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Peach prices sky high after heavy losses in Southeast US

With low chill hours this year, Southeastern peach growers were hit with extreme losses. Will McGhee, Marketing Director for the Georgia Peach Council told WSAV-TV in Savannah, GA, it was one of the worst in 50 years.WSAV-TV reports Georgia lost about 80% and South Carolina lost about 90% of their respective.....

Peru: Imported pears up 16.9% from January to August

In the period from January - August of this year, Peru's pear imports amounted to 16,708,323 kilos, an increase of 16.9% compared to the 14,294,575 kilos acquired in that same period for 2016.As was indicated by the website Agrodata Peru, who pointed out that in terms of value Peru imported pears for US $.....

The EU Commission publishes regulation that triples peach and nectarine withdrawal measures

The Official Journal of the European Union published on Saturday the "Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1533 as it regards the temporary exceptional measures to assist peaches and nectarine producers in Greece, Spain and Italy", which was applicable from 3 August, and triples Spain's peach and nectarine.....

Peru to airfreight Asparagus and Blueberries to New York and Miami

La Libertad's agroindustrial products, such as blueberries and green asparagus, are scheduled to be shipped directly to New York and Miami from the "Captain FAP Carlos Martinez de Pinillos" airport (Huanchaco) on Airbus 300 aircraft with 43 tons of capacity.After an important meeting between the La Libertad's.....

Vertical melon cultivation in Sicily

"This year, the melon campaign went well thanks to our newly-introduced vertical cultivation method," explains Rosario Spataro from Ispica (RG).Photo: netted melons cultivated vertically in Ispica (RG)Spataro has been cultivating organic produce for years and is very happy about it, especially since Coldiretti.....

China: Low market price for this year's Gala apples

There's a lot of different prices for the Gala apples this year, and the drop in prices is severe. There's a wide price gap from 0.01-0.03 EUR to 0.36-0.38 EUR. In terms of their performance on the market, the majority have a low price, revolving between 0.01 EUR and 0.08 EUR. The cheap fruits harm the.....

NFO and GroentenFruit Huis

“Fruit chain happy with opening of Mexican border for Dutch pears”

The Mexican border for the import of Dutch pears has recently opened. Specific agreements have been made between both countries about the conditions under which the pears may be imported from the Netherlands. The NFO (the Dutch Fruit growers association) and sales organisation GroentenFruit Huis speak of an.....

Asda increases fruit sales with candy flavoured fruit

UK supermarket, Asda, are on a mission to increase fruit consumption, by launching new varieties of candy flavored fruits and not just for children – sweet-toothed Brits are going wild for candy flavored fruit. Asda is currently going through an innovative phase of fruit growing with growers able to naturally.....

"Tare weight" takes up 40% of packaged fruit

Netizens have now shown that, when buying fruit, they are paying mostly for the paper inside the carton. In the fruit packaging from most sellers, varying amounts of paper can be found. This paper cannot be seen from the outside. The most excessive example is mangoes: in a package of 12.5 kilograms of mangoes,.....

Spain: Apple market to remain quiet for at least 2 months

Apple production is generally good in Girona, where they expect to harvest 79 million kilos, almost the same volume as a year ago, with a slight 2% drop."The market is quiet at the moment and there is still stock from the previous campaign, which we expect to be sold out in about two months. The prices of the.....

Spain: Melon prices reach all time highs

The average price of melons in Spain stood at 50.73 Euro/100 kg in week 35 (from 28 August to 3 September); a record level that had never been reached in recent seasons and 144.71% higher than the price at origin recorded in the same week of 2016 (20.73 Euro/100 kg).This has been revealed in the latest weekly.....

Tour of Seminis’ melon field trials in California

New melon varieties with consistent quality and fewer harvest passes

Last year, Seminis launched a new cantaloupe variety called Don David. “This year was the first year of sales in the western US,” says Jeff Mills, melon breeder with Seminis. The variety is also sold in Guatemala and Honduras and exported to the US in winter. “This is the first year of sales in California and.....

Italy: PGI watermelons sell for twice as much as the standard produce

It hasn't been a great year for watermelons, as average prices weren't satisfactory and the weather overlapped productions. Quantities available exceeded demand. However, there was one particular variety that obtained satisfactory prices thanks to the right promotion - Anguria Reggiana Igp.Patrizia Manghifrom.....

Honduras to export up to 500 containers of okra this year

Felipe Méndez, one of the leading producers, indicated that so far this year about 200 containers have been exported to the international market to date, and this year they intend to exceed this figure.Between 400 and 500 containers of okra are intended to be exported at the end of this year, according to.....

Week 35 import market review

New American black grapes entering the Chinese market

This week, the supply on the imported citrus market has increased for both oranges and tangerines. The price, however, has been fluctuating. On the imported grape market, the supply of American grapes has also grown. Compared to the winter, when there is a large supply of Chinese grapes, the market is more.....

Peak of production is yet to come

California grape season showing better balance and movement this year

In many ways, this year’s California grape season is opposite from last year. Because of a cool spring, some varieties were initially slow to sugar, which has resulted in harvest of the crop being more spread out. “Last year, the Arvin, Delano and Fresno growing districts all came at the same time, but this.....

Light blackberry crop leads to mixed fortunes in Pacific northwest

It's been a challenging year for berry growers in the Pacific northwest, with weather conditions in spring setting up a poor year. For blackberry growers, harvest time is about to close and it's been a light crop overall. Jeff Peterson, of Columbia Fruit, said that yield is down due, in part, to the cold.....

Australian Kanzi apple growers double production in 2017

Australian Kanzi Apple growers marketed 1,600,000 kg of class one Kanzi in Australia in 2017, double last year’s production. Batlow Kanzi apple grower, packer and marketer Rob Cathels says, despite the increased crop, fruit sales were completed nationally within the planned 12 week marketing window, from early.....

Poland has largest strawberry area in Europe

Europe: growing strawberry production area quite stable

The production of strawberries in Europe has risen by 28% over the last ten years. The EU produced a volume of 1.2 million tonnes of strawberries in 2016. Of this, almost a quarter comes from Spain, Poland has a share of 17%, Germany 14%, Italy 11% and the UK 9%. Together these countries are worth three.....

Photo report: International Strawberry Congress

PHOTO REPORTThe International Strawberry Congress was held on the 6, 7 and 8th of September in Antwerp. "Hoogstraten can look back on a very successful third edition of the congress held last week. We are very satisfied with the positive feedback we got from those who attended. Again, it seems the mix of science and.....

Ontario greenhouse grower expands berry production

Tapping into consumers’ increasing interest in locally grown food, Kingsville, Ont.-based DelFrescoPure® is expanding its greenhouse strawberry production by 10 acres. “We’ll be in full production by November,” says DelFrescoPure’s Ray Mastronardi. “The local demand for the greenhouse berries is strong. With.....

Strong supply and new varieties in Michigan’s apple season

The apple season in Michigan is kicking off with a positive start, say growers. "The supply right now of Gala and Macintosh apples is excellent,” says Scott Swindeman of Deerfield, Mi.-based Applewood Orchards Inc. “We are also starting to pack Honeycrisp today and we started SweeTango apples 10 days ago.”.....

China: Fall in price of red grapes

This week, the price for red grapes has been showing a downward trend. At this moment the average price for one kilogram of red grapes is 1.79 EUR (14 RMB), while the average price last week was still 1.97 EUR (15.4 RMB) and the average price last month was 1.90 EUR (14.8 RMB). The average price for the same.....

EU harvests 4 million tonnes of peaches and nectarines in 2017/2018

The largest producers of peaches and nectarines in Europe are Spain, Italy, Greece and France. The area has been under pressure in recent years and decreased to 229,000 hectares in 2016/2017. A stable area of 210,000 hectares is estimated for the season 2017/2018. This was reported by theUSDA in a recent.....

Leonard Kampschoer, FruitMasters:

"I think we're on the edge of a breakthrough with pear exports to China"

FruitMasters has been promoting the Conference pear during the Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong since 2009. From the moment that the Dutch Conference pears received access to the Chinese market in 2014, the sales organisation has been actively working on an expansion of the Chinese market. It continues to be.....

Matthew Roberts - Viva Tierra Organic

Drawn out season for Northwestern organic pear growers

The higher summer heat in the western part of the United States has continued to leave its mark on a number of fruit and vegetable growers. This is also true of organic pear farmers, who have seen their trees struggle this season. Matthew Roberts, of Viva Tierra, explained, "It's been a pretty challenging.....

HillFresh is Itaueira Rei melons' exclusive partner

The partnership between HillFresh and Itaueira, grower of the ready-2-eat Rei melons, began almost two years ago. This month, both parties strengthened this relationship by signing a contract making HillFresh Itaueira's exclusive partner in Northern Europe. In addition, they will also focus on distributing.....

Texas A&M granted $4.4m fund to improve US melon industry

More than $4.4 million is being funded to discover ways to improve the U.S. melon industry through a grant to scientists with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and in seven other states.The monies, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, were part of $35.....

Logistically sound for Asian market and Europe

US blueberry exporter has started sourcing in Poland

Year round supplies of blueberries have been steady as she goes when you’re able to source them from about seven or eight countries. With final shipments coming out of Canada, Terra Exports moves into sourcing from around the globe – including Poland, the newest source. “We’re in the middle of the season for.....

Chilean cherries begin multimillion dollar promotion in China

At the Asia Fruit Congress in Hong Kong, Chile's fresh cherry sector, the leading exporter of this fruit worldwide, officially announced its new promotional campaign.At 5 million dollars, this initiative becomes the largest promotional campaign carried out by the Chilean fresh fruit export industry for a.....

Argentina: Blueberry exporters want to depend less on the US.

In the last year, seven out of 10 Argentine blueberries were destined for the United States. That 70% of the harvest is perceived as a very high volume that generates a dependence that could be avoided not only because of these reasons, but also for those of competence and positioning. "We want to concentrate.....

Peru: Blueberry exports set to recover in the second quarter

Exports of blueberries will recover in the second half of 2017 and close the year in positive, despite falling in the first half of 2017. The greater profitability obtained in that period due to higher product prices encourages exporters to concentrate their production for that period, thus continuing the.....

China: American fruit shipped direct to the trading post in Dalian

In the past few days, 12 crates of American cherries have successfully cleared the customs at the trading post in Dalian, after having met the standards set out by the Inspection and Quarantine Office in Liaoning province. This batch of cherries will be transported along the COSCO OCEANIA naval line by a.....

SweeTango Europe Group founded

On August 8th, 2017, the SweeTango Europe Group (STEG) was founded in Langenthal (CH), in the presence of the grower David Bedford (USA). Founding members are DOSK (D), Geiser agro.com (CH), Fa. Kröpfl (A) and Melinda (I).With this, they hit an important milestone for the coordinated expansion and the.....

The Sicilian table grape season

VIDEOThe harvesting of Victoria grapes is ending in Sicily while that of the Italia variety is just starting. Other varieties with significant importance on an international level are also cultivated.Gianni RanioloWe talked to one of the leading experts in the sector, Gianni Raniolo (president ofConsorzio dell'Uva.....

India could soon be Brazil's largest apple export destination

The Association of Producers predicts that India will be the main destination for Brazilian fruit in 2018.India has authorised the importation of apples from Brazil by means of cold treatment. An ordinance of the Indian Ministry of Agriculture, published in the Official Gazette of India, amends local pest.....

Italy: Nectarines - the fine line between high-quality and standard produce

VIDEOIf Italy wants to salvage its peach and nectarine production it needs to take a step forward, otherwise, as reported by a wholesaler, "the best produce will continue to be the one from Spain."Watch the videoFruits must be harvested at the right moment when the flavour and texture are good but with a few days.....

Increased demand sends blueberry prices skyrocketing in North Korea

Blueberries are flying off the shelves at a much faster rate than last year in the markets of North Korea’s Ryanggang Province. This is likely because their season is about to draw to a close and because they are being exported abroad and consumed by domestic shoppers. For more, we turn to Special Economic.....

Hungarian apple production in a bad situation

The Hungarian apple production is in a bad situation. The share of it used for industrial processing is very high, the proportion of modern plantations is low and the acreage is increasingly reduced, according to the Hungarian Vegetable and Fruit Interprofessional Organization and Product Council.....

New flat peach varieties revealed

While the flat peaches varieties of ASF are now well- known as benchmark varieties during the whole season, with a range beginning at UFO3 ripening time until 10 days after Sweetcap, Laurence & Arsene Maillard haven't stopped the research. The new generation offer varieties starting at UFO2 until 1 month.....

The Blueberry Committee of Chile visits New Delhi and Mumbai

Chilean blueberries have good prospects in India

India represents a market of 1.324 billion people and economic growth is expected to reach 7.2% this year.Given its growth, this market is gaining special importance for the Chilean export fruit industry.In this context, and in order to strengthen ties with importers, distributors, wholesale markets and retail.....

Chile exported less fresh fruit, but more nuts, in July

As of July 2017, 2,041,787 tons of fruit were exported, including fresh fruits and nuts, a figure very similar to that of 2,049,625 tons exported in the same period of 2016. As of the seventh month of the year, shipments of fresh fruit decreased by 1.5%, while those of nuts increased by 49% in volume.....

NZ: Kiwifruit Claim defence argues there was no duty of care owed by MPI

The defence in the Kiwifruit claim, where 212 claimants are seeking damages after an outbreak of Psa in 2010, has opened by telling the court that the duty of care that the plaintiffs are relying on is non-existent.Now in its fifth week at the High Court in Wellington, where the plaintiff's witnesses have.....

China: Gala apples - 2017 review

In 2017, too many Gala apples were produced and their prices were low. In fact, it was recognized as the lowest prices for that season ever. Product quality was poor, too. In general, July is a month of ripening, but in July of 2017 the weather was unexpectedly hot (38°-42°), there was almost no difference.....

Qatar offers opportunity for Polish apple exporters

The upcoming apple season has been one of uncertainty, after frosts hit, causing losses all over Europe. At one point, estimates had been as high as 50% losses, but now that the harvest of the main varieties is only a little over a week away, these percentages have dropped significantly."Some people say that.....

China: Grapes from Pujiang "fly" to Singapore

On the 8th of August, a batch of fresh plump and tender grapes, just harvested from a fruit orchard in Pujiang county, were transported to the international airport in Xiaoshan in a cold-chain vehicle. Reports state that this batch of grapes had a total weight of 400kg and is currently being sent onto an.....

Chinese berry supplier taken to court over Patties' hepatitis outbreak

The clean up from a hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries has landed in court, with Patties Foods seeking millions of dollars in compensation from the supplier that sourced the infected fruit from China.In a statement of claim filed in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Patties says Australian food.....

US demands South Korea drop tariffs on apple, pear and garlic

The Inside U.S. Trade reported on September 4 that the United States demanded the opening of the South Korean agricultural market on August 22 at the two countries’ joint committee meeting. The meeting covered the KORUS FTA, claiming that the elimination of the tariffs it imposes on agricultural products.....

US researchers develop new adaptable tool to fight "Fire Blight"

For over two hundred years, apple tree growers have tried desperately to protect their crops from what scientists say is the oldest, most serious and most perplexing bacterial disease of fruit trees. It’s called “Fire Blight.” And the name describes the dried up, scorched look of the affected branches.Plant.....

New Brunswick blueberry yields drop after driest season in 20 years

New Brunswick blueberry growers faced the driest season of the last two decades this year, with lower yields across the province as a consequence. "It's an emotional difficulty," said Russ Weir, who owns McKay's Wild Blueberries in Pennfield, west of Saint John. Thanks to the unusually dry season, farmers are.....

The Chilean Blueberry Committee's mission arrives in Dubai

In order to generate new contacts with importers, distributors, wholesale markets and retail chains, the Blueberry Committee of Chile, an entity that operates under the umbrella of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX), carried out its first mission to Dubai, the economic capital of the United.....

Poor California growing season

Plum prices climb as end of season approaches

As summer comes to an end, the end of the plum season in the United States is also drawing near. And this year has not been the best for growers in the industry, especially in California. Jeff Simonian, of Simonian Fruit Company in California has said that overall production is down on the average. "We're at.....

Depressed pricing

North American watermelon supply and demand winding down

With Labour Day kicking off the back-to-school fall season, demand is starting its traditional drop for watermelon.“Supply of watermelon is fine. It’s limited but demand is as well,” says Savvas Tsoukalas of Mississauga, Ont.-based Savco Worldwide, Inc. “All the demand this time of year drops off dramatically.....

Northern New York State

Apple pest research equipping growers for quality harvest

Technical assistance and outreach funded by the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is informing commercial apple growers in the northeastern region of New York State to effectively manage key orchard pests.Cornell Cooperative Extension educators with the Eastern NY Commercial.....

Chilean cherry sector launches $5m dollar advertising campaign in China

The Chilean fresh cherry sector used the setting of the Asia Fruit Congress in Hong Kong today to announce a US $5 million investment in its biggest ever advertising and promotional campaign in China to build on rapidly growing consumption in the country. The announcement follows confirmation that Chile has.....

Compac unveils "leap forward" in cherry grading

Compac has announced the development of new technology to overcome the traditional issues associated with grading and sorting cherries.End View is the new cherry grading technology that utilises learnings from Compac’s Spectrim platform to improve outcomes for cherry-specific produce lines. End View will be.....

Spain: Withdrawal quota for peaches and nectarines raised to 29,325 tonnes

The withdrawal quota for Spanish peaches and nectarines has been raised from 19,500 to 29,325 tonnes. This additional quota, approved to tackle the impact of the Russian veto, came into force last Tuesday, according to a press release from the Spanish Federation of Associations of Producers and Exporters of.....

Strawberry consumption slowed after 15 August

"People have been eating strawberries since spring"

"The strawberry market is 'not good' at the moment." Eddy Corijn of Demargo BVBA, described the situation in those two words. "After 15 August, the consumption of strawberries always declines, but it seems to be even more extreme this year. The prices should have boosted exports, but this was not the case. We.....

Europe regulates agreements and competition in the fresh produce sector

The historic agreement between the two leading producer organisations in the Trento area - Melinda and La Trentina - has been quite the news. An agreement between once-rival companies for the commercialisation of their products is a rather delicate matter and we have discussed it with Gualtiero Roveda from.....

Italy: Overproduction and low prices for melons

Despite the positive start, due to the lack of produce, melon prices haven't been good this season. Which is a pity, as quality was excellent.Savino Tiraboschi explains that "the market has been heavy throughout the campaign and demand was slow despite the high temperatures which usually favour consumption......