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Ecuador’s Banana Exports Disrupted by Nationwide Protests, Strikes

Earlier in October, widespread protests against the government in Ecuador brought the country’s transportation network to a standstill, causing massive disruptions to the country’s exports.

October 30, 2019
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[Press Release] Exciting New Apple Kissabel Returns To Fruit Attraction

Following last year’s successful debut of Kissabel at the Fruit Attraction trade fair in Madrid, the brand’s three licensed varieties return to the show from October 22 – 24, 2019, with some of Europe’s leading retailers preparing to participate in a second year of commercial testing.

October 27, 2019
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[Press Release] South African Table Grapes 2019/2020 Crop Estimates

The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) has released the first crop estimate for the 2019/2020 season, with intake volumes estimated to be between 61.05 million and 67.80 million cartons (4.5 kg equivalent).

October 26, 2019
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US in a Flurry of Trade Developments with Japan, EU, China

There have been a number of developments in the sphere of U.S. trade policy recently, including the signing of a trade deal between Japan and the U.S., the imposition on tariffs by the U.S. on certain goods from the EU, and talks between the U.S. and China on “Phase One” of a potential trade agreement.

October 19, 2019
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[Press Release] Variety Renewal Drives Growth in Chilean Blueberry Production

Chilean fresh blueberry exports are expected to increase again during the 2019-2020 season to reach 115,000 tons, a 4% increase compared to the previous season.

October 01, 2019
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[Press Release] New dates for Asia Fruit Logistica in 2020

Asia’s premier fresh produce trade show will take place on 23-25 September in 2020, three weeks later than usual.

September 25, 2019
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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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