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Luc Bels, Bels-Best: "It will have to come from the exports"
Pear prices under pressure
Pears are not doing as well right now as they were at the start of the year. According to Luc Bels from Bels Best, in January the pear market was doing reasonably well, "Pear sales were doing well and we were getting prices that we could live with. The prices weren't high, but the costs were being covered......

Mexican blackberries and raspberries look to China
Mexican blackberry and raspberry producers expect China to absorb 20 percent of their exports some day in the future; shipments which are currently worth 1,000 million dollars per year, as reported to Xinhua by entrepreneurs within the sector.For now, the first goal is to export 500 tonnes of both berries to.....


Chile celebrates arrival of its cherries to South Korea
In the framework of the last day of his trip to Asia, and in the presence of importers, retailers and Korean distributors, as well as representatives of the media, the Chilean Minister of Agriculture, Carlos Furche, together with the president of Chile's Cherry Committee, Cristián Tagle and the President of.....

Spanish strawberries compete against Morocco
The president of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Strawberries from Huelva, Freshuelva, Alberto Garrocho, stressed that competition with countries like Morocco have fallen mainly due to the fact that they are opting for varieties that are intended for the processing industry rather than for.....

Chilean fruit sales record high in Chinese spring festival
As the harvest time of Chilean cherries and blueberries are around spring festival season, they have now started to occupy China's spring festival shopping market at zero tariffs. According to the Chile-China free trade agreement, Chilean fresh fruits will benefit from zero tariffs as of 2015. Prior to.....

Chilean blueberries arrivals strong
They may have gotten off to a slower start than expected, but since Week 51, weekly shipments of Chilean Blueberries to the U.S. and Canada have been higher than last season. In fact, during Week 5, the U.S. market will see a new historic high for weekly arrivals, with more than 6,000 tons of Chilean.....

US: Apples remain strong during difficult produce season
While other commodities have seen supply issues, apples are having a steady off-season with no major fluctuations or shortages. Prices and supply are consistent with seasonal norms, and don’t show any signs of changing as we move into spring.“The supply is definitely steady,” Cara Auz of John’s Market NYC.....

US: Low stonefruit supply due to delayed shipments
The Chilean stonefruit season got off to a slow start, and the effects from that have rippled throughout the season. Fewer vessels containing Chilean nectarines and peaches have been arriving in the U.S., and their arrivals have been spaced out further than usual. As a result, volumes of imported fruit have.....

Record apple exports
Another bumper year for Japanese food exports
Japanese agricultural, forestry and fishery products as well as food exports in 2015 rose nearly 22% percent from a year earlier to Ą745.2 billion, hitting a record high for the third straight year, a preliminary government report showed Tuesday 2 February.The government’s interim target of expanding annual.....


Cuna de Platero fully equipped with Fresh-Picking system
The Moguer-based cooperative, Cuna de Platero, will be fully equipped this season with the revolutionary Fresh-Picking harvesting system, which will become essential in a year with higher average temperatures than usual.The Fresh-Picking harvesting system is designed for harvesting days with intense heat,.....

Scarcity caused by hot, dry summer weather
US(WA): Large-size apples increasingly scarce through winter
Washington apple suppliers are seeing far fewer large-sized apples this winter after hot, dry conditions in the summer of 2015 hampered crop growth.Chuck Sinks of Sage Fruit Company says that as the season has gone on, supplies on larger fruit have become more scarce. “Large fruit is becoming increasingly.....

Gerrit de Vlieger, Vrijders (fresh produce wholesaler):
"Quality of Moroccan soft fruit greatly improved"
Soft fruit is currently doing well for this time of the year. According to Gerrit de Vlieger from Groothandel Vrijders based in Brussels, things are doing better now than during the holidays, "At Christmas there was too much supply on the market and there was some talk of quality issues. Fortunately, that is.....

Climate change will "redraw the agricultural map"
Exotic fruits in Britain?
Climate change is changing the face of agriculture: in some parts of the world global warming could destroy agriculture, whereas, in England for example, the changing climate means that all sorts of exotic crops are being cultivated, that would have been unimaginable just a generation ago. The.....

Jerte Cherries received accolade at 4th Besana Awards
The Regulatory Board of the Protected Designation of Origin Cereza del Jerte (Jerte cherry) has received the accolade for "Best Promotional Project" at the 4th Besana Awards, which were presented in the context of the Agroexpo Fair. Other companies awarded were Land Fruit, in the Entrepreneur category;.....

Chile launches blueberries, cherries in Beijing supermarket
On Wednesday morning, the Minister of Agriculture led the inauguration of the promotion of blueberries and cherries in the Premium BHG Supermarket in Beijing. The goal of the promotion is publicizing the availability and quality, safety and health attributes of the Chilean cherries and blueberries."The.....


Robert Sykes - Mr Apple
New Zealand: “We’re seeing increased demand in every market,”
New Zealand is preparing for another record apple season, with predictions of increased yields, high quality fruit and growing market demand.Mr Apple Production Manager Robert Sykes says good weather in the Hawkes Bay region has made for strong growing conditions that promise a great harvest in a few weeks.....

February is New Zealand’s First National Watermelon Month
National Watermelon Month is taking place forthe first time in New Zealand, kicking off this week.A month long celebration of one of the nation’s mostpopular summer fruits is planned. Led by LeaderBrand, a Kiwi owned producer of fresh fruit and vegetables,a number of initiatives have been planned to help.....

Florida looking to alternative crops
During the 2015 Florida Ag Expo, which was held in November, Dr. Zhanao Deng, a Professor of Ornamental Plant Breeding and Genetics, presented his research regarding the potential of growing pomegranates and blackberries in the state. Traditional crops in Florida are being challenged by pests and diseases,.....

Spanish watermelons face barely any competition
Spain faces practically no competition in the watermelon export market, according to an analysis of the world trade of watermelons in 2014 carried out by Hortoinfo, with data from the Statistics Division of the United Nations (UN).Of the five major watermelon exporting countries, which are, in this order,.....


Fruit Logistica, hall 4.1, stand B-14
MyFruit Class Selector app monitors base colour development of top fruit
The MyFruit Class Selector app offers the opportunity to keep track of the base colour development of apples and pears. The product changes from green (unripe) to yellow (ripe) depending on initial quality, but also the quality of the storage. Capturing a base colour value in a practical way wasn't possible.....


UK most important European market for California grapes
The California Table Grape Commission will be present with a booth at this week’s Fruit Logistica show in Berlin. “This is a global show that is attended by people from all over the world,” says Susan Day with Grapes from California. “Not only Europe, but also the Middle East and Asia are very well.....

Lady Alice® apples available now
Lady Alice® apples are grown in the fertile volcanic soils of Eastern Washington state. “We have seen production of this relatively new cultivar increasing steadily in recent years,” says Aaron DeHerrera with Rainier Fruit Company.The perfectly balanced appleThe Lady Alice® apple has a dense and crisp.....

Mexico: 50% of strawberries damaged by cold weather
The chairman of the National Peasant Confederation (CNC), Arturo Contreras Hernandez, announced that nearly 800 hectares of the 1,600 hectares of strawberries planted in Irapuato suffered heavy damage due to the rains and cold at the beginning of the year. Producers expect they will recover this loss with a.....

Chile: Project to improve blueberry
The Board of the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation (FIA) approved a total of 30 projects from the national call for Studies and Projects for Innovation in Sustainable Agriculture, including the project of the University of San Sebastian, Development of a probiotic to strengthen the production and fruit.....

Polish apples are the cheapest in Eastern Europe
The project APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits, reports that Polish apples are currently the cheapest. in Eastern Europe. According to the project’s data, Polish orchards are selling apples for 0.15-0.31 Euro/kg. For comparison: Ukraine’s apples cost between 0.21-0.41 Euro/kg, in Russia sales are between.....

US: Northwest cherry growers' marketing opportunities and challenges
Last year demand for Northwest cherries was strong, but supply could not meet retailers' demand, which meant they changed their focus to other suppliers, according to B.J. Thurlby, president of the Washington State Fruit Commission and Northwest Cherry Growers. Thurlby and colleagues at Northwest Cherry.....


Manel Simon: "Sweetness will be our advantage and brands our challenge"
Spain to ship its first apples to India
Next week, apples grown in Lleida will be shipped to India for the first time, as the opening of the Indian market for both Spanish apples and kakis took place just two weeks ago. Kakis will still have to wait until the next campaign, because the current one is already coming to a close. The creation of this.....

AU: Hail causes $20,000 damage to berry business
Hailstones the size of ‘‘chocolate Lindt balls’’ hammered down on a Longford, Victoria berry business last Thursday 28 January, causing at least $20,000 in crop losses.Longford Berries is a small local operation that produces gooseberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries and owner Dennis Betts said.....


Rain mixed blessing for South African grapes
The grape harvest in South Africa is not getting an easy time this year. Volumes from the early regions were affected by the heat and the Orange River has stopped early do to rainfall, while the rainfall was welcome it essentially put and end to packing for export markets.The volumes appear to be up.....


Frank Telge, Andean Sun Produce
"Peruvian grapes from November to March"
Andean Sun Produce is a representative of La Calera and Talsa de Perú in the United States. Talsa's project consists of 1,000 hectares of blueberries and it also produces white asparagus and avocados. It markets its products under the Gold Cup brand across the nation."100% of the products exported by these.....

Mexican berry producers hope to conquer China
Mexico's blackberry and raspberry producers hope that the China market will make up around 20 percent of their exports in the future, the President of the Mexico's National Association of Berry Exporters (Aneberries), Mario Andrade, told Xinhua on Friday.The sales of blackberry and raspberry this year will.....

Yet B.C growers want to block Canadian sales
Artic Apple to tackle food waste
At a recent presentation at Crop Life Canada's Ottawa offices, Neal Carter, the creator of the Arctic Apple, a genetically engineered non-browning variety, explained that the goal is to get more apples into more places and reverse the trend of declining consumption. According to Carter, the non-browning.....


Poland-China train brings opportunities to apple suppliers
Many apple growers in Poland suffered big losses last season on the back of higher production and the Russian export ban. This has brought about a push to find other markets, and Polish grower's group, Appolonia, is looking to Asia. The company has been trading with Vietnam since the market opened to.....

Canadian pear debuts in local grocery stores
Research conducted by the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) in 2014 showed that the average Canadian doesn’t spend a lot of time thinking about pears when they’re grocery shopping. And unlike apples where names come more readily, consumers can rarely name pear varieties that they like. A new.....

Infant formula exports exasperating Tasmanian cherry exporters
As reported on 27 January, Australian fruit and vegetable exports are losing their markets to baby formula exports. This problem seems to be affecting Tasmanian horticulture exporters especially, who are finding it difficult to find room for their cherry exports.Chris Fox, managing director of.....

$1billion earnings target 2022
Record apple exports predicted for NZ
New Zealand’s apple growing regions are set to profit from a record $700 million export apple crop forecast for 2016, compared with last season’s bumper $630 million. Alan Pollard, chief executive of Pipfruit New Zealand said the industry is expecting to produce 19.5 million export cartons for 2016 which is.....

Driscoll's and Costa Group's Chinese joint berry venture
In order to enter the Asian market with its growing appetite for berries, Driscoll’s and Costa Group have signed a shareholder agreement on a new joint venture that will see the two companies starting a berry production company out of China.As per the agreement, Costa will own 70 percent of the new company,.....

China visits Brazil to supervise melon production
Specialists from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (ACSIC) of China have travelled to Brazil to learn about the cultivation system and phytosanitary controls applied on melon plantations, as reported by official sources.The group is visiting melon production areas.....


Mini-watermelons, good business in the European market
"The most important watermelon variety is still the traditional watermelon with seeds: Quetzaly. However, the European export market remains difficult," explains Carlos Campo, of Potuga Fruit Co. in Panama. "We produce more than 5 million kilos of watermelons for export, with and without seeds. We also.....

More demand than supply for Polish blueberries
The upcoming Fruit Logisitica in Berlin is seen by many in the industry as a great opportunity to network and strengthen ties with other companies. This year is no exception as Polish blueberry producer and machinery distributor Milbor will be present at the fair this year, together with its partners A&B.....

Poland needs to base apple production more on demand
Poland needs to pay more attention to the level of demand when growing apples. Within a few years the apple production grew to 4.3-4.5 million tons, and in the long term this may grow to 5 million tons. More than half of the annual apple production is meant for processing at lower prices. Eberhard Makosz,.....

Argentina ships 80% less grapes to Brazil
Brazil used to be the main buyer of the table grape produced in San Juan, and even got to absorb a third of what the local vineyards produced. This season, exporters from San Juan have very few sales contracts to Brazil and estimates are that volumes shipped to that country will fall again between 10 and 15.....

US: Light Florida crop has strawberry prices high
Below-average yields in Mexico have made for a light supply of strawberries in the United States. Along with light imports from Mexico, low volumes from Florida have kept strawberry prices strong.“Strawberries are trickling in from Oxnard, where the season is just starting, but they're mostly coming in from.....

Monsanto criticised for melon 'biopiracy'
As previously reported, a January 20, 2016 hearing in Munich led to the European Patent Office revoking a patent on genetically modified melons held by Agro-Giant Monsanto. No Patents on Seeds, a European-based coalition and the vegetable seed-producing subsidiary of Bayer CropScience, were the two groups in.....

China and Chile FTA to widen scope
China and Chile are in talks to expand the 10-year-old free trade agreement between the two sides, to boost trade in agricultural products and develop logistics and financial services, Chilean officials said on Wednesday.Both countries sealed a FTA deal in November 2005 that has since made China the South.....

NZ: Volumes, quality high for cherry season
New Zealand cherry growers have seen strong results for the latest season, with higher volumes and good fruit quality across the board.North Island cherry grower Jerf van Beek says a warm, relatively dry summer has made it a “very good season” for New Zealand.“We’re in El Nińo at the moment, which has meant.....


Low prices and high volumes for cherries
Recently, cherries have become the best-selling imported fruit. Prices of cherries normally fall between CNY 50 to CNY 60 for 500 grams. Nevertheless, the variety of cherries vary greatly with different countries of origin and different qualities, with some selling at CNY 58 for 500 grams and some other.....


Chinese "Bringer of Divine Wealth" pear popular in Vietnam
A fruit named "Doll Pear" from China has recently become a top sales item in Vietnam in the weeks before the Chinese New Year. Due to its shape which resembles "Fu", a charachter in Vietnamese mythology, local merchants started to call the pear a "Bringer of Divine Wealth", which has certainly come true for.....


Zweer van Aalsburg, Fruitmasters:
"Pear export good, apple sales mainly focused on domestic market"
Top fruit sales on the domestic market are doing very well, "As often happens in January, there are many promotions going on for both apples and pears. The export of apples is not easy, but the export of pears is beginning to pick up. Before New Year's it was more quiet," says Zweer van Aalsburg from.....

US: Light spot in otherwise heavy avocado market
The volume of avocados coming from Mexico has lightened up recently, though overall supplies for the season have been plentiful. There should be plenty of fruit for the run-up to Superbowl weekend as well as the spring months, since the burgeoning California season is expected to also bring good.....

Fire blight reimbursement for Nova Scotia's apple and pear growers
Last night, Tuesday 26 January, it was announced that up to $2.69 million will be made available to Nova Scotia fruit tree growers to help them financially recover from an outbreak of fire blight in trees that followed post-tropical storm Arthur in 2014.The money will be dispersed over 5 years, with the.....

Strawberries hit hardest
Taiwan's cold snap causes ag losses up to US$12.07 million
As of Tuesday 26 January, agricultural losses in Taiwan are reported at NT$404.81 million (US$12.07 million), due to the worst cold snap to hit the island in decades. According Council of Agriculture (COA)statistics, crop losses had accumulated to NT$77.39 million. A total of 1,583 hectares of crops were.....

KIKU®, 25th anniversary with Crimson Snow® and Isaaq®
KIKU®, the premium apple brand, are celebratingtheir 25th anniversary this year and returning totheir booth at Fruit Logistica in Berlin in Hall 4.2 - B08.Some of the 29 global marketing partners, like Slowakian Bonifructi, Italian Fratelli Clementi, South African Core, KIKU Hellas and German Salemfrucht.....


California Giant Berry Farms: This Super Bowl team is ready
California Giant Berry Farms has teamed up withCabot Cheese to build a game-worthy spread asfootball fans across the country make their plansto watch the big game in early February.Research shows the Super Bowl is the second biggest eating day (Thanksgiving being the first) of the year. Additionally, 91%.....

Industry has 'high potential'
Azerbaijan doubles fruit production over 10 years
Since 2005, Azerbaijan has doubled its fresh fruit and berry production, which now stands at around 1 million tons. Analysts at Fruit-Inform see high potential in the fruit and vegetable sector in Azerbaijan, which they predict will be unlocked in the coming years.The stonefruit segment shows the most.....

Good prospects for EU apple exports to India
Improved access to the Indian market for EU apple exports is good news for EU producers who have been looking for alternative markets in light of the difficult market situation. The European Union welcomed the announcement on Friday 22 January.Phil Hogan, agriculture and rural development commissioner, said.....

In Australian stores by 2017
New Australian pear to hit the Asian market
A new pear variety, the red-blushed Lanya pear, was bred and selected in Tatura, Australia. It is set to enter the Asian market and appear in Australian stores by 2017. The Lanya pear is part of a new breeding program called Profitable Pears by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and.....


"We want to make shipments by sea and air"
Spain is ready to export stonefruit to China
The Spanish stonefruit sector is getting ready to make its first shipments to China this year. It is the result of the recent approval of a provisional protocol, signed by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Chinese authorities. Spain will thus become the first country in the world.....


Positive results in 2015 according to VdF
Fruit juice consumption Germans increased
According to the VdF, the German Association of Fruit Juice Producers, 2015 was a good year. There are three main reasons for this success but the most important reason is the increase of fruit juice consumption with one litre per person per year (to 33 liter). Furthermore the apple juice-pressing season.....


AU: Cherry growers call for changes to Asian export protocols
Australian cherry growers are struggling to keep up with demand from Asian markets due to current export and import protocols.While Tasmania has been declared a pest-free zone and can airfreight cherries to key Asian markets such as China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Thailand, it’s a very different story for.....


“Disastrous” Spanish strawberry season
German wholesalers fear shortages and high prices at Easter
Some wholesalers are worried about this year's Spanish strawberry season. “The Spanish season started four or five weeks to soon,” explains a German fruit importer and wholesaler. "At the end of the Spanish season these strawberries won’t be available at the market. This could be particularly problematic.....