April 24, 2014 / Week N° 17

Archive for the Interviews Category

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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U.S. proposes new rules for Philippine mangoes, Japanese oranges

April 11th, 2014

A relaxation in requirements could see more parts of Japan and the Philippines shipping fruit to the U.S.

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U.S.: Del Monte deal shows fair food is good business, says Reyes

April 10th, 2014

Del Monte recently signed up to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) fair food program, but what does that actually mean? Gerardo Reyes explains a system that is protecting tomato workers’ rights like never before.

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U.S.: better prices expected for Mexican limes

April 10th, 2014

The worst of Mexican lime prices could soon be in the past, but quality remains inconsistent.

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Belgian lab a diverse safeguard against ‘bananageddon’

April 9th, 2014

While media reports have sparked fears over a ‘bananapocalypse’, a group of Belgian researchers is taking a more staid approach to protecting one of the world’s leading crops.

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Hard discounters change face of U.K. retail market

April 4th, 2014

Discount retailers like Aldi and Lidl are moving in on the U.K.’s leading supermarkets.

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PMA: Chile feels the heat under Chinese cherry demand

April 3rd, 2014

With Chinese cherry demand growing, should Chile worry about over reliance on the Asian market?

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Zimbabwe bans all fruit and vegetable imports

April 3rd, 2014

In one the world’s most food insecure nations, the government has announced a total ban on imported produce.

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Chinese supermarket appeals to high-end fruit consumers

April 2nd, 2014

Imported fruit may come at a price, but China’s Ole’ stores satisfy a niche once unavailable to premium buyers.

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NZ: Thompson, Bayly claim kiwifruit duopoly export leak “misrepresentative”

March 20th, 2014

A former Zespri director and an NZ fruit trader are looking to build a new kiwifruit export structure for China.

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U.S.: Georgia court overrules Vidalia sweet onion shipping date

March 20th, 2014

A Georgia Department of Agriculture move to set an earliest date for Vidalia onion shipments has been invalidated.

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Competitiveness is key in Chiquita-Fyffes deal, says Colombian banana rep

March 20th, 2014

A Colombian banana leader discusses what the buying power of ChiquitaFyffes will mean for his industry.

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Sun World names grape licensees in Chile, Italy

March 19th, 2014

With new marketers in Chile and Italy, Sun World now has 32 grape licensees worldwide.

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Uncertainty over ruble and Crimea hits Russian produce importers

March 19th, 2014

“Everybody is very worried about this situation,” says one Russian fruit importer.

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India tightens rules to dodge EU produce export ban

March 18th, 2014

All Indian produce exports to Europe will now have to be routed through government approved packhouses.

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Organic U.S. growers look for alternatives to treat fire blight

March 17th, 2014

U.S. apple and pear growers could soon face trouble maintaining organic status under new treatment guidelines.

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Colombia: Banacol undergoes restructuring amid debt woes

March 17th, 2014

Latin American banana group Banacol will restructure in response to debt concerns.

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ChiquitaFyffes a boost for Ecuador, says banana industry leader

March 17th, 2014

Eduardo Ledesma believes the formation of ChiquitaFyffes will “undoubtedly” benefit Ecuador’s banana industry.

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Film Review: Bananaland, confronting faces of a commodity fruit

March 14th, 2014

‘Bananaland: Blood, Bullets and Poison’ will be airing at the Equal Exchange Banana Conference in Boston on March 21.

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Papayas among top offenders in GM trade detections

March 14th, 2014

Instances of GM foods in non-GM shipments have spiked in recent years, in part due to mismarked papayas.

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Mexican president meets with Michoacán avocado growers

March 14th, 2014

Mexico’s president traveled to the country’s avocado heartland yesterday to take a firm stance against crime.

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Most U.S. food complies with pesticide residue limits, study finds

March 13th, 2014

More food in the U.S. lies within pesticide residue limits than in Europe, where standards are much stricter.

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Florida grapefruit suffers worst non-hurricane decline on record

March 13th, 2014

New numbers for Florida’s citrus crop have the Sunshine State down for oranges and grapefruit.

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U.K. asparagus to hit shelves earlier in 2014

March 12th, 2014

A combination of mild weather and improved growing techniques will give the U.K. a wider asparagus window.

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USDA expands loan program for specialty produce growers

March 12th, 2014

U.S. fruit and veggie growers will have requirements eased and options expanded for storage-related loans.

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Chiquita-Fyffes merger a “dramatic acceleration” for banana value

March 11th, 2014

Ed Lonergan and David McCann get into the nuts and bolts of a monumental deal announced yesterday.

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U.S.: Limoneira revenue jumps in Q1

March 10th, 2014

A leading U.S. lemon and avocado player picked up its game on the financial performance front in the first quarter.

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Chiquita and Fyffes to create world’s leading banana company

March 10th, 2014

Fyffes shares have surged today on the announcement of a merger with Chiquita.

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Smartphone ripeness app to simplify produce purchases

March 10th, 2014

A Mexican project to benefit diabetics has given rise to a smartphone app to measure fruit ripeness.

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Spanish cooperatives sign University of Florida blueberry deal

March 7th, 2014

The University of Florida will act with the full force of the law if Spanish blueberry growers don’t comply with IP laws for its varieties.

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Revenue spike for Capespan Group in 2013

March 7th, 2014

South African multinational Capespan Group raised its fruit volumes for the first time in six years in 2013.

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2014 could be biggest campaign yet for South African avocados

March 6th, 2014

Mark Baker looks back on the 2013 South African avocado season and efforts made for market access in the U.S. and Japan.

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U.K.: “We seem to have somewhat of a work ethic problem in this country”

March 6th, 2014

English apple farmer Alison Capper believes her government is conducting a “social experiment” in scrapping a seasonal worker scheme.

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An inside look at Australia’s adopted achachas

March 5th, 2014

An Aussie farmer’s bid to get sole non-Bolivian commercial rights for an Amazonian superfruit has paid dividends.

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Australian scientists to tackle GM negativity

March 4th, 2014

Australian researchers believe an alternative method could help shift negative public perceptions about GMOs.

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GM citrus on trial in world’s top orange-growing region

March 4th, 2014

Resistance to citrus black spot (CBS) disease is the driver behind a new Brazilian GM field study.

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PMA Fresh Connections to link more nations in 2014

March 3rd, 2014

From Shanghai to Pretoria to Sao Paulo, two PMA execs cover a string of Fresh Connections events in the pipeline.

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Spanish researchers develop antioxidant-rich oranges

February 28th, 2014

Spanish scientists have developed a golden-colored orange with much higher antioxidant rates in juice than traditional varieties.

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Pre-harvest estimate beats expectations for Chilean kiwifruit

February 28th, 2014

Forecasts for Chile’s kiwifruit crop are slightly higher than estimates released after frosts hit orchards last year.

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Peru: new areas approved for U.S.-bound Hass avocado export

February 28th, 2014

Peru’s Senasa has set a series of new requirements for Hass avocado exports to the United States.

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Core business focus props up Chiquita results in 2013

February 27th, 2014

A net loss may not sound so positive, but Chiquita was US$389 million closer to breaking even last year compared to 2012.

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Golden, not yellow: a new category for Opal apples in Europe

February 27th, 2014

With pilot trials now in South Africa and New Zealand, we take a look at the potential for Opal apples in Europe.

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Opinion: explaining the largest spike in blueberry prices in 10 years

February 26th, 2014

Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain digs deep into the data to assess the biggest price spike in recent blueberry history.

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Don’t let fumigation fool you, Chile still has plenty of organic blueberries

February 26th, 2014

Naturipe Farms’ Robert Verloop describes how a variety of options has helped partially offset the impacts of U.S. fumigation rules for Chilean blueberries.

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Let’s sell berries through the “lens of the consumer”, says Driscoll’s

February 26th, 2014

Theo Houwen from Driscoll’s talks about recent front-end and supply advances in the berry category.

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U.S.: Sunkist grower payments rise despite challenges in 2013

February 25th, 2014

A series of initiatives helped grow revenue for Sunkist Growers last year despite a Chinese ban on California citrus.

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Guatemalan baby banana grower aims for direct exports

February 25th, 2014

A Chiquita baby banana supplier has launched its own brand to market a portion of volume.

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Aussie-grown Bolivian superfruit debuts in the U.K.

February 25th, 2014

British retailer M&S continues its exotic fruits campaign with an Amazonian specimen related to mangosteens.

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EU: EFSA releases citrus black spot assessment

February 21st, 2014

A report released in Europe today gives little hope for a change in policy relating to imports of South African citrus.

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Argentina: Tucumán Governor declares citrus industry emergency

February 21st, 2014

Financial support for exports will be one of the measures entailed in an emergency decree for citrus growers in Tucumán.

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U.S.: EPA proposes new pesticide rules

February 20th, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suggested new pesticide norms to safeguard farmworker health.

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New investments bring growth to Polish blueberries

February 20th, 2014

Polish blueberry company Polskie Jagody has enjoyed the benefits of greater EU investment.

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Del Monte Pacific finalizes consumer food business acquisition

February 19th, 2014

Del Monte Pacific has completed the purchase of one of the “most respected consumer brands in the United States”.

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South African table grapes on the rebound

February 19th, 2014

Total intakes may be down, but South African grape exporters have bolstered exports well over the last month.

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Del Monte reports “year of contrast” for 2013

February 18th, 2014

Fresh Del Monte Produce’s CEO says strong progress has been “tarnished” by a disappointing end to 2013.

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Zespri cuts ties with three Taiwanese importers

February 18th, 2014

Learning its lesson from China, Zespri has been proactive in Taiwan after discrepancies were found in invoices.

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Peru: Camposol aims for year-round supply in avocados, blueberries

February 17th, 2014

From Colombian avocados to U.S. blueberries, Camposol is looking to new supplies to build its brand.

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U.S. pears surpass expectations in China

February 17th, 2014

Although new to China, U.S., Western-style pears have already exceeded volume expectations.

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Complex season means new markets for Chilean blueberries

February 17th, 2014

Despite complications this season, Chilean blueberries have experienced growth in Europe and Asia.

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NZ: T&G to make first Enza Red commercial shipment to Australia

February 13th, 2014

T&G CEO Alastair Hulbert discuses operational expectations for kiwifruit, apples, grapes and blueberries.

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Driscoll’s announces first Benelux glasshouse strawberries

February 13th, 2014

Driscoll’s has described the Lusa strawberry as an advancement in glasshouse production.

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Germany: BayWa plans South American grape JV

February 13th, 2014

BayWa CEO Klaus Lutz talks about international sourcing plans for three key fruits.

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U.S.: citrus may be next in line for Florida pilot program

February 13th, 2014

Nelly Yunta gives insights into a pilot perishables program in Florida, and fumigation issues for Chilean blueberries.

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Uruguayan citrus growers gear up for higher EU duties, full U.S. season

February 12th, 2014

The Uruguayan citrus industry expects a larger crop this year, but it will have to deal with higher tariffs in Europe.

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Fruit imports have grown despite slowdown, says Dürbeck

February 12th, 2014

The head of one of Europe’s oldest fruit distributors discusses supply and demand trends for Germany and Eastern Europe

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Mexico: Aneberries hopes for October market opening in China

February 12th, 2014

Chinese authorities will be visiting Mexico very soon to inspect berry orchards as part of trade talks.

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Apples to rise as pears fall in Southern Hemisphere

February 11th, 2014

While Southern Hemisphere apples can expect an uptick this year, pears will not follow their lead.

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EU tightening could pose “huge danger” for global citrus industry

February 11th, 2014

After a record citrus export crop, South Africa is taking all measures possible to meet European regulations around CBS disease.

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Indian shipper plans serious pomegranate ramp-up

February 11th, 2014

Marketing under the Kimaye brand, a dramatic rise in pomegranate production is in store for India’s INI Farms.

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Brazil’s top citrus state reports major planting decline

February 10th, 2014

High costs and citrus greening are forcing producers out of São Paulo’s citrus industry.

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Swiss company bags innovation prize in Berlin

February 7th, 2014

A BBQ Grill-Mix has taken the prestigious Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2014.

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United Fresh: farm bill victory for specialty crops

February 7th, 2014

Robert Guenther highlights research and nutritional funding for specialty crops in the latest U.S. farm bill.

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Lingonberries show promise for weight control

February 7th, 2014

A Swedish university found lingonberries to prevent weight gain and lower blood sugar.

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U.S.: fresh sector welcomes Senate farm bill approval

February 5th, 2014

The U.S. Senate ended two years of legislative debate yesterday with a final farm bill vote.

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Pomegranate culture lacking in Europe, says Cypriot grower

February 5th, 2014

On the back of a bumper crop, Cyprus’ Alnar Narcilik Pomegranates believes there is still more potential for the polyphenol-rich fruit.

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Dole plans new South African grape farm acquisition

February 4th, 2014

A Dole Europe subsidiary has entered an agreement to buy an early season grape farm in the Orange River region.

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Fruit Logistica to kick off in Berlin

February 4th, 2014

German fruit consumption may be down, but a rise in imports last year bodes well for visitors at Fruit Logistica in Berlin.

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Indian govt mulls Bangalore airport cold storage facility

February 4th, 2014

New refrigeration capacity in Bangalore airport could be a “major boost” for perishables traders in the region.

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Opinion: organic, more than just the absence of chemicals

January 31st, 2014

Bev Oster highlights the often unknown benefits of organic production on communities and the environment.

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Israeli and German experts revitalize Ghana’s citrus industry

January 31st, 2014

A trilateral agreement between Israel, Germany and Ghana will help hundreds of West African farmers put the zest into citrus exports.

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Dole announces Mozambique partnership

January 30th, 2014

Dole Fresh Fruit Europe has gained distribution rights for a Mozambique banana company.

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Opinion: Mexican, Californian avocado deals under the spotlight

January 30th, 2014

Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain looks at market differences between the Mexican and U.S. avocado seasons.

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Chile: San Antonio port workers get back on the job

January 29th, 2014

With Chile’s strikes at least hopefully suspended until May, we reveal the country’s fruit exports this month in numbers.

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U.S.: Port Manatee deal could bolster Del Monte import presence

January 29th, 2014

Del Monte and Logistec are on the cusp of sealing a US$24.6 million warehouse deal in Florida through a public-private partnership.

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China facing widespread cherry shortage, says importer

January 29th, 2014

Two Chinese experts explain the factors behind this year’s “viral” cherry sales campaign.

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Chilean exporters threaten legal action over port strikes

January 28th, 2014

“We are very, very angry. Chile does not deserve this,” says Fedefruta president Cristián Allendes.

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U.S.: Brandt’s Fruit Trees gains global license for Aussie apple cultivar

January 28th, 2014

A new early cultivar licensing deal has the potential to be a game-changer for the Pink Lady industry.

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Public-private partnership to raise export profile of seven Colombian crops

January 27th, 2014

Colombia has highly ambitious goals for export leadership in the future for strawberries and papayas.

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Egyptian strawberries bound for U.S. East Coast

January 27th, 2014

Egypt’s leading produce exporter is trialing several new products in diverse markets, from the U.S. to Russia.

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Chilean port strike over

January 25th, 2014

Chile’s port operations are back to normal after a deal was struck between workers, companies and the government.

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South African stonefruit prices spike under European demand

January 23rd, 2014

With global supply down, South Africa is under pressure to fill greater stonefruit demand.

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