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France : Plummeting apple and pear stocks

The French season ended early with almost no stock at the end of June. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, apple stocks at the end of June are 42% lower than in 2017 and 27% below the 2013-2017 average. Following a decrease in exports across Europe in 2016, they have now increased by 4% over the year.....

Record year for apple producers as Russia lifts import ban

The lifting of Russia’s ban on Bosnian apple imports is coming at the best possible moment as apple producers say they are experiencing a record year in production.The Russian Federation lifted the ban last month. It was imposed in January 2018 after the Russians suspected that the apples they were receiving.....

"Harvest volume approaches the end"

China: "Prices of watermelons in production areas increased"

"The 'unicorn' watermelon is a new watermelon variety that has been cultivated through research. Watermelons have high demands in terms of natural growing environment, soil, and sunlight. It only takes about 60 days from the moment the seed is planted until the watermelon can be harvested. This requires.....

China: Famous Qingcun peaches back on the market

The city’s famed yellow peaches hit the market yesterday, and officials say they’re bigger and tastier than ever.This year’s yellow peach harvest is also more plentiful than usual thanks to favorable weather conditions, said Qu Lei, director of Qingcun Town in Fengxian District, a major growing area for the.....

Teen sells watermelons to pay his way through police college

Don't let your dreams be dreams. An 18-year-old teen from east China's Zhejiang Province took this to heart. The boy plans to sell 3,500kg of watermelon during the summer to earn 14,000 yuan (US$2,052) for college tuition, China Central Television reported.Li Enhui is known as “watermelon boy” and was adopted.....

California organic grapes hit stride with ample supply

California organic grapes are in solid supply right now following a slow start to the season. “Supplies of grapes are more than adequate. Even though things started off very slow, it’s picked up momentum and is going quite strong as we move into the valley,” says Stephen Paul of Homegrown Organic Farms in.....

France: fruit prices soar

According to the latest figures from Insee, fruit production prices in June increased by 22.3% over the year. Apricot prices even increased by 47.4% in June compared to the same time in June 2017. Nectarine and peach prices increased by 31.3%. However, tomato prices dropped by 30% over the year. Overall.....

Italy: The organic table grape market is growing

FreshPlaza talked about Sicilian organic table grapes to Salvatore Consoli, CEO at Si.Fa.Bio.. The company has clients both in Europe and overseas.Salvatore Consoli"As regards organic grapes, the early grape campaign is almost over, while the greenhouse campaign ended in early July. We have also harvested 80%.....

2018/2019 Campaign

Peru plans to export up to 45 million boxes of grapes

Carlos Zamorano Macchiavello, the general manager of the Association of Producers of Table Grapes of Peru (Provid), stated that Peru will export between 43 million and 45 million boxes of table grapes in the 2018/2019 campaign, which will begin at the end of this month. Each box stores 8.2 kilos of the.....

Kris Wouters: “Rain can now no longer solve everything”

A lot of small sizes expected in top fruit because of dry weather

“Fruit growers nowadays talk of only a few things: dry weather, rain and harvest,” says Kris Wouters of Woutersfruit. “Not every grower is capable of irrigating, and this can be seen in the expected amounts of top fruit. Growers who can irrigate are also affected by the weather, because many leaves on the.....

At double the price

China: Large quantities of Weifang grapes on the market

Recently, the grapes produced in Weifang have been on the market in large quantities, and the price is about twice as expensive as in the same period last year. This year's grape taste is not bad, however the sales volume has decreased compared with previous years, mainly because the price is expensive. The.....

"This may set industry back 10-15 years"

Apple and stonefruit group launch legal action to overturn MPI

A group of five industry members have joined together to challenge last week’s directive by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) for nurseries and orchardists to contain and/or destroy tens of thousands of apple (Malus) and stonefruit (Prunus) plants.The group lodged a Judicial Review with the High Court.....

Window of opportunity for Egyptian grapes to supply the world

The Egyptian grape-season is coming to an end and it has been kind to the Egyptian growers. Last year there were some issues caused by the cold weather, causing the grapes to grow rather late. This year however, the weather has been great,which means the grapes were growing a lot earlier. This resulted in the.....

UMN plant breeders introduce First Kiss Apple

The wait is over. This fall, Minnesotans will be able to get their first taste of the newest apple developed by apple breeding team at the University of Minnesota (UMN). First Kiss apples, produced by Minnesota orchards, will be ready to harvest in mid-to-late August — up to four weeks earlier than its parent.....

Hungary: Scarcity of peaches and expensive prices this year

Due to this year's serious frost damage, peach and nectarine growers in Hungary expect low yields, which may also have an impact on prices," said Hunyadi István, director of FruitVeb."The Hungarian apricot market is not a big one in the EU, with an annual average yield of forty thousand tonnes, which is about.....

International business round on Argentinian blueberries 2018

The Argentinian Blueberry Committee (ABC), led by Federico Bayá, announced today the start of an international business round, which will have the presence of the main international blueberry buying and supplying companies. The Round, which will take place on August 29th and 30th in the city of Concordia,.....

Ukranian T.B.Fruit to build third plant for processing apples and berries in Poland

T.B.Fruit, one of the largest processors of fruits and berries in Ukraine, plans to start the construction of the third plant for processing apples and berries in Poland in 2019-2020. The estimated cost is more than 40 million Euros. “We plan to build the third factory in Mazowieckie Voivodeship. We are now at.....

Washington apple crop estimated at 131 million boxes

This year's Washington apple crop is estimated at 131 million 40-pound boxes.That's according to the Washington State Tree Fruit Association, which says this year's crop is down 2 percent from the 2017 harvest of 134 million boxes.The association says farmers are anticipating excellent quality fruit from the.....

School program expansion for California grape grower

HMC Farms has expanded on its program designed to get more grapes into the hands of school kids. The company has recently launched a new website, "Grapes for Schools", which is the newest addition to the program. According to the company, the website is designed to act as resource for everyone involved in the.....

UK based company becomes a supplier for two new blueberry varieties

Plants365 has signed a license to propagate and sell two new very promising blueberry varieties from the Oregon Blueberry Farms breeding program – Titanium and MegasBlue.Commenting on the deal with Global Plant Genetics, who represent the variety, Stefan Belakov said, "Plants365 are very enthusiastic with the.....

IG International celebrates arrival of the 1000th container of apples from Stemilt Growers

India’s largest fresh fruit importer IG International in collaboration with Stemilt Growers, the leading North American pipfruit supplier has been successfully fulfilling the demand of organic produce in the country. This time, IG International decided to celebrate the arrival of the 1000th container of apples.....

6 million Greenco snack tomatoes out the door in no time

Rush for free snack tomatoes thanks to un-Dutch heat

Snack tomatoes have gained popularity in recent years. Up to now, this has not yet led to traffic jams. This is, however, precisely what happened on Friday afternoon, 3 August, in Honselersdijk, the Netherlands. Here, from 13:00, people were able to collect snack tomatoes for free. This was after an appeal by.....

Argentina: Fruit exports don't take off

Regional pear and apple exports to overseas markets totaled 203,187 tons in the first seven months of the year, which represents a year-on-year growth of around 7.5%.This data was released this weekend through a report prepared by the port terminal Patagonia Norte SA, which contemplates shipments only through.....

Tight supplies expected

China: Apple production falls sharply

According to statistics, in 2016, the national apple production was 43.88 million tons, of which Shaanxi apple production was the largest, at 11.017 million tons; followed by Shandong, which was 978.12 million tons. In 2017, Shaanxi Province's apple production was 1,135,900 tons, an increase of 4.8% over the.....

25 years of Belgian truss tomatoes

On 1 August, BelOrta celebrated an unusual milestone. Exactly 25 years ago, the first Belgian vine tomatoes were supplied to the then Mechelse auction. This was one of the forerunners of the current BelOrta. The name says it all: these truss tomatoes are cut and sold in trusses. A historic decision which was.....

Gift boxed peaches are market favorites

China: Large quantities of peaches on the market

At the moment, it is the season when many varieties of peaches are on the market. In addition to watermelons, peaches should be the most common fruit on the market during this time. Compared to honey peaches, the ripening period of yellow peaches is later and the price is higher. Usually, yellow peach.....

Compromised crops cause watermelon and melon prices in Bulgaria to rise

Compromised crops in the main growing areas are causing the prices of watermelons and melons in Bulgaria to rise. Assoc. Prof. Sava Tabakov, who teaches fruit growing, spoke with Focus News Agency about fruit crops in Bulgaria after the torrential rains in July. Watermelons and melons aren't the only.....

Dutch blueberry imports almost tripled in five years

The popularity of blueberries has grown considerably in recent years. Blueberry sales in supermarkets in 2017 increased by more than 250% compared to 2013. Agricultural acreage and imports of these berries have also grown. The price of blueberries in the supermarket has hardly changed in this period. This is.....

Agritech firm to test raspberry-picking robots

A robotics company spun out of the University of Plymouth has struck a deal to prototype and field test a raspberry harvesting robot system.The agreement between Fieldwork Robotics and UK soft fruit grower Hall Hunter Partnership has been hailed as an “important milestone” in bringing the firm’s agricultural.....

Persimmon exports to provide Azerbaijan with stable income

Persimmon is highly recognized for its economic value in Azerbaijani agriculture. It is a profitable agricultural product, but the processing of this product still needs coordination and enhancement.The new persimmon processing enterprises are intended to be established in Ganja city soon, said Gadir Yusifov,.....

Ukraine breaks record; over 40,000 tonnes of apples exported

Ukraine exported 40.9 thousand tonnes of apples in the 2017/18 marketing year, which is the highest figure over the previous five years. This data has been provided by UpenEU, a project of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine."The Ukrainian export of apples in the 2017/18 season was the highest in.....

Spain: Catastrophic year for Murcian broccoli

COAG has been taking stock of the year and warns that it has been bad for mandarins and oranges and especially catastrophic for broccoli and watermelon, which have had two and three consecutive years with prices below the usual. It has also been bad for tomatoes and fruit trees, and moreover, there has been a.....

AU: Seeka takes fight to MPI over Psa post-harvest losses

Seeka says the decision from the Ministry for Primary Industries to appeal the high court ruling that found the government was negligent in the 2010 Psa outbreak shows that it does not understand the damage suffered by the country’s kiwifruit industry. The company was one of the plaintiffs in the 12-week High.....

Red apple variety set for strong season

SweeTango growers and marketing desks anticipate an abundant crop of this season.Austin Fowler of Fowler Farms remarked that the 2018 crop is shaping up to be slightly larger than last season. Aside from a late frost that reduced the Nova Scotia crop, no adverse weather events have been reported to date from.....

8% drop in the production and 4% higher prices on average

Spain: Strawberry campaign closes with 280,300 tonnes

The Association of Producers and Exporters of Strawberries from Huelva, Freshuelva, has reported that the sector has finished the 2017-2018 strawberry campaign with a production totalling 280,300 tonnes, which entails an 8% drop compared to the previous campaign, even though the acreage grew by 9%.The.....

Spain, European leader in stone fruit sector thanks to new varieties

In the past 20 years, the companies that are part of the National Association of Vegetable Producers (ANOVE) have managed to make Spain the European leader in the production and export of stone fruit, mostly thanks to the development of new varieties with greater resistance that can be exported to new, more.....

Spain: "The fall of watermelon prices, given the heat and high demand, is inexplicable"

The Coordinator of Organizations of Agricultural Producers and Cattle Ranchers (COAG) is going to ask the Food Information and Control Agency (AICA) to open an urgent investigation to determine whether there is a pact between the main commercial operators to illegally push down watermelon prices at origin.The.....

Catalonia expects apple and pear productions to fall by 1% and 8%, respectively

Catalonia's apple and pear production will drop this season, with slight variations depending on the area. The apple volume is expected to fall by 1% (273,970 tonnes) and that of pears by 8% (139,420 tonnes).The weather is the main reason for this, as abundant rains and hailstorms were recorded during the.....

China: Continuous rain cools off midsummer watermelon market

The price of watermelons has steadily decreased throughout the country in the last month as open-field watermelons entered the market. The average price of watermelons in domestic production areas is 5.5 yuan [0.81 USD] per 0.5 kg. Around the same time last year that price was only 4.4 yuan [0.65 USD] per 0.5.....

Demand of global market increases

Potential of frozen strawberries in the Chinese market is huge

Europe is the biggest market for strawberries, which offers a series of opportunities for frozen strawberry importers. Generally speaking, the consumption of European frozen fruits has witnessed an increasing trend and it has increased at the speed of 5% every year in the past five years.In other areas outside.....

AU: Ripe Australian avocados impress in Malaysia and Singapore

The Australian avocado industry has conducted a multi-year project to introduce ripe Australian avocados to retail shelves, in Malaysia and Singapore.The ‘Ripe & Ready’ program has been managed by Avocados Australia and funded through the Australian Government's Package Assisting Small Exporters program.....

NZ: Kiwiclaim court proceedings to enter appeals stage

New Zealand kiwifruit growers involved in litigation proceedings against the government say they are very confident of surviving any challenges in the appeals court.In June, the High court found that the Ministry of Primary Industries (formally MAF) was negligent in allowing the Psa disease into New Zealand in.....

Sven Roosen, Gerrits Fruit:

“Coming top fruit season won’t be a great year”

“The top fruit now on the trees is looking well, but it’s starting to become a bit tense because of the extremely dry weather. It’s been dry for a while now, and this is reflected in the sizing of the fruit,” says Sven Roosen of Gerrits Fruit. “Despite the good quality, it won’t be a great harvest. We expect a.....

Recognition for pioneer of New Zealand pipfruit in Europe

A pioneer of New Zealand pipfruit sales (apples and pears) into Europe has been officially recognised by his Kiwi peers at a special gala dinner evening in Christchurch. T&G Global’s commercial director, Tony Fissette, who lives in Belgium, has worked passionately for New Zealand apple and pear growers for.....

NZ: Cherry grower building success through direct relationships

One of New Zealand's largest cherry orchards says finding more direct clients will help drive sales, as it expands production over the next five seasons.Trophy Ridge Cherries Owner and Managing Director Graeme McMillan says he finds offshore clients want to deal directly with a grower/exporter to strengthen.....

Ukraine fruit exports increase 59% in first half of 2018

In the first half of 2018, Ukraine exported fruit and berries worth $100 million, which is 59% more than in the same period of 2017.According to the Ukrsadprom association, the main products in the structure of exports remain walnuts worth $64 million, frozen berries for $23 million, apples and pears for $8.....

Hong Kong: Trade war tariffs drive down cost of American cherries

As tit-for-tat action drives up the cost of goods in China and the US, HK shoppers will benefit as producers look to unload their products in the tax-free city.With tariffs driving up the cost of imported US goods on the mainland, the opposite is true in the city, where the price of American cherries, apples,.....

Oddly appealing: Delhaize rescues 25 tons of ‘funky’ strawberries

Up to 25 tons of fresh Belgian strawberries have been rescued since the sales launch in mid-June of “funky” or “crazy” strawberries, the latest products in the range of misshapen or odd-looking fruits and vegetables that have been seasonally available in all Delhaize stores for four years now, with great.....

BFV reports record sales of more than 2 million kg cherries

The cherry season 2018 is coming to an end. At the Belgian Fruit Valley, a record supply of more than 2 million kg of cherries was recorded. The weather conditions were ideal this season. The dry and sunny weather ensured excellent quality. The graph below shows the cherry supply at the BFV from 2000 up to.....

Pink Lady sees scorching sales this summer

Pink Lady has reported a spike in sales, with June figures up 31% compared to the same period last year, resulting in a record increase for the brand and helping to maintain its spot as number one brand in the fresh produce market.Annual sales are now up 6% from 2017, signifying a strong start to the southern.....

Australian Summerfruit exports to China surge ahead

The Australian summerfruit industry has recorded it best export season in over a decade as the new access to China saw exports soar.In results released by Summefruit Australia for the 2017/18 season, the exports of Australian peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots increased 27 per cent year-on-year to 17,785.....

"Xinan University studies practices at fresh pear orchard in Xinji, Hebei"

"Chinese pear orchards keep expanding"

The pear is the third most commonly cultivated fruit tree in China after the apple tree and orange tree. The surface area devoted to pear orchards in China has increased in the last few years, but the yield per hectare is still low as a result of inferior plantation technology and improper use of fertilizer......

South Africa: Paarl grape grower opens R30 million agri-worker housing development

A group of 30 farm workers at the South African table grape farm Nieuwe Sion in Simondium, Paarl, became the proud owners of a purpose built R30 million agri-worker housing development on 2nd August. The owners of the farm Dr David and his wife Elaine Potter, who lives in England, resolved to create an.....

OZblu: “We want to become the Crimson Seedless of blueberries”

Delegates from seventeen countries attended the OZblu grower’s conference at Nyami Berries in Mooinooi, South Africa’s Northwest Province, to receive this take-away: “It’s very simple. All markets are growing.”Blueberries from the Southern Hemisphere plus Mexico reached 230,000 tonnes during the 2017/18.....

Denis Ginard, SNIFL:

France: "We’re not lacking in projects in Saint-Charles International"

Saint Charles International initially was a center of marketing, transport, and logistics purely focused on citrus fruits, but the platform has been able to evolve its offer over time. Denis Ginard, president of the National Union of Importers and Exporter of Fruits and Vegetables: “For several years now, the.....

Top-class sport in redcurrants because of good weather

After an early end to the import season from Chile, there was room for greenhouse redcurrants quite early. The harvest from heated greenhouses has now arrived, and picking is shifting to the later Rovada variety. Nijs van Zuilen of Berrybrothers sees a good market for redcurrants, but the company is also.....

Oversupply expected in Poland

Growers of quality apples shouldn't have a problem this season

We haven't seen a season like this in terms of good weather in the last 40 years," exclaimed Marek Marzec from Ewa-Bis. "There is usually something that happens over the course of the growing period, at least one big hail storm causing around 5-10% losses. Although we are going to have huge harvest which can.....

New crisis in tomato: Tomato prices went up by 400 %

Turkish consumers are experiencing another disappointment in the market price with the dramatic increase of tomato prices in the most recent weeks. As the high prices of potato and onion created a lot of turmoil in Turkish market, the market is now suffering another shock with tomato prices increasing.....

Top fruit growers warning on British apple crop volume

Britain’s largest apple and pear growers are warning of a lower than anticipated yield for the 2018/19 harvest, because the ‘June drop’ has been much higher than expected. A lower than anticipated yield has been caused by cold weather that hit the South East in late March.June drop occurs eight weeks after.....