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Thursday, May 24, 2018

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California cherry growers feel relieved

Chinese inspections of US fruit are back to normal

For the past four weeks, the China Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ) has been detaining all US fruit shipments for seven days upon arrival into China to test for pesticide residues. However, as of yesterday inspections of new arrivals into Beijing and Shanghai Pudong are being released the same day according to.....

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Possible import tariff hikes for fresh products

India hits back at US anti-dumping duties

America recently decided to impose anti-dumping duties on the stainless steel flanges imported from China and India. This was done after it found in its preliminary probe that both these countries had provided subsidies to the exporters. In response, India wants to institute retaliatory tariffs on a list of.....

Expanding PMA engagement in Western US & Canada

Steve Lutz joins PMA

Produce industry veteran Steve Lutz will expand the presence of Produce Marketing Association (PMA) West Coast when he joins the association’s staff next month as regional vice president – US and Canada West. In this newly created senior-level position, Lutz will engage with members in the region to help them.....

Solid crop of Georgia peaches are welcome sight after 2017

Georgia peaches are off to a good start.“We don’t have an overwhelming early crop of Georgia peaches but we do have a steady supply,” says Duke Lane III of Lane Southern Orchards in Fort Valley, GA, who notes the first picking of Georgia peaches happened on May 11th. “We expect to hit more of a normal crop.....

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No pesticides and 95% less water - the indoor farming revolution

Indoor farming is not really that new, the most prevalent example being that of greenhouses. A New York based company is taking the concept to another level. Bowery, which launched just last year, has started up their concept of vertical indoor farming by acquiring warehouses in urban areas and turning them.....

Lime supplies starting to hit their peak in Mexico

After several months of limited supplies, lime volumes are now steadily increasing each week. Warmer temperatures are helping production move along, and suppliers are now beginning to see a surplus. This is a fairly typical pattern each year, however the peak in production has been shifted later this.....

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Ecuador's granadilla export season begins

The high season of Ecuadorian granadilla will start in June and it will last until December. Its main export destination will be Canada, a country where this tropical fruit is very appreciated and where market prices are good. There is also a big demand for this fruit in Hong Kong and Europe, even though it's.....

First inspection of Chilean lemons for US under the systems approach

On Saturday, May 19, professionals from the SAG-USDA / APHIS-ASOEX los Lirios Phytosanitary Inspection Site made the first inspection and approval of Chilean lemons for the USA under the systems approach.On April 6, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of.....

‘Like a huge bee with wheels and an arm’

BrambleBee robotic pollinator

Apples, oranges, berries… For these foods we can thank bees and their extraordinary pollinating powers. Unfortunately, to show our appreciation, humans are killing off bees in staggering numbers—destroying their habitats and poisoning them with pesticides. And at the same time, our population is skyrocketing,.....

Cherry breeder targets new varieties with longer market window

Somewhere among the thousands of young trees at Washington State University’s Roza research orchard near Prosser are future cherry varieties promising wider harvests, disease resistance, and more firm, flavourful fruit.Per McCord is here to find them.As the new cherry breeder at WSU’s Irrigated Agriculture.....

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André Boer, fresh produce buyer at Superunie:

"PlanetProof is forcing trade to become transparent"

The new label "On the way to PlanetProof" (previously known as Milieukeur) not only makes cultivation more sustainable. It also brings a new dynamic to the market. It is Superunie's goal to make fresh fruit and vegetables 100% PlanetProof, or the equivalent thereof. By the end of the year, 50% of this must.....

Spain: 6 months in prison and 2,000 Euro fine for illegal blueberry plantation

A farmer has been sentenced by the Huelva Criminal Court No. 1 to six months in prison and the payment of a 2,160 Euro fine for the unauthorised production of Snowchaser blueberries, whose intellectual property belongs to the University of Florida and is licensed to the company Rústicas del Guadalquivir.The.....

"The easiest way to consume fresh produce anywhere"

“The company processes and serves all kinds of fresh fruit and vegetables, such as apple, pineapple, persimmon, watermelon, pumpkin, onion, carrot, lime, lemon, etc. It’s the easiest way for consumers to consume fresh fruit anywhere, with the natural flavour but without having to process, wash or cut the fruit.....

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Launching premium variety of apples

IG International joins hands with Mr Apple

Leading fresh fruit importer IG International has entered into an association with Mr Apple, a major global apple exporter from New Zealand, to launch DIVA, a premium variety of apples into the Indian subcontinent. Deliciously sweet and crunchy, the DIVA apple variant is naturally bright red in colour and high.....

A fungus could be the key

Australian researchers working on ways to produce better looking bananas

James Cook University scientists Dr Tobin Northfield and honours student Amy McGuire will use a fungus found in soil to combat rust thrips.“Rust thrips are tiny insects that feed on leaves and developing bananas. This produces a rust-coloured scarring that becomes more apparent as the banana grows. The rust.....

Record New Zealand kiwifruit exports boost overall exports in April

According to monthly trade data released today, a record month for kiwifruit exports helped push the country's overall exports in April to the second-highest level ever. Kiwifruit exports surged 82 percent in April to $438 million, a new high. The rise in kiwifruit exports was the leading contributor to a 7.3.....

"Reducing labour costs and improving crop growth in soft fruit"

Reducing labour costs and improving crop growth is an important topic for soft fruit growers around the world. Thanks to newly developed Latex Weed Mats, they have a new tool in doing so. Less is moreMade from natural latex and organic coconut fibre, Galuku’s Latex Weed Mats provide a protective layer around.....

Aussie grower Rod Dalton switched from avocados to figs

Fig farmer Rod Dalton claims he made the switch from ‘thirsty’ avocados to the forbidden fruit after a tip-off from a friend. It was the early 2000s and Dalton was predominately growing stone fruit as well as avocados and a few oranges. A friend, who was also a farmer, would come over regularly and we would.....

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‘Like a huge bee with wheels and an arm’

BrambleBee robotic pollinator

Apples, oranges, berries… For these foods we can thank bees and their extraordinary pollinating powers. Unfortunately, to show our appreciation, humans are killing off bees in staggering numbers—destroying their habitats and poisoning them with pesticides. And at the same time, our population is skyrocketing,.....

South Africa: Eastern Cape thieves loot moving pineapple truck

A group of thieves in the Eastern Cape looted a pineapple truck while it was on the move. Some people are not averse to grabbing a "freebie" when they see an overturned truck. But others are obviously not even waiting for the truck to come to a standstill. A driver in the Eastern Cape filmed three men clinging.....

New GMO foods made for you

Pink pineapples, non-browining apples and potatoes that don’t bruise

There is a new generation of GMO foods, designed with the consumer in mind. They can give health benefits, increased flavour or longer shelf-life. Let us list some of them:Non-browning apples - Some people dislike eating fruit with flesh that has become discoloured. This never happens to Arctic apples. They.....

US-China trade truce: Agriculture, shipping and energy firms set to gain most

The truce in the US-China trade war is set to benefit the agriculture and energy sectors because of China’s commitment to significantly increase related imports from the US, say analysts. Shipping companies and port operators are also likely to profit from stronger freight demand and trade flows.Following two.....

This ocean voyage is the longest straight-line journey on Earth

If you want to go on the longest boat ride in the world, but you don’t have a rudder, what route would you take? Five years ago, a reddit user proposed that traveling overseas from southern Pakistan to northeastern Russia would yield a trip of 32,090.3 kilometers: the longest straight-line journey on Earth.

Now, a team of scientists has finally proved him right.

Superfood berry producer ready for new markets

Superfoods, especially berries like goji, sea buckthorn, aronia, Cornelian cherries and organic blueberries, have been all over the news in recent years and, what some people may not be aware of, is that Greece is one of the few countries in Europe who are able to produce all of these berries.Yannis.....


Kroger is purchasing Home Chef for $200mln

Target Q1: strongest traffic for over 10 years

US: FreshDirect announces summer delivery service to the Hamptons, Montauk, and Jersey ShoreFreshDirect announced summer service to the Hamptons, Montauk, and select areas of the Jersey Shore. FreshDirect will deliver fresh, great-tasting produce, meat, seafood, and dairy, in addition to catered platters,.....

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