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Harvest expected to half
Armenian apricots hit by cold weather
This year's apricot yield in Armenia has been estimated at 45,000-55,000 tons by specialists, who recently conducted a study in affected communities across the country. This is a significant drop in volume compared to July of last year when Armenia's apricot crop amounted to 103,000 tonnes, which was a 14%.....


Portugal: Agro-Graça bet on white melon
Although Spain and Italy have already started their melon and watermelon campaigns, Agro-Graça continues to invest in seasonal melons in Portugal.Recognizing the quality of melons produced in certain geographical areas, Agro-Graça has already prepared the new white melon campaign, a typical Portuguese.....

Dutch blackberry season kicks off
Berry Company Driscoll’s kicked the Dutch season off with blackberries. By taking their variety Driscoll’s® Victoria™ to the greenhouse and using an innovative growing technique, they are able to produce berries with an exceptional taste and outstanding fruit size.Driscoll’s growers Jan and Alfons.....


CMI cherry crop forecast
Key to maximizing cherry-season profits
With the critical bloom period now past, officials at CMI have the first solid estimate for the 2016 cherry crop. The news is good. According to Steve Castleman, Vice President of Sales at CMI, the company is gearing up for a solid cherry season. Castleman says it won’t be a record crop, but the timing is.....


Exceptional weather conditions make estimate impossible
Overall decrease EU stonefruit
Due to the rather exceptional situation in Europe, professionals have decided not yet to give harvest forecasts at the Medfel 2016 for all peach and nectarine growing regions this year or present an estimation on the normal date, as it is too uncertain. Only early regions such as Andalusia, Murcia,.....


Emotional food waste ad follows life span of strawberry
"Save the Food," a public service campaign which broke Wednesday 20 April, from the Natural Resources Defense Council, uses strawberries to make a powerful statement about food waste.Developed pro-bono by SapientNitro through The Ad Council, the initiative focuses on a sad reality: Some 40 percent of all.....

Unusual weather great for Colorado's peaches
In Mesa County, Colorado, residents are used to sunshine almost every day of the year, but recent rains have been great news for the peaches, apricots and cherries at Morton's Orchards."Weather right now is perfect,” Dave Morton said. “It's watering the orchard right now for us."The flowers are gone and the.....

Strawberries of Europe promoted at Alimentaria
The promotional campaign Fresas de Europe (Strawberries of Europe) has attended the fair Alimentaria, held between 25 and 27 April in Barcelona. Visitors have been given the chance to learn first-hand about the benefits of strawberries and their versatility in the kitchen.Throughout the day, the stand of.....


Turkey plants melons and watermelons undercover
In Bafra, situated in Turkey’s Samsun province, growers have started planting melons and watermelons undercover.The chairman of the district’s Food, Agriculture and Livestock directorate, Ahmet Dursun explains that planting under cover increases efficiency, quality and yield. “Workers started planting the.....


US (CA): New agrobot in action on strawberry test crop
The incredible footage below shows an Agrobot strawberry harvester taking the back-breaking work out of labour intensive strawberry picking, as it gently scoops the strawberries from the ground and brings them to a comfortable sorting level.

EU project benefits Georgia's strawberry farmers
On April 28, greenhouse strawberry growers in Georgia were given a demonstration on modern strawberry growing techniques, as part of the EU-funded European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD).During the demonstration day, the guests were able to sample strawberries produced.....

100 mln euro losses
Frost hits Austrian fruit farmers
Losses of an estimated 100 million Euro are facing Austrian fruit farmers in the southeastern state of Styria, following frosty conditions overnight on Monday 25 April.The fruit-growing regions of the state were affected by temperatures that had dropped to between minus 2.5 and minus 6 degrees.....

250,000 cases Honeycrisp
Honeybear shipping apples from Chile to US
In late April Honeybear Brands of Minnesota is bringing in its largest crop, 250,000 cases, of Honeycrisp apples to the East and West coasts of the US, from Chile.Ten years ago, the company planted its first 20 trees in Chile. “Today, there are well over 500,000, making it the largest Honeycrisp holding in.....

Hungary: Good cherry harvest expected this year
The cherry harvest in Hungary is expected to be better than last year's, as reported by Ledó Ferenc, Chairman of the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organisation (FruitVeB).Mr Ferenc stated that, according to initial estimates, the sour cherry harvest may reach between 65 and 70 thousand.....

First Moldovan strawberries hit domestic market
The first Moldovan strawberries can already be purchased at the market. Stalls are also increasingly filled with domestic vegetables, whose prices, according to traders, are at a similar level to last year.The first local strawberries in the wholesale markets in the capital are being sold for about 80 lei.....


Growers beat Southern melons by two weeks
China: Early start Shandong watermelon season
Warm temperatures in April have propelled the listing of watermelons from Shandong province. Normally, the watermelons are available in the beginning of May. This year, already by the end of April the first crops are on the market."Thanks to the good weather we were able to harvest two weeks earlier this.....


European apricot volume below average 2010-2014
Europe expects a 443,000 ton apricot harvest in 2016, which is 11% below last year’s harvest and 16% below the 2010/2014 average. The last couple of times a European harvest was so weak was in 2013 and 2003. During Medfel 2016 in Perpignan this week the figures were announced. Growing conditions 2016This.....

Huangdao port becoming an important in Northern region
Recently, Shandong Province Inspection and Quarantine Bureau released its report on fruit export from Shandong ports. According to the data, the province has imported a total of 55,400 tons of fruit, a year on year increase of 32.9%. 80% of these fruit volumes were imported through Huangdao port, and its.....

Can bears save cherries from climate change?
A team of Japanese scientists have been following animal trails searching for bear feces with cherry seeds inside. Their aim is to find out if bears can help cherry trees outrun climate change, as the trees depend on the animals to spread their seeds.As the global climate warms, plants and animals are having.....

Fresh produce supplier prepares for Nogales season
The Vision Companies announced distribution starting late April of conventional and organic honey dews, squash, cantaloupe, mangos, jicama and conventional cucumbers.John Caldwell V.P. Sales Arizona said, “Were excited to add additional items to our La Visión brand and it has been extremely well received by.....

US(TX): Strong watermelon prices as Mexican supplies low
The market for watermelons in the U.S. has been strong recently as supplies from Mexico have been light. More production is expected from Texas in the coming weeks, but adverse weather could mean prices won't come down substantially once domestic production ramps up.“Prices are high for this time of year.....


Melon flavoured Kit Kat for the Japanese market
Nestle has created a new Kit Kat flavour for the Japanese market: Hokkaido melon with mascarpone cheese. The product is not being stocked at convenience stores but is targeted at tourists; visitors to Hokkaido regional airports and other travel spots can sample the melon flavoured "quasi-chocolate.....

Virginia's strawberries ripen early
Warm weather in Virginia has led to the state's strawberry crop ripening early. Tuesday 26 April saw the first strawberry picking take place at Chiles Peach Orchard in Crozet.Employees at Chiles Peach Orchard have been watching the field closely, looking for any signs of ripening in the strawberries. With a.....

Polish market could be left without good quality apples
The situation in the Polish apple market is quite difficult, with low prices, large stocks and the quality of stored apples getting worse. In such circumstances, many growers have no other choice but to sell the fruit for processing."When looking at the apples in storage, you can see that brown spots have.....


Will Turkey become a threat this year?
Spain: First early cherries with 80% lower volume
The harvest of the earliest cherry varieties, such as the Early Bigi, has already started in the province of Tarragona. This year, the availability of early varieties is up to 80% lower than in a normal campaign, depending on the region."The trees do not bear as much fruit due to the impact of the frosts.....

but over supply is lurking
Perspective for production of soft fruit in greenhouses
The 'soft fruit market' is booming and blooming. The consumption of strawberries will increase by around 2% over the next five years. A growth of a minimum of 7% per year is expected for blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. The use of blueberries in particular will increase strongly, partially due to.....


Deniz Deletioglu - Narpak
"Circumstances in Turkey have been difficult due to political situation."
The Turkish packing company Narpak started to developed its agriculture production in 2013. This year, Narpak will start its second fruit harvest.“We’ve chosen this region for two main reasons. Firstly, it is a very early production area with a high number of chilling hours. The other reason is the excellent.....

Ireland: Over 50% of fruit farm's costs go on labour
Eamonn Crean grows berries on his 220 acre farm at Ballinavarry near Davidstown. The berries are grown in 20 acres of fruit tunnels which are part of a family tradition going back three generations.His grandfather on his mother's side, Tom English, was one of the first Wexford farmers to supply strawberries.....


Landgard’s strawberry season has started
The German strawberry season has started, with a small delay due to the weather, with the first deliveries of strawberries grown in greenhouses, on the twelfth of April. Four large companies, with greenhouses, grow the strawberries for Landgard. Strawberries belong to the favorite fruit group in Germany; the.....

Analysis on high watermelon price
This year the watermelon price is around one third higher than that of last year. As last year the watermelon price hit the low record, and fruit growers suffered significant losses, this year the watermelon plantation area is reduced therefore its price will not be too low. For example the market listing.....


New crop not damaged by extreme winter cold
China: Blueberry output keeps on growing
"We grow blueberries on 80 hectares in Shaanxi province. We started production in 2012. Recently we launched our own brand Dingjun Guoye. We grow different varieties, including the Highbush variety," says Mr Wang, manager atShaanxi Dingjun Shan Blueberry Technology."Our crop is listed around the 10th of June.....

Fuji, Pink Lady, Gala
Peru: Sierra Exportadora promotes cultivation of new apple varieties
Sierra Exportadora is training small apple producers to cultivate new varieties that respond to consumer preference so that they gradually replace imports of this fruit, which last year amounted to 40.6 million dollars CIF, indicating that there is an unsatisfied demand in the domestic market.The public.....

Rain damages Tajikistan’s cherry orchards
Berry and fruit crops in Tajikistan have been seriously affected by adverse weather conditions. Growers in Shahrinav and Tursunzoda are concerned that intermittent rains and hail have caused great damage to fruit trees. "This has a negative impact on productivity,’’ said one of the farmers, ‘’Bad weather.....


North American Produce Buyers bring seedless Muscats to Canada
As a leading Canadian buyer and wholesaler of fresh produce, North American Produce Buyers has, among other things, continued to supply Canadian retailers with Chilean grapes, stonefruit and cherries. Those programs have been growing in recent years, partly due to the popularity of new varieties, like the.....

Chinese technology for Bengaluru's apples
On Thursday 28 April, an apple exhibition will take place in Bengaluru city, organised by the horticulture department with the India China Economic and Cultural Council (ICECC). The event will exhibit technology for dehydrating apples and focus on the twinning of Beijing and Bengaluru.A unique dehydrating.....

U.S. Apple launch new website
USApple's Director of Consumer Health and Public Relations, Wendy Brannen, reports that the organization has launched a new, mobile-friendly website at usapple.org. While the new site is easier to use and more appealing to consumers, it continues its function of addressing the organization’s position on key.....


Murcia to harvest about 6,000 tonnes of stonefruit this week
Spain: Apricot production down by 25 to 30%
The fields of Murcia are recording good temperatures that are helping the crops reach good Brix levels. Apoexpa reports that Murcia could supply the market this week with about 6,000 tonnes of stonefruit, since large supermarket chains are already starting to demand it. The association estimates that some.....


Quantities of Sicilian netted melons still low in Bologna
Sicilian melons arrived on the wholesale markets a few weeks ago and volumes are increasing, albeit rather slowly. "There is not a lot of produce available, meaning prices are quite high - those of Mundial and Red Falcon netted melons hover around €2.10-2.20/kg," explains Wainer Marzola from Spreafico.Melons.....


Patrick de Roeck
“We sell about three million kilos of Sucre watermelons per year”
De Roeck en Zonen has been working with Sucre for 15 years already, and is the exclusive importer of fruit under this brand for Belgium. Watermelons have been back in the assortment for several weeks now. According to Patrick de Roeck, the name Sucre has not been chosen by the shipping agent without reason......


Suriano & Casalnuovo
Italy: Harvesting starting for early nectarines
The challenge posed by climate change and the search for increased profitability have led Suriano & Casalnuovo di Policoro to plant dozens of hectares of nectarines under greenhouses.In addition to the already-existing 25 hectares of Zincal 17 and Zincal 20, the company has planted 12 new hectares of.....

Spain: Almeria's melons and watermelons competing with overseas fruit
The earlier start of Almeria's melon and watermelon season has entailed difficulties in the fruits' marketing, since supermarkets still have some supply from overseas countries, as revealed by an analysis of the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Andalusian Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural.....


Roberto Hauagge, Clone Viveiros:
“Smaller apple production in Brazil, but with higher prices”
This season, Brazil’s apple production has been smaller because of the impact of El Niño, although the crisis in the country has caused a drop in demand, which has led to increased prices that have offset this reduction. "We are currently growing 36,000 ha of apples in Brazil," explains Roberto Hauagge, of.....


Vale da Rosa invests 700,000 euro in modernizing facilities
In preparation for the 2016 season, Vale da Rosa will once again invest in the modernization of the facilities dedicated to the table grape packaging. They have projected the installation of the weighing MARCO system in 100 percent of the pack house lines, the acquisition of another thermo sealing machine,.....

Hainan fruit prices went down in first quarter
During the first quarter in the Hainan province, it is normally the low season for fruit listing, however this year the fruit prices went down significantly, including banana, mango and watermelon prices dropping 11.8%, 14.8% and 30.9% respectively. The main cause for this price decrease was driven by the.....

Chilly spring good news for UK fruit harvest
According to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) the delayed spring could lead to a bumper crop of apples, strawberries, blackcurrants and gooseberries this year. The recent cold weather has delayed the flowering of trees and shrubs which means they are less likely to be hit by the damaging effects of.....

Financial support for S.African smallholder fruit farmers
A partnership between the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, National Treasury and the deciduous fruit industry has created a R120m fund to support emerging fruit farmers in the Western Cape. The fund is set to help the smallholder farmers reach commercial status.Agriculture is a key sector in the.....

Spanish apples expected to gain ground in India
Yupaa, an Indian importer of fresh fruits and vegetables, is awaiting its first shipment of Spanish apples this week. The company, based in Bombay, has quickly arranged a trial shipment after the signing of the import protocol that will allow the entry of Spanish apples in the Indian market.The Indian firm.....

China: Cherry cargo volume hit the historical record in Dalian airport
Affected by the weather this year, the mature season of Dalian greenhouse cherry came 20 days earlier than that of previous years, which attracted a lot of attention from the industry experts. During the first quarter of this year, a total of 754 tons of fruit are transported across the whole country via.....

Two Andalusian companies try their luck in China with stonefruit
Things are not what they used to be. The high labor costs of caring for delicate stonefruit, such as peaches, nectarines, plums and other varieties, have diminished the importance that this production had in the province of Sevilla, which currently only has some 4,500 hectares devoted to these crops, i.e......

The harvest's delay could increase losses
Chile: 5% of grapes lost to the floods
The heavy rains in Chile have wreaked havoc and have had negative effects along the coast. The province of Santiago suffered the most damage, as the excess water led the Mapocho River to overflow causing a strong flood in the area. Santiago has many areas dedicated to growing table grapes and, fortunately,.....

Turkey aims to be cherry export world leader
Turkey is the world leader in cherry production but third in terms of exports, hence the country is also aiming to become a leader in exporting the product.In order to increase cherry exports to the whole world, but in particular to the Far East, exporters and producers from the Aegean Fresh Fruit and.....


Turkey’s first watermelons harvested in Antalya
Antalya’s greenhouse grown seedless watermelons are being sold to hypermarkets and hotels, with prices beginning at 2.5 TL a kilo and weights ranging between 5-7 kg.‘’We’ve grown the earliest watermelons in Turkey,’’ explains grower Veli Cetin. ‘’Our watermelons are tasty without the black seeds. Prices are.....

15 minute hailstorm devastates Kashmir's crops
On Friday 22 April, a devastating hailstorm, which lasted for at least 15 minutes, destroyed standing crops and apple and almond flowers in South Kashmir’s Pulwama and Kulgam districts.“Hailstorm destroyed over 90% crops of wheat, mustard, almond and apple fruits,” lamented 65-year-old farmer Muhammad Akbar.....

But climate change troubles growers
Morocco celebrates annual strawberry festival
Morocco holds an annual strawberry festival, where farmers showcase their harvest, celebrate the fruit and familiarise themselves with new production and conservation methods. However, this year the festival's organisers have been disappointed by the weather patterns; Morocco did not export its usual.....

Greenhouse strawberries kick off Ukrainian berry season
The Ukrainian berry season has started two weeks earlier this year compared to last. Fruit-Inform reports that last week, beginning 18 April, the Ukrainian berry season kicked off, with farmers starting shipments of their first volumes of greenhouse strawberries.For the present, prices vary between UAH.....


“Schauenburger Schweizer” Swiss fruit of the year 2016
FRUCTUS, the association for the promotion of heirloom fruit varieties, honors the Schauenburger cherry, one of the most important cherry varieties, and awards the cherry with the title Swiss fruit of the year 2016. The history and the importance for generations of cherry producers, consumers and parts of.....

AU fruit exporters aiming for the Philippines
As part of a campaign called ''Now in Season'', business leaders representing Australian fruit exporters are in the Philippines in a bid to boost trade between the two countries and drum up business in Southeast Asia.Australia hopes to increase horticulture exports to the Philippines by 33 percent to A$20.....


Investments in new markets and innovations
Fruitmasters: Top fruit season disappointing, soft fruit better than expected
The Cooperative Royal FruitmastersGroup presented its figures for 2015 during the General Assembly of Thursday, 21 April. Fruitmasters invests in the future. With all of these investments the focus is on three pillars: new markets, product innovation and continuing innovation of core activities.New.....

Swedish strawberry harvest officially started
The first spring strawberries of the season have been harvested in Sweden; a total of 23 boxes with 8 cases each.Lars Jacobsen and Hjälmshults, with 16,400 square metres, are Sweden's largest producers of greenhouse-grown strawberries.Hjälmshults' harvest season, which is now underway, will last until.....

Californian spring rains increase grape disease pressure
University of California Cooperative Extension Viticulture Farm Advisor for Tulare and Kings counties, Allison Ferry-Abee, warns that phomopsis and botrytis are two diseases to look out for, as El Nino brings rain to California.While these diseases are typically more prevalent farther north, the San Joaquin.....

Strawberries of Europe
Spain: Strawberries promoted with educational game
The campaign Fresas de Europa (Strawberries of Europe), which aims to promote and encourage the intake of this fruit among consumers, has launched an interactive and educational game aimed at entertaining while allowing the users to learn more about strawberries, their origin and their quality. "Fresas de.....

Fruit Export from Shenzhen Port grew nearly 70% in first quarter
In the first quarter, the Shenzhen Inspection and Quarantine Bureau inspected a total of 109,300 tons of fruit imported by local fruit packaging factories, worth a value of $ 262 million, representing a substantial increase of 30 % and 66% respectively compared with that of the same period. The fruit export.....

Peru: Piura second biggest national exporter of table grapes
Piura became the second major exporter of table grapes nationwide after exporting 100,000 tons of the product. Ica ranks first with 140,000 tons and Lambayeque ranks third with 25,000 tons, as was revealed in the XX Table Grape International Symposium North Siuva 2016.This important event was inaugurated by.....

US(WA): Cherries coming early on West Coast
California's cherry harvest got off to a quick start this season, with picking taking place about 10 days sooner than normal, and significant volumes are also expected for the first part of the season. But California isn't the only state off to an early start this year. In the Pacific Northwest, this year's.....