April 27, 2015 / Week N° 18

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Editor’s Note: Fuerza Atacama – After the flood, a view from the mud

April 17th, 2015

By Fresh Fruit Portal editor Matthew Ogg Septic water puddles and great piles of caking mud were my first impressions of Copiapó, the political and economic hub of a Chilean region three weeks into recovery from severe floods. Released by broken sewage pipes, a toxic dust floated in the air prompting the odd person here […]

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Q&A: Total Produce on the changing dynamics of European produce markets

February 20th, 2015

The head of Europe’s largest fresh produce distributor says a prolonged Russian import ban would lead to structural changes, but is upbeat about prospects for berries, organics and exotics in Mediterranean markets.

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The Hass Horn: U.S. avocado supply outlook, 2015 and beyond

February 19th, 2015

An experienced avocado industry veteran reveals his forecasts for the market’s future and supply sources.

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The Packaging Pitch: Nutrition frustration

February 13th, 2015

Marketing expert Lisa Cork has a look at the legume-free Paleo diet.

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Opinion: Strategies to differentiate the Argentine blueberry industry

February 11th, 2015

Carlos Stabile says the Argentine blueberry sector is moving “along the right path.”

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Opinion: Asian flavors and other 2015 produce trends

February 9th, 2015

Karen Caplan discusses how produce is taking the center stage at restaurants.

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Opinion: From apple juice to caramel apples – a 20-year journey to the same place

February 3rd, 2015

Food poisoning attorney Bill Marler says the cost of the recent U.S. Listeria outbreak will be huge.

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Opinion: The need for change in the avocado industry

January 30th, 2015

With avocado consumption on a high note leading up to the Super Bowl, Equal Exchange’s Jennie Msall calls for a transformation of the fruit’s sourcing in light of last year’s LA Times expose ‘Product of Mexico’.

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Q&A: Southern Hemisphere apple and pear crop in focus for the U.S., Canada

January 23rd, 2015

While apples and pears are put in the same botanical category of ‘pome fruit’, the market situations for the two crops are quite different in North America, where Vancouver-based Oppy is one of the market’s leading fruit distributors. As always, transition into the Southern Hemisphere season will be key as containers arrive from Argentina, Chile […]

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Opinion: “Latin Americanizing” the banana industry

January 20th, 2015

Banana Link’s Alistair Smith urges Cutrale-Safra to focus on corporate social responsibility as the new owners of Chiquita.

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Opinion: Improving Mexican farmworker lives a shared responsibility

January 19th, 2015

Fair Trade USA’s Hannah Freeman provides an in-depth look at the good, the bad and the ugly on Mexican farms.

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Opinion: Perception of biotech foods boosted by consumer benefits

January 7th, 2015

Consumers have not yet seen enough tangible benefits from biotech food to make the category popular, argues OSF’s Neal Carter.

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Opinion: why everyone should be ‘doing business naked’

January 5th, 2015

Dawn Gray says produce companies need to embrace the idea that an educated customer is the best customer.

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Opinion: Why ‘eco-credentials’ will soon become a necessity

December 17th, 2014

Plant & Food NZ’s Dr. Brent Clothier discusses what growers can expect from better detailing their eco-footprint.

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Opinion: LA Times’ Mexican investigation reveals blight on produce sector

December 16th, 2014

It’s time to reform the practices of ‘tiendas de raya’ on Mexican farms.

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Opinion: Melbourne wholesale apple price trends – what do they tell us?

December 15th, 2014

Charley Xia explores how understanding historic price data could help growers improve returns.

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The Packaging Pitch: Cauliflower to take kale’s food trend reign in 2015

December 4th, 2014

Marketing expert Lisa Cork says a shift to low carb diets will make cauliflower a hot crop to watch in 2015.

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Opinion: U.S. farmers losing millions due to Canadian bankruptcies

November 25th, 2014

Lawyer Tim Henkel says the USDA was justified in its actions regarding Canadian exporters and PACA.

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Q&A: What’s in store for the 2014-15 Chilean blueberry deal?

November 19th, 2014

Chile’s Andres Armstrong believes Russia’s produce ban could be more of a problem than an opportunity.

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Opinion: Juice traders, how do you sleep at night?

November 7th, 2014

Finnwatch executive director Sonja Vartiala gives her account of the heated Natural Fruit trial against Andy Hall, revealing an unexpected twist in the story.

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Q&A: California attorneys “suing farmers as fast as they can”

November 4th, 2014

With California’s produce sector feeling the crunch, lobby group Western Growers is fighting for sensible decisions from state and federal governments.

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Opinion: what Chile must consider from Russia’s import ban

October 29th, 2014

International trade lawyer Karen Meier gives her take on the potential risks for Chileans boosting trade with Russia.

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The Packaging Pitch: delving into the cultural context

October 16th, 2014

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

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

September 26th, 2014

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

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

September 18th, 2014

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

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The Packaging Pitch: a change of perspective

September 2nd, 2014

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

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Open letter: global solidarity campaign is independent of me

August 29th, 2014

The Thai pineapple industry responded to an international support effort by telling Andy Hall to behave himself. The Briton’s response? “This campaign was not instigated by me.”

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Opinion: balancing technology and process to maintain your cold chain

August 21st, 2014

C.H. Robinson’s Bob Biesterfeld looks at the science of keeping cold chains in check in the modern world.

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Opinion: midsummer fresh blueberry review in North America

August 5th, 2014

Following a recent interview, Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton takes an in-depth look at the North American blueberry deal.

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The Packaging Pitch: using packaging to sell the sizzle

August 1st, 2014

Marketing expert Lisa Cork was impressed with produce packaging during a recent visit to London.

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Opinion: a call for agreement between Russia and Poland

July 31st, 2014

Irina Koziy gives the lowdown on the different implications of Russia’s recent ban on many Polish crops.

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Opinion: fast-growing Indian horticulture adds value, alleviates poverty

July 25th, 2014

An Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) expert looks at the important role of horticulture in development.

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Opinion: it’s the season to catch Hatch chile fever

July 11th, 2014

Karen Caplan looks at the fanaticism that surrounds Hatch chiles, and the labeling laws in place to protect them.

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Opinion: it’s time to drop the charges against Andy Hall in Thailand

July 7th, 2014

It is unconscionable that an academic researcher could face jail time for an audit conducted in a Thai fruit factory.

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The Hass Horn: U.S. avocado supply outlook – third quarter 2014

July 1st, 2014

Avi Crane discusses an upcoming avocado season that he expects will put Peru in the top three suppliers to the U.S.

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Opinion: blueberry varietal change in Argentina and the effect on early markets

June 27th, 2014

Argentinian Blueberry Committee (ABC) manager Ines Pelaez discusses a recent farm visit to Agroberries SA.

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Opinion: assessing Joyvio’s big blueberry bet

June 20th, 2014

China’s soil quality may not be the best, but that hasn’t stopped investors from clamoring to grow blueberries.

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Opinion: what consumers can expect after the QR code

June 19th, 2014

Negative experiences have turned many shoppers off QR codes, so what’s next?

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Opinion: to brand or not to brand?

June 16th, 2014

Bev Oster talks about how more branding has emerged in the produce industry and why.

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Opinion: what happened to the Guacapocalypse?

June 10th, 2014

While the “Guacapocalyspe” has not happened, prices look set to surge if Mexico doesn’t lift volumes significantly by Labor Day.

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Opinion: what tax reform means for Chilean agribusiness

June 9th, 2014

Tax reform is the hottest political topic in Chile right now. Tomas Vio explains what it will mean for growers.

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Opinion: what’s going on with Zespri?

June 6th, 2014

Zespri’s public response to its latest legal case is quite strange considering the amount of money in question.

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The Packaging Pitch: staring at the future of retail

June 3rd, 2014

Lisa Cork gives a detailed account of her exposure to the Chinese online grocery shopping experience.

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Opinion: Angelcot, a collaborative success story

May 14th, 2014

Frieda’s Specialty Produce CEO Karen Caplan gives her take on a “heavenly” white apricot available for a short period.

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Opinion: seven-fold lemon price hike in Chile invites imports

April 30th, 2014

Colin Fain looks out how just a small change in Chilean lemon production can have a dramatic effect on prices.

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Q&A: European Commission explains new Entry Price System for fruit & veg

April 23rd, 2014

The European Commission’s Roger Waite explains a new import rule that has caused discontent in Morocco.

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The Packaging Pitch: the good and bad news about driving consumption

April 21st, 2014

Lisa Cork questions how produce marketers are selling their product in light of a recent U.K. health study.

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Opinion: how to win the claim game

April 17th, 2014

Jan van de Ven looks at how fruit traders can protect themselves in dealing with the ‘subjective’ concept of quality.

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Opinion: rough blueberry season reminds Chile of priorities

April 8th, 2014

Chile’s Andrés Armstrong reflects on the lessons to be learned from a difficult blueberry season.

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Opinion: artichokes, California’s pride

April 4th, 2014

It’s artichoke season in California and Karen Caplan of Frieda’s Specialty Produce is ready with some unique varieties.

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The Hass Horn: U.S. avocado supply outlook – second quarter 2014

March 31st, 2014

Avocado expert Avi Crane explains the supply shortages ahead for the growing U.S. consumer market.

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Q&A: South Korean blueberry market snapshot

March 21st, 2014

Very Berry Korea Corp CEO Chaesup Rim talks about changing consumer attitudes to blueberries in Korea.

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Opinion: U.S. lime prices soar on Mexican supply issues

March 19th, 2014

Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain looks at the “astounding” price hike seen for Mexican limes this year.

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Packaging Pitch: P stands for passion, produce and packaging

March 11th, 2014

Lisa Cork draws inspiration from a Bruce Springsteen concert, urging growers to better express their passion.

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Opinion: provisional attachment to ensure fruit exporter payment

March 7th, 2014

Jan van de Ven discusses a tool exporters can use in the Netherlands to protect European payment rights.

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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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Opinion: don’t give up on Chilean blueberries yet

February 26th, 2014

Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton compares what Rocky Balboa and Chilean blueberries have in common.

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Opinion: Russia sees structural changes in produce imports

February 24th, 2014

A shift to cheaper options from upscale fruits is just one of many trends highlighted by Russian market analyst Irina Koziy.

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Opinion: set the Valentine’s Day mood with fresh produce

February 14th, 2014

Karen Caplan of Frieda’s Specialty Produce shares some aphrodisiacal fruit ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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Opinion: the battle for banana livelihoods

February 7th, 2014

Banana Link’s Alistair Smith analyzes the pressures that are putting many growers out of business.

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The Packaging Pitch: cocktail tomatoes stir up brand support

February 4th, 2014

Marketing expert Lisa Cork discusses a nifty packaging concept she felt an instant affinity with.

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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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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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Opinion: sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, and produce

January 21st, 2014

Procacci’s Kevin Delaney evokes Led Zeppelin in a call for the produce industry to improve its appeal.

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Opinion: winter citrus brightens cold weather gloom

January 13th, 2014

Karen Caplan discusses the king of the winter fruit season, and some of its most interesting princedoms.

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Year 2013 in Review

December 31st, 2013

By Fresh Fruit Portal editor Matthew Ogg “If fruits and vegetables are sold at bargain basement prices, can they still be regarded as desirable products in the eyes of the consumer?” This question from German Fruit Trade Association president Dieter Krauss gives the industry much to ponder as we enter 2014. When speaking prior to […]

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Opinion: sustainable water supplies mean life or death for fruit industry

December 20th, 2013

Susan Harris discusses a New Zealand project to check water supplies and water futures by smartphone.

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Opinion: why smartphones and apps matter in the produce industry

December 18th, 2013

Juanita Gaglio says “social media and big data is like hot thick lava cascading quickly down a mountainside”.

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Q&A: Fare & Square, an oasis in a U.S. food desert

December 16th, 2013

Philabundance president Bill Clark discusses fresh food access in the most disadvantaged U.S. communities.

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Opinion: learning from the world’s ‘greatest’ import market

December 2nd, 2013

If Mexican agriculture can satisfy U.S. demands, it can compete anywhere, argues VISER president Eric Viramontes.

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Opinion: purple sweet potatoes ready for the holidays

November 25th, 2013

Karen Caplan discusses a brilliantly-colored sweet potato variety that is high in anthocyanins with a low glycemic index.

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The Packaging Pitch: words matter when it comes to packaging

November 21st, 2013

Lisa Cork addresses the common mistake made by produce marketers – stating the obvious in their packaging.

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Opinion: building the Pacific Rim’s produce powerhouse

November 14th, 2013

PMA Australia-New Zealand’s Michael Worthington urges Pacific Rim produce industry players to connect in Auckland’s Fresh Connections in June.

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Opinion: “End Grocery Waste” app keeps consumers accountable

November 4th, 2013

EndGroceryWaste.com founder Rod Averbuch explains the power of smartphones in reducing food waste.

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Opinion: fresh industry could benefit from good parenting

November 1st, 2013

Eric Viramontes provides some fatherly advice for leaders in the fresh produce industry.

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Q&A: retail acquisition rumors over “one horse show”

October 31st, 2013

Dick Spezzano gives his take on the buyout rumors surrounding U.S. retail chain Safeway.

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Q&A: from low apple stocks to new markets for German growers

October 24th, 2013

BayWa’s Christiane Bell discusses lower German apple volumes, and the building of new and sustainable market access.

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Opinion: maritime booking as a tool to protect shipments

October 23rd, 2013

Araya & Cía attorney Manuel Vial explains the utlility of booking notes to uphold shipping agreements.

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Opinion: Southern Hemisphere blueberries begin another season

October 21st, 2013

Isabel Quiroz of iQonsulting.com warns that Chile must maintain its blueberry quality to save its reputation.

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Opinion: enter the Green Dragon apple

October 18th, 2013

Karen Caplan from Frieda’s Specialty Produce says not all heirloom apples were created equal.

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Opinion: Chile’s advective frost, the climatic event of the year

October 8th, 2013

Fabio Corradini says Chile cannot lose the opportunity to evaluate the effects of frost control systems after recent events.

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The Packaging Pitch: bringing a new pack to life

October 2nd, 2013

Lisa Cork highlights the importance of not letting the variety become the dominant fruit marketing message.

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The Hass Horn: the impacts of Mexican weather on U.S. avocado supply

September 26th, 2013

Avocado expert Avi Crane discusses a “rain market” that surpasses anything experienced by the industry in the past.

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Fruit Fanatic: Malay Peninsula destinations for tropical fruit lovers

September 24th, 2013

Botanist Rolf Blancke writes his last installment from a rich and colorful series on the world’s exotic fruit.

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Opinion: muscadine, the great American super fruit

September 2nd, 2013

Whether you call them berries or grapes, muscadines pack a tasty, antixodiant-rich punch for Karen Caplan.

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Opinion: fruit as a source of functional food

August 30th, 2013

Valerie Weinborn from UC Davis discusses antioxidants and the trade benefits fruits can have as functional food.

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Opinion: the importance of protecting export payments

August 22nd, 2013

Lawyer Inés de Ros Casacuberta discusses the tools fruit exporters can use to protect their interests from risk.

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Human capital must lead South African ag, says Karaan

August 19th, 2013

University of Stellenbosch’s Mohammed Karaan says South African agriculture needs to be advanced and humane.

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Opinion: DKNY fragrance brings whole new meaning to delicious apples

August 13th, 2013

DKNY’s Delicious Apples campaign shows ‘outsiders’ view fruit in a positive light.

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Opinion: currency and politics bring positive outlook for Aussie produce

August 7th, 2013

The Australian dollar has fallen at almost twice the rate of currencies from competitors, prompting optimism from produce exporters.

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Opinion: simple policies offer best solutions for agriculture

July 29th, 2013

VISER president Eric Viramontes explains that the best solutions for trade are typically the simplest.

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Opinion: the achievements of biological control in Chile

July 23rd, 2013

BioBichos’ Marcos Gerding sheds light on Chile’s history of insect introduction to control agricultural pests.

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Opinion: advances in foliar analysis to monitor fruit orchard nutrition

July 12th, 2013

Sebastián Saa Silva discusses some of the pitfalls in traditional foliar nutrition analysis.

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Opinion: Peru’s promise on the blueberry market

July 10th, 2013

Peru’s Federico Beltrán explains the potential for the Andean country in the growing blueberry market.

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Opinion: students speak up on agriculture education

July 8th, 2013

Agriculture student Keron Bascombe expresses frustrations and possibilities for those learning the trade.

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Opinion: promoting fruit value where it counts

July 4th, 2013

VISER president Eric Viramontes asks why the fruit industry has not attracted consumer loyalty.

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The Packaging Pitch: I love men! (as shoppers that is)

July 1st, 2013

Lisa Cork analyzes some man-targeting packaging that the produce industry could take on board.

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The Hass Horn: July-August 2013 North American avocado supply outlook

June 28th, 2013

Avi Crane gives a rundown of upcoming avocado supply dynamics between the U.S., Mexico, Peru and Chile.

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Opinion: Chile must protect perishable exports from strikes

June 27th, 2013

Fedefruta president Cristián Allendes argues for a law to protect fruit exporters and food security from strikes.

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Opinion: Chilean bill may bring benefits to seasonal farm work

June 18th, 2013

Álvaro Varas del Canto discusses Chile’s latest migrant labor bill and its potential impacts on the fruit industry.

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Opinion: what lies behind Murdock’s tilt for full Dole ownership?

June 12th, 2013

Just weeks after Dole canceled a share repurchase scheme, its chairman now wants to personally buy all remaining stock.

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Opinion: the potential of Colombia’s changing Orinoquia region

May 30th, 2013

Enrique Villegas explains how producers can keep up with changes in Colombia’s Orinoquia region.

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Opinion: ag policies should unite social and industry development

May 28th, 2013

Eric Viramontes argues for agricultural policy that keeps social development in mind.

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Opinion: citrus remains largest category in Russian produce market

May 27th, 2013

Citrus imports have stayed strong in Russia despite increased competition with Polish apples.

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Opinion: facing challenges in blueberry production

May 24th, 2013

Driscoll’s Alejandro Sanhueza explains how Chile can remain a world leader in blueberry exports.

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Opinion: attracting talent to the produce industry

May 23rd, 2013

Procacci’s Kevin Delaney looks at how internships have changed in the produce industry and the important role played by the PMA.

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Opinion: is produce really riding the foodie revolution wave?

May 15th, 2013

Dawn Gray says the produce industry needs to do much more to align itself with the public’s growing interest in gourmet food.

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Opinion: the mountains and valleys that define Colombian agriculture

May 10th, 2013

Enrique Villegas gives a background lesson on Colombia, a growing country with significant agricultural opportunities.

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Opinion: the outlook for Australian produce imports

May 9th, 2013

Michael Worthington says Australian growers need to consider how to deal with potentially higher fresh produce imports.

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The Packaging Pitch: apple marketing in Thailand

May 6th, 2013

Lisa Cork discusses the shortcomings of apple packaging and presentation in Bangkok.

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Opinion: ag leaders must innovate or die

April 29th, 2013

Eric Viramontes argues that agricultural leaders cannot rely on good reputation alone. They must innovate.

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Opinion: finding solutions for young farmers

April 24th, 2013

Young agricultural professional Keron Bascombe reflects on what sets successful new farmers in the Caribbean apart.

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Opinion: why did Chilean grapes suffer in the U.S. market?

April 23rd, 2013

Isabel Quiroz reflects on the “foolishness” that overwhelmed the U.S. market with low quality Chilean grapes this season.

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Fruit Fanatic: hunting for rare trees in Puerto Rico

April 8th, 2013

Rolf Blancke tells of expats in Puerto Rico with rich and colorful rare fruit collections.

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Opinion: harvest mechanization far away but not distant

April 5th, 2013

Arturo Calderón discusses advances in mechanical harvester development, shifting away from expensive prototypes.

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Opinion: surviving Panama’s banana crisis cooperatively

April 3rd, 2013

Banana Link’s Alistair Smith tells of a group of Panamanian growers selling fair trade fruit to Europe.

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Opinion: Chilean blueberry industry and production recap 2012-13

April 1st, 2013

Dole Berry Company field representative Todd Mauritz provides his analysis of this year’s difficult Chilean blueberry deal.

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Opinion: ground rules for establishing produce safety

March 20th, 2013

Eric Viramontes establishes basic rules to make food safety a priority and keep companies ahead of the game.

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Opinion: the changing shape of Russia’s retail market

March 18th, 2013

Irina Koziy highlights the changing criteria and produce buying habits of Russian retailers.

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Q&A: a fresh look at food security and ag development

March 18th, 2013

The United Nations’ Kostas Stamoulis talks about food stability and lessons learned from Latin America.

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The Hass Horn: second quarter U.S. avocado supply outlook

March 14th, 2013

Avi Crane reveals his expectations for different avocado suppliers in North America this quarter.

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The Packaging Pitch: marketing “uses” prompts multi-variety purchases

March 11th, 2013

Lisa Cork looks at how educating consumers about different uses of certain varieties can drive sales across products.

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Opinion: price hikes put brakes on South African road freight

March 7th, 2013

Gavin Kelly reflects on increased cost burdens for South African road freight, one of the nation’s most taxed industries.

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Opinion: do “booth babes” bear fruit at trade shows?

March 6th, 2013

Bev Oster debates the “booth babe” concept and urges the produce industry to focus on larger-scale issues.

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Opinion: online farming attracts young, ag innovators

February 27th, 2013

Budding agricultural professional Keron Bascombe discusses how technology can attract youth to farming.

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Opinion: using the Scholander pressure chamber to improve crop irrigation

February 26th, 2013

Arturo Calderón writes on the water management benefits from using scholander pressure chambers.

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Opinion: asking the right questions about protected produce labels

February 21st, 2013

Eric Viramontes is critical of limited labeling definitions surrounding protected horticultural products.

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The Packaging Pitch: educational sticker worth its weight in gold

February 1st, 2013

Lisa Cork looks at how an innovative sticker has helped a lesser-known avocado compete with Hass in New Zealand.

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Opinion: facing the impact of drought on Chilean agriculture

January 25th, 2013

BASF’s Santiago Farinati explains the necessity to tackle drought in Chile head on to ensure productivity.

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Opinion: heirloom tomato demand shows ripple effect of ‘local’ movement

January 21st, 2013

Kevin Delaney from Procacci Brothers discusses the upsides of heirloom tomatoes if they are carefully handled.

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Opinion: biotechnology, a development pathway for agriculture

January 17th, 2013

IICA’s Pedro J Rocha explains why all farmers are biotechnologists by nature and can benefit from scientific advances.

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Opinion: building farms to build communities in the Philippines

January 14th, 2013

Craig Stephen explains how a banana plantation has brought hope to a conflicted Filipino community.

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Opinion: greenhouse helps keep U.S. hospital healthy

January 11th, 2013

A U.S. hospital has hired a residental farmer to run an organic greenhouse for health and wellness.

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Fruit Fanatic: an exotic fruit collector’s Ecuadorian dream

January 8th, 2013

Rolf Blancke describes a pristine Ecuadorian rare fruit paradise under threat from a thermoelectric dam project.

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Opinion: traceability indispensable for Chile as an agricultural power

January 4th, 2013

Chile has made strides in produce traceability, but Waldo Hudson Klapp believes more efforts are needed.

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The Nutrition Nook: resolve to make fruits and veggies an easy new year goal

January 2nd, 2013

Dietitian Kristin Kessler explains how clear planning can make better fruit and vegetable intake a reality in 2013.

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Opinion: getting through Psa dark days with lighter sprays

December 27th, 2012

Jon Lowy questions the intensity and frequency of kiwifruit vine disease sprays.

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Opinion: product barcodes – an invitation to the produce party

December 24th, 2012

Juanita Gaglio discusses how the produce industry should take heed of recent barcode trends.

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Opinion: Russia’s adoption of organic food standards – pros, cons and prejudice

December 20th, 2012

Irina Koziy looks at Russia’s proposed organic law and whether the category could actually take off.

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Opinion: does the British banana market make sense?

December 17th, 2012

Banana Link’s Alistair Smith questions whether trade will move from value-stripping to value enhancement.

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Opinion: understanding South Africa’s farm strikes

December 14th, 2012

Agri Wes-Cape’s Porchia Adams explains the impact of Western Cape labor unrest.

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Opinion: the future of blueberries in China

December 12th, 2012

Recent investments and market trends paint a hopeful picture for blueberries in China.

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Opinion: adapting to the onslaught of new apple varieties

December 11th, 2012

Smiles may be big in the apple industry, but John Reeves says better varietal management is needed.

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Opinion: agricultural biotechnology and Africa’s strategic interests

December 7th, 2012

Calestous Juma urges African nations to pursue agricultural technologies to encourage national security.

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The Packaging Pitch: innovative and eye-catching ideas from Fresh Summit

November 13th, 2012

Lisa Cork analyzes the packaging hits and misses at this year’s Fresh Summit.

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Q&A: trends in Chinese produce supply and consumption

November 7th, 2012

PMA China consultant Mabel Zhuang talks about interesting produce trends in the middle kingdom.

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Opinion: why is the Chilean export sector so weak?

November 1st, 2012

Jorge Neira discusses how the Chilean fruit industry can be given better attention.

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Climate change: calculating the impacts on Chilean blueberries

October 26th, 2012

Dr Rodrigo Cazanga discusses studies into the effects of climate change on blueberries in Chile’s Maule region.

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Fruit Fanatic: the Andean cradle for rare fruits, pseudo-cereals and tubers

October 23rd, 2012

Rolf Blancke delves into the birthplace of the modern potato in search of exotic tubers and rare fruits.

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Opinion: shop, click, cook…will online be the new green grocer?

October 19th, 2012

Dawn Gray looks at how the Amazon online business model could take the produce industry by storm.

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Opinion: bumblebees as managed avocado pollinators?

October 16th, 2012

David Pattemore looks at how bumblebees may be used to reduced the extremities of alternate bearing in avocados.

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The Packaging Pitch: the art of the “need fulfilled”

October 3rd, 2012

Packaging expert Lisa Cork takes a look at ‘specific need’ marketing for health benefits.

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Opinion: disease resistant cacao cultivars key for small farmers

October 1st, 2012

Gioconda García Santamaría discusses Ecuador’s efforts to make its third-largest export crop more productive.

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The Hass-Horn: October-December U.S. avocado supply outlook

September 26th, 2012

Avi Crane talks about the remarkable rise of avocado consumption and makes forecasts for supplying countries in Q4.

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Fruit Fanatic: the quest for the Engkala

September 24th, 2012

Rolf Blancke describes the search for a rare creamy fruit that is being swallowed up by palm oil plantations.

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Opinion: Biofortification is an obstacle to food justice

September 12th, 2012

Bob Phelps talks about why access to a diverse diet is a better solution to addressing malnutrition than genetics.

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Opinion: the Caribbean’s challenge to control Black Sigatoka

September 10th, 2012

Better control of banana disease Black Sigatoka in the Caribbean would foster economic and social stability.

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Opinion: the dual drought grip on U.S. agriculture

September 5th, 2012

Juanita Gaglio looks at how climate and labor-related droughts are impacting U.S. agriculture.

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Opinion: blueberries are the Peruvian export star

September 4th, 2012

Federico Beltrán Molina takes an in-depth look at Peru’s blueberry potential and competitive threats.

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The Packaging Pitch: competing to own low calorie count

September 3rd, 2012

Packaging marketing expert Lisa Cork looks at how fresh produce can harness the low calorie pitch.

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Opinion: the dire state of FDA recall announcement delays

August 30th, 2012

Foodborne illness lawyer Bill Marler slams the FDA’s slow response to the recent salmonella outbreak.

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Opinion: getting it right when changing hands

August 28th, 2012

Don Goodwin urges family-owned fresh produce companies to think strategically when selling their businesses.

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Opinion: Innovation key to unlocking Africa’s horticultural potential

August 23rd, 2012

Calestous Juma talks about Africa’s opportunity to make agriculture a knowledge-based entrepreneurial activity.

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Opinion: peeling away hyped-up apple expectations

August 20th, 2012

Weather troubles have fueled hopes for strong apple returns, but could a lack of promotions cut expectations?

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Opinion: nanofilm holds key to extending South Asia’s fruit shelf life

August 17th, 2012

K.S. Subramanian discusses a joint Indian-Sri Lankan-Canadian project to improve packaging technology.

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Opinion: biological fruit pest controls assist South African exports

August 14th, 2012

Anton Rabe explains how sterile mating is controlling Mediterranean fruit fly populations in South Africa.

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Opinion: green claim standards tightening worldwide

August 10th, 2012

Susan Harris analyzes the growing regulatory push against misleading ethical and green claims.

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The Packaging Pitch: ticking all the right boxes

August 1st, 2012

Lisa Cork takes a look at the marketing of potent packaging checklists for produce.

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Opinion: the awkward dance of the processed blueberry deal

July 30th, 2012

Cort Brazelton maintains working in harmony could be a win-win situation for the processed blueberry sector.

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Asian Regulatory Round-up: GM labels and health claims

July 27th, 2012

Adrienna Zsakay sums up labeling law changes in China, India and Indonesia.

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Opinion: how to ensure calcium intake for good fruit

July 24th, 2012

Dr Elmi Lötze explains the best way to apply calcium to help apples avoid bitter pit problems.

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Produce Geek: peak season tastiness is a strong consumer driver

July 20th, 2012

Produce Geek Jonathan Steffy explains how fruit seasonality can work for importers.

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Opinion: Why California should vote for GMO food labeling

July 17th, 2012

Ronnie Cummins talks about why GMO food labeling in California will help organic exports to Europe.

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Opinion: how parasitoids can fight HLB-spreading insects

July 13th, 2012

Dr Mark Hoddle explains how citrus greening can be controlled by natural biosecurity control methods.

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The Packaging Pitch: if processed fruit is out, is fresh in?

July 10th, 2012

Lisa Cork says the produce industry must work harder to beat processing dollars in “health”.

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Opinion: the Rio+20 call for greater ag research

July 9th, 2012

IICA’s David Williams discusses the Rio+20 conference and what it means for agriculture.

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Asian Regulatory Round-up: overhauls throughout the continent

July 5th, 2012

Adrienna Zsakay takes a look at the raft of food regulation changes taking place across Asia.

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Opinion: U.S. helps Pakistan’s mango exports grow

July 3rd, 2012

Pakistan is poised to increase its mango shipments thanks to U.S. help on post harvest infrastructure.

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Opinion: looking to the future of machine harvesting blueberries

June 28th, 2012

Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton looks at how necessity will drive the machine harvesting of blueberries.

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Opinion: new organic agreement to bring U.S. and E.U. closer together

June 26th, 2012

BerryBroad Juanita Gaglio looks at the U.S.-E.U. organic equivalency agreement.

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Opinion: Australian agriculture lacks united lobbying bite

June 21st, 2012

Ray Johnson talks about the need for Australia’s farming industry to raise its profile.

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The Hass-Horn: avocado market challenges ahead this U.S. summer

June 19th, 2012

Avocado export Avi Crane discusses the current dynamics of the U.S. avocado market and Peruvian entry.

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Opinion: South African land reform in a cul-de-sac

June 15th, 2012

Agri SA’s Dr Theo de Jager argues inept government officials have made land reforms a circus.

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Opinion: crop insurance subsidies are harming U.S. farming

June 12th, 2012

EWG’s Scott Faber takes aim at expensive farm insurance subsidies funded by U.S. taxpayers.

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Opinion: Amazon Camu-camu fruit offers untapped benefits

June 8th, 2012

The Amazon camu-camu fruit is versatile, antioxidant-rich and can be consumed in myriad ways.

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Tech talk: bright device picks up GM fruit contaminates

June 5th, 2012

A new portable method of detecting GM-contaminated DNA in fruit could help farmers in the field.

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The Packaging Pitch: most QR code users forget marketing 101

June 1st, 2012

Packaging expert Lisa Cork looks at why the innovative QR code technology has been misused by so many.

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Opinion: biosecurity cuts could be costly

May 30th, 2012

New Zealand’s fruit fly free status is at risk with airport security cuts, claims HortNZ president Andrew Fenton.

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Opinion: clearing up doubts about agricultural degree opportunities

May 18th, 2012

PMA president Bryan Silberman explains why an agricultural degree is an important step for a promising career.

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Opinion: the key drivers of Canada’s fruit & veggie habits

May 16th, 2012

Dawn Gray looks at why Canadians outshine their larger U.S. neighbors in fruit and vegetable consumption.

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Opinion: Take out ‘commodity’ and give your produce an edge

May 11th, 2012

U.S. brand expert Bev Oster talks about how to avoid falling into the fresh fruit commodity trap.

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Opinion: mixed health messages and fresh produce opportunities

May 8th, 2012

BerryBroad Juanita Gaglio talks misleading health claims and the EU’s Food Information Transparency Initiative.

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Opinion: food safety and Brazilian opportunities

May 4th, 2012

PMA Brazil representative Valeska de Oliveira discusses the changes taking place in Brazilian food safety.

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The Packaging Pitch: perception is everything

May 2nd, 2012

Marketing expert Lisa Cork looks at brand Chile versus how Chileans perceive themselves.

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Opinion: New markets are essential for SA’s future export rise

April 27th, 2012

South Africa must develop new import destinations for its increasing plum, peach and nectarine yields.

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Opinion: Why growers should call the pricing shots

April 23rd, 2012

Don Goodwin says growers should ask sellers tougher questions to ensure better prices.

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The Hass-Horn: old challenges with a new economy, new competition

April 19th, 2012

Avocado expert Avi Crane discusses a range of obstacles the Californian industry needs to overcome.

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Opinion: the scientific case for GM crops

April 17th, 2012

A former Greenpeace leader calls on the international community to wake up and realize the benefits of GM crops.

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Opinion: Why Kenya needs a world class port

April 13th, 2012

The World Bank’s Wolfgang Fengler highlights how better port facilities could help lift Kenya’s economy.

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Opinion: fair trade produce goes from strength to strength

April 10th, 2012

Fair Trade USA talks up growing demand and valuable projects in Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru.

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