July 02, 2015 / Week N° 27

Archive for the United States Category

U.S.: California walnuts disappear by truckload in theft case

November 8th, 2013

As prices soar, California walnuts have become a prized target for highly clever hijackers.

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October movement “impressive” for Pink Lady apples

November 7th, 2013

Washington Pink Lady apples have been available this year during a time when they used to be absent from store shelves.

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U.S.: an inside look at ‘Let’s Move Salad Bars 2 Schools’

November 7th, 2013

We observe how a salad bar initiative is affecting kids’ eating habits at a New Orleans school.

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Sesame Street gives boost to fresh produce, free of charge

October 31st, 2013

The friendly faces of Sesame Street’s Elmo and Rosita will soon line produce aisles in the United States.

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U.S. researchers put tomato tastes to the test

October 29th, 2013

Sugar and acid ratios were key to creating tastier tomatoes in an extensive USDA study.

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U.S.: Sesame Street stars to join First Lady after kids’ healthy eating announcement

October 29th, 2013

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama is set to make an announcement this week about marketing healthier foods to children.

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North American produce consignment model evolving

October 28th, 2013

Oppy’s James Milne says the U.S. is moving to a more fixed ‘European’ produce sourcing model as growers seek to cut risks.

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Making dragonfruit mainstream for U.S. consumers

October 28th, 2013

Dragonberry Produce has ambitious goals to make Vietnamese dragonfruit an affordable ‘everyday’ item in the U.S.

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U.S.: HLB Specialties upbeat on goldenberry import changes

October 28th, 2013

HLB Specialties has reintroduced Colombian goldenberries to its U.S. portfolio with hopes cold treatment will be scrapped in 2014.

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U.S.: St. Louis approved for cold-treated fruits and veggies

October 25th, 2013

St. Louis will become the newest entry point for blueberries imported into the United States.

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From crisis to best prices for Colorado cantaloupes

October 25th, 2013

Colorado’s cantaloupe growers have been reborn through food safety and are stronger than ever.

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Late season promotions planned for California table grapes

October 21st, 2013

CTGC president Kathleen Nave is positive about the potential to move greater volume toward the end of the grape deal.

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Faced with backlog, USDA cancels October crop reports

October 18th, 2013

Furloughed USDA workers are back in their posts, but the department will have trouble catching up.

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Southern Specialties expands berry program

October 17th, 2013

Southern Specialties will be expanding its berry offering with the Adelita raspberry.

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U.S. pears hit the road in China

October 15th, 2013

With big volume and large fruit, U.S. pears are making a splash in their first full season in China.

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U.S.: Limoneira makes US$8.75M land expansion

October 14th, 2013

U.S. company Limoneira has boosted its lemon acreage by more than 10% through a recent acquisition.

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Del Monte Pacific to buy U.S. canned fruit and vegetable business

October 14th, 2013

Del Monte Pacific has entered into a deal to buy Del Monte Foods’ consumer food business for US$1.675 billion.

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Chelan Fresh promotes cherries on the go

October 11th, 2013

Chelan Fresh’s Mac Riggan compares the company’s Cup o’ Cherries to the convenience of a to-go coffee.

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U.S.: California researchers near HLB early detection

October 11th, 2013

Research led by a University of California team could improve HLB treatment and diagnosis.

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Hawaii’s top papaya variety takes center stage in GM debate

October 7th, 2013

Hawaii’s Rainbow papaya continues to drive production and controversy over GM foods.

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U.S.: China makes its mark on Georgia pecan industry

October 4th, 2013

Georgia pecans have received high demand from China, but can the U.S. state keep up?

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Fresh Del Monte expands U.S. tomato operations

October 3rd, 2013

Del Monte plans to complement its Central American greenhouse tomatoes with field grown produce from Virginia and Florida.

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U.S.: Sun World adds grape licensees in Peru, Mexico

October 2nd, 2013

California’s Sun World will now include Peru’s Camposol and Mexico’s Grupo Alta in its grape program.

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U.S.: federal shutdown creates uncertainty for agriculture

October 1st, 2013

Failure to establish a U.S. federal budget has placed many food safety and import operations on hold.

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U.S. mango importer anticipates increased Ecuadorian volume

October 1st, 2013

California’s Freska Produce expects Ecuadorian mango volume to see a marked increase.

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U.S.: new Florida cultivars show citrus greening tolerance

October 1st, 2013

University of Florida citrus rootstocks have shown HLB-tolerance, but it is yet to be seen how they perform in large-scale trials.

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U.S.: Whole Foods plans tiered labeling for sustainable produce

September 30th, 2013

Whole Foods Market will implement a three-tier rating system to guide consumers on the ethics of their produce.

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U.S.: Vilsack extends specialty crop funding

September 26th, 2013

As the fiscal year nears its end, the USDA has approved US$52 million to continue funding for specialty crops.

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U.S.: California expects strong citrus year, despite doubt in China

September 25th, 2013

California citrus volume should remain similar to last year, even with pressure from pests and drought.

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U.S. approves access for Aussie litchis

September 24th, 2013

Hot on the heels of mangoes, another subtropical fruit has been approved for export from Australia to the U.S.

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U.S.: record pace for California grapes

September 23rd, 2013

Weekly shipments have risen substantially for the California table grape industry this year.

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U.S.: NASA plans space lettuce project in December

September 16th, 2013

Lettuce production on the International Space Station may provide food and psychological relief to astronauts.

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U.S.: new strawberry variety tastier, hardier than Florida staple

September 16th, 2013

A new University of Florida strawberry has shown favorable results in taste panel testing.

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Big year anticipated for U.S. apples

September 13th, 2013

U.S. apple industry representatives discuss the potential impacts of larger crops from Washington, Michigan and New York.

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U.S.: Hawaiian avocados approved for mainland sales

September 13th, 2013

Foodies on the U.S. mainland are set to have another avocado variety to diversify their palates.

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U.S.: Dole Food Company set to go private

September 12th, 2013

No one has outbidded David Murdock in his tilt at taking the Dole Food Company private.

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U.S.: Cornell researchers discover plant leaf ‘fountain of youth’

September 9th, 2013

Manipulation of plant gene S3H could mean fruits and veggies that stay fresh for much longer.

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“Impressive clip” avocado growth strengthens Calavo’s Q3 results

September 6th, 2013

Calavo Growers outstripped the sales growth rate for the U.S. avocado industry as a whole in the third quarter.

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The ‘Papple’ lays roots in international orchards

September 6th, 2013

A pear that looks more like an apple, the Papple is reaching growers across North America and Europe.

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U.S.: Safeway to pay US$600,000 penalty over greenhouse gas emissions

September 4th, 2013

A Safeway plan to reduce emissions could become a “model” for industry compliance with the Clean Air Act.

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U.S. tests experimental foam to take on avocado tree pest

August 27th, 2013

ARS scientists are testing an alternative to insecticide spraying for treating ambrosia beetles in avocado trees.

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U.S.: California brewery puts avocado on tap

August 26th, 2013

Angel City Brewery’s Avocado Ale is a light, creamy brew made with 150 lbs. of Fuerte Avocado.

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GROW bananas take on social change in Mexico, Ecuador

August 23rd, 2013

Organics Unlimited’s GROW banana brand will help deliver funds to social initiatives Project Amigo and Children International.

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U.S.: fresh goods to get direct line to Midwest

August 21st, 2013

A direct, refrigerated rail service is in the works to connect the Port of Tampa to the Midwest.

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U.S.: strong Navel orange market has softened

August 16th, 2013

A good inventory position and a dearth of easy peelers should bode well for a stable U.S. orange market.

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Californian peaches, nectarines take off in Australia

August 15th, 2013

John Baker says there is still much to be learned in Australia for Californian stonefruit exporters.

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U.S.: Murdock raises stakes for Dole Food Company purchase

August 13th, 2013

David Murdock has reached an agreement to buy remaining Dole shares but the company is still in a 30-day “go-shop” period.

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Nutrition in focus for new Hass Avocado Board marketing campaign

August 13th, 2013

The Hass Avocado Board will be reaching out to health professionals and consumers.

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Sun World International changes hands

August 12th, 2013

A Californian asset management firm has bought a leading produce breeding, growing and marketing company.

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Chiquita reports improved Q2 results

August 9th, 2013

Chiquita’s banana business performed well in the second quarter and helped bring in strong financial results.

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U.S.: the Hatch green chile identity crisis

August 8th, 2013

Chile production in Hatch, New Mexico has fallen but outside sources are keeping up supply using the valley’s name.

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U.S. easy peeler supply gap likely, says Greenberg

August 5th, 2013

Capespan North America CEO Mark Greenberg discusses the current import dynamics of easy peelers and Navels.

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Fresh U.S. cherries arrive direct to Chinese homes

August 5th, 2013

A Chinese website is flying in U.S. cherries to meet strong demand for the fruit.

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Bumper crop could mean record year for U.S. blueberries

August 2nd, 2013

Fall Creek’s Dave Brazelton described a big year and major possibilities for U.S. blueberries.

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U.S.: California looks to ease Chinese citrus doubts

August 2nd, 2013

The California citrus industry is working to re-open the Chinese market before next season.

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U.S.: new quarantine zone for California’s citrus

August 1st, 2013

New detections of Asian citrus psyllid have sparked a quarantine zone in California’s citrus country.

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U.S.: more information needed on cyclospora source, says PMA

August 1st, 2013

The PMA’s Dr Bob Whitaker was surprised to hear a link between tropical disease cyclospora and bagged salad was made in two U.S. states.

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U.S.: Delaware dredging to deepen produce trade

July 31st, 2013

The TEU capacity of ships carrying produce to Delaware River ports is set to rise by 50%.

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Smart labeling seeks to streamline produce traceability

July 29th, 2013

U.S. company Toolworx hopes to ease the transition to PTI-compliant labeling through smart printing technology.

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Bayer CropScience expands U.S. research capabilities

July 26th, 2013

Bayer CropScience’s research plans include expansion of its West Sacramento facilities and a focus on vegetable seeds.

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U.S.: PortMiami eases access for Peruvian fresh fruit

July 25th, 2013

A pilot program at PortMiami is expected to speed along the passge for Peruvian grapes and blueberries entering the U.S.

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The right light for fruit taste, smell and value

July 24th, 2013

U.S. researchers have found certain LED lighting to improve the aroma and taste of key fruit varieties.

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U.S.: concern grows over fire blight treatment options

July 23rd, 2013

As an oxytetracycline restriction nears, U.S. organic apple and pear producers are growing nervous for an alternative.

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U.S.: Paramount Citrus to acquire assets from Grimmway Farms

July 22nd, 2013

The largest vertically integrated citrus company in the U.S. is set to increase its volume significantly.

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U.S.: cryopreservation offers hope for citrus genetics

July 22nd, 2013

Citrus plants are being prepared for long-term cold storage to fight disease and preserve genetics.

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U.S.: Minnesota tackles fruit fly management

July 18th, 2013

Berry pest spotted-wing drosophila has been confirmed once again in the U.S. state of Minnesota.

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U.S.: California university launches program for produce professionals

July 18th, 2013

A new UC Davis program will train produce industry professionals on best practices across the supply chain.

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U.S.: proposal made for arsenic levels in apple juice

July 15th, 2013

The United States Department of Agriculture seeks to set an industry standard for arsenic levels in apple juice.

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U.S.: new wild strawberry found in Oregon

July 15th, 2013

The newly discovered Cascade strawberry could offer breeding and marketing potential.

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U.S.: improvements reported for plant protection system

July 12th, 2013

Processing speed of plant protection applications in the U.S. is expected to more than double the 10-year average.

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U.S.: horticulture program trains inmates for green industry

July 11th, 2013

A specialized gardening program in Utah seeks to train inmates on career possibilities in horticulture.

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U.S.: genetic bank looks to future of honey bees

July 10th, 2013

Researchers at Washington State University hope to diversify honey bee populations in the U.S. through a genetic bank.

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California avocado growers get advanced weather warnings

July 3rd, 2013

Weather warnings have taken center stage on the California Avocado Commission’s new website.

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U.S.: Florida takes on pest traceability, management

July 3rd, 2013

Invasive species like spotted-wing drosophila have kept Florida researchers and agriculture on their toes.

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Salad bars in schools bring “empowerment” to U.S. kids

July 1st, 2013

In the first of a two-part series on produce for kids, we track the Let’s Move! Salad Bars 2 Schools campaign that has taken the U.S. by storm.

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Nematodes an important challenge for Peruvian grapes, says USDA

June 28th, 2013

While Peru’s grape exports have “skyrocketed’ in recent years, the country needs to overcome nematode problems.

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U.S. Senate approves immigration, ag. labor reform

June 28th, 2013

The approved U.S. Senate bill would reform the agriculture guest worker program and provide a legal path for workers.

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U.S. importer expects several organic breakthroughs

June 27th, 2013

From Peruvian satsumas to Mexican coconuts, Purity Organic has a range of new products due for U.S. arrival.

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APHIS urges public comment on import consolidation proposal

June 27th, 2013

A new APHIS proposal plans to consolidate plant import rules, requiring permit holders to have a U.S. residence.

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U.S.: Dole arranges special committee to analyze takeover bid

June 26th, 2013

Independent director Andrew J. Conrad will chair a special committee to assess Dole chairman David Murdock’s acquisition bid.

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“Too many amendments” quashed Farm Bill, says United Fresh

June 21st, 2013

United Fresh’s Ray Gilmer says the Farm Bill rejection by the House of Representatives could have a “chilling effect” on competitiveness.

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UV-LED lighting offers possibility for longer fruit shelf life

June 21st, 2013

U.S. researchers found that fruit exposed to low UV lighting lasted longer in storage.

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U.S.: APHIS recommends lighter fruit fly treatment for blueberry imports

June 20th, 2013

Argentine and Uruguayan blueberry exporters look set to have improved methyl bromide treatment processes for the U.S.

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U.S.: Michigan sees growing fruit markets in Brazil, Korea

June 14th, 2013

Michigan is working to build its footprint as a U.S. agricultural product and fruit exporter in Latin America and Asia.

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Opinion: what lies behind Murdock’s tilt for full Dole ownership?

June 12th, 2013

Just weeks after Dole canceled a share repurchase scheme, its chairman now wants to personally buy all remaining stock.

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Specialty crop groups applaud U.S. Senate farm bill approval

June 11th, 2013

United Fresh says the new Farm Bill supports fruits and vegetables in a way that will provide healthy options to U.S. citizens.

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Doubt remains for specialty crops and U.S. farm bill

June 10th, 2013

The U.S. Senate is expected to approve the five-year farm bill, but the House vote remains uncertain.

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The heat is on for U.S. West Coast blueberry transition

June 10th, 2013

The U.S. blueberry deal faces potential gaps and oversupply in the coming weeks and months.

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U.S.: Calavo expects gains from new “blue chip” customers

June 6th, 2013

Sales rose for Calavo Growers in the second quarter as the company continued investments to expand avocado category leadership.

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U.S.: Hass variety drives avocado category growth

June 5th, 2013

A U.S. study has found the Hass variety accounted for 94% of retail avocado sales in 2012.

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Walmart promises full refunds on fresh produce

June 4th, 2013

The United States’ largest produce seller is introducing a new model to ensure quality fruit and vegetables for consumers.

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U.S.: frozen fruit the main suspect in Hepatitis A outbreak

June 4th, 2013

As Hepatitis A cases appear across five U.S. states, a berry and pomegranate blend is under suspicion as the source.

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Monsanto predicts record corn volume and continued momentum

May 30th, 2013

A strong global and Latin American corn portfolio is expected to boost Monsanto’s financial results this year.

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Port of Miami investments to spark “friendly competition” for produce imports

May 30th, 2013

Port of Miami director Bill Johnson discusses how a variety of infrastructure investments will bring competitive benefits to produce suppliers.

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Dole to revamp U.S. West Coast fleet

May 29th, 2013

The Dole Food Company has ditched a share buyback scheme in favor of a shipping investment.

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U.S.: Limoneira aims to triple lemon shipments worldwide

May 27th, 2013

Whether it be in fish, cleaning agents or drinking habits, NASDAQ-listed Limoneira is harnessing cultural trends to trigger higher lemon sales.

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Optical cherry sorter brings upgrade to California industry

May 23rd, 2013

Optical cherry sorters may help ease labor shortage in California.

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U.S. think tank: Indian policy hurting ag trade and innovation

May 20th, 2013

A U.S.-based think tank has criticized Indian trade policies that may jeopardize the agricultural supply chain.

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U.S.: salad bars removed from five schools in Monterey

May 16th, 2013

A district-level labor dispute in California has brought a slight setback to the “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” campaign.

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U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously for Monsanto

May 14th, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Monsanto’s patent claims yesterday in a case against an Indiana farmer.

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U.S.: Curry & Co teams up with Suncrest for Peruvian onion imports

May 10th, 2013

Suncrest Produce Solutions will partner with Curry & Company for its onion program this fall in the U.S.

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U.S. Pacific Northwest braces for possible fruit fly surge

May 9th, 2013

Ideal temperatures could create a boom year for spotted wing drosophila in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

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U.S.: researchers consider alternative crops for New Mexico

May 9th, 2013

If research pans out, strawberries and jujubes could provide niche crops in northern New Mexico.

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U.S. authorities propose market access for Malaysian tropical fruits

May 8th, 2013

APHIS has proposed treatment methods for the import of three different Malaysian tropical fruits into the U.S.

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U.S.: Green Giant adds avocados to the mix

May 7th, 2013

Green Giant Fresh will be selling avocados in the U.S. this year in conjunction with a major logistics company.

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U.S. company petitions for GM potato deregulation

May 3rd, 2013

A key supplier of french fries to fast food chains has sought deregulation of its GM potato line from APHIS.

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Californian strawberries boast increased acreage, early season

May 3rd, 2013

We speak with the California Strawberry Commission about increased planting and consumption.

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Port of Miami invests in big arrivals

April 30th, 2013

The Port of Miami is getting ready for a renovated Panama Canal with a US$2 billion investment.

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Bipartisan GMO labeling bill introduced to U.S. Congress

April 26th, 2013

A proposed GMO labeling bill has received bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress.

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Chiquita and Organics Unlimited sign banana agreement

April 26th, 2013

Chiquita and Organics Unlimited have begun marketing bananas together for U.S. consumers.

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Australia: pre-shipment inspection available for Californian cherries

April 23rd, 2013

Australia will add cherries from California to its pre-shipment inspection program.

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Mango buyers spend more money, buy more fresh fruit

April 22nd, 2013

Mango buyers in the U.S. spent US$23 more per store trip than the average produce shopper.

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SPS measures holding back U.S. produce exports to Asia

April 17th, 2013

The U.S. Trade Representative has listed several sanitary and phytosanitary measures holding back exports.

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Chinese citrus ban leaves California scrambling for answers

April 17th, 2013

Chinese brown rot concerns have put Californian citrus exporters in a precarious position.

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Florida citrus growers cross fingers for greening solution

April 16th, 2013

Florida’s citrus industry is placing bets on research to save fruit from greening, which has brought down shipments this year.

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U.S.: PMA allocates first salad bar donations

April 16th, 2013

The PMA has chosen the schools that will receive its first US$100,000 in salad bar funding and has encouraged more members to donate.

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Hass Avocado Board looks to even greater category growth

April 15th, 2013

The Hass Avocado Board’s Emiliano Escobedo talks about the factors that have pushed U.S. avocado consumption to grow 200%.

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Arctic apples near approval as GM debate carries on

April 15th, 2013

Nonbrowing Arctic apples look and taste just like their parent fruit, but will consumers accept the GM product?

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“Big Cinco de Mayo push” for Californian avocados

April 11th, 2013

Recipes and social media campaigns will be the order of the day for Californian avocado promoters during Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

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Fall Creek releases six new blueberry varieties

April 11th, 2013

Fall Creek has released a range of new blueberries to cater to different physical demands, flavors and uses.

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U.S.: ILA accepts new master contract for port workers

April 11th, 2013

U.S. East and Gulf coast port workers are close to the final seal of approval for a new six-year contract.

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U.S. senator admits compromise in passing Monsanto Protection Act

April 5th, 2013

Barbara Mikulski has expressed regret over a law that prevents government action against GM crops even if they are proven to be hazardous.

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United States: FDA approves lab to free detained fruit

April 2nd, 2013

California’s AGQ Lab has been approved to help release fruit detained in U.S. customs.

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Whole Foods collaborates on commercial-scale greenhouse

April 2nd, 2013

Whole Foods is working with Gotham Greens to build the first commercial greenhouse on the roof of a U.S. retail outlet.

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Dole makes big sale in part of debt payment plan

April 2nd, 2013

Dole will play a much smaller role for certain commodities, following a major transfer to ITOCHU Corp.

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Fresh Del Monte wins fruit licensing dispute

April 1st, 2013

A long-running licensing dispute has been settled between Fresh Del Monte and Del Monte Foods.

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Discussing life “after the fruit” with filmmaker Nancy Ghertner

March 22nd, 2013

Filmmaker Nancy Ghertner talks about her film “After I Pick the Fruit” and the reality of U.S. migrant life.

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U.S. considers fruits from Colombia, Ecuador, Thailand

March 22nd, 2013

After two years of consideration, Colombian watermelons may soon enter the U.S. market.

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Film Review: After I Pick the Fruit

March 19th, 2013

“After I Pick the Fruit” gives a face to migrant women who help keep farm production running.

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U.S.: Dole to appeal European Union fine

March 18th, 2013

The European General Court has upheld a decision to fine Dole Food Company for alleged anticompetitive behavior.

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The Hass Horn: second quarter U.S. avocado supply outlook

March 14th, 2013

Avi Crane reveals his expectations for different avocado suppliers in North America this quarter.

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Californian grape industry aims for another record year in 2013

March 14th, 2013

California’s grape industry aims to raise production this year and find growth in international markets.

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U.S.: Dole plans “aggressive” capital budget for 2013

March 13th, 2013

Dole Food Company has slated a large sum of money for strategic investments in 2013.

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Whole Foods to label all GMO products by 2018

March 12th, 2013

Whole Foods has become the first U.S. grocery chain to set a deadline for full GMO transparency.

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U.S.: Calavo launches technology to link fresh food industry

March 12th, 2013

Calavo hopes a new networking technology will add value while reducing waste in the fresh food industry.

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Chiquita expects U.S. market share growth in 2013

March 12th, 2013

Fruit company Chiquita Brands has listed several causes for optimism in 2013.

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U.S.: WSU seeks commercial partners for new apple variety

March 12th, 2013

Washington State University has developed a crispy apple with strong storage and non-browning characteristics.

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Fruits keep U.S. produce sales strong in Q4 2012

March 11th, 2013

U.S. fruit prices may have increased in the last quarter of 2012 but volume and dollar sales stayed strong.

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Budget cuts bring longer wait times to U.S. produce imports

March 7th, 2013

Thousands of expected job losses at the U.S. border could mean serious wait times for produce importers.

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U.S.: Florida expects peak blueberry season despite cold front

March 5th, 2013

Florida will bring in the U.S. blueberry season this month with high expectations for the year.

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Big volume and small fruit expected from Californian avocados

March 4th, 2013

California is expected to produce 515 million pounds of avocado this season in another strong year.

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Hass avocados continue strong on U.S. market

March 1st, 2013

Hass avocados rank among the strongest growing U.S. fruit categories.

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U.S. cantaloupe association prepares for first year of certification

February 26th, 2013

The Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Association will put safety standards to the test as it enters its first season.

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U.S.: Dole to sell off Hawaiian land holdings

February 25th, 2013

Dole hopes to gain up to US$200 million in proceeds by divesting 21,800 acres of land in Hawaii.

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Wal-Mart reports strong sales, welcomes lower taxes

February 21st, 2013

A lower than expected tax rate boosted Wal-Mart’s 2012 financial results, while sales rose 5%.

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Fresh Del Monte CEO looks back on 2012 challenges

February 20th, 2013

Fresh Del Monte’s Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh praised the company’s success under tough conditions last year.

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Comment period extended for U.S. food safety rule changes

February 18th, 2013

Proposed U.S. produce handling rules will be open for comment until May 16.

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U.S.: Green Bay Dried Coconut recalled

February 15th, 2013

Green Day Brand Dried Coconut has been recalled in New York for undeclared sulfites.

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U.S. produce industry connects with the world at Fruit Logistica

February 15th, 2013

The PMA’s Nancy Tucker looks at the common challenges facing the North American and European produce industries.

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Chiquita expands deciduous brand through independent licensee

February 14th, 2013

The International Fruit Company will keep the Chiquita brand alive for deciduous fruits across various markets.

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Better sales, slow production growth projected for U.S. horticulture

February 12th, 2013

Fruits and nuts will dominate U.S. horticulture sales over the decade, although production growth will prove difficult.

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U.S. Farm Bill pushes toward resolution

February 8th, 2013

The U.S. Farm Bill has been made a Senate priority but still faces budget debates.

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Third employee pulled into Adams Produce fraud case

February 8th, 2013

Another Adams Produce official has been accused of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. federal government.

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United States: researchers dig into microbes and crop soil health

February 7th, 2013

U.S. scientists used a wind tunnel and DNA sequencing to investigate the finer points of soil health.

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U.S.: FPAA slams tomato agreement proposal

February 5th, 2013

A solution may be in sight for a trade spat between the U.S. and Mexico over tomatoes, but is it reasonable?

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USMX and ILA come to labor agreement

February 5th, 2013

A new master contract is in the works for U.S. port workers following successful negotiations.

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U.S. avocado consumption breaks 1.5 billion pounds

February 4th, 2013

Hass avocados had a record-breaking in the U.S. with 34% growth in consumption.

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United Fresh welcomes “Smart Snacks in School” initiative

February 4th, 2013

The “Smart Snacks in School” initiative seeks to create a healthier food environment in U.S. schools.

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U.S. pear exporters prepare for Chinese marketing hurdles

February 1st, 2013

As U.S. pears enter China for the first time a key challenge will be winning over consumer hearts.

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U.S. importers report rocky start for Peruvian mango campaign

January 29th, 2013

From strikes to shipping problems, several factors have created an unstable start for Peruvian mango exports.

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Protectionist pressure on Mexico could double U.S. tomato prices

January 25th, 2013

Pushing Mexican tomatoes out of the U.S. market could have extensive implications for traders and consumers.

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U.S. Retail Prices section launched

January 25th, 2013

A new section helps fruit suppliers track retail prices at supermarket chains in four U.S. cities.

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U.S.: Mission Produce expands North American reach

January 22nd, 2013

U.S. distributor Mission Produce plans to grow its capabilities in Canada and Mexico.

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Organic farmers push for day in court against Monsanto

January 21st, 2013

Organic potato farmer Jim Gerritsen speaks on his legal battle for court protection against Monsanto.

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United States: Israeli dates on road to import approval

January 18th, 2013

As stands, Barhi dates from Israel should soon be welcomed to the United States market.

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New FDA rules to bring “legal teeth” to food safety, says O’Brien

January 17th, 2013

The PMA’s man in Washington D.C. talks about how new FDA food safety rules could reinforce the produce industry.

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Amino acid study could reveal citrus greening insights

January 15th, 2013

Amino acid profiles may hold the key to managing plant defenses against citrus greening disease.

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Oppy expands bell pepper and cucumber sourcing

January 15th, 2013

The Oppenheimer Group will soon become a marketer of around 2 million boxes of sweet bell peppers.

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Washington researchers lead push to improve cranberry management

January 15th, 2013

On a 10-acre bog in the Pacific Northwest, U.S. researchers are dedicated to understanding cranberries.

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U.S.: California citrus growers brace for freezing temperatures

January 11th, 2013

The San Joaquin Valley expects multiple days of below average temperatures that could send a blow to citrus.

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U.S.: Alpine Fresh enters venture to bolster Florida blueberries

January 9th, 2013

Alpine Fresh has entered a joint venture with Five Star Family Growers that could build into a larger North American program.

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United States: major organic farm files for bankruptcy

January 8th, 2013

After six decades of operation, Colorado’s Grant Family Farms faces closure.

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U.S.: FDA proposes new food safety rules and produce regulations

January 4th, 2013

Proposed U.S. FDA rules would shift produce safety from reactionary to preventative, with greater burdens in store.

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Safeway CEO to step down

January 4th, 2013

One Safeway director has said CEO Steve Burd will be very difficult to replace when he steps down in May.

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U.S.: Giumarra makes two new exec appointments

January 3rd, 2013

Giumarra is putting a big focus on international expansion and strategy with two new appointments to its executive team.

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Specialty crops in limbo after U.S. farm bill extension

January 3rd, 2013

The U.S. farm bill has returned to the drafting table after Congress failed to implement new legislation.

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Dole shares slip on fruit sales earning announcement

January 3rd, 2013

Declining earnings expectations for 2013 led to unease for Dole Food Company shareholders yesterday.

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U.S. East and Gulf Coast port strike averted

December 28th, 2012

The ILA and the USMX have finally reached a truce to avoid disruptive strikes this weekend.

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General Mills to boot strawberries off of Fruit Roll-Ups label

December 28th, 2012

General Mills will need a redesign for its Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups labeling to clarify fruit content.

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U.S. ports give assurances over fruit & veg trade

December 27th, 2012

U.S. port operators make their calls on what strikes would imply if the ILA and USMX can’t reach an agreement.

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U.S.: ILA issues port strike preparation instructions

December 24th, 2012

With a strike looming, containerized goods may stay put at U.S. ports, with the exception of fresh foods.

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U.S.: No time to waste on FDA facility registrations

December 20th, 2012

United Fresh’s David Gombas says the FDA facility registration extension is no excuse for delays.

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U.S. mango importers feeling impact of regulations

December 18th, 2012

A mango recall earlier in the year has meant more inspections and big questions at the U.S. border.

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Plant roots defy gravity in U.S. study

December 13th, 2012

Even in zero gravity, plant roots showed normal growth movements in a NASA-funded study.

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Bayer Cropscience joins biologics boom

December 11th, 2012

Bayer Cropscience has responded to residue limit demands with more biologic options for growers.

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U.S. East Coast port negotiations push for resolution

December 10th, 2012

The ILA and USMX will resume talks today to avoid an East Coast strike.

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U.S. proposes lower assessment rates for Washington stonefruit

December 7th, 2012

Washington’s cherry and apricot growers are set to have lower marketing rates on their fruit.

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U.S.: Baloian Farms introduces new baby bell peppers

December 6th, 2012

California-based Baloian Farms is now the exclusive West Coast supplier of BellaFina baby bell peppers.

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United Fresh reports strong fruit sales in Q3

December 3rd, 2012

U.S. produce retail sales were steady in the third quarter, while organic and value-add items were strong.

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Exotic produce makes headway in U.S. market

November 30th, 2012

Supplying 1,400 items is a “logistical headache” for Melissa’s Produce, but well worth the effort.

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Protests hit U.S. Wal-Mart stores on big shopping day

November 26th, 2012

Protests were reported in around 100 U.S. cities against Wal-Mart stores.

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U.S.: deficit irrigation bears fruit for peach production

November 22nd, 2012

U.S. scientists could help peach farmers cut water usage during key months.

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Traceability needs ‘positive return’ approach

November 22nd, 2012

Intelleflex CEO Peter Mehring discusses traceability benefits and regulation.

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Slight rise for Dole earnings in Q3

November 16th, 2012

The Dole Food Company managed to raise earnings in the third quarter despite challenging conditions.

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Return on investment surges for Wal-Mart

November 16th, 2012

Walmart’s ROI has jumped but earnings took a hit from currency exchange rates.

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U.S. schools build bonds with local farmers

November 16th, 2012

The USDA Farm to Schools grant will reach around 1.75 million students.

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Commercial trial shows strong signs for CantaBella melons

November 13th, 2012

Timco Worldwide expects significant volumes of CantaBella melons in October 2013.

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U.S. breeders release new nectarine and peach varieties

November 9th, 2012

Breeders have announced new nectarine and peach varieties ideal for the southern U.S.

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California says ‘no’ but GM labeling campaign to continue

November 8th, 2012

Campaigners plan to hold Barack Obama to his 2007 GM food labeling promise.

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PMA Fresh Summit 2012 draws record turnout

November 2nd, 2012

Over 21,000 people gathered in California for the largest U.S. turnout in fresh produce history.

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