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Global Focus  —  Softfruit / Stonefruit

US (NC): Heavy supplies keep blueberry prices down

Supplies of blueberries in the eastern part of the United States are coming from New Jersey, Georgia and North Carolina. With good volumes coming out of all of those states, plentiful supplies have made for lower prices.“Prices are less than desired due to excess volume,” said Jody McPherson of Lewis Nursery.....

Blue Honeysuckle

'Superberry' to be launched in UK

Leading UK soft fruit supplier, CPM, is gearing up to launch an exciting new ‘superberry’, rich in antioxidants, which will be available in the UK for the first time mid-June next year. Blue Honeysuckle, also known as Haskap, has a tangy flavour cross between a blueberry, blackberry and raspberry and will.....

Argentina: Blueberry producers to strengthen internal market

APAMA and APRATUC reinforced their relationship. The president of the Association of Producers of Blueberries from Argentina’s Mesopotamia visited his counterpart from Tucuman this week in order to define common issues for the forthcoming institutional agendas and to strengthen ties to undertake joint.....

Training programme boosts European cherries

A training course entitled ‘Qualitative, physicochemical and phytochemical indicators of cherry fruit’ was held in Lemesos, Cyprus, between 2 and 4 June 2015. This short course was organised under the auspices of COST Action FA1104 ‘Sustainable production of high-quality cherries for the European market’,.....

US (CA): Tight organic nectarine supply

In California, wholesale and retail markets are showing decent demands for organic nectarines. While prices are comparable to last year’s, supply has grown tight across the industry as we move into the mid-to-late season varieties. “We offer a full line of organic tree fruit all season long,” explains Cherie.....

New peach, nectarine variety developed in Turkey

In studies conducted at the Cukurova University in southeast Turkey, a new variety of peach and nectarine has been developed; it will mature in October and differs to previous varieties in colour, taste and smell. Faculty of Agriculture Professor Dr. Kuden, says “Our research has achieved late ripening.....

Stable prices, smooth sales for stonefruit

Stonefruit sales are going smoothly, despite the inability to export to the Russian market, partly due to the fact that the harvesting periods in different Spanish production areas are not overlapping."The stonefruit season has perhaps not started with prices as high as last year's, but overall they have.....

Turkish cherry growers’ put hopes in ‘Napoleon’

In Canakkale’s Bayramic district, cherry growers are aggrieved that the wholesale price of early season cherries has fallen to 32 cents a kilo. Growers hopes are now tied to the “Ziraat 900” “Napoleon” type of cherry for exportation.In the Bayramic province, in the foothills of Mount Ida, the price of the.....

US (CA): Demand for raspberries good

With demand good, the market for raspberries from California has been good. Supplies of berries are available year-round, but there are production peaks in spring and fall.Out of Oxnard, demand for berries was reported as good. On June 12, prices for a flat of raspberries were between $14.00 and $16.00. Out.....

Turkey: Ekosis stonefruit shipments to Russia on the rise

Ekosis (Ekonomik Sistem), founded in 2000, is a Turkish company, based in Mersin, devoted to the production and export of citrus and to the shipment of other fruits and vegetables from associated producers, including stonefruit. At this time, most of the firm’s efforts are going into the stonefruit.....

To reduce impact of Russian veto

Spain: Fraga's stonefruit to be exported to UAE

The reverse trade mission of 16 fruit companies based in Fraga, Aragon, and 10 large UAE importers closed last Thursday after five intense days, exceeding all initial expectations. In fact, the first agreements for the export of cherries, the earliest product of the season, have been signed, and if prospects.....

Castile-Leon

Spain: Cherries of Las Caderechas Valley, close to receiving PGI

The quality cherry brand "Cerezas de las Caderechas", from Burgos, aims to obtain the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) in the medium term, to which end it is carrying out the necessary studies, as reported by Technical Director José Ignacio Velasco.Speaking to EFE, Velasco explained that tastings.....

Record Northwest cherries in June expected

VIDEO Weekly Cherry Crop UpdateOver 1.8 million boxes shipped as momentum builds...As the last of the California cherries are shipped, harvest continues to gear up in the Northwest. The harvest never began so early, this year starting on the 23rd of May. However, the earlier varieties of Chelan, Tieton and Santina.....

US (WA): Skylar Rae®: new cherry variety makes debut

For many years, sweet cherries have been commercially classified in two ways at grocery stores – dark sweet and Rainier – but now, a rare new cherry has created cause for a new classification due to its unique attributes and sweet flavor that set it apart from the rest. Debuting in select grocery stores.....

Cherry and apricot prices remain high and stable

The first stage of Catalonia and Aragon's stonefruit campaign has been marked by high and stable prices as a result of a drop in the production volumes of the early varieties, especially for apricots."At the moment there is less pressure on prices compared to last year, since volumes are smaller," explains.....

Paraguayos season starts from Spain

It is the start of the season for REGAL'IN™ peaches and nectarines from Spain this week with the flat peach variety 'Flatearly' and the yellow-fleshed nectarine 'Nectabelle'.Sugar levels measured for the flat peaches or also called “paraguayos” are already around 15% and diameter sizes are distributed.....

Ireland: Strawberry retail sales reach €55 million

Kantar Worldpanel figures show a 14% increase in the retail value of strawberry sales to consumers in the 35-44 year category on last year.New figures from Kantar show strawberry sales in Ireland are valued at €55 million, with a 14% increase in the retail value of strawberry sales to consumers in the 35-44.....

Karel Bolckmans, Special Fruit:

“Working on year-round supply of taste varieties”

Special Fruit and breeder Fresh Forward have entered into a partnership to develop and market a new strawberry variety. A unique variety, which the soft fruit specialist says incorporates all aspects of a premium strawberry. “Great taste, shelf life and appearance,” says Karel Bolckmans, Business Development.....

New Cherry Pop-Top Lid debuts in export markets

The Northwest cherry season is underway bringing great opportunities early on for export markets. Columbia Marketing International (CMI) has pioneered the first cherry shipping box of its kind, offering a premium display option for their export customers. The high graphic lid (pictured) incorporates a.....

Carlos Cumbreras, manager of Grufesa

"This strawberry campaign had a marked trend change"

The strawberry season is almost over. After months of hard work to supply consumers with the best strawberries, now it's time to analyse the results. According to Grufesa manager, Carlos Cumbreras, the quality of the strawberries has remained stable throughout the 2014/2015 campaign.This has been, as stated.....