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Australian stone fruit on track for strong volume despite recent weather

Recent weather events in the major stone fruit growing regions, have not affected the optimism of the industry nationally, with volumes still on track to be higher than in the previous year.Andrew Finlay is a grower atPikes Creek Orchard near Stanthorpe in Queensland and also Chairman of Summerfruit Australia.....

Argentina looks to set its organic blueberries apart from competitors

According to the last agriculture viewpoint report on Latin America and the Caribbean, introduced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Argentina is in the 2nd place of the world ranking countries that have certified organic production. Australia is in the 1st place.In this situation,.....

Australia: Choppers for cherries

Bestview Orchards near Canobolas experienced 75 millimetres of rain at the weekend and 30mm on the following Monday, Western Magazine reported. This caused them to call in a helicopter to blow the rain from the fruit. And they had to do this multiple times.Photo: © Flying M Air, LLC. All Rrights ReservedA.....

SW Australia: tariff changes good news for stone fruit growers

Stone fruit growers are expected to benefit from changes to export market protocols for produce sent to China. From January 1, 2018 there will be a tariff reduction for the export of peaches, plums, apricots and cherries from 10 per cent down to 2 per cent, which is great news for the local stone fruit.....

Canadians warned not to eat apricot kernels as they may cause cyanide poisoning

Globalnews.ca reports on a warning issued by Health Canada over the consumption of bitter apricot kernels or seeds, which it says could lead to acute cyanide poisoning. Recently, some Canadians have begun eating the seeds as snacks.There are two types of apricot kernels; sweet and bitter. The latter contains.....

New York industry expects good apple supplies for year-end holidays

As the New York region prepares for the New York Produce Show, the state’s apple shippers report they expect apple supplies for the year-end holidays to be good on all fronts – good remaining quantities, good variety selection and good fruit quality.New York state had 11.5 million bushels in storage awaiting.....

In need of additional 70,000 sq ft. within two years

Divine Flavor comments on expanding Nogales, Arizona facility

Table grape giant Divine Flavor recently announced that they are adding an additional 70,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse to its existing headquarters in Nogales, Arizona. The project broke ground around October 1 and should be complete by the end of March. It’s a $7.5 million investment that will add.....

AU: New plum varieties looking to diversify stone fruit market

One of Australia's leading stone fruit producers is set to increase its market diversification following the planting of new varieties from Israel.Throughout December over 20,000 of the new plum trees from Ben Dor were planted, which are exclusive to Cutri Fruit. They will run counter seasonal to other forms.....

Andre Vermaak - Silverlands Vineyards

"Big demand in South Africa for Cotton Candy and the Candy Hearts"

The Namibian grape season has gotten off to a good start, this is good news for the growers who had an early end to last season. Temperatures at the moment are in the 40s, but the weather has been perfect for grapes, with daytime temperatures in the high 30s and cooling down at night which is great for.....

New organic program

Winter raspberry program starts in central Mexico

Year-round production is definitely increasing consumption; something Sun Belle’s CEO, Janice Honigberg has definitely noticed, with 365-day availability facilitating the increase.Reflecting back on 2017, Honigberg says she’s seen more effects from global weather changes having an increasing impact on.....

China taking over Russia’s role as a major market for Polish produce

In 2014, the embargo imposed by Russia on EU exports was like an earthquake for Polish fruit and vegetable exporters. Fruit sales abroad fell by about 12 percent, and the situation was even worse in 2015, as vegetables also recorded losses.It turns out, however, that Polish exports have started to grow again,.....

Poland: New apple variety bred by SGGW

A new apple variety called Chopin has been bred at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW). It is resistant to scab, which will make it possible for the use of chemical treatments to be significantly reduced, reported Krzysztof Szwejk, spokesperson for the university.In the opinion of professor Kazimierz.....

China: Sales of apples are slowing down

"Sannong China" has reported that the recent market situation gives cause for concern. Temperatures have fallen and all kinds of seasonal fruits have arrived at the markets.The three main winter fruits, also known as "Three treasures": apples, pomelo and oranges - occupied half of the Chinese fruit stores......

Ernesto Machancoses (Frutas Inma): "Of the remaining 30%, we can write off 90%”

Night frosts create havoc for Valencian kaki harvest

Last week, Frutas Inma, like other exporters in Benimodo (Valencia), was readying itself for the home stretch of the kaki season. The fruit was good and ready to be harvested, but a few nights of frost later and the season changed drastically. “Of the remaining 30% that we are able to harvest, 90% is a.....

Chile inaugurates its most modern cherry production line

COPEFRUT has inaugurated one of the most modern production lines for cherries in the country, which is also one of the most innovative in the world. They hope to achieve more competitive returns for producers and a higher fruit quality."Today we are starting something that has no limits," stated the General.....

Vietnamese and Chinese firms sign watermelon trade deals

According to Vietnamplus, contracts on the watermelon trade for 2018 and the following years were signed between Vietnam and China at a conference held in the central province of Quang Ngai on December 6.The event was organised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade in conjunction with Quang Ngai province and.....

Cyclones in Western India affecting this season’s grape production

A recent cyclone has devastated the Western coastal regions of India, starting from Kerala up to Maharashtra and Gujarat. There have been heavy rains that affected the production of grapes.Grape farmers across India have been having a terrible season. According to Pratik Mutha of Agrion Overseas Private.....

Ukraine: Fruit and berry sector has great potential for development

In the coming season, the fruit and berries sector has the best prospects for development in Ukraine. This opinion was voiced by Alexander Khorev, the head of "Fruit-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits", during his speech at the fourteenth international conference "Fruits and Vegetables of Ukraine 2017. Uniting for.....

China: First refrigerated train transport of Korla pears reaches Shandong

On December 3rd, eight containers of Korla pears from Xinjiang reached Qingdao after a five-day journey in refrigerated train transport. Upon arrival they were welcomed with banners at the Dongfang Dingxin International Farm and Sideline Products Trading Center. This was the first time that Shandong has.....

Bad harvest leads to price increases in apple drinks

Germany: “Last supplies have already been processed”

The lousy apple harvest this year is still resonating in the food retail sector. Discounter Aldi significantly increased the prices of apple drinks such as juices and spritzers on December 1st: a direct result of the shortage of domestic goods. The competing supermarket chains will soon lag behind, according.....

Mexico: Strawberry production in Puebla increased by 707.8%

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) reported that strawberry production in Puebla had increased by 707.8% between 2015 and 2016.According to the Agricultural Food Atlas 2017, the state of Puebla produced a volume of 198 tons, which makes it one of the 10 most.....

Argentina: Mendoza expects to have a good cherry production, but small calibers

Cherry cultivation is growing in Mendoza and the harvest forecast for this year is really auspicious, although producers have their reserves.According to the harvest forecast prepared by the Rural Development Institute (IDR), this year, the production of fresh cherries will amount to 5,901 tons in 688.....

AU: Victorian table grape growers welcome recent 'refreshing' rainfall

While several produce lines suffered in last weekend's storms that lashed parts of Victoria, the table grape industry remained largely unaffected.Australian Table Grapes Association CEO Jeff Scott says it was a welcome sight for many growers, who received around 40-50 millimetres which was perfect timing given.....

Size, colour and eating quality of peaches and nectarines are excellent: Jacques du Preez, Hortgro

South African stonefruit quality is unaffected by drought

Given the challenges of the season, things are in actual fact looking pretty good, says Jacques du Preez, general manager for trade and markets at Hortgro. On both peaches and nectarines the size, colour and eating quality are exemplary this year.The weather has even brought some advantages. “We’re off to a.....

South American country loses position on global market

Argentinian grapes are more often ending up as raisins

Argentinian grape growers continue to see their competitive position on the global market crumbling. This has various causes, but there’s only one consequence. A decreasing export of grapes in recent years, because growers sell their plantations or process their production into raisins and grape juice......

Stable blueberry market despite strikes in Chile

The situation on the blueberry market is stable at the moment, but behind the scenes, people are working hard to meet the programs. According to Fred Douven of ABB Growers, the most important question now is: "Can we get it to the customers on time? There are currently strikes in Chile, so deliveries don't.....

Researcher develops two new large varieties of Haskap

The Haskap is a red fruit of Japanese origin. After a recent selection process in the United States two new varieties have been discovered. The varieties TANA (US PP26 706 P2) and KAPU (US PP26 820 P2) are new varieties with 100% Japanese genetic background and are the fruit of the work carried out by Dr......

Argentina: Stone fruit campaign affected by weather conditions

The weather conditions in the Argentine Valles Templados of Jujuy have had a negative impact on this year's peach and nectarine campaign. "This season, a total of 130,000 boxes of approximately 10 kg of extra-early and early fruit were handled. The fruit volume is estimated to have fallen by 40% compared to.....

Rains damage 90% strawberry plantations Mahabaleshwar

Unseasonal rainfall in India’s Mahabaleshwar region is impacting the strawberry crops. Rainfall over the past two days has caused significant damage to close to 90% strawberry plantations in their most important growth stage of fruiting. Both harvested strawberries and crops in the fields are falling prey to.....

Azerbaijan: Guba's rich apple orchard hopes to export 80,000 tons of product

The northern-western Azerbaijan region of Guba arguably produces the best apples of the country. It accounts not only for the largest number, but also for the greatest variety of sorts. Thanks to suitable soil and climatic conditions, apple trees grow well here; their fruits have many valuable qualities and.....

Top fruit export remains in downward spiral

Argentinian top fruit marginalised in world market

The Argentinian top fruit sector is in dire straits. In recent years exports have, for various reasons, been in a downward spiral. The estimates for 2018 also show a further decline. Despite good weather and higher yields, the Argentinian top fruit harvest will not exceed the historic average next year. With.....

Spain: Creation of Blueberry Committee to facilitate trade exchange

The blueberry-producing companies associated to Freshuelva have set up the Blueberry Committee, which will be responsible, among other issues, for the implementation of the partnership agreement signed last October with the Blueberry Committee of Chile. The goal is to facilitate trade exchange between the.....

Fall season had very positive, profitable pricing

Mexico's honeydew season transitions to Guatemala

While northern Mexico’s production of honeydew melons will be wrapping up within the first week of December, Brian Vandervoet of Vandervoet & Associates said the two growers the company represents had “a good program overall.” His most successful grower comes in at a different time compared to the other.....

Berry and nut industries in Australia get over $600k to develop new leadership

The federal government in Australia has set aside $5 million toward the Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund which will partly help boost the berry and nut industries in the country, farmingahead.com.au told. The Raspberries and Blackberries Australian and the Australian Blueberry Growers Association.....

High quality American agricultural goods on the Chinese market

Following the increased interest of Chinese consumers in high quality food products from overseas, several high quality American agricultural products were aimed at the Chinese market. One important task for the Washington Apple Association, with its headquarters in Wenatchee, is to promote the apples of its.....

Randolf Aaldijk, Origin Fruit Direct: first arrival of lychees in week 51

"How will the drought affect the grape supply from the Western Cape"

The grape market is very hot at the moment. "There is a shortage of grapes and this is resulting in a price level of 4 Euro per kilo for the Peruvian and Brazilian grapes. This is an awful lot of money. The price of Red Globe is below this, but they are also still very expensive," says Randolf Aaldijk of.....

Drought postponed the first harvest by a year

First commercial Celina pear harvest from South Africa expected next month

The first commercial harvest of Celina, a new blushed pear cultivar which will be a season-opener in South Africa, is expected next month. “We are really excited about the upcoming season and the fruit on the trees looks great,” says Andries van der Westhuizen, Stargrow marketing manager. The drought.....

Excellent Fruit Alliance Member - Hejian Zhong Hong

China: Teamwork helps standardize Hebei pear industry

"Just like other members of the Excellent Fruit Alliance, we joined the alliance, because we hoped that their coordination and guidance could help establish a unified brand with high quality products and stable prices. This would then create an orderly market," according to Mr. Zhang Guozhong of Hejian Zhong.....

China: "Supply of red apples does not meet demand"

"The 2017 apple season has already come to an end. Compared to 2016, this year's apple market has been rather stable, and the prices have not fluctuated much. The supply of red apples has not met the demand," states Mr. Wang Kejian of Sanmenxia Gan Shan Chen Guang Fruit Industry Co., Ltd.Farmers are packing.....

Agatha Munoz from Métral-fruits: “Lack of produce increases prices”

Frost affects apple volumes and prices

The frost that hit Europe earlier this year is leading to higher prices for apples compared to last year. “There is demand for our whole range of apples, with Granny Smiths, in particular, being in high demand”, says Agathe Munoz from Métral-fruits. Agatha works in the Export Sales Department of this French.....

AU: Christmas fruit and berries ‘decimated’ by extreme storms in Victoria

Farms in Orange, New South Wales, and Yarra Valley, Victoria, were very heavily impacted following the extreme weather over the weekend. According to thenewdaily.com, about half of the crops of Christmas fruit in those regions were destroyed by the storms.The timing was awful, as many Australian farmers’ crops.....

Tasmanian cherry farmers victims of heavy summer rains

Tasmania has been struck by massive summer rains; in the state’s driest farming areas a massive 110mm of rain fell over the weekend. About 90mm fell on cherry grower Mick Dudgeon’s 7ha orchard Stonecrest Cherries at Sorell. It caused relatively little damage, but more rain this week is certainly unwelcome, as.....

Washington State Tree Fruit Association to hold 113th meeting + expo on Dec 4-6th

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA) will host the 113th Annual Meeting and NW Hort Expo at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, WA on December 4, 5, & 6th. The Annual Meeting will continue the tradition of hosting the largest tree fruit educational gathering in the country.The.....

US: Pre-cut fruit linked to Salmonella outbreak in Washington and Oregon

The Department of Health (DOH) has announced a Salmonella outbreak involving pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe, or fruit mixes containing watermelon or cantaloupe in both Washington and Oregon.People who purchased these products on or about Oct. 25 up to Dec. 1 from QFC, Fred Meyer, Rosauers, and Central Market.....

Cherry volumes from Chile to North America expected to be higher

Cherry volumes out of Chile are expected to be higher this year, thanks to good weather conditions and an increasing amount of cherry plantings. Some shipments have already arrived by air, with preparations for sea freight underway."We're seeing good growing conditions in Chile this season," said Norman Barao,.....

Robert van Melle:

“Climate has effect on southern hemisphere grapes”

During the second half of this year, the grape production in Southern Europe finished earlier than in other years. The countries in the southern hemisphere then took over from, among others, the Spanish, Italian and Greek grapes. In some cases, the grape was affected by drought, rain and flooding in South.....

US: South American stone fruit arrivals expected soon

Shipments of peaches and nectarines from South America are imminent, as suppliers in the US await arrivals to begin distributing to the market. The first shipments are due to arrive the week of December 11, with small volumes in containers before bigger volume hits around New Year."The peach and nectarine.....

Excellent Fruit Alliance Member - Xinji Yu Long

China: "Control of Ya pear production gradually implemented"

"Hebei is known in China and even in the world for its high quality pears. In the past few years, the Hebei pear producers have been trying to implement an integrated management system, but it has not been very effective. This year, the Excellent Fruit Alliance used integrated management for the first time on.....

Honeyberries are very scarce

China: "Worldwide honeyberry production limited"

"The honeyberry, or blue honeysuckle, is a kind of berry. There are only few areas where the honeysuckle can grow. In China, only Heilongjiang is suitable for growing honeyberries. They turn ripe in the beginning of June every year, and last until the beginning of July, so this year's season has already ended......

Direct marketer Dusseldorf has cabbages year round on offer

Germany: 'Price of Chinese cabbage currently stable'

Where other cabbages -such as red cabbage and savoy cabbage- are hardly in demand, Chinese cabbage remains popular. Above all, Bavarian and Westphalian farmers have taken to growing Chinese cabbage. For the Dusseldorf direct marketer Peter-Josef Esser, cabbages also belong to the day-to-day business. “We have.....

Big raffle for film with Elyias M'Barek

Positive numbers for Club Apple Evelina

An exciting and exhausting year lies behind the entire fruit industry. Despite heavy frosts and the extremely variable weather conditions, the German Evelina apple can look back on a great season. With 6,700 tons of harvested apples, there was even a slight growth in Club Apples compared to last year. Reason.....

Update on Peruvian season

California grapes expected to fill gap from Northern Peru

It has been a very challenging season for Northern Peru’s grape growers. The repercussions of last year’s weather events have turned this year into a most challenging season. “As harvest continues, it has become painfully apparent every week that production estimates are being adjusted downward. Many people.....

India: Table grape harvest in Nashik region will start beginning of January

The harvest of our table grapes from the Nashik region will start in the first weeks of January. We expect that shipments will arrive in Europe from February onwards. The season will run till the mid-May. The varieties we work with are mainly the Thompson seedless and Black seedless, which we offer in a 10-12.....