October 20, 2014 / Week N° 43

Posts Tagged U.S.

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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Peruvian citrus volumes fall back to initial estimates

September 15th, 2014

Peru’s citrus industry has notched a more sober export result after a blistering start to harvests raised expectations.

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U.S.: ALRB General Counsel seeks orders against Gerawan Farming

September 12th, 2014

Delegitimization attempts have kicked up a notch in a fierce debate over worker freedom and union membership in California’s Central Valley.

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Drought makes California orange forecast questionable, says CCM

September 12th, 2014

California Citrus Mutual believes the latest NASS orange crop forecast is too high.

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U.S.: PortMiami opens container restack facility

September 11th, 2014

A new facility at PortMiami will allow users to manipulate and restack cargo in preparation for fumigation.

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A hot date is good for the heart

September 11th, 2014

The American Heart Association has pumped extra life into California’s Medjool date industry.

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U.S.: Calavo income hits historic high in Q3

September 10th, 2014

Calavo has beaten the last quarter’s operating income and has also launched a new cloud technology project.

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Strong markets result in a lucrative Q3 for Limoneira

September 9th, 2014

Higher lemon prices than usual are one of the key reasons why Limoneira saw a 22% revenue increase for the third quarter.

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U.S.: Chiquita bends to takeover possibility

September 8th, 2014

Fyffes has given Chiquita a waiver allowing Chiquita to engage in discussions with its Brazilian suitors.

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U.S.: Silvia Lopez, the voice of anti-union protests at Gerawan Farming

September 8th, 2014

Fruit picker Silvia Lopez discusses her fight to end forced unionization on a California farm.

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U.S. company develops hydroponic ‘watchdog’ technology

September 5th, 2014

A Las Vegas-based manufacturer says its newly-released greenhouses sensors can ‘mitigate downtime and crop loss’.

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Canadian cherry exporter hails ‘unlimited opportunities’ in China

September 5th, 2014

As a very successful second season with excellent prices in China draws to a close, one Canadian cherry company says shoppers are ‘more sophisticated’ than five years ago.

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Bayer CropScience to invest close to US$1B in U.S. businesses

September 4th, 2014

Bayer’s agricultural arm says it will invest heavily in U.S. infrastructure including labs and breeding stations.

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U.S.: industry ‘surprised’ at slow Navel season, says Capespan

September 4th, 2014

Capespan says two key reasons are at the heart of why the Navel season went on longer than originally thought.

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U.S.: South African citrus pilot program lands in Texas

September 3rd, 2014

Houston, we have South African oranges.

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U.S.: avocado acquisition a ‘good combination between their culture and ours’

September 3rd, 2014

Eco Farms’ head says the new venture with Total Produce will allow it to double volume within five years.

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‘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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