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OVERVIEW GLOBAL LEMON MARKET

It is currently quiet on the lemon market. The South African season has already finished and people are looking back on record export figures this year. The Spanish season has just started with the Primafiori lemons, although the production volume is expected to be 20% smaller than last year. Market prices seem to be under…

California Maria fire affected small percentage of avocado trees

Though assessments are early, it seems as though approximately only 100 acres of avocados were affected following the recent round of California wildfires. “It’s not as bad as we thought,” says Ken Melban of the California Avocado Commission based in Irvine, Ca. “If you’re a grower who was hit, then it’s…

Exports more challenging

California pomegranates end season of slightly lower volumes

California is finishing up harvesting a slightly lower crop of pomegranates. “In general the crop has been down this year compared to 2018, but field to field, it varied,” says Ken Barbic Sr. of The Fresh Connection LLC in Reedley, Ca. “One field would be similar to last season, another would be 15-25 percent…

Table grape market gets ready to transition from California to imports

The California table grape season is coming to an end, and it looks like the season will end earlier than usual this year. The market is not yet transitioning from domestic to imported product, but the transition will begin soon. This year, Brazil is looking to reenter the U.S. markets with their grapes…

Through to November 2020

FDA will test romaine lettuce for pathogens

After four outbreaks in less than two years where likely contaminated romaine lettuce contained deadly E. coli O157: H7, the Food and Drug Administration has decided to turn to microbial testing for clues for the next year to try to figure out what’s happening. Earlier this year, the agency announced…

Guangzhou successfully exports fresh persimmon to Canada for the first time

A shipment of fresh persimmon recently left the Gaoming District in Foshan City, Guandong. After a long journey, the persimmon will arrive on the other side of the Pacific…

Packaged tomatoes getting more space in produce departments

The snacking trend continues to motivate retailers to allot more and more space to packaged tomatoes. “Packaged is where the trend has been moving to over the past five…

Sukhdeep Sethi - AVI Global Plast

Grape punnet redesigned with less plastic, same strength

With plastic packaging coming under fire in the produce industry companies are looking at ways to minimise the use of plastic and move to recyclable packaging for fruit and vegetables. Following this trend Indian packaging manufacturer AVI Global Plast has implemented measures to reduce the amount of…

Sardinia citrus: -60% for clementines -30% for oranges

"This summer we had predicted (see FreshPlaza of 26/07/2019) a drastic reduction in citrus production for the region of Sardinia. Now that the harvest has begun, we are aware of the actual percentages", explained Orazio Casalino, a Sardinian agronomist, who added: " There has been a significant…

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Europe

New market observatory for citrus fruit launched

On 13 November 2019 in Brussels, the European Commission launched the new Market Observatory for Citrus fruit. On this occasion the European Commission requested Jose Antonio…

Don Marshall - Exporta

"Fruit and vegetable growers moving away from wooden crates to clean, lightweight and durable plastic crates"

Plastic is not exactly in vogue at the moment but it does have its advantages in transportation and storage environments. Don Marshall Head of Ecommerce & Fulfilment at Scottish based company Exporta believes it a much better material for pallets and crates than wood."Fruit and vegetable growers are…

Elena Rogojnikova of Hagé International:

Significant shortage of large Avocados

"Up to now, the 2019 avocado market has been the opposite of what it was in 2018," states Elena Rogojnikova of the Dutch company, Hagé International. "In 2018, there was an enormous oversupply of Hass avocados. These came from South Africa and Peru. This was the case from the summer until October. These…

The proposals by Vivai Dalmonte

Walnuts and hazelnuts: income is made possible by programming

An ever-increasing number of requests for hazelnut and walnut plants are coming from Italy and abroad. Thanks to agreements with the supply chain, contracts with large industries, or autonomous company initiatives, it is possible to plan for profitability over a number of years. At the base of each…

Sardinia citrus: -60% for clementines -30% for oranges

"This summer we had predicted (see FreshPlaza of 26/07/2019) a drastic reduction in citrus production for the region of Sardinia. Now that the harvest has begun, we are aware of the actual percentages", explained Orazio Casalino, a Sardinian agronomist, who added: " There has been a significant…

Launch in Spain of a powerful kaki promotional campaign

Throughout the month of November, a national kaki promotional campaign will be carried out by both Anecoop and the Regulatory Council of the Protected Designation of Origin kaki Ribera del Xúquer. Kakis have a great potential, but the fruit is still unknown by many consumers. The main objective of the…

William Trapon, Trapon Champignons:

France: “It is as if the boletus of the past few years all grew in just one year”

It is an exceptional campaign for the wild mushroom in terms of volumes in France, according to William Trapon of Trapon Champignons. Especially when it comes to the boletus, which came out of the ground in large numbers. “The last three or four years were difficult because volumes were small. This year,…

OVERVIEW GLOBAL LEMON MARKET

It is currently quiet on the lemon market. The South African season has already finished and people are looking back on record export figures this year. The Spanish season has just started with the Primafiori lemons, although the production volume is expected to be 20% smaller than last year. Market prices seem to be under…

Kees Jacobs (Syngenta) about new Promotion onion variety:

"Hardy Dutch onion variety meets growers and processors' demands"

Syngenta Seeds is the sole Dutch onion breeder. This year, they introduced a new variety - the Promotion. "This variety meets growers' need for a stronger variety. The demand for a strong, durable, hardy variety is higher than ever. Certainly, given the dry weather of the last seasons. With this variety,…

Fruit Logistica Day in the Port of Algeciras

The Spanish port of Algeciras controls 75% of import reefers

Representatives of the Bay of Algeciras Port, production companies, the logistics sector, and health authorities analyzed the current challenges presented by the maritime transport sector for perishables and attempted to respond the optimization margin that exists in this field, in the session organized…

Sakata

PerseusF1, the broccoli with high yields that makes it possible to extend the Spanish campaign

In the framework of an event held on November 12, Sakata Seed Ibérica presented PerseusF1, the latest addition to the early-cycle broccoli family. The event started at 10:00 in Alhama de Murcia. Around 200 producers and a number of media had the chance to learn first-hand about the characteristics of this…

Lychees and Peruvian figs supplement current exotic offer

"Early season start for Peruvian air-freighted mangoes, considerable shortages of avocados"

When the temperatures in Germany are dropping, traditionally the selection of fruit exotics will increase. "Last week, the first Peruvian air-freighted mangoes arrived this year, a good two weeks earlier than last year, and the smaller calibers - 12 and 14 - are currently shaping the action, but from next…

Maersk sees slight pickup in container traffic next year

Shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk has made the statement that expected 2020 growth in global seaborne container traffic to be slightly higher than this year, although an…

Global Berry Congress returns to Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 2020

Global Berry Congress returns to Rotterdam on 30 March-1 April with a major focus on the future viability of soft fruit production, supply chains, distribution models and markets. Pictures from Global Berry Congress 2019. Despite standing out as one of the most prosperous categories in the fresh produce…

Oron Ziv of Befresh Europe:

“It is tough to make good margins in the fruit export business.”

“At the end of the day, we are an export company. We work closely with the farmers. If it is a bad season, it affects us too. If we do our job well and we have no big issues, every season should be okay for us. You cannot make huge amounts of money from it.” Newly planted grapefruit. Fruit exporters must…

Global potato trader commits to sustainability and 100% recyclable packaging

To meet its sustainability and branding requirements, Leo de Kock uses recyclable P-Plus packages with controlled micro-perforationstailored to each product. These help to prevent food waste by preserving freshness. Unique descriptions and cooking suggestions on the packets also help customers choose the…

Oceania

Calls to improve New Zealand's vegetable security through better freshwater management

Securing New Zealand's commercial vegetable future was a key part of HortNZ's submission to the recent "Action for healthy waterways" consultation process. The NZ Government recently concluded the consultation process on the quality of water, which received 17,000 submissions, and HortNZ is hoping for…

NZ: Change in cargo loaders helped speed up container transfer time

T&G Pipfruit exported 750, 40-foot reefers from its Otago coldstore in 2019 and expects the coldstore to process between 900 and 1,000 containers next year. Each reefer weighs between 26 and 32 tonnes but with no docks at the coldstore must be positioned on the ground for loading. During peak season, the…

Australian Lady Jane mangoes to hit stores next week

Australian produce company, Nutrano Produce Group is excited about the release of its new Lady Jane mangoes instore next week. “Our farm team have been monitoring the Lady Jane mangoes closely, testing brix, dry matter and blush colour to determine the ideal time to harvest,” says George Haggar, CEO of…

World

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Trying to lose weight? Add papayas to your diet.

No matter how hard we try, most of us are constantly on the search for an easy weight loss diet plan. While there is no magic ingredient which can get rid of the excess fat in a jiffy, there are some readily available fruits and vegetables. In India, one common piece of advice is to include papayas in…

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