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AU apple & pear harvest could be down 10% from forecast

As the apple and pear harvest moves into its final weeks, volumes could be down 10 per cent in comparison with pre-harvest forecasts, according to Apple and Pear Australia.APAL technical manager Angus Crawford said he was ­receiving anecdotal feedback that indicated volumes were at least 10 per cent down on.....

France: Del Monte’s new fresh cut fruit line at Rungis

To fulfil increasing demand, Del Monte has opened a fresh cut food studio in their Rungis warehouse. Fresh cut fruit is increasing in popularity in France with sales quadrupling over the last six years. Del Monte is a leading specialist, notably in tropical fruits such as pineapples and bananas, but also.....

Nutritional difference between red and green apples

Apples are one of the most beloved fruits and also among the best selling around the world. Everyone has their favorite color, whether it is red, green or any other color. Even though they are all healthy, some may wonder, which one is the healthiest?When it comes to red versus green, it is a tough call, as.....

AU: Management plan for Northern Territory's cucurbit growers

The Northern Territory government is working with cucurbit growers to create a long-term plan for managing Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV).Quarantine measures were lifted from infested properties early last year, and since then production across the Territory has returned to a significant capacity......

Very promising strawberry varieties from Italian-Spanish firm

The 34th edition of the Italian fair Macfrut, held in Rimini from 10 to 12 May, has been practically devoted exclusively to strawberries. During the three days of the event, there have been many technical talks and exhibitions about the fruit, which is why Macfrut 2017 has become a key event for all those.....

India halts topfruit imports from China after pesticides found

India has suspended imports of apples, pears and tagetes seeds from China after repeated tests found that shipments did not meet phytosanitary standards.This is the first instance of Indian authorities banning farm products from China. Apples and pears account for almost 90% of the fruit and vegetables India.....

Italy: Bigarreau not the only cherry variety on the market!

Entrepreneur Giacomo Suglia from Noicattaro intervened in response to what was reported by Coldiretti Puglia on the cherry situation and prices."I could understand his reasoning if Bigarreau were the only cherries available, but they aren't. In addition to produce that has suffered quality-wise and should be.....

The quality of Murcia's stonefruit is better this campaign

Spain: European market is starting to demand more fruit

The stonefruit harvest this campaign, namely that of peaches, nectarines and Paraguayos, is expected to increase by 30 percent compared to that of 2016 and reach 371,000 tonnes.The Councillor of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Francisco Jódar, who attended the meeting of the Board of Directors of.....

With a great season, Hawke's Bay fruit growers prosper

This year's Hawke's Bay fruit season is one of the best ever. A hot, dry early summer combined with mature, settled markets prepared to pay a premium for New Zealand's fruit means growers are enjoying themselves.Growers are showing that confidence by continuing to plant apple trees to the point where tree.....

California grower introduces new organic varieties

Grape volume looks high for the season

Predictions for summer grape supply are that there are plenty available. “It’ll be a fun year on grapes,” says Christine Toy with Porterville, Ca.-based Homegrown Organic Farms. “The industry just has a lot of grapes this year.”Toy notes that while grapes coming out of Mexico just started last week, domestic.....

Review of the import market in week 18

China: Cherry market down, Spanish oranges up

This is the first working week after the small holiday of 1 May. The overall sales situation on the import market of Shanghai is moving from a cold and cheerless situation to a more cheerful one. This influences all the imported products and shows how the market for US cherries is unstable and has adjusted.....

The only crop that grew in Rio Negro and Neuquen

Argentina: Cherry cultivation increases and heads to China

The cherry crop was the only crop that increased in the last year in the provinces of Rio Negro and Neuquen, according to the 2016 statistical report presented by the Health and Food Quality Service (Senasa), through its Northern Patagonia Regional Center.Cherry production occupies an area of 768 hectares,.....

Erik-Jan Thur, Marni Fruit, about Spanish stone fruit season:

Platterina fails where paraguayo succeeds

The Spanish stone fruit season has erupted again. Although summery weather is expected in the Netherlands this week, temperatures have been too cold for too long for a good consumption. “It was cold for too long especially in destinations such as Scandinavia, and volumes bought by those countries aren’t as.....

Climate neutral strawberries by Port International GmbH

As of today, environmentally conscious consumers can now buy their strawberries in Switzerland. In cooperation with ClimatePartner, the entire carbon footprint for these strawberries was calculated and all related emissions were balanced by supporting internationally recognized carbon offset projects. The.....

Production estimates grim for Polish apple growers

According to the Dutch grower advisory firm, Fruit Advies, current estimates are that 2017 production could be down by almost half compared to last year, with at 2.5 million tonnes in 2017, compared to 4.4 million tonnes in 2016.A Polish exporter confirmed this morning that he suspects that apples losses could.....

Spain: Murcia studying production of organic kakis

The Council of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Murcia is developing a project to evaluate the agronomic behaviour of kakis (Diospyros kaki) in organic and conventional farming in the Region; a move that will be beneficial for producers, agricultural cooperatives, technicians and students.Kaki.....

Italy: Drop in prices paid to producers for cherries

Unacceptable market trends for cherries from Puglia. Coldiretti Puglia stresses how the prices paid to producers are dropping by the minute. "In just one week, they dropped to €1.5/kg while in Rome, in a well-known retail chain, the produce is sold at €7.98/kg, a mark-up of 532%," reports Gianni Cantele,.....

China: This year's low end apples are selling well

Earlier an analysis of some market events explained how there would be a surplus of low end apples this year, but the low prices would make it difficult to sell them off. In reality, however, 80 bags of third class red Fuji apples have increased in price from last year's 2 RMB per kilogram to 4 RMB per.....

Uruguay: Blueberry producers ask for help

Amidst an unprecedented predicament for the agricultural sector, blueberry producers in the Republic of Uruguay sent an SOS to the central administration.The Union of Fruit Producers and Exporters of fruits and vegetables from Uruguay (Upefruy) sent an official letter to the head of the Ministry of Economy,.....

Roelf Pienaar - Tru-Cape

Challenging season for South African apple exporters

The South African top fruit growers are having a challenging time this year, after a couple of seasons of drought and high temperatures they are struggling to get size and colour into the fruit. Economic conditions in the country are also making certain markets more difficult than normal.But, despite all these.....

The International Blueberry Seminar in Argentina will be held in Tucuman

The previous editions of the International Blueberry Seminar, which was held in Chile, Peru, and Mexico were a success. Now, the event will proudly be held in Argentina for the first time on June 28 at the Sheraton Hotel in Tucuman.The Seminar is organized by Blueberries Consulting and AGQ Labs in Argentina,.....

Federico Bayá, new president of Argentinian Blueberry Committee

The Argentinian Blueberry Committee (ABC), which accounts for more than 80% of the country's blueberry exports, announced that it would have a new Board of Directors, which will have Federico Bayá as its president until 2019. "We will continue to be one of the largest blueberry producers in the world,.....

Willem Dijk AGF visits Agrofrut

Greek watermelon season about to begin

Watermelons, harvested in Greece from May to September, make their way through the whole of Europe. The western part of Peloponnese is well-known for its watermelon cultivation. A constant breeze blowing in from the Ionian Sea creates an ideal climate for growing watermelons. Last week Ronnie Moorman from.....

Italy: Val Venosta apple producers visit stores

As a natural evolution of theBioGraphyproject, created byVI.P - Val Venosta, to provide consumers with correct clear information about organic apple production in Val Venosta, producers were brought to a selected number of supermarkets in direct contact with consumers. Among them was Simon Ruatto, the.....

Spain: Advanced techniques to identify brown rot

Brown rot is the most serious fungus affecting stone fruit at an economic level and is caused mainly byMonilinia laxa e M. fructicola. Conventional methods used to identifyM. fructicola are based mainly on phenotypic characteristics and pathogen quantification is not always accurate. In contrast, methods based.....

Italy: Strong storms in Romagna, demand for anti-rain nets skyrockets

91 mm of rain, i.e. double the rain expected in May, fell in Romagna, and in the Savignano sul Rubicone area in particular, on 9th May. Of course, all the fruit that was ready for harvesting, like for example cherries, was strongly affected. Cherries cracked after the rainfall (photo by OF)In just a few hours,.....

Switzerland

Catastrophic damage following end of April frost

The cold snap which brought frost and snow at the end of April affected the fruit, berry and wine growers in Basel particularly badly. The damage to crops amounts to approximately 19 million Swiss francs, almost equivalent to a total loss. The canton of Basel is supporting the affected companies with immediate.....

Tiantian orchards opens shop with Xiaohongshu

New Zealand Piqa Boo red pears enter Chinese market

In the past few days, the leading Chinese fresh retail shop Tiantian orchards and the largest global shopping community Xiaohongshu have been promoting the jointly funded Piqa Boo New Zealand red pear gift box. This limited edition gift box can only be bought at Tiantian Orchards or the Xiaohongshu sales.....

Spanish-French-Italian peach, nectarine and apricot contact group prepares Montpellier meeting

The Spanish-French-Italian peach, nectarine and apricot contact group will meet next Thursday, 18 May, in Montpellier, France to evaluate the results of last year's campaign, among other topics.Other issues to be addressed at the meeting will be the varietal innovation programs developed in the three countries.....

Spain: Strawberry campaign expected to close with 320,000 tonnes

The president of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Strawberries from Huelva (Freshuelva), Alberto Garrocho, has stated that the sector plans to close the current campaign, which he rated as "good and comfortable," with 320,000 tonnes of strawberries.In a press conference, Garrocho has pointed out.....

Cold April could lead to British fruit shortage

Cold weather in April could lead to a shortage of British apples, pears and plums, farmers have warned. Alison Capper, chairman of the National Farmers’ Union horticulture board, said she feared her own apple harvest, which includes varieties such as Gala, Braeburn and Red Windsor apples, could drop by 70-80%.....

Drop in Sicilian melon prices

Over the past two-three weeks, the price of Sicilian melons has dropped abruptly. "It's not only due to the bad weather, but also to the fact that people seem to prefer imported produce, from Senegal in particular," explains Vincenzo Marrali from Cooperativa Agricola San Tommaso in Licata (AG)."The produce.....

Batlow Apples sells 63% of shares to Ausfarm Fresh

Batlow Apples will receive a $10 million dollar injection, in exchange for 63.3 per cent of the company’s shares, which will now be held by Ausfarm Fresh Group. Thursday’s decision came after board members unanimously voted to accept the industry heavyweight’s proposal.Chairman of Batlow Apples John Robson.....

Stable increase in Chinese demand for imported apples

"Compared to the domestic produce, the quality and taste of imported apples are better. The variety is also more diverse. Moreover, the level of consumption of the people is also increasing year by year. This leads to a tendency in the past few years where the import volume to China has been increasing.....

Germany: Stonefruit almost completely wiped out

In the nights from the 19th to the 20th as well as from the 20th to the 21st of April 2017, temperatures in the minus range up to -7°C were measured in Baden-Württemberg. Further sub-zero temperatures occurred on a regional basis in the night from the 23rd to 24th and from the 29th to 30th of April. Depending.....

New Zealand grown KORU® apples arrive in the US

Coast to Coast Growers Cooperative today announced that container shipments of KORU apples, grown in New Zealand, have begun arriving at U.S. ports. The KORU variety is also now produced in the States, but the bulk of the current available crop is harvested annually in New Zealand, where the apple was.....

Slow but steady growth of consumption in Europe

Spain: Shortage of Piel de Sapo melons and high prices

The Spanish market is switching from the Piel de Sapo melons from Senegal and Brazil to the ones coming from the fields of Almeria. This transition of origins has caused a bit of a market gap, since Almeria is arriving later, because of a delay in the planting of melons and watermelons, and other vegetables.....

Australian mango industry wants sweeter mangoes

Mangoes just might be even sweeter this year or at least, that is the plan for the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA).The mango industry has spent the last three years focusing on keeping their customers satisfied with the sweet and juicy fruit and it would seem the effort has paid off — so far.While.....

Season characterised by difficult climatic conditions

South African apple season winds down

As South Africa’s apple harvest comes to an end, some producers characterise it as an “average” season while for others it was “dismal”.In both the Western Cape and Eastern Cape the past winter was unsatisfactorily dry with below average cold units, followed by low spring and summer rainfall in the Langkloof.....

A strawberry day at Macfrut

A day dedicated to strawberries was held yesterday at Macfrut with two different sessions, the “Strawberry Talks" organised by CREA (Council for Agricultural Research and Analysis of Agricultural Economics) and Image Line, as part of the fruit and vegetable trade fair held at the Rimini Expo Centre.The.....

Hector Juan Lagreca, Blue Forest:

"We'll export blueberries from Uruguay to Europe and the US this year"

The blueberry sector has been present in Uruguay for approximately 15 years. Although Uruguay has only produced blueberries since the 2004-2005 campaign, there are already some companies that are devoted to this crop, and one of them is the family company Blue Forest.Four varieties"Our blueberry season lasts.....

Coag accuses Spanish retailers of selling watermelons from third countries

With the watermelon harvest campaign already well underway, COAG Almería has been able to corroborate that distribution chains like DIA continue to sell melons and watermelons from Brazil and Costa Rica, to the detriment of the local products being sold in auctions.This practice has an impact on the marketing.....

Russia will be a true competitor in the apple sector

The fact that Russia aims at being self-sufficient as regards the production of fruit and vegetable is common knowledge. According to economist Gianluca Bagnara, the Russian ban against European produce is just a test to organise its own production chain.Jochen KagerDuring a recent convention, Jochen Kager.....

Henk Nijhoff, Veiling Zaltbommel:

'Soft fruit is not just a hype'

The Dutch soft fruit market has grown substantially in recent years. Many of the farmers have begun cultivating their soft fruit in greenhouses. This enables them to have produce on the market from spring through to autumn. Henk Nijhoff of Veiling Zaltbommel also does not expect this market, if regulated.....

China: Shanxi muskmelons sold for the first time in Canada

In the last few days, with the theactive assistance and under the strict supervision of the office for Inspection and Quarantine in Shanxi, the Yingruiqi limited liability company from Shanxi, has loaded 1000 kilograms of muskmelons from gardens in Xinzhou city into containers. Afterwards the containers were.....

Sugarlup cantaloup to be available in May

Seminis newest cantaloupe, the Sugarlup from the Almeria area will be available early, from the beginning of May. According to Seminis, the Sugarlup is overperforming on brix and flavor level.They also report that it maintains the firmness of the flesh, and keeps a fresh and attractive external appearance. Its.....

Calm first day Macfrut

The first day of the Macfrut was in Rimini, Italy, on 10 May. There was an additional hall compared to last year, but there appeared to be fewer visitors. According to exhibitors it was calmer, because another fair was held at the same as the Macfrut, Tuttofood in Milan. This is quite a broad food fair, but as.....

Kees Oskam:

"Pear sales are steady, apple market slightly slow"

Dutch top fruit is nearing the end of the season. "I expect the pear supply to be big enough to make it to the end of July. With apples the Elstar is expected to be done by mid July, but I expect varieties such as Jonagold, Jonagored and Red Prince to be able to switch seamlessly into the new season," says.....

Sanlucar presents the largest project for modern apricot varieties in Europe

With the beginning of the stone fruit campaign, SanLucar has presented today’s largest project for new apricot varieties in Europe, running at full capacity. 270 hectares are dedicated to the cultivation of early and late apricot varieties, which are already producing their first fruits this season. The.....

New research to better use nitrogen in mango production

A research project into helping mango growers better understand and utilise nitrogen and other nutrients in production, has begun in the Northern Territory.It is embedded in a larger national framework called “More Profit from Nitrogen", which includes agricultural sectors such as Dairy, Sugar, Cotton and.....

Western Australia fruit exports to resume after pest quarantine lifted

Exports of West Australian apples, pears, and stone fruit will resume into all states with the tomato potato psyllid quarantine effectively lifted. Strawberries and leafy vegetables will also be allowed to trade again under updated quarantine measures, which will include washing produce, targeted inspections,.....

Record dry April in Wales could hit fruit prices

Shoppers could be hit by rising food prices after forecasters revealed April was one of the driest in Wales for 100 years. Met Office forecasters said last month was the eighth driest in Wales since 1910, when records began.April continued a trend marking the driest six month period since 2010/11. Rainfall.....

Affinor Growers to install large scale vertical strawberry farm in Canada

Affinor Growers has received its largest equipment order to date from a license holder in Abbotsford B.C. These 10 level growing towers will be installed during the next 6 months and be used to grow and produce strawberries and other produce.The license holder has ordered 32 vertical growing towers capable of.....

Italian Saturn peaches analysed as a success story

The convention organised by the Catalonia Department of Agriculture and IRTA titled "The future of peach cultivation in Spain and Catalonia" took place on May 5th, 2017.The organisers chose an Italian success story as an example, that of Saturn peaches, a mark registered by the Eleuteri company from Civitanova.....

Italy: Heavy rain leads to cherry cracking

"We were starting to have fun, with excellent cherries at high prices. Then, the rain that fell on 6th and 7th May ruined everything," reports Loris Babbini, director of Aproccc, the Association of cherry producers of the Cesena hills."The harvesting of the earliest varieties such as Early Lady had already.....

China: Arrival of new season California cherries

As an early-ripening variety, the harvest of California cherries always announces the start of the cherry season in the US. The ample supply of these cherries only lasts from the middle of May till the end of June.Cherry processing plant in CaliforniaEven though the season only lasts for a brief period of six.....

Romania: Exorbitant cherry prices this year

Romanian cherries will reach prices of up to 20 lei per kilo (about 4.40 Euro) due to the weak production this year, as more than 50% of the early fruits have been affected as a result of hail and cold, reports economica.net.At this time, consumers can only find imported cherries on the market and prices range.....

France reinstates ban on US cherries

On April 27, 2017 France reinstated the ban on the import and sales of cherries imported from countries, including the United States, where the chemical product dimethoate can be used on cherries and cherry trees. Such a ban was in place between Apri l 22 and December 31, 2016. France’s decision followed the.....

Italy: Golden Prince: A new umbrella brand for Azucar melons

Five years ago, Meridiem Seeds Italia started working with a few Spanish companies to supply pigmented-flesh Amarillo melons. Feedback had already been positive in central and northern Europe and the response seems to be great in Italy as well.These melons, called Azucar, are currently grown in Sicily.....

Italy: Ancient apple varieties are bad looking but nice

Nice but bad looking - we are talking about ancient apple varieties that, despite their appearance, have higher nutritional properties than the commercial varieties. This is what emerged from a study carried out by researchers from the University of Pisa and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. They compared the.....