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Begufruit GmbH new face at Hannover Wholesale Market

“Charentais melons will be available for about three weeks longer”

On the Hamburger Wholesale Market, a new trading company has been active for almost one and a half weeks now: Begufruit GmbH, owned by Pajaziti Begu, has a diverse range of products on display. The wholesaler tries to stand out from its colleagues with a large selection of Spanish fruits and vegetables. Fresh.....

Swiss apple stocks to be exhausted by mid-July

Apple shortages are gradually emptying. At the end of May 2018, just 3,100 tons were still in stock. In the same month last year, it was 14,500 tons. The reason for the much smaller inventory this year are the frosty nights of last year, which made the 2017 harvest poor. Currently, there are only Golden.....

Ing. Heinrich Penz, exclusive marketer:

“Wachauer cherries qualitatively much better than other early varieties”

There are currently more cherries from southern European fields, but the first lots from Germany and the Benelux are here as well. For the last week and a half, the so-called Wachau cherries have been available as well: these products from Austrian fields are sold exclusively and directly by farmers, as well.....

Signature dish of Legoland California

French fries made out of fruit

Granny Apple's Fries at Legoland California serves fries made from fruit. On busy days, the stand goes through approximately 1,500 green apples. Once the apple slices are pulled from the fryer, they're rolled in cinnamon and topped with fresh whip cream. As reported on thisisinsider.com, it's like having an.....

Spain: Jerte producers unhappy about low cherry prices

The president of the Association of Municipalities of the Jerte Valley, Ernesto Agudíez, has highlighted the unhappiness of producers in the valley due to the low cherry prices, which could motivate protests in the coming days.According to Agudíez, the "quality of the fruit is very good, but market prices are.....

Castile-La Mancha

Spain: Second stage of melon and watermelon planting hurt by storms

The frequent storms and rainfall of recent weeks are making the second stage of the melon and watermelon planting more difficult in the Spanish region of Castile-La Mancha. The bulk of the planting usually takes place between May and June.This has been reported by the president of the Melon and Watermelon.....

Sicilian organic table grape season has started

VIDEO"The organic table grape season in the Pgi Mazzarrone territory has started. The fruit is in demand all over the world and quality is exceptional, so much so that there's no competition," explains Salvatore Consoli, sole administrator for SiFaBio.Salvatore ConsoliLast year, SiFaBio Srl produced around 2000.....

Kiku brand apple sets spring record with one million-pound increase

Kiku brand apples sets record for retail sales and volume this spring, according to scan data just released by Nielsen. For the two-month March/April period, the apple variety's volume jumped 104% while dollars increased by 67% versus the same period last year.According to George Harter, Vice President of.....

Buying up bumper crop - supporting growers

Aldi are selling 1 kg punnets of strawberries for £2.95

Aldi already very well known for its bargain prices, but this time, there's a reason behind its latest discount. UK farmers have a huge surplus of strawberries due to a late start in the strawberry season this year. To help find all the strawberries a home, German supermarket Aldi has bought 112 tons of.....

Japan’s cold chain logistics helps Myanmar farmers

Japanese cold chain logistics expertise has come to the aid of strawberry farmers in Myanmar, radically reducing damage from poor transportation methods and heat before their produce is delivered. Refrigerated trucks supplied by Premium Sojitz Logistics Co, a Japan-Myanmar joint venture, transport strawberries.....

Papple pears now available in Australian stores

Australia consumers can now get their hands on the Papple pear, with the fruit now exclusively available through Woolworths stores.Also known as PremP109cv, the Papple brand pear is a hybrid of Chinese and Japanese pear types, and has a Nashi appearance. It had its first significant commercial harvest this.....

Central Washington seeing the first cherries for the season

Cherry season has finally started for Superfresh Growers®, with early districts in Central Washington beginning this week. Superfresh Growers joins Dave Gleason, Chief Horticulturist in one of these early blocks on a quiet morning.Gleason looks out to Mt. Adams in the distance and contemplates the morning......

US: West Michigan fruit farmers optimistic about season

At this time, West Michigan fruit farmers are looking forward to a good season. This is despite the extended cold temperatures earlier this spring. While farmers are expecting delays of a week or two on their crops in the upcoming season, all are optimistic about their yields.Strawberry crops are about two.....

First shipments of Ukrainian apples to Dubai hailed a success

The Ukrsadprom Association for Ukrainian fruit and berry producers, has been actively presenting and promoting Ukrainian products, with stands at major events such as Fruit Logistica in Berlin and Hong Kong as well as Galfood in Dubai in 2017-2018.It was during these events that the first cooperation of fruit.....

Bulgarian cherry producers protesting

Producers of cherries from the region of Stara Zagora have protested against low prices. They have gathered on the Stara Zagora junction of the Trakia highway. The road is not blocked, but as a sign of dissatisfaction, demonstrators poured a few boxes of fruit on the ground. At noon, all the protesters.....

Trend Report - Part 4

From fast food to fresh feasts

The global food service industry’s recipe for growth over the coming decade is expected to feature an increasing amount of fresh, high-quality ingredients, including fruit and vegetables.In an age where the quality of fast food is rapidly improving and consumer demand for meals outside the home is bubbling.....

China and Taiwan

Turkish cherry growers to expand further into East Asia

Turkish cherries have become a real favorite of European consumers, but Turkey now has received a permit to export cherries to China, following eight years of technical and diplomatic work and many rounds of serious negotiations between Turkish exporters and Chinese authorities. A delegation from Taiwan is due.....

China: Dongshan bayberries enter market in large volumes

Dongshan bayberries began to enter the market in small volumes on June 3rd, 2018. One week later they will enter the market in large volumes. Supply will continue until the last week of June. The price is slightly higher than last year. It is estimated that the price will be around 20 yuan [3.13 USD] per 0.5.....

Argentina: Growing enthusiasm for grapes in Neuquen

According to Silvia Gandolfi, the coordinator of the Wine Program of the PyME-Adeneu Center, "the amount of land planted and of producers seeking to convert their production is on the rise."One of the first symptoms of local growth was the arrival of the Lobesia Botrana plague, (which is similar to the.....

Argentina: Project to extend the fruit emergency

Silvina Garcia Larraburu, the senator for Rio Negro, has presented a project to extend the economic, productive, financial, and social emergency of the pear and apples production chain in the provinces of Rio Negro and Neuquen. "The fruit production of Rio Negro and Neuquén accounts for 87% of the cultivated.....

Matthijs Nijhoff, TripleF Fruit:

"We can rightfully say we are a specialist in overseas top fruit"

Last year Matthijs Nijhoff started TripleF Fruit, which stands for First For Fruit Supply. Trusted names in the TripleF Fruit team are Jacco van Paasschen and Nicole Kersten. "We want to be leading in the overseas top fruit segment. We want to assure our retailers and other customers of an extraordinarily.....

GoodBerry working on climate-proof berry production

Climate change can have major consequences for the berry production in Europe. Within the EU project GoodBerry, they’re working on developing new berry varieties and production methods that are resistant against high temperatures and unfavourable weather conditions. The project focuses on strawberries,.....

Picking strawberries using Norwegian robot

According to the official newsletter of the Buskerud province, the gripper of this robotic arm isn’t just quicker, it’s also more careful than other pickers. Thanks to an advanced 3D-camera, the gripper can easily locate each strawberry. Right now, the robot is capable of picking more than 90 per cent of all.....

$512 mill turnover for Calavo in the 1st quarter

The larger volume of avocados is a "good omen"

Compared to last year, Calavo's second-quarter figures are slightly lower. It must, however, be noted that in last year's second quarter of last year, the market was characterised by extremely high prices. Calavo closed its second quarter books with a turnover of $264,4 million. Over the first six months, this.....

"Expansion fits in with our quest for permanent lines in the top fruit sector"

Vergro wants to take over D&G Fruit

The Belgian export company, Vergro, has signed a letter of intent. The company has a branch in the Belgian town of Sint-Truiden. They hope to acquire the nearby D&G Fruit. Vergo Directeur, Dominiek Noppe, confirms this. Vergrocelebrates its 50th jubilee this year. Last year, they took over another Belgian.....

Region of Valencia

Spain: 45% drop in prices paid to summer fruit growers

The prices paid to summer fruit producers in the Region of Valencia have plummeted on average by 45% since the beginning of the campaign, while consumers are paying an average difference of more than 300% for these same products, according to data collected by LA UNIÓ de Llauradors.According to official data.....

PEI frost does damage to local strawberries

Arnie Nabuurs thinks the harm is only moderate. That’s his thinking after Sunday evening’s frost hit Prince Edward Island, affecting the island’s strawberry crop currently in bloom. “I do have some damage in my fields,” says Nabuurs of Nabuurs Gardens, which grows approximately seven acres of strawberries......

Pear Bureau Northwest hires regional marketing manager

Pear Bureau Northwest is pleased to announce that Bryan Roberts has joined the organization as Regional Marketing Manager.Roberts will be taking over the Midwest region and replacing Ed Chambers, who will be retiring from the Pear Bureau after 34 years. Roberts brings a wide range of experience having spent.....

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard, LaFayette

New York state apple orchard using tech to pollinate

The Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard in LaFayette celebrates its teamwork with DropCopter. It's a new way to pollinate apple orchards, using drones to help pollinate when bees cannot. Beak and Skiff is a 107-year-old orchard with 300 acres of apples.Peter Fleckenstein, general manager at Beak & Skiff for.....

Central Market of Buenos Aires (MCBA)

Argentina: Peach offer increases by almost 7% this season

The peach volume admitted to the Central Market of Buenos Aires in the 2017/2018 season is 6.7% higher than in the previous season. This season, 19,418.1 tons have entered the MCBA; last season that number amounted to 18,192.7 tons.Historically, the offer of peaches in the MCBA in the last 20 seasons has shown.....

Healthy spring bloom indicates high quality SweeTango crop for 2018

SweeTango apple growers are sharing a positive forecast for the 2018 crop after a successful spring bloom. Reports from orchards in the U.S. and Canada show a healthy fruit set with sizes estimated to be slightly larger than that of the 2017 crop. An on-time harvest is expected for this early season apple.....

Vietnam: Bac Ha during the plum harvesting season

These days, farmers in Bac Ha district in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai, are busy harvesting their Tam Hoa plums. The annual Bac Ha Plum Festival kicked off Monday morning in the city of Bac Ha, offering a chance for plum growers and visitors to catch up and enjoy the fresh, sweet and unique.....

L'Orto di Eleonora introduces Corallo melons

It appears that traditional melon varieties such as Galia and Cantaloupe are losing popularity on a few markets. However, this means there may be a gap for other types such as Honeydew or Piel de Sapo.Agricola Campidanese has always done well on the market with its melon and watermelon segment and has recently.....

Italy: Summer fruit in demand from Poland and Scandinavia

OP Giaccio Fruttareports a general lack of produce in line with the data illustrated during theForum Peschicoltura Europea."Nonetheless, the peach and nectarine campaign started very well for us. Grades are higher than last year and the rain favoured the development of the fewer fruits left. This campaign,.....

Total cooling capacity expanded to 500 tonnes

Opening of new cold store for Zachtfruitbedrijf Schalkwijk

On Friday 1 June, Zachtfruitbedrijf Schalkwijk took a new cold store with shipping options into use. The stockholding supplier’s location and packing station for soft fruit of The Greenery has been expanded and improved for long-term storage of redcurrant and blueberry because of this. During the opening.....

Abundance of Swedish strawberries due to heat

Despite the late spring, the strawberries were harvested at the regular time, but the warm and extremely dry month of May could lead to an abundance of strawberries in early summer and a shortage later in summer. “The heat is bad for the plants, so that we will harvest less than expected, although many.....

Fred Douven, abbGrowers:

“Perfect timing for the start of Serbian berries”

ABB Growers Serbia has entered into a cooperation with about 150 local growers to grow high-quality blueberries for the European market. Unique to this cooperation is that the inspection takes place in Serbia. This week, harvesting will start, but the first samples were delivered in the Netherlands last.....

First sweet, red Norwegian strawberries already sold. Large quantities in shops as of this week.

Plenty of Norwegian strawberries in shops

Strawberry harvesting is in full swing in Østfold, Vestfold and Rogaland, Norway. Strawberry grower Geir Joa in Rogaland has set a new record. In the last weeks of May, he sold more than 22,000 punnets of strawberries. He grows his strawberries in his greenhouse and in production tunnels. People are also busy.....

Shaanxi production area market analysis for May

China: Apple reserves not yet finished, price of kiwi fruit from stores sets record low

May is an important month for the production areas to clean out their reserves. Seasonal fruit gradually enters the market and temperatures increase. The frequency of plant and insect diseases in refrigerated fruit warehouses also increases, so the product quality of fruit decreases. The lease on most storage.....

Rwanda: Farmers encouraged to embrace apple farming

The Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture has urged its citizens to venture into apple farming, to reduce the burden of importing them at a high price. Beatrice Uwumukiza, the Director-General of Agriculture and Livestock Standards and Certification Services, argued that the recent ban on South African fruits has.....

Chinese watermelon market analysis

The market price of watermelons showed an overall downward trend last week, although different watermelon varieties experienced different price fluctuations. The supply season of Hainan and Yunnan 'black seed' and 'white seed' watermelons came to an end in early May. They gradually withdrew from the market.....

Analysis and campaign prospects

Spanish-French-Italian pear and apple group to meet on Thursday

The pear and apple contact group, created in the framework of the Spanish-French-Italian Mixed Committee for fruits and vegetables, will meet next Thursday, 7 June, in Lleida, to analyse the results of the 2017/2018 campaign, as well as to announce the prospects for the 2018/2019 campaign.The group will also.....

Good cherry production in Hungary this year

This year, Hungary's cherry production is expected to amount to between 12 and 15 thousand tonnes, as reported by the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization and Product Council. This is an above-average figure. Last year, the production stood at 8-10 thousand tonnes. Thanks to the heat.....

India: First container Stemilt apples

IG International has launched Stemilt apples, packed at Hansen Fruit Company, a Yakima-based high-quality grower, packer and shipper. The first container of Stemilt apples packed at Hansen Fruit Company, which was recently acquired by Stemilt Growers, was unveiled at ULA-CFS along with a cake-cutting ceremony.....

Mexico imposes 20 percent tariffs on US imports

Washington state apple farmers brace for impact

Washington’s apple growers are looking for new markets to make up for the expected loss of business after Mexico (their biggest export customer) imposed tariffs, a growers’ representative said.Mexico announced Tuesday it will levy tariffs on imports of US products. Mexico slapped Washington-grown apples with a.....

Virginia, USA: Farmers feeling effects of wettest May on record

Heavy rains last month are having an impact on farms all across central Virginia, potentially even hindering future crops. Sunday Gallmeyer Farms announced its strawberry fields would be closed this season because of a major crop loss due to the rain. "As farmers we make our plans and we do the work to prepare.....

Turkey: 30,000 tons of melons produced in Manisa

Melons in Kirkagac, Manisa, a town well known for its tasty melon production, are planted in an area of 100 million square feet and the target production is estimated to be 30,000 tons this season.The harvest season is expected to start around August and the expectation is for around 3 tons per 10,000 square.....

Fujian exports 300 kg bayberries to United Arab Emirates

300 kg of bayberries were recently loaded onto flight KA615 via Hong Kong to the United Arab Emirates. Fujian is China's most important production area for bayberries destined for export. Fresh bayberries are not easy to transport, so exports of bayberries usually goes by plane. Xiamen Airport applied for.....

Michigan aiming to be number two apple producer in US

Michigan apple growers are predicting a very nice crop this upcoming harvest season. The bloom has just finished and assessments are being made right now. At this time, the news is good. Spring delivered excellent weather, with no issues or late freezes, providing a bright outlook for the season."It's looking.....

Melon producer expands into juice and fresh-cut fruit

Savor Fresh Farms announces the addition of two product line extensions to their Kiss Melon program. Starting mid-June, Savor Fresh will offer both cold-pressed juice as well as fresh-cut melons.Over the past several years, Savor Fresh Farms endeavored to broaden their Kiss Melon program. “We want to reach.....

Michael Sparer - South Tyrolean fruit agent:

'Upcoming apple harvest in Europe expected to be good'

Last year's apple season was quantitatively poor due to frost damage and precipitation. Many people would like to erase it from their memory as soon as possible. Fruit producers and cooperatives in the important growing region of South Tyrol were also affected by this very weak harvest. The upcoming apple.....

Large supply puts strawberry prices under pressure

At the beginning of May, the first small quantities of strawberries from early cultivation, priced at €4.52 per kg, were launched onto the market. Despite a lack of rain, the ripeness and quality of the strawberries turned out to be good, due to generally favorable weather conditions. In the middle of the.....

Exports of American cherries to China are running smoothly

"In a normal year the harvest season of Californian cherries is from May to the end of June. Thereare dozens of varieties, including the Bing cherry, Brooks and Xuelan. Because of the differences in soil and climate, no matter it's taste, sugar degree, gloss or appearance, domestic cherries can never compete.....

New PLU specifically for yellow mini seedless watermelons

Dulcinea Farms™, part of Pacific Trellis Fruit, is helping make life (and tracking sales) easier for the entire melon category – or at the very least those who sell the yellow mini seedless variety.“This is really rooted in a shortcoming we identified over the past year – specifically, the inability to.....

Harvest in Morocco started almost a month earlier

Spain: Watermelons are the most imported Moroccan fruit

In Spain, the Crimson variety, which is produced in Morocco, has been gaining popularity. It has an almost spherical shape, a green or striped colour and is available both with seeds and seedless. It is also very large. It has a thick skin and a very sweet taste, and is fairly competitive in terms of price,.....

South African Table Grape Industry

Good grape crop despite ongoing drought

The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) realised a good table grape crop of just over 62 million cartons (4,5 kg equivalent cartons) despite producers facing the worst drought ever recorded in the Western parts of the country.According to Fanie Naudé, newly elected Chairperson of the SATI Board, the.....

Smooth peach and nectarine sales in Seville

Spain: "We needed a year like this, commercially speaking"

"Although the weather in Seville has not been favourablefor stone fruit, we have had more success than other producing areas in Spain, where they have suffered more from the cold, abundant rainfall and hail," says Sébastien Adnot, of Sat Sintesis, known for its Primor brand. At the moment, the Sevillian.....

Countdown to crunch time - JAZZ™ celebration begins

The countdown has begun until JAZZ™ Apple Anniversary Day is officially marked in Japan following a special celebration in Tokyo last week.Chairman of the Japan Anniversary Association, Mr. Kiyoshi Kase, presented T&G Global’s country manager for Japan, Mr. Tatsuya Kakemoto with a certificate to officially.....

Honduran melon is fruit of the month in Japan

The largest passenger railway company in the world, East Japan RailwayCompany, is promoting, for the first time ever, the Honduran melon as the fruit of the month in May in Japan's Honey's Bar juice and liquefied stores.The Honey's Bar stores are located in the main train stations of the railway network of JR.....