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Great cultivation conditions in Rhineland-Palatinate

Jazz®: BayWa brings in the first German harvest for marketing

Retail and agribusiness conglomerate BayWa has brought in the first harvest of the Jazz® brand apple in the Weisenheim region of Rhineland-Palatinate for commercial marketing in Germany. 100,000 trees on around 30 hectares were planted in the region since 2015, now being successively harvested. Even though.....

Taiwanese Lunar New Year approaching

Fruit prices Taipei risen 20% compared with last year

As the Lunar New Year holiday approaches, average fruit prices in Taipei are rising about 20% compared to last year. Average wholesale prices for dates, oranges and other winter fruits are higher compared to last year. Citing wholesalers, the reports said that this year’s fruit supply is apparently.....

Panamanian watermelons exported to the Netherlands

The Association of Producers of Watermelons for Export announced the signing of a contract (with logistics company CH Robinson) to export 20 containers of the fruit to the Netherlands.A deal was made within the framework of the Fruit Logística trade fair in Germany, where agro-export companies from Panama and.....

USDA: California Grape Crush Report

The Preliminary Grape Crush Report includes all grape tonnage crushed during the 2017 season. It also includes purchased tonnage and pricing information for grapes with final prices prior to January 10, 2018. The Final Grape Crush Report, to be published on March 9, will contain any late reports or corrections.....

Mexican honeydews available now through April

Super Starr International enters a new season of production with a high volume of sweet, refreshing honeydews available now until April. With the brand’s Fair Trade Certification, people can expect to continuously receive excellent products backed by sustainable practices from Super Starr.Grown in the fertile.....

World Fruit Map 2018

Global fruit sector mapped

TheWorld Fruit Map 2018literally maps the most important international trade flows. The infographic, made by Dutch bank Rabobank, also provides an insight into various global trends, such as the strongly risen trade in fresh fruit, mostly from South America. The trends of the growing consumption of fresh fruit.....

Indian MP demands special product tag for Himachal apple

MP Virender Kashyap today demanded the inclusion of the Himachal apple in the special product category to safeguard the livelihood and economy of apple growers.Kashyap requested Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu to increase the import duty on apples from the WTO-bound rate of 50% to check the import the.....

South-eastern Pennsylvania

US: $17.5 million emergency funds for fighting spotted lantern fly

This week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced there will be $17.5 million available in emergency funding to stop the spread of the spotted lantern fly in south-eastern Pennsylvania.“We’ve seen a dramatic expansion in the range of this pest over the last year and we need to take decisive.....

Warm winter not a concern for California table grape growers

Table grape growers in California are not particularly concerned with the dry and warm weather that continues to bathe the region. While chill hours may be important for some other products, such as tree fruits, for grape growers, it is less of an issue this year. Instead, they are keeping an eye on other.....

Alaska: Giant role for bears in spreading berry patches

When two American scientists were wandering through the Alaskan southeast forest, they were overwhelmed by the number of berries there. Salmon-berries, high bush cranberries, soapberries, blueberries, devil’s club berries and more. And not just here and there, but all throughout the forest.Laurie Harrer,.....

More peaches planted recently than over the last 10 years

Georgia peach growers anticipate large and healthy crop

The state of Georgia experienced a laundry list of weather events that limited growers to a 15 per cent crop statewide last year. This year, however, appears to be looking just peachy. Growers in the state are optimistically excited about what’s to come when the season starts in mid-May.Normal winterDuke Lane.....

First Chilean pears arrive on US East Coast

The first shipments of pears from Chile have arrived on the East Coast of the United States. All fruit is arriving by ship, with no real demand for any early air arrivals. The shipments first arrived less than 2 weeks ago and supply is slowly beginning to build as more importers start to receive fruit. At this.....

South American blueberry season approaching the end

There are some early signs that the South American blueberry season is approaching its end. The number of growers in Peru supplying the market is reducing while Chile is also expected to start seeing a drop in production in the next few weeks after weather caused a delay at the start of the season."Supplies of.....

Florida targeted for intense apple marketing campaign

Envy is spending the last weeks of winter in sunny, warm Florida, heavily investing in the market to raise brand awareness, support retail customers, and increase sales. The multi-faceted campaign will target shoppers in the major metropolitan areas of Jacksonville, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa,.....

Periodontal disease

Study links blueberries with antibacterial properties

A study by the Universitè Laval in Quebec, Canada has shown Highbush blueberry proanthocyandins (PACs) had a beneficial effect against the type of bacteria that is associated with an aggressive form of periodontal disease. The study was published in the BMC of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. PACs are.....

Argentina: Pear and apple exports increased by more than 500% in January

Regional exports of pears and apples amounted to 4,300 tons during the first month of the year. i.e. 500% more than in January of the previous year.The aforementioned data takes into account exports through the port of San Antonio and the port of Bahia Blanca in Buenos Aires, which together account for 80% of.....

Washington state: Solid prices & quality apple crop

This season’s Washington fresh apple crop came in larger than expected, and sales of the good-quality crop are coming along nicely. Estimates by the Washington State Tree Fruit Association dating August 2017 predicted a crop of 130.9 million 18 kg boxes, down from the 2016 crop of 132.9 million boxes. But the.....

First Honduran melons reach Taiwan

The first three containers of Honduran melons arrived on Monday at the Taiwanese market after the fruit's production farms in southern Honduras were certified by authorities in the Asian country last year.The first shipment arrived at Port Keelung with a total of 5,460 boxes, according to the Ambassador of.....

Higher temperatures in California resulting in early season bloom

Temperatures in Central Valley have been well above average; that means blooms along the Fresno County Blossom Trail are well ahead of schedule. Everywhere in Fresno county you can start to see blossoms in the orchards; in another week or so many of these trees will be in full bloom.Apricots, oranges, and.....

University of Rochester, New York

US scientists claim cranberries can prevent toothache

Researchers from the University of Rochester claim to have discovered a new remedy against tooth decay:cranberries. As it turns out, cranberry juice prevents the bacteria that cause tooth decay getting hold on the surface of your teeth. The results of this study are published in the journalCaries.....

Spain: Fruits de Ponent and Anecoop reinforce commerce strategy

Spanish trading cooperative Fruits de Ponent produces 62,000 tons of fruit per year; peaches, nectarines, flat peaches, pears, apples. It also deals in almonds and cereals and produces and markets extra virgin olive oil. Currently Fruits de Ponent exports to more than 50 countries on four continents.All the.....

New post-harvest technology developed for fresh pears

Hazel Technologies, Inc., a USDA-supported company, announces the successful completion of research trials with Cornell University to validate a new post-harvest quality technology for fresh pears. Hazel® Pear joins the Hazel® suite of technologies and is available to growers and packers during the 2018 US.....

Offering grapes in school meals promotes better eating

Offering fresh grapes as part of the school lunch menu helped improve the school lunch eating behaviors of children in a pilot study conducted through Texas A&M University. The study looked at the effects on plate waste when fresh grapes were offered compared to when they were not offered. The results show.....

Over last five years

Indian apple imports increased from 122.000 to 300.000 ton

Indian MP Virender Kashyap’s report to Union Commerce Minister, Saursh Prabhu, on how India’s apple imports have increased from 122,265 tonnes to 300,000 tonnes in the last five years, was accompanied by a plea to increase the import duty on apples at a WTO bound rate of 50%. India largely imports apples from.....

Displacing the US and Canada

Peru is the world's third largest exporter of blueberries

Peruvian blueberry shipments, one of Peru's most representative fruit exports, achieved a new record. In 2017, this superfood managed to enter China and this country became one of its main destinations, stated the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur).Last year, exports of blueberries to the Asian.....

Jeffrey Moret, TOFF, the Netherlands:

"Good foreign organic top fruit season expected"

The demand for organic fruit and vegetables is demonstrating a continuing upward trend. "We are currently in a transition period with many of the products. The European organic top fruit season is almost over and we are on the brink of the foreign season", says Jeffrey Moret, Managing Director at TOFF, a Dutch.....

Shipments up 28% despite damage caused by cyclone Ockhi

EU and Russia receiving their Indian grapes

The exports of fresh grapes got off to a good start this year with the early arrival of the fruit and strong demand from the traditional markets such as the EU and Russia. The season started early by a couple of weeks in mid-January, and shipments are up 28% at 15,383 tonnes as against 12,058 tonnes in the.....

Spain: 4,000 Euro fine for illegal reproduction of protected blueberry variety

An entity producing blueberry fruits in the province of Huelva has been fined by the Court of Instruction no. 2 of Ayamonte for the unlicensed reproduction and multiplication of Snowchaser blueberries. The ruling states that there is enough evidence of an offense against industrial property, typified in.....

Just in time for the Spring Festival

China: Joy Wing Mau launches ads in Beijing metro

Joy Wing Mau has launched a massive advertising campaign for Chilean blueberries in the Beijing metro. The eye-catching banners tell the potential customers that blueberries from Chile are a healthy and nutritious choice. Joy Wing Mau banners in Beijing metro"Don't just look, try a blueberry!"The Spring.....

China: First exports of strawberries from Heihe region to Russia

One shipment of strawberries left Heihe port on the northern border of China and reached Blagoveshchensk port in Amur, Russia on February 4th, 2018. The shipment weighed 1,300 kg and was worth 2,890.16 USD. This was the first time that strawberries from this region have been exported to Russia.Strawberry.....

China: First time sale of Yan'an apples in distant Germany

976.5 kg of Yan'an apples recently passed the standards of the Shaanxi Office for Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine. This shipment was smoothly exported to Germany. This was a successful continuation of Yan'an exports to Australia and the United Arab Emirates in 2017. It was the first time Yan'an.....

Lucien de Wit, Luba Fresh:

"India starting in an almost empty white grape market"

Whereas in previous years the grape market occasionally collapsed, the opposite is true this year. "There haven't been large volumes available for weeks and the prices are higher than in other years," says Lucien de Wit of Luba Fresh. "The prices of white seedless grapes are around 11-12.50 Euro and blue.....

Canada (ON): greenhouse vegetable grower switched to strawberries in 2017

Strawberry plants replaced cucumbers in a Leamington greenhouse this past summer when DelFrescoPure made a $15-million switch to grow and sell fresh strawberries through the winter.It costs 30 to 40 percent more to grow strawberries because of the extra expenses such as added lighting that tricks the.....

US apple supply gets supplements from New Zealand

Apple supply on the East Coast is in good shape. “We’re about right where we want to be at this time of the year,” says Jim Allen of Glenmont, NY-based New York Apple Sales Inc. “We don’t have anything that’s particularly oversupplied but of course there are varieties that are in high demand. But all in all.....

QS and DFHV present 9th monitoring report at Fruit Logistica 2018

Germany: Fresh fruits and vegetables shine in residue analyses

In the extensive analysis spectrum of the two monitoring programs of the QS Fachgesellschaft Obst, Gemüse, Kartoffeln GmbH (QS) and the German Fruit Trade Association (DFHV), 26,771 fruit and vegetable samples from 73 countries of origin were analyzed. The results are convincing across the board and show the.....

VLAM will bring 29 Belgian suppliers to Fruit Logistica

Twenty-nine suppliers of Belgian potatoes, fruits and vegetables will welcome you at the VLAM stands in Berlin during Fruit Logistica. They will present a broad range of high quality products to visitors in cooperation with the present federations and auctions. Red pears, sweet potatoes and a broad range of.....

Floor van Os:

“Apple market stable, Belgian auctions continue to decide market price for pears”

The apple market is currently fairly stable. “That has actually been the case for four weeks,” says Floor van Os from the production company and wholesaler of the same name from Benschop / Papendrecht, the Netherlands. He expects the Dutch season will be quite calm. “We’ll get some more import apples from.....

Trendy Kimberley super fruit

Australia: Gubinge successful in health food industry

Native superfood gubinge, also known as Kakadu plum, is a staple bushfood for Indigenous people across northern Australia, but the health benefits from its high levels of Vitamin C are fast becoming known in the health food industry. Kimberley's only commercial producer of dried gubinge powder had a.....

Uvasdoce to increase its seedless grape production by 40%

The company Uvasdoce, based in the Spanish municipality of Monforte del Cid, will be showcasing its new seedless grape varieties at Fruit Logistica, where it will also present a new farm that will enter production in 2019. Some of these new varieties are already part of the Uvasdoce project "Nuestras.....

Seedless Love Grapes

Spain: Romantic grapes for Valentine's Day

Uvasdoce, in its constant search for new formats to meet the needs of its customers and the consumers, has designed a romantic packaging for Valentine's Day. The prototype, which was showcased at Fruit Attraction and became highly popular, will be presented in the upcoming edition of Fruit Logistica, in.....

Nepali farmers happy growing strawberries

Kanchha Man Tamang, a member of the Japanese Agricultural In-service Training Institute Nepal, started growing strawberries on his farm in Kakani. He started with six plants, now strawberry farming has spread to over 1,300 hectares in the Nuwakot district. Inspired by Tamang’s success as a strawberry farmer,.....

Eating grapes can ward off depression, according to study

Including grapes in your diet may have a positive impact on your mental health. Researchers have found that certain grape-derived compounds might be developed for the treatment of depression. The results, published online in the journal Nature Communications, indicate that these natural compounds may reduce.....

Egyptian strawberries exports: Striving to return to international markets

On 18 January, Egypt was struck by a Saudi ban on the import of Egyptian strawberries. The reason was that inspections had showed that some shipments had contained pesticide residues that were higher than acceptable, making them unsafe for human consumption.The General Authority for Import and Export Control.....

"Plagiarism among merchants in the seed industry still awaits regulation"

"Ready money, limited volume, and set prices help brand development in the melon seed industry"

"Hainan is China's main production area of melons in the off-season. There is currently a surface are of 10 thousand hectares devoted to muskmelon plantations. These plantations are located in a tropical, typhoon-prone climate. The growing process takes place predominantly in large greenhouses. The quality of.....

China: Cherry market analysis

Although cherry trees are in their winter hibernation period, the market for imported cherries is quite lively. China is already the largest importer of cherries, and this market is growing annually by 20%. Cherry exporters have set their sights on the Chinese market, including Chile, The United States,.....

China: Shenzhen port returns 17 tons of Chilean cherries

A shipment of 17.7 tons of Chilean cherries entered customs through the Man Kam To control point in Shenzhen on January 29th. An employee of the Man Kam To Office for Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine carried out on-site tests and discovered that the cherries showed signs of going soft, leaking,.....

Baden-Württemberg: Aronia berry is currently in vogue

Soft fruit harvest 2017 satisfactory

In Baden-Württemberg, a total of 8,105 tonnes of soft fruit was harvested from 1,586 hectares in 2017. As a result, both the acreage and the crop remained virtually unchanged compared to the previous year, despite the hard, late frost, as the State Statistical Office notes. Blackcurrants were cultivated on.....

California fruit breeder awards six new licences

Sun World Innovations, the fruit breeding, technology and licensing business unit within Sun World International, LLC, has licensed six additional grape and stonefruit companies in South Africa, Peru, Morocco and Tunisia to grow and market its lines of proprietary fruit, Sun World Innovations Vice President of.....

Galentine’s Day

Berries and apples pair up for Spring promotion

California Giant Berry Farms has once again collaborated with Envy apples, to produce a variety of on-trend content. Recipes, photos, and videos from a partnership between fresh produce brands – starting with a “Galentine’s Day” soiree – will be promoted across both brands’ digital platforms to appeal to each.....

AU: Campaign to save Cascade blackcurrant juice

Westerway Berry Farm in Tasmania is Australia's last commercial blackcurrant grower, but in recent years the blackcurrant market has all but disappeared. A few years ago when Ribena blackcurrant juice started to get a lot of bad press, Westerway's main buyer, Cascade Beverages, was caught in the backlash as.....

Kenyan study from Nnamdi Azikiwe University

African star apple prevents malaria in pregnant women

In a new study, researchers found that the pulp juice and seed of the African star apple contain chemical substances that possess both suppressive and curative properties for malaria. This could benefit many, especially pregnant women.Pregnant women are at increased risk for malaria infection. Commonly,.....

Central American melon season is off to a good start

Ideal weather has ensured that the start of the Central American melon season is seeing good quality and steady volume. The majority of honeydew and cantaloupe for the US market are being grown in Honduras at this time of year, with a small amount of supply from Costa Rica and Guatemala."All our offshore.....

China: First exports of Yulu fragrant pears to Canada in 2018

The County Party Committee of Xi County, and the county government, organized a ceremony at Xi County Guang Xin Agricultural Science and Technology Co., Ltd. to celebrate the first export of Yulu fragrant pears to Canada. This was the second time the county had ventured into the high-end fruit markets on the.....

January orchard update from Eastern Washington

Halfway through winter, Dave Gleason, Chief Horticulturist, and the farm team are prepping for the 2018 apple crop. This time of year our farm team is busy pruning and shaping the trees and limbs, selecting which buds will become fruit.Gleason discusses the math of pruning and how many cuts each tree needs to.....

Early cultivar largely unscathed by drought

Cheeky® pear harvest progresses well

The locally-developed Cape Rose pear, bred by Taaibos Human of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and marketed as a Cheeky® pear, has now been in commercial production for close to a decade. Its harvest started a bit later this year, as the general season is about ten days later, and from then on it has.....