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21 September 2017US banana imports set new record

The increase in volumes from Guatemala, Costa Rica and Mexico more than offset the 34% year-on-year decline in shipments from Ecuador.

21 September 2017Asian potential excites Chilean fruit shippers

Industry association Fedefruta forecasts that in 2017/18 China will overtake the United States as the single largest market for Chilean fruit in value terms.

21 September 2017Orsero Board approves capital increase

The creation of €13m through the issue of 1m new shares enables the Italian multinational to acquire the remaining 50% share in Grupo Fernández.

21 September 2017Brexit impact felt by UK fruit farms

The number of migrant workers picking fruit on some Kent apple and pear farms is reported to be down by 20% on last year.

21 September 2017Light ahead for Turkish tomato industry

Russia is expected to lift its ban on imports of Turkish tomatoes at the beginning of October and close the market during certain periods of the year.

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20 September 2017EU banana imports set new record

A year-on-year rise of 239K MT of bananas from Latin America saw total imports into the European Union rise to almost 2.8m MT in the first seven months of 2017.

20 September 2017Maria decimates FWI banana crops

Preliminary indications are for a 100% loss in those banana plantations in Martinique and Guadeloupe that were most exposed to the hurricane.

20 September 2017Florida grapefruit industry counts cost of Irma

Approximately 75% of Florida grapefruit is grown in the Indian River District, and 80% of that crop is shipped fresh to Asian and European markets.

20 September 2017UK vegetable exports set record

Despite shipping ever more fresh produce to international markets, UK exports of fruit and vegetables are dwarfed by imports, with South Africa the leading trade partner.

20 September 2017California takes US King of Citrus title

Despite being 35% smaller, the Californian citrus industry produced 400K MT more fruit than Florida in 2016/17.

19 September 2017ETI reprieves Fyffes

The UK government-sponsored Ethical Trading Initiative acknowledges that the Irish multinational has made progress in meeting its obligations but will review again in November.

19 September 2017Maria devastates Dominica

The Caribbean island has been hit by winds of up to 260 km/h as Hurricane Maria takes a more northerly course than first forecast.

19 September 2017Korea reports surge in avocado interest

Official data reveals that imports have increased sixfold from a low base in 2010, and are forecast to double year-on-year by the end of 2017.

19 September 2017Weather dents stonefruit progress

Global peach and nectarine production is forecast up a modest 458,000 MT to 21.2m as gains in China and the EU more than offset losses in the United States.

19 September 2017Rio Grande do Norte sees melon surge

Between January and August, the northeastern Brazilian state saw melon exports rise 200% year-on-year to account for 96% of the national export total.