José Luis Bustamante, president of Naturberry and the National Association of Berry Exporters, Aneberries:

"In the first quarter, Mexican berry exports exceeded those of tequila, beer and avocado"

As of week 19, Mexico's strawberry exports were nearing 50 million boxes. "Baja California is still exporting, but the export season from central Mexico is over with the shipment of about 35 million boxes. Normally, the harvest starts in November and lasts until May/June, but exports are always finished…

Weather-related damage affects California blueberry crop

The California blueberry harvest is in full swing. Alas, some growers are picking a smaller crop this year, as they lost fruit to spring frost and hail. The California…

Robert Simpson - Fife Fruits

Labour and inflation major challenges for the soft fruit industry

Scotland’s strawberry harvest is well under way and the timing seems to be about normal. Robert Simpson from Fife Fruits who grow fruit in 32 hectares of tunnels at different locations between Cupar and St Andrews, said the strawberry harvest started on 11th May. "However, volumes in the first week or so…

Award winning British bred Eves Delight strawberries back in season

The premium strawberry variety, highly commended at the 2021 Quality Food Awards, is now back in season exclusively available through BerryWorld in the UK.BerryWorld are excited to see premium Eves Delight strawberries coming into season in the UK according to Paul Cole, Managing director at BerryWorld,…

Matthew McIntyre - McIntyre Fruit

“Scottish raspberry harvesting usually starts in July but we can start earlier at the beginning of June"

The raspberry harvest at McIntyre’s Fruit in Blairgowrie is just about to get under way with the long cane production. The company has its own nursery and keeps the plants in coldstore over winter, sequentially releasing them in March and April to get a good production curve. “Scottish raspberry…

Hygiene solution for berry harvest trays

The berry harvest season is upon us, and farm owners need to pick, transport, and process large quantities of berries daily. The Zhucheng Kangzhida Machinery company in China has a berry lug cleaning machine that is capable of cleaning 500 trays per hour, which is approximately three times faster than…

Sunshine Coast strawberries suffer after heavy rain

Sunshine Coast strawberry farmers face a difficult season as continuing heavy rain means much of their early crop has had to be destroyed. The roll-on effect means strawberry…

UPA Huelva

The strawberry campaign will be shorter due to the weather and the lack of manpower

Available labor has been a determining factor in the viability and success of the berry and citrus fruit campaigns in the province of Huelva for quite some time now. When both campaigns are not truncated by weather issues or unforeseen phenomena, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of labor ends up…

South African farmers losing farms to creditors as price of blueberries falls

South Africa’s 2021/22 blueberry crop was up 60% from that of the previous season, totalling just over 31 520 marketable tons, while export prices were down 14% from those of…

Steady supplies still of Mexican blueberries

Mexico is still supplying blueberries right now. “We foresee another four to six weeks of Mexican conventional blueberries going to the U.S. Usually in the late Mexican season, plants are pruned by mid-June,” says Gerardo López of Produce Lovers. He notes that as the weather in Mexico heats up, the fruit…

New high-flavor berries launched

Driscoll’s newest flavor innovation, Tropical Bliss™, expands Driscoll’s premium, high-flavor strawberry collection, which also includes Sweetest Batch™ and Rosé Berries™. The company is offering three very different high-flavor strawberries mapped to a proprietary sensory wheel. This collection was developed through…

Berry Gardens launches new snack pots berries with new brand The Berry Collective

Berry Gardens has expanded its Berry Collective brand with a first move into snacking formats. As part of a move to encourage retailers to reconsider how to sell berries…

France: Strawberry growers leave fruit to rot as high temperatures complicate harvests

As unusually high temperatures mean everything is ripening at once, French strawberry growers are leaving large quantities of fruit to rot in the fields. They simply do not…

Driscoll

Driscoll's newest innovation now in the grocery aisle

Driscoll's newest flavor innovation, Tropical Bliss, expands Driscoll's premium, high-flavor strawberry collection, which also includes Sweetest Batch and Rosé Berries. With this new launch, Driscoll's is the first fresh berry company to offer three very different high-flavor strawberries mapped to a…

Blackberry pricing likely to settle back down as volumes come up

Blackberry supplies are starting to grow again after several weeks of short volumes. “Overall, there has been more supply in the market this year versus 2021. 2021 was very challenging as supply was limited from February-April,” says Jyoti Bhogal, vice-president of sales for Berry Fresh based in…

Berries might be carrying norovirus

Canada: Below Zero raspberries recall

Manatab just issued a recall for Below Zero Whole Raspberries IQF following the detection of the norovirus. The announcement comes from the Canadian recalls authority. The agency reveals that a single Below Zero raspberries lot is included in the recall. Here are the identifiers: Below Zero Whole…

Berries are top trending fruit for Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and many Americans gather with family and friends and celebrate with food. A recent social media and web analysis of fruit-based recipes highlights the fact that the most fashionable food is red, white, and blue, with berries marking the most…

Blackberry business flourishes in Arkansas

Blackberry growing is on the rise in Arkansas. Last year, governor Asa Hutchinson declared June to be Blackberry Month in the state, in recognition of the berry industry’s…

Huelva's berries campaign could come to end sooner than expected due to the heat

"If the high temperatures persist for a few more days we'll have to end the campaign"

Huelva's berry campaign usually runs from December until the first half of June. However, this year it could end sooner due to high temperatures. In fact, last week the…

Harm Valckx, Coöperatie European Blueberry Growers U.A:

"Dutch, German blueberry seasons to begin three weeks earlier than usual"

The European blueberry season is progressing well, says Harm Valckx of Coöperatie European Blueberry Growers U.A. in the Netherlands. "We're currently receiving the last large Moroccan volumes. That season went well. We got plenty of high-quality berries, with relatively few failures." "The Spanish season…

Berry grower/shipper announces 4th Annual Chef Invitational

California Giant Berry Farms is accepting entries for its annual California Giant Chef Invitational. Now in its 4th year, the California Giant Chef Invitational is a nationwide culinary competition calling upon chefs to think outside the box and create innovative, original dishes featuring fresh…

Georgian blueberry suppliers target stronger UK links

Blueberries remain the fastest growing berry in the UK, prompting country supplier Georgia to seek closer ties with UK buyers. Located on the Black Sea in the Caucasus region, Georgia is home to a promising blueberry production and export sector that is undergoing modern expansion. So much so that…

University of East Anglia

Study finds memory and neurological function improved by cranberry consumption

A new human intervention study published in Frontiers in Nutrition highlights the neuroprotective potential of cranberries. Researchers at the University of East Anglia in…

Prices for strawberries increasing

Cucumber prices are dropping in Ukraine

Warmer weather has contributed to an increase in the cucumber harvest in Ukrainian greenhouses. The growth in their supply on the market is forcing producers to revise prices…

Landgard / Frucht Janssen GbR.

Volker Janssen, Frucht Janssen, on the current strawberry campaign

"The war in Ukraine is adding to a general consumer restraint"

Thanks to excellent weather conditions, Landgard member farms in the west were able to start harvesting German greenhouse strawberries from production as early as the end of March this year. "Since the end of April, fresh strawberries from West German tunnel production have meanwhile also been available…

Arno van der Merwe – Knapdaar

Midway through a steady onion season

In the Sandveld, better known for its potatoes, Knapdaar Agri grows onions on 120 hectares. They have been lifting onions since January (Northern Cape’s onion season ended earlier because of rain) and now they are midway through their season, says Arno van der Merwe, while busy planting onions for the…

Open ground strawberry season Moldova will start with high prices

Moldovan strawberry farmers reported this week that they were harvesting and delivering the last strawberries grown in greenhouses. Pre-order price for 2-3 kg is 100 MDL/kg…

Imports from Spain and Greece decreasing

Hungarian strawberry season sees fluctuating prices

The prices of strawberries on markets in Hungary are fluctuating rapidly by the hour as imports from Spain and Greece are decreasing and more local supply comes onto the market. Despite fewer local strawberries being available due to frost and other damage earlier this year, prices are not increasing in…

Fall Creek brings on new commercial manager for Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador

Julio Zavala Muñoz has joined Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc. as commercial manager for Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador. Zavala is responsible for establishing and developing…

Estimates are that only 25% of Huelva's strawberry plantations will continue their activity in early June

Freshuelva estimates that only a quarter of Huelva's strawberry area - which this year has exceeded 6,100 hectares - will remain active in the first weeks of June, and one of…

Ed Heijnen en Leon Hijweege, Keelings International:

"We want a sharp, distinctive position on the European soft fruit market"

Two and a half years ago, Keelings International Ltd was established in the Netherlands as part of its Irish parent company. It now markets mainly self-grown pineapples and melons and has firm ambitions to make strides in European soft fruit production. Keelings owns a 900-hectare farm in Costa Rica…

Sam Ahilan, CEO of FD Berries: "to expand berry production in the USA soon"

Sri Lankan coconut coir exporter to double berry farms in Mexico

The rapid expansion of blueberry, blackberry and raspberry plantings and exports over the past 4 years, to just over 200 hectares (500 acres), in Jalisco, Mexico, during Covid-19 lockdowns, is by no means a small feat. According to CEO Sam Ahilan, CEO of FD Berries and FibreDust LLC, this is just the…

John Druck GmbH

Thomas John from John Druck Ltd on individually printable berry trays

"By doubling our capacity, we can respond to market developments with agility and at short notice"

At the start of the German berry season, growers and packers are looking with some concern at the impending packaging material bottlenecks, especially in the market-standard berry trays. Hans John Ltd, based in Mindelheim, Germany, would like to help the domestic berry industry overcome these…

USHBC and NABC add new director of business intelligence

Joe Vargas has been hired as the director of business intelligence for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) and North American Blueberry Council (NABC). In this newly…

Poland ranked third among EU countries, regarding strawberry production

Regarding strawberry production, Poland is ranked third among the European Union countries, with a share of 13% in EU production. It is thirteenth in the global market. The…

Australian berry industry has seen significant growth in recent years

Australia’s berry industry has gone through a period of significant growth in recent years; production grew strongly to over a billion dollars in farmgate value in 2019/20. While exports experienced solid growth, domestic consumption remains the primary market at over 95 percent. Growth in production has…

Peru: Exports from La Libertad reached US$ 521 million in first two months of 2022

According to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), in the first two months of the year, exports from the La Libertad region reached US$521 million. This…

USDA

National Retail Report - specialty crops

Significant increases in price for fruit this week; red cherries, seedless watermelons, Bartlett pears

This week's ads focused on graduations and warm weather get-togethers. Roses, cakes, and gift ideas were featured in special graduation sections. Summer fruit saw an increase in popularity this week, with watermelon, cherries, mangos, cantaloupes, and peaches featured in most flyers. Grill-friendly items…

Peak volumes for organic blueberries in California and Georgia

Naturipe is excited to announce the beginning of the organic blueberry peak with large volumes available now through June. Organic volumes are perfectly timed with the…

Strawberry fields are being abandoned due to labor shortage

Strawberries are left on plants because the staff engaged in harvesting is not enough to cover all the cultivated areas in the southern Italian Metapontino area. Temperatures are also rising. "After quitting the first 2 hectares of the early variety Fortuna about 20 days ago, I am now forced to repeat…

Michiel Vermeiren, Cooperatie Hoogstraten:

"Ample good-quality strawberry supply at favorable prices makes it an ideal time for extra promotions"

This week in Belgium, Coöperatie Hoogstraten sent out an appeal: now is the time to score with strawberries. "We hope to convince shoppers to buy extra strawberries. There are plenty of favorably-priced strawberries available. That makes it an ideal time to use extra promotions to get these top-quality…

Jörg Huber from Huberhof on the potential of the Twist strawberry variety

"Growers and consumers rejoice over new blood in strawberry market"

For decades, the Clery and the Elsanta have dominated strawberry cultivation in Germany and neighboring countries. However, in recent years, several varieties with high cultivation and marketing potential have been introduced to the market. One of these promising new registrations is the variety Twist…

Amine Bennani:

"New investments extend the blueberry acreage in northern Morocco"

Morocco is already a producing and exporting power in the global blueberry industry, and berries in general. Each year the country advances in its development, incorporating…

Frank Valckenier:

"There is definite interest, but prices are nothing special"

"I don't expect an expensive season for Belgian strawberries," says wholesaler Frank Valckenier. "There's a massive supply, and prices are still quite reasonable, but certainly nothing special. The crop will begin declining at some point; then the prices will recover slightly." Business is currently…

Peruvian blueberry exports have grown by 32% in the 2021/2022 campaign

Peru's 2021/2022 blueberry export campaign, which runs from June to May, is about to end. Up to the first week of May, the country exported a total of 219,706 tons of…

Strawberry prices have increased and the supply has fallen

Strawberry prices at origin have increased by 5.6% over the previous week and are what they usually are on these dates. However, supply has fallen. This, according to the…

Could rains dampen hopes of a bumper season in Kashmir?

Director General Horticulture Kashmir revealed this week that the horticulture sector is expecting a bumper crop of cherry and strawberry this year due to the favourable…

Autonomous robots can pick up to 25,000 raspberries per day

University of Plymouth spinoff Fieldwork Robotics has commercially deployed its raspberry picking robots in two locations in Portugal. The autonomous robots feature four arms for picking, using sensor technology and grippers to curb harvesting times and reduce slippage.  Fieldwork is now working to accelerate…

UK strawberry crop predicted to be 50% larger than last year

This year's crops of British strawberries are predicted to be 50% larger than last year's - with higher brix. According to British summer fruits, strawberries ripened under…

Maine blueberry growers had a big 2021

Federal data released this week confirmed that Maine’s wild blueberry growers had a strong season in 2021. Maine is the only state with commercial-scale wild blueberry growers…

Cort Brazelton's comprehensive blueberry market analysis

"Increased competitiveness among producing countries, demanding rapid changes from those with mature industries"

The constant increase in demand for the superfood in Europe and the United States, plus the opening of new markets in Asia and the Middle East, has increased competitiveness…

Strong growth of the acreage devoted to soft fruit cultivation in Portugal

The acreage devoted to the production of berries in Portugal will reach almost 5,000 hectares this season, which means that it has grown fivefold in recent years. This was one of the topics discussed by the Spanish-French-Italian-Portuguese strawberry group, which recently held its annual meeting via…

Apple is the number one export fruit for Serbia, raspberry is the most profitable

“Last year, Serbia exported fruit worth a record 824.1 million euros, mostly apples, while raspberries were the most profitable export fruit,” said agrianalyst Goran Djakovic.…

Open field strawberry season has started in Georgia

Despite the low temperatures in April, the early strawberry harvest has already ripened in the Kakheti region. The local supply will reach its peak in the second half of May. The wholesale prices are 5-7 GEL/kg ($1,64-$2,3) now but, are expected to fall in a few weeks, at the peak of the season. Source:…

New Jersey cranberry yield highest since 2016

Cranberry growers produced over 588 thousand utilized barrels from 2,900 acres. The 203 barrel per acre yield led the Nation and was the highest since 2016 according to Bruce…

Nijs van Zuilen (Berrybrothers) about early start of Dutch redcurrants, blackberries, and raspberries

“Ever-rising demand for Dutch redcurrants and other soft fruit”

The Dutch redcurrant, raspberry, and blackberry season has begun at Berrybrothers. "It's the second consecutive year that we're already harvesting our first soft fruits in early May. This early start is due to us purchasing a new greenhouse for our red berries in 2021. A great development that's…

Japan: Seasonality gap of strawberries offers huge market potential for vertical farmers

“Although they say that many people will pay extra for high-quality strawberries, we don't see any price issues in the strawberry market in Japan. The prices of our products are reasonable and competitive,” Yuuki Matsuda, CEO of MD-Farm, a Japanese agtech company. MD-Farm offers vertical farming systems…

Freshuelva blames Greece for the fall in strawberry prices on European markets in April

According to Freshuelva data, there has been a decrease in the volume collected in the first phase of the 2021/2022 campaign. This setback took place between March and the…

"That's a very important volume and it will attract the attention of the best supermarkets in the world"

Peru could export 120,000 tons of new-genetic blueberries by 2025

Peru is expected to export 222,714 tons of blueberries in this campaign. A large percentage of the fruit will correspond to the oldest sown varieties in Peru. This, however,…

Next week, the strawberry contact group will analyze the campaign in France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain

The strawberry contact group, made up of sectoral and administrative representatives from France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal, will hold an online meeting on Monday, May 9, to…

Good ending to strawberry season in Stanthorpe

Researchers say strawberries are very sensitive to environmental conditions and they're studying how to keep the fruit sweet in a changing climate Like many things on a farm,…

French strawberry industry protest blocked visa for Moroccan laborers

French strawberry producers have protested the block of Moroccan seasonal workers to get to the country for the harvest season. The French consulate in Casablanca blocked the…

UK crisp maker appeals as fruit farm proposal is squashed

A crisp and gin-making farmer has launched a planning appeal after his bid to convert a farm to large-scale soft fruit production was turned down by planners. Two Farmers…

As weather has its ups and downs

Texas strawberry season turns out average

According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert Russ Wallace, Texas strawberry growers have experienced an average season so far despite freezes, drought and…

Research shows blueberry consumption can help against cognitive decline

A new research study published in Nutrients finds that blueberries have cognitive benefits. More specifically, the equivalent of a half cup of fresh blueberries per day,…

Andero Keronen, No Bananas, Estonia:

“It’s been our best season in the past three years. Our strawberries are as good as ever.”

Despite the war, rising input costs, and delayed spring, “The show must go on,” as the saying goes. That is exactly what the team at No Bananas, with their quality tasting berry pop-up stores across 100+ stores in Estonia, is doing. According to the founder and owner of No Bananas, Andero Keronen, they…

Peruvian mangos and blueberries are in the process of entering 6 new markets each

Peru's agro-export sector is working with the support of the National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa) to carry out phytosanitary adaptation processes to achieve access to new…

Carlos Masiá, of Masiá Ciscar:

"The lower supply of strawberries is causing prices to remain stable"

The strawberry campaign in the Spanish province of Huelva is reaching its production peak with lower volumes compared to last year. "We still have lower production levels than last season, about 15-20% less, due to the high number of cloudy and rainy days this year. The lower supply is also partly…

Hortifrut strengthens its position as a global company and creates a Hub in Ireland

Hortifrut, a global business platform in the production and marketing of fresh and frozen berries, is taking a new step in its international consolidation plan that it has…

Vince Wheller - New Forest Fruit

"Volumes are building up nicely, we harvested 165 tonnes this week"

Situated between the Solent and the New Forest National Park, New Forest Fruit enjoys one of the earliest growing seasons in the UK.  Glass house picking started 25th March, French tunnels (unheated) started 10th April, and some Spanish tunnelled Everbearers are just starting now. "Volumes are building up…

Big volumes and aggressive pricing expected for California strawberries

Lots of strawberries for Mother’s Day. That’s the picture coming up to the annual holiday as California sees strong volumes of the popular berry. “Strawberry supplies are going to get pretty heavy here coming up next week. It looks like we’re going to get into a good-sized pick,” says Steve Johnston of…

Mexico focuses on growing its blueberry industry

The Mexican blueberry industry is consolidated and focusing on moving forward in raising quality at all levels that are linked to the crop and its variants. According to…

Lower quotations for Candonga Top Quality strawberries

"It's early May, so it is already possible to make a first assessment of the Candonga Top strawberry season, even though the campaign will not end before late May," explains Maria Ferrara, sales manager for Fe.Vi Frutta. "Yields are currently lower than in 2021. We are talking about 350 g/plant against the…

Mathilde Jakobsen, Fresh.Land:

“The fruit still hangs on the tree when customers order it from Fresh.Land”

Fresh.Land, the disruptor of the fruit and vegetable value chain,  allows consumers in Denmark, Sweden and Netherlands, to order fruit that still hangs on the tree, directly from farmers. According to Mathilde Jakobsen, founder of Fresh.Land, their model, “eliminates artificial ripening, cold-storage and surface…

Climate change impacts on NZ blueberry production

Climate change will affect where crops can be grown in the future. Plant and Food Research has developed models to map how suitable areas around the country currently are, on…

Check out this grower's huge strawberry

Strawberries come in all shapes and sizes. But, in this clip, a fruit grower may well have picked the biggest, sweetest strawberry we have ever seen.

Consumers are paying more for their products but farmers aren't earning more, so who is taking the money?

Last month was disastrous for the economy of blueberry farmers in the province of Huelva. According to the price observatory of the Junta de Andalucia, there's been a 29.32%…

Nicofruit

The strawberry campaign has reached its peak

"The 2022 strawberry campaign has reached its peak. Light conditions are great, with a low humidity rate and sunny days that lead to homogeneous ripening and a constant increase of the volumes sold," commented Demetrio Nicodemo, production manager at Nicofruit, a producer from southern Italy specializing…

Hans Liekens, of Sekoya: "Huelva is and will remain an interesting area for the cultivation of blueberries"

"We are the first platform to offer a 52-week program of crunchy, long-lasting, consistent quality blueberries"

In recent years, the consumption, production and global trade of blueberries have done nothing but grow. This is evidenced by Faostat data from the last two decades and corroborated by multiple international studies, which unanimously agree that the sector and per capita consumption will continue to…

Strawberry prices keep dropping in Uzbekistan

From 22 to 29 April 2022, the average wholesale prices for strawberries in Uzbekistan dropped from 20,000 to 15,000 UZS/kg ($1.77 to $1.34), in effect another 25% in one week.…

Irish grower secures new €7.5M contract with Aldi

Irish strawberry greenhouse Sunglow Nurseries has agreed to continue supplying the 150 Aldi Ireland stores with their early-season premium Bord Bia Quality Assured Irish strawberries. The new €7.5M contract was signed last week.  Sunglow Nurseries has supplied the Irish Aldi stores for more than 14 years. Last…

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

NIFA-funded research and outreach helping producers meet high demand for blueberries

Blueberries are the second-most produced berries in the United States, after strawberries, according to USDA’s Economic Research Services. Over the past 10 years, the supply…

Blueberry volumes coming on steadily

Supplies look to be picking up on blueberries. “Florida started a few weeks earlier than last year. Mexico's volume is up over last year,” says Helena Beckett of Giddings…

Strawberry supply hits peak production for California grower-marketer

Naturipe’s California strawberries are in peak production now and volumes are expected to last through June. This season, Naturipe Farms is set to have its highest volumes of…

Ventura and Biloxi accounted for 63.2% of all the blueberries installed in Peru in 2021

In 2021, Peru devoted 16,536 hectares to blueberry cultivation, i.e. 20.7% more than in the previous year and, according to projections by the president of the consulting firm…

Special Fruit offering Sweet Royalla blackberries

Special Fruit, in Belgium, is currently the only market player offering the Portuguese Sweet Royalla blackberry variety. "Production is running at full speed, and the blackberries' quality is at its best," says Joost Schellekens of Special Fruit. "This promising variety combines the excellent traits…

José Flores, director of Aneberries:

“Promotion of increased blueberry consumption should be main strategic axis’

Juan José Flores, director of Aneberries, has called on the international blueberry industry to agree and manage together in the perspective of responsibility and the…

New blueberry varieties available for growers

IQ Berries (IQB) and Osiris Plant Management (Chile) are joining forces to develop and bring new blueberry varieties with innovative and palate-captivating qualities to the market. Attributes of these varieties include large size and firmness, a popping texture, sweet flavor (high Brix levels), great…

The updated Coviro catalogues can be picked up at Macfrut, stand D1 - 198

New varieties for asparagus and strawberries

Coviro Azienda Vivaistica based in the Italian province of Ravenna, in Cervia, which is specialized in the production of strawberry and asparagus plants, is about to introduce two new varieties in both segments for the upcoming Macfrut event. "We have several new products that we will be presenting at…

New Zealand researchers lead world first sequencing of bilberry genome

A bilberry gene mapping project at Plant & Food Research, funded by Genomics Aotearoa, has made some significant findings on the berry’s unique pigments, something that has…

UK: Improved blueberry varieties making strides

An exciting range of new low-chill blueberry varieties launched last year are now being more widely planted in Europe and Morocco. Plants365, a nursery business based in the UK, and with production in the EU, is licenced for these new low-chill cultivars across Greater Europe and North Africa. Bred at…

Strawberry in integrated production promotes sustainable development

Raising the quality standards of strawberries with added value, while allowing the traceability of all stages of production, is just one of the advantages offered by…

Berries thriving on Serbian soil

“Demand for Serbian blueberries is above our expectations”

Blueberries from Serbia are enjoying increasing popularity, says a berry exporter. Last season was successful for them, and the challenges that Covid provided forced them to improve their operation. The company now wants to launch a zero-residue project. Dejan Stajić, owner and founder of Serbian berry…

Peru: Fresh blueberry exports total 218.000-plus tons for US$ 1.307 million

The Peruvian blueberry export campaign, which runs from June to May, has remained positive since 2019/2020. Even during the pandemic shipments continued to rise, exporting…

Elite Global Fresh Trading brings high quality UAE blueberries to new international markets

Elite Global Fresh Trading (EGFT), a subsidiary of Yas Holding’s Food & Agriculture division, Elite Agro, and a prominent UAE trader of fresh produce, has secured export…

But lower prices are driving consumer demand toward local products

"Strawberry prices dip due to increased supply"

“Supply and demand” is how Miguel Demaeght, BelOrta's Fruit Sales Manager, explains the recent dip in strawberry prices. There were several factors at play on the supply side. "There are still reasonable volumes of Spanish strawberries on the market. Not in Belgium, but in the countries we normally…

Peru’s blueberry market access to Israel getting one step closer

Exports of blueberries from Peru to Israel (as a new market) are getting one step closer. The all-important phytosanitary review process to mitigate the risk of pests is underway. This is after Peru sent a proposal of mitigation measures to Israeli authorities who are currently reviewing the submitted…

Berry grower celebrates National Strawberry Month

California Giant Berry Farms, which supplies fresh sustainable berries, shared a strawberry crop update where it forecasts giant volumes of organic and conventionally grown strawberries ahead, just in time for National Strawberry Month. The company reports its grower partners are on track to deliver peak…

Unable to export to Russia and Ukraine, Greece and Turkey look for customers in Germany, a key market for Huelva strawberries

Huelva's berry sector is one of the region's agri-food sectors that has been indirectly affected by the war. The war has forced Greece and Turkey to look for customers for the…

Global blueberry industry shows great dynamism and speed of growth

Global blueberry production and trade has seen the most dramatic growth for any commodity in the past decade, rising from 439.000 tons in 2010 to well over 1 million last…

White strawberries are proving quite lucrative crop for Huelva

The pineberry is the latest trend in fruit that can cost as much as ten times the price of a traditional punnet. It is a variant of strawberry that tastes like pineapple that…

Strawberry prices down in Uzbekistan

Wholesale prices for strawberries in Uzbekistan have fallen 4.5 times over the past week, which was an unprecedented drop in prices in one week. Such a sharp drop in prices is…

Fabio Guerreiro, producer from Huelva: "The Limvalnera is the most profitable non-private strawberry variety"

"We trust that, in a few years, the Limvalnera will be a variety with a high market share"

Without a doubt, varietal breeding is a powerful tool for agriculture. Thanks to the development of new varieties, growers have access to an interesting range of materials adapted to the specific characteristics of each area, climatically resilient and increasingly resistant. At the same time (and…

Using summer fruit for alcoholic products

Pandemic provided an unexpected silver lining for enterprising distillers

When the Covid lockdowns ravaged Britain’s food supply chains, fruit growers were among the worst affected. With events like Wimbledon being cancelled, as well as weddings and…

Water Ways to deliver a C$425,000 second smart blueberries irrigation project in Mexico

Water Ways Technologies Inc., a global provider of Israeli-based agriculture technology, providing water irrigation solutions to agricultural producers, announces that it has…

Heavy losses for SC blueberry farmers after extreme temperature swings

A mild winter with hard spring frosts has left South Carolina blueberry farms decimated. Michael Parker from Hickory Bluff Berry Farm said: “The strawberries and blueberries…

E-commerce sales go mainstream

Yunnan blueberries are ready for the market

Entering April, the blueberries in Longpeng Town, Yunnan ushered in the harvesting period of batch ripening. While making good use of traditional offline sales channels, blueberry growers have also opened up online sales channels, allowing these “small blueberries” to be sold all over the country by…

Blueberry Industry Market Status

Global blueberry planting area increased by 4726 hectares, with a growth rate of 53%

The popularity of blueberries in China's fruit market has grown in recent years. Blueberries are rich in nutrients, which can prevent cancer, soften blood vessels, and…

Main challenges of the Mexican blueberry industry to be discussed at Expo Guadalajara

An extensive program, which will address the main aspects of the reality and challenges of the Mexican blueberry industry, will be held during the two days of the XXII…

Integrated production of strawberries promotes sustainable development in Brazil

Regarding strawberries, it's not just the physical characteristics of the product that matter. Knowing where the product came from, how it was grown, by whom it was harvested…

Cort Brazelton, CEO of Fall Creek:

‘Without Guanxi, there is no business in China’

Cort Brazelton is the Co-CEO of Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, he recently gave an interview, in which he referred to his vision regarding the blueberry market in China and…

Challenging year for Greek strawberries

“After a successful season, there were high expectations and demand from the start”

The Greek strawberries have had some significant challenges this season, leading to a decrease in production of about 30%. The cold weather was partly to blame for this, as acreage had actually increased compared to last year. Demand has been very strong, from both Asia and Europe. Nick Nafpliotis,…

VSSE

Simon Schumacher, VSSE, at the start of the strawberry harvest

"Frost protection measures have gone well due to the dedicated efforts of growers"

Throughout Germany, strawberry plants are doing well. After an average mild winter and storms, the crops have weathered the late frosts well so far thanks to foil tunnels, fleece covers and frost protection irrigation. While the harvest is gradually starting in the high tunnels in southern Germany, it is…

The feedback from its producers

Limvalnera, a strawberry variety that is making its mark

Limvalnera is a variety of strawberry that has been under evaluation for about two years in the whole Southern Italy. This cultivar, in the Basilicata region alone, can count about 14 hectares cultivated this year, including fresh plants and rooted buds, compared to just over 20 thousand plants that were…

A co-branded tea drink "Domineering Blueberry" launched

Joyvio Blueberry works together with Nayuki for the first time

For the first time, Joyvio Blueberry joined hands with Nayuki to launch a co-branded tea drink "Domineering Blueberry", which officially landed on Nayuki's stores national wide on April 15, with a limited-time tasting period of one month, adding more tempting flavors to this early summer. This co-branded…

Beekers Berries holds tasty inspiration day

On April 14th, in the Netherlands, the Beekers Berries Inspiration day garnered much attention. Some came to learn about cultivation, others for inspiration or both. Everyone got their money's worth as the program included a tasting and an extensive tour. Click here to see the photo report The Lambada is…

World Blueberry Tour is showing the different realities of the blueberry industry

The XXII International Blueberry Seminar that will be held this May 25 and 26 in Guadalajara, will allow industry parties to discover many of the problems that the local…

Cherry and blueberry producers from Ñuble Province speak of ‘a season to forget’

For most cherry and blueberry growers from Ñuble Province, this has been the worst season in 30 years. With very high costs, shortage of containers, congestion at the shipping…

Italy: Strawberries on gutters up to 3 rows high

"The demand for strawberry substrate cultivation solutions is growing in many Italian cultivation areas. However, the uncertain current situation is still holding back investments. We will soon start with the installation of about 7 hectares of substrate cultivation, most of it with two rows of gutters,…

Start of the season at Fruchthof Hensen

"Pleasing demand for greenhouse strawberries"

The first domestic strawberries from protected cultivation are already being harvested for about two weeks. The greenhouse at Fruchthof Hensen in Swisttal, Rhineland, has also been bustling since the first week of April. "Compared to last year, this year's harvest of our greenhouse goods has started a…

Harro van Dam, Carsol Europe:

"We expect to harvest blueberries year-round in Portugal for the first time this year"

In Portugal, blueberry production has been underway, in limited volumes, for several weeks. "We work closely with our partner Logofruits there, as they have two cultivation sites. One of 90 hectares in the southern region of Odemira and a second 70-hectare one just south of Lisbon. Volumes are gradually…

Morocco's blueberry production has increased nineteenfold in 15 years

The cultivation of blueberries in Morocco only dates back to the beginning of the century. Between 2005 and 2015, the growth of the industry was small but constant. In the…

Kunming blueberries drop by 100 RMB per kilogram

Recently, in the Kunming fruit market, the price of blueberries has dropped significantly, and the price is 40-80 RMB/kg. Compared with the 150-200 RMB/kg blueberries just on the market, the price has dropped by more than 100 RMB/kg. According to fruit merchants, the price of blueberries will drop to…

Reducing the problem of plastics that are not being recycled in horticulture production

Horticulture is the biggest contributor of non-packaging plastics usage on farms across the agriculture sector, but there are initiatives underway in Australia to help recycle and re-use the material in environmentally-friendly ways. Product Stewardship Consultant, Ed George explains that the total…

Mehmet Bozkurt, MAB Quality, on this year's campaign

"Strong season for Greek strawberries, first domestic product expected in week 16"

The European strawberry season is now in full swing, with the first shipments from German greenhouses and foil houses now successively hitting the market. "We expect the first regional goods from Münsterland in the course of the next week. The first open-field goods will then probably follow from week 18,"…

IFA wants clarity for soft fruit growers in horticulture package

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine has announced a €2.8 million support package for the Irish horticulture sector. The funding was approved by Cabinet on 13…

7500 kg strawberries set for harvest from a hybrid family farm on isolated island

“We hadn’t grown any strawberries before so it was a bit nerve-wracking. However, saw them doing it in the US, so we just wanted to make sure whether we’d succeed as well, selling a product good enough to sell to the market,” says Roger Morris, founder of Phillip Island Strawberries.  Originally, the business…

New strawberry harvester to aid understaffed industry

The number of laborers willing to work in strawberry fields has been going down for years. At Wish Farms in Plant City, the dwindling labor force has been affecting the…


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