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Global Focus — Stone Fruit
Brazil: Progress in fruit export above expectations
Progression in Brazil’s fruit sector in the coming months is above everyone’s expectations. In stark contrast to some of El Ceará’s other export ventures, like shoes and textiles, the distribution of fruit has seen significant returns in the first half of this year.The melon was one of the better performing.....
Canada: Main harvest underway at Jealous Fruits
The main harvest has now commenced with Lapin. The fruit has a beautiful, firm, crunchy texture and is peaking on 9 and 9.5 row. The stems are particularly plump and green.Home Farm Lapins Later this week Jealous fruits will have a limited volume of Rainier available from their high elevation Cholla Hills.....
Northwest cherries launch European campaign in Belgium
The first activity focused on the famous rainier variety started on 11th July at the Brussels European Center of Fruit & Vegetable, the market place for buyers of supermarkets and wholesalers from all over Belgium and the neighbouring countries, with demo/tastings and give-aways POS materials made in.....
Japan: peaches grow in small paper bags
"It is peach time in Japan and with peaches one thinks of Okayama, a prefecture in the west of the country, known as "The Land of Sunshine." Little rain and many hours of sunshine make a very favourable climate for the cultivationofpeaches and 56.1% of the Japanese peach production takes place in Okayama......
Canada: Weather forces BC crop prediction revision
Fruit growers in Okanagan, who had been expecting a good season, now say they have had their hopes dashed by Summer storms. In May, British Columbia Tree Fruits said that locally grown cherries would be earlier in stores this year and that the total yield would be in the region of 8 million pounds - almost.....
US: Stonefruit helps with weight loss
New research from Texas A & M AgriLife found that stone fruits, particularly peaches, plums and nectarines, can potentially help to fight diabetes and cardiovascular disease, both of which are associated with obesity.Fruits and vegetables for weight lossDr. Luis Cisneros-Zevallos states that the.....
Spain: End of the stone fruit season in Murcia
The stone fruit season is coming to a close in the Murcia region. It seems that it has been a year that has seen some challenges for the sector. Marcel de Koning, of Molinense, a large grower of citrus, grapes and stone fruit in the region reports on how his company experienced the season."We've had.....
"We are half way there" - Scott Marboe
US: Starr Ranch Growers stone fruit update
The 2012 Starr Ranch Growers cherry season is approaching the mid season point and though the crop has had issues with Mother Nature, Starr Ranch are starting to get in to their orchards. Now is the time of the season's second peak, right through to the end of the month.The biggest cherries of the season are.....
France: apricot harvest +14%
The estimate of the present harvest of apricots amounted to 176,700 tons on 1 July. This is an increase of 14% compared to the moderate harvest of 2011 and of 23% compared to the average of the last five years. The national area of apricot orchards is the same as last year. This increase is in the regions.....
Ilenio Bastoni, Mediterraneo Group
Italy: Positive summer fruit season
Mediterrraneo Group is a network of fruit and vegetable cooperatives that enhances the high-quality products of its partners.“The recent strawberry campaign had a positive trend in Romagna thanks to a delay in the European production. In the Southern Italy, although they invested a lot to improve the.....
Jon Clark, Total Cherry
UK cherry season gets off to a damp start
The British cherry season is just getting underway, three weeks later than normal. This is due the exceptionally bad weather being experienced in the UK, indeed in most of Northern Europe.Jon Clark, Director at Total Cherry, said, "The weather has not been kind, there has been a lot of cloud and hardly any.....
US: Apricot season hits peak in Eastern Washington
It’s the peak of apricot season in eastern Washington. Stemilt Growers is Washington’s largest apricot supplier, with the majority of its apricots grown and certified as organic. Eastern Washington’s arid climate and fertile soil create an ideal environment for growing apricots with vibrant hues and complex.....
Resurgence of the British cherry industry
The UK's once thriving cherry industry could be about to witness a return to formed glory after suffering years of decline. Over the last 50 years the industry has been in a seemingly unstoppable retreat. Bad weather, the soaring costs of labour and inability to keep up with the times saw the British cherry.....
UK: Concept cherry orchard in Fruit Safe hands
With April to June 2012 having been the wettest three months on record, the concept cherry orchard installed by East Malling Trust and UNIVEG Katopé UK has well and truly tested the UK’s first ever ‘quick zip cover’ from HAGO Fruit Safe.The concept orchard, planted in March 2010 on a hectare of land at.....