Fruitnet Daily News: Fresca launches avocado spin-off; British cherries debut in continental Europe; US fresh produce threatened with more China tariffs

Fresca launches avocado spin-off
New business unit The Avocado Company aims to build on recent market growth as UK sales surge past £178m
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British cherries debut in continental Europe
Matt Hancock of Norton Folgate said it’s the right time to «make some noise» about British cherries

US fresh produce threatened with more China tariffs
China to impose 25 per cent retaliatory tariff on more than 500 US products, including a wide range of horticulture items

Cool Logistics Asia breaks new ground
Fresh produce packaging will feature for the first time in this year’s Cool Logistics Asia conference programme

Pack size crucial for redcurrant sales
Introduction of 300g punnet has apparently been met with increased demand from consumers in the Netherlands

CMA CGM looks to strengthen Chinese bond

Chairman and CEO Rodolphe Saadé will accompany French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe during his official visit to China

Home advantage for Belgian cherries
Excellent conditions bode well for the quality of Belgian cherries this season, but heightened competition on export markets will make domestic sales key

India to impose extra duty on US apples

India to hike duty on US apple imports to 75 per cent from 4 August, while also upping tariffs on walnuts and almonds

T&G forms school partnership
The company is now funding an educational programme for youth seeking careers in horticulture

A quality proposition

Oliver Kay Produce plans for a future of growth based on an ethos of customer care and quality fruit and veg, backed up by investment from owner Bidfresh

Video: world’s first drone pollination
New York company Dropcopter successfully pollinated an apple orchard using their robotic bee impersonator

RPCs have CO2 edge

Study by the SIM finds reusable containers for fruit and vegetables result in 60 per cent lower CO2 emissions than cardboard packaging

China improves access for Italian kiwifruit
Publication of approved list of cold treatment facilities should streamline exports, with a similar breakthrough expected for citrus

Blockchain: myth or salvation?

Although there is plenty of hype around the technology, it may still present a valuable opportunity for the produce trade

Val Venosta builds its berry category
One of Europe’s major apple suppliers is placing more emphasis on developing sales of Italian-grown soft fruit

Black grapes driving category growth
By advertising black varieties exclusively, retailers can lift sales and improve margins, says Sun World

Northwest cherry harvest in full swing
Round 3 industry crop estimates that seasonal volumes remain close to 23m boxes

Rising costs hit container profits
Container shipping profits will be wiped out by rising fuel and charter prices, Drewry predicts

CMA CGM to acquire Containerships
Shipping group CMA CGM is buying Finnish-based logistics firm Containerships – a leader in intra-regional transportation in Northern Europe

New strawberries, please!
As labour and packaging serve up fresh challenges for suppliers, the ball is very much in the industry’s court

EC to make call on Total Produce-Dole deal
European Commission due to decide by mid-July whether to give green light to Total Produce’s bid to buy 45 per cent stake in Dole

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