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In store demos to promote WA apple harvest
The Washington State apple harvest has started and Borton Fruit is partnering on in-store demonstrations with Tajin® seasonings to help create excitement and interest in the new crop.Tajin seasonings is a custom blend of world-class Mexican chilies, dehydrated lime juice and sea salt and is produced in.....


Japan: McDonald’s launches Avocado McMuffin
McDonald’s launched their latest creation, the avocado McMuffin, in Japan at the start of August. The burger is made up of two slices of toasted bread, a slice of ham and salad leaves, topped off with chunks of avocado in a spicy sauce. Like all McMuffins, it is specially made for breakfast! The Avocado.....

Rootstocks to the rescue
US (FL): Glimmer of hope to rescue citrus industry
Growing evidence of several citrus rootstocks that are tolerant to the devastation caused by citrus greening, has given hope to growers in Florida that they can keep their industry alive long enough to find a cure.But University of Florida citrus researchers have yet to find a rootstock that can completely.....

Wish Farms expands its Argentine blueberry program
Wish Farms, grower shipper and year round supplier of strawberries and blueberries, announces that its upcoming Argentina blueberry program is projected to double in volume over last season. The Argentina blueberry season will span from the beginning of October to the end of November and will segue perfectly.....

Borton & Sons, Inc. and Tajin® seasonings partner on retail demos
The 2015 Washington State apple harvest has started and Borton Fruit is partnering on in-store demonstrations with Tajin® seasonings to help create excitement and interest in the new crop.Tajin seasonings is a custom blend of world-class Mexican chilies, dehydrated lime juice and sea salt and is produced in.....

Withdrawal quota of peaches and nectarines up 18,400 tons
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment approved increasing the amount of peaches and nectarines withdrawn from the market for processing into juice by 18,400 tons; thus the quota authorized on last July 10 increased to 38,400 tons. This exceptional measure was adopted to mitigate the market.....


Marc Evrard (BFV) is optimistic about top fruit season
Jonagold to be new success story
Marc is optimistic about the new top fruit season, but not euphoric. Marc, from BFV, is pleased that the mood in the market is less dreadful that last year around the same time, "Although, last season did end better than expected, that goes to show you really don't know what will happen. We should observe.....

Poland: raspberry cultivation booming business
The raspberry harvest in Poland has more than doubled in the last ten years: from 57,000 tons in 2004 to 127,000 tons in 2014. This comes from a report that was published by the Polish bank 'Bank Zachodni WBK'. Experts argue that raspberries are the most dynamic market for soft fruit and Poland has become.....


Leon van den Hombergh, Frankort & Koning:
EU: "Low prices for Spanish melons despite limited volumes"
The Spanish melon season is entering its last phase. "The central Spanish region still has some melons, mainly yellow, Piel de Sapo and watermelons but most melons are gone in Murcia," says commercial director Leon van den Hombergh of Frankort & Koning. "Despite the limited volume the prices were.....

Oppy offers Italian-style prune-plums from Oregon
Sweet, juicy, and brimming with late-summer flavor, Italian-style prune-plums are available once again from Oppy in the legendary Blue Goose label.The deep purple, free-stone fruit is available in 2-, and 1.5-pound high graphic bags, as well as 30-pound bulk boxes, through mid-September.“We’re packing this.....

Europe dominates grape market
Germany: "Prices will rise between September and October"
The market for table grapes is currently dominated by fruits from European cultivation. Importer Georgios Antoniou of Frescha GmbH, "There is demand for grapes on the German market, only now the supply is correspondingly large. There are currently many products from Spain, Italy, Turkey and Greece. Until.....

New technique for the detection of cold injury in peaches
Peaches decay quickly after harvest at ambient temperature due to their fast ripening and lack of anti-decomposition agents. Low temperature storage (at 2-7 °C) is an effective way to slow these decay processes and maintain crop quality. However, peaches are sensitive to low temperature, which can cause.....

US(WA): Smaller pear sizes could bring stronger prices
Though volume for this year's Washington pear harvest is roughly in line with that from the previous season, high temperatures will likely bring smaller-sized fruit. With strong demand anticipated, this year's size profile could keep prices strong throughout the season.“Pears seem to maintain strong demand.....

British bred raspberry boosts summer fruit demand
A new, sweeter British-bred raspberry that grows up to twice the size of regular varieties is helping boost UK demand for the summer fruit to record levels.Since the raspberry season started in May demand has grown by nearly 45 per cent on the same period last year. And the arrival of the Berry Jewel, which.....

Northwest Bartlett pear season starts with smaller fruit
The 2015 Washington State Bartlett harvest is underway. Initial harvest reports reveal that early field predictions indicating an increase in small-sized pears are proving to be accurate. According to Steve Castleman, Senior Vice President of Sales for CMI, packing reports coming out from orchards already.....


Largest markets: England, Germany and Russia
Production of red blushed QTee pear up to 600 tons
This is the second commercial year for the QTee Celina red blushed pear. This new variety is very similar to the South African Forelle, which is a commercial success for South African growers. The marketing for QTee is being carried out by Fruithandel Wouters and Fresh Fruit Service Europe BV. Achiel.....

Chile doubled cherry exports to China
Chilean cherry exports have had a sustained growth in the last three seasons. According to the Office of studies and agricultural policies (ODEPA), 103,000 tons were exported in the season that is coming to an end, double than what was exported in the 2012/2013 campaign.The growing trend is linked with.....


Gert Bouman, Frutaria:
"A lot less Spanish stonefruit available right now due to hail damage"
The hail has left its mark in the Spanish stonefruit region Lleida. This is according to Gert Bouman of the Spanish private producer Frutaria. "The late stonefruit varieties have been especially affected, as well as the Conference and Williams pears, meaning there is a shortage at the moment and people have.....


Peter Visser
Dutch cherry season better than last year
For the wholesaler, Visser, the Dutch cherry season is very important. The family company, that is located in Krimpen aan den IJssel, brings the total fresh product packet to the people, both to wholesalers and market traders. Dutch cherries are their specialty. "The outside season has ended. We are still.....


Peter van Arkel, Fruitadvies Zuid-Limburg
Polish prices industry fruit six cents higher than in august 2014
Polish growers are quite positive about the top fruit season. The industry price for the new season was confirmed at the start of August and is at 8 cents. "That's six cents higher than last year," says Peter van Arkel. "In western Europe the prices are usually not given until mid September, but Polish.....

Likely price increases due to rise in costs
Smaller apple harvest expected in Germany
According to Prognosfruit, with 885,000 tonnes, the apple harvest in Germany will be around 21 percent less than last year’s record harvest of 1,116,000 tonnes. Despite good blooming conditions this spring and a normal beginning of vegetation, with this the expected value is around.....

University San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico:
Edible coating doubles strawberry shelf life
Scientists at the University San Nicolás de los Garza in Mexico have developed an edible coating made from pectin that preserves strawberries for longer without affecting their taste.According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, over 4.5 million tons (4 million tonnes) of.....

Wendy's spent 3 years sourcing blackberries for new salad
Finding 2 million pounds of blackberries is no easy feat. "It's been a slow, painful journey for us," says the procurement boss at Wendy's. "We spent 14 months scavenging around the industry, looking at more suppliers than we ever have." The number actually topped 30, when the fast-food company usually.....

2015 top year for Vermont apple crop
In 2015, many Vermont orchards have avoided weather and pests that hurt production in previous years. Vermont apple prices depend much on the state of Washington, which accounts for more than 50 percent of the Country's total apple production. Orchards there are predicting a drop in numbers this year because.....

Sainsbury's: Top spot for English apples, pears
Sainsbury’s has regained the No1 position for English apples and pears, with over 42,000 tonnes of the home grown fruits sold this season, making it the biggest crop for any supermarket. Selling nearly 300 million apples and pears makes this the biggest season for Sainsbury’s to date according to independent.....


Early start brings early end for Northwest cherry season
With the season drawing practically to a close, the Northwest Cherry Growers are reporting a preliminary shipped crop total of 20.52 million boxes (20-pound equivalent). That’s less than 00.25% variance from the NWCG round 3 crop estimate published on May 29th, though lower in May and higher in June volume.....

Record crop, huge cherries for British growers
Near-perfect conditions have produced one of the largest crops on record, with 20 per cent more home-grown cherries than in 2014.Thanks to warm days, cold nights and little rain growers are enjoying a bumper yield which has seen cherries the size of plums. Some have even predicted that the fruit could be.....

Belgium: Slow strawberry market
The strawberry market is currently fairly quiet, "Supply in Belgium is not very high," says Jackie Boussier from Boussier exporting company. "Export has slowed down for us because Norway has it's own production now." Norway is Boussier's biggest customer, "Usually, Norway starts importing from us in early.....

Tunisia: Table grape production estimated at 150,000 tonnes
The Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fishery said, in a statement published Monday, that table grape harvest for the 2014-2015 season, would be 150,000 tonnes, according to the first estimates, i.e an increase of 9% compared with previous season.The same source specified that 48% (68,000 tonnes).....

US (NC): Watermelon crop sweetest in years
Stephen Porter, owner of Porter Farm Produce & Nursery explained that, “Watermelons tend to be sweeter when it’s dry. They’re not taking up all the water to wash that sweetness out.”Porter has gotten a lot of compliments on the sweetness of his latest crop.“This late crop is looking real good. The fruit.....

Hungary: 21 tonnes of relabelled watermelons seized by authorities
Relabelled watermelons were seized by inspectors of the National Food Chain Safety Office (NÉBIH) in the area of Nagykálló, who prohibited the marketing of the fruit.The NÉBIH released a statement informing that contractors were caught in the act while repackaging watermelons of Romanian origin to pass them.....

Grapery® joins The Produce Mom® family of partners
Grapery is the latest addition to The Produce Mom Family of Partners. The partnership between Grapery and The Produce Mom will focus on educating consumers about selecting, storing, and serving grapes —particularly Grapery’s Cotton Candy Grapes."Cotton Candy Grapes are the most buzzworthy item in the produce.....

Armenia: Grape procurement issues discussed
Grape procurement issues discussed in Ararat provinceA rich harvest of grapes expected in Armenia this year will exceed the forecast demand. The issue was discussed yesterday, on August 16 at a meeting of Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan with plants’ managers and community heads in Artashat, Ararat.....

Turkey: 5 new grape varieties submitted for registration
Manisa Viticulture Research Institute announced that they have submitted 5 new grape varieties for registration. Currently, the new varieties are being processed and the names assigned to the varieties will be decided based on the results of a survey completed by growers.The Viticulture.....

Argentina: Fruit rotting in south while apples imported from Chile
"3,000 million kilos of the fruit harvest have already been lost and another 200 million kilos will follow the same path," said Elvio Ferrazza, president of the Chamber of Agricultural Producers of Villa Regina, Godoy, Chichinales and Valle Azul. The leader outlined the difficult situation of the sector.....

France: Less peaches but increase in production prices
According to an Agreste publication, on the 1st August 2015, annual peach, nectarine, brugnon and pavie production was estimated to have reached 217,000 tons, 8% lower than last year and 18% below the 2010-2014 average (taking into consideration the 13% decrease in acreage over this period). Production.....

Mercadona to buy 21,000 tonnes of melons from La Mancha
Mercadona plans to buy over 21,000 tonnes of melons from La Mancha, grown in the region of Manzanares, Ciudad Real. This is 10% more than in the previous campaign; an increase in line with the firm's commitment to fresh products, and specifically, to locally produced fruit and vegetables.This campaign, which.....

Leonard Kampschoer, Fruitmasters:
"Low German Elstar harvest offers perspective for the Netherlands"
Last week the EU top fruit forecast were announced during the 39th meeting of Prognosfruit. Commercial manager Leonard Kampschoer of Fruitmasters attended the event in Merano and heard a number of positive developments there. "The most remarkable thing for me was that Germany is expecting a lot less Elstar.....


cherry season over, kiwi berry season about to start
Hoogstraten is more than a strawberry auction
Hoogstraten Auction is known as the 'strawberry auction'. But in recent years new types of fruit have been added. "We are always looking for products that fit into our assortment," says Natalie Snijers. "We presented the kiwi berry a number of years ago and we had cherries for the first time this season. We.....

Great growth of raspberry cultivation in Poland
According to Bank Zachodni WBK, with data from the Agricultural Market Agency, Poland's raspberry harvest volumes have more than doubled in ten years, from 57 thousand tonnes in 2004 to 127 thousand tonnes in 2014."Raspberries are the most dynamic market within the Polish soft fruit industry. We are already.....

Serbia’s raspberry harvest up 7% this year
Preliminary estimates of Serbia's raspberry and cherry harvest for the current season have already been published.According to this data, Serbia's raspberry harvest this year will grow by more than 7 percent. As announced by the Serbian Statistical Office, this year approximately 66.2 thousand tonnes of the.....

Ukraine: 2014/15 apple season proved challenging
The apple season 2014/15 was characterized by several unprecedented factors, inclusive of Russia's ban on apple imports from the EU, Moldova and Ukraine. "Under conditions of Russia's embargo, Polish and Moldovan apple growers quickly managed to diversify their shipments despite Russia previously being their.....


US: WSU to test apple-picking robot
Engineers and scientists at Washington State University Tri-Cities and the WSU Center for Precision and Automatic Agricultural Systems (CPAAS) are creating a practically adoptable robot that will pick apples as efficiently as humans.The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a research team from WSU a.....

Scales hort business fuels big earnings upgrade
Apple exporter Scales Corporation has lifted its earnings guidance by 25-35 per cent on the back of strong earnings in horticulture.The listed Christchurch company said on Thursday it expected to exceed the 2015 earnings forecast it gave to the market in its June 2014 prospectus. Back then the company had.....

Nova Scotia fresh cranberries international favourite
Fresh cranberries grown in Aylesford, Nova Scotia are on menus in Canada, the United States, Asia, Europe, the Netherlands and Latvia.Bezanson and Chase Cranberry Company Limited is the second largest fresh cranberry supplier in North America. The farm grows a million pounds each year and purchases more to.....

US: Forecast cranberry production up slightly
The forecast for this year’s cranberry crop is 8.41 million barrels. This number is just up a little from the 8.4 million barrels produced last year, according to a USDA report released on August 13.Wisconsin, the US’ largest cranberry producing state, reported damage due to cold winter temperatures......

Waitrose’s Scottish branches stocking Perthshire cherries
Favourable growing conditions mean a bumper crop of the highest quality Scottish cherries will be stocked in Waitrose shops for the next three weeks. Perthshire growers Thomas Thomson will select the best cherries from its 17 acre ‘cherry patch’ for Waitrose customers. Cherry varieties grown by Thomas.....

US: Big WA apple producer hit hard by wildfires
As wildfires reached Chelan, Washington, a nearby fruit packing cooperative stood in ruins. It's one of dozens of businesses and homes destroyed.The concrete walls of warehouse-sized packing sheds leaned, distorted from the heat of the fire. Damage to the cooperative Chelan Fruit is estimated at $50-$80.....

AU: Foodborne illness rates falling
Recent reports show that foodborne illness rates in Australia are falling except for Salmonella. According to an Aug. 12, 2015, story posted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, there has been a 50-percent increase in Salmonella infections in Victoria since 2012, and Salmonella infections have doubled.....

Fruit wholesale market Mittelbaden
New redcurrant 'Haronia' introduced
On 22 June 2015, the redcurrant ‘Haronia’ was a guest at the Obstgroßmarkt Mittelbaden (OGM). Among the visitors were many interested redcurrant producers from the region as well as cultivation advisors and the trade press. The species ‘ Haronia’ is a coincidental seedling. The early ripeness and good taste.....

Austria: average apple harvest expected
The Austrian fruit growers are banking on circa 113,600 tonnes of table apples, That is around 20 percent less than last year.With cider apples around 70,200 tonnes are expected, around 13 percent less than in 2014. The harvest of early kinds such as Galmac or Summerred began at the start of August.Source:.....

Scientists are working on a cross between apple and pear
At the academy of Osnabrück, researchers are working on a cross between an apple and a pears. The goal of the researchers is to breed a marketable hybrid between the two fruit types in the next few years, says Werner Dierend, the academy’s professor of fruit production. The scientists work together on the.....

US(WA): Early pear volumes, sizes could be down
Washington state's pear harvest began this month, and volumes could be down because of smaller fruit. While warm weather brought on fruit early, it could also affect fruit growth.“Volumes are down a little as fruit size itself is down,” said John Onstad of Sage Fruit. “The reason is high temperatures,.....

Apple season kicks off with sweepstakes and social content kit for retailers
Domex Superfresh Growers®, a global leader in the growing and shipping of fresh apples, pears, cherries and apricots, continues to provide retailers with innovative tools to connect with consumers with the relaunch of our social media promotion called “Your awesome apple recipe sweepstakes” and a new.....

‘Favorita' pear season starts in Poland
The first deliveries of the pear variety ‘Favorita’ have appeared this week on the Warsaw wholesale market ‘Bronisze’. According to market participants, while the pear varieties mentioned are commercially available by small wholesale, the prices are set by sellers within 3-4 zł/kg.....

German early apples are ripe!
Consumers can now finally fall back on apples from domestic production, as over the past few days, the harvest of the first early apples began in the Rhineland. This is indicated by the Provinzialverband Rheinischer Obst- und Gemüsebauer.Foto: Sabine WeisEarly apples are very juicy and refreshing. They are.....

Cold snap shrivels Colorado apple crop
Colorado’s apple orchards are bearing less fruit. Growers are projecting an 80 percent drop in apple production for 2015. The state’s peach producers are facing an average year.Being a fruit grower on the state’s Western Slope can be precarious. You’re one late season frost away from major crop damage --.....

Canada(BC): Early blueberry crop could be lighter than last year's
British Columbia's blueberry harvest began sooner than usual this year, and the early crop could be lighter than last season's. Sizing may also be down for fruit from fields that were affected by high temperatures.“Last year, we started around July 4, and we began harvesting around June 14 this year,” said.....

Quantity reduction around 4%
Austrian winter apple harvest turns out somewhat smaller
As aiz.info informs us, the Austrian winter apple harvest in the retail-fruit facilities is estimated to be somewhat smaller than last year. Experts expect that the quantity will drop by 4% to 217,000 tonnes. With 179,200 tonnes, the largest part by far comes from Styria. This shows from.....