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Chilean organic planted area down for berries

The certified organic cultivated area in the country grew by 30% between 2015 and 2016, but the organic area for berries earmarked for processing showed substantial contraction, a report from the Chilean Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies (ODEPA) stated.

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Higher potato harvest expected in Europe

This season, the continent may harvest 27.9 million tonnes of potatoes for consumption, about 11.5% higher than the five-year average but still below the 2014’s record-high of 28.5 mln tonnes, according to North-Western European Potato Growers’ early estimates.

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Drought cuts raspberry yields in Bulgaria

A long drought that characterised the raspberry growing season this year in Bulgaria caused raspberry yields in the country to drop up to 50% compared with the previous year, said Bozidar Petkov, chairman of Bulgaria's raspberry growers’ association. 

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Argentinean blueberry exporters look to diversify markets

Argentinean blueberry exporters are seeking new export markets for their fruit in a bid to diversify export destinations and reduce the country’s dependency on the US that received seven out of 10 kilos of exported Peruvian blueberries last year. 

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USDA to buy cultivated frozen blueberry

The USDA offered to purchase about 224,000 cases of frozen highbush (cultivated) blueberries.

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China eyes opportunity in blueberry market

Qujing, the capital of blueberry production, could reach 2,500 tonnes by 2020 for a corresponding value of CNY250 million (USD38.3 mln), the China Daily reported, quoting the International Blueberry Organization (IBO). 

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European wild blueberry prices shoot up

The rise of IQF wild blueberry prices seems unstoppable, this week reaching EUR3.90-4.10 (USD4.60-4.90) per kilo, a 25% increase from the early season price of EUR3.20-3.30/kg. 

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Good blueberry crop expected in Argentina

The Argentine blueberry crop should have dodged damage caused by a frost that hit the north-east of the country, thanks to anti-frost irrigation systems recently installed by farmers, the association of the producers of blueberry in Mesopotamia (Apama) reported.

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Taiwan’s organic market expands

The US exported last year 74% more organic fruits and vegetables to Taiwan than in 2015, a USDA report stated. 

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Lutosa to present new products at Anuga

The Belgian potato processors Lutosa has announced the launch of five new frozen products at the Cologne-based food show to be held on October 7-11. 

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US potato production slightly up in 2016

In 2016, potato production in the US topped 441 million cwt, about 206,000 cwt more than in 2016, the latest USDA survey reported.

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Peruvian canned asparagus exports down in H1 2017

In the first half of the year, customs data showed a 20% decrease in export volumes for Peruvian canned asparagus, in line with a general 15% contraction of global shipments.

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Summer heat cuts Belgian pea crop

The exceptional dry and hot weather of the summer has taken its toll on the Belgian peas crop with an estimated 20% loss of the volume harvested, sources told IEG Vu.

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Belgium frozen pea exports still down in H1

Export volumes of frozen peas from Belgium in the first half of 2017 dropped by 18% in volume and 16% value, while Spain and the UK emerged as the dark horses of the sector, recording consistent volume increase.

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Clean labels drive up US ice-cream sales

More transparent labelling has resulted in an increase for sales of some industrial products, including ice-cream which has seen a 26.5% increase in value, a report released from A C Nielsen states.

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Ski-high vanilla prices affect ice-cream market

The evergreen ice-cream flavour has been taken off the menu from some high-street artisanal producers in the UK following the surge in the price of vanilla, the Financial Times reported. 

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US frozen vegetables imports up both in volume and value in H1

Demand remains strong for whole green beans, sweetcorn, broccoli spears, mushroom and bamboo shoots which recorded a double-digit increase of the imported volume in the first half of 2017 compared with the same time period the year before, the Food Institute reported. 

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Unilever to acquire Australian ice-cream brand

The Dutch-British food giant has struck a deal to purchase Weis, the family-run producer of the Australian iconic mango and cream bar.

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Alcoholic ice-cream under scrutiny in Sweden

Authorities are considering taxing and restricting the sale of ice-lollies and ice-cream with an alcohol content above 3.5%, Swedish media reported.

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Double-digit growth for ice-cream sales in Italy

The record temperatures recorded in Italy in the past months have driven up consumption of fruit, vegetables, still water, but overall ice-cream, according to farmers’ organisation Coldiretti.

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