March 27, 2015 / Week N° 13

Posts Tagged Chile

Chile: SAN urges immediate assistance for stranded farmers

March 27th, 2015

Chile’s National Agricultural Society (SAN) says the severe flooding has left many stranded without water for days, as produce companies use private helicopters to rescue those in need.

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Storms damage northern Chilean grapevines, infrastructure

March 26th, 2015

The Copiapó Valley has been one of the worst hit agricultural zones from recent storms in northern Chile.

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Chilean govt to introduce US$169M national drought plan

March 24th, 2015

The construction of new dams and rainwater harvesting initiatives are just some of the actions planned by the Chilean Government to combat an ongoing drought.

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Ecuadorian tariffs could have flow-on effects for Chile’s overseas grape exports

March 24th, 2015

The delicate balance of Chilean grape prices abroad could be impacted by Ecuador’s recent protectionist policy.

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Ecuadorian fruit shoppers feel the crunch

March 20th, 2015

Ecuador’s enormous increase in food import tariffs is taking its toll on the country’s wholesalers.

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Fresh Fruit Portal owner joins Verdant Partners

March 19th, 2015

Gustavo Yentzen has joined the likes of Don Goodwin and Dawn Gray as an advisor with Verdant Partners.

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U.S. completes pest risk analysis for fresh Chilean cranberry imports

March 18th, 2015

The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says phytosanitary measures would mitigate the risk of importing fresh Chilean cranberries.

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Chile: Strike lifted in Valparaiso

March 17th, 2015

Fruit industry leaders have congratulated port operators and workers in Valparaiso for finding a prompt resolution to a cargo dispute.

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Chilean growers call for “reciprocal” tariff action against Ecuador

March 11th, 2015

Chile’s Fedefruta has cried foul about Ecuador’s food import tariff hike to 45%, which is due to be implemented today.

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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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Chile: Coquimbo fruit sector estimated to have lost US$1B to drought

March 9th, 2015

An industry head as requested a series of state support measures to aid a regional industry in crisis.

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Chilean fresh blueberry exports set new record

March 9th, 2015

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

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Portugal encourages investment from Chilean produce companies

March 6th, 2015

On a recent visit, a Portuguese minister said Chilean fruit exporters might be able to use its ‘EU gateway’ Port of Sines.

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U.S.: Giumarra bullish for Carmen pear season

March 5th, 2015

Giumarra Wenatchee has seen success so far in its second year selling Chilean-grown Carmen pears.

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Chilean govt declares agricultural emergency after Villarica Volcano eruption

March 3rd, 2015

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

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Sun World to release ‘explosive’ grape varieties in Chile

March 3rd, 2015

A leading table grape breeder says public varieties are on the way out and growers need to ‘get with the program’ to avoid poor market prices.

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Russian ruble devaluation hits pome fruit exporters in Argentina, Chile

February 25th, 2015

Even though Russia cut off a large chunk of its apple supply last year with the import ban, South American shippers say the country is largely unable to pay good enough prices for their fruit.

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Solar-powered produce dehydrator developed in Chile

February 20th, 2015

The creator of a dehydrator that uses renewable energy says it protects produce quality.

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U.S. port row has compromised US$50M in Chilean fruit exports, says Fedefruta

February 19th, 2015

The U.S. Ambassador to Chile received leaders of Fedefruta yesterday to discuss effects from the West Coast port dispute.

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

February 19th, 2015

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

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European kiwifruit campaign to finish on a high

February 17th, 2015

Despite the Russian ban, Greece has relatively low kiwifruit stocks remaining.

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Chilean fruit industry denies links to Australian Hep A scare

February 16th, 2015

The Chilean Association of Fruit Exporters (ASOEX) has emphasized its country’s fruit is not to blame for a recent recall of frozen berry products in Australia.

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Chilean fruit export industry fears for cargo following U.S. port suspensions

February 16th, 2015

ASOEX has said US$45 million worth of fruit is at risk of deteriorating due to U.S. port delays.

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SanLucar pioneers new fruits in Tunisia, Ecuador

February 12th, 2015

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

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Chile: Fedefruta says U.S. West Coast port crisis puts shipments at risk

February 11th, 2015

Chile’s Fruit Producers Federation says the industry “must be alert” to delays in U.S. West Coast ports.

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Southern Hemisphere expects larger pome fruit crop

February 10th, 2015

While Southern Hemisphere apple production is expected to increase 5%, exports are anticipated to decline by the same percentage partly due to oversupply issues in Europe.

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Chilean exporter ships first organic blueberries to China

February 5th, 2015

U.S. fumigation rules on Chilean blueberries have caused one organic exporter to look to China.

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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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China to lift quarantine measures for key Chilean avocado regions

January 29th, 2015

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

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Report sheds burning light on northern Chilean drought impact

January 28th, 2015

“We cannot allow agriculture in this region to die,” were the words of SAN’s María Inés Figari after revealing a recent drought report.

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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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Chinese authorities launch fresh investigation into fruit imports

January 22nd, 2015

At least one major Chinese fruit importer has had staff summoned by authorities as part of an investigation into a customs broker.

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Chilean producer awarded prize for mobile lettuce cultivation system

January 22nd, 2015

A Chilean lettuce grower has implemented a hydroponic system that moves crops around the greenhouse.

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Subsole forecasts strong year for Chilean kiwifruit

January 21st, 2015

A Chilean kiwifruit exporter forecasts less competition with New Zealand green varieties this year.

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Chile: ASOEX joins Bachelet on presidential tour of U.S.

January 19th, 2015

Chilean fruit industry representatives are pleased they have been recognized to join Michelle Bachelet on a U.S. tour.

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Early organic Argentine pears soon to hit the water for U.S. market

January 14th, 2015

Pacific Organic’s Greg Holzman discusses upcoming pome fruit and mango deals, as well as the strong dollar’s effect on produce trade flows.

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Peru: Zeit Organisch forecasts exponential fruit growth in Olmos

January 13th, 2015

A Chilean grower with a unique packing method is developing fruit exports from Olmos in northern Peru, where he now has the option to tap into Odebrecht’s mega-irrigation project.

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Fuel price drop sparks reefer ‘renaissance’, says Cool Carriers

January 12th, 2015

Baltic Reefers could not have chosen a more apt time to buy NYK Cool, which under a new name is steaming ahead with new produce trade contracts.

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Chile: San Antonio port strike lifted

January 9th, 2015

Fetraportces workers were threatening to block fruit-shipping terminals, but their strike action has finished after reaching a deal with Puerto Central.

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Decofrut forecasts Chilean pear export uptick in 2015

January 9th, 2015

A Chilean market intelligence consultancy expects the country’s pear shipments to return to 2013 levels this year.

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Chile: Strike lingers in San Antonio Port

January 8th, 2015

Strikes have not yet hit Chile’s fruit exports, but dockworkers threaten to spread their actions to terminals responsible for perishables.

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Chilean fruit exporters worried about San Antonio port strike

January 6th, 2015

Fedefruta hopes a port workers’ union in San Antonio will make good on a promise not to suspend the export of perishables during strikes.

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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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Initiative in Patagonia to market exotic fruits

January 5th, 2015

A project is underway in southern Chile to sell a natural juice product made from regional fruit.

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Water levels in key Chilean production region ‘critical’

January 5th, 2015

A report says the already dire situation in Chile’s Coquimbo region where water scarcity will only get worse.

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Chile: fig exporters’ perpetual fight to get their produce to market

December 24th, 2014

Figs’ very short shelf life means Chilean shippers face a unique set of challenges compared to many Northern Hemisphere producers.

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Fruit sorting tech company wins Australian Exporter of the Year award

December 16th, 2014

GP Graders has received recognition for its international presence in the world of cherry sorting.

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China intercepts fungus in Chilean blueberry shipment

December 12th, 2014

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

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Competitors unconcerned by Chinese access for South African apples

December 12th, 2014

Chilean and New Zealand apple exporters say varietal selection is key in the demanding Chinese market.

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Chilean table grape export volume to rise 16%, says Decofrut

December 11th, 2014

A Chilean fruit industry consultant has released a slightly more optimistic grape export forecast.

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Russia releases gray trade interception stats from Belarus

December 10th, 2014

Russia has banned around 5% of produce shipments from Belarus since inspection posts were set up on the border.

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

December 10th, 2014

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

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Tampa Bay delegation visits Chile to ‘deepen business opportunities’

December 5th, 2014

The head of Chile’s fruit exporters’ group says a recent U.S. visit helped both sides to explore new possibilities.

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Chile’s Atacama region welcomes start of table grape export campaign

December 4th, 2014

Some 11.5 million boxes of table grapes are expected to be shipped from Chile’s northern production hub this season.

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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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Chilean kiwifruit industry prepares ground for 2015 season

November 28th, 2014

Breeding programs and pre-conditioning are two of many priorities for Chilean kiwifruit growers next year.

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Doubts linger after brief Chilean port strike

November 27th, 2014

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

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U.S.: Fair trade demand ‘tremendous’ as awareness grows

November 27th, 2014

A fair trader from Interrupcion says the recent U.S. focus on immigration and farmworkers’ rights is here to stay.

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

November 27th, 2014

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

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Business as usual for Chilean table grape exporters

November 26th, 2014

With the Chilean table grape season just kicking off, one producer can’t meet demand despite rising production.

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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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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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Field management app Eland gains ground in Argentina and Chile

November 24th, 2014

Originally designed for commodity crops, an Argentine field management app is making an impact in Chile’s fruit and vegetable sector.

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U.K.: Love Beets looks for South American opportunities

November 21st, 2014

A U.K. company recently visited Santiago de Chile in search of ready-to-eat beetroot export opportunities.

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

November 21st, 2014

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

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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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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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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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Korean importer makes international debut at Chilean event

November 20th, 2014

PMA Fruittrade Latin America was the first port of call for a recently launched Korean import company.

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

November 19th, 2014

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

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Younger generation to shift chili pepper market, says expert

November 19th, 2014

Chile has played host to a hot pepper expert dubbed the ‘Chileman’ this week.

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

November 18th, 2014

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

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Chile in the crosshairs of Peruvian mango shippers

November 17th, 2014

Airfrieght shipments are limiting Peruvian mango growth in Japan and China, but Chile holds no such problems.

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Chile downgrades control measures for stonefruit pest

November 14th, 2014

The fungus Monilinia fructicola that causes brown rot is no longer a quarantine pest in Chile.

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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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Understanding consumer trends ‘fundamental’ for marketing strategies

November 11th, 2014

At PMA Fruittrade Latin America, industry experts will talk about why just having a good product is not enough.

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Advertorial: The Chilean kiwifruit industry – home of great farmed produce

November 10th, 2014

Subsole says its growers using certain methods to protect crops from extreme weather are seeing great results.

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Lemon demand has risen 10-15%, says Limoneira exec

November 10th, 2014

At first it was just shortages driving up prices, but now Limoneira believes stonger lemon demand is here to stay.

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The art of reengineering Chile’s table grape industry

November 7th, 2014

A project aiming to improve Chile’s table grape sector through collaborative research will be highlighted at PMA Fruittrade Latin America next week.

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PMA Fruittrade Latin America to get to the core of pome fruit oversupply issues

November 6th, 2014

The head of Chile’s Fedefruta says despite a favorable exchange rate, pome fruit prices have still fallen 25%.

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

November 4th, 2014

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

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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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‘Organic’ factors buoyed global produce sector through financial crisis

November 3rd, 2014

Euromonitor’s Marta Barriga explains agriculture’s resilience through the financial crises of recent years.

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Opinion: what Chile must consider from Russia’s import ban

October 29th, 2014

International trade lawyer Karen Meier gives her take on the potential risks for Chileans boosting trade with Russia.

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Psa discovered in new Chilean growing region

October 28th, 2014

The kiwifruit vine disease Psa has spread to another one of Chile’s key production areas.

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Chile and India agree to reduce bilateral trade tariffs

October 23rd, 2014

The number of products covered by a 2007 trade agreement between Chile and India is set to shoot up six-fold.

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Chilean and Mexican avocado deals running late, says Araiza

October 23rd, 2014

Mission Produce’s Ron Araiza points to changes in the avocado industry, including greater security measures, new facilities and the search for new growing regions.

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

October 22nd, 2014

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

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

October 21st, 2014

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

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

October 18th, 2014

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

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

October 17th, 2014

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

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U.S.: APHIS proposes new import regime for Chilean kiwifruit

October 17th, 2014

A new U.S. rule proposes to scrap methyl bromide treatment from Chile’s existing kiwifruit export requirements.

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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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Advertorial: Subsole overcomes key challenges facing global avocado industry

October 15th, 2014

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

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Chile set for improved 2014-15 blueberry campaign

October 14th, 2014

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

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

October 13th, 2014

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

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Chilean exporters set to enjoy favorable exchange rate for U.S. market

October 9th, 2014

A favorable exchange rate will likely help the Chilean produce industry in the summer season.

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