Fruit

Chinese delegation to inspect Chilean nectarine production
A delegation headed by the deputy director general of the Chinese Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) will visit nectarine orchards and packings facilities on Monday January 16, to verify that they comply with the procedures agreed by both countries.The visit, which was.....

Worldwide expansion of Polish apples is vital
In 2017, Poland should be able to export about 4 thousand tonnes of apples to China, which is as much as the annual exports to France. Ultimately, this figure may reach up to 80 thousand tonnes, as told to "Rzeczpospolita" by Michał Lachowicz, president of Appolonii, the association of apple producer.....

Record increase in Ukrainian frozen raspberry exports
In the period from January to November 2016, the exports of Ukrainian frozen raspberries reached a record level. During the period at hand, the volume shipped exceeded 6.5 thousand tonnes and was nearly three times greater than in the corresponding 11 months of the previous year, reports FAMMU/FAPA, based on.....

Spain: New apple and pear production estimate
The national apple and pear harvest estimates have been adjusted downwards in the current 2016/17 season, according to the latest data supplied by Cooperativas Agroalimentarias of Spain. 496,803 tonnes of apples are now expected; an increase of 3.17% compared to the previous season, instead of the 509,455.....

Singapore Airlines to ship 300 tons of cherries to Asia
Singapore Airlines is taking advantage of Chinese New Year this year by chartering four charter flights to carry hundreds of tons of cherries to Asia where demand is high. The first two 747 "cherry flights" each carrying up to 95 tonnes of fruit flew out of Christchurch on Thursday and Friday. Following.....


New gadget turns old fruit into alchohol
A new smartphone controlled gadget, called the Alchema Brewer, promises to let you turn your old fruit into something enjoyable. You can put a wide variety of fruits such as apples, grapes, pears - you name it - and booze is the outcome.The device can take up to two weeks to ferment however, so users are.....


The Haskap berry: Europe's new super food?
Fruit Logistica is seen by many in the industry as a great, if not the best, event of the year, to gain new contacts and promote new products. For Haskap Ltd, a Slovenian company dealing in the little known Haskap/Blue Honeysuckle berry, they are excited to present their product to potental new partners and.....

Expert in growing higher value fruit
Brent Milne is a farmer and has been growing fruit for 30 years now. He farms on his own but also works as a horticulturist for McDougall and Sons of Wenatchee, Washington. He hates seeing farmers pour their hearts and souls into a crop and end up with mediocre prices, so he listed some tips that.....


IQF Fruits Market Is expected to rise to $14.8B by 2026
In terms of value, the global IQF fruits market is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast period and is expected to account for US$ 14.8 Bn by 2026 end. Among all products in the frozen food industry, IQF fruits are projected to be the fastest growing segment over the forecast period.....


Florida growers troubled by Trump's impact on foreign labor
Many Americans are watching with wary eyes at the incoming Trump presidency and its impact on their lives. One group who stands to lose a lot if Trump keeps his anti-immigration promises, are the growers in Florida.Trump ran hard on stopping illegal immigration and deporting undocumented immigrants residing.....

Trump presidency leaves fruit growers wary for 2017
2017 is looking to be a difficult year to predict with recent events including the election of Donald Trump in the general election in the United States.With the United States being the top global agricultural exporter, industry groups that lobby on behalf of fruit growers will be focusing on the Trump.....


New grape variety to hit retailers in CA
The Giumarra Companies has announced the entrance of its Nature’s Partner Mystic Treat grapes. Hailing from Chile, the first arrivals of the variety are available to retailers.“We have enjoyed success with our niche Mystic Treat offering for several years,” stated Craig Uchizono, V.P. Southern.....


The search for new fresh grape varieties for Ontario
The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland), driven by demand from nurseries and grape growers, is leading the charge to find new table grape varieties for the Ontario market.To date, Ontario’s main homegrown fresh table grape is Sovereign Coronation, a semi-seedless blue grape that’s.....

China: Shanxi apples to US
A few days ago, after passing the tests of the Shanxi Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, and receiving a Vegetation Inspection Certificate, 44 tons of Shanxi apples started out on their journey to New York in the US.This marks the first export of Shanxi apples to the US market. The US is a high-end.....


Hainan Cantaloupe melons beat expectations
"Generally speaking, the domestic fruit market has been poor this year. However, theXiangFei melons that we grew in our HaiNai planting base had a substantial increase in sales and the market prices also rose by about 80%, compared to the same period last year." Ms.Qi Wang said, from ShenZhen XiYu HuaGuo.....

Protected Geographical Indication
China: "HuiChang Tangelo" receives AQSIQ PGI
January 3rd, AQSIQ issued Notice No. 128th 2016, approved " Huichang Tangelo" as a Protected Geographical Indication for national products. Huichang is located in Ganzhou province.So far, including Gannan navel orange, Xunwu sweet orange and Nankang sweet grapefruit, Ganzhou has 4 kinds of fruit products.....

Taiwanese mission inspects Honduran melons
A group integrated by the Technical Commission of Taiwan's Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection, met with authorities and technical staff of the National Health and Agricultural Food Safety (Senasa) in order to formalize trade relations and the admissibility of the Honduran melon into Taiwan.The.....

Mexico: Sonora's table grape can reach Australia
The National Health, Food Safety and Quality Service (SENASICA) stated that Australia's Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) had authorized imports of fresh table grapes from Sonora.According to Senasica, the DAWR issued the notification after having officially published the Final Report.....


Heavy damage to grape region in Puglia due to snow
In recent days, an enormous amount of snow fell in the Italian grape region of Puglia. Preliminary estimates report that over 300 hectares of grape plantations were lost because constructions and plants collapsed under the weight of the snow. Lucien de Wit from Luba Fresh sent us the following.....


Italy: Prices below expectations for peaches and nectarines
During the Christmas period, peach and nectarine producers in Emilia-Romagna earned 20-25 cents less than expected for each kg of fruit."We can't say we are satisfied, as average prices were low. A lot say they were higher than 2015, but that wasn't a good year to start with. My company, for example, made on.....


Orchard to allow guests to taste historic apples
Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, marketer of South African apples and pears, plans to open its Heritage Orchard of historic apple and pear trees to the public for a guided tour. On the tour guests will get the chance to hold and taste historic apples that are no longer in production.According to Griessel and Nel.....


SanLucar releases new vintage design for apples
Under the motto “Apple taste as it used to be”, the brand of fruit and vegetables SanLucar presented the Opal apple in a new retro packaging. The new but old packaging features 6 Opal apples, all of which being of the Golden Delicious and Topaz variety. According to SanLucar the packaging will only be.....


California rainfall provides challenges on forecasting volume
2017 berry season off to a good start despite weather disruptions
With increased acreage and somewhat favorable weather conditions for berries this winter, the sales team is excited about the 2017 berry season at California Giant Berry Farms.Field personnel attending the annual California Giant sales meeting in December shared positive news about berry acreage statistics.....

US Apple holdings up from 2016
Compared to their holdings logged on January 1, 2016 the holdings this year are up totaling 103.2 million bushels, which is a 14% increase. Inventories of 90.5 million bushels and 11 percent more than the five-year average for that date of 93.3 million bushels were also reported, according to the U.S. Apple.....

Exports to Russia
China: First cold-chain equipped train from Liaoning to Manzhouli
At 9 o' clock on December 30th of 2016, following the echoing sound of a long flute, an 8-vehicle train filled to capacity, slowly left the industrial park in Liaoning city, carrying a total of 100,000 kilograms of cold apples. Its destination is Manzhouli county in Mongolia. There the apples will be divided.....


“Russia cannot become self-sufficient with pears”
“The reason the Belgians are talking about ‘winning back’ Russia so often, is that they have practically become dependent on it for the sales of pears. Half of their cultivated volume was sent to Russia. We need Russia more than the Netherlands, for they have better spread their sales markets, and that was.....


Japan: First strawberries shipped to the US for 2017
A strawberry farm in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, has shipped out this year's first load of the fruit bound for the United States.Fresh Garden Watanabe in Kanuma City, packed and shipped the delivery on Tuesday. The farm began exports to the US state of California in January 2016.The farmers say they.....


Giant strawberries grown in South Korea
Two separate strawberry farms, located in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province, have been harvesting giant strawberries named “King’s Berries”. The farmers started cultivating the fruit in September after completing a pilot project in 2015.The large berries weigh about 30 grams each, around twice the size of a.....

Yarra Valley Australia sees late strawberry harvest
Yarra Valley is one of Australia's largest producers of strawberries and has seen a late harvest this year. After the delay, the season is peaking now however, according to Strawberries Australia Victorian president, Sam Violi.According to Violi, the season was about two to three weeks late compared to the.....


Domestic raspberries now available in winter thanks to Happy Berry ®
The market welcomed raspberries from Basilicata very well. Since November 2016, around 5 tons of raspberries under Campagnia delle Primizie's Happy Berry® brand were commercialised on the main Italian markets.Carmela Suriano, CEO of Compagnia delle Primizie, said that "our objective is to introduce.....


New grape varieties in Australia help ease difficult year
Western Australia's Carnarvon table grape growers are now harvesting their first yields of new varieties. Sweet Sapphire is one of these and is a long black grape, about the size of your thumb.Grower Mark Bumback said the new variety had good yields and was well accepted on the market. "We picked 1,700 boxes.....

Apple 60
New club variety on horizon for German apple producer
In keeping with demand for buying local and being local in Germany, most of the business for German fruit and vegetable producer Krings, stays in the domestic market. Krings is a family owned company who grows and deals in a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, with apples making up a big portion of.....

ACCC makes inspection tour to Luo Chuan apple town
On 15th December, YiFeng Wan, the secretory of ACCC and other leaders, together with part of the council unit senior officials, arrived at Luo Chuan District of ShanXi province to start an inspection tour to China's Luo Chuan apple town. The visit was focused on Luo Chuan Mei Yu High biological technology.....

Mexico: Jalisco leads raspberry and blueberry production
The head of the Ministry of Rural Development of Jalisco (Seder), Hector Padilla Gutierrez, said that Jalisco had had a major expansion in its production and that the entity was the leader in the production of raspberries and blueberries.The official said that, between January and October 2016 Jalisco's.....

Market Report by Mark Greenberg, CEO Capespan North America
Soft table grape market
The imported table grape market in the aftermath of the Christmas / New Years festivities continues to exhibit lacklustre performance, especially with respect to red seedless grapes. Indeed, the uptake of imported grapes was underwhelming in the last weeks of December and remains so in the first week of the.....


Wild bees could increase Quebec blueberry production
Quebec's Côte-Nord region has huge potential, according to researchers, and they look to expand on the 2.5 million kilograms of blueberries produced there every year. But in order to do so they require more bees for pollination.The bees currently relied on to pollinate the region's blueberry crops wake.....


Central America's melon production began just before holiday season
Barry Zwillinger spent a lot of time at Legend Produce’s growers down in Central America before the holiday season, and production has just started on cantaloupes and honeydew melons out of Honduras and Guatemala. Picking started on December 16 while he was there; produce is coming into the USA, received.....

Global demand for Indian papaya increases
Learned from an Indian exporter, this year the supply and demand of India papaya are well-matched in growth. Although demand is affected by the 500 and 1000 rupees, yet the domestic consumption of papaya is still quite strong. Indian consumers have realized the nutritional value of papaya, the demand for.....

Chile Chico cherry shipments up fivefold in ten years
The region of Aysen produced about 430,000 kilos of cherries in the 2016 season.Since 2007, the residents of Chile Chico began to discover the area's potential for the production and subsequent export of cherries to different markets. As a result, the Minister of Agriculture, Carlos Furche and the Seremi of.....

Chilean cherries gets ready for the Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is one of the most anticipated dates for exporters of Chilean cherries. The Chinese greatly value this fruit because, according to their culture, it is a lucky gift: its red color symbolizes prosperity and fortune; and its roundness symbolizes perfection and.....


Eddy Kreukniet, Exsa Europe:
“Grape market well-balanced”
The grape season is currently satisfactory. “Demand was slightly lower than expected after the holidays, but the market remains well-balanced due to the lower supply,” says Eddy Kreukniet from Exsa Europe. “Last week saw some rain in Orange River, and slightly less in Western Cape, and a number of.....


The private sector was not consulted about the negotiation
Argentina: "Blueberry sector rejects resolution of 25 kilos per wage"
On 29 December 2016, following a request from the Argentinian Union of Rural Workers and Stevedores (UATRE), the National Agricultural Work Commission (CNTA) set a minimum of 25 kilos harvested per wage as part of the working conditions for blueberry harvesters. This has been severely criticised by the.....

Poland overtaken by Spain as top blueberry producer
Piotr Milewski, CEO of Polish blueberry producer Milbor, shared that although the newblueberry plantings in Poland are still very high, Spain is developing at a much faster rate. A big part of this has to do with climate. The vegetation period in Poland is much shorter due to the winter, in contrast to.....


A culinary celebration of Germany’s favorite fruit!
“Day of the German apple”
January 11 is the “Day of the German apple”. This day is the celebratory start of the "Week of the German Apple" a week overflowing with sensual palate teasers, cinematic pleasures, original recipe ideas from the apple ‘empire’ as well as apple recipe exchange-excitement!“In the beginning there was the.....

Spain: First gene mapping of Ambrunes cherry
A study coordinated by the Centres of Scientific and Technological Research of Extremadura (CICYTEX) and Aragón (CITA) has made it possible to elaborate the first genetic map of Ambrunes cherries in Spain, with more than 600 molecular markers.The research, which has counted with the collaboration of the.....

Pear season slightly early, similar to last year
Be it in South Africa or Argentina, harvest has already begun in the Southern hemisphere. The first volumes of early varieties are expected to arrive in early January. There has been a decrease in community imports of pears from the Southern hemisphere. Since 2010, the demand in Europe seems to have.....

South Africa: Rain good for citrus, not so good for grapes
After a long period of drought in South Africa the rain is now falling. This is great news for the growers in the north east, especially the citrus growers as things were getting to a critical stage. There has been rainfall for the last few weeks and it is set to continue for another week.But what is great.....

What is the origin of the seedless grape?
Most Spaniards have probably once choked while eating the traditional 12 grapes on New Year's Eve, likely because of the seeds, which can easily get stuck in your throat. Many choose to remove the seeds before Madrid's Puerta del Sol appears on television, but there is a simpler option: buying them.....


World fresh pear forecast 2016/2017
WorldWorld pear production is forecast up nearly 400,000 tons to a record 25.4 million as gains in China more than offset smaller crops in the EU. Global trade is forecast up on China’s exports to Asian markets. ChinaChina’s production is forecast up 600,000 tons to 19.3 million on bearings from new.....

Scientists trying to create diabetes preventing apple
Scientists at Plant and Food Research are trying to develop a new apple variety they hope could help prevent obesity and also protect consumers from type-2 diabetes."A compound called phloridzin is found naturally in apples, and it was found to reduce the risk of diabetes" Andrew Dare, a scientist at the.....

Mexico: Blackberry producers thinking of leaving Michoacan
Blackberry producers and packers in the area of Los Reyes are starting an exodus out of Michoacan in search of appropriate operating conditions because of the risks there are on their investment returns. This threatens to end one of the biggest contributing industries in the state, stated Roberto Maldonado.....


China: High-priced apples sold on Christmas Eve
A supermarket in Hangzhou city had three very special apples on display Christmas Eve. Each apple was 3-4 times bigger than a regular apple and was covered with animal patterns of dragons, tigers and eagles.Consumers were impressed first by the vivid animal patterns on these apples, but then were astonished.....


15% of blueberry shipments come from small producers
Peru exported 230 million dollars' worth of blueberries in 2016
The export of Peruvian blueberries has exceeded all expectations. According to preliminary figures, the fruit's shipments abroad in 2016 were worth 232.9 million dollars, which is a 140% growth compared to the figure achieved in 2015, as reported by Sierra y Selva Exportadora, of the Ministry of Agriculture.....

Market image import fruit:
Brazil fools Europe once again with large melon supply
The market for Brazilian melons might have recovered somewhat compared to the difficult month of November, but importers are glad to be able to trade places. That is, they might not have losses, but they will not become rich from the trade in melons either. While last year can be considered lost, this year.....

New apple variety produced in Nigeria
Nigerian apple lovers will be delighted to hear that a new apple variety is being grown there. Usually apples are imported widely from South Africa, Europe and Asia as the Nigerian climate isn't suitable for most apples. "The new variety - Bell apple - is a unique and amazing tropical apple variety now.....

Two new pear varieties coming to Canada in 2021
New pears known for their blush are promising to bring back a revival of the pear industry in Canada leading many in the industry to get excited. Current predictions say that by 2021 this new pear will be commercial, ready and available for purchase. The pears were developed at the Agriculture and Agri-Food.....


South African stone fruit volume to Germany increasing
The continued drought conditions in South Africa are a cause for concern and call for best practises in terms of irrigation management. Water use and water use efficiency will remain crucial throughout the season. Not all areas are effected to the same extent. At this stage there is still enough water,.....


The ten most expensive fruits in the world
What is the most expensive fruit in the world? Japanese cube-shaped watermelon? Ruby red grape? Ginseng pears? Wrong!The ten most expensive fruits of the world, from cheapest to most expensive, are:10— Ginseng fruits - He Bei, China. Inspired by "Jouney to the West" (one of the Four Classic novels of.....


Difficult year ahead for South Australian horticulture
The first half of 2017 is looking to be a challenging time for winegrape and horticulture industries in SA, with many growers still recovering from unfavorable weather, including hail and floods. The Wine Grape Council of SA executive officer, Peter Hackworth, stated that he predicts a hike in price.....


Philippe Vandendriessche: “Jonagold needs a change in attitude”
Belgium: Jonagold overtaken by club varieties
It was recently announced that Pink Lady is winning ground at the expense of Jonagold. This is according to research by the Department of Agriculture and Fishing. All in all, Jonagold is still a market leader, but Pink Lady and other club varieties Normal 0 21 .....


Tasmanian cherries finally arrive in China
The Australian/Tasmanian Reid Fruits cherries reached China on 28 December. This is the official start of the sales in China of the cherries from the best production region in the world. This is what Mr. Xie Jinshan says, a representative of the Chinese Shenzhen Jin'anda Agriculture. Due to weather.....


Chile: "We'll continue having remarkable blueberry shipments this month"
During the holidays, Chile experienced sudden rains that initially raised alarm in various agricultural sectors. Fortunately for blueberry producers, the rains didn't have major consequences, as they are in the middle of the campaign. "Our projections remain the same as they were in the beginning. According.....


Argentina: "Chile's presence complicated the cherry season"
As the 2016-2017 Argentinean cherry productive campaign nears its end, producers confirm that overall there's been a positive balance. "Despite some weather difficulties that we experienced, we were able to once again, show our cherries to the world. The most important problem we had to face was the.....

The decline in production could reach 50%
Argentina: Rio Negro's pear season starts
The new fruit season is in progress: the arrival of the Williams pear, the most common variety in the region, has accelerated and the fruit is reaching its optimum ripeness. However, producers have only started harvesting the fruit in some fields of the Middle Valley.Yesterday the harvest of this variety.....


Fred Kloen, OTC Holland:
“Organic grape cultivation is no sinecure”
The South African organic stone fruit season is fast approaching its end for OTC Holland. “Before the holidays, we flew in additional peaches, nectarines, nectarcots and apricots, because they are not very suitable for seaborne freight. In the coming weeks we will continue with red and yellow plums. Up till.....

New smartphone can detect strawberry sweetness
A new sensor called the SCiO can detect the sweetness of strawberries before you even eat them. It does this by using a miniaturized near-infrared spectrometer, which detects the molecular signature of things. The sensor is included in the new smartphone, the Changhong H2, that offers developers the tools to.....

Third of Aussie acai berries carry unproven claims
University of Melbourne legal expert Professor Christine Parker, says around 33% of açai berry products on sale in Australia list untested claims about the health benefits of the fruit. The benefits claimed on marketing material include anti-ageing properties, and prevention of serious conditions like cancer.....

Sheehan Genetics versus Jacov P. Dulcich
Settlement in case of Great Green versus Green Emerald grape varieties
Sheehan Genetics LLC is pleased to announce that it has reached a settlement with Jakov P. Dulcich and Sons,of Delano California in the disputes between the two companies concerning Sheehan's table grape variety, Sheegene 17, at both the Patent and TrademarkOffice and in federal district court in.....


Peak berry production in Central Mexico and Central Chile
While Chile has seen an overabundance in blueberry production recently, imported blackberries are in good supply and imported raspberries are ramping up. The market has seen sufficient quantities of blueberries, largely due to Chile’s accelerated production and fewer chill hours. “That’s been radically.....

Berry lets chemo patient enjoy food again
Monica Faison-Finch, going through chemo therapy always complained that her water tasted like rusty pennies and the pepperoni pizza like metallic cardboard. This is a common occurrence among cancer patients. It can be a detrimental time for people who are suffering from cancer and not even being able to.....


Concord grape prices remain low in US
Concord grapes continue on a downward trend as they enter their third year of low prices. Industry experts expect farmers to continue removing acreage as they try to push demand and prices higher. However, experts suggest that farmers shouldn't make improvements anytime soon.“There are trends that are.....