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India could become a new export market for Okanagan apples
It’s a prospect Kelowna Coun. Mohini Singh has been pursuing since attending a dinner with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Vancouver on Thursday.Modi “was very clear on building trade relationships with Canada,” said Singh.While Singh only said a quick hello to the prime minister, she did use her time.....

Korea: Grape imports reach record high in 2014
Grape imports to Korea in 2014 reached record highs in both dollar value and import volume, at $US 189.52 million and 59,260 tons respectively, while domestic grape output and planted areas have halved over the last 15 years.According to the Korea Customs Service on April 19, grape imports have been.....


Ettore Ceccarelli (Julius)
Italy: Argentinian pears provide perfect grafts
"The season of Abate pears from Argentina started well all over Europe. The good weather created the ideal conditions to obtain slightly russeted fruit with a red skin and a high dry-matter content reaching 15-16° Brix," explained Ettore Ceccarelli. The Ceccarelli Giulio company, led by brothers Ettore,.....

Poland: Lower organic berry production, despite increased acreage
Despite the fact that more than 708 million zloty (178.05 million Euro)have been investedfor the past ten yearsinsubsidies for the promotion of organic berry crops, fruit production has not increased. What's worse, it has actually fallen from 15 to 1 tonne of fruit per hectare, as reported by the Polish news.....


Marketing campaign focuses on young people
“Eating apples should be cool”
Can you get young people to consume more fruit with a large-scale campaign? Joya Europe thinks so, which is why a new apple brand was launched three years ago: Joya. The campaign wants to improve the apple’s image, the focus is on teenagers. How does Joya Europe handle this? And what have been the results.....

BLE-report week 15
Germany: focusing on European apples
In week 15 on the German wholesale market the apple sector was mostly full of German Jonagold and Elstar apples. The Italian Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples were also present. France supplied the Granny and Jazz apples and the Dutch provided Jonagold. There was a lot of interest in the European.....

Chile: Stonefruit prices recover
This season, the behaviour of the average price of stonefruits is very similar to the 2013 and 2014 campaigns, when prices were high because of the low supply available.The early peach and nectarine season for the Chinese market and in Hong Kong came to an end in early April and, although the volume was.....


Chile: Three new raspberry varieties
The Fruit Technology Consortium of the Fruit Exporters Association of Chile AG (ASOEX) and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, as a technical partner, unveiled three new varieties of Chilean raspberries during a field day held in Santo Domingo, central coast of Chile.The Santa Teresa, Santa.....


Sven Roosen of Gerrits Fruit has a good feeling about next season
"More and more Belgian fruit growers sell away from auction"
Ten years ago Sven and Miet Roosen took over the company Gerrits Fruit. To start with the focus was mainly on apples, but since 1996 the largest volumes has been pears. At the moment Gerrits Fruit has 35 hectares, of which 3 hectares are apples. They also process and trade the fruit from several fellow.....

Chile: Plum prices in China return to normal levels
When looking at the average prices of the current season, a similar behavior compared to the seasons before 2013/14 is observed.The first days of April finished in advance, the Peaches and Nectarines season in the markets of China/HK. Although the figures are greater than the previous season (4,444 vs 2,272.....

New packaging design for BerryFresh
BerryFresh is available year-round, in an extensive and increasing range. Sales are growing steadily as a result of consistent product quality, new tasty varieties, and societal impulses towards healthy eating –both during meals and when snacking. Soft fruit has evolved from an exclusive specialty to a daily.....

Grape-enriched diet counters effects of stress
Can eating grapes reduce the negative impact of stress? Results from a study recently published in the Journal of Nutrition Research1 suggest this may be the case. Researchers observed a protective role of grapes on stress-induced anxiety-like behaviors, and learning and memory deficits in an animal model of.....

Kyrgyzstan crops hit by spring frost
Some 20 percent of this year’s future harvest has been lost due to the snowfall and frost that occurred on March 30 and 31 when the lowest air temperature over the last 89 years was recorded in Kyrgyzstan, the country’s Agriculture Ministry said.According to the ministry, in some areas the damage was serious.....

Hailstorm damages apple, pear blossoms in Kashmir
Heavy hailstorm destroyed blossoming crops in many areas of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Sunday afternoon. The farmers and fruit growers suffered huge monetary losses.Hailstorm has badly affected Apple, Cherry and Pear blossoms which are in full bloom these days.Reports said that affected areas are.....


French cherry industry recovery plan
Manufacturers and producers in the cherry industry announced a recovery plan for the sector which represents €350,000 over 5 years, aiming to plant 150 hectares of cherry orchards in the region. The offer is currently inferior to the demand and the industry has to get supplies from abroad. Industry.....

US (NM): Freezing temps spell doom for budding fruits
It wasn’t Friday night’s snow that wiped out the blossoms off of 10 acres of budding apple and pear trees in Clovis Romero’s Orchard in the valley of Embudo, about 45 miles north of Santa Fe.No, it was Thursday night’s spring freeze, when temperatures dropped overnight into the mid-20s, followed by Friday.....

AU: Citrus exports: increased value, rising volumes
There is plenty of optimism around Australian citrus growing at the moment, according to Judith Damiani, head of Citrus Australia. Ms Damiani has nearly finished a round of regional grower forums, with only Western Australia left to visit. “People are quietly confident they’re going to have a good season......

Coating to protect cherries from weather
A tissue-thin, food-grade film developed at Oregon State Univ. acts like a raincoat for sweet cherries, cutting rain-related cracking of the fruit in half and potentially saving a whole season’s crop.The stretchy spray-on biofilm, patented as SureSeal, was developed by Clive Kaiser, an OSU horticulturist and.....

German and Belgian strawberries for the first time
Spain and Italy dominate the German strawberry market
For the first time in 2015, in week 15 German and Belgian strawberries appeared in German hypermarkets. Both achieved a market share of one percent each. Because of the low availability, German strawberries are being sold for an average of 3.90 euro per tray of 500 grams. Because of the low quantities,.....

India: Climate change makes apple take on new avatars
With global warming causing temperatures to rise and snowfall to decrease, the apple you eat might never be the same again as new varieties of the fruit find favour with cultivators looking to adapt to the change in weather patterns.New low-chilling and early maturing varieties of the fruit are being.....


Manel Simón, of Afrucat:
"Russian veto offset by 23% increase in exports to other destinations"
As reported by Afrucat, the first stonefruit harvest prospects in Catalonia which accounts for more than a third of Spain's production, point to a 3% growth in production for the 2015 season, with 425,060 tonnes. This is mostly due to the 4% increase in Lleida (380,100 tonnes expected) and 2% growth in.....

Supreme Audit Office (NIK):
Poland: Farmers planted trees for EU funding
Polish farmers planted fruit trees in an attempt to gain access to EU subsidies for organic fruit orchards but many did not subsequently produce any fruit, says a report by the Supreme Audit Office (NIK).Some 14,500 Polish farmers have benefited from subsidies for organic fruit orchards over the past.....

FVO report:
Peru: Pesticides residues in table grapes
This report describes the outcome of a Food and Veterinary Office audit in Peru, carried out between 19 and 27 November 2014. The objective of the audit was to assess controls on pesticide residues in table grapes intended for export to the European Union. In particular, the audit team followed up on action.....


A solution to scalding on top fruit
The apples and pears that are preserved by being refrigerated may have alterations to their outer skin as it can turn brown due to the stress from low temperatures.The most common of these alterations is the fruit’s scalding, a superficial necrosis of the skin that affects the first five or six epidermal.....


Argentina could export topfruit to Brazil by the end of month
The technicians from the Brazilian Plant Health Department continue their assessment of Argentina’s apple, pear, and quince export program, under a risk mitigation system for the codling moth (Cydia pomonella) plague, after the neighbouring country decided to suspend imports of these fruits.According to.....


NZ Apple exports a changing landscape
New Zealand’s apple crops have been large enough and abundant enough to counter any impact from serious weather events, at least according to Hastings grower Apollo Apples. “There were certainly a few weather events, but people have had very big crops that have more than made up for it,” said Neil Prosser......

'Taste Me Do Good' promoting social responsibility
Retailers are welcoming the arrival of 'Taste Me Do Good' apples and pears poised to not only offer great tasting varieties but also provide plenty of stories to peak customer interest. 'Taste Me Do Good'* pears and apples are grown using traditional methods that maximize nutrients in the soil - and.....

US (TN): Weather delays strawberries
Hopes remain high, but Tennessee’s famous strawberry crop isn’t off to such a good start. Cool, wet weather temporarily postponed the start date for the state’s strawberry season. Strawberries need consistent warm sunshine to ripen and sweeten. In Tennessee, it’s not unusual for some farmers to have ripe.....

Spain is the EU's largest melon producer
Spain produces nearly half of the European Union's melons, according to data processed by Hortoinfo and obtained via Faostat, the statistical service of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). These figures are for 2013, the most recent year for which the said organization has data.....

US (UT): Surprise storm causes anxiety for fruit growers
Tuesday’s winter storm made many Utah fruit growers nervous and left them monitoring the temperatures hour by hour last night. A few degrees can mean the difference between a good crop and big losses.In fact, cherries are Utah's top commercial fruit crop and the second-largest national producer of tart.....


Concerns about premature melon and watermelon harvests in Almeria
Given that the melon and watermelon campaign has already started, COAG Almeria has asked the province's Delegate of Agriculture, José Manuel Ortiz, to launch the campaign "No cortes en verde" ("Don't harvest unripe fruit") and to provide a telephone number for growers and consumers to denounce such.....


resealable top-seal and new shakers
New packaging for BerryFresh
Special Fruit's BerryFresh is available year-round in an ever increasing range. Sales are gradually increasing, partly thanks to the emerging trend of healthy food – both in meals and snacks. Soft fruit is no niche market anymore.Completely new packaging lineIn the context of these developments, Special.....

Ukraine: Polish apple re-exports to surpass expectations
The Ukrainian apple market has been developing under fully nonstandard scenario in the current market. Despite record high domestic production, Ukraine has imported rather significant volumes of apples. In that case, the supply must have grown in the internal market, which would have only lead to the price.....

Syrian apples shipped to Egypt by sea
Following an initiative from the Federation of Syrian exporters to tackle the issues caused by the closing of Jordan's border, the first ship with 40 trucks loaded with apples departed from the Syrian port of Tartus bound to Egypt.The Federation of Exporters said the move was made in coordination with the.....

Vincent Bouwhuis of Helsu:
“Market for frozen berries growing”
More and more frozen fruit can be found in Dutch supermarkets, but according to Vincent Bouwhuis of Helsu, there is still a long way to go. Sales of IQF products are divided into the processing and the consumer market. About the processing market, Vincent says: “Unfortunately not much is left of that.....


US: Watermelon sales up by 9 percent
Watermelon sales are currently up 9% in comparison to last year. Cut watermelon sales were up by 4.5%, while mini watermelons saw a 1.5% increase in sales. “Our biggest grossing category was whole watermelons, which increased by 11%,” states Jason Hanselman, an industry affairs associate for the National.....


Urs Luder, GKE: "Greenstar retains its natural white colour"
"Non-browning apple? We've had it for 10 years!"
This year, the Arctic Apple, known for its non-browning quality, got a lot of attention. Since February, cultivation of this GMO apple in the US is allowed. The fact that the apple doesn't discolour seems new, but according to Urs Luder, CEO of Greenstar Kanzi Europe, that's not at all the case. "We've had.....


extra cultivation in Chile, Argentina and South Africa in coming years
Successful season Sweet Sensation
On April 13, The Greenery looked back on the 2014-2015 sales season with its Sweet Sensation growers. Although this season saw an uncertain start due to the closure of the Russian market, the targets set beforehand were comfortably met. One of these targets was high turnover in stores. By promotionally.....


Spain: 120,000 apple trees to be planted in Altos de Yara
The planting of apple trees in Altos de Yara, Valverde de Ágreda, is going apace, and the 40 employees working on the 50 hectares of land have already planted 60,000 trees, half of the total expected for this first campaign.This was confirmed by the company owner, Raúl Sanz, who decided to use this.....

No link between frozen berries and Hep A
The frozen fruit company embroiled in the unfolding hepatitis A outbreak says its own laboratory test results show no links between its recalled berries and the virus, as well as E. coli.But a Federal Health Department spokesperson said its investigation into the outbreak, which now affects 34 people in five.....

India: Growing appetite for pears
Himachal Pradesh and Punjab are prime pear-growing areas in India, but in order to satiate the rising demand for pears, imports appear to be the only option. Imports of fresh pears -- from the US, South Africa and China -- have soared dramatically.According to information available on the APEDA (Agricultural.....

India: Watermelon bumper crop causing low prices
The rise in mercury levels may have increased the demand for the most refreshing fruit of the season watermelon by consumers, but fruit traders of Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) claim they are not benefiting much from the sale. Wholesalers at the Vashi market say the bumper crop of watermelon.....


Spanish cherry season to start late and with small volumes
The Spanish open field cherry campaign, with production mostly inLleida, Tarragona and Huesca,is expected to start in about two weeks. This year it will be delayed by eight to ten days due to rainfall and prolonged low temperatures in February and March.This, together with the impact of occasional frosts,.....


First summer fruits of the season hit Bulgarian shelves
The first summer fruits have arrived to Bulgarian stores. Nectarines, plums and even melons can be bought at almost every major retail chain.Nectarines, which are imported from Chile, cost an average of 8.99 Lev* per kilo; prunes, which come from South Africa, can be bought for 6.99 Lev per kilo, and.....

Canada: Quash® fungicide okayed for blueberries
Canadian blueberry growers can now control key diseases with Quash Fungicide and access the Japanese export market, with the recent approval of Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) for Quash. Japan is the second largest export market for Canadian-grown blueberries, after the United States. Quash (metconazole) is a.....

US: Exploring cranberry market opportunities in India
The US Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC) is now gearing up to tap the Indian market opportunities with utilisation of America’s original superfruit as a food ingredient and it has teamed up with SCS Group to ensure ready supply of cranberries in the country.Cranberries are a good source of Vitamin C, fibre.....


Gert Bouman: "We expect a very good harvest"
Frutaria 7 million kilos of stonefruit to sell in May
With the arrivals of the first nectarines and peaches from greenhouses, the Spanish stonefruit season has begun again. Spanish private producer Frutaria is preparing for the season. "Nectarines and peaches from the greenhouse are simply too expensive," thinks Dutchman Gert Bouman, who for more than 25.....


Strawberry season will soon burst loose at BelOrta
"Considerable demand for strawberries"
Strawberries have become a more important product group for BelOrta since the fusion with Borgloon. In March the first strawberries were supplied to the auction and over the last few weeks the volumes have increased. The season is slightly later than last year, but is expected to soon break free. "On.....

India: Crash in domestic apple market
Imported apples have gotten cheaper in India due to huge imports that were triggered by anticipation of a lower production in the country."Traders had anticipated that there would be major loss in apple crop in Himachal Pradesh and the Jammu & Kashmir due to floods and hailstorms. But in reality, there.....


"The New Delhi threat could have been a marketing strategy from other producing areas"
Increase in Almeria's melon and watermelon acreage
The Spanish melon and watermelon season is already starting with some small Galia melon volumes. In the earliest stages of the campaign, production concentrates in the province of Almeria.According to data supplied by Coexphal, in 2014 the melon acreage in Almeria dropped by about 38% because of fear.....


Spain: Frosts affect fruit trees in Lleida
In the night between 9 and 10 April, the fields of Lleida were hit by frosts that affectedstone and pome fruitcrops in bloom.According to information from the Delegation of Agriculture in Lleida, temperatures dropped to -2 ºC in some municipalities in the counties of Les Garrigues, La Noguera and Segrià,.....

India: Grapes exports fell by 30%
After a deceptive good start, grape exports to Europe this year have dwindled by nearly 30 per cent compared to last year. The loss in exports was not only in quantity, but also in prices, due to the fall of Euro and Rouble currencies. Though statistics of exports to Russia, Bangladesh and China are not.....

Falling apple prices keep food prices in check
With the arrival of new season stock, apple prices have fallen 48 per cent from their peak in January, Statistics NZ said.Falling apple and potato prices helped keep overall food prices low in March, with an overall rise of just 0.1 per cent, Statistics NZ figures show.Food prices fell 0.7 per cent in.....

US: Strawberries top crop in CA county
Strawberries are once again the top crop in San Luis Obispo County, but officials say the ongoing drought is having a local impact.Strawberries ranked number one in 2014, with a total value of more than $205 million, according to a crop statistics report for the county released Tuesday.Wine grapes, which.....

Bigger crops coming for Northwest cherries
The record Northwest cherry crop of 23 million boxes in 2014 is a forerunner to larger cherry volumes in the future, but another record crop probably won’t happen this year.B.J. Thurlby, president of the Northwest Cherry Growers, said although it’s too soon to predict the size of the 2015 crop, volume will.....

Canada: Deep snow keeps apple producers from pruning trees
With snow several feet deep lingering in many Kings County orchards, a long-time apple and pear producer in Woodville is getting quite concerned.Woodville farmer Brian Boates takes a look at apple trees at the edge of their orchard. He hasn’t seen this much snow on his family’s farm since the early 1970s,.....

Tulare crop report, week ending 11 April
Deciduous tree fruits, nuts and grapes: Stone fruit season is approaching and some packing houses are expected to begin receiving fruit from southern California as soon as next week. Thinning has begun for stone fruit as well. Cherries are projected to start harvest within the next two weeks and are expected.....

Moldovan apples seek to enter Asian markets
Chisinau authorities and fruit producers are currently negotiating new contracts for the export of apples to various Asian markets. The announcement was made by Minister of Agriculture, Ion Sula, who claims that discussions are underway with authorities in India, Qatar and Dubai.Last year, over 600 tonnes of.....

Honeycrisp still an enigma
Bruce Allen has been growing Honeycrisp apples in Washington State for almost 14 years and is still learning how to best grow it.Each Honeycrisp orchard seems to vary, he says, and it’s a struggle to hit 15 packs per bin of Honeycrisp. Although Allen tries to sort fruit at harvest into different quality.....

Major table grape asset to go for sale
One of the greatest assets in the international table grape industry will come up for sale soon.SNFL, part of the AMC Group, has applied in the Chancery Division, High Court, London, for the liquidation of one of its own subsidiary companies Vitis International Ltd (UK based company). The application will be.....