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GLOBAL OVERVIEW ONIONS

2021 has been a year of extremes so far, particularly for the onion market. In the UK in particular, large swings in weather conditions have created a complicated growing season, whilst in the Netherlands, production is up 11% but sales are still slow, as the previous season’s onions hamper export sales. In China, logistics…

Lower volume of Lemonade apples this season

Supplies of Lemonade apples are down out of New Zealand this season. “We’re in the really early stages of the variety primarily out of New Zealand and unfortunately there’s less volume this year,” says Jason Bushong of Los Angeles, Ca.-based Giumarra of the variety that’s a Royal Gala apple cross pollinated…

Paul Mastronardi on the future of farming:

"We're on the lookout for varieties that work well with automation"

While SUNSET® looks for varieties that produce more yield without sacrificing flavor, the company is also looking for varieties that will work well with automation. Paul Mastronardi, CEO of Mastronardi Produce Limited, revealed so during a recent webinar by Bayer, focusing on the future of farming. "The…

Santa Maria fall strawberries around the corner

Supplies of California strawberries right now are ample. California Giant will begin picking the Santa Maria fall crop in another two to three weeks.  “We’re just coming off of the peak of the Watsonville-Salinas crop and we’re at the tail end of the Santa Maria spring crop so supplies are good,” says Alan…

Update on California organic pear and apple harvests

California organic pear harvest started with the Bartlett variety last week. “It may have started one or two days earlier compared to average, but is basically right on time,” says Chris Ford with Viva Tierra Organic. Crop volume is expected to be up considerably from last year due to excellent growing…

USA fresh blueberries arrive in China

Consumers in China can finally enjoy fresh blueberries from the United States. The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) teamed up with Pagoda, a fruit retailer in China, to hold a ceremony celebrating the arrival of fresh U.S. blueberries to mainland China, the first-ever promotion of USA fresh…

New Massachusetts loading location for organic and conventional cranberries

Bridges Produce has built its business on long-term partnerships and its relationship with Fruit d’Or is no exception. The Bridges team has worked with Fruit d’Or for more than 24 years and has acted as its exclusive organic fresh cranberry sales representative in the United States for the last seven…

Delayed start for carambola out of Florida

Carambola production out of Homestead, FL is a few weeks away from getting fully underway. “We’re out harvesting already and have some fruit but it’s just a small amount,” says Frank Martinez of Homestead, FL-based A.R. Produce. Carambola production out of this region goes until January. As for volume,…

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US demand still outpaces capacity

Shipping container rates to remain high into 2022

Shipping container rates have spiked by as much as three or four times since the onset of the pandemic. According to industry experts, as the global demand for goods continues to outpace available capacity, they are likely to remain elevated beyond the Lunar New Year in 2022. Even when the demand starts…

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Harvesting, sorting and packing of physalis

The Ministry of Ecuador shared the video below to show how physalis is harvested, sorted and packed. The botanical name Physalis means bladder, and was given because of the shape of the expanded calyx of the lantern plant.

Michael Fanks - Seeka

“New Zealand avocados always see a good demand in the premium Asian markets"

The New Zealand kiwifruit harvest is over and New Zealand grower and post-harvest company Seeka are now managing the kiwifruit in storage awaiting shipment of the premium quality fruit by marketer Zespri. Seeka successfully completed the acquisition of OPAC during harvest bringing the total combined…

US still has great potential for exotic fruit from Vietnam

Vietnam has been officially licensed to export six types of fresh fruit to the US market, including mangoes, longan, litchi, dragon fruit, rambutan and star apples. Other…

Tal Dagul from Agrifood Marketing an Israeli Medjoul dates Exporter

Covid prompts shift from ethnic/traditional markets to mainstream supermarket for Medjoul dates

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tal Dagul, who exports Medjoul Dates from Israel under the "Star Dates" Brand, has seen a shift in sales for this product, “Not necessarily by sales volume, but rather to where they are sold and to whom - We have seen a larger demand in Europe for Medjoul…

Delayed start for carambola out of Florida

Carambola production out of Homestead, FL is a few weeks away from getting fully underway. “We’re out harvesting already and have some fruit but it’s just a small amount,” says Frank Martinez of Homestead, FL-based A.R. Produce. Carambola production out of this region goes until January. As for volume,…

Ricardo Machado from Minikiwi Farm

Gains to be made on market for kiwiberries

The kiwiberry campaign at Minikiwi Farm in Portugal is set to kick off in two weeks, with grower Ricardo Machado stating he expects one of the best season yet this year, due to the high quality of the fruits. “It all started with my father, Jose Machado. In 2014 we moved forward with the first plantation…

Paso Del Norte international crossing, El Paso

Mangos harboring Fruit Fly larvae intercepted

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists are routinely encountering individuals attempting to import mangos from Mexico. The fruit is a prohibited product,…

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Imida showcased more than 60 traditional varieties of melon preserved in its Germplasm Bank

The Murcian Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Development (Imida) has held an exhibition of traditional melon varieties at its facilities in La Alberca, all of…

"The overwhelming popularity of a new apple variety has caused some challenges"

The 'PremA280' apple is a new apple variety bred by The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited and owned by Prevar Limited of New Zealand. This variety has great commercial potential in China as initial consumer feedback in various regions has been extremely positive. Market demand…

Update on California organic pear and apple harvests

California organic pear harvest started with the Bartlett variety last week. “It may have started one or two days earlier compared to average, but is basically right on time,” says Chris Ford with Viva Tierra Organic. Crop volume is expected to be up considerably from last year due to excellent growing…

Lower volume of Lemonade apples this season

Supplies of Lemonade apples are down out of New Zealand this season. “We’re in the really early stages of the variety primarily out of New Zealand and unfortunately there’s less volume this year,” says Jason Bushong of Los Angeles, Ca.-based Giumarra of the variety that’s a Royal Gala apple cross pollinated…

"We know that we can deal with the traditional ups and downs of farming, but COVID is pushing growers to the limit."

Enduring the ongoing effects of the pandemic is taking its toll on Australian farmers

A Victorian table grape grower admits the COVID-19 pandemic, which has continued for more than 16 months now, is pushing Australian farmers to the limit. State restrictions have intensified across most of Australia in the past two months, with either lockdowns or domestic border restrictions coming back…

New Massachusetts loading location for organic and conventional cranberries

Bridges Produce has built its business on long-term partnerships and its relationship with Fruit d’Or is no exception. The Bridges team has worked with Fruit d’Or for more than 24 years and has acted as its exclusive organic fresh cranberry sales representative in the United States for the last seven…

Santa Maria fall strawberries around the corner

Supplies of California strawberries right now are ample. California Giant will begin picking the Santa Maria fall crop in another two to three weeks.  “We’re just coming off of the peak of the Watsonville-Salinas crop and we’re at the tail end of the Santa Maria spring crop so supplies are good,” says Alan…

USA fresh blueberries arrive in China

Consumers in China can finally enjoy fresh blueberries from the United States. The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) teamed up with Pagoda, a fruit retailer in China, to hold a ceremony celebrating the arrival of fresh U.S. blueberries to mainland China, the first-ever promotion of USA fresh…

“Watermelon consumption stagnated after years of growth”

The watermelons have had a relatively positive year. Overall, the previous season's demand was solid, although the average lower temperatures in northern Europe this year until now did lead to lower demand and lower prices. Hazera, being specialized in seedless mini watermelon varieties, states the most…

Lower volumes led to higher prices for Polish importer

“Turkish cherries were expensive this year”

The Turkish cherry season is just about over. Importing them to Poland came with quite a few challenges, as production was lower this year, causing prices to increase. One importer states they had to increase their effort at times to find the right products to ship into Poland. Yuksel Zengin, Managing…

Fall Creek South Africa triples during its first year

The Fall Creek nursery in the Western Cape, South Africa, has tripled its capacity over the past year, despite all the disruptions caused by Covid-19. In line with their planning, the transplant and propagation facilities have been completed and an additional nursery area will accommodate the increasing…


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