September 23, 2014 / Week N° 39

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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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Chiquita signs confidentiality agreement with potential buyers

September 10th, 2014

Chiquita has further relaxed its stance on the proposed merger from two Brazilian companies by entering into a non-disclosure agreement.

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Thailand: first Natural Fruit v. Andy Hall case draws to a close

September 10th, 2014

Andy Hall has been given back his passport by judges who have been described as “conscientious and careful”.

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Ebola measures disrupt West African produce supply

September 10th, 2014

While describing Ebola quarantine efforts as necessary, the FAO says they have cut off crop supplies from productive West African growing regions.

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Strong markets result in a lucrative Q3 for Limoneira

September 9th, 2014

Higher lemon prices than usual are one of the key reasons why Limoneira saw a 22% revenue increase for the third quarter.

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Spanish stonefruit set for Chinese splash in 2015

September 9th, 2014

An earlier season could give Spanish stonefruit exporters an edge in China once the market opens up.

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U.S.: Chiquita bends to takeover possibility

September 8th, 2014

Fyffes has given Chiquita a waiver allowing Chiquita to engage in discussions with its Brazilian suitors.

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South Africa suspends certain EU-bound citrus exports

September 8th, 2014

A U.K industry body says the suspension of some citrus exports from South Africa to Europe will cause ‘major issues’ for the British market.

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U.S.: Silvia Lopez, the voice of anti-union protests at Gerawan Farming

September 8th, 2014

Fruit picker Silvia Lopez discusses her fight to end forced unionization on a California farm.

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Canadian cherry exporter hails ‘unlimited opportunities’ in China

September 5th, 2014

As a very successful second season with excellent prices in China draws to a close, one Canadian cherry company says shoppers are ‘more sophisticated’ than five years ago.

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Poland: drones used to ‘photomap plant health’ on farmland

September 4th, 2014

A Polish company that manufactures UAVs for precision agriculture says growers can save 30% on fertilizer costs.

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U.S.: South African citrus pilot program lands in Texas

September 3rd, 2014

Houston, we have South African oranges.

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Poor translations keep Andy Hall in the dark in Thai trial

September 3rd, 2014

Several international organizations have raised concerns as to whether Andy Hall will get a fair trial in Thailand. Early signs show those worries may have been justified.

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EU announces extra funding to ‘alleviate’ Russian ban impact

September 3rd, 2014

The European Commission has increased the 2015 budget for Common Agricultural Policy programs by 50% as a ‘medium-term’ response to Russia’s embargo.

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U.S.: APHIS determines new pest-free areas in Australia

September 3rd, 2014

Some Australian fruit will now require less stringent treatment for export to the United States, after authorities recently recognized different states and territories as free of certain pests.

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Poland slashes export insurance rates to bolster produce exports

September 3rd, 2014

Poland is incentivizing shipments to new markets with cuts in export insurance, and a new logo campaign.

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Turkey offers niche import promise

September 3rd, 2014

Retail and produce experts look at Turkey’s potential as a destination market for high-value products.

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Total Produce buys in to California avocado deal

September 2nd, 2014

In a “robust” results announcement for the first half, multinational Total Produce has drawn attention to its recent purchase of a stake in U.S. avocado grower Eco Farms.

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NZ growers take action to mitigate rain risks for cherries

September 2nd, 2014

New Zealand cherry industry players discuss several steps underway to make the most of booming opportunities in Asia.

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Business Social Compliance Initiative expresses ‘great concern’ over Andy Hall case

September 1st, 2014

An organization that works with hundreds of European retailers and importers has said it’s ‘time for cooperation rather than litigation’, in response to the charges brought against activist Andy Hall.

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Thailand: Andy Hall feels confident ahead of trial tomorrow

September 1st, 2014

Andy Hall feels recent reactions from European buyers were prompted by “ridiculous” statements from the Thai Pineapple Industry Association (TPIA).

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Chiquita denies Guatemalan water contamination claims

September 1st, 2014

Banana trader Chiquita has described claims in a recent lawsuit as inaccurate, and says invitations for mediation have gone unanswered.

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Thailand: 300,000 sign petitions to drop charges against Andy Hall

August 31st, 2014

The number of petitioners in support of Andy Hall continues to rise, joining the likes of United Nordic, leading U.K. retailers and Fyffes.

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U.S. may allow South African citrus from black spot-infested areas

August 29th, 2014

U.S. authorities claim South Africa should be treated the same way as Florida when it comes to citrus black spot.

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Carrefour targeted in Spanish grower protest

August 28th, 2014

Spanish growers have accused retailers of taking advantage of the Russian ban with extremely low prices.

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U.S. NGO sues Chiquita for “deceptive” advertising

August 28th, 2014

A Seattle-based NGO claims the Rainforest Alliance is re-thinking its endorsement of Chiquita bananas, following allegations of water contamination in Guatemala.

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California: Gerawan responds to UFW statement, misconduct allegations

August 28th, 2014

Gerawan Farming says ‘It is unfortunate that our employees need to take such a drastic action’.

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U.S.: West Coast port talks make headway

August 27th, 2014

Clear progress is made in the U.S. West Coast port negotiations as both sides reach a ‘tentative agreement on terms for health benefits’.

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Chiquita and Fyffes find US$20M in new synergies from proposed merger

August 27th, 2014

Brazil’s Cavendish Global may seek to sway shareholders from the merger, but Chiquita and Fyffes have found new benefits that could be gained from their partnership.

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California: UFW hits back at ‘anti-labor’ Center for Worker Freedom

August 27th, 2014

The United Farmworkers Union has accused the Center for Worker Freedom of “cynical outreach to Latinos”, backed by the “architect” of last fall’s Federal Government shutdown.

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Canada: Sunset Produce doubles Coldwater Farms greenhouse capacity

August 26th, 2014

An expanded greenhouse with a diffused glass ceiling will support increased tomato production for Sunset Produce.

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Farmworkers versus unions, a new fight in California

August 26th, 2014

Employers will not be the targets in a peach picker protest to take place today, but rather unions and the State of the California.

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Solving India’s banana waste problem

August 25th, 2014

Danfoss India has ambitious plans to resolve infrastructure problems that are leaving a third of bananas by the wayside.

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Canada pledges to speed up Polish apple access

August 25th, 2014

Canadian authorities have vowed to speed up market access for Polish apple growers, who like their own fishermen have been impacted by Russia’s food import embargo.

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Australia: Select Harvests to make landmark acquisitions

August 24th, 2014

A leading Australian almond company plans to spend US$59 million on new properties and water entitlements in a bid to double production by 2018.

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Communist rebels attack two Philippine banana plantations

August 24th, 2014

A Del Monte aircraft hangar was one site of rebel attacks on banana operations in the Philippines over the weekend.

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Brazilian authorities approve GM fruit fly trials

August 22nd, 2014

A U.K. company is taking a further step in testing fruit fly controls through genetic modification, but GeneWatch believes the move could threaten the food supply.

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NZ: SunGold and organic kiwifruit volumes surge for Seeka in H1

August 21st, 2014

A more competitive postharvest environment hasn’t stopped New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit packer from making big gains in the first half of 2014.

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Russia eases ban on certain produce

August 21st, 2014

In order to help its own farmers, Russia has scrapped some agricultural items from its import ban including onion and potato seeds.

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Brazilian table grape producer expects ‘tough season’ after cloudy weather

August 21st, 2014

Brazil’s leading table grape producer says cloudy weather greatly affected white seedless production this year, however a strong domestic market and 14 new varieties mean it isn’t all bad news.

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South Africa considers altering GM labeling legislation

August 20th, 2014

Stricter regulations could soon come into force in South Africa to clarify what constitutes GM produce.

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Europe: Copa Cogeca welcomes emergency package but calls for more help

August 20th, 2014

European farmer and cooperative organization Copa Cogeca believes more extraordinary measures are warranted to soften the blow from Russia’s import ban.

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Russia intercepts produce imports from banned EU countries

August 19th, 2014

Russia has prevented 11 cases of agricultural imports totaling more than 93MT via Belarus, including shipments from banned EU countries.

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Limoneira invests in northern Chilean citrus

August 19th, 2014

U.S. fruit company Limoneira has made its first investment abroad with a bet on Chilean citrus opportunities.

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California: grower body expects ‘renewed emphasis’ on food safety

August 19th, 2014

A key Californian producer association says this summer’s stonefruit contamination scare was a ‘wake-up call’ for the industry, and has also praised the recently proposed water bond as a ‘valid opportunity’.

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EU slates €125M for emergency measures to prop up produce industry

August 18th, 2014

The European Union will tap emergency funding to support growers affected by Russia’s import ban, but not all crops will be included.

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Potatoes and grapes in the spotlight for India in Russia

August 18th, 2014

IG International’s Tarun Arora looks at the Indian crops to benefit from Russia’s import ban, and how the move will affect European and Middle Eastern growers’ orientations toward his country.

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Quality focus could pull Dutch industry through rough times, says ABN AMRO

August 15th, 2014

An agri-food economist looks at the Dutch boom in certain produce items prior to tensions between Russia and the Ukraine, and what approach is needed from here.

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U.S.: Chiquita board rejects Brazilian offer

August 14th, 2014

Banana workers and advocacy groups had raised concern that a Brazilian takeover would set back 15 years of progress. Luckily for them, Chiquita is not recommending the deal to its shareholders.

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More market stabilization measures on the cards, says EU Ag Commissioner

August 14th, 2014

To tackle challenges from Russia’s food import ban, the EU will implement a faster market monitoring service and new stabilization measures for fruits and vegetables.

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California: Western Growers applauds US$7.5B water support proposal

August 14th, 2014

A multi-billion dollar package to improve California’s extensive water system will now to go public vote after it was approved by lawmakers.

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When there’s a will there’s a way

August 14th, 2014

Speculation is mounting about the unofficial exports of some European Union-grown fruit to Russia despite the embargo.

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Colombian avocado industry expects U.S. approval in 2014-15

August 14th, 2014

The Colombian avocado industry has the U.S., Russia, Japan and Korea in its sights for export.

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Peru can ‘perfectly complement’ Chilean grapes, says Cilloniz

August 13th, 2014

A Peruvian market consultant says his country can partner with Chile to ensure a smoother grape supply.

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Belarus govt vows nation won’t be gray market for food to Russia

August 12th, 2014

Belarus has vowed it will not become a re-export point for foods banned by its neighbor Russia.

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Russian ban a “rare opportunity” for Chinese produce, says Goodfarmer

August 12th, 2014

“We must get ahead now” but be careful not to swarm the Russian market, says a leading Chinese produce exporter.

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Brazilian groups make US$611M bid for Chiquita

August 11th, 2014

A corporate tilt from Brazil threatens to derail the proposed merger between produce giants Chiquita and Fyffes.

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Russian produce embargo: North America in-focus

August 11th, 2014

We take an in-depth, crop-by-crop look at the effects of the Russian produce ban on U.S. and Canadian growers.

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Chilean fruit groups express ‘profound concern’ over port reform

August 11th, 2014

ASOEX and Fedefruta have questioned why the fruit industry should pay the cost of port labor issues again.

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Russia: forget about summer blueberries or affordable pears

August 11th, 2014

Two Russian importers claim most products lost from the ban on EU produce can be regained from other countries.

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No action yet on European stonefruit crisis

August 10th, 2014

As peach and nectarine growers seek urgent action to resolve what they see as a crisis, the European Commission is weighing up whether prices are off-trend for different Mediterranean sources.

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Europe seeks solutions to Russian food ban

August 8th, 2014

The European Commission is seeking an end to the blockade on its €1.8 billion Russian produce export market, and hasn’t ruled out making emergency funding available to the industry.

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U.S.: strong progress made in developing better apple rootstocks

August 8th, 2014

Research has moved one step closer to developing more productive apple rootstocks that bear fruit earlier.

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Chile: not enough fruit stocks for ‘immediate response’ to Russian ban

August 7th, 2014

Russia’s recent decision has cut out around a quarter of the country’s produce imports, according to preliminary estimates from consultancy Decofrut.

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U.S. trade groups say others will be hit much harder by Russian ban

August 7th, 2014

One U.S. agricultural group says ‘it is unfortunate that the biggest losers in this will be Russian consumers’.

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Serbia sees “vast opportunities” in Russian fruit market

August 7th, 2014

The Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has identified great opportunities for apple and plum exports to Russia in the wake of the food import ban on competing nations.

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Russia looks to Kazakhstan, Belarus after food import ban

August 7th, 2014

Russia is taking active steps to forge a Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in the wake of its ban on a range of food items from the West.

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Dutch produce industry forecasts €600M loss from Russian ban

August 7th, 2014

A Dutch industry representative says the Russian ban is the worst thing to happen to the European produce sector since the E. coli outbreak.

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Spain: Valencia growers had held “great expectations” for Russian market

August 7th, 2014

Valencian farmers have called for measures to mitigate the impact of losing a key market for its persimmons and citrus fruits.

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U.S.: Fyffes expenses cut Chiquita profits in Q2

August 7th, 2014

Merger proposals bit into Chiquita’s bottom line in the second quarter, but the core business was slightly improved.

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Russian govt announces list of banned food products

August 7th, 2014

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes sanctions are a “blind alley”, but the latest ban on food imports from the EU, U.S., Norway, Canada and Australia will benefit local farmers.

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Colombian banana protests turn violent

August 7th, 2014

Colombian banana worker protests against Banacol took a turn for the worse this week.

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Varieties, productivity at core of likely bumper Washington State apple crop

August 7th, 2014

A key U.S. apple grower group expecting a bumper crop says consumers are ‘looking for a different experience’.

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Russia: Putin signs decree to ban ag products from sanctioning countries

August 6th, 2014

While the wording is vague, one thing is certain – a decree signed today by Vladimir Putin will mean bans on a range of agricultural goods from the West.

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Coca Cola untaps US$5B for African investments

August 6th, 2014

Fruit farmers in Kenya, Nigeria and Malawi are expected to benefit from Coca Cola’s expansive ‘Source Africa’ initiative.

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China re-opens market to California citrus

August 5th, 2014

After a 15-month absence, California’s citrus industry can once again ship its fruit to China.

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Update: Ireland’s SuperValu takes Israeli carrots off shelves

August 5th, 2014

One Irish supermarket chain has responded to calls from a retail workers’ union to boycott Israeli goods due to the Gaza conflict.

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U.K.: The Co-operative offloads farms for £249M

August 5th, 2014

A British charity has paid a substantial sum for a consumer cooperative’s farms, covering 15,997 hectares of land as well as facilities and properties.

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Inside the world’s first seedless mango

August 4th, 2014

We speak with the man behind India’s renowned “practically seedless” Sindhu mango.

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Greek growers ‘hold their breath’ for possible Russian ban

August 1st, 2014

Russia looks likely to place an import ban on Greek fruit which could have drastic impacts on the industry.

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U.S. improves apple trade with Indonesia but ‘insignificantly’

August 1st, 2014

A U.S. Northwest Horticultural Council representative discusses the state of trade barriers with Indonesia and China at the moment.

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EU closes door on Ghanaian vegetable imports

July 31st, 2014

Ghana’s burgeoning vegetable exports have not been up to scratch for the EU this year, prompting a temporary ban.

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North America sees huge price ranges for blueberries

July 31st, 2014

Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton looks at how northern blueberry markets are faring, what this means for upcoming foreign suppliers, and Morocco’s recent U.S. breakthrough.

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Moroccan fresh blueberry exporters gain access to U.S. market

July 30th, 2014

U.S. consumers simply can’t get enough of blueberries, and soon they will have another source of origin for the antioxidant-rich fruit.

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Russia whacks temporary ban on a raft of Polish produce items

July 30th, 2014

After much speculation, Russian authorities have finally acted. Polish apples and a range of other produce items are now banned.

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Dutch company uses ‘country-specific’ greenhouse technology on farms

July 30th, 2014

A Dutch horticultural supplier has been praised for its innovative technology used on a South African farm.

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It’s too early to speculate on Russian ban of EU fruit, says Koziy

July 29th, 2014

RK Marketing’s Irina Koziy gives her two kopeks on talk that Russia may ban fresh fruit imports from some European countries.

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Favorable exchange rates raise Del Monte results in Q2

July 29th, 2014

Bananas, pineapples, tomatoes and melons were some of Del Monte’s strongest performing products in the second quarter.

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European banana growers respond to Ecuador-EU trade deal

July 29th, 2014

European banana growers will likely seek extra funding support to cope with stronger competition from Ecuador once its tariffs are cut.

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