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Strawberries record 7% reduction
Spain: Blueberries to become Huelva's second berry in terms of acreage
The planting stage of the recently completed 2016/2017 strawberry campaign revealed that the total area planted with berries in the province of Huelva has grown by 3.85% from the previous year's 9,658 hectares. This time, the acreage devoted to berries has reached a total of 10,030 hectares.The Association.....


First Polish apples land in China
On November the 23th, the first batch of Polish apples arrived at Chengdu International Airport. In total, 2.2 tons of apples were shipped on this first transport.Polish apples received market access to China in June this year, after a visit by the Chinese President Xi Jinping to Poland. After the visit,.....


Despite drought
South Africa: Normal stone fruit season in Western Cape
The stone fruit season has already started in the Western Cape, nectarines have been harvested for a few a weeks now and the season will continue with the other stone fruits and run until mid March."We started with nectarines and a week later with plums," explained Marius Voigt from fruit packer Fruit2U.....


"Israeli nursery provides over 700 varieties of fruit"
Ben Dor Fruits and Nurseries is an Israeli company that develops and supplies a large number of fruit varieties to growers in many countries. The company mainly specializes in stone fruit, but other major lines include top fruit, like apples and pears. “We’re working with growers in over 20 countries. We.....

Harvest finished in South Tyrol
Italy: Cauliflower volumes up, cherries down
The berry and vegetable harvest in South Tyrol has gone well again this year, despite some weather difficulties. The harvest is virtually complete and the managers are putting together a balance sheet for this year. Markus Tscholl, auctioneer at the Egma vegetable auction in Vilpiano reports that, "this.....

Honduras: Good prospects for melon
The 2016-2017 Honduran melon export season will begin on December 15 when, according to representatives of the sector, the melon sector will ship the first containers of the season.The first shipments will be destined for the US market, specifically for Miami, which absorbs most of the Honduran melon.....

Spain: Record-breaking volume and value for Andalusian strawberry exports
In the latest campaign (2015/2016), the Andalusian strawberry sector reached the highest volume of fruit exports of the last five seasons, exceeding 263,024 tonnes, as well as the highest export value, reaching 483.8 million Euro.According to the report for the latest campaign, which has just been published.....


Chile: "White grapes will dominate the market"
The grape campaign in Chile is already underway, and while regions like Copiapó are already loading the first batches of fruit, the peak of the campaign will be reached in December. Jorge Rojas de Mipal tells us about the current situation, stating that "the production volumes are a little lower, but the.....


Pioneering orchard vision system to showcase at Interpoma
Intelligent Fruit Vision Ltd. (IFV) will be showcasing its pioneering orchard vision system at the Interpoma show in Bolzano which kicks off today, Thursday 24 Nov. The technology has been developed to count and size apples and some pear types in commercial orchards. IFV is a joint venture business formed.....


Alain Tulpin, Tulpin Group:
Belgium: “Egyptian strawberries pricey till at least the end of the year”
The Egyptian strawberry season has started again. “Slightly earlier than last year, and expectations are very positive. First of all, there is no competition. There is some supply from Jordan and Morocco, but this is minimal. Besides, production in Belgium and the Netherlands is low at the moment. This means.....

In light of climate change
India: Apple growers consider move to pomegranate
Apple growers in Himachal Pradesh are looking for alternative crops such as pomegranate and other fruits requiring less chill hours as climate change has affected the colder conditions which were ideal for apples to grow properly, reveals the findings of a Swiss agency working in India."Farmers are looking.....


Received by Nico de Jong BV
First Dutoit air freight cherries arrive in The Netherlands
Nico de Jong BV, who recently became a member of the Dutoit Group has received it’s first (air cargo) cherries. According to John de Laat from Nico de Jong, they are of exceptionally good quality. "Beautiful dark red, sizes 28 + / 30 +, crispy and at the first bite you immediately taste the delicious sweet.....

Peru hopes to boost superfood exports
Peru's Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry (Mincetur) hopes to get European Union’s support to facilitate access of Peruvian superfoods to the bloc, by proposing liberalization on the entry of new products like Andean grains and blueberries.“Peruvian superfoods' exports have plenty of space to conquer the.....


Carlos Calvão, of Frutas Bela, Portugal:
"The flavour of our mountain apples makes them stand out"
Frutas Bela is a Portuguese producer and distributor of fruits and vegetables, especially of pears and apples, for which it also offers storage, preservation, sorting and packing services. The company produces about 6,000,000 kilos of apples per year, 80% of which is exported.Mountain apples"We have apples.....


Belgian Conference pears available on Indian market
Belgian Conference Pears are now available in the country as IG International, India’s leading fresh fruit importer has recently launched the product in association with Belgium-based fruit company, BelOrta. IG will market a volume of 500 tons of Conference pears until April. The two companies have been.....


Yvonne Tweddle - Jupiter Marketing
UK: "The price at which goods can be supplied will come down to the efficiency of the individual companies."
Jupiter Marketing deals in a lot of different products but top fruit, citrus and stone fruit are the core items where they can offer a year round supply. The company has its own growers, as well as joint ventures with other growers, in order to secure and shorten the supply chain."The UK market has been.....

Fruit Tracker™ video series highlights apple category increase
Stemilt’s industry leading category management program, Fruit Tracker™, has launched a new video series, Fast Facts, to visually share its analysis of retail scan data with retailers. The first episode of the video series looks at apple category performance in September 2016, which outperformed the same.....


Camposol products sent by air in inaugural flight to China
The agro-industrial company Camposol sent its agricultural products by air in the first inaugural flight to China. At the end of October, the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, together with Promperú and the Ministry of Transport and Communications, executed a cooperation agreement with the.....

French startup raises $4.3m to grow fruit & veg in containers
French startup Agricool has raised $4.3 million (€4 million) to grow strawberries and, later, other fruit and vegetables inside shipping containers. The money was raised from newly-launched VC firm Daphni as well as Parrot founder Henri Seydoux and Captain Train (acquired by Trainline) co-founder,.....

AU: Hail wipes out 10% of national grape crop
Hail, heavy rain and strong winds in north-west Victoria have destroyed table grapes destined for this year's harvest and buds setting for next year, reports abc.net.au.CEO of the Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA), Jeff Scott, said the damage bill was still being counted but the loss would impact the.....


Increased early volumes
Wind delays South African grape shipments
The Namibian and early South African grape harvestsare well under way and producers are looking at a very empty European market currently, which should transfer into good returns for producers.There have been some reports of rain in the Aussenkehr region of Namibia, which is said to have halted harvesting.....


FreshMax
New Zealand: Cherry demand outstrips supply every year
Freshmax is just about to launch its New Zealand export cherry program. The program includes the superior Lani™, which is an early, large sized red cherry; followed closely by Starletta™, a white flesh cherry that promises a ‘sweet white bite’.Demand outstrips supply every year, with consumers happy to pay.....

Belgian top fruit sector hit by Poland and hailstorms
Due to the strong hail in the Belgian region of Borgloon, less fruit is expected to come from the area this year. Jackie Boussier, of the eponymous trading company isn’t very optimistic about the coming season. Besides the hail the sector is also suffering from competition from Eastern Europe, says the.....


Italy: Azucan melons from Meridiem Seeds
Meridiem Seeds Italia has been the sole supplier of Amarillo melons with pigmented flesh for the past five years. The feedback was extremely good both in central and northern Europe and things seem to be going well in Italy too.These melons, part of the Azucar cultivar (seephotos), are cultivated in Sicily.....

Chile: Work underway to create the first 100% Chilean apple
Until the late 80s red and green were the only types of apples known widely in the country. Since then, the varieties grown in the country have increased, and today Chile is among the leading exporters of apples worldwide.They all entered the country when there were no restrictions or payments for bringing.....

Value of global apple exports dipped -8.3% from 2014 to 2015.
Apple exports by country totalled US$7 billion in 2015, down by an average -2% for all apples shippers over the five-year period starting in 2011. Year over year, the value of global apple exports dipped -8.3% from 2014 to 2015.Among continents, European Union countries accounted for the highest dollar worth.....


Dole brings Belgian pears to China
On 19 November 2016, the 'Enjoy every moment - Truval Belgian Pear News Conference' was organised by Dole at the Beijing Yongwang Chaoyang Dayue shopping mall. Many leaders of both Dole China and Yongwang China were present, along with the Belgian ambassador to China, Michel Malherbe and his wife Catherine.....

Cherry exports doubled
NZ welcomes strong export growth to Korea
Todd McClay, New Zealand's Trade Minister, has welcomed strong export growth to Korea during the first year of the New Zealand-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA).“There is no doubt this agreement has created jobs and prosperity in our regions,” says Mr McClay.At an event to mark the upcoming one-year.....

Citrus linked to lowering ovarian cancer risk
New research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) shows that apples, grapes and citrus fruits and juices are associated with a lower risk of developing ovarian cancer. The research reveals that women who consume foods containing flavonols and flavanones (both subclasses of dietary flavonoids).....


Italy: Unsatisfactory prices for Angeleno plums
Angeleno plums: quantities are high and the market so far has been stable or even slower than 2015. This trend is reported by the Ravenna province, the leading production area with 2,170 hectares of plums, followed by the provinces of Naples, Modena and Latina. Cia Ravenna, which comprises 3,500 businesses,.....


"Sales of blueberries not encouraged by the strategies of importers"
Argentina expects to finish the blueberry campaign in late December, while Peru is currently midway and Chile is reporting its first shipments. Sources within the sector say that "international importers and supermarkets are increasingly reluctant to switch to marketing strategies that encourage the.....


Thanksgiving surge in demand
Cranberry growers paid below cost of production again
With sales still largely residing in North America, the cranberry industry is looking at several ways to boost its growth opportunities.“There’s good demand for fresh cranberries in Europe and there’s a glimmer in Asia—but demand in those markets could be largely from ex-patriots because few understand what.....


Low market price behind Argentina’s drop in blueberry exports
“It gets too expensive for Argentina to ship blueberries to the U.S. when the market price for berries is $16 and even cheaper,” said Greg Mills of Team Produce. “Air freight costs too much. Nobody makes money and everyone, from the farmer to the importer, takes a financial loss.”Mills is referring to.....

Berry high tech: Driscoll's works on the berries of the future
On a wall at the Watsonville, California, headquarters of the nearly $US3 billion ($4.07 billion) global berry brand Driscoll's, dozens of little green trucks move about on a large screen with a map of the US.It's a real-time representation of every truck on the road carrying the company's strawberries,.....


Rising demand for strawberries in Israeli domestic market
While export to the UK has been met with less demand due to the weakened British pound, demand in the Israeli domestic market for locally grown produce has increased. This is especially noticeable with regards to strawberries. “Back in 1994, you couldn’t find strawberries on the market. There were Israeli.....

AU: Prune industry concerned by Chile's grand plans
Chile has plans to increase its prune production by an extra 10,000 tonnes, which is a cause for concern for the Australian industry. A drop in supplies globally has lifted returns for Australian prune growers in the last few years and has also opened new exports to California for a handful of growers in.....


Organic blueberries to become a marginal business
One of the worst blueberry years on record
“The blueberry market has started to loosen up,” says Paul Smit with California Fruit Company. The market has been exceptionally tight, but supplies from Argentina are improving and prices are coming down. In addition to Argentina, Smit also imports blueberries from Peru and will transition into Chile just.....


Two-pound pouch bags drive organic apple sales
Two-pound pouch bags continue to drive organic apple sales to new heights. Sales have increased nearly ten-fold in the past two years, spiking to record sales for the 2016 season. Two-pound Superfresh Organics® pouch bags provide an opportunity for retailers to tap into growing organic demand and drive.....


Piñata® apple featured as one of 3 new apple varieties to snack on
Stemilt’s signature apple variety, Piñata®, is back in season and once again, making waves in produce departments across the U.S. and in Canada. While there is always excitement for the apple with a tropical twist, SHAPE magazine’s callout of Piñata® in its November print issue is creating added consumer.....

Survey shows storage decay of apples prevalent in Washington
A statewide survey conducted by Washington State University researchers from February to June, 2016, on fruit harvested in 2015 on 160 grower lots from 10 different counties, provides a comprehensive and accurate assessment on the relative importance of the postharvest threats to apples.Many fungal pathogens.....


Colombia: "Strawberry production grows 20% a year"
Strawberry cultivation in Colombia has grown rapidly over the past 15 years. While there were 700 cultivated hectares in 2004 throughout the country, in 2016 it is expected to exceed 2,500. Investment in this crop has been great during this period due to its high profitability and the attractive returns it.....

Walmart CEO "fascinated by Peruvian fruits"
"Fascinated by the taste of Peruvian fruits". That's how Walmart International's CEO, Scott Price, described his feelings after trying the aguaymanto, blueberries and camu camu that Jose Hernandez, Peru's Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, gave to him in his ministerial office.During their meeting, Mr......


AU: First airfreight nectarines arrive in China
Early on the morning of 17 November, the CEO of Summerfruit Australia, John Moore, took his own team onto the Shanghai Huizhan Fruit and Vegetable market for an event to promote Australian nectarines.Since a mutual access to the market was agreed between China and Australia in May 2016, the Wanrong region in.....

Kiwifruit growers in Turkey’s Yalova happy with another productive season
It is the end of harvest season in Turkey’s largest kiwifruit producing area, the Subaşı district of Yalova in the northwest. This year the yield is 20,000 tons, half of Turkey’s total kiwifruit yield.Chair of Yalova Kiwifruit Producers Association, Mustafa Tunalı, said that growers were.....

Slight increase of EU apple exports expected for 2016/2017 campaign
"The USDA predicts that apple exports from the EU in the season 2016/17 will increase only slightly (by 0.3 per cent.) and are expected to reach 1.6 million tonnes. The expected level of exports is, among other things, a consequence of the reduced harvest in some parts of Europe," reports Magdalena.....


Italy: Lower stocks of Abate pears than last year
Italian Abate Fetel, Williams, Kaiser and Decana pears are available on the market, while the commercialisation of the Conference variety hasn't started yet."Stocks of Abate are 20% lower than last year. Sales are supported by a good quality and shelf-life, and prices are increasing slightly. The campaign.....

Increase in Turkish orange and mandarin exports to Russia
Improvements in Turkish-Russian relations have increased Turkish fresh fruit export figures. Compared to the same period in 2015, last month, Turkish mandarin export was up by 41% reaching 90,211 tons whilst the export of oranges rose by 27%, to 26,000 tons.In 2015, between 19th October and 16th November,.....

Pomegranates in Turkey’s Adıyaman are sold at a loss
Pomegranate growers in Kahta district of Adıyaman, south-eastern Turkey, complain about low prices. The wholesale price is currently 40 Turkish cents per kg but producers say anything lower than 90 cents does not cover their costs. Grower, Mustafa Demiral, said, “We have had to sell our produce at.....

Domestic berries remain favourite for Danish consumers
"Danish berry growers are becoming few and far between. Wholesalers and retailers have pushed prices down over the years, to the point where they couldn't survive and only a few major growers remain. This is to the advantage of the few remaining producers, who are now in a position to keep prices high. We.....

France: Better facilities for seasonal kiwi workers
Aquitaine represents 55% of French kiwi production. Every year, during the kiwi harvest in November, seasonal workers come from Spain to work in the Landes. However, once in France they live in very poor housing conditions over many weeks. Housing rights are aware of the situation and have come up with a.....


Spain: Launch of promotional tour for Ambrosia apples
During the last two weeks of November, Ambrosia, the naturally divine apple, will go on a promotional tour in both wholesale and retail markets. The cities chosen for these promotional events are Madrid and Barcelona.Ambrosia is an apple with a sweet and slightly sour taste which stands out because of its.....


Sjraar Hulsman, The Greenery:
“Cultivar Elsanta declining steadily: Egyptian strawberries on empty market”
“The volumes of greenhouse strawberries from the cultivar Elsanta are declining much earlier and more steadily than in previous years, due to the exceptionally warm September weather. For many cultivators, the harvest started more than two weeks earlier than usual, peaked in week 39, and will also turn out.....


Focus on quality and brand positioning rather than volume for the moment
South Africa: Extreme drought and heat has left its mark on cherry volumes
Harvesting of the cherries for the Cherry Time brand from Dutoit will start with low volumes this week. According to Tanith Freeman from the company, the extreme drought and heat during last summer has left its mark. This in addition to a wet, cool spring which has translated into cherries being down in.....


Florida blueberry growers on the lookout for deadly disease
There is a new threat Florida blueberry growers should be wary of: bacterial wilt. In a memo sent to members of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, President Dudley Calfee strongly advised growers to scout fields thoroughly for this “new and dangerous pathogen.”The disease has initially been confirmed.....

China becomes the main market for Chilean cherry
In recent years cherry has become an important piece of trade relations between Chile and China, and there are Chilean producers of this fruit today that allocate much of their production to the Chinese market.This is the case of the firm Rucaray, located in Rancagua, about 100 kilometers south of Santiago,.....

Costa Rican pineapple growers strengthen responsible production
Through a strategic cooperation agreement involving the institutions of the agricultural sector, academia along with producers and their organizations, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock promotes the Iniciativa Nacional para la Sostenibilidad Piñera, which includes the dissemination of environmentally.....

FIT solutions for packing & preserving Italian grapes
Italian based Fra.Va. Company has deployed microwave and long life packaging technologies for the preservation and packaging of grapes.The microwave technology is provided by Bari province based Food & Innovative Technologies (FIT). On the other hand, packaging technology has been provided by Spain.....


Largest ever apple crop forecast for 2017
New Zealand apple industry breaking all records
New Zealand is set to grow its largest ever export apple crop of 21.5 million cartons worth a record $800 million, the industry’s leader announced today.Pipfruit New Zealand chief executive Alan Pollard said the success of New Zealand’s apple industry was breaking all records.“We are the first of New.....


Randolf Aaldijk, Origin Fruit Direct:
“South Africa has significantly fewer Sugraone grapes”
The grape market is currently fairly empty because of less supply from Brazil in Peru, and that is resulting in high prices. “Punnets of white grapes are being sold for 19.50 euro, and the expectation is that prices will increase even further in coming weeks. Air freight from South Africa should yield about.....

South American fruit enters China through Zhengzhou
On November 13, two aeroplanes filled with 200 tons of fruit reached Zhengzhou International Airport from Chile in South America.A previous cargo, which arrived on November 6, contained 660 tons of imported fruit. These were distributed to city centres in North China, East China and Central China.In the.....

Switzerland
Trend towards Organic Apples
Between January and August 2016, around 3 million kg of organic apples and 38.5 million kg of regular apples were sold by Swiss retailers. The organic portion in this period was 7.1%, which is higher than the corresponding periods of the previous two years (Jan.-Aug. 2015: 5.9% and Jan.-Aug. 2014:.....

Spain the main destination in 2015
Peru: Raspberry production up 120% in a year
CEO of Sierra y Selva Exportadora, Alfonso Velásquez Tuesta, reported that raspberry production in Peru in September this year reached 400 tons; up 120% compared to the same period of 2015, where the production was 180 tons.He revealed this after his participation in the VII International Berries Seminar."We.....


First Australian nectarines cause a stir at Shanghai wholesale market


Dirk Jan van Dijk, Fruit Growers Alliance:
“All ingredients for good Chilean cherry season present”
The Chilean cherry season has started for Fruit Growers Alliance, a partnership between Chilean cultivators Gesex and San Clemente. “Two weeks ago they started packing. It is currently still air freight, but this week, the first containers bound for Europe will depart. Because of that, the cherries will be.....

On Singles' Day in China
Chilean cherries top Alibaba's fresh produce sales
Chilean cherries have once again played a big role in Alibaba’s sales on Singles' Day in China. The e-commerce giant made a record RMB 120.7 billion (USD 17.8 billion) in gross merchandise volume during the shopping festival, celebrated on November 11.According to a press release from Fruta Cloud, this year.....


Red Dot Award for Elbe-Obst
Apple packaging given second life as children’s toy
An apple packaging from German sales organisation Elbe-Obst has won an award during the prestigious Red Dot Awards in the Communication Design category this year. It concerns two cardboard packagings for three kilograms of apples. When the apples have been eaten, the box does not have to be recycled, but can.....

Peruvian blueberries have potential in Asia Pacific
Peruvian blueberries have a large potential demand in economies that are part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, as stated by the Commission for the Promotion of Peru Export and Tourism, Promperú."Blueberries are the next star of the Peruvian export offer, for in China alone we have the.....


Leon van den Hombergh: “Specialities going for commodity prices”
Abundant melon supply from Brazil
The melon market is currently dealing with an abundant supply from Brazil. “They have been sending 600 containers to Europe for weeks on end already, and that is more than the market can absorb,” says Leon van den Hombergh from Frankort&Koning. “That results in very low market prices for Galia,.....

Pears from Shanxi province enter Canada for the first time
On the 12th of November, after having met the standards for the Inspection and Quarantine services and having obtained a certificate, 21 tons of pears from Qixian county in Shanxi province were shipped to Canada. This is the first time pears from Shanxi have entered the Canadian market. Qixian county is the.....

Spanish stonefruit on the spotlight at iFresh Fair China
Spanish stonefruit has been in the spotlight at the ninth edition of iFresh Fair China, in Shanghai (en.ifreshfair.cn), held between 14 and 16 November. The Murcian companies Agromarketing (www.agromarketing.es) and China In Crowd (www.chinaincrowd.com), which have had their own stands at the most important.....


Drought may still affect volumes
South African grape estimate up on last season
This week the South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) released the 1st CropEstimate for the 2016/17 table grape season. The estimate is for normal volumes of between 61.1 million and 63 million cartons.The early production regions started packing, one week earlier than last season. The Northern Provinces.....