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29 April 2016Fyffes increases earnings target

Following the acquisition of Canada’s largest mushroom company Highline Produce, the Irish multinational forecasts a 20% rise in EBITDA for 2016.

29 April 2016Kiwifruit declared safe after scare

Marketer Zespri says the grease found on a quantity of export-bound kiwifruit early this month did not pose a risk to consumer safety.

29 April 2016EU stonefruit forecast delayed until May

The annual Europech meeting in Perpignan has concluded without a definitive pre-season estimate, with climatic instability blamed for uncertainty over volumes.

29 April 2016US fruit industry fears Cuban organics 'invasion'

The thawing of relations between the US and Cuba is clearing a path for more agricultural investment on the Caribbean island just 145kms south of Florida.

29 April 2016Korea tightens MRL controls on exotics

From December this year South Korea has indicated it will not allow residues of certain pesticides used on Costa Rican bananas and pineapples.

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28 April 2016Austria fears near total fruit crop failure

Early estimates suggest up to 80% of Austria’s entire fruit crop has been destroyed by frosts, with fruit varieties either in full bloom or early development worst affected.

28 April 2016Algeria curbs imports of French apples

A combination of the devaluation of the dinar and import restrictions have caused exports to France’s fourth largest market for apples to decline 36% year-on-year.

28 April 2016Copenhagen Municipality to drop Maersk

A political majority in Copenhagen has voted to sell the shares due to what they see as Maersk’s 'hugely negative' environmental impact.

28 April 2016Spain cements lead in fresh exporter list

With 11.6m MT of fruit and vegetables shipped annually and annual growth of 3.5%, Spain leads the world in fresh exports, according to FAO data.

28 April 2016Zimbabwe and Namibia to start fresh trade

Zimbabwe and Namibia have signed an agreement of intent that will see the former export fruits and vegetables to the latter.

27 April 2016EC proposes aid extension

The European Commission has formally presented a proposal to Member states to extend aid to fresh produce exporting nations affected by the Russian import ban.

27 April 2016Cocaine seized in Sheerness

A huge haul of cocaine has been discovered in a reefer container carrying bananas from Panama at the UK Port of Sheerness.

27 April 2016More is less for Argentinean fruit exports

Despite the devaluation of the Argentinean Peso, the net value of exports in the first two months of 2016 fell 1.5% despite an increase in volumes shipped.

27 April 2016Panama banana exports show incremental growth

After a setback in 2012, the volume of Panama's banana exports has risen for four consecutive years.

27 April 2016Court rules on search terms in Zespri dispute

New Zealand's Employment Court has 'adjusted significantly' the list of terms at the heart of the dispute between the kiwifruit marketer and former employee Joseph Yu.