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  • July 13, 2020
    Root 24 Farms launches first organic fresh blueberry items
    PRESS RELEASE Sales of fresh organic blueberries continue to soar – up 20% versus last year according to recent...
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  • July 13, 2020
    Wonderful Company sees strong future for Halo import program,...
    We caught up with The Wonderful Company's Diana Salsa about expansion plans for the leading U.S. mandarin brand's import...
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  • July 13, 2020
    EU citrus production drop to fuel imports - report
    Citrus production in the European Union is projected to be 11% lower year-on-year in the 2019-20 season at 10.4m...
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  • July 13, 2020
    U.S.: Covid-19 slams Washington’s apple and cherry pickers
    It isn’t just meatpacking plants that have been hotspots for Covid-19 to spread within the agricultural industry. The post U.S.:...
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  • July 13, 2020
    Ecuador's banana exports jumped 11% through May
    Ecuadorian banana exports through May jumped 11% year-on-year, largely due to higher levels of production thanks to the newly...
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  • July 10, 2020
    Apples now included USDA's Covid-19 assistance program
    The U.S. Apple Association is "extremely pleased" with the news that the USDA will be award apple growers a...
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  • July 10, 2020
    U.S.: Case count passes 500 in bagged salad-linked Cyclospora...
    More than 500 people have so far become ill from the U.S. multistate outbreak of Cyclospora that led numerous...
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  • July 10, 2020
    T&G Global launches first "climate-change resistant" apple variety
    The New Zealand-headquartered company will commercialize the first new apple variety that is bred to withstand "the world’s hottest...
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  • July 10, 2020
    New EU phytosanitary import rules had "significant consequences" for...
    New regulations implemented last December for exporters and plant protection organizations have increased the barriers for trade with Europe. The...
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  • July 9, 2020
    Facing U.S. headwinds, Mexico's berry industry seeks to diversify
    In an interview with Forbes, a Mexican berry industry representative outlined problems the sector is facing with labor and...
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  • July 9, 2020
    Optimiz launches digital platform to automate fruit traders’ cargo...
    Optimiz is the industry's first cargo claims automation platform, built to protect the bottom lines of cargo owners, their...
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  • July 9, 2020
    GrubMarket becomes major supplier of California cherries after acquisitions
    GrubMarket today announced it has completed the acquisitions of two wholesale companies with established customer bases across the country. The...
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  • July 9, 2020
    "First effective treatment" discovered for citrus-greening disease
    Scientists at California's University of Riverside (UCR) have found what they describe as "the first substance capable of controlling...
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  • July 8, 2020
    Europe: Kloosterboer starts construction of Cool Port II in...
    Kloosterboer will begin the construction of a new fully automated high-bay cold-storage facility with a capacity of 60,000 pallets...
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  • July 8, 2020
    Grimmway recognizes students through annual scholarship program
    PRESS RELEASE Grimmway Farms is proud to award 64 college scholarships to recent high school graduates as part of...
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  • July 8, 2020
    Hazel Tech announces successful grape campaign with Campos Borquez
    PRESS RELEASE Hazel Technologies Inc., a developer of new USDA-funded technologies to protect quality in the produce supply chain...
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  • July 8, 2020
    California almond crop forecast up 18%
    Recent disruptions in global trade due to Covid-19 and ongoing trade disputes have caused some short-term challenges with the...
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  • July 8, 2020
    Fresh produce sales dip at U.S. retail, with fruit...
    Weekly fresh produce sales growth at U.S. retail in the week ended June 28 saw its lowest year-on-year gain...
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  • July 8, 2020
    Taking chlorine out of the equation, new disinfectant seeks...
    As an alternative to chlorine disinfectant methods that use excessive amounts of water, Envirotech's new treatment provides a sustainable...
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  • July 7, 2020
    PICO Company: Egypt to produce more high-quality citrus
    James Ronan, CEO of GROPRO (USA) discussed with Eng. Alaa Diab, CEO of PICO Group (pictured above) the latest...
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  • July 7, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Volume and pricing snapshot of the...
    With Mexico and the Coachella Valley having sent lower volumes than last year, the San Joaquin Valley will play...
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  • July 7, 2020
    U.S. fruit imports down 9% in May, ending decade...
    Total fruit imports to the U.S. fell by 9% year-on-year in May to US$1.6bn but there was growth in...
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  • July 6, 2020
    Europe: Nature's Pride to expand facilities amid "rapid" demand
    The leading European avocado importer has scheduled the start of an expansion of its current facilities of 21,000 m2...
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  • July 6, 2020
    Why insectary habitats are key in organic agriculture
    Gina Bella Colfer, of fertilizer and crop protection company Wilbur Ellis, says: "It's just so important in the agricultural...
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  • July 6, 2020
    Pretty Lady Vineyards releases virtual grape guide for retailers
    Pretty Lady Vineyards is releasing a Virtual Grape Guide to assist retailers in making the most profit possible through...
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  • July 6, 2020
    What are the prospects for U.S. blueberries in China?
    The U.S. fresh blueberry industry achieved a milestone in May by gaining access to China, but successfully exporting to...
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  • July 3, 2020
    Price pressure expected for U.S. apple market amid low...
    Lower than normal exports of apples from the state of Washington are causing concern that the domestic market will...
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  • July 3, 2020
    Mario Steta of Driscoll's LatAm on logistics and social...
    In this second part of our chat with the Vice-President and General Manager of Driscoll's Latin America, we spoke...
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  • July 3, 2020
    South African blueberry exports to jump 20% in upcoming...
    The South African blueberry industry currently appears to be in the "infant" stage of production, a USDA report said. The...
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  • July 3, 2020
    Dole Asia aims for zero fruit loss by 2025
    Dole Packaged Foods and Dole Asia Fresh have announced a range of ambitious goals over the next five years. The...
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  • July 3, 2020
    Total Produce reports "satisfactory" H1 trading despite Covid-19 challenges
    Total Produce said it expects satisfactory results for FY20, "subject to the uncertainties arising from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic." The...
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  • July 2, 2020
    U.S. retail produce sales spike during Father's Day week
    However, peaches and grapes saw dollar sales pressure in the fruit category, while for vegetables all top 10 items...
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  • July 1, 2020
    Argentina suspends lemon exports to EU following CBS detections
    The ban will likely provide a boost to the European lemon market which has been under pressure due to...
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  • July 1, 2020
    Rainforest Alliance's new certification program adds buyer obligations
    The Rainforest Alliance's new program includes requirements for buyers to reward producers for meeting sustainable agriculture standards, among others. The...
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  • July 1, 2020
    Sun World settles with Australian grape grower after IP...
    Californian based variety development and licensing company, Sun World International, says it has reached settlement of a dispute with...
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  • July 1, 2020
    Wear on irrigation can make farms 40% less efficient
    Chilean company Olivos gave us insight to the mistakes of irrigation systems of the past and how new, integrated...
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  • July 1, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Will the recent trend of stable...
    The avocado markets have been a rollercoaster ride so far this year, but the last five weeks have offered...
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  • July 1, 2020
    IFG adds new table grape varieties to portfolio
    Unlike typical grape-naming systems that simply reflect seasons or color, IFG created a new and energizing naming architecture that...
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  • June 30, 2020
    PMA announces Fresh Summit will be virtual this year
    The Produce Marketing Association has announced that the 2020 Fresh Summit Convention & Expo will be a virtual experience...
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  • June 30, 2020
    Apeel and Robinson Fresh​ team up to offer longer-lasting...
    Starting in June, Robinson Fresh - one of the world's largest produce companies - began distribution of Apeel limes...
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  • June 30, 2020
    The evolution and benefits of coir for crop production
    Botanicoir talks to two early coir adopters about how it has evolved to meet the demands of today’s production...
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  • June 30, 2020
    Chile: Last season was a test like never before...
    Global Reefers' Francisco Labarca told us about logistical improvements in Chile's fruit exports as the industry faced huge challenges...
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  • June 30, 2020
    Grape compound can reduce risk of Alzheimer's disease -...
    A higher intake of plant compounds known as flavonols is associated with a 48% decreased risk of developing Alzheimer's...
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  • June 30, 2020
    Microplastics contaminating fruits and vegetables - study
    The study discovered that apples and carrots were found to have the highest levels of plastic particles in them. The...
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  • June 29, 2020
    China: Apple market seeing sky-high stocks and low prices
    As of June 18, national apple inventory was 3.3m metric tons (MT), triple the figure in the same period...
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  • June 26, 2020
    U.S.: Over 11,500 grocery workers affected by Covid-19 -...
    The organization, which represents 1.3 million frontline workers, said that 11,507 workers have been infected by or exposed to...
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  • June 26, 2020
    Tesco forecasts flat profit this year despite Covid-19 sales...
    The company noted that its Covid-19 response has required significant changes to operations which have led to a "substantial...
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  • June 26, 2020
    California agriculture's direct impact from Covid-19 estimated at $8.6B
    The state's agricultural sector already has lost US$2bn and could suffer losses ranging from US$5.9bn to US$8.6bn this year...
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  • June 26, 2020
    "Significant improvements" announced to PTI's traceability guidance
    The Produce Traceability Initiative - consisting of CPMA, GS1 US, PMA, and United Fresh - have announced the...
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  • June 26, 2020
    South Africa: Western Cape citrus being sent to ports...
    With Cape Town capacity improving, the CGA says it now has a "much more optimistic outlook", expecting that supply...
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  • June 26, 2020
    Chilean fresh fruit exports slide 17% through May
    Chile's exports of table grapes, blueberries and cherries - which represent the majority of shipments over the period -...
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  • June 25, 2020
    Fester & Co. GmbH consolidates presence in South America...
    Fester & Co. GmbH, Germany has proudly announced the foundation of its newest branch in Peru: Fester Marine Peru...
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  • June 25, 2020
    Fresh produce growth slows at U.S. retail as foodservice...
    "It will be interesting to see how consumers re-engage and we will be watching demand on key items," says...
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  • June 25, 2020
    Bayer agrees to pay over US$10B to settle Roundup...
    The world’s largest seed and pesticide maker says the resolution will bring closure to approximately 75% of the current...
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  • June 24, 2020
    Chile launches paperless phytosanitary certification for ag exports to...
    Agriculture Minister Antonio Walker said the move to electronic certification would help to streamline the export process and reduce...
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  • June 24, 2020
    Bayer agrees to pay over US$10B to settle Roundup...
    The world’s largest seed and pesticide maker says the resolution will bring closure to approximately 75% of the current...
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  • June 24, 2020
    'Cream of the Crop' avocado brand Viavi launched in...
    Viavi is the “Cream of the Crop” brand that has been launched for all certified Maluma produce that is...
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  • June 24, 2020
    Opinion: Expedited supply chain demands lead to tomorrow's standard...
    Todd Bernitt, Vice President of Managed Services for Robinson Fresh, says retailers who can utilize expedited supply chain models...
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  • June 24, 2020
    Corrected: Shipping lines avoid Cape Town amid heavy congestion
    The South Africa Europe Container Service (SAECS), jointly provided by Maersk, ONE and Deutsche Africa Linie (DAL), will omit...
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  • June 24, 2020
    Retailers recall bagged salad as Cyclospora outbreak case count...
    Three supermarkets in the U.S. have over recent days recalled products linked to an outbreak that is rapidly spreading...
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  • June 23, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Berry spot market pricing down on...
    Blueberries were alone in the berry category seeing a slight increase in week 25 pricing, with raspberries, blackberries and...
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  • June 23, 2020
    Broom Frio Holding continues its growth at international level
    In 2020 Broom Group started the construction of a cold storage facility for fresh fruit, thinking mainly of satisfying...
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  • June 23, 2020
    Chiquita to stop shipping bananas from Honduras in favor...
    The company reportedly announced that from June 30 it will stop using Puerto Cortés, instead trucking the fruit around...
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  • June 22, 2020
    U..S.: Farmworkers exempt from Trump's work visa suspension
    Seasonal farmworkers, who use the H-2A visa, are exempt from the new measures, amid an ongoing labor shortage in...
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  • June 22, 2020
    Perishable Pundit launches new weekly podcast in the midst...
    Perishable Pundit Jim Prevor will be producing a weekly podcast that will focus on the broader issues and the...
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  • June 22, 2020
    Summer Citrus from South Africa's Suhanra Conradie: We are...
    We caught up with Suhanra Conradie to hear about how the group is this year celebrating women in produce,...
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  • June 22, 2020
    U.S. could sanction imports of dozen Mexican ag products...
    Under the USMCA taking effect on July 1, Mexico, the U.S. and Canada can seize imports from any region...
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  • June 22, 2020
    U.S.: Cyclospora outbreak linked to bagged salads from three...
    The FDA and CDC say they believe the outbreak is linked to certain store brand 'Garden Salad Mix' products...
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  • June 22, 2020
    Mario Steta of Driscoll's LatAm on Covid-19 challenges and...
    Mario Steta Gándara, Vice-President and General Manager of Driscoll's Latin America, spoke with FreshFruitPortal.com about shifts the industry has...
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  • June 19, 2020
    Albertsons sets terms of IPO amid "momentum"
    The grocer said it is experiencing "momentum," giving it confidence it will "continue delivering profitable growth going forward." The post...
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  • June 19, 2020
    Kroger says demand easing after Covid-19 stockpiling
    "Part of the challenge is it's very hard to know exactly how we expect the customer behavior to return...
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  • June 19, 2020
    Ecuador boosted banana exports through April, expects low spot...
    "People want bananas, but they want them cheap," said industry representative Richard Salazar, as the country notched a 9%...
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  • June 19, 2020
    New technique developed for measuring avocado ripeness
    A new technique for measuring the ripeness of avocados could reduce waste by up to 10% and help fulfill...
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  • June 18, 2020
    Aqua4D sees "huge potential" in Chile to improve water...
    Ahead of the inaugural Agricultural Water Summit, Aqua4D marketing director Javier Meyer explained how the organization's "ground-breaking" technology can...
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  • June 18, 2020
    Naturipe adds How2Recycle label to packaging, highlights sustainability achievements
    The move comes as Naturipe also announced that it last year removed 24 tons of plastic from its packaging...
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  • June 18, 2020
    U.S.: Weekly fresh vegetable growth at retail remains on...
    The week ended June 7 also saw fresh produce dollar growth surpassing volume growth, at 13.2% and 10.6% respectively,...
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  • June 17, 2020
    APHIS opens comments on Peruvian raspberry, turmeric imports
    Following Peru's request for market access with the two commodities, APHIS has prepared Pest Risk Assessments for imports of...
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  • June 17, 2020
    Concern as Covid-19 spreads among U.S. fruit and vegetable...
    The Trump administration said last month it may extend an executive order to keep meat plants operating to fruit...
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  • June 17, 2020
    Limoneira expands U.S. distribution footprint to East Coast
    The two new distribution and packing centers on the East Coast will complement Limoneira's current facilities in Texas and...
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  • June 17, 2020
    Opinion: After coronavirus, the time may be right to...
    Jim Prevor looks at whether, in the post-Covid-19 world, it would make sense to re-examine the idea of combining...
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  • June 17, 2020
    Europe: Greenyard "returns to normal business" after challenging period
    Hein Deprez, co-CEO said: “Our company has changed. This change was needed and will gear us up for the...
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  • June 16, 2020
    Limoneira expands U.S. distribution footprint to East Coast
    The two new distribution and packing centers on the East Coast will complement Limoneira's current facilities in Texas and...
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  • June 16, 2020
    U.S.: Organic group supports hydroponic production lawsuit schedule
    The Coalition for Sustainable Organics supports a scheduling order for a case brought by the Center for Food Safety,...
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  • June 16, 2020
    USDA proposes changes in handling requirements for Florida tomatoes
    The Florida Tomato Committee recommended the changes related to Roma tomatoes and to the definition of “controlled environment.” The post...
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  • June 16, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Clementines fetch higher prices despite larger...
    The prices of clementines in the U.S. - which are almost entirely supplied by Chile - are up 10%...
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  • June 15, 2020
    GreenTech Americas rescheduled to March 16–18, 2021
    PRESS RELEASE GreenTech Americas is moving from 25 - 27 August 2020 to 16 - 18 March 2021. The...
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  • June 15, 2020
    U.S. West Coast port workers to stand down for...
    International Longshore and Warehouse Union dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports will stop work for eight hours on Friday...
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  • June 15, 2020
    U.S.: Fruit and vegetable imports fell in April, with...
    Total fruit imports were down 15% year-on-year at US$1.7bn, while total vegetable imports stayed relatively stable, falling by only...
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  • June 15, 2020
    Peru sets sights on U.S. avocado market as Mexican...
    Having been largely focused on Europe during the opening stages of its season, the Peruvian avocado industry is now...
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  • June 15, 2020
    Naturipe Snacks announces new sweet and smart product offerings
    PRESS RELEASE To better connect with the snacking category’s core consumers, Naturipe Snacks is unveiling a refreshed look and...
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  • June 12, 2020
    Mucci Farms expands reach with two more U.S. distribution...
    An executive of the greenhouse produce grower-shipper says the new facilities will improve its ability to service retailers and...
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  • June 12, 2020
    Europe: Warm weather boosts domestic stone fruit prospects, says...
    "Although the weather has marked the beginning of the season, as well as the uncertainty about future consumer behavior,...
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  • June 12, 2020
    U.S.: Organic produce sales rose by 5% to $18bn...
    The Organic Trade Association said produce "continues to be the star" of the organic sector, making up almost a...
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  • June 12, 2020
    U.S.: New partnership to bring "next generation of avocados"...
    If successful, these varieties would meet diverse regional growing requirements, exhibit better post-harvest characteristics, increase yields, provide resistance against...
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  • June 11, 2020
    Instacart raises massive US$225M as it surges past Walmart...
    Instacart, which has benefitted a lot more than rival Walmart from the Covid-19 pandemic, now has a market value...
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  • June 11, 2020
    Chilean clementines meet with "strong market demand" in U.S.
    With the campaign now fully underway, Citrus from Chile said that the country is expecting a 4% year-on-year increase...
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  • June 11, 2020
    U.S.: Fresh produce retail demand "still well above 2019...
    The week ended May 31 saw fresh produce dollar gains continue to track ahead of pounds, having reversed the...
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  • June 11, 2020
    Zespri boosts revenues and profits in "strong" FY2019-20
    Direct returns to growers rose by 8% year-on-year to NZ$1.96bn, with higher per-tray returns for the Green and Sungold...
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  • June 11, 2020
    Mexican orange production could be almost cut in half...
    Orange production is forecast to fall by 45% to 2.54m metric tons (MT), which would be one of the...
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  • June 11, 2020
    Broom Group celebrates 100 years of serving customers around...
    Thanks to the vision of its owners and a supportive team, Broom Group has been able to maintain sustained...
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  • June 10, 2020
    PMA's Joe Watson: There is optimism in the industry...
    The PMA executive spoke about what might happen with produce sales over the coming months in the U.S., what...
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  • June 9, 2020
    New Zealand PM praises workers during visit to kiwifruit...
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has heaped the praise on workers as she toured a Te Puke kiwifruit...
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  • June 9, 2020
    Limoneira swings to loss in Q2 despite higher lemon...
    The company posted a net loss of US$5m for the three-month period ended April 30, compared to net income...
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  • June 9, 2020
    Calavo's Q2 hit by loss of foodservice channels
    The organization recorded a net loss of US$3.3m in the three-month period ended April 30, compared to net income...
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  • June 9, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Opportunities for organic blueberries in the...
    New volume opportunities exist for organic blueberries in the U.S. retail, foodservice and ingredient markets, and in export channels,...
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  • June 9, 2020
    Israeli Ambassador to Chile: "Water is vital for agriculture...
    Ahead of the inaugural Agricultural Water Summit in Chile, Marina Rosenberg discusses the drought in Chile and the successes...
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  • June 9, 2020
    Rotterdam police seize two tons of cocaine hidden among...
    It’s the second cocaine batch in an Ecuadorian banana shipment found in Rotterdam in a week, as a smaller...
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  • June 9, 2020
    U.S. apple inventories hit record high in June
    In a reflection of the high levels of apples in storage, prices during the 2019-20 campaign have been below...
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  • June 8, 2020
    U.S.: Optimism for citrus import season, but potential disruptions...
    Mayda Sotomayor said that so far there have been no delays or issues bringing in citrus to the U.S....
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  • June 5, 2020
    Promising Results reported for Cornell varieties in Southern Hemisphere
    PRESS RELEASE Cornell University is proud to be the home to one of the world’s largest apple breeding programs....
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  • June 5, 2020
    La Dona Fruit readies for European demand
    PRESS RELEASE La Dona Fruit – a leading producer and exporter of fresh golden pineapples and tropical fruits in...
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  • June 5, 2020
    New Zealand’s newest apple Dazzles in China
    PRESS RELEASE New Zealand’s newest apple, Dazzle™, bedazzled customers in Shanghai recently during demos conducted at several Hema stores....
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  • June 5, 2020
    Developer of TR4-resistant bananas completes 'largest-ever funding in U.K....
    U.K.-based Tropic Biosciences, an agricultural biotechnology company developing banana varieties resistant to Fusarium Wilt Tropical Race IV (TR4), has...
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  • June 5, 2020
    U.S.: Kroger and Ocado announce three new fulfillment centers
    The new high-tech facilities that use robotic technology to pack customer's orders will be located in the Great Lakes,...
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  • June 5, 2020
    South Africa: Delays at Cape Town's harbor as workers...
    Workers at South Africa's Cape Town's harbor are being sent home with suspected cases of Covid-19, which is causing...
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  • June 5, 2020
    State of the Market: Imported grape prices finish lower...
    The Chilean table grape season is finishing in global markets, as the country's citrus and apple shipments are ramping...
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  • June 5, 2020
    European cold storage space extremely limited amid sky high...
    Lineage Logistics, the world’s largest temperature-controlled logistics provider, says more than 90% of its cold-storage facilities in Europe are...
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  • June 5, 2020
    Westfalia Fruit creates safety and environment role
    An industry veteran will be tasked with driving the Westfalia towards greater heights of sustainability, refining systems and protocols...
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  • June 4, 2020
    Mission Produce breaks ground on huge Texas avocado distribution...
    The facility, which will serve as a distribution hub for Mexican avocados, will shorten the company's replenishment time to...
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  • June 4, 2020
    U.S.: Dozens of Tennessee strawberry and tomato farmworkers test...
    Dozens of employees of Scott’s Strawberry & Tomato Farms in Tennessee have tested positive for Covid-19, company officials said...
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  • June 4, 2020
    Pakistan's mango exports hit by Covid-19 restrictions
    Suspension of international flights, closure of borders, rising freight fares, and on top of all, contracting demands altogether are...
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  • June 4, 2020
    CVVP, committed to agriculture and plant variety innovation
    PRESS RELEASE We have been right beside our members, progressing hand-in-hand, giving them all our attention, so that they...
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  • June 4, 2020
    Superfresh Growers berry season about to begin
    PRESS RELEASE Yakima, WA - Northwest berry season is only a week away, and Superfresh Growers® and Norris Farms®...
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  • June 4, 2020
    Nanobubble technology grows in popularity, offering numerous benefits for...
    Amid heightened focus in the agricultural industry on sustainability, food safety, climate change, reduction of chemical use, and generally...
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  • June 4, 2020
    Opinion: Africa must work towards a united voice for...
    Paul Lievens of Banana Link takes a look at a recent report published jointly by Banana Link and the...
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  • June 3, 2020
    U.K. sees record grocery sales growth in spring
    British take-home grocery sales rose by 14.3% during the 12 weeks to 17 May, the fastest rate since comparable...
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  • June 3, 2020
    U.S.: Fresh share of total produce sales almost back...
    Meanwhile, orange sales in the week ending May 24 were "on fire", seeing even higher growth than the previous...
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  • June 3, 2020
    French supermarket giant Carrefour expands in Taiwan amid China...
    French supermarket giant Carrefour announced on Tuesday that it will pay €97 million (US$108m) to take over hundreds of...
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  • June 3, 2020
    China's fruit import value rises in Q1 despite volume...
    The volume of fruit imports fell by 12% year-on-year to 1.61m metric tons (MT), but the value rose by...
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  • June 2, 2020
    U.K.: Police discover US$10.5M of heroin in boxes of...
    British police have discovered heroin said to be worth more than £8.5m (US$10.5m) stashed in boxes of fruit and...
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  • June 2, 2020
    New date announced for the Agricultural Water Summit
    The pioneering event has been moved to Sept. 22, 2020, and will still take place at the Monticello Conference...
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  • June 2, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Avocado prices begin to recover as...
    Colin Fain analyzes what has been happening in the U.S. avocado market this year and provides some guesses as...
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  • June 2, 2020
    U.S. lowers ag export and import forecasts amid Covid-19...
    The export estimate for the 2020 financial year has been cut by US$3bn amid Covid-19 and recent reports that...
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  • June 1, 2020
    Hortifrut posts huge Q1 rise in EBITDA
    Chile-headquartered berry company Hortifrut has posted a 49% rise in first quarter EBITDA to US$16.8m, driven by increased sales...
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  • June 1, 2020
    South African avocado export forecast revised downwards, but demand...
    Derek Donkin, CEO of industry body Subtrop, said the country is now expecting to send 16 million 4kg cartons...
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  • June 1, 2020
    Camposol posts lower Q1 EBITDA but higher sales
    Peruvian multinational produce company Camposol has posted lower EBITDA in the first quarter of the year, but higher sales....
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  • June 1, 2020
    China's Fruit Expo 2020 moved to September 24-26
    PRESS RELEASE Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the Fruit Expo 2020 has kept a close watch on its development, as...
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  • June 1, 2020
    GreenTech Webinar Talks: Deep dive into horticulture technologies
    PRESS RELEASE Amsterdam – GreenTech continues with the Webinar Talks on 8 – 10 June, the original dates of...
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  • May 29, 2020
    Southern Hemisphere's citrus exports forecast up 12%
    The World Citrus Organization has forecast exports from six key countries at 3.5m metric tons (MT) despite a 3%...
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  • May 29, 2020
    Resilient farming in avocado and citrus orchards
    A California grower describes his way of farming which involves a set of practices that boosts yields in good...
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  • May 29, 2020
    Chile achieves milestone with inaugural mandarin export to China
    This week 23 metric tons (MT) of Orogrande clementines were shipped to Shanghai, and they will be among the...
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  • May 29, 2020
    Turkey steps up efforts to expand fruit exports in...
    Turkey already has some access to Asian countries' fruit markets, but it hoping to expand access in key destinations...
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  • May 29, 2020
    U.S.: Strong start for summer fruit and veg sales...
    Sales of summer fruits at U.S. retailers have had a strong start to the season, as overall fresh produce...
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  • May 28, 2020
    The benefits of elevated hydroponic systems over soil for...
    The development of the hydroponic elevated systems helps producers to be more efficient in terms of quality and quantity,...
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  • May 28, 2020
    Argentina expects drop in lemon production and higher orange...
    Despite the challenging growing conditions, the production of lemons for the fresh market to be roughly is expected to...
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  • May 28, 2020
    California grape crop to be earlier and larger than...
    The 2020 forecast is for 106.5m boxes, which higher than 2019's 104.8m boxes, but below the three-year average of...
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  • May 28, 2020
    Philippines to be world's second-largest banana exporter within a...
    The FAO projected the Philippine banana production would continue expand in the following years on the back of “successful...
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  • May 28, 2020
    Meals on Wheels People – IFCO partnership puts meals...
    PRESS RELEASE Portland, Oregon - Meals on Wheels People, a food relief organization serving meals to food...
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  • May 27, 2020
    India combats locust attack amid Covid-19 pandemic
    Large and aggressive swarms of these crop-devouring short-horned insects have invaded more than two dozen districts covering more than...
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  • May 27, 2020
    Apeel raises US$250M amid rapid global growth
    The California-based company has developed a plant-derived coating that is sprayed onto freshly harvested produce to reduce water loss...
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  • May 27, 2020
    "Strong" South African citrus season in U.S. expected
    Clementines will be the first fruit to arrive this month at the New York port, with more easy peelers...
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  • May 26, 2020
    Canada: Vancouver frozen fruit processor reports 38 Covid-19 cases
    It appears to be the Portland area’s biggest workplace outbreak thus far, excluding the healthcare sector. The post Canada: Vancouver...
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  • May 26, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Plummeting asparagus volumes from Peru boost...
    The Covid-19 pandemic has led to volumes of Peruvian asparagus in the U.S. sharply falling, resulting in a big...
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  • May 26, 2020
    Analysis: Six major areas of consumption affected by Covid-19
    Nielsen says the retail environment that consumers face and the disposable money they have in their pockets to spend...
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  • May 26, 2020
    U.S.: Cows may have caused romaine-linked E. coli outbreaks,...
    Numerous E. coli outbreaks late last year that sickened nearly 200 people who ate California-grown romaine lettuce were likely...
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  • May 25, 2020
    U.S.: Cows may have caused romaine-linked E. coli outbreaks,...
    Numerous E. coli outbreaks late last year that sickened nearly 200 people who ate California-grown romaine lettuce were likely...
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  • May 25, 2020
    Afrupro, a growing force in the avocado market
    Afrupro says that in the tumultuous ocean of global agriculture, it is a "beacon guiding you and your produce...
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  • May 25, 2020
    Indian fruit and veg exports plummet by 70% during...
    With airlines increasing their freight charges by as much as 166% to Rs 250 (US$3.30) per kilo, trade has...
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  • May 25, 2020
    Argentine blueberry industry concerned about air freight shortage ahead...
    The Argentine Government has canceled all commercial flights until Sept. 1, which could cause problems for the early fruit...
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  • May 25, 2020
    Hazel Tech and Grower Alliance announce melon partnership
    PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO, IL – ​Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-funded technology company delivering new technology solutions for fresh produce...
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  • May 25, 2020
    Superfresh Growers announces the arrival of Super Cherry brand
    PRESS RELEASE Yakima, WA- May 21, 2020 It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Super Cherry™! Superfresh Growers® is...
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  • May 25, 2020
    Mexican avocado export value soared by nearly a third...
    The increase was driven by a huge increase in March - with exports rising by 56% from US$243 to...
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  • May 22, 2020
    Analysis: Will Covid-19 awaken U.S. retail?
    Ellie Pinto, an analyst at Kantar US, says retailers’ efforts to combat the adverse effects of COVID-19 will set...
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  • May 22, 2020
    Japan: Imported fruits in short supply as retailers raise...
    Bananas and mangoes, among other imported fruits, are in shorter supply in Japan as the coronavirus pandemic caused numerous...
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  • May 21, 2020
    Boragen and Dole team up to develop boron-based Sigatoka...
    Boragen is collaborating with Dole Fresh Fruit Company in the search for innovative and more sustainable solutions to protect...
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  • May 20, 2020
    U.S. becomes only country with access to Filipino fresh...
    The development comes on the heels of fresh blueberry market access to China, which industry representatives say is a...
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  • May 20, 2020
    Changing consumer behavior during Covid-19 and its impact on...
    Gina Garven of Robinson Fresh says that although most supply chains and production of fresh fruits and vegetables are...
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  • May 20, 2020
    U.S.: Fresh produce growth holds at 17% in week...
    Meanwhile, over recent weeks has been the gradual recovery of fresh produce's share of total produce sales, while frozen...
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  • May 19, 2020
    USDA unveils details of $2.1B Covid-19 relief for specialty...
    However, representatives of the United Fresh Produce Association, Western Growers, and the National Potato Council say more support is...
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  • May 19, 2020
    Chilean citrus cleared for access to China
    China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC) has issued the protocol for all citrus types, following the signing of an...
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  • May 19, 2020
    U.S. and Turkish set for good cherry production, while...
    A report by Tridge says U.S. and Turkey are expected to see good cherry harvests due to optimal growing...
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  • May 19, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: The role of Mexican blueberries in...
    The rise of Mexican blueberries in the U.S. market has been no small achievement. In 2010, they represented a...
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  • May 18, 2020
    Mission Produce ships first Peruvian Hass avocados to South...
    The container was expertly packed by Mission’s South and Central America team operating out of Mission’s Peruvian packing house. The...
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  • May 18, 2020
    Most dangerous Atlantic storm season since Katrina may be...
    Hurricanes in previous years, such as Irma in 2017, caused widespread disruption to fruit and vegetable operations in the...
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  • May 18, 2020
    Van Doren Sales acquires Agjet
    PRESS RELEASE Van Doren Sales Inc. is proud to announce the acquisition of Agjet LLC. Van Doren Sales (VDS)...
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  • May 18, 2020
    South African citrus: Avoiding logistical issues will be key...
    The season's record marketing crop estimate of around 143m cartons still stands, but Justin Chadwick says that it could...
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  • May 18, 2020
    Locked down shoppers turn to vegetables, shun ready meals
    Shoppers cut spending on ready-made meals and bought more fruit and vegetables, turning to healthier eating during coronavirus lockdowns,...
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  • May 18, 2020
    How NYC urban farms are pivoting to stay in...
    The rise of the pandemic has called the resilience of our food system into question, shifting our focus to...
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  • May 18, 2020
    U.S. fruit imports rose by 4% in Q1
    Total fruit imports into the U.S. in the first three months of the year rose by 4%, driven largely...
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  • May 16, 2020
    South African citrus: Avoiding logistical issues will be key...
    The season's record marketing crop estimate of around 143m cartons still stands, but Justin Chadwick says that it could...
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  • May 15, 2020
    Chilean table grape shipments down on 2019, but Europe...
    Chilean table grape exports as of May 10 were 7% lower year-on-year at 602,000 metric tons (MT), according figures...
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  • May 15, 2020
    U.S. researchers identify romaine lettuce varieties that last longer
    Scientists with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have identified five romaine lettuce varieties that both brown less quickly...
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  • May 14, 2020
    Moleaer launches Neo nanobubble generator to improve water quality...
    PRESS RELEASE Torrance, CA — Moleaer, the leading nanobubble technology company, is launching the Neo, its fifth nanobubble generator...
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  • May 14, 2020
    Wish Farms promotes local businesses, donates gift cards
    PRESS RELEASE Plant City, FL - International grower and year-round marketer of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, Wish Farms,...
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  • May 14, 2020
    India approves in-transit cold treatment for Australian fruits
    Agriculture Minister David Littleproud says the move is a "major breakthrough" for the country's farmers, who will be able...
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  • May 14, 2020
    Chinese market opens for U.S. blueberries
    China has said that it will allow imports of U.S. blueberries, as part of the Phase One trade agreement...
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  • May 14, 2020
    Opinion: If Australian cafes, restaurants have clarity, growers do...
    Bill Bulmer, chair of Australia's AUSVEG, says growers that service the foodservice sector need confidence that if they start...
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  • May 14, 2020
    Q&A: Ag-tech company The Yield to accelerate growth after...
    We caught up with Ros Harvey, founder and managing director of The Yield, to hear about plans for the...
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  • May 14, 2020
    Peruvian fruit exports grew sharply in March despite Covid-19
    Avocados and table grapes were the growth drivers in both March and the first quarter of the year, according...
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  • May 14, 2020
    Yakima Valley fruit company workers protest alleged lack of...
    Officials at all three companies maintain they have worked to meet federal, state and local health guidelines, including those...
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  • May 13, 2020
    UNITEC is close to its customers in the world,...
    PRESS RELEASE We have 100% experienced that, during this storm, UNITEC became our lighthouse. Even during the lockdown in...
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  • May 13, 2020
    Filipino banana exports could slide by 40% this year
    Banana production in the Philippines is being drastically reduced by Fusarium wilt and climate change, with the aggravating impact...
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  • May 13, 2020
    U.S.: PMA "very encouraged" by early May fresh produce...
    In the week ending May 3, fresh produce sales were up 17.2% year-on-year, with vegetables 24% higher and fruit...
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  • May 13, 2020
    U.S.: May grape sales likely to be up on...
    John Pandol spoke about the Mexican grape deal, the reasons behind the lower weekly grape sales year-on-year during the...
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  • May 13, 2020
    Giumarra to expand mystic grape program for Mexican season
    This is a first for the program, which originally included only Chilean red seedless grapes and expanded earlier this...
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  • May 12, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Citrus pricing holds relatively stable despite...
    Pricing has been relatively unaffected by the Covid-19 pandemic - in many cases lower than in 2019 - despite...
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  • May 12, 2020
    New research explores blueberries' positive effects in men with...
    The double-blind study was conducted at the Stratton Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Albany, New York. The post New...
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  • May 12, 2020
    Tanzania's avocado industry hits the ground running
    Both farm gate prices and exports have soared over the last five years, reaching US$0.65 and 9,000MT respectively. The post...
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  • May 11, 2020
    Kiwifruit Claim heads to NZ's Supreme Court
    The move comes a month after the Court of Appeal decided to allow the Crown to appeal a High...
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  • May 11, 2020
    California cherry harvests kick off, with more fruit likely...
    The cherry harvest has started in California, amid expectations that a higher proportion of fruit will be sold within...
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  • May 11, 2020
    Q&A: Westfalia has "performed well" during Covid-19 pandemic
    CEO Alk Brand told us about how they've been handling the multiple challenges stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic, expectations...
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  • May 11, 2020
    U.S. apple holdings still up significantly over 2019
    Fresh apple holdings specifically totaled 46.8m bushels, 21% greater year-on-year, while processing holdings totaled 18.4m, 18.1% higher. The post U.S....
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  • May 8, 2020
    Ahold Delhaize's Q1 results "significantly impacted" by Covid-19
    Dutch international supermarket chain Ahold Delhaize has reportedly substantially higher sales and income in the first financial quarter of...
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  • May 8, 2020
    New York greenhouse emerges as new coronavirus hotspot
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo at his daily briefing likened the spread of Covid-19 at Green Empire Farms in Oneida to...
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  • May 8, 2020
    Experts apply microbiome research to agricultural science to increase...
    The U.S. researchers believe technological advances in microbiome science will ultimately help farmers around the world grow more food...
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  • May 8, 2020
    Sterile Insect Technique opens new markets for Ecuador's fruits
    Ecuado is adding non-traditional fruits to its export portfolio as a result of successfully fighting off the Mediterranean fruit...
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  • May 8, 2020
    Asia Fruit Logistica reschedules to November
    Asia Fruit Logistica is rescheduling to Nov. 18-20 2020 in Singapore, which it says is to ensure a successful...
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  • May 7, 2020
    Freshfel Europe releases Covid-19 impact assessment
    The assessment, which covers the effects of the pandemic on the European fresh fruit and vegetable sector until the...
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  • May 7, 2020
    California avocados: Strong retail demand helping to offset loss...
    The California Avocado Commission's Tom Bellamore said while there have been challenges, "we have to step back and think...
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  • May 7, 2020
    iFoodDecisionSciences acquires Trimble's HarvestMark business
    The acquisition of HarvestMark lays a strong foundation for iFoodDS to maximize the effectiveness of a combined solution for...
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  • May 7, 2020
    U.S.: Northwest cherry growers set for smaller and more...
    Industry body the Northwest Cherry Growers has forecast a crop size of 20.5m box equivalents in its first estimate...
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  • May 6, 2020
    Driscoll’s introduces mom generated content series for Mother's Day
    PRESS RELEASE WATSONVILLE, CALIF.— Driscoll’s employee-based mom community has created a special content series of shared stories, challenges, and...
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  • May 6, 2020
    Stemilt's large cherry sizes could result in big wins...
    PRESS RELEASE WENATCHEE, Wash. – With spring in the air and summer quickly approaching, Stemilt is ramping up for...
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  • May 6, 2020
    Opinion: Air travel demand and the cargo impact
    Keith Nehring, senior product development manager at C.H. Robinson, examines some of the mid to long-term impacts of Covid-19...
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  • May 6, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: The effects of Covid-19 on Florida's...
    It's been a complicated few weeks for the U.S.'s earlier blueberry production region, as Colin Fain explains in this...
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  • May 6, 2020
    South Africa's blueberry production soars in 2019-20
    The South African Berry Producers Association (SABPA) said the 53% year-on-year increase was testament to the growing investment in,...
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  • May 6, 2020
    Empaque Don Jorge opens amidst heightened demand & Covid-19
    PRESS RELEASE El Rosario, Sinaloa, Mexico – Empaque Don Jorge I (EDJI) opened last week for the season. EDJI...
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  • May 6, 2020
    Prima Wawona empowers stone fruit retailers with key category...
    PRESS RELEASE Fresno, CA — Prima Wawona (prima.com), the largest stone fruit producer in the U.S., has partnered with...
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  • May 5, 2020
    U.S.: Fresh produce retail sales up by nearly a...
    The sales figures for the week ending April 26 mark a substantial jump over the previous week - which...
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  • May 5, 2020
    Chinese JV aims to add value to seedless grape...
    U.K.-based Hochfeld International hopes that through its deal with China's Zhuang ‘an it will be able to significantly increase...
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  • May 5, 2020
    Q&A: How has Covid-19 affected the fresh produce sector...
    Promar International's John Giles says the pandemic has shown 'how fragile our fresh food supply chains are; but they...
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  • May 5, 2020
    Invasive Asian giant hornets spotted in U.S. for first...
    Beekeepers in Washington state have reported piles of dead bees with their heads ripped off, an alarming sight in...
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  • May 5, 2020
    Is Integrated Pest Management the future of agriculture?
    “The lack of incentives for adopting IPM is probably the strongest barrier”, says Surendra Dara of the University of...
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  • May 4, 2020
    Awe Sum Organics offers Fair Trade certified organic grapes...
    PRESS RELEASE We are thrilled to offer our new crop, Organic and Fair Trade Certified seedless table grapes from...
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  • May 4, 2020
    Oppy brings top cherry brands and new exciting addition...
    PRESS RELEASE As one of the few seasonal fruits left, cherries are among Oppy’s most anticipated offerings due to...
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  • May 4, 2020
    Fresh Del Monte CEO: We see a lot more...
    Chairman and CEO Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh has spoken about how he expects the company to emerge from the crisis stronger...
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  • May 4, 2020
    South Africa's Afrupro eyes further growth in avocado production...
    The producer-driven company, whose name is an acronym for Avocado Fruit Producers, has grown by 50% since 2017 based...
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  • May 4, 2020
    Packers innovate with Hazel for apples
    PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO, IL – ​Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-funded technology company delivering new packaging solutions for fresh produce...
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  • May 4, 2020
    Sun Belle and Giddings Mexico announce long-term berry agreement
    The agreement solidifies the companies' 18-year relationship and is expected to extend their reach as principal producers and distributors...
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  • April 30, 2020
    Northwest Cherry Growers optimistic for exports despite Covid-19
    While there have been fewer flights in recent weeks, the low cost of fuel should help growers deliver fruit...
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  • April 30, 2020
    Driscoll’s introduces Berry Big Strawberries
    PRESS RELEASE Watsonville, California — Driscoll’s introduces Berry Big™ Strawberries, larger sized strawberries with versatility for endless everyday eating...
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  • April 30, 2020
    Camposol notes "strong performance" in 2019 despite challenges
    Camposol's financial performance in the fourth quarter of 2019 was affected by lower avocado volumes than the previous year...
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  • April 30, 2020
    Q&A: From seed to shelf - The Jupiter story
    Fresh Fruit Portal spoke to the husband-and-wife founders Mark and Yvonne Tweddle to learn more about their business, the...
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  • April 30, 2020
    Fresh Del Monte's Q1 results impacted by Covid-19
    Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman and CEO, explained that beginning in January in Asia and ramping up in March, the company's...
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  • April 30, 2020
    Spanish project developing bioplastic packaging using olive stone waste
    The Technological Institute of Plastics (AIMPLAS) and the cooperative Olivarera de los Pedroches (OLIPE) have teamed up to find...
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  • April 29, 2020
    T&G Global supports NZ small businesses with apple ship...
    PRESS RELEASE T&G Global has chartered a ship to take about 31 million apples to Antwerp, as a way...
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  • April 29, 2020
    Blueberry industry ensuring supply, helping drive demand in support...
    PRESS RELEASE The blueberry industry realizes that food processors, packers, distributors and retailers are all experiencing significant challenges as...
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  • April 29, 2020
    Opinion: How the supply chain might look after Covid-19
    John Perry, managing director of SCALA, says we cannot lose focus on efficiency and the need to offset the...
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  • April 29, 2020
    New York terminal loses court bid to block Maersk...
    A last-minute court plea – infused with rhetoric about coronavirus fallout – has failed to derail Maersk’s plan to...
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  • April 29, 2020
    Oranges, lemons and avocados a bright spot as fruit...
    Year-on-year fresh fruit sales last week dipped below 2019's levels for the first time since early March, with table...
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  • April 28, 2020
    Tanimura & Antle introduces new HarvestSelect box
    SALINAS, CA – Tanimura & Antle will begin shipping HarvestSelect boxes with an assortment of field-packed fresh produce to...
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  • April 28, 2020
    JBT commits to building on strong record for sustainability
    PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO, IL — JBT Corporation, the technology solutions provider to the global food and beverage industry, has...
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  • April 28, 2020
    Sun World opens Brazilian office and appoints new licensing...
    Andrea Pavesi, who has already been working with Sun World for the past 12-years, has been appointed Licensing Manager...
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  • April 28, 2020
    Healthcare responders to receive more than US$1M in fresh...
    PRESS RELEASE Leading fresh fruit and vegetable companies in collaboration with PRO*ACT are donating more than $1 MM in...
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  • April 28, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: A snapshot of Chilean stonefruit pricing...
    Prices of Chilean plums, nectarines and peaches in the U.S. market this year have generally been significantly higher than...
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  • April 28, 2020
    USDA too slow to respond to farm crisis caused...
    A two-pronged disaster that has deprived farmers of billions of dollars in revenue while millions of newly jobless Americans...
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  • April 28, 2020
    Chinese agricultural market stabilizes following period of fluctuation and...
    Movement and prices of agricultural products in the Chinese market have largely returned to normal following a period of...
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  • April 28, 2020
    Beva Fruits International boosts retail presence and launches new...
    The citrus, table grape and avocado specialist last year launched the Benji label, which it says has been well...
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  • April 27, 2020
    Stemilt expects larger California cherry crop, different packaging focus...
    The California season is about to get underway and will run for about four weeks, with volumes available from...
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  • April 27, 2020
    Global Container Terminals seeks injunction to block Maersk's New...
    APM is seeking to switch over to the nearby Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, site operated by APM subsidiary APM...
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  • April 27, 2020
    GreenTech webinar: Safe and secure food systems
    PRESS RELEASE Amsterdam – GreenTech will host for the first time a webinar on Thursday 7 May. The webinar...
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  • April 27, 2020
    Chilean table grape exporters look to Europe amid challenging...
    While some table grape markets around the world have maintained good levels of consumption, the situation in the U.S:...
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  • April 24, 2020
    Ecuador reassures Europe of continued fruit supply
    PRESS RELEASE London, UK – PRO ECUADOR announces that the Ecuadorian fresh fruit trade remains open for business in...
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  • April 24, 2020
    U.S.: Mango prices surge amid low supplies and high...
    Crespo Organic said that while it's "complicated and baffling" for many in the industry, it's essentially "a demand and...
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  • April 24, 2020
    Dole reveals new sustainability framework, 'The Dole Way'
    Dole Food Company has announced the release of its 2020 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report, which includes its first-ever...
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  • April 24, 2020
    Global container shipments set to fall 30% in next...
    Shipments have probably fallen about 15% so far this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to International Chamber of...
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  • April 24, 2020
    Florida slams USDA decision to allow Chinese citrus imports
    Nicole Fried, Florida's Agriculture Commission, sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue expressing her "strong opposition" to the...
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  • April 24, 2020
    California table grape acreage falls slightly in 2019
    The total estimated figure fell to 130,000 acres from 132,000 in 2018, according to an annual grower survey. The post...
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  • April 23, 2020
    Ecuadorian banana sector is fulfilling its contracts despite Covid-19
    PRESS RELEASE The Banana Cluster of Ecuador is conformed by producers and exporters represented in The Association of Banana...
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  • April 23, 2020
    Fresh Del Monte Produce launches UAE e-commerce store, plans...
    The new store will allow consumers to gain easier than ever access to the wide variety of Del Monte’s...
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  • April 23, 2020
    Analysis: The impact of Covid-19 on the food and...
    Hoshik Shin, founder and CEO of Tridge, looks at the global disruption continually growing due to an increasing amount...
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  • April 23, 2020
    Virtual fresh produce marketplace e-FRESCO launches blockchain services
    e-FRESCO, a virtual marketplace for fresh fruit and vegetables that supports cross-border trade, has launched blockchain-based services for customers...
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  • April 23, 2020
    Chile ‘half a century behind’ in water infrastructure investment,...
    Felipe Martín, CEO of consultancy firm MAS Recursos Naturales, says Chile is way behind countries like the U.S., Australia...
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  • April 23, 2020
    South Africa: Hortgro says exports to UK will continue...
    Although the industry is still running on schedule, it is inevitably facing numerous logistical challenges due to the impact...
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  • April 22, 2020
    Analysis: Mexico's transitioning mango regions
    Nissa Pierson of Crespo Organic Mangoes provides an in-depth look into what is happening in the Mexican mango industry...
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  • April 22, 2020
    Virtual fresh produce marketplace e-FRESCO launches blockchain services
    e-FRESCO, a virtual marketplace for fresh fruit and vegetables that supports cross-border trade, has launched blockchain-based services for customers...
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  • April 22, 2020
    Kroger launches 'blueprint' for reopening businesses while Covid-19 risk...
    Kroger has published the first installment of its 'blueprint' for businesses in numerous different areas to consider as they...
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  • April 21, 2020
    Nature Fresh Farms thanks fresh food heroes in newly...
    PRESS RELEASE Leamington, ON – Nature Fresh Farms posts a personalized thank you video extending their gratitude to their...
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  • April 21, 2020
    Robust vegetable sales drive fresh produce retail growth in...
    Fresh produce increased 16.3% year-on-year in the week ending April 12. Representatives from 210 Analytics, IRI and the PMA...
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  • April 21, 2020
    Berries in Charts: Large volumes and Covid-19 lead to...
    Price declines have not been limited to blueberries in the berry category, but also raspberries, blackberries, and to a...
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  • April 21, 2020
    Relying on 'local food' is a distant dream for...
    The results of a study in Finland clearly show that local production alone cannot meet the demand for food;...
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  • April 20, 2020
    Chilean table grape exports down 6% as harvests wrap...
    The Chilean table grape season is wrapping up with a 6% year-on-year drop in exports, but shipments still increased...
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  • April 20, 2020
    U.S.: $2.7B in financial support announced for fruit and...
    Representatives of United Fresh, Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, National Potato Council, and Western Growers comment on widespread damage...
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  • April 20, 2020
    U.S.: $2.7B in financial support announced for fruit and...
    Representatives of United Fresh, Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association, National Potato Council, and Western Growers comment on widespread damage...
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  • April 20, 2020
    Spain: Huelva's berry campaign characterized by uncertainty amid Covid-19
    The industry in the southwestern municipality of Huelva is dealing with challenges related to logistics, poor market conditions, and...
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  • April 18, 2020
    Zespri's season running well ahead of last year
    In an interview on a New Zealand radio station, Zespri's David Courtney gave an update on how the season...
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  • April 18, 2020
    Spain: Huelva's berry campaign characterized by uncertainty amid Covid-19
    The industry in the southwestern municipality of Huelva is dealing with challenges related to logistics, poor market conditions, and...
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  • April 17, 2020
    Kroger CEO sees opportunity in the chaos
    The Kroger Co. is determined to come out of the coronavirus crisis “in better shape than we went in,”...
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  • April 17, 2020
    Greenyard's financials benefit from lockdown measures
    Greenyard has reviewed upwards its financial guidance for the year following a period of greater sales stemming from demand...
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  • April 17, 2020
    U.S.: PMA welcomes flexibility in H-2A guest worker announcement
    U.S. authorities announced a temporary final rule that eases certain rules for the guest worker visa program that's critical...
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  • April 17, 2020
    Australia's Costa Group removes guidance despite "robust trading"
    Uncertainty regarding the duration and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has forced Australia's Costa Group to remove its financial...
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  • April 17, 2020
    European apple market: "See-sawing demand" in March amid Covid-19
    The start of the lockdown first in Italy in early March - and then gradually in many other...
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  • April 17, 2020
    State of the Market: Stonefruit and grape prices fall...
    Prices and volumes of stonefruit fell in the U.S. in week 15, while the reported prices of grapes also...
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  • April 16, 2020
    U.S. fruit imports have reason for "concern" as summer...
    Capespan North America CEO Mark Greenberg says "it's going to be a difficult end" to the table grape import...
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  • April 16, 2020
    New Zealanders urged to eat more avocado after industry...
    NZ Avocado chief executive Jen Scoular said 20 - 30% of New Zealand's avocados would usually go to foodservice...
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  • April 16, 2020
    South Africa: Capespan providing for vulnerable farming communities amid...
    Capespan outlined it's charitable foundation's efforts to provide food to its producing regions and give to vulnerable populations amid...
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  • April 16, 2020
    Unearthing bacteria to make agriculture more efficient, new discoveries...
    A nitrogen-boosting alternative to ensure plants find the most productive path possible without harming the earth is the goal...
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  • April 15, 2020
    Grocery sales the star of March amid record retail...
    Although total retail sales saw a the worst decline on record in March, falling by 8.7%, grocery sales surged...
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  • April 15, 2020
    Crowley expands refrigerated cargo capabilities with new USDA inspection...
    PRESS RELEASE Port Everglades, FL - Crowley Logistics recently expanded its on-terminal, perishables handling capabilities by constructing a new...
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  • April 15, 2020
    African farmers face difficult times as they lose export...
    Millions of family farmers across Africa are facing economic devastation as COVID-19 pandemic disrupts exports and global food supply...
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  • April 15, 2020
    WHO and EC new guidelines stress that food "highly...
    Newly released Covid-19 guidelines highlight that the food supply chain poses no threat to consumers and imposes new safety...
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  • April 15, 2020
    U.S.: Fresh produce sales bounce back at beginning of...
    Fresh produce sales growth at U.S. retailers rebounded at the beginning of April, reversing the decline that had been...
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  • April 15, 2020
    Peruvian avocado industry assures supplies despite challenges as volumes...
    An industry representative says that while there have been some disruptions to the international market and domestic operations, there...
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  • April 14, 2020
    U.S. authorizes fresh citrus imports from China
    Market access for five citrus varieties was a requirement under the Phase One trade deal signed between the two...
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  • April 14, 2020
    U.S. extends hours of service waiver for food by...
    The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the hours of service exemption for truck drivers delivering fresh...
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  • April 14, 2020
    U.S.: Avocado sales were outpacing fresh produce at end...
    Avocado sales growth was far outpacing the total fresh produce category overall in the U.S. at the end of...
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  • April 14, 2020
    U.K.: Thousands apply for fruit and veg grower jobs
    While there are still many jobs to be filled, there is a massive surplus of UK labor at the...
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  • April 14, 2020
    Blueberries in Charts: Florida's prices far lower than last...
    As Mexican blueberry volumes have increased in the past 5 years and Covid-19 uncertainty impacts pricing, uncertainty arises for...
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  • April 14, 2020
    Fresh food sales in China boosted by Covid-19
    Chinese consumers may be cooking more in their homes even after Covid-19 and marketing strategies should capitalize on health...
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  • April 13, 2020
    Zespri dedicated to delivery Vitamin-C packed Sungold kiwis to...
    PRESS RELEASE Zespri is excited to announce the early start of their kiwi season from the beginning of May...
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  • April 13, 2020
    Oppy charts path to market for ground-breaking shelf-life technology
    PRESS RELEASE With a proven track record of introducing innovative solutions to the market for decades, Oppy has completed...
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  • April 13, 2020
    TOMRA Food makes its test and demonstration centers virtual
    PRESS RELEASE Leuven, Belgium - TOMRA Food is taking further action to ensure business continuity while protecting its employees’...
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  • April 13, 2020
    North American blueberry industry concerned by market disruptions as...
    The coronavirus pandemic has created a huge number of challenges for the blueberry industry over the past few weeks....
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  • April 13, 2020
    China: Port of Shanghai fruit imports almost fully recover...
    As the situation with Covid-19 stabilized in China, companies gradually returned to their operations, spurring on a rapid recovery...
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  • April 13, 2020
    South American satsuma season suffers amid Covid-19 restrictions
    South American citrus, especially Peruvian satsumas, are facing challenges in destination markets as pricing and marketing is hit by...
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  • April 10, 2020
    North American blueberry industry concerned by market disruptions as...
    The coronavirus pandemic has created a huge number of challenges for the blueberry industry over the past few weeks....
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  • April 10, 2020
    NZ: Court allows Crown appeal against Kiwifruit Claim decision
    Strathboss and Seeka alleged that the Crown was liable to kiwifruit growers and post-harvest operators for granting an import...
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  • April 9, 2020
    Heliae, Agricola Cerro Prieto launch partnership to collaborate on...
    PRESS RELEASE GILBERT, AZ –Heliae Development, LLC and Agricola Cerro Prieto (ACP) today announced the launch of a new...
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  • April 9, 2020
    Chile forecasts big rise in soft citrus exports this...
    Chile has forecast total citrus exports of 353,000 metric tons (MT) this season, an 8% rise driven entirely by...
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  • April 9, 2020
    Driscoll’s to deploy more than US$4M in charitable funds...
    PRESS RELEASE Driscoll’s will deploy more than US$4m in global charitable funds across health clinics, food banks, fresh berry...
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  • April 9, 2020
    Coronavirus/produce industry survival guide: Q&A with specialty produce supplier...
    Jim Prevor's Perishable Pundit reached out to Babé Farms, a producer heavily focused on foodservice, to help the industry...
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  • April 9, 2020
    EU produce supply chain long-term stability in doubt amid...
    Freshfel says that the European fresh fruit and vegetable sector is facing "significant challenges", including insufficient labor availability and...
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  • April 9, 2020
    U.S. apple holdings remain 15% up, EU declines further...
    U.S. total apple holdings have remained consistently high so far this year, holding steady at 15% up year-on-year, while...
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  • April 9, 2020
    U.K. food supply chain "steps up" after initial panic,...
    In an unprecedented release prior to its annual fiscal report, Tesco says panic buying is subsiding as it continues...
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  • April 9, 2020
    The human side of sustainable water, new platform incorporates...
    Breakthrough technology paired with involved community action to monitor real-time data on water movement in Chile's Aconcagua basin critical...
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  • April 8, 2020
    Apeel Sciences and Starr Ranch team up to offer...
    PRESS RELEASE Santa Barbara, California — Apeel Sciences, a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and one of TIME Magazine's...
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  • April 8, 2020
    Brazil's tropical fruit exports hit by Covid-19
    Facing challenges with decreased demand from Covid-19 lockdowns in Europe and as consumers prefer longer-lasting fruit, Brazil's tropical exports...
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  • April 8, 2020
    India's apple imports could fall by 50% this year...
    Tarun Arora of IG International explained that the outbreak and subsequent lockdowns in countries around the world including India...
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  • April 8, 2020
    Wineries in India shift to table grapes following weather...
    After wine variety grapes suffered losses and table grape growers were unable to reach consumers, Indian wineries buy table...
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  • April 8, 2020
    U.S.: Fresh produce sales fall from peak but remain...
    Fresh fruit and vegetable sales in the U.S. saw a marked decline from their mid-March spike in the last...
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  • April 7, 2020
    Strong first season for Bigbucks from South Africa
    PRESS RELEASE The most successful new apple variety in the history of South Africa, Bigbucks, the fruit of which...
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  • April 7, 2020
    Italy: Severe frost damages half of yellow kiwifruit production...
    The weather event in Laziocomes one week after a similarly severe frost in the country's northern Emilia-Romagna region caused...
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  • April 7, 2020
    GreenTech experiencing sky-high demand for horticultural technology expertise
    FreshFruitPortal.com caught up with GreenTech's director of horticulture Mariska Dreschler to hear about the massive demand for its inaugural...
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  • April 7, 2020
    California avocado harvests slow following March demand spike
    The California avocado season is running far ahead of last year following "very strong pull" pull from retailers in...
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  • April 7, 2020
    New date announced for Global Cherry Summit 2020
    The event had been due to take place on April 23 but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic....
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  • April 7, 2020
    Australian citrus sector trials blockchain traceability system
    The organization representing Australia’s citrus fruit growers has commissioned a pilot study to improve traceability using unique digital identifiers...
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  • April 6, 2020
    Grapes in Charts: Volumes through March running higher than...
    As countries like Chile and South Africa recorded higher volumes of table grapes into the U.S., prices will likely...
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  • April 6, 2020
    International Blueberry Organization Summit rescheduled to 2021
    The IBO Summit brings the global blueberry industry together under one roof to address common challenges and identify new...
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  • April 6, 2020
    Coronavirus and produce: “It was the best of times,...
    Jim Prevor, editor-in-chief of Produce Business, provides analysis on the current state of the U.S. produce industry and asks...
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  • April 6, 2020
    Costa Rican pineapple export demand decreases 50%
    With conflicting information from the government about debt, Costa Rica's pineapple producers are worried about thousands lost as export...
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  • April 6, 2020
    EU grape market: Red seedless to come under pressure...
    FreshFruitPortal.com caught up with Robert van Melle of Netherlands-based Origin Fruit Direct to hear about European grape market dynamics...
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  • April 6, 2020
    U.S.: Unions call for Amazon to close its warehouses
    In a letter on Friday, top unions in New York claimed Amazon was reckless in not following social distancing...
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  • April 3, 2020
    Argentine citrus exports will be "paralyzed" unless lockdown regulations...
    The Argentine citrus industry will be severely impacted if the government doesn't take immediate action to roll back some...
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  • April 3, 2020
    After Instacart workers strike, company provides safety kits to...
    After Instacart workers spoke out on health concerns on the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company is...
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  • April 3, 2020
    Australian vegetable industry praises government's investment in airfreight, Ausveg...
    Following the annoucement that the Australian government invested US$66.6m in airfreight, Ausveg welcomes the support and projects optmistic outlook. The...
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  • April 3, 2020
    China's fruit farmers hurt by lockdown losses
    China’s fruit farmers, hurt by lost crops from coronavirus lockdowns and a slow recovery in demand, are reportedly looking...
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  • April 2, 2020
    Berry People expands to support steady growth
    PRESS RELEASE Hollister, CA —Berry People, a year-round, full-line shipper of branded organic and conventional strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries,...
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  • April 2, 2020
    USDA proposes removing blueberry fumigation requirement for two Chilean...
    Currently, growers from regions where the European grapevine moth is known to exist - the VI, VII, VIII, and...
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  • April 2, 2020
    Nic Jooste leaves Jupiter for future in sustainability initiates
    PRESS RELEASE The Jupiter Group today announced that Nic Jooste will be leaving the company at the end of...
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  • April 2, 2020
    Fall Creek expands outside board of directors with appointment...
    PRESS RELEASE LOWELL, ORE., U.S. – Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc., a global blueberry breeding and nursery company,...
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  • April 2, 2020
    Kroger sees 30% sales surge
    After announcing "hero worker" wages on the frontlines of the pandemic, Kroger experienced a 30% sales surge and borrows...
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  • April 2, 2020
    Covid-19's impact on Latin American ports, China's fruit pricing...
    A new report details the global impact of Covid-19 on fresh produce trade, highlighting Latin America's container shortage and...
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  • April 2, 2020
    Fresh produce foodservice demand has "virtually stopped" in Europe,...
    However, Rabobank said in a report that overall sales volumes of fresh produce are expected to remain at pre-pandemic...
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  • April 2, 2020
    Australian banana group urges visa extensions amid labor shortage...
    The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) says retaining current staff on bananas farms was "imperative" to protect the continuity...
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  • April 2, 2020
    Check out the launch video of the Agricultural Water...
    The first-ever Agricultural Water Summit will take place in Chile on August 26, 2020, addressing the water crisis that's...
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  • April 1, 2020
    U.K. grocery sales grows by fastest rate in decade
    Lidl, Sainsbury's and Tesco have all reported jumps in sales as March broke the record for the month with...
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  • April 1, 2020
    Opinion: Lessons and challenges of cooperation in times of...
    Manuel Otero of the Interamerican Agricultural Cooperation Institute stresses the importance of local agriculture in times of crisis as...
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  • March 31, 2020
    EC urges member states to open borders to seasonal...
    The executive branch of the economic bloc said countries should establish simple and fast procedures to ensure smooth passage...
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  • March 31, 2020
    Dozens of produce organizations urge USDA to develop market...
    The letter comes as the industry suffers from economic consequences related to the Covid-19 pandemic, which United Fresh previously...
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  • March 31, 2020
    USDA proposes opening all ports of entry to South...
    Currently, fresh citrus from South Africa must be cold treated and imports are restricted to Newark, NJ, Philadelphia, PA,...
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  • March 31, 2020
    Expert criticizes viral video that advises washing fruit and...
    The video posted by a Michigan family doctor has as of Monday been viewed over 21 million times on...
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  • March 31, 2020
    Retail "nearing normal rates" after spike in demand, says...
    Monitoring key areas like movement in Latin America and areas that have quarantine measures, Robinson Fresh explains current supply...
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  • March 31, 2020
    Avocados in Charts: Forecasting in an unstable market
    Colin Fain of Agronometrics provides an in-depth analysis of the U.S. avocado market, asking what happened with Mexico's expected...
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  • March 31, 2020
    Long-term consequences as consumers adjust eating habits after Covid-19
    Looking toward transformations in eating habits and consumption in Asian markets, new data shows consumers may go "fresh" as...
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  • March 30, 2020
    Fresh Del Monte announces new chief marketing officer
    The company says that the new appointee will lead global marketing functions, executing global, regional and local marketing strategies...
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  • March 30, 2020
    Top U.S. food distributors Sysco, U.S. Foods shift supply...
    Pivoting food supplies to retail, big distributors that typically service restaurants seek to offset losses by redirecting items to...
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  • March 27, 2020
    U.S. citrus industry responds to soaring demand for juice,...
    Industry leaders told us that "as consumers seek nutritious products high in vitamin-C like citrus", the industry works to...
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  • March 27, 2020
    Chilean port workers union demands nationwide lockdown, threatening strike
    A Chilean port worker union has threatened strike action if the government does not implement a nationwide lockdown to...
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  • March 27, 2020
    Total Produce "well positioned" to respond to Covid-19 challenges
    The company, which owns a 45% equity stake in Dole Food Company, said on Friday that while it is...
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  • March 27, 2020
    U.S. decision to increase farmworker visa processing praised by...
    The fruit and vegetable industry last week became concerned when the Department announced that it would suspend processing new...
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  • March 27, 2020
    U.S. per-capital avocado consumption has tripled since 2001
    A chart published by the USDA shows the dramatic increase in the supplies of avocados in the U.S. market...
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  • March 27, 2020
    United Fresh, NGA partner to strengthen produce distribution and...
    To maintain distribution, transportation and supply chain operations in pandemic conditions, the partners will make more fluid the flow...
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  • March 27, 2020
    Freshfel urges concrete EU-wide solutions to ensure food security
    The European Fresh Produce Association says it strongly supports the consensus among Member State Ministries on the need to...
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  • March 27, 2020
    Amazon expands grocery delivery capacity in response to demand
    Responding to online grocery demand, Amazon prioritizes food items, also announced sanitation and social distancing steps to protect employees...
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  • March 27, 2020
    Alliance for Food and Farming slams continued publication of...
    Peer reviewed research and a recent survey of registered dietitian nutritionists has shown the potential negative impact on fruit...
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  • March 26, 2020
    'Most of our biocontrol customers are conventional growers' -...
    In a discussion about biocontrol in outdoor cropping systems, Chrissie Davis, of Koppert Biological Systems speaks reveals common misconceptions,...
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  • March 26, 2020
    New bioplastic made from fruit residue developed in Chile
    NatPol is a newly developed biodegradable plastic that will be used in packaging fruits in the near future in...
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  • March 26, 2020
    Late season frost hits Italian fruit and vegetable production...
    Temperatures dipped between around -4°C and -7°C at the beginning of the week for more than 10 hours in...
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  • March 26, 2020
    Argentina's fruit industry outlines supply chain challenges amid pandemic
    Argentina's fruit industry explains challenges and the specific transportation, supply chain and sanitary measures it's taken alongside the government....
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  • March 25, 2020
    Australian supermarkets ease produce specifications amid Covid-19 and drought
    "Customers may see some differences in size on some of our fruit and vegetables as we work with our...
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  • March 25, 2020
    Retail produce sales spike as consumers react to Covid-19
    As consumers shift buying habits in repsonse to the Covid-19 health crisis, new data shows a big jump in...
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  • March 25, 2020
    France appeals to “shadow army” amid labor shortage
    France appealed on Tuesday to workers laid off by the coronavirus crisis to help farmers pick fruit and vegetables...
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  • March 25, 2020
    Del Monte promises "uninterrupted access" to produce amid Covid-19...
    Del Monte announced the four steps, including sanitation measures, it's taking to mitigate supply chain disruption amid Covid-19 pandemic. The...
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  • March 24, 2020
    Rainier Fruit moves toward formal EFI certification
    PRESS RELEASE Selah, WA – As a leader in the apple category, Rainier Fruit has partnered with Equitable Food...
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  • March 24, 2020
    United Fresh estimates US$5B loss for fresh produce industry...
    United Fresh said the immediate impact would be US$5bn for exposure for lost inventory and risk to growers, US$1bn...
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  • March 24, 2020
    South African ag operations "will continue" despite lockdown, industry...
    "It would be wrong to say it is ‘business as usual’ as we will need to change some of...
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  • March 24, 2020
    Fresh produce prices soar in Australia and Spain
    Prices of vegetable items including lettuce, tomatoes, snap peas and cauliflower have skyrocketed over the last couple of weeks,...
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  • March 24, 2020
    Chilean fruit export value falls sharply as volumes remain...
    Over January and February, the value of exports fell by 21% in value year-on-year to US$1.5bn, while the volume...
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  • March 24, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Using data to predict Covid-19's potential...
    Data from the 2008 financial crash speaks to the produce industry's resilience and ability to weather massive economic shocks...
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  • March 24, 2020
    Food inflation concerns over panic buying, lockdowns says FAO
    UN analysts say that panic buying and border lockdowns will have serious implications for food inflation and insecurity even...
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  • March 24, 2020
    "Looming food crisis" unless global supply chain takes action,...
    A recent FAO report details how "both lives and livelihoods" are at particular risk in the global agricultural industry...
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  • March 23, 2020
    GreenTech Amsterdam rescheduled to 20-22 October 2020
    PRESS RELEASE GreenTech Amsterdam is moving from 8-10 June to 20-22 October this year. The expected duration of the...
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  • March 23, 2020
    New Growing System (NGS) builds hydroponic greenhouse facility in...
    PRESS RELEASE New Growing System (NGS) has built a 5-hectare hydroponic greenhouse facility in the desert. This recently inaugurated...
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  • March 23, 2020
    Walmart latest in retail industry's wave of hirings amid...
    Annoucing that it will hire 150,000 more associates plus a bonus payout, Walmart is the latest retailer taking steps...
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  • March 23, 2020
    Chilean blueberry season wraps up with slightly lower volumes
    The Chilean blueberry season is wrapping up with lower exports than originally forecast, following a period of numerous challenges...
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  • March 23, 2020
    India's top grape producing region faces Covid-19 export challenges
    In India, grape producers in Maharashtra say containers are blocked from Covid-19 measures, this comes amid an already difficult...
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  • March 23, 2020
    Mexican table grape crop to be lower and earlier...
    The industry is expecting a 20% year-on-year drop from 23.6m cartons to 19.7m, which is largely the result of...
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  • March 20, 2020
    Australia: Queensland tells foreign trading ships to self-quarantine for...
    Shipping Australia Limited (SAL) slammed the decision, saying it may hinder Australian consumers' ability to buy goods amid the...
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  • March 20, 2020
    Argentina's cherry industry wraps up positive season despite Covid-19...
    Despite facing challenges in pricing in the last weeks of the season from coronavirus instability, Argentina's cherry exports met...
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  • March 20, 2020
    State of the Market: Grape prices down in Europe
    In week 11 this year, blueberry prices rose in the U.S. amid falling supplies but fell in Europe and...
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  • March 19, 2020
    U.K. relaxes laws on supermarket competition, drivers' hours
    The reported move allows retailers to share data with each other on stock levels, cooperate to keep stores open,...
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  • March 19, 2020
    EU border restrictions disrupting food supplies, industry groups say
    They also raised concerns over potential labor shortages, after more than a dozen countries either tightened or shut its...
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  • March 19, 2020
    U.S. apple crop quality and size would be "greatly...
    The U.S. State Department as of today has suspended processing new applications in Mexico for the critical guest worker...
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  • March 19, 2020
    Global Cherry Summit postponed
    The new date for this year's edition of the Global Cherry Summit, the world's leading event in the cherry...
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  • March 19, 2020
    Westfalia Fruit sends Colombian avocados to Japan
    Westfalia Fruit Colombia has shipped its first container of Hass avocados from the South American country to the newly...
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  • March 19, 2020
    U.S.: FDA Q&A on food safety during the Covid-19...
    It addresses many questions such as whether there must be recall/facility closure if a worker tested positive for the...
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  • March 18, 2020
    U.S. limits guest worker visas for Mexicans
    As of today, new applications will not be processed for the H2A guest worker program and only returning seasonal...
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  • March 18, 2020
    Chile declares 90-day state of catastrophe over Covid-19 outbreak
    The decree gives the government special powers to restrict transit, movement of people and gatherings to assure food supply...
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  • March 18, 2020
    Covid-19 worsens global container imbalance
    The coronavirus (Covid-19) has in effect turned the container imbalance and the market upside down, according to Germany-based Container...
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  • March 18, 2020
    Australia develops non-invasive mango ripeness-testing device
    The project sees high-resolution satellite imagery combined with data from hand-held fruit-scanning devices to better map variations in mango...
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  • March 18, 2020
    EU fruit and veg industry boosts efforts to ensure...
    The European Fresh Produce Association said that the closure of border crossings in Europe for people due to the...
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  • March 17, 2020
    Southern Africa expecting record citrus crop and remains confident...
    The Southern African citrus sector is expecting record export volumes this season, which an industry body still expects to...
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  • March 17, 2020
    GreenTech Americas rescheduled to 25 – 27 August 2020
    GreenTech Americas is the first regional event in Mexico of GreenTech, the international meeting place for horticultural technology. The post...
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  • March 17, 2020
    South Africa's high expectations for pome fruit season turn...
    With a larger apple crop and average peach production amid small domestic pome fruit supplies in Europe, the South...
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  • March 17, 2020
    No evidence that food can transmit Covid-19 - EFSA
    There have been reports over recent days that consumers may be avoiding imported produce over concerns about the long...
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  • March 17, 2020
    U.S. waives hours of service rules for emergency food...
    The U.S. has issued an emergency declaration that impacts hours of service rules regulating the trucking industry, which will...
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  • March 17, 2020
    Stonefruit in Charts: Prices of Chilean fruit in the...
    While prices of one stonefruit category have fallen in line with previous seasons, another has shot up and another...
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  • March 16, 2020
    Chinese port congestion eases further amid soaring global reefer...
    Severe Chinese port congestion is easing, although a logjam of refrigerated containers has disrupted supplies of fresh and frozen...
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  • March 13, 2020
    U.K.: Morrisons to pay small suppliers immediately
    Morrisons is to move to immediate payments for its smaller suppliers to help them manage their cashflow during these...
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  • March 13, 2020
    Fyffes boosts stake in major German importer
    Fyffes has upped its stake in Fruchtimport vanWylick by purchasing the shareholdings of Capespan and Gemüsering, thereby becoming a...
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  • March 13, 2020
    Citrus Australia warns of potential labor, farming input shortages...
    The Australian citrus industry body has warned that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic could impact on seasonal labor programs, farming...
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  • March 12, 2020
    Monsanto secretly funded weedkiller studies - report
    Monsanto reportedly secretly funded academic studies indicating “very severe impacts” on farming and the environment if its controversial glyphosate...
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  • March 12, 2020
    Tesco boss tells shoppers not to panic as food...
    “There’s plenty of product in the supply chain, there’s plenty of food at Tesco and other supermarkets, and I...
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  • March 12, 2020
    Numerous produce industry events canceled or postponed due to...
    As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread around the world, numerous produce industry events have been either canceled...
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  • March 12, 2020
    Sun World grants new grape licenses in California and...
    “Demand for our new grape varieties and brands continues to grow -- not just in North America but increasingly...
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  • March 12, 2020
    Limoneira posts bigger Q1 loss following lemon pricing headwinds
    The company posted net revenues of US$41.7m for the period ended Jan. 30, compared to US$42m in the same...
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  • March 12, 2020
    Coronavirus outbreak likely fueling demand for local produce, says...
    Globally, there is likely to be an impact on product and brand choices being made at the checkout due...
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  • March 12, 2020
    FDA halts most foreign inspections through April due to...
    But the FDA said that inspections outside the U.S. deemed mission-critical will still be considered on a case-by-case basis. The...
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  • March 11, 2020
    Calavo posts Q1 loss despite record revenues
    Calavo packed and sold 15% more avocado pounds in the latest quarter and outstripped overall estimated U.S. industry volume...
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  • March 11, 2020
    Three Dutch start-ups win challenge Mexico
    PRESS RELEASE GreenTech Americas organized in cooperation with the Dutch Embassy, the Netherlands Business Support Office and KLM, a...
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  • March 11, 2020
    Opinion: Insights to build a tropical program for your...
    Gina Garven of Robinson Fresh provides what retailers need to know about the tropical produce category and offers tips...
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  • March 11, 2020
    Amazon to start selling cashierless technology to rival retailers
    The e-commerce giant reportedly has several retailers already signed up to use the system, which is being marketed as...
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  • March 10, 2020
    Intra-EU produce trade could be "significantly distorted" by coronavirus...
    From "severe hurdles" re-entering China to knock-on effects in other markets to a global container shortage, the potential impacts...
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  • March 10, 2020
    Berries in Charts: A pricing snapshot of the four...
    In this week's edition we take a look at how the average prices the main four berry categories have...
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  • March 9, 2020
    National Farmworker Awareness Week gives chance to celebrate farmworkers...
    PRESS RELEASE Washington, U.S. – This month, Equitable Food Initiative, the workforce development and training organization that partners with...
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  • March 9, 2020
    California nectarines gain access to China
    California nectarines from a few regions have been granted access to the Chinese market, the Asian country's authorities announced...
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  • March 9, 2020
    Albertsons files IPO to go public again
    Idaho-based Albertsons seeks to raise US$100 million through the offering, although that amount is often used as a...
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  • March 9, 2020
    Tesco agrees to US$10.6B sale of Malaysian, Thai operations...
    On completion, Tesco will no longer have interests outside of Europe as it exited China last month through the...
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  • March 9, 2020
    New Zealand kiwifruit industry working on coronavirus mitigation plan...
    The New Zealand kiwifruit industry is working to mitigate disruption from the global coronavirus outbreak, amid expectations for an...
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  • March 9, 2020
    Giant and Safeway workers approve new contract, avoid strike
    After the workers' union said it would reject proposals for pension changes in February, the two parties came to...
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  • March 9, 2020
    Banana exports from Ecuador expect challenges
    Ecuador's banana industry outlines impacts of coronavirus on trade and the global economy, saying it will "seriously feel the...
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  • March 7, 2020
    Elon Musk's brother plans to open 'Super Farm'
    Kimbal Musk who was named "Global Social Entrepreneur" of the year by the World Economic Forum in 2017, started...
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  • March 6, 2020
    FDA unveils leafy green safety action plan
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unveiled a wide-reaching action plan to improve the safety of leafy...
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  • March 6, 2020
    New Zealand kiwifruit industry working on coronavirus mitigation plan...
    The New Zealand kiwifruit industry is working to mitigate disruption from the global coronavirus outbreak, amid expectations for an...
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  • March 6, 2020
    National Mango Board recognizes the contribution of women in...
    PRESS RELEASE Orlando, Florida – The National Mango Board (NMB) is celebrating International Women's Day on March 8, 2020....
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  • March 6, 2020
    New headquarters affirm TOMRA Food’s commitment to South Africa,...
    PRESS RELEASE Leuven, Belgium – TOMRA has opened new regional headquarters in Johannesburg to strengthen its commitment to customers...
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  • March 6, 2020
    New bio-fungicide for citrus and table grapes in Chile
    A team of researchers in Chile announced next steps in its fungicide formula that it says will help the...
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  • March 6, 2020
    Costa Rican pineapple exports drop following weather and market...
    Exports fell by 5% to 2.12m metric tons (MT) in 2019 due to the influence of the adverse weather...
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  • March 6, 2020
    Vietnamese bakery gets creative with unsold dragon fruit due...
    A bakery in Vietnam has begun selling pink break made with dragon fruit that had gone unsold due to...
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  • March 6, 2020
    U.S.: Kroger stock jumps as coronavirus impacts sales
    Stock in the retailer jumped 8.1% in recent days due to a flurry of purchases from concerns over coronavirus,...
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  • March 5, 2020
    Total Produce notches higher revenues and profit in 2019
    It is the first year to include twelve months' contribution from Dole Food Company, of which Total Produce acquired...
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  • March 5, 2020
    Carrefour launches grocery bus in Dubai
    Carrefour's grocery bus will serve communities that don't have easy access to fresh food items by providing organic produce...
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  • March 5, 2020
    Argentina's citrus industry is optimistic despite difficulties
    Lemon and mandarin production is slightly down as the seasons kick off but Argentina's citrus industry remains optimistic, says...
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  • March 5, 2020
    Chilean fruit exports to Asia running higher despite overall...
    Shipments to the region from Sept. 1 to March 4 were registered up by 10% at 367,000 metric tons...
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  • March 4, 2020
    U.S. House introduces resolution declaring July “National Blueberry Month”
    The U.S. House of Representatives has introduced a resolution that seeks honor the blueberry industry by declaring July as...
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  • March 4, 2020
    USDA sued over hydroponic organic certifications
    The Center for Food Safety (CFS) and a coalition of organic farms and stakeholders are suing the USDA for...
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  • March 4, 2020
    U.S.: Publix sees big gains and eyes investments
    Ending the year strong, the employee-owned Publix added 30 stores this year and continues to look for investment opportunities....
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  • March 4, 2020
    Chilean fruit exports to U.S. drop 10%
    For Chilean table grapes, cherries and citrus, exports dipped slightly to the North American destination but Chilean exports of...
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  • March 4, 2020
    AIGN and Prevar Limited pen extension of agreement
    PRESS RELEASE Prevar Limited and the AIGN (Associated International Group of Nurseries) confirmed their ongoing partnership by signing a...
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  • March 4, 2020
    Maersk reduces Indian grape transit time to Europe
    Maersk says the service leverages its variety of services throughout the supply chain and will reduce the transit time...
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  • March 4, 2020
    Opinion: Navigating the cellular transition and its impacts on...
    By Matthew Neidlinger, Director — Product Management at Emerson The quickly evolving mobile device industry has thrust the perishable...
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  • March 3, 2020
    U.S.: Frozen produce sales rise as consumers stockpile amid...
    Nielsen said that as consumers assess their purchasing decisions, there’s "little doubt that buying will shift toward shelf-stable and...
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  • March 3, 2020
    U.S.: Safeway workers to strike while negotiations are stalled
    On Thursday Safeway's union will decide if it will reject the management's pension policies after being in a stand...
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  • March 3, 2020
    Australia: Fall armyworm on the march in Far North...
    Suspect moths collected at South Johnstone, Tolga and Lakeland were confirmed by Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ entomologists to...
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  • March 3, 2020
    Limes in Charts: Prices jump after lowest point in...
    Lime supplies are finally normalizing and getting closer to last year's levels. We could see a rapid recovery of...
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  • March 3, 2020
    China's new round of tariff exclusions kicks in
    A new round of tariff exclusions are now available for Chinese importers of U.S. agricultural products, but it is...
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  • March 3, 2020
    Peruvian citrus to send more exports this year
    Hoping to see a rise of 5% in production, figures are looking similar to last season for the Peruvian...
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  • March 2, 2020
    T&G boosts operating profit in 2019 amid "continued transition"
    New Zealand-headquartered T&G Global Limited says its 2019 financial results demonstrate progress on its three-year roadmap for growth, with...
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  • March 2, 2020
    U.S. fruit exports slide in 2019
    Fresh deciduous fruit exports from the country were down 5% at US$2.53bn while fresh citrus exports were 10% lower...
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  • March 2, 2020
    Walmart tests e-commerce platform to compete against Amazon
    Insider sources confirmed that Walmart Plus is in the works and may potentially provide customers with an online service...
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  • March 2, 2020
    Chilean fruit exports fell by a quarter in January
    Along with reporting lower blueberry and avocado figures, Chilean fruit exports into China are also moving better and with...
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  • March 2, 2020
    Peruvian avocado exports could be number two worldwide, says...
    After a big jump for Peruvian avocado exports in 2018, the industry now believes that it can beat out...
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  • February 28, 2020
    Costa Group faced "significant challenges" in 2019
    But despite recent challenges, Costa says the 'business fundamentals' remain strong and initial trading into CY2020 has been "positive". The...
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  • February 28, 2020
    Walmart may sell majority stake in Asda
    UK's third-largest grocery chain Asda is owned by Walmart, who is now speaking with interested parties about potentially selling...
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  • February 28, 2020
    State of the Market: Grape supplies pick up in...
    In the U.S. grape prices are expected to fall amid rising arrival volumes, while in Europe supplies are low...
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  • February 28, 2020
    China's port congestion eases amid fluctuations in global produce...
    While Chinese ports are clearing their coronavirus-related backlogs, it has been revealed that produce pricing has been heavily affected...
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  • February 28, 2020
    Brexit risks produce shortage as immigration laws tighten
    Last week the U.K. released its new immigration policy that would end all movement of EU workers who supply...
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  • February 27, 2020
    Apeel Sciences welcomes Taylor Sokol as new director of...
    PRESS RELEASE Santa Barbara, California — Apeel Sciences, a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and one of TIME Magazine's...
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  • February 27, 2020
    Forever Fresh expands offering as new Chilean partner comes...
    U.S.-based sales and marketing company Forever Fresh is growing with an expanded offering of South American fruit, as Provex...
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  • February 27, 2020
    Tree created that can produce 40 stonefruit varieties
    Grafting techniques have been used to create a tree that can produce 40 different stonefruit varieties, which ripen sequentially...
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  • February 27, 2020
    Australia: TR4 confirmed on fourth Tully banana farm
    Australia's Biosecurity Queensland (BQ) has confirmed the presence of Fusarium Wilt tropical race IV on a fourth Tully Valley...
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  • February 27, 2020
    Carrefour China saw significant profit this quarter
    Turning a profit for the first time in seven years, Carrefour China's new owner announced financial results for the...
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  • February 27, 2020
    Agricultural software to improve field yields
    EOS says the biggest advantage of its farm management software is its ability to handle different tasks - it...
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  • February 27, 2020
    U.S. Hass avocado grew 5% in dollars for 2019...
    Hass avocados outperformed other fruits in Q3 with a rise in dollars greater than other produce, although overall dollar...
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  • February 26, 2020
    U.S.: Amazon opens first cashierless store
    Cashierless grocery is undoubtedly a trend and people are eager to see what Amazon's new checkout-free grocery store has...
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  • February 26, 2020
    Mexican avocado industry notes rise in U.S. consumption