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Global Focus — Stone Fruit
Spain: Calanda peaches could reach record harvest
Calanda peaches could reach a record production volume this year, according to the Regulatory Council's prospects. If the weather remains favourable until the end of the campaign, in October, the production could reach 6 million kilos, surpassing the record 5.5 million of 2009.The president of the Regulatory.....
Number of cultivated hectares increases, yields improve
Argentina: Cherry production increases in the valleys
Some time has elapsed since, at the end of the nineties, some private initiatives gave way to the introduction of Cherry crops in Neuquén. In that time, however, the Patagonian region became one of the leading producing regions in the country and the largest exporter of cherries in Argentina.In the past 20.....
Germans harvest almost 40% more cherries than last year
Last year Germans consumed on average 2.1 kilograms of cherries per person, reports the German website Proplanta.de. Per person cherry consumption has been stable for the past few years (2012: 2.3kg, 2011: 2.1kg, 2010: 2.3 kg). In 2013 in Germany sweet cherries and sour cherries grew on 7,400 hectares of.....
Dutch greenhouse cherries: quality can take on competition of outdoor cultivation
For thirteen years now, Kwekerij de Lieshof has been cultivating Dutch greenhouse cherries. The season is now over, and due to strong competition from outdoor cultivation, it wasn't too good. Grower Christ Biemans still sees chances though. "In the coming years, we will switch to later varieties. Prices are.....
Germany expects rebound on cherry production
German total cherry production for CY 2014 is estimated at 51,900 MT of which sweet cherries comprise 36,300 MT and tart/sour cherries 15,600 MT. This is a 38 percent increase compared to the below average production in CY 2013. The favourable weather conditions (mild and dry conditions during flowering) are.....
Flat peaches reach 90,400 tonnes (+20%)
Spain: Murcia's peach harvest 30% greater this year
With the campaign already finished, the Council of Agriculture and Water expects this season's peach harvest to reach 330 239 tonnes; an increase of 30% compared to the previous year, according to data from the Agricultural Associations and Statistics Service, obtained in collaboration with the District.....
BLE market report week 27
Germany: decreasing apricot prices
There were mainly apricots from France and Turkey present on the German wholesale markets in week 27. There were also deliveries from Spain, Italy, Greece, Germany and Hungary. The prices of week 27 were lower than in the previous weeks. 2.18 was given for a kilo of French, whereas 4.10 Euro per kilo was.....
Stonefruit hard work for Washington growers
With the speed of a Vegas card cheat, Amelia Beltran flashes through her work packing apricots.The 26-year-old single mother, one of the fastest packers at the Valicoff Fruit Co.’s stonefruit shed, receives them in buckets, sorts them by size and cranks out roughly 150 boxes per day. And like the rest of her.....
Swiss apricot season to be ''exceptional''
Apricot producers are happy thanks to a year that should be ''exceptional, with harvest increasing 11% compared to 2013, which was already a good year''. Some 7,200 tons will be present in shops and almost 3,000 tons for direct sales or distillation. For 20 or so years, the canton has invested almost 10.....
Spain: FEPEX seeking European-wide solutions to falling stonefruit prices
FEPEX has requested the immediate implementation of effective crisis management measures for the current stonefruit campaign at the meeting of the Spanish-French-Italian contact group in a context of strong tension between EU producing countries due to the poor development of the campaign, with the lowest.....
Turkey takes Greece’s place as China’s cherry supplier
The Chinese, given the burdensome bureaucratic requirements and lack of interest from Greece in the signing of an agreement to extend the protocol for the export of cherries, has decided to sign a new trade agreement with Turkey for the import of this fruit. "Turkish cherry producers are eager to export to.....
Brazilian scientists develop new sweet cherry variety
Sweet fruits that are normally consumed fresh include grapes, guava or mango. A new cherry variety falling under the same category is being developed in Petrolina, Pernambuco, by Embrapa Semiárido. The goal is to expand the market and turn the planting of this kind of fruit into a more promising option in.....
Manel Simon: "French peach is more expensive, has less sugar and more problems"
Afrucat: Attacks in Perpignan were tantrums of Gallic sector because of difference in quality
The Fruit Business Association of Catalonia (Afrucat) stressed that the Spanish peach has a higher quality and is more competitive than the French peach, which is why the production from Catalunia is sweeter, has higher profits and can be shipped for longer distances, thanks to the varietal improvements.....
Greece: Peach oversupply driving prices down
The alarming message arrives from northern Greece, mainly Imathia, where cooperatives talk about low peach prices that do not even exceed 0.25 Euro. Local industries, however, reassure producers, stressing that "for some varieties the price will reach 0.27 Euro and should remain at that level."The problems.....