frosts are yet to be seen in the world’s leading apricot region, as well as impacts on other crops like grapes, peaches and walnuts.

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Ecuador: pioneering fairtrade banana co-op loses stream

April 22nd, 2014

ASOGUABO president Fabiola Ramón says new supermarket trends are making it harder to sell fairtrade bananas.

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Collaboration key to contain Panama Disease comeback

April 21st, 2014

In the fight against Panama Disease Tropical Race 4, Gianluca Gondolini of the World Banana Forum reminds traders that prevention is better than cure.

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India: govt cold storage scheme to boost Maharashtra produce industry

April 21st, 2014

The Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board explains a new program to build four cold storage centers.

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India: Mahindra signs JV with Univeg

April 14th, 2014

A US$16.7 billion company from India and a US$3.2 billion Belgian group will combine forces as part of a landmark produce agreement.

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India: IG International set for record Chilean apple imports

April 14th, 2014

From apple scarcity to a flood of Iranian kiwifruit, IG International’s Tarun Arora explains Indian market trends, along with a few export ventures.

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Challenging times ahead for Russian retail market

April 14th, 2014

Russia may be on track to becoming the most expensive country in the region for fresh food, said one local retailer.

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Chile: Valparaiso faces “worst fire” in its history

April 13th, 2014

A fire in Valparaiso has caused 11 deaths and led to thousands being evacuated from their homes.

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Cyclone Ita hits Australian banana growers

April 12th, 2014

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has revealed the first effects of damages from Cyclone Ita.

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U.S.: surf’s up for Costan Rican pineapples

April 11th, 2014

A small Californian company hopes to step up the game for U.S. pineapple marketing.

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