Lleida's stone fruit production has been supplied by fewer companies this year

"This year, there will be hardly be any Paraguayo peaches in Europe from late August”

In general, the consumption of certain species of stone and pome fruit has shown a surprisingly downward trend this year, despite the supply levels. In Lleida, one of Spain's main stone fruit and pear producing areas, activity in the sector is much lower than usual, given that the frosts have barely…

Paul van Groningen, Greenfood Iberica: "Spanish walnut season in preparation too"

"Far fewer Spanish stone fruits than in other years"

This year's Spanish stone fruit season did not go well, says Paul van Groningen van Greenfood Iberica. "It was hard to plan ahead, which made it very difficult to fill out…

Italy's Fe.Vi Frutta

"There is now a marked improvement in the fields and on the markets"

"The marketing of typically seasonal products seems to be on a good trend, also favored by good weather conditions, with warmth and sunshine throughout Italy. Stone fruits remain among the references preferred by consumers, despite commercial problems, especially related to the size of the fruit. There…

Apricot prices are dropping in Moldova

Wholesale prices for apricots in Moldova decreased from 35-40 MDL/kg ($1.82-2.0/kg) to 15-18 MDL/kg ($0.78-0.93/kg) over the last week of June and the first week of July. This…

2022 British Columbia cherry season update

It’s a late start to a great season! This year, Jealous Fruits reports that the farms experienced unusual delays in cherry development due to the very cool spring. The delay did not impact the quality of its crops, just the timing. Cherries require sunny, dry weather to ripen over the last three to five…

Stone fruit producer from Matera reports on the current situation

"The current period is not easy, but complaining only makes things worse"

"We are working relentlessly and will continue to do so until the last pallet of summer fruit leaves our warehouse. The current period is not easy, but complaining only makes things worse. We need to focus on our work and try to improve it," reports Francesca Gallicchio, administrator at Gallicchio…

Mark Vernooij (Urfruit):

"Pear market still hasn't completely recovered from Ukrainian war"

The Dutch pear season, which fell well short of expectations, is currently fizzling out. "Last year, European production was historically low. We all thought we had green gold hanging in the orchard and sales would be a piece of cake," says Mark Vernooij of Urfruit. Mark Vernooij (right) with the Urfruit…

Rodrigo Masip, of Conjuntfruit: "Very important communication channels are investing in organic agriculture in Lleida".

"It is unbelievable that this year we are struggling to sell what little we have"

With almost all of Spain on maximum alert levels because of a new heat wave, it has become even harder to reject the IPCC's conclusion that climate warming is "unequivocal" and, unfortunately, "irreversible" in the medium term. Its consequences are clear for society, as this scale of climate change is…

Strong demand on bigger and better New Jersey blueberries this season

New Jersey blueberries are seeing strong demand in the market. “Demand has been excellent this year. I raised my prices so I was actually anticipating my volume at retail to be down but it’s not. I’m happily surprised that our volumes moving has gone up,” says Tim Haines of Haines Berry Farm in…

Good Dutch plum season expected

This month sees the start of the Dutch plum season. The harvest will be slightly smaller this year, but  Marinus Bunt of B&B Fruit expects an excellent season. This family business grows and trades plums. Marinus and Frederik Bunt B&B fruit's third generation, Frederik and Marinus Bunt, run the company. They have dubbed themselves…

This year’s bumper harvest is about to hit Tesco shelves

They said it wasn’t possible, but 10 years on the English apricot industry is flourishing

Now, with this year’s bumper harvest about to hit Tesco shelves, the future couldn’t be rosier as UK growers predict they will have their biggest ever crop this year –…

Smaller crop and stronger prices for British Columbia stone fruit

“Just like most of the Pacific Northwest growing region, we are trending behind last year by almost two weeks.” So says Laurel Van Dam of the Lake Country, B.C.-based BC Tree Fruits Cooperative of the British Columbia, Canada stone fruit crop. While B.C. cherries are just coming on now, peaches will…

"We grow 100% of our apricots in our own orchards"

The apricots that are grown in Turkey are in good demand with German customers this season, says Alanar marketing coordinator Yigit Gokyigit: “Alanar is a grower, packer and exporter of apricots. We are having a great season this year. Quality of the fruit is at its best right now. We’ve provided our…

Csaba Juhos, Fresh Fruit TÉSZ: "fruit growing frost damage for the third year running"

Record-high heatwave sours Hungary cherry grower’s season

The more than two week long heatwave in Hungary, with record-high temperatures ranging between 37 and 40 degrees for days on end during the early summer, is souring the harvest season for growers and exporters of sour cherries. This produce is exported from Hungary to mainly EU countries that include…

Ontario peaches and nectarines could start picking in the next 14 days

Though it’s still a couple of weeks away, the Ontario stone fruit crop looks good. “We have some pockets that had some frost damage. But in our main producing area, everything looks good,” says Sarah Marshall of Ontario Tender Fruit/Fresh Grape Growers. She notes the timing of production looks similar to…

Máté Tömösváry: "happy to have good volumes this year and to receive fairly good prices"

Hungary apricot exports to rest of Europe doing well

The Hungarian apricot export season is going well with good volumes being harvested, while prices received from Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland are fairly good. Producers of Balaton-ker-Tész are relieved to be experiencing a good season after struggling with lower volumes due to…

Global Focus July/ August - Stone/ soft fruit

In July and August FreshPlaza will be focussing on stone fruit and soft 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…


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