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Mauro Fragasso (Royal Fruit)
Italy: Good peaches deserve higher prices
"Retailers ask their suppliers for innovative varieties, state-of-the-art technology, traceability, residue analyses and the main certifications as well as continuous supplies - and rightly so. Lately, however, the prices of high-quality peaches and nectarines are not repaying us for all the effort,".....


Great success of International Blueberry Seminar in Lima
"Peruvian blueberries need promotion in overseas markets"
On 18 June, the Second International Blueberry Seminar was held at the JW Marriott Hotel in the Peruvian city of Lima, organised by AGQ Labs and Blueberries Consulting. The end result of this important seminar was a resounding success due to the great professionalism of the speakers and attendees. Its nearly.....

CSO - Centro Servizi Ortofrutticoli data
Europe: 2015 peach, nectarine volumes below Europech expectations
Last week's estimates on the European peach and nectarine production are below the assessment made in mid/late April at Europech.For what concerns Italy, the South is expecting good average yields above those of the previous year. The productive potential remains constant in this part of the country, with.....

23 times lower than in May
Bulgaria: Sharper than usual drop for cherry prices June
This year's cherry campaign has been marked by huge differences in purchase prices. In Plovdiv, for certain varieties in mid-May, prices hit 16 lev per kilo*, which is 23 times more than the price registered a month later at the traditional cherry production area of Kyustendil, where later varieties are sold.....


Ambrosia™, KIKU® sales soar
Ambrosia™ and KIKU® brand apples continue to be bright spots in the apple category according to the latest retail scan data available from Nielsen Perishables Group. Data released this week shows that for the four weeks ending May 23, 2015 total U.S. sales of Ambrosia™ had the strongest growth rate (+157%).....


UK: Marketing roadshows for Pink Lady® and Tenderstem®
With ambitious plans for the growth of its key brands, Pink Lady® apples and Tenderstem®, in 2015 fresh produce brand marketing specialist, Coregeo® has invested in a programme of experiential sampling activity designed to educate and enthuse consumers as well as driving sales.The activity is part of an.....

US: Bringing flavor back to strawberries
If you think you've tasted a strawberry before, think again: scientists at UC-Davis are attempting to identify and modify flavor traits in everyone's favorite fruit to create a succulent sensory experience for the ages (or, if you prefer, a FrankenBerry).Almost every strawberry sold in grocery stores is the.....

Campaign to promote consumption of Polish berries
A campaign has been launched to raise awareness about the properties of berries with the goal of increasing consumption volumes in Poland, Austria, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic by around 8%.Poland is one of the leading berry producers in Europe, only surpassed by Italy, Spain, France, Germany and.....

World market report: June 15-21 2015
Stable world apple market, grape season wraps up in S. Hemisphere
In the U.S., the first prices of Southern Hemisphere Fuji and Cripps Pink were reported. In Europe Continent, stable market with a wide supply from the Southern H. In the UK, the market is quiet and focused on South African supply. In Russia, Red Delicious and Pink Lady remain with steady prices and with.....

Frieda’s Champagne grape season set for July
Packed in a 16/1 lb. clamshell, Frieda’s Specialty Produce’s Champagne Grapes are available starting in July. Although Champagne Grapes from Arizona experienced a gap in mid-June due to rain, Frieda’s will still have good supplies of shoppers’ favorite table grapes from California through August.Also known.....

Oppy starts summer with BC blues
The first week of summer brings one of the season’s favorite flavors—BC-grown blueberries—into the market earlier than ever from The Oppenheimer Group.Grown just down the road from the company headquarters, BC blueberries have become a signature item for the marketer in recent years. This season, the fruit.....

Crisis in the pome sector
Argentina: Government offer producers 80 million dollars, two instalments
The conflict between the Government and the producers of Rio Negro and Neuquén came to an impasse after the long awaited and postponed meeting in Buenos Aires between representatives of the Casa Rosada and a small portion of the protesters was held.Mignani, secretary of the Federation, said the offer does.....

Domex Superfresh Growers® showcases modern cherry packing lines
Domex Superfresh Growers®, a global leader in the growing and shipping of fresh apples, pears, cherries and apricots, is proud to showcase their new cherry packing capabilities in a new video.Over the past year Domex Superfresh Growers has been working to implement two new state-of-the-art cherry packing.....


Alicante: Cherry growers expect up to 50% drop in production
Growers expect to close the current cherry season with declines in production of between 30 and 50% compared to last year, which was the best in the last five years. For the region of Hoya de Alcoy, 2014 came to a close with a production of 2.5 million kilos.Packaging plants in the region integrated into.....

Armenian apricot exports meet expectations
Armenian apricot exports from the Ararat valley have met expectations, according to the "Haykakan Zhamanak", the Agriculture Ministry’s Food Security Service.The findings, provided last Monday, have reportedly revealed that a total of 2,695 tons of the fruit were exported this summer.The paper says that the.....

Hungary: Low cherry prices this year
As a result of the low cherry prices at origin in the Hungarian counties of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg and Hajdú-Bihar, growers may be forced to leave some of the fruit on the trees.Commenting on the situation, Ledó Ferenc, president of the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organisation (FruitVeB),.....

Hungary: Apricot production to drop this season
As a result of frosts, heavy rains and hail this spring, Hungary's apricot production this season will be around 20-25% smaller than last year (when a record harvest was registered); however, at least at domestic level, the volume produced will suffice to cover demand. Ledó Ferenc, president of the Hungarian.....


Van Kempen Fruitverwerking supplies freshly cut fruit:
"Fruit in portion packaging easier at computer"
Van Kempen Fruitverwerking from Poortvliet is specialised in freshly cut fruit. At first this was mainly supplied in bulk, but as of recently portion packaging is also available from the fruit grower. Owner Bram Van Kempen says: "We mainly supplied cut fruit to wholesaler users such as bakers and.....

BioTropic: Organic watermelons from Italy
Water melons are expressedly warmth-loving plants, which is why in Italy they are planted only after the frost period, and they can be harvested from around May until September. The Sicilian melons break in the Italian melon season, from mid-June onward the water melons from northern Apulien and Basilicata.....

Spanish peaches, nectarines dominate German market
Spain is the country that exports the most peaches to Germany. This was revealed in the BLE market report for calendar week 24/25. In 2014, a total of 75,790 tons of peaches were exported to Germany from the Mediterranean country. Italy remains the second most important country with 26,041 tons. While the.....

New partner for Everlina Deutschland GmbH
WOG Württembergische Obstgenossenschaft Raiffeisen eG is the new contractual partner of Evelina Deutschland GmbH since June 10, 2015. With the cooperation, the Evelina-project is expanding, and is strengthened by the two largest producer organisations of the Bodensee region – Marktgemeinschaft Bodenseeobst.....


German cherry season: good weather, rising demand
Cherry season in German runs from the beginning of June until mid-August. The first estimates are already in for the German wholesale markets. Roland Tolls of Großhändler Berger und Tolls reports on the Düsseldorfer Großmarkt: “There are currently beautiful cherries on the market. The first larger quantities.....

Germany: Positive price pressure in improved apple market
Due to cool weather conditions and the limited supply of other types of fruit, the apple market has experienced a boost in the Letztend Drittel campaign. “Business was going well until the end of May”, Frank Döscher, managing director of Elbe-Obst mbH, reports. “Until the middle of the season, no-one could.....

A summer of strawberries
Farm Star Living teams up with Well•Pict Berries
Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle brand highlighting farms, farm-fresh foods, and the farm-to-everything movement, has teamed up with Well•Pict Berries to showcase their strawberries and their exciting “Where will Your Berries Take YOU?” campaign for the summer. Through creating a variety of online.....


Argentina: Low prices for apples and pears
The situation of the fruit sector is repeated in virtually all regional economies with great difficulties to export.Argentine Rural Confederations sympathized and supported the "just demands of the fruit producers in the provinces of Neuquen and Rio Negro affected by a profound crisis that hits the present.....

New Brunswick
Canada: Cool, dry spring has strawberry farmers worried
Monday’s heavy rainfall was a welcomed sight for farmers in the province. Early crops like strawberries have been stunted and slow to grow because of a dry spring.New Brunswick farmer Chris Michaud says cool weather and a lack of rain really slowed down the growth of his crops.“Although it seems like it’s.....


Palumbo Più
Italy: Not even high quality is saving Sicilian netted melons
"The Sicilian netted melon campaign was disastrous - harvesting started 20-25 days late due to the bad weather and the overlapped supplies affected prices. It is a pity, because this year quality was excellent," explained Domenico 'Mimmo' Palumbo from the Palumbo Più PO.Mimmo Palumbo, left, with Agostino.....

Swedish police recover stolen strawberry haul
Police have tracked down a third of the strawberries stolen in one of Sweden's most high-profile fruit-related heists ever.Thousands of boxes of the juicy offerings – or 3,420 litres, which is how Swedes measure strawberries – were taken from Vinslöv in the early hours of the morning just a day before Swedes.....

Georgian blueberries hit UK supermarket shelves
Georgian blueberries will soon appear on the shelves of a top United Kingdom (UK) supermarket chain.News released today revealed Walmart stores around the UK would soon stock Georgian blueberries. The Georgian Government said this would be the second Georgian product to feature in the European market, after.....


Az. Agr. Sant'Ambrogio
Italy: No competition for grapes with seeds
"We started harvesting table grapes on June 18th," explains Flora Giuliano (in the photo), owner ofSant'Ambrogiotogether with husband Francesco Ciavarella.The season starts with the Black Magic and Vittoria varieties. The former is slightly late as, last year, "we started harvesting on June 13th."Volumes so.....

Strawberry season delayed in Norway
In an interview to the Norwegian site BA.no, strawberry producer Olav Johan Kongshaug stated that the season has been delayed as a result of the cold weather in spring. "The fruit is in full bloom now, but it will still take time," he affirms.His brother, Arne Kongshaug, also says it will still take a while.....

CEO Gerhard Dichgans:
Positive conditions for 2015/16 VOG apple season
With only few weeks remaining for the 2014/15 season, the time has come for the VOG Consortium to take stock of the past year. From the outset, this has been a difficult trade year, due to two crucial factors: the Russian embargo and the record production of 12 million tonnes of apples by EU member.....

Peru: Small break in avocado volumes
There could be less Peruvian avocados this season as ProHass has slightly reviewed their export forecast which is not expected to go over 175,000 tons, i.e. 15,000 tons less than the previous forecast and comparable to the 170,000 tons exported last year. But this is only expected to be a short break as.....


Japan authorises importation of Vietnamese mangoes
The Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Aquaculture has authorised importations of Vietnamese mangoes from Xuan Lox. The quality of the fruit was praised by a delegation of Japanese experts and large companies following a visit to the province of Dong Nai. The mangoes are grown in Xuan Lo where.....

Stefanie De Puysseleir, Capespan:
"Overseas top fruit season more positive than expected"
The second part of the import top fruit season started a few weeks ago. Volume-wise, all in all less has arrived than last year. Exporters from overseas and importers in Europe carefully consider the numbers, says Stefanie De Puysseleir of Capespan Continent. "It's still difficult to get volume to Europe......


UK: Winners attend Bramley Apple cookery course
On Saturday 13th June, prize draw winners attended Bramley Apple courses at Waitrose Cookery Schools, arranged by Waitrose & Fruition. The winners had been randomly selected after purchasing Bramley apples in Waitrose, and entering their details on Waitrose.com.Courses were held at the Cookery Schools in.....

US (AZ): Weather throws off melon production
An unusually cool growing season has thrown off melon growers in Arizona. With lower than usual volumes, prices have been high and demand has been strong.“It's been kind of a weird season with very strange weather,” said Doug Schaefer of EJ's Produce Sales. “We went the entire month of May without 100-degree.....

Canada: Plan to increase apple orchards backfires
Canada has lots of farmland and a perfect climate to grow apples. Yet as the population and hunger for fresh apples increase, Canadian apple orchards have dwindled. Many local farmers still scamper up and down older, taller trees on ladders — or bring in imported labour to do so — and cannot compete with.....

India: Advanced equipment to boost grape production
From now on, farmers need not bother about pruning and can decide on the yield well in advance, as the Grapes Research Station at Anaimalaiyanpatti in Cumbum valley has got a microtome unit and stereo zoom microscope, an advanced equipment to identify cane maturity and formation of flowering in the buds, at.....

Nepal: Fruits become cheaper as supplies increase
Fruit prices have fallen in the Kathmandu Valley following a rise in supplies with the price of apple, in particular, recording a sharp drop. Popular fruits such as apple, banana, mango and pomegranate have lost up to Rs100 per kg over the last two weeks.Apples, which were being sold at Rs200 per kg.....

Research funding could revolutionise Scottish berry production
The UK government has announced funding for three new research projects which it said could "revolutionise" Scottish berry production. It has provided £1.3m for studies led by the Dundee-based James Hutton Institute and James Hutton Ltd.The research aims to identify traits in raspberries that make them more.....


Market for Sweet Sensation increases worldwide
The Greenery recently looked back on the 2014-2015 sales season with the Sweet Sensation growers. Although this season got off to an uncertain start due to the Russian market closing, the targets set beforehand were more than met. Sweet Sensation has, according to the sales organization, laid a good.....

Giacomo Suglia (APEO)
Italy: Cherries from Apulia are small and late
As a comment to the fact that cherry growers of the Bari province are threatening to not harvest their produce due to the very low prices, Apeo chairman Giacomo Suglia (in the photo) said that "we should not add fuel to the fire." Associations are requiring an intervention by the authorities (mayor,.....

US (WA): Huge increase in blueberry production
Washington blueberry growers will harvest 110,000 pounds of fresh berries this season, an increase of more than 14,000 pounds from 2014, and an 85% increase over the 2010 harvest of 60,000 pounds.The Washington Blueberry Commission reports U-pick berry farms are currently open in Eastern Washington, and.....

Ukraine: Growers expect lower Golden Delicious production
Ukrainian growers are seriously concerned about the situation with blossoming in apple orchards (especially those focused on production of Golden Delicious apples) in the current season. Due to a cold spell last autumn in the western and northern regions, along with the cold spring, growers say of mixed.....

US (WA): High inventories of Red Delicious apple
“Our focus is to manage our growers’ apple supply to meet customer demand on a year-round basis,” says Erin Smith with Rainier Fruit Company. “With last year’s ample crop, we should have enough supply until the new crop arrives. Our inventory is tracking to finish up by the 2015 harvest. Overall movement in.....


US (CA): Avocado Commission celebrates June as avocado month
To coincide with the time of year when California hits peak avocado production, the California Avocado Commission is celebrating June as California Avocado Month. The commission is running several promotions to mark the event, including partnering with chefs to spread recipes and education about.....

Domestic boom for Russian strawberry growers
This year's strawberry season was delayed in Russia by a couple of weeks. More Russian strawberries are expected on the shelves this year than in the past. Farmers are actively increasing planting and experts say that the reliance on imports could soon be a thing of the past. President of the Association of.....


"Hopefully we are moving towards a reciprocity principle"
Marc Evrard negotiates Belgian top fruit access, China and India
He came from the fruit and vegetable sector and ten years ago he started his carrier at Belgische Fruitveiling (BFV). At BFV he is known as 'the man of new markets'. This year Marc Evrard became the Commercial Director at BFV. His activities remain in the commercial sector and he speaks enthusiastically.....

US: Cherries in full season in Chinese market
Despite recording a strong drop in the last week, cherry prices have remained at similar levels compared to last year.US Sweet Cherries are showing a good season in the Chinese markets. In terms of exports, it was expected that the California season, which presented an early start, would record a better.....

Interpoma, 24-26 Nov, 2015
International trade fair for apples is back
From 24 to 26 November 2016 Bolzano's exhibition centre will host the next Interpoma event, the biennial trade fair for the cultivation, storage and marketing of apples. Expectations are high for the coming year when the trade fair held in Alto Adige, one of the major apple-growing areas in Europe, will.....

US (WA): Apricots early, large and amazing
An early start to the 2015 Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers’ apricot season, both conventional and organic, is providing the market big, sweet fruit that Oneonta Marketing Director Scott Marboe described as the “best eating quality we’ve seen in years.”Gourmet apricots packed in a convenient ‘Grab n’ Go’ pouch.....

Bumper strawberry crop expected for Nova Scotia
It’s been a tough few years for Nova Scotia strawberry producers. Two years ago, a virus decimated crops right across the province, but it appears they’ve turned the corner and are expecting big things from this year’s crop.Bruce Kennie, owner of Kennie’s Strawberry Farm, says his crops are slightly behind,.....

US (OR): Cherry crop larger than expected
Lynn Long, of the Oregon State Extension Service, informed the Wasco County Board of Commissioners that the loss of cherry trees due to the winter freeze is significant but it could have been much worse.The potential loss, which impacts 80 percent of the orchards in Wasco County, is between 35 and 45 percent.....

Drought devastating California cherry growers
Longtime growers say this year's cherry crop was the worst ever in the valley's 35 square miles of rambling, country-style homes, orchards and pasturelands best known for its annual Leona Valley Cherry Parade and Festival in early June.The event pays tribute to the "pick your own" cherries that have become.....


Italy: Grape season SuperPippo Fruit
In order to guarantee a continuous supply of table grapes to its Italian and foreign clients, SuperPippo Fruit collects produce from specialised companies in the Mazzarrone area (Sicily).AgonomistNunzio Pacefollows production in the following partner companies:Azienda agricola PappalardoAzienda agricola.....


Elisa Zani
Italy: Good start to campaign Solatia mini-watermelons
Solatìa, the brand that identifies the extra-premium produce of Granfrutta Zani PO, is ready for summer with something new.The product range now includes mini-watermelons, cultivated on almost 40 hectares in Campania, Basilicata andEmilia Romagna. "We selected the Monacò variety, which is very.....

Sweden: Massive strawberry heist ahead of Midsummer
Thousands of boxes of strawberries have been stolen from a farm in Vinslöv, in Skåne, southern Sweden, with the search for the thieves gripping Swedes planning to feast on the fruits over Midsummer.The berries were taken from Vinslöv in the early hours of the morning, just a day before Swedes celebrate.....


Josef Wielander (VI.P)
Italy: "There were some negative aspects in the apple campaign, but I'm still optimistic"
"The apple campaign was affected by overproduction, the Russian ban and fluctuations due to conflict in North Africa. Quality, consumption and stocks were good, but we cannot say we are satisfied with average prices, which did not cover costs," explains Josef Wielander, VI.P director.Josef Wielander,.....

New apple to shake up UK marketplace
There's a new apple in town: It's the size of a plum and called a Tiddly PommeNot since the Pink Lady has an apple changed the fruit game so dramatically.The Tiddly Pomme is about to hit Waitrose stores nationwide with much excitement.So what sets the Tiddly Pomme apart from the rest of the orchard?Well,.....

Cherry season begins later than last year in Saxony
During the coming days, the picking season is beginning in Saxony. Because of cold nights, the luscious fruits ripened slowly. The first cherries are ripening in Saxony. The Landesverband Sächsisches Obst (regional association for Saxony fruit) is assuming that the picking season on the fruit.....