October 28, 2014 / Week N° 44

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Poland bans junk food in schools

October 28th, 2014

Schoolchildren in Poland will be offered healthier alternatives at break times from next year after ministers voted in favor of banning junk food in all schools across the country.

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Chiquita announces Brazilian takeover

October 27th, 2014

After months of back and forth, Chiquita has agreed to a US$14.50 per share takeover by Cutrale-Safra.

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U.S.: Sun Pacific to triple kiwifruit supply in three years

October 27th, 2014

Victoria Nuevo-Celeste discusses a new kiwifruit brand and gives her take on easy peeler prospects.

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Egyptian strawberry exporter shifts focus away from airfreight

October 27th, 2014

While moving strawberries via sea can cause ‘shock’ for some end users, one shipper says it’s a good system.

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U.S.: CIW launches landmark Fair Food label nationwide

October 27th, 2014

Nearly five years after the program began, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has unveiled its Fair Food label.

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Canada gives green light to Polish apple imports

October 27th, 2014

After talks were fast-tracked in August, Canada will now take some market pressure off Polish apple exporters.

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U.S.: Paramount Citrus to go national with Wonderful Sweet Scarletts

October 27th, 2014

Paramount Citrus president David Krause is “betting big” on grapefruit and is confident for a leadership position in mandarins.

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Chiquita shareholders reject Fyffes merger

October 24th, 2014

Chiquita plans to enter discussions with Cutrale-Safra after its shareholders rejected a proposed merger with Fyffes.

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U.K. supermarket launches ‘affordable’ organic range

October 24th, 2014

A discount retailer in Britain is hoping to attract a new middle class clientele with a line of fresh organic produce.

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Zespri’s five-year plan for New Zealand kiwifruit

October 24th, 2014

New Zealand kiwifruit icon Zespri has raised its grower return forecast for the season. Two company executives explain some of the reasons why and outline plans for future campaigns.

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Global protests to support Andy Hall and ‘vigorously defend free speech’

October 24th, 2014

NGOs will hold worldwide demonstrations outside Thai Embassies in support of a human rights defender who faces prosecution from a Thai pineapple company.

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NZ: Kiwifruit Claim accuses Zespri of ‘scaremongering’

October 24th, 2014

The New Zealand group suing the government over the Psa outbreak has alleged Zespri ‘intimidated growers’ families’.

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Costa Rican banana industry cries foul over port strike

October 24th, 2014

Corbana says a “small group cannot kidnap the development of a nation for special interests”.

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Ecuador eyes new banana export record in 2014

October 24th, 2014

290 million boxes could be shipped from Ecuador this year, with increasingly strong future prospects.

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Cutrale-Safra slip in with last minute Chiquita offer

October 23rd, 2014

Just one day out from the ChiquitaFyffes shareholder vote, Brazilian suitors have upped their bid to US$14.50 per share.

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Canada: Walmart joins CPMA healthy eating initiative

October 23rd, 2014

Walmart Canada a has signed up to the ‘Half Your Plate’ campaign, which aims to make healthy eating easier.

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South Africa: more table grape market balance is needed, says SATI

October 23rd, 2014

While South Africa’s grape industry would like to focus more on the Far East, some obstacles remain.

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Chile and India agree to reduce bilateral trade tariffs

October 23rd, 2014

The number of products covered by a 2007 trade agreement between Chile and India is set to shoot up six-fold.

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Chilean and Mexican avocado deals running late, says Araiza

October 23rd, 2014

Mission Produce’s Ron Araiza points to changes in the avocado industry, including greater security measures, new facilities and the search for new growing regions.

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Holt Logistics upbeat about new Philadelphia-bound routes

October 23rd, 2014

Leo Holt talks about new services, the healthy importance of produce and a proposed Guatemala canal.

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U.S.: Mexican grower to open new warehouse in Texas

October 23rd, 2014

An affiliate of Mexican grower Triple H plans to open a new in/out fruit processing facility in the U.S. next month.

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U.K. govt awards grant to pest management company

October 23rd, 2014

A British company has been awarded government support to further develop its sticky trap to catch whiteflies.

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State of the Market – Week 42, 2014

October 22nd, 2014

U.S. lemon exporters began their season in China, while South African supply declined during week 42.

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Advisory firms clash over ChiquitaFyffes deal

October 22nd, 2014

The gloves are off in the Chiquita saga, as a proxy advisory firm accuses the banana giant of relying on valuations ‘unsupported by market trends’ and using ‘questionable methodologies’ to undermine the Brazilian bid.

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Peru’s table grape production expected to rise 15.8% next year

October 22nd, 2014

2015 could be an excellent year for Peruvian table grape exporters, with high volumes and good international prices.

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Argentina: no plans to change blueberry sector focus, says ABC

October 22nd, 2014

The Argentine Blueberry Committee has rebuffed recent predications made about the future of its processed sector.

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Polish blueberry grower group fills Russian void with domestic market

October 22nd, 2014

With Russia off the cards, a Polish blueberry group has successfully rebranded itself for a market closer to home.

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European wine grape crop expected to fall 10%

October 21st, 2014

Severe weather conditions in the EU this year could mean a lower availability of wine on the market.

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South African table grape volumes back on track

October 21st, 2014

After a slip in table grape production during the last season, South Africa is now expecting a 4-7% increase.

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Mexico and California agree to improve agricultural collaboration

October 21st, 2014

Mexican officials say they will work toward improving product traceability and creating a single-window system.

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Chile: ‘a normal export season is still expected’, says ASOEX

October 21st, 2014

A report by the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association says while recent frosts may have caused damages of up to 80% in ‘extreme cases’, the 2014-15 export season will be an ordinary one.

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Australia: not enough time to switch from fenthion, says APAL

October 20th, 2014

An Australian industry head says growers may end up leaving the sector as a result of the fenthion ban.

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Brazilian papaya exports much stronger than 2013

October 20th, 2014

Revenue for Brazilian papaya exports has so far been 16% higher this year compared to 2013.

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Handheld citrus greening detection device requires ‘cultural change’

October 20th, 2014

A Brazilian professor says farmers using his HLB-detection machine could control the disease ‘within three years’.

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Poland looks to UAE, China to offset upcoming apple losses

October 20th, 2014

Union Owocowa’s Jolanta Kazimierska says the toughest times are just around the corner for Poland’s apple sector.

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Taiwan, Colombia seek bilateral market access for exotic fruits

October 20th, 2014

Following the U.S., Australia and Chile, Taiwan has set its sights on Colombia as a new fresh litchi export market.

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

October 18th, 2014

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

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South Africa may hit stonefruit export record in 2014-15

October 18th, 2014

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

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

October 17th, 2014

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

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

October 17th, 2014

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

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

October 17th, 2014

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

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Mexican exporters to benefit from new Florida-bound shipping service

October 17th, 2014

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

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Australian authorities make final decision on fenthion

October 17th, 2014

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

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China: Lenovo pioneer turns to social media for kiwifruit marketing

October 17th, 2014

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

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Russia may add Ukraine to list of banned countries

October 17th, 2014

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

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Chiquita rejects new Brazilian offer

October 16th, 2014

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

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Fairfood International calls for change in Philippine pineapple industry

October 16th, 2014

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

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The Packaging Pitch: delving into the cultural context

October 16th, 2014

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

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Chilean producers crushed by second consecutive year of frosts

October 16th, 2014

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

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Broccoli chemical may help improve autism symptoms

October 16th, 2014

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

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EU authorities must act on downward consumption trend, says Freshfel

October 16th, 2014

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

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Costco makes move into China via online retailer

October 16th, 2014

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

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Guatemala plans Interoceanic Corridor to rival Panama Canal

October 16th, 2014

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

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Brazilian firms sweeten Chiquita offer

October 15th, 2014

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

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State of the Market – Week 41, 2014

October 15th, 2014

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

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Kenyan avocado farmers lifted by five-year NZ aid program

October 15th, 2014

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

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Advertorial: Subsole overcomes key challenges facing global avocado industry

October 15th, 2014

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

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

October 15th, 2014

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

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

October 15th, 2014

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

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South African court case to test validity of Tango mandarin variety

October 14th, 2014

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

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Freshfel calls for fewer one-sided trade agreements

October 14th, 2014

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

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Slight rise for Brazil’s early season melon exports

October 14th, 2014

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

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Belgium gets the nod for Canada-bound pear exports

October 14th, 2014

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

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Chile set for improved 2014-15 blueberry campaign

October 14th, 2014

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

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

October 13th, 2014

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

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

October 13th, 2014

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

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British growers gear up for blackberry boom

October 13th, 2014

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

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China: mediocre fruit market expected post-Golden Week

October 13th, 2014

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

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

October 13th, 2014

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

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CSO expects slight rise for Italian kiwifruit production in 2014

October 10th, 2014

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

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U.K.: Romanian fruit picker ruling in question

October 10th, 2014

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

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Uruguay’s blueberry volumes to shoot up in 2014

October 10th, 2014

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

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Costa Rican govt to compensate banana spraying victims

October 10th, 2014

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

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Ecuador to help ease U.S. mango shortage

October 10th, 2014

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

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Naturipe Farms’ compostable packaging up for PMA award

October 10th, 2014

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

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Vietnam walking a tightrope with EU produce exports

October 9th, 2014

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

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Food security concerns grow in Ebola-hit nations

October 9th, 2014

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

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Cancer-fighting properties of Australian berry revealed

October 9th, 2014

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

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

October 9th, 2014

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

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Agronometrics to launch commercial service

October 9th, 2014

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

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State of the Market – Week 40, 2014

October 8th, 2014

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

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Brazilian citrus growers welcome heavy rainfall

October 8th, 2014

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

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Chiquita launches national banana recipe contest

October 8th, 2014

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

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Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited to replace HAL

October 8th, 2014

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

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

October 8th, 2014

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

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

October 8th, 2014

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

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Ghana makes headway for produce re-entry in Europe

October 8th, 2014

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

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NZ: Kiwifruit Claim co-founder withdraws from case

October 7th, 2014

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

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Seeka throws weight behind NZ Kiwifruit Claim

October 7th, 2014

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

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Colombian avocado industry expects strong export future

October 7th, 2014

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

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Peru to set up experimental physalis plots

October 7th, 2014

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

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U.S.: Sunkist launches Sesame Street citrus packaging

October 7th, 2014

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

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

October 7th, 2014

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

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

October 6th, 2014

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

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

October 6th, 2014

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

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Morocco will become major EU produce supplier, says exporter

October 6th, 2014

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

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Italy: Adfruit aims for direct kiwifruit exports to China

October 6th, 2014

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

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U.S. revokes Canada reciprocity agreement

October 6th, 2014

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

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EU regulators approve Chiquita-Fyffes merger

October 3rd, 2014

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

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Boycott fails to dampen Israel’s expectations

October 3rd, 2014

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

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