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  • January 15, 2021
    China steps up cold-chain inspections to prevent Covid-19 spread
    China is stepping up inspections of imported frozen products to prevent the spread of Covid-19 via cold chains, an...
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  • January 15, 2021
    Excellent outlook for Peruvian mango season pricing
    As Peruvian mangoes enter the market, January and February are forecasted to have irregular high prices due to low...
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  • January 15, 2021
    Stone fruit: South Africa, Chile happy with normal seasons
    Both South Africa and Chile are pleased with having "good, normal seasons" for stone fruit, according to industry members. The...
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  • January 15, 2021
    IDeA Agro and Agrintesa team up for Italian SunGold...
    IDeA Agro and Agrintesa Cooperativa Agricola have partnered to launch an agricultural development operation in Italy growing Zespri's SunGold...
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  • January 15, 2021
    EPA approves aldicarb to help in Florida citrus's HLB...
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Jan. 12 announced it had approved the insecticide aldicarb, which combats the...
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  • January 14, 2021
    DSV builds integrated logistics center in Sweden
    Danish logistics company DSV has announced it is building an integrated logistics center in Stockholm, Sweden, amid growing demand...
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  • January 14, 2021
    Brian Deese joins Wish Farms as director of blueberry...
    Press Release International grower and year-round marketer of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, Wish Farms, is pleased to announce...
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  • January 14, 2021
    Backed by grocery sales, Sainsbury's shines with strong performance...
    Grocery sales helped lead the way, growing at 7.4%, helped by a tremendous quarter from its Groceries Online, which...
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  • January 14, 2021
    USDA: 2020-21 Florida citrus forecast reports mixed figures in...
    January's USDA forecast for Florida citrus showed an array of numbers, reporting decreasing trends here to stay this month. The...
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  • January 14, 2021
    Five retail trends to watch in 2021
    Some of the trends listed by grocery sector research and training non-profit IGD are recuperative retail and system upgrade. The...
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  • January 14, 2021
    The role of the banking sector in the face...
    The Banco de Chile relates the role the banking sector plays within agriculture in the face of water shortages...
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  • January 13, 2021
    Oppy expands international reach with new team member in...
    Oppy, a fresh produce distribution and marketing company, has expanded its international team to South Africa by hiring Sila...
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  • January 13, 2021
    Dutch criminals use potato exports to African countries to...
    Dutch criminals are reportedly increasingly using exports to Africa to launder money which is subsequently invested in diamonds and...
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  • January 13, 2021
    U.S. blueberry industry groups testify at ITC trade hearing
    Groups representing two different sectors of the U.S. blueberry industry testified on Tuesday at a hearing before the U.S....
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  • January 13, 2021
    South Africa lowers table grape crop estimate
    The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) now expects the country's intake volumes to be between 61.7 million and...
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  • January 13, 2021
    Limoneira posts dip in 2020 operating income
    Limoneira released its fiscal fourth quarter and full-year financial results of 2020 to show a 4% decrease in revenue...
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  • January 13, 2021
    Peruvian raspberries said to have strong export potential
    Peruvian raspberries have the potential to become a major export for the country if they are able to obtain...
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  • January 12, 2021
    Virto Group chooses TOMRA, renews equipment with Nimbus BSI+...
    PRESS RELEASE Virto Group, the largest frozen vegetable company in Spain and one of the most important in Europe,...
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  • January 12, 2021
    Freshfel research shows increase in fruit and vegetable consumption
    Freshfel Consumption Monitor found daily intake of fresh fruits and vegetables has gone up over the last five years. The...
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  • January 12, 2021
    Agronometrics in Charts: Blueberry Coalition publishes analysis in response...
    This week Colin Fain analyzes the blueberry markets for the Coalition for Progress and Health, an organization that was...
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  • January 12, 2021
    Opinion: More hope within the banana sector this year
    José Antonio Hidalgo, Executive Director of the Association of Banana Exporters in Ecuador (AEBE), says the banana sector continues...
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  • January 12, 2021
    Cold snap hits Spanish fruit and vegetable production
    The severe cold weather in the southeastern regions of Almeria and Granada will reduce yields of numerous crops including...
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  • January 12, 2021
    Dole has eyes on Georgia for new frozen fruit...
    Dole's new frozen fruit facility will begin production with a phased approach and should be fully operational by September...
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  • January 11, 2021
    USDA establishes weekly report to highlight seasonal and perishable...
    “This report will help the federal agencies involved in overseeing the supply chain understand import trends as we work...
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  • January 11, 2021
    Ahold USA testing UV disinfection robots in distribution centers
    The new disinfection robot by Ava Robotics disinfects both air and surfaces at a rate of approximately 9,000 square...
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  • January 11, 2021
    U.K. supermarkets running low on some fruit and veg...
    Gaps are appearing on British supermarket fruit and vegetable shelves amid warnings that supplies are being squeezed by Brexit...
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  • January 11, 2021
    New Zealand cherry harvest "devastated" by rain
    Although the full extent of the damage is yet to be quantified, it is expected that up to 50%...
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  • January 11, 2021
    USITC to investigate the effects of cucumber and squash...
    The investigations were requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received on Dec. 7, and the...
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  • January 8, 2021
    U.S.: Q4 retail potato sales show continued growth
    While all categories, except deli-prepared sides, grew in dollars and volume sales from October to December, dehydrated potatoes saw...
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  • January 8, 2021
    Peruvian avocado exports up by 100,000MT in 2020
    Peruvian avocado exports experienced significant growth of 32 percent in 2020. The value of these exports, however, experienced only...
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  • January 8, 2021
    Grape exports from India face uncertainties in EU market
    Due to recent lockdowns in Europe, Indian grape exports face an uncertain market with the start of the season...
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  • January 8, 2021
    2021 trends in fresh produce
    Breakthrough Solutions has summarized the top consumer trends for produce suppliers in the coming year, all of which it...
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  • January 7, 2021
    Limoneira announces organizational changes to marketing department
    John Chamberlain, who served the company for over 15 years, in his most recent role as Vice President of...
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  • January 7, 2021
    Chilean ag minister steps down
    Antonio Walker has stepped down from his role as Chile's Agriculture Minister and will be replaced by María Emilia...
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  • January 7, 2021
    England to consult on enabling gene-edited foods post-Brexit
    The British government is to begin a consultation on enabling the use of gene-edited crops and livestock in England,...
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  • January 7, 2021
    Mexican avocado exports show record rise
    Mexican avocado exports reach all-time highs and are projected to continue this trend even through price fluctuations due to...
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  • January 7, 2021
    Yentzen Group launches revamped website
    Yentzen Group, the leader in news content, consultancy services and events for the global fruit industry, has announced the...
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  • January 6, 2021
    International blueberry coalition formed to oppose U.S. import limitations
    Leading U.S. and international blueberry industry members, including Driscoll’s, California Giant Berry Farms, Agroberries S.A., and Family Tree Farms,...
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  • January 6, 2021
    Peruvian grape exports started season with 11% growth
    Exports during October, the season’s opening month, rose by 11% year-on-year to US$80 million, but there is some unease...
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  • January 6, 2021
    Freshfel Europe launches SpeakUp4FruitVeg campaign
    Freshfel Europe has launched a digital campaign for 2021, which both celebrates the UN’s International Year of Fruits and...
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  • January 6, 2021
    U.S. summer Hass avocado sales continued to grow in...
    The Hass Avocado Board’s recently published Q3 holiday recap report indicates that Father’s Day, the 4th of July and...
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  • January 6, 2021
    South African table grape packing disrupted by heavy rains
    Producers in the region expect to resume packing towards the end of the week and the weather outlook over...
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  • January 6, 2021
    Ahold Delhaize completes FreshDirect acquisition
    The Netherlands-based supermarket chain and Centerbridge Partners have closed the acquisition of New York City-based online grocer FreshDirect after...
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  • January 5, 2021
    Agronometrics in Charts: The top stories from 2020
    In the year's first installment of Agonometrics in Charts, we're going to take a look at the five most...
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  • January 5, 2021
    GM tomatoes could be alternative for Parkinson's patients
    Scientists have produced a genetically modified tomato enriched with the drug L-DOPA, used to treat Parkinson's patients. This could...
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  • January 5, 2021
    Avocado: The green gold hits some stumbling blocks
    The avocado has grown in popularity and supply during recent years while maintaining prices. The global pandemic, however, has...
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  • January 5, 2021
    Colombian banana industry to "overcome challenges" in 2021
    Emerson Aguirre Medina, president of the Colombian Banana Association (Augura), spoke about the plans of the sector through 2021. The...
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  • January 4, 2021
    Former Hortifrut exec joins Terra Exports
    Long time berry industry executive Felipe Juillerat has joined fresh fruit company Terra Exports' advisory board. The post Former Hortifrut...
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  • January 4, 2021
    U.S. federal judge blocks H-2A wage rate freeze, reforms
    A federal judge is blocking the Trump administration from carrying out changes to the H-2A minimum wage rates that...
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  • January 4, 2021
    Peru: Farmworkers unblock northern highway amid anger over new...
    Hundreds of Peruvian agricultural workers were last week maintaining a blockade of the key Pan-American Highway in the north...
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  • January 4, 2021
    Naturipe announces new VP of Finance
    In his new role, Alvaro G. Alezard will manage Naturipe’s finance department and help implement strategies to optimize operational...
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  • January 4, 2021
    What does 2021 hold for the international fresh produce...
    John Giles of Promar International speaks about some things happening around the world in the fresh produce sector and...
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  • January 4, 2021
    EU citrus production poised to grow in 2020-21 campaign
    Mandarin and lemons are expected to see the biggest year-on-year increases, with oranges rising by a smaller degree and...
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  • December 31, 2020
    Highlights from the fourth quarter of 2020
    As we prepare for 2021, FreshFruitPortal.com invites you to check out some of the highlights from 2020! The post Highlights...
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  • December 30, 2020
    Highlights from the third quarter of 2020
    As we prepare for 2021, FreshFruitPortal.com invites you to check out some of the highlights from 2020! The post Highlights...
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  • December 29, 2020
    Highlights from the second quarter of 2020
    As we prepare for 2021, FreshFruitPortal.com invites you to check out some of the highlights from 2020! The post Highlights...
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  • December 28, 2020
    Highlights from the first quarter of 2020
    As we prepare for 2021, FreshFruitPortal.com invites you to check out some of the highlights from 2020! The post Highlights...
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  • December 24, 2020
    Calavo reports net loss for 2020 amid avocado market...
    Calavo released its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 financial results, reporting losses due amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The post...
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  • December 24, 2020
    South Africa's table grape exports remain lower than previous...
    South Africa’s table grape exports continue below normal numbers even as intake volumes are increasing, according to a report...
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  • December 24, 2020
    DSV Panalpina integrates with Prime Cargo
    DSV Panalpina has successfully completed its acquisition of Prime Cargo and will take over the company’s activities in...
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  • December 24, 2020
    Rainforest Alliance defends standard and adjustment process
    The Rainforest Alliance explains adjustments to its new standard after months of meetings held due to criticism from the...
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  • December 24, 2020
    U.K. and EU set to announce last-minute trade deal
    The U.K. and the European Union are poised to announce a trade deal that will allow for tariff-free fresh...
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  • December 23, 2020
    Chilean blueberries could face challenges in U.S. and Europe...
    Industry sources say the unpredictable timing of the arrivals, more volumes in the markets from other supplying countries, and...
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  • December 23, 2020
    AgroFresh expands rollout of AgTech innovation with Australian fruit...
    PRESS RELEASE AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., a global leader in produce freshness solutions, today announced that Montague, one of Australia’s...
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  • December 23, 2020
    Argentine lemon exports to decline 25 percent - USDA
    The projected decline is due to a decrease in production, available fruit supply in the Northern Hemisphere’s fruit-producing countries...
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  • December 23, 2020
    Ringing in the New Year: 2021’s global logistics outlook
    Mike Short, president of global freight forwarding at C.H. Robinson, says that as the New Year approaches, it’s time...
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  • December 23, 2020
    SHAFFE holds last North America meeting of the year
    SHAFFE recently hosted the last of its bimonthly, virtual North American meetings where year’s market trends and developments brought...
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  • December 23, 2020
    Duda Farm CEO to retire
    Duda Farm Fresh Foods has announced the retirement of CEO Dan Duda at the end of 2020 after 40...
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  • December 22, 2020
    Envy apples well on way to becoming billion-dollar brand
    The Envy apple brand had a record-breaking season this year, selling the entirety of the variety’s New Zealand crop...
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  • December 22, 2020
    Rainforest Alliance meeting fails to appease LatAm banana industry
    The Latin American banana industry expressed dissatisfaction with the Rainforest Alliance following a meeting that producers feel failed...
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  • December 22, 2020
    Chile sets sights on own cherry varieties
    Chile currently has 16 cherry options with the potential to be the first varieties 100 percent developed in-country. The post...
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  • December 22, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Citrus prices in U.S. market
    In this installation of Agronometrics in Charts, we look at average citrus prices in the U.S. market in comparison...
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  • December 22, 2020
    Retail fresh produce sales stay high in November amid...
    The 8.2% gain for fresh produce was slightly higher than the 7.5% during the October weeks and gains year-to-date...
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  • December 21, 2020
    U.K. fresh food supplies could be "seriously disrupted" by...
    France's decision to temporarily block all freight including trucks from the U.K. just days before Christmas in response to...
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  • December 21, 2020
    U.S. potato sales down despite retail spike
    U.S potato sales declined during the period from July 2019 to June 2020. Even though there was an uptick...
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  • December 21, 2020
    South Africa's Zebediela Citrus Estate to receive millions in...
    The Zebediela Citrus Estate in Limpopo, South Africa is to receive a grant as part of the government’s post-Covid-19...
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  • December 21, 2020
    Pete's introduces hydroponically greenhouse grown packaged salad varieties
    PRESS RELEASE Pete's, the California-based produce company specializing in hydroponically grown living lettuce and cress varieties in addition to...
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  • December 21, 2020
    Moroccan citrus exports forecast to grow exponentially
    Moroccan citrus exports are expected to see significant increases in the 2020/21 marketing year, particularly among oranges and soft...
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  • December 21, 2020
    Apple developed to resist climate change receives "rave reviews"
    The first commercialized climate-resistant apple from the Hot Climate Programme receives "rave reviews" in 2020. The post Apple developed to...
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  • December 18, 2020
    Hazel Tech announces new USDA funding for potato quality...
    The $100,000 granted to Hazel Tech through the USDA SBIR Program will fund further innovation in packaging technologies to...
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  • December 18, 2020
    Daily avocado consumption is beneficial for gut health, study...
    It is well known that avocados are a healthy food that is high in dietary fiber and heart-healthy monounsaturated...
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  • December 18, 2020
    USDA proposes to expand fresh citrus imports from Australia
    The USDA has proposed to add three production areas in Australia that are authorized to export fresh citrus to...
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  • December 18, 2020
    Fall Creek adds to board of directors
    Global blueberry and nursery company Fall Creek Farm and Nursery Inc. recently announced Tom Blaser as the ninth member...
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  • December 18, 2020
    Gladstone Land acquires farmland in coastal California
    Gladstone Land acquires farmland in southern California along with a lease with a large vegetable farming operation. The post Gladstone...
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  • December 18, 2020
    Del Monte gifts banana and pineapple scented wrapping paper
    The North American produce marketer and distributor is giving away holiday-themed wrapping paper scented to resemble the company’s two...
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  • December 17, 2020
    Sun World appoints new Executive VP of Intellectual Property
    A new Executive VP of Intellectual Property is appointed as Sun World's IP continues to grow in importance. The post...
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  • December 17, 2020
    South African citrus to see growth in 2021 -...
    Two citrus categories, in particular, soft citrus and lemons, are expected to see increases in production and exports. The post...
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  • December 17, 2020
    Petroflex: Polyethylene pipes fundamental for ensuring water efficiency
    Petroflex's polyethylene pipes aid in ensuring efficient use of water by providing adequate water conduction systems and efficient drainage...
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  • December 17, 2020
    U.S. blueberry growers form new alliance to seek relief...
    U.S. blueberry growers from Georgia, Florida, Michigan and California have established a new coalition to seek relief from rising...
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  • December 17, 2020
    AgroGenius and its good news for the fruit industry...
    Baxlo-AgroGenius durometers have managed to position themselves successfully in the industry as they are able to determine fruit firmness. The...
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  • December 16, 2020
    Dole orders 500 Star Cool reefer units from Maersk
    An order of 500 Star Cool reefer units placed by Dole will be filled by Maersk Container Company in...
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  • December 16, 2020
    Argentina lemons set for more growth to U.S. after...
    Argentina's lemon exports are expected to see more growth to the U.S. after a 45 percent increase in 2020...
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  • December 16, 2020
    Avocados From Mexico recognized as one of country's top...
    Avocados From Mexico, the only fresh produce brand among the recipients, was recognized as the top Mexican Ambassador Brands. The...
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  • December 16, 2020
    UN designates 2021 International Year of Fruits and Vegetables
    The United Nations says this creates a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of produce in various...
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  • December 16, 2020
    North American apple market faces uncertain months with lower...
    At the close of the 2020 harvest for North American apples, apple distributors and associations say that there...
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  • December 15, 2020
    Mosaic and BioConsortia to collaborate on new nitrogen-fixing microbial...
    PRESS RELEASE The Mosaic Company and BioConsortia, Inc. have entered into a collaboration to develop and launch nitrogen-fixing microbial...
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  • December 15, 2020
    Global table grape production almost unchanged in 2020-21 -...
    A recent USDA report details expected global estimates for table grape production, noting that a rise in China is...
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  • December 15, 2020
    Agronometrics In Charts: Review of Mexican strawberries in U.S....
    Mexican strawberry exports to the U.S. market has grown by 430 percent over the last 20 years, but prices...
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  • December 15, 2020
    Mission Produce 'addressing niche market need for sophisticated avocado...
    A sensitive fruit, avocados require more careful, skilled handling than others such as bananas, mangoes, or pineapples, the company...
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  • December 15, 2020
    Oppy doubles imported cherry volumes into North America
    The company now offers "nearly year-round availability" thanks to its increasingly popular domestic cherry program from California and Oregon. The...
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  • December 15, 2020
    U.S. avocado suppliers anticipate strong volumes through January
    Leading avocado companies spoke about their expectations for the U.S. avocado market in the run-up to the Super Bowl...
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  • December 14, 2020
    U.K. minister tells shoppers not to stockpile food as...
    U.K. shoppers worried about the government failing to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union should not...
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  • December 14, 2020
    USDA announces grants to help solve problems in avocado...
    New grants totaling US$6.3 million will help to solve problems including diseases and pests in America's avocado orchards. The post...
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  • December 14, 2020
    Chilean cherries: Latest forecast pegs exports even higher
    Exports of 316,184 tons of Chilean cherries are now predicted, which will be an increase of 38.3% compared to...
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  • December 14, 2020
    Banana Link hits out at banana multinationals after force...
    Two of the biggest banana companies, Del Monte and Dole, last week announced they would begin imposing a ‘force...
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  • December 14, 2020
    BerryWorld partners with FareShare over Christmas to provide the...
    Press Release At BerryWorld we know that sustainability is a natural part of being a successful business. When earlier...
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  • December 11, 2020
    UK retail industry warns of higher good prices with...
    If the U.K. finishes the Brexit transition period on Dec. 31 without a trade deal with the EU, it...
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  • December 11, 2020
    Egyptian table grape exports to rise by 13 percent
    The higher estimates exports would come amid a 2.5 percent rise in commercial production to 1.42 million MT, driven...
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  • December 11, 2020
    Spain: Valencian citrus sector concerned by warehouse worker strike
    The Valencian Association of Farmers expresses concern over an upcoming citrus warehouse strike, claiming it will harm citrus growers...
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  • December 11, 2020
    Container shortage affecting exporters in U.S. and Europe
    U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) chairman Michael Khouri recently emphasized the issue of shipping lines not supplying containers to...
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  • December 11, 2020
    Wish Farms expands Florida strawberry farm acreage
    While the new farmland being used this season is over 90 percent of the Sweet Sensation strawberry variety, several...
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  • December 10, 2020
    Chilean avocado exports forecast flat this season - USDA
    The USDA report also said that production next year was forecast at around 220,000MT, putting it in between volumes...
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  • December 10, 2020
    California Giant forecasts steady blueberry volumes
    California Giant predicts a strong winter blueberry volume even though there was an unusual freeze event at the end...
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  • December 10, 2020
    Chile: Fedefruta voices concerns for potential lockdowns during peak...
    Jorge Valenzuela, President of Chile's Fruit Growers Association (Fedefruta), said: "The pandemic is clearly complicating both the availability of...
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  • December 10, 2020
    Biden's nominee for USDA secretary draws mixed responses
    President-Elect Biden's pick for USDA secretary, Tom Vilsack, who previously served under the Obama Administration, causes pleased reactions amongst...
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  • December 9, 2020
    Sun World grants import license to Canadian company
    Sun World has added Canadian company, Star Produce, to its panel of licensed importers to expand supply and distribution...
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  • December 9, 2020
    Christmas and Brexit double bill put strain on UK...
    Christmas 2020 will be like no other, with the challenge of unprecedented demand due to the COVID-19 crisis followed...
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  • December 9, 2020
    Avocado consumption "off the charts" - WAO
    Avocado consumption in Europe and the U.S. is reaching record levels despite an initial drop from Covid-19 and the...
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  • December 9, 2020
    EU recognizes UK organic certifications for one year
    The European Commission's recent decision will mean that the UK's six organic certification bodies will be recognized for 12...
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  • December 9, 2020
    California avocados: Cautious optimism ahead of 2021 season
    The upcoming California avocado season is predicted to reach an average-size crop of 325 million pounds but could still...
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  • December 9, 2020
    Why ASTRA fruit peeling machines are so special
    ASTRA Inc. is an innovative Japanese peeler developer, famous for its unique ‘Peeler blade’ technology which it says is...
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  • December 8, 2020
    South African table grape exports remain far below previous...
    Compared to last year, data shows a 34 percent decrease of South African table grape exports by week 48. The...
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  • December 8, 2020
    U.S. imports more citrus and blueberries, fewer avocados and...
    Blueberry imports hit a new peak in October, while Chilean avocado imports almost fell off the map and citrus...
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  • December 8, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Lower apple volumes set spot market...
    A record-volume summer kept apple prices down over much of the year, though autumn has seen the markets swing...
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  • December 7, 2020
    NZ: T&G launches fresh produce charity for struggling families
    T&G has launched a new charity to provide lower-income families with fresh produce from its domestic division and growing...
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  • December 7, 2020
    Tesco CEO discusses current supermarket environment, support for others
    Jason Tarry said Tesco's in-store stock levels are still strong but is warning that the retailer may have to...
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  • December 7, 2020
    Ag industry likely to see more compromise under Biden...
    As Biden steps into office, he will have many decisions to make on key issues and will most likely...
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  • December 7, 2020
    Mission Produce's Jim Donovan to retire
    During his expansive stretch at Mission, Donovan garnered a strong reputation in sales, operations, and industry relations, but spent...
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  • December 7, 2020
    Peruvian protests: 'Normal operations to resume' after protests, harvest...
    "As a consequence, harvest and packing of table grapes, blueberries and asparagus were delayed for a few days and...
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  • December 7, 2020
    Pixofarm sets sights on southern hemisphere with apple crop...
    Austrian-based Pixofarm has developed an app that uses advanced image processing technology to analyze photos taken in the field...
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  • December 4, 2020
    Peruvian farmworker protests: Harvests hindered as exporter says 'grapes...
    The demonstrations in Peru spread north into key agricultural areas of the Andes, hindering harvests of some crops, crippling...
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  • December 4, 2020
    Exotic fruit to drive growth in reefer shipping trade
    Thanks to new technology that is lengthening potential shipping distances and opening up new markets where discretionary spend is...
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  • December 4, 2020
    EU and U.S. avocado markets have room for growth...
    U.S and EU avocado markets could at least double in upcoming years, but it will be necessary to increase...
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  • December 4, 2020
    Nili Capital acquires fresh produce packaging specialist StePac
    Nili Capital acquired StePac L.A., Ltd. and has plans to make it the center of its modified atmosphere packaging...
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  • December 4, 2020
    Colombia aims to fill global lime market gaps and...
    Colombia's lime industry is on track to becoming an "exporter of sizeable volume", says industry authority as the farms...
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  • December 3, 2020
    San Miguel appoints new CEO
    The Argentina-headquartered fresh produce company has named Pablo Plá as its new CEO. The post San Miguel appoints new CEO...
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  • December 3, 2020
    Fresh Del Monte Produce joins Science Based Targets initiative
    A new partnership between Fresh Del Monte and the Science Based Targets initiative will assist in limiting global warming...
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  • December 3, 2020
    Mexican avocado exports up through October
    Mexican avocado export volumes are up by almost five percent despite the export value being down by nearly seven...
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  • December 3, 2020
    Nanobubbles: The technology that allows for efficient use of...
    Nanobubbles are a technology that helps to promote water efficiency in agriculture. Kapicoa is the company that has pioneered...
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  • December 2, 2020
    USITC to monitor bell pepper, strawberry imports
    The "monitoring factfinding investigations" were requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received on Nov. 4,...
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  • December 2, 2020
    Pure Green Farms - Hydroponic greenhouse putting down roots...
    PRESS RELEASE Situated strategically at the crossroads of America, Pure Green Farms is set to begin growing, packaging and...
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  • December 2, 2020
    Greenyard settles with regulator over late communication during 2018...
    Belgium's Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) said that Greenyard had in July 2018 disclosed misleading information regarding the...
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  • December 2, 2020
    Farmworker protests in Peru hit agro-export sector
    The mobilizations in Ica over working conditions have included strikes, road blockades and, in some cases, the vandalization of...
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  • December 2, 2020
    Nature Fresh Farms expands operations into Texas
    The greenhouse vegetable grower says the new 61,000 square foot Distribution Center in Laredo, Texas, provides a new major...
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  • December 2, 2020
    LatAm banana groups seek clarification from Rainforest Alliance
    Latin American banana producers and exporters have called for a meeting with chiefs of the Rainforest Alliance (RFA) after...
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  • December 2, 2020
    Clarifruit's automated QC solution provides big benefits for both...
    An Israeli-based start-up says it can significantly reduce food waste, cut costs and increase profits with its automatic quality...
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  • December 1, 2020
    Citrosol improves the preservation and transport of avocados with...
    Press Release Over the last few years, Citrosol has kept pace with the avocado market, burgeoning on a global...
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  • December 1, 2020
    Kenyan avocado exports see price spike
    Export prices for a four kg pack of avocados rose Sh800 (US$7) in November, which is a 33 percent...
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  • December 1, 2020
    South Africa: Hortgro 'concerned' by blueberry IP rights dispute
    The umbrella association for the pome fruit and stone fruit industries said that such public disputes could impact the...
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  • December 1, 2020
    Sun World opens new breeding and genetics research facility
    The center is located on a 160-acre campus, a space that includes a 17,000 sqr. ft. building, an experimental...
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  • December 1, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Price update for berries in the...
    Check out the prices of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries in the U.S. market in comparison to previous seasons. The...
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  • December 1, 2020
    Fruit Control: New trends in horticultural produce storage and...
    In the field of commodity storage and fresh produce, increasing attention is being aimed at some of the emerging...
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  • November 30, 2020
    Canada: Baby spinach recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination
    The recalled products have been sold in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick and may have been distributed in other...
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  • November 30, 2020
    How forward-thinking vegetable growers are getting ahead of upcoming...
    By Thomas Grandperrin of UAV-IQ Precision Agriculture This article is part of a series on biological control and...
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  • November 30, 2020
    Morocco's ag exports see good start to 2020-21
    Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture reports that tomatoes, clementines, peppers, and raspberries have all increased compared to the previous season. The...
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  • November 30, 2020
    EU takes steps to bolster plant breeders' rights
    The EU Commission recognized how important the protection of plant breeders is for the EU economy by including the...
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  • November 30, 2020
    Peruvian lime exports threatened by drought ahead of peak...
    Peruvian limes may suffer from a shortage in the coming season if the rain continues to hold off, which...
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  • November 27, 2020
    Total Produce says trading has "remained positive" this year
    The development comes despite the Ireland-based multinational saying in late March that it was reducing its financial expectations for...
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  • November 27, 2020
    U.S.: West region driving Hass avocado sales growth
    In addition, sales of bagged avocados soared during a four-week period in late summer in the U.S., even as...
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  • November 27, 2020
    Water shortages in ag must be addressed "immediately and...
    As water becomes more scarce globally, it is fundamentally important to tackle the issue head-on, according to the FAO's...
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  • November 27, 2020
    China calls for tighter food import guidelines to help...
    China is seeking to impose virtual ‘spot checks’ on incoming food imports in addition to tightening cold chain guidelines...
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  • November 27, 2020
    Fruit exports from Chile down through October
    The eight percent year-on-year drop in the value of exports was driven by table grapes and partially offset by...
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  • November 26, 2020
    TOMRA Visual Assist, the new augmented reality tool for...
    PRESS RELEASE TOMRA Visual Assist is TOMRA Food's new Augmented Reality tool that enables remote experts to provide...
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  • November 26, 2020
    U.S. begins transition to South American table grapes amid...
    John Pandol, special project director of Pandol Bros, spoke about how the end of the California deal was looking...
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  • November 26, 2020
    Peru's blueberry export value up by 10 percent through...
    The value of Peru’s blueberry exports experienced a 10 percent increase despite this year's prediction of 40 percent volume...
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  • November 26, 2020
    Consumer spending trends shifting as Covid-19 causes retail disruption
    Going beyond the health emergency, store dynamics will be forever changed due to permanent lifestyle and work adjustments. The...
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  • November 26, 2020
    Measuring and correctly using water is essential for farmers
    Precisely measuring water consumption and knowing how and when to irrigate are essential to developing efficient, sustainable, and highly...
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  • November 26, 2020
    Russia extends ban on western produce imports until the...
    The embargo was introduced in 2014 after Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula led to sanctions that Brussels renewed...
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  • November 25, 2020
    Honduran banana losses lower than thought
    It appears that only around 3,700 hectares of banana production have been damaged or lost, down from the 8,000...
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  • November 25, 2020
    Charleston port eyes South African citrus imports following rule...
    The USDA announced earlier this month that any U.S. port with cold-storage sites could receive shipments of citrus from...
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  • November 25, 2020
    Dole recalls organic romaine hearts due to E. coli...
    No illnesses have been reported to date in association with the recall, nor is it related to the current...
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  • November 25, 2020
    Mexico: SiCar Farms expecting bigger lime volumes in coming...
    SiCar Farms said that climate change has affected Mexican lime plantations in both production and quality, but it is...
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  • November 25, 2020
    Pace InSite: post-harvest backup, records and traceability
    Pace InSite is a new data management software for the post-harvest industry, which allows access to reports and export...
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  • November 24, 2020
    South African table grapes off to slow start
    This year so far exports have only gone to the EU and the UK, whereas last year there had...
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  • November 24, 2020
    Spain: Raspberry hectarage drops in Huelva as blueberries rise
    Freshuelva says that there is more blueberry varietal diversification this year, with an increase in early cultivars that will...
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  • November 24, 2020
    Covid-19 remains "in firm control" of how consumers buy...
    The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a huge influence over how and where consumers spend their money on fruit...
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  • November 24, 2020
    Walmart's Mexican division under antitrust investigation
    The investigation reportedly relates to the company's practices in the supply and distribution market of wholesale goods and retail...
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  • November 24, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: IBO releases the blueberry data for...
    The International Blueberry Organization (IBO) recently launched the newest iteration of the State of the Industry Report, a publication...
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  • November 23, 2020
    Scientists create buzz over first-ever global bee map
    A new global map of bee populations will help in the conservation of insects we rely so heavily on...
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  • November 23, 2020
    Organic Producers Cooperative established in Chile
    The Organic Producers Cooperative aims to forge a new way of thinking, beyond the mere replacement of synthetic supplies...
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  • November 23, 2020
    Colombia: Cocaine discovery in avocado exports bound for Europe
    Police found 1.5 metric tons (MT) of cocaine camouflaged within boxes of export avocados in the port city of...
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  • November 23, 2020
    Rainforest Alliance modifies 2020 certification program following criticism from...
    The Rainforest Alliance says that 44 adjustments have been made to program documents to clarify and specify the requirements...
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  • November 23, 2020
    Camposol's EBITDA margin up on 2019 despite pandemic challenges
    The news comes as the Peruvian-based multinational ramps up its avocado production in Colombia and reportedly plans to invest...
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  • November 20, 2020
    Chile’s 2020-21 cherry campaign: Challenges and strategies
    Representatives of the Chilean cherry industry spoke about logistical challenges and strategies for the 2020/21 season The post Chile’s 2020-21...
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  • November 20, 2020
    Trade groups, NGOs note "disturbing" banana pricing trends in...
    The groups say the recent reports that Aldi is going to lower its 2021 price follows "years of fierce...
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  • November 20, 2020
    Mexico: Blackberry production plummets 29 percent in Michoacán amid...
    During the same time last year, 208,460 tons of blackberries were produced. This year production dropped by 28.9 percent....
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  • November 20, 2020
    Mission Produce launches Mission Jumbos in reduced-plastic packaging
    Mission Produce has announced the launch of Mission Jumbos, a new avocado pack with larger fruit and containing less...
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  • November 20, 2020
    Florida grapefruit industry caught off-guard by EU tariffs
    The sentiment of citrus growers and packers in Florida in regard to the new tariffs was one of surprise....
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  • November 19, 2020
    Ahold acquires New York-based e-grocer FreshDirect
    Frans Muller, Ahold Delhaize’s CEO, said the deal "further propels our omni-channel evolution" and allows it to reach additional...
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  • November 19, 2020
    Giumarra launches Fair Trade Certified Mexican avocados
    The California-based fruit supplier says it will offer promotable volumes of Fair Trade Certified avocados from September through May...
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  • November 19, 2020
    Energy in the agricultural industry: innovation, technology, and sustainability
    Ahead of the Agricultural Water Summit, a representative of Chile-based ECOI spoke about how the company is delivering sustainable...
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  • November 19, 2020
    Last New Zealand kiwifruit of 2020 bound for global...
    The final shipments of kiwifruit grown this season in New Zealand have left Port of Tauranga bound for Zespri’s...
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  • November 19, 2020
    Wonderful Halos releases marketing plans for 2020 season
    Wonderful Halos starts it’s 2020 crop season with its “consistent quality and superior sweet-taste” in mind as stated in...
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  • November 18, 2020
    OZblu blueberry seizures: United Exports and Rossouw Farming Group...
    The two shipments of blueberries that had been seized over recent weeks were released this week by Dutch Authorities,...
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  • November 18, 2020
    Hurricanes create unprecedented situation for Central American rambutan growers
    A rambutan importer was on Monday anticipating an unprecedented situation for growers in Central America, which was preparing for...
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  • November 18, 2020
    Argentina: Blueberry industry tests system to prevent child labor...
    The Argentine blueberry industry is cracking down on child labor in farming operations with the use of an app...
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  • November 18, 2020
    Ecuador exports first avocados to Spain
    Ecuador-grown Hass avocados are on the way to make an appearance in Spain in the upcoming weeks for the...
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  • November 17, 2020
    Canada to export more apples in 2020-21 despite labor...
    Growth is forecast in Canadian apple production this season as a result of improved weather conditions predominately in Ontario...
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  • November 17, 2020
    Don Limon launches retail partnership program to offer flexibility,...
    The German-based company is calling on global retail buyers of table grapes and citrus to build long-term, tailored partnerships...
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  • November 17, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Will Chilean cherries take advantage of...
    The great unknown is whether the strong pricing level will be maintained now that a new season has begun...
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  • November 16, 2020
    IBO releases special edition report on blueberry industry
    The International Blueberry Organization says it is committed to providing access to the most accurate and up-to-date information on...
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  • November 16, 2020
    Walmart sells majority stake in Seiyu, cutting presence in...
    The deal with investment firm KKR and e-commerce company Rakuten reportedly comes amid speculation that the U.S. retail giant...
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  • November 16, 2020
    Central America braces for another hurricane
    Central American countries have been reeling from the impact of Hurricane Eta which struct the continent less than two...
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  • November 16, 2020
    EU imposes retaliatory tariffs on U.S. fresh, frozen blueberries
    However, the North American Blueberry Council (NABC) emphasized that not every blueberry tariff line was affected by the significant...
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  • November 16, 2020
    U.S. Trade Representative requests ITC investigation into bell peppers,...
    The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is requesting an investigation into imports of strawberries and bell peppers, weeks after a...
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  • November 13, 2020
    Port of Hueneme secures on-dock cold treatment in "game...
    Hueneme has been able to receive completed cold-treated produce containers for years, but only now is it going to...
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  • November 13, 2020
    United Fresh, other food groups write letter to Trump...
    In a letter to the President this week and discussions with the Biden transition team, agricultural groups emphasized the...
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  • November 13, 2020
    U.K.: Brexit could "seriously threaten" banana supply
    The non-profit says Liz Truss, the Secretary of State for International Trade, has rejected calls from the government of...
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  • November 13, 2020
    Youth of Peruvian avocado industry has helped it to...
    Daniel Bustamante of ProHass Peru said that being relatively young in the industry has given them an advantage over...
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  • November 12, 2020
    OZblu blueberry seizures: South Africa's Ross Berries denies wrongdoing,...
    Ross Berries claimed in a statement on Thursday that there is no evidence of unlawful activity on its part...
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  • November 12, 2020
    U.S. authorizes imports of cold-treated South African citrus into...
    This action that removes the restriction of entry to just four U.S. ports is not expected to significantly increase...
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  • November 12, 2020
    Vanguard expecting continued growth and market diversification with Peruvian...
    Chief Business Development Officer Dirk Winkelmann said that overall market conditions are seeing supply "match very neatly with demand"...
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  • November 12, 2020
    Mission Produce joins Eurosemillas in groundbreaking international avocado platform...
    Green Motion is an international platform that broadens the varieties and rootstocks available to growers, advances the creation of...
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  • November 11, 2020
    Viva Fresh Expo Launches Clean Eating Challenge 2.0
    PRESS RELEASE After the success of last year’s Clean Eating Challenge, Viva Fresh launched its second annual health and...
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  • November 11, 2020
    TOMRA Food joins WBCSD
    PRESS RELEASE TOMRA Food, a global provider of sensors, equipment and digital solutions for the food supply chain, has...
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  • November 11, 2020
    Spain: Strong winds hit berry production in Huelva
    Local media reports that the hurricane-like winds were short-lived, but had such a force that they devastated numerous agricultural...
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  • November 11, 2020
    FDA announces investigation of third E. coli outbreak
    The FDA says it is investigating a third outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses that matches the strain found...
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  • November 11, 2020
    Colombian blueberry association to begin marketing fruit in boost...
    Asocolblue, the Colombian Association of Blueberries, informed FreshFruitPortal.com that the marketer was approved last year, a decision that has...
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  • November 11, 2020
    Good supplies of Chilean and Peruvian fruit expected in...
    Representatives of Delaware-based fruit supplier Forever Fresh say they are expecting solid volumes of Chilean cherries and stone fruit...
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  • November 10, 2020
    Half of Honduran banana production lost following Hurricane Eta
    The Honduran banana sector, one of the region's biggest exporters of the fruit, reportedly estimates that around 8,000 hectares...
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  • November 10, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Avocado prices take a strong promotable...
    In week 43 avocado prices dipped to the lowest level ever observed this time of the year. With large...
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  • November 9, 2020
    Chilean cherry exports forecast to soar by a third
    The Chilean cherry industry is forecasting gigantic growth of 36 percent for the 2020-21 season, which would bring an...
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  • November 9, 2020
    Tanimura & Antle recalls romaine over possible E. coli...
    The news comes days after the FDA announced that there were two active E. coli outbreaks in the U.S....
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  • November 9, 2020
    Shippers hit by double whammy of record rates and...
    The strategy of carriers is to get as many boxes back to Asia in the shortest possible time to...
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  • November 9, 2020
    United Exports to invest $85M in Southern Africa
    The announcement comes days after two containers of unlicensed OZblu fruit were confiscated in the Dutch port city of...
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  • November 9, 2020
    Chilean table grapes expected to buck the trend and...
    Chilean table grape volumes are expected to grow by around 10 to 15 percent this coming season which is...
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  • November 9, 2020
    Citrus imports to U.S. spiked in Q3, as avocados...
    Total imports of fresh citrus between June and September this year rose by 20 percent year-on-year to $682 million,...
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  • November 6, 2020
    Eta brings devastation to Central America
    Rain-heavy remnants of Hurricane Eta have flooded homes from Panama to Guatemala, as the death toll across Central America...
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  • November 6, 2020
    Grape storage numbers now higher than last year as...
    There were 13.7 million boxes in storage as of Oct. 31, which represents a sharp increase from the 11.1...
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  • November 6, 2020
    Second OZblu blueberry shipment from South Africa seized in...
    United Exports said it has been "reliably informed that the Dutch Customs Authority has intercepted and seized another shipment...
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  • November 5, 2020
    LatAm banana groups attack Aldi for "double standards" as...
    The German-based company, one of the largest buyers of bananas in Europe, reportedly plans to cut its 2021 price...
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  • November 5, 2020
    CDC says salmonella outbreak linked to wood ear mushrooms...
    In total there were 55 reported illnesses across 11 states, with more than half of the cases in California....
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  • November 5, 2020
    U.K. and Kenya agree on post-Brexit trade deal
    The deal ensures that friction-free trade can continue between the two countries. Kenya is a major supplier of fruits...
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  • November 5, 2020
    Soft citrus a bright spot in Northern Hemisphere citrus...
    A small drop in total citrus production for the 2020-21 season was driven by declines in countries including the...
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  • November 5, 2020
    Industry groups welcome H-2A wage changes
    The Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association and the National Council of Agricultural Employers both welcomed the recently announced overhaul...
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  • November 4, 2020
    Tomra Food publishes new e-book for vegetable processors
    PRESS RELEASE TOMRA Food has published an eBook to help vegetable processors respond to current and future market demand...
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  • November 4, 2020
    South African stone fruit volumes looking good this season
    Growers in the South African stone fruit industry say they are "optimistic about the season ahead" and the prospects...
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  • November 4, 2020
    Unifrutti Group acquires Oranfrizer
    The agreement between the two companies, which according to a news release was "strongly sought" by Unifrutti CEO Marco...
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  • November 4, 2020
    Dole Asia appoints Unilever exec as head of agrifoodtech...
    Dole Asia Holdings, one of the region's biggest fruit distributors, has appointed Barbara Guerpillon as Head of Dole Ventures...
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  • November 4, 2020
    Peruvian table grape exports to rise by 2% in...
    The forecast comes in contrast to reported estimates from the Peruvian table grape association Provid in October suggesting exports...
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  • November 3, 2020
    Ocado buys two U.S. robotic companies for $287M
    Ocado said it has agreed to buy San Francisco-headquartered robotics firm Kindred Systems for $262m in cash and Las...
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  • November 3, 2020
    Hurricane Eta bears down on Central America
    Eta is projected to hit Nicaragua, before moving northward to Honduras and Guatemala. Costa Rica and Panama, two of...
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  • November 3, 2020
    U.S. Labor Department overhauls H-2A wage methodology in victory...
    The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a final rule that will allow farms that use H-2A workers to...
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  • November 3, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Navel and Valencia orange prices enjoy...
    In a recent article we mentioned how orange prices have been rising consistently over the last two decades in...
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  • November 2, 2020
    Chilean avocado industry welcomes UN study concluding it is...
    The study was released a few days ago by the Regional Water Centre for Arid and Semi-arid Zones of...
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  • November 2, 2020
    Nature's Pride launches cardboard packaging for avocados
    The company says this packaging represents a huge step in reducing plastic usage. As it consists of just cardboard,...
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  • November 2, 2020
    Tim York announced as new CEO of California Leafy...
    York was named as the new Chief Executive Officer of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) and will...
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  • November 2, 2020
    Latin America’s fresh produce exports unscathed by Covid-19
    Two affiliates of the Duke Center for International and Global Studies explained the reasons why Latin America was able...
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  • October 30, 2020
    Whole Foods Market to install vertical farms in U.K....
    This marks the third major expansion into the U.K. retail space for Infarm as retailers seek ways to reduce...
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  • October 30, 2020
    USDA proposes to end "obsolete" consumer standards for 10...
    The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing to terminate 10 U.S. consumer standards that it says are "obsolete"...
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  • October 30, 2020
    Ecuador announces new banana pricing system for 2021
    The official price payable by exporters to growers will be split into four periods during the course of the...
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  • October 29, 2020
    FDA announces two E. coli outbreaks with genetic links...
    However, the organization says that a specific food product has not yet been identified for the two outbreaks which...
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  • October 29, 2020
    U.S. approves use of Bayer weed killer for five...
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it will allow farmers to spray crops with weed killers based...
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  • October 29, 2020
    Del Monte posts flat Q3 and announces $100M asset...
    Del Monte also announced the sale of "non-strategic and under-utilized assets" for a total anticipated cash amount of approximately...
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  • October 29, 2020
    Chilean-developed virtual assistant makes farming operations more efficient
    "It's like a doctor checking the performance of your body every five minutes," according to Instacrops CEO Mario Bustamante. The...
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  • October 29, 2020
    Packaged salads, berries and apples drive Q3 organic fresh...
    July-September sales increased 16 percent and volume up 15 percent from the same period in 2019, according to the...
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  • October 29, 2020
    Chilean cherries arrive in China amid expectations of much...
    The first Chilean cherries of the season have arrived in the Chinese market, kicking off the 2020-21 season amid...
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  • October 28, 2020
    Apeel adds $30M in new funding to help smallholder...
    PRESS RELEASE Apeel, a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and a CNBC Disruptor 50, today announced $30M in new...
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  • October 28, 2020
    Dutch customs seize OZblu blueberries shipped from South Africa
    Australia-headquartered United Exports, which is the global license holder of the low-chill blueberry varieties, said that Dutch customs issued...
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  • October 28, 2020
    How Philadelphia's Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce supports...
    Two executives of the CACC, which represents importers and businesses in a region that receives around 70% of Chilean...
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  • October 28, 2020
    Wonderful Pistachios achieves billion-dollar brand milestone
    Wonderful Pistachios' annual North America retail sales have surpassed the $1bn milestone, making it the first brand in The...
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  • October 28, 2020
    Opinion: What's going on in the U.K. fresh produce...
    John Giles, a Divisional Director of Promar International, says there are many macro business issues facing fresh produce suppliers...
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  • October 28, 2020
    Shipping companies expect U.S. import binge to lose steam
    Container shipping companies got stung late last year and early this year when the pandemic halted trade around the...
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  • October 27, 2020
    Van der Ende Groep’s Nexus HPRO wins GreenTech Sustainability...
    PRESS RELEASE Van der Ende Groep was announced winner of the Sustainability Award during the opening of GreenTech Live...
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  • October 27, 2020
    More than 6,300 professionals signed up for GreenTech Live...
    PRESS RELEASE Over 6,300 horticulture professionals signed up for the virtual show GreenTech Live & Online on 20,...
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  • October 27, 2020
    UC Davis study confirms better market life for plums...
    PRESS RELEASE New research conducted by the University of California, Davis found significant quality benefits for plums and pluots...
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  • October 27, 2020
    Ethiopian avocados successfully exported to Europe
    Durabilis – an international impact investment company, and the owner of fresh produce importer FairFruit in Belgium – said...
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  • October 27, 2020
    South Africa forecasts slightly larger grape crop than previous...
    Despite the expected small overall rise, SATI explained that volumes during the first half of the South African season...
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  • October 27, 2020
    Peruvian avocado exports expected to grow by 10% next...
    If that turns out to be the case, exports in 2021 would rise to around 400,000 metric tons (MT),...
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  • October 27, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Potential impact of trucker strike on...
    This week, Agronometrics wanted to shed some light on what Peru’s season looks like and what could be at...
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  • October 26, 2020
    Hazel Tech announces launch in Chile, adds industry veteran
    PRESS RELEASE Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-funded technology company delivering new solutions for the fresh produce industry to extend...
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  • October 26, 2020
    Costa Rican pineapple group urges all containers to be...
    CANAPEP says this is to protect the country's reputation, following numerous detections over recent years of drugs being hidden...
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  • October 26, 2020
    Mexico reaches deal to supply water to U.S. following...
    Under the deal, the U.S. will help supply water when needed in emergencies to the northern Mexican state of...
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  • October 26, 2020
    Egypt becomes largest orange exporter by volume
    Officials in Cairo say Egypt has become the world’s largest exporter of oranges by volume, surpassing rivals Spain and...
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  • October 25, 2020
    China has substantially increased purchases of U.S. farm goods...
    In a joint statement, the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said China...
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  • October 23, 2020
    Guatemalan ag export group urges shipping lines to help...
    The Guatemalan Exporters of Agricultural Products (AGEXPORT) says it wants to negotiate with shipping lines and airlines to achieve...
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  • October 23, 2020
    CoolRail routes to be extended throughout Europe
    A new partnership makes it possible to make a wider network available to the market, with destinations including the...
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  • October 23, 2020
    Peruvian grape and mango seasons threatened by possible trucker...
    A lack of infrastructure in Peru's northern agricultural hub has resulted in a local trucker union threatening a strike...
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  • October 23, 2020
    Amazon Fresh opens grocery store in California
    Amazon is expanding its physical grocery stores this year, introducing two new formats, Fresh and Go Grocery, and opening...
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  • October 22, 2020
    California expecting larger mandarin crop amid ongoing strong citrus...
    California Citrus Mutual President & CEO Casey Creamer said growers are excited to kick off the 2020-21 season, whose...
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  • October 22, 2020
    South African cherry exporter expecting bumper crop
    Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, the largest exporter of South African apples and pears, says it is expecting a bumper cherry...
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  • October 22, 2020
    Leadership change announced at Fall Creek
    Fall Creek Farm & Nursery has announced that Oscar Verges has been promoted to co-CEO and Amelie Brazelton Aust...
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  • October 22, 2020
    USDA awards $45M of grants to fight citrus greening
    The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently awarded 12 grants totaling over $45 million for research...
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  • October 21, 2020
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  • October 20, 2020
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  • October 19, 2020
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  • October 16, 2020
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  • October 16, 2020
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  • October 15, 2020
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  • October 15, 2020
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  • October 15, 2020
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  • October 15, 2020
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  • October 14, 2020
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  • October 14, 2020
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  • October 14, 2020
    Water-smart irrigation sees surge of interest in Chile and...
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  • October 14, 2020
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  • October 13, 2020
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  • October 13, 2020
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  • October 13, 2020
    Smurfit Kappa launches sustainable new alternative for banana producers
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  • October 13, 2020
    USDA releases initial Florida orange crop estimate
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  • October 13, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Orange prices climb to highest point...
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  • October 13, 2020
    Oppy expands in avocado category with Eco Farms stake...
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  • October 13, 2020
    Driscoll’s and Plenty to grow strawberries indoors
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  • October 12, 2020
    Ecuador forecasts lighter and flatter mango season
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  • October 12, 2020
    Mexican tomato exports forecast to rise in 2020-21
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  • October 12, 2020
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  • October 12, 2020
    Carrefour opens first community fresh produce store in Shanghai
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  • October 12, 2020
    Costa Rican banana industry suffers $9M in losses due...
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  • October 9, 2020
    Viva Fresh Expo Welcomes 2021 with Hybrid Expo Model
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  • October 9, 2020
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  • October 9, 2020
    USDA eases import requirements for fresh blueberries from Chile
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  • October 9, 2020
    GM non-browning Arctic Apple launch to convenience store market
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  • October 8, 2020
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  • October 8, 2020
    Del Monte Fresh Produce pays nearly US$2M for violating...
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  • October 8, 2020
    Spanish grapes: Slow market diversification this year balanced with...
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  • October 8, 2020
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  • October 8, 2020
    Markon launches recyclable cardboard clamshells for strawberries
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  • October 8, 2020
    Aldi scraps single-use plastic bags for fruit and veg...
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  • October 8, 2020
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  • October 7, 2020
    Fresh-cut fruits sold at Walmart recalled over listeria fears
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  • October 7, 2020
    U.S. table grape storage numbers below previous two seasons
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  • October 7, 2020
    Giumarra tests autonomous planes for produce shipments
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  • October 7, 2020
    Costa Rica's ag sector loses $37M in two days...
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  • October 6, 2020
    Chilean raspberry scam dodged food safety controls from China...
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  • October 6, 2020
    Spanish lemon production set to rise in 2020-21
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  • October 6, 2020
    Mission Produce COO: Nasdaq listing will accelerate our growth...
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  • October 6, 2020
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  • October 5, 2020
    Canada tightens restrictions on romaine lettuce imports following E....
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  • October 5, 2020
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  • October 5, 2020
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  • October 2, 2020
    Walmart sells Asda for $8.8B
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  • October 2, 2020
    Drought could impact Peru's upcoming mango season
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  • October 2, 2020
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    Naturipe Foods expands, strengthens executive team
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  • October 1, 2020
    CMA CGM suspects data breach following cyber attack
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  • October 1, 2020
    Agricom Chile appoints new CEO as founder retires
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  • October 1, 2020
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  • September 30, 2020
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  • September 30, 2020
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  • September 30, 2020
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  • September 29, 2020
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  • September 29, 2020
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  • September 29, 2020
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  • September 29, 2020
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  • September 29, 2020
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  • September 28, 2020
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  • September 28, 2020
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  • September 28, 2020
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  • September 28, 2020
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  • September 25, 2020
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  • September 25, 2020
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  • September 25, 2020
    Transfesa to supply Spanish produce to Tesco via express...
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  • September 25, 2020
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  • September 24, 2020
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  • September 24, 2020
    Ecuadorian volcano eruption hits thousands of hectares of banana...
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  • September 24, 2020
    Oppy adds fair trade Ocean Spray Peruvian blueberries
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  • September 24, 2020
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  • September 23, 2020
    California Blueberry Commission announces support for Section 210 safeguard...
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  • September 23, 2020
    California Blueberry Commission announces support for Section 201 safeguard...
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  • September 23, 2020
    Apeel and Houweling’s launch plastic-free cucumbers at select Walmart...
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  • September 23, 2020
    Global peach and nectarine supplies to contract in 2020-21
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  • September 23, 2020
    FDA announces "major milestone" FSMA rule
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  • September 23, 2020
    Mission Produce sets IPO terms, could see US$1.2B valuation
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  • September 23, 2020
    "Breakthrough" in accelerating the breeding of TR4-resistent banana varieties
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  • September 22, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Honeycrisp apple prices spike
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  • September 22, 2020
    Chilean blueberry industry forecasts stable export volumes
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  • September 22, 2020
    Wall Street is set to start trading in a...
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  • September 21, 2020
    GoldenSun Insights announces change of ownership
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  • September 21, 2020
    U.S. announces new $14B farmer aid, expands eligible specialty...
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  • September 21, 2020
    California Giant strengthens executive team
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  • September 21, 2020
    Oppy focuses on expanding procurement and exports with two...
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  • September 21, 2020
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  • September 21, 2020
    Chinese importers cautious ahead of Chilean summer fruit season...
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  • September 18, 2020
    U.S. avocado market stability likely to continue into fall...
    Gahl Crane of Eco Farms explained that the market had seen generally low but stable pricing over the summer...
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  • September 18, 2020
    Greenyard returns to profitable growth, raises guidance
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  • September 17, 2020
    Avocados From Mexico launches educational program to maximize sales,...
    The organization says that Avo University is online, free of charge, easily accessible, and takes just about half an...
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  • September 17, 2020
    U.S.: "Solid momentum" in retail fruit and veg sales...
    Joe Watson of the PMA says that it is important to think about why some relatively small categories such...
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  • September 17, 2020
    Fresh Del Monte Produce receives Green and Environmental Stewardship...
    Fresh Del Monte Produce has been honored first place in the Green and Environmental Stewardship category at PR Daily’s...
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  • September 17, 2020
    U.K.: 'Revolutionary' Softripe avocado ripening facility unveiled
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  • September 17, 2020
    Compac overcomes challenges of pandemic to deliver full satisfaction...
    PRESS RELEASE Compac, part of the TOMRA Food family, and its partners ICOEL and Sardas were confronted with unique...
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  • September 16, 2020
    Washington apple forecast cut following adverse weather events
    In early August, the first estimate for the Washington apple crop predicted a crop volume of 134 million boxes...
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  • September 16, 2020
    Wildfires make dangerous air for farmworkers
    "To be out in the fields, it's like you can't breathe," Hernan Hernandez, executive director of the California Farmworker...
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  • September 16, 2020
    APHIS implements new restrictions on Mexican fresh fig imports
    The U.S. is increasing the irradiation dosage requirement for fresh fig fruit consignments from areas where Mediterranean black fig...
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  • September 16, 2020
    Kiwifruit disease spreads through Italy, will likely impact production
    A mystery kiwifruit vine disease has been spreading through Italy and is expected to result in national production declines. The...
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  • September 15, 2020
    FDA issues first Produce Safety Rule injunction to food...
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today it has issued its first injunction under the Produce Safety Rule...
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  • September 15, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Mission IPO and investing in avocados
    Is an avocado company IPO is worth being a part of, and is an Avo IPO like the tech...
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  • September 15, 2020
    La Niña climate pattern has developed and likely to...
    La Nina is a natural ocean-atmospheric phenomenon marked by cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures across the central and eastern Pacific...
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  • September 15, 2020
    Chambers announces huge raspberry varietal trial with nine countries
    The large trial, which will last until at least December 2021 and is believed to be the first of...
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  • September 14, 2020
    Sealand issues update on Tropical Storm Sally
    Shipping company Sealand has issued an update on Tropical Storm Sally, which has already led to Gulf port closures...
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  • September 14, 2020
    'Strong and clean' Mexican avocado crop meeting current customer...
    In an earnings call on the results of the third financial quarter ended July 31, Jim Gibson said that...
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  • September 14, 2020
    Ex-Driscoll’s exec sentenced for stealing from company - report
    Marc Marier, 42, of Napierville, Illinois, was reportedly sentenced in a San Jose federal courtroom to 29 months in...
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  • September 14, 2020
    USDA sets handler registration requirement for Florida citrus
    The USDA has issued a final rule requiring citrus handlers in Florida to register with the Citrus Administrative Committee...
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  • September 14, 2020
    Ukranian authorities find cocaine hidden in banana reefer
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  • September 11, 2020
    California Citrus Mutual backs U.S. actions against seasonal produce...
    The CCM said low-priced imports have previously caused "a substantial market disruption" for the California citrus industry during its...
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  • September 11, 2020
    Chilean Navel orange demand "robust" in U.S.
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  • September 11, 2020
    California fires: Ash again falling on Salinas floor, with...
    In an update on the situation, Markon Cooperative said: "Light ash is again falling to the floor of the...
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  • September 11, 2020
    Limoneira boosts Q3 income following strong grocery sales
    Limoneira's CEO says he the company "dramatically increased our sales in grocery this year and believe we are very...
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  • September 10, 2020
    Crux Agribotics develops SortiPack for sweet pointed peppers
    PRESS RELEASE Sweet pointed peppers are becoming more popular. Mainly due to taste and health value, the consumption by...
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  • September 10, 2020
    Inspiring speakers and program at industry-uniting blueberry event
    PRESS RELEASE The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) is excited to announce the lineup of keynote speakers and the...
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  • September 10, 2020
    U.S. to ban tomato imports from China's Xinjiang
    The cotton and tomato bans, and those on five other imports, over alleged Xinjiang forced-labor abuses, would be an...
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  • September 10, 2020
    Water consumption monitoring tech can provide huge savings
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  • September 10, 2020
    Nature Fresh Farms launches home compostable cucumber wrap
    Nature Fresh Farms is has released a new wrap for its Long English Cucumbers that is completely compostable at...
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  • September 10, 2020
    Red Sun Farms announces high-tech greenhouse growth in North...
    Greenhouse grower Red Sun Farms says it is responding to customer demands for locally grown produce with unprecedented levels...
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  • September 9, 2020
    Calavo reports challenging Q3, announces changes to board of...
    Avocado company Calavo Growers has reported a challenging third financial quarter after heavy volumes from Peru and Mexico took...
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  • September 9, 2020
    U.S. fresh fruit imports dipped 14% in July, driven...
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  • September 9, 2020
    Peru: Mandarins drive 40% rise in citrus exports this...
    North American was the country's leading market, to which 54% of exports were sent. This year the market has...
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  • September 9, 2020
    Leading U.K. supermarket trials reusable bags for fruit and...
    The reusable alternative produce bags, made using recycled plastic bottles, will be offered to shoppers for US$0.40 at nine...
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  • September 8, 2020
    Canada researchers investigating acai berry to fight virus
    Past studies have shown the berry's extract may act as an inflammation inhibitor, which doctors believe could help prohibit...
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  • September 8, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: A citrus pricing snapshot of the...
    This week we're going to take a look at the current state of prices for some of the major...
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  • September 8, 2020
    New facilities at ZAL Cartagena consolidate the growth of...
    In August 2020, the doors of the new Logistics Activity Zone, ZAL Cartagena, were opened, allowing Broom Group to...
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  • September 7, 2020
    South Africa to suspend some citrus exports to EU
    The measure, which will come into effect from Sept. 12, is being taken to limit the number of detections...
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  • September 7, 2020
    Stemilt says pear ripening program a major boost for...
    The company says its Rushing Rivers brand d’Anjou and Red d’Anjou pears are setting a new standard thanks to...
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  • September 7, 2020
    Amazon bans foreign seed sales in the U.S.
    Amazon has barred foreign sales of seeds in the United States, following unsolicited mystery packets being shipped to Americans,...
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  • September 7, 2020
    Fall Creek hires new Commercial Manager for Chile
    Carolina Uquillas Herrera has joined blueberry company Fall Creek Farm & Nursery as Commercial Manager for Chile. She will...
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  • September 4, 2020
    Mission Produce files for IPO
    California headquartered avocado company Mission Produce has filed for an initial public offering with plans to list on Nasdaq,...
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  • September 4, 2020
    GreenTech Amsterdam 2020 goes virtual
    PRESS RELEASE After extensive consultation and various options considered, GreenTech decided to postpone the full physical format of the...
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  • September 4, 2020
    UNITEC Cherry Vision 3.0, an ally to the Spanish...
    PRESS RELEASE For Frutas Mifra - said its General Manager and Owner Miguel Vicente Juan- Cherry Vision 3.0 technology...
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  • September 4, 2020
    Online retailer Boxed explores $1 billion sale - report
    Referred to by some of its customers as Costco for millennials, New York-based Boxed offers everything from fresh groceries...
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  • September 4, 2020
    Over 1,000 Americans sickened from red onion-linked salmonella outbreak
    More than 1,000 Americans have contracted salmonella as part of an outbreak linked to onions, according to the Centers...
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  • September 4, 2020
    Hortifrut doubles EBITDA in H1 thanks to multiple factors
    Chile-headquartered berry company Hortifrut posted a 94% rise in EBITDA to US$45m during the first half of the year,...
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  • September 4, 2020
    ESSA and Freshfel Europe join forces on food crisis...
    Business operators, crisis management experts, national authorities and European Commission officials recently discussed the reputational damage and health hazards...
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  • September 3, 2020
    Saga Robotics raises €9.5 million for their fleet of...
    PRESS RELEASE The traditions of the agricultural industry are set for a technological shift. Norwegian and UK based Saga...
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  • September 3, 2020
    Botanical Solution Inc. appoints Marcus Meadows-Smith to its board
    PRESS RELEASE Botanical Solution Inc. (BSI), an innovator of sustainable, highly consistent and cost effective Advanced Botanical Materials (ABM),...
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  • September 3, 2020
    U.S. set to open for South African mangoes
    South African mangoes look set to soon have a new market open to them, with U.S. authorities are seeking...
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  • September 3, 2020
    U.S.: Organic apple demand "like a freight train" going...
    The company also highlighted that apple sales in general in the U.S. have been higher year-on-year over recent months. The...
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  • September 3, 2020
    Mexico to monitor U.S. investigations and defend preferential access
    The USTR on Tuesday evening outlined a multi-point plan to tackle the 'threat' of Mexican imports, saying it would...
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  • September 3, 2020
    Strong mushroom demand in U.S. expected to continue after...
    Mushrooms have been enjoying sky-high demand at U.S. retail since the pandemic took hold, amid hopes that sales will...
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  • September 2, 2020
    Opinion: Meeting the challenges of vegan food production
    James Sopwith, Group Strategic Account Director at adi Group, says that a gauntlet has been thrown down to manufacturers. The...
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  • September 2, 2020
    Peru hits avocado export forecast but has suffered from...
    The Peruvian avocado season is expected to end up this month with export volumes hitting forecasts but significantly lower...
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  • September 2, 2020
    Maersk announces large-scale reorganization
    A.P. Moller - Maersk has announced it will integrate Safmarine under the Maersk brand in an effort to "further...
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  • September 2, 2020
    U.S. outlines plans to tackle 'threat' of seasonal produce...
    The United States Trade Representative released its plan which includes Section 201 investigations on blueberries and potentially on strawberries...
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  • September 1, 2020
    Chile: Concern that truck blockages could impact fruit exports
    Truck drivers have blocked highways for several days after a long-running conflict with indigenous groups in the south of...
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  • September 1, 2020
    Prima Wawona peaches were shipped to more than a...
    In an update, the Food and Drug Administration said that as of August 28, Canada, Singapore, and New Zealand...
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  • September 1, 2020
    National Mango Board to hold 2020 referendum
    The USDA is conducting a referendum among eligible first handlers and importers of fresh and frozen mangos to determine...
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  • September 1, 2020
    Agronometrics in Charts: Fruit imports and Hurricane Laura
    Check out some charts illustrating which fruit commodities pass through the port of Houston, which was temporarily closed, and...
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  • August 31, 2020
    La Dona Fruit launches vibrant tropical brand
    PRESS RELEASE La Dona Fruit – a leading producer and exporter of fresh golden pineapples and tropical fruits in...
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  • August 31, 2020
    Greenyard's fresh division drives Q1 sales growth
    Greenyard said the growth is mainly driven by faster-than-expected organic growth in a large number of its commercial relationships,...
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  • August 31, 2020
    California heatwave could create supply shortage in fall, says...
    The heatwave came as California struggled to contain huge wildfires burning forests and homes, which have affected farming operations...
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  • August 31, 2020
    South African citrus exports to the U.S. pushed to...
    Sales of South African citrus to the U.S. market have increased significantly this year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with...
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  • August 31, 2020
    Innovate UK backs 'Robot Highways' farming project led by...
    The high-tech farming initiative dubbed Robot Highways, thought to be the world's first robotic farm, recently received a big...
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  • August 28, 2020
    Chiquita's branded buses return to London streets
    The campaign will be featured on the UK capital's iconic double-decker buses running through key central transportation routes throughout...
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  • August 28, 2020
    CDC advises loose peaches with unclear origin be thrown...
    Wawona's recalled peaches have to supplied to numerous major U.S. retailers and as far abroad as New Zealand. The post...
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  • August 28, 2020
    CDC advises loose peaches with unclear origin be thrown...
    Wawona's recalled peaches have been to supplied to numerous major U.S. retailers and as far abroad as New Zealand. The...
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  • August 27, 2020
    Dan Andrews Farms completes export campaign with Hazel Melon
    PRESS RELEASE ​Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-funded technology company delivering new solutions for fresh produce to extend shelf-life, increase...
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  • August 27, 2020
    SiCar Farms announces quality and nutritious lemons are available
    PRESS RELEASE SiCar Farms announces their lemons quality and highly nutritious lemons are available. Mexican lemons have reached...
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  • August 27, 2020
    Mission Produce announces promotion to Vice President of North...
    His new executive responsibilities include overseeing retail, foodservice, and wholesale sales strategies throughout North America. The post Mission Produce announces...
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  • August 27, 2020
    Amazon builds offline presence with new grocery store concept...
    It is roughly the size of a Whole Foods store, but serves a different need, not focused on natural...
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  • August 27, 2020
    Total Produce's strong H1 performance offsets Dole losses
    Dole's adjusted EBITDA fell by 4.7% in the period covering most of the first financial half, but according to...
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  • August 27, 2020
    U.S. mango imports to dip in September
    The National Mango Board said that shipments from the three Latin American countries currently harvesting are expected to be...
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  • August 27, 2020
    Argentina decries "clear injustice" of EU citrus suspension over...
    An industry representative says that exporters are working hard to find alternative markets for their oranges, and believes that...
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  • August 26, 2020
    UNITEC technology at the side of the Rivoira Group...
    PRESS RELEASE We chose UNITEC technology because I saw it abroad: I saw it in Chile, I saw it...
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  • August 26, 2020
    Gulf Coast port operations affected as Hurricane Laura strengthens
    Hurricane Laura is expected to slam into the Louisiana and Texas coasts as a Category 3 storm on Wednesday...
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  • August 26, 2020
    Peruvian H1 blueberry export value slashed amid Mexican competition...
    Peruvian blueberry exports took a big hit in the first half of 2020, with their value falling by 48%...
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  • August 26, 2020
    Capespan incorporates innovation glass filter product on farms
    The glass serve as a substitute for sand in the water filtration systems on the farm and offers unique...
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  • August 26, 2020
    California wildfires present new challenges during Covid-Era
    The Grower-Shipper Association of Central-California says the current challenges farmers face "seem never greater than what we have seen...