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Switzerland to import more fruit due to crop losses

Due to the latest frosts recorded in some production areas, Switzerland has suffered severe losses in the fruit sector which could exceed 92 million Euro. The highest losses have been suffered by fruit producers. In the apple sector, losses are estimated at about 38 million Euro, while cherry growers have been.....

Hungary: Sour cherry production volume 30% below potential

According to the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization and Product Board (FruitVeB) and the Interprofessional Organization and Product Board for Apples and Other Fruits of North-Eastern Hungary (ÉKASZ), a record volume of up to 90,000 tonnes of sour cherries could have been harvested.....

Spain: Rising number of Piel de Sapo melon varieties on the market

The search for a product that has the best qualities, a long shelf life, a good taste, strength for transportation, etc., is resulting in an increase in the number of Piel de Sapo melon varieties with every campaign. At the moment, there are about 15 marketable varieties, according to Christian Martínez, of.....

Italy: Coviro strawberry varieties

Just a few weeks after the start of transplants, Vivai Coviro is relaunching its wide range of varieties that meet both market and producer needs.The cover of the new Coviro catalogue"Things have been difficult for fresh strawberries in the past few months due to overlaps caused by the abnormal weather. Now.....

Driver stops train in Tunisia to buy peaches

Tunisia's national railway company said on Friday that it had opened an investigation after a video emerged online showing a driver apparently stopping a train to buy peaches.The short video, reportedly filmed from inside a train in the Sahel region, shows crates of fruit placed at the edge of the railway and.....

Spain: Seville-grown watermelon, very popular in Portugal

"Although this is a product with lots of consumption in Spain, we are shipping half of our production to Portugal," explains Juan Giraldo, of Al-Andalus Fructus. This small entrepreneur in Seville affirms they can harvest between 3 and 4 trucks a day and that the fruit is as highly appreciated in the.....

Peter van Weverwijk:

“Price consequences of frost damage to apples will only become clear this time next year”

The top fruit market is currently characterised by fair demand. “Trade is calm. Some is sold, but it’s a tough struggle,” says wholesale trader Peter van Weverwijk, who is specialised in export to France (Rungis). “There’s much demand for great apples, but last week auction prices became pressured for good.....

Homework for government from annual meeting of NFO

Dutch fruit first?

A pillar of the European Union, free movement of goods and people within the European Union, is under pressure. The fruit sector is also affected by it. Was it possible for Herma Lodders, spokesperson for agriculture of the Dutch political party VVD, to raise the problem of ‘own fruit first?’ This comment,.....

By more than 30% compared to May 2016

Spain: Fall of blueberry and raspberry prices

The price at origin of blueberries and raspberries has fallen during the month of May compared to the previous season. In the case of blueberries, they have dropped by 34%, while raspberries have become 33% cheaper. These data have been highlighted in the latest report issued by the Prices and Markets.....

Research suggests grapes may help fight colon cancer

New research has revealed that the compounds, found in the skin and seeds of grapes, may help in killing colon cancer stem cells. The compounds, resveratrol, which are found in grape skins and seeds, could also eventually lead to treatments to help prevent colon cancer, said Jairam K.P. Vanamala from Penn.....

Grapes lifts South African refrigerated exports by 7%

Stronger global trade is expected this year and as reported by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), indicators like export orders and container shipping are on the rise at the beginning of 2017. Recognising the uncertainty on economic and policy developments, the WTO has still forecast an overall expansion in.....

China: Kyrgyzstan cherries flown to Urumqi for the first time

On 14 June, China Southern Airlines flight CZ6006 transported 3.7 tons of cherries. In only two hours they flew from Bishkek to Urumqi. This is the first time that Kyrgyzstan cherries have been transported through China Southern Airlines. This first flight has successfully gained the customers' approval, so.....

Researchers find threatening virus on Washington grape farm

A grape-grower in Wapato consistently produced stunted crops. Sometimes, there were no crops at all. Washington State University researchers dug into the soil to find out what was harming Andrew Schultz' grapevines. Researchers found the soil contaminated with Tobacco Ringspot Virus. “That was a huge.....

Northwest cherry forecast upped to 23.5m boxes

The Northwest cherry season has begun with growers picking early varieties like Early Robin, Chelan and Santina, among others, according to Northwest Cherry Growers.Northwest Cherry Growers estimates a crop of around 23.5 million 20-pound boxes (470 million pounds).Small volumes began shipping on June 8, with.....

Alabama peach growers expecting only 10-30% of usual harvest this year

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System says farmers are expected to produce only 10 to 30 percent of their usual harvest this year.The combination of a warm winter, a late frost and the lingering stress caused by last year's drought are hurting crops at some peach orchards. The central part of Alabama is.....

Colorado initiative brings nearly extinct apple varieties back to market

Since the 1800s, thousands of varieties of apples are thought have gone extinct. But one group is working to bring some of those varieties back, and revitalize heritage apple orchards in the process.“They were a gift from 100 years ago to us now, and it’s a gift we want to pass on 100 years from now,” said.....

Italy: Assessing the life-cycle of one hectare of sweet cherries

Italy is the fourth cherry producer worldwide after Turkey, the USA and Iran. The Puglia region is the leading sweet cherry producer (Prunus avium L.) on a national level with 17,800 hectares producing almost 40,800 tons, mainly of the Ferrovia cultivar.Economists from the University of Foggia analysed inputs.....

Italy: Fast foods introducing more fruit and vegetables

Seedless table grapes are one of the most popular products on the British market, that's why there were many Italian exhibitors specialised in seedless grapes at the London Produce Show 2017. But there were also citrus fruit and juice producers.Click here for the photo gallery!"We have been working on the.....

Lower California strawberry volume, but harvest will continue

Trace back program increases communication between strawberry growers and consumers

While seasonal volume is essentially winding down, Red Blossom is still harvesting 100,000+ strawberries per week right now and will push through the first week of July, according to their latest field data. “Our spring programs aren’t completely finished but they’re winding down,” said Michelle Deleissegues.....

Italy: Stone fruit market to improve over next few days

Overlapping productions and abundant setting led to stone fruit overproduction, especially for what concerns apricots and cherries, with less than satisfactory prices for producers. (All images are archive photos from the 2016 campaign)Luckily, the warm temperatures and good quality should push consumption. As.....

Polystyrene boxes keep grapes fresh

This year, A-grade Galletto grapes have been packaged in 5 and 7 kg polystyrene boxes. They replace the traditional wooden or carton packaging. Polystyrene boxes ensure that these quality grapes stay fresh during transportation and storage. This makes quality assurance during maritime transport, which LuBa.....

Italy: Gavina watermelon harvest started at Agricola Campidanese

"The first 100 tons of Gavina were harvested on 12th June and now operations will continue on the next 40 hectares. Quality is excellent with a Brix level of 13, very crunchy flesh and few seeds. Prices are medium-high, so we expect the season to be good," says Salvatore Lotta from the Agricola Campidanese PO......

Winter frost means lower capacity for Colorado peaches

In an interview with 9news.com Bruce Talbott, with Talbott’s Mountain Gold, in Palisade on Wednesday, talked about the state of his peach crops in Colorado. He told them his farm is about half way through the cherry harvest, quality is good, but the volume of fruit is down. The very early peaches will start.....

China: Production season Yunnan red grapes starts two weeks early

"This year, the production season of Yunnan red grapes has started two weeks early at the beginning of June. It will end in the middle of August. Compared to previous production seasons, the volume of red grapes will be 40-50% lower this season. This is mainly because the grapes have been influenced by changes.....

Peak productions but shortage of pickers

Portuguese soft fruit sector working at half power

June is the month of peak production in soft fruit. In many European countries harvest is in full swing, except in Portugal. "At the moment around half is being harvested for different reasons. It particularly concerns raspberries, blueberries and red currants," says Veerle Baets of Special Fruit. "Portugal.....

Frank Döscher of the Elbe-Obst distribution company comments on the apple season

"We really cannot complain about this year"

"The stock reduction is going well and will be finished right before the arrival of the new harvest. Everything seems to be going according to plan," says Frank Döscher, CEO of the Elbe-Obst Vertriebsgesellschaft. Annually, Elbe-Obst produces more than 180,000 tons of apples. The fruit occupies approximately.....

Italy: Three new red apricot varieties

PHOTO REPORTInternational Plant Selection introduced three new red apricot varieties as part of the Rubyngo family - Rubilis, Rubissia and Rubely. They were presented on 15th June 2015 at the Vivai F.lli Zanzi facility.Click here for the photo album!Technical day held in Ferrara on 15th June 2017 to present Rubyngo red.....

"The export windows for Chilean grapes are getting smaller"

"Chilean grape exporters need to give a boost to varietal development"

"The export windows for Chilean grapesare getting increasingly smaller and competition is on-going throughout the season," stated Christian Corssen, general manager of Compañía Frutera Santa María, Chile, who was present at the London Produce Show. "The start of our season overlaps with California and Peru,.....

Two new cases of blueberry rust found in Tasmania

Two new cases of blueberry rust have been detected in North-West Tasmania, leaving the state’s blueberry growers concerned about the disease’s impact on their fruit.Biosecurity Tasmania’s website said the disease was detected at the North-West properties in March 2017, but an update on the blueberry rust.....

Saudi Arabia to ban imports of Egyptian strawberries

Saudi Arabia is banning imports of Egyptian strawberries due to pesticide residues, said Abdel Hamid al-Demerdash, the head of Egypt's Agriculture Export Council, the latest such ban to hit Egypt as it struggles to revive its economy.The temporary ban comes into effect on July 11, Demerdash told Reuters on.....

Poland: Wholesale and retail strawberry prices stabilised

Despite the May frost and snowfall, Poland's strawberry production has not been lost, although the harvest season has been delayed compared to the previous one. Wholesale and retail prices have stabilised, as has the supply.Wholesale prices range from 4.5 to 7 zloty per kilo (between 1.07 and 1.66 Euro). They.....

Poland: Notable increase of apple prices in May

The average purchase price of apples in May this year reached 1.68 zloty* per kilo and was 47% higher than in April and as much as 67% higher than last year. Taking into account the supply and demand situation on the national and European apple market, it is difficult to unequivocally justify this increase,.....

Monika Cłapa

Poland: "Belarus has become our main market"

Polish apples seem to have found their place at international level. "Since 2 March, we have been receiving more and more orders for apples, gradually reaching between 5 and 6 trucks per week," states Monika Cłapa, manager at Perfect Fruits sp.zo.o. Until recently, Poland had felt as a strong competitor.....

Blueberry crops in British Columbia & Michigan have catching up to do

Southeast blueberry growers have had a rocky season thus far; May and early June have been less than stellar, but things are anticipated to improve. North Bay Produce is concentrating on their Michigan and British Columbia northern highbush blueberries currently.Crop estimates are to be released June 15. Ryan.....

Mexico doubles raspberry production in three years

The production of 'Made in Mexico' raspberries has doubled in the last three years, from 35,589 tons in 2014 to 73,556 tons in 2016, thanks to the incentives the Government of the Republic allocates to the country's agricultural sector, stated the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development,.....

Grufesa:

Spain: Fewer kilos of strawberries sold, but higher revenue

Grufesa, a company from Moguer, Huelva, devoted to the production and marketing of berries, has closed the strawberry campaign these days with a slightly lower volume sold for fresh consumption than last season, but with an increase in turnover, which is forecast to reach around 45 million EuroIn its campaign.....

End of campaign in Huelva and start of strawberry harvest in Avila

The Moguer-based cooperative Cuna de Platero has started harvesting strawberries in the province of Avila; an initiative that allows it to offer its customers berries all year round. Once the high temperatures have put an end to the campaign in Huelva, Castile-Leon takes the baton, producing strawberries from.....

Italy: Black Magic grapes available two weeks early

The harvesting of Black Magic grapes atSant'Ambrogio(Bari) started early on 7th June 2017.Owner Francesco Ciavarella is rather pleased: "quality is excellent compared to last year and the fruit is two weeks early compared to 2016."Sant'Ambrogio owner Francesco Ciavarella.Brix levels are 16° and grades exceed.....

José María Naranjo, Marketing Director at Tany Nature:

"Spanish stonefruit needs a joint strategic communication plan"

"We are seeing that as the stonefruit production grows in Spain, the prices paid at origin are falling year after year and have already crossed the red line when it comes to profit margins," states José María Naranjo, Marketing Director at Tany Nature, the most important private company integrating the.....

Photoselective screens made in Chile to protect apple trees

The project is called "Improving the competitiveness of apple orchards with the development of photoselective screens adapted to the climatic and productive conditions for apple crops in Chile".It is an innovation carried out by the Faculty of Agronomy of the University of Concepción, together with the.....

Washington orchardists face tough decision when switching varieties

At tens of thousands of dollars per acre, starting a new fruit variety can be a daunting decision, but not for Rich Callahan. The Royal City, Washington, orchardist takes the simple view: “It’s easy. If I go to the warehouse and I’m not getting paid, it’s a real easy choice.”Over the past several years,.....

Despite troubles Texas and Georgia see healthy watermelon yields

Despite typical troubles for individual growers, the Texas and Georgia watermelon crop appears to be performing on time and without many problems.Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist, Uvalde. Stein said the Texas watermelon crop was “looking good” and has avoided many of the.....

Italy: Good season for summer strawberries from Val Venosta

This is a rather abnormal season for summer strawberries. The produce is lacking everywhere - Italy, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.Given this situation, summer strawberries from Val Martello (part of the Stelvio National Park) should do rather well. Harvesting has started and volumes available should peak.....

Italy: Plums doing well

Even though the stone fruit situation is not very positive at the moment, plums are actually not doing too badly.Sorriso di Primavera and Goccia d'Oro are currently being harvested in the Salerno area. The leading retail chain require them to widen the product range and diversify their offer.Basilicata and.....

Guanxian Jinsha Fruit and Vegetable Expert Cooperative

China: Heavy rains reduce Shandong pear production by 20%

"This year, the pear production from Shandong has decreased 20% compared to last year. The main reason is that the trees encountered a lot of rain during the blossoming period. However, this bad weather did not have any influence on the shape, taste and sweetness of this season's pears," according to Mr. Xu.....

Switzerland: Cherries despite the spring frost?

In Franconian Switzerland, the cherry harvest has kicked off. Some early varieties have already been already harvested, says Christof Vogel, manager of the fruit growing research facility of the county of Forchheim in Hiltpolstein.The main varieties will commence in the next couple of days. Franconian.....

Giumarra to supply Glacier Fresh™ Montana cherries in July

The Giumarra Companies will be working with family-owned Glacier Fresh to market the orchard’s Montana-grown cherry harvest this summer. “We are excited to partner with a like-minded company to expand our premium cherry category,” says Craig Uchizono, V.P. Southern Hemisphere of the Giumarra Companies.Founded.....

AU: Custard apple industry thriving despite weather challenges

While weather may have affected Australian custard apple volumes this year, growers say signs remain positive for years ahead. Custard Apples Australia says crops were 50 per cent bigger than last year, thanks largely to the maturing of trees that have recently been planted."Australian custard apple growers.....

FirstFruits Marketing of Washington cherry season begins with good quality

FirstFruits Marketing of Washington has announced that the 2017 cherry season is well under way with exceptional quality and great color.FirstFruits is currently shipping dark sweet cherries and Rainier cherries will be available in limited quantities starting June 16, with full volume beginning June 22. Both.....

Costa Group looking to sell hort farms worth $300m

The Costa family in Australia is testing the market to sell properties leased to its berry and avocado business Costa Group, which is among the share market's best agribusiness performers in the past year.Sources said Costa Asset Management – chaired by Robert Costa, who co-founded Costa Group with his brother.....

Italy: Lozupone Import Export to increase seedless grape volumes

"Seedless grapes seems to be of high quality this year - volumes are slightly lower than 2016 but trees are well-balanced. Bunches have a good structure, which is important for processing and handling," explainsNatale Lozupone fromLozupone Import Exportin Rutigliano (BA). The company was established this year.....

Australian berry access to Asia will be through improved quarantine protocols

Raspberries and Blackberries Australia (RABA) says work needs to be done on quarantine protocols, to take advantage of export opportunities in Asia for berries.Executive Officer Jonathan Eccles says while the berry industry is mainly focused on the strong domestic markets in Australia, it can only supply to.....

Joaquín Caparrós:

Spain: "Real competition is in prices, not in the origin"

Prices not only oscillate throughout the campaign, but must also face the pressure from the volumes supplied by the different producers and marketers. Faced with the question of which country can offer a Piel de Sapo melon with similar qualities to the Spanish in the international market, Caparrós assures that.....

Spain: Greater volume of melons available, but with smaller calibres

The good spring temperatures have allowed for a better settling after the flowering of the plants, which has resulted in "a greater volume of fruit, but with smaller calibres than last year," states José Luis Gimeno, director of Fruitas Marco Iborra.This Spanish company started exporting melons of the Amaretto.....

Italy: Solutions to tackle the stone fruit crisis

The stone fruit market has come to a standstill again and, if no one does something about it, domestic stone fruit might disappear.We askedFrancesco Donati, President of Federazione nazionale di prodotto frutta fresca forConfagricoltura, for his opinion about it. He has just got back from a congress in.....

Six Brazilian fruit exports set records this period

Brazilian fruit exports in the first quarter of 2017 showed very positive results, even setting records for the period.According to COMEX DO BRASIL, six fruits (melons, lemons, mangoes, papayas, watermelons, grapes) set records for their export volumes during the first quarter of 2017, based on SECEX data.....

NIR spectroscopy to quantify carotenoid and sugar content in watermelons

The interest in antioxidant compounds like lycopene and β-carotene has significantly increased over the past few years. The red flesh of watermelons is a great source of them, and of lycopene in particular."Using NIR spectroscopy in post-harvesting enabled us to quantify the lycopene, β-carotene e.....

Week 24 import market review

China: Australian M7 oranges enter market - Californian cherries enter end of season

This week, the long awaited Australian oranges have started to arrive on the market. Among them are also the early ripe M7 oranges, which reached Shanghai this weekend. Apart from Australian oranges, the sales speed for other oranges has slowed down this week. The prices are also slightly going down......

Chelan Fresh and Columbia Valley Fruit enter marketing agreement

Six weeks after announcing a merger with another fruit company, Chelan Fresh has entered into an exclusive marketing agreement with Columbia Valley Fruit of Union Gap, Washington.Under the agreement, Chelan fresh will be the exclusive marketer of Columbia Valley Fruit’s organic and conventional apples. The.....

Italy: Frost affected cherry grades but not the flavour

"Cherries are excellent and healthy this year, however this might not be enough for the season to be a success," explains Stefano Pezzo (in the photo), sales manager for import-export firmCherry Passion Srl.In the Verona area, grades are not very good due to the fact that frost at Easter slowed down ripening......