Fruit

Ukraine: Stonefruit losses for 2nd year
A sharp cold spell in January has negatively affected orchards in mainland Ukraine and Crimea: growers again expect a further decrease in stonefruit production in 2015. Crimean growers have traditionally suffered from negative weather conditions the most seriously and forecast a fall of 70-80% in their.....

Food safety forefront for Florida cantaloupe growers
Florida cantaloupe season is beginning soon and while quantity and quality are important, food safety is another main focus of growers. “We bath each cantaloupe in chlorinated water not only to make sure that they don’t ripen any further, but also to kill any pathogens,” explains Andy McDonald of Sweet Life.....

Australian frozen berries a precious commodity
Customers have expressed their intentions when it comes to frozen berries, and Australian grower and supplier Lee-Anne Yewers has been doing her best to meet increasing demand following the Hepatitis A scare from contaminated berries imported from China. “We had products in here four weeks ago, and it went.....

AU: Barriers to Asian trade costs billions
Horticultural exporters say they're being locked out of billions of dollars of trade in Asia and the Pacific export markets.Australia's domestic fruit and vegetable market is oversupplied, and there is a growing list of Asian countries that have stopped importing because of pests and diseases.Michelle.....

Canada: Plums gaining popularity
Peaches are gaining partners as the tender fruits of choice in Niagara, says Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s Michael Kauzlaric.In recent years consumers have been drawn towards crops like plums, nectarines and apricots, which provide alternatives to the popular peach. And with the rise in.....

Okanagan cherry growers strike deal to end waste
The Kelowna Community food bank has struck a deal with cherry farmers, allowing growers to offload fruits they usually can't get rid of and the food bank to line their larder with what this valley is most famous for."What we throw away in the Okanagan is vulgar," said Patty Lou Bryant, with the Kelowna.....

US (FL): Peaches bring profits for citrus growers
When you think of peaches, you might typically think they originate in Georgia. But citrus growers in Florida are also working to make a name in the industry as a way to combat their losses from citrus greening.In St. Lucie County, Edsel Groves President David McKenzie has 30 acres of peach trees. This year,.....

First AU frozen berries to begin production
A Mornington Peninsula couple has today launched Australia’s first commercial frozen berry brand. The move comes in the wake of the health scare from imported frozen berries from China, which were linked to 27 cases of hepatitis A in Australia.Wine and cider producers, and third-generation berry growers,.....

Norway: Rema 1000’s berries fail freshness test
Norway is Europe's largest berry consumer. Dietitians recommend eating plenty of berries, and consequently, food retailers are increasingly focusing on offering fresh berries all year round.Berries, however, have a notoriously short shelf life, and they should thus be subject to rigorous controls.The.....

4 million Euro for the promotion of Polish berries
The European Union will launch a 3 year campaign to promote the consumption of Polish berries. The slogan is: "The unusual properties of an ordinary fruit."The campaign aims to strengthen the position of Polish producers in the EU market, but also help mitigate the losses caused by the Russian embargo. The.....

3,000 year-old Mediterranean melon
Some melon seeds found on the Italian island of Sardinia have proved, for the first time, that the melon along with wild fruits, grains and legumes has been part of the western Mediterranean diet since the Bronze Age, more than 3,000 years ago.A team of Italian and Spanish researchers has studied these.....

Persimmon boom creates black market for seedlings
The boom of Persimmon crops in Valencia in recent years, due to the good profit margins it provides to producers, is also having a number of undesirable effects, alerted the Professional Association of Flowers, Plants and Horticultural Technology from Valencia (ASFPLANT).According to the growers grouped in.....


Mexican berries out to conquer China
The berry producers of four states, with a greater presence from Michoacán, where they cultivate at least 16,533 hectares of strawberries, blackberries and blueberries, are out to conquer the Asian market, giving start to a new stage in the food relationship between Mexico and China, and the process to.....

Sales exceed 487 million dollars
Chilean cherry exports to China doubled between 2013 and 2015
"Chile sold 487 million dollars' worth of cherries to China; a spectacular figure." This is what Rafel Sabat posted on his Twitter account; a figure which almost doubles the shipments made in 2013, when they totalled approximately 249 million dollars.It is clear that the Asian market is the main destination.....

Spain: Strawberry sector and AECC launch campaign against cancer
On Monday 16 March, the Strawberry Interprofessional (Interfresa) and the AECC (Spanish Association Against Cancer) will sign an agreement for the launch of an ambitious social awareness project whose ultimate goal will be to fund a major research project to study the non-genetic factors involved in the.....

NZ: Apple growers help Indian industry
Pipfruit New Zealand, the pipfruit growers' organisation, is working on a plan to help revitalise a key part of India's declining apple industry with the long-term aim of having a tariff-free window for Kiwi apple exports.India's apple industry is the fourth largest in the world by volume and the second.....

Germany: increasing interest in imported pears
German wholesale markets had a large supply of pears in week 10, BLE reports. The largest volume came from South Africa, followed by Italy. Some varieties were exceptionally early for the season, such as the Packham Triumph and Abate Fetel. Varieties like the Williams Christ and Rosemarie were also on the.....

Peach farmer vs the labor union
As CNBC first reported in 2013, Gerawan Farming was surprised when the United Farm Workers (UFW) union resurfaced in 2012—after a 20-year absence—to demand negotiations on a labor contract for more than 3,000 farm workers at one of the world's largest fruit growers.The hearings in the dispute started in.....


Kanzi, positive mid-season balance
Kanzi, the club apple distributed in Italy and Spain by VOG and VI.P, has entered the second half of the season with growing sales and strong market demand, as reported by the brand itself."Until February, Kanzi sales increased significantly over last year, with a 30% growth." This is the mid-season.....


Chilean nectarine export up 121%
Chile's Federation of Fruit Producers (Fedefruta) stated that, after the significant decline recorded in 2013, due to the strong frosts, stone fruit production was having higher export volumes this year.According to the director of Fedefruta, Cristian Allendes, by the end of February, exports of plums.....

More Washington apples to China, India
Apple growers in the US state of Washington are set to see their exports to China double over the next two years, aided by the expanded market access for apples, as well as higher promotional and marketing spends.India is to also get its fair share of spoils, with marketing spends by the Washington Apple.....

Dominican Republic apples safe
The Dominican Ministry of Health informed the public that there are no issues with the apples sold in the country.The statement came after information had spread since the weekend, mainly through social media, regarding the prohibition of different varieties sold in the country, such as Granny Smith, Elza or.....

Bangladesh: Potential strawberry export
Strawberry, farming of which began in the country, on non-commercial purposes, has the potential to be added to the export basket, according to sector insiders.Deputy director at the horticulture wing under the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Md Rafiqul Hasan told the FE that strawberry farming was.....

Argentina: Lower apple exports to Brazil
After a strong beginning of season in January 2014, the Red apple from Argentina is suffering a drop in exportations to its main market, Brazil, since January 2015.In the current season, a strong drop in exports to Brazil is observed. Up to week 10, the shipments dropped a 78% in comparison with the previous.....

AU: Why are imported frozen berries cheaper?
Berries have been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently, following the Hepatitis A outbreak caused by imported product from China. Many are asking the question: how are berries grown on the other side of the world, processed in New Zealand and then sold in Australia cheaper than local.....

Chile: Blueberry exports on the rise
Fresh blueberry exports from Chile totalled 88,400 tonnes between January and early March, which is a new record. This figure is 23% higher than that of the same period last season and 5% higher than in the 2012-2013 campaign, as reported by the Chilean Blueberry Committee.According to Andrés Armstrong,.....

N.C. blueberry growers approve assessment
Large, commercial blueberry growers approved a self-imposed assessment on their crops last week, but it should not affect pricing for consumers.Nicole Sanchez, Jones County Cooperative Extension commercial horticulturist, said the blueberry assessment would not likely have much of an impact on.....

Positive response blueberry storage solutions
TransFresh® Corporation reports that its custom tailored Tectrol® Storage Solutions for fresh blueberries has gained strong acceptance by the Grower-Shipper community following its fall 2014 debut.TransFresh’s unique Tectrol Storage Solutions was launched following a multi-year research and development.....


Increased movement for Rockit apples
Going into its second distribution season for the diminutive Rockit apple from New Zealand, Chelan Fresh is looking at increased movement this year, according to Director of Marketing Mac Riggan.Riggan said first loads of Rockits will arrive mid-May, and he anticipates they will be in stores in late May and.....

US (PA): Winter damage for berries?
The question that seems to be on every berry grower’s mind is how much winter injury occurred this winter. This, of course, depends on the crop.StrawberriesInjury is expected in some locations, but not necessarily because of the low winter-time temperatures. Plants should have been protected under snow,.....

Opal hits new records
Opal apple is experiencing a record-breaking fifth season reaching record highs in volume, number of retailers and consumer reach.Opal achieved a high record in weekly volume after delivering over 1 million pounds of fresh Opals to retailers across the U.S. and Canada in the 7-day shipping period ending.....


New Zealand Feijoa market reaches 800t
The New Zealand Feijoa fruit market is taking off, with 800 tonnes expected from the next harvest, beginning in mid March. The industry is also planning for expansion following additional tree sales. “We are expecting to see steady growth in area, judging by tree sales and membership enquiry,” says a.....

Chile: Blueberries, cherries see explosive growth
According to a report by the Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies (PASO), blueberries and cherries in Chile have seen an explosive growth in cultivated area, production and exports. Amongst domestic fruits, they have become the fruits with the highest growth in the last decade. This scenario has been.....


Mexico: Blueberry harvest begins in Sinaloa
The blueberry harvest began in Los Mochis, in the vicinity of El Fuerte, Sinaloa, and expectations are it will provide jobs for 3,500 labourers. The beginning of the fruit's production, which is basically intended to meet the demand of the markets of the United States and Canada, is carried out in an area.....

Huelva: Fewer strawberries, raspberry cultivation on the rise
Soft fruit growers in the Andalusian region of Huelva are facing some tough challenges. Like the impending closure of a water source in the National Park, and growers who seek refuge in neighbouring growing areas such as Portugal and Morocco. Following two difficult strawberry seasons, many growers have.....


QLD Bananas: Positive TR4 diagnosis confirmed
Biosecurity Queensland has today confirmed the worst fears of banana farmers all over the state, as it released the results of a second lot of tests from the sample of trees that initially tested positive for the Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4) fungal pathogen in Tully. The batch, sent for additional testing in.....


Paul Peters:
"Remarkably good demand pears, apple sales still difficult"
Demand for pears is remarkably good, according to top fruit trader Paul Peters from Ingen. "The pear market is in a good mood. Really, all sizes are selling well. Supplies from the southern hemisphere are lower, and the Dutch pears are selling well, both on the domestic market, the 'East', Scandinavia and.....

Zimbabwe: Poor rainfall affects apple production
Apple production has fallen significantly owing to poor rainfall and aged plantations, the Deciduous Fruits Growers Association, has said. In an interview on Monday, association chairman Mr Edward Buwu said the country must improve its orchard management techniques to increase yields and reduce imports.High.....


A new way to consume fruit
Fruit halves revolutionising the market
In early March, the Spanish retailer El Corte Inglés launched a new range of fresh fruits sliced in halves and packed in modified atmosphere conditions by PERIS.The range was presented at Fruit Logistica with great success, mostly due to the products' long shelf life, which reaches an average of ten.....


Polish apples may gain access to China by January 2016
In May, the Polish Minister of Agriculture, Marek Sawicki, will meet with the head of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ) to continue the discussions for the entry of Polish apples into the Chinese market. According to Konrad Zawadzki, Quality.....

Greece: Low production keeps strawberry prices up
According to information reported to Agrotypos, the production of Greek strawberries will remain low because of unfavourable weather conditions. Producer prices will be high for the time, reaching up to 2 Euro per kilo. This is not only the result of Greece's reduced productivity, but also to the drop in.....


India: Prolonged rain devastates grape export
The whole grape growing region in India suffered from prolonged rainfall last week, according to one grower it was not the intensity of the rain, which was fairly light, but the duration which caused the problem."The rain pretty much covered the whole grape growing region. The rains were mild, however it.....

Moroccan strawberry prices should start dropping soon
The Atlantic Gulf Company (AGCO) is a Moroccan firm devoted to the export by air freight of high quality fresh fruit and vegetables to several regions in the world, mainly Europe, the Middle East and Africa. AGCO specializes in several different varieties of tomatoes, clementine oranges along with a.....

Spain: Increasing strawberry supply
At the moment the heavy rain is being replaced by sunshine in the Spanish cultivation region of Huelva. The day temperatures are usually 20°C at most, which means the now meagre downfall is causing better phytosanitary conditions. The harvest of strawberries is clearly increasing at the moment. At the end of.....

French stonefruit organisations to merge
The Association of Peach and Nectarine Producer Organisations of France (AOP Pêche et Nectarine) and its counterpart for apricots (AOP Abricot) will merge in April in order to maximise the resources available and develop joint actions in defence of these crops in France and the EU. They will represent a.....

"Peru must develop its blueberry processing industry."
The international director of Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Cort Brazelton, said Peru had to develop its blueberry processing industry but that the country had to continue focusing its production on fresh blueberries.He stated that processed blueberries wouldn’t represent big business for producers, but.....


Jan Engelen, Veiling Hoogstraten:
"Average price for strawberries around 10 Euro"
This is a great time for strawberries price wise. The production is still at a fairly low level, but the demand is high. Jan Engelen of Veiling Hoogstraten indicates that the supply from Monday the 9th of March was at 1000 kilo. "This meant good prices. The average price is around 10 Euro per kilo."Prices.....

US (CA): Easter drives strawberry demand
“Fortunately, demand for strawberries is picking up”, says Derek Sass with Beachside Produce. The past three to four weeks, there was a lack of demand. “However, with production increasing this time of the year, retailers have confidence in supplies and are starting to feature strawberries in their ads......


Tas strawberries doing well for Costa
For only the second year growing strawberries in Tasmania, Costa has done ‘very well’ by its own admission. “Production and quality wise it’s been a very good year,” says Peter McPherson, General Manager of the Berry category for Costa. “It’s only our second year growing here in Tasmania, and we use the.....

Raspberry redactions leave sour taste
Who knew raspberries were so hush-hush? The Harper government won't divulge any details of a proposed new marketing agency for the tangy red fruit.The Canadian Press recently filed an access-to-information request for a November briefing note to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz on the proposed raspberry.....


Costa Rica ships less melons to Netherlands
At the peak of Costa Rica's melon season, which started on 15 January and will continue until 20 April, Ricardo Garrón, from Melones del Sol, gives his views on the development of the campaign.Melones del Sol, based in the paradisiac peninsula of Nicoya, has 150 hectares devoted to the production of.....

Arctic apple on Dr. Oz
Okanagan Specialty Fruits was showcased on an American talk show Tuesday afternoon, with Neal Carter appearing on The Dr. Oz show to discuss the Arctic Apple.The opening segment led with a quick synopsis of the non-browning apple and focused on the question of whether or not consumers would be willing to buy.....

AU grape growers eyeing foreign markets
As table-grape growers in Western Australia’s Gascoyne foodbowl feel the pain of competing with cheaper imports, Roger Fahl is turning all of his focus to foreign markets.The state’s biggest table-grape grower is not alone. Figures ­released by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Economics last week show.....

Lifeline for NT melon growers
Watermelon producers crippled by cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) have been thrown a long-awaited financial lifeline after the Northern Territory government announced a $1.2 million interest subsidy scheme today.With Katherine properties representing eight of the 11 in the Northern Territory.....


Awe Sum Organics’ pear season begins
Awe Sum Organics new crop organic pears, from the Rio Negro Valley in the Patagonia region of Southern Argentina, are arriving now on both coasts of the U.S. “Despite a challenging growing season, due to over half a dozen consecutive widespread and significant hail storms throughout the valley, we will.....


Rob Kuijper: "Yellow melon supply got going later"
Good sales yellow melons and watermelons Costa Rica
From early February onwards, importer Herman Kuijper BV from Amstelveen has received supplies of yellow melons and watermelons from Costa Rica. "For the first weeks, sales were crazy," Rob Kuijper says contently. "Warmer weather is expected as well, something that's always good for melon.....


New ‘Sweet Angie’ table grape hits Australian market
There is a new all-Australian variety of table grape available, following a successful two year trial, called ‘Sweet Angie’. “We’re selling a little bit in Sydney, a little bit in Melbourne, and exporting to Asian countries. We hope to have new growers picking next year and the year after,” says Sweet.....

Early peaches for Florida
The first peaches are ripe for harvest in Florida, bred to thrive where Mother Nature never intended the fruit to grow, alongside the state's signature rows of orange and grapefruit trees.Peaches naturally belong in cooler climates such as Georgia, whose famous crop is just now poised to bloom, two months.....


Argentina: Fruit exports overseas continue to drop
Argentinian fruit shipments overseas through the ports of San Antonio and Bahía Blanca totalled51,118 tonnes in the first two months of the year. This volume represents an annual drop of around 23%; 45% when compared to the average of the past five years.90% of the shipments correspond to pears, while the.....