July 01, 2015 / Week N° 27

Posts Tagged Cherries

U.S.: Packhouse destroyed in Washington fire

July 1st, 2015

While facilities affiliated with Domex and Stemilt have suffered varying degrees of damage, cherry production and orchard operations in Wenatchee are continuing as normal.

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U.S.: Stemilt uses mobile hydrocoolers to boost cherry shelf life

June 24th, 2015

A major Northwest cherry grower says it has the largest network in the industry of on-farm cooling machines.

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U.S.: New Asia-bound flight to benefit large cherries

June 16th, 2015

A new route from Seattle-Tacoma across the Pacific will see its first flight take off this weekend.

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U.S.: Stemilt introduces ‘sweetest cherry brand on the market’

June 11th, 2015

The season of a major U.S. cherry grower’s new Skylar Rae-branded fruit will last for a month from mid-June.

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First Tajikistani cherries of 2015 land in China

June 4th, 2015

Cherry shipments from Tajikistan continue after the country first received market access for China one year ago.

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Australia: Victorian cherry exports more than doubled in 2014-15

May 14th, 2015

The Australian state of Victoria gained significant ground on Tasmania this season for cherry exports.

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U.S. cherries in top shape for Memorial Day and July 4 sales, says Stemilt

May 7th, 2015

With a long cherry season ahead, Stemilt Growers gives the lowdown on what retailers can expect through to September.

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California cherries arrive in China

April 29th, 2015

Oheng Import & Export Co was one Chinese company receiving the first batches of California cherries in Shanghai earlier this week.

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Early starts likely for U.S. and Canadian cherry growers

April 27th, 2015

While the British Columbia cherry growers are ‘mobbed’ by Chinese interest, the U.S. Northwest early start is cause for ‘excitement’.

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U.S.: APHIS completes pest risk analysis for Spanish cherry imports

April 24th, 2015

The U.S. has identified five potential pests that would need control if Spain were to be granted access for cherry imports.

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Turkish cherry producer dodges frost scare

April 21st, 2015

Despite industry concerns a recent cold snap might hamper Turkish cherry production, one grower is expecting higher volumes.

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Australian cherry exports jump by a third

April 10th, 2015

Australia’s cherry industry body says better airfreight protocols are needed, amid expectations for a doubling of exports over the next ‘five to seven years’.

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Russia: Putin disappoints on Greek import speculation

April 8th, 2015

Today’s meeting between Vladimir Putin and Alexis Tsipras was not fruitful enough to lift the Kremlin’s ban on Greek food imports.

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Russian ban prompts harvest change for early-season Spanish cherries

March 25th, 2015

An exclusive Spanish cherry group has had to reconfigure its greenhouse conditions to adapt to the loss of the Russian market.

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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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Seoul searching pays off for Aussie cherry industry

February 27th, 2015

Stemming from a recent FTA, Australia’s cherry exports to South Korea have experienced exponential growth.

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Australia: Reid Fruits fights for IP rights in China

February 25th, 2015

An Australian cherry shipper is taking steps to tackle the counterfeiting of its brand in Asia.

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Imported fruit losing exotic appeal in China, says trader

February 19th, 2015

China’s efforts to halt corruption have affected gift giving, and therefore the sales of imported Australian premium fruits.

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Uzbek exporter eyes European market growth

February 13th, 2015

It may have a mouthful of a name, but Uztadbirkoreksport is feeding more stomachs in Europe courtesy of a new office in Riga.

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China: Fruitday’s sales reach new heights

February 10th, 2015

E-commerce giant Fruitday’s January sales value almost matched the whole first half of 2013.

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India: Momentum builds for IG International’s Czech cherry venture

February 4th, 2015

An Indian company’s investment in Czech cherry orchards is set to pay dividends in the coming years.

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Chilean cherry exports to hit 150,000MT in ‘four to five years’

February 3rd, 2015

A good U.S. dollar exchange rate supported the Chilean cherry sector in a season of record volumes.

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Chilean cherry prices in China ‘significantly’ lower than previous season

February 2nd, 2015

Some arrivals of Chilean cherries in China will not be opened for a few weeks when demand is due to increase.

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Chilean cherry exporter hopeful for price rebound in China

January 27th, 2015

A huge spike in volume has made the Chinese cherry market challenging this year for Chilean shippers.

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IG International aims to double Chilean cherry sales in India

January 6th, 2015

IG International is confident about Chile’s cherry potential and is also launching a new dragonfruit program.

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Argentine cherries reach Hong Kong market

December 19th, 2014

Argentine cherry exports have been made more viable with the help of direct flights from Patagonia to international markets.

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Decofrut forecasts 17% fall in Chilean cherry exports

December 3rd, 2014

A Chilean consultancy has provided a variety-by-variety glimpse of cherry damages in the wake of weekend rains.

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Chilean cherry crop falls 15% after heavy rainfall

December 1st, 2014

Up to 40% of cherries in a key Chilean growing region are no longer eligible for export following rainfall on Saturday.

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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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Australia-China FTA “music to our ears”, says Joyvio

November 25th, 2014

A Chinese agribusiness hopes the Australian FTA will also lead to simplified quarantine protocols for fruit imports, and has also signaled plans to include South African sourcing.

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Chile: Cherry plant demand soars, kiwifruit interest tumbles

November 21st, 2014

A Chilean nursery company says attractive prices for cherries in China are spurring on production growth.

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Japanese market opens for fumigation-free Chilean cherries

November 20th, 2014

A decision by Japan’s MAFF will now allow for much greater volumes of Chilean cherries this Christmas.

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Aussie produce industry welcomes China FTA

November 17th, 2014

Australia’s fresh fruit, vegetable and orange juice sectors are all set to gain after the signing of an FTA with China.

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China: Fruitday gears up for Mexican blackberries, Chilean avocados

November 14th, 2014

After tripling sales in the last year, Fruitday co-founder Loren Zhao looks ahead for fruit imports in 2014-15.

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South Africa: Dutoit branches out into early cherries for U.K. market

November 11th, 2014

Gysbert du Toit talks about the evolution of an early cherry deal from South Africa in a tie-up with Californian varieties.

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Australia: Mainland cherry registrations for Chinese exports a “good step”

November 10th, 2014

Mainland Australian cherry growers had previously ignored the option to export directly to China with cold treatment, but that approach has changed this season.

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Vietnam considers Australian fruit import suspension

November 4th, 2014

After dealing with years of headaches forming a new protocol to regain Thai market access, the Australian horticultural industry may face new non-tariff challenges in another South East Asian market.

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Chilean cherry growers turn their luck around

November 4th, 2014

Chile looks on track to export 100,000MT of cherries this season, stepping up a notch with its Chinese focus.

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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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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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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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Chinese cherry investment a “breath of fresh air” for Aussie growers

October 13th, 2014

Greater investment from abroad could shift Australian cherry growers away from their domestic market focus.

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Australia: bee-delivery system a win for cherry growers

September 25th, 2014

A biological control system used for strawberries has been rejigged by Australian scientists for cherries, and could potentially be applied to a range of other crops.

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‘Breakthrough’ made in Chile’s path to opening cherry exports to South Korea

September 8th, 2014

Following a successful meeting, the first cherry shipment from Chile to South Korea looks like it will be next season.

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The new Silk Road: Kashgar Airport links Pakistani mangoes with China

September 5th, 2014

China’s Silk Road economic belt strategy is expected to lead to more Central Asian fruit imports.

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Canadian cherry exporter hails ‘unlimited opportunities’ in China

September 5th, 2014

As a very successful second season with excellent prices in China draws to a close, one Canadian cherry company says shoppers are ‘more sophisticated’ than five years ago.

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NZ growers take action to mitigate rain risks for cherries

September 2nd, 2014

New Zealand cherry industry players discuss several steps underway to make the most of booming opportunities in Asia.

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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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USDA expects Chilean stonefruit rebound in 2014-15

August 21st, 2014

After frosts that hit the recent crop, Chile stonefruit growers are gearing up for higher production in 2014-15.

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‘We’ll find other markets’, says Aussie cherry grower rep

August 14th, 2014

Simon Boughey is not too fussed about the loss of the Russian cherry market for now.

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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: a call for agreement between Russia and Poland

July 31st, 2014

Irina Koziy gives the lowdown on the different implications of Russia’s recent ban on many Polish crops.

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Chile: cherry prices go sky high in record year for growers

July 29th, 2014

Chilean cherries prices shot up this year but not all growers received the full benefit of the increase.

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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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A tale of two states for U.S. sweet cherry production

June 27th, 2014

The biggest U.S. states for sweet cherry production have witnessed significant changes, in opposite directions.

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U.S. Northwest finds cherry amour the world over

June 27th, 2014

A range of markets are showing great interest in U.S. Northwest cherries, but it would take the “entire world” to move the 2014 crop.

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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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U.S.: Dragonberry Produce bullish on niche apple opportunities in China

May 22nd, 2014

Amy Nguyen is optimistic for selling a range of produce items in China following a recent USDA trade mission visit.

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U.S. cherry grower set for double last year’s crop

May 21st, 2014

Excellent weather has led to one northwestern U.S. fruit grower expecting a huge rise in cherry production this year.

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U.S: Chelan gears up copters to protect cherry crop from rain

May 8th, 2014

Chelan Fresh has high expectations for the cherry season around the corner, with bigger volumes of a well-received variety introduced in 2012.

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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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Chile reports gains in cherry campaign, despite frosts

April 29th, 2014

Chilean cherry exports grew by almost a third, but frosts still took their toll on final volume.

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Australia: Boughey calls for more “commercial” Thai cherry protocols

April 23rd, 2014

The Australian Government has requested changes to Thai cherry import protocols.

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Australian stonefruit industry regains Thai access

April 23rd, 2014

After a three-year hiatus, Aussie stonefruit growers are squeezing in late season shipments to Thailand.

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India: IG International set for record Chilean apple imports

April 14th, 2014

From apple scarcity to a flood of Iranian kiwifruit, IG International’s Tarun Arora explains Indian market trends, along with a few export ventures.

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Volumes down, values up for Australian cherries

April 10th, 2014

Australian cherry exporters have gotten more bang for their buck in recent months.

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PMA: Chile feels the heat under Chinese cherry demand

April 3rd, 2014

With Chinese cherry demand growing, should Chile worry about over reliance on the Asian market?

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China: Kashgar Airport to become designated fruit entry point for Xinjiang

March 3rd, 2014

Transportation time for Pakistani fruit exported to China will be cut to 70 minutes by air.

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Korean FTA brings tariff break for Australian cherries, citrus, nuts

February 18th, 2014

A wide range of Australian horticultural products will enjoy an immediate tariff break in Korea.

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Washington researcher warns of little cherry disease devastation

February 6th, 2014

A mysterious disease in Washington state is causing small, tasteless and unmarketable cherries.

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China facing widespread cherry shortage, says importer

January 29th, 2014

Two Chinese experts explain the factors behind this year’s “viral” cherry sales campaign.

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Spring Festival favors Chilean cherries

January 2nd, 2014

Volume for Chilean cherries may be down for the Chinese New Year but the fruit should perform well.

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Finding the right rootstock for balanced cherry production

January 2nd, 2014

Oregon cherry researcher Lynn Long has found promising results from two Russian roostocks.

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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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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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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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Taiwan to slash tariffs for NZ cherry exporters

November 21st, 2013

New Zealand is set to get a fresh competitive edge in its top cherry export market.

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Chilean cherry industry continues Chinese focus

November 18th, 2013

The Chilean cherry industry expects a slight rise in exports to China this year, despite the effects of frosts.

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Agreement connects Chilean fruit to China’s top wholesale markets

October 24th, 2013

Through an ASOEX agreement, Chilean fruit will have a direct route to 200 Chinese wholesale markets.

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Chile must watch out for Australia-China FTA, says importer

October 19th, 2013

A Chinese fruit importer has urged Chilean shippers to lower their price expectations in the market.

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Chelan Fresh promotes cherries on the go

October 11th, 2013

Chelan Fresh’s Mac Riggan compares the company’s Cup o’ Cherries to the convenience of a to-go coffee.

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

October 9th, 2013

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

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Chile looks to new fruit markets, better access

October 9th, 2013

Indonesia, Morocco and India were a few markets highlighted for Chilean fruit opportunities at Fruittrade yesterday.

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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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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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Australian cherry production could rise in 2013-14

September 9th, 2013

A USDA report forecasts jumps and falls in the production of different Australian stonefruit crops in 2013-14.

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Japan cherry and peach growth prospects look “grim”, says USDA

August 29th, 2013

An aging population and a shift away from fresh fruit are affecting Japan’s stonefruit market growth possibilities.

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Strong Polish cherry demand continues, says co-op

August 27th, 2013

Rajpol’s Dominik Wozniak discusses a year of rising demand for Polish cherries abroad and at home.

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Bing cherries lead social media mentions

August 26th, 2013

Mentions for Bing cherries outpaced the Rainier variety on Twitter and Facebook.

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Growth expected for EU cherry leader in 2013

August 16th, 2013

Good winter conditions were kind to cherry production in Poland, the world’s top exporter of frozen cherries.

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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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Fresh U.S. cherries arrive direct to Chinese homes

August 5th, 2013

A Chinese website is flying in U.S. cherries to meet strong demand for the fruit.

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Spain: exporter upbeat on cherry outlook

July 19th, 2013

Despite adverse weather, one cherry exporter in northern Spain reported a strong season with high prices.

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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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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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Chile’s FIA aims for eco-friendly cherry protection

June 13th, 2013

A Chilean cherry research project will use rhizobacteria to fight damaging parasites.

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Optical cherry sorter brings upgrade to California industry

May 23rd, 2013

Optical cherry sorters may help ease labor shortage in California.

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Turkey: Alara confident for cherry export season

May 20th, 2013

Turkey’s leading cherry grower-exporter is upbeat this season but taking no chances on the impacts of inclement weather.

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Russian rootstocks hold promise across Chile

May 13th, 2013

A sweet cherry rootstock out of Russia may have cross-regional utility for Chilean growers.

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Opinion: the outlook for Australian produce imports

May 9th, 2013

Michael Worthington says Australian growers need to consider how to deal with potentially higher fresh produce imports.

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Univeg Katopé UK to trial new Californian cherries

May 8th, 2013

The “Frisco” and “Rocket” cherry varieties could encourage an earlier U.K. season.

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Australia: pre-shipment inspection available for Californian cherries

April 23rd, 2013

Australia will add cherries from California to its pre-shipment inspection program.

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SPS measures holding back U.S. produce exports to Asia

April 17th, 2013

The U.S. Trade Representative has listed several sanitary and phytosanitary measures holding back exports.

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Asian growth drives record Aussie cherry deal

April 9th, 2013

A recent Australian cherry report looks at export dynamics by state and destination.

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Australia: Tasmanian cherry crop hit record in 2012-13

April 5th, 2013

A good growing season and less Chilean competition helped boost Australian cherries in 2012-13.

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Chile suffers big drop in cherry export volume

March 26th, 2013

Chile had a rough year for cherries due to poor climatic conditions that struck a blow to output.

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Cherry-plum hybrid ready for marketing in E.U., Turkey

March 22nd, 2013

Developers hope the Nadia cherry-plum hybrid will lead a new generation of fruit.

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Season kicks off for Spanish “Cherries Glamour”

March 15th, 2013

Oscar Ortiz explains the development of a unique cherry brand in a lucrative market window worldwide.

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Australia sends first cherry shipments to China

January 21st, 2013

The first Australian cherry exports to China took off late last week.

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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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Chilean growers take Australian lessons in cherry management

January 16th, 2013

Chilean cherry growers are aiming to reduce dependence on scarce labor supply by learning Australian techniques.

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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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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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Chilean cherry program aims to defy cold hour norms

December 17th, 2012

A Chilean breeding program is aiming for cherries that can be grown in earlier and warmer northern areas.

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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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U.S. proposes lower assessment rates for Washington stonefruit

December 7th, 2012

Washington’s cherry and apricot growers are set to have lower marketing rates on their fruit.

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State-of-the-art cherry processing plant launched in Chile

November 27th, 2012

Chile’s top cherry exporter has opened a US$30 million processing plant.

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Tough weather cuts back Chilean cherry forecast

November 12th, 2012

Chile’s cherry export figures will be quite different this year going into mid-December.

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Australia gains Chinese cherry market access

November 12th, 2012

Australia has finally achieved access to the highly coveted Chinese cherry market.

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Chilean cherry exports to rise 11%

October 25th, 2012

Isabel Quiroz says Chile neglecting the U.S. cherry market would not be good for its long term business.

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U.S.: MSU researcher lauds benefits of retractable roof for cherries

October 16th, 2012

MSU’s Dr Gregory Lang discusses the benefits of retractable rooves for protected cherry production.

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Kingo plans Asian expansion for growing Chilean fruit demand

October 8th, 2012

Kingo Chile general manager Carlos Martin Vasquez discusses trends for fruit exports to China, Taiwan and Korea.

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China and Thailand on the horizon for Australian cherry exporters

October 2nd, 2012

Australian and Chinese officials will hold bilateral talks in Beijing this month to discuss cherry market access.

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Chile urged to exploit India’s rising cherry and kiwifruit demand

September 19th, 2012

Chile needs to intensify its marketing in India to make the most of lower import tariffs.

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Total Cherry gains U.K. rights to grow late-ripening cultivar

September 7th, 2012

Okanagan has granted production rights for the Staccato cherry in the U.K. and Ireland.

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Turkish stonefruit production picks up in 2012

August 28th, 2012

Turkish cherry production and exports have recovered from a ‘devastating’ 2011.

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Opinion: biological fruit pest controls assist South African exports

August 14th, 2012

Anton Rabe explains how sterile mating is controlling Mediterranean fruit fly populations in South Africa.

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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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Washington State hailstorm fruit damage still unclear

July 27th, 2012

Thunderstorms and hail in Washington State have caused isolated fruit orchard damage.

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Rain stumps U.K.’s growing cherry industry

July 19th, 2012

Cold weather and prolonged rain have slowed down England’s ambitious cherry growth.

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New cherry growers to boost Oppy’s U.S. volumes

June 13th, 2012

Oppenheimer expects enhanced cherry volumes for the U.S. Northwest program.

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Australia calls on Taiwan to keep cherry cold treatment protocol

June 1st, 2012

Taiwan has threatened to cut off Australia’s cold treatment cherry export option if it is not used this year.

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Facing Australia’s fresh produce oversupply hurdles

May 22nd, 2012

PMA’s Michael Worthington provides a snapshot of Australia’s produce industry and retail trends.

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Big drop for Chilean organic food last year

May 16th, 2012

Chile’s organic horticultural production land fell last year, but positive signs were seen for organic wine.

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Q&A: discovering Patagonia’s fruit industry promise

May 3rd, 2012

Fedefruta chief Antonio Walker says Patagonia is Chile’s comparative advantage in the fruit industry.


Chile and India look for fruit trade opportunities

April 30th, 2012

Chilean ag minister Luis Mayol has met with Indian Ambassador Pradeep Kapur ahead of an Asian tour.

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Chile: Port of Valparaiso notches 16% fruit export rise

April 17th, 2012

Chile’s port of Valparaiso has shown good capacity to handle a significant rise in fruit exports this year.

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Aussie horticulture looks for more ‘consistent protocols’

April 12th, 2012

Australian cherry growers are looking for more options in protocol negotiations with China and Thailand.

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Opinion: the ‘huge potential’ for Chilean fruit in India

March 23rd, 2012

An FTA could make India “capable of consuming all of Chile’s produce”, says a leading fruit importer.

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Thai inspectors visit Chilean apple and kiwifruit plantations

March 14th, 2012

Thailand and Chile have taken fresh steps towards developing a fruit trade protocol.

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Chile’s fresh fruit exports climbed 5.8%

March 7th, 2012

Chile’s fruit shipments jumped due to an increasing appetite for cherry, plum and blueberry imports.

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Coconut, fruit and nut waste could power energy-poor countries

February 23rd, 2012

A U.S. study has found there is serious electricity-generating potential in fruit, nut and coconut waste.

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U.S. puts pressure on Indonesia over Jakarta port closure plans

January 26th, 2012

Fruit exporters from Washington State, California and Australia discuss the impacts of a potential Jakarta port closure.

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Aussie stonefruit exporter expects post-Chinese New Year congestion

January 25th, 2012

Australia’s stonefruit sales in Asia were going well until Chilean fruit flooded the market.

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Fruit overload hits HK with Chinese New Year logistical ‘collapse’

January 23rd, 2012

The allure of Chinese New Year prices has attracted more fruit this year, leading to logistical constraints in Hong Kong.

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‘Devastating’ rain dampens NZ stonefruit hopes

January 20th, 2012

New Zealand’s export cherries and apricots have taken a battering from heavy rain.

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Australia: Thai cherry ban hits Tasmania despite pest-free status

January 18th, 2012

A strong domestic market has helped compensate the effects of a Thai ban on Australian cherries.

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Opinion: reducing cherry cracking through better management

January 17th, 2012

A University of Tasmania researcher discusses promising findings about managing cherry crops to avoid cracking.

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Chile notches strong rise in cherry exports

January 12th, 2012

Chile is sending higher cherry volumes to Asia this year, but will prices keep steady?

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Chile looks to new fruit varieties to boost exports

January 11th, 2012

Chile is busy testing new fruit hybrids which it believes are key for strengthening its market position.

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Fire destroys Chilean orchards in southern region

January 6th, 2012

Luis Mayol’s first act as Chilean Agricultural Minister is offering a credit line for fire-affected farmers.

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Peru may export first blueberries in September, says govt agency

January 5th, 2012

The Peruvian government is hopeful a small shipment of blueberries will be exported in September.

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U.S.: Giumarra to sell NZ cherries and apricots

December 30th, 2011

Giumarra will work with New Zealand-based RD8 Fresh Produce to sell apricots and cherries in the U.S.

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Australian cherry capital leaves 60% of fruit unpicked

December 29th, 2011

Growers in a key Australian cherry region are leaving fruit on trees and are calling on the government for export support.

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Aussie cherries unlikely to hit lucrative Chinese New Year window

December 23rd, 2011

Australia cherry growers are gearing up for potential Chinese export entry in February.

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Chilean cherry exporters could struggle with early Chinese New Year

December 20th, 2011

Chile expects record cherry exports to China this season, but will earlier Chinese New Year celebrations hit prices?

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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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SA: New cherry varieties deliver bumper crops

December 15th, 2011

South Africa’s cherry industry looks set to expand with the planting of a new range of cultivars suited to milder climates.

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Cherry growers in Argentine province have lost 50% of volumes

December 9th, 2011

Volcanic ash has slashed cherry production in the Patagonian province of Neuquén.

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Argentina: Mendoza cherry outlook ‘unprofitable’ this season

November 29th, 2011

Cherry growers in Argentina’s Mendoza province are facing negative cash flows and tough market conditions.

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Peru’s Andes have perfect cherry conditions, claims expert

November 28th, 2011

Peru has the possibility of extending the Southern Hemisphere cherry season and producing the fruit on a grand scale.

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The U.S. is selecting and repacking cherry imports

November 23rd, 2011

Cherry imports from Argentina and Chile are being re-packed in the U.S. to make them more appealing.

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Chile’s early maturing cherries suffer rain damage

November 11th, 2011

Some early maturing cherries in Chile have suffered damage from rainfalls earlier this week.

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Volcano ash affects cherries in Argentine province

November 7th, 2011

Ash from the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle Volcano eruption could lead to a difficult cherry season in an Argentine province.

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Aussie cherries could take on Chile in China

November 2nd, 2011

A delegation of Australian cherry growers is headed to China today with hopes of market access before Christmas.

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Chile revises cherry export forecast

October 28th, 2011

Frosts have led to minor damages for Chilean cherries, but the country is still on track for a record year.

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Argentine cherry co-op predicts 42% production rise

October 25th, 2011

An Argentine cherry grower co-operative in Patagonia has forecast a significant production rise this year.

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Chile could pop cherry record

October 14th, 2011

If Chile’s mild spring continues the country could be in for a record cherry harvest.

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Australia’s NSW stonefruit cream of the crop

October 13th, 2011

Plenty of rain and cool temperatures have helped the Australian state of NSW state with its stonefruit harvest.

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SA apricots could hit U.S. shelves next month

October 6th, 2011

South African stonefruit exports are set to arrive in the U.S. after a positive assessment from APHIS.

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Chile’s fruit industry lacks 33% of the labor it needs

September 22nd, 2011

Urbanization has spurred Chile’s fruit union to call for labor law changes if it is to meet its high export goals.

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Chile to boost fruit exports to China, Indonesia

September 14th, 2011

Chile is increasingly looking to China and Indonesia for horticultural export opportunities.

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Aussie stonefruit could ‘rebound’ in CY2012

August 23rd, 2011

Australian peaches, nectarines and cherries are expected to ‘rebound’ in crop year 2012, according to a USDA report.

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Chile’s peach area down, cherries set to rise

August 16th, 2011

Chile’s peach and nectarine cultivation area has declined in recent years but growers have planted more productive varieties.

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Chile looks for Bangladesh fruit opportunities

August 2nd, 2011

Chile is looking to export kiwifruit and cherries to Bangladesh.

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U.S. sells first cherries to Western Australia

July 26th, 2011

The U.S. has shipped it’s first ever fresh fruit to Western Australia.

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China Snapshot: Chile’s growing fruit trade with the Asian giant

July 18th, 2011

With Chilean blueberries now allowed for Chinese market entry, we take a look at how the fruit is selling on the ground.

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Chile’s fruit exports rise 13% in early 2011

July 7th, 2011

Chile’s Office of Agriculture Studies and Policy (ODEPA) gives an export breakdown of different fruit species in the first five months of 2011.

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Profits pop for Chile’s cherries

July 1st, 2011

Net returns for Chile’s cherry exports have fallen 25% during the 2010-11 season for all varieties.

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Chile’s venture capitalists opt for agro-innovation

June 17th, 2011

With risk comes reward for Chile’s fruit venture capitalists.

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Mixed response from SA growers to U.S. stonefruit potential

June 3rd, 2011

The USDA’s latest announcement on South African stonefruit could open a niche market, but there is doubt over transfer times.

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SA stonefruit make U.S. headway

June 2nd, 2011

South Africa’s apricots, cherries and plumcots are one step closer to hitting U.S. supermarket shelves.

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Chile’s fresh fruit exports grow 19.1% in Q1

May 18th, 2011

Chile’s fresh fruit export growth was heavily driven by apples and grapes in the first quarter of 2011.

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Aussie cherry grower to be charged with fraud

May 6th, 2011

More than US$45 million of Australian ag businessman Paul Rennie’s assets have been frozen by a Federal Court judge.

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Chile’s fruit shipments 19.5% higher in January

March 8th, 2011

Chile’s Office of Agriculture Studies and Policy (ODEPA) has announced a 19.5% rise in fruit shipments in January.

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Italian-owned Chile fruit company to triple exports

February 25th, 2011

Unifrutti Global’s Chilean arm refuses to rest on its laurels of successful export growth, with plans to invest in modernizing facilities and building production capacity.

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New Zealand cherry volumes 50% lower than expected

February 11th, 2011

Summer rains have slashed New Zealand cherry harvest expectations in half, but record export volumes are still likely.

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U.S. cherry supplier calls for better labeling

January 26th, 2011

U.S. cherry supplier and importer of Chilean cherries calls for more accurate labelling on cartons.

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Chile’s cherry exports hit historic highs

January 19th, 2011

Chile’s cherry exporters record 83% boost in shipments compared to 2009-10 season.

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New Zealand cherry crop weathers rain

January 3rd, 2011

Otago region, already posting big volumes, reports small losses

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In Chile, 2 new cherry varieties launch, apples varieties on their way

December 17th, 2010

The Earlise and Bigalise cherry varieties will be grown in Chile and exported abroad.

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Australia’s late cherries survive heavy rain, group says

December 15th, 2010

Up to 8,000 metric tons of good quality fruit ready to be harvested

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Rain reduces Chile cherry export forecast by 10%

December 15th, 2010

Precipitation hit right before the harvest peak in growing areas south of the capital over the weekend.

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Heavy rain damages up to 7,000 MT of Chile’s cherries

December 14th, 2010

Unusual precipitation falls as cherries reach peak harvest time. Damage could affect as much as 10% of the season’s harvest.

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Australia could take up to 80% loss on melons, cherries due to rains

December 7th, 2010

Continuing heavy rain in eastern and southern Australia has devastated crops. Apart from the fruit industry the nation’s multibillion-dollar wheat industry also taking a severe hit.

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