Fruit

German and Belgian strawberries for the first time
Spain and Italy dominate the German strawberry market
For the first time in 2015, in week 15 German and Belgian strawberries appeared in German hypermarkets. Both achieved a market share of one percent each. Because of the low availability, German strawberries are being sold for an average of 3.90 euro per tray of 500 grams. Because of the low quantities,.....

India: Climate change makes apple take on new avatars
With global warming causing temperatures to rise and snowfall to decrease, the apple you eat might never be the same again as new varieties of the fruit find favour with cultivators looking to adapt to the change in weather patterns.New low-chilling and early maturing varieties of the fruit are being.....


Manel Simón, of Afrucat:
"Russian veto offset by 23% increase in exports to other destinations"
As reported by Afrucat, the first stonefruit harvest prospects in Catalonia which accounts for more than a third of Spain's production, point to a 3% growth in production for the 2015 season, with 425,060 tonnes. This is mostly due to the 4% increase in Lleida (380,100 tonnes expected) and 2% growth in.....

Supreme Audit Office (NIK):
Poland: Farmers planted trees for EU funding
Polish farmers planted fruit trees in an attempt to gain access to EU subsidies for organic fruit orchards but many did not subsequently produce any fruit, says a report by the Supreme Audit Office (NIK).Some 14,500 Polish farmers have benefited from subsidies for organic fruit orchards over the past.....

New packaging design for BerryFresh
BerryFresh is available year-round, in an extensive and increasing range. Sales are growing steadily as a result of consistent product quality, new tasty varieties, and societal impulses towards healthy eating –both during meals and when snacking. Soft fruit has evolved from an exclusive specialty to a daily.....

Grape-enriched diet counters effects of stress
Can eating grapes reduce the negative impact of stress? Results from a study recently published in the Journal of Nutrition Research1 suggest this may be the case. Researchers observed a protective role of grapes on stress-induced anxiety-like behaviors, and learning and memory deficits in an animal model of.....

FVO report:
Peru: Pesticides residues in table grapes
This report describes the outcome of a Food and Veterinary Office audit in Peru, carried out between 19 and 27 November 2014. The objective of the audit was to assess controls on pesticide residues in table grapes intended for export to the European Union. In particular, the audit team followed up on action.....

US (TN): Weather delays strawberries
Hopes remain high, but Tennessee’s famous strawberry crop isn’t off to such a good start. Cool, wet weather temporarily postponed the start date for the state’s strawberry season. Strawberries need consistent warm sunshine to ripen and sweeten. In Tennessee, it’s not unusual for some farmers to have ripe.....

US (UT): Surprise storm causes anxiety for fruit growers
Tuesday’s winter storm made many Utah fruit growers nervous and left them monitoring the temperatures hour by hour last night. A few degrees can mean the difference between a good crop and big losses.In fact, cherries are Utah's top commercial fruit crop and the second-largest national producer of tart.....

Ukraine: Polish apple re-exports to surpass expectations
The Ukrainian apple market has been developing under fully nonstandard scenario in the current market. Despite record high domestic production, Ukraine has imported rather significant volumes of apples. In that case, the supply must have grown in the internal market, which would have only lead to the price.....


A solution to scalding on top fruit
The apples and pears that are preserved by being refrigerated may have alterations to their outer skin as it can turn brown due to the stress from low temperatures.The most common of these alterations is the fruit’s scalding, a superficial necrosis of the skin that affects the first five or six epidermal.....


Argentina could export topfruit to Brazil by the end of month
The technicians from the Brazilian Plant Health Department continue their assessment of Argentina’s apple, pear, and quince export program, under a risk mitigation system for the codling moth (Cydia pomonella) plague, after the neighbouring country decided to suspend imports of these fruits.According to.....


NZ Apple exports a changing landscape
New Zealand’s apple crops have been large enough and abundant enough to counter any impact from serious weather events, at least according to Hastings grower Apollo Apples. “There were certainly a few weather events, but people have had very big crops that have more than made up for it,” said Neil Prosser......

'Taste Me Do Good' promoting social responsibility
Retailers are welcoming the arrival of 'Taste Me Do Good' apples and pears poised to not only offer great tasting varieties but also provide plenty of stories to peak customer interest. 'Taste Me Do Good'* pears and apples are grown using traditional methods that maximize nutrients in the soil - and.....

Spain is the EU's largest melon producer
Spain produces nearly half of the European Union's melons, according to data processed by Hortoinfo and obtained via Faostat, the statistical service of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). These figures are for 2013, the most recent year for which the said organization has data.....


Concerns about premature melon and watermelon harvests in Almeria
Given that the melon and watermelon campaign has already started, COAG Almeria has asked the province's Delegate of Agriculture, José Manuel Ortiz, to launch the campaign "No cortes en verde" ("Don't harvest unripe fruit") and to provide a telephone number for growers and consumers to denounce such.....


resealable top-seal and new shakers
New packaging for BerryFresh
Special Fruit's BerryFresh is available year-round in an ever increasing range. Sales are gradually increasing, partly thanks to the emerging trend of healthy food – both in meals and snacks. Soft fruit is no niche market anymore.Completely new packaging lineIn the context of these developments, Special.....

Syrian apples shipped to Egypt by sea
Following an initiative from the Federation of Syrian exporters to tackle the issues caused by the closing of Jordan's border, the first ship with 40 trucks loaded with apples departed from the Syrian port of Tartus bound to Egypt.The Federation of Exporters said the move was made in coordination with the.....

Vincent Bouwhuis of Helsu:
“Market for frozen berries growing”
More and more frozen fruit can be found in Dutch supermarkets, but according to Vincent Bouwhuis of Helsu, there is still a long way to go. Sales of IQF products are divided into the processing and the consumer market. About the processing market, Vincent says: “Unfortunately not much is left of that.....


US: Watermelon sales up by 9 percent
Watermelon sales are currently up 9% in comparison to last year. Cut watermelon sales were up by 4.5%, while mini watermelons saw a 1.5% increase in sales. “Our biggest grossing category was whole watermelons, which increased by 11%,” states Jason Hanselman, an industry affairs associate for the National.....


Urs Luder, GKE: "Greenstar retains its natural white colour"
"Non-browning apple? We've had it for 10 years!"
This year, the Arctic Apple, known for its non-browning quality, got a lot of attention. Since February, cultivation of this GMO apple in the US is allowed. The fact that the apple doesn't discolour seems new, but according to Urs Luder, CEO of Greenstar Kanzi Europe, that's not at all the case. "We've had.....


Spain: 120,000 apple trees to be planted in Altos de Yara
The planting of apple trees in Altos de Yara, Valverde de Ágreda, is going apace, and the 40 employees working on the 50 hectares of land have already planted 60,000 trees, half of the total expected for this first campaign.This was confirmed by the company owner, Raúl Sanz, who decided to use this.....

No link between frozen berries and Hep A
The frozen fruit company embroiled in the unfolding hepatitis A outbreak says its own laboratory test results show no links between its recalled berries and the virus, as well as E. coli.But a Federal Health Department spokesperson said its investigation into the outbreak, which now affects 34 people in five.....

India: Watermelon bumper crop causing low prices
The rise in mercury levels may have increased the demand for the most refreshing fruit of the season watermelon by consumers, but fruit traders of Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) claim they are not benefiting much from the sale. Wholesalers at the Vashi market say the bumper crop of watermelon.....


Spanish cherry season to start late and with small volumes
The Spanish open field cherry campaign, with production mostly inLleida, Tarragona and Huesca,is expected to start in about two weeks. This year it will be delayed by eight to ten days due to rainfall and prolonged low temperatures in February and March.This, together with the impact of occasional frosts,.....


First summer fruits of the season hit Bulgarian shelves
The first summer fruits have arrived to Bulgarian stores. Nectarines, plums and even melons can be bought at almost every major retail chain.Nectarines, which are imported from Chile, cost an average of 8.99 Lev* per kilo; prunes, which come from South Africa, can be bought for 6.99 Lev per kilo, and.....

US: Exploring cranberry market opportunities in India
The US Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC) is now gearing up to tap the Indian market opportunities with utilisation of America’s original superfruit as a food ingredient and it has teamed up with SCS Group to ensure ready supply of cranberries in the country.Cranberries are a good source of Vitamin C, fibre.....


extra cultivation in Chile, Argentina and South Africa in coming years
Successful season Sweet Sensation
On April 13, The Greenery looked back on the 2014-2015 sales season with its Sweet Sensation growers. Although this season saw an uncertain start due to the closure of the Russian market, the targets set beforehand were comfortably met. One of these targets was high turnover in stores. By promotionally.....

India: Growing appetite for pears
Himachal Pradesh and Punjab are prime pear-growing areas in India, but in order to satiate the rising demand for pears, imports appear to be the only option. Imports of fresh pears -- from the US, South Africa and China -- have soared dramatically.According to information available on the APEDA (Agricultural.....

Canada: Quash® fungicide okayed for blueberries
Canadian blueberry growers can now control key diseases with Quash Fungicide and access the Japanese export market, with the recent approval of Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) for Quash. Japan is the second largest export market for Canadian-grown blueberries, after the United States. Quash (metconazole) is a.....


Strawberry season will soon burst loose at BelOrta
"Considerable demand for strawberries"
Strawberries have become a more important product group for BelOrta since the fusion with Borgloon. In March the first strawberries were supplied to the auction and over the last few weeks the volumes have increased. The season is slightly later than last year, but is expected to soon break free. "On.....


Gert Bouman: "We expect a very good harvest"
Frutaria 7 million kilos of stonefruit to sell in May
With the arrivals of the first nectarines and peaches from greenhouses, the Spanish stonefruit season has begun again. Spanish private producer Frutaria is preparing for the season. "Nectarines and peaches from the greenhouse are simply too expensive," thinks Dutchman Gert Bouman, who for more than 25.....

India: Crash in domestic apple market
Imported apples have gotten cheaper in India due to huge imports that were triggered by anticipation of a lower production in the country."Traders had anticipated that there would be major loss in apple crop in Himachal Pradesh and the Jammu & Kashmir due to floods and hailstorms. But in reality, there.....


"The New Delhi threat could have been a marketing strategy from other producing areas"
Increase in Almeria's melon and watermelon acreage
The Spanish melon and watermelon season is already starting with some small Galia melon volumes. In the earliest stages of the campaign, production concentrates in the province of Almeria.According to data supplied by Coexphal, in 2014 the melon acreage in Almeria dropped by about 38% because of fear.....


Spain: Frosts affect fruit trees in Lleida
In the night between 9 and 10 April, the fields of Lleida were hit by frosts that affectedstone and pome fruitcrops in bloom.According to information from the Delegation of Agriculture in Lleida, temperatures dropped to -2 ºC in some municipalities in the counties of Les Garrigues, La Noguera and Segrià,.....

India: Grapes exports fell by 30%
After a deceptive good start, grape exports to Europe this year have dwindled by nearly 30 per cent compared to last year. The loss in exports was not only in quantity, but also in prices, due to the fall of Euro and Rouble currencies. Though statistics of exports to Russia, Bangladesh and China are not.....

Falling apple prices keep food prices in check
With the arrival of new season stock, apple prices have fallen 48 per cent from their peak in January, Statistics NZ said.Falling apple and potato prices helped keep overall food prices low in March, with an overall rise of just 0.1 per cent, Statistics NZ figures show.Food prices fell 0.7 per cent in.....

US: Strawberries top crop in CA county
Strawberries are once again the top crop in San Luis Obispo County, but officials say the ongoing drought is having a local impact.Strawberries ranked number one in 2014, with a total value of more than $205 million, according to a crop statistics report for the county released Tuesday.Wine grapes, which.....

Bigger crops coming for Northwest cherries
The record Northwest cherry crop of 23 million boxes in 2014 is a forerunner to larger cherry volumes in the future, but another record crop probably won’t happen this year.B.J. Thurlby, president of the Northwest Cherry Growers, said although it’s too soon to predict the size of the 2015 crop, volume will.....

Canada: Deep snow keeps apple producers from pruning trees
With snow several feet deep lingering in many Kings County orchards, a long-time apple and pear producer in Woodville is getting quite concerned.Woodville farmer Brian Boates takes a look at apple trees at the edge of their orchard. He hasn’t seen this much snow on his family’s farm since the early 1970s,.....

Tulare crop report, week ending 11 April
Deciduous tree fruits, nuts and grapes: Stone fruit season is approaching and some packing houses are expected to begin receiving fruit from southern California as soon as next week. Thinning has begun for stone fruit as well. Cherries are projected to start harvest within the next two weeks and are expected.....

Honeycrisp still an enigma
Bruce Allen has been growing Honeycrisp apples in Washington State for almost 14 years and is still learning how to best grow it.Each Honeycrisp orchard seems to vary, he says, and it’s a struggle to hit 15 packs per bin of Honeycrisp. Although Allen tries to sort fruit at harvest into different quality.....

Major table grape asset to go for sale
One of the greatest assets in the international table grape industry will come up for sale soon.SNFL, part of the AMC Group, has applied in the Chancery Division, High Court, London, for the liquidation of one of its own subsidiary companies Vitis International Ltd (UK based company). The application will be.....

Moldovan apples seek to enter Asian markets
Chisinau authorities and fruit producers are currently negotiating new contracts for the export of apples to various Asian markets. The announcement was made by Minister of Agriculture, Ion Sula, who claims that discussions are underway with authorities in India, Qatar and Dubai.Last year, over 600 tonnes of.....

US (SC): Cold spell caused marginal damage to peaches
The last weekend of March, temperatures as low as 27 ⁰F hit the Ridge Spring area in South Carolina and affected some of the area’s peach crop. “Damage is most significant in the lower lying sections of our orchards as that is where colder air settles,” said Chalmers Carr with Titan Farms. “In.....

EU: Grape shortage likely due to less Chilean volumes
European companies are changing over from South African grapes to the new season Chilean imports.It is mostly Crimson and Autumn Royal which are still on the UK market from South Africa, the new arrivals from Chile are said to be of very good quality, some of the best in years.It is generally thought.....


due to hail storms and Euro-Dollar exchange rate
Export volume of New Zealand apples a lot lower this year
The New Zealand apple season will start later than usual this year. According to Tony Fissette of Enzafruit Continent this is around 10 to 14 days later, due to the cool spring in New Zealand. The total estimated export from New Zealand is at 300,000 tonnes this year. The top fruit specialist is looking.....


Available starting 2016 at Krings Obstbau
New apple variety more popular than Elstar
German company, Krings Obstbau, has an area of 120 acres filled with several apple varieties. The company will soon release a new apple variety on the market and will be the exclusive distributor in Germany. Krings has signed a commercial agreement with ABCz for apple 33/1/77. Previously ABCz closed a.....

Argentina asks Brazil to lift veto on apple and pear imports
"The Government is asking Brazil to lift the veto on imports of apples and pears. To do this, we are going to work together with the Brazilians in an audit, which started April 8 continuing up until April 17, making the necessary adjustments to solve the problems. Even though the situation is complex, I'm.....

India: Grape growers seek plastic cover subsidy
The grape growers on Monday urged the state government to give 80% subsidy on procurement of plastic covers to protect vineyards from unseasonal rains and hail and extend the cover period of weather-based crop insurance scheme up to June 6.The demands came during a workshop on April pruning of grapes,.....

US (SC): Strawberries, leafy greens ripe for the picking
Strawberries and leafy greens are growing on farms across South Carolina and are freshest for eating right now. Asparagus, cabbage, green onions and radishes are also ripe for the picking.Most crops are in transition between the gourds and tubers of fall, like sweet potatoes and butternut squash, to the.....

Largest Czech apricot grower to reduce acreage
The Czech Republic's largest apricot grower, the company Patria Kobylí, is replacing thousands of fruit trees with arable land. The Director and representative of the firm, Vavřince Charváta, confirmed some forty hectares of orchards, especially apricots, have already undergone this process."We have.....

Italian research: essential oils mixture against PSA
Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (PSA) is the agent of bacterial canker of kiwifruit, which in recent years has proved to be a difficult disease to control. Prolonged antibiotic treatments result in failure and enhance the resistance of bacteria to the treatments, so the kiwifruit industry laments the.....

Outstanding season expected for Georgia peaches
The 2015 Georgia Peach season is expected to be outstanding. This year’s extended winter chill hours were optimum as the orchards received up to 1,200 hours under 40 degrees. Plenty of "beauty rest" combined with expected searing hot summertime temperatures in the mid-to-high 90s, has created the perfect mix.....

Increased use of Tectrol® in strawberry transpor
TransFresh® Corporation has announced that usage has expanded for its high velocity Tectrol® application systems, recently placed in multiple cooler locations ahead of peak strawberry production, increasing efficiency and throughput for berries bound for US and Canadian markets. According to TransFresh, the.....

Polish apples and pears may enter U.S. market
Poland's Inspectorate of Plant Health and Seed Inspection (PIORiN) announced that Poland had become part of a group of seven EU Member States for which the European Commission has been making efforts for several years to allow the export of apples and pears into the United States. The market opening.....


Perry Verstraaten, De Blaeij:
Netherlands: "Strawberry price up thanks to nice weather"
Thanks to the nice weather, the strawberry market is improving. At Groothandel De Blaeij, the summer fruit is selling well. "Around Easter, it was still too cold for good sales, but since Tuesday, demand has increased. There's certainly no reason to complain," says Perry Verstraaten. "Spring has really.....

Apples moving well for WA Orchard
Size and quality of Western Australian apples are ‘looking good’ according to Paul Good, of Newton Orchards. “With Pink Lady we’re still waiting for Australian crops to come off. We’ve had a couple of cold, wet mornings so the apples are looking ready to pick up to a week ahead.”Market price is still a.....

Argentina: Blueberry a leader among fine fruits
Even though Argentina's blueberry production is relatively new, as it is only 30 years old, the planted area increased six times in the last decade: it went from 400 hectares to 2,600 hectares. In 2014 blueberry production reached a record as exports amounted to 16,000 tons and there were revenues for US.....

FEPEX Stonefruit Committee demands crisis management measures
FEPEX's Stonefruit Committee, formed by representatives of the associations of exporting producers from Andalusia, Murcia, Extremadura, Aragon, La Rioja, Catalonia and Valencia, which met last week in Madrid, considered the urgent adoption of crisis management measures by the European Commission as crucial.....