April 20, 2014 / Week N° 16

Posts Tagged U.S.

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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U.S.: Del Monte deal shows fair food is good business, says Reyes

April 10th, 2014

Del Monte recently signed up to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) fair food program, but what does that actually mean? Gerardo Reyes explains a system that is protecting tomato workers’ rights like never before.

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U.S.: Florida port deepens trade ties with Colombia

April 9th, 2014

The U.S. Port Tampa Bay will work more closely with Colombia’s Port of Barranquilla.

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Opinion: artichokes, California’s pride

April 4th, 2014

It’s artichoke season in California and Karen Caplan of Frieda’s Specialty Produce is ready with some unique varieties.

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South Africa welcomes growth on U.S. citrus market

April 3rd, 2014

As South Africa approaches its 15th year selling citrus to the U.S., exporters praised market growth.

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U.S.: online platform takes dirty work out of buying local

April 1st, 2014

Online buying platform Local Dirt aims to make it as easy as possible for U.S. retailers to find and buy local.

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U.S.: Felix takes ethylene management from field to warehouse

March 28th, 2014

A Felix Instruments device brings greater precision to the fruit and vegetable ripening process.

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California reports record table grape volume

March 24th, 2014

Califorinia brought in record table grape volume this year, reaching export markets in force.

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U.S.: Albertsons-Safeway merger in the spotlight

March 21st, 2014

Retail experts look at how a combined Albertsons-Safeway operation will take on supermarket giant Kroger.

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U.S.: organic pome fruit growers may stay the course, but at a cost

March 21st, 2014

New organic standards may not scare away most apple and pear growers, but new treatments could prove costly.

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U.S.: Georgia court overrules Vidalia sweet onion shipping date

March 20th, 2014

A Georgia Department of Agriculture move to set an earliest date for Vidalia onion shipments has been invalidated.

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Malaysian tropical fruits approved for U.S. market

March 20th, 2014

With recent approval, Malaysia expects to export 7,000MT in different tropical fruits to the U.S. per year.

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Argentina makes progress in U.S. citrus access talks

March 19th, 2014

Argentine authorities claim recent talks with APHIS were an advancement in a bid for U.S. citrus market access.

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Sun World names grape licensees in Chile, Italy

March 19th, 2014

With new marketers in Chile and Italy, Sun World now has 32 grape licensees worldwide.

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Opinion: U.S. lime prices soar on Mexican supply issues

March 19th, 2014

Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain looks at the “astounding” price hike seen for Mexican limes this year.

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U.S.: early start for Giumarra’s west Mexican watermelon deal

March 18th, 2014

Expanding into new areas has helped Giumarra fill watermelon supply gaps.

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“There’s a lot of room for growth” in blueberries, says USHBC

March 18th, 2014

After last week’s IBO conference in Mexico, two experts revealed plans for building blueberry demand.

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U.S.: Chiquita denies speculation over Charlotte withdrawal

March 18th, 2014

Chiquita’s deal with Fyffes has sent a scare in Charlotte, where some fear a violation of contract terms.

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Organic U.S. growers look for alternatives to treat fire blight

March 17th, 2014

U.S. apple and pear growers could soon face trouble maintaining organic status under new treatment guidelines.

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Colombian authorities intercept citrus pest in U.S., Spanish shipments

March 13th, 2014

Colombia has rejected four shipments of citrus fruit from abroad due to the discovery of red scale.

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U.S. produce aisles experience volume and sales growth

March 13th, 2014

The latest data released by United Fresh indicates growth across all major retail fruit categories in the U.S.

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Pennsylvania and Veracruz consider maritime trade

March 13th, 2014

A shift from land to maritime trade could improve commerce between Pennsylvania and Veracruz.

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USDA expands loan program for specialty produce growers

March 12th, 2014

U.S. fruit and veggie growers will have requirements eased and options expanded for storage-related loans.

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Chiquita-Fyffes merger a “dramatic acceleration” for banana value

March 11th, 2014

Ed Lonergan and David McCann get into the nuts and bolts of a monumental deal announced yesterday.

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U.S.: Limoneira revenue jumps in Q1

March 10th, 2014

A leading U.S. lemon and avocado player picked up its game on the financial performance front in the first quarter.

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Honduras signs technical ag export agreement with U.S., Chile

March 10th, 2014

U.S. and Chilean officials have signed a declaration of intent for technical cooperation with Honduras

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Spanish cooperatives sign University of Florida blueberry deal

March 7th, 2014

The University of Florida will act with the full force of the law if Spanish blueberry growers don’t comply with IP laws for its varieties.

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U.S. loosens restrictions on “misshapen” kiwifruit

March 6th, 2014

A new rule set by APHIS will mean more kiwifruit from California and abroad meet minimum grade requirements.

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U.S.: Gourmet Trading pairs with FoodLink for produce traceability

March 5th, 2014

The largest asparagus distributor in North America has teamed up with California-based FoodLink.

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U.S.: California Giant forecasts record blueberry crop

March 4th, 2014

USHBC research bodes well for what California Giant Berry Farms expects will be a much larger U.S. blueberry crop.

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Opinion: explaining the largest spike in blueberry prices in 10 years

February 26th, 2014

Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain digs deep into the data to assess the biggest price spike in recent blueberry history.

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Farmworker advocates expect more of EPA pesticide standards

February 25th, 2014

Farmworker Justice’s Virginia Ruiz speaks about new EPA pesticide standards and what still needs to be done.

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Interesting opportunities for U.S. produce industry in Europe, says PMA

February 24th, 2014

We caught up with the PMA’s Nancy Tucker and others from the U.S. delegation at this year’s Fruit Logistica.

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U.S.: EPA proposes new pesticide rules

February 20th, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suggested new pesticide norms to safeguard farmworker health.

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Del Monte Pacific finalizes consumer food business acquisition

February 19th, 2014

Del Monte Pacific has completed the purchase of one of the “most respected consumer brands in the United States”.

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U.S. pears surpass expectations in China

February 17th, 2014

Although new to China, U.S., Western-style pears have already exceeded volume expectations.

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United Fresh: farm bill victory for specialty crops

February 7th, 2014

Robert Guenther highlights research and nutritional funding for specialty crops in the latest U.S. farm bill.

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Washington researcher warns of little cherry disease devastation

February 6th, 2014

A mysterious disease in Washington state is causing small, tasteless and unmarketable cherries.

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Italy shows off pears in first U.S. campaign

February 5th, 2014

Italy’s main pear variety, Abate Fetel, is making its rounds in its first year on the U.S. market.

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U.S.: fresh sector welcomes Senate farm bill approval

February 5th, 2014

The U.S. Senate ended two years of legislative debate yesterday with a final farm bill vote.

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Whole Cities Foundation: an answer for food deserts?

February 5th, 2014

Whole Food’s most recent non-profit annoucement could influence urban access to healthy foods.

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U.S.: California Citrus Mutual releases freeze damage estimates

February 3rd, 2014

On top of lost revenue due to freezes, San Joaquin Valley growers have spent big to protect remaining crops.

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U.S.: House moves forward on long-awaited Farm Bill

January 30th, 2014

A revised U.S. Farm Bill would cut spending on food stamps and increase allocations to horticulture.

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Opinion: Mexican, Californian avocado deals under the spotlight

January 30th, 2014

Agronometrics CEO Colin Fain looks at market differences between the Mexican and U.S. avocado seasons.

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U.S.: Colorado cantaloupe farmers sentenced for listeria outbreak

January 30th, 2014

Remorse and cooperation eased sentencing for Colorado cantaloupe farmers over a deadly listeria outbreak.

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U.S.: Port Manatee deal could bolster Del Monte import presence

January 29th, 2014

Del Monte and Logistec are on the cusp of sealing a US$24.6 million warehouse deal in Florida through a public-private partnership.

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U.S.: Agricultural Act of 2014 gains support from specialty crop group

January 29th, 2014

A proposed report entails a 55% investment increase in specialty crop-related initiatives and programs.

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U.S.: Brandt’s Fruit Trees gains global license for Aussie apple cultivar

January 28th, 2014

A new early cultivar licensing deal has the potential to be a game-changer for the Pink Lady industry.

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U.S.: Envy apples hit record volumes in Washington State

January 23rd, 2014

A trademarked New Zealand apple is making a big impact with Washington State growers.

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Advertorial: new South Florida fumigation facilities for Flagler Global Logistics

January 22nd, 2014

FGL claims its integrated fumigation and cold storage facilities offer a unique service to exporters, importers and retailers.

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U.S. Congress directs funding to fight HLB

January 16th, 2014

Funding from the U.S. Congress seeks to prevent a potentially devastating threat to the citrus industry.

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Multi-continental organic technology keeps fruit fresh for longer

January 16th, 2014

A U.S.-Spanish-Chilean consortium has developed a clean technology that improves fruit shelf life.

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U.S.: Calavo sees “highly encouraging” avocado outlook in 2014

January 8th, 2014

Profit growth was not able to keep pace with a surge in avocado sales for Calavo Growers in the fourth quarter.

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Florida and California citrus avoid ‘polar vortex’

January 8th, 2014

Two key U.S.fruit-growing states avoided frosts, but the lack of snow is not entirely positive news.

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Canada to remove certification requirements for U.S. onions

January 7th, 2014

U.S. onion growers will soon have less red tape when shipping to their northern neighbors in Canada.

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U.S. remains in Korean organic market, for now

January 6th, 2014

Newly implemented policy in South Korea almost left the U.S. out of the organic food market.

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Spanish avocados approved for U.S. import

January 6th, 2014

Spain has been approved to send avocados to world’s largest import market for the fruit.

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Gene mutation could extend tomato production

January 2nd, 2014

New York-based researchers could increase tomato yields by manipulating plant flowering.

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Finding the right rootstock for balanced cherry production

January 2nd, 2014

Oregon cherry researcher Lynn Long has found promising results from two Russian roostocks.

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Nothing certain for U.S. apples in China

December 31st, 2013

U.S. apples could soon regain access to China but the future remains unclear.

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Pest prompts new requirements for Chilean blueberries

December 27th, 2013

Lobesia botrana detections mean Chilean blueberries bound for the U.S. will now undergo fumigation.

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Long-term study links nut consumption with better health

December 17th, 2013

A 30-year study of nut consumption in the U.S. has shown an inverse relationship with several key causes of death.

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Getting in early: airfreight produce for “sophisticated” consumers

December 16th, 2013

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

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Q&A: Fare & Square, an oasis in a U.S. food desert

December 16th, 2013

Philabundance president Bill Clark discusses fresh food access in the most disadvantaged U.S. communities.

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Dole Food Company pens 15-year deal with Port of Wilmington

December 11th, 2013

The recently privatized Dole Food Company has pledged its commitment to continued operations in Delaware.

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China: excess fruit demand drives Joyvio’s global sourcing push

December 10th, 2013

Liu Chuanzhi and Chen Shaopeng talk about fruit investment opportunities in Chile, Australia and the U.S.

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U.S.: Paramount Citrus ups the ante in citrus marketing

December 9th, 2013

Paramount Citrus has received strong responses to its Wonderful Halos mandarin campaign which it claims is unprecedented for the category.

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U.S.: Limoneira sells off US$8.3M in properties

December 5th, 2013

Limoneira’s latest land sale is not far off the amount paid for a recent agricultural land expansion in Tulare County.

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New cold treatment approved at South Florida Logistics Center

December 4th, 2013

Flagler Global Logistics’ Chris Scott has labeled a new cold chain technology in Florida as a game changer.

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Sun World names grape marketers in Australia, South Africa

November 28th, 2013

Freshworld and Fresh Produce Group are the latest grape licensees of Sun World.

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California-China citrus agreement nears final stages

November 27th, 2013

After losing market access in April, California citrus may once again be welcome in China.

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Walmart chooses McMillon as next CEO

November 26th, 2013

Wal-Mart has gone shopping at home to pick its new CEO, who will start in the top job in February.

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Australian industry backs South African citrus in Europe

November 26th, 2013

The Australian citrus industry has urged the EFSA not to block South African fruit over citrus black spot concerns.

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Japan’s declining fruit industry captures international interest

November 26th, 2013

The U.S. has taken interest in Japan’s fruit market due to the Asian nation’s declining national supply.

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U.S. opens access for Jordanian fresh beans

November 20th, 2013

The U.S. has made its second relaxation of green bean import rules in the space of just over a week.

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U.S.: Del Monte agrees to settlement over discrimination lawsuit

November 19th, 2013

Del Monte Fresh Produce will pay US$1.2 million to Thai claimants to settle a Hawaiian case, while bringing in new anti-discrimination procedures.

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U.S.: PMA presents 200-page document to FDA over food safety regulations

November 18th, 2013

The PMA has called for the Food and Drug Administration to avoid creating confusion over two rules under the FSMA.

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OSF: of course we won’t be supplying McDonald’s soon

November 12th, 2013

Okanagan Specialty Fruits has responded to interpretations of letters about its GM apples.

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Okanagan expects U.S. approval for Arctic apples in early 2014

November 8th, 2013

U.S. authorities have opened up assessments on genetically modified apples for public comment.

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U.S.: California walnuts disappear by truckload in theft case

November 8th, 2013

As prices soar, California walnuts have become a prized target for highly clever hijackers.

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South Florida inaugurates new distribution center

November 7th, 2013

The South Florida Logistics Center will now provide better cold chain support and transport access.

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October movement “impressive” for Pink Lady apples

November 7th, 2013

Washington Pink Lady apples have been available this year during a time when they used to be absent from store shelves.

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Mission Produce to push avocado reach in China through partnership

November 7th, 2013

Mission Produce has joined with China’s Lantao to get second-tier city consumers eating more avocados.

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U.S.: an inside look at ‘Let’s Move Salad Bars 2 Schools’

November 7th, 2013

We observe how a salad bar initiative is affecting kids’ eating habits at a New Orleans school.

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Reverse trade mission yields fruit for eastern U.S. apple industry

November 6th, 2013

The U.S. Apple Export Council recently invited Indian and Central American importers to visit orchards and packhouses.

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Chile uses tangy spice to promote citrus in the U.S.

November 5th, 2013

Chilean citrus promoters are using Tajin powder to boost sales to Latino consumers in the U.S.

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Q&A: retail acquisition rumors over “one horse show”

October 31st, 2013

Dick Spezzano gives his take on the buyout rumors surrounding U.S. retail chain Safeway.

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Giumarra introduces line of fair trade squash

October 30th, 2013

Produce company Giumarra will offer three fair trade squash varieties from Mexico in November.

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U.S. researchers put tomato tastes to the test

October 29th, 2013

Sugar and acid ratios were key to creating tastier tomatoes in an extensive USDA study.

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U.S.: Sesame Street stars to join First Lady after kids’ healthy eating announcement

October 29th, 2013

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama is set to make an announcement this week about marketing healthier foods to children.

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North American produce consignment model evolving

October 28th, 2013

Oppy’s James Milne says the U.S. is moving to a more fixed ‘European’ produce sourcing model as growers seek to cut risks.

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U.S.: HLB Specialties upbeat on goldenberry import changes

October 28th, 2013

HLB Specialties has reintroduced Colombian goldenberries to its U.S. portfolio with hopes cold treatment will be scrapped in 2014.

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Italian delay extends supply constraints on kiwifruit markets

October 25th, 2013

Granfrutta Zani’s Francesca Borghi discusses expectations for this year’s Italian kiwifruit deal.

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U.S.: Mexican tomato agreement effectiveness ‘remains to be seen’

October 25th, 2013

Florida Tomato Committee manager Reggie Brown hopes enforcement problems won’t arise under a new Mexican pricing agreement.

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Opinion: enter the Green Dragon apple

October 18th, 2013

Karen Caplan from Frieda’s Specialty Produce says not all heirloom apples were created equal.

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Uruguay to send first citrus shipment to the U.S. this week

October 15th, 2013

Five Uruguayan companies are preparing the country’s first Valencia orange shipments to the U.S.

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U.S. pears hit the road in China

October 15th, 2013

With big volume and large fruit, U.S. pears are making a splash in their first full season in China.

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