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IMIDA and Novamed
Spain: Murcia seeking new stonefruit varieties
The Murcian Institute for Research and Agricultural and Food Development (IMIDA) and the Novamed consortium, which brings together eight companies, are collaborating in a research project on new stonefruit varieties in Abarán. They are currently evaluating the performance of 8,000 new crosses of different.....

WIFO - Agricultural barometer Bolzano, Italy:
Slight improvement in the fruit production in South Tyrol
The mood of the farmers in South Tyrol remains divided. In 2016 vineyards expect a good year, while the dairy industry faces declining prices. The situation for fruit farmers has improved compared to the previous year, but remains subdued. WIFO – the Institute for Economic Research of the Bolzano Chamber of.....

UK: Gooseberry reliant on older generation
Rain has delayed the start of the gooseberry season in the UK, Terry Jilham from Winterwood Farms in Kent said they will start picking when the rain stops. Probably tomorrow or Wednesday. The timing of the season is obviously dependent on the weather but this seems to be quite a normal season for.....

Campaign kicks off in Murcia
Shortage of Spanish watermelons in the market
The anticipated end of the watermelon campaign in Almeria has left a gap in the market prior to the start of the season in Murcia, where the harvest in the open ground has only recently kicked off."Almeria finished its campaign with a good product and good market conditions, but with a shortage of volume.....


Saturn peaches now part of Almaverde Bio's "Specials" range
Saturn peaches - a novelty in the fresh organic sector - have been launched as part of the "Specials" range created by Canova, a company part ofGruppo Apofruit, a leader in the Italian organic produce sector.Saturn peaches are an ancient variety that was originally cultivated in Sicily, at the foothills of.....


UK: Huge Pink Lady sales increase
Pink Lady® has reported a huge increase in sales, now holding 10.2% of the market share, in spite of a downturn in the value of the apple market. According to the latest Kantar data, for the first time in its history the iconic fresh produce brand has seized second position in the apple market in terms of.....


Northwest Cherry crop update
"Cherries are firm and loaded with sugars"
The Northwest have been graced with mild growing weather the past 10 days. A cool weather system pushed hot weather out of the region on June 7th. "Growers are reporting that mild temperatures (70-75 Fahrenheit) during the day and at night (mid 40’s F) have produced large, firm fruit that is loaded with.....

Setting sights on the Cosmic Crisp consumer
The first WA 38 trees will be planted for commercial production next year.The first fruit won’t be in the hands of consumers until at least 2019, but a coalition of Washington’s biggest fruit marketers is coming together to ensure that consumers will want and buy the apple branded Cosmic Crisp — and come.....


The maverick scientist who's making ears out of apples
Rooting through bins is not normally a behaviour you would expect to see from a successful scientist.But Andrew Pelling, a Canadian ‘biohacker’, breaks convention in more ways than one.The scientist bases his research on being inventive, and has recently published a paper explaining how apples can be used to.....


More flavor - the future for melons
At HM. Clause's most recent field day in Yuma, Arizona, the melon team showcased melons that fit into a larger trend within the industry. Picking up on cues from consumers, these new melons pack more flavor into fruit.“The consumer response to the traditional Harper type of melon has not been very.....


Growers hopeful that embargo could be lifted
"Russia still most important market for Polish apples"
The new Polish apple season is expected to start this year at the end of August, early September. Prospects are good for the new season, with good quality and 10-20% more production compared to last season. Although it is still too early to tell with complete certainty, the weather has been cooperating thus.....


Countdown of Yantai cherry season
The supply of Yantai cherries will be finished by June 20th. Currently only late-ripe varieties like Black Pearl and Rainier are available on the market. Black Pearl CherriesMeizao CherriesLooking back at the season, Mr. Jiang from Yantai states thatnotwithstanding the cold spring, overall production.....


Luis Ochoa, Olympic Fruit:
"Spanish paraguayos will replace peaches in the future"
The Spanish stone fruit season is facing the necessary challenges. "A rainy period in May caused a large production in Murcia to be lost. The season in Lleida has been slowed, but there is more product available from Badajoz," says Luis Ochoa, who is responsible for the European stone fruit import within.....


Strawberry price lower than ever yesterday
Yesterday the strawberry price at Cooperation Hoogstraten was at a low point. "We are talking about a price of less than a Euro per kilo. As far as I know we have never experienced this," says Jan Engelen. He indicates that open ground growers in particular were affected by this drop in price. "As this.....

Mexico: Importers may request refund of payment for apple imports
The director of TLC Associates, Octavio de la Torre Steffano, said the companies in the sector could request the reimbursement of the payments they made to import apples to Mexico because the Ministry of Economy (SE) revoked the high countervailing duties it had imposed on the purchase of this product from.....

AU: Troubled strawberry season comes to an end
Strawberry season comes to an end in VictoriaVictoria's strawberry season has come to an end with growers reporting a reasonably strong finish to what has been an up and down season.The Victorian president of Strawberries Australia Inc, Sam Violi, who farms in Coldstream, said autumn had given growers some.....


China: Domestic supply of Pink Lady
“Last year, our company received the official Pink Lady license from Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL). We are now the only organisation in China that holds the Pink Lady brand license for product grown in China. We grow the variety Cripps Pink in Shaanxi province and we will also have an import.....


Jorge León, Exportadora Frutasol Chile S. A.:
"Europe has a large stock of apples"
The price and the current demand for Chilean apples in Europe have declined considerably in recent weeks. This situation has been mainly affecting medium and small producers, who are now targeting other markets.Jorge León, of Exportadora Frutasol Chile S. A., tells us about the current situation: "In Europe,.....


Vietnamese and Thai market interesting for Dutch fruit
The Russian boycott of agricultural products from the European Union was a hard blow to the export of fruits and vegetables. After the sanctions were imposed, several agricultural councils, including Vietnam, went looking for new markets. Successfully, as now the entry for Dutch pears has been made possible,.....

BC blueberry production to ramp up next week
Some blueberry growers in British Columbia have already started harvesting, though significant volumes are not expected until next week. This marks another early start to the blueberry season, partly spurred on by warm spring weather.“Harvesting might have started even earlier were it not for about four days.....


Carlo Berardi, AgriMessina:
“More and more competition in seedless grapes”
Italian grape producer AgriMessina is preparing for Puglia’s grape season. “We start the Italian season on 15 July with the first shipment of Superior Seedless” says Carlo Berardi, head of UK sales. He is facing the season with confidence. “The weather has been good, and the quality of the grapes is looking.....


Apricots ripe for the market
Katy apricots from Linyi, Shandong province, will be available starting from mid June for around ten days.Katy apricots have a high survival rate. They blossom in the year they are planted and in the second year they have a blossom and fruit bearing ratio of up to 100%. As such, the variety was imported from.....

Study: Cranberries could decrease use of antibiotics
On June 14th leading experts on infectious disease and urinary tract infections (UTIs) gathered in London to discuss the alarming state of antibiotic resistance and present findings from a landmark study that conclusively shows that cranberries can be a nutritional approach to reducing symptomatic UTIs, and.....

Chile: Blanc Seedless, the Pink Lady of grapes
The producer and marketer of the Blanc Seedless grape, a white seedless grape variety, said his product could fill a difficult window in the supply of table grapes for the UK between April and June.Polar Fresh Group, a Chilean company that also has offices in Barcelona, Peru and the US, has the exclusive.....


Gino Peviani:
“High quality grapes for European supermarkets”
Italian fruit exporter Peviani is active in Italian grapes from July until the end of the year, but does not just focus on local cultivation. “We are currently in the Egyptian grapes, but we follow the entire grape season, overseas as well, so that we can supply our retail customers with grapes year-round,”.....


AU: Piñata Farms launches substrate strawberries
Leading Australian strawberry producer, Piñata Farms, will for the first time, produce substrate strawberries in polytunnels at its Wamuran farm on the Sunshine Coast this winter.Managing director Gavin Scurr said while commercial substrate production was in its infancy in Australia, Piñata Farms believed it.....


Troubled season for Italian cherries
Stefano Pezzo, sales manager forCherry Passion Srl, talks about the cherry campaign."It was a troubled season - the start of the campaign was excellent as quality was great and demand was high. Now the product is still good despite the rain and we have finished the fruit harvested in the plain. Local.....

AU: Disease resistant strawberries on the horizon
After five years of research, scientists with Queensland's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries hope to release a Fusarium-resistant variety of strawberry for commercial use in the next 12 months.News site abc.net.au reports that the Fusarium fungus has proved a significant threat to Australia's.....


New species of “bleeding” tomatoes
A new species of tomato has been discovered, Solanum Ossicruentum, and it is very different to the farmed varieties. These tomatoes are from Australia and measure only a few centimetres in diameter. They grow enveloped in spikes, which are used to scratch animals and propagate their seeds.Researchers cut one.....

Eddy Kreukniet, Exsa Europe:
“Good transition expected between Egyptian and European grape season”
The Egyptian grape season is going very well, according to Eddy Kreukniet of Exsa Europe. “Throughput is excellent, and quality is very good. Starting this week, new strains will be available again from our own farm in Egypt, such as Arra 30 (white seedless) and Arra 29 (red seedless).”“These new Arra.....

Cristhian Sáez from Polar Fresh Group
New alternative for white seedless grapes from Spain
“Our Spanish grape season is starting soon, we expect to start in September. Actually we grow our late season Blanc Seedless variety in Chile, USA, Spain, Australia and recently Peru in order to have availability most of the year. For the coming season from Spain we expect to harvest around 600,000 kilos,.....

Turkish hazelnut growers turning to strawberries
For the last few years, hazelnut growers in Turkey’s Ordu have been expanding their strawberry cultivation. The city is the world’s largest producer of hazelnuts, but according to the Food, Agriculture and Livestock Provincial Director, Kemal Yilmaz, strawberry growing is spreading as part of the city’s.....

Mexico beats grape estimate
On June 14 Sonora exported its 14 millionth box of grapes, setting the industry on track to surpass the pre-season total estimate of 14,171,000. Daily crossings at Nogales, Arizona are still robust at over 300,000 boxes a day and will continue for two to three weeks.“Larger berry size, young vineyards.....

Mauritius steps up fruit fly fighting efforts
On June 15, a new irradiator was inaugurated in Mauritius to help the island step up its fight against fruit flies which are threatening valuable crops, and support other African nations in controlling insect pests causing major economic losses to farmers.Partly funded by the International Atomic Energy.....


Quebec : Record start for strawberry season
According to the Association of strawberry and raspberry producers in Quebec (APFFQ), the strawberry season has never been so abundant. Producers were able to supply supermarkets as early as the end of May, thanks to the large quantity of fruits.Louis Bélisle, from the A. Béslisle & Fils farm in.....

Cherries are an impulse purchase, quality is key
According to Produce for Better Health Foundation’s 2015 “Dads’ vs. Moms’ Attitudes Related to Fruit & Vegetable Consumption” study, nearly 1 in 4 consumers report that quality is a deterrent to purchasing fruits and vegetables.Named after Stemilt co-owner and 4th generation cherry grower Kyle Mathison,.....


USDA forecasts
Sharp decline in US apple exports expected
World apple production in marketing year 2015/16 is forecast to increase slightly over last year, to 76.9 million tons, with higher production in China largely offset by lower production in the United States and the European Union (EU). Global trade is forecast lower driven by a downturn in demand from.....


China: Investments in passion fruit cultivation
Guangxi province is home to China’s domestic passion fruit industry. The fruit is ripe by the middle of July. According to a local grower, it takes 120 days for the fruit to ripen. Passion fruit planted in April will be ripe by August.Under normal conditions, passion fruit is harvested when 70% ripe. The.....

Sustainable Grapes Initiative launched in Mumbai
The Sustainable Grapes Initiative – India was launched in April in Mumbai together with partners and industry leaders. The initiative aims to increase the sustainability of grape production.The Sustainable Grapes Initiative - India (SGI-I) came to being at the request from SIFAV (Sustainable Initiative Fruit.....


Henry Müller, GKE:
“Larger supply southern hemisphere, more Kanzi in summer”
The final Kanzi apples are currently being supplied from the Netherlands. CEO Henry Müller of GKE looks back on a good season, but does not have to wait long for the new harvest from New Zealand, South Africa and, to a lesser extent, Chile. “The southern hemisphere’s season is slowly starting, and,.....


China driving world production
Lower EU pear exports offset higher Chinese exports
World pear production is forecast up 814,000 tons to 25.2 million on higher output in China where 75 percent of the world’s crop is grown and consumed. Global trade is forecast down as lower EU exports more than offset higher Chinese exports.China’s production is forecast up 1.0 million tons to 19.0 million.....


Production down in Chile, Turkey
China sets new grape export record
World table grape production is forecast to increase slightly to 21.0 million tons as continued growth in China is mostly offset by declines in Turkey and Chile. Global trade is forecast to contract slightly as lower exports by Chile, Turkey, and the United States only partly offset China’s record.....


Fruit trader Ludger Nollet:
"Almost no one knows the real Jonagold anymore"
At Mabru, the wholesale market in Brussels, trade has been normal again since last month. "The calm period took quite a while and with the terror threat it seemed to take even longer. But we can't complain about the last few weeks," says trader Ludger Nollet. "The share of summer fruit is increasing, both.....

Spain: Watermelon campaign under cover closes with low yields
Be it because of the issues with the setting, with pollination problems recorded in the crops, or because of the lack of fruit growth, all marked by adverse weather conditions, the watermelon crops under cover have closed the productive cycle with lower yields than usual. As reported by Manuel López, a.....

Spain: Murcia's new watermelon campaign should exceed last year's
The Councillor of Water, Agriculture and Environment of Murcia, Adela Martínez-Cachá, said in the municipality of Águilas that "the region is the second most important Spanish province in terms of watermelon production." As for exports, she also recalled that Spain exported a total of 650,000 tonnes last.....

Good sugar on imports
Domestic apples keep imported Gala shipments down
Supply of Gala apples from the Pacific Northwest have hung around the market longer than shippers anticipated, and that's kept prices down for imported fruit. As a result, Chilean shippers, who were anticipating an empty market by this time of year, have cut back on Gala shipments to the U.S.“People.....


Great weather for New Jersey blueberries
“We just started picking and packing our Duke and Bluecrop variety blueberries on Monday and the weather’s been great,” said Bob Von Rohr of Sunny Valley. “We’re ramping up quickly and by the weekend we’ll be in full production.” The farm’s peak volumes will hit the weeks of June 20, June 27 and July 4. Very.....


US: Rainier cherries at their peak now
The Rainier cherry harvest reaches its seasonal harvest peak this week, yet few retailers or consumers will ever have an opportunity to see the harvest in person. CMI has released a video highlighting one of its growers, which offers a unique glimpse into the growing and harvesting of Rainier cherries in.....


China: First honey peaches arrived
Yinshan honey peaches are a speciality of Wuxi, as the special climate and the quality of the volcanic soil makes the honey peaches fragrant, sweet and tender. Due to this years rainfall and clouded weather, overall production has dropped 5 to 10%. The temperature is also lower than last year, so even though.....

Teruel
Spain: Albalate cherry production delayed, but 10% greater
Cherries from the Spanish county of Bajo Martín are arriving 15 days later this year, but with excellent quality and a production volume 10% greater than average."The weather in May has been so unpredictable that the campaign has been delayed," said the manager of Frutas Esponera, Rafael Clavería. However,.....

Norway: Early strawberry season this year
The good weather conditions in southern Norway have helped speed up the ripening of strawberries. In some places, Norwegian strawberries may have already become available in stores. If the weather conditions don't change, we should see greater volumes about mid-June and everyone may be able to consume.....

Polish apples conquer Belarusian market
Polish food exports to Belarus have strongly increased in the first quarter. The main reason for this is the considerable growth of apple exports, report analysts of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Economy.Looking at Poland's most important trading partners, the trade with Belarus recorded the biggest.....

Poland: Low prices hit strawberry producers
The situation of the soft fruit market in Poland was addressed on Tuesday by the agriculture committee in the Senate. Deputy Minister of Agriculture Jacek Bogucki stated that the first strawberries to hit the market, those grown in greenhouses, were sold for 3.55 złoty per kilo (0.81 Euro), i.e. 45.....

Ukraine: Domestic peaches, apricots more expensive than imports
Ukrainian peaches and apricots have just entered the market. As of June 8, the minimum price for Ukrainian peaches and apricots was 50 hryvnia per kg, which is 10 hryvnia per kg more expensive than their imported equivalents.In the wholesale and retail market "Pochatok" in Odessa the fruit comes from.....

Over 1100MT of melons imported to Kashmir Valley daily
Increased demand for melons and watermelons in the Kashmir Valley during the holy months of Ramadan has seen the amount of fruit being imported rise to 1100 metric tonnes a day. The fruits are widely consumed in Kashmir at iftaar (fast-breaking) time, which has pushed up the demand and imports of.....


Xianju bayberry season to start
China: "New vacuum packaging enables sale of bayberries nationally"
According to Mr. Ying, founder of the Junlang bayberry brand from Xianju County: "total production output of Xianju bayberries has slightly increased this year compared with that of last year. The quality of the bayberries is good as well. All our Xianju bayberries are carefully selected before.....

Spain: Extremadura's stonefruit to gain ground in China
In the near future, Extremadura's stonefruit sector will boost its presence in China and it is already looking into the most suitable options for transportation. The potential of this destination and the suitable international conditions have led Extremadura's sector to strengthen this strategy, as explained.....

Why do cherries crack?
Researchers have long been aware that too much water, either within cherries or cherry trees, result in cracking. Yet, little was known about the exact mechanism causing it, until three German researchers shed light on the process a few months ago.Moritz Knoche, Max Ossenbrink and Andreas Winkler of the.....

The red gold of Mexico
When talking about Mexico, most people will probably think of tequila straight away. Someone from the agricultural food sector might remember that Mexico is the largest exporter of beer globally, the Netherlands taking second place. How many people would think of soft fruit (strawberries, raspberries,.....


Argentina: Red Globe production drops due to low competitiveness
Argentina's Red Globe grape production is fallingevery year. While about 18% of the country's total production corresponded to this variety in 2011, today it is estimated that less than half of those fields are still used for this crop. "The lack of competitiveness and the climate changes have resulted in.....


Old orchards being replaced, suitable for machines
Revolution underway Chinese apple sector, room for Italian technology
According to 2012 Faostat data, practically one in two (49% to be exact) of the apples grown on Earth are produced in China. The data presented by Yuan Yongbing, professor at the Agricultural university of Quingdao (Shandong, China), talk about 3.32 million hectares producing 1.88 million tons a year in the.....


Esther Gómez, of ITUM:
"Without realising it, we have become table grape breeders for the whole world"
The production of seedless table grapes in Murcia has recorded a tremendous growth in recent years. The crisis of the grape sector in the 70's is now history thanks to the efforts made in innovation by producers, resulting in a varietal diversity that has nothing to do with the old varieties. Murcia is.....

Seeks locals to pick strawberries
AU: Great response to 'Sweetest jobs' campaign
In South East Queensland there's been an overwhelming response to the "sweetest jobs" campaign which aims to attract local workers back into the strawberry industry.News site abc.net.au reports that more than 1,400 job seekers have registered their interest to work on one of the 12 farms that have signed.....


French pesticide ban hits US cherry exports
On April 22. 2016, France temporarily banned the import and sales cherries imported from countries where the chemical product dimethoate can be used on cherries and cherry trees. Dimethoate is legal in the U.S., meaning that their cherry exports to France will be prohibited in 2016.Although the EU has not.....

Spain: Grupo Femago presents its Veg&Fruit-branded melons and watermelons
Grupo Femago has invested heavily in summer fruits now that the weather is getting hotter and demand is on the rise. At an event this week, focused on both gastronomic and technical aspects, it promoted its new brand Veg&Fruit, which serves to identify the highest quality products in its range.Melons and.....


Delicate fruit with short shelf-life
Improved logistics boost wax apples sales across China
"Wax apples are cultivated in Taiwan in large amounts. A popular variety is the Black Pearl variety. It is a small wax apple, with a particular deep red colour. It has a thick skin, which makes that the fruit can endure storage quite well. Sugar content can reach 12 brix or more. The Black King Kong wax.....


Van Dijk Foods Belgium: first time for cherries under Cebon
“Brix levels Spanish stonefruit too low up till now”
“Because of the changeable weather, demand for peaches and nectarines is not very high in Belgium. Supply from Spain is sufficient, there are just less white-fleshed nectarines available. Remarkable this season is that brix levels have been very low up till now. Spain expects high prices, but I think quality.....


To be sold at Tesco
New apple variety set to revolutionise English apple season
A new English apple variety that ‘matures in taste like a fine wine’ is set to transform the UK apple industry and delight shoppers. The Red Prince will offer shoppers the superb taste of a high quality English apple - but in spring instead of autumn thanks to its unique structure and the very latest storage.....

In spite of challenges
Double-digit growth expected for British soft fruit production
Double-digit growth is being predicted for British soft fruit production this year, in spite of a number of challenges concerning labour, pesticides, Brexit and the weather. British Summer Fruits chairman Laurence Olins told Horticulture Week: "The industry is responding to consumers' desire for more fruit -.....

At Shuvar Wholesale Market
Polish apples cost twice as much as Ukrainian
At Shuvar Wholesale Market, in Lviv, Ukraine, Polish apples are being offered for twice the price of their Ukrainian equivalents. Domestic farmers offer their apples at UAH 5-6/kg (EUR 0.18-0.21/kg), while Polish produce is sold at UAH 10-12/kg (EUR 0.35-0.42/kg).Fruit-Inform reports that volumes of.....

Record sales of NZ blueberries
Huge demand for New Zealand blueberries is being welcomed by local growers who have exported a record 1.37 million kilograms of fruit this season.Blueberries New Zealand (BBNZ) today, 10 June, announced over 10 million punnets of berries (worth an estimated $30 million FOB) were shipped to the end of March –.....