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Research into citrus fruit drop

By | May 28th, 2020|Global Industry News|

UF/IFAS citrus scientists Tripti Vashisth and Fernando Alferez are trying to reduce the amount of fruit that drops from Hamlin and Valencia trees prior to harvest. If fruit drops, growers can’t harvest it, and that leads to losses for farmers and less fruit at the market for consumers. Normally, about 10% to 15% of citrus [...]

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Demand for Spanish oranges decreasing in China

By | May 26th, 2020|Global Industry News|

The market for imported Spanish oranges this year faces considerable challenges. Affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the market is full of uncertainties, and many Spanish companies have decided to reduce the volume or no longer ship to the Chinese market, leading to decreased export volumes. Nevertheless, there are still strong Spanish brands that are able [...]

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Plastic has become a security element

By | May 26th, 2020|Global Industry News|

The health crisis has changed the public's perception of plastic in the packaging of fresh products. Before the crisis, the rejection of plastic in the packaging of fresh products had been the subject of debates in the agri-food sector. The health crisis helped many people to start seeing this material as a security element, stated [...]

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Extra layer for traceability

By | May 20th, 2020|Global Industry News|

A New Zealand based scientific traceability company says businesses need to be aware of the risks of counterfeiting and fraud in fresh produce, as agricultural exports de-commoditise in favour of brand premium products. "Australian (and New Zealand) agriculture continues to grow in export markets," Oritain Global Limited, Business Development Manager, Gordon Fisher said. "We are [...]

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Virus fears during Mexican harvest

By | May 20th, 2020|Global Industry News|

The Valencia orange harvest in Tamaulipas is seeing a boon as prices have soared to a record-setting 5,500 pesos (US $233) per tonne. Although workers are wary of the coronavirus and sanitary measures are in place, part of the bonanza may, in fact, be due to a rise in demand for the vitamin C-rich fruit [...]

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Valencian agricultural producers voluntarily disinfect streets

By | May 20th, 2020|Global Industry News|

The symbolic image of tractors disinfecting the streets against COVID-19 in Valencian towns is gradually becoming rarer as the de-escalation process continues. The Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (AVA-ASAJA) estimates that nearly a thousand producers have voluntarily and altruistically taken part in these disinfection efforts to keep the streets of over a hundred municipalities as [...]

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Australian technology traces fresh produce data from farm to shelf

By | May 12th, 2020|Global Industry News|

Growing Australian supply chain tracking technology is constantly surprising fresh produce businesses with the level of transparency in the supply chain, according to its founding company Escavox. CEO Luke Wood says the innovative system gives food suppliers more information to better manage the food journey from farm to retail shelf, and every time that clients [...]

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Relief for Kenyan fruit exporters

By | May 8th, 2020|Global Industry News|

Foreign-based airlines have resumed flying to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) as European countries start easing Covid-19 lockdowns, pushing up demand for fresh produce and the capacity of freighters. The latest entrants are British Airways and Singapore Air, which had stopped plying the Nairobi route following restrictions on international travel and low demand for horticultural [...]

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Trained dogs on warpath against citrus greening

By | May 6th, 2020|Global Industry News|

Dogs specially trained by Agriculture Research Service (ARS) scientists have proven to be the most efficient way to detect huanglongbing—also known as citrus greening—according to a paper just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Currently, the only solid hope of curtailing the spread of citrus greening is to eliminate trees with [...]

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New technique to protect against HLB

By | May 6th, 2020|Global Industry News|

Citrus greening, also called Huanglongbing (HLB), is devastating the citrus industry. Florida alone has experienced a 50 to 75 percent reduction in citrus production. There are no resistant varieties of citrus available and limited disease control measures. Some scientists think it is possible that orange juice could one day become as expensive and rare as [...]

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