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Demand for ‘imperfect’ produce prompts Oddbox to seek additional suppliers for national expansion

The London-based social enterprise says more and more UK consumers are looking to buy misshapen and surplus produce to fight food waste.
May 21 , 2019

U.S.: Record-breaking organic sales rise over $50b in 2018

According to the Organic Trade Association, changing social perspectives have contributed to this increase - Millennials are pushing for transparency and integrity in the food supply chain, resulting in a renewed interest in the USDA Organic seal.
May 20 , 2019

U.S.: California Giant predicts "milestone" volumes for fresh blueberries

With the rise in category volume and consumer demand, the company says it will start to provide a promotable volume of both conventional and organic blueberries on a year-round basis. 
May 20 , 2019

U.S.: First storm hits California, more heavy rain due following week

While Sacramento and Stockton suffered 1.5" and 1" of rain, it has not yet been confirmed whether the atypical weather has affected these cherry- and blueberry-growing regions' crops.
May 17 , 2019

U.S.: Lidl to expand with 25 new East Coast stores by spring 2020

With the expansion, Lidl says it expects to sell its products in more than 100 stores and to create more than 1,000 new jobs across nine states by the end of next year.
May 17 , 2019
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Hamburg Süd strengthens its product portfolio PRESS RELEASE Hamburg, Germany – The trade between Europe and Central America, Caribbean and South America West Coast has always been a key element in Hamburg Süd’s global network of liner services. In cooperation with Maersk, Hamburg Süd will be expanding and enhancing the services it offers on this core trade beginning in June 2019.  […]

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Shoppers will pay the price as U.S.-China trade war escalates, says Walmart Reports say that while Walmart says it aims to maintain its “low-price leadership”, its vendors have already started to raise prices, among them Del Monte Foods, which supplies the company's fresh and packaged goods.

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India closes table grape season with EU exports up by a third Table grape prices in the European market slumped for around six weeks from mid-February through March amid heavy supplies but recovered somewhat from April.

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State of the Market - Week 19, 2019 Red seedless table grape supplies from Chile are still abundant in the U.S. market, with good turnover and stable pricing reported.

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U.S.: California storms won't damage avocado crops but could delay harvesting Avocado growing regions are forecasted to miss the brunt of the storms, but the possible rainfall could lead to harvesting delays, says the California Avocado Commission.

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'World's first' automatic mango harvester developed in Australia The prototype achieved 75% efficiency in automatically identifying and picking fruit in view during its first field trials at Yepoon, says Australia's Central Queensland University.

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Agricenter S.R.L. named exclusive distributor of STK Botanical Biopesticides and innovative ‘Hybrids’ in Central America PRESS RELEASE Petach Tikvah, Israel – STK bio-ag technologies, the innovative Israeli leader in botanical sustainable crop protection, is partnering with  Agricenter S.R.L., a subsidiary of AMVAC Netherlands BV,  to be the exclusive distributor of STK products in Central America. Effective immediately, Agricenter S.R.L. will assume the marketing and sales responsibily for STK products in […]

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The global blueberry industry gathering in British Columbia, Canada The International Blueberry Organization Summit is hosted by the BC Blueberry Council in Canada and will take place in Richmond, Vancouver, from June 24-26.

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Chilean kiwifruit volumes forecast down 15% this season A year-on-year drop of around 5% had been anticipated earlier this year, but Chilean Kiwifruit Committee president Carlos Cruzat recently said that volumes will likely be up to 15% lower.

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U.S.: Northwest cherry crop set to be area's "third-largest ever" The five-state Northwest cherry growing region is projected to harvest 24.9 million 20-pound boxes this year, according to recent packinghouse and grower reports.

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