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"Careful market recovery limes after tough weeks"

45 min 29 sec ago
During the first half of the year, the lime market was rather fickle. "In the past weeks, we've seen the classical pattern again, with prices of Brazilian limes going up, and Mexico - traditionally a major exporter to the US - waited for the prices to reach normal levels. Around May, the lime prices.....
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Spanish stonefruit season underway

45 min 29 sec ago
Last week was the first week that supplies of peaches and nectarines from Spain were available. The season has been off to a promising start, with good sizes and high sugar levels observed.“Everything is set for this to be a promising season,” said Laurence Maillard of Regal'in Europe. “We believe that we'll.....
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Ferry strikes not affecting UK food supplies, yet

45 min 29 sec ago
The ongoing strikes in Calais are continuing to cause chaos on both sides of the Channel. Although trucks are stacked at both Calais and Dover, the lack of deliveries does not yet seem to be affecting the fresh produce supply in the UK.UK supply not affected, yetColin Galbraith from Moorhouse & Mohan:.....
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US (CA): Early almond harvest expected

45 min 30 sec ago
An early bloom and warm weather are two of the factors that have contributed to what will likely be an early start to this year's almond harvest in California. Despite water shortages, the state's growers are expecting a crop on par with last year's crop.“This year, I expect the harvest to begin a month.....
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50% longer shelf life for bell peppers

45 min 30 sec ago
This year at the Cravo Demonstration and Education greenhouse, a comparison on bell and lamuyos pepper production was conducted in cooperation with some of the world's leading seed suppliers.On October 11, 2014, Cravo transplanted the young plants into 2 different areas in the retractable roof greenhouse......
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Avo industry working on quality, consistency

45 min 30 sec ago
The Australian avocado season is just finishing in Northern Queensland, with Central Queensland half way through and South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales part way through. The national volume is holding steady at 200 000 to 220 000 trays per week, according to John Tyas, CEO of Avocados.....
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US (CA): Many different citrus varieties available in summer

45 min 30 sec ago
While citrus production in California and Arizona hits its peak during the winter months, demand continues to be strong into summer. “We want to support sales by offering promotional opportunities during this time of the year,” says Joan Wickham with Sunkist. “We have some delicious varieties in-season.....
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Supermarkets handling large supply of soft fruit well

45 min 30 sec ago
The Dutch soft fruit supply is quickly being put onto the market due to the current hot weather, "Temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86* Fahrenheit) is not good for anyone, including the product. So we need to step up our efforts in production and logistics in order to get the product to the customers as.....
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Meet HDG the fruit consultants:

45 min 30 sec ago
HDG the fruit consultants, formerly known as Harmsen & de Groot, now brings a unique offer via Tacler Services. “The team of HDG would very much like to get you acquainted with their way of working and reporting. HDG is a Dutch company, yet a global service provider to the produce industry and insurance.....
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AU: Macadamia harvest still at record levels

45 min 30 sec ago
The Australian macadamia harvest has made news again, with reports of a record crop of 47 000 tonnes still on track following estimates reported by Fresh Plaza back in May. Of those 47 000, approximately 12 000 tonnes inshell will be sent to China, Jolyon Burnett, CEO of the Australian Macadamia Society,.....
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Mexico: No market for Michocan blackberry

45 min 30 sec ago
According to the President of the Blackberry Product System, Jose Jesus Garcia Contreras, blackberry producers had losses of about 70 million pesos during their crops' last process due to overproduction of this fruit, which was generated as a result of the low foreign demand.Garcia Contreras said in an.....
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British blueberries come into their own

45 min 30 sec ago
Blueberries are fast becoming a staple for UK consumers, but making people aware that there are UK grown blueberries may take a bit longer.“The British Summer Fruits campaign is doing a good job to promote the British blueberry. It’s difficult to get consumers to realise that we do grow blueberries here,”.....
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Tomato consumption remains constant at 25 kilograms

45 min 30 sec ago
66 percent of the tomato consumption exists of processed tomatoes, tomato juice, and puree or dried form and at about 16.4 kilograms per person per year. And demand for beefsteak tomatoes increases again.Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable in Germany. According to the Federal Agency for Agriculture and.....
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Mexico: Chihuahua largest producer of onion

45 min 30 sec ago
Thanks to their production and quality, the state of Chihuahua has positioned itself as the number one producer of onions in Mexico with a production of over 110,508 tons in 2014.The Department of Agriculture stated that the cultivation of onions has risen in the state in recent years. Expectations are that,.....
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Costa Ricans consume 17 imported avocados per year

45 min 30 sec ago
Avocados are frequently consumed in Costa Rica, regardless of the season or the political discussions of the day.Between April 2014 and March 2015, the country bought 82 million units in the international market, which are estimated to have covered 40% of the fruit's total demand.This entails that each.....
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Costa Rica loses ground in pineapple market

45 min 30 sec ago
Costa Rica's pineapple exports registered a 12% drop during the first five months of the year and experts believe this trend could continue for the remainder of 2015.Fruit sales, considered one of the engines of the Costa Rican agricultural market, dropped from $ 376 million in 2014 to $ 331 million in.....
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WP Rawl unveils new website

45 min 30 sec ago
WP Rawl, the premier grower, processor and shipper of leafy greens in the U.S., announces the completion of the newly renovated www.rawl.net. The vibrant, recipe-centric website features new and improved functionality and visual appeal.The design was created with consumer research and user feedback in mind......
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Italy: Government unaware our companies aren’t competitive

45 min 30 sec ago
After the Russian government extended the ban against European produce, Fruitimprese chairman Marco Salvi (in the photo) talked to FreshPlaza about the problems of the industry - from production costs to the relationship with retailers."We are working with the Ministry for Agricultural Policy to include the.....
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EU court raises Fresh Del Monte cartel fine

45 min 31 sec ago
The EU high court has hit Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc with fresh fines related to an alleged banana cartel with distributor Weichert in 2008.Del Monte had appealed to the EU Court of justice after the EU General Court fined the two EU14.7m (US$16.32m) over the alleged price fixing of bananas in the EU.....
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UK: Latest round for PhD funding

45 min 31 sec ago
AHDB has published its latest call for new research projects, making funding of up to £1 million available for its postgraduate studentship programme.The research call for around 15 PhD studentships opened earlier this month and applications will be open to all research institutes, universities and colleges.....
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