Organic Washington blueberries: Yearly volumes continue to grow

Michael McMillan of Bridges Organic Produce, based in Portland, Oregon, said on his company’s blueberry production: “The growing conditions so far have been excellent. We have…

Belgian blackberry and raspberry trade takes some puzzling out

It's somewhat of an understatement to call the last 18 months of blackberry and raspberry trading unusual. The obvious reason is the global pandemic. But, extreme weather…

Waddington Europe and Produce Packaging start switch to 100% rPET containers for soft fruit season

Waddington Europe, a division of Novolex®, has joined forces with its longstanding packaging distribution partner Produce Packaging to introduce containers made with 100% recycled material that are also 100% recyclable after use. Produce Packaging's new containers will be made with Waddington Europe's…

South Africa: Export volumes show increase in prunes, peaches & nectarines and berries

According to StatsSA's latest report, South Africa's economy increased by an adjusted quarterly growth rate of 4.6% in the first quarter of 2021. The same report also…

Macfrut event focusing on berries

Macfrut 2021 (September 7th-9th in Rimini) will focus on berries on September 8th. Raspberries, blueberries and blackberries will be the protagonists of a convention held in Hall sud. The event is called the Italian Berry Day and is promoted by Ncx Drahorad and ItalianBerry.it, in collaboration with…

XX International Blueberry Seminar has ended

‘First face-to-face meeting of the blueberry industry was a success’

The XX International Blueberry Seminar held at Expo Guadalajara, has now ended. The organizers were happy to witness a large participation of the biggest international…

Annual volumes of Washington organic blueberries continue to grow

The crop outlook for Washington organic blueberries looks strong for the 2021 season. “The growing conditions so far have been excellent. We’ve had a bit of heat over the past couple of days but everything is fine. The weather looks cooled off for the next 10 days so it’s ideal conditions,” says Michael…

Specialty raspberries and strawberries return for summer

This summer, Driscoll’s will help berry lovers kick off a sweet season with the return of Rosé Berries™ – blush-colored strawberries and raspberries – and its Sweetest Batch™ strawberries and raspberries, each selected for their extra-sweet flavor profiles. Available in both strawberry and raspberry…

A growing number of products drops out of the market

Pandemic changed patterns for the imported fruit market in China

The global market for imported fruit has suffered the negative consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic since its outbreak early last year. Extended customs clearance procedures…

Robots may be suited to help kill weeds in strawberry fields

Through new research, University of Florida scientists Boyd and Schumann hope to eventually help strawberry growers combat weeds. Additionally, robots may replace tractors as…

Roger Horak - OZblu®

"For fruit to be on the water for 51 days and still be sold as a premium product is unheard of"

United Exports recently announced that a container of fresh OZblu® blueberries transited the Pacific ocean – from the port of Manzanillo in Mexico to the port of Hong Kong – spending 51 days at sea and arriving fresh and ready for sale in Hong Kong, on 20 May 2021. This was one of several containers sent…

Positive feedback for Basilicata strawberries, with harvests up until mid-July

"Strawberries arriving these days from Basilicata are fresh, tasty and with a juicy texture. Despite the wide availability of summer fruit on the market, sales are doing well," said Raffaele Antonelli from the CAR (Rome's agri-food center). "The shelf life ranges between three and four days, if kept in…

Italy within the EU framework

'Italy can cover a blueberry harvesting calendar from February to September'

The European market (which encompasses 743 million consumers) is now close to having an uninterrupted blueberry supply for 12 months of the year. Morocco, which is effectively…

Gerard van Loon, The Greenery Italia

"Soft fruit becoming very popular in Italy"

Gerard van Loon immigrated from the Netherlands to Puglia, Italy a few years ago. He did so to build contacts with local growers for The Greenery Italia. He also wants to promote new varieties and explore and stimulate the Italian soft fruit market. Italy has a population of more than 60 million people.…

Luan Swart – Blue Drop Berries

Blackberry demand buoyed by blueberry growth

“Along with other producers we’re creating a valley full of blueberries,” says Luan Swart, managing director of Blue Drop Berries in Lydenburg on the Mpumalanga escarpment, where they established an independent blueberry farm in 2017.They are in the market from September until December; at the moment the…

XHuelva believes Moroccan berries should be taxed to stop unfair competition

In a meeting with Jorge Garcia Cumbreras, the head of the Miguelines fruit and vegetable company - which has been dedicated to the cultivation of strawberries and blueberries…

Waitrose

Waitrose trials sustainable packaging for strawberries

Intent on reducing the amount of plastic packaging in circulation, Waitrose has started a new sustainable packaging trial for its strawberries. The new “Air-Light” punnet packaging is available in select stores now. Shoppers are able to take full advantage of reduced plastic packaging across Waitrose’s…

BelOrta launches 100% recycled, recyclable strawberry punnet

BelOrta launches 100% recycled, recyclable strawberry punnet

BelOrta will begin packing its Belgian strawberries in new packaging this week. These Tray2Tray punnets are made of recycled raw materials. And they, in turn, are 100% recyclable. Consumers can recognize these punnets by a special logo. BelOrta's taking the next step in increasingly sustainable…

Blueberry production spreads across southern Africa

For the first time in the history of Namibia, 100 tons of blueberries, grown along the Okavango River were exported by the Namibian company Mashare Berries Farming. The fruit…

Mini symposium on blueberry quality

The blueberry world is rapidly developing. With the introduction of new varieties, the rise of new production areas and the ever-increasing demands of consumers, blueberry quality has become even more important. The choices made in quality have an impact on the lives of millions of consumers. Every step…

Remko Oirbans, Fresh2You:

"Dutch strawberry season getting well underway"

"The Dutch strawberry season began in early May at Fresh2You. We're delighted with the quality so far," says Remko Oirbans. "This season, the strawberries were delayed considerably, and demand was high. AGF.NL has reported that several times. That's affected prices. Fortunately, we now have beautiful summer weather,…

Manon Krijnen, Miss Berry, the Netherlands

"Last year, we sold 2,400 tons of Class III soft fruit"

In 2017, in the Netherlands, Manon Krijnen received a request from a grower. He wanted her to find a sales channel for his Class III fruit. "This grower was throwing the Class III fruit away. That's, of course, a huge waste. So I went looking and found a customer for the fruit," says Manon. That year,…

France: Launch of the Alsace strawberry season

Last year, the Alsace strawberry season started in April but this year, it has only just been launched. The interprofessional of Alsace fruit and vegetables has indeed launched the beginning of the strawberry campaign during an event, gathering strawberry producers and professionals at Fraisiland, in the…

Strawberry campaign ends two weeks earlier than expected due to lack of labor

"Over the past few days, we uprooted over 90% (approximately 12 hectares) of our strawberry crops, only keeping one small plot of the Fortuna variety, with which we will still manage to supply a few regional supermarkets and part of our clientele for a few days. We could have continued for over 10 days,…

Texas: Bumper peach and blackberry crops forecast

Texas peach and blackberry producers are reporting above-average fruit sets, good growing conditions and very few issues as they near harvests. According to Larry Stein,…

First raspberries in Lower Saxony ready for harvesting

Chamber of Agriculture: Crops independent of weather conditions enable consistent quality – open field harvest expected from mid-July onwards Oldenburg/Vechta – The first…

Marcel Biemans, Coöperatie Hoogstraten, Belgium

“Strawberry prices have been good so far"

“The strawberry season's been great so far. We missed some local demand recently due to the dismal weather. But exports made up for that. The colder weather delayed crops in our neighboring countries. So there was a lot of demand for strawberries. The good overseas demand meant strawberry prices were…

Belgian coop, BelOrta, launches 100% recycled, recyclable strawberry punnet

BelOrta will begin packing its Belgian strawberries in new packaging this week. "These Tray2Tray punnets are made of recycled raw materials. And they, in turn, are 100% recyclable. Consumers can recognize these punnets by a special logo. BelOrta's taking the next step in increasingly sustainable…

Variety CIVNB557

"The Lycia® strawberry is the new benchmark variety for the Verona and Romagna area"

CIV has always been involved in developing new varieties of June-bearing strawberries with high chilling requirements suitable for both Northern Italian and transalpine climates (e.g. France, Germany, England, Holland, etc.). The Ferrara’s Consortium presents Lycia® CIVNB557*, a new variety boasting…

Strawberry season starts two weeks early in Quebec

According to Quebec’s strawberry and raspberry production industry association, thanks to an unseasonably mild spring, Canadians can expect to see strawberries for sale…

Early peach and nectarine harvest kicks off in Lleida

Bad weather slows stone fruit demand, but keeps apple and pear demand high

The earliest peach and nectarine harvests are starting in Lleida, where the production is expected to be one of the lowest in the last 30 years due to the impact of frost. Although the demand has not yet taken off as it should due to the bad weather, prices are good, while apple and pear consumption…

South Korea looks to expand premium food export targets list in Asia

South Korea is set to expand its premium air-shipped foods export target list to include other Asian countries from Hong Kong to Thailand. This decision seems to stem from the…

"We have opened independent export channels"

"Production volume of Chinese bayberries from Xianju slightly declined this year"

The Chinese bayberry season is about to kick off in Xianju county. The first bayberries to arrive on the market are the Chinese chestnut bayberries. They enter the market on the 5th of June. The extreme weather conditions late last year and early this year did not either rush or delay the bayberries, but…

Blueberries and gold: power couple shows way forward for African mining

By next month the establishment of a first phase of 98,000 blueberry plants on land provided by a mining company will be completed, and by next year the first crop of approximately 300 tonnes will be ready for export. South African mining company Pan African Resources, the owner of Barberton Mines,…

Swiss strawberries: The wait is over

The Swiss Fruit Association is back with some good news: The wait is over: Swiss strawberries are ripe and the volumes picked are still increasing; slowly but steadily. Currently, about 280 tons of the sweet fruit are harvested per week. From the second week of June onwards, we expect to see 1000 tons of…

Strawberries, however, register higher values than in the two previous seasons

Huelva's strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry prices at origin on downward trend continues

Huelva berry prices continue to decline. According to the latest report on berries from the Andalusian Government's Observatory of Prices and Markets for week 20, strawberry…

New farms in southern Morocco will provide earlier blueberry crop

Nabil Belmkaddem, General Manager of BestBerry agro-export company, based in Kenitra province, was recently questioned about the area planted with blueberries in Morocco. He…

Midwestern growers claim their strawberries are top of the line

Many US berry consumers are searching for the bright red delights that are now either available or will soon be ready in many patches throughout the Midwest. The growers there…

Ottawa growers claim there will be no bouncing back from recent frost

Some Ottawa area farmers have stated there will be no bouncing back from a recent frost that has wiped out large portions of their crops. Among them are the owners of Rochon…

Nicofruit

Inspire strawberries to be available for another 15 days

"It looks like plants are really productive this year – we managed to harvest around 20 tons of Inspire strawberries every day, even though the season is coming to an end. We are thinking of replicating what happened last year, so commercialization will continue for another 15 days," reports Demetrio…

The company inaugurates the largest blueberry packing house in Asia

Hortifrut doubles its EBITDA in the first quarter thanks to the results of its investments in China and Mexico

Hortifrut, the world leader in the production and marketing of fresh and frozen berries, is maintaining its good financial results in the first quarter of the year. During the…

Mexican strawberry exports increased by 24.8% in the first four months of the year

Mexico exported 156,800 tons of strawberries for 662 million dollars between January and April of 2021, i.e. 16.3% more volume and 24.8% more value than in the same period of…

Australian fruit grower says there is a desperate need for a worker quarantine facility to ease labour shortages

"Failure to secure the facility will make it extremely difficult for us to harvest our crops"

One of Australia’s largest fruit growers has warned that the nation may experience fresh fruit shortages if Australia does not act to secure a worker quarantine facility. Managing Director of Piñata Farms, Gavin Scurr, stated that he fully supports the agricultural industry’s proposal to utilize the…

Marketing, surface and production for the 2021 campaign

Lower 2021 harvest for French strawberries

The French Ministry of Agriculture’s statistics service, Agreste, has published a note on the strawberry situation. “According to the first estimates as of May 1st, 2021, the surface area of strawberry crops for the 2021 campaign is 3,400 ha, which is 1% less than last year but 1% more than the 2016-2020…

Blueberry cultivation is spreading around the world

Ukraine sees blueberry prices drop below those of raspberries

While blueberries are one of the most trending superfoods in the world, seeing 14% -$480 million-growth rates of global exports annually, Ukraine, one of the world leaders in…

Organic club raspberry variety performs well in Mexico

Mexico’s raspberry season is in full swing and the season is expected to last through mid-July. In recent years, North Bay Produce and its partner-growers have put a lot of effort in transitioning from conventional to organic varieties and as a result, 30 percent of the company’s raspberry volume is now…

The story of Valerio Baiardi from Cesena, Italy

Changing life at 59 to start growing soft fruits

"For over 30 years I always did the same job, until I became mentally exhausted. I resigned on 28 January 2021, and I opened my agricultural business on 8 February 2021. I now own 3000 raspberry plants and 120 blueberries, which have restored the enthusiasm I had lost. Valerio Baiardi, overjoyed by his new…

Spanish production, in Segovia

muMU®, the new summer berry brand

Starting next June, and until November, the shelves of the main supermarket chains and retail stores will be filled with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and red currants of the new muMU® brand, belonging to El Pinar, which since the late 1990s has been developing this line of business, being…

Wet and cold month of May leads to UK fruit crop delays

Fruit crops like strawberries and plums are expected to be up to three weeks late this year. The delay is due to the recent cold and wet weather. The berry season officially…

Republic of Georgia harvests first blueberries

Georgian blueberries have ripened. One of the largest producers of berries in Georgia, the Blue Valley company, has started the harvest of early varieties of blueberries such…

Co-CEO of FallCreek Farm & Nursery Cort Brazelton on blueberries: FallCreek Farm & Nursery

"The market continues to grow, as does the demand for quality"

Cort Brazelton, Co-CEO of FallCreek Farm & Nursery is one of most recognizable figures in the international blueberry industry. In a recent interview published in the 6th…

North Carolina could see 20-30 percent loss in blueberries following hail

Following the hailstorms that hit North Carolina late last week just as the state’s blueberry season got underway, what does this mean for the blueberry season? “The storm that came through almost targeted the blueberry region of North Carolina. As a hailstorm goes, it was widespread. I know of at least…

University of Florida develops blueberry cultivar selection tool for Florida growers

As growers wind down this year’s Florida blueberry season, they can look to a new UF/IFAS tool to help them decide whether to remove any existing blueberry cultivars and/or…

Tiaan Rossouw – Rainbow Superfood

South African blueberries: “We've seen firsthand we do much better when we do it ourselves”

Last year the South African blueberry industry experienced seismic tremors which have started to prise open the grip that blueberry grower-exporters have had over the nascent industry. Today Tiaan Rossouw of Rainbow Superfood, who was at the epicentre, states emphatically: “We've seen firsthand we do…

Kashmir fruit growers again appeal to locals to buy their cherries and strawberries

During the lockdown of May last year, Kashmir fruit growers appealed to people of the Valley to consume the local cherries and strawberries, as the opportunities to ferry…

Salvadoran strawberry producers seek to boost national production

The Network of Strawberry Producers of El Salvador has undertaken an ambitious project to increase the production of this fruit in the country. Their goal is to supply this…

Azienda F.lli Sardelli

Cardboard punnet to valorize Sibilla strawberries

Marco Sardelli is 28 years old and boasts the enthusiasm and drive to do better which is so typical of young people. His father Massimo and his uncle Leonardo, who founded the company, are giving him space and he is working to valorize the medium-late strawberries produced at the foothills in Longiano…

USDA

US strawberry production expanding with new varieties

To keep up with growing consumer demand for strawberries, US fresh strawberry production has increased over the last two decades (from 2000-19). In the United States, fresh strawberries are primarily grown in California (roughly 90 percent annually) and Florida (about 8 percent), followed by New York,…

Growers really needed a profitable season

Florida blueberries witness best year in a while

Only one year ago, amid the early onset of the pandemic and consistent imports from Mexico, US blueberry prices were down for most of the season, about 50% of the historical…

First crop has been delayed by poor weather but volumes looking good for the season ahead, says AVA Berries

Scottish grown AVA strawberries now available in supermarkets across the UK

This week over 74 tonnes of premium Scottish-grown AVA strawberries will hit supermarket shelves across the UK. The start of the season has been delayed by a few weeks due poor weather; however, AVA Berries says this will not impact the availability of its premium berries this summer as it expects to…

Markus Schneider (Frutania) on this year's German berry harvest

"Despite all challenges, we expect the berry campaign to be successful"

Despite the record cold April, the domestic strawberry harvest is now in full swing. Tunnel and field-grown strawberries are also growing and thriving now at the farms of the marketing company Frutania Ltd. Although the cold snap has significantly delayed the harvest of all berry fruits, the company…

Dutch GroentenFruit Huis Fruit members meeting:

Strawberries, blueberries show growth, top fruit market becoming saturated

In the Netherlands, in-person meetings still can't be held. So, this year, GroentenFruit Huis held a digital Fruit members meeting. About 25 members logged on, making attendance lower than usual. Richard Schouten, Arne Bac, Cindy van Rijswick, and Wilco van der Berg Top fruitCindy van Rijswick is a…

"Our greatest strength is diversity in blueberry varieties"

The blueberries from production areas in Shandong have already been on the Chinese market for more than one month. The retail season of greenhouse blueberries is almost over, and the price is coming down. Manager Liu, a spokesperson for Shandong Qingsen Zhenpin Fresh Fruit Supply Co., Ltd., recently…

North Carolina growers evaluate recent hail storm’s impact on blueberry crop

This year’s blueberry season began with a devastating hail storm in the North Carolina. One grower, Willie Moore, who owns several farms in Pender, Bladen, Duplin, and Sampson…

Research by Tufts University, Illinois Institute of Technology and UCLA describe strawberries' role in longevity

Can strawberries slowdown the aging process?

The long sought-after fountain of youth may have been hidden in plain sight all along. Three new studies suggest strawberries may be associated with slowing down aging of the…

Prices coming down

Domestic strawberry supplies catching up with better weather

Like many commodities in California, strawberries have been contending with recent weather events. “Weather has played a significant role in this year’s domestic strawberry season,” says Alan Ediger, vice president of sales for California Giant Berry Farms in Watsonville, CA. “Southern California…

Anneliese Vollweiler (Anevo Trading) on Serbian berry and stone fruit crops

"Rains have set everything back"

With the harvest of the first outdoor strawberries last week, the Serbian berry season has now officially begun. Over the years, the Balkan republic has become a major supplier of fresh and frozen berry and stone fruits. But the rain and hail are also causing problems for growers in the southeastern European country this year,…

"Cultivation out of the soil, the best solution for growing berries"

In recent years, the cultivation of soft fruits has developed exponentially all over the world thanks to the growing demand of consumers. This increase has meant that the technology applied to its cultivation has also evolved rapidly, with production systems, such as soilless cultivation, which have…

Glasshouse strawberries tailing off, volumes are building in the tunnels

The English strawberry season got off to a slow start and is still running behind schedule due to continued colder than average weather. “The strawberry crop is around 10 days behind,” said Chris Rose, Commercial Controller at Asplins Producer Organisation. “The Scottish season is more on track which may…

Gavin Scurr of Piñata Farms

Sunshine Coast farmer attempts to grow raspberries in winter

While frozen raspberries are available all year round and are often imported, fresh raspberries are not always available to consumers. That is the reason why a Sunshine Coast…

Made in Italy wild berries:

Opportunities for producers and consumers with the FRUVENH project from AOP Gruppo Vi.Va

Soft fruit represents an important prospect for the Italian producers associated with AOP Gruppo Vi.Va who support the European project Fruit & Veg.: Natural Health!, in its second year of activity. The project aims to promote the consumption of products with a high health content such as small fruits.…

Unripened fruits are becoming increasingly popular menu items

You may have heard of a green mango salad or a green papaya curry. But how about poached green almonds or pickled green strawberries? While the idea of using unripe fruit is hundreds of years old in Middle Eastern or South Asian cuisines, today’s chefs are getting increasingly creative with unripe fruit…

Verdeflor plans to venture into the cultivation of blueberries and citrus fruits after launching its avocado project

"We are confident we'll start selling blueberries to wholesalers in the United States, China, and Europe in 2023"

The Verdeflor SAC company, which mainly provides maquila services to avocado exporters, has been evaluating expanding its activity and venturing into the cultivation and…

Alwyn van Jaarsveld - Tessara

Tessara aims to migrate all of its postharvest generators to recyclable materials

South African grape growers are well acquainted with the Tessara Uvasys generators that extend the shelf life of their grapes through surface sterilisation. Last year, blueberry exporters came to rely on Tessara's new Berrisys range; in one instance where an exporter's containers were stuck in ports for…

XX International Blueberry Seminar, at Expo Guadalajara, Mexico

'Blueberry industry will have face to face meetings again in June'

After a long time, blueberry industry experts will again be meeting face to face on June 2 and 3 XX International Blueberry Seminar to be held at Expo Guadalajara, in Mexico.…

'Bravura strawberry variety', recently imported from the Netherlands

Rwandan cooperatives chose new strawberry variety for increased revenues

Rwandan growers who produce juice and jam from strawberries are set to double their production capacity as they plan to grow a new strawberry variety dubbed “Bravura…

French pastry chef knows what to do with berries

French pastry chef Cedric Grolet knows what to do with the queen of berries. Check this post on social media to see the strawberry tarts he made. As if they came straight from the field.

Central Virginia: Strawberry season has arrived

The strawberry season is in full swing in Central Virginia. Although there aren’t as many pickers as last year, when bored citizens were looking for safe ways to have fun…

Fruit-X: Innovation in a sea of blue

"We are anticipating the commercialization of a new blueberry variety group"

Big Innovation Leap Having a strong hold on the Blueberry market in South East Asia, Fruit-X Asia have been holding their breath in anticipation of commercialization of a new Blueberry variety group, which is expected to create a major boom in the current market. This big leap in innovation was initiated…

Derek Stanford - Primocane Capital

Hightech horticulture doesn't attract enough outside capital

His exposure to the family fruit farm in Wolseley, converted to high-tech blueberry farming, demonstrated to Derek Stanford of Primocane Capital, the opportunities offered by high-tech horticulture but, equally, that recapitalization opportunities for asset managers and investors in the horticultural…

The experience of Gianluca Baruzzi, who attended the 1996 Symposium in the Netherlands

How strawberry varieties have changed over the past 25 years

His first time attending an International Strawberry Symposium happened in 1996, in the Netherlands. Since then, he has been actively involved in all the editions and he is one of the founders of the last Symposium, the one ended a few days ago in Italy. Gianluca Baruzzi, a researcher at Crea (Council…

Veg-Fresh adds new talent to its berry department

Veg-Fresh Farms expands its berry department with two new additions: Christian Cardenas and Jay Carreon managing blueberries and strawberries under the Crystal Cove Berry Farms brand. Crystal Cove focuses primarily on strawberries and blueberries with some raspberry and blackberry opportunities. Cardenas…

Local blueberry farmers see strong demand during pandemic

While restaurant sales have impacted their business, they have expanded their market outreach and say they are thankful for the support. "People are buying up blueberries. I…

Research maps blueberry quality after harvest

An electronic tongue is one of the tools being used as part of an Honours research project looking at the impact of storage conditions on the quality of blueberries. Sarah McKay, who is the 2021 recipient of the Costa Honours Scholarship in Agricultural Science worth $10,000, is investigating…

Sourced for Good

Strawberries first EFI-certified product in Whole Foods Market's program

Equitable Food Initiative, the workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumer groups, announced that GoodFarms strawberries will debut as the first EFI-certified product in Whole Foods Market’s Sourced for Good program during May,…

Tight raspberry volumes make for more “normal” pricing

Supplies of raspberries are slim. “They’re starting to pick up, but it’s been tight--really tight,” says Ben Escoe of Twin River Berries in Portland, OR, noting this largely has to do with the weather conditions in Mexico. “It’s been cold and windy there which has caused damage in the fields and contributed…

Eduard Ràfols, manager of Fruits Ràfols:

"It's difficult to do large volumes of strawberries with such a demanding brand"

For all products there is an interesting market segment in which quality is more important than prices, and in which brands play a leading role. “We realized that many of the Spanish strawberry producing cooperatives are focused on exports (with the highest quality normally used for these shipments), and…

Taking field walks to the news in strawberries

Bobalu Berry Farms is celebrating the success of its weekly e-news, the 10 o’clock Walk which has seen an increase in the number of buyer subscribers. This weekly bulletin summarizes what the team sees in the fields each week specific to volume, quality and weather, as well as the current outlook ahead…

Open Calls for proposals in the BreedingValue project: European berry breeders invited to apply for funding

The EU-funded research project BreedingValue, focusing on genetic resources in berries, has launched the first Open Calls for proposals. The Open Calls are a mechanism to transfer funding and knowledge from the project to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the field of berry breeding. With their…

The strawberries of Il Gusto della Calabria are highly appreciated from northern to southern Italy

The demand for Calabrian strawberries has tripled compared to previous years

The strawberry season at the Italy-based company Il Gusto della Calabria is expected to continue until the first ten days of June. "We have tripled the demand compared to previous years. The prices are basically always good as well as the sales. We hope to continue with our strawberries until 5-10 June,…

BerryWorld Group

“We firmly believe that a strong varietal approach is key to drive value and differentiation in the berry market"

BerryWorld® currently source berries from approximately 30 countries to ensure the continuous supply of berry varieties 52-week a year. The Group owns growing operations in The Netherlands whilst working with a small number of large-scale growers around the world, some of which have been supplying…

National Agricultural Statistics Service

West Coast major non-citrus crops in 2020: Prices down

West Coast commodities again dominated US utilized production of non-citrus fruit and nut crops in 2020. However, according to a federal report issued this week, most of the…

BerriesZA expects a 10,000 tonne increase in blueberry exports

The export estimate for the upcoming blueberry season has just been finalised: BerriesZA, the South African berry organisation, expects to export 25,000 tonnes of blueberries this year, says Elzette Schutte, manager of BerriesZA, while total production will be approximately 36,000 tonnes. Right:…

Chinese retail price of Yunnan blueberries increased by around 10% since last year

Consumer demand for top-quality blueberries has grown significantly in the last few years, and the quality of plantation technology has greatly improved. That is why the overall surface area devoted to blueberry plantation in Yunnan expands every year. Blueberries from the high mountains in Yunnan have…

Landgard: Later start in the open field due to cold weather

Farms in the west start harvesting open field tunnel cultivated strawberries

Just in time for the start of May, Landgard member farms in the West began harvesting the first tunnel-grown open field strawberries in week 18. "Through this cultivation method, we are only a few days behind our start dates from last year. However, the harvest of outdoor strawberries with film cover is…

Benzi Frutta

Strawberries from Cesena destined to Switzerland, Austria and Sweden

Entrepreneur Antonio Benzi and his collaborator Mirco Zoccoli report that the strawberries produced by Benzi in Cesena are demanded not only by the domestic big retail chain, but also by Switzerland, Austria and Sweden. Benzi grows 600thousand plants of the Sibilla variety, 200thousand of which are…

Michel van den Berg, De Best AGF, the Netherlands

"When it's good weather, the fruit flies out the door; now, no-one's interested"

"Our trade depends on the weather. When it's far too cold and very rainy, our soft fruit sales certainly aren't stimulated," says Michel van den Berg of De Best AGF in the Netherlands. "It's far less busy than last year. Back then, the lockdown had just started. Everyone was busy eating healthily and…

A conversation with Giampaolo Ferri, buyer in the large-scale retail trade sector

Exponential growth for blueberries

"Over the past five to six years, the requests for blueberries have increased enormously. Sales are non-stop, 12 months a year, and consumers are looking for the product beyond its origin and price," said Giampaolo Ferri, buyer at the Coop Adriatica. Giampaolo Ferri "In these first days of May, we are…

Tom Meissner (Meissner Fruchthandel) on the current market situation

"Dutch strawberry offers vary extremely quickly"

The German asparagus and strawberry season is now slowly picking up speed, despite the weather-related delays. "At the moment, the supply situation for strawberries is very tight. Therefore, we are now increasingly resorting to Dutch goods. However, the auction prices vary extremely quickly, there is…

The Civil Guard has immobilized 20,000 plants as a precautionary measur

Five people are being investigated in Huelva for growing blueberry protected varieties without a license

The Civil Guard is investigating five people for committing an alleged crime against industrial property. The five people are being investigated for growing the protected…

Chile leads the southern hemisphere's organic blueberry exports

According to iQonsulting's 2020-2021 Blueberry Yearbook, Chile exported more than 20,000 tons of organic blueberries in the previous campaign, a record volume that was 35%…

‘Lowest strawberry prices noted in countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia’

The season of strawberries is entering an active phase in Eastern Europe after a late start due to bad spring weather. Both in Poland and in Ukraine, the current season of…

Producers' organization O.P. Terre della Luce

Small berries available all year long

We produce blackberries, raspberries and blueberries grown at different altitudes to lengthen the production calendar and guarantee exclusively Italian products to the markets. "Our small fruit fields are located in Basilicata, Italy, one part of which is in greenhouse polytunnels in the Metapontino area…

Blueberry price remains strong

Shandong blueberries enter Chinese market

This is the time of the year when blueberry production areas in south China come to the end of their season and hand over the torch to blueberry production areas in north China. The season in Yunnan is practically over and the blueberries from Shandong have just entered the market. Manager Li, a…

Manuel Cerpa, of Berry Dealer: "There will continue to be good Spanish blueberry programs in May and June"

"There has been a shortage of blueberries in Huelva for practically 80% of the season"

The blueberry campaign is underway in Huelva with good prospects as it progresses, with good results that are expected to continue during this month and even the next. "This year, storm Filomena, which crossed the Iberian Peninsula in January, causing temperatures to drop, delayed the production of the…

Terrific Mother’s Day business for California strawberries

With Mother’s Day, a key holiday associated with strawberries, around the corner, the market is strong on the popular berry. “Supplies of strawberries are very good in California. The peak is coming in the next two to three weeks and we’ll get some of our biggest picks of the year here in that time,”…

Peru could export up to 200,000 tons of blueberries this year

During 2020, Peruvian blueberry exports grew by 27% over the previous year, reaching 160,000 tons, according to Daniel Bustamante, president of Proarandanos. The prospects for…

Wim Meyers, Meyers Softfruit, Belgium

“Sweet Royalla blackberries could boost tense blackberry market”

At Meyers Softfruit in Belgium, the first strawberry crop's done and dusted. "We've since cleared and replanted this crop," says Wim Meyers. "They were Sonata strawberries. We were able to sell them at good prices. We sold much to them through home sales. Home sales were already good last year. But…

China crushed the competition

The 2024 International Strawberry Symposium will be held in China

The International Strawberry Symposium 2024 will be held in China, as decreed by the ISHS delegates who met on 4 May by video conference during the Symposium 2021. The Chinese delegates were very keen on this return, after the 2012 edition in Beijing. The pandemic situation prevented other nations, especially…

Good year for Fortuna strawberries

Six months after the harvesting and commercialization of early Fortuna strawberries, the time has come to make an assessment of the current campaign. Harvesting is still underway in Basilicata and will continue throughout May.  "It was a satisfactory year for all producers, who can no longer do without this…

Berry Gardens

Jessica Ennis-Hill teams up with Berry Gardens to promote health benefits of soft fruits

Olympic champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill has teamed up with Berry Gardens for the own-label supplier’s biggest-ever campaign, promoting the health benefits of soft fruits. Ennis-Hill, the face of 2012 Olympics, Olympic Champion, triple World Champion, sports commentator and entrepreneur, will be the…

Michigan fruit grower:

‘Consumer demand for plants during pandemic caused shift in my business’

A Michigan fruit grower says consumer demand for plants during the pandemic has caused a significant shift in his business this year. Danny Hartmann is the third generation to…

Jalisco is Mexico's leading producer of raspberries

After 3 decades of developing the raspberry industry in the state, Jalisco has established itself as Mexico's leading raspberry producer with 6,269 hectares and a production…

The Southern Hemisphere's blueberry export season ends with a 20% increase

According to the new 2020/21 Season Blueberry Yearbook prepared by the iQonsulting team, the exportable supply of blueberries from the southern hemisphere increased by 20%,…

Australia: Berry prices up, growers get creative to lure in workers

After a cool summer, the price of berries has skyrocketed, while Australian farmers are so desperate to attract workers they are offering cash prizes worth hundreds of…

New study explains how Taurua District could grow blueberries, hazelnuts, apples and feijoas

A recent study for alternative land uses in the Tararua District has shown that blueberries, hazelnuts, cider apples and feijoas could be successfully grown in the area. The…

Seipasa obtains label extension for the bioinsecticide Pirecris in Portugal

"It's the solution berry growers had been waiting for for 'Drosophila suzukii' control"

Seipasa, a Spanish company specialized in the development and formulation of bioinsecticides, biofungicides and biostimulants for agriculture, has obtained an extension of the…

Moldova: First local strawberries relatively expensive

In the last week of April, the first strawberries from local greenhouses arrived on the Moldovan market. As these have been small trial batches, their wholesale price has not…

Stuart Thomson - Dyson Farming

"By extending the UK season we avoid the unnecessary food miles from imported strawberries at this time of year.”

Dyson Farming has picked the first strawberries from its new 15-acre glasshouse in Carrington, Lincolnshire. The 424m long glasshouse is powered with renewable electricity and surplus heat from Dyson Farming’s adjacent anaerobic digester. Currently 6 hectares of strawberries are planted. The Spring…

From 1 to 5 May 2021 - Here are some highlights

Nova Siri Genetics gold sponsor at the International Strawberry Symposium 2021

The International Symposium on Strawberry will last until 5 May 2021. Several companies are attending, including the breeding company Nova Siri Genetics, which will attend the event as a Gold Sponsor. "It is an important opportunity to share with our working methodologies, our values, and to illustrate…

Delayed start for domestic blueberry volumes

Domestic supplies of blueberries are coming on heavily to meet a high demand market for the fruit. The supplies coming on now follow a delayed start for the Southeast blueberry season. “The crops in Georgia and Florida had been delayed roughly 10-15 days, depending on the varieties and location. Two…

Kei Higuchi - courtesy of Fukuoka Prefecture

Japan frustrated by Chinese and Korean strawberry and whisky copycats

Both the Japanese government and Japanese companies are battling Chinese and South Korean copycats, taking steps to protect the image and integrity of "made in Japan" products. The government, led by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, has revised the Plant Variety Protection and Seed Act. This legislation…

Strawberry prices plummeting in China

During the Spring Festival period, strawberry prices were still high, but they have plummeted in April. Now, they only cost 5 to 10 yuan per half a kilo, and smaller sizes are…

South Korea charters 88 flights to Singapore for strawberry exports

South Korea’s agricultural ministry has stated it has operated 88 chartered flights to Singapore since December last year. This is intended to aid local strawberry farmers…

Nijs van Zuilen, Berrybrothers, about the early start of the Dutch redcurrant, raspberry season

"Our new greenhouses mean we can meet the early demand for redcurrants, raspberries even better"

The redcurrant and raspberry season has begun at Berrybrothers in the Netherlands. "We've invested in a new, modern, 2.3-hectare greenhouse for redcurrant cultivation. We grow Junifer redcurrants in it. These have been outside during the winter to get the necessary cold hours. We placed them in the…

Marisol strawberry, excellent characteristics in both traditional and soilless cultivation

The harvest of the strawberry variety Marisol is currently in full swing. Grower Francesco Polito from Calabria, Italy, expects to see good results from the variety even in June. The strawberries do best with low fertilizer doses, with an organoleptic quality characterized by an intense flavor and high…

Wholesale fruit prices drop in Punjab, Pakistan

Pakistan’s fruit market is seeing quite some upheaval. Wholesalers are reporting around a 40 per cent drop in sales in Punjab, with truckloads of fruit waiting for days in…

Fellini Patrizio

Zero-residue strawberries in new 300 gram punnets

How to avoid waste while at the same time keeping prices down? The solution comes from Fellini Patrizio, which has introduced 300 gram punnets. "Many urged us to find solutions to avoid waste. Strawberries are a very delicate fruit and, although they are popular, families are not as numerous as they used…


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