Fruit

Florent Geerdens on the latest developments in the top fruit sector:
“We should deviate from classic top fruit strains”
The top fruit sector has had some tough years, and, looking at developments as they are now, it will not become any easier in coming years. “Eastern European countries and countries outside of Europe are planting apple and pear trees with European subsidies on a large scale, and here in Belgium and the.....


Italy: Political support needed to expand apple market
"Commercial dynamics are not always due to technical or logistical aspects - to access specific markets, political support and good negotiation are needed above all," reports Michael Grasser, Marketing Director forVI.P, Associazione delle Cooperative Ortofrutticole della Val Venosta."Just think about China......


Feno presents Fengapi apples at Interpoma
Among the new products exhibitors presented at Interpoma, there are Fengapi apples developed fromFeno, one of the nursery gardens behind the creation of Evelina. Fengapi is not ready for commercialisation yet, but will be available as of next year.Fengapi apples at Interpoma 2016."We are now multiplying.....

Univeg set to change perceptions of UK yellow apples
Univeg is investing in a brand marketing campaign for the unique yellow apple, Opal®, capitalising on a wider retailer focus on UK produce.The multi-channel campaign with the primary objective of changing existing perceptions of yellow apples will launch with the creative proposition, ‘Hello, Yellow’ devised.....

Chile: Open Gable system improves the productivity of table grapes
According to the Economic and Social Survey of the systems implemented in commercial grape orchards to improve competitiveness, a project from the INIA, Fedefruta and Uvanova, that receives funding from the Foundation for Agricultural Innovation (FIA), 63.6% of the producers of table grapes between Coquimbo.....

Chile: Raspberry export prices are low
Producers of raspberries, both big and small, are having serious complications this season due to the fruit's low export prices, which stand at 600 Chilean pesos per kilo for conventional producers. This was revealed in a discussion during the First Seminar for Peasant Family Raspberry Producers in Bio.....

Australia: Christmas without cherries
A big part of the Australian Christmas involves cherries, meaning some people might not have the ideal Christmas this year. In the midst of a cherry shortage all stone fruits are looking to cost an extra $5 per kilogram this holiday season. Coles has apologized, blaming the shortage on rain that has caused.....


Brazil: Four Euros a Kg for strawberries from Italian plants
Gianluca BaruzziandPierluigi Lucchi, from CREA in Forlì, recently returned from a trip to Brazil where they were able to verify how the cooperation with the University of Santa Caterina (UDESC) is going. They inspected some Italian varieties and selections, especially Pircinque, and could see that they are.....

China: Small Hami melon settles at Haining
Recently, a farmer in a small village near Dingqiao in Haining, planted a new variety of melon. The variety, the net-patterned melon, was brought from Japan by the owner of the land, Ling Hui. When you look at it, this net melon looks strikingly similar to a miniature Hami melon.Ling Hui became the owner of.....


'An apple like a sweet memory'
China: Sweet Indian green apples
At the recent Asia Fruit Convention, there was one fruit that looked very ordinary but which made a deep impression on all those who tasted it. Here are some of their comments: "I didn't know green apples could be so sweet! They're not sour at all!", "This is completely different from any green apple I.....

Fyffes under labour abuse claims
Honduran laborers from Choluteca have reported labor abuse by Fyffes as their efforts to form a trade union have been blocked according to an article published in the GuardianA spokesman for Fyffes told FreshPlaza: "Fyffes rejects the allegations contained in The Guardian article and has no further comment.....


Italy: Opal golden apples
"It is apples themselves that suggest what can be done with them. This is how we built Opal®'s identity," explains Michael Weber, Managing Director of the new club."Opal is a variety of yellow apples that do not brown and are suitable for making juice. But developing a variety from a commercial point of.....


Simone Pilati (Consorzio La Trentina)
Italy: The fact that markets are contracting is worrying
"What worries us is not Brexit but rather the general contraction tendency of the markets. Many countries are now closing their markets rather than opening them like they did for many years," says Simone Pilati, General Director ofConsorzio La Trentina.Among the markets involved in this new phase, there are.....


Yakima Valley harvest may hit record numbers
With the end of the apple harvesting season, apple industry leaders are expecting near record numbers this coming harvest in Yakima Valley. Since August, Yakima Valley has seen a large harvest of Granny Smith, Honeycrisp and Red Delicious apples.Multiple leaders in the industry are reporting this,.....

Severe frost damage to fruit in Austria
This year's dessert fruit produce grown in orchards (with the exception of elderberries and amonia) came to 84,200 metric tonnes, according to Statistics Austria. This translates as one third of a normal harvest (based on a ten-year average) and less than one third of the previous year's figure (-67%). This.....


Nico Schaft, 888 Fruit Company:
“Fewer Chinese chestnuts and Nashi pears expected”
Yesterday, 888 Fruit Company received the first chestnuts at Cool Control in Maasdijk, the Netherlands. “From now, we will receive a container weekly. The harvest in China is somewhat lower, and because of the high price on the local market and the rate of the dollar, fewer chestnuts will be exported in.....


AU: First Victorian nectarines arrive at Shanghai Huiz Han market
The first Victorian grown nectarines arrived today, 30th November, by direct access to the Shanghai Huiz Han wholesale markets in China. They were supplied by V.F.Siciliano & Sons. The airfreight protocol to China for nectarines requires a quarantine treatment by fumigation of 5.5 hours.Mr Ralph Zhou.....


Impossible to predict consumer choices
From the second day of "La Mela Nel Mondo" conventions atInterpoma, it emerged that it is really difficult to predict what consumers will do. "It would be risky to make universal considerations on consumption, as it depends on many factors," explains Valerie Lengard Almi, who studied the behaviour of.....


John Buenaventura of SouthernCone Berries:
"Rising demand for Chilean blueberries in China"
The Chilean blueberry campaign kicked off about 10 days earlier this year, mainly as a result of the high temperatures recorded in the South American country. The season is also expected to be shorter."We have got off on the right foot and the forecast is positive, although we will have a smaller market.....


Chile: "First nectarine shipments to China due in December"
With the Chilean nectarine campaign about to begin, preparations are underway for the first shipments to China. "We have good prospects for our fruit, which has reached good calibres and acquired the right colour. Also, despite the frosts we suffered during the spring, we are not having problems with the.....


Spanish pears debut in India
Mumbai-based importer, Yupaa, welcomes the first-ever shipment of Spanish pears, after working with Nufri to bring the Alejandrina variety to India.The maiden arrival was greeted by Yupaa’s head of import procurement Parth Kavat and Spain’s economic and commercial counsellor in India, Juan del Alcazar,.....

Kashmir: Apple traders losing hope as sales drop
The new cashless society has led to many apple sellers threatening leaving the business. One trader, Sayid Ali, said that nobody is benefitting from the new cashless society."Earlier we used to empty the vehicles of apples in three to four days, but now, it takes around 15 days because the customers pay with.....


'Right choices' needed to relaunch apple production
Among the various topics discussed during the"La Mela nel Mondo"convention atInterpoma, one of the most interesting was that Alto Adige apple producers are confident about their future. "I share their optimism, but it must be supported by the right choices. We must not neglect the EU market," explained.....


Thomas Mur - Fiera Bolzano
The reasons behind success of Interpoma
The tenth edition ofInterpoma, the fair dedicated entirely to the apple world, ended on 26th November 2016. Over 450 exhibitors took part and the first data reveal that 18 thousand visitors attended the fair."What was important to us was to attract international visitors, and it looks like we managed to.....

Chile: Cherry producers worried about the rain and the sun
On Sunday, there still was no official evaluation of the damage suffered by cherry orchards from the heavy rains on Friday and Saturday. However, according to experts, such as consultant Elena Yanez, orchards managers, such as Gustavo Castillo from Lomas de Quinchamalí, or buyers like Teresa Gazmuri of.....

January to September
Peru: Cranberry exports up 162%
The Association of Exporters (ADEX) stated that Peruvian exports of cranberries and their derivatives, between January and September 2016, amounted to US $93.8 million, i.e. 162% more than in the same period last year.According to ADEX, the increase was due to Peru's climatic conditions, which provide the.....


Argentina: "More than 50% of cherry crops lost to frost and storms"
The adverse weather conditions in recent weeks are seriously affecting Argentina's agricultural production. The fruit and vegetable crops, which have been affected by the frost, were also hit by Thursday's heavy rainstorms that lashed the areas of San Juan, San Luis, and Mendoza, among other towns near the.....

Korean inspectors visit Chile to start cherry exports
Two inspectors from Korea's Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (QIA) are touring the country to check that Chile is complying with the protocols signed between Chile and Korea regarding cherry exports, and with the fruit fly control program.Youngjae Cho, an inspector of the QIA, will verify that the country.....

Bee decline threatens British apple industry
Farmers in Britain could lose hundreds of millions of pounds of apples if the trend keeps up. This could lead to a total collapse of the country's apple industry, according to scientists. A major UN report urges action to stop the decline of the essential pollinators as many types of crops become.....

Millenials key to stronger apple industry
The head of one of the world's biggest apple processing companies has stated that Millenials are an untapped market and should be capitalized on for future prosperity in the apple industry.Klaus Gasser, Vog Products chief executive addressed at the international trade show Interpoma located in South Tyrol,.....

Job cuts in Malawi fruit business
The company, based in Salima is the first large scale commercial fruti farming and processing enterprise, established in 2009 is hitting hard times. Being a value based agro-processing business, they work with local communities in the district and help grow and process fruit using more modern.....

Japanese to invest in Vietnam Agriculture
Small Japanese enterprises are looking to invest in Vietnam in addition to capital expansion by many companies in Japan already operating in the county. Masao Yamasaki, general director of Toto Viet Nam, said the Vietnamese operation has scored the highest growth rate in the group, with 2015 sales rising by.....

Compensation not on the cards
Austria: Apple storage at a record low
Due to a poor yield the amount of apples stored this year is only a quarter of the amount stored in the previous year. On the cut-off point, 1 November 2016, 38,991 metric tons of apples were stored. While in the previous year 137,913 metric tons of apples had been stored. AgrarMarkt Austria (AMA) reports.....


Huge increase in blueberry volumes from Peru
Volumes of blueberries from Talsa have substantially increased this season. The Peruvian producer has exported over 300 containers this season so far via seafreight, last year it was only 195.Rob Cullum from Pacific Produce, said this was mainly down to new plantings coming into commercial volumes. "There.....

Blueberry extract may help fight gum disease
Gum disease is a common condition among adults. Some severe cases, called periodontitis, call for antibiotics. But now scientists have discovered that wild blueberry extract could help prevent dental plaque formation.Their report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry could lead to a new therapy.....

Strong demand for fruit & nuts
Oregon can expand ag exports to South Korea
South Korea is one of Oregon's top export markets for agriculture. But there is great potential to expand the volume of those products and make way for new ones given the current tastes and trends of the Korean consumer.A recently completed trade mission to South Korea organized by the Western United States.....


Yello®, the new yellow apple has arrived
Yello® has smooth alabaster yellow-coloured skin and a sweet, crunchy and juicy centre. It is the new yellow apple from Japan that has arrived in Italy and is set to go global.The official presentation of yello® took place on Friday 25 November 2016 at Interpoma, Bolzano, during a press conference that was.....


Photo report Interpoma
The tenth edition of theInterpoma Bolzano opened yesterday, November 24, 2016. The event is entirely dedicated to apples. Click here for the photo report

Increase in French tomato production and prices
Despite an atypical production calendar, the 2016 tomato season has increased in both quantity and prices. According to an Agreste publication, French production should reach 620,500 tons this year (up 4% compared to 2015 and 8% compared to the five year average). The situation varies between regions with a.....

NZ: Cherry growers wish the rain away
Central Otago cherry growers are hoping the rain abates so they can meet Christmas demand. Jackson Orchards in Cromwell, which is generally one of the first growers to pick in Central Otago, began its harvest of early cherry varieties more than a week ago. Co-owner Mark Jackson said the crop was "looking.....


Tru-Cape grower is Toyota New Harvest winner of the Year
Tru-Cape grower, André Cloete, a farmer from the Overberg area in the Western Cape, won the 2016 New Harvest of the Year award. The New Harvest competition recognises the most promising young farmer from a previously disadvantaged background. All entrants are nominated by various businesses or associations.....


Grapes enhance standard of living in Sangli
A company who work with the Indian grape cultivators of Sangli, explains that sustainability is a large part of their company’s policy. Andreas Schindler, the owner of Don Limón, therefore wants German retailers to become re-acquainted with the Indian grapes. “We are not in it for the money, we care about.....

Better prospects for plums
Subdued UK stone fruit market
There's plenty of South African stone fruit on its way to Europe at the moment, said Wayne Mudge from Cape Five, as they loaded a number of containers last week. He confirmed that there had been only a minor disruption, due to the wind."Volumes are difficult to judge at the beginning, but what we are seeing.....

Myanmar watermelon export to China coming to standstill
A report in in the beginning of November in a local newspaper shows a statement of the chairperson of the Myanmar Watermelon and Cantaloupe Cultivation and Sales Organisation, Mr. Wu Naiwen. According to him, the sales of watermelons from Myanmar to China have staggered in the first week of October and.....

Using high tech to keep cranberries top spec
Frost troubles Keith Mann each year. The icy condensation is detrimental to his crop in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the modern American cranberry industry. As the temperatures drop into the fall months, the owner of 150 acres of cranberry bogs throws on some layers and preps a network of.....


Joly Red now also available in Singapore
On 10 November 2016, the official starting gun was fired for the sales of Joly Red apples at Ntuc FairPrice in Singapore by FairPrice CEO, Kian Peng, and the Belgian ambassador, Gerard Cockx.Marc Evrard, commercial manager of BVF, represented BVF and Truval during the launch. “Did you know Singaporeans are.....

Argentina: Cherry exports from Neuquen to Canada are at risk
The export of cherries from Neuquen to Canada is at risk due to the unexpected phytosanitary requirements that Canada has imposed for this year's season.The problem began on Tuesday when a shipment of 20,000 kilograms of cherries was rejected at the Ezeiza airport. According to marketers, Senasa did not.....

Interpera 2016: Success in South Africa
More than 130 participants from various countries gathered on 16, 17 and 18 November in Paarl, Cape Town, South Africa for the 9th edition of Interpera, the International Pear Congress. The representatives came from Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, New Zealand and the United States to attend this annual pear.....

APAL wins Pink Lady brand licensing case in Chile
APAL has been successful in its appeal in a case between APAL and Pink Lady America regarding the supply of Chilean-grown apples traded under the brand name Pink Lady® to North America.Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) owns and manages the Pink Lady® brand in numerous territories worldwide and invests in.....


Great success for the first Interpoma Innovation Camp
“With the first Interpoma Innovation Camp, Fiera Bolzano has taken a first step to becoming a platform for thinking about the future of the apple industry - says Thomas Mur, Managing Director of Fiera Bolzano – Our aim is to help the apple producing sector grow by bringing together heterogeneous and.....

AU region edges closer to pest-free status
The Adelaide Hills region in South Australia may soon achieve pest-free status, as it nears the end of a 12-month monitoring period in January. The much coveted status could prove a boon for its horticulture producers; the region is well known for its cherries, strawberries, pears and apples.If the results.....

Rockit apple ownership dispute comes to an end
According to John Loughlin, chairman of the Havelock North Fruit Company (HNFC) which grows the mini Rockit brand apple, a confidential agreement had been reached concerning ownership of the brand. Hawke's Bay businessman Phil Alison, who developed the Rockit apple brand, wanted to buy his fellow.....


First Seminis Winter melon event is a success
During the 22, 23 and 24th of November 2016, Monsanto organised personalised meetings in the Dutch city of Ridderkerk about their winter and summer portfolio in the Galia and Cantaloupe segment.The objective of these meetings was to create more awareness of the taste, firmness, shelf life and sustainability.....

Strawberries record 7% reduction
Spain: Blueberries to become Huelva's second berry in terms of acreage
The planting stage of the recently completed 2016/2017 strawberry campaign revealed that the total area planted with berries in the province of Huelva has grown by 3.85% from the previous year's 9,658 hectares. This time, the acreage devoted to berries has reached a total of 10,030 hectares.The Association.....


First Polish apples land in China
On November the 23th, the first batch of Polish apples arrived at Chengdu International Airport. In total, 2.2 tons of apples were shipped on this first transport.Polish apples received market access to China in June this year, after a visit by the Chinese President Xi Jinping to Poland. After the visit,.....


Despite drought
South Africa: Normal stone fruit season in Western Cape
The stone fruit season has already started in the Western Cape, nectarines have been harvested for a few a weeks now and the season will continue with the other stone fruits and run until mid March."We started with nectarines and a week later with plums," explained Marius Voigt from fruit packer Fruit2U.....


"Israeli nursery provides over 700 varieties of fruit"
Ben Dor Fruits and Nurseries is an Israeli company that develops and supplies a large number of fruit varieties to growers in many countries. The company mainly specializes in stone fruit, but other major lines include top fruit, like apples and pears. “We’re working with growers in over 20 countries. We.....

Harvest finished in South Tyrol
Italy: Cauliflower volumes up, cherries down
The berry and vegetable harvest in South Tyrol has gone well again this year, despite some weather difficulties. The harvest is virtually complete and the managers are putting together a balance sheet for this year. Markus Tscholl, auctioneer at the Egma vegetable auction in Vilpiano reports that, "this.....

Honduras: Good prospects for melon
The 2016-2017 Honduran melon export season will begin on December 15 when, according to representatives of the sector, the melon sector will ship the first containers of the season.The first shipments will be destined for the US market, specifically for Miami, which absorbs most of the Honduran melon.....

Spain: Record-breaking volume and value for Andalusian strawberry exports
In the latest campaign (2015/2016), the Andalusian strawberry sector reached the highest volume of fruit exports of the last five seasons, exceeding 263,024 tonnes, as well as the highest export value, reaching 483.8 million Euro.According to the report for the latest campaign, which has just been published.....


Chile: "White grapes will dominate the market"
The grape campaign in Chile is already underway, and while regions like Copiapó are already loading the first batches of fruit, the peak of the campaign will be reached in December. Jorge Rojas de Mipal tells us about the current situation, stating that "the production volumes are a little lower, but the.....


Pioneering orchard vision system to showcase at Interpoma
Intelligent Fruit Vision Ltd. (IFV) will be showcasing its pioneering orchard vision system at the Interpoma show in Bolzano which kicks off today, Thursday 24 Nov. The technology has been developed to count and size apples and some pear types in commercial orchards. IFV is a joint venture business formed.....


Alain Tulpin, Tulpin Group:
Belgium: “Egyptian strawberries pricey till at least the end of the year”
The Egyptian strawberry season has started again. “Slightly earlier than last year, and expectations are very positive. First of all, there is no competition. There is some supply from Jordan and Morocco, but this is minimal. Besides, production in Belgium and the Netherlands is low at the moment. This means.....

In light of climate change
India: Apple growers consider move to pomegranate
Apple growers in Himachal Pradesh are looking for alternative crops such as pomegranate and other fruits requiring less chill hours as climate change has affected the colder conditions which were ideal for apples to grow properly, reveals the findings of a Swiss agency working in India."Farmers are looking.....


Received by Nico de Jong BV
First Dutoit air freight cherries arrive in The Netherlands
Nico de Jong BV, who recently became a member of the Dutoit Group has received it’s first (air cargo) cherries. According to John de Laat from Nico de Jong, they are of exceptionally good quality. "Beautiful dark red, sizes 28 + / 30 +, crispy and at the first bite you immediately taste the delicious sweet.....

Peru hopes to boost superfood exports
Peru's Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry (Mincetur) hopes to get European Union’s support to facilitate access of Peruvian superfoods to the bloc, by proposing liberalization on the entry of new products like Andean grains and blueberries.“Peruvian superfoods' exports have plenty of space to conquer the.....


Carlos Calvão, of Frutas Bela, Portugal:
"The flavour of our mountain apples makes them stand out"
Frutas Bela is a Portuguese producer and distributor of fruits and vegetables, especially of pears and apples, for which it also offers storage, preservation, sorting and packing services. The company produces about 6,000,000 kilos of apples per year, 80% of which is exported.Mountain apples"We have apples.....


Belgian Conference pears available on Indian market
Belgian Conference Pears are now available in the country as IG International, India’s leading fresh fruit importer has recently launched the product in association with Belgium-based fruit company, BelOrta. IG will market a volume of 500 tons of Conference pears until April. The two companies have been.....


Yvonne Tweddle - Jupiter Marketing
UK: "The price at which goods can be supplied will come down to the efficiency of the individual companies."
Jupiter Marketing deals in a lot of different products but top fruit, citrus and stone fruit are the core items where they can offer a year round supply. The company has its own growers, as well as joint ventures with other growers, in order to secure and shorten the supply chain."The UK market has been.....

Fruit Tracker™ video series highlights apple category increase
Stemilt’s industry leading category management program, Fruit Tracker™, has launched a new video series, Fast Facts, to visually share its analysis of retail scan data with retailers. The first episode of the video series looks at apple category performance in September 2016, which outperformed the same.....


Camposol products sent by air in inaugural flight to China
The agro-industrial company Camposol sent its agricultural products by air in the first inaugural flight to China. At the end of October, the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, together with Promperú and the Ministry of Transport and Communications, executed a cooperation agreement with the.....