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THE PRODUCE NEWS : First Global Pineapple Conference a success, second planned for March 2014

by Ed Boling | November 19, 2013

The International Pineapple Conference held its first Global Pineapple Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica in early November. 

The conference addressed supply by country, demand for fresh and value-added pineapple, transportation delays at U.S. ports, technology, sustainability and social responsibility.

The IPO quickly caught traction when 37 industry members expressed interest less than a year ago. The organization has gained momentum as 60 people attended the conference in Costa Rica.

Will Cavan, executive director of the International Mango Organization, and Patrick Kelly, CEO and President of Kelly Bros. and International Pineapple Organization board member.The group also held a follow up meeting in Los Angeles in late November.

"We had the world's major producers and importers at the table, and people want more — that's a very good indicator,"
said IPO Executive Director Will Cavan, who also serves as executive director of the Interna…


Mango prices strong as Qld fruit arrives

ABC Rural

By Matt Brann

Updated Tue 19 Nov 2013, 4:08pm AEDT

PHOTO: Growers are still getting excellent money for quality mangoes. (Carmen Brown)

AUDIO: Price check on mangoes from the Sydney markets(ABC Rural)

MAP: Darwin 0800

Northern Territory mangoes are now up against fruit from Queensland, however prices remain strong.

Wholesaler, Alex Caroline, says mangoes from the sunshine state started to arrive in the Sydney markets about 10 days ago.

He says good fruit is still selling for about $40 a tray.

"It's still a strong market for good fruit, but there's not a lot of good fruit around,"
he said.
"The tail-end of the Darwin fruit has been rain-affected and there's a lot of quality issues, such as stem-end rot and anthracnose.

"At this time of year though, Queensland farmers have never heard of prices like that of up to $40 (a tray), so they'll be celebrating."

Mr Caroline says the market now has a range of varietie…

STRATFOR ANALYSIS : Letter from Tangier

Geopolitical Weekly

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013 - 04:00 


By Reva Bhalla

Morocco rarely figures into international news headlines these days, something of a virtue in this restive part of the world. 

The term Maghreb, which translates as "land of the setting sun," eventually came to denote a stretch of land starting in the Western Sahara and running through the Atlas Mountains and ending before the Nile River Valley, encompassing modern-day Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. 

However, the Maghreb originally meant the lands that define Morocco, where the setting sun marked the Western frontier of the Islamic empire.

This evening in Tangier, I watch as ribbons of intense red and orange weave through plum-tinted clouds and settle behind the mountains on the Spanish coastline. 

Those mountains that almost seem a stone's throw away are where a Moroccan general, Tariq ibn Ziyad, massed his troops for a conquest ordered by the sixth Umayyad caliph in the early 8th century to e…