July 24, 2014 / Week N° 30

Posts Tagged U.S.

U.S. and Mexico pledge to strengthen produce safety

July 24th, 2014

A new deal between Mexico and the U.S. includes several measures aimed at increasing the safety of produce items traded between the two countries.

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U.S. appeals court throws out Chiquita terrorist payment claim case

July 24th, 2014

A case relating to alleged paramilitary payments from Chiquita in Colombia has been dismissed by a federal court in Florida as being outside U.S jurisdiction.

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Ex-Woolworths chief promoted to CEO at Walmart U.S.

July 24th, 2014

Retail veteran Greg Foran has been promoted from head of Walmart Asia to CEO of Walmart U.S.

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U.S. organic company says debate should not focus on health benefits

July 24th, 2014

The CEO of Organics Unlimited agrees with criticism of a recent study, saying you can’t “compare apples to apples”.

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Mexico: greenhouse use increasingly popular for bell peppers

July 24th, 2014

The share of Mexican bell peppers grown inside is set to rise by two percentage points this year.

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Naturipe opens largest berry processing plant in Southeast U.S.

July 23rd, 2014

MBG Marketing continues to expand its blueberry processing and distribution capacity with a new facility in Georgia.

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Advertorial: “Potato Lover’s Month 2014” award ceremony in Puerto Rico

July 22nd, 2014

SuperMax Dorado was the winner of the “2014 Potato Lover’s Month Caribbean” contest.

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U.S.: ‘demand for cranberries fairly stagnant’, says grower group

July 22nd, 2014

Wisconsin cranberry growers are due for an average crop this year amid unenticing market conditions.

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U.S.: Green Giant and Taylor Farms team up for national sweepstakes

July 22nd, 2014

Green Giant and Taylor Farms have kicked off a summer promotion involving sweepstakes and coupons.

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U.S.: new Bolthouse Farms snacks to target “maximum kid craveability”

July 21st, 2014

After making waves with its baby carrots, Bolthouse Farms is taking junk food head on again with a new line of fruit and vegetable snacks and smoothies for kids.

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U.S. West Coast port talks take a short break

July 21st, 2014

Contract negotiations for workers from 29 West Coast ports are on hold until Wednesday so the union can attend to other matters.

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Organic industry reacts to comparative nutrition study

July 21st, 2014

U.S. and European organic companies assess the many facets of their category and how it relates to a recent study claiming superior nutritional benefits.

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U.S.: Sysco to pay US$19.4M settlement over unrefrigerated food sheds

July 21st, 2014

Foodservice provider Sysco has agreed to pay damages for its prior use of noncompliant drop sites in California.

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U.S.: APHIS proposes rule to allow Chinese apple imports

July 18th, 2014

A recent posting on the Federal Register puts China one step closer to gaining access to the U.S. apple market.

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U.S.: Farm Bill funding pays greater attention to organic growers

July 18th, 2014

The USDA has slated a record level of funding for organic certification cost-share assistance.

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U.K.: future checkouts take retail experience up a notch

July 17th, 2014

A new technology used by Tesco in the U.K. has the potential to drastically change how consumers interact with supermarkets.

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U.S.: new study reveals worrying impacts of Californian drought

July 16th, 2014

The new study from UC Davis says groundwater reserves cannot be treated like an ‘unlimited savings account’.

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Canada: accepting increased cargo ‘up to operators’, says Vancouver port

July 15th, 2014

Terminal operators in Vancouver’s port will decide on whether to accept new business in the event of U.S. delays.

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U.S.: Wilmington port grateful to remain ‘Top Banana’

July 15th, 2014

Details have been revealed about Chiquita’s recent lease extension at the U.S. Port of Wilmington.

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Ireland: Fyffes execs may get US$1M bonus if Chiquita deal goes through

July 15th, 2014

An Irish media outlet has revealed incentives and fees associated with the pending ChiquitaFyffes deal.

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Figs running earlier than ever, says U.S. grower-shipper

July 11th, 2014

From figs to persimmons to chestnuts, U.S.-based Stellar Distributing is on the hunt for new international trade deals.

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U.S.: Several key industry associations urge immigration reform

July 10th, 2014

Western Growers has urged U.S. Congress for immigration reform to strengthen the agricultural industry.

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Colombia unites with Peru and Chile to develop agriculture

July 9th, 2014

A Colombian agricultural development body will work with other South American countries to strengthen the industry.

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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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U.S.: leafy greens first, then cannabis for NYSE-listed company

July 9th, 2014

A U.S. company is investing in vertical farming facilities for leafy greens, with a transition to cannabis in its sights.

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Hydroponic farming will flourish in the U.S., says grower

July 7th, 2014

In the face of water shortages and rising fuel costs, a hydroponic grower explains why he believes the method will take off in the U.S. over the coming years.

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Mexican mango exports to the U.S. down from 2013

July 4th, 2014

Mexican mango shipments are down considerably this week compared to the same time last year.

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U.S.-Korea organic certification deal comes into effect

July 3rd, 2014

U.S. organic products can now be sold in South Korea without need for further certification.

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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.

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Drastic fall for exports of Argentine mandarins, oranges

July 2nd, 2014

An Argentine citrus industry representative says growers urgently need the U.S. and Brazilian markets to be opened if they are to improve their lot.

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California Citrus Mutual upbeat after positive Chinese visit

July 2nd, 2014

A recent visit of two Chinese officials to Californian citrus groves bodes well for market access negotiations.

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U.S.: Western Growers unsure over potential port strikes

July 2nd, 2014

Western Growers says there is ‘no indication’ of imminent delays in U.S. West Coast ports, but adds exporters are being cautious.

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Aussie stonefruit industry aims for November access opening in China

June 30th, 2014

The Australian stonefruit sector has been actively promoting itself in China ahead of expected market access approval for nectarines.

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Inside New York’s bustling, lock-tight produce trading hub

June 30th, 2014

We take a closer look at the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market – the largest of its kind internationally in terms of revenue.

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U.S.: doubling Chiquita’s rent ‘not punitive’, says Gulfport

June 30th, 2014

Gulfport says charging Chiquita more rent over the lease extension period isn’t retaliation for leaving.

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U.S.: mixed fortunes for California stonefruit sellers

June 27th, 2014

While many Californian stonefruit growers have suffered from bad weather, those unaffected are enjoying better prices.

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A tale of two states for U.S. sweet cherry production

June 27th, 2014

The biggest U.S. states for sweet cherry production have witnessed significant changes, in opposite directions.

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U.S. Northwest finds cherry amour the world over

June 27th, 2014

A range of markets are showing great interest in U.S. Northwest cherries, but it would take the “entire world” to move the 2014 crop.

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Chile develops asparagus preservation liquid

June 26th, 2014

Chilean asparagus growers may soon be able to export more to the U.S. via seafreight thanks to a new liquid.

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U.S. parents willing to spend more on organics, study shows

June 25th, 2014

Organics are now seen as more available and less of a budget constraint, according to a recent study.

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Malaysia, Thailand hit rock bottom in human trafficking report

June 20th, 2014

The latest U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report was damning of two major agricultural countries, but showed positives for one significant fruit shipper.

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Opinion: what consumers can expect after the QR code

June 19th, 2014

Negative experiences have turned many shoppers off QR codes, so what’s next?

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U.S.: new highs for Florida sweet corn in May

June 17th, 2014

The recent spring has been a special one for Florida’s sweet corn growers.

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First human trial of GM bananas to take place in the U.S.

June 17th, 2014

A project from Australia’s QUT to develop pro-Vitamin A-enriched bananas is about to reach a whole new level, with a world-first human trial in the United States.

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Philippines bullish on fruit export opportunities in the U.S., Australia

June 17th, 2014

The Philippines’ Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) is hopeful for further market development in the U.S. and Australia.

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U.S.: Giumarra expects good acid-to-brix ratio from NZ Meyer lemons

June 13th, 2014

Giumarra Wenatchee is optimistic for the upcoming import season of New Zealand-grown lemons.

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English pome fruit group surprised by Thai, Indian bans

June 13th, 2014

English Apples and Pears staff found something unexpected when looking into new market opportunities in Asia.

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Washington D.C. lease signed for “world’s most productive urban farm”

June 13th, 2014

Local food-oriented BrightFarms is one step closer to building a greenhouse that is almost double the size of its Pennsylvania operation.

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U.S. would face uncertainty in Chinese blueberry market, says Joyvio rep

June 12th, 2014

Two Joyvio reps look at what competition would come from the U.S. if it were granted Chinese blueberry market access.

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U.S.: Asian citrus psyllid quarantine zone expands in Tulare

June 11th, 2014

A citrus pest quarantine zone in California’s Tulare County has expanded by 15%, with a further extension potentially on the cards.

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Opinion: what happened to the Guacapocalypse?

June 10th, 2014

While the “Guacapocalyspe” has not happened, prices look set to surge if Mexico doesn’t lift volumes significantly by Labor Day.

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U.S.: Zacks gives Chiquita “strong sell” rating

June 10th, 2014

Zacks has said “avoid this stock or consider jumping ship” in recent comments about Chiquita.

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Mexico blocks U.S. potato imports

June 9th, 2014

Mexico’s SENASICA has reportedly closed the country’s doors to U.S. potatoes following complaints from local growers.

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U.S.: Chiquita claims it never tried to block 9/11 victims’ bill

June 6th, 2014

Chiquita has spoken out amid claims it allegedly spent US$780,000 in lobbying against a 9/11 victims’ bill.

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U.S.: BrightFarms to ramp up greenhouse rollout

June 5th, 2014

Capitalizing on demand for well-priced local salads, New York’s BrightFarms expects a raft of new greenhouses to break ground in the next 18 months.

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Blueberry leaf extract lengthens shelf life, study shows

June 5th, 2014

A Chinese-U.S. study shows a substance in blueberry leaves can help extend fruit shelf life and add antioxidants.

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ChiquitaFyffes merger unlikely to affect U.K. market, says BanaBay

June 4th, 2014

A U.K. fruit company says if anyone is to be affected by the ChiquitaFyffes merger it will be growers, not consumers.

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U.S.: Calavo profits triple in Q2

June 2nd, 2014

Avocados continue to be a safe bet on Wall Street, with Calavo shares rising 6.78% on a recent results announcement.

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U.S. study shows grapes could help prevent blindness

May 29th, 2014

New research from the University of Miami has revealed grapes’ eye-protecting properties.

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Peru bets on cherimoyas in the U.S. market

May 29th, 2014

The U.S. would likely become Peru’s top cherimoya export market once a protocol is finalized.

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Dole relinquishes shares in French fruit company

May 27th, 2014

Dole Food Company has sold its minority interest in the holding company of Compagnie Fruitière Group.

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Plums suffer greatest losses in Chilean 2013-14 stonefruit deal

May 27th, 2014

Plums continued to be Chile’s leading stonefruit export crop in 2013-14, but with a 66% fall in volume.

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U.S.: Mandel shares produce industry vision

May 26th, 2014

Some players in the produce industry have “chosen not to innovate”, but the FPAA’s new chairman is still optimistic for the sector’s prospects.

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U.S.: Dragonberry Produce bullish on niche apple opportunities in China

May 22nd, 2014

Amy Nguyen is optimistic for selling a range of produce items in China following a recent USDA trade mission visit.

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U.S.: Gulfport announces company to fill Chiquita’s shoes

May 20th, 2014

Mississippi’s port of Gulfport has announced McDermott International will replace Chiquita as tenants.

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U.S.: Dole to shut up shop in Gonzales

May 20th, 2014

Dole Food Company is closing a California plant as part of a global restructuring plan.

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U.S.: demand to drive greater Indian mango imports

May 19th, 2014

If projections come to fruition, U.S. importers can expect a lot more Indian mangoes this season.

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Infrastructure and human capital key in avoiding produce losses

May 17th, 2014

A lack of staff training is making cold chains “deficient” in the eyes of GCCA Guatemala director Debbie Corado.

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Fruit and vegetables lead U.S. organic sector’s sales surge

May 15th, 2014

The U.S. organic market has hit new heights, reaching US$35.1 billion in sales last year.

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U.S.: Chiquita shipping operations return to the Big Easy

May 14th, 2014

Chiquita’s latest move is a “huge, historic win for the Port of New Orleans”, according to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

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Melons drive Fyffes profit growth in Q1

May 14th, 2014

Profits were down for Fyffes’ pineapple and banana businesses early this year, but melons pushed the company into growth territory.

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U.S.: Ayco takes a punt on pineapples

May 14th, 2014

A leading U.S. melon distributor is harnessing its logistics capacity to expand into Costa Rican pineapples.

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Opinion: Angelcot, a collaborative success story

May 14th, 2014

Frieda’s Specialty Produce CEO Karen Caplan gives her take on a “heavenly” white apricot available for a short period.

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MRL uncertainty discourages U.S. pear exporters in Europe

May 12th, 2014

Concerns over post-harvest chemical DPA have become symbolic of strict residue standards from European retailers.

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U.S. and NZ take on Indonesia to protect horticultural trade

May 12th, 2014

Indonesia’s import licensing policy has sparked another WTO trade dispute with the U.S. and New Zealand.

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‘Kudos to the USDA’, says California Citrus Mutual on China protocol

May 9th, 2014

California has reached a supplementary protocol to regain access to the Chinese citrus market, but approval will depend on a technical visit that will likely take place in June.

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U.S.: Chiquita results fall short of expectations in Q1

May 9th, 2014

Chiquita Brands has cited drought in supply regions and winter storms in the north as behind a net loss for the first quarter.

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California grapes could have another record year

May 9th, 2014

Improvements in production strategies have helped protect California table grapes from drought conditions.

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U.S: Chelan gears up copters to protect cherry crop from rain

May 8th, 2014

Chelan Fresh has high expectations for the cherry season around the corner, with bigger volumes of a well-received variety introduced in 2012.

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U.S.: root damage ‘greatly underestimated’ in citrus greening cases

May 8th, 2014

Once HLB appears on plant leaves, the disease has already caused extensive losses to the root system.

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Apples and onions bolster NZ horticultural exports in 2013

May 7th, 2014

New Zealand’s wine sector was not able to beat apple growers’ phenomenal rise in export values last year.

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U.S.: Michigan dominates Salad Bars to Midwest Schools campaign

May 6th, 2014

We take a look at United Fresh’s current salad bar drive and the effects of improved school lunch legislation for a produce distributor.

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U.S.: APHIS allows cold treatment-free Colombian cape gooseberries

May 5th, 2014

Cape gooseberry, physalis, goldenberry, aguaymanto and uchuva – they’re all the same fruit and many Colombian growers will now have an easier job of shipping them to the U.S.

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U.S.: University of Florida releases two new citrus cultivars

May 5th, 2014

A new mandarin and a Navel orange-like variety will go to market thanks to the University of Florida.

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U.S.: papayas parked in growth spot with trailer cooling

May 5th, 2014

An improvised storage solution has triggered growth in American Airlines’ Brazilian papaya freight business, while new routes have also opened up unexpected opportunities elsewhere.

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Opinion: seven-fold lemon price hike in Chile invites imports

April 30th, 2014

Colin Fain looks out how just a small change in Chilean lemon production can have a dramatic effect on prices.

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Sun World names new U.S. stonefruit licensee

April 30th, 2014

Moonlight Sales Corporation is now the fourth Californian company involved in Sun World stonefruit varieties.

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Bananas bring profit and uncertainty to Fresh Del Monte in Q1

April 30th, 2014

Fresh Del Monte has reported strong earnings, but also expressed concern over Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 and Ecuador’s illicit drug trade.

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Authorities make progress for Colombian avocado access in the U.S.

April 29th, 2014

APHIS has identified three quarantine pests Colombia needs to address to gain Hass avocado access to the U.S.

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Blueberry growers cotton on to benefits of packing on arrival

April 28th, 2014

A Chilean-American company is adapting to flexible retail needs for bulk blueberry sourcing.

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Blueberry benefits resonate with U.S. consumers, restaurants

April 28th, 2014

Health promotions have helped push blueberries into new areas of growth on the U.S. market.

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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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U.S.: C.H. Robinson mulls over Welch’s grape packing in China

April 25th, 2014

With labor shortages at home, C.H. Robinson is considering a grape re-packing set-up in China.

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U.S.: Origami cantaloupe harvest unfolds for Legend Produce

April 23rd, 2014

Legend Produce has increased acreage of Origami cantaloupes to make them its dominant variety.

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U.S.: Pacific Organic to import first Peruvian organic pomegranate arils

April 21st, 2014

Pacific Organic expects to make another breakthrough in its produce offering with the first imports of organic Peruvian pomegranate arils.

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U.S.: Vermont moves to become first state with GMO labeling

April 21st, 2014

Proponents of Vermont’s GMO labeling law are confident the bill will reach full enactment.

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U.S.: Washington asparagus harvest underway

April 17th, 2014

Despite a national decline in U.S. asparagus farming, a Washington company is working to increase acreage.

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U.S.: Washington Apples sits out of Indian cricket campaign

April 16th, 2014

Low import volume has pushed Washington Apples to refocus its marketing efforts in India.

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Heirloom pear variety en route from Argentina to U.S.

April 15th, 2014

Argentine Alexander Lucas pears will arrive in limited quantity to the U.S. this month.

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U.S. proposes new rules for Philippine mangoes, Japanese oranges

April 11th, 2014

A relaxation in requirements could see more parts of Japan and the Philippines shipping fruit to the U.S.

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