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Gilles le Henanff, Union Primeurs:

France: “Our specialties make us easily identifiable”

The brand new French production unit created by Union Primeurs is a consolidation of three companies who all have their own specialty. Gilles le Henanff, managing director: “We import and produce mainly for the French market. The fact that we are all known by our own specialty makes it easy for our clients to.....

BerryWorld Australia increases berry presence with raspberry launch

Specialty Australian berry producer, BerryWorld Australia, has launched premium raspberries within six months of announcing its presence in the premium berry category with strawberries.Grown under polytunnels at Stanthorpe, southern Queensland, BerryWorld's first raspberries arrived on supermarket shelves in.....

Peru-EU trade deal provides boost to avocado & blueberry producers

To mark the 5th anniversary of the EU’s trade accord with Colombia and Peru, a delegation of Members of the European Parliament are visiting those countries this week to analyse the implementation of the accord and its outcomes.Last year, trade between Peru and the EU totaled some $10 billion, $6 billion of.....

For Chinese New Year

Chile releases promotional cherry video

The Chilean cherry industry has launched a promotional video in China, as the country’s enormous population celebrates the Chinese New Year. The celebrations typically see large volumes of cherries purchased by Chinese consumers.To mark the occasion, the Chilean Cherry Committee, part of the Chilean Fruit.....

Spain: Strawberry supply and demand in balance due to low temperatures

The manager of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Strawberries from Huelva, Freshuelva, Rafael Domínguez, has pointed out that currently, due to the low temperatures recorded, the supply and demand "are in balance," as the production has dropped by 10 and 12 percent compared to this same time last.....

Marc De Nale, Demain la Terre:

France: "We want to communicate our message directly to the consumer"

Demain la Terre is an organization of fruit and vegetable producers that helps growers to work the land in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way. This year the organisation wants to focus even more on new ways to pass their message directly to the consumer. Marc De Nale, CEO: “We will.....

Strawberry Picking Challenge raises nearly $100K

The Strawberry Picking Challenge presented by Monte Package Company raised nearly $100,000. The fifth annual charity event’s proceeds will benefit children of the Redlands Christian Migrant Association.The fundraiser featured 21 corporate-sponsored teams competing in an exciting relay-style strawberry-picking.....

"Try before you buy" up's sales of berries

When given the opportunity to taste a product first, it’s interesting to see how open consumers are to trying something new. Blackberries may be relatively unknown members of the berry family, but once shoppers have tasted them, they’ll be willing to part with the pennies. A weekend promotion from Driscoll's.....

India: Prices of fruits & coconuts soar in Hyderabad

Hyderabad residents really felt the jacked up prices of fruits and items like coconuts on the eve of the Hindu ‘Maha Shivaratri’ festival. The prices of apples, oranges, musk melons, sweet potatoes etcetera have risen sharply, compared to three-four days ago. Water melon and grapes were the exceptions, being.....

Loquat harvest in central Taiwan is delayed by cold

Generally, loquats in Taitung County are the first to be harvested around the island, typically in early February. However, as of mid-February this year very few are ready for picking. Two significant cold snaps this year have pushed Taitung’s loquat harvest back. According to Yang Chao-hsin, a Taitung Area.....

Morning is the best time to eat fruit

Fruits are certainly healthy and they will be recommended for almost everything - for an energy boost, treating constipation, a healthier skin, maximizing nutrient intake etc. And it is such a hassle free snack! They are packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, but how do we make the most of.....

China: A new dilemma for apple exporters

Apples have always been a subject of great concern. In 2016, China was the main exporter of apples in the world. In 2017, the number of apples exported from China decreased.Shaanxi used to be the largest apple producing province in China. However, from the beginning of 2016, Shaanxiappleproductionhasshown.....

China: "Intensification of pollination influences volumes of plums"

"The production areas of Chinese plums are located in Meishan, Sichuan; Maoming, Guangdong; Gutian, Fujian; and Guizhou province. Under regular weather conditions the plum production season in Meishan begins every year in June and ends in the beginning of July. The production volume of 2017 showed a great.....

Bad weather causes Swiss apple and pear shortages

In Switzerland, stocks of local apples and pears are running out due to the effects of frosts last spring. The government has authorized imports, but the situation remains difficult. The spring of 2017 was disastrous for local Swiss production, and all pear producers in the country are likely to run out of.....

Ukrainian apples a perfect fit for Swedish market

The low production in Sweden during the last apple season, and throughout the rest of Europe, has brought sky high apple prices and has left importers looking to alternative markets to source from. For Swedish importer Hebes, they have had a lot of success with sourcing apples this year from Ukraine and are.....

University of Maryland, U.S.

Researchers find gene that may increase strawberry production

Strawberries are a $3 billion per year agricultural industry in the United States alone. However, there is a definite potential to enhance this industry further by understanding the mechanisms behind the breeding and production of strawberry plants. Researcher Julie Caruana has come significantly closer to.....

First Magic Star apples now available to a limited extent in Belgium

The first harvest of a new apple variety, Magic Star, is available from OKay and OKay Compact in Belgium as of 14 February. This regards a fairly small harvest of about 15 tonnes, in part because the planting of new apple trees is spread over three years and, in part, because of the less favourable weather.....

Italy: Positive Annurca apples season comes to an end

"Kiwis, Annurca apples and strawberries are seasonal at the moment, but we promoted the stone fruit campaign in Berlin. Foreign clients are interested in the colour and flavour of Annurca apples, but are then discouraged by the price. We need to promote the fruit more so that clients can become more aware of.....

Marc Peyres:

“Southern hemisphere unable to fill gaps in European apple market”

The European apple market faces challenging months ahead. Due to the frost in April last year the harvest was low. It’s expected that for several varieties the last apple from storage will be on the market in April. Supply from the southern hemisphere will be insufficient to fill the gaps in the market. The.....

Low European production

Record prices for Spanish apples

Given the lower apple production in Europe this year, the balance between supply and demand has been disrupted and those countries that have more fruit are taking advantage of the situation to sell at better prices. That is the case of Spain, whose volume is similar to last year's.Spanish producers and.....

Further detections still only hot-spots

Fruit fly larvae brings zone expansion

The recent detection of suspected fruit fly larvae near the eastern boundary of the Greater Devonport Control Area has seen Biosecurity Tasmania expand the overall control area. The larvae was found in fruit on trees in the backyard of a house near a large commercial orchard in the State's north-west......

Coming month on European market critical as Indian volumes increase

South Africa rejoices but stronger Rand affects grape export income

The South African Rand is trading at its strongest levels in two and a half years in reaction to the news that Jacob Zuma has finally relinquished his position as state president.To the export industry this is collateral damage to the long-awaited positive political developments, particularly with regards to.....

A taste of Southern France comes to Australia

A new Australian partnership has bought the rich flavours of a southern French summer to Australian orchardists and Australian consumers, with the introduction of the Regal’in™ peach, nectarine, and cherry varieties.Agro Selections Fruits (also known as Maillard genetics), the breeding company owner of the.....

Yakima Valley, Washington

Cold snap & early bloom a concern for U.S. stone fruit growers

Whereas the cold snap earlier this week was posing no real danger to the apple orchards of Yakima Valley, some stone fruit may have been at risk. The weather prompted some growers to turn on wind machines and heaters to keep buds from freezing. An industry representative said it will take a couple of weeks to.....

Tasmania: Centralised packhouse and marketing the answer for smaller growers?

Within every sector there are big commercial growers, middle sized growers and the small growers. Each of these will face their own challenges and see different benefits in how they produce and market their produce.Jeff Webster at Styx River grows cherries on his property and works closely with Li Wung, who.....

A heart full of strawberries for lovers this Valentine's Day

Just in time for Valentine's Day on 14 February, SanLucar will be stocking shelves with its strawberries in a new heart package. The premium global brand for fruit and vegetables has designed a charming gift for this occasion: A romantic packaging for its strawberries.Their red colour shines through the large.....

Israel: ‘Superfood’ created out of blemished apples

Research conducted at Tel-Chai Academic College and the Galilee Development Authority have discovered it is possible to make high-quality apple powder with surprising nutritional benefits from second- and third-rate apples that otherwise would be wasted. So now blemished apples that used to be thrown away or.....

First shipment of Australian plums about to land in the Chinese market

Only two weeks ago the first shipment of Australian honey peaches reached Beijing directly, and already the Australian company Royal Fresh International Pty Ltd has prepared a cargo ship for the transport of the first shipment of plums. This shipment is expected to arrive in Shanghai harbor in early March.10.....

China's cherry imports increase 13% on last year

The Chinese import of cherries has increased hugely as a result of a worldwide increase in cherry production volumes and an increase of living standards in China. The season in which cherries from the southern hemisphere mature fortunately coincides with the Chinese Spring Festival. In recent years the.....

Zero Pesticide Residue label in France

Fruit and vegetable producers across France have announced a new label guaranteeing fruit and vegetables with "zero pesticide residues". The logo will be stuck on all fruit and vegetables that contain no more than 0.01mg pesticide/kilo. The tests will be carried out by Capinov laboratories and certified.....

10,000 Moroccan women to harvest Spanish strawberries

About 13,000 Moroccan women from rural areas having been queuing up in Oujda, Agadir, Meknès, Marrakech and Mechra Belksiri for seasonal work in Huelva, South Spain. Their job will be to harvest strawberries over a five month period. The women must be married and have children under the age of 14. 13,000.....

Quebec : Over 700 people fall ill from Chinese raspberry consumption

Public health authorities in Quebec have confirmed that at least 724 people were ill after consuming food containing raspberries from China. The products consumed were prepared using frozen raspberries from China and included puddings, coulis and yogurts. Symptoms included nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea,.....

Much rain and humidity

Gisborne region, New Zealand: growers remain optimistic

New Zealand farmers and grape growers have watched the weather forecasts more closely in the past week and there has been some concern with 7 days out of the next 10 forecast to have more high daytime temperatures and moist, humid air.With the start of the main grape harvest only a few weeks away now, grape.....

South Korea: Strawberries and bananas popular for ancestor’s memorial rites

According to data from the Rural Development Administration, over 80% of South Koreans buy fruits for memorial ceremonies, with nearly 1 in 4 offering strawberries and bananas to their ancestors during the traditional Lunar New Year ceremony.The ritual always includes South Koreans serving food -including.....

Spread the love with Valentine’s strawberries

Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity for Driscoll’s to reach out to consumers by offering the best quality strawberries, large in size, light red in colour and with exceptional flavour in a premium packaging. Berries is an emotional category driven by impulse. The valentine’s punnet is the perfect way to.....

Be Smitten® on Valentine's Day

Picking of Montague’s newest apple brand – the early-season Smitten® – kicks off this week, aptly coinciding with Valentine’s Day.The bi-coloured, crisp and full-flavoured apple is available this week in selected Queensland Coles stores and will be available on Victorian and New South Wales Coles shelves from.....

Australia: BerryQuest International hailed a success

With over 400 delegates from around Australia and all around the world, BerryQuest International 2018 has been labelled a success. The three day event at Launceston in Northern Tasmania was organised by Raspberries and Blackberries Australia (RABA), Strawberries Australia (SA) and the Australian Blueberry.....

Italy: Few apples available to ship to India

Up until last year, the Indian market appreciated Italian apples but was rather difficult to manage from a logistic point of view. During the past campaign, 90% of apples part of theFrom Italian Alpsconsortium, set up byMelindaandla Trentina (for Trentino) together withVOGandVI.P (for Alto Adige) was destined.....

Mark Greenberg, of Capespan North America

Report on table grape market

According to Mark Greenberg, CEO and President of Capespan North America, the table grape market of the East Coast of the United States has remained slow until week 5-2018, while imports from Peru, Chile and South Africa continue unabated. Cold storage facilities in the Delaware River are filling up and.....

University of Minnesota: Health benefits of pears

Joanne Slavin, Ph.D., R.D., professor of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, conducted a systematic review of biomedical and agricultural studies from 1970 to the present, in order to explore the potential health benefits and related health outcomes associated with pear.....

Washington apple growers partner with reusable packaging company

Polymer Logistics, a reusable packaging and merchandising solutions company, is pleased to announce that it will provide reusable transport packaging to the Chelan Fruit Cooperative and Gebbers Farms growers, starting with the 2017-2018 apple season.“We are excited to partner with this well-known and highly.....

China: Export of apples to Indonesia has started

What the influence of contracted exports to Indonesia on current conditions in the domestic apple market will be is still an open question? When it comes to exports, everyone thinks of small fruit, with a diameter of 65 mm or 70 mm, that is suitable for export. The sales volume of small fruit will definitely.....

China still important export market for Thai fruit

Thailand is a large country when it comes to fruit export, and their fruit is well-received in China. Before 2017, China was the main export country for Thai fruit, but it was surpassed by Vietnam in 2017.Thai fruitWhen it comes to fruit exports, China and Vietnam are the main markets. In 2017, China and.....

Tasmanian growers assessed for fruit fly support package

Over thirty key fruit and vegetable growers met with Biosecurity Tasmania and Fruit Growers Tasmania on Friday to work through the State Government's $ Fruit Fly Support Package.In the three weeks since the first detection of fruit fly larvae on the Tasmanian mainland, trade inside the 15km control zone has.....

Val Venosta Apples: the Italian market, our main market

"We are now entering the central part of a very particular sales season, which we hadn't seen in a decade. We work with the utmost attention and adjust our planning daily to meet the demands of our clients and guarantee the supplies of our apples," says Fabio Zanesco (pictured), sales manager of VI.P.Due to.....

VOG:

Early ending apple season reignites foreign competition

Midway through the 2017-2018 apple season and the optimistic forecasts made at the start of the season are looking very accurate. After three years of over-production and falls in prices, a European harvest of 9 million tonnes has helped reverse the trend and the equilibrium of the market has finally been.....

VOG: Satisfactory mid-term review

Six months after the start of the sales season 2017/2018, it is time for the Association of Fruit Cooperatives of South Tyrol (VOG) to make an interim assessment: stock reductions are faster than necessary, the sales figures are impressive and the results are profitable. VOG director Gerhard Dichgans is happy.....

North Rhine-Westphalia:

Germany: 37.6 percent more shrub berries in 2017

As reported by Information und Technik Nordrhein-Westfalen -the official statistics office of the region- on the basis of final results of the shrub berry survey, the harvest volume was 37.6 percent higher than in 2016. The main reason for this was the expansion of the acreage by 17.2 percent. With a.....

Import market review of week 6

China: Cherry supply grows rapidly - grape prices on the rise

At the start of week 5, as we enter the Spring Festival season, wholesale and retail markets at every level have entered the last stage of stockpiling products. As far as supply is concerned, Chilean cherries have arrived in great volume this year. This week their volume saw a sharp increase, which caused the.....

South Africa: Western Cape cherry farms bloom due to overseas’ demand

As growers are currently dealing with a terribly dry season in the Western Cape, it is important to realise that cherries use about half as much water (per hectare) compared to apples. And not only are they less ‘thirsty’ than apples‚ they are proving to be popular with markets overseas, which is excellent for.....

“We don’t exploit the full potential of the Charentais melon on export markets”

“The Charentais melon is a typical French fruit. It has an intense fragrance and is tastier than the melons from South-America, but at the same time it's more fragile,” says Pascal Sauvêtre from Soldive. “The South-American melons last for two or three weeks after harvest, while the normal shelf life of the.....

Pink Lady throws a Honeymoon Party

On Wednesday February 7 Pink Lady threw a party in the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Berlin. Over four hundred guests enjoyed the food, drink and good music. The party, named the Honeymoon Party, was on the theme of bees.The five hosts of the eveningDidier Crabos, president of Pink Lady Europe (centre) opened the.....

Poland is the world’s third largest cherry producer

Poland is among the largest cherry producers in the world. According to FAO data, the country accounted, on average, for slightly less than 14% of the global production volumes in the period from 2014 to 2016, so it ranked third globally. The first place corresponded to Russia (15%), the second to Turkey.....

China: Yangtai Airport Quarantine Service detects Monilinia fructicola

Recently, officers of the Yangtai International Airport Quarantine Service have arrested a batch ofbanned cherries. The fruit belonged to a passenger from the flight 9C8676 Thailand-China. Further tests indicated, that the cherries were infected with Monilinia fructicola, a plant pathogen that causes brown.....

Spain: Berry company invests 8 million Euro in modernisation and digitalisation

Cuna de Platero, one of Huelva's main agricultural cooperatives, based in Moguer, has invested eight million Euro in its production plant for the modernisation and digitalisation of all the processes implemented by the company in order to improve customer services."For Cuna de Platero, this project the.....

Lane Southern Orchards & Taylor Orchards

Merger creates largest peach & pecan entity in US

The recent merger of Fort Valley, Georgia-based Lane Southern Orchards with Taylor Orchards combines acreage, facilities and innovation. This makes this powerhouse team the largest peach and pecan operation in the United States. The consolidated operation will pack peaches under the Lane Southern Orchards.....

India asks Chile for trial shipment of blueberries & avocados

India has asked Chile to send a trial shipment of blueberries and avocado and complete a pest risk analyses of five commodities. The matter was discussed by Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat while talking to the visiting Chilean delegation led by Fidel Espinoza, President of the.....

China: State of fruit market before the Spring Festival

This year, there are minor changes on the Chinese fruit market compared to previous years. Prices of certain fruit varieties have changed, but the situation is relatively stable. Some varieties of fruits are doing better than others, but the market dynamics in general are weak. The sales of pears, apples and.....

Japan’s farm and fisheries exports - record high for fifth year

Japan’s agriculture, forestry and fisheries exports hit a record high in 2017 for the fifth straight year. But this record level, totalling ¥807.3 billion (6 billion euros) is still far from the ¥1 trillion target Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has set for 2019, in an attempt to bolster the country’s.....