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AU: Skyrocketing imports put growers under pressure
The relentless onslaught of cheap imported produce onto the Australian market has shown no signs of abating, AUSVEG says, with a new report from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) indicating that processed fruit and vegetables contributed the majority of food imports between 2010.....
NZ: Kiwifruit to be best tasting for years
This year's kiwifruit crop might be the best tasting fruit in years.Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated president Neil Trebilco says because of the hot dry summer, he likens it to the wine industry that has said it is going to be a vintage year for wine makers.He says data suggests that kiwifruit 'dry matter'.....
AU: Navel volumes up 12%, Valencias down
NavelsNavel volumes are expected to be up 12% from 2012, although down almost 20% on the record year of 2009. Climatic conditions have been mild and overall quality is expected to be good.Fruit size will return to average and a large volume of fruit will be in the preferred size range of 72-88 counts. An.....
AU: Largest ever cherry export results in 2012/13
The Australian cherry crop in the 2012/13 season saw a significant rise in volumes, increasing from 12,000 to around 15,000 to 16,000 tonnes. Simon Boughey, CEO of Cherry Growers Australia says the quality was excellent as a result of a dry growing season.However, there's a fine balance between a good yield.....
AU: Queensland’s kiwifruit crop has been successfully protected
Kiwifruit harvested on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia was this year protected using Primaira’s Bluezone™ 2400 Fresh Preservation Technology supplied by Environmental Technologies Australia. Locally grown and imported kiwifruit across Australia now benefits from the Bluezone’s ethylene scrubbing.....
AU: Avocado growers must work together
Overall things are looking good for the Australian avocado industry at the moment, though there are a few challenges to be overcome. Jennie Franceschi, Managing Director of the Avocado Export Company, says that Western Australian is in an "off season", the bi-annual part of the cycle that sees less fruit.....
AU: New South Wales potato volumes lower than last season
Potato farmers in the Macedon Ranges, New South Wales are digging underground to find their dirt-caked treasure.Trentham potato grower Bernie White has started his annual harvest, but says this year's crop is not as bountiful as before."It hasn't been great," he said. "Prices are reasonable, but the crops.....
AU: Sour grapes over supply deals
The livelihoods of about 400 grape growers in Northwest Victoria's Sunraysia region are under threat as a result of supermarket buying policies that see the best fruit exported to Asia.Family owned operations have been producing grapes in the region since the industry was founded in the 1890s. Settlers.....
Listell tomato exciting production to consumption chain
Listell a large, uniform variety of tomato that produces quality fruit with an intensive, attractive colour and superior shelf life is exciting the Australian production-to-consumption chain.―We saw demand for a new variety which met the requirements of both growers and retailers. Our challenge was.....
Australian top fruit industry focuses on export
Australia’s Apple and Pear industry is increasing its presence in exports markets, with renewed interest in the Asian region, particularly in countries like Thailand, says Claire Fitchett, Apple and Pear Australian Limited's Market Development Manager. Reflecting on last year's season Claire says, "2012 was.....
AU: 16% increase in stonefruit volumes
John Moore, CEO of Summerfruit Australia, says that there was a 16% increase in stone fruit volumes in the season just finished."The 2012/13 growing season was far superior than in previous years due to the increase chill hours and the excellent weather in the development of fruit set stages. The above.....
NZ persimmon exports to be based on quality
The New Zealand persimmon industry is hopeful of exporting to the US and China in the future, though, as Brian Pepper of First Fresh explains, it won't be for another couple of years at least. He points out that the import procedures are at the public consultation stage currently, after which the rules.....
Drought proof your production
AU: Fresh water no matter what the season
Deslan8, an Australian owned company, offers large water users a chance to assure their water supply by desalinating groundwater with In Situ Desalination (ISD) technology. This innovative technology operates completely below ground, has virtually no physical footprint, creates no waste and can be managed.....
Crunchy new Greenstar and Kanzi apples
A new apple that stays naturally white hours after it’s sliced into a lunch box – no lemon juice, no additives, no preservatives? Sounds impossible, but true - it’s the all-natural, incredibly sweet and crunchy Greenstar apple.Together with its brilliantly crunchy and sweet stablemate Kanzi, this new duo is.....