November 26, 2014 / Week N° 48

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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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Boycott fails to dampen Israel’s expectations

October 3rd, 2014

While some supermarkets are unwilling to buy produce from Israeli-occupied territories, the country’s fruit and vegetable sector has proven resilient throughout the recent Gaza crisis.

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Disney to take the Mickey to Chinese grape consumers

October 2nd, 2014

A Chinese partner will soon start selling Disney-branded grapes sourced from Dayka & Hackett in the U.S.

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Australia: a high value response to high wages

October 1st, 2014

In the face of high labor costs, Australian growers like Kerry Smerdon have looked to premium crops like macadamia nuts and custard apples to gain an edge.

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France bans aerial pesticide spraying in overseas territories

September 30th, 2014

Although Guadeloupe and Martinique banana growers can no longer spray pesticides aerially on their crops, the development has been welcomed by the industry.

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EU announces €165M emergency funding package

September 29th, 2014

Citrus fruits will now be included in a bigger and better European support package for growers hit by the Russian produce import ban.

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Gains and setbacks for California farm labor laws

September 29th, 2014

Western Growers CEO Tom Nassif has responded to two recent farm labor decisions made by California Governor Jerry Brown.

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Crop trust aims to raise millions to avoid climate change ‘catastrophe’

September 29th, 2014

The global crop conservation organization says it is imperative we conserve genetic diversity now for the sake of humanity’s future in a rapidly changing world.

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Fyffes raises the stakes in proposed Chiquita merger

September 26th, 2014

In a bid to sway interest away from Brazilian competition, Fyffes is now offering Chiquita shareholders a much greater share in the combined entity.

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Researchers engineer plants for far higher photosynthesis efficiency

September 26th, 2014

A scientist has hailed the exciting possibility of increasing major global crop yields by 60%, using genetic modification to speed up photosynthesis.

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Australia: bee-delivery system a win for cherry growers

September 25th, 2014

A biological control system used for strawberries has been rejigged by Australian scientists for cherries, and could potentially be applied to a range of other crops.

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Brazil opens market for Chilean citrus

September 24th, 2014

Chilean citrus exporters will now have a handy outlet if Northern Hemisphere markets get swamped in the future.

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Mexico and China agree to berry export protocols

September 23rd, 2014

China and Mexico have reached an agreement for berry exports, with protocols set to be signed by November.

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China publishes new produce import approval list

September 23rd, 2014

Washington apples and Israeli citrus are just two of several new fresh fruit items listed by China’s AQSIQ as approved for import.

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Turkish fig season gets underway

September 23rd, 2014

Univeg is preparing to receive around 50 truckloads of Black Bursas from the world’s biggest fig exporter.

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Costa Rican pineapple growers get thumbs up for pesticide control

September 23rd, 2014

Authorities have found a good level of pesticide control on Costa Rica’s pineapple farms, but a recent study in a banana-growing area has not been so positive.

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Vegetable pre-breeding vital for global food security

September 22nd, 2014

To “feed the world” by 2050 without nourishing it is a self-defeating policy, according to the World Vegetable Center’s Dyno Keatinge.

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U.S.: farming couple take leap of faith with Aronia berry

September 18th, 2014

Two farmers who invested heavily in the Aronia berry say the industry is ‘where the cranberry business was 30 years ago’, and see a big future for the fruit.

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Indian phyto strengths on show in bid to lift EU mango no-go

September 17th, 2014

An EU delegation recently visited India to inspect the country’s mango supply chain.

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Chiquita and Fyffes seek EU merger clearance

September 16th, 2014

In order to gain permission for a tie-up in the Phase I review period, Chiquita and Fyffes say they are considering offering concessions to the EU.

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Mexican officials to visit China to speed up berry export protocol

September 16th, 2014

Mexico could start shipping several types of berry to China by the end of this year.

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Chile: profits blossom for Hortifrut in 2013-14

September 15th, 2014

Chilean berry multinational Hortifrut did not let the Lobesia botrana crisis and port strikes get in the way of an exceptional financial result for 2013-14,

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U.S.: ALRB General Counsel seeks orders against Gerawan Farming

September 12th, 2014

Delegitimization attempts have kicked up a notch in a fierce debate over worker freedom and union membership in California’s Central Valley.

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South Africa: citrus suspension ‘unfortunate, but best decision’, says CGA

September 11th, 2014

South Africa’s citrus association wishes it could have avoided the recent export suspension, but couldn’t risk further restrictions from Europe.

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T&G teams up with Unifrutti Chile in Peruvian grape JV

September 10th, 2014

Unifrutti Chile and New Zealand’s Turners & Growers expect a new Peruvian grape partnership will yield fruit next year.

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EU suspends €125M emergency measures amid fraud suspicions

September 10th, 2014

The European Commission has said its aid scheme designed to support farmers affected by the Russian ban ‘has to be closed due to a disproportionate surge in claims’.

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