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Italy: Bad year for table grape exports
According to theIsmeadata presented at the Interbranch Table Grape Committee, the Russian ban and lower competitiveness affected table grape exports, which dropped by 12% in 2014 with respect to the previous year. (click here to read the full report).Italian GrapesThe domestic productionJust over one million.....


New experts for citrus, table grapes in South Africa
The citrus season has been recently kicked off by producers from northern and eastern parts of South Africa are offering their Eureka Lemons and Star Ruby Grapefruits to the market. As expected the starting price for lemons remained high from last season and also the grapefruit are being sold for firm.....

Friday, 15th May 2015
AU growers welcome strawberry season in style
Growers and associates of the Queensland strawberry industry will come together this week to launch the 2015 winter growing season and to recognise those who have made a significant contribution to the industry. The Queensland Strawberry Growers Association Annual Strawberry Dinner and Awards night will be.....


Italy: Orchidea Frutta ready for the cherry season
"Low temperatures in winter delayed blossoming and setting, so harvesting started around May 10th. The first significant quantities of early varieties (e.g. Bigarreau) will start from May 15th onwards," explainOrchidea Fruttacompany managers.Production is expected to increase by 20% with respect to last.....

Ukraine: Strawberry export season kicks off
Ukraine's greenhouse strawberry season started in early May, reports "APK-Inform: Vegetables and Fruits", with the majority of producers already exporting.Crimean buyers are currently purchasing Ukrainian strawberries in containers at 140-150 UAH/kg (350-375 Rouble/ kg or $ 5.79-6.2/kg), which are then.....

Romania: Cherries in Constanta as expensive as gold
A kilo of cherries in the markets of Constanta, Romania, costs as much as 150 lei (33.61 Euro). Traders say that the fruits are imported and therefore more expensive. Shockingly, in Britain, a country with a much higher cost of living, cherries are currently cheaper. Cherries are delicious and healthy,.....

Sweet fruits: Strawberries
Harvest in upper Austria begins
They are called Clery, Starlette and Aprica. What reminds us of a trio of girls from a teenage novel, is the pride of the Hoffelner family in Kresmünster. For 38 years they have been producing strawberries and focusing on the types that bear these names. Entirely on the side, they give the Spaniards.....

USDA: 928,000 total California Grape acres
California’s 2014 grape acreage totaled 928,000 acres, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), California Field Office.Of the total grape acreage, 865,000 were bearing, while 63,000 were non-bearing. The wine-type grape acreage is estimated at 615,000 acres. Of the total acres,.....

Strong regional apple crop for midwest
After several tough winters, Minnesota and Wisconsin apple growers are predicting a healthy, bountiful apple crop in 2015 thanks to an exceptionally strong, early bloom across regional orchards. Apple tree blossoms are one of the first seasonal indicators of tree health for the coming summer and fall growing.....

Ukraine: Pear imports halfed
Ukraine’s imports of pears have almost halved compared to the amounts registered during the same period of the previous season. In terms of volumes, in fact, imports marked about 2.000 tonnes during July 2014 – March 2015 against the almost 4.000 tonnes of 2013-14.The Netherlands were the main suppliers with.....

Philippines: Canadian firm to set up blueberry, cranberry farms
President Benigno Aquino III on Monday returned from his first visit to Chicago and Canada. Saying his recent trip was successful, Aquino reported in his arrival statement the results of his meetings with American and Canadian business officials.Among these was a big Canadian company which expressed its plan.....


IG International takes Stemilt apples to your door
I G International Pvt Limited (IGIPL), one of the leading names in fresh fruits imports and exports in the country in a bid to educate consumers across India about benefits of Stemilt apples has been organising unique road shows these days. In an attempt to create a common visual identity, all the individual.....


Hans Korsten's appeal to market prices and instances at start of season
"In case of 'commercial crime' Egyptian grapes literally and figuratively sour"
The Egyptian grape season is about to start once again. we asked Hans Korsten for his expectations of the new season. Hans still has a good business relationship with Frankort & Koning, but no longer works with the trading company on an exclusive basis. "I am now active and available for multiple.....

estimate 80,000 tonnes
Spain expects less cherries this year
The average Spanish cherry production of 2009 to 2014 was around 95,000 tonnes per year. This is the volume for sweet and sour cherries combined. This was said by Carlos Maris Gil Garcia of Agro21. A total production of around 80,000 tonnes is expected for this season, despite an increase in the productive.....


Spain: Extra-early peach harvest kicks off in Huelva
The harvest of the extra-early peach varieties has already started in Huelva.At the moment, the varieties harvested are the Plawhite, which is a white-fleshed peach, and the Plagold, a yellow-fleshed peach. These varieties have little importance at a provincial level, but in about 10-12 it will be time for.....

Rains reduce Indian grape exports by 26.47%
With the unseasonal rain and hailstorms badly affecting the quality and production, grape exports from Nashik district have declined by 26.47% in the current grape season (January-April) due to unseasonal rain and hailstorms in February and March. The district exported 49,443 metric tonnes of grapes by.....

Spain: Cigarettes for strawberries to celebrate World No Tobacco Day
Today, 12th May, on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, the University of Huelva will hold the customary exchange of strawberries for cigarettes. Between 11 am and 1 pm, members of the community can come to the tables located on the campus of El Carmen, La Rabida and La Merced to receive information on the.....


Introducing new soft fruit packaging
Soft fruit season 'Take off' at The Greenery
On Friday May 8th The Greenery held a 'Take off' for the soft fruit season together with associates, customers and employees. While enjoying the sunshine and a drinks and snacks, new developments in product and packaging were presented by the Soft fruit center Schalkwijk by the van Garderen family together.....


Nature
Parasites damages berries 2014
Beetles, flies and other creatures caused some damage in the countryside last year.The drosophila suzukii, immigrated from Asia, has caused a lot of trouble for fruit growers. According to data from the Hessian plant protection services, there was nationwide damage, especially to blackberries and.....


Almeria
Melon and watermelon cultivation up due to abnormal pepper and cucumber campaign
The cultivation of summer fruits, namely melon and watermelon, has grown this season in the greenhouses of Almeria by between 15 and 20% compared to the previous season, when they reached some 440 million kilos.According to data compiled by the Provincial Delegation of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment.....

Retailers: Making most of cherry season
Cherry season is underway for Stemilt Growers, which has some sweet advice for retailers on how to make the most out of the 2015 crops in California and Washington.The insights are derived from Stemilt’s category management program called FruitTracker, which looks at cherry category performance across the.....

Polish apples and pears closer to the U.S. market
Poland was included in the group of seven EU Member States for which the European Commission has been making efforts for several years aimed at allowing exports of apples and pears to the U.S. - reports FAMMU / FAPA. The market opening process is still currently in the initial stage and a formal decision.....


Interactive Campaign for blueberries from Chile
"Mach doch mal Blau” – was the slogan used in an interactive advertising campaign for Chilean blueberries in the German market by Chile. The German marketing agency ROOS who helped in structuring the campaign from early January until late March 2015 on behalf of the Chilean Blueberry Committee remarked.....

Canada: British Columbia pears face Washington competition
Washington State poses big competition for pear growers in British Columbia as they are able to offer lower prices due to a higher volume and advanced storage capabilities. However, prices for British Columbia pears have held out against American prices this season allowing good product return. Few 2014.....

Argentina: First topfruit volumes to China will be small
In November 2014, a technical mission of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China [AQSIQ] toured the Argentine pear and apple producing regions to verify the certification program for export being conducted by the National Health Service and Food Quality of.....

Chile: Blueberry exports up 22%
Chile's blueberry campaign finished with a 22% increase in total export volumes. All destination markets registered a significant growth, particularly Europe and Asia.According to information supplied by the Fruit Exporters Association of Chile AG (ASOEX) and the Chilean Blueberry Committee, the recent.....

Yakima Valley growth comes with challenges
For an economic sector that is — by nature — rooted firmly in the ground, the Yakima Valley’s fruit industry is really going places.Growers have benefited from recent record yields. Demand has remained high as high-quality products give consumers a reason to choose our state’s offerings over those of.....

Better tasting strawberry makes debut
For years, many New Jersey farmers have been growing strawberry plants bred for conditions in California. The plants produced fruit that could withstand being shipped across the country but were not well suited for cold Northeast winters. Another drawback was their taste.“In developing something that will.....

Grapes from Mexico launches trade campaign
Grapes from Mexico has launched a spring marketing campaign focused on snacking.“Snack On! with Grapes from Mexico” will include trade and consumer outreach from May through early July, according to a news release.The trade campaign includes a retail display contest in support of key holidays including.....


Washington apricots two weeks early
Domex Superfresh Growers® of Yakima, WA is looking forward to a sweet WA State Apricot crop this season. Weather has been ideal for growing the tree ripened fruit in the premiere growing regions of Central Washington. This vintage crop should provide above average sizing and flavor. The industry is.....

New fireblight early warning service from Agrovista
Fireblight is the latest disease to be included in Agrovista’s cloud-based pest and disease forecasting service for top fruit growers, Growers Choice Interactive.The new early warning system, a first in the UK market, is undergoing final trials and will be released in May. It will be available free of charge.....


Driscoll’s glasshouse blackberries impress berry market
Berry company Driscoll’s kicked off the Dutch season with big, beautiful and delicious blackberries! By taking their successful variety Driscoll’s® Victoria™ to the glasshouse, they are able to produce berries with exceptional taste and outstanding fruit size. Driscoll's growers Jan and Alfons.....

US (CA): Early, compacted cherry season this year
Warm weather accelerated the start of this year's cherry harvest in California. Volume this season has been front-loaded, with the possibility of an early start to the Washington season looming.“The season started about five to seven days earlier than usual,” said Matt Nowak of Delta Packing Company. “We had.....


New UK pear orchard to compete with imports
The largest conference pear orchard the UK has seen for 40 years is being planted on a fruit farm in Kent.It is hoped that modern growing techniques and technology, mean it will be able to compete with European imports, making it easier to buy a local pear -- from local shelves.The industry has been in.....


Will demand meet expanding organic tree fruit production?
Sales of organic fruits and vegetables were up 15 percent and accounted for one-third of all organic food sales. And Washington organic tree fruits were no exception. Sales continue to grow, prices have been good, and growers are contemplating certifying many more acres in the next few years.While total.....

Apple a day keeps Darth Vader away?
An apple a day will not keep Darth Vader away. At least if you buy sage fruit.The Yakima-based company is now selling fruit in Star Wars-themed packaging. The company says they hope to compete with the candy aisles to help kids make healthy choices.Sage also has Avengers, Frozen, and Spider Man packaging......


'Berry' good year for Santa Barbara county crops
Strawberries are the top crop in Santa Barbara county, where it has been for many years, due to the nearly year round growth cycle. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo playerIt was followed by wine grapes, broccoli, cut flowers, nursery products, lettuce, avocados, cauliflower, raspberries and.....

BLE market report 18/15
Fruits, vegetables and tropical fruits on German wholesale markets
The newsletter of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food (BLE) in week 18/2015 showed a short overview of the activities of the most common products on German wholesale markets.ApplesWith the increased availability, the prices can rarely stay at the current level with offers from overseas; especially.....


"Today top, tomorrow flop!"
German strawberries: good quality and high prices
Germany has had a good start to the strawberry season. The mild winter has resulted in sporadic frost damage to German strawberry plants. Many producers are hoping now for a good season. At the Düsseldorf wholesale market the strawberry season is in full swing. Roland Tolls, of the Berger & Tolls GmbH.....

Watermelon juice from Florida proving popular
Pack your bags, pomegranate juice. There’s a new flavor in the cooler over there.It’s watermelon juice, called Tsamma, and it’s soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, sodium-free and vegan, kosher OU-certified and GMO verified. It has less sugar, fewer calories and carbohydrates than most other juices.Besides.....

After cancellation of Frankfurt bike race
Opel-Zoo receive 3500 bananas and 2000 apples
The Opel-Zoo in Kronberg got a giant fruit delivery. After a terrorist threat led to the cancellation of the Frankfurt bicycle race the organizers donated thousands of pieces of fruit to the animals.The 3500 bananas and 2000 apples were for the hungry cyclists. But when the "Around the financial center.....

US: Bumper crop for VA strawberries
A cooler late April will delay the arrival of Virginia's strawberry crop by a couple weeks, but many growers are predicting a bumper crop.The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the delay of the berry isn't a bad thing. The cooler temperatures delaying the crop also make the berries.....


Canada: Strawberry season pushed back
The cold winter has pushed back the growing season for one strawberry farmer in Cottam, Ont. pushing him to erect long tent-like coverings called tunnels to protect his plants. Brad Raymont, the owner of a fourth generation family farm Raymont's Berries, has built five tunnels, which are different than.....

Expanded organic fruit lineup for spring, summer
Sutherland Produce Sales Inc. (Sutherland Produce), sales agent and distributor of organic fruit and vegetables, has announced the expansion of its Spring and Summer organic fruit lineup to include a full complement of melons, increased table grape supply, artisan peaches and nectarines from Naylor Organics,.....

Bulgaria: Apricot growers guaranteed to receive aid
Bulgarian fruit and vegetable producers have been informed by the Committee on Agriculture that they can count on receiving support under the de minimis aid programme, although specific details have yet to be finalised, as stated to Fermer.bg by Nikolay Kolev, chairman of the Association of Danube.....


Organic table grapes from Chile
"Low supply is not dramatic"
The grape season in the southern hemisphere gradually comes to an end. This was apparent by the limited availability of the grapes on the German wholesale markets. This is clear in the market newsletter of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food 17/15.Organic grapes from ChileDespite the closing season.....


"We are right on track"
Sale of Austrian apples goes well
It became apparent in the March issue of the market newsletter by Agrarmarkt Austria (Agricultural markets AMA) that in March 2015 a substantial amount, 22,531 metric tonnes, of apples were sold in Austria. The sales volume exceeded the previous month’s sales by a grand 22.6 percent. The remainder of the.....

Crimea: Serious grape losses from frost
Production of grapes in Crimea, may significantly go down in 2015, says Mr. Vladimir Yarmilka, International Grape Expert.A year-on-year fall in production volumes will most likely be registered due to unfavorable weather conditions in winter and spring."Vineyards have suffered serious losses due to sharp.....

Italy: Pear export season over, domestic consumption good
Exports of Abate pears ended in late April. Sales were livelier and volumes were lower than the past season despite the abundant supply at the beginning, especially for what concerns the Abate variety.The latest data was collected on April 15th and concerns the situation in Emilia-Romagna warehouses. At.....

The apple diet for your perfect figure
A cheap, hunger-free and healthy diet
The days are getting longer now and the sun shines more often. Spring and summer make some people reluctantly look in the mirror. Hearty dishes, sweets and comfort food during the winter have left their mark.Trousers and skirts are too tight. Now it's time to do something about the flab on buttocks and hips,.....

Less cereal, fruits and vegetables harvested
Austria: Declining yields mean more imports
Austrian fields grew less grain, fruit, vegetables and potatoes in 2013/14. To compensate for the decline in the harvests and to meet the domestic demand, significantly more fruit and vegetables had to be imported from abroad. This was registered by the Austrian statistical office (Statistik Austria) on the.....

Chile replacing European market with Middle East for apples
According to estimates by iQonsulting, Chilean apple exports to the European Union through week thirteen decreased by 42% when compared to 2014.In 2009, states the report, 43% of Chilean exports were directed to Europe; currently only 19% of total exports of Chilean apples are sent to Europe.However, Chilean.....

7th Regional Technical Conference on Blueberries
Latin America: New strategies to up blueberry consumption
The 7th Regional Technical Conference on Blueberries, which is organized for the seventh consecutive year by the Association of Producers of Blueberries of Mesopotamia Argentina (Apama) and that is already a reference for the sector each year, will be held this year in the Convention Centre of Concordia,.....

US: Blackberry imports dip, prices rise
Coming off big volumes of imported blackberries during the latter part of April, supplies of berries coming from Mexico have dipped. With fewer berries available, prices have firmed.“Blackberries are one of the more volatile market items you can find,” said Dave Federle of Dave's Specialty Imports. “Two.....

12 million kilos expected
Spain: Apricot harvest starts in Murcian Río Mula region
The apricot campaign has officially started this week in the Murcian region of Río Mula; a campaign that arrives with great prospects, both in terms of quality and volume, even though the price per kilo at origin has yet to be set.In the region, agricultural cooperatives will market 90% of the apricot.....


Checking requirements for export
Spain: U.S. inspectors at avocado and apricot production areas
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. (APHIS) has started inspecting Spanish production areas, particularly in Murcia and Malaga, as a prerequisite for the export of apricots and avocados.The APHIS' inspection includes a visit to the production areas to check compliance with the.....


Hero and Fresón de Palos join forces to create unique jam
Hero and Fresón de Palos have been working together in recent months in a joint project to develop and launch a high quality jam, Temporada®.The result of this project is a limited edition jam made from the best Fresón de Palos strawberries and prepared in the traditional style that characterises Temporada®.....


Canada: Spring is new summer for stonefruit
According to industry organizations in California, this year is among the earliest seasons on record. That means Canada, which is California's top export market, has been receiving stone fruit for weeks already.Usually, the season for fruits like cherries and plums is awfully short. Peaches, at least until.....


Daniel Blanco, of Mogalla:
Spain: "First apricots to reach larger calibres this year"
Extremadura's stonefruit campaign is about to start with the earliest apricots."We'll start harvesting the first apricots on 7 May, which is more or less the same date as last year, even though initially we expected it to be delayed due to the low temperatures registered this winter, which delayed the.....

Increased import of apples to Poland
The Polish wholesale companies who supply the internal market are forced to import apples from other EU countries. This is due to the high demand of exporters for domestic apples, which are delivered to Russia via third parties. Stocks of the Polish growers are almost depleted and the price of domestic.....


University of Georgia:
Developing technology to prevent blueberry damage
Researchers at the University of Georgia won a $2.37 million grant from the USDA to develop technology to help small to mid-size blueberry growers. During the harvesting process, a lot of blueberries get squashed. Machines do their best, but a lot of the time, they leave something to be desired.“You know,.....