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California's grape acreage totalled 897,000 acres in 2016

California’s 2016 grape acreage totaled 897,000 acres. Of the total grape acreage, 841,000 were bearing while 56,000 were non-bearing. Table-type grape acreage totaled 123,000 acres, with 111,000 bearing and 12,000 non-bearing. Acreage of raisin-type grapes totalled 172,000 acres, with 170,000 bearing and.....

China: Bright start to season for strawberries in Ganrao

"Strawberries from Shandong province's Ganrao county, part of Dongying city, entered the market on November 10 last year. Prospects indicate that the market time will end some time around the 1st of June. In comparison to last season, the current state of affairs shows a relatively stable output of.....

Michoacan produces more than 60% of Mexico's strawberries

The Secretary of Rural Development and Agri-Food (Sedrua) of the Government of Michoacan, Francisco Huergo Maurin, stated that Michoacan produced more than 60% of the country's strawberries, as it contributes 253,537 tons of the national total, which adds up to more than 392 thousand tons.Huergo Maurin stated.....

China: Blueberry production increases by nearly 30% a year

Chinese producers have focused on the cultivation of blueberries because of the increase in domestic consumption and the demand from other countries. As a result, they have gone from producing 800 tons, to about 1,200 tons in the last year. Some of their most outstanding varieties are the Northland, Bluecrop,.....

Study shows strawberries can inhibit spread of breast cancer

A new study has shown that strawberry extract can inhibit the spread of laboratory-grown breast cancer cells, even when they are inoculated in female mice to induce tumors. However, the scientists do point out that these results from animal testing cannot be extrapolated to humans.After five weeks on a.....

Spain: Arrival of first Almeria watermelons at good prices

Almeria's watermelon harvest has started this week, with the first fruits intended mainly for wholesale markets and Spanish fruit stores. Almeria will be able to supply watermelons for at least two and a half months."The volumes available are still very small and the prices are interesting," states José.....

France: Packaging to make the most of a product

"In my opinion, it is a way to add value to the products, to give them the importance they deserve," explains Massimo Bellotti, international sales manager at Group Guillin. The company trusts that, with this type of packaging, the food will not be wasted, since it will be better appreciated. "Selling grapes.....

Plum consumption still much lower

Peaches and nectarines find favour with South African consumers

More than 50% of the peaches and nectarines produced in South Africa are destined for the local market and during summer these fruit are very popular among all market segments. In general, however, South Africans aren’t yet large fruit consumers: plum consumption per capita, for instance, is less than 20% of.....

The Greenery starts auctioning strawberries directly from fields

After last year’s success, The Greenery will once again auction strawberries directly from the field. According to Marin Robbertsen from The Greenery, auctioning directly from the fields went well last year. The customers knew where their strawberries came from, and they were very satisfied with the.....

Interview with Asprofrut Piemonte president Domenico Sacchetto

The new objective is to promote Pgi red apples from Cuneo on a domestic level

To promote local products, Assortofrutta and its associates - among which there are the Mela Rossa Cuneo Igp and della Castagna Cuneo Igp consortia, as well as the main POs in Piedmont - will take part in the main fairs in the sector, such as the international Fruit Logistica and Fruit Attraction, the domestic.....

Poland: 'Sudden freeze won't affect coming fruit season'

Like many countries in mainland Europe, Poland has been hit with a sudden cold front, seeing temperatures dipping down to freezing, with some regions even receiving snowfall.When asked if he thought that the sudden colder temperatures would have an effect on the coming season, Arkadiusz Widomski from LubApple,.....

China: A smooth start to the season for apricots from Xiaxian county

"Xiaxian County of Shanxi Province is one of the apricot production areas in northern China. The apricot growers here spontaneously formed our own cooperatives. Currently, the total cultivation area has reached approximately 20,000 acres, of which the greenhouse area accounts for around 1,000 acres," said Mr......

China: Sales of Dalian apples have increased this year

"So far this year, the market performance of apples is better than the same period last year, which is mainly driven by two forces. The first one is the growing export volume of small-sized apples. Secondly, big traders have kept purchasing quality apples in several major production areas, stocking up in order.....

China: Shenzhen is first choice port of entry for Chilean cherries

The trading post in Shenzhen currently is the first choice as a port of entry for Chilean cherries. According to statistics from the customs in Shenzhen city (Guangdong province), from November 2016 to March 2017, domestic imports of Chilean cherries reached a new record of 75600 tons. This is 25% more than.....

China accounts for 82% of shipments

Chile ends its cherry campaign with positive results

Last week, Ronald Bown, the President of Asoex, presented the positive results of the promotion campaign carried out in the 2016-2017 season in the markets of Brazil, United States, South Korea, Japan, and China during a meeting the Asoex Cherry Committee.Bown presented the information, along with Cristian.....

Mexico exports 63.1% more strawberries

In January, Mexico exported $88.7 million dollars in strawberries, i.e. 63.1% more than in the same month of the previous year, according to data from the Bank of Mexico (Banxico).According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), in 2016, strawberry shipments.....

US demand for fresh blueberries continues to rise

Per capita use of blueberries has nearly tripled since 2006, largely attributable to growing demand based on the potential health benefits of berries in the diet. In recent years, farmers have expanded production to help meet this demand. As a result, net domestic production doubled and imports increased by.....

Fruitmasters' partnership with GREEFA bears fruit

A significant increase in pear volume has resulted in Dutch-based FruitMasters investing in yet another GREEFA grading and packing solution. To meet demand, the company chose the 6-laned CombiSort, uniquely dedicated to grading pears which makes them the first in the Netherlands. The new machine results in a.....

KIKU apples sponsors German Olympic canoe medalist

On time with the apple blossom, KIKU summed up the past winter season positively. Omar Visintin, the South Tyrolean Snowboardcrosser, is the new Team Event Worldcup winner and 2nd in the individual Worldcup. The winter season ended with a spectacular Freestyle event in South Tyrolean Watles. Some of the.....

Spain: Anecoop expects to harvest 130,000 tonnes of watermelons

For the coming watermelon campaign, Anecoop estimates it will have a volume totalling between 120,000 and 130,000 tonnes, of which about 75% corresponds to the seedless watermelon Bouquet; a product that celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary this year. The remaining 25% will consist of black watermelons with.....

Italy: Soft fruit increasingly popular

VIDEOThe soft fruit market is growing, but not everyone is capable of taking advantage of this trend.We talked about it with Matteo Bortolini, director of Società Cooperativa Agricola Sant'Orsola, while he visited a few associates in the Ragusa area. Sicilian crops have been playing a leading role in this sector.....

Cristina Gutiérrez, of El Ciruelo:

"We are stepping into an empty market, hungry for stonefruit"

Last week was marked by the shipment of the first batches of nectarines, peaches and Paraguayo peaches from Murcia to the European markets, carried out by El Ciruelo, one of the few Spanish companies able to supply stonefruit grown in the open ground at this time."Our plantations of early varieties in Cabo de.....

Increased blueberry volumes from Naturipe

Ideal growing conditions are on the rise throughout the United States and Naturipe Farms has promotable blueberry volumes available which is meeting increased consumer consumption trends and offers promotion opportunities at retail.With earlier harvests this year, “We are now seeing optimal quality and.....

China: High season for the Dalian cherry

"Due to rising temperatures earlier this year, the production season of Dalian cherries came 2 weeks ahead of schedule. Harvest started at the beginning of February. Because of the climate, the production of Dalian cherries in mainland China is down by around 50%. The total surface of greenhouse cultivation.....

China: Arrival of fresh fruit hitting apple sales this week

Since the start of April, seasonal fruit has gradually appeared on the market: cherries and strawberries are freshly available. The seasonal price in retail shops of strawberries is no more than 5 RMB to 10 RMB. Southern pineapples are also only around 4 RMB per kg. The freshness of the seasonal fruit and the.....

Washington pear market stays steady as it finishes up

As the Washington pear 2016-2017 winds down, growers deem it a successful one.“We are targeting an out date of late June on Anjous,” says Scott Marboe of the Wenatchee Wa.-based Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers. “The volume was down a little, but the sizing was much better. It was and has been for the most part a.....

Review of the sales of week 16 in the Jiangnan Fruit Market in Guangzhou, China

China: Chilean grapes now available: domestic blueberries selling well

With their season coming to an end, South African grapes are retreating from the marketplace in both number and quality. The prices of seedless black and seedless red grapes are about 130 and 110 yuan respectively. Red grapes from Peru are also approaching the end of their season, costing around 115 yuan......

US blueberry supply gap expected

“We are just coming out of the shortest supply window of the year,” says an industry representative. He refers to the in-between period where blueberry production in Chile has ended and domestic production is starting up. Florida’s harvest started last month and is peaking right now. The sunshine state had a.....

“Soft fruit sales clearly increased because of yoghurt concept”

“As a wholesaler, we are known for delivering products that ensure our customers in the fresh produce sector can differentiate and offer added value. Because we mostly focus on better retailers and catering businesses, we can see certain new product combinations catching on. For instance, we recently added the.....

First fruits sold at auction at The Greenery this morning

Raspberry season starts again

The Dutch raspberry season has started again at The Greenery today. The first raspberries were sold at auction last Friday. The raspberries are from Mts Pertijs from Etten-Leur.Marcel van Lith, senior salesman for soft fruit at The Greenery said: “We see an increasing interest from consumers for raspberries......

Italy: Good apricot quantities in Romagna, Molise and Basilicata

"The perfect weather conditions meant every single flower could set," explains Massimiliano Benvenuti from Albisole, part of the Guidi brand. Over the past few years, the company planted around 340 hectares of apricot trees, 120 in the last 12 months alone."Setting was perfect thanks to the lack of rain. The.....

Low chill hours in Texas threaten peach crop

Warm winter weather could mean too few chill hours for much of the state’s fruit production areas, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.Fruit trees, such as peaches and apples, depend on cool weather in the winter to promote proper physiological growth in the spring, said Dr. Larry Stein,.....

Kale consumption still needs to consolidate

Spain: "Consumption of bagged salads will grow even more"

Leafy vegetable producers in Murcia have had a difficult campaign due to adverse weather conditions. "At first we suffered the impact of the high temperatures, which resulted in earlier harvests; later, torrential rainfall and frost interrupted the production process and caused a lot of product to be.....

US cranberry production and season-average grower price

In the last decade cranberry production in the United States has increased from 6.6 million barrels in 2007/2008 to 8.6 million barrels in the 2016/2017 period. 8.6 million is even lower than the 2013/2014 amount which is listed at 9 million barrels. Since 2012/2013 prices have fallen sharply and have yet to.....

Egyptian fruit export volumes to Germany rose by 13% in 2016

The trade exchange between Egypt and Germany increased in 2016, when German exports to Egypt registered an increase of 33%, recording €4.4bn.During the Egyptian-German Business Forum organised by German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GACIC) on Tuesday, CEO Rainer Herret said that the Egyptian exports.....

Chinese exports of apples increase

New fruits from New Zealand entered the European market a little late, so old fruit is still being sold on the market. Polish apple growers have finally decided to start selling, but the competition from Jonagold apples on the market is extremely fierce. Due to the severe hail storms last year, the Belgian and.....

Spain expects quality stone fruit in this campaign

The production of stone fruits (apricot, cherry, plum, peach, and nectarine) which has just begun in Huelva, and that will continue in a large number of autonomous communities in the coming months, will have a high-quality and a little less volume than in 2016, when there was overproduction.This has been.....

Europe: Melon market trends

With 45,000 tons, Italian melon exports in 2016 increased by 31% compared to 2015. The value also increased, reaching almost €30 million, i.e. 17% more than the previous campaign. The average price dropped by 11% to €0.66/kg, among the lowest for the period considered.The main destination markets remain EU28.....

China: Large volumes of organic strawberries hit the market

"Organic strawberries usually hit the market in the beginning of January, and leave it at the beginning of June. The selling price on the market is approximately 20% higher than that of ordinary strawberries. The main reason for this price difference is the wide spectrum of varieties, the output and varying.....

China: Guixiang mangoes - ripe mangoes can also have a shelf life

Right now is the time that Guifei mangos from Hainan are ripe. Contrary to the past, consumer demands regarding mango quality and taste keep getting higher. In the past few years, the demand for ripe mangoes has slowly been rising. "Even though the demand and retail price are relatively high, growing, picking,.....

International pear conference coming to the USA for the first time.

The Pacific Northwest will welcome pear industry researchers, experts, growers and marketers from around the world to the 2017 Interpera Congress in Wenatchee, Washington on June 15 -16, 2017. This is the 10th meeting of this world-wide pear conference and the first to be held in the United States.“It is an.....

Taylor farms buys minority stake in Crunch Pak sliced apples

Taylor Farms and Crunch Pak Holding Company entered an agreement for Taylor Farms to buy a minority stake in Crunch Pak sliced apples.The Taylor Farms investment will give Crunch Pak regional distribution to retail and foodservice customers nationwide. In return, the partnership provides Taylor Farms with.....

Belgians buy less fruit and vegetables, but spend more

In a substantial report titled ‘Food for thought,’ the Flemish government had research done into the food chain in the region. The report also mentions the fruit and vegetable sector. In it, only the domestic production on the Belgian market is looked at. Import and export flows are ignored.Belgian consumers.....

Patrick Meikle - Golden Bay

"Colouring is very good this year from New Zealand"

The first New Zealand Cox apples have arrived in the UK from the grower/exporter Golden Bay. New Zealand was expecting a record crop this year, according to official estimates issued in January, although it looks like the actual figure may come in lower. We have packed most of our Gala now and it looks like we.....

China: The recovery of the apple market in 2017

"For most of 2016, apples were going through a market downturn in China. With low yields and poor average quality, sales were sluggish. On the other hand, the slow sales discouraged many growers and reduced their motivation to invest in fertilizer. The good news is that since the second half of 2016, the.....

New apple variety exceeds expectations

Next Fruit Generation Australia, a subsidiary of Lenswood Apples has launched another new variety, Miapple. The block-red apple, a suspected cross between Royal Gala and the Fuji, has been observed by industry leader Joyson Orchards over many years and carries the unique competitive advantage of being an early.....

NZ apple prices continue to fall from January peak

Apple prices were $2.88 a kilogram in March, down more than $2.00 since hitting a record high in January, Stats NZ said today. Overall, food prices fell 0.3 percent in March, mainly due to lower fruit and vegetable prices.Fruit and vegetable prices were down 3.0 percent due to seasonally lower prices for.....

Special Fruit are offering Dutch, Beglian and Spanish strawberries

Special Fruit has announced that the company will be offering Spanish Calinda strawberries in addition to the local strawberries from Belgium and the Netherlands. The company stands behind the idea that customers always want more choice saying, "The more choice, the more enjoyment!" Special fruit also made a.....

Willem Koole, Frukar:

“Lots of demand for melons from all sides”

The melon market has been good all year. “Supply isn’t too large, because some players decided not to import large amounts from Costa Rica and Panama. We will receive a nice volume of watermelons and yellow melons under our own brand, Black Jack, so that has been a good gamble in the line of our own brand,”.....

Juan Báñez, director general de Cuna de Platero:

"Large retailers aren't ready for all the blueberries that are to come"

Huelva's blueberry harvest has started at the usual dates this season, unlike last year, when it kicked off earlier due to the high temperatures. Moreover, the market transition between the blueberries from the southern hemisphere and Spanish blueberries has been very smooth, according to Juan Báñez, general.....

Spain: Huelva's local strawberries gain ground

The development of new strawberry varieties, as has been the case also with other red fruits, has been marked by the revolution observed in Huelva in recent years. Following the predominance of varieties imported from famous American universities, such as California or Florida, producers have gradually been.....

US allows imports of fresh Vietnamese star apples

The US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has officially allowed the import of fresh star apple fruit from Vietnam into the US.According to the notice, which was published recently by the US Federal Register, the decision took effect on January 19.“Based on the findings of a pest risk analysis,.....

Update on New Zealand apple season

“Very large harvest headed our way”

The first apples from New Zealand arrived in Europe later than expected, due to bad weather. “We had a lot of rain during the picking period, but this has had no influence on production and harvest estimates so far. This season, a record harvest is expected in New Zealand. Estimates are currently at 21,600,000.....

Kees Verheij:

“Strawberry market was disappointing in past three months, but now recovering”

During the first three months of the year, the strawberry market was disappointing, according to wholesaler Kees Verheij. He expects an increasing demand towards Easter. “In my opinion, strawberry prices were mediocre, but I think they’ll increase significantly this week. Super-markets are no longer buying.....

New Zealand suspends imports of melons treated with demethoate

The Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has released an Industry Advice Notice (IAN) advising that New Zealand has suspended imports of Australian rockmelons and honeydew melons that have been treated with dimethoate. This suspension is effective immediately.Summary of changes.....

Emergency authorisation granted for Cuprokylt use on UK apples/pears

Emergency authorisation has been issued for Certis’ fungicide Cuprokylt, for use against Nectria canker in apples and pears in the UK. This has come as a welcome relief to growers and agronomists alike as the number of active ingredients for use against the Nectria canker is limited, explains Hutchinson’s.....

US specialty grape of the south

Muscadines look to gain awareness

When it comes to marketing the specialty grape of the South, the muscadine, Chris Paulk notes the competition is mostly lack of awareness. “Muscadines are a unique crop,” says Paulk of Wray, Ga.-based Paulk’s Pride, who notes there’s lot a lot of marketing support to push the awareness behind the grape that.....

Driscoll's are growing Victoria berries using glasshouses and LEDs

Berry company Driscoll’s kicked off the Dutch season by taking the successful variety, Driscoll’s Victoria, to the glasshouse and, by using an innovative growing technique, the berry company states that it is producing good results.Driscoll’s growers Jan and Alfons Diepstraten of growers association Best of.....

Raspberry and blueberry consumption in Chile increases

Chile's exporting family companies have limited markets because of their scarce logistics. As a result, the US and Canada are their first options when allocating their products.Among them, raspberries and blueberries stand out, as these fruits are very appreciated and consumed in the north of the continent......

"12 million tonnes of apples is really the limit"

So far this top fruit season has gone better than the year before. "Yet this is mainly to do with the shortages in various production countries. During the hail at the end of June 2016, Belgium had a lot of damage in the fruit cultivation. The apple harvest in particular was strongly reduced due to this. This.....