May 22, 2015 / Week N° 21

Posts Tagged Mexico

Mexico: Persian lime production set for drop in Veracruz after humidity

May 22nd, 2015

With fungi affected the flowering stage of Persian limes in a Mexican state, U.S.-bound shipments look set to slip.

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U.S. mango import volumes up by a fifth

May 20th, 2015

The National Mango Board has urged retailers to act quickly to shift weekly shipments in excess of four million boxes.

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Costa Rican import group warns of avocado scarcity

May 19th, 2015

Following recent trade restrictions, one Costa Rican avocado grower believes California could be a potential new market supplier.

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‘Stop Blood Tomatoes Act’ introduced to U.S. Congress

May 18th, 2015

A new bill aims to ensure retailers’ products have not been produced using child or forced labor.

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Mexico: San Quintin farmworkers reach wage deal with govt

May 15th, 2015

A group representing farmworkers in the Mexican state of Baja California has hailed a recent labor deal as “extremely important”.

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Naturipe aims to become ‘leading berry brand’ in Mexican retailers

May 14th, 2015

With Naturipe’s first commercial office in Mexico having opened late last year, the berry marketer has big plans for the future.

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Mexican organic producer “reforms” ex-cartel members via agriculture

May 13th, 2015

A Yucatan-based company that is developing organic dragon fruit and pineapple projects is giving back to the community in a rather unique way.

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Costa Rica blocks avocado imports from numerous origins

May 12th, 2015

South Africa, Australia and Spain are just three countries unable to ship avocados to Costa Rica due to sunblotch concerns.

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Social responsibility “acculturated” U.S. consumers, says Silbermann

May 12th, 2015

PMA CEO Bryan Silbermann says those eschewing the social responsibility movement should immediately get prepared.

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PMA invites Mexican produce industry to join ‘eat brighter’ campaign

May 8th, 2015

PMA’s Nancy Tucker says the group’s healthy eating initiative with Sesame Street is ‘an incredible opportunity to make a difference in this world.’

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Mexican produce consumption per capita ‘an eighth of Canada’s’

May 6th, 2015

Eric Viramontes has kicked off proceedings at this year’s PMA Fresh Connections: Mexico event, hopeful the produce industry can help significantly boost fruit and vegetable consumption in the country.

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Latin American desire for new brands ‘outpaces other parts of globe’

April 30th, 2015

The head of Nielsen Perishables Group talks about how retailers and growers might be missing a trick in the Latin American market.

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Retailers sharing data with growers a ‘win-win’, says Red Sun Farms

April 23rd, 2015

A Red Sun Farms executive will speak at the upcoming PMA Fresh Connections: Mexico event about how producers can benefit from sometimes hard-to-access information.

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Chilean-U.S. blueberry season transition smooth in 2015, claims Berry Fresh

April 21st, 2015

A U.S.-based subsidiary of two Latin American berry groups is optimistic for this year’s blueberry deal.

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U.S.: Record Mexican mango imports anticipated for Q2

April 16th, 2015

The National Mango Board is encouraging retailers to carry out promotional activities to move an expected increase in supply.

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Mexico: Farmworkers were ‘forced’ to strike, claims BerryMex

April 9th, 2015

Heated farmworker protests in Baja California last month may have crippled agriculture in peak season, but a major Driscoll’s supplier alleges many were ‘threatened’ not to return to the fields.

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U.S.: Union negotiations off the table for Sakuma Brothers Farms

April 3rd, 2015

Berry grower Sakuma Brothers has questioned the legitimacy of a union calling for a boycott against its products, describing demands as “unreasonable”.

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Mexico: Frosts to halve April’s Persian lime production

April 2nd, 2015

Freezing temperatures in many parts of Mexico will lead to sharp price rises for limes.

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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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Avocado shortage in Europe as Easter approaches

March 31st, 2015

Mission Produce Europe says early ends and late starts from some major avocado-producing countries are pushing up prices.

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U.S. opens doors to Mexican figs

March 30th, 2015

APHIS believes irradiation treatment will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of importing fresh figs from Mexico.

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Mexico: New avocado export system better serves industry, says APEAM

March 27th, 2015

APEAM is pleased that no sanctions or penalties were posed in a recent competition authority decision.

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Mexican resolution puts an end to avocado export services monopoly

March 26th, 2015

Mexican avocado packers no longer need to be members of APEAM to export to the U.S.

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Mexico: APEAM holds avocado forecast steady despite hail event

March 19th, 2015

A Mexican avocado industry body says despite a “very unusual and intense hailstorm” last week in Michoacán, the impact should be “relatively minimal”.

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Israeli bred grape tomato commercialized in Mexico

March 13th, 2015

Seed company Hazera said its ‘Olivia’ tomato provides growers with consistent sizing and sugar levels.

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Mexico: Hail damages avocado production in key Michoacan region

March 13th, 2015

Growers say much of the damage to avocado production caused by adverse weather this week in the Michoacan region of Uruapan is irreversible.

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Calavo to expand Mexican avocado packing operations

March 12th, 2015

Calavo Growers is already banking on the expected opening of the U.S. market for avocados grown in Jalisco.

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Mexico: Jalisco avocado growers feeling ready for U.S. exports

March 3rd, 2015

An avocado industry representative from the Mexican state of Jalisco does not expect much “resistance” as procedures continue for the opening of the U.S. market.

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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.


Mexico: Social responsibility alliance to ‘expand’ into retail, foodservice

February 19th, 2015

Although no U.S. retailers have yet been invited to join a newly formed social responsibility alliance in Mexico, Wal-mart has pledged its support and has made several key changes since a damning LA Times investigation.

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USDA considers allowing avocado imports from second Mexican state

February 18th, 2015

Mexico’s second-largest avocado production state could soon be allowed to ship the Hass variety to the U.S.

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Mexico: Results “will take time” for new social responsibility alliance

February 17th, 2015

AHIFORES spokesperson Mario Robles says discussions are already underway with government to implement improved company store services for workers.

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Giumarra expects high volume of ‘eat brighter’ spring watermelons

February 16th, 2015

Giumarra will offer seedless watermelons grown in Mexico from around mid-March.

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Mexican, U.S. produce players officially launch social responsibility alliance

February 15th, 2015

After more than a year of negotiations, a group representing 90% of Mexico’s produce industry has been formed to tackle social responsibility issues.

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

February 6th, 2015

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

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Opinion: The need for change in the avocado industry

January 30th, 2015

With avocado consumption on a high note leading up to the Super Bowl, Equal Exchange’s Jennie Msall calls for a transformation of the fruit’s sourcing in light of last year’s LA Times expose ‘Product of Mexico’.

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Soriana buys Comercial Mexicana stores for US$2.6B

January 29th, 2015

Organizacion Soriana has consolidated its position as one of Mexico’s leading retail chains after reaching a deal to buy 160 stores from a competitor.

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First Mexican blackberries and raspberries arrive in China

January 26th, 2015

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

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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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Mexican berry growers prepare first China-bound shipments

January 20th, 2015

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

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Opinion: Improving Mexican farmworker lives a shared responsibility

January 19th, 2015

Fair Trade USA’s Hannah Freeman provides an in-depth look at the good, the bad and the ugly on Mexican farms.

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Mexico: Lime production rebounds in Colima

January 16th, 2015

While the year began with scarcity, efforts against HLB actually led to a lime production rise in 2014 in Colima.

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Mexico: INIFAP introduces new peach variety

January 12th, 2015

A new peach cultivar introduced in Mexico has greater tolerance to disease and ripens in a period with less hail risk.

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Setting fresh standards for good labor practices in Mexican farming

January 9th, 2015

Mario Robles reveals some of the possible intentions of Mexico’s Fresh Produce Social Responsibility Alliance in addressing child labor and company store practices.

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Mexico: New orchard certifications to boost Michoacán mango exports

January 6th, 2015

Mango trees in a central Mexican state had their flowers in full bloom last month.

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Opinion: LA Times’ Mexican investigation reveals blight on produce sector

December 16th, 2014

It’s time to reform the practices of ‘tiendas de raya’ on Mexican farms.

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Mexico makes progress in fight against fruit fly

December 16th, 2014

Growers in parts of the Mexican state of Michoacan will be able to access new markets after the national agricultural watchdog downgraded the prevalence level of fruit fly.

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Mexico starts anti-dumping investigation into U.S. apple imports

December 11th, 2014

Growers in the Mexican state of Chihuahua have filed a complaint alleging unfair trade practices from U.S. apple exporters.

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Mission Produce teams up with Lantao for Chinese avocado sales

November 27th, 2014

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

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Rain damage won’t affect Mexican papaya exports, says Coliman

November 20th, 2014

Increased plantings will help offset some of the impacts of rain on papaya volumes in Colima.

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U.S.: Peak volumes mean ‘now is the time to promote mangoes’

November 18th, 2014

Central American Produce says volatile mango import volumes from Latin America mean buyers must act now.

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China: Fruitday gears up for Mexican blackberries, Chilean avocados

November 14th, 2014

After tripling sales in the last year, Fruitday co-founder Loren Zhao looks ahead for fruit imports in 2014-15.

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Less focus on tomatoes for Mexico’s protected hort sector

November 13th, 2014

AMHPAC president Juan Ariel Reyes discusses changing dynamics and key goals for the Mexican protected horticulture sector.

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BanaBay tries its hand at mangoes

November 12th, 2014

After adding pineapples to its product mix in April, British-Ecuadorian group BanaBay is now trialing mango sales.

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South Korea approves Mexican lime imports

November 11th, 2014

South Korea has finally opened the door to Persian limes from Mexico, with table grapes next in line for approval.

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Mexico eradicates destructive Mediterranean fruit fly

November 4th, 2014

Almost 18 million metric tons of crops in Mexico are due to benefit from the country ridding itself of a specific Medfly.

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Home ownership possibility key for productivity, says leading tomato grower

October 30th, 2014

NatureSweet’s Michael Joergensen speaks candidly about why his company’s employment policy differs from the norm, and how that translates to better tomato flavor.

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Chilean and Mexican avocado deals running late, says Araiza

October 23rd, 2014

Mission Produce’s Ron Araiza points to changes in the avocado industry, including greater security measures, new facilities and the search for new growing regions.

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U.S.: Mexican grower to open new warehouse in Texas

October 23rd, 2014

An affiliate of Mexican grower Triple H plans to open a new in/out fruit processing facility in the U.S. next month.

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Mexico and California agree to improve agricultural collaboration

October 21st, 2014

Mexican officials say they will work toward improving product traceability and creating a single-window system.

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Mexican exporters to benefit from new Florida-bound shipping service

October 17th, 2014

A weekly service between Port Manatee and Veracruz in Mexico will ‘enhance delivery of fresher products’.

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Argentina will be ‘substantial’ processed blueberry player, says Comfrut

October 13th, 2014

As Chile’s frozen blueberry industry continues to grow, falling international prices could see its next-door neighbor focus far more attention on the sector in the ‘medium-term’.

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Mexico and Canada work to strengthen agri-trade alliance

September 23rd, 2014

A Mexico-specific distribution center will be built in Canada as part of plans to bolster the countries’ trade relationship.

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Mexican officials to visit China to speed up berry export protocol

September 16th, 2014

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

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U.S.: Calavo income hits historic high in Q3

September 10th, 2014

Calavo has beaten the last quarter’s operating income and has also launched a new cloud technology project.

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Advertorial: increased demand for blueberries through future chefs

September 9th, 2014

Imalinx and the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council recently coordinated culinary workshops in Mexico City and Cancun aimed at incorporating blueberries in gastronomy.

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Mexico and U.S. begin organic equivalency talks

August 22nd, 2014

Mexico and the U.S. could soon enjoy an organic equivalency agreement, with the first visit taking place this year.

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Sharp spurt for Mexican lime exports

August 19th, 2014

Like its avocados, Mexico’s lime exports saw substantial growth to key markets in the first half of this year.

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Mexican agricultural institute warns of avocado industry’s eco impacts

August 15th, 2014

The INIFAP in Mexico has raised concerns the avocado sector is causing rapid deforestation in one state.

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Mexico enjoys colossal growth in key avocado export markets

August 12th, 2014

Mexico’s avocado shipments to its three biggest importers increased by around a third from January to June.

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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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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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Pakistani mangoes en route to U.S. market

August 7th, 2014

A Pakistani mango exporter starting a U.S. deal argues his fruit is miles ahead of the Mexican competition in quality.

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Mexican region celebrates first U.S.-bound pomegranate shipment

August 6th, 2014

Pomegranate producers from Mexico’s Mezquital Valley hope to expand upon an initial U.S.-bound shipment.

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North America sees huge price ranges for blueberries

July 31st, 2014

Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton looks at how northern blueberry markets are faring, what this means for upcoming foreign suppliers, and Morocco’s recent U.S. breakthrough.

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U.S. and Mexico pledge to strengthen produce safety

July 24th, 2014

A new deal between Mexico and the U.S. includes several measures aimed at increasing the safety of produce items traded between the two countries.

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Mexico: greenhouse use increasingly popular for bell peppers

July 24th, 2014

The share of Mexican bell peppers grown inside is set to rise by two percentage points this year.

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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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Mexico strengthens southern border against agricultural threats

July 11th, 2014

Mexico has spent US$22 million on building and upgrading border facilities to prevent the entry of exotic pests and diseases.

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New Mexican areas declared as avocado seed borer-free

July 8th, 2014

Two new zones in Mexico will now have more opportunities to move their avocados both nationally and abroad.

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Mexican mango exports to the U.S. down from 2013

July 4th, 2014

Mexican mango shipments are down considerably this week compared to the same time last year.

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Korea gains Mexican pear market access

July 3rd, 2014

Mexico is now the third Latin American country to accept Korean pears, after Chile and Peru.

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Low prices dent Mexican tomato trade

June 16th, 2014

Mexican tomato growers shift towards more modern farming techniques while exports slip.

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U.S.: APHIS prepares pest risk analysis for Mexican fresh fig imports

June 15th, 2014

U.S. authorities believe irradiation will help mitigate pest risks from the import of Mexican figs.

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Opinion: what happened to the Guacapocalypse?

June 10th, 2014

While the “Guacapocalyspe” has not happened, prices look set to surge if Mexico doesn’t lift volumes significantly by Labor Day.

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Mexico blocks U.S. potato imports

June 9th, 2014

Mexico’s SENASICA has reportedly closed the country’s doors to U.S. potatoes following complaints from local growers.

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U.S.: Calavo profits triple in Q2

June 2nd, 2014

Avocados continue to be a safe bet on Wall Street, with Calavo shares rising 6.78% on a recent results announcement.

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The future’s bright for Mexican mangoes

May 28th, 2014

Excellent mango quality in Mexico means growers are positive this season, despite some market issues.

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U.S. rep bids to inspire apple and cherry consumption in Mexico

May 27th, 2014

A U.S. marketing group is encouraging Mexican consumers to snack on apples with lime, chili and salt flavorings during the World Cup.

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Sinclair Mexico hopes reducing prices will increase competitiveness

May 23rd, 2014

Labeling company Sinclair plans to open a new plant in Mexico to gain a competitive edge.

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Mexico’s evolving consumer preferences in focus at PMA event

May 19th, 2014

As the Mexican economy becomes more independent of the U.S., growers will need to take more note of local consumption trends, including a greater focus on organics and healthier diets.

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‘Let’s move to the 21st century’ on traceability, says Walmart Mexico rep

May 19th, 2014

Industry leaders discussed the importance of PLU and DataBar technology at Fresh Connections: Mexico last week.

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Infrastructure and human capital key in avoiding produce losses

May 17th, 2014

A lack of staff training is making cold chains “deficient” in the eyes of GCCA Guatemala director Debbie Corado.

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Mexico: Colima lime growers threaten road blockade

May 13th, 2014

Colima lime growers are up in arms as the government has not yet delivered the HLB support funds it promised.

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PMA Fresh Connections heads to central Mexico

May 7th, 2014

The Produce Marketing Association will bring together industry professionals this month in Queretaro, Mexico.

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Blueberry growers cotton on to benefits of packing on arrival

April 28th, 2014

A Chilean-American company is adapting to flexible retail needs for bulk blueberry sourcing.

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Brazilian limes notch positive performance in early 2014

April 24th, 2014

While Mexican growers have struggled to garner lime volumes, Brazil has recorded a sharp year-on-year uptick.

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U.S.: better prices expected for Mexican limes

April 10th, 2014

The worst of Mexican lime prices could soon be in the past, but quality remains inconsistent.

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Mexico prepares mangoes for sale in Russia

March 25th, 2014

Mexico’s Ecofruit discusses the current mango season and prospects in Russia.

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Q&A: South Korean blueberry market snapshot

March 21st, 2014

Very Berry Korea Corp CEO Chaesup Rim talks about changing consumer attitudes to blueberries in Korea.

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Mexico: SAGARPA explains key lime price spike

March 20th, 2014

SAGARPA has labeled the difference between lime grower returns and consumer prices as “unacceptable”.

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Opinion: U.S. lime prices soar on Mexican supply issues

March 19th, 2014

Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain looks at the “astounding” price hike seen for Mexican limes this year.

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U.S.: early start for Giumarra’s west Mexican watermelon deal

March 18th, 2014

Expanding into new areas has helped Giumarra fill watermelon supply gaps.

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“There’s a lot of room for growth” in blueberries, says USHBC

March 18th, 2014

After last week’s IBO conference in Mexico, two experts revealed plans for building blueberry demand.

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Patent pending for Mexican portable plant growth chamber

March 17th, 2014

Mexican developers hope to trial fruit and veggie production in a portable, fridge-like chamber in the Ukraine.

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Mexican president meets with Michoacán avocado growers

March 14th, 2014

Mexico’s president traveled to the country’s avocado heartland yesterday to take a firm stance against crime.

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Pennsylvania and Veracruz consider maritime trade

March 13th, 2014

A shift from land to maritime trade could improve commerce between Pennsylvania and Veracruz.

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Mexico’s berry production complies with China’s rules, says AQSIQ

March 11th, 2014

Mexico’s berry industry has been hopeful for Chinese blackberry access in 2014, but raspberries could be in line too.

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Smartphone ripeness app to simplify produce purchases

March 10th, 2014

A Mexican project to benefit diabetics has given rise to a smartphone app to measure fruit ripeness.

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U.S.: Gourmet Trading pairs with FoodLink for produce traceability

March 5th, 2014

The largest asparagus distributor in North America has teamed up with California-based FoodLink.

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PMA Fresh Connections to link more nations in 2014

March 3rd, 2014

From Shanghai to Pretoria to Sao Paulo, two PMA execs cover a string of Fresh Connections events in the pipeline.

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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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Mexico: Aneberries hopes for October market opening in China

February 12th, 2014

Chinese authorities will be visiting Mexico very soon to inspect berry orchards as part of trade talks.

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Peru waits on Brazilian citrus access

January 31st, 2014

Peruvian authorities expect to reach a mandarin export agreement with Brazil by April.

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Opinion: Mexican, Californian avocado deals under the spotlight

January 30th, 2014

Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain looks at market differences between the Mexican and U.S. avocado seasons.

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Texas prepares for boom in Mexican fresh imports

January 22nd, 2014

Renovations to Mexico’s highway system will create a fast track for fresh produce to Texas.

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Mexican lime region shakes under power struggle

January 21st, 2014

A Mexican cartel has suffered mass arrests, possibly returning power to local lime growers.

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Around the world with the Adelita raspberry

January 14th, 2014

The Adelita raspberry has been highlighted by marketers as a travel-durable variety.

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Mexico expects new Asian citrus markets in 2014

January 7th, 2014

An impending South Korea lime deal is one of a raft of new market openings slated by the Mexican government.

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Mexico: technology improves papaya virus detection

December 13th, 2013

Researchers at Mexico’s Cinvestav are developing technology to help papaya growers better detect viruses.

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North America extends fruit fly prevention measures

December 10th, 2013

The United States, Mexico and Guatemala will continue joint efforts to eradicate the Mediterranean fruit fly.

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International Blueberry Conference set for Mexico

December 3rd, 2013

The fourth International Blueberry Conference will bring a global perspective to Mexico’s growing industry.

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“Blood avocado” story appears in Mexican press

December 2nd, 2013

A story alleging drug cartel involvement in the Mexican avocado trade has gone viral.

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Opinion: learning from the world’s ‘greatest’ import market

December 2nd, 2013

If Mexican agriculture can satisfy U.S. demands, it can compete anywhere, argues VISER president Eric Viramontes.

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U.S. suspends avocado imports from Mexican town

November 28th, 2013

Safety is the main driver behind a USDA decision to temporarily halt avocado imports from a town in northern Mexico.

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Mexico nears watermelon harvest, export season

November 14th, 2013

Mexico’s Colima state will begin its watermelon harvest next month and provide fruit through May.

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Mexico: papaya researchers explore natural pest control

November 11th, 2013

Papaya producers can avoid high pesticide costs using a variety of biological control measures.

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Mission Produce to push avocado reach in China through partnership

November 7th, 2013

Mission Produce has joined with China’s Lantao to get second-tier city consumers eating more avocados.

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U.K. packaging company expands into Mexico

October 31st, 2013

Sirane Food Packaging has entered a deal with Mexico’s Jifkins to distribute its products in Central America.

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Giumarra introduces line of fair trade squash

October 30th, 2013

Produce company Giumarra will offer three fair trade squash varieties from Mexico in November.

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Mexican govt establishes new organic seal

October 28th, 2013

The Mexican government has introduced an organic certification in a bid to boost production and competitiveness.

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U.S.: Mexican tomato agreement effectiveness ‘remains to be seen’

October 25th, 2013

Florida Tomato Committee manager Reggie Brown hopes enforcement problems won’t arise under a new Mexican pricing agreement.

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Southern Specialties expands berry program

October 17th, 2013

Southern Specialties will be expanding its berry offering with the Adelita raspberry.

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Driscoll’s plans blackberry variety transition in Mexico

October 10th, 2013

Gerardo Cruz from Driscoll’s discusses plans to ramp up Mexican blackberry production with sweeter fruit.

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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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U.S. authorities propose access for Mexican potatoes

September 30th, 2013

Parallel negotiations for bilateral trade have received a boost through U.S. recommendations to allow Mexican potato imports.

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Giumarra anticipates strong asparagus volume out of Mexico

September 27th, 2013

In spite of inclement weather, Giumarra expects a strong showing for its Mexican asparagus seasons.

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The Hass Horn: the impacts of Mexican weather on U.S. avocado supply

September 26th, 2013

Avocado expert Avi Crane discusses a “rain market” that surpasses anything experienced by the industry in the past.

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Peru and Mexico to discuss joint avocado marketing efforts

September 23rd, 2013

Peru’s agriculture minister hopes to work with Mexico to strengthen a complementary global avocado trade.

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Bacteria and fungi give boost to fruit tree development

September 19th, 2013

Mexican researchers have found certain fungi and bacteria to speed up fruit tree maturity by up to 40%.


Volume down and marketing up for Mexican avocados

September 17th, 2013

Mexico’s new marketing board, Avocados from Mexico, will be investing millions this year in winning over U.S. consumers.

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Mexico: tomato growers ‘hanging by a thread’, says AMHPAC

September 6th, 2013

With Mexico’s U.S. tomato trade vulnerable to anti-dumping measures, the industry is actively evaluating other markets.

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“Impressive clip” avocado growth strengthens Calavo’s Q3 results

September 6th, 2013

Calavo Growers outstripped the sales growth rate for the U.S. avocado industry as a whole in the third quarter.

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Mexican govt grants phytosanitary status to guava growers

September 5th, 2013

Growers in 10 Mexican municipalities will now be able to sell their guavas more easily thanks to a new phytosanitary status.

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Mexico needs better fruit shipping services, says Cocanmex

August 29th, 2013

Mexico’s Roger Gay discusses a need for better direct access to Europe and the prospects of better tasting irradiated mangoes.

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GROW bananas take on social change in Mexico, Ecuador

August 23rd, 2013

Organics Unlimited’s GROW banana brand will help deliver funds to social initiatives Project Amigo and Children International.

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Mexico invests in doubling strawberry plantations

August 21st, 2013

As international interest increases, Mexico sees promise in strawberry development.

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U.S. gives green light to Mexican pomegranates, dragonfruit

August 14th, 2013

U.S. authorities have approved import access for two fruit species shipped from Mexico.

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Mexican papaya variety promises high yield

August 14th, 2013

The new MSXJ papaya variety in Mexico produces close to double the average yield of the Maradol cultivar.

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Mexican papaya planting grows to meet European, Japanese demand

August 1st, 2013

A Mexican papaya shipper claims European importers are asking for double the volume it is able to send.

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Mexican authorities declare new fruit fly free area

August 1st, 2013

The peach and apple growing area of Asientos in Mexico has been declared fruit fly free.

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Mexico: packhouse grows avocado potential in Jalisco

July 31st, 2013

Mevi Avocados and the Oppenheimer Group hope to expand on avocado production in a key Mexican state.

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Climate change, food safety biggest challenges for Mexican agriculture

July 31st, 2013

Severe frosts, torrential rains and droughts are likely to become more commonplace in Mexican production zones.

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Opinion: simple policies offer best solutions for agriculture

July 29th, 2013

VISER president Eric Viramontes explains that the best solutions for trade are typically the simplest.

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Mexico makes advances in Japan

July 19th, 2013

Mexican horticultural exporters are viewing several Asian countries as “high value” markets.

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Mexico reports boom year for avocado exports

July 12th, 2013

Mexico broke its avocado export record to the United States during the last production season.

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Mexican mango exporter confident for return to U.S. market

July 9th, 2013

After a Salmonella alert last year, Agrícola Daniella is ready to send its mangoes to the U.S. market again.

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Mexico focuses on food safety to keep up avocado exports

July 1st, 2013

Mexico wants to keep its avocado sales growing in even the most demanding of markets, like Japan.

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The Hass Horn: July-August 2013 North American avocado supply outlook

June 28th, 2013

Avi Crane gives a rundown of upcoming avocado supply dynamics between the U.S., Mexico, Peru and Chile.


U.S.: Texan agriculture warns Mexico to respect water rights

June 25th, 2013

If water trends with Mexico continue, researchers warn that Texan citrus production could drop to zero.

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Mexican scientists map avocado genome

June 17th, 2013

Scientists in Guanajuato have completed genome mapping for a native Mexican avocado variety.

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Northern Mexican mango plantations push U.S. market growth

June 12th, 2013

More late season mango varieties are being planted further north in Mexico and helping increase exports to the U.S.

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Mexican growers celebrate tariff victory

June 3rd, 2013

Protests have led to a Mexican government U-turn on lime tariff cuts.

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Opinion: ag policies should unite social and industry development

May 28th, 2013

Eric Viramontes argues for agricultural policy that keeps social development in mind.

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Asia firmly in sights of Mexican berry sector

May 27th, 2013

Aneberries hopes to finalize talks to enter China, following an announcement of direct flights between Guadalajara and Hong Kong.

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Farm practices aid Giumarra’s watermelon sales

May 24th, 2013

Giumarra’s Mexico-sourced watermelons have gained good traction this year with high repeat sales.

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Mexico eliminates tariffs for limes, tomatillos

May 16th, 2013

A Mexican lime growers’ association representative says the government’s recent tariff cuts could lead to an industry “collapse”.

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Mexico: Triple H makes shift to market focus

May 15th, 2013

A Sinaloa-based group has moved away from direct production to focus on marketing produce in North America.

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Export spike for Mexican papayas in early 2013

May 13th, 2013

Mexican papaya shipments rose significantly in the first four months of 2013, as did grower returns.

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Low fruit quality hurts Mexican banana exports

May 13th, 2013

Spotting and poor fruit quality have made it harder for Mexico to export its bananas.

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Demand on the rise for Mexican organic products

April 18th, 2013

The number of Mexican organic growers has risen more than fourfold in the last 10 years.

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Mexico: lime workers request protection after fatal ambush

April 12th, 2013

Attacks left at least eight lime workers dead in Mexico’s Michoacán state and paralyzed fruit packing.

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Latin American prickly pear snapshot

April 9th, 2013

Prickly pear production is growing in Mexico, Chile and Peru but still lacks a serious export market.

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Mexico: Citrus growers rush to sell for fear of drought damage

March 22nd, 2013

Drought in Mexico’s Tamaulipas state is forcing producers to rush and sell citrus before it goes bad.

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Eastern appeal strong for Mexican mango sector

March 21st, 2013

Mexico mango producers have their eye on the Asian market, but the sector must first make improvements.

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The Hass Horn: second quarter U.S. avocado supply outlook

March 14th, 2013

Avi Crane reveals his expectations for different avocado suppliers in North America this quarter.

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Organic Alliance sends year’s first Mexican mangoes to U.S. market

March 13th, 2013

Organic Alliance has sent its first organic Tommy Atkins and Ataulfo mangoes from Mexico to the U.S.

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Lime growers block road in Mexico

March 8th, 2013

HLB-affected Mexican lime growers blocked a highway this week calling for government assistance.

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Mexico: frosts cause avocado losses in Morelos

March 8th, 2013

A state government is arranging an assistance plan for avocado growers hit by frost in Mexico.

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NZ and Mexico to strengthen ag relations

March 7th, 2013

Mexico aims to diversify and grow agricultural exports to improve its trade balance with New Zealand.

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U.S. govt announces official end to Mexican tomato dispute

March 6th, 2013

The U.S. has closed its anti-dumping investigation against Mexican tomato importers.

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Mexican tomato deal promises big changes

March 1st, 2013

Mexican tomato industry reps look at the bright side of higher reference prices for exports to the U.S.

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Mexico: Veracruz explores guava to fight HLB citrus infections

February 26th, 2013

Guava fruit could hold the key to maintaining citrus production in Mexico.

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Opinion: asking the right questions about protected produce labels

February 21st, 2013

Eric Viramontes is critical of limited labeling definitions surrounding protected horticultural products.

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Berries to become top category “one country at a time”, says Bjorn

February 18th, 2013

Driscoll’s’ Soren Bjorn discusses a wide range of berry trends affecting the European, Middle Eastern and Australian markets.

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Mexico prepares producers to reach European shelves

February 15th, 2013

Mexico Calidad Suprema is pushing for higher standards to get more Mexican produce in European hands.

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Viramontes leaves AMHPAC with fresh vision for Mexican produce

February 13th, 2013

AMHPAC’s Eric Viramontes is moving on to new projects to keep Mexican agriculture competitive.

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U.S.: FPAA slams tomato agreement proposal

February 5th, 2013

A solution may be in sight for a trade spat between the U.S. and Mexico over tomatoes, but is it reasonable?

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Mexico: blueberries offer alternative to Sinaloa growers

February 4th, 2013

Mexico’s blueberry boom could extend to a new farming region if feasibility tests prove successful.

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Climate change threats prompt Mexico to breed new avocado

January 31st, 2013

Mexican researchers plan to breed a new avocado variety that will resist drier weather from climate change.

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Berries Paradise brings Mexican fruit to new markets

January 28th, 2013

Berries Paradise is pushing Mexican blueberries to unexplored territory, starting with Asia.

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Protectionist pressure on Mexico could double U.S. tomato prices

January 25th, 2013

Pushing Mexican tomatoes out of the U.S. market could have extensive implications for traders and consumers.

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Mexico: Sonora’s horticultural sector counts the cost of frost damage

January 24th, 2013

Severe frosts in northern Mexico are likely to affect supplies of a wide of range of vegetables and fruits going into the U.S.

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U.S.: Mission Produce expands North American reach

January 22nd, 2013

U.S. distributor Mission Produce plans to grow its capabilities in Canada and Mexico.

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Mexico pulls out all stops for avocado campaign

January 22nd, 2013

Mexican avocado exporters expect record sales at this year’s Super Bowl.

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Mexican govt identifies states for avocado diversification

January 9th, 2013

The Mexican government is upbeat on avocado market opportunities, researching the viability of new production zones.

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Washington apple crop exceeding expectations, says Domex

January 4th, 2013

Domex’s Howard Nager takes a look at the core issues shaping this year’s U.S. apple and pear crop.

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Mexico: Veracruz Persian lime growers fearful of HLB virus

January 3rd, 2013

Huanglongbing detection in the Mexican state of Tabasco is causing alarm in surrounding areas.

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Mexican lime sector hopes for better winter season

January 2nd, 2013

A substantial fall in volumes may not sound ideal, but this is exactly what Mexico’s lime sector is hoping for in the coming months.

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Mexican strawberries shined on export market in 2012

December 28th, 2012

Mexico increased strawberry output by over half in 2012 and made a splash with exports.

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