June 29, 2015 / Week N° 27

Archive for the Today’s Headline Category

Israel: Hazera’s onion specialist gives lowdown on decades of research

June 29th, 2015

With 15% of seed company Hazera’s revenues going into R&D, double-digit year-on-year onion sales growth is being seen in several regions.

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EU Court of Justice imposes greater fines on Del Monte, Weichert

June 26th, 2015

A Fresh Del Monte appeal over a banana pricing cartel case has backfired.

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Syrian conflict looms over Jordan’s fresh produce sector

June 26th, 2015

Jordanian agribusiness consultant Wael Haddadin says growers are still looking strongly to EU, Russian and UAE markets even though a key supply route has been cut.

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Canada: BC blueberries gain access to China

June 25th, 2015

An industry head says she is ‘ecstatic’ about a deal with China estimated to be worth CAD$65 million a year.

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Australia: Costa Group releases IPO

June 25th, 2015

Australia’s largest integrated produce company has dropped down its IPO value from previous expectations.

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South Africa: Lemon exports glide, orange estimates slide

June 25th, 2015

From late mandarin competition in Europe to new consumption trends, Justin Chadwick gives a global citrus update on the South African deal.

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U.S.: Situation eases for stranded farmworkers at Mexican border

June 24th, 2015

After a computer glitch caused delays for hundreds of Mexican seasonal farmworkers entering the U.S., a labor association has confirmed the majority are now through.

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Q&A: Naturipe CEO “bullish and optimistic” about berry future

June 24th, 2015

“In my mind we’re only going to see more blurring of the traditional retail channels for fruit,” says Naturipe CEO Dwight Ferguson.

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Australian govt lends wings to fruit fly control research

June 23rd, 2015

The Australian Government has released an unprecedented fruit fly research plan with specific recommendations for tackling future threats and improving market access arrangements.

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Calais port shutdown leads to ‘perfect storm’ for lorry drivers targeted by migrants

June 23rd, 2015

The marketing director of English produce trader Moorhouse & Mohan says orders have been cancelled or postponed due to a port conflict in France.

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Monsanto trying to buy Syngenta ‘on the cheap’, says chairman

June 23rd, 2015

Syngenta chairman Michel Demaré has rebuffed Monsanto’s takeover bid on Youtube.

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Australia: Costa hopes to raise AUD$600M in July IPO

June 23rd, 2015

It is expected Costa Group will sell 60% of its shares to the public in an IPO next month.

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Greater bee diversity needed as ‘insurance policy’, say U.K. scientists

June 22nd, 2015

A U.K. researcher says while honeybees could previously pollinate most of the country’s crops, now there are only enough to manage a quarter.

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Film Review: Fear No Fruit

June 19th, 2015

It is very easy to take the abundance of fruits at our fingertips for granted, but a recent documentary looks at how one woman helped broaden U.S. consumers’ palates for the better.

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France: Monsanto’s Roundup banned from garden centers

June 18th, 2015

A few months after the United Nations called glyphosate ‘probably cargcinogenic’, France has banned the sale of a popular herbicide product to amateur gardeners.

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Greenpeace urges EU action on pesticide use

June 17th, 2015

A recent Greenpeace study found 70% of pesticides in samples taken across the EU had a ‘very high overall toxicity to humans and wildlife’.

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Ghana port development to ‘increase access to global markets’

June 16th, 2015

APM Terminals has partnered with two other organizations to invest US$1.5 billion in a new deep-water port aimed at putting Ghana at the ‘forefront of African global trade’.

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El Niño likely to last through Northern Hemisphere winter

June 15th, 2015

The U.S. Climate Prediction Center (CPC) believes a weather phenomenon could bring higher rainfall to the country later this year.

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U.S.: Agreement finalized for cold treatment-free Colombian Cape gooseberries

June 12th, 2015

A big opportunity has opened up for Colombian golden berry producers in two departments with farms above a certain altitude.

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Capespan Asia & Golden Wing Mau team up to explore markets

June 11th, 2015

Capespan is embarking upon a ‘specialized initiative’ with a China-based company in which it holds a 25% stake.

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U.S. apple orchard fined US$2.25M for hiring ‘unauthorized’ workers

June 10th, 2015

The exclusive grower of the Opal variety in North America has urged the industry to help fix the ‘dysfunctional and broken’ immigration system following a hefty fine.

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McDonald’s Mexico to include Zespri SunGold in Happy Meals

June 9th, 2015

A Zespri representative hopes the first-of-its-kind deal with McDonald’s will help introduce gold kiwifruit to people who weren’t familiar with it before.

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Syngenta rejects second Monsanto takeover bid

June 8th, 2015

Syngenta says Monsanto’s newest offer represents the ‘same inadequate price’ and the ‘same regulatory risks’ as the previous one a few weeks ago.

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A look into Kazakhstan’s giant greenhouse complex

June 8th, 2015

Kazakhstan’s president hopes a greenhouse being constructed in the north of the country will contribute towards making the nation more agriculturally self-sufficient.

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Canada: Positive results for researchers aiming to boost grape storability

June 5th, 2015

Having successfully adapted sulphur pads to the Sovereign Coronation variety, an Ontario research center now hopes to trial fumigation methods to increase growers’ competitiveness.

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Russian PM promises “symmetrical” response if EU tightens sanctions

June 4th, 2015

Despite the Russian economy having shrunk by 2% in the first quarter, the country’s prime minister says the food import ban would only be lifted if the West drops its economic sanctions.

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Calavo enjoys record results in Q2

June 3rd, 2015

Although a sharp increase in avocado volumes was ‘substantially’ offset by weather-related declines in other product categories, revenues, gross margin and net income all jumped to new heights.

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Syngenta prepares for second takeover bid

June 3rd, 2015

Monsanto is reportedly preparing to make another takeover bid for the Swiss multinational, which is anticipated to be at least 10% higher.

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U.S.: Port of Oakland hit by fresh work stoppage accusation

June 2nd, 2015

The new contract between the West Coast port employer and worker union may have just been ratified, but the new dispatch process reportedly encountered trouble on Sunday.

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Italy: ‘Viviana’ table grape brand launched to counter downturn

June 1st, 2015

A new brand encompassing more than 350 Italian table grape growers will revolve around ‘product culture, inclusiveness and enhancement’.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership to have “primarily positive” impacts on agriculture

May 29th, 2015

The PMA’s Richard Owen discusses the potential implications of what could be the most significant trade agreement in history.

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One man’s mission to create a buzz around the power of pollinators

May 28th, 2015

A Kenyan entomologist is forging cultural change, urging farmers to spray less and foster the insects that help boost yields through pollination.

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High-tech Israeli sorting machine gets to know fruit inside out

May 27th, 2015

Using near-infrared hyperspectral imaging (NIR), an Israeli technology is now used to check thousands of pieces apples or avocados at a time, with citrus fruit and mangoes in the pipeline.

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European Commission green lights Univeg combination

May 26th, 2015

A three-way tie-up that would create combined sales of US$4.1 billion has just passed an important hurdle.

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California farmers agree to ‘voluntary’ 25% water cut

May 26th, 2015

After California’s cities and towns were recently forced to cut water usage by a quarter due to the four-year drought, many of the state’s growers have chosen to take similar action.

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France bans supermarkets from disposing of edible food

May 25th, 2015

As part of efforts to dramatically cut food waste in the country, large French supermarkets will soon face hefty fines if they fail to donate unsold food to charity.

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Moroccan blueberry boom to take spotlight at IBO summit Down Under

May 22nd, 2015

Blueberries are all the rage in Morocco where growers are planting aggressively, but to steer clear of price falls they will need to avoid heavy harvesting from April to June.

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Russia considers relaxing import restrictions for certain countries

May 20th, 2015

Greece is one of three European countries which could soon see some of its exporters able to ship to Russia once again.

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Australia: Mareeba TR4 result overturned

May 20th, 2015

A North Queensland farm has been declared as free of Panama Disease Tropical Race IV, but consultancy Deloitte has been appointed to review banana disease testing practices.

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Chile: Copiapo grape exporters aim to surpass 10 million boxes next season

May 19th, 2015

Northern Chilean grape growers are working at full tilt to recover productivity in the wake of flood damages.

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Peru: Asparagus volumes spear through Camposol Q1 profits

May 18th, 2015

Camposol’s earnings took a nosedive in the beginning of 2015, partly due to lower volumes of certain key crops and rising costs.

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Large Argentine pome fruit exporter goes bust

May 18th, 2015

One of Argentina’s top 10 apple and pear companies is to open structural reorganization proceedings, with some US$5.4 million of debt.

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U.S.: Gerawan wins “significant victory” in court ruling

May 15th, 2015

The California Court of Appeal in Fresno has declared the ALRB’s forced collective bargaining agreements on Gerawan Farming as unconstitutional.

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Mexico: San Quintin farmworkers reach wage deal with govt

May 15th, 2015

A group representing farmworkers in the Mexican state of Baja California has hailed a recent labor deal as “extremely important”.

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Chiquita sees heavy losses in Q1

May 15th, 2015

Lower banana volume in North America and Europe was partly to blame for the multinational’s substantial net loss in the first quarter of 2015.

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Are produce price rises behind the global obesity epidemic?

May 15th, 2015

A 91% increase in fruit and vegetable prices compared to other foods is driving obesity rates, according to a recent ODI report.

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Zespri provides global Psa update

May 15th, 2015

Zespri’s Shane Max says Japanese growers have been reluctant to report Psa out of fear their orchards will be destroyed, while French producers have seen unexpected trunking.

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‘Food Revolution Day’ calls G20 leaders to action

May 14th, 2015

British chef Jamie Oliver believes quality food education is every child’s human right and hopes to create a ‘strong sustainable movement’ to help reverse sky-high obesity rates.

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From Pink Globe to Pink Global: A rosy future for Chimenti

May 13th, 2015

The Chilean developers of white-fleshed Pink Globe grapes are aiming to license out more than 3,500 hectares of plantings globally.

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Mexican organic producer “reforms” ex-cartel members via agriculture

May 13th, 2015

A Yucatan-based company that is developing organic dragon fruit and pineapple projects is giving back to the community in a rather unique way.

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CMA CGM Group signs historic seaport development deal in Cuba

May 12th, 2015

A French shipper will develop a logistics platform outside of Havana, in what has been described as the first international agreement of its kind in Cuba.

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Social responsibility “acculturated” U.S. consumers, says Silbermann

May 12th, 2015

PMA CEO Bryan Silbermann says those eschewing the social responsibility movement should immediately get prepared.

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Colombian authorities to review glyphosate use

May 11th, 2015

After a WHO-affiliated March report determined a widely used herbicide was “probably carcinogenic”, the product is now under scrutiny in Colombia.

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Syngenta snubs Monsanto’s takeover bid

May 8th, 2015

Swiss multinational Syngenta has rejected an ‘unsolicited preliminary approach’ from Monsanto to acquire the company.

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Land reform regulation bill threatens world’s second-largest banana exporter

May 8th, 2015

After passing the US$1 billion mark for banana exports last year, Philippine growers could be deterred from further investment if a House Bill that threatens contract security is passed.

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Aldi Australia responds to supplier misconduct allegations

May 7th, 2015

One of the retailers named in a recent Four Corners report into migrant farmworker maltreatment is currently investigating the suppliers mentioned.

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Southern Chilean port gears up for new USDA inspection site

May 7th, 2015

Chile’s southern port of Coronel has witnessed exponential growth in fruit exports in recent years, and is about to receive a boost for the U.S. market.

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Mexican produce consumption per capita ‘an eighth of Canada’s’

May 6th, 2015

Eric Viramontes has kicked off proceedings at this year’s PMA Fresh Connections: Mexico event, hopeful the produce industry can help significantly boost fruit and vegetable consumption in the country.

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Italy: Kiku Variety Management branches out with Serbian partner

May 6th, 2015

An Italian variety management company is now licensing Crimson Snow apple production to Serbian grower Agrounija.

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Germany: Record drug bust in Berlin banana boxes

May 5th, 2015

Berlin police have seized 386kg of cocaine found in boxes of Colombian bananas that showed up in Aldi supermarkets.

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Peru: Complejo Agroindustrial Beta announces US$80M planting plan

May 5th, 2015

For a capital outlay that’s worth more than two thirds its annual turnover, a Peruvian company is expanding rapidly in plantations of asparagus, grapes and blueberries.

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Aussie produce industry “shocked” by ABC labor exploitation exposé

May 4th, 2015

Australian horticultural groups have called on the government to weed out “rogue” labor hire companies that take advantage of workers, emphasizing the need for an official entry scheme for low skilled migrant labor.

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NZ: Zespri flagship store opened at Huizhan Market in Shanghai

May 4th, 2015

Golden Wing Mau has opened a 200-square meter store to sell Zespri kiwifruit in Shanghai’s leading wholesale market for imported produce.

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New techniques at play to make blueberry quality more science, less ‘art’

May 4th, 2015

Australia’s largest produce company Costa Group is taking a new, more sophisticated approach to testing berry quality.

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Russia clamps down on Serbian apple trade

April 30th, 2015

Russian authorities have vowed to limit imports of Serbian apples in an attempt to stop the re-export trade of EU-grown fruit.

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NZ: IKGA slams Zespri over “GFree” in Italy

April 30th, 2015

While G3 kiwifruit blocks are selling for more than NZ$100,000 per hectare in New Zealand, some growers are wondering why their Italian counterparts are getting licenses for free.

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U.S. eases Dominican import restrictions

April 29th, 2015

AHPIS believes it is safe to resume shipments of Hass avocados and green tomatoes from the Dominican Republic, following Medfly detections in the country last month.

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Widespread mango crop damage ruins India’s export season

April 29th, 2015

India’s Assocham has put forward a plan of action to transform mango exports but weather challenges will be a setback this year.

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Fresh Del Monte’s income slips despite increased sales in Q1

April 28th, 2015

Higher banana procurement costs were among the issues that contributed to Fresh Del Monte’s first quarter net income falling by 25%.

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Royse: Drones, water tech and urban farming the future of agriculture

April 28th, 2015

“If we’re talking about sustainability, the elephant in the room is basically the environmental impact of hundreds of years of agriculture,” says Roger Royse.

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Russia tightens EU food import restrictions

April 27th, 2015

Having stopped Bulgarian fruit and vegetable re-exports last week amid suspicions of fake phytosanitary certificates, Russia is considering extending the ban to other countries.

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Chile: Body of Fruticola Atacama worker found

April 27th, 2015

Fruticola Atacama’s Horacio Parra says the discovery of the body of worker Jennifer Novoa has brought great peace to her family.

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U.S. gives green light to Peruvian papaya imports

April 24th, 2015

Peru will join the likes of Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia as a supplier of papayas to the continental United States.

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Chile: Initiative aims to produce world’s southernmost truffles

April 24th, 2015

Two truffle varieties may soon be produced in a Patagonian region of Chile where hopes are high an experimental project could mimic European success.

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Growers claim Calbuco Volcano eruption has little impact so far on blueberries, apples

April 23rd, 2015

It is still early days, but preliminary observations from Chilean and Argentine fruit growers are relatively positive after the eruption of the Calbuco Volcano.

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Russia suspects fraudulent documents in blocked vegetable shipment

April 23rd, 2015

The latest interception of suspicious produce coming into Russia had more than 10 times the usual volume from such blocked consignments, which seem to be becoming more frequent.

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Retailers sharing data with growers a ‘win-win’, says Red Sun Farms

April 23rd, 2015

A Red Sun Farms executive will speak at the upcoming PMA Fresh Connections: Mexico event about how producers can benefit from sometimes hard-to-access information.

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New plant breeders’ rights standard proposed

April 23rd, 2015

Time, translation and bureaucracy can be big hurdles to securing intellectual property rights for fruit and vegetable varieties, but a new system aims to change all that.

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NZ scientists test mating disruption techniques against avocado pest

April 23rd, 2015

Plant & Food Research is testing a biological method used in apple orchards to fight leafrollers in avocado crops.

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USDA allows Chinese apple imports

April 22nd, 2015

Just a few months after Chinese authorities opened market access for all U.S.-grown apple varieties, the USDA has reciprocated.

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U.S.: Western Growers enters Silicon Valley alliance

April 22nd, 2015

A major U.S. agricultural association believes technology and innovation will be essential to feed a soaring global population.

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Greece dominates EU agricultural promotion funding

April 22nd, 2015

More than a third of the EC’s latest round of agricultural promotion funding will go to the fresh produce sector.

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SanLucar receives €4M loan to develop Tunisian raspberries

April 22nd, 2015

A Spanish produce group with a strong focus on German-speaking markets has received a boost to its North African raspberry production.

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Chilean port workers strike over lack of labor reform consultation

April 21st, 2015

Feeling ignored by their government over labor forms, a range of Chilean unions have started a one-day strike in the port, mining, forestry and construction sectors.

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U.S.: Robotic strawberry harvester ‘mimics human behavior’

April 21st, 2015

The owner of Wish Farms has a strawberry-picking robotics project that even his competitors are investing in.

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Human trial to test broccoli sprout extract’s cancer-fighting properties

April 21st, 2015

University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) scientists are investigating the ‘green chemoprevention’ properties of a molecule found in broccoli sprouts, cabbage and kale.

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Australia: TR4 eradication “not feasible” in Queensland

April 20th, 2015

Containment is now the only hope for Queensland banana growers after the National Management Group (NMG) for Panama disease TR4 ruled out eradication.

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Australia: Patties Foods frozen berry tests come up negative for Hep A, E. coli

April 20th, 2015

The company implicated in a health scare in Australia has defended its food safety practices, but will now be testing all frozen berries for Hepatitis A and E. coli prior to market release.

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Tru-Cape’s new Johannesburg facility signals growth in African markets

April 20th, 2015

A South African pome fruit distributor has bolstered storage space to cope with an upcoming spike in volume over the next five years.

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Editor’s Note: Fuerza Atacama – After the flood, a view from the mud

April 17th, 2015

In today’s special edition, we take an on-the-ground look at the human and economic impacts of unprecedented floods in Chile’s north.

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Fruticola Atacama: In the eye of the storm

April 17th, 2015

The Chilean state has given up its search for a missing Fruticola Atacama worker, but since disaster struck three weeks ago the company has taken rescue and relief efforts into its own hands.

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U.S.: Organic food sales jump 11% in 2014

April 16th, 2015

With U.S. organic fruit and vegetable sales last year valued at US$13 billion, an industry head has praised the lack of ‘demographic boundaries’.

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Chile: Floods to impact future Copiapo Valley grape output

April 15th, 2015

ASOEX’s Ronald Bown says an early table grape production area in northern Chile will see volumes reduced by ‘at least 30% over the coming seasons’.

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Budget doubles for irrigation recovery in northern Chile

April 15th, 2015

Chile’s National Irrigation Commission has pledged significant funds to rehabilitate agriculture in the Atacama region, but the clock is ticking for growers.

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Israel: ‘Highly unusual’ storms batter summer fruit crops

April 15th, 2015

Severe weather ‘that came out of nowhere’ and damaged Israeli stonefruit and table grape production could lead to price rises.

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South Africa: Smaller citrus sizing could further impact exports, says CGA

April 14th, 2015

The Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa says producers might need to hold back on some sizes if they’re not ‘viable with markets the way they are’.

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Chilean kiwifruit leader accuses Zespri of anti-competitive behavior

April 13th, 2015

Carlos Cruzat says New Zealand’s Zespri has ‘regressed’ in its market behavior since it was fined for monopolistic practices in Korea almost four years ago.

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South Africa: CGA releases citrus export forecast

April 10th, 2015

The 2015 citrus campaign has “difficult” written all over it, according to a South African industry body.

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China: Blueberry company becomes first to hit stock market

April 10th, 2015

Following a very positive first five years of operation, Richland Agriculture Corp has big plans for the future.

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Chile: Copiapó grape farm damages estimated at US$50M

April 9th, 2015

More than 900 hectares of vineyards and 1,000 hectares worth of olive and vegetable plantations have been damaged by floods in Chile.

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Australia: Second Queensland farm hit with TR4 disease

April 9th, 2015

Panama Disease Tropical Race IV has been found on a farm in Mareeba in North Queensland, far from the site of the initial outbreak.

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Mexico: Farmworkers were ‘forced’ to strike, claims BerryMex

April 9th, 2015

Heated farmworker protests in Baja California last month may have crippled agriculture in peak season, but a major Driscoll’s supplier alleges many were ‘threatened’ not to return to the fields.

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Russia: Putin disappoints on Greek import speculation

April 8th, 2015

Today’s meeting between Vladimir Putin and Alexis Tsipras was not fruitful enough to lift the Kremlin’s ban on Greek food imports.

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Russia may lift food import embargo on Greece, Cyprus, Hungary

April 8th, 2015

Three European Union member states that oppose Western sanctions against Russia could see their agricultural trade re-open with the country.

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U.K. retailer to stock Thai mango plums

April 8th, 2015

Like a mango with an edible peel and the texture of a plum, the ‘plango’ is the latest exotic introduction at Marks & Spencer.

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Chile: Irrigation still off-line for Atacama growers

April 7th, 2015

Weeks of production compromised and 6,000 horticultural laborers potentially out of work; this is the damage left by flooding in a normally very dry part of Chile.

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U.S.: New president for Dole Food Company

April 7th, 2015

Dole has announced its president C. Michael Carter will be retiring, and has looked internally for his replacement.

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China: Branding is more than just a logo, Zespri rep tells Shanghai forum

April 7th, 2015

During PMA Fresh Connections: China, leaders from some of the most iconic names in produce discussed the building blocks behind good branding.

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Arctic apple developer eyes all North American market segments

April 6th, 2015

The Okanagan Specialty Fruits head says “prospects are huge” for the GM apple following regulatory approval for the U.S. and Canada.

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U.S.: Union negotiations off the table for Sakuma Brothers Farms

April 3rd, 2015

Berry grower Sakuma Brothers has questioned the legitimacy of a union calling for a boycott against its products, describing demands as “unreasonable”.

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Australia: Exchange rate to boost Asian pome fruit campaign, says APAL

April 2nd, 2015

Australia’s pome fruit grower body says greatly improved orchard practices have led to roughly 15% more class 1 fruit than 2014.

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Chilean govt pledges U$4.8M for irrigation recovery after floods

April 1st, 2015

Representatives of Fresh Del Monte and Frutícola Atacama discuss flood effects in northern Chile, where funding is on its way for recovery.

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Panama Disease TR4 detected in Pakistan, Lebanon

March 31st, 2015

A Dutch scientist has confirmed outbreaks of Panama Disease Tropical Race IV in Lebanon and Pakistan, but communication issues may be a challenge in containing the disease’s spread.

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U.S.: Gerawan upbeat for new crop and unfazed by exchange rates

March 31st, 2015

California’s largest stonefruit grower says the strong dollar is not affecting overseas demand for its upcoming crop.

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U.S. opens doors to Mexican figs

March 30th, 2015

APHIS believes irradiation treatment will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of importing fresh figs from Mexico.

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U.S.: Driscoll’s stands behind Sakuma Brothers Farms

March 30th, 2015

Amid calls for a boycott, Driscoll’s says previous union claims against a berry supplier have been resolved and it has no place intervening in labor negotiations.

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Chile: SAN urges immediate assistance for stranded farmers

March 27th, 2015

Chile’s National Agricultural Society (SAN) says the severe flooding has left many stranded without water for days, as produce companies use private helicopters to rescue those in need.

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First South African apples take off for Chinese market

March 27th, 2015

The South African Apple and Pear Producers’ Association (SAAPPA) is “over the moon” about the opening of the Chinese market.

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Indian vineyard offers lifeline to local farmers hit by hail

March 27th, 2015

An Indian wine producer is using the recent severe hail storms as an opportunity not only to boost its economy port production but also to help table grape growers facing major financial losses.

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NZ: Scales Corp profits pip IPO forecast for 2014

March 26th, 2015

The parent company of Mr Apple has exceeded expectations in its first annual result announcement to the NZX.

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Storms damage northern Chilean grapevines, infrastructure

March 26th, 2015

The Copiapó Valley has been one of the worst hit agricultural zones from recent storms in northern Chile.

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U.S.: Boycott threatens Driscoll’s supplier

March 26th, 2015

“It’s so hard to bring in workers from abroad, and what happens when they do it legally? They get punished.” One industry insider says this is the true story behind a farm labor battle raging in Washington State.

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New Indian banana brands slip into Gulf markets

March 26th, 2015

Pick N Serve managing director Subrata Mondal believes he can get an edge over Ecuadorian and Philippine banana suppliers to the Gulf region.

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Brazil halts Argentine pome fruit imports

March 25th, 2015

Brazilian authorities say they detected the codling moth in 15 Argentine apple and pear shipments in the first quarter of 2015 alone.

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Anxious wait for Serbian apple exporters after Russian accusations

March 25th, 2015

Serbian apple exporters depend heavily on the Russian market, with some believing re-export claims may be a ‘mix up’.

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PMA’s annual Chinese event gains local traction

March 25th, 2015

Online trading platforms, brand development and market access will be just some of the subjects discussed at PMA Fresh Connections: China.

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Chilean govt to introduce US$169M national drought plan

March 24th, 2015

The construction of new dams and rainwater harvesting initiatives are just some of the actions planned by the Chilean Government to combat an ongoing drought.

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Medfly found in northern Chile

March 24th, 2015

Chile’s Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG) has declared a fruit fly outbreak in La Serena, capital of the Coquimbo region.

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Chiquita exec payouts could exceed US$23M

March 24th, 2015

A report to the SEC reveals the extent of Chiquita’s completed and planned severance packages for leading executives, as well as hundreds of layoffs in Latin America.

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Australia: Valleyfresh enters JV with Perth wholesaler

March 23rd, 2015

With the help of a Freshmax subsidiary, a previously unavailable type of pre-packing service will be up and running in one of the world’s most isolated cities.

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NZ kiwifruit growers “overwhelmingly” support industry changes

March 23rd, 2015

More than 90% of New Zealand’s kiwifruit growers have voted in favor of the KISP recommendations, with an industry head criticizing the “small vocal minority” who oppose the single desk structure.

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Budding overseas empire for Australia’s Queen Garnet super plum

March 23rd, 2015

The palpable buzz around an anthocyanin-rich Queensland-bred plum is spreading internationally, with a French nursery upbeat for commercial harvests and U.S. growers playing their cards close to their chests.

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European School Fruit Scheme safe for now with funding allocated

March 20th, 2015

Germany, Italy and Austria are the biggest beneficiaries in the latest EU School Fruit Scheme budget.

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Californians called upon to save citrus industry

March 20th, 2015

California Citrus Mutual and Bayer CropScience have teamed up with the #CitrusMatters campaign to help prevent the spread of HLB.

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U.S.: California hits second highest table grape export volume in 2014-15

March 20th, 2015

California raised its table grape exports to several destinations this season, including Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, the U.K. and Indonesia.

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Fresh Fruit Portal owner joins Verdant Partners

March 19th, 2015

Gustavo Yentzen has joined the likes of Don Goodwin and Dawn Gray as an advisor with Verdant Partners.

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Nicaragua Canal construction could displace more than 100,000 people

March 19th, 2015

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) has denounced alleged human rights violations associated with the construction of the Nicaragua Canal.

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NZ: Zespri hosting another buyer visit this week

March 18th, 2015

After a visit in February sparked controversy, New Zealand kiwifruit marketer Zespri is currently hosting another group of foreign buyers.

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Some NZ growers disappointed by “extravagant” Zespri buyer visit

March 18th, 2015

New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry has seen dissent in the ranks after around NZ$500,000 was spent on a recent buyer visit, but Zespri claims it was necessary to boost sales of a rising gold variety crop.

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Chile: Strike lifted in Valparaiso

March 17th, 2015

Fruit industry leaders have congratulated port operators and workers in Valparaiso for finding a prompt resolution to a cargo dispute.

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India: Gigantic hail stones ravage grape crops

March 17th, 2015

“Farmers have never really seen anything like the size of the hail stones,” says an Indian grape industry leader.

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Australia: Panama Disease TR4 confirmed in Queensland

March 16th, 2015

The head of the Australian Banana Growers’ Council says although the detection of Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 is a ‘substantial challenge’, he is confident it’s one the industry can successfully meet.

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Nadorcott case against Tango just a delay tactic, says Eurosemillas

March 16th, 2015

Spanish growers have been undeterred by calls not to plant the seedless Tango mandarin variety, with demand outstripping supply.

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African seed library could help lift nations out of poverty

March 16th, 2015

The African Seed Access Index is starting out in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe, with plans to cover 20 countries in the continent.

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Industry veteran to head up Capespan South Africa

March 13th, 2015

A former head of the Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum (FPEF) will join Capespan South Africa as managing director in May.

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Indian deal could be lifeline for Polish apple sector

March 13th, 2015

Poland’s Fruit Union president is positive about the recent visit of the country’s agriculture minister to India.

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Calavo to expand Mexican avocado packing operations

March 12th, 2015

Calavo Growers is already banking on the expected opening of the U.S. market for avocados grown in Jalisco.

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Global banana industry must ‘rethink whole business model’, says expert

March 12th, 2015

Dan Koeppel says the suspected case of Panama disease TR4 in Queensland should not come as a surprise given the lack of a ‘global strategy’.

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Chilean growers call for “reciprocal” tariff action against Ecuador

March 11th, 2015

Chile’s Fedefruta has cried foul about Ecuador’s food import tariff hike to 45%, which is due to be implemented today.

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IG International eyes North American greenhouse acquisition

March 11th, 2015

IG International is expanding its global reach with a long-term goal of bringing technical expertise and better varieties to India.

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Ecuador’s fruit import tariffs to hit 45%

March 10th, 2015

The world’s biggest banana-exporting country is about to implement a massive tariff hike on food imports in a bid to even up its balance of payments.

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Chinese customs links smuggling case to South American fruit

March 10th, 2015

Chinese authorities have been tight-lipped amidst an investigation into fruit smuggling in Dalian, but one official has revealed a few more details about the case.

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U.S.: “World’s largest indoor vertical farm” planned for New Jersey

March 9th, 2015

AeroFarms plans to make urban farming history with a new project on a former industrial site in Newark, New Jersey.

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U.S.: Expenses squeeze Limoneira results in Q1

March 9th, 2015

Higher costs offset the benefits of favorable market conditions and larger lemon volumes for Limoneira in the first quarter.

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100% U.S. focus for Peruvian organic banana co-op in 2015

March 9th, 2015

Peru’s CEPIBO has historically sent the majority of its organic bananas to Europe, but this year the export strategy is very different.

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U.S.: Calavo Growers forecasts avocado volume uptick in Q2

March 6th, 2015

After driving up margins in early 2015, Calavo Growers foresees continued increased avocado packing in the second quarter.

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Peruvian avocado exporters on track for two new Asian markets

March 6th, 2015

Both China and Japan are one step closer to allowing imports of Peruvian avocados.

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Russia’s economic woes bite into middle class fruit purchases

March 6th, 2015

Irina Koziy explains three main factors that are impacting fruit sales in Russia, and what traders ought to do to get through these tough times.

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Vegetables the first step for organic food converts

March 6th, 2015

Carrots came out on top in a recent U.K. study of organic produce consumption trends.

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Germany: BayWa supports antitrust authorities in clearing up accusations

March 6th, 2015

“Our greatest interest lies in resolving this matter completely and in punishing any misconduct to the fullest extent,” said BayWa CEO Klaus Lutz.

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New app aims to strengthen fruit trade relationships

March 5th, 2015

A new app aims to simplify how produce sellers and buyers interact across time zones and continents.

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NZ: Fire destroys shed at Seeka packhouse

March 4th, 2015

No people were injured in a “significant fire” that hit a New Zealand post-harvest facility for kiwifruit and kiwiberries.

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Australia: Panama Disease Tropical Race IV suspected in Queensland

March 4th, 2015

The Australian banana industry is on high alert after a suspected case of Panama Disease Tropical Race IV (TR4) was detected on a plantation in the North Queensland region of Tully.

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Peru: Camposol upbeat for Ica’s ag future with Cilloniz at the helm

March 4th, 2015

While Camposol’s production is focused in Chavimochic, the group holds land in the key horticultural department of Ica where an industry consultant is now president.

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Chilean govt declares agricultural emergency after Villarica Volcano eruption

March 3rd, 2015

Blueberry growers around Pucon would have been much more affected by the recent volcanic eruption if their season wasn’t all but over.

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European oversupply dints Total Produce results

March 3rd, 2015

Total Produce recorded a lower result for 2014 but acquisitions helped raise profits in non-Eurozone European operations.

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GM apple developers set to finally cash in after takeover deal

March 3rd, 2015

A US$4.2 billion biotech company has bought into the fresh-cut and foodservice propositions of Okanagan Specialty Fruit’s (OSF) Arctic apples.

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Sun World to release ‘explosive’ grape varieties in Chile

March 3rd, 2015

A leading table grape breeder says public varieties are on the way out and growers need to ‘get with the program’ to avoid poor market prices.

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NZ: Seeka profit hike a sign of Psa recovery

March 2nd, 2015

New Zealand’s Seeka has managed to exceed expectations in a kiwifruit market where margins are tightening, and plans to increase post-harvest capacity and kiwiberry production.

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Tropical fruit volume boosts Fyffes profits in 2014

February 27th, 2015

Produce multinational Fyffes will be pursuing price increases in all markets this year in response to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar against the euro.

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Russia’s greenhouse revolution

February 27th, 2015

With warmer weather than the rest of the country, could Belgorod become the “Netherlands of Russia” with the help of greenhouse entrepreneurship?

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Russian political faction calls for end to food import embargo

February 27th, 2015

A deputy chairman from the Russian Lower House has scoffed at a bill to challenge the food import ban.

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U.S.: Overarching brand has “monumental” implications for produce industry

February 26th, 2015

Tongue-in-cheek with celebrity backing, a new “superhero meets sports” brand for fruits and vegetables called FNV is poised to change the way the U.S. public interacts with produce.

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South Africa: Dry weather may hit citrus sizing but quality “excellent”, says CGA

February 26th, 2015

South Africa’s total citrus volumes this season should be roughly in line with previous years.

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NZ: T&G profit falls short of expectations for 2014

February 25th, 2015

New Zealand-based produce company Turners & Growers did not quite achieve the 10-20% profit rise for 2014 that its board had forecast on Jan. 21.

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U.S.: Western Growers partners with Colorado association

February 25th, 2015

Western Growers will collaborate with the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association on areas of ‘mutual interest’, including federal policy issues and food safety.

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Australia: Reid Fruits fights for IP rights in China

February 25th, 2015

An Australian cherry shipper is taking steps to tackle the counterfeiting of its brand in Asia.

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China: Zespri distances itself from Dalian Yidu

February 24th, 2015

As a former employee continues to make damning claims against Zespri over its handling of a past fraud case, the company is cutting the cord with an importer implicated in a new one.

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U.S.: GM labeling would be ‘as good as a ban’, says critic

February 24th, 2015

While one critic of GMO labeling says legislation would be a “Pandora’s box” and hinder scientific development, the Center for Food Safety points to the success of transparency in GM-heavy Brazil.

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Australia to screen Chinese frozen berries

February 23rd, 2015

The Australian Government has announced new measures to act on the recent Hepatitis A outbreak that has been linked to imported Chinese frozen berries.

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German apple grower eyes Chinese, South Korean market openings

February 23rd, 2015

BayWa CEO Klaus Lutz says it is “ridiculous” that the EU does not have harmonized market access processes for fruit exporters in destination markets.

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U.S. West Coast port workers reach tentative deal

February 21st, 2015

An end to the debilitating U.S. West Coast port dispute may be in sight after the PMA and the ILWU agreed to a new contract.

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Peru: Camposol results take a dive in Q4

February 20th, 2015

A seven-fold rise in avocado profits was not enough to offset dramatic falls in financial performance for Camposol’s asparagus, grape and mango operations in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Q&A: Total Produce on the changing dynamics of European produce markets

February 20th, 2015

The head of Europe’s largest fresh produce distributor says a prolonged Russian import ban would lead to structural changes, but is upbeat about prospects for berries, organics and exotics in Mediterranean markets.

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Indian mango shippers encouraged to supply Japan via APEDA concession

February 20th, 2015

New government support will make the Japanese market much more accessible for India’s mango industry.

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U.S.: Sunkist grower payments up by a quarter in 2014

February 19th, 2015

Revenue surpassed US$1 billion for the largest citrus shipper in the U.S. last year, bolstered by a new partnerships in India and Brazil.

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U.S. port row has compromised US$50M in Chilean fruit exports, says Fedefruta

February 19th, 2015

The U.S. Ambassador to Chile received leaders of Fedefruta yesterday to discuss effects from the West Coast port dispute.

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Mexico: Social responsibility alliance to ‘expand’ into retail, foodservice

February 19th, 2015

Although no U.S. retailers have yet been invited to join a newly formed social responsibility alliance in Mexico, Wal-mart has pledged its support and has made several key changes since a damning LA Times investigation.

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Raspberries may be culprit in Australian Hep A outbreak

February 18th, 2015

The Australian distributor that recalled frozen berry products is concentrating on raspberries from a specific source in China as a possible cause of the recent Hepatitis A outbreak.

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USDA considers allowing avocado imports from second Mexican state

February 18th, 2015

Mexico’s second-largest avocado production state could soon be allowed to ship the Hass variety to the U.S.

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U.S.: Perez port meetings ‘positive and productive’

February 18th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor says Secretary Perez yesterday told both parties in the West Coast port conflict an immediate agreement was ‘imperative’.

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Valfrutta aims to make Cornelio Italy’s signature pepper brand

February 18th, 2015

A unique pepper variety developed by Enza Zaden and grown in Sicily is on track for 12-month production and an ambitious export scheme.

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U.S.: Port of Oakland imports down 39% on 2014

February 17th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor says Secretary Perez will today meet with both parties in the ongoing West Coast port conflict and ‘urge them to resolve their dispute quickly.’

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U.S.: Fresh Del Monte back in the black

February 17th, 2015

Higher selling prices and greater banana volumes helped a leading produce multinational shake off its 2013 loss to record a net income of US$142.4 million for 2014.

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China: Food smuggling case in national media spotlight

February 17th, 2015

The floodgates have opened in China’s crackdown on agricultural import smuggling and customs evasion, with local media reporting that 33 people have been arrested in a recent high-profile case.

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Mexico: Results “will take time” for new social responsibility alliance

February 17th, 2015

AHIFORES spokesperson Mario Robles says discussions are already underway with government to implement improved company store services for workers.

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Compagnie Fruitiere to expand organic production, open new hospital

February 17th, 2015

From corporate social responsibility to ships that use less fuel, a French company is developing on several fronts of its €800 million produce business.

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Chilean fruit industry denies links to Australian Hep A scare

February 16th, 2015

The Chilean Association of Fruit Exporters (ASOEX) has emphasized its country’s fruit is not to blame for a recent recall of frozen berry products in Australia.

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Early concerns ease for 2015 South African pome fruit deal

February 16th, 2015

South Africa aims to ship its first apples to mainland China in March, as growers continue to seek new markets to support higher volumes in the pipeline.

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U.S.: Obama steps in to resolve West Coast port dispute

February 15th, 2015

The White House is intervening in the West Coast port conflict with the aim of a quick resolution.

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