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30 January 2015Litchis linked to child fatalities

A mysterious and sometimes fatal brain disease that has afflicted children in northeastern India for years could be linked to a toxic substance in the exotic fruit.

30 January 2015EastPack appoints new CEO

Hamish Simson will commence his role as CEO of New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit handler in early May.

30 January 2015Japan fruit imports trend lower

A fall in banana imports is primarily responsible for the 320K MT reduction in total annual fruit imports between 2009 and 2014.

30 January 2015Peru forecasts rise in avocado exports

Total shipments are forecast to increase to 190K MT in 2015, 25K MT more than was shipped in 2014, according to industry association Prohass.

30 January 2015Uruguay fruit exports rise 20%

A significant increase in shipments of fruit to the German market led to Uruguay posting a total value of US$115m for fruit exports in 2014.

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30 January 2015Kiwifruit Claim blames imported pollen

The class action claims officials of New Zealand’s Ministry of Agriculture allowed imports of kiwifruit pollen without having undertaken a formal risk analysis.

29 January 2015Argentinean pipfruit pay dispute takes ugly turn

Tonnes of apples and pears are destroyed as violence erupts following demonstrations by producers in Río Negro.

29 January 2015Capespan Group adds assets

Following the acquisitions of a pome fruit estate and packhouse, the Group owns and/or controls more than 2K hectares in Southern African pome, citrus and grape production.

29 January 2015Pipfruit packhouse fined for false documents

Hawke's Bay packhouse Matipou Orchard Limited has been fined heavily and is no longer approved to hold a registration to export apples to Taiwan.

29 January 2015Peru forecasts rise in banana production

Banana production is predicted to rise 3% while the value of exports is forecast to rise 20% in 2015 to US$140m.

29 January 2015Jordan expands export exposure

Fresh produce was shipped to 50 new markets in 2014, raising agricultural exports by 12% year-on-year, according to the country’s Agriculture Ministry.

28 January 2015Star sells oldest reefers

The London-based reefer owner/operator warned investors that the sale of the two units would likely result in a book loss of approximately US$2.2m.

28 January 2015Reefer leasing business consolidates

The acquisition of the Bermuda based container leasing group Cronos strengthens Bohai’s position in global transportation and equipment finance.

28 January 2015China builds more cool capacity

At the start of 2015 China has 61m cubic meters of refrigeration storage, compared to 105m cubic meters in India and 112m cubic meters in the United States.

28 January 2015Seatrade reefer refloated

The Santa Lucia had grounded in the Delaware Bay in heavy weather associated with Winter Storm Juno.