Special Mediterranean

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Turkish stone fruits maintain their positive streak

Spring indicates the stone fruit season in Turkey, the world’s largest producer as well as one of the top exporters. The Turkish cherry harvest is expected to commence in late May, while peaches and nectarines will begin picking in June. Turkey’s stone fruits have had success with harvests in the past…

Santiago Vázquez, of La Vega de Cieza: "The demand and prices remain high"

"We are having a remarkable nectarine season this year"

Spanish stone fruit is in a very different situation compared to last year. In fact, the sector's situation could have been devastating if nothing had changed. The supply is more limited compared to last year's big harvest. The good demand from day one of this 2020 campaign, motivated by the good weather…

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Egyptian early 116 pomegranates break into the European market

The global demand for pomegranates has been steadily increasing due to its properties of being a superfruit. Armed with competitive prices and the improved Early 116 variety, Egyptian pomegranate suppliers such as Cairo farms are seeking to expand their exports to Europe. The global demand for…

Reham Kamal on the Egyptian grape season

“Quality of grapes improving thanks to investments in the post-harvest process”

The quality of Egyptian grapes has come a long way, thanks to investments in the post-harvest process. With the harvest season having started in May, everything is going according to plan. For one exporter, this will be the first season they export their grapes to Canada. According to Reham Kamal, international…

Significant increase of Greek fresh fruit and veg exports in first quarter of 2020

Greek fresh fruit and vegetable exports have increased significantly in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the same period last year, according to data published by ELSTAT and processed by the Greek Association of Fruit, Vegetable and Juice Exporters and Processing Companies (Incofruit - Hellas). The…

Spanish stone fruit exported to Italy has slowed down

Cherry exports are critical, while Moroccan watermelons are gaining ground on the Italian market

"Italian customers prefer the more elongated product of Morocco, which is even more competitively priced, to the Spanish round watermelon. Moroccan volumes are abounding and of good quality, therefore very attractive for the Italian market. However, with the beginning of the Sicilian season, the demand…

Turkey's fresh fruit and vegetable exports continue to increase

The Mediterranean Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Exporters' Association's (AKIB) Chairman Nejdat Sin announced that Turkey's fresh fruit and vegetable exports increased by 5% in April compared to the same month last year. In April, the country exported 195.300 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables. The overall…

Sant'Orsola

Soft fruit production in full swing

The soft fruit market has been characterized by high-quality produce with a few problems when it comes to gross saleable production due to market prices. The Covid-19 emergency has led to a drop in demand, but things should go back to normal over the next few days. FreshPlaza talked about it with…

The PO Monte is concentrating supplies for German and European markets

Italian and Calabrian golden onions available until summer

"The trust placed in our producers' organization by a Calabrian grower of golden onions boosts our  confidence and makes us proud. The producer has, indeed, decided to confer his top quality product, so that our PO can start commercializing it as early as this year" - said Vincenzo Sorace, sales manager of…

Ángel Vallin, of ASF: "Ondine, the perfect fruit for the Finger Food segment"

"The market already has a tasty flat nectarine with pistilar closing"

So far, the market hasn't had access to consolidated flat nectarine varieties, which has resulted in very few people even knowing about the existence of this stone fruit species. One of the main problems that have prevented flat nectarines from being marketable is the lack of a perfect pistilar closing,…

Fruit Kingdom expects positive season

Egyptian grape harvest started amidst Ramadan

The Egyptian grape harvest has started and thanks to great weather, the prospects of the season are looking good. There are still some challenges, but working during the Ramadan is not one of them, according to one exporter. Logistics on the other hand remain a sensitive issue, although working together…

Colinda Smits

Greek peach production expected to be normal this year

The first estimates for the European production of peaches and nectarines in 2020, collected on 7/5/2020 by Europech - at MEDFEL - reveal an overall decrease in terms of…

Egyptian grape season about to start

"There will be competition to sell grapes before 23rd of May"

The Egyptian grape season is about to get going. Some of the grape traders will feel like they’re on a timer, as the post-Ramadan feast Eid al-Fitr will start on the 23rd of May. Prices are expected to drop shortly after that. It’s about to get busy in the Egyptian grape industry, as the season will…

L'Ortofrutticola F:

High tomato quantities while red and yellow pepper sales are lively

"Now that it is over, we can say we are pleased with the artichoke campaign. Our heads come from plants obtained from a hybrid seed, which is profitable for us producers thanks to the higher yields and to the fact that plants grow faster. Most of all, this technique enables us to plan volumes more…

Big investments have improved Turkish cherry operations

"Our volumes will be doubled compared to last year"

The Turkish cherry season is in full swing. The Turkish exporters have been aggressive in their investments and marketing, mostly to increase their market share in the Chinese market. As the weather has been favorable, it’s expected the Turkish will have a solid season in terms of both volumes and…

Yaka IKE sees large demand from Europe

“We will be the bull of the Greek cherries”

For Greek cherry packers it appears to be a regular season. Although volumes packed was expected to rise by 25 per cent earlier, there have been some losses on the early varieties, making it a normal cherry season in Greece. According to Levent Sadik Ahmet, CEO of cherry packer Yaka IKE, there have been…

Turkish cherries on the way to Europe and Asia

"The cherry season will be better than the 2019 season"

The Turkish cherry season has started. Although there has been something of a delay for the main varieties, the early varieties are being harvested. According to one Turkish cherry exporter, the season will definitely be better than the 2019 season, despite all the challenges of Covid-19. According to…

Christina Manossis on the Greek kiwi season

"We anticipate better sales results for the Greek kiwis"

The Greek kiwi season has been doing quite well, despite the circumstances and one particular exporter is already setting its sights on next season. After aiming for a new production record, the exporter now intends to enter the market in Thailand. Sales for Greek kiwis are expected to be better than…

Marco Pedroni, president of Coop Italia: business on the rise in medium-sized supermarkets, while falling in large ones

Point of sale: Italians like it smaller

Sales increased by 40% in medium and small supermarkets, while they decreased by 15% in big ones, like hypermarkets. This is the description that Marco Pedroni (pictured), president of Coop Italia, gave of the sales of the last two months. He talked about it during a cycle of online interviews organized…

FreshPlaza Mediterranean Special

FreshPlaza will be focusing on production from the Mediterranean region in this month's special. This region has a wide array of fruit and vegetables on offer, but growers ad exports are faced with the challenges of getting the fruit harvested and to market in the midst of an almost worldwide lock down, but o the bright side…


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