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Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Later B.C. blueberry harvest opens opportunities for exports to China

After two years of early starts to the season, British Columbia’s blueberry season will return to a more regular time for its 2017 harvest.“Usually we start around the first week of July so we’re right around the normal start for us this year,” says Chris Messent with Kelowna, B.C.-based Consolidated Fruit.....

Strong July supplies

Oregon cherry grower focuses on special moments in consumers’ lives

As the first Orchard View cherries are being picked in The Dalles, Oregon, exclusive marketer Oppy is urging consumers to “Pick Your Moments” to enjoy these celebrated, superior cherries through summer.“We launched the Pick Your Moments brand positioning last year and were excited how well it resonated with.....

Citrus greening spreads to Alabama, US

A highly contagious bacterial disease that seriously threatens the U.S. citrus industry has been found for the first time in Alabama.Federal and state plant officials confirm that citrus greening was found in leaf and insect samples at a home on Dauphin Island, according to a news release Tuesday from the.....

Wenatchee, WA

New pear varieties shown off at Interpera 2017

The 10th edition of Interpera took place in Wenatchee in the state of Washington, USA. The congress has gathered more than 160 participants originating from 13 pear-producing countries.This World Pear Congress was co-organized by the Pear Bureau Northwest and AREFLH. At the event, visitors heard about the.....


Zespri kiwifruit celebrates the start of SunGold season with a national campaign

Summer is a time of sunshine, happiness and the seasonal return of SunGold Kiwifruit from Zespri. To kick-off the start of the season, Zespri is launching a national campaign, Celebrate The SunGold, which aims to highlight SunGold kiwi’s tropical sweet taste and vibrant yellow flesh by drawing parallels.....

Peak season for Nicaraguan dragon fruit

“Summertime is peak season for dragon fruit, and the prices are very reasonable,” said Alex Jackson Berkley of Frieda’s Specialty Produce. “Dragon fruit is one of the top-selling and trending tropical fruits, and also resonates with Asian and Hispanic shoppers. Nothing adds color and excitement like this.....

Alibaba to partner with Driscoll's to bring US berries to China

Alibaba Group announced a strategic cooperation with Driscoll's, a large US berry producer, to bring U.S. food products to China. Through this effort, Chinese consumers will be able to purchase fresh strawberries directly on Alibaba's Tmall platform.Alibaba has developed strategic cooperation and services that.....

Presented by Fruit Day and the Associations for California and Northwest American Cherries

First Chinese "2017 taste guide for American cherries"

In June, the production season for cherries in northwestern America started. Every one of their breeds has come to the Chinese market. As one of the most important markets for these cherries, China imports around 10% of the total production volume. The cherries are more and more in demand in China, but which.....

Dietitian advises how to get picky children to eat their fruits & veges

A struggle that has faces many parents each day is getting their children to eat their vegetables. According to Albertsons dietitian Molly Tevis however, parents may be doing things all wrong when trying to force their children to eat healthier and offers a few tricks to help frustrated parents of picky.....

Isreali-Chinese joint venture growing avocadoes in Western China

China: First ever large-scale domestic production of avocados to enter market in September

Israeli agriculture advisers, Mobius Israel, joined forces with Chinese Yunnan Greenbank Biological Group four years ago to launch the first large scale avocado production project in Mainland China.The team of Mobius Israel has a strong history of over 50 years in horticulture and growing avocado, whereas.....

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July 18, Faversham

Latest trial results showcased at Fruit Science Live UK

Fruit growers are invited to an exclusive tour of the latest FAST trials, covering top, soft and stone fruit, this July at the FAST headquarters in Faversham, Kent.Co-hosted by FAST and ICL, Fruit Science Live takes place on 18 July 2017 – the eve of Fruit Focus, and is an event for all fruit growers wanting.....

“We’ve noticed customers returning to brand products”

Dutch Gilad launches own brand: Chili Festival

By launching their own brand Chili Festival and renewing their house style, Gilad Produce wants to make the pepper market more distinctive. “We see customers returning to brand products.”The pepper market is doing well. There are more and more different varieties to be found, there’s more demand, and more.....

Italy: The harvesting of Aglio Rosso di Sulmona

PHOTO REPORTA day to promote red garlic from Sulmona. On 20th June 2017, Aglio D'Alessandro opened its doors during the first day of harvesting.Click here for the photosGarlic harvesting machine.This valley is surrounded by mountains that reach 2500 metres above sea level (at the foothills of the La Maiella massif and of.....

Beware of identity fraud

Criminals hack email of shipper for Dutch importer

It's a well known fact that as a fruit and vegetable trader you have to look out for emails from supermarket buyers who suddenly order trucks full of trade from you. But nowadays identity fraud is quite a bit more refined. An importer in Barendrecht recently received a request to pay an overseas shipper in.....

Italy: Early, seedless and organic table grapes at Il Castello

VIDEOAzienda Agricola "Il Castello"was established in the early 1980s by Biagio Consoli, who stopped working as a bank official to become an agricultural entrepreneur. He knew the Mazzarrone area well and realised its potential as a grape-producing region. Over the years, his initial two hectares have become 230......

Lisan van Koppen, 4 Fruit:

"Supply of mini watermelons from Spain could be problematic this summer"

Warm weather is an ideal situation for the melon trade, or so you would think. "The demand is good, but we expected buyers to queue up at our door on Monday. At other times it can be a fight to get trade in with weather like this, but now we have no complaints about the supply. The demand is good, but we had.....

Vicente Serisuelo: "We are exporting increasingly more Piel de Sapo"

"Piel de Sapo melons are usually the favourites in tastings"

Although the mild temperatures at the beginning of the season were not ideal for melon consumption and sales plummeted, there has since been a rebound of sales, and there were even shortages during the transition from Almeria to Murcia. Now, according to Vicente José Serisuelo, commercial director at.....

Daniel Bartolomé:

Spain: "We don't know why, but garlic sales have ground to a halt"

"We are satisfied with how the Spring garlic harvest has gone. There have been no diseases, good volumes, and we have managed to address the various climatic situations, like drought," explains Bartolomé, of the company Ajos Cuelgamures. Nevertheless, this Zamora-based firm has noticed that, in recent days,.....

Illuminated cultivation important for position of Dutch greenhouse vegetables

With more than 190 members joined, growers’ association Best of Four offers a wide range of greenhouse and outdoor fruit and vegetables. Manager Ton van Dalen talked to us about the shift to soft fruit, the increase of illuminated cultivation, and the importance of digitisation.Best of Four was founded in 2010.....

New technology helps reduce strawberry waste

A new technology is on a mission to turn the great British strawberry green as the summer season kicks off.More than 38,000 tonnes of soft fruit/berries, with a value of £180 million, are thrown away by British households every year mainly because they’re not eaten in time.The UK is one of the biggest.....

Fruit Attraction Smart Agro to showcase innovative tech for fruit & veg

Fruit Attraction 2017 will feature a new exhibition area this year called Smart Agro, designed to drive digital transformation and technological innovation in all the links in the agro-food chain; production, transformation, distribution and marketing, as well as the activities of R&D+i centres focused on.....

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AU: Banana industry converges on Sydney for Congress

Hundreds of delegates turned out for the opening day of the Australian Banana Industry Congress in Sydney on Thursday. Event Chairman Ben Franklin was nervous due to some tough times across the industry recently, but in the end, he says, he was pleased with the turnout."There have been some challenging.....

US strawberries to require import permit

AU import restrictions on certain goods to change this month

Importers in Australia have been advised of the Biosecurity (Prohibited and Conditionally Non-Prohibited Goods) Determination 2016 (Goods Determination) which is currently under amendment. As a result, from 30 June 2017 certain commodities will have different import conditions. Once implemented, imported goods.....

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Zafirakis Fruit

Change in mentality for organic produce in Greece

Greek growers have undergone a change in mentality. They’ve implemented organic methods in their production and work on obtaining GlobalGAP certification, according to Nasos Zafirakis of the Greek export company Zafirakis Fruit. “Supermarket chains are increasing their focus on GlobalGAP certified organic.....


Amazon buying Whole Foods is just a 'drop in the bucket'

'Sprouts ripe for takeover' | Kroger to Lidl: Bring it on

China: Alibaba to sell Driscoll strawberriesAlibaba Group announced a strategic cooperation with Driscoll's to bring U.S. food products to China. Through this effort, Chinese consumers will be able to purchase fresh strawberries as well as high quality seafood directly on Alibaba's Tmall platform......

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