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Canada now accepting Italian kiwis and plums

Canada has accepted the Italian phytosanitary protocol, so kiwis can now be sold on the market without any problems. Last year, the lack of an agreement had caused a few issues. In particular, the question concernedLobesia botrana which, although specific to table grapes, might in theory affect kiwis as.....

Spain: Start of quince season

Quinces, which usually hit the market at the start of autumn, are beginning to arrive. It is a fruit that, because of its flavour and texture, is mostly consumed in processed form."This is an advantage for its producers, who are not burdened by the need to sell it quickly to prevent it from spoiling," explains.....

Hot summer fuels intense but short California fig season

It's been a hot summer in California, especially in the agricultural regions. This has created mixed fortunes for many producers, ranging from lower yields to damaged fruit to a bumper crop for some. For fig growers though, it has meant that their season turned into a 'blink and you'll miss it' year. Most fig.....

Awards encourage New Zealand kiwi growers to up their game

Entering the Bay of Plenty Ballance Farm Environment Awards encouraged Whakatane kiwifruit growers Iain and Leanne Blackwood to "sharpen their game".The couple both work full time on their 7.95ha orchard, which includes 4ha of SunGold, 0.61ha of Sweet Green (G14) and 3.3ha of Hayward Green."We entered after.....

Most exotic and tropical produce completely lost

Florida produce industry assesses the damage of hurricane Irma

Florida growers of exotic and tropical produce were severely impacted by hurricane Irma last week. “Virtually all farms and groves in Miami Dade county were affected by the storm in one way or another,” says Peter Leifermann with Brooks Tropicals. “Overall, we estimate about 90 percent of the remaining Florida.....

2017 California persimmon crop welcomes big bump

California persimmon growers could be looking at a healthy-sized crop this fall/early winter. “Our fields were pruned very hard last year because of some big wind storms that had happened the previous winter. There were a lot of broken branches,” says Susan Bidvia-Kragie of Madera, CA’s Western Fresh Marketing.....

Italy: The Golden kiwi consortium organises Dorì Day

PHOTO REPORTNew Zealand, Chile, Spain, Portugal, China, Greece, France and Italy - these are the countries that took part in the second Dorì Day, organised by Consorzio Dorì Europe in Campoverde di Aprilia (Latina) on 13th September 2017.Click here for the photos!Group photo for Consorzio Dorì EuropeGuests arrived from.....

Italy: New technical products for kiwi cultivation

Dorì Day included not only tours of the orchards, but also displays of equipment.Valente Pali showed its film protection system to technicians and producers.Edoardo andAlessandro Valenteillustrated how easily and quickly the film can be hooked and unhooked.Sistema Valente"Thanks to a single elastic and.....

China: Yantai ginger prices up by 33% in two weeks

The price of ginger from Yantai, Shandong province, is growing rapidly. According to Yantai City Price Bureau, which monitors the agricultural markets of six city districts, on September 12, the ginger price had increased to 12.84 yuan per kilo, which is 24.18% higher than last week and 113.89% higher than.....

New Zealand kiwifruit pioneer Mike Muller passes away

Kiwifruit pioneer Mike Muller has passed away at the age of 72. He was a respected leader in the kiwifruit industry who will be remembered for his uncanny ability to connect with growers and promote opportunities that would help shape the industry we know today.About 500 friends, family and kiwifruit growers.....

Italy: The many negative repercussions of harvesting kiwis too soon

The problem for kiwis in September is avoiding the introduction of fruits on the market when it's too early. To better understand the negative effects of this phenomenon, we talked to professor Raffaele Testolin (in the photo) from the University of Udine, who also selects and develops promising.....

Climate change will make green kiwis unviable in Bay of Plenty

Kiwifruit growing of the main green variety will no longer be commercially viable in the Bay of Plenty in the future because of climate change according to Niwa.By the end of this century, a study by Niwa has found that growers in the region may be unable to grow green hayward kiwifruit because of warmer.....

Entry into production of new plantation in Seville

"Pomegranate consumption increases, but market conditions get tougher"

"At the end of last week, we started harvesting the new plantations in one of our farms in Seville. At Mogalla, we have opted for these early varieties in order to provide a wider service to our customers from start to finish," explains Daniel Blanco, Commercial Director of Mogalla.Yields will be lower, but.....

USDA to allow persimmon imports with calyxes from Japan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is publishing a final rule allowing the importation of fresh persimmon with calyxes (a plant part protecting the flower) from Japan.APHIS scientists prepared a pest risk analysis and determined that commercial.....

Pieter de Jong, KakiFresh Nature:

"Kakis are a real turnover maker for retailers"

HillFresh International has been focusing on supplying fruit and vegetables towards the international retail for year, but is now focusing on their own cultivation with subsidiary KakiFresh. "We see so much potential in kakis that we want to be able to control the entire chain," says director Pieter de Jong.....

Kenneth Meyer, Natural Tropic:

"Spanish domestic market growing for mangoes and avocados"

The season of the Osteen mango has burst loose again at Spanish production company Natural Tropic. "I expect to have around the same volume at our disposal in Spain as last year. The plantations have good quality," says Kenneth Meyer."The prices of the Spanish mango are always slightly higher than the product.....

Italy: Kiwi vine decline raises alarm in Piedmont

Kiwi vine decline has affected over 250 hectares in the Pinerolo-Cavour area and in the fruit-producing region between Alice Castello and Borgo d'Ale. This was reported by Coldiretti Piemonte, which is asking the Regional authority to intervene as the issue is becoming rather worrying, given that the area.....

NZ: Hortgem Tahi kiwis soften within five days of harvesting

Actinidia argutafruits differ fromA. chinensis Hort16A and Hayward fruits by size, skin, softening rate and texture. Researchers from the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research in Auckland analysed structural and cell wall changes inA. argutaduring softening.Changes in the cell walls ofA. arguta.....

China: Kiwis from Zhouzhi hit the market next week

A news conference about the kiwi fruit from Zhouzhi county (Xi'An city) will take place on September 16th in Zhouzhi itself. When the time comes the public brand name for kiwis from Zhouzhi will be announced and the results of the industrial development will be revealed. Several awards for achievements and.....

No path for criminal action for Zespri against grower who sent kiwi to China

Zespri cannot take a criminal action against the kiwifruit grower who allegedly sent plants of its SunGold and Gold9 varieties to China because the Plant Variety Act does not cover criminal proceedings.And the chances of Zespri being able to shut down the Chinese orchards growing the kiwifruit appear to be.....

Big potential for Chilean avocados in China

"Every year, the Chilean avocado season starts in August and ends in March. If we compare this season with the last year, we see that production of avocados in Chile has slightly increased. The new season has begun and export prices are still the same as the last year. However, taking into account the.....

Mohamed Gad, Agrogad

Egypt: "We'll start exporting Baladi pomegranates in a week"

Pomegranates are one of the flagship products for Egyptian exporting companies. The rising popularity of exotic fruits and the growing importance of healthy products "can give a boost to the demand for pomegranates and we could benefit from that," points out Mohamed Gad, of Agrogad.The North African country.....

Italy: Effective rootstock against kiwi vine decline

A rootstock representing a valid solution against kiwi vine decline - Ceradini Group (Verona) illustrated the potential of Sav1 to a few companies affected by root asphyxia. Over 150 took part, a demonstration of just how much the area is affected by the problem."We have proof that this rootstock is the answer.....

China: Jiangxi fig production falls 20%

"The fig production in China is widely distributed. They are seen as an uncommon fruit breed. Because of its sweet taste and smell, in the past few years, they have become more and more popular. In Jiangxi, because of the weather, this year's fig production has decreased by 20% compared to last year,".....

Rosh Hashana increases demand for new exotic fruits

In September, shoppers will look for “new fruit” to celebrate Rosh Hashana, aka Jewish New Year, beginning at sundown on September 20.It is a Jewish tradition to try a new fruit during Rosh Hashana to celebrate a “sweet” new year. From tiny cape gooseberries to the giant jackfruit, shoppers rush the stores.....

Consumption of exotic fruits on the rise in Spain

"We can ship fruit from Thailand to Spain in 24 hours"

The need to ensure that goods arrive in perfect condition, with a long enough shelf life in stores, and at a price that a standard family can afford, is what has motivated SukhothaiTrading Co Ltd to set the goal of shipping from Thailand to Spain in just 24 hours. "We want to make sure that we offer the best.....

Variety Innovation (EU) wants South Africa to become a net kiwi exporter

First commercial Soreli kiwi harvests from South Africa

The first commercial crops of the yellow-fleshed Soreli kiwi will soon start to come in from trial blocks around South Africa. Currently the vast majority of kiwi fruit consumed in South Africa is imported from New Zealand and Europe (Italy, France and Greece).Variety Innovation (VI) is pleased with the.....

Zespri pushes to supply SunGold kiwi year round

Zespri is working towards a long term strategy of supplying fruit to its export market for 12 months of the year.This would allow it to fulfil the demand for its SunGold (Gold3) kiwifruit in the market and strengthen its global brand.Global production would be a significant income driver in the years ahead,.....

Study links lychee deaths in India to pesticides, not the fruit

Recurrent outbreaks of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) among children in India and Bangladesh could be down to exposure to agrochemicals used in lychee orchards rather than consumption of the fruit of the Asian lychee tree (Litchi chinensis), according to recent research.The Bangladesh-US team of scientists.....

Only organic ginger for Swedish market

Two years ago, importer Everfresh (Total Produce Nordic), made the decision to start sourcing only organic ginger for their largest customer in the Swedish market, one of the largest supermarkets in the country. "There is a big push in Sweden and Scandinavia to offer as many organic products as possible and.....

Rising exports of Egyptian pomegranates to Asian markets

Egypt is going to have a promising season for pomegranates. The next season is set to start from the middle of September onwards. “We’ve had very hot weather in the last couple of months. This had some negative effects on the fruit, like sunburns, but in general these effects were minor. The overall quality is.....

Pomegranate growth driven by health-conscious consumer and high-end chefs

Demand for the Australian pomegranates is slowly growing as its health benefits and taste gain more exposure, according to one of the nation's largest growers and producers of the fruit.PomLife was established in 2008, and is dedicated to growing pomegranates and making "value-added" products from its arils.....

"Spain is greatly expanding its pomegranate acreage"

Spain: Pomegranate campaign kicks off with lower yields and larger calibres

The pomegranate campaign has already started in Elche, the main pomegranate producing area in Spain, where the first early pomegranates of the Acco variety hit the market last week. Next week will see the arrival of the first pomegranates of the Valenciana variety, and the Mollar will be harvested in early.....

"Double the amount of pallets fit onto a container ship"

Zespri says goodbye to reefers

A few months ago Seatrade introduced a new line from New Zealand. "Our kiwis now go to Belgium with the Seatrade Blue," says Nele Moorthamers of Zespri Europe. "This container ship goes to Zeebrugge via Peru and the US, arriving at the BNFW terminal, where the kiwis are unloaded. It will be a set line that.....

Volumes down after a bumper 2016/17 season

New South African mango season in an off cycle

After what was possibly the largest harvest in the history of the South African mango industry in 2016/17, the new season’s volumes will definitely be down. After a season of heavy bearing, mango orchards are now in an off cycle and it’s already visible that flowering intensity is down compared to last year,.....

Zespri recognized for marketing innovation in Japan

How can you sell more kiwifruit in Zespri’s longstanding number one market against all trends, in a country where people are bombarded by 18,000 TV commercials a year and where sales of fruit have been dropping over the past decade?Kanako Inomata, head of marketing for Zespri in Japan, was presented with the.....

All NZ kiwifruit contractors to be audited after worker exploitation

Kiwifruit harvest contractors in New Zealand will be audited next season as the industry takes a tough stance on exploitation of workers in order to deal with growing concerns.Zespri communications manager Oliver Broad said it was one of a number of initiatives that aimed to raise standards and drive.....

Italy: Ginger grows in popularity

Until a few years ago, no one knew what it was. Then, thanks to cooking shows on TV and the increase of immigration, ginger became more popular in Italy as well and has finally become available in supermarkets and green- grocers.Ginger sold in a supermarketAlmaverde Bio sells ginger from the certified chain......

"Mango prices at the right level"

There is a positive atmosphere on the mango market at the moment. According to Sjoerd Meijer of Fruitmarket, the situation in recent weeks was relatively okay among most traders. "The prices were varied, there was sometimes up to a three Euro difference between Senegal and Brazil. The prices were on the low.....

Season about to get underway

High quality California pomegranates will offset lower yields

Bigger, sweeter pomegranates are on the horizon for this season's harvest. The California season is about to get under way and the expectation is for a lower yield which will, however, be offset by the quality of the fruit.Tom Tjerandsen, of the Pomegranate Council, gives this outlook for the season: "In a.....

China: Quality lacks behind in growing kiwifruit industry

"In the past few years, the total production quantity of Jiangxi kiwis have been growing year after year. Because of the expansion of the traditional production areas and the addition of new production areas, in the next three years, the kiwi production quantity will keep growing rapidly. In 2020, it will most.....

Week 33 import market review

China: First batches of Uruguayan tangerines on sale

This week, Southern Hemisphere tangerines are still in the spotlight. Although autumn has already started, the weather in China is still hot and tangerines sales, especially of tangerines from South Africa, are going smoothly. In addition, this week, Uruguayan tangerines and Peruvian blueberries joined the.....

Central Market of Buenos Aires (MCBA)

Argentina: Increase persimmon volumes

In the 2016 Central Market of Buenos Aires (MCBA) analysis of the supply of persimmons, it was mentioned that last year there was a 26.3% increase compared to 2015. Thus, in 2016 there was an offer of 377.2 tons, compared to 298.5 in 2015. These data are contained in the Bulletin of Fruits and Vegetables of.....

Zespri optimistic about 2018 season

Zespri, New Zealand's statutory kiwifruit exporter, is optimistic about the 2018 season after some growers saw a weakness in 2017, with plans to continue global expansion.In the 2017 season, the Te Puke-based company achieved distributable profit for its grower shareholders of $34.8 million in the year to.....

Zespri cracks down on grower who allegedly distributed SunGold to China

One New Zealand kiwifruit grower has been found to have allegedly distributed Zespri's SunGold and Gold9 varieties to Chinese growers in breach of the company's plant variety rights.Action had been taken against the Zespri grower and shareholder, Zespri chief operating officer Simon Limmer said at the.....

Season at Wilkofruit begins in earnest

"Demand for Turkish figs increasing annually"

The Turkish fig season began two weeks ago, but is really taking off now. "Production started in Bursa, the largest fig area, this week. This means an increase in volume. The figs are of a good quality - firm with a high brix level", says Jan Willem Arts of Wilkofruit. "In addition, everything is.....

Port of Tauranga kiwifruit shipments slip 1.4%

The Port of Tauranga has transformed itself into Australasia's most efficient port and has broken records for cargo volumes. However, Kiwifruit volumes slipped 1.4 percent to 982,000 tonnes after a poor growing season. New Zealand's biggest port company today posted a 7.9 percent gain in annual profit to $83.4.....

NutriKiwi makes huge investments to take the Australian market

The post-harvest operators behind New Zealand’s largest supplier of green kiwifruit into the Australian market are investing unprecedented resources into their operations. NutriKiwi is a joint venture between EastPack Ltd, Trevelyan’s Pack & Cool Ltd, DMS Progrowers Ltd, and Opotiki Packing & Cool.....

Mario Iuzzoluni, VerDi Import:

"Prickly pears a high demand item this time of year"

The prickly pear season is in full swing. "We have been receiving the prickly pears from our Italian suppliers for years and it's a high demand item this time of year," says Mario Iuzzolino of VerDi Import. "The ethnic trade is the main buyer of prickly pears, but they are becoming more well known every year.....

Is eating kiwi with the skin still on healthier?

Merely the thought of biting into a fuzzy kiwi without peeling first can send a shiver down the bravest of spines. According to nutritionist Rosemary Stanton however, it is actually healthier, and even encouraged."It's fine as long as it is clean," Dr Stanton said. "As long as somebody with dirty hands wasn't.....

Signapore electronic distributor invests into durian business

Electronic components distributor Serial System is diversifying into the durian business.In an announcement on Monday evening, the group said that a wholly owned subsidiary, Serial System International (SSIPL), and its CEO, Derek Goh, has entered into a joint venture agreement with an individual called Ting.....

Students can now apply for Zespri scholarships

Secondary school students who are heading into tertiary studies and planning to work in the kiwifruit industry have been encouraged to apply for Zespri's horticultural scholarships, which are now open.Georgia Cook and Libby Bradley (pictured) were each awarded with Zespri scholarships worth up to $15,000......

The achacha enters international market with force

The achacha, an exotic fruit of Amazonian origin produced in Guatemala, has started to be exported this year to countries around the world. It is an innovative export, as no other country had previously managed to introduce this product in the international market.The Guatemalan company Prime Tropics has been.....

"The Maluma is the only cultivar capable of competing with Hass" - Dr André Ernst, Allesbeste Boerdery

Maluma commercialisation imminent in Chile & Israel with trials in the USA

The Maluma avocado, commercially launched in 2007, is an alternative to Hass in areas where Hass struggles with its size count distribution. The Maluma, a chance selection originating in the Levubu area of Limpopo Province, thrives under hot conditions. It is currently commercially cultivated in South Africa,.....

Bernard Breman:

“Ready for start of kiwi berry season despite frost damage”

Kiwi berries and tayberries, these aren’t the most obvious cultivations chosen by Bernard Breman when he switched careers and started growing fruit in 2010. “Of course I could’ve started growing apples or pears, but there are already so many of those. I wanted to do something different. That’s why I started.....