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AU: An outstanding improvement in quality for Australian olives

The quality of Australian produced extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) from the 2017 harvest is arguably the best the industry has ever seen, according to the national peak body.Each year at the Australian Olive Association’s national competition, which is now international, medals are awarded to oils that reach a.....

Northwest/USA Pears to host global event to kick off National Pear Month

To kick off the 13th year of National Pear Month, Pear Bureau Northwest/USA Pears is once again implementing promotional efforts on a global scale.On December 2nd, consumers around the world will have the chance to engage with pears in person and online through samples, games, prizes and more as part of World.....

NZ: More misshapen cherries on the shelves this season

Cherry grower Kirsty Winder says that cheap cherries could be on the menu this Christmas, with one supermarket looking to expand their misshapen fruit sales to include the delectable summer treat.The availability of cut-price cherries will largely depend on the weather, with consumers likely to be in luck if.....

Italy: Middle Eastern buyers to attend Futurpera

This trade fair dedicated to pears will take place in Ferrara from 16th to 18th November. It's the second edition, following the 2015 show, which was very successful. Exhibitors numbers have increased and are now at 120 - foreign buyers are also more numerous. "FuturPera 2017 will be the perfect chance to make.....

Chile slowly starting peach and nectarine export to US

Now that the Californian peach and nectarine market is wrapping up somewhat, Chile is coming in slightly earlier than anticipated. “There’s still a bit from California running out of storage but they’re not that good. It’s just about done,” says Peter Carcione of Carciones Fresh Produce Co. in San Francisco,.....

Persimmon shape development patterns identified

There is considerable diversity in fruit shape among persimmons. Although it is one of the most important characteristics when it comes to quality, quantitative characterising remains difficult.Fruit shapes of different persimmon cultivars.Researchers from the University of Kyoto (Japan) have developed a.....

Irish apple crop above average this season

Unlike other European countries Ireland has seen a pretty normal apple season, with average to above average volumes. Even the freak hurricane which tore through the country last month didn't really affect the volumes."There was a bit of frost in some areas but it was localised. The storm mostly affected the.....

DBU supports project in cooperation with 3Win and Hohenheim University

Germany: 300,000 Euro for targeted protection against spotted wing drosophila

If it infests an area, the spotted wing drosophila can threaten total crop failure, which could make life difficult for farmers and winemakers. The fly, imported from Asia, is spreading steadily in Germany due to climate change. So far, it can not be combated in an environmentally friendly way. Existing agents.....

Chile: Despite hail, Maule has high expectations for its fruit

The region of Maule had a positive start of the season and, according to forecasts, it should have a high production of fruit in the 2017/2018 season. However, a hailstorm on Tuesday night in the area of Longavi, Linares, generated total losses in several areas.Since Maule is the national leader in blueberry.....

Argentina: Cherry season looks promising

According to the harvest forecast of the Rural Development Institute (IDR) and the evaluation of the producers, the 2017/2018 cherry season will have high production volumes, good quality and favorable marketing prospects.According to the IDR, Argentina will harvest 5,901 tons of cherry this season, the.....

Chile: O'Higgins will export almost 30% more cherries to Asia

According to statistics of the Agricultural and Livestock Service, SAG, the region exported just over five million boxes of cherries in the 2012-2013 season. Last year the region exported more than nine million boxes. The SAG calculates that in the season that will begin in December, the region will export 12.....

Argentinian Blueberry Committee strengthens efforts against child labour

Producers of the ABC - Argentinean Blueberry Commitee will take part in the IV World Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour, to take place in Buenos Aires, from November 14 through November 16, 2017."We continue strengthening our efforts in order to prevent child labour in our sector, and the.....

Crimson Snow partners converge to discuss future marketing plans

On time with the harvest, Crimson Snow partners from all over Europe got together for the annual reunion at the Italian Piedmont, homeland of Crimson Snow partner and producer Rivoria and Sanifrutta.This year Crimson Snow has gained a new partner. The Association of South Tyrolean Fruit Growers – cooperatives.....

Namibian grapes, delayed by 5 to 7 days, reportedly have improved quality & size compared to last year

UK & EU markets very keen for first South African grapes

Grape packing for the new season commenced three weeks ago with seedless white varieties from the Limpopo production area. The first volumes which have left South African shores for “very keen” markets in the UK and the EU, are expected to arrive by week 48.The grape season in Namibia is about five to seven.....

Myanmar watermelons increase in price due to high demand from China

The combination of a high-quality watermelon crop and increased demand from China has raised prices for watermelons above those in October at the fruit wholesale market in Muse 105-mile trading camp.“As it is the season for harvesting in Myanmar and local watermelon is of a good quality, the price is.....

Driscoll's extends #BerryTogether campaign for the holiday season

In a season traditionally characterized by scarcity, Driscoll’s says it will be offering an abundant supply of raspberries and blackberries over the holiday season.With increased availability of raspberries and blackberries this year, consumers should have a bounty of possibilities to add to their holiday.....

“Sweet” Queensland strawberries hit Indonesian shops

A delegation of Queensland strawberry growers recently travelled to Jakarta, Indonesia, to better understand the supply-chain and identify opportunities for exporting Queensland strawberries to Indonesia.Ray Daniels (left) and Luigi Coco (right) sampling Australian strawberries on the shelves of “Ranch Market”.....

Italy: Increased pear yields will improve competitiveness

According to OI Pera Vicepresident Albano Bergami, production costs must be lowered in order to be able to compete with strong pear producers such as Belgium and the Netherlands. This can only be done by increasing yields."Italian production costs are high. We produce an average of 25 tons per hectare, while.....

Spain closer to supplying whole berry range year round

The Huelva-based cooperative Cuna de Platero has extended its strawberry season thanks to the crops that are being grown, for the first time, in the province of Avila. Until now, the fruit's production had been carried out exclusively in the fields of Huelva, but now Spanish supermarkets will have this fruit.....

"Belgian negotiations on pear export to Vietnam were ongoing before Russian export ban"

Belgium can export pears to Vietnam

As of next week the Belgian Conference pears will gain access to the Vietnamese market. In February 2013 the negotiations concerning this started between Belgium and Vietnam and on October 23 this year the negotiations were finalised on paper, says Philippe Appeltans of Verbond Belgisch Tuinbouwveilingen.....

California strawberry supplies tighten up

A transition in California seasons has resulted in lighter strawberry supplies this week. The summer crop is finishing up and growers are busy planting their spring crop in readiness for the next rotation."The summer strawberry season across California is winding down as well as starting up right now in other.....

AU: Premium blueberry grower doubles production

Nutrano Produce Group, which acquired the premium blueberry farm Abbotsleigh last year, says its volumes have been more than double last season’s crop.The company grows the fruit at the Southern Queensland farm, with the season running from June to January and a seasonal peak in September and October."We have.....

US: Family Tree Farms hires Marketing Coordinator for blueberries and stone fruit

US based grower Family Tree Farms is increasing in size which means there is now a greater emphasis on driving consumption. In response to this growth, the company has increased its marketing efforts by adding a new team member to promote blueberries and stone fruit to the world.Family Tree Farms Director of.....

Contracts to export $5.3M in Kazakhstan goods to China to boost bilateral ag trade

A decision to export products of Kazakh manufacturers for a total of $5.3 million was made following the business forum "Kazakhstan-China" held in China’s Urumchi on November 10, the press service of the national company KAZAKH INVEST reported.Thirteen Kazakhstani manufacturers and about 100 Chinese potential.....

Filip Fontaine, BelOrta

"Partnership to export Belgian fruit to India, vegetables will follow"

BelOrta and IG International are signing a partnership to introduce Belgian fruit and vegetables to the Indian market. Over the next four years Belgian apples and pears will continue to go to India. Although the market has been open to Belgium for a while, the concrete plans for the coming years were signed by.....

China: 1000 tons of Luochuan apples to be sold to Germany

On November 3, during the ChinaFVF 2017 - China International Fruit & Vegetable Fair held in Beijing, theLuochuan Merrycall Company and the Beijing Buycylinder Company signed a sales contract for 1,800 tons of apples. Mr. Wang Xiaodong, head of Merrycall's Beijing department, said: "This year, we've.....

Italy: Melannurca Campana IGP campaign started at AOP Luce

The reddening of the last batches of Melannurca Campana IGP, which started in mid-September, is almost over. Each apple is placed on a hay bed for fifteen days and is turned two or three times to guarantee a uniform colour.It is precisely this extraordinary production process that makes Melannurca truly unique.....

Spain: Successful edition of International Blueberry Seminar

Last week, the ninth International Blueberry Seminar was held in Punta Umbria, Huelva. It was the first edition in Spain and Europe of a cycle of professional seminars that has already been held in Chile, Peru, Mexico and Argentina. The expectations for this seminar were very high and ambitious, but they were.....

Australia's blueberry economy is producing jobs and investments this season

The blueberry economy - still the Coffs Coast's fastest growing industry - is generating jobs, investment and export opportunities as the peak fruit harvesting season ramps up.The berry picking yesterday was in full swing at Costa Group's Corindi farms. In fact, the company needs to find hundreds of extra.....

Inova Fruit:

“We see opportunities to grow further, especially beyond national borders”

By now, Junami has acquired a strong position in the apple segment. The club variety is mostly dependent on growth abroad in coming years. As a consequence of frost, the production is considerably smaller this year.Junami apples are a cross between (Idared x Maigold) x Elstar. The variety is originally from.....

Red Fuji apple market finally looking up after two disappointing years

Sales of Red Fuji apples have not been very optimistic for the last two years. However, this year apple farmers are happy, as the apple market is doing great.Since Red Fuji apple gardens began to bear fruits, the weather changed from drought to heavy rains. Lack of light affected crops and last harvest had.....

Overview of global deciduous fruit market

South KoreaAlthough planted area for pears continues to decline in a trend that has continued since the year 2000, expected increased yields will result in an increase in pear production of about four percent to 247,300 metric tons (MT) in marketing year (MY) 2017/18.Pear consumption is projected to increase.....

Pomegranates from Heyin, Xingyang

Tunisian pomegranates with sweeter and softer seeds

Now is the season in which Chinese pomegranates enter the market, but because they aren't easily peeled and their seeds are both plentifuland hard, the pomegranates were instantly placed on the list of 'niche fruit' and the market demand has becomeextremely limited.In the past few years, pomegranates from.....

First shipment of Chinese grapes exported to Australia

The first batch of 14.4 tonnes of grapes from Xinjiang Province arrived at the Port of Sydney in the middle of October. Following cantaloupe melons and Korla pears, grapes are the third fruit variety from Xinjiang that has been exported to high end markets like Australia so far. This batch of grapes was grown.....

Berrybrothers expand berry range

The redcurrant season is over, and at most growers, everything is standing in cold rooms. The Dutch grower, Berrybrothers, is satisfied with the quality. Unfortunately, there was countrywide frost damage in the springtime.Gerco van Zuilen: "There is always something when it comes to farming. No two years are.....

Chile: The challenges of peaches and nectarines

Chile has 14,000 hectares devoted to the production of peaches and nectarines, which generate an annual income of US $160 million for the country. The country exports these fruits from December to March, mainly to the US market, where Chile virtually has no competition. Despite this, the business has been.....

Peru will export 2.6% more grapes this season

According to the latest report of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Peru's grape production will recover in the 2017/2018 season after overcoming the effects of the coastal El Niño this year.According to the report, Peru produced 605 thousand tons of grapes in the 2016/2017 campaign, nearly.....

Chile inaugurates its most modern cherry processing line

The Minister of Agriculture, Carlos Furche, and authorities of the Maule Region, met at Copefrut's Cenkiwi plant to inaugurate the country's most modern cherry production line, which is also one of the most innovative ones in the world.200 agricultural producers will benefit from this new technology that is.....

Record US Kanzi® apple harvest launches 2017 season

A record Kanzi® apple harvest has growers thinking big about conventional and organic new-crop opportunities. CMI Orchards, one of only two U.S. growers licensed to grow Kanzi®, is projecting a total increase of 120 percent for the coming season - this includes a 400 percent increase in organic Kanzi®......

New grape season begins as China protocol is revised

The Australian table grape harvest begins in earnest this week for growers in and around the northern Australian town of Emerald, with Mundubbera and St George to follow in November and December respectively.Chairman of the Australian Table Grape Association, Mr Richard Lomman says the crop is looking similar.....

Ventura, California

North American Raspberry & Blackberry Conference to take place Feb 21-24

The North American Raspberry & Blackberry Conference will be held Feb. 21-24 in Ventura, California – a a major berry production region.After an opening reception on Feb. 21, the conference will hold a full-day tour of farms and research on Feb. 22 followed by two days of educational sessions, posters and.....

US: Number of apples in storage up 8% since 2016

194.4 million bushels of apples were reported in storage as of Nov. 1, an increase of 8 percent over last year and 15 percent above the five-year average, according to a report from the USApple Association released Thursday.Fresh apple holdings totaled 143.3 million bushels, a 6-percent increase from 2016,.....

“Rolling out varieties on a global level”

More resistant varieties in future

Agriculturalist Better3fruit continues to develop new varieties. One of the varieties that’s been commercial since last year, and that is under licence of ABCz, is now being widely planted in Europe. “Kizuri is a red variety, it’s very sweet and has a distinct aroma and a powerful flavour. We always have.....

“Joly Red also popular on local market”

Five years ago, Fruitveiling Zuid-Limburg and BFV introduced the new apple, Joly Red. The red, sweet apple was supposed to appeal especially to Asian and Mediterranean consumers, but it turns out it’s also popular on the domestic market.The originally Belgian apple variety is the result of the cross-breeding.....

Gonçalo Oliveira, from O'baga:

"Portugal's blueberries still not well known in Europe"

O'baga is a Portuguese company that started growing organic blueberries a few years ago and that now also grows blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, currants, physalis, and specializes in all kinds of berries."Last year we sold 180 tons of blueberries and others berries, which are grown in 100 hectares of.....

AU: Victorian Food and Fibre exports reach record levels

The state of Victoria has reached a record total of $12.8billion in food and fibre exports, helped by the performance of Citrus and Table grapes, especially in the Chinese market.Despite being one of the smaller states, Victoria accounted for 25 per cent of Australia’s total, according to the 2016-17 Food and.....

Arnaldo Eijsink, Labrunier:

“Our experimental garden in Petrolina for new grapes is unique globally”

Brazilian grape giant Labrunier was founded more than 40 years ago when Jacques Defforey, founder of the global supermarket chain Carrefour, and Arnaldo Eijsink decided to start a grape plantation in Brazil. Arnaldo Eijsink is still at the helm of the production company, which has 900 hectares. An area of 100.....

Apple stocks erratically reduced last year

The reduction of the apple stocks has been remarkable during the past storage season, as evidenced by the ‘dashboard’ for apples, which was issued by the EU in October and published by NFO. In the past five years, the season started with a limited reduction of more than 600 million kilos in both November and.....

Machine manufacturer PND

“New cutting machine easily de-cores and cuts top fruit”

Machine manufacturer PND has introduced a new cutting machine. The Mod. DRR is a cutting machine with the option of de-coring apples and pears before cutting them into slices or rings. The input is done by an operator placing the fruit in cups, after which the apples and pears automatically have their cores.....

Kees Oskam: "Apples are sought after"

"Germany is the frontrunner in the top fruit market"

Trade in the topfruit market is lively at the moment. "We have once again entered into real trading structures, especially with apples. You have to keep your ear to the ground, and have to be on the lookout for trading opportunities", says Kees Oskam of the Dutch trading company, Jan Oskam. "In fact, I think.....

Australian stonefruit gains Chinese access

The signing of a protocol between China and Australia today for the export of plums, peaches and apricots from Australia to China is tremendous news for Australian stone fruit growers. Today’s announcement follows on from the access gained last year to China for Australian nectarines and will enable exporters.....

MoU to export Italian pears to China

China initiated the memorandum of understanding to import pears from Italy. The next edition of Futurpera (16th-18th November 2017) will be the perfect occasion to discuss this and for the production world to express its needs.Left to right: Simona Caselli, Tiziano Tagliani, Gianni Amidei, Stefano Calderoni,.....

Domestic issues force India to import more apples

The import season for apples in India is predicted to be better than last year. Estimates show that more importers have increased their stock. Although domestically produced apples in Kashmir are abundant, unpredictable weather circumstances such as hail storms have been known to damage the yield of the apple.....

Spain: Strawberries grow better on coconut fibre

Strawberries and coconut have never gone so well together. This has been demonstrated by a discovery made by the Sustainable Agricultural Production research group (Proagris) within the Department of Biology of Organisms and Systems of the ​​Plant Production Department of the Polytechnic School of.....

Record maritime export volumes

Argentina: Blueberry season update

Argentina is halfway through its current blueberryseason which has set new maritime export records. The Argentinean Blueberry Committee published that numbers peaked in week 43, when 30% of that week’s export, was through maritime export.In total, last week 1.870.871 kg was exported in total, of which most.....

Chilean ASOEX launches China road show with workshop in Shanghai

ASOEX has kicked off its new Chilean fruit season in China with a meeting and presentation in Shanghai. In the spotlight are the country’s fresh blueberries and cherries exports to China.The launch is the start of a road show that will attend five major wholesale markets in cities across China, including.....

New York City marathon runners received SnapDragon® apples

Over 50,000 SnapDragon apples were handed out as a post-run energizing boost for the New York City Marathon runners this past weekend. The perfect after exercise snack, the SnapDragon apple with the monster crunch helped runners replenish their nutrients as well as boost awareness of this up-and-coming apple.....

New organic storage apple positively received

A newcomer to the organic apple world is Natyra. This apple can score points during the second half of the season in particular, when there’s a need for a good storage apple.Natyra is the organic brand name for the SQ 159 variety, which had its start in Germany in 2010. This scab-resistant variety can be grown.....

“Boskoop more than just a cooking apple”

According to Kees Oskam, despite Belle de Boskoop being primarily known as a cooking apple, it is so much more than that. Despite decreasing consumption, the exporter remains loyal to Boskoop.Jan Oskam has Boskoop available this year as well. The harvest is about 35 per cent lower than usual, which resulted in.....

“Not enough supply to meet demand for Lola”

The Lola apple has been available commercially for five years. The 100 per cent Dutch variety is also grown in other parts of the world by now, but there’s still not enough production to meet demand.Lola is the brand name of the new apple variety Maribelle, a cross between Gloster and Meiprinses with Elstar......