May 28, 2015 / Week N° 22

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State of the Market – Week 21, 2015

May 27th, 2015

After a delayed harvest, the first shipments of Egyptian table grapes arrived in Europe in week 21.

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Norway: Logistics provider expands cold store facilities

May 27th, 2015

Kloosterboer has recently acquired a 8,500-square-meter cold store built into the side of a mountain near Oslo.

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U.K: New Tesco range replaces carbs with vegetables

May 27th, 2015

A major British retailer is tapping into a recent European and U.S. trend of providing shoppers with a ‘simple option to lower carb intake’.

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Ecuadorian banana prospects looking up in U.S., China as exports grow

May 27th, 2015

Ecuador has embarked on its second promotional campaign in China across 10 supermarkets, with promising first day results.

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High-tech Israeli sorting machine gets to know fruit inside out

May 27th, 2015

Using near-infrared hyperspectral imaging (NIR), an Israeli technology is now used to check thousands of pieces apples or avocados at a time, with citrus fruit and mangoes in the pipeline.

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China: JD leads US$70M investment in Fruitday

May 27th, 2015

A leading Chinese online direct sales company is the main investor in a deal with the country’s largest fresh produce e-retailer.

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European Commission green lights Univeg combination

May 26th, 2015

A three-way tie-up that would create combined sales of US$4.1 billion has just passed an important hurdle.

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Russia suspects numerous fake documents on berry shipment

May 26th, 2015

Russian authorities say problems were found on a shipment of summer fruit originating from Mexico and Morocco.

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France: Intermarche’s ugly fruit campaign honored with awards

May 26th, 2015

A French supermarket campaign highlighting the absurdity of throwing away misshapen fruit has received a pat on the back.

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Chile: ASOEX asks for govt intervention in ongoing customs strikes

May 26th, 2015

ASOEX president Ronald Bown says the Port of Valparaiso is ‘virtually paralyzed’ and the country’s reputation is on the line.

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Peru finalizes Hass avocado export protocols with China

May 26th, 2015

Peru’s Ministry of Agriculture believes the first Hass shipment will set sail to China in July.

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California farmers agree to ‘voluntary’ 25% water cut

May 26th, 2015

After California’s cities and towns were recently forced to cut water usage by a quarter due to the four-year drought, many of the state’s growers have chosen to take similar action.

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U.S.: West Coast port employer ratifies worker contract

May 25th, 2015

The Pacific Maritime Association says the new contract that will last until July 2019 features an ‘enhanced arbitration system’.

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European MPs demand action to halt spread of olive tree bacteria

May 25th, 2015

European politicians believe not enough was done to prevent the entry of ‘leaf scorch’ into the continent and say olive growers need compensation.

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Special Fruit begins marketing of Portuguese blueberries

May 25th, 2015

A Belgian importer is expecting some 140 metric tons of blueberries for its organic BerryFresh range this season.

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Russia blocks Egyptian orange shipment after Medfly detection

May 25th, 2015

Some 120 metric tons of oranges being shipped into Russia via sea were sent back after lab tests confirmed a quarantined pest.

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NZ: New T&G office officially opens in Shanghai

May 25th, 2015

Turners & Growers expects to better anticipate market changes to the benefit of growers, through the help of a new office in China.

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Chile: Fedefruta slams ‘illegal’ customs strike

May 25th, 2015

Fedefruta’s head says apples, kiwifruit and citrus are some of the crops that have been affected by recent strikes.

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France bans supermarkets from disposing of edible food

May 25th, 2015

As part of efforts to dramatically cut food waste in the country, large French supermarkets will soon face hefty fines if they fail to donate unsold food to charity.

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U.S.: Ocean Mist and Lakeside form organic alliance

May 25th, 2015

Two major U.S.-based vegetable grower-shippers have struck a deal to offer their customers wider organic product lines.

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Chile and China engage in fresh produce trade discussions

May 22nd, 2015

Pomegranates, nectarines and avocados were on the agenda during recent meetings between AQSIQ and SAG.

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Moroccan blueberry boom to take spotlight at IBO summit Down Under

May 22nd, 2015

Blueberries are all the rage in Morocco where growers are planting aggressively, but to steer clear of price falls they will need to avoid heavy harvesting from April to June.

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California minimum wage rises could have ‘major impacts’, says CFFA

May 22nd, 2015

The California Fresh Fruit Association’s head believes future state-wide minimum wage rises may limit the sector’s competitiveness internationally.

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Mexico: Persian lime production set for drop in Veracruz after humidity

May 22nd, 2015

With fungi affected the flowering stage of Persian limes in a Mexican state, U.S.-bound shipments look set to slip.

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SB Group enters Peruvian blueberry JV

May 22nd, 2015

A Chilean company affiliated with Illinois-based Sun Belle has signed a deal to develop blueberry plantations in Peru.

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Land reform consolidation to bolster domestic Chinese fruit industry

May 21st, 2015

The organizers of Shanghai’s iFresh summit hope the event will be a positive force for change, tackling asymmetries in the import game as fruit production modernizes rapidly at home.

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Total Produce in ‘strong position to expand’

May 20th, 2015

The Irish multinational says the first four months of 2015 have been ‘satisfactory’ and full year earnings should be in the upper targeted range.

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Russia considers relaxing import restrictions for certain countries

May 20th, 2015

Greece is one of three European countries which could soon see some of its exporters able to ship to Russia once again.

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State of the Market – Week 20, 2015

May 20th, 2015

Demand for grapes was increasing in South Korea due to the nearing of the Budda’s Birthday in week 20.

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Colombia to protect glyphosate use in agriculture

May 20th, 2015

While glyphosate will no longer be used to eradicate illegal crops, regulations will be established to control its use for agricultural purposes.

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Australia: Mareeba TR4 result overturned

May 20th, 2015

A North Queensland farm has been declared as free of Panama Disease Tropical Race IV, but consultancy Deloitte has been appointed to review banana disease testing practices.

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Brazil: Low apple prices push Renar into the red in Q1

May 20th, 2015

A Brazilian apple company is yet to recover from last year’s price falls, with a loss recorded for the first quarter of 2015.

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U.S. mango import volumes up by a fifth

May 20th, 2015

The National Mango Board has urged retailers to act quickly to shift weekly shipments in excess of four million boxes.

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Israel gears up for early grape harvest

May 20th, 2015

‘Low returns’ and ‘political issues’ were two reasons given why Israeli grape exports have decreased significantly over recent years.

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Brazil sets date to lift Argentine pome fruit ban

May 19th, 2015

Brazil plans to reopen the market to Argentine apples, pears and quince this season, but not as soon as its neighbors would like.

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U.K.: Mango on the menu at No. 10 Downing Street

May 19th, 2015

A British MP has delivered a box of Alphonso mangoes to the Prime Minister in appreciation for his help in lifting the Indian import ban.

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Weather, exchange rates favor strong China-bound export deal for Aussie citrus

May 19th, 2015

Australian citrus growers are upbeat for the season ahead with the first shipments set to arrive in mid-June.

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Chile: Copiapo grape exporters aim to surpass 10 million boxes next season

May 19th, 2015

Northern Chilean grape growers are working at full tilt to recover productivity in the wake of flood damages.

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Higher yields and demand to lift British strawberry season

May 19th, 2015

Although the British strawberry deal has started 10 days later than last year, expectations are high for a strong campaign.

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Costa Rican import group warns of avocado scarcity

May 19th, 2015

Following recent trade restrictions, one Costa Rican avocado grower believes California could be a potential new market supplier.

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Russian food watchdog reveals update on fraudulent produce imports

May 19th, 2015

Russian authorities have been blocking an average of more than 1,000MT per month of plant-based products coming through Belarus.

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Peru: Asparagus volumes spear through Camposol Q1 profits

May 18th, 2015

Camposol’s earnings took a nosedive in the beginning of 2015, partly due to lower volumes of certain key crops and rising costs.

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Turkish citrus company declares bankruptcy with US$78M debt

May 18th, 2015

The devaluation of the Russian ruble has hit a major Turkish citrus exporter hard, with debts owed to a large number of companies and workers.

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Large Argentine pome fruit exporter goes bust

May 18th, 2015

One of Argentina’s top 10 apple and pear companies is to open structural reorganization proceedings, with some US$5.4 million of debt.

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‘Stop Blood Tomatoes Act’ introduced to U.S. Congress

May 18th, 2015

A new bill aims to ensure retailers’ products have not been produced using child or forced labor.

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Canaries cooperative goes bananas over low carbon footprint

May 18th, 2015

ASPROCAN has been recognized for its low incidence of greenhouse gases across the banana supply chain.

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Dole to substantially boost Costa Rica workforce

May 18th, 2015

Following more than US$100 million dollars of investment in Costa Rica last year, Dole now plans to create some 150 new jobs.

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U.S.: Gerawan wins “significant victory” in court ruling

May 15th, 2015

The California Court of Appeal in Fresno has declared the ALRB’s forced collective bargaining agreements on Gerawan Farming as unconstitutional.

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Mexico: San Quintin farmworkers reach wage deal with govt

May 15th, 2015

A group representing farmworkers in the Mexican state of Baja California has hailed a recent labor deal as “extremely important”.

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Chiquita sees heavy losses in Q1

May 15th, 2015

Lower banana volume in North America and Europe was partly to blame for the multinational’s substantial net loss in the first quarter of 2015.

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Are produce price rises behind the global obesity epidemic?

May 15th, 2015

A 91% increase in fruit and vegetable prices compared to other foods is driving obesity rates, according to a recent ODI report.

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U.S. bolsters import rules for some Chilean fruits after Medfly detections

May 15th, 2015

Pomegranates, grapes and lemons being shipped to the U.S. from parts of Chile will now require an additional treatment.

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Zespri provides global Psa update

May 15th, 2015

Zespri’s Shane Max says Japanese growers have been reluctant to report Psa out of fear their orchards will be destroyed, while French producers have seen unexpected trunking.

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Spain sees “disturbing” price falls for late mandarin varieties

May 15th, 2015

AVA-ASAJA says never before have prices for premium mandarin varieties like Nadorcott and Tango been so low.

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Canada: BC blueberry growers set for one of earliest starts

May 15th, 2015

Inspectors from an Asian country will visit Vancouver this summer with view to opening up the market to fresh British Columbia blueberries.

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Haiti to start up organic banana production for EU market

May 15th, 2015

Haitian producers covering 1,000 hectares will receive technical assistance from two French groups to grow and ship organic bananas.

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Naturipe aims to become ‘leading berry brand’ in Mexican retailers

May 14th, 2015

With Naturipe’s first commercial office in Mexico having opened late last year, the berry marketer has big plans for the future.

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Australia overhauls biosecurity system

May 14th, 2015

A clearer legislation for Australian quarantine is expected to save AUD$6.9 million per annum in efficiencies.

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Australia: Victorian cherry exports more than doubled in 2014-15

May 14th, 2015

The Australian state of Victoria gained significant ground on Tasmania this season for cherry exports.

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Mexico: Police brutally beat San Quintin farmworkers, minors, the elderly

May 14th, 2015

Police in San Quintin have been criticized for an excessive use of force, amid clashes with farmworkers that have been striking since March.

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‘Food Revolution Day’ calls G20 leaders to action

May 14th, 2015

British chef Jamie Oliver believes quality food education is every child’s human right and hopes to create a ‘strong sustainable movement’ to help reverse sky-high obesity rates.

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Final agreement reached on Univeg merger

May 13th, 2015

Greenyard Foods and Peatinvest are now one step closer to their combination with Univeg to form the world’s largest fresh produce group.

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State of the Market – Week 19, 2015

May 13th, 2015

Local lemon prices in the U.S. were on the up but Navels saw little change in week 19.

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From Pink Globe to Pink Global: A rosy future for Chimenti

May 13th, 2015

The Chilean developers of white-fleshed Pink Globe grapes are aiming to license out more than 3,500 hectares of plantings globally.

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Polish non-EU apple shipments plummet in early 2015

May 13th, 2015

Without the Russian market, new data shows just how dramatically Poland’s apple exports have changed this year.

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“Proper” El Niño brewing in the Pacific, says Australian scientist

May 13th, 2015

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology says El Niño thresholds have been reached in the tropical Pacific for the first time since March 2010.

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Argentina sends first pears to mainland China

May 13th, 2015

In April it was apples to India and now it’s pears for China. Argentina is on a roll with inaugural fruit shipments to Asia.

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Mexican organic producer “reforms” ex-cartel members via agriculture

May 13th, 2015

A Yucatan-based company that is developing organic dragon fruit and pineapple projects is giving back to the community in a rather unique way.

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Russia could make notifications mandatory for re-exports through the EU

May 13th, 2015

Russia’s agricultural watchdog appears to be taking a more pragmatic approach to the issue of food re-exports via the EU.

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CMA CGM Group signs historic seaport development deal in Cuba

May 12th, 2015

A French shipper will develop a logistics platform outside of Havana, in what has been described as the first international agreement of its kind in Cuba.

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Cameroon: PHP begins banana plantation expansion

May 12th, 2015

A Cameroon-based subsidiary of Compagnie Fruitière is expecting an 8% boost in banana production this year.

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Costa Rica blocks avocado imports from numerous origins

May 12th, 2015

South Africa, Australia and Spain are just three countries unable to ship avocados to Costa Rica due to sunblotch concerns.

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Social responsibility “acculturated” U.S. consumers, says Silbermann

May 12th, 2015

PMA CEO Bryan Silbermann says those eschewing the social responsibility movement should immediately get prepared.

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Peru on the cusp of Japanese avocado market entry

May 12th, 2015

Recent comments made by Japanese Ambassador to Peru, Tatsuya Kabutan, bode well for the country’s avocado exporters.

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Chile: Clemenluz sheds new light on early clementine market

May 12th, 2015

A new Chilean easy peeler is “not superior nor inferior” in taste to a clemenule, but it does ripen three weeks earlier and show better sizing.

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Does the pollen on your trees play a role in the rain they receive?

May 11th, 2015

A study from the University of Michigan and Texas A&M yielded an unexpected finding – pollen grains may have an impact on rainfall.

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BanaBay slips into Russia after successful trial

May 11th, 2015

BanaBay’s Vitali Donskoi sees huge potential for the company’s bananas in the Russian market.

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Chilean company develops bio-control for crown gall disease in fruit trees

May 11th, 2015

Using a bacteria native to Australia, a natural product from Chile’s Biogram prevents a serious disease that affects a range of crops.

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Monsanto stands behind US$45B offer for Syngenta

May 11th, 2015

Monsanto appears unswayed by Syngenta’s rejection of its takeover offer in a bid to form the world’s largest crop protection and seed group.

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Colombian authorities to review glyphosate use

May 11th, 2015

After a WHO-affiliated March report determined a widely used herbicide was “probably carcinogenic”, the product is now under scrutiny in Colombia.

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Syngenta snubs Monsanto’s takeover bid

May 8th, 2015

Swiss multinational Syngenta has rejected an ‘unsolicited preliminary approach’ from Monsanto to acquire the company.

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Chilean blueberry export values overcome dramatic price falls

May 8th, 2015

In a record year for volumes with many challenges in markets, Chile’s blueberry export values grew slightly in 2014-15.

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Suspension for EU-bound Ugandan pepper exports

May 8th, 2015

One Ugandan says “enough is enough” when it comes to rogue companies shipping contaminated produce.

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PMA invites Mexican produce industry to join ‘eat brighter’ campaign

May 8th, 2015

PMA’s Nancy Tucker says the group’s healthy eating initiative with Sesame Street is ‘an incredible opportunity to make a difference in this world.’

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Lower German fruit prices bite into BayWa profits in Q1

May 8th, 2015

Profits fell by more than half for German produce company BayWa in the first quarter but the group is optimistic for the months ahead.

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Land reform regulation bill threatens world’s second-largest banana exporter

May 8th, 2015

After passing the US$1 billion mark for banana exports last year, Philippine growers could be deterred from further investment if a House Bill that threatens contract security is passed.

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Aldi Australia responds to supplier misconduct allegations

May 7th, 2015

One of the retailers named in a recent Four Corners report into migrant farmworker maltreatment is currently investigating the suppliers mentioned.

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Please report poor treatment and wage violations, says Citrus Australia

May 7th, 2015

In the wake of the Four Corners report on some labor contractors’ dodgy practices, Citrus Australia has urged people to report any incidents of abuse.

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Smooth Jazz apple transition for Europe with NZ season underway

May 7th, 2015

While hailstorms have affected New Zealand’s apple volumes, Enzafruit is upbeat for a positive 2015 campaign in Europe.

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Netherlands: Mini vine tomato with chocolate color goes on sale

May 7th, 2015

We speak with the growers of an organic, chocolate-colored tomato now marketed by Dutch company Eosta.

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Southern Chilean port gears up for new USDA inspection site

May 7th, 2015

Chile’s southern port of Coronel has witnessed exponential growth in fruit exports in recent years, and is about to receive a boost for the U.S. market.

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U.S. cherries in top shape for Memorial Day and July 4 sales, says Stemilt

May 7th, 2015

With a long cherry season ahead, Stemilt Growers gives the lowdown on what retailers can expect through to September.

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Russia blocks large Polish apple shipment in transit from Belarus

May 7th, 2015

Blocked produce shipments close to the 200MT mark are fast becoming the norm for Russia’s agricultural watchdog.

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Mexican produce consumption per capita ‘an eighth of Canada’s’

May 6th, 2015

Eric Viramontes has kicked off proceedings at this year’s PMA Fresh Connections: Mexico event, hopeful the produce industry can help significantly boost fruit and vegetable consumption in the country.

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State of the Market – Week 18, 2015

May 6th, 2015

Prices for Chilean Royal Galas were higher than the South African competition in China during week 18.

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Zespri secures new partner to develop kiwifruit ties in southwestern China

May 6th, 2015

A Zespri China representative says a new distribution partner has been found in the Sichuan province, and the company will continue looking for fresh regional alliances.

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Will North Americans be tickled pink by the Rosanna onion?

May 6th, 2015

J.V. Steele has secured the exclusive rights to sell a unique onion variety in the U.S. and Canada.

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Italy: Kiku Variety Management branches out with Serbian partner

May 6th, 2015

An Italian variety management company is now licensing Crimson Snow apple production to Serbian grower Agrounija.

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Dutch researchers cultivate quinoa as part of new European trial

May 6th, 2015

Wageningen University and Research Centre has sown the first quinoa fields as part of its field test study in the Netherlands.

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Germany: Record drug bust in Berlin banana boxes

May 5th, 2015

Berlin police have seized 386kg of cocaine found in boxes of Colombian bananas that showed up in Aldi supermarkets.

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NZ scientists test biological options to tackle Psa

May 5th, 2015

While kiwifruit vine disease Psa shows some resistance to antibiotics, New Zealand researchers have made a breakthrough in biological controls.

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Peru: Complejo Agroindustrial Beta announces US$80M planting plan

May 5th, 2015

For a capital outlay that’s worth more than two thirds its annual turnover, a Peruvian company is expanding rapidly in plantations of asparagus, grapes and blueberries.

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South African citrus growers gear up for U.S.-bound export season

May 5th, 2015

Two key pilot initiatives from 2014 will continue for Western Cape citrus exporters to the U.S. this year, but there will be a few minor changes in shipping practices.

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Chile: SAG urges citizen cooperation in fruit fly fight

May 5th, 2015

The quarantine area around La Serena was recently expanded due to a Medfly detection outside the original zone.

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Aussie produce industry “shocked” by ABC labor exploitation exposé

May 4th, 2015

Australian horticultural groups have called on the government to weed out “rogue” labor hire companies that take advantage of workers, emphasizing the need for an official entry scheme for low skilled migrant labor.

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NZ: New campaign aims to lift kiwifruit consumption in Australia

May 4th, 2015

With more gold kiwifruit on its way this year, New Zealanders are hoping to raise the fruit’s profile across the Tasman Sea in Australia.

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High U.S. walnut stocks to impact Chilean season

May 4th, 2015

Despite some challenges this season like the strong U.S. dollar, the Chilean walnut industry expects its fortunes to turn.

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NZ: Zespri flagship store opened at Huizhan Market in Shanghai

May 4th, 2015

Golden Wing Mau has opened a 200-square meter store to sell Zespri kiwifruit in Shanghai’s leading wholesale market for imported produce.

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New techniques at play to make blueberry quality more science, less ‘art’

May 4th, 2015

Australia’s largest produce company Costa Group is taking a new, more sophisticated approach to testing berry quality.

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Tesco trials ‘eye-catching’ purple cross asparagus

May 4th, 2015

The fiber-rich Burgundine asparagus variety will be available in Tesco stores in the U.K. starting this week.

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Garlic becomes key Argentine vegetable export crop

May 4th, 2015

Mendoza’s planted hectarage of garlic is expected to shoot up by more than a quarter this season.

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U.S.: Shanley Farms to diversify finger lime product range

May 4th, 2015

The harvest season for a fruit sometimes called ‘citrus caviar’ will kick off in California in June.

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Russia clamps down on Serbian apple trade

April 30th, 2015

Russian authorities have vowed to limit imports of Serbian apples in an attempt to stop the re-export trade of EU-grown fruit.

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Latin American desire for new brands ‘outpaces other parts of globe’

April 30th, 2015

The head of Nielsen Perishables Group talks about how retailers and growers might be missing a trick in the Latin American market.

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Dutch development plans follow The Greenery and WDP Nederland agreement

April 30th, 2015

WDP Nederland will be making substantial investments in two facilities operated by produce company The Greenery.

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USDA announces US$18.3M bonus buy of U.S. apples

April 30th, 2015

In a time of excess supply, the USDA has pledged to make its largest apple purchase in history.

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Russia whacks temporary ban on Bangladeshi potatoes

April 30th, 2015

Bangladeshi potato exports to Russia have skyrocketed in recent years, but now the world’s largest country has banned shipments citing phytosanitary risks.

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Peru: Sociedad Agricola Virú denies fault after violent strike

April 30th, 2015

A Peruvian asparagus and artichoke company has refuted allegations it manipulated financial accounts to avoid paying workers a share of its profits.

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“Banana selling prices are too low”, claims Fresh Del Monte CEO

April 30th, 2015

Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh says banana prices will have to rise after years staying still despite inflation and higher production costs.

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CMA CGM Group grows presence in India

April 30th, 2015

Global transportation and shipping company the CMA CGM Group is reinforcing its position in India with a new acquisition.

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NZ: IKGA slams Zespri over “GFree” in Italy

April 30th, 2015

While G3 kiwifruit blocks are selling for more than NZ$100,000 per hectare in New Zealand, some growers are wondering why their Italian counterparts are getting licenses for free.

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U.S. eases Dominican import restrictions

April 29th, 2015

AHPIS believes it is safe to resume shipments of Hass avocados and green tomatoes from the Dominican Republic, following Medfly detections in the country last month.

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State of the Market – Week 17, 2015

April 29th, 2015

Chilean Red Globe grapes performed well in the U.S., China and South Korea during week 17.

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Citrus workers strike in Argentine province

April 29th, 2015

A farmworker union is demanding a 40% pay rise in Tucumán, but the government says economic conditions don’t allow for more than 30%.

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California cherries arrive in China

April 29th, 2015

Oheng Import & Export Co was one Chinese company receiving the first batches of California cherries in Shanghai earlier this week.

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Widespread mango crop damage ruins India’s export season

April 29th, 2015

India’s Assocham has put forward a plan of action to transform mango exports but weather challenges will be a setback this year.

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Colombia aims to replace grape imports with domestic production

April 29th, 2015

Colombia’s Minister of Agriculture believes the country will one day soon export seedless grapes from the Cauca Valley.

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Fresh Del Monte’s income slips despite increased sales in Q1

April 28th, 2015

Higher banana procurement costs were among the issues that contributed to Fresh Del Monte’s first quarter net income falling by 25%.

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Argentina: Medfly detected in Mendoza

April 28th, 2015

Argentina’s Senasa has emphasized a recent pest discovery in an urban area does not affect Oasis Centro’s fruit fly-free status.

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Royse: Drones, water tech and urban farming the future of agriculture

April 28th, 2015

“If we’re talking about sustainability, the elephant in the room is basically the environmental impact of hundreds of years of agriculture,” says Roger Royse.

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Freshfel launches new EU production and consumption statistics database

April 28th, 2015

Freshfel members will now have a new tool at their fingertips for analyzing markets and forming strategies.

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Giumarra blackberry suppliers employ new growing method

April 28th, 2015

A new planting technique for blackberries makes it easier for the fruit to be harvested and ensures more berries make the grade.

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Colombia: International certifications lift avocado exports

April 28th, 2015

One avocado producer estimates Colombia’s export volumes shot up by around a half last season.

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Russia tightens EU food import restrictions

April 27th, 2015

Having stopped Bulgarian fruit and vegetable re-exports last week amid suspicions of fake phytosanitary certificates, Russia is considering extending the ban to other countries.

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Chile: Body of Fruticola Atacama worker found

April 27th, 2015

Fruticola Atacama’s Horacio Parra says the discovery of the body of worker Jennifer Novoa has brought great peace to her family.

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Early starts likely for U.S. and Canadian cherry growers

April 27th, 2015

While the British Columbia cherry growers are ‘mobbed’ by Chinese interest, the U.S. Northwest early start is cause for ‘excitement’.

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U.S.: APHIS considers new sourcing areas for Andean berries, bell peppers

April 27th, 2015

Two neighboring Latin American countries could soon be exporting new fruits and vegetables to the U.S.

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NZ: Kiwifruit vine disease Psa shows resistance to key treatment

April 27th, 2015

While ‘not completely unexpected’, regular testing has found streptomycin-resistant Psa in two Te Puke orchards.

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First Canadian cucumbers land in China

April 27th, 2015

‘Cutecumbers’ will be sold in several cities around the biggest cucumber-producing country in the world.

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U.S. gives green light to Peruvian papaya imports

April 24th, 2015

Peru will join the likes of Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia as a supplier of papayas to the continental United States.

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English heatwave brings tomato season forward

April 24th, 2015

U.S. retailer Waitrose is expecting a ‘bumper crop’ of home-grown tomatoes over the coming months.

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Chile: Initiative aims to produce world’s southernmost truffles

April 24th, 2015

Two truffle varieties may soon be produced in a Patagonian region of Chile where hopes are high an experimental project could mimic European success.

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U.S.: APHIS completes pest risk analysis for Spanish cherry imports

April 24th, 2015

The U.S. has identified five potential pests that would need control if Spain were to be granted access for cherry imports.

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Peruvian asparagus to hit Chinese market

April 24th, 2015

Peruvian asparagus may have some transit time issues in reaching China, but competition with local produce should be minimal.

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Indonesia lifts trade restrictions for U.S. apples

April 24th, 2015

Indonesia’s three-month ban on some U.S. apples due to a listeria outbreak has come to an end.

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Growers claim Calbuco Volcano eruption has little impact so far on blueberries, apples

April 23rd, 2015

It is still early days, but preliminary observations from Chilean and Argentine fruit growers are relatively positive after the eruption of the Calbuco Volcano.

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Russia suspects fraudulent documents in blocked vegetable shipment

April 23rd, 2015

The latest interception of suspicious produce coming into Russia had more than 10 times the usual volume from such blocked consignments, which seem to be becoming more frequent.

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Retailers sharing data with growers a ‘win-win’, says Red Sun Farms

April 23rd, 2015

A Red Sun Farms executive will speak at the upcoming PMA Fresh Connections: Mexico event about how producers can benefit from sometimes hard-to-access information.

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New plant breeders’ rights standard proposed

April 23rd, 2015

Time, translation and bureaucracy can be big hurdles to securing intellectual property rights for fruit and vegetable varieties, but a new system aims to change all that.

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NZ scientists test mating disruption techniques against avocado pest

April 23rd, 2015

Plant & Food Research is testing a biological method used in apple orchards to fight leafrollers in avocado crops.

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British asparagus crop may rise 20%, says Morrisons

April 23rd, 2015

Predictions for a long heatwave in the U.K. have sparked high expectations for this year’s asparagus crop.

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Argentine apple industry back in the game for Indian market

April 23rd, 2015

After a 10-year absence, Argentine apple shippers are once more sending their fruit to India.

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Israel: Grants to persuade pepper growers to diversify desert crops

April 23rd, 2015

Growers in Israel’s Arava region will receive government incentives to convert from peppers to other crops.

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U.K. Potato Council leader criticizes Canary Islands rejections

April 23rd, 2015

An ongoing row with the Canary Islands has led to a frustrating and costly season for U.K. potato exporters.

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U.K.: Yorkshire Fresh Fruits under fire over redundancy package

April 23rd, 2015

A U.K. fruit supplier has been forced to shut down its factory after losing a key contract with retailer Asda.

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USDA allows Chinese apple imports

April 22nd, 2015

Just a few months after Chinese authorities opened market access for all U.S.-grown apple varieties, the USDA has reciprocated.

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U.S.: Western Growers enters Silicon Valley alliance

April 22nd, 2015

A major U.S. agricultural association believes technology and innovation will be essential to feed a soaring global population.

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Greece dominates EU agricultural promotion funding

April 22nd, 2015

More than a third of the EC’s latest round of agricultural promotion funding will go to the fresh produce sector.

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State of the Market – Week 16, 2015

April 22nd, 2015

Preference for national apples in the U.S. became apparent as Chilean volumes increased in week 16.

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Argentine pomegranate exporter doubles shipments

April 22nd, 2015

A few weeks of rainfall at the start of a company’s pomegranate harvest did not dampen an ‘extremely positive’ season.

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SanLucar receives €4M loan to develop Tunisian raspberries

April 22nd, 2015

A Spanish produce group with a strong focus on German-speaking markets has received a boost to its North African raspberry production.

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NZ: Zespri plans SunGold kiwifruit splash in Germany

April 22nd, 2015

Zespri has planned promotional activities in Berlin, Hamburg and Düsseldorf to spread the word about SunGold kiwifruit.

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India steps up plant surveillance after Pakistan’s TR4 outbreak

April 22nd, 2015

With previous strains of Panama disease already in the country, India is pulling out the stops to prevent a TR4 incursion.

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Chilean port workers strike over lack of labor reform consultation

April 21st, 2015

Feeling ignored by their government over labor forms, a range of Chilean unions have started a one-day strike in the port, mining, forestry and construction sectors.

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects human rights abuse claims against Chiquita

April 21st, 2015

Chiquita had a victory in court yesterday for one case, right as a new one had just opened with allegations of “pesticide showers” in Guatemala.

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Three new raspberry varieties set for release in Chile

April 21st, 2015

One of three new Chilean raspberry varieties grows earlier than the standard cultivar and has a high Brix level.

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U.S.: Robotic strawberry harvester ‘mimics human behavior’

April 21st, 2015

The owner of Wish Farms has a strawberry-picking robotics project that even his competitors are investing in.

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Turkish cherry producer dodges frost scare

April 21st, 2015

Despite industry concerns a recent cold snap might hamper Turkish cherry production, one grower is expecting higher volumes.

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Human trial to test broccoli sprout extract’s cancer-fighting properties

April 21st, 2015

University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) scientists are investigating the ‘green chemoprevention’ properties of a molecule found in broccoli sprouts, cabbage and kale.

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Chilean-U.S. blueberry season transition smooth in 2015, claims Berry Fresh

April 21st, 2015

A U.S.-based subsidiary of two Latin American berry groups is optimistic for this year’s blueberry deal.

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Australia: TR4 eradication “not feasible” in Queensland

April 20th, 2015

Containment is now the only hope for Queensland banana growers after the National Management Group (NMG) for Panama disease TR4 ruled out eradication.

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Australia: Patties Foods frozen berry tests come up negative for Hep A, E. coli

April 20th, 2015

The company implicated in a health scare in Australia has defended its food safety practices, but will now be testing all frozen berries for Hepatitis A and E. coli prior to market release.

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New on-the-go packaging for booming berry sector

April 20th, 2015

Belgian berry importer Special Fruit says new labels, topseals and shakers reflect a ‘unique market move’.

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Russian authorities block “fake” Chilean kiwifruit shipment

April 20th, 2015

A kiwifruit shipment marked as Chilean has been rejected by Russia’s Rosselkhoznadzor, claiming its certificate was fraudulent.

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Peruvian table grape exports up while mangoes slip

April 20th, 2015

Peru’s table grape exports rose by more than a fifth in the 2014-15 campaign.

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Tru-Cape’s new Johannesburg facility signals growth in African markets

April 20th, 2015

A South African pome fruit distributor has bolstered storage space to cope with an upcoming spike in volume over the next five years.

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U.S.: Falling orange juice consumption levels affect Florida growers

April 20th, 2015

Despite some serious problems facing the industry, Florida’s citrus growers are said to have had a relatively good season.

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

April 17th, 2015

In today’s special edition, we take an on-the-ground look at the human and economic impacts of unprecedented floods in Chile’s north.

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Prohens: Out with the grapes, in with the emergency supplies

April 17th, 2015

A table grape facility in northern Chile has been turned into a distribution center to support the post-flood relief effort.

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Chile: Atacama has ‘lost 90% of its capacity to deliver vegetables’, says Ghiglino

April 17th, 2015

A leading Copiapó vegetable grower discusses the “slow funeral” of his business and hopes for salvaging crops.

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Historical Thompson Seedless rootstock survives Chilean flood

April 17th, 2015

The Atacama table grape industry at least has its heritage intact after the first rootstock planted in the region survived recent floods.

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Chile: Export olives bear brunt of floods during peak harvest

April 17th, 2015

“It’s possible to enter but you if you’re walking like an astronaut in the mud you can’t access the tree to harvest,” says olive grower Rafael Garcia.

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Fruticola Atacama: In the eye of the storm

April 17th, 2015

The Chilean state has given up its search for a missing Fruticola Atacama worker, but since disaster struck three weeks ago the company has taken rescue and relief efforts into its own hands.

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Celebrity endorsements for ‘Save Our Soil’ campaign to trigger interest

April 16th, 2015

The head of an ambitious sustainability campaign says ‘change has never come from a majority, but rather from a trendsetting minority’.

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Europe: Fruit and milk school schemes set to merge

April 16th, 2015

The European Commission wants member states’ education systems to focus more on food sustainability and promoting healthy eating habits.

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Australia to receive US$6M almond research facility

April 16th, 2015

Boosting exports into Asia and sustainable growing methods are key aims of an Almond Centre of Excellence.

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U.S.: Organic food sales jump 11% in 2014

April 16th, 2015

With U.S. organic fruit and vegetable sales last year valued at US$13 billion, an industry head has praised the lack of ‘demographic boundaries’.

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Aussie banana growers asked to pay voluntary levy

April 16th, 2015

An optional levy of 1 cent per kilogram of bananas marketed would reimburse growers affected by the TR4 outbreak.

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U.S.: Record Mexican mango imports anticipated for Q2

April 16th, 2015

The National Mango Board is encouraging retailers to carry out promotional activities to move an expected increase in supply.

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Chile: Floods to impact future Copiapo Valley grape output

April 15th, 2015

ASOEX’s Ronald Bown says an early table grape production area in northern Chile will see volumes reduced by ‘at least 30% over the coming seasons’.

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Budget doubles for irrigation recovery in northern Chile

April 15th, 2015

Chile’s National Irrigation Commission has pledged significant funds to rehabilitate agriculture in the Atacama region, but the clock is ticking for growers.

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State of the Market – Week 15, 2015

April 15th, 2015

Transport strikes led to a difficult market situation for apples and grapes in Colombia in week 15.

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Greenyard Foods, Univeg and Peatinvest merger one step closer

April 15th, 2015

A tie-up that could create US$3.9 billion in combined sales is expected to be completed in a few months’ time.

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Australia calls in international banana experts to aid TR4 fight

April 15th, 2015

Two specialists in Panama Disease Tropical Race IV will come to Queensland to assist with the recent outbreak.

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Israel: ‘Highly unusual’ storms batter summer fruit crops

April 15th, 2015

Severe weather ‘that came out of nowhere’ and damaged Israeli stonefruit and table grape production could lead to price rises.

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U.S. moves closer to easing Indian fruit import restrictions

April 15th, 2015

Following the reopening of the EU market, Indian mango exporters could reportedly soon gain broader access to the U.S. as well.

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California: CCM criticizes Central Valley Project’s water allocation

April 14th, 2015

The California Citrus Mutual claims agriculture has taken the largest water cut out of any sector in the state.

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South Africa: Smaller citrus sizing could further impact exports, says CGA

April 14th, 2015

The Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa says producers might need to hold back on some sizes if they’re not ‘viable with markets the way they are’.

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U.S.: Apple import permits for China expected ‘in time for new harvest’

April 14th, 2015

Despite China signing a deal to allow all U.S. apple imports in January, a grower body has received ‘no indication’ the process has moved forward.

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Peru’s lemon essential oil exports see incremental growth

April 14th, 2015

Demand for natural products in food and cosmetics has helped Peru’s lemon essential oil exports double in five years.

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