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OVERVIEW GLOBAL BERRY MARKET

The demand for raspberries and blackberries has risen sharply in Europe and North America in recent years. In the West, raspberries are seen as a luxury product. In China, that is not the case, and the prices, although still higher than those of other berries, are low. There is hardly any demand for raspberries in China, with…

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Why cheap organic ginger is detrimental

Mama Pacha, an American company specializing in organic ginger and other products, is looking to spread the word about how organic ginger is cultivated in the territory where it grows in Peru. Mama Pacha's main crop is organic ginger, but the company is also a supplier of so-called 'superfoods' that grow…

US apple exports, value down for 2018 crop

Apple exports for the 2018 crop were down 27 percent from the previous year, said the U.S. Apple Association at the organization’s annual Crop and Outlook Marketing Conference. The value of apple exports fell by 22 percent, from $1.1 billion in 2017 to $854 million for the 2018 crop. Amid growing trade…

EU set to halt imports of Canadian cherries & other fruits

'We didn't know they were just going to shut down the border to cherries like this'

According to a Canadian government document, starting September 1st, the European Union will halt imports of Canadian cherries and other fresh fruits, enforcing new import…

Soaring avocado prices coming down in US

Hormel CEO Jim Snee explained, on the company's third-quarter conference call, how avocado prices had climbed by more than 100 percent last quarter amid a smaller California…

Even supply and demand for California zucchini

Zucchini out of California continues its production at a steady pace. “It’s just the beginning of the new plantings. I think in the next couple of months, we should see pretty steady volume. I don’t expect any major issues at all for zucchini,” says Yolanda Ramirez of Valley Girl Sales and Marketing in…

Peru will host next International Blueberry Organization Summit in 2020

The International Blueberry Organization (IBO) has announced its 2020 Summit will take place in Trujillo, Peru, on August 10 – 12. The IBO Summit brings the global blueberry industry together under one roof every 12 to 18 months to address common challenges and identify new opportunities. It has become…

Record export year for US potatoes

US potato exports once again reached a record value and volume for the July 2018 - June 2019 marketing year (MY19). The total value of exports was $1,827 million, up 1% from…

Oregon Potato Company to acquire assets

NORPAC Foods declares bankruptcy

NORPAC Foods, Inc., a grower-owned fruit and vegetable cooperative founded in 1924, announced that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Oregon Potato Company under which OPC will…

Avocado seed weevils no longer an issue for the U.S.

The development of Mexico’s avocado export sector prompted many changes in the U.S. market. The USDA initially banned imports of Mexican avocados from 1914 to 1993 to prevent the entry of avocado seed weevils into the United States. With the implementation of a USDA phytosanitary work plan from 1993 to…

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Mythronics develops autonomous AI quality control system

Smart technology to optimize quality control

The bell peppers appear one after the other in front of the lens. Almost immediately, the screen shows which meet the required standards and which do not. The more deviations photographed, the smarter this quality control system becomes; and the better it can distinguish between the different quality…

Russian apple production continues to grow

NFO reports that the apple cultivation in Russia has grown strongly since the boycott and will continue to do so over the coming years. The share of Russian apples on the domestic market has now risen to 69 percent. Last year Russian growers harvested a total of 900,000 tonnes of apples. The plan is to…

Ercument Saka, Enes Groenten en Fruit:

"Phone ringing off the hook after arrival of Sultana grapes"

The Turkish Sultana grape season is in full flood at Enes Groenten en Fruit in Venlo. "The quality, flavour and the sugar level of the grapes are all good, they also have a good colour," says Ercument Saka. "The weather has been good so far and we expect sufficient arrivals this season." "The demand is…

Tropical fruit IQF gains popularity

Tropical fruit processors from South East Asia to South America are invested in supplying superior, delicious and economical frozen products. Changes in eating habits in…

Paul Delbeke, Districhamp

Belgium: “Slight rise in mushroom prices”

This year's summer period was not, as is tradition, quiet at Districhamp. This mushroom company is located in Pittem, Belgium. "Demand has not been bad over the last few months. A large player in the mushroom market went bankrupt in the Netherlands. We felt the consequences of the associated shortages…

Just look at what you can do with fruit and vegetables

Fruit tarts, mango ice cream, cucumber chips, banana lollies, little apple birds - there are so many things you can do with fruit and vegetables. This video has all kinds of handy tips, tricks, and ideas to whip up an original snack. Watch and learn!

AMC Group

Spain: "Varietal innovation requires understanding the consumer"

The Murcian company AMC is not only devoted to fruit production; it also has a line of research and varietal development. Globally, up to 400 producers in 16 countries, including the United States, South Africa or Israel, pay to be able to grow AMC-owned varieties in some 25,000 hectares. The group is…

Small farms affected

Gran Canaria: The biggest fire in Spain since 2012

With more than 9,000 hectares affected and 10,000 people evacuated, the fire has affected 8% of the surface of Gran Canaria. With a perimeter of more than 100 kilometres and flames that reach 50 metres, the fire is beginning to be controlled, but it is still alive. In fact, since 112 today Thursday has…

Stabilization of Spanish imports of Moroccan fruit and vegetable products

In 2019, Spanish imports of fruit and vegetable products from Morocco have stabilized following 5 years of strong growth. In the first half of the year, 285,710 tons of…

COAG denounces the commercial strategies of large distributors

Ruinous stone fruit campaign for producers in Spain

The Department of Agrarian Economy of COAG has published a report on the first half of the stone fruit campaign, which highlights the effects of the new strategy of large distribution chains: cheaper fruit for the consumer, ruinous prices for the producer, and profits for intermediaries and large stores.…

J. Manuel Blasco, of Cambayas: "We'll start with the Acco next week"

"Harvest of Valenciana and Mollar pomegranates will be 20% lower this year"

The pomegranate harvest is about to start in the Spanish town of Elche, one of the most important areas for this fruit's production. “Although Smith pomegranates are already being harvested, these are a minority crop in the area. Next week, we will start harvesting the Acco, of which we expect around one…

Solana presents new registrations at Weuthen Kartoffeltag and Potato Europe

"New potato variety 'Lea' is suitable for both conventional and organic farming"

Breeder and seed supplier Solana GmbH & Co. will use the upcoming potato fairs to introduce a total of three new table potatoes. Both the Weuthen Potato Day (August 29, Schwalmtal) and the Potato Europe (September 4 & 5, Tournai / Belgium) will focus on the extended variety spectrum of the…

BLE Market Report KW 33/19:

'Availability of cherries was severely restricted'

The local cherry campaign is nearing completion. The availability was massively limited and the quality was not always right. Despite the limited supply situation, demand could be satisfied, as it was not particularly pronounced. In Munich, demand was not by incoming shipments but with the standing…

New cardboard packaging from UT Tray Black in Norway

These fruits no longer need plastic

Norwegian grower Austein Gård is now offering its strawberries in a new cardboard packaging, made of UT Tray Black. According to the company, it completely replaces the previously used plastic containers, at the same time being a POS eye-catcher. The packaging is manufactured by Norstamp Label &…

"Your Vitamin Net" should save plastic

At the end of August, Lidl will introduce reusable net as an alternative to plastic bag

From the 26th of August Lidl will offer "Your Vitamins Net" throughout Germany in around 3,200 branches. Customers who choose to use reusable, greener nets will significantly save on plastic. "Especially in the fruit and vegetable sector, more and more customers want unpackaged products. For easy…

Austria:

Onions & potatoes top the list of food price increases

Onions and potatoes, the top sellers in Austria, are gettin g more expensive. According to Statistics Austria, in July onions cost 33 percent more than in the same month last…

Vegetable supplier Uhrbach starts with a renewed range and packaging concept

"Thanks to new packaging, we can save up to 70% of packaging waste"

In northern Germany, near Hamburg, the harvest of the classic autumn and winter vegetables is getting underway. Although the first Hokkaido pumpkins have already been harvested, they will only appear in processed form in German food retailing from next week onwards. Turnips and carrots will also be…

Domestic campaign is nearing season end

"Blueberry prices are rising week by week"

The domestic season of the culture blueberries is in the final stretch. The last batches of the year will be harvested in the next two to three weeks, although some quantities will remain until around the middle of September. "We notice that the goods are getting significantly scarcer: prices are rising…

Sfera Agricola: the revival of Italian tomatoes

The largest hydroponic farm in Southern Europe can be found in Tuscany. Launched in 2015 by Luigi Galimberti, Sfera Agricoa grows plants above the ground and pesticide-free,…

Michel Hoogendoorn, Partners Network:

“Extensive global presence helps keep performance at a high level”

“We are a diverse group of experts of different nationalities, with a broad range of knowledge on legislation and the requirements for import and export” – this explains the success of the Dutch company Partners Network, according to Michel Hoogendoorn. Having entered the market only eight years ago, the…

Meanwhile, the company expands to other European markets in the banana sector

Citronex president on the need to promote Tomimaru Muchoo tomatoes

The Raspberry King Association aims to integrate and represent producers of raspberry tomatoes in Poland and popularise the raspberry tomato, Tomimaru Muchoo. According to Rafał Zarzecki, President of Citronex Group and the founder of the association, such an initiative is necessary because there are…

New fruit and veg import rules come into force in Russia

At some checkpoints across the state borders, Russian customs officers will begin to check the presence of flowers and fruits in the luggage and hand luggage of people. It is…

Cucumbers in Poland still cheaper than last year, despite price increases

In Poland, the price of cucumbers continues to grow steadily, according to EastFruit project analysts. As reported by market players, a significant reduction in the cucumber…

Bulgaria: Ministry of Agriculture considers VAT reimbursement for fruit & veg producers

Bulgaria’s Ministry of Agriculture is considering introducing a system of VAT reimbursement in the production of fruit, vegetables and milk. This was announced by the Deputy…

Galil avocado - Israeli innovation to meet avocado needs

The Galil avocado strain ends the summer avocado seasonal scarcity. These will be hitting the stores as the season of the tasty South American fruit begins. This means avocado lovers will be thrilled that the long summer spell of avocado scarcity and accompanying exorbitant prices are drawing to a close.…

UK: Weather extremes threaten availability of fresh goods

In an internal message sent to retailers about the availability of fresh produce, Nisa confirmed it will only deliver 20% to 30% of Heritage and Co-op broccoli and cauliflower until the end of September. This year’s supply of Heritage cherries has ended completely, while Co-op asparagus had been in short…

Petrolesport presented AIFV project

New cross-dock for bananas, fruits and vegetables

At the initiative of the management of Global Ports (UK Global Ports), a leading container terminal operator, an excursion to the Petrolesport (PLP) terminal was held with the…

Turkey: Bursa black fig producers expand their Far East markets

Turkish exporters aim to find new markets in the Far East for Bursa black figs. In October, the Uludag Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters Association will visit Singapore…

MDA-Agro on the Turkish lemon season

“We will start our season late to prevent losing money”

In Turkey the lemon harvest has started for the earliest variety. However, legal exports will have to wait a while as permission has not yet been given. The lemon has not reached the required ripeness and quality just yet. One Turkish exporter believes there will be significantly less volume for the…

OVERVIEW GLOBAL BERRY MARKET

The demand for raspberries and blackberries has risen sharply in Europe and North America in recent years. In the West, raspberries are seen as a luxury product. In China, that is not the case, and the prices, although still higher than those of other berries, are low. There is hardly any demand for raspberries in China, with…

Oceania

Researchers aim to create hybrid pears

Commercial pear breeding has mainly focused on three species – the European pear which has a buttery texture and high flavour and two Asian species which generally have crisp…

Costa Group half year results; 15% decline in profits

For the six months to June 30, Costa grew its revenue by 11.8% on the prior corresponding period to $573 million. However, EBITDA before SGARA, leasing and material items…

World

World population, 1 year ago

Population size represented as country size

The country's size on the map is representing the population size.

Evaluating the potential for genomic selection in interspecific pear

Commercial pear breeding has mainly focused on three species – the European pear which has a buttery texture and high flavour and two Asian species which generally have crisp…

Potato exports by country

Global sales from potatoes exports by country amounted to US$4.33 billion during 2018 for the tubers in their raw form. In addition, the value of shipments for prepared or preserved potatoes…

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