May 28, 2015 / Week N° 22

Posts Tagged South Africa

Indonesia to suspend citrus imports for four months

May 28th, 2015

The Indonesian Department of Agriculture reportedly advised the government to stop citrus imports later this year.

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South African citrus set for early U.S. arrival

May 28th, 2015

The Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum says U.S.-bound shipments could increase from last season’s 45,000MT.

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Chile: Clemenluz sheds new light on early clementine market

May 12th, 2015

A new Chilean easy peeler is “not superior nor inferior” in taste to a clemenule, but it does ripen three weeks earlier and show better sizing.

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South African citrus growers gear up for U.S.-bound export season

May 5th, 2015

Two key pilot initiatives from 2014 will continue for Western Cape citrus exporters to the U.S. this year, but there will be a few minor changes in shipping practices.

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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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South Africa: Smaller citrus sizing could further impact exports, says CGA

April 14th, 2015

The Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa says producers might need to hold back on some sizes if they’re not ‘viable with markets the way they are’.

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South Africa: CGA releases citrus export forecast

April 10th, 2015

The 2015 citrus campaign has “difficult” written all over it, according to a South African industry body.

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South Africa: Zeder confirms full Capespan buyout bid

April 10th, 2015

A South African agribusiness investor hopes to buy out minority shareholders in a US$590 million a year produce company.

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Citrus black spot in Europe would be ‘catastrophic’, says Copa Cogeca

April 10th, 2015

The Copa Cogeca head has proposed tighter EU measures to lower the chances of CBS entering from South Africa.

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Avocado shortage in Europe as Easter approaches

March 31st, 2015

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

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First South African apples take off for Chinese market

March 27th, 2015

The South African Apple and Pear Producers’ Association (SAAPPA) is “over the moon” about the opening of the Chinese market.

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South Africa: Eastern Cape citrus sector receives funding to boost exports

March 27th, 2015

Some US$1.8 million of funding will reportedly help an area of the Eastern Cape reach the EU market.

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Budding overseas empire for Australia’s Queen Garnet super plum

March 23rd, 2015

The palpable buzz around an anthocyanin-rich Queensland-bred plum is spreading internationally, with a French nursery upbeat for commercial harvests and U.S. growers playing their cards close to their chests.

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Table grape season wrapping up in South Africa

March 18th, 2015

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

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South Africa suspends citrus shipments to Spain

March 17th, 2015

Justin Chadwick says Spain’s methodology for identifying CBS in citrus imports is “clearly a big concern”.

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Industry veteran to head up Capespan South Africa

March 13th, 2015

A former head of the Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum (FPEF) will join Capespan South Africa as managing director in May.

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South Africa: DFI announces ‘realistic’ land reform strategy

March 9th, 2015

South Africa’s Deciduous Fruit Industry land reform initiative would add 1,227 new hectares of pome fruit and stonefruit over five years.

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South Africa: Dry weather may hit citrus sizing but quality “excellent”, says CGA

February 26th, 2015

South Africa’s total citrus volumes this season should be roughly in line with previous years.

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Argentina: San Miguel anticipates ‘loss in competitiveness’ this season

February 25th, 2015

San Miguel aims to overcome complex challenges outside of its control for the processed and fresh citrus sectors.

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The Hass Horn: U.S. avocado supply outlook, 2015 and beyond

February 19th, 2015

An experienced avocado industry veteran reveals his forecasts for the market’s future and supply sources.

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South Africa: Limpopo citrus producer eyes first trial U.S. shipment this year

February 17th, 2015

A group in South Africa’s Loskop Valley hopes to send a trial of ‘top quality’ citrus to the U.S. this season.

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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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Japan: Kabocha and Yuzu turn heads at Fruit Logistica

February 13th, 2015

Whether it’s edible-skin squash, a unique citrus fruit or fresh wasabi, Japanese horticultural companies are banking on growing overseas interest in their national cuisine.

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South Africa alleges “inconsistent” citrus inspections in Southern Europe

February 11th, 2015

“Viability” is a term that could revive South Africa’s stability in the European citrus market, where talks are lined up aiming to remove discrepancies in citrus black spot (CBS) inspection methods.

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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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New U.S.-South Africa Avocado Committee seeks to overcome trade barriers

February 9th, 2015

Amid soaring U.S. avocado demand, the first U.S.-South Africa agricultural committee has been set up.

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South Africa: Farmworkers’ minimum wages set for a boost

February 3rd, 2015

The South African Department of Labour will increase farmworkers’ minimum wages from March.

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Capespan to step up South African topfruit production

January 30th, 2015

Capespan aims to bring its total South African pome fruit production land to 630 hectares in three years.

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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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Exotic expansion plans for Halls’ fruit basket

January 27th, 2015

Halls International’s Ate Kalsbeek discusses some of the new items lined up after the acquisition of Columbus Exotics.

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Moroccan ClemenGold mandarins about to hit Irish shelves

January 26th, 2015

Donnelly Fresh Produce and ClemenGold discuss expansion developments for a unique mandarin variety in Europe and Africa.

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South African pomegranate season running two weeks early

January 21st, 2015

The head of the South African pomegranate industry gives a seasonal outlook on production and markets.

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

January 14th, 2015

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

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Fuel price drop sparks reefer ‘renaissance’, says Cool Carriers

January 12th, 2015

Baltic Reefers could not have chosen a more apt time to buy NYK Cool, which under a new name is steaming ahead with new produce trade contracts.

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South African fruit firm buys Dutch exotics importer

January 6th, 2015

Halls will be expanding its presence in the European exotic fruit market.

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Crimson Seedless grape harvest to start in South Africa

December 23rd, 2014

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

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Extensive promotional campaigns pay off for South African avocados

December 15th, 2014

The value of South Africa’s national avocado market shot up by around 20% year-on-year.

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Competitors unconcerned by Chinese access for South African apples

December 12th, 2014

Chilean and New Zealand apple exporters say varietal selection is key in the demanding Chinese market.

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South African apple shipper targets China for next season

December 11th, 2014

A South African exporter hopes pears will also soon be approved by Chinese authorities.

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China green lights South African apple imports

December 4th, 2014

The South African apple industry hopes the new Chinese market access will act as a ‘springboard’ to enter other Asian countries in the future.

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South African table grape exporters positive after ‘perfect’ weather

December 2nd, 2014

One South African table grape exporter says ‘everything that can go well so far this season is good’, as producers continue to plant new varieties.

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Low rainfall lifts South African stonefruit quality, says Capespan

November 27th, 2014

While the stonefruit export season is generally going well for Capespan, some key markets are said to be inexplicably ‘flat’.

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Australia-China FTA “music to our ears”, says Joyvio

November 25th, 2014

A Chinese agribusiness hopes the Australian FTA will also lead to simplified quarantine protocols for fruit imports, and has also signaled plans to include South African sourcing.

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South African blueberry production shoots up a quarter

November 13th, 2014

It was an early start for many South African blueberry growers this year, and production ‘could treble’ in five years.

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Early season grape harvest begins in South Africa

November 12th, 2014

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

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South Africa: Dutoit branches out into early cherries for U.K. market

November 11th, 2014

Gysbert du Toit talks about the evolution of an early cherry deal from South Africa in a tie-up with Californian varieties.

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Spanish group discourages new Tango mandarin plantings

November 4th, 2014

A recent report could have bearings on legal disputes over mandarin variety rights in Spain and South Africa.

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South Africa: more table grape market balance is needed, says SATI

October 23rd, 2014

While South Africa’s grape industry would like to focus more on the Far East, some obstacles remain.

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South African table grape volumes back on track

October 21st, 2014

After a slip in table grape production during the last season, South Africa is now expecting a 4-7% increase.

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South Africa may hit stonefruit export record in 2014-15

October 18th, 2014

While some South African stonefruit export volumes will be 10-15% higher year-on-year, oversupply issues are lingering in one of the country’s key markets.

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South African court case to test validity of Tango mandarin variety

October 14th, 2014

Is irradiating budwood for seedless characteristics enough to make a citrus variety be considered different? A landmark South African court case will set out to answer this question next year.

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South African macadamia nut production set for incremental growth

October 1st, 2014

South Africa expects to increase its macadamia nut hectarage by around 5% annually over the next five years.

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UN expert panel to address EU-South Africa CBS dispute

September 30th, 2014

The IPPC will establish an expert committee to try and resolve South Africa’s CBS dispute with the EU once and for all.

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South African table grape producers hit by hailstorms

September 29th, 2014

Three large table grape growers in South Africa lost some of their crops in last week’s poor weather.

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South Africa: FPEF hopeful for China-bound apple exports in 2015

September 29th, 2014

A South African fruit industry representative believes it is possible the Chinese market will be open for next season.

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Asia could take “significantly more South African fruit”, says CGA chief

September 15th, 2014

A South African citrus industry representative gives insights from a recent visit to Hong Kong, India and Indonesia.

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South Africa: citrus suspension ‘unfortunate, but best decision’, says CGA

September 11th, 2014

South Africa’s citrus association wishes it could have avoided the recent export suspension, but couldn’t risk further restrictions from Europe.

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High EU apple volumes could affect South African stonefruit deal

September 10th, 2014

Although early signs point to a positive South African stonefruit season, low pomefruit prices could affect sales in Europe.

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South Africa suspends certain EU-bound citrus exports

September 8th, 2014

A U.K industry body says the suspension of some citrus exports from South Africa to Europe will cause ‘major issues’ for the British market.

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U.S.: South African citrus pilot program lands in Texas

September 3rd, 2014

Houston, we have South African oranges.

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China: dismaying imported fruit numbers for Mid-Autumn festival

September 1st, 2014

Australian citrus is one of many imported fruits that have suffered from flat sales in China recently.

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U.S. may allow South African citrus from black spot-infested areas

August 29th, 2014

U.S. authorities claim South Africa should be treated the same way as Florida when it comes to citrus black spot.

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USDA expects Chilean stonefruit rebound in 2014-15

August 21st, 2014

After frosts that hit the recent crop, Chile stonefruit growers are gearing up for higher production in 2014-15.

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South Africa considers altering GM labeling legislation

August 20th, 2014

Stricter regulations could soon come into force in South Africa to clarify what constitutes GM produce.

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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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North America sees huge price ranges for blueberries

July 31st, 2014

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

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Dutch company uses ‘country-specific’ greenhouse technology on farms

July 30th, 2014

A Dutch horticultural supplier has been praised for its innovative technology used on a South African farm.

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Apartheid citrus documentary airs in Ireland

July 25th, 2014

A new documentary looks at how young Dublin retail workers took action against the injustices of racial segregation in South Africa in the 1980s.

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First CBS interception in Europe “disappointing” for South African citrus growers

July 21st, 2014

South Africa no longer has a clean sheet on citrus black spot this year, and an expert is investigating the farm in question.

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South African avocados face stronger Peruvian competition in Europe

July 18th, 2014

An ‘oversaturated’ U.S. avocado market has led to Peru competing more heavily with South Africa in the EU.

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New South African avocado variety ‘piggybacks’ on Hass success

July 17th, 2014

Similar to Hass but with its own benefits, a South African avocado variety is ‘expanding at speed’ across the globe.

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Agronometrics releases beta service for fruit market analysis

July 17th, 2014

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

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EU: citrus black spot interceptions still at zero in June

July 15th, 2014

The latest EUROPHYT report is good news for South Africa’s citrus industry.

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European diplomats visit South African citrus operations

June 30th, 2014

The CGA hopes a recent diplomatic visit will help dramatically reduce citrus black spot interceptions in Europe.

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Iraq turmoil may impact Middle East fruit market, says exporter

June 25th, 2014

Produce traders are losing “large swathes of land” with Middle Eastern populations due to conflict.

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Strong outlook for global citrus brand ClemenGold

June 18th, 2014

ClemenGold will continue to open new markets this year and has new varieties in the works.

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Chilean citrus exporters forecast less trade with U.S.

June 17th, 2014

With South African citrus growers shipping more to the U.S., Chile is likely to diversify its markets.

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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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First South African citrus shipments hit the U.S.

June 11th, 2014

A hungry U.S. market and faster shipments look to fare well for South Africa’s citrus exporters.

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U.K.: FPC slams ‘fortress Europe’ approach to plant safety

May 29th, 2014

FPC chief executive Nigel Jenney says the European Commission ignored recommendations from its own experts in the way it tightened rules for South African citrus imports.

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South African citrus growers claim mismatch in new EU regulations

May 29th, 2014

South African citrus growers are wondering why they’ve been singled out for a disease other exporters have too.

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New EU requirements ‘within South Africa’s capabilities’, says Chadwick

May 28th, 2014

Justin Chadwick finds some encouragement from the European Union’s new rules for South African citrus, but calls for government action to bring long term security to the trade.

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EU imposes emergency control measures on South African citrus

May 27th, 2014

The EU had “no choice but to impose a stricter inspection regime” on South African citrus, according to Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg.

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South African organic citrus deal kicks of for OTC-Holland

May 23rd, 2014

After a “turbulent season preparation”, OTC-Holland is kicking off its South African campaign with organic grapefruit.

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Mixed views on European market for South African citrus growers

May 14th, 2014

Is the European citrus market sluggish or strong? South African growers have mixed views for the season ahead.

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Caution the order of the day for South African citrus exporters

May 7th, 2014

The amount of South African citrus orchards voluntarily withdrawn for EU export is more than 10 times what it was last year.

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Hail damage shows impact on South Africa stonefruit exports

May 2nd, 2014

South African plum exports suffered from from adverse weather that drug down volume.

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South Africa set for citrus variety export shift in 2014

April 30th, 2014

South African citrus export volumes should remain stable this year, but with changes to the variety make-up.

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Lemons to drag down Southern Hemisphere citrus production in 2014

April 25th, 2014

Southern Hemisphere lemon exports are expected to fall this year, contrasted by a rise in easy peelers and a fairly stable situation for orange volume.

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Copa-Cogeca calls for immediate action on South African citrus

April 24th, 2014

European co-operative Copa-Cogeca has called on the EU to enforce black spot restrictions against South Africa.

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Late season volume slump expected for South African apples

April 14th, 2014

Apple importers could feel disruptions this June as South Africa’s hail damage begins to show its impact.

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South Africa’s Avozilla set for return to U.K. shelves

April 4th, 2014

South Africa’s super avocado is expected to return for a second season to Tesco’s shelves in the U.K.

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South Africa welcomes growth on U.S. citrus market

April 3rd, 2014

As South Africa approaches its 15th year selling citrus to the U.S., exporters praised market growth.

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Spanish association calls on EU to close borders to South African citrus

March 27th, 2014

With the South African citrus season near, debate over black spot has roared up once again in the EU.

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South African grapes enjoy partial recovery in late season

March 18th, 2014

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

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South African avocado exports around the corner

March 13th, 2014

Subtrop’s Derek Donkin takes a look at the competitive issues surrounding the upcoming avocado season.

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Revenue spike for Capespan Group in 2013

March 7th, 2014

South African multinational Capespan Group raised its fruit volumes for the first time in six years in 2013.

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2014 could be biggest campaign yet for South African avocados

March 6th, 2014

Mark Baker looks back on the 2013 South African avocado season and efforts made for market access in the U.S. and Japan.

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South African grape season winds down

March 4th, 2014

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

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PMA Fresh Connections to link more nations in 2014

March 3rd, 2014

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

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Challenging season ahead for South African pome fruit exporters

February 27th, 2014

South African apple growers are dealing with the effects of hail and a European crop overhang.

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Golden, not yellow: a new category for Opal apples in Europe

February 27th, 2014

With pilot trials now in South Africa and New Zealand, we take a look at the potential for Opal apples in Europe.

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South Africa crosses fingers for corrections in grape market

February 24th, 2014

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

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EU: EFSA releases citrus black spot assessment

February 21st, 2014

A report released in Europe today gives little hope for a change in policy relating to imports of South African citrus.

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South African table grapes on the rebound

February 19th, 2014

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

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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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EU tightening could pose “huge danger” for global citrus industry

February 11th, 2014

After a record citrus export crop, South Africa is taking all measures possible to meet European regulations around CBS disease.

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Dole plans new South African grape farm acquisition

February 4th, 2014

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

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South African stonefruit prices spike under European demand

January 23rd, 2014

With global supply down, South Africa is under pressure to fill greater stonefruit demand.

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South African grape exports down in early 2014

January 21st, 2014

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

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Seedless table grapes lead the way in South Africa

January 14th, 2014

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

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South African grape exports dip in 2013 calendar year

January 9th, 2014

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

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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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Reefer shipments mark change for South African grapes in Europe

December 18th, 2013

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

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EU announces ban on South African citrus

November 29th, 2013

After a season of intense debate, the EU has implemented a ban on one of its leading sources of citrus fruit.

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Sun World names grape marketers in Australia, South Africa

November 28th, 2013

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

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

November 28th, 2013

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

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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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Australian industry backs South African citrus in Europe

November 26th, 2013

The Australian citrus industry has urged the EFSA not to block South African fruit over citrus black spot concerns.

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South Africa: lemon exports stable despite restrictions in Europe

November 23rd, 2013

South Africa reported significant differences in its global lemon distribution due to limitations in Europe.

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WWF South Africa assesses fruit industry impact

November 22nd, 2013

The Sustainable Fruit Initiative looks to minimize the environmental impact of South African producers.

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No flood damages expected for South African table grapes

November 20th, 2013

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

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South Africa: damage reports trickle in from Western Cape floods

November 19th, 2013

Flash flooding struck the Western Cape over the weekend. Agricultural damage assessments are still underway.

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

November 11th, 2013

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

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South African farm workers shout to be heard

November 8th, 2013

A year on from South Africa’s vineyard strikes, farm workers say they’ve had enough of politics.

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South African table grape forecast on track with last season

November 4th, 2013

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

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North American produce consignment model evolving

October 28th, 2013

Oppy’s James Milne says the U.S. is moving to a more fixed ‘European’ produce sourcing model as growers seek to cut risks.

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South African table grape industry highlights labor compliance

October 28th, 2013

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

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As South African season nears, grape markets remain full

October 25th, 2013

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

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South African stonefruit enters concerned European market

October 24th, 2013

A low supply forecast out of South America has meant high interest in South African stonefruit.

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South African frosts mean job and volume loss for grape sector

October 16th, 2013

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

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Spanish citrus industry makes fresh calls to ban South African citrus

October 10th, 2013

Spain’s AVA-ASAJA shared biting words, calling for an immediate ban on South African citrus.

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Asda named U.K.’s top South African stonefruit retailer

October 8th, 2013

Asda has been recognized for more than 40% sales growth for South African peaches, nectarines and plums.

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Group of experts refutes EU position on black spot

October 7th, 2013

An international working group has questioned the E.U. stance on citrus black spot.

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Avocado prices dip on saturated European market

October 4th, 2013

South African avocado growers reported low prices as Peru remains on the European market.

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Mixed conditions for South African grape development

September 26th, 2013

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

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South Africa imposes restrictions on citrus shipments to EU

September 25th, 2013

Under pressure from black spot, South Africa could miss out on two million boxes of citrus sales meant for the EU.

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South African citrus exporters see continued U.S. Midwest expansion

September 23rd, 2013

The WCCPF expects a strong finish for South African citrus in the U.S. this year.

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South Africa: Hortgro calls for compliance in ag industry

September 17th, 2013

South Africa’s Hortgro encouraged support of the SIZA audit system to avoid worker abuse.

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South African citrus growers aim to improve China protocol

September 16th, 2013

South African fruit industry representatives were made to feel very welcome during a recent visit with Chinese quarantine officials.

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Spanish lemons to squeeze higher in 2013-14

September 12th, 2013

Spain’s lemon industry expects a good season despite intensified competition from Turkey.

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South Africa: Cosatu hints at another farm worker strike

September 11th, 2013

South Africa’s Cosatu is not pleased with February’s farm worker minimum wage and may push for another strike.

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Malaysia: new facility to boost fruit import trade, claims Chop Tong Guan

September 10th, 2013

A recent Asia Fruit Award winner discusses the key fruits that are making ground in the Malaysian market.

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South Africa: shack walls provide source of fresh produce

September 9th, 2013

Designer Stephen Lamb asks how fresh produce can be provided to South Africa’s poorest populations.

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International partnership to build new Malaysian coolstore facility

September 6th, 2013

New Zealand’s Seeka is teaming up with international and local players in Malaysia to improve cold chain infrastructure.

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South Africa: Capespan offers financing for fruit producers

September 5th, 2013

South Africa’s Capespan is now offering a financial alternative for fruit producers and exporters.

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Spanish association calls for action against South African citrus

August 30th, 2013

Spain’s Young Farmer’s Association wants immediate action taken for South Africa’s fifth black spot detection.

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Agent system connects supply chain across South Africa

August 29th, 2013

Maine Daniels of RSA Agents takes us through the Cape Town Market trading floor.

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South African citrus waits in limbo on EU market

August 28th, 2013

With five black spot interceptions, South African citrus exporters are wondering whether they’ll be blocked from the EU.

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Niche melon variety gets test run in South Africa

August 22nd, 2013

The Piel de Sapo melon is venturing out of its traditional growing territory into Southern Africa.

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Southern Africa’s fruit hub focuses in on client care

August 21st, 2013

The Joburg Market is already Africa’s biggest fresh produce platform. Now it wants to be one of the safest.

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Human capital must lead South African ag, says Karaan

August 19th, 2013

University of Stellenbosch’s Mohammed Karaan says South African agriculture needs to be advanced and humane.

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U.S.: strong Navel orange market has softened

August 16th, 2013

A good inventory position and a dearth of easy peelers should bode well for a stable U.S. orange market.

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EU: more black spot interceptions for Argentina than South Africa

August 16th, 2013

More EU interceptions of the controversial citrus black spot disease had been recorded for Argentina than South Africa.

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South Africa: as pocketbooks grow, retail follows

August 16th, 2013

Bryan Silbermann and Jan DeLyser reflect on Africa’s outstanding retail potential and expectations for growth.

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South Africa: produce packaging leads the way

August 15th, 2013

Lisa Cork and Jacques Coetzee discussed the importance of packaging at PMA Fresh Connections: Southern Africa.

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

August 13th, 2013

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

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Port congestion delays citrus out of South Africa

August 9th, 2013

Scheduling issues in South Africa’s port in Durban are causing headaches for citrus exporters.

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U.S. easy peeler supply gap likely, says Greenberg

August 5th, 2013

Capespan North America CEO Mark Greenberg discusses the current import dynamics of easy peelers and Navels.

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South Africa: Cape Town’s “vegetable basket” under urban pressure

August 5th, 2013

Farming proponents have contested a proposed residential development on horticultural land near Cape Town.

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South African citrus industry looks to India, China

July 30th, 2013

South African citrus exporters are looking to new markets as the future of trade with Europe remains in doubt.

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South Africa on track to fulfill avocado expectations

July 24th, 2013

South Africa’s Derek Donkin describes a strong avocado campaign, fit to compete with Peru.

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South Africa expresses citrus concerns in EU trade talks

July 18th, 2013

South Africa will look to address ctirus and a growing trade imbalance in talks with the European Union.

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Australia investigates possible fruit dumping from South Africa, Italy

July 12th, 2013

South African and Italian produce will be the first under investigation by Australia’s new Anti-Dumping Commission.

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Favorable exchange rate could raise South African citrus exports

June 20th, 2013

A USDA report has highlighted an expected increase for South African citrus exports, provided the European Union doesn’t close its doors.

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South Africa: an emerging market for fair trade agriculture

June 14th, 2013

Fairtrade Label South Africa’s Arianna Baldo explains the potential of emerging markets as fair trade consumers.

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Integrated innovation for South African apple operation

June 11th, 2013

We take an in-depth look at a farm in South Africa’s apple-growing heartland of the Elgin Valley.

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E.U. considers South African citrus import halt, says ambassador

June 11th, 2013

South Africa’s Ambassador to Belgium has publicly raised the issue of European Union protectionism towards his country’s citrus exports.

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Argentina and South Africa deepen ag ties

June 7th, 2013

South Africa and Argentina hope to exchange agricultural and technological knowledge through a new agreement.

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U.K. packaging extends mushroom shelf life

May 31st, 2013

A new packaging film may aid British supermarkets in goals to reduce food waste by 1.1 million tons.

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Organic pomegranates gain ground in South Africa

May 29th, 2013

South Africans are getting a lesson in how to grow and eat organic pomegranates.

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Botswana ban on produce imports sparks regional doubt

May 27th, 2013

Botswana’s efforts to control the Asian fruit fly may cause big food shortages.

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South Africa: older people most at risk of farm attacks

May 24th, 2013

A new book chronicles thousands of farm attack victims in South Africa.

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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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Organic grapefruit make for hard sale in Europe

May 17th, 2013

Organic South African grapefruit has yet to find a firm place on European shelves.

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South Africa: citrus build-up brings Port of Durban delays

May 13th, 2013

Stock build-up and “system failure” led to delays for South African citrus exports.

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South African citrus feels uncertainty from China, E.U.

May 6th, 2013

The Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa highlighted concerns over the Chinese and European markets.

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South Africa: trading platform brings fruit sellers online

April 30th, 2013

South Africa’s Farm Gate Exchange connects buyers and sellers through an online platform.

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Markets remain uncertain for South African citrus exports

April 24th, 2013

Doubt from the European Union and China has created new questions for South African citrus.

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SH apple shipments down, pear exports stagnant

April 19th, 2013

New Zealand’s apple exports were up in the early season, but volumes were down for Chile, Argentina and South Africa.

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South Africa: payment talks key to unlocking raisin potential

April 10th, 2013

South African weather has been ideal for raisin production, but will packers be able to buy the fruit?

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Grape packing nears an end in South Africa

March 21st, 2013

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

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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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Spanish grower group calls to control South African citrus imports

March 11th, 2013

Black spot concerns have led Spanish citrus growers to urge for blocking South African imports or exhaustive controls.

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Opinion: price hikes put brakes on South African road freight

March 7th, 2013

Gavin Kelly reflects on increased cost burdens for South African road freight, one of the nation’s most taxed industries.

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Shipping rates deal blow to Southern Hemisphere fruit exporters

February 28th, 2013

Southern Hemisphere fruit exporters urged shipping lines to reconsider steep rate increases that could damage competitiveness.

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South Africa prepares for major avocado competition from Peru

February 28th, 2013

South Africa anticipates lower avocado production this season and increased volume pressure from Peru.

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South African grape exports play catch-up

February 26th, 2013

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

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South Africa: new farm strikes threatened pending wage deadline

February 25th, 2013

South Africa may have more strikes in the works if farmers do not honor the new minimum wage.

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Wind of change blowing for South Africa

February 19th, 2013

FPEF CEO Anton Kruger talks about South Africa’s pipeline of infrastructure projects and governmental value-add plans.

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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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Organic Peruvian grapes hit U.S. shores

February 13th, 2013

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

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South Africa hopes for better EU rules on citrus black spot

February 13th, 2013

South Africa has its work cut out to overcome tightening European Union rules on citrus black spot disease.

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Peru eyes new markets for fruits and vegetables

February 11th, 2013

Peru hopes to build on market opportunities in Poland, Panama and South Africa.

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South Africa announces new farm worker minimum wage

February 5th, 2013

A 52% increase in the farm worker minimum wage has been met with praise and resistance in South Africa.

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South African grape exports down on 2011-12 so far

January 30th, 2013

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

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Namibian grape industry grabs market share

January 24th, 2013

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

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South Africa: end to strike should clear road for fruit exports

January 24th, 2013

A call back to normal operations has put South Africa’s fruit industry back on track, at least for the moment.

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