April 20, 2014 / Week N° 16

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U.S.: open source seed program keeps varieties in public domain

April 17th, 2014

A University of Wisconsin pledge will maintain 29 vegetable and grain varieties open for public use.

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Freshfel hails EU ag promotion budget boost

April 16th, 2014

The European Parliament has adopted a new framework that will more than triple agricultural promotion program funding, with the lion’s share expected to go toward produce.

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U.S.: Washington Apples sits out of Indian cricket campaign

April 16th, 2014

Low import volume has pushed Washington Apples to refocus its marketing efforts in India.

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France: Blue Whale-BVL cooperation a response to market demand

April 16th, 2014

Blue Whale’s Alain Vialaret discusses an agreement that forms France’s leading apple player.

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NZ: Turners & Growers to acquire Apollo Apples Limited

April 15th, 2014

Turners & Growers plans fork out an initial NZ$43 million to purchase integrated exporter Apollo Apples.

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EU official to meet Moroccan counterparts over produce pricing backflip

April 15th, 2014

Moroccan growers are livid over an “incomprehensible” EU pricing move that could limit consignment-based exports.

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Australia: vegetables fare worst in initial cyclone assessments

April 15th, 2014

Tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplants suffered some of the worst damages from Cyclone Ita in Australia.

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Ireland: Total Produce trials NSF SmartStands

April 15th, 2014

A technology on trial from Europe’s Total Produce seeks to interact with consumers while doing away with the impediments of QR codes.

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India: Mahindra signs JV with Univeg

April 14th, 2014

A US$16.7 billion company from India and a US$3.2 billion Belgian group will combine forces as part of a landmark produce agreement.

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India: IG International set for record Chilean apple imports

April 14th, 2014

From apple scarcity to a flood of Iranian kiwifruit, IG International’s Tarun Arora explains Indian market trends, along with a few export ventures.

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Chile: Valparaiso faces “worst fire” in its history

April 13th, 2014

A fire in Valparaiso has caused 11 deaths and led to thousands being evacuated from their homes.

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Australia: Cyclone Ita caused “minimal banana crop losses”, says ABGC

April 13th, 2014

Australia’s banana growers have been fortunate that Cyclone Ita weakened from a Category 4 to Category 1.

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Cyclone Ita hits Australian banana growers

April 12th, 2014

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has revealed the first effects of damages from Cyclone Ita.

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U.S. proposes new rules for Philippine mangoes, Japanese oranges

April 11th, 2014

A relaxation in requirements could see more parts of Japan and the Philippines shipping fruit to the U.S.

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U.S.: Del Monte deal shows fair food is good business, says Reyes

April 10th, 2014

Del Monte recently signed up to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) fair food program, but what does that actually mean? Gerardo Reyes explains a system that is protecting tomato workers’ rights like never before.

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Belgian lab a diverse safeguard against ‘bananageddon’

April 9th, 2014

While media reports have sparked fears over a ‘bananapocalypse’, a group of Belgian researchers is taking a more staid approach to protecting one of the world’s leading crops.

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Argentina: Appgro connects farmers to crops in real time

April 8th, 2014

The Appgro program allows farmers to view, update and compare crop information from any location in the world.

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Australia reaches FTA with Japan

April 7th, 2014

Horticulture is expected to be one of many beneficiary industries from an Australia-Japan FTA.

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Fresh fruit creates ‘virtuous circle’ at Santiago Marathon

April 7th, 2014

The Produce Marketing Association helped bring 22,000 kilos of fresh fruit to runners at the Santiago Marathon yesterday.

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Hard discounters change face of U.K. retail market

April 4th, 2014

Discount retailers like Aldi and Lidl are moving in on the U.K.’s leading supermarkets.

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PMA: Chile feels the heat under Chinese cherry demand

April 3rd, 2014

With Chinese cherry demand growing, should Chile worry about over reliance on the Asian market?

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Kenya prepares small farmers to reach Europe

April 2nd, 2014

Pesticide residue concerns have pushed Kenya’s plant service to focus on safety to reach export markets.

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U.S.: online platform takes dirty work out of buying local

April 1st, 2014

Online buying platform Local Dirt aims to make it as easy as possible for U.S. retailers to find and buy local.

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The new American chestnut: restoring native forests

March 31st, 2014

Devastated by blight, the iconic American chestnut is regaining old ground with a new hybrid.

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Market access and anti-corruption at PMA Fresh Connections: China

March 28th, 2014

The Shanghai Free Trade Zone and effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts were among the hottest topics discussed in China last week.

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U.S.: Felix takes ethylene management from field to warehouse

March 28th, 2014

A Felix Instruments device brings greater precision to the fruit and vegetable ripening process.

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Australian almonds to hit record production

March 27th, 2014

As the world’s second largest grower of almonds, Australia has engaged in marketing campaigns to help find a home for extra production.

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EU bans Indian mangoes, eggplant

March 26th, 2014

EU members moved to ban five Indian fresh produce categories, effective until the end of 2015.

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PMA Fresh Connections China: the future of e-commerce

March 26th, 2014

E-commerce offers tremendous growth and import opportunities in China, said panelists at PMA Fresh Connections.

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Canada: British Columbia targets sales growth for greenhouse produce

March 26th, 2014

British Columbia hopes to win over local and international markets with a growing greenhouse vegetable sector.

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Chile launches geothermal greenhouse project

March 25th, 2014

A Chilean government grant has supported a pilot project to use geothermal energy in a watercress greenhouse.

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NZ: Zespri expects China kiwifruit growth this season

March 24th, 2014

Zespri is on the cusp of signing a new importer in China, where executive Simon Limmer looks at the season ahead.

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Chile: CSAV shareholders show approval for Hapag-Lloyd merger

March 21st, 2014

Two of the world’s leading shipping lines are one step closer to a game-changing partnership.

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U.S.: organic pome fruit growers may stay the course, but at a cost

March 21st, 2014

New organic standards may not scare away most apple and pear growers, but new treatments could prove costly.

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NZ: Thompson, Bayly claim kiwifruit duopoly export leak “misrepresentative”

March 20th, 2014

A former Zespri director and an NZ fruit trader are looking to build a new kiwifruit export structure for China.

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U.S.: Georgia court overrules Vidalia sweet onion shipping date

March 20th, 2014

A Georgia Department of Agriculture move to set an earliest date for Vidalia onion shipments has been invalidated.

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Competitiveness is key in Chiquita-Fyffes deal, says Colombian banana rep

March 20th, 2014

A Colombian banana leader discusses what the buying power of ChiquitaFyffes will mean for his industry.

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U.K.: National Farmers’ Union gives mixed response to budget

March 19th, 2014

Britain’s NFU is pleased with an increased annual investment allowance rate from the national budget, but says other areas are “sadly lacking”.

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Uncertainty over ruble and Crimea hits Russian produce importers

March 19th, 2014

“Everybody is very worried about this situation,” says one Russian fruit importer.

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India tightens rules to dodge EU produce export ban

March 18th, 2014

All Indian produce exports to Europe will now have to be routed through government approved packhouses.

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NZ: weather, markets in Zespri’s favor so far in 2014

March 18th, 2014

The kiwifruit harvest has begun in New Zealand with the industry upbeat about prospects for its earliest export market, Japan.

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Patent pending for Mexican portable plant growth chamber

March 17th, 2014

Mexican developers hope to trial fruit and veggie production in a portable, fridge-like chamber in the Ukraine.

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Film Review: Bananaland, confronting faces of a commodity fruit

March 14th, 2014

‘Bananaland: Blood, Bullets and Poison’ will be airing at the Equal Exchange Banana Conference in Boston on March 21.

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Singapore: Comcrop pioneers urban rooftop farming

March 14th, 2014

A group of young, socially-minded entrepreneurs in Singapore has spearheaded a unique aquaponic horticulture project.

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U.S. produce aisles experience volume and sales growth

March 13th, 2014

The latest data released by United Fresh indicates growth across all major retail fruit categories in the U.S.

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Staying competitive is key for Australia’s native nut

March 12th, 2014

The Australian macadamia nut industry is aggressively pushing for higher yields and new markets.

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Dutch growers gear up for China-bound pear exports

March 11th, 2014

Frugi Venta’s Inge Ribbens looks at a range of market opening negotiations in the works.

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U.S.: Limoneira revenue jumps in Q1

March 10th, 2014

A leading U.S. lemon and avocado player picked up its game on the financial performance front in the first quarter.

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Chiquita and Fyffes to create world’s leading banana company

March 10th, 2014

Fyffes shares have surged today on the announcement of a merger with Chiquita.

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Smartphone ripeness app to simplify produce purchases

March 10th, 2014

A Mexican project to benefit diabetics has given rise to a smartphone app to measure fruit ripeness.

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Spanish cooperatives sign University of Florida blueberry deal

March 7th, 2014

The University of Florida will act with the full force of the law if Spanish blueberry growers don’t comply with IP laws for its varieties.

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U.K.: “We seem to have somewhat of a work ethic problem in this country”

March 6th, 2014

English apple farmer Alison Capper believes her government is conducting a “social experiment” in scrapping a seasonal worker scheme.

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An inside look at Australia’s adopted achachas

March 5th, 2014

An Aussie farmer’s bid to get sole non-Bolivian commercial rights for an Amazonian superfruit has paid dividends.

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Australian scientists to tackle GM negativity

March 4th, 2014

Australian researchers believe an alternative method could help shift negative public perceptions about GMOs.

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PMA Fresh Connections to link more nations in 2014

March 3rd, 2014

From Shanghai to Pretoria to Sao Paulo, two PMA execs cover a string of Fresh Connections events in the pipeline.

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Spanish researchers develop antioxidant-rich oranges

February 28th, 2014

Spanish scientists have developed a golden-colored orange with much higher antioxidant rates in juice than traditional varieties.

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Brazilian papayas and mangoes in the spotlight

February 28th, 2014

HLB Specialties’ CEO discusses trends surrounding two of the leading export fruits in his native Brazil.

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NZ: positive results for Seeka, T&G in 2013

February 27th, 2014

Two of New Zealand’s leading produce players have notched good results for the 2013 calendar year.

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Core business focus props up Chiquita results in 2013

February 27th, 2014

A net loss may not sound so positive, but Chiquita was US$389 million closer to breaking even last year compared to 2012.

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Golden, not yellow: a new category for Opal apples in Europe

February 27th, 2014

With pilot trials now in South Africa and New Zealand, we take a look at the potential for Opal apples in Europe.

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Don’t let fumigation fool you, Chile still has plenty of organic blueberries

February 26th, 2014

Naturipe Farms’ Robert Verloop describes how a variety of options has helped partially offset the impacts of U.S. fumigation rules for Chilean blueberries.

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U.S.: Sunkist grower payments rise despite challenges in 2013

February 25th, 2014

A series of initiatives helped grow revenue for Sunkist Growers last year despite a Chinese ban on California citrus.

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Farmworker advocates expect more of EPA pesticide standards

February 25th, 2014

Farmworker Justice’s Virginia Ruiz speaks about new EPA pesticide standards and what still needs to be done.

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U.K.: Fairtrade Foundation aims for ‘game-changer’ campaign

February 25th, 2014

We speak with the face of a campaign aimed at teaching British consumers about the realities of banana-growing in Colombia.

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Guatemalan baby banana grower aims for direct exports

February 25th, 2014

A Chiquita baby banana supplier has launched its own brand to market a portion of volume.

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Sunburn sizzles Brazilian apple crop

February 24th, 2014

Brazil will have fewer apples than expected to work with this season, but hopes are still high for a rise in exports.

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U.S.: Chiquita reaches deal with Quirch Foods

February 24th, 2014

A Miami-based company has been licensed to sell a range of frozen Chiquita-branded produce items.

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EU: EFSA releases citrus black spot assessment

February 21st, 2014

A report released in Europe today gives little hope for a change in policy relating to imports of South African citrus.

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Airport facility upgrade may raise Nigerian fruit export status

February 21st, 2014

A Nigerian airport cold storage initiative could see increased fruit exports to Europe and the U.S.

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U.S.: EPA proposes new pesticide rules

February 20th, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suggested new pesticide norms to safeguard farmworker health.

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New investments bring growth to Polish blueberries

February 20th, 2014

Polish blueberry company Polskie Jagody has enjoyed the benefits of greater EU investment.

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South African table grapes on the rebound

February 19th, 2014

Total intakes may be down, but South African grape exporters have bolstered exports well over the last month.

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Del Monte reports “year of contrast” for 2013

February 18th, 2014

Fresh Del Monte Produce’s CEO says strong progress has been “tarnished” by a disappointing end to 2013.

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Hortifrut announces Peruvian berry subsidiary

February 18th, 2014

Hortifrut’s new division in Peru will aim to increase the company’s early-season berry presence.

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Complex season means new markets for Chilean blueberries

February 17th, 2014

Despite complications this season, Chilean blueberries have experienced growth in Europe and Asia.

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‘Demand it and we’ll grow it’: Morocco’s organic conundrum

February 14th, 2014

Morocco’s climate is ideal for organic production of a range of fruits, but growers say a booming market for the category isn’t quite there yet.

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Germany: BayWa plans South American grape JV

February 13th, 2014

BayWa CEO Klaus Lutz talks about international sourcing plans for three key fruits.

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Mexico: Aneberries hopes for October market opening in China

February 12th, 2014

Chinese authorities will be visiting Mexico very soon to inspect berry orchards as part of trade talks.

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EU tightening could pose “huge danger” for global citrus industry

February 11th, 2014

After a record citrus export crop, South Africa is taking all measures possible to meet European regulations around CBS disease.

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Brazil’s top citrus state reports major planting decline

February 10th, 2014

High costs and citrus greening are forcing producers out of São Paulo’s citrus industry.

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Swiss company bags innovation prize in Berlin

February 7th, 2014

A BBQ Grill-Mix has taken the prestigious Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2014.

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Record rain fuels dredging debate in south England

February 7th, 2014

Heavy rains have left English farms washed out and demanding solutions from the government.

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U.K. company makes mark on global dried fruit crisp market

February 6th, 2014

Pome fruit farmers in Kent have found a value-added way to market “pretty serious volume” across the world.

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Pomegranate culture lacking in Europe, says Cypriot grower

February 5th, 2014

On the back of a bumper crop, Cyprus’ Alnar Narcilik Pomegranates believes there is still more potential for the polyphenol-rich fruit.

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Fruit Logistica to kick off in Berlin

February 4th, 2014

German fruit consumption may be down, but a rise in imports last year bodes well for visitors at Fruit Logistica in Berlin.

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Indian govt mulls Bangalore airport cold storage facility

February 4th, 2014

New refrigeration capacity in Bangalore airport could be a “major boost” for perishables traders in the region.

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U.S.: California Citrus Mutual releases freeze damage estimates

February 3rd, 2014

On top of lost revenue due to freezes, San Joaquin Valley growers have spent big to protect remaining crops.

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Living Salad range expands to continental Europe

February 3rd, 2014

In the produce aisles of Britain and the Netherlands, consumers can buy salads for the windowsill rather than the fridge.

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Israeli and German experts revitalize Ghana’s citrus industry

January 31st, 2014

A trilateral agreement between Israel, Germany and Ghana will help hundreds of West African farmers put the zest into citrus exports.

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U.S.: House moves forward on long-awaited Farm Bill

January 30th, 2014

A revised U.S. Farm Bill would cut spending on food stamps and increase allocations to horticulture.

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Chile: San Antonio port workers get back on the job

January 29th, 2014

With Chile’s strikes at least hopefully suspended until May, we reveal the country’s fruit exports this month in numbers.

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U.S.: Port Manatee deal could bolster Del Monte import presence

January 29th, 2014

Del Monte and Logistec are on the cusp of sealing a US$24.6 million warehouse deal in Florida through a public-private partnership.

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Chilean exporters threaten legal action over port strikes

January 28th, 2014

“We are very, very angry. Chile does not deserve this,” says Fedefruta president Cristián Allendes.

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Chilean port situation degenerates again

January 28th, 2014

Port workers in San Antonio have decided to strike again, alleging their employers have not held their end of the bargain.

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U.S.: Brandt’s Fruit Trees gains global license for Aussie apple cultivar

January 28th, 2014

A new early cultivar licensing deal has the potential to be a game-changer for the Pink Lady industry.

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Egyptian strawberries bound for U.S. East Coast

January 27th, 2014

Egypt’s leading produce exporter is trialing several new products in diverse markets, from the U.S. to Russia.

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Chilean port strike over

January 25th, 2014

Chile’s port operations are back to normal after a deal was struck between workers, companies and the government.

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Colombian regional govt slates US$6M for avocado development

January 24th, 2014

Colombia’s department of Antioquia will spend millions of dollars on a range of avocado industry projects.

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South African stonefruit prices spike under European demand

January 23rd, 2014

With global supply down, South Africa is under pressure to fill greater stonefruit demand.

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Texas prepares for boom in Mexican fresh imports

January 22nd, 2014

Renovations to Mexico’s highway system will create a fast track for fresh produce to Texas.

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