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Central Australian table grape grower expands with 8,000 new vines

A Central Australian grape farm in Ti Tree is gearing up for this year's harvest, putting 8,000 new vines in the ground with the hope they will produce a crop as soon as next year.New manager Tony Camera said despite pests attacking the new vines, they looked to be coming along nicely."We put menindee seedless.....

Twin trade fair expoSE and expoDirekt to take place 22 to 23 November

More than 420 exhibitors from 14 countries will showcase innovations in growing as well as direct marketing from 22 to 23 November 2017 at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre (Messe Karlsruhe).Europe's trade fair for asparagus and soft fruit producers, the 22nd expoSE, and the 7th expoDirekt, Germany's trade fair for.....

The latest in blueberry genetics and innovation

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Europe, S.L.U., whose blueberry plant production is in full swing in its new and innovative nursery in Villamanrique, Seville, will be an exhibitor for the first time at Fruit Attraction, to be held in Madrid from 18 to 20 October. Normal 0 21 false false false.....

Quebec blueberry growers baffled by "inexplicable" rock bottom prices

The price of blueberries was so low in Quebec this year that some farmers didn't even bother to harvest their fields, and that has some producers confused — and concerned."It's impossible for us to sell blueberries at a lower cost than we do," said Denis Picard, president of the Quebec union of small fruit.....

US: Pear Bureau Northwest hires new Communications Specialist

Pear Bureau Northwest has announced that Neil Ferguson has joined the company as Communications Specialist.Ferguson brings a wide range of experience in communications, social media management, content strategy and journalism to the Pear Bureau Northwest team.Most recently, he handled an array of editorial and.....

Dutch raspberries in Tanzania

A raspberry nursery near Arusha National park in Tanzania, with views of Mounts Meru and Kilimanjaro. It sounds like a dream, and that’s exactly what it is for Erik Koster. Yet it seems he’ll soon move back to the Netherlands.It was very likely that Erik wouldn’t remain in the Netherlands after he received his.....

“We’re very worried for the coming years”

Belgian fruit growing sector in dire straits

Because of frost in spring, a much smaller apple harvest is expected in Belgium. “This year could still be a good season regarding prices. For apples I expect everything will be sold before March or April. It could now still be positive, but we’re very worried for the coming years. The production of apples and.....

Ideal growing season for Australian cherries

The start of the Australian cherry season is looking positive for Koala Cherries, good rain through the winter months replenished water storage and there were plenty of chill hours to set the fruit buds.Koala Cherries owners, cousins Michael & Simon RougetMichael Rouget, Managing Director at Koala.....

"Cherry marketing is like a Ferrari. When Chile comes in we want to be finished" - Pieter de Wet, cherry grower

South Africa: Early rains & cool weather delay ZZ2 cherry harvest

Excellent early summer rain and cool weather over the South African Highveld have delayed the start of ZZ2’s cherry harvest by a few days; the first cherries for airfreight to the UK will be picked tomorrow. “Despite the warm winter I expect we’ll have more fruit than last year,” says Pieter de Wet, Bushveld.....

AU: Why selecting the right variety of mango is important

A major Australian mango producer is embarking on a marketing and social media campaign to inform consumers who buy mangoes that there are a number of varieties of mangoes offered for sale in Australia.Managing director of Manbulloo Ltd, Marie Piccone says there is a lot of confusion among consumers over the.....

Washington apple crop expected to be third largest ever

Washington's apple harvest is again underway — including orchards throughout the Yakima Valley — and will continue into next month.Washington is expected to harvest 130.9 million 40-pound boxes of fresh packed apples. That’s well below the 2014 record of 141.9 million boxes, but if the estimate holds, it will.....

CA: British Columbia sees cranberry shortage after extreme weather

Unusually extreme temperature changes this year have put a strain on B.C. cranberry farmers, who are now working overtime to achieve that perfect red colour.Brian Dewitt, a farmer with Riverside Cranberries in Fort Langley, said he’ll be lucky if he gets an average crop at best.“Most guys are probably going to.....

China: Japanese Aomori apples offer consumers a deliciously sweet taste

"The Japanese Aomori apples appeared at the beginning of the 80's. They were brought into Qingdao and surroundings by farmers from Japan. From the beginning, they were very popular amongst consumers, because they were crunchy, juicy, sweet, and had a thin skin. Over the past few years, because of the quick.....

Argentina: There's a lack of manpower to collect cherries

30 days before the start of the cherry harvest season, production looks promising.According to producers, the two oases where the cherry is produced, both in the Uco Valley, at Tupungato, Tunuyan, and San Carlos, as well as in the North, at Las Heras, Lujan, and Maipu, will have generous yields and good.....

Uvasdoce's seedless grapes to be showcased at Fruit Attraction

As if we were chatting with a group of friends, Uvasdoce will be at this year's Fruit Attraction showcasing the seedless grape varieties that they have been working on this campaign, and on which they will continue to focus in the coming years.Of the almost 20 varieties that the grape producer is working on,.....

Germany: Fewer apples in Sachsen

"It is all about the harvest volume here," said Udo Jentzsch, managing director of the State Association of Sachsen Fruit. This year, the farmers in Sachsen are expected to harvest only about two thirds of the usual amount of apples. This is because of the cold spring and frost when the apples were growing......

China: Late season Fuji apples delayed

On 5 October 2017, during the Chinese national holiday of the Autumn Festival, the trade on the apple market was rather weak. Not many buyers went to the production regions and the late-ripe Fuji apples are already on the market, albeit very sparsely. Because of all the rain, the apples only slowly get their.....

New Camposol brand

“The Berry That Cares” focuses on sustainability

The Berry That Cares is Camposol’s new proposition that it hopes will help communicate its commitment to the environment, communities, workers, and consumer.It responds to consumers who increasingly want to know the story behind their food, and who want to engage with companies that support sustainability.....

Turkey's currency falls amidst feud with US

The Turkish lira slumped as much as 6.6% against the U.S. dollar on Monday after a spat over visas between the two countries intensified.The nosedive in the currency came after the U.S. embassy in Ankara announced late Sunday that it would cease processing most kinds of visas for Turkish citizens.Turkey's.....

CMI Orchards:

Smitten™ apple production largest on record

CMI Orchards’ new-crop apple season is off to a roaring start kicking off with an astonishing 400% increase in Smitten production over last season.The variety was first cultivated in New Zealand and combines two English varieties, Fiesta and Falstaff, with the more commonly known varieties, Royal Gala and.....

Italy: High quality for remontant strawberries

The strawberry production is in full swing in Calabria, on the Sila plain, 1,250 metres above sea level. Quality is excellent after a rather complex summer and the market is demanding domestic strawberries.Valchirio Piraccini from Piraccini Secondo explains that "our two production partners 'Marta Roberto' and.....

Grapes from California featured in three new meal kits from Chef’d

Meal kit company Chef’d recently partnered with the California Table Grape Commission to create three vibrant, flavorful recipes inspired by California vineyards. The new 'Grapes from California' kits feature California grapes in culinary applications designed to deliver interesting yet approachable meal.....

Germany: The number of apple varieties is growing

German apple producers are selling increasingly more apple varieties. This was reported by the Provincial Association of Rhenisch Fruit and Vegetable Producers in Bonn.Already in the beginning of September, Elstar and Gala were on the market. Even before the later varieties, Fuji and Braeburn, are harvested,.....

Argentina: "It is important to be in contact with our customers"

The preferences of the different markets can affect the way supermarket chains and big stores acquire products. The packaging, the presentation of the product and its preparation are details that producers pay attention to. "We found it very important to go out, visit different exhibitions and see with our own.....

Marlene's Audi A3 sweepstake goes to Dutch winner

The winner of the Audi A3 Sportback up for grabs in the VOG international competition is a man from Groningen, Netherlands.The lucky sticker ended up in the hands of Edwin Oost, the Dutch man who bought the winning apple at the store Lubbers Groente en Fruit, located in the shopping centre Paddepoel in.....

Cherry growers worry in NSW, Australia, as drought threatens crops

Orange, NSW, district cherry growers have been forced to start watering their crops months earlier than usual due to a serious lack of rainfall.Nashdale grower Guy Gaeta said he had been in the business for 32 years and had never seen it this dry.Mr Gaeta said farmers normally started watering their crops in.....

AU mum finds maggots in Woolworths strawberries

A mother was shocked to discover maggots wriggling inside strawberries she bought at Woolworths.@Alarna Mcdermott/FacebookAlarna McDermott, from Queensland, said she noticed the unwelcome guests as she was preparing them for her daughter's lunchbox.'Cheers Woolworths, got a punnet of strawberries from one of.....

Irrigation of table grapes under drought conditions in South Africa

Over the past four decades, the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) has focused on developing irrigation strategies for table grapes. As we all know, parts of South Africa are experiencing a drought, which means that water resources are extremely limited. Producers will therefore have to use water resources.....

Topfruit industry fights proposed port fees in New Zealand

The Hawkes Bay apple industry is negotiating with Napier's port over two proposed levies the sector says could cost it millions of dollars.Napier PortThe port company's chief executive said the $95m had been spent on infrastructure over the past five years, most of it for the peak pipfruit season.The first.....

“As table grape production has grown, so too has the market share of UVASYS"

Global grape production is fast increasing with all the major producing countries planting more each season as well as switching to higher yielding varieties to feed demand from traditional and emerging markets.Many of these markets are far away from the producing countries, some grapes spend weeks on the.....

Spain: Shortage of labourers to harvest strawberries in Avila

Representatives of the main institutions of Avila and two Huelva-based cooperatives are unhappy about the lack of seasonal labourers to harvest strawberries, which is forcing them to resort to foreign workers, mainly Romanians.This situation has been reported by the managers of the cooperatives "Cuna de.....

CSO Italy data on the peach and nectarine campaign

The peach and nectarine campaign is finally over. The produce available both in Italy and Europe was partly responsible for this year's less than pleasing performance.Overall, supplies in the main European countries exceeded the low volumes of 2016 by 16%. Italy recorded +8% compared to 2016, Spain recorded a.....

Italy: Red Season, organic strawberries with a 10-day shelf-life

A strawberry production can be defined organic not just due to the certifications obtained, but also because there is no need to carry out treatments.We are in Albania at the foothills of the Balkans not far from the sea. Three Italian entrepreneurs invested in a large company where they cultivate 40 hectares.....

China: Apple oversupply might persist

Last year, China clearly had too many apple cultivating areas and too many apples as a result. Apple supply exceeded demand and prices decreased. According to reports, in the first part of this year, apple producing areas in Jiaodong, Liaoning and Northern Hebei provinces have suffered from drought, which.....

More than $1.8M for Michigan growers

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, announced over $1.8 million to support Michigan specialty crop growers who produce fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, nursery plants, and flowers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA).....

Cees van der Meer, BUD Holland

"Always demand for larger Canadian cranberries before US season starts"

The Canadian cranberry season has begun again at Bij BUD Holland. "We buy a few planeloads full, prior to the start of the American season. As soon a boat of cranberries become available, those flown in become too expensive for the market", says Cees van der Meer.The importer receives the cranberries from.....

AU: Victorian growers’ market access to Asia at all-time high

Victorian growers’ access to Asian fresh produce markets has never been greater, as a flurry of airlines introduce new flights into the world’s most populous continent.Total airfreight capacity for January next year is predicted to be up 12 per cent compared with the same time this year, and up 22 per cent on.....

AU: Top End mango grower hoping for increased exports to U.S.

A Top End mango grower hopes his first shipment to the United States of America can lead to greater and more regular export volumes to the country, especially from an earlier window to match the harvest season.The shipment of 720 trays that left this week from Tou's Garden inAcacia Hills, near Darwin, was the.....

Switzerland: Noticeably fewer pears in stock

The pear harvest has nearly come to an end. There are 6.000 tons of pears in stock, which is about 4.000 tons less than during the first half of the year. This means that the stock is as low as was predicted by Swisscofel and the Swiss Fruit Association in a recent report. The late frost at the end of April.....

NZ: Zespri gives further evidence at Kiwifruit claim hearings

Zespri have spoken further about their involvement and response to the 2010 outbreak of Psa on the New Zealand kiwifruit industry, during High Court hearings in Wellington.Chief Operating OfficerSimon Limmer took the stand addressing Zespri’s involvement and the knowledge it had of the Italian outbreak. He.....

Winter season starts at Fruit World

"Tanzanian raspberries, Peruvian berries and Mexican blackberries coming"

The soft fruit market is in a transition period at the moment. "Most contracts for the winter season are starting this weekend," says commercial manager Ronald van Vossen of Fruit World. "The supply of strawberries started slightly earlier. The supply estimates show that there is another firm harvest on its.....

Season in full swing

Argentina: Blueberries expected to have damage of 6% by hail

Argentina has been hit by hail in the Northeastern region during the night of Sunday to Monday. The blueberry production in this region has been affected. In a press release Alejandro Pannunzio, president of Asociación de Productores de Arándanos de la Mesopotamia Argentina (APAMA) and vicepresidente del.....

Winter season kicks off at Fruit World

"Berries from all over the world on their way"

The soft fruit market is in transition at the moment. "For us, this weekend hails the beginning of the majority of our contracts for the winter season", says Ronald van Vossen, Commercial Manager at Fruit World. The supply ofstrawberries began somewhat earlier. "The supply forecasts show that there will also.....

Wisconsin cranberry production expected to drop

Wisconsin is second to none when it comes to cranberry production in the U.S. Most of the state's crop grows in central Wisconsin, and growers are working hard to harvest millions of pounds of the fruit.Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association executive director Tom Lochner said this year's harvest.....

Italy: Origine Group exports 30% of its summer pears

This year, Origine Group shipped 30% of its summer pears abroad. A positive result that enabled the consortium to conquer new clients and nations. Despite the weather problems, quality was good and the two main varieties are Carmen and Santa Maria."Prices were good, we reached and exceeded the threshold of 30%.....

Mexican fruit grower union accuses US of smuggling 200 tons of apples

According to reports from The Chihuahua Herald, the Union of Fruit Growers for the State of Chihuahua says 200 tons of U.S. ‘Golden Delicious’ apples were smuggled into Mexico through the Tijuana border in Baja, CA.The union is seeking an investigation into how the apples, said to be brought over in 10.....

US: Apple season a mixed bag across Wisconsin

Apples are ripe for the picking and some orchards across Wisconsin have trees loaded with fruit, yet others have found this season challenging.With more than 300 commercial orchards, comprising about 6,500 acres in 57 of Wisconsin's 72 counties, nearly 900,000 trees produce about 60 million pounds of fruit.....

Chile: Growing demand for new table grape and stone fruit varieties

"There's been a great change in the last two years. Two years ago 80% of the grapes we produced were standard varieties and 20% of them were of protected varieties, now that is changing. To respond to this increased demand we are working with companies like SunWord, and we got the IFG license last year. In.....

Hortifrut to take control of Peru's largest blueberry producer

Hortifrut continues to expand in the global berries business.The company recently signed a memorandum of understanding to take control of Peru's largest blueberry producer.The company controlled by the Moller, Swett, Novion, and Del Rio families paid US $160 million in cash to Grupo Rocio of Peru, with whom.....

Uruguay: Hail caused near-total destruction of blueberries crops

Last Sunday's hail in Salto caused damage to more than 100 fruit and vegetable producers, some of which suffered total losses.The victims who have insurance - which are the majority - are now conducting the corresponding procedures, while those who do not have insurance will get no special assistance as the.....

School Fruit Program: 25.8 million euros for German schools

On the 1st of August 2017, a new EU Fruit and Vegetable Program was launched in German schools with the aim of stimulating healthy eating habits. In the participating schools, fruit, vegetables and milk products are handed out and a special educational program has been initiated.The program can be implemented.....

Update Brazilian melon and papaya production

Brazil: Watermelon production increasing rapidly

The seeding of the watermelon production in Itápolis (SP) is happening at a faster pace. In total about 2,500 hectares should be planted in October. Last month, the production covered approximately 50% of the available area. HF Brasil explains that the climate has been beneficial for the cultivation of.....

Polish apple exports grew by 11% in 2016/17 campaign

The export of apples from Poland in the 2016/17 season amounted to 1.09 million tonnes, which is 11% more than in the previous season and not a lot less than what was shipped before the introduction of the Russian embargo.As noted by the expert of agricultural markets of Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas, Magdalena.....

Egyptian exporters set development requirements for grape exports

Egyptian exporters have set several conditions for the development of grape exports in the coming seasons, while they have put hopes on the agreement with China on the entry of the product there starting next season.Former head of the Agricultural Export Council, Ali Essa, said that export of grapes had.....

First Chinese alliance to promote independent apple varieties

On September 29th, the promotional alliance for 'Lucky Sun' and 'Lucky Snow' apples set up a general meeting in the North West Agriculture and Forestry University in Yangling city, Shaanxi province. This alliance is the first in China to promote apple varieties and unify cooperations.Its main responsibilities.....

Joeroen op't Hof, Hof Fruit:

"The swing still has to come for the top fruit trade"

The new top fruit season has started once again, but according to Jeroen op 't Hof, of Hof Fruit from Heinkenzand, it hasn't quite gotten into a rhythm yet. "The prices of the apples will certainly end up at a good level this year, as the volume is seriously lower. For growers with irrigated plots with a.....

The Greenery launches tear-off packaging for blueberries

Consumers are increasingly choosing convenience as well as becoming more concerned with healthy nutrition. They are eating more frequently spread out over the day, opting for smaller meals and healthy snacks.To meet the growing demand, The Greenery is introducing single-serve tear-off packaging for.....

"40 percent more radishes sold during Oktoberfest"

Two greats from München that have worked together for twenty years: The Oktoberfest, the biggest national celebration in the world, and Früchte Feldbrach, one of the largest vegetable suppliers of urban markets, work together at the Theresienwiese, a large market place in München. This autumn, they once again.....

CSO Italy data on pear imports, exports and consumption

Most of Italian pears are sold on the domestic market. After many years of deep crisis, purchases have finally picked up recently.During the last campaign (July 2016 to June 2017), Italian families purchased 403,000 tons of produce, i.e. 4% more than during the previous season and equal to a per-capita.....