July 03, 2015 / Week N° 27

Posts Tagged Strawberries

Could scuba-harvesting be horticulture’s next frontier?

July 3rd, 2015

Now that crops have been successfully grown underwater off the coast of Italy, the next challenge is economic feasibility.

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Brazil: Grupo Pão de Açúcar aims for Peruvian direct sourcing

July 2nd, 2015

Representatives from Brazil’s largest retailer are lining up deals for direct purchases of Peruvian asparagus, grapes and strawberries.

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Q&A: Naturipe CEO “bullish and optimistic” about berry future

June 24th, 2015

“In my mind we’re only going to see more blurring of the traditional retail channels for fruit,” says Naturipe CEO Dwight Ferguson.

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Q&A: Naturipe CEO “bullish and optimistic” about berry future

June 24th, 2015

“In my mind we’re only going to see more blurring of the traditional retail channels for fruit,” says Naturipe CEO Dwight Ferguson.

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U.K.: Proud strawberry grower introduces new ‘Summer Blush’ variety

June 16th, 2015

A grower says his new ‘orangey red’ cultivar has the ‘wow factor’, as the fruit hits Waitrose shelves.

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Spanish strawberry production falls as growers diversify crops

June 12th, 2015

One industry body in Spain estimates volumes will end up being 10-15% lower than the 279,000MT produced last year.

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Higher yields and demand to lift British strawberry season

May 19th, 2015

Although the British strawberry deal has started 10 days later than last year, expectations are high for a strong campaign.

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Naturipe aims to become ‘leading berry brand’ in Mexican retailers

May 14th, 2015

With Naturipe’s first commercial office in Mexico having opened late last year, the berry marketer has big plans for the future.

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U.S.: Robotic strawberry harvester ‘mimics human behavior’

April 21st, 2015

The owner of Wish Farms has a strawberry-picking robotics project that even his competitors are investing in.

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New on-the-go packaging for booming berry sector

April 20th, 2015

Belgian berry importer Special Fruit says new labels, topseals and shakers reflect a ‘unique market move’.

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Mexico: Farmworkers were ‘forced’ to strike, claims BerryMex

April 9th, 2015

Heated farmworker protests in Baja California last month may have crippled agriculture in peak season, but a major Driscoll’s supplier alleges many were ‘threatened’ not to return to the fields.

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Russia: Putin disappoints on Greek import speculation

April 8th, 2015

Today’s meeting between Vladimir Putin and Alexis Tsipras was not fruitful enough to lift the Kremlin’s ban on Greek food imports.

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Japanese giant strawberry growers enjoy soaring demand

April 6th, 2015

In Japan 243 strawberries varieties have been registered, with 50 news ones since 2011.

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Greek strawberry grower says Russian embargo “only on paper”

March 12th, 2015

With the import ban from Russia, Greek strawberry oversupply may be alleviated somewhat due to weather impacts.

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Russia may allow some EU food imports, says Kremlin spokesperson

March 3rd, 2015

A Kremlin representative says Russia may be able to get around the food import ban by using local processing as a condition of entry.

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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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First Mexican blackberries and raspberries arrive in China

January 26th, 2015

Both Driscoll’s and Naturipe have capitalized on China’s recent opening for Mexican berries.

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U.S.: Gladstone set to acquire 331-acre California strawberry farm

December 22nd, 2014

A large U.S. real estate investor won the right at a public auction to buy a strawberry farm for US$17 million.

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Peruvian strawberry exports climb in 2014

December 15th, 2014

Peru has witnessed solid growth for its frozen strawberry industry this year, with buoyant demand in the U.S. and Canada.

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U.S.: High times for strawberries and blueberries, says Riordan

November 18th, 2014

California Giant Berry Farms owner Patrick Riordan says he is “blessed” to be involved in the category.

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Egyptian strawberry exporter shifts focus away from airfreight

October 27th, 2014

While moving strawberries via sea can cause ‘shock’ for some end users, one shipper says it’s a good system.

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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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Australia: bee-delivery system a win for cherry growers

September 25th, 2014

A biological control system used for strawberries has been rejigged by Australian scientists for cherries, and could potentially be applied to a range of other crops.

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Chile: profits blossom for Hortifrut in 2013-14

September 15th, 2014

Chilean berry multinational Hortifrut did not let the Lobesia botrana crisis and port strikes get in the way of an exceptional financial result for 2013-14,

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Chile: ODEPA urges strawberry growers to seize international opportunities

August 26th, 2014

A recent Chilean report provides an in-depth look at trends in global strawberry consumption.

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U.K.: Berry Gardens almost doubles strawberry volume in H1

July 25th, 2014

A mild spring has led to a much larger strawberry crop for Berry Gardens in the first six months of 2014.

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Bubbleberries ‘received very well’ by U.K. market

July 25th, 2014

VitalBerry BV’s new variety with the ‘strongest aroma of all strawberries’ has performed strongly in Great Britain.

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U.K. govt sends US$31M message for ag innovation, but pledges ‘buy local’

July 23rd, 2014

Berry Gardens and Syngenta will be among the beneficiaries of a U.K. grant for agricultural innovation projects.

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Report reveals secrets to Dutch strawberry success

July 8th, 2014

Not only has Dutch strawberry cultivation increased consistently in recent years, but the share under glasshouses has ramped up dramatically.

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British strawberry industry reacts to EFSA health risk report

July 7th, 2014

British Summer Fruits has responded to a European report into Salmonella and Norovirus risks in berries.

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California strawberries and the path to the American Dream

July 3rd, 2014

The California Strawberry Commission has published a report highlighting the crop’s role in providing opportunities to immigrant farmers over generations.


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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U.K. sensory study finds strawberries have ‘happiest’ association

June 19th, 2014

British scientists are investigating the emotions associated with fruits, and our surroundings when we eat them.

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Flavor and shelf life vital to future berry growth in U.K.

June 16th, 2014

Execs from Angus Soft Fruits and BerryWorld talk shop about varietal development and raising winter consumption.

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Strawberries led Mexican ag export growth in March

May 8th, 2014

Mexico’s agriculture and fishing exports rose by almost 10% year-on-year in March.

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U.K.: record profit for Berry Gardens in 2013

May 7th, 2014

After registering its highest ever profits, Britain’s leading berry grower-marketer has appointed a new chairman.

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U.K.: Waitrose puts bubbleberries on store shelves

May 2nd, 2014

British retailer Waitrose will sell heritage musk strawberries, sold as bubbleberries, for five weeks.

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U.S.: California Giant forecasts record blueberry crop

March 4th, 2014

USHBC research bodes well for what California Giant Berry Farms expects will be a much larger U.S. blueberry crop.

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‘Demand it and we’ll grow it': Morocco’s organic conundrum

February 14th, 2014

Morocco’s climate is ideal for organic production of a range of fruits, but growers say a booming market for the category isn’t quite there yet.

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Driscoll’s announces first Benelux glasshouse strawberries

February 13th, 2014

Driscoll’s has described the Lusa strawberry as an advancement in glasshouse production.

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Grapes lead Peruvian fresh market growth in China

February 12th, 2014

Peru expects to surpass its export record for fruit products in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.

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

January 27th, 2014

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

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Egyptian strawberries bound for U.S. East Coast

January 27th, 2014

Egypt’s leading produce exporter is trialing several new products in diverse markets, from the U.S. to Russia.

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Argentine researchers prey on strawberry pests

January 3rd, 2014

With few pesticide options, Argentine researchers are using natural predators against strawberry pests.

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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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German study finds bee pollination improves yield, color and shelf life

December 10th, 2013

A recent strawberry study has shown bee pollination has “higher economic importance than hitherto thought”.

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Produce polyphenols strengthen gut health, NZ study shows

November 14th, 2013

Scientists have found that once broken down in the colon, polyphenols produce molecules that are beneficial for the digestive system.

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Korea bolsters horticultural disaster insurance budget

October 9th, 2013

Watermelons, strawberries and tomatoes are just some crops included in a revised Korean horticultural insurance scheme.

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Japan: Sharp Corp ventures into Middle East strawberries

September 24th, 2013

First Lenovo, now another Asian technology giant is moving into the world of horticulture.

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U.S.: new strawberry variety tastier, hardier than Florida staple

September 16th, 2013

A new University of Florida strawberry has shown favorable results in taste panel testing.

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Report highlights export potential for Chilean strawberries, blackberries

September 13th, 2013

Chile’s strawberries and blackberries are on the resurgence in frozen form.

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Mexico invests in doubling strawberry plantations

August 21st, 2013

As international interest increases, Mexico sees promise in strawberry development.

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Argentine project aims to lengthen strawberry shelf life

August 8th, 2013

Researchers in Argentina are using natural preservative chitosan with the aim of boosting the commercial viability of strawberries.

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British berry set for European expansion

July 29th, 2013

U.K. breeder East Malling Research said plans were in place to expand on the successful Malling Centenary strawberry variety.

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U.K.: Berry Gardens stakes record strawberry sales

July 26th, 2013

A late start hasn’t stopped the U.K.’s Berry Gardens from notching strong sales recently.

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U.S.: new wild strawberry found in Oregon

July 15th, 2013

The newly discovered Cascade strawberry could offer breeding and marketing potential.

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Researchers test Chilean strawberries for market potential

July 12th, 2013

Native Chilean strawberries stand out for their unique color but production still poses a challenge for the fruit.

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Group finds banned chemicals in E.U. strawberries

July 11th, 2013

A French campaign group says endocrine-disrupting chemicals and banned pesticides were found in E.U. strawberries.

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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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Peruvian strawberry exports double

June 25th, 2013

Peruvian strawberry exports have risen significantly this year with Germany, Belgium and Canada as the leading destinations.

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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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Australia: study shows how strawberries fight Fusarium wilt

May 31st, 2013

It is hoped that new Australian research into Fusarium wilt will help breed more resistant strawberry varieties.

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Dole to revamp U.S. West Coast fleet

May 29th, 2013

The Dole Food Company has ditched a share buyback scheme in favor of a shipping investment.

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Asia firmly in sights of Mexican berry sector

May 27th, 2013

Aneberries hopes to finalize talks to enter China, following an announcement of direct flights between Guadalajara and Hong Kong.

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U.S.: fair trade promotion expands into new, bigger markets

May 13th, 2013

Interrupcion CEO Rafael Goldberg reflects on outstanding banana volume growth and new projects.

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U.S.: researchers consider alternative crops for New Mexico

May 9th, 2013

If research pans out, strawberries and jujubes could provide niche crops in northern New Mexico.

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Californian strawberries boast increased acreage, early season

May 3rd, 2013

We speak with the California Strawberry Commission about increased planting and consumption.

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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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Strawberry licensee fights illegal plant duplication in Egypt

February 21st, 2013

Ekland Marketing is working to enforce legal strawberry licensing in Egypt to protect authorized growers.

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U.K. fears farm labor shortage pending immigration policy changes

February 19th, 2013

Relaxed U.K. labor rules for Bulgarians and Romanians has left some asking, “Who will pick the strawberries?”

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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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General Mills to boot strawberries off of Fruit Roll-Ups label

December 28th, 2012

General Mills will need a redesign for its Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups labeling to clarify fruit content.

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Mexican strawberries shined on export market in 2012

December 28th, 2012

Mexico increased strawberry output by over half in 2012 and made a splash with exports.

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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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Biodegradable fungicide in the works for Chilean fruit industry

November 19th, 2012

Chilean company Quitoquímica has embarked on a natural fungicide development for berries.

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Slight rise for Dole earnings in Q3

November 16th, 2012

The Dole Food Company managed to raise earnings in the third quarter despite challenging conditions.

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Strawberry losses ‘very high’ for Organic Fruits Chile

November 15th, 2012

Chile’s biggest organic strawberry and raspberry exporter is facing heavy losses from rain damage.

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USDA study results encourage wider strawberry window

October 24th, 2012

New growing techniques on the U.S. East Coast could mean a whole new strawberry season.

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New washing treatment conserves strawberry properties

October 12th, 2012

Argentine researchers have a new less harmful method for cleaning strawberries.

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Interesting demographics driving berry boom, says Driscoll’s CEO

October 11th, 2012

Driscoll’s CEO J. Miles Reiter says different berries have supported each other in the category’s growth.

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Strawberry spike for Mexico in 2012

September 20th, 2012

Mexico’s strawberry industry is improving yields, exports and may look to new growing regions.

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Mexico’s berry boom gathers steam

August 28th, 2012

Mexican berry growers are looking to new varieties and markets to turn a higher profit.

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New technology helps for optimal fruit ripeness

August 28th, 2012

Postharvest expert Deirdre Holcroft outlines how new science is helping fruit stay in tiptop condition.

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Chilean strawberry genome is sequenced

July 19th, 2012

Chilean strawberries could improve following the discovery of the berry’s genome sequence.

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Chile: Hortifrut hails successful IPO

July 13th, 2012

Hortifrut president Victor Moller was pleased with the company’s IPO yesterday.

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

July 3rd, 2012

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

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Three new berry zones slated for Peru

June 22nd, 2012

Peruvian fruit exporter Talsa has announced plans for new berry plantations.

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Poland’s strawberry crop predicted to hit four-decade low

June 21st, 2012

Poland’s strawberry crop this season is forecast to drop significantly.

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Chilean berry leader Hortifrut to list on stock exchange

June 20th, 2012

Berry company Hortifrut is offering up a 29% stake to the market in a bid to fund expansion investment.

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The drivers behind low U.S. fruit and vegetable prices

June 12th, 2012

Consultant Dick Spezzano discusses the competitive U.S. horticultural landscape.

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U.S.: new Naturipe technology extends strawberry shelf life

June 7th, 2012

Naturipe has introduced a new in-field technology that cools strawberries.

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Big drop for Chilean organic food last year

May 16th, 2012

Chile’s organic horticultural production land fell last year, but positive signs were seen for organic wine.

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Tracebility drives cash benefits for growers

April 25th, 2012

Growers have been urged to embrace traceability if they want to continue trading with the U.S.

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U.S. makes moves on Philippine bananas, Egyptian strawberries

April 17th, 2012

The USDA has sent out an encouraging message for Philippine banana growers and Egyptian strawberry producersl.

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Chile: Hortifrut notches 22% sales rise

March 14th, 2012

Chilean berry giant Hortifrut has carved a 22% rise in sales and an even larger jump in profits.

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Mexico develops mobile water filtration to protect strawberries

March 2nd, 2012

Mexico is pioneering a new mobile plant for irrigating strawberries with pollutant-free water.

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Ecuador: Volcanic ash boosts fruit yields by 10% in Tungurahua

March 1st, 2012

Volcanic ash increases fruit yields in Ecuador’s Tungurahua region attracting many people back to the industry.

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NZ: biosecurity worries over strawberry seed import review

February 10th, 2012

New Zealand authorities gave incorrect clearance to thousands of kits of imported strawberry seeds last year.

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Peruvian frozen strawberry exporter could double shipments in 2012

February 1st, 2012

Peruvian frozen strawberry exporter Agroworld is bullish on market opportunities for the next season.

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Mexico’s blackberry boom and strawberry challenges

January 31st, 2012

Mexican exporter Mainland Farms discusses the outlook for the blackberry and strawberry industries.


U.S.: Cornell University launches new strawberry

January 17th, 2012

Cornell University is releasing a new strawberry with higher yields than the predominant midseason Jewel variety.

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U.S.: pesticide resistance growing in strawberries

January 11th, 2012

U.S. researchers have found fungus Botrytis cinerea has become more resistant to pesticides on strawberries.

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Peru may export first blueberries in September, says govt agency

January 5th, 2012

The Peruvian government is hopeful a small shipment of blueberries will be exported in September.

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Australians wasting US$1.12B worth of fruit and veg each year

January 5th, 2012

Australian growers are calling on consumers for more awareness to reduce extreme levels of horticultural wastage.

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Brazil gets tough on supermarket pesticide levels

December 13th, 2011

The Brazilian government will fine supermarkets that have unacceptable levels of pesticides in produce.

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Mexico’s E.U. food exports climb by 30%

December 8th, 2011

Mexico’s fruit, vegetables and processed food exports to Europe have climbed by 30% this year.

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NZ growers urge consumers to destroy risky strawberry seeds

November 21st, 2011

New Zealand’s farmers want the public to get rid of strawberry seed packs which pose a biosecurity risk.

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Brazil loses nearly a third of its fruit due to simple errors

November 1st, 2011

Brazil loses nearly a third of its fruit due to poor knowledge of packing and transportation methods.

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Mexican strawberry exports to U.S. up 11%

September 28th, 2011

Mexican strawberry exports to the U.S. have increased by 11% year-on-year from January to August.

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Chile-Colombia partnership to build frozen fruit plant

August 16th, 2011

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

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Mexico’s strawberries picking up

August 1st, 2011

Mexico’s strawberry exports rose 13.4% year-on-year to US$392.6 million in the first five months of 2011.

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Chile developing its own strawberries, raspberries

July 14th, 2011

Chilean researchers are upbeat about the prospect of developing new national raspberry and strawberry varieties.

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Mexico: strawberries to follow avocado success

June 8th, 2011

Mexico’s agricultural secretary has forecast growth for strawberries and avocadoes in destination markets.

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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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Argentine province to extend fruit farmer benefits

May 31st, 2011

Tax concessions have been extended for citrus, blueberry and strawberry growers in Tucumán.

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Peru’s frozen strawberry exports rise 155%

March 21st, 2011

Peru recorded rapid growth in frozen strawberry sales to the U.S., Belgium, Japan and Germany in January and February.

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