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24 November 2014Star ties up tonnage

Specialized reefer owner/operator Star Reefers extends four units to Fyffes for 12 months and two vessels to Fresh Carriers on a long-term charter.

24 November 2014Zespri considers more forward integration

New Zealand’s single channel marketer is debating whether to establish a greater presence in markets in which it sells more than a critical mass of kiwifruit.

24 November 2014Reefer Terminal ‘up for sale’

Rail operator the Serfer Group is reported to be one of a number of investors ready to acquire the GF Group subsidiary in Vado, Liguria.

24 November 2014BFV inks topfruit distribution deal with Yupaa

Belgium, India's second largest trading partner in the EU, is entering the country for the first time with its fruit basket in a marketing deal with the Yupaa Group.

24 November 2014Maersk Line ‘would settle for lower margins’

CEO Søren Skou is concerned that lossmaking competitors ‘drive down rates and worsen overcapacity’ as they ‘lack the discipline found in other industries’.

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24 November 2014Hailstorm hurts Sunraysia fruit crops

A weekend hailstorm, described as ‘being like a tornado’, has ruined table grape and citrus crops and damaged homes in south eastern Australia.

24 November 2014China calls for more fruit from Cambodia

Chinese officials have called on Cambodia to increase fruit exports amid an expected rise in domestic demand for fresh produce fuelled by online sales.

21 November 2014Stena unveils Reefer RoRo mk II

The new design allows for greater capacity below deck, improved fuel consumption and an ultra-competitive box rate on a long-term charter.

21 November 2014Daalimpex announces ‘sustainable’ Velsen expansion

The Kloosterboer Group subsidiary expects a significant increase in throughput will make its Velsen facility ‘more like a global consolidation centre’.

21 November 2014Chinese banana market hit by oversupply

As domestic banana production starts to recover after typhoon-related damage, the market price has dropped sharply in recent weeks.

21 November 2014APM Terminals inks $1bn Ghana port deal

The AP Moller-Maersk subsidiary has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Ghana to expand its Tema Port.

21 November 2014Israel opens citrus centre in Punjab

Under a three-year work plan for India-Israel cooperation in agriculture, 28 centres of excellence are being established in ten states across India.

21 November 2014Tasmanian cherries set for China

Reid Fruits has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with the Jeshing Group, which will become a minority shareholder in the fruitgrower.

20 November 2014Rosselkhoznadzor threatens ban on Bosnia fruit

Russia’s agricultural watchdog says the amount of apples imported to Russia grew 100-fold over the first nine months of 2014 compared to 2013.

20 November 2014Turkey to ship less fruit

Despite opportunities in Russia, the exports of all deciduous fruits are forecast to decrease year-on-year due to decreased production figures.