March 04, 2015 / Week N° 10

Posts Tagged Australia

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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