September 15, 2014 / Week N° 38

Posts Tagged Russia

Peruvian citrus volumes fall back to initial estimates

September 15th, 2014

Peru’s citrus industry has notched a more sober export result after a blistering start to harvests raised expectations.

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Russia: FruitNews launches English-language service

September 9th, 2014

Russian produce market expert Irina Koziy has launched a version of her FruitNews service in English.

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Copa Cogeca urges citrus inclusion in EU emergency withdrawal measures

September 9th, 2014

After Friday’s EC meeting in Brussels, cooperative group Copa Cogeca is calling for greater support in the wake of Russia’s produce import ban, encompassing grower measures and school food schemes.

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Spanish growers turn up the heat with new protests planned

September 4th, 2014

Spanish growers plan to rally in Madrid on Friday calling for more support amid Russia’s ban on produce imports.

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Kiwifruit prices rise 42.3% in Russia after produce embargo

September 3rd, 2014

Figures have emerged as to the alarming extent of produce shortages in Russia since the ban came into effect.

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Carrefour targeted in Spanish grower protest

August 28th, 2014

Spanish growers have accused retailers of taking advantage of the Russian ban with extremely low prices.

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Sweden: NYKCool to change name under new ownership

August 26th, 2014

A Russian reefer company has bought Swedish shipping line NYK Cool, which will now operate under a new name.

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Chilean walnut, almond and prune exporters look to Russia

August 25th, 2014

Apart from the import embargo, currency issues will also determine how Chilean dried fruit fares in Russia.

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Canada pledges to speed up Polish apple access

August 25th, 2014

Canadian authorities have vowed to speed up market access for Polish apple growers, who like their own fishermen have been impacted by Russia’s food import embargo.

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Russia eases ban on certain produce

August 21st, 2014

In order to help its own farmers, Russia has scrapped some agricultural items from its import ban including onion and potato seeds.

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EU funding omission a stain on Spanish pomegranate sector

August 20th, 2014

A key Spanish region used to export almost a third of its pomegranates to Russia, yet the fruit has been left off an EU support list.

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Russia intercepts produce imports from banned EU countries

August 19th, 2014

Russia has prevented 11 cases of agricultural imports totaling more than 93MT via Belarus, including shipments from banned EU countries.

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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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Potatoes and grapes in the spotlight for India in Russia

August 18th, 2014

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

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Greek stonefruit farmers need new markets as soon as possible

August 15th, 2014

The clock is ticking for 9,000MT of Greek stonefruit in cold storage with nowhere to go after the Russian embargo.

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Quality focus could pull Dutch industry through rough times, says ABN AMRO

August 15th, 2014

An agri-food economist looks at the Dutch boom in certain produce items prior to tensions between Russia and the Ukraine, and what approach is needed from here.

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More market stabilization measures on the cards, says EU Ag Commissioner

August 14th, 2014

To tackle challenges from Russia’s food import ban, the EU will implement a faster market monitoring service and new stabilization measures for fruits and vegetables.

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When there’s a will there’s a way

August 14th, 2014

Speculation is mounting about the unofficial exports of some European Union-grown fruit to Russia despite the embargo.

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‘We’ll find other markets’, says Aussie cherry grower rep

August 14th, 2014

Simon Boughey is not too fussed about the loss of the Russian cherry market for now.

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U.S. pistachio exporter unfazed about redirecting Russia-bound shipment

August 14th, 2014

A U.S. pistachio grower says the Russian ban ‘won’t hurt us’, despite redirecting a shipment already on the water.

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Serbian apple exporter plays down Russia opportunities

August 14th, 2014

A large Serbian apple shipper says it is working ‘as normal’ and Russian price increases will be minimal.

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Czech growers fear flood of Polish apples

August 13th, 2014

Czech orchardists are concerned for an oversupply of apples from Poland, but a social media campaign has helped boost consumption.

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Tajikistan plans fivefold produce export boost to Russia

August 13th, 2014

The Tajik Government has set ambitious goals to raise an already sizable produce export presence in Russia.

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Belarus govt vows nation won’t be gray market for food to Russia

August 12th, 2014

Belarus has vowed it will not become a re-export point for foods banned by its neighbor Russia.

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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 situation ‘accelerates’ action on EU stonefruit crisis

August 12th, 2014

The EC has heeded the call of European stonefruit growers calling for support to alleviate tough market conditions.

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Poland asks U.S. to open doors to its “freedom apples”

August 12th, 2014

Poland’s Ambassador to the U.S. has called on Washington to allow his country’s apples, now banned in Russia.

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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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South African citrus industry cautious about Russian trade implications

August 11th, 2014

While Russia-bound shipments of South African citrus may increase, there will be new logistical issues.

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Israel: Russia ‘already asking’ to increase shipments, says exporter

August 11th, 2014

One Israeli produce grower says trade of certain vegetables and tropical fruit will get a boost in the Russian market.

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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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Serbia sees “vast opportunities” in Russian fruit market

August 7th, 2014

The Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has identified great opportunities for apple and plum exports to Russia in the wake of the food import ban on competing nations.

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Russia looks to Kazakhstan, Belarus after food import ban

August 7th, 2014

Russia is taking active steps to forge a Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in the wake of its ban on a range of food items from the West.

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Dutch produce industry forecasts €600M loss from Russian ban

August 7th, 2014

A Dutch industry representative says the Russian ban is the worst thing to happen to the European produce sector since the E. coli outbreak.

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Spain: Valencia growers had held “great expectations” for Russian market

August 7th, 2014

Valencian farmers have called for measures to mitigate the impact of losing a key market for its persimmons and citrus fruits.

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Russian govt announces list of banned food products

August 7th, 2014

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes sanctions are a “blind alley”, but the latest ban on food imports from the EU, U.S., Norway, Canada and Australia will benefit local farmers.

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Russia: Putin signs decree to ban ag products from sanctioning countries

August 6th, 2014

While the wording is vague, one thing is certain – a decree signed today by Vladimir Putin will mean bans on a range of agricultural goods from the West.

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Polish talks address compensation over Russian produce ban

August 5th, 2014

The Polish Government estimates losses from Russia’s produce embargo could amount to €500 million.

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Greek growers ‘hold their breath’ for possible Russian ban

August 1st, 2014

Russia looks likely to place an import ban on Greek fruit which could have drastic impacts on the industry.

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Russia steps up Ukrainian bans with juice blockade

August 1st, 2014

Russia has upped the ante again with a ban on Ukrainian juice imports.

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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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Russia whacks temporary ban on a raft of Polish produce items

July 30th, 2014

After much speculation, Russian authorities have finally acted. Polish apples and a range of other produce items are now banned.

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It’s too early to speculate on Russian ban of EU fruit, says Koziy

July 29th, 2014

RK Marketing’s Irina Koziy gives her two kopeks on talk that Russia may ban fresh fruit imports from some European countries.

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Russia bans Ukrainian canned fruit, veg and fish

July 28th, 2014

Russian authorities have cited labeling problems and nutritional disparity as behind a ban on Ukrainian canned fruits and vegetables.

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EU members call for sanctions against Russia

July 22nd, 2014

The EU is looking to put tougher sanctions on Russia in a bid to stop the flow of weapons into the Ukraine.

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Russia gets tough on produce imports from Moldova, Israel

July 15th, 2014

Russia has continued its run of announcements that have put foreign produce exporters on alert.

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Belarus blocks Ukrainian potato imports

July 3rd, 2014

After losing the Russian market, Ukraine has now lost access for its potatoes in Belarus.

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Drastic fall for exports of Argentine mandarins, oranges

July 2nd, 2014

An Argentine citrus industry representative says growers urgently need the U.S. and Brazilian markets to be opened if they are to improve their lot.

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Russian problems prompt new outlook for Moroccan citrus

July 1st, 2014

Delassus’ Fatiha Charrat looks back on what she describes as the ‘worst season ever’ for Moroccan citrus.

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South Africa reduces grapefruit export estimates

June 16th, 2014

South Africa is slowing down grapefruit exports, while greater orange volumes have gone to the Far East this year.

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Russia places temporary ban on Ukrainian potatoes

June 9th, 2014

With a 40% currency devaluation, Ukrainian growers can find good opportunities in Europe to offset a Russian ban on their potatoes.

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Russian import ban “will happen”, says Polish grower group

April 23rd, 2014

One of Poland’s biggest apple grower associations is developing other markets to soften the blow from a likely Russian ban.

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Ukraine: former ag minister faces embezzlement charges

April 17th, 2014

Ukrainian investigators have alleged Mykola Prisyazhniuk stole US$41.5 million from the country’s Agrarian Fund.

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Challenging times ahead for Russian retail market

April 14th, 2014

Russia may be on track to becoming the most expensive country in the region for fresh food, said one local retailer.

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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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Uncertainty over ruble and Crimea hits Russian produce importers

March 19th, 2014

“Everybody is very worried about this situation,” says one Russian fruit importer.

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Russia lifts ban on Pakistani plant products

March 3rd, 2014

Pakistani produce items will be allowed in Russia again, but a protocol is still needed for the country’s potatoes.

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Opinion: Russia sees structural changes in produce imports

February 24th, 2014

A shift to cheaper options from upscale fruits is just one of many trends highlighted by Russian market analyst Irina Koziy.

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Russian ban pushes quality focus in Pakistani citrus

February 17th, 2014

A temporary ban from Russia has encouraged Pakistani kinnow exporters to improve food safety practices.

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Pakistan: Harvest Tradings calls for integrated pest management plan

December 16th, 2013

With “huge” kinnow mandarin production expected this year, Pakistan cannot afford to lose export markets over pest concerns.

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Polish anger over Russian ban threat

November 25th, 2013

Polish apple producers claim Russia’s proposed import ban is based on political reasons relating to support for Ukraine-EU ties.

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Russia threatens Polish produce ban

November 19th, 2013

Poland may lose one of its largest produce markets if it doesn’t meet Russian standards around certification and pesticide residues.

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Russia bans Pakistani fruit

October 3rd, 2013

Pakistan’s US$150 million horticultural goods market in Russia has been shut down due to “systematic violations”.

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Poland records apple export jump in the European Union

October 2nd, 2013

Polish apple growers hope to raise exports with the help of multi-million euro, EU-backed promotions in China and Egypt.

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Argentine pome fruit yield strong prices abroad

September 25th, 2013

Argentine pome fruit exporters have fetched good prices this year but are concerned about Brazilian currency devaluation.

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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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Russian authorities intercept cocaine in Ecuadorian banana shipment

August 2nd, 2013

Cocaine with a street value of around US$24 million was found by Russian customs in a container of bananas.

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Europe fights Russian E.U. potato ban

July 9th, 2013

Associations call on the European Commission to work with Russian government to end ban enforced on potato imports.

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Russia’s Chinese apple imports hit record low

June 10th, 2013

China’s apple exports to Russia continue to be edged out by Polish, Moldovan and Serbian suppliers.

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Peru looks to build produce potential in Russia

June 7th, 2013

Successful sales for grapes are creating opportunities for other Peruvian products in Russia.

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Ecuador: interactive campaign promotes bananas in Russia

June 6th, 2013

ProEcuador hopes to push its country’s banana market even further in Russia with an educational campaign.

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Opinion: citrus remains largest category in Russian produce market

May 27th, 2013

Citrus imports have stayed strong in Russia despite increased competition with Polish apples.

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Russian rootstocks hold promise across Chile

May 13th, 2013

A sweet cherry rootstock out of Russia may have cross-regional utility for Chilean growers.

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European companies bring bananas to life through comics

May 8th, 2013

An Irish produce company and a German branding agency concocted a fresh way to boost banana consumption – laser printed comics.

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Ecuador to reinforce Russian fruit market position

April 30th, 2013

Ecuador’s banana exports to Russia have skyrocketed this year with supermarket promotion plans underway.

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Opinion: the changing shape of Russia’s retail market

March 18th, 2013

Irina Koziy highlights the changing criteria and produce buying habits of Russian retailers.

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Opinion: Russia’s adoption of organic food standards – pros, cons and prejudice

December 20th, 2012

Irina Koziy looks at Russia’s proposed organic law and whether the category could actually take off.

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‘Crises won’t last forever’, says Philippine banana chief

November 20th, 2012

Philippine banana exports to China are recovering, while strategies look to Russia, Europe and the U.S.

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Russian govt moving towards farmer interests

October 30th, 2012

New Russian legislation in support of farming is in its “initial step” of development.

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Argentina: Tucumán’s lemon exports dropped but prices held up

October 12th, 2012

Tucumán lemon exporters experienced a challenging season this year but with some pleasant surprises.

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Philippines looks to new banana markets amid Chinese debacle

September 27th, 2012

Philippine banana growers are developing new market outlets following strict import measures from China.

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Tapping the Russian produce market: retail trends, growth potential

September 14th, 2012

RK Marketing general director Irina Koziy talks about room for growth in the Russian fruit market.

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Argentina predicts positive lemon season for 2013

September 7th, 2012

Argentine lemon exports have finished on a high note despite a “difficult” environment.

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Russia: JFC cases aim to recoup US$93M debt

August 8th, 2012

Russia’s largest fruit company seeks to recover rubles from debtors as a part of bankruptcy procedures.

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Peru poised to explore new mandarin markets

July 30th, 2012

Sergio del Castillo explains why Peru’s mandarins have become such a runaway success.

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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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SA fruit industry to press ahead with key export trade fairs

July 10th, 2012

A new financing model is needed for continued South African participation in key fruit trade events.

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Egypt exceeds expectations and “surprises” orange market

July 4th, 2012

South African orange exporters discuss the impact of Egyptian Valencia oversupply in the Middle East.

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European undersupply benefits South African lemon sales

June 11th, 2012

South African lemon exports are expected to be lower than last year.

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Pakistan hopes to boost its fruit exports with new U.S. aid

May 23rd, 2012

Pakistan has high hopes that a new U.S. partnership will lead to more and better quality fruit exports.

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South African port mix up settled

May 17th, 2012

South African citrus shipments to Russia are setting sail smoothly thanks to better port communications.

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South African easy peelers selling for less in the U.K. this season

May 7th, 2012

South Africa’s smaller soft citrus fruit could make it harder for producers to sell to retailers.

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Japan to get a taste of Australian red grapefruits

May 7th, 2012

Australia’s first grapefruit shipment to Japan is a healthy diversification for growers facing low demand at home.

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Delays for Argentine lemon harvests

May 2nd, 2012

A hold up of Argentine lemon harvests is expected to impact Eastern European imports.

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Sharp rise for Peruvian grape exports in early 2012

April 26th, 2012

Peru is expected to have shipped 124,000MT of grapes between October 2011 and April 2012.

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Global Berry Congress to look at breeding challenges

April 25th, 2012

Speakers at the Global Berry Congress in the UK will look at striking the balance between fruit strength and taste.

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SA producers call on govt to prioritize horticulture in BRICS summits

April 20th, 2012

The South African is under pressure to ensure fruit export opportunities move further up the BRICS agenda.

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Outdated pesticides to be managed in EU-UN project

April 18th, 2012

A new initiative has been launched to manage 200,000 metric tons of out-of-date pesticides.

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