July 02, 2015 / Week N° 27

Posts Tagged Blueberries

Chile breaks ground on US$4.4M inspection site for southern fruit growers

July 2nd, 2015

A new USDA inspection site will make exports easier for southern Chilean fruit, particularly in apples, pears and blueberries.

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Canada: BC Blueberry Council reveals high expectations for China

June 26th, 2015

A Canadian industry body head says it will be ‘a busy summer’, with inspectors from two major Asian markets due to visit in the coming weeks.

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Canada: BC blueberries gain access to China

June 25th, 2015

An industry head says she is ‘ecstatic’ about a deal with China estimated to be worth CAD$65 million a year.

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Q&A: Naturipe CEO “bullish and optimistic” about berry future

June 24th, 2015

“In my mind we’re only going to see more blurring of the traditional retail channels for fruit,” says Naturipe CEO Dwight Ferguson.

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Q&A: Naturipe CEO “bullish and optimistic” about berry future

June 24th, 2015

“In my mind we’re only going to see more blurring of the traditional retail channels for fruit,” says Naturipe CEO Dwight Ferguson.

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Australia: Costa hopes to raise AUD$600M in July IPO

June 23rd, 2015

It is expected Costa Group will sell 60% of its shares to the public in an IPO next month.

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U.S.: Mississippi blueberries hit India and UAE

June 18th, 2015

Thousands of pounds of blueberries produced by a grower cooperative have for the first time been marketed in two emerging Asian markets.

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Special Fruit begins marketing of Portuguese blueberries

May 25th, 2015

A Belgian importer is expecting some 140 metric tons of blueberries for its organic BerryFresh range this season.

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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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SB Group enters Peruvian blueberry JV

May 22nd, 2015

A Chilean company affiliated with Illinois-based Sun Belle has signed a deal to develop blueberry plantations in Peru.

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Canada: BC blueberry growers set for one of earliest starts

May 15th, 2015

Inspectors from an Asian country will visit Vancouver this summer with view to opening up the market to fresh British Columbia blueberries.

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Chilean blueberry export values overcome dramatic price falls

May 8th, 2015

In a record year for volumes with many challenges in markets, Chile’s blueberry export values grew slightly in 2014-15.

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Southern Chilean port gears up for new USDA inspection site

May 7th, 2015

Chile’s southern port of Coronel has witnessed exponential growth in fruit exports in recent years, and is about to receive a boost for the U.S. market.

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Peru: Complejo Agroindustrial Beta announces US$80M planting plan

May 5th, 2015

For a capital outlay that’s worth more than two thirds its annual turnover, a Peruvian company is expanding rapidly in plantations of asparagus, grapes and blueberries.

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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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U.S.: Robotic strawberry harvester ‘mimics human behavior’

April 21st, 2015

The owner of Wish Farms has a strawberry-picking robotics project that even his competitors are investing in.

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Chilean-U.S. blueberry season transition smooth in 2015, claims Berry Fresh

April 21st, 2015

A U.S.-based subsidiary of two Latin American berry groups is optimistic for this year’s blueberry deal.

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China: Blueberry company becomes first to hit stock market

April 10th, 2015

Following a very positive first five years of operation, Richland Agriculture Corp has big plans for the future.

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Mexico: Farmworkers were ‘forced’ to strike, claims BerryMex

April 9th, 2015

Heated farmworker protests in Baja California last month may have crippled agriculture in peak season, but a major Driscoll’s supplier alleges many were ‘threatened’ not to return to the fields.

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Dole Chile to expand blueberry production ‘north and south’

April 7th, 2015

Dole Chile’s berry manager says establishment in the country has gone well and he expects a promising future.

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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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California: ‘Highly unusual’ weather to accelerate summer crop season

March 18th, 2015

Barry Bedwell says it appears as though recent hot weather won’t impact negatively on fruit quality.

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Chinese greenhouse cherries cash in on early market

March 13th, 2015

Greenhouse production means small volumes of fresh Chinese cherries, blueberries and nectarines are already hitting the market.

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Chilean fresh blueberry exports set new record

March 9th, 2015

With just a few weeks left of the Chilean blueberry export season, total volumes could hit 91,000MT.

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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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Chilean govt declares agricultural emergency after Villarica Volcano eruption

March 3rd, 2015

Blueberry growers around Pucon would have been much more affected by the recent volcanic eruption if their season wasn’t all but over.

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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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SanLucar pioneers new fruits in Tunisia, Ecuador

February 12th, 2015

A Spanish firm focused on the German-speaking market is testing a range of new fruit projects in Africa, the Middle East, South America and its own backyard.

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Opinion: Strategies to differentiate the Argentine blueberry industry

February 11th, 2015

Carlos Stabile says the Argentine blueberry sector is moving “along the right path.”

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First Mexican blackberries and raspberries arrive in China

January 26th, 2015

Both Driscoll’s and Naturipe have capitalized on China’s recent opening for Mexican berries.

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China intercepts fungus in Chilean blueberry shipment

December 12th, 2014

Chilean blueberry exporters will need to be on the lookout for stem canker in their packing lines.

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Blueberry harvest wraps up in Northeast Argentina

December 3rd, 2014

APAMA president Juan Scordia says blueberry growers have recovered well from a disastrous 2013 season.

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NZ fruit growers embrace ozone tech for healthy orchards

December 1st, 2014

OA-Global’s ozone technology products worked wonders on kiwifruit trials in New Zealand, and the company hopes for similar success in new geographies and crops.

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Doubts linger after brief Chilean port strike

November 27th, 2014

Chile’s cherry and blueberry industries have very different views on the effects of recent port strikes.

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U.S: new fumigation method allows for greater fruit volumes

November 27th, 2014

Exporters whose fruit requires fumigation in the U.S. now have a much more practical solution on offer in Florida.

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U.S. rules hit Chilean organic blueberry hectares, says North Bay

November 21st, 2014

North Bay Produce’s Ruy Barbosa talks about Chilean blueberry uniformity and the implications of fumigation measures.

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Q&A: What’s in store for the 2014-15 Chilean blueberry deal?

November 19th, 2014

Chile’s Andres Armstrong believes Russia’s produce ban could be more of a problem than an opportunity.

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U.S.: High times for strawberries and blueberries, says Riordan

November 18th, 2014

California Giant Berry Farms owner Patrick Riordan says he is “blessed” to be involved in the category.

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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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South African blueberry production shoots up a quarter

November 13th, 2014

It was an early start for many South African blueberry growers this year, and production ‘could treble’ in five years.

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Early Chilean blueberry start doesn’t mean early finish, says Giumarra

November 4th, 2014

Giumarra Companies’ Tom Richardson gives his take on what to expect from the Chilean blueberry season and next week’s PMA Fruittrade in Santiago.

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U.S.: Rainier Fruit’s productivity to rise with new automated facility

October 28th, 2014

Rainier’s sister warehouse now has the U.S. Northwest’s first automated fruit shipping facility.

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Argentina: no plans to change blueberry sector focus, says ABC

October 22nd, 2014

The Argentine Blueberry Committee has rebuffed recent predications made about the future of its processed sector.

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Polish blueberry grower group fills Russian void with domestic market

October 22nd, 2014

With Russia off the cards, a Polish blueberry group has successfully rebranded itself for a market closer to home.

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Chile: ‘a normal export season is still expected’, says ASOEX

October 21st, 2014

A report by the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association says while recent frosts may have caused damages of up to 80% in ‘extreme cases’, the 2014-15 export season will be an ordinary one.

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Chilean frosts ‘nothing like last year’, say industry leaders

October 18th, 2014

Chilean fruit industry representatives say it could be 15 days yet before a full estimate of recent frost damages can be given.

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Chile: frosts may lead to varied situation for blueberry exports, says CBC

October 17th, 2014

The Chilean Blueberry Committee says export reductions could be between 0-15% for different companies this season.

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Chilean producers crushed by second consecutive year of frosts

October 16th, 2014

A Chilean grower says frosts in southern production regions have destroyed 30-100% of several fruit crops.

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Chile set for improved 2014-15 blueberry campaign

October 14th, 2014

After a troublesome 2013-14 deal, the world’s leading blueberry exporter is looking much stronger this year.

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Argentina will be ‘substantial’ processed blueberry player, says Comfrut

October 13th, 2014

As Chile’s frozen blueberry industry continues to grow, falling international prices could see its next-door neighbor focus far more attention on the sector in the ‘medium-term’.

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Uruguay’s blueberry volumes to shoot up in 2014

October 10th, 2014

With a Chinese market opening on the cards, good weather has fared very well for Uruguay’s blueberry producers.

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Naturipe Farms’ compostable packaging up for PMA award

October 10th, 2014

Naturipe Farms says its innovative and recyclable packing aligns with organic consumers’ values.

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Second round of Argentine port strikes called off

October 2nd, 2014

Despite some port delays in Argentina last month due to strikes, the blueberry industry says damages weren’t severe.

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Argentina: first airfreight blueberry exports lift off from Tucumán

September 30th, 2014

APRATUC Guillermo Olivera says blueberry growing conditions have been “benign” compared to last year.

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Peru: Camposol to hold blueberry tastings in Germany, U.K.

September 25th, 2014

Produce multinational Camposol is set to raise blueberry exports by 150% this year.

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Mexican officials to visit China to speed up berry export protocol

September 16th, 2014

Mexico could start shipping several types of berry to China by the end of this year.

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Chile: profits blossom for Hortifrut in 2013-14

September 15th, 2014

Chilean berry multinational Hortifrut did not let the Lobesia botrana crisis and port strikes get in the way of an exceptional financial result for 2013-14,

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Advertorial: increased demand for blueberries through future chefs

September 9th, 2014

Imalinx and the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council recently coordinated culinary workshops in Mexico City and Cancun aimed at incorporating blueberries in gastronomy.

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North Korean blueberry producers enjoy bountiful harvest

September 9th, 2014

Prices for North Korean blueberries that are juiced and sold to China have increased by around 50%.

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‘U.S. blueberry farming practices need to evolve’, says Giant Berry Farms

September 1st, 2014

With phenomenal North American blueberry production forecast, one company says big changes are needed.

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Sweet ending for a successful British Columbian blueberry season

August 28th, 2014

British Columbia is on track to top last year’s production by 24%, as the late Elliot variety hits pleasing brix levels.

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Argentina gears up for first blueberry shipments in September

August 27th, 2014

With Argentina’s blueberry season imminent, production volume looks like it could break a two-year trend.

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Peruvian blueberry grower expects major increase in national production

August 13th, 2014

Peru’s blueberry exports could hit US$40 million this year as it takes advantage of a month-long global supply gap.

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Russian produce embargo: North America in-focus

August 11th, 2014

We take an in-depth, crop-by-crop look at the effects of the Russian produce ban on U.S. and Canadian growers.

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Russia: forget about summer blueberries or affordable pears

August 11th, 2014

Two Russian importers claim most products lost from the ban on EU produce can be regained from other countries.

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Opinion: midsummer fresh blueberry review in North America

August 5th, 2014

Following a recent interview, Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton takes an in-depth look at the North American blueberry deal.

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Chile steps up Grapevine moth control regulations

July 31st, 2014

Chilean blueberry and plum growers in certain regions will now be obliged to create pest control methods.

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North America sees huge price ranges for blueberries

July 31st, 2014

Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton looks at how northern blueberry markets are faring, what this means for upcoming foreign suppliers, and Morocco’s recent U.S. breakthrough.

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Moroccan fresh blueberry exporters gain access to U.S. market

July 30th, 2014

U.S. consumers simply can’t get enough of blueberries, and soon they will have another source of origin for the antioxidant-rich fruit.

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Canada: BC Blueberry Council reveals plans for govt export support funds

July 25th, 2014

Canada’ BC Blueberry Council says gaining China and Korea access will be a key use of government funding.

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Naturipe opens largest berry processing plant in Southeast U.S.

July 23rd, 2014

MBG Marketing continues to expand its blueberry processing and distribution capacity with a new facility in Georgia.

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Dutch blueberry company expecting ‘best crop in five years’

July 23rd, 2014

One Dutch blueberry marketer who experienced ‘almost no winter’ is enjoying a very productive harvest season.

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China: Goodfarmer to develop produce “multinational” status, says Liu Zijie

July 22nd, 2014

Shandong Goodfarmer’s president talks about Ecuadorian bananas, Zespri kiwifruit and creating a new Latin American company.

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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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U.S.: the ‘big question’ of Michigan blueberry production

July 8th, 2014

The Michigan blueberry harvest is off to a slow start but one grower still expects a positive season.

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Identity and ownership change for Chilean blueberry company

July 3rd, 2014

Alpine Chile will now be known by the name Navy Blue Export S.A., driven by trade strategies for Europe and Asia.

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Opinion: blueberry varietal change in Argentina and the effect on early markets

June 27th, 2014

Argentinian Blueberry Committee (ABC) manager Ines Pelaez discusses a recent farm visit to Agroberries SA.

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IBISWorld report forecasts growth for Canadian fruit and nut farming

June 26th, 2014

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

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Argentina expects Vietnamese access for blueberries, citrus

June 23rd, 2014

Vietnamese authorities have approved Argentina’s food safety control systems, which may open up fruit exports.

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Opinion: assessing Joyvio’s big blueberry bet

June 20th, 2014

China’s soil quality may not be the best, but that hasn’t stopped investors from clamoring to grow blueberries.

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Canada signs Chinese cherry market access deal

June 19th, 2014

Canadian government officials hope blueberries will follow a recent Chinese cherry market access deal.

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Flavor and shelf life vital to future berry growth in U.K.

June 16th, 2014

Execs from Angus Soft Fruits and BerryWorld talk shop about varietal development and raising winter consumption.

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Joyvio: ready-to-eat is the next move for Chinese blueberry industry

June 16th, 2014

Joyvio’s Dr. Jin Xixuan looks at some of the challenges of developing ready-to-eat fruit for the Chinese market.

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Surplus worries for China’s booming blueberry industry

June 16th, 2014

One Chinese fruit industry rep has questioned whether blueberries will follow the price falls seen for blackberries and raspberries in 2010.

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Peru: ProArándanos aims for full industry participation

June 16th, 2014

An incipient Peruvian blueberry growers’ group believes joint planning will be a boost for the industry.

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U.S. would face uncertainty in Chinese blueberry market, says Joyvio rep

June 12th, 2014

Two Joyvio reps look at what competition would come from the U.S. if it were granted Chinese blueberry market access.

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Chilean blueberry exports down but industry still positive

June 11th, 2014

Chilean blueberry exports fell by 15% this season though some new markets saw vast growth.

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Two North American blueberry companies join forces

June 9th, 2014

Curry & Co and Driediger Farms have formed a partnership to give blueberry sales a lift.

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China: Joyvio building “reserve army for modern agriculture”

June 5th, 2014

Chinese produce giant Joyvio is strengthening its blueberry capabilities across a range of different fronts.

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Blueberry leaf extract lengthens shelf life, study shows

June 5th, 2014

A Chinese-U.S. study shows a substance in blueberry leaves can help extend fruit shelf life and add antioxidants.

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Peru: Camposol announces social plans to support blueberry production growth

June 3rd, 2014

To facilitate rapid production growth, Camposol has announced housing projects to look after its employees.

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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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U.S.: circumstances conspire against Florida’s blueberry growers

May 27th, 2014

Bad weather and strong competition led to double trouble for Florida blueberry growers this year.

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Chile: Hortifrut combines with Argentine blueberry player

May 21st, 2014

Blueberry genetics and early season synergies will be at the core of a new deal between Hortifrut and Expofresh.

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Washington State and British Columbia set for record blueberry harvest

May 19th, 2014

Great weather and strong demand bode well for some blueberry regions in North America.

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Peruvian blueberry exports to double in 2014

May 12th, 2014

Sierra Exportadora has revealed an estimated value for Peru’s blueberry exports this year.

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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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U.K.: record profit for Berry Gardens in 2013

May 7th, 2014

After registering its highest ever profits, Britain’s leading berry grower-marketer has appointed a new chairman.

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Blueberry growers cotton on to benefits of packing on arrival

April 28th, 2014

A Chilean-American company is adapting to flexible retail needs for bulk blueberry sourcing.

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Blueberry benefits resonate with U.S. consumers, restaurants

April 28th, 2014

Health promotions have helped push blueberries into new areas of growth on the U.S. market.

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Study to reveal antioxidant properties of Chilean blueberries

April 21st, 2014

A new study will evaluate the nutrional benefits of Chilean blueberries in fresh and processed forms.

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Processors turn to mock berries to ease costs

April 8th, 2014

Mock Crop’s berries look, feel and weigh the same as an actual blueberry with one difference – they’re plastic.

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Q&A: South Korean blueberry market snapshot

March 21st, 2014

Very Berry Korea Corp CEO Chaesup Rim talks about changing consumer attitudes to blueberries in Korea.

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“There’s a lot of room for growth” in blueberries, says USHBC

March 18th, 2014

After last week’s IBO conference in Mexico, two experts revealed plans for building blueberry demand.

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Mexico’s berry production complies with China’s rules, says AQSIQ

March 11th, 2014

Mexico’s berry industry has been hopeful for Chinese blackberry access in 2014, but raspberries could be in line too.

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Spanish cooperatives sign University of Florida blueberry deal

March 7th, 2014

The University of Florida will act with the full force of the law if Spanish blueberry growers don’t comply with IP laws for its varieties.

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U.S.: Gourmet Trading pairs with FoodLink for produce traceability

March 5th, 2014

The largest asparagus distributor in North America has teamed up with California-based FoodLink.

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U.S.: California Giant forecasts record blueberry crop

March 4th, 2014

USHBC research bodes well for what California Giant Berry Farms expects will be a much larger U.S. blueberry crop.

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Opinion: explaining the largest spike in blueberry prices in 10 years

February 26th, 2014

Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain digs deep into the data to assess the biggest price spike in recent blueberry history.

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Opinion: don’t give up on Chilean blueberries yet

February 26th, 2014

Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton compares what Rocky Balboa and Chilean blueberries have in common.

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Don’t let fumigation fool you, Chile still has plenty of organic blueberries

February 26th, 2014

Naturipe Farms’ Robert Verloop describes how a variety of options has helped partially offset the impacts of U.S. fumigation rules for Chilean blueberries.

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New investments bring growth to Polish blueberries

February 20th, 2014

Polish blueberry company Polskie Jagody has enjoyed the benefits of greater EU investment.

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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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Complex season means new markets for Chilean blueberries

February 17th, 2014

Despite complications this season, Chilean blueberries have experienced growth in Europe and Asia.

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U.S.: citrus may be next in line for Florida pilot program

February 13th, 2014

Nelly Yunta gives insights into a pilot perishables program in Florida, and fumigation issues for Chilean blueberries.

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Mexico: Aneberries hopes for October market opening in China

February 12th, 2014

Chinese authorities will be visiting Mexico very soon to inspect berry orchards as part of trade talks.

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U.S. considers Moroccan blueberries

January 3rd, 2014

Modest supplies of Moroccan blueberries are under consideration for the U.S. market.

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Pest prompts new requirements for Chilean blueberries

December 27th, 2013

Lobesia botrana detections mean Chilean blueberries bound for the U.S. will now undergo fumigation.

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China: first direct fruit-laden flights arrive from Chile

December 13th, 2013

China Eastern Airlines brought its first batch of Chilean fruit to Shanghai under a new flight itinerary arrangement.

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Dry weather complicates Spanish strawberry plantings

December 11th, 2013

The Spanish province of Huelva has seen growth in berry plantations, despite difficulties for strawberries.

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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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Camposol exec outlines ambitious blueberry plans

December 9th, 2013

Camposol chief commercial officer Jose Antonio Gomez details what lies behind ambitions to build Peru’s biggest agri-project, in blueberries.

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Peru: Camposol reveals US$100M blueberry plan

December 4th, 2013

More than half of Camposol’s investment plans next year will go toward a new blueberry variety.

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International Blueberry Conference set for Mexico

December 3rd, 2013

The fourth International Blueberry Conference will bring a global perspective to Mexico’s growing industry.

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Chile: ASOEX calls for emergency measures to alleviate strike effects

November 29th, 2013

ASOEX has spoken out over the “serious and severe disruption” to fruit traders caused by public sector strikes in Chile.

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Chilean blueberry harvest enters peak volumes in Central Valley

November 29th, 2013

High blueberry volumes have been picked in Chile recently but air shipments still dominated exports last week.

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Chile plans January blueberry promotion blitz in Asia

November 22nd, 2013

The Chilean blueberry industry will undertake a range of initiatives to boost consumption in China and South Korea.

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China’s tech sector enjoys fruit of kiwifruit harvest

November 19th, 2013

China’s Legend Holdings has reported strong kiwifruit volume from its agricultural division.

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Chinese company invests in organic blueberry export scheme

November 13th, 2013

A Chinese company is investing more than US$800,000 in an organic blueberry project in the northeastern province of Jilin.

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Chilean blueberry industry embarks on European marketing campaign

November 13th, 2013

Several key European countries will get an extra taste of Chilean blueberries during winter months.

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Canada: British Columbia notches one of its biggest ever blueberry harvests

November 8th, 2013

As their season winds up, British Columbia blueberry growers are optimistic about benefits from a Canada-EU trade deal.

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Canadian wild blueberries get investment bump

November 5th, 2013

Oxford Frozen Foods Ltd has announced an investment push to encourage New Brunswick blueberries.

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Chile: Choapa blueberries look to Asia

November 1st, 2013

A government initiative has helped five north-central Chilean blueberry growers band up to export their fruit.

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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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U.S.: St. Louis approved for cold-treated fruits and veggies

October 25th, 2013

St. Louis will become the newest entry point for blueberries imported into the United States.

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Hail hits Argentine blueberry region

October 14th, 2013

Hail may have damaged up to 50% of blueberry crops in Argentina’s Concordia region.

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Uruguay to cut blueberry export estimate

October 3rd, 2013

Low temperatures have led to lower expectations for the Uruguayan export blueberry crop this season.

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Chilean blueberry exporter opens Chinese office

October 3rd, 2013

A major Chilean blueberry shipper to China has expanded its horizons in the Far East with a Qingdao office.

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Marginal rise for Chilean fruit export volume in 2012-13

September 26th, 2013

Export growth for Chile’s strongest fruit commodities helped offset heavy falls for products like avocados and oranges last season.

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Chile: frosts may cut some crops by 25% in two key regions

September 25th, 2013

Blueberries, cherries and plums look likely to be the biggest victims of Chile’s recent frosts, but other crops have also been affected.

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Chile: ASOEX releases frost briefing

September 24th, 2013

Chilean fruit experts are currently evaluating the impacts of frosts on a variety of key export crops.

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Compounds found in red grapes, blueberries may help immune function

September 23rd, 2013

The immune function may be boosted by grape and blueberry consumption.

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Lower estimate for Argentine blueberries

September 20th, 2013

Ines Pelaez explains the weather conditions that have cut back blueberry export forecasts.

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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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Argentina: frost impacts to take toll on early blueberry volumes

September 5th, 2013

The Argentinean Blueberry Committee has released its estimate for the 2013 season.

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NZ: BBC Technologies reaches out to Latin America

September 3rd, 2013

New Zealand’s BBC Technologies Ltd. showed off its berry technology from its office in Chile.

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Curry and Company looks to Chile for berry expansion

August 23rd, 2013

Curry & Company will begin sourcing berries from Chile, Argentina and Peru to achieve year-long supply.

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U.K.: Angus Soft Fruits bets on South American blueberries

August 13th, 2013

Offering greater stability to South American blueberry growers is essential for Angus Soft Fruits’ Nicolas Sotomayor.

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Bumper crop could mean record year for U.S. blueberries

August 2nd, 2013

Fall Creek’s Dave Brazelton described a big year and major possibilities for U.S. blueberries.

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Spain: Freshuelva announces berry results

June 21st, 2013

Spain’s red berry sector revenue fell significantly in the 2012-13 season despite a greater surface area of crops.

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U.S.: APHIS recommends lighter fruit fly treatment for blueberry imports

June 20th, 2013

Argentine and Uruguayan blueberry exporters look set to have improved methyl bromide treatment processes for the U.S.

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Canadian cherry exporters ready for Chinese market premiere

June 17th, 2013

Canadian cherry exporters are already preparing to sell their fruit in China, while access for another key fruit is also in the works.

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Poland: Blueamber upbeat over blueberry prospects

June 15th, 2013

Polish blueberry grower Blueamber is looking forward to a strong season, despite weather and pest-related challenges to production.

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U.S.: Michigan sees growing fruit markets in Brazil, Korea

June 14th, 2013

Michigan is working to build its footprint as a U.S. agricultural product and fruit exporter in Latin America and Asia.

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The heat is on for U.S. West Coast blueberry transition

June 10th, 2013

The U.S. blueberry deal faces potential gaps and oversupply in the coming weeks and months.

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Asia firmly in sights of Mexican berry sector

May 27th, 2013

Aneberries hopes to finalize talks to enter China, following an announcement of direct flights between Guadalajara and Hong Kong.

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Opinion: facing challenges in blueberry production

May 24th, 2013

Driscoll’s Alejandro Sanhueza explains how Chile can remain a world leader in blueberry exports.

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Geography to play key role in Peru’s blueberry sector

May 3rd, 2013

Peru’s Miguel Bentin tries to cool down any excessive enthusiasm over his country’s blueberry industry.

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Better sea freight needed to raise South Korean fresh blueberry market

April 26th, 2013

Yoonsang Lee assesses the first campaigns in South Korea for fresh U.S. and Chilean blueberries.

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Canada: British Columbia looks to big blueberry growth

April 25th, 2013

Canada’s Mike Makara explains the benefits for British Columbia blueberries and a possibly big new trading partner.

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Argentina and Uruguay push to keep stagnant blueberry industries ahead

April 25th, 2013

Blueberry representatives from Argentina and Uruguay reflect on rising production costs and declining orchard space.

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Blueberry industry funds US$1M for metabolic health research

April 25th, 2013

Blueberry representatives from North America and Chile aim to take health claims to the next level through clinical research.

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Product development could boost blueberries, says Villata

April 25th, 2013

Manufactured products like pet food and cosmetics could take a rising share of blueberry volumes.

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China short on blueberries for key national festival

April 25th, 2013

The parent company of China’s top blueberry business is looking pushing for new suppliers to fill key fruit selling windows.

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Australia to achieve year-round blueberry supply

April 25th, 2013

Fields in northern Queensland have the potential to put Australia into a situation of year-round blueberry supply.

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Chinese ag giant bets on Chilean premium fruit

April 17th, 2013

A Chinese business linked to Lenovo has kicked off international fruit sourcing plans with a joint venture in South America.

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Sunnyridge blueberry varieties now available in Peru

April 16th, 2013

The Peruvian blueberry season may start earlier now that University of Florida varieties have been made available.

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Fall Creek releases six new blueberry varieties

April 11th, 2013

Fall Creek has released a range of new blueberries to cater to different physical demands, flavors and uses.

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“Blaubeere aus Chile” promotions bolster German blueberry sales

April 3rd, 2013

Chilean blueberry marketing has pushed category growth to new heights in Europe.

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Blueberry production could rise 50% by 2018, but will that be enough?

April 1st, 2013

We speak in-depth with the author of the latest NABC World Blueberry Acreage and Production Report.

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Blueberry leaders to convene in Santiago, Chile

March 21st, 2013

The International Blueberry Organization Summit will bring together industry leaders this April 23.

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Chilean blueberry season enters home stretch

March 8th, 2013

Andrés Armstrong discusses one of the most difficult Chilean blueberry seasons he can remember.

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U.S.: Florida expects peak blueberry season despite cold front

March 5th, 2013

Florida will bring in the U.S. blueberry season this month with high expectations for the year.

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Uruguay ranks among top blueberry and citrus exporters

March 1st, 2013

Uruguay ranked highly for Latin American citrus exports last year.

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Top global blueberry industry leaders to meet in Chile

February 21st, 2013

The third International Blueberry Organization (IBO) meeting will bring global industry leaders together in April.

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Chile: natural juice company looks for international niche

February 19th, 2013

Chile’s Bberri is reaching out to foreign health conscious consumers with its 100% natural blueberry juice.

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Berries to become top category “one country at a time”, says Bjorn

February 18th, 2013

Driscoll’s’ Soren Bjorn discusses a wide range of berry trends affecting the European, Middle Eastern and Australian markets.

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Mexico: blueberries offer alternative to Sinaloa growers

February 4th, 2013

Mexico’s blueberry boom could extend to a new farming region if feasibility tests prove successful.

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Peru needs higher yielding blueberries, says Beltrán

January 31st, 2013

A Peruvian blueberry leader says the country needs higher yielding varieties with fewer cold hours.

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Berries Paradise brings Mexican fruit to new markets

January 28th, 2013

Berries Paradise is pushing Mexican blueberries to unexplored territory, starting with Asia.

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North American blueberry production rose slightly in 2012

January 23rd, 2013

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) has released production statistics for 34 American states and British Columbia.

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Argentina closes blueberry season at projected volume

January 14th, 2013

Argentina blueberry output went down slightly but stayed closed to the estimated volume.

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U.S.: Alpine Fresh enters venture to bolster Florida blueberries

January 9th, 2013

Alpine Fresh has entered a joint venture with Five Star Family Growers that could build into a larger North American program.

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Rains deal heavy blow to Chilean cherries

December 20th, 2012

Strange rains have slashed Chile’s cherry export prospects, with lighter effects for grapes and blueberries.

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Argentina’s Tucumán sending more blueberries by air

December 19th, 2012

More than four million kilograms of blueberries went out of Argentina’s Tucumán province in 2012.

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Bottleneck jams Chilean air freight fruit

December 13th, 2012

Flight delays and a build-up of cherries and blueberries in storage have impacted Chile’s export sector.

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Opinion: the future of blueberries in China

December 12th, 2012

Recent investments and market trends paint a hopeful picture for blueberries in China.

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Rain delays Chilean blueberry harvest

December 7th, 2012

Chile’s blueberry harvest is slightly lower than initial estimates due to rain effects.

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Peruvian blueberries make first U.S. commercial shipment

November 30th, 2012

Gourmet Trading Company has imported the first commercial load of Peruvian blueberries in the U.S.

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Chile: David del Curto enters blueberry business

November 30th, 2012

Chilean fruit company has expanded its offering with its first shipment of blueberries this month.

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Frosts damage 22% of southern Chilean blueberry crop

November 29th, 2012

The Chilean Blueberry Committee has announced estimates for frost impacts in the south.

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Frost damage hits late season Chilean blueberries

November 28th, 2012

Southern Chilean blueberry growers claim to have lost a lot of fruit to recent black frosts.

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Chilean blueberry export peak period kicks off

November 26th, 2012

The start of Chile’s peak blueberry export deal has begun with a lower possibility of rain in harvest regions.

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Argentine blueberry exports on descent

November 23rd, 2012

Argentina has shipped significantly more blueberries to Europe this year than in 2011.

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Biodegradable fungicide in the works for Chilean fruit industry

November 19th, 2012

Chilean company Quitoquímica has embarked on a natural fungicide development for berries.

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North Bay Produce opens new U.S. distribution point

November 16th, 2012

North Bay Produce is bullish about the logistics potential of its airport facility in St. Louis.

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U.S.: Giumarra plans for higher Chilean blueberry volumes

November 8th, 2012

Giumarra is set to import a rise in Chilean conventional and organic blueberries this year.

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Hortifrut-VitalBerry merger to cut supply ‘lull’, says Naturipe

October 29th, 2012

It is hoped a Chilean blueberry merger will reduce fragmented distribution chains and supply gaps.

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South Africa misses peak price window for blueberries

October 29th, 2012

Cold weather has set the South African blueberry season back by about three weeks.

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Climate change: calculating the impacts on Chilean blueberries

October 26th, 2012

Dr Rodrigo Cazanga discusses studies into the effects of climate change on blueberries in Chile’s Maule region.

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