October 23, 2014 / Week N° 43

Posts Tagged South Africa

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

October 23rd, 2014

South Africa’s table grape grower group says while it 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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