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18 January 2019Ecuador heads for banana record

Shipments to the end of September rose by 15m boxes year-on-year, with Dole subsidiary Ubesa significantly increasing its share of exports.

18 January 2019Reefer fleet continues to shrink

In terms of global reefer capacity, the niche occupied by the specialized mode has shrunk to negligible in terms of market share.

18 January 2019Psyllid find triggers San Francisco quarantine

The discovery of an Asian citrus psyllid, the principal vector for Citrus Greening disease has prompted California state agricultural officials to declare a quarantine.

18 January 2019Qatar issues grape alert

Qatar's Ministry of Public Health has warned the public from eating grapes originating in Peru, due to the possibility of contamination with pesticide residues.

18 January 2019CMA CGM fuses Containerships and MacAndrews

From April, the CMA CGM subsidiaries are to be unified under the Containerships brand as the carrier attempts to 'densify' its regional coverage.

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17 January 2019Fyffes ends Honduras controversy

The Irish multinational is to recognise STAS, a union that represents workers employed at Suragroh, a Honduran melon producer.

17 January 2019Australia re-admits Korean pears

South Korea, which first shipped pears to Australia in 2004, was required to stop shipments of the fruit in early 2015 due to an outbreak of fire blight.

17 January 2019Czech fruit industry recovers

After a catastrophic 2017 for the Czech fruit industry, fruit volumes, especially for apples, pears and plums, were exceptional in 2018.

17 January 2019MMD hails Zodiac service capture

Some 2,000 pallets plus 50 containers containing bananas, melons and pineapples will arrive per week in Portsmouth ready for distribution across the UK.

17 January 2019Tesco hires reefers to hedge against Brexit

The UK's largest retailer says it is to hire reefer containers for the remainder of the year to increase the amount of frozen food it can store.

17 January 2019Brazilian fruit industry hurt by weak EU markets

The value of table grape and mango exports fell significantly year-on-year in 2018 as a result of difficult market conditions caused by late harvests and extended storage.

17 January 2019Marks & Spencer trials naked fruit

The no-plastic-packaging trial at a store in London comes as the UK retailer strives to remove 1,000 tonnes of plastic packaging by spring 2019.

17 January 2019Lenswood secures State support

South Australia's hail-ravaged apple and pear industry is to receive a A$1.3m lifeline after the State Government agreed to waive a grower co-operative's debt.

17 January 2019SeeTree develops software to raise fruit yields

The Israeli startup combines intelligence obtained from drones, ground sensors and samples to provide farmers with data on individual trees and tree clusters.

16 January 2019Central American vegetable exports soar

Led by Guatemala and Honduras, the value of Central American vegetable exports reached US$100m in the first six months of 2018.