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Chinese consumers snap up premium Japanese fruit
China is in the midst of a holiday period, during which people traditionally exchange gifts. Fruit make popular gifts during these holidays with grapes and melons with high sugar content being particularly popular choices. They are cropping up on store shelves with prices more than double those in Japan......


EU average apple prices
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AU: Cherry-growing industry struggling
Parts of Western Australia's cherry-growing industry are struggling to make ends meet and many growers in the Great Southern region are being forced to leave the game completely due to economic factors, reports abc.net.au.The latest growers to leave the industry are Mount Barker growers Mark and Alice.....


Interview with Gerhard Dichgans
VOG: The market for Club apples is in constant progress
"The harvest of Gala apples has finished. In the beginning we expected it to be 3% over the 2015 harvest, but the volumes are much the same as last year", Gerhard Dichgans, director of VOG, explains."Quality - he continues - is excellent, because July and August were perfect for apples, also for their.....

AU: Low chill stone fruit growers in survival mode
North Coast low chill stone fruit growers have seen their market window shrink by more than half. This is due to increased fruit from southern growers - particularly the Riverina and imports from America early in the season.Where once early season nectarines and peaches provided a sub tropical producer a.....


Switzerland:
Passion for berries
The succession of the family business Räss in Benken Switzerland is more than just a generational change in management. It is also a strategic realignment, because the potato producer has transitioned to biological wild berry production.Simon (right) and Christoph Räss. Photo: LidChristoph Räss (24,.....

Maine blueberry crop bigger and better than expected
Although drought hit some sectors of New England agriculture hard, this year Maine's wild blueberry crop was better and bigger than expected.Maine, which is by far the largest wild blueberry-producing state in the country, will most likely hit its five-year average of about 93 million pounds of blueberries.....

Continual development produces plenty of new apple and cherry varieties
Researchers in Summerland are continuing their tradition of developing new fruit varieties to meet changing agricultural needs. Nick Ibuki, operations manager at the Summerland Varieties Corporation, said continual development has resulted in many new varieties of apples and cherries.Summerland Varieties.....

Researchers aim to tame wild huckleberry
Washington State University researchers are setting their sights on domesticating the wild huckleberry. Huckleberries are notoriously fickle plants. The mountain shrubs don’t transplant well and even huckleberry bushes grown from seeds seldom produce fruit.But in a WSU greenhouse, cloned shrubs are producing.....

Saturated blueberry market drives down prices
New Brunswick blueberry growers are protesting low prices. This season has been called a ''perfect storm'' of challenges for blueberry farmers by the National Farmers Union in New Brunswick. There were lots of blueberries, but a saturated market drove down prices for farmers."It's been a good season again,.....

Retail berry sales to increase 7% annually
Consumers are buying more berries, be they strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or blackberries. The agricultural lending company Rabobank sees retail berry sales continuing to increase by 7% annually for the next three years.Rabobank’s Food and Agribusiness Research and Advisory group recently released a.....


Avocados and blueberries unite
Superfoods from Peru Brand launches at expo
On Sunday, September 18th, the Peru Agribusiness Association Inc. (PAA) hosted over 600 people at the 5th annual Peru to the World Expo in New York City – headlined by Guest of Honor Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. The event featured a variety of Peruvian cultural and culinary demonstrations and.....


China: Hail in Shandong province hits over 6,500 hectares of pears
On September 11th, 2016, a severe hailstorm hit Yangxin county, located in Binzhou, Shandong province. This hailstorm lasted around 30 minutes, and the pellets were as big as a one Yuan coin and four or five centimetres in thickness.As a consequence, over 6,500 hectares of pear plantation.....

Chinese delegation in Peru to conclude pest risk analysis
The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), arrived in Peru to conclude the pest risk analysis in the export areas of blueberries and other products.During their stay in the capital, AQSIQ will meet with Senasa personnel to address two issues: firstly to inspect.....


Pink Lady® backs Great Fruit Adventure
Pink Lady®, the UK’s largest fresh produce brand, has given its backing to The Great Fruit Adventure, a ground-breaking 10,000­ mile journey to tell children more about where their food comes from.The apple brand is backing produce industry veterans Max MacGillivray and Gareth Jones, who plan to ride.....

India: Apple crop fails to live up to estimates
Predictions that the number of apple cartons would surpass the 20 million mark this season in Himachal Pradesh have been well off target; as the season draws to a close, the figure has not even reached 15 million cartons. Farmers attributed the lean apple crop to the drought-like condition last winter, hails.....


EU: Average of prices of four major peach producers in the EU
Click here to see an enlarged image of the simple average of prices of four major peach producers in the EU.Source:ec.europa.eu


Apulian table grape victim of bad weather: damage cannot be estimated
In Apulia, table grape cultivation has always been well-protected against bad weather. Plastic films are used to cover vineyards in order to protect as far as possible the sensitive grape bunches. However, human knowledge cannot cope with crazy weather.An operator from the area reports to FreshPlaza:"If.....


Hugo Franco, Emergosol:
“In the coming weeks, there will be a shortage of plums in Europe”
The plum season is currently in full swing in Portugal, and although the country is also seeing the impact of the shortage suffered by the rest of Europe, it is enjoying a good production and acceptable prices.Shortage of plums"I think that, in the coming weeks, from September to early November, the markets.....


Kees Boonman, Zeeland Fruit:
“Surprisingly good demand for top fruit - prices not disappointing”
Although moods were dejected on the top fruit market prior to the season starting, current trade is anything but bad. “It is not going badly at all. Demand is coming from all directions, and prices are not disappointing either,” says Kees Boonman of Zeeland Fruit from Kattendijke, the Netherlands, who.....


Switzerland:
Friday 23 September: Apple Day
Apple Day will take place on Friday 23 September 2016. Fruit producers hand out free apples in more than 30 locations in Switzerland.The event is organised by the Swiss Fruit Association, together with producer organisations from the cantons and regions. In more than 30 public locations, such as train.....


AU: Drone used to drop beneficials on strawberry crop
A helicopter-style drone is being used in the war against mites that suck the goodness out of growing crops.Aerobugs, a business run by former strawberry grower Nathan Roy, has taken off after Mr Roy invented and patented a system to air drop predatory mites into the fields.The predatory mites attack the.....

Mini watermelons become new market hit
As the Mid-Autumn Festival is around the corner, many Chinese consumers tend to purchase fruits as gifts for friends and family members. Recently in a high-end supermarket in Taihu Xincheng, a variety of novel fruits attracted the attention of consumers - among them was a fruit type called the mini.....

Pear industry pushes for more pear conditioning
For 15 years or so, the Pear Bureau has encouraged both retailers and packing-houses to build controlled atmosphere rooms in which to condition pears, kick-starting their natural ripening process with ethylene gas treatments.“It’s been an ongoing process,” said Kevin Moffitt, president and CEO of Pear Bureau.....

Apple growers encourage buyers to eat 'ugly' fruit
In Wisconsin apple growers are encouraging buyers to eat the “ugly” apples, according to Seth Tully, who operates Northwoods Orchard & Farm Market near Mauston. A hard frost that hit apple trees in late May affected growers across the state.“I’ve talked to a few orchards and I’ve been up to a few from.....

Colombia: Valle del Cauca wants to lead the national grape production
150 new hectares of table grape are to be planted in the north of Valle del Cauca in the first months of 2017, as part of a pilot project that aims at making the department the leading producer of this fruit in the country.According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the region had 2,000 hectares planted with.....


South Africa: New app improves business automation, reduces costs
In the fresh produce marketing business, claims made by customers, who say that the product received is below specification, erodes the value that gets paid back to the grower. For Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, a wholly grower-owned business and the largest marketer of South African apples and pears, reducing.....

Kiwi sales soared 95.1%
South Korea: Imported fruit consumption soars
Korea’s recent trade agreements with major fruit exporters such as New Zealand and Chile have brought about a significant increase in the consumption of imported fruits, thanks to lower prices. According to Emart, Korea’s leading retailer, sales of imported kiwis soared by 95.1 percent from January to.....

Nothing can be done to save the campaign
Spain: Caderechas apples start their "worst campaign"
Twenty producers of Reineta apples from the Valley of the Caderechas are about to start their "worst season" in the thirteen years of the quality brand, with a harvest that is not expected to reach 50,000 kilos, when in previous years it has actually exceeded 150,000 kilos. A very irregular spring, as well.....

AU: Supermarkets driving down strawberry prices
Low berry prices in Australia are fantastic news for fruit lovers, but not so great for farmers. Punnets were selling for as low 80 cents in Coles supermarkets on Sunday 18 September.While some farmers blame a strawberry glut in Queensland and Western Australia, others say the big supermarkets are forcing.....


Japan: Green tea-covered strawberries to go on sale
Japanese lifestyle chain Mujirushi Ryohin is launching green-tea covered strawberries. The new candies are a variation on Mujirushi’s white chocolate-covered strawberries, its best-selling sweets. This time, though, powdered Uji matcha, Japan’s most prized variety of tea, is mixed into the white chocolate,.....

India: Apple orchards producing inferior fruit
During a two-day National Apple Festival in Dehradun, it was revealed that over 60% of apple orchards in India are producing inferior quality fruit and need to be replaced. A number of experts said that many of the apple trees in the country have grown too old to produce good quality fruit which is adversely.....

Saudi lab says they're safe
UAE tightens controls on strawberry imports from Egypt
As a result of the US health scare that saw 119 people fall ill from the hepatitis A virus, which has been linked to frozen strawberries from Egypt, the UAE has tightened-up on imports of the fruits, the government there reported Saturday 17 September.The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment on.....


Pepe Olivas, of El Ciruelo:
Spain: "Red grape campaign has best colouring I've seen"
In general, this year's winter has been very mild, and although the spring was cooler than usual, the season has started between a week and ten days earlier in the main producing areas. Despite this, the internal quality and, above all, the appearance of the table grapes stand out compared to past.....


Apofruit's growth continues in 2016
2015 had already been a positive year forGruppo Apofruit (Apofruit Italia, Canova and Mediterraneo Group), now the data from 2016 presented at Macfrut, suggests that this too will be a good year.The Apofruit stand at Macfrut.Apofruit Italia PO -with 4,187 producers and 271,580 tons of produce collected in.....

Spain: Murcia presents eight new apple tree varieties
The Council of Water, Agriculture and Environment of Murcia has presented eight new varieties of the 'Malus x domestica Burkh' apple tree, as an alternative to traditional varieties in the area. The new species are characterised by their excellent organoleptic properties and early and abundant production, of.....

Poland expects access for apples to China by November
Mr. Dominik Wozniak, PR Manager of the Polish association UNIA OWOCOWA, announced that October 10th will be the date of the Chinese phytosanitary services' last inspection in Poland.This is the result of a major programme, launched by Polish Apples professionals, to gain access to the booming Chinese.....


CREA research at the service of the table grape sector
Transforming public research into a hub that attracts companies, as well as new generations, and generates income to relaunch innovation and making the agricultural sector more competitive: These are the objectives that emerged from the first "talk show" organised by CREA at Macfrut 2016. The event focused.....

Cuna de Platero showcasing its healthiest berries
The cooperative Cuna de Platero will attend the 8th International Trade Fair for Fruit and Vegetables, Fruit Attraction, to showcase its healthiest berries. The berry producer and distributor has designed an extensive program of activities revolving mostly around the promotion of the properties and health.....

Blackcurrant extract improves cardiovascular function
A study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual conference, revealed that athletes who took a supplement of New Zealand blackcurrant extract for a week, experienced an improvement in their resting cardiovascular function.In the study, conducted by Mark Willems, Professor of Exercise.....

Michigan agribusinesses targeting the Chinese market
As part of a trade mission led by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Twelve Michigan food processing and agriculture companies will travel to Shanghai and Shenzhen, China next month. This trip marks the first trade mission led by the state’s agriculture agency and the first to.....

Apple store causes confusion: it sells fruit, not phones
An apple store in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is causing some confusion. The Apple Store does not sell iPhones or laptops, but specializes in apples for eating. The store opened for the season on Monday 12 September and sold all their fruit before the day was done, WFRV-TV reports.However, they were inundated with.....

Chile: "Frost damage to cherry crops uncertain"
On the first days of September, Chile had a series of frosts that mainly affected the Sixth and Seventh Regions. While these frosts were expected, their magnitude surprised cherry producers in these regions. "The most affected region goes from Curico up to the coast, and even though we still don't know what.....


Argentina: Blueberry production is expected to increase by 17%
Argentina has had a very good winter this year, and the temperatures were adequate for the correct development of the different blueberry varieties. On average, there were 158% more cold hours than in 2015 and expectations are that plantations will have a higher production potential nationwide. "We expect.....


Chile: "Frost could damage 30% of plum production"
Chile had a series of frosts in early September mainly affecting the Sixth and Seventh Regions. While these frosts were expected, their magnitude surprised the producers of stone fruit in these regions. The plum was the most badly affected stone fruit and these 6 days of continuous frost could have damaged up.....


Daniel Vidal: "The demand unquestionably absorbs the supply"
"The smaller calibres will make kaki sales easier this year"
The Red Bright kaki campaign is about to start with the prospect of an almost 20% increase in production over last year and smaller calibres, due to the lack of rain, always depending on the production areas. "I think the weather conditions have been good for us so far and we expect a good season with high.....

First report of PNRSV on apple trees
According to data for 2014, China is one of the leading apple producers worldwide, with 2.3 million hectares and 41 million tons of fruit.During the 2014-2015 season, a survey was conducted in apple orchards in Gansu, Hebei, Henan, Liaoning and Shangdong to assess the incidence of Apple chlorotic leaf spot.....

Spain: Grupo Durán closing agreements to export fruit to China
Representatives of Desarrollos y Cultivos Agrícolas de Mazarrón (Developments and Agricultural Crops of Mazarrón - Grupo Durán) are currently in China to finalise agreements for the export of stonefruit and citrus to the Asian giant, as reported in a statement.The Chinese government recently authorised, for.....


Responses from John van Duivenbode, Riny van der Staak and Wilko van der Zwaard
What are the consequences of heat for the fruit and vegetable trade?
Unprecedented heat for mid-September.Heat records are being broken day after day. But what does a hot late summer mean for the fruit and vegetable trade? John van Duivenbode, Riny van der Staak and Wilko van der Zwaard respond.John van Duivenbode, Riny van der Staak and Wilko van der ZwaardJohn van.....

Ontario offers production insurance to tender fruit growers
Ontario is offering production insurance to tender fruit growers who lose their trees, so they can feel confident in growing their businesses while managing risks inherent to farming. Tender fruit trees now eligible for coverage include pear, plum, sweet and sour cherry, peach and nectarine.Tender fruit.....

South African government: ‘give a little, take a little’
Market access for Dutch apples and pears depends on reciprocity
Jack Vera succeeded Niek Schelling in August 2016 as agricultural council for South Africa and Angola at the Dutch embassy in Pretoria. Just a year before he moved to South Africa, he was part of the management team of the direction Agricultural and natural science at the ministry of Economics.Appointment in.....

Peru exports 156% more blueberries to the United Kingdom
The Office of Foreign Trade of Peru (OCEX) in London, stated that Peru had exported 530 tons of blueberries worth 3.3 million dollars to the UK in the first five months of this year: that is 143% more than in the same stretch of 2015.Demand for this product in the UK, a country that produces Driscoll's.....

AU: Apple industry looks at developing Indian market
The Indian market has a lot of potential for Australian apples; Apple and Pear Australia Limited chief executive, John Dollisson, said the Indian market was the same size as the Chinese market but India didn’t grow anywhere near the same number of apples.“We have quite a natural affinity between Australia.....

AU: Strawberry grower branches out with 'ugly fruit'
One Sunshine Coast strawberry growing company is diversifying with 'ugly' fruit and is looking to increase exports, in order to reduce wastage and maximise profits.Most of the fruit grown by Suncoast Harvest has traditionally been sold to Coles supermarkets but now there is a new market for so-called 'ugly'.....

Peruvian blueberries to enter Chinese market in November
During the recent state visit to China, led by the President of the Republic, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a major advance was achieved for Peru's agricultural exporters.On Tuesday 13 September, the Deputy Minister of the AQSIQ (General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine), Mei Kebao,.....

NZ: Apples win prestigious award from China
Hastings company Longview has picked up a prestigious "top 10" trophy in China. According to marketing director Wayne Yule, the company found out they were up for the award around a month ago, and it meant a change to the schedule he had arranged for his visit to Asia late last month to meet with importers.....


Xi'an, China
First China International Fruit Conference
From September 1 to September 3, the China Chamber of Commerce of Foodstuffs and Domestic Produce and the China Fruit Marketing Association (CFMA) held the 2016 China International Fruit Conference at the ancient city of Xi'an. Even though the conference is being held for the first time, the conference drew.....

More Chilean fruits to be exported to China
According to the report of Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, "2016 Chile Week" is to be inaugurated in Guangzhou Jiangnan Market, the main port for Chilean fruit and vegetable imports into China.Mr. Ye Canjiang, the chairman of Jiangnan market, explained that Chilean fruits account for 18% of their overall.....


Growing rare Japanese cantaloupe melons in China
"I fell in love with Japan and the Japanese cantaloupe"
Cantaloupe melon varieties are rather uncommon on the Chinese market. "The main reason for this is limited cultivation technology and experience. Drawing from Japanese cultivation technology is one thing, but combining the cultivation technology with China's climate and soil is an entirely different matter......

Third lawsuit filed in strawberry-linked Hepatitis A outbreak
A third lawsuit has been filed against Tropical Smoothie Cafe on behalf of seven victims who fell ill with Hepatitis A after consuming smoothies from a Tropical Smoothie Café location. Soon after consumption, they all fell ill with Hepatitis A and experienced typical symptoms of the disease.Several of the.....

Michigan harvesting biggest Honeycrisp crop yet
Across the state of Michigan, as the harvest gets underway, Honeycrisp apples are taking consumers by storm. Michigan-grown Honeycrisp apples have great flavor this year and there are plenty of them, grower Rob Crane said Wednesday 14 September, the opening day of his orchard's UPick Honeycrisp harvest at.....


Cat bids farewell to watermelon season
Watermelon season is now over, but luckily someone has created an official farewell for one of summer’s juiciest pleasures.This cat appears to be bidding buh-bye to the watermelon in the most fabulous way possible: She’s sitting in it.With a watermelon cap placed firmly on her head, she sits upright in a.....

Mexico: Fresnillo produces 25% less apples
So far this year, apple production has decreased by 25 percent. This decrease has been caused by unfavourable weather conditions.This situation affects nearly 80 families from Fresnillo, as the decrease in harvest will not allow them to make a profit.According to the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock,.....

Hope to increase exports
Peruvian fruit suppliers visit China
Roberto Vargas, sales director of Agricola Norsur, a fruit supplier in Peru, made his first visit to the Chinese mainland in the hope of increasing mandarin and blueberry exports to China. As a member of 25 Peruvian companies, associations and chambers of commerce, his firm attended a face-to-face meeting.....

AU: Apple industry needs value added markets
Australia's apple industry produces more fruit than required for domestic demand. According to an industry expert, the industry needs to find more markets and should have a share of the profit of processed apple goods.Apple and Pear Australia Limited chief executive John Dollison told The Weekly Times the.....


Leon van den Hombergh, Frankort & Koning:
“Indian summer results in great prices for melons”
The Indian summer is resulting in swift melon sales. “The weather is good, perhaps the best ever. Supply from Italy, France and Spain is nearing its end, giving Brazilian melons a clear path. It is even the case that, due to obligations to retailers, not that many melons are available for the free market,”.....


Modì® International Project adds Dole Chile as new licensee
The Modi® apple was conceived and developed by CIV (Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti), a consortium active worldwide in experimental fruit breeding programs and engaged in selecting varieties with a low impact on the environment. The Modi® International Project is now developing with the official entrance of Dole.....

India: Bayer launches product for grape growers
Bayer India's Crop Science Division, has developed an agricultural product to help grape growers obtain better yields and improve sales: 'Luna Experience'. The product will help grape growers increase the marketability of their produce due to its 'extended grape health' benefit, a company statement said.Luna.....


Projects to relaunch Dro plums
In the 1980s and 1990s, plums from Dro were the most popular crop in the Basso Sarca area in Trentino. The 5 to 6,000 tons produced a year were almost entirely exported to Germany.Then the fruit from Eastern Europe became available, and similar plums arrived on the German market at lower prices. This,.....

Karlsruhe, Germany:
European asparagus and soft fruit farmers meet at expoSE and expoDirekt
On 16 and 17 November 2016, the 21st European Asparagus and Strawberry Trade Fair (expoSE) and the 6th Exhibition for agricultural direct selling (expoDirekt) will attract over 6,000 visitors from all over the world.During Europe’s leading trade fair in this sector, over 400 international exhibitors will.....


Interpoma 2016
Spain: Apple production to grow by 6%
The Spanish production of apples in 2016 will again exceed five hundred thousand tonnes, reaching 509,000 tonnes, which is a 6% increase compared to last year (and +5% compared to the average for the last three years). This situation is in countertrend compared to the overall average of the EU countries, as.....