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China: Goji berry export from Longkou Shandong to England

2000 kg of goji berries, worth 15,900 USD, recently passed through Longkou Office for Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine, and were exported to England for the first time.Source: cqn.com.cn

California blackberries come on to meet growing demand

Blackberry supplies continue to be consistent in North America and will continue to be so as the California season comes on. “Supply has been excellent on blackberries. Other berries like strawberries and raspberries have been very tight. Blackberries have been plentiful and we’ve been selling high volume on.....

Frost in large cultivation zones leads to a delay

'First Spanish stone fruit probably 7 to 10 days later'

The first stone fruit supplies from Spain will probably arrive on the German market 7 to 10 days later than normal. Due to the low temperatures during the flowering season, the harvest is delayed and the first batches of apricots, nectarines and peaches will presumably be offered in German stores in week 19......

"Cold weather creates higher retail margin for greenhouse cherries"

"Open field cherries are vulnerable to the influence of frost and rainfall in the period between blossoming and maturation. Weather conditions can create less than optimal fruit quality and affect the ripening period. So while the conditions for greenhouse cherries have overall been more stable, cold weather.....

"Seeking export opportunities"

China: "Stable growth of Pujiang Jufeng production volumes"

"Jufeng grapes are a mid-season variety, and a hybrid of European and American varieties that were originally produced in Japan. The variety was introduced in China in 1959 and subsequently spread throughout the country. This variety is sparkling, the sugar content is high, and the taste has an agreeable.....

Berry company ready for seasonal move from Baja to California

Berry People, a year-round organic berry shipper, has set the stage for a smooth transition into Santa Maria and Watsonville production in California following a healthy organic strawberry season out of Baja. Berry People said it’s California acreage is getting off to a fruitful start where light harvest has.....

Honduras is certifying its melons for export to Mexico

The director of Phytosanitary Regulation of the National Health, Food Safety and Food Quality Service (Senasica), Guillermo Santiago Martinez, is conducting an official audit in melon production sites that are free of fruit fly in Santa Rosa and Montelibano; the final requirement to approve the entry of.....

Grape supplier expecting high quality grape season

Grape category supplier Sun World International, LLC, is expecting to see high quality eating grapes this upcoming season, which starts in May. The warmer winter weather led to a lighter fruit set on the front end, which will allow for better overall crop quality. Sun World expects fully promotable volumes on.....

BelOrta sells season's first blackberries

Today, BelOrta is selling the first blackberries of the season. These first blackberries are of the Loch Ness variety. They were produced thanks to early greenhouse cultivation. The first cases (12 punnets of 125g/case) were supplied by two growers. They are Willy Royakkers from Nazareth, Belgium, and Kwekerij.....

Spain: 10,000 hectares devoted to melons and watermelons in Castile-La Mancha

The Melon and Watermelon Interprofessional of Castile-La Mancha believes that the acreage devoted to the cultivation of both fruits in the regionthis campaign will be "very similar" to that of previous seasons, standing at around 10,000 hectares. 7,000 of these correspond to melons and 3,000 to watermelons,.....

Top Korean retailer stocks only Australian grapes

One of Korea’s largest luxury retail chains, the Hyundai Department Store, is now stocking only Australian table grapes following strong sales and consumer feedback off the back of a recent Taste Australia launch.Australian Grapes, chiefly sourced from growers in Victoria, were marketed in Korea through a.....

Brazilian fruit exports climb to $ 98.1 million at start of 2018

Exports of dried and processed fruit increased 14.4% in the first two months of the year compared with the same period of 2017, according to numbers released by the Brazilian Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruit and Fruit Products (Abrafrutas). Revenue totalled US$ 98.1 million in the period, up.....

Brahim Idoujaa, Flora Fruits:

"Most of our Moroccan truffles are exported to Qatar and Saudi Arabia"

The Moroccan export company Flora Fruits offers a wide range of fruits and vegetables. Brahim Idoujaa, owner of the company: "We grow everything in Morocco and export our products to Russia, European countries such as France and the Netherlands, and African countries such as Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal and Burkina.....

New brand and refreshed website for Blueberry Council

The BC Blueberry Council (BCBC) has just unveiled its new brand—Powered by Nature—with its newly refreshed website at www.bcblueberry.com.Created by Vancouver’s Watershed Communications Group, the Powered by Nature tagline speaks to all that the BC fruit has to offer.Anju Gill, executive director of the BCBC,.....

Chilean grapes and blueberries featured in kids cooking classes

Fruits from Chile and Anaheim, Calif.-based Northgate Gonzales Markets teamed up January thru March during the peak of the Chilean Summer Fruit season to teach kids how to eat healthy with grapes and blueberries. Fruits from Chile sponsored 100 Miguelito’s Cocina Club Kids Cooking classes where young chefs.....

Georgia

U.S.: Great peach harvests expected after March freezes

Although the start of peach season is expected to be slow, growers from middle Georgia are expecting a bumper crop this summer. The orchards have emerged from the spring freeze threat largely intact, and the peaches have been getting plentiful chill hours this winter for the first time in three years.A couple.....

EU likely to eliminate additional checks on Egyptian strawberries

Egyptian Agriculture Minister Abdel Moneim El-Banna said last Friday that the European Union had recommended cancelling the additional checks on Egypt's strawberries.The Minister added in a press statement that the decision came after "confirming the new control measures adopted by Egypt to ensure the quality.....

"Market performance satisfies the people"

China: "Yulu pear production season ready for a perfect endgame"

"The Yulu pear is a high-quality hybrid mix of the Korla pear and the Snow pear that ripens mid-season. The Yulu pear received a warm welcome from consumers the moment this juicy, crisp, sweet, and environmentally friendly pear entered the market. The Yulu pear production season this year is almost over. The.....

China: Watermelons are recovering in 2018

Spring has arrived in Dongtai and the watermelons are ripening well. This is the busiest season for melon farmers. Some melons require pollination, others need to be pruned. Under these circumstances, the labor costs sharply increase. The price of a small number of skilled workers has already increased to 300.....

China: Fruit bagging - yes or no?

Fruit bagging is has become an expensive exercise. Let's take the apples, for example. Each bag costs about 4-5 fen, labor costs for putting a bag on one apple is about 4-6 fen, and for taking a bag off it's about 2-3 fen. Every 0.165 of an acre produces about 15,000 bags. 1 kilo is about 5 apples. The total.....

Successful first season for non-browning Arctic apples

Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc. (OSF), the producers of Arctic apples, have marked their first season of production as a success. The sliced, non-browning apple product made their retail debut last November. Golden apples were the first of several varieties the company introduced to the market, with other.....

Peru: Apple exports are booming

In 2017, Peru imported a total of 57.9 million kilos of apples for a CIF value of US $45 million. Imports increased moderately when compared to the almost 52 million kilos imported for US$39 million in 2016. This year the numbers are still important.According to the Agrodata Peru website, during the first.....

Fraga

Spain: "We will harvest cherries later and with larger calibres"

The frosts in March will delay the harvest of open field cherries in Fraga for about 4 or 5 days. With the exception of some specific varieties, the production volumes are expected to reach the usual levels, although the calibres will be larger for the early varieties, according to the producer and exporter.....

President’s Choice Fresh Product of the Year

Ontario greenhouse strawberry grower wins prestigious award from Loblaws

Mucci Farms announces that they have been awarded by Loblaw Companies Limited for President’s Choice Fresh Product of the Year for PC Ontario Greenhouse Strawberries. “We’ve been growing traditional greenhouse items for over 50 years but strawberries were our first attempt at growing an unconventional.....

The Haskap berry is one step closer to the EU market

It's been a long road for Haskap producers in Europe, wanting to start selling and promoting their fresh berries in the EU. Along with trying to develop a relatively unknown product, they were also presented with a road block, in the form of the Novel Food Act of 1997. The beginning of 2018 saw a new.....

China: "Cold weather delays cherry harvest in Yantai by up to a fortnight"

"The open field cherries in Yantai are currently blossoming, but their development was stunted by a nationwide cold snap on April 6th and 7th. It is estimated that the open field cherry harvest, which would originally enter the market in the middle of May, will be delayed by two weeks." This is according to.....

Chile continues to be the world leader in blueberry exports

According to Asoex's Blueberry Committee, the 2017/2018 campaign was positive. The country exported more than 110 thousand tons blueberries in this campaign, i.e. 6% more than in the previous season and a new record for the industry.Andres Armstrong, the Executive Director of the Committee, said this season's.....

Week 13 was very favorable

Strawberry and raspberry campaigns are halfway through

The latest report on the development of Huelva's 2017/2018 berry campaign, which the Observatory of Prices and Markets of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Board of Andalucía made public, states that the weather conditions during Easter - week 13 - were very favorable for berry crops.According to the report,.....

US growers upping Chinese marketing budget

'Tariffed' Northwest cherries

Last year about 26 million boxes of Northwest cherries were shipped to China, making this nation a top export market for Northwest cherry growers. When the current cherries start coming off the tree in late May or early June, it will be the first crop to face new Chinese-imposed tariffs.Cherries are expensive.....

Queuing for strawberries in the Netherlands

Rush hour around the Aardbeien (Strawberry) Drive-In at J & B in Uden, the Netherlands, last weekend shows it’s a successful formula. “There was even a build-up of traffic occasionally, although this was also partially caused by the Kom in de Kas (Visit our Greenhouses) event, for which we opened our.....

Biosecurity Tasmania:

Fruit fly found in Launceston is no cause for alarm

The discovery of a male adult fruit fly in a previously unaffected area does not constitute an outbreak, Tasmanian authorities say. Biosecurity Tasmania said the latest fruit fly discovery was made by someone who captured the pest inside their home in the Launceston suburb of Mowbray.The discovery is well.....

Marien Sinke, Exsa Europe:

"New melon varieties being actively grown in Costa Rica"

The foreign melon season is off to a good start this year. Three years ago, Exsa Europe began cultivating its own yellow melons in Costa Rica. "We are actively engaged in growing new varieties to supply the market", says Marien Sinke. Marien is responsible for melon sales at this Dutch fresh produce.....

Spain: Cold in March delays flowering by 15 days in Extremadura

March has ended with record-breaking amounts of rainfall. Except for some isolated damages, especially in the area of Rosarito, in the north east of Extremadura, the plentiful rains have served to put an end to a critical situation for Extremaduran agriculture. However, these rains, in combination with the.....

Barhi dates from Namibia a hit in the Middle East

During the last January to March season, Desert Fruit Namibia proudly produced high quality Barhi dates. These have just been exported to Abu-Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait, Cambodia, Indonesia, Maldives, Singapore, UK and Switzerland as well as the royalty houses in the Emirates, which is a great honour for Desert.....

According to USApple

EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” list is inaccurate and harmful

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) is calling the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list both “inaccurate” and “harmful” to Americans. The report, issued annually, offers consumers an extremely biased view of various fruits and vegetables to avoid based on misleading and flawed reporting by the.....

Italy: Good cherry season expected in Bisceglie

Despite the recent frost that affected Puglia and other areas, it looks like it could be a good season for cherries in the Bisceglie area.Early Lory variety.ProducerSergio Salerno (in the photo below) talks about excellent quality and quantities. "It will all depend on the weather. If the rain returns in 20.....

First campaign with quality seal

Spain: El Bierzo expects to harvest 2-3 million kilos of cherries

The Bierzo Cherry Quality Seal is being launched with a production expected to oscillate between two and three million kilos. This is at least the forecast published by the seal's technical director, Pablo Linares, who recalled how the "disaster" caused by the adverse weather conditions in the previous.....

Jupiter grape has extended harvest window

Ontario growers researching possibility of new table grape variety

Ontario could soon be seeing a new table grape variety with availability extending into Canada’s Thanksgiving holiday, something growers feel is much needed. Currently the market is held by the province’s main Sovereign Coronation variety, developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in British Columbia,.....

Chilean stone fruit season seeing its last shipments

The last of the stone fruit from Chile is finishing up now, with only plums remaining to be shipped. Peaches and nectarines finished shipping a few weeks ago, and any remaining fruit is being sold within South America. Volumes were very close to the average, and growers did not face any overly adverse.....

Declining goods supply & price increases expected

“Egyptian grapes will encounter an empty market”

During the Easter season, the sales of grapes and fresh fruit traditionally goes up. Because of the relatively low volumes from South Africa and India and the lack of soft fruit in general, current prices are about 25-30 percent above last year's level. As a result of the heavy rainfall in Chile, this season.....

Argentina: Cherry exports doubled in the last 10 years

In the last 18 seasons, the evolution of Argentina's cherry production has shown a marked line of ascent, even doubling the number of tons that entered into the Central Market of Buenos Aires.According to the MCBA's newsletter, in the last campaign, 2,423 tons of cherries arrived to market, i.e. 8% more than.....

China: Shandong pomelo prices fall off a cliff

At the end of March and through early April, pomelo prices in Yinan county, Shandong province, were significantly lower. Compared to the period of the Chinese New Year, the prices of pomelos have slumped and dropped by 50%. As an introduced variety from South China, pomelo prices in Yinan county had a strong.....

Apple handle bag designed to be different

Handle bags are becoming a common sight on supermarket shelves, with producers opting to give consumers the convenience of a 'grab 'n go' experience. One company has come up with a unique apple handle bag that has been carefully designed with premium products in mind.There are some key differences in Vortex.....

Apple prices have reached their upper limit

A cool February revived the demand on Lake Constance. At the beginning of February, the marketing of Boskoop and Rubinette was completed and the export business was almost stalling. During the days of carnival, the sales pace was a little lower. Because the days were still cold, citrus fruits were more in.....

"Spanish and European consumers prefer local fruit"

Spain: First organic pears under PDO Rincón de Soto

The sales campaign of the pears under the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Rincón de Soto is coming to an end. Next season the market can also expect to get these pears with an organic certification, as reported by Rodrigo Mauleón, manager of the Rioja-based cooperative Frutos del Campo. Normal 0.....

Good weather might cause problems for Ukrainian apple exports

Prices for Ukrainian apples are 150-200% higher this year, compared to the same period last year. Popular varieties are currently receiving EUR 0.45 to 0.60 cents per kilo. The decreased production due to poor weather is one factor causing the increase and Tatiana Getman from Info-Shuvar shared that this.....

Strawberry shortage affecting South Texas

Cold, rainy weather in California and parts of Mexico are to blame for rising prices of strawberries nationwide. California grows nearly 90 percent of all strawberries produced in the U.S., and due to heavy rains and cold weather in that state, many crops were destroyed. During the past couple of weeks,.....

AU: Maluma avocado sales expansion proving to be a hit for Coles

Coles say their decision to expand supplies of Maluma avocados to New South Wales and Tasmania this year have proven successful.The variety in Australia is sourced from DBC Farming in Dimbulah, Queensland and has been marketed through a partnership with Costa since 2013.The supermarket chain started selling.....

Italy: Strawberries reach consumers in 24 hours

Strawberries from Basilicata go from the field to shelf in just 24 hours. Such organised logistics is a point of strength for the production hub and is just as important as the climate, crop technique and organisation in general.Franco Greco with his wife Donata"Producers bring me their produce in the morning.....

"Yunnan Blueberry Industry Alliance's standards will push industry forward"

China: Yunnan blueberry season begins

"In recent years, blueberry consumption in China has risen significantly and led to the rapid development of the domestic blueberry planting industry. At this moment, there are a lot of blueberry cultivation areas. Qingdao and Dalian have the biggest berries, but theblueberry fromYunnan is the best in terms of.....

Cold weather slows start of Florida peaches

Florida peach season is kicking off after a slightly delayed start. “We’re starting this week with peaches,” says Al Finch of Dundee, Fl.-based Florida Classic Growers. “We’ve had a delay due to the cool weather in March. It’s delayed our start by a couple of weeks.” Traditionally peaches begin roughly March.....

Leon Vissers (The Greenery) about the start of greenhouse blackberry season:

"More volume means we're ready for soaring blackberry demand"

The blackberry season kicks off this week at The Greenery in the Netherlands. They will receive the first shipment from the greenhouses of their grower, Jongfruit in Dongen. "We have significantly increased our blackberry volumes this year. We have two moregreenhousegrowers. We are also acquiring more acreage.....

Chinese apple exports look hopeful

India eases apple import regulations

China is the world's largest apple producer, and nearby India is the world's third largest apple producer. The demand for apples in India, however, is great and can not be satisfied by domestic production alone.India used to regulate apple imports through airports and harbors in Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbail, and.....

China: Watermelons begin to enter the market in large volumes

In previous years the early-season watermelons entered the market in early April. The watermelon market entered a four-month depression in June, 2017. The price of watermelons had already dropped to 0.4 yuan [0.06 USD] per 0.5 kg in the major production areas throughout the country by July 2017. Not only did.....

New exclusive strawberry varieties for Huelva and the Canary Islands

Spain: "Strawberry quality and prices saved by the cold"

There are never two strawberry campaigns alike in Huelva, and this one has been marked by very low temperatures during the winter, as well as by abundant rainfall, which has so far limited the production. "At least, it is good that it has been cold, because with so much rain and so much humidity, if the.....

Launch of the "No cortes en verde" campaign

Spain: More watermelons and fewer melons in Almeria

This month, the Government of Andalusia has launched the "No cortes en verde" ("Avoid green harvesting") campaign, an initiative introduced more than two decades ago in partnership with Hortyfruta and Almeria's fruit and vegetable sector. The goal is to promote the marketing of melons and watermelons with an.....

Suragroh recognized for social and environmental sustainability

Fyffes Honduras melon producer granted Fair Trade USA Certification

Sur Agrícola de Honduras (Suragroh), a Honduran division of Irish produce company Fyffes, has received Fair Trade certification from Fair Trade USA, a non-profit organization that sets standards, certifies and labels products that promote sustainable livelihoods for farmers and workers, and protect the.....