Eurofruit's 500th issue is due to be published at the start of November, a major milestone for a publication that has been reporting on news, trends and ideas in Europe's fresh produce business ever since the European Economic Community began to expand at the start of 1973.
Here, in the third of ten special timelines due to be published online between now and the first week of November, we chart some of the key developments in the European fruit and vegetable market. In total, we have selected one story from each of our 500 issues; below, you can see the top stories from issues 101-150.
Europe's apple market is in turmoil as high volumes of Chilean and Argentinean fruit clash with stored European supply.
A rise in easy-peeler production fuels a 24 per cent rise in earnings for the Citrus Marketing Board of Israel.
A report on the European melon market reveals that demand is highly seasonal and there is huge potential to grow consumption during the winter months.
US citrus giant Sunkist is reportedly mulling a move into new product groups, including potatoes, kiwifruit and Mexican mangoes.
FTK Rotterdam's Achilles De Naeyer says more foreign travel and a rise in European immigration is fuelling the surge in demand for exotic fruits.
Dutch fruits and vegetables are commemorated on a new 60 cent stamp.
Saba Group sells SFI Rotterdam to its managing director Dirk Schulz.
Prince de Bretagne reports that 1981 was a record year for globe artichoke sales.
New Covent Garden Market welcomes its first arrival of Kenyan avocados, imported by JO Sims.
The EEC announces a trade embargo with Argentina following its invasion of the Falkland Islands – just as the topfruit season hits its peak.
Banana growers in the Windward Islands and Jamaica are on a state of alert after reports that a destructive new fungus disease, Black Sigatoka, is spreading northwards across Latin America.
A new study by the US National Academy of Science says high consumption of fruits and vegetables can help protect against cancer.
Turkey’s government announces a US$40m investment programme to develop the country's fruit and vegetable exports, with the aim of becoming a major supplier to Europe within five years.
France's biggest apple exporter, Blue Whale, announces plans to diversify into vegetables.
Europe expects an all-time record apple crop of around 8.55m tonnes.
Severe flooding in south-east Spain leaves 43 dead and causes more than £90m of damage to agriculture and infrastructure.
A report by Mintel shows that supermarkets account for 38 per cent of fruit and vegetable sales in the UK, up from 16 per cent in 1974.
Brazil launches a major marketing push for its exotic fruit offer in the UK.
France celebrates its first apple shipments to South Africa.
The first ever fruit consignment from Chile to the US shipped in refrigerated containers arrives in Camden, New Jersey.
Italian trade fair Macfrut prepares to open the doors for its inaugural edition.
Chilean grape exports to Europe are on course to smash through the 2m carton barrier for the first time.
Cyclones in Central America and drought in Africa lead to a banana shortage in France, with ripeners operating at just 50 per cent capacity.
The Polish and Czechoslovakian potato industries are under threat following reports of sightings of the Colorado beetle.
Dubai completes work on its first commercial coldstore at Jebel Ali airport.
The demise of English cherry production is blamed on poor management and a lack of rinvestment.
Sinclair International develops a prototype machine to individually label fruit without damaging it.
Archanes Credit Cooperative leads the charge to establish Cyprus as a major supplier of autumn grapes to the UK by starting a fast weekly service to Dover.
Marks & Spencer teams up with Hunter Foods to produce a pioneering range of added-value fresh produce, which includes shredded mixed cabbage, mixed veg packs for casseroles and stir-fried vegetables.
Tesco launches a freshly squeezed orange juice, with no added vitamins, minerals or preservatives, that it claims will revolutionise the £240m-a-year UK juice market.
David Pearce of importer Albert Fisher predicts a 25 per cent rise in Chilean apple exports to Europe, to 5m tonnes.
Agrexco enters into an agreement with Jamaica Agro Products to market non-competing, airfreighted produce.
A new terminal for bananas opens in Bremerhaven at a cost of DM15.5m. Its capacity is 72,000 boxes per eight-hour shift.
UK fresh produce company Mack announces plans to begin selling Spanish green asparagus in Scandinavia and Italy.
British producer-exporter GS Shropshire teams up with 14 leading salad growers to establish G's Growers and sales agency G's Marketing.
Almeria export assocition Coexphal confirms plans for a first ever campaign for Spanish yellow melons.
Companies representing half of Italy's kiwifruit crop establish the Italian Kiwifruit Consortium.
Mack Nicol of the New Zealand Kiwifruit Authority says the country is on target to produce 60m trays by 1990.
The European Court of Justice prepares to hear two cases against Greek government-backed citrus company Agrex, accused of blocking imports and stifling export competition.
The Dutch trade attempts to create a more uniform export identity by introducing new red-blue cartons. These also carry a thermometer symbol indicating optimum storage temperatures.
Outspan reveals that its exports to the Far East have doubled in just one year to around 80,000 cartons.
Zeebrugge is to replace Southampton as the first port of call for South African fruit consignments heading into Europe.
Ryan Instruments has introduced a temperature recorder to protect shipments of fruit against poor cold chain management.
New company Dole Citrus sets out to market around 12m cartons of citrus via newly acquired packhouses in Florida, California and Arizona.
Sidney Garber receives the 500-millionth carton of Cape-branded fruit from South Africa on behalf of the UK produce trade.
Following a recent trial, Australia starts sending Thompson Seedless grapes to Europe for the first time.
Holland's Naaldwijk Research Station reveals it is experimenting with growing lettuce on water beds and increasing the sweetness of melons.
Canary Island producers are unhappy with quotas due to be placed on their exports to Europe when Spain joins the EEC.
Israeli marketer Agrexco says it is planning to test market a small, green-striped, yellow-fleshed watermelon, as well as a seedless variety.
#150 August 1985
New Zealand's fruit exporters agree to set up Fruitfed, a marketing entity to develop new markets in the Northern Hemisphere and Pacific region.