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US: South American stone fruit arrivals expected soon

Shipments of peaches and nectarines from South America are imminent, as suppliers in the US await arrivals to begin distributing to the market. The first shipments are due to arrive the week of December 11, with small volumes in containers before bigger volume hits around New Year."The peach and nectarine.....

Excellent Fruit Alliance Member - Xinji Yu Long

China: "Control of Ya pear production gradually implemented"

"Hebei is known in China and even in the world for its high quality pears. In the past few years, the Hebei pear producers have been trying to implement an integrated management system, but it has not been very effective. This year, the Excellent Fruit Alliance used integrated management for the first time on.....

Honeyberries are very scarce

China: "Worldwide honeyberry production limited"

"The honeyberry, or blue honeysuckle, is a kind of berry. There are only few areas where the honeysuckle can grow. In China, only Heilongjiang is suitable for growing honeyberries. They turn ripe in the beginning of June every year, and last until the beginning of July, so this year's season has already ended......

Direct marketer Dusseldorf has cabbages year round on offer

Germany: 'Price of Chinese cabbage currently stable'

Where other cabbages -such as red cabbage and savoy cabbage- are hardly in demand, Chinese cabbage remains popular. Above all, Bavarian and Westphalian farmers have taken to growing Chinese cabbage. For the Dusseldorf direct marketer Peter-Josef Esser, cabbages also belong to the day-to-day business. “We have.....

Big raffle for film with Elyias M'Barek

Positive numbers for Club Apple Evelina

An exciting and exhausting year lies behind the entire fruit industry. Despite heavy frosts and the extremely variable weather conditions, the German Evelina apple can look back on a great season. With 6,700 tons of harvested apples, there was even a slight growth in Club Apples compared to last year. Reason.....

Update on Peruvian season

California grapes expected to fill gap from Northern Peru

It has been a very challenging season for Northern Peru’s grape growers. The repercussions of last year’s weather events have turned this year into a most challenging season. “As harvest continues, it has become painfully apparent every week that production estimates are being adjusted downward. Many people.....

India: Table grape harvest in Nashik region will start beginning of January

The harvest of our table grapes from the Nashik region will start in the first weeks of January. We expect that shipments will arrive in Europe from February onwards. The season will run till the mid-May. The varieties we work with are mainly the Thompson seedless and Black seedless, which we offer in a 10-12.....

Oversupply of blackcurrants troubles NZ growers

According to an article by the Otago Daily Times, the global economic downturn certainly has had an impact on the New Zealand blackcurrant market.Poland is currently the biggest blackcurrant grower in the world; New Zealand production is relatively small in comparison. Poland produces between 80,000 and.....

Oneonta’s JUICI™ sees great demand going into ‘18

With holiday demand for the JUICI™ apple from Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers registering on the Richter scale, this newer variety is now seeing great demand in more than 3,000 stores nationwide – and another 740 retail outlets will carry it in January.According to OSRG’s Bruce Turner, in-store demos of JUICI™.....

China: Pear production falls 30%-50% due to surface brown spot disease

"As a member of the 'Excellent Fruit Alliance', we are very happy to see that the alliance's regulations for a balanced Ya pear distribution and export are very effective, as the export is now going very smoothly. Our company's pear price and production have been the same as last year," said to Mr. Guo.....

More movement on red seedless grapes in California

The California table grape season is approaching the end now but some of the later varieties are still available. Supplies have been short overall, and there are currently fewer of the red seedless varieties available than the green thanks to higher demand."The California table grape season is close to.....

China: Cherry market becomes polarized

At present, Chilean cherries are already in fruit shops everywhere. Currently there are numerous breeds of Chilean cherries, each with their own price. The expensive cherries cost more than 100 yuan [15.13 USD] per 0.5kg, while the cheap cherries cost about 60-70 yuan [9.08-10.59 USD] per 0.5kg. Chilean.....

Senior Heinz Hausmann for over 50 years on Düsseldorf wholesale market

Germany: 'We distribute 300 pallets of herbs per year'

“We sell everything that is currently not available anywhere else. From Dutch apples to mangoes, avocados and exotics,” said Heinz Hausmann, at 72 one of the oldest retailers on the Düsseldorf wholesale market. This fourth generation wholesale trader still enjoys his job. However, he also has his worries:.....

Production is expected to increase by 20%

Chile: Atacama's table grape harvest begins

Atacama is the Chilean region that produces early grapes for export, the first variety that is sent to international markets. This season, 2017-2018, the farmers of the Copiapo Valley hope to achieve better results than in the last season. "We know that there is less fruit from California and from Peru, which.....

AU: Victorian farmers look to the skies as heavy rain arrives

Farmers across Victoria will face an anxious weekend, with rainfall of up to 250 millimetres predicted in parts of the state, just as production is ramping up for the summer fruit and vegetable season.The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast three day totals of around 100-200mm across most of northern and.....

CPM Retail changes name to Soloberry to align with international push

CPM Retail, part of the AG Thames Group, will change its name to Soloberry to align the UK based business with that of its model in Spain, Soloberry SL. The move will go into effect today (1st December 2017).The company has expansions planned in North Africa, South America, Eastern Europe and Asia. This will.....

Sanjay Shah - Adani Agrifresh

Opportunities for European apples on the Indian market

India lacks a market supply of high quality apples. The apples in storage are generally of inferior quality. This makes room on the market for more expensive imported apples and provides opportunities for import companies.“Apples are being imported from the US, Chile, New Zealand, Iran, Turkey and Europe,”.....

NZ: New airline service opens up opportunities for stone fruit exports to Hong Kong

The first Cathay Pacific flight of a new seasonal service linking Aukland, New Zealand and Hong Kong will land tomorrow, reports nzherald.co.nz. The airline will be using the Airbus A350XWB passenger plane which can hold 280 persons and carry 20 tons of cargo per trip. This extra cargo will open up new export.....

Italy: Good prices for Angeleno plums

The commercialisation of Angeleno plums is coming to an end. Operators confirm that they will only be available for another 15-20 days.Mauro Battistini, Orogel Fresco Director, explained that "the year has been positive as the good weather meant the produce didn't develop any particular problems. This in turn.....

George Poultsidis, Emphyton

Kiku apples established as a brand on Greek market

The KIKU apple brand has become one of the most recognizable apple brands in Greece. The brand is being introduced in Greece by the company Emphyton founded in 1997. “As you can imagine, establishing a new brand isn’t easy,” says George Poultsidis of Emphyton.“The market for apples is growing, but there was.....

Egypt: "We can usually demand high prices."

Egypt is very known for its citrus fruits but the country has now also been exporting strawberries around the world. According to Basma Albanna of the Egyptian Export Center, “The strawberry season in Egypt started on the 1st week of November and is expected to last until 2nd week of January. Right now we are.....

Hail in the Boland could have some localised impact

South Africa: Larger percentage of smaller fruit due to drought

Their peach and nectarine season started slowly, about ten days to two weeks later than usual, putting some pressure on European programmes, says Gysbert du Toit, director of marketing at Dutoit Agri, one of South Africa’s largest stonefruit producers.“The European market is quite accessible at the moment,.....

Peru: New grape varieties become more important

“Table grapes are a growing product for the Peruvian export. We are still waiting to see what the effect of the North of Peru will have on the total export of this year. At the moment there are a significant number of new varieties being tested and developed in Peru. In our case, this season of 2017/2018, the.....

NZ: Roxburgh cherry crop survives flash flood, but another storm may be brewing

Those in Roxburgh, New Zealand are concerned another major storm may be brewing which could cause major problems as the city is still working to recover from the last flash flooding, and coping with damage done to infrastructure. Growers who were concerned about the effect the storm might have on the local.....

Australia: Technology helps track orchard's activities

The manager of a 70ha orchard, Ardmona horticulturist Mitchell McNab, takes a conscientious approach to planning, preparation and research by using real-time data. countrynews explains.McNab said ‘‘From record-keeping on-the-go, to orchard management, picking, packing and transport, new innovations drive our.....

Apple & Pear Australia:

Market access into China is a key part of the agenda

During a recent trip to China, APAL representatives met with senior government officials, significant retailers and other high-level influencers to discuss market access and the Australian apple industry.APAL CEO, Phil Turnbull; Director Global Development, Andrew Hooke; and Quality Project Manager, Andrew.....

China: Lower stock of apples in cold storage this year

According to the latest findings, the price of grade 1 and grade 2 size 80 Fuji apples in Yantai starts at around 3.0 yuan, up by 7% compared to last November. In October, the average purchase price of size 80 Fuji apples were 3.3 yuan, up by 16%. Because of the higher prices, there's been an interesting.....

The brand "Lan Mei no. 1" holds a news conference

China: 2017 summit meeting for the development of industrialization for Chinese blueberries is in session

Recently, the summit meeting for the development of the industrialization of Chinese blueberries, or "blueberries in modern era China", and the news conference for the blueberry brand "Lan Mei no. 1" [Blue Beauty no. 1] were organised on schedule in Zhejiang. The summit meeting accomplished many significant.....

Macintosh is primary variety

New England apple growers enjoy good season

The apple season has been a good one for growers in New England. Bountiful harvests and a healthy market have given them reason for a positive end of the year. Weather has been a major factor, with the right amount of warmth and rain combining to give the apple trees favorable conditions for growth."The apple.....

Opal apple marketing campaign drives retail sales

Opal® apples are featured in an array of consumer media reaching over 43 million impressions since the season began just late last month. The Opal brand is backed by a comprehensive marketing strategy and calculated initiatives, making it the most supported apple in the market. This marketing and public.....

Argentina: Entre Rios incorporates soft fruits into citrus production

In recent years, the traditional production of citrus fruits from the NE region of Entre Ríos has incorporated other intensive fruit crops, such as blueberry and blackberry, which are very perishable and highly appreciated due to their nutraceutical characteristics.The surface devoted to blackberries in Entre.....

AU: Victorian stone fruit growers at risk after humidity and rain

Rainfall and the accompanying high humidity during Friday and Saturday are putting Victiorian stone fruit growers at risk of a heavy outbreak of brown rot, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.A slow moving high pressure system is bringing a hot and humid airstream across Victoria and now the bureau.....

Kris Wouters, fruithandel Wouter Romain & Co

"Pears smaller but sweeter due to the frost in Belgium"

Due to the late frost at the start of this year the apples in Belgium suffered. Although the frost also hit the pears, this fruit was lucky according to KrisWouter of fruithandel Wouters, Romain & Co from the Belgian Rummen. Besides the pears being of a much smaller size, he says there are even advantages.....

French company wins exclusive worldwide rights to the "Juliet" apple variety

French company Benoit Escande Editions SARL has won the exclusive world rights to the Juliet apple variety, the Green Burg Daily News reports. The Juliet variety was created by Purdue University. The apple is reported to have a long storage life, and is the fruits of a long-running program that began all the.....

Spain: Strawberry producers need 16,000 Moroccan labourers

A contingent of just over 16,000 Moroccan labourers with contracts signed in the country of origin will arrive to Huelva for the upcoming strawberry and red fruit harvesting campaign. The group will be employed mainly for the months of March to June next year in order to avoid the lack of manpower in that.....

Spain: Measures proposed for sweet fruit strategic plan

The third work meeting for the development of the Strategic Plan for the sweet fruit sector, convened this week by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, was devoted to the presentation of proposals for measures. The focus was on the stone fruit sector in the morning and on the top.....

Southern Europe is committed to early start of soft fruit season

Soft fruit from the Iberian peninsula and Morocco is becoming increasingly important. Thanks to investments in production, volumes have increased, and more importantly, seasons have been extended. A year-round European season is within reach for many products. Ben Maes from Special Fruit explains that choosing.....

Chilean cherries bought in bulk by Meiri Youxian to supply the Chinese market

Against the backdrop of rising consumerism in recent years, more and more fresh fruits from all over the world are appearing on Chinese shopping lists. Customers are particularly fond of the large cherries with a sweet and crisp taste, and exquisite flesh. Their consumption increases yearly. Last year, it was.....

AU: Watermelon production recovering after heavy Queensland storms

A Queensland watermelon producer is extremely pleased to still have a crop for the Australian market, despite heavy rainfall less than two months ago.General Manager, Greensill Farming Group, Damien Botha recalls that some of the company's farms based across the Bundaberg region, received around 500.....

High demand for Ukrainian organic berries

As berries continue to gain in popularity amongst consumers around the world. Over the past decade, sales of berries have doubled, with forecasts for the next five years even more optimistic. Ukrainian suppliers are creating cooperatives in response, in order to become more and more competitive in the.....

Deciduous Fruit Annual Report:

Indian apple imports drop 5% year on year

HighlightsPost forecasts marketing year (MY) 2017/18 Indian apple imports will decrease year on year about five percent to 0.35 Million Metric Tons (MMT). Imports of pears also are projected lower at 0.03 MMT in MY 2017/18. The bulk of the decrease results from a temporary ban on Chinese apples and pears in.....

Wout van Es, Wilko Fruit:

"Ethiopian strawberries are in our warehouse 24 hours after being harvested"

Ethiopia is not the first place that springs to mind as a country of origin for strawberries. Yet at the IlanTot Strawberry Farm, about an hour's drive from Addis Ababa, a few hundred tonnes of this fruit is produced on an annual basis. Wilko Fruit in Breda is one of the Dutch importers that distribute these.....

Product quality and company reputation reap benefits

China: "Imported fruit sorting line in controlled atmosphere storage"

"Luochuan in Shaanxi is known as the home of Chinese apples. Their fruit has many unique qualities, such as a high quality and a nice size. They are also colorful, crispy, sweet, hard, and can be stored well. For many years, they have had an excellent reputation on the Chinese and foreign markets. Every year,.....

AU: Queensland mangoes start as season nears peak

Mango harvests in Queensland have started to ramp up, with more fruit set to be picked slightly earlier than originally expected.In the Bowen and Burdekin region, recent rainfall combined with warm weather has sped up the development of the fruit, which will impact the picking and packing plans of growers.....

Night frost: every grower's worst nightmare

Last season the night frost caused a considerable decrease in the European apple harvest. But how can you best protect yourself from this? Jan Peeters (Fruitconsult) and Jef Vercammen (pcfruit) held a presentation on night frost at the Kennisdag Fruitteelt (Fruit Cultivation Knowledge Day).What is night.....

Spain: Girona apples to be sold unlabelled to avoid boycott on Catalan products

Some apples from Girona are sold without them being identified as such to avoid the boycott on Catalan products, as revealed on Monday by the president of the Regulatory Council of the Protected Geographical Identification (PGI) Poma de Girona, Llorenç Frigola. He referred to the case of a distributor in.....

Poland: Soft fruit production remains unprofitable

According to Deputy Minister Jacek Bogucki, who made a statement on Thursday at a meeting of the Agriculture Committee, the prices and profitability of all soft fruits increased in 2017. However, in the opinion of the growers, prices are still too low to cover the production costs."This year's spring frosts.....

US: Georgian Peach farm to expand offering with strawberries next spring

Dickey Farms, which has been growing peaches in Middle Georgia for more than 120 years, will have a new fruit available next spring.More than 22,000 strawberry plants have been planted on about 1 1/2 acres at the Musella farm, said Robert “Lee” Dickey IV.“We expect strawberries to begin ripening in late March,.....

Web based system helps U.S. strawberry growers ward off deadly pathogens

Strawberry growers in Florida and South Carolina are reaping the benefits of a UF/IFAS web-based system designed to ward off two deadly pathogens, a new University of Florida study shows.That’s good news as Florida’s strawberry growers start a new season. Strawberries pack a powerful economic punch nationwide.....

Jim Allen - New York Apple Sales

KORU® ramping up volumes in both hemispheres

KORU® is a new apple variety which has been grown in New Zealand for a few years now and exported to the US market. Now it is also being grown in the States and the area will increase considerably in years to come."We import this apple in February and March," explains Jim Allen from New York Apple Sales. "Now.....

Harrie Septer (Fruitmasters Holland): "Not just Christmas messages; company names are also possible

Fewer 'wish' apples available this year

Apples displaying German, English, Dutch and Scandinavian messages, or images of Father Christmas or sleigh rides. Harrie Septer has been selling these for Fruitmasters, which is based in the Netherlands, for more than 25 years. "There is less supply than other years because, due to the frost, one of our.....

Peru: Strawberry exports down by 21.7%

According to the commercial representative of Viveros California of Spain, Jose Cordero, this year, Peru won't export more than 6 million kilos of strawberry, i.e. 21.7% less than the 7,663,473 kilos that the country exported in 2016.This decrease, Cordero said, is due to the lower production of strawberry.....

Argentina: Neuquen will only export its cherries to Asia

After two exports of cherries - in 2014 and in 2016 - proved that Neuquen's Presidente Peron Airport could serve as a connection to the wider world, in March, the sector presented a project to build a cargo airport in Neuquen; an initiative that is currently at a halt.According to the project, two of the four.....

United States

KIKU® apple growers excited to launch 2017 season

With a strong harvest now completed, KIKU® brand apples are poised for retail growth. KIKU® growers in Washington, Michigan and Pennsylvania are reporting they expect a strong year ahead.“We’re ready to grow retail sales of KIKU®,” said George Harter, Vice President of Marketing for CMI Orchards. Based on a.....

EU agrees to remove import control restrictions on Egyptian grapes

The European Union has agreed to remove Egyptian table grapes from a list of foods that are subject to an increased level of official import controls, Agriculture Minister Abdel-Moneim El-Banna announced Monday, Ahram’s Arabic website reported.The European Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals,.....

Tasmanian fruit growers confident heavy rain will help cherry crop

Heavy rains over recent days have failed to damage the state’s cherry crop.John Woodhouse, of Kings Rock Cherries at Magra in the Derwent Valley, said his property copped 21mm over a 24-hour period, with 7mm of that swamping the property for three minutes, but his crop remained viable.“I’ve had the agronomist.....