July 01, 2015 / Week N° 27

Posts Tagged Pears

Brazil reopens to Argentine pome fruit

June 18th, 2015

Brazil is satisfied that agreed phytosanitary controls will prevent the codling moth from entering the country in Argentine apples and pears.

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Australia halts Korean pear imports

June 16th, 2015

The Australian market will be closed to South Korean pear exporters until further notice due to a fire blight outbreak.

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Giumarra begins marketing New Zealand fruit crops

June 12th, 2015

Giumarra says its high-Brix DIVA apple will be a ‘star’ in the category in the months ahead.

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U.S. Northwest pear crop to drop for second consecutive year

June 2nd, 2015

The Pear Bureau Northwest says this autumn’s production will be 2% down on last year but still above the five-year average.

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Brazil sets date to lift Argentine pome fruit ban

May 19th, 2015

Brazil plans to reopen the market to Argentine apples, pears and quince this season, but not as soon as its neighbors would like.

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Large Argentine pome fruit exporter goes bust

May 18th, 2015

One of Argentina’s top 10 apple and pear companies is to open structural reorganization proceedings, with some US$5.4 million of debt.

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Argentina sends first pears to mainland China

May 13th, 2015

In April it was apples to India and now it’s pears for China. Argentina is on a roll with inaugural fruit shipments to Asia.

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Southern Chilean port gears up for new USDA inspection site

May 7th, 2015

Chile’s southern port of Coronel has witnessed exponential growth in fruit exports in recent years, and is about to receive a boost for the U.S. market.

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Tru-Cape’s new Johannesburg facility signals growth in African markets

April 20th, 2015

A South African pome fruit distributor has bolstered storage space to cope with an upcoming spike in volume over the next five years.

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Australia: Exchange rate to boost Asian pome fruit campaign, says APAL

April 2nd, 2015

Australia’s pome fruit grower body says greatly improved orchard practices have led to roughly 15% more class 1 fruit than 2014.

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Brazil’s Argentine pome fruit ban “unjustified and hasty”, says CAFI

March 26th, 2015

A major Argentine industry body warns of “severe social consequences” if Brazil’s pome fruit ban continues.

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Brazil halts Argentine pome fruit imports

March 25th, 2015

Brazilian authorities say they detected the codling moth in 15 Argentine apple and pear shipments in the first quarter of 2015 alone.

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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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U.S., NZ take Indonesia to WTO over import license restrictions

March 20th, 2015

Two leading agricultural nations have taken aim at Indonesia’s “trade-restrictive import licensing regime”.

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U.S.: Giumarra bullish for Carmen pear season

March 5th, 2015

Giumarra Wenatchee has seen success so far in its second year selling Chilean-grown Carmen pears.

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Australia: APAL anticipates production and quality boost in 2015

March 3rd, 2015

Per hectare pome fruit yields in Australia are on the up thanks to improved orchard management.

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Russian ruble devaluation hits pome fruit exporters in Argentina, Chile

February 25th, 2015

Even though Russia cut off a large chunk of its apple supply last year with the import ban, South American shippers say the country is largely unable to pay good enough prices for their fruit.

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Early concerns ease for 2015 South African pome fruit deal

February 16th, 2015

South Africa aims to ship its first apples to mainland China in March, as growers continue to seek new markets to support higher volumes in the pipeline.

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Southern Hemisphere expects larger pome fruit crop

February 10th, 2015

While Southern Hemisphere apple production is expected to increase 5%, exports are anticipated to decline by the same percentage partly due to oversupply issues in Europe.

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U.S. clears French pome fruit imports

February 9th, 2015

After a 10-year hiatus due to a leaf borer detection, France is again shipping apples to the U.S.

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New ‘Gem’ pear variety jointly released in U.S.

February 2nd, 2015

The U.S. Agricultural Research Service and three universities have jointly released a high-yielding and fire blight-resistant pear cultivar.

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South African apple export volumes to bounce back

January 28th, 2015

With the South African pome fruit season running two weeks early, the industry anticipates lower pear volumes.

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Argentina: CAFI reaches pay deal with farmworker union

January 26th, 2015

While the Argentine union UATRE agreed to a 35% pay rise, another syndicate representing packers is still in talks.

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Argentina: Union strikes postponed as talks with CAFI continue

January 22nd, 2015

Strikes over a pay dispute that threatened to delay the Argentine pear harvest have been pushed back.

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Early organic Argentine pears soon to hit the water for U.S. market

January 14th, 2015

Pacific Organic’s Greg Holzman discusses upcoming pome fruit and mango deals, as well as the strong dollar’s effect on produce trade flows.

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Decofrut forecasts Chilean pear export uptick in 2015

January 9th, 2015

A Chilean market intelligence consultancy expects the country’s pear shipments to return to 2013 levels this year.

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Argentine pome fruit growers forecast earlier harvest

December 18th, 2014

The Williams pear harvest in parts of Argentina will likely begin around a week earlier than normal.

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France: Blue Whale anticipates 15% rise in pear volumes

December 9th, 2014

One of France’s biggest pipfruit growers says an active domestic consumption is allaying oversupply concerns.

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Exchange rate bears well for new Belgian apple deal in India

December 3rd, 2014

BVF’s Marc Evrard discusses his expectations for an incipient pome fruit program in India.

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Australia: China FTA will bring us on par with NZ and Chile, says APAL

December 1st, 2014

Australia’s pome fruit grower body says while the Chinese FTA is ‘terrific’, mainland apple access needs to be gained.

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Argentine pome fruit exporters hold ‘high expectations’ for India

November 28th, 2014

Two Argentine apple shippers are delighted at the new Indian market access, with both saying they were surprised at the news and that a strong future is in store.

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Chinese Sesame Street-branded pears bound for U.S. market

November 20th, 2014

Jim Provost believes the ‘Eat Brighter!’ campaign will help raise Asian pear consumption in the U.S.

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USA Pears eyes better retail education through online program

November 17th, 2014

A U.S. pear group is shifting away from educational seminars as ‘that’s just not the nature of today’s world’.

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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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No Vietnam fruit ban yet, say Australian authorities

November 10th, 2014

After a conference call with the DoA, Apple and Pear Australia Ltd has confirmed Vietnam is still open for exports.

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Italy to showcase Abate Fetel pears at New York foodie institution

November 6th, 2014

Spots have filled up quickly for an event to promote a unique Italian pear at Eataly in New York.

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PMA Fruittrade Latin America to get to the core of pome fruit oversupply issues

November 6th, 2014

The head of Chile’s Fedefruta says despite a favorable exchange rate, pome fruit prices have still fallen 25%.

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New shape, no wax: Italy’s bet on U.S. pear market

October 28th, 2014

Apofruit’s Renzo Balestri highlights Italy’s renewed export focus, agricultural attrition and a push south for fruit production.

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U.S.: Rainier Fruit’s productivity to rise with new automated facility

October 28th, 2014

Rainier’s sister warehouse now has the U.S. Northwest’s first automated fruit shipping facility.

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Belgium gets the nod for Canada-bound pear exports

October 14th, 2014

Belgian pear growers are now on an equal footing with their neighbors after a Canadian market opening.

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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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Pear marketing strategy will not change, says Portuguese exporter

September 24th, 2014

A large Portuguese pear company says despite the Russian ban’s effects on EU supply, it will not change tack.

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U.K.: early pears at Waitrose proving popular with consumers

September 11th, 2014

A popular British TV show has helped Waitrose raise its early season pear sales.

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European pear suppliers stay upbeat despite Russian ban

September 8th, 2014

Pear growers in the Netherlands and Belgium are positive despite losing the Russian market.

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U.S. Northwest pushes up pear production forecast

August 22nd, 2014

Pear volumes from Oregon and Washington State are set to be 8% bigger than previously thought.

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Australia sees greater apple competition after Russian ban

August 21st, 2014

While Australian apples have counterseasonal advantages, a more competitive market demands high quality.

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India: hailstorms lacerate apple and pear trees in Kashmir

August 19th, 2014

Authorities are assessing the damage of hail in Kashmir, where some pome fruit orchards have had a ‘total loss’.

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Argentina could ‘redirect’ pome fruit exports to Russia

August 12th, 2014

Argentine pome fruit shippers could help fill the new Russian supply gap but only if the price is right.

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Russian ban a “rare opportunity” for Chinese produce, says Goodfarmer

August 12th, 2014

“We must get ahead now” but be careful not to swarm the Russian market, says a leading Chinese produce exporter.

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Russian produce embargo: North America in-focus

August 11th, 2014

We take an in-depth, crop-by-crop look at the effects of the Russian produce ban on U.S. and Canadian growers.

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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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WAPA releases 2014 pome fruit forecast

August 8th, 2014

Russia’s ban on EU fruit imports has coincided with expectations for a significantly bigger apple crop.

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U.S. pear grower kicks off season with ‘big, clean’ fruit

August 7th, 2014

Limited small fruit, good markets and a new promotion have set up a U.S. pear producer for a positive season.

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Opinion: a call for agreement between Russia and Poland

July 31st, 2014

Irina Koziy gives the lowdown on the different implications of Russia’s recent ban on many Polish crops.

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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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Vietnam finds excessive pesticide traces in Chinese fruit

June 19th, 2014

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

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U.S.: Northwest pear volume down but prospects good

June 6th, 2014

USA Pears has planned several strong marketing campaigns as production slips slightly.

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U.S.: Dragonberry Produce bullish on niche apple opportunities in China

May 22nd, 2014

Amy Nguyen is optimistic for selling a range of produce items in China following a recent USDA trade mission visit.

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APAL responds to Horticulture Australia review

May 13th, 2014

APAL has responded relatively well to the review of HAL and says the changes could benefit growers.

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MRL uncertainty discourages U.S. pear exporters in Europe

May 12th, 2014

Concerns over post-harvest chemical DPA have become symbolic of strict residue standards from European retailers.

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Local U.K. apples and pears riding wave of enthusiasm

April 28th, 2014

U.K. retailers are planning well ahead of the upcoming English pome fruit season to ensure supply of local produce.

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Heirloom pear variety en route from Argentina to U.S.

April 15th, 2014

Argentine Alexander Lucas pears will arrive in limited quantity to the U.S. this month.

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U.S.: organic pome fruit growers may stay the course, but at a cost

March 21st, 2014

New organic standards may not scare away most apple and pear growers, but new treatments could prove costly.

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Organic U.S. growers look for alternatives to treat fire blight

March 17th, 2014

U.S. apple and pear growers could soon face trouble maintaining organic status under new treatment guidelines.

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Dutch growers gear up for China-bound pear exports

March 11th, 2014

Frugi Venta’s Inge Ribbens looks at a range of market opening negotiations in the works.

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Argentine pome fruit set for slight shortfall

March 10th, 2014

Marcelo Loyarte and Betina Ernst give their takes on this year’s Argentine apple and pear season.

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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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U.S. pears surpass expectations in China

February 17th, 2014

Although new to China, U.S., Western-style pears have already exceeded volume expectations.

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U.K. company makes mark on global dried fruit crisp market

February 6th, 2014

Pome fruit farmers in Kent have found a value-added way to market “pretty serious volume” across the world.

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Italy shows off pears in first U.S. campaign

February 5th, 2014

Italy’s main pear variety, Abate Fetel, is making its rounds in its first year on the U.S. market.

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Australia: APAL ‘disappointed’ with rejection of SPC aid package

January 31st, 2014

Australia’s pome fruit industry believes growers have a strong future despite the latest SPC decision.

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Argentine pome fruit season off to ‘normal’ start

January 17th, 2014

Argentina reported a smooth beginning for the start of its pear harvest.

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U.K.: Marks & Spencer highlights “licorice” Dicolored pear

January 13th, 2014

M&S takes us behind the scenes with a licorice-flavored pear from the Czech Republic grown in England.

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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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Israel chops duties to promote produce imports

January 7th, 2014

Two significant events occurred for Israel’s agriculture sector and produce market over the weekend.

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Italian fruit consultant hopes for low transport strike impact

December 4th, 2013

A proposed four-day nationwide trucker strike could have effects for Italy’s domestic and export fruit sales.

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South Africa: apples and pears bear brunt of flood damage

November 27th, 2013

Initial flood damage estimates indicate lower apple and pear exports from South Africa’s Western Cape.

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Substantial rise for Spanish produce imports

November 26th, 2013

Spain’s fruit and vegetable imports increased by more than €200 million in the first three quarters of this year.

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Argentina expects new pome fruit protocol with China

November 15th, 2013

The Argentine pome fruit industry hopes a new protocol will finally open up access to the Chinese market.

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Italian delay extends supply constraints on kiwifruit markets

October 25th, 2013

Granfrutta Zani’s Francesca Borghi discusses expectations for this year’s Italian kiwifruit deal.

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U.S. pears hit the road in China

October 15th, 2013

With big volume and large fruit, U.S. pears are making a splash in their first full season in China.

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Chile: Fedefruta gives crop-by-crop frost loss update

October 9th, 2013

Chilean frost loss damages estimates have risen by 20 million boxes of fruit.

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Colombia announces ag import restrictions

October 7th, 2013

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

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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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Peru grants approval for Korea pear and pepper imports

September 12th, 2013

A recent approval is expected to “establish a bridgehead” for Korean fruit exports to Latin America.

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The ‘Papple’ lays roots in international orchards

September 6th, 2013

A pear that looks more like an apple, the Papple is reaching growers across North America and Europe.

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O’Rourke: changes ahead for apple and pear markets

August 20th, 2013

World Apple Report’s Desmond O’Rourke describes the evolution of world fruit markets.

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Europe looks forward to larger apple and pear volume

August 12th, 2013

Despite an anticipated late start, Europe expects a high-volume apple and pear season.

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Argentina sees sharp rise in apple and pear production costs

June 25th, 2013

As production costs rise for apples and pears, Argentine growers are struggling to remain competitive.

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Argentina: production down, exports up pome fruit

May 30th, 2013

Hail storms damaged Argentina’s apple and pear crops but exports will still fare better than in 2012.

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South African apples and pears shine on European market

May 17th, 2013

South Africa could reach record pear exports, in part due to demand from an undersupplied Europe.

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Electronic nose separates apples from pears

May 6th, 2013

Spanish and Swedish researchers have developed a nose highly sensitive to apples and pears.

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Oppy introduces NZ red pear “Papple” to North America

April 22nd, 2013

Oppy’s David Nelley talks about a “beacon” for the pear market and positives for Southern Hemisphere suppliers.

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Spanish distributor sees good signs for imported pome fruit

April 16th, 2013

Spain’s Nufri is upbeat about prices and demand in Europe for Southern Hemisphere apples and pears.

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Brazil and Portugal sign fruit trade agreement

April 12th, 2013

Portuguese fruit exporters hope to add to their €40 million in annual trade with Brazil through a special agreement with the country.

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Brazil nears eradication of major fruit pest

March 22nd, 2013

Brazil is close to overcoming one of its most damaging pests, the codling moth.

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South Africa: strong growth for Williams and Cripps Pink in 2013

March 13th, 2013

Jacques du Preez discusses South Africa’s pome fruit season and facing industry challenges.

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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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Hail punctures Argentine apple crop

March 5th, 2013

Argentina will likely suffer a significant drop in apple exports in the wake of hail last Friday.

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High pome fruit prices to continue in Europe, says Capespan Continent rep

February 15th, 2013

Capespan Continent’s Stefanie de Puysseleir discusses the European pome fruit outlook this season.

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Modest growth for Southern Hemisphere apples and pears

February 13th, 2013

Chile will take the top spot for Southern Hemisphere apple production but will experience the greatest production drop.

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Sweet Sensation pear makes international ground

February 11th, 2013

The Sweet Sensation pear is moving in to new production zones and closer to year-long availability.

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Hail damages Uruguayan apple forecast

February 7th, 2013

Apples have taken the brunt of Uruguayan hail storms but other crops have been slightly affected too.

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Pipfruit NZ forecasts modest apple and pear exports in 2013

February 4th, 2013

New Zealand’s forecast of a balance apple crop will come as welcome news after a late season with small sizes last year.

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U.S. pear exporters prepare for Chinese marketing hurdles

February 1st, 2013

As U.S. pears enter China for the first time a key challenge will be winning over consumer hearts.

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Argentina looks to yeast as biological control for fruit

January 30th, 2013

Argentine researchers are studying yeast-based solutions to prevent the decomposition of apples and pears.

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Argentine pome fruit industry expects better year in 2013

January 24th, 2013

Weather has so far been on the Argentine pome fruit industry’s side, following a disastrous 2012 export deal.

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Rural workers lift roadblocks in southern Argentina

January 16th, 2013

An Argentine rural strike has been lifted following a wage rise agreement.

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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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Argentina: Patagonian pome fruit harvest kicks off

December 28th, 2012

Argentina’s INTA has released the season’s pear and apple harvest calendar.

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Chinese sand pears set for January premiere in U.S. market

December 27th, 2012

After years of talks, the U.S. will open its doors to Chinese sand pears in the beginning of the new year.

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U.S. pear growers hope for flavorful niche in Chinese market

October 18th, 2012

The U.S. pear industry is hopeful it will be able to export to the Chinese mainland in September 2013.

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European pear genome sequenced in record time

October 4th, 2012

Scientists have unlocked the genetic sequence of the European pear.

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Poor weather prompts SA peach and nectarine export delay

October 1st, 2012

South African growers are hoping for hotter weather to avoid smaller-sized stonefruit this season.

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SA fruit industry launches U.K. ethical promo campaign

September 28th, 2012

South African fruit growers will emphasize the ethical aspect of production in a bid to increase U.K. sales.

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Portugal port strikes take US$2.6M toll on pear exporters

September 27th, 2012

Portugal Fresh has given an estimate of pear industry losses from the country’s paralyzing port strikes.

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Portuguese strike impacts ‘very bad’ for business, says fruit exporter

September 24th, 2012

Containers full of pears are sitting and waiting in Portuguese ports due to strikes over austerity measures.

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Aussie pear program aims to speed up investment returns

September 19th, 2012

An Australian state government department has developed hardier and tastier pear varieties.

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Argentina signs citrus export agreement with the Philippines

September 17th, 2012

Argentina will be able to export citrus to the Philippines next year while other fruits are in negotiation.

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Early pear imports expected in Europe next season

September 5th, 2012

Europe’s lack of domestic pears in storage is predicted to fuel strong Southern Hemisphere imports in 2013.

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South African growers’ group launches deciduous fruit training videos

August 31st, 2012

Emerging farmers now have access to decidious fruit training videos available online.

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New technology helps for optimal fruit ripeness

August 28th, 2012

Postharvest expert Deirdre Holcroft outlines how new science is helping fruit stay in tiptop condition.

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Yield shifts for Uruguayan pome fruit in 2011-12

August 20th, 2012

Uruguay’s apple yields have hit a 10-year low but pears have fared better.

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South Africa’s Fresh Connections to look at innovation, new markets

August 15th, 2012

Eric Trachtenberg and Anton Kruger discuss key topics slated for PMA Fresh Connections in South Africa.

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Opinion: biological fruit pest controls assist South African exports

August 14th, 2012

Anton Rabe explains how sterile mating is controlling Mediterranean fruit fly populations in South Africa.

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Europe’s low apple and pear crop could spark market innovation

August 3rd, 2012

Lower European pome fruit volumes mean the industry will need to explore new strategies, says Philippe Binard.

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Washington State hailstorm fruit damage still unclear

July 27th, 2012

Thunderstorms and hail in Washington State have caused isolated fruit orchard damage.

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Argentina hopes Brazilian export hurdles can be resolved soon

July 26th, 2012

Marcelo Loyarte discusses the core issues that have hindered Argentina’s pome fruit exports in 2012.

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Striking a balance between customer satisfaction and grower profitability

July 16th, 2012

Crown Jewels’ Bill Lewis discusses grape and pomegranate supply deals from South America to the U.S. market.

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Heavy fall for southern Argentine fruit exports in H1

July 13th, 2012

Pome fruit volume is the main reason behind slashed horticultural exports from southern Argentina.

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Middle East: pome fruit market strong, citrus a challenge

July 3rd, 2012

David Pearce says a shortage of Chilean and U.S. apples has helped South African suppliers in the Middle East.

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European shortage of Packham pears fuels Abate appetite

June 25th, 2012

Pear prices in Europe have bounced back with demand for Packhams particularly strong.

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Southern Argentine fruit exports hit 8-year low

June 11th, 2012

We take a look at dramatically lower Argentine pome fruit exports and the market scenarios they face.

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U.S. Northwest upcoming pear volumes to fall on 2011 figures

June 8th, 2012

U.S. Northwest pear volumes are better than the five-year average but are predicted to be 6% lower this year.

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Asiatic pear genome sequence breakthrough

June 7th, 2012

Scientists hope to exploit the potential of an Asiatic pear variety as its genome has now been sequenced.

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Severe large gala shortage paves way for apple premiums, says Oppy

May 21st, 2012

Oppenheimer’s David Nelley takes a look at the dynamics driving the U.S. pome fruit market at the moment.

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Brazil ramps up controls against Argentine produce

May 17th, 2012

Argentine fruit producers are struggling to get shipments across the Brazilian border due to tighter controls.

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SA pear exports to U.S. at risk over high rejection rate

May 11th, 2012

South African pear exports to the U.S. have been delayed due to grading approval failures.

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Chile and India look for fruit trade opportunities

April 30th, 2012

Chilean ag minister Luis Mayol has met with Indian Ambassador Pradeep Kapur ahead of an Asian tour.

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Chilean researchers develop bag to extend avocado shelf life

April 23rd, 2012

It is hoped a new bag in Chile will allow fruit exporters more shelf life reliability in shipping long distances.

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Dutch pear crop volumes expected to be 40% lower

April 19th, 2012

Dutch pear producers are expecting a tough year for their crops after low temperatures earlier this year.

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Pipfruit NZ’s new CEO aims to help growers beat competitors

April 9th, 2012

Pipfruit New Zealand’s new CEO Allan Pollard says he’s not afraid to ask the difficult questions.

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NZ pear variety attracts overseas interest

March 29th, 2012

An interspecific pear variety developed in New Zealand has had successful field tests in Asia and the U.K.

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U.S. domestic pear oversupply to hit exporters hard

March 28th, 2012

Southern Hemisphere pear exports to the U.S. are starting later than normal due to a strong domestic supply.

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Opinion: the ‘huge potential’ for Chilean fruit in India

March 23rd, 2012

An FTA could make India “capable of consuming all of Chile’s produce”, says a leading fruit importer.

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Argentine pome fruit industry battered by hail, strikes and inflation

March 16th, 2012

The Southern Hemisphere’s largest pear exporter has drastically reduced its season forecast.

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Ecuador: Volcanic ash boosts fruit yields by 10% in Tungurahua

March 1st, 2012

Volcanic ash increases fruit yields in Ecuador’s Tungurahua region attracting many people back to the industry.

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Southern Hemisphere pome fruit volumes forecast to fall in 2012

February 20th, 2012

Apple and pear crops in the Southern Hemisphere are expected to drop this year, but pear shipments are set to rise.

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South Africa trials early Forelle pear shipment

February 14th, 2012

South Africa is involved in an early export trial of one of its largest pear cultivars in a bid to beat rivals on quality.

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Argentine fruit region reports sharp export downturn

February 10th, 2012

Fruit shipments from Argentina’s Río Negro province slumped in January.

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U.S. puts pressure on Indonesia over Jakarta port closure plans

January 26th, 2012

Fruit exporters from Washington State, California and Australia discuss the impacts of a potential Jakarta port closure.

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New competitiveness measures proposed for Argentine pome fruit

January 24th, 2012

Argentina’s pome fruit industry needs to adapt to an environment of higher costs and declining returns.

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Pome fruit production to fall in key Argentine regions

January 12th, 2012

Apple production is due for a fall in two key Argentine provinces this year, but pear volumes are on the up.

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South African growers pushing pears to processing

January 5th, 2012

SA growers are selling their earliest pear variety to canning factories to avoid overlapping with Europe.

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Pear oversupply in Europe poses SA export challenge

December 28th, 2011

South Africa is expecting a good pome fruit crop but is looking for alternative markets to Europe for its pears.

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Chilean fresh fruit exports up 7%

December 26th, 2011

Chile registered strong fruit export growth in 2011 despite falls for apples, avocadoes and kiwifruit.

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Russia to halve apple import duties next year

November 25th, 2011

Russia is to drastically cut its import duties on apples and pears as a condition to joining the WTO next year.

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Chile’s apple juice concentrate exports soar

November 14th, 2011

Chile’s apple concentrate exports have nearly doubled, with higher output expected this season.

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E.U. slump drives South African neighbor market push

November 10th, 2011

South Africa should exploit closer markets to ramp up its apple, pear and grape exports

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Mexican pomefruit production to rise, grapes to fall in 2011-12

November 10th, 2011

Mexican apple and pear production is set to rise this season, but grapes are due for a slight fall.

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Argentina: Patagonian pome fruit exports grow 35%

October 27th, 2011

Argentina’s pome fruit exports have jumped dramatically but growers are facing financial problems.

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Australian MPs call for tighter restrictions over pear concerns

October 25th, 2011

Australian politicians are worried NZ imports could put their pear industry at risk because of poor controls.

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Argentina: Patagonian pome fruit hit seven-year record

September 14th, 2011

The Argentine Protected Patagonia region produced 1.366 million metric tons (MT) of pome fruit in the first half of 2011.

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European apple and pear production up in 2011

August 8th, 2011

Cold storage apple and pear competition looks set to increase for Southern Hemisphere exporters next season.

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Chile’s fruit exports rise 13% in early 2011

July 7th, 2011

Chile’s Office of Agriculture Studies and Policy (ODEPA) gives an export breakdown of different fruit species in the first five months of 2011.

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New nutrition labels for Argentine pears

July 6th, 2011

Argentina’s National Institute of Agricultural Technology has created a new nutritonal labelling scheme for Williams pears, in a bid to promote consumption and ensure quality.

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Agricultural emergency declared in Argentine Patagonia

June 14th, 2011

Farmers in Argentine Patagonia will meet with disaster management authorities today after severe ash cloud damages.

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Argentine region records rise in apple and pear exports

June 10th, 2011

Argentina’s Northern Patagonian port terminal registered high pear and apple shipment growth in May.

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Prevar licenses new pear to NZ company

April 20th, 2011

A new pear cultivar called ‘Velvetine’ will be marketed by New Zealand exporter Enza, following a licensing arrangement with Prevar Limited.

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‘Stagnation’ continues for Argentine pears and apples

April 12th, 2011

Argentine pear and apple producers have pointed to a lack of productivity as a major cause for stagnation.

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Argentine province records rising pear stocks

April 5th, 2011

The Argentine province of Río Negro has recorded increased pear stock volumes, with concerns over high ripeness levels.

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SA apple exports to grow 10% in 2011

March 11th, 2011

Strong currency and production costs have put pressure on South Africa’s pome fruit industry, but apple exports are expected to grow 10% this season.

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Patagonia pears plummet 11%

March 4th, 2011

Apple and pear production in Argentina’s southern Protected Patagonia region fell 17.25% in 2010

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Australia upbeat on almonds and pears

March 4th, 2011

Australia’s almond crop is looking promising this year despite floods as the country gears up to be the world’s second-largest producer by 2015.

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Chile drought effects reach ‘critical’ stage for fruit industry

February 17th, 2011

Chile’s drought has affected the quality and size of a broad spectrum of fruits, with the situation expected to become ‘critical’ in more areas.

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Southern Hemisphere apple and pear exports to rise in 2011

February 15th, 2011

European and U.S. apple and pear stocks might be falling but the Southern Hemisphere is expected to make up part of the gap this year, with a 5% rise in exports forecast by industry association WAPA.

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Argentine province gives farmers subsidies after strikes

February 9th, 2011

Argentine province issues US$1.96 million in cheques, with more to come as a result of resolutions from last month’s fruit industry strikes.

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Argentine province offers zero-interest loans to farmers

February 3rd, 2011

Mendoza provincial government in Argentina has offered zero interest loans to support plum, apple and pear farmers.

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Argentina’s pears, grapes start arriving at port after strike

January 27th, 2011

Two ships destined for the Netherlands await enough cargo to set off

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Uruguay exports record fruit volumes in 2010

January 27th, 2011

Increase was fueled by higher blueberry sales and a recovery in the citrus sector.

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Southern Hemisphere pear exports to rise 7.7% in 2011

January 24th, 2011

Poor climate conditions could affect Argentine pear crops, but the country’s exports are expected to rise 7.9%

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Argentina’s fruit producers accept government help and lift blockades

January 20th, 2011

One Argentine union has formed a pact with the government, while others continue to protest.

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Argentina’s apple, pear exports may drop despite production gain

January 19th, 2011

A drop in demand and higher production costs are hurting industry

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Uruguay’s apple production expected to increase 33% in 2010-11

January 18th, 2011

Meanwhile, pear production is expected to drop by about 20%

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Pear harvest starts in Argentina

January 10th, 2011

The Williams variety is showing larger sizes, a trend expected for the entire pear crop from Argentina this season.

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Argentina pear and apple volumes to increase 23.9% in 2010-11

December 24th, 2010

An increase in pears of 21.2% over last season and an increase of 26.1% for apples is expected for growers from Neuquén and Río Negro.

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Export volumes of Chilean apples and pears to rise in 2011

December 22nd, 2010

Export volumes will increase over 2010 as new varieties compensate for frost damage inflicted in October, according to preseason estimates from iQonsulting.

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Argentina growers association pessimistic on 2011 for apples and pears

November 24th, 2010

Increased labor costs have Argentine growers looking to the government for backing.

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New Zealand apple production to make a comeback, USDA says

November 10th, 2010

Good weather and more planted area will yield more apples and pears, USDA data show.

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Argentina to produce more apples, pears in 2011 season, USDA says

November 9th, 2010

Good weather and more plantings account for growth; Europe remains top market for exports, report says.

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More grapes, fewer apples from South Africa in 2010-11, USDA report says

November 9th, 2010

Weather had mixed impact on fruit production; Europe remains biggest export market, report says

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Chile’s apple, pear, grape exports for 2011 depend on weather, exchange rate, USDA says

November 5th, 2010

Especially cold winter provided enough cold hours, but frost may limit production. Unfavorable exchange rate is limiting investments.

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New Zealand growers call on government for tighter regulation

October 8th, 2010

Apple and Pear growers in New Zealand’s Tasman region have called on the country’s central government to tighten its control over the export industry, as is the case for kiwi.

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