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 fourth 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 151-200.
Ceremonies are held to inaugurate the new port of Zeebrugge as well as its Niew-Zeelandkaai and Kiwiweg areas, home to the new BNFW terminal.
The Dominican Republic is planning to start shipping pineapples to Spain, France and other European countries.
Spanish producer Quash, formerly Tierras de Almeria, is sold to an Arab business group and Panamanian company Urania Bussinis for £100m.
Compagnie Fruitiere UK director Nigel Law oversees the company's relocation to Paddock Wood in Kent.
Spain begins life in the EEC, with plans afoot to establish new trade cooperatives to achieve more coordination in export markets.
California unveils a new red, white and blue logo featuring stars and stripes, to be used as part of its European promotions.
The OECD predicts a 50 per cent increase in EEC stonefruit production between 1982 and 1987, boosted by an extra 500,000 tonnes in Spain.
Belgium's vegetable exports have risen considerably since 1980: volumes to Germany rose from 5,000 to 85,000 tonnes, while exports to the Netherlands went from 16,000 to 45,000 tonnes.
Year-round supply of European strawberries may soon be a reality as Spanish growers plant earlier varieties and the Dutch use new techniques to extend their season.
Dublin-based Fruit Importers of Ireland takes the European fruit trade by surprise by acquiring Fyffes Group for a reported £26.5m.
Consumption of Italian strawberries has been gravely affected by the Chernobyl disaster, which reportedly blew radioactive clouds over Emilia-Romagna.
French firm Brousse-Cardell establishes a new import and marketing company in London called The French Produce Company.
The ongoing trade spat over US citrus exports to the EEC seems to be coming to an end.
Geest, the UK's largest fresh produce importer and distributor, celebrates its 50th anniversary and prepares for a public listing in late 1986.
New Zealand's Apple and Pear Marketing Board withdraws from Southern Hemisphere topfruit organisation Sanza.
Klaus Pape, Franz Dettenhofer and Dieter Ficke are promoted to the management team of German fruit company Scipio.
The Citrus Marketing Board of Israel pins its hopes on new Jaffa-branded varieties including Sweetie, a green-skinned grapefruit.
Auckland-based exporter Kiwi Harvest is to open a new European office in Antwerp, led by Rex Sunde.
The South African Co-operative Citrus Exchange says it will test a new Ruby Red blood orange in Norway, Denmark and Finland.
The construction of a new container terminal in Antwerp gets underway this month.
Mass production of the so-called Freshtainer, a controlled atmosphere shipping unit designed for fruit, has started.
The Netherlands' horticultural auctions celebrate their centenary, having sold 2.5m tonnes of fresh produce last year.
United Fruit Company changes its name to Chiquita Europe.
Fyffes is spending £2m on a new banana ripening centre near Leicester, UK.
Herbert Scholdei of German importer T Port says he is 'very impressed' with the redeveloped Port of Zeebrugge.
Unifruco replaces the DFB as sole marketer of South Africa's deciduous fruit exports.
Newly formed Spanish export association Fepex appoints a permanent representative in Brussels.
Graham Broomhall of Unifruco explains the group's decision to leave the Rotterdam auction system and appoint three panelists: Eurofresh, Van Den Brink and Velleman & Tas.
Coca-Cola's plan to develop a US$120m citrus orchard in Belize has been shelved following opposition from environmental groups.
A major restructuring of the Côte d'Ivoire's pineapple trade, which supplies more than 90 per cent of Europe's pineapples, is creating uncertainty among importers.
German company T Port has expanded into Rotterdam with the creation of new company Cool Fresh, led by former director Marinus Overkleeft.
US citrus marketer Sunkist trials individual labelling systems supplied by two companies, Hurst and Sinclair, with a view to possibly replacing its current ink stamps.
The Washington Apple Commission has appointed George Smith, former Potato Marketing Board officer, as its UK promotions director.
Del Monte has begun shipping Kenyan pineapples, mainly to southern European markets.
Polly Peck International has acquired Dutch importer Jas Van Den Brink for £9.4m, US trader Prevor Marketing International for £6.7m and Valencia-based Frio Mediterraneo for £2.5m.
The battle over the future of Europe's banana trade begins, with talk of a boundary-free European market by 1992.
Blue Star Line of London and Hamburg-Süd division Overseas Freezer Operations are joining forces as Star Reefers to combine their reefer tonnage.
Growth and consolidation of supermarket power is the main theme of this month's Eurofruit Congress in London.
Dutch importer FTK Rotterdam, the first company to import NZ kiwifruit into Europe, changes its name to FTK Holland.
Cypria, a new national brand for Cyprus fresh produce, is set to be promoted by a series of television commercials and a widespread outdoor poster campaign.
The New Zealand Apple & Pear Marketing Board has acquired Belgian company Fibe Trade, which will be responsible for marketing NZ topfruit in Europe.
After announcing annual pre-tax profit of £107.3m last month, Polly Peck International has purchased German importer Fruco and Californian distributor Mendelson-Zeller.
Chile's fruit sector receives US$50m in compensation following a major scare over alleged sabotage of grape exports using cyanide.
Dole is working with agency Springer & Jacoby to launch a pan-European advertising campaign for fruit.
Food safety becomes a hot industry topic following a scandal over the use of growth regulator Alar in the US apple sector.
Chilean complaints about the EC's new import licence scheme for Southern Hemisphere apples have been upheld by trade organisation GATT.
Austria's night-time ban on heavy goods vehicles, aimed at curbing pollution, prompts consternation in Germany.
A consortium called Isosceles secures control of the UK's largest retailer, Gateway, with a £2.2bn bid.
Swedish importers tell Eurofruit they see their country's future membership of the European common market as 'inevitable' but potentially problematic.
#200 October 1989
Polly Peck buys Del Monte's fresh fruit business for US$875m.