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29 August 2014Scales H1 hit by lower apple prices

New Zealand's largest apple exporter said first-half profit fell 22% from a year earlier, reflecting lower apple prices and the one-off costs of its NZX listing.

29 August 2014APHIS invites comment on China citrus proposal

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has published a proposed rule that would allow the importation of fresh citrus from China into the continental U.S.

29 August 2014Lawsuit questions Chiquita’s eco-friendly credentials

A Consumer Protection Act lawsuit has been filed against the multinational in Seattle, alleging unfair and deceptive marketing practices.

29 August 2014Bangladesh advised to build cold storage capacity

Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander Nikolaev has proposed constructing a cold store in Chittagong to export disease-free potatoes to Russia.

29 August 2014Big drop in Argentinean onion exports

Of the 350K MT national onion harvest, only 127K MT has so far been exported, a 41% fall on the figure for 2013.

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28 August 2014Ecuador on course for record banana exports

Banana Exporter Association AEBE data reveals a year-on-year 19m box increase in shipments for the first 5 months of 2014.

28 August 2014MMD extends reach

The Portsmouth-port based fresh fruit handler has announced a new transport partnership with a leading UK logistics company.

28 August 2014US pear crop revised

The Pacific Northwest pear crop is about 1.5m boxes larger than forecast in May but still smaller than last year's record, which should offset loss of exports to Russia.

28 August 2014Safra, Cutrale launch assault on Chiquita Board

The bidders for Chiquita say the additional US$20m in cost savings announced ‘smacks of desperation’ and ‘underscores the irresponsibility and lack of judgment of the Chiquita board’.

28 August 2014India ships record volume of table grapes

In season 2013/14 India exported 192K MT of grapes of which 65K MT were absorbed by the UK and continental Europe.

28 August 2014Hard frost compromises Argentinean stonefruit crop

Temperatures averaging -6°C in the Upper Valley forced producers to deploy sprinkler systems to mitigate the impact on trees in full bloom.

28 August 2014SA growers demand end to CBS dispute

Citrus producers have asked the government to set up an independent panel to resolve a dispute with the EU over the region’s stricter import requirements.

27 August 2014Fyffes post strong H1

The Irish multi-national sees adjusted pre-tax profit rise 40% year-on-year and raises its full year target to €38-€42m.

27 August 2014‘No evidence’ to back EU fears on CBS

The European Food Safety Authority EFSA is accused of ignoring scientific findings, raising suspicions that the EU is engaging in protectionism.

27 August 2014India reduces onion MEP

The decision to reduce the Minimum Export Price follows a softening of prices and increased availability of the vegetable in the domestic market.