April 17, 2015 / Week N° 16

Posts Tagged Grapes

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

April 17th, 2015

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

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Historical Thompson Seedless rootstock survives Chilean flood

April 17th, 2015

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

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

April 6th, 2015

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

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Xinjiang table grapes to make mark on Chinese market

April 1st, 2015

Grape exporters to China are set to face increasing domestic competition in the coming years.

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Seald Sweet expands Mexican grape program

April 1st, 2015

U.S.-based produce distributor Seald Sweet has made “substantial financial investments” to bolster its table grape program.

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Chile: SAN urges immediate assistance for stranded farmers

March 27th, 2015

Chile’s National Agricultural Society (SAN) says the severe flooding has left many stranded without water for days, as produce companies use private helicopters to rescue those in need.

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Storms damage northern Chilean grapevines, infrastructure

March 26th, 2015

The Copiapó Valley has been one of the worst hit agricultural zones from recent storms in northern Chile.

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Ecuadorian tariffs could have flow-on effects for Chile’s overseas grape exports

March 24th, 2015

The delicate balance of Chilean grape prices abroad could be impacted by Ecuador’s recent protectionist policy.

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U.S.: California hits second highest table grape export volume in 2014-15

March 20th, 2015

California raised its table grape exports to several destinations this season, including Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, the U.K. and Indonesia.

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Ecuadorian fruit shoppers feel the crunch

March 20th, 2015

Ecuador’s enormous increase in food import tariffs is taking its toll on the country’s wholesalers.

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Table grape season wrapping up in South Africa

March 18th, 2015

As South Africa’s table grape season is on its last legs, weather conditions for harvest are the best seen in decades in the Hex River Valley.

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India: Gigantic hail stones ravage grape crops

March 17th, 2015

“Farmers have never really seen anything like the size of the hail stones,” says an Indian grape industry leader.

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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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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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New CEO for Sun World

January 27th, 2015

With a new CEO at the helm, Sun World will progress in its California grape planting program and will be pulling out of some crops.

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Mexico: Fresh Produce Social Responsibility Alliance incorporates two new members

January 21st, 2015

Two leading Mexican grower associations have joined a new group that aims to raise the bar in worker treatment on farms.

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U.S. court upholds ruling on two USDA grape patents

January 19th, 2015

A California judge has ruled the USDA maintains rights to grape varieties Scarlet Royal and Autumn King.

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Egyptian exporter expands grape and stonefruit supply

January 19th, 2015

Fruit exporter Pico plans to expand its core offering while adding new crops such as pomegranates and avocados in the mix.

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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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Indian grape harvest ‘on track’ for a decent export season

January 14th, 2015

Sopan Kanchan says bouts of inclement weather have been ‘nothing the Indian grape industry can’t handle’.

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Early campaign marks early mid-season volume spike for South African grapes

January 14th, 2015

South Africa’s table grape volume is well ahead of previous years, but the total should taper to a “normal” level.

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Australian table grape industry calls for quick resolution to Vietnam fruit blockade

January 8th, 2015

The Vietnamese market closure has caused particular complications for Australian black seedless grape exporters.

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Peruvian govt program aims to raise GlobalG.A.P. certifications

January 7th, 2015

Sierra Exportadora is helping Peruvian growers find new commercial opportunities for their fruit production.

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Crimson Seedless grape harvest to start in South Africa

December 23rd, 2014

Thompson Seedless harvests are wrapping up in early-growing northern parts of South Africa but red varieties are still going strong.

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Farmers angry after severe rain and hail batter Indian grape crops

December 16th, 2014

Maharashtra grape farmers suffering crop damages have protested against the government’s lack of action after recent bad weather.

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Chilean table grape export volume to rise 16%, says Decofrut

December 11th, 2014

A Chilean fruit industry consultant has released a slightly more optimistic grape export forecast.

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NZ fruit growers embrace ozone tech for healthy orchards

December 1st, 2014

OA-Global’s ozone technology products worked wonders on kiwifruit trials in New Zealand, and the company hopes for similar success in new geographies and crops.

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U.S: new fumigation method allows for greater fruit volumes

November 27th, 2014

Exporters whose fruit requires fumigation in the U.S. now have a much more practical solution on offer in Florida.

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Namibian grape season off to a flying start

November 26th, 2014

A quality inspector for Cool Fresh’s Namibian grape crop says ‘any farmer could only wish’ for this weather.

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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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Italy: Agricoper rises above grape challenges

November 25th, 2014

An Italian grape group may have lost 30% in sales due to the Russian embargo, but has slated an ambitious grafting plan.

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Korean importer makes international debut at Chilean event

November 20th, 2014

PMA Fruittrade Latin America was the first port of call for a recently launched Korean import company.

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Early season grape harvest begins in South Africa

November 12th, 2014

Berry development is running up to 14 days earlier year-on-year for grapes in the Berg River region of South Africa.

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The art of reengineering Chile’s table grape industry

November 7th, 2014

A project aiming to improve Chile’s table grape sector through collaborative research will be highlighted at PMA Fruittrade Latin America next week.

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Vietnam considers Australian fruit import suspension

November 4th, 2014

After dealing with years of headaches forming a new protocol to regain Thai market access, the Australian horticultural industry may face new non-tariff challenges in another South East Asian market.

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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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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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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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Australia: bee-delivery system a win for cherry growers

September 25th, 2014

A biological control system used for strawberries has been rejigged by Australian scientists for cherries, and could potentially be applied to a range of other crops.

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Northern Peru’s productive potential

September 22nd, 2014

We take a visit to Peru with a buyer mission organized by SIPPO, which is also looking to find new partners in Colombia.

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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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U.S.: Port of Savannah to receive new fruit imports next month

August 22nd, 2014

A port in the U.S. state of Georgia will soon allow entry for cold-treated citrus from Peru.

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Potatoes and grapes in the spotlight for India in Russia

August 18th, 2014

IG International’s Tarun Arora looks at the Indian crops to benefit from Russia’s import ban, and how the move will affect European and Middle Eastern growers’ orientations toward his country.

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

August 7th, 2014

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

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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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Chile steps up Grapevine moth control regulations

July 31st, 2014

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

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U.K.: Waitrose launches new nectarine and grape lines

July 30th, 2014

A British retailer conducted a worldwide search to find the “perfect” nectarine, but found it very close to home.

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Stable outlook for restructuring Greek grape sector

July 29th, 2014

Amidst Greece’s economic crisis, the country’s grape growers are changing their practices to stay ahead of the game.

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Grape production down but quality in the clear, says Italian supplier

July 23rd, 2014

Nico Liturri discusses how unusual weather conditions have cut grape production estimates this year.

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China: Goodfarmer to develop produce “multinational” status, says Liu Zijie

July 22nd, 2014

Shandong Goodfarmer’s president talks about Ecuadorian bananas, Zespri kiwifruit and creating a new Latin American company.

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Chilean grape industry aims to rid country of Lobesia moth

July 18th, 2014

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

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Agronometrics releases beta service for fruit market analysis

July 17th, 2014

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

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Chile: grape pioneer passes away

July 15th, 2014

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

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U.S.: improving Californian water regulations ‘vitally important’

July 2nd, 2014

An industry body says Californian grape production will be fine for this year, but water usage is ‘unsustainable’.

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Challenging outlook for Mediterranean grapes

July 1st, 2014

In the face of tough competition with summer fruit, many Spanish and Italian grape growers are shifting their varietal offerings to get ahead.

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Cost efficiency gives Egypt an edge in Chinese orange market

June 30th, 2014

Egypt’s Mohamed Eldosouky discusses competition with South African oranges in China, and plans to open up the market to new products.

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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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IBISWorld report forecasts growth for Canadian fruit and nut farming

June 26th, 2014

Growth is expected for Canadian horticulture, amidst an environment of U.S. competition and technology pressures.

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Australia: AHEA responds to bearish government trade forecast

June 23rd, 2014

AHEA is optimistic for Australia’s horticultural exports despite government forecasts for a reduction in 2014-15.

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India: Bollywood star may become face of Maharashtra horticulture

June 6th, 2014

After acting in more than 180 films, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan will likely take to the stage of Maharashtra’s fruit and vegetable industry.

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U.S. study shows grapes could help prevent blindness

May 29th, 2014

New research from the University of Miami has revealed grapes’ eye-protecting properties.

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Peru plans for strong presence at London Produce Show

May 28th, 2014

With exports due to rise 15% this year, Peru’s produce industry will be making its mark at the London Produce Show.

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Peru: mangoes and asparagus drive Camposol profit growth in Q1

May 23rd, 2014

Profitability outpaced sales growth for Peru’s Camposol in what was a stellar first quarter for 2014.

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Australia: first grape shipments hit the South Korean market

May 16th, 2014

Barnaby Joyce has hailed Australia’s first table grape exports to South Korea as an ‘exciting milestone’.

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California grapes could have another record year

May 9th, 2014

Improvements in production strategies have helped protect California table grapes from drought conditions.

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Chile to form national table grape committee

May 6th, 2014

The wheels are in motion to form a national committee for growers and exporters of Chile’s most-shipped fruit.

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Chinese market to be tariff-free for Peruvian grapes in 2015

May 2nd, 2014

China and South Korea will be tariff-free for Peruvian table grapes next year, while work continues to open up the Japanese market.

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U.S.: C.H. Robinson mulls over Welch’s grape packing in China

April 25th, 2014

With labor shortages at home, C.H. Robinson is considering a grape re-packing set-up in China.

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Turkish apricots hit by bad weather

April 22nd, 2014

The full effects of unusual frosts are yet to be seen in the world’s leading apricot region, as well as impacts on other crops like grapes, peaches and walnuts.

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India: govt cold storage scheme to boost Maharashtra produce industry

April 21st, 2014

The Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board explains a new program to build four cold storage centers.

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First Aussie grapes arrive in Japan

April 16th, 2014

The first exports of Australian table grapes to Japan marks the country’s second produce milestone in a week.

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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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India: IG International set for record Chilean apple imports

April 14th, 2014

From apple scarcity to a flood of Iranian kiwifruit, IG International’s Tarun Arora explains Indian market trends, along with a few export ventures.

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India’s Tata Group partners with Rallis for branded grapes

March 26th, 2014

India’s Star Bazaar will offer branded grapes in an effort to raise fruit quality for the nation’s middle class consumers.

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California reports record table grape volume

March 24th, 2014

Califorinia brought in record table grape volume this year, reaching export markets in force.

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Peruvian grape volume grows across new and old markets

March 24th, 2014

Peruvian grape exports continue to show strong growth, most notably in China.

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Fruit volumes dry up under Brazilian drought

March 24th, 2014

A dry start to the year has reduced volumes for several top fruit categories in Brazil.

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Sun World names grape licensees in Chile, Italy

March 19th, 2014

With new marketers in Chile and Italy, Sun World now has 32 grape licensees worldwide.

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South African grapes enjoy partial recovery in late season

March 18th, 2014

South African table grapes have picked up volume in recent weeks, showing recovery from the early season.

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South African grape season winds down

March 4th, 2014

Table grape packing is either done or finishing up in the majority of South Africa’s growing regions.

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India: Mahindra to raise the bar with fruit brand Saboro

March 3rd, 2014

US$11 billion Indian company Mahindra outlines plans for grape and apple branding.

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Argentina moves closer to Philippine fruit market access

February 25th, 2014

Philippine inspectors were happy with the state of Argentine pome fruit and grape operations during a recent tour.

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South Africa crosses fingers for corrections in grape market

February 24th, 2014

With Red Seedless varieties on the water, South African grape shippers hope to find an improved European market.

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Indian grape exports running late

February 20th, 2014

An Indian grape shipper says weather set back harvest times, but volumes will be up.

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South African table grapes on the rebound

February 19th, 2014

Total intakes may be down, but South African grape exporters have bolstered exports well over the last month.

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NZ: T&G to make first Enza Red commercial shipment to Australia

February 13th, 2014

T&G CEO Alastair Hulbert discuses operational expectations for kiwifruit, apples, grapes and blueberries.

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Germany: BayWa plans South American grape JV

February 13th, 2014

BayWa CEO Klaus Lutz talks about international sourcing plans for three key fruits.

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Fruit imports have grown despite slowdown, says Dürbeck

February 12th, 2014

The head of one of Europe’s oldest fruit distributors discusses supply and demand trends for Germany and Eastern Europe

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Grapes lead Peruvian fresh market growth in China

February 12th, 2014

Peru expects to surpass its export record for fruit products in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.

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Dole plans new South African grape farm acquisition

February 4th, 2014

A Dole Europe subsidiary has entered an agreement to buy an early season grape farm in the Orange River region.

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Dutch company makes the cut with grape destemming technology

February 3rd, 2014

A ZTI Mechatronic innovation promises to cut grape destemming costs significantly.

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South African grape exports down in early 2014

January 21st, 2014

South Africa’s table grape exports were 53% lower year-on-year in the first fortnight of 2014.

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Australian grape season running early, says exporter

January 17th, 2014

Australia’s The Grape House says the industry must focus on “all markets” this export season.

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Spain: Ideal table grape suffers less than ideal season

January 17th, 2014

Spain’s Ideal grape captures consumer desire, even when weather complicates production.

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Multi-continental organic technology keeps fruit fresh for longer

January 16th, 2014

A U.S.-Spanish-Chilean consortium has developed a clean technology that improves fruit shelf life.

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Peru looks to take second spot as grape supplier in China

January 14th, 2014

Peru has big expectations as a grape provider to the Chinese market.

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Seedless table grapes lead the way in South Africa

January 14th, 2014

Leon de Kock says a transforming South African grape offering will move more strongly into retail.

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India: Syngenta aims for horticultural project rollout

January 13th, 2014

Syngenta Asia’s Prashant Belgamwar discusses seedless watermelon and grape projects in India.

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South African grape exports dip in 2013 calendar year

January 9th, 2014

Frosts took a toll on South Africa’s overall table grape exports for 2013.

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Aussie grape seeds gain access to Chinese market

January 9th, 2014

Australian companies will now be able to export grape seeds to China following a recent agreement.

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South Africa: rare summer rains put damper on grape harvest

January 8th, 2014

Rains in the Western Cape have put grape and pear harvesting on hold until Monday.

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U.S.: Sun World refocuses efforts in South America

December 31st, 2013

Two Sun World execs discuss plans to advance next generation grape varieties in South America.

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Chile develops new solution for table grape estimation

December 30th, 2013

Chilean researchers hope a “pregnancy test for grapes” will take off in the world of yield estimation.

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Australian table grapes gain access to Korean market

December 19th, 2013

The Australian table grape industry expects millions of dollars worth of exports under a new Korean agreement.

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Reefer shipments mark change for South African grapes in Europe

December 18th, 2013

The first shipment of South African grapes has arrived in time to hit Dutch supermarkets for Christmas sales.

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Peruvian grape growth could rise in 2014

December 16th, 2013

Peru’s grape production growth rate is set to be even higher in 2014, with volume rising by almost 100,000 metric tons (MT).

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Chile raises fruit export estimate

December 11th, 2013

As Chile’s first grape exports take off today, ASOEX has released a total fruit shipment estimate that is higher than previous government calculations.

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Walnuts Australia wins top gong for agriculture in export awards

November 28th, 2013

Beef and dairy companies have dominated the agribusiness part of the Australian Export Awards in recent years, but not in 2013.

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Sun World names grape marketers in Australia, South Africa

November 28th, 2013

Freshworld and Fresh Produce Group are the latest grape licensees of Sun World.

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Europe: year’s end brings high volume and low prices for grapes

November 28th, 2013

Brazil has European grape markets full at the moment. Chile, however, should find a more open market in 2014.

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Peru: Provid forecasts steady rise for grape exports

November 20th, 2013

Peru’s Provid has announced grape export expectations for this season, and hopes for Japanese market access by 2015.

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No flood damages expected for South African table grapes

November 20th, 2013

Despite flooding in the Western Cape, table grape producers have not reported major damages.

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Brazilian govt expects strong value rise for crops in 2013

November 15th, 2013

Oranges, bananas and tomatoes are set to help support a strong rise in Brazilian crop income next year.

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Produce polyphenols strengthen gut health, NZ study shows

November 14th, 2013

Scientists have found that once broken down in the colon, polyphenols produce molecules that are beneficial for the digestive system.

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South Africa: renewed action marks one-year anniversary of farm strikes

November 11th, 2013

A reported 4,000 farm workers went on strike last week, affecting a major Western Cape fruit producer.

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Indian companies form fruit export venture

November 6th, 2013

India’s IG International and Atharva International have formed a joint venture to export fruits and vegetables abroad.

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Brazil releases fifth seedless grape variety

November 5th, 2013

Isis has joined the ranks among Brazil’s nationally developed seedless grape varieties.

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South African table grape forecast on track with last season

November 4th, 2013

Despite frosts in the Orange River Region, South Africa is expected to maintain table grape volume.

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Indian car company shifts gears into banana business

October 30th, 2013

India’s Mahindra & Mahindra is set to launch its own fruit brand which it plans to take global.

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South African table grape industry highlights labor compliance

October 28th, 2013

As a new season nears, the South African table grape industry emphasized respect for labor laws.

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As South African season nears, grape markets remain full

October 25th, 2013

South African grapes could meet greater competition this year from Brazil and Europe.

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Agreement connects Chilean fruit to China’s top wholesale markets

October 24th, 2013

Through an ASOEX agreement, Chilean fruit will have a direct route to 200 Chinese wholesale markets.

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Late season promotions planned for California table grapes

October 21st, 2013

CTGC president Kathleen Nave is positive about the potential to move greater volume toward the end of the grape deal.

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Drought complicates Brazil’s top mango and grape region

October 17th, 2013

Brazil’s overall fruit exports are expected to increase, despite severe drought in the northeast.

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South African frosts mean job and volume loss for grape sector

October 16th, 2013

September frosts could mean 15,000 jobs lost in South Africa’s Orange River grape industry.

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A grape-rich diet could mean better bone health

October 11th, 2013

Move over, milk; grapes may play a role in maintaining strong, healthy bones.

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Chile looks to new fruit markets, better access

October 9th, 2013

Indonesia, Morocco and India were a few markets highlighted for Chilean fruit opportunities at Fruittrade yesterday.

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Thailand and Chile sign FTA

October 7th, 2013

Thailand will remove 90% of tariffs on Chilean products following the signing of a recent free trade agreement.

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Argentine growers suffer from heavy frosts

October 3rd, 2013

Apricots, peaches, grapes, plums and almonds are some of the hardest hit fruits from Argentina’s frosts.

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U.S.: Sun World adds grape licensees in Peru, Mexico

October 2nd, 2013

California’s Sun World will now include Peru’s Camposol and Mexico’s Grupo Alta in its grape program.

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Raisins bear the brunt of frosts in northern Chile

September 30th, 2013

Despite frosts, table grape producers in Chile’s Copiapó province expect volume on par with average.

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Mixed conditions for South African grape development

September 26th, 2013

South Africa’s biggest grape regions have been affected by a mix of frosts and cold weather.

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Marginal rise for Chilean fruit export volume in 2012-13

September 26th, 2013

Export growth for Chile’s strongest fruit commodities helped offset heavy falls for products like avocados and oranges last season.

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Chile: frosts may cut some crops by 25% in two key regions

September 25th, 2013

Blueberries, cherries and plums look likely to be the biggest victims of Chile’s recent frosts, but other crops have also been affected.

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Chile: ASOEX releases frost briefing

September 24th, 2013

Chilean fruit experts are currently evaluating the impacts of frosts on a variety of key export crops.

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U.S.: record pace for California grapes

September 23rd, 2013

Weekly shipments have risen substantially for the California table grape industry this year.

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Compounds found in red grapes, blueberries may help immune function

September 23rd, 2013

The immune function may be boosted by grape and blueberry consumption.

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Growth continues for Peruvian grapes despite roadblocks

September 20th, 2013

Peru’s Alvaro Diaz hopes anti-dumping investigations against China don’t hurt a booming grape trade.

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Brazil shows off grape juice options

September 3rd, 2013

The Brazilian government put its new grape options on display to promote juice production.

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Opinion: muscadine, the great American super fruit

September 2nd, 2013

Whether you call them berries or grapes, muscadines pack a tasty, antixodiant-rich punch for Karen Caplan.

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Aussie grape growers gear up for Asian export season

August 26th, 2013

Australia’s grape export season is still several months away but registrations and protocol training are just around the corner.

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Chinese apple market “very interesting” this year, says importer

August 13th, 2013

Lantao’s John Wang gives his verdict on the varying quality and prospects in China for imported apples, grapes, citrus and cherries.

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Sun World International changes hands

August 12th, 2013

A Californian asset management firm has bought a leading produce breeding, growing and marketing company.

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Brazil releases black grape variety

August 8th, 2013

Brazil’s new variety BRS Núbia has been praised as a step forward for black grapes.

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Strong season ahead for Turkey’s Adalya

August 7th, 2013

A key Turkish grape company expects a 25% uptick in exports this season.

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Grape nursery launches air-conditioned greenhouse in Peru

June 28th, 2013

A new modern greenhouse in Peru’s Ica region will allow for more timely grape plantations for the country’s growers.

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Traditional Chinese fruit sites put on FAO heritage list

June 7th, 2013

A FAO initiative to protect traditional agriculture has incorporated two fruit sites from China that grow grapes and torreya fruit.

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Peru: mangoes and asparagus bolster Camposol’s Q1 results

May 17th, 2013

Higher prices for Camposol’s mainstay crop raised profitability in the first quarter, with a bigger avocado deal around the corner.

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Chile seeks easier access in U.S. for pest-free regions

May 14th, 2013

Grapes, figs and lemons from Chile may be approved for a systems approach in exports to the U.S.

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Opinion: the outlook for Australian produce imports

May 9th, 2013

Michael Worthington says Australian growers need to consider how to deal with potentially higher fresh produce imports.

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Indonesian restrictions lead to “one big mess of juice and grape flesh”

May 6th, 2013

AHEA’s Maxwell Summers discusses the impacts of Indonesian import quotas and the opening of a new Asian market for Australia.

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Chinese ag giant bets on Chilean premium fruit

April 17th, 2013

A Chinese business linked to Lenovo has kicked off international fruit sourcing plans with a joint venture in South America.

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Draft report recommends Western Australian access for Californian grapes

April 11th, 2013

Western Australia may join the rest of the country in allowing Californian grape imports.

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Lower prices cause grape divide for Australian growers

April 10th, 2013

High volume, early season grapes are pushing Australian growers to assess their options for survival.

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Chilean port strike fruit loss update

April 8th, 2013

ASOEX has released figures of estimated losses by fruit category from Chilean strikes in weeks 13 and 14.

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Australia slashes China-bound grape projections

March 28th, 2013

The demand is high but Australia has had to cut back its expected grape shipments to China this year.

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Chilean grapes go to waste as fruit floods U.S. market

March 27th, 2013

An unpredictable season has encouraged U.S. market oversaturation of Chilean table grapes and a rush to sell produce.

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Chilean port strikes put millions of fruit boxes at risk

March 26th, 2013

Chilean port strikes mean large quantities of fruit may not make Marketing Order timeframes for the U.S. and South Korea.

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China will likely make switch to seedless grapes, says Allamand

March 25th, 2013

A Chilean grape industry leader believes China will follow South Korea’s lead towards seedless grape varieties.

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Grape packing nears an end in South Africa

March 21st, 2013

To date, South Africa table grape exports are slightly down but compare well to previous years.

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Californian grape industry aims for another record year in 2013

March 14th, 2013

California’s grape industry aims to raise production this year and find growth in international markets.

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Argentina: Patagonian fruit exports rise in early 2013

March 11th, 2013

Argentina’s apple and pear shipments to northern Europe were up sharply in the first two months of 2013.

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Peru: Camposol profitability slumps in Q4

March 1st, 2013

Camposol’s profits have dropped amid higher sales rates, with a significant avocado volume increase in store for 2013.

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South African grape exports play catch-up

February 26th, 2013

South Africa’s grape intakes are now slightly up year-on-year in recovery from strike setbacks.

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Fresh fruit export growth drives Peruvian agricultural trade surplus

February 21st, 2013

Peru’s produce exports forged ahead in 2012 for grapes, asparagus, mandarins and bananas.

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Chile: many had to ‘leave grapes’ on the vines, says iQonsulting

February 18th, 2013

iQonsulting’s Cristóbal González describes the drivers behind Chile’s difficult 2012-13 grape season.

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Mixed reactions over troubled Chilean grape export deal

February 15th, 2013

Importer responses to Chile’s difficult grape export season have ranged from disappointment to understanding.

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Chile pursues new, more competitive grape varieties

February 14th, 2013

Chile’s Agricultural Research Institute has over 60 grape varieties in development to help keep the country cutting edge.

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Organic Peruvian grapes hit U.S. shores

February 13th, 2013

Purity Organic has strong expectations for its first ever quality arrivals of organic Peruvian table grapes in the U.S.

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Sharp uptick in Indian table grape exports

February 1st, 2013

Indian grape exports to the European Union were around 10 times higher year-on-year in January.

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South African grape exports down on 2011-12 so far

January 30th, 2013

South Africa’s grape packing is going at “full steam” in remaining areas but total exports are markedly lower than last year.

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Namibian grape industry grabs market share

January 24th, 2013

South Africa’s labor strife played into the hands of Namibian grape exports, which have been growing regardless.

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Peru: Complejo Agroindustrial Beta aims for top grape spot

January 23rd, 2013

Peruvian grape exporter Complejo Agroindustrial Beta will be investing aggressively over the next two years.

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Brazil: Minas Gerais has strong year for pineapples, peaches and grapes

January 11th, 2013

Pineapple shipments from Brazil’s Minas Gerais state grew 724.5% from January to October 2012.

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South Africa experiences mixed season for table grapes

January 8th, 2013

Rains and further strike possibilities could hurt South African table grape output, in an otherwise good season.

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Chilean grape exports to North America down 31.2%

January 7th, 2013

A shortfall in Chilean export grapes has led to high prices for both white and red seedless.

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Argentina forecasts stronger 2013 grape season

December 31st, 2012

After a year of hail damage, Argentina projects 29% growth for national grape output.

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Rain impacts on Chilean grapes uncertain, says Greenberg

December 26th, 2012

Capespan North America CEO Mark Greenberg looks at how unseasonal rain may affect Chile’s grape export deal.

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Water shortage to impact Indian export grape deal

December 24th, 2012

Mahagrapes’ Sachin Korde discusses the prospects for this Indian table grape season.

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Rains deal heavy blow to Chilean cherries

December 20th, 2012

Strange rains have slashed Chile’s cherry export prospects, with lighter effects for grapes and blueberries.

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Peru enjoying favorable climate for grape exports

December 18th, 2012

Peru’s grape exports should continue their upward trend in 2013 thanks to new treaties and demand.

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Triple the volume, new markets for Chilean FreshAtacama grapes

December 17th, 2012

A Chilean early grape quality seal has been flooded with interest for this season.

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Brazil reopens market to Argentine table grapes

December 11th, 2012

Brazil has ended a ban on Argentine grapes, reopening a big market between the two countries.

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Oppy touts Brazilian Rainforest Alliance grapes in North America

December 4th, 2012

Oppy’s Bill Poulos has applauded the exceptional quality of Brazilian Rainforest Alliance Thompson grapes.

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Dutch grape importer hedges bets with South African unrest

December 3rd, 2012

European importers anticipate a strong Chilean grape season, with South Africa’s Western Cape uncertain.

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Two new black grapes released in Brazil

November 28th, 2012

Brazil’s EMBRAPA has developed two grapes with climate adaptability and high brix levels.

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Disaster relief requested for South African drought

November 26th, 2012

Drought in South Africa’s Northern Cape could threaten the livelihood of local farmers.

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Rootstocks key for Chile’s table grape profitability

November 21st, 2012

A Chilean soil study has found low air capacity is impacting productivity in a key grape growing region.

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Growth in Asia promising for Chilean table grapes

November 20th, 2012

Chilean table exports are set to grow by 4% worldwide in 2012-13.

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South Africa: Western Cape strike leads to protester death and call to order

November 15th, 2012

Farm strikes in South Africa entered another confusing day marred by violence on Wednesday.

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Asia: make or break for export grapes

November 15th, 2012

We hear from South America and South Africa about the prospects and perils of the Asian grape market.

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South Africa vineyard talks stall as tensions rise

November 12th, 2012

Vineyard labor negotiations came to deadlock as finger-pointing continued in South Africa.

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South African grape vineyards torched during protests

November 8th, 2012

Vineyards in South Africa were burned down after protests with possible political roots.

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South Africa grape projections on course as early harvest begins

November 1st, 2012

Cold weather set back the South Africa grape harvest but output should stay on course with last year.

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U.S.: fair trade produce imports buoyant in 2012

October 26th, 2012

Fair Trade USA certified produce imports have taken a significant leap in the last two years.

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Grape imports to Europe insufficient as Greek season closes

October 18th, 2012

Brazilian grapes are selling for a high price in Europe as importers struggle to meet demand.

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New quality control service begins operation in Peru

October 17th, 2012

Chilean and Peruvian companies Decofrut and CERPER have launched an alliance.

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South African table grape exports set to surpass last season’s

October 15th, 2012

Growers and exporters in South Africa are expecting record volumes and are bullish about market prospects.

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Verfrut launches Peruvian grape project to widen export window

October 11th, 2012

Chilean exporter Verfrut aims to make the most of northern Peru’s ideal weather for grape production.

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