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PLUS introduces organic apples from Bio Südtirol
In cooperation with its supplier, Van der Lem, the Dutch retailer PLUS has introduced Italian apples from Bio Südtirol in 2016. "As the most responsible supermarket in the Netherlands, we will give more priority to organic this year.. Hence our focus on the Italian organic apples from Südtirol," explains.....


Germany
Soft fruit cultivation increases in the Rhineland-Palatinate region
Growers in Rhineland-Palatinate grew about 1,550 metric tons of soft fruit in 2016. An increase of 10% compared to 2015 according to the Statistical Office. The acreage increased by 40 hectares to 303 hectares. The largest surface, 160 hectares, is used for growing elderberries. About 530 metric tons of.....

Late start leading to poor prices for stone fruit growers in Australia
Adrian Conti, who farms at Cobram, said he had been receiving $2/kg at the farm gate for his peaches and $2.40/kg for his nectarines.The industry says about $3/kg is needed to cover the cost of stone fruit production.“There’s certain lines, including peaches, that are in abundance and are on special this.....


Chile: "The blueberry market is constantly developing"
"Every year, new varieties arise and new countries like Peru, South Africa or Morocco join the competition," states Juan Pablo Hube, representative of the Chilean company, Huberry Farm & Export. The greater product supply causes prices to fall, so it is not so much a matter of who has the greatest.....


Actor Sonu Sood, official brand ambassador of IG International
India: Famous Bollywood actor promotes Belgian pears
In yet another significant milestone, IG International, India’s largest fresh fruit importer, announces that actor Sonu Sood is now its official brand ambassador. An ardent fitness enthusiast and a self-confessed fruit-lover, he recommends the fruitarian diet to all and doesn’t hesitate to admit that he owes.....

Great yield expected for Egyptian grapes
Due to a good winter temperatures, the Egyptian grape sector should see good volumes in the coming season. More cold periods have led to a good fertility of the Egyptian soil, which in turn should translate into an increased yield during the harvest.According to Mohamed El Baroudy of the Egyptian company El.....


China: First star fruit shipment to the Netherlands
Recently, the Chineze Zhangzhou inspection and Quarantine Bureau received a batch of star fruit for inspection, weighing 300 kilograms and worth $600.This shipment will be send to the Netherlands by air, making it the first of its kind. If the shipment is received positively this might pave the road for.....


Guangzhou import market update
Chinese imports stabilise after New Year
The end of the Chinese Spring Festival marks the end of the export season of Chilean and Australian cherries. Most of the cherries are off the market, making space to a range of other import products.Affected by the high prices of import cherries, prices of imported produce were pushed up and sales are going.....


Harm Valckx plants 20 hectares of blueberries in Lithuania
Lithuania fills gap between EU and South American cultivation
While many blueberry cultivators are looking for an expansion of the early season in countries such as Spain, Morocco, Romania and Ukraine, Dutch cultivator Harm Valckx is going further north for expansion. This spring, he started planting 20 hectares of blueberries in Lithuania. “In the past ten years we.....

Poland granted new limit for withdrawal of apples
The European Commission has granted Poland a new limit for the withdrawal from the market of almost 8 thousand tonnes of fruit and vegetables, as reported by the Ministry of Agriculture in a statement. The Ministry decided that it will be used for the withdrawal of apples.The withdrawal from the market is an.....

China: "Two-colour ice cream" watermelons to hit the market in May
In the past few days, an article published on the website of the agricultural science institute, which has 20 years of research and development experience, has grown incredibly popular. The article reports that a "two-colour ice cream" watermelon has been grown and that citizens will soon have the.....


Polish apples in race to meet Western European standards
The situation of Polish apple producers, as well as of the country's exporting companies, is not easy at the moment. The closure of the border with Russia a few years ago has put them in a delicate position as far as the fruit's standards are concerned. In the past, Polish producers were shipping Royal Gala.....

Cultivated blueberry production continues to increase in Germany
In 2016, just as in the previous years, more cultivated blueberries were grown in Germany. The cultivated blueberry acreage increased by 9% compared to 2015 to 2,710 hectares. And according to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) about a third of the entire acreage used for the cultivation of soft fruit.....


South African growers pleased, despite small-sized pears
The South African pome industry is in agreement that the 2016/17 apple season will be a good one, in line with Hortgro’s estimate of a 3% increase in the apple harvest. Pear growers unanimously report small-sized pears, with volumes down on certain cultivars.Hannes Pienaar, head of pomefruit at Capespan,.....


UK: Mechanising the future of apple growing
Adopting fruit-wall orchards instead of traditional orchard systems, could make mechanising the pruning of apple trees easier for growers and help reduce costs, latest AHDB Horticulture research finds.Uncertainties about the fruit industry’s ability to source seasonal workers following Brexit and an increase.....

Aartsenfruit new exclusive distributor of Chilean Copefrut
"We have started a new collaboration with Aartsenfruit since January 2017," says Commercial Director René Wünckhaus. "The contacts have been there for a long time, but they have now become our exclusive partner for our Chilean top brand Copefrut in the Benelux. After the closing of our office in the.....


Is 2017 the year of the Kanzi® apple?
Based on the latest Nielsen sales data, for the first four months of the 2016/17 apple season, no other apple in the category matched Kanzi’s growth rate. According to Nielsen FreshFacts syndicated scan data for the Total U.S., for the 2016/17 apple season to date, Kanzi has the highest growth rate.....

Spain: Catalonia requests withdrawal of 3,000 tonnes of apples
The Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food (DARP) of the Government of Catalonia has issued a request to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment (Mapama) for the withdrawal of 3,015 tonnes of apples from the market.According to the department, the request was made.....

New editions of Blueberry Seminars in Latin America and Spain
Following the success of the previous five editions of the Blueberry Seminars in Chile, in 2014 and 2016, Peru in 2015 and Mexico in 2016, the events, organised by AGQ Labs and Blueberries Consulting, will continue their international expansion with new editions in 2017 that will be held in May in Mexico, in.....

Spain: 1st berry school in Málaga
The 1st Berry School will be organized in line with the GoodBerry objectives and addresses early-stage researchers, technicians and experts involved in berry research and berry production sectors. Besides lectures on plant genetics and physiology and fruit quality control the one week program will also.....

Switch to soft fruit brings high returns for Polish growers
On the back of an increase in demand for soft fruits, more and more Polish greenhouse growers are switching from cucumber and tomato production to raspberry and strawberry production. Marek Marzec from Ewa-bis said that switching over to soft fruits has become a great option for growers who are using the old.....

Italy: La Trentina invests in new apple varieties
Apples are particularly popular with consumers during winter months. In the past, apples and citrus fruit were almost alone on the market, while now the assortment is much more varied. However, the cold temperatures at the start of 2017, combined with the lack of other products, led to an increase in apple.....

Juan José Ollero, technical director of Soloberry:
"The day we manage to bring costs down, blueberry consumption will soar"
For the past four years, Soloberry has been involved in the Early Blue project, a program centred on Australian blueberry varieties which barely require any cold hours, allowing the plant to be continuously blooming and giving fruit, as long as the conditions are right."With good management, and if the.....

China: Green dates become popular in Yongde County
The harvest of green dates is imminent in Yongde county and eager buyers are gathering in swarms."The green dates here are big in size and taste very sweet, that's why they are really popular in the market now." Explained Mr. Zhang Taiwei, a local grower. Due to the promising market prospects, he grew a total.....

China: Nectarines matured 10 days earlier than usual
Reports from the Chengzitan peach production base of Dalian city said that nectarines, which normally mature before or after the Lantern Festival, were listed on the market during the Spring Festival this year. Prices were high and the sales went well, which has produced a "gold rush" in the fruit market. In.....

Frans Buijsrogge: “mood of the cultivators is elated”
“Good pear market, but sales should not drop”
The pear market has reached an exciting moment. “We had a strong start this year in Conference pears, with sales on all sides. The European retail had to get used to this price explosion, because the prices were very different from the ones they got used to in December. It is now very exciting to see whether.....


SHAFFE elects new president and sets the priorities for the upcoming year
“More visibility for Southern Hemisphere produce”
The Southern Hemisphere Association of Fresh Fruit Exporters has elected Alan Pollard from Pipfruit New Zealand as the new president of the association. The election took place during the Annual General Meeting of the association on the 9th February 2017 in Berlin, during the 25th Fruit Logistica. The.....


March 27-29, Rotterdam
International berry industry to discuss challenges at the Global Berry Congress
This year’s Global Berry Congress returns to the World Trade Center in Rotterdam on 27-29 March. The challenge, in effect, is the same for the international berry business itself: following two decades of considerable success, with impressive sales growth and category expansion in markets old and new, the.....

"Peruvian blueberries will be present in all international markets in 2017"
According to the Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister, Eduardo Ferreyros, Peruvian blueberries will be available in all international markets in 2017."I forecast Peruvian blueberries will be present in all international markets in 2017. This product experienced a 188% increase last year," Ferreyros told the.....

Three growers elected to Washington Apple board
Mark Stennes, James Foreman and Jon Alegria have been elected to three-year terms as members of the Washington Apple Commission’s board of directors.Stennes will fill Grower Position 1, District 1. Foreman fills Grower Position 5, District 2; and Alegria returns to the board in Grower Position 8, District.....


Retailers sell out of SnapDragon® apple
Crunch Time Apple Growers’ popular SnapDragon apples have successfully ended their season with retail partners selling out of the last of the 2016 harvest. Crunch Time’s marketing plan focused on raising consumer awareness of SnapDragon by making it available for consumers to taste. “We know that.....


Corne van de Klundert (OFD): “Scarcity now, but significant volumes on the way”
Indian grapes on European market from late November
Indian grapes are currently being well-absorbed by the market. “But the situation could change in the coming months. A significant volume is on the way to Europe. Those amounts are considerably higher than last year, so it could become quite exciting in coming months,” Corne van de Klundert from Origin Fruit.....

Peruvian blueberries bet on the UK and China
Last year was excellent for Peruvian blueberry exports. Shipments increased by 148% over 2015, and blueberries became the agricultural exports' star product.At the end of 2016, exports of this fruit amounted to USD 242.9 million and 27.844 tons, while in 2015 they amounted to USD 96.7 million and 10,316.....

Chile: Good expectations for prunes
Producers and exporters of prunes have good expectations for the 2017 season. Producers expect to achieve a better quality, in terms of size and concentration of sugar, than in the previous year, due to the good climatic conditions there were in spring 2016. In addition, Chile is in a better position than.....


China: Apple prices fall 20 to 25%
"In recent years, with the growing acreage, China's apple production has increased year by year. But overall, there has been a lack of standardized management, and there is no guarantee of quality, which has affected consumer confidence as well as prices. This year the acreage has increased by about 60% but.....


Australian apple exports at ten year high
ApplesAustralian apple exports are on track to reach 5,200 tonnes for 2016, which would be the highest result since 2006 according to Fresh Intelligence’s analysis of data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to November 2016. The result confirms a turn-around from the low base in 2014 of less than.....


Kanzi campaign successful with Europeans
"Twenty million more people reached with our campaign”
Both consumers and the trade are well-acquainted with the Kanzi Guy by now. “The campaign has been very successful, results are far better than expected. Our aim was to reach about 55 million European consumers in the 2016/17 season, and by now we have reached 20 million more. And we are still counting,.....

Led by grapes
Indian fruit exports rise by 40%
Indian exports of fresh fruit have risen by 40% in the first nine months of the financial year after increased production, led by grapes, and a sharp output decline in competing countries.The data compiled by the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) showed fresh.....


European first: heart-shaped Cantaloupe and watermelons
Rungis has had heart-shaped cucumbers and square watermelons for a while already, but now the company has gone one step further. As of yesterday, Saint Valentine’s Day, they started advance sales of the first-ever heart-shaped Cantaloupe melons and heart-shaped watermelons in Europe.“Supplying these Japanese.....

Spain: Airen, a new Piel de Sapo melon
Current trends in the melon market require offering a good taste quality (flavour, aromas and flesh firmness) that motivates the consumer to come back for more, but with a good shelf life and field production, which is what producers and distributors demand. Syngenta already has the leading varieties in.....


Spain: "We hope to reach the same production volume as last year"
Although this year's stonefruit campaign has not yet started, growers are paying close attention to everything that is happening. The fact is that "there are many companies which have been affected by the latest rains; we have recorded heavy rainfall," explains José Illán, representative of Terranifra......


North America is eager for new varieties of Chilean grapes
Chile is the main exporter of table grapes in the world. Last season Chile sent 700,799 tons of fresh grapes to different destinations. The United States and Canada accounted about 50% of total shipments, as they received 336,874 tons of grapes.Given the importance of this sector for the US market, a group.....

Interfresa will promote strawberries in the UK and softfruit in the EU
The delegation of Andalusia's Strawberry Inter-branch Association (Interfresa), which was present at Berlin's Fruit Logistica, has planned, with Extenda, a strawberry campaign in the UK for around April. And, once the Ministry of Agriculture of Andalusia approves the extension to the Red Fruits, they will.....

Argentina: Los Rios exports more than 6 million kilos of blueberries
The Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) in the region of Los Rios is working to certify blueberry exports. The activity was supervised by the Regional minister of Agriculture, Claudia Lopetegui, and by the Regional Director of SAG, Jorge Oltra, during a visit to the exporting plant PI Berries in.....

Argentina's blueberries uncompetitive
According to a report, Argentina's blueberries are losing ground because of a lack of competitiveness. As a result, Argentina only produced 17,000 tons of this fruit in 2016."While the country achieved a record export volume, it didn't achieve good economic results. The Argentinian Blueberry Committee.....


UK: Effective controls for apple canker identified
Important steps have been made to address the challenges caused by apple canker, as two new effective fungicides are identified and the latest integrated pest management (IPM) research shows promising results.Caused by the fungus Neonectria ditissima, it is one of the most important diseases of apples and.....


Italy: Kiwi Sweeki and Pera Italia to enter new markets
Origin Group has made an assessment of its participation at the Berlin Fruit Logistica 2017 after last year's debut. There's a lot of satisfaction from the general manager Alessio Orlandi, present in Berlin with the sales manager Reen Nordin. "The launch of the two brands, Sweeki for the kiwi and Pera Italia.....


Apples hit record prices in New Zealand supermarkets
After a delayed harvest for apples in New Zealand, prices for the fruit are hitting record highs in supermarkets around the country. The prices are averaging more than $5 a kilogram, according to the latest Statistics New Zealand figures.Apple prices usually rise in January but are currently at their highest.....


Main competitor is Zespri
"Our only chance is to supply a superior quality which is easily identifiable"
"For the past 25 years, we have been specialising in exports overseas to the Middle East, North Africa, South America and China. Especially with this last destination, there could be a lot of work for the Italian fresh produce sector, however, we cannot do much because of the phytosanitary barriers still in.....


VI.P-Val Venosta 20% less volume
"To better understand the situation this year, we need to start with the frost in April 2016, when temperatures reached -5/-10°C during blossoming and caused the loss of 20% of the produce," explainsBenjamin Laimer (in the photo below), sales promotion manager forVI.P, l'Associazione delle Cooperative.....


South African blueberries increasingly attractive to local consumers
Magoebaskloof Berry Festival whets appetite for blueberries
The annual Magoebaskloof Berry Festival took place over 11 and 12 February in the town of Haenertsburg, Limpopo Province. Berry production in the north of South Africa is increasing, employing rapidly developing low chill varieties, but mountainous and misty Haenertsburg, at an altitude of 1400m, harbours.....

China: Rapid growth of imported fruit in Nanjing
The port of Nanjing has not imported fruits for many years since the long transit time is not conducive to their preservation. Since 2015, importers have tried to import fruit by air. In January last year, the first Australian cherries arrived in Nanjing by air, followed by Philippine mangoes which arrived in.....

Dessert apple prices in Germany remain stable
Due to the good quality yields, which will allow a longer marketing period than last year, and good sales figures in the past two months across Europe, nothing seems to be in the way of a successful second half of the season.Thanks to strong exports to Serbia and Belarus, Poland was able to reduce its supply.....


SAFE farms on track to meet grape harvesting targets and top last year’s figures
Breathing a sigh of relief as this year’s summer has so far not been hammered by the same sweltering heat waves South Africa felt last year and which caused grapes to ripen faster, Cape Town-based producer and exporter, SAFE (South African Fruit Exporters) says it is well on track to meet its 2017 grape.....


Floods in Western Australia cause grape growers multimillion dollar losses
Grape growers in Swan Valley, Australia are facing multimillion-dollar losses after vineyards in the valley were hit hard by floods.Hundreds of tonnes of wine and table grapes were wiped out after the Swan River burst its banks, drowning vines and infrastructure.Grape Growers Association of WA president,.....

First Brazilian apples of 2017 headed to UAE
In a few days, the first batch of apples from Brazil’s 2017 crop season, whose harvest began a few weeks ago, will get shipped out. The cargo’s destination will be the United Arab Emirates, one of the Middle East countries that Brazil sells apples to on a daily basis.In the past, the Middle East accounted.....

New strawberry variety being tested in Florida
To remain competitive in the strawberry industry UF/IFAS scientists searched far and wide to come up with a new variety and the 'Florida Beauty' seems to be the latest.The variety is a cross between the UF/IFAS-bred ‘Florida Radiance’ and an Australian selection that also had some UF/IFAS background,.....


New Dole Go Berries! targets healthy snacking on the go
Dole Berries have announced a new product they hope will stick for busy strawberry lovers looking to enjoy their favorite fresh fruit snack on-the-go.The leading berry provider is launching Dole GO Berries!, three snack-size packages that snap apart. Each contains 4 ounces of fresh DOLE Strawberries designed.....

Scholarship winner suggests IPM to Australian berry industry
Demand for berry fruit is growing by the year around the globe and Nuffield Scholar Wade Mann is urging growers to consider integrated pest management strategies (IPM) to promote further growth and safer growth.The 2015 Nuffield Australia Scholarship winner explored and assessed IPM strategies globally to.....

Concerns over prices
China: Apple production continues to increase
In recent years, the Chinese apple industry has seen many ups and downs. China is the world's largest apple producer and consumer and its planting area and output account for more than 40% of the world total, mainly concentrated in the Gulf of Bohai, the Loess Plateau, the Yellow River and the Southwest.....

China: First Polish apples arrive at Fuzhou port
Recently, a batch of Polish apples, weighing 378 kg and with a value of 1778.99 Euros, entered through Fuzhou Changle International Airport immigration. This is the first time Fuzhou port has accepted imported Polish apples since the bilateral agreement was signed between China and Poland.


Informal trade as well as African exports pick up slack
South African plum exports affected by small sized fruit
The plum season in South Africa is two-thirds underway, with varieties such as African Delight, Flavor King, Laetitia, Songold, Southern Belle and Angeleno currently being picked.In the Western Cape, where most plums are produced, growers are still feeling the effects of the drought: the Theewaterskloof.....

Police in Hamilton, Canada looking for $100,000 in stolen blueberries
Hamilton police are looking for $100,000 worth of blueberries and other fruits they say were stolen in Stoney Creek on Sunday.The berries were stolen sometime between 3 and 11:30 p.m. Feb. 5, police say.The thief broke into a commercial refrigeration truck at 555 Seaman St. and drove the truck and trailer to.....

Star Group acquires Canadian cherry marketer
Consolidated Fruit Packers (CFP) of Kelowna British Columbia, Canada, an integral part of The Star Group of Companies, today announced that it has finalized the acquisition of Graem Nelson Associates Ltd., a long-standing Okanagan Cherry marketer and international distributor. Through this further investment.....

Western Australian apple farmers worried about price drop after bumper crop
Growers in Western Australia's south-west in particular are being forced to clear their trees to allow new fruit to mature, as a possible bumper crop makes farmers worry about a difficult season.Mullalyup grower Tony Giumelli says ideal growing conditions throughout winter and spring have proven to be a.....


Planasa partners up with Yunnan Meiming Agricutural Co. Ltd
China to produce Adelita raspberries
Planasa, a European leader in acquiring new varieties in the fruit and vegetable sector, will start to develop its business in China, thanks to its entry into the capital of the local company Meiming Yunnan Agricultural Co. Ltd., which specializes in the production of raspberries and is based in the province.....


New Zealand grower to share research on jumbo blueberry variety
An influential new player in New Zealand’s growing blueberry export market, BerryCo, will tomorrow (February 8) share with growers in Tauranga its research into a jumbo-size blueberry that they say is wowing health-conscious consumers and taking Asian markets by storm.The Eureka variety, created by respected.....


Eco-sustainable varieties of apples and strawberries announced
During the XXV edition of Fruit Logistica the Italian Consortium of Nurseries will present the latest varieties of CIV (apples, pears, strawberries) with low environmental impact and eco-sustainability. CIV focuses particular attention on the apples, Sweet Resistants (Fujion * Gaia *, Gemini *, * Smeralda),.....


New table grape variety
Chile: Harvest of Iniagrape-One starts in Aconcagua
The harvest season of the variety Iniagrape-One 2017, in the Communes of San Esteban and Santa Maria started with the on-site visit of FEDEFRUTA to the farms and packing facilities of Mifruta's Exporting company, which is supported by CORFO through the Associative Development Program (PROFO).The.....

Japanese grape exports grew 50% in 2016
Japan's exports of agricultural products increased for the fourth year in a row in 2016, which officials believe came from a rising demand for high-quality fruit.Exports, including agriculture, fishery and forestry products, grew 1% from 2015 to around USD $6.68 billion, according to government sources, even.....