September 17, 2014 / Week N° 38

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U.S.: Limoneira legend passes away

September 17th, 2014

California-based Limoneira Company has announced the death of its chairman Alan M. Teague.

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Chiquita and Fyffes seek EU merger clearance

September 16th, 2014

In order to gain permission for a tie-up in the Phase I review period, Chiquita and Fyffes say they are considering offering concessions to the EU.

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Mexican officials to visit China to speed up berry export protocol

September 16th, 2014

Mexico could start shipping several types of berry to China by the end of this year.

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EU to announce ‘new, more targeted measures’ this week

September 16th, 2014

A few days after suspending aid to farmers affected by Russia’s ban, the EU is set to announce its new measures.

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Citrus Australia bullish on South Korean promise

September 16th, 2014

The finalization of Australia’s FTA with Korea may take the pressure off other Asian citrus markets next season.

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Did someone say food fight?

September 16th, 2014

Dutch revelers have pelted tomatoes at each other in a party to raise awareness about the effects of Russia’s food ban.

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Spanish lemon growers to benefit from early Southern Hemisphere end

September 16th, 2014

Spain’s lemon season will be one of ‘normality and stability’ but there may be heavy Turkish competition in EU markets.

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Asia could take “significantly more South African fruit”, says CGA chief

September 15th, 2014

A South African citrus industry representative gives insights from a recent visit to Hong Kong, India and Indonesia.

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Chile: profits blossom for Hortifrut in 2013-14

September 15th, 2014

Chilean berry multinational Hortifrut did not let the Lobesia botrana crisis and port strikes get in the way of an exceptional financial result for 2013-14,

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Mango exporters ‘can go anywhere’ with new tech use, says Maersk

September 15th, 2014

Maersk says that like avocados and bananas, mangoes also stand to benefit from controlled atmosphere containers.

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U.S. study shows mangoes could benefit obese adults

September 15th, 2014

Although it doesn’t reduce weight, a study shows mango consumption could lower blood sugar levels in obese adults.

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Peruvian citrus volumes fall back to initial estimates

September 15th, 2014

Peru’s citrus industry has notched a more sober export result after a blistering start to harvests raised expectations.

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U.S.: ALRB General Counsel seeks orders against Gerawan Farming

September 12th, 2014

Delegitimization attempts have kicked up a notch in a fierce debate over worker freedom and union membership in California’s Central Valley.

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European Commission approves German-Chilean container shipping merger

September 12th, 2014

CSAV and Hapag-Lloyd are now one step closer to forming the world’s fourth largest container shipping group.

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Chiquita launches US$30M Guatemalan port revamp

September 12th, 2014

A new port expansion looks set to consolidate Chiquita’s position as the leading Guatemalan banana exporter.

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EU aid withdrawal ‘intolerable’, says Spanish ag union

September 12th, 2014

A Spanish grower group has labeled the EU’s suspension of aid measures as akin to abandonment.

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Drought makes California orange forecast questionable, says CCM

September 12th, 2014

California Citrus Mutual believes the latest NASS orange crop forecast is too high.

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Canary Islands: financial support request for banana growers ‘very complicated’

September 11th, 2014

Canary Islands’ banana growers may have to wait to know if they will be compensated for higher EU competition.

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U.S.: PortMiami opens container restack facility

September 11th, 2014

A new facility at PortMiami will allow users to manipulate and restack cargo in preparation for fumigation.

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A hot date is good for the heart

September 11th, 2014

The American Heart Association has pumped extra life into California’s Medjool date industry.

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South Africa: citrus suspension ‘unfortunate, but best decision’, says CGA

September 11th, 2014

South Africa’s citrus association wishes it could have avoided the recent export suspension, but couldn’t risk further restrictions from Europe.

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U.K.: early pears at Waitrose proving popular with consumers

September 11th, 2014

A popular British TV show has helped Waitrose raise its early season pear sales.

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T&G teams up with Unifrutti Chile in Peruvian grape JV

September 10th, 2014

Unifrutti Chile and New Zealand’s Turners & Growers expect a new Peruvian grape partnership will yield fruit next year.

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EU suspends €125M emergency measures amid fraud suspicions

September 10th, 2014

The European Commission has said its aid scheme designed to support farmers affected by the Russian ban ‘has to be closed due to a disproportionate surge in claims’.

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Chiquita signs confidentiality agreement with potential buyers

September 10th, 2014

Chiquita has further relaxed its stance on the proposed merger from two Brazilian companies by entering into a non-disclosure agreement.

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Thailand: first Natural Fruit v. Andy Hall case draws to a close

September 10th, 2014

Andy Hall has been given back his passport by judges who have been described as “conscientious and careful”.

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State of the Market – Week 36, 2014

September 10th, 2014

Retail promotions on the U.S. West Coast kept avocado prices stable in week 36.

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U.S.: Calavo income hits historic high in Q3

September 10th, 2014

Calavo has beaten the last quarter’s operating income and has also launched a new cloud technology project.

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Australia: APHIS determination may pave way for other import markets

September 10th, 2014

While largely symbolic, a recent recognition of Australia’s east-west protocol is good news for the fruit industry.

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High EU apple volumes could affect South African stonefruit deal

September 10th, 2014

Although early signs point to a positive South African stonefruit season, low pomefruit prices could affect sales in Europe.

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Ebola measures disrupt West African produce supply

September 10th, 2014

While describing Ebola quarantine efforts as necessary, the FAO says they have cut off crop supplies from productive West African growing regions.

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Strong markets result in a lucrative Q3 for Limoneira

September 9th, 2014

Higher lemon prices than usual are one of the key reasons why Limoneira saw a 22% revenue increase for the third quarter.

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Russia: FruitNews launches English-language service

September 9th, 2014

Russian produce market expert Irina Koziy has launched a version of her FruitNews service in English.

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Advertorial: increased demand for blueberries through future chefs

September 9th, 2014

Imalinx and the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council recently coordinated culinary workshops in Mexico City and Cancun aimed at incorporating blueberries in gastronomy.

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China to open its doors for Costa Rican pineapples ‘within four months’

September 9th, 2014

Pineapple exports from Costa Rica could be allowed into China later this year, but transit challenges remain.

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Zespri: organic fruit’s time is yet to come in China

September 9th, 2014

A Zespri representative sheds light on the niche organic fruit sector in China.

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Spanish stonefruit set for Chinese splash in 2015

September 9th, 2014

An earlier season could give Spanish stonefruit exporters an edge in China once the market opens up.

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Copa Cogeca urges citrus inclusion in EU emergency withdrawal measures

September 9th, 2014

After Friday’s EC meeting in Brussels, cooperative group Copa Cogeca is calling for greater support in the wake of Russia’s produce import ban, encompassing grower measures and school food schemes.

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Chile can become a ‘strategic partner’ to China as walnut supplier

September 9th, 2014

Protocols have been signed between Chile and China to allow shelled walnut imports.

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North Korean blueberry producers enjoy bountiful harvest

September 9th, 2014

Prices for North Korean blueberries that are juiced and sold to China have increased by around 50%.

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U.S.: Chiquita bends to takeover possibility

September 8th, 2014

Fyffes has given Chiquita a waiver allowing Chiquita to engage in discussions with its Brazilian suitors.

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South Africa suspends certain EU-bound citrus exports

September 8th, 2014

A U.K industry body says the suspension of some citrus exports from South Africa to Europe will cause ‘major issues’ for the British market.

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EU heads talk extra measures in Russian ban response

September 8th, 2014

EU officials held an in-depth press conference last week about Russia’s food import embargo.

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Canada: researchers begin farm trials for better sweet potato varieties

September 8th, 2014

Progress has been made in developing sweet potato varieties more suited to Canada’s cool climate.

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‘Breakthrough’ made in Chile’s path to opening cherry exports to South Korea

September 8th, 2014

Following a successful meeting, the first cherry shipment from Chile to South Korea looks like it will be next season.

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U.S.: Silvia Lopez, the voice of anti-union protests at Gerawan Farming

September 8th, 2014

Fruit picker Silvia Lopez discusses her fight to end forced unionization on a California farm.

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European pear suppliers stay upbeat despite Russian ban

September 8th, 2014

Pear growers in the Netherlands and Belgium are positive despite losing the Russian market.

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NZ: T&G partners with school charity to aid agricultural education

September 5th, 2014

Turners & Growers will support a charity to help provide New Zealand schools with purpose-built gardens.

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India: Kashmir apple growers fear significant fruit drop

September 5th, 2014

First it was hail, now heavy rainfall poses a threat to this year’s apple crop in Kashmir.

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The new Silk Road: Kashgar Airport links Pakistani mangoes with China

September 5th, 2014

China’s Silk Road economic belt strategy is expected to lead to more Central Asian fruit imports.

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U.S. company develops hydroponic ‘watchdog’ technology

September 5th, 2014

A Las Vegas-based manufacturer says its newly-released greenhouses sensors can ‘mitigate downtime and crop loss’.

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Canadian cherry exporter hails ‘unlimited opportunities’ in China

September 5th, 2014

As a very successful second season with excellent prices in China draws to a close, one Canadian cherry company says shoppers are ‘more sophisticated’ than five years ago.

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Chinese inspectors find quarantine pest in South African grapefruit

September 4th, 2014

China’s port of Jiuzhou has reportedly sent back its first ever substandard fruit shipment.

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Bayer CropScience to invest close to US$1B in U.S. businesses

September 4th, 2014

Bayer’s agricultural arm says it will invest heavily in U.S. infrastructure including labs and breeding stations.

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U.S.: industry ‘surprised’ at slow Navel season, says Capespan

September 4th, 2014

Capespan says two key reasons are at the heart of why the Navel season went on longer than originally thought.

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Poland: drones used to ‘photomap plant health’ on farmland

September 4th, 2014

A Polish company that manufactures UAVs for precision agriculture says growers can save 30% on fertilizer costs.

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Spanish growers turn up the heat with new protests planned

September 4th, 2014

Spanish growers plan to rally in Madrid on Friday calling for more support amid Russia’s ban on produce imports.

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U.S.: South African citrus pilot program lands in Texas

September 3rd, 2014

Houston, we have South African oranges.

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U.S.: Dole Food Company distances itself from Andy Hall case

September 3rd, 2014

Dole Food Company claims it has no connection with the Thai Pineapple Industry Association.

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Poor translations keep Andy Hall in the dark in Thai trial

September 3rd, 2014

Several international organizations have raised concerns as to whether Andy Hall will get a fair trial in Thailand. Early signs show those worries may have been justified.

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EU announces extra funding to ‘alleviate’ Russian ban impact

September 3rd, 2014

The European Commission has increased the 2015 budget for Common Agricultural Policy programs by 50% as a ‘medium-term’ response to Russia’s embargo.

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U.S.: APHIS determines new pest-free areas in Australia

September 3rd, 2014

Some Australian fruit will now require less stringent treatment for export to the United States, after authorities recently recognized different states and territories as free of certain pests.

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State of the Market – Week 35, 2014

September 3rd, 2014

The first few tons of Chilean Hass avocados arrived in the Spanish market in week 35.

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Poland slashes export insurance rates to bolster produce exports

September 3rd, 2014

Poland is incentivizing shipments to new markets with cuts in export insurance, and a new logo campaign.

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Turkey offers niche import promise

September 3rd, 2014

Retail and produce experts look at Turkey’s potential as a destination market for high-value products.

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Peru: PAC to ‘engage’ U.S. consumers via social media

September 3rd, 2014

The Peruvian Avocado Commission says its ‘smart, relevant, and engaging’ online content will help drive sales.

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U.S.: avocado acquisition a ‘good combination between their culture and ours’

September 3rd, 2014

Eco Farms’ head says the new venture with Total Produce will allow it to double volume within five years.

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Kiwifruit prices rise 42.3% in Russia after produce embargo

September 3rd, 2014

Figures have emerged as to the alarming extent of produce shortages in Russia since the ban came into effect.

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Total Produce buys in to California avocado deal

September 2nd, 2014

In a “robust” results announcement for the first half, multinational Total Produce has drawn attention to its recent purchase of a stake in U.S. avocado grower Eco Farms.

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NZ growers take action to mitigate rain risks for cherries

September 2nd, 2014

New Zealand cherry industry players discuss several steps underway to make the most of booming opportunities in Asia.

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The Packaging Pitch: a change of perspective

September 2nd, 2014

Lisa Cork discusses some simple ways produce companies can rethink their packaging messages for the better.

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France: Sofruileg secures Italian deal to grow Nergi baby kiwi

September 2nd, 2014

A new partnership with Ortofruit Italia will see Nergi baby kiwi production rise in Europe.

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Market ‘imbalance’ to blame for poor Spanish produce results, says FEPEX

September 2nd, 2014

Fruit value may have outpaced volume growth in the first half in Spain, but overall produce returns were poor.

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Business Social Compliance Initiative expresses ‘great concern’ over Andy Hall case

September 1st, 2014

An organization that works with hundreds of European retailers and importers has said it’s ‘time for cooperation rather than litigation’, in response to the charges brought against activist Andy Hall.

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Thailand: Andy Hall feels confident ahead of trial tomorrow

September 1st, 2014

Andy Hall feels recent reactions from European buyers were prompted by “ridiculous” statements from the Thai Pineapple Industry Association (TPIA).

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BanaBay starts operations in China

September 1st, 2014

U.K. fruit company BanaBay has continued its rapid expansion with the opening of a new office in Shanghai.

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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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Ecuador hopes international event will help enhance mango industry

September 1st, 2014

An Ecuadorian mango sector spokesperson says the industry needs to improve in various areas to boost trade.

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Chiquita denies Guatemalan water contamination claims

September 1st, 2014

Banana trader Chiquita has described claims in a recent lawsuit as inaccurate, and says invitations for mediation have gone unanswered.

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‘U.S. blueberry farming practices need to evolve’, says Giant Berry Farms

September 1st, 2014

With phenomenal North American blueberry production forecast, one company says big changes are needed.

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China: dismaying imported fruit numbers for Mid-Autumn festival

September 1st, 2014

Australian citrus is one of many imported fruits that have suffered from flat sales in China recently.

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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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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: 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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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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