October 20, 2014 / Week N° 43

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Chilean frosts ‘nothing like last year’, say industry leaders

October 18th, 2014

Chilean fruit industry representatives say it could be 15 days yet before a full estimate of recent frost damages can be given.

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South Africa may hit stonefruit export record in 2014-15

October 18th, 2014

While some South African stonefruit export volumes will be 10-15% higher year-on-year, oversupply issues are lingering in one of the country’s key markets.

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Chile: frosts may lead to varied situation for blueberry exports, says CBC

October 17th, 2014

The Chilean Blueberry Committee says export reductions could be between 0-15% for different companies this season.

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U.S. citrus giants announce alliance to expand Wonderful Halos brand

October 17th, 2014

Paramount Citrus will become Mulholland Citrus’ exclusive sales agent in a partnership that aims to expand the consumption of Wonderful Halo mandarins across North America.

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U.S.: APHIS proposes new import regime for Chilean kiwifruit

October 17th, 2014

A new U.S. rule proposes to scrap methyl bromide treatment from Chile’s existing kiwifruit export requirements.

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Mexican exporters to benefit from new Florida-bound shipping service

October 17th, 2014

A weekly service between Port Manatee and Veracruz in Mexico will ‘enhance delivery of fresher products’.

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Australian authorities make final decision on fenthion

October 17th, 2014

With a 12-month phaseout, Australia has banned almost all horticultural uses for the chemical fenthion.

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China: Lenovo pioneer turns to social media for kiwifruit marketing

October 17th, 2014

One of China’s most influential men is looking at new ways to trade kiwifruit via smartphone e-commerce.

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Russia may add Ukraine to list of banned countries

October 17th, 2014

Russian authorities believe Ukraine may be re-exporting agricultural products from prohibited countries.

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Chiquita rejects new Brazilian offer

October 16th, 2014

Chiquita says Cutrale-Safra have ‘failed to deliver’ an irrevocable offer, claiming a merger with Fyffes would provide much better value than US$14 per share.

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Fairfood International calls for change in Philippine pineapple industry

October 16th, 2014

A Fairfood International report alleges huge pay disparities between employees and ‘contractual’ workers at Dole Philippines and Del Monte Philippines Incorporated.

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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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Chilean producers crushed by second consecutive year of frosts

October 16th, 2014

A Chilean grower says frosts in southern production regions have destroyed 30-100% of several fruit crops.

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Broccoli chemical may help improve autism symptoms

October 16th, 2014

A small clinical study has concluded a chemical found in broccoli sprouts could open up new autism research avenues.

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EU authorities must act on downward consumption trend, says Freshfel

October 16th, 2014

A Freshfel rep says the EU must relax its ‘extremely limiting’ marketing rules to boost fresh produce consumption.

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Costco makes move into China via online retailer

October 16th, 2014

Costco will sell some of its products in China through Alibaba’s website, delivering orders from its U.S. warehouses.

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Guatemala plans Interoceanic Corridor to rival Panama Canal

October 16th, 2014

A Guatemalan businessman working on an ambitious maritime transit system says the project will serve the needs of increasing global trade while improving quality of life in the region.

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Brazilian firms sweeten Chiquita offer

October 15th, 2014

In a last-ditch effort, Cutrale-Safra have upped their Chiquita takeover offer to US$14 per share, saying it provides ‘complete certainty’ in terms of value to shareholders.

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State of the Market – Week 41, 2014

October 15th, 2014

Peruvian blueberries have been hitting the Chinese market recently, with Australia just having entered in week 41.

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Kenyan avocado farmers lifted by five-year NZ aid program

October 15th, 2014

New Zealand’s Plant and Food Research is hoping to double 1,200 Kenyan avocado growers’ returns in a decade.

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Advertorial: Subsole overcomes key challenges facing global avocado industry

October 15th, 2014

Subsole’s new marketing plan involves letting customers know exactly how much longer the avocados need to mature.

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First seedlings planted for Haiti’s US$27M banana export project

October 15th, 2014

Two million banana trees are due to be planted in Haiti as part of a plan to strengthen the organic export sector.

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‘Significant’ new California farmers’ markets bill aims stamp out fraud

October 15th, 2014

Californian authorities will soon have far more funds to help combat inauthentic produce in farmers’ markets.

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South African court case to test validity of Tango mandarin variety

October 14th, 2014

Is irradiating budwood for seedless characteristics enough to make a citrus variety be considered different? A landmark South African court case will set out to answer this question next year.

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Freshfel calls for fewer one-sided trade agreements

October 14th, 2014

Freshfel’s André Feldhof outlines how European trade policy needs to change amid Russia’s produce embargo.

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Slight rise for Brazil’s early season melon exports

October 14th, 2014

Brazil’s 2014-15 melon export season is already off to a positive start with strong prices as well.

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Belgium gets the nod for Canada-bound pear exports

October 14th, 2014

Belgian pear growers are now on an equal footing with their neighbors after a Canadian market opening.

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Chile set for improved 2014-15 blueberry campaign

October 14th, 2014

After a troublesome 2013-14 deal, the world’s leading blueberry exporter is looking much stronger this year.

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Major Australian banana plantation to be wiped out in disease eradication plan

October 13th, 2014

The Australian government is due to continue with its US$23 million Banana Freckle eradication project.

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Argentina will be ‘substantial’ processed blueberry player, says Comfrut

October 13th, 2014

As Chile’s frozen blueberry industry continues to grow, falling international prices could see its next-door neighbor focus far more attention on the sector in the ‘medium-term’.

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British growers gear up for blackberry boom

October 13th, 2014

Sales have doubled for the British blackberry sector, which is in revival with sweeter varieties.

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China: mediocre fruit market expected post-Golden Week

October 13th, 2014

Travel and e-commerce put a dint in the Zhejiang Wenhui wholesale fruit market for a key national holiday.

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Chinese cherry investment a “breath of fresh air” for Aussie growers

October 13th, 2014

Greater investment from abroad could shift Australian cherry growers away from their domestic market focus.

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CSO expects slight rise for Italian kiwifruit production in 2014

October 10th, 2014

CSO’s Elisa Macchi says the Italian kiwifruit industry cannot afford to rest on its laurels.

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U.K.: Romanian fruit picker ruling in question

October 10th, 2014

An anti-slavery enforcement authority has slammed a decision to give a small fine given to an orchard manager in Northern Ireland.

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Uruguay’s blueberry volumes to shoot up in 2014

October 10th, 2014

With a Chinese market opening on the cards, good weather has fared very well for Uruguay’s blueberry producers.

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Costa Rican govt to compensate banana spraying victims

October 10th, 2014

Almost 12,000 former banana workers and relatives affected by the chemical DBCP are in line to receive compensation from the Costa Rican government.

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Ecuador to help ease U.S. mango shortage

October 10th, 2014

Despite reduced Latin American mango production, Kingston Fresh will import more Ecuadorian fruit this season.

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Naturipe Farms’ compostable packaging up for PMA award

October 10th, 2014

Naturipe Farms says its innovative and recyclable packing aligns with organic consumers’ values.

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Vietnam walking a tightrope with EU produce exports

October 9th, 2014

Vietnam has just two strikes left before risking an EU ban on its produce shipments.

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Food security concerns grow in Ebola-hit nations

October 9th, 2014

Fear and stigmatization over Ebola threaten agricultural activities in West Africa, according to the FAO.

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Cancer-fighting properties of Australian berry revealed

October 9th, 2014

A berry from northern Australia has destroyed cancerous tumours in 75% of clinical tests.

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Chilean exporters set to enjoy favorable exchange rate for U.S. market

October 9th, 2014

A favorable exchange rate will likely help the Chilean produce industry in the summer season.

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Agronometrics to launch commercial service

October 9th, 2014

After almost three months testing the waters with a trial run for potential clients around the world, Agronometrics plans to go live today with its fruit market data service.

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State of the Market – Week 40, 2014

October 8th, 2014

The low availability of avocados from several countries helped balance supply and demand in Europe in week 40.

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Brazilian citrus growers welcome heavy rainfall

October 8th, 2014

Rains in southern Brazil have broken the trend of dry weather in 2014 that was negatively affecting citrus growers.

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Chiquita launches national banana recipe contest

October 8th, 2014

Chiquita is showcasing bananas’ versatility through a national competition with weekly cash prizes.

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Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited to replace HAL

October 8th, 2014

After a lengthy process Australia’s new levy-backed horticultural industry body has been formed.

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Peru expected to ramp up China-bound grape exports for 2014/15

October 8th, 2014

The U.S. looks set to lose its position as the second biggest grape supplier to the Chinese market this season.

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U.K. campaign seeks to make watercress a produce mainstay

October 8th, 2014

The Watercress Alliance in the U.K. is launching an aggressive PR pitch in a bid to raise consumption.

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Ghana makes headway for produce re-entry in Europe

October 8th, 2014

Education programs have been key for helping Ghanaian farmers train up for exporting to Europe once more.

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NZ: Kiwifruit Claim co-founder withdraws from case

October 7th, 2014

A key figure has pulled out of a claim against the New Zealand government, but another plaintiff has emphasized that participating growers will have no liabilities if the case fails.

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Seeka throws weight behind NZ Kiwifruit Claim

October 7th, 2014

The divisions in New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry continue to grow, as the country’s largest producer joins the class action alleging the government did not do enough to prevent the entry of Psa.

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Colombian avocado industry expects strong export future

October 7th, 2014

Due to new avocado plantings and a recent focus on certification, Colombia is expecting 600% export growth by 2018.

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Peru to set up experimental physalis plots

October 7th, 2014

Peru will offer Cape gooseberry growers a wealth of support to help raise export possibilities.

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U.S.: Sunkist launches Sesame Street citrus packaging

October 7th, 2014

In a bid to help fight childhood obesity, Sunkist will sell its citrus with packaging from a popular kids’ TV show.

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U.S.: mushroom grower expands to cope with rising demand

October 7th, 2014

Mushroom company To-Jo has boosted a range of its facilities as new industry marketing concepts help increase sales.

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USDA announces US$118M in grants to support specialty crops

October 6th, 2014

The U.S. plans to bolster specialty crop competitiveness by funding 838 agricultural projects across the country.

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NZ Kiwifruit Claim ‘in no way anti-Zespri’, says group chairman

October 6th, 2014

The head of the group launching a legal suit over negligence relating to Psa entering New Zealand has hit back at critics, stressing the need for accountability and saying growers ‘have nothing to lose’.

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Morocco will become major EU produce supplier, says exporter

October 6th, 2014

A produce shipper says the Moroccan industry’s constant ‘evolution’ is putting it in good stead for the future.

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Italy: Adfruit aims for direct kiwifruit exports to China

October 6th, 2014

Italian kiwifruit companies are finding it difficult to get the volumes requested by large Chinese importers.

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U.S. revokes Canada reciprocity agreement

October 6th, 2014

Canadian produce companies are no longer protected by the U.S. payment protection system PACA.

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EU regulators approve Chiquita-Fyffes merger

October 3rd, 2014

The European Commission has given the go-ahead to a potential merger between Chiquita and Fyffes, saying there would be no detrimental effect on market competition.

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Boycott fails to dampen Israel’s expectations

October 3rd, 2014

While some supermarkets are unwilling to buy produce from Israeli-occupied territories, the country’s fruit and vegetable sector has proven resilient throughout the recent Gaza crisis.

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Advertorial: Chilean avocado growers discover new Gem™

October 3rd, 2014

Westfalia and Subsole are hoping to take the Chilean avocado sector by storm with the Gem™ variety.

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Freshmax to merge with Crasborn Bros

October 3rd, 2014

Freshmax and Crasborn Bros plan to merge to become New Zealand’s third largest apple exporter.

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NZKGI, Zespri slam ‘The Kiwifruit Claim’ against govt

October 3rd, 2014

Citing a lack of transparency, New Zealand kiwifruit industry leaders have criticized a claim against the government.

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China may become world macadamia nut leader

October 3rd, 2014

While production challenges abound, China’s macadamia industry now has as many trees in the ground as Australia.

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UN calls out Thai fruit companies over forced labor claims

October 2nd, 2014

A UN working group has called attention to allegations over forced labor at two Thai fruit processors.

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Second round of Argentine port strikes called off

October 2nd, 2014

Despite some port delays in Argentina last month due to strikes, the blueberry industry says damages weren’t severe.

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Organic Italian kiwifruit hit U.S. shores

October 2nd, 2014

Viva Tierra Organic has embarked on its second Italian kiwifruit import season.

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Disney to take the Mickey to Chinese grape consumers

October 2nd, 2014

A Chinese partner will soon start selling Disney-branded grapes sourced from Dayka & Hackett in the U.S.

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Australia: Tasmanian taskforce aims to double produce sales by 2020

October 2nd, 2014

A new Tasmanian horticultural reform scheme aims to make progress where previous plans fell flat.

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State of the Market – Week 39, 2014

October 1st, 2014

The variable condition of Californian Hass avocados contributed to lower U.S. West Coast prices in week 39.

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Andy Hall calls on Thai pineapple companies to respect worker payment law

October 1st, 2014

Human rights campaigner Andy Hall has alleged there is a widespread non-payment of wages in Thailand amid pineapple factory shutdowns.

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Superfood upswing for U.S. National Kale Day

October 1st, 2014

Despite seed availability challenges, kale growers are confident the vegetable’s popularity is here to stay.

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Australia: a high value response to high wages

October 1st, 2014

In the face of high labor costs, Australian growers like Kerry Smerdon have looked to premium crops like macadamia nuts and custard apples to gain an edge.

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South African macadamia nut production set for incremental growth

October 1st, 2014

South Africa expects to increase its macadamia nut hectarage by around 5% annually over the next five years.

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Freshmax Group launches IP business

October 1st, 2014

Freshmax says its new intellectual property business will focus on new variety licensing and brand development.

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Toshiba kicks off vegetable production in high-tech ‘clean room’ farm

October 1st, 2014

Toshiba says the crops grown in its near-sterile factory in Japan will have extended shelf-life and superior freshness.

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Argentina: first airfreight blueberry exports lift off from Tucumán

September 30th, 2014

APRATUC Guillermo Olivera says blueberry growing conditions have been “benign” compared to last year.

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Philippines: Chiquita-Unifrutti to expand in former rebel stronghold

September 30th, 2014

Chiquita-Unifrutti plans to plant more bananas in an area previously held by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

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Peru: APEM expects mango export fall in 2014-15

September 30th, 2014

Peru’s mango grower body has emphasized a lower crop will not compromise export quality next season.

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UN expert panel to address EU-South Africa CBS dispute

September 30th, 2014

The IPPC will establish an expert committee to try and resolve South Africa’s CBS dispute with the EU once and for all.

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Israeli farmers cry foul over army’s local crop sourcing sabbatical

September 30th, 2014

As if Israeli farmers didn’t have enough pressure from overseas, now the country’s military won’t buy their crops.

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France bans aerial pesticide spraying in overseas territories

September 30th, 2014

Although Guadeloupe and Martinique banana growers can no longer spray pesticides aerially on their crops, the development has been welcomed by the industry.

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EU announces €165M emergency funding package

September 29th, 2014

Citrus fruits will now be included in a bigger and better European support package for growers hit by the Russian produce import ban.

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Gains and setbacks for California farm labor laws

September 29th, 2014

Western Growers CEO Tom Nassif has responded to two recent farm labor decisions made by California Governor Jerry Brown.

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South African table grape producers hit by hailstorms

September 29th, 2014

Three large table grape growers in South Africa lost some of their crops in last week’s poor weather.

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Fyffes trying to “hoodwink” Chiquita shareholders, says Cutrale-Safra

September 29th, 2014

The Brazilian companies trying to buy Chiquita are not impressed with its recent announcement regarding Fyffes.

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South Africa: FPEF hopeful for China-bound apple exports in 2015

September 29th, 2014

A South African fruit industry representative believes it is possible the Chinese market will be open for next season.

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Russia’s gray market tightens on EU produce

September 29th, 2014

Polish and Greek fruit exporters discuss the risks and regulations surrounding the gray market to Russia.

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Crop trust aims to raise millions to avoid climate change ‘catastrophe’

September 29th, 2014

The global crop conservation organization says it is imperative we conserve genetic diversity now for the sake of humanity’s future in a rapidly changing world.

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Fyffes raises the stakes in proposed Chiquita merger

September 26th, 2014

In a bid to sway interest away from Brazilian competition, Fyffes is now offering Chiquita shareholders a much greater share in the combined entity.

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

September 26th, 2014

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

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Global cranberry crop to fall in 2014, says Ocean Spray

September 26th, 2014

The North American cranberry harvest is underway, with leading cooperative Ocean Spray expanding internationally.

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Spain: AVA-ASAJA puts price tag on hail damage

September 26th, 2014

Recent hailstorms have put a €52.5 million dent in eastern Spanish citrus, grape and persimmon farms.

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Researchers engineer plants for far higher photosynthesis efficiency

September 26th, 2014

A scientist has hailed the exciting possibility of increasing major global crop yields by 60%, using genetic modification to speed up photosynthesis.

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San Miguel takes on fresh marketing approach

September 26th, 2014

Argentina’s San Miguel aims to position itself as a “global citrus expert” under a new branding scheme.

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Brazilian opening a “great opportunity” for Chilean citrus

September 25th, 2014

The Chilean Citrus Committee is upbeat about new export prospects in nearby Brazil.

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