March 03, 2015 / Week N° 10

Posts Tagged Apples

Australia: APAL anticipates production and quality boost in 2015

March 3rd, 2015

Per hectare pome fruit yields in Australia are on the up thanks to improved orchard management.

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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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Russian ruble devaluation hits pome fruit exporters in Argentina, Chile

February 25th, 2015

Even though Russia cut off a large chunk of its apple supply last year with the import ban, South American shippers say the country is largely unable to pay good enough prices for their fruit.

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Washington apple industry applauds U.S. West Coast port breakthrough

February 24th, 2015

After missing “critical shipping opportunities”, the Washington Apple Commission is pleased the ports are back up and running.

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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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NZ: Late harvest ‘not much of a disadvantage this year’, says Mr Apple

February 23rd, 2015

A major New Zealand apple exporter says a colder February has led to ‘exceptional’ fruit color.

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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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USDA gives green light to GM apples

February 15th, 2015

Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) is one step closer to getting its genetically modified, non-browning apples on the U.S. market.

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SanLucar pioneers new fruits in Tunisia, Ecuador

February 12th, 2015

A Spanish firm focused on the German-speaking market is testing a range of new fruit projects in Africa, the Middle East, South America and its own backyard.

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Chinese opening brings great opportunities for U.S.-grown club varieties, says T&G

February 11th, 2015

A Turners & Growers pipfruit executive discusses China’s opening for U.S. apples and a challenging New Zealand deal.

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Southern Hemisphere expects larger pome fruit crop

February 10th, 2015

While Southern Hemisphere apple production is expected to increase 5%, exports are anticipated to decline by the same percentage partly due to oversupply issues in Europe.

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Polish industry takes steps to escape “industrial” fruit prices

February 10th, 2015

Polish apple and mushroom exporters are forging ahead in new markets, rising above the price crash wrought by the Russian embargo.

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Serbia: Russian embargo “no good for anybody”, says Apple World founder

February 10th, 2015

One Serbian grower says he’d rather have a level playing field than the comparative benefits of Russian market access.

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NZ apple crop ‘down 6% on 2014′, says Pipfruit NZ

February 10th, 2015

Although a cold spring hit New Zealand’s apple volumes, the warm summer has boosted quality.

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U.S. clears French pome fruit imports

February 9th, 2015

After a 10-year hiatus due to a leaf borer detection, France is again shipping apples to the U.S.

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BayWa to plant Jazz apples in Germany

February 5th, 2015

Diversification has been a big part of BayWa’s international strategy, but the apple industry player now plans to apply it closer to home with new varieties and commodities.

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Opinion: From apple juice to caramel apples – a 20-year journey to the same place

February 3rd, 2015

Food poisoning attorney Bill Marler says the cost of the recent U.S. Listeria outbreak will be huge.

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Australia: Major Chinese greengrocer seeks Tasmanian apples

February 3rd, 2015

Despite concerns over the ‘Australian price point’, Pagoda in China may import Tasmanian apples this year.

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Crunch time for Moldova-Russia apple import talks

January 29th, 2015

Russia is on track to lifting its import ban on a key Eastern European apple exporter.

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U.S. apple shippers aim for greater slice of Chinese market pie

January 29th, 2015

Eight U.S. apple varieties have been singled out for promotional activity in China following a recent market opening.

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India: Storing an apple a day keeps farmers’ debts at bay

January 28th, 2015

A government-backed organization in Himachal Pradesh intends to significantly improve apple storage options in the state.

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South African apple export volumes to bounce back

January 28th, 2015

With the South African pome fruit season running two weeks early, the industry anticipates lower pear volumes.

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Indonesia joins Asian neighbors in California apple import ban

January 27th, 2015

Citing uncertainty around possible listeria outbreaks due to regional trade, the Indonesian Government has banned certain U.S. apples from the market.

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U.S.: Listeria apple media claims in Asia “outlandish”, says Powers

January 27th, 2015

A Northwest Horticultural Council representative says a ‘very difficult situation’ has arisen from inaccurate reports in Asia-Pacific countries about the recall of some U.S. apples.

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U.S. gains Chinese market access for all apple varieties

January 26th, 2015

Bilateral talks between the USDA and AQSIQ have led to China granting market access for all apple varieties from all U.S. apple-growing regions.

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NZ apple export season running late but looking ‘promising’

January 22nd, 2015

Pipfruit NZ says the industry will begin alligning its proprietary varieties to become more customer-focused.

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Fresh NY apple varieties hit U.S. shelves after more than a decade in the making

January 16th, 2015

The breeder behind the recently released SnapDragon and RubyFrost apples is quietly confident the varieties will be a big hit.

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Azerbaijan swoops in on Russian apple market opportunities

January 16th, 2015

A Russian official says Azerbaijan will hold a firm place in the country’s apple market even if the ban on EU fruit is lifted.

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Peruvian govt program aims to raise GlobalG.A.P. certifications

January 7th, 2015

Sierra Exportadora is helping Peruvian growers find new commercial opportunities for their fruit production.

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Opinion: Perception of biotech foods boosted by consumer benefits

January 7th, 2015

Consumers have not yet seen enough tangible benefits from biotech food to make the category popular, argues OSF’s Neal Carter.

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U.K.: Supermarkets support English apple growers through higher prices

December 24th, 2014

Although prices are still depressed, British supermarkets have helped to relieve the ‘tough times’ the English apple industry is going through as a result of the Russian ban.

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Argentine pome fruit growers forecast earlier harvest

December 18th, 2014

The Williams pear harvest in parts of Argentina will likely begin around a week earlier than normal.

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Opinion: Melbourne wholesale apple price trends – what do they tell us?

December 15th, 2014

Charley Xia explores how understanding historic price data could help growers improve returns.

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Competitors unconcerned by Chinese access for South African apples

December 12th, 2014

Chilean and New Zealand apple exporters say varietal selection is key in the demanding Chinese market.

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Mexico starts anti-dumping investigation into U.S. apple imports

December 11th, 2014

Growers in the Mexican state of Chihuahua have filed a complaint alleging unfair trade practices from U.S. apple exporters.

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South African apple shipper targets China for next season

December 11th, 2014

A South African exporter hopes pears will also soon be approved by Chinese authorities.

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U.S.: Del Monte recalls fresh cut fruit in some states

December 10th, 2014

Listeria contamination risks from Gala red apples grown in Pennsylvania have led Del Monte to recall some of its fresh cut fruit products.

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NZ: T&G granted approval to acquire Apollo Apples

December 9th, 2014

BayWa’s share of New Zealand’s apple exports will soon increase to 35%.

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China green lights South African apple imports

December 4th, 2014

The South African apple industry hopes the new Chinese market access will act as a ‘springboard’ to enter other Asian countries in the future.

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Exchange rate bears well for new Belgian apple deal in India

December 3rd, 2014

BVF’s Marc Evrard discusses his expectations for an incipient pome fruit program in India.

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Australia: China FTA will bring us on par with NZ and Chile, says APAL

December 1st, 2014

Australia’s pome fruit grower body says while the Chinese FTA is ‘terrific’, mainland apple access needs to be gained.

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NZ fruit growers embrace ozone tech for healthy orchards

December 1st, 2014

OA-Global’s ozone technology products worked wonders on kiwifruit trials in New Zealand, and the company hopes for similar success in new geographies and crops.

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Argentine pome fruit exporters hold ‘high expectations’ for India

November 28th, 2014

Two Argentine apple shippers are delighted at the new Indian market access, with both saying they were surprised at the news and that a strong future is in store.

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NZ: Plant & Food Research to support pipfruit access to Asian markets

November 27th, 2014

Pipfruit New Zealand says Asia-bound exports could represent half the total volumes by 2022 following new funding.

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Russia may include Switzerland in produce import embargo

November 26th, 2014

A 400-fold increase in Swiss apple exports to Russia has sparked suspicions of smuggling to avoid a trade ban on EU produce.

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Polish industry expects Chinese apple market access in 2015

November 24th, 2014

Chinese representatives plan to assess different Polish apple varieties for a potential market opening next year.

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Chile: Cherry plant demand soars, kiwifruit interest tumbles

November 21st, 2014

A Chilean nursery company says attractive prices for cherries in China are spurring on production growth.

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Imported apples gain ground in Brazilian market

November 21st, 2014

CEPEA believes a speculative storage strategy has led to lower prices for Brazilian apples.

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Conditions bode well for Pink Lady apples in Europe

November 17th, 2014

Weather has been favorable for the European Pink Lady apple crop this year.

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China: Fruitday gears up for Mexican blackberries, Chilean avocados

November 14th, 2014

After tripling sales in the last year, Fruitday co-founder Loren Zhao looks ahead for fruit imports in 2014-15.

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Hailstorms continue to affect NZ kiwifruit orchards

November 11th, 2014

A few New Zealand kiwifruit growers could be ‘significantly affected’ by adverse weather that worked its way north up to the Bay of Plenty region.

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No Vietnam fruit ban yet, say Australian authorities

November 10th, 2014

After a conference call with the DoA, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd has confirmed Vietnam is still open for exports.

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Russia blocks Polish apple shipment via Kazakhstan

November 7th, 2014

Russian authorities continue to clamp down on a gray market that has emerged for EU-grown produce.

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U.S.: Marketing Washington State’s “monster” apple crop

November 6th, 2014

We take an in-depth look at how some major Washington apple producers are marketing their huge crops this season, as well as other key issues like storage space and labor availability.

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Polish unrest continues over Russian ban

November 6th, 2014

Polish farmers protested in Warsaw this week, but an industry consultant has urged them not to panic.

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PMA Fruittrade Latin America to get to the core of pome fruit oversupply issues

November 6th, 2014

The head of Chile’s Fedefruta says despite a favorable exchange rate, pome fruit prices have still fallen 25%.

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“Hail happens every year”, says Pipfruit NZ rep

November 5th, 2014

Pipfruit New Zealand says the country’s next apple crop will be similar to previous years after an isolated hailstorm incident on the South Island.

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Hail hits NZ apple and kiwifruit orchards

November 5th, 2014

Devastating hailstorms in New Zealand’s Tasman district have left some orchards in tatters.

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BayWa restructures German fruit business

November 5th, 2014

An aggressive Lake Constance investment program comes as part of a new structure for apple company BayWa.

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China agrees to allow some Washington apple imports

October 30th, 2014

Washington Red and Golden Delicious apples can soon be shipped to China after a two-year hiatus.

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Major Chinese apple province on verge of gaining U.S. market access

October 30th, 2014

After 16 years’ hard work, a major Chinese apple producing province could soon start shipping to the U.S.

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New shape, no wax: Italy’s bet on U.S. pear market

October 28th, 2014

Apofruit’s Renzo Balestri highlights Italy’s renewed export focus, agricultural attrition and a push south for fruit production.

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U.S.: Rainier Fruit’s productivity to rise with new automated facility

October 28th, 2014

Rainier’s sister warehouse now has the U.S. Northwest’s first automated fruit shipping facility.

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Canada gives green light to Polish apple imports

October 27th, 2014

After talks were fast-tracked in August, Canada will now take some market pressure off Polish apple exporters.

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Poland looks to UAE, China to offset upcoming apple losses

October 20th, 2014

Union Owocowa’s Jolanta Kazimierska says the toughest times are just around the corner for Poland’s apple sector.

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Chilean producers crushed by second consecutive year of frosts

October 16th, 2014

A Chilean grower says frosts in southern production regions have destroyed 30-100% of several fruit crops.

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China: mediocre fruit market expected post-Golden Week

October 13th, 2014

Travel and e-commerce put a dint in the Zhejiang Wenhui wholesale fruit market for a key national holiday.

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U.K.: Romanian fruit picker ruling in question

October 10th, 2014

An anti-slavery enforcement authority has slammed a decision to give a small fine given to an orchard manager in Northern Ireland.

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South Africa: FPEF hopeful for China-bound apple exports in 2015

September 29th, 2014

A South African fruit industry representative believes it is possible the Chinese market will be open for next season.

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Australia: bee-delivery system a win for cherry growers

September 25th, 2014

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

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U.S.: ‘great acceptance’ for exclusive varieties, says First Fruits Marketing

September 18th, 2014

With increasing volumes of unique varieties and a new mesh packaging, one Washington producer eases into the season.

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U.K.: Tesco launches pink-fleshed ‘Surprize’ apple

September 17th, 2014

Tesco has launched another funky apple with colorful flesh, two years after the last one.

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India: Kashmir apple growers fear significant fruit drop

September 5th, 2014

First it was hail, now heavy rainfall poses a threat to this year’s apple crop in Kashmir.

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France: kiwifruit producer looks forward to ‘active markets’ in coming season

August 27th, 2014

Prim’land is expecting a great season for its kiwifruit but says the apple situation is ‘quite complicated’.

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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 sees greater apple competition after Russian ban

August 21st, 2014

While Australian apples have counterseasonal advantages, a more competitive market demands high quality.

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India: hailstorms lacerate apple and pear trees in Kashmir

August 19th, 2014

Authorities are assessing the damage of hail in Kashmir, where some pome fruit orchards have had a ‘total loss’.

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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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U.S.: another record year for Pink Lady apples

August 15th, 2014

Washington State Pink Lady volume is not just up by 14% this year, but movement has been strong week-on-week.

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Serbian apple exporter plays down Russia opportunities

August 14th, 2014

A large Serbian apple shipper says it is working ‘as normal’ and Russian price increases will be minimal.

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Czech growers fear flood of Polish apples

August 13th, 2014

Czech orchardists are concerned for an oversupply of apples from Poland, but a social media campaign has helped boost consumption.

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Argentina could ‘redirect’ pome fruit exports to Russia

August 12th, 2014

Argentine pome fruit shippers could help fill the new Russian supply gap but only if the price is right.

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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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Poland asks U.S. to open doors to its “freedom apples”

August 12th, 2014

Poland’s Ambassador to the U.S. has called on Washington to allow his country’s apples, now banned in Russia.

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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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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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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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WAPA releases 2014 pome fruit forecast

August 8th, 2014

Russia’s ban on EU fruit imports has coincided with expectations for a significantly bigger apple crop.

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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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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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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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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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Opinion: a call for agreement between Russia and Poland

July 31st, 2014

Irina Koziy gives the lowdown on the different implications of Russia’s recent ban on many Polish crops.

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Prevar announces U.S. Smitten apple production

July 30th, 2014

Prevar has selected a U.S.-based fruit company to produce its exclusive and well-received Smitten apples.

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French apple exporter ‘uncertain’ about forthcoming season

July 30th, 2014

France’s biggest apple exporter expects greater shipments to Asia this year, but is unsure about the European market.

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First Aussie seafreight apples to China ‘couldn’t have gone better’

July 29th, 2014

An Australian apple grower looks to ‘broaden’ China-bound exports after the first sea shipment was ‘a big success’.

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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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Brazilian apple exports take a dive in 2014

July 18th, 2014

Brazilians have spent a lot more on imported apples this year compared to the prices achieved for exports.

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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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China: Xinjiang Aksu apples hit by regional conflict

July 2nd, 2014

“It takes a lot of guts to travel to Xinjiang alone just to procure local apples,” says trader Chen Haiwen.

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