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Patrick Meikle - Golden Bay

"Colouring is very good this year from New Zealand"

The first New Zealand Cox apples have arrived in the UK from the grower/exporter Golden Bay. New Zealand was expecting a record crop this year, according to official estimates issued in January, although it looks like the actual figure may come in lower. We have packed most of our Gala now and it looks like we.....

China: The recovery of the apple market in 2017

"For most of 2016, apples were going through a market downturn in China. With low yields and poor average quality, sales were sluggish. On the other hand, the slow sales discouraged many growers and reduced their motivation to invest in fertilizer. The good news is that since the second half of 2016, the.....

New apple variety exceeds expectations

Next Fruit Generation Australia, a subsidiary of Lenswood Apples has launched another new variety, Miapple. The block-red apple, a suspected cross between Royal Gala and the Fuji, has been observed by industry leader Joyson Orchards over many years and carries the unique competitive advantage of being an early.....

NZ apple prices continue to fall from January peak

Apple prices were $2.88 a kilogram in March, down more than $2.00 since hitting a record high in January, Stats NZ said today. Overall, food prices fell 0.3 percent in March, mainly due to lower fruit and vegetable prices.Fruit and vegetable prices were down 3.0 percent due to seasonally lower prices for.....

Special Fruit are offering Dutch, Beglian and Spanish strawberries

Special Fruit has announced that the company will be offering Spanish Calinda strawberries in addition to the local strawberries from Belgium and the Netherlands. The company stands behind the idea that customers always want more choice saying, "The more choice, the more enjoyment!" Special fruit also made a.....

Willem Koole, Frukar:

“Lots of demand for melons from all sides”

The melon market has been good all year. “Supply isn’t too large, because some players decided not to import large amounts from Costa Rica and Panama. We will receive a nice volume of watermelons and yellow melons under our own brand, Black Jack, so that has been a good gamble in the line of our own brand,”.....

Juan Báñez, director general de Cuna de Platero:

"Large retailers aren't ready for all the blueberries that are to come"

Huelva's blueberry harvest has started at the usual dates this season, unlike last year, when it kicked off earlier due to the high temperatures. Moreover, the market transition between the blueberries from the southern hemisphere and Spanish blueberries has been very smooth, according to Juan Báñez, general.....

Spain: Huelva's local strawberries gain ground

The development of new strawberry varieties, as has been the case also with other red fruits, has been marked by the revolution observed in Huelva in recent years. Following the predominance of varieties imported from famous American universities, such as California or Florida, producers have gradually been.....

US allows imports of fresh Vietnamese star apples

The US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has officially allowed the import of fresh star apple fruit from Vietnam into the US.According to the notice, which was published recently by the US Federal Register, the decision took effect on January 19.“Based on the findings of a pest risk analysis,.....

Update on New Zealand apple season

“Very large harvest headed our way”

The first apples from New Zealand arrived in Europe later than expected, due to bad weather. “We had a lot of rain during the picking period, but this has had no influence on production and harvest estimates so far. This season, a record harvest is expected in New Zealand. Estimates are currently at 21,600,000.....

Kees Verheij:

“Strawberry market was disappointing in past three months, but now recovering”

During the first three months of the year, the strawberry market was disappointing, according to wholesaler Kees Verheij. He expects an increasing demand towards Easter. “In my opinion, strawberry prices were mediocre, but I think they’ll increase significantly this week. Super-markets are no longer buying.....

New Zealand suspends imports of melons treated with demethoate

The Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has released an Industry Advice Notice (IAN) advising that New Zealand has suspended imports of Australian rockmelons and honeydew melons that have been treated with dimethoate. This suspension is effective immediately.Summary of changes.....

Emergency authorisation granted for Cuprokylt use on UK apples/pears

Emergency authorisation has been issued for Certis’ fungicide Cuprokylt, for use against Nectria canker in apples and pears in the UK. This has come as a welcome relief to growers and agronomists alike as the number of active ingredients for use against the Nectria canker is limited, explains Hutchinson’s.....

US specialty grape of the south

Muscadines look to gain awareness

When it comes to marketing the specialty grape of the South, the muscadine, Chris Paulk notes the competition is mostly lack of awareness. “Muscadines are a unique crop,” says Paulk of Wray, Ga.-based Paulk’s Pride, who notes there’s lot a lot of marketing support to push the awareness behind the grape that.....

Driscoll's are growing Victoria berries using glasshouses and LEDs

Berry company Driscoll’s kicked off the Dutch season by taking the successful variety, Driscoll’s Victoria, to the glasshouse and, by using an innovative growing technique, the berry company states that it is producing good results.Driscoll’s growers Jan and Alfons Diepstraten of growers association Best of.....

Raspberry and blueberry consumption in Chile increases

Chile's exporting family companies have limited markets because of their scarce logistics. As a result, the US and Canada are their first options when allocating their products.Among them, raspberries and blueberries stand out, as these fruits are very appreciated and consumed in the north of the continent......

"12 million tonnes of apples is really the limit"

So far this top fruit season has gone better than the year before. "Yet this is mainly to do with the shortages in various production countries. During the hail at the end of June 2016, Belgium had a lot of damage in the fruit cultivation. The apple harvest in particular was strongly reduced due to this. This.....

Anna Letwin, of Haskap Berries

Poland: "The price of our apples is not profitable at the moment"

The prices at which Polish growers must sell their apples are not the most desirable. "Without taking the price of transport into account, one kilo of our apples is being sold at an average of 0.29 Euro," affirms Anna Litwin, one of the managers of the company Haskap Berries. In this regards, every year is.....

Debut of Indian grapes

Review of the Shanghai import market

In the past week, the Shanghai market saw a small peak in supplies of oranges and grapes. This caused an overall drop in the market quotation for oranges. Chilean grapes on the other hand still sell smoothly and also Indian grapes have gone up in price from 130 RMB to 160 RMB. A strong debut for Indian grapes.....

Shanghai firm to invest 380 million RMB in blueberry plantation

The Shanghai Changjie Ecological Constructions and Engineering Llc is considering a plan to invest 51.9 million EUR (380 million RMB) in order to set up a base of operations for blueberry production in Yongshan county (Yunnan province). Included in this investment are the 27.31 million EUR (200 million RMB.....

"We fill a void in the marketplace"

Florida peach program hits its stride

Peach supplies look solid coming out of Florida. “We’re really hitting our volume,” says Al Finch of Dundee, Fl.-based Florida Classic Growers. “This is really the peak time for the peaches. We’re getting good volume and availability on our Florida peaches.”Peaches from Florida tuck nicely in between other.....

Russia is a risky destination for Argentine pears

Russia is considered one of the main markets for the fruit sector of the Valley of Rio Negro and Neuquen. However, it is also a high-risk destination for the activity, as it traditionally starts with prices that are profitable for the system but that decrease when the supply that is shipped overseas.....

Peruvian blueberries displacing rivals in the US

Peruvian exports of blueberries to the United States have experienced a significant increase when compared to other supplying countries like Argentina, Chile, and Mexico, among others, said the Ocex of Peru in Washington DC.According to the US Department of Commerce, Peruvian blueberry exports have increased.....

New Zealand hotel cleaners praised after discovering pest

Three motel cleaners have been hailed as heroes after spotting the brown marmorated stink bug, which is a pest with the potential to cause widespread damage to New Zealand's horticulture industry. James Trevelyan, the managing director of Trevelyan's Pack & Cool Ltd, and a long-time kiwifruit grower in Te.....

Western Australian Bravo apple has good export opportunities

According to the Western Australian Department of Agriculture representative, Steele Jacob, and Goulburn Valley Independent Packers (GVIP) director, Chris Georgopoulos, the apple variety known as the Bravo has the potential for export markets. Bravo is a mix of Sundowner and Royal Gala varieties.‘‘It has the.....

Italy: Apple situation changed in March

"In terms of quality, 2016 was far better than the previous year. Apples have a good quality and compactness, which is essential to tackle the next few months. After a slow January and February, the market changed in March and sales were exceptional," explains Gerhard Dichgans, director ofVOG.Gerhard Dichgans,.....

End of Chilean blueberry season leaves bitter taste

Over 103 thousand tonnes of blueberries (103,144) have been exported in the 2016-2017 campaign; this a 12.9% increase compared to the previous year and a higher figure than that initially estimated by the Blueberry Committee.Some of the reasons behind this are the expansion of the acreage and the replacement.....

Pakistan urged to export apples to Russia

Pakistan has an opportunity to capture the Russian market, as importers have expressed an interest in importing Pakistani apples. According to a private news channel report, Pakistan, with a production of 1.495 million tonnes of apple, stands at number 10 in global ranking. The overall trade of apple has.....

Italy: 500 tons of sliced watermelons for Canova

"The market is continuously expanding. Pre-cut watermelon slices are getting more and more popular and we are equipped to meet all kinds of needs," explains Enrico Casadei from Canova."The reasons behind this success are easy to understand, even though we did not expect to reach these results. Small families.....

Florida blueberry growers worry about future competition

While Florida blueberry growers are enjoying the current state of the market, with less competition and good prices, after Georgia's crop was hit, it might be a last hurrah for some growers, especially small farms.Increased competition from larger Georgia blueberry growers and a rising tide of imported.....

U.S. apple holdings up 13%

According to the U.S. Apple Association, U.S. fresh-market apple holdings of 53.1 million bushels on April 1, 2017, were 13 percent more than the April 1, 2016, holdings of 47 million bushels and 7 percent more than the five-year average of 49.6 million bushels.Total processing apple holdings as of April 1.....

Warm weather & late Easter hurt citrus sales in Norway

A late Easter and warm weather have led to a decrease in citrus sales in Norway. "We have a long tradition in Norway of taking the oranges with you when you are out skiing during the Easter period, but with the combination of warm weather and a late Easter, this year has been different. There is no snow in the.....

Matthijs Nijhoff, FruitConneqt:

"There is worldwide demand for Royal Gala apples"

At FruitConneqt in Deil (The Netherlands) the first Royal Gala apples have arrived from New Zealand. "We are the first with New Zealand Royal Gala apples this year," says Matthijs Nijhoff. According to the importer the general New Zealand harvest is considerably larger than last year. "There is more volume due.....

Review of week 13 at the Jiangnan Fruit Market in Guangzhou

China: Durian prices fall - Chilean kiwis popular on the market

With temperatures rising, the market volume of durians from Thailand is growing steadily and the prices have fallen accordingly - to 680 yuan per box, 15% lower than last week.With the production season of Gala and Red Rose apples approaching their end, the volumes are much lower now. In comparison, volumes of.....

China: California early ripening peaches will soon enter the market

"The California early ripening peach is a new variety with an average weight of 150 grams. The color of the fruit is bright red at the early stage of ripening and darkens to fuchsia later. This variety even gets red when growing in a hidden spot covered by branches. The flesh of the fruit is pale but has red.....

China: The coming blueberry season in Qingdao

"The local blueberries will be available on the market around the 25th of April and the supply will last till the end of July. Compared to last year, the production volume will be stable, so there won't be big fluctuations in market prices this year," said Ms. Jie Zheng from Chunmanyuan Cooperative in Qingdao,.....

China: Yantai cherries enter the market on a high

"Thanks to the efficient management of the greenhouse base, the harvest of our Yantai cherries started on 20th March, three weeks earlier than other greenhouse cherries in the region. With such a big advantage, our supply will last till around the beginning of May. After that, our outdoor cherries will enter.....

Washington grower expects later cherry bloom this year

As spring unfurls in the Northwest, apricot trees have hit full bloom for Wenatchee, WA-based Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers.Sean Gilbert, manager of OSRG’s Gilbert Orchards in the Yakima Valley of Washington, said on April 6 that “bees are working 100 percent on a beautiful day in Wapato. Looks like we'll have a.....

Jhalawar, India, experimenting with strawberry cultivation

Jhalawar, which is known for its orange cultivation is currently testing the viability of cultivating strawberries. The horticulture department and Agriculture University of Kota (AUK) are running trials in strawberry cultivation in the area. Rashid Khan, deputy director of the horticulture department said.....

Spain: Almeria's watermelons to arrive later in a good market

The pepper and cucumber campaign is coming to an end in Almeria, while the Netherlands is gaining an increasingly dominating position in the European market. During the winter, prices have been generally high for many products, such as peppers, tomatoes or courgettes, which is why growers have waited longer to.....

Juan Mellado Carrera, manager of Mer&Ca:

Spain: "We are shipping an average of 26,000 kilos per week to South Africa"

A total of five 40 feet containers, loaded with apples from the areas of Zaragoza and Lleida, will be shipped to a customer in the African continent. These apples are of the Golden variety and their calibre is a little smaller than those usually demanded in Europe. "Right now, we are selling them for 0.46 Euro.....

Researchers expect medical breakthrough using apple waste

A team of Spanish researchers recently produced a biocompatible material made from the apple waste produced during juice production which could be used as 3D matrices for the regeneration of bone and cartilage tissue.The collaborative effort is headed by the Centre for Biomedical Technology at Universidad.....

Spanish peaches and nectarines at Van Dijk Foods Belgium

“Large volumes of good-quality stone fruit expected this season”

The Spanish stone fruit harvest has started, and the first volumes will be available at Van Dijk Foods Belgium as of today. “We received various pallets of peaches and nectarines from Huelva last weekend. These have been grown under plastic. The season will start more than a week later than last year, but.....

Jan Rozema, Olympic Fruit:

“Grape market recovers somewhat after tough weeks”

In recent weeks, large volumes of grapes arrived in Europe. The market is still under pressure, but importer Jan Rozema from Olympic Fruit also sees some rays of hope. “For example, the market for blue seeded grapes and red seedless grapes is recovering by now. The spring weather and imminent Easter.....

US Highbush Blueberry Council research

Blueberry consumption set to continue climbing

With global blueberry production up 40 percent 2012-2016 and projected to reach 1.45 billion lbs. in 2017, the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) is focused on driving demand upward on the same trajectory. U.S. per capita blueberry consumption grew 599 percent from 1994-2014 – more than any other fruit or.....

UK: Big strawberry volumes create low prices

Glasshouse strawberry production in the UK is ramping up pretty quickly just now, due to lots of sunny weather. The volumes are increasing but the domestic fruit is coming up against big Spanish volumes."There are a lot strawberries from Spain on the market just now," comments Chris Rose from Asplins Producer.....

Chinese blueberry market growing exponentially

China is bursting for more blueberries. The market is growing exponentially, according to Eric Li from Yiguo. Yulei Zhao from Haisheng confirms the rapid growth of the blueberry market in China.The Chinese area was 113,300 hectares of strawberries in 2014, spread out from the north to the south of the country......

Australia: ‘Shark’ to help control weeds in strawberries

The Extension of Authorisation of Minor Use (EAMU) for ‘Shark’ acts as an effective herbicide control against a variety of weeds that reside in the planting holes of strawberry crops.Controlling nuisance weeds that grow within the planting holes of strawberry crops has long presented a significant challenge to.....

Swiss retail trade

Apples and Tomatoes the most popular fruits and vegetables in 2016

Apples and bananas are the fruits that were most widely distributed in Swiss retail in 2016. When it comes to vegetables, consumers paid the most for tomatoes. Following tomatoes at a great distance were carrots and close behind were bell peppers.Avocado-sales rapidly increasedWith the ten highest-selling.....

China: Zhejiang customs seize illegal cherries and figs

The Inspection and Quarantine office of Wenzhou, in combination with Wenzhou Customs, have found two cherry tree seedlings and two fig tree seedlings in a package sent from Italy. Because the recipient had not gone through any procedure to receive them, the package was seized, according to the law.The.....

Xianju County enjoys a steady output of bayberries

Mr. Ying, creator of the Junlang Xianju brand"The history of bayberry cultivation in Xianju County dates back over one thousand years. Our two major varieties, Biqi and Dongkui, will be available on the market, starting from 10th and 20th of June respectively, and the supply will last till around 5th of July......

The Life+, Zero Residues project presents its final conclusions

Seipasa, a company specialized in the treatment of natural solutions for an agriculture without residues, has concluded its participation in the Life+, Zero Residues project for stone fruit, which was co-financed by the European Union. After 4 years of research led by Dr. Rosa Oria Almudi of the Food.....

Washington state

Wapato apricots in full bloom, cherry bloom expected to hit mid-April

As spring unfurls in the Northwest, apricot trees have hit full bloom for Wenatchee, WA-based Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers. Sean Gilbert, manager of OSRG’s Gilbert Orchards in the Yakima Valley of Washington, said on April 6 that “bees are working 100 percent on a beautiful day in Wapato. Looks like we'll have.....

Bumblebees boost blueberry yield

Bumblebees can boost blueberry yield by 70 percent, good news for Florida growers in the heart of their blueberry season, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows.The news also accentuates the need for blueberry pollinators, said Joshua Campbell, a post-doctoral.....

Rain has California strawberry farmers worried about crops

Rain returned to California, which is creating a troublesome harvest season for some organic strawberry farmers.Strawberries planted by Arroyo Grande farmer Jerry Rutiz of Rutiz Family Farms could be in trouble. "If the forecast is true and we get one to two inches of rain on Friday, it will destroy any of the.....

Ukrainian cranberry & bilberry exports grew by over 300%

In 2016 Ukrainian exports of fresh cranberries and bilberries reached 2,900 tons (valued at $6.9 mln), 3.3 times as high as in 2015, according to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.Poland (1,418 tons), the Netherlands (613 tons) and Belarus (541 tons) were the leading export destinations for.....

Spain: Andalusia supports expansion of blueberries with integral research

The Andalusian Government strongly supports the diversification of the berry sector and, within it, the expansion of blueberries in the province of Huelva, with a "firm commitment" to integral research on the crop at five centres of the Agricultural Research and Training Institute of Andalusia (Ifapa).As.....

Carlos Cumbreras, manager of Grufesa:

"The strawberry oversupply is not due to clash with other origins"

Huelva's current strawberry campaign has had a better start than that of 2015/2016, both in terms of price and quality, as there have been lower volumes available because of the cold temperatures and rains. From April, the market conditions have gradually become more complicated with the rise of temperatures.....

Full stores and difficulties with marketing

Difficult times for Spanish Golden apples

The Spanish Golden apple campaign is going through difficult times due to the big volume in stock, with a predominance of medium and small sizes which, together with some quality issues, is making the fruit's marketing very difficult."The campaign started slowly after the harvest. In general, the sector was.....

Italy: First strawberries harvested in Romagna

Davide Modigliani from Forlì-Cesena was the first producer to harvest greenhouse strawberries this year. He harvested a few dozen kilos from 3200 plants. "My secret? I don't force crops and use suitable techniques."Modigliani is a rather unique producer, as he does not "push" his strawberries, peaches,.....