March 27, 2015 / Week N° 13

Posts Tagged Citrus

Spain: AVA-ASAJA proposes converting 10,000ha of citrus production

March 27th, 2015

An industry head in Valencia unveils plans to prevent the sector becoming “a shadow of its former self”.

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South Africa: Eastern Cape citrus sector receives funding to boost exports

March 27th, 2015

Some US$1.8 million of funding will reportedly help an area of the Eastern Cape reach the EU market.

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Californians called upon to save citrus industry

March 20th, 2015

California Citrus Mutual and Bayer CropScience have teamed up with the #CitrusMatters campaign to help prevent the spread of HLB.

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South Africa suspends citrus shipments to Spain

March 17th, 2015

Justin Chadwick says Spain’s methodology for identifying CBS in citrus imports is “clearly a big concern”.

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Pakistan kinnow campaign boosted by Russian market

March 11th, 2015

Pakistan has been able to raise exports of Kinnow mandarins to markets ranging from Russia to Canada.

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U.S.: Expenses squeeze Limoneira results in Q1

March 9th, 2015

Higher costs offset the benefits of favorable market conditions and larger lemon volumes for Limoneira in the first quarter.

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Russia may allow some EU food imports, says Kremlin spokesperson

March 3rd, 2015

A Kremlin representative says Russia may be able to get around the food import ban by using local processing as a condition of entry.

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South Africa: Dry weather may hit citrus sizing but quality “excellent”, says CGA

February 26th, 2015

South Africa’s total citrus volumes this season should be roughly in line with previous years.

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NZ: T&G profit falls short of expectations for 2014

February 25th, 2015

New Zealand-based produce company Turners & Growers did not quite achieve the 10-20% profit rise for 2014 that its board had forecast on Jan. 21.

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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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Argentina: San Miguel anticipates ‘loss in competitiveness’ this season

February 25th, 2015

San Miguel aims to overcome complex challenges outside of its control for the processed and fresh citrus sectors.

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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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U.S.: Sunkist grower payments up by a quarter in 2014

February 19th, 2015

Revenue surpassed US$1 billion for the largest citrus shipper in the U.S. last year, bolstered by a new partnerships in India and Brazil.

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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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South Africa: Limpopo citrus producer eyes first trial U.S. shipment this year

February 17th, 2015

A group in South Africa’s Loskop Valley hopes to send a trial of ‘top quality’ citrus to the U.S. this season.

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Japan: Kabocha and Yuzu turn heads at Fruit Logistica

February 13th, 2015

Whether it’s edible-skin squash, a unique citrus fruit or fresh wasabi, Japanese horticultural companies are banking on growing overseas interest in their national cuisine.

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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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Australia: Citrus industry steps up biosecurity surveillance

February 12th, 2015

A biosecurity partnership has been formed in Australia’s Sunraysia to protect citrus from exotic pests.

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California: Port situation ‘couldn’t have happened at a worse time’, says CCM

February 10th, 2015

The California Citrus Mutual estimates exports this so far this season are 25% lower than planned.

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U.S.: Limoneira and Cadiz in citrus growth

February 9th, 2015

Limoneira has acquired an additional 200 acres of lemon trees for around US$1.2 million.

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U.S.: Researchers develop ‘fast, easy and accurate’ citrus greening detector

February 5th, 2015

A portable and inexpensive citrus greening detector developed by University of Florida scientists could soon be available to citrus growers.

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Moroccan ClemenGold mandarins about to hit Irish shelves

January 26th, 2015

Donnelly Fresh Produce and ClemenGold discuss expansion developments for a unique mandarin variety in Europe and Africa.

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Peruvian citrus exports to jump 10%

January 23rd, 2015

Many of Peru’s W. Murcott trees are reaching adulthood and will add to shipping volumes this season.

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Moroccan citrus expectations drop following adverse weather

January 21st, 2015

Only 30% of Morocco’s citrus crop is believed to be of export quality after rain and strong winds last November.

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AHEA delighted with Australia-Japan FTA ratification

January 15th, 2015

Australia’s second-largest horticultural export destination will now start reducing tariffs on items like citrus fruit, grapes and asparagus.

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More centers of excellence promised across India in joint Israeli agri-tech project

January 15th, 2015

The third phase of an Israeli-Indian horticultural technology, research and trade project is now underway.

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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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U.S.: California citrus industry gives mixed views on storm

December 12th, 2014

While California Citrus Mutual has said the current storms in the state are a ‘plus all the way round’, others say it will delay harvesting at a peak time.

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Texas citrus mite encroaches further in Spanish fields

December 12th, 2014

AVA-ASAJA has raised alarm about the “disturbing” spread of Texas Citrus Mite in Spanish orchards.

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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 “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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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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U.S.: LoBue’s Cara Cara nets to reel in new shoppers

November 17th, 2014

LoBue Citrus’ new packaging strategy for Cara Cara oranges shows that simple is sometimes beautiful.

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Egyptian citrus kick-off just around the corner

November 11th, 2014

An Egyptian citrus industry leader has called for truck access to cross the Suez Canal to reduce export delays.

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U.S.: Paramount Citrus to go national with Wonderful Sweet Scarletts

October 27th, 2014

Paramount Citrus president David Krause is “betting big” on grapefruit and is confident for a leadership position in mandarins.

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Brazilian citrus growers welcome heavy rainfall

October 8th, 2014

Rains in southern Brazil have broken the trend of dry weather in 2014 that was negatively affecting citrus growers.

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U.S.: Sunkist launches Sesame Street citrus packaging

October 7th, 2014

In a bid to help fight childhood obesity, Sunkist will sell its citrus with packaging from a popular kids’ TV show.

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Morocco will become major EU produce supplier, says exporter

October 6th, 2014

A produce shipper says the Moroccan industry’s constant ‘evolution’ is putting it in good stead for the future.

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UN expert panel to address EU-South Africa CBS dispute

September 30th, 2014

The IPPC will establish an expert committee to try and resolve South Africa’s CBS dispute with the EU once and for all.

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Spain: AVA-ASAJA puts price tag on hail damage

September 26th, 2014

Recent hailstorms have put a €52.5 million dent in eastern Spanish citrus, grape and persimmon farms.

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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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Citrus Australia bullish on South Korean promise

September 16th, 2014

The finalization of Australia’s FTA with Korea may take the pressure off other Asian citrus markets next season.

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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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Drought makes California orange forecast questionable, says CCM

September 12th, 2014

California Citrus Mutual believes the latest NASS orange crop forecast is too high.

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South Africa: citrus suspension ‘unfortunate, but best decision’, says CGA

September 11th, 2014

South Africa’s citrus association wishes it could have avoided the recent export suspension, but couldn’t risk further restrictions from Europe.

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South Africa suspends certain EU-bound citrus exports

September 8th, 2014

A U.K industry body says the suspension of some citrus exports from South Africa to Europe will cause ‘major issues’ for the British market.

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U.S.: industry ‘surprised’ at slow Navel season, says Capespan

September 4th, 2014

Capespan says two key reasons are at the heart of why the Navel season went on longer than originally thought.

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U.S.: South African citrus pilot program lands in Texas

September 3rd, 2014

Houston, we have South African oranges.

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U.S. may allow South African citrus from black spot-infested areas

August 29th, 2014

U.S. authorities claim South Africa should be treated the same way as Florida when it comes to citrus black spot.

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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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U.S.: Sun Pacific ‘affected dramatically’ by the drought

August 29th, 2014

‘Water prices are way up, water availability is way down, and it’s scary’, says a Californian citrus grower.

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Egyptian produce company expects minimal U.S.-bound citrus exports

August 26th, 2014

An Egyptian produce company says citrus exports to the U.S. should be small for now due to Russian opportunities.

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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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South African citrus industry cautious about Russian trade implications

August 11th, 2014

While Russia-bound shipments of South African citrus may increase, there will be new logistical issues.

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Spain: Valencia growers had held “great expectations” for Russian market

August 7th, 2014

Valencian farmers have called for measures to mitigate the impact of losing a key market for its persimmons and citrus fruits.

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Coca Cola untaps US$5B for African investments

August 6th, 2014

Fruit farmers in Kenya, Nigeria and Malawi are expected to benefit from Coca Cola’s expansive ‘Source Africa’ initiative.

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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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Uruguayan citrus industry reaps benefits of its strategic plan

August 4th, 2014

The Uruguayan citrus sector is delighted with progress being made gaining access to critical world markets.

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Apartheid citrus documentary airs in Ireland

July 25th, 2014

A new documentary looks at how young Dublin retail workers took action against the injustices of racial segregation in South Africa in the 1980s.

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First CBS interception in Europe “disappointing” for South African citrus growers

July 21st, 2014

South Africa no longer has a clean sheet on citrus black spot this year, and an expert is investigating the farm in question.

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EU: citrus black spot interceptions still at zero in June

July 15th, 2014

The latest EUROPHYT report is good news for South Africa’s citrus industry.

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Drastic fall for exports of Argentine mandarins, oranges

July 2nd, 2014

An Argentine citrus industry representative says growers urgently need the U.S. and Brazilian markets to be opened if they are to improve their lot.

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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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U.S.: Florida citrus merger a ‘slam dunk’ in changing business environment

June 30th, 2014

Two major Florida citrus companies will merge packing operations to better cope with HLB consequences.

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Spain: Valencia fruit industry racked by hail

June 26th, 2014

Citrus, melons and persimmons have been some of the fruit crops most affected by severe hailstorms in eastern Spain.

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Brazil: Fundecitrus releases HLB presence forecast

June 26th, 2014

Forecasts for the potential expansion of HLB in São Paulo do not look good for growers.

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El Niño already impacting Peruvian fruit crops, says weather agency

June 26th, 2014

Peru’s El Niño phenomenon is not in a strong phase, yet slight temperature upticks are having an effect on mango, grape and citrus crops.

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Australian lemons in ‘massive demand’, says grower

June 25th, 2014

Low U.S. production and strong global markets could make for a fantastic Australian lemon season.

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Huge step made for developing disease-resistant citrus

June 19th, 2014

Researchers have analyzed citrus genomes for the first time, opening up new possibilities.

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Vietnam finds excessive pesticide traces in Chinese fruit

June 19th, 2014

Pesticide residues in Chinese fruit imports have been described as “quite serious” in Vietnam.

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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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South Africa reduces grapefruit export estimates

June 16th, 2014

South Africa is slowing down grapefruit exports, while greater orange volumes have gone to the Far East this year.

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U.S.: Giumarra expects good acid-to-brix ratio from NZ Meyer lemons

June 13th, 2014

Giumarra Wenatchee is optimistic for the upcoming import season of New Zealand-grown lemons.

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First South African citrus shipments hit the U.S.

June 11th, 2014

A hungry U.S. market and faster shipments look to fare well for South Africa’s citrus exporters.

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U.S.: Asian citrus psyllid quarantine zone expands in Tulare

June 11th, 2014

A citrus pest quarantine zone in California’s Tulare County has expanded by 15%, with a further extension potentially on the cards.

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Peruvian citrus varieties pass the bar for Japan-bound export

June 11th, 2014

SENASA has found cold treatment eliminated fruit fly pests, paving the way for shipments to Japan.

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SIPPO to lead buyer mission at Expoalimentaria Peru

June 3rd, 2014

A Swiss Government-backed import promotion program will be bringing buyers to Peru in August.

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U.K.: FPC slams ‘fortress Europe’ approach to plant safety

May 29th, 2014

FPC chief executive Nigel Jenney says the European Commission ignored recommendations from its own experts in the way it tightened rules for South African citrus imports.

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South African citrus growers claim mismatch in new EU regulations

May 29th, 2014

South African citrus growers are wondering why they’ve been singled out for a disease other exporters have too.

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New EU requirements ‘within South Africa’s capabilities’, says Chadwick

May 28th, 2014

Justin Chadwick finds some encouragement from the European Union’s new rules for South African citrus, but calls for government action to bring long term security to the trade.

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EU imposes emergency control measures on South African citrus

May 27th, 2014

The EU had “no choice but to impose a stricter inspection regime” on South African citrus, according to Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg.

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Peruvian citrus projections squeeze up again

May 21st, 2014

Peru’s latest citrus export expectations have been lifted since April, while a fresh market access deal edges closer.

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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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China Fruits Corporation announces Miss Fruit winners

May 9th, 2014

China Fruits Corporation has emulated a Chiquita-style beauty contest with ambassadors chosen for 10 fruits.

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Strawberries led Mexican ag export growth in March

May 8th, 2014

Mexico’s agriculture and fishing exports rose by almost 10% year-on-year in March.

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Caution the order of the day for South African citrus exporters

May 7th, 2014

The amount of South African citrus orchards voluntarily withdrawn for EU export is more than 10 times what it was last year.

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U.S.: University of Florida releases two new citrus cultivars

May 5th, 2014

A new mandarin and a Navel orange-like variety will go to market thanks to the University of Florida.

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South Africa set for citrus variety export shift in 2014

April 30th, 2014

South African citrus export volumes should remain stable this year, but with changes to the variety make-up.

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U.S.: citrus groves dry up under California drought

April 29th, 2014

California’s citrus industry has demanded its fair share of water resources to keep growers in production.

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Lemons to drag down Southern Hemisphere citrus production in 2014

April 25th, 2014

Southern Hemisphere lemon exports are expected to fall this year, contrasted by a rise in easy peelers and a fairly stable situation for orange volume.

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Copa-Cogeca calls for immediate action on South African citrus

April 24th, 2014

European co-operative Copa-Cogeca has called on the EU to enforce black spot restrictions against South Africa.

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India: Mahindra signs JV with Univeg

April 14th, 2014

A US$16.7 billion company from India and a US$3.2 billion Belgian group will combine forces as part of a landmark produce agreement.

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U.S. proposes new rules for Philippine mangoes, Japanese oranges

April 11th, 2014

A relaxation in requirements could see more parts of Japan and the Philippines shipping fruit to the U.S.

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Australian citrus, nuts and cherries to benefit from Japan FTA

April 10th, 2014

Mandarins, oranges and macadamia nuts are a few Australian products expected to profit from the Japan FTA.

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South Africa welcomes growth on U.S. citrus market

April 3rd, 2014

As South Africa approaches its 15th year selling citrus to the U.S., exporters praised market growth.

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Spanish association calls on EU to close borders to South African citrus

March 27th, 2014

With the South African citrus season near, debate over black spot has roared up once again in the EU.

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Uruguay looks to win back Chinese citrus market

March 14th, 2014

Cold treatment requirements have complicated Uruguayan citrus shipments to China.

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Russia lifts ban on Pakistani plant products

March 3rd, 2014

Pakistani produce items will be allowed in Russia again, but a protocol is still needed for the country’s potatoes.

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