March 26, 2015 / Week N° 13

Posts Tagged Canada

GM apple developers set to finally cash in after takeover deal

March 3rd, 2015

A US$4.2 billion biotech company has bought into the fresh-cut and foodservice propositions of Okanagan Specialty Fruit’s (OSF) Arctic apples.

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USDA gives green light to GM apples

February 15th, 2015

Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) is one step closer to getting its genetically modified, non-browning apples on the U.S. market.

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Total Produce buys 50% stake in Gambles Group

February 3rd, 2015

Total produce has expanded its North American operations with a 50% shareholding acquisition of the Canadian fresh produce company Gambles Group.

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Canada: Westmoreland enlists Ifco for packaging solutions

January 20th, 2015

A Canadian greenhouse vegetable grower will be able to reduce its use of cardboard boxes with a new partnership.

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Mastronardi launches new U.S. pepper greenhouse venture

January 13th, 2015

Building on a successful Michigan tomato operation, Sunset Produce will soon grow peppers in a large-scale U.S. pepper greenhouse.

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Opinion: Perception of biotech foods boosted by consumer benefits

January 7th, 2015

Consumers have not yet seen enough tangible benefits from biotech food to make the category popular, argues OSF’s Neal Carter.


Opinion: U.S. farmers losing millions due to Canadian bankruptcies

November 25th, 2014

Lawyer Tim Henkel says the USDA was justified in its actions regarding Canadian exporters and PACA.

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Canadian produce sector hails successful meeting on Parliament Hill

November 25th, 2014

Financial protection for produce sellers was one of the key topics addressed during recent meetings between industry and government in Ottawa.

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Madagascan litchi season kicks off

November 20th, 2014

After conquering palates in Europe, Madagascan litchi growers are now looking for new northern markets.

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Del Monte opens new Canadian fresh cut facility

November 19th, 2014

Fresh Del Monte Produce has opened a new operation to supply fresh cut salads, fruits and vegetables to the Canadian market.

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Less focus on tomatoes for Mexico’s protected hort sector

November 13th, 2014

AMHPAC president Juan Ariel Reyes discusses changing dynamics and key goals for the Mexican protected horticulture sector.

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Canada: Nature Fresh to showcase ‘mobile greenhouse’

November 7th, 2014

Nature Fresh says its mobile micro greenhouse is a great way to educate consumers about food production.

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U.S.: “There will be companies that Canadians don’t sell to,” says Lemaire

November 3rd, 2014

CPMA president Ron Lemaire looks in depth at what less payment protection in the U.S. could lead to for Canadian produce exporters.

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Home ownership possibility key for productivity, says leading tomato grower

October 30th, 2014

NatureSweet’s Michael Joergensen speaks candidly about why his company’s employment policy differs from the norm, and how that translates to better tomato flavor.

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Canada gives green light to Polish apple imports

October 27th, 2014

After talks were fast-tracked in August, Canada will now take some market pressure off Polish apple exporters.

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Canada: Walmart joins CPMA healthy eating initiative

October 23rd, 2014

Walmart Canada a has signed up to the ‘Half Your Plate’ campaign, which aims to make healthy eating easier.

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U.S. revokes Canada reciprocity agreement

October 6th, 2014

Canadian produce companies are no longer protected by the U.S. payment protection system PACA.

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Global cranberry crop to fall in 2014, says Ocean Spray

September 26th, 2014

The North American cranberry harvest is underway, with leading cooperative Ocean Spray expanding internationally.

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U.S. could revoke Canadian reciprocity agreement ‘imminently’

September 25th, 2014

If Canadian authorities don’t act fast, exporters could soon be at risk of going bankrupt if they continue trade with the U.S.

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Canada and Japan reach organic equivalency deal

September 24th, 2014

As of January 2015, Japan and Canada will be able to trade organic produce without the need for further certification.

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Mexico and Canada work to strengthen agri-trade alliance

September 23rd, 2014

A Mexico-specific distribution center will be built in Canada as part of plans to bolster the countries’ trade relationship.

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Peruvian citrus volumes fall back to initial estimates

September 15th, 2014

Peru’s citrus industry has notched a more sober export result after a blistering start to harvests raised expectations.

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Canada: researchers begin farm trials for better sweet potato varieties

September 8th, 2014

Progress has been made in developing sweet potato varieties more suited to Canada’s cool climate.

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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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China: dismaying imported fruit numbers for Mid-Autumn festival

September 1st, 2014

Australian citrus is one of many imported fruits that have suffered from flat sales in China recently.

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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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Canada: Sunset Produce doubles Coldwater Farms greenhouse capacity

August 26th, 2014

An expanded greenhouse with a diffused glass ceiling will support increased tomato production for Sunset Produce.

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Canada pledges to speed up Polish apple access

August 25th, 2014

Canadian authorities have vowed to speed up market access for Polish apple growers, who like their own fishermen have been impacted by Russia’s food import embargo.

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Mexico enjoys colossal growth in key avocado export markets

August 12th, 2014

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

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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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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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Canadian researchers address changing population habits with new funds

August 4th, 2014

Ontario researchers aim to cater to growing Asian populations at home by cultivating more ‘exotic’ vegetables.

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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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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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Canada: accepting increased cargo ‘up to operators’, says Vancouver port

July 15th, 2014

Terminal operators in Vancouver’s port will decide on whether to accept new business in the event of U.S. delays.

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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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Canadian cherry growers expect ‘exponential’ China-bound exports

June 23rd, 2014

British Colombia’s cherry growers say the new deal with China is a gigant step for the industry.

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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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Canada: British Columbia targets sales growth for greenhouse produce

March 26th, 2014

British Columbia hopes to win over local and international markets with a growing greenhouse vegetable sector.

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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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CPMA hails opportunities from upcoming Canada-EU trade deal

February 12th, 2014

While details remain unknown, the Canadian produce industry will look to make the most of a European trade pact.

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British GM purple tomatoes take off in Canada

January 28th, 2014

A Canadian company expects strong regulatory prospects with a U.K.-developed GM purple tomato.

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Canada to remove certification requirements for U.S. onions

January 7th, 2014

U.S. onion growers will soon have less red tape when shipping to their northern neighbors in Canada.

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Colombian papayas make a splash in Canada

December 18th, 2013

Colombian growers have successfully shipped papayas to Canada and are working on certifications to open new markets.

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Getting in early: airfreight produce for “sophisticated” consumers

December 16th, 2013

American Airlines’ Carmen Taylor discusses new produce flight routes and the investment needed to keep perishables in top condition.

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Canada: British Columbian apple growers work through limited supply

December 3rd, 2013

Hail damage cut down British Columbia’s apple crop this year but grower Jagdeep Gill said quality remained high.

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CPMA highlights “aggressive timeline” for Canadian produce import changes

November 18th, 2013

Implementation of the Safe Food for Canadians Act and other regulations will lead to significant changes for produce imports.

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OSF: of course we won’t be supplying McDonald’s soon

November 12th, 2013

Okanagan Specialty Fruits has responded to interpretations of letters about its GM apples.

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Canada: OSF slates Arctic apple production plans

November 12th, 2013

OSF’s Neal Carter discusses plans for GM apple production in the U.S., food service benefits and expectations for Canadian deregulation.

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Okanagan expects U.S. approval for Arctic apples in early 2014

November 8th, 2013

U.S. authorities have opened up assessments on genetically modified apples for public comment.


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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North American produce consignment model evolving

October 28th, 2013

Oppy’s James Milne says the U.S. is moving to a more fixed ‘European’ produce sourcing model as growers seek to cut risks.

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Canadian govt pledges support for greenhouse veggie growers

October 10th, 2013

Canada’s AAFC plans to collaborate with cucumber, tomato and pepper growers to improve yields and fight disease.

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Canadian organic sector sets roots in consumer markets

September 27th, 2013

Canada wraps up its fourth annual Organic Week today, in celebration of the nation’s blossoming organic market.

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Asian Long-horned Beetle found in Canada

September 20th, 2013

Just five months after it was declared as eradicated, an Asian Long-horned beetle has reared its head on an industrial site in Ontario.

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Canada: Global Fruit acquires Ontario packer

September 20th, 2013

The Canadian license holder for Red Prince apples is now vertically integrated after the purchase of a shipper.

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Peru grants approval for Korea pear and pepper imports

September 12th, 2013

A recent approval is expected to “establish a bridgehead” for Korean fruit exports to Latin America.

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Mexico needs better fruit shipping services, says Cocanmex

August 29th, 2013

Mexico’s Roger Gay discusses a need for better direct access to Europe and the prospects of better tasting irradiated mangoes.

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Chinese apple market “very interesting” this year, says importer

August 13th, 2013

Lantao’s John Wang gives his verdict on the varying quality and prospects in China for imported apples, grapes, citrus and cherries.

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Mini, brown tomatoes challenge consumer perception

June 18th, 2013

Mastronardi Produce’s Mini Kumato tomato may look a bit odd at first glance but the company says it’s sweet.

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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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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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Canada’s Agriculture Union slams job cuts

May 10th, 2013

Canada’s agricultural budget cuts put research, industry and food safety at risk, according to a former CFIA inspection supervisor.

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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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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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Oppy introduces NZ red pear “Papple” to North America

April 22nd, 2013

Oppy’s David Nelley talks about a “beacon” for the pear market and positives for Southern Hemisphere suppliers.

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Arctic apples near approval as GM debate carries on

April 15th, 2013

Nonbrowing Arctic apples look and taste just like their parent fruit, but will consumers accept the GM product?

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Costco Wholesale Canada: from convenience to cocktail cucumbers

March 26th, 2013

Oleen Smethurst discusses the produce initiatives and lessons learned at Costco Wholesale in Canada.

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Chile pursues Canadian berry varieties

March 19th, 2013

Chile will plant 4,000 Saskatoon berry plants over three years to test their suitability to the climate.

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Oppy receives 12th Canada’s best managed companies recognition

February 28th, 2013

Oppy now has a dozen consecutive Canada’s Best Managed Company recognitions to its name.

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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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U.S.: Mission Produce expands North American reach

January 22nd, 2013

U.S. distributor Mission Produce plans to grow its capabilities in Canada and Mexico.

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New markets and varieties for Canadian cherry growers

January 17th, 2013

Six new cold-weather cherry varieties have entered their first year of production in Canada.

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Oppy expands bell pepper and cucumber sourcing

January 15th, 2013

The Oppenheimer Group will soon become a marketer of around 2 million boxes of sweet bell peppers.

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Total Produce acquires majority share of Oppy

January 8th, 2013

By 2017, Europe’s top produce company will control 65% of the Oppenheimer Group.

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Chilean grape exports to North America down 31.2%

January 7th, 2013

A shortfall in Chilean export grapes has led to high prices for both white and red seedless.

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Washington apple crop exceeding expectations, says Domex

January 4th, 2013

Domex’s Howard Nager takes a look at the core issues shaping this year’s U.S. apple and pear crop.

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Red-flesh apple project goes global

November 13th, 2012

Marketers from five continents have come on board with an IFO red-flesh apple project.

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Researchers find black raspberry aphid resistance

November 6th, 2012

Three populations of black raspberries have shown resistance to a disease-spreading aphid.

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Flat and nimble management bears fruit for Oppy

November 6th, 2012

Oppy president John Anderson talks about independent decisions and competing for supply.

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Canada invests in marketing for innovative organic farming

October 29th, 2012

Canada is pushing to give its organic foods a competitive edge on the international market.

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Opinion: shop, click, cook…will online be the new green grocer?

October 19th, 2012

Dawn Gray looks at how the Amazon online business model could take the produce industry by storm.

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Canada launches new apple variety

October 15th, 2012

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has bred a new apple crossing Splendour and Gala varieties.

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Chile: Azapa Valley organic olives ripe for export

October 12th, 2012

An historic olive region in Chile is moving towards organic production to improve grower returns.

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Mexico sets its berry sights on the Far East

October 10th, 2012

Mexico’s Aneberries president Mario Steta is confident growers will soon gain access to China.

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Canadian grocery store posts healthy sales rise

September 17th, 2012

The parent company of Sobeys’ grocery chain has shown positive sales growth, thanks in part to acquisitions.

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Canada: British Columbia’s blueberry season finishing in style

September 13th, 2012

British Columbian blueberry farmers expect the season to close in early October with a 15% volume rise.

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Salmonella scare takes its toll on unassociated mango varieties

September 7th, 2012

Distributors have urged retailers to understand the specifics of the current mango salmonella scare.

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Opinion: blueberries are the Peruvian export star

September 4th, 2012

Federico Beltrán Molina takes an in-depth look at Peru’s blueberry potential and competitive threats.

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Peru forecasts Canada-bound ag export growth spurt

August 23rd, 2012

Canada’s demand for high quality and value added products has worked in favor of Peruvian horticulturalists.

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Opinion: peeling away hyped-up apple expectations

August 20th, 2012

Weather troubles have fueled hopes for strong apple returns, but could a lack of promotions cut expectations?

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Opinion: nanofilm holds key to extending South Asia’s fruit shelf life

August 17th, 2012

K.S. Subramanian discusses a joint Indian-Sri Lankan-Canadian project to improve packaging technology.

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U.S. apple industry claims GM brand could hurt exports

August 7th, 2012

The U.S. Apple Association has questioned the need for a GM fruit in the industry.

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Canadian cherry cultivar wins top award

August 6th, 2012

The Sweetheart cherry cultivar has helped Canada establish itself as a worldwide exporter.

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Opinion: how GM non-browning apples could benefit growers

August 6th, 2012

OSF’s Neal Carter talks about silencing genes that cause browning and bruising in apples and other fruit.

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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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Peru’s mandarin and organic banana exports rise in H1

July 26th, 2012

Good prices have helped drive growth for Peruvian mandarins and organic bananas this year.

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Peru’s citrus exports set to climb this season

July 16th, 2012

Peru is on schedule to exceed last year’s citrus exports by 3.8%.

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U.S. consumers to comment on GM non-browning apples

July 16th, 2012

Two new GM non-browning apples must gain public feedback before U.S. authorities allow them to go on sale.

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