April 01, 2015 / Week N° 14

Posts Tagged Colombia

Swiss group to boost Colombian agro-industry with its first ever buyer mission

March 24th, 2015

Following success in Peru, Switzerland Global Enterprise will hold its first buyer visit to Colombia this year.

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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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Colombian app aims to strengthen fruit trade relationships

March 5th, 2015

A new Colombian app aims to simplify how produce sellers and buyers interact across time zones and continents.

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Link discovered between guava smell and weevil pest

March 4th, 2015

Colombian researchers believe a new method for controlling the guava weevil pest could be in store.

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Colombia: Asoppitaya to expand crop offering

February 23rd, 2015

After making its name in dragonfruit, Colombia’s Asoppitaya plans to move into organic crops and other tropical fruits.

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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.


Colombia: Avocado industry steps up efforts for U.S. market access this year

February 9th, 2015

Colombia’s Agriculture Minster says gaining U.S. avocado access would be like ‘winning the lottery’.

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Chiquita’s Colombian paramilitary payment lawsuits in the spotlight

January 30th, 2015

Chiquita has accused one lawyer, whose firm has provided security to witnesses under threat in the past in other cases, of allegedly paying off witnesses. Whether this is a delay tactic or a case-changing argument is yet to be seen.

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U.S. court denies Chiquita “aided and abetted” homicide in Colombia

January 15th, 2015

The families of U.S. missionaries murdered in Colombia by FARC forces in 1995 have sought damages against Chiquita on 24 counts, of which one was dismissed by a South Florida court last week.

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Colombian govt offers banana growers inputs for whitefly control

January 15th, 2015

ICA has taken measures to combat a pest that has caused considerable damage to bananas in Quindío and Risaralda.

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EU bumped up Colombian fruit imports in 2014

January 13th, 2015

Colombian growers were able to raise exports of a range of exotic fruit crops to the EU last year.

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Colombia launches new project to boost papaya exports

January 5th, 2015

A project in Colombia will focus on papaya post-harvest operations so growers can reach more markets.

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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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Natural coatings found to increase mango shelf life

November 14th, 2014

A Colombian team found natural-based coatings kept mangoes in better condition for longer.

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Colombian producer to extend golden berry marketing across the U.S.

November 1st, 2014

A representative from Global Agricultural Trading says physalis definitely has an interesting future in the U.S., and plans to start selling outside California.

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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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Taiwan, Colombia seek bilateral market access for exotic fruits

October 20th, 2014

Following the U.S., Australia and Chile, Taiwan has set its sights on Colombia as a new fresh litchi export market.

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Colombian avocado industry expects strong export future

October 7th, 2014

Due to new avocado plantings and a recent focus on certification, Colombia is expecting 600% export growth by 2018.

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Colombia steps up fight against contraband produce

September 23rd, 2014

Colombian authorities have introduced a phone number for people to report ‘the worst pest in agriculture’.

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Colombia will be ‘a very important player’ in avocado trade, says Westfalia rep

August 29th, 2014

A Westfalia Colombia rep says the industry could double in the next decade and take on Chile and Peru in the U.S.

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Colombian avocado industry expects U.S. approval in 2014-15

August 14th, 2014

The Colombian avocado industry has the U.S., Russia, Japan and Korea in its sights for export.

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Excess banana supply a “wild card” for H2, says Chiquita exec

August 12th, 2014

Chiquita’s CEO discussed supply dynamics last week, as well as what Russia’s sanctions meant for banana markets.

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Colombian banana protests turn violent

August 7th, 2014

Colombian banana worker protests against Banacol took a turn for the worse this week.

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U.S. appeals court throws out Chiquita terrorist payment claim case

July 24th, 2014

A case relating to alleged paramilitary payments from Chiquita in Colombia has been dismissed by a federal court in Florida as being outside U.S jurisdiction.

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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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Many Colombian banana growers in misery after strong winds

July 14th, 2014

4,500 hectares of banana plantations have been destroyed by strong winds in northern Colombia.

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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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Colombia evaluates avocado suitability for U.S.-bound exports

June 24th, 2014

APHIS has overseen assessments of Colombian avocado farms to test for the presence of quarantine pests.

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U.K. authorities uncover cocaine in Colombian banana shipment

June 10th, 2014

Drug busts involving fruit are becoming increasingly common, with the latest seizure involving Colombian bananas.

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U.S.: Chiquita claims it never tried to block 9/11 victims’ bill

June 6th, 2014

Chiquita has spoken out amid claims it allegedly spent US$780,000 in lobbying against a 9/11 victims’ bill.

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Colombian scientists enhance yellow dragonfruit regeneration

June 2nd, 2014

Colombian scientists now have a yellow dragonfruit genotype from which they plan to improve production methods.

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U.S.: Turbana funds surgeries in Colombia

June 2nd, 2014

Fruit company Turbana has given thousands of dollars for medical operations in Colombia.

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Demand high, laws tightening for EU organic market

May 26th, 2014

Two European organic produce experts say consumers are now more mindful of the stories behind their food, but upcoming EC regulations could make the category much tougher.

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Colombia seeks to double agricultural land in five years

May 20th, 2014

Colombia aims to capitalize on a “gigantic opportunity” from its FTA with the U.S. through agricultural growth.

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U.S.: fruit flies display jet-like flight agility

May 16th, 2014

Despite their incredibly small brains, fruit flies can maneuver with the speed of an advanced aircraft.

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EU evaluates Colombia’s organic production standards

May 9th, 2014

An EU delegation could approve Colombia as a recognized organic food producer.

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U.S.: APHIS allows cold treatment-free Colombian cape gooseberries

May 5th, 2014

Cape gooseberry, physalis, goldenberry, aguaymanto and uchuva – they’re all the same fruit and many Colombian growers will now have an easier job of shipping them to the U.S.

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Authorities make progress for Colombian avocado access in the U.S.

April 29th, 2014

APHIS has identified three quarantine pests Colombia needs to address to gain Hass avocado access to the U.S.

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Colombian fruit growers ‘hope to continue work’ during upcoming strikes

April 24th, 2014

Asohofrucol hopes Colombia’s strikes do not cause road blockages, and expects minimal disruptions to harvests.

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Colombia prepares for renewed farm strikes

April 22nd, 2014

Colombian farmers say the government has failed to fulfill its promises from last year’s strikes.

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Valencia oranges perform well under hydric stress

April 11th, 2014

Valencia orange trees in Colombia were able to recover from low water access during early fruit development.

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U.S.: Florida port deepens trade ties with Colombia

April 9th, 2014

The U.S. Port Tampa Bay will work more closely with Colombia’s Port of Barranquilla.

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Colombia promotes “más” Hass

April 3rd, 2014

A Hass promotional campaign in Colombia hopes to launch producers into national and international sales.

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Competitiveness is key in Chiquita-Fyffes deal, says Colombian banana rep

March 20th, 2014

A Colombian banana leader discusses what the buying power of ChiquitaFyffes will mean for his industry.

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Colombia: Banacol undergoes restructuring amid debt woes

March 17th, 2014

Latin American banana group Banacol will restructure in response to debt concerns.

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Colombian authorities intercept citrus pest in U.S., Spanish shipments

March 13th, 2014

Colombia has rejected four shipments of citrus fruit from abroad due to the discovery of red scale.

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U.K.: Fairtrade Foundation aims for ‘game-changer’ campaign

February 25th, 2014

We speak with the face of a campaign aimed at teaching British consumers about the realities of banana-growing in Colombia.

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Peru: Camposol aims for year-round supply in avocados, blueberries

February 17th, 2014

From Colombian avocados to U.S. blueberries, Camposol is looking to new supplies to build its brand.

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Colombia reports progress in fruit fly eradication

February 10th, 2014

Colombia hopes progress in fruit fly eradication could help open the U.S. market for uchuvas.

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Opinion: the battle for banana livelihoods

February 7th, 2014

Banana Link’s Alistair Smith analyzes the pressures that are putting many growers out of business.

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Public-private partnership to raise export profile of seven Colombian crops

January 27th, 2014

Colombia has highly ambitious goals for export leadership in the future for strawberries and papayas.

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Colombian regional govt slates US$6M for avocado development

January 24th, 2014

Colombia’s department of Antioquia will spend millions of dollars on a range of avocado industry projects.

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Cocaine found in Berlin banana boxes

January 8th, 2014

Aldi supermarket staff in Berlin were given a surprise this week when they found cocaine in banana boxes.

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Colombian papayas make a splash in Canada

December 18th, 2013

Colombian growers have successfully shipped papayas to Canada and are working on certifications to open new markets.

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Colombia works to strengthen passiflora industry

December 17th, 2013

Colombia aims to add the U.S. and Russia to its export portfolio for fruits like passionfruit and granadilla.

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Colombia enjoys strong growth in pineapple sector

December 9th, 2013

Colombia’s pineapple sector has far surpassed the crop’s global growth rate in recent years.

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Colombia implements expansive fruit fly control program

November 11th, 2013

Through a trap system, Colombia hopes to improve fruit fly control and plant health.

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Dole brings major horticultural investment to Colombia

October 31st, 2013

Dole Food Company will be launching the largest ag investment Colombia has seen in five years.

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U.S.: HLB Specialties upbeat on goldenberry import changes

October 28th, 2013

HLB Specialties has reintroduced Colombian goldenberries to its U.S. portfolio with hopes cold treatment will be scrapped in 2014.

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Colombian province begins first ever papaya exports

October 22nd, 2013

Colombia’s Valencia province sent its first papaya exports for Canada Friday.

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Antioxidant benefits found in mango peels

October 22nd, 2013

Colombian and Brazilian scientists have found value added potential in mango peels due to beneficial bioactive compounds.

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Colombia kicks off Hass harvest with national focus

October 15th, 2013

Colombia will produce around 40,000MT of Hass avocados this season, mostly for national consumption.

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Fairtrasa expands organic fruit program to Colombia

October 8th, 2013

With a new office in Colombia, Fairtrasa will be expanding its Latin American fruit program.

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Colombia announces ag import restrictions

October 7th, 2013

Pears, tomatoes and potatoes are some of the products now restricted for import in Colombia.

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Colombia: tropical fruit powder maintains nutritional value

September 27th, 2013

Colombian researchers are finding new ways to utilize tropical fruits like acai and camu camu.

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Colombia: Caldas growers sign avocado export deal

September 12th, 2013

A new Colombian department is ready to jump on the country’s fast-moving Hass avocado export bandwagon.

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Bag color can affect banana ripening

September 11th, 2013

A Colombian researcher has analyzed a simple metric that can affect the speed of banana ripening.

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Colombian govt proposes norms to end ag protests

August 30th, 2013

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the government will focus on pesticide and fertilizer prices.

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Clashes continue in Colombia’s ag strikes

August 29th, 2013

Free trade and human rights concerns continue to fuel debate in Colombia’s agricultural sector.

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Colombian experts aim to bridge blackberry “technological divide”

August 19th, 2013

The blackberry is a “champion” crop for Colombian consumption but producers still have room for improving growing practices for the fruit.

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Colombia aims to raise Tahitian lime export presence

July 17th, 2013

The Colombian lime industry is undertaking measures to gain a competitive edge in export markets.

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Eastern Colombia welcomes Hass avocado plant

July 4th, 2013

With a new avocado packaging plant, Colombia’s Cauca Valley looks to the export market.

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Colombian agreement averts banana strike

June 21st, 2013

Colombia’s banana industry initially planned to cut wages, but strike threats have led to a splash out on worker benefits.

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Storms take toll on Colombian plantains

June 6th, 2013

An important Colombian plantain region is facing flooding difficulties again this year.

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Colombian banana workers ratify labor strike

June 5th, 2013

A potential Colombian banana worker strike could threaten hundreds of thousands of boxes in exports per day.

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Opinion: the potential of Colombia’s changing Orinoquia region

May 30th, 2013

Enrique Villegas explains how producers can keep up with changes in Colombia’s Orinoquia region.

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Colombian government and FARC come to ag agreement

May 28th, 2013

A “critical step” has been taken by FARC and the Colombian government toward agriculture reform.

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Colombian banana workers threaten wage strike

May 23rd, 2013

Possible wage cuts could provoke an extensive strike in Colombia’s banana industry.

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Colombia a “paradise” for avocados, says Antioquia leader

May 14th, 2013

The Colombian avocado industry is ramping up production, GlobalG.A.P. certifications and market access talks.

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Opinion: the mountains and valleys that define Colombian agriculture

May 10th, 2013

Enrique Villegas gives a background lesson on Colombia, a growing country with significant agricultural opportunities.

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Colombia’s growing avocado model

April 22nd, 2013

Colombia may be one of the world’s biggest avocado producers but it still has a way to go in developing an export market.

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Hass avocado group formed in Colombia

April 17th, 2013

Colombia’s avocado industry has stepped up its game in the push for U.S. market access.

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Spain: banana shipment arrives with 100 kilos of cocaine

April 9th, 2013

Banana shipments continue to serve as a key mode of illegal drug transport to Europe.

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U.S. considers fruits from Colombia, Ecuador, Thailand

March 22nd, 2013

After two years of consideration, Colombian watermelons may soon enter the U.S. market.

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U.S. approves value-added Colombian mangoes

February 28th, 2013

Fresh Colombian mangoes are ready to enter the U.S. market but with strict delivery requirements.

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Colombia looks abroad for new mangosteen markets

February 18th, 2013

Mangosteen exporters from Colombia hope to gain U.S. market access.

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Moko disease a threat to Colombian banana costs

January 28th, 2013

Colombia’s top banana exporters can control Moko disease but bear higher production costs if other growers are lax.

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Fruit Fanatic: an exotic fruit collector’s Ecuadorian dream

January 8th, 2013

Rolf Blancke describes a pristine Ecuadorian rare fruit paradise under threat from a thermoelectric dam project.

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Colombia reopens Chiquita paramilitary case

December 10th, 2012

The Colombian Attorney General has decided to revisit Chiquita’s payments to paramilitary AUC.

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Colombian banana growers support tax reform

December 3rd, 2012

Colombian banana growers support a tax reform bill they believe will help better formalize the economy.

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Fair trade transition picks up speed in the U.S.

November 14th, 2012

Fair Trade USA’s Alexandria Coari discusses the real impact of community development funds on farmers.

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E.U. and Latin America come to historic banana agreement

November 9th, 2012

The E.U. and Latin America were able to end the longest-running dispute in multilateral trading history.

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Colombia awakens to agricultural potential

September 25th, 2012

Enrique Villegas talks about Colombia’s potential to overcome its obstacles and export exotic fruit worldwide.

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Colombia starts citrus grower workshops to combat HLB

September 6th, 2012

Colombia has enlisted citrus growers to help them prevent citrus greening from gaining a foothold.

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Fyffes’ pre-tax profits jump by nearly 30% in H1

September 4th, 2012

Fyffes has posted an increase in pre-tax profits thanks to organic growth and shipping efficiencies.

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El Niño to drive up Latin America’s temperatures in H2

August 17th, 2012

We provide a synopsis of how El Niño is set to impact Latin American fruit growing countries.

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Colombia capitalizes on mango export entry in Japan

August 14th, 2012

Colombia has started exporting mangoes to Japan after gaining access late last month.

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Importer bets on West African pineapple sweetness opening new doors

August 3rd, 2012

West African pineapples still have a bright export future in Europe despite shrinking volumes.

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Colombia gets Chilean thumbs up for dragon fruit exports

July 31st, 2012

Colombia has fulfilled Chilean treatment requirements for dragonfruit exports.

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U.S. banana imports from Latin America rose slightly in 2011

July 5th, 2012

Latin American banana producers must increase productivity if they are to survive in a world of rising costs.

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