May 29, 2015 / Week N° 22

Posts Tagged Chile

Chile: Customs worker union reaches agreement to end strike

May 29th, 2015

After a threat of a ‘solidarity’ strike by Chile’s Agriculture and Livestock Service union, customs operations will now return to normal.

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Chile: ASOEX asks for govt intervention in ongoing customs strikes

May 26th, 2015

ASOEX president Ronald Bown says the Port of Valparaiso is ‘virtually paralyzed’ and the country’s reputation is on the line.

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Chile: Fedefruta slams ‘illegal’ customs strike

May 25th, 2015

Fedefruta’s head says apples, kiwifruit and citrus are some of the crops that have been affected by recent strikes.

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Chile and China engage in fresh produce trade discussions

May 22nd, 2015

Pomegranates, nectarines and avocados were on the agenda during recent meetings between AQSIQ and SAG.

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Costa Rican import group warns of avocado scarcity

May 19th, 2015

Following recent trade restrictions, one Costa Rican avocado grower believes California could be a potential new market supplier.

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U.S. bolsters import rules for some Chilean fruits after Medfly detections

May 15th, 2015

Pomegranates, grapes and lemons being shipped to the U.S. from parts of Chile will now require an additional treatment.

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From Pink Globe to Pink Global: A rosy future for Chimenti

May 13th, 2015

The Chilean developers of white-fleshed Pink Globe grapes are aiming to license out more than 3,500 hectares of plantings globally.

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Chile: Clemenluz sheds new light on early clementine market

May 12th, 2015

A new Chilean easy peeler is “not superior nor inferior” in taste to a clemenule, but it does ripen three weeks earlier and show better sizing.

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Chilean company develops bio-control for crown gall disease in fruit trees

May 11th, 2015

Using a bacteria native to Australia, a natural product from Chile’s Biogram prevents a serious disease that affects a range of crops.

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Chilean blueberry export values overcome dramatic price falls

May 8th, 2015

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

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Southern Chilean port gears up for new USDA inspection site

May 7th, 2015

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

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Chile: SAG urges citizen cooperation in fruit fly fight

May 5th, 2015

The quarantine area around La Serena was recently expanded due to a Medfly detection outside the original zone.

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High U.S. walnut stocks to impact Chilean season

May 4th, 2015

Despite some challenges this season like the strong U.S. dollar, the Chilean walnut industry expects its fortunes to turn.

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Chile: Initiative aims to produce world’s southernmost truffles

April 24th, 2015

Two truffle varieties may soon be produced in a Patagonian region of Chile where hopes are high an experimental project could mimic European success.

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Chilean port workers strike over lack of labor reform consultation

April 21st, 2015

Feeling ignored by their government over labor forms, a range of Chilean unions have started a one-day strike in the port, mining, forestry and construction sectors.

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Three new raspberry varieties set for release in Chile

April 21st, 2015

One of three new Chilean raspberry varieties grows earlier than the standard cultivar and has a high Brix level.

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

April 21st, 2015

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

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Prohens: Out with the grapes, in with the emergency supplies

April 17th, 2015

A table grape facility in northern Chile has been turned into a distribution center to support the post-flood relief effort.

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Chile: Atacama has ‘lost 90% of its capacity to deliver vegetables’, says Ghiglino

April 17th, 2015

A leading Copiapó vegetable grower discusses the “slow funeral” of his business and hopes for salvaging crops.

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Historical Thompson Seedless rootstock survives Chilean flood

April 17th, 2015

The Atacama table grape industry at least has its heritage intact after the first rootstock planted in the region survived recent floods.

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Chile: Export olives bear brunt of floods during peak harvest

April 17th, 2015

“It’s possible to enter but you if you’re walking like an astronaut in the mud you can’t access the tree to harvest,” says olive grower Rafael Garcia.

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Fruticola Atacama: In the eye of the storm

April 17th, 2015

The Chilean state has given up its search for a missing Fruticola Atacama worker, but since disaster struck three weeks ago the company has taken rescue and relief efforts into its own hands.

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Chile: Floods to impact future Copiapo Valley grape output

April 15th, 2015

ASOEX’s Ronald Bown says an early table grape production area in northern Chile will see volumes reduced by ‘at least 30% over the coming seasons’.

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Budget doubles for irrigation recovery in northern Chile

April 15th, 2015

Chile’s National Irrigation Commission has pledged significant funds to rehabilitate agriculture in the Atacama region, but the clock is ticking for growers.

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Chilean kiwifruit leader accuses Zespri of anti-competitive behavior

April 13th, 2015

Carlos Cruzat says New Zealand’s Zespri has ‘regressed’ in its market behavior since it was fined for monopolistic practices in Korea almost four years ago.

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Chile: Copiapó grape farm damages estimated at US$50M

April 9th, 2015

More than 900 hectares of vineyards and 1,000 hectares worth of olive and vegetable plantations have been damaged by floods in Chile.

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Chile: Fruit fly found in Valparaiso region

April 9th, 2015

Two Mediterranean fruit flies have been caught in traps in Chile’s Los Andes province.

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Chile: Irrigation still off-line for Atacama growers

April 7th, 2015

Weeks of production compromised and 6,000 horticultural laborers potentially out of work; this is the damage left by flooding in a normally very dry part of Chile.

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Chilean pomegranate production ‘lower and earlier’

April 7th, 2015

A Chilean pomegranate processor believes the industry could grow ‘six or seven-fold’ in the U.S.

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Peru allows imports of Chilean walnut plants

April 7th, 2015

Could Peru bank on yet another horticultural crop that has proven successful for its southern neighbor?

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Dole Chile to expand blueberry production ‘north and south’

April 7th, 2015

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

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China: AQSIQ puts quarantine controls on entire region in Chile

April 7th, 2015

China will now require cold treatment for fruit exported from a key Chilean grape-growing region.

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Chile: Some northern growers could lose crops ‘in a month’ without irrigation

April 6th, 2015

ASOEX has urged immediate efforts to restore the irrigation network in an area recently hit hard by flooding.

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Chile reflects on challenging table grape season

April 2nd, 2015

U.S. port strikes, lower prices, smaller berry sizes and condition problems meant the 2014-15 Chilean table grape export campaign was no easy sailing.

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Chilean govt pledges U$4.8M for irrigation recovery after floods

April 1st, 2015

Representatives of Fresh Del Monte and Frutícola Atacama discuss flood effects in northern Chile, where funding is on its way for recovery.

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Avocado shortage in Europe as Easter approaches

March 31st, 2015

Mission Produce Europe says early ends and late starts from some major avocado-producing countries are pushing up prices.

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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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Agronometrics to launch commercial service

October 9th, 2014

After almost three months testing the waters with a trial run for potential clients around the world, Agronometrics plans to go live today with its fruit market data service.

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Advertorial: Chilean avocado growers discover new Gem™

October 3rd, 2014

Westfalia and Subsole are hoping to take the Chilean avocado sector by storm with the Gem™ variety.

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Crop trust aims to raise millions to avoid climate change ‘catastrophe’

September 29th, 2014

The global crop conservation organization says it is imperative we conserve genetic diversity now for the sake of humanity’s future in a rapidly changing world.

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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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Brazilian opening a “great opportunity” for Chilean citrus

September 25th, 2014

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

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Chile: geothermal greenhouse produces positive results

September 24th, 2014

An initiative in Chile to use geothermal energy in a greenhouse could increase crop yield by 40% annually.

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Brazil opens market for Chilean citrus

September 24th, 2014

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

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Chile receives first shipment of Argentine oranges

September 24th, 2014

While Argentina is renowned for its citrus exports, only recently has it been able to send oranges next door to Chile.

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Chilean fruit exports take a tumble for the season

September 17th, 2014

Chile saw a 11.4% reduction in fruit exports for the 2013-14 season, largely due to port strikes and frosts.

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Chile: profits blossom for Hortifrut in 2013-14

September 15th, 2014

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

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European Commission approves German-Chilean container shipping merger

September 12th, 2014

CSAV and Hapag-Lloyd are now one step closer to forming the world’s fourth largest container shipping group.

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T&G teams up with Unifrutti Chile in Peruvian grape JV

September 10th, 2014

Unifrutti Chile and New Zealand’s Turners & Growers expect a new Peruvian grape partnership will yield fruit next year.

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Chile can become a ‘strategic partner’ to China as walnut supplier

September 9th, 2014

Protocols have been signed between Chile and China to allow shelled walnut imports.

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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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‘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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California competition greater than Chile, says Peruvian grape exporter

August 28th, 2014

One Peruvian table grape company has raised concerns about what Russia’s ban will mean for export markets.

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Chilean table grape industry addresses ‘30% loss in competitiveness’

August 27th, 2014

One expert says urgent structural changes are required in Chile’s table grape industry to retain its global standing.

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France: kiwifruit producer looks forward to ‘active markets’ in coming season

August 27th, 2014

Prim’land is expecting a great season for its kiwifruit but says the apple situation is ‘quite complicated’.

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Chile: ODEPA urges strawberry growers to seize international opportunities

August 26th, 2014

A recent Chilean report provides an in-depth look at trends in global strawberry consumption.

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Chilean walnut, almond and prune exporters look to Russia

August 25th, 2014

Apart from the import embargo, currency issues will also determine how Chilean dried fruit fares in Russia.

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USDA researcher reveals encouraging results of phosphine fumigation tests

August 25th, 2014

Research shows worker safety and food quality could be improved by using phosphine instead of methyl bromide on crops.

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

August 25th, 2014

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

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Peruvian avocado industry accuses Chile of unfair treatment

August 22nd, 2014

A Peruvian industry representative has asked ‘why aren’t Californian avocados tested for sunblotch in Chile too?’

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Chilean scientists find new way to control fruit decomposition

August 21st, 2014

A Chilean team may have come up with something of an elixir of shelf life.

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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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Limoneira invests in northern Chilean citrus

August 19th, 2014

U.S. fruit company Limoneira has made its first investment abroad with a bet on Chilean citrus opportunities.

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Peruvian avocados with sunblotch detected in Chile

August 18th, 2014

Chilean growers hope lab results will give weight to their appeal to prevent unfettered access for Peruvian avocados.

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Peru can ‘perfectly complement’ Chilean grapes, says Cilloniz

August 13th, 2014

A Peruvian market consultant says his country can partner with Chile to ensure a smoother grape supply.

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Chilean fruit groups express ‘profound concern’ over port reform

August 11th, 2014

ASOEX and Fedefruta have questioned why the fruit industry should pay the cost of port labor issues again.

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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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Chile: not enough fruit stocks for ‘immediate response’ to Russian ban

August 7th, 2014

Russia’s recent decision has cut out around a quarter of the country’s produce imports, according to preliminary estimates from consultancy Decofrut.

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Chile steps up Grapevine moth control regulations

July 31st, 2014

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

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North America sees huge price ranges for blueberries

July 31st, 2014

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

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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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Fresh German-Chilean shipping line acquisition deal in the works

July 25th, 2014

With a merger deal on the cards between CSAV and Hapag-Lloyd, another Valparaiso company is on track for a transaction with a multinational based in Hamburg.

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EU to lighten limits on fosetyl-aluminium

July 23rd, 2014

Nut exporters could reap the fruits of the EU’s plans to raise maximum residue limits for one chemical.

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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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Chilean grape industry aims to rid country of Lobesia moth

July 18th, 2014

The Chilean Table Grape Committee says a grapewine moth could threaten the whole national fruit industry.

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Chilean exporter to launch Amira raspberry shipments

July 17th, 2014

Can new varieties help recover Chile’s dwindling presence in the fresh raspberry market?

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Agronometrics releases beta service for fruit market analysis

July 17th, 2014

A new online service aims to make produce market dynamics easy to understand and visualize in context.

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Chile: grape pioneer passes away

July 15th, 2014

An important figure in Chile’s agricultural development, Alfonso Prohens, has died.

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Low Chilean kiwifruit volume saved by prices and quality, says exporter

July 15th, 2014

A large Chilean kiwifruit exporter says the season is ‘not disastrous’ despite production falling by 55%.

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Chile: Court of Appeals rejects bid to block Peruvian avocado imports

July 11th, 2014

A request from Chilean growers to block Peruvian avocado imports will now come before the Supreme Court.

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Figs running earlier than ever, says U.S. grower-shipper

July 11th, 2014

From figs to persimmons to chestnuts, U.S.-based Stellar Distributing is on the hunt for new international trade deals.

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Chile: new technology improves scarce water resource use

July 10th, 2014

The Universidad de Chile has completed tests with a new tech that improves water management in drought-hit regions.

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Colombia unites with Peru and Chile to develop agriculture

July 9th, 2014

A Colombian agricultural development body will work with other South American countries to strengthen the industry.

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Chile signs Chinese agreement allowing avocado exports

July 9th, 2014

Chilean authorities in China have signed the final protocol to permit avocado exports to the Asian country.

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Chilean dried fruit theft rates hit US$1.8M so far this year

July 8th, 2014

The Chilean Walnut Commission plans to crack down on a spate of high-value thefts in the industry.

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Netherlands: Wageningen research to expand quinoa horizons

July 4th, 2014

New quinoa varieties are growing in France and the Netherlands, while cultivation in Asia is also a possibility.

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Identity and ownership change for Chilean blueberry company

July 3rd, 2014

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

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Chile develops asparagus preservation liquid

June 26th, 2014

Chilean asparagus growers may soon be able to export more to the U.S. via seafreight thanks to a new liquid.

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Iraq turmoil may impact Middle East fruit market, says exporter

June 25th, 2014

Produce traders are losing “large swathes of land” with Middle Eastern populations due to conflict.

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Chilean citrus exporters forecast less trade with U.S.

June 17th, 2014

With South African citrus growers shipping more to the U.S., Chile is likely to diversify its markets.

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High-tech greenhouse pesticide system planned in Chile

June 17th, 2014

A Chilean agricultural group will implement a new and safer method of greenhouse pesticide application.

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Argentine avocados on path to recovery

June 13th, 2014

After a disastrous season, Argentine avocado growers are intent on renourishing orchards and getting back on track.

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Chilean blueberry exports down but industry still positive

June 11th, 2014

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

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Opinion: what tax reform means for Chilean agribusiness

June 9th, 2014

Tax reform is the hottest political topic in Chile right now. Tomas Vio explains what it will mean for growers.

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Chilean port workers happy with new working conditions bill

June 6th, 2014

After causing losses of Chilean fruit in January with strikes, port workers are happy with a new bill to be put to Congress.

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Chilean apple size ‘worst in 17 years’, says exporter

June 5th, 2014

Chile’s apple growers have suffered from smaller fruit sizing and poor export markets this season, according to Santiago-based Los Lirios.

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Chilean agricultural officials call for “warning strike”

June 4th, 2014

Chilean border and port officials want third party contractors to gain benefits from the government, and will strike to make their demands heard.

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Chile’s walnuts crack foreign markets

May 30th, 2014

Strong markets and hard work from the industry led to soaring Chilean walnut exports for 2013-14.

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Chilean scientist bets on biodegradable film for fruit packaging

May 26th, 2014

A Chilean project seeks to kill two birds with one stone – keep fruit free of bacterial threats and not damage the environment in the process.

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Chile: Hortifrut combines with Argentine blueberry player

May 21st, 2014

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

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Chilean citrus sector pursues export deals in Asia, Latin America

May 12th, 2014

Chilean citrus volume is expected to drop, but the industry remains positive about new export deals.

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