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Global Focus  —  Soft / Stonefruit


Luis Ochoa, Olympic Fruit:

"Too few Spanish plums, rest of stone fruit supply on par"

There was a massive shortage of Spanish stone fruit at the start of the season. Now, however, there is a sufficient supply on the market. "Over the last few weeks, the consumption of watermelons and melons has been very disappointing. We need higher temperatures. In the next three weeks, there will be large.....

Early signs indicate bumper Northwest blueberry crop

Early signs are pointing to an excellent Northwest blueberry crop now that the season has been underway for close to two weeks. Ideal spring growing conditions is fueling very good yields, with growers predicting an increase in volume compared with last year's poor yields."Our season in Oregon and Eastern.....

Spain: Great shortage of plums and high market demand

The plum campaign started 10 to 15 days later in Badajoz, the main producing area of the stone fruit in Europe. The delay in the harvest, together with a significant drop in volumes this year, is translating into considerable shortages and a very high demand at the start of the campaign."The demand for plums.....

‘A Review of the Health Benefits of Cherries’

Sweet cherries inhibit oxidative stress and inflammation

In a review of 29 published human studies, dr. Darshan S. Kelley (together with dr. Yuriko Adkins and dr. Kevin D. Laugero) found that sweet cherries, rich in polyphenols and vitamin C, appear to offer health benefits to those with chronic inflammatory diseases."A Review of the Health Benefits of Cherries",.....

Argentinian peach production grows by 175%

The volume of peaches supplied to the Central Market of Buenos Aires in the 2017-2018 campaign reached 5,152 tonnes, which is 175% more than in the previous season, when the volume stood at 1,897 tonnes.The figures published by the newsletter of the MCBA are good news for the sector, given the drop in volumes.....

Ukraine: Frozen raspberry exports grow by 45%

"Exports of frozen raspberry produced in Ukraine increased by 45% during the first four months of 2018 over the same period last year. The country exported 3.7 thousand tons of products during the first four months of the year, achieving a new record for this period. In 2017, during the same period, exports.....

California nectarine numbers stabilizing after tricky start

The California nectarine season is stabilizing into a solid season now, a month after its commencement. The effects of the February frost, which badly affected some of the early stone fruit in California, are having a lingering effect on nectarines. This resulted in a late start, as well as a drop in volume.....

Mexican blueberries won't be affected by tariffs imposed by the US

Following the news published about the tariffs that the Government of the United States has imposed on Mexican cranberries, the National Association of Exporters of Berries (Aneberries) wished to clarify that blueberries (under tariff item 08104001) will not be affected, since such tariffs will only apply to.....

Browse through the photogallery of the event organized by Salvi Vivai

On a cherry orchard with 6600 plants per hectare protective nets are essential

PHOTO REPORTSuperb fields of 6600 plants per hectare: With the intent of showing the productivity of such plants, Salvi Vivai organized a technical day open to farmers, technicians and operators in the sector on Thursday, June 7, 2018, at the experimental location in the municipal territory of Portomaggiore (in the.....

"We are betting strongly on groupage in Eastern Europe"

"Stone fruit market remains stagnant and this is disastrous for shippers"

The significant delays affecting this year's stone fruit harvests, with significant reductions in the volume due to the impact of storms and hail, are affecting producers and exporters and causing prices to increase, but the transport sector is also hit and considers this situation "disastrous" for its.....

Daniel Vidal, of Exquisite Fruits:

"High prices of Spanish stone fruit helps Greece compete in Eastern Europe"

Each stone fruit campaign is different, although the final results are always difficult to predict, given that the weather plays a very important role until the very last moment. There is still a shortage of nectarines, although as soon as Lleida and Aragon (Spain's largest producers) hit the market, prices.....

Dan Davis with Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers

“About 40 percent of our stone fruit program is organic”

After a very good growing season, the expectations of organic stone fruit quality are high in Washington state. “Thanks to Mother Nature, the quality is excellent, and we will be able to produce a much better fruit size compared to the past couple of years,” says Dan Davis who heads up Oneonta’s organic.....

Chinese market share grows

Global consumption of strawberries increases annually

Data from market analysis company IndexBox shows that the world's largest consumers of strawberries are China (41%), the USA (16%), Egypt (5%), Turkey (4%), Mexico (4%), and Germany (3%). Together they account for 73% of global strawberry consumption.The largest growth of strawberry consumption between 2007.....

Mild weather fuels record strawberry production in California

Production of strawberries in California has reached record levels up to this point in the season. It's all thanks to the mild weather and the significant spring rainfall, which ironically caused a shortage of fruit at the time. However, according to growers, the rains sparked all growing regions into action,.....

California pluot growers preparing for peak season

The pluot season in California is now well underway and growers are reporting a good crop overall, despite weather challenges earlier in the year. While frost and heavy rain has had an impact on the state's cherry production, subsequent stone fruit varieties are experiencing fewer problems."The pluot season.....

George Harter with CMI on the Northwest cherry crop

“This year seems to be better than anyone can remember”

Warm days and cool, crisp nights have allowed Pacific Northwest cherries to develop high sugar, great flavor and color this season. “It is exciting to see such great quality coming off the trees,” says George Harter with CMI Orchards. “This year seems to be better than anyone can remember,” he added. “We’ve.....

Shipper adds 70,00 sq. ft. facility

New Jersey back up to a full crop of peaches this season

Peaches from New Jersey will likely get a slightly delayed start this year. “Normally we’d start packing our early peach varieties in the last week of June. But it looks like this year it will be more the first week of July,” says Jeff Danner of Eastern Propak in Glassboro, NJ. “We’ve had a cool, damp spring.....

California starts wrapping up its blueberry season

As California prepares to leave the domestic blueberry marketplace, transition begins towards pulling blueberries from other parts of the U.S. “There is an ample supply of blueberries right now. We’re between the California and the Pacific Northwest season,” says Jon Marthedal of Marthedal Farms in Fresno, Ca......

Ukrainian cherries may arrive in the Chinese market

China has recently shown an interest in Ukrainian cherries. Since 11 June, specialists from the People's Republic of China have been paying visits to Ukraine to check the fruit's phytosanitary situation before their shipment to China. The mission is working to assess the system that the country has in place to.....

Berry grower expands raspberry production into Mexico

California Giant Berry Farms has just completed planting more than 300 acres of a new crop of raspberries that will begin producing fruit as early as this fall. The Adelita variety raspberry was planted in multiple growing districts throughout central Mexico, including Guanajuato, Michoacán and Jalisco.“We are.....

Italy: Peach and nectarine campaign started at Gruppo Mazzoni

The new peach and nectarine campaign has started atGruppo Mazzoni. As usual, the produce is entirely Italian, certified and of high-quality.Over ten years ago, the production area extended to include Emilia-Romagna and Calabria and especially the Sibari Plain, one of the leading peach producer areas in.....

Piet Meerkerk, buyer Special Fruit:

“Organic blueberries have to be just as good as conventional ones”

“The share of organic blueberries compared to conventional ones has grown considerably,” says Piet Meerkerk, buyer for Special Fruit. “Right now, 12 per cent of our blueberries are organic compared to four to five per cent four years ago. We’ve seen total consumption of blueberries rising, but organic is.....

Peru: Raspberry cultivation has a future on the coast

The sudden commercial boom of blueberries has led producers to try to emulate this success with other berries. One of the first berries considered to replicate this success was the raspberry. It was promoted since 2011 in places that people thought were appropriate for growing it, such as Cajamarca. In fact,.....

Raspberry market to remain strong as US domestic season begins

The raspberry season is transitioning from Mexican growing regions into California as summer domestic production prepares to ramp up. California-grown raspberries will be supplying stores over the next few months."We are currently marketing raspberries from Mexico," shared Nick Wishnatzki of Wish Farms, Inc......

Importers look to Mexico for improvements in blackberry quality

While improvements are being made on blackberries from Mexico in terms of varieties, there’s a hope that work around quality issues and farming also be improved. “According to UN Comtrade data, since 2013, Mexico’s shipments abroad of blackberries have almost doubled. But the nation still has a way to go in.....

Blueberries in support of French football team

The Football World Cup is the biggest sporting event in France. “Our blueberry season is starting at the same time as the World Cup”, says Jacques Cailleaux, Sales and Sourcing Manager at Fruit Rouges & Co. “So, of course, we had to do something with these blue coloured berries.”“ ‘Everyone in blue with.....

US: Northwest cherries arriving at points worldwide

Temperatures across the Northwest have more-or-less consistently remained in the range for optimum growing, staying above dangerous cold thresholds and well-below the stifling highs that have been seen by now in some recent seasons. In terms of the crop, that translates into more time and energy the trees.....

Marc Lambeens, Fruit Vandepoel:

“Price slump changing soft fruit market”

“Everything is currently coming together on the strawberry market,” says Marc Lambeens from Fruit Vandepoel. “We have supply of outdoor strawberries and strawberries on racks. There are major quality differences between protected and unprotected production, and demand for strawberries is quite low. This.....

State has ideal climate for organic production

First Oregon blueberries harvested this week

“We are one of the first companies to start harvesting blueberries in Oregon,” says Aaron Ensign, President of Curry & Company. The state’s blueberry harvest kicks off the second week of June and continues into September. Ensign is very content about the growing season. “Mother Nature has cooperated, and.....

IFA calls on consumers to support Irish strawberry growers

Marking the start of ‘Celebrate Strawberry Season’, IFA President Joe Healy has called on consumers and retailers to support the Irish strawberry sector – a vital indigenous industry worth €47m at farm gate, with 57 growers producing over 8,000 tonnes annually.Joe Healy said, “Soft fruit producers have endured.....

“Social Influencers” create a buzz for blueberries

Wish Farms, a year-round grower-marketer of berries welcomed Florida bloggers to tour their blueberry packing operations and newest organic blueberry farm, Misty Organics.The event began at a local restaurant, where the group dined on a customized menu. Each dish and cocktail featured Wish Farms’ blueberries.....

Cold winter means tasty Texas peaches

This past cold winter has provided Texas peach growers with an excellent crop. Plenty of chill hours and sufficient moisture at the right time has resulted in good yields and high quality fruit. There was also the absence of a late spring freeze, which in some years can cause terrible damage to the crop."We.....

US: Volume to lighten for now on blackberries

As the market starts transitioning towards supplying blackberries domestically, anticipation is that volume will be good for summer blackberries. “Supply out of Mexico has been very steady. The season is starting to wind down and we’re seeing it lightening up a little bit,” says Vince Ferrante with Dave’s.....

Today, cherry packing for Washington state kicks off

Today marks the start of the Washington cherry season for Rainier Fruit. “We will be packing our first cartons for the season, which starts with the Chelan and Coral varieties,” says Troy Howard who is responsible for Rainier’s cherry program. The company’s cherry crop is geographically diverse with fruit.....

Andre Bailey with Global Fruit on exports shifting to Asia

“Europe is slowing as an importer of Canadian cherries”

It is shaping up to be a nice cherry crop in British Columbia. “We’ve had beautiful weather during cell division,” says Andre Bailey with Global Fruit. “The fruit spacing on the tree is perfect for high-quality fruit and there are no clusters, but lots of single, double and triple cherries.” It is expected to.....

South Carolina peaches bounce back with good 2018 volume

After weather events decimated its 2017 crop, South Carolina is picking back up with a good volume of peaches. “In the past three weeks packing a good volume of fruit,” says J.W. Yonce III with J.W. Yonce & Sons Inc. in Johnston, S.C. “We’re a bit early this year, about 4-5 days or maybe even a week.” The.....