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20 October 2014SATI forecasts larger grape crop

The South African table grape industry anticipates the 2014/15 crop volume to be approximately 4% to 7% higher than the 2013/14 season.

20 October 2014Banana bonanza for Guatemala

In the first eight months of 2014 Guatemala’s banana exports have risen 13% year-on-year according to Central Bank Banguat, at a higher average price.

20 October 2014Kiwifruit Claim delays filing

The multi-million NZ$ biosecurity incursion claim has been delayed until later this week as issues around the company involved in the lawsuit are clarified.

20 October 2014California forecasts more citrus

California’s all-orange forecast for 2014-15 is projected to be 101m cartons of fruit, a 1% improvement over last season’s revised final utilization.

20 October 2014Maersk Line to double freight rates

The container line plans to raise freight rates sharply on main routes from ports in Asia to ports in northern Europe, with effect from 1 November.

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17 October 2014South Africa refers EU to WTO over CBS

Trade Minister Rob Davies claims last year's ban on citrus fruit was "aimed at restricting highly competitive citrus imports to the benefit of citrus producers in the EU".

17 October 2014Chiquita rebuffs raised bid

The Chiquita Board called the takeover bid by Brazilian juice maker Grupo Cutrale and investment firm Safra Group "inadequate."

17 October 2014Honduran banana farms hit by flooding

Continuous heavy rainfall has caused the River Ulúa to break its banks and flood plantations in and around El Progreso.

17 October 2014'K' Line joins cold storage JV in Viet Nam

The Japanese shipping line has entered into a joint venture with Cool Japan Fund and Japan Logistics Systems and to build and operate the US$15m facility.

17 October 2014Cultivar takes stake in Natural Tropic

The Spanish fruit distributor with an annual turnover in the region of €200m has acquired 40% of the Malaga-based tropical fruit specialist.

16 October 2014Fyffes says merger deal tops new Cutrale bid

The Irish multinational responds to a renewed bid for Chiquita Brands by the Brazilian juice specialist, which values the multinational at US$1.24bn.

16 October 2014Gonzalo damages FWI bananas

The hurricane that scored a direct hit on the Leeward Islands earlier this week destroyed an estimated 20% of banana production on Guadeloupe.

16 October 2014Reefer boxes destined for the New Silk Way

Slow-steaming by container shipping lines means that the transit time from China to European ports can be more than 45 days.

16 October 2014Russia threatens ban on fruit from Ukraine

Federal phytosanitary service Rosselkhoznadzor claims fruit and vegetables from the European Union are finding their way into Russia via Ukraine.

16 October 2014East African fruit shippers look to the EU

The 5 East African Community bloc nations have come to a deal with the European Union to renew a duty-free export deal for fresh produce.