July 02, 2015 / Week N° 27

Posts Tagged U.S.

U.S.: Seald Sweet launches ‘colorful’ packaging for Kiddie Clems

July 2nd, 2015

Following the success of its packaging for Mandarina-branded fruit, a U.S. produce distributor has launched a new design for its kid-orientated clementines.

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Turbana exec: Consistency and secondary retail displays key for banana sales

July 1st, 2015

U.S. Banana importer Turbana was able to fulfill contracts despite supply shortages earlier in the year, and expects a more stable second half.

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U.S.: Packhouse destroyed in Washington fire

July 1st, 2015

While facilities affiliated with Domex and Stemilt have suffered varying degrees of damage, cherry production and orchard operations in Wenatchee are continuing as normal.

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Chilean and New Zealand kiwifruit exports up more than a third

June 29th, 2015

While prices of Chilean kiwifruit have been rising over recent weeks, they are still 40% lower year-on-year.

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U.S.: British shipping company fined for dumping oil near Florida

June 29th, 2015

A shipper that deals with refrigerated cargo was recently fined US$750,000 for an ‘inexcusable and criminal act’.

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Q&A: Early West Coast crops and pack flexibility in the spotlight

June 26th, 2015

Oppy’s Jason Fung looks at the summer campaign ahead for BC blueberries, and is upbeat about Aussie citrus and New Zealand kiwifruit.

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U.S.: PMA applauds Congress for ‘fast track’ bill efforts

June 25th, 2015

The PMA has praised Congress for its work on an act that will help speed up moves to establish trade deals like the TPP.

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U.S.: New ‘winter hardy’ blueberry variety ideal for home growers

June 25th, 2015

The Nocturne blueberry developed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service has black fruit and genes from the Premier variety.

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U.S.: Situation eases for stranded farmworkers at Mexican border

June 24th, 2015

After a computer glitch caused delays for hundreds of Mexican seasonal farmworkers entering the U.S., a labor association has confirmed the majority are now through.

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Monsanto trying to buy Syngenta ‘on the cheap’, says chairman

June 23rd, 2015

Syngenta chairman Michel Demaré has rebuffed Monsanto’s takeover bid on Youtube.

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“European cuisine” trend driving international lemon demand, says Argentine leader

June 23rd, 2015

From Brazil to India, Argentina’s Federcitrus is busy across four corners of the globe to garner new market access deals for lemons.

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U.S.: SunSelect greenhouse expansion to double vegetable volumes

June 22nd, 2015

A Canadian producer says the timing of its greenhouse development in California ‘couldn’t be better’.

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Film Review: Fear No Fruit

June 19th, 2015

It is very easy to take the abundance of fruits at our fingertips for granted, but a recent documentary looks at how one woman helped broaden U.S. consumers’ palates for the better.

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U.S. threatens restrictions on Costa Rican pineapples

June 19th, 2015

With more than 400 pest interceptions of Costa Rican pineapples last year, the U.S. is considering taking action.

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U.S.: Mississippi blueberries hit India and UAE

June 18th, 2015

Thousands of pounds of blueberries produced by a grower cooperative have for the first time been marketed in two emerging Asian markets.

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U.S.: New Asia-bound flight to benefit large cherries

June 16th, 2015

A new route from Seattle-Tacoma across the Pacific will see its first flight take off this weekend.

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Brazil to export larger mangoes to U.S.

June 12th, 2015

Within the space of a couple of months, the U.S. has eased weight restrictions for mango imports from two South American countries.

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U.S.: Agreement finalized for cold treatment-free Colombian Cape gooseberries

June 12th, 2015

A big opportunity has opened up for Colombian golden berry producers in two departments with farms above a certain altitude.

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U.S.: Stemilt introduces ‘sweetest cherry brand on the market’

June 11th, 2015

The season of a major U.S. cherry grower’s new Skylar Rae-branded fruit will last for a month from mid-June.

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U.S. apple orchard fined US$2.25M for hiring ‘unauthorized’ workers

June 10th, 2015

The exclusive grower of the Opal variety in North America has urged the industry to help fix the ‘dysfunctional and broken’ immigration system following a hefty fine.

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Syngenta rejects second Monsanto takeover bid

June 8th, 2015

Syngenta says Monsanto’s newest offer represents the ‘same inadequate price’ and the ‘same regulatory risks’ as the previous one a few weeks ago.

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California drought to cost state economy US$2.7B in 2015, study says

June 8th, 2015

A preliminary estimate by the University of California Davis says about 18,600 jobs could be lost to the drought this year.

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U.S. lemons fare well in key Asian markets

June 8th, 2015

Volumes and prices of U.S. lemons were up in three large Asian markets in the first few months of the year.

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Peru begins major avocado marketing campaign in U.S.

June 4th, 2015

Amid anticipated record Peruvian avocado exports to the U.S., an industry body has cooked for sailors on the USS Cole Navy ship.

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Calavo enjoys record results in Q2

June 3rd, 2015

Although a sharp increase in avocado volumes was ‘substantially’ offset by weather-related declines in other product categories, revenues, gross margin and net income all jumped to new heights.

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Syngenta prepares for second takeover bid

June 3rd, 2015

Monsanto is reportedly preparing to make another takeover bid for the Swiss multinational, which is anticipated to be at least 10% higher.

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Reefer boost for United Arab Shipping Company

June 3rd, 2015

Several stops in Europe and the U.S. East Coast are included in the company’s new Atlantic service.

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FDA and CFIA to finalize food safety systems recognition

June 2nd, 2015

Two U.S. and Canadian public health organizations will work together to help make ‘informed risk-based regulatory decisions’.

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U.S.: Port of Oakland hit by fresh work stoppage accusation

June 2nd, 2015

The new contract between the West Coast port employer and worker union may have just been ratified, but the new dispatch process reportedly encountered trouble on Sunday.

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U.S. Northwest pear crop to drop for second consecutive year

June 2nd, 2015

The Pear Bureau Northwest says this autumn’s production will be 2% down on last year but still above the five-year average.

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U.S.: Chiquita to keep ripening facilities at Gulfport “for now”

June 1st, 2015

The Port of New Orleans has confirmed Chiquita has put plans to move a small part of its operation there on hold.

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South African citrus set for early U.S. arrival

May 28th, 2015

The Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum says U.S.-bound shipments could increase from last season’s 45,000MT.

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Ecuadorian banana prospects looking up in U.S., China as exports grow

May 27th, 2015

Ecuador has embarked on its second promotional campaign in China across 10 supermarkets, with promising first day results.

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California farmers agree to ‘voluntary’ 25% water cut

May 26th, 2015

After California’s cities and towns were recently forced to cut water usage by a quarter due to the four-year drought, many of the state’s growers have chosen to take similar action.

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U.S.: West Coast port employer ratifies worker contract

May 25th, 2015

The Pacific Maritime Association says the new contract that will last until July 2019 features an ‘enhanced arbitration system’.

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U.S.: Ocean Mist and Lakeside form organic alliance

May 25th, 2015

Two major U.S.-based vegetable grower-shippers have struck a deal to offer their customers wider organic product lines.

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California minimum wage rises could have ‘major impacts’, says CFFA

May 22nd, 2015

The California Fresh Fruit Association’s head believes future state-wide minimum wage rises may limit the sector’s competitiveness internationally.

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Mexico: Persian lime production set for drop in Veracruz after humidity

May 22nd, 2015

With fungi affected the flowering stage of Persian limes in a Mexican state, U.S.-bound shipments look set to slip.

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U.S. mango import volumes up by a fifth

May 20th, 2015

The National Mango Board has urged retailers to act quickly to shift weekly shipments in excess of four million boxes.

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‘Stop Blood Tomatoes Act’ introduced to U.S. Congress

May 18th, 2015

A new bill aims to ensure retailers’ products have not been produced using child or forced labor.

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U.S.: Gerawan wins “significant victory” in court ruling

May 15th, 2015

The California Court of Appeal in Fresno has declared the ALRB’s forced collective bargaining agreements on Gerawan Farming as unconstitutional.

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Chiquita sees heavy losses in Q1

May 15th, 2015

Lower banana volume in North America and Europe was partly to blame for the multinational’s substantial net loss in the first quarter of 2015.

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U.S. bolsters import rules for some Chilean fruits after Medfly detections

May 15th, 2015

Pomegranates, grapes and lemons being shipped to the U.S. from parts of Chile will now require an additional treatment.

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Naturipe aims to become ‘leading berry brand’ in Mexican retailers

May 14th, 2015

With Naturipe’s first commercial office in Mexico having opened late last year, the berry marketer has big plans for the future.

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‘Food Revolution Day’ calls G20 leaders to action

May 14th, 2015

British chef Jamie Oliver believes quality food education is every child’s human right and hopes to create a ‘strong sustainable movement’ to help reverse sky-high obesity rates.

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Social responsibility “acculturated” U.S. consumers, says Silbermann

May 12th, 2015

PMA CEO Bryan Silbermann says those eschewing the social responsibility movement should immediately get prepared.

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Chile: Clemenluz sheds new light on early clementine market

May 12th, 2015

A new Chilean easy peeler is “not superior nor inferior” in taste to a clemenule, but it does ripen three weeks earlier and show better sizing.

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Does the pollen on your trees play a role in the rain they receive?

May 11th, 2015

A study from the University of Michigan and Texas A&M yielded an unexpected finding – pollen grains may have an impact on rainfall.

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PMA invites Mexican produce industry to join ‘eat brighter’ campaign

May 8th, 2015

PMA’s Nancy Tucker says the group’s healthy eating initiative with Sesame Street is ‘an incredible opportunity to make a difference in this world.’

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U.S. cherries in top shape for Memorial Day and July 4 sales, says Stemilt

May 7th, 2015

With a long cherry season ahead, Stemilt Growers gives the lowdown on what retailers can expect through to September.

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Mexican produce consumption per capita ‘an eighth of Canada’s’

May 6th, 2015

Eric Viramontes has kicked off proceedings at this year’s PMA Fresh Connections: Mexico event, hopeful the produce industry can help significantly boost fruit and vegetable consumption in the country.

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Will North Americans be tickled pink by the Rosanna onion?

May 6th, 2015

J.V. Steele has secured the exclusive rights to sell a unique onion variety in the U.S. and Canada.

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U.S.: APHIS proposes allowing citrus imports from whole of Peru

May 5th, 2015

APHIS says larger citrus volumes expected from Peru would not represent more than 1% of current imports or local production.

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High U.S. walnut stocks to impact Chilean season

May 4th, 2015

Despite some challenges this season like the strong U.S. dollar, the Chilean walnut industry expects its fortunes to turn.

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U.S.: Shanley Farms to diversify finger lime product range

May 4th, 2015

The harvest season for a fruit sometimes called ‘citrus caviar’ will kick off in California in June.

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Latin American desire for new brands ‘outpaces other parts of globe’

April 30th, 2015

The head of Nielsen Perishables Group talks about how retailers and growers might be missing a trick in the Latin American market.

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USDA announces US$18.3M bonus buy of U.S. apples

April 30th, 2015

In a time of excess supply, the USDA has pledged to make its largest apple purchase in history.

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U.S. eases Dominican import restrictions

April 29th, 2015

AHPIS believes it is safe to resume shipments of Hass avocados and green tomatoes from the Dominican Republic, following Medfly detections in the country last month.

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California cherries arrive in China

April 29th, 2015

Oheng Import & Export Co was one Chinese company receiving the first batches of California cherries in Shanghai earlier this week.

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Royse: Drones, water tech and urban farming the future of agriculture

April 28th, 2015

“If we’re talking about sustainability, the elephant in the room is basically the environmental impact of hundreds of years of agriculture,” says Roger Royse.

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Giumarra blackberry suppliers employ new growing method

April 28th, 2015

A new planting technique for blackberries makes it easier for the fruit to be harvested and ensures more berries make the grade.

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Early starts likely for U.S. and Canadian cherry growers

April 27th, 2015

While the British Columbia cherry growers are ‘mobbed’ by Chinese interest, the U.S. Northwest early start is cause for ‘excitement’.

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U.S.: APHIS considers new sourcing areas for Andean berries, bell peppers

April 27th, 2015

Two neighboring Latin American countries could soon be exporting new fruits and vegetables to the U.S.

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U.S. gives green light to Peruvian papaya imports

April 24th, 2015

Peru will join the likes of Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia as a supplier of papayas to the continental United States.

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U.S.: APHIS completes pest risk analysis for Spanish cherry imports

April 24th, 2015

The U.S. has identified five potential pests that would need control if Spain were to be granted access for cherry imports.

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Indonesia lifts trade restrictions for U.S. apples

April 24th, 2015

Indonesia’s three-month ban on some U.S. apples due to a listeria outbreak has come to an end.

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Retailers sharing data with growers a ‘win-win’, says Red Sun Farms

April 23rd, 2015

A Red Sun Farms executive will speak at the upcoming PMA Fresh Connections: Mexico event about how producers can benefit from sometimes hard-to-access information.

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USDA allows Chinese apple imports

April 22nd, 2015

Just a few months after Chinese authorities opened market access for all U.S.-grown apple varieties, the USDA has reciprocated.

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U.S.: Western Growers enters Silicon Valley alliance

April 22nd, 2015

A major U.S. agricultural association believes technology and innovation will be essential to feed a soaring global population.

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Argentine pomegranate exporter doubles shipments

April 22nd, 2015

A few weeks of rainfall at the start of a company’s pomegranate harvest did not dampen an ‘extremely positive’ season.

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects human rights abuse claims against Chiquita

April 21st, 2015

Chiquita had a victory in court yesterday for one case, right as a new one had just opened with allegations of “pesticide showers” in Guatemala.

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U.S.: Robotic strawberry harvester ‘mimics human behavior’

April 21st, 2015

The owner of Wish Farms has a strawberry-picking robotics project that even his competitors are investing in.

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Human trial to test broccoli sprout extract’s cancer-fighting properties

April 21st, 2015

University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) scientists are investigating the ‘green chemoprevention’ properties of a molecule found in broccoli sprouts, cabbage and kale.

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Chilean-U.S. blueberry season transition smooth in 2015, claims Berry Fresh

April 21st, 2015

A U.S.-based subsidiary of two Latin American berry groups is optimistic for this year’s blueberry deal.

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U.S.: Organic food sales jump 11% in 2014

April 16th, 2015

With U.S. organic fruit and vegetable sales last year valued at US$13 billion, an industry head has praised the lack of ‘demographic boundaries’.

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U.S.: Record Mexican mango imports anticipated for Q2

April 16th, 2015

The National Mango Board is encouraging retailers to carry out promotional activities to move an expected increase in supply.

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U.S. moves closer to easing Indian fruit import restrictions

April 15th, 2015

Following the reopening of the EU market, Indian mango exporters could reportedly soon gain broader access to the U.S. as well.

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California: CCM criticizes Central Valley Project’s water allocation

April 14th, 2015

The California Citrus Mutual claims agriculture has taken the largest water cut out of any sector in the state.

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U.S.: Apple import permits for China expected ‘in time for new harvest’

April 14th, 2015

Despite China signing a deal to allow all U.S. apple imports in January, a grower body has received ‘no indication’ the process has moved forward.

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U.S.: Nature Fresh Farms begins 180-acre greenhouse project

April 14th, 2015

The first tomato crop from a major greenhouse project in Ohio is expected to be harvested this December.

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Cranberry consumption study shows fruit has impact on blood sugar

April 13th, 2015

A recent study shows complementing meals with cranberries can produce ‘modest but notable’ health benefits.

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U.S. judge grants emergency deposition request in Chiquita litigation

April 10th, 2015

Despite Chiquita’s objection, a U.S. judge believes the deposition of three jailed Colombian ex-paramilitaries should take place ‘immediately’.

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Mexico: Farmworkers were ‘forced’ to strike, claims BerryMex

April 9th, 2015

Heated farmworker protests in Baja California last month may have crippled agriculture in peak season, but a major Driscoll’s supplier alleges many were ‘threatened’ not to return to the fields.

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DR asks U.S. to lift fruit and vegetable import ban

April 9th, 2015

The Dominican Republic says it has managed to contain the recent Medfly outbreak and cut the population in half.

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Peru set to export larger mangoes and citrus from all regions to U.S.

April 8th, 2015

Four years of work from Peru to ease U.S. import restrictions on mangoes, citrus and peppers are reportedly about to pay off.

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U.S.: New president for Dole Food Company

April 7th, 2015

Dole has announced its president C. Michael Carter will be retiring, and has looked internally for his replacement.

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Chilean pomegranate production ‘lower and earlier’

April 7th, 2015

A Chilean pomegranate processor believes the industry could grow ‘six or seven-fold’ in the U.S.

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Dole Chile to expand blueberry production ‘north and south’

April 7th, 2015

Dole Chile’s berry manager says establishment in the country has gone well and he expects a promising future.

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U.S.: EPA ‘unlikely’ to approve new neonicotinoid pesticide uses

April 6th, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency says it’s concerned about some pesticides’ effects on bee populations.

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Arctic apple developer eyes all North American market segments

April 6th, 2015

The Okanagan Specialty Fruits head says “prospects are huge” for the GM apple following regulatory approval for the U.S. and Canada.

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U.S.: ILWU delegates vote to recommend proposed labor contract

April 6th, 2015

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez has applauded the West Coast port worker union’s ‘willingness to move forward’.

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California water measures ‘acknowledge seriousness of drought’, says WG

April 3rd, 2015

Western Growers’ Tom Nassif says he is pleased the ‘plight’ of Californian farmers has been highlighted in Governor Brown’s unprecedented statewide water reduction measures.

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U.S.: Union negotiations off the table for Sakuma Brothers Farms

April 3rd, 2015

Berry grower Sakuma Brothers has questioned the legitimacy of a union calling for a boycott against its products, describing demands as “unreasonable”.

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Driscoll’s CEO steps down after 15-year tenure

April 2nd, 2015

Driscoll’s former president and COO Kevin Murphy has been given a more senior role at the berry company.

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Australia: Exchange rate to boost Asian pome fruit campaign, says APAL

April 2nd, 2015

Australia’s pome fruit grower body says greatly improved orchard practices have led to roughly 15% more class 1 fruit than 2014.

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Chile reflects on challenging table grape season

April 2nd, 2015

U.S. port strikes, lower prices, smaller berry sizes and condition problems meant the 2014-15 Chilean table grape export campaign was no easy sailing.

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Seald Sweet expands Mexican grape program

April 1st, 2015

U.S.-based produce distributor Seald Sweet has made “substantial financial investments” to bolster its table grape program.

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U.S.: Gerawan upbeat for new crop and unfazed by exchange rates

March 31st, 2015

California’s largest stonefruit grower says the strong dollar is not affecting overseas demand for its upcoming crop.

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Spain signs deal to open U.S. market for avocados and apricots

March 31st, 2015

Spain’s prioritization of new market openings means two more of the country’s fruits will soon be able to reach the U.S.

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U.S. opens doors to Mexican figs

March 30th, 2015

APHIS believes irradiation treatment will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of importing fresh figs from Mexico.

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U.S.: Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers expect NZ Honeycrisps in May

March 27th, 2015

A large Washington State apple supplier says the specific New Zealand region where Honeycrisp apples are grown brings on an ‘amazing color.’

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U.S.: Boycott threatens Driscoll’s supplier

March 26th, 2015

“It’s so hard to bring in workers from abroad, and what happens when they do it legally? They get punished.” One industry insider says this is the true story behind a farm labor battle raging in Washington State.

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Mexican resolution puts an end to avocado export services monopoly

March 26th, 2015

Mexican avocado packers no longer need to be members of APEAM to export to the U.S.

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Chiquita exec payouts could exceed US$23M

March 24th, 2015

A report to the SEC reveals the extent of Chiquita’s completed and planned severance packages for leading executives, as well as hundreds of layoffs in Latin America.

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Budding overseas empire for Australia’s Queen Garnet super plum

March 23rd, 2015

The palpable buzz around an anthocyanin-rich Queensland-bred plum is spreading internationally, with a French nursery upbeat for commercial harvests and U.S. growers playing their cards close to their chests.

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Russia may capitalize on U.S. ban of Dominican fruit

March 23rd, 2015

The U.S. ban on Dominican Republic fruit has the potential to play in favor of a Russian market in need of more supply.

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Californians called upon to save citrus industry

March 20th, 2015

California Citrus Mutual and Bayer CropScience have teamed up with the #CitrusMatters campaign to help prevent the spread of HLB.

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Film Review: The Starfish Throwers

March 20th, 2015

The new documentary set to air tomorrow shows the beauty of how a 40-pound cabbage can turn into a global movement.

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U.S.: California hits second highest table grape export volume in 2014-15

March 20th, 2015

California raised its table grape exports to several destinations this season, including Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, the U.K. and Indonesia.

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Fresh Fruit Portal owner joins Verdant Partners

March 19th, 2015

Gustavo Yentzen has joined the likes of Don Goodwin and Dawn Gray as an advisor with Verdant Partners.

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Nicaragua Canal construction could displace more than 100,000 people

March 19th, 2015

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) has denounced alleged human rights violations associated with the construction of the Nicaragua Canal.

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U.S. completes pest risk analysis for fresh Chilean cranberry imports

March 18th, 2015

The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says phytosanitary measures would mitigate the risk of importing fresh Chilean cranberries.

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U.S.: Dole at odds with Delaware appraisal laws

March 13th, 2015

Dole executives have reportedly said they may consider moving the business out of Delaware if appraisal laws aren’t changed.

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Israeli bred grape tomato commercialized in Mexico

March 13th, 2015

Seed company Hazera said its ‘Olivia’ tomato provides growers with consistent sizing and sugar levels.

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U.S.: Retail penetration hits new heights for Opal apples

March 13th, 2015

It’s been a tough season for most of the U.S. apple industry, but not for growers of the increasingly popular Opal variety.

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Calavo to expand Mexican avocado packing operations

March 12th, 2015

Calavo Growers is already banking on the expected opening of the U.S. market for avocados grown in Jalisco.

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U.S.: Newark vertical farm to take ‘precision and performance to another level’

March 12th, 2015

AeroFarms says it is investing heavily in software for its vertical farms to ‘scale-up and go worldwide’.

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U.S.: Pink Lady to add several varieties to brand

March 10th, 2015

Pink Lady-branded apples will be available earlier in the season following the inclusion of new varieties.

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U.S.: New primocane-fruiting blackberry released

March 10th, 2015

The University of Arkansas has released a blackberry cultivar suitable for traveling long distances.

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U.S.: “World’s largest indoor vertical farm” planned for New Jersey

March 9th, 2015

AeroFarms plans to make urban farming history with a new project on a former industrial site in Newark, New Jersey.

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U.S.: Expenses squeeze Limoneira results in Q1

March 9th, 2015

Higher costs offset the benefits of favorable market conditions and larger lemon volumes for Limoneira in the first quarter.

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100% U.S. focus for Peruvian organic banana co-op in 2015

March 9th, 2015

Peru’s CEPIBO has historically sent the majority of its organic bananas to Europe, but this year the export strategy is very different.

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U.S.: Calavo Growers forecasts avocado volume uptick in Q2

March 6th, 2015

After driving up margins in early 2015, Calavo Growers foresees continued increased avocado packing in the second quarter.

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Stress on young bees could explain colony collapse, U.K. study shows

March 5th, 2015

Researchers say bees that are forced to forage too early in their lives put the colony at risk.

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U.S.: Giumarra bullish for Carmen pear season

March 5th, 2015

Giumarra Wenatchee has seen success so far in its second year selling Chilean-grown Carmen pears.

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

March 3rd, 2015

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

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GM apple developers set to finally cash in after takeover deal

March 3rd, 2015

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

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Sun World to release ‘explosive’ grape varieties in Chile

March 3rd, 2015

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

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

February 27th, 2015

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

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

February 26th, 2015

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

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

February 26th, 2015

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

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U.S. pistachio industry celebrates new dietary recommendations

February 26th, 2015

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

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U.S.: Western Growers partners with Colorado association

February 25th, 2015

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

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

February 25th, 2015

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

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

February 24th, 2015

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

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

February 24th, 2015

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

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Moroccan citrus exports boosted to North America

February 20th, 2015

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

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

February 19th, 2015

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

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

February 19th, 2015

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

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

February 19th, 2015

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

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

February 19th, 2015

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

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USDA considers allowing avocado imports from second Mexican state

February 18th, 2015

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

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

February 18th, 2015

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

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

February 18th, 2015

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

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

February 17th, 2015

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

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

February 17th, 2015

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

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U.S.: California Avocado Commission releases crop update

February 16th, 2015

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

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

February 16th, 2015

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

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Giumarra expects high volume of ‘eat brighter’ spring watermelons

February 16th, 2015

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

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

February 15th, 2015

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

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USDA gives green light to GM apples

February 15th, 2015

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

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

February 13th, 2015

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

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

February 11th, 2015

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

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

February 11th, 2015

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

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

February 11th, 2015

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

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Chiquita faces another eco-lawsuit

February 11th, 2015

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

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

February 10th, 2015

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

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Opinion: Asian flavors and other 2015 produce trends

February 9th, 2015

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

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

February 9th, 2015

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

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U.S. clears French pome fruit imports

February 9th, 2015

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

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

February 9th, 2015

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

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U.S.: Limoneira and Cadiz in citrus growth

February 9th, 2015

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

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

February 6th, 2015

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

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

February 6th, 2015

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

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

February 5th, 2015

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

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

February 5th, 2015

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

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

February 4th, 2015

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

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

February 3rd, 2015

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

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

February 2nd, 2015

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

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

February 2nd, 2015

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

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

February 2nd, 2015

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

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Opinion: The need for change in the avocado industry

January 30th, 2015

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

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Hawaii to propose Dole swap former pineapple land for prison site

January 30th, 2015

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

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Chiquita’s Colombian paramilitary payment lawsuits in the spotlight

January 30th, 2015

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

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

January 29th, 2015

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

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Aussie litchi industry sets sights firmly on U.S.

January 28th, 2015

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

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

January 28th, 2015

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

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Indonesia joins Asian neighbors in California apple import ban

January 27th, 2015

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

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New CEO for Sun World

January 27th, 2015

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

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Peru poised for first mango exports to South Korea next season

January 27th, 2015

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

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

January 27th, 2015

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

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

January 26th, 2015

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

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

January 23rd, 2015

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

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

January 22nd, 2015

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

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

January 21st, 2015

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

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Canada: Westmoreland enlists Ifco for packaging solutions

January 20th, 2015

A Canadian greenhouse vegetable grower will be able to reduce its use of cardboard boxes with a new partnership.

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

January 20th, 2015

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

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

January 19th, 2015

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

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

January 19th, 2015

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

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

January 18th, 2015

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

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

January 15th, 2015

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

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Australia gains U.S. access for mangoes, litchis

January 14th, 2015

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

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

January 14th, 2015

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

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Mastronardi launches new U.S. pepper greenhouse venture

January 13th, 2015

Building on a successful Michigan tomato operation, Sunset Produce will soon grow peppers in a large-scale U.S. pepper greenhouse.

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Mayan Sweet onions from Peru trialed in British market

January 12th, 2015

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

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

January 9th, 2015

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

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

December 24th, 2014

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

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

December 24th, 2014

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

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U.S.: Gladstone set to acquire 331-acre California strawberry farm

December 22nd, 2014

A large U.S. real estate investor won the right at a public auction to buy a strawberry farm for US$17 million.

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Argentine cherries reach Hong Kong market

December 19th, 2014

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

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