Organic grower introduces new certified stonefruit program

Homegrown Organic Farms is introducing its Regenerative Organic Certified™ (ROC™) stonefruit program as part of its ongoing commitment to caring for the land and the people it encounters. This program provides third-party recognition to support its efforts. The certification is third-party validation of the…

Mattina Fresh

Pear season underway with strong demand and export program to recommence

Australian fresh produce company, Mattina Fresh has transitioned from its summer stone fruit season to the winter pome fruit season, with the commencement of its pear packing. National Sales Director, Tom Panna explains that he has seen more demand for pears in recent times, and a large reason for that…

The Peach-Nectarine-Apricot Contact Group analyzes growing pests and the means to control them

Yesterday, the peach-nectarine-apricot contact group analyzed, agreed upon, and released a report on the health and phytosanitary problems in stone fruit crops. The report…

Stone fruit campaign kicks off in Extremadura

"I wonder if the increase in costs will affect a commodity product like plums"

The stone fruit harvest has started in the Spanish province of Badajoz with a few days delay compared to last season. The first peaches, nectarines and apricots are already being harvested, although still in small quantities. The harvest of plums, the most representative product within the stone fruit…

Partnership shares genetics for earlier ripening sweet cherries

Sun World International and Washington State University have joined forces to develop a new generation of high flavor sweet cherries that ripen earlier and are more practical to grow. Horticulture associate professor and stone fruit breeder Per McCord and Sun World scientists are sharing germplasm from…

Guarded optimism among Canadian growers

Okanagan cherries might see price increases because of the early cold

Despite cooler temperatures and variable spring weather in both the Okanagan Valley and the Thompson Valley many growers expect a normal, nice cherry crop this year. David…

Pennsylvania grower/shipper expands post-harvest technology use on fruit crops

Hazel Technologies, Inc. announces a second-year collaboration with Biglerville, Pennsylvania-based Hollabaugh Bros., Inc., a family-owned and operated grower/packer/shipper with 65+ years of experience and 500 acres under production. Hollabaugh Bros., Inc. produces 13+ commodities including apples,…

The certification of the first Jerte PDO cherries has begun

The Regulatory Council of the Protected Designation of Origin Cereza del Jerte has begun to certify the first cherries of the season, specifically those of the Navalinda…

Estimates are it will be 29.43% lower than that the volume achieved in 2021

The Spanish stone fruit campaign's production volume will be the lowest in the last decade

According to the Agricultural and Food Cooperatives' first estimates of the Spanish stone fruit campaign, Spain will produce 1,099,284 tons of stone fruits this year, the…

Tanguy Debiesse, of Royal: "A new segment for stone fruit with great visual appeal has been born"

The first variety of blood nectarine hits the market

The Sevillian company Royal, a pioneer in research and the development of new stone fruit and berry varieties for more than thirty years, has started the season with the launch of a new variety for its early stone fruit line which will be marketed under the brand Royal Sanguine ®.  As its name indicates, and…

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…

New phytosanitary facility to help SA deciduous fruit with market access

A new phytosanitary facility dedicated to deciduous fruit will help improve access to new markets and maintain current ones for the industry. Hortgro approved and funded the building of a new phytosanitary research laboratory that will be based in Stellenbosch at the Welgevallen experimental farm of…

Production volume estimated to decline by 60%

Yantai cherry harvest is about to begin

The cherry harvest in Yantai will officially commence in early June and continue until the end of the month, just like in previous years. However, the production volume is expected to decline by 60% compared to last year. The main reason for this development is hot weather during the pollination season.…

“New packaging method allows Chilean fruits to be more competitive in Chinese market”

UPAC Fruit is a fruit grower group based in Chile and Peru. Through them each grower sends his own products to the retailers, which leaves growers with more profit, and buyers with better prices, a direct fair trade business between growers and the end of the chain. Juan Vicuna is the sales director, he…

Slowdown for apricots, peaches started off well

After a good start, things are now slowing down for apricots, although the season is peaking. Demand is slow even though the warm weather of the past few days should stimulate purchases. Things are instead looking good for peaches, but it might be only temporary. Mogador apricots "The 2022 campaign…

Juan Fernández, of Cooperativa Hortofrutícola San Marcos:

The cherry campaign in Jaen has been spared the impact of the weather conditions

The first estimates of cherry crop losses in the main Spanish producing regions point to the possibility of a significant reduction in the volume to be produced this season.…

César Claramonte, manager of Clasol:

"The good thing is that we are not being asked for more stone fruit than we can supply"

The stone fruit campaign is underway in the Spanish region of Murcia with lower volumes than expected due to the impact of frost and hail, especially in the case of apricots. "The demand has been good so far thanks to the summer weather across Europe, but not as good as it may seem, as there is less fruit…

Turkish apple season concludes, cherry season underway

“Fair cherry season despite crop decreases due to frost damage”

The early varieties of Turkish cherries have been harvested, but the wait is on for the Ziraat 0900 variety for the season to get into full swing. The apple season has recently concluded, and the Asian markets could prove to be important for both the Turkish apples as well as the cherries. According to Mehmet…

2022 European predictions for peaches and nectarines

Most production basins are almost back to normal, except for Spain

MedFEL has revealed the predictions for the 2022 European harvest of peaches and nectarines. 2021 was a difficult year for all European production basins (deficit campaign for 3 years), but this year marks some return to normal for all producing regions, except for Spain. France: “normal production of peaches and…

Jan Vermeiren, Exofi:

"Limited supply creates difficult market for almost all Spanish fruit"

It is currently a very difficult period for Spanish produce. "The climatic problems in Spain and the well-known trials and tribulations of war are causing high prices for almost all Spanish fruit," says Jan Vermeiren of Exofi. "The night frost has caused an 80 per cent reduction in production in stone…

For the commercialisation of five apricot selections

Summerfruit NZ and Plant & Food Research announce signing of a Master Licence agreement

Summerfruit NZ and Plant & Food Research has announced the signing of a Master Licence agreement for the commercialisation of five NZ summer apricot selections from within the…

Catalonia losing 70% of its peach and nectarine production potential due to frosts and hail

According to data presented recently by Afrucat, the Fruit Business Association of Catalonia, and the DACC, the Department of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda, the Catalan production potential for peaches and nectarines will be reduced by about 70% and stand at 166,910 tons. This will be the second…

Forlì-Cesena, Italy

An international training experience on cherry fruits held in Bertinoro

Speakers and participants came from all over the world to attend the Advanced Training School on 'Sustainable Orchard Management in a Changing Environment' held on 2-3 May 2022 in Bertinoro (Forlì-Cesena) at the Ceub. A couple of weeks after the event, which is part of the International Cherry Symposium,…

"Labor shortages in stone fruit production areas strengthens the need for fresh-extension products"

The stone fruit season has begun in the northern hemisphere. However, growers and traders are struggling with a huge challenge this season. In addition to delays due to the global shipping crisis, many production areas also suffer from a shortage of workers during the harvest season. Many ripe fruits are…

Later start for Texas peach season

Texas peach season is just getting started, which is approximately two weeks later than usual. “This is due to the winter starting late and ending late. We really didn’t start to accumulate chill hours here until the first part of January. But fortunately winter lasted longer so we did get sufficient…

Late winter freeze causes slow start to Southeast peach season

The Southeast peach season is seeing a delayed start following a March freeze. Jimmy Forrest of Dixie Belle Peaches in Ridge Spring, South Carolina says normally their season would start about May 5th. “This month we’ll have about 10 percent of a crop and in June we’ll have about 50 percent of a crop. And…

Producers have asked authorities to declare a state of disaster

99% of the cherry harvest in Les Valls de la Marina Alta was lost

The PGI Cireres de la Muntanya d'Alacant, created in 1991, is experiencing a campaign to forget after losing 99% to 100% of its harvest. In the last four years, the cherries…

2022 Confronting Climate Change reports

Electricity is South Africa's highest contributor to farm CO2 emissions, followed by diesel and nitrogen fertilizer

The 2022 Confronting Climate Change (CCC) industry benchmark process builds on 2020 – 2021 datasets and provides a meaningful platform for the South African fruit and wine…

Thomas Chevaillier, technical director of PSB Producción Vegetal:

"The demand for stone fruit is, at the moment, greater than the supply"

The stone fruit campaign in the Spanish region of Murcia has started with about 10 days of delay due to the rainy weather that lasted until the first days of May. Since then, good weather and warmth both at origin and destination are having a favorable impact on the stone fruit market in its early…

Turkey will have more volumes available for export than last season

“Harvest of the early cherry varieties has already started”

The cherry season in Turkey has started and producers estimate an increase in volumes of about 10 to 15% this year. Due to the war in Ukraine, Turkish producers might have to divert to other European markets to export their cherries to. According to Banu Er, the general manager for Turkish agent and…

Adaptation to the new conditions generated by climate change is a key factor

CITA researchers are working to find new cherry varieties

The Agricultural Food Research and Technology Centre of Aragon (CITA) is working together with partners from Germany, Morocco, Tunisia, and Spain on an inventory of cherry…

Cherries from Greece and Turkey expected to flood Bulgarian markets

According to Miroslav Chernikov from Silistra, a member of the board of the Union of Danube Fruit Growers, cherries from Greece and Turkey are expected to flood the Bulgarian…

Yantai greenhouse cherries are coming to an end, and Liangdi small cherries are freshly launched

Recently, the temperature has been rising, and the local greenhouse cherries in Yantai, Shandong Province are coming to an end. The price of this product rises. At the same time, the small Liangdi  cherries are freshly listed, and the large cherries will also be listed in another week. Cherries will be the…

Raphaël Martinez, PDO Peaches and Apricots of France:

“The first French apricots will be on the market this week”

With the French apricot season starting this week, Raphäel Martinez, director of the PDO Peaches and Apricots of France, gives an update on the beginning of the campaign. “The first significant harvest of apricots will take place this week (week 20) in the most northern regions of France. In the…

First US cherries arrive at Guangzhou market

On May 15, the first batch of California cherries arrived in Guangzhou Jiangnan Market by air, opening the sales season of summer cherries. It is reported that this summer…

Pascal Felley, Fairfruit Group, at the start of the stone fruit campaign

"Portuguese stone fruit harvest started much earlier than Spanish one, due to weather"

The cold snap in southern Europe is known to have affected stone fruit blossoming in many growing regions, with crops suffering tremendously in some places, especially on the Iberian Peninsula. "The capricious weather is actually causing us more trouble in Spain than in Portugal. In Portugal, we've had…

Carlos Llambrich, manager of Llamfruit:

"We started the cherry campaign 12 days later, with good prices and large sizes"

The cherry campaign has already started in the earliest areas of the Spanish region of Aragon with almost two weeks of delay due to the impact of colder than usual weather, accompanied by occasional frosts. Sales have started with good prices in a market eager for this seasonal product. "We have started shipping…

Interested Chinese buyers hope for port delays to clear when season starts in July

Slight delay for Washington Cherries

This year’s US harvest was a little delayed compared to other years. In order to receive accurate crops predictions, a week more might be needed, but growers now expect a light crop in June, with the peak in July and August. Roger, Liu Bao Jun, is working with the US Cherry Committee and the Washington…

Start of 2022 Spanish cherry campaign

"The global supply of cherries has increased, forcing all producers to step up our game"

The 2022 Spanish cherry season is already starting in the earliest areas. The acreage has remained more or less stable, exceeding 28,000 hectares, with an annual production of over 100,000 tons last year. Varietal reconversion in recent years, as well as investment in technology and a greater know-how,…

Cherry market yield data to be compiled

Bee Vectoring Technologies announces first stone fruit trial in the US Pacific Northwest

Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. has announced the Company’s first US demonstration trial on stone fruit, with a conventional cherry grower in Washington. The trial began during the mid-April bloom period and will continue through summer harvest. The United States is the world’s…

Agreste

Production of French cherries should regain average level this year

“On May 1st 2022, the French cherry production was close to its average level of 2017-2020, after the historically low harvest of 2021,” according to Agreste. These estimates…

Chile continues to be the largest exporter of cherries driven by sales to China

Chile continues to be the world's leading producer of cherries driven by Chinese consumption, said the president of the Federation of Fruit Producers of Chile (Fedefruta),…

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…

Florida farmer promoting peach industry

Citrus is famous in Florida, but there's another fruit growers want the country to know about: Peaches. Farmer Adrian Morales says he has found his calling. "We enjoy what we…

"There hasn't been such a devastating frost in more than 40 years, production losses will be historic"

Catalonia's fruit and vegetable processing plants have been severely affected by the reduction in stone fruit production

70 to 85% of all Catalan stone fruit won't be harvested this summer, as well as 35 to 40% of the pear and 15 to 20% of the apple, according to the first estimates of the Fruit…

Plum production is expected to exceed 100,000 tons

Extremadura predicts that stone fruit production in the community could grow by 10% in this campaign

The Association of Fruit Growers of Extremadura (Afruex) expects production will be slightly higher than in 2021. According to its manager, Miguel Angel Gomez, production…

Grant helps researchers fight peach bacterial diseases

Clemson University researchers are conducting research to improve sustainability of the Southeast’s peach production, focusing on bacterial canker and bacterial spot…

Apulia, Italy

An Apulian entrepreneur who is desperately in search of workers for the cherry harvest

With the arrival of the harvesting season, farmers are looking for hundreds of seasonal workers. This is the case of Giacomo Giotta, a farmer from Conversano (Bari) with 20 hectares of cherry orchards, who has been desperately looking for workers to be employed in the cherry-picking phase. I expected to…

FruitVeb impromptu forecast of 2022 Hungary apricots harvest:

Early Hungarian apricots suffered frost damage, promises of good to moderate yields

FruitVeB, the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization, has taken a look at the possible extent of damage to the coming apricot season due to some early…

Roberto Tur, Fresh Fruit Alliance, about the start of the Spanish stone fruit season

"In certain areas, there will be up to 50-60% losses"

With the arrival of the first batches, this year's stone fruit season has begun in Spain. However, industry players now look with concern at the weather-related problems in the countries of origin, as Roberto Tur, says specialized importer and managing director of Fresh Fruit Alliance, based in…

"We work hard to help plum producers and retailers extend the shelf life of their fruit"

This is the peak period of the plum season. Plums are easily damaged during transport or in storage. When temperatures are too low the stone starts to rot, while high temperatures cause the plums to spoil. Keeping plums fresh post-harvest and in storage is therefore one of the key issues in the plum…

Sicily's Op Agrologica

The Sicilian stone fruit campaign has just started

The harvesting campaign of Sicilian stone fruits started a few days ago. In this area the mild climate means that the season is fairly predictable, within a wide margin, compared to other European areas. Therefore, apricots, peaches and nectarines from the producers' organization Agrologica are arriving…

Cherry export season underway in Uzbekistan

A few days ago, Uzbek exporters started shipping cherries to foreign markets. The exports of fresh cherries from Uzbekistan in 2022 started in the first days of May – 4-5 days…

Southern Uzbekistan apricot exports have started

The first batches of fresh apricots were exported about 10 days ago from the southernmost region of Uzbekistan – the Termez district of the Surkhandarya region. According to…

California cherry harvest is in full swing

Cherry harvest in one of California’s early regions in Western Merced County started April 14, a few days before Easter. “This has been a record setting early season, but we have a unique micro-climate here in Gustine having the potential to be earlier than the southern growing districts,” says Chris…

Study on New Zealand cherries might yield new health products

High-Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga National Science Challenge has awarded a development grant of $55,000 to Cherri Health and Manufacturing (CH&M). CH&M will…

Southern peaches will start to arrive mid-May

Keystone Fruit Marketing has been marketing and selling peaches since the early 1980s and is currently selling peaches from South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Keystone expects to start with its Southern peaches in mid-May and go through early September. The start…

Luxury cherries from Australia sell out in Vietnam and Malaysia

A targeted campaign across Vietnam and Malaysia featuring luxury gift boxes filled with premium Australian cherries has resulted in close to 4000 boxes sold. And consumers…

Wilko van der Zwaard, Wilko Fruit:

"Flat peaches won't replace regular ones, but more Platerinas for the first time this year"

In Europe, the frost significantly damaged Spanish stone fruit crops. Wilko van der Zwaard of Wilko Fruit, in the Netherlands, nonetheless, does not foresee problems supplying clients. "Our strength lies in having suppliers in every Spanish stone fruit-growing region. That's now proving beneficial." "There…

A hail storm will further reduce Murcia's apricot production

Once again, the weather has proved to be very unstable in the Region of Murcia this spring. Yesterday there was a strong storm with intermittent hail and tornadoes in the regions of the Mula River, the Northwest, and the Region's Altiplano. The producers from municipalities, such as Mula, Pliego, and…

Stone fruit production to rise in Tunisia

The production of stone fruits is expected to go up in Tunisia. The African country is estimated to produce 295,000 tons in 2022, against 285,000 tons the previous year, up…

Cherries from Apulia already being harvested thanks to films

The frequent temperature drops of the past few weeks in southern Italy have significantly delayed the 2022 cherry campaign. However, there are some who have started harvesting the first fruits in Apulia, thanks mainly to the innovative thermoplastic film PolyFilm Ultra and the side reinforcement…

Lower volumes and higher prices anticipated for California stone fruit

The California stone fruit season will likely see a drop in volume this season. Jon McClarty of HMC Farms in Kingsburg, California says peach shipping will begin early to mid May. “We’re coming off a big crop last year so the industry was already going to be down a little bit in volume,” he says, noting…

British Columbia cherry grower shares update

The team at Global Fruit is busy putting in the miles to assess the buds/flowers and the potential for BC’s 2022 cherry crop. The company has more than 1,500 acres in production, including their own farm as well as 30 contracted growers. The photo on the left shows the Sentennial variety in an orchard…

"These data should be ratified by an official body, such as the Price Observatory"

Producing plums in Extremadura costs an estimated €0.61/kg and cherries €1.22/kg

According to a study carried out by La Unión Extremadura, producing plums in the autonomous community costs € 0.61/kg, and producing cherries costs € 1.22/kg. "These data…

Europe recovers from last year's frost and will reach 514,561 tons

Catalonia and Aragon lose 67% to 85% of their apricot production due to weather issues

According to the 2022 European apricot harvest forecasts presented today in the framework of the MEDFEL fair in France, Catalonia and Aragon will produce 2,970 and 2,988 tons…

Decco

Solutions to reduce food waste in stone fruit production

Stone fruit is widely cultivated in Spain. In 2020, the country harvested a total of 1.6 million kilos of stone fruits. This fruit group is sensitive to exogenous factors that…

Apulian cherries will not become available before May 7th-9th

"In Apulia, the harvesting of open field cherries will start with reasonable quantities not before May 7th-9th. We will start with the early Bigarreau variety, then it will be the turn of Giorgia and, lastly, Ferrovia which fully ripens in early June," explains Iganzio Tateo, owner of Tateo Srl.…

Unusually warm weather affecting Himachal cherry crop

According to the managing director of the Himachal Pradesh Marketing Board, timely rainfall might increase the production of cherries up to 375 metric tons this year, which…

Agricover, from Agralia

"The most suitable coverage to protect cherry trees from rain, frost, and hail"

All fruit tree varieties were developed by geneticists for outdoor cultivation. Protecting them with meshes or plastics modifies the microclimate surrounding the tree producing changes that can be positive or negative. It all depends on the technical qualities of the cover being used and the subsequent…

Washington will likely see smaller 2022 cherry crop

All eyes are on the weather as Washington makes its way towards the upcoming cherry season. “We’re in the bloom season right now and so far, it’s a trying time,” says Dan Davis with Starr Ranch Growers based in Wenatchee, Washington. “We’ve had a lot of freezing temperatures and a host of cold weather…

Edullesa prepares for a drop in fruit exports this summer

Last Thursday,  Edullesa's board of directors analyzed the export prospects for the next summer fruit season taking into account the effects of frost, which decimated the production…

"Volumes of Spanish stonefruit are down 80% in some products"

The northern part of Spain is an important growing area for stonefruits, cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches, paraguayos, platerinas and plums. From the Ebro river valley at the coast, land in to Calatayud, Zaragoza then a bit up, Huesca, more east, Fraga, Lleida and then Taragona area again. This…

“We work hard to help plum traders keep their products fresh”

Tropical fruits such as mangoes and avocados are typical examples of fruits that change as a result of respiration. During the climacteric phase the respiration process is up to 35 times more efficient. Temperate climate fruits such as plums are also climacteric fruits, and although the respiration…

First Italian apricots available for export

The harvest of greenhouse apricots has started about two weeks earlier than usual in the southern Italian region of Apulia. Francesco Spina, owner of the homonymous cultivation company in San Ferdinando di Puglia, provided an assessment of the situation. Francesco grows various types of stone fruit on an…

E-commerce provides new sales ideas for Liangshan fruits

The price of Chinese cherries has doubled

Thanks to its unique natural and geographical conditions, Dechang County in Sichuan Province has always been a rich place for cherries, mulberries, strawberries, loquats and other fruits. In particular, Jiaoban Village, is the known as the "hometown of cherries". In recent years, with the help of…

The Murcian stone fruit campaign is starting with storms and hail

Apricot production in Murcia is expected to drop by between 40 and 50%

This week, small quantities of the first batches of Murcia's extra early stone fruit have started to be sold. In this Spanish region, the harvest has been delayed by between 7 and 10 days due to the impact of rains and low temperatures. Besides, producing areas such as Cieza, Calasparra and Jumilla have…

EUR283 million in revenue

FruitMasters pools strength and ends 2021 on a good note

The Dutch fruit growers cooperative, FruitMasters, ended the 2021 financial year on a positive note. That was announced at the Members Annual General Meeting on April 20.…

"We help importers and exporters keep their cherries fresh for longer"

The shipping times during the previous cherry season were often longer than expected due to the global shipping crisis. Moreover, shipping containers were often delayed at customs. These delays made it difficult for importers and exporters to keep their fruit fresh and maintain product quality. Manager…

Henk Vlaeminck, Van Dijk Foods:

"With the beautiful weather, the demand for Spanish stone fruit and watermelons is growing"

The first volumes of Spanish stone fruit arrived at Van Dijk Foods about 3 weeks ago. "In the beginning, the demand for stone fruit was somewhat disappointing, but with the beautiful weather at the moment, there is also a lot of demand for the fruit", says Henk Vlaeminck of Van Dijk Foods. "Certain…

Researchers create variety resistant to Sharka disease Chris Dardick

ARS unveils new disease resistant Honeysweet plum

Meet the Honeysweet Plum: A virus-resistant plum that ARS hopes to bring to market soon. They are large and oblong with a very sweet, flavorful taste. ARS created the…

Georgia peaches look to follow successful 2021 season

As the Georgia peach season approaches, growers are hoping for another season with stronger pricing and stronger demand like last year. Lee Dickey of Dickey Farms Inc. in Musella, Georgia says it will start peach harvesting around mid-May and the season will go until mid to late August. “We had a little…

Roqué (ASAJA Lérida): "At the moment the agrarian insurance is not attractive"

"Frost damages more than 80% of the fruit crops in Lleida"

According to ASAJA, the frost in April has left losses in Catalonia estimated at more than 600 million euro, the same as in Aragon. In total, some 30,000 hectares of insured…

Online subscriptions to the International Cherry Symposium now open

Subscription for the International Cherry Symposium are coming in from all over the world and, in order to facilitate the participation of those who cannot make it to the Rimini Expo Center on May 4th, it will be possible to stream the event in both Italian and English. Anyone can attend the event simply…

Cherry grower Erik Vernooij invests in FrostFans night frost control machine:

"Sprinkling in cherries is too risky for us, but we do believe in this mobile wind displacement machine"

"The weather is lovely, the bees are buzzing around like crazy", says Erik Vernooij with satisfaction. Earlier this month, however, the cherry grower was less reassured. A frost of -6ºC was expected at night. In the end, the mercury above the cherry orchard remained at -2ºC and the effects of the night…

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…

Simone Pollano: “Huge request from farmers around the world to pick avocadoes, citrus and kiwi fruit.”

Tevel set to start fully automated robotic harvesting in Europe from June

The shortage of agricultural labour to harvest fruit, felt most acutely in Europe, is about to be alleviated with Tevel’s FARTM (Flying Autonomous Robots) system set to start harvesting apricots in Italy from June this year. Simone Pollano, General Manager Europe for Tevel Aerobotics Technologies LTD,…

Marc Peyres, Blue Whale:

“The Angys has been the victim of its own success!”

The Angys season started around mid-December and is about to end. The frost has had an impact on this year’s harvest, but in the end, the campaign has been quite positive for the Blue Whale cooperative. “We should have finished a little later, but the Angys has been the victim of its own success. In the…

Dalian cherry prices rose by about 75% compared with the same period last year

"Dalian cherries are the commanding heights of Chinese cherries now, and their technology and varieties are at the forefront of domestic cherries," said Mr. Liu, the big player in cherries at the  Beijing Xinfadi market. As early as before the Spring Festival, cherries in Dalian production area began to be…

“We expect to start the stone fruit export season around mid-May”

The Turkish stone fruit season has begun, and exports will be starting in about a month. Although weather conditions have made the season more challenging for the Turkish producers, this is also true for other producing countries like Spain and France. Thankfully, the exporters have just had a chance to…

Sandhill plum officially declared to be Kansas state fruit

The Sandhill plum is now the official state fruit of Kansas; governor Laura Kelly signed a bill to that effect on Tuesday. The effort was the product of a multi-school effort to learn about the political process and pick a state fruit. More than 400 fourth- and fifth-grade students from 24 different…

Frost continues causing uncertainty in Belgium

"The cherry harvest could still be decent"

In Belgium, temperatures are climbing to around 20°C. But, not so long ago, the unexpected frost alarmed cherry growers in that country. Its impact on cherry volumes and quality will become clearer in the coming weeks. "But, let's not be dramatic," says Mieke Thoelen of the Belgian cooperative, BelOrta. "It…

Theo Kampschoer on frost damage in French stone fruit cultivation:

"Frost damage in Les Baronnies up to 50-60%, otherwise I expect an 80% harvest"

The frost damage in French stone fruit is very localised according to Theo Kampschoer of Kampexport. "I have the feeling that in Les Baronnies in particular there is a lot of…

Some cherry varieties affected as well

Southern Moldova almond and apricot yield will decrease due to frosts

In the southern regions of Moldova, frosts in the first decade of April caused damage to flowering plantations of almonds, apricots and some European varieties of cherries…

British Columbia growers use helicopters to heat up cherry blossoms

In the Central Okanagan, helicopters are typically used in late spring, when their rotors blow water off cherries to prevent the fruit from splitting. However, this year the…

"Argentine cherries continue to be profitable with great international demand"

The Argentine cherry season has shown good results despite the decreases caused by the inclement weather in various regions of the country, which strongly affected Mendoza and…

The areas hit by frost account for more than 70% of the Spanish stone fruit production

"We are sure of one thing: there will not be enough fruit for everyone and it will be more expensive"

The impact of the frosts recorded at the end of week 13 and the beginning of week 14 in the stone and pip fruit producing areas of Catalonia and Aragon are making it increasingly evident that the volumes harvested in these areas, which account for more than 70% of the Spanish production, will be…

Pritchard cherry orchard gears up for second harvest season

A 500-acre farm in Pritchard is preparing for its second busy harvest season, with an impressive 200 acres of the land being covered with cherry trees. Thompson Farm is owned…

Black Devil Tasmanian Cherries

"Our season was fantastic apart from a rain event halfway through"

A Tasmanian cherry grower says overall it was another good season for the company over summer, despite an isolated weather event that did reduce volumes. David Allanson, Farm Manager of Lennonville Orchards Pty Ltd, which produces Black Devil Tasmanian Cherries, explains that production could have been…

The cold ravages the cherries crops in the town of Bolea

"Last year there was also a severe frost, but this has been a historic frost"

The cherries were strongly impacted by the recent frosts in the province of Huesca. In fact, the low temperatures recorded in the early hours of Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday,…

PDO Peaches and Apricots of France

Consequences of the frost on French and European stone fruit productions

Luckily, the cold wave that hit many European regions earlier this month seems to have spared the French producers of peaches and apricots, who were severely affected last year.  The temperatures recorded in southeastern France did not reach the levels of last year, and only in a few cases did the temperatures…

Stone fruit grower receives top honours at Deciduous Fruit Industry Transformation Awards

Even though he was originally trained as an industrial engineer, but Dibesho Serage knows his stuff when it comes to deciduous fruit farming. His company grows 25,000 stone…

Guangzhou Import Fruit Wholesale Market Analysis - Week 14

Grapes and plums conquering the import market in China this season

The Chinese fruit market is always crowded around Tomb-Sweeping Day [5 April, 2022]. This is the first peak of the sales season following the Chinese Spring Festival [1 February, 2022]. Looking back on week 14, the number of market visitors slightly declined compared to the days leading up to…

Costs and yield for planting a cherry orchard

It is well known that climatic changes and new pathologies are causing serious consequences to the fruit sector and, in particular, to the cherry sector. The cherry tree suffers particularly from rain damage, as well as hail and, for some years, has been confronted with a new insect highly damaging, the…

Rare Chilean imported plum varieties are often the most popular with Chinese consumers

This is the time of year when imported stone fruit sells very well in the Chinese market. Commonly imported stone fruits include nectarines, European plums, and Asian plums. The variety of plums is particularly rich and the range of prices is wide. Guangzhou Green Belt Food Co., Ltd. / Altai  Fresh Limited Mike…

Spreafico's stone fruit campaign: ready to start

Harvesting and distribution of Spreafico stone fruit will start at the beginning of May. Approximately 10,000 tonnes of peaches, apricots, nectarines and plums are cultivated…

Victoria Martin, sales manager of Plus Berries (Huelva):

“Very few suppliers have had stone fruit with consistent volumes and zero residues since early April”

The first greenhouse stone fruits produced in Huelva have been available on the market since the end of March. "We began collecting the first white and yellow-meat nectarines on March 28. It's the first time in our history that the harvest of both varieties begins at the same time," stated Victoria…

South African apricots an ‘untapped fruit on the market’

The apricot market in South Africa is relatively small. In 2011/12, the local market sales surpassed 3,000 tons. In 2019/20, it was less than 1,000 tons. Compared to, for…

Severe frosts in the stone fruit and pear producing areas of Lleida and Aragon

The cold snap that swept Spain last weekend caused severe frosts in Aragon and Lleida, which are important producing areas of mid-season and late stone fruit, as well as pears, among other crops. It is feared that these frosts have caused significant damage to fruit trees. The actual extent of the…

A global picture

What lies ahead for the cherry industry?

The last 20 years have seen significant growth in area harvested and production of cherries and this should continue over the next 20 years. This was the takeaway from Desmond O’Rourke, founder and chief executive officer of Belrose at Hazel Tech's recent 2022 Cherry Quality Summit, held virtually.…

Warakirri Farmland Fund acquires first assets

Warakirri Asset Management, one of Australia’s largest Agriculture investment managers and operators, has announced two foundation investments for the Warakirri Farmland Fund as part of a stone fruit category strategy with fresh fruit market leader and initial Fund Tenant Partner, W. F. Montague Pty…

Okanagan fruit growers satisfied that B.C.’s foreign worker quarantine program is ending

Okanagan fruit growers are happy the B.C. government has lifted its temporary foreign worker quarantine program. The Okanagan Valley has seen a massive shortage of workers in…

San Joaquin County requests state assistance after February frosts

February’s frost has been problematic for some San Joaquin County cherry growers. As a result, the county has filed for an emergency declaration with the state of California,…

South African deciduous fruit industry affected by Ukraine crisis

The Ukrainian crisis and the impact thereof was completely unforeseen, dramatic and severe. The South African industry was faced with fruit in transit prior to the war…

Okanagan vegetable farmer calls for more government support to feed British Columbians

John Nurkowski grew vegetables for years at his property near Kelowna International Airport, but last year he decided to sign a lease agreement to grow table grapes and…

Rejections at retail down about 5 percent

Enhanced quality protection of Texas-grown peaches

Hazel Technologies, Inc. has collaborated with Spicewood, TX-based The Fredericksburg Peach Company, a family-owned grower/shipper/wholesaler with more than 35 years of experience. Fredericksburg Peach trialed Hazel’s flagship technology, Hazel 100™ in 2021 and saw successful results with its peaches,…

Interview with Nicola Giuliano from OP Giuliano Puglia Fruit

2022 cherry campaign

The general increases when it comes to energy, logistics, fuel and packaging are scaring producers, who are in turn forced to increase their sales prices. To understand whether these increases, made worse by the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, will affect the new cherry campaign as well, FreshPlaza has talked to Nicola…

"Chinese market supply is more than sufficient, and the price is stable"

"Chilean plums enter peak supply period"

This is the peak period for stone fruit imports in China. One of the market favorites is the European plum from Chile. "The supply volume of Chilean plums is rather large this year. The product quality and the price were both good in the beginning of the season and market feedback was excellent. However,…

Logistics update and the Cape Town port

'The logistical chain has let deciduous fruit growers down'

Industry experts were hopeful that the situation in the Cape Town port would improve after the issues encountered over December 2021 and into January/February 2022, but…

Cirasano, the new brand of D'Ambruoso

The planning of Apulian cherry supplies has just begun

In the southern Italian region of Apulia, the cherry season traditionally begins in the first days of May, but much will depend on the weather in April. "Everyone is again looking forward to the first cherries from Apulia. In recent days the first calls and emails have been coming in from Italian and…

California cherry growers turn to breeders to combat climate woes

In recent years, Kern County cherry growers were frustrated by warmer winters and hotter springs. Luckily, breeders -including locally based IFG- are working on new cherry…

Technical tours during the cherry symposium

The beating heart of the International cherry symposium (May 2-6, 2022) will be the technical visits. The tours will be held on May 6, 2022 and one of them will be in the Vignola area (Modena), renowned for the production and commercialization of cherries. "It is a territory well known abroad as well for…

Fruit becomes latest casualty of price hikes and transport strikes

Production costs of stone fruit in Murcia region set to rise by 30%

Rising fuel and energy prices have prompted demonstrations by the transport sector across Spain, which is leading to empty supermarket shelves and ramped-up costs across the…

Modi’s call for Local for Global well-received by Ladakh apricot farmers

Ahead of Apricot blossom season in Ladakh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for Local for Global. This was received well by apricot farmers in the region. In his 87th…

We are fighting an economic war

"2022 is proving to be a very turbulent year from an agricultural point of view: we have not picked up any weapons yet, but we are certainly fighting an economic war," explains Vincenzo Di Pasquale, from the company creator of the Donnalia brand. Apricot tree "It seems like climate and production are becoming secondary aspects.…

The first Lovita plums from South Africa are available on the European market

Lovita®, the heart-shaped red-fleshed plum selected by fruit variety editor French Fruit Lovers, is back on the European market this week thanks to the South-African producer RuBisCo (Pty) Ltd. It is distributed by Apifood, Boyer SAS and Vergers Cancel. Like the French season, the South African campaign…

Sandhill plum one step closer to ‘Kansas state fruit’ after bill passes House

Member of the House of Representatives, Randy Garber, said earlier this week that he had no idea there was such a thing as a 'Sandhill plum' before receiving a phone call from…

Fruit importer IG International signs deal with Israeli firm to grow pome and stone fruits

IG International, a prominent Indian fresh fruit importer, has signed an agreement with Ben Dor Fruits and Nurseries, to cultivate plantations of stone fruit and pome fruits…


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