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Cherry and apricot campaign starting at La Pernice

"We're always feeling positive when our main campaigns start," explains Vincenzo Pernice, who runs the family business established by his grandfather together with his two cousins.Over the decades, La Pernice started cultivating table grapes, cherries and apricots and, in 2007, it started acquiring other.....

AU: Regional avocado growers a key part of national industry growth

Regional avocado growers across Australia have heard the strong industry growth is set to continue throughout this year, at a series of information sessions.It comes as Australian avocado seasons recently switched from Shepard to Hass varieties, with supplies forecast to be strong through until June at.....

But are waiting to see how China trade dispute plays out

US northwest cherry growers expect decent crop

This year’s cherry crop may not be mind-blowing, but experts say it will be respectable. And while the harvest is likely to start slow, it will increase dramatically. B.J. Thurlby, president of the Washington State Tree Fruit Commission: “When it comes, it’s going to come like a hurricane.” While spring.....

Pink Lady wants to increase its consumption in Chile

Chilean producers and exporters of Pink Lady have shipped 98% of this exclusive apple to Europe for more than 20 years, supplying 60% of the old continent in the counter season and obtaining a higher return than with any other variety.Despite its international success, in 2018 producers will try, for the first.....

China: Watermelon prices continue to fall

The weather has been unpredictable lately, and so the market conditions for watermelons have been unstable. The supply is also slower than in previous years. However, the price is both lower in comparison with the same period last year and in comparison with previous weeks. The main supply source of.....

No storm damage for Pacific Northwest blueberries

Despite some reports that suggested the Pacific Northwest blueberry crop had been affected by recent storms in the region, growers have said this is not the case. Instead, growers in Oregon are currently looking at a good year, and expect yields to be very close to the long term average. This is great news for.....

Increased volumes of Lemonade apple into US expected

The Giumarra Companies is entering its third season as the exclusive North American supplier of Lemonade™ variety apples and they aim to increase volumes and renew marketing objectives.“We know from market research that apples are still one of consumers’ most-purchased items in the produce department......

Karel Vaes, Hellingenfort:

“We expect to pick the biggest Belgian cherries ever this year”

“The first Belgian cherries will once again arrive in four weeks,” says Karel Vaes of Hellingenfort. “Due to the favourable weather, it appears as if we’ll be picking the biggest cherries ever. The cherries are very large and have a good dark colour, expectations are good.” Hellingenfort grows only the best.....

Flemish fresh produce sector on a trade mission

Market access for Belgian Conference pears in Vietnam

With Flemish prime minister Geert Bourgois, 17 agro-food companies and VLAM will take part in a trade mission in Vietnam. The goal of the mission is to strengthen the presence of the agro-food sector in Vietnam. The Belgian potato processors are already well represented. Nearly 40 per cent of imported chips in.....

France: 75% decrease in plum production in Tarn-et-Garonne

Due to bad weather conditions over the winter, plum production in France's main producing region, the Tarn-et-Garonne, is expected to plummet by 75%. Harvest is expected to start, as always, in July, but will be lower than normal. High temperatures in January followed by frost in February stopped the sap flow.....

Hungary: Strawberry growers struggling with shortage of labourers

Hungary is currently suffering a shortage of labourers to harvest domestic strawberries. Although the hourly wage has improved in recent years, this is still only a fraction of what is paid abroad, so many choose to go harvest in the west.Most Hungarians go to Austria and Germany, where they expect average.....

Contrary to expectations, wind, heat and even hail exerted more influence than the Western Cape drought

South Africa: buoyant start to plum season peters out towards end

At the start of the South African plum season all eyes were on the well-publicised water situation, but the farmers’ rigorous water measures pulled them through. Unfortunately, the drought wasn’t the only weather event with which they had to contend: unusually strong and persistent winds coupled with sunburn.....

Spain: Cooperatives receive first Jerte cherries of the season

The president of the Association of Cooperatives of the Jerte Valley, Emilio Sánchez, confirmed that "cooperatives have already received the first cherries of the campaign," and said that he hopes "the pace of the harvest to pick up soon, so that the volume available can increase."Sánchez also hopes for "the.....

Chile: Nectarine and peach season ends with 11.4% more shipments

The President of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX), Ronald Bown Fernandez, reported the end of the nectarines and peaches export season and stated that total shipments of both species had amounted to 98,200 tons, i.e. 11.4 % more than in the previous season.Nectarines led exports of these.....

China's apple production declines for the first time in 10 years

In 2017, the world's total apple production was more than 76 million tons, 43.8 millions of which came from China. Chinese production and consumption of apples accounted for more than 50% of the world's total, two-thirds of this number were produced in the Northwestern Arid Region. However, affected by the.....

Polish strawberries hit the market

According to Adam Leszczyński, a strawberry grower from Czerwińsk, this year's campaign looks promising, but the problem may be the lack of hands to work on the main harvest.Currently, strawberries are already being sold by a number of distributors. In comparison with last year, prices in Bronisze.....

Cripps Pink, Golden and Braeburn significantly more expensive

South Tyrol: Wholesale prices for apples still rising

A look at the latest wholesale prices for April shows that prices are still very high year-on-year. For some varieties, April prices were again significantly higher. That's what the Bolzano economic research institute WIFO estimated in its monthly overview. Prices for apple varieties Cripps Pink, Fuji,.....

Uruguay will be able to export blueberries to China

Uruguay will be able to send blueberries to the Chinese market after the agreements signed by the Minister of Livestock, Enzo Benech, and the government authorities of the Asian country.The Uruguayan authority spoke about the agreement. "We have signed two protocols to enable the entry of live cattle for.....

Chance seedling leads to international markets

From the first time one meets Bill Shields, it is quickly recognised this is a man who isn’t afraid of taking on a challenge – turning a chance seedling into an international business.The orchardist from Bilpin in NSW has been growing apples since his family moved to the property in the 1955 – before taking.....

Rheinland Blaubeeren starts harvesting unheated greenhouse production on 15 May

“Heated greenhouse production of blueberries not profitable”

“For some weeks, particularly when the weather’s been good, demand for fresh blueberries has been noticeable at our company in Straelen, Germany,” says Theo Douven from Rheinland Blaubeeren. “We would like to have started several weeks earlier, but heating greenhouses in order to start sooner isn’t profitable,.....

US: Blueberry variety Duke - harvest in one month

“We are waiting for the first time harvest of the blueberry variety Duke, which will start in approximately one month”, says Richard Arancibia, agronomist and manager of the company BRGG Holding in Lewis County, Washington, United States. He shared this picture (below) with the description: “Clean rows,.....

Australia: North Queensland growers depressed by low melon sales

Fruit lovers from North Queensland have been encouraged to buy locally grown, new season rockmelons to help the industry bounce back after sales plummeted this year. Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said sales of Queensland rockmelons had been severely affected by the recent.....

Claudio Vidal, of Intersemillas:

"Consumers can now buy orange-fleshed Piel de Sapo melons"

Consumers looking for something different are in luck, as the world's first orange-fleshed Piel de Sapo melon has recently been launched. It is the Sorolla variety, developed by the Spanish company Intersemillas, which has presented it as an exclusive, sweet product, with an amazingly long shelf life."A few.....

Unexpectedly huge interest in organic grape cultivation in South Africa

South Africa has approximately 650 table grape producers, almost all of which are conventional growers. More than 150 of them, or 20%, attended a conference on May 10th on the opportunities for organic grape cultivation in South Africa. The conference, held in Stellenbosch, was organized by Eosta, a leading.....

Europe: Reduction of peach and nectarine production confirmed

The delegations of France, Italy and Spain that took part in the meeting of the peach and nectarine contact group, held in Rimini, Italy, last week, have agreed that this year's campaign is marked by a notable decrease in production, especially for the early varieties, caused by adverse weather.....

Stemilt Cherries make their way back to India

Once again, in its bid to delight cherry lovers, IG International, India’s fresh fruit importer, is all set to bring in this season’s first cherries from Stemilt Growers, USA.The harvest of these cherries starts late April and lasts throughout August. California cherries are first to harvest because of their.....

Raspberry supplies remain short in North America

Supplies of raspberries continue to be low as the Mexican growing regions struggle to produce enough to meet demand. The Mexico season, which still has a couple of months to go, has been hampered by sporadic weather patterns that have stressed the plants. California crops have started, but as yet are not in.....

Hostile apple export environment fails to dampen mood

Growers in the Pacific Northwest are gradually turning their attention to the upcoming apple season. Although still several months away, early signs indicate that the approaching season looks set to be close to average, although it's too early to tell with any certainty. In the meantime, growers are.....

Italy: Solinda season has started

The Solinda season started on 27th April 2018 and will end in September. It will begin with produce from Almeria (Spain) and continue with fruits from Sicily, Puglia and Basilicata.Solinda is a unique premium produce thanks to a combination of factors: it's a mini-watermelon variety (grades range between 1.3.....

Argentina: San Juan grape exports down on previous season

Table grape exports in this 2017/2018 season failed to exceed the volume achieved in the 2016/2017 season, just as exporters had predicted. There are still are no official figures, but according to the projection of the province's Chamber of Foreign Trade this season's exports have not surpassed those of the.....

Italy: The apricot season has started

"The harvesting of greenhouse apricots started well over a week ago in Puglia, while the first Mogador fruits were harvested in Calabria on 7th May 2018," reports Vincenzo Malagrinò fromFruttone Srl."The bad weather in late February-early March affected apricot production on a national level, as blossoming.....

Coachella grape season about to start after delay

After a slight delay, the table grape season in Coachella is finally ready to begin. Sporadic weather is to blame for the delayed start, with growers mentioning that the frequent changes in conditions have somewhat confused the vines. As a result, portions of the crop are lighter than others, while overall.....

Market report by Mark Greenberg of Capespan North America

Chilean grape season nears end as easy peeler season gains momentum

Table Grapes:Chilean table grape arrivals on the USEC from Chile continue in light volume as the window on the Southern Hemisphere season closes and as production of California’s desert grapes ramp up and Mexico’s Sonora harvest gets underway.In week 18, Chilean shippers loaded 133 metric tons of table grapes.....

New ambassador for Australia's Bravo apple

Westfield Matilda’s, Perth Glory and Chicago Red striker, Samantha Kerr was recently given an Ambassador role for Australia’s new apple, the Bravo Apple. Bravo apples are a Western Australian bred apple, that has a distinct sweetness, moderate to high crisp and crunch, and a striking burgundy colour. Grown,.....

It will soon become a protected variety

"New Guardiola medlar stands out for its calibre and appearance"

"If you find a medlar with a huge size, without spots and with a high price, you are in luck; you will be one of the first to try the new Guardiola variety," says Pedro Pérez, head of the subtropical fruits department at Biogold.The Guardiola variety has hit the market this month. It is currently in the.....

AU: Queensland Agriculture Minister does his bit for recovering rockmelon industry

The north Queensland melon season officially started at the Brisbane markets today, with the state government throwing its support behind the industry that was severely impacted by the recent listeria outbreak in New South Wales earlier this year.Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries.....

Temperatures hitting the sweet spot for Mexican watermelons

Watermelon supplies are in good shape out of the primary Mexican growing region of Hermosillo. Even better for growers and consumers, the weather has started to heat up, meaning that the fruit is expected to become sweeter as the weeks go by."We started the watermelon season in Hermosillo back in the middle of.....

Celebrating strawberry month with promotion opportunities

Naturipe Farms celebrates National Strawberry Month with strawberries in peak supply from California, now through summer and into fall, offering promotion opportunities at retail for the upcoming holidays.“We are excited to be celebrating National Strawberry Month with record production for the month of May,”.....

May 15

SnapDragon and RubyFrost apples to be featured on daily morning show

SnapDragon and RubyFrost, the newest apple varieties to come out of New York State and two of the best tasting apples on the market, will be featured on the Lifetime Network’s morning lifestyle program, The Balancing Act, on May 15, 2018.The Balancing Act segment features several Crunch Time Apple Growers.....

Argentina

Media Agua melons regain the ground lost in recent years

The melons of Media Agua, San Juan, have regained the ground lost between the years 2000, when 750 hectares were cultivated in Sarmiento, and 2012, when that figure had fallen to 300 hectares. Currently, producers in Sarmiento account for 50% of the province's acreage.As reported by the Central Market of.....

Bigger fruit, longer season

Optimistic cherry crop from northwestern ranches

The biggest cherries on the tree are destined to be more than the pop-in-your-mouth variety. Dark Sweet and Rainier cherries will be packed and available throughout the summer season, depending on harvest location. Expectations for 2018’s season are very good from cherry ranches in the Northwest.Domex.....

U.S. Organic Cranberry Market - Key findings and insights

IndexBox, an AI-based market research publisher , has just published a new report, called "U.S. Organic Cranberry Market. Analysis And Forecast to 2025".Some key findings are summed up here.The organic cranberry market turned upward after a notable decline Overall, the US organic food market has developed.....

Daniel Soares, Interfel:

"China is a growing market for European fruits and vegetables"

Interfel, the French inter-branch of fresh fruits and vegetables, will participate in the Fruit Logistica in China next week. The organisation will present five French companies: Blue Whale (apple and kiwi), Cardell Export (apples), Condifrance (garlic, onion and shallot), Primland (kiwis) and Apple Bird.....

Alberto Casanova: "Prices start rising following the peak in the production"

"The demand for medlar is quite high, despite its lack of popularity"

Granada's medlar season, which started in early April, has just passed its peak and will last until the end of May."From now on, the volume available will start to drop, so prices will rebound as the supply becomes smaller," explains Alberto Casanova, of the sales department of Frutas Manzano."The campaign is.....

Spain: Blueberry prices rise by 525% from field to store

The agrarian organization UPA has complained this Wednesday that, "for some time now, there have been great differences between the prices at origin of agricultural and livestock products from Huelva and those charged to the final consumer." In the case of blueberries, the gap between the two is "preposterous,.....

First round projection for Northwest cherries

The Northwest Cherries' Field Estimate Team has compiled a first round (Round 1) projection for the 2018 Northwest fresh sweet cherry crop. Over a series of 4 rounds of projections during the fruit’s early development, this 22-person estimation team looks at the volume dynamics across all Northwest growing.....

India: Weather dashes hopes of apple growers in Himachal Pradesh

The dry spell in the winter, followed by a rainy summer with hailstorms have damaged the prospects of a good apple crop this year. Himachal Pradesh, that saw its apple production in 2017 halved already, may harvest even less in 2018. Certain pockets in the apple belt of Shimla -which normally produces over 70.....

Demand of wealthy consumers for small watermelons has created a growing industry

China: Pagoda and and Joy Wing Mau attend "2018 Watermelon Festival"

The 2018 Dongtai Sancang Watermelon Festival was held between April 27th and May 1st in Sancang Village, DongtaiOn April 27th, the organisation of HiFresh brought more than 50 domestic purchase traders to Dongtai, including Pagoda, Xianfeng, Joy Wing Mau, Yuanxing Fruit, and Beijing Miss Fresh.Opening ceremony.....

The countries that invest the most money in melon imports

In 2016 the investment made to purchase melons achieved a historical 1,674.89 million euro, according to data from COMTRADE, the Statistics Division of the United Nations Organization (UN), using the code 080719 (fresh melon) of the Integrated Tariff of the European Communities - TARIC (Tariff Integrated of.....

Mexico

Tupy blackberry, at risk due to lack of interest in its production

The Tupy blackberry free variety, which until a few years ago was the most produced in most of the orchards of the Los Reyes valley, in Michoacan, is no longer the variety preferred by some of the leading companies in the export of berries.Worker harvesting and packing blackberries. Female hands are more.....

Nationwide cold spell hits agricultural production

The nationwide cold spell during the Qingming Festival [April 4th until 20th] is already a month ago, but the influence of this record cold snap is still affecting apple production areas in Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, and Shandong. It also affected almost all fruit production areas in the north. The damage was.....

Haisheng Group exports dwarf apple trees to Kyrgyzstan

The Yuji Qianyang Company, part of the Haisheng Group, has reached a cooperation agreement with the Kyrgyzstan Jinda Agricultural Science and Technology Co., Ltd. They will transport 20 thousand dwarf apple trees. This is the first time that Chinese dwarf apple trees have left the country.Source: cnwest.com -.....

Romania: Delay in the arrival of domestic cherries

The first cherries of the season have started arriving on the market stalls, although they are sold for extremely high prices. They cost between 80 and 100 lei (between 17.20 and 21.50 Euro) and are imported from Greece. But few are the ones who can buy them. Romanian cherries will only start ripening in about.....

Amazing Asian agriculture fruit harvesting compilation

The Naju pear (Korea), the world’s best pear, is grown in the Yeongsan River’s quality soil and optimal climate using the local farmers’ accumulated technologies. Highly sweet and delicious, the Naju pear is widely known around the world and local farmers are making great efforts to produce a quality product.

Italy: Producers and operators comment on Marisol strawberries

Marisol is a strawberry variety suitable for cultivation in southern Italy. "We've been talking to FreshPlaza for a few years to promote the quality and opportunities presented by this variety. Those who trusted us are happy to have done so," explain Mario and Marco Magnani from Mia Sas, Italian agent for.....

Willem van Rooij, Hispalco:

"Higher prices than expected at start of Spanish stone fruit season"

The Spanish stone fruit season has been going on for a while now. According to Willem van Rooij of the commercial department of Hispalco the prices started higher than generally though, which means many customers adopted a waiting position, causing the prices to decline. "On the other hand the wholesalers are.....

Fred Douven, abbGrowers:

“Dutch blueberry market set to have a big boom”

After weeks in which the blueberry supply was at a low volume, much supply is now imminent from Spain, Morocco and Portugal. “The season is delayed, and that resulted in high prices, but low volumes. That’s now going to change,” says Fred Douven from abbGrowers. “The downside is that prices have also started.....

Interpoma China returns for second edition

After last year's success, a Chinese edition of the Interpoma is again being organised. It will be held on Thursday, 28, and Friday, 29 June. The Interpoma's Italian organisers have copied the initiative in China. In this way, the two countries apple growing regions can be connected. A platform for knowledge.....

Japan aims to gain international protection for the intellectual property

The agriculture ministry is ramping up efforts to prevent unintended outflows of domestically developed fruit varieties after the unauthorized production of cherished types was found in South Korea and China.The ministry aims to gain international protection for the intellectual property of municipalities and.....