May 22, 2015 / Week N° 21

Posts Tagged Australia

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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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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Weather, exchange rates favor strong China-bound export deal for Aussie citrus

May 19th, 2015

Australian citrus growers are upbeat for the season ahead with the first shipments set to arrive in mid-June.

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Australia overhauls biosecurity system

May 14th, 2015

A clearer legislation for Australian quarantine is expected to save AUD$6.9 million per annum in efficiencies.

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Australia: Victorian cherry exports more than doubled in 2014-15

May 14th, 2015

The Australian state of Victoria gained significant ground on Tasmania this season for cherry exports.

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“Proper” El Niño brewing in the Pacific, says Australian scientist

May 13th, 2015

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology says El Niño thresholds have been reached in the tropical Pacific for the first time since March 2010.

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Chilean company develops bio-control for crown gall disease in fruit trees

May 11th, 2015

Using a bacteria native to Australia, a natural product from Chile’s Biogram prevents a serious disease that affects a range of crops.

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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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Please report poor treatment and wage violations, says Citrus Australia

May 7th, 2015

In the wake of the Four Corners report on some labor contractors’ dodgy practices, Citrus Australia has urged people to report any incidents of abuse.

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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: New campaign aims to lift kiwifruit consumption in Australia

May 4th, 2015

With more gold kiwifruit on its way this year, New Zealanders are hoping to raise the fruit’s profile across the Tasman Sea in Australia.

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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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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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Australia to receive US$6M almond research facility

April 16th, 2015

Boosting exports into Asia and sustainable growing methods are key aims of an Almond Centre of Excellence.

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Aussie banana growers asked to pay voluntary levy

April 16th, 2015

An optional levy of 1 cent per kilogram of bananas marketed would reimburse growers affected by the TR4 outbreak.

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Australia calls in international banana experts to aid TR4 fight

April 15th, 2015

Two specialists in Panama Disease Tropical Race IV will come to Queensland to assist with the recent outbreak.

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Australia: Chinese supermarket chain to work closer with Tasmania

April 13th, 2015

Yonghui Superstores plans to buy more than US$15 million of Australian fruit, meat and seafood products in 2015.

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Australian cherry exports jump by a third

April 10th, 2015

Australia’s cherry industry body says better airfreight protocols are needed, amid expectations for a doubling of exports over the next ‘five to seven years’.

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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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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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Australia: Plants destroyed on TR4-contaminated banana farm

March 31st, 2015

Some 210 plants on a Queensland banana plantation have been destroyed to try and contain Panama disease.

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International Blueberry Organization to host forum Down Under

March 31st, 2015

Blueberry experts from around the globe will come to Coffs Harbour in September for a ‘true blue’ Aussie experience.

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Australia: Farm robotics raise student interest in horticulture

March 24th, 2015

Drone technology has helped get more young people interested in horticultural research at the University of Queensland.

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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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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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Australia: Other banana farms come up negative for Panama Disease TR4

March 23rd, 2015

While there is good news for the Australian banana industry, a grower body has urged everyone to stay vigilent.

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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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Virgin Australia chairman may take top role at Costa Group

March 19th, 2015

The Australian Financial Review has speculated that Virgin Australia chairman Neil Chatfield could head up the Costa Group.

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Italian organic kiwifruit brand ‘conquers’ Australia

March 19th, 2015

A northern Italian kiwifruit grower is making the most of Australia’s high fruit demand, and is planning other international ventures.

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Australian govt responds quickly to TR4 confirmation in Queensland

March 17th, 2015

The Australian Federal Government has pledged funding and expert staff to support the Panama Disease TR4 containment effort.

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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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Australia: FAO rep optimistic despite TR4 doom and gloom

March 13th, 2015

A plant disease expert believes Queensland will be able to contain the suspected case of TR4.

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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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Australia: Tasmanian irrigation projects strengthen Costa’s berry business

March 11th, 2015

Australia’s largest privately-owned produce company expects to double its Tasmanian berry production.

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Australia: Queensland warned of ‘serious consequences’ if TR4 spreads

March 6th, 2015

The Costa Group has urged industry cooperation following a suspected detection of Panama Disease TR4.

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Stress on young bees could explain colony collapse, U.K. study shows

March 5th, 2015

Researchers say bees that are forced to forage too early in their lives put the colony at risk.

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Aussie blueberry growers need urgent protocol support

March 4th, 2015

Australian blueberry growers have prepared a 50-page export strategy, emphasizing an impending oversupply at home.

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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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Seoul searching pays off for Aussie cherry industry

February 27th, 2015

Stemming from a recent FTA, Australia’s cherry exports to South Korea have experienced exponential growth.

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U.S. pistachio industry celebrates new dietary recommendations

February 26th, 2015

Pistachio growers all around the globe have cause for celebration on World Pistachio Day.

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Australia: Frozen berries were source of growth for Patties Foods in 2014

February 25th, 2015

The company that recalled its berry products due to a recent health scare recorded strong results for its fruit brand last year.

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Aussie grower expects “balanced” citrus crop for 2015

February 25th, 2015

“I’d prefer an average volume crop of good size to a massive crop of small fruit,” says Seven Fields’ Brett Jackson.

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NZ industry hopeful for fruit fly eradication despite female detection

February 25th, 2015

New Zealand authorities are said to be using sniffer dogs and improved x-ray surveillance on inbound luggage from Australia, following more fruit fly detections in Auckland.

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Australia: Cyclone Marcia hits “two years’ income” for some growers

February 24th, 2015

Some growers have been hit hard by Cyclone Marcia while timing has been very lucky for others.

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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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Aussie produce industry calls for stricter country of origin labeling

February 23rd, 2015

Both the AHEA and Ausveg believe the recent Hepatitis A outbreak has re-opened the debate on COO labels.

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Imported fruit losing exotic appeal in China, says trader

February 19th, 2015

China’s efforts to halt corruption have affected gift giving, and therefore the sales of imported Australian premium fruits.

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NZ: Queensland fruit fly detected in Auckland

February 19th, 2015

HortNZ has called for tougher biosecurity measures after the fourth fruit fly detection in three years.

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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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First Aussie mango shipment to the U.S. ‘sold out quickly’

February 18th, 2015

An Australian mango exporter says it is beginning a three-year export program to the U.S.

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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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Japan: Kabocha and Yuzu turn heads at Fruit Logistica

February 13th, 2015

Whether it’s edible-skin squash, a unique citrus fruit or fresh wasabi, Japanese horticultural companies are banking on growing overseas interest in their national cuisine.

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Australia: Citrus industry steps up biosecurity surveillance

February 12th, 2015

A biosecurity partnership has been formed in Australia’s Sunraysia to protect citrus from exotic pests.

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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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Australia: Growers make ‘significant’ savings with Avolution business model

February 5th, 2015

An Australian grower-owned avocado marketer says it has driven costs down ‘in an overall sense’.

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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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Aussie litchi industry sets sights firmly on U.S.

January 28th, 2015

The timing of the U.S. market opening is auspicious for Australian litchi growers with a bumper crop running later than usual.

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Australia: Costa Group closes two grape farms

January 26th, 2015

A Costa representative cited a ‘changed industry and market conditions’ as one reason why the company has decided to reduce its ‘grape farming footprint’.

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Australia: Costa family ponders IPO

January 22nd, 2015

Australia’s largest privately-owned produce company may change hands through a share market listing or an outright sale.

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Australian govt reopens anti-dumping case for Italian processed tomatoes

January 20th, 2015

More Italian processed tomato exporters could potentially face anti-dumping duties in Australia if a recently launched case proves successful.

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Australia: Vietnam ‘won’t hang around for 12 months’, says Costa Group

January 20th, 2015

A major Australian exporter believes Vietnam will look to Chile and Peru if the trade ban is not resolved soon.

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AHEA delighted with Australia-Japan FTA ratification

January 15th, 2015

Australia’s second-largest horticultural export destination will now start reducing tariffs on items like citrus fruit, grapes and asparagus.

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Australia gains U.S. access for mangoes, litchis

January 14th, 2015

While most Australian litchi and mango growers have traditionally focused on the domestic market, they will now have a new sales outlet thanks to the official opening of the U.S. market for their crops.

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Aussie produce industry hopeful for India FTA prospects

January 12th, 2015

India is next in Australia’s sights after a series of FTA breakthroughs with China, Japan and South Korea.

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Australian table grape industry calls for quick resolution to Vietnam fruit blockade

January 8th, 2015

The Vietnamese market closure has caused particular complications for Australian black seedless grape exporters.

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Australian produce groups support Ombudsman’s stance on labor exploitation

January 8th, 2015

Two Australian produce industry bodies hope the Fair Work Ombudsman takes the right steps to regulate dodgy labor-hire operators.

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Design released for US$3M South Australian sterile fruit fly facility

December 23rd, 2014

South Australia has moved one step closer to building a landmark facility designed to fight Queensland fruit fly.

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Freshmax markets Love Beets in NZ

December 17th, 2014

After securing national distribution rights, Freshmax NZ plans to bring Love Beets to Australia.

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SeekaFresh delivers record returns

December 16th, 2014

Seeka’s program primarily for Class 2 kiwifruit into Australia is paying much higher than industry averages.

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Fruit sorting tech company wins Australian Exporter of the Year award

December 16th, 2014

GP Graders has received recognition for its international presence in the world of cherry sorting.

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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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Australia to benefit from R&D agreements with India

December 4th, 2014

Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd has reached a deal with three Indian research groups to improve horticulture.

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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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Australia-China FTA “music to our ears”, says Joyvio

November 25th, 2014

A Chinese agribusiness hopes the Australian FTA will also lead to simplified quarantine protocols for fruit imports, and has also signaled plans to include South African sourcing.

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Korean importer makes international debut at Chilean event

November 20th, 2014

PMA Fruittrade Latin America was the first port of call for a recently launched Korean import company.

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Aussie produce industry welcomes China FTA

November 17th, 2014

Australia’s fresh fruit, vegetable and orange juice sectors are all set to gain after the signing of an FTA with China.

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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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Australia: Mainland cherry registrations for Chinese exports a “good step”

November 10th, 2014

Mainland Australian cherry growers had previously ignored the option to export directly to China with cold treatment, but that approach has changed this season.

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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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Food and water security the focus of Israeli-Indian-Australian deal

November 7th, 2014

Groups from Israel, India and Australia will cooperate on projects to improve food supply and water use.

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Vietnam considers Australian fruit import suspension

November 4th, 2014

After dealing with years of headaches forming a new protocol to regain Thai market access, the Australian horticultural industry may face new non-tariff challenges in another South East Asian market.

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Australia: not enough time to switch from fenthion, says APAL

October 20th, 2014

An Australian industry head says growers may end up leaving the sector as a result of the fenthion ban.

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Australian authorities make final decision on fenthion

October 17th, 2014

With a 12-month phaseout, Australia has banned almost all horticultural uses for the chemical fenthion.

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Major Australian banana plantation to be wiped out in disease eradication plan

October 13th, 2014

The Australian government is due to continue with its US$23 million Banana Freckle eradication project.

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Chinese cherry investment a “breath of fresh air” for Aussie growers

October 13th, 2014

Greater investment from abroad could shift Australian cherry growers away from their domestic market focus.

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Cancer-fighting properties of Australian berry revealed

October 9th, 2014

A berry from northern Australia has destroyed cancerous tumours in 75% of clinical tests.

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Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited to replace HAL

October 8th, 2014

After a lengthy process Australia’s new levy-backed horticultural industry body has been formed.

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Australia: a high value response to high wages

October 1st, 2014

In the face of high labor costs, Australian growers like Kerry Smerdon have looked to premium crops like macadamia nuts and custard apples to gain an edge.

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Freshmax Group launches IP business

October 1st, 2014

Freshmax says its new intellectual property business will focus on new variety licensing and brand development.

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Global cranberry crop to fall in 2014, says Ocean Spray

September 26th, 2014

The North American cranberry harvest is underway, with leading cooperative Ocean Spray expanding internationally.

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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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Citrus Australia bullish on South Korean promise

September 16th, 2014

The finalization of Australia’s FTA with Korea may take the pressure off other Asian citrus markets next season.

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

September 3rd, 2014

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

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China: dismaying imported fruit numbers for Mid-Autumn festival

September 1st, 2014

Australian citrus is one of many imported fruits that have suffered from flat sales in China recently.

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Australia: Select Harvests to make landmark acquisitions

August 24th, 2014

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

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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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USDA expects Chilean stonefruit rebound in 2014-15

August 21st, 2014

After frosts that hit the recent crop, Chile stonefruit growers are gearing up for higher production in 2014-15.

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‘We’ll find other markets’, says Aussie cherry grower rep

August 14th, 2014

Simon Boughey is not too fussed about the loss of the Russian cherry market for now.

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Australia ‘remains strong’ despite Russia blocking trade

August 11th, 2014

Australian ministers have criticized Russia for implementing the import ban and say ‘there are no winners’.

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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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Ex-Woolworths chief promoted to CEO at Walmart U.S.

July 24th, 2014

Retail veteran Greg Foran has been promoted from head of Walmart Asia to CEO of Walmart U.S.

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U.K. govt sends US$31M message for ag innovation, but pledges ‘buy local’

July 23rd, 2014

Berry Gardens and Syngenta will be among the beneficiaries of a U.K. grant for agricultural innovation projects.

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Australia: broccoli can ‘make clear breathing easier’ for asthmatics

July 14th, 2014

Melbourne University research shows broccoli could be used as an alternative treatment for asthma sufferers.

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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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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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Australia: AHEA awarded Austrade grant

July 1st, 2014

Australia’s AHEA will have access to new funding to boost online communication and trade relationships in Asia.

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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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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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Citrus Australia signs MoU with Chinese retailers

June 27th, 2014

A landmark strategic deal with China’s biggest agricultural distributor is set to be a boost for Aussie citrus exports.

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Australian lemons in ‘massive demand’, says grower

June 25th, 2014

Low U.S. production and strong global markets could make for a fantastic Australian lemon season.

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Australia: AHEA responds to bearish government trade forecast

June 23rd, 2014

AHEA is optimistic for Australia’s horticultural exports despite government forecasts for a reduction in 2014-15.

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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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Philippines bullish on fruit export opportunities in the U.S., Australia

June 17th, 2014

The Philippines’ Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) is hopeful for further market development in the U.S. and Australia.

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Australia: HAL releases new guidelines to improve eco-practices

June 17th, 2014

In a bid to remain competitive, HAL has updated its advice to growers on environmental issues.

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Australian horticultural exports to fall in 2014-15, says ABARES report

June 16th, 2014

Australian horticultural exports are set to decrease by a greater percentage than total farm exports in 2014-15.

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HAL plans fruit fly eradication program in Western Australia

June 13th, 2014

HAL will run a pilot program in a bid to eliminate all Mediterranean fruit flies from Western Australia.

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Australia: Woolworths pulls out of Asian buyer visit

June 13th, 2014

A Woolworths decision to renege on an Asian buyer visit commitment has been described as “churlish” by Ausveg.

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Aussie growers reach out to Jamie Oliver over Woolworths’ promo charges

June 12th, 2014

Australian veggie growers have contacted Jamie Oliver asking him to step in over a spat with Woolworths.

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Australia: HAL moves forward with grower ownership plan

June 2nd, 2014

Australia’s HAL says its members have agreed to transition away from its peak Industry body structure.

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Chinese buyer shows keen interest in Aussie Pink Lady apples

May 20th, 2014

Shanghai Supafresh’s Zhang Haitong tells of her impressions from a recent visit to Australian apple orchards.

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Australia: first grape shipments hit the South Korean market

May 16th, 2014

Barnaby Joyce has hailed Australia’s first table grape exports to South Korea as an ‘exciting milestone’.

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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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Australia: NT govt approves Vietnamese dragonfruit venture

May 12th, 2014

Vietnam’s CT Group has been given the go-ahead to develop dragonfruit in Australia’s Northern Territory.

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Horticulture Australia needs overhaul, independent study finds

May 12th, 2014

“There was a strong consensus from this feedback that change was required,” say the authors of a report on HAL.

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Eating organic for a week cuts pesticide exposure, Aussie study finds

May 8th, 2014

Australian researchers have conducted a comparison in pesticide exposure rates between adults with conventional and organic diets.

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Australian govt commits to fruit fly control funding

May 8th, 2014

The Australian Federal Government has responded to calls for a national strategy in fruit fly control.

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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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Lemons to drag down Southern Hemisphere citrus production in 2014

April 25th, 2014

Southern Hemisphere lemon exports are expected to fall this year, contrasted by a rise in easy peelers and a fairly stable situation for orange volume.

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Australia: Boughey calls for more “commercial” Thai cherry protocols

April 23rd, 2014

The Australian Government has requested changes to Thai cherry import protocols.

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Australian stonefruit industry regains Thai access

April 23rd, 2014

After a three-year hiatus, Aussie stonefruit growers are squeezing in late season shipments to Thailand.

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Citrus Australia bullish on upcoming export season to China

April 22nd, 2014

Citrus Australia plans a strong season in China this year, including diversification with lemons and grapefruit.

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First Aussie grapes arrive in Japan

April 16th, 2014

The first exports of Australian table grapes to Japan marks the country’s second produce milestone in a week.

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Australia: vegetables fare worst in initial cyclone assessments

April 15th, 2014

Tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplants suffered some of the worst damages from Cyclone Ita in Australia.

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Australia: Cyclone Ita caused “minimal banana crop losses”, says ABGC

April 13th, 2014

Australia’s banana growers have been fortunate that Cyclone Ita weakened from a Category 4 to Category 1.

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Cyclone Ita hits Australian banana growers

April 12th, 2014

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) has revealed the first effects of damages from Cyclone Ita.

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Australian citrus, nuts and cherries to benefit from Japan FTA

April 10th, 2014

Mandarins, oranges and macadamia nuts are a few Australian products expected to profit from the Japan FTA.

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Volumes down, values up for Australian cherries

April 10th, 2014

Australian cherry exporters have gotten more bang for their buck in recent months.

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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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Australia reaches FTA with Japan

April 7th, 2014

Horticulture is expected to be one of many beneficiary industries from an Australia-Japan FTA.

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Australian almonds to hit record production

March 27th, 2014

As the world’s second largest grower of almonds, Australia has engaged in marketing campaigns to help find a home for extra production.

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Papyrus Australia to process banana fiber in China

March 17th, 2014

An Australian company is set to bring its value-added banana technology to the Chinese island of Hainan.

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Staying competitive is key for Australia’s native nut

March 12th, 2014

The Australian macadamia nut industry is aggressively pushing for higher yields and new markets.

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An inside look at Australia’s adopted achachas

March 5th, 2014

An Aussie farmer’s bid to get sole non-Bolivian commercial rights for an Amazonian superfruit has paid dividends.

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Australian scientists to tackle GM negativity

March 4th, 2014

Australian researchers believe an alternative method could help shift negative public perceptions about GMOs.

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Aussie grower observes strong results for Monsanto tomato

February 28th, 2014

Victoria-based Murphy Fresh has seen high yields from a Truss tomato developed by Monsanto’s De Ruiter Seeds.

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Aussie-grown Bolivian superfruit debuts in the U.K.

February 25th, 2014

British retailer M&S continues its exotic fruits campaign with an Amazonian specimen related to mangosteens.

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Australia: Coles parent company records profit growth

February 19th, 2014

Easy ordering trials for fresh produce and other areas aided Coles in a strong half-year earnings result.

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Korean FTA brings tariff break for Australian cherries, citrus, nuts

February 18th, 2014

A wide range of Australian horticultural products will enjoy an immediate tariff break in Korea.

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New Zealand MP calls foul play by Aussie-owned Countdown

February 14th, 2014

New Zealand MP Shane Jones has accused the Countdown supermarket of blackmail, racketeering and extortion.

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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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Australian orange industry hits export high

January 30th, 2014

Hong Kong overtook Japan as the leading buyer of Aussie oranges in 2012-13.

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China facing widespread cherry shortage, says importer

January 29th, 2014

Two Chinese experts explain the factors behind this year’s “viral” cherry sales campaign.

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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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Bee sensors take flight to fight Colony Collapse Disorder

January 22nd, 2014

Up to 5,000 honey bees in Australia could soon be equipped with special sensors.

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Australian grape season running early, says exporter

January 17th, 2014

Australia’s The Grape House says the industry must focus on “all markets” this export season.

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Australian territory raises funding for banana freckle fight

January 10th, 2014

Australia’s Northern Territory government has set up another banana freckle eradication zone in the Virginia area.

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Aussie grape seeds gain access to Chinese market

January 9th, 2014

Australian companies will now be able to export grape seeds to China following a recent agreement.

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Australian table grapes gain access to Korean market

December 19th, 2013

The Australian table grape industry expects millions of dollars worth of exports under a new Korean agreement.

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China: Australian trade mission bolsters produce ties

December 16th, 2013

A Best Exhibitor Award for Australia Fresh at a Beijing trade fair represents a “significant step forward” for links with China’s CIQA

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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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China: excess fruit demand drives Joyvio’s global sourcing push

December 10th, 2013

Liu Chuanzhi and Chen Shaopeng talk about fruit investment opportunities in Chile, Australia and the U.S.

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Australia-Korea trade agreement positive for ag exports

December 9th, 2013

With the help of a free trade agreement with Korea, Australia expects to reach AUD$1 billion in nut exports.

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Australian authorities approve Chilean hazelnut tree consignment

December 3rd, 2013

A Ferrero Group subsidiary has imported more than 200,000 Chilean hazelnut trees for planting in Australia.

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Walnuts Australia wins top gong for agriculture in export awards

November 28th, 2013

Beef and dairy companies have dominated the agribusiness part of the Australian Export Awards in recent years, but not in 2013.

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Sun World names grape marketers in Australia, South Africa

November 28th, 2013

Freshworld and Fresh Produce Group are the latest grape licensees of Sun World.

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Australian industry backs South African citrus in Europe

November 26th, 2013

The Australian citrus industry has urged the EFSA not to block South African fruit over citrus black spot concerns.

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The Packaging Pitch: words matter when it comes to packaging

November 21st, 2013

Lisa Cork addresses the common mistake made by produce marketers – stating the obvious in their packaging.

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Leading players reach retail-supplier code in Australia

November 19th, 2013

Australia’s top two retailers have signed a landmark code of conduct for dealings with suppliers.

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Opinion: building the Pacific Rim’s produce powerhouse

November 14th, 2013

PMA Australia-New Zealand’s Michael Worthington urges Pacific Rim produce industry players to connect in Auckland’s Fresh Connections in June.

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South Australia takes pre-emptive action to ensure fruit fly-free status

November 13th, 2013

The South Australian government has announced an industry first in tackling Queensland fruit fly.

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Australian govt suspects Italian tomato exporters of dumping

November 4th, 2013

Italian processed tomato exporters will have to pay duties after an Australian report found grounds for anti-dumping action.

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Australian almond pricing sees boost from California drought

October 30th, 2013

Australia’s Select Harvests Limited has reported higher demand and prices for almonds.

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North American produce consignment model evolving

October 28th, 2013

Oppy’s James Milne says the U.S. is moving to a more fixed ‘European’ produce sourcing model as growers seek to cut risks.

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Opportunities ripe for Chinese produce consolidation, says NAB

October 24th, 2013

WIth low valuations and low debt, China’s produce industry presents great possibilities for cross-border M&A activity.

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Australia identifies key pests to protect berry industry

October 21st, 2013

Australia will focus on pest management to protect its growing berry industry.

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Chile must watch out for Australia-China FTA, says importer

October 19th, 2013

A Chinese fruit importer has urged Chilean shippers to lower their price expectations in the market.

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Australia: Woolworths to cut frozen vegetable imports

October 18th, 2013

A local sourcing move by an Australian retailer will see a drastic reduction of frozen vegetable imports.

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Australian govt hopes for China FTA within 12 months

October 10th, 2013

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is optimistic a free trade deal can soon be reached with China.

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Italy: Ferrero to source Australian hazelnuts

October 7th, 2013

Italian chocolate business Ferrero will source hazelnuts from a new project in New South Wales.

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Horticulture Australia signs deal with Indian govt

October 4th, 2013

A new partnership will help Australian and Indian researchers work together to tackle common horticultural challenges.

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U.S. approves access for Aussie litchis

September 24th, 2013

Hot on the heels of mangoes, another subtropical fruit has been approved for export from Australia to the U.S.

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Australian mangoes “one step closer” to U.S. Christmas sales

September 23rd, 2013

Australia’s mango industry is excited about U.S. export prospects but realistic about the challenges involved.

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Australian mango exporters gain U.S. access

September 19th, 2013

Australian mango growers have been given a pleasant surprise as the season gets underway, with the approval of U.S. market access.

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Peru grants approval for Korea pear and pepper imports

September 12th, 2013

A recent approval is expected to “establish a bridgehead” for Korean fruit exports to Latin America.

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Malaysia: new facility to boost fruit import trade, claims Chop Tong Guan

September 10th, 2013

A recent Asia Fruit Award winner discusses the key fruits that are making ground in the Malaysian market.

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Australian cherry production could rise in 2013-14

September 9th, 2013

A USDA report forecasts jumps and falls in the production of different Australian stonefruit crops in 2013-14.

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Australian researcher conducts world’s first pineapple microarray

September 5th, 2013

A University of Queensland scientist has found important gene promoters in pineapples that could help toward health outcomes.

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Australian researchers branch out with robot farming

September 2nd, 2013

Automated fruit harvesting is the ultimate goal of Australian robot trials that have shown positive results in field intelligence.

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Aussie grape growers gear up for Asian export season

August 26th, 2013

Australia’s grape export season is still several months away but registrations and protocol training are just around the corner.

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GM bananas: from nutrition to disease resistance

August 23rd, 2013

Australian researchers have the developing world in mind with GM bananas, but results could have broader implications.

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HortNZ takes a stab at Australian tomatoes

August 15th, 2013

HortNZ has raised concerns over the irradiation of imported Australian tomatoes and peppers.

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Californian peaches, nectarines take off in Australia

August 15th, 2013

John Baker says there is still much to be learned in Australia for Californian stonefruit exporters.

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Australian authorities intercept citrus pest in curry leaves

August 13th, 2013

Two Australian biosecurity officers have potentially saved the country’s citrus industry from devastating disease HLB.

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Chinese apple market “very interesting” this year, says importer

August 13th, 2013

Lantao’s John Wang gives his verdict on the varying quality and prospects in China for imported apples, grapes, citrus and cherries.

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A “refreshing” season for Australian citrus exporters

August 12th, 2013

Australian citrus players discuss Asian demand, currency conditions and wider export options in the United States.

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Opinion: currency and politics bring positive outlook for Aussie produce

August 7th, 2013

The Australian dollar has fallen at almost twice the rate of currencies from competitors, prompting optimism from produce exporters.

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Australia’s first banana vending machine takes off in Brisbane

August 2nd, 2013

The company behind Australia’s Banana Bar vending machine has its sights set on expansion.

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Horticulture Australia to conduct structural review

July 26th, 2013

Horticulture Australia Limited wants to examine how to “make growers’ levies work harder”.

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Australia investigates possible fruit dumping from South Africa, Italy

July 12th, 2013

South African and Italian produce will be the first under investigation by Australia’s new Anti-Dumping Commission.

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