Fruit

Majority of Northwest cherry orchards have been picked
Daily cherry shipment volumes decline, continue until mid-August
Through Sunday, July 19th, the Northwest cherry industry shipped 19.2 million 20-pound boxes of fruit. By this point, the majority of the Northwest cherry orchards have been picked, with specific late season growers still in the middle of harvest. "We expect to see daily shipment volumes decline but continue.....

PlantWorks to showcase research on Mycorrhizal Fungi, Soft Fruit
Enhancing the biology within soils and growing substrates is a proven strategy to increase fruit yields and quality whilst helping to modulate nutrient and water requirements as shown in extensive research.PlantWorks will be on Stand 533 at Fruit Focus, Kent UK, to explain to visitors the science behind and.....


Italy: New customised bags for Gavina mini-wateremelons
Gavina is the sweet seedless mini-watermelon produced by theAgricola Campidanese PO.In order to promote this product even more, the cooperative has introduced a new personalised packaging - a bag with the Gavina logo on the front and the history of the mini-watermelons on the back.The watermelons are already.....

US: New blueberry blends best of north and south
What could be more simple and refreshing than a fresh Jersey blueberry in the summertime? How about one that blends the germplasms of Vaccinium constablaei and the southern rabbiteye, mixed with some northern highbush?It sounded good to the federal government, which recently awarded a patent for the new.....

US: Berry demand strong but growers not benefitting
Demand for fresh berries continues to be strong, representing approximately 19 percent of annual fresh fruit spending in US retail stores. Despite this fact, rising production costs and resource constraints are compressing domestic producer profits, and complicating the role/impact of berry imports. These.....

Turkish grape prices to be defined by harvest
This year grape growers in Manisa were hit hard by frost after frost, occurring in rapid succession and the subsequent prices have not pleased them. Manisa Mercantile Exchange Chairman Sadik Ozkasap, stated that depending on the harvest, prices in the near future may change. In Manisa in April.....

Norwegian strawberries free from sanitary issues
Last year, Norwegians consumed at least 15,000 tonnes of strawberries, according to figures from the Information Office for Fruit and Vegetables. This is an increase of 11.46% compared to the previous year. Many of these strawberries were domestically produced.Despite the fact that consumption is on the.....

Good apple harvest expected in Poland
This year, the weather in Poland has been favourable for the cultivation of apples, and fruit growers are hoping for high yields.According to the CSO, apple production in 2014 amounted to approximately 3.2 million tonnes, 3.7 percent more than in the previous year and a volume almost 50 percent greater than.....

Mexico: Canatlan apples for the domestic market
Manuel de Jesús Meraz Villaseñor, director of Rural Development of the City of Canatlan, stated that the apple production annually harvested in the municipality of Canatlan was primarily marketed in the country, in the markets in Mexico City, most notably that of Iztapalapa, and that it was also distributed.....

US (CA): Trend toward more flavorful grape varieties
California's table grape growers harvested one of their largest crops last season, and production this year could be on par with that. In addition to big volumes, growers are looking for new varieties that focus on better-tasting fruit.“Right now a lot of older varieties, which are not as big or don't have.....

Pears great for cider...and hangovers?
They’ve been known for a long time as a great cider ingredient, but pears may also help prevent a hangover, improve gut health and have a laxative effect. Those are some of the benefits of the humble pear that are about to be explored and backed by scientific research. The CSIRO, in partnership with Apples.....


Italy: SuperPippo table grapes destined to the US
Sicilian import-export company SuperPippo Fruit is continuing with the harvest of red grapes from its vineyards located just 20 metres above sea level in the Ragusa province.The produce is destined to northern European markets such as the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. Destination USASuperPippo.....


Italy: Exclusive agreement between Olympic Fruit BV and Apirene Puglia
Apirene Puglia, member of Alma Seges, signed an exclusive agreement with Dutch company Olympic Fruit BV for the commercialisation of around 1 million kilos of seedless grapes and another million kilos of seedless watermelons.Crimson Extra.The varieties shipped to the Netherlands between July and December.....


Good sales and high prices for table grapes
UAE has become Russia's alternative for Spanish grapes with seeds
The table grape season is underway with good sales and higher prices in Murcia, Spain's largest producing area (followed by Alicante). Unlike last year, when there was a lower production, this year's harvest is normal.We talked to Elena Núñez, of the commercial department of Campo de Blanca, who told us that.....

Melon season kicks off in Ukraine
This week, melon and watermelon producers in southern Ukraine have started making their first large shipments, reports "APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits".According to the project, the season has started two weeks later than last year, as rain prevented an earlier start of the harvest.To date, watermelon.....

Record yield of strawberries in Brandenburg in 2015
This year’s strawberry harvest is 9 percent higher than last year, with 9180 kg per hectare, according to preliminary information. This is the highest yield per hectare since 1991. This excellent result is due to, amongst other factors, successful irrigation. The sometimes cool and dry weather caused large.....


AU: Rejuvenating pear research
In the spirit of APAL working closely with the industry to provide growers with essential tools and market opportunities to assist industry growth and increase the competitiveness of Australian apple and pear growers, APAL approached CSIRO in an effort to understand the current status of relevant nutritional.....

Titan Farms update:
US: Excellent peach season in SC
Titan Farms, grower, packer and shipper of peaches and vegetables in the Southeast, gave an update today on this year’s peach crop at the midway point of the season.As the company heads into August, which is typically the biggest volume month, the outlook is positive. While the farm started the season with.....

Costa Rica: First melon farms receive Rainforest Alliance Certification
A group of cantaloupe farms in Costa Rica became the first in the world to obtain Rainforest Alliance certification, after fulfilling the sustainability guidelines of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), which protect the environment, wildlife and worker welfare. The farms produce for the company SFG.....

US (CA): Increase in prune exports to Western Europe
“The quality of this year’s California prune crop is very good,” says Mark Dorman of the California Prune Board UK. “The growing conditions and established industry expertise deliver a prune crop that is renowned for its superior quality. Volume is in line with our expectations and is approximately 90,000.....

Maine wild blueberry harvest above average
Blueberry growers anticipate an average to slightly above average season this year, as long as there’s enough rain over the next few weeks.What kind of wild blueberry harvest the growers will experience depends on how much rain falls between now and the end of the season, which typically runs from the end of.....


Chemical and physical properties of sweet cherry cultivars grown in Turkey
Sweet cherry is cultivated in more than 40 countries and planted in more than 400000 ha area around the world.Turkey is one of the main sweet cherry producer worldwide (approximately 21.3%) and ranked 1st place in 2012 with sweet cherry production of 480748 metric tons, followed by United States, Iran,.....


Italy: Ceccarelli Giulio makes its debut with Julius Alta Quota
Alta Quota strawberries are cultivated on the Sila mountains, 1,250 metres above sea level. However the Ceccarelli Giulio company, who grows them, also has plans to cooperate with other producers to commercialise produce grown in the northern Italian plains."In Sila we grow the Albion variety, which is.....

Canadian cherry season starting
The season is just starting for the Canadian fresh cherry producers who are in full production from Kelowna to Creston.“With Washington winding down, Canada provides an excellent opportunity for retailers to offer cherries well into August” advises Tim Madden, US Sales Director for Global Fruit.“Our long.....

Update on South Carolina peach season
On July 20th, Titan Farms, a grower, packer and shipper of peaches and vegetables in the Southeast, gave an update on this year’s peach crop at the midway point of the season.As the company heads into August, which is typically the month with the biggest volume, the outlook is positive. While the farm.....

Sun World unveils new consumer website
Online searches related to grapes occur in the hundreds of thousands every month. Sun World International, LLC has launched an exciting new consumer website designed to deliver the information consumers are seeking online.The newly updated Sun-World.com has a responsive web design that allows accurate.....

An expert's opinion
Question of apple sales remains extremely acute for Moldovan farmers
In the season 2015/16 the question of apple sales remains extremely acute for Moldovan farmers. Currently only isolated farms are authorised to supply apples to Russia, as reported by the newspaper “Infotag”. When exporting to Belarus and Kazakhstan, farmers are receiving less than their due.....

Ukraine: blueberries fall in price by more than 10%
Fromthe beginning of this week the rising price trend in the Ukrainian market has changed into a negative one for blueberries; the berry has become cheaper by 10-15%. Farmers explain the low prices are due to the decline in demand from exporters, while the supply volume is still increasing.....

Melon season starts in Ukraine
This week producers in the south of Ukraine have started dispatching the first large shipments of watermelons and cantaloupes. According to experts, the melon season began around two weeks later than last year, due to wet weather. To date, the producers are releasing watermelons on to the.....


Expectations of the main varieties
Italian grapes delayed
The beginning of the Italian grape season is nearly here.The German Full-Service-Provider KÖLLA is a grape specialist. The company uses its long experience to give a short overview of the coming season, the new and traditional varieties and the expected quality of the main seeded varieties.© KÖLLAA delay of.....

"We thought we would get the product to come here, but now sell it all to Tesco Poland"
Poland: Soft fruit grower shares experiences
Soft fruit grower Frederik Bunt from Slijk-Ewijk recently told growers and interested parties about his experiences as a fruit grower in Poland. During the meeting "Greenport Gelderland Gaat International' (Greenport Gelderland Goes International) he pointed out the need to inform yourself before starting a.....

Spain: Almeria supplies 20% of watermelons consumed in Europe
Watermelons are among the most established horticultural products in Almeria, not just in greenhouses, but also in the open ground during the summer months. While tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, among others, cover much of European consumption throughout the year, mainly in autumn-winter, melons achieve no.....

AU: Concerns that grapes too early to market
Table grape growers say they are concerned that fruit is being sent to market too early and that some immature fruit is putting customers off.Chair of the Australian Table Growers Association, Richard Lomman, said that as fruit matured on the vine, it became sweeter.However, as there was an oversupply in the.....

AFRUCAT expects prices to recover this week
Afrucat, the Business Association of Fruit Companies of Catalonia, expects a notable recovery of stonefruit prices this week thanks to the withdrawal of fruit for its processing into juice, which is to be given to charitable organisations. The measure was approved on 7 July by the Ministry of Agriculture and.....

Ludget Nollet, Nollet Fruit:
EU: Traders satisfied with this year's cherry season
There are a lot of positive sounds from the cherry market this year. So far most of the traders are satisfied with the demand and the prices. This includes Ludger Nollet, trader in Mabru, the wholesale market in Brussels. He mainly trades top fruit and cherries and indicates that the upcoming holiday has had.....

COAG
"Brokers cause melon and watermelon prices to plunge"
The Coordinator of Organizations of Growers and Ranchers (COAG) has denounced the speculative use of the Russian veto by large market operators to the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture; an activity carried out to push down fruit and vegetable prices in a totally unjustified manner.Coinciding with the heatwave,.....

Poland: Pear imports up by third in Q1
Poland has increased pear imports by 36% in the first three months of 2015.The import volumes totaled record high 12,700 tons against just 9,400 tons in the same period of the previous year.The Netherlands and Belgium were the traditional leaders in pear exports to Poland. Portugal was the third largest.....

Naturipe Announces #EatTheRainbow Recipe Challenge
Naturipe Farms has launched their “#EatTheRainbow Recipe Challenge” summer influencer outreach program by challenging five food bloggers to create a full day-part menu themed by the color of the rainbow. These food bloggers from across the country will be encouraging healthy eating to their audiences by.....


Nijs van Zuilen, Berrybrothers:
Blackberry price stagnates, good market for red- and blue-berries
Berry Brothers started selling blueberries from Northern Portugal in mid-May. "The supply and quality were good, as well as the demand. We are seeing that the area is growing and therefore increasing supply is coming from Portugal," says Nijs van Zullen. "We started with the Dutch blueberries in the first.....

In 2014/15 Ukraine halved its pear imports
In the 2014/15 season the import of pears to Ukraine was cut by half, as is evident from official statistics. According to Ukrstat, in 2013/14 Ukraine purchased around 5,200 tons of pears from external markets, but in 2014/15, this purchase decreased to 2,600 tons. It is worth mentioning.....

Turkish farmers’ hopes for the “little red two” sour cherries
Farmers in Sultandagi, a town located in the Aegean district of Turkey, who were disappointed with the results of the export Ziraat 900 sweet cherry, have now put their hopes in the “little red two” sour cherries, so called because of their price tag which is expected to be at least 2 lira.....

Lowbush Blueberry Development Program
$1m for Nova Scotian blueberry farmers
Wild blueberry farmers in Nova Scotia will receive more than one-million dollars in government funding over the next three years.The $1.08 million will support the Lowbush Blueberry Development Program, which is funded under a cost-shared 60-40 agreement between the federal and provincial governments.The.....


Surface elastic waves for the evaluation of flesh firmness in watermelon
There is an increasing need for better quality monitoring on watermelon. The major quality indexes of watermelon are maturity, internal defects, and firmness/crispness. Various methods such as acoustic, electrical, magnetic, and X-ray techniques and near-infrared spectroscopy have been used to evaluate these.....


High brix for French yellow Charentais
The French melon season started and also has yellow Charentais melons available. The production of the yellow Charentais this year is looking positive on all sites. "The hot weather has been favourable, but we also measure brix levels between 13-15," explains Audrey Brizard from Soldive. The company has a.....

Germany: Average asparagus, strawberry harvest this year
A few weeks ago, around midsummer, the asparagus season ended. And according to the German Federal Bureau of Statistics an area of 240 hectares gave a yield of over 900 metric tons of the loved vegetables. This year’s harvest was 3700 kg per hectare, about the same as the average of recent years. In.....

Quality problems lead to price reductions
German cherries dominate domestic market
At the German wholesale markets the cherries sales are dominated by the German cherry. Of the traded cherries 37.5 percent originates from German cultivation. Closely followed by Turkish cherries, with a market share of 30%. These numbers can be found in the BLE market newsletter of week 28. Third forth and.....

Frosty Vic growing conditions could hamper fruitfly action
The cold, frosty conditions in Victoria, building up to a chilly minus 2 degrees centigrade on Monday morning, has not had any adverse effects on crops, according to Shepparton grower, and Chair of Fruit Growers Victoria, Gary Godwill. “It’s been quite cold, and the peach blossom time may not be as late as I.....

Poland: Blackcurrant growers reduce harvest prospects
Poland's National Association of Blackcurrant growers announced a revision of the expected production volume, reduced from 98 thousand to 80 thousand tonnes. This is due to the rapid deterioration of the crops in Poland due to the weather conditions. Producers in various parts of the country have declared.....

US (SC): Volumes improve during latter part of peach season
Though unfavorable weather during the winter led to light volumes during the first part of the peach season in the South, volumes have picked up in recent weeks. Combined, production from the early part of the season and recent production has leveled out volumes for the season.“There was some frost in the.....

Pear growers hopeful of Vietnam access
The reopening of the Vietnamese market was good news for Australian pear exporters, who hope to be soon in line to start shipping there again, now that Australia has allowed imports of Vietnamese lychees. In 2013, Australia exported 82 tonnes of pears to Vietnam, up on the 64 tonnes of the previous year. For.....


Stanthorpe apples welcome winter chill
A welcome winter chill, including heavy snowfall overnight has given the Stanthorpe apple harvest a much needed boost. “Apples love cold conditions, and we actually haven’t had such a cold winter,” says orchard owner David Sutton, who grows the fruit for his cidery and juice factory onsite. The snow will.....

Armenia: Peaches, grapes expected to be abundant
Peaches are expected to be abundant this year in Armenia’s Tavush province, Agriculture Minister Sergo Karapetyan said Wednesday as visited the province. The minister toured the province’s fruit gardens and also visited the dry fruit factory. In Ptghavan community, Karapetyan, accompanied by Governor Hovik.....

Aus grapes back in Vietnam from October
Table grape exporters are keen to get back to ‘business as usual’ following the reopening of the Vietnamese market to Australian imports. “Most importers have been very understanding I would suggest. As an industry we would have missed out on sending maybe 12,000-15,000 tonnes of grapes to Vietnam since the.....

Turkish cherries rot on the branches in Eldivan, Central Anatolia
Eldivan Cherry Growers Union Vice President Ahmet Karatatar explains in a statement that cherries in the district are rotting on the branches. In Eldivan, which is situated in Central Anatolia, half of the cherry yield has remained on the branches because of fungal disease caused by heavy.....


Frudis
Italy: The future is in the hands of those willing to change
Processing and product innovations in the table grape sector have made Frudis look at 2015 in an optimistic manner, as forecasts are more positive than in the past.Sales manager Sabino Dipierro told FreshPlaza that "favourable weather conditions combined with the absence of problematic diseases led to full,.....

Hungarian watermelon farmers: good harvest, stable prices
Hungarian watermelon farmers expect to see a good season in 2015 with stable prices and a good harvest outlook, business daily Világgazdaság said, citing Ferenc Ledó, head of the Hungarian fruit and vegetable growers’ association. Estimating the cost price of watermelon at 50-60 forints per kilogram, he said.....

California drought not slowing strawberry export to Canada
Every year, California grows 2.8 billion pounds of strawberries, according to the California department of food and agriculture, and it takes about 46 litres to grow one pound of strawberries, said Michael Cahn, an irrigation and water resources specialist at the University of California.Despite the drought,.....

China becoming a greater importer than exporter of fruit
According to Steven Leung, Managing Director of the Hong Kong-based company Alfa fruit Packers, a bumper pear crop is expected in China this season.“From what growers estimate, this year’s crop will be at least 20% greater than last year’s,” he affirms. “However, the fruit will also be a bit smaller in size,.....

Watermelon prices at origin plunge
Watermelon consumption is usually linked to the heat, but despite the high temperatures, both in Spain and in the rest of Europe, the market is actually not very dynamic at the moment. In this regard, LA UNIÓ de Llauradors (Growers' Association) reports a collapse in prices at origin, and in some areas, like.....

Record early finish on cherries creates sales void
With the unprecedented early cherry harvest, supplies are falling abruptly and retailers will now have missing sales dollars unless they fill the void with alternatives.Steve Lutz, Vice President of Marketing at CMI, described the current situation. “Historically, mid-July to mid- August are some of the most.....


Global Melon and Watermelon Event ‘15
"Consumers discovering quality of small melons"
More than 250 traders, retailers and distributors from 12 countries in Europe, South America and Africa gathered at the Global Melon and Watermelon Event '15 for a first-hand peek at the solutions offered by Rijk Zwaan.The format of the event allowed clients to find the products they need throughout the year.....