December 18, 2014 / Week N° 51

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U.K.: Waitrose offers up Brazilian grape selection

December 18th, 2014

Waitrose will stock various table grape varieties such as Sweet Mayabelle for the festive season.

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Opinion: LA Times’ Mexican investigation reveals blight on produce sector

December 16th, 2014

It’s time to reform the practices of ‘tiendas de raya’ on Mexican farms.

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U.S.: Vision Produce expands chili program

December 16th, 2014

Vision Produce says it will be able to supply far more customers with new grower deals.

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SeekaFresh delivers record returns

December 16th, 2014

Seeka’s program primarily for Class 2 kiwifruit into Australia is paying much higher than industry averages.

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Mexico makes progress in fight against fruit fly

December 16th, 2014

Growers in parts of the Mexican state of Michoacan will be able to access new markets after the national agricultural watchdog downgraded the prevalence level of fruit fly.

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Farmers angry after severe rain and hail batter Indian grape crops

December 16th, 2014

Maharashtra grape farmers suffering crop damages have protested against the government’s lack of action after recent bad weather.

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Fruit sorting tech company wins Australian Exporter of the Year award

December 16th, 2014

GP Graders has received recognition for its international presence in the world of cherry sorting.

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Belgium: Strike action could tarnish our reputation, says Port of Antwerp

December 15th, 2014

There are about 50 vessels blocked from entering or leaving an important fruit import hub in Europe.

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Extensive promotional campaigns pay off for South African avocados

December 15th, 2014

The value of South Africa’s national avocado market shot up by around 20% year-on-year.

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Spanish exporter ships its first batch of lemons to mainland China

December 15th, 2014

Having met China’s rigorous requirements, one Spanish shipper no longer has to send lemons via Hong Kong.

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NZ: Zespri considers Chinese kiwifruit production partnerships

December 15th, 2014

Zespri’s Matt Crawford discusses production possibilities in China and a red kiwifruit variety trialled in Singapore.

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Peruvian strawberry exports climb in 2014

December 15th, 2014

Peru has witnessed solid growth for its frozen strawberry industry this year, with buoyant demand in the U.S. and Canada.

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Opinion: Melbourne wholesale apple price trends – what do they tell us?

December 15th, 2014

Charley Xia explores how understanding historic price data could help growers improve returns.

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U.S.: California court takes Dole’s side in fruit mix labeling case

December 12th, 2014

A California court has denied a consumer’s allegation that Dole’s use of ascorbic and citric acids in packaged products makes the label “All Natural Fruit” misleading.

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U.S.: California citrus industry gives mixed views on storm

December 12th, 2014

While California Citrus Mutual has said the current storms in the state are a ‘plus all the way round’, others say it will delay harvesting at a peak time.

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Watermelon sourced from the Canary Islands boosts supply for Hillfresh

December 12th, 2014

The first batches of Canary Islands watermelons have arrived in the Netherlands in a new Ramafrut-Hillfresh deal.

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China intercepts fungus in Chilean blueberry shipment

December 12th, 2014

Chilean blueberry exporters will need to be on the lookout for stem canker in their packing lines.

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Texas citrus mite encroaches further in Spanish fields

December 12th, 2014

AVA-ASAJA has raised alarm about the “disturbing” spread of Texas Citrus Mite in Spanish orchards.

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Competitors unconcerned by Chinese access for South African apples

December 12th, 2014

Chilean and New Zealand apple exporters say varietal selection is key in the demanding Chinese market.

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Locus Traxx appoints operational heads in Italy, Spain

December 12th, 2014

As part of its growth strategy, produce technology group Locus Traxx will forge a more direct presence in two key EU countries.

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Advertorial: Subsole creates ‘Taste Index’ to incentivize its growers

December 11th, 2014

Exporter Subsole says it can achieve a higher kiwifruit quality using a new system that rewards its producers.

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Chilean table grape export volume to rise 16%, says Decofrut

December 11th, 2014

A Chilean fruit industry consultant has released a slightly more optimistic grape export forecast.

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Mexico starts anti-dumping investigation into U.S. apple imports

December 11th, 2014

Growers in the Mexican state of Chihuahua have filed a complaint alleging unfair trade practices from U.S. apple exporters.

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South African apple shipper targets China for next season

December 11th, 2014

A South African exporter hopes pears will also soon be approved by Chinese authorities.

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NZ kiwifruit scoops greater market share in India

December 11th, 2014

Zespri’s kiwifruit sales have doubled in India as more consumers become familiar with the exotic fruit.

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U.S.: Del Monte recalls fresh cut fruit in some states

December 10th, 2014

Listeria contamination risks from Gala red apples grown in Pennsylvania have led Del Monte to recall some of its fresh cut fruit products.

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State of the Market – Week 49, 2014

December 10th, 2014

The European avocado and blueberry markets both saw little activity in week 49.

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British athlete backs BanaBay brand

December 10th, 2014

British high jumper Mike Edwards is supporting BanaBay in a bid to promote healthy eating habits for children.

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Fruit industry figure wins regional election in Peru

December 10th, 2014

Fernando Cilloniz will lead the government of a key Peruvian agricultural region on a platform of irrigation, port modernization and roads.

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Russia releases gray trade interception stats from Belarus

December 10th, 2014

Russia has banned around 5% of produce shipments from Belarus since inspection posts were set up on the border.

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Italy: Jingold expands program with new Boerica kiwifruit

December 10th, 2014

Jingold will produce and market a kiwifruit variety that is ‘bigger and brighter’ than Hayward following a licensing deal.

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Chilean avocado exports could drop by half this season, says Cabilfrut

December 10th, 2014

Despite an attractive domestic avocado market this season, a large Chilean grower has warned there will be consequences if the industry loses focus on foreign trade.

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Belgian port prepared for strike action next week

December 9th, 2014

Many companies in the Port of Antwerp have advised shipping lines not to make calls on certain days next week.

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Costa Rica prepares pineapple export program for China

December 9th, 2014

A Costa Rican pineapple industry representative says it’s important to learn from other sectors already shipping to China.

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U.K.: Co-operative Food pledges three-year commitment to home-grown produce

December 9th, 2014

The Co-operative supermarket chain says British consumers are strongly in favor of buying locally-sourced produce.

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France: Blue Whale anticipates 15% rise in pear volumes

December 9th, 2014

One of France’s biggest pipfruit growers says an active domestic consumption is allaying oversupply concerns.

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Indian grape sector strengthened by 2014 export campaign

December 9th, 2014

An increasing number of Indian table grape growers are learning how best to produce their fruit to meet high international trade standards.

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NZ: T&G granted approval to acquire Apollo Apples

December 9th, 2014

BayWa’s share of New Zealand’s apple exports will soon increase to 35%.

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Peruvian artichoke shipments see solid growth

December 5th, 2014

The value of Peru’s artichoke exports to the U.S. shot by a third this year.

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U.S.: West Coast exporters ‘substantially delayed’, says Western Growers

December 5th, 2014

Western Growers says there are exporters ‘backing off’ their shipping volumes due to congestion in West Coast ports, and it is unclear when conditions will begin to improve.

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NZ trade tariff costs down by a quarter since 2012

December 5th, 2014

Horticulture New Zealand’s head says progress on trade tariff reduction enhances Asian trade opportunities.

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Russia adds Albania to produce import ban list

December 5th, 2014

Russia will ban Albanian produce imports following a sudden four-fold increase of certain crops.

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Tampa Bay delegation visits Chile to ‘deepen business opportunities’

December 5th, 2014

The head of Chile’s fruit exporters’ group says a recent U.S. visit helped both sides to explore new possibilities.

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China green lights South African apple imports

December 4th, 2014

The South African apple industry hopes the new Chinese market access will act as a ‘springboard’ to enter other Asian countries in the future.

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The Packaging Pitch: Cauliflower to take kale’s food trend reign in 2015

December 4th, 2014

Marketing expert Lisa Cork says a shift to low carb diets will make cauliflower a hot crop to watch in 2015.

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EU could lift Indian mango ban ‘early next year’, say industry reps

December 4th, 2014

Although Europe’s ban on Indian mango imports was originally set to last until the end of 2015, experts from the Asian country claim trade could start up again much sooner.

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BanaBay to make baby banana debut in Berlin next year

December 4th, 2014

BanaBay has reached agreements with growers in various Latin American countries to grow its mini Cavendish ‘BanaBinos’.

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Australia to benefit from R&D agreements with India

December 4th, 2014

Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd has reached a deal with three Indian research groups to improve horticulture.

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Chile’s Atacama region welcomes start of table grape export campaign

December 4th, 2014

Some 11.5 million boxes of table grapes are expected to be shipped from Chile’s northern production hub this season.

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Strong winds hit up to a third of Canary Islands’ banana crops

December 4th, 2014

While winds have wreaked havoc on Canary Islands’ banana plantations, growers were all covered by insurance.

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State of the Market – Week 48, 2014

December 3rd, 2014

U.S. avocado demand rose during the lead up to Thanksgiving celebrations last week.

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Decofrut forecasts 17% fall in Chilean cherry exports

December 3rd, 2014

A Chilean consultancy has provided a variety-by-variety glimpse of cherry damages in the wake of weekend rains.

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Blueberry harvest wraps up in Northeast Argentina

December 3rd, 2014

APAMA president Juan Scordia says blueberry growers have recovered well from a disastrous 2013 season.

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Honduran banana growers say more support from Chiquita is needed

December 3rd, 2014

Honduran producers selling their bananas to a Chiquita subsidiary say they need to be compensated for crop loss.

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Exchange rate bears well for new Belgian apple deal in India

December 3rd, 2014

BVF’s Marc Evrard discusses his expectations for an incipient pome fruit program in India.

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U.S.: Sweet potato exports spike over five-year period

December 3rd, 2014

The U.S. sweet potato export sector is now worth US$95 million, with EU-bound shipments up 17% this year.

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Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV finalize shipping merger

December 2nd, 2014

Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV have completed their tie up to become the world’s fourth-largest container liner shipping company, with expected annual sales of US$12 billion.

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Del Monte Pacific inks frozen produce deal with European firms

December 2nd, 2014

Spain’s Nice Fruit has signed a joint venture to run a frozen fruit facility in the Philippines.

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River Point Farms starts work on ‘state of the art’ packing plant

December 2nd, 2014

River Point says its new packing facility will help prepare for the doubling of onion production over the next year.

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South African table grape exporters positive after ‘perfect’ weather

December 2nd, 2014

One South African table grape exporter says ‘everything that can go well so far this season is good’, as producers continue to plant new varieties.

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China: Conditions improve for Peruvian citrus trade

December 2nd, 2014

A new protocol means Peruvian citrus that is exported to China will be subject to less a damaging cold treatment.

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Spain: Laser Food signs global deal with US$900M equipment group

December 2nd, 2014

A laser labeling technology is coming to the U.S. produce industry, and potentially anywhere that JBT Corporation has customers.

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Chilean cherry crop falls 15% after heavy rainfall

December 1st, 2014

Up to 40% of cherries in a key Chilean growing region are no longer eligible for export following rainfall on Saturday.

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Australia: China FTA will bring us on par with NZ and Chile, says APAL

December 1st, 2014

Australia’s pome fruit grower body says while the Chinese FTA is ‘terrific’, mainland apple access needs to be gained.

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LED technology extends British tomato deal

December 1st, 2014

British growers who supply retailer Sainsbury’s have come up with a way to grow tomatoes during cold months.

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Italy issues decree preventing early kiwifruit harvesting

December 1st, 2014

Italy’s Alessandro Fornari says new measures will prevent poor quality kiwifruit being released onto the market.

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Seeka to act as second plaintiff in NZ Kiwifruit Claim

December 1st, 2014

The Kiwifruit Claim has now been filed in Wellington’s High Court, with Seeka representing the post-harvest class.

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Ecuadorian bananas a ‘force’ in new Chinese province

December 1st, 2014

Ecuador’s bananas are gaining ground in China, with the launch of a promotion campaign in a major retail chain.

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Farming a powerhouse of U.K. economy, says govt

December 1st, 2014

U.K. Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss says agriculture is helping support the government’s long-term plans.

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NZ fruit growers embrace ozone tech for healthy orchards

December 1st, 2014

OA-Global’s ozone technology products worked wonders on kiwifruit trials in New Zealand, and the company hopes for similar success in new geographies and crops.

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Security officer injured in attack on Philippine banana executives

November 28th, 2014

A recent armed attack in the Philippines targeted Del Monte executives.

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Gaza officials block Israeli produce flows

November 28th, 2014

The Gaza Ministry of Agriculture has responded to a recent Israeli blockade of produce at the Kerem Shalom crossing.

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Swiss authorities seek to allay Russian fruit smuggling suspicions

November 28th, 2014

The Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture is taking all steps to avoid the country’s fruit getting banned in Russia.

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Argentine pome fruit exporters hold ‘high expectations’ for India

November 28th, 2014

Two Argentine apple shippers are delighted at the new Indian market access, with both saying they were surprised at the news and that a strong future is in store.

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Chilean kiwifruit industry prepares ground for 2015 season

November 28th, 2014

Breeding programs and pre-conditioning are two of many priorities for Chilean kiwifruit growers next year.

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Doubts linger after brief Chilean port strike

November 27th, 2014

Chile’s cherry and blueberry industries have very different views on the effects of recent port strikes.

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U.S.: Fair trade demand ‘tremendous’ as awareness grows

November 27th, 2014

A fair trader from Interrupcion says the recent U.S. focus on immigration and farmworkers’ rights is here to stay.

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Mission Produce teams up with Lantao for Chinese avocado sales

November 27th, 2014

Mission Produce has raised its avocado sales in China by 15% since a partnership was reached with Lantao.

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NZ: Plant & Food Research to support pipfruit access to Asian markets

November 27th, 2014

Pipfruit New Zealand says Asia-bound exports could represent half the total volumes by 2022 following new funding.

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U.S: new fumigation method allows for greater fruit volumes

November 27th, 2014

Exporters whose fruit requires fumigation in the U.S. now have a much more practical solution on offer in Florida.

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Low rainfall lifts South African stonefruit quality, says Capespan

November 27th, 2014

While the stonefruit export season is generally going well for Capespan, some key markets are said to be inexplicably ‘flat’.

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Russia may include Switzerland in produce import embargo

November 26th, 2014

A 400-fold increase in Swiss apple exports to Russia has sparked suspicions of smuggling to avoid a trade ban on EU produce.

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State of the Market – Week 47, 2014

November 26th, 2014

The supply of blueberries from Argentina and Uruguay was dwindling in Asia during week 47.

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Business as usual for Chilean table grape exporters

November 26th, 2014

With the Chilean table grape season just kicking off, one producer can’t meet demand despite rising production.

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Namibian grape season off to a flying start

November 26th, 2014

A quality inspector for Cool Fresh’s Namibian grape crop says ‘any farmer could only wish’ for this weather.

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Gaza threatens Israel with sanctions after produce blockade

November 26th, 2014

The Gaza Ministry of Agriculture has warned it will retaliate with sanctions if Israel continues to obstruct its fruit and vegetable trade.

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Spain: Pomegranate growers team up with La Liga club

November 26th, 2014

Spanish pomegranate growers will team up with the Elche soccer team to promote their fruit at home and abroad.

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Australia-China FTA “music to our ears”, says Joyvio

November 25th, 2014

A Chinese agribusiness hopes the Australian FTA will also lead to simplified quarantine protocols for fruit imports, and has also signaled plans to include South African sourcing.

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U.S. research teams make advances in phytophthora studies

November 25th, 2014

New Jersey scientists find that ‘silvering’ in bell peppers is negatively correlated with the epidemic phytophthora disease.

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Italy: Agricoper rises above grape challenges

November 25th, 2014

An Italian grape group may have lost 30% in sales due to the Russian embargo, but has slated an ambitious grafting plan.

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U.S.: Martin Sheen appeals for UFW support

November 25th, 2014

Actor Martin Sheen has called on the public to support a farmworker union that has been steeped in controversy of late.

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Opinion: U.S. farmers losing millions due to Canadian bankruptcies

November 25th, 2014

Lawyer Tim Henkel says the USDA was justified in its actions regarding Canadian exporters and PACA.

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Canadian produce sector hails successful meeting on Parliament Hill

November 25th, 2014

Financial protection for produce sellers was one of the key topics addressed during recent meetings between industry and government in Ottawa.

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Polish industry expects Chinese apple market access in 2015

November 24th, 2014

Chinese representatives plan to assess different Polish apple varieties for a potential market opening next year.

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New juiceless tomato ‘fantastic’ for foodservice, says Bayer CropScience

November 24th, 2014

Bayer CropScience has two new naturally-bred agricultural products it says will solve some food chain problems.

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‘Congress must enact meaningful immigration legislation,’ says Nassif

November 24th, 2014

The Western Growers head says Obama’s plans could lead to many workers leaving the agricultural industry.

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Field management app Eland gains ground in Argentina and Chile

November 24th, 2014

Originally designed for commodity crops, an Argentine field management app is making an impact in Chile’s fruit and vegetable sector.

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Food safety high on the agenda for Brazilian consumers

November 24th, 2014

Brazilian retail specialist Leonardo Miyao discusses trends in South America’s largest fruit and vegetable market.

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U.K.: Love Beets looks for South American opportunities

November 21st, 2014

A U.K. company recently visited Santiago de Chile in search of ready-to-eat beetroot export opportunities.

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U.S. rules hit Chilean organic blueberry hectares, says North Bay

November 21st, 2014

North Bay Produce’s Ruy Barbosa talks about Chilean blueberry uniformity and the implications of fumigation measures.

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