Fruit

How fruit controls its maturation: Three feedback cycles regulate ethylene synthesis

Over the course of evolution fruit has evolved several mechanisms to regulate its maturation. Now plant researchers have deciphered the molecular basis for this proces. They…

Russia: Grape imports on the rise this season

The volume of fresh grapes imported by Russia has slightly increased in the first seven months of 2018, as reported by EastFruit analysts, citing data from the International…

Argentina once again celebrates “Blueberry Week”

From October 29 to November 4, another “Blueberry Week” will be held, in the framework of the campaign that seeks to encourage local consumption Producers allied with the Argentinian Blueberry Committee (ABC) will help celebrate the “Blueberry Week”. October and November are the months of peak production in the…

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Innovative machine to select pears

Spanish operators are extremely satisfied with the Zetapack selector, suitable both for delicate and ripe fruits. The machine was installed at the Frutas Pison company in Northern Spain. Now, it is working at full speed on the Conference pear variety. Nicola Antonacci from Zetapack stated, “The owners are very satisfied with how…

Enthusiasm for the results achieved with a view to the future

AC Foods chooses blueberry vision from Unitec for quality sorting of blueberries

The results achieved by several US fruit and vegetable packing houses, thanks to UNITEC technologies, have been constantly improving our satisfaction, gratification and trust in their technological innovation which leads to concrete results for our customers. These results have been achieved particularly in California,…

Australian summerfruit growers exporting to China receive extra funding

The Victorian state government is helping summerfruit growers with $454,000 in grants to more successfully tap into the booming Chinese market for high-quality produce.…

Free fruit initiative Pick n Pay is a roaring success

To promote healthy food choices, over 200 Pick n Pay stores across the country now offer free fruit to shoppers’ children under the age of 12. The Free Fruit for Kids initiative was originally launched in selected stores but was recently rolled out to include more stores nationally after overwhelmingly…

High hopes for Chinese market access in 2019/2020

Growing focus on red grapes in Namibia

In the Aussenkehr Valley of southern Namibia, where early summer temperatures have already reached 40°C and the annual rainfall is about 35mm, vineyards are flourishing on the banks of the Orange River. At Capespan Namibia, berry sizes are between 2mm on late cultivars and 14 mm on the first Flame and…

AU: Projects underway in Northern NSW to increase berry growing efficiency

A berry co-operative in New South Wales is involved in two projects aimed at improving productivity and efficiency in the region. Oz Group Co-Op Ltd Chief Executive Brett Kelly explains that…

Pro-Plum (part of the OrganoGroup) embarks on expansion into organic vegetables and lemons

The only organic stonefruit this time of the year comes from South Africa

The organic peach and nectarine season has just started at Pro-Plum, part of the OrganoGroup, on the Waterberg highlands of Limpopo Province, flown out to primarily Canada and Europe, with some smaller volumes to the Middle East. Organic stonefruit harvesting at Pro-Plum, in Limpopo, South Africa (Photo courtesy of…

Argentinian blueberries just beginning imports

Imported blueberries are getting a slightly late start this season. “There have not been any blueberries last week because the cold weather and a little bit of rain pushed things back a…

Developments in apple production and trade in Turkey

The Yahyali district in Kayseri, a city located in central Turkey, is known for its sweet apple production, however the Yahyali Chamber of Agriculture underlines the need for modernization to increase the production capacity of the growers. The annual production is around 85,000 tons which showed a 20 %…

Moldovan apple production again expected to increase

Experts from several Moldovan associations of agricultural and food producers believe that, according to current information from large horticultural enterprises, there are…

Sharp increase of Turkish apple exports to Russia and Belarus

According to EastFruit analysts, Belarus imported 21.7 thousand tons of apples from Turkey in the first seven months of 2018, while in the same period a year earlier, apple imports from Turkey did not even reach a thousand tons. Thus, Turkey became the second largest supplier of apples to Belarus, only…

With celebrity chef Ellie Krieger

California grapes included in test kitchen seminar

Celebrity chef, best-selling author, and registered dietitian Ellie Krieger demonstrated the versatility of California grapes during a test kitchen seminar at the Des Moines,…

New Zealand avocado industry on track to bounce back from last year's low volume season

New Zealand Avocado growers are expecting volumes to be around 25 per cent higher than last season. NZ Avocado Chief Executive Jen Scoular says the current season is a medium volume season, following on from a low volume season in 2017-18 and a record high volume season in the year prior. "The season’s total harvest volume is forecast…

Tomato production and increasing prices in Turkish market

The harvest of tomatoes continues in Igdir, a city located in southeastern Turkey and known for its agricultural production. Tomatoes from Igdir has a unique taste and texture and are sold at 0.5 USD per kg. There are about 700 hectares of tomato production in Igdir and annual production is around 26,000…

Masseria Fruttirossi

New pomegranate processing plant inaugurated in Southern Italy

The new processing plant of Masseria Fruttirossi – located in one of the most fertile areas of the Taranto region – was funded by a private Italian investor for 50 million euros. On the 2nd of October, in front of several national authorities, the ceremonial ribbon was cut. The production manager Davide De Lisi explained, “This is a tremendous agroindustrial pole. There are more than…

Chris Rose - The Asplins Producer Organisation Limited

“There has only been a very short period where demand and supply was in balance"

The hot summer this year caused problems across the industry and will leave its mark for the rest of the year. Although long sunny days are ideal for strawberry sales, periods of prolonged heat caused headaches for the growers. “It has been a challenging season,” according to Chris Rose from The Asplins Producer Organisation…

France: fruit and vegetable prices above the five year average

Due to a rather restricted offer on most products and weather conditions that were good for demand, the fruit and vegetable market overall in 2018 saw higher prices than the…

Cosmic Crisp consumer launch campaign underway

The apple industry is buzzing as momentum builds for Cosmic Crisp® WA 38 cv., the new variety that many observe is seeing unprecedented support from Washington State apple growers. At the Cosmic Crisp® Marketing Advisory Group meeting in September, growers and sales companies learned that the consumer…

Turkey: New dam in Alasehir will benefit grape growers

71 % of the construction of the Toygarli dam near, Alasehir, Manisa, a city located in western Turkey, is now complete and the dam will bring irrigation to 129 hectares of land in the area. The majority of these production areas are planted with grapevines which are the most efficient grapevines in…

Croatia: Social Media and home delivery of Neretva tangerines

There is a growing consumer interest in the direct delivery of fruit. Now these are also being bought and sold through the Croatian Finoteka portal. Innovative fruit growers and farmers from down in the Neretva valley have begun selling their tangerines through social networks over recent days, which is…

Australia : BiteRiot! preparing to send cherries directly to the Chinese market

The company produces premium apples and cherries in the Mount Canobolas district, west of Sydney. Owner Fiona Hall says BiteRiot! is hoping to air freight at least 3 shipments a week, and it will be a major boost not having to go through Hong Kong. BiteRiot, along with partner, Vincent Chen of TopFruit,…

Turkey: Apricot packaging and processing facility set up with 330,000 USD investment

An entrepreneur in Baskil district of Elazig, a city in eastern Turkey, has set up an apricot packaging and processing facility with a 330,000 USD investment. 65 % of the facility costs were covered by government incentive programs and it is set in an area of 1,500 square meters. The facility is seen as very crucial…

Turkey: Apple harvest starts in Nigde

The apple harvest has started in Nigde, a city located in central Turkey. The city is well-known for its apple production and the production area for dwarf and semi dwarfed apple trees within the city is around 5,200 hectares. The annual production expectation for this season is around 115,000 tons from…

Big increase in Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports

Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports should reach over $4 billion this year thanks to average growth reaching over 14%. According to the Department of Import-Export at the…

AU: Dozens find 'The Sweetest Job' on Northern Territory's mango farms

A campaign that is underway in the Northern Territory helping mango growers access labour from local workers during the 2018 mango season has received a positive response, according to its coordinators. 'The Sweetest Job' Campaign has previously been run successfully in the Sunshine Coast in Queensland with the…

Over 200,000 fruit trees to be planted

Rwandan government steps up anti-malnutrition effort

The Rwandan Ministry of Lands and Forestry has announced plans to plant up to 225,440 fruit trees as part of a broad government effort to fight malnutrition. The plan, first announced during a recent cabinet meeting, includes planting agro-forestry trees on 38,119 hectares, classic trees on 4,800 hectares and restoring…

Interview with Jeán Kotzé, chairperson of the South African Berry Producers’ Association

South African blueberry industry aims to compete with Chile and Argentina

The South African Berry Producers’ Association, a voluntary organisation, was brought into being seven years ago to act as a collective body representing the nascent industry, and specifically in addressing the registration of chemicals for use in blueberry production. “The limited availability of pest management chemicals…

Reviving the kiwi consumption through the yellow pulp variety

For years, kiwi sales have been growing. Yet, sometimes the production exceeds the demand. The yellow pulp kiwi seems to be the most suited for new investments. Consumers really appreciate this fruit’s organoleptic characteristics. In recent days, the Dorì Europe Consortium organized the annual convention for buyers, farmers and technicians.…

Rains damage Virginia Asian pear crop

High precipitation has taken its toll on at least one Virginia pear grower. “This year was not a great year for our crop. We were first hit with a late frost and then from late spring to even right now, we’re experiencing a lot of excess precipitation. As in rain for four to five days a week. It’s been a really…

Russia: Close to 9,000 tons of fruits and berries harvested in Stavropol region

Farmers of the Stavropol Territory collected a total of 8,845 tons of fruit and berry products. The harvest of apples in particular amounted to 8,100 tons, with strawberries…

Green kiwi: a delay is expected for the commercial campaign in Southern Italy

At the national level, the estimated yellow and green kiwi production is 18% higher than that of 2017. Therefore, it comes back to a slightly standard level, even though significantly far from the actual Italian potential. According to an operator, some areas may produce less both in terms of quantity and quality, “Additionally,…

Excellent gsp thanks to an increasing quantity and good prices

Mountain strawberries on full production

This will be a record year for Fragolà, the brand of the Ceradini Group. It produces mountain strawberries at 1.150 m above the sea level, on the mountains close to Verona. The technician Mattia Brutti explains that "The weather conditions, together with the safekeeping of the crop, have facilitated a…

Respecting the persimmon's natural ripening time: a moral obligation for Divano Company

It is not a mystery that the freshly harvested persimmons must be ‘detannified’ before they can be marketed. Except for the Kaki Vaniglia variety – which can be consumed as freshly picked – the most common Kaki Tipo and Rojo Brillante varieties undergo a process of neutralization of tannins before being…

Ecuador: Uncertainty for producers and exporters of yellow pitahaya

“We started harvesting our yellow pitahaya in the beginning of September. The volumes are on the low side, because we didn´t have a good flowering period. In Ecuador, we have two harvests a year of yellow pitahaya. The beginning of this year has been dramatic with an oversupply in Hong Kong, which caused…

GB Italia: great satisfaction for the 2018 Sicilian peach campaign

Marsello Lo Sardo, co-owner of GB Italia company together with his brother Diego and his brother-in-law Tonino Muratore, said, “We are trying to keep up with the times. This year, we increased our offer as we added peaches and nectarines to the Canicatti’s apricots and grape. Marsello Lo Sardo “The season started at the end of…

Fruit grower from the Böblingen district reports

"The largest yield in about 20 years"

"This autumn we have the largest yield for about 20 years. The last time there were similar numbers of apples was in 1992 and 2000," says Schafhausener Apfelerzeuger Manfred…

Argentina, Peru, Uruguay and Chile

Commercial forecast and expected volumes for the current blueberry season

Within the framework of a communication strategy from the main producing countries of Latin America, Federico Bayá, president of ABC, Miguel Bentín, former president of ProArándanos, Álvaro Galione, representative of UPEFRUY and Andrés Armstrong, President of the Chilean Blueberry Committee, shared…

More Honeycrisp apples in Pennsylvania and elsewhere

The later fall apple varieties are coming on strong in Pennsylvania. “We’re starting about on time and as far as Pennsylvania is concerned, we’ve got most of the Honey Crisp and Galas off and they’ve started a few Red Delicious and Golden Delicious,” says Sandy Cohen of Cohen Produce Marketing in Camp Hill, Pa. “But…

USDA Gain report

Ethiopia fresh fruits market update

The Ethiopian government considers fruit crops as high-value strategic, agricultural export commodities. Production of fruit crops in MY 2017/18 is estimated at 780,000 tons.…

Provincial and farm dams in the Klein-Karoo generally 5 - 15% full but hopes are pinned on possible early summer rainfall

Klein-Karoo fruit farmers face yet another dry start to the season

The drought for fruit producers in the southwestern Cape has been broken, but alas it continues in the Klein-Karoo. The vast majority of South Africa’s apricots are grown in the Klein-Karoo, while more than half of the total cling peach production as well as almost a third of South Africa’s plum hectarage is situated…

Asian demand influences Central Otago fruit planting

China is becoming increasingly important as a market for Central Otago's viticulture and horticulture, says Central Otago District Council's economic development manager…

Peruvian blueberry season- big increase in volumes expected

“Our season started on the 1st of August and will last at least till December this year. It’s expected that there will a big increase in terms of the total exported volumes. It will rise till approximately 76.000 tons, which means Peru will have 60% more blueberry export than the previous season”, starts…

Tougher start to SA apple season expected in January as European production recovers

South African apple and pear stocks clearing out; 8% drop due to drought

At the start of the 2017/18 apple season, European apple stocks were approximately 30% lower, creating a great pull for South African apples, but it’s expected that the start of the new season will be tougher, as Europe expects a slightly above average crop. In response to the empty European and UK apple markets, South…

Céline Mura, groupe Rouquette:

France: "There was a shortage of plums this season"

The Rouquette Group is a French grower and packing company dealing with a whole range of fruits. Céline Mura, Export Manager of the company: "The plum season was very complicated, because it lacked quantity. It’s the melons and kiwis that helped us this year." Rouquette has just finished up on plums. "The demand was…

China set to continue as top destination for Australian grape company

The Chinese market has already become a significant one for major Australian table grape producer Fruittree Trading Pty Ltd, which says the demand from China and Japan are growing by around 20-30 per cent annually. Sales Director Vincent He explains that China contributed around 80 per cent of the company's sales in…

French pear prices above the average

Despite a late start to the season, French pear prices are +20% above the 2013-2017 average. It is the third year in a row that prices have increased, last year they were…

New study:

How fruits got their eye-catching colors

Scientists say they have new evidence that plants owe their rainbow of fruit colors to the different animals that eat them. Of course, that the bright red of a berry is a signal to hungry birds is not a new idea. Since the late 1800's researchers have speculated that the colors of fleshy fruits evolved…

Blueberry exports out of North America show increase in volume and destinations

The North American 2018 blueberry season has come to a close. “In general, it was a good season with relatively high yields and strong quality,” says Travis McLachlan with Terra Exports. The season started in California and moved its way up to Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Terra Exports works…

Chile: Good results of fruit sector are linked to China

Fruit growing is one of the activities that gives Chile the most benefits. In the last season, the country exported 2.72 million tons of fruit for US $5.283 billion. Some varieties have managed…

New Zealand kiwifruit growers experience a bumper Hayward crop

New Zealand kiwifruit growers have experienced a big season, with volumes of the Hayward (Green) variety up significantly. "There is a lot of fruit to sell," New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc. CEO Nikki Johnson said. "The Green is probably the talking point because it has just bounced back from last year. So, there…

AU: Odeum Farms helping to restore confidence in WA's strawberry industry

Major Western Australian produce company Odeum Farms is taking measures to reassure customers that the state’s strawberries are safe, and restore confidence in the industry. In light…

US domestic blackberry season extending longer

The timeframe for the US domestic blackberry season is increasing each year as growers work with new varieties and the plants themselves to stretch production. Currently, the California and North Carolina seasons are still going, although it is now approaching the end. Both of these states have a spring…

Ulster: Canker attacks gas-stored apples

In recent years the Ulster apple crop - on average worth €845 million to the Northern Ireland economy - has in recent years been suffering mounting losses as a result of a…

New Zealand: Native birds as potential alternative to pesticides

A team led by Plant & Food Research will undertake a pilot study this summer to determine if native birds can potentially function as nature’s pest control. With the blessing of iwi,…

Positive year ahead for Ontario apples

Ontario will have an abundance of great, locally grown apples this year, according to the region's growers. Good growing weather is resulting in a larger crop than last year, which means Ontario apples will be available right through the fall and winter months.   “Our 2018 growing season has seen plenty of sun and warm temperatures to make…

European license holder for Pomanjou:

Honeycrunch expects a strong production increase this year

Starting on calendar week 38, the Honeycrunch harvest of 2018 will be on the shelves. According to marketing director Arnaud de Puineuf, European license holder for Pomanjou…

Watsonville strawberries are winding down

With summer wrapped up and moving into fall, domestic supplies of strawberries are in a transition period. “Supply right now of strawberries is light. We went through a very heavy period here this spring and summer and right now, strawberries are on the lighter side for the season,” says Charlie Staka of CBS Farms…

Turkey: Watermelon harvest in Hakkari generates revenue for local economy

Watermelons were planted for the first time in Otluca, Hakkari, a city located in the southeastern border of Turkey, and so far results have been extremely promising.    City officials noted the benefits provided by the high temperature in the region which helps watermelons to grow faster and have an earlier harvest time as a result. This creates…

Local market flourishing for Colorado cantaloupe

The cantaloupe season in Colorado is almost finished for the year. It's an earlier than usual end to the season, which followed an early start, prompted by hot weather. There were a few rain events, but nothing significant. Generally, conditions have been exactly as growers wished for and as a result,…

Turkey: Apples from Siirt are exported to 8 different countries

An entrepreneur has set up a major apple production area in Siirt, a city located in southeastern Turkey. The apples grown here are currently being exported to Russia, India, Libya, Lebanon, Jordan. Qatar, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Company partner Kasim Ceylan: “We have a production area of 30…

Turkey: Tons of watermelons damaged in Mus due to hailstorm

Watermelons in a production field of 3 million square feet have been damaged due to a 5 hour long hailstorm in Mus, a city located in southeastern Turkey.  A majority of the people in the area earn their living through watermelon production and nearly 30 growers have sustained damages to their products.  City officials…

Korla production decreased by 70%, Aksu production decreased by 50%

China: 2018 Xinjiang Korla pear harvest

The Korla pear trees blossomed 4-5 days earlier this year than in previous years. The test harvest began on August 28th, and the official harvest began on September 2nd. The…

China: Blueberry market prospects look good

When Wang Zhongwei carried out a thorough investigation of the Chinese fruit market in 2009, he found that there was a lot of growth potential in the blueberry industry. On…

Mirabelle harvest in the Tarn valley

France : Mirabelles take over cherry production

The mirabelle harvest in the Tarn valley has begun and looks promising. Production is expected to reach 500 tons this year, taking over cherry production. The trees are heavy…

Research claims prunes have bone-building power

Prunes are a nutrient rich, natural dried fruit now backed by research showing they can aide in reducing bone loss and in-fact preserve bone density in post-menopausal women. Prunes can assist in keeping ones family regular with their natural fibre content which is also great for generating healthy gut…

France : Limousin needs over 1,000 apple pickers

The Golden is the only French apple with a PDO and harvest has officially begun in the Limousin region. However, a shortage of manual labour is a recurring problem. At least…

Poland: 99% of apples and pears sold by Biedronka are domestic

Biedronka is one of the largest recipients of domestic apples and pears in Poland. Over 72 million kg of apples and pears were bought by customers in 2017, and 99% of these…

Kazakhstan imports more apples from Iran and Uzbekistan, replacing Polish fruit

The rise in apple prices in the second half of the 2017/18 campaign had a negative impact on the fruit's consumption volume in Kazakhstan. Apple imports into this country…

NY apple crops looking at bigger volumes for 2018

New York State is heavily into production on apples and the crop is proving larger than last year’s.   “We’re picking heavy right now. We have a pretty sizeable crop in the orchards and the volume looks considerably better than last year,” says Jim Allen of Glenmont, NY-based New York Apple Sales Inc. “We’ve got one of the largest crops…

CREA-NuVaUT agreement

Giacomo Suglia, sole administrator of Consorzio Nu.Va.U.T. explains how 24 companies have initiated a collaboration with CREA to select and multiply new promising table grape cultivars suitable for the Puglia territory. The project was presented on 11th September 2018 at Fiera del Levante in Bari. Speakers' table Puglia is the…

Cornell AgriTech

US: Big, blue Everest Seedless is Cornell’s latest grape

The Everest Seedless is a cold-tolerant, blue-colored Concord type with berries that weigh up to seven grams, roughly twice the size of the traditional Concord.   Because the grapes are relatively easy to grow and produce large, flavorful, seedless berries, Bruce Reisch, professor of horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,…

UK: Asda receives 6 million apples from Maidstone orchards

UK apple growers have reported a bumper harvest this year as a result of the scorching summer weather. After a disappointing 2017, this year has seen a revival, with one farm…

Turkey: Apple delights growers in Zonguldak with its quality

Professional fresh fruit production delivers great productivity to the growers in the Caycuma district of Zonguldak, a city located in northern Turkey.  Speaking on behalf of growers, Caycuma Agricultural Products Cooperative Chairman, Mehmet Gedik said: “The weight of the apples this season reached 250 grams.…

Start of a new stage

Spain: Uvasdoce to market more seedless grapes than seeded ones

The Alicante-based company Uvasdoce has announced that 2018 is year zero for a great future project because, for the first time since its creation, it will be marketing more seedless grapes than seeded ones. It is the start of a new stage, because it is something that they had been striving for for…

Spain: Hail ruins good prospects for Rioja pears

La Rioja's fruit is characterized by its quality. It has a great reputation. However, producers in this sector are fighting a tough battle against the impact of the inclement…

National consortium wants Canada to have a bigger slice of apple market

A group of Canadian apple researchers, growers and marketers have joined forces to give Canadian apples some new crunch in the marketplace. Members of the National Apple…

Washington apple crop awaits answers amid trade uncertainty

Despite market uncertainty, the Washington apple crop is coming off the trees and producers are hopeful that talks with Mexico and Canada can wrap up soon to protect two of…

China: Apple market prospects look good this year

The price of apples this year increased by 0.5-1 yuan [0.07-0.15 USD] per 0.5 kg in comparison with last year. The main reason for this development is the apple production…

South Tyrol: Wholesale apple prices

The Economic research institute WIFO in Bolzano regularly publishes a list of wholesale prices for various products. With the publication of these prices for the most…

Argentina: Blueberry producers criticize government measures

Argentine blueberry producers of the Argentinian Blueberries Committee (ABC) criticized the national government's decision to "implement an export right that, added to the…

UF Study: Buyers want environmentally safe strawberry production

As buyers browse strawberry packages at the supermarket, they might see labels such as “organically grown” or “locally grown.” But they’d also like to know if the fruit was…

US cranberry growers see a glimmer of hope

For nearly two decades, US cranberry farmers struggled with an oversupply of the fruit, strangling profits from farmers, with many not even making a profit. The USDA estimates…

Fruit grower, Koen Burneel:

"Jonagold still popular in Belgium, but club varieties gaining ground"

"We have begun harvesting the Jonagold. This is happening earlier than in previous years", says fruit grower, Koen Burneel. He is from a Belgian farm with the same name. "Fortunately, we were able to irrigate, so they are of a good size. Their quality, sugar content, and firmness are also excellent. We…

Spain: 150 Civil Guard agents to protect table grapes

More than 150 Civil Guard agents will take part in an operation to tackle theft in agricultural and livestock farms in the districts of Medio Vinalopó and L'Alacantí,…

Alex van Ieperen, Direct Fruit Services:

"Collaboration needed to create good price formation for this tasty harvest"

The top fruit harvest is in full swing once again. Alex van Ieperen of Direct Fruit Services sums it up. "We have an especially good and delicious product this year. What is important now is that all partners in the chain are prepared to work together to create a good price formation for everyone."…

Turkey: Record number of peach exports in 2018

Turkey’s peach exports reached a record level of 102,000 tons as of August 15, generating a revenue of 76 million USD for the country. The favorable weather conditions in spring contributed largely to this increase. Peaches are grown in Turkey mainly in Canakkale and Bursa and the current export volume…

Apple exports from Iran: Record numbers

Some 800,000 tons of apples have been exported from Iran since the beginning of the current Iranian year (March 21) This is a new record, according to state officials. “Last…

China: Why the huge price gap between imported and domestic fruits?

In June 2018, there was a bumper harvest of Hubei Zaoyang peaches - but the more the peaches were harvested, the more money was lost. As the price plunged to five mao a pound, there were 60,000 jins unable to sell in the local area. In contrast, in Australia, since the peach picking season was in…

"Bosc probably the best 'undiscovered' pear"

It seems that there is a new variety of apple hitting the market each year. The new varieties offer a chance to promote a new flavor profile, color and any other feature that consumers are looking for. As a result, newer varieties are gaining market share, and apples in general remain a strong commodity.…

Global Cherry Summit is back for 2019

The world’s cherry industry will meet once again next year for a day of forward-thinking at the Global Cherry Summit 2019. The event’s second instalment will take place on April 25, 2019, at the Monticello Conference Center outside of the capital Santiago. Cherries are a growing category in the fruit…

New Jersey peaches still available

New Jersey peaches are still abundantly available. The season that began late and is running late will continue to have available peaches, through mid/late September, according to growers and packers.   “We have the best flavor and size in our late peaches,” says Santo John Maccherone, chair of New Jersey Peach…

Multinational wants cape gooseberries to be their new superfood

Nestlé's new superfood candidate is the cape gooseberry (physalis peruviana), which is also known as goldenberry, or aguaymanto in Peru. The world's largest food company could…

Chile: Systems approach for grapes destined to the USA advances

The Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) has been working with the authorities of the Agricultural Health Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture…

Good quality and high calibers

Peru: Seedless grapes expected to have a positive season

The Peruvian grape season will begin in mid-October and it is expected to be quite positive despite the uncertain weather conditions that may delay some sales operations for producers and intermediaries, due to the warning of a possible El Niño phenomenon. Production volume is expected to be quite good…

Blueberries light as supply switches to imports

Supplies of blueberries have been on the tighter side as some of the domestic seasons wind down crops and the import season kicks off. “Supply has been short for the last two…

Leon van den Hombergh, Frankort&Koning:

“We left drought problems in Brazilian melon production behind us”

The first Brazilian melons are currently arriving on the European market. Although the Brazilian production has been plagued by drought quite a bit in recent years, this isn’t the case this year. “We have left the drought problems behind. There was plenty of rain, so the basins are full and the fields…

Dirk van Nieuwkerk, Anaco Greeve:

"Price hike is unhealthy after this summer's dramatic tomato market"

After a difficult summer, the tomato market has now been revived. "It was awful", says Dirk van Nieuwkerk of Dutch fruit and vegetable wholesaler, Anaco Greeve. "The reason is…

Pacific Northwest cherry growers bear brunt of tariffs

Cherry growers in the Pacific Northwest were hit hard this harvest after a second wave of Chinese tariffs placed on their products, forcing farmers to redistribute their crops…

Marc Peyres, Blue Whale:

“Fuji Primeur has the potential to conquer all of Europe”

Five weeks a year, the French apple exporter Blue Whale markets the Fuji Primeur brand apple. Marc Peyres: "Fuji Primeur is an early variety, marketed in September and October. This is one month before the other Fuji. The brand has been created to emphasize that the variety is different from the others:…

Organto commences sales of organic blueberries

Organto Foods Inc., an integrated provider of value-added organic vegetables and fruits today announced that as part of its strategy to add organic soft fruit to its product…

Italy: Being alarmists harms the table grape sector

While it's true that there has been bad weather during the current table grape season in Puglia, there is information that risks ruining one of the sectors that best represents Italy. FreshPlaza talked about it with a local operator. "There are areas where grapes has been damaged. Up until September 7th…

Italy: Peach cultivation can still be profitable

After two bad years, 2018 alone will not be enough to relaunch the peach sector, but it would be a start to introduce new strategies. This is what was discussed during an event organised by L'Agrotecnica, owned by Gianni Gasperoni and Fabio Natali. Stefano Foschi from Astra talked about the varieties on…

New Jersey cranberry growers anticipating good crop

Cranberry growers in New Jersey are getting ready for the harvest season which is expected to start at the end of this month. Preparations and conditions have so far been excellent and growers are hoping for a good crop. All they need now are some cooler nights after the warm spell along the East Coast.  "We…

South Tyrolean supplier inquires about Polish fruit growers

''Quality standards of Polish cultivation are getting higher and higher''

Polish fruit growing -and especially the apple industry- is progressing at a rapid pace these days. And this is for a reason, as local farmers will launch Europe's largest…

Turkey: Grape exports have increased by 43% in 2018

A sizeable increase has been observed in fresh grape exports from Turkey in 2018. Between June 1st and August 15th, 2018, Turkey exported 61,000 tons of grapes for a total price of 40.2 million USD. The ‘Sultani’ variety of seedless grapes made up the bulk of exports with 16.6 million USD, followed by…

California cantaloupe prices remain low

The cantaloupe market is rather poor at the moment as demand remains relatively low. The Central California deal is still in good production and will be until the early part of October, before moving back down south to Yuma for the fall. Prices are very low and there are no signs of any real recovery.…

Grape crops in Pakistan province of Balochistan:

Lack of rain and an ineffective water policy

The Pakistani province of Balochistan is famous for natural resources, including gold, oil, gas, etc. It is also a cultivation hub of varied types of fruits. Grapes grow in…

Zweer van Aalsburg, FruitMasters:

"Top fruit sales mainly aimed at local market for now"

Top fruit farmers are hard at work, picking their fruit, at the moment. "Most of the pears are in, and many growers are switching to apples this week", says Zweer van Aalsburg of the Dutch FruitMasters. Smaller fruits have been harvested in the provinces of Zeeland and Limburg. This is due to the dry,…

Luciën de Wit, LuBa Fresh:

"Rain damage to grapes in Puglia a recurring event in recent years"

When it comes to local grape cultivation, excessive rainfall in Puglia, Italy, seems to have become the norm. "Before, you had a bad batch, here and there, among the grapes. However, in the last four years, it happens every time", says Luciën de Wit of LubaFresh in Venlo, the Netherlands. He has just…

Nova Scotia, Canada

Scotian Gold gets $900,000 loan to improve Honeycrisp storage

The Canadian federal government is giving Scotian Gold a $900,000 loan to expand its controlled atmosphere storage room for Honeycrisp apples. The additional space (about 15,000 ft 2 more on top of Scotian Gold’s current storage capacity of 150,000 ft 2 ) means it can hold an extra 100,000 bushels of…

Swifter import of fresh fruit with direct harvest distribution

Suning and Zespri reach cooperation agreement

The online retail giant Suning reached a cooperation agreement with Zespri during the Asia Fruit Logistica on September 5th, 2018. Zespri will supply Suning with high-quality imported products. Suning also held trade negotiations with the Chilean cherry committee for direct purchase of Chilean fruit.…

Italy: Positive season for organic apples

Production levels, product availability and the commercialization period of organic apples have gone back to normal after two difficult years. "This year sales ended in April and they ended in June last year, but I believe we can go back to supplying them 12 months a year during the 2018/19 season. We…

Labour-intensive blueberry production has huge potential for the Cape

Blueberries, hailed for their health benefits and anti-oxidant properties, have soared in popularity around the world in recent years. In the Western Cape, production and…

Italy: Good profits for organic pears grown under nets

If fruit cultivation is done correctly, it is still profitable: thirty hectares of organic pears are just as profitable as 900 hectares of arable land (wheat, to be precise). Cab Massari in Conselice (RA) covers 2400 hectares in total. In the past, it owned up to 600 hectares of orchards. Click here for…

Gala summer apples in Piedmont

On 4th September 2018, Lorenzo Berre talked about summer apples as part of the Gala group at the Agrion research foundation. He reported that, as the demand for streaked apples is higher than that for uniform apples this year, people are not sure which varieties to choose. "Technically, uniform varieties grow best in the plain,…

Peru: Cape gooseberry causes a sensation worldwide

Berry consumption, in its different varieties, has become fashionable because of the great amount of antioxidants they have. The most outstanding berry varieties include…

California grapes on the menu

California grapes will be featured this fall on the menus of some of the most well-known tourist destinations in the U.S. as well as a popular restaurant chain with locations around the country.…

“China’s demand for Canadian cherries was frenetic this year”

British Columbia wrapped up a successful 2018 cherry season with high quality product. “Our season ended August 23rd,” says Julie McLachlan with Jealous Fruits. “Based on our blossom dates, we expected to complete the season September 3rd. However, the heat we experienced this summer compressed the…

Filip Debersaques

"We are looking for the Conference of kiwi berries"

The biggest stumbling block for the kiwi berry is that people do not know about it. "We have been on the market for about eight years now with large quantities for the first time this year. Yet, there are still many people who have never heard of a kiwi berry, let alone tasted one. The kiwi berry does…

Workshop on crop management by PSB Producción Vegetal

"Having the latest varieties is not enough, you need to know how to cultivate them"

PSB Producción Vegetal, the firm run by the Buffat family, is inviting stone fruit producers to workshop sessions dealing with the management of nectarine, peach, Paraguayo peach and apricot crops, taking place on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the PSB facilities in Pliego, Murcia. "The world is changing…

Obstacles for Chilean grapes in the international market

The situation is currently difficult for Chilean producers and exporters of table grapes, the most important fruit species for local exporters. Exports were worth US$ 1,136…

Spain: Cooperatives want debate on 'ruinous' melon and watermelon prices

Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias Castilla-La Mancha has called for a debate on the current melon and watermelon prices. The objective is to guarantee the income of the producers, given the "ruinous prices" paid this campaign, and avoid sudden price swings. In a statement, the cooperative has reported "The…

New Sweet Pekeetah plum variety

The University of Chile has patented a new plum variety called Sweet Pekeetak. It's an Asian cultivar with unique characteristics, such as very late blossoming and ripening. Compared with the more well-known varieties Friar and Angeleno, Sweet Pekeetah is harvested 35-40 and 15-20 days later, respectively. "Trees are medium…

Increased strawberry crops in Basilicata, drop in Verona and stable in Emilia-Romagna

After the excellent prices obtained over the past few months, strawberry crops are expected to increase in Basilicata. They should be more stable in Emilia-Romagna, while there seems to be a definite drop in Verona.  Gianluca Baruzzi (archive photo) Gianluca Baruzzi from Crea - OFA Forlì reported that "talking…

Poland: Opposition to plan to regulate apple purchasing contracts

This year's record oversupply of apples on the Polish market has given rise to disputes between their producers and the processing industry. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is planning to introduce a contract for all, which is to regulate the producer-purchaser-processor relations.…

New Zealand: Heavy rain batters Hawke's Bay

Heavy rain has forced the closure of several Central Hawke's Bay schools, as a slow moving storm hammered the region. Orchardists were also affected by the downpour, but Hawke's Bay Fruitgrowers Association president Lesley Wilson said it shouldn't concern consumers, because "growers deal with weather…

China: Turfan Grape Festival displays 220 grape varieties

The 27th session of the China Silk Road Turfan Grape Festival was recently opened in an official ceremony. Turfan is one of China's major grape production areas and accounts for 52.84% of the overall grape production volume in China. Turfan grows more than 550 grape varieties. Seedless white grapes alone…

South Africa expects to harvest over 300,000 tons of grapes

South Africa's table grape production this season will beat the record level of the 2016/2017 campaign. (67 million boxes of 4.5 kg, or 301.5 thousand tons) and will reach 70…


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