September 29, 2014 / Week N° 40

Posts Tagged Australia

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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