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  • March 22, 2019
    Terra Exports eyes consolidation in LatAm tropical fruit sector
    The company has rapidly increased the number of grower partners it works with in the region and plans further...
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  • March 22, 2019
    Kanzi apple harvest kicks off in Australia
    630,000 trees of the variety are now planted in Australia with trial export shipments expected this year. The post...
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  • March 22, 2019
    Tasmanian researcher investigates delicate balance for raspberry shelf life
    A PhD Candidate at Australia's Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is testing the efficacy of packaging and processing for...
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  • March 22, 2019
    NZ: MPI issues positive update on fruit fly controls...
    Two of the three affected suburbs have now been officially declared free of breeding fruit fly populations. The post NZ:...
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  • March 21, 2019
    State of the Market – Week 11, 2019
    Arrivals of Indian supply led to slight price declines for white seedless grapes in the European market. The post...
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  • March 21, 2019
    Driscoll’s takes California Berry Cultivars (CBC) to court
    Driscoll's has filed legal action against a berry breeder alleging patent infringement and conversion of its proprietary strawberry varieties. The...
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  • March 21, 2019
    Chile edges closer to Vietnamese market access for apples,...
    After the Vietnamese market was suspended for Chilean fruit in 2015, table grape access was quickly regained and now...
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  • March 21, 2019
    Mexican mangoes: Slow start but volume and quality to...
    The southern Mexico mango crop is running a few weeks behind last year and entering into the U.S. market...
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  • March 20, 2019
    Fresh Del Monte CFO Contreras resigns after more than...
    The company's incoming CFO Eduardo Guarita Bezerra was responsible for financial integration at Monsanto when it was acquired by...
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  • March 20, 2019
    Indian development, global expansion and new varieties: Grapa talks...
    With Grapa's recent announcement of an exclusive growing and marketing deal in India, the company is now making inroads...
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  • March 20, 2019
    Speculation mounts over Dole corporate office move
    One of the world's most well-known fresh produce companies may be scoping out opportunities to develop a new office...
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  • March 19, 2019
    Australian veggie exports jump in 2018
    Australian fresh vegetable exports rose by 11.4% last year with Singapore retaining its spot as the leading market, while...
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  • March 19, 2019
    Could early sweet apple ‘Posy’ herald rosy future for...
    In a launch that has been 20 years in the making, two New Zealand apple growers have made the...
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  • March 19, 2019
    Apples in Charts: With prices at four-year high, how...
    The charts indicate that Chile could be in for a successful season this year in the U.S. market, which...
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  • March 18, 2019
    Argentina leads the way in organic pome fruit exports...
    Argentine pome fruit growers are reaping the benefits of organic fruit demand in the European Union, positioning themselves as...
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  • March 18, 2019
    Spanish growers ring alarm bells over citrus greening
    The Spanish citrus industry has demanded immediate steps to prevent the spread of an insect known to carry huanglongbing...
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  • March 18, 2019
    Aussie produce industry sets ambitious goals for sustainable packaging
    A new group representing Australia's leading fresh fruit and vegetable companies has set a goal to make produce packaging...
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  • March 18, 2019
    U.K.: Major industry players snap up the next generation...
    Some of the biggest names in fresh food and drink connected with hundreds of skilled job seekers at the...
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  • March 15, 2019
    Australia expecting best quality almond crop in a decade
    In addition, pundits believe the inventory at the end of the U.S. marketing year in August 2019 will be...
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  • March 15, 2019
    Greenyard to unlock “untapped potential” with transformation plan
    The plan, which comes in response to "continuing market pressure", is expected to deliver a REBITDA improvement of €20...
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  • March 15, 2019
    South Africa: Consecutive record citrus crop expected amid lemon,...
    Late-maturing mandarin varieties in particular are showing strong growth in plantings and expected exports, which are forecast to be...
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  • March 15, 2019
    U.S.: Avocado shoppers show “unique demographic profile”, says HAB
    A new study by the Hass Avocado Board is based on household purchase data from the IRI Consumer Network...
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  • March 15, 2019
    Vienna’s unpredictable vegetable orchestra
    This is Vienna’s Vegetable Orchestra: a 10-piece ensemble from the city of Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart that plays music...
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  • March 15, 2019
    State of the Market – Week 10, 2019
    Table grape prices fell almost across the board in the U.S. in week 10, while in Europe there were...
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  • March 14, 2019
    T&G apple harvest underway amid expectations of bumper NZ...
    Most apple exports have traditionally been sold into the U.K. and U.S., but that is changing as Asia and...
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  • March 14, 2019
    Chile expecting U.S. to lift blueberry fumigation requirement by...
    The end of restrictions on the entry of blueberries to the U.S. has been announced for years, but Chilean...
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  • March 14, 2019
    Peruvian table grape exports set record and surpass forecasts
    An industry representative said the figure would mark a 51.5% rise over the previous season, which was severely affected...
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  • March 14, 2019
    U.S. table grape import season “interesting and unexpected”, says...
    The Washington-based company also anticipates a "very strong" green market in the U.S. in April due to supply shortages...
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  • March 13, 2019
    NZ: Zespri in nationwide sales trials of red kiwifruit
    The company will release 30,000 trays of the fruit grown in a handful of New Zealand orchards to both...
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  • March 13, 2019
    The Biocontrol Brief: How to control two-spotted spider mites...
    The pest usually causes the majority of its damage early in the season, so special field scouting effort needs...
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  • March 13, 2019
    Peruvian avocados: Export value grew to record US$800M in...
    The figure is almost 10-fold higher than it was in 2008, with the industry having undergone skyrocketing growth. Keep...
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  • March 12, 2019
    Limoneira’s Q1 results hit by lower lemon pricing
    However, president and CEO Harold Edwards said: "Our business is best viewed on an annual basis, which is why...
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  • March 12, 2019
    Berries Australia: Govt must do more to address labor...
    The industry body has welcomed the extension of the skilled visa program but says the government needs to go...
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  • March 12, 2019
    Guatemalan Produce Trade Association continues growth
    PRESS RELEASE The Guatemalan Produce Trade Association (GPTA), comprised of the major importers and key players in the Guatemalan...
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  • March 12, 2019
    New Tray Tipper automates fruit delivery into KATO260 blueberry...
    PRESS RELEASE Auckland, New Zealand, – BBC Technologies, part of TOMRA Food and global leader in turnkey solutions for...
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  • March 12, 2019
    U.S.: Disaster aid change would benefit cherry growers
    A provision moving through Congress as part of disaster aid legislation would let farmers earning more than US$900,000 on...
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  • March 12, 2019
    Argentina: Northeastern orange, mandarin exports to halve this year
    Volumes are set to drop sharply due to lower competitivity resulting from the government's economic policies, according to an...
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  • March 12, 2019
    Sicilian citrus supplier Oranfrizer reaps varietal rewards on UK...
    The exporter has introduced new varieties, and sales are good so far this season despite the unknowns of Brexit...
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  • March 12, 2019
    Limes in Charts: Prices double in one week in...
    The charts illustrate that this isn’t the first time we have seen such price spikes, but the time period...
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  • March 11, 2019
    NZ kiwifruit growers’ compensation claim heads to Court of...
    New Zealand kiwifruit growers and the Crown will battle it out again in the Court of Appeal over the...
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  • March 11, 2019
    U.S.: Apple sales ‘perked up’ in January after slow...
    Domex Superfresh Growers also noted the month saw the organic category gain strength and its Autumn Glory variety break...
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  • March 11, 2019
    California citrus: “A lot of unusual dynamics” in season...
    Although rains have hindered the industry's ability to satisfy demand so far this year, Joel Nelsen of the California...
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  • March 11, 2019
    SchurStar Systems unveils fresh produce pouches to satisfy convenience...
    The latest bags can be filled by the SchurStar Packaging Machine, which can be adapted easily and quickly to...
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  • March 10, 2019
    South Africa: Maluma Symposium to draw larger international crowd...
    This year the event will be more focused on farm-level aspects of Maluma such as high-density plantings, trellising and...
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  • March 8, 2019
    Fyffes launches Global Gender Equality Program in Honduras, Costa...
    The program's aim is to identify challenges to equality faced by women both in the workplace and in their...
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  • March 8, 2019
    Driscoll’s expands Baja California Fair Trade berry program
    The U.S.-headquartered berry company has expanded its Fair Trade program in Baja California, Mexico, with acreage increasing by nearly...
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  • March 8, 2019
    Giddings Fruit offers cherry growers a competitive edge during...
    PRESS RELEASE The Dalles, Oregon – Giddings Fruit USA, LLC., based in The Dalles, Oregon, and part of the...
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  • March 7, 2019
    Terra Exports opens LatAm tropical fruit division amid booming...
    The multinational import and export trading company not only hopes to capitalize on rising demand for tropicals but also...
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  • March 7, 2019
    Calavo kicks off 2019 with record results as Q1...
    “We are extremely confident and optimistic about the course ahead in our Fresh business segment," said CEO Lee E....
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  • March 7, 2019
    Total Produce’s 2018 revenues rise 18% on back of...
    “We are pleased that Total Produce has delivered continuing good results in a more challenging year," said Carl McCann,...
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  • March 7, 2019
    Colombia: Keitt variety driving exports and replacing Tommy Atkins
    Problems with Tommy Atkins have contributed to Keitt being the stand-out export cultivar in an industry that is heavily...
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  • March 7, 2019
    Leading U.S. green-skinned avocado importer says new packaging doubles...
    The company says demand for green-skinned avocados has been rising thanks to the overall popularity of the category worldwide...
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  • March 7, 2019
    U.S.: Fire at Washington warehouse causes US$8M in pear...
    The warehouse that burned was reportedly built in 1982 and contained about 300,000, 44-pound box equivalents of packed d’Anjou...
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  • March 6, 2019
    AgroFresh gains approval to expand its proven technologies into...
    PRESS RELEASE Philadelphia – AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGFS), a global leader in produce freshness solutions, announced today the expansion...
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  • March 6, 2019
    U.S.: OTA launches “groundbreaking” organic fraud prevention program
    The quality assurance program is designed to "complement and reinforce" the USDA's organic standards and the work of the...
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  • March 6, 2019
    Spain’s largest avocado grower tests the waters of U.S....
    Trops last week sent its first-ever shipment to the U.S. market, despite access being granted five years ago. The post...
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  • March 6, 2019
    U.K.: Fresh Produce Consortium promotes industry as ‘sector of...
    No matter what their individual skills and interests, the UK trade association wants career starters to know that a...
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  • March 6, 2019
    NZ: ‘No evidence of breeding population’, says Fruit Fly...
    Numerous detections of both Queensland and facialis fruit flies have been made in the country over recent weeks. The post...
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  • March 6, 2019
    Trump moves to scrap trade privilege for India
    The U.S. president says he plans to end preferential trade treatment for India that allows duty-free entry for up...
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  • March 5, 2019
    Sun World unveils “Make It A Grape Two Weeks”...
    PRESS RELEASE BAKERSFIELD, CALIF. – Sun World International, LLC announced today that they will launch an in-store and...
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  • March 5, 2019
    Sun Pacific hires citrus veteran for VP of sales
    PRESS RELEASE PASADENA, California- Pasadena, California-based Sun Pacific® has hired citrus veteran, Dave Medders, as their new VP of...
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  • March 5, 2019
    Australia scores improved citrus, carrot access to Indonesia with...
    Tariffs will be reduced for various agricultural products including mandarins, oranges, lemons, carrots and potatoes. The post Australia scores improved...
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  • March 5, 2019
    Guatemalan mango exports to U.S. get underway in low volume...
    The Central American country is also this year expecting to carry out its first-ever exports to the recently opened...
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  • March 5, 2019
    U.S. and China near deal that could end U.S....
    The deal would reportedly be subject to Beijing following through on pledges ranging from better protecting intellectual-property rights to...
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  • March 5, 2019
    Strawberries in Charts: Expected California shortage, why aren’t last...
    Colin Fain of Agronometrics illustrates the 'dramatic' situation in the U.S. strawberry market over recent months and predicts what...
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  • March 4, 2019
    C.H. Robinson expands with US$48M purchase of Spain-based freight...
    The all-cash deal with the Spain-based company was announced on Friday and expected to be accretive in 2019. The post...
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  • March 4, 2019
    Avocados “increasingly favored” in India, says IG International
    The company plans to import 1000 metric tons (MT) of the fruit, which will be distributed across major urban...
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  • March 4, 2019
    Peru expecting 8% uptick in citrus exports
    The Satsuma harvests have already begun and the first exports are now getting underway, amid expectations of continued growth...
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  • March 4, 2019
    South Africa anticipating improved EU avocado market conditions
    Derek Donkin of Subtrop explains why the country is expecting volumes to be 30% lower than last season, and...
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  • March 1, 2019
    China: Dongfang sees lower profit in 2018 but record...
    The chief of China's largest citrus grower was 2018 saw a "solid result", and the company expects a further...
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  • March 1, 2019
    U.S.: Heavy flooding in Northern California vineyards
    Heavy rain in the wine growing regions of Northern California over recent days has caused massive flooding, with up...
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  • March 1, 2019
    U.S.: Amazon reportedly planning to launch new grocery store...
    The retail giant is planning to open dozens of grocery stores in several major U.S. cities which would be...
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  • March 1, 2019
    Mexican avocados: WTO to mediate after Costa Rican access...
    Mexican Hass avocados have since 2015 been blocked from Costa Rica, which alleges that it is trying to keep...
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  • March 1, 2019
    Argentine lemon industry expects first exports to India, Vietnam...
    The country is also planning to consolidate its position in the recently opened U.S., Mexican and Brazilian markets this...
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  • February 28, 2019
    U.S.: Walmart unveils plan to reduce plastic packaging waste
    The U.S. retail chain has unveiled new measures to reduce plastic waste by leveraging its massive private brand program,...
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  • February 28, 2019
    U.K.: M&S and Ocado’s £750M JV to “transform online...
    Ocado said the joint venture combines the strength of M&S's brand and its leading food quality and innovation with...
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  • February 28, 2019
    India pushes back U.S. apple tariff rise date
    The additional tariff that had been due to come into effect on March 2 has now been pushed back...
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  • February 28, 2019
    U.S.: PMA to take the stage at SXSW
    PMA’s chief marketing officer, Lauren M. Scott, will be a panelist in a session alongside Adam Cooper of The...
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  • February 28, 2019
    U.S.: Port of Virginia now open for South American...
    The development follows the successful completion of the USDA's Southeast In-Transit Cold Treatment Pilot program, which trialed shipments of...
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  • February 28, 2019
    Brazil blocks market access for Argentine pome fruit
    Brazil has closed its border to apple and pears originating in the Argentine provinces of Río Negro y Neuquén...
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  • February 27, 2019
    NZ: T&G Global’s profits drop despite revenue rise in...
    New Zealand's largest fruit company said it experienced poor growing conditions for domestic apples, Australian cherries, and Peruvian table...
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  • February 27, 2019
    Australia: Costa Group upbeat for 2019 despite profit dip
    Australia's largest fruit and vegetable company is progressing well with its numerous domestic and international expansion plans and has...
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  • February 27, 2019
    Chinese cherry grower kicks off domestic season
    A producer in the northern Hebei province says he is currently fetching around 200RMB (US$30) per half kilo for...
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  • February 27, 2019
    U.S.: Del Rey Avocado expands in Southern California
    The recently purchased warehouse facility will add 43,000 square feet of cold storage and ripening rooms to the existing...
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  • February 26, 2019
    Eco Farms names Emily M. Noble marketing manager and...
    PRESS RELEASE Temecula, CA – Eco Farms promoted Emily M. Noble to Marketing Manager and Sales Associate. As a...
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  • February 26, 2019
    Roundup trial: Judge threatens to ‘shut down’ cancer patient’s...
    Discussions about Monsanto’s alleged influence on government regulators and cancer research have been banned from the federal trial taking...
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  • February 26, 2019
    Greenyard’s fresh sales struggle in Q3 amid “fierce retail...
    Belgium-based multinational said that pricing showed a negative trend across many of its categories, with a volume decline seen...
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  • February 26, 2019
    Grapa awards Jupiter Group ARRA table grape exclusivity in...
    “I truly believe the development of the ARRA varieties will positively change the demand for Indian grapes and bring...
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  • February 26, 2019
    Pears in Charts: Recent pricing pushed below previous years’...
    Chile and Argentina are entering into a U.S. market that has seen higher volumes result in prices being on...
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  • February 25, 2019
    Brambles to sell IFCO RPC business for US$2.5B
    The Australia-headquartered company plans to sell its IFCO reusable plastic containers (RPC) business to a subsidiary of the Abu...
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  • February 25, 2019
    Giumarra announces fourth season of kiwiberries from New Zealand
    PRESS RELEASE LOS ANGELES – Giumarra Wenatchee announces its fourth season of marketing New Zealand-grown kiwiberries in partnership with...
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  • February 25, 2019
    NZ: Seeka’s profits soar in 2018 as kiwifruit volumes...
    The positive result came in spite of some challenges in Australia - such as the detection of Psa in...
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  • February 25, 2019
    Peruvian transport sector strike ends after six days
    ADEX praised both sides for reaching an agreement but said that the agro-export figure of US$400 for February would...
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  • February 25, 2019
    Bayer faces second U.S. trial over alleged Roundup cancer...
    The federal trial comes six months after the company’s share price was rocked by a US$289 million verdict in...
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  • February 25, 2019
    Chilean kiwifruit production to drop this season
    However, an industry representative noted that Greek kiwifruit volumes are much lower than the previous season, which should lead...
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  • February 25, 2019
    Autumn Crisp and Adora Seedless driving Sun World’s global...
    In an interview with FreshFruitPortal.com, Sun World Innovations president David Marguleas also spoke about the importance of the...
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  • February 25, 2019
    LGS Specialty Sales reports “strong” Moroccan W. Murcott season
    Following the completion of a successful Moroccan clementine season, the company is expecting a steady supply of W. Murcotts...
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  • February 25, 2019
    India: IG International sees rising blueberry sales in urban...
    The company is importing numerous varieties of the superfruit and selling them at 2000 rupees (US$28) per kilogram. The post...
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  • February 22, 2019
    NZ: Fourth fruit fly found in Auckland
    New Zealand authorities have found a second Facialis fruit fly in a surveillance trap in the Auckland suburb of...
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  • February 22, 2019
    State of the Market – Week 7, 2019
    The U.S. market saw declines in blueberry and stonefruit prices in week 7, but the white seedless table grape...
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  • February 22, 2019
    Peruvian avocado season could be impacted by transport, port...
    The Exporters' Association says the upcoming avocado season could be "seriously affected" if the widespread strike that began earlier...
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  • February 22, 2019
    U.K. and Ireland retailers warn of 40% tariffs on...
    The scheduled withdrawal on 29 March comes at a time in the year when the U.K. imports a lot...
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  • February 22, 2019
    India unlikely to divert table grape volumes to Europe...
    An Indian exporter and a Netherlands-based importer do not expect the major delays at Russian ports to result in...
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  • February 21, 2019
    Mincetur and PromPerú awarded the Non-Traditional Exporter prize to...
    PRESS RELEASE Camposol has been recognized as the Non-Traditional Exporter of the year, a prize granted by the Ministry...
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  • February 21, 2019
    U.S., China working on multiple memorandums for trade deal
    The MoUs would reportedly cover areas including agriculture, non-tariff barriers, services, technology transfer and intellectual property. The post U.S., China...
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  • February 21, 2019
    Mexico surprised by U.S.’s plans to withdraw from tomato...
    Mexican tomato industry representatives say they are willing to negotiate with the U.S. to reach a mutually beneficial deal,...
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  • February 21, 2019
    U.K.: Sainsbury’s-Asda merger in doubt after regulator voices concerns
    The Competition and Markets Authority has found "extensive competition concerns" in the proposed tie-up between the U.K.'s second- and...
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  • February 21, 2019
    NZ on alert after two fruit fly detections in...
    A Queensland fruit fly was spotted in the Devonport area last week, and a 'facialis' fruit fly was detected...
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  • February 21, 2019
    Hong Kong lifts California romaine ban
    The autonomous territory suspended imports of California romaine on Nov. 28 last year over food safety concerns, following an...
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  • February 21, 2019
    Opinion: Passion vs. efficiency
    Nic Jooste of Rotterdam-based Cool Fresh International provides a European branding specialist’s observations in New York. The post Opinion:...
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  • February 20, 2019
    The Biocontrol Brief: Using conservation control to aid your...
    Two primary drivers for the need to implement conservation biocontrol are the use of broad range synthetic pesticides and...
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  • February 20, 2019
    U.K. will apply food tariffs in case of no...
    The country's environment secretary said reports that Britain would operate a zero tariff regime in order to secure frictionless...
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  • February 20, 2019
    Del Monte expecting “a lot of added value” from...
    Mohammed Abu-Ghazaleh also said he expects the pineapple market to "rationalize" this year following a period of supply outstripping...
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  • February 20, 2019
    African Blue opens new Moroccan blueberry packhouse
    The company, in which Australia's Costa Group holds a majority stake, recently inaugurated the largest berry packing facility servicing...
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  • February 19, 2019
    Del Monte swings to a loss in 2018
    The company says the result is largely due to higher fruit and distribution costs across the business and lower...
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  • February 19, 2019
    Huge cocaine haul discovered in Brazilian mango shipment at...
    A load of 1,5000 kilograms of the Class-A drug were reportedly found in a container at the Dutch hub...
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  • February 19, 2019
    Unifrutti secures US$19M loan for Philippine banana expansion
    The loan package is said to be the biggest-ever for farm development from the government-owned Development Bank of the...
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  • February 19, 2019
    Grapes in Charts: Record California volumes reverse Chilean pricing...
    "Although it is normal for prices to increase as volumes fall, what is strikingly abnormal about this season so...
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  • February 19, 2019
    Argentine lemon production to “rebound”, orange volumes to fall
    A USDA report also noted last year's reinstatement of export taxes and reduction of export rebates on all fruits...
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  • February 18, 2019
    Russia suspends Indian table grape access over “technical issues”
    The development comes during a season in which India is forecast to export record volumes of around 215,000MT. The post...
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  • February 18, 2019
    Washington Gala apples in new Mexican promotional campaign: “It’s...
    The campaign is taking place in a region of Mexico where the variety is perceived as an unripe or...
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  • February 18, 2019
    France raises minimum food resale prices, limits supermarket promotions
    The aim of the new regulations brought in this year is to rebalance trade relations for the benefit of...
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  • February 18, 2019
    Chinese New Year reverses sluggish apple sales
    The world's leading apple grower experienced severe frosts during the spring last year, which led to a 30% year-on-year...
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  • February 18, 2019
    U.S.: California expecting smallest avocado crop in a decade
    Two other major players in the global avocado market during the same period - Peru and South Africa -...
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  • February 16, 2019
    New Covent Garden scoops up award as U.K.’s best...
    Covent Garden Market Authority receives high marks at Great British Market Awards for its work with traders, support of...
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  • February 15, 2019
    Peru expecting drop in avocado volume but longer season...
    In addition, new plantings in the north of the country are expected to extend the season by around one...
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  • February 15, 2019
    Mexican avocado exports rise sharply to Canada, China and...
    In addition, the industry recently launched a new TV commercial in Japan, where Mexico is the largest avocado supply...
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  • February 15, 2019
    Chile: Heat could impact fresh blueberry exports for season...
    The high temperatures could mean total export volumes end up slightly lower than last season, against previous forecasts of...
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  • February 15, 2019
    State of the Market – Week 6, 2019
    Price pressure remained on stonefruit and blueberries in the U.S. market in week 6, but the situation was better...
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  • February 14, 2019
    Higher prices of Ecuadorian bananas lead Germany to favor...
    The minimum price set by the Ecuadorian Government in October has been the key factor in a sharp drop...
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  • February 14, 2019
    Higher prices of Ecuadorian bananas lead Germany to favor...
    The minimum price set by the Ecuadorian Government in October has been the key factor in a sharp drop...
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  • February 14, 2019
    Chilean apple season could be impacted by heatwave
    Some of the hottest weather on record has scorched large areas of Chile and could lead to sunburn and...
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  • February 14, 2019
    Chilean apple season could be impacted by heatwave
    Some of the hottest weather on record has scorched large areas of Chile and could lead to sunburn and...
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  • February 14, 2019
    Spain: Valencian growers to give away 4MT of citrus...
    An industry association says the move is a protest against a perceived lack of government support to the sector...
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  • February 14, 2019
    Spain: Valencian growers to give away 4MT of citrus...
    An industry association says the move is a protest against a perceived lack of government support to the sector...
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  • February 14, 2019
    Greenyard: Hein Deprez and Marc Zwaaneveld to share CEO...
    The development comes on the heels of a challenging year for Greenyard, in which profits were hit by numerous...
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  • February 14, 2019
    Greenyard: Hein Deprez and Marc Zwaaneveld to share CEO...
    The development comes on the heels of a challenging year for Greenyard, in which profits were hit by numerous...
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  • February 14, 2019
    Opinion: Trade show miscalculations can affect your business
    Jim Prevor of Produce Business says there are myriad ways exhibiting at trade shows and industry events can lead...
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    Opinion: Trade show miscalculations can affect your business
    Jim Prevor of Produce Business says there are myriad ways exhibiting at trade shows and industry events can lead...
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  • February 13, 2019
    Colombian banana industry notched growth in 2018 despite weather...
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  • February 13, 2019
    Florida developing automatic chemical delivery system in HLB fight
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  • February 13, 2019
    Australia: Mainland cherry growers complete first airfreight season in...
    Australian Cherries were first exported to China in 2013, but until recently access had been limited to fruit from...
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  • February 12, 2019
    World Avocado Organization to launch first marketing program in...
    The WAO also announced Chile as a new member country to the organization and provided an EU-U.S. avocado growth...
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  • February 12, 2019
    Envy apples shine at New York Fashion Week
    PRESS RELEASE Envy™ apples are turning heads once again. Making another appearance at the internationally acclaimed New York Fashion...
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  • February 12, 2019
    Capespan launches integrated logistics service provider
    Having invested heavily into its logistics operations over the last four years, the company will now group together its...
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  • February 12, 2019
    Naturipe targets millennials and Gen Z with rebrand
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  • February 12, 2019
    Chambers plugs gap in U.K. prepared fruit market with...
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  • February 12, 2019
    Almost half of world’s insect species facing extinction, global...
    A global scientific review of insect numbers suggests that 40% of species are undergoing "dramatic rates of decline" around...
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  • February 12, 2019
    Avocados in Charts: Record volumes for Super Bowl sent...
    By comparing this season's data with that of 2015-16, some predictions can be made about what is in store...
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  • February 11, 2019
    PMA’s Center for Growing Talent launches a new year...
    PRESS RELEASE Newark, Del. – Center for Growing Talent (CGT) is pleased to announce the new theme for Women’s...
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  • February 11, 2019
    Mixed picture for Southern Hemisphere pome fruit production
    Production of apples and pears are both forecast to rise by 2% year-on-year in 2019, but individual countries are...
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  • February 11, 2019
    U.S. withdrawal of Mexico tomato agreement “very good news”,...
    A representative of the Florida Tomato Exchange says that this is "not a political maneuver to block market access"...
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  • February 11, 2019
    U.S. table grape market undersupplied following earlier concerns, exporters...
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  • February 8, 2019
    EU apple markets seeing “sales upturn” after challenging start,...
    It said the early season was "shrouded in doubt" due to the record production on the continent and the...
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  • February 8, 2019
    Jingold’s red kiwifruit scoops Fruit Logistica Innovation Award
    The Oriental Red kiwifruit from won the gold prize, with Softripe Ripening Technology taking silver and a top-sealable compostable,...
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  • February 8, 2019
    Chiquita launches new integrated container service to Europe
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  • February 8, 2019
    State of the Market – Week 5, 2019
    Week 5 in the U.S. market saw a drop in blueberry demand and prices, but an improvement for green...
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  • February 8, 2019
    New device automates pest-monitoring on farms
    The technology combines solar power, sensors, cameras, and image processing to monitor the farms, providing numerous benefits to growers. The...
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  • February 8, 2019
    Q&A: PMA CEO talks retail trends, marketing campaigns, and...
    We caught up with Cathy Burns following her State of the Industry address at the recent PMA Fresh Connections:...
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  • February 7, 2019
    U.S. to withdraw from tomato suspension agreement with Mexico
    The U.S. will resume an anti-dumping investigation into Mexican tomatoes, withdrawing from a 2013 trade deal that U.S. growers...
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  • February 7, 2019
    Invasive insects and climate changes, Arrigoni answers with “green...
    PRESS RELEASE Arrigoni, a leading company in the design and production of protective screens and nettings for crops, focused...
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  • February 7, 2019
    New Zealand bids to host World Avocado Congress 2023
    If successful, this will be the first time New Zealand has hosted the event, the next installment of which...
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  • February 7, 2019
    OZblu blueberries to be grown in Northern Hemisphere
    The Australia-bred varieties will now also be grown in Mexico following the entry of a third company into the...
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  • February 7, 2019
    U.S.: Bipartisan support for push to end tomato suspension...
    Two Florida lawmakers have written to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urging him to end an agreement with Mexico that...
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  • February 7, 2019
    Q&A: Rabbit & Pork looks to future, harnessing power...
    The rise of voice-recognition technology, set to take off in the FMCG world, is likely to be a game-changer...
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  • February 7, 2019
    Opinion: Round mango market difficulties ahead – The squeezed...
    Having investigated the upcoming massive shortage of round mangoes in the U.S. market, Nissa Pierson of Crespo Organic Mangoes...
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  • February 6, 2019
    Australia: Tasmania orchards ‘have avoided the worst of bushfire...
    “Compared to 1967, where it was all in one day, this has been slow torture," one pome fruit grower...
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  • February 6, 2019
    T&G Global to commercialize new apple varieties developed in...
    New Zealand's largest fresh produce exporter has joined an alliance of organizations to commercialize new apple and pear cultivars...
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  • February 6, 2019
    The “green mine” of the Latin American economy: The...
    PRESS RELEASE Medellín – In the past few years, avocado has become a food item that is opening doors...
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  • February 6, 2019
    Large Chilean blueberry arrivals in U.S. put pressure on...
    Several industry sources give us their perspective on how the development of the season, which has been troubled by...
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  • February 6, 2019
    European fresh fruit and veg sector facing “tumultuous period”,...
    "A new wave of unilateralism and protectionism around the world are further contributing to an unpredictable trading environment that...
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  • February 6, 2019
    The Biocontrol Brief: Augmentative biocontrol, an efficient pest management...
    In part three of our educational series on biological control and integrated pest management, Thomas Grandperrin of UAV-IQ Precision...
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  • February 6, 2019
    Soloberry to launch two new berry brands
    The company says it has seen great success with one of the brands since its limited roll out in...
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  • February 5, 2019
    Australian supermarkets send groceries to flood-hit Queensland on barges...
    Almost a fortnight of flooding made it difficult for supermarkets to keep shelves full and it’s left Queenslanders frantically...
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  • February 5, 2019
    Report service to provide key data on Chilean table...
    The report will also include key data on the development of new varieties and exports from competitor countries like...
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  • February 5, 2019
    Mangoes in Charts: With supply deficits expected over coming...
    By comparing the current data with that of 2015, we can get some clues as to what might be...
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  • February 5, 2019
    Emerson to add new tracker, logger products with extra...
    Having had a busy 2018 with the launch of several new products, U.S.-headquartered technology and engineering company Emerson is...
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  • February 4, 2019
    Colombia, a reliable supplier of tropical and exotic fruit...
    PRESS RELEASE A delegation of 11 companies, led by ProColombia brings the agri-business offer of Colombia to Fruit Logistica,...
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  • February 4, 2019
    Kissabel wins over retailers and consumers in Germany, UK,...
    PRESS RELEASE ANGERS – Great success for Kissabel® in Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Italy: commercial testing for...
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  • February 4, 2019
    Nature’s Pride to roll out Apeel avocados in Europe
    Pilots of avocados treated with the plant-derived, shelf-life-boosting technology are expected to start mid-year in select retail stores in...
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  • February 4, 2019
    Limoneira enters into JV with Argentine citrus company
    The deal will see the acquisition of hundreds of hectares of farmland and the creation of a new subsidiary...
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  • February 4, 2019
    Revamped TPP to bring opportunities and challenges to Latin...
    The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership entered into force at the end of last year, and looks...
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  • February 4, 2019
    Gene editing used to fight virus hiding inside bananas
    The banana streak virus can not only be spread from plant to plant by insects like most plant viruses...
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  • February 1, 2019
    Australia eliminates banana freckle disease
    The fungal disease, which hinders the growth of the plant and causes spotting on the fruit making it less...
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  • February 1, 2019
    Octinion’s strawberry-picking robot in world’s first commercial launch
    The Belgium-based company describes the technology as "crucial for the sector" and says it will launch harvesting robots for...
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  • February 1, 2019
    IBM blockchain platform used to ship mandarin oranges to...
    The trial was carried out by Singapore-based Pacific International Lines (PIL), which said the technology reduced the administrative process...
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  • February 1, 2019
    Dutch propose post-Brexit solutions to fast-track perishable exports to...
    The country currently ships around US$1.4 billion of fruit and vegetables to the U.K. annually - equivalent to 50,000...
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  • January 31, 2019
    TOMRA CEO wins European business leaders award
    TOMRA’s president and CEO, Stefan Ranstrand, has achieved an international accolade in recognition of his leadership and corporate strategy. The...
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  • January 31, 2019
    Washington apples to receive US$8.5M in trade mitigation funds
    The Washington Apple Commission says it will use the funds to build export markets to reduce the effects of...
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  • January 31, 2019
    Avocados from Mexico releases Super Bowl commercial
    Weeks 2 and 3 saw record export volumes to the U.S. market, with expectations for 120,000MT to have arrived...
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  • January 31, 2019
    Argentina: Northwestern lemon industry steps up phytosanitary efforts for...
    The upcoming campaign, which will be the country's second following its return to the U.S. market, is expected to...
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  • January 31, 2019
    Chile: New jumbo raspberries launched for warmer climates
    The three varieties have been grown successfully in Spain and Mexico and are said to produce double the yields...
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  • January 30, 2019
    Launching “Camposol Cares from Farm to Family” at Fruit Logistica...
    PRESS RELEASE Camposol will present its global sustainable concept “Camposol Cares from Farm to Family” (CCFFTF) in the...
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  • January 30, 2019
    Chile and U.K. sign trade continuity agreement as Brexit...
    The deal is described as a "safeguard" for Chilean exporters and mimics the conditions of the trade deal it...
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  • January 30, 2019
    Australia: Fewer strawberries planted in Perth following needle crisis
    “After the losses last year many growers simply won’t have the funds to plant their normal-sized crops, so plantings...
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  • January 30, 2019
    Australia grants market access to South Korean Kyoho grapes
    The black seeded grapes, which are normally larger than typical breeds, can now be shipped Australia as well as...
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  • January 30, 2019
    Chinese cherry market booming with Spring Festival round the...
    One Guangzhou-based trader says that two varieties in particular are selling at higher prices than others, and also expects...
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  • January 30, 2019
    NZ: Hortinvest releases third cherry project amid “unprecedented” global...
    The investment company sources its own land, establishes high-tech orchards and packhouses, and markets produce, eliminating the need for...
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  • January 30, 2019
    EU: New trends to further drive avocado growth in...
    The World Avocado Organization expects the category to grow in Europe by 15% annually for the next five years,...
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  • January 30, 2019
    Chilean fruit reps defend country’s food safety credentials in...
    A joint declaration said the recent recall over Listeria concerns was a "isolated case", highlighting that there was no...
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  • January 30, 2019
    Better quality, promotions boosting Chilean cherry sales in China
    Cristian Tagle of the Chilean Cherry Exporters Association says that total exports could end up on similar levels to...
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  • January 30, 2019
    Chile’s Copefrut joins Italian fruit consortium Origine Group
    Alessandro Zampagna, managing director of Origine Group, said the new Chilean member would help build a 12-month supply of...
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  • January 29, 2019
    JBT launches labeling system that improves traceability and saves...
    PRESS RELEASE LAKELAND, FL — JBT Corporation (NYSE: JBT), has announced the launch of the FLEX-ID Labeling System, a...
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  • January 29, 2019
    Dole completes sale of Nordic salad business
    The sale of Saba Fresh Cuts AB was a condition of the European Commission’s approval of the acquisition by...
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  • January 29, 2019
    “Significant movement” in U.S.-China talks as two sides prepare...
    Talks scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in Washington D.C. will include a meeting between Chinese Vice Premier Liu He...
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  • January 29, 2019
    Peruvian mango exports to drop by more than a...
    Juan Carlos Rivera of (APEM) says that there would likely be exports of 131,000 metric tons (MT) compared to...
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  • January 29, 2019
    Fruit in Charts: The winners and losers of 2018...
    Check out which commodities fared the best and the worst in 2018, considering growth in both volumes and prices. The...
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  • January 28, 2019
    U.S.: Chilean stonefruit recalled over Listeria fears
    New York-based fruit distributor Jac. Vandenberg has issued a recall of thousands of cartons of Chilean peaches, nectarines and...
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  • January 28, 2019
    Greenyard: “Early signs of recovery reversed” in late 2018
    The multinational has reduced its profit forecast for the 2018-19 financial year following a challenging November and December related...
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  • January 28, 2019
    U.K.: No-deal Brexit would ‘leave shelves empty’, say retailers
    Leading supermarket groups say there will be "significant risks" to maintaining the choice, quality and shelf life of food...
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  • January 28, 2019
    Opinion: Brexit cowardice
    Jim Prevor, editor-in-chief of Produce Business magazine, says that many supporters of Brexit have fallen into the trap of...
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  • January 28, 2019
    Australia: Fruit fly outbreak declared in Thevenard
    This outbreak follows the completion of a successful eradication operation to a Med-fly outbreak in the South Australia port...
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  • January 28, 2019
    Video: New TV campaign launches to inspire kids to...
    U.K. channel ITV and Veg Power have partnered in a forward-thinking, superhero-inspired way to give children the power and...
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  • January 28, 2019
    Israel expecting larger Jaffa Orri mandarin crop, greater EU...
    While Orri mandarin exports are set to increase by up to a third year-on-year, grapefruit exports will likely be...
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  • January 28, 2019
    Dole closes facility at Costa Rican port
    The company said the decision was due to the recent start of operations at the Moín Container Terminal. The post...
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  • January 25, 2019
    Spain expects “active demand”, greater growth in second half...
    An industry body says it is still expecting a small year-on-year rise in Fino lemon volumes and a strong...
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  • January 25, 2019
    Spanish fruit exports see lower volume in 2018 but...
    Stonefruit saw the biggest volume declines over the period, but their export value either stayed flat or declined by...
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  • January 25, 2019
    State of the Market – Week 3, 2019
    Hass avocado prices rose slightly in the U.S. despite the sharp supply increase, as the Super Bowl approaches. The post...
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  • January 24, 2019
    U.S.: Satur Farms recalls baby spinach, mesclun over salmonella...
    The recall announced on Jan. 23 involves product that was grown in Florida and distributed in New York and...
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  • January 24, 2019
    Total Produce commits to ‘carbon neutral Fruit Logistica 2019’
    The initiative will see an Irish development partner independently calculate and total the estimated carbon emissions associated with the...
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  • January 24, 2019
    Argentina: Blueberry prices in U.S. hit by heavy Peruvian...
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  • January 24, 2019
    Egypt: Produce exporter finds success on thriving domestic e-commerce...
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  • January 24, 2019
    India: After slow start, table grape industry gears up...
    Indian table grape exports to Europe are set to ramp up over the next couple of weeks, amid expectations...
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  • January 24, 2019
    Mexican mango season to get underway with Ataulfo variety
    Crespo Organic foresees a "very empty" pipeline of mangoes by the time the Tommy Atkins variety starts in March. The...
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  • January 23, 2019
    U.S.: Pink Lady set for ‘continued growth’ despite volume...
    In addition, the introduction of a new, earlier maturing cultivar has also driven new plantings across the U.S. and...
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  • January 23, 2019
    South African table grape shippers feel knock-on effects of...
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  • January 23, 2019
    “Excellent” movement for U.S. apples in domestic market
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  • January 23, 2019
    Colombia: Westfalia and Agricom open biggest avocado packhouse
    With the new facility, the joint entity will reportedly be able to export 9,000MT annually from the country. The post...
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  • January 22, 2019
    Interpoma China: New location Shangai for the third edition
    PRESS RELEASE Bolzano, Italy – The Chinese market is getting more and more attractive for the apple sector: China...
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  • January 22, 2019
    Inaugural Global Grape Summit will take place in London...
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  • January 22, 2019
    MobyMart staffless stores to expand in China, with U.S....
    Co-founder of Moby's on-the-go formats says, 'what we’re doing, as far as I know, no one else is doing...
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  • January 22, 2019
    South Africa: Pome fruit growers in “much better position”...
    The South African pome fruit industry is expecting a 3% year-on-year export increase this season, thanks in part to...
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  • January 22, 2019
    Chile: Patagonian cherries enter market during lucrative window
    Cherries grown in the prime conditions of Chile's far south are harvested as late as February, just as most...
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  • January 22, 2019
    China Navigation to acquire Hamburg Süd’s bulk shipping business
    The business operates from Hamburg, London, Melbourne and Rio de Janeiro with a chartered fleet of approximately 45 vessels...
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  • January 22, 2019
    Fruit in Charts: The winners and losers of 2018...
    Two fruits in particular stood out for their very high levels of year-on-year volume growth in 2018 in the...
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  • January 21, 2019
    Food safety expert Greg Komar joins the California LGMA...
    PRESS RELEASE Sacramento, CA — The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) is pleased to announce that Greg Komar...
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  • January 21, 2019
    Ecuadorian delegation to negotiate with Aldi over banana price...
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  • January 21, 2019
    U.K.: What the British apple growth target means for...
    English Apples & Pears is planning an increased home-grown supply of affordable, high-quality, tasty apples it says consumers want. The...
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  • January 21, 2019
    Q&A: Camposol celebrates successful first year with blueberry brand
    We caught up with CEO Jorge Ramirez to hear about how the brand has been received in key export...
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  • January 21, 2019
    China: Higher prices of local apples slowing sales
    Severe frosts during spring last year led to a huge reduction in apple production and even drove growers away...
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  • January 21, 2019
    U.S.: Premium apple varieties “bucking the trend”, says Oppy
    Envy achieved the highest growth rate in the premium apple category in 2018, registering a 62% rise in volume...
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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
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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
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    Costa Rican strike eases, but pineapple exports remain limited
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    U.K.: Sunburst apple volume triples in second season
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  • September 27, 2018
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  • September 27, 2018
    Chinese nut market to be undersupplied in 2018-19 due...
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  • September 26, 2018
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  • September 26, 2018
    Brazil exports first-ever mangoes to South Africa
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  • September 26, 2018
    VOG strengthens its team in preparation for the new...
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  • September 26, 2018
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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...
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  • September 26, 2018
    Capespan sells Joy Wing Mau stake for US$82M to...
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  • September 26, 2018
    Berry People launches inaugural Chilean organic blueberry season and...
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  • September 26, 2018
    Chilean Pink Lady exports surpass projections
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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
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  • September 25, 2018
    Ocean Mist Farms hires Rick Bravo as VP of...
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  • September 25, 2018
    NZ: MPI releases thousands of seized fruit plants
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  • September 25, 2018
    Root-zone cooling technology doubles lettuce yields, speeds growth
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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
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  • September 24, 2018
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  • September 24, 2018
    Emerson launches in-transit GO Real-Time CO2 Tracker
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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
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  • September 24, 2018
    Opinion: How the perishables industry can reduce risks associated...
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  • September 24, 2018
    U.K.: Tesco makes first splash with new discount stores
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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’
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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
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  • September 20, 2018
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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
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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
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  • September 17, 2018
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    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...
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  • September 14, 2018
    Dole sells U.S. headquarters for US$50M
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  • September 14, 2018
    State of the Market – Week 36, 2018
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  • September 14, 2018
    Photo gallery: Asia Fruit Logistica 2018
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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...
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  • September 13, 2018
    Argentina expects 15% uptick in blueberry exports
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  • September 13, 2018
    U.S.: Sun World moves packing operations in-house
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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...
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  • September 12, 2018
    Interpoma 2018, “The Apple in the World” congress looks...
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