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Global Focus — Top Fruit
Only Northern Europe prefers smaller fruits
Italy: Big apples are getting more popular abroad
The international markets are demanding increasingly bigger grades. There are some exceptions but "there are only a few countries that prefer medium-small 60 to 75 mm fruits, like for example Great Britain and Scandinavia in general," explains Luca Granata from Melinda.All of the other destinations want.....
Tony Derwael, Be'lExport:
"Dicolor is a success commercially, but technical aspects of growing need some work"
Despite Conférence's success, innovations are always sought after in pear cultivation. In 2009 Boomkwekerij René Nicolaï, Belgium introduced the new pear variety Dicolor. The sales of this variety take place through a closed chain concept through the Limburgse Tuinbouw Veiling and Bel'Export, the same.....
Jos Craemers, Veiling Borgloon: "Coming merger stimulus for new cooperation"
"The trade is demanding larger Conference pears"
Belgium and the Netherlands are the most important producers of the Conference pear. Conference in its turn is the most important pear variety and the production is still increasing. The increase in production is entirely thanks to the increase in the area in Belgium and the Netherlands. According to Jos.....
Harvesting of Golden is over, now it's time for Granny
Italy: Apples in Friuli Venezia Giulia are small but taste good
Small but definitely good - this is the description of this year's apples from Friuli Venezia Giulia which, once harvesting is over, will almost reach the 40,000 tons of the previous campaign. "Yields are 10% more than expected and quality is superb," explains Peter Larcher (in the photo below), chairman of.....
Bay Growers, fresh beginnings and renewed focus
Bay Growers has been growing apples for over 100 years and several generations in Grey County, located 90 minutes north of Toronto, Canada. This area offers a unique micro climate ideal for growing apples due to the influence of Georgian Bay and thefertile soils in the lee of the Niagara Escarpment. These.....
AU: Introducing naturally occurring mutations of Cripps Pink into APAL’s Pink Lady® business
The Pink Lady® brand, which was originally only licensed by Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL), for use in relation to the ‘Cripps Pink’ apple variety, has been a global success. The brand’s unique model ensures that only the highest quality apples can be sold under the brand - ultimately providing a.....
Poland: Apple volume to rise to 4 million tonnes
It was believed that the Polish apple season would be delayed this year but due to good weather conditions in early autumn, the harvest is on time. "Currently, we are in the middle of the harvest period," explains Jan Nowakowski from Genesis Fresh. "Gala, Champion and Ligol apples have been harvested already.....
Roel Vermeulen: "We expect a labour reduction of 20-30%"
Flevofruit tests new sorting machine for Conférence pears
Flevofruit from Biddinghuizen is currently testing a new sorting machine for Conférence pears. The brothers Roel and Wyno Vermeulen have chosen the French machine builder MAF Roda, who used a similar machine for sorting carrots - the machine is specifically designed for oblong products - but Flevofruit has.....
Xian Huang: "Lower imports due to high cost of fruit in China"
Chinese Asian pear season in full swing at Yex
At Yex, the Asian pear season is in full swing. "High season runs from August to February. We import Asian pears, of the Golden variety,directly from Chinafor the EU market,"said XianHuang from Yex. The importer explains that German customers particularly enjoy Asian pears, but he expects this will also rise.....
Growing In China SVM LTD Provides A Range Of Services
Shennong Variety Management or SVM for short, based in Kunming City Yunan, is presently operating test sites in all of the main horticultural production provinces of China.According to information from SVM, “the company with eight years in China under its belt provides a range of services to cultivar owners.....
Jan Timmermans: "I expect prices are rock bottom now"
Price pressure on Conference pears, especially the smaller sizes
The Conference pear harvest has been higher than originally expected and that has created price pressure especially for thesmaller sizes. At the auction in Belgium today, the price per kilo was around 60-75 cents for the large size, 30-50 cents for middle sized, and around 25 cents for the small.....
UK: Biggest harvest yet for concept Conference Pear orchard
Producing the equivalent of more than 54 tonnes per hectare, the 2013 Conference Pear harvest from the Concept Pear Orchard at East Malling Limited, has also shown a strong variation between the four growing methods for the first time.In only its fifth leaf and fourth harvest, the demonstration Concept Pear.....
Koen de Roy: "Large price gap between small and large sizes"
This season may see more competition amongst European top fruit
At exporter Herwi, in the Netherlands,top fruit export is running at full steam. Salesman Koen de Roy tells of his anticipation for the coming season. "The pears are a little bit smaller than first thought but there are still too many. This means that this yearthe price gap between smaller and larger sizes.....
Anthony Clark, Mansfields
"Not a bumper crop, but looking forward to a positive season"
The English apple season is well under way at Mansfields, one of the biggest fruit growers in the UK. Anthony Clark, says the weather during the growing season was good, "There was the right amount of warmth and cold and it was not too wet. We also had a good contrast of day/night temperatures which has.....