Prof Stephanie Midgley – Western Cape Department of Agriculture & Prof Wiehann Steyn, Hortgro

Sobering climate change study requires clear-eyed planning for diverse futures

The occurrence of erratic weather over past years, like the 2019 spring heat wave in the Western Cape that led to poor plum fruit set, is increasing in frequency. Early last week an unseasonal early winter hailstorm damaged citrus orchards and dented cars in parts of the summer rainfall Mpumalanga…

Coming in on a refrigerated train

More than 1000 tons of fresh fruit from outside India reach Bengaluru

In an Indian Railways first, a container train with 1012 tons of fresh fruit imported from abroad reached Bengaluru on Thursday morning. Apples, kiwis, apricots and cherries…

European Picota cherries arrive in the UK for summer season

The European Picota cherries have hit the shelves in the UK for their short season of just six weeks until August. The farmers who grow this European variety have followed rigorous quality control procedures that grant the Picota its DO (Denomination of Origin) status. This seal certifies its exceptional…

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…

Dutch cherry farmer, Theo Vernooij:

"This new machine means we can sort our cherries optically"

This year's cherry season isn't as voluminous as last year's. That's according to Theo and Erik Vernooij in the Netherlands. "It's rather variable; there aren't as many cherries either. That's due to the bad flowering weather. There was lots of rain, night frost, and hailstorms. So, we're surprised we…

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New Zealand cherry venture seeks investors for second phase of expansion

New Zealand cherry development Deep Creek Fruits NZ LP is undergoing a second capital raise to fund a packhouse and expansion at its Central Otago orchards. According to Deep…

A research team from CRAG and IRTA located the gene responsible for the plums' purple skin

The tonality of plums is defined by the presence and accumulation of the antioxidant pigment anthocyanin. The synthesis of this compound is regulated by the MYB10 genes. Now, a research team from the Center for Research in Agrigenomics (CRAG) and the Institute for Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA)…

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…

France: Intermarché and Netto support apricot producers who suffered from the frost

Faced with the consequences of the frost episode that severely affected French farms last April, producers are organizing themselves to cope. According to the PDO Peaches and Apricots of France, the apricot orchards were the most affected by the frost. Some producers in the Rhône-Alpes region have…

First fruit of season is ready in Osoyoos

Canada: Okanagan cherry crop looks very good

South Okanagan cherry growers are optimistic this year as the picking of the first of this year’s crop gets underway in Osoyoos. Catherine Sandhu from At C & C Family Orchards…

Start of Jammu and Kashmir cherry exports via air cargo

Yesterday, Principal Secretary Navin Kumar Choudhary from the Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare and Horticulture departments, flagged off the trucks Kashmir valley cherries, which will be subsequently be airlifted to Delhi and Mumbai, from Srinagar airport. Speaking on the occasion, the Principal Secretary…

Arrigoni’s solutions

Cracks in cherries and parasites

Several testimonies collected “in the field” attest to the effectiveness of PROTECTA® and FRUCTUS® for the safety of the most delicate crops. Spring rains have a decisive influence on fruit quality, especially for the delicate cherry crops. The rain can indeed interrupt the flowering process and reduce quality. In severe cases,…

Michael Sanchez Escriva, head of commercial development

The apricot campaign has started for STM BIO

The Perpignan-based company STM BIO just started its apricot campaign with the very first early varieties, Colorado and Wonder Cot, produced in Millas (Pyrénées-Orientales), on a farm run by the 3rd generation. Soon, other typical varieties will follow: Big Red, Royal Roussillon, Spring Blush and Orange…

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Uzbekistan cherry exports to Singapore; how sustainable is it?

The news from the National Information Agency of Uzbekistan that, for the first time in the country’s history, Uzbek cherries were exported to Singapore seemed encouraging. Certainly given the recent information on the accelerating collapse of prices for cherries in Uzbekistan.  The prices for Uzbek cherries…

Thijs van Overloop, Dutch cherry farmer

"Huge growth in demand for cherries in recent years"

Thijs van Overloop cultivates cherries in the Netherlands. He's expecting a good season. Although these will be on the market later than expected. "My company, Maatschappij van Overloop, has a harvest estimate of about 85,000kg. But, due to the earlier weather conditions, we can only start picking on 23…

Elbe Obst

Strong in protected cultivation for cherries

Cherries from protected cultivation are becoming increasingly dominant in the “Alte Land”, while open-grown produce is playing an increasingly subordinate role. In the Lower Elbe, cherries are now grown under a canopy in an area of 270 hectares. The most popular varieties are Regina and Kordia, but Areko…

New commercial license for fruit produced from Sun World stone fruit cultivars grown in Australia

Sun World extends commercial relationship with Montague

Today, at the Hort Connections conference, Montague and Californian variety development and licensing company Sun World International LLC announced they have executed a new…

UK growers set for another strong cherry season

The UK is ready for a promising cherry season; according to Love Fresh Cherries, Britain’s largest representative trade body for British and imported cherries in the UK, some…

Henk Vlaeminck, Van Dijk Foods Belgium

“Soaring stone fruit demand, thanks to good weather”

Van Dijk Foods Belgium in Brussels had stone fruit available in March already. However, the season has now gotten fully underway. "We're always one of the firsts to start with the stone fruit. That's of the Spanish Royal brand. But, the floodgates are currently open. Demand for peaches, nectarines, and…

Di Palma

Cherry campaign in full swing in Puglia

The cherry campaign is in full swing in Puglia. Prices remain stable, but competition in Europe seems worrying. "The produce boasts excellent organoleptic qualities, however quantities are considerable, meaning grades tend to be affected," explained Saverio Di Palma, owner of a company (Di Palma Donato &…

Third round estimate total Northwest cherries remains effectively unchanged

 The Northwest Cherry Growers' Field Estimate team has compiled a third ("Round 3") projection for the 2021 Northwest crop.  Following up on the first two rounds of estimation, this 22-person field team looked at changes to fruit set and development across their orchards as well as the surrounding area. Within this…

Rescinding lockdown could be excellent for Kashmir growers

Luckily, the summer fruit season has coincided with the process of reducing lockdowns in Jammu and Kashmir. This raises cherry growers’ hopes for rich returns after suffering…

Washington state: Recent heat wave impacts cherry crop

Grandview, Washington, has had several days of heat advisories, but these kind of temperatures are welcome to many cherry growers in the Valley, at least to an extent. For…

25% subsidy on transport charges

More incentives for cherries from Kashmir

This year, the J&K government has made special arrangements for transport subsidies to ship Kashmiri cherries to different parts of India. The arrangements include a 25…

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,…

Italian apricots are doing well

The stone fruit season is in full swing, and the Sicilian one is particularly promising, as the quality is really good for apricots, peaches and nectarines. We discussed the trend of these references with Vincenzo Dipasquale of the Italian brand Donnalia. Apricots "We are now in the middle of the apricot season, which started around…

'Protecta, a solution against cherry cracking and pests'

Spring rains have a decisive influence on the quality of fruits, especially when it comes to delicate cherry cultivars. Rainwater can in fact interrupt the flowering process, reduce quality and, in severe cases, start fruit cracking. The rupture of the drupa, in fact, makes the fruit no longer…

China could become a very important market for Turkish cherries again this year

Turkish fruit exporter releases animated film encouraging children to eat fruit

While the cherry season has kicked off, one Turkish fruit exporter has launched an animated film, encouraging children to eat healthy fruits during the season. Meanwhile the exporter also has a developing a club grower project, allowing the company to offer complete traceability from growing to packing.…

Francesc Pena, manager of Sat Bepa:

"As of week 26, stone fruit prices may exceed those of last season"

Last week, the earliest producing areas of Lleida, namely the region of Segrià, started harvesting and marketing the first peaches and nectarines of the season.  "Last Thursday, we started harvesting peaches, nectarines and flat peaches. We are also still harvesting significant volumes of cherries, whose campaign…

Erik-Jan Thur, Marni Fruit, the Netherlands:

"Spanish cherry demand increasingly focused on good varieties, melons becoming more of a weekend item"

The Spanish stone fruit season is currently getting underway. "We're getting the first peaches. At the end of the week, we'll start with paraguayos. And at the beginning of next week, we'll get the first nectarines. We're also already in full swing with Spanish cherries," says Erik-Jan Thur of Marni…

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Smaller sizing on peaches and nectarines in North America

Supplies of stone fruit in North America are good and increasingly building. On the West Coast, coming off the long weekend, production will build on California peaches and nectarines--plums will soon start as well. As the season builds, Larry Davidson of North American Produce Buyers based in Toronto,…

Northwest cherry harvest around the corner

Oppy and Orchard View Cherries are counting down the days to their fast-paced, seven-week cherry harvest come summer. With a seamless transition from its California crop, the grower, marketer and distributor of fresh produce from around the world anticipates an exceptional yield in the Orchard View label…

Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh

Indian fruit growers suffer heavy losses

Losses worth Rs4.33 mln (€2.38 mln) have been suffered by the fruit growers in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh, including Asia Peach valley of Rajgarh. The losses were…

American cherry growers seek improved varieties

Cherry growers in the United States are searching for improved cherry varieties to extend the season and attract consumers. “There have been some proprietary varieties hit the…

Dual situation when it comes to cherries

While a few producers from the south are complaining, the situation is looking better in the north where the current market phase is well diversified. The president of a cooperative in Emilia reports that "early cherries, which are softer and with a shorter shelf-life, are over. Now we're harvesting new…

Sergio Alonso, from Cosanse: "Export markets prefer punnet and cup formats"

The Spanish market will be well supplied with cherries throughout the season

The Spanish markets are well supplied with cherries this year. In general, the product has not been affected by the frosts this spring, which have taken a toll on the production of other stone fruit species.  "We started marketing the first cherries in mid-May and we have already sold between 25 and 30% of this…

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Cherry growers from Bari are protesting against low quotations

Over the last few days, several images and videos of an Apulian cherry producer protesting against the significant drop in selling prices have been circulating on some main social networks. On 31 May in Casamassima (Bari), a grower dumped several boxes of cherries on the street, drawing the attention of authorities,…

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…

France: Apricot harvest in the Pyrénées-Orientales

In the Pyrénées-Orientales, the apricot harvest started 10 days ago. A harvest which has been affected, however, by the frost episodes of early April. As a result, producers…

Dan Davis with Starr Ranch comments on increased growing costs

“Retailers need to get used to selling cherries for at least $2.99/lb”

Washington’s cherry season is here. “We have some minor oddball varieties that are being picked now already, but harvest of larger volumes will start this Friday, June 4,” says Dan Davis with Starr Ranch Growers. “From there, harvest will ramp up pretty quickly and by the middle of next week the lines…

China was the main export market for the second consecutive year

Positive balance for Argentina's cherry season

Argentina's cherry season was positive, despite all the challenges it faced in this unusual year, as the country's cherry export volume grew by 8.5% over the previous season.   A…

Prices slightly higher now, but expected to drop

“Turkish Cherries are on the way to Europe”

The Turkish cherry season has begun and one Polish company is moving the Turkish stone fruit throughout European markets. Demand is been stable so far, but prices have been on the higher end of the scale. Once more producing areas bring their cherries to the market, prices are expected to drop. Yuksel Zengin,…

Global commodity update on citrus, apples, cherries, and grapes

Four fruit commodity focal points play a key role in the programs that Vanguard International will bring onto the global markets in the next few months. Citrus global“Citrus is a huge focus for us right now,” says Tim Clarke, President of Vanguard International. “The crops in Egypt are winding down and…

Jan Vermeiren, Exofi:

“Spanish cherry sales in Belgium skyrocket thanks to good weather”

In Belgium, Exofi's had Spanish cherries for the last three weeks again. "Our cherry sales are currently going at full speed," says Jan Vermeiren. "The first varieties were a bit risky because their quality wasn't that good. Since then, we've received very nice cherries. They're California cherries from…

Natalino Gallo (Op Agricor)

A good variety appreciated by the market is better than 100,000 tasteless ones

The harvesting of the first apricots has started on the Sibari Plain in Calabria despite the adverse weather characterized by frost in early April, which has not supported the production and commercialization of the early products. The hope is that things will go better from June onwards with the…

Chinese cherry price plummets as large volumes of cherries enter the market

The last week of May is the time of year when open-field cherries enter the Chinese market in large volumes. However, the market conditions were not great for greenhouse cherries and now the market for open-field cherries looks bleak. In Shandong the price of Chinese cherries already dropped below 10…

Peak supplies on California cherries slightly lower than projected

Supplies of cherries from California are good as the state hits peak supplies of the deal. “We’re probably going to hold steady with peak supplies through the Memorial weekend,” says Nick Lucich of Delta Packing Co. in Lodi, CA. “For us, the season wraps up after the Hollister and Gilroy harvest of…

Packing of Turkish cherries has started

“I think we’ll see higher demand from China and Korea this season”

After a successful apple season, one Turkish exporter is now switching its focus towards the cherry season. Packing started only recently, due to the later harvest time of the Turkish cherries. After some trial shipments at the end of last year, it’s expected China will be a very important market for the…

Daniel Blanco, commercial director of Mogalla:

"Stone fruit consumption doesn't appear to be reaching the expected levels"

Despite the fact that the Spanish stone fruit campaign started in a favorable context, marked by a drastic fall in the European production as a result of spring frosts, and everything seemed to indicate that the market conditions would be good for the fruit available, the evolution of the demand has…

Moldova: Low cherry harvest for second year in a row

According to industry experts, the 2021 harvest of many varieties of cherries may be approximately at the level of the ‘bad last year’. According to estimates, the harvest of…

Uzbekistan, world’s second largest exporter of apricots, is a net importer in 2021

Uzbekistan industry experts report that there were almost no exports of fresh apricots from the nation in 2021, despite the fact that the export season should be in full swing…

Winter storm resulted in right amount of chill hours

Late start but better season for Texas peaches compared to last year

It’s anticipated that Texas peaches will have a better season for 2021. This follows a challenging 2020 Texas peach season. “We had tremendous demand and a weak crop mid to late season last year so we didn’t have enough to meet the demand,” says Jamey Vogel of Vogel Orchard in Fredericksburg, TX. The region…

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…

Karel Belmans, Belgische Fruitveiling

“Despite poor early cherry pollination in Belgium, optimistic about upcoming season”

The Belgian cherry season is getting started. But, the weather's been grim recently. So, the cooperative, Belgische Fruitveiling's (BFV) Karel Belmans thinks early cherries will only be harvested in late June. "In recent years, the cherry season has begun earlier." "Last year, we picked the first…

The 2021 season starts for Metis®, the plum and apricot hybrid

Metis® will once again be present in the main European markets this year with a similar production to that of the previous year and with good prospects. "In a special summer in which it seems that we'll gradually get some normality back, Metis® is back with more energy than ever, having become an…

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…

Agrintesa doubles cherry processing lines

The harvesting and processing of cherries from the Castelfranco Emilia area (Modena) has started at Agrintesa. The new Cherry Vision 3.0 system is used for electric sorting, plus the company has recently doubled the optical grading and sorting lines to process up to 8 tons/hour. The 2021 campaign is looking…

medFEL publishes harvest estimates for European peaches and nectarines

The peach and nectarine harvest forecasts for the four main growing countries Greece, Spain, Italy and France were presented yesterday during the third and final medFEL webinar. Already suffering from a crop shortage, the 2020 European harvest is expected to be the smallest in the last 30 years. 2020 was…

California cherry harvest reaches peak: large crop anticipated

Peak season for California cherries has arrived and farmers say the dry, sunny spring weather has brought a quality crop that might well become one of the largest they've…

France: weak cherry harvest after the frost wave in the Ardèche

Ardèche cherries will be rare this year. After the frost wave of early April, nearly 90% of the production has been lost, and for the spared fruit, the harvest has begun.…

New club pack for peaches to hit stores mid-June

Titan Farms is introducing two new club packs this summer to meet the increasing demand for pre-packaged fruit. These 3 lb. and 4 lb. club packs will assist retailers with e-commerce needs. The durable yet breathable packaging will provide protection required for peaches as well as added convenience for…

August expected to be a great window of opportunity for Canadian cherry growers

Although the cherries in British Columbia’s (BC) northern cherry growing regions are still green, Jealous Fruits is cautiously optimistic about the upcoming season. “We had ideal weather during bloom,” says Julie McLachlan with the company. "We experienced moderate temperatures, very little rain and wind…

Second crop estimate of Northwest Cherries suggest 6% lower crops than first estimate

The Northwest Cherry Growers' Field Estimate team has compiled a second ("Round 2") projection for the 2021 Northwest crop. Following our first round of estimation, this 22-person field team looks at their orchards as well as the surrounding area's volume dynamics and compiles overviews for their area…

Napier Port 2021 half year results

“Pipfruit exports are tracking in line with the prior year'

Napier Port reports resilient half year revenue and earnings as the diversity of the Napier Port trade portfolio mitigates the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.…

Rains in Murcia are beneficial, though there will be a stop in the fruit harvest

The forecasts of the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), which warned that a cold air mass could give way to an Isolated Depression at High Levels (DANA) in the southern…

The harvesting of Patagonia nectarines has started in Apulia

The harvesting of the first Patagonia nectarines in the San Ferdinando di Puglia and Trinitapoli (Apulia) started a week ago. Grades seem to be smaller than expected, but prices are currently higher than last year. Photo provided by Nicola Bollino. "After the frost, very few Patagonia nectarine trees…

Research is being done to counter cherry diseases and June Drop in Scotland

According to horticultural experts, Scotland’s cherry trees are under threat from disease and a phenomenon called June Drop capable of devastating crops. While cherries are…

Exports to EU will keep cherry prices high in Moldova

Officials from Moldovan agricultural producers’ organizations have pointed at several factors that can significantly affect the prices of cherries on the domestic market in…

Crafting the perfect apricot in central Otago

In the heart of New Zealand’s central Otago, a group of scientists is working on ensuring the quality of that apricot is perfect every time. Dr Jill Stanley - Based in Clyde-…

The forecast for this campaign is 34% below the median for the 2018-2020 period

Catalonia will produce 11% fewer peaches and nectarines than last year

According to the stone fruit harvest forecast for Catalonia that was prepared by Afrucat on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Catalonia will produce 306,610 tons of stone fruits in the 2021 campaign, i.e. 11% less than in 2020. One must be taken into account, however, that 2020 was a year of low…

Ondine flat nectarine and flat Paraguayo acreage continues to expand in France, Spain, Italy, South Africa, Chile and Australia

Horticultural groups Agrintesa and Mazzoni join Ondine global flat fruit project

The world of snacks is experiencing strong growth in terms of volume. This dynamism is happening in a context marked by profound changes in eating habits, with new consumption moments and the search for healthy eating. "Ondine is a brand of easy-to-eat flat nectarine and white-fleshed flat nectarine.…

Turkish grower and exporter Ana Fruit expects a higher volume this year

“Demand for cherries rather high at the moment”

The cherry season has started and it’s only a few more days until the main variety of Ana Fruit will get going, says marketing manager Kubra Nur Guven: “For the first crop, one of the early varieties has been harvested a few weeks ago and growers were a little nervous about the cold weather conditions…

Murcia will export 220 million kilos of stone fruits in this campaign

Joaquin Gomez Carrasco, the president of the Association of Producers and Exporters of fruits, table grapes, and other agricultural products (Apoexpa) said that the Region of…

Argentine cherries look to China

The cherry is one of China's favorite fresh fruits. The Asian giant imports about 190,000 tons of cherries a year to satisfy the demand of its consumers. "So far it is only consumed in coastal…

Retail figures of Yantai cherries are rather low, but still higher than last year

Yantai is located in the east of Shandong peninsula close to the Yellow Sea and Bohai. The weather there is mild, which is ideal for the cultivation of cherries. In addition, the temperature differences between day and night are big, which stimulates the accumulation of nutrients in cherries. The product…

Harvest of Turkish Napoleon cherries should start next week

The Turkish cherry season has begun for the early varieties, but it’s expected that next week the Napoleon variety will kick off as well. Due to rain just before the harvest, the start of the Napoleon variety could be delayed by two or three days. One exporter isn’t worried about being able to sell all…

Another season, frosts and rains affect the producers from Leon

The Bierzo cherry brand looking for better quality in mid-season and late varieties

This year, the adverse weather has once again hit the Cereza del Bierzo brand. According to the technical director of the quality seal and the Berciana Association of Farmers…

South African stone fruit industry reports record volumes this season

With the arrival of May, Hortgro, South Africa’s deciduous fruit grower organisation, is reflecting on the end of one of their most successful stone fruit seasons to date from…

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,…

And new communication strategy for 2021

Eco-responsible Orchards: harvest predictions

The Eco-responsible Orchards label is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. A press conference organized on May 18th by ANPP and the PDO Peaches and Apricots of France was the opportunity to look back at its creation and objectives, reveal its new communication strategy for 2021 as well as to…

Yigit Aslan of Kalinex Fruit

Turkish cherries on Italian markets from June

"We are Turkish exporters of fruit from the Mersin area. We operate in different countries of the world and for each destination we ship different productions. In Italy, in particular, we export: grapefruits from October to the beginning of May, lemons from September to the beginning of November,…

Several markets experienced a severe shortage of Chilean fresh and dried prunes

In recent years, Chilean fruits have gained popularity in more and more countries and their export volumes increase year by year. However in the 2021 season, fresh prunes suffered a poor harvest due to heavy rainfall in February. BDP Foods is an international business platform founded in 2009. The…

Tech company partners with Idaho fruit ranch to extend shelf-life of apples

Hazel Technologies Inc. announces a new partnership with Caldwell, ID-based Symms Fruit Ranch, a longtime grower of apples, peaches, cherries and other fresh produce. The partnership focuses on using Hazel Tech products for apples to ensure premium post-harvest quality. Symms Fruit’s scale and diverse…

Tasmanian cherry exports up 40 per cent

Latest figures show Tasmanian cherry exports in the 2020/21 season were up 40 per cent on the previous year, and were the second largest on record.“For the Tasmanian cherry…

Pesca di Delia PGI registered in European Union

In the Official Journal of the European Union L 171 of 17/05/2021, the denomination Pesca di Delia PGI was registered. In the food sector it is number 138 of the Italian PGIs…

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…

Ukraine and Moldova might be able to export cherries to Italy

Italian fruit associations forecast the stone fruit harvest in Italy to be at an all-time low this year. Trade experts claim that Italian traders are now even interested in…

O.P. Giuliano Puglia Fruit

Apulian cherry campaign seems satisfactory

Everyone knows it - cherries are the most awaited and flavorful fruit in spring and put everyone in a good mood. Harvesting started a few days ago in Apulia, the leading producer region, and FreshPlaza has talked about it with Nicola Giuliano, owner of O.P. Giuliano Puglia Fruit. Nicola Giuliano "We had…

Better 2021 season anticipated for Northwest cherries

Northwest cherry supplies look to be up this season. The 2021 Northwest crop estimate puts cherries at 23.7 million boxes, up 3 million from last year and looking more like the 2019 crop. “June will be a slow start but overall, the Northwest will ship more than last June,” says Catherine Gipe-Stewart of…

Mónica Tierno, general director of Agrupación de Cooperativas del Valle del Jerte

"Despite the rains, we expect 20 million kilos of cherries to be harvested"

The cherry harvest has just started in the Jerte Valley, a region in the Spanish province of Caceres which has become renowned in all of Europe for the production of this fruit. The region has the Protected Designation of Origin Cereza del Jerte, which has certified the quality of the fruit produced in…

Extreme weather conditions only had limited impact on major cherry production areas

Chinese cherry season in Yantai has officially begun

Yantai is one of the major cherry production areas in China and the new season there has officially begun. The harvest of early-season Red Lantern cherries begins on the 22nd of May, and Early Beauty cherries will be harvested from the 1st of June, while other varieties such as the Shamituo and the Black…

Tenth global strawberry symposium will be held in Yancheng, China

During the ninth global strawberry symposium, which took place between 1-5 May, 2021, the host of the tenth global strawberry symposium was announced. Yancheng city in Jiangsu stood head and shoulders above the crowd and won the right to host the tenth global strawberry symposium. "The global strawberry…

Cherry prices in China falling due to increasing availability

In May, open-field cherries from Shaanxi, Shandong, and other producing areas started to trickle onto the market. With the increase in volume, prices have fallen. The poor sales of Chilean cherries this year have led some consumers to turn their attention to locally grown cherries. When cherries from Dalian…

Cherry markets in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Georgia: Prices, quality, calibers and prospects

The cherry season is in full swing in Central Asian countries and is just beginning in Georgia. In Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, the season started later than usual while in…

Good chill hours means optimism for California stone fruit

Like many commodities across North America, stone fruit out of California is also going to start a few days late this season. “We’re just waiting to get going. There’s some abnormally warm weather coming this week so hopefully that pushes things along,” says Jon McClarty of HMC Farms in Kingsburg, CA.…

Spring storm damages Dutch cherry tree canopies

The Netherlands experienced strong winds last week. "I've never seen such a heavy storm during the cherry growing period," says Jan Hoekstra, owner of Fruitbedrijf Hoekstra in that country. It caused significant damage. "We wrapped the cherries in plastic sheeting to protect them. But that spring storm destroyed at…

California cherry deal gets early pick of the season

The first cherries from Katco Packing, the new partnership that brings the Brookside and Katicich brands under the same roof in Stockton, CA, are shipping now from Oppy. While the grower, marketer and distributor typically begins domestic cherry season in mid-May, Oppy now offers cherries from the…

La Union Extremadura denounces the horticultural centers before the AICA for breaching the Food Chain Law

La Union Extremadura Union has submitted a complaint to the Food Information and Control Agency (AICA) against horticultural centers for breaching the Food Chain Law's…

Canadian cherry growers eye a sizable crop for 2021

Canadian cherry growers anticipate a much better season than 2020’s. “We have a huge blossom here in the South Okanagan. With a few cold nights there was some frost damage. But with the record blossom that we had down here, even with the damage, we’re still looking at a relatively large crop, especially…

Stone fruit in Valencia damaged by fourth hail storm in a month

Valencian agricultural producers are enduring a crazy spring, with a record number of rainy days and four hail storms over this past month. A few days ago, a new hail storm hit stone fruits in the region of La Ribera Alta, whose harvest is at an advanced stage, according to a first estimate of the…

Colorado peach crops should be safe from low temperatures

Despite the recent low temperatures, Colorado peach growers are celebrating a solid crop this year. Bruce Talbott from Talbott Farms in Palisade said they're not worried about…

Nico Veldhoen, Staay Food Group, the Netherlands

"Peach, nectarine shortage should become apparent from week 26"

The new Spanish stone fruit season has begun at the Staay Food Group. This Dutch company's been a major player in this product sector for years. "The season should be reasonably normal until week 26. But there might be drastic peach and nectarine shortages until the end of the season. That's if the…

Società agricola Guidi

Apricot harvesting to start within 20 days' time

The harvesting of Albisole apricots grown on over 300 hectares by Società agricola Guidi (Forlì-Cesena) will start in less than three weeks' time. "Despite the cold weather and the frost, the production will be satisfactory. We have calculated a maximum damage of 20-30% as, thankfully, orchards are…

Northwest Cherry Growers’ first crop projection

Over 237,000 tons of cherries forecast in 2021

Late last week, Northwest Cherry Growers released it first crop projection of the year. The early estimate places the 2021 crop at 237,992 tons. Northwest Cherry Growers…

California stone fruit season kicks off with organic cherries and apricots

Fruit World, a family-owned grower-shipper of organic and conventional fruit is now shipping its organic cherries and organic apricots. “What a difference one year makes,” said Bianca Kaprielian, Fruit World co-founder and CEO. “2020 was a bumpy stone fruit season in California. But this year we had…

frosts put stone fruits against the ropes

This was the coldest April in the Mediterranean in the last 30 years

The spring weather has significantly affected the European summer fruit campaign reducing the production in northern Spain, France, and Italy. According to the National…

Spain has growth potential given the demand for subtropical fruits in Europe

Enrique Colilles, the general director of Trops, stated in an interview with Efe that Spain has enormous growth potential given the increase in demand for avocado and mango in…

Researchers at Agriculture Victoria look at new sensor and traceability technologies

Agriculture Victoria Research (AVR) demonstrate the benefits of using real-time data loggers and new sensor technologies to monitor the export cool chain. Minimising temperature fluctuations and streamlining the supply chain will improve the quality and consistency of Victorian grown cherries in South…

Export season delayed as well

Uzbekistan will again export fewer cherries

This year, as of May 7, there is a low activity in the exports of cherries from Uzbekistan. Moreover, the small batches of cherries that are being picked are sold at a much…

Price of imported cherries four times the price of domestic cherries

US cherries arrived on the Chinese market

The first US cherries of the season arrived in China by air freight in early May. US cherries arrive on the Chinese market around the same time as domestic cherries. Manager Yang, a spokesperson for Gaobeidian Xinfadi Agricultural Wholesale Market, recently talked about current conditions in the Chinese…

Arkansas peaches and muscadines hit hardest in 2021 freeze event

In the overnight hours of April 20, temperatures fell into the 20s across about half the state of Arkansas, causing the second historic freeze event in 2021. While many…

Switzerland: Seamless season change for melons, sluggish start to stone fruit season

"Consumers are clamoring for new fresh produce"

The traditional change of season on the fruit shelf is now imminent in the Swiss retail trade as well. The first Spanish melons and stone fruits are already available on the shelves. However, the cold weather in the Spanish production areas has had a noticeable impact on the supply situation, Michele…

USDA

USDA noncitrus fruits and nuts 2020 summary

California and Oregon saw smaller crops due to wildfires

In Washington, the largest apple producing state, growers reported a smaller 2020 crop due to alternate bearing season with lower yield, a windstorm, and wildfires. Sizing was smaller in 2020 compared to last season. In California and Oregon, wildfires were reported reducing the size of the crop. In New…

Carlos Llambrich, manager of Llamfruit:

"Poor quality open ground cherries put downward pressure on prices at the start of the season"

The cherry campaign is starting slowly in the Aragonese region of Bajo Cinca with the earliest varieties, following a few months in which the spring's meteorological instability took a toll on the region's sweet fruits. In the Mequinenza plots, Llamfruit started harvesting its cherries at the end of last…

First US cherries of the new season arrived in Shanghai by air

The first US cherries from California of the 2021 season have arrived in Shanghai by airplane. This is the official opening of the Chinese import season of US cherries. The…

New onions, cabbages and cherries are Uzbekistan’s most exported produce

Uzbekistan exporters have been actively increasing the supply and range of fruits and vegetables of the new harvest in the past two weeks. At this time, Uzbekistan already…

Main 2021 destinations: Libya, France and Italy

Tunisia wants to export 80,000 tons of stone fruit

According to acting Director General of the Interprofessional Group of Fruits (GIFruits), Helmi Kalai, Tunisia aims to export about 80,000 tons of stone fruit mainly to Libya,…

The Ministry of Agriculture published an analysis of the productive reality of the stone fruit sector in Spain in 2020

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, published on its website a study that analyzes the productive reality of the stone fruit sector in Spain in 2020. According to…

Lucía Myrtea and Victoria Myrtea will start to be grown this year.

IMIDA and CEBAS-CSIC present their first two red-fleshed plum varieties

After ten years of joint research, the Murcian Institute for Agrarian and Food Research and Development (IMIDA) and the Center for Soil Science and Applied Biology of the Segura (CEBAS-CSIC) have presented the first results of a genetic improvement program carried out with the Japanese plum tree. Two…

J. Aurelio García, manager of Explum: "We expect a campaign with more stable prices at the start"

Significant drop expected in early plum production

The drop in temperatures at the beginning of April caused an intense blossom drop in plum trees in Extremadura, which will result in the harvest volumes being reduced to various extents, depending on the producing area. The early season production, from mid-June onwards, will likely be significantly…

Agricover©, from Agralia

New cover for cherry trees

All fruit tree varieties have been developed by geneticists for open ground cultivation and production. Therefore, if we protect them with netting or plastic, we modify the microclimate surrounding the tree and produce changes, which can be positive or negative. Everything will depend on the technical qualities of the chosen…

The study to obtain new cherry varieties in the Guadalentin Valley advances

The project to obtain new cherry varieties that don't require much cold in the Guadalentin Valley, which is being developed at the Lorca Agrarian Demonstration Center within…

Higher volumes, better quality, diversification, and sector unity

Key challenges of the Chilean cherry industry

Different experts from the cherry sector that participated in the "Cherries 2021: challenges and opportunities after a complex season" webinar, which was organized by the…

Santiago Vázquez, manager of La Vega de Cieza, from Murcia:

"Until mid-May there will be an apricot shortage of about 50%"

The stone fruit campaign kicked off a couple of weeks ago in the Region of Murcia with a delay of about 10 days compared to last year, although very close to the usual start date. This year's adverse weather conditions are being a major constraint for the European stone fruit season, and apricots will be…

France, Spain, Italy and Greece

medFEL publishes European apricot harvest estimates

On Tuesday 4 May, the first webinar * of the medFEL took place, concerning European apricot harvest estimates, based on the production of the 4 main growing countries and realised thanks to the partnership established with the local structures of the different countries. A look back at the European stone…

Dutch company expands sustainable cherry box range

In 2020, Fonkels successfully introduced 500g and 1kg cherry trays. These are made from 100% recycled cardboard. This year, this Dutch company is expanding its container assortment significantly. New in 2021 is cherry boxes with flaps and a 250g container. There's also a multifunctional kg package. This…

New apricot, nectarine, flat nectarine and Paraguayo varieties

"Climate change affecting Europe requires the breeding of new adapted varieties"

The Region of Murcia's stone fruit campaign has already started with small volumes, quality fruit and higher Brix levels than those of the first batches of last year, when there were more abundant rains. Prospects are therefore good, given also the interest observed in the market. "Fruit buyers and…

Op Ortocal on the Calabrian stone fruit campaign in the Sibari Plain

Good stone fruit production expected in southern Italy if the weather trend stabilizes

"Despite the continuous climatic changes and the last adverse weather events, with frost and heavy rains, fortunately the damages recorded on stone fruits are minimal. Currently we are in the phenological phase of fruit enlargement for the early cultivars. In fact, the thinning operations are in…


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