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Apple grower Rockit hopes to see more orchards planted in New Zealand

Commercial director Tom Lane from Miniature apple grower Rockit has stated that the company is aiming to expand to the South Island. The company in effect wants sheep, beef…

DG agri dashboard - Apples

EU apples: Smaller fruit sizes and lower volumes due to drought and heatwave events

The ongoing apple crop for 2022/23 for was initially estimated by WAPA at a volume very similar to the preceding crop. Since the month of August 2022, however, several Member States registered additional drought and heatwave events that will result on smaller fruit sizes and, therefore, lower volumes. In…

Good campaign for Angelica di Romagna pears

Producer Luciano Alessandri is very pleased with the current campaign of Angelica di Romagna pears. "We have produced approximately 500 tons on around twenty hectares, so yields are good, especially if compared with the disaster that was last year." Prices have also gone back to a more normal level. "In 2021,…

Fruit from Boyne Valley to fill retail shelves

Ireland: locally-grown apples and pears hit Tesco shelves for first time in years

Ireland imports about 95 per cent of its table apples, often from as far away as Chile and New Zealand, where large orchards grow on fertile soil amid sunshine and low wages.…

Jacques du Preez - Hortgro

Apple trade with China offers South Africa a welcome counterpoint to poor European pear sales

From this year, South Africa now finds itself in the second position as apple supplier to China which has increasingly been looking for apple imports. In first place is New Zealand.The South African export campaign to China (99% comprising red apples with a smattering of Golden Delicious) is nearing its…

Kenyan apple growers set out to expand global market share

Industry sources say Kenyan apple farmers will continue benefiting from both internal and external trading resources that are offered by the Kenya Apple Growers and Exporter…

Apple grower-shipper focuses on thinking outside the box

Meeting the needs of both retailers and consumers requires flexibility and innovation. As a grower, packer, shipper and developer of premium apples, Honeybear® Brands is keeping a finger on the pulse of the market to ensure it is anticipating the changing shopping habits of consumers and providing…

'British apples really are among the best in the world, but they need saving'

Some claim that British apples are the best in the world, pointing to the fact that the temperate maritime climate of the UK means they ripen more slowly than in hotter countries. That implies that this summer’s heat might not have been to great, but the chair of growers’ association British Apples &…

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Bernhard Fuchs, SALEM-Frucht & Co.:

"Good development of KIKU and EVELINA"

The apple remains Germany's most popular fruit, as evidenced by both annual harvest and sales volumes. Since the end of the 1990s, club varieties have established themselves on the market and also enjoy lively interest. With the club variety KIKU®, SALEM-Frucht & Co. started 15 years ago with the club…

Ton Van Wiggen, The Greenery:

"Sweet Sensation sales off to good start"

Sweet Sensation pear sales started this week. "All the retailers who included Sweet Sensation on their shelves last year are excited again this year. The warm summer means this season's pears are deliciously sweet again. The year's sizes are excellent too," says Ton van Wiggen, The Greenery's Sweet…

"Electricity in Greece costs well over 100% more this season"

It’s been smooth sailing in terms of demand for Greek pears, says Paris Karastergios, import-export coordinator for Greek produce exporter Kastargiou P. Bros S.A.: “In general, demand for Greek pears has remained quite steady, with continuous programs running for the medium/big sizes of Santa Maria…

“If we sold all of the apples now, we wouldn’t have any fruits later in the season”

The Gala apples from Poland are in solid demand in this stage of the season, says Jan Nowakowski, manager for Polish apple distributor Genesis Fresh: “The new apple season is on the way and we are currently harvesting apples and loading freshly-picked apples. There has been very good demand for Gala…

Marc Peyres and Christelle Bertin

Blue Whale invests in Candine to win back young French and European consumers

Four years after its launch in 2018 at Fruit Attraction, Blue Whale has chosen to honor once again the Candine apple for this 2022 edition. Here's a look back at this "sweet nugget" that in the space of four years has already seduced 14 countries. Christelle Bertin, Christophe Belloc, and Marc Peyres…

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Yoichi Orchard: About 60 varieties of fruit crops, used for practical training and cutting-edge research

Hokkaido University has Experiment Farms in Sapporo and Yoichi Town. Yoichi Orchard, located in Yoichi Town, about 60 km from Sapporo, belongs to the Experiment Farms. The Orchard was established in 1912 for research and promotion of fruit cultivation. It is situated in a relatively warm area in…

“While Chilean and Brazilian apples failed in India last year, Poland and Turkey both did really well”

If prices of Brazilian and Chilean apples remain similar to last season, there's a good chance Polish and Turkish apples will do well in the Indian market this season. The Polish harvest is larger, and quality seems to be on par, one apple trader says. Saurabh Tanwar, CEO of Fruitways Chile, states that…

Kanzi partners positive about new European season despite difficult market conditions

Whereas most growing areas in Europe faced harsh weather conditions during the previous growing season, conditions have been much more favorable in recent months. Despite a limited number of growers that are being affected by hail damage, the overall picture of the Kanzi® crop is positive, due to a…

Waimea Plains: Growers believe nitrate levels are affecting color of apples

The Tasman District Council is reporting that some apple growers on the Waimea Plains, near Nelson, believe elevated levels of nitrate in the water are affecting their crops. According to Strategy and policy committee chairperson, councillor Kit Maling, growers had told him they believed “high nitrates”…

There is relatively big potential in Vietnam

The Italian Samboa and Ambrosia apples will hit Asian markets soon

The new season of Italian apples have started. "Our new apple varieties, the SAMBOA Apples and the sweet crunchy AMBROSIA apples have begun in the Europe market. They will soon be available to the consumers in Asia,” Kevin Au Yeung of RK Growers Srl told Freshplaza. Kevin is the Asia Market Manager. SAMBOA…

Ross Goatham - AC Goatham & Son

"Given the current climate, we are working with our customers to ensure apples are still a regular purchase in every shopping basket."

At AC Goatham & Son they are 60% through the apple harvest, mainly Gala with some Cameo apples which are being picked at the moment. "Quality is very good and no real issues with sunburn, that was really only an issue in Bramleys. Volumes are also looking good, the recent rain has helped size, we were…

“We started packing apples at the same time that we’re picking them”

In Poland, the energy prices are increasing in a big way. As well as  closing some of the cold chambers, one of the Polish apple exporters is now harvesting and packing at the same time to cut costs. Although it’s a challenge, the company gets great satisfaction from pulling off this logistical feat. According…

FreshPlaza October Global Focus on Top fruit

In October FreshPlaza will be focussing on top fruit. Are you a grower, importer or exporter of these products? We would love to hear from you. You can send us some information or we can call you for an interview, just let us know. You can contact info@freshplaza.com     MarketingWould you like to get some extra promotion for…


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