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Amazon shakes grocery world

By | June 19th, 2017|Global Industry News|

Amazon will acquire Whole Foods Market in a $13.7bn deal, marking the biggest transaction ever for the e-commerce giant as it pushes deeper into groceries. The deal sends a shockwave across both the online and brick-and-mortar industries, uniting two brands that weren’t seen as obvious partners. When Amazon.com Inc.completes its acquisition of Whole Foods Market [...]

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New fabric could test fruit freshness

By | June 19th, 2017|Global Industry News|

Researchers have confirmed that a coated piece of fabric developed at Florida International University can detect the freshness of oranges. Scientists at the university have found a quick and reliable way to test the freshness of fruit on supermarket shelves through the use of a coated fabric strip. The research, published recently in the Journal [...]

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SA launches $78m investment scheme to stimulate ag sector

By | June 7th, 2017|SA Industry News|

An incentive scheme designed to boost investments in new and existing agro-processing projects has kicked off with a R1-billion cost-sharing grant fund in South Africa. The Agro-processing Support Scheme (APSS) targets food and beverage value addition and processing (including black winemakers), fertiliser production and other sectors. It aims to increase capacity, create employment, boost competitiveness [...]

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SA agriculture industry grows despite recession

By | June 7th, 2017|SA Industry News|

South Africa plunged into its second recession in eight years in the first three months of the year, even before a political crisis in the ruling African National Congress triggered rating cuts to junk status. On an annualised basis Africa's most industrialised economy contracted 0.7 per cent in the first quarter after a 0.3 per [...]

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Florida’s citrus packing houses struggling amid citrus greening

By | June 2nd, 2017|Global Industry News|

Stories of the fatal bacterial disease citrus greening often focus on growers, who have seen their annual harvest decline by more than 70 percent because of greening. Just as severely affected, however, have been Florida’s fresh citrus packing houses, which buy a large portion of Florida’s annual orange, grapefruit and tangerine harvests and sell them [...]

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Australian citrus grower conditions trees to fill supply gap

By | June 2nd, 2017|Global Industry News|

A citrus grower in Carnarvon, 900 kilometres north of Perth, has conditioned her trees to fruit early to fill a gap in navel orange supply in Australian supermarkets. Navel oranges are not commonly grown in Carnarvon due to the harsh weather conditions resulting in fruit that are not particularly orange, or round, making them hard [...]

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Why a weed in citrus orchards is resistant to glyphosate

By | June 2nd, 2017|Global Industry News|

A research group at the University of Cordoba has discovered the reason why a type of weed, which causes serious problems to olive and citrus crops, is growing resistant to one of the most commonly used herbicides: glyphosate. The team of researchers, led by the professor of Agricultural Chemistry and Soil Science Rafael de Prado, [...]

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SA lemons to EU down 20%

By | June 2nd, 2017|SA Industry News|

South African exporters, wary of the implications of citrus black spot interceptions on the entire South African citrus campaign in Europe, are playing it safe and sending their lemons to Russia, the Middle East and Asia, with a drop of 20% in the amount of lemons destined for the EU compared to 2016. “Due to [...]

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