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This nifty chart shows the emotions that brands seek to elicit through their logos.

10 large American financial institutions hold 54 percent of America’s total financial assets.


Why is soil missing from the 'big five' environmental questions of our time?

ABC Rural

By Professor Johan Bouma

Updated Mon 24 Mar 2014, 2:25pm AEDT

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Finding optimism in the challenge to double food production

Crop yields are determined by many factors such as crop varieties, occurrence of pests and diseases, and socio-economic conditions allowing profitable farming.

Aside from this, sometimes up to 40 per cent of production gets lost in developing countries while being stored and t…

EXPORTERS ENJOY STRONG MARKET : Mango deal begins with light volume

04/08/2014 04:07:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Mangoes on sale three for ninety-nine cents

Mangoes on Special at Alberstons Supermarket, La Costa, California

Lighter volumes were reported early in the Mexican mango deal, and production in the north also could be down this year.

“Oaxaca is very tight on large fruit,” Sabine Henry, saleswoman for Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Central American Produce, said April 7.

“Sixes through nines will be short for the next two weeks.”

By the second half of April, early Mexican volumes should return to more seasonally normal levels, though large fruit will still be more scarce than usual, Henry said.

The proximity of Easter to Cinco de Mayo, combined with the lighter volumes out of the south, could make Cinco promotions a challenge, said Chris Ciruli, partner in Nogales, Ariz.-based Ciruli Bros. LLC.

That said, with avocado and lime markets so tight, mangoes could still be an appealing option for retailers for Cinco, he said.

The week of April 7, Ciruli Bros. reported short…

MOL seeks $135M in damages from Mitsubishi after vessel sinking

Container, Equipment, Legal, Ocean, Other Service Providers, Supply Chain, Transportation

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and the owners of seven “C-series” container ships are seeking damages of ¥13.8 billion ($135 million) from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in connection with the MOL Comfort incident. 

 The 8,000-TEU MOL Comfort split in two and sank off the coast of Yemen in June as it sailed from Singapore to Jeddah. 

There were no injuries to the crew, but both halves of the ship sank and all cargo was lost.