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Tasmania begins apple harvest after season of "ups and downs"
Since it is March, Millers Orchards at Hillwood is currently picking Royal Gala apples after harvesting Williams and Bosc pears in late February, marketing and operations manager Brendan Miller said.“Next week we’ll start on Golden Delicious and Packham Pears,” Mr Miller said.“The season has been up and.....


Creating new apple trees from the world's oldest
Considering the many different types of apples seen at farmers markets and supermarkets, it may be hard to believe that apple trees are not as diverse as they should be. But it isn’t the fruit-bearing part of the apple tree that’s the problem, it’s the apple tree’s rootstock.Most of today’s.....

Peru was Canada's third largest supplier of blueberries
During 2016, Peruvian blueberry exports to Canada amounted to $12,956 million dollars, i.e. 1,860% more than the US $686,000 achieved in 2015, according to data from the Statistical Office of the Canadian Government.Thus, Peru became the third largest supplier of fresh blueberries to Canada, after the.....


Canada: Increase in cranberry production
Quebec’s 2016 cranberry harvest reached almost 275.9 million pounds, a 32% increase compared to the 208 million pounds recorded in 2015. Quebec is now the second largest cranberry production region worldwide, behind Wisconsin, USA.Out of the 275.9 million pounds, almost 246.6 million was harvested from the.....


“Blueberry prices stable and high”
Blueberry prices have been at a high level for several weeks already. “Demand is good and supply is fairly low. The origins Chile, Morocco and Spain are currently on the market, but supply is not very large yet. Chile is reaching the end of its season, and will stop a little earlier as well. Morocco and.....

Peru exports projected to increase by 23% in 2017
Peruvian blueberry exports are expected to expand at least 23% this year, thus exceeding US$300 million, the Association of Peruvian Exporters (Adex) projected.According to Adex Agriculture Section Manager Paula Carrion, blueberries have undoubtedly become one of agro-exports' star-products. "Blueberry.....


Organic cultivation the norm in Crete
The Greek island of Crete is mostly known as a destination for holidays in the sun, but that is going to change, if local authorities there have anything to say about it. Not that tourists will no longer be welcome, on the contrary. If it were up to Theano Vrentzou-Skordalaki, the Deputy Governor of the.....


Jan van Bergeijk, Frutas Remolino:
“General raspberry shortage expected to last while longer”
The Spanish season is not really getting into its stride. This is one of the reasons for the shortages on the raspberry market. “The peaks in production are short-lived, so they do not really affect availability,” says Jan van Bergeijk, commercial manager of Spanish cultivation company Frutas Remolino, which.....


Europe: Peach and nectarine 2016 campaign
The recent update as regards the Italian exports of peaches and nectarines in 2016 is the perfect occasion to analyse the campaign and assess incoming and outgoing flows, production, consumption etc.In 2016, European volumes were expected to be lower than the previous year (approx. 3.3 million tons) because.....


Spain: Huelva's strawberry production to stabilise again
Last week, temperatures of up to 28 degrees Celsius were recorded in Huelva. Such temperatures, unusual for this time of the year, accelerated the productivity of the plants, especially at the weekend, when the largest volumes were harvested, according to the Association of Producers and Exporters of.....

Spain: Consumers don't benefit from low strawberry prices at origin
The Union of Small Agricultural Producers and Livestock Farmers of Huelva has issued a statement to denounce the "high margins applied to Huelva's strawberries by retailers."After a brief period of good temperatures, the strawberry production increased and prices at origin dropped. As revealed by the Prices.....


Spain: Between 65 and 70% of Spanish watermelon production is exported
Countries like Poland, the UK, Germany and France are the most interested in this fruit, typical of the summer months, according to Valverdefruits manager Mario Valverde. This is why "the price of this product varies so easily, because its demand is based on the weather." Sales were good last season, with.....


Italy: New strawberry variety with rising production every year
The Sibilla is a strawberry variety that is expanding at a very good pace in northern central Italy, due to a rising demand. "This is our second year growing them and our company has increased the volume by 15%, which is a big difference to the average production in our region (Emilia-Romagna)," states Mirco.....


BelOrta promotes in Indian supermarkets
“Red Belgian apples are no longer a novelty in India”
BelOrta has started its promotional campaign for apples in India. “We have been organising tastings since early March, and we will have actions until the end of the season,” says Jo Lambrecht. “Nearly all retailers were willing to cooperate with our tasting sessions. In comparison to our Conference campaign,.....


Oppy’s cherry season to start late April
Cherry season gets an early and exciting start at Oppy this year, thanks to an exclusive marketing agreement for North America with renowned California packer Felix Costa & Sons of Lodi.The new partners will begin shipping top quality cherries in Costa’s famed Brookside label during the last week in.....


China: Apple market is slowly recovering
"The market price for apples fell in 2016 and the main producing areas encountered poor sales. So far, this year the market is gradually recovering with prices showing a steady growth trend, especially for the Fuji apple. The cold delivery price rose more than 70%. This good momentum is expected to continue.....


Kris Wouters, Wouters Fruithandel:
Belgium: Basically, not much has changed on the pear market”
For a while, the pear market experienced good prices, but those have dropped by a few cents as of yesterday. “I want to warn the Belgian fruit cultivators to not pack too much yet. It would be nice if we calmly waited so that we could maintain the good market situation until the end of the season,” says Kris.....


Morocco: "No reason for watermelon prices to increase this campaign"
The weather conditions recorded this season in the Zagora area, where Morocco's largest watermelon plantations are located, have been very favourable, reports Said Aghzou, head of Valyour. In general, growers are very optimistic because, "although the harvesting has not started yet, since it will be.....


Turkish apple production on the rise
Although there still aren’t that many Turkish growers involved in the commercial production of apples, the Turkish apple sector does seem to be growing in volume. At the beginning of the spring season, apples are the best selling type of fruit on the Turkish market and will remain that way until summer. Most.....


Germany:
Fruit Cultivation Section Bonn/Rhein-Sieg celebrates 50th anniversary
The Fruit Cultivation Section Bonn/Rhein-Sieg started the festivities of their 50th anniversary in Wachtberg-Villip on 2 March 2017. During the opening festivities, Ferdinand Völzgem (Bonn), the section’s chairman, welcomed numerous honorary guests, including Johannes Frizen, the President of the Chamber of.....

Blueberry extract may help reduce "baby blues"
A supplement kit containing blueberry juice has been shown to banish the “baby blues”. Scientists designed the treatment to beat feelings of sadness that often hit women after giving birth.The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) found a stark contrast in the emotional stability of 21 new mothers.....

Market Report by Mark Greenberg, CEO Capespan North America
North America sees dramatic increase in table grape imports from Chile
In Week 9 there were rays of hope in the industry, suggesting that the USEC imported table grape market was waking up from its slump and that product was beginning to move at a more energetic pace. The fact remains, though, that one week later storages remain heavily-laden with table grapes of varying ages.....


“Price decrease of Spanish strawberries halted”
The Spanish strawberry season is in full swing. “Volumes have increased and demand is also increasing because of the spring weather in Belgium. Last week, temperatures in Spanish Huelva were higher than 25 degrees Celsius. This week, it is noticeably colder there, and rain has been forecast. We therefore had.....


Excellent quality and good prices for strawberries
After a 20-25 day unexpected delay due to the bad weather at the start of the year,OP Giaccio Fruttafrom Caserta is finally harvesting strawberries. "Quality is excellent and prices are good - €2.70-3.00," explains Antonio Giaccio."90% of the produce is of the Sabrina variety, 6-7% is of the Fortuna variety.....


Joaquín Malagón, manager of Hudisa:
"We are going to see growth in processed berries in the coming years"
"Processed berries, just like all processed fruits and vegetables, play a very important role in our daily lives. They make it possible for us to enjoy ice cream, jams, juices, etc. all year round, despite only being harvested for a few months of the year," stated Joaquín Malagón, manager of the Spanish.....

Large volumes of Indian grapes depress EU prices
The peak Indian grape season started back in early February when the prices on the European market were high. Despite high procurement prices in India many exporters took advantage of the good market."Now India is into peak volumes, but in the last few weeks big volumes were still being sent to Europe to.....


Good prospects for Tarragona's cherry campaign
Spain: Earlier cherry bloom due to unusually high temperatures
During the first 8 days of March, record temperatures, of up to 30 degrees, have been recorded; "something that had never happened in the more than 100 years that the Temperatures Observatory of the Ebro has been keeping records," stated David Manero, partner of the company Cerima Cherries.According to the.....


South African domestic prices also picking up
Late plums take advantage of empty markets and early springtime
Coming into the market towards the beginning of the Northern spring, through late varieties as well as through SmartFresh™ treatment, means that South African exporters can send plums to the Northern Hemisphere at a time when consumer appetite for stonefruit is rising, along with temperatures.The South.....


Steam treatment in melons 100 times more effective than chlorine
Currently cantaloupes are treated for E.coli, Salmonella and Listeria strains with washing and chlorine treatments, but a new method may be more effective, according to Dike Ukuku and his colleagues at the ARS Food Safety and Intervention Technologies Unit. His team are using steam to treat them.....


Berries and leafy veg: top heart health foods
Nutrition researcher Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., president and founder of the nonprofit Physicians Committee, is one of 12 authors of “Trending Cardiovascular Nutrition Controversies” in the March 7, 2017 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, which recommends whole food, plant-based.....

The province relies on a single variety
Spain: Malaga committed to extending medlar campaign
Malaga is the second largest medlar producer in Andalusia, only behind Granada. However, the crop is losing ground in favour of other subtropical fruits, like mangoes and avocados. As has been the case with other crops, producers have almost exclusively opted for a single variety: the Golden Nugget. This.....


France: "I like change; it increases the value of my products and it's stimulating"
Achieving differentiation; making the product attractive, and even eye-catching; these are the reasons why companies like EARL FERAUD F. insist on presenting their strawberries to the customer in new containers. "The colour of the label changes to differentiate the different varieties that we have,".....


Spain: "We export 95% of our Paraguayo peaches to Europe"
Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Switzerland are some of the countries importing most of the Paraguayo peaches produced and marketed by companies like Samafru. "The Spanish market cannot pay the prices that are paid abroad and that is why Spanish producers focus on foreign destinations,".....

Mainly of strawberry
Mexico produced 83,721 tons of berries in 2016
During 2016, the coastal area of Baja California produced 83,721 tons of berries (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, and blackberry) in 2,576 hectares, stated the state's Delegate of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), Engineer, Guillermo Aldrete Haas.The.....


Fred Rennen: “Mild spring weather supports good demand”
Costa Rican melon season off to a good start
The Costa Rican melon season is off to a good start at Exsa Europe. “Watermelons especially enjoy a good demand, because of the limited availability on the market. Demand for yellow melons is also good. The mild spring weather supports the good demand,” says Fred Rennen.“This season we have seeded melons of.....

Tasmania: Apple yields down due to low pollination and bad weather
The apple harvest is underway in Tasmania where orchardists say challenging seasonal conditions have reduced yields but the fruit quality is excellent. Lazy bees and an extended, wet spring were the key features of the growing season.Brett Squibb grows 10 varieties of apples on 100 hectares in Spreyton,.....


Italy: Good prices for pears
The pear season has been rather satisfactory for what concerns prices. At least this is the experience of "Ceccarelli Giulio" from Longiano (Forlì-Cesena), an operator producing around 7,000 tons a year, sold under the Julius brand."We started off with summer pears and, after a slow beginning, things picked.....


Quality of Washington cherry crop drives demand for Canadian cherries
“I am hopeful that we will have a normal cherry season this year,” says Andre Bailey with Global Fruit out of Creston, British Columbia. “We are in the business of late cherries, so we want the season to start late and this year is looking like it. In Creston, we still have 1.5 foot of snow on the ground.....

Polish apple and pear producers in need of more support
The European Commission will grant more support to producers who reported losses due to the introduction of the Russian embargo three years ago, as announced by Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan. Apple and pear producers in Poland are particularly in need of this aid.The Polish Minister of Agriculture and.....

Polish blueberry producers promoting new harvesting standard
"Polish blueberries are considered to be exceptionally tasty. This is the result of experience and cooperation skills; however, from the moment the fruit is harvested, its quality starts deteriorating. You can slow this down but you need to be aware that this is a one-way process and that the sooner you.....

China: First Strawberry Cultural Tourism Festival opens in Qingqu
The first strawberry cultural tourism festival was held in Qingqu on March 8th. It attracted thousands of tourists who came to pick strawberries. In recent years, Qingqu has vigorously developed the strawberry industry, which is now its mainstay, and has led more than 13,000 farmers out of poverty.

Spain: Murcian stonefruit production recovering this campaign
The Region of Murcia remains second in the ranking of Spanish stonefruit exporters, with a total of 183,094 tonnes produced in 2016, which represents 47 percent of the total production, as stressed by the Councillor of Agriculture, Adela Martínez-Cachá, at the inauguration of the 2nd National Stonefruit.....

Carrot prices hit all time high in New Zealand
Prices for fruit and vegetables have soared in the past year with vegetable prices increasing and carrots hitting record high prices. Food prices increased 2.2 per cent in total in the year to February 2017, Statistics NZ says. Fruit and vegetables were up 7.7 percent and grocery food was up 2.3.....

Growing apple industry in Central Otago's boosting the economy
Central Otago's apple industry is set to pump up to $200 million into the region's economy this season, Pipfruit New Zealand chief executive Alan Pollard says.Representatives from Pipfruit New Zealand, Horticulture New Zealand and Summerfruit New Zealand met orchardists and district and regional councillors.....

Staggering of the production and better quality
Spain, France and Italy expect similar strawberry production to 2016
The Spanish-French-Italian Strawberry Contact Group, made up of representatives of French and Italian producers, as well as Spanish ones grouped together under the Strawberry Producers and Exporters Association of Huelva (Freshuelva), integrated in FEPEX, held a meeting last Wednesday in Agen, France, where.....


Rockit Global Limited positioned for significant international growth
Havelock North Fruit Company (HNFC), home of Rockit™ apple snacks, today announced exciting and significant company changes. Effective immediately, the Hawke’s Bay based company will begin trading as Rockit Global Limited. Two experienced growth equity investors have taken a significant stake in the new.....


Greek stonefruit company sees potential in Africa
With so many companies vying for new markets, some of the benefits of venturing into these markets can be lost, as everyone follows the herd searching for the next new thing. According to John Georgiou and Kostas Bampalis from N. Apollo., once the news was out about the middle east having a lot of potential,.....


Washington Pinata apple is in the midst of its season
Could apples take over popularity for Cinco de Mayo celebration?
With Cinco de Mayo coming up, there’s a commodity that’s going to be competing with the almighty avocado: the apple. The Piñata® apple is right in the midst of its season now. There will be lots of time for promoting this variety that’s exclusive to Stemilt Growers. “Piñata® in particular has had really good.....

Apple prices have increased by 60% in Armenia since 2016
Over the last 12 months, the prices of fruits and vegetables in Armenia went up by 20 percent, as per the statement of the National Statistical Service of Armenia on consumer prices for February 2017, according to news.am.As compared to February 2016, in February 2017 fruits and vegetables got more expensive.....

Nashik 50,000 tonnes in grape exports
About 50,000 tonnes of grapes have been exported from the district during the current season, up to March 8.The grape export has increased by 12% to 50,100 tonne, as against 44,800 tonne exported during the corresponding period in 2015-16.The export season will continue till April-end and may cross the.....


Washington continues to grow new apple varieties
SugarBee apple goes commercial, NZ Rockit's first domestic crop
Late last year, Chelan Fresh introduced the SugarBee, a new open cross-pollination apple variety (Honeycrisp and unknown parent). The new bi-colored apple is crisp, juicy and sweet. “We’re very excited about it,” said Tim Evans, General Sales Manager. The apple was celebrated with a small launch last fall.....


Full-sized watermelon season waits as the Personal melons wrap up
With spring around the corner, companies such as National Produce Marketing Inc. are looking forward to the Personal melon season wrapping up and the ramping up of full-sized melons again. “Demand for full-sized watermelons is probably one tenth of what it would be during the warm weather season,” says.....


Chile's competition from Peru slightly affects imported blueberry market
Despite feeling some heat from the Peru market, imported blueberries from Chile continues to see solid demand from consumers. “Demand has been very good for the last several weeks,” says Jim Gatterof Glassboro, NJ-based Sunny Valley International. “Blueberries have been in high demand for a long time now and.....

Honduras exported 6.2% less melon and watermelon
Melon and watermelon foreign currency income fell by 6.2 percent at the end of 2016, according to data from the Central Bank of Honduras (BCH).According to a report from the BCH, these agricultural products generated 53.3 million dollars, 3.5 million dollars less than in the previous year, mainly because of.....


Production moves to Rio Grande do Norte because of its water availability
Brazil: Increase in melon exports
According to the Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC), Rio Grande do Norte exported 60.66 million dollars in the first two months of this year, i.e. 45.25% more than in the first two months of 2016. Exports were driven by fruit exports, especially of melon and watermelon. The state's melon exports.....

"Growers suffer due to fruit flies" in Pakistan
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Chairman Standing Committee Ahmad Jawad said fruit fly infestation has harmed exports in Pakistan and have caused huge losses for growers around the country.Fruit flies have been identified as a major problem for the industry where they are.....


Spain: "Spanish medlar faces no direct competition"
"In Europe, Spain and Italy are the main medlar producers, but the latter is also a large consumer, so its exports are not significant and do not have an impact on the Spanish market," explains Sergio Todolí, of Orangenatur. For this reason, Spanish cooperatives devoted to the harvesting and marketing of.....


Italy, France and Spain reunited for strawberries
The European contact group for strawberries would like an improved integration regarding the uniformity of active principles. Francesco Nicodemo, coordinator of the Italian Strawberry Committee, attended the meeting of the Italy-France-Spain contact group held on 8th March 2017 in Agen, France.Packaged.....


Final crop estimate from SATI
South Africa: "Healthy grape crop of about 65.4 million cartons"
The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) released the Final Crop Estimate for the 2016/17 table grape season, stating that very favourable weather conditions, especially during harvesting, are contributing towards an expected healthy crop of about 65.4 million cartons.This is a good figure especially.....


Smart packer to aid fruit exports
Speed, capacity and accuracy are keywords for South Africa’s rapidly expanding fruit export industry and the designers of packaging equipment are locked in a race against time to provide better and faster equipment.The apple industry alone recorded sales of R6,111 billion in 2014, nearly twice that of pears,.....


Israeli cherries drop in volume
Following another dry winter in Israel, cherry growers are gearing up for a third consecutive season with a drop in production. After exceeding 4000 tons in peak years, this season’s crop is expected to total to only 2,500 tons, with a shorter than usual harvest season. As a result prices for locally grown.....

Good prospects for Turkish cherry season
“So far, so good,” according to Yafuz Taner of Alanar. Turkey is set for a great cherry season. The winter provided enough cool temperatures for the fruit to properly develop. Given that in the coming two months growers won’t be surprised by spring frost, volumes and quality should be great. The export.....


Interko responds to South East Asian demand for ready-to-eat fruit
Recognising the strong demand across South East Asia for ripe and ready fruit, Interko, a leading designer, manufacturer and installer of advanced ripening technology, will exhibit for the first time at Horti ASIA on 15-17 March in Bangkok, Thailand.“South East Asia has become a more sophisticated market for.....

China: First interception of monilinia fructicola in Australian nectarines
The Shenzhen Inspection and Quarantine Bureau recently detected the American and Australian types of monilinia fructicola in a batch of Australian imported nectarines. This was the first time that China has detected bacteria from Australian nectarines. This batch of nectarines entered from the Wenjindukou port.....

Plums from other countries sold as grown in Extremadura
Spain: Fraud detected in labelling of plums
The agrarian organization UPA-UCE Extremadura has detected an alleged consumer fraud with plums in various stores in Madrid. Plums from other countries are being sold as grown in Extremadura.This practice, in addition to being a fraud on the consumer, can harm the reputation of Extremadura's entire sector, a.....


National Stonefruit Congress to offer advice on Chinese market
The second edition of the National Stonefruit Congress will be held from 9 to 10 March in Murcia and Cieza. Two of the most noteworthy parts of its technical program will be the First Spanish-Chinese Agricultural Forum and a presentation from the general director of Agricultural Production of the Ministry of.....


First Fashion watermelons hit the market
"Fashion is putting an end to the seasonality of watermelon consumption"
The Spanish markets have already received the first seedless Fashion watermelons from Senegal. "The first shipments arrived last Saturday and the fruit has already been put on sale this week, thus fulfilling the planned schedule, and with an optimal level of quality," explains Joaquín Hidalgo, General.....


China: "We want to market Ya pears in Europe"
The Ya is a pear variety that is well-known in northern China, in the Hebei province, and which is replacing other varieties to meet the market's new demands. Los Angeles and New York are the main destinations for this fruit, according to Mr Wang, of the company BOTOU YAFENG FRUIT CO.,LTD. However, Europe is.....

Peru: Blueberries and grapes drive surge in non-traditional exports
The Foreign Trade Society of Peru (ComexPeru), stated that non-traditional exports have begun to increase. In this category, blueberries had the highest rate of expansion in 2016.GrapesComexPeru highlighted that, by 2016, grapes were Peru's main non-traditional export product, and that the country had.....


more than 100 million euro in 2016
Record sales strawberries at Hoogstraten
This morning, a crate of strawberries was auctioned for charity by Hoogstraten as part of their annual tradition. The strawberries were bought by Delhaize for 500 euro per 500 grammes. Due to a contribution by Coöperatie Hoogstraten, in the name of the cultivators, the proceeds were doubled. The amount of.....


“When our fruit is packed, the Cape fruit starts. There is a nice synergy.”
Apple growers in northern South Africa very happy with prices
South Africa is known for its apples from the Western Cape, but an increasing amount of apples come from new production areas in the Mpumalanga, Free State and Limpopo Provinces where the industry is about 20 years old (less in Limpopo).The main advantage that growers from these areas enjoy, is their.....