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Smart way to recycle fruit and vegetables

By | November 19th, 2019|Global Industry News|

The juice sector is a key and strategic sector for Spain. Last year's citrus campaign was disastrous and one of the alternatives to avoid losses and the uprooting of trees was to resort to the juice industry and the vending style. The current citrus campaign, marked by low volumes and high prices, is not stopping [...]

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Lemon market overview

By | November 19th, 2019|Global Industry News|

It is currently quiet on the lemon market. The South African season has already finished and people are looking back on record export figures this year. The Spanish season has just started with the Primafiori lemons, although the production volume is expected to be 20% smaller than last year. Market prices seem to be under [...]

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No sound science behind avoiding produce ‘because of pesticides’

By | October 24th, 2019|Global Industry News|

A new report from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) aims to reduce consumers’ worries by describing how information from complex risk assessments can be misinterpreted in news stories and by consumer advocacy groups. The often complex findings from these scientific publications can easily be shaped into unfavorable narratives, confusing grocery buyers more [...]

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How technology helps African growers

By | October 24th, 2019|Global Industry News|

Currently, more than half of working Africans have jobs in agriculture, but poor infrastructure, inadequate tools and a lack of investment have left the continent's mostly small-scale farms struggling to feed a growing population. Now, a wave of technological solutions is aiming to help. In Ghana, a company called Acquahmeyer rents out drones that help [...]

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World Citrus Organization launched

By | October 24th, 2019|Global Industry News|

The newly founded World Citrus Organization (WCO) was officially launched at Fruit Attraction, Madrid. With this official presentation, citrus fruits are finally placed at the same level of coordination worldwide as other fruit categories, such as pears & apples, kiwis, avocado or red fruits, which already have their own global platforms. The WCO will act [...]

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Identifying plant genes to ensure food security

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

An international team of scientists led by the University of Goettingen has developed a new approach that enables researchers to more efficiently identify the genes that control plant traits. This method will enable plant breeders and scientists to develop more affordable, desirable, and sustainable plant varieties. The application will be most valuable for the fruit, [...]

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Citrus Australia launches protective screenhouse to prevent HLB

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

Auscitrus has strengthened its capacity to protect the nation’s budwood supplies from disease, focusing specifically on any future incursion of HLB, with the completion of its new protective screenhouse. Grower levies, through Hort Innovation, funded the new climate-controlled structure, which will house budwood trees under insect-screened conditions, ensuring a source of HLB-free budwood for Australian [...]

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Spain loses ground to South Africa and Turkey in global citrus trade

By | September 24th, 2019|Global Industry News|

According to data from the Statistics Division of the United Nations (UN), in recent years Spain has been constantly losing ground to South Africa and Turkey in the global citrus trade. Although Spain remains the world's largest exporter, its citrus shipments have been reduced by 15.18% since 2015, going from 4,184.56 million kilos back then [...]

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A $10 Japanese grape

By | September 24th, 2019|Global Industry News|

Among other things, Japan is known for its crazily expensive fruit. In 2016, a bunch of about 30 grapes sold for 1.1 million yen (US$10,190) in Japan, and since then the same variety of grapes has been hitting record highs every year. A bunch at this year’s first wholesale market auction was actually selling for [...]

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High demand for European mandarins

By | September 17th, 2019|Global Industry News|

Every year, in about week 36/37, Willem Dijk waits for his new European mandarins to arrive in the Netherlands. Sometimes, it is a week earlier, sometimes a week later. "There are sufficient overseas alternatives for mandarins. Despite this, there is a high demand for European mandarins. This week, we received our first truckload of Filosofo [...]

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