March 02, 2015 / Week N° 10

Posts Tagged China

China: Red kiwifruit production region hopes for foothold in EU market

March 2nd, 2015

Part of a Chinese county has received the Protected Eco-Origin Product certification for red kiwifruit varieties.

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Fairtrade ‘absorbing’ farms, changing livelihoods

February 27th, 2015

With GDP per capita that is five times lower than the EU, is China ready for fairtrade produce? Fairtrasa’s Patrick Struebi thinks yes.

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Australia: Frozen berries were source of growth for Patties Foods in 2014

February 25th, 2015

The company that recalled its berry products due to a recent health scare recorded strong results for its fruit brand last year.

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Aussie grower expects “balanced” citrus crop for 2015

February 25th, 2015

“I’d prefer an average volume crop of good size to a massive crop of small fruit,” says Seven Fields’ Brett Jackson.

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China: AQSIQ puts U.S. citrus industry on notice

February 25th, 2015

China’s quarantine branches have been put on high alert for citrus imports from all U.S. growing regions.

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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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California: China citrus import suspension means ‘robust trade won’t materialize’

February 24th, 2015

There is as yet no indication as to when China’s citrus import suspension on Tulare County might be lifted.

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Australia to screen Chinese frozen berries

February 23rd, 2015

The Australian Government has announced new measures to act on the recent Hepatitis A outbreak that has been linked to imported Chinese frozen berries.

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Aussie produce industry calls for stricter country of origin labeling

February 23rd, 2015

Both the AHEA and Ausveg believe the recent Hepatitis A outbreak has re-opened the debate on COO labels.

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German apple grower eyes Chinese, South Korean market openings

February 23rd, 2015

BayWa CEO Klaus Lutz says it is “ridiculous” that the EU does not have harmonized market access processes for fruit exporters in destination markets.

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Uber teams up with Xianfeng for Chinese fruit discount service

February 19th, 2015

While Uber has been banned in many countries, the app is growing rapidly in China where it is also involved with fresh produce in one city.

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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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Raspberries may be culprit in Australian Hep A outbreak

February 18th, 2015

The Australian distributor that recalled frozen berry products is concentrating on raspberries from a specific source in China as a possible cause of the recent Hepatitis A outbreak.

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China: Food smuggling case in national media spotlight

February 17th, 2015

The floodgates have opened in China’s crackdown on agricultural import smuggling and customs evasion, with local media reporting that 33 people have been arrested in a recent high-profile case.

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China: New e-commerce platform to shake up imported fruit business

February 17th, 2015

A unique government-backed e-commerce platform is expected to usher in an era of cheap imported fruit.

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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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Chinese opening brings great opportunities for U.S.-grown club varieties, says T&G

February 11th, 2015

A Turners & Growers pipfruit executive discusses China’s opening for U.S. apples and a challenging New Zealand deal.

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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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China: Mexican Embassy holds reception to celebrate first berries’ arrival

February 6th, 2015

An Aneberries representative says Mexican berries’ sweetness will fare well for them in China.

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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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Thai fruit on the move for Chinese New Year

February 4th, 2015

It’s a busy season for fruit traders in China, and Thailand will be looking to make an impact.

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Australia: Major Chinese greengrocer seeks Tasmanian apples

February 3rd, 2015

Despite concerns over the ‘Australian price point’, Pagoda in China may import Tasmanian apples this year.

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China: Free trade port approval brings spicy Sichuan opportunities to foreign exporters

February 2nd, 2015

The central Chinese city of Chongqing has been approved as free trade port for imported produce.

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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: JD.com expands imported food program

January 29th, 2015

China’s largest online retailer plans to promote food imports from the U.S., Canada, Chile, Australia, New Zealand and France.

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U.S. apple shippers aim for greater slice of Chinese market pie

January 29th, 2015

Eight U.S. apple varieties have been singled out for promotional activity in China following a recent market opening.

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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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South African apple export volumes to bounce back

January 28th, 2015

With the South African pome fruit season running two weeks early, the industry anticipates lower pear volumes.

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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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U.S. gains Chinese market access for all apple varieties

January 26th, 2015

Bilateral talks between the USDA and AQSIQ have led to China granting market access for all apple varieties from all U.S. apple-growing regions.

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First Mexican blackberries and raspberries arrive in China

January 26th, 2015

Both Driscoll’s and Naturipe have capitalized on China’s recent opening for Mexican berries.

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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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Mexican berry growers prepare first China-bound shipments

January 20th, 2015

With Mexico’s first berry shipments to China just a few days away, one industry body is predicting large returns.

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Azerbaijan swoops in on Russian apple market opportunities

January 16th, 2015

A Russian official says Azerbaijan will hold a firm place in the country’s apple market even if the ban on EU fruit is lifted.

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Aussie produce industry hopeful for India FTA prospects

January 12th, 2015

India is next in Australia’s sights after a series of FTA breakthroughs with China, Japan and South Korea.

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Former Zespri employee files charges against company

December 22nd, 2014

An ex-Zespri manager incarcerated China is sueing the marketer under the Employment Relations Authority.

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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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Spanish exporter ships its first batch of lemons to mainland China

December 15th, 2014

Having met China’s rigorous requirements, one Spanish shipper no longer has to send lemons via Hong Kong.

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NZ: Zespri considers Chinese kiwifruit production partnerships

December 15th, 2014

Zespri’s Matt Crawford discusses production possibilities in China and a red kiwifruit variety trialled in Singapore.

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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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South African apple shipper targets China for next season

December 11th, 2014

A South African exporter hopes pears will also soon be approved by Chinese authorities.

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Costa Rica prepares pineapple export program for China

December 9th, 2014

A Costa Rican pineapple industry representative says it’s important to learn from other sectors already shipping to China.

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China green lights South African apple imports

December 4th, 2014

The South African apple industry hopes the new Chinese market access will act as a ‘springboard’ to enter other Asian countries in the future.

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China: Conditions improve for Peruvian citrus trade

December 2nd, 2014

A new protocol means Peruvian citrus that is exported to China will be subject to less a damaging cold treatment.

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Australia: China FTA will bring us on par with NZ and Chile, says APAL

December 1st, 2014

Australia’s pome fruit grower body says while the Chinese FTA is ‘terrific’, mainland apple access needs to be gained.

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Ecuadorian bananas a ‘force’ in new Chinese province

December 1st, 2014

Ecuador’s bananas are gaining ground in China, with the launch of a promotion campaign in a major retail chain.

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Mission Produce teams up with Lantao for Chinese avocado sales

November 27th, 2014

Mission Produce has raised its avocado sales in China by 15% since a partnership was reached with Lantao.

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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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Polish industry expects Chinese apple market access in 2015

November 24th, 2014

Chinese representatives plan to assess different Polish apple varieties for a potential market opening next year.

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Healthier diets drive higher demand for almonds, pistachios

November 21st, 2014

Marketing schemes have gone a long way for Paramount Farms’ almond and pistachio sales.

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Chinese Sesame Street-branded pears bound for U.S. market

November 20th, 2014

Jim Provost believes the ‘Eat Brighter!’ campaign will help raise Asian pear consumption in the U.S.

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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: California citrus reentry to cause “minor” problems, says grower

November 14th, 2014

With the Navel crop in a key Chinese production region down 20%, one grower still has his hopes up.

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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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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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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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China developing an ‘affinity’ for U.S. cranberries

November 7th, 2014

China-bound exports of U.S. cranberries are up 104% this year, with a big future on the cards.

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U.S.: Marketing Washington State’s “monster” apple crop

November 6th, 2014

We take an in-depth look at how some major Washington apple producers are marketing their huge crops this season, as well as other key issues like storage space and labor availability.

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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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China agrees to allow some Washington apple imports

October 30th, 2014

Washington Red and Golden Delicious apples can soon be shipped to China after a two-year hiatus.

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Ecuador faced with lucrative dragon fruit opportunities in China

October 30th, 2014

A report suggests Ecuadorian dragon fruit exporters could fare well in China thanks to their in-demand variety.

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Major Chinese apple province on verge of gaining U.S. market access

October 30th, 2014

After 16 years’ hard work, a major Chinese apple producing province could soon start shipping to the U.S.

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South Africa: more table grape market balance is needed, says SATI

October 23rd, 2014

While South Africa’s grape industry would like to focus more on the Far East, some obstacles remain.

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Poland looks to UAE, China to offset upcoming apple losses

October 20th, 2014

Union Owocowa’s Jolanta Kazimierska says the toughest times are just around the corner for Poland’s apple sector.

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China: Lenovo pioneer turns to social media for kiwifruit marketing

October 17th, 2014

One of China’s most influential men is looking at new ways to trade kiwifruit via smartphone e-commerce.

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Costco makes move into China via online retailer

October 16th, 2014

Costco will sell some of its products in China through Alibaba’s website, delivering orders from its U.S. warehouses.

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China: mediocre fruit market expected post-Golden Week

October 13th, 2014

Travel and e-commerce put a dint in the Zhejiang Wenhui wholesale fruit market for a key national holiday.

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Peru expected to ramp up China-bound grape exports for 2014/15

October 8th, 2014

The U.S. looks set to lose its position as the second biggest grape supplier to the Chinese market this season.

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China may become world macadamia nut leader

October 3rd, 2014

While production challenges abound, China’s macadamia industry now has as many trees in the ground as Australia.

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Disney to take the Mickey to Chinese grape consumers

October 2nd, 2014

A Chinese partner will soon start selling Disney-branded grapes sourced from Dayka & Hackett in the U.S.

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South Africa: FPEF hopeful for China-bound apple exports in 2015

September 29th, 2014

A South African fruit industry representative believes it is possible the Chinese market will be open for next season.

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China publishes new produce import approval list

September 23rd, 2014

Washington apples and Israeli citrus are just two of several new fresh fruit items listed by China’s AQSIQ as approved for import.

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Mexican officials to visit China to speed up berry export protocol

September 16th, 2014

Mexico could start shipping several types of berry to China by the end of this year.

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Asia could take “significantly more South African fruit”, says CGA chief

September 15th, 2014

A South African citrus industry representative gives insights from a recent visit to Hong Kong, India and Indonesia.

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China to open its doors for Costa Rican pineapples ‘within four months’

September 9th, 2014

Pineapple exports from Costa Rica could be allowed into China later this year, but transit challenges remain.

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Zespri: organic fruit’s time is yet to come in China

September 9th, 2014

A Zespri representative sheds light on the niche organic fruit sector in China.

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Spanish stonefruit set for Chinese splash in 2015

September 9th, 2014

An earlier season could give Spanish stonefruit exporters an edge in China once the market opens up.

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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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North Korean blueberry producers enjoy bountiful harvest

September 9th, 2014

Prices for North Korean blueberries that are juiced and sold to China have increased by around 50%.

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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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Ecuador: banana exporters may focus on China over EU, says Seatrade

September 2nd, 2014

Ivo Ravelli says EU tariff cuts might not come soon enough for Ecuador, with other markets showing more potential.

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BanaBay starts operations in China

September 1st, 2014

U.K. fruit company BanaBay has continued its rapid expansion with the opening of a new office in Shanghai.

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China: Great-Sun Foods plans stock market listing

September 1st, 2014

After recording sluggish export results, China’s Great-Sun Foods is raising capital to invest in better processing and distribution centers.

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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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U.S. could open doors to Chinese citrus

August 29th, 2014

Hot on the heels of apples, Chinese citrus is now on track to gaining U.S. market entry after a recent proposed rule from APHIS.

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Decoding China’s “banana-mania” in 2014

August 29th, 2014

Xia Zuxiang explains how Ecuadorian bananas have edged ahead of local and Philippine competition in China.

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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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Russian ban a “rare opportunity” for Chinese produce, says Goodfarmer

August 12th, 2014

“We must get ahead now” but be careful not to swarm the Russian market, says a leading Chinese produce exporter.

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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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Varieties, productivity at core of likely bumper Washington State apple crop

August 7th, 2014

A key U.S. apple grower group expecting a bumper crop says consumers are ‘looking for a different experience’.

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China ‘does not have a good cold chain network’, says importer

August 6th, 2014

A Hong Kong importer says good shelf life is key for produce in China due to limited cold chain capabilities.

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China re-opens market to California citrus

August 5th, 2014

After a 15-month absence, California’s citrus industry can once again ship its fruit to China.

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Chinese inspectors visit Spanish stonefruit fields

August 5th, 2014

Spanish plums, peaches and possibly grapes are under review for potential export to China.

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Peru anticipates avocado access to key Asian markets next year

August 1st, 2014

Peru’s Hass avocado representative body says it is on track to enter Japan, China and Korea in 2015.

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U.S. improves apple trade with Indonesia but ‘insignificantly’

August 1st, 2014

A U.S. Northwest Horticultural Council representative discusses the state of trade barriers with Indonesia and China at the moment.

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First Aussie seafreight apples to China ‘couldn’t have gone better’

July 29th, 2014

An Australian apple grower looks to ‘broaden’ China-bound exports after the first sea shipment was ‘a big success’.

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Canada: BC Blueberry Council reveals plans for govt export support funds

July 25th, 2014

Canada’ BC Blueberry Council says gaining China and Korea access will be a key use of government funding.

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