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Georgia peach growers begin harvesting early varieties

The Georgia peach harvest has commenced and growers are feeling optimistic. The weather has been favorable throughout the growing season which has resulted in an excellent crop. In fact, The Genuine Georgia Group - which represents many of Georgia's peach growers - said it expects to pack approximately 3…

Radish supplies to tighten ahead of Michigan season

Radish growers are about to transition to the Michigan season, but progress has been slow going in Michigan. Cool and wet conditions have persisted all spring, with even snow falling just a couple of weeks ago. This has resulted in the season falling behind schedule. However, it is only a delay in…

Asparagus supplies in crossover season

North American supplies of asparagus are beginning to transition out of California. “The California supply of asparagus finished up at the end of last week,” said Craig Rolandelli of San Ramon, Ca.-based JMB, who notes that it's the Central Valley and Delta regions wrapping up. “The quality is still very…

Fyffes introduces new recyclable paper Banana band

Signifying it as a ‘significant step’ towards reducing its packaging imprint, banana importer Fyffes has introduced new, sustainable and fully recyclable paper banding for use in wrapping its Organic Fairtrade bananas in selected markets. The move, which represents the outcome of an 18-month long period…

US: Washington state exporters brace for next phase in trade war

Bill Bloxom’s Seattle-based exporting firm, FC Bloxom & Co., this year expected its orders would add up to around $4.5 million — or enough to fill 200 cargo containers. But with rumors last week that the Trump administration was preparing new tariffs on Chinese imports, Bloxom’s Chinese procurers…

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US: More Georgia blueberries coming to markets this year

People in the region will see more Georgia blueberries in their local market this summer than they did in the last two years. Growers suffered major losses in 2017 and 2018…

Tariffs good for American garlic

The papers are currently full of stories about the current US-China trade war and the devastating effects on American farmers. But what the media has failed to take into account is that in any trade…

Uruguay has a new maritime route to export citrus to the US

A new maritime route has been opened for the export of citrus from Uruguay to the US and a first shipment of 150 reefer containers, loaded with Uruguayan mandarins, oranges, and lemons, will depart for the first time from the port of San Antonio to Philadelphia. The container ships hired to make the…

The weather has affected the season

Mexico's lime harvest will decrease by an estimated 20%

The worrying weather conditions being experienced in the central region of Tamaulipas have severely hit the fruit sector, specifically the lime crops. According to estimates,…

Vietnam: Mangoes still being exported to US

On May 18, the provincial People’s Committee and Chanh Thu Export Import Company organized a ceremony to announce export of the first ton of Cat Hoa Loc mango from the province to the US market. Leaders of the Plant Protection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Southern…

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Frosts in Poland reduced the harvest of berries and fruits

Frosts are having a negative impact on the harvest of berries in Poland. There are many damaged flowers on blueberries and strawberries, the result of the cold weather that…

"The Belgian pear market is catastrophic at the moment”

In 2015, Kris Wouters started growing QTee pears in his orchard in Rummen, Belgium. He started growing the new variety besides his Conference pears to increase the diversity of his production. Kris has been active as a fruit grower since 1985, when the first cross between Williams and Coloree de Juilliet…

Launch of its new CLX service

Maersk strengthens trade between West Coast Latin America and North Europe

Today, Maersk announces changes to optimize its West Coast Latin America – North Europe network, including the launch of its new CLX service connecting Chile, Peru, Panama and…

Lidl withdraws plans to only sell Fair Trade bananas

Discounter Lidl has abandoned its plans to in the future only sell Fairtrade bananas. Starting this summer, Lidl will once again offer bananas nationwide without Fairtrade certification, announced the discounter. "We have not been able to convince the customer of our commitment," said Lidl manager Jan…

Jan van Luchene, Bruwier Potatoes:

“When you don’t have potatoes to market, you don’t have a market either”

“We’ll probably be doing our final contract deliveries this week. Perhaps a little bit the week after that as well, but that’ll be it for us. Normally, we work until late…

Zweer van Aalsburg, FruitMasters:

“Good apple sales on domestic market in the Netherlands, small and class II pears were in trouble”

Last summer’s warm and dry weather has left its marks on the current top fruit season. Yet sourcing and sales manager Zweer van Aalsburg of FruitMasters still sees some rays of hope. “Price-wise, the Elstar season went fairly well. We’ll auction these until late June. Considering price levels were…

Christiaan van der Goes, GreenGoose:

“Enormous scarcity on the sweet potato market in coming months”

The market for sweet potatoes is currently very strained. “Throughout the season, people have been speculating about shortages because of the hurricane and the persistent rain, but although this could’ve been a sales technique of growers and exporters in other circumstances, the time has now come that…

An asparagus that combines the pros of both wild and cultivated asparagus

The asparagus obtained from a crossbreed by Mauro Buonfiglioli from Tomato Colors is about to be launched on the market, although it still has no definitive name as a club needs to be set up first. The group that took part in the presentation of the Saent asparagus "We have named it Saent for the time…

Scientific research into the apple proliferation disease at Centro Laimburg

The disease known as "apple proliferation" affects the orchards and causes significant damage to production. It leads to the growth of small apples not suitable for commercialization and infected trees must be uprooted immediately. The bacteria causing the disease, Candidatus Phytoplasma mali , is…

expoSE and expoDirect: 20 and 21 November 2019 at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Center

275 exhibitors already registered for the two events

Around six months before the trade fair starts, 275 companies have already registered for trade fair duo "expoSE - the European Leading Trade Fair for Asparagus and Berry Production" and "expoDirekt - Germany's largest trade fair for direct agricultural marketing". Overall, the Association of South…

Marcel Verdellen, Satori Holland:

"Everyone very wary on the lime market"

Lime prices have been on a good level in recent weeks. "For a long time, the prices in America were at such a level that it was not interesting for the Mexicans to send limes…

Jan van der Lans:

"Brisk trade in imported onions"

It has been a memorable year for Van der Lans International. This Dutch company is an established player in the import onion arena. "I have never experienced anything like this," says the company's Jan van der Lans. "Usually, at this time of the year, you still have an overflow of Dutch product. But, European onions are simply…

Early cherries at risk if uncovered

"I am covering the whole orchard as I do not want to lose everything due to the rain," reports Nadia Nobili, a cherry producer from Vignola (Modena). "I chose not to plant early varieties, so the production is safe so far. Anyway almost all my orchards are covered with anti-rain nets and I am planning on…

Stone fruit campaign starting in Campania

"We are really lucky in Campania, as our stone fruit production was not majorly affected by the weather - it only hailed in a few areas. The summer fruit campaign is starting and it looks promising, although it is around 10 days late compared to last year. We are hoping for real summer to start soon,"…

Nordfrost:

Planned connection between Wilhelmshaven - Scandinavia

As the market leader in frozen food logistics, NORDFROST, headquartered in Schortens in Friesland, has the largest refrigerated storage capacity in Europe at 40 cold storage…

Bonduelle presents new product line

'Salad from our farmers' available from the end of May

In May 2019, Bonduelle launches "Salad of our Farmers", a new salad mix for which only German raw materials are used. The salads are grown in the fields of contract farmers,…

Hans Grips, Cartomat Willich GmbH:

"Carrots will remain fresh and crunchy in paper packaging for up to three weeks"

"We had already started paper packaging for carrots in 2017 and 2018. The challenge here was that consumers really wanted to see the carrots before they bought them," says Hans Grips, Managing Director of cartomat Schiefbahn GmbH from Willich-Schiefbahn. "In order to make that possible you actually need…

Loop: the supermarket with zero packaging waste

At first, Loop looks like any other supermarket, but on closer inspection, one notices the omnipresence of glass or metal packaging. Together with the recycling firm…

France: Which departments consume the most organic products?

More than two thirds of French people claim to consume organic products at least once a month. Consumer specialist Olivier Dauvers carried out a study, using data from the…

Bouquet watermelons stands for inclusion through sport

Spain: Anecoop expects to market 150,000 tons of watermelons this season

Last week, Anecoop organized an event with the media and its watermelon producing partners in Almeria and Murcia in order to present the Bouquet Watermelon 2019 Campaign. In Almería, where the production schedule starts and a significant part of the total volume is harvested, the managers have announced…

The majority were oranges, mandarins and clementines

Citrus fruits account for 44% of the fresh produce withdrawn by Spanish supermarkets

According to data published by the Spanish Agricultural Guarantee Fund (FEGA), fruit and vegetable producers' organizations (OPFH) withdrew 103.03 million kilos of horticultural products from the market between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019. 44% of that volume, that is, 45.65 million kilos, corresponded…

The French fruit and vegetable sector protests against Spanish prices

Boycott of Spanish trucks loaded with fruit on the border with France

On May 16, trucks loaded with Spanish fruit were blocked once again in the border with France. In this case, several members of the French agrarian organization Conféderation Paysanne stood at the Le Boulou border point between both countries to prevent the entry of trucks, protesting against the prices…

Spain: Kumquat and passion fruit, an alternative to traditional citrus

In Spain, kumquat cultivation emerged as a viable alternative to traditional citrus, as its market price makes it a profitable product. This exotic citrus looks like a small orange (two to four centimeters long), weighs between 10 and 20 grams and has an attractive color. Its season lasts from December…

More rain in the coming days

Italy: Damage count starts in Apulia - cherries and watermelons knocked out

Rainstorms, water bombs and hailstorms: there was no break in the bad weather hitting fields in the Italian region of Apulia. And the forecasts for the coming days still talk about rain. "At the moment the situation is not the best, says Gianluca Giorgio, a young agricultural entrepreneur. Rain continues…

Polish fruit growers want an end to Russian fruit embargo

Last Friday, the Association of Polish Fruit Growers asked the Agricultural Ministry to engage Russia in dialogue on the possibility of ending restrictions on Polish fruit…

Increasing costs make small farmers give up on garlic

Price of Turkish garlic will increase due to lower production

The garlic sector in Turkey is struggling with costs, which in turn resulted in a lower production than usual. Although the quality is great and demand for the garlic is steady, the lower volumes mean there is little produce left after supplying the local market’s demand. Kerem Baltu is the export…

Germany: Thieves empty entire field of strawberries

Thieves have emptied a strawberry field in southwestern Germany almost entirely of its harvest. A similar incident a year ago led to pilfered fruit being sold on eBay. A farmer in Lambsheim, near the southwestern Germany city of Mannheim, has reported the pillage of almost his entire crop of…

Oceania

NZ: A new level of weather protection for avocado growers is proving a success

Avocado growers are benefiting from a fairly new style of netting that protects their orchards from the harsh weather elements. The Netpro Group recently constructed protective netting at an orchard in Katikati, near the Kaimai range, as the area can experience strong winds, especially westerly winds…

Australian farming groups looking forward to Coalition delivering on horticulture promises

After congratulating the Liberal-National parties on their re-election, peak Australian horticulture body Growcom reminded the government that primary producers would have high expectations of a returned Coalition Government and its commitments to horticulture. While the final make-up of the parliament…

NZ: Scales signals earnings growth from reshaped business

Scales Corp says full-year operating earnings from its reshaped business may rise as much as 13 percent. The agri-business, which last year sold its cold stores and liquid…

Australia: Silvan Avo Jet sprayer reaches tough orchard places

Agricultural spray manufacturer Silvan Australia claims its Avo Jet auxiliary spray unit is very popular. Released in 2017 for targeted spraying in medium to tall trees such as citrus, avocados, mangoes and macadamias, the unit is still ticking the boxes for growers. A key feature is the hydraulically…

New Zealand: More banana cultivation in Northland?

Bananas, more often associated with warm tropical climates on the equator, are proving popular with enterprising horticulturalists from Northland to Gisborne. It could even…

Australian apples and pears: New variety offering continues to grow

The Australian apple and pear new variety offering continues to grow as growers and breeders alike look for the next thing that will give consumers something new and exciting…


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