May 01, 2015 / Week N° 18

Posts Tagged Brazil

U.S. Supreme Court rejects human rights abuse claims against Chiquita

April 21st, 2015

Chiquita had a victory in court yesterday for one case, right as a new one had just opened with allegations of “pesticide showers” in Guatemala.

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Brazil plans to reduce fruit and vegetable waste

April 8th, 2015

The Brazilian government has jumped on the ‘ugly fruit’ bandwagon to counteract a 30% produce waste rate.

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Brazil’s Argentine pome fruit ban “unjustified and hasty”, says CAFI

March 26th, 2015

A major Argentine industry body warns of “severe social consequences” if Brazil’s pome fruit ban continues.

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Brazil halts Argentine pome fruit imports

March 25th, 2015

Brazilian authorities say they detected the codling moth in 15 Argentine apple and pear shipments in the first quarter of 2015 alone.

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Chile: Smallholder apple farmer upbeat for China despite market concerns

March 10th, 2015

A Chilean apple company plans to plant cherry trees to complement future online sales in China.

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Brazil: Early 2015 rains lift Gala apple quality

March 5th, 2015

Rainfall in two key Brazilian production areas from January to March is unlikely to be lower than historic averages.

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U.S.: Sunkist grower payments up by a quarter in 2014

February 19th, 2015

Revenue surpassed US$1 billion for the largest citrus shipper in the U.S. last year, bolstered by a new partnerships in India and Brazil.

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Leadership transition for Chiquita Brands

January 7th, 2015

Brian Kocher will serve as interim CEO of the new privately-owned Chiquita Brands International.

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Cutrale-Safra completes tender offer for Chiquita

January 6th, 2015

With a tender offer now complete, the Brazilian takeover of Chiquita Brands is right around the corner.

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U.K.: Waitrose offers up Brazilian grape selection

December 18th, 2014

Waitrose will stock various table grape varieties such as Sweet Mayabelle for the festive season.

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New juiceless tomato ‘fantastic’ for foodservice, says Bayer CropScience

November 24th, 2014

Bayer CropScience has two new naturally-bred agricultural products it says will solve some food chain problems.

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Food safety high on the agenda for Brazilian consumers

November 24th, 2014

Brazilian retail specialist Leonardo Miyao discusses trends in South America’s largest fruit and vegetable market.

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Imported apples gain ground in Brazilian market

November 21st, 2014

CEPEA believes a speculative storage strategy has led to lower prices for Brazilian apples.

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U.S.: NatureSeal sees bright future for Latin American fresh-cut sector

November 21st, 2014

NatureSeal’s A.J. Martinich looks at some of the key items and regions with growth potential in fresh-cut produce.

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U.S.: Peak volumes mean ‘now is the time to promote mangoes’

November 18th, 2014

Central American Produce says volatile mango import volumes from Latin America mean buyers must act now.

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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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Brazilian drought causes lime prices to double

October 28th, 2014

With some Brazilian water reservoirs at 5% capacity, lime prices have shot up to US$2.79 per kilogram.

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Brazilian papaya exports much stronger than 2013

October 20th, 2014

Revenue for Brazilian papaya exports has so far been 16% higher this year compared to 2013.

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Handheld citrus greening detection device requires ‘cultural change’

October 20th, 2014

A Brazilian professor says farmers using his HLB-detection machine could control the disease ‘within three years’.

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Chiquita rejects new Brazilian offer

October 16th, 2014

Chiquita says Cutrale-Safra have ‘failed to deliver’ an irrevocable offer, claiming a merger with Fyffes would provide much better value than US$14 per share.

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Brazilian firms sweeten Chiquita offer

October 15th, 2014

In a last-ditch effort, Cutrale-Safra have upped their Chiquita takeover offer to US$14 per share, saying it provides ‘complete certainty’ in terms of value to shareholders.

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Slight rise for Brazil’s early season melon exports

October 14th, 2014

Brazil’s 2014-15 melon export season is already off to a positive start with strong prices as well.

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Brazilian citrus growers welcome heavy rainfall

October 8th, 2014

Rains in southern Brazil have broken the trend of dry weather in 2014 that was negatively affecting citrus growers.

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Fyffes trying to “hoodwink” Chiquita shareholders, says Cutrale-Safra

September 29th, 2014

The Brazilian companies trying to buy Chiquita are not impressed with its recent announcement regarding Fyffes.

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Fyffes raises the stakes in proposed Chiquita merger

September 26th, 2014

In a bid to sway interest away from Brazilian competition, Fyffes is now offering Chiquita shareholders a much greater share in the combined entity.

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Brazilian opening a “great opportunity” for Chilean citrus

September 25th, 2014

The Chilean Citrus Committee is upbeat about new export prospects in nearby Brazil.

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Pear marketing strategy will not change, says Portuguese exporter

September 24th, 2014

A large Portuguese pear company says despite the Russian ban’s effects on EU supply, it will not change tack.

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Brazil opens market for Chilean citrus

September 24th, 2014

Chilean citrus exporters will now have a handy outlet if Northern Hemisphere markets get swamped in the future.

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U.S.: Chiquita bends to takeover possibility

September 8th, 2014

Fyffes has given Chiquita a waiver allowing Chiquita to engage in discussions with its Brazilian suitors.

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U.S.: Pandol Brothers predicts earlier grape import transition this year

August 25th, 2014

A U.S. grape company says consumer preference for freshness is one reason retailers may import earlier this season.

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U.S.: Port of Savannah to receive new fruit imports next month

August 22nd, 2014

A port in the U.S. state of Georgia will soon allow entry for cold-treated citrus from Peru.

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Brazilian authorities approve GM fruit fly trials

August 22nd, 2014

A U.K. company is taking a further step in testing fruit fly controls through genetic modification, but GeneWatch believes the move could threaten the food supply.

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Brazilian table grape producer expects ‘tough season’ after cloudy weather

August 21st, 2014

Brazil’s leading table grape producer says cloudy weather greatly affected white seedless production this year, however a strong domestic market and 14 new varieties mean it isn’t all bad news.

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Brazilian suitor urges Chiquita shareholders to reject Fyffes merger

August 18th, 2014

After the Chiquita board said “no” to a takeover offer, two Brazilian groups are making a direct pitch to shareholders.

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U.S.: Chiquita board rejects Brazilian offer

August 14th, 2014

Banana workers and advocacy groups had raised concern that a Brazilian takeover would set back 15 years of progress. Luckily for them, Chiquita is not recommending the deal to its shareholders.

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El Niño may trigger higher Brazilian mango volume in 2014-15

July 28th, 2014

A report says El Niño bodes positively for Brazil’s mango industry, and not so well for a key competitor.

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Brazilian papaya production excess to wear off in H2

July 25th, 2014

A recent CEPEA report looks at the Brazilian papaya season to date and what can be expected for the rest of 2014.

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Brazilian apple exports take a dive in 2014

July 18th, 2014

Brazilians have spent a lot more on imported apples this year compared to the prices achieved for exports.

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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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Drastic fall for exports of Argentine mandarins, oranges

July 2nd, 2014

An Argentine citrus industry representative says growers urgently need the U.S. and Brazilian markets to be opened if they are to improve their lot.

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Brazil: Fundecitrus releases HLB presence forecast

June 26th, 2014

Forecasts for the potential expansion of HLB in São Paulo do not look good for growers.

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Brazil on pest alert for World Cup

June 12th, 2014

Brazil’s ANDEF has identified 350 pest threats to watch out for during the World Cup.

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Brazilian apple orchards declared free of codling moth

May 6th, 2014

Through extensive eradication work, Brazil is now free of a major apple pest.

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U.S.: papayas parked in growth spot with trailer cooling

May 5th, 2014

An improvised storage solution has triggered growth in American Airlines’ Brazilian papaya freight business, while new routes have also opened up unexpected opportunities elsewhere.

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Cool Logistics Americas just around the corner

May 2nd, 2014

Receive a special booking rate at Cool Logistics Americas in São Paulo by signing up through www.freshfruitportal.com.

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Brazilian limes notch positive performance in early 2014

April 24th, 2014

While Mexican growers have struggled to garner lime volumes, Brazil has recorded a sharp year-on-year uptick.

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Brazil plans organic food promotions for World Cup

April 17th, 2014

An upcoming organic campaign in Brazil would promote sustainable eating to soccer fans at the World Cup.

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Brazilian fruit exports soar in Middle East

April 7th, 2014

In an effort to decrease dependence on the EU, Brazil is sending much more fruit to the Middle East.

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Brazilian fruit association looks to globalize sales

March 27th, 2014

Brazil’s Abrafrutas has its sights set on international markets and better pesticide regulations.

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Brazilian melons approved for import to Chile

March 25th, 2014

Fresh Brazilian muskmelons and watermelons have been approved for sale in Chile.

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Ecuadorian bananas gain reentry to Brazil

March 25th, 2014

After two decades of blockage, Latin America’s top banana producer will once again send fruit to Brazil.

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Fruit volumes dry up under Brazilian drought

March 24th, 2014

A dry start to the year has reduced volumes for several top fruit categories in Brazil.

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GM citrus on trial in world’s top orange-growing region

March 4th, 2014

Resistance to citrus black spot (CBS) disease is the driver behind a new Brazilian GM field study.

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PMA Fresh Connections to link more nations in 2014

March 3rd, 2014

From Shanghai to Pretoria to Sao Paulo, two PMA execs cover a string of Fresh Connections events in the pipeline.

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Brazilian papayas and mangoes in the spotlight

February 28th, 2014

HLB Specialties’ CEO discusses trends surrounding two of the leading export fruits in his native Brazil.

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Sunburn sizzles Brazilian apple crop

February 24th, 2014

Brazil will have fewer apples than expected to work with this season, but hopes are still high for a rise in exports.

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Brazilian state declared free of banana Moko disease

February 21st, 2014

The Brazilian state of Ceará has eradicated a bacterial disease that kills fruit on banana plants.

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Brazilian firm to capitalize on growing avocado demand

February 17th, 2014

A Brazilian Hass avocado exporter plans a significant increase in production over the coming years.

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Brazil’s top citrus state reports major planting decline

February 10th, 2014

High costs and citrus greening are forcing producers out of São Paulo’s citrus industry.

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Peru waits on Brazilian citrus access

January 31st, 2014

Peruvian authorities expect to reach a mandarin export agreement with Brazil by April.

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Brazil: Sao Paulo boasts HLB success story

January 28th, 2014

In the face of a devastating citrus disease, Brazil’s top production state has fought back with vigor.

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Brazil boasts new cherry tomato variety

January 27th, 2014

Brazil’s new cherry tomato variety has been described as one of the tastiest available.

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Tropical triumph for Brazilian fruit exports

January 23rd, 2014

Six out of Brazil’s top seven fresh fruit exports scored improved results in the 2013 season.

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Brazil: papaya plantations decline as exports increase

January 16th, 2014

High labor costs have restricted Brazilian papayas, but the industry is invested in promoting exports.

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Moth prompts phytosanitary emergency in Brazilian state

January 16th, 2014

Brazil now has emergency measures in six states to combat Helicoverpa armigera outbreaks.

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Brazilian bananas close strong year for exports

January 10th, 2014

A favorable exchange rate has encouraged diverse sales for Brazilian bananas.

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Brazilian port undergoes renovation

January 10th, 2014

The Brazilian port of Paranaguá will receive improvements to its cargo processing system.

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Brazilian tomato prices soared in 2013

January 2nd, 2014

Supply shortages in 2013 sent Brazilian tomato prices up a reported 800%.

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Brazilian watermelon shows tolerance to mosaic virus

December 13th, 2013

Brazil’s new Explorer watermelon has shown good disease resistance, post-harvest qualities and a tasty, sweet intense red flesh.

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Europe: year’s end brings high volume and low prices for grapes

November 28th, 2013

Brazil has European grape markets full at the moment. Chile, however, should find a more open market in 2014.

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Banana odor affected by post-harvest treatment, Brazilian study finds

November 28th, 2013

A Brazilian scientist has revealed insights into how cold temperatures and chemicals can affect banana smell and color.

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Brazil releases disease-resistant guarana varieties

November 22nd, 2013

Guarana fruit yields could skyrocket in Amazonas thanks to two new varieties developed in Brazil.

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Frost delays Brazilian watermelon harvest

November 22nd, 2013

A later season is expected for the world’s fourth largest watermelon producer as a result of weather conditions.

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Brazil: Bayer CropScience and Fundecitrus team up on HLB

November 15th, 2013

The “Citrus Unidos” plan provides a US$4 million investment to fight citrus greening in Brazil.

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Brazilian govt expects strong value rise for crops in 2013

November 15th, 2013

Oranges, bananas and tomatoes are set to help support a strong rise in Brazilian crop income next year.

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Brazilian smartphones track fruit back to the farm

November 11th, 2013

With the touch of a smartphone screen, Brazilian shoppers can trace produce across the supply chain.

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China opens access for Brazilian corn exports

November 8th, 2013

Brazil has achieved a breakthrough agreement to ship corn directly to the Chinese mainland.

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Brazil releases fifth seedless grape variety

November 5th, 2013

Isis has joined the ranks among Brazil’s nationally developed seedless grape varieties.

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Brazil develops natural treatment for citrus greening

November 1st, 2013

Brazilian researchers have teamed up to develop the nation’s first natural pesticide against citrus greening.

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Step-by-step traceability builds safety into Brazilian food chain

November 1st, 2013

Traceability must be inclusive for all types of growers and protect the environment, according to Thomas Eckschmidt.

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Tropical pepper plant could provide tool against HLB

October 23rd, 2013

A compound in the Matico pepper plant could provide a natural insecticide against Asian Citrus Psyllid.

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Antioxidant benefits found in mango peels

October 22nd, 2013

Colombian and Brazilian scientists have found value added potential in mango peels due to beneficial bioactive compounds.

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Drought complicates Brazil’s top mango and grape region

October 17th, 2013

Brazil’s overall fruit exports are expected to increase, despite severe drought in the northeast.

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Group of experts refutes EU position on black spot

October 7th, 2013

An international working group has questioned the E.U. stance on citrus black spot.

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Brazil braces before decision on Chinese garlic imports

October 4th, 2013

Mercosur could end a protective tariff on garlic, putting the Brazilian industry on alert.

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Argentine pome fruit yield strong prices abroad

September 25th, 2013

Argentine pome fruit exporters have fetched good prices this year but are concerned about Brazilian currency devaluation.

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Brazil reports pesticide violations for pineapples, mangoes, papayas

September 4th, 2013

Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture found traces of several banned or restricted pesticides on fresh fruit samples.

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Brazil shows off grape juice options

September 3rd, 2013

The Brazilian government put its new grape options on display to promote juice production.

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Chile expects avocado production rise this season

August 28th, 2013

Chile expects growth for its avocado harvest this year despite previous pessimism around frosts and low rainfall.

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Brazilian Senate approves Cashew Cultural Support Fund

August 19th, 2013

If approved by Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff, a new fund will be created to support the country’s cashew growers.

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Brazil: Black Sigatoka costs remain high

August 15th, 2013

Banana growers in Sao Paulo say management costs for Black Sigatoka remain prohibitive.

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Brazil lowers requirements for Chilean avocados

August 9th, 2013

Lower import requirements mean Chile should have easier avocado access to Brazil.

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Brazil releases black grape variety

August 8th, 2013

Brazil’s new variety BRS Núbia has been praised as a step forward for black grapes.

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Cold weather benefits Brazilian apple growers

August 2nd, 2013

Cold weather during dormancy is expected to bump up Brazil’s apple harvest.

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Brazil to stall Ecuadorian banana entry

July 22nd, 2013

Ecuadorian banana exporters are gearing up to ship to Brazil, but the Latin American giant has announced aims to delay the process.

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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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Brazil to launch biofungicide against cacao disease

June 5th, 2013

Witch’s broom disease put a nasty spell on Brazil’s cacao crops in the 90s, but a state institution has come up with an organic remedy.

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New biofungicide registered in Canada

May 31st, 2013

Israel’s Stockton Group has gained registration of a biofungicide in Canada, with hopes of approvals in Brazil and the U.S. in the pipeline.

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Brazilian and Egyptian groups join forces with stonefruit

May 22nd, 2013

An Egyptian grower-exporter’s agreement to grow Brazilian peaches and nectarines may prompt trials with other products.

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Latin American promise in the face of climate change

April 19th, 2013

Latin America may face its own extremes from climate change but several factors will lend the region a helping hand.

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Brazil and Portugal sign fruit trade agreement

April 12th, 2013

Portuguese fruit exporters hope to add to their €40 million in annual trade with Brazil through a special agreement with the country.

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Brazil releases new tangerine variety

March 25th, 2013

A new hybrid tangerine stands out for high output and disease resistance.

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Brazil nears eradication of major fruit pest

March 22nd, 2013

Brazil is close to overcoming one of its most damaging pests, the codling moth.

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Brazilian apple harvest to fall 11% in 2013

March 8th, 2013

Weather impacts and competition with more profitable crops will cut back Brazil’s apple harvest this year.

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Hail punctures Argentine apple crop

March 5th, 2013

Argentina will likely suffer a significant drop in apple exports in the wake of hail last Friday.

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Shipping rates deal blow to Southern Hemisphere fruit exporters

February 28th, 2013

Southern Hemisphere fruit exporters urged shipping lines to reconsider steep rate increases that could damage competitiveness.

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Brazil terminates U.S. dispute over orange juice rates

February 20th, 2013

Brazil is celebrating “victory” in an orange juice trade dispute with the United States.

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Brazil aims to export niche banana variety

February 20th, 2013

Ivanete Pereira says a new Brazilian export banana will provide something new but won’t compete with Cavendish.

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Peruvian mangoes dominate markets

February 18th, 2013

Juan Carlos Rivera explains the positive situation Peru’s mango industry is now in after a staggered start.

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Organic Peruvian grapes hit U.S. shores

February 13th, 2013

Purity Organic has strong expectations for its first ever quality arrivals of organic Peruvian table grapes in the U.S.

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Uncertainty remains over Brazilian 2013-14 citrus crop

January 18th, 2013

Expectations for Brazil’s 2013-14 citrus deal are unclear, but growers believe higher profitability is likely.

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Brazil: Minas Gerais has strong year for pineapples, peaches and grapes

January 11th, 2013

Pineapple shipments from Brazil’s Minas Gerais state grew 724.5% from January to October 2012.

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Brazil: EMBRAPA launches several new fruit varieties

December 19th, 2012

Disease resistance and high productivity are traits of new Brazilian limes, passionfruit and cherries.

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Brazilian citrus forecast down after two strong seasons

December 18th, 2012

Brazilian citrus output is expected to drop by 10% due to stressed trees and average blossoming.

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Brazil reopens market to Argentine table grapes

December 11th, 2012

Brazil has ended a ban on Argentine grapes, reopening a big market between the two countries.

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Oppy touts Brazilian Rainforest Alliance grapes in North America

December 4th, 2012

Oppy’s Bill Poulos has applauded the exceptional quality of Brazilian Rainforest Alliance Thompson grapes.

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Two new black grapes released in Brazil

November 28th, 2012

Brazil’s EMBRAPA has developed two grapes with climate adaptability and high brix levels.

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New peach variety launched in Brazil

November 22nd, 2012

Brazilian researchers are betting a new peach variety will live up to its name, translated as ‘Fascination’.

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Organic food industry booming in Brazil

November 21st, 2012

Brazil moves around US$240 million in organic goods each year, mostly to the benefit of farming families.

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E.U. and Latin America come to historic banana agreement

November 9th, 2012

The E.U. and Latin America were able to end the longest-running dispute in multilateral trading history.

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Brazil suspends citrus exports to E.U.

November 9th, 2012

Disease detection has forced Brazil to cease orange shipments to Europe.

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Brazil unveils disease-resistant banana breed

November 7th, 2012

BRS Platina bananas, a new breed from Brazil, resist yellow Sigatoka and Panama disease.

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South Africa anticipates good season for mango production

October 19th, 2012

Subtrop’s Rudolf Badenhorst says South Africa looks to be in for a good mango harvest in December.

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Grape imports to Europe insufficient as Greek season closes

October 18th, 2012

Brazilian grapes are selling for a high price in Europe as importers struggle to meet demand.

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FAO hopes world hunger levels will halve by 2015

October 11th, 2012

Global hunger levels have dropped significantly but FAO chief, José Graziano Da Silva believes more can be done.

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Snow and frost hit Brazilian apple crop

September 28th, 2012

Brazilian apple growers were expecting a great year until unusual frosts hit orchards this week.

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Portuguese strike impacts ‘very bad’ for business, says fruit exporter

September 24th, 2012

Containers full of pears are sitting and waiting in Portuguese ports due to strikes over austerity measures.

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Bolivia seeks new banana markets

September 12th, 2012

Argentine trade restrictions have led Bolivia to look for new banana export destinations.

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Peru to lead South American grape export jump in 2012-13

September 10th, 2012

Peru is expected to increase its overseas grape shipments by a fifth this season.

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SH grape campaign looking more ‘normal’ this year, says Pandol exec

September 7th, 2012

Conditions are looking better for the Chilean grape deal transition in 2012.

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Brazil seeks to boost raspberry production

September 5th, 2012

A Brazilian study to extend raspberry shelf life should help small to medium sized-growers.

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Fyffes’ pre-tax profits jump by nearly 30% in H1

September 4th, 2012

Fyffes has posted an increase in pre-tax profits thanks to organic growth and shipping efficiencies.

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Brazil’s melon exports get off to a flying European start

September 3rd, 2012

Brazilian melon exports look well placed to take advantage of the Mediterranean’s early season finish.

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Brazil to cut grape exports this season, claims Grupo JD

September 3rd, 2012

Brazil’s table grape harvest kicks off this week but more growers are opting to sell in a strong domestic market.

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Brazil’s U.S. mango exports benefit from Ecuadorian delay

August 24th, 2012

Brazilian mango exporters look set to gain from a delayed start to the Ecuadorian season.

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U.S.: Kingston adds Brazil to mango import program

August 21st, 2012

U.S. distributor Kingston & Associates continues to expand its import scope with mangoes from Brazil.

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Brazilian papayas back on track after U.S. export halt

August 17th, 2012

Brazil’s papaya export industry is recovering from a hiccup in supply due to tax inspector strikes.

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El Niño to drive up Latin America’s temperatures in H2

August 17th, 2012

We provide a synopsis of how El Niño is set to impact Latin American fruit growing countries.

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Northern Chile’s grape profitability challenges

August 2nd, 2012

iQonsulting analyzes the competitive and productive factors affecting northern Chile’s grape exporters.

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Argentine-Brazilian citrus study makes CVC breakthrough

July 30th, 2012

Research in Brazil has so far shown CVC disease is not spread through citrus seeds.

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Peru poised to explore new mandarin markets

July 30th, 2012

Sergio del Castillo explains why Peru’s mandarins have become such a runaway success.

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South American countries unite towards agricultural goals

July 27th, 2012

Members of the Southern Agricultural Council (CAS) have agreed to technical collaboration for Chinese trade.

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Argentina hopes Brazilian export hurdles can be resolved soon

July 26th, 2012

Marcelo Loyarte discusses the core issues that have hindered Argentina’s pome fruit exports in 2012.

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U.S. mango imports stable

July 23rd, 2012

U.S. mango imports were slightly down in week 28.

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Brazil’s mango exports to Europe take a hit

July 18th, 2012

Brazil’s fibrous Tommy Atkins mangoes are proving less popular in Europe.

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Striking a balance between customer satisfaction and grower profitability

July 16th, 2012

Crown Jewels’ Bill Lewis discusses grape and pomegranate supply deals from South America to the U.S. market.

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Brazil and China explore blueberry trade relationship

July 12th, 2012

Rio de Janeiro hosted a Chinese delegation recently to discuss growing and exporting blueberries.

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Opinion: the Rio+20 call for greater ag research

July 9th, 2012

IICA’s David Williams discusses the Rio+20 conference and what it means for agriculture.

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The changing face of the Brazilian produce market

July 2nd, 2012

The U.S. share in Brazil’s produce market is falling, but potential still exists for exporters.

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Argentina reaches sweet citrus deal with Brazil

June 13th, 2012

Argentine growers will finally be able to send oranges to their neighbor Brazil in July.

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Opinion: Amazon Camu-camu fruit offers untapped benefits

June 8th, 2012

The Amazon camu-camu fruit is versatile, antioxidant-rich and can be consumed in myriad ways.

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Brazil: the aftermath of record juice production

June 8th, 2012

CitrusBR president Christian Lohbauer discusses Brazil’s orange juice stock outlook.

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European apple shortage leads to steep price hikes

June 6th, 2012

Apple supply in Europe is tight with a weak euro and foreign growers opting for closer markets.

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Brazilian orange oversupply ‘disturbing’

May 31st, 2012

A build-up of Brazilian orange juice stocks has been disquieting for the industry this year.

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U.S. importer Kingston set to expand pineapple business

May 22nd, 2012

U.S. tropical fruit procurement company Kingston plans to grow its pineapple presence.

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Price hikes for Maersk’s Latin American shipments

May 21st, 2012

Maersk Line has vowed to increase its Latin American route rates to absorb rising fuel costs.

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Brazil ramps up controls against Argentine produce

May 17th, 2012

Argentine fruit producers are struggling to get shipments across the Brazilian border due to tighter controls.

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The Brazilian litchi shift

May 15th, 2012

Agropar boss André Briso discusses Brazil’s high brix litchis and the industry changes taking place.

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Great task ahead for Chilean avocados in Brazil

May 8th, 2012

Convincing Brazilians to make the switch to Hass variety avocados will be a big challenge for Chile.

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Brazil suspends Argentine grape imports

May 4th, 2012

Brazil has taken a hardline reaction to disease mitigation by halting grape imports from Argentina.

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Brazil expects orange production squeeze in 2012-13

May 3rd, 2012

The world’s largest orange-growing region is set for a 15% production drop this year.

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Brazil approves Chilean avocado imports

April 25th, 2012

Brazilian authorities say Chilean avocados can be imported, but will need to meet pest requirements.

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‘Stop wasting your label messages’, Cork urges growers

April 23rd, 2012

Lisa Cork says the push for better packaging and label marketing starts with grower initiative.

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SA producers call on govt to prioritize horticulture in BRICS summits

April 20th, 2012

The South African is under pressure to ensure fruit export opportunities move further up the BRICS agenda.

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National Mango Board to host exporter quality workshops

April 19th, 2012

The NMB will help exporters in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru and Haiti improve mango quality.

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Opinion: the scientific case for GM crops

April 17th, 2012

A former Greenpeace leader calls on the international community to wake up and realize the benefits of GM crops.

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Lack of rainfall helps Brazil’s fig exports grow

April 12th, 2012

Brazil records increased fig sales in the first quarter thanks to good fruit quality.

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‘illegitimate’ food safety measurement cases on the rise, exporters tell WTO

April 3rd, 2012

Indonesia’s proposed Jakarta port closure was among the new concerns raised to the WTO.

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The Packaging Pitch: using trends to future proof your business

April 2nd, 2012

Packaging expert Lisa Cork talks banking on food trends ahead of an upcoming visit to South America.

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Brazilians gloomy over low fruit exports this season

April 2nd, 2012

Brazilian producers are predicting this season will be another year of depressed fruit exports.

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Opinion: Consumer outlook and expectations in Brazil

March 29th, 2012

Zona Sul’s Carlos Cury looks at important trends that produce exporters can capitalize on in Brazil.

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Papaya industry struggling with poor weather conditions

March 19th, 2012

The papaya industry is wrestling with tough weather conditions in the wake of last year’s U.S. salmonella outbreak.

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Brazilian apple sizes down with Fuji harvest now underway

March 14th, 2012

Brazilian apple growers have experienced an ‘interesting’ season in terms of weather and fruit quality.

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Brazil to cut pesticide deaths with farmer education campaign

March 12th, 2012

Brazil is to train farmers nationwide on using pesticides safely.

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Brazilian researchers look at new packaging to double fruit life

March 1st, 2012

Brazillian researchers are working on a new type of edible plastic covering which could double fruit shelf-life.

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APM Terminals says record 2011 profits will boost expansion

February 29th, 2012

A 24% year-on-year rise in profits for ATM Terminals will be ploughed into expanding the operator’s port networks.

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Southern Hemisphere pome fruit volumes forecast to fall in 2012

February 20th, 2012

Apple and pear crops in the Southern Hemisphere are expected to drop this year, but pear shipments are set to rise.

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Food Standards Australia and New Zealand slammed over fruit juice ‘back-flip’

February 16th, 2012

FSANZ has decided not to ban carbendazim in orange juice imports.

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Mango information group gathers momentum after Berlin meeting

February 15th, 2012

The Mango Marketing Promotion and Information (MMPI) platform is in full motion towards reaching its goals.

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Brazil seeks to pass national açaí authenticity law

February 8th, 2012

The Brazilian government may pass a law that aims to stop biopiracy of the ‘açaí’ fruit brand.

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Brazilian officials to meet with U.S. counterparts over orange juice blockade

February 3rd, 2012

Brazil has halted the use of carbendazim on orange crops and is looking for a U.S. reopening.

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Brazil: São Paulo rains delay orange harvest

January 27th, 2012

Orange growers in the southwest of São Paulo are scrambling to capture a high yielding crop and avoid rain damage.

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Opinion: Brazil must raise competitiveness in 2012

January 23rd, 2012

Brazil needs to make changes to consolidate export markets, says PMA representative Valeska de Oliveira.

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Brazil: wine grape crop to fall 20% in Rio Grande do Sul

January 20th, 2012

Brazil would have had another record wine grape harvest this year if it weren’t for hail and drought.

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Chile’s walnut exports increase in value by more than a quarter

January 16th, 2012

Chile’s walnut export industry crosed the US$200 million mark in 2011.

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Aussie citrus growers press for Brazilian orange juice import tests

January 16th, 2012

The Australian citrus industry hopes the government will follow the U.S. in testing Brazilian juice imports.

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U.S. authorities to test Brazilian orange juice imports

January 13th, 2012

U.S. moves to test orange juice for pesticides have caught Brazilian exporters by surprise.

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Hail cuts back Brazilian apple volumes

January 13th, 2012

Brazilian growers were expecting a record year for apple quality, but recent hailstorms have changed that.

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Peru tackling local mango issues to bolster presence in Asia, U.S.

January 11th, 2012

Peruvian mango growers need better coordination to succeed in Asia and increase U.S. access size requirements.

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Brazil’s largest grape grower plans new variety upheaval

January 10th, 2012

Brazilian grape company Fazendas Labrunier is finding new ways to adapt to a competitive market environment.

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SA’s growing processing sector gives exporters new avenues

January 6th, 2012

South Africa’s growing food processing industry is hungry for good quality raw imports.

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Downpour harms papaya crops in Brazil

January 3rd, 2012

Brazil’s papaya growing heartland has been hit by heavy downpour and is at risk of possible fungal damage.

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Brazil on track for historic quality apple crop

December 26th, 2011

Brazil’s apple industry suffered from hail and high exchange rates in 2011, but 2012 is looking brighter.

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Fair trade audits aren’t costly and improve lives, says Nature’s Pride CEO

December 22nd, 2011

Nature’s Pride CEO Shawn Harris says fair trade goes beyond ‘greenwashing’ and needs strong checks to ensure its credibility.

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Mexico on strawberry export roll

December 21st, 2011

Mexico has intensified its strawberry production to post record exports.

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U.S. National Mango Board rallies support for global forum proposal

December 19th, 2011

The National Mango Board’s William Watson talks plans for improved export data and new market opportunities.

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Asian taste for Chilean cherries grows while U.S. imports decrease

December 15th, 2011

China and other Latin American countries are becoming increasingly important markets for Chilean cherries.

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Fruit flies’ future looks bleak due to genetic science

December 15th, 2011

The fruit fly headache for mango exporters could be a thing of the past thanks to genetic engineering.

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Brazil’s orange juice exports set to rise

December 15th, 2011

Brazilian orange juice shipments are expected to increase despite lower crop yields.

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Brazil gets tough on supermarket pesticide levels

December 13th, 2011

The Brazilian government will fine supermarkets that have unacceptable levels of pesticides in produce.

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