December 19, 2014 / Week N° 51

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U.K.: Tesco & Asda react to calls for more fairtrade fruit

December 19th, 2014

British shoppers have ‘bombarded’ Asda and Tesco with more than 100,000 emails calling for the retailers to sell 100% fairtrade bananas.

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U.S.: West Coast port talks end ‘not close’, says employer

December 18th, 2014

The Pacific Maritime Association says rumors that the negotiations are close to a final contract are not true and both sides remain apart on several issues.

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U.S.: California storms very positive but drought not over yet, says CFFA

December 17th, 2014

The California Fresh Fruit Association says recent rainfall has been excellent for the industry, but it is too early to speculate on water allocation for next year.

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Mexico makes progress in fight against fruit fly

December 16th, 2014

Growers in parts of the Mexican state of Michoacan will be able to access new markets after the national agricultural watchdog downgraded the prevalence level of fruit fly.

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Belgium: Strike action could tarnish our reputation, says Port of Antwerp

December 15th, 2014

There are about 50 vessels blocked from entering or leaving an important fruit import hub in Europe.

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NZ: Zespri considers Chinese kiwifruit production partnerships

December 15th, 2014

Zespri’s Matt Crawford discusses production possibilities in China and a red kiwifruit variety trialled in Singapore.

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U.S.: California court takes Dole’s side in fruit mix labeling case

December 12th, 2014

A California court has denied a consumer’s allegation that Dole’s use of ascorbic and citric acids in packaged products makes the label “All Natural Fruit” misleading.

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U.S.: California citrus industry gives mixed views on storm

December 12th, 2014

While California Citrus Mutual has said the current storms in the state are a ‘plus all the way round’, others say it will delay harvesting at a peak time.

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Mexico starts anti-dumping investigation into U.S. apple imports

December 11th, 2014

Growers in the Mexican state of Chihuahua have filed a complaint alleging unfair trade practices from U.S. apple exporters.

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U.S.: Del Monte recalls fresh cut fruit in some states

December 10th, 2014

Listeria contamination risks from Gala red apples grown in Pennsylvania have led Del Monte to recall some of its fresh cut fruit products.

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Chilean avocado exports could drop by half this season, says Cabilfrut

December 10th, 2014

Despite an attractive domestic avocado market this season, a large Chilean grower has warned there will be consequences if the industry loses focus on foreign trade.

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Belgian port prepared for strike action next week

December 9th, 2014

Many companies in the Port of Antwerp have advised shipping lines not to make calls on certain days next week.

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Indian grape sector strengthened by 2014 export campaign

December 9th, 2014

An increasing number of Indian table grape growers are learning how best to produce their fruit to meet high international trade standards.

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U.S.: West Coast exporters ‘substantially delayed’, says Western Growers

December 5th, 2014

Western Growers says there are exporters ‘backing off’ their shipping volumes due to congestion in West Coast ports, and it is unclear when conditions will begin to improve.

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China green lights South African apple imports

December 4th, 2014

The South African apple industry hopes the new Chinese market access will act as a ‘springboard’ to enter other Asian countries in the future.

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EU could lift Indian mango ban ‘early next year’, say industry reps

December 4th, 2014

Although Europe’s ban on Indian mango imports was originally set to last until the end of 2015, experts from the Asian country claim trade could start up again much sooner.

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Exchange rate bears well for new Belgian apple deal in India

December 3rd, 2014

BVF’s Marc Evrard discusses his expectations for an incipient pome fruit program in India.

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Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV finalize shipping merger

December 2nd, 2014

Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV have completed their tie up to become the world’s fourth-largest container liner shipping company, with expected annual sales of US$12 billion.

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South African table grape exporters positive after ‘perfect’ weather

December 2nd, 2014

One South African table grape exporter says ‘everything that can go well so far this season is good’, as producers continue to plant new varieties.

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Chilean cherry crop falls 15% after heavy rainfall

December 1st, 2014

Up to 40% of cherries in a key Chilean growing region are no longer eligible for export following rainfall on Saturday.

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NZ fruit growers embrace ozone tech for healthy orchards

December 1st, 2014

OA-Global’s ozone technology products worked wonders on kiwifruit trials in New Zealand, and the company hopes for similar success in new geographies and crops.

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Argentine pome fruit exporters hold ‘high expectations’ for India

November 28th, 2014

Two Argentine apple shippers are delighted at the new Indian market access, with both saying they were surprised at the news and that a strong future is in store.

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Doubts linger after brief Chilean port strike

November 27th, 2014

Chile’s cherry and blueberry industries have very different views on the effects of recent port strikes.

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Low rainfall lifts South African stonefruit quality, says Capespan

November 27th, 2014

While the stonefruit export season is generally going well for Capespan, some key markets are said to be inexplicably ‘flat’.

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Russia may include Switzerland in produce import embargo

November 26th, 2014

A 400-fold increase in Swiss apple exports to Russia has sparked suspicions of smuggling to avoid a trade ban on EU produce.

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Gaza threatens Israel with sanctions after produce blockade

November 26th, 2014

The Gaza Ministry of Agriculture has warned it will retaliate with sanctions if Israel continues to obstruct its fruit and vegetable trade.

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Australia-China FTA “music to our ears”, says Joyvio

November 25th, 2014

A Chinese agribusiness hopes the Australian FTA will also lead to simplified quarantine protocols for fruit imports, and has also signaled plans to include South African sourcing.

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Canadian produce sector hails successful meeting on Parliament Hill

November 25th, 2014

Financial protection for produce sellers was one of the key topics addressed during recent meetings between industry and government in Ottawa.

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Field management app Eland gains ground in Argentina and Chile

November 24th, 2014

Originally designed for commodity crops, an Argentine field management app is making an impact in Chile’s fruit and vegetable sector.

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U.K.: Love Beets looks for South American opportunities

November 21st, 2014

A U.K. company recently visited Santiago de Chile in search of ready-to-eat beetroot export opportunities.

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U.S.: NatureSeal sees bright future for Latin American fresh-cut sector

November 21st, 2014

NatureSeal’s A.J. Martinich looks at some of the key items and regions with growth potential in fresh-cut produce.

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Japanese market opens for fumigation-free Chilean cherries

November 20th, 2014

A decision by Japan’s MAFF will now allow for much greater volumes of Chilean cherries this Christmas.

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Rain damage won’t affect Mexican papaya exports, says Coliman

November 20th, 2014

Increased plantings will help offset some of the impacts of rain on papaya volumes in Colima.

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Del Monte opens new Canadian fresh cut facility

November 19th, 2014

Fresh Del Monte Produce has opened a new operation to supply fresh cut salads, fruits and vegetables to the Canadian market.

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Jamaica to ‘lively up’ U.K. banana market

November 19th, 2014

British consumers no longer have to wait in vain for Jamaican bananas, with more volumes from the Caribbean nation set to soon come their way.

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Spanish citrus sector angered by EU labeling decision

November 18th, 2014

A decision to single out citrus growers in labeling the use of postharvest chemicals has been supported by the General Court of the European Union.

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U.S.: High times for strawberries and blueberries, says Riordan

November 18th, 2014

California Giant Berry Farms owner Patrick Riordan says he is “blessed” to be involved in the category.

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Aussie produce industry welcomes China FTA

November 17th, 2014

Australia’s fresh fruit, vegetable and orange juice sectors are all set to gain after the signing of an FTA with China.

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New Zealand and South Korea complete FTA negotiations

November 17th, 2014

New Zealand’s Prime Minister says the free trade agreement with South Korea will put exporters ‘back on a level playing field’ with U.S. and EU competitors.

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Peruvian mega-irrigation project seeks new farming investors

November 17th, 2014

The first crops have been planted as part of a US$280 million dam project in Peru to support agriculture, including sugarcane, avocados and blueberries.

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China: Fruitday gears up for Mexican blackberries, Chilean avocados

November 14th, 2014

After tripling sales in the last year, Fruitday co-founder Loren Zhao looks ahead for fruit imports in 2014-15.

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Less focus on tomatoes for Mexico’s protected hort sector

November 13th, 2014

AMHPAC president Juan Ariel Reyes discusses changing dynamics and key goals for the Mexican protected horticulture sector.

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Chilean fruit industry expects highest returns ever in 2015

November 12th, 2014

There has been an air of optimism at PMA Fruittrade Latin America today, with Fedefruta’s chief forecasting a 15% rise in fruit exports for next year.

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BanaBay tries its hand at mangoes

November 12th, 2014

After adding pineapples to its product mix in April, British-Ecuadorian group BanaBay is now trialing mango sales.

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Farm monitoring app ‘seeCrop’ wins U.K. award

November 12th, 2014

A new mobile app that pinpoints diseases and pests in fields has won the U.K. leg of the European Satellite Navigation Competition.

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Hailstorms continue to affect NZ kiwifruit orchards

November 11th, 2014

A few New Zealand kiwifruit growers could be ‘significantly affected’ by adverse weather that worked its way north up to the Bay of Plenty region.

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South Africa: Dutoit branches out into early cherries for U.K. market

November 11th, 2014

Gysbert du Toit talks about the evolution of an early cherry deal from South Africa in a tie-up with Californian varieties.

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Australia: Mainland cherry registrations for Chinese exports a “good step”

November 10th, 2014

Mainland Australian cherry growers had previously ignored the option to export directly to China with cold treatment, but that approach has changed this season.

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Food and water security the focus of Israeli-Indian-Australian deal

November 7th, 2014

Groups from Israel, India and Australia will cooperate on projects to improve food supply and water use.

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U.S.: West Coast port employer says union action has reached California

November 7th, 2014

The Pacific Maritime Association claims a union is now withholding skilled workers in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

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The art of reengineering Chile’s table grape industry

November 7th, 2014

A project aiming to improve Chile’s table grape sector through collaborative research will be highlighted at PMA Fruittrade Latin America next week.

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Diet found to affect pesticide resistence in honey bees

November 7th, 2014

For the first time a strong link between pesticide exposure and diet has been demonstrated at the molecular level in honey bees.

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Chiquita expects successful sale to Cutrale-Safra very soon

November 6th, 2014

Chiquita chief executive officer Ed Lonergan says he is proud of the company’s third quarter results amid a period of merger and acquisition distractions.

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Californian court makes landmark order against UFW, ALRB

November 6th, 2014

Gerawan Farming has achieved a breakthrough in its struggle against the forced unionization of farmworkers.

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U.S.: Marketing Washington State’s “monster” apple crop

November 6th, 2014

We take an in-depth look at how some major Washington apple producers are marketing their huge crops this season, as well as other key issues like storage space and labor availability.

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BanaBay expects “superstar” U.S. banana sales in Q1

November 6th, 2014

BanaBay’s North American president of North American operations says doing business as usual is a “death sentence”.

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“Hail happens every year”, says Pipfruit NZ rep

November 5th, 2014

Pipfruit New Zealand says the country’s next apple crop will be similar to previous years after an isolated hailstorm incident on the South Island.

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Hail hits NZ apple and kiwifruit orchards

November 5th, 2014

Devastating hailstorms in New Zealand’s Tasman district have left some orchards in tatters.

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U.S.: Sustainability is the trend, says Organics Unlimited

November 5th, 2014

It’s been a boring year for weather and a booming one for markets in organic bananas, says Mayra Velazquez de Leon.

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Vietnam considers Australian fruit import suspension

November 4th, 2014

After dealing with years of headaches forming a new protocol to regain Thai market access, the Australian horticultural industry may face new non-tariff challenges in another South East Asian market.

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India: Tamil Nadu eyes international banana market

November 4th, 2014

A state-backed company in the Indian region of Tamil Nadu has its sights set on boosting infrastructure to ship its Cavendish and native bananas to the world.

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U.S.: ILWU accused of ‘illegal slowdowns’ in West Coast ports

November 3rd, 2014

The Pacific Maritime Association claims a union has broken an agreement by severely reducing productivity in the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

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U.S.: “There will be companies that Canadians don’t sell to,” says Lemaire

November 3rd, 2014

CPMA president Ron Lemaire looks in depth at what less payment protection in the U.S. could lead to for Canadian produce exporters.

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Colombian producer to extend golden berry marketing across the U.S.

November 1st, 2014

A representative from Global Agricultural Trading says physalis definitely has an interesting future in the U.S., and plans to start selling outside California.

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EU adds €39M in support for agricultural promotion

October 30th, 2014

The European Commission has put forth further funding to support agricultural goods at home and abroad.

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Home ownership possibility key for productivity, says leading tomato grower

October 30th, 2014

NatureSweet’s Michael Joergensen speaks candidly about why his company’s employment policy differs from the norm, and how that translates to better tomato flavor.

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Thai court dismisses first defamation case against Andy Hall

October 29th, 2014

The first case brought by a Thai pineapple company against migrant worker defender Andy Hall has been dismissed due to “unlawful interrogation”.

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U.S.: Sun World signs new Peruvian licensees

October 29th, 2014

The signing of new partners means Sun World has now doubled its number of grape variety licensees in Peru.

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U.S.: vertical farms can ‘enhance’ traditional methods, says FarmedHere

October 29th, 2014

A leading indoor farming company says the sector can support the traditional industry in times of need.

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New shape, no wax: Italy’s bet on U.S. pear market

October 28th, 2014

Apofruit’s Renzo Balestri highlights Italy’s renewed export focus, agricultural attrition and a push south for fruit production.

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Fresh Del Monte income triples in Q3

October 28th, 2014

Profitability soared for Fresh Del Monte in the third quarter on the back of strong sales for bananas and pineapples.

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Produce companies need the ‘do good’ playbook, says Naumes

October 28th, 2014

Bolthouse Farms’ Pamela Naumes talks about The Food Porn Index, the ethical leanings of millenial consumers, and forgetting distinctions between online and offline marketing.

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Chiquita announces Brazilian takeover

October 27th, 2014

After months of back and forth, Chiquita has agreed to a US$14.50 per share takeover by Cutrale-Safra.

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U.S.: Paramount Citrus to go national with Wonderful Sweet Scarletts

October 27th, 2014

Paramount Citrus president David Krause is “betting big” on grapefruit and is confident for a leadership position in mandarins.

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Chiquita shareholders reject Fyffes merger

October 24th, 2014

Chiquita plans to enter discussions with Cutrale-Safra after its shareholders rejected a proposed merger with Fyffes.

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Zespri’s five-year plan for New Zealand kiwifruit

October 24th, 2014

New Zealand kiwifruit icon Zespri has raised its grower return forecast for the season. Two company executives explain some of the reasons why and outline plans for future campaigns.

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Cutrale-Safra slip in with last minute Chiquita offer

October 23rd, 2014

Just one day out from the ChiquitaFyffes shareholder vote, Brazilian suitors have upped their bid to US$14.50 per share.

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Chilean and Mexican avocado deals running late, says Araiza

October 23rd, 2014

Mission Produce’s Ron Araiza points to changes in the avocado industry, including greater security measures, new facilities and the search for new growing regions.

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Advisory firms clash over ChiquitaFyffes deal

October 22nd, 2014

The gloves are off in the Chiquita saga, as a proxy advisory firm accuses the banana giant of relying on valuations ‘unsupported by market trends’ and using ‘questionable methodologies’ to undermine the Brazilian bid.

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Chile: ‘a normal export season is still expected’, says ASOEX

October 21st, 2014

A report by the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association says while recent frosts may have caused damages of up to 80% in ‘extreme cases’, the 2014-15 export season will be an ordinary one.

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Poland looks to UAE, China to offset upcoming apple losses

October 20th, 2014

Union Owocowa’s Jolanta Kazimierska says the toughest times are just around the corner for Poland’s apple sector.

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Chilean frosts ‘nothing like last year’, say industry leaders

October 18th, 2014

Chilean fruit industry representatives say it could be 15 days yet before a full estimate of recent frost damages can be given.

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South Africa may hit stonefruit export record in 2014-15

October 18th, 2014

While some South African stonefruit export volumes will be 10-15% higher year-on-year, oversupply issues are lingering in one of the country’s key markets.

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Chile: frosts may lead to varied situation for blueberry exports, says CBC

October 17th, 2014

The Chilean Blueberry Committee says export reductions could be between 0-15% for different companies this season.

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U.S. citrus giants announce alliance to expand Wonderful Halos brand

October 17th, 2014

Paramount Citrus will become Mulholland Citrus’ exclusive sales agent in a partnership that aims to expand the consumption of Wonderful Halo mandarins across North America.

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China: Lenovo pioneer turns to social media for kiwifruit marketing

October 17th, 2014

One of China’s most influential men is looking at new ways to trade kiwifruit via smartphone e-commerce.

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Chiquita rejects new Brazilian offer

October 16th, 2014

Chiquita says Cutrale-Safra have ‘failed to deliver’ an irrevocable offer, claiming a merger with Fyffes would provide much better value than US$14 per share.

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Fairfood International calls for change in Philippine pineapple industry

October 16th, 2014

A Fairfood International report alleges huge pay disparities between employees and ‘contractual’ workers at Dole Philippines and Del Monte Philippines Incorporated.

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Guatemala plans Interoceanic Corridor to rival Panama Canal

October 16th, 2014

A Guatemalan businessman working on an ambitious maritime transit system says the project will serve the needs of increasing global trade while improving quality of life in the region.

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Brazilian firms sweeten Chiquita offer

October 15th, 2014

In a last-ditch effort, Cutrale-Safra have upped their Chiquita takeover offer to US$14 per share, saying it provides ‘complete certainty’ in terms of value to shareholders.

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‘Significant’ new California farmers’ markets bill aims stamp out fraud

October 15th, 2014

Californian authorities will soon have far more funds to help combat inauthentic produce in farmers’ markets.

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South African court case to test validity of Tango mandarin variety

October 14th, 2014

Is irradiating budwood for seedless characteristics enough to make a citrus variety be considered different? A landmark South African court case will set out to answer this question next year.

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Argentina will be ‘substantial’ processed blueberry player, says Comfrut

October 13th, 2014

As Chile’s frozen blueberry industry continues to grow, falling international prices could see its next-door neighbor focus far more attention on the sector in the ‘medium-term’.

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Costa Rican govt to compensate banana spraying victims

October 10th, 2014

Almost 12,000 former banana workers and relatives affected by the chemical DBCP are in line to receive compensation from the Costa Rican government.

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Agronometrics to launch commercial service

October 9th, 2014

After almost three months testing the waters with a trial run for potential clients around the world, Agronometrics plans to go live today with its fruit market data service.

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Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited to replace HAL

October 8th, 2014

After a lengthy process Australia’s new levy-backed horticultural industry body has been formed.

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NZ: Kiwifruit Claim co-founder withdraws from case

October 7th, 2014

A key figure has pulled out of a claim against the New Zealand government, but another plaintiff has emphasized that participating growers will have no liabilities if the case fails.

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Seeka throws weight behind NZ Kiwifruit Claim

October 7th, 2014

The divisions in New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry continue to grow, as the country’s largest producer joins the class action alleging the government did not do enough to prevent the entry of Psa.

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NZ Kiwifruit Claim ‘in no way anti-Zespri’, says group chairman

October 6th, 2014

The head of the group launching a legal suit over negligence relating to Psa entering New Zealand has hit back at critics, stressing the need for accountability and saying growers ‘have nothing to lose’.

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EU regulators approve Chiquita-Fyffes merger

October 3rd, 2014

The European Commission has given the go-ahead to a potential merger between Chiquita and Fyffes, saying there would be no detrimental effect on market competition.

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