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China: Heavy rains reduce Shandong pear production by 20%

"This year, the pear production from Shandong has decreased 20% compared to last year. The main reason is that the trees encountered a lot of rain during the blossoming period. However, this bad weather did not have any influence on the shape, taste and sweetness of this season's pears," according to Mr. Xu.....

Switzerland: Cherries despite the spring frost?

In Franconian Switzerland, the cherry harvest has kicked off. Some early varieties have already been already harvested, says Christof Vogel, manager of the fruit growing research facility of the county of Forchheim in Hiltpolstein.The main varieties will commence in the next couple of days. Franconian.....

Giumarra to supply Glacier Fresh™ Montana cherries in July

The Giumarra Companies will be working with family-owned Glacier Fresh to market the orchard’s Montana-grown cherry harvest this summer. “We are excited to partner with a like-minded company to expand our premium cherry category,” says Craig Uchizono, V.P. Southern Hemisphere of the Giumarra Companies.Founded.....

AU: Custard apple industry thriving despite weather challenges

While weather may have affected Australian custard apple volumes this year, growers say signs remain positive for years ahead. Custard Apples Australia says crops were 50 per cent bigger than last year, thanks largely to the maturing of trees that have recently been planted."Australian custard apple growers.....

FirstFruits Marketing of Washington cherry season begins with good quality

FirstFruits Marketing of Washington has announced that the 2017 cherry season is well under way with exceptional quality and great color.FirstFruits is currently shipping dark sweet cherries and Rainier cherries will be available in limited quantities starting June 16, with full volume beginning June 22. Both.....

Costa Group looking to sell hort farms worth $300m

The Costa family in Australia is testing the market to sell properties leased to its berry and avocado business Costa Group, which is among the share market's best agribusiness performers in the past year.Sources said Costa Asset Management – chaired by Robert Costa, who co-founded Costa Group with his brother.....

Italy: Lozupone Import Export to increase seedless grape volumes

"Seedless grapes seems to be of high quality this year - volumes are slightly lower than 2016 but trees are well-balanced. Bunches have a good structure, which is important for processing and handling," explainsNatale Lozupone fromLozupone Import Exportin Rutigliano (BA). The company was established this year.....

Australian berry access to Asia will be through improved quarantine protocols

Raspberries and Blackberries Australia (RABA) says work needs to be done on quarantine protocols, to take advantage of export opportunities in Asia for berries.Executive Officer Jonathan Eccles says while the berry industry is mainly focused on the strong domestic markets in Australia, it can only supply to.....

Joaquín Caparrós:

Spain: "Real competition is in prices, not in the origin"

Prices not only oscillate throughout the campaign, but must also face the pressure from the volumes supplied by the different producers and marketers. Faced with the question of which country can offer a Piel de Sapo melon with similar qualities to the Spanish in the international market, Caparrós assures that.....

Spain: Greater volume of melons available, but with smaller calibres

The good spring temperatures have allowed for a better settling after the flowering of the plants, which has resulted in "a greater volume of fruit, but with smaller calibres than last year," states José Luis Gimeno, director of Fruitas Marco Iborra.This Spanish company started exporting melons of the Amaretto.....

Italy: Solutions to tackle the stone fruit crisis

The stone fruit market has come to a standstill again and, if no one does something about it, domestic stone fruit might disappear.We askedFrancesco Donati, President of Federazione nazionale di prodotto frutta fresca forConfagricoltura, for his opinion about it. He has just got back from a congress in.....

Six Brazilian fruit exports set records this period

Brazilian fruit exports in the first quarter of 2017 showed very positive results, even setting records for the period.According to COMEX DO BRASIL, six fruits (melons, lemons, mangoes, papayas, watermelons, grapes) set records for their export volumes during the first quarter of 2017, based on SECEX data.....

NIR spectroscopy to quantify carotenoid and sugar content in watermelons

The interest in antioxidant compounds like lycopene and β-carotene has significantly increased over the past few years. The red flesh of watermelons is a great source of them, and of lycopene in particular."Using NIR spectroscopy in post-harvesting enabled us to quantify the lycopene, β-carotene e.....

Week 24 import market review

China: Australian M7 oranges enter market - Californian cherries enter end of season

This week, the long awaited Australian oranges have started to arrive on the market. Among them are also the early ripe M7 oranges, which reached Shanghai this weekend. Apart from Australian oranges, the sales speed for other oranges has slowed down this week. The prices are also slightly going down......

Chelan Fresh and Columbia Valley Fruit enter marketing agreement

Six weeks after announcing a merger with another fruit company, Chelan Fresh has entered into an exclusive marketing agreement with Columbia Valley Fruit of Union Gap, Washington.Under the agreement, Chelan fresh will be the exclusive marketer of Columbia Valley Fruit’s organic and conventional apples. The.....

Italy: Frost affected cherry grades but not the flavour

"Cherries are excellent and healthy this year, however this might not be enough for the season to be a success," explains Stefano Pezzo (in the photo), sales manager for import-export firmCherry Passion Srl.In the Verona area, grades are not very good due to the fact that frost at Easter slowed down ripening......

Italy: Problems for apricots this season

"Many things have happened this year: thousands of hectares have started producing, with abundant setting leading to overproduction in many areas and not always with an ideal organoleptic quality. Prices reflect all this."This is what a Romagna operator reported about the first few weeks of commercialisation,.....

Mark Vernooij, Urfruit:

"Volatile time in pear market"

"To date, there is no reliable data with regard to pear stocks. We keep speculating, but no one really knows how much there is in the Netherlands and Belgium", says Mark Vernooij of Urfruit. "We've had very nice pears this season already and there has been ample opportunity to market this fruit at a fair.....

Drought leads to reduced apple output in Shandong area

The output of apples in Shandong province is lower than last year. The first reason for this reduced production is the serious drought conditions which affected the health of the trees. A second reason is the decreased investments that fruit farmers have carried out towards their orchards, which was a direct.....

Chilean producers create the country's first squared melon

In recent years farmers from various parts of the world have innovated in the shape of their products; something that producers from Chile hadn't done up until now.A group of producers from Arica has wanted to innovate in this fruit and created the country's first squared melon. This gourmet product was.....

Theo Kampschoer, Kampexport:

"The Spanish supply is ruining the French stone fruit sector"

These are tough times for the French stone fruit exporters. "It's war," says Theo Kampschoer of Kampexport. "We came onto the market here two weeks earlier than in other years, at the same time as the Spanish production. But the Spanish just keep sending stone fruit. It's unimaginable, the entire market is.....

New Zealand lifts temporary ban on Australian rockmelons and honeydew

A temporary import suspension implemented by New Zealand on Australian grown rockmelons and honeydew melons has been cancelled.Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, and federal member for Maranoa, David Littleproud, said quick work following New Zealand concerns about the dimethoate treatment applied to.....

Increased apple and kiwifruit production lifts NZ primary exports

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says the primary sector is forecast for a bumper year ahead after some challenging past seasons of wet conditions, earthquakes, cyclones, and volatile global commodity prices.Mr Guy’s comments come as the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) releases its latest Situation.....

Rena Montedoro named Director of Marketing at Crunch Time Apple Growers

Crunch Time Apple Growers has named Rena Montedoro as the organization’s Director of Marketing.In this position, Montedoro will work to elevate the regional and national profile of Crunch Time Apple Growers SnapDragon and RubyFrost brands playing a critical role in the organization’s growth and development......

US congressmen call for full risk analysis of Polish fruit imports

Two Republican lawmakers from apple producing states have asked for a full pest and disease risk analysis of fruit imported from Poland, a nation that has not previously met U.S. requirements.U.S. Representatives Dan Newhouse of Washington and Chris Collins of New York sent a letter today to Sonny Perdue,.....

Walmart creates a designer cantaloupe

Not even Wal-Mart likes the cantaloupes it sells in winter.“They’re engineered to make a 3,000-mile trip, so they look good but taste like a piece of wood,’’ said Shawn Baldwin, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s senior vice president for produce and global food sourcing. “So we said, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to have that.....

FirstFruits Marketing of Washington adds new coordinator to its team

FirstFruits Marketing of Washington has added a new marketing coordinator to its team, welcoming Joe Vargas to their in-house sales and marketing team.Vargas is a Washington state native with a degree in Economics with a focus on business forecasting from Central Washington University and 10 years of.....

Italy: Victoria grapes, the first to hit the market each season

Although the grapes available at this time are the earliest, "as the days go by, they become sweeter and their colour changes to yellow," states Paolo Ficili, head of the company Azienda Donnalucata. At the beginning of the season, about two weeks ago, prices reached 4.50 Euro per kilo, but it has now fallen.....

Spain: Brands as a tool for products to stand out

"Given the current situation, the only way to stand out from the rest and promote your products is with a brand; an image to enhance their reputation," assures José Illán, head of Terranifra. And this is what is working for them right now, since "we are selling our yellow Charentais melons in the Paris market.....

Australia works to rebrand grapes to lift falling exports to Korea

The green-gold colour of Australian table grapes is being turned from a point of resistance to a promotional element for Korean consumers.An Austrade and Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA)-led campaign, hopes to turn around a slump in Australian grape exports to Korea, a result of Koreans primarily.....

Tru-Cape makes heritage trees available to the public

Although not in the business of selling trees, Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, a distributor of South African apples and pears, has arranged with the nurserymen at SAPO Trust, to make ancient apple and pear trees planted in the Tru-Cape Heritage Orchard on Oak Valley Estate, Grabouw, available to the.....

VOG to produce 100 hectares of Crimson Snow®

A new Club apple is to be added to the assortment offered by the VOG Consortium, which from 2020 will be planting trees to produce Crimson Snow, which has crimson skin and white flesh. Developed in Australia as variety ‘MC38’, the apple was bred by Kiku Variety Management, its world licensee and brand.....

85% of the apples that Peru imports come from Chile

Apple imports have maintained a steady pace this year and are slightly higher than in 2016. According to the Agrodata Peru website, between January and May 2017, Peru imported 21,577,650 kilos of apples at a CIF value of US $15,951,739. In the same period of 2016, Peru imported 19,743,352 kilos worth US.....

UK supermarkets selling giant strawberries

To meet Brits' insatiable appetite for strawberries, supermarkets are this week launching supersize "buckets" of strawberries.Shoppers traipsing fruit aisles in Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and M&S will find giant packs of up to 1kg in size on offer, seemingly dwarfing regular 300g packs.Asda's 700g punnet is.....

JAZZ™ holds Summer Vacation Sensation Instagram Contest

As consumers across North America pack their bags for summer vacations in the weeks ahead, the savviest among them will tuck in a little something extra—a freshly rebranded New Zealand JAZZ apple—with an aim to refresh their palates and their pocketbooks.A $3,000 grand prize awaits the winner of JAZZ apples’.....

Harvest CROO Robotics make headway towards autonomous strawberry picker

Harvest CROO Robotics has announced the introduction of their autonomous vehicle. This is a major step towards the completion of the Alpha Unit, which is expected to be picking strawberries in Florida next winter.As part of Phase I of the National Science Foundation Grant, Harvest CROO Robotics is developing.....

Pilot project "Veggiefacade" by LWG

Will vegetables of the future grow on walls?

Salad, beans and strawberries that grow upwards? Is the perspective messed up or the picture the wrong way around? No! On the trial wall at the Bavarian Regional Office for Viticulture and Horticulture (LWG) in Veitshöcheim veggies have been growing, literally, upwards, since Wednesday the 31st of May 2017 -.....

Soft fruit seminar in Poland

European blueberry sales steadily growing

The cultivation, trade and sales of soft fruit are growing in large parts of Europe. Especially blueberries can boast an increasing popularity. Poland is a very important player on the blueberry market. A seminar in Hegelsom on 8 June illuminated the developments, possibilities and opportunities in the Polish.....

Italy: 80% of Red Magic grapes are exported to the UK and Germany

The Italian Red Magic grape production has achieved a good reputation in the United Kingdom and Germany, where it is received with anticipation and where "good prices are paid for it," explains Stefano Franchini, commercial manager at Franchini Farm. "Currently, we export most of our production, which entails.....

US sweet cherry production forecast up 36% to 432k tons

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS), total sweet cherry production is expected to be 432,760 tons, up 36% from 318,000 tons in 2016.In California, growers expect the best crop in recent years following several seasons of drought and low yields. Harvest began near the normal.....

Spain: Almeria wants melons to regain their privileged position

Data on the spring crop campaign, whose first transplants were carried out in January, have showed the consolidation of a clear trend in recent years. According to the territorial delegation of agriculture, while the acreage planted with watermelons in the province of Almeriain 2017 grew by 2% compared to 2016.....

Tony Fissette, Enzafruit:

“Regional apples are the future”

The New Zealand apple season has started, and estimates are positive. A larger export volume is expected for many varieties, and this season, more will be sent to Europe. Tony Fissette from Enzafruit: “We are carefully optimistic about the season. It might be a bit early, but our feelings are mixed. On the one.....

Camposol focuses on lucrative products

Blueberries and avocados take over from asparagus

Camposol is one of the largest companies in Peru and, globally, Camposol has grown to be a famous name within the sector. The company calls itself the “largest avocado producer in the world, and the largest blueberry producer soon.” The books were concluded with a nice gross profit of more than 88.5 million.....

France : Vine tomatoes still in the lead

According to the latest report from the Minister of Agriculture, tomato acreage will be stable in France this year with production potential reaching 600,000 tons (1,974 hectares in greenhouses and 375 hectares in fields). Despite the increasing modernity of greenhouses and a wider range of tomatoes, harvest.....

Swedish consumers not willing to pay for organic strawberries

Swedish consumers love organic strawberries, the only problem is that they are not always willing to pay the price for them, which can be more than double than conventional strawberries, shared Bo Andersson from Ewerman AB. It's not much better for growers. Andersson said that there are only 2-3 organic.....

California grape producers see flooded market

A delayed start to the Mexican and the Coachella, Calif. season has put a heavy supply of table grapes on the market.“The Mexico season and the Coachella season were late starting and now Mexico is harvesting at a very very rapid rate,” says Ron Wikum of Reedley, Ca.-based Bravante Produce who notes that some.....

Multiple market factors lead to increased blueberry production

"Every year, the blueberry season starts halfway through March all over the country, and it ends half way through August. In comparison to last season, the output of blueberries has increased by approximately 35%. The price is also somewhat higher than last year", explains mister Gao Lei from Rich Lands Farms.....

Egypt: Demand for Flame grapes increases every year

"We have noticed an increase in the production volume and the demand for grapes from Egypt," explains Mohamed Aleskandarany, manager of MUDGA International Trading. The country produces many tonnes of this fruit, which is mostly exported. "In our case, we have an average of 800,000 kilos a year and 100% goes.....

Josefina Mena, of Moyca:

"There is strong demand for organic seedless table grapes"

The table grape campaign will start in Murcia in week 24 with good volumes and optimum quality, according to companies such as Moyca, the largest producer of this fruit in the Region and in Spain."We will start marketing Ralli and Superior seedless grapes next week. The weather conditions during the flowering,.....

Boost in foreign market presence

Spain: Catalan Pink Lady apples record increase in sales

The Pink Lady apples produced in Lleida and Girona have closed the campaign with a 4% increase in sales in Spain in 2016, as well as a 114% growth over the last four years, while Spanish producers continue working to boost their presence in foreign markets.Sales have actually been slightly higher than those of.....

Spain: "Cherry prices are 50% lower than when the campaign started"

"This is something that no longer surprises us; it happens almost every year," explains Pilar Arnal, partner of Frutas Bayo. The company states that the price of cherries this campaign, just like last year, stood at 4 Euro per kilo. "We were happy with the price; it was a good start," adds Arnal. However,.....

Germany:

Vigorous growth, cultivating soft fruit with PERLIGRAN substrates

An interesting development is taking place in horticulture; PERLIGRAN substrates, a frequently used amendment in the cultivation of flowers, is increasingly used in the cultivation of food. Soft fruit and many vegetable varieties can be cultivated successfully in a closed system with the RHP-certified and FIBL.....

Northwest US pear estimate 2% lower than 2016 harvest

At the June 1st annual Pear Bureau Northwest meeting, Northwest pear growers compiled the first official 2017-18 fresh pear crop estimate for Washington and Oregon. Pear growers and producers from Washington’s Wenatchee and Yakima districts and Oregon’s Mid-Columbia and Medford districts estimated the fresh.....

Bertus Schipper, Zoutewelle:

“Italian blue grapes arriving on an empty market”

The Italian grape season started for Zoutewelle last week. “Volumes are still limited. Blue grapes will arrive on a completely empty market. There are still some overseas white seeded grapes of lesser quality on the market,” says Bertus Schipper. The importer currently offers Black Magic and Victoria.....

M&S gives their insight on what consumers seek in their strawberries

UK retailer M&S gave their insight on the characteristics of different varieties, what consumers look for in a variety and about the outstanding UK strawberry crop this year in an interview with Innovative Fresh."At this moment, the UK berry crop is looking excellent. After a great start in March, the.....

European standards for production in the Caucasus

New export markets in the Middle East and Asia for Azerbaijan

Due to the devaluation of the Azerbaijani manat and the hefty incentives from the government, the country’s exports to Europe, the Middle East and Asia have increased. More and more companies are focusing on the international market, where European standards are applied. Double digit growth figures are no.....

Glenn Pool - Freshco

NZ: IP varieties are good for the sector

As with most apple growers and exporters, New Zealand company Freshco have a few new apples varieties on the market just now and most are aimed at the Asian consumers."We have made quite a bit of investment into apples and its a big part of our growth," explains Glenn Pool, General Manager at the company......

China: Increasing export volume of Xianju bayberries

"The supply of Xianju bayberries of this season started on 3rd June and will last till the beginning of July. The first variety available are Biqi bayberries, followed by Dongkui, which will enter the market on around 10th June. Compared to the previous years, the yields of this season are about 10% higher.....

500 hectares

Mexico: A company from Sonora will produce table grapes in Jalisco

Grupo Molina, a company from Sonora, will invest 25 million dollars to establish 500 hectares of table grape plantations, in the municipality of Tuxcacuesco.The establishment of vineyards in Jalisco "marks a new stage in the diversification of Jalisco's agricultural sector," said the head of the Secretariat of.....

The revolutionary Australian avocado pulp taking on the world

It is a product that has only been on the market for two months, but Queensland-based Sunfresh is already planning to double production of its non-browning Avocado pulp. The company says its world-first product has already hit several countries, where interest has been "very strong"."It's already in Hong Kong,.....