April 21, 2014 / Week N° 17

Archive for the Countries Category

Study to reveal antioxidant properties of Chilean blueberries

April 21st, 2014

A new study will evaluate the nutrional benefits of Chilean blueberries in fresh and processed forms.

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U.S.: Washington Apples sits out of Indian cricket campaign

April 16th, 2014

Low import volume has pushed Washington Apples to refocus its marketing efforts in India.

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France: Blue Whale-BVL cooperation a response to market demand

April 16th, 2014

Blue Whale’s Alain Vialaret discusses an agreement that forms France’s leading apple player.

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First Aussie grapes arrive in Japan

April 16th, 2014

The first exports of Australian table grapes to Japan marks the country’s second produce milestone in a week.

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Supply shortage to drive up Indian mango prices

April 16th, 2014

India’s ASSOCHAM has released an estimated reduction rate for the country’s mango production this year.

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Chile: new Fedefruta president to focus on exporter safeguards

April 16th, 2014

Fedefruta’s new president, Juan Carolus Brown, said he will continue pushing for a law to protect persihable exports.

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Solar panels to fuel Dutch cold storage facilities

April 16th, 2014

With 1,800 newly installed solar panels, the Dutch port of Maasvlakte has taken a step toward sustainability.

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NZ: Turners & Growers to acquire Apollo Apples Limited

April 15th, 2014

Turners & Growers plans fork out an initial NZ$43 million to purchase integrated exporter Apollo Apples.

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EU official to meet Moroccan counterparts over produce pricing backflip

April 15th, 2014

Moroccan growers are livid over an “incomprehensible” EU pricing move that could limit consignment-based exports.

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Australia: vegetables fare worst in initial cyclone assessments

April 15th, 2014

Tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplants suffered some of the worst damages from Cyclone Ita in Australia.

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Ireland: Total Produce trials NSF SmartStands

April 15th, 2014

A technology on trial from Europe’s Total Produce seeks to interact with consumers while doing away with the impediments of QR codes.

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New Zealand company promotes kiwifruit for digestive health

April 15th, 2014

New Zealand researchers will study the value of kiwifruit extract in treating irritable bowel syndrome.

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Uruguay announces U.S.-bound citrus export expectations

April 15th, 2014

A Uruguayan minister has released figures for the amount of citrus to be squeezed into the U.S. market this year.

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Australia: Japan tariff reductions help “level the playing field”

April 15th, 2014

AHEA executive director Michelle Christoe takes a crop-by-crop look at the Australia-Japan FTA.

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Heirloom pear variety en route from Argentina to U.S.

April 15th, 2014

Argentine Alexander Lucas pears will arrive in limited quantity to the U.S. this month.

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Dominican Republic encourages dragonfruit exports

April 15th, 2014

The Dominican government hopes to transform dragonfruit into a cash crop for growers.

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India: Mahindra signs JV with Univeg

April 14th, 2014

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

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India: IG International set for record Chilean apple imports

April 14th, 2014

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

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Late season volume slump expected for South African apples

April 14th, 2014

Apple importers could feel disruptions this June as South Africa’s hail damage begins to show its impact.

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Challenging times ahead for Russian retail market

April 14th, 2014

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

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Marketing begins for Chilean kiwifruit

April 14th, 2014

PrimLand Chile has announced the beginning of its kiwifruit campaign, following a difficult growing season.

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Self-interest or frustration? A grower view on NZ’s kiwifruit duopoly pitch

April 14th, 2014

New Zealand kiwifruit growers discuss the pros and cons of the Zespri kiwifruit export scheme and other proposals.

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Chile: Valparaiso faces “worst fire” in its history

April 13th, 2014

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

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Australia: Cyclone Ita caused “minimal banana crop losses”, says ABGC

April 13th, 2014

Australia’s banana growers have been fortunate that Cyclone Ita weakened from a Category 4 to Category 1.

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Cyclone Ita hits Australian banana growers

April 12th, 2014

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

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

April 11th, 2014

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

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Banana Rain campaign brings rewards to Canary Islands group

April 11th, 2014

The Best Pack Award has gone to a campaign run by the Canary Islands’ ASPROCAN.

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BanaBay bets on pineapples

April 11th, 2014

After strong growth in bananas, distributor BanaBay is branching out into a new tropical fruit category.

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

April 11th, 2014

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

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Chilean apples approved for new ports in China

April 11th, 2014

Following suspension in October, Chilean apples will once again be able to enter China.

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Valencia oranges perform well under hydric stress

April 11th, 2014

Valencia orange trees in Colombia were able to recover from low water access during early fruit development.

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Australian citrus, nuts and cherries to benefit from Japan FTA

April 10th, 2014

Mandarins, oranges and macadamia nuts are a few Australian products expected to profit from the Japan FTA.

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Zespri denies CFO resignation linked to China fraud case

April 10th, 2014

A Zespri spokesperson has denied any relation between the announced resignation of chief financial officer Merv Dallas and the company’s historical problems in China.

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

April 10th, 2014

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

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U.S.: better prices expected for Mexican limes

April 10th, 2014

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

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NZ: Mr Apple’s exports “well ahead” of 2013

April 10th, 2014

Less availability has led to good market conditions for New Zealand’s apple exports, according to a leading shipper.

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Volumes down, values up for Australian cherries

April 10th, 2014

Australian cherry exporters have gotten more bang for their buck in recent months.

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Peru demands more peaches

April 10th, 2014

Peru will need more peach planations to satisfy demand from the juice industry.

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Spanish melon growers warned of fungal risk

April 9th, 2014

Cool, wet weather could mean fungal attacks on Spanish melons.

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U.S.: Florida port deepens trade ties with Colombia

April 9th, 2014

The U.S. Port Tampa Bay will work more closely with Colombia’s Port of Barranquilla.

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First Aussie apples arrive in China

April 9th, 2014

A lower Australian dollar has helped make Tasmanian apple shipments to China more viable.

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Belgian lab a diverse safeguard against ‘bananageddon’

April 9th, 2014

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

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Argentina: Appgro connects farmers to crops in real time

April 8th, 2014

The Appgro program allows farmers to view, update and compare crop information from any location in the world.

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Processors turn to mock berries to ease costs

April 8th, 2014

Mock Crop’s berries look, feel and weigh the same as an actual blueberry with one difference – they’re plastic.

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Chilean kiwifruit heartland at “enormous” risk from Psa, says committee

April 8th, 2014

While Chile’s kiwifruit growers have focused on frosts, Psa is moving silently toward larger production areas.

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U.K.: Sainsbury’s vegetable sales jump on UCL recommendation

April 8th, 2014

A University College London study has been cited as a driver of increased veggie sales at Sainsbury’s.

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Australia reaches FTA with Japan

April 7th, 2014

Horticulture is expected to be one of many beneficiary industries from an Australia-Japan FTA.

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Brazilian fruit exports soar in Middle East

April 7th, 2014

In an effort to decrease dependence on the EU, Brazil is sending much more fruit to the Middle East.

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PLU codes capture retailer interest in China

April 7th, 2014

PMA’s Ed Treacy says PLU codes could add value to China’s fruit sales – if China is ready for them.

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Chile exports first pomegranates of season

April 7th, 2014

Chile’s first pomegranates of the year have hit the water for the United States.

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Fresh fruit creates ‘virtuous circle’ at Santiago Marathon

April 7th, 2014

The Produce Marketing Association helped bring 22,000 kilos of fresh fruit to runners at the Santiago Marathon yesterday.

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South Africa’s Avozilla set for return to U.K. shelves

April 4th, 2014

South Africa’s super avocado is expected to return for a second season to Tesco’s shelves in the U.K.

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How China’s Fruitday.com won over ClearVue Partners

April 4th, 2014

While many Chinese ecommerce sites have emerged in recent years, Fruitday.com has stood out for fresh produce.

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Hard discounters change face of U.K. retail market

April 4th, 2014

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

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PMA: Chile feels the heat under Chinese cherry demand

April 3rd, 2014

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

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Colombia promotes “más” Hass

April 3rd, 2014

A Hass promotional campaign in Colombia hopes to launch producers into national and international sales.

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Weak rupee drags on Indian fruit imports

April 3rd, 2014

One New Delhi fruit importer has cut volume in half in response to high prices and a weak rupee.

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South Africa welcomes growth on U.S. citrus market

April 3rd, 2014

As South Africa approaches its 15th year selling citrus to the U.S., exporters praised market growth.

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Zimbabwe bans all fruit and vegetable imports

April 3rd, 2014

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

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Chinese supermarket appeals to high-end fruit consumers

April 2nd, 2014

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

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EU opens comments for pesticide risk assessment

April 2nd, 2014

The European Union will seek to establish its first “harmonized methodology” to assess pesticide risk.

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China: direct trade with Chongqing means opportunity for California

April 1st, 2014

Approval of direct trade routes will mean easier access for California exporters to mainland China.

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From Israel to India: Barhi dates in for bumper crop

April 1st, 2014

It has taken time for Barhi date production to take off in India, but this year’s harvest could bring record volume.

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U.S.: online platform takes dirty work out of buying local

April 1st, 2014

Online buying platform Local Dirt aims to make it as easy as possible for U.S. retailers to find and buy local.

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Cool Logistics heads to Latin America

April 1st, 2014

Receive a special booking rate at Cool Logistics Americas in São Paulo by signing up through www.freshfruitportal.com.

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Chile eyes hot markets for limited kiwifruit offer

March 31st, 2014

Chilean Kiwifruit Committee’s Carlos Cruzat said initial exports will begin in the U.S., Russia and Latin America.

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Zespri reports volume recovery for gold kiwifruit

March 31st, 2014

New Zealand’s Zespri indicated higher volume of gold kiwifruit, pointing to successful efforts against Psa.

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The new American chestnut: restoring native forests

March 31st, 2014

Devastated by blight, the iconic American chestnut is regaining old ground with a new hybrid.

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Market access and anti-corruption at PMA Fresh Connections: China

March 28th, 2014

The Shanghai Free Trade Zone and effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts were among the hottest topics discussed in China last week.

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U.S.: Felix takes ethylene management from field to warehouse

March 28th, 2014

A Felix Instruments device brings greater precision to the fruit and vegetable ripening process.

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BayWa acquisitions translate into strong financial year

March 28th, 2014

BayWa reported a strong spike in earnings, driven by key acquisitions in agriculture.

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EU ban forces Indian mango exporters to reevaluate

March 28th, 2014

Indian companies such as Delicious Mangoes must now abandon plans in Europe following the EU’s ban.

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Spanish association calls on EU to close borders to South African citrus

March 27th, 2014

With the South African citrus season near, debate over black spot has roared up once again in the EU.

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Biomass energy fuels growth for U.K.’s Berry Gardens

March 27th, 2014

British fruit supplier Berry Gardens has been experimenting with biomass boilers to improve energy usage.

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Brazilian fruit association looks to globalize sales

March 27th, 2014

Brazil’s Abrafrutas has its sights set on international markets and better pesticide regulations.

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Australian almonds to hit record production

March 27th, 2014

As the world’s second largest grower of almonds, Australia has engaged in marketing campaigns to help find a home for extra production.

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EU bans Indian mangoes, eggplant

March 26th, 2014

EU members moved to ban five Indian fresh produce categories, effective until the end of 2015.

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PMA Fresh Connections China: the future of e-commerce

March 26th, 2014

E-commerce offers tremendous growth and import opportunities in China, said panelists at PMA Fresh Connections.

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India’s Tata Group partners with Rallis for branded grapes

March 26th, 2014

India’s Star Bazaar will offer branded grapes in an effort to raise fruit quality for the nation’s middle class consumers.

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Canada: British Columbia targets sales growth for greenhouse produce

March 26th, 2014

British Columbia hopes to win over local and international markets with a growing greenhouse vegetable sector.

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Brazilian melons approved for import to Chile

March 25th, 2014

Fresh Brazilian muskmelons and watermelons have been approved for sale in Chile.

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Mexico prepares mangoes for sale in Russia

March 25th, 2014

Mexico’s Ecofruit discusses the current mango season and prospects in Russia.

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Chile launches geothermal greenhouse project

March 25th, 2014

A Chilean government grant has supported a pilot project to use geothermal energy in a watercress greenhouse.

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Ecuadorian bananas gain reentry to Brazil

March 25th, 2014

After two decades of blockage, Latin America’s top banana producer will once again send fruit to Brazil.

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Tesco announces joint venture with Tata in India

March 24th, 2014

Tesco’s joint venture with the Tata Group will bring 12 new retail stores to India.

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California reports record table grape volume

March 24th, 2014

Califorinia brought in record table grape volume this year, reaching export markets in force.

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Peruvian grape volume grows across new and old markets

March 24th, 2014

Peruvian grape exports continue to show strong growth, most notably in China.

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NZ: Zespri expects China kiwifruit growth this season

March 24th, 2014

Zespri is on the cusp of signing a new importer in China, where executive Simon Limmer looks at the season ahead.

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Fruit volumes dry up under Brazilian drought

March 24th, 2014

A dry start to the year has reduced volumes for several top fruit categories in Brazil.

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Chile: CSAV shareholders show approval for Hapag-Lloyd merger

March 21st, 2014

Two of the world’s leading shipping lines are one step closer to a game-changing partnership.

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Italy: Asia-bound kiwifruit exports skyrocket for Apofruit

March 21st, 2014

A new gold-fleshed kiwifruit variety has propped up exports for an Italian shipper this year.

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U.S.: Albertsons-Safeway merger in the spotlight

March 21st, 2014

Retail experts look at how a combined Albertsons-Safeway operation will take on supermarket giant Kroger.

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Pink Lady tops apple preferences for French kids

March 21st, 2014

Pink Lady Europe is utilizing a recent French study to bolster a new set of promotional materials for the continent.

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U.S.: organic pome fruit growers may stay the course, but at a cost

March 21st, 2014

New organic standards may not scare away most apple and pear growers, but new treatments could prove costly.

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

March 20th, 2014

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

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

March 20th, 2014

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

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Malaysian tropical fruits approved for U.S. market

March 20th, 2014

With recent approval, Malaysia expects to export 7,000MT in different tropical fruits to the U.S. per year.

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Peru releases avocado export forecast

March 20th, 2014

Peru’s ProHass says Europe will be a key driver of a substantial rise in avocado exports this year.

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U.K. studio to make Bananaman movie

March 20th, 2014

The British cartoon classic Bananaman has been slated for the big screen.

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Mexico: SAGARPA explains key lime price spike

March 20th, 2014

SAGARPA has labeled the difference between lime grower returns and consumer prices as “unacceptable”.

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