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Cold Treatment No Longer Required for Turkish Cherries Imported to China

With the recent removal of a Chinese requirement that cherries exported from Turkey to China undergo a 16-day cold treatment period, the China market is now open to the large majority of the Turkish cherry crop, and exports are expected to rise significantly over coming seasons.

July 01, 2019
Dan Siekman
Suning Announces RMB 4.8b Deal for 80% Stake in Carrefour China

Nanjing, China-based retailer Suning.com announced on June 23 that it intends to purchase an 80% stake in French hypermarket retailer Carrefour’s China operations for a sum of RMB 4.8 billion ($698 million). Carrefour will retain the remaining 20% share.

June 25, 2019
Dan Siekman
Global Retailers Aldi and Costco Test the Waters in China with New Outlets

Aldi recently celebrated the opening of two outlets in Shanghai, while Costco has announced it will complete its first mainland store by August.

June 17, 2019
Dan Siekman
Plant & Food Research: Inside New Zealand's Premier Kiwifruit Breeding Program

Produce Report recently traveled to New Zealand to take a firsthand look at the country’s kiwifruit industry and accepted an invitation to visit Plant & Food Research’s breeding and R&D center in Te Puke to see the kiwifruit breeding program up close.

April 07, 2019
Dan Siekman
Here Are Five African Countries That May Someday Supply Avocados to China

Aside from Kenya, the African countries to pay attention to in relation to potentially exporting avocados to China are South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, says Zac Bard, Executive Manager of Westfalia Fruit Africa.

March 28, 2019
Dan Siekman

Packing Westfalia avocados in South Africa. Image: Westfalia Fruit

A Hit With Consumers, Chilean Sugar Plums Drive Chile’s Stone Fruit Growth in China

Demand for high brix fruit surely is a large part of the runaway success of Chilean sugar plums in the China market in recent years, where export volumes rose more than 70-fold in four years from 165 tons in the 2014/15 season to 10,584 tons in the 2017/18 season. This season is also seeing an in-store promotional campaign by the Chilean Stone Fruit Committee of ASOEX dedicated specifically to sugar plums.

March 27, 2019
Dan Siekman

Sugar plums. Image courtesy of ASOEX.

First Shipment to China of 2019 Season Zespri NZ Kiwifruit is en Route

Zespri’s first shipment to China of New Zealand kiwifruit for the 2019 season set sail on March 24 and is expected to reach Nangang Port in Shanghai on April 8.

March 24, 2019
Dan Siekman

The Southampton Star departed from Tauranga Harbour on March 24, bound for Shanghai. Image courtesy of Zespri

Global Avocado, Persimmon and Pomegranate Trends Highlighted at World of Fresh Ideas

Wayne Prowse Principal and Senior Analyst of Australian firm Fresh Intelligence Consulting made two appearances on stage at the 2018 edition of the World of Fresh Ideas, offering overviews of the global situation for avocado, persimmon and pomegranate production and trade.

March 20, 2019
Dan Siekman
Colombia to Host 9th World Avocado Forum—China Market Access in the Works

The city of Medellín Colombia will host the 9th World Avocado Congress, held on September 24 to 26, 2019 and organized by Corpohass and Agrilink. Colombia’s avocado production and industry are growing rapidly. The Country is working on gaining market access for avocados in China.

March 17, 2019
Dan Siekman
International Women's Day Event Urges Women to "Color Up Your Life With Grapes from Chile"

The Table Grape Committee of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX) on March 8 in Shanghai celebrated International Women’s Day and the start of the Chilean grape season in China with a flash store event at the Fengshengli branch of the celebrated La Fantasia dessert café.

March 10, 2019
Dan Siekman

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