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Israeli pomegranate production to increase

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After last year's quality issues that limited pomegranate production in Israel, this season's pomegranate production is set to top that from last season. With harvesting of the Wonderful variety completed, Israeli packers are busy readying this season's fruit for export.“We suffered from quality issues.....
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Microgreens: tiny greens with huge flavor

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The market for mircogreens is holding steady this year but seeing prices lower than average as more growers continue to enter the market. Some of these growers are attempting to capitalize on the locally grown movement to sell their products. The majority of sales belong to the foodservice, mostly fine.....
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AU: Expanding avocado production seeks opportunities in Asia

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Australia, with its huge variety of climates, has the capacity to grow avocados all year-round in different production sites in Queensland and down the east coast. John Tyas, CEO of the Avocados Australia Board, explains that “most of this fruit is currently intended for the domestic market, which absorbs.....
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Mexico becoming first raspberry and blackberry exporter to China

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SVA Fruits is a joint venture between the Chilean fruit producer San Clemente and Hortifrut. “The company in Shanghai started about 7 years ago with San Clemente, which was one of the first Chilean companies to focus on China as a primary market, and was actually Chile’s largest exporter to Shanghai for many.....
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Ecuador raises banana price 9%

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A box of Ecuadorian bananas for export will cost $ 6.55 in 2015, said the Ministry of Agriculture of Ecuador.The new price, 9% higher than the current $ 6, was set by Ministerial Agreement and approved Thursday and will come into force from January 1 until December 31 next year.Ecuador, the leading exporter.....
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New generation PEF technology for potato processing

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Dutch company Pulsemaster has introduced a new generation PEF (pulsed electric field) technology that significantly improves potato processing. With this cost efficient application, the final breakthrough of PEF processing in the food industry is approaching.The Pulsemaster PEF technology induces poration of.....
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TADECO bags GLOBALG.A.P. award

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Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc. (TADECO) is one of the four GLOBALG.A.P. certified producers in the world that was awarded for obtaining the most outstanding results in their consistent compliance to GLOBALG.A.P. principles and high commitment to implementation of good agricultural practices......
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PMA AU-NZ welcomes two new board members

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News from the PMA Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) Annual General Meeting held on 19 November 2014 included the appointment of two new Board members, and the re-election of a third.Rachel Audigé of Bayer CropScience (AU), and Ronan Bowles of Foodstuffs North Island Limited (NZ), will replace Rob Fisher of.....
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Israel: Arava keeps serving Europe with bell pepper

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Unlike in the Netherlands, where it typically spans from spring to winter, the bell pepper production period for the Israeli company Arava Export Growers runs from autumn to summer. “We plant in late July and the growing lasts until December. Yields are also lower, of about 70 tonnes per hectare,” affirms.....
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Spain is the Mediterranean orange producer most dependent on exports

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According to a study conducted by Naranjas King, Spain currently has issues with orange overproduction, with a harvest this year expected to reach 3.397 million tonnes. Of this, almost 50% is exported, meaning that Spain is the country in the Mediterranean arc where exports represent the highest.....
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Greece: Lower orange production, but good quality expected

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The average price at origin for Naveline oranges, depending on harvest quality, stands at0.20 to 0.30 Euro this year. Prices in Argolida start at 0.24 Euro, and high quality produce can reach up to 0.30 Euro. Meanwhile, in Laconia, Naveline prices have increased slightly to 0.20-0.25 Euro due to.....
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Gene for bitterness in cucumbers identified

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An international team led by Chinese researchers said Thursday they have identified the genes responsible for the intense bitter taste of some cucumbers, a plague to lovers of this vegetable.The research, published in the U.S. journal Science, revealed how cucumbers, believed native to India, were.....
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Nigeria: Push for traditional vegetables

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An Agriculturist, Mr Simeon Gbolagunte, has advised vegetable farmers in Ekiti State to embrace cultivation of traditional vegetables as they prepare for the dry season farming.Gbolagute gave the advice in an interview with the newsmen at Ifisin community in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti.....
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Prata project unaffected by drought

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According to Heider L. Cabral, market manager of Abanorte, the project for the Brazilian export of Prata banana, which represents 50% of the bananas consumed in the Brazilian market and seeks its promotion overseas, has not been hindered by drought, "although growers, on the other hand, have indeed suffered.....
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Fairtrade bananas unknown in Poland

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The Polish banana market is different to the Western European market. Here you will find no supermarkets that import bananas, and Fairtrade bananas are still unexplored territory. The pressure on prices, however, is similar, with discounters driving prices down. Marek Szulc, of Citronex, gives an insight.....
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People going bananas over spiders in their bananas

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If you find a hairy-legged, red-fanged creature in your bananas: don't be alarmed. Chances are, it's not dangerous. At least, that's what arachnologist Richard Vetter says. After reports that some banana shipments from South America were left to waste and that people were panicking when a spider was found,.....
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Spanish onions in difficulty

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The situation that the Spanish onion sector is currently going through puts its future viability in jeopardy. The growth of over 20% in the cultivated acreage this year, together with the increase in yields, with numerous plantations exceeding 100,000 kg/ha, have led to overproduction, and consequently to.....
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China largest supplier of sweet potatoes

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China is the world’s largest supplier of sweet potatoes, growing 130 million tonnes, or 80% of the world's supply. Approximately 60% of China's sweet potatoes are grown to feed pigs. The rest is for human consumption and other products.North Carolina is the leading U.S. state in sweet potato production,.....
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UK: Potato prices remain down by £30/t

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Potato prices have been edging up over the past three weeks, although they still remain almost £30/t below the same time last year.In the week to 21 November, the Potato Council’s GB average increased by 78p to £114.50/t, while the free-buy average lost 13p to £83.30/t.“The proportion of free-buy trade was.....
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The great potato debate: healthy or not?

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Some health conscious folk snub spuds for their high glycemic index, but other experts say there’s more to the story.According to research compiled by the Harvard School of Public Health, a cup of potatoes might as well be a can of Coke or a handful of jelly beans from your blood sugar’s perspective. That’s.....
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