Friday, January 27, 2023

GLOBAL MARKET OVERVIEW CUCUMBER

The increased energy costs have hit the winter production of cucumbers on the northern hemisphere hard. Many northern European cucumber growers have opted out of heating or lighting their cucumber crops this winter, including those in the Netherlands, Belgium, and the United Kingdom, causing gaps in domestic supply on these…

Focus Fresh GmbH

Yeter Güner of Focus Fresh Ltd on fruit imports from Turkey:

"We are now offering organic Turkish pomegranates for the first time"

As one of the most important source countries for fruit and vegetables, Turkey, is also confronted with considerable cost increases in the areas of production and fruit logistics. "A certain reluctance to buy is being felt, which is simply having an impact on the volume purchased by our customers -…

Giorgio Donnarumma (Nuovafrutta)

"The consumption of exotic fruit has drastically dropped"

The consumption of exotic fruit has drastically dropped. No product is doing better than the others, as buyers prefer purchasing basic food rather than niche products due to inflation.  "The post-Christmas period has been the worst of the part 10 years. Demand is so low that we even managed to contain the…

Polish apple trader hopes that Red Jonaprince and Idared varieties will perform well in second half of the season

“We did sell much more of Gala variety”

The sales of Polish apples has been rather stable, but there was one specific variety that did exceptionally well in Western Europe, says Jakub Krawczyk, export manager for Polish apple exporter Appolonia. “We sold similar amounts of apples as we did during other seasons and quantities that we have left…

"With the Limvalnera strawberry, we can supply retail programs from October to June"

High temperatures in autumn set the pace for the start of the strawberry season in Huelva and delayed the planting phase until almost the end of November. Every year, the weather conditions are one of the most important factors faced by Huelva growers, so choosing the right variety that combines climate…

“Turkish apple exports mainly went to India, Russia and Syria”

Their first apple export season in 2021 had its challenges, but Turkish produce exporter Ani Tarim is very confident about the current Turkish apple season, says Mehmet Çakmak, sales and marketing manager for the exporter. “Our ongoing apple and pomegranate export programmes make us quite happy, so far…

Pepe Ortuño, from SAT Olé:

“The artichoke processing industry should also adapt to the Green Queen”

The fields of the largest artichoke production area in Spain have been covered with a layer of ice for several days, which will have a considerable impact on production. “There have been frosts recorded from Alicante to Lorca, and in the Guadalentín Valley almost all the fields are affected,” stated Pepe…

Peter Breels, Rodiers:

"Moroccan and Egyptian clementines being pushed on Belgian market"

Spanish citrus prices have been quite high this whole season. "The supply's not limited, but volumes are lower than in previous years. So, prices, especially for juicing oranges, are much higher than in other years," says Peter Breels of the Belgian wholesaler Rodiers. Quality is not lacking, though, he adds.…

Sophie Ye, KX Food:

"Major shortages, high prices in ginger market"

Considerable shortages and high prices currently characterize the European ginger market. That is according to Sophie Ye of KX Food in Belgium. "Lower yields mean imports from China are at only half those of previous years. That results in high prices; import costs alone [from China] are around €3 per…

“The red guava would be an exclusive, ultra-exotic fruit in this market”

The red guava season has recently kicked off in India. The history of India and guava is a long one, says Kaushal Khakhar, CEO of Indian fresh produce exporter Kay Bee Exports: “India has a long-lasting and extensive expertise at growing various varieties of guava. For several years, it has remained the…

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Kaluga region of Russia exports 645 tons of mushrooms

The Interregional Department of Rosselkhoznadzor summed up the results of exports from the Kaluga region. The department reports that in 2022, the region's farmers sent 645…

Exceptional prices maintained for Spanish cucumbers, with supply outstripping the demand

Cucumber season expected to end two to three weeks earlier

The cucumber export season is underway in Almeria and Granada with very good results and is expected to end a few weeks earlier than usual due to the advanced state of the crops. The unusual temperatures recorded until the first half of January have accelerated the ripening and caused the production to…

Fellini Farm in Gambettola (Forlì-Cesena)

Zero-residue radicchio, an extra chance to gain interest among consumers

The range of pest-free vegetables offered by the Italian company Fellini Patrizio continues to expand. Red, pest-free radicchio started to be available a few weeks ago. "Right now, the product is from the Marche region. We have grown in Romagna until November. The quality is good and the harvest is…

The contracting period ends on January 31

Garlic insurance returns to normal after two years of high incident rates

After two years of negative results, with more than 45 million euro of compensation in the 2020 and 2021 campaigns, last year, garlic insurance -which gives ample coverage to…

Pepe Ortuño, from SAT Olé:

“The artichoke processing industry should also adapt to the Green Queen”

The fields of the largest artichoke production area in Spain have been covered with a layer of ice for several days, which will have a considerable impact on production. “There have been frosts recorded from Alicante to Lorca, and in the Guadalentín Valley almost all the fields are affected,” stated Pepe…

Edgar Günther, Elbefruit Ltd, on the import and distribution of pulses

"Guatemala always set the tone - that is now slowly changing"

In the field of sugar snap peas and snap peas, batches from three countries of origin, namely Egypt, Guatemala and Kenya, are now hitting the market. "We have plenty of goods available to us at the moment, whether sea or air freight. Although we try to offer the buyer ship goods if possible due to the CO2…

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Peter Turner – Soreli

New generation kiwis find firm footing in the right South African localities

The advent of Actinidia chinensis yellow and red kiwi selections with lower chilling requirement has opened the door for South Africa, which had a stab at creating a kiwi industry in the 1980s, but with a focus on green kiwis “South Africa’s big opportunity is not to be a big player but to be a player of…

Almost 3,000 tons of Vietnamese produce exported to China via Lạng Son's border gates

Exports of agricultural and fruit products, mainly dragon fruit and mango, reached approximately 2,700 tons to China through Lạng Sơn Province border gates on January 24. It…

Sophie Ye, KX Food:

"Major shortages, high prices in ginger market"

Considerable shortages and high prices currently characterize the European ginger market. That is according to Sophie Ye of KX Food in Belgium. "Lower yields mean imports from China are at only half those of previous years. That results in high prices; import costs alone [from China] are around €3 per…

Giorgio Donnarumma (Nuovafrutta)

"The consumption of exotic fruit has drastically dropped"

The consumption of exotic fruit has drastically dropped. No product is doing better than the others, as buyers prefer purchasing basic food rather than niche products due to inflation.  "The post-Christmas period has been the worst of the part 10 years. Demand is so low that we even managed to contain the…

Focus Fresh GmbH

Yeter Güner of Focus Fresh Ltd on fruit imports from Turkey:

"We are now offering organic Turkish pomegranates for the first time"

As one of the most important source countries for fruit and vegetables, Turkey, is also confronted with considerable cost increases in the areas of production and fruit logistics. "A certain reluctance to buy is being felt, which is simply having an impact on the volume purchased by our customers -…

Candy MacLaughlin - Skybury Farms

Increasing consumer consumption is the key to growth in 2023 for a North Queensland Papaya grower

A leading North Queensland papaya grower says it is important to increase consumer awareness of the fruit, and in turn consumption, to help grow the category and help meet rising production costs. Skybury Farms, General Manager Candy MacLaughlin says input costs over the past twelve months across the…

Strong export market for Australian lychees in New Zealand, Canada and US

According to Australia Lychee Growers Association president Derek Foley, who also grows the fruit in the Bundaberg region, the season is going well and lychee lovers can look…

“The red guava would be an exclusive, ultra-exotic fruit in this market”

The red guava season has recently kicked off in India. The history of India and guava is a long one, says Kaushal Khakhar, CEO of Indian fresh produce exporter Kay Bee Exports: “India has a long-lasting and extensive expertise at growing various varieties of guava. For several years, it has remained the…

Aimed at the upcoming 2023 kiwifruit season

Seeka collaborates with Ministry of Social Development to deliver series of job expos

Over 400 jobs are up grabs as this year’s Kiwifruit season takes off in Taitokerau, and there’s something for everyone. Horticulture employer Seeka has collaborated with…

Malaysia

Desaru Fruit Farm loses RM600,000 due to flood

The well-known Desaru Fruit Farm in Malaysia has suffered losses of about RM600,000 (€132,000) after 90 per cent of its orchard was flooded. Desaru Fruit Farm director Alice…

Garlic may be next to experience supply troubles and price hikes in Philippines

As Filipinos slowly try to recover from months of inexplicably high onion prices, some are now bracing for higher costs of another kitchen staple; garlic. Again, a supply…

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"With the Limvalnera strawberry, we can supply retail programs from October to June"

High temperatures in autumn set the pace for the start of the strawberry season in Huelva and delayed the planting phase until almost the end of November. Every year, the weather conditions are one of the most important factors faced by Huelva growers, so choosing the right variety that combines climate…

Loli Garcia, Grufesa's Sales Director:

"We are entering the Valentine's Day campaign with good demand for strawberries and rising prices"

The drop in temperatures starting the second week of January reduced the supply of strawberries in Huelva, increasing prices, which continue on an upward trend. Loli Garcia, Grufesa's Sales Director. "European markets are relatively empty of strawberries, and it seems that this will continue to be the…

Frosts affect more than 40% of the extra-early fruit in the Murcia region

The Secretary of Agriculture of the Union of Small Farmers (UPA), Antonio Moreno, estimated that the repeated frosts of the last days in large cultivation areas of the Region…

Increased local demand for Ontario Red Prince apples

Ontario apples are continuing to see a strong year--a welcome change from the last two years where smaller crops followed challenging weather conditions. “This year overall we had a bumper crop. Not only was it larger in yield but it was larger in size and had great color. All regions had a great year…

Polish apple trader hopes that Red Jonaprince and Idared varieties will perform well in second half of the season

“We did sell much more of Gala variety”

The sales of Polish apples has been rather stable, but there was one specific variety that did exceptionally well in Western Europe, says Jakub Krawczyk, export manager for Polish apple exporter Appolonia. “We sold similar amounts of apples as we did during other seasons and quantities that we have left…

“Turkish apple exports mainly went to India, Russia and Syria”

Their first apple export season in 2021 had its challenges, but Turkish produce exporter Ani Tarim is very confident about the current Turkish apple season, says Mehmet Çakmak, sales and marketing manager for the exporter. “Our ongoing apple and pomegranate export programmes make us quite happy, so far…

Lesotho to increase fruit production

The Lesotho Competitiveness and Financial Inclusion Project, working together with the Lesotho National Farmers’ Association (LENAFU) will teach farmers the necessary skills…

Ukraine exported record high volumes of raspberries in 2022

According to EastFruit analysts, Ukrainian producers were able to increase exports of frozen raspberries in 2022 beating the previous record! This is especially amazing…

However, dependence on markets of ex-CIS remains high

Moldova sharply increased exports of table grapes to the EU

Representatives of the Association of Grape Producers and Exporters of Moldova noted that in 2022 exports of table grapes from Moldova to Romania almost doubled compared to…

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Citrus growing in Florida still perseveres focuses on juice market

As has been reported for years now, Florida's citrus crop has been decreasing and things are not yet looking to be picking up. Centuries ago, growing and producing citrus…

Citrus grower fights to keep crop healthy as Phoenix area is faced with cold spell

Arizona citrus growers are working hard this week to keep their plants thriving during this cold snap as overnight temps are hovering around the freezing mark. Fortunately,…

Peter Breels, Rodiers:

"Moroccan and Egyptian clementines being pushed on Belgian market"

Spanish citrus prices have been quite high this whole season. "The supply's not limited, but volumes are lower than in previous years. So, prices, especially for juicing oranges, are much higher than in other years," says Peter Breels of the Belgian wholesaler Rodiers. Quality is not lacking, though, he adds.…

Le arance del nonno Pippo

Small citrus fruits drive sales

“This is a good citrus fruit campaign with good grades and constant consumption. What is more, temperatures have dropped and, as is known, consumers prefer to have oranges when it's colder. Temperature changes favor pigmentation, which is what makes our Tarocco di Francofonte oranges stand out," reports Giuseppe Guagliardi,…

New companies join the PGI Cítricos Valencianos quality seal

The PGI Cítricos Valencianos incorporated new firms from Alicante, Valencia, and Castellón. This expansion reinforces the presence of the Valencian seal in national and…

USDA

Citrus: World Markets and Trade

South Africa tangerine/mandarin exports forecast to reach a record 560,000 tons in 2022/23

South Africa exports of tangerines/mandarins are forecast to grow by almost 8 percent in 2022/23 to reach a record 560,000 tons on higher production and strong overseas demand. The European Union and the United Kingdom account for 45 percent of total South Africa exports followed by Russia (10 percent)…

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