July 02, 2015 / Week N° 27

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Barcelona vendors put hard sell on tourists with erotic fruit seeds

July 2nd, 2015

Seeds for “penis peppers” and other provocatively-shaped fruits and vegetables have proved a hit with tourists on Barcelona’s La Rambla promenade.

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French shippers add Chinese-built vessels to fleet

July 1st, 2015

CMA CGM is naming one of its new vessels after a 15th century Chinese admiral.

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Brazilian papaya export volume up by almost one-fifth

June 29th, 2015

Lower domestic consumption has led Brazilian papaya growers to ship more fruit abroad.

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Israel: Hazera’s onion specialist gives lowdown on decades of research

June 29th, 2015

With 15% of seed company Hazera’s revenues going into R&D, double-digit year-on-year onion sales growth is being seen in several regions.

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Pest found in Russia-bound Serbian peaches

June 29th, 2015

A pest native to the Southwestern U.S. was detected in a 18.8MT peach shipment at the Russian border.

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Chilean and New Zealand kiwifruit exports up more than a third

June 29th, 2015

While prices of Chilean kiwifruit have been rising over recent weeks, they are still 40% lower year-on-year.

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U.S.: British shipping company fined for dumping oil near Florida

June 29th, 2015

A shipper that deals with refrigerated cargo was recently fined US$750,000 for an ‘inexcusable and criminal act’.

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EU Court of Justice imposes greater fines on Del Monte, Weichert

June 26th, 2015

A Fresh Del Monte appeal over a banana pricing cartel case has backfired.

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Russia’s food import ban extension list “virtually unchanged”

June 26th, 2015

While the EU extended its Russian sanctions by six months, the world’s largest nation has added an extra year to its current ban on food imports.

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Canada: BC Blueberry Council reveals high expectations for China

June 26th, 2015

A Canadian industry body head says it will be ‘a busy summer’, with inspectors from two major Asian markets due to visit in the coming weeks.

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Syrian conflict looms over Jordan’s fresh produce sector

June 26th, 2015

Jordanian agribusiness consultant Wael Haddadin says growers are still looking strongly to EU, Russian and UAE markets even though a key supply route has been cut.

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Q&A: Early West Coast crops and pack flexibility in the spotlight

June 26th, 2015

Oppy’s Jason Fung looks at the summer campaign ahead for BC blueberries, and is upbeat about Aussie citrus and New Zealand kiwifruit.

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Pakistani mango probe after exporter slips up with EU shipment

June 26th, 2015

One Pakistani mango exporter unrelated to the shipment in the Netherlands found to have fruit fly says he “hopes and prays” the situation will not recur.

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Canada: BC blueberries gain access to China

June 25th, 2015

An industry head says she is ‘ecstatic’ about a deal with China estimated to be worth CAD$65 million a year.

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Australia: Costa Group releases IPO

June 25th, 2015

Australia’s largest integrated produce company has dropped down its IPO value from previous expectations.

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U.S.: PMA applauds Congress for ‘fast track’ bill efforts

June 25th, 2015

The PMA has praised Congress for its work on an act that will help speed up moves to establish trade deals like the TPP.

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U.S.: New ‘winter hardy’ blueberry variety ideal for home growers

June 25th, 2015

The Nocturne blueberry developed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service has black fruit and genes from the Premier variety.

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U.S.: Sysco “profoundly disappointed” by merger injunction

June 25th, 2015

The world’s largest food distributor claims a proposed merger with US Foods would be “procompetitive”.

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South Africa: Lemon exports glide, orange estimates slide

June 25th, 2015

From late mandarin competition in Europe to new consumption trends, Justin Chadwick gives a global citrus update on the South African deal.

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Plant protection improvements needed, urges European delegation

June 25th, 2015

A lack of seed treatment applications is putting the future of some crops at risk, according to an EU roundtable.

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Not a drop of rain in June for Chilean capital

June 25th, 2015

An industry source believes certain geographical and infrastructural aspects could lessen the effects of reduced rain for growers around Santiago.

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U.S.: Situation eases for stranded farmworkers at Mexican border

June 24th, 2015

After a computer glitch caused delays for hundreds of Mexican seasonal farmworkers entering the U.S., a labor association has confirmed the majority are now through.

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State of the Market – Week 25, 2015

June 24th, 2015

European apple and pear stocks are now down year-on-year despite the Russian ban.

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Q&A: Naturipe CEO “bullish and optimistic” about berry future

June 24th, 2015

“In my mind we’re only going to see more blurring of the traditional retail channels for fruit,” says Naturipe CEO Dwight Ferguson.

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Mexico: Farmworker movement seeks minimum pricing following pay deal

June 24th, 2015

After months of protests and negotiations, farmworkers in San Quintin achieved a substantial set of pay rises one expert described as a ‘watershed moment’.

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U.S.: Stemilt uses mobile hydrocoolers to boost cherry shelf life

June 24th, 2015

A major Northwest cherry grower says it has the largest network in the industry of on-farm cooling machines.

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Cancer potential claims hang over yet another herbicide

June 24th, 2015

Dow AgroSciences has urged the IARC to focus on what “is” carcinogenic to humans rather than what “could be”.

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Australian govt lends wings to fruit fly control research

June 23rd, 2015

The Australian Government has released an unprecedented fruit fly research plan with specific recommendations for tackling future threats and improving market access arrangements.

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Calais port shutdown leads to ‘perfect storm’ for lorry drivers targeted by migrants

June 23rd, 2015

The marketing director of English produce trader Moorhouse & Mohan says orders have been cancelled or postponed due to a port conflict in France.

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Monsanto trying to buy Syngenta ‘on the cheap’, says chairman

June 23rd, 2015

Syngenta chairman Michel Demaré has rebuffed Monsanto’s takeover bid on Youtube.

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Medvedev proposes extension of Russian food import sanctions

June 23rd, 2015

The Russian government is preparing a draft decree of banned products as part of a retaliatory extension of the current embargo.

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Australia: Costa hopes to raise AUD$600M in July IPO

June 23rd, 2015

It is expected Costa Group will sell 60% of its shares to the public in an IPO next month.

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Spain: Drought, flooding, hail and heatwaves impact farmland

June 23rd, 2015

A Spanish farmers’ union is calling for government compensation after a series of adverse weather events in the first half of 2015.

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“European cuisine” trend driving international lemon demand, says Argentine leader

June 23rd, 2015

From Brazil to India, Argentina’s Federcitrus is busy across four corners of the globe to garner new market access deals for lemons.

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Canada: Orangeline Farms ‘truly energized’ by competition award

June 23rd, 2015

A Ontario producer swept to victory in the ‘Best Specialty Mini Pepper’ category at a recent greenhouse competition, winning the top three prizes.

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Chilean nurseries on board for PMA Fruittrade Latin America

June 22nd, 2015

Chile’s nursery sector will be presenting its extensive range of species and varieties to key industry actors at a trade show later this year.

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Fyffes ‘significantly increases’ earnings target

June 22nd, 2015

An Irish multinational says ‘currency headwinds’ this year boosted selling prices for bananas and pineapples.

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U.S.: SunSelect greenhouse expansion to double vegetable volumes

June 22nd, 2015

A Canadian producer says the timing of its greenhouse development in California ‘couldn’t be better’.

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Greater bee diversity needed as ‘insurance policy’, say U.K. scientists

June 22nd, 2015

A U.K. researcher says while honeybees could previously pollinate most of the country’s crops, now there are only enough to manage a quarter.

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Zespri fraud investigation costs stand at NZD$4.9 million

June 22nd, 2015

Zespri’s head reportedly said 2.8 million emails have been provided to the Serious Fraud Office so far, although the investigation’s focus remains unconfirmed.

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Film Review: Fear No Fruit

June 19th, 2015

It is very easy to take the abundance of fruits at our fingertips for granted, but a recent documentary looks at how one woman helped broaden U.S. consumers’ palates for the better.

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U.S. threatens restrictions on Costa Rican pineapples

June 19th, 2015

With more than 400 pest interceptions of Costa Rican pineapples last year, the U.S. is considering taking action.

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Kloosterboer boosts South African cold store capacity

June 19th, 2015

Weeks after a similar project in Norway, a Netherlands-headquarted fruit logistics company has opened a new facility near Durban.

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Peru leads supply in U.S. imported mandarin market

June 19th, 2015

Uruguay’s mandarin export volumes to the U.S. during the start of the season were up almost 13-fold.

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Panama Canal expansion in final stage

June 19th, 2015

As of the end of May, the overall Expansion Program of the Panama Canal reportedly stood at 89.8% complete.

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First Chilean Navels en route to the U.S.

June 18th, 2015

While Chilean Navel volumes shipped to the U.S. so far this campaign are lower than last year, they are expected to be up 8% for the season.

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Brazil reopens to Argentine pome fruit

June 18th, 2015

Brazil is satisfied that agreed phytosanitary controls will prevent the codling moth from entering the country in Argentine apples and pears.

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Chile: Partial strike set to hit several ports

June 18th, 2015

While the major Port of Valparaiso is due to continue operating as normal, San Antonio will experience an ‘indefinite’ strike in a row over labor reform.

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France: Monsanto’s Roundup banned from garden centers

June 18th, 2015

A few months after the United Nations called glyphosate ‘probably cargcinogenic’, France has banned the sale of a popular herbicide product to amateur gardeners.

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China and Australia ink FTA

June 18th, 2015

All tariffs on Australian horticultural products will be eliminated under the recently signed trade deal.

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U.S.: Mississippi blueberries hit India and UAE

June 18th, 2015

Thousands of pounds of blueberries produced by a grower cooperative have for the first time been marketed in two emerging Asian markets.

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U.K.: Co-Op supermarket crops fruit and vegetable prices

June 18th, 2015

A British supermarket chain is investing US$196 million to cut prices on more than 100 fresh produce lines.

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State of the Market – Week 24, 2015

June 17th, 2015

The European kiwifruit market saw limited demand in week 24.

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Moldova resumes fruit exports to Russia

June 17th, 2015

Russia has permitted the entry of several key fruit crops from Moldova, although the number of eligible companies remains limited.

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New Zealand apples set to beat 10-year target

June 17th, 2015

With a record production season, it is anticipated the New Zealand apple industry could reach NZ$1 billion in annual export receipts ahead of schedule.

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British scientist awarded prestigious medal for pea genetics research

June 17th, 2015

Research carried out by a U.K. scientist is said to have great potential for improving the whole EU pea industry.

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Greenpeace urges EU action on pesticide use

June 17th, 2015

A recent Greenpeace study found 70% of pesticides in samples taken across the EU had a ‘very high overall toxicity to humans and wildlife’.

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U.K.-bound produce worth millions lost due to migrant ‘contamination’

June 16th, 2015

The French government is being urged to take action over the migrant crisis at a key port, with more than US$15 million of produce having been thrown away this year.

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China: Joyvio parent company to raise US$1.94B through IPO

June 16th, 2015

Legend Holdings says it will use most of the funding raised from entering the stock market to boost strategic investments and acquisitions.

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Australia halts Korean pear imports

June 16th, 2015

The Australian market will be closed to South Korean pear exporters until further notice due to a fire blight outbreak.

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Ghana port development to ‘increase access to global markets’

June 16th, 2015

APM Terminals has partnered with two other organizations to invest US$1.5 billion in a new deep-water port aimed at putting Ghana at the ‘forefront of African global trade’.

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U.K.: Proud strawberry grower introduces new ‘Summer Blush’ variety

June 16th, 2015

A grower says his new ‘orangey red’ cultivar has the ‘wow factor’, as the fruit hits Waitrose shelves.

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U.S.: New Asia-bound flight to benefit large cherries

June 16th, 2015

A new route from Seattle-Tacoma across the Pacific will see its first flight take off this weekend.

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El Niño likely to last through Northern Hemisphere winter

June 15th, 2015

The U.S. Climate Prediction Center (CPC) believes a weather phenomenon could bring higher rainfall to the country later this year.

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Colombia: Drones used to boost banana growers’ productivity

June 15th, 2015

A high-resolution camera mounted onto a drone will provide growers real-time information on the typography of the soil and type of weeds.

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Canadian govt proposes changes to nutritional labelling

June 15th, 2015

A government official says Canadians will soon have the highest level of information on food’s sugar content than anywhere else in the world.

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Polish apple exporters look to Indonesia

June 15th, 2015

The Polish Ministry of Agriculture says it is ‘counting on Indonesia’s readiness’ to be open to more food imports.

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South Africa: Smallholder Eastern Cape citrus farmers receive funding

June 15th, 2015

The Department of Rural Development hopes to help commercial farmers in Peddie develop exports to the EU.

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Giumarra begins marketing New Zealand fruit crops

June 12th, 2015

Giumarra says its high-Brix DIVA apple will be a ‘star’ in the category in the months ahead.

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Dutch trio turn to organic tomatoes as demand grows

June 12th, 2015

Three Dutch brothers’ organic production only began this year, but they are already set to export to the U.K.

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Record NZ avocado season saw volumes almost up by a half

June 12th, 2015

Despite New Zealand experiencing its highest ever avocado production season, returns almost hit record levels.

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Spanish strawberry production falls as growers diversify crops

June 12th, 2015

One industry body in Spain estimates volumes will end up being 10-15% lower than the 279,000MT produced last year.

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Brazil to export larger mangoes to U.S.

June 12th, 2015

Within the space of a couple of months, the U.S. has eased weight restrictions for mango imports from two South American countries.

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U.S.: Agreement finalized for cold treatment-free Colombian Cape gooseberries

June 12th, 2015

A big opportunity has opened up for Colombian golden berry producers in two departments with farms above a certain altitude.

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Strong volumes and sales lift start of Zespri kiwifruit campaign

June 11th, 2015

Zespri’s exports of gold kiwifruit this seaon are reportedly anticipated to be on par with pre-Psa levels at around 32 million trays.

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Capespan Asia & Golden Wing Mau team up to explore markets

June 11th, 2015

Capespan is embarking upon a ‘specialized initiative’ with a China-based company in which it holds a 25% stake.

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Leading Israeli banana breeder to test varieties in Australia

June 11th, 2015

The head of Israeli biotech group Rahan Meristem is reportedly ‘certain’ the company’s materials will be helpful to Australian banana growers.

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U.S.: Stemilt introduces ‘sweetest cherry brand on the market’

June 11th, 2015

The season of a major U.S. cherry grower’s new Skylar Rae-branded fruit will last for a month from mid-June.

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European fruit and vegetable consumption in decline

June 11th, 2015

A Freshfel representative says it is ‘urgent’ to stimulate falling demand for produce in Europe.

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State of the Market – Week 23, 2015

June 10th, 2015

Strong demand for clementines in the U.S. kept prices high in week 23.

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U.K.: Exotic salads increase share of lunchtime snack market

June 10th, 2015

British supermarket Tesco says demand for leafy salads has grown at three times the rate of sandwiches.

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U.S. apple orchard fined US$2.25M for hiring ‘unauthorized’ workers

June 10th, 2015

The exclusive grower of the Opal variety in North America has urged the industry to help fix the ‘dysfunctional and broken’ immigration system following a hefty fine.

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Spain reflects on strong avocado season

June 10th, 2015

Although Spanish avocado growers have enjoyed record returns in the 2014-15 campaign, an industry warns productivity needs to be increased.

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Mandarins drive Uruguayan citrus growth

June 10th, 2015

While orange production is set to slip by 6.5% this season, mandarin volumes are expected to be up by a quarter.

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McDonald’s Mexico to include Zespri SunGold in Happy Meals

June 9th, 2015

A Zespri representative hopes the first-of-its-kind deal with McDonald’s will help introduce gold kiwifruit to people who weren’t familiar with it before.

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U.K.: Dutch grown stripy bell peppers hit Asda shelves

June 9th, 2015

What Asda describes as the ‘ultimate super pepper’ is now on sale across the U.K.

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New data points to larger number of Brazilian citrus trees

June 9th, 2015

A Brazilian citrus group anticipates 279 million boxes of oranges will be harvested from the ‘citrus belt’ in the 2015-16 season.

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U.S. to propose import rule for Argentine lemons

June 9th, 2015

The U.S. lemon market could soon open to lemon shippers in two key northern provinces, after a positive visit by APHIS officials.

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Syngenta rejects second Monsanto takeover bid

June 8th, 2015

Syngenta says Monsanto’s newest offer represents the ‘same inadequate price’ and the ‘same regulatory risks’ as the previous one a few weeks ago.

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California drought to cost state economy US$2.7B in 2015, study says

June 8th, 2015

A preliminary estimate by the University of California Davis says about 18,600 jobs could be lost to the drought this year.

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Colombia: Banana plantations hit by strong winds

June 8th, 2015

At least 200 hecaters of banana production in a major Colombian region suffered damage last week from severe weather.

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U.S. lemons fare well in key Asian markets

June 8th, 2015

Volumes and prices of U.S. lemons were up in three large Asian markets in the first few months of the year.

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A look into Kazakhstan’s giant greenhouse complex

June 8th, 2015

Kazakhstan’s president hopes a greenhouse being constructed in the north of the country will contribute towards making the nation more agriculturally self-sufficient.

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Canada: Positive results for researchers aiming to boost grape storability

June 5th, 2015

Having successfully adapted sulphur pads to the Sovereign Coronation variety, an Ontario research center now hopes to trial fumigation methods to increase growers’ competitiveness.

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Banana variety discovered in Oman shows pest resistance

June 5th, 2015

A banana variety thought to only grow in Oman is reported to have a ‘chemical cocktail’ that acts as a natural beetle repellent.

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NZ: Kiwifruit Claim does not have a case, argue Crown lawyers

June 5th, 2015

A Crown lawyer reportedly believes Psa might not have arrived in imported pollen in June 2009, but ‘much earlier’.

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BASF believed to be considering offer for rival Syngenta

June 5th, 2015

With a major Swiss multinational having recently turned down a takeover bid, an offer from a different company could be on the cards.

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Peru: Camposol steps up water use reduction efforts

June 5th, 2015

With global water demand growing faster than the world population, Camposol is undertaking three projects in 2015 aimed at reducing water consumption.

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Russian PM promises “symmetrical” response if EU tightens sanctions

June 4th, 2015

Despite the Russian economy having shrunk by 2% in the first quarter, the country’s prime minister says the food import ban would only be lifted if the West drops its economic sanctions.

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First Tajikistani cherries of 2015 land in China

June 4th, 2015

Cherry shipments from Tajikistan continue after the country first received market access for China one year ago.

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Peru begins major avocado marketing campaign in U.S.

June 4th, 2015

Amid anticipated record Peruvian avocado exports to the U.S., an industry body has cooked for sailors on the USS Cole Navy ship.

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Research aims to weed out the weevil from U.K. pea & bean sector

June 4th, 2015

A U.K. researcher has warned pea and bean growers that pyrethroid sprays ‘may not be effective’ against a pest causing severe damage.

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Spain: New banana ripening operation opens in Mercamadrid

June 4th, 2015

A new facility in a major Madrid wholesale market will store up to 160 pallets of bananas and other tropical fruits.

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Calavo enjoys record results in Q2

June 3rd, 2015

Although a sharp increase in avocado volumes was ‘substantially’ offset by weather-related declines in other product categories, revenues, gross margin and net income all jumped to new heights.

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State of the Market – Week 22, 2015

June 3rd, 2015

The U.S. clementine market was reported to be undersupplied in week 22.

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Syngenta prepares for second takeover bid

June 3rd, 2015

Monsanto is reportedly preparing to make another takeover bid for the Swiss multinational, which is anticipated to be at least 10% higher.

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Reefer boost for United Arab Shipping Company

June 3rd, 2015

Several stops in Europe and the U.S. East Coast are included in the company’s new Atlantic service.

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India: Rain-affected onions face storage issues

June 3rd, 2015

Indian onions are not anticipated to last nearly as long in storage this year due to heavy rainfall that hit the country last year.

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Spain: Drug-stuffed pineapples from Central America seized

June 2nd, 2015

Spanish police say 200kg of cocaine they found in pineapples had been concealed in a ‘sophisticated’ way.

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FDA and CFIA to finalize food safety systems recognition

June 2nd, 2015

Two U.S. and Canadian public health organizations will work together to help make ‘informed risk-based regulatory decisions’.

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U.S.: Port of Oakland hit by fresh work stoppage accusation

June 2nd, 2015

The new contract between the West Coast port employer and worker union may have just been ratified, but the new dispatch process reportedly encountered trouble on Sunday.

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Zespri to push SunGold sales in North America

June 2nd, 2015

Zespri North America says it will be ‘ramping up a multi-media campaign’ in various markets starting in June.

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U.S. Northwest pear crop to drop for second consecutive year

June 2nd, 2015

The Pear Bureau Northwest says this autumn’s production will be 2% down on last year but still above the five-year average.

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Opinion: Waging war on ‘healthier’ foods

June 1st, 2015

Lisa Cork says it’s interesting to see just how much sugar is prevalent in the average ‘healthy’ Western diet.

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Moldovan fruit farmers get US$12M boost from World Bank

June 1st, 2015

Smallholder grape, apple and plum farmers in Moldova will benefit from grants that should compensate for half of last summer’s lost profits.

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U.S.: Chiquita to keep ripening facilities at Gulfport “for now”

June 1st, 2015

The Port of New Orleans has confirmed Chiquita has put plans to move a small part of its operation there on hold.

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Medfly detected in more Russia-bound Egyptian oranges

June 1st, 2015

Just several days after Russia found Medfly in an orange shipment, another infected batch has been blocked.

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Italy: ‘Viviana’ table grape brand launched to counter downturn

June 1st, 2015

A new brand encompassing more than 350 Italian table grape growers will revolve around ‘product culture, inclusiveness and enhancement’.

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European Parliament backs plans to merge school fruit & milk schemes

May 29th, 2015

An MEP says new rules aim to ensure that more is done in EU schools to provide better education on healthy eating.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership to have “primarily positive” impacts on agriculture

May 29th, 2015

The PMA’s Richard Owen discusses the potential implications of what could be the most significant trade agreement in history.

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“Planets realign” for recovery of Australian oranges to U.S. market

May 29th, 2015

A weakening of the Australian dollar has contributed to an expected increase in U.S.-bound citrus shipments this campaign.

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Chile: Customs worker union reaches agreement to end strike

May 29th, 2015

After a threat of a ‘solidarity’ strike by Chile’s Agriculture and Livestock Service union, customs operations will now return to normal.

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FAO partners with World Union of Wholesale Markets

May 29th, 2015

Preventing and managing food waste are key goals of a recently announced alliance by the United Nation’s agricultural arm.

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Opinion: Fruits and vegetables are becoming barbecues’ main event

May 28th, 2015

Frieda’s Specialty Produce’s CEO Karen Caplan talks about what unconventional food can be grilled in the backyard this summer.

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U.K.: Asda prepares for Bangladeshi mango arrival

May 28th, 2015

Bangladeshi mango growers are optimistic about high prices in Europe this season.

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Indonesia to suspend citrus imports for four months

May 28th, 2015

The Indonesian Department of Agriculture reportedly advised the government to stop citrus imports later this year.

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South African citrus set for early U.S. arrival

May 28th, 2015

The Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum says U.S.-bound shipments could increase from last season’s 45,000MT.

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One man’s mission to create a buzz around the power of pollinators

May 28th, 2015

A Kenyan entomologist is forging cultural change, urging farmers to spray less and foster the insects that help boost yields through pollination.

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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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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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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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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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