January 29, 2015 / Week N° 05

Posts Tagged China

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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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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U.S.: APHIS proposes rule to allow Chinese apple imports

July 18th, 2014

A recent posting on the Federal Register puts China one step closer to gaining access to the U.S. apple market.

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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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Rival aims to shake Huizhan’s hold on China’s imported fruit wholesale market

July 9th, 2014

First it was Longwu, then Huizhan stepped in, and now another player aims to build a project in Jiangsu north of Shanghai to “revolutionize” China’s imported fruit market.

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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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Peruvian asparagus exporters bet on counterseasonal opportunities in China

July 4th, 2014

Peruvian diplomats are lining up Shanghai supermarkets for the first sales of asparagus exports later this year.

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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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China Fruits Corp enters e-commerce fruit market “battle”

July 3rd, 2014

China Fruits Corp has announced it will set up shop with Alibaba’s online sales platform Tmall.

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Xianguomai forges role in Chinese e-commerce produce sector

July 2nd, 2014

Banking on customer experience, a young company is making inroads in China’s booming online fruit market.

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California Citrus Mutual upbeat after positive Chinese visit

July 2nd, 2014

A recent visit of two Chinese officials to Californian citrus groves bodes well for market access negotiations.

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China: Xinjiang Aksu apples hit by regional conflict

July 2nd, 2014

“It takes a lot of guts to travel to Xinjiang alone just to procure local apples,” says trader Chen Haiwen.

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Australia: AHEA awarded Austrade grant

July 1st, 2014

Australia’s AHEA will have access to new funding to boost online communication and trade relationships in Asia.

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First Aussie seafreight apples about to hit mainland China

July 1st, 2014

The first Australian apple shipment via sea to mainland China is due to arrive this week, featuring a newly developed variety.

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Aussie stonefruit industry aims for November access opening in China

June 30th, 2014

The Australian stonefruit sector has been actively promoting itself in China ahead of expected market access approval for nectarines.

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Citrus Australia signs MoU with Chinese retailers

June 27th, 2014

A landmark strategic deal with China’s biggest agricultural distributor is set to be a boost for Aussie citrus exports.

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Canadian cherry growers expect ‘exponential’ China-bound exports

June 23rd, 2014

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

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Opinion: assessing Joyvio’s big blueberry bet

June 20th, 2014

China’s soil quality may not be the best, but that hasn’t stopped investors from clamoring to grow blueberries.

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Canada signs Chinese cherry market access deal

June 19th, 2014

Canadian government officials hope blueberries will follow a recent Chinese cherry market access deal.

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Joyvio: ready-to-eat is the next move for Chinese blueberry industry

June 16th, 2014

Joyvio’s Dr. Jin Xixuan looks at some of the challenges of developing ready-to-eat fruit for the Chinese market.

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Surplus worries for China’s booming blueberry industry

June 16th, 2014

One Chinese fruit industry rep has questioned whether blueberries will follow the price falls seen for blackberries and raspberries in 2010.

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China: Tesco-CRE agreement marks strategic investment by both retailers

June 12th, 2014

Retail analysts take an in-depth look at what a partnership may mean for Tesco and China Resources Enterprise.

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China tightens import conditions for Vietnamese and Thai fruit

June 10th, 2014

Thai and Vietnamese dragonfruit, as well as Vietnamese bananas, will be under closer scrutiny from AQSIQ.

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Opinion: what’s going on with Zespri?

June 6th, 2014

Zespri’s public response to its latest legal case is quite strange considering the amount of money in question.

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China: Joyvio building “reserve army for modern agriculture”

June 5th, 2014

Chinese produce giant Joyvio is strengthening its blueberry capabilities across a range of different fronts.

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