April 01, 2015 / Week N° 14

Posts Tagged Avocados

Peru: Flooding hits large swathes of agricultural land

April 1st, 2015

While recent torrential rain in northern Peru has affected large areas of rice production, the extent of the damage to fruit crops is as yet unclear.

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Spain signs deal to open U.S. market for avocados and apricots

March 31st, 2015

Spain’s prioritization of new market openings means two more of the country’s fruits will soon be able to reach the U.S.

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Mexico: New avocado export system better serves industry, says APEAM

March 27th, 2015

APEAM is pleased that no sanctions or penalties were posed in a recent competition authority decision.

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Mexican resolution puts an end to avocado export services monopoly

March 26th, 2015

Mexican avocado packers no longer need to be members of APEAM to export to the U.S.

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Mexico: APEAM holds avocado forecast steady despite hail event

March 19th, 2015

A Mexican avocado industry body says despite a “very unusual and intense hailstorm” last week in Michoacán, the impact should be “relatively minimal”.

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Mexico: Hail damages avocado production in key Michoacan region

March 13th, 2015

Growers say much of the damage to avocado production caused by adverse weather this week in the Michoacan region of Uruapan is irreversible.

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Calavo to expand Mexican avocado packing operations

March 12th, 2015

Calavo Growers is already banking on the expected opening of the U.S. market for avocados grown in Jalisco.

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Can Kenyan avocados outprice the competition in Hong Kong?

March 11th, 2015

Terra Exports plans to raise its shipments of Kenyan avocados fifteenfold for the Hong Kong market this year.

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U.S.: Calavo Growers forecasts avocado volume uptick in Q2

March 6th, 2015

After driving up margins in early 2015, Calavo Growers foresees continued increased avocado packing in the second quarter.

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Peruvian avocado exporters on track for two new Asian markets

March 6th, 2015

Both China and Japan are one step closer to allowing imports of Peruvian avocados.

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Mexico: Jalisco avocado growers feeling ready for U.S. exports

March 3rd, 2015

An avocado industry representative from the Mexican state of Jalisco does not expect much “resistance” as procedures continue for the opening of the U.S. market.

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NZ: Seeka profit hike a sign of Psa recovery

March 2nd, 2015

New Zealand’s Seeka has managed to exceed expectations in a kiwifruit market where margins are tightening, and plans to increase post-harvest capacity and kiwiberry production.

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The Hass Horn: U.S. avocado supply outlook, 2015 and beyond

February 19th, 2015

An experienced avocado industry veteran reveals his forecasts for the market’s future and supply sources.


USDA considers allowing avocado imports from second Mexican state

February 18th, 2015

Mexico’s second-largest avocado production state could soon be allowed to ship the Hass variety to the U.S.

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U.S.: California Avocado Commission releases crop update

February 16th, 2015

California’s avocado grower body has forecast volumes 10% higher year-on-year.

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New U.S.-South Africa Avocado Committee seeks to overcome trade barriers

February 9th, 2015

Amid soaring U.S. avocado demand, the first U.S.-South Africa agricultural committee has been set up.

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Colombia: Avocado industry steps up efforts for U.S. market access this year

February 9th, 2015

Colombia’s Agriculture Minster says gaining U.S. avocado access would be like ‘winning the lottery’.

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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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China to lift quarantine measures for key Chilean avocado regions

January 29th, 2015

Avocados shipped from two key Chilean regions to China will likely not be subjected to cold treatment next season.

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Exotic expansion plans for Halls’ fruit basket

January 27th, 2015

Halls International’s Ate Kalsbeek discusses some of the new items lined up after the acquisition of Columbus Exotics.

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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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Korean retailers cotton on to avocado ripening, says NZ industry rep

January 20th, 2015

Avanza director John Carroll gives the wrap on strong performances for avocados in a range of markets this season.

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Egyptian exporter expands grape and stonefruit supply

January 19th, 2015

Fruit exporter Pico plans to expand its core offering while adding new crops such as pomegranates and avocados in the mix.

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U.S.: Calavo forecasts new record earnings in 2015

January 15th, 2015

Calavo Growers CEO Lee Cole says all indicators are “pointing affirmatively” this year, after the company notched solid results for 2014.

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U.S.: HAB forecasts new record for Super Bowl avocado consumption

January 9th, 2015

American football fans are set to tackle 240 million avocados head on the week leading up to the Super Bowl.

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

January 7th, 2015

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

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Extensive promotional campaigns pay off for South African avocados

December 15th, 2014

The value of South Africa’s national avocado market shot up by around 20% year-on-year.

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Chilean avocado exports could drop by half this season, says Cabilfrut

December 10th, 2014

Despite an attractive domestic avocado market this season, a large Chilean grower has warned there will be consequences if the industry loses focus on foreign trade.

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Mission Produce teams up with Lantao for Chinese avocado sales

November 27th, 2014

Mission Produce has raised its avocado sales in China by 15% since a partnership was reached with Lantao.

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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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Peruvian mega-irrigation project seeks new farming investors

November 17th, 2014

The first crops have been planted as part of a US$280 million dam project in Peru to support agriculture, including sugarcane, avocados and blueberries.

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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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NZ: building markets to support record avocado crop

November 3rd, 2014

“The trick with Asia is you’ve got so many opportunities, it’s just which one’s going to strike first?” says John Carroll.

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Profits plummet for Camposol in Q3

October 30th, 2014

Expenses, sourcing costs and lower prices put the strain on Camposol’s profits in the third quarter.

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Kenyan avocado farmers lifted by five-year NZ aid program

October 15th, 2014

New Zealand’s Plant and Food Research is hoping to double 1,200 Kenyan avocado growers’ returns in a decade.

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Advertorial: Subsole overcomes key challenges facing global avocado industry

October 15th, 2014

Subsole’s new marketing plan involves letting customers know exactly how much longer the avocados need to mature.

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Colombian avocado industry expects strong export future

October 7th, 2014

Due to new avocado plantings and a recent focus on certification, Colombia is expecting 600% export growth by 2018.

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Advertorial: Chilean avocado growers discover new Gem™

October 3rd, 2014

Westfalia and Subsole are hoping to take the Chilean avocado sector by storm with the Gem™ variety.

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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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Northern Peru’s productive potential

September 22nd, 2014

We take a visit to Peru with a buyer mission organized by SIPPO, which is also looking to find new partners in Colombia.

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Mango exporters ‘can go anywhere’ with new tech use, says Maersk

September 15th, 2014

Maersk says that like avocados and bananas, mangoes also stand to benefit from controlled atmosphere containers.

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U.S.: Calavo income hits historic high in Q3

September 10th, 2014

Calavo has beaten the last quarter’s operating income and has also launched a new cloud technology project.

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Peru: PAC to ‘engage’ U.S. consumers via social media

September 3rd, 2014

The Peruvian Avocado Commission says its ‘smart, relevant, and engaging’ online content will help drive sales.

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U.S.: Florida grower sees substantial growth in green-skinned avocado sales

August 26th, 2014

A Florida producer says green-skinned avocados’ ‘good flavor profile’ is one reason for growing demand.

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Peruvian avocado industry accuses Chile of unfair treatment

August 22nd, 2014

A Peruvian industry representative has asked ‘why aren’t Californian avocados tested for sunblotch in Chile too?’

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Peruvian avocados with sunblotch detected in Chile

August 18th, 2014

Chilean growers hope lab results will give weight to their appeal to prevent unfettered access for Peruvian avocados.

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Mexican agricultural institute warns of avocado industry’s eco impacts

August 15th, 2014

The INIFAP in Mexico has raised concerns the avocado sector is causing rapid deforestation in one state.

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Colombian avocado industry expects U.S. approval in 2014-15

August 14th, 2014

The Colombian avocado industry has the U.S., Russia, Japan and Korea in its sights for export.

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Mexico enjoys colossal growth in key avocado export markets

August 12th, 2014

Mexico’s avocado shipments to its three biggest importers increased by around a third from January to June.

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Peru anticipates avocado access to key Asian markets next year

August 1st, 2014

Peru’s Hass avocado representative body says it is on track to enter Japan, China and Korea in 2015.

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South African avocados face stronger Peruvian competition in Europe

July 18th, 2014

An ‘oversaturated’ U.S. avocado market has led to Peru competing more heavily with South Africa in the EU.

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Agronometrics releases beta service for fruit market analysis

July 17th, 2014

A new online service aims to make produce market dynamics easy to understand and visualize in context.

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Avocado and orange-colored veggie combo a boost for Vitamin A

July 14th, 2014

An Ohio State University (OSU) study shows pairing avocados with orange veggies helps for Vitamin A conversion.

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Chile: Court of Appeals rejects bid to block Peruvian avocado imports

July 11th, 2014

A request from Chilean growers to block Peruvian avocado imports will now come before the Supreme Court.

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U.S.: PAC throws old avocado marketing concepts “out the door”

July 10th, 2014

The Peruvian Avocado Commission aims to show leadership in revamped web design in the produce industry.

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Chile signs Chinese agreement allowing avocado exports

July 9th, 2014

Chilean authorities in China have signed the final protocol to permit avocado exports to the Asian country.

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New Mexican areas declared as avocado seed borer-free

July 8th, 2014

Two new zones in Mexico will now have more opportunities to move their avocados both nationally and abroad.

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NZ avocado industry receives new government funding

June 25th, 2014

Jen Scoular believes New Zealand can quadruple avocado export revenue and reduce dependence on trade with Australia.

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Colombia evaluates avocado suitability for U.S.-bound exports

June 24th, 2014

APHIS has overseen assessments of Colombian avocado farms to test for the presence of quarantine pests.

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Argentine avocados on path to recovery

June 13th, 2014

After a disastrous season, Argentine avocado growers are intent on renourishing orchards and getting back on track.

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Opinion: what happened to the Guacapocalypse?

June 10th, 2014

While the “Guacapocalyspe” has not happened, prices look set to surge if Mexico doesn’t lift volumes significantly by Labor Day.

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New Zealand’s avocado sales soar

June 10th, 2014

New Zealand’s avocado industry enjoyed record income this season and is set to remain strong.

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SIPPO to lead buyer mission at Expoalimentaria Peru

June 3rd, 2014

A Swiss Government-backed import promotion program will be bringing buyers to Peru in August.

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U.S.: strong outlook for avocado company as it builds new plant

June 2nd, 2014

Mission Produce will double the level of employment in a new California avocado packhouse.

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Peru plans for strong presence at London Produce Show

May 28th, 2014

With exports due to rise 15% this year, Peru’s produce industry will be making its mark at the London Produce Show.

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Peru: mangoes and asparagus drive Camposol profit growth in Q1

May 23rd, 2014

Profitability outpaced sales growth for Peru’s Camposol in what was a stellar first quarter for 2014.

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Strawberries led Mexican ag export growth in March

May 8th, 2014

Mexico’s agriculture and fishing exports rose by almost 10% year-on-year in March.

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Authorities make progress for Colombian avocado access in the U.S.

April 29th, 2014

APHIS has identified three quarantine pests Colombia needs to address to gain Hass avocado access to the U.S.

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U.S.: Turbana adds seven new products to tropicals program

April 29th, 2014

Florida-based Turbana plans to expand the diversity and geographical reach of its tropical produce deal.

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U.S.: consumer confusion continues over beneficial and harmful fats

April 22nd, 2014

A Hass Avocado Board study has shown most Americans don’t understand the benefits of “good” fats.

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South Africa’s Avozilla set for return to U.K. shelves

April 4th, 2014

South Africa’s super avocado is expected to return for a second season to Tesco’s shelves in the U.K.

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Colombia promotes “más” Hass

April 3rd, 2014

A Hass promotional campaign in Colombia hopes to launch producers into national and international sales.

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Mexican president meets with Michoacán avocado growers

March 14th, 2014

Mexico’s president traveled to the country’s avocado heartland yesterday to take a firm stance against crime.

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South African avocado exports around the corner

March 13th, 2014

Subtrop’s Derek Donkin takes a look at the competitive issues surrounding the upcoming avocado season.

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U.S.: Limoneira revenue jumps in Q1

March 10th, 2014

A leading U.S. lemon and avocado player picked up its game on the financial performance front in the first quarter.

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2014 could be biggest campaign yet for South African avocados

March 6th, 2014

Mark Baker looks back on the 2013 South African avocado season and efforts made for market access in the U.S. and Japan.

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Argentine growers cry foul over Peruvian avocado entry

March 3rd, 2014

Argentine avocado growers are not happy about a proposed entry of Peruvian volume that could “crush” them.

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Peru: new areas approved for U.S.-bound Hass avocado export

February 28th, 2014

Peru’s Senasa has set a series of new requirements for Hass avocado exports to the United States.

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Peru: Camposol aims for year-round supply in avocados, blueberries

February 17th, 2014

From Colombian avocados to U.S. blueberries, Camposol is looking to new supplies to build its brand.

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Opinion: Mexican, Californian avocado deals under the spotlight

January 30th, 2014

Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain looks at market differences between the Mexican and U.S. avocado seasons.

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Public-private partnership to raise export profile of seven Colombian crops

January 27th, 2014

Colombia has highly ambitious goals for export leadership in the future for strawberries and papayas.

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Colombian regional govt slates US$6M for avocado development

January 24th, 2014

Colombia’s department of Antioquia will spend millions of dollars on a range of avocado industry projects.

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Mexican lime region shakes under power struggle

January 21st, 2014

A Mexican cartel has suffered mass arrests, possibly returning power to local lime growers.

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U.S.: avocados drag down Limoneira results in Q4

January 15th, 2014

Limoneira experienced a revenue decline in the fourth quarter, sparked in part by poor avocado results.

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U.S.: avocado board invests US$1M in Peruvian promotions

January 10th, 2014

The Peruvian avocado industry has made big investments in the U.S. to make its presence felt.

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U.S.: Calavo sees “highly encouraging” avocado outlook in 2014

January 8th, 2014

Profit growth was not able to keep pace with a surge in avocado sales for Calavo Growers in the fourth quarter.

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Chilean growers take govt to court over Peruvian avocado entry

January 7th, 2014

Chile’s new avocado industry leader has slammed the rigor of a pest risk analysis for Peruvian imports.

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Spanish avocados approved for U.S. import

January 6th, 2014

Spain has been approved to send avocados to world’s largest import market for the fruit.

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Kenyan avocado farmer looks to go organic

January 3rd, 2014

To compete internationally, one Kenyan avocado grower is looking at fair trade and organic certification.


Israeli avocado exporter forecasts bumper crop

December 19th, 2013

An Israeli avocado exporter is expecting bullish export growth this season.

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“Blood avocado” story appears in Mexican press

December 2nd, 2013

A Vocativ.com story alleging drug cartel involvement in the Mexican avocado trade has gone viral.

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U.S. suspends avocado imports from Mexican town

November 28th, 2013

Safety is the main driver behind a USDA decision to temporarily halt avocado imports from a town in northern Mexico.

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Chilean avocado industry on track to reaching export estimate

November 14th, 2013

Chilean Hass avocado currently leads the European market, where outside supply has been low.

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Mission Produce to push avocado reach in China through partnership

November 7th, 2013

Mission Produce has joined with China’s Lantao to get second-tier city consumers eating more avocados.

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Peru: Camposol earnings more than triple in Q3

October 30th, 2013

Avocado volumes and asparagus prices helped raise profitability for Peruvian exporter Camposol in the third quarter.

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Avocado campaign expands to Spanish-language market

October 23rd, 2013

Avocado marketing takes a broader focus with the “Saborea uno hoy” campaign.

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Culling Hass and spending cash: Cabilfrut’s sacrifice for future production

October 17th, 2013

We look at the measures taken by a Chilean avocado company to overcome an incessant drought.

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Colombia kicks off Hass harvest with national focus

October 15th, 2013

Colombia will produce around 40,000MT of Hass avocados this season, mostly for national consumption.

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Lower Mexican supply makes room for NZ avocados in Asia

October 14th, 2013

New Zealand’s avocado industry is expecting significant improvements in orchard gate returns for growers this year.

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Chile: Fedefruta gives crop-by-crop frost loss update

October 9th, 2013

Chilean frost loss damages estimates have risen by 20 million boxes of fruit.

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