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Organic production is expected to skyrocket

Fresh market 2017 pear volume similar to 2016

Northwest pear growers anticipate harvesting about the same volume of fresh market pears as last year, but organic production is expected to skyrocket.Growers in Washington and Oregon estimate they will harvest 18 million 44-pound boxes of pears for the fresh market this season, according to the Pear Bureau.....

Spanish stonefruit sector requests increase in withdrawal quota

The organizations representing the stonefruit sector (ASAJA, COAG, UPA, FEPEX and Cooperativas Agroalimentarias de España) have asked the Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development to request the revision of Delegated Regulation 2017/1165 of the Commission, which temporarily provides exceptional support.....

Poland: Early apple varieties affected by weather fluctuations

The heat wave that is taking place in the European south east is not going unnoticed in Poland. In recent days, growers and their crops have had to face temperatures in excess of 35 degrees Celsius, compared to the 20 that are usually recorded at this time of the year. This, added to the lack of rainfall of.....

Strawberries beneath accessible protective covers - Yields are rising continuously

According to the preliminary results published by the Bureau of Statistics in Lower Saxony (LSN), the state is expecting to harvest 32,300 tons of strawberries this year. These are the lowest yields since 2013, even though the strawberry producers had problems with the weather during last year's season as.....

Quebec growers look to raise awareness and volume of haskap

Supply of the haskap berry out of Canada’s Quebec region is growing significantly every year, say local growers. “The 2017 Quebec crop has been a record,” says Samuel Cote of Saint-Bruno, Québec-based Quebec Wild Blueberries Inc. “We’re estimating that Quebec has produced a little bit more to 90 tons.” Cote.....

Later but more regular start for California grapes

The California table grape season has shifted back to its regular start of the season. “It’s been a little bit of a later start to the season than normal—compared to the last couple of years which have been early years,” says Jim Beagle of Shafter, CA-based Grapery. “We had a more normal winter so the vines.....

Oregon farm grows over 30 varieties of berries

Late season Octavia raspberries available when other varieties aren't

When you pick fruit at the peak of ripeness there’s no denying it’s appealing to the senses. Schedeen Farms focuses on fresh for same day sales in their own retail location and in a small Vancouver retail chain. All produce is grown and hand harvested in Oregon. Two of Julie Schedeen’s favorites are the.....

Harvest losses in Europe - fruits and vegetables are running out

The numbers are rather dramatic: Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Poland and other Eastern European countries suffered from a significant reduction of yields of the fruit harvest compared to previous years. First estimations expected losses of 60 to 70 percent for sour cherries, especially from Poland......

Germany: Blueberry harvest at its peak

The blueberry harvest in Lower Saxony is at full blast. The berries are carefully picked by hand and aren't just tasty but also especially healthy: They contain, among other things, vitamins C, A, B1, iron and calcium, as the Landvolk Press-Service reports. "This year's harvest has sadly suffered twice. First.....

China: Shenzhen Bay Port receives a batch of Canadian cherries

On July 23, a batch of Canadian cherries arrived to Shenzhen Bay Port. The batch consisted of 117 boxes, weighing 585 kg, and was worth 3,744 dollars. This was the first time Canadian cherries have been imported to the Shenzhen Bay Port. Today, there are 8 countries that are approved to export cherries to.....

Scottish blueberry season gets an early start

Scottish blueberry grower Thomas Thomson will start next week with mid season varieties, but the main crop will be harvested in September. This is three weeks earlier than last year, which was 10 days late."The crop is looking excellent with nice big berries and great taste," explains Director, Peter Thomson.....

China: Foreigners take part in "Autumn watermelon eating competition"

This year on August 3, the East Lake Chunyue community from Jiangsu Province, held a traditional Chinese activity in theSuzhou Industrial Park. The meeting was called "Chinese and foreign friends together: autumn watermelon eating competition."Local citizens and several foreign guests from Australia, the USA.....

Wilko van der Zwaard, WilkoFruit:

"Our retail customers have never bought as much stone fruit"

Cherries have been an important activity for the Van der Zwaard family since 1934. Wilko's grandfather, Jan-Pieter van der Zwaard, started the activities and his father Ap continued them. Now Wilko has also become a real cherry specialist over the course of the years, with supply coming from all corners of the.....

Mexico: Berry production in Jalisco increases

The sustained growth of temperate strawberry plantations "is a successful example of the so-called productive reconversion of Jalisco's fields because of its high impact in multiplying the producer's income and generating well-paid employment," stated the head of the Ministry of Rural Development (Seder) in.....

Mexico: Boycott against American strawberry company

The Cardenista Farmer's Union (CCC) announced that, as of August 16, it would start boycotting the US company Driscoll's, which is the main importer of strawberries and other soft fruits in Mexico, in Mexican supermarkets and throughout the country because they exploit Mexican workers to obtain profits at.....

An internship in Poland by Liza Lievens

An insight into cultivation and trading of Polish blueberries

This summer student Liza Lievens is in Poland for an internship in blueberry trading and cultivation. She writes about it in this article."Throughout the season, I live and work with the family company AgroTrade, in Piła, near Poznan in western Poland. They trade in blueberries for export and also own a.....

Henk Nijhoff, Veiling Zaltbommel:

“Dutch raspberry market made a complete turnaround”

The market, especially for raspberries and blackberries, is coming back from a considerable slump. “Up till last week we had a few very tough weeks. Last week Monday prices for raspberries were still around 50 cents. By Friday, prices were five times as high. With prices like these, it’s difficult to make.....

France : High volume of melons in June

According to the Minister of Agriculture, melon acreage in 2017 should increase by 1%. Production is expected to increase by 5% compared to 2016, to 262,000 tons, which is stable compared to the 2012-2016 average.The sun and high temperatures favoured fruit maturity and development. Despite good weather.....

French tomato production decreases by 5%

According to the Minster of Agriculture, fresh tomato production in 2017 is estimated to reach 597,200 tons, a 5% decrease compared to 2016 despite a slight increase in acreage. It will still be 2% above the 2012-2016 average.The season began with stable prices, but they then decreased below the 2012-2016.....

Dutch Buddha pear does well in China and Japan

For people who think regular pears aren’t special enough, Buddha pears are now available. A Dutch product that does well in China and Japan. Bart Elbers came up with the idea when he started talking to a Chinese colleague who made square melons during a music fair in 2009. In the Netherlands, 10 Buddha pears.....

Early market benefits California apple growers

By being the first ones on the scene, California apple growers say their crop continues to fill an important market niche, even as the state's acreage has declined.During a three- to four-week window—after imports from the Southern Hemisphere diminish and before the state of Washington ramps up its harvest.....

Frost hinders market for summer pear Belle de Jumet/Honey belle

Vogelaar Fruitcultures is busy harvesting summer pears. For some years now, they’ve invested in the cultivation of Belle de Jumet, internationally known as Honey belle. “It’s a very sweet, small pear that has a red blush. Right now Belle de Jumet/Honey belle is the only flavourful pear. Other early pears are.....

Jos Hermand: "We expect a 70% harvest"

Summer apple sales still quiet

The new apple season has started at Hermans Fruit in the Limburg Herten. "We started picking Delbare summer apples yesterday. There is also a reasonable amount of Sissireds. Next week we will start to harvest Zaris and Elstars are ready early this year. We expect to start picking these from the 21st", says Jos.....

Spain: Escolini pear prices fail to cover production costs

The weather this year is causing the Ercolini pear campaign to be atypical. Rainfall, frost and, more recently, a heat wave have led to an earlier start of the harvest in Lleida and Extremadura, causing them to overlap with Murcia, which is always the first."Due to the large volume of pears in the market at.....

Pennsylvania welcomes short, but mighty, stone fruit season

There’s a full crop of stone fruit coming from Pennsylvania this season.“The weather has been ideal in the state and we are up in supply from last year,” says Brenda Briggs of the Gardners, Pa.-based Rice Fruit Co. “Last year we had a significant hail storm in June that affected peaches and apples.....

Politics may interfere with Asia's demand for Washington cherries

This is turning out to be a very good season for Washington cherry growers. It could be a record harvest, with an increasingly global reach.Asia has a growing appetite for Northwest cherries, but could politics disrupt this blossoming market?Kyle Mathison, a fourth-generation cherry grower on Stemilt Hill in.....

New Jersey peach season looking strong

Peaches out of New Jersey are hitting peak volume right now. “Supplies of peaches through the month of August are excellent,” says Jim Gatter of Glassboro, NJ-based Sunny Valley International. “Compared to last year, there’s a bit of a larger crop this season—I’d say 15 per cent more than last year. There are.....

Pennsylvania apple crop looking solid

As it ramps up towards the apple season, apples from Pennsylvania are going into production as early as two weeks from now. “As far as timing, we’re on schedule for normal. There’s been a bit of hail around but there are plenty of apples,” says Sandy Cohen of Camp Hill, Pa.-based Cohen Produce Marketing......

SweeTango® apple harvest expected to begin late August

An abundant crop of excellent quality SweeTango apples is coming this fall from member-growers of Next Big Thing Growers’ Cooperative.Harvested in the early fall, SweeTango is an early-season category leader and consumer favorite, having been developed by the University of Minnesota to feature the very best.....

Chile exported 4% more grapes in this campaign

Chile's 2016/2017 table grape season came to an end on the 28th week of the year. The country exported a total of 730,264 tons this season, 4% more than in the previous season, according to the final report of the 2016/2017 season prepared by Asoex.The 2016/17 campaign was characterized by a marked advance in.....

Mexico sends first shipment of grapes to Australia

The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) stated that the first cargo of Mexican table grapes, which weighed 16.7 tons, had already arrived in Australia.According to the agency, the shipment, which was made up of 2,040 plastic boxes with 8.2 kilograms of table.....

China: Giant "cherries" appeared in Chongqing

On 19 July, internet user Xiao Liu saw giant cherries on the lawn, when he was passing the Chongqing Jiulongpo District Beijing Chongqing Culture Creative Industrial park. The largest cherry had a diameter of 50 centimeters. Next to it, he also saw a large pebble. He could not believe his eyes.Source: Sina.....

B&B Fruit wants to expand plum area by 20 hectares in coming years

“Plums going the same way as cherry cultivations”

For B&B Fruit, the Dutch fruit-growing company run by cousins Frederik and Marinus Bunt, the plum season is in full swing. The harvest is considerably smaller as a result of frost damages. “But we calculated that in. I estimate we have about 35 per cent less product,” says Marinus Bunt. “The amount of.....

Less production

Belgian pears are earlier this year

Pears will be harvested earlier this year compared to previous years, according to pcfruit. The flavour of the pears promises to be good: they’ve had plenty of sun, so that the sugar content – a deciding factor for the flavour – is good. Yet the pears still show the consequences of the frost in April, the dry.....

Washington State 2017 apple harvest prediction released

According to the Washington State Tree Fruit Association, the 2017 Washington state fresh apple crop is predicted to be 130.9 million boxes.“The 2017 Washington state apple crop looks to be slightly smaller than last year’s crop but will still deliver an ample supply of tasty apples for consumers to enjoy this.....

Poland expects lowest top fruit harvest since 2010

On 28 July, the Polish Central Agency for Statistics, GUS, has placed an update on its website for the expected harvest this year. For apples, this estimate is between 2.4 and 2.8 million tonnes, which is 30 to 40 per cent lower than the record harvest of 2016. The apple harvest then amounted to 3.6 million.....

New markets for Uzbek cherry exporters

During the 2017 cherry season in Uzbekistan, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) partnered with Uzbek cherry entrepreneurs to open up new export markets in Europe and South Asia, the Jahon information agency reported.USAID said that this year, 110 metric tons of sweet cherries worth.....

Spain: Extremadura launches quality brand for its plums

The quality brand for Extremadura's plums, the fruit with the highest production and exports in the region, has been launched this campaign. The fruit will be identified with the label Ciruela de Extremadura (CiEx).This will allow the consumer to know that the product has followed a unique process of control.....

A difficult season for Egyptian table grapes

Egypt: Challenging on three fronts

Reminiscent of 2014, Egypt has had a difficult table grape season this year especially in its main markets in Europe and the UK. The industry was confronted by a combination of three challenges which made its season one of the least successful in recent years. The first obstacle came from the Indian grapes.....

High demand for AU blueberries in China

According to the China's Market for Australian Blueberries: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity report, blueberries will become the fastest growing fruit category in China.The report claimed higher incomes coupled with recognition of the berries nutritional values have led to an increased demand for blueberries.....

S. Korea to expand grape exports to Australia

South Korea reached an agreement with Australia that will allow its commercially grown grapes to be exported to the Oceania country, the government said Sunday.The Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency said Canberra has agreed to ease quarantine inspections of the Campbell Early type of grapes, which effectively.....

AU apple packers: new tool to meet supermarket demands

Melbourne based GP Graders have announced that they have formed a technology partnership with Dutch company Ellips, to assist packers in identifying apples with internal defects, in order to assist them in meeting the ever increasing demands from supermarkets.The system uses light spectrometer technology and.....

US: Rain limits Georgia's watermelon crop

An increase in rain this summer meant that Georgia farmers had fewer opportunities to effectively harvest watermelons in June. To make matters worse, disease pressure is what truly led to lower yields in the crop this year, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable horticulturist Tim.....

Smaller harvest, berries and prices for Maine blueberry growers

Maine wild blueberry growers are trying to salvage what they can from this year’s harvest, which experts predict will likely be smaller in just about every way: Smaller berries, smaller total crop harvest and smaller prices than a few years ago. Some wild blueberry growers in Washington County actually decided.....

China: Wuhan Red Globe grape's price falls significantly

Following the large volumes of Chinese grapes of every variety entering the market, the imported Red Globe grape's price fell by 30%. Now it is almost the same as other varieties and has become one of the most affordable fruits. After midsummer started, there are less early grapes from Guandong, Guanxi, Fujian.....

AREFLH urges the European Commission to take action

Difficulties in the peach and nectarine market in Europe:

In a letter to Phil Hogan, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, and Jerzy Bogdan Plewa, Director General of DG Agri, AREFLH has asked for an emergency meeting in Brussels and for an increase in withdrawal volumes as part of the exceptional support measures following the Russian.....

NZ named World's Most Competitive Apple Performer third year in a row

Apple growers have good reasons to be optimistic, with New Zealand named the world’s most competitive apple performer in the World Apple Report for the third consecutive year.The good news comes as hundreds of apple growers and industry players descend on Napier for Pipfruit New Zealand’s annual two-day.....

Name change for New Zealand’s top performing sector

The apple and pear industry has a new name, New Zealand Apples and Pears Incorporated, a change from Pipfruit New Zealand.The unanimous decision was made at the industry’s annual general meeting held in Napier today.New Zealand Apples and Pears chief executive, Alan Pollard, said the new name tells exactly.....

KIKU Apples delight athletes and sporting events

After a successful winter season, the KIKU summer athletes step into the spotlight. Free running athlete and Stuntman Andy Haug, Slack- and Highliner Lucky Huber, Aldo Valmassoi and Ale D’Emilia, as well as slalom canoeist and Olympic medalist Hannes Aigner are authentic ambassadors. They are part of several.....

Spain: "Competition from Egyptian grapes is stronger than ever"

Spanish grapes are facing increasingly fierce competition from the Egyptian production. "This year, the pressure from Egyptian grapes on the European market is greater than ever," affirms Jesús Gómez, manager of Frutas Esther."Although this campaign we'll have a smaller amount of table grapes in Murcia, our.....

Controlling disease in Australia's vineyards

Making just one mistake in disease management can have devastating results at harvest for dried fruit growers.Dried Fruits Australia (DFA) is hosting a field day on Monday 14 August to help growers manage the two biggest disease risks – powdery mildew and downy mildew.DFA consultant field officer Stuart.....

Production keeps climbing

Dutch strawberry growers reduced by nearly half in last decade

The number of strawberry growers was reduced by nearly half between 2006 and 2017. The cultivation area shrank as well during this period and was approximately 5 percent smaller on 1 April 2017. Although the number of strawberry growers and the total cultivation area have decreased, crop yields have risen in.....

New Zealand to ship first persimmons to China

After a 12 year negotiation, New Zealand is shipping its first export of persimmons to mainland China in what exporters say will be a multi-million dollar opportunity for the industry.Negotiations between the Ministry for Primary Industries and China's quarantine authority AQSIQ concluded successfully this.....

Orchard update

Pacific Northwest cherry crop to extend into late August

Ideal growing conditions and large fruit helped create a record Pacific Northwest cherry crop this summer. Due to a cool spring and evenly distributed bloom, the crop will extend into late August, giving retailers a great opportunity to generate sales. Dave Gleason, Chief Horticulturist, shows off one of the.....

"Northwest US cherries finally back in August"

Though a number of Northwest cherry shippers are closing up their packing houses for the season, there are still plenty of growers picking and packing some of the best fruit of the year. Mindful of the heat, growers are operating in the cooler parts of the day to make sure that the promotable volumes of fresh.....

Bert Westera, Sweet Fruit S.A.

"Good market for mangoes, despite competition from summer fruit"

Three years ago Bert Westera and Manfred van der Vlag started Sweet Fruits S.A. The company in Emmen is part of the Brazilian group, Secchi Agricola, whose European headquarters are in Portugal. "At the moment, we sell mangoes and limes, supplemented by pineapples. We would like to expand to avocados in the.....

Clear picture of Polish apple damage in 3-4 weeks

It is hard to get a firm grip on the apple situation in Poland after the frosts in April/May. The only thing that seems to be clear is that it is too early to truly predict what this coming season will bring."One thing is for sure," shared Andrzej Mierzejewski from Cool Fruit S.P. "This season is a complete.....

Apricot prices in Crimea are half as high as last year

The supply of apricots is rather high in the Crimean market, despite local growers’ concerns. In addition, even under conditions of a seasonal decrease in the supply, apricot prices continue to go down and have already fallen below last year’s levels, according to Fruit-Inform.In particular, sellers from.....

Weather causes tight North America melon market

Snug. That’s how supply of watermelons in North America is currently described. “If you’re looking at transactional supply of watermelons, it’s tough to find supply,” says Savvas Tsoukalas of Mississauga, Ont.-based Savco Worldwide, Inc. “Product has been hit and miss and the quality hasn’t been there. But if.....

Australia: Chinese buyers purchasing large quantities of grapes

According to the Sing Tao Daily from Australia, some plantation owners in the country have revealed that recently, some Chinese buyers entered Australia with travel visas and large amounts of cash to buy grapes still growing on the vines. The Black Economy Taskforce is investigating into this. Plantation.....