July 03, 2015 / Week N° 27

Posts Tagged Pineapples

Costa Rica: Flooding dents pineapple and banana trade

July 3rd, 2015

Kingston Fresh’s Mike Anderson says already limited Costa Rican pineapple volumes have been exacerbated by recent floods.

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Fyffes ‘significantly increases’ earnings target

June 22nd, 2015

An Irish multinational says ‘currency headwinds’ this year boosted selling prices for bananas and pineapples.

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U.S. threatens restrictions on Costa Rican pineapples

June 19th, 2015

With more than 400 pest interceptions of Costa Rican pineapples last year, the U.S. is considering taking action.

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Fresh Del Monte’s income slips despite increased sales in Q1

April 28th, 2015

Higher banana procurement costs were among the issues that contributed to Fresh Del Monte’s first quarter net income falling by 25%.

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Costa Rica: CANAPEP says eco-group “overstated” water pollution problems

March 26th, 2015

A Costa Rican NGO has petitioned the IAHCR to help halt pineapple expansion in the Caribbean country.

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Thailand: Andy Hall’s fourth case set to begin next week

March 19th, 2015

Defendant Andy Hall believes his second case will most likely go to a full trial, but he is optimistic he will be successful in the end.

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Tropical fruit volume boosts Fyffes profits in 2014

February 27th, 2015

Produce multinational Fyffes will be pursuing price increases in all markets this year in response to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar against the euro.

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Australia: Cyclone Marcia hits “two years’ income” for some growers

February 24th, 2015

Some growers have been hit hard by Cyclone Marcia while timing has been very lucky for others.

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Compagnie Fruitiere to expand organic production, open new hospital

February 17th, 2015

From corporate social responsibility to ships that use less fuel, a French company is developing on several fronts of its €800 million produce business.

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SanLucar pioneers new fruits in Tunisia, Ecuador

February 12th, 2015

A Spanish firm focused on the German-speaking market is testing a range of new fruit projects in Africa, the Middle East, South America and its own backyard.

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Thailand: Andy Hall’s preliminary hearing to continue in March

February 3rd, 2015

Andy Hall’s second case hearing involving the Computer Crimes Act will continue in March after the one this week had to be cut short.

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Malaysian pineapple group to quadruple production

February 3rd, 2015

On a platform of social integration for indigenous groups, Malaysia’s RIPI is ramping up pineapple cultivation at a fast pace.

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Hawaii to propose Dole swap former pineapple land for prison site

January 30th, 2015

Due to the state’s lack of funds, Hawaii may propose a land swap with Dole Food Company.

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Thailand: Andy Hall gears up for preliminary hearing on Monday

January 30th, 2015

Andy Hall says documents show European buyers did not plan to cut Natural Fruit’s supply after his factory audit report.

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EU bumped up Colombian fruit imports in 2014

January 13th, 2015

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

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Costa Rica prepares pineapple export program for China

December 9th, 2014

A Costa Rican pineapple industry representative says it’s important to learn from other sectors already shipping to China.

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BanaBay expects “superstar” U.S. banana sales in Q1

November 6th, 2014

BanaBay’s North American president of North American operations says doing business as usual is a “death sentence”.

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Andy Hall calls for greater witness protection in Thailand

November 4th, 2014

A Burmese witness who testified to a Thai court about his alleged treatment in a pineapple factory has reportedly been threatened.

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Thai court dismisses first defamation case against Andy Hall

October 29th, 2014

The first case brought by a Thai pineapple company against migrant worker defender Andy Hall has been dismissed due to “unlawful interrogation”.

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Fresh Del Monte income triples in Q3

October 28th, 2014

Profitability soared for Fresh Del Monte in the third quarter on the back of strong sales for bananas and pineapples.

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Global protests to support Andy Hall and ‘vigorously defend free speech’

October 24th, 2014

NGOs will hold worldwide demonstrations outside Thai Embassies in support of a human rights defender who faces prosecution from a Thai pineapple company.

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Fairfood International calls for change in Philippine pineapple industry

October 16th, 2014

A Fairfood International report alleges huge pay disparities between employees and ‘contractual’ workers at Dole Philippines and Del Monte Philippines Incorporated.

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UN calls out Thai fruit companies over forced labor claims

October 2nd, 2014

A UN working group has called attention to allegations over forced labor at two Thai fruit processors.

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Andy Hall calls on Thai pineapple companies to respect worker payment law

October 1st, 2014

Human rights campaigner Andy Hall has alleged there is a widespread non-payment of wages in Thailand amid pineapple factory shutdowns.

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Australia: a high value response to high wages

October 1st, 2014

In the face of high labor costs, Australian growers like Kerry Smerdon have looked to premium crops like macadamia nuts and custard apples to gain an edge.

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Costa Rican pineapple growers get thumbs up for pesticide control

September 23rd, 2014

Authorities have found a good level of pesticide control on Costa Rica’s pineapple farms, but a recent study in a banana-growing area has not been so positive.

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Thailand: first Natural Fruit v. Andy Hall case draws to a close

September 10th, 2014

Andy Hall has been given back his passport by judges who have been described as “conscientious and careful”.

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China to open its doors for Costa Rican pineapples ‘within four months’

September 9th, 2014

Pineapple exports from Costa Rica could be allowed into China later this year, but transit challenges remain.

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U.S.: Dole Food Company distances itself from Andy Hall case

September 3rd, 2014

Dole Food Company claims it has no connection with the Thai Pineapple Industry Association.

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Thailand: 300,000 sign petitions to drop charges against Andy Hall

August 31st, 2014

The number of petitioners in support of Andy Hall continues to rise, joining the likes of United Nordic, leading U.K. retailers and Fyffes.

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Open letter: global solidarity campaign is independent of me

August 29th, 2014

The Thai pineapple industry responded to an international support effort by telling Andy Hall to behave himself. The Briton’s response? “This campaign was not instigated by me.”

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Scandinavian buyers cry foul over Thai food industry’s actions

August 28th, 2014

A group of Scandinavia’s largest retailers is “greatly worried” about litigation against Andy Hall in Thailand.

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Thailand: TPIA will ‘not intervene’ in Natural Fruit v. Andy Hall

August 19th, 2014

A Thai pineapple industry group has told a human rights campaigner to behave or face further prosecution.

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ProEcuador sees new ground in Russia for broccoli and tropical fruit

August 18th, 2014

Ecuador’s broccoli growers hope to replicate their Japanese success in Russia now that key competitors are gone.

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

August 7th, 2014

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

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Coca Cola untaps US$5B for African investments

August 6th, 2014

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

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Costa Rican pineapple trade sails ahead of bananas

July 31st, 2014

Costa Rica’s pineapple exports could hit US$900 million this year, as they grow 12.7% year-on-year.

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Favorable exchange rates raise Del Monte results in Q2

July 29th, 2014

Bananas, pineapples, tomatoes and melons were some of Del Monte’s strongest performing products in the second quarter.

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Total Produce adds ‘extra sweet pineapple’ to home brand

July 23rd, 2014

European fruit importer and distributor Total Produce has added pineapples to its highest quality label.

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Andy Hall’s prosecutor is Thai pineapple industry leader

July 21st, 2014

Migrant rights defender Andy Hall has revealed a new twist in his case with Natural Fruit in Thailand.

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Ambitious Malawi fruit company gains US$15M support package

July 18th, 2014

Malawi Mangoes aims to be the ‘leading agro-processing company on the African continent’ in five years.

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Positive results for Vegalab’s natural nematode control product

July 9th, 2014

A Swiss company is expanding its global reach in horticulture with the help of a natural nematicide.

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Melons drive Fyffes profit growth in Q1

May 14th, 2014

Profits were down for Fyffes’ pineapple and banana businesses early this year, but melons pushed the company into growth territory.

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U.S.: Ayco takes a punt on pineapples

May 14th, 2014

A leading U.S. melon distributor is harnessing its logistics capacity to expand into Costa Rican pineapples.

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Dole Philippines to double plantations

April 23rd, 2014

With the support of its owner Itochu, Dole Philippines is making ambitious expansion plans for its plantations.

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BanaBay bets on pineapples

April 11th, 2014

After strong growth in bananas, distributor BanaBay is branching out into a new tropical fruit category.

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Malaysian tropical fruits approved for U.S. market

March 20th, 2014

With recent approval, Malaysia expects to export 7,000MT in different tropical fruits to the U.S. per year.

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Costa Rica to export rambutans to Chile in 2014

March 13th, 2014

Building on Chilean market success in pineapples, Costa Rica aims to experiment with exports of more fruits.

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Airport facility upgrade may raise Nigerian fruit export status

February 21st, 2014

A Nigerian airport cold storage initiative could see increased fruit exports to Europe and the U.S.

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Philippine company to extend pineapple presence

February 20th, 2014

Philippine company AgriNurture has indicated plans to create a more independently supplied pineapple business.

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Del Monte Pacific finalizes consumer food business acquisition

February 19th, 2014

Del Monte Pacific has completed the purchase of one of the “most respected consumer brands in the United States”.

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Fruit imports have grown despite slowdown, says Dürbeck

February 12th, 2014

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

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U.S.: Port Manatee deal could bolster Del Monte import presence

January 29th, 2014

Del Monte and Logistec are on the cusp of sealing a US$24.6 million warehouse deal in Florida through a public-private partnership.

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

January 27th, 2014

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

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Colombia enjoys strong growth in pineapple sector

December 9th, 2013

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

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Dole Philippines suffers repeat rebel attack

December 2nd, 2013

Facilities owned by Dole Philippines have been targeted by rebels opposed to the presence of multinational companies.

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U.S.: Del Monte agrees to settlement over discrimination lawsuit

November 19th, 2013

Del Monte Fresh Produce will pay US$1.2 million to Thai claimants to settle a Hawaiian case, while bringing in new anti-discrimination procedures.

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Dried pineapples offer new niche for South African exporter

November 18th, 2013

South Africa’s Novapine has transformed its fresh pineapple business through dried fruit exports.

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Philippines: Del Monte pineapples spared in devastating typhoon

November 12th, 2013

Despite extreme destruction to the central Philippines, Del Monte reported minimal damage to its operations.

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Worker rights at center of Philippine pineapple campaign

November 6th, 2013

A Fairfood International campaign highlights low wages and child labor in the Philippine pineapple sector.

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Thailand and Chile sign FTA

October 7th, 2013

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

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Thailand: Natural Fruit launches fresh defamation charges against Andy Hall

September 30th, 2013

A recent Youtube video has provoked more defamation charges from a Thai fruit company against a British human rights campaigner.

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Costa Rica aims to cut fertilizer use

September 10th, 2013

Costa Rica aims to lose its crown as the biggest emitter of nitrous oxide per hectare of agriculture in Central America.

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Australian researcher conducts world’s first pineapple microarray

September 5th, 2013

A University of Queensland scientist has found important gene promoters in pineapples that could help toward health outcomes.

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Brazil reports pesticide violations for pineapples, mangoes, papayas

September 4th, 2013

Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture found traces of several banned or restricted pesticides on fresh fruit samples.

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Chinese market grows for Ecuadorian foods

August 27th, 2013

Ecuadorian mangoes and pineapples could find a greater place in the Chinese market.

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Costa Rica aims to expand tropical fruit portfolio in Chile

July 9th, 2013

Costa Rica’s PROCOMER aims to build on its pineapple success in Chile with a new fruit export.

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Del Monte Pacific to take on fresh pineapples

June 11th, 2013

Del Monte Pacific plans to move into selling fresh pineapples via the brand of an acquired company.

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Costa Rican organic growers need ‘more incentives’

May 28th, 2013

Costa Rica’s organic horticultural exports rose in 2012 despite a slight decline in planted surface area.

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U.S. authorities propose market access for Malaysian tropical fruits

May 8th, 2013

APHIS has proposed treatment methods for the import of three different Malaysian tropical fruits into the U.S.

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Peruvian growers encouraged to invest in organic pineapples

May 7th, 2013

Growing U.S. demand for pesticide-free pineapples could create market possibilities for Peru.

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Thai tropical fruit company launches suit against British activist

April 3rd, 2013

Thailand’s Natural Fruit Company has sought to sue a British human rights researcher for US$10 million in libel claims.

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U.S.: Del Monte income jumps 54.8% for 2012

February 19th, 2013

Logistics improvements have raised Del Monte’s profitability despite lower net sales.

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Indonesia bans Taiwanese fruit imports

January 29th, 2013

The Indonesian government continues down its protectionist path with a ban on tropical fruits from Taiwan.

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

January 11th, 2013

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

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Dominican Republic announces pineapple assistance package

December 10th, 2012

The Dominican Republic government has pledged a US$2 million investment in the pineapple industry.

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Mango demand strong but pineapples sluggish, says Kingston

November 13th, 2012

Mango supply hasn’t been able to keep up with demand in the U.S., according to Ken Nabal.

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Social responsibility ties in with traceability for Turbana

November 9th, 2012

A Colombian banana co-op is taking the stories of its growers to North American consumers.

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

October 26th, 2012

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

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Costa Rica’s pineapple shipments set to overtake bananas

October 5th, 2012

Costa Rica’s pineapple production growth is predicted to rise by up to 10% this year.

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Ecuador’s pineapple industry confronts slippery snail predicament

September 25th, 2012

The Ecuadorian pineapple industry is battling an unprecedented snail outbreak that has impacted exports.

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Slight growth for Costa Rican ag exports

September 21st, 2012

Costa Rican pineapple exports rose in the year to August but banana shipments fell by a higher percentage.

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U.S.: high season port strikes would mean ‘big losses’ for importers

September 11th, 2012

U.S. East Coast fruit importers have revealed their worries over a potential dock worker strike in October.

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Costa Rican govt applauds Dole’s good agricultural practices

September 11th, 2012

Costa Rican officials were impressed with a recent visit to a Dole pineapple farm.

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Tropical fruit fanatic to publish comprehensive book

August 31st, 2012

We cover a botanist’s journey to document exotic and wonderful tropical fruits from around the globe.

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South Africa’s rising pineapple market share

August 20th, 2012

We take a look at the challenges facing the world’s southernmost pineapple region in Bathurst, South Africa.


Costa Rica eyes up EFTA fruit export potential

August 17th, 2012

Costa Rica believes bananas and pineapples are ripe for export development in Norway and Switzerland.

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Importer bets on West African pineapple sweetness opening new doors

August 3rd, 2012

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

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Fresh Del Monte overcomes challenges with higher profits in Q2

August 1st, 2012

Fresh Del Monte has posted higher earnings in the second quarter despite a banana sales drop.

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Costa Rica: U.S. pineapple imports lower over peak months

July 9th, 2012

Costa Rican pineapple growers held back U.S. export supply during the key flowering period of May and June.

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More than 20 Colombian fruits meet U.S. admissibility standards

July 3rd, 2012

Colombia can send a wide range of fruits to the U.S. but there are still many exotic products pending approval.

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Costa Rican ports re-open for pineapple and banana exports

June 15th, 2012

Costa Rica’s ports are open again but strikers say they will continue action with road blockades.

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Costa Rican port strike ‘a worry’ for pineapple industry

June 14th, 2012

Strikes in Costa Rica over port concessions are holding back pineapple exports.

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Honduran banana and pineapple sales up in Q1

June 5th, 2012

Better fertilization and disease control have helped drive up Honduran banana exports this year.

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Readypac finding new outlets for fresh cut fruits

May 28th, 2012

Readypac marketing director Tristan Simpson discusses fresh cut fruit and the opportunities of yogurt parfaits.

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Facing Australia’s fresh produce oversupply hurdles

May 22nd, 2012

PMA’s Michael Worthington provides a snapshot of Australia’s produce industry and retail trends.

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U.S. importer Kingston set to expand pineapple business

May 22nd, 2012

U.S. tropical fruit procurement company Kingston plans to grow its pineapple presence.

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Colombian group looks to diversify crop base

May 16th, 2012

Agrofuturo Colombia project developer Camilo Perez highlights opportunities in pineapples, cocoa and palm oil.

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Costa Rica sets sights on Chinese pineapple and melon markets

May 15th, 2012

Costa Rica is finalizing phytosanitary certificates for pineapple and melon exports to China.

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U.S.: Del Monte sales down, net income up in Q1

May 1st, 2012

Fresh Del Monte Produce recorded slower banana sales in the Middle East and Asia in the first quarter of 2012.

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Spanish U.K. persimmon shipments hit record levels

April 5th, 2012

U.K. shoppers have shown a taste for exotic fruits following impressive sales of Spanish persimmons.

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Panama to regulate pesticides in 2015

March 19th, 2012

Panama aims to regulate pesticides to bank on a boom in demand for organic produce.

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Panama pineapple exports set to double

March 15th, 2012

A major grower is hoping Panama pineapples’ renowned low pesticide levels will entice U.S. and E.U. retailers.

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Mexico pineapple exports set to jump with new packing plant

March 5th, 2012

New Mexican pineapple packaging center to export 45,000MT by 2014.

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Kenyan growers upbeat on exports despite dimethoate ban

February 7th, 2012

Kenyan producers are optimistic exports will continue to grow despite having to use more expensive pesticides.

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Cocaine seized in Canadian tropical fruit shipment

February 7th, 2012

Canadian police have made their second fruit-related cocaine bust in recent weeks.

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The Packaging Pitch: does sticker size matter?

February 2nd, 2012

Packaging expert Lisa Cork highlights ways marketers can harness sticker space to send powerful messages.

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Opinion: Brazil must raise competitiveness in 2012

January 23rd, 2012

Brazil needs to make changes to consolidate export markets, says PMA representative Valeska de Oliveira.

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Low temperatures could lead to premature fruit growth, says Costa Rican govt

January 10th, 2012

Premature pineapple growth is expected in Costa Rica due to cold temperatures over the weekend.

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Costa Rican pineapple export hike in 2011

December 22nd, 2011

Costa Rica’s fresh pineapple exports rose 8% in 2011, along with a stronger industry focus on sustainability.

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Costa Rican pineapple company to double cultivation

November 1st, 2011

Armed with a string of certifications, Costa Rican pineapple company Upala Agricola is set to ramp up production.

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Storms take toll on Costa Rican agriculture

October 26th, 2011

Heavy rains in Costa Rica have affected transportation of pineapples, bananas and plantains.

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Argentina sets up board to push tropical fruit production

October 19th, 2011

Argentina has launched a national campaign to improve its tropical fruit production and reduce its reliance on imports.

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Chile-Colombia partnership to build frozen fruit plant

August 16th, 2011

Chilean and Colombian partners have teamed up to build an ambitious tropical frozen fruit plant.

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Malaysian imports could derail Australian pineapple industry

August 16th, 2011

Australia’s largest pineapple producer says Malaysian imports could threaten producers economically and cause unprecedented disease problems.

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Del Monte to reduce Kenyan water usage

August 11th, 2011

Multinational Del Monte has announced a new drip irrigation system will reduce its water usage in Kenya by 30%.

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Costa Rican ag exports rise 10.4% in H1

July 29th, 2011

Costa Rica recorded strong export growth across most fruit categories in the first half.

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Costa Rica: the challenge of changing fruit demand

July 27th, 2011

Costa Rica’s pineapple industry will likely need to shift towards more processed exports to meet European demand changes.

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Costa Rica launches responsible pineapple production scheme

June 29th, 2011

Costa Rica’s vice president has touted his country as a leader in environmental protection, despite global criticism over contamination in the pineapple industry.

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Costa Rican pineapple farms fire workers for union membership

June 24th, 2011

Costa Rica’s pineapple industry is in hot water again but this time over labor code violations.

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Costa Rican pineapple farms contaminating water, study shows

June 16th, 2011

Pesticides from pineapple farms have polluted rivers and streams in the Costa Rican province of Limon.

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Costa Rica pineapples record growth in Q1

May 26th, 2011

Costa Rica recorded a slight uptick in pineapple exports in the first quarter while banana exports fell.

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Costa Rica: pineapple growers blamed for eco degradation

May 25th, 2011

A Costan Rican tribunal has accused pineapple growers of degrading a protected wildlife refuge.

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Staay Food Group buys stake in Costa Rica pineapple farm

May 19th, 2011

A Dutch firm has bought a stake in Costa Rican pineapple business Agricola Agromonte S.A.

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Kenyan avocado exporter faces outcry over access road

May 11th, 2011

A Kenyan avocado, pineapple and tea exporter could face forceful land acquisition if it doesn’t reach agreement over road construction on its land.

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Mozambican pineapples approved for European export

May 5th, 2011

International certification for Mozambican pineapple exports has been heralded as an ‘historic moment’ for development.

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First quarter export fall for Costa Rica’s bananas and melons

April 29th, 2011

Costa Rica’s banana export rates improved slightly in March while melon exports fell significantly during the first three months of 2011.

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Three countries unite to combat fruit drug ring

April 25th, 2011

Spain, Costa Rica and the U.S. have worked together towards dismantling a drug ring that hides cocaine in fruit shipments.

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Panama to export first papayas to Canada

April 21st, 2011

Panama has negotiated its first papaya shipments to Canada, in a move that could pave the way for other fruits to enter the lucrative market.

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Ecuador sniffs out pineapple cocaine traffickers

April 14th, 2011

Ecuador’s anti-narcotics police have found 1.3 metric tons (MT) of cocaine in two fruit containers that would have been bound for Europe.

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Panama fruit exports fell in January

April 7th, 2011

Panama’s banana, watermelon and pineapple exports fell in January in comparison to the same period in 2010.

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Brazil could build cars with fruit extracts

April 1st, 2011

Brazilian researchers have found extracts from bananas, pineapples and coconuts could replace steel in many car components.

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Saudi company to invest US$125M in Zambia pineapple farm

March 10th, 2011

A Saudi Arabian business plans to build a 5,000 hectare pineapple farm in Zambia this year, along with a juice-producing factory and 2,000 housing units.

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Panama expands pineapple exports to Russia and Turkey

February 28th, 2011

Panama is set to double pineapple exports next year with new markets in Russia and Turkey, with potential expansion into Japan and other Asian countries.


Costa Rica expects China FTA this week

February 28th, 2011

Costa Rica’s banana and pineapple industries will likely receive a boost from a China FTA agreement expected this week.

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Costa Rica uses most pesticides per hectare

February 22nd, 2011

Protesters have gathered around Costa Rica to encourage reduction of the country’s pesticide use, as it is the highest user per hectare of crop land in the world.

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Uganda to promote agricultural entrepreneurs

February 11th, 2011

Uganda’s fruit industry may be small but the country’s investment agency has big plans for agricultural entrepreneurs, as foreign entities continue to invest in the African country.

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Colombia exported $5.6M in tropical fruit to Europe in 2010

February 9th, 2011

Colombia’s export promotion agency highlights $5.6 million in tropical fruit exports to Europe last year.

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Indonesia’s US$4.53B agricultural export industry imperiled by climate change

February 1st, 2011

Indonesian minister expects climate change and extreme weather to cause troubles for the country’s $4.53 billion agricultural export industry.

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British suspect caught in Costa Rica pineapple cocaine bust

January 28th, 2011

British, Romanian, Jamaican and Costa Rican nationals have been detained for alleged cocaine and marijuana trafficking inside pineapple cartons.

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Ecuador pineapple growers cut production

January 18th, 2011

Ecuador’s Gold Extra Sweet pineapple growers have cut production due to high production costs, price declines and an oversupply in the global market.

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Australia arranges pineapple rescue from flood

January 5th, 2011

Barge will transport fruit from cities cut off by water to dry land for trucking to market

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