July 01, 2015 / Week N° 27

Posts Tagged Tomatoes

Australia: Costa hopes to raise AUD$600M in July IPO

June 23rd, 2015

It is expected Costa Group will sell 60% of its shares to the public in an IPO next month.

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Dutch trio turn to organic tomatoes as demand grows

June 12th, 2015

Three Dutch brothers’ organic production only began this year, but they are already set to export to the U.K.

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A look into Kazakhstan’s giant greenhouse complex

June 8th, 2015

Kazakhstan’s president hopes a greenhouse being constructed in the north of the country will contribute towards making the nation more agriculturally self-sufficient.

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Netherlands: Mini vine tomato with chocolate color goes on sale

May 7th, 2015

We speak with the growers of an organic, chocolate-colored tomato now marketed by Dutch company Eosta.

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U.S. eases Dominican import restrictions

April 29th, 2015

AHPIS believes it is safe to resume shipments of Hass avocados and green tomatoes from the Dominican Republic, following Medfly detections in the country last month.

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English heatwave brings tomato season forward

April 24th, 2015

U.S. retailer Waitrose is expecting a ‘bumper crop’ of home-grown tomatoes over the coming months.

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Retailers sharing data with growers a ‘win-win’, says Red Sun Farms

April 23rd, 2015

A Red Sun Farms executive will speak at the upcoming PMA Fresh Connections: Mexico event about how producers can benefit from sometimes hard-to-access information.

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Indonesia: Fresh Grow to launch ‘King Tomato’ range after positive trial

March 27th, 2015

Fresh Grow says ‘lower-cost and unmatched quality beat-out less fresh, higher-costing imports.’

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Palestine Crops upbeat for renewed veggie trade with Israel

March 9th, 2015

Mohammed Zwayyed is positive about Gaza’s new produce trade relationship with Israel, but expects some restrictions will remain.

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Polish firm increasing tomato production under glass

March 6th, 2015

Poland’s Citronex plans to triple its greenhouse tomato production near the German border over the coming months.

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Israel reopens for Gaza produce imports

March 6th, 2015

Israel has opened is doors to Gaza-grown produce after banning exports from the territory when Hamas took control in 2007.

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India: Unexpected downpours in Pune damage leafy crops

March 3rd, 2015

Spinach, coriander, tomatoes, cucumber and grapes are some crops that have been hit by heavy rain in Maharashtra.

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Russia’s greenhouse revolution

February 27th, 2015

With warmer weather than the rest of the country, could Belgorod become the “Netherlands of Russia” with the help of greenhouse entrepreneurship?

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U.S.: Del Monte shares fall despite strong result

February 18th, 2015

Tomatoes and melons showed the biggest percentage sales increases at Fresh Del Monte in the fourth quarter.

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Australian govt reopens anti-dumping case for Italian processed tomatoes

January 20th, 2015

More Italian processed tomato exporters could potentially face anti-dumping duties in Australia if a recently launched case proves successful.

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Canada: Westmoreland enlists Ifco for packaging solutions

January 20th, 2015

A Canadian greenhouse vegetable grower will be able to reduce its use of cardboard boxes with a new partnership.

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Mastronardi launches new U.S. pepper greenhouse venture

January 13th, 2015

Building on a successful Michigan tomato operation, Sunset Produce will soon grow peppers in a large-scale U.S. pepper greenhouse.

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U.S.: The Fresh Market signs up to Fair Food label initiative

January 9th, 2015

A North Carolina store has partnered with the CIW to source Florida tomatoes from the Fair Food program.

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LED technology extends British tomato deal

December 1st, 2014

British growers who supply retailer Sainsbury’s have come up with a way to grow tomatoes during cold months.

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New juiceless tomato ‘fantastic’ for foodservice, says Bayer CropScience

November 24th, 2014

Bayer CropScience has two new naturally-bred agricultural products it says will solve some food chain problems.

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Younger generation to shift chili pepper market, says expert

November 19th, 2014

Chile has played host to a hot pepper expert dubbed the ‘Chileman’ this week.

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Less focus on tomatoes for Mexico’s protected hort sector

November 13th, 2014

AMHPAC president Juan Ariel Reyes discusses changing dynamics and key goals for the Mexican protected horticulture sector.

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Home ownership possibility key for productivity, says leading tomato grower

October 30th, 2014

NatureSweet’s Michael Joergensen speaks candidly about why his company’s employment policy differs from the norm, and how that translates to better tomato flavor.

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U.S.: Mexican grower to open new warehouse in Texas

October 23rd, 2014

An affiliate of Mexican grower Triple H plans to open a new in/out fruit processing facility in the U.S. next month.

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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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Vegetable pre-breeding vital for global food security

September 22nd, 2014

To “feed the world” by 2050 without nourishing it is a self-defeating policy, according to the World Vegetable Center’s Dyno Keatinge.

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Canada: Sunset Produce doubles Coldwater Farms greenhouse capacity

August 26th, 2014

An expanded greenhouse with a diffused glass ceiling will support increased tomato production for Sunset Produce.

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Favorable exchange rates raise Del Monte results in Q2

July 29th, 2014

Bananas, pineapples, tomatoes and melons were some of Del Monte’s strongest performing products in the second quarter.

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Avocado and orange-colored veggie combo a boost for Vitamin A

July 14th, 2014

An Ohio State University (OSU) study shows pairing avocados with orange veggies helps for Vitamin A conversion.

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Positive results for Vegalab’s natural nematode control product

July 9th, 2014

A Swiss company is expanding its global reach in horticulture with the help of a natural nematicide.

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TomatoesNZ urges action on unlabeled irradiated produce

July 7th, 2014

TomatoesNZ has asked consumers to complain if they suspect unlabeled irradiated tomatoes are being sold.

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Cool as a cucumber for fresh, hardier varieties

June 23rd, 2014

A researcher in Australia is about to release new cucumber varieties that are specifically suited to harsh environmental conditions.

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Low prices dent Mexican tomato trade

June 16th, 2014

Mexican tomato growers shift towards more modern farming techniques while exports slip.

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U.K. study finds tomato extract helps heart disease patients

June 13th, 2014

New research from Cambridge University shows a powerful medical use of lycopene from tomatoes.

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U.S.: all roads lead to Romas for Oceanside Pole

May 15th, 2014

California volumes under the Oceanside Pole brand are just around the corner, and they’re set to double.

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New EU rules bring ‘risk of paying huge duties’, says shipper

April 25th, 2014

A Moroccan exporter has called for more transparency in how the EU’s Standard Import Values (SIV) are calculated.

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Q&A: European Commission explains new Entry Price System for fruit & veg

April 23rd, 2014

The European Commission’s Roger Waite explains a new import rule that has caused discontent in Morocco.

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EU official to meet Moroccan counterparts over produce pricing backflip

April 15th, 2014

Moroccan growers are livid over an “incomprehensible” EU pricing move that could limit consignment-based exports.

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Australia: vegetables fare worst in initial cyclone assessments

April 15th, 2014

Tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplants suffered some of the worst damages from Cyclone Ita in Australia.

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U.S.: Del Monte deal shows fair food is good business, says Reyes

April 10th, 2014

Del Monte recently signed up to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) fair food program, but what does that actually mean? Gerardo Reyes explains a system that is protecting tomato workers’ rights like never before.

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Aussie grower observes strong results for Monsanto tomato

February 28th, 2014

Victoria-based Murphy Fresh has seen high yields from a Truss tomato developed by Monsanto’s De Ruiter Seeds.

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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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‘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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The Packaging Pitch: cocktail tomatoes stir up brand support

February 4th, 2014

Marketing expert Lisa Cork discusses a nifty packaging concept she felt an instant affinity with.

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British GM purple tomatoes take off in Canada

January 28th, 2014

A Canadian company expects strong regulatory prospects with a U.K.-developed GM purple tomato.

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Israel chops duties to promote produce imports

January 7th, 2014

Two significant events occurred for Israel’s agriculture sector and produce market over the weekend.

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Gene mutation could extend tomato production

January 2nd, 2014

New York-based researchers could increase tomato yields by manipulating plant flowering.

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Brazilian govt expects strong value rise for crops in 2013

November 15th, 2013

Oranges, bananas and tomatoes are set to help support a strong rise in Brazilian crop income next year.

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Australian govt suspects Italian tomato exporters of dumping

November 4th, 2013

Italian processed tomato exporters will have to pay duties after an Australian report found grounds for anti-dumping action.

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U.S. researchers put tomato tastes to the test

October 29th, 2013

Sugar and acid ratios were key to creating tastier tomatoes in an extensive USDA study.

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Mexico: Hurricane Manuel brought “silver lining” for growers

October 25th, 2013

Torrential rains damaged and delayed harvests in western Mexico, but the inclement weather has brought some positives to growers.

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U.S.: Mexican tomato agreement effectiveness ‘remains to be seen’

October 25th, 2013

Florida Tomato Committee manager Reggie Brown hopes enforcement problems won’t arise under a new Mexican pricing agreement.

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U.S.: Mastronardi to double size of Michigan greenhouse

October 15th, 2013

Mastronardi plans to supply more locally grown tomatoes in the U.S. Midwest with a greenhouse expansion.

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Canadian govt pledges support for greenhouse veggie growers

October 10th, 2013

Canada’s AAFC plans to collaborate with cucumber, tomato and pepper growers to improve yields and fight disease.

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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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Thailand and Chile sign FTA

October 7th, 2013

Thailand will remove 90% of tariffs on Chilean products following the signing of a recent free trade agreement.

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Colombia announces ag import restrictions

October 7th, 2013

Pears, tomatoes and potatoes are some of the products now restricted for import in Colombia.

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Fresh Del Monte expands U.S. tomato operations

October 3rd, 2013

Del Monte plans to complement its Central American greenhouse tomatoes with field grown produce from Virginia and Florida.

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Mexico: tomato growers ‘hanging by a thread’, says AMHPAC

September 6th, 2013

With Mexico’s U.S. tomato trade vulnerable to anti-dumping measures, the industry is actively evaluating other markets.

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HortNZ takes a stab at Australian tomatoes

August 15th, 2013

HortNZ has raised concerns over the irradiation of imported Australian tomatoes and peppers.

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NZ: sharp rise in profit for T&G in H1

August 8th, 2013

A strong apple program combined with increased profits on stonefruit exports have helped boost results for Turners & Growers.

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Australia investigates possible fruit dumping from South Africa, Italy

July 12th, 2013

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

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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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Mini, brown tomatoes challenge consumer perception

June 18th, 2013

Mastronardi Produce’s Mini Kumato tomato may look a bit odd at first glance but the company says it’s sweet.

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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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Mexico: Triple H makes shift to market focus

May 15th, 2013

A Sinaloa-based group has moved away from direct production to focus on marketing produce in North America.

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LED lights give vitamin C boost to tomatoes

May 10th, 2013

Tomatoes exposed to LED lights were found to have up to twice the vitamin C content.

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England: tomato glasshouses follow trend toward local

March 26th, 2013

Two European companies are developing environmentally friendly tomato glasshouses in England.

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Costa Rica finds space in U.S. market for bell peppers, tomatoes

March 14th, 2013

Costa Rica has released statistics for its first year of ripe tomato and bell pepper exports to the U.S.

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The Packaging Pitch: marketing “uses” prompts multi-variety purchases

March 11th, 2013

Lisa Cork looks at how educating consumers about different uses of certain varieties can drive sales across products.

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Calavo brings in 2013 with record first quarter results

March 7th, 2013

Calavo CEO Lee E. Cole predicted a record year for the avocado and fresh produce supplier.

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U.S. govt announces official end to Mexican tomato dispute

March 6th, 2013

The U.S. has closed its anti-dumping investigation against Mexican tomato importers.

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Mexican tomato deal promises big changes

March 1st, 2013

Mexican tomato industry reps look at the bright side of higher reference prices for exports to the U.S.

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Study: organic tomatoes small in size but nutrient rich

February 22nd, 2013

Brazilian and French researchers have found organic tomatoes to be small in size but strong for vitamin C and lycopene.

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U.S.: Del Monte income jumps 54.8% for 2012

February 19th, 2013

Logistics improvements have raised Del Monte’s profitability despite lower net sales.

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U.S.: FPAA slams tomato agreement proposal

February 5th, 2013

A solution may be in sight for a trade spat between the U.S. and Mexico over tomatoes, but is it reasonable?

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Protectionist pressure on Mexico could double U.S. tomato prices

January 25th, 2013

Pushing Mexican tomatoes out of the U.S. market could have extensive implications for traders and consumers.

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Mexico: Sonora’s horticultural sector counts the cost of frost damage

January 24th, 2013

Severe frosts in northern Mexico are likely to affect supplies of a wide of range of vegetables and fruits going into the U.S.

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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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Tomato feud ‘unlikely to impact’ this Mexican season

December 17th, 2012

Mexican tomato growers can probably count on the U.S. market for the 2012-13 campaign.

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U.K. scientists closer to controlling when fruits ripen

November 6th, 2012

Manipulating chloroplasts could be a possible key to controlling when fruits mature.

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Mexico’s AMHPAC looks to ‘smoking gun’ traceability

November 5th, 2012

AMHPAC’s Eric Viramontes discusses Mexico’s shifts in traceability and protected horticulture.

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US$93M Aussie tomato greenhouse to enter full production

November 5th, 2012

An Australian company is opening the largest tomato greenhouse of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

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U.S.: fair trade produce imports buoyant in 2012

October 26th, 2012

Fair Trade USA certified produce imports have taken a significant leap in the last two years.

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Study shows sulfur in soil benefits tomato growth

October 19th, 2012

A University of Florida study has found that adding sulfur to soil could boost tomato production.

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U.S. govt urged to take time with Mexican suspension agreement

October 3rd, 2012

U.S. produce industry representatives have asked the government not to terminate a Mexican tomato trade agreement.

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U.S. Department of Commerce declares war on Mexican tomatoes

September 27th, 2012

A U.S. government decision today could pulverize Mexico’s tomato industry and tens of thousands of U.S. jobs.

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Mexican govt rallies behind tomato growers in U.S. trade spat

September 19th, 2012

The Mexican government has “categorically rejected” accusations of dumping from Florida’s tomato growers.

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Wal-Mart throws weight behind tomato suspension pact

September 10th, 2012

Wal-Mart has joined the campaign to keep a Mexican tomato trade agreement that is currently under review.

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U.S. authorities to review Mexican trade agreement

August 22nd, 2012

U.S. politicians including John McCain have urged the administration not to derail the Mexican tomato trade.

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U.S.: APHIS lowers tomato trap quarantine requirements

August 16th, 2012

U.S. authorities have changed the rules for tomato leafminer prevention in exporting countries.

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Mexico: Tamaulipas lemon exports to pick up the pace

August 13th, 2012

Tamaulipas growers have ambitious lemon export targets and are trialing other new horticultural shipments.

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Chile: drought impacts Coquimbo fruit growers

August 3rd, 2012

Growers in Chile’s Coquimbo region are having to be more selective about watering their crops.

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Fresh Del Monte overcomes challenges with higher profits in Q2

August 1st, 2012

Fresh Del Monte has posted higher earnings in the second quarter despite a banana sales drop.

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Florida’s tomato trade threats ‘dangerous’ for U.S., Mexican economies

July 30th, 2012

Mexican tomato proponents have spoken frankly about the impacts Florida’s protectionism could have on quality.

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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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Mexican growers condemn ‘protectionist’ U.S. tomato industry actions

July 17th, 2012

Mexican growers have accused Florida’s tomato industry of ‘hijacking’ an election year for political purposes.

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Florida’s ag commissioner calls to end tomato suspension agreement

June 29th, 2012

Florida’s agricultural commissioner has stood behind growers in a trade fight against Mexican tomato suppliers.

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APHIS gives import nod to West African tomatoes

June 13th, 2012

U.S. authorities have opened up the door to tomato imports from 15 West African countries.

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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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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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Facing Australia’s fresh produce oversupply hurdles

May 22nd, 2012

PMA’s Michael Worthington provides a snapshot of Australia’s produce industry and retail trends.

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U.S.: BrightFarms signs fresh Oklahoma deal

May 10th, 2012

NY-based BrightFarms has signed its second Produce Purchase Agreement with a retailer.

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USDA microbiological data program could be scrapped

May 3rd, 2012

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has called to cut funding for an E.coli monitoring program.

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U.S.: Del Monte sales down, net income up in Q1

May 1st, 2012

Fresh Del Monte Produce recorded slower banana sales in the Middle East and Asia in the first quarter of 2012.

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Minimum wage rise clobbers South African fruit and veg growers

April 26th, 2012

South African farming union Agri SA is calling on the government to make its labor laws more flexible.

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U.S.: Hispanic fruit & veg variety boom to continue, says distributor

April 20th, 2012

J-C Distributing president Jaime Chamberlain points to buoyant growth for tomatoes, peppers, chilis and cucumbers.

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Opinion: Consumer outlook and expectations in Brazil

March 29th, 2012

Zona Sul’s Carlos Cury looks at important trends that produce exporters can capitalize on in Brazil.

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The Packaging Pitch: when stickers miss the point

March 1st, 2012

Marketing expert Lisa Cork looks at stickers that fail to educate consumers about product benefits.

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Scientists prove tomato waste has health-giving properties

February 27th, 2012

Tomato seeds, pulp and skin could prove to be a useful ingredient to boost food health.

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U.S.: greenhouse fresh purchase agreement company expects growth in 2012

February 15th, 2012

BrightFarms says the scalability of its greenhouse model has far-reaching implications for locally grown produce.

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Tesco trials new shelf life extension packaging for fresh produce

February 10th, 2012

Tesco hopes to drastically reduce fruit wastage with a new packaging technology it is trialing.

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U.S.: Oregon State University launches purple tomato

February 1st, 2012

Oregon State University has released an anthocyanin-rich purple tomato called “Indigo Rose”.

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Frosts hit Kenyan horticulture in the Rift Valley

January 20th, 2012

Frosts have hit a Kenyan tea, coffee, avocado and tomato-growing region.

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Opinion: Horticulture NZ looking around the corner

January 12th, 2012

HortNZ president Andrew Fenton says retail margins need to be challenged to stop growers going out of business.

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Honduras to export tomatoes to the U.S.

December 22nd, 2011

Honduras has signed an export protocol with the U.S. to ship tomatoes.

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Argentina: Mendoza dedicates more land to veggie plantations

September 30th, 2011

The Argentine province is Mendoza has registered a significant jump in cultivated vegetable land this year.

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Mexico aims to boost grapefruit exports in Europe, Asia

August 23rd, 2011

Mexico’s Union of Social Sector Citrus Growers has announced plans to promote grapefruit exports in Europe and Asia for the rest of 2011.

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Unusual NZ snow won’t affect major export crops

August 17th, 2011

Snows in New Zealand’s North Island are expected to affect some horticultural crops, but apples and kiwifruit are mostly in the clear.

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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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Brazil to launch new tomato cultivars

August 10th, 2011

A Brazilian partnership has developed three new tomato cultivars that are expected to hit the market in 2012.

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New tomato varieties launched in Kenya

July 29th, 2011

Kenya-based Orion Seed Company has launched two new hybrid tomato seeds.

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Dominican Republic starts white fly control program

July 13th, 2011

The Dominican Republic has temporarily suspended plantations in several regions to combat pests.

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Australian disasters hit tomato exports to NZ

June 21st, 2011

Australia’s floods have led to a shortage of tomatoes in New Zealand.

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Kenyan farmers produce ‘pomato’ plants to improve land use

June 9th, 2011

Kenyan farmers have bred a ‘pomato’ plant in a bid to improve land use and fight hunger.

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Mexico’s tomato production to rise 16% in 2011/12

June 2nd, 2011

Mexico’s switch to greenhouse tomato production has increased yields.

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Reduced rainfall favors Brazilian tomatoes, grapes

May 16th, 2011

Low rain levels and temperatures in Brazil’s state of Sao Paulo have kept farmers optimistic for tomato and grape harvests.

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Drought cuts Bolivian citrus production 25%

May 6th, 2011

Drought has cut back Bolivia’s citrus production this season while frosts had a negative impact on tomatoes.

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Agroecological tomato practices cut costs by 84%, Brazilian study shows

April 27th, 2011

A Brazilian agronomist has found pesticide-free agroecological tomato production can reduce costs by 84%, but with lower yields.

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Australia’s Barbera Farms in receivership

April 13th, 2011

An Australian tomato, zucchini and capsicum supplier has gone into receivership and is now under control of Ernst & Young.

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Australian scientists confirm apple peels fight cancer

March 3rd, 2011

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have found tomato and apple peel waste can slow cancer growth

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