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01 May 2015Earliest cherry crop for the US

California has started harvesting a second successive light cherry crop as the Pacific Northwest eyes another large crop.

01 May 2015Bahrain to tighten controls on fruit imports

Bahrain’s Prime Minister has ordered tougher measures at entry points on imported fruit, especially watermelons from Iran.

01 May 2015Russia to limit Serbian fruit imports

Moscow has suspected the sharp rise of supplies from Serbia could hide the re-export of banned apples from Poland.

01 May 2015'K' Line aims for higher slice of reefer

The containership business of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha is back in the black, and says it will attempt to build a larger share of the reefer business.

30 April 2015Vandals sabotage TCM works

General Manager of APM Terminals in Costa Rica Paul Gallie calls the damage caused to the bridges over the River Moin a "terrorist action".

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30 April 2015Fyffes reconfirms 2015 earnings forecast

The Irish multinational says it has delivered a positive performance in the early months of 2015, with profits in the year-to-date in line with expectations.

30 April 2015USDA in record apple purchase

The US Apple Association’s request for a 15.8K MT ‘bonus buy’ of fresh apples has been approved by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

30 April 2015NZ kiwifruit industry sees value in Australia

A 3-year marketing campaign is seen as a signal of maturity among kiwifruit shippers who for the first time will work collectively to grow the Australian market.

30 April 2015US eases ban on DomRep produce imports

The United States has lifted a ban on Hass avocadoes and green tomatoes with immediate effect as the push to eradicate the Medfly outbreak continues.

29 April 2015TR4 aid promised to Filipino banana growers

Producers are to receive P500 (US$11) for each banana plant burned in a bid to minimize or eradicate the spread of Panama Disease.

29 April 2015Iran intercepts second Maersk vessel

Yesterday’s seizure of the Maersk Tigris follows last Friday’s interception of the Maersk Kensington in the Persian Gulf near the Strait of Hormuz.

29 April 2015Argentinean pipfruit industry holds its breath

A week after the end of a visit by Brazilian plant health officials, Argentina’s apple and pear shippers have still not been informed of the results of their audit.

29 April 2015Dogs and drones fight avocado beetle

Researchers and farmers in Florida are fighting to halt the deadly laurel wilt fungus before it can spread to California.

29 April 2015CMA CGM takes stake in LCL Logistix

The container line says its logistics subsidiary CMA CGM LOG has taken a strategic stake in the Indian forwarder, which last year reported sales revenue of US$120m.

28 April 2015Higher costs take gloss off Del Monte Q1

Increased sales revenue for the multinational was offset by higher costs, lower yields and “several adverse weather-related events around the world”.