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Indian grapes find favour in Europe once again

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Nearly four years after being rejected by the European Union on account of pesticide residues, Indian grapes have begun to find favour again with European buyers. For the season 2014, a record 19.2 million tonnes of grapes have been exported by Indian traders to around 94 countries, of which Europe and the.....
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Population growth and increasing middle class drive citrus demand

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At last week's PMA Fresh Connections Southern Africa, Kevin Fiori from Sunkist was one of the speakers. Fresh Plaza caught up with him to find out more about the current citrus market and Sunkist's role in it.Fiori explains that there has been a big change in the international growth in the citrus market,.....
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US: Sweet Potatoes gaining as regular potatoes losing ground

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U.S. sweet potato use per capita has increased significantly during the last decade and was estimated at nearly 7 pounds in 2012, up almost 50 percent over 2002 levels. People recognize the health benefits of fibre and many nutrients contained in sweet potatoes and, of course, sweet potato fries have become.....
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Growing relevance of sustainability and traceability for Brazilian retailers

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According to a survey on Brazilian consumer trends up to 2020, less than 50% of consumers have a healthy, low-fat diet rich in vegetables. Alex Cosme Ribeiro dos Santos, marketing director of the Brazilian supermarket chain Angeloni, affirms that “We realise that while an adult is recommended to consume.....
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Consequences of the Russian ban in figures

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The figures available on the damage caused by the Russian ban differ greatly depending on the source. The real extent is difficult to calculate, but based on the figures of previous years it is possible to have a general picture of European exports to Russia. Freshfel Europe calculated the export volumes and.....
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Robinson Fresh adds Green Giant fresh asparagus to lineup

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Robinson Fresh® continues to add to its lineup of consumer brands with the addition of Green Giant™ Fresh asparagus. The asparagus product line is available year-round and nationwide through an exclusive licensing agreement.Green Giant™ Fresh asparagus is offered in bulk packaging in club and retail boxes,.....
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Sweet ending for B.C. blueberries

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After very favourable weather through spring and the summer harvest, British Columbia blueberry growers are looking to finish the season on a high note.As the late-ripening Elliott variety starts to get picked by B.C.'s 800 growers, reports are showing that brix levels, a standard measurement of sugars in.....
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USDA forecasts 13% drop in early Thompson Seedless tray counts

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Based on its objective measurement survey conducted in July, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service forecasts a 13-percent drop in production of California’s raisin-type varieties of grapes.Following an unusually early start to this year’s harvest on Aug. 7, Fresno County raisin grower Don.....
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Greater chance of Polish apples on a Canadian market

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Speeding up the process of Polish apples certification in Canada, which will enable their export to this country, was the promise made by the Vice President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Paul Mayers to the Polish Ambassador to Canada Marcin Bosacki.During the discussion with the Ambassador.....
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Hoogstraten kiwi berries on the shelves earlier this year

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The 26th of August marked the official start to the kiwi berry season. Due to the warm spring the Hoogstraten kiwi berry harvest was exceptionally early, "Three weeks earlier than in other years," said Jan Engelen, sales and marketing director of Veiling Hoogstraten. "Fortunately we do not have to.....
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"Chinese market has a lot of potential, but doesn't just fill up Russian demand"

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The new top fruit season has started again. Fruvo in Krabbendijke is also cooling, sorting and packing top fruit again - from their own cultivation company Vogelaar Fruitcultures and other growers - for selling at home and abroad. The ratio at Fruvo is roughly three quarters pears, and a quarter apples. For.....
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Spain: Almost 90% of grapes with seeds were intended for Russia

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The Spanish table grape campaign is moving forward, although withbetween 20 and 30%lower yields than last year. This is due to the fact that the vines are "tired" because of last season's abundant harvest, when an overproduction of up to 30% was registered."Right now the market is quiet, coinciding with.....
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INI Farms return to Asia Fruit Logistica

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Indian pomegranate and banana producer INI Farms will be returning to Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong for the second time this year.Kalpesh Kivasara said that the Asian market is important to INI Farms as customers there are able to buy the company's products throughout the year as opposed to some other.....
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Peru: Avocado exports grew 20.4% yearly between 2007 and 2013

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Peru's National Institute of Statistics reported that the country's avocado exports between 2007 and 2013 had an average annual growth of 20.4%, and thus a cumulative increase of 205.2%.In the past seven years, more than 476,000 metric tonnes of avocados have been exported; 2013 has been the year with the.....
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Convenient, economical method testing for avocado sunblotch viroid

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Nucleic acid hybridization assay (ASBVd) is found in avocado growing regions worldwide. Trees infected with ASBVd can result in a loss of yield and / or production of unmarketable fruit. However, symptoms are not always present making pro-active testing a critical disease control measure.Agdia’s ASBVd.....
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Australia Fruits to take new varieties to Hong Kong

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Australia Fruits are a diverse Melbourne based produce business specializing in Exports, Imports and Packaging, as well as services and logistics. The company has taken part actively in the past five Asia Fruit Logistica expos with the Australia Fruits booth generating great success. The event has proven the.....
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Chile: Opportunities for nuts after the Russian veto

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Since Russia announced the veto of certain products from the U.S., the European Union, Australia, Norway and Canada, other countries have begun to reconfigure their exports in order to supply the Russian demand.In the case of Chile, and its dried and dehydrated fruits industry, "the actual effects will.....
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Calls from Copa-Cogeca for more agricultural sector support

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Copa-Cogeca, the umbrella organisation for EU farm unions and agri-cooperatives, stepped up its calls yesterday for additional support for the EU agricultural sector in response to the ban imposed by Russia on EU agricultural exports, warning producers' livelihoods are threatened as prices hit rock.....
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Russian retailer looking for $ 9.5 billion in products from other suppliers

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In Minsk, presidents Poroshenko (Ukraine) and Putin (Russia) have reached an agreement. Both parties aim for a cease-fire; the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine should stop and border control should become more efficient. Regarding the sanctions, for the time being nothing will change, and even a de-escalation of.....
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‘AsiaFruitLogistica is the annual event for fruit & vegetable professionals in Asia’

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‘AsiaFruitLogistica is the annual event for fruit and vegetable professionals in Asia,’ says Jean Baptiste Pinel, Managing Director of PRIM’LAND. ‘As France’s leading kiwi fruit in Asia over the last 20 years, OSCAR® has been at the trade fair for many years now. It’s a great opportunity to meet the majority.....
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