July 23, 2014 / Week N° 30

Archive for the Countries Category

U.K. govt sends US$31M message for ag innovation, but pledges ‘buy local’

July 23rd, 2014

Berry Gardens and Syngenta will be among the beneficiaries of a U.K. grant for agricultural innovation projects.

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Total Produce adds ‘extra sweet pineapple’ to home brand

July 23rd, 2014

European fruit importer and distributor Total Produce has added pineapples to its highest quality label.

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Indian breeders develop seedless mango

July 23rd, 2014

Seedless grapes are now commonplace, but what about a seedless mango? Indian researchers think it could be the next big thing.

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Advertorial: “Potato Lover’s Month 2014” award ceremony in Puerto Rico

July 22nd, 2014

SuperMax Dorado was the winner of the “2014 Potato Lover’s Month Caribbean” contest.

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U.S.: new Bolthouse Farms snacks to target “maximum kid craveability”

July 21st, 2014

After making waves with its baby carrots, Bolthouse Farms is taking junk food head on again with a new line of fruit and vegetable snacks and smoothies for kids.

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U.S. West Coast port talks take a short break

July 21st, 2014

Contract negotiations for workers from 29 West Coast ports are on hold until Wednesday so the union can attend to other matters.

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First CBS interception in Europe “disappointing” for South African citrus growers

July 21st, 2014

South Africa no longer has a clean sheet on citrus black spot this year, and an expert is investigating the farm in question.

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Andy Hall’s prosecutor is Thai pineapple industry leader

July 21st, 2014

Migrant rights defender Andy Hall has revealed a new twist in his case with Natural Fruit in Thailand.

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European Commission sets new MRL levels for two disinfectants

July 21st, 2014

Fruit and vegetable packers and processors who sell their products in Europe will need to be aware of new rules for quaternary ammonium compounds.

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Organic industry reacts to comparative nutrition study

July 21st, 2014

U.S. and European organic companies assess the many facets of their category and how it relates to a recent study claiming superior nutritional benefits.

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U.K. organic health study is misleading and dismisses key facts, experts say

July 21st, 2014

British scientists have questioned why higher antioxidants in organic fruit should equate to public health benefits.

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U.S.: Sysco to pay US$19.4M settlement over unrefrigerated food sheds

July 21st, 2014

Foodservice provider Sysco has agreed to pay damages for its prior use of noncompliant drop sites in California.

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U.S.: APHIS proposes rule to allow Chinese apple imports

July 18th, 2014

A recent posting on the Federal Register puts China one step closer to gaining access to the U.S. apple market.

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South African avocados face stronger Peruvian competition in Europe

July 18th, 2014

An ‘oversaturated’ U.S. avocado market has led to Peru competing more heavily with South Africa in the EU.

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U.S.: Farm Bill funding pays greater attention to organic growers

July 18th, 2014

The USDA has slated a record level of funding for organic certification cost-share assistance.

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Chilean grape industry aims to rid country of Lobesia moth

July 18th, 2014

The Chilean Table Grape Committee says a grapewine moth could threaten the whole national fruit industry.

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Brazilian apple exports take a dive in 2014

July 18th, 2014

Brazilians have spent a lot more on imported apples this year compared to the prices achieved for exports.

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Ambitious Malawi fruit company gains US$15M support package

July 18th, 2014

Malawi Mangoes aims to be the ‘leading agro-processing company on the African continent’ in five years.

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EU approves support for stonefruit growers

July 18th, 2014

Requests for support by various European peach and nectarine growers have been approved by the EU.

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Ecuador-EU trade agreement is “marvelous”, says banana industry leader

July 17th, 2014

Ecuador is now one step closer to being on par with its banana-exporting competitors in Europe when it comes to tariffs.

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BanaBay ventures into U.K. organic banana market

July 17th, 2014

BanaBay is expanding into organic bananas to cater to growing demand for the category in Britain.

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Chilean exporter to launch Amira raspberry shipments

July 17th, 2014

Can new varieties help recover Chile’s dwindling presence in the fresh raspberry market?

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U.K.: future checkouts take retail experience up a notch

July 17th, 2014

A new technology used by Tesco in the U.K. has the potential to drastically change how consumers interact with supermarkets.

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Israeli-Indian horticultural partnership expands with two new centers in Bihar

July 17th, 2014

We take a look at the latest of several centers supported by Israel that are raising Indian horticultural productivity.

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New South African avocado variety ‘piggybacks’ on Hass success

July 17th, 2014

Similar to Hass but with its own benefits, a South African avocado variety is ‘expanding at speed’ across the globe.

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Agronometrics releases beta service for fruit market analysis

July 17th, 2014

A new online service aims to make produce market dynamics easy to understand and visualize in context.

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State of the Market – Week 28, 2014

July 16th, 2014

The first placements in China for the U.S. table grape season were registered in week 28.

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NZ launches kiwifruit biosecurity scheme to stop Psa spread

July 16th, 2014

NZ Kiwifruit Vine Health has introduced a ‘Core Standard’ for nurseries to show they are disease-free.

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Philippines: Del Monte banana plantation raided

July 16th, 2014

Land disputes could be the motive behind an armed attack on a banana plantation in the Philippines.

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U.S.: new study reveals worrying impacts of Californian drought

July 16th, 2014

The new study from UC Davis says groundwater reserves cannot be treated like an ‘unlimited savings account’.

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Chile: grape pioneer passes away

July 15th, 2014

An important figure in Chile’s agricultural development, Alfonso Prohens, has died.

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Low Chilean kiwifruit volume saved by prices and quality, says exporter

July 15th, 2014

A large Chilean kiwifruit exporter says the season is ‘not disastrous’ despite production falling by 55%.

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Canada: accepting increased cargo ‘up to operators’, says Vancouver port

July 15th, 2014

Terminal operators in Vancouver’s port will decide on whether to accept new business in the event of U.S. delays.

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Peach and nectarine growers call for more EU support to alleviate crisis

July 15th, 2014

Stonefruit growers from France, Spain, Italy and Greece hope the EU will take urgent measures to help them overcome what has been a difficult campaign.

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Russia gets tough on produce imports from Moldova, Israel

July 15th, 2014

Russia has continued its run of announcements that have put foreign produce exporters on alert.

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EU: citrus black spot interceptions still at zero in June

July 15th, 2014

The latest EUROPHYT report is good news for South Africa’s citrus industry.

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U.S.: Wilmington port grateful to remain ‘Top Banana’

July 15th, 2014

Details have been revealed about Chiquita’s recent lease extension at the U.S. Port of Wilmington.

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Ireland: Fyffes execs may get US$1M bonus if Chiquita deal goes through

July 15th, 2014

An Irish media outlet has revealed incentives and fees associated with the pending ChiquitaFyffes deal.

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Many Colombian banana growers in misery after strong winds

July 14th, 2014

4,500 hectares of banana plantations have been destroyed by strong winds in northern Colombia.

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Organic crops have significantly more antioxidants, study finds

July 14th, 2014

Organic proponents hope a recent landmark international study will dispel consumer confusion about the category’s benefits.

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Argentine Valencia orange harvest kicks off in Jujuy

July 14th, 2014

While Argentina’s citrus crops have taken a battering, a leading exporter’s orange crop has been fairly unscathed.

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Australia: broccoli can ‘make clear breathing easier’ for asthmatics

July 14th, 2014

Melbourne University research shows broccoli could be used as an alternative treatment for asthma sufferers.

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NZ may deport man who revealed kiwifruit worker abuses

July 14th, 2014

New Zealand authorities have failed to protect an Indian whistleblower who revealed abuse in the kiwifruit industry.

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Spain: Driscoll’s ‘learning a lot’ about Drosophila control methods

July 14th, 2014

Driscoll’s has taken the lead with the Spanish government on researching vinegar fly Drosophila Suzukii, and has reported a promising outlook for controlling the pest.

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Avocado and orange-colored veggie combo a boost for Vitamin A

July 14th, 2014

An Ohio State University (OSU) study shows pairing avocados with orange veggies helps for Vitamin A conversion.

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Opinion: it’s the season to catch Hatch chile fever

July 11th, 2014

Karen Caplan looks at the fanaticism that surrounds Hatch chiles, and the labeling laws in place to protect them.

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Peruvian mandarin production on the up amid solid prices

July 11th, 2014

Good quality and shelf-life of Peru’s mandarins have led to increased demand and production of the crop.

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Chile: Court of Appeals rejects bid to block Peruvian avocado imports

July 11th, 2014

A request from Chilean growers to block Peruvian avocado imports will now come before the Supreme Court.

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Mexico strengthens southern border against agricultural threats

July 11th, 2014

Mexico has spent US$22 million on building and upgrading border facilities to prevent the entry of exotic pests and diseases.

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Australia: HAL announces new high-tech research greenhouse

July 11th, 2014

The University of Western Sydney and HAL will build a special greenhouse to help bring the industry into the future.

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NZ: Zespri begins search for new young talent

July 11th, 2014

A New Zealand kiwifruit company has announced a graduate scheme to ‘develop the future leaders of this industry’.

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Romania: fruits and vegetables used for money laundering, police claim

July 11th, 2014

A large-scale Romanian police operation has broken up a gang that allegedly evaded tax through produce imports.

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Figs running earlier than ever, says U.S. grower-shipper

July 11th, 2014

From figs to persimmons to chestnuts, U.S.-based Stellar Distributing is on the hunt for new international trade deals.

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U.S.: PAC throws old avocado marketing concepts “out the door”

July 10th, 2014

The Peruvian Avocado Commission aims to show leadership in revamped web design in the produce industry.

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Ecuadorian banana growers gear up for El Niño

July 10th, 2014

An Ecuadorian banana industry rep discusses El Niño, drug inspections and shipping delays to China.

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U.S.: Several key industry associations urge immigration reform

July 10th, 2014

Western Growers has urged U.S. Congress for immigration reform to strengthen the agricultural industry.

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Chile: new technology improves scarce water resource use

July 10th, 2014

The Universidad de Chile has completed tests with a new tech that improves water management in drought-hit regions.

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Peruvian organic banana group looks for ways to meet demand

July 10th, 2014

Strong demand for Peruvian organic bananas has led one co-op to recruit more growers.

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State of the Market – Week 27, 2014

July 9th, 2014

Independence Day celebrations give U.S. lemons a boost in week 27.

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Colombia unites with Peru and Chile to develop agriculture

July 9th, 2014

A Colombian agricultural development body will work with other South American countries to strengthen the industry.

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Positive results for Vegalab’s natural nematode control product

July 9th, 2014

A Swiss company is expanding its global reach in horticulture with the help of a natural nematicide.

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Rival aims to shake Huizhan’s hold on China’s imported fruit wholesale market

July 9th, 2014

First it was Longwu, then Huizhan stepped in, and now another player aims to build a project in Jiangsu north of Shanghai to “revolutionize” China’s imported fruit market.

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Chile signs Chinese agreement allowing avocado exports

July 9th, 2014

Chilean authorities in China have signed the final protocol to permit avocado exports to the Asian country.

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U.S.: leafy greens first, then cannabis for NYSE-listed company

July 9th, 2014

A U.S. company is investing in vertical farming facilities for leafy greens, with a transition to cannabis in its sights.

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Mango exporter takes Pakistani govt to court

July 9th, 2014

One company’s plight shows another reality from Pakistan’s tough restrictions imposed on mango exporters.

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U.S.: West Coast port talks on hold but contract temporarily resumes

July 8th, 2014

The ILWU-Pacific Maritime Association contract will resume until Friday while the union attends to another unrelated negotiation.

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Chilean dried fruit theft rates hit US$1.8M so far this year

July 8th, 2014

The Chilean Walnut Commission plans to crack down on a spate of high-value thefts in the industry.

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Report reveals secrets to Dutch strawberry success

July 8th, 2014

Not only has Dutch strawberry cultivation increased consistently in recent years, but the share under glasshouses has ramped up dramatically.

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U.S.: California’s almond production continuously on the up

July 8th, 2014

California is expecting increased production of a crop that a recent study described as a new ‘superfood’.

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U.S.: the ‘big question’ of Michigan blueberry production

July 8th, 2014

The Michigan blueberry harvest is off to a slow start but one grower still expects a positive season.

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New Mexican areas declared as avocado seed borer-free

July 8th, 2014

Two new zones in Mexico will now have more opportunities to move their avocados both nationally and abroad.

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Butterflies go bananas in India

July 8th, 2014

Indian scientists have called for natural parasites to combat heavy infestations of the banana leaf roller.

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Hydroponic farming will flourish in the U.S., says grower

July 7th, 2014

In the face of water shortages and rising fuel costs, a hydroponic grower explains why he believes the method will take off in the U.S. over the coming years.

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NZ: illegal workers identified on kiwifruit sites

July 7th, 2014

Action has been taken against 18 New Zealand kiwifruit contractors for employing illegal workers.

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Opinion: it’s time to drop the charges against Andy Hall in Thailand

July 7th, 2014

It is unconscionable that an academic researcher could face jail time for an audit conducted in a Thai fruit factory.

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TomatoesNZ urges action on unlabeled irradiated produce

July 7th, 2014

TomatoesNZ has asked consumers to complain if they suspect unlabeled irradiated tomatoes are being sold.

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Ecuadorian fruit exporter ‘not worried’ about ChiquitaFyffes merger

July 7th, 2014

One exporter says a new ChiquitaFyffes fusion would gain more control, but Ecuadorian prices would be unaffected.

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British strawberry industry reacts to EFSA health risk report

July 7th, 2014

British Summer Fruits has responded to a European report into Salmonella and Norovirus risks in berries.

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Mexican mango exports to the U.S. down from 2013

July 4th, 2014

Mexican mango shipments are down considerably this week compared to the same time last year.

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Peruvian asparagus exporters bet on counterseasonal opportunities in China

July 4th, 2014

Peruvian diplomats are lining up Shanghai supermarkets for the first sales of asparagus exports later this year.

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U.S.: Fresh Del Monte executives sell off millions in stock

July 4th, 2014

Fresh Del Monte leaders have made handsome profits by cashing in on stock options in the company.

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Netherlands: Wageningen research to expand quinoa horizons

July 4th, 2014

New quinoa varieties are growing in France and the Netherlands, while cultivation in Asia is also a possibility.

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Peru: Sierra Exportadora kicks off raspberry pilot

July 4th, 2014

A Peruvian government agency is taking steps in its goal to make Cajamarca a berry capital.

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From the team that brought you Cripps Pink…

July 4th, 2014

The department that developed Cripps Pink, sold under the brand Pink Lady, has released a new apple variety.

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India puts up onion export limitations again

July 3rd, 2014

The Indian government has raised the minimum export price for onions by two thirds.

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Belarus blocks Ukrainian potato imports

July 3rd, 2014

After losing the Russian market, Ukraine has now lost access for its potatoes in Belarus.

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Australian researchers develop intelligent ‘Ladybird’ farm robot

July 3rd, 2014

University of Sydney researchers have unveiled a new robot that could significantly assist farmers.

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U.S.-Korea organic certification deal comes into effect

July 3rd, 2014

U.S. organic products can now be sold in South Korea without need for further certification.

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China Fruits Corp enters e-commerce fruit market “battle”

July 3rd, 2014

China Fruits Corp has announced it will set up shop with Alibaba’s online sales platform Tmall.

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California strawberries and the path to the American Dream

July 3rd, 2014

The California Strawberry Commission has published a report highlighting the crop’s role in providing opportunities to immigrant farmers over generations.

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Identity and ownership change for Chilean blueberry company

July 3rd, 2014

Alpine Chile will now be known by the name Navy Blue Export S.A., driven by trade strategies for Europe and Asia.

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Korea gains Mexican pear market access

July 3rd, 2014

Mexico is now the third Latin American country to accept Korean pears, after Chile and Peru.

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U.K. potato consumption peels off

July 3rd, 2014

The British potato industry is changing tack to regain its presence in the minds of consumers.

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State of the Market – Week 26, 2014

July 2nd, 2014

Canadian cherries joined U.S. and Spanish supply in China in week 26.

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Drastic fall for exports of Argentine mandarins, oranges

July 2nd, 2014

An Argentine citrus industry representative says growers urgently need the U.S. and Brazilian markets to be opened if they are to improve their lot.

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Xianguomai forges role in Chinese e-commerce produce sector

July 2nd, 2014

Banking on customer experience, a young company is making inroads in China’s booming online fruit market.

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California Citrus Mutual upbeat after positive Chinese visit

July 2nd, 2014

A recent visit of two Chinese officials to Californian citrus groves bodes well for market access negotiations.

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U.S.: improving Californian water regulations ‘vitally important’

July 2nd, 2014

An industry body says Californian grape production will be fine for this year, but water usage is ‘unsustainable’.

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U.S.: Western Growers unsure over potential port strikes

July 2nd, 2014

Western Growers says there is ‘no indication’ of imminent delays in U.S. West Coast ports, but adds exporters are being cautious.

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China: Xinjiang Aksu apples hit by regional conflict

July 2nd, 2014

“It takes a lot of guts to travel to Xinjiang alone just to procure local apples,” says trader Chen Haiwen.

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