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NZ: Fourth fruit fly found in Auckland

New Zealand authorities have found a second Facialis fruit fly in a surveillance trap in the Auckland suburb of Ōtara, with two Queensland fruit flies also having been detected.
February 22 , 2019

State of the Market - Week 7, 2019

The U.S. market saw declines in blueberry and stonefruit prices in week 7, but the white seedless table grape market was performing well.
February 22 , 2019

Peruvian avocado season could be impacted by transport, port worker strike

The Exporters' Association says the upcoming avocado season could be "seriously affected" if the widespread strike that began earlier this week is not resolved soon.
February 22 , 2019

U.K. and Ireland retailers warn of 40% tariffs on food in no-deal Brexit

The scheduled withdrawal on 29 March comes at a time in the year when the U.K. imports a lot of fresh, out-of-season, produce.
February 22 , 2019

U.S., China working on multiple memorandums for trade deal

The MoUs would reportedly cover areas including agriculture, non-tariff barriers, services, technology transfer and intellectual property.
February 21 , 2019
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U.K.: Sainsbury's-Asda merger in doubt after regulator voices concerns The Competition and Markets Authority has found "extensive competition concerns" in the proposed tie-up between the U.K.'s second- and third-largest supermarket groups, which it says will be "difficult" for the companies to address.

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NZ on alert after two fruit fly detections in Auckland A Queensland fruit fly was spotted in the Devonport area last week, and a 'facialis' fruit fly was detected in the suburb of Otara earlier this week.

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Hong Kong lifts California romaine ban The autonomous territory suspended imports of California romaine on Nov. 28 last year over food safety concerns, following an E. coli outbreak in the U.S. and Canada.

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U.K. will apply food tariffs in case of no deal Brexit, says minister The country's environment secretary said reports that Britain would operate a zero tariff regime in order to secure frictionless trade in a no-deal scenario were “not accurate”.

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African Blue opens new Moroccan blueberry packhouse The company, in which Australia's Costa Group holds a majority stake, recently inaugurated the largest berry packing facility servicing the European market.

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Huge cocaine haul discovered in Brazilian mango shipment at Rotterdam A load of 1,5000 kilograms of the Class-A drug were reportedly found in a container at the Dutch hub last week.

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Unifrutti secures US$19M loan for Philippine banana expansion The loan package is said to be the biggest-ever for farm development from the government-owned Development Bank of the Philippines.

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Argentine lemon production to "rebound", orange volumes to fall A USDA report also noted last year's reinstatement of export taxes and reduction of export rebates on all fruits could offset the benefits of a sharp depreciation of the Argentine peso for the lemon industry.

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