September 01, 2014 / Week N° 36

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China: Great-Sun Foods plans stock market listing

September 1st, 2014

After recording sluggish export results, China’s Great-Sun Foods is raising capital to invest in better processing and distribution centers.

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Thailand: 300,000 sign petitions to drop charges against Andy Hall

August 31st, 2014

The number of petitioners in support of Andy Hall continues to rise, joining the likes of United Nordic, leading U.K. retailers and Fyffes.

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Open letter: global solidarity campaign is independent of me

August 29th, 2014

The Thai pineapple industry responded to an international support effort by telling Andy Hall to behave himself. The Briton’s response? “This campaign was not instigated by me.”

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Indian govt loosens reins on minimum onion export prices

August 29th, 2014

New rules mean it will now be much easier for Indian onion growers to sell their produce outside the country.

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U.S. may allow South African citrus from black spot-infested areas

August 29th, 2014

U.S. authorities claim South Africa should be treated the same way as Florida when it comes to citrus black spot.

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Colombia will be ‘a very important player’ in avocado trade, says Westfalia rep

August 29th, 2014

A Westfalia Colombia rep says the industry could double in the next decade and take on Chile and Peru in the U.S.

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U.S. could open doors to Chinese citrus

August 29th, 2014

Hot on the heels of apples, Chinese citrus is now on track to gaining U.S. market entry after a recent proposed rule from APHIS.

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Decoding China’s “banana-mania” in 2014

August 29th, 2014

Xia Zuxiang explains how Ecuadorian bananas have edged ahead of local and Philippine competition in China.

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U.S.: Sun Pacific ‘affected dramatically’ by the drought

August 29th, 2014

‘Water prices are way up, water availability is way down, and it’s scary’, says a Californian citrus grower.

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Carrefour targeted in Spanish grower protest

August 28th, 2014

Spanish growers have accused retailers of taking advantage of the Russian ban with extremely low prices.

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U.S. NGO sues Chiquita for “deceptive” advertising

August 28th, 2014

A Seattle-based NGO claims the Rainforest Alliance is re-thinking its endorsement of Chiquita bananas, following allegations of water contamination in Guatemala.

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Scandinavian buyers cry foul over Thai food industry’s actions

August 28th, 2014

A group of Scandinavia’s largest retailers is “greatly worried” about litigation against Andy Hall in Thailand.

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California: Gerawan responds to UFW statement, misconduct allegations

August 28th, 2014

Gerawan Farming says ‘It is unfortunate that our employees need to take such a drastic action’.

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Sweet ending for a successful British Columbian blueberry season

August 28th, 2014

British Columbia is on track to top last year’s production by 24%, as the late Elliot variety hits pleasing brix levels.

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Tozer to expand flower sprouts on European continent

August 28th, 2014

After a recent U.S. launch, Tozer Seeds now has more new markets lined up for a kale-brussels sprout hybrid.

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California competition greater than Chile, says Peruvian grape exporter

August 28th, 2014

One Peruvian table grape company has raised concerns about what Russia’s ban will mean for export markets.

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U.S.: West Coast port talks make headway

August 27th, 2014

Clear progress is made in the U.S. West Coast port negotiations as both sides reach a ‘tentative agreement on terms for health benefits’.

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Chiquita and Fyffes find US$20M in new synergies from proposed merger

August 27th, 2014

Brazil’s Cavendish Global may seek to sway shareholders from the merger, but Chiquita and Fyffes have found new benefits that could be gained from their partnership.

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State of the Market – Week 34, 2014

August 27th, 2014

The supply of U.S. grape varieties saw an increase in the Chinese market during week 34.

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Chilean table grape industry addresses ’30% loss in competitiveness’

August 27th, 2014

One expert says urgent structural changes are required in Chile’s table grape industry to retain its global standing.

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California: UFW hits back at ‘anti-labor’ Center for Worker Freedom

August 27th, 2014

The United Farmworkers Union has accused the Center for Worker Freedom of “cynical outreach to Latinos”, backed by the “architect” of last fall’s Federal Government shutdown.

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Argentina gears up for first blueberry shipments in September

August 27th, 2014

With Argentina’s blueberry season imminent, production volume looks like it could break a two-year trend.

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France: kiwifruit producer looks forward to ‘active markets’ in coming season

August 27th, 2014

Prim’land is expecting a great season for its kiwifruit but says the apple situation is ‘quite complicated’.

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U.K. youngster grows watermelons for Tesco

August 27th, 2014

A British teenager has overcome perceptions about growing conditions to supply watermelons to retailer Tesco.

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U.K.: Morrisons reveals £19M plan to boost produce shelf life

August 27th, 2014

For every hour un-chilled, a produce item can lose eight hours of life in the home, according to Morrisons.

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Canada: Sunset Produce doubles Coldwater Farms greenhouse capacity

August 26th, 2014

An expanded greenhouse with a diffused glass ceiling will support increased tomato production for Sunset Produce.

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Sweden: NYKCool to change name under new ownership

August 26th, 2014

A Russian reefer company has bought Swedish shipping line NYK Cool, which will now operate under a new name.

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U.S. plum producer says ‘consumers are in for a treat’

August 26th, 2014

Grant J. Hunt Company is expecting ‘one of the cleanest’ Empress plum crops ever as production increases.

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U.S.: Florida grower sees substantial growth in green-skinned avocado sales

August 26th, 2014

A Florida producer says green-skinned avocados’ ‘good flavor profile’ is one reason for growing demand.

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Egyptian produce company expects minimal U.S.-bound citrus exports

August 26th, 2014

An Egyptian produce company says citrus exports to the U.S. should be small for now due to Russian opportunities.

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Chile: ODEPA urges strawberry growers to seize international opportunities

August 26th, 2014

A recent Chilean report provides an in-depth look at trends in global strawberry consumption.

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Farmworkers versus unions, a new fight in California

August 26th, 2014

Employers will not be the targets in a peach picker protest to take place today, but rather unions and the State of the California.

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Solving India’s banana waste problem

August 25th, 2014

Danfoss India has ambitious plans to resolve infrastructure problems that are leaving a third of bananas by the wayside.

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Chilean walnut, almond and prune exporters look to Russia

August 25th, 2014

Apart from the import embargo, currency issues will also determine how Chilean dried fruit fares in Russia.

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USDA researcher reveals encouraging results of phosphine fumigation tests

August 25th, 2014

Research shows worker safety and food quality could be improved by using phosphine instead of methyl bromide on crops.

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Canada pledges to speed up Polish apple access

August 25th, 2014

Canadian authorities have vowed to speed up market access for Polish apple growers, who like their own fishermen have been impacted by Russia’s food import embargo.

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U.S.: Pandol Brothers predicts earlier grape import transition this year

August 25th, 2014

A U.S. grape company says consumer preference for freshness is one reason retailers may import earlier this season.

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U.S.: Californian kiwifruit industry forecasts good fruit quality

August 25th, 2014

It seems like California kiwifruit growers have escaped the worst of the drought, with normal production expected.

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Australia: Select Harvests to make landmark acquisitions

August 24th, 2014

A leading Australian almond company plans to spend US$59 million on new properties and water entitlements in a bid to double production by 2018.

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Communist rebels attack two Philippine banana plantations

August 24th, 2014

A Del Monte aircraft hangar was one site of rebel attacks on banana operations in the Philippines over the weekend.

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U.S.: Port of Savannah to receive new fruit imports next month

August 22nd, 2014

A port in the U.S. state of Georgia will soon allow entry for cold-treated citrus from Peru.

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NZ: new reports of Psa symptoms as spring draws closer

August 22nd, 2014

Kiwifruit vines in New Zealand’s Katikati and Opotiki regions have shown increased Psa symptoms recently.

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U.S. Northwest pushes up pear production forecast

August 22nd, 2014

Pear volumes from Oregon and Washington State are set to be 8% bigger than previously thought.

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Tozer Seeds reveals U.S. ‘Kalette’ growers and marketers

August 22nd, 2014

Tozer Seeds believes its brussel sprouts-kale hybrid will ‘take off quickly’ as six U.S. growers are announced.

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Argentine kiwifruit nursery sees “notable growth”

August 22nd, 2014

Argentina’s authorities and kiwifruit industry are taking a 100% preventative approach to Psa very seriously.

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Brazilian authorities approve GM fruit fly trials

August 22nd, 2014

A U.K. company is taking a further step in testing fruit fly controls through genetic modification, but GeneWatch believes the move could threaten the food supply.

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Mexico and U.S. begin organic equivalency talks

August 22nd, 2014

Mexico and the U.S. could soon enjoy an organic equivalency agreement, with the first visit taking place this year.

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Peruvian avocado industry accuses Chile of unfair treatment

August 22nd, 2014

A Peruvian industry representative has asked ‘why aren’t Californian avocados tested for sunblotch in Chile too?’

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NZ: SunGold and organic kiwifruit volumes surge for Seeka in H1

August 21st, 2014

A more competitive postharvest environment hasn’t stopped New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit packer from making big gains in the first half of 2014.

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Russia eases ban on certain produce

August 21st, 2014

In order to help its own farmers, Russia has scrapped some agricultural items from its import ban including onion and potato seeds.

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Opinion: balancing technology and process to maintain your cold chain

August 21st, 2014

C.H. Robinson’s Bob Biesterfeld looks at the science of keeping cold chains in check in the modern world.

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Chilean scientists find new way to control fruit decomposition

August 21st, 2014

A Chilean team may have come up with something of an elixir of shelf life.

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Australia sees greater apple competition after Russian ban

August 21st, 2014

While Australian apples have counterseasonal advantages, a more competitive market demands high quality.

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Brazilian table grape producer expects ‘tough season’ after cloudy weather

August 21st, 2014

Brazil’s leading table grape producer says cloudy weather greatly affected white seedless production this year, however a strong domestic market and 14 new varieties mean it isn’t all bad news.

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Spain asks EU to add melons and watermelons to emergency measures

August 21st, 2014

Spain says unless melons and watermelons are included in EU’s special measures there will be ‘serious disruptions’.

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USDA expects Chilean stonefruit rebound in 2014-15

August 21st, 2014

After frosts that hit the recent crop, Chile stonefruit growers are gearing up for higher production in 2014-15.

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South Africa considers altering GM labeling legislation

August 20th, 2014

Stricter regulations could soon come into force in South Africa to clarify what constitutes GM produce.

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Europe: Copa Cogeca welcomes emergency package but calls for more help

August 20th, 2014

European farmer and cooperative organization Copa Cogeca believes more extraordinary measures are warranted to soften the blow from Russia’s import ban.

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Argentina: All Lemon attracts new customers despite lower volume

August 20th, 2014

Frosts slashed Argentina’s lemon exports this year, but the industry’s quality standards are yielding new partners.

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U.S.: National Mango Board to host online ‘webinar’ on best ripening protocols

August 20th, 2014

The NMB is due to hold another web seminar today on mango ripening practices, with ‘more progress to be made’.

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British minister calls for clarification over European CAP reforms

August 20th, 2014

The U.K.’s Elizabeth Truss has called for more clarity and flexibility in EU reforms related to crop diversification.

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EU funding omission a stain on Spanish pomegranate sector

August 20th, 2014

A key Spanish region used to export almost a third of its pomegranates to Russia, yet the fruit has been left off an EU support list.

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Russia intercepts produce imports from banned EU countries

August 19th, 2014

Russia has prevented 11 cases of agricultural imports totaling more than 93MT via Belarus, including shipments from banned EU countries.

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Limoneira invests in northern Chilean citrus

August 19th, 2014

U.S. fruit company Limoneira has made its first investment abroad with a bet on Chilean citrus opportunities.

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Thailand: TPIA will ‘not intervene’ in Natural Fruit v. Andy Hall

August 19th, 2014

A Thai pineapple industry group has told a human rights campaigner to behave or face further prosecution.

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Sharp spurt for Mexican lime exports

August 19th, 2014

Like its avocados, Mexico’s lime exports saw substantial growth to key markets in the first half of this year.

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India: hailstorms lacerate apple and pear trees in Kashmir

August 19th, 2014

Authorities are assessing the damage of hail in Kashmir, where some pome fruit orchards have had a ‘total loss’.

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California: grower body expects ‘renewed emphasis’ on food safety

August 19th, 2014

A key Californian producer association says this summer’s stonefruit contamination scare was a ‘wake-up call’ for the industry, and has also praised the recently proposed water bond as a ‘valid opportunity’.

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U.S.: New Mexico Chile Association to launch certification program

August 19th, 2014

New Mexico’s chile industry will today launch a certification program to protect its peppers from copycats.

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EU slates €125M for emergency measures to prop up produce industry

August 18th, 2014

The European Union will tap emergency funding to support growers affected by Russia’s import ban, but not all crops will be included.

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Peru: Camposol profit surges more than 2.5 times in Q2

August 18th, 2014

Peppers were the only produce item that didn’t show growth for Peruvian exporter Camposol in the second quarter.

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Brazilian suitor urges Chiquita shareholders to reject Fyffes merger

August 18th, 2014

After the Chiquita board said “no” to a takeover offer, two Brazilian groups are making a direct pitch to shareholders.

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ProEcuador sees new ground in Russia for broccoli and tropical fruit

August 18th, 2014

Ecuador’s broccoli growers hope to replicate their Japanese success in Russia now that key competitors are gone.

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Potatoes and grapes in the spotlight for India in Russia

August 18th, 2014

IG International’s Tarun Arora looks at the Indian crops to benefit from Russia’s import ban, and how the move will affect European and Middle Eastern growers’ orientations toward his country.

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Peruvian avocados with sunblotch detected in Chile

August 18th, 2014

Chilean growers hope lab results will give weight to their appeal to prevent unfettered access for Peruvian avocados.

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U.S.: another record year for Pink Lady apples

August 15th, 2014

Washington State Pink Lady volume is not just up by 14% this year, but movement has been strong week-on-week.

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Peruvian pomegranate exports to more than double in 2014

August 15th, 2014

Peru’s pomegranate industry sees rapid growth in production and exports, but the increase is impacting on prices.

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Greek stonefruit farmers need new markets as soon as possible

August 15th, 2014

The clock is ticking for 9,000MT of Greek stonefruit in cold storage with nowhere to go after the Russian embargo.

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Quality focus could pull Dutch industry through rough times, says ABN AMRO

August 15th, 2014

An agri-food economist looks at the Dutch boom in certain produce items prior to tensions between Russia and the Ukraine, and what approach is needed from here.

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Mexican agricultural institute warns of avocado industry’s eco impacts

August 15th, 2014

The INIFAP in Mexico has raised concerns the avocado sector is causing rapid deforestation in one state.

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U.S.: Chiquita board rejects Brazilian offer

August 14th, 2014

Banana workers and advocacy groups had raised concern that a Brazilian takeover would set back 15 years of progress. Luckily for them, Chiquita is not recommending the deal to its shareholders.

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More market stabilization measures on the cards, says EU Ag Commissioner

August 14th, 2014

To tackle challenges from Russia’s food import ban, the EU will implement a faster market monitoring service and new stabilization measures for fruits and vegetables.

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California: Western Growers applauds US$7.5B water support proposal

August 14th, 2014

A multi-billion dollar package to improve California’s extensive water system will now to go public vote after it was approved by lawmakers.

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When there’s a will there’s a way

August 14th, 2014

Speculation is mounting about the unofficial exports of some European Union-grown fruit to Russia despite the embargo.

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Colombian avocado industry expects U.S. approval in 2014-15

August 14th, 2014

The Colombian avocado industry has the U.S., Russia, Japan and Korea in its sights for export.

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‘We’ll find other markets’, says Aussie cherry grower rep

August 14th, 2014

Simon Boughey is not too fussed about the loss of the Russian cherry market for now.

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U.S. pistachio exporter unfazed about redirecting Russia-bound shipment

August 14th, 2014

A U.S. pistachio grower says the Russian ban ‘won’t hurt us’, despite redirecting a shipment already on the water.

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French growers unite in blocking Spanish trucks over dumping accusations

August 14th, 2014

Around 200 French produce growers blocked highways yesterday in protest of Spain’s ‘economic dumping’.

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Polish govt launches food bank drive for excess produce

August 14th, 2014

Instead of Russian consumers, Poland’s poorest families will benefit from the EU country’s oversupply of produce.

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Serbian apple exporter plays down Russia opportunities

August 14th, 2014

A large Serbian apple shipper says it is working ‘as normal’ and Russian price increases will be minimal.

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State of the Market – Week 32, 2014

August 13th, 2014

Chilean apple exports to the Far East saw a substantial year-on-year increase in week 32.

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Peru can ‘perfectly complement’ Chilean grapes, says Cilloniz

August 13th, 2014

A Peruvian market consultant says his country can partner with Chile to ensure a smoother grape supply.

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Czech growers fear flood of Polish apples

August 13th, 2014

Czech orchardists are concerned for an oversupply of apples from Poland, but a social media campaign has helped boost consumption.

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Tajikistan plans fivefold produce export boost to Russia

August 13th, 2014

The Tajik Government has set ambitious goals to raise an already sizable produce export presence in Russia.

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Peruvian blueberry grower expects major increase in national production

August 13th, 2014

Peru’s blueberry exports could hit US$40 million this year as it takes advantage of a month-long global supply gap.

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‘Earliest start ever’ for U.K. sweet corn grower

August 13th, 2014

One U.K. retailer has forecast a 30% uptick in sweet corn sales this summer.

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U.K. Potato Council plans marketing blitz

August 13th, 2014

Britain’s Potato Council aims to get consumers to ditch a “generic” approach to their purchases of the tuber.

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Belarus govt vows nation won’t be gray market for food to Russia

August 12th, 2014

Belarus has vowed it will not become a re-export point for foods banned by its neighbor Russia.

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Argentina could ‘redirect’ pome fruit exports to Russia

August 12th, 2014

Argentine pome fruit shippers could help fill the new Russian supply gap but only if the price is right.

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Key supermarkets confirm attendance for PMA Fruittrade Latin America

August 12th, 2014

Retailers from around the world have signed up for the unique PMA Fruittrade Latin America event in Chile.

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