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Flavour profile & origin are key to Australian mango success

Melissa's Produce (AKA: World Variety Produce) is also involved in importing Australian mangoes:

** Rather unusual that FRESHPLAZA would forget that they had published these other stories about other importers on the 2015 Australian mango deal...

The Guimarra Companies, the first importer on record to receive Australian mangoes into the US, (Please see IMO note above)  feels there is a ‘good opportunity’ to market the sweet, quintessentially Australian fruit to US consumers. 

“We worked with our retail partners to help them develop customized marketing materials. The materials included bright colors and imagery emphasizing the mangoes unique origin and excellent flavor,” notes Craig Uchizono, the company’s Vice Presi…

With love from Pakistan: Sindhris now available in Chicago

By Web Desk
Published: June 10, 2015

The fruit, which is often dubbed as “King of Fruits” by its lovers due to its sheer sweetness, is available at a price of $24.99. PHOTO: US Consulate General Karachi

Sindh’s signature fruit Sindhri mangoes have made its way to the US city of Chicago, in addition to number of locations around the world.

On Wednesday, the US Consulate General in Karachi posted a picture on its Facebook page, showing Sindhri mangoes neatly displayed in a Chicago shop.

The fruit, which is often dubbed as “King of Fruits” by its lovers due to its sheer sweetness, is available at a price of $24.99 per box.

Sindhri, as evident from its name is grown in Sindh, and is often considered one of the sweetest varieties of mangoes in the world.

Pakistan grows hundreds of varieties of mangoes and exports many of them. 

This year the country aims to generate at least $60 million in revenue from the export of mangoes, as it wishes to reach 100,000-ton export mark.

This year, farmers are eyei…

The Economist explains : The fuss about graphene

Jun 9th 2015, 23:50 BY A.A.K.

BY WEIGHT, it is 100 times stronger than steel, yet it can stretch by as much as a quarter of its length. 

Graphene is the thinnest solid ever known, indeed the thinnest possible: it is a sheet of linked carbon atoms just one atom thick. 

It is a great conductor of electricity and nearly transparent to visible light, but is impermeable to gases and liquids. It has so many surprising properties that it has been dubbed a "wonder material" and has earned its discoverers a Nobel prize. 

Graphene-related patents have shot up from 3,018 in 2011 to 8,416 in 2014, the year the European Union launched a ten-year, billion-euro project to unravel the wonder material's mysteries. 

Why does graphene stir such interest?

The fuss began in 2003 when Andre Geim and his student Konstantin Novoselov, physicists at the Manchester University, first peeled layers of the stuff from graphite using sticky tape. 

Atom-thick sheets were thought so unlikely to be stable that …

With mega-ship orders, container capacity set to surge

Bruce Barnard, Special Correspondent | Jun 10, 2015 7:57AM EDT

LONDON – The capacity of container ships ordered so far this year is up 60 percent on the same period in 2014, at just over 1 million 20-foot-equivalent units, driven by a wave of contracts for mega vessels, according to Alphaliner.

The surge in orders is largely focused on vessels above 18,000 TEUs, with 39 units of 18,000-21,200 TEUs already contracted this year, the industry analyst said.

Maersk Line’s recent contract for eleven 19,630 TEUs, with an option for a further six, at South Korea’s Daewoo shipyard, took the total number of 18,000-21,000 TEU vessels ordered to 88.

Eight carriers have ordered these next generation mega-ships“which brings into question the future of those carriers that, until now, have stayed away from committing to vessels of a size class which is quickly becoming de rigueur on the Far East-Europe trade,”Alphaliner said.

Maersk’s latest order, coupled with the recent five year charters of seven 9,600…