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Cutrale-Safra boosts offer for Chiquita, 50 cent per share

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Cutrale Group and Safra Group have increased their offer to acquire Chiquita Brands International Inc. to $742 million, boosting their bid to $14.50 per share.That's up from the Brazilian companies' previous offer of $14 per share. And they had initially proposed a $13-per-share deal.The newly ramped-up.....
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"Very optimistic about South American cherry season"

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The cherry market is pretty fairly low key at the moment according to Jon Clark from Total Cherry. "There is a little very early South African fruit from the Free State region, this is typically small fruit due to the area where it is grown. But it is nice and sweet and the only thing on the market just.....
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Greek citrus season starting later due to wam nights

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The contrast was huge: from sunny Greece to cold and wet in the Netherlands. Organic Greek citrus growers would love to switch places. The start to the citrus season is late in coming, due to the relatively warm nights. Lenneke Schot, edotor for FreshPlaza's sister website for the organic sector,.....
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Costa Rican banana industry cries foul over port strike

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Costa Rica’s National Banana Corporation (Corbana) has called on representatives of the JAPDEVA Workers’ Syndicate (SINTRAJAP) to put an end to strikes in the ports of Limón. In a release, Corbana said the situation – which reportedly has been alleviated somewhat through the emergency hiring of foreign.....
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AU: FTA with Korea to be game-changing for cherry exporters

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The cherry season is about to start in Australia, and according to Simon Boughey, CEO of Cherry Growers Australia, “production volumes are expected to be similar to 2012, of 14.5 to 15 thousand tonnes, depending on seasonal fluctuations until late February. All states report a good flowering, so the.....
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Knowledge, networking and workshops on Fresh Information Management & Standards

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GS1 in Europe and Frug I Com are organising the 1st EUropean Forum and Roundtable on FRESH INFO(rmation management) on 3rd & 4th of December in Rotterdam. To create a forum, platform, to share knowledge, developments, needs, ideas from growers, packers, cooperatives, traders and retailers. And to boost.....
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"If you want to supply Tesco you have to pay"

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Tom Salmon former managing director of Hedon Salads, one of the grocer’s key producers of aubergines, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, reveals how his company was treated by Tesco.Salmon had experienced first-hand the relationship between the grocer and some of its suppliers that is being examined in an.....
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US (CA): Strong prices for almonds

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Demand for almonds at home and abroad has contributed to high prices this year. The likelihood that this year's almond crop in California will be lighter than expected has made those prices climb higher.USDA estimates predicted an almond crop in California of 2.1 million pounds, but with harvesting.....
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Mexico starts production of organic bananas

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The market for organic products is booming and the notable presence of producers with new organic food products at the recent PMA Fresh Summit 2014 shows that the industry is more relevant than ever.Among those who have decided to market organic products we find the Mexican company Coliman, which presented.....
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2014-15 forecast: Citrus season shapes up favorably

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The 2014-15 Florida citrus season could be a good one for both growers and orange juice drinkers.Orange growers should see higher farm prices for their fruit in the current season, which began on Oct. 1, but OJ consumers should see lower or stable prices, said Marisa Zansler, chief economist at the Florida.....
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EU extends free trade agreement Ukraine

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The EU is extending its free trade agreement with Ukraine until the end of 2015. This is a unilateral agreement, established after Russia imposed sanctions on Ukraine in April. The agreement lowers import duties, and gives many agricultural products free access to the European market. Dutch growers are.....
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Fruithandels Wouters and ABCz introduce QTee, the red pear

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You often see new varieties introduced in the apple world. It's less common in pears. Kris Wouters, exporter and fruit grower speaks about the new variety Celina, with the brand name QTee. It has a red blushed appearance and is intended for marketing when there is no Forelle on the market. "There are other.....
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CMI is awarded PMA Impact Award for Excellence in Packaging

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“Go-Go Fresh” cherry snacking pouch by CMI wins the excellence in packaging award for the fruit industry. Each year at the PMA Fresh Summit the award winners for packaging excellence are revealed. The PMA Impact Awards for this year were announced at the Fresh Summit in Anaheim. CMI was among the five.....
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US: Famous chefs lead a charge toward vegetable-centred fast food

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Settled into a corner table of his Washington hot spot Jaleo, the small-plates king is animatedly spooning broccoli, carrots and snap peas into a surprisingly big bowl. In go rice, crunchy fried grains, a smoky sauce familiar to anyone who has eaten his Spanish cuisine. All the while, he is chomping on the.....
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India: Mushroom farming to be promoted in urban areas

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To promote mushroom farming in urban and peri-urban residential areas, the National Horticulture Board (NHB) Tuesday said it is working out on a feasibility study to permit mushroom crops on roof tops.According to the NHB, it is in consultation with ministry of non-conventional energy sources to work out a.....
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US (OR): Vegetables about to enter a flavor renaissance

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Chefs are teaming up with plant breeders to revitalize bland produce with robust flavors and exotic beauty—qualities long neglected by industrial agriculture.A few weeks ago, I attended a very unusual feast at a warehouse in Portland, Oregon. I began with dessert. Nora Antene, a pastry chef at Le Pigeon,.....
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Lower Saxony kale season to start soon

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In the German state of Lower Saxony the mild temperatures are enabling the kale to continue growing through the autumn. The kale season is starting to get going with the first offers in the restaurants, reports the German website Proplanta.de.Kale lovers can look forward to a good season, says Erich Klug,.....
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Turkey exporting to Russia en masse

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Turkey is filling in the shortage of food in Russia, reports the website deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de. In the first nine months of this year Turkish producers exported 53 per cent of their vegetables to Russia. This shows that Turkey isn't bothering about the EU guidelines. Before this Brussels warned.....
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Tomato market upturn: vine surpasses loose

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It took an entire season, but vine tomato prices are not bad at all at the moment. They even significantly surpass prices of loose tomatoes at the moment, says Dirk van Nieuwkerk of Anaco Greeve. There is not a lot of Spanish produce yet.A lot of Dutch tomatoes are still being traded at Anaco Greeve, Dirk.....
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Mexico: Sequencing the genome of the garlic's nematode parasite

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Besides paying attention to pests, bacteria, fungi and viruses affecting crops in general, producers should also beware of nematodes, also known as roundworms, as they can cause millions in crop losses.The primary means of controlling them is the extensive use of nematicides; however, these compounds are.....
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