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British Columbia volumes expected to be 20% down

Blueberries feel competition from stone fruit in summer

Blueberry supplies have started to go up now that British Columbia is in production. “We are seeing much more volume out of the Northwest,” says Jerry Connery with California Giant Berry Farms. Oregon, Washington and British Columbia all are harvesting right now whereas Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and.....

NZ: Progress made in red kiwifruit breeding program

A new red kiwifruit with a unique taste could finally be commercially grown in a matter of years, after Psa severely impacted the Zespri Plant and Food Research red kiwifruit breeding programme. Since the Psa outbreak in New Zealand, breeders have made significant progress in developing Psa-tolerant red.....

Greece to host the 10th International ISHS Peach Conference

The 10th World Peach Conference, held under the auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), was appointed to the Greek/Cypriot delegation. Dr. George Manganris presents the candidacy of Greece for the organization of the 10th International ISHS Conference.This was an unanimous.....

Melon producer Frankort & Koning granted Rainforest Alliance certification

Frankort & Koning and Agricola have announced that they have achieved Rainforest Alliance certification in a recent release:"We are very proud and happy to announce that we have achieved the Rainforest Alliance certification We have been working on this important Certificate for a long time." "Agricola.....

Longer-lasting texture in the post-harvest

Spain: Gene that delays the ripening of strawberries identified

Scientists from the research group 'Improvement and Biotechnology of Fruit and Vegetable Species' of the University of Malaga have applied biotechnological techniques to delay the ripening of strawberries and have managed to grow plants whose fruits have a longer-lasting texture in the post-harvest.Experts.....

AU: NSW berry company capitalizes on Indonesian demand

Premium fresh fruit is what seems to be in demand from Indonesia, especially that which has been grown for the Indonesian palate.Andrew Bell, director of Mountain Blue Farms in northern New South Wales, says the successful family-owned blueberry operation had been looking for export opportunities to expand.....

FruitMasters brings Disney to the fruit and vegetable shelves

Tsum Tsum a 2017 trendFruitMasters and Disney have created a savings programme of Tsum Tsum toys in apples and pears. The parties are working together to make fruit even more fun for families with kids.Tsum Tsum toy trend"In our search for a new savings programme for apples and pears, we ended up in Japan. The.....

British Columbia, Canada

Moderate climate is expected to set North Okanagan cherries apart this year

British Columbia-based Jealous Fruits starts its cherry harvest today, July 12 with the Satin variety. This variety is from the company’s earliest ripening blocks. Volume will be limited during the first ten days of production, but will increase significantly with the start of Lapin harvest.Photo: Satin.....

Fluctuating berry & stonefruit prices in Ukraine

Prices are all over the place in Ukraine during this summer fruit season. Despite consumption being at its highest, there has been a significant decline in the price of raspberries, currants and apricots, while cherries are bucking the trend and becoming more expensive."Cherry wholesale prices have gone up by.....

Export volume of Chinese pears to Holland is expected to grow dramatically

"This year, the export period for pears starts on 20 July, and it will most likely end in April or May next year, depending on the storage situation. Up until now, without any extreme weather, the total Chinese pear production volume is the same as last year. Because of an increase in production area and a.....

Frans Buijsrogge:

"In the past new pears were appreciated"

Dutch pear sales are dismal at the moment. "Class I pears, which meet the highest standards sell well, but everything just below that is not selling at all," says Frans Buijsrogge of the fruit growing, refrigeration and transport company of Buijsrooge Fruit. "The stock in cold rooms have already been sorted,.....

Shoppers follow California Giant berries to its farm

California Giant Berry Farms launched a marketing program in March encouraging shoppers to use the traceback function for berries purchased on the company website www.calgiant.com and the campaign is resulting in success for both the company and the consumer all summer long.Several years ago, the company.....

Spain: Thai delegation shows interest in Jerte cherries

A Thai delegation has recently visited the Jerte valley, in Extremadura, with the goal of learning how to combat pests and observe the growing process of the cherries.According to the Government of Extremadura, this visit is considered necessary to prepare and sign a pest management protocol, which would allow.....

Turkey: Malatya apricots to be sold in Europe under PGI label

The Turkish Minister of Customs and Trade, Bülent Tüfenkci, announced that the famous Malatya apricot will be sold in the European market under the label of a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).In a statement, the Ministry of Customs and Trade said that Turkey has finally received the PGI certification.....

Hungary: Conflict caused by watermelon prices at Tesco

The National Chamber of Commerce (NAK) has initiated an administrative and ethical procedure against Tesco because the retailer is selling watermelons for 99 HUF per kilo (about 0.32 Euro) from Thursday to Sunday, instead of the previous 249 HUF (about 0.81 Euro). A complaint was filed to the National Food.....

China: Main obstacles to selling watermelons succesfully

The main obstacles to selling watermelons this year are the following:First: This year had 6 humid months, which resulted in the four seasons succeeding each other rapidly, so watermelons from all regions entered the market in large amounts. The supply exceeded demand and producers could only lower prices in.....

Andy Tudor with Rainier Fruit comments on Washington's triple-digit heat

“Netting and hydrocoolers in our cherry orchards pay huge dividends”

Our cherry harvest started with Dark Sweets and has progressed nicely,” says Andy Tudor with Rainier Fruit. “We are nearing the mid-point of our season.” Rainier’s growers have just started harvest of the popular Skeena variety. “This is a favorite in all markets,” said Tudor, who sells cherries in North.....

Patrick Konings, Marni Fruit: "Large Egyptian supply and start of European grapes"

Netherlands: Dramatic grape market

The grape market is on its knees at the moment. "The Egyptian season started quite well, but at the end of the second week there was already a decrease and it never recovered," said Patrick Konings of Marni Fruit. "There is a lot more production than last year and more suppliers from Egypt are trying to sell.....

Argentina: Pear and apple exports from Rio Negro fall by 13%

In the first six month of the year, regional exports of pears and apples to overseas markets amounted to 185,265 tons, i.e. 13% less than in the same period of the previous year.The figures set a new historic low in exports of the activity, breaking the floor reached during 2016.The volume shipped is.....

Tasmanian cherry company Reid Fruits up for sale

Tasmanian cherry company Reid Fruits will today go to market under an Australia wide and international EOI process.Reid Fruits Managing Director Tim Reid said the business now has 136ha of cherries under cultivation, with current production representing almost 10% of the Australian cherry industry. In 2017.....

Bart Nicolai specialises in covers and hail nets

"You only harvest around half in bad weather without cover"

It was recently reported that only 5 to 10% of Belgian cherries are covered. "We notice that there are extreme weather condition more often and advise growers to cover their cherries," says producer Bert Nicolai. "Without a cover you only average around half of harvest in bad weather. With a cover there is.....

Mild winter hurts peach crop in parts of Texas

Experts say the mild Texas winter hampered this year’s peach crop in parts of the state. Texas orchards down south and east had issues, plants that did not get enough chill hours have been slow to leaf out, leading to poorly developed fruit or no fruit at all, officials said.For Marty Mika, H-E-B grocery.....

Bright & challenging future for the North American berry

North American berry growers are facing a bright but challenging future. The demand for locally grown products keeps increasing, and with drought and other weather-related problems looming, production is shifting across the continent.Berries are a hot topic. Several studies show that they have continued to.....

US Northwest Cherry Growers:

"Sweet cherries roar through holiday week"

The 4th of July is not only a major produce holiday, it's a key period of momentum for the Northwest cherry industry. Over the past 10 days the industry has maintained an incredible average shipment rate of 546,000 boxes per day, the most Northwest Cherry Growers' have seen per day from this portion of the.....

Is there a future left for Elstar and Jonagold?

The consumption of two well-known varieties, Jonagold and Elstar, is decreasing. In Belgium, Jonagold is the best-known and still the most popular apple variety, but a decline can be seen. In 2010, an average Belgian household ate 12.9 kilograms of Jonagold. In 2016, that figure had decreased by two kilograms,.....

Ukrainian watermelon exports up 250% in two years

Traditionally exporting to Belarus, Poland, Moldova and Lithuania, Maxim Kulik from the Euro Service group, said that he believes that Ukraine has the potential to become a leading supplier of watermelons."Our company and several brave growers have started exporting to the UK, Germany and France over the last.....

Mexico: LED Technology Increases Strawberry Production

Agroindustrial engineering researchers and graduates from the Autonomous University of Querétaro (UAQ), Amealco campus, have designed a system that, by means of a vertical structure and the use of specialized light-emitting diode (LED) lamps, allows increasing strawberry production (Fragaria) in.....

Driscoll’s mobile application supports supermarket staff

With the launch of their first retailer mobile application in DEMEA, the Category Development team of Driscoll’s found a new way to directly connect with in-store supermarket personnel. The app guides the fresh produce staff through a 5 step “Fix the Basics” programme, in which tips and tricks are provided for.....

Agriculture minister at the official season kick-off for blueberries

Asparagus companies switch from white to blue

On July 13th, at the invitation of the Gartenbauverband Berlin-Brandenburg e.V., agriculture minister, Jörg Vogelsänger will kick-off this year's blueberry season together with county commissioner Wolfgang Blasig (Potsdam-Mittelmarkt), mayor of Beelitz Bernhard Knuth and Klaus Henschel, president of the.....

Egypt calls on Saudi Arabia to lift ban on strawberry exports

The Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, Abdul Moneim al-Banna, said Sunday that discussions are underway with Saudi Arabia on issues that currently surround the exportation of Egyptian agricultural products, including strawberries, so that operations can resume.Banna added in a statement that a team.....

Saturated melon market, low demand and low prices

Spain: "The Galkia varieties are giving our Galia sales a boost"

The melon market is difficult right now, with low prices and stagnant demand. "Two weeks ago, there was a heat wave in Europe that triggered the demand for melons; however, last week the temperatures dropped considerably and the demand stopped, resulting in the accumulation of stocks at destination. The.....

Spain: Peaches lose ground in La Rioja, but remain the most popular

The summer arrives and fruit purchases increase in many homes. It is a refreshing food, which helps tackle the high temperatures typical of this time of the year. Many types of fruit are suitable to fulfil this task, but some of the most appreciated and consumed are stone fruits, such as peaches, nectarines,.....

AU table grape investment plan to benefit industry by $92.5m

As part of the role Hort Innovation plays as the industry services body for Australian horticulture, the organisation is tasked by the Australian Government with working alongside industry to produce a strategic plan for the investment of levies in industry, R&D and marketing activities. As part of the.....

In July

Dulcinea celebrates #WatermelonDress craze on Instagram with a contest

Pacific Trellis Fruit/Dulcinea Farms saw an opportunity to build a fun summer Instagram contest around the latest craze in Produce. The freshest, and we think the most fun, Instagram trend this summer is the ‘Watermelon Dress’ that uses perspective illusion to create this faux fashion photoshoot. From Ryan.....

Grape, apple and pear mixes

Mixing a new fruit snack with an educational mission

Supporting schools and supporting the produce industry: that’s the goal of Horizon Marketing’s Sweet Bunches brand.The brand was first launched 10 years ago to provide healthy snacks in schools. With that, came the portion pack bulk 21 lb. foodservice case which has a 150ct clusters of 2-4 oz. grape clusters......

Adrian Cordoma - Cordoma International Pty

Tough season for Australian grape growers

Many growers will be glad to see the back of this year's grape season, which started very late and was difficult for some growers and exporters. Australian grapes have a specific window to enter their markets and, as a result of the late harvest, the Chilean grapes took some of those markets from the Aussies......

Early table grape schedules

The harvesting and commercialisation of Italian grapes starts in May. The most popular varieties are white Victoria and Black Magic. Almost all the other varieties presented in this note are available from mid-July onward. The lucky growers who harvest in May-June obtain interesting revenues due to the fact.....

Grapa reminds European grape growers of unlicensed growth penalties

AVI s.r.l. and Grapa Varieties have put out a reminder to growers in the Europe Union of the penalties for growing their seedless GRAPAES (Early Sweet) and ARRA table grape varieties without a license. "These proprietary varieties are subject to license for growing, marketing and royalty payment. When grown in.....

High temperatures affect tomatoes and mini-watermelons in Sicily

The weather strongly affected the Sicilian tomato production. There have been serious virus problems right from the start (September 2016), so plants had to be uprooted and replanted in many of the companies in the south-west of the island.Cherry tomatoesThen, in January 2017, frost compromised production once.....

UK: Weak demand for white seedless grapes

The grape market in the UK has been fairly positive in the last few weeks for the Flame variety, the white seedless have however not been quite so strong. "We have Egyptian grapes coming in at the moment," explains Ben Butler from JEM Fruits. "Flame has been fairly steady for a while but prices dropped quite.....

Italy: Retail experiment involving peaches and nectarines

It's not yet official, but Nazario Battelli from Ortofrutta Italia and other experts have been working on it for months: a retail experiment to offer consumers only two types of peaches and nectarines (sweet and acidic) is about to start.Of course, while the sweet-subacidic category (including the Big Top or.....

Italy: Harvesting of Melinda cherries now started

The harvesting ofMelindacherries has started in Val di Non. The main varieties are Kordia and Regina. It is still early to make an assessment on volumes but, due to the frost in April, only 30-40% of the volumes registered last year is expected."In 2016, we harvested 700 tons while, this year, we are expecting.....

Chinese market has large demand for Canadian cherries

This has been a symbolic year for cherry merchants from Okanogan city (Canada): more than 80% of their cherries have been exported to overseas markets. Cherry merchants reveal that the current market demand has already exceeded our supply. Consumers on the Chinese market are willing to pay higher prices for.....

Stock levels only half of what they were in May

Austria is running out of domestic apples

The apple stock levels back in May were reduced by half in June (12,256t to 6,630t). The June-stock-levels have never been this low in AMA-records and in a regular year, the levels were at approximately 30,000t. The speed at which the apples are moved from storage has recently been increased from 3,297t to.....

Egypt: Autumn grapes volume increases in line with international demand

In recent years there has been an increase in the demand for seedless grapes, which has caused many farmers of these varieties, such as the Autumn Royal, to increase the size of their plantations. "There was a time when there wasn't enough production in the market, so Egypt bet on this product," said Moataz.....

China: Apple and banana prices rise surprisingly

Recently, the prices of traditional fruits, such as bananas and apples, have risen, while the prices of seasonal fruits have dropped. Research by the Donghu Business Department has shown that, whether it is imported or domestically produced fruits, they all fight for the market by reducing their prices. That.....

China: Sichuan honey peaches sold to Russia for the first time

Recently, the local Sichuan supply chain signed an agreement with Russian sales channels. Honey peaches from Longquanyi, Chengdu, will enter over 18,000 chain stores in Moscow. On 28 June, the first batch of 500 kilograms of honey peaches was exported to Moscow by air transport, and arrived there safely......

US Kanzi® sales expected to peak over next few weeks

Sales of Kanzi apples from New Zealand and Chile are expected to peak over the next several weeks driving incremental dollars into the apple category for supermarkets. This is good news for the apple as it has already jumped in sales by over 100% over the past year. According to Robb Myers, Vice President of.....

New apple breed produced in Yangling, China

As China's only agricultural high-tech industries demonstration zone, Yangling in Shaanxi province has been shouldering the need for an "experimental field" for modern Chinese agriculture since its inception in 1997.Local scientists from Yangling have set up 293 pilot agricultural technology demonstration.....

Poland: Notable increase in prices of strawberries for freezing

Some companies buying strawberries for freezing are paying close to 6 złoty*/kg, and the season started with an average rate of more than 4 złoty/kg, as reported by Agrobiznes on TVP.Last year, prices were definitely lower, with the average rate at 3.65 złoty/kg. This year, it will amount to.....

Thieves steal up to $8,000 worth of strawberries from Swedish farm

Thieves in Sweden stole enough strawberries to fill 1,500 cartons from a spot just north of Uppsala earlier this week, which the unfortunate owner only discovered when he went out to start picking them on Wednesday.According to Fredrik Hörenius, who owns the Ulva-Gubben strawberry picking spot, 50-70,000.....

Poland: Lower cherry harvest and more expensive prices

Although cherries are not yet on sale, it is already known that there will be a lower supply and that the fruit will be more expensive. The harvest in Poland this year may amount to just 20 percent of last year's, according to professor Eberhard Makosz, President of the Society for Promotion of Dwarf Fruit.....

Spain: 80 hectares of berries damaged by fire in Moguer

Last week's fire in Huelva, which started in the municipality of Moguer and reached the very gates of Doñana, has caused damage to at least 80 hectares of berry crops, as estimated by the Spanish Association of Combined Agricultural Insurance Providers (Agroseguro).The estimate of the sector, however, is that.....

Thieves steal "poisonous" strawberries from English farm

Hill Farm in Kent, England, has reported that around 100kgs of poison coated strawberries have been stolen. The fruit, worth more than £300, were stolen, and the owners now worry that they may be sold to unwitting consumers.A police spokeswoman said: "The fruit had recently been coated with a chemical to help.....

Wimbeldon has been subsidizing its strawberry prices for the last decade

Wimbeldon has recently revealed that it has been subsidizing strawberries for one of the traditional treats of the event over the last decade. A bowl of strawberries and cream, a traditional part of a day at the championships, has remained at £2.50 for the last seven years.There have been fears that the cost.....

Sanlucar launches new packaging for XL stone fruits

SanLucar has announced new packaging for the XL fruit sector. The new summertime project for the German and Austrian market will bring slider packaging, meant for lovers of large stone fruit. The packages will contain 650 grams of flat peaches, 750 grams of apricots and 350 grams of cherries. The slider also.....

USDA helps Maine blueberry growers with $10m buy

Maine's congressional delegation says the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved up to $10 million to purchase surplus Maine blueberries.Wild blueberries are one of the most important crops in Maine, but the industry's struggling with a steep decline in prices to farmers. The congressional delegation said.....

University developing firmer blueberries to increase mechanical harvesting

It’s blueberry season in North Carolina, a time when the market for the fresh, locally grown fruit surges. At NC State University, Hamid Ashrafi is busy breeding better blueberries for that market.Ashrafi said that what sets NC State’s blueberry breeding apart from other breeding programs is its emphasis on.....

Research investigates best growing conditions for Malling™ Centenary strawberries

Following the release of the June-bearing strawberry, Malling Centenary in 2013 from the East Malling Strawberry Breeding Club (EMSBC), based at NIAB-EMR, they claim the demand for the variety has been considerable. "There is huge enthusiasm for the berry from growers, retailers and consumers."As Malling.....

Smaller yields with better quality for Polish blueberries

Despite expecting a smaller yield, Polish blueberry growers have said that they do expect great quality this season, with much larger, good quality fruit. Agata Małkiewicz, a member of the Polish Berry Cooperative, said that this year's losses from the spring frosts have been estimated between 10-30%.The.....