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Monsanto criticised for melon 'biopiracy'
As previously reported, a January 20, 2016 hearing in Munich led to the European Patent Office revoking a patent on genetically modified melons held by Agro-Giant Monsanto. No Patents on Seeds, a European-based coalition and the vegetable seed-producing subsidiary of Bayer CropScience, were the two groups in.....

China and Chile FTA to widen scope
China and Chile are in talks to expand the 10-year-old free trade agreement between the two sides, to boost trade in agricultural products and develop logistics and financial services, Chilean officials said on Wednesday.Both countries sealed a FTA deal in November 2005 that has since made China the South.....

NZ: Volumes, quality high for cherry season
New Zealand cherry growers have seen strong results for the latest season, with higher volumes and good fruit quality across the board.North Island cherry grower Jerf van Beek says a warm, relatively dry summer has made it a “very good season” for New Zealand.“We’re in El Nińo at the moment, which has meant.....


Low prices and high volumes for cherries
Recently, cherries have become the best-selling imported fruit. Prices of cherries normally fall between CNY 50 to CNY 60 for 500 grams. Nevertheless, the variety of cherries vary greatly with different countries of origin and different qualities, with some selling at CNY 58 for 500 grams and some other.....


Chinese "Bringer of Divine Wealth" pear popular in Vietnam
A fruit named "Doll Pear" from China has recently become a top sales item in Vietnam in the weeks before the Chinese New Year. Due to its shape which resembles "Fu", a charachter in Vietnamese mythology, local merchants started to call the pear a "Bringer of Divine Wealth", which has certainly come true for.....


Zweer van Aalsburg, Fruitmasters:
"Pear export good, apple sales mainly focused on domestic market"
Top fruit sales on the domestic market are doing very well, "As often happens in January, there are many promotions going on for both apples and pears. The export of apples is not easy, but the export of pears is beginning to pick up. Before New Year's it was more quiet," says Zweer van Aalsburg from.....

US: Light spot in otherwise heavy avocado market
The volume of avocados coming from Mexico has lightened up recently, though overall supplies for the season have been plentiful. There should be plenty of fruit for the run-up to Superbowl weekend as well as the spring months, since the burgeoning California season is expected to also bring good.....

Fire blight reimbursement for Nova Scotia's apple and pear growers
Last night, Tuesday 26 January, it was announced that up to $2.69 million will be made available to Nova Scotia fruit tree growers to help them financially recover from an outbreak of fire blight in trees that followed post-tropical storm Arthur in 2014.The money will be dispersed over 5 years, with the.....

Strawberries hit hardest
Taiwan's cold snap causes ag losses up to US$12.07 million
As of Tuesday 26 January, agricultural losses in Taiwan are reported at NT$404.81 million (US$12.07 million), due to the worst cold snap to hit the island in decades. According Council of Agriculture (COA)statistics, crop losses had accumulated to NT$77.39 million. A total of 1,583 hectares of crops were.....

KIKU®, 25th anniversary with Crimson Snow® and Isaaq®
KIKU®, the premium apple brand, are celebratingtheir 25th anniversary this year and returning totheir booth at Fruit Logistica in Berlin in Hall 4.2 - B08.Some of the 29 global marketing partners, like Slowakian Bonifructi, Italian Fratelli Clementi, South African Core, KIKU Hellas and German Salemfrucht.....


California Giant Berry Farms: This Super Bowl team is ready
California Giant Berry Farms has teamed up withCabot Cheese to build a game-worthy spread asfootball fans across the country make their plansto watch the big game in early February.Research shows the Super Bowl is the second biggest eating day (Thanksgiving being the first) of the year. Additionally, 91%.....

Industry has 'high potential'
Azerbaijan doubles fruit production over 10 years
Since 2005, Azerbaijan has doubled its fresh fruit and berry production, which now stands at around 1 million tons. Analysts at Fruit-Inform see high potential in the fruit and vegetable sector in Azerbaijan, which they predict will be unlocked in the coming years.The stonefruit segment shows the most.....

Good prospects for EU apple exports to India
Improved access to the Indian market for EU apple exports is good news for EU producers who have been looking for alternative markets in light of the difficult market situation. The European Union welcomed the announcement on Friday 22 January.Phil Hogan, agriculture and rural development commissioner, said.....

In Australian stores by 2017
New Australian pear to hit the Asian market
A new pear variety, the red-blushed Lanya pear, was bred and selected in Tatura, Australia. It is set to enter the Asian market and appear in Australian stores by 2017. The Lanya pear is part of a new breeding program called Profitable Pears by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and.....


"We want to make shipments by sea and air"
Spain is ready to export stonefruit to China
The Spanish stonefruit sector is getting ready to make its first shipments to China this year. It is the result of the recent approval of a provisional protocol, signed by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Chinese authorities. Spain will thus become the first country in the world.....


Positive results in 2015 according to VdF
Fruit juice consumption Germans increased
According to the VdF, the German Association of Fruit Juice Producers, 2015 was a good year. There are three main reasons for this success but the most important reason is the increase of fruit juice consumption with one litre per person per year (to 33 liter). Furthermore the apple juice-pressing season.....


AU: Cherry growers call for changes to Asian export protocols
Australian cherry growers are struggling to keep up with demand from Asian markets due to current export and import protocols.While Tasmania has been declared a pest-free zone and can airfreight cherries to key Asian markets such as China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Thailand, it’s a very different story for.....


“Disastrous” Spanish strawberry season
German wholesalers fear shortages and high prices at Easter
Some wholesalers are worried about this year's Spanish strawberry season. “The Spanish season started four or five weeks to soon,” explains a German fruit importer and wholesaler. "At the end of the Spanish season these strawberries won’t be available at the market. This could be particularly problematic.....

New apple variety to debut next month
Giumarra Wenatchee announces its new apple offering, Antarčs®, grown in France. Initial trial shipments will begin in February.Antarčs is a firm, medium-sized apple developed in a French breeding program. It is a hybrid of the Elstar variety.The variety is naturally disease resistant and boasts a sweet,.....

Argentina: San Juan produces strawberries
A group of farmers managed to produce strawberries in the northwestern province of San Juan thanks to the work to adapt and manage varieties boosted by the National Agricultural Technology Institute (INTA). Iglesia is a department located in the northwest of San Juan, at the foot of the Andes, where people.....

Romanian entrepreneurs support Ukrainian blueberry growers
Recently, a delegation from the Carpathians, including the first deputy chairman of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration Sergei Basarab, chairman of the Tlumach State Administration, Vladimir Gaburak and his first deputy Igor Brinsky, visited Romanian businesses in the city of Baia Mare, which.....

Canadian grower petitions for Fuji apple sales in U.S.
In spite of consumer and trade group concerns over the genetically-engineered fruit, Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) of Summerland, British Columbia, has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to deregulate sales of their Arctic Fuji, which is genetically modified to reduce browning after slicing. The.....

Warm winter worries Himachal apple growers
An unusually warm winter and a long dry spell in the orchard country of Kullu Manali has apple plantation growers worried; not only is the valley yet to receive its first good snowfall of the winter season but the warm temperatures are threatening the very cropping pattern in the year ahead.With apple trees.....

Spain: Extremadura's fruit sector getting ready for China
Extremadura's fruit sector is getting ready to start exporting to China; a market with great purchasing potential in which they hope to take the first steps this year. The provisional protocol agreed by the Chinese authorities and the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture to export stonefruit to China creates.....


Exchange rates favour SA exports
Trevor Abrahams, owner of Trevor’s Farm, says that growing conditions in the 2015/2016 season have been challenging due to the drought and heat. “Although the fruit size on the early varieties were good, the later varieties have been a little smaller. Stone fruit volumes have also been slightly lower, but.....

Flood in Namibia devastates Komsberg farm
On Thursday 21 January a flash flood caused by torrential rain swept through Komsberg farm near Ariamsvlei in the South of Namibia. The flood swept away at least 60 reed houses which were situated in the dry riverbed, leaving a total of 304 people homeless. The flood victims, most of whom are employed by the.....

Spain: Strawberry campaign moving back to normal figures
The strawberry campaign in the province of Huelva, which accounts for over 90% of the national production, has gone back to normal figures in January after the oversupply recorded in December, which was caused by the high temperatures and has been beneficial for the sector.This was stated by the president of.....


Flowering starting in Murcia
Spain: Stonefruit campaign to kick off 10 days earlier
The warm temperatures recorded during the autumn and winter are causing changes not only in the campaigns of many products currently available in the market, but are also determining when the summer fruit season will kick off, which apparently will happen early.The stonefruit flowering is actually taking.....


First QTee from South Africa next year
Production of red blushed QTee growing slowly but steadily
In 2014 the red blushed pear was introduced under the brand name QTee. This year around 500 tonnes will be harvested in Belgium. Kris Wouters of Fruithandel Wouters indicates that the production will increase slowly over the next few years. "We want to test what the demand is like in various countries first.....

Challenges in California create market opening
Canada(QC): Demand ripe for greenhouse-grown strawberries
As recently as ten years ago, greenhouse strawberries seemed destined for niche market status in Quebec. But with major changes to California berry production and prices, that may be changing.Earlier this decade, long-time greenhouse grower Simon Parent and his business partner Joël Lalancette saw that.....

Japanese shippers and producers unite to target greater Asia
Foreign destinations in Asia are being targeted by Japanese logistics companies, which hope that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement will boost exports of regional specialties. They plan to increase shipments of fresh farm products to the new destinations by joining forces with producers. The ships.....

Uzbekistan to export veg to Europe
As part of "Green Week 2016", the agricultural fair held in Berlin, the Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade reported on Jan. 25, that Uzbekistan had signed contracts and agreements for the export of fruits, vegetables and textile products worth more than $91.2 million to.....


Hard times for Moroccan tomato and citrus production
Morocco’s two main agricultural export products, tomatoes and citrus fruit, are losing ground. Citrus fruit has seen it’s export share compared to volume produced fall to 25% from 40% 5 years ago.Moroccan citrus has been banned from entering the USA by health authorities. Officially, the ban is due to health.....

Chilean blueberries star in European cooking blogs
The Chilean Blueberry Committee, ProChile and the Fruit Exporters Association of Chile AG (ASOEX) organized a workshop for outstanding European bloggers with the goal of increasing the knowledge people have about the quality and safety characteristics of the Chilean blueberries, as well as the different ways.....

South African grapes back in Thailand after eight years
The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) announced today the official reopening of the Thai market for South African table grape exports. This market was previously open to South African grape exports, but unexpectedly closed just over 8 years ago. As a result of ongoing efforts by a competent team.....

Michoacan, third largest producer of pears in Mexico
The pear is a juicy fruit that is mainly produced in temperate regions, such as the state of Puebla, and that has a high nutritional content, as it contains vitamins A, B, C, and various essential minerals for the body.There are more than 30 summer and winter pear varieties, including the Anjou, Bartlett,.....


Export of Brazilian fruit and vegetables has grown in 2015
Brazilian currency decreased strongly in value. At almost 800,000 tonnes the Brazilian export of fresh fruits and vegetables in 2015 was over 16% larger than the year before. After a peak of almost a million tonnes in 2007 the export continually decreased to 700,000 tonnes in the years 2011-2014.Expressed in.....

Every second apple in the Czech Republic is imported
In 2015 the Czech Republic imported 84,000 tons of apples- a record figure in the country’s history. Prior to that, the most apples were imported in 2012- 83,300 tons. Due to the Russian antisanctions, including the import of fruit from the EU, there has been a surplus of apples and their prices have.....

Want feds to buy surplus
Maine blueberry commission's "critical oversupply issue”
In Maine, near-record crop sizes of cultivated blueberries in 2014 and 2015 and declining prices have created “a critical oversupply issue” that’s driven the price lower than the cost of production. This has led to the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine asking the federal government to buy 30 million pounds.....

Shipping company sued for negligence over grape shipment
A New Jersey-based shipping company is being sued by a Peruvian fruit shipping company, Manuelita Frutas y Hortalizas S.A.C,. The company filed a lawsuit Jan. 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Compania Sud America de Vapores S.A., also known as CSAV, alleging.....

2015 record year for Czech fruit growers
Last week, beginning 18 January, the head of the Czech fruit grower’s union, Martin Ludvík, announced the 2015 fruit harvest results. Contrary to expectations and in spite of the extremely dry and hot summer, the overall fruit harvest increased by 24 percent year-on-year to 188,462 tonnes, which is the best.....

New US study food safety in stonefruit packinghouses
A one-year study in Fresno, California, to evaluate and improve sanitizing treatments in stonefruit packinghouses, has been made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Center for Produce Safety. Two grants were awarded to Fresno State’s Food Science and Nutrition Department for produce safety research and.....

Argentina: Tonnes of pears and apples thrown away in Rio Negro
Thousands of kilos of pears and apples were thrown away on Thursday morning at the doors of the Department of Fruit Horticulture of Rio Negro as protest against the critical situation of producers. The action sought to draw the attention of the national government and press it to adopt urgent measures."The.....


Small relief from drought in Hex River
In the Northern provinces of South Africa the massive hail storm during November did not affect the grape crop, but did damage around 3 million cartons of citrus and a lot of Mango plantations, according to Charl du Bois from Afrifresh. Limpopo has virtually finished with their grape harvest and the Orange.....


NZ cherries fetch premium price for Chinese New Year
A strong cherry season in New Zealand has resulted in greater exports to China in time for Lunar New Year celebrations.New Zealand Cherry Corp International Sales Manager Sharon Kirk says both yields and quality have been good throughout the season.“Yields are up on 2015 season and quality has been excellent.....

Inconsistent raspberry volumes from Mexico
Cold, erratic weather has hampered production of raspberries in many of Mexico's raspberry-growing regions. Late plantings have been especially affected, and light supplies have made for high prices for imports coming into the United States.“It's been cooler in Mexico this year than it has been during the.....

Weather affected supply from Chile
US: Strong blueberry market: news from the growers
During the peak blueberry import season, growers such as Giumarra, Wish Farms, Homegrown Organic, California Giant, and Dave's Discuss, are reporting a strong market, as blueberry demand continues to increase.Giumarra is just starting to get into the middle of its Chilean import season, and is currently.....


Fruit and veg crops threatened by weather
Extreme cold coming to China
Chinese citizens are embracing for, what is said to be, the coldest winter in 30 years.The temperature in some parts of Northern China has dropped to -48 degrees and the cold is expected to spread over the weekend. Some schools have shut down and public services are disrupted. The sea around Qingdao port in.....


Australian Sweet Sapphire grapes in demand in China
Australia’s first cartons of Sweet Sapphire grapes have landed in China this week, with demand already high for this new black grape variety.According to one Chinese importer the Sweet Sapphire grapes are currently marketed at the high price of 650 Yuan (almost €90) per 9 kg box.Mildura-based grower and.....

Hryvnia devaluation good news for Ukrainian fruit growers
An increase in prices of imported apples, due to the devaluation of the hryvnia, has favoured Ukrainian fruit growers' position on the domestic market as it has caused sales of local produce to increase.According to Fruit-Inform, Ukrainian importers have regularly tried to ship apples from Poland, but lost.....

Thompson grape season kicking off in India
According to Amit Kalya, Manager Kalya Exports, “The Thompson grape variety is just starting and the fruit is looking very good this year and the volumes will be nice. The sugar levels are low for now, with an average of 14/15 on the lower side and 16/17 on the upper side. We think they will be good in a.....

Chilean blueberry promotional campaign in France
The trademark "Blueberries from Chile" will start an extensive promotion campaign in France, where blueberry consumption is still low (10g / year / person against 500g to 1 kg in the UK), but the growth potential is considerable.A coordinated campaign will target both professionals (importers, wholesalers).....

Pakistan seminar assists growers with fruit exports
In Pakistan, fruit growers and exporters of strawberry, banana, guava and fresh dates were instructed on how to enhance production of these fruits by using modern methods and adhering to international standards, in a seminar held on Thursday 21 January. The seminar was arranged by the Trade Development.....

Indian importers: China apple export prices very competitive
As the world's second largest apple country, India has until now always carried out strict requirements towards imported apples. "Until now, India collected 50% tariffs on all imported apples,"ť said Tarun Arora, the representative of India's fruit and vegetable giant IC International, to Chinese fruit web.....


AU: Table grape export expands to Korea, grows throughout Asia
Australian table grape growers are experiencing a higher level of demand throughout Asia, with Korea one of the latest markets to open up through a new Free Trade Agreement.Australian Table Grape Association CEO Jeff Scott says the first shipments to Korea have been received “extremely well” and hopes to.....


Australian cherries in short supply for Chinese New Year
China may not have as many Australian cherries as it wants in the lead up to Chinese New Year, with export protocols and an early season making it hard to meet demand.Under the current export protocols, only cherries from Tasmania can be air freighted to China. Mainland cherries, on the other hand, have to.....


Veerle Van der Sypt, Fresh Trade Belgium:
First top fruit volumes won't make it to the U.S. until 2017
The news that top fruit from Europe could go to the U.S. next season was initially well received in the sector, "An important step has been made. But we should not celebrate just yet," says Veerle Van der Sypt from Fresh Trade Belgium. "Since the total process will still take some time, I expect that the.....

Early start to gala apple harvest, happy Aussie farmers
In Orange and Cabonne, New South Wales, apples orchardists are pleased with what is expected to be an earlier harvest of gala apples by about 10 days. Growers are so far happy with the crop, which hasn't experienced any storm damage or losses caused by bats. They plan to start picking early to.....

AU growers claim supermarkets push for early grape harvest
Table grapes in Sunraysia have not fully matured yet, but growers in the district claim there is a push from supermarkets to harvest the grapes early, rather than wait another week for full maturity, reports Australian Table Grape ­Association chief executive Jeff Scott.This comes as growers battle poor.....

Germany: apple harvest 13% lower in 2015
The apple harvest in Germany was, with 973,000 metric tons, in 2015 13% lower than the exceptionally good harvest in 2014. The conditions weren’t as good as the previous year, due to the hot weather combined with the drought. However the German Statistical Office (Destatis) reported during the “Green Week”.....