March 03, 2015 / Week N° 10

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Mexico: Jalisco avocado growers feeling ready for U.S. exports

March 3rd, 2015

An avocado industry representative from the Mexican state of Jalisco does not expect much “resistance” as procedures continue for the opening of the U.S. market.

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NZ ag investment group expands into kiwifruit

March 3rd, 2015

New Zealand’s MyFarm is looking for investors in a new NZ$5 million kiwifruit venture.

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Tropical fruit volume boosts Fyffes profits in 2014

February 27th, 2015

Produce multinational Fyffes will be pursuing price increases in all markets this year in response to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar against the euro.

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Russia’s greenhouse revolution

February 27th, 2015

With warmer weather than the rest of the country, could Belgorod become the “Netherlands of Russia” with the help of greenhouse entrepreneurship?

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U.S.: White seedless table grapes could hit ‘bargain prices’

February 27th, 2015

Capespan North America says there will likely be a ‘fast peak and abrupt end’ for Thompsons.

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Seoul searching pays off for Aussie cherry industry

February 27th, 2015

Stemming from a recent FTA, Australia’s cherry exports to South Korea have experienced exponential growth.

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Russian political faction calls for end to food import embargo

February 27th, 2015

A deputy chairman from the Russian Lower House has scoffed at a bill to challenge the food import ban.

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Russian market reopens for some Moldovan apple shippers

February 27th, 2015

Russian authorities have approved several Moldovan firms for apple exports.

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Fairtrade ‘absorbing’ farms, changing livelihoods

February 27th, 2015

With GDP per capita that is five times lower than the EU, is China ready for fairtrade produce? Fairtrasa’s Patrick Struebi thinks yes.

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U.S.: Overarching brand has “monumental” implications for produce industry

February 26th, 2015

Tongue-in-cheek with celebrity backing, a new “superhero meets sports” brand for fruits and vegetables called FNV is poised to change the way the U.S. public interacts with produce.

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U.S.: Chiquita forced to stay longer at Gulfport

February 26th, 2015

Port congestion in New Orleans has delayed the completion of a logistics move for Chiquita Brands International.

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U.S. pistachio industry celebrates new dietary recommendations

February 26th, 2015

Pistachio growers all around the globe have cause for celebration on World Pistachio Day.

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South Africa: Dry weather may hit citrus sizing but quality “excellent”, says CGA

February 26th, 2015

South Africa’s total citrus volumes this season should be roughly in line with previous years.

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Ireland dragging heels on fairtrade bananas, new report claims

February 26th, 2015

While Irish retailers have been slow on the uptake of fairtrade bananas, two stores recently committed to stock 100% fairtrade pears.

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Australia: Frozen berries were source of growth for Patties Foods in 2014

February 25th, 2015

The company that recalled its berry products due to a recent health scare recorded strong results for its fruit brand last year.

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NZ: T&G profit falls short of expectations for 2014

February 25th, 2015

New Zealand-based produce company Turners & Growers did not quite achieve the 10-20% profit rise for 2014 that its board had forecast on Jan. 21.

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U.S.: Western Growers partners with Colorado association

February 25th, 2015

Western Growers will collaborate with the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association on areas of ‘mutual interest’, including federal policy issues and food safety.

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EU School Fruit Scheme under threat

February 25th, 2015

Freshfel has urged the European Commission not to put ‘better regulation’ ahead of children’s health.

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State of the Market – Week 8, 2015

February 25th, 2015

Large Red Globe volumes from South Africa pushed prices down in Europe in week 8.

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Russian ruble devaluation hits pome fruit exporters in Argentina, Chile

February 25th, 2015

Even though Russia cut off a large chunk of its apple supply last year with the import ban, South American shippers say the country is largely unable to pay good enough prices for their fruit.

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Aussie grower expects “balanced” citrus crop for 2015

February 25th, 2015

“I’d prefer an average volume crop of good size to a massive crop of small fruit,” says Seven Fields’ Brett Jackson.

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China: AQSIQ puts U.S. citrus industry on notice

February 25th, 2015

China’s quarantine branches have been put on high alert for citrus imports from all U.S. growing regions.

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Argentina: San Miguel anticipates ‘loss in competitiveness’ this season

February 25th, 2015

San Miguel aims to overcome complex challenges outside of its control for the processed and fresh citrus sectors.

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Australia: Reid Fruits fights for IP rights in China

February 25th, 2015

An Australian cherry shipper is taking steps to tackle the counterfeiting of its brand in Asia.

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NZ industry hopeful for fruit fly eradication despite female detection

February 25th, 2015

New Zealand authorities are said to be using sniffer dogs and improved x-ray surveillance on inbound luggage from Australia, following more fruit fly detections in Auckland.

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China: Zespri distances itself from Dalian Yidu

February 24th, 2015

As a former employee continues to make damning claims against Zespri over its handling of a past fraud case, the company is cutting the cord with an importer implicated in a new one.

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California: China citrus import suspension means ‘robust trade won’t materialize’

February 24th, 2015

There is as yet no indication as to when China’s citrus import suspension on Tulare County might be lifted.

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U.S.: GM labeling would be ‘as good as a ban’, says critic

February 24th, 2015

While one critic of GMO labeling says legislation would be a “Pandora’s box” and hinder scientific development, the Center for Food Safety points to the success of transparency in GM-heavy Brazil.

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Australia: Cyclone Marcia hits “two years’ income” for some growers

February 24th, 2015

Some growers have been hit hard by Cyclone Marcia while timing has been very lucky for others.

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Washington apple industry applauds U.S. West Coast port breakthrough

February 24th, 2015

After missing “critical shipping opportunities”, the Washington Apple Commission is pleased the ports are back up and running.

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U.K.: Factory closures and job losses at Produce World

February 24th, 2015

A major U.K. vegetable supplier intends to form a joint venture with brassica grower and marketer Lincolnshire Field Products.

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Australia to screen Chinese frozen berries

February 23rd, 2015

The Australian Government has announced new measures to act on the recent Hepatitis A outbreak that has been linked to imported Chinese frozen berries.

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Aussie produce industry calls for stricter country of origin labeling

February 23rd, 2015

Both the AHEA and Ausveg believe the recent Hepatitis A outbreak has re-opened the debate on COO labels.

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Colombia: Asoppitaya to expand crop offering

February 23rd, 2015

After making its name in dragonfruit, Colombia’s Asoppitaya plans to move into organic crops and other tropical fruits.

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Indian potato minimum export price scrapped as domestic prices stabilize

February 23rd, 2015

The Indian government has relaxed the minimum export price (MEP) on potatoes that was initially introduced last June.

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German apple grower eyes Chinese, South Korean market openings

February 23rd, 2015

BayWa CEO Klaus Lutz says it is “ridiculous” that the EU does not have harmonized market access processes for fruit exporters in destination markets.

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NZ kiwifruit season to be ‘about 25% bigger’, says EastPack

February 23rd, 2015

EastPack’s CEO says he’s ‘pretty optimistic’ about the season amid strong industry recovery from Psa.

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NZ: Late harvest ‘not much of a disadvantage this year’, says Mr Apple

February 23rd, 2015

A major New Zealand apple exporter says a colder February has led to ‘exceptional’ fruit color.

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U.S. West Coast port workers reach tentative deal

February 21st, 2015

An end to the debilitating U.S. West Coast port dispute may be in sight after the PMA and the ILWU agreed to a new contract.

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Q&A: Total Produce on the changing dynamics of European produce markets

February 20th, 2015

The head of Europe’s largest fresh produce distributor says a prolonged Russian import ban would lead to structural changes, but is upbeat about prospects for berries, organics and exotics in Mediterranean markets.

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Solar-powered produce dehydrator developed in Chile

February 20th, 2015

The creator of a dehydrator that uses renewable energy says it protects produce quality.

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Argentina: Rio Negro report paints bleak economic picture for fruit growers

February 20th, 2015

Pome fruit growers in Rio Negro will suffer from falling market prices and rising costs this season.

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Indian mango shippers encouraged to supply Japan via APEDA concession

February 20th, 2015

New government support will make the Japanese market much more accessible for India’s mango industry.

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‘Biological and macroeconomic factors’ to complicate Argentine lemon season

February 20th, 2015

Argentina’s lemon volumes are recovering from last season, but are still 15-20% off ‘normal’ levels.

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Q&A: Total Produce on the changing dynamics of European produce markets

February 20th, 2015

The head of Europe’s largest fresh produce distributor says a prolonged Russian import ban would lead to structural changes, but is upbeat about prospects for berries, organics and exotics in Mediterranean markets.

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Moroccan citrus exports boosted to North America

February 20th, 2015

Morocco has so far this season shipped 5% more citrus to North America than the EU.

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U.S.: Sunkist grower payments up by a quarter in 2014

February 19th, 2015

Revenue surpassed US$1 billion for the largest citrus shipper in the U.S. last year, bolstered by a new partnerships in India and Brazil.

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U.S. port row has compromised US$50M in Chilean fruit exports, says Fedefruta

February 19th, 2015

The U.S. Ambassador to Chile received leaders of Fedefruta yesterday to discuss effects from the West Coast port dispute.

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The Hass Horn: U.S. avocado supply outlook, 2015 and beyond

February 19th, 2015

An experienced avocado industry veteran reveals his forecasts for the market’s future and supply sources.

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Uber teams up with Xianfeng for Chinese fruit discount service

February 19th, 2015

While Uber has been banned in many countries, the app is growing rapidly in China where it is also involved with fresh produce in one city.

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Imported fruit losing exotic appeal in China, says trader

February 19th, 2015

China’s efforts to halt corruption have affected gift giving, and therefore the sales of imported Australian premium fruits.

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NZ: Queensland fruit fly detected in Auckland

February 19th, 2015

HortNZ has called for tougher biosecurity measures after the fourth fruit fly detection in three years.

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Mexico: Social responsibility alliance to ‘expand’ into retail, foodservice

February 19th, 2015

Although no U.S. retailers have yet been invited to join a newly formed social responsibility alliance in Mexico, Wal-mart has pledged its support and has made several key changes since a damning LA Times investigation.

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Irish port boss: We want to be bigger, better, faster, stronger

February 19th, 2015

Operators plan to turn the Irish port of Foynes into a key international shipping hub.

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Raspberries may be culprit in Australian Hep A outbreak

February 18th, 2015

The Australian distributor that recalled frozen berry products is concentrating on raspberries from a specific source in China as a possible cause of the recent Hepatitis A outbreak.

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USDA considers allowing avocado imports from second Mexican state

February 18th, 2015

Mexico’s second-largest avocado production state could soon be allowed to ship the Hass variety to the U.S.

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U.S.: Perez port meetings ‘positive and productive’

February 18th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor says Secretary Perez yesterday told both parties in the West Coast port conflict an immediate agreement was ‘imperative’.

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State of the Market – Week 7, 2015

February 18th, 2015

A low blueberry supply and stable demand allowed for price rises in the U.S. in week 7.

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First Aussie mango shipment to the U.S. ‘sold out quickly’

February 18th, 2015

An Australian mango exporter says it is beginning a three-year export program to the U.S.

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U.K.: Vegetable sector labor supplier’s license revoked by authorities

February 18th, 2015

A U.K. government body has prosecuted the head of a company that supplied vegetable harvesting workers.

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U.S.: Del Monte shares fall despite strong result

February 18th, 2015

Tomatoes and melons showed the biggest percentage sales increases at Fresh Del Monte in the fourth quarter.

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Valfrutta aims to make Cornelio Italy’s signature pepper brand

February 18th, 2015

A unique pepper variety developed by Enza Zaden and grown in Sicily is on track for 12-month production and an ambitious export scheme.

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U.S.: Port of Oakland imports down 39% on 2014

February 17th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor says Secretary Perez will today meet with both parties in the ongoing West Coast port conflict and ‘urge them to resolve their dispute quickly.’

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U.S.: Fresh Del Monte back in the black

February 17th, 2015

Higher selling prices and greater banana volumes helped a leading produce multinational shake off its 2013 loss to record a net income of US$142.4 million for 2014.

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China: Food smuggling case in national media spotlight

February 17th, 2015

The floodgates have opened in China’s crackdown on agricultural import smuggling and customs evasion, with local media reporting that 33 people have been arrested in a recent high-profile case.

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Mexico: Results “will take time” for new social responsibility alliance

February 17th, 2015

AHIFORES spokesperson Mario Robles says discussions are already underway with government to implement improved company store services for workers.

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Indian mangoes officially back on the menu for EU consumers

February 17th, 2015

One EU importer believes Indian mango sales may initially be affected by a damaged reputation.

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China: New e-commerce platform to shake up imported fruit business

February 17th, 2015

A unique government-backed e-commerce platform is expected to usher in an era of cheap imported fruit.

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European kiwifruit campaign to finish on a high

February 17th, 2015

Despite the Russian ban, Greece has relatively low kiwifruit stocks remaining.

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U.K.: Perceived health benefits driving red cabbage sales

February 17th, 2015

Red cabbage’s nutritional properties such as high vitamin A levels have led to one supplier seeing a 49% year-on-year rise in volumes.

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South Africa: Limpopo citrus producer eyes first trial U.S. shipment this year

February 17th, 2015

A group in South Africa’s Loskop Valley hopes to send a trial of ‘top quality’ citrus to the U.S. this season.

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Compagnie Fruitiere to expand organic production, open new hospital

February 17th, 2015

From corporate social responsibility to ships that use less fuel, a French company is developing on several fronts of its €800 million produce business.

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Chilean fruit industry denies links to Australian Hep A scare

February 16th, 2015

The Chilean Association of Fruit Exporters (ASOEX) has emphasized its country’s fruit is not to blame for a recent recall of frozen berry products in Australia.

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NZ: NZKGI member urges govt to reject industry proposals

February 16th, 2015

Robert Thode alleges there is a conflict of interest in the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project.

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U.S.: California Avocado Commission releases crop update

February 16th, 2015

California’s avocado grower body has forecast volumes 10% higher year-on-year.

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Chilean fruit export industry fears for cargo following U.S. port suspensions

February 16th, 2015

ASOEX has said US$45 million worth of fruit is at risk of deteriorating due to U.S. port delays.

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Early concerns ease for 2015 South African pome fruit deal

February 16th, 2015

South Africa aims to ship its first apples to mainland China in March, as growers continue to seek new markets to support higher volumes in the pipeline.

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Giumarra expects high volume of ‘eat brighter’ spring watermelons

February 16th, 2015

Giumarra will offer seedless watermelons grown in Mexico from around mid-March.

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U.S.: Obama steps in to resolve West Coast port dispute

February 15th, 2015

The White House is intervening in the West Coast port conflict with the aim of a quick resolution.

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Mexican, U.S. produce players officially launch social responsibility alliance

February 15th, 2015

After more than a year of negotiations, a group representing 90% of Mexico’s produce industry has been formed to tackle social responsibility issues.

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USDA gives green light to GM apples

February 15th, 2015

Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) is one step closer to getting its genetically modified, non-browning apples on the U.S. market.

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The Packaging Pitch: Nutrition frustration

February 13th, 2015

Marketing expert Lisa Cork has a look at the legume-free Paleo diet.

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Univeg statement responds to merger rumors

February 13th, 2015

Amid reports of a possible initial public offering, Univeg clarifies a board member’s position.

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Russia and Afghanistan in possible gas-for-fruit exchange

February 13th, 2015

Russian and Afghani authorities are said to be discussing an unconventional trade deal.

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U.S.: Western Growers urges Obama to engage in port conflict

February 13th, 2015

Tom Nassif releases a statement on the ‘nightmarish situation’ in West Coast ports.

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Japan: Kabocha and Yuzu turn heads at Fruit Logistica

February 13th, 2015

Whether it’s edible-skin squash, a unique citrus fruit or fresh wasabi, Japanese horticultural companies are banking on growing overseas interest in their national cuisine.

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U.K. sets up Food Enterprise Zones to drive growth

February 13th, 2015

The British government hopes to unleash ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ and attract investment through a new initiative designed to boost the potential of local food and farming businesses.

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Uzbek exporter eyes European market growth

February 13th, 2015

It may have a mouthful of a name, but Uztadbirkoreksport is feeding more stomachs in Europe courtesy of a new office in Riga.

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SanLucar pioneers new fruits in Tunisia, Ecuador

February 12th, 2015

A Spanish firm focused on the German-speaking market is testing a range of new fruit projects in Africa, the Middle East, South America and its own backyard.

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Poland: Additional aid due for fruit and veg producers

February 12th, 2015

The Polish government is planning to withdraw some 155,700MT of apples and pears from the market.

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Rupee appreciation to “definitely” cut Indian fruit exports to Europe, says Khakhar

February 12th, 2015

An Indian grower is gearing up for renewed mango exports to Europe, but thinks exchange rates will impact produce trading overall.

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Australia: Citrus industry steps up biosecurity surveillance

February 12th, 2015

A biosecurity partnership has been formed in Australia’s Sunraysia to protect citrus from exotic pests.

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Polish farmers to continue protests against new land sale laws

February 12th, 2015

A spokesperson for the International Coalition for the Protection of the Polish Countryside says news laws “will expose Polish land to be bought by foreign buyers and will threaten small farmers.”

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Peru optimistic for South Korean mango access by next season

February 12th, 2015

A Peruvian mango industry head says he is “confident” a recent visit by Korean officials went well.

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U.S.: West Coast port employer to temporarily halt operations

February 11th, 2015

The Pacific Maritime Association says it cannot justify paying union workers premium rates over the upcoming weekend and holidays, while the union says the employers’ actions are “bad for the industry and the U.S. economy.”

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State of the Market – Week 6, 2015

February 11th, 2015

The U.S. blueberry market generally saw good demand and prices in week 6.

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Chinese opening brings great opportunities for U.S.-grown club varieties, says T&G

February 11th, 2015

A Turners & Growers pipfruit executive discusses China’s opening for U.S. apples and a challenging New Zealand deal.

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Opinion: Strategies to differentiate the Argentine blueberry industry

February 11th, 2015

Carlos Stabile says the Argentine blueberry sector is moving “along the right path.”

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South Africa alleges “inconsistent” citrus inspections in Southern Europe

February 11th, 2015

“Viability” is a term that could revive South Africa’s stability in the European citrus market, where talks are lined up aiming to remove discrepancies in citrus black spot (CBS) inspection methods.

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Chiquita faces another eco-lawsuit

February 11th, 2015

A Seattle-based law firm alleges that Chiquita produces bananas in such a way that poisons local residents.

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