November 24, 2014 / Week N° 48

Archive for the Countries Category

Chile: Cherry plant demand soars, kiwifruit interest tumbles

November 21st, 2014

A Chilean nursery company says attractive prices for cherries in China are spurring on production growth.

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Japanese market opens for fumigation-free Chilean cherries

November 20th, 2014

A decision by Japan’s MAFF will now allow for much greater volumes of Chilean cherries this Christmas.

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Madagascan litchi season kicks off

November 20th, 2014

After conquering palates in Europe, Madagascan litchi growers are now looking for new northern markets.

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Leading Iranian kiwifruit group reveals export forecast

November 20th, 2014

Iran’s kiwifruit sector is positive for the season after the government almost ruled out exports altogether.

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Chinese Sesame Street-branded pears bound for U.S. market

November 20th, 2014

Jim Provost believes the ‘Eat Brighter!’ campaign will help raise Asian pear consumption in the U.S.

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Rain damage won’t affect Mexican papaya exports, says Coliman

November 20th, 2014

Increased plantings will help offset some of the impacts of rain on papaya volumes in Colima.

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Korean importer makes international debut at Chilean event

November 20th, 2014

PMA Fruittrade Latin America was the first port of call for a recently launched Korean import company.

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Del Monte opens new Canadian fresh cut facility

November 19th, 2014

Fresh Del Monte Produce has opened a new operation to supply fresh cut salads, fruits and vegetables to the Canadian market.

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EU chemical review threatens U.K. pea sector

November 19th, 2014

An EU review over chemical usage could mean a mushy outlook for a £50 million industry in Britain.

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State of the Market – Week 46, 2014

November 19th, 2014

Chilean avocado suppliers beat the Mexican competition on price in China during week 46.

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Jamaica to ‘lively up’ U.K. banana market

November 19th, 2014

British consumers no longer have to wait in vain for Jamaican bananas, with more volumes from the Caribbean nation set to soon come their way.

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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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Younger generation to shift chili pepper market, says expert

November 19th, 2014

Chile has played host to a hot pepper expert dubbed the ‘Chileman’ this week.

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Spanish citrus sector angered by EU labeling decision

November 18th, 2014

A decision to single out citrus growers in labeling the use of postharvest chemicals has been supported by the General Court of the European Union.

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ProArgex putting Argentine SMEs on the world stage

November 18th, 2014

We look at an Argentine government-backed group that is putting local companies on the map.

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U.S.: High times for strawberries and blueberries, says Riordan

November 18th, 2014

California Giant Berry Farms owner Patrick Riordan says he is “blessed” to be involved in the category.

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U.K.: Desiva Produce pitches “slow ripening” for banana import deal

November 18th, 2014

After seeing the success of BanaBay, another U.K. fruit company aims to establish a fresh banana brand.

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Brazilian blueberry market “spectacular”, says Chilean export nursery

November 18th, 2014

Business may not be growing as quickly as in Peru, but a Chilean blueberry nursery is expanding in Brazil.

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U.S.: Peak volumes mean ‘now is the time to promote mangoes’

November 18th, 2014

Central American Produce says volatile mango import volumes from Latin America mean buyers must act now.

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Aussie produce industry welcomes China FTA

November 17th, 2014

Australia’s fresh fruit, vegetable and orange juice sectors are all set to gain after the signing of an FTA with China.

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New Zealand and South Korea complete FTA negotiations

November 17th, 2014

New Zealand’s Prime Minister says the free trade agreement with South Korea will put exporters ‘back on a level playing field’ with U.S. and EU competitors.

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Chile in the crosshairs of Peruvian mango shippers

November 17th, 2014

Airfrieght shipments are limiting Peruvian mango growth in Japan and China, but Chile holds no such problems.

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USA Pears eyes better retail education through online program

November 17th, 2014

A U.S. pear group is shifting away from educational seminars as ‘that’s just not the nature of today’s world’.

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Conditions bode well for Pink Lady apples in Europe

November 17th, 2014

Weather has been favorable for the European Pink Lady apple crop this year.

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U.S.: LoBue’s Cara Cara nets to reel in new shoppers

November 17th, 2014

LoBue Citrus’ new packaging strategy for Cara Cara oranges shows that simple is sometimes beautiful.

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Peruvian mega-irrigation project seeks new farming investors

November 17th, 2014

The first crops have been planted as part of a US$280 million dam project in Peru to support agriculture, including sugarcane, avocados and blueberries.

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Natural coatings found to increase mango shelf life

November 14th, 2014

A Colombian team found natural-based coatings kept mangoes in better condition for longer.

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China: California citrus reentry to cause “minor” problems, says grower

November 14th, 2014

With the Navel crop in a key Chinese production region down 20%, one grower still has his hopes up.

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Chile downgrades control measures for stonefruit pest

November 14th, 2014

The fungus Monilinia fructicola that causes brown rot is no longer a quarantine pest in Chile.

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China: Fruitday gears up for Mexican blackberries, Chilean avocados

November 14th, 2014

After tripling sales in the last year, Fruitday co-founder Loren Zhao looks ahead for fruit imports in 2014-15.

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‘Price factor becoming far less important for shoppers’, says Tesco U.K.

November 14th, 2014

Tesco’s Simon Mandelbaum spoke at PMA Fruittrade about the changing needs of U.K. consumers.

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U.K.: DFID invests £9M in West African farms

November 13th, 2014

A U.K. government department has bet on transforming West African smallholdings into large enterprises.

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Singapore opens up to Honduran melon exporters

November 13th, 2014

A new export destination is on the cards for the upcoming Honduran melon season which is a bit behind schedule.

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South African blueberry production shoots up a quarter

November 13th, 2014

It was an early start for many South African blueberry growers this year, and production ‘could treble’ in five years.

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Govt centers to aid direct market access for Ecuadorian banana growers

November 13th, 2014

The Ecuadorian government has pledged US$1.1 million to build collection centers for ‘barraganete’ bananas.

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Less focus on tomatoes for Mexico’s protected hort sector

November 13th, 2014

AMHPAC president Juan Ariel Reyes discusses changing dynamics and key goals for the Mexican protected horticulture sector.

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Chilean fruit industry expects highest returns ever in 2015

November 12th, 2014

There has been an air of optimism at PMA Fruittrade Latin America today, with Fedefruta’s chief forecasting a 15% rise in fruit exports for next year.

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State of the Market – Week 45, 2014

November 12th, 2014

Chilean avocado exporters had a good time in the European market during week 45.

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BanaBay tries its hand at mangoes

November 12th, 2014

After adding pineapples to its product mix in April, British-Ecuadorian group BanaBay is now trialing mango sales.

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Farm monitoring app ‘seeCrop’ wins U.K. award

November 12th, 2014

A new mobile app that pinpoints diseases and pests in fields has won the U.K. leg of the European Satellite Navigation Competition.

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Maersk Line profits jump 27% in Q3 as costs fall

November 12th, 2014

Lower costs and increased traffic saw Maersk Line’s profits hit US$685 million this quarter.

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Early season grape harvest begins in South Africa

November 12th, 2014

Berry development is running up to 14 days earlier year-on-year for grapes in the Berg River region of South Africa.

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Russia reopens market for Georgian dried fruit imports

November 12th, 2014

Russian authorities have responded to appeals from the country’s biggest importers of agricultural goods.

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Hailstorms continue to affect NZ kiwifruit orchards

November 11th, 2014

A few New Zealand kiwifruit growers could be ‘significantly affected’ by adverse weather that worked its way north up to the Bay of Plenty region.

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Understanding consumer trends ‘fundamental’ for marketing strategies

November 11th, 2014

At PMA Fruittrade Latin America, industry experts will talk about why just having a good product is not enough.

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South Korea approves Mexican lime imports

November 11th, 2014

South Korea has finally opened the door to Persian limes from Mexico, with table grapes next in line for approval.

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McDonald’s supplier gets USDA approval for GM potato

November 11th, 2014

A genetically modified potato that produces fewer cancerous chemicals could soon hit the U.S. market.

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Egyptian citrus kick-off just around the corner

November 11th, 2014

An Egyptian citrus industry leader has called for truck access to cross the Suez Canal to reduce export delays.

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South Africa: Dutoit branches out into early cherries for U.K. market

November 11th, 2014

Gysbert du Toit talks about the evolution of an early cherry deal from South Africa in a tie-up with Californian varieties.

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Reefer equipment scarcity becoming an issue, says Maersk

November 10th, 2014

Speaking prior to PMA Fruittrade Latin America, a Maersk representative says reefer demand is exceeding supply.

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Australia: Mainland cherry registrations for Chinese exports a “good step”

November 10th, 2014

Mainland Australian cherry growers had previously ignored the option to export directly to China with cold treatment, but that approach has changed this season.

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Advertorial: The Chilean kiwifruit industry – home of great farmed produce

November 10th, 2014

Subsole says its growers using certain methods to protect crops from extreme weather are seeing great results.

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No Vietnam fruit ban yet, say Australian authorities

November 10th, 2014

After a conference call with the DoA, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd has confirmed Vietnam is still open for exports.

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Lemon demand has risen 10-15%, says Limoneira exec

November 10th, 2014

At first it was just shortages driving up prices, but now Limoneira believes stonger lemon demand is here to stay.

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Food and water security the focus of Israeli-Indian-Australian deal

November 7th, 2014

Groups from Israel, India and Australia will cooperate on projects to improve food supply and water use.

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U.S.: West Coast port employer says union action has reached California

November 7th, 2014

The Pacific Maritime Association claims a union is now withholding skilled workers in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

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The art of reengineering Chile’s table grape industry

November 7th, 2014

A project aiming to improve Chile’s table grape sector through collaborative research will be highlighted at PMA Fruittrade Latin America next week.

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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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Cuba to receive potato seeds from Scotland

November 7th, 2014

An old agreement to supply GB seed potatoes to Castro’s Cuba has been revisited.

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Canada: Nature Fresh to showcase ‘mobile greenhouse’

November 7th, 2014

Nature Fresh says its mobile micro greenhouse is a great way to educate consumers about food production.

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China developing an ‘affinity’ for U.S. cranberries

November 7th, 2014

China-bound exports of U.S. cranberries are up 104% this year, with a big future on the cards.

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Russia blocks Polish apple shipment via Kazakhstan

November 7th, 2014

Russian authorities continue to clamp down on a gray market that has emerged for EU-grown produce.

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Diet found to affect pesticide resistence in honey bees

November 7th, 2014

For the first time a strong link between pesticide exposure and diet has been demonstrated at the molecular level in honey bees.

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Chiquita expects successful sale to Cutrale-Safra very soon

November 6th, 2014

Chiquita chief executive officer Ed Lonergan says he is proud of the company’s third quarter results amid a period of merger and acquisition distractions.

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Californian court makes landmark order against UFW, ALRB

November 6th, 2014

Gerawan Farming has achieved a breakthrough in its struggle against the forced unionization of farmworkers.

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U.S.: Marketing Washington State’s “monster” apple crop

November 6th, 2014

We take an in-depth look at how some major Washington apple producers are marketing their huge crops this season, as well as other key issues like storage space and labor availability.

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Italy to showcase Abate Fetel pears at New York foodie institution

November 6th, 2014

Spots have filled up quickly for an event to promote a unique Italian pear at Eataly in New York.

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Polish unrest continues over Russian ban

November 6th, 2014

Polish farmers protested in Warsaw this week, but an industry consultant has urged them not to panic.

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Lidl Finland obtains marketing prestige for fruit & veg initiative

November 6th, 2014

A campaign that saw fresh produce sales rise by almost half has brought marketing awards for Lidl Finland.

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BanaBay expects “superstar” U.S. banana sales in Q1

November 6th, 2014

BanaBay’s North American president of North American operations says doing business as usual is a “death sentence”.

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PMA Fruittrade Latin America to get to the core of pome fruit oversupply issues

November 6th, 2014

The head of Chile’s Fedefruta says despite a favorable exchange rate, pome fruit prices have still fallen 25%.

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“Hail happens every year”, says Pipfruit NZ rep

November 5th, 2014

Pipfruit New Zealand says the country’s next apple crop will be similar to previous years after an isolated hailstorm incident on the South Island.

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Hail hits NZ apple and kiwifruit orchards

November 5th, 2014

Devastating hailstorms in New Zealand’s Tasman district have left some orchards in tatters.

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State of the Market – Week 44, 2014

November 5th, 2014

Despite good movement, prices for most U.S. table grape varieties in China fell during week 44.

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Shipping mergers are not good news for customers, says Seatrade

November 5th, 2014

Seatrade CEO Yntze Buitenwerf says shipping line fusions mean less choice for exporters and longer transit times.

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U.S.: West Coast port slowdown accusations ‘a bold-faced lie’, says ILWU

November 5th, 2014

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union says recent claims made against it were part of a smear campaign.

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U.S.: WP Rawl to double Florida growing operation

November 5th, 2014

WP Rawl has new plants in the ground such as kale and beets in Florida, which will be ready for harvest in December.

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U.S.: Sustainability is the trend, says Organics Unlimited

November 5th, 2014

It’s been a boring year for weather and a booming one for markets in organic bananas, says Mayra Velazquez de Leon.

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BayWa restructures German fruit business

November 5th, 2014

An aggressive Lake Constance investment program comes as part of a new structure for apple company BayWa.

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Vietnam considers Australian fruit import suspension

November 4th, 2014

After dealing with years of headaches forming a new protocol to regain Thai market access, the Australian horticultural industry may face new non-tariff challenges in another South East Asian market.

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Mexico eradicates destructive Mediterranean fruit fly

November 4th, 2014

Almost 18 million metric tons of crops in Mexico are due to benefit from the country ridding itself of a specific Medfly.

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Early Chilean blueberry start doesn’t mean early finish, says Giumarra

November 4th, 2014

Giumarra Companies’ Tom Richardson gives his take on what to expect from the Chilean blueberry season and next week’s PMA Fruittrade in Santiago.

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Spanish group discourages new Tango mandarin plantings

November 4th, 2014

A recent report could have bearings on legal disputes over mandarin variety rights in Spain and South Africa.

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Chilean cherry growers turn their luck around

November 4th, 2014

Chile looks on track to export 100,000MT of cherries this season, stepping up a notch with its Chinese focus.

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India: Tamil Nadu eyes international banana market

November 4th, 2014

A state-backed company in the Indian region of Tamil Nadu has its sights set on boosting infrastructure to ship its Cavendish and native bananas to the world.

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Andy Hall calls for greater witness protection in Thailand

November 4th, 2014

A Burmese witness who testified to a Thai court about his alleged treatment in a pineapple factory has reportedly been threatened.

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U.S.: ILWU accused of ‘illegal slowdowns’ in West Coast ports

November 3rd, 2014

The Pacific Maritime Association claims a union has broken an agreement by severely reducing productivity in the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

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New Octubrina clementine hits U.K. supermarket shelves

November 3rd, 2014

Production will ramp up over the next few years for a new clementine variety that was discovered in Spain.

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U.S.: “There will be companies that Canadians don’t sell to,” says Lemaire

November 3rd, 2014

CPMA president Ron Lemaire looks in depth at what less payment protection in the U.S. could lead to for Canadian produce exporters.

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NZ: building markets to support record avocado crop

November 3rd, 2014

“The trick with Asia is you’ve got so many opportunities, it’s just which one’s going to strike first?” says John Carroll.

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Walnuts linked with preventing Alzheimer’s disease

November 3rd, 2014

An animal study has concluded that walnuts’ nutritional content could protect brains from Alzheimer’s disease.

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EU adds €39M in support for agricultural promotion

October 30th, 2014

The European Commission has put forth further funding to support agricultural goods at home and abroad.

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China agrees to allow some Washington apple imports

October 30th, 2014

Washington Red and Golden Delicious apples can soon be shipped to China after a two-year hiatus.

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U.K.: Tesco under investigation for suspected fraud

October 30th, 2014

A criminal investigation is now underway after Tesco overstated its profits by US$423 million.

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Four in one fruit fly discovery could ease international trade restrictions

October 30th, 2014

It turns out four different fruit flies are part of the same species, and the finding has big implications.

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Profits plummet for Camposol in Q3

October 30th, 2014

Expenses, sourcing costs and lower prices put the strain on Camposol’s profits in the third quarter.

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Ecuador faced with lucrative dragon fruit opportunities in China

October 30th, 2014

A report suggests Ecuadorian dragon fruit exporters could fare well in China thanks to their in-demand variety.

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Home ownership possibility key for productivity, says leading tomato grower

October 30th, 2014

NatureSweet’s Michael Joergensen speaks candidly about why his company’s employment policy differs from the norm, and how that translates to better tomato flavor.

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Major Chinese apple province on verge of gaining U.S. market access

October 30th, 2014

After 16 years’ hard work, a major Chinese apple producing province could soon start shipping to the U.S.

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Thai court dismisses first defamation case against Andy Hall

October 29th, 2014

The first case brought by a Thai pineapple company against migrant worker defender Andy Hall has been dismissed due to “unlawful interrogation”.

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