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Global Focus  —  Soft/Stonefruit

Huelva's strawberry requires high-speed train and airfield

The strawberry sector achieved a production volume that was similar to the one they had last year (290,000 tons) despite the decrease in area (9%), which suggests that the turnover of the strawberry sector will be equal or somewhat higher (the sector has declined to give figures so far).It's time to look.....

Vignola cherry season coming to an end

The season is ending for Vignola cherries, which are grown between Modena and Bologna. "Harvesting will continue for another ten days and will end slightly earlier than usual. This is due to the fact that the campaign started early and that producers are harvesting quickly," explains Valter Monari, director.....

Gustavo Favero, Berrygood:

“Strawberries are the most popular berry in Brazil”

Traditionally, berries are little known in Brazil, with the exception of strawberries, although the popularity of the category is improving year after year. Currently, berries account for less than 1% of all fruits and vegetables sold in Brazilian supermarkets, and Gustavo Favero, national sales manager of.....

GoodFarms’ blueberries, strawberries and organic strawberries

Costco debut responsibly grown berries

The Equitable Food Initiative (EFI), a nonprofit that brings together workers, growers and retailers in an effort to produce safer, more responsibly grown fruits and vegetables, announced June 2nd, that the GoodFarms brand will debut its craft blueberries, craft strawberries and organic strawberries from.....

José Aurelio García, manager of Explum:

"There is still a shortage of plums in the market"

At present, there is a shortage of plums with a long shelf life and prices are high. Chile's campaign is already over and Spain has not yet shipped significant amounts, although Seville and Murcia have already been harvesting for a few weeks. "It's a strange season, because at this time we should be.....

Season kicks off in Lleida

"We expect a shorter stonefruit campaign"

The stonefruit campaign kicked off last week in Lleida with small volumes and a few days delay compared to last season due the unstable weather conditions during the spring. "From next week, we will market much more significant volumes to get the campaign in full swing," explains Josep Presseguer, manager of.....

Chile: Organic blueberries producers seeking business in Korea

The world's blueberry production has increased significantly in recent times because of an increase in global consumption. Blueberries are associated with a healthy lifestyle because of their nutraceutical characteristics. As a result blueberry consumption has increased rapidly in emerging markets.Thus,.....

Sweet cherry series now available

Greece: New cherry cultivar makes debut

The Greek nursery Vitro Hellas has been involved with the development of the new Sweet series variety of cherries, which was conducted by the University of Bologna in Italy. According to agronomist Aris Konstantinidis of Vitro Hellas, the new cherry has excellent characteristics. “It has a great taste and.....

Prices expected to decrease as Turkish shipments rise

"Beginning of cherry campaign has been marked by quality problems"

The cherry campaign hasn't been easy for most Spanish producers and exporters, as the rains and hail have done much damage to the early varieties plantations."We started the campaign on April 20 very positively and then it rained a lot, and there was even hail, in May; something that is very unusual in that.....

Víctor Martínez, La Vega de Cieza:

"We'll have a great apricot production in the coming years"

With the stonefruit campaign in full swing, FreshPlaza paid a visit to the cooperative La Vega de Cieza, a fruit and vegetable producer organization with 73 members, about 300 labourers in the peak season and a stonefruit production of around 18 million kilos, although they also sell citrus and kakis. In.....

Tour around cherry orchard

VIDEO Few people ever have the opportunity to tour a cherry orchard during harvest to listen to what motivates growers.CMI wanted their customers and consumers to have the opportunity meet a cherry grower. So, they packed up the cameras and recording equipment and took a ride to the cherry orchard of 80-year old.....

Mexico: 70% of berries from air shipments depart from Jalisco

The governor of Jalisco, Aristotle Sandoval Diaz, said that seven out of ten air shipments of berries departed from the Miguel Hidalgo International Airport in Guadalajara.The day that the first ton of strawberries and raspberries were shipped to the cities of Dubai and Kuwait, the governor said that.....

First Spanish company to export to Mauritius

Spain: Plums arrive with delay, but really high prices

With about 12 days delay compared to last year, mostly due to the lower temperatures and constant rains in May, the plum campaign has started this week in Extremadura for companies like Nogal Fruits. "While last year we started the harvest and marketing of plums on 25 May, this year we have kicked off on 7.....

High quality, large sizes

Early start for Macedonian cherries

Warm weather in February, March and April this year has meant that the Macedonian cherry season was able to start a week earlier on the 8th of May compared with the usual start date of 15 May. Janko Trajkov from Frutema said that the cherry quality is very high, despite seeing some damage at the end of April.....

Good export demand and stagnating consumption in Spain

Rainfall damages early cherries in Jerte Valley

The heavy rains recorded in the Jerte Valley have caused some damage to early cherry varieties, such as the Burlat, resulting in 'cracked' skin. Apparently, the damage has concentrated in specific areas, so, while some producers have suffered important damage, "in global terms they will not be very serious.....

Juan Carlos Moreira, Earth Trade Solutions:

"Cherries enjoy excellent growing conditions in north west of the US"

Mexico hardly produces any cherries because its climate is not suitable for the crop's cultivation, but the demand for cherries in this country has increased because of their health benefits. One of the growing regions from where cherries are imported is the north west of the United States. "The peak.....

Stable supply, service, logistics solutions

Polish blueberry growers team up to form cooperative

Three medium sized growers, located in various parts of Poland, have decided to join forces to form a new cooperative called CoRe Fresh Supply. By working together, the growers feel that they will be able ensure a stable supply, service, smoother logistics and be in a good position to realise a full program.....

Fruitmasters inspires with new Prestige line for berries

Photo report: Kick off Dutch berry season

PHOTO REPORT Last Thursday, 26 May, Fruitmasters hosted the opening of the Dutch berry season. At the The Hague-Delft facilities of the catering wholesaler Hanos, catering entrepreneurs were enthused to be able to start working with the newest berry harvest, marketed under Fruitmasters' Quality Prestige label. The.....

Serbian raspberry production on par with last season

Increased production areas for Serbian raspberries should offset the heavy rains/snow which hit their raspberry producers a month ago, according to Jelena Kovljanac from Master Frigo Fruits."Everything looks good so far for the 2016 raspberry season. The weather has been warmer so it looks like the season.....