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Spain: "Huge demand for strawberries for processing"

Due to the meteorological instability in Huelva, there has been an almost constant shortage of strawberries in Spain during the current 2017/2018 campaign, which is already coming to an end."So far, we have harvested up to 200 grams less per plant in Huelva. And other European countries have also had problems,.....

Italy: Stable consumption but falling exports for peaches and nectarines

The Forum on the European peach cultivation held at Macfrut revealed that 83% of the nectarine orchards planted between 2014 and 2016 are of the sweet type, only 17% are acidic varieties. As for peaches, sweet varieties represent 52% of new orchards while 48% are acidic.What is more, according to Cso data,.....

InnoGrape celebrates putting research and development front and centre

The Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA) will be running the final InnoGrape – Innovation in Table Grape Production sessions - on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May. At the completion of the workshop in Robinvale and Mildura, there will be a celebratory dinner for what has proven to be a successful series,.....

North Carolina: Blueberry season to be bountiful - despite cold winter

It may be still be a few weeks before the blueberry season is in full swing, but this year is generally expected to be a good year for the crop. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture announced blueberries will be bountiful this summer, despite the unusually cold weather during the first quarter of the.....

Seedless table grape varieties get PLU approval

New price look-up (PLU) codes are now approved for seedless IFG® table grapes. These new PLU codes were assigned by the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. IFG has six new PLU codes which are placed into two categories to.....

Stone fruit acreage has expanded by almost 60%

Spain: Reduction of acreage devoted to top fruit in Lleida

Producers in Lleida have continued reducing the acreage devoted to apple and pear trees, with 8,203 hectares devoted to top fruit abandoned between 2005 and 2017. As revealed by the latest official data published by the Catalan Council of Agriculture, the productive acreage in the province has dropped from.....

China: Shanxi Yuncheng exports fruit to Russia

Yuncheng in Shanxi organized a promotional activity on May 11th in the largest land port of China--Manzhouli. They promoted their local fruit export to Russia. On that day, Yuncheng fruit businesses, fruit traders, and visiting traders from Manzhouli as well as other places, together signed 13 trade.....

Every week, one million pieces of fruit and vegetables packed for free delivery to 1,800 schools

“Eating fruit and vegetables should be fun”

Annually, nearly 3,000 schools participate in the EU School Fruit Programme. Participating schools receive three pieces of fruit and vegetables for every pupil every week for 20 weeks. Schoolfruit.nl represents five of the eight suppliers, and takes care of purchasing and distribution for these parties. “By.....

Seedless watermelons dominate sales in Europe

The seedless watermelon Bouquet has turned Anecoop into the biggest Spanish watermelon operator, as revealed in the latest ranking published by the specialised magazine Alimarket in 2017. After 26 years, the firm continues to be a leader in its category in the European market. It has been supplying its.....

Ukraine: Ukrsadprom expects fruit and berry harvest up 30 percent in 2018

The fruit and berry harvest in 2018 could exceed last year figures by 10-30 percent, said Chairman of the Ukrsadprom Association, Dmytro Kroshka. “With favourable weather conditions, the gross harvest of pomaceous, drupaceous fruit and berries & nuts on industrial farms could reach the average figure of.....

Due to rising temperatures

South Korea: Opportune time for Tongyeong farms

Farms in South Korea’s southern Tongyeong region have become highly profitable by growing subtropical crops. This is due, in part, to temperatures that are 4.5 degrees above the norm for this season. Tongyeong’s municipal government revealed yesterday that local farms were able to harvest high value crops such.....

"Local plantation still the best method"

China: "Fresh raspberry has great market potential"

China began industrial cultivation of raspberry varieties in the 1920's and 30's. After many years of development, China now has several businesses involved in the processing of raspberries. However, it is still not a common industry throughout the country. There are four main areas of raspberry product.....

Two Northwest multi-generation cherry growers team up

A union made at the beginning of the year between Orchard View and Omeg Family Orchards is about to see the first fruits of its labor and the companies say this means more high quality cherries from two of The Dalles' multi-generation growers.The respective farms have been neighbors and friends since Orchard.....

South Carolina’s Dixie Belle peaches to start next week

The domestic peach season is getting underway with the first harvest of Dixie Belle peaches anticipated to start next week and extending to early August. Dixie Belle is a fourth generation peach farm located in Ridge Springs, SC.“We should have pretty much a full crop,” says Robert Von Rohr of Sunny Valley.....

Drop in European production expected for 2018

During the "Forum Peschicoltura Europea" promoted by Cso and Cesena Fiera at Macfruit, it emerged that a drop is expected for peaches, nectarines and percoca peaches in Italy, Spain and Greece."As for southern Italy, we're expecting a 33% drop for very early peach varieties, a 16% drop for the early varieties,.....

Tenute Caracci opts for multiple apricot varieties

"We are a family business that safeguards the historic memory of Sicilian agriculture. We started when fields were reached on donkeys and we are still alive and kicking today that agriculture is made up of production specification and innovative agronomic practices," explains Giuseppe Caracci, entrepreneur.....

Pairing watermelons with fish

UAE: City of Al Ain farm tackles food and water security

In the scorching sands of Al Ain’s desert there is now a strange, symbiotic relationship between fish and watermelons. Abdulrahman Al Shamsi is growing both, while using 10% of the water and producing up to three times the yield of conventional farms, using integrated farming techniques.The method has gained.....

AU: Funding boost helps Queensland businesses' export plans

Five Queensland fresh produce companies have received funding from the state government to increase their export potential, under a new $1.3 million-dollar program.The Burdekin’s VFPlus Pty Ltd is developing exports of high-quality melons out of North Queensland to Japan and Singapore. Manbulloo Ltd is hoping.....

Australian strawberry growers express import concern

Australian strawberry producers remain concerned as the Dept of Agricultural and Water Resources (DAWR) continues a risk assessment for the importation of Japanese strawberries into Australia.DAWR received a formal market access request from Japan for strawberries, which is Australia's northern neighbours.....

Australian grant offers chance to register product against Alternaria disease

In a recent development for apple growers concerned about the disease-causing fungus Alternaria, the Australian Government will fund research to support the registration of the crop protection product Switch (Cyprodinil and Fludioxonil) for Alternaria.The funding was announced under Round 3 of the Australian.....

"Brazil and Spain only possible origins for a good Piel de Sapo"

New exclusive Dulcinea variety in premium melon market

In recent weeks, due to the end of the Brazilian campaign and the slight delay in the start of the Spanish campaign because of the abundant rains and mild temperatures, there has been little availability of melon in the market, although the situation is already changing.The Spanish company Melón de Autor is.....

Registration for Prognosfruit is open

This year, the Prognosfruit Conference will take place in Warsaw, Poland from 8-10 August 2018, with the local support of the Association of Polish Fruit Growers (ZSRP). As of today, the registrations for the 2018 edition of Prognosfruit are open! The Prognosfruit Conference is Europe’s leading annual event.....

Berry grower building loyalty from direct consumer insights

California Giant Berry Farms has been gaining consumer insights for several years as they continue to use a permission-based marketing approach through their website and email communication. With an established database, those insights are paying off for the company and their trading partners as the First.....

Cherry and apricot campaign starting at La Pernice

"We're always feeling positive when our main campaigns start," explains Vincenzo Pernice, who runs the family business established by his grandfather together with his two cousins.Over the decades, La Pernice started cultivating table grapes, cherries and apricots and, in 2007, it started acquiring other.....

AU: Regional avocado growers a key part of national industry growth

Regional avocado growers across Australia have heard the strong industry growth is set to continue throughout this year, at a series of information sessions.It comes as Australian avocado seasons recently switched from Shepard to Hass varieties, with supplies forecast to be strong through until June at.....

But are waiting to see how China trade dispute plays out

US northwest cherry growers expect decent crop

This year’s cherry crop may not be mind-blowing, but experts say it will be respectable. And while the harvest is likely to start slow, it will increase dramatically. B.J. Thurlby, president of the Washington State Tree Fruit Commission: “When it comes, it’s going to come like a hurricane.” While spring.....

Pink Lady wants to increase its consumption in Chile

Chilean producers and exporters of Pink Lady have shipped 98% of this exclusive apple to Europe for more than 20 years, supplying 60% of the old continent in the counter season and obtaining a higher return than with any other variety.Despite its international success, in 2018 producers will try, for the first.....

China: Watermelon prices continue to fall

The weather has been unpredictable lately, and so the market conditions for watermelons have been unstable. The supply is also slower than in previous years. However, the price is both lower in comparison with the same period last year and in comparison with previous weeks. The main supply source of.....

No storm damage for Pacific Northwest blueberries

Despite some reports that suggested the Pacific Northwest blueberry crop had been affected by recent storms in the region, growers have said this is not the case. Instead, growers in Oregon are currently looking at a good year, and expect yields to be very close to the long term average. This is great news for.....

Increased volumes of Lemonade apple into US expected

The Giumarra Companies is entering its third season as the exclusive North American supplier of Lemonade™ variety apples and they aim to increase volumes and renew marketing objectives.“We know from market research that apples are still one of consumers’ most-purchased items in the produce department......

Karel Vaes, Hellingenfort:

“We expect to pick the biggest Belgian cherries ever this year”

“The first Belgian cherries will once again arrive in four weeks,” says Karel Vaes of Hellingenfort. “Due to the favourable weather, it appears as if we’ll be picking the biggest cherries ever. The cherries are very large and have a good dark colour, expectations are good.” Hellingenfort grows only the best.....

Flemish fresh produce sector on a trade mission

Market access for Belgian Conference pears in Vietnam

With Flemish prime minister Geert Bourgois, 17 agro-food companies and VLAM will take part in a trade mission in Vietnam. The goal of the mission is to strengthen the presence of the agro-food sector in Vietnam. The Belgian potato processors are already well represented. Nearly 40 per cent of imported chips in.....

France: 75% decrease in plum production in Tarn-et-Garonne

Due to bad weather conditions over the winter, plum production in France's main producing region, the Tarn-et-Garonne, is expected to plummet by 75%. Harvest is expected to start, as always, in July, but will be lower than normal. High temperatures in January followed by frost in February stopped the sap flow.....

Hungary: Strawberry growers struggling with shortage of labourers

Hungary is currently suffering a shortage of labourers to harvest domestic strawberries. Although the hourly wage has improved in recent years, this is still only a fraction of what is paid abroad, so many choose to go harvest in the west.Most Hungarians go to Austria and Germany, where they expect average.....

Contrary to expectations, wind, heat and even hail exerted more influence than the Western Cape drought

South Africa: buoyant start to plum season peters out towards end

At the start of the South African plum season all eyes were on the well-publicised water situation, but the farmers’ rigorous water measures pulled them through. Unfortunately, the drought wasn’t the only weather event with which they had to contend: unusually strong and persistent winds coupled with sunburn.....

Spain: Cooperatives receive first Jerte cherries of the season

The president of the Association of Cooperatives of the Jerte Valley, Emilio Sánchez, confirmed that "cooperatives have already received the first cherries of the campaign," and said that he hopes "the pace of the harvest to pick up soon, so that the volume available can increase."Sánchez also hopes for "the.....

Chile: Nectarine and peach season ends with 11.4% more shipments

The President of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX), Ronald Bown Fernandez, reported the end of the nectarines and peaches export season and stated that total shipments of both species had amounted to 98,200 tons, i.e. 11.4 % more than in the previous season.Nectarines led exports of these.....

China's apple production declines for the first time in 10 years

In 2017, the world's total apple production was more than 76 million tons, 43.8 millions of which came from China. Chinese production and consumption of apples accounted for more than 50% of the world's total, two-thirds of this number were produced in the Northwestern Arid Region. However, affected by the.....

Polish strawberries hit the market

According to Adam Leszczyński, a strawberry grower from Czerwińsk, this year's campaign looks promising, but the problem may be the lack of hands to work on the main harvest.Currently, strawberries are already being sold by a number of distributors. In comparison with last year, prices in Bronisze.....

Cripps Pink, Golden and Braeburn significantly more expensive

South Tyrol: Wholesale prices for apples still rising

A look at the latest wholesale prices for April shows that prices are still very high year-on-year. For some varieties, April prices were again significantly higher. That's what the Bolzano economic research institute WIFO estimated in its monthly overview. Prices for apple varieties Cripps Pink, Fuji,.....

Uruguay will be able to export blueberries to China

Uruguay will be able to send blueberries to the Chinese market after the agreements signed by the Minister of Livestock, Enzo Benech, and the government authorities of the Asian country.The Uruguayan authority spoke about the agreement. "We have signed two protocols to enable the entry of live cattle for.....

Chance seedling leads to international markets

From the first time one meets Bill Shields, it is quickly recognised this is a man who isn’t afraid of taking on a challenge – turning a chance seedling into an international business.The orchardist from Bilpin in NSW has been growing apples since his family moved to the property in the 1955 – before taking.....

Rheinland Blaubeeren starts harvesting unheated greenhouse production on 15 May

“Heated greenhouse production of blueberries not profitable”

“For some weeks, particularly when the weather’s been good, demand for fresh blueberries has been noticeable at our company in Straelen, Germany,” says Theo Douven from Rheinland Blaubeeren. “We would like to have started several weeks earlier, but heating greenhouses in order to start sooner isn’t profitable,.....

US: Blueberry variety Duke - harvest in one month

“We are waiting for the first time harvest of the blueberry variety Duke, which will start in approximately one month”, says Richard Arancibia, agronomist and manager of the company BRGG Holding in Lewis County, Washington, United States. He shared this picture (below) with the description: “Clean rows,.....

Australia: North Queensland growers depressed by low melon sales

Fruit lovers from North Queensland have been encouraged to buy locally grown, new season rockmelons to help the industry bounce back after sales plummeted this year. Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said sales of Queensland rockmelons had been severely affected by the recent.....

Claudio Vidal, of Intersemillas:

"Consumers can now buy orange-fleshed Piel de Sapo melons"

Consumers looking for something different are in luck, as the world's first orange-fleshed Piel de Sapo melon has recently been launched. It is the Sorolla variety, developed by the Spanish company Intersemillas, which has presented it as an exclusive, sweet product, with an amazingly long shelf life."A few.....

Unexpectedly huge interest in organic grape cultivation in South Africa

South Africa has approximately 650 table grape producers, almost all of which are conventional growers. More than 150 of them, or 20%, attended a conference on May 10th on the opportunities for organic grape cultivation in South Africa. The conference, held in Stellenbosch, was organized by Eosta, a leading.....

Europe: Reduction of peach and nectarine production confirmed

The delegations of France, Italy and Spain that took part in the meeting of the peach and nectarine contact group, held in Rimini, Italy, last week, have agreed that this year's campaign is marked by a notable decrease in production, especially for the early varieties, caused by adverse weather.....

Stemilt Cherries make their way back to India

Once again, in its bid to delight cherry lovers, IG International, India’s fresh fruit importer, is all set to bring in this season’s first cherries from Stemilt Growers, USA.The harvest of these cherries starts late April and lasts throughout August. California cherries are first to harvest because of their.....

Raspberry supplies remain short in North America

Supplies of raspberries continue to be low as the Mexican growing regions struggle to produce enough to meet demand. The Mexico season, which still has a couple of months to go, has been hampered by sporadic weather patterns that have stressed the plants. California crops have started, but as yet are not in.....

Hostile apple export environment fails to dampen mood

Growers in the Pacific Northwest are gradually turning their attention to the upcoming apple season. Although still several months away, early signs indicate that the approaching season looks set to be close to average, although it's too early to tell with any certainty. In the meantime, growers are.....

Italy: Solinda season has started

The Solinda season started on 27th April 2018 and will end in September. It will begin with produce from Almeria (Spain) and continue with fruits from Sicily, Puglia and Basilicata.Solinda is a unique premium produce thanks to a combination of factors: it's a mini-watermelon variety (grades range between 1.3.....

Argentina: San Juan grape exports down on previous season

Table grape exports in this 2017/2018 season failed to exceed the volume achieved in the 2016/2017 season, just as exporters had predicted. There are still are no official figures, but according to the projection of the province's Chamber of Foreign Trade this season's exports have not surpassed those of the.....

Italy: The apricot season has started

"The harvesting of greenhouse apricots started well over a week ago in Puglia, while the first Mogador fruits were harvested in Calabria on 7th May 2018," reports Vincenzo Malagrinò fromFruttone Srl."The bad weather in late February-early March affected apricot production on a national level, as blossoming.....

Coachella grape season about to start after delay

After a slight delay, the table grape season in Coachella is finally ready to begin. Sporadic weather is to blame for the delayed start, with growers mentioning that the frequent changes in conditions have somewhat confused the vines. As a result, portions of the crop are lighter than others, while overall.....

Market report by Mark Greenberg of Capespan North America

Chilean grape season nears end as easy peeler season gains momentum

Table Grapes:Chilean table grape arrivals on the USEC from Chile continue in light volume as the window on the Southern Hemisphere season closes and as production of California’s desert grapes ramp up and Mexico’s Sonora harvest gets underway.In week 18, Chilean shippers loaded 133 metric tons of table grapes.....

New ambassador for Australia's Bravo apple

Westfield Matilda’s, Perth Glory and Chicago Red striker, Samantha Kerr was recently given an Ambassador role for Australia’s new apple, the Bravo Apple. Bravo apples are a Western Australian bred apple, that has a distinct sweetness, moderate to high crisp and crunch, and a striking burgundy colour. Grown,.....

It will soon become a protected variety

"New Guardiola medlar stands out for its calibre and appearance"

"If you find a medlar with a huge size, without spots and with a high price, you are in luck; you will be one of the first to try the new Guardiola variety," says Pedro Pérez, head of the subtropical fruits department at Biogold.The Guardiola variety has hit the market this month. It is currently in the.....

AU: Queensland Agriculture Minister does his bit for recovering rockmelon industry

The north Queensland melon season officially started at the Brisbane markets today, with the state government throwing its support behind the industry that was severely impacted by the recent listeria outbreak in New South Wales earlier this year.Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries.....