July 30, 2014 / Week N° 31

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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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Russia bans Ukrainian canned fruit, veg and fish

July 28th, 2014

Russian authorities have cited labeling problems and nutritional disparity as behind a ban on Ukrainian canned fruits and vegetables.

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India: Bollywood star officially becomes Maharashtra fruit ambassador

July 28th, 2014

One of the most recognizable faces in Indian cinema is now officially a representative of the country’s leading fruit-growing state.

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Ecuadorian banana grower group reveals likely tariff reduction structure

July 28th, 2014

Ecuador’s EU banana tariff will be very nearly on par with Colombia and Central America from 2016 onwards.

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Netherlands: Rijk Zwaan rolls out new salad varieties

July 28th, 2014

Growers from around the world visited the Netherlands recently to see new Rijk Zwaan varieties of a range of vegetables, including endives, lettuce, cabbage and celery.

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Fresh German-Chilean shipping line acquisition deal in the works

July 25th, 2014

With a merger deal on the cards between CSAV and Hapag-Lloyd, another Valparaiso company is on track for a transaction with a multinational based in Hamburg.

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U.S.: Whole Foods backs GM labeling measure in Oregon

July 25th, 2014

U.S. retailer Whole Foods is supporting a GM labeling measure that will go to the ballot in Oregon in November.

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U.K.: Berry Gardens almost doubles strawberry volume in H1

July 25th, 2014

A mild spring has led to a much larger strawberry crop for Berry Gardens in the first six months of 2014.

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Apartheid citrus documentary airs in Ireland

July 25th, 2014

A new documentary looks at how young Dublin retail workers took action against the injustices of racial segregation in South Africa in the 1980s.

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U.S. and Mexico pledge to strengthen produce safety

July 24th, 2014

A new deal between Mexico and the U.S. includes several measures aimed at increasing the safety of produce items traded between the two countries.

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U.S. appeals court throws out Chiquita terrorist payment claim case

July 24th, 2014

A case relating to alleged paramilitary payments from Chiquita in Colombia has been dismissed by a federal court in Florida as being outside U.S jurisdiction.

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U.S. organic company says debate should not focus on health benefits

July 24th, 2014

The CEO of Organics Unlimited agrees with criticism of a recent study, saying you can’t “compare apples to apples”.

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Naturipe opens largest berry processing plant in Southeast U.S.

July 23rd, 2014

MBG Marketing continues to expand its blueberry processing and distribution capacity with a new facility in Georgia.

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South African govt responds to CBS interception in Europe

July 23rd, 2014

A South African government department has emphasized its focus on compliance following the interception of fruit with citrus black spot (CBS) in Europe.

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EU members call for sanctions against Russia

July 22nd, 2014

The EU is looking to put tougher sanctions on Russia in a bid to stop the flow of weapons into the Ukraine.

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China: Goodfarmer to develop produce “multinational” status, says Liu Zijie

July 22nd, 2014

Shandong Goodfarmer’s president talks about Ecuadorian bananas, Zespri kiwifruit and creating a new Latin American company.

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U.S.: new Bolthouse Farms snacks to target “maximum kid craveability”

July 21st, 2014

After making waves with its baby carrots, Bolthouse Farms is taking junk food head on again with a new line of fruit and vegetable snacks and smoothies for kids.

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U.S. West Coast port talks take a short break

July 21st, 2014

Contract negotiations for workers from 29 West Coast ports are on hold until Wednesday so the union can attend to other matters.

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First CBS interception in Europe “disappointing” for South African citrus growers

July 21st, 2014

South Africa no longer has a clean sheet on citrus black spot this year, and an expert is investigating the farm in question.

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Organic industry reacts to comparative nutrition study

July 21st, 2014

U.S. and European organic companies assess the many facets of their category and how it relates to a recent study claiming superior nutritional benefits.

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U.S.: APHIS proposes rule to allow Chinese apple imports

July 18th, 2014

A recent posting on the Federal Register puts China one step closer to gaining access to the U.S. apple market.

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Ambitious Malawi fruit company gains US$15M support package

July 18th, 2014

Malawi Mangoes aims to be the ‘leading agro-processing company on the African continent’ in five years.

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Ecuador-EU trade agreement is “marvelous”, says banana industry leader

July 17th, 2014

Ecuador is now one step closer to being on par with its banana-exporting competitors in Europe when it comes to tariffs.

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BanaBay ventures into U.K. organic banana market

July 17th, 2014

BanaBay is expanding into organic bananas to cater to growing demand for the category in Britain.

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U.K.: future checkouts take retail experience up a notch

July 17th, 2014

A new technology used by Tesco in the U.K. has the potential to drastically change how consumers interact with supermarkets.

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U.S.: new study reveals worrying impacts of Californian drought

July 16th, 2014

The new study from UC Davis says groundwater reserves cannot be treated like an ‘unlimited savings account’.

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U.S.: Wilmington port grateful to remain ‘Top Banana’

July 15th, 2014

Details have been revealed about Chiquita’s recent lease extension at the U.S. Port of Wilmington.

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Many Colombian banana growers in misery after strong winds

July 14th, 2014

4,500 hectares of banana plantations have been destroyed by strong winds in northern Colombia.

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Organic crops have significantly more antioxidants, study finds

July 14th, 2014

Organic proponents hope a recent landmark international study will dispel consumer confusion about the category’s benefits.

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Spain: Driscoll’s ‘learning a lot’ about Drosophila control methods

July 14th, 2014

Driscoll’s has taken the lead with the Spanish government on researching vinegar fly Drosophila Suzukii, and has reported a promising outlook for controlling the pest.

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Figs running earlier than ever, says U.S. grower-shipper

July 11th, 2014

From figs to persimmons to chestnuts, U.S.-based Stellar Distributing is on the hunt for new international trade deals.

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U.S.: PAC throws old avocado marketing concepts “out the door”

July 10th, 2014

The Peruvian Avocado Commission aims to show leadership in revamped web design in the produce industry.

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Rival aims to shake Huizhan’s hold on China’s imported fruit wholesale market

July 9th, 2014

First it was Longwu, then Huizhan stepped in, and now another player aims to build a project in Jiangsu north of Shanghai to “revolutionize” China’s imported fruit market.

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U.S.: West Coast port talks on hold but contract temporarily resumes

July 8th, 2014

The ILWU-Pacific Maritime Association contract will resume until Friday while the union attends to another unrelated negotiation.

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Chilean dried fruit theft rates hit US$1.8M so far this year

July 8th, 2014

The Chilean Walnut Commission plans to crack down on a spate of high-value thefts in the industry.

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Report reveals secrets to Dutch strawberry success

July 8th, 2014

Not only has Dutch strawberry cultivation increased consistently in recent years, but the share under glasshouses has ramped up dramatically.

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Hydroponic farming will flourish in the U.S., says grower

July 7th, 2014

In the face of water shortages and rising fuel costs, a hydroponic grower explains why he believes the method will take off in the U.S. over the coming years.

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From the team that brought you Cripps Pink…

July 4th, 2014

The department that developed Cripps Pink, sold under the brand Pink Lady, has released a new apple variety.

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India puts up onion export limitations again

July 3rd, 2014

The Indian government has raised the minimum export price for onions by two thirds.

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Belarus blocks Ukrainian potato imports

July 3rd, 2014

After losing the Russian market, Ukraine has now lost access for its potatoes in Belarus.

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Australian researchers develop intelligent ‘Ladybird’ farm robot

July 3rd, 2014

University of Sydney researchers have unveiled a new robot that could significantly assist farmers.

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California strawberries and the path to the American Dream

July 3rd, 2014

The California Strawberry Commission has published a report highlighting the crop’s role in providing opportunities to immigrant farmers over generations.

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Drastic fall for exports of Argentine mandarins, oranges

July 2nd, 2014

An Argentine citrus industry representative says growers urgently need the U.S. and Brazilian markets to be opened if they are to improve their lot.

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First Aussie seafreight apples about to hit mainland China

July 1st, 2014

The first Australian apple shipment via sea to mainland China is due to arrive this week, featuring a newly developed variety.

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Challenging outlook for Mediterranean grapes

July 1st, 2014

In the face of tough competition with summer fruit, many Spanish and Italian grape growers are shifting their varietal offerings to get ahead.

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Aussie stonefruit industry aims for November access opening in China

June 30th, 2014

The Australian stonefruit sector has been actively promoting itself in China ahead of expected market access approval for nectarines.

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Inside New York’s bustling, lock-tight produce trading hub

June 30th, 2014

We take a closer look at the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market – the largest of its kind internationally in terms of revenue.

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New unreported papaya disease identified in Ecuador

June 30th, 2014

A new papaya virus has been found in Ecuador, but the man who discovered it says growers need not be alarmed just yet.

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U.S. Northwest finds cherry amour the world over

June 27th, 2014

A range of markets are showing great interest in U.S. Northwest cherries, but it would take the “entire world” to move the 2014 crop.

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Spain: Valencia fruit industry racked by hail

June 26th, 2014

Citrus, melons and persimmons have been some of the fruit crops most affected by severe hailstorms in eastern Spain.

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NZ: T&G plans to double global apple sales by 2020

June 26th, 2014

Turners & Growers’ new pipfruit manager discusses ambitious plans for the next six years.

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NZ avocado industry receives new government funding

June 25th, 2014

Jen Scoular believes New Zealand can quadruple avocado export revenue and reduce dependence on trade with Australia.

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Iraq turmoil may impact Middle East fruit market, says exporter

June 25th, 2014

Produce traders are losing “large swathes of land” with Middle Eastern populations due to conflict.

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U.S.: union optimistic talks will be resolved without port strikes

June 24th, 2014

The ILWU says there is ‘nothing substantive’ in fears over West Coast port strikes and talks should end well.

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Middle East offers major opportunities to sell at a premium

June 24th, 2014

Produce is in high demand in the Middle East, where most retailers have expansion plans in the offing.

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Cool as a cucumber for fresh, hardier varieties

June 23rd, 2014

A researcher in Australia is about to release new cucumber varieties that are specifically suited to harsh environmental conditions.

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Malaysia, Thailand hit rock bottom in human trafficking report

June 20th, 2014

The latest U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report was damning of two major agricultural countries, but showed positives for one significant fruit shipper.

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‘I’d grow GM bananas if they prove viable’, says Kenyan farmer

June 20th, 2014

Wilberforce Ngugi is optimistic about human trials for vitamin-rich GM bananas. What do you think the initiative will mean for East Africa?

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Canada signs Chinese cherry market access deal

June 19th, 2014

Canadian government officials hope blueberries will follow a recent Chinese cherry market access deal.

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U.K. sensory study finds strawberries have ‘happiest’ association

June 19th, 2014

British scientists are investigating the emotions associated with fruits, and our surroundings when we eat them.

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India: child deaths not connected to litchis, says NCDC

June 18th, 2014

Some Indian districts have banned litchi sales, but scientists and growers say there is no link between the fruit and an outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).

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Thai companies are “increasingly willing to engage”, says Hall

June 17th, 2014

Despite US$10 million in lawsuits hanging over his head, Andy Hall has returned to Thailand to continue working for the rights of abused migrant workers in the country’s food export industries.

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First human trial of GM bananas to take place in the U.S.

June 17th, 2014

A project from Australia’s QUT to develop pro-Vitamin A-enriched bananas is about to reach a whole new level, with a world-first human trial in the United States.

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Flavor and shelf life vital to future berry growth in U.K.

June 16th, 2014

Execs from Angus Soft Fruits and BerryWorld talk shop about varietal development and raising winter consumption.

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Joyvio: ready-to-eat is the next move for Chinese blueberry industry

June 16th, 2014

Joyvio’s Dr. Jin Xixuan looks at some of the challenges of developing ready-to-eat fruit for the Chinese market.

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U.S.: APHIS prepares pest risk analysis for Mexican fresh fig imports

June 15th, 2014

U.S. authorities believe irradiation will help mitigate pest risks from the import of Mexican figs.

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Smartphone app mixes home gardening with education and design chic

June 13th, 2014

With the help of a smartphone app, a U.K. company makes hydroponic gardening an easy and visually appealing addition to the living room.

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Brazil on pest alert for World Cup

June 12th, 2014

Brazil’s ANDEF has identified 350 pest threats to watch out for during the World Cup.

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U.S.: POM Wonderful responds to Supreme Court ruling against Coca Cola

June 12th, 2014

A POM Wonderful spokesperson says today’s legal win over Coca Cola brings greater assurances to consumers over food labeling.

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EU to allow more sovereign decisions on GMO restrictions

June 12th, 2014

A European Environment Council agreement has upheld the rights of member states to ban or restrict genetically modified food crops.

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China: Tesco-CRE agreement marks strategic investment by both retailers

June 12th, 2014

Retail analysts take an in-depth look at what a partnership may mean for Tesco and China Resources Enterprise.

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Modi calls for more organic India

June 12th, 2014

India’s PM hopes other parts of the country can emulate Sikkim, which is on track to becoming a fully organic state.

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Argentina: Ecofrut explains fruit payment lawsuit

June 11th, 2014

A large Argentine fruit company has been ordered to pay more than US$100,000 to settle a case with a grower.

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U.S.: Asian citrus psyllid quarantine zone expands in Tulare

June 11th, 2014

A citrus pest quarantine zone in California’s Tulare County has expanded by 15%, with a further extension potentially on the cards.

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Calcium carbide puts stain on domestic Indian mango market

June 10th, 2014

The new Indian Government has pledged to crack down on dangerous chemicals used to artificially ripen fruit.

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Mexico blocks U.S. potato imports

June 9th, 2014

Mexico’s SENASICA has reportedly closed the country’s doors to U.S. potatoes following complaints from local growers.

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U.S.: Limoneira raises 2014 income guidance

June 9th, 2014

Strong lemon prices have led Limoneira to raise its income expectations by more than half.

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Spider venom used to make bee-friendly pesticide

June 9th, 2014

A new organic pesticide developed in the U.K. shows potential to step in to the void left by an EU ban on neonicotinoids.

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India: Bollywood star may become face of Maharashtra horticulture

June 6th, 2014

After acting in more than 180 films, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan will likely take to the stage of Maharashtra’s fruit and vegetable industry.

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Chilean fig exporter sets sights high

June 6th, 2014

Hortofruticola Sudamericana says despite logistical issues, it is confident figs can follow the path of blueberries in becoming the next big superfood.

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U.S.: BrightFarms to ramp up greenhouse rollout

June 5th, 2014

Capitalizing on demand for well-priced local salads, New York’s BrightFarms expects a raft of new greenhouses to break ground in the next 18 months.

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Former Chinese partners take Zespri to court

June 4th, 2014

Two Chinese companies are claiming NZ$33.5 million in damages from kiwifruit exporter Zespri.

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ChiquitaFyffes merger unlikely to affect U.K. market, says BanaBay

June 4th, 2014

A U.K. fruit company says if anyone is to be affected by the ChiquitaFyffes merger it will be growers, not consumers.

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U.K.: Asda partners with Melinda to supply alpine Italian cave apples

June 3rd, 2014

What started as a restoration project for the Vatican has become a unique, energy efficient storage system for an Italian apple company.

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INI Farms aims to change perceptions of Indian bananas

June 3rd, 2014

With branded product, an Indian company has a long-term goal to rival banana suppliers from Latin America and the Philippines.

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U.S.: Calavo profits triple in Q2

June 2nd, 2014

Avocados continue to be a safe bet on Wall Street, with Calavo shares rising 6.78% on a recent results announcement.

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Maersk begins shipping revolution with new tech

June 2nd, 2014

In 10 years’ time, new technology that monitors air and saves energy could become standard throughout the world for shipping containers.

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Chile: information platform aims for early ag disease prediction

May 30th, 2014

With support from a Silicon Valley company and the Chilean Government, three young entrepreneurs have created a device for real time orchard monitoring with the goal of mitigating plant disease effects.

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U.K.: FPC slams ‘fortress Europe’ approach to plant safety

May 29th, 2014

FPC chief executive Nigel Jenney says the European Commission ignored recommendations from its own experts in the way it tightened rules for South African citrus imports.

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New EU requirements ‘within South Africa’s capabilities’, says Chadwick

May 28th, 2014

Justin Chadwick finds some encouragement from the European Union’s new rules for South African citrus, but calls for government action to bring long term security to the trade.

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NZ sends first Enza Red kiwifruit to China

May 28th, 2014

A Shanghai Zelun Trading rep is positive about the launch of Enza Red kiwifruit today, and discusses other T&G-owned fruit varieties on their way to China.

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EU imposes emergency control measures on South African citrus

May 27th, 2014

The EU had “no choice but to impose a stricter inspection regime” on South African citrus, according to Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg.

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U.S. rep bids to inspire apple and cherry consumption in Mexico

May 27th, 2014

A U.S. marketing group is encouraging Mexican consumers to snack on apples with lime, chili and salt flavorings during the World Cup.

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Demand high, laws tightening for EU organic market

May 26th, 2014

Two European organic produce experts say consumers are now more mindful of the stories behind their food, but upcoming EC regulations could make the category much tougher.

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Peru: mangoes and asparagus drive Camposol profit growth in Q1

May 23rd, 2014

Profitability outpaced sales growth for Peru’s Camposol in what was a stellar first quarter for 2014.

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Revenue growth rate almost hits 1000% for China Fruits Corp in Q1

May 23rd, 2014

An increase in franchise stores and a push into foreign markets have helped drive exponential growth for China Fruits Corporation early this year.

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iFresh Shanghai Fru&Veg Expo just weeks away

May 22nd, 2014

Produce industry professionals will get a chance to meet Chinese retailers and traders face-to-face at a Shanghai event in June.

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