September 02, 2014 / Week N° 36

Posts Tagged U.S.

‘U.S. blueberry farming practices need to evolve’, says Giant Berry Farms

September 1st, 2014

With phenomenal North American blueberry production forecast, one company says big changes are needed.

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U.S. may allow South African citrus from black spot-infested areas

August 29th, 2014

U.S. authorities claim South Africa should be treated the same way as Florida when it comes to citrus black spot.

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Colombia will be ‘a very important player’ in avocado trade, says Westfalia rep

August 29th, 2014

A Westfalia Colombia rep says the industry could double in the next decade and take on Chile and Peru in the U.S.

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U.S. could open doors to Chinese citrus

August 29th, 2014

Hot on the heels of apples, Chinese citrus is now on track to gaining U.S. market entry after a recent proposed rule from APHIS.

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U.S.: Sun Pacific ‘affected dramatically’ by the drought

August 29th, 2014

‘Water prices are way up, water availability is way down, and it’s scary’, says a Californian citrus grower.

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California: Gerawan responds to UFW statement, misconduct allegations

August 28th, 2014

Gerawan Farming says ‘It is unfortunate that our employees need to take such a drastic action’.

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California competition greater than Chile, says Peruvian grape exporter

August 28th, 2014

One Peruvian table grape company has raised concerns about what Russia’s ban will mean for export markets.

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U.S.: West Coast port talks make headway

August 27th, 2014

Clear progress is made in the U.S. West Coast port negotiations as both sides reach a ‘tentative agreement on terms for health benefits’.

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California: UFW hits back at ‘anti-labor’ Center for Worker Freedom

August 27th, 2014

The United Farmworkers Union has accused the Center for Worker Freedom of “cynical outreach to Latinos”, backed by the “architect” of last fall’s Federal Government shutdown.

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U.S. plum producer says ‘consumers are in for a treat’

August 26th, 2014

Grant J. Hunt Company is expecting ‘one of the cleanest’ Empress plum crops ever as production increases.

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U.S.: Florida grower sees substantial growth in green-skinned avocado sales

August 26th, 2014

A Florida producer says green-skinned avocados’ ‘good flavor profile’ is one reason for growing demand.

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Egyptian produce company expects minimal U.S.-bound citrus exports

August 26th, 2014

An Egyptian produce company says citrus exports to the U.S. should be small for now due to Russian opportunities.

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Farmworkers versus unions, a new fight in California

August 26th, 2014

Employers will not be the targets in a peach picker protest to take place today, but rather unions and the State of the California.

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Chilean walnut, almond and prune exporters look to Russia

August 25th, 2014

Apart from the import embargo, currency issues will also determine how Chilean dried fruit fares in Russia.

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USDA researcher reveals encouraging results of phosphine fumigation tests

August 25th, 2014

Research shows worker safety and food quality could be improved by using phosphine instead of methyl bromide on crops.

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Canada pledges to speed up Polish apple access

August 25th, 2014

Canadian authorities have vowed to speed up market access for Polish apple growers, who like their own fishermen have been impacted by Russia’s food import embargo.

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U.S.: Pandol Brothers predicts earlier grape import transition this year

August 25th, 2014

A U.S. grape company says consumer preference for freshness is one reason retailers may import earlier this season.

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U.S.: Californian kiwifruit industry forecasts good fruit quality

August 25th, 2014

It seems like California kiwifruit growers have escaped the worst of the drought, with normal production expected.

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U.S.: Port of Savannah to receive new fruit imports next month

August 22nd, 2014

A port in the U.S. state of Georgia will soon allow entry for cold-treated citrus from Peru.

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U.S. Northwest pushes up pear production forecast

August 22nd, 2014

Pear volumes from Oregon and Washington State are set to be 8% bigger than previously thought.

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Tozer Seeds reveals U.S. ‘Kalette’ growers and marketers

August 22nd, 2014

Tozer Seeds believes its brussel sprouts-kale hybrid will ‘take off quickly’ as six U.S. growers are announced.

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Mexico and U.S. begin organic equivalency talks

August 22nd, 2014

Mexico and the U.S. could soon enjoy an organic equivalency agreement, with the first visit taking place this year.

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USDA expects Chilean stonefruit rebound in 2014-15

August 21st, 2014

After frosts that hit the recent crop, Chile stonefruit growers are gearing up for higher production in 2014-15.

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U.S.: National Mango Board to host online ‘webinar’ on best ripening protocols

August 20th, 2014

The NMB is due to hold another web seminar today on mango ripening practices, with ‘more progress to be made’.

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Limoneira invests in northern Chilean citrus

August 19th, 2014

U.S. fruit company Limoneira has made its first investment abroad with a bet on Chilean citrus opportunities.

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California: grower body expects ‘renewed emphasis’ on food safety

August 19th, 2014

A key Californian producer association says this summer’s stonefruit contamination scare was a ‘wake-up call’ for the industry, and has also praised the recently proposed water bond as a ‘valid opportunity’.

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U.S.: New Mexico Chile Association to launch certification program

August 19th, 2014

New Mexico’s chile industry will today launch a certification program to protect its peppers from copycats.

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Brazilian suitor urges Chiquita shareholders to reject Fyffes merger

August 18th, 2014

After the Chiquita board said “no” to a takeover offer, two Brazilian groups are making a direct pitch to shareholders.

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U.S.: another record year for Pink Lady apples

August 15th, 2014

Washington State Pink Lady volume is not just up by 14% this year, but movement has been strong week-on-week.

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U.S.: Chiquita board rejects Brazilian offer

August 14th, 2014

Banana workers and advocacy groups had raised concern that a Brazilian takeover would set back 15 years of progress. Luckily for them, Chiquita is not recommending the deal to its shareholders.

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Colombian avocado industry expects U.S. approval in 2014-15

August 14th, 2014

The Colombian avocado industry has the U.S., Russia, Japan and Korea in its sights for export.

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U.S. pistachio exporter unfazed about redirecting Russia-bound shipment

August 14th, 2014

A U.S. pistachio grower says the Russian ban ‘won’t hurt us’, despite redirecting a shipment already on the water.

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Peru to implement mango quality seal as long-term strategy

August 12th, 2014

The Peruvian mango industry hopes to start a pilot scheme of its new quality seal later this year.

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Mexico enjoys colossal growth in key avocado export markets

August 12th, 2014

Mexico’s avocado shipments to its three biggest importers increased by around a third from January to June.

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Poland asks U.S. to open doors to its “freedom apples”

August 12th, 2014

Poland’s Ambassador to the U.S. has called on Washington to allow his country’s apples, now banned in Russia.

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Excess banana supply a “wild card” for H2, says Chiquita exec

August 12th, 2014

Chiquita’s CEO discussed supply dynamics last week, as well as what Russia’s sanctions meant for banana markets.

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Russian produce embargo: North America in-focus

August 11th, 2014

We take an in-depth, crop-by-crop look at the effects of the Russian produce ban on U.S. and Canadian growers.

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U.S.: strong progress made in developing better apple rootstocks

August 8th, 2014

Research has moved one step closer to developing more productive apple rootstocks that bear fruit earlier.

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U.S. trade groups say others will be hit much harder by Russian ban

August 7th, 2014

One U.S. agricultural group says ‘it is unfortunate that the biggest losers in this will be Russian consumers’.

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U.S.: Fyffes expenses cut Chiquita profits in Q2

August 7th, 2014

Merger proposals bit into Chiquita’s bottom line in the second quarter, but the core business was slightly improved.

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Varieties, productivity at core of likely bumper Washington State apple crop

August 7th, 2014

A key U.S. apple grower group expecting a bumper crop says consumers are ‘looking for a different experience’.

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Pakistani mangoes en route to U.S. market

August 7th, 2014

A Pakistani mango exporter starting a U.S. deal argues his fruit is miles ahead of the Mexican competition in quality.

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U.S. cranberry industry hopes to ignite Indian demand with govt grant

August 7th, 2014

India is next on the list of countries where the U.S. cranberry industry plans to pump up exports with new funds.

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U.S. pear grower kicks off season with ‘big, clean’ fruit

August 7th, 2014

Limited small fruit, good markets and a new promotion have set up a U.S. pear producer for a positive season.

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Coca Cola untaps US$5B for African investments

August 6th, 2014

Fruit farmers in Kenya, Nigeria and Malawi are expected to benefit from Coca Cola’s expansive ‘Source Africa’ initiative.

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Mexican region celebrates first U.S.-bound pomegranate shipment

August 6th, 2014

Pomegranate producers from Mexico’s Mezquital Valley hope to expand upon an initial U.S.-bound shipment.

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China re-opens market to California citrus

August 5th, 2014

After a 15-month absence, California’s citrus industry can once again ship its fruit to China.

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Opinion: midsummer fresh blueberry review in North America

August 5th, 2014

Following a recent interview, Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton takes an in-depth look at the North American blueberry deal.

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U.S.: huge water savings made with ‘remarkable’ new irrigation methods

August 5th, 2014

A Florida potato grower has said his innovative irrigation method ‘is and needs to be the future’.

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U.S. improves apple trade with Indonesia but ‘insignificantly’

August 1st, 2014

A U.S. Northwest Horticultural Council representative discusses the state of trade barriers with Indonesia and China at the moment.

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North America sees huge price ranges for blueberries

July 31st, 2014

Fall Creek’s Cort Brazelton looks at how northern blueberry markets are faring, what this means for upcoming foreign suppliers, and Morocco’s recent U.S. breakthrough.

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Moroccan fresh blueberry exporters gain access to U.S. market

July 30th, 2014

U.S. consumers simply can’t get enough of blueberries, and soon they will have another source of origin for the antioxidant-rich fruit.

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Prevar announces U.S. Smitten apple production

July 30th, 2014

Prevar has selected a U.S.-based fruit company to produce its exclusive and well-received Smitten apples.

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Del Monte CEO sees silver lining from recent crop-damaging weather

July 30th, 2014

A Del Monte exec says while there are market benefits from recent poor weather, it has driven up costs.

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U.S.: APHIS proposes to allow additional Korean orange imports

July 30th, 2014

Two Korean orange hybrids could soon be eligible for U.S. import if APHIS’s proposal goes through.

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U.S.: organic industry briefs Congress on HLB control efforts

July 30th, 2014

A U.S. organic industry representative says chemical-free methods of controlling citrus greening must be found, as current neonicotinoid practices are dangerous to human health.

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U.S. grower cites new ‘phenomenon’ for pomegranate production

July 28th, 2014

Large Californian pomegranates will be tight this year in a ‘uniquely’ early season for the industry.

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U.S.: Whole Foods backs GM labeling measure in Oregon

July 25th, 2014

U.S. retailer Whole Foods is supporting a GM labeling measure that will go to the ballot in Oregon in November.

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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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