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Global Focus  —  Soft Fruit

Driscoll’s announces changes to Chilean operations to advance Global Blueberry Growth

Driscoll’s has announced a restructuring of their Chilean operations naming Brie Reiter Smith to the position of General Manager of Driscoll’s of Chile. The changes are part of the company’s advancement of its global business strategy and its focus on becoming the premier exporter of blueberries from Chile.....

US (NC): Blueberry season gets late start, volume expected to increase

While weather conditions contributed to a late start to this year's blueberry harvest in North Carolina, volumes are anticipated to be larger than those from last season.“We started harvesting a little later than usual this year,” noted Julie Woodcock, executive coordinator for the North Carolina Blueberry.....

Curry & Company to represent BC's Driediger Farms for west coast blueberry sales

Curry & Company has expanded their blueberry program by partnering with Driediger Farms Ltd. from Langley, British Columbia. Driediger Farms is a wholesale and retail producer of fresh and IQF frozen strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, currants and rhubarb. Their products are packed and.....

Blueberries coated in leaf extracts have longer shelf life

An Oregon State University researcher has helped discover a substance in blueberry leaves – which are usually wasted – that can be added to berry coatings, extending their shelf life while adding antioxidants.Working with an international team of scientists in China, OSU food scientist Yanyun Zhao found that.....

White strawberries

Breton farmer now producing rare variety of French Plougastel strawberries

A Breton farmer has decided to produce white strawberries, which are an older and rarer variety of French Plougastel strawberries. The first harvest began a few days ago in Brittany. Gariguettes are the most popular strawberries, but are in fact a mix of local fraise des bois and this white strawberry that.....

Californian strawberry expert at centre of battle over fruit's future

Watsonville has long been ground zero for California's $2.3-billion-a-year strawberry industry. Now it has taken centre stage in a sour legal battle over the fruit's and UC Davis plant sciences professor Douglas Shaw's future.The whole thing was set into motion when the 60-year-old Shaw, after nearly three.....

Norway: Growing consumption of fresh raspberries

Until 2001, it was hardly possible to obtain fresh raspberries in Norwegian stores. That same year however, the Scottish “Glen Ample” appeared on the market, a novel variant with large, tasty fruits resistant to the ails of transportation.Norwegian consumers loved this fruit. In 2012, 880 tons of raspberries.....

Camposol continues to develop further blueberry export expansion

Camposol continues with its ambitious plans for the export of blueberries. The Peruvian company has been very satisfied with the blueberry exports which totalled 1 million kg in 2013. At the time of the Peruvian season, the international market was practically unsupplied due to very adverse weather.....