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Global Focus  —  Soft/Stonefruit


Opportunities for retailers to extend the season

Late cherry season puts British Columbia in unique position

The last cherry region in North America to come into production is British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and the cherry crop in this area is coming along well. “We had fairly warm weather during blossom, which made for a good crop set,” says Julie McLachlan with Jealous Fruits. Harvest of the early varieties such.....

Mexican dates gain importance in the European market

Mexican producers of dates focused their attention on the Canadian, North American, and Australian markets. They were not keen on sending their product to Europe due to the large production volumes in the Mediterranean and, above all, the Arab countries. "They considered that Europe was an area in which they.....

Rise in demand for stonefruit, but prices are low

Spain: "We will make the first fruit shipment to China in September, with less competition"

The stonefruit campaign started a few weeks ago in the production area of Fraga, in Huesca, where they have been harvesting and marketing cherries since April."The season kicked off between 8 and 10 days early, and we have had to compete against the same varieties from other producing areas, which has.....

July 18, Faversham

Latest trial results showcased at Fruit Science Live UK

Fruit growers are invited to an exclusive tour of the latest FAST trials, covering top, soft and stone fruit, this July at the FAST headquarters in Faversham, Kent.Co-hosted by FAST and ICL, Fruit Science Live takes place on 18 July 2017 – the eve of Fruit Focus, and is an event for all fruit growers wanting.....

Italy: Red apricots - the secret is in the harvesting

VIDEOA fundamental aspect emerged from the technical day dedicated to the Rubyngo apricot family - it all depends on harvesting. The skin of this fruit tends to be rather acidic and, if harvested too early, the feedback won't be as good.Watch the video on how to harvest red apricotsEnrico Zanzi"This actually.....

Robert Quinn - Export Manager

NZ: Looking to extend the season with new cherry varieties

One of New Zealand's leading cherry exporters expects that an increase in demand and extra supply coming online will lead to major growth in the sector in coming years.RD8 exports around 700 tonnes of cherries, which is around 20 per cent of New Zealand cherry exports, with China and Taiwan competing for the.....

Andre Bailey, President of Global Fruit on this year’s cherry crop

“We like to be late as Canada is known for late cherries”

“It’s definitely a late cherry season this year,” says Andre Bailey with British Columbia-based Global Fruit. “It’s about 23 days later than last year, but we like to be late. Canada is known for late cherries,” he added.22 export countriesBritish Columbia’s cherry crop can be broken down into three regions......

Primitivo Gil, of Agrícola Gil : "The prices are already fixed"

Spain: "This year we'll see many production peaks"

The situation for stonefruit marketers and producers this year is far from normal. "We are in a year in which there will be many production peaks, although the prices of the products that are currently on the market are already fixed," explains Gil. To this we must add the fact that there are practically no.....

Gonçalo Santos Andrade, presidente de Portugal Fresh:

Portugal: "In the coming years, large blueberry plantations will become productive"

The United Kingdom has been the country with the fastest growth in the consumption of berries in recent years. In 2016, Portugal exceeded 117 million Euro worth of berry exports, 90% of which were raspberries; however, the outlook is rapidly changing, as large areas have been planted with blueberries (and.....

These white strawberries sell for $10 a piece in Japan

In Japan, some types of fruit are considered a luxury item. The fruit is delivered in ornate packaging and offered to friends and loved ones as gifts. They are so highly prized that some are sold for the price of gold.That's the case for strawberries in Japan, and especially white strawberries. While Japan is.....

Turkey: The price of Bursa peaches is higher than usual

There are several reasons why the price of products can change from year to year. In this case, "the winter cold has damaged the fields, greenhouses, etc. This affected the quality and everything in general was harvested later," said Semih Azizoğlu, from the ZBS Foreign Trade Company. In addition, "there.....

Cristina Terán, of Frutas Campo de Blanca:

"Our stonefruit production in 5 weeks has been the same as last year's in 10"

The stonefruit campaign is almost finished for the Murcia-based company Campo de Blanca, which is eagerly awaiting the start of its table grape campaign, whose harvest will begin in early July."The stonefruit campaign has been marked by abundant supply and low demand, which has resulted in disastrously low.....

Driscoll's CEO discusses challenges in California

Kevin Murphy, the CEO of Driscoll’s was recently interviewed by the Huffington Post and asked about his career, what he has learned and his outlook on the future of the industry, along with the problems he predicts being the most troublesome for the industry in the near future.What keeps you up at night?“We’ve.....

Italy: Start of apricot season with same price as last year

Although weather conditions and the demand are, in most cases, the main factors driving prices, for Italian apricots there have been no changes compared to the previous season. "At the moment, 4 Euro are paid for a kilo of this fruit, exactly the same as last year, with it being also the highest price we got,".....

Ukraine strengthens position as fruit exporter

It was a rough start to the strawberry season in Ukraine this year. Greenhouse growers had been expected a harvest around 100,000 tons, but after the cold weather hit in May, only 10-15% of the expected harvest crop remained.However, it's not all bad news, shared Agro Business Consultant Maxim Kulik, "It's.....

Not enough early Danish strawberries to meet demand

Domestically grown strawberries are synonymous with warm weather in Denmark and local producers are finding it hard to keep up with demand; organic strawberries pose an even greater challenge. "It is especially difficult to produce enough strawberries to meet consumer demand earlier in the season." shared.....

Italy: Good prices for high-quality cherries from Vignola

"High-quality cherries achieve good prices, save for small grades. This year, we have both Extra and First-quality cherries available, so we're trying not to put second-quality ones on the market," explains Walter Monari, director ofConsorzio di tutela della ciliegia di Vignola."Prices reached €4-6/kg for good.....

Crisis due to high energy costs

Argentina: Blueberry and strawberry processors from Tucuman could close

The companies that process strawberries and blueberries in Tucuman are in a quandary due to the high costs of energy. The situation is so delicate that the establishments that freeze 100% of Tucuman's strawberry and 80% of the its blueberry might be closed by September, according to Daniel Bianciotti, the.....

Earlier estimates not too far off

Bing cherries peaking in California's San Joaquin Valley

Bing cherries are peaking in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Most of all the other early major varieties have finished. Joe Cataldo, founder of J&M Farms says they’re getting through the bulk of their Bings over the next seven to eight days. The California Cherry Advisory Board Research Committee (CCAB).....

Turkish export of stone fruit increases due to Russia

The Turkish season for stone fruit started on the 29th of April with apricots and later with nectarines and peaches. The harvest was early and was able to take advantage of a market that from the start already showed a lot of activity. According to Gorkem Sengel of Narpak, the production volume is better than.....

Luis Ochoa, Olympic Fruit:

"Spanish stone fruit farmers might destroy their crops

The stone fruit market is disastrous at the moment. "Spain is producing huge volumes. There are even reports that the growers are leaving fruit to rot on the trees or destroying them to push prices back up again", says Luis Ochoa of Olympic Fruit.The situation applies to all stone fruits; apricots, nectarines,.....

Supplies on the tight side

California stone fruit prices higher

California stone fruit that’s being shipped into Ontario, Canada, is just getting started. Supply is good, but “not out of control,” according to Larry Davidson of Toronto-based North American Produce. The company has programs for peaches, plums, nectarines, apricots, pluots and cherries.The east coast of the.....