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Strawberry growing benefits Kashmir's farmers
Drought has swept through parts of India, causing crops to wither and distressing farmers. Yet, in the northern Indian province of Kashmir, strawberry farmers are expecting an unusually productive harvest this year, due to favourable weather conditions for cultivation.Strawberries are a new crop for Kashmir.....

NZ apple industry on target for billion dollar goal
New Zealand’s $700 million apple industry has again been named the world’s most competitive performer. The World Apple Report, out this week, ranks New Zealand first over 33 major apple producing countries.Pipfruit New Zealand chief executive Alan Pollard said it is a great achievement to have a competitive.....

US (WA) Cherry packers investing in equipment
Mt. Adams Orchards Corp., and Orchard View in The Dalles, Oregon, are two cherry companies which have invested millions of dollars in new packing equipment. Both cherry companies have installed 48 lanes each equipped with optical equipment that uses near-infrared technology to sort fruit by size, firmness,.....

Replacing pesticides with pheromones in Quebec's apple orchards
A growing number of apple producers in Quebec are turning to insect pheromones – the chemicals females emit to attract their mates – to protect their crops from infestation by codling moth's larvae, which burrow into apples and can ravage crops.Stéphane Cataphard, an apple producer in Quebec's lower.....


Hans Driessen (Bayer) on melon concepts GalKia, Magenta and Fashion:
"Focus on breeding of smaller sizes for our melon concepts"
"Households are becoming smaller and people want convenience. We offer melon varieties in every segment and already have smaller varieties available in the Piel de Sapo segment. The melon consumption per country varies considerably. The consumption of Piel de Sapo melons is very high in Spain, but remains.....

Austria:
Massive frost damage hits businesses hard
Rapid, unbureaucratic help important - measures for the prevention of potential future damage should be considered.The damage of the cold snap at the end of April is massive. Especially for the agriculture, many farms have to consider a complete loss of the harvest. Bio Austria-chairwoman Gertraud Grabmann.....

Hungary: Melon season may eventually be delayed
The start of the melon season may eventually be delayed due to the cold weather conditions. The temperatures and rainy weather have also affected open ground strawberries.Other crops affected by the unusually cold weather in May include open ground peppers and sweet corn. Its actual impact has not yet been.....

The bountiful benefits of summer fruits
Summer fruits should be an essential part of everyone's diet during the summer season. Pakistan's doctor Arif Majeed explains that these fruits can help you stay hydrated and protect against multiple health issues.As watermelon has high water content it can keep your body hydrated and refreshed. The presence.....

Peru: Junin expects berry exports to increase by 300%
Raquel Sedano, head of the headquarters of Sierra Exportadora in Junin, stated that at the opening of the International Berry-Regions Seminar 2016 that Junin's berry exports could grow by more than 300% and exceed $200,000 dollars by 2018.To achieve that, she said, more investment is needed, as well as.....

Pessl Instruments
Ensuring the best berry quality
Consumption of fresh berries in EU is outpacing total fruit consumption. Right up front are northern EU countries, where fresh berry consumption has increased up to 10% in the last 5 years.The situation on the other side of the ocean is similar. The fresh berry market is on the rise. Big time.All this means.....

McDonald's sources Cali strawberries for menu specials
McDonald's is sourcing strawberries from the state of California for use in it McCafe Strawberry Orange Mango Smoothie, Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Strawberry Lemonades, and Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfaits.McDonald’s is one of the nation’s largest restaurant purchasers of strawberries grown in a 500-mile swath of.....


Early varieties with 20% higher Brix
The stonefruit campaign kicked off with some difficulties in the European export markets because of severe weather conditions, with storms and even snow that affected consumption and therefore also the prices. "The situation was reversed a week ago and bad weather moved to Spain, thus hindering the.....

Fruit trees in Poland got through spring well
This year there were plentiful blossoming trees across the country, announced the Polish fruit cultivation expert Eberhard Makosz at the NFO. Ligol, Gloster and Jonagold show a less bright picture compared to last year. At the end of June Makosz will have the first harvest estimate. The Polish market analyst.....

Cherry price drops in China
This year, the fruit market in China has been showing a relatively slow trend, but some time ago, it was the cherry that remained in the top price position. Recently, thanks to the listings of Shandong cherries, its price has dropped nearly 50%, making it more affordable for mass consumers.Looking at Beijing.....

Mexico: Michoacan's blackberry may have losses of up to 50%
Producers, exporters, service providers, and agricultural technicians agree that the 2015-2016 harvest, which is about to end, will be one of the least productive harvests mainly because of the climatic changes that have plagued the region. There have been atypical rains and intense hailstorms (less hours of.....

New PBS show with Ellie Krieger features California grapes
California grape season kicks off along with new TV show
As the California grape season is kicking off, so is a new show on the Public Broadcast System (PBS) with television star, celebrity chef, best-selling author and nutritionist Ellie Krieger.The new show “Ellie’s Real Good Food" kicks off May 17 with a media event in New York City. The show will appear in 251.....

Promoting haskap berries in Canada
Haskap berries, also known as edible honeysuckle, blue honeysuckle and honeyberry, are not very well known in Canada, as they have traditionally only been found sporadically in the wild, growing mostly on the edge of wetlands. Yet, the berries might be the next superfood, and are being championed by Bob.....

British strawberry could become an “unaffordable luxury”
A leading hospitality firm is warning that the new UK wage laws could make the British strawberry an “unaffordable luxury” and wipe out nearly 60% of growers’ profits in the coming year, reports UK newspaper The Guardian.More than 140,000 servings of strawberries and cream are expected to be sold during this.....

Turkey suffers 30% cherry crop loss
In Afyonkarahisar, an important cherry production area in Turkey, frost has struck the cherry crop, preventing the formation of fruit. Although the freeze lasted only a few hours, it was enough to undermine the production of cherries, which was ahead by about fifteen days.The region has around 120,000.....

US (WA): Northwest cherries survive weekend rains
Northwest Cherry growers released their second crop estimate of the season on Friday 13 May; 19.8 million 20-pound boxes were forecast, and this should not have been affected by rains which hit Washington at the weekend.Saturday and Sunday, growers used helicopters and wind machines to dry off cherries hit.....


The weather and overseas imports are making the situation difficult
"Melon and watermelon demand is not yet strong"
The Spanish melon and watermelon campaign kicked off with good weather in Spain and adverse weather conditions in Europe, which took a toll on demand and, therefore, affected the first exports in late April. The situation was completely reversed in early May, with bad weather in Spain and very hot days in.....

Spain: Peach and nectarine production to fall by 15%
The first available data, exclusively from the early peach and nectarine production areas (Murcia and Andalusia), point to a 15% reduction compared to last season, as reported by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment in a statement.The General Director of Producciones y Mercados Agrarios.....

Strawberry prices on the up
Drop in AU banana prices
In far-north Queensland, hot and humid weather conditions have led to an oversupply of bananas, causing the price to drop to as little as 15 cents a banana. While in South Australia the opposite situation has happened, recent storms have damaged strawberry crops causing a shortage of supply, leading to.....

But in demand from foreign suppliers
Bulgarian cherry crop 'not very good'
The situation of Bulgaria's 2016 cherry crop has been summarised byZhivka Grozdeva, a member of the Management Board of the Association of Fruit Growers in Bulgaria, who spoke Sunday 15 May to FOCUS News Agency. “We hoped for good crops but preliminary calculations show the cherry crops will be significantly.....

EU co-op: "Fruit and vegetable growers suffering crisis situation"
On May 14, the EU co-operative Copa & Cogeca sent a letter to the EU Commission warning that new plans to support the EU fruit and vegetable sector are insufficient and must be revised. Copa & Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen warned: "Fruit and vegetable growers are suffering a crisis.....

Bangladesh to invest in Bhutanese fruit, veg processing
Bangladesh is the main buyer of Bhutan’s oranges and apples; now the country wants to invest in fruit and vegetable processing industries there and do the final packaging in Bangladesh.President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI), Abdul Matlub Ahmad, shared this in an.....

Canada: BC strawberries ripening early
Strawberries in British Columbia are traditionally associated with June, but record-breaking temperatures and mild winters are making the fruit ripen earlier, and according to one grower ripe fruit in May is now the new normal."This year, we're breaking new records," said Amir Maan, operations manager with.....

AU: Costa berry distribution centre expands
East Devonport-based Costa Group is expanding its berry farming operations with an extension to its distribution centre which will allow it to hire 130 new employees.Braddon Liberal MHR Brett Whiteley and Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff visited the site on Friday 13th May to announce a $1.2million grant to.....


Argentina hopes to increase fruit exports to China
IFacing the severe fruit industry crisis, Argentine fruit growers hope more of their business can depend on the Chinese markets. This week, Argentina exported 143,584 kg of fruits to the Chinese market, which is the season's second batch of exported fruits to China. In comparison to other.....


Romaneuro exports Turkish grapes to Poland
"Because of the Russian ban, we are currently working with a Turkish supplier(Alternatif Export Import Agriculture Food Ltd Mr. Ali Özen) to export grapes on the Polish market. According to what's reported by the operator, currently the Turkish Early Sweet variety is sold at €1.9-2.10 - it is the country's.....

CA (BC): Growers warned about changeable weather
Fruit trees in Okanagan have blossomed almost a month earlier than usual, due to the warm spring weather. The Ministry of Agriculture has hence issued a release warning growers that the weather can change quickly and reminding them that they can protect their investment with hail insurance, offered jointly.....

US (CA): Peach, cherry, tomato crops hit by hail storms
The cling peach crop in Sacramento Valley has been hit by hailstorms, less than two weeks after rain, wind and hail damaged prunes there, leaving some growers without a crop. Cherry and tomato farmers in the San Joaquin Valley also reported concerns, as farmers continue to gauge the effects of the.....


Ortofruit Italia aims at producing 3,000 tons of soft fruit by 2020
"Ortofruit Italia is trying to develop the soft fruit campaign that will start in early June from both a productive and a commercial point of view by implementing its mark and meeting consumers' demands and expectations," explains president Domenico Paschetta.Blueberry blossoming is going well and that of.....


Cherry Passion launches its new Romeo & Juliet brand
"This brand aims at conveying the value and quality of the products in our area, which is very well-known abroad also thanks to William Shakespeare," explains Stefano Pezzo, sales manager forCherry Passion Srl. Romeo & Juliet is the new brand registered both in Italy and abroad to identify cherries from.....

Italian melons increasingly popular abroad
Italian melon exports exceeded 34,000 tons in 2015, the highest figure since 2010 and a 13% increase with respect to the already high volumes of the previous season. The value will exceed €25 million, 20% more than 2014 also thanks to an average price of €0.74/kg, i.e. 6% more than last year.Below charts in.....

Spain: Rainfall spoils 80% of Bajo Aragon's early cherries
Fruit growers in Bajo Aragon Caspe have started the campaign on the wrong foot. One of the early cherry varieties, the first to come into the market, has registered losses ranging between 70 and 80% due to the rains recorded in recent days.The producer Oscar Barceló has described the damage caused by the.....

Indian brothers growing blueberries in Canada
The Purewal brothers moved to Canada in the 1970s; now, the three brothers own the biggest Indian-owned agriculture operation in Canada and possibly the US."Currently, we have over 800 acres under blueberry cultivation,'' says Gurjit Purewal, the youngest of the three brothers.Their farms produce up to 20.....

US (WI): Professor working to tackle fire blight
Ching-Hong Yang, professor of biological sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is developing a product which aims to limit the use of antibiotics and provide another way to protect apple and pear trees from fire blight.In 1998, Pacific Northwest growers experienced $68 million in losses from.....

Agriculture key to Washington state's economy
A recently published report by the Washington Policy Center (WPC) details agriculture's value to the Washington state economy. The state is blessed with rich soils, abundant fresh water, low cost hydropower, a favorable climate and hard-working people. Washington farm lands grow more than 300 varieties of.....

Hungary: Increase in acreage devoted to melons and watermelons
The early arrival of spring conditions this year has caused a significant impact on the growth of watermelons, whose phenological development is two weeks ahead of schedule. In Bekes County, where 45% of the country's total watermelon acreage is located, the planting began on 1 April and 80% of the plants.....

World's watermelon sales generated 1,255 million Euro in 2015
The United States of America is the country buying the most watermelons in the world, according to data from Comtrade, the Statistics Division of the United Nations (UN).To make this estimation, the entity has made use of code 080711 (fresh watermelon) of the Tariff Integrated of the European Communities.....


Mr Apple launches online retail toolkit in China
Mr Apple New Zealand, one of New Zealand’s largest apple exporters and the company behind apple brands such as Diva™ and Little Darlings™, showcased their new marketing toolkit at the recent Taste of New Zealand launch in Shanghai. Developed in conjunction with China’s leading e-commerce retailers, Mr.....

Hungarian open ground strawberries severely hit by frost
Frosts caused significant damage to open ground strawberry plantations in April, with damage nationwide estimated at 30 percent as reported in Monday's edition of Magyar Idők (The Hungarian Times) by Mr Ledó Ferenc, head of the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organisation (FruitVeB).In.....

Canadian apple growers on cold weather alert
Canadian apple growers are on high alert as there are reports that this coming weekend (14-15 May), temperatures in parts of southwestern Ontario could come very close to the freezing mark."Apple growers know full well that there is a huge risk right now," said Leslie Huffman Balsillie of Fruit Wagon in.....

UK: New fruit discovery could treat diseases
University of Warwick researchers have found that a combination of two compounds found in red grapes and oranges could be used to improve the health of people with diabetes, and reduce cases of obesity and heart disease.A team led by Paul Thornalley, Professor in Systems Biology at Warwick Medical School,.....

Peru: Project Olmos over 400 hectares of table grapes Lambayeque
Juan Carlos Urteaga Fiol, the manager of the H2Olmos Development dealership, stated that, according to estimates, by the end of this year there will be more than 400 hectares of table grape crops in the area of influence of Project Olmos, a project to plant 20,000 hectares with various products in an area.....


Will Argentina export raspberries and blackberries in the near future?
Although Argentina is not a renowned producer of fruits such as blackberries, raspberries, cherries and strawberries, it has a significant production capacity. And with the changing international trade policies enforced by the current government, the export of these fruits could be encouraged. "Exporting has.....

Virginia's farmers struggle with Mother Nature
A massive snowstorm hit Virginia in January, and April didn't bring its usual warmer weather and spring showers, rather frost and freezing temperatures - a most unwelcome development for farmers in Nelson County.According to Michael Lachance, the county’s Virginia Cooperative Extension agent of agriculture.....


Argentinian stonefruit harvest comes to an end with better results
The harvest of Argentinian stonefruit, which is mainly intended for domestic consumption, came to an end a couple of weeks ago with good results. "Normally, our season kicks off in late October and lasts until mid-March, but this year it has been slightly extended and has lasted almost until the end of.....


Summerfruit New Zealand Chief Executive Marie Dawkin
New Zealand stonefruit had "extended, excellent season"
New Zealand apricots, peaches and nectarines have experienced growth across the board in 2016, with the latest season results showing increased production and demand.Summerfruit New Zealand Chief Executive Marie Dawkins says El Nino weather conditions had a significant impact on fruit this season.“The super.....


Apricots, cherries and nectarines, the most affected
Spain: Rains cause damage to cherries and stonefruit
Rains continue in Spain and the stonefruit production areas, where the harvest is currently in full swing or are about to start, such as Tarragona, Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, Seville and Extremadura, are reporting damage to the fruit, especially in the case of apricots, cherries and nectarines."The.....


New season starting in July
China: Ruicheng late apple varieties still available for export
Ruicheng County is located in the South of Yuncheng City in Shanxi province, close to the Yellow River in China. The county is one of China's largest apple producing regions.Apple yields from Yuncheng account for 70% of that from Shanxi province, which accounts for 10% of China's total apple production......


Israeli grape export season opens early with cautious optimism
The first pallets of grapes from Israel were shipped on Monday 9 May, roughly a week earlier than expected and some 10 days earlier than the start of the export season in a regular year. Unusually warm weather in April and a warm winter in general helped push the readiness of the grapes which normally begin.....


Erik-Jan Thur, Marni Fruit
“Sunshine was just what we needed for the sales of watermelons”
The sunny weather from the past few days was much needed for the sales of summer fruit. “We really needed the sun, but the sales of watermelons are going well. And, luckily, demand is not falling considering the less than ideal weather forecast for the coming weekend. We have now started with the first.....


KORU apples arrive from New Zealand
Coast to Coast Growers Cooperative announced that container shipments of KORU® apples, grown in New Zealand, have begun arriving at U.S. ports. The KORU® variety is also now produced in the States, but the bulk of the current available crop is harvested annually in New Zealand, where the apple was.....

Waitrose in Scotland to sell all-Scottish cherry crop
Waitrose branches in Scotland are taking advantage of the longer Scottish cherry growing season and switching their whole cherry assortment to Scottish-produced, writes Kirsteen Paterson. The retailer is expecting a four-fold year-on-year increase in sales of cherries this summer.The supermarket says.....

No dimethoate on cherries in France and Belgium
Following France, Belgium is now also revoking the use of dimethoate on cherries. In France the use ofdimethoate on cherries has been banned since February 1. At the end of March the French minister of agriculture, Stephane le Foll, attempted to ban the use of the insecticide across the EU through the.....

Turkish apricot exports begin
In Turkey's Mut district, early apricot varieties are grown, hence their apricots are amongst the first on the domestic and export markets. The demand for Mut’s apricots is increasing every year. This year, the district is aiming to export 35,000 tons of apricots and expecting to earn 45 million from.....

US (OR): Strawberry growers optimistic
Strawberry farmers in Talent, Oregon, have remarked on the improved health of their strawberry crops this year. The owner of Antonio Farms said now is the beginning of the strawberry season.He said he couldn't grow the crop the last two years due to the drought. But with full reservoirs, Antonio Ruiz is.....


Chris Loncke, Frambofruit:
"I fear for an oversupply of soft fruit within a few years"
The raspberry production is starting to get going. The prices are good and according to the Belgian grower Chris Loncke of Frambofruit the consumption is noticeably increasing. But he sees a downside. "We have to watch out that not too much is planted. There are increasing amounts of growers switching to.....


This year, significant losses will be recorded with the early varieties
"Our apricot supply will grow by 40% in coming campaigns"
Bad weather is delaying the start of the stonefruit campaign in several production areas in Spain, where the first apricots should have already been harvested."We'll be starting the campaign four days later than last year, given the rainfall and temperature drops recorded in early May. This weekend, when the.....


Ambrosia™ apples on fire, retail volume jumps 93%
The latest Nielsen scan data result on supermarket performance show that Ambrosia™ apples continue to be among the hottest items in the produce department. For the four weeks ending April 2, 2016, Nielsen FreshFacts® reports that volume sales of Ambrosia™ apples jumped by 93%, the fastest growth rate of any.....