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Indian apple cultivars tested to be pest & disease-free
The Himachal Pradesh government on Sunday said that transparent international guidelines have been followed to rejuvenate its Rs 3,500-crore fruit industry and the imported apple cultivars were tested and found to be pest and disease-free.A World Bank-funded Himachal Pradesh Horticulture Development Project.....


Marc Peyres, Blue Whale:
France: “Apple season has been good so far”
Fifteen years ago there were fewer varieties, and if just one variety had smaller or larger volumes, it affected the entire market. “We now have many apple varieties, resulting in a more segmented market. But so far, the season has been quite good. Compared with the last ten years, this is one of the better.....

India: Strawberry farming to cut cost of fruit in Ranchi
In the Indian city of Ranchi strawberries are pricey and only available for a small window in the year between December and January. This may soon change however as the district Horticulture office is looking to popularize home grown strawberries, making them much more common and affordable. District.....

China: Guangxi province now main channel for fruit trade with ASEAN countries
On 7th Feb, Shihe Sun, director of the Guangxi Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, said that Guangxi had imported 920,100 tons of fruit in 2016, with a value of $515 million, making Pingxiang port the main channel for fruit import and export between China and ASEAN countries. In 2017, Guangxi will accelerate.....


Spain: Uvasdoce to increase its production by 20%
At the recent edition of Fruit Logistica, the Alicantine company Uvasdoce, based in Monforte del Cid, presented its new farm, which will become productive this year. With this new production area, the producer, exporter and importer of table grapes will achieve its greatest growth in recent years. The farm,.....


Going through strict import quarantine procedures
Shanghai welcomes first batch of Peruvian blueberries
The national inspection office in Shanghai yesterday revealed that on February 12th its trade post welcomed the first batch of Peruvian blueberries ever imported into the country. The inspection office has given its green light, immediately after dealing with the quarantine inspection. After going through an.....

Italy, Mexico, Peru and Australia, the next destinations
Three Chilean raspberry varieties licensed in Spain
Santa Teresa, Santa Clara and Santa Catalina are the names of the three new raspberry varieties developed in the Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry Engineering of the Catholic University. Academic, Marina Gambardella, has worked for seven years to achieve this result and her varieties have just been licensed.....

Seed companies actively preparing for spring campaign
Spain: Watermelon continues to expand in Almeria
The spring campaign is already around the corner and seed companies are actively preparing for it. The cultivation of watermelons is very important for Níjar, so Semilleros El Plantel, in San Isidro, Almeria, is already preparing for the new season. Watermelon cultivation continues to expand in the province.....


Excellent results for Chilean cherries in South Korea
In January 2016, Chilean fresh cherries achieved entry into the South Korean market under the Systems Approach. This 2016-2017 season, Chile started sending the first major volumes of cherries to South Korea. During this time Chile had already established itself as the second most important origin of this.....

Mexico to export 20% more strawberries to the US
Strawberry producers aren't worried about Donald Trump's trade policies: year after year the US demand for strawberries has increased and 2017 won't be an exception. Producers expect to increase exports by 20%, for a total of one million boxes of strawberries, in the next season, which runs from October to.....


EU budget to promote pears there as well
Belgian pears to Brazil in 2017
It is official, signatures have been secured for the export of Belgian pears to Brazil. Various contacts with Brazil had already occurred in late January, and on Friday 17 February, the signatures were secured to supply Belgian pears to the South American country. Philippe Appeltans of VBT says that much.....


Philippe Puech, Idyl:
France: “Raspberry market growing”
“We have been investing in raspberries for two years now,” says Philippe Puech from Idyl. “We had a small volume last year, and we will have a larger volume this year. We have seen that the market for raspberries is growing, and it is therefore profitable for us to invest in this product. This year, we will.....


Alan Pollard - Pipfruit New Zealand
Big shift in New Zealand's apple export markets
New Zealand is looking at producing a record apple harvest this season. "We have had good growing conditions so far," said Pipfruit New Zealand's CEO, Alan Pollard. "Last year Nelson experienced some significant hail events which caused quite a bit of damage. But it is so far, so good this year. There has.....


Tolerant to cold
Stone Fruit Breeding Program expected to develop three new varieties
In order to visualize the progress made and conduct the first commercial evaluation of the selection of peaches, nectarines and plums developed by the Stone Fruit Genetic Improvement Program (PMG) of the Fruit Technology Consortium, Dr. Juan Pablo Zoffoli, a specialist in post-harvest from the Catholic.....

UK: Soft fruit growers in Scotland told of health benefits of berries
New scientific evidence that consuming berries may have beneficial effects for people with some of the most serious and common health problems was presented to soft fruit growers at a meeting in Invergowrie yesterday.Scientists from the James Hutton Institute (JHI) and Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute told.....

Canadian cherry growers optimistic over foreign market opportunities
Canadian cherry growers are looking forward to a good year for their crops - if the weather allows it. Farmers are expecting an increase in foreign markets opening up, members of the BC Cherry Association heard at their annual general meeting in Kelowna.“Overall, I’m liking the position our.....


CMI launches new retail promotion for club apples
CMI Orchards, one of Washington’s premier apple growers, has announced the launch of a new spring retail promotion. CMI’s Season of Flavor program will include Ambrosia, KIKU and Kanzi, Jazz and Pacific Rose. The promotion is planned to kick off at the beginning of March and offers participating.....

Japanese grape "Romantic Ruby" auctioned at sky-high price
A bunch of Japanese grapes called "Romantic Ruby" was recently auctioned for a sky-high price of 73,000 yuan. It has 30 grapes on the string and each grape was worth 2433 yuan, which made people exclaim" Is the grape still eatable?" And it's not only grapes - in recent years, Japanese beef and rice have also.....

Uruguay: Apple harvest threatened by exports
Apple producers have expressed concern that consumers should be able to opt for the domestic product at almost half the price that they would pay for the imported varieties which the market has been offering for several months.Last year, pear producers only harvested 10% of the volume they expected and the.....

Value of Peruvian grape exports fell by 8% in 2016
The Association of Exporters (ADEX) stated that grape exports in 2016 decreased by 8% and only amounted to $650,673,000 because of a delay in the grape season caused by climate change.The manager of agricultural business for Adex, Paula Carrion, said that they had allocated a portion of their export to the.....

Poland gets withdrawal subsidy for 8000 tons of fruit and veg
On February 15th a Polish news agency reported that the Polish Bureau for the Development of Agriculture and the Regions, said that Poland will gain a withdrawal subsidy for 8000 tons of fruit and vegetables granted by the Commission of the European Union. The subsidy was granted to compensate Poland for the.....


One hundred hectares more Belgian strawberries in 2016
The VBT (an association of Belgian horticultural cooperatives) has calculated that the Belgian strawberry area amounted to 1,900 hectares last year. That is approximately 100 hectares more than in 2015. Since 2012, the area has increased every year. The FOD economy (figures from administrative databanks).....

Fukishima peach exports showing signs of recovery
Fukushima peaches are making inroads into Southeast Asian markets in what prefectural officials are saying are signs of recovery for the fruit.Fukushima grabbed the top share of Japanese peach exports to three Southeast Asian countries last year — 73.9 percent in Thailand, 76.8 percent in Malaysia and 55.9.....

Indian Minister warns apple growers of illegal pesticide use
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today warned that the Public Safety Act would be slapped on the dealers found to be involved in the adulteration or selling of spurious pesticides and fungicides in the State.”I have directed the concerned officials to impose PSA against the dealers found conclusively to be.....

Favco USA and Strand Apple form marketing partnership in India
Strand Apples and Favco USA have joined forces, with exclusive marketing rights for the Indian Market place, with the Bloom Global Corporation. Strand Apples, from Cowiche, Washington recently joined forces with Favco USA for the marketing of their entire apple and pear crop. The Favco and Strand families.....

Spain obtains world's best watermelon yield per square metre
Spain is the country with the world's best yield in the production of watermelons with 4.78 kilos per square metre, according to data for 2014 released by Faostat (the statistical agency of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO), processed by Hortoinfo.Spain is followed by Morocco,.....


Giant seedless grapes at UK supermarket
Making their début on Waitrose shelves are a new, extra large variety of grape, called by the supermarket King Adora. Aptly named because of their size, the giant vine fruits are up to 50% larger than the average black grape. Measuring up to a whopping 26mm, they are the largest seedless variety of grape the.....


United Exports aims to double production this year
"Phenomenal growth" in South African blueberry industry
The South African blueberry industry is in a period of robust growth, due to high demand from the UK and the EU for blueberries in particular, as well as nascent domestic interest. It has been bolstered by a similar (if earlier) growth spurt in Australia, where many of the new cultivars used in the.....


Italy: European varieties not suitable for the Asian market
"The Indian market seems to be appreciating Italian apples, but it is rather difficult to manage due to logistics difficulties. Nonetheless, the quantities shipped seem to have stabilised," reports Nicola Zanotelli (in the photo below), Director of theFrom Italian Alps, consortium, the organisation set up.....


PLUS introduces organic apples from Bio Südtirol
In cooperation with its supplier, Van der Lem, the Dutch retailer PLUS has introduced Italian apples from Bio Südtirol in 2016. "As the most responsible supermarket in the Netherlands, we will give more priority to organic this year.. Hence our focus on the Italian organic apples from Südtirol," explains.....


Germany
Soft fruit cultivation increases in the Rhineland-Palatinate region
Growers in Rhineland-Palatinate grew about 1,550 metric tons of soft fruit in 2016. An increase of 10% compared to 2015 according to the Statistical Office. The acreage increased by 40 hectares to 303 hectares. The largest surface, 160 hectares, is used for growing elderberries. About 530 metric tons of.....

Late start leading to poor prices for stone fruit growers in Australia
Adrian Conti, who farms at Cobram, said he had been receiving $2/kg at the farm gate for his peaches and $2.40/kg for his nectarines.The industry says about $3/kg is needed to cover the cost of stone fruit production.“There’s certain lines, including peaches, that are in abundance and are on special this.....


Chile: "The blueberry market is constantly developing"
"Every year, new varieties arise and new countries like Peru, South Africa or Morocco join the competition," states Juan Pablo Hube, representative of the Chilean company, Huberry Farm & Export. The greater product supply causes prices to fall, so it is not so much a matter of who has the greatest.....


Actor Sonu Sood, official brand ambassador of IG International
India: Famous Bollywood actor promotes Belgian pears
In yet another significant milestone, IG International, India’s largest fresh fruit importer, announces that actor Sonu Sood is now its official brand ambassador. An ardent fitness enthusiast and a self-confessed fruit-lover, he recommends the fruitarian diet to all and doesn’t hesitate to admit that he owes.....

Great yield expected for Egyptian grapes
Due to a good winter temperatures, the Egyptian grape sector should see good volumes in the coming season. More cold periods have led to a good fertility of the Egyptian soil, which in turn should translate into an increased yield during the harvest.According to Mohamed El Baroudy of the Egyptian company El.....


China: First star fruit shipment to the Netherlands
Recently, the Chineze Zhangzhou inspection and Quarantine Bureau received a batch of star fruit for inspection, weighing 300 kilograms and worth $600.This shipment will be send to the Netherlands by air, making it the first of its kind. If the shipment is received positively this might pave the road for.....


Guangzhou import market update
Chinese imports stabilise after New Year
The end of the Chinese Spring Festival marks the end of the export season of Chilean and Australian cherries. Most of the cherries are off the market, making space to a range of other import products.Affected by the high prices of import cherries, prices of imported produce were pushed up and sales are going.....


Harm Valckx plants 20 hectares of blueberries in Lithuania
Lithuania fills gap between EU and South American cultivation
While many blueberry cultivators are looking for an expansion of the early season in countries such as Spain, Morocco, Romania and Ukraine, Dutch cultivator Harm Valckx is going further north for expansion. This spring, he started planting 20 hectares of blueberries in Lithuania. “In the past ten years we.....

Poland granted new limit for withdrawal of apples
The European Commission has granted Poland a new limit for the withdrawal from the market of almost 8 thousand tonnes of fruit and vegetables, as reported by the Ministry of Agriculture in a statement. The Ministry decided that it will be used for the withdrawal of apples.The withdrawal from the market is an.....

China: "Two-colour ice cream" watermelons to hit the market in May
In the past few days, an article published on the website of the agricultural science institute, which has 20 years of research and development experience, has grown incredibly popular. The article reports that a "two-colour ice cream" watermelon has been grown and that citizens will soon have the.....


Polish apples in race to meet Western European standards
The situation of Polish apple producers, as well as of the country's exporting companies, is not easy at the moment. The closure of the border with Russia a few years ago has put them in a delicate position as far as the fruit's standards are concerned. In the past, Polish producers were shipping Royal Gala.....

Cultivated blueberry production continues to increase in Germany
In 2016, just as in the previous years, more cultivated blueberries were grown in Germany. The cultivated blueberry acreage increased by 9% compared to 2015 to 2,710 hectares. And according to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) about a third of the entire acreage used for the cultivation of soft fruit.....


South African growers pleased, despite small-sized pears
The South African pome industry is in agreement that the 2016/17 apple season will be a good one, in line with Hortgro’s estimate of a 3% increase in the apple harvest. Pear growers unanimously report small-sized pears, with volumes down on certain cultivars.Hannes Pienaar, head of pomefruit at Capespan,.....


UK: Mechanising the future of apple growing
Adopting fruit-wall orchards instead of traditional orchard systems, could make mechanising the pruning of apple trees easier for growers and help reduce costs, latest AHDB Horticulture research finds.Uncertainties about the fruit industry’s ability to source seasonal workers following Brexit and an increase.....

Aartsenfruit new exclusive distributor of Chilean Copefrut
"We have started a new collaboration with Aartsenfruit since January 2017," says Commercial Director René Wünckhaus. "The contacts have been there for a long time, but they have now become our exclusive partner for our Chilean top brand Copefrut in the Benelux. After the closing of our office in the.....


Is 2017 the year of the Kanzi® apple?
Based on the latest Nielsen sales data, for the first four months of the 2016/17 apple season, no other apple in the category matched Kanzi’s growth rate. According to Nielsen FreshFacts syndicated scan data for the Total U.S., for the 2016/17 apple season to date, Kanzi has the highest growth rate.....

Spain: Catalonia requests withdrawal of 3,000 tonnes of apples
The Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food (DARP) of the Government of Catalonia has issued a request to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment (Mapama) for the withdrawal of 3,015 tonnes of apples from the market.According to the department, the request was made.....

New editions of Blueberry Seminars in Latin America and Spain
Following the success of the previous five editions of the Blueberry Seminars in Chile, in 2014 and 2016, Peru in 2015 and Mexico in 2016, the events, organised by AGQ Labs and Blueberries Consulting, will continue their international expansion with new editions in 2017 that will be held in May in Mexico, in.....

Spain: 1st berry school in Málaga
The 1st Berry School will be organized in line with the GoodBerry objectives and addresses early-stage researchers, technicians and experts involved in berry research and berry production sectors. Besides lectures on plant genetics and physiology and fruit quality control the one week program will also.....

Switch to soft fruit brings high returns for Polish growers
On the back of an increase in demand for soft fruits, more and more Polish greenhouse growers are switching from cucumber and tomato production to raspberry and strawberry production. Marek Marzec from Ewa-bis said that switching over to soft fruits has become a great option for growers who are using the old.....

Italy: La Trentina invests in new apple varieties
Apples are particularly popular with consumers during winter months. In the past, apples and citrus fruit were almost alone on the market, while now the assortment is much more varied. However, the cold temperatures at the start of 2017, combined with the lack of other products, led to an increase in apple.....

Juan José Ollero, technical director of Soloberry:
"The day we manage to bring costs down, blueberry consumption will soar"
For the past four years, Soloberry has been involved in the Early Blue project, a program centred on Australian blueberry varieties which barely require any cold hours, allowing the plant to be continuously blooming and giving fruit, as long as the conditions are right."With good management, and if the.....

China: Green dates become popular in Yongde County
The harvest of green dates is imminent in Yongde county and eager buyers are gathering in swarms."The green dates here are big in size and taste very sweet, that's why they are really popular in the market now." Explained Mr. Zhang Taiwei, a local grower. Due to the promising market prospects, he grew a total.....

China: Nectarines matured 10 days earlier than usual
Reports from the Chengzitan peach production base of Dalian city said that nectarines, which normally mature before or after the Lantern Festival, were listed on the market during the Spring Festival this year. Prices were high and the sales went well, which has produced a "gold rush" in the fruit market. In.....

Frans Buijsrogge: “mood of the cultivators is elated”
“Good pear market, but sales should not drop”
The pear market has reached an exciting moment. “We had a strong start this year in Conference pears, with sales on all sides. The European retail had to get used to this price explosion, because the prices were very different from the ones they got used to in December. It is now very exciting to see whether.....


SHAFFE elects new president and sets the priorities for the upcoming year
“More visibility for Southern Hemisphere produce”
The Southern Hemisphere Association of Fresh Fruit Exporters has elected Alan Pollard from Pipfruit New Zealand as the new president of the association. The election took place during the Annual General Meeting of the association on the 9th February 2017 in Berlin, during the 25th Fruit Logistica. The.....


March 27-29, Rotterdam
International berry industry to discuss challenges at the Global Berry Congress
This year’s Global Berry Congress returns to the World Trade Center in Rotterdam on 27-29 March. The challenge, in effect, is the same for the international berry business itself: following two decades of considerable success, with impressive sales growth and category expansion in markets old and new, the.....

"Peruvian blueberries will be present in all international markets in 2017"
According to the Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister, Eduardo Ferreyros, Peruvian blueberries will be available in all international markets in 2017."I forecast Peruvian blueberries will be present in all international markets in 2017. This product experienced a 188% increase last year," Ferreyros told the.....

Three growers elected to Washington Apple board
Mark Stennes, James Foreman and Jon Alegria have been elected to three-year terms as members of the Washington Apple Commission’s board of directors.Stennes will fill Grower Position 1, District 1. Foreman fills Grower Position 5, District 2; and Alegria returns to the board in Grower Position 8, District.....


Retailers sell out of SnapDragon® apple
Crunch Time Apple Growers’ popular SnapDragon apples have successfully ended their season with retail partners selling out of the last of the 2016 harvest. Crunch Time’s marketing plan focused on raising consumer awareness of SnapDragon by making it available for consumers to taste. “We know that.....


Corne van de Klundert (OFD): “Scarcity now, but significant volumes on the way”
Indian grapes on European market from late November
Indian grapes are currently being well-absorbed by the market. “But the situation could change in the coming months. A significant volume is on the way to Europe. Those amounts are considerably higher than last year, so it could become quite exciting in coming months,” Corne van de Klundert from Origin Fruit.....

Peruvian blueberries bet on the UK and China
Last year was excellent for Peruvian blueberry exports. Shipments increased by 148% over 2015, and blueberries became the agricultural exports' star product.At the end of 2016, exports of this fruit amounted to USD 242.9 million and 27.844 tons, while in 2015 they amounted to USD 96.7 million and 10,316.....

Chile: Good expectations for prunes
Producers and exporters of prunes have good expectations for the 2017 season. Producers expect to achieve a better quality, in terms of size and concentration of sugar, than in the previous year, due to the good climatic conditions there were in spring 2016. In addition, Chile is in a better position than.....


China: Apple prices fall 20 to 25%
"In recent years, with the growing acreage, China's apple production has increased year by year. But overall, there has been a lack of standardized management, and there is no guarantee of quality, which has affected consumer confidence as well as prices. This year the acreage has increased by about 60% but.....


Australian apple exports at ten year high
ApplesAustralian apple exports are on track to reach 5,200 tonnes for 2016, which would be the highest result since 2006 according to Fresh Intelligence’s analysis of data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to November 2016. The result confirms a turn-around from the low base in 2014 of less than.....


Kanzi campaign successful with Europeans
"Twenty million more people reached with our campaign”
Both consumers and the trade are well-acquainted with the Kanzi Guy by now. “The campaign has been very successful, results are far better than expected. Our aim was to reach about 55 million European consumers in the 2016/17 season, and by now we have reached 20 million more. And we are still counting,.....

Led by grapes
Indian fruit exports rise by 40%
Indian exports of fresh fruit have risen by 40% in the first nine months of the financial year after increased production, led by grapes, and a sharp output decline in competing countries.The data compiled by the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) showed fresh.....


European first: heart-shaped Cantaloupe and watermelons
Rungis has had heart-shaped cucumbers and square watermelons for a while already, but now the company has gone one step further. As of yesterday, Saint Valentine’s Day, they started advance sales of the first-ever heart-shaped Cantaloupe melons and heart-shaped watermelons in Europe.“Supplying these Japanese.....

Spain: Airen, a new Piel de Sapo melon
Current trends in the melon market require offering a good taste quality (flavour, aromas and flesh firmness) that motivates the consumer to come back for more, but with a good shelf life and field production, which is what producers and distributors demand. Syngenta already has the leading varieties in.....


Spain: "We hope to reach the same production volume as last year"
Although this year's stonefruit campaign has not yet started, growers are paying close attention to everything that is happening. The fact is that "there are many companies which have been affected by the latest rains; we have recorded heavy rainfall," explains José Illán, representative of Terranifra......