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Turkey: Boost in export orders for strawberries grown in Sultanhisar

The harvest season in Sultanhisar, in western Turkey, is going at full speed. Annually 65,000 tons of strawberries are grown in greenhouses in the town on an area of 120 million square feet. 60% of the production is exported to EU countries, Russia and the Middle East.The Sultanhisar Agricultural Chamber of.....

Turkey: Early season harvest of cherries in Gazipasa, Izmir continues

The early harvest of cherries in Gazipasa, a town in Antalya, continues apace. The early harvest had started at mid-April when the price was around 5 USD per kg however it is now at 4 USD per kg. The price is expected to go down to 1.5 USD per kg level as the season progresses. The growers added that due to.....

600 kilos of strawberries in the worlds biggest cake

In the Algerian town of Jijel the biggest strawberry cake in the world has been created. The massive cake measures 47.49 metres long and 3 metres wide. Local bakers worked on the cake and needed 7 hours to finish it. The task required 600 kilo of strawberries, 240 kilos of dough, 100 kilos of flour and 260.....

TV programme, 'Keuringsdienst van Waarde':

"Vine-ripened tomatoes are a sales gimmick"

Last week, the Dutch TV programme, 'Keuringsdienst van Waarde' ('Inspection Service of Value'), focused on the history of tomatoes-on-the-vine. According to this show's producers, these tomatoes are "a sales gimmick". Until the mid-nineties, there was no such thing as vine-ripened tomatoes. Tomatoes have.....

Pakistan: Petition filed to ban export of fruits & vegetables

The Supreme Court was requested on Saturday to direct the authorities concerned to ban the export of fruits and vegetables until their prices fell within the common man’s reach, especially in the holy month of Ramadan.Advocate Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta has filed a petition with the apex court under Article 184 (3).....

Rwanda: Farmers encouraged to embrace apple farming

The Ministry of Agriculture has urged Rwandans to venture into apple farming to reduce the burden of importing them at a high price.Beatrice Uwumukiza, the Director-General of Agriculture and Livestock Standards and Certification Services, argued that the recent ban on South African fruits has affected the.....

India: Grape yields 40-50 per cent less than last year

The grape harvest is over in the Nashik region. But with the advent of Ramzan, there is a good demand for grapes across the country. Hence, stored table-grapes are hitting the Indian market currently, while some grapes are being sent to Dubai as well, said sources. The Draksha Bagiatdar Sangh Grape Research.....

Chilean stonefruit exports reach an historic figure

The 2017/18 Chilean fresh fruit export season continues surprising everyone. To the historic export figures of Sweet Cherries and blueberries recorded in last February and April, this week we have to record a new one again. The Chilean Plum exports up to week 20 are 120,475 tons. Slightly higher than the.....

Winter freeze damaged some fruits in certain states

North American blueberries on par with 2017

The blueberry season is in its early harvesting stages for some states and midway through for others across the US and Canada. It’s a positive outlook overall and one thing is for sure: consumption continues to rise.Florida is past its peak season with about a week left, according to Victoria De Bruin of the.....

China: Yunnan blueberry prices remain high

The price of Yunnan blueberries is currently much higher than the price of imported blueberries. This is on the one hand because product quality is superior and fruit size is larger, and on the other hand because the peak production period of Yunnan blueberries has not yet arrived. The production volume is not.....

Current apple stocks South Tyrol

Stocks far below the levels of last year

According to surveys by Assomela and the Chamber of Commerce, 170.410 tons of tableware were stored by cooperatives in the region as of 1 May. At this exact same time of year, it was 419,607 tons in 2017 and 418,916 tons in 2016. More than half of the lots in stock are Golden Delicious apples (95,260 tons)......

Apricot varieties tolerant to Sharka virus

Federica Fontana, researcher at Astra - Unità operativaMartorano 5confirms that there are apricot varieties highly resistant to the Sharka virus, but it's more difficult when it comes to peaches, as tests need to be carried out for a few more years."Highly tolerant apricot varieties includeFlavor Cot, Lilly.....

No great volumes expected until next week

Cherry harvest already underway in the Jerte Valley

The 2018 campaign is starting a few weeks later than usual due to the delay in the flowering caused by low temperatures. However, the forecasts for the coming days point to optimal weather conditions for the fruit's ripening, and it will be possible to start harvesting a considerable amount of kilos. The.....

Spain: Catalonia expects 11.31% drop in stone fruit production

The Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives of Catalonia (FCAC) expects the stone fruit production volume to drop by 11.31%. This will affect peaches, Paraguayo peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums and could have an impact on prices.According to the FCAC, the forecast for this campaign is to harvest about.....

Morocco checks working conditions of seasonal workers in Huelva

A delegation of heads of Anapec, of the Ministry of Labour of Spain and Morocco and of the consulate of Spain in Morocco has remained in Huelva for two days to check the conditions under which Moroccan citizens, who arrived with a contract signed at origin, are working to harvest berry crops in Huelva this.....

China: Dongguan expecting best lychee harvest for 20 years

Dongguan City Bureau of Agriculture said that they are very satisfied with this year's lychee flowers and fruits and they are expecting this year's harvest to be the best in the past 20 years. Last year, the total output of lychees in Gongguan was 2,962 tons. This year, if there are no unexpected, late changes.....

China: First shipment of "ocean fruit" lands at Urumqi International Airport

350 kg of fresh cherries from Tajikistan recently entered China through Urumqi International Airport.The 350 kg of fresh cherries from Tajikistan that entered China through Urumqi International AirportUrumqi International Airport was officially appointed as a fruit import airport on January 17, 2017. In May of.....

Austrian stored apple lots melting away...

While consumers were able to enjoy dessert apples of Austrian origin in the year 2014/2015 right until the new harvest, the low yield of 2017 is weighing heavy on the current availability. In better years, more than 57,000 tons of domestic apples were ready for marketing in May. This year, however, Austria has.....

Trentino-Alto Adige apple stocks on 1st May 2018

Every month, Assomela and the Bolzano Chamber of Commerce publish the apple stock situation in Trentino Alto-Adige. Quantities are expressed in tons. As of 1st May 2018, the situation was as follows:

Argentina's blueberry industry expectant before tax reform

"Argentina has the potential and the possibility to grow in a demanding and growing world market, but there are internal conditions that, added to the external competition factor, create a scenario with many challenges," said Baya, the head of Argentina's Blueberry Committee.To achieve this, the ABC considers.....

José Illan, l’As du Ventoux:

France: “Small sized, high quality cherries"

A year ago, the French producer l’As du Ventoux introduced boxes of cherries. According to José Illan, the product was a great success. Their sale starts again in a few days. The cherries of As du Ventoux are destined for the French, Swiss, Luxembourg, and Scandinavian markets."We start the campaign with the.....

Hyderabad: Imported fruits are now a status symbol in India

For a while now, imported fruit has been making it to the Dawaat-e-Iftar in the city where it has become a status symbol at high profile functions in the city. These fruits are costlier than the regular varieties available locally and are known for their quality and taste. Apples, berries, kiwis, oranges,.....

Kris Wouters, Woutersfruit

"We expect the QTee® pear harvest to be doubled"

"It is still fairly early to say but we are anticipating a good QTee® pear harvest this year", says Kris Wouters of Belgian fruit wholesaler, Woutersfruit. "We expect to be able to deliver by 15 August. That is more than two weeks before the start of the Conference season. This is thanks to the weather during.....

Spain: "Huge demand for strawberries for processing"

Due to the meteorological instability in Huelva, there has been an almost constant shortage of strawberries in Spain during the current 2017/2018 campaign, which is already coming to an end."So far, we have harvested up to 200 grams less per plant in Huelva. And other European countries have also had problems,.....

Italy: Stable consumption but falling exports for peaches and nectarines

The Forum on the European peach cultivation held at Macfrut revealed that 83% of the nectarine orchards planted between 2014 and 2016 are of the sweet type, only 17% are acidic varieties. As for peaches, sweet varieties represent 52% of new orchards while 48% are acidic.What is more, according to Cso data,.....

InnoGrape celebrates putting research and development front and centre

The Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA) will be running the final InnoGrape – Innovation in Table Grape Production sessions - on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May. At the completion of the workshop in Robinvale and Mildura, there will be a celebratory dinner for what has proven to be a successful series,.....

North Carolina: Blueberry season to be bountiful - despite cold winter

It may be still be a few weeks before the blueberry season is in full swing, but this year is generally expected to be a good year for the crop. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture announced blueberries will be bountiful this summer, despite the unusually cold weather during the first quarter of the.....

Seedless table grape varieties get PLU approval

New price look-up (PLU) codes are now approved for seedless IFG® table grapes. These new PLU codes were assigned by the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS) on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. IFG has six new PLU codes which are placed into two categories to.....

Stone fruit acreage has expanded by almost 60%

Spain: Reduction of acreage devoted to top fruit in Lleida

Producers in Lleida have continued reducing the acreage devoted to apple and pear trees, with 8,203 hectares devoted to top fruit abandoned between 2005 and 2017. As revealed by the latest official data published by the Catalan Council of Agriculture, the productive acreage in the province has dropped from.....

China: Shanxi Yuncheng exports fruit to Russia

Yuncheng in Shanxi organized a promotional activity on May 11th in the largest land port of China--Manzhouli. They promoted their local fruit export to Russia. On that day, Yuncheng fruit businesses, fruit traders, and visiting traders from Manzhouli as well as other places, together signed 13 trade.....

Every week, one million pieces of fruit and vegetables packed for free delivery to 1,800 schools

“Eating fruit and vegetables should be fun”

Annually, nearly 3,000 schools participate in the EU School Fruit Programme. Participating schools receive three pieces of fruit and vegetables for every pupil every week for 20 weeks. Schoolfruit.nl represents five of the eight suppliers, and takes care of purchasing and distribution for these parties. “By.....

Seedless watermelons dominate sales in Europe

The seedless watermelon Bouquet has turned Anecoop into the biggest Spanish watermelon operator, as revealed in the latest ranking published by the specialised magazine Alimarket in 2017. After 26 years, the firm continues to be a leader in its category in the European market. It has been supplying its.....

Ukraine: Ukrsadprom expects fruit and berry harvest up 30 percent in 2018

The fruit and berry harvest in 2018 could exceed last year figures by 10-30 percent, said Chairman of the Ukrsadprom Association, Dmytro Kroshka. “With favourable weather conditions, the gross harvest of pomaceous, drupaceous fruit and berries & nuts on industrial farms could reach the average figure of.....

Due to rising temperatures

South Korea: Opportune time for Tongyeong farms

Farms in South Korea’s southern Tongyeong region have become highly profitable by growing subtropical crops. This is due, in part, to temperatures that are 4.5 degrees above the norm for this season. Tongyeong’s municipal government revealed yesterday that local farms were able to harvest high value crops such.....

"Local plantation still the best method"

China: "Fresh raspberry has great market potential"

China began industrial cultivation of raspberry varieties in the 1920's and 30's. After many years of development, China now has several businesses involved in the processing of raspberries. However, it is still not a common industry throughout the country. There are four main areas of raspberry product.....

Two Northwest multi-generation cherry growers team up

A union made at the beginning of the year between Orchard View and Omeg Family Orchards is about to see the first fruits of its labor and the companies say this means more high quality cherries from two of The Dalles' multi-generation growers.The respective farms have been neighbors and friends since Orchard.....

South Carolina’s Dixie Belle peaches to start next week

The domestic peach season is getting underway with the first harvest of Dixie Belle peaches anticipated to start next week and extending to early August. Dixie Belle is a fourth generation peach farm located in Ridge Springs, SC.“We should have pretty much a full crop,” says Robert Von Rohr of Sunny Valley.....

Drop in European production expected for 2018

During the "Forum Peschicoltura Europea" promoted by Cso and Cesena Fiera at Macfruit, it emerged that a drop is expected for peaches, nectarines and percoca peaches in Italy, Spain and Greece."As for southern Italy, we're expecting a 33% drop for very early peach varieties, a 16% drop for the early varieties,.....

Tenute Caracci opts for multiple apricot varieties

"We are a family business that safeguards the historic memory of Sicilian agriculture. We started when fields were reached on donkeys and we are still alive and kicking today that agriculture is made up of production specification and innovative agronomic practices," explains Giuseppe Caracci, entrepreneur.....

Pairing watermelons with fish

UAE: City of Al Ain farm tackles food and water security

In the scorching sands of Al Ain’s desert there is now a strange, symbiotic relationship between fish and watermelons. Abdulrahman Al Shamsi is growing both, while using 10% of the water and producing up to three times the yield of conventional farms, using integrated farming techniques.The method has gained.....

AU: Funding boost helps Queensland businesses' export plans

Five Queensland fresh produce companies have received funding from the state government to increase their export potential, under a new $1.3 million-dollar program.The Burdekin’s VFPlus Pty Ltd is developing exports of high-quality melons out of North Queensland to Japan and Singapore. Manbulloo Ltd is hoping.....

Australian strawberry growers express import concern

Australian strawberry producers remain concerned as the Dept of Agricultural and Water Resources (DAWR) continues a risk assessment for the importation of Japanese strawberries into Australia.DAWR received a formal market access request from Japan for strawberries, which is Australia's northern neighbours.....

Australian grant offers chance to register product against Alternaria disease

In a recent development for apple growers concerned about the disease-causing fungus Alternaria, the Australian Government will fund research to support the registration of the crop protection product Switch (Cyprodinil and Fludioxonil) for Alternaria.The funding was announced under Round 3 of the Australian.....

"Brazil and Spain only possible origins for a good Piel de Sapo"

New exclusive Dulcinea variety in premium melon market

In recent weeks, due to the end of the Brazilian campaign and the slight delay in the start of the Spanish campaign because of the abundant rains and mild temperatures, there has been little availability of melon in the market, although the situation is already changing.The Spanish company Melón de Autor is.....

Registration for Prognosfruit is open

This year, the Prognosfruit Conference will take place in Warsaw, Poland from 8-10 August 2018, with the local support of the Association of Polish Fruit Growers (ZSRP). As of today, the registrations for the 2018 edition of Prognosfruit are open! The Prognosfruit Conference is Europe’s leading annual event.....

Berry grower building loyalty from direct consumer insights

California Giant Berry Farms has been gaining consumer insights for several years as they continue to use a permission-based marketing approach through their website and email communication. With an established database, those insights are paying off for the company and their trading partners as the First.....

Cherry and apricot campaign starting at La Pernice

"We're always feeling positive when our main campaigns start," explains Vincenzo Pernice, who runs the family business established by his grandfather together with his two cousins.Over the decades, La Pernice started cultivating table grapes, cherries and apricots and, in 2007, it started acquiring other.....

AU: Regional avocado growers a key part of national industry growth

Regional avocado growers across Australia have heard the strong industry growth is set to continue throughout this year, at a series of information sessions.It comes as Australian avocado seasons recently switched from Shepard to Hass varieties, with supplies forecast to be strong through until June at.....

But are waiting to see how China trade dispute plays out

US northwest cherry growers expect decent crop

This year’s cherry crop may not be mind-blowing, but experts say it will be respectable. And while the harvest is likely to start slow, it will increase dramatically. B.J. Thurlby, president of the Washington State Tree Fruit Commission: “When it comes, it’s going to come like a hurricane.” While spring.....

Pink Lady wants to increase its consumption in Chile

Chilean producers and exporters of Pink Lady have shipped 98% of this exclusive apple to Europe for more than 20 years, supplying 60% of the old continent in the counter season and obtaining a higher return than with any other variety.Despite its international success, in 2018 producers will try, for the first.....

China: Watermelon prices continue to fall

The weather has been unpredictable lately, and so the market conditions for watermelons have been unstable. The supply is also slower than in previous years. However, the price is both lower in comparison with the same period last year and in comparison with previous weeks. The main supply source of.....

No storm damage for Pacific Northwest blueberries

Despite some reports that suggested the Pacific Northwest blueberry crop had been affected by recent storms in the region, growers have said this is not the case. Instead, growers in Oregon are currently looking at a good year, and expect yields to be very close to the long term average. This is great news for.....

Increased volumes of Lemonade apple into US expected

The Giumarra Companies is entering its third season as the exclusive North American supplier of Lemonade™ variety apples and they aim to increase volumes and renew marketing objectives.“We know from market research that apples are still one of consumers’ most-purchased items in the produce department......

Karel Vaes, Hellingenfort:

“We expect to pick the biggest Belgian cherries ever this year”

“The first Belgian cherries will once again arrive in four weeks,” says Karel Vaes of Hellingenfort. “Due to the favourable weather, it appears as if we’ll be picking the biggest cherries ever. The cherries are very large and have a good dark colour, expectations are good.” Hellingenfort grows only the best.....

Flemish fresh produce sector on a trade mission

Market access for Belgian Conference pears in Vietnam

With Flemish prime minister Geert Bourgois, 17 agro-food companies and VLAM will take part in a trade mission in Vietnam. The goal of the mission is to strengthen the presence of the agro-food sector in Vietnam. The Belgian potato processors are already well represented. Nearly 40 per cent of imported chips in.....

France: 75% decrease in plum production in Tarn-et-Garonne

Due to bad weather conditions over the winter, plum production in France's main producing region, the Tarn-et-Garonne, is expected to plummet by 75%. Harvest is expected to start, as always, in July, but will be lower than normal. High temperatures in January followed by frost in February stopped the sap flow.....

Hungary: Strawberry growers struggling with shortage of labourers

Hungary is currently suffering a shortage of labourers to harvest domestic strawberries. Although the hourly wage has improved in recent years, this is still only a fraction of what is paid abroad, so many choose to go harvest in the west.Most Hungarians go to Austria and Germany, where they expect average.....

Contrary to expectations, wind, heat and even hail exerted more influence than the Western Cape drought

South Africa: buoyant start to plum season peters out towards end

At the start of the South African plum season all eyes were on the well-publicised water situation, but the farmers’ rigorous water measures pulled them through. Unfortunately, the drought wasn’t the only weather event with which they had to contend: unusually strong and persistent winds coupled with sunburn.....

Spain: Cooperatives receive first Jerte cherries of the season

The president of the Association of Cooperatives of the Jerte Valley, Emilio Sánchez, confirmed that "cooperatives have already received the first cherries of the campaign," and said that he hopes "the pace of the harvest to pick up soon, so that the volume available can increase."Sánchez also hopes for "the.....

Chile: Nectarine and peach season ends with 11.4% more shipments

The President of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX), Ronald Bown Fernandez, reported the end of the nectarines and peaches export season and stated that total shipments of both species had amounted to 98,200 tons, i.e. 11.4 % more than in the previous season.Nectarines led exports of these.....