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Gaining control of maturity at harvest

By | August 14th, 2019|Global Industry News|

Maturity at harvest is the most critical factor influencing post-harvest life, especially for fruit like apples and pears, that are sensitive to a vegetal hormone called ethylene, which accelerates their ripening process. Preventing the negative effect of ethylene in the orchard is key to harvesting the best quality fruit and minimizing post-harvest waste. Delaying harvest [...]

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Edible coating instead of film

By | August 8th, 2019|Global Industry News|

As reported by heise.de, American materials scientist James Rogers at the University of California at Santa Barbara invented an edible coating for fruit and vegetables. It will soon also be replacing the plastic packaging for these fresh foods in the EU. With the coating, the food remains fresh four to five times as long. You [...]

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Tunisia confirms presence of fungus causing black spot

By | August 8th, 2019|Global Industry News|

The European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) has issued an alert confirming that the Tunisian authorities have officially declared an area infected with Phyllosticta citricarpa, the fungus that causes black spot. We are talking about 2,000 hectares in the Nabeul Governorate; a citrus growing area in the northeast of the country. This proves that [...]

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Devaluation Chinese yuan will hurt US farmers

By | August 8th, 2019|Global Industry News|

Monday 5 August the American stock markets experienced the worst day of the year. In response to the US decision to extend import tariffs to more Chinese products on September 1, China announced a reduction in the value of the yuan. Is there a currency war threatening now that China is throwing its own currency [...]

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Empowering growers to combat food waste

By | August 8th, 2019|Global Industry News|

An estimated 168 million tonnes of food is lost or wasted in North America each year, with 49 million tonnes lost or wasted at the pre-harvest stage alone. Additionally, 20% to 40% of food production is lost to pests and diseases before it leaves the farm. Impacts include 193 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, [...]

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Negative balance for Valencia’s 2018/19 citrus campaign

By | July 22nd, 2019|Global Industry News|

The 2018/19 citrus campaign in the Spanish Region of Valencia has been one of the worst in recent years, according to figures published by UNIÓ de Llauradors, which reveal a 32% drop in profits compared to the previous season. The LA UNIÓ report shows that the income has fallen by 151 million Euro (40%) in [...]

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Global overview of citrus markets

By | July 22nd, 2019|Global Industry News|

The global orange market is facing a number of challenges. South African oranges, and citrus fruits in general, are troubled by problems in the ports of Durban and Port Elizabeth. In Argentina, the frost has probably caused considerable damage. Spain also suffered from the weather this season and in Italy the Tristeza virus had some [...]

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Spanish citrus should create brand

By | July 13th, 2019|Global Industry News|

According to Guillermo Edo, citrus fruits are still perceived as a generic product for which the sector has failed to create a brand. "In Spain, the current overproduction added to the pressure from imports (Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, etc.) are causing a crisis. The chains are looking for competitive prices and offers for the whole year, [...]

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Africa Free Trade Accord Unveiled As a Work in Progress

By | July 9th, 2019|Global Industry News|

This pact has been a long time coming. Talks began back in 2002 in an effort to find African solutions to African problems. Phase 1, tariffs The AfCTA zone will eliminate customs duties on 90 percent of goods. Seven per cent of goods are considered "sensitive", and not part of the deal, though their tariffs [...]

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Florida citrus production continues downward trend

By | June 13th, 2019|Global Industry News|

The 2018–19 Florida all-orange forecast released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on June 11 is 71.4 million boxes. The total includes 30.4 million boxes of non-Valencia oranges (early, mid-season and Navel varieties) and 41 million boxes of Valencia oranges. The June forecast for non-Valencia production is unchanged from the May forecast. Harvest is [...]

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