September 17, 2014 / Week N° 38

Posts Tagged Apples

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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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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India: Himachal Pradesh simplifies apple rejuvenation project guidelines

July 1st, 2014

Around 14% of Himachal Pradesh orchards will come under a scheme aimed at raising orchard productivity.

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IBISWorld report forecasts growth for Canadian fruit and nut farming

June 26th, 2014

Growth is expected for Canadian horticulture, amidst an environment of U.S. competition and technology pressures.

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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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Pipfruit NZ diplomatic on Indian apple ban threat

June 23rd, 2014

Pipfruit NZ has said it believes it can work with India to resolve any trade issues.

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NZ apple growers enjoy a positive season

June 23rd, 2014

Favorable weather conditions mean New Zealand’s apple growers are optimistic about this season.

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NZ: Scales Corp releases prospectus

June 19th, 2014

Scales Corporation has revealed its conditions for the stock market launch next month.

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NZ apple exporter charged over document misuse

June 19th, 2014

A New Zealand apple company head could face jail as he faces charges over export scheme.

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Vietnam finds excessive pesticide traces in Chinese fruit

June 19th, 2014

Pesticide residues in Chinese fruit imports have been described as “quite serious” in Vietnam.

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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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English pome fruit group surprised by Thai, Indian bans

June 13th, 2014

English Apples and Pears staff found something unexpected when looking into new market opportunities in Asia.

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NZ, German companies join red-flesh apple association

June 13th, 2014

IFORED now has two new members, with the first pre-commercial, red-flesh apple orchards set for planting in 2015.

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India: Himachal Pradesh apple growers feel “air of change” with Modi

June 12th, 2014

A state government source says many orchardists think India’s new Prime Minister will ban apple imports.

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Italian apples shaping up well but future concerns linger

June 6th, 2014

Italy’s largest apple region expects yet another good season ahead but must innovate for long term prosperity.

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Chilean apple size ‘worst in 17 years’, says exporter

June 5th, 2014

Chile’s apple growers have suffered from smaller fruit sizing and poor export markets this season, according to Santiago-based Los Lirios.

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NZ apple company set for exchange listing amid rising prices

June 4th, 2014

Apple exporter Scales Corp is set to float on the stock market after more than 100 years of private ownership.

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U.S. apple group pushes to establish new varieties in India

May 28th, 2014

The Washington Apple Commission has revealed its long-term plan to boost sales in India.

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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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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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U.S.: Dragonberry Produce bullish on niche apple opportunities in China

May 22nd, 2014

Amy Nguyen is optimistic for selling a range of produce items in China following a recent USDA trade mission visit.

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APAL responds to Horticulture Australia review

May 13th, 2014

APAL has responded relatively well to the review of HAL and says the changes could benefit growers.

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China Fruits Corporation announces Miss Fruit winners

May 9th, 2014

China Fruits Corporation has emulated a Chiquita-style beauty contest with ambassadors chosen for 10 fruits.

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Apples and onions bolster NZ horticultural exports in 2013

May 7th, 2014

New Zealand’s wine sector was not able to beat apple growers’ phenomenal rise in export values last year.

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Brazilian apple orchards declared free of codling moth

May 6th, 2014

Through extensive eradication work, Brazil is now free of a major apple pest.

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Local U.K. apples and pears riding wave of enthusiasm

April 28th, 2014

U.K. retailers are planning well ahead of the upcoming English pome fruit season to ensure supply of local produce.

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New Zealand apple trade resumes in China

April 24th, 2014

New Zealand and Chinese authorities have come to an agreement to continue apple shipments.

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Russian import ban “will happen”, says Polish grower group

April 23rd, 2014

One of Poland’s biggest apple grower associations is developing other markets to soften the blow from a likely Russian ban.

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U.S.: Washington Apples sits out of Indian cricket campaign

April 16th, 2014

Low import volume has pushed Washington Apples to refocus its marketing efforts in India.

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France: Blue Whale-BVL cooperation a response to market demand

April 16th, 2014

Blue Whale’s Alain Vialaret discusses an agreement that forms France’s leading apple player.

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NZ: Turners & Growers to acquire Apollo Apples Limited

April 15th, 2014

Turners & Growers plans fork out an initial NZ$43 million to purchase integrated exporter Apollo Apples.

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India: Mahindra signs JV with Univeg

April 14th, 2014

A US$16.7 billion company from India and a US$3.2 billion Belgian group will combine forces as part of a landmark produce agreement.

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India: IG International set for record Chilean apple imports

April 14th, 2014

From apple scarcity to a flood of Iranian kiwifruit, IG International’s Tarun Arora explains Indian market trends, along with a few export ventures.

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Late season volume slump expected for South African apples

April 14th, 2014

Apple importers could feel disruptions this June as South Africa’s hail damage begins to show its impact.

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Chilean apples approved for new ports in China

April 11th, 2014

Following suspension in October, Chilean apples will once again be able to enter China.

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NZ: Mr Apple’s exports “well ahead” of 2013

April 10th, 2014

Less availability has led to good market conditions for New Zealand’s apple exports, according to a leading shipper.

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First Aussie apples arrive in China

April 9th, 2014

A lower Australian dollar has helped make Tasmanian apple shipments to China more viable.

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Fruit volumes dry up under Brazilian drought

March 24th, 2014

A dry start to the year has reduced volumes for several top fruit categories in Brazil.

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Pink Lady tops apple preferences for French kids

March 21st, 2014

Pink Lady Europe is utilizing a recent French study to bolster a new set of promotional materials for the continent.

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U.S.: organic pome fruit growers may stay the course, but at a cost

March 21st, 2014

New organic standards may not scare away most apple and pear growers, but new treatments could prove costly.

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Organic U.S. growers look for alternatives to treat fire blight

March 17th, 2014

U.S. apple and pear growers could soon face trouble maintaining organic status under new treatment guidelines.

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Argentine pome fruit set for slight shortfall

March 10th, 2014

Marcelo Loyarte and Betina Ernst give their takes on this year’s Argentine apple and pear season.

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U.K.: “We seem to have somewhat of a work ethic problem in this country”

March 6th, 2014

English apple farmer Alison Capper believes her government is conducting a “social experiment” in scrapping a seasonal worker scheme.

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NZ: positive results for Seeka, T&G in 2013

February 27th, 2014

Two of New Zealand’s leading produce players have notched good results for the 2013 calendar year.

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Challenging season ahead for South African pome fruit exporters

February 27th, 2014

South African apple growers are dealing with the effects of hail and a European crop overhang.

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Golden, not yellow: a new category for Opal apples in Europe

February 27th, 2014

With pilot trials now in South Africa and New Zealand, we take a look at the potential for Opal apples in Europe.

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Argentina moves closer to Philippine fruit market access

February 25th, 2014

Philippine inspectors were happy with the state of Argentine pome fruit and grape operations during a recent tour.

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Sunburn sizzles Brazilian apple crop

February 24th, 2014

Brazil will have fewer apples than expected to work with this season, but hopes are still high for a rise in exports.

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NZ: T&G to make first Enza Red commercial shipment to Australia

February 13th, 2014

T&G CEO Alastair Hulbert discuses operational expectations for kiwifruit, apples, grapes and blueberries.

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Germany: BayWa plans South American grape JV

February 13th, 2014

BayWa CEO Klaus Lutz talks about international sourcing plans for three key fruits.

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Fruit imports have grown despite slowdown, says Dürbeck

February 12th, 2014

The head of one of Europe’s oldest fruit distributors discusses supply and demand trends for Germany and Eastern Europe

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U.K. company makes mark on global dried fruit crisp market

February 6th, 2014

Pome fruit farmers in Kent have found a value-added way to market “pretty serious volume” across the world.

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Australia: APAL ‘disappointed’ with rejection of SPC aid package

January 31st, 2014

Australia’s pome fruit industry believes growers have a strong future despite the latest SPC decision.

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U.S.: Brandt’s Fruit Trees gains global license for Aussie apple cultivar

January 28th, 2014

A new early cultivar licensing deal has the potential to be a game-changer for the Pink Lady industry.

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U.S.: Envy apples hit record volumes in Washington State

January 23rd, 2014

A trademarked New Zealand apple is making a big impact with Washington State growers.

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Argentine pome fruit season off to ‘normal’ start

January 17th, 2014

Argentina reported a smooth beginning for the start of its pear harvest.

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Israel chops duties to promote produce imports

January 7th, 2014

Two significant events occurred for Israel’s agriculture sector and produce market over the weekend.

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Nothing certain for U.S. apples in China

December 31st, 2013

U.S. apples could soon regain access to China but the future remains unclear.

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NZ ozone technology takes off for apple treatment

December 20th, 2013

In its early stages of development, ozone technology has shown some advantages over chemical-based apple wash.

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China: Australian inspectors approve Shanxi apples

December 12th, 2013

An Australian preselection inspection of Chinese apples has proven successful for grower Huarong Guoye.

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Italian fruit consultant hopes for low transport strike impact

December 4th, 2013

A proposed four-day nationwide trucker strike could have effects for Italy’s domestic and export fruit sales.

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Chinese apples gain market access to Chile

December 3rd, 2013

Three Chinese provinces have been approved to export apples to Chile.

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Canada: British Columbian apple growers work through limited supply

December 3rd, 2013

Hail damage cut down British Columbia’s apple crop this year but grower Jagdeep Gill said quality remained high.

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South Africa: apples and pears bear brunt of flood damage

November 27th, 2013

Initial flood damage estimates indicate lower apple and pear exports from South Africa’s Western Cape.

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Substantial rise for Spanish produce imports

November 26th, 2013

Spain’s fruit and vegetable imports increased by more than €200 million in the first three quarters of this year.

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Polish anger over Russian ban threat

November 25th, 2013

Polish apple producers claim Russia’s proposed import ban is based on political reasons relating to support for Ukraine-EU ties.

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Argentina expects new pome fruit protocol with China

November 15th, 2013

The Argentine pome fruit industry hopes a new protocol will finally open up access to the Chinese market.

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Brazilian govt expects strong value rise for crops in 2013

November 15th, 2013

Oranges, bananas and tomatoes are set to help support a strong rise in Brazilian crop income next year.

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OSF: of course we won’t be supplying McDonald’s soon

November 12th, 2013

Okanagan Specialty Fruits has responded to interpretations of letters about its GM apples.

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McDonald’s, Gerber rule out using GM apples in the short term

November 12th, 2013

The developers of GM Arctic apples have pointed to benefits in food service but McDonald’s is not interested.

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Canada: OSF slates Arctic apple production plans

November 12th, 2013

OSF’s Neal Carter discusses plans for GM apple production in the U.S., food service benefits and expectations for Canadian deregulation.

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Okanagan expects U.S. approval for Arctic apples in early 2014

November 8th, 2013

U.S. authorities have opened up assessments on genetically modified apples for public comment.

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