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Blue Whale Apple Exports to China to Double Next Season

From September 4 to 6, Asia Fruit Logistica 2019 took place as scheduled at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong. Produce Report caught up with Thierry Hérisson, Asia Export Manager, and Marguerite Jeanson, Asia Trade Marketing Executive, for French apple grower and exporter Blue Whale to talk about the company, expectations for the current and following seasons, and the future of Blue Whale apples in China.

September 22, 2019
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Thierry Hérisson, Asia Export Manager, and Marguerite Jeanson, Asia Trade Marketing Executive, for Blue Whale at Asia Fruit Logistica 2019 in Hong Kong

First Shipment of Athos Blueberries from Peru Arrives in Shanghai

Aziz El Sous, commercial manager at Grupo Athos, discusses the arrival of the company’s first shipment of Peruvian blueberries in Shanghai and his expectations for the Chinese market

September 18, 2019
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Ribbon cutting ceremony with traditional Peruvian costumes

China Exempts U.S. Agricultural Product Tariffs as Tensions Ease

On September 13, Beijing announced that it would be excluding some U.S. agricultural goods from tariffs it had imposed in response to similar U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods in the ongoing trade war between the two countries. Although the announcement, made via a report by China’s state media outlet Xinhua News Agency, gave few details and only specifically mentioned pork and soybeans, other U.S. agricultural products are expected to receive similar tariff exemptions. Private buyers in China also recently made the largest purchase of U.S. soybeans since June, buying over 600,000 tonnes of soybeans on September 12 which is slated to be shipped to China between October and December of this year.

September 15, 2019
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Chaos, Long Lines as Costco Opens First China Store in Shanghai

On August 27, the U.S. brick-and-mortar wholesaler Costco opened its first store in mainland China. With 776 stores across 12 countries and regions, this 150,000 square foot location in Shanghai’s southwestern suburbs of Minhang is Costco’s latest and China’s first. Offering an annual membership at a usual rate of 299 yuan ($42) but for the opening at a special promotional rate of just 199 yuan ($28), consumers flocked to the store in droves to buy everything from fresh food to electronics and high-end luxury goods. Massive crowds led to three-hour queues for parking spots, waits of up to two hours to checkout, and customers battling each other for shopping carts.

September 01, 2019
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China Targets US Agriculture as Trade War Intensifies

A flurry of developments over the past several days in the ongoing US-China trade war have caused further escalation of tensions between the two countries and the trade war to hit a new fever pitch.

August 27, 2019
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[Press Release] Brands Stand out at Asia Fruit Logistica

Asia’s growing appetite for premium fruit brands will be well served at Asia’s premier fresh produce trade show.

August 25, 2019
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Vanguard Reveals Shifting Table Grape Landscape in China

With offices in ten countries and regions across the world and growers in over 30 countries, Vanguard International has an impressive global network and extensive field-to-table fresh produce operations. Produce Report recently caught up with Timothy Li, Vanguard International’s China Procurement & Sales Manager to discuss his company’s table grape procurement operations in China, current trends, and expectations for the ongoing season.

August 17, 2019
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Timothy Li (second from right) and Hannah Yu (second from left) of Vanguard International China Procurement & Sales with two growers at a Yunnan vineyard

Further Escalation in US-China Trade War

On August 1, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that his administration would be levying a new 10% tariff on $300 billion of Chinese goods and products effective September 1, 2019.

August 07, 2019
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U.S., China Increase Tariffs as Trade War Escalates

As the United States raises tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports and China retaliates with similar tariff increases on $60 billion of American products, trade in agricultural products, including fruit and vegetables, between the two countries is becoming increasingly costly.

May 16, 2019
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Press Release: ‘Sweeki’ Harvest Begins In Chile, Sales From Italy Continue

The harvest of the top-quality kiwi for the Sweeki brand has started in Chile. Origine Group plans to sell 2,000 tons of Italian kiwifruit, and intends to sell the same amount from Chile as well.

April 03, 2019
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