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Global Focus — Top Fruit
Belgian Fruitveiling attended Fruit Attraction
“A lot of interest in top brands”
For the second time in a row, the Belgische Fruitveiling (Belgian Fruit Auction) attended Fruit Attraction in Madrid from 24 to 26 October. “We mostly presented our top fruit,” say Betty Slingers and Ann Beringhs. “And responses were overtly positive. Spanish companies were showing a.....
Macedonia: Biggest apple crop in the past 5 years
According to the FFRM (Federation of Farmers of Republic of Macedonia), Macedonia expects a record apple production this season.The apple crop is expected to be around 150 thousand tones, of which more than 100 thousand tones are from the region of Prespa.Harvesting is almost at an end and varieties such as:.....
JULIET organic apples blossom out of France
Despite apple shortages throughout Europe, one French company has been having success with JULIET organic apples. With continued growth in the domestic market, Cardell is now looking abroad to sell their increasing supplies and will keep on developing on external markets.“We'll have about 2,500 tons of.....
National Fruit Show
UK: Jazz wins Britain’s Tastiest Apple
The Jazz apple was named ‘Britain’s Tastiest Apple’ at the National Fruit Show, held in Kent last week. Jazz came out on top after independent judges munched their way through 66 individual fruits. The grower was Chandler and Dunn, one of the 20 Jazz growers in the UK. Clive Chandler, in a Jazz.....
US (NY): Apple industry touts quality amid short supplies
While harvest is still underway, the final production total for this year's apple crop in New York is expected to be much lower than in normal years. But in spite of the shortage, the apple industry in the state is focusing on the quality of fruit harvested and hoping for a better season next year.Volume.....
US (CA): Fast movement for shorter pear crop
With a smaller pear crop in California this year, strong demand has meant brisk movement.“Volume has been down in general,” said Chris Zanobini, executive director of the California Pear Advisory Board. “This year's crop is smaller than last year's by about 15 percent.” Though prices have been higher with.....
Lusso brings back UK's rare apples
In one of the worst apple seasons for many years, niche city fine dining business Lusso has launched “Neighbourhood Crops” – a partnership with the National Fruit Collection that will see forgotten, rare or unfashionable home-grown varieties of apple served in some of the Square Mile’s most prestigious.....
US: Northwest pear shipments off to fast start
Although estimates for this year's Pacific Northwest pear crop put volume at a lower level than last year's record crop, the size of the crop is near normal quantities. Strong demand has also caused shipments of fruit to be ahead of last year's pace.The latest internal estimates by the Pear Bureau Northwest.....
NZ: New Apple varieties for export
Several new varieties of apple have emerged this year -Ambrosia and Sweet Tango from the US and a New Zealand variety called Koru. Apparently Koru was a chance seedling from Nelson, so its parentage is under discussion. It's a blushy, attractive apple in appearance and is said to be sweeter than many New.....
US (WA): Organic apples follow conventional crop demand
With several apple-growing regions experiencing light crops this season, good volume in Washington has helped growers there take advantage of robust demand, and organic apples have also experienced that consumer pull.“With organic fruit being a smaller category, the demand has been magnified because of.....
Luc Bels: "We have nothing to complain about at the moment"
Positive reports from the top fruit sector
The top fruit season seems to be the opposite of last year in every way. The prices have been good since the start and are remaining at a good level. There are less volumes, and growers and traders look towards this year positively. Luc Bels, a fruit grower from Sint-Truiden, says they 'have nothing to.....
VOG, VI.P Consortia and Laimburg Research Centre
Italy: 60 years of South Tyrol varietal research at MacFruit
A collective stand celebrating 60 years of varietal innovation in the apple sector in South Tyrol, Italy's principal apple-growing area. This is the formula that two South Tyrolean consortia of apple growing enterprises – VOG and VI.P – brought to Macfrut, the international exhibition of the fresh produce.....
European Jazz season to be unleashed
Now that the New Zealand Jazz season is winding down, all that seems left is a long dark winter. But not to worry, the European Jazz season is just about to start! It will take off in the South of France with the distribution of the first European Jazz apples. According to insiders, the yield in France.....
Estimated volume 3 million tons
Polish apple harvest up 10% on 2011
The Polish apple harvest is expected to be good this year, with an estimated volume of 3 million tons. This is an increase of 10% on last year.According to Jan Novakowski, Genesis Fresh, the quality is very good, "the apples are well coloured, even some more than 50%, when in normal years it is about.....