December 18, 2014 / Week N° 51

Posts Tagged U.S.

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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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.: 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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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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Madagascan litchi season kicks off

November 20th, 2014

After conquering palates in Europe, Madagascan litchi growers are now looking for new northern markets.

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Chinese Sesame Street-branded pears bound for U.S. market

November 20th, 2014

Jim Provost believes the ‘Eat Brighter!’ campaign will help raise Asian pear consumption in the U.S.

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Del Monte opens new Canadian fresh cut facility

November 19th, 2014

Fresh Del Monte Produce has opened a new operation to supply fresh cut salads, fruits and vegetables to the Canadian market.

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

November 18th, 2014

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

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U.S.: Peak volumes mean ‘now is the time to promote mangoes’

November 18th, 2014

Central American Produce says volatile mango import volumes from Latin America mean buyers must act now.

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U.S.: LoBue’s Cara Cara nets to reel in new shoppers

November 17th, 2014

LoBue Citrus’ new packaging strategy for Cara Cara oranges shows that simple is sometimes beautiful.

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China: California citrus reentry to cause “minor” problems, says grower

November 14th, 2014

With the Navel crop in a key Chinese production region down 20%, one grower still has his hopes up.

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China: Fruitday gears up for Mexican blackberries, Chilean avocados

November 14th, 2014

After tripling sales in the last year, Fruitday co-founder Loren Zhao looks ahead for fruit imports in 2014-15.

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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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Understanding consumer trends ‘fundamental’ for marketing strategies

November 11th, 2014

At PMA Fruittrade Latin America, industry experts will talk about why just having a good product is not enough.

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McDonald’s supplier gets USDA approval for GM potato

November 11th, 2014

A genetically modified potato that produces fewer cancerous chemicals could soon hit the U.S. market.

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South Africa: Dutoit branches out into early cherries for U.K. market

November 11th, 2014

Gysbert du Toit talks about the evolution of an early cherry deal from South Africa in a tie-up with Californian varieties.

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Lemon demand has risen 10-15%, says Limoneira exec

November 10th, 2014

At first it was just shortages driving up prices, but now Limoneira believes stonger lemon demand is here to stay.

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U.S.: West Coast port employer says union action has reached California

November 7th, 2014

The Pacific Maritime Association claims a union is now withholding skilled workers in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

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China developing an ‘affinity’ for U.S. cranberries

November 7th, 2014

China-bound exports of U.S. cranberries are up 104% this year, with a big future on the cards.

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Californian court makes landmark order against UFW, ALRB

November 6th, 2014

Gerawan Farming has achieved a breakthrough in its struggle against the forced unionization of farmworkers.

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U.S.: Marketing Washington State’s “monster” apple crop

November 6th, 2014

We take an in-depth look at how some major Washington apple producers are marketing their huge crops this season, as well as other key issues like storage space and labor availability.

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Italy to showcase Abate Fetel pears at New York foodie institution

November 6th, 2014

Spots have filled up quickly for an event to promote a unique Italian pear at Eataly in New York.

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BanaBay expects “superstar” U.S. banana sales in Q1

November 6th, 2014

BanaBay’s North American president of North American operations says doing business as usual is a “death sentence”.

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U.S.: West Coast port slowdown accusations ‘a bold-faced lie’, says ILWU

November 5th, 2014

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union says recent claims made against it were part of a smear campaign.

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U.S.: WP Rawl to double Florida growing operation

November 5th, 2014

WP Rawl has new plants in the ground such as kale and beets in Florida, which will be ready for harvest in December.

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Early Chilean blueberry start doesn’t mean early finish, says Giumarra

November 4th, 2014

Giumarra Companies’ Tom Richardson gives his take on what to expect from the Chilean blueberry season and next week’s PMA Fruittrade in Santiago.

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Spanish group discourages new Tango mandarin plantings

November 4th, 2014

A recent report could have bearings on legal disputes over mandarin variety rights in Spain and South Africa.

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Q&A: California attorneys “suing farmers as fast as they can”

November 4th, 2014

With California’s produce sector feeling the crunch, lobby group Western Growers is fighting for sensible decisions from state and federal governments.

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U.S.: ILWU accused of ‘illegal slowdowns’ in West Coast ports

November 3rd, 2014

The Pacific Maritime Association claims a union has broken an agreement by severely reducing productivity in the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

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U.S.: “There will be companies that Canadians don’t sell to,” says Lemaire

November 3rd, 2014

CPMA president Ron Lemaire looks in depth at what less payment protection in the U.S. could lead to for Canadian produce exporters.

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Walnuts linked with preventing Alzheimer’s disease

November 3rd, 2014

An animal study has concluded that walnuts’ nutritional content could protect brains from Alzheimer’s disease.

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Colombian producer to extend golden berry marketing across the U.S.

November 1st, 2014

A representative from Global Agricultural Trading says physalis definitely has an interesting future in the U.S., and plans to start selling outside California.

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China agrees to allow some Washington apple imports

October 30th, 2014

Washington Red and Golden Delicious apples can soon be shipped to China after a two-year hiatus.

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Major Chinese apple province on verge of gaining U.S. market access

October 30th, 2014

After 16 years’ hard work, a major Chinese apple producing province could soon start shipping to the U.S.

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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.: vertical farms can ‘enhance’ traditional methods, says FarmedHere

October 29th, 2014

A leading indoor farming company says the sector can support the traditional industry in times of need.

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New shape, no wax: Italy’s bet on U.S. pear market

October 28th, 2014

Apofruit’s Renzo Balestri highlights Italy’s renewed export focus, agricultural attrition and a push south for fruit production.

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Fresh Del Monte income triples in Q3

October 28th, 2014

Profitability soared for Fresh Del Monte in the third quarter on the back of strong sales for bananas and pineapples.

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U.S.: Rainier Fruit’s productivity to rise with new automated facility

October 28th, 2014

Rainier’s sister warehouse now has the U.S. Northwest’s first automated fruit shipping facility.

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Produce companies need the ‘do good’ playbook, says Naumes

October 28th, 2014

Bolthouse Farms’ Pamela Naumes talks about The Food Porn Index, the ethical leanings of millenial consumers, and forgetting distinctions between online and offline marketing.

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Chilean and Mexican avocado deals running late, says Araiza

October 23rd, 2014

Mission Produce’s Ron Araiza points to changes in the avocado industry, including greater security measures, new facilities and the search for new growing regions.

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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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Peru’s table grape production expected to rise 15.8% next year

October 22nd, 2014

2015 could be an excellent year for Peruvian table grape exporters, with high volumes and good international prices.

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U.S.: APHIS proposes new import regime for Chilean kiwifruit

October 17th, 2014

A new U.S. rule proposes to scrap methyl bromide treatment from Chile’s existing kiwifruit export requirements.

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Mexican exporters to benefit from new Florida-bound shipping service

October 17th, 2014

A weekly service between Port Manatee and Veracruz in Mexico will ‘enhance delivery of fresher products’.

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Chiquita rejects new Brazilian offer

October 16th, 2014

Chiquita says Cutrale-Safra have ‘failed to deliver’ an irrevocable offer, claiming a merger with Fyffes would provide much better value than US$14 per share.

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Costco makes move into China via online retailer

October 16th, 2014

Costco will sell some of its products in China through Alibaba’s website, delivering orders from its U.S. warehouses.

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Brazilian firms sweeten Chiquita offer

October 15th, 2014

In a last-ditch effort, Cutrale-Safra have upped their Chiquita takeover offer to US$14 per share, saying it provides ‘complete certainty’ in terms of value to shareholders.

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South African court case to test validity of Tango mandarin variety

October 14th, 2014

Is irradiating budwood for seedless characteristics enough to make a citrus variety be considered different? A landmark South African court case will set out to answer this question next year.

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Argentina will be ‘substantial’ processed blueberry player, says Comfrut

October 13th, 2014

As Chile’s frozen blueberry industry continues to grow, falling international prices could see its next-door neighbor focus far more attention on the sector in the ‘medium-term’.

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Ecuador to help ease U.S. mango shortage

October 10th, 2014

Despite reduced Latin American mango production, Kingston Fresh will import more Ecuadorian fruit this season.

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Chilean exporters set to enjoy favorable exchange rate for U.S. market

October 9th, 2014

A favorable exchange rate will likely help the Chilean produce industry in the summer season.

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Peru expected to ramp up China-bound grape exports for 2014/15

October 8th, 2014

The U.S. looks set to lose its position as the second biggest grape supplier to the Chinese market this season.

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Colombian avocado industry expects strong export future

October 7th, 2014

Due to new avocado plantings and a recent focus on certification, Colombia is expecting 600% export growth by 2018.

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U.S.: Sunkist launches Sesame Street citrus packaging

October 7th, 2014

In a bid to help fight childhood obesity, Sunkist will sell its citrus with packaging from a popular kids’ TV show.

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U.S.: mushroom grower expands to cope with rising demand

October 7th, 2014

Mushroom company To-Jo has boosted a range of its facilities as new industry marketing concepts help increase sales.

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USDA announces US$118M in grants to support specialty crops

October 6th, 2014

The U.S. plans to bolster specialty crop competitiveness by funding 838 agricultural projects across the country.

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U.S. revokes Canada reciprocity agreement

October 6th, 2014

Canadian produce companies are no longer protected by the U.S. payment protection system PACA.

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Organic Italian kiwifruit hit U.S. shores

October 2nd, 2014

Viva Tierra Organic has embarked on its second Italian kiwifruit import season.

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Argentina: first airfreight blueberry exports lift off from Tucumán

September 30th, 2014

APRATUC Guillermo Olivera says blueberry growing conditions have been “benign” compared to last year.

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Gains and setbacks for California farm labor laws

September 29th, 2014

Western Growers CEO Tom Nassif has responded to two recent farm labor decisions made by California Governor Jerry Brown.

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Fyffes trying to “hoodwink” Chiquita shareholders, says Cutrale-Safra

September 29th, 2014

The Brazilian companies trying to buy Chiquita are not impressed with its recent announcement regarding Fyffes.

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Crop trust aims to raise millions to avoid climate change ‘catastrophe’

September 29th, 2014

The global crop conservation organization says it is imperative we conserve genetic diversity now for the sake of humanity’s future in a rapidly changing world.

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Fyffes raises the stakes in proposed Chiquita merger

September 26th, 2014

In a bid to sway interest away from Brazilian competition, Fyffes is now offering Chiquita shareholders a much greater share in the combined entity.

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Q&A: Ready Pac’s marketing vision combines health with flavor

September 26th, 2014

Ready Pac’s Jay Ellis discusses the evolution of snacking and the segment’s ‘unlimited’ growth opportunities.

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Global cranberry crop to fall in 2014, says Ocean Spray

September 26th, 2014

The North American cranberry harvest is underway, with leading cooperative Ocean Spray expanding internationally.

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Researchers engineer plants for far higher photosynthesis efficiency

September 26th, 2014

A scientist has hailed the exciting possibility of increasing major global crop yields by 60%, using genetic modification to speed up photosynthesis.

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U.S. could revoke Canadian reciprocity agreement ‘imminently’

September 25th, 2014

If Canadian authorities don’t act fast, exporters could soon be at risk of going bankrupt if they continue trade with the U.S.

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Peru: Camposol to hold blueberry tastings in Germany, U.K.

September 25th, 2014

Produce multinational Camposol is set to raise blueberry exports by 150% this year.

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U.S. opens door for Jamaican mango shipments

September 24th, 2014

They probably won’t stir up the market, but Jamaican mangoes have been approved for export to the U.S.

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Vegalab grows Central American presence amid ‘tremendous reception’

September 22nd, 2014

Vegalab’s Costa Rican distributor will take on seven more natural sustainable products as demand continues to grow.

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Opinion: why the U.S. needs to change its eating habits

September 18th, 2014

Frieda’s Specialty Produce CEO Karen Caplan discusses “Fruits & Veggies – More Matters” month.

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U.S.: farming couple take leap of faith with Aronia berry

September 18th, 2014

Two farmers who invested heavily in the Aronia berry say the industry is ‘where the cranberry business was 30 years ago’, and see a big future for the fruit.

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U.S.: ‘great acceptance’ for exclusive varieties, says First Fruits Marketing

September 18th, 2014

With increasing volumes of unique varieties and a new mesh packaging, one Washington producer eases into the season.

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U.S.: 4Earth Farms eyes majority organic sales in near future

September 18th, 2014

Many years’ hard work finally pay off as 4Earth Farms sees phenomenal growth from its various organic programs.

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California: CCM urges Governor to veto ‘ambiguous’ groundwater legislation

September 17th, 2014

The California Citrus Mutual says state groundwater management plans ‘will create more problems than they solve.’

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U.S.: Limoneira legend passes away

September 17th, 2014

California-based Limoneira Company has announced the death of its chairman Alan M. Teague.

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U.S. study shows mangoes could benefit obese adults

September 15th, 2014

Although it doesn’t reduce weight, a study shows mango consumption could lower blood sugar levels in obese adults.

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