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Wim Meyers, Meyers Softfruit:
"There is no such thing as a perfect strawberry"
Which variety is the perfect strawberry? For years, people have discussed varieties with the best taste, brix, shelf life, firmness, and colour. “It all depends on which property one favours. There is no such thing as a perfect strawberry,” says producer Wim Meyers. “Personally, I prefer the Sonata. Of.....

Chile: Blueberry exports could displace apple exports
The president of Fedefruta, Ramon Achurra, said at the 2nd Fair of Technology and Innovation Hortifrut, an event focused on the berries and blueberries industry in Espacio Riesco, that if the projections made by Fedefruta for this year are met, Chilean exports of fresh blueberries will displace apple exports.....

China opens its doors to Uruguayan blueberry
China opened its market to Uruguayan blueberries, a fruit considered the fruit of the century because of its taste and health benefits.In addition, the fruit sector will set its eyes on Uruguay and Argentina in September, when they will host the next -Blueberry World Congress, which is held annually in.....

Argentina: Soft fruit cannot compete with Chilean imports
Producers of berries from the Patagonian towns of El Hoyo, Lago Puelo, El Bolson and Epuyen warned about the impact of the opening of imports as there are over 150,000 kilos still in cold storage five months before the start of the harvest.Local SMEs are unable to compete with the products from Chile, as.....


NZ: New wrist bands to help at harvest
A simple, coloured, silicone wrist band has been developed by Summerfruit New Zealand to help fruit pickers during the upcoming 2016-17 season. NZ market coordinator Trisha Aitken said the wrist bands will help pickers decide which fruit to pick and which fruit to leave on the tree to grow and ripen.....

Norway: Insufficient domestic berries to meet demand
The status report for Norwegian fruit and vegetables from the Agriculture Directorate for the current week shows a fluctuating situation. For vegetables, the situation is generally good; sales are going well and there is little import. Only the price of cauliflowers fell last week; otherwise, prices are.....


Rick van Koppen: “Lazoet concept well-received”
Plum supply substantially lower, prices changeable
Just as last year, supply of Dutch plums are at a low level. “Yields vary greatly per region, but some cultivators only have half a harvest,” says Rick Koppen of The Greenery. “Last year we were in a similar situation, but prices remained structurally stable. This year we are seeing much more volatility, and.....

Troubles in Kashmir Valley
India: Apple prices to rise
Apple prices are 25%-30% higher than last year and may climb further if arrivals of the crop from Jammu & Kashmir, which produces about 70% of the country's apples, are delayed due to curfew and protests. Apples in New Delhi's wholesale market cost Rs 800 to Rs 2,000 for a 25-kg box.Currently, apples at.....

Poland: Unsuccessful year for cherries, good for strawberries and raspberries
This is the third consecutive year in which cherry producers in Poland won't be making a profit. In fact, the purchase price of these fruits is even lower than last year, as reported to PAP by Bozena Nosecka, of the Institute of Agricultural Economics and Food Economy.According to the expert, the price of.....

Poland: Wholesale price of plums between 0.23 and 1.29 Euro
The plum season is gaining momentum in Poland. According to an analysis prepared by the site www.sadyogrody.pl, the wholesale markets across the country have seen the fruit's prices fluctuating between 1 and 5.5 złoty/kg (between 0.23 and 1.29 Euro), depending on the variety and quality of the plums.At.....

Trouble for Poland’s apple sector due to bumper harvest
Over the last decade, the growth of Poland's apple production has had no match in any other EU country, as reported to "Rzeczpospolita" by Mariusz Dziwulski, economist at BNP BGZ Paribas Bank.As a result of this, in 2015, Poland accounted for nearly one third of all apples produced in the EU, which gave the.....

Timing is everything in the Polish market
Demand during the summer months for citrus in Poland, including mandarins and clementines, is weak. Mohamed Marawan from Mazafruit said that this is because Polish consumers only have eyes for domestic seasonal fruit such as strawberries and cherries while they are available. "Timing and weather is.....

English plums come into season
As the stonefruit season gets into full swing it is obvious that volumes are not as abundant as last year."Last year there were still issues due to the Russian ban and there was a lot of fruit around," explains Sab Bosco from AB Fruit. "Even with lower volumes we will do OK as we have plans in place to fill.....

Tanzania grape farmers can't keep up with demand
Experts have said that Tanzania's grape growers in Dodoma may not fully benefit from the global increase in demand, due to lack of modern farming skills."Already, most grape farmers don't benefit much from what they produce because their grapes are below international standards," Mr Gabriel Maganga, an.....

China: Guangxi fruits price increase
Recently, the famous Guiqi mango was featured in a famous entertainment show on the Chinese television together with another four popular fruits from 4 provinces and municipal regions: Beijing city, Shandong province, Jiangsu province and Xinjiang provinces. There were mango variety demonstration, mango.....

China: Weinan fruits export July increased
July is considered the transition period for Weinan fruits, which means that new season fruits such as apples, pears, plums and grapes come gradually to the market. This July its fruit sales are very promising, not only its domestic sales volumes continue to go up, but also its export volume. Within.....

First container Canadian blueberries arrived in Guangzhou by sea
On the morning of August 11, after thorough customer clearance and inspections, the first container of Canadian blueberries arrived in Guangzhou Jiangnan market by sea shipment. With a market price between 200-210 Yuan, over half of this container has been sold the same day.According to the buyers'.....


Jos Hermans: "Environment organisation should see how we take care of bees"
"Summer apples and pears will sell quickly, but after that?"
The new top fruit season is about to start. "Our old harvest is completely gone. On Monday we will pick the first Delbare apples and Clapp's pears, followed by Triumphe," says Jos Herman. The grower has independently been taking care of the sales of his own fruit for over 30 years from his shop in.....


Chinese kiwiberry grower ready for export
In March this year, New Zealand kiwiberries lost market access to China. This came as a result from a ruling by the Chinese import authority AQSIQ that kiwi and kiwiberries were two different fruit species that cannot be imported under the same import license. The ruling cut off the main supply source for.....


"The cherries have to be black to be exported"
More production of Regina and Kordia cherries in Belgium
There have been many cherry varieties in the past years, however, 2 of those have remained in Belgium. “About 60 to 70% of the Belgian cherry production are of the Regina or Kordia variety. These varieties are not the newest, but they seem to be very good, especially regarding their export quality. Our.....


Dismal watermelon sales in Jilin province
On August 10th, watermelons are on the street outside a supermarket in Changling county in Souyuan city, Jilin province, for a low price promotion.This summer, the purchase price of watermelon in Jilin province experienced a rollercoaster ride from top to bottom. In August, its price continued to drop.....

Spain: International group of producers visit Murcia's grape crops
A group of table grape producers from Chile, Peru, South Africa, Brazil and Australia are visiting the Spanish region of Murcia for the fourth consecutive year to learn about the improvement program for seedless table grapes developed by the company Investigación y Tecnología de la Uva de Mesa (Research and.....


on the market from 15 August
"Fewer Corina pears available"
The Corina, the early ripening mutant of the Conference pear, is a few days later than usual for the second year in a row. "The pear will be available on Monday 15 August," says Tone Derwael from Bel'Export. Bel'Export and LTV are two distributors of this early pear variety that has been available.....


Severe increase in cherry harvest Hoogstraten
This year Hoogstraten sold cherries for the second season. Last week the last cherries were supplied. "In comparison with last year there was a severe increase in production," says Jan Engelen. "Last year 5 tons were sold through auction and this season that was 42 tons.Producer Joris Christiaenen (right).....


AHDB research project
Understanding the causes of crumbly fruit in red raspberry
A condition known as crumbly fruit occurs to differing degrees in different raspberry varieties and is an indication of partial failure in the physiological processes in fruit development. Raspberry fruits are formed from an aggregation of multiple fertilized ovaries each of which are referred to as a.....


Current situation of Peruvian grapes
"New varieties, good prospects"
Good prospects"We expect good quality grapes, better than those of the past few years, given that in previous seasons there were significant climatic variations and the rising temperatures caused much rot, especially in the case of the Red Globe. This year, we have good temperatures within the normal range,.....


Gisella Pacherres, of Fundo Sacramento
Peru: "This campaign we expect 20% more grapes"
A couple of months before the table grape harvest kicks off in Peru, producers are starting to work on the forecasts for this campaign. With regular weather conditions andtaking into account all the various producing regions nationwide,production should begin in October and last until March. "Most growers.....

First Spanish stonefruit shipments arrive to China
The first Spanish stonefruits have arrived to the Chinese market through an Extremaduran company, which is currently the country's largest and has also become the first in Europe to sell this type of product to China.This means that Extremadura is the first autonomous region in Spain to export stonefruit.....

Costa Rica: Producers create a committee to strengthen the strawberry sector
Strawberry producers in areas such as Dota, Llano Grande de Cartago, Vara Blanca de Heredia, and Poas de Alajuela formed a committee with the aim of attracting research, development, and innovation to this fruit's value chain to strengthen the national strawberry sector.The initiative originated at a meeting.....

Honduras expects to export up to 100 containers of melon to Japan
Honduras could export up to one hundred containers of melon to Japan next season, stated the Coordinator of the agribusiness unit of the Ministry of agriculture and livestock (SAG), Francisco Herrera.He stated that they had already sent their first container, which arrived in very good conditions, to Japan.....

Tasmania confirms second outbreak blueberry rust
Two years ago the deadly plant mould blueberry rust was detected in Tasmania for the first time. The disease has now struck again in north-west Tasmania, this time at Sulphur Creek.Abc.net.au reports that the new outbreak was believed to have been detected on the Costas Farm and comes less than a month after.....

6% decrease expected in French apple production
Despite an increase in temperatures, orchards have not been able to make up for the delay in vegetation over the spring and the Minister of Agriculture estimated on the 1st August that national apple production will reach 1.5 million tons, 6% lower than in 2015. Granny apples are expected to decrease the.....


"Parties who advise expansion have to provide livable prices"
Raspberry market scrambles out of dip
The raspberry market is starting to scramble out of its dip at the moment, although according to grower Chris Loncke from Loppem the prices still aren't profitable. "The lesser market situation has been around for almost ten weeks. We are looking for various causes, such as the weather condition and the.....

Growers receiving low price for blueberries
While blueberries are priced for $2.99 per pound in the grocery store, Fraser Valley growers are troubled by the fact that their share is as little as 55 cents. Blueberries have flourished for 20 years in the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, but concern is growing among farmers, and some are selling their.....


Victor Fonseca, Ferreira da Silva:
Portugal: “Sun is burning apples and pears on the trees”
The hot weather conditions are taking a very negative toll on the fruit production in Portugal. Victor Fonseca, director of Ferreira da Silva, explained that the moisture and lack of cold hours hampered the flowering of the trees during the spring, and, to make matters worse, now the summer sun is burning.....


Late raspberry volumes could be challenging
UK: So far so good for soft fruit season
Fears faced by growers at the start of the soft fruit season of the effects of a warm winter and wet spring have not materialised to any great extent and the UK season seems to be going fairly well to date. "Strawberries will continue to see good volumes for the next three weeks then we will have declining.....

Up 20% from last season
Israel expects apple crop of 120,000 tons this year
Despite low rainfall in the previous winter and the warm weather experienced in the last two months, this year’s apple crop in Israel will be higher and of higher quality than that of last year. The apple crop is expected to grow from 100,000 tons last season, to roughly 120,000 tons this year.In recent.....


Fruit grower, packer kicks off new apples with Gala promo
As the Northwest looks at a big apple crop this year, Oneonta Starr Ranch is kicking off the new season promoting delicious, snackable Galas.Marketing Director Scott Marboe said the promo dovetails with end-of-summer and back-to-school and showcases the popular SnaQ bags and tri-wall bins.“The campaign is.....

Michigan blueberry crop on track for 101m pounds
Southwest Michigan's blueberry crop is looking strong this year. According to Mark Longstroth, with MSU Extension, this comes after a couple of low-yield years.“2013, we did 114 to 117 million pounds, and then the next year, we hit 96, and last year we did 73 million pounds, which is quite a bit lower,”.....

Non-browning Fuji apple to be APHIS approved
After concluding that the new “non-browning” variety of Fuji apple, developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, does not pose a risk to human health or the environment, the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service plans to approve it.The NF872 cultivar has been bioengineered to be resistant to enzymatic.....

Ukraine: Kherson region aims to supply Kiev with watermelons
Ukraine's Kherson region intends to resume its supply of watermelons and vegetables to Kiev via the waterway along the Dnieper. The first batch will be shipped in early September.The chairman of the Kherson Regional State Administratio, Andrey Gordeev, announced this during a press conference at.....


Kazakhstan: High hopes for fruit harvest
The fruit harvest has begun in South Kazakhstan and favourable weather conditions have contributed to a high yield. Local farmers plan to harvest 170,000 tons of fruit and berries during this season. The fruits grown by the Kazygurt farmers are sold in different regions of the country.Varieties imported from.....


Not only pistachios - summer pears currently harvested in Bronte
Coscia summer pears are currently being harvested - quality depends on the area, cultivation technique and weather.We talked to producer Carmelo Catania (in the photo) from Bronte, an area famous for pistachios. He chose to also grow pears to diversify his production."The fruit is excellent, maybe because I.....

Poland: Raspberry production to increase by 60%
According to preliminary estimates of Poland's Central Statistical Office (GUS), the production of fruit trees in 2016 may reach 4 million tonnes, which is more than 10 percent more than in the previous year. As mentioned by the GUS, the most decisive aspect in this regard will be the increase in the.....

India: Fruit grower develops longer shelf life apple variety
A fruit grower in Kotkhai, India, with no scientific background has developed a new apple variety, APS, with better colour, improved size and longer shelf life by grafting imported root stock on local seedling, followed by inter-stocking and multiple grafting.Prem Singh Chauhan has turned his one hectare.....

First direct supply of Chinese Nanhui peaches to Hong Kong
On July 27th, Mr. Jiang Yuan, the deputy director of Shanghai Inspection and Quarantine Bureau came to Huinan town near Pudong area, where he attended launching ceremony organized by Pudong Agricultural Association. The launching ceremony marked that the Nanhui peaches have obtained the qualifications.....

Poland: Slight increase of wholesale blueberry prices
In the last week of July, the wholesale price of blueberries stabilised after substantial declines. In the beginning of August, however, there have been some small increases, ranging between 12 and 20 złoty*/kg, as reported by the site www.sadyogrody.plCompared to the last analysis carried out a week.....


Market re-opened in June for Chinese apples
Chinese apple export to Indonesia gathering speed
“We specialise in the export of fresh Fuji apples to Indonesia. New crop will be available in the beginning of October. Now we are exporting the current crop. In June, the Indonesian market has re-opened for Chinese apple exports. The market was closed between February and June. Indonesia is not an apple.....

Peru's problem is that it's main volume is not of seedless grape
Peruvian grapes to compete with Argentinean grapes in China
Peru's problem is that it's main volume is not of seedless grape.The news that Argentina reached an agreement for the export of fresh table grapes to the People's Republic of China is very positive for this sector of the wine industry that has stagnated in recent years, to the point that exports amounted to.....

Northwest pear growers increase exports to India
Since August 2014, Northwest tree-fruit growers haven't been able to ship their produce to Russia, hence shifted their focus to India, the world's second-most populated country. For some Northwest growers, India has been the answer to a worrisome dilemma."India has been the saving grace for the Washington.....

PDO Peaches of Calanda
Spain: "Only 30% of peaches obtain the quality seal"
A month ago, hundreds of growers in Bajo Aragon starting the bagging of peaches that, come September, will be distributed under the distinctive black label of the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Peaches of Calanda.This technique, as explained by one of those fruit growers, Ramón González Bielsa,.....

Spain: Measures requested to tackle low peach prices
With the start of the peach campaign around the corner, the agricultural union UAGA, based in the Spanish region of Aragon, has denounced that the expected prices are low and has issued a call to the Government to introduce measures to tackle this situation. Even though the weather is hot and fruit is.....

Spain: New study to find the best watermelons for the market
The Valencian cooperative Benihort has carried out a new test on watermelons in order to find out which varieties have higher yields for producers and select those that are better adapted to market demand.Major multinational companies have shown interest in this study, which was released at Benihort's Second.....


Nico Schaft: “Terrorist threat and bad weather not good for French fresh produce sector”
“Dimethoate ban stirs demand for Dutch cherries in France”
On 22 April, 2016, France introduced a temporary ban on the import and sale of cherries from countries using insecticide Dimethoate. This had a large influence on current supply. “Cherries form the US, Canada, Turkey and Bulgaria are not allowed into the country. The French cherry season has been finished.....

First batch of Canadian blueberries exported to China
Recently the first batch of Canadian blueberries passed the inspection and quarantine of Customers department and Commercial inspection department from Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone. This batch weighs 3 tons and will soon be distributed across the whole of China. It only took about 20 hours by air for these.....


AU: New apple packing line boosts international expansion
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has cut the ribbon on a $5m high-specification new packing line that will speed Adelaide Hills-basedfarmers cooperative Lenswood Apples into further international expansion.The apple pre-sizer line installation has been supported by the Government of South Australia’s.....


Supply and demand equalize for pear growers
California pear growers say that the market has been firm for several years now, and demand from canneries and packers is even stronger this year. This comes after years of declining prices and reductions in acreage."Over the years, orchards have come out and supply is now in line with demand, to the benefit.....

China: Farmers grow super strength watermelons
A video shows farmers in China's Hubei Province showing off the unusual strength of their watermelons by trying to break the fruit on the ground -- and failing.The farmers toss the melons onto the ground, but the fruit bounces instead of breaks.The men carry out a series of strength tests on the melons, but.....


China: New grape variety popular
The last two weeks has been the period for grape sales. The Shanghai region is known for the Malu grape variety. Recently, the YY Fruit and Vegetable Cultivation Cooperative released a new variety called 'yellow honey grapes'. They are produced in Jinshan region near Shanghai."Yellow honey grapes are a.....

Europe's low harvest benefits Argentina's pear
This season's pear harvest in the European Union (EU-28) amounted to 2.17 million tons, i.e. nearly 9% less than in the previous year. In volume producers expect a decline of 224,000 tons.This is reflected in the last report by the Association of Apples and Pears Europe (WAPA, its acronym in English) which.....


Tapping new markets necessary
Poland is heading for 3-million-tonne apple surplus
The apple production of Poland could increase to 3.8 million tonnes or even 5 million tonnes within several years. This would mean an apple surplus of up to 3 million tonnes.Apple production in Poland shown per thousand tonnesExport opportunitiesThis year, Poland exports approximately 800,000 tonnes of.....

Serbia expects average raspberry production
Back in May harsh weather conditions had adverse effects on some raspberry plantations in Serbia which led to fears of a significant decrease in production.Currently, raspberry production is considered "pretty good". The industry expects production to be slightly down compared to that of last year (110,000.....

UK: Erratic weather produces bigger cherries, apricots
The erratic British weather has created a late-summer bounty of bigger and sweeter cherries, apricots and plums, followed by late blackberries.The Guardian reports that mild winter followed by a wet and cold spring has led to cherries being left to grow on trees for longer, allowing the fruit to become.....

Spain: Cherry season finished in Aragon with 25,000 tonnes
The region of Calatayud is about to finish harvesting its cherries, putting an end to the campaign in Aragon, which kicked off in Mequinenza (Bajo Cinca) and Caspe in early May. The region's total production has been estimated at 25,000 tonnes and is the largest in Spain.The agricultural organization UAGA.....


Philippe Appeltans (VBT) on the top fruit estimates for 2016/17
Belgium: “Production decrease for pears was much needed”
For the coming top fruit season, Belgium expects 18 per cent less apples and 10 per cent less pears. The decrease in production has several causes, such as changeable weather conditions during the flowering and growing periods, and the area decrease for apples. Philippe Appeltans of the VBT (Association for.....


California strawberry production slightly lagging
The number of strawberry flats shipped this year from California are slightly behind those shipped at this same time last year. Pricing could improve as the season progresses, though production from summer plantings could buoy prices some.“Volumes are steady right now, maybe a little lighter than they were.....


California apples find more competition this year
Apple growers in California can't match the volume that the Pacific Northwest puts out every season, so the Golden State's growers instead take advantage of a window of time in the summer when they are one of the few sources of fresh apples in North America. But an early start to this year's harvest brought.....


History, evolution and future challenges for flat peaches
Peaches have a long history. They originated in China and, over the centuries, spread out to the rest of Asia and Western countries, then crossing the Atlantic to the Americas. In 5,000 years, the genetic diversity of this fruit was affected by man in such a way that an 80% loss in biodiversity was.....

China: First complete logistic chain for blueberries
This year was a very good harvest for blueberries in Dalian. But in the whole logistic chain for blueberries, 'preserving freshness' is always the weakest link. Losses and waste due to unfit storage amount to 30% of the whole production volume. As partners, Dalian Lanmeigu Manor and Bingshan group promoted.....

China: Gala apples priced high
According to a report from 'Three Chinese farmers', the second half of July is the sales period for early-ripe apples. The trade season for cold storage apples is already nearing its end. Only Yantai in Shandong province, Jingning in Gansu province and Luochuan in Shaanxi province are still selling. Mainly.....

China: Price of watermelon down
The demand for thirst-quenching fruits is increasing rapidly. The quantities of watermelons being brought in and sold has doubled. But the pricing in the producing regions absolutely hasn't increased accordingly. Instead the price is collapsing. The main reason is that the supply is sufficient. This forces.....