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We feel it’s very important to not only have a great understanding for our current market and country, but to maintain a worldly viewpoint and full understanding of all other markets and their effects on the fresh produce export/import industry. Please stay connected and informed through our news channel.

Grape breeders announce alliance to battle growing IP fraud


Four of the world’s top fruit breeders will cooperate in stopping ongoing attempts to appropriate proprietary plant material and infringe their Intellectual Property rights, representatives of the firms announced here today during the inaugural Global Grape Summit. The new organization is The Breeders Alliance Company Ltd, and its founding members are Grapa Varieties Ltd, IFG, SNFL, and Sun World Innovations. The Breeders Alliance was created to assist its members in their separate enforcement activities by collectively monitoring and surveilling key…

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Vegetables see mixed changes in processed, fresh markets


WASHINGTON — Lower harvested area and yields pushed fresh vegetable production down 10% last year, to 35.9 billion lbs, the lowest in 19 years and the largest year-over-year drop during that time, the U.S Department of Agriculture said in its Vegetables and Pulses Outlook. In contrast, 2018 production of processing vegetables was estimated at 35.7 billion lbs, up 7% from 2017. The four largest fresh crops — onions, head lettuce, romaine lettuce and tomatoes — accounted for 46% of total fresh…

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Polish apple volumes take a hit


Unfavourable claimatic conditions and recent frosts have cut crop sizes for many growers in the country Adifficult season for Polish apple growers has been made even tougher by recent widespread frosts, with some producers reporting losses of up to 80 per cent. The frosts, which hit in early May, were just the latest in a long line of challenges that the country's apple growers have faced in 2019, according to Dominik Wozniak of Rajpol. "This spring we have had several…

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Donald Trump vows to use tariffs to punish Mexico for migrants


SEVERAL ADVISERS to Mexico’s secretary for foreign affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, receive phone notifications each time President Donald Trump sends a tweet. Phones—and alarm bells—were surely ringing on May 30th, when Mr Trump delivered his threat to apply a 5% tariff on all imports from Mexico. Unless the Mexican government takes action “to dramatically reduce or eliminate the number of illegal aliens crossing its territory into the United States”, the tariff is to go into effect on June 10th, and to increase each…

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The start of the stone fruit season is around the corner in the Mediterranean. Spain continues to increase its stone fruit volumes and thus dominates the market in Europe. A good harvest is also expected in Greece, with rising export volumes to Europe and the Middle East. In Italy, the season has been more dramatic for apricots and nectarines due to heavy rainfall in recent weeks, which has caused a lot of the harvest to be lost. In South Africa,…

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