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Season characterised by difficult climatic conditions

South African apple season winds down

As South Africa’s apple harvest comes to an end, some producers characterise it as an “average” season while for others it was “dismal”.In both the Western Cape and Eastern Cape the past winter was unsatisfactorily dry with below average cold units, followed by low spring and summer rainfall in the Langkloof.....

A strawberry day at Macfrut

A day dedicated to strawberries was held yesterday at Macfrut with two different sessions, the “Strawberry Talks" organised by CREA (Council for Agricultural Research and Analysis of Agricultural Economics) and Image Line, as part of the fruit and vegetable trade fair held at the Rimini Expo Centre.The.....

Hector Juan Lagreca, Blue Forest:

"We'll export blueberries from Uruguay to Europe and the US this year"

The blueberry sector has been present in Uruguay for approximately 15 years. Although Uruguay has only produced blueberries since the 2004-2005 campaign, there are already some companies that are devoted to this crop, and one of them is the family company Blue Forest.Four varieties"Our blueberry season lasts.....

Coag accuses Spanish retailers of selling watermelons from third countries

With the watermelon harvest campaign already well underway, COAG Almería has been able to corroborate that distribution chains like DIA continue to sell melons and watermelons from Brazil and Costa Rica, to the detriment of the local products being sold in auctions.This practice has an impact on the marketing.....

Russia will be a true competitor in the apple sector

The fact that Russia aims at being self-sufficient as regards the production of fruit and vegetable is common knowledge. According to economist Gianluca Bagnara, the Russian ban against European produce is just a test to organise its own production chain.Jochen KagerDuring a recent convention, Jochen Kager.....

Henk Nijhoff, Veiling Zaltbommel:

'Soft fruit is not just a hype'

The Dutch soft fruit market has grown substantially in recent years. Many of the farmers have begun cultivating their soft fruit in greenhouses. This enables them to have produce on the market from spring through to autumn. Henk Nijhoff of Veiling Zaltbommel also does not expect this market, if regulated.....

China: Shanxi muskmelons sold for the first time in Canada

In the last few days, with the theactive assistance and under the strict supervision of the office for Inspection and Quarantine in Shanxi, the Yingruiqi limited liability company from Shanxi, has loaded 1000 kilograms of muskmelons from gardens in Xinzhou city into containers. Afterwards the containers were.....

Sugarlup cantaloup to be available in May

Seminis newest cantaloupe, the Sugarlup from the Almeria area will be available early, from the beginning of May. According to Seminis, the Sugarlup is overperforming on brix and flavor level.They also report that it maintains the firmness of the flesh, and keeps a fresh and attractive external appearance. Its.....

Calm first day Macfrut

The first day of the Macfrut was in Rimini, Italy, on 10 May. There was an additional hall compared to last year, but there appeared to be fewer visitors. According to exhibitors it was calmer, because another fair was held at the same as the Macfrut, Tuttofood in Milan. This is quite a broad food fair, but as.....

Kees Oskam:

"Pear sales are steady, apple market slightly slow"

Dutch top fruit is nearing the end of the season. "I expect the pear supply to be big enough to make it to the end of July. With apples the Elstar is expected to be done by mid July, but I expect varieties such as Jonagold, Jonagored and Red Prince to be able to switch seamlessly into the new season," says.....

Sanlucar presents the largest project for modern apricot varieties in Europe

With the beginning of the stone fruit campaign, SanLucar has presented today’s largest project for new apricot varieties in Europe, running at full capacity. 270 hectares are dedicated to the cultivation of early and late apricot varieties, which are already producing their first fruits this season. The.....

New research to better use nitrogen in mango production

A research project into helping mango growers better understand and utilise nitrogen and other nutrients in production, has begun in the Northern Territory.It is embedded in a larger national framework called “More Profit from Nitrogen", which includes agricultural sectors such as Dairy, Sugar, Cotton and.....

Western Australia fruit exports to resume after pest quarantine lifted

Exports of West Australian apples, pears, and stone fruit will resume into all states with the tomato potato psyllid quarantine effectively lifted. Strawberries and leafy vegetables will also be allowed to trade again under updated quarantine measures, which will include washing produce, targeted inspections,.....

Record dry April in Wales could hit fruit prices

Shoppers could be hit by rising food prices after forecasters revealed April was one of the driest in Wales for 100 years. Met Office forecasters said last month was the eighth driest in Wales since 1910, when records began.April continued a trend marking the driest six month period since 2010/11. Rainfall.....

Affinor Growers to install large scale vertical strawberry farm in Canada

Affinor Growers has received its largest equipment order to date from a license holder in Abbotsford B.C. These 10 level growing towers will be installed during the next 6 months and be used to grow and produce strawberries and other produce.The license holder has ordered 32 vertical growing towers capable of.....

Italian Saturn peaches analysed as a success story

The convention organised by the Catalonia Department of Agriculture and IRTA titled "The future of peach cultivation in Spain and Catalonia" took place on May 5th, 2017.The organisers chose an Italian success story as an example, that of Saturn peaches, a mark registered by the Eleuteri company from Civitanova.....

Italy: Heavy rain leads to cherry cracking

"We were starting to have fun, with excellent cherries at high prices. Then, the rain that fell on 6th and 7th May ruined everything," reports Loris Babbini, director of Aproccc, the Association of cherry producers of the Cesena hills."The harvesting of the earliest varieties such as Early Lady had already.....

China: Arrival of new season California cherries

As an early-ripening variety, the harvest of California cherries always announces the start of the cherry season in the US. The ample supply of these cherries only lasts from the middle of May till the end of June.Cherry processing plant in CaliforniaEven though the season only lasts for a brief period of six.....

Romania: Exorbitant cherry prices this year

Romanian cherries will reach prices of up to 20 lei per kilo (about 4.40 Euro) due to the weak production this year, as more than 50% of the early fruits have been affected as a result of hail and cold, reports economica.net.At this time, consumers can only find imported cherries on the market and prices range.....

France reinstates ban on US cherries

On April 27, 2017 France reinstated the ban on the import and sales of cherries imported from countries, including the United States, where the chemical product dimethoate can be used on cherries and cherry trees. Such a ban was in place between Apri l 22 and December 31, 2016. France’s decision followed the.....

Italy: Golden Prince: A new umbrella brand for Azucar melons

Five years ago, Meridiem Seeds Italia started working with a few Spanish companies to supply pigmented-flesh Amarillo melons. Feedback had already been positive in central and northern Europe and the response seems to be great in Italy as well.These melons, called Azucar, are currently grown in Sicily.....

Italy: Ancient apple varieties are bad looking but nice

Nice but bad looking - we are talking about ancient apple varieties that, despite their appearance, have higher nutritional properties than the commercial varieties. This is what emerged from a study carried out by researchers from the University of Pisa and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. They compared the.....

Belgian market not ready for summer fruit yet

The Italian cherry season has started again. "We received the first load from Orchidea on May 8th. The cherries are of good quality, but unfortunately there is no taste for them just yet. The temperatures aren't there yet and so there is little demand for cherries," says Dirk Biltereyst of Van Lier.Lower.....

Central/Eastern Europe hit again with freezing temps

Central and Eastern Europe has once again been hit by frost during the night last Tuesday, with temperatures reaching as low as 2 to 4 degrees below zero.The cold weather had most growers in the Netherlands back out in the orchards last night, protecting their fruits with irrigation against the cold weather......

Cherry training systems and protective coverings at Michigan State University

Dr. Greg Lang provided an update on April 29, 2017 regarding this spring's flowering and pollination of the cherry trials being done at Michigan State University. Now that the trial is in its 8th year, Dr Lang is able to share some of the key findings on:root stocks (dwarfing, semi-dwarfing,.....

Fresh crop New Zealand JAZZ™ apples arriving into US

Fresh crop New Zealand JAZZ™ apples are arriving now. Complete with a fresh new logo, and supported by a full suite of nimble visual components, JAZZ™ is primed to stand out in the category with contemporary colors, eye-catching graphics and a compelling brand message.JAZZ™ apples originated in New Zealand,.....

Strawberry researchers sued by University of California

In a case set for trial in federal court later this month, the University of California is suing plant scientist Douglas Shaw and his scientific partner, saying they stole the school's intellectual property by taking some of the fruits of their research with them.The two scientists claim in a $45 million.....

The cargo came from the United States

Argentina destroys a suspicious cargo of strawberries

The National Service of Agricultural Food Health and Quality (Senasa) ordered the destruction of 327,400 seedlings of strawberries that had been shipped in 319 boxes from the United States and were being sent to a nursery in Plottier. The cargo was entering the country from Chile.The professionals of the.....

Producers expect 50,000 tons of cherry

Spain: Cherry production from Jerte is threatened by rain and hail

Last Friday night a hailstorm affected the region of the Valle del Jerte, causing severe damage to cherry plantations located in the high part of the municipalities of El Torno and Rebollar.According to the President of the Commonwealth of municipalities of the Valle del Jerte, Ernesto Agudiez, "the hailstorm.....

Lucien de Wit, Luba Fresh:

"Egypt expects 20% larger grape harvest"

Last week Lucien de Wit of Luba Fresh visited his partners in Egypt to scope out the situation before the start of the grape season. "The rounds past various production areas gave me a good idea that a good quality product can be expected this season. The bunches of grapes are heavier than last year and the.....

Italy: Abate pears to conquer the world

FuturPera, the International Pear Salon organised by Ferrara Fiere e Congressi and OI Pera, to be held from 16th to 18th November 2017, will focus on internationalisation. The European pear market is dominated by the Abate (Italy), Rocha (Portugal) and Conference (Netherlands/Belgium) varieties. "European pear.....

Spain: Normal year expected for Aragonese peaches

The peach campaign will start next week or the next with the thinning of the earliest varieties. The Regulatory Council of the Designation of Origin expects 2017 to be a "normal" year, similar to 2016, when a good production and high quality fruit were obtained. For now, the impact of the late frosts has not.....

Victoria scientists research sniffer dogs for pest detection in grapevines

Victorian scientists are to begin a research project in order to use sniffer dogs to combat phylloxera, the world’s worst grapevine pest.Agriculture Victoria principal research scientist Kevin Powell, with specialist dog trainer Craig Murray and his almost two-year-old Labradors Glory and Mamba, have begun a.....

International Bluebery Seminar

The blueberry sector to meet in Guadalajara, Mexico

Due to the success of the previous editions of the International Blueberry Seminar, which have been held in Mexico, Peru and Chile, the organizers have decided to hold it in Mexico for a second year, on June 8 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Guadalajara.The Seminar is being organized by Blueberries Consulting.....

Almost 3 Euro per kilo for the first apricots

Spain: "Murcia will produce 30% more stonefruit than last year"

The profitability of this product, the expansion of the acreage and the good weather conditions recorded in the coastal area of Murcia have meant that the total volume that is expected to be harvested will be 30% greater than last year. "We have not been affected by the cold of recent days, mainly because we.....

Italy: Plum exports recover in 2016

The 2017 plum campaign is about to start, so we can make an assessment of the past campaign. 2016 started off well: the red varieties went back to normal volumes after the lower quantities of 2015 and the sale of black varieties was smoother, just like that of Stanley.In Emilia Romagna, volumes of the leading.....

Chile: Technical mission from Taiwan visits the apple sector in Maule

A technical mission of the BAPHIQ (Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine) visited and supervised five fruit processing plants and apple producing orchards in the provinces of Curico and Linares, within the Maule region, to verify the compliance of the Chilean apple sector with the export.....

Portugal: Fundão cherries to explore new markets with Chile

The famous cherry of Fundão, a region of central Portugal that borders with Spain's Caceres, will launch a series of actions to close deals with Chile to market this product and explore new markets, such as China.The mayor of Fundão, Paulo Fernandes, said this Thursday during the symbolic auction of the.....

Australia's alternative to unhealthy snacking

A Queensland company responsible for providing an alternative to unhealthy afternoon snacking admits it is looking to expand interstate, and has often been asked to consider spreading internationally. Fruitbar launched its vending machines in 2014, and is now located at several sites across the city of.....

Wilko van der Zwaard: “I’m trying to transfer my variety knowledge to supermarkets”

Spanish stone fruit season off to a good and early start

After the first paraguayos arrived at Wilko Fruit in Breda a few weeks ago — “because of that, we are the first in the Netherlands” — the importer has completed the stone fruit assortment with peaches, nectarines, apricots and cherries by now.“Over the years, I’ve been very absorbed in all types of varieties,.....

Bert-Jan Pippel, Pippel Bramen:

“Increase in greenhouse blackberries worrisome, they’re not like strawberries”

On Easter Monday, about 1,500 consumers from all corners of the country visited Pippel Bramen in Haaften during the AH Buitendag (AH Outdoors Day). “It was very nice that so many people are interested in our cultivation,” says Bert-Jan Pippel. The increasing interest for growing greenhouse blackberries, on the.....

Anything’s possible in the month of May

When it comes to strawberries, prices are fairly stable this week. “We are getting plenty of supply of domestic strawberries. The Spanish ones were qualitatively fine, but less so than last year. A little less than a month ago we started offering Belgian strawberries,” says Frank Valckenier from Valckenier in.....

Mexican as well as domestic grape seasons to start this week

New grape varieties out of California's Coachella Valley

“Some grapes are crossing the Mexican border into the US now, but volume is very limited,” says Jason Fuller with Sun World International. The volume of crossings earlier in the season will increase in the coming years as new plantings come into production. “The fruit sets look good at this point, which should.....

US peach crop worst in nearly 100 years

Byron scientists in Georgia along with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have said that this year's peach crop is one of the worst seen in decades after many peach buds struggled to survive the freeze this year. "The closest comparison we have right now is, looking back at the historical records has to.....

Ukraine: New blueberry market with lots of potential

Despite being a young market, Ukraine is showing a lot of potential in blueberry production.Founded in 2010, Betec LLC has quickly grown into the largest producer in Ukraine, as well as one of the largest in Europe. Currently producing blueberries on 325 ha, the company has plans to continue expansion to meet.....

Indian consumers warm to imported apple varieties

India is becoming a popular export market for various fruits from many different countries. As the population becomes more affluent they are looking for variety and top quality produce.One company is at the forefront in providing these consumers with what they desire. Yupaa Fresh was the first Indian importer.....

Chilean grapes hurting Indian export rates

Though the start of the export season for Indian grapes turned out to be pretty good, the heavy influx of Chilean grapes into the European market has hit international rates hard, making the season’s close tough for exporters. According to top officials of the All Indian Grape Exporters’ Association, although.....

Week 17: Review of the Shanghai market

China: First green apples from NZ and US cherries hit the market

This week, the market in Shanghai has welcomed the first green apples from New Zealand, as well as American cherries, which means the supply on the import market becomes more and more varied. Simultaneously, the demand for imported citrus fruits is still rising steadily, but because the harbor of Shanghai is.....

China: Shandong Yantai cherries available on the market soon

"This year we have encountered drought, but to guarantee the quality and yields of our cherries, we are still using drip irrigation. Our Yantai cherries are expected to be available in the market on 21 May, " said Mr. Wang from Lufeng Agricultural Cultivation Ltd in Muping District of Yantai, Shandong.Mr. Wang.....

Azerbaijan minister lists most profitable ag segments for investors

Currently, several segments of Azerbaijan’s agrarian sector are quite profitable for making investments the country's Agriculture Minister Heydar Asadov said, encouraging more profits in the sector.Packaging of fruits and vegetables, the creation of wholesale and retail outlets and the organization of.....

Northwest Cherry crop estimated at 21.8m boxes for 2017

The Northwest Cherries (NWC) Field Estimate team has released a Round #1 projection for the 2017 Northwest Cherry crop. Over a series of 4 rounds of projections during the fruit’s early development, the 22-person estimation team looks at the volume across all Northwest growing districts, with each member.....

Increasing volumes of early nectarines and cherries available at OP Armonia

OP Armoniastarted the early nectarine campaign on 3rd May 2017, 10 days earlier than usual due to early ripening and to the fact that new, very early varieties started production. We are talking about the Flariba green-housevariety, with grade B mass and a sugar level above 10° Brix.The harvesting of cherries.....

Italy: First cherries available in Vignola

Stefano Trenti from "Casa Claudia" in Vignola started harvesting the first quantities of cherries from a small very early selection produced by 130 trees.Nets protecting the single-row orchardsThe company owns 1.50 hectares of a very modern cherry orchard covered with nets and planted as an experimental.....

Italy: Good prices for strawberries after a few bad weeks

Up until 10 days ago, strawberries only sold below production cost, while now it seems they're selling at any price. This is what emerged during the technical meeting promoted by Crpv on Varietal innovation of protected crop strawberries held on 3rd May 2017.Initial speech by FaediCoordinated byWalther Faedi.....

Post-harvesting calcium treatment to favour apricot storage

Stone fruit texture is a key parameter that affects fruit quality and consumer preference. Texture has consequences on post-harvesting management, microbiological safety, shelf-life, consumer acceptability and processing suitability.Cell wall polysaccharides play an important role in post-harvest fruit texture.....

Spain: Campaign "Nobody is perfect" against food waste

Ignasi Argilés, Director of Production and Trade at Grupo Nufri, and Xavi Navarro, responsible for fresh product buying at Supermercats Pujol, have presented the campaign "Nobody is perfect" against food waste. The campaign seeks to vindicate the value of an important volume of apples of the Fuji variety with.....

British grower believes Brexit will be help British fruit business

According to Nottinghamshire apple farmer Suzzannah Starkey, Brexit will actually help the British apple industry. Suzanna owns Starkey’s Bramley Apple farm in Southwell, and says that the change will encourage people to buy the country's fruit again. The Starkey farm, which was established more than 100 years.....

U.S. Apple Association board member to testify at Senate Farm Bill hearing

Michigan apple grower and USApple board member, Chris Alpers of Redpath Orchards, Lake Leelanau, MI, will speak at one of the early U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee hearings on reauthorization of the Farm Bill. Held this Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Michigan State University's Saginaw Valley Research and.....

Egyptian grape sector confronted with new export protocols

The Egyptian grape sector is going to be subjected to a new set of protocols and requirements for export. While there wasn’t a formally enforced protocol before, the new protocol was announced only one month before the beginning of the next grape season.According to Ahmed Hodaiby of the Egyptian export company.....