March 03, 2015 / Week N° 10

Posts Tagged U.S.

Mexico: Jalisco avocado growers feeling ready for U.S. exports

March 3rd, 2015

An avocado industry representative from the Mexican state of Jalisco does not expect much “resistance” as procedures continue for the opening of the U.S. market.

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GM apple developers set to finally cash in after takeover deal

March 3rd, 2015

A US$4.2 billion biotech company has bought into the fresh-cut and foodservice propositions of Okanagan Specialty Fruit’s (OSF) Arctic apples.

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Sun World to release ‘explosive’ grape varieties in Chile

March 3rd, 2015

A leading table grape breeder says public varieties are on the way out and growers need to ‘get with the program’ to avoid poor market prices.

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U.S.: White seedless table grapes could hit ‘bargain prices’

February 27th, 2015

Capespan North America says there will likely be a ‘fast peak and abrupt end’ for Thompsons.

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U.S.: Overarching brand has “monumental” implications for produce industry

February 26th, 2015

Tongue-in-cheek with celebrity backing, a new “superhero meets sports” brand for fruits and vegetables called FNV is poised to change the way the U.S. public interacts with produce.

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U.S.: Chiquita forced to stay longer at Gulfport

February 26th, 2015

Port congestion in New Orleans has delayed the completion of a logistics move for Chiquita Brands International.

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U.S. pistachio industry celebrates new dietary recommendations

February 26th, 2015

Pistachio growers all around the globe have cause for celebration on World Pistachio Day.

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U.S.: Western Growers partners with Colorado association

February 25th, 2015

Western Growers will collaborate with the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association on areas of ‘mutual interest’, including federal policy issues and food safety.

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China: AQSIQ puts U.S. citrus industry on notice

February 25th, 2015

China’s quarantine branches have been put on high alert for citrus imports from all U.S. growing regions.

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U.S.: GM labeling would be ‘as good as a ban’, says critic

February 24th, 2015

While one critic of GMO labeling says legislation would be a “Pandora’s box” and hinder scientific development, the Center for Food Safety points to the success of transparency in GM-heavy Brazil.

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Washington apple industry applauds U.S. West Coast port breakthrough

February 24th, 2015

After missing “critical shipping opportunities”, the Washington Apple Commission is pleased the ports are back up and running.

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Moroccan citrus exports boosted to North America

February 20th, 2015

Morocco has so far this season shipped 5% more citrus to North America than the EU.

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U.S.: Sunkist grower payments up by a quarter in 2014

February 19th, 2015

Revenue surpassed US$1 billion for the largest citrus shipper in the U.S. last year, bolstered by a new partnerships in India and Brazil.

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U.S. port row has compromised US$50M in Chilean fruit exports, says Fedefruta

February 19th, 2015

The U.S. Ambassador to Chile received leaders of Fedefruta yesterday to discuss effects from the West Coast port dispute.

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The Hass Horn: U.S. avocado supply outlook, 2015 and beyond

February 19th, 2015

An experienced avocado industry veteran reveals his forecasts for the market’s future and supply sources.

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Mexico: Social responsibility alliance to ‘expand’ into retail, foodservice

February 19th, 2015

Although no U.S. retailers have yet been invited to join a newly formed social responsibility alliance in Mexico, Wal-mart has pledged its support and has made several key changes since a damning LA Times investigation.

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USDA considers allowing avocado imports from second Mexican state

February 18th, 2015

Mexico’s second-largest avocado production state could soon be allowed to ship the Hass variety to the U.S.

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U.S.: Perez port meetings ‘positive and productive’

February 18th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor says Secretary Perez yesterday told both parties in the West Coast port conflict an immediate agreement was ‘imperative’.

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First Aussie mango shipment to the U.S. ‘sold out quickly’

February 18th, 2015

An Australian mango exporter says it is beginning a three-year export program to the U.S.

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U.S.: Port of Oakland imports down 39% on 2014

February 17th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor says Secretary Perez will today meet with both parties in the ongoing West Coast port conflict and ‘urge them to resolve their dispute quickly.’

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U.S.: Fresh Del Monte back in the black

February 17th, 2015

Higher selling prices and greater banana volumes helped a leading produce multinational shake off its 2013 loss to record a net income of US$142.4 million for 2014.

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U.S.: California Avocado Commission releases crop update

February 16th, 2015

California’s avocado grower body has forecast volumes 10% higher year-on-year.

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Chilean fruit export industry fears for cargo following U.S. port suspensions

February 16th, 2015

ASOEX has said US$45 million worth of fruit is at risk of deteriorating due to U.S. port delays.

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Giumarra expects high volume of ‘eat brighter’ spring watermelons

February 16th, 2015

Giumarra will offer seedless watermelons grown in Mexico from around mid-March.

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U.S.: Obama steps in to resolve West Coast port dispute

February 15th, 2015

The White House is intervening in the West Coast port conflict with the aim of a quick resolution.

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USDA gives green light to GM apples

February 15th, 2015

Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) is one step closer to getting its genetically modified, non-browning apples on the U.S. market.

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U.S.: Western Growers urges Obama to engage in port conflict

February 13th, 2015

Tom Nassif releases a statement on the ‘nightmarish situation’ in West Coast ports.

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U.S.: West Coast port employer to temporarily halt operations

February 11th, 2015

The Pacific Maritime Association says it cannot justify paying union workers premium rates over the upcoming weekend and holidays, while the union says the employers’ actions are “bad for the industry and the U.S. economy.”

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Chinese opening brings great opportunities for U.S.-grown club varieties, says T&G

February 11th, 2015

A Turners & Growers pipfruit executive discusses China’s opening for U.S. apples and a challenging New Zealand deal.

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Chiquita faces another eco-lawsuit

February 11th, 2015

A Seattle-based law firm alleges that Chiquita produces bananas in such a way that poisons local residents.

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Chile: Fedefruta says U.S. West Coast port crisis puts shipments at risk

February 11th, 2015

Chile’s Fruit Producers Federation says the industry “must be alert” to delays in U.S. West Coast ports.

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California: Port situation ‘couldn’t have happened at a worse time’, says CCM

February 10th, 2015

The California Citrus Mutual estimates exports this so far this season are 25% lower than planned.

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Opinion: Asian flavors and other 2015 produce trends

February 9th, 2015

Karen Caplan discusses how produce is taking the center stage at restaurants.

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New U.S.-South Africa Avocado Committee seeks to overcome trade barriers

February 9th, 2015

Amid soaring U.S. avocado demand, the first U.S.-South Africa agricultural committee has been set up.

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U.S. clears French pome fruit imports

February 9th, 2015

After a 10-year hiatus due to a leaf borer detection, France is again shipping apples to the U.S.

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Colombia: Avocado industry steps up efforts for U.S. market access this year

February 9th, 2015

Colombia’s Agriculture Minster says gaining U.S. avocado access would be like ‘winning the lottery’.

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U.S.: Limoneira and Cadiz in citrus growth

February 9th, 2015

Limoneira has acquired an additional 200 acres of lemon trees for around US$1.2 million.

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U.S.: Giumarra announces first year for DulceVida stonefruit

February 6th, 2015

Giumarra has described its ‘extra-sweet’ apricots and nectarines as an ‘international solution’.

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Red tape a “major concern” for Europe-U.S. trade, says Copa Cogeca

February 6th, 2015

The head of Copa Cogeca has urged a change in the ”burdensome” export rules for EU shippers trading with the U.S.

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U.S.: Pacific Maritime Association makes “all-in” offer to ILWU

February 5th, 2015

The president of the Pacific Maritime Association has said West Coast ports are “truly close to gridlock”, and that the latest contract offer is “as far as we can go at this point.”

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U.S.: Researchers develop ‘fast, easy and accurate’ citrus greening detector

February 5th, 2015

A portable and inexpensive citrus greening detector developed by University of Florida scientists could soon be available to citrus growers.

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U.S.: Port Manatee gets funding for channel deepening study

February 4th, 2015

Port Manatee is hoping to deepen its channel and harbor to accommodate the larger ships that will soon be passing through the Panama Canal.

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Opinion: From apple juice to caramel apples – a 20-year journey to the same place

February 3rd, 2015

Food poisoning attorney Bill Marler says the cost of the recent U.S. Listeria outbreak will be huge.

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New ‘Gem’ pear variety jointly released in U.S.

February 2nd, 2015

The U.S. Agricultural Research Service and three universities have jointly released a high-yielding and fire blight-resistant pear cultivar.

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U.S.: CDC monitors possible link between litchis and mysterious illness in India

February 2nd, 2015

A report says there could be a connection between litchi seeds and an unknown illness in a northern Indian region.

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U.S. allows imports of two South Korean Unshu oranges

February 2nd, 2015

Commercial consignments of two Korean Unshu sweet and mandarin orange hybrids can now enter the U.S.

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Opinion: The need for change in the avocado industry

January 30th, 2015

With avocado consumption on a high note leading up to the Super Bowl, Equal Exchange’s Jennie Msall calls for a transformation of the fruit’s sourcing in light of last year’s LA Times expose ‘Product of Mexico’.

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Hawaii to propose Dole swap former pineapple land for prison site

January 30th, 2015

Due to the state’s lack of funds, Hawaii may propose a land swap with Dole Food Company.

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Chiquita’s Colombian paramilitary payment lawsuits in the spotlight

January 30th, 2015

Chiquita has accused one lawyer, whose firm has provided security to witnesses under threat in the past in other cases, of allegedly paying off witnesses. Whether this is a delay tactic or a case-changing argument is yet to be seen.

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U.S. apple shippers aim for greater slice of Chinese market pie

January 29th, 2015

Eight U.S. apple varieties have been singled out for promotional activity in China following a recent market opening.

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Aussie litchi industry sets sights firmly on U.S.

January 28th, 2015

The timing of the U.S. market opening is auspicious for Australian litchi growers with a bumper crop running later than usual.

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U.S.: West Coast port users express shock at ‘unbelievable’ congestion

January 28th, 2015

U.S. customs broker J&K Fresh says the U.S. port situation is ‘almost worse than if they were striking’ due to the uncertainty, while the Global Reefers head says he’s never seen anything like this on the West Coast.

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Indonesia joins Asian neighbors in California apple import ban

January 27th, 2015

Citing uncertainty around possible listeria outbreaks due to regional trade, the Indonesian Government has banned certain U.S. apples from the market.

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New CEO for Sun World

January 27th, 2015

With a new CEO at the helm, Sun World will progress in its California grape planting program and will be pulling out of some crops.

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Peru poised for first mango exports to South Korea next season

January 27th, 2015

U.S. and South Korean market developments are on the cards for Peruvian mango shippers in February.

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U.S.: Listeria apple media claims in Asia “outlandish”, says Powers

January 27th, 2015

A Northwest Horticultural Council representative says a ‘very difficult situation’ has arisen from inaccurate reports in Asia-Pacific countries about the recall of some U.S. apples.

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U.S. gains Chinese market access for all apple varieties

January 26th, 2015

Bilateral talks between the USDA and AQSIQ have led to China granting market access for all apple varieties from all U.S. apple-growing regions.

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U.S. apple listeria hysteria spreads in South East Asia

January 23rd, 2015

Vietnam is the latest country to take a tough stance on certain U.S. apples to prevent a listeria outbreak spreading internationally.

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U.S.: Chiquita puts price tag on Charlotte exit

January 22nd, 2015

Severance payments, relocation costs and incentive refunds are set to tally up to tens of millions of dollars for Chiquita Brands as part of its move out of Charlotte.

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U.S.: Workers vote ‘yes’ for Hunts Point Terminal Market deal

January 21st, 2015

After achieving the “best wage and benefits package in two decades”, unionists at the Hunts Point Terminal Market have called on the local government for support to renovate vital infrastructure for feeding New York City.

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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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U.S.: WP Rawl to almost double leafy greens processing capacity

January 20th, 2015

WP Rawl’s new South Carolina production lines involve the latest technology and a two-step wash process.

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U.S. court upholds ruling on two USDA grape patents

January 19th, 2015

A California judge has ruled the USDA maintains rights to grape varieties Scarlet Royal and Autumn King.

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Chile: ASOEX joins Bachelet on presidential tour of U.S.

January 19th, 2015

Chilean fruit industry representatives are pleased they have been recognized to join Michelle Bachelet on a U.S. tour.

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U.S.: No strike today at Hunts Point Terminal Market

January 18th, 2015

The biggest fruit market in the U.S. has averted a strike action that could have taken place today, after a tentative wage deal was reached.

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U.S.: Calavo forecasts new record earnings in 2015

January 15th, 2015

Calavo Growers CEO Lee Cole says all indicators are “pointing affirmatively” this year, after the company notched solid results for 2014.

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Australia gains U.S. access for mangoes, litchis

January 14th, 2015

While most Australian litchi and mango growers have traditionally focused on the domestic market, they will now have a new sales outlet thanks to the official opening of the U.S. market for their crops.

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Early organic Argentine pears soon to hit the water for U.S. market

January 14th, 2015

Pacific Organic’s Greg Holzman discusses upcoming pome fruit and mango deals, as well as the strong dollar’s effect on produce trade flows.

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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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Mayan Sweet onions from Peru trialed in British market

January 12th, 2015

Pacific Produce hopes to replicate the U.S. success of Peruvian sweet onions in the U.K.

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U.S.: HAB forecasts new record for Super Bowl avocado consumption

January 9th, 2015

American football fans are set to tackle 240 million avocados head on the week leading up to the Super Bowl.

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Kalettes ‘slow to take off’ in U.S. despite widespread interest

December 24th, 2014

A U.S. Kalette producer says it has been hard to work out the best growing methods for the new product.

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U.S.: Pacific Maritime Association requests federal mediation in port talks

December 24th, 2014

The entity representing West Coast port employers says outside help is needed to reach a contract agreement.

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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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Argentine cherries reach Hong Kong market

December 19th, 2014

Argentine cherry exports have been made more viable with the help of direct flights from Patagonia to international markets.

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USDA develops colored potato varieties

December 18th, 2014

Three new healthy potato cultivars with red and purple flesh are now on sale in the U.S.

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U.S.: North Carolina sweet potato production soars

December 18th, 2014

North Carolina is boosting its sweet potato volumes to keep up with a huge national demand growth.

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U.S.: West Coast port talks end ‘not close’, says employer

December 18th, 2014

The Pacific Maritime Association says rumors that the negotiations are close to a final contract are not true and both sides remain apart on several issues.

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U.S.: California storms very positive but drought not over yet, says CFFA

December 17th, 2014

The California Fresh Fruit Association says recent rainfall has been excellent for the industry, but it is too early to speculate on water allocation for next year.

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U.S.: Vision Produce expands chili program

December 16th, 2014

Vision Produce says it will be able to supply far more customers with new grower deals.

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Fruit sorting tech company wins Australian Exporter of the Year award

December 16th, 2014

GP Graders has received recognition for its international presence in the world of cherry sorting.

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U.S.: California court takes Dole’s side in fruit mix labeling case

December 12th, 2014

A California court has denied a consumer’s allegation that Dole’s use of ascorbic and citric acids in packaged products makes the label “All Natural Fruit” misleading.

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U.S.: California citrus industry gives mixed views on storm

December 12th, 2014

While California Citrus Mutual has said the current storms in the state are a ‘plus all the way round’, others say it will delay harvesting at a peak time.

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Texas citrus mite encroaches further in Spanish fields

December 12th, 2014

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

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Mexico starts anti-dumping investigation into U.S. apple imports

December 11th, 2014

Growers in the Mexican state of Chihuahua have filed a complaint alleging unfair trade practices from U.S. apple exporters.

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U.S.: West Coast exporters ‘substantially delayed’, says Western Growers

December 5th, 2014

Western Growers says there are exporters ‘backing off’ their shipping volumes due to congestion in West Coast ports, and it is unclear when conditions will begin to improve.

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Tampa Bay delegation visits Chile to ‘deepen business opportunities’

December 5th, 2014

The head of Chile’s fruit exporters’ group says a recent U.S. visit helped both sides to explore new possibilities.

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U.S.: Sweet potato exports spike over five-year period

December 3rd, 2014

The U.S. sweet potato export sector is now worth US$95 million, with EU-bound shipments up 17% this year.

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River Point Farms starts work on ‘state of the art’ packing plant

December 2nd, 2014

River Point says its new packing facility will help prepare for the doubling of onion production over the next year.

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

December 2nd, 2014

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

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Chilean kiwifruit industry prepares ground for 2015 season

November 28th, 2014

Breeding programs and pre-conditioning are two of many priorities for Chilean kiwifruit growers next year.

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U.S.: Fair trade demand ‘tremendous’ as awareness grows

November 27th, 2014

A fair trader from Interrupcion says the recent U.S. focus on immigration and farmworkers’ rights is here to stay.

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Mission Produce teams up with Lantao for Chinese avocado sales

November 27th, 2014

Mission Produce has raised its avocado sales in China by 15% since a partnership was reached with Lantao.

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U.S: new fumigation method allows for greater fruit volumes

November 27th, 2014

Exporters whose fruit requires fumigation in the U.S. now have a much more practical solution on offer in Florida.

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U.S.: Martin Sheen appeals for UFW support

November 25th, 2014

Actor Martin Sheen has called on the public to support a farmworker union that has been steeped in controversy of late.

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Opinion: U.S. farmers losing millions due to Canadian bankruptcies

November 25th, 2014

Lawyer Tim Henkel says the USDA was justified in its actions regarding Canadian exporters and PACA.

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Canadian produce sector hails successful meeting on Parliament Hill

November 25th, 2014

Financial protection for produce sellers was one of the key topics addressed during recent meetings between industry and government in Ottawa.

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‘Congress must enact meaningful immigration legislation,’ says Nassif

November 24th, 2014

The Western Growers head says Obama’s plans could lead to many workers leaving the agricultural industry.

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U.S. rules hit Chilean organic blueberry hectares, says North Bay

November 21st, 2014

North Bay Produce’s Ruy Barbosa talks about Chilean blueberry uniformity and the implications of fumigation measures.

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Healthier diets drive higher demand for almonds, pistachios

November 21st, 2014

Marketing schemes have gone a long way for Paramount Farms’ almond and pistachio sales.

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