April 16, 2015 / Week N° 16

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Europe: Fruit and milk school schemes set to merge

April 16th, 2015

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

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California: CCM criticizes Central Valley Project’s water allocation

April 14th, 2015

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

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

April 14th, 2015

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

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

April 14th, 2015

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

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Peru’s lemon essential oil exports see incremental growth

April 14th, 2015

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

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U.S.: Nature Fresh Farms begins 180-acre greenhouse project

April 14th, 2015

The first tomato crop from a major greenhouse project in Ohio is expected to be harvested this December.

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Spain: Banana workers ready to strike in the Canary Islands

April 13th, 2015

A Canary Islands union alleges banana growers are avoiding contract negotiations in order to hire new staff at lower wages.

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Average global produce consumption up 4% over half century

April 13th, 2015

An interactive website shows Cuba leads the world in fruit consumption, while the British eat a lot more than their first world counterparts.

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Cranberry consumption study shows fruit has impact on blood sugar

April 13th, 2015

A recent study shows complementing meals with cranberries can produce ‘modest but notable’ health benefits.

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Australia: Chinese supermarket chain to work closer with Tasmania

April 13th, 2015

Yonghui Superstores plans to buy more than US$15 million of Australian fruit, meat and seafood products in 2015.

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Chilean kiwifruit leader accuses Zespri of anti-competitive behavior

April 13th, 2015

Carlos Cruzat says New Zealand’s Zespri has ‘regressed’ in its market behavior since it was fined for monopolistic practices in Korea almost four years ago.

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South Africa: CGA releases citrus export forecast

April 10th, 2015

The 2015 citrus campaign has “difficult” written all over it, according to a South African industry body.

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South Africa: Zeder confirms full Capespan buyout bid

April 10th, 2015

A South African agribusiness investor hopes to buy out minority shareholders in a US$590 million a year produce company.

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Citrus black spot in Europe would be ‘catastrophic’, says Copa Cogeca

April 10th, 2015

The Copa Cogeca head has proposed tighter EU measures to lower the chances of CBS entering from South Africa.

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Australian cherry exports jump by a third

April 10th, 2015

Australia’s cherry industry body says better airfreight protocols are needed, amid expectations for a doubling of exports over the next ‘five to seven years’.

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China: Blueberry company becomes first to hit stock market

April 10th, 2015

Following a very positive first five years of operation, Richland Agriculture Corp has big plans for the future.

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U.S. judge grants emergency deposition request in Chiquita litigation

April 10th, 2015

Despite Chiquita’s objection, a U.S. judge believes the deposition of three jailed Colombian ex-paramilitaries should take place ‘immediately’.

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Chile: Copiapó grape farm damages estimated at US$50M

April 9th, 2015

More than 900 hectares of vineyards and 1,000 hectares worth of olive and vegetable plantations have been damaged by floods in Chile.

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Australia: Second Queensland farm hit with TR4 disease

April 9th, 2015

Panama Disease Tropical Race IV has been found on a farm in Mareeba in North Queensland, far from the site of the initial outbreak.

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Chile: Fruit fly found in Valparaiso region

April 9th, 2015

Two Mediterranean fruit flies have been caught in traps in Chile’s Los Andes province.

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Mexico: Farmworkers were ‘forced’ to strike, claims BerryMex

April 9th, 2015

Heated farmworker protests in Baja California last month may have crippled agriculture in peak season, but a major Driscoll’s supplier alleges many were ‘threatened’ not to return to the fields.

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China: Dairy Farm acquires stake in Yonghui Superstores

April 9th, 2015

A deal worth around US$915 million between Dairy Farm and a large Chinese supermarket chain has just been completed.

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Mauritius issues first ever phyto clearance for Indian fruit

April 9th, 2015

Kaushal Khakhar says restoring faith in Indian mangoes around the world is a ‘matter of pride’.

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U.S.: New Giumarra grape packs to combine fair trade, eat brighter!

April 9th, 2015

Giumarra Nogales has announced it will be including both Fair Trade USA certification and ‘Sesame Street eat brighter!’ characters on its packaging this spring grape season.

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DR asks U.S. to lift fruit and vegetable import ban

April 9th, 2015

The Dominican Republic says it has managed to contain the recent Medfly outbreak and cut the population in half.

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Russia: Putin disappoints on Greek import speculation

April 8th, 2015

Today’s meeting between Vladimir Putin and Alexis Tsipras was not fruitful enough to lift the Kremlin’s ban on Greek food imports.

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Russia may lift food import embargo on Greece, Cyprus, Hungary

April 8th, 2015

Three European Union member states that oppose Western sanctions against Russia could see their agricultural trade re-open with the country.

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State of the Market – Week 14, 2015

April 8th, 2015

Chilean blueberries were losing prominence over local and Mexican supply in the U.S. in week 14.

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Brazil plans to reduce fruit and vegetable waste

April 8th, 2015

The Brazilian government has jumped on the ‘ugly fruit’ bandwagon to counteract a 30% produce waste rate.

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U.K. retailer to stock Thai mango plums

April 8th, 2015

Like a mango with an edible peel and the texture of a plum, the ‘plango’ is the latest exotic introduction at Marks & Spencer.

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Russia blocks transit of Polish apple shipment

April 8th, 2015

Although a Polish apple shipment was reportedly intended for sale in Kazakhstan, Russia would not allow its transit from Belarus.

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Peru set to export larger mangoes and citrus from all regions to U.S.

April 8th, 2015

Four years of work from Peru to ease U.S. import restrictions on mangoes, citrus and peppers are reportedly about to pay off.

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Chile: Irrigation still off-line for Atacama growers

April 7th, 2015

Weeks of production compromised and 6,000 horticultural laborers potentially out of work; this is the damage left by flooding in a normally very dry part of Chile.

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U.S.: New president for Dole Food Company

April 7th, 2015

Dole has announced its president C. Michael Carter will be retiring, and has looked internally for his replacement.

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Chilean pomegranate production ‘lower and earlier’

April 7th, 2015

A Chilean pomegranate processor believes the industry could grow ‘six or seven-fold’ in the U.S.

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Peru allows imports of Chilean walnut plants

April 7th, 2015

Could Peru bank on yet another horticultural crop that has proven successful for its southern neighbor?

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Dole Chile to expand blueberry production ‘north and south’

April 7th, 2015

Dole Chile’s berry manager says establishment in the country has gone well and he expects a promising future.

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Two executives to leave Chiquita Brands International

April 7th, 2015

Chiquita’s interim CEO Brian W. Kocher has left the company, and vice president Joseph B. Johnson will be on his way out soon.

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China: AQSIQ puts quarantine controls on entire region in Chile

April 7th, 2015

China will now require cold treatment for fruit exported from a key Chilean grape-growing region.

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China: Branding is more than just a logo, Zespri rep tells Shanghai forum

April 7th, 2015

During PMA Fresh Connections: China, leaders from some of the most iconic names in produce discussed the building blocks behind good branding.

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Japanese giant strawberry growers enjoy soaring demand

April 6th, 2015

In Japan 243 strawberries varieties have been registered, with 50 news ones since 2011.

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U.S.: EPA ‘unlikely’ to approve new neonicotinoid pesticide uses

April 6th, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency says it’s concerned about some pesticides’ effects on bee populations.

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Arctic apple developer eyes all North American market segments

April 6th, 2015

The Okanagan Specialty Fruits head says “prospects are huge” for the GM apple following regulatory approval for the U.S. and Canada.

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U.S.: ILWU delegates vote to recommend proposed labor contract

April 6th, 2015

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez has applauded the West Coast port worker union’s ‘willingness to move forward’.

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Chile: Some northern growers could lose crops ‘in a month’ without irrigation

April 6th, 2015

ASOEX has urged immediate efforts to restore the irrigation network in an area recently hit hard by flooding.

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Nanotech research could bring range of farmer-friendly products to market

April 3rd, 2015

An international project aims to improve the shelf life of fruit through an easily accessible nanotech formula.

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China: Understaffed AQSIQ leads to sluggish produce import access approvals

April 3rd, 2015

During PMA Fresh Connections: China, Feng Chunguang shared some lesser known facts about the country’s quarantine agency.

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California water measures ‘acknowledge seriousness of drought’, says WG

April 3rd, 2015

Western Growers’ Tom Nassif says he is pleased the ‘plight’ of Californian farmers has been highlighted in Governor Brown’s unprecedented statewide water reduction measures.

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Peru: ‘Exporter of the Year’ award makes us hungry for more, says Coexa

April 3rd, 2015

The head of Peruvian grower and shipper Coexa has been given a prestigious prize by the national Exporters’ Association (ADEX) for the second time in 25 years.

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U.S.: Union negotiations off the table for Sakuma Brothers Farms

April 3rd, 2015

Berry grower Sakuma Brothers has questioned the legitimacy of a union calling for a boycott against its products, describing demands as “unreasonable”.

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Pesticide residue levels linked to sperm count, U.S. study finds

April 2nd, 2015

A U.S. study has shown men’s fertility could be harmed by eating produce with higher pesticide residue levels.

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Driscoll’s CEO steps down after 15-year tenure

April 2nd, 2015

Driscoll’s former president and COO Kevin Murphy has been given a more senior role at the berry company.

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Australia: Exchange rate to boost Asian pome fruit campaign, says APAL

April 2nd, 2015

Australia’s pome fruit grower body says greatly improved orchard practices have led to roughly 15% more class 1 fruit than 2014.

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Peru’s piquillo pepper exports skyrocket in 2015

April 2nd, 2015

From Spain to the U.S. to Australia, Peru’s piquillo pepper industry is finding growth opportunities in the gourmet food segment.

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Chile reflects on challenging table grape season

April 2nd, 2015

U.S. port strikes, lower prices, smaller berry sizes and condition problems meant the 2014-15 Chilean table grape export campaign was no easy sailing.

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Mexico: Frosts to halve April’s Persian lime production

April 2nd, 2015

Freezing temperatures in many parts of Mexico will lead to sharp price rises for limes.

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State of the Market – Week 13, 2015

April 1st, 2015

Grape markets were oversupplied in Asia last week, but the situation was more promising in Europe and the U.S.

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Chilean govt pledges U$4.8M for irrigation recovery after floods

April 1st, 2015

Representatives of Fresh Del Monte and Frutícola Atacama discuss flood effects in northern Chile, where funding is on its way for recovery.

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Peru: Flooding hits large swathes of agricultural land

April 1st, 2015

While recent torrential rain in northern Peru has affected large areas of rice production, the extent of the damage to fruit crops is as yet unclear.

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Xinjiang table grapes to make mark on Chinese market

April 1st, 2015

Grape exporters to China are set to face increasing domestic competition in the coming years.

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Seald Sweet expands Mexican grape program

April 1st, 2015

U.S.-based produce distributor Seald Sweet has made “substantial financial investments” to bolster its table grape program.

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Panama Disease TR4 detected in Pakistan, Lebanon

March 31st, 2015

A Dutch scientist has confirmed outbreaks of Panama Disease Tropical Race IV in Lebanon and Pakistan, but communication issues may be a challenge in containing the disease’s spread.

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Avocado shortage in Europe as Easter approaches

March 31st, 2015

Mission Produce Europe says early ends and late starts from some major avocado-producing countries are pushing up prices.

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Australia: Plants destroyed on TR4-contaminated banana farm

March 31st, 2015

Some 210 plants on a Queensland banana plantation have been destroyed to try and contain Panama disease.

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U.S.: Gerawan upbeat for new crop and unfazed by exchange rates

March 31st, 2015

California’s largest stonefruit grower says the strong dollar is not affecting overseas demand for its upcoming crop.

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U.K.: Port expansion to make one of Europe’s ‘largest reefer facilities’

March 31st, 2015

A £20 million refrigerated distribution center in London will have capacity for 25,000 pallets.

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International Blueberry Organization to host forum Down Under

March 31st, 2015

Blueberry experts from around the globe will come to Coffs Harbour in September for a ‘true blue’ Aussie experience.

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Spain signs deal to open U.S. market for avocados and apricots

March 31st, 2015

Spain’s prioritization of new market openings means two more of the country’s fruits will soon be able to reach the U.S.

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U.S. opens doors to Mexican figs

March 30th, 2015

APHIS believes irradiation treatment will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of importing fresh figs from Mexico.

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Russia trashes gray market apples

March 30th, 2015

Recent photos show Russian authorities have dumped illegal fruit in landfill sites.

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U.K.: Earliest ever raspberries hit Waitrose shelves

March 30th, 2015

British Summer Fruits (BSF) expects outdoor raspberry crops to be two weeks later than last year.

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NZ kiwifruit export season kicks off

March 30th, 2015

Zespri’s Lain Jager says New Zealand’s kiwifruit volumes are set to be back to pre-Psa levels this year.

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Peru: Strong demand spurs on strawberry exports

March 30th, 2015

A Peruvian industry head says improved technology could boost frozen strawberries’ potential.

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U.S.: Driscoll’s stands behind Sakuma Brothers Farms

March 30th, 2015

Amid calls for a boycott, Driscoll’s says previous union claims against a berry supplier have been resolved and it has no place intervening in labor negotiations.

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Chile: SAN urges immediate assistance for stranded farmers

March 27th, 2015

Chile’s National Agricultural Society (SAN) says the severe flooding has left many stranded without water for days, as produce companies use private helicopters to rescue those in need.

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First South African apples take off for Chinese market

March 27th, 2015

The South African Apple and Pear Producers’ Association (SAAPPA) is “over the moon” about the opening of the Chinese market.

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Mexico: New avocado export system better serves industry, says APEAM

March 27th, 2015

APEAM is pleased that no sanctions or penalties were posed in a recent competition authority decision.

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Spain: AVA-ASAJA proposes converting 10,000ha of citrus production

March 27th, 2015

An industry head in Valencia unveils plans to prevent the sector becoming “a shadow of its former self”.

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U.K.: Scientist says govt drew wrong conclusion from neonicotinoids study

March 27th, 2015

A biology professor reportedly says the U.K.’s position on a type of pesticide “doesn’t add up”.

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Indonesia: Fresh Grow to launch ‘King Tomato’ range after positive trial

March 27th, 2015

Fresh Grow says ‘lower-cost and unmatched quality beat-out less fresh, higher-costing imports.’

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South Africa: Eastern Cape citrus sector receives funding to boost exports

March 27th, 2015

Some US$1.8 million of funding will reportedly help an area of the Eastern Cape reach the EU market.

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U.S.: Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers expect NZ Honeycrisps in May

March 27th, 2015

A large Washington State apple supplier says the specific New Zealand region where Honeycrisp apples are grown brings on an ‘amazing color.’

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Indian vineyard offers lifeline to local farmers hit by hail

March 27th, 2015

An Indian wine producer is using the recent severe hail storms as an opportunity not only to boost its economy port production but also to help table grape growers facing major financial losses.

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NZ: Scales Corp profits pip IPO forecast for 2014

March 26th, 2015

The parent company of Mr Apple has exceeded expectations in its first annual result announcement to the NZX.

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Storms damage northern Chilean grapevines, infrastructure

March 26th, 2015

The Copiapó Valley has been one of the worst hit agricultural zones from recent storms in northern Chile.

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U.S.: Boycott threatens Driscoll’s supplier

March 26th, 2015

“It’s so hard to bring in workers from abroad, and what happens when they do it legally? They get punished.” One industry insider says this is the true story behind a farm labor battle raging in Washington State.

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Costa Rica: CANAPEP says eco-group “overstated” water pollution problems

March 26th, 2015

A Costa Rican NGO has petitioned the IAHCR to help halt pineapple expansion in the Caribbean country.

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New Indian banana brands slip into Gulf markets

March 26th, 2015

Pick N Serve managing director Subrata Mondal believes he can get an edge over Ecuadorian and Philippine banana suppliers to the Gulf region.

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Mexican resolution puts an end to avocado export services monopoly

March 26th, 2015

Mexican avocado packers no longer need to be members of APEAM to export to the U.S.

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No risk of Russian ban on Serbian fruit, says ambassador

March 26th, 2015

Serbia has reportedly established a new system of sending phytosanitary certificates to Russia in advance.

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Brazil’s Argentine pome fruit ban “unjustified and hasty”, says CAFI

March 26th, 2015

A major Argentine industry body warns of “severe social consequences” if Brazil’s pome fruit ban continues.

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Brazil halts Argentine pome fruit imports

March 25th, 2015

Brazilian authorities say they detected the codling moth in 15 Argentine apple and pear shipments in the first quarter of 2015 alone.

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Anxious wait for Serbian apple exporters after Russian accusations

March 25th, 2015

Serbian apple exporters depend heavily on the Russian market, with some believing re-export claims may be a ‘mix up’.

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State of the Market – Week 12, 2015

March 25th, 2015

A reduced supply allowed for white seedless grape price stabilization in the U.S. in week 12.

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WHO-affiliated group deems glyphosate “probably carcinogenic”

March 25th, 2015

Monsanto is ‘outraged’ at a determination from the IARC that the world’s most used herbicide is probably carcinogenic to humans.

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PMA’s annual Chinese event gains local traction

March 25th, 2015

Online trading platforms, brand development and market access will be just some of the subjects discussed at PMA Fresh Connections: China.

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Dominican Medfly outbreak far from commercial fruit production, says mango rep

March 25th, 2015

Mango and avocado exporters believe the U.S. trade restrictions on Dominican fruit should be over soon.

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Russian ban prompts harvest change for early-season Spanish cherries

March 25th, 2015

An exclusive Spanish cherry group has had to reconfigure its greenhouse conditions to adapt to the loss of the Russian market.

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Chilean govt to introduce US$169M national drought plan

March 24th, 2015

The construction of new dams and rainwater harvesting initiatives are just some of the actions planned by the Chilean Government to combat an ongoing drought.

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Medfly found in northern Chile

March 24th, 2015

Chile’s Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) has declared a fruit fly outbreak in La Serena, capital of the Coquimbo region.

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Swiss group to boost Colombian agro-industry with its first ever buyer mission

March 24th, 2015

Following success in Peru, Switzerland Global Enterprise will hold its first buyer visit to Colombia this year.

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Chiquita exec payouts could exceed US$23M

March 24th, 2015

A report to the SEC reveals the extent of Chiquita’s completed and planned severance packages for leading executives, as well as hundreds of layoffs in Latin America.

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Australia: Farm robotics raise student interest in horticulture

March 24th, 2015

Drone technology has helped get more young people interested in horticultural research at the University of Queensland.

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Russia mulls ban on Serbian fruit imports

March 24th, 2015

Serbia will have to explain its sharp uptick in apple shipments to Russia if it is to avoid a ban on the trade.

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Ecuadorian tariffs could have flow-on effects for Chile’s overseas grape exports

March 24th, 2015

The delicate balance of Chilean grape prices abroad could be impacted by Ecuador’s recent protectionist policy.

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Australia: Valleyfresh enters JV with Perth wholesaler

March 23rd, 2015

With the help of a Freshmax subsidiary, a previously unavailable type of pre-packing service will be up and running in one of the world’s most isolated cities.

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NZ kiwifruit growers “overwhelmingly” support industry changes

March 23rd, 2015

More than 90% of New Zealand’s kiwifruit growers have voted in favor of the KISP recommendations, with an industry head criticizing the “small vocal minority” who oppose the single desk structure.

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Indo-Israeli centres of excellence going strong

March 23rd, 2015

The Indo-Israel Agriculture Project Cooperation Project (IIAP) recently held its biggest workshop yet.

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Russian authorities intercept another Polish apple shipment

March 23rd, 2015

Some 58MT of Polish apples have been blocked from entering Russia via Kazakhstan.

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IFCO strengthens reusable plastic container presence in China

March 23rd, 2015

IFCO’s Christy Zhu will be one of several speakers at this week’s PMA Fresh Connections: China event in Shanghai.

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Budding overseas empire for Australia’s Queen Garnet super plum

March 23rd, 2015

The palpable buzz around an anthocyanin-rich Queensland-bred plum is spreading internationally, with a French nursery upbeat for commercial harvests and U.S. growers playing their cards close to their chests.

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Russia may capitalize on U.S. ban of Dominican fruit

March 23rd, 2015

The U.S. ban on Dominican Republic fruit has the potential to play in favor of a Russian market in need of more supply.

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Australia: Other banana farms come up negative for Panama Disease TR4

March 23rd, 2015

While there is good news for the Australian banana industry, a grower body has urged everyone to stay vigilent.

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European School Fruit Scheme safe for now with funding allocated

March 20th, 2015

Germany, Italy and Austria are the biggest beneficiaries in the latest EU School Fruit Scheme budget.

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No evidence Ebola transmitted through food, says EFSA

March 20th, 2015

A recent report says there is no evidence the Ebola virus could be transmitted through food in the European Union.

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Californians called upon to save citrus industry

March 20th, 2015

California Citrus Mutual and Bayer CropScience have teamed up with the #CitrusMatters campaign to help prevent the spread of HLB.

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Film Review: The Starfish Throwers

March 20th, 2015

The new documentary set to air tomorrow shows the beauty of how a 40-pound cabbage can turn into a global movement.

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U.S.: California hits second highest table grape export volume in 2014-15

March 20th, 2015

California raised its table grape exports to several destinations this season, including Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, the U.K. and Indonesia.

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Chinese kiwiberry importer overcomes hiccups from NZ fruit fly detection

March 20th, 2015

The inclusion of Auckland Airport in a Queensland fruit fly detection zone caused minor setbacks for the kiwiberry trade.

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Ecuadorian fruit shoppers feel the crunch

March 20th, 2015

Ecuador’s enormous increase in food import tariffs is taking its toll on the country’s wholesalers.

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U.S., NZ take Indonesia to WTO over import license restrictions

March 20th, 2015

Two leading agricultural nations have taken aim at Indonesia’s “trade-restrictive import licensing regime”.

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Fresh Fruit Portal owner joins Verdant Partners

March 19th, 2015

Gustavo Yentzen has joined the likes of Don Goodwin and Dawn Gray as an advisor with Verdant Partners.

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Thailand: Andy Hall’s fourth case set to begin next week

March 19th, 2015

Defendant Andy Hall believes his second case will most likely go to a full trial, but he is optimistic he will be successful in the end.

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Mexico: APEAM holds avocado forecast steady despite hail event

March 19th, 2015

A Mexican avocado industry body says despite a “very unusual and intense hailstorm” last week in Michoacán, the impact should be “relatively minimal”.

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Nicaragua Canal construction could displace more than 100,000 people

March 19th, 2015

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) has denounced alleged human rights violations associated with the construction of the Nicaragua Canal.

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China: Hainan mango growers look to new markets

March 19th, 2015

Hainan mango growers are optimistic about market opportunities in mainland China, South Korea, Japan and Russia.

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Virgin Australia chairman may take top role at Costa Group

March 19th, 2015

The Australian Financial Review has speculated that Virgin Australia chairman Neil Chatfield could head up the Costa Group.

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Philippines: Dry spell hits around 5% of banana production, says PBGEA

March 19th, 2015

The Philippine banana sector is exporting less fruit to the Middle East due to conflict in the region.

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Italian organic kiwifruit brand ‘conquers’ Australia

March 19th, 2015

A northern Italian kiwifruit grower is making the most of Australia’s high fruit demand, and is planning other international ventures.

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Germany: €20M of cocaine found in banana shipment

March 19th, 2015

Some 300kg of cocaine were reportedly found in a South American banana shipment in Germany.

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NZ: Zespri hosting another buyer visit this week

March 18th, 2015

After a visit in February sparked controversy, New Zealand kiwifruit marketer Zespri is currently hosting another group of foreign buyers.

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State of the Market – Week 11, 2015

March 18th, 2015

The European white seedless grape market was strong during week 11.

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U.S.: Florida blueberry growers ‘pleased’ with fruit set

March 18th, 2015

The Florida blueberry harvest should kick off later this month, barring any cold snaps.

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California: ‘Highly unusual’ weather to accelerate summer crop season

March 18th, 2015

Barry Bedwell says it appears as though recent hot weather won’t impact negatively on fruit quality.

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U.S. completes pest risk analysis for fresh Chilean cranberry imports

March 18th, 2015

The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says phytosanitary measures would mitigate the risk of importing fresh Chilean cranberries.

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Vietnam approves Syngenta GM corn seed cultivation

March 18th, 2015

A transgenic maize variety that is resistant to the Asian corn borer has been given the green light for cultivation by Vietnamese authorities.

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Table grape season wrapping up in South Africa

March 18th, 2015

As South Africa’s table grape season is on its last legs, weather conditions for harvest are the best seen in decades in the Hex River Valley.

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Some NZ growers disappointed by “extravagant” Zespri buyer visit

March 18th, 2015

New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry has seen dissent in the ranks after around NZ$500,000 was spent on a recent buyer visit, but Zespri claims it was necessary to boost sales of a rising gold variety crop.

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Chile: Strike lifted in Valparaiso

March 17th, 2015

Fruit industry leaders have congratulated port operators and workers in Valparaiso for finding a prompt resolution to a cargo dispute.

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Pipfruit NZ to help revitalize Indian apple sector

March 17th, 2015

In exchange for supporting India’s apple sector, the New Zealand industry hopes trade tariffs will be removed.

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India: Gigantic hail stones ravage grape crops

March 17th, 2015

“Farmers have never really seen anything like the size of the hail stones,” says an Indian grape industry leader.

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Chile: ASOEX calls for govt action to end Valparaiso port strike

March 17th, 2015

A Chilean strike puts fruit shipments at risk of missing thresholds for the U.S. Marketing Order.

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Australian govt responds quickly to TR4 confirmation in Queensland

March 17th, 2015

The Australian Federal Government has pledged funding and expert staff to support the Panama Disease TR4 containment effort.

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South Africa suspends citrus shipments to Spain

March 17th, 2015

Justin Chadwick says Spain’s methodology for identifying CBS in citrus imports is “clearly a big concern”.

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Australia: Panama Disease TR4 confirmed in Queensland

March 16th, 2015

The head of the Australian Banana Growers’ Council says although the detection of Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 is a ‘substantial challenge’, he is confident it’s one the industry can successfully meet.

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Nadorcott case against Tango just a delay tactic, says Eurosemillas

March 16th, 2015

Spanish growers have been undeterred by calls not to plant the seedless Tango mandarin variety, with demand outstripping supply.

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Costa Rica recognizes first carbon neutral banana farm

March 16th, 2015

A Costa Rican banana farm hopes its eco-friendly practices will serve as an example to the industry.

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African seed library could help lift nations out of poverty

March 16th, 2015

The African Seed Access Index is starting out in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe, with plans to cover 20 countries in the continent.

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Medina sees “big future” for Peruvian avocados in China, Japan

March 16th, 2015

Peru’s ProHass president expects some 5,000MT of avocados will be shipped to two new Asian markets this season.

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Honduras: Finca Tropical responds to anti-union allegations

March 16th, 2015

A banana supplier to Chiquita has defended its labor record following recent criticisms from FESTAGRO.

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NZ: Seeka says packhouse fire shoudn’t impact on ‘operational performance’

March 16th, 2015

Seeka’s insurance claim following a packhouse fire has been accepted.

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Industry veteran to head up Capespan South Africa

March 13th, 2015

A former head of the Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum (FPEF) will join Capespan South Africa as managing director in May.

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Chinese greenhouse cherries cash in on early market

March 13th, 2015

Greenhouse production means small volumes of fresh Chinese cherries, blueberries and nectarines are already hitting the market.

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Australia: FAO rep optimistic despite TR4 doom and gloom

March 13th, 2015

A plant disease expert believes Queensland will be able to contain the suspected case of TR4.

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U.S.: Dole at odds with Delaware appraisal laws

March 13th, 2015

Dole executives have reportedly said they may consider moving the business out of Delaware if appraisal laws aren’t changed.

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Israeli bred grape tomato commercialized in Mexico

March 13th, 2015

Seed company Hazera said its ‘Olivia’ tomato provides growers with consistent sizing and sugar levels.

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U.S.: Retail penetration hits new heights for Opal apples

March 13th, 2015

It’s been a tough season for most of the U.S. apple industry, but not for growers of the increasingly popular Opal variety.

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Mexico: Hail damages avocado production in key Michoacan region

March 13th, 2015

Growers say much of the damage to avocado production caused by adverse weather this week in the Michoacan region of Uruapan is irreversible.

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Indian deal could be lifeline for Polish apple sector

March 13th, 2015

Poland’s Fruit Union president is positive about the recent visit of the country’s agriculture minister to India.

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Calavo to expand Mexican avocado packing operations

March 12th, 2015

Calavo Growers is already banking on the expected opening of the U.S. market for avocados grown in Jalisco.

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Advertorial: Awe Sum Organics’ Pear Season Begins

March 12th, 2015

Awe Sum Organics’ new crop organic Argentine pears are arriving now on both coasts of the U.S.

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Global banana industry must ‘rethink whole business model’, says expert

March 12th, 2015

Dan Koeppel says the suspected case of Panama disease TR4 in Queensland should not come as a surprise given the lack of a ‘global strategy’.

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Chiquita supplier accused of anti-union activity in Honduras

March 12th, 2015

FESTAGRO alleges a banana picker was fired after an accident at Finca Tropical, but an HR representative says he never worked there.

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Greek strawberry grower says Russian embargo “only on paper”

March 12th, 2015

With the import ban from Russia, Greek strawberry oversupply may be alleviated somewhat due to weather impacts.

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U.S.: Newark vertical farm to take ‘precision and performance to another level’

March 12th, 2015

AeroFarms says it is investing heavily in software for its vertical farms to ‘scale-up and go worldwide’.

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State of the Market – Week 10, 2015

March 11th, 2015

Some containers of Chilean blueberries arriving in the EU had gas regulation problems in week 10.

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Chilean growers call for “reciprocal” tariff action against Ecuador

March 11th, 2015

Chile’s Fedefruta has cried foul about Ecuador’s food import tariff hike to 45%, which is due to be implemented today.

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Australia: Tasmanian irrigation projects strengthen Costa’s berry business

March 11th, 2015

Australia’s largest privately-owned produce company expects to double its Tasmanian berry production.

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Pakistan kinnow campaign boosted by Russian market

March 11th, 2015

Pakistan has been able to raise exports of Kinnow mandarins to markets ranging from Russia to Canada.

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Can Kenyan avocados outprice the competition in Hong Kong?

March 11th, 2015

Terra Exports plans to raise its shipments of Kenyan avocados fifteenfold for the Hong Kong market this year.

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IG International eyes North American greenhouse acquisition

March 11th, 2015

IG International is expanding its global reach with a long-term goal of bringing technical expertise and better varieties to India.

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Ecuador’s fruit import tariffs to hit 45%

March 10th, 2015

The world’s biggest banana-exporting country is about to implement a massive tariff hike on food imports in a bid to even up its balance of payments.

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U.S.: Pink Lady to add several varieties to brand

March 10th, 2015

Pink Lady-branded apples will be available earlier in the season following the inclusion of new varieties.

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Chinese customs links smuggling case to South American fruit

March 10th, 2015

Chinese authorities have been tight-lipped amidst an investigation into fruit smuggling in Dalian, but one official has revealed a few more details about the case.

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U.K. firm develops micro-perforated lids for soft fruits

March 10th, 2015

A new British innovation allows berries to breathe but also prevents contaminants from affecting the fruit.

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Chile: Smallholder apple farmer upbeat for China despite market concerns

March 10th, 2015

A Chilean apple company plans to plant cherry trees to complement future online sales in China.

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U.S.: New primocane-fruiting blackberry released

March 10th, 2015

The University of Arkansas has released a blackberry cultivar suitable for traveling long distances.

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U.S.: “World’s largest indoor vertical farm” planned for New Jersey

March 9th, 2015

AeroFarms plans to make urban farming history with a new project on a former industrial site in Newark, New Jersey.

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U.S.: Expenses squeeze Limoneira results in Q1

March 9th, 2015

Higher costs offset the benefits of favorable market conditions and larger lemon volumes for Limoneira in the first quarter.

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Chile: Coquimbo fruit sector estimated to have lost US$1B to drought

March 9th, 2015

An industry head as requested a series of state support measures to aid a regional industry in crisis.

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Chilean fresh blueberry exports set new record

March 9th, 2015

With just a few weeks left of the Chilean blueberry export season, total volumes could hit 91,000MT.

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Palestine Crops upbeat for renewed veggie trade with Israel

March 9th, 2015

Mohammed Zwayyed is positive about Gaza’s new produce trade relationship with Israel, but expects some restrictions will remain.

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100% U.S. focus for Peruvian organic banana co-op in 2015

March 9th, 2015

Peru’s CEPIBO has historically sent the majority of its organic bananas to Europe, but this year the export strategy is very different.

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South Africa: DFI announces ‘realistic’ land reform strategy

March 9th, 2015

South Africa’s Deciduous Fruit Industry land reform initiative would add 1,227 new hectares of pome fruit and stonefruit over five years.

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U.S.: Calavo Growers forecasts avocado volume uptick in Q2

March 6th, 2015

After driving up margins in early 2015, Calavo Growers foresees continued increased avocado packing in the second quarter.

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Peruvian avocado exporters on track for two new Asian markets

March 6th, 2015

Both China and Japan are one step closer to allowing imports of Peruvian avocados.

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Russia’s economic woes bite into middle class fruit purchases

March 6th, 2015

Irina Koziy explains three main factors that are impacting fruit sales in Russia, and what traders ought to do to get through these tough times.

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Moldova: Russian collaboration will continue, says Agrodenidan

March 6th, 2015

A Moldovan apple exporter was in a critical situation before a recent Russian market reopening for certain companies.

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Australia: Queensland warned of ‘serious consequences’ if TR4 spreads

March 6th, 2015

The Costa Group has urged industry cooperation following a suspected detection of Panama Disease TR4.

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Polish firm increasing tomato production under glass

March 6th, 2015

Poland’s Citronex plans to triple its greenhouse tomato production near the German border over the coming months.

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Vegetables the first step for organic food converts

March 6th, 2015

Carrots came out on top in a recent U.K. study of organic produce consumption trends.

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Germany: BayWa supports antitrust authorities in clearing up accusations

March 6th, 2015

“Our greatest interest lies in resolving this matter completely and in punishing any misconduct to the fullest extent,” said BayWa CEO Klaus Lutz.

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Israel reopens for Gaza produce imports

March 6th, 2015

Israel has opened is doors to Gaza-grown produce after banning exports from the territory when Hamas took control in 2007.

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Portugal encourages investment from Chilean produce companies

March 6th, 2015

On a recent visit, a Portuguese minister said Chilean fruit exporters might be able to use its ‘EU gateway’ Port of Sines.

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Brazil: Early 2015 rains lift Gala apple quality

March 5th, 2015

Rainfall in two key Brazilian production areas from January to March is unlikely to be lower than historic averages.

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Melons from Portuguese island receive granted protected status from EU

March 5th, 2015

Melons from an island in the Azores join a list of 1,200 EU products with a Protected Geographical Indication.

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Stress on young bees could explain colony collapse, U.K. study shows

March 5th, 2015

Researchers say bees that are forced to forage too early in their lives put the colony at risk.

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New app aims to strengthen fruit trade relationships

March 5th, 2015

A new app aims to simplify how produce sellers and buyers interact across time zones and continents.

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Belgium: Univeg to enter merger talks with Greenyard Foods, Peatinvest

March 5th, 2015

A tie up of three Belgium-headquartered companies could combine sales worth in excess of €3.7 billion.

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U.S.: Giumarra bullish for Carmen pear season

March 5th, 2015

Giumarra Wenatchee has seen success so far in its second year selling Chilean-grown Carmen pears.

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