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  • January 18, 2019
    Avocados From Mexico will be available in record numbers...
    PRESS RELEASE DALLAS – Despite reports to the contrary, there will be plenty of guacamole as U.S. imports of...
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  • January 18, 2019
    Peru: Table grape exports to Europe show strong recovery...
    While year-on-year exports until week 1 to Asia were up 46% and to North America 12%, to Europe they...
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  • January 18, 2019
    Fyffes recognizes Honduran melon farm union following Fair Trade...
    The Ireland-based multinational also said it would rehire union members over the coming days, the Union of Agroindustrial Workers...
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  • January 17, 2019
    French court cancels permit for Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weedkiller
    A court in Lyon in southeast France ruled that the approval granted by French environment agency ANSES in 2017...
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  • January 17, 2019
    U.S.: Asian citrus psyllid detected in San Francisco County
    One of the invasive insects that vectors citrus greening disease was recently found in San Francisco’s Marina District. The...
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  • January 17, 2019
    U.S.: California citrus, avocado associations welcome rains
    The organizations highlight there will be increased water availability for the months ahead. The post U.S.: California citrus, avocado associations...
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  • January 17, 2019
    E-commerce growth, new partnerships creating opportunities for Chilean produce...
    Cathy Burns was speaking at the State of the Industry address that kicked off the Fresh Connections: Chile event...
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  • January 16, 2019
    Severe heat in South Australian damages stonefruit production
    "There will be quite a lot of damage from direct sunlight, especially on the north-western side of the trees,...
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  • January 16, 2019
    APEAM “confident” fuel issues won’t affect Mexican avocado exports
    As Mexican avocado exporters break a record in the second week of the crucial run-up to the U.S. Super...
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  • January 16, 2019
    Chinese ‘7 Bu Gou’ kiwifruit enters Canada
    Around eight tons of the premium variety arrived into Vancouver in late December. The post Chinese ‘7 Bu Gou’ kiwifruit...
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  • January 16, 2019
    The Biocontrol Brief: Discovering the classical biological control approach
    In the second of our educational series on biological pest control, Thomas Grandperrin takes a look at the history...
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  • January 16, 2019
    Avocado-related injuries increasing in NZ
    A rising number of people are also being treated for 'avocado hand' in the U.K., where a leading surgeon...
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  • January 15, 2019
    U.S.: “Extreme amount” of rain to soak California
    Two important lemon- and avocado-growing regions are set to receive the greatest amount of rainfall. The post U.S.: “Extreme amount”...
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  • January 15, 2019
    U.S.: Limoneira posts record revenues for 2018
    CEO Harold Edward says he expects strong lemon pricing to continue throughout fiscal 2019, along with increased production across...
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  • January 15, 2019
    Costa Rica: Pineapple plantations see rapid growth
    The area covered by pineapple plantations was found to have increased by 16% from 2016 to 2017. The post Costa...
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  • January 15, 2019
    China: Dongfang announces record citrus harvest
    The major citrus producer is expecting a sharp uptick on its 2018 Navel orange volumes, and a minor rise...
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  • January 15, 2019
    Chile: Weekly cherry export volumes likely to see sharp...
    Manuel Alcaíno of Decofrut also expected that the Chinese market would react positively to a new varietal mix new...
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  • January 15, 2019
    Panama: Del Monte subsidiary to export first bananas in...
    A batch of 4,000 boxes of fruit grown on a 'reactivated' plantation is due to be shipped to the...
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  • January 15, 2019
    Fruit in Charts: The winners and losers of 2018...
    Two fruits saw averages prices more than 40% higher in the U.S. market last year compared to 2017. The post...
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  • January 15, 2019
    Global Cherry Summit tickets, booths selling out fast
    As the world's global industry gears up for the second edition of what is set to be another excellent...
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  • January 15, 2019
    U.S.: Romaine safety not impacted by shutdown, says LGMA
    The Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement says the industry has "significantly stepped up efforts" to improve safety following last year's...
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  • January 15, 2019
    With first Argentina cherries en-route for China, industry seeks...
    Argentina is using this first season to test the waters of the Chinese market, but is planning on arriving...
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  • January 14, 2019
    Mexico: Pioneering project uses greenhouses, new growing methods to...
    Using a new variety, the method has also led the trees to produce fruit after just a few months...
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  • January 14, 2019
    Brexit fallout could impact heavily on food suppliers, restaurants...
    Borough Market managing director and Brindisa restaurant founder say there are a slew of potential pitfalls to consider regarding...
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  • January 14, 2019
    U.S., EU blueberry market prices down amid greater Peruvian...
    In addition, Peru has sent a higher proportion of fruit to the U.S. market this year and a lower...
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  • January 12, 2019
    U.K.: Greenyard opens new ripening rooms as part of...
    The new facilities create an additional 160 pallet space capacity, which increases Greenyard’s overall ripening capacity to 452 pallet...
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  • January 11, 2019
    U.S.: FDA stops routine produce inspections due to shutdown
    ç The post U.S.: FDA stops routine produce inspections due to shutdown appeared first on Freshfruitportal.com. Keep readingAll copyrights for...
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  • January 11, 2019
    Australia: Costa’s shares slide amid lower avocado, berry demand
    The share price of Australia-based Costa Group dropped by 39% on Thursday after the company said that sales of...
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  • January 11, 2019
    Canada: CPMA introduces Corporate Culture Awards
    CPMA has teamed up with Waterstone Human Capital to give members the opportunity to participate in their corporate culture...
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  • January 11, 2019
    Plant hormones can be used for space farming, study...
    The necessity for food production to sustain human space exploration has led to a need for researching plant hormones...
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  • January 10, 2019
    China: Chilean cherries set record for most pieces of...
    The feat was carried out in Shanghai, and involved 24,638 individual cherries placed in a continuous line to form...
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  • January 10, 2019
    U.S.: E. coli outbreak ‘appears to be over’, says...
    The FDA says that Adam Bros. Farming, a company believed to be responsible for supplying infected lettuce, has not...
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  • January 10, 2019
    State of the Market – Week 1, 2019
    Blueberry and cherry prices fell week-on-week in the U.S., while limited Mexican avocado supplies led to price increases for...
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  • January 10, 2019
    Mexican avocado industry concerned over fuel shortage in run-up...
    While the impacts on the avocado industry are so far said to have been minor, if the shortage lingers...
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  • January 9, 2019
    Frieda’s introduces Lunar New Year to the produce aisle
    PRESS RELEASE Los Alamitos, CA – With February fast approaching, the holiday traditionally celebrated as Chinese New Year is...
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  • January 9, 2019
    Japan and Australia team up for year-round fruit production...
    The two countries will contribute farmland, personnel and technology for the project, which is also aimed at encouraging businesses...
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  • January 9, 2019
    India: Mahindra inaugurates table grape packhouse in Nashik
    The facility can pack 90MT of grapes per day and is described by the company as being a "one...
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  • January 9, 2019
    Australia: Northern Tasmania declared fruit fly free, one year...
    The lifting of strict biosecurity controls around Northern Tasmania re-opens the door to domestic trade, but export markets are...
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  • January 9, 2019
    U.K.: Reynolds named best restaurant produce supplier for fifth...
    Restaurant Magazine's Readers Choice award, chosen by chef throughout the UK, rewards the distributor with its highest honor for...
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  • January 9, 2019
    Peruvian avocado export value up 23% through November despite...
    Peruvian avocado exports rose to US$720 million from January through November 2018, making it the eighth-largest shipper of the...
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  • January 9, 2019
    Israel forecasts sharp rise in Orri Jaffa mandarin exports to...
    The late-season variety was developed by breeders at the Israeli Volcani Research Center and is available from January through...
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  • January 9, 2019
    China’s Gold Anda to expand globally following success in...
    CEO Jinshan Xie said the investment in a Curico packhouse was the first of its kind by a Chinese...
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  • January 8, 2019
    Chilean fruit exports rose by 11% in 2018, driven...
    There were also increases for table grapes, plums and nectarines, but avocado exports dropped significantly. The post Chilean fruit...
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  • January 8, 2019
    Berry People expands Baja California organic strawberry program
    The year-round, full-line shipper of organic and conventional berries has announced the start of its organic strawberry season from...
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  • January 8, 2019
    JD partners with Mitsubishi to open ‘largest hydroponic farm...
    "JD’s supply chain technology, logistics network and e-commerce expertise combined with Mitsubishi Chemical’s sophisticated growing technology puts us in...
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  • January 8, 2019
    India: “Immense potential” for club apple varieties
    Tarun Arora of importer IG International also says that trade conflicts with the U.S. and China are creating big...
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  • January 8, 2019
    Lower Costa Rican banana output to continue into 2019
    The chief of Corbana spoke to us about the reasons why production last year was lower than expected and...
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  • January 8, 2019
    Asparagus in Charts: See how the market reacts as...
    Mexico has nearly doubled its asparagus volume in the U.S. over the last decade, but the market has reacted...
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  • January 7, 2019
    Spanish ag group says orange prices down by a...
    Asaja-Cordoba says it is facing increasing competition from a number of third-countries, with prices this campaign around 35% lower...
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  • January 7, 2019
    Opinion: Now is the time for collaboration
    Bev Oster of Oster & Associates argues that produce companies could benefit greatly by considering their relationships with suppliers...
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  • January 7, 2019
    U.S. table grape stocks see drastic reduction following swift...
    A combination of lower prices, heavy promotions, a large government purchase, and aggressive diversion into non-fresh processing channels has...
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  • January 7, 2019
    Spain to enter Chinese grape market in July with...
    Spain is expecting to ship up to around 3,000MT of grapes to the new market this year, after achieving...
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  • January 4, 2019
    Australian state imposes big fine for not declaring fruit...
    The state government's new policy announced on Friday comes following a December outbreak of the rest in the major...
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  • January 4, 2019
    Australia: Needles found in bag of table grapes
    Two needles were found in a bag of grapes bought from an Australian supermarket on Monday, following a national...
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  • January 4, 2019
    Heatwave could affect Chilean fruit crops
    Temperatures of up to around 36ºC (97ºF) are forecast for multiple days this week for the Coquimbo, Valparaiso and...
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  • January 3, 2019
    U.S.: Apples and cherries most affected by retaliatory tariffs,...
    A report by the Congressional Research Service that two countries which accounted for around a third of U.S. apple...
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  • January 3, 2019
    U.S.: Hass avocado sales soar over summer holidays
    "Each year sales have been exceeding the previous year’s record highs as avocados become more mainstream.” The post U.S.: Hass...
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  • January 3, 2019
    Hawaii resumes avocado exports to mainland after 25-year hiatus
    Weekly shipments of around 3,000 pounds of green-skinned Sharwil avocado to two Seattle-based wholesale produce companies began in early...
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  • January 3, 2019
    Australia: Hail causes “significant” losses on cherry orchards in...
    However, the hail is not expected to have a substantial impact on national volume this season. The post Australia: Hail...
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  • January 3, 2019
    U.K. appoints first food waste chief
    In his new role, the appointee will work with food businesses across manufacturing, retail and hospitality to tackle waste...
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  • January 3, 2019
    Vietnamese fruit and veg exports up by 12% in...
    China remained the leading market, accounting for three-quarters of market share with more than US$2.4 billion. The post Vietnamese fruit...
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  • January 2, 2019
    California: Freezing temperatures benefitting citrus crop, says CCM
    The California Citrus Mutual described Tuesday night as "another long night" for growers as temperatures dropped throughout the Central...
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  • January 2, 2019
    The Biocontrol Brief: An introduction to the world of...
    This is the first in a new series of articles on biocontrol and Integrated Pest Management by UAV-IQ Precision...
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  • January 2, 2019
    Fruit in Charts: What happens to USDA market data...
    The shutdown affects most non-essential services, which unfortunately include those provided by the USDA market news service The post...
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  • January 2, 2019
    AgroFresh launches ‘breakthrough’ technology to predict risk of produce...
    The freshness solutions company over recent months has launched various new technologies under the umbrella of its FreshCloud platform. The...
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  • January 2, 2019
    State of the Market – Week 52, 2018
    Prices of blueberries, avocados and cherries dropped in the final week of 2018 in the U.S. market. The post State...
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  • December 31, 2018
    HaciendasBio – Spain’s leading company in exporting organic fruit and...
    PRESS RELEASE HaciendasBio -the first producer of organic fruit and vegetables in Spain and leader in exporting to Europe-...
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  • December 28, 2018
    Colombian banana growers warned to prepare for dry El...
    Grower association Augura says that growers should take "a series of technical actions" so that their plantations suffer as...
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  • December 24, 2018
    Chile: Valparaiso port worker strike ends after 35 days
    The paralyzation started on Nov. 16 and resulted in around 90% of shipments being diverted to other ports including...
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  • December 24, 2018
    India gains access to Australian table grape market
    Australia's Departement of Agriculture granted access in November, according to India's Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority...
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  • December 24, 2018
    Greater competition and slower sales expected in Chinese cherry...
    One importer expected to see more cherries being told directly to retailers this season, with the Guangzhou Jiangnan wholesale...
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  • December 23, 2018
    Mexican avocado exports to U.S. up by 13% this...
    The volume surge over the last couple of months has caused a slower fruit movement and lowered prices to...
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  • December 21, 2018
    New packaging retains waxy bloom of blueberries
    Israel-based StePac has developed polyamide-based packaging technology for blueberries that it says ensures long-lasting freshness in bulk deliveries of...
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  • December 21, 2018
    Peru: Vanguard begins shipping table grapes from new Ica...
    The company is also this season introducing seven new premium varieties grown at a farm it acquired in 2016. The...
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  • December 21, 2018
    U.S.: Limited impacts for Washington apple exports to China
    Production in the top apple-growing U.S. state is down by 14% year-on-year, while exports to all markets are currently...
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  • December 21, 2018
    Chile: Fruit exports diverted from Port of Valparaiso during...
    Workers have been on strike over working conditions for around a month at the Port of Valparaiso in central...
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  • December 20, 2018
    SanLucar expands Ecuadorian table grape export program
    Over the coming weeks, up to 20 containers carrying three grape varieties will arrive in Rotterdam for distribution to...
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  • December 20, 2018
    Chilean table grape industry concerned about U.S. market
    Exporters say that it seems the situation with red varieties in the U.S. market is more complex than for...
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  • December 20, 2018
    U.S.: Kroger begins using driverless vehicles for grocery delivery
    U.S. supermarket chain Kroger said on Tuesday it has started using unmanned autonomous vehicles to deliver groceries Scottsdale, Arizona...
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  • December 20, 2018
    State of the Market – Week 50, 2018
    Lower avocado supply levels in China this week allowed for price increases, while a drop in blueberry demand in...
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  • December 19, 2018
    The Wonderful Company announces new $15 minimum wage for...
    PRESS RELEASE LOS ANGELES – The Wonderful Company, America’s fastest-growing consumer packaged goods company, announced today it is increasing...
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  • December 19, 2018
    Haskap berries to be sold in Europe after listing...
    U.K.-based berry and stonefruit company Soloberry, which has been heavily involved in bringing the fruit to the EU since...
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  • December 19, 2018
    U.S.: Brighter Bites delivers fresh fruit and veg from...
    Exhibitors at the four-day event donated produce that was on display during the trade show to the Houston-based organization...
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  • December 19, 2018
    France: Gilets jaunes protests result in 4,000MT of banana...
    Nationwide protests over the last five weeks against the government over what they call economic injustice have caused widespread...
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  • December 19, 2018
    Landmark EU-Japan FTA to come into force from February
    Spain's FEPEX said tariffs will be eliminated for a group of fruit and vegetable items over seven years, with...
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  • December 19, 2018
    Chilean cherries fetching higher prices in U.S. than last...
    Chilean cherries have been fetching higher importer-level prices year-on-year over recent weeks in the U.S., following a slight reduction...
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  • December 19, 2018
    China: Chilean prices up on last year but consumers...
    Liu Wenpo, the CEO of Beijing-based Runfuyuan Trading Company says higher prices have affected sales, and he has a...
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  • December 19, 2018
    Rutgers University professor makes case for intelligent packaging
    Professor Paul Takhistov recently spoke about the development of better technology functions to improve the microbial safety and quality...
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  • December 18, 2018
    Chile’s Copefrut launches commercial platform in China amid rapid...
    Chile's second-largest cherry exporter says the new platform will give itself greater control of its produce along the supply...
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  • December 18, 2018
    Avocados in Charts: Record volumes send U.S. prices to...
    The CEO of Agronometrics uses charts to highlight the dramatic effect that the recent strike had on avocado supply...
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  • December 18, 2018
    Panama expects to start pineapple exports to China in...
    Panama will not be able to compete with Thailand or the Philippines on price, but it hopes to establish...
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  • December 18, 2018
    Getting down and dirty on food waste: New research...
    John Bovay, a professor at the University of Connecticut, presented his findings last week at the New York Produce...
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  • December 17, 2018
    U.S.: Village Farms scoops innovation award at NYPS for...
    The top-seal program is for the company's exclusive specialty snacking tomatoes, uniting a family of varieties under bold and...
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  • December 17, 2018
    Fair Trade USA decertifies Fyffes’ Honduran melon subsidiary
    It said that a "thorough on-the-ground audit and investigation" confirmed issues related to wages and benefits, worker health and...
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  • December 16, 2018
    U.S.: FDA identifies California farm in romaine E. coli...
    Investigators have identified the strain of E. coli causing the current outbreak in a sample collected in the sediment...
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  • December 16, 2018
    First marketing tests for red-fleshed Kissabel apples after good...
    Apples were harvested by IFORED's partners in France, Switzerland, Germany, the UK, Spain, Italy and U.S. over October and...
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  • December 14, 2018
    T&G Global: Orchard Rd to export first Aussie Tulare...
    T&G Global is gearing up for harvests of Australian Tulare Giant sugar plums with plans to ship the fruit...
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  • December 14, 2018
    Global apple production lowest level in eight years, USDA...
    For apples, climatic problems in China in April and May severely affected production, with volumes falling by 25% to...
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  • December 14, 2018
    State of the Market – Week 49, 2018
    Avocado prices fell in the U.S. amid rising supplies, but they rose in China even as volumes increased slightly....
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  • December 13, 2018
    Camposol granted three awards by Ministry of Labor
    PRESS RELEASE Camposol was acknowledged with three distinctions during the last edition of the Good Labor Practices Award 2018...
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  • December 13, 2018
    Chile: Fedefruta chief briefs Senate on hail damage
    Jorge Valenzuela recently told the Senate Agriculture Committee about the actions being taken to help the affected producers. The post...
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  • December 13, 2018
    Wild bees could boost blueberry production, study finds
    The study found that wild bees have significant benefits for berry farmers, including greater berry size, quantity, size consistency,...
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  • December 13, 2018
    Harrods, high-end food businesses in UK jumping on trend...
    The luxury department store's famed Food Hall now has its own Vegetable Butcher; even suppliers can't resist the rise...
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  • December 13, 2018
    U.S.: Cornell and Washington State University team up to...
    Researchers compared preferences from producers, packers, and consumers for a set of appearance and eating quality traits for apple...
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  • December 13, 2018
    Peruvian ag exports grew 14% through October
    The rise was driven mainly by larger volumes of avocados, blueberries, table grapes, asparagus and mangoes. The post Peruvian ag...
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  • December 13, 2018
    Capespan strengthens food safety promise
    PRESS RELEASE Capespan announced the certification of its procurement and marketing operation in South Africa under the IFS Broker...
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  • December 12, 2018
    Cocaine discovered in Colombian avocado shipment in Rotterdam
    Local media report that the drugs, which were reportedly valued at US$40 million, were found in a shipment of...
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  • December 12, 2018
    First Australian avocados land in Japan
    A new protocol signed in May allows the export of Australian Hass avocados grown in Queensland fruit fly-free areas...
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  • December 12, 2018
    U.S.: Western Growers, United Fresh pleased with Farm Bill...
    Both produce associations have welcomed the compromise on the US$867 billion legislation recently approved by the Senate, although Western...
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  • December 12, 2018
    Aussie substrate tech gears up for UK-bound exports
    Marshall Machinery's tech removes a manual, laborious and often wasteful process from the increasingly prevalent practice of substrate fruit...
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  • December 12, 2018
    Sun World grape export goals on track despite challenging...
    The table grape category leader highlights annual export growth of 40% over the last three years. The post Sun...
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  • December 12, 2018
    Summerfruit NZ forecasts short crop for 2018-19
    Difficult spring weather has likely led to lower volumes of New Zealand stonefruit this season, but industry body Summerfruit...
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  • December 11, 2018
    Grapes in Charts: How will Chile’s expected crop affect...
    Chile will be coming into the U.S. market at a time when prices have been at historic lows on...
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  • December 11, 2018
    First bananas grown without soil to be harvested
    The initiative, which is part of an association between Wageningen University in the Netherlands and Chiquita, is aimed at...
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  • December 10, 2018
    Canada returns to Berlin in February to show its...
    PRESS RELEASE A delegation that will consist of at least 20 Canadian companies, growers and trade organizations will take...
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  • December 10, 2018
    California table grape shipments ‘to continue through January’
    Gowers shipped more than 27.7 million boxes into the worldwide marketplace from Oct. 13 to Nov. 30 - the...
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  • December 10, 2018
    Seald Sweet CEO Mayda Sotomayor-Kirk gives expectations for the...
    Prior to her presentation at the New York Produce Show and Conference's Global Trade Symposium, Mayda Sotomayor-Kirk tells her...
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  • December 10, 2018
    U.S.: Non-profit Brighter Bites takes scientific approach to increase...
    Brighter Bites both delivers fresh produce into the hands of needy children and families while also educating the families...
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  • December 10, 2018
    Alibaba signs agreement with Belgium for e-commerce trade hub
    The project is part of Alibaba’s Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP), and Belgium is the first European country to...
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  • December 7, 2018
    U.S.: Romaine E. coli outbreak case count rises as...
    Traceback information from four restaurants in three different states so far has implicated 10 different distributors, 12 different growers,...
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  • December 7, 2018
    New York Produce Show and Conference announces Thought-Leader panelists
    A powerful lineup of leaders is set to take center stage at the Javits Center to provide insight on...
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  • December 7, 2018
    China opens for Panamanian pineapple exports
    Authorities gave their approval in October and the phytosanitary export protocol was recently signed during a visit by Chinese...
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  • December 7, 2018
    Slower start for Chilean avocado exports
    Shipments through September were down 58% year-on-year at 18,580 metric tons (MT) due to a later start, but Hass...
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  • December 6, 2018
    Naturipe’s director of food safety and social responsibility speaks at...
    PRESS RELEASE Salinas, Calif. – Naturipe’s Director of Food Safety and Social Responsibility, Donna Lynn Browne, spoke on several...
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  • December 6, 2018
    IG International strengthens association with Stemilt Growers
    PRESS RELEASE INDIA – ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ – this age-old English adage can never...
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  • December 6, 2018
    Australia notches sharp avocado production rise in 2017-18
    Australian domestic consumption held at 3.5kg per person per year for the second year in a row, but the...
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  • December 6, 2018
    Photo gallery: Italian apple orchard visit during Interpoma 2018
    During the world's leading trade fair dedicated to apples, Fresh Fruit Portal got the chance to visit an orchard...
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  • December 6, 2018
    Spain: Ag organizations call for protest amid citrus industry...
    AVA-ASAJA says that a combination of factors including poor market conditions and weather have caused losses of around €163...
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  • December 5, 2018
    Novo Fruit Packers wins South African risk management award
    PRESS RELEASE The Institute of Risk Management South Africa awarded the first prize to Novo Fruit Packers in the...
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  • December 5, 2018
    It’s pear-a-palooza season at Albert’s Fresh Produce
    PRESS RELEASE Albert’s has teamed up with the USA Pear Association to promote pears with two Albert’s pear-a-palooza contests....
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  • December 5, 2018
    Chile declares agricultural emergency in hail-hit regions
    The storm brought unusually large hailstones and in some cases caused farmers in one of the country's most important...
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  • December 5, 2018
    Aussie stonefruit season “progressing beautifully”, says Cutri Fruit rep
    Australia's leading grower-packer of stonefruit has noted "excellent" growing conditions this year with exports already underway since last month...
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  • December 5, 2018
    State of the Market – Week 48, 2018
    Prices of cherries, blueberries and avocados fell in both the Chinese and U.S. markets in week 48. The post State...
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  • December 5, 2018
    U.S.: California table grape prices significantly down on three-year...
    In week 47 the average shipping point price for all varieties and sizes of domestic table grapes was US$14.90...
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  • December 5, 2018
    Asda, ReFood doing their part in helping to cut...
    With the holiday season arriving and good produce headed for the bin, the two companies discuss their solutions to...
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  • December 5, 2018
    U.S.: Fall Creek announces succession of top leadership
    Effective Jan.1, Amelie Brazelton Aust and Cort Brazelton will assume the roles of co-CEOs, while Dave Brazelton will step...
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  • December 5, 2018
    French protests affecting Spanish citrus shipments to Europe
    Spain's Citrus Management Committee says that sea freight shipments to Rotterdam are to be diverted to markets like North...
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  • December 4, 2018
    Sensor technology leader TOMRA strengthens set-ups in China
    PRESS RELEASE Leuven, Belgium, – TOMRA, a global leader in sensor-based sorting technology, is absolutely committed to its long-term...
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  • December 4, 2018
    Hazel Tech completes trials to increase apricot shelf-life
    PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO – Hazel Technologies, Inc., is proud to announce the successful completion of an apricot supply...
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  • December 4, 2018
    Ocean Mist Farms selects Zest Fresh to optimize freshness...
    PRESS RELEASE SAN JOSE – Zest Labs, an AgTech company modernizing the post-harvest fresh food supply chain, today...
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  • December 4, 2018
    Mexico: USDA forecasts similar level of avocado exports for...
    The AMS report also mentioned that FOB prices for Mexican avocados in the U.S. fell from US$72 per carton...
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  • December 4, 2018
    China: Cherry exporters must avoid over-reliance on wholesale markets...
    The company's co-founder says the situation is causing an "imbalance of supply and demand", and also speaks about plans...
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  • December 4, 2018
    Mangoes in Charts: Putting Peru’s grower strike in context...
    Following a period of rising volumes and prices, prices leveled out considerably in 2016, changing the landscape for the...
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  • December 4, 2018
    The Packaging Pitch: Creating… and fighting for your brand
    "Whether the issue is big or small, if you don’t fight for your brand, no one else will," says...
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  • December 4, 2018
    Chilean cherry exports running 9% lower than last season
    Average prices in the Chinese market for XJ sizes of Brooks cherries are 17% up on last year, but...
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  • December 4, 2018
    With export protocol signed, Argentina expects first China-bound shipments...
    For now, the Argentine industry will only be able to ship via sea freight, but a potential Medfly-free declaration...
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  • December 3, 2018
    USDA purchases more than $10M of California table grapes
    The recent purchase of almost half a million boxes was part of the government's tariff mitigation program. The post USDA...
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  • December 3, 2018
    U.S. and China postpone next wave of tariffs
    U.S. President Donald Trump says he will not increase the tariff rate on US$200 of Chinese goods from 10%...
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  • December 3, 2018
    New farmer-friendly strategy could reverse collapse in bee population
    Devoting a quarter of cropland to flowering economic crops could attract pollinators and boost farmers’ food plantations, new research...
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  • December 3, 2018
    IGD lists top trends for Asian grocery market in...
    Trends listed by the international grocery research organization include social shopping and ultimate convenience. The post IGD lists top trends...
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  • December 3, 2018
    South Africa: Good EU market conditions for early stonefruit...
    Hortgro's Jacques du Preez says that the combination of a slightly later South African stonefruit crop, lower early season...
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  • December 2, 2018
    J. Miles Reiter returns as Driscoll’s CEO
    Kevin Murphy, who was named CEO in 2015, will leave this position by the end of the year. The post...
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  • November 30, 2018
    U.S. Farm Bill deal a “significant win” for citrus...
    Negotiators have reached an "agreement in principle" on a bill that would provide US$25 million annually for five years...
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  • November 30, 2018
    Italian apple consortium VOG appoints new CEO
    PRESS RELEASE Walter Pardatscher will take over from Gerhard Dichgans at the helm of VOG. On Wednesday 28 November,...
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  • November 30, 2018
    SunFed starts onion season
    PRESS RELEASE Rio Rico, AZ – SunFed, known for providing the highest quality fruit and vegetables, is starting its...
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  • November 30, 2018
    Bayer to cut tenth of global workforce, increase ag...
    Bayer's plans to cut around 12,000 jobs follow its recent takeover of Monsanto and an August U.S. ruling linking...
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  • November 30, 2018
    Spain: Blueberries drive Huelva’s berry planted area growth
    There were also increases for strawberries but declines for raspberries and blackberries. The post Spain: Blueberries drive Huelva’s berry planted...
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  • November 29, 2018
    Chilean table grape season kicks off, first U.S.-bound exports...
    "The markets have spoken, and we have listened. Our important export markets, like North America, are not interested in...
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  • November 29, 2018
    Spain granted Chinese table grape market access
    The agreement was signed during a recent visit to Spain by Chinese President Xi Jinping, following two years of...
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  • November 29, 2018
    Total Produce reaffirms growth target
    Ireland-based Total Produce has confirmed that it continues to target adjusted EBITDA growth in the mid-single-digit range, excluding the...
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  • November 29, 2018
    “Important new tool” to control Psa launched in New...
    AureoGold, which has been developed by Plant & Food Research in collaboration with Arysta LifeScience, is a natural yeast...
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  • November 29, 2018
    Ecuador launches B2B platform to connect suppliers with importers
    ProEcuador has launched a new online service through which importers can connect with more than a thousand supplies of...
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  • October 3, 2018
    State of the Market – Week 39, 2018
    A decline in California and Peruvian avocado supplies helped to keep the U.S. market stable in week 39, despite...
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  • October 3, 2018
    South Africa: Two tobacco farms successfully convert to OZblu...
    Fruit company United Exports has highlighted the transformation of two traditional Limpopo tobacco farms into sustainable blueberry-producing businesses under...
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  • October 3, 2018
    Zespri aims to keep winning streak alive during PMA...
    PRESS RELEASE ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Zespri captured the coveted “Best of Show” PMA Island Booth award last...
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  • October 3, 2018
    Wish Farms will take PMA Fresh Summit attendees on...
    PRESS RELEASE Plant City, FL – Wish Farms, international year-round berry marketer, is looking to take the consumer experience...
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  • October 3, 2018
    U.S.: Cosmic Crisp consumer launch campaign gets underway
    Proprietary Variety Management says its integrated launch will push Cosmic Crisp into a "new stratosphere of consumer marketing for...
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  • October 3, 2018
    Revamped NAFTA “consistent with our overarching goals”, says PMA
    The Produce Marketing Association has added its voice to the industry's praise of the recently announced tri-lateral trade deal...
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  • October 2, 2018
    Australia: Seeka warns of possible Psa detection in Victoria...
    The New Zealand-based company has notified Agriculture Victoria of unusual bacterial symptoms and is removing suspicious plant material pending...
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  • October 2, 2018
    Kiwifruit in Charts: After roller coaster prices, how will...
    Through the volumes, we can start to see a story form that helps explain this wild ride. The post Kiwifruit...
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  • October 2, 2018
    Greece: Similar kiwifruit exports and prices forecast for 2018-19
    While the head of agricultural co-op NESTOS says the industry is in a good state, he explains that more...
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  • October 1, 2018
    Tropical Storm Rosa to bring heavy rain to U.S....
    AccuWeather says enough rain is forecast to be "both problematic and beneficial". The post Tropical Storm Rosa to bring heavy...
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  • October 1, 2018
    The World Avocado Organization collaborates with Michelin
    PRESS RELEASE London, U.K. – The World Avocado Organization (WAO) is collaborating with the Michelin Guide at ‘The...
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  • October 1, 2018
    U.S.: Wonderful Halos gears up for “biggest season ever”
    The U.S.'s leading seedless mandarin brand is preparing to kick off its biggest season ever this November with a...
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  • October 1, 2018
    Western Growers, Produce Coalition for NAFTA praise revised deal
    Western Growers says the new pact will make trade fairer and could boost U.S. exports, while the Produce Coalition...
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  • October 1, 2018
    U.S., Mexico and Canada reach NAFTA reform deal
    The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) came after a weekend of frantic talks to try to preserve the mammoth trade...
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  • October 1, 2018
    Blockchain provides greater supply chain insights as well as...
    We chat with the PMA's Ed Treacy about the many benefits of blockchain in the supply chain and how...
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  • October 1, 2018
    China: Inaugural NZ avocado import season kicks off with...
    Just Avocados' recent commercial touchdown in mainland China was shortly followed by AVANZA, which is also delving into Taiwan...
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  • September 29, 2018
    Spanish avocado production to rise by 20% in 2018-19
    Improved clonal varieties, greater emphasis on new growing methods and beneficial rains this year all contributed toward the forecast. The...
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  • September 28, 2018
    Hurricane Rosa to hit Baja California on Monday or...
    Weathermelon said there could be structural damage and harvest and quality issues for tomatoes, bell peppers and cukes coming...
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  • September 28, 2018
    Japan opens for Peruvian mandarins
    Agriculture Minister Gustavo Mostajo expects mandarins to follow a similar path to avocados, which were approved for entry into...
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  • September 28, 2018
    Amsterdam Produce Summit preview (part 1): Lisa Cork takes...
    Branding and packaging expert Lisa Cork discusses the prospects of omni-channel retailing for fresh produce. The post Amsterdam Produce Summit...
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  • September 28, 2018
    Costa Rican strike eases, but pineapple exports remain limited
    Industry association CANAPEP says the government is hopeful it can find a solution to the near-three-week strike by October. The...
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  • September 28, 2018
    U.K.: Sunburst apple volume triples in second season
    The future is bright for the orange-skinned apples, with exclusive distribution continuing at Waitrose and an expected 200,000 trees...
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  • September 28, 2018
    Colombia prepares for World Avocado Congress 2019 amid soaring...
    The 2019 installment of the event, which is hosted by an avocado-growing country every four years, will cover a...
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  • September 27, 2018
    U.K. appoints food supplies minister amid fears of no-deal...
    The U.K. is due to leave the EU in March 2019 but as yet has not struck a deal...
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  • September 27, 2018
    Chinese nut market to be undersupplied in 2018-19 due...
    The USDA says other suppliers such as Iran, Australia and Chile will not be able to fill the big...
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  • September 26, 2018
    U.S. and Japan to begin FTA negotiations
    Tokyo is reportedly worried that as part of any bilateral deal Washington might put pressure to open up its...
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  • September 26, 2018
    Brazil exports first-ever mangoes to South Africa
    South Africa recently granted market access to Brazil's main production region, which is hoping to mainly export a variety...
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  • September 26, 2018
    VOG strengthens its team in preparation for the new...
    PRESS RELEASE Italy – The Terlano Consortium management team is once again complete, just in time for the start...
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  • September 26, 2018
    International Asparagus Days conference program finalized
    PRESS RELEASE Cesena, Italy – With less than a month before the start of the International Asparagus Days, the...
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  • September 26, 2018
    Mango Mania display contest dazzles U.S. grocery stores
    PRESS RELEASE Orlando, Fla – The results are in for the National Mango Board’s (NMB) eighth annual Mango...
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  • September 26, 2018
    Australia: Mango growers get closer to Asia with new...
    Mango farmers in Australia's Top End have drastically cut their export supply chain into Asia thanks to new direct...
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  • September 26, 2018
    Capespan sells Joy Wing Mau stake for US$82M to...
    However, the companies remain partners and joint shareholders in the fruit marketer and distribution Joy Wing Mau Asia established...
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  • September 26, 2018
    Berry People launches inaugural Chilean organic blueberry season and...
    The company is also announcing a full line of branded conventional berries and avocados to complement its core organic...
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  • September 26, 2018
    Chilean Pink Lady exports surpass projections
    While it has been a positive season overall, there have been some challenges including a larger proportion of smaller...
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  • September 26, 2018
    Urban Crop Solutions offers a glowing and growing global...
    The Belgium-based firm, one of 13 start-ups featured as this year's World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in London, provides ground-breaking...
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  • September 25, 2018
    Australia: Queensland Government releases details of strawberry relief package
    More than half of the AUD$1 million strawberry sabotage response fund will be used for restoring consumer confidence in...
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  • September 25, 2018
    Ocean Mist Farms hires Rick Bravo as VP of...
    PRESS RELEASE CASTROVILLE, Calif. – Ocean Mist Farms is proud to announce the hire of Rick Bravo as its...
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  • September 25, 2018
    NZ: MPI releases thousands of seized fruit plants
    A meeting between MPI and industry members to discuss the potential reaccreditation of the U.S.-based facility is scheduled for...
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  • September 25, 2018
    Root-zone cooling technology doubles lettuce yields, speeds growth
    "These results highlight the many benefits of root zone cooling in modern agriculture including enhanced plant growth, improved quality,...
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  • September 25, 2018
    Blackberries in Charts: Will Mexico turn around its diminishing...
    Mexico has held a consistently high share of the U.S. blackberry market over the last few years, but demand...
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  • September 25, 2018
    EU avocado buyers mission gets underway in Colombia
    A group of European avocado buyers and importers is visiting Colombia this week to learn more about the rapidly-growing...
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  • September 24, 2018
    U.S.: Walmart wants leafy green suppliers to implement blockchain...
    The announcement comes in the wake of a deadly multistate E. coli outbreak linked to Arizona-grown romaine lettuce. The post...
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  • September 24, 2018
    Emerson launches in-transit GO Real-Time CO2 Tracker
    PRESS RELEASE Kennesaw, Georgia – Emerson (NYSE: EMR) announced the release of its GO Real-Time CO2 Tracker. This latest...
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  • September 24, 2018
    Del Monte announces tomato JV with Rene Produce
    Del Monte Fresh Produce is forming a joint venture with the Mexican grower-shipper to market tomatoes to customers in...
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  • September 24, 2018
    U.S.: Cocaine worth $18M found in bananas given to...
    "Sometimes, life gives you lemons. Sometimes, it gives you bananas. And sometimes, it gives you something you'd never expect." The...
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  • September 24, 2018
    Greenyard sells horticulture arm for €120M
    Belgium-based produce company says it is taking "decisive actions towards a refocus and a strengthened balance sheet." The post Greenyard...
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  • September 24, 2018
    Opinion: How the perishables industry can reduce risks associated...
    Lawyer Rafael Guarda Martínez explains what the industry can do to reduce the potential risks of slower shipping speeds. The...
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  • September 24, 2018
    U.K.: Tesco makes first splash with new discount stores
    Britain's leading supermarket chain is launching new discount stores to try and compete with the likes of Aldi and...
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  • September 23, 2018
    Needles found in Western Australian strawberry punnet in NZ
    The Australian strawberry industry has been dealt another blow after the needle tampering scandal spread to a punnet of...
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  • September 23, 2018
    Costa Rica: Strike causes heavy losses for pineapple, banana...
    A severe strike in Costa Rica over the last two weeks has affected the banana and pineapple industries, with...
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  • September 21, 2018
    Greenyard’s lenders reset covenants due to ‘exceptional circumstances’
    In August Greenyard announced it was forecast a 25% drop in profits for the 2018-19 financial year, compared to...
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  • September 21, 2018
    Solidarity against strawberry sabotage: Community lifts Aussie grower spirits
    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has echoed calls from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison urging people to eat more (carefully...
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  • September 20, 2018
    Australia: Needle found in mango as crisis continues
    Needles were first reported in strawberries in the state of Queensland last week, but there have since been more...
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  • September 20, 2018
    Tru-Cape’s new variety expert awarded by the South African...
    PRESS RELEASE South Africa – The South African deciduous fruit industry presented its awards for outstanding performance in agriculture...
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  • September 20, 2018
    AgroFresh’s latest innovation predicts risk of produce disorders
    PRESS RELEASE Philadelphia – AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGFS), a global leader in produce freshness solutions, today released more details...
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  • September 20, 2018
    U.S.: United Farm Worker 2013 election ballots counted
    The count comes a few days ago the California Supreme Court upheld an earlier decision ordering the ALRB to...
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  • September 20, 2018
    Next round of U.S.-China tariffs to come into effect...
    Included in the tariffs on Chinese goods are some 200 agricultural items such as berries, mushrooms and mangoes. The post...
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  • September 20, 2018
    India further delays imposition of retaliatory tariffs on U.S....
    India has put off implementing the tariffs for the second time, as the two countries negotiate a package to...
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  • September 20, 2018
    Amsterdam Produce Summit: Cornell professor discusses supply chain opportunities
    U.S. university professor Miguel Gómez, in a preview of upcoming show in November, talks about how omni-channel retailing creates...
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  • September 20, 2018
    Avocado growers in Ecuador growing fast, determined to meet...
    Several companies are expected to have gained GlobalG.A.P. certifications by mid-2019, after which time exports to the U.K. market...
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  • September 20, 2018
    U.S.: Local produce segment where organic was 15 years...
    A representative of the rapidly expanding greenhouse company says that "we haven’t even scratched the surface" of the locally...
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  • September 20, 2018
    Brazilian fruit industry eyes future with greater export focus
    The world's third-largest fruit producer has traditionally exported a very low proportion of its fruit, but now it is...
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  • September 17, 2018
    Cherries drive 18% rise in Chilean fruit exports so...
    Cherries have also now overtaken table grapes as the O'Higgins region's most heavily planted fruit crop. The post Cherries drive...
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  • September 17, 2018
    EU to maintain stronger checks on Turkish lemons in...
    During the 2017-2018 season, the European Commission announced 8 health warnings related to an excess of pesticide residues in...
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  • September 17, 2018
    Avocados in Charts: Chile’s exports in an ever-changing dynamic...
    The proportion of avocado exports that Chile sends to the U.S. has fallen over recent years on the back...
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  • September 14, 2018
    Dole sells U.S. headquarters for US$50M
    The move comes a few weeks after Ireland-based produce multinational Total Produce acquired a 45% stake in Dole. The post...
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  • September 14, 2018
    State of the Market – Week 36, 2018
    Avocado supplies rose slightly in Europe in week 36, with larger sizes the most abundant. The post State of...
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  • September 14, 2018
    Photo gallery: Asia Fruit Logistica 2018
    The 2018 edition of Asia Fruit Logistica which took place last week was the biggest ever. The post Photo gallery:...
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  • September 14, 2018
    NZ plant material destruction order causes fallout with major...
    In June MPI ordered nearly 50,000 apple and stonefruit trees originating from the U.S. to be contained or destroyed. The...
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  • September 13, 2018
    U.S: California Supreme Court orders ALRB to count 2013...
    "This fight has been long and arduous, but we are happy to see that light has been cast onto...
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  • September 13, 2018
    U.S.: More than 500 affected in cyclospora outbreak linked...
    More than 500 people have been affected across 15 states and New York City. The post U.S.: More than 500...
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  • September 13, 2018
    Argentina expects 15% uptick in blueberry exports
    A record 35% of exports are set to be made via sea freight this year, but the recently announced...
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  • September 13, 2018
    U.S.: Sun World moves packing operations in-house
    The company says it has taken a phased-in approach with installation, with four lines currently functioning and the final...
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  • September 13, 2018
    USDA pegs California Navel orange volumes up 11% in...
    The forecast, which includes conventional, organic, and specialty Navel oranges, is for 80 million boxes. The post USDA pegs California...
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  • September 12, 2018
    Sakata Seed America celebrates completion of its Woodland Innovation...
    PRESS RELEASE Morgan Hill, CA – Sakata Seed America is excited to announce phase one completion of the Sakata...
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  • September 12, 2018
    Interpoma 2018, “The Apple in the World” congress looks...
    PRESS RELEASE Bolzano, September 12, 2018 – The 2018 edition of Interpoma, the biennial event organized by Fiera Bolzano...
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  • September 12, 2018
    Australian shoppers warned to throw out strawberries after needles...
    A disgruntled ex-employee is suspected to be behind the contamination that has led to recalls of two brands across...
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  • September 12, 2018
    Limoneira CEO: California lemon, avocado crops to feel heatwave...
    Harold Edwards speaks about some of his key expectations for the company's lemon and avocado businesses next year. The post...
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  • September 12, 2018
    Blueberries in Charts: Peru, reshaping the U.S. blueberry market
    Peru has seen explosive growth over recent years in a period in which the U.S. market has traditionally been...
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  • September 12, 2018
    Argentina: Prima Group acquires majority stake in Moño Azul
    "It is an important step for us and for the entire Rio Negro Valley," said Prima CEO Nicolás Sánchez. The...
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  • September 11, 2018
    U.S.: Hurricane Florence to affect East Coast tomatoes, sweet...
    The storm is expected to make landfall on Thursday, with North Carolina and Virginia set to be most heavily...
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  • September 11, 2018
    California: Oriental fruit fly quarantine established in Sacramento, Yolo...
    Nine Oriental fruit flies have so far been detected in the area. The post California: Oriental fruit fly quarantine established...
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  • September 11, 2018
    Mission Produce releases new Size Minded merchandising program
    PRESS RELEASE The Oxnard, Calif. based avocado leader, Mission Produce, is inspiring all retailers to work smarter, not harder...
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  • September 11, 2018
    China’s JD Fresh forms global alliance with 18 produce...
    The "global fruit branding strategy alliance" includes Zespri, Capespan and Driscoll's. The post China’s JD Fresh forms global alliance with...
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  • September 11, 2018
    Chile upbeat for potential U.S. systems approach protocol for...
    SAG believes a systems approach protocol could be allowed for the Atacama and Coquimbo regions in the "short to...
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  • September 11, 2018
    The Global Cherry Summit is back for 2019
    Organizers Yentzen Group and Produce Business Magazine say the one-day event will offer compelling educational sessions and panels featuring...
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  • September 11, 2018
    Kenyan county renews Del Monte leasehold after land surrender
    Local media report that a leasehold of an 8,000-acre parcel of land has been renewed for another 99 years...
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  • September 10, 2018
    Colombia joins World Avocado Organization
    PRESS RELEASE Washington D.C. (Sep. 10, 2018) – The World Avocado Organization, the first and only organization in the...
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  • September 10, 2018
    Limoneira’s Q3 revenue declines slightly amid lower avocado pricing
    President and CEO Harold Edwards says that strong lemon and orange results in the quarter were partially offset by...
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  • September 10, 2018
    Chile establishes national fruit board
    Agriculture Minister Antonio Walker announced the move, which is intended to help the sector face future challenges. The post Chile...
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  • September 10, 2018
    South Africa: Agri SA holds “productive and fruitful” talks...
    “I feel that the ANC heard our concerns and will take it into consideration for the path ahead," says...
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  • September 10, 2018
    Chinese tariffs take heavy toll on U.S. cherry exports
    Exports in July were half the level registered in the same month last year. The post Chinese tariffs take heavy...
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  • September 10, 2018
    U.S.: Fall mango import surge expected
    Shipping volumes from Latin America are expected to be almost double year-on-year from October to mid-November. The post U.S.: Fall...
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  • September 10, 2018
    Q&A: European retailer Delhaize’s Junk Fruit campaign
    “Are you ready for your new addiction?” The post Q&A: European retailer Delhaize’s Junk Fruit campaign appeared first on...
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  • September 7, 2018
    Spain forecasts flat grapefruit production for 2018-19
    AILIMPO says it is waiting for the remaining stocks of South African and Mexican fruit to clear from the...
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  • September 7, 2018
    U.S. Northwest boosts Williams pear forecast amid high packout
    However, there is concern that numerous tariffs on U.S. apples could lead to greater competition domestically and abroad. The post...
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  • September 6, 2018
    U.S.: OTA drives move toward voluntary organic check-off
    The Organic Trade Association describes the move as an "engaged and bold plan". The post U.S.: OTA drives move toward...
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  • September 6, 2018
    U.K. announces new pilot farmworker scheme
    The announcement comes as many farmers face severe labor shortages as the country prepares to leave the European Union. The...
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  • September 6, 2018
    Eco Farms hires new marketing team
    PRESS RELEASE Eco Farms, a California-based importer, shipper and grower of citrus and avocados welcomes Emily Noble and Vikki...
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  • September 6, 2018
    BerryWorld expands into North America with Mastronardi Produce JV
    U.K.-headquartered BerryWorld and Canada-based greenhouse grower Mastronardi Produce have formed a joint venture for the North American market. The post...
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  • September 6, 2018
    Chiquita responds to Colombian paramilitary funding charges against ex-employees
    Last week Colombia’s Office of the Attorney General said it was charging 13 former employees with "aggravated conspiracy to...
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  • September 6, 2018
    South Africa, Argentina partially suspending EU-bound citrus exports
    Spain's AVA-ASAJA says that Argentina has stopped lemon exports to the EU while South Africa will soon suspend shipments...
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  • September 6, 2018
    U.K.: Tesco customers go bananas over price hike
    The leading supermarket chain has increased prices of individual bananas in its inner-city stores, attributing the move to rising...
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  • September 5, 2018
    New bold packaging for Honeybear Brands goes for gold...
    PRESS RELEASE Elgin, Minn. – Honeybear is going for gold at retail. This week the company that pioneered Honeycrisp...
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  • September 5, 2018
    Driscoll’s creates ‘berry picnic basket on wheels’
    The berry company is expanding its national Berry Together campaign, creating a "one-of-a-kind experiential activation". The post Driscoll’s creates ‘berry...
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  • September 5, 2018
    Calavo posts 40% rise in Q3 net income but...
    CEO Lee E. Cole says that larger avocado volumes resulted in lower year-on-year fresh market pricing during the quarter. The...
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  • September 5, 2018
    Spanish lemon season to be turning point in non-EU...
    With production set to see a sharp rise during the 2018-19 season, the industry has its sights set on...
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  • September 4, 2018
    U.S.: “The time for organic kiwifruit is now,” says...
    Zespri's North American sales and marketing partner says organic green and SunGold from New Zealand will be available for...
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  • September 4, 2018
    Start-ups in the spotlight at Future Food-Tech 2018
    PRESS RELEASE The Future Food-Tech summit (London, October 18-19, 2018) has revealed the 13 international start-ups who have been...
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  • September 4, 2018
    New crop Stokes Purple sweet potatoes are ready for...
    PRESS RELEASE Los Alamitos, CA – Purple is the new orange…at the holiday table! The new crop of shoppers’...
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  • September 4, 2018
    USDA launches trade mitigation programs
    The Agricultural Marketing Service will purchase products over four quarters from Oct. 1, 2018. The post USDA launches trade...
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  • September 4, 2018
    Australia welcomes FTA with Indonesia
    Carrots and potatoes are two vegetable items expected to benefit most from the deal. The post Australia welcomes FTA with...
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  • September 4, 2018
    U.S.: Mission Produce opens Oregon ripening and distribution center
    The 58,000-square-feet facility expands the major avocado company's capabilities in the Pacific-Northwest. The post U.S.: Mission Produce opens Oregon ripening...
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  • September 4, 2018
    Climate change could lead to more, hungrier crop-eating insects
    A team led by scientists at the University of Washington reports that the number of insects in today’s temperate,...
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  • September 4, 2018
    Chinese banana grower urges caution on Cambodian plantation investments
    The Chinese market opened up to Cambodia bananas last month, creating enticing opportunities for investors. The post Chinese banana grower...
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  • September 4, 2018
    Peru seeks to export to niche markets through banana...
    Peru is hoping to import banana plants from Brazil, where a different varietal subgroup is predominant. The post Peru...
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  • September 3, 2018
    Argentina resumes lemon exports to Japan
    While lemon exports from Argentina to Japan have been allowed since 2003, authorized protocols on cold storage resulted in...
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  • September 3, 2018
    Fruit Attraction prepares for record anniversary year
    PRESS RELEASE Madrid, Spain — Fruit Attraction, one of Europe’s leading trade exhibitions for the international fresh produce sector...
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  • September 3, 2018
    France bans five neonic pesticides
    France has placed itself at the forefront of a campaign against chemical blamed for declines in bee populations, going...
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  • September 3, 2018
    Social impact brand to kick off Argentine blueberry season,...
    "It's very different to what anybody else has been doing in this category, and it's something that is attractive...
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  • September 3, 2018
    U.K.: Promising robotic harvester shows broad application potential, including...
    A prototype robotic raspberry harvester developed by Fieldwork Robotics at the University of Plymouth has the potential to be...
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  • September 3, 2018
    Jingold to export commercial volumes of red kiwifruit to...
    The Italian consortium has already also sold small volumes in Europe and is planning trial shipments to China this...
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  • August 31, 2018
    U.S.-Canada NAFTA talks break up without deal
    U.S. President Donald Trump notified Congress on Friday of his intent to sign a trade agreement with Mexico after...
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  • August 31, 2018
    BerryWorld Australia appoints specialist to oversee berry expansion
    PRESS RELEASE Australia – Specialty berry producer, BerryWorld Australia, has appointed seasoned agricultural professional Lee Peterson to the position...
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  • August 31, 2018
    Pink Lady and Bravo apples among the healthiest, study...
    Research carried out by the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Edith Cowan University (ECU) found the two apples...
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  • August 31, 2018
    EU: Peach, nectarine volumes to decline but cherry production...
    The drop in peach and nectarine production is attributed to a "long winter and a wet and cold spring." The...
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  • August 31, 2018
    Tariff elimination to boost Australian cherries in China, says...
    He also said that importers have been unable to pass all of the extra cost of U.S. cherries onto...
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  • August 31, 2018
    U.S: NMB forecasts rise in Ecuadorian mangoes, flat Brazilian...
    Combined shipments from Mexico, Haiti, Brazil and Ecuador this year are expected to rise by a little over one...
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  • August 30, 2018
    Western Growers partners with Agritech New Zealand to connect...
    PRESS RELEASE IRVINE, Calif. – Western Growers (WG) has formalized a new strategic partnership with Agritech New Zealand to...
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  • August 30, 2018
    NZ’s largest farmer eyes move into kiwifruit, avocados
    "It's an exciting time to be in agriculture. There are pressures but there's also a lot of diversification happening...
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  • August 30, 2018
    South Africa: Citrus workers strike again in Eastern Cape
    Citrus companies in the region were severely affected by strikes earlier three months ago. The post South Africa: Citrus workers...
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  • August 30, 2018
    Total Produce’s acquisitions drive 19% H1 profit rise
    The Ireland-based multinational said the result came despite challenging conditions in Europe, and it also gave details about the...
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  • August 30, 2018
    Spain expects record grape exports in 2018 season
    Spain is eyeing an entry into the Chinese table grape market for the 2019 season. The post Spain expects record...
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  • August 30, 2018
    Argentina exports first sweet citrus to China in eight...
    Argentina had exported oranges to China until 2010 but then stopped amid numerous difficulties. The post Argentina exports first sweet...
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  • August 30, 2018
    U.K.: Tesco uses recycled plastic to make car park
    The chain also last year became the first British supermarket to stop selling 5p (US$0.07) single-use plastic bags -...
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  • August 30, 2018
    State of the Market – Week 34, 2018
    Some Chinese importers were moving avocado volumes from Shanghai to Guangzhou in week 34 due to oversupply issues. The post...
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  • August 30, 2018
    Cocaine found hidden in pineapples in U.S., Spain
    More than 100 kilograms of the drug have been found in pineapples originating in Costa Rica. The post Cocaine found...
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  • August 29, 2018
    Wada Farms announces pivotal exclusive partnership with Genesis Organics
    PRESS RELEASE (Idaho Falls, Idaho) – Wada Farms Marketing Group has strategically partnered with premier organic packer Genesis Organics...
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  • August 29, 2018
    The National Mango Board receives 2018 Produce Business’ Marketing...
    PRESS RELEASE Orlando, Fla – The National Mango Board’s (NMB) “Go Mango! The Super Fun Superfruit” marketing initiative was...
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  • August 29, 2018
    Mexico could ship one million tons of avocados to...
    Another exporter noted that there is concern in the Mexican avocado industry about frequent price fluctuations in the U.S....
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  • August 29, 2018
    Argentine President visits blueberry farm amid preparations for first...
    The challenge of high tariffs for Argentine blueberries going into China was raised with Mauricio Macri during his visit. The...
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  • August 28, 2018
    Wish Farms closes on property for new headquarters
    PRESS RELEASE Plant City, FL –Family-owned, international berry supplier Wish Farms, is proud to announce that it will be...
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  • August 28, 2018
    BerryWorld forecasts 30% rise in South African blueberry volumes
    The company's first varietal offer from Australia-based Mountain Blue Orchards will arrive in the UK and Europe in August. The...
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  • August 28, 2018
    NZ: Apple volumes, prices drive Scales’ H1 profit boost
    The group's horticulture division benefited from "ongoing investment in the Middle East and China markets and strong demand from...
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  • August 28, 2018
    USDA trade mitigation plan falls “substantially short”, says Western...
    "Time is of the essence, and only one outcome will preserve our family farms." The post USDA trade mitigation plan...
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  • August 28, 2018
    Apples in Charts: New varieties lead U.S. prices going...
    Braeburn and Red Delicious have been fetching lower prices than the market average, but Honeycrisp and Pink Lady have...
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  • August 28, 2018
    Greenyard’s Q1 profits hit by ‘numerous factors’
    The Belgium-based multinational has now significantly cut its profit forecast for the full year, following a few bumpy months. The...
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  • August 27, 2018
    Melon shippers expand use of USDA-funded Hazel Technologies for...
    PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO – Hazel Technologies, Inc., a USDA-supported company developing new shelf-life extension technologies for fresh produce, announces...
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  • August 27, 2018
    USDA to purchase US$200M of cherries, apples as part...
    A total of a little more than US$500 million will be spent on fruits, vegetables and tree nuts as...
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  • August 27, 2018
    USDA to purchase US$500M of produce as part of...
    A total of a little more than US$500 million will be spent on fruits, vegetables and tree nuts as...
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  • August 27, 2018
    BrightFarms named #571 on Inc. 5000 List
    PRESS RELEASE New York, NY – BrightFarms, the #1 brand in local produce, was named to the annual Inc....
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  • August 27, 2018
    New Compac Field Research Unit to study the fresh...
    PRESS RELEASE Drakensburg, South Africa – Compac, part of TOMRA Food, has launched a new Field Research Unit which...
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  • August 27, 2018
    SanLucar sets the course for growth in China
    PRESS RELEASE Valencia, Spain – Crispy cherries, trees full of oranges and juicy blueberries: Wall-high photos turn the...
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  • August 27, 2018
    Avocados from Chile partners with pro golfer
    The deal with the 19-year-old rising star will be focused on celebrating his Chilean roots to speak to U.S....
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  • August 27, 2018
    U.S. and Mexico reach preliminary NAFTA deal
    The preliminary agreement reportedly centers on the rules governing the automobile industry and still excludes Canada, which has been...
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  • August 27, 2018
    Weaker domestic demand brings Japanese apples onto world stage
    A Tokyo-based exporter speaks about the reasons why domestic demand has been falling, some of the key challenges involved...
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  • August 27, 2018
    Michigan apple industry concerned about trade issue knock-on effects
    The state is forecasting a 28-million-bushel crop, putting in above the average but below the record achieved a couple...
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  • August 26, 2018
    Cooler temperatures mark the start of pumpkin season in...
    PRESS RELEASE MANTECA, CA– As temperatures dip into the 80’s and the aroma of pumpkin spice fills the air,...
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  • August 26, 2018
    Japan grants access to Canadian cherries
    Once the CPTPP comes into effect, Japan's tariffs of 8.5% on fresh cherries will be eliminated over five years. The...
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  • August 24, 2018
    U.S.: Three key holidays show double-digit avocado growth in...
    Despite the volume and dollar growth during Easter, Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day, average sales prices were down...
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  • August 24, 2018
    Australia’s Costa lifts profit by a quarter in FY2018,...
    The citrus performance countered a "materially lower than expected" contribution from Morocco-based African Blue due to prolonged cold weather. The...
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  • August 24, 2018
    Mexican avocado exports to China skyrocket
    Mexican avocado exports to the Chinese market in the first half of the year were greater than they were...
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  • August 24, 2018
    Camposol ‘not planning another IPO in short-term’
    The company had announced plans in November for a debut on the New York Stock Exchange, but earlier this...
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  • August 23, 2018
    NZ: Seeka’s H1 profit falls after banana business write-down
    However, revenues rose over the period thanks partly to a sharp rise in kiwifruit volumes and record avocado returns...
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  • August 23, 2018
    South Africa calls Trump ‘misinformed’ over land policy
    On Wednesday Trump said he had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "to closely study the South Africa land...
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  • August 23, 2018
    BerryWorld announces the start of British kiwi berry season
    PRESS RELEASE United Kingdom – BerryWorld are excited to announce the start of the kiwi berry season. These miniature...
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  • August 23, 2018
    Blueberry performance lifts Camposol’s H1 revenues
    Camposol says that blueberry revenues more than doubled while avocado revenues were cut in half, and it also reveals...
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  • August 23, 2018
    South African table grape crop could hit record in...
    SATI says good winter rains which have "largely broken" the Western Cape drought. The post South African table grape crop...
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  • August 23, 2018
    Record cherry production forecast in Australia
    Meanwhile, exports of peaches and plums are expected to benefit from a first full season of access to the...
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  • August 23, 2018
    Peru expects record organic banana exports in 2018
    The Peruvian banana industry has doubled the number of countries it ships to over the last decade, even exporting...
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  • August 23, 2018
    State of the Market – Week 33, 2018
    Peruvian avocado price rose slightly in Europe, while Chilean clementine prices fell in the U.S. The post State of the...
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  • August 23, 2018
    Costa Rica: Police bust gang who smuggled cocaine to...
    Coordinated raids were carried out on Wednesday in the Central American country. The post Costa Rica: Police bust gang who...
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  • August 22, 2018
    Back to College already a success for California Giant
    PRESS RELEASE Watsonville, CA – California Giant Berry Farms has shifted focus of their Back to School promotion...
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  • August 22, 2018
    CIOPORA Academy and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney bring advanced...
    PRESS RELEASE Hamburg/Washington, D.C. – CIOPORA Academy is partnering with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney to bring the next workshop...
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  • August 22, 2018
    MFG Chemical presents succession planning panel at Specialty &...
    PRESS RELEASE Dalton, GA – MFG Chemical, a global leader in specialty and custom chemical manufacturing, will lead a...
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  • August 22, 2018
    Mr Apple hits the road in China following “very...
    One of New Zealand's largest apple growers recently conducted a series of road shows in Shenzhen and Guangzhou with...
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  • August 22, 2018
    U.K.: Proposed merger could strengthen three London markets
    The City of London Corporation recently announced a proposal to merge and relocate New Spitalfields market together with two...
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  • August 22, 2018
    Peru: Widespread poisonings linked to pesticides
    Dozens of Piura farmworkers were intoxicated from pesticide inhalation earlier this month, while just a few days before several...
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  • August 21, 2018
    Drought-driven fruit scarcity leads to educational campaign to support...
    PRESS RELEASE South Africa – South Africa’s apple and pear production is down by more than 20% year-on-year as...
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  • August 21, 2018
    Australia: ‘Substantial rain event’ to bring drought relief
    A weather system is expected to travel across Australia from the west over the coming days, passing over drought-stricken...
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  • August 21, 2018
    Sun World grants new fruit license in Brazil
    PRESS RELEASE Bakersfield, Calif. – Sun World Innovations has added Brazilian grape company, Argofruta, to its list of licensees...
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  • August 21, 2018
    Naturipe partners with SAP in blockchain initiative
    The goal is to help build the next-generation of farm-to-consumer “track and trace". The post Naturipe partners with SAP in...
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  • August 21, 2018
    U.S. drops Mexico seasonality provision in NAFTA talks
    One divisive issue in the renegotiation has been a proposal by the Trump administration to put seasonal curbs on...
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  • August 21, 2018
    Uruguay expects 65% rise in blueberry exports
    "We see that while the demand is growing, the Southern Hemisphere supplies are growing even more." The post Uruguay expects...
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  • August 21, 2018
    Opinion: UC Davis study on impact of tariffs on...
    Jim Prevor asks: will the invisible hand of the global market alter trade flows and reduce the cost? And...
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  • August 21, 2018
    “Very lively” start to EU apple season expected, says...
    “Last season taught us an important lesson, which we must not forget," says the Italy-based consortium's director Gerhard Dichgans. The...
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  • August 21, 2018
    Argentina approves disease-resistant GM potato
    The potato will help growers avoid losses from the PVY virus, which can result in yield declines of up...
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  • August 20, 2018
    SiCar farms opening new facility to handle increasing volume...
    PRESS RELEASE Having posted explosive growth in the past several years, SiCar Farms of Mission, Texas, is opening a...
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  • August 20, 2018
    Chilean kumquat season kicks off
    PRESS RELEASE Los Alamitos, CA – Fresh kumquats from Chile are in season starting in late August to fill...
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  • August 20, 2018
    Third of EU fruit and veg “too ugly” to...
    The study also found that farmers who are contracted to supermarkets typically grow more food than they are obliged...
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  • August 20, 2018
    Chile: Returns for small cherries “far from” covering costs,...
    Average returns to cherry growers for all sizes last season were US$1 lower than the previous campaign. The post Chile:...
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  • August 20, 2018
    Thermo King and Frigoblock envision city of the future...
    PRESS RELEASE Brussels – Transportation solution businesses Thermo King and Frigoblock of Ingersoll Rand, a world leader in creating...
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  • August 20, 2018
    ONE orders 14,000 units of reefer containers
    PRESS RELEASE Singapore – Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. (ONE) has made an investment in its reefer business segment...
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  • August 20, 2018
    Alibaba in JV talks with India’s Reliance Retail
    Alibaba is reportedly in talks with one of India's largest retail groups to form a joint venture to challenge...
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  • August 20, 2018
    Ecuadorian dragon fruit exports soar to U.S. in first...
    We chat with an exporter about a successful first year of shipments to the U.S, the varying consumer preferences...
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  • August 20, 2018
    Improved global market conditions for NZ apples in 2018,...
    Darren Drury of T&G Global speaks about some of the apple market successes and challenges this season, which has...
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  • August 20, 2018
    Chilean cherry exports forecast flat for 2018-19
    The USDA estimate follows a record season that saw exports nearly double year-on-year. The post Chilean cherry exports forecast flat...
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  • August 20, 2018
    NZ nurseries, orchards risk potential US$1B loss due to...
    There is no evidence of biosecurity dangers, but the government wants the plant material destroyed as records from a...
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  • August 20, 2018
    U.S. blueberry season sees slightly lower volumes
    However, blueberry market prices over July and August have also been lower than last year. The post U.S. blueberry season...
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  • August 17, 2018
    Colombia exports oranges to U.S. after market suspension
    The country had exported oranges to the U.S. in December 2015, but the shipment was rejected by APHIS on...
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  • August 17, 2018
    State of the Market – Week 32, 2018
    Chilean lemon prices fell in Japan in week 32, while avocado supplies declined in the European market. The post State...
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  • August 17, 2018
    Canada plans to phase out two neonic pesticides
    Meanwhile, a U.K. study recently found that a potential neonicotinoid replacement may also present a risk for bee populations. The...
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  • August 16, 2018
    Macro Plastics announces membership with 1% for the Planet
    PRESS RELEASE Fairfield, CA – Macro Plastics has joined 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate 1% of the...
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  • August 16, 2018
    U.S. lifts Solano County Medfly quarantine area
    The quarantine area established in September last year was lifted after three Medfly life-cycles elapsed with negative detections. The post...
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  • August 16, 2018
    Spain’s produce exports to Canada almost double under trade...
    Citrus has led Spain's fruit exports to Canada, which last year signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement...
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  • August 16, 2018
    South Africa: Hortgro calls for ‘meaningful and sustainable’ land...
    Agri SA also said it was "deeply concerned" by the ANC chair's recent comments. The post South Africa: Hortgro calls...
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  • August 16, 2018
    Bayer begins Monsanto integration, remains defiant over glyphosate ruling
    "Today ... Bayer also gains the ability to become actively involved in defense efforts in the glyphosate trials and...
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  • August 15, 2018
    Video: Emirates vertical farm announcement “opened investors’ eyes”, says...
    "We are not only going to export the products, but we are also going to export the technology." The post...
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  • August 15, 2018
    Zespri and Chilean ag ministry discuss kiwifruit cooperation
    The Chilean Agriculture Minister reportedly said he would like the countries to "complement one another, rather than competing." The post...
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  • August 15, 2018
    Kenyan avocado exports overtook South Africa in 2017
    Kenya's high annual growth rate for avocado exports helped it to overtake South Africa last year as the continent's...
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  • August 15, 2018
    U.K.: Ambitious food hub at New Covent Garden Market...
    We uncover the progress and plans to learn how this £200m-plus redevelopment will benefit and inspire traders, entrepreneurs, the...
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  • August 14, 2018
    Vote now to bring the fresh produce industry’s voice...
    PRESS RELEASE Newark, Del. – Federal nutrition guidance states fruits and vegetables should make up half the plate, which...
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  • August 14, 2018
    U.S. expands Florida citrus black spot quarantine area
    APHIS is adding CBS quarantine sections in four neighboring counties in the south of the state. The post U.S. expands...
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  • August 14, 2018
    Brazilian lawmakers seek to deregulate pesticide use, ban organic...
    The revival of old legislation comes as a result of the increasing power of a pro-agriculture faction in Congress. The...
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  • August 14, 2018
    New Chilean citrus, apple varieties to be available in...
    Trials are currently underway for seedless clementine, mandarin and lemon varieties, and a Venturia-resistant apple. The post New Chilean citrus,...
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  • August 14, 2018
    Lemons in Charts: Massive import growth in tandem with...
    This article comes as a modification to the previous Lemons in Charts, and shows that Mexico and Chile have...
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  • August 13, 2018
    U.S.: Northwest expecting fourth-largest pear crop
    The estimated pear crop would be 7% up on the five-year average and 26% up on 2017. The post U.S.:...
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  • August 13, 2018
    Hazel Technologies welcomes new avocado partner
    PRESS RELEASE Chicago — Hazel Technologies, a USDA-funded company developing new shelf-life extension technologies for fresh produce, announces...
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  • August 13, 2018
    AgroFresh launches FreshCloud platform
    PRESS RELEASE Philadelphia – AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGFS), a global leader in produce freshness solutions, today announced the official...
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  • August 13, 2018
    BioConsortia announces promotion of Dr. Hong Zhu to R&D...
    PRESS RELEASE DAVIS, CA – BioConsortia, Inc., innovator of microbial solutions for natural plant trait enhancement and yield improvement,...
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  • August 13, 2018
    China: Walmart and JD.com invest US$500M in online grocery...
    Walmart is tightening its alliance with China's JD.com - one of the country's two biggest B2C online retailers and...
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  • August 13, 2018
    Dole China and Camposol team up to promote avocados
    The promotion is touted as the biggest of its kind of China, and comes amid plans for the two...
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  • August 13, 2018
    Chile’s GESEX expects stronger nectarine season in China in...
    Gonzalo Matamala of Chile's largest nectarine exporter, GESEX, said the fruit had not performed as well as expected last...
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  • August 13, 2018
    Emirates Airline aims high with world’s largest vertical farm
    The facility, which is slated to open in November 2019 near Dubai airport, will provide farm fresh produce to...
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  • August 13, 2018
    U.S.: California grape season “turning a corner”, says Sun...
    Jason Fuller of Sun World says the overall San Joaquin crop looks to be around a record-level this year,...
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  • August 12, 2018
    Ag industry’s future leaders first to graduate from Wonderful...
    PRESS RELEASE On Saturday, The Wonderful Company Co-Owners Lynda and Stewart Resnick led a celebration of the 90-strong inaugural...
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  • August 12, 2018
    International Asparagus Days, a meeting point for the asparagus...
    PRESS RELEASE Cesena, Italy – Preparations are currently underway for the International Asparagus Days, a fully-fledged supply chain event...
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  • August 12, 2018
    Monsanto ordered to pay US$289M damages in world’s first...
    Bayer says it is "convinced that glyphosate is safe and does not cause cancer", following a ruling on the...
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  • August 11, 2018
    Peru boosts mandarin focus on U.S., China at expense...
    Peru has this season boosted mandarin exports to the U.S. and China by around a third year-on-year, despite total...
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  • August 10, 2018
    U.S. avocado market prices rise sharply
    "We have already seen massive price increases in the field," says Brent L. Scattini of Mission Produce. The post U.S....
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  • August 10, 2018
    Peru could see record table grape exports in 2018-19
    "This is what should have happened last season, had there been no El Niño phenomenon." The post Peru could see...
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  • August 9, 2018
    Canada: Dole baby spinach recalled over listeria concerns
    Dole Fresh Vegetables is recalling branded Baby Spinach with Tender Reds due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The post Canada:...
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  • August 9, 2018
    Interpoma: Nine guided tours to discover all the secrets...
    PRESS RELEASE Bolzano, Italy – Interpoma, the only international trade show dedicated to apples, to be held at Fiera...
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  • August 9, 2018
    Honeybear selects Pazazz brand manager
    PRESS RELEASE Elgin, Minn. – Honeybear Brands has appointed the company’s first Pazazz-specific brand manager, following runaway sales success...
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  • August 9, 2018
    Superfresh Growers orchard update: Episode 43
    PRESS RELEASE Yakima, WA –As Superfresh Growers® transitions from cherries to new-crop pears and apples, sustainability and resource management...
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  • August 9, 2018
    Unique “probiotic” for crops receives expanded regulatory approvals
    PRESS RELEASE SOLON, Ohio (August 9, 2018) Locus Agricultural Solutions™, LLC (Locus AG) is the driving force behind impressive...
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  • August 9, 2018
    NZ: T&G Global posts H1 profit rise with strong...
    T&G Global, whose proprietary apple varieties include Envy and Jazz, said its pipfruit business benefited from an earlier harvest...
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  • August 9, 2018
    Most EU countries ‘moving back to full pome fruit...
    In its annual EU apple and pear forecast, WAPA said that Southern Hemisphere stocks had cleared from the market...
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  • August 9, 2018
    U.S.: San Joaquin grape prices normal after Coachella high
    Table grapes from both Mexico and California's Coachella Valley have fetched significantly higher prices this summer than in previous...
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  • August 9, 2018
    U.S.: No impact on avocados, citrus from California wildfires
    California grower associations for citrus, blueberries and avocados say there have not yet been any impacts from what have...
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  • August 9, 2018
    Tesco, Carrefour waste no time in trying to leverage...
    Two of Europe's biggest supermarket chains have joined forces, entering into a formal alliance that is slated to become...
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  • August 9, 2018
    State of the Market – Week 31, 2018
    Red Delicious prices are improving in China as U.S. supplies decrease, while South African lemon prices tended to rise. The...
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  • August 8, 2018
    U.S.: “Complicated” easy peeler market amid heavy arrivals
    "Citrus movement generally is just not where it should be and the tonnage of easy peeler arrivals remains in...
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  • August 8, 2018
    Tanimura & Antle hires Don Klusendorf
    Salinas, CA – Tanimura & Antle, the Salinas Valley’s leading grower and shipper of premium fresh organic and conventional...
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  • August 8, 2018
    C.H. Robinson moves flagship Chicago operation to new office
    PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO — C.H. Robinson, the industry leading global third party logistics provider, has moved its Chicago...
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  • August 8, 2018
    Europe “less attractive” for Chilean kiwifruit this year
    Kiwifruit sales in both Europe and China were slower this season amid increased competition with local fruit. The post Europe...
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  • August 8, 2018
    Washington apple crop forecast slightly lower amid tougher export...
    On the plus side are larger sizing and good quality. On the negative side are much higher tariffs for...
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  • August 8, 2018
    Chile cuts mandarin export forecast after frost damage
    There has been damage to both the mandarin and Navel crops, but neither is expected to see lower exports...
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  • August 7, 2018
    Starr Ranch Growers keeps birds at bay humanely
    PRESS RELEASE Wenatchee, WA — Each season brings its own challenges to fruit growers, but one that has been...
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  • August 7, 2018
    Sun World’s explosive growth leads to promotable opportunities for...
    PRESS RELEASE Bakersfield, Calif.– Grape category leader Sun World International will have a record amount of Sun World proprietary...
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  • August 7, 2018
    Moxxy helps Vegetable Growers Supply reposition for next 70...
    PRESS RELEASE Salinas, CA —Moxxy Marketing client Vegetable Growers Supply (VGS) has launched a refreshed brand identity, and a...
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  • August 7, 2018
    China allows electronic documents for customs clearence
    Chinese authorities have ceased to require paper documents as a strict prerequisite for clearance. The post China allows electronic...
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  • August 7, 2018
    China allows electronic documents for customs clearance
    Chinese authorities have ceased to require paper documents as a strict prerequisite for clearance. The post China allows electronic...
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  • August 7, 2018
    NZ: Kiwifruit claimants cross-appeal after High Court Psa decision
    "We were gutted with the Government's move to appeal, it was devastating to growers." The post NZ: Kiwifruit claimants cross-appeal...
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  • August 7, 2018
    Wonderful Halos named No. 1 most-loved healthy snack brand
    PRESS RELEASE LOS ANGELES – Wonderful Halos, America’s biggest and fastest-selling mandarin brand, was recently named the No. 1...
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  • August 7, 2018
    U.S. lime market stabilizes after long H1 price spike
    Prices typically see a spike during the first half of the year, but this year the spike started earlier...
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  • August 7, 2018
    Avocados in Charts: Mexico could see high fall prices...
    Mexico, which tripled its volumes sent to the U.S. between 2010 and 2017, has for the last two years...
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  • August 7, 2018
    Mexican avocado exports to rise 5% in 2018-19
    While the heatwave in Mexico is not expected to impact significantly on the fruit, it could lead to smaller...
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  • August 7, 2018
    U.K.: Waitrose gives green light to tomato punnets made...
    Tried and tested in 2017, Waitrose has now officially introduced the trays as exclusive packaging material for its Duchy...
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  • August 6, 2018
    Produce industry trailblazer Dr. Frieda Rapoport Caplan turns 95
    PRESS RELEASE Los Alamitos, CA – Frieda’s Specialty Produce will celebrate the 95th birthday of its founder and produce...
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  • August 6, 2018
    India postpones U.S. tariffs again
    New Delhi had originally planned to implement tariffs on U.S. products including almonds, walnuts and apples on June 21. The...
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  • August 6, 2018
    Zaad Holdings acquires Sakata Seed America’s onion breeding program
    PRESS RELEASE Morgan Hill, CA, & Cape Town, South Africa – Sakata Seed America announced the sale of its...
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  • August 6, 2018
    Interfresh announces marketing agreement with Driediger Farms blueberries
    PRESS RELEASE Orange, Calif – Interfresh, Inc., a leading national marketer of fruits and vegetables, announced today that company...
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  • August 6, 2018
    Europe set for “bumper” apple crop
    Philippe Binard of Freshfel says the apple crop will be "very strong", following last year when frost damage took...
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  • August 6, 2018
    U.S.: China’s latest tariffs target mainly frozen produce imports
    The Chinese Commerce Ministry said it could add duties of between 5 - 25 percent on 5,207 types of...
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  • August 6, 2018
    Q&A with Naturipe Avocado Farms’ new CEO
    "Naturipe Avocado Farms is projected to increase to more than 9,000 acres in the next five years." The post Q&A...
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  • August 5, 2018
    U.S. wildlife refuges lift ban on neonics and GM...
    The decision reverses a policy adopted in 2014 and has attracted heavy criticism from environmentalists. The post U.S. wildlife refuges...
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  • August 3, 2018
    California: Medfly eliminated from Solano County
    U.S. authorities say they have eliminated the infestation, ending a 108-square-mile quarantine that began on Sept. 25 last year. The...
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  • August 3, 2018
    Castellini Group of Companies hires two new executives
    The Castellini Group of Companies is excited to announce the addition of two executives critical to the growth strategies...
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  • August 3, 2018
    Resilience, machine harvesting key for new blueberry varieties, says...
    We speak with Oregon Blueberry Farm & Nursery about the future they see for the industry. The post Resilience, machine...
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  • August 3, 2018
    EU ruling on genetically edited crops may affect international...
    Trade obstacles, a stifling on the development of new technology and an impact on the EU's ability to engineer...
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  • August 3, 2018
    U.S.: Florida researchers use fungus to manage Asian citrus...
    “The fungus is not a panacea, but it is expected to greatly reduce the problem we have in managing...
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  • August 2, 2018
    Trump proposes raising Chinese tariffs
    U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says he had been instructed to consider increasing the rate of incoming tariffs on...
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  • August 2, 2018
    Kenya eyes “sizeable” share of South African avocado market...
    South Africa this week lifted an import ban on the East African country implemented in 2007 due to fruit...
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  • August 2, 2018
    BASF closes acquisition of Bayer businesses and assets
    Bayer offered to divest the assets for €7.6 billion in order to complete its acquisition of Monsanto last month. The...
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  • August 2, 2018
    State of the Market – Week 30, 2018
    Lemon stocks in Japan were around 40% higher year-on-year last week, as prices fell. The post State of the Market...
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  • August 2, 2018
    With U.S. cherries ‘severely’ affected, Chinese importers turns to...
    We speak with companies on both sides of the Pacific to find out what has been the effect of...
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  • August 2, 2018
    South Africa: Land expropriation won’t lead to more black...
    "Constitutional amendments - and even worst-case expropriation without compensation - may make for good electioneering but it doesn’t make...
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  • August 2, 2018
    Peru forecasts massive 60% rise in blueberry exports
    The figure is almost quadruple the 2016-17 figure and puts Peru not too far off the production level of...
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  • August 1, 2018
    U.S.: Zest Labs files US$2B lawsuit against Walmart
    "On March 1, 2018 when Walmart announced its Eden solution, we were surprised and concerned by how similar the...
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  • August 1, 2018
    The Packaging Pitch: The other half of the plate...
    "The good news for our industry is there is almost no debate about our ‘our half of the plate'." The...
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  • July 31, 2018
    Australia: CropLogic announces Mildura expansion
    The global agronomy services company said its future growth strategy for Australia has highlighted a specified region in Southeast...
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  • July 31, 2018
    Del Monte CEO: Central American port congestion was ‘worst...
    Del Monte's chairman and CEO Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh provides more detail on why gross profit slipped by 36% during the...
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  • July 31, 2018
    Murdock “excited” for Dole-Total Produce future with transaction complete
    Dole has provided details of its future board, which will be made up of three members from each company. The...
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  • July 31, 2018
    U.S. and China looking to restart trade talks
    The next wave of U.S. tariffs on US$16 billion of Chinese goods is set to kick in as early...
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  • July 31, 2018
    Del Monte’s Q2 profits hit by “substantially lower” banana...
    Del Monte CEO Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh says various "uncontrollable factors" affected the company's performance during the quarter. The post Del Monte’s...
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  • July 31, 2018
    Chile: How could series of frosts affect avocado production?
    The coldest June in 30 years could result in numerous complications for avocado production and indicates that a rainier...
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  • July 31, 2018
    Colombia to export first blueberries to U.S., Europe this...
    Blueberries Colombia plans to ship a total of between 1,000 and 1,500MT to various major markets over a period...
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  • July 31, 2018
    Lemons in Charts: Massive U.S. category growth in tandem...
    Over the last few years lemons have seen greater growth in the U.S. market than avocados, berries or cherries,...
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  • July 31, 2018
    Spanish mandarin growers file complaint over “disastrous” new varieties
    Dozens of farmers have demanded compensation, saying that the breeder failed to provide sufficient information on the two varieties...
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  • July 30, 2018
    Total Produce wins EU approval for purchase of Dole...
    Total Produce expects the US$300 million transaction to close on Tuesday. The post Total Produce wins EU approval for purchase...
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  • July 30, 2018
    Mexico targets new vegetable markets, products amid trade concerns
    The Mexican greenhouse vegetable industry has already identified opportunities in Europe for value-added products. The post Mexico targets new vegetable...
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  • July 30, 2018
    Pink Lady eyes future in China
    The world's leading apple brand is setting its sights on the world's biggest apple market, as Pink Lady...
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  • July 30, 2018
    Chilean lemon export value down a third in H1
    The value of Chilean lemon exports in the first half of this year was significantly lower, with U.S. market...
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  • July 27, 2018
    USDA criticizes European ruling on genome editing
    "Government policies should encourage scientific innovation without creating unnecessary barriers or unjustifiably stigmatizing new technologies." The post USDA criticizes European...
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  • July 27, 2018
    India: IG celebrates 1000th apple container from Stemilt
    IG hosted a ceremony on July 24 at the Hotel Lalit, New Delhi, with guest including Mark Wallace, the...
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  • July 27, 2018
    Tesco addresses food waste epidemic with game-changing moves
    By working with farmers, suppliers and local charities, as well as tossing best before labels, the supermarket giant says...
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  • July 27, 2018
    Ecuador concerned by long Mexican mango season
    The U.S. market has become more competitive in the first half of Ecuador's season, but the country has struggled...
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  • July 27, 2018
    State of the Market – Week 29, 2018
    Lemon prices are declining in Japan amid increasing volumes, while prices of bicolor apples are rising in China and...
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  • July 26, 2018
    U.S.: Limoneira continues expansion with purchase of Oxnard Lemon...
    The deal is expected to add up to 2.5 million cartons of fruit to Limoneira's operations next year. The post...
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  • July 26, 2018
    U.S. trade war relief “falls short”, says CCM
    "The proposal falls short of meeting the needs of citrus growers who export approximately 25% of their tonnage to...
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  • July 26, 2018
    Argentina’s return to U.S. lemon market a success, says...
    The company's CEO Mayda Sotomayor explains what she believes has been the "biggest win" of the season. The post Argentina’s...
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  • July 25, 2018
    Spain forecasts higher lemon production for 2018-19
    Spain's production of the Fino variety is up by 14%, while Verna volumes have recovered from their significant decline...
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  • July 25, 2018
    Seeka to invest NZ$18M in Northland postharvest business
    Seeka is investing in a range of new facilities for kiwifruit, citrus and avocados. The post Seeka to invest NZ$18M...
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  • July 25, 2018
    Chiquita supporting ‘first global scientific exchange’ on TR4
    "It is now time to act together," says Chiquita CEO Andrew Biles. The post Chiquita supporting ‘first global scientific exchange’...
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  • July 25, 2018
    U.K.: Pink Lady sees highest-ever monthly sales
    U.K. Pink Lady apple sales saw a record spike in June, with annual sales now up 6% from 2017. The...
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  • July 25, 2018
    China: New player enters O2O produce retail scene
    Sandan Fresh plans to establish up to 30 small stores in Shanghai over the next year, along with hundreds...
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  • July 25, 2018
    Ecuador: Large cocaine haul found in Russia-bound bananas
    The consignment was due to be shipped to the Russian market - Ecuador's leading banana buyer - passing first...
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  • July 25, 2018
    NAFTA revamp could soon be concluded, says Mexico trade...
    What I see ... to be a very feasible expectation is that we’ll be concluding the negotiation in the...
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  • July 24, 2018
    NZ Govt appeals High Court’s decision on Psa negligence...
    The Ministry of Primary Industries says it is seeking to "clarify the scope for government regulators to be sued...
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  • July 24, 2018
    U.S.: Mission Produce launches foodservice division
    "We know the foodservice industry needs a larger supply of avocados. Our global reach, sophisticated network and expertise, will...
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  • July 24, 2018
    U.S. farmers to receive up to US$12B in trade...
    One program will reportedly help with food purchase and distribution while another will be specifically geared toward promoting trade. The...
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  • July 24, 2018
    Nanocrystals show impressive results protecting fruit crops from frost...
    U.S. researchers say the plant-based nanocrystals aren't just more sustainable than traditional frost protection methods, but they could actually...
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  • July 24, 2018
    Spanish mango production to jump by one-third this season
    The Spanish mango sector could soon begin exporting outside of Europe if volumes continue to rise, and the industry...
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  • July 24, 2018
    Chile: Atacama table grape growers making progress with varietal...
    Varietal reconversion in one of Chile's main grape growing areas has reached 15%, with new cultivars being planted including...
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  • July 24, 2018
    U.K.: Tesco could soon launch new discount chain
    The launch could come as early as September in a bid to claw back some of the market share...
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  • July 24, 2018
    Video: Don Limón CEO on industry digitalization and planting...
    Andreas Schindler, CEO and founder of Don Limón, speaks about the future of the global produce industry and his...
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  • July 23, 2018
    U.S.: Diamond Fruit Growers invests in ‘world’s first pear...
    The new 18-lane Unitec sizer will run 100 bins per hour, replacing two presizing machines, and requires far fewer...
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  • July 23, 2018
    The reasons behind the tight U.S. lemon supply
    Wonderful Citrus and the CCM explain what has been going in the U.S. lemon market recently, while the Chilean...
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