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Norway: Record sales of Norwegian plums at Norgesgruppens stores

Norgesgruppens stores have sold 750 tonnes of Norwegian plums this season, reports the grocery group in a press release. This is an increase of more than 60 percent compared with last year. Up to 130 tonnes were sold in a single week."We sell all the Norwegian plums we get when in season. We have always done.....

China: Crimson grapes popular with consumers

"In the past few years, fruit sales in China have been rather good. There were large profits, so many farmers expanded their production, leading to a surplus. Compared to last year, the grape price has dropped around 10%," according to Mr. Ying of the Xichang Xin Hong Cultivation Cooperative.Crimson.....

ABC weekly update

Argentina: Blueberry export increased nearly 30% compared to 2016

The weekly update of the Argentinian Blueberry Committee has been published. While we spoke about a huge increase in week 39, last week export increased even more. In week 40, the export to the United States almost doubled from 510.210kg to 1.071.448kg. The UK and Canada also increased tremendously as you can.....

UK: New raspberry varieties Malling Bella and Malling Charm launched

Consistent flavour, good fruit quality and long shelf life are set to make two new raspberry varieties, Malling Bella and Malling Charm, strong favourites with consumers and retailers in the future, says breeder NIAB EMR.They are the first two raspberry varieties from the East Malling Rubus Breeding.....

Spain: "Worst year ever" for Reinette apples from Caderechas Valley

Producers under the Quality mark Reinette apple of the Caderechas Valley have suffered the "worst year in history;" however, they know that "it's worth making an effort to continue, despite the weather adversities, and will still give their all to organise the seventh edition of the Apple Fair, held this.....

Washington agriculture gets $4.1m in grant funds

The Washington State Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have announced this year’s recipients of Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funds.The 2017 grants will fund 20 projects managed by WSDA in partnership with other organizations. Washington ranks second behind California in.....

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US: Non-browning "Arctic apples" available this fall

Arctic apples are genetically altered to suppress browning and may be offered for sale as bagged slices in up to 400 stores in the Midwest and Southern California without a GMO label, according to the company.The modified Golden Delicious apples were developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, a privately owned.....

US expects average apple harvest but strong foreign demand

U.S. apple growers won’t see a record crop this season, though tough weather conditions for domestic and foreign competitors in other markets could produce strong demand for U.S. apple exports in the year ahead.Growers in the European Union expected to harvest their smallest crop since 2007 due to severe.....

Argentina: The peach from Mendoza will be protected in Mercosur

Mercosur's Parliament has approved a project by Parliamentarian Gabriel Fidel to protect Mendoza's industrialized fruit.The project, registered as MEP/279/2016, was presented at the request of the Chamber of Mendoza's Industrialized Fruit, after they identified a triangulation practice of canned peaches from.....

US cranberry numbers down on last year

It's the middle of October and that means the North American fresh cranberry harvest is in full swing. Growers are busy harvesting and expectations are for a close to average yield, but down on last year's abundant harvest."The fresh cranberry harvest began in mid-September after a short delay of one week,".....

Sweeter strawberries with less sugar

One teenager's bright idea inspired by the humble strawberry could help tackle obesity. Her plan will be among the first to work at RB's new £105m research centre in Hull.Nineteen-year-old Isabel Hyde won a national competition to join some of the company's top scientists at the new state-of-the-art complex.....

China: Huaniu apples seize market with their high quality

"The climate is one of the main factors that determines the production of agricultural produce. Two months ago, Gansu suffered from heavy rain and hail. In Li County, a third of the apple production areas were influenced by the weather. Luckily, our orchards were not affected. More rain and snow fell over the.....

Italy: Harvesting of Fuji apples starts at MelaPiu'

An overall harvest of approximately 17,000 tons, slightly lower than last year: this is the 2017/2018 estimate forMelaPiùFuji apples. The consortium gathers six leading producers in Emilia Romagna (Afe, Apo Conerpo, Cico, Minguzzi, Patfrut and Pempacorer)."The campaign has just started and is looking good. We.....

Sven Roosen, Gerrit Fruit sorting company

"Sorting company grows while Belgian market shrinks"

Sorting and fruit company, Gerrits Fruit from Kortessem, Belgium, has grown fast over the last 12 years. Despite the loss of the Russian market, this business remains healthy. Even so, owner, Sven Roosen, is not sure of the future. "The Belgium hard fruit world has become more difficult over the past few.....

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Germany: Significant losses for fruit farmers, despite raised apple prices

Fruit farmers are expecting losses despite an increase in apple prices. Soon, consumers will probably have to pay more for their apples. But will this increase be sufficient to compensate the farmers for all their frost and hail damage?“All over Europe there is a significantly smaller harvest, while many.....

90% of Peruvian blueberries are produced in La Libertad

In La Libertad, the Peruvian region with the country's largest blueberry production, accounting for about 90% of the total, the Regional Production Management (GRPRO), the National Quality Institute (INACAL) and the Centre for Productive Innovation and Agro-industrial Technology Transfer (CITE) Chavimochic.....

Spain: Andalusian Parliament requests strategic plan for cherry sector

With the support of all groups, the Andalusian Parliament has agreed to launch an initiative urging the Andalusian Government to develop and implement a strategic plan to support the cherry sector, including studies to create designations of origin.According to the text approved, the strategic plan requires.....

Marlene® apples to reveal new brand logo at Fruit Attraction 2017

At Fruit Attraction a new logo will be unveiled for Marlene apples’. The company hopes the new logo will better represent the brand and reflect the creative choices planned in countries where Marlene is distributed.The Consortium has chosen a change of perspective for the brand more in line with an audience.....

Honeycrisps help bring back profitability to Nova Scotia apple farms

Over the past 15 years, Jonathan Fuller tells us that his farm in Avonport, N.S., has flourished, due to in part to the ongoing success of the Honeycrisp apple variety."My father passed away 15 years ago. He never really saw any money coming into the farm. A lot of older guys never saw returns like this," he.....

China: Disappointing apple prices

The season to harvest red Fuji apples has just arrived. The picking in Shanxi and Shandong will be finished soon. The current market performance of the early-ripe varieties shows a decrease in the prices of Gala, Red General and Red Star. Taking all the factors into consideration, the overall market prices of.....

China: Hail in Gansu Province destroys plantations

Between the night of 8 and the morning of 9 of October, severe hailand snow struck the area around Lanzhou, Gansu Province. Such a sudden change of weather destroyed large areas of plantations, causing great losses to the fruit growers here. Appletrees covered in snowApples partially covered by snowSource:.....

10% growth in the south

Northern Peru estimates 30% less grapes

The Peruvian Table Grape Growers Association (Provid) stated that, according to the results of the first campaign survey for the 2016-2017 period, estimates are that the export volume for northern Peru would fall by no less than 30%; while there would be around 10% growth in the south.According to the guild,.....

EU: Apple prices above 5-year average

The average price in Europe for apples was EUR 0,73/kg in September 2017. This is 30% higher than the five-year average. The reason for these high prices was the small volumes. This year's small volumes were caused by the frost that hit many European countries. These figures come from a report of the European.....

China: Qingyang apples target foreign markets

"This year, the production season of Qingyang Fuji apples started in the middle of September, and will last until November. Because of the stable weather and few natural disasters, this year's Fuji production has increased 15% from last year," according to Mr. Wang Wenfeng, an apple producer and salesman in.....

Brazil: Domestic price of Red Globe expected to increase

The prices of the Red Globe grapes are expected to increase this month due to a decline in supply from the San Francisco Valley. Most producers in that region harvest this variety between July and September. This is positive for the producers that still have volumes, as according to HF Brasil, prices were.....

New Kanzi campaign focuses on the role of growers

The European apple season had started and according to Kanzi growers, they have succeeded in bringing a new harvest of good quality apples to the market.This upcoming season, the Kanzi brand will make a statement with a new campaign in which the story behind the apple and taste experience will take centre.....

ARRA grape varieties traveling across the world

It has been a busy season for Grapa Varieties, who have been exhibiting their ARRA table grape varieties across three continents this summer and autumn.The ARRA varieties of table grapes are created by the breeder Mr. Shachar Karniel of ARD, a subsidiary of Giumarra Vineyards Cooperation, California, and are.....

Central Australian table grape grower expands with 8,000 new vines

A Central Australian grape farm in Ti Tree is gearing up for this year's harvest, putting 8,000 new vines in the ground with the hope they will produce a crop as soon as next year.New manager Tony Camera said despite pests attacking the new vines, they looked to be coming along nicely."We put menindee seedless.....

Twin trade fair expoSE and expoDirekt to take place 22 to 23 November

More than 420 exhibitors from 14 countries will showcase innovations in growing as well as direct marketing from 22 to 23 November 2017 at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre (Messe Karlsruhe).Europe's trade fair for asparagus and soft fruit producers, the 22nd expoSE, and the 7th expoDirekt, Germany's trade fair for.....

The latest in blueberry genetics and innovation

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Europe, S.L.U., whose blueberry plant production is in full swing in its new and innovative nursery in Villamanrique, Seville, will be an exhibitor for the first time at Fruit Attraction, to be held in Madrid from 18 to 20 October. Normal 0 21 false false false.....

Quebec blueberry growers baffled by "inexplicable" rock bottom prices

The price of blueberries was so low in Quebec this year that some farmers didn't even bother to harvest their fields, and that has some producers confused — and concerned."It's impossible for us to sell blueberries at a lower cost than we do," said Denis Picard, president of the Quebec union of small fruit.....

US: Pear Bureau Northwest hires new Communications Specialist

Pear Bureau Northwest has announced that Neil Ferguson has joined the company as Communications Specialist.Ferguson brings a wide range of experience in communications, social media management, content strategy and journalism to the Pear Bureau Northwest team.Most recently, he handled an array of editorial and.....

Dutch raspberries in Tanzania

A raspberry nursery near Arusha National park in Tanzania, with views of Mounts Meru and Kilimanjaro. It sounds like a dream, and that’s exactly what it is for Erik Koster. Yet it seems he’ll soon move back to the Netherlands.It was very likely that Erik wouldn’t remain in the Netherlands after he received his.....

“We’re very worried for the coming years”

Belgian fruit growing sector in dire straits

Because of frost in spring, a much smaller apple harvest is expected in Belgium. “This year could still be a good season regarding prices. For apples I expect everything will be sold before March or April. It could now still be positive, but we’re very worried for the coming years. The production of apples and.....

Ideal growing season for Australian cherries

The start of the Australian cherry season is looking positive for Koala Cherries, good rain through the winter months replenished water storage and there were plenty of chill hours to set the fruit buds.Koala Cherries owners, cousins Michael & Simon RougetMichael Rouget, Managing Director at Koala.....

"Cherry marketing is like a Ferrari. When Chile comes in we want to be finished" - Pieter de Wet, cherry grower

South Africa: Early rains & cool weather delay ZZ2 cherry harvest

Excellent early summer rain and cool weather over the South African Highveld have delayed the start of ZZ2’s cherry harvest by a few days; the first cherries for airfreight to the UK will be picked tomorrow. “Despite the warm winter I expect we’ll have more fruit than last year,” says Pieter de Wet, Bushveld.....

AU: Why selecting the right variety of mango is important

A major Australian mango producer is embarking on a marketing and social media campaign to inform consumers who buy mangoes that there are a number of varieties of mangoes offered for sale in Australia.Managing director of Manbulloo Ltd, Marie Piccone says there is a lot of confusion among consumers over the.....

Washington apple crop expected to be third largest ever

Washington's apple harvest is again underway — including orchards throughout the Yakima Valley — and will continue into next month.Washington is expected to harvest 130.9 million 40-pound boxes of fresh packed apples. That’s well below the 2014 record of 141.9 million boxes, but if the estimate holds, it will.....

CA: British Columbia sees cranberry shortage after extreme weather

Unusually extreme temperature changes this year have put a strain on B.C. cranberry farmers, who are now working overtime to achieve that perfect red colour.Brian Dewitt, a farmer with Riverside Cranberries in Fort Langley, said he’ll be lucky if he gets an average crop at best.“Most guys are probably going to.....

China: Japanese Aomori apples offer consumers a deliciously sweet taste

"The Japanese Aomori apples appeared at the beginning of the 80's. They were brought into Qingdao and surroundings by farmers from Japan. From the beginning, they were very popular amongst consumers, because they were crunchy, juicy, sweet, and had a thin skin. Over the past few years, because of the quick.....

Argentina: There's a lack of manpower to collect cherries

30 days before the start of the cherry harvest season, production looks promising.According to producers, the two oases where the cherry is produced, both in the Uco Valley, at Tupungato, Tunuyan, and San Carlos, as well as in the North, at Las Heras, Lujan, and Maipu, will have generous yields and good.....

Uvasdoce's seedless grapes to be showcased at Fruit Attraction

As if we were chatting with a group of friends, Uvasdoce will be at this year's Fruit Attraction showcasing the seedless grape varieties that they have been working on this campaign, and on which they will continue to focus in the coming years.Of the almost 20 varieties that the grape producer is working on,.....

Germany: Fewer apples in Sachsen

"It is all about the harvest volume here," said Udo Jentzsch, managing director of the State Association of Sachsen Fruit. This year, the farmers in Sachsen are expected to harvest only about two thirds of the usual amount of apples. This is because of the cold spring and frost when the apples were growing......

China: Late season Fuji apples delayed

On 5 October 2017, during the Chinese national holiday of the Autumn Festival, the trade on the apple market was rather weak. Not many buyers went to the production regions and the late-ripe Fuji apples are already on the market, albeit very sparsely. Because of all the rain, the apples only slowly get their.....

New Camposol brand

“The Berry That Cares” focuses on sustainability

The Berry That Cares is Camposol’s new proposition that it hopes will help communicate its commitment to the environment, communities, workers, and consumer.It responds to consumers who increasingly want to know the story behind their food, and who want to engage with companies that support sustainability.....

Turkey's currency falls amidst feud with US

The Turkish lira slumped as much as 6.6% against the U.S. dollar on Monday after a spat over visas between the two countries intensified.The nosedive in the currency came after the U.S. embassy in Ankara announced late Sunday that it would cease processing most kinds of visas for Turkish citizens.Turkey's.....

CMI Orchards:

Smitten™ apple production largest on record

CMI Orchards’ new-crop apple season is off to a roaring start kicking off with an astonishing 400% increase in Smitten production over last season.The variety was first cultivated in New Zealand and combines two English varieties, Fiesta and Falstaff, with the more commonly known varieties, Royal Gala and.....

Italy: High quality for remontant strawberries

The strawberry production is in full swing in Calabria, on the Sila plain, 1,250 metres above sea level. Quality is excellent after a rather complex summer and the market is demanding domestic strawberries.Valchirio Piraccini from Piraccini Secondo explains that "our two production partners 'Marta Roberto' and.....

Grapes from California featured in three new meal kits from Chef’d

Meal kit company Chef’d recently partnered with the California Table Grape Commission to create three vibrant, flavorful recipes inspired by California vineyards. The new 'Grapes from California' kits feature California grapes in culinary applications designed to deliver interesting yet approachable meal.....

Germany: The number of apple varieties is growing

German apple producers are selling increasingly more apple varieties. This was reported by the Provincial Association of Rhenisch Fruit and Vegetable Producers in Bonn.Already in the beginning of September, Elstar and Gala were on the market. Even before the later varieties, Fuji and Braeburn, are harvested,.....

Argentina: "It is important to be in contact with our customers"

The preferences of the different markets can affect the way supermarket chains and big stores acquire products. The packaging, the presentation of the product and its preparation are details that producers pay attention to. "We found it very important to go out, visit different exhibitions and see with our own.....

Marlene's Audi A3 sweepstake goes to Dutch winner

The winner of the Audi A3 Sportback up for grabs in the VOG international competition is a man from Groningen, Netherlands.The lucky sticker ended up in the hands of Edwin Oost, the Dutch man who bought the winning apple at the store Lubbers Groente en Fruit, located in the shopping centre Paddepoel in.....

Cherry growers worry in NSW, Australia, as drought threatens crops

Orange, NSW, district cherry growers have been forced to start watering their crops months earlier than usual due to a serious lack of rainfall.Nashdale grower Guy Gaeta said he had been in the business for 32 years and had never seen it this dry.Mr Gaeta said farmers normally started watering their crops in.....

AU mum finds maggots in Woolworths strawberries

A mother was shocked to discover maggots wriggling inside strawberries she bought at Woolworths.@Alarna Mcdermott/FacebookAlarna McDermott, from Queensland, said she noticed the unwelcome guests as she was preparing them for her daughter's lunchbox.'Cheers Woolworths, got a punnet of strawberries from one of.....

Irrigation of table grapes under drought conditions in South Africa

Over the past four decades, the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) has focused on developing irrigation strategies for table grapes. As we all know, parts of South Africa are experiencing a drought, which means that water resources are extremely limited. Producers will therefore have to use water resources.....

Topfruit industry fights proposed port fees in New Zealand

The Hawkes Bay apple industry is negotiating with Napier's port over two proposed levies the sector says could cost it millions of dollars.Napier PortThe port company's chief executive said the $95m had been spent on infrastructure over the past five years, most of it for the peak pipfruit season.The first.....

“As table grape production has grown, so too has the market share of UVASYS"

Global grape production is fast increasing with all the major producing countries planting more each season as well as switching to higher yielding varieties to feed demand from traditional and emerging markets.Many of these markets are far away from the producing countries, some grapes spend weeks on the.....

Spain: Shortage of labourers to harvest strawberries in Avila

Representatives of the main institutions of Avila and two Huelva-based cooperatives are unhappy about the lack of seasonal labourers to harvest strawberries, which is forcing them to resort to foreign workers, mainly Romanians.This situation has been reported by the managers of the cooperatives "Cuna de.....

CSO Italy data on the peach and nectarine campaign

The peach and nectarine campaign is finally over. The produce available both in Italy and Europe was partly responsible for this year's less than pleasing performance.Overall, supplies in the main European countries exceeded the low volumes of 2016 by 16%. Italy recorded +8% compared to 2016, Spain recorded a.....