April 22, 2014 / Week N° 17

Posts Tagged U.K.

The Packaging Pitch: the good and bad news about driving consumption

April 21st, 2014

Lisa Cork questions how produce marketers are selling their product in light of a recent U.K. health study.

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U.K.: Sainsbury’s vegetable sales jump on UCL recommendation

April 8th, 2014

A University College London study has been cited as a driver of increased veggie sales at Sainsbury’s.

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

April 4th, 2014

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

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Hard discounters change face of U.K. retail market

April 4th, 2014

Discount retailers like Aldi and Lidl are moving in on the U.K.’s leading supermarkets.

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Biomass energy fuels growth for U.K.’s Berry Gardens

March 27th, 2014

British fruit supplier Berry Gardens has been experimenting with biomass boilers to improve energy usage.

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Tesco announces joint venture with Tata in India

March 24th, 2014

Tesco’s joint venture with the Tata Group will bring 12 new retail stores to India.

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U.K. studio to make Bananaman movie

March 20th, 2014

The British cartoon classic Bananaman has been slated for the big screen.

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U.K.: National Farmers’ Union gives mixed response to budget

March 19th, 2014

Britain’s NFU is pleased with an increased annual investment allowance rate from the national budget, but says other areas are “sadly lacking”.

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U.K. asparagus to hit shelves earlier in 2014

March 12th, 2014

A combination of mild weather and improved growing techniques will give the U.K. a wider asparagus window.

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Three U.K. retailers back banana growers’ futures

March 10th, 2014

Representatives from three U.K. supermarkets talk about a switch to 100% fairtrade bananas.

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U.K.: “We seem to have somewhat of a work ethic problem in this country”

March 6th, 2014

English apple farmer Alison Capper believes her government is conducting a “social experiment” in scrapping a seasonal worker scheme.

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An inside look at Australia’s adopted achachas

March 5th, 2014

An Aussie farmer’s bid to get sole non-Bolivian commercial rights for an Amazonian superfruit has paid dividends.

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British Farming Minister slams jobless for shunning farm work

February 27th, 2014

British Farming Minister George Eustice has made controversial comments about the unemployed and farm labor.

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Aussie-grown Bolivian superfruit debuts in the U.K.

February 25th, 2014

British retailer M&S continues its exotic fruits campaign with an Amazonian specimen related to mangosteens.

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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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U.K. company makes mark on global dried fruit crisp market

February 6th, 2014

Pome fruit farmers in Kent have found a value-added way to market “pretty serious volume” across the world.

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Living Salad range expands to continental Europe

February 3rd, 2014

In the produce aisles of Britain and the Netherlands, consumers can buy salads for the windowsill rather than the fridge.

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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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BritishCornerShop.com adds produce to the mix

January 27th, 2014

A virtual supermarket targeting British expats now offers them home-grown fruit and veg.

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U.K.: Marks & Spencer highlights “licorice” Dicolored pear

January 13th, 2014

M&S takes us behind the scenes with a licorice-flavored pear from the Czech Republic grown in England.

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U.K. govt calls on consumers to buy local, ditch imports

January 7th, 2014

A British government minister is set to give a speech rallying households to support local farmers.

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Univeg acquires Empire World Trade

January 6th, 2014

UNIVEG finalized acquisition of fruit importer Empire World Trade.

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Tesco’s Indian retail tilt to deepen ties with Tata

December 20th, 2013

Tesco’s chief executive officer for Asia explains plans for India and exciting times ahead for the supermarket chain.

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U.K.: Tesco makes Indian retail pitch

December 19th, 2013

Tesco has taken a necessary step to gain greater access to India’s prospective retail market.

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Getting in early: airfreight produce for “sophisticated” consumers

December 16th, 2013

American Airlines’ Carmen Taylor discusses new produce flight routes and the investment needed to keep perishables in top condition.

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U.K. seasonal migrant scheme removal could bring “devastating impact”

December 11th, 2013

England’s National Farmers’ Union says removing an historic migrant worker scheme will stifle growth for the sector.

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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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U.K.: Tesco opens new online grocery facility in London

November 29th, 2013

Tesco has opened its sixth online center in London in the space of seven years, helping to tackle local unemployment problems.

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London seeks place on global produce event calendar

November 26th, 2013

Not only does London now have a new super-port, but in June it will host a new produce event to link exporters with the innovative U.K. market.

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U.K. tech company wins PMA newcomer award

October 24th, 2013

It’sFresh! gained recognition for its ethylene removal technology at PMA Fresh Summit.

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

October 8th, 2013

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

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U.K. govt rejects European Union conclusions on pesticides, bees

September 11th, 2013

The U.K. government has rejected the science behind an EU neonicotinoid ban but will have to implement it anyway.

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Thai govt claims Natural Fruit Company complied with labor laws

August 28th, 2013

Finnwatch has questioned the methods of Thai government labor inspections that defended the Natural Fruit Company.

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Year-round supplies likely for English apples

August 19th, 2013

Predictions for full year supply could make the U.K. less dependent on apple imports within a decade.

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Pakistan gains broader U.S. access for mangoes

August 15th, 2013

More airlines can transport fruit to the U.S. from Pakistan but irradiation restrictions remain a concern for exporters.

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U.K.: Angus Soft Fruits bets on South American blueberries

August 13th, 2013

Offering greater stability to South American blueberry growers is essential for Angus Soft Fruits’ Nicolas Sotomayor.

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Tesco signs MoU with Chinese retailer

August 9th, 2013

Talks are underway to potentially form China’s largest multi-platform retailer with sales upward of US$15 billion.

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U.K. supplier-retailer talks to get tough

July 30th, 2013

The U.K.’s recently-appointed Groceries Code Adjudicator admits a “climate of fear” exists among supermarket suppliers over new rules.

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U.K. supermarket chain to buy banana facility

July 29th, 2013

U.K. retailer Morrisons plans to buy a former Del Monte banana ripening facility in a bid to better control quality.

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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.K. packaging extends mushroom shelf life

May 31st, 2013

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

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U.K.: Morrisons to go online with food offering

May 20th, 2013

U.K. retailer Morrisons has slated a big budget for launching an online grocery delivery service.

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Univeg Katopé UK to trial new Californian cherries

May 8th, 2013

The “Frisco” and “Rocket” cherry varieties could encourage an earlier U.K. season.

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U.K. Environmental Audit calls for neonicotinoid ban

April 8th, 2013

U.K. politicians have called for a ban on three pesticides with concerns over impacts on pollinators.


Opinion: surviving Panama’s banana crisis cooperatively

April 3rd, 2013

Banana Link’s Alistair Smith tells of a group of Panamanian growers selling fair trade fruit to Europe.

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U.K.: Waitrose sales rise 6.7%

March 8th, 2013

Waitrose’s online sales growth outperformed the industry by 30 percentage points last year.

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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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U.K. consumer attitudes study reveals preference for GM labeling

January 15th, 2013

A survey has revealed very little knowledge of GM foods in the U.K.

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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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Opinion: does the British banana market make sense?

December 17th, 2012

Banana Link’s Alistair Smith questions whether trade will move from value-stripping to value enhancement.

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Tesco receives South African stonefruit award

December 4th, 2012

Tesco has been named the South African Stone Fruit Retailer of the Year 2012.

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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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U.K. study links bumblebee decline to pesticide exposure

October 24th, 2012

A study has shown exposure to two pesticides can reduce the lifespan or foraging behavior of bumblebees.

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South African stonefruit volumes ‘promising’

October 17th, 2012

South Africa is gearing up for high stonefruit volumes this season as new orchards come on stream.

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Mexico sets its berry sights on the Far East

October 10th, 2012

Mexico’s Aneberries president Mario Steta is confident growers will soon gain access to China.

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South African nursery on cusp of sweet grapefruit success

October 8th, 2012

A South African family is on the cusp of commercializing an unusually sweet grapefruit variety.

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Peru sees Camu-camu exports soar thanks to U.S. demand

October 5th, 2012

Peru’s Camu-camu exports have increased thanks to a growing appetite for dry extracts of the fruit.

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New apple set to cause a ripple in Tesco’s London stores

October 4th, 2012

Supermarket giant Tesco has launched a new raspberry tasting apple for sale in three U.K. stores.

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Poor weather prompts SA peach and nectarine export delay

October 1st, 2012

South African growers are hoping for hotter weather to avoid smaller-sized stonefruit this season.

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South African blueberry volumes set to rise by 30%

October 1st, 2012

South African growers are increasing their exports to U.K. supermarkets in the run up to Christmas.

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SA, Argentine citrus growers to voice ‘sustainability’ concerns in Europe

September 26th, 2012

South African and Argentine citrus growers will visit Europe next week to debate pesticide residue limits.

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Total Cherry gains U.K. rights to grow late-ripening cultivar

September 7th, 2012

Okanagan has granted production rights for the Staccato cherry in the U.K. and Ireland.

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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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Pakistani mango exports poised to treble in China

August 30th, 2012

The director of Pakistan’s largest mango exporter talks about innovative treatment and new export markets.

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ClemenGold steps up European shipments and marketing drive

August 15th, 2012

The ClemenGold brand of Nardorcott mandarins is making its presence felt in Europe with a marketing blitz.

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South African supermarket Pick n Pay quashes Tesco takeover talk

August 14th, 2012

A South African supermarket chain has denied suggestions of a possible takeover or merger.

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U.K. retailers on food waste reduction drive for 2014

August 13th, 2012

U.K. retailers have intensified measures to educate consumers in a bid to slash fresh produce waste.

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U.K. kids help South African students thanks to fruit competition

July 31st, 2012

U.K. pupils have taken part in a competition to raise awareness about fruit and South African school life.

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Peru poised to explore new mandarin markets

July 30th, 2012

Sergio del Castillo explains why Peru’s mandarins have become such a runaway success.

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Peru’s mandarin and organic banana exports rise in H1

July 26th, 2012

Good prices have helped drive growth for Peruvian mandarins and organic bananas this year.

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U.K. retailer pilots color-code boxes for avocado sales

July 25th, 2012

A traffic light system for denoting avocado ripeness is being tested by a major U.K. supermarket chain.

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Rain stumps U.K.’s growing cherry industry

July 19th, 2012

Cold weather and prolonged rain have slowed down England’s ambitious cherry growth.

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Peru’s citrus exports set to climb this season

July 16th, 2012

Peru is on schedule to exceed last year’s citrus exports by 3.8%.

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South Africa: building the global ClemenGold brand

July 6th, 2012

ClemenGold founder Abs van Rooyen talks about premium growth and the benefits of offshoot products.

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Egypt exceeds expectations and “surprises” orange market

July 4th, 2012

South African orange exporters discuss the impact of Egyptian Valencia oversupply in the Middle East.

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U.K. blueberries off to slow start

June 26th, 2012

British blueberries are starting late this summer due to cold wet weather.

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South African apple exports to Middle East climbing in 2012

June 20th, 2012

South African apple exporters have given Europe a wide berth this season in favor of eastern markets.

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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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E.U. importers believe new organic accord will boost U.S. trade

June 18th, 2012

European importers are upbeat about a new accord over organic certification between the U.S. and E.U.

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European apple shortage leads to steep price hikes

June 6th, 2012

Apple supply in Europe is tight with a weak euro and foreign growers opting for closer markets.

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SA: Apple exporters focus on new markets outside E.U.

May 23rd, 2012

South African exporters see Africa, Asia and the Middle East as key markets for their apples and grapes.

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U.K.: Worldwide Fruit wins M&S food supplier award

May 11th, 2012

Robert Balicki talks reducing excessive packaging and energy usage at U.K.-based Worldwide Fruit.

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Maersk culls Andean-Europe service

May 9th, 2012

Danish shipping line Maersk will finish up direct services from Peru and Chile to Northwest Europe.

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South African easy peelers selling for less in the U.K. this season

May 7th, 2012

South Africa’s smaller soft citrus fruit could make it harder for producers to sell to retailers.

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Global Berry Congress to look at breeding challenges

April 25th, 2012

Speakers at the Global Berry Congress in the UK will look at striking the balance between fruit strength and taste.

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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.


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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South African apple exports forecast to rise 4.4%

April 3rd, 2012

South African apple exports are expected to increase this season while prices remain flat.

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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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Variable weather hits Indian mangoes

March 21st, 2012

One U.K. importer has seen mango prices double due to rough weather conditions in India.

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Fruit and vegetables boost attractiveness, study shows

March 13th, 2012

Scientists have found that high fruit and vegetable consumption gives people a healthier glow.

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SA stonefruit posted higher exports but prices stayed flat

March 7th, 2012

Despite exporting record quantities of nectarines and apricots, South Africa has found this year’s stonefruit season hard.

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African GM banana trial set to combat root-eating worm

February 29th, 2012

New GM technology is to be tested in Africa in a bid to stop a deadly worm at the root of the continent’s fruit losses.

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Argentine blueberry exports to Europe grew 18% in 2011/12

February 28th, 2012

Argentina’s blueberry charm offensive has paid dividends with increased European consumption.

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Cold spell boosts European appetite for oranges and lemons

February 17th, 2012

Europeans increased their citrus consumption in a bid to ward off illness during the recent coldsnap.

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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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‘Argentine blockade’ leads to Falkland Islands fresh produce shortage

February 9th, 2012

The Falkland Islands is low on fruit supplies, but Argentine authorities deny any pressure to stop flights from Chile.

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Kenyan growers upbeat on exports despite dimethoate ban

February 7th, 2012

Kenyan producers are optimistic exports will continue to grow despite having to use more expensive pesticides.

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