May 28, 2015 / Week N° 22

Posts Tagged Spain

Moroccan blueberry boom to take spotlight at IBO summit Down Under

May 22nd, 2015

Blueberries are all the rage in Morocco where growers are planting aggressively, but to steer clear of price falls they will need to avoid heavy harvesting from April to June.

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Canaries cooperative goes bananas over low carbon footprint

May 18th, 2015

ASPROCAN has been recognized for its low incidence of greenhouse gases across the banana supply chain.

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Spain sees “disturbing” price falls for late mandarin varieties

May 15th, 2015

AVA-ASAJA says never before have prices for premium mandarin varieties like Nadorcott and Tango been so low.

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U.S.: APHIS completes pest risk analysis for Spanish cherry imports

April 24th, 2015

The U.S. has identified five potential pests that would need control if Spain were to be granted access for cherry imports.

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U.K. Potato Council leader criticizes Canary Islands rejections

April 23rd, 2015

An ongoing row with the Canary Islands has led to a frustrating and costly season for U.K. potato exporters.

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SanLucar receives €4M loan to develop Tunisian raspberries

April 22nd, 2015

A Spanish produce group with a strong focus on German-speaking markets has received a boost to its North African raspberry production.

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Spain: Banana workers ready to strike in the Canary Islands

April 13th, 2015

A Canary Islands union alleges banana growers are avoiding contract negotiations in order to hire new staff at lower wages.

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Spain signs deal to open U.S. market for avocados and apricots

March 31st, 2015

Spain’s prioritization of new market openings means two more of the country’s fruits will soon be able to reach the U.S.

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Spain: AVA-ASAJA proposes converting 10,000ha of citrus production

March 27th, 2015

An industry head in Valencia unveils plans to prevent the sector becoming “a shadow of its former self”.

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Russian ban prompts harvest change for early-season Spanish cherries

March 25th, 2015

An exclusive Spanish cherry group has had to reconfigure its greenhouse conditions to adapt to the loss of the Russian 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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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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Nadorcott case against Tango just a delay tactic, says Eurosemillas

March 16th, 2015

Spanish growers have been undeterred by calls not to plant the seedless Tango mandarin variety, with demand outstripping supply.

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Colombia: Asoppitaya to expand crop offering

February 23rd, 2015

After making its name in dragonfruit, Colombia’s Asoppitaya plans to move into organic crops and other tropical fruits.

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SanLucar pioneers new fruits in Tunisia, Ecuador

February 12th, 2015

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

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Women in agribusiness to meet at Barcelona event

February 4th, 2015

After U.S. success, an event aimed at advancing women in agribusiness will also be held in Europe.

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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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Laser Food to zap into South Africa, Latam

January 23rd, 2015

With Laser Foods’ newfound ‘global structure’, the company says 2015 is going to be a transformational year.

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Spain: AVA-ASAJA laments rough year for Valencian agriculture

December 23rd, 2014

The agricultural year of 2014 has been described as an ‘unmitigated disaster’ for Valencian growers.

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Spanish exporter ships its first batch of lemons to mainland China

December 15th, 2014

Having met China’s rigorous requirements, one Spanish shipper no longer has to send lemons via Hong Kong.

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Watermelon sourced from the Canary Islands boosts supply for Hillfresh

December 12th, 2014

The first batches of Canary Islands watermelons have arrived in the Netherlands in a new Ramafrut-Hillfresh deal.

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Texas citrus mite encroaches further in Spanish fields

December 12th, 2014

AVA-ASAJA has raised alarm about the “disturbing” spread of Texas Citrus Mite in Spanish orchards.

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Locus Traxx appoints operational heads in Italy, Spain

December 12th, 2014

As part of its growth strategy, produce technology group Locus Traxx will forge a more direct presence in two key EU countries.

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Russia releases gray trade interception stats from Belarus

December 10th, 2014

Russia has banned around 5% of produce shipments from Belarus since inspection posts were set up on the border.

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Del Monte Pacific inks frozen produce deal with European firms

December 2nd, 2014

Spain’s Nice Fruit has signed a joint venture to run a frozen fruit facility in the Philippines.

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Spain: Laser Food signs global deal with US$900M equipment group

December 2nd, 2014

A laser labeling technology is coming to the U.S. produce industry, and potentially anywhere that JBT Corporation has customers.

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Spain: Pomegranate growers team up with La Liga club

November 26th, 2014

Spanish pomegranate growers will team up with the Elche soccer team to promote their fruit at home and abroad.

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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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New herbs in the pipeline for U.K. breeder

November 21st, 2014

A CN Seeds representative says the Southern European fresh herb market is on the way up.

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Spanish citrus sector angered by EU labeling decision

November 18th, 2014

A decision to single out citrus growers in labeling the use of postharvest chemicals has been supported by the General Court of the European Union.

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Conditions bode well for Pink Lady apples in Europe

November 17th, 2014

Weather has been favorable for the European Pink Lady apple crop this year.

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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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New Octubrina clementine hits U.K. supermarket shelves

November 3rd, 2014

Production will ramp up over the next few years for a new clementine variety that was discovered in Spain.

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Morocco will become major EU produce supplier, says exporter

October 6th, 2014

A produce shipper says the Moroccan industry’s constant ‘evolution’ is putting it in good stead for the future.

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Spain: AVA-ASAJA puts price tag on hail damage

September 26th, 2014

Recent hailstorms have put a €52.5 million dent in eastern Spanish citrus, grape and persimmon farms.

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Russia blocks more unauthorized produce shipments

September 24th, 2014

Russia has returned tomato and potato consignments to Belarus as no countries of origin were given.

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Spanish lemon growers to benefit from early Southern Hemisphere end

September 16th, 2014

Spain’s lemon season will be one of ‘normality and stability’ but there may be heavy Turkish competition in EU markets.

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EU aid withdrawal ‘intolerable’, says Spanish ag union

September 12th, 2014

A Spanish grower group has labeled the EU’s suspension of aid measures as akin to abandonment.

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Spanish stonefruit set for Chinese splash in 2015

September 9th, 2014

An earlier season could give Spanish stonefruit exporters an edge in China once the market opens up.

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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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Market ‘imbalance’ to blame for poor Spanish produce results, says FEPEX

September 2nd, 2014

Fruit value may have outpaced volume growth in the first half in Spain, but overall produce returns were poor.

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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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Spain asks EU to add melons and watermelons to emergency measures

August 21st, 2014

Spain says unless melons and watermelons are included in EU’s special measures there will be ‘serious disruptions’.

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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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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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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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French growers unite in blocking Spanish trucks over dumping accusations

August 14th, 2014

Around 200 French produce growers blocked highways yesterday in protest of Spain’s ‘economic dumping’.

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‘Earliest start ever’ for U.K. sweet corn grower

August 13th, 2014

One U.K. retailer has forecast a 30% uptick in sweet corn sales this summer.

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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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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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No action yet on European stonefruit crisis

August 10th, 2014

As peach and nectarine growers seek urgent action to resolve what they see as a crisis, the European Commission is weighing up whether prices are off-trend for different Mediterranean sources.

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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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Chinese inspectors visit Spanish stonefruit fields

August 5th, 2014

Spanish plums, peaches and possibly grapes are under review for potential export to China.

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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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European banana growers respond to Ecuador-EU trade deal

July 29th, 2014

European banana growers will likely seek extra funding support to cope with stronger competition from Ecuador once its tariffs are cut.

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EU approves support for stonefruit growers

July 18th, 2014

Requests for support by various European peach and nectarine growers have been approved by the EU.

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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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Peach and nectarine growers call for more EU support to alleviate crisis

July 15th, 2014

Stonefruit growers from France, Spain, Italy and Greece hope the EU will take urgent measures to help them overcome what has been a difficult campaign.

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Spain: Driscoll’s ‘learning a lot’ about Drosophila control methods

July 14th, 2014

Driscoll’s has taken the lead with the Spanish government on researching vinegar fly Drosophila Suzukii, and has reported a promising outlook for controlling the pest.

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Challenging outlook for Mediterranean grapes

July 1st, 2014

In the face of tough competition with summer fruit, many Spanish and Italian grape growers are shifting their varietal offerings to get ahead.

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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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Spain: Valencia fruit industry racked by hail

June 26th, 2014

Citrus, melons and persimmons have been some of the fruit crops most affected by severe hailstorms in eastern Spain.

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Strawberry values fall again for Spanish growers

June 23rd, 2014

Competition with local spring fruits was tough for Spanish strawberry growers, leading to lower prices for their produce this year.

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Smartphone app mixes home gardening with education and design chic

June 13th, 2014

With the help of a smartphone app, a U.K. company makes hydroponic gardening an easy and visually appealing addition to the living room.

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Driscoll’s set for earlier Mediterranean raspberry peak than normal

May 13th, 2014

Weather factors have led to expectations for earlier peak Mediterranean raspberry production at Driscoll’s.

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Spanish breeder promotes three pomegranate varieties

April 29th, 2014

Spain’s Caliplant has released three pomegranate varieties for fresh and processed fruits.

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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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Banana Rain campaign brings rewards to Canary Islands group

April 11th, 2014

The Best Pack Award has gone to a campaign run by the Canary Islands’ ASPROCAN.

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Spanish melon growers warned of fungal risk

April 9th, 2014

Cool, wet weather could mean fungal attacks on Spanish melons.

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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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Colombian authorities intercept citrus pest in U.S., Spanish shipments

March 13th, 2014

Colombia has rejected four shipments of citrus fruit from abroad due to the discovery of red scale.

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Spanish cooperatives sign University of Florida blueberry deal

March 7th, 2014

The University of Florida will act with the full force of the law if Spanish blueberry growers don’t comply with IP laws for its varieties.

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Spanish researchers develop antioxidant-rich oranges

February 28th, 2014

Spanish scientists have developed a golden-colored orange with much higher antioxidant rates in juice than traditional varieties.

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Mobile shading improves light reception of greenhouse crops

February 24th, 2014

A Spanish study produced higher yield in greenhouse tomato plants protected by mobile shading.

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Spanish persimmon sales outpace key produce items, says U.K. buyer

February 21st, 2014

A buyer from Asda in the U.K. discusses the popularity of a fruit that is outselling kiwifruit and pineapples.

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Mollar pomegranate continues as Spanish star variety

February 20th, 2014

Spain’s Alcudia Export Fruit speaks about increased competition for its traditional pomegranate variety.

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Canarian bananas gain Origins of Spain protection

February 19th, 2014

Plátano de Canarias marketing manager Sergio Caceres talks about how a new seal could help the industry.

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New U.K.-Spain ferry service promises greater freight options

January 20th, 2014

Brittany Ferries plans to take on giant LNG-powered passenger ships with extra freight capacity.

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Ecuadorian promotion agency looks to Spain for mango opportunities

January 17th, 2014

Spain accounts for less than 1% of Ecuador’s mango exports – a percentage Pro Ecuador hopes to change.

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Spain: Ideal table grape suffers less than ideal season

January 17th, 2014

Spain’s Ideal grape captures consumer desire, even when weather complicates production.

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Multi-continental organic technology keeps fruit fresh for longer

January 16th, 2014

A U.S.-Spanish-Chilean consortium has developed a clean technology that improves fruit shelf life.

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Spanish avocados approved for U.S. import

January 6th, 2014

Spain has been approved to send avocados to world’s largest import market for the fruit.

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Dry weather complicates Spanish strawberry plantings

December 11th, 2013

The Spanish province of Huelva has seen growth in berry plantations, despite difficulties for strawberries.

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New Spain-U.K. fruit trade route scrapped

December 5th, 2013

A corporate takeover has put plans for a 500,000MT fruit trade route between Almeria and Southampton on ice for the moment.

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Substantial rise for Spanish produce imports

November 26th, 2013

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

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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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Spain: biodegradable citrus packaging eases waste disposal

October 14th, 2013

Spanish researchers have developed fruit and vegetable netting ready for the compost bin.

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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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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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With California out, Spanish citrus looks to China

September 27th, 2013

Europe’s ARC Eurobanan will be filling a gap in the Chinese market with shipments of Spanish citrus.

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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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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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Spanish union calls out non-payment for citrus

September 4th, 2013

Spain’s La Unió de Llauradors has accused buyers of withholding payment for citrus from Valencia.

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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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Vacuum-packed bananas prove practical for Ecuadorian company

August 12th, 2013

Bananas may have the perfect natural packaging, but an Ecuadorian business claims vacuum seals reduce waste and extend shelf life.

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Spain: researchers develop citrus red scale treatment

August 8th, 2013

A team in Spain has found two wasp species effective for eradicating citrus red scale.

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Spain’s Proexport bets on shipping solution for fresh produce

July 22nd, 2013

Faced with high transportation costs, a Spanish export consortium is hoping for new shipping routes to the UK and Northern Europe.

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Spain: citrus rinds bring alternative fuel possibility

July 22nd, 2013

Scientists in Spain hope to turn discarded citrus rinds into a feasible bioethanol choice.

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Spain: exporter upbeat on cherry outlook

July 19th, 2013

Despite adverse weather, one cherry exporter in northern Spain reported a strong season with high prices.

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Spain’s Camposol signs merger deal with Anecoop

July 19th, 2013

An Almeria-based cooperative will become part of the Anecoop group’s commercial arm.

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Spain: strawberry growers to receive damage compensation

July 8th, 2013

Compensation payments are expected to begin later this month as strawberry producers in Spain seek to recover from a disastrous harvest.

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Spain: rains dampen almond crop expectations

July 4th, 2013

This season’s Spanish almond crop is likely to be lowest since 2004.

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Spain: growth in Almería pushes fresh exports

July 2nd, 2013

Despite a false E.coli link in 2011, Spanish vegetables show strong volume growth.

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Spain’s Hortyfruta announces departure of managing director

July 1st, 2013

Hortyfruta, an organization that represents hundreds of growers in Spain’s Andalucía region, has undergone major restructuring.

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Spanish citrus rattled by hail storms

June 28th, 2013

Spanish citrus growers have requested government aid after storms sent a blow to late-season crops.

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Spain: Unica Group expands through Parque Natural

June 24th, 2013

Cooperative Unica will now be the largest on-the-vine tomato grower in Spain through the incorporation of a new member.

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Spain: Freshuelva announces berry results

June 21st, 2013

Spain’s red berry sector revenue fell significantly in the 2012-13 season despite a greater surface area of crops.

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Spain suffers ‘worst ever’ strawberry season

June 20th, 2013

Heavy rains earlier this year have negatively impacted the quality of Spanish strawberries, leading to overall poor results for the campaign.

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Spanish persimmon growers win legal fight

June 20th, 2013

Spain’s Court of Appeals has thrown out a claim by ‘Don Simon’ juice group that the ‘Persimon’ fresh produce brand could confuse consumers.

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Spanish group slams Chinese ‘protectionism’

June 19th, 2013

A FEPEX spokesperson discusses the difficulties of Chinese produce import protocols.

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European legislation a boon for laser labeling

June 14th, 2013

New European Union rules hail in a “new era” for fruit labeling, according to a Spanish technology company.

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Spanish govt pushes for Chinese stonefruit market access

June 13th, 2013

Spain’s FEPEX says China’s phytosanitary measures “mask an extremely effective protectionist policy”.

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Five new stonefruit varieties developed in Spain

June 12th, 2013

Taste, early production and disease resistance are the orders of the day for new peaches and nectarines developed in Spain.

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Pruning initiative looks for energy resource

May 28th, 2013

European researchers are teaming up to turn farm waste from pruning into energy.

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No need for fertilization with Spanish GM tomato

May 16th, 2013

Spanish researchers have developed a seedless GM tomato with added nutrients and strong processing potential.

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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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Strong season expected for Spanish stonefruit

May 2nd, 2013

All Spanish stonefruit categories were expected to rise in volume, except for apricots.

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New potatoes offer best of Latin America, Europe

April 24th, 2013

Four potato clones from Spain are said to have good disease restistance and strong output.

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Spanish distributor sees good signs for imported pome fruit

April 16th, 2013

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

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Spain: banana shipment arrives with 100 kilos of cocaine

April 9th, 2013

Banana shipments continue to serve as a key mode of illegal drug transport to Europe.

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Spain: U.S. apricot import requirements “unviable”

April 4th, 2013

FEPEX in Spain has raised concerns over a decline in fruit and vegetable exports to the U.S.

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Spain: three early strawberry varieties released

March 19th, 2013

Planasa has announced one early and two extra early strawberry varieties.

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Season kicks off for Spanish “Cherries Glamour”

March 15th, 2013

Oscar Ortiz explains the development of a unique cherry brand in a lucrative market window worldwide.

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Thousands of undocumented kiwifruit plants found on Spanish farm

March 12th, 2013

Spanish authorities have uncovered 14,000 kiwifruit plants without proper paperwork.

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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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Canary Islands: banana growers assess weekend wind damage

March 7th, 2013

Strong winds dealt serious damage to the top three banana producing islands in the Canaries.

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Berries to become top category “one country at a time”, says Bjorn

February 18th, 2013

Driscoll’s’ Soren Bjorn discusses a wide range of berry trends affecting the European, Middle Eastern and Australian markets.

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Spain: getting under fruits’ skin with laser labeling

February 4th, 2013

Laser Food says its fruit technology offers better branding, improved traceability and less waste.

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Major Spanish citrus exporter faces possible closure

January 4th, 2013

Bad loans to producers have put Spanish citrus co-op Canla on the brink of closure.

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European association to unite co-ops for better farmer returns

December 18th, 2012

French and Belgian growers have formed FRESHCOOP, and plan to expand their European scope.

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Spain explores kiwifruit possibilities

December 12th, 2012

As traditional crops become less appealing, kiwifruit present a new option in Spain.

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Spain: mites could help citrus pest control

November 19th, 2012

A Spanish study has found soil mites can help reduce thrip infestations in citrus fruits.

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Red-flesh apple project goes global

November 13th, 2012

Marketers from five continents have come on board with an IFO red-flesh apple project.

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Clemensoon, a new early variety of clementine

November 2nd, 2012

Spanish researchers claim to have developed the best early clementine available.

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Spain addresses Japanese plum problems at Fruit Attraction

October 31st, 2012

Japanese plums present various cultivation problems, something Spain wants to fix.

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Spain: postharvest residue consistency drives Citrosol sales

October 25th, 2012

Keeping treatment pools clean and low residues on fruit, Citrosol has advanced sales dramatically in recent years.

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Israeli grapefruit exports plug European supply gap

October 8th, 2012

Israel’s largest grapefruit grower says it has benefited from lack of South African fruit in Europe.

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Bolivia seeks new banana markets

September 12th, 2012

Argentine trade restrictions have led Bolivia to look for new banana export destinations.

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South African grape wrangle resolved

September 5th, 2012

A controversial table grape ownership dispute was settled last week in South Africa’s Court of Appeal.

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Opinion: blueberries are the Peruvian export star

September 4th, 2012

Federico Beltrán Molina takes an in-depth look at Peru’s blueberry potential and competitive threats.

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Argentine lemon exports holding up despite lower yields

August 10th, 2012

Argentina’s accelerated lemon harvest has helped replicate last year’s export volumes.

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FAO takes on tomato borer moth

July 20th, 2012

Natural predators are being used to combat the tomato borer moth in several Middle Eastern countries.

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Melon genome breakthrough should lead to tastier fruit

July 6th, 2012

Spanish researchers have unlocked the secrets of the melon genome.

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Middle East: pome fruit market strong, citrus a challenge

July 3rd, 2012

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

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Avocado shipment slump from key Peruvian region

June 27th, 2012

Avocado exports from a Peruvian region have dropped by nearly a quarter for the first four months of 2012.

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Europe’s summer of lemon scarcity

June 22nd, 2012

Europe is experiencing a severe undersupply of lemons this summer, while wet weather has potentially impacted demand.

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Europe eager for early South African navel exports

June 19th, 2012

South Africa is capitalizing on a lack of Spanish and Moroccan late oranges in the European market.

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Peruvian grape production to more than double in 2013

June 18th, 2012

Peru’s grape industry has witnessed impressive growth over a short period of time, according to a USDA report.

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International group sequences tomato genome

June 4th, 2012

Researchers from around the globe have put together a genome sequence for the common tomato.

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South African and Peruvian avocado supply saturates European market

May 31st, 2012

South African producers are hoping avocado prices in Europe will bounce back after a clash of supply with Peru.

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Italian overhang unlikely to impact kiwifruit sales, says Zespri Europe

May 14th, 2012

Zespri Europe GM Bert Barmans is upbeat for New Zealand’s kiwifruit prospects in Europe this year.

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Spanish growers press for Argentine lemon veto in wake of Repsol debacle

April 18th, 2012

Spanish producers have called for trade retaliation over the appropriation of YPF with an Argentine lemon veto.

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‘Dubai is the new Rotterdam’ with cold storage, says marketer

April 11th, 2012

A fruit marketer says increased cold storage in Dubai means high early season citrus prices are ‘unrealistic’.

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Seawater greenhouses turning the tide of desertification

April 9th, 2012

A greenhouse idea utilizing seawater has made its mark in several dry and arid countries, with more projects slated.

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Spanish U.K. persimmon shipments hit record levels

April 5th, 2012

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

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SA growers gear up for South Korea citrus exports

March 29th, 2012

South African producers have got high hopes for grapefruit and lemon entry in the South Korean market.

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South African avocados set to command high export prices

March 27th, 2012

South Africa is well placed to plug a gap in the European avocado market with high yields predicted.

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Chilean organic lemons attract growing interest in Europe

March 21st, 2012

European importers are on the look out for more small to medium suppliers of organic lemons, claims ProChile.

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South African fig and pomegranate research set to pay off

March 12th, 2012

Large-sized figs and sweet pomegranates varieties are being developed in South Africa for export.

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Peru artichoke exports continue to climb strongly in 2012

February 27th, 2012

Peru’s artichoke exports are predicted to be strong in 2012, especially in the wake of a difficult Spanish season.

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Mango information group gathers momentum after Berlin meeting

February 15th, 2012

The Mango Marketing Promotion and Information (MMPI) platform is in full motion towards reaching its goals.

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Peru’s processed asparagus exports soar in 2011

February 7th, 2012

A growing international appetite for asparagus has helped Peru bolster its shipments of the frozen and processed vegetable.

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SA peach and plum exports soar in the U.K.

January 18th, 2012

Lower Mediterranean peach and nectarine stocks have led to a South African boost in U.K.-bound exports

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Opinion: new NZKGI president sends global Psa message

January 4th, 2012

NZKGI president Neil Trebilco details the 2011 experience of kiwifruit disease Psa and what can be learned for 2012.

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Brazil on track for historic quality apple crop

December 26th, 2011

Brazil’s apple industry suffered from hail and high exchange rates in 2011, but 2012 is looking brighter.

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Aussie almond industry to crack greater global market share

December 21st, 2011

Australia has the world’s fastest-growing almond industry, tapping into rising demand in Asia and elsewhere.

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Two detained in Peruvian asparagus cocaine seizure

December 12th, 2011

Peruvian police have arrested two Colombians for plans to send cocaine to Spain in cans of asparagus.

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Bee Buzz: the clock is ticking for South American bee colonies

November 7th, 2011

South America is fortunate enough to still have sufficient bee colonies but those days could be numbered.

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European avocado imports down 9%

September 16th, 2011

European avocado arrivals are down 9% in the season to date, as South Africa and Peru make way for Israel and Spain.

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Grape compound can reduce UV damage

August 31st, 2011

Spanish researchers have found the flavonoids in grapes can be used to reduce the effects of UV radiation and skin damage.

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Cranberries help fight urinary infections

July 15th, 2011

Spanish scientists have found cranberry consumption can help prevent bacteria like E. coli entering the urinary tract.

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Dominican Republic transforms itself as regional ag power

June 14th, 2011

The Dominican Republic has tripled banana sales in Spain over the last four years.

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Spanish company expands to Brazilian market

June 7th, 2011

Spanish fruit company Agromolinillo has launched a blueberry test run in Brazil.

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Three countries unite to combat fruit drug ring

April 25th, 2011

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

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Global blueberry production to double in five years, says Naturipe

April 15th, 2011

Blueberry production outside the U.S. is forecast to rise with strong Southern Hemisphere input, but the industry will need to find new demand sources to meet supply.

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Ecuador sniffs out pineapple cocaine traffickers

April 14th, 2011

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

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Chile’s vegetable and herb exports rise 10%

April 1st, 2011

Chile’s Office of Agriculture Studies and Policy (ODEPA) has announced horticultural export values rose 29% to US$26 million in January and February.

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Peru’s onion exports shoot up 75% in January

March 28th, 2011

Peru’s onion Freight On Board (FOB) export values grew 75% in January, with Colombia, the U.S. and Spain as its main markets.

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Seedless cherimoya gene discovered

March 18th, 2011

A U.S. scientist believes the seedless cherimoya could become ‘the next banana’, after a gene discovery in conjunction with Spanish researchers.

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Grape scraps could be used for beauty products

February 28th, 2011

Southern Hemisphere grape producers and winemakers could benefit from a Spanish-developed technology that uses grape scraps for beauty products.

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