North Central Washington growers find Honeycrisp-derived club varieties well-suited for the climate

The Okanogan River Valley near Oroville, Washington, is the northernmost growing area of the US’ largest apple producing state. The area’s microclimate is conducive for club…

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…

India: Apple packaging material cost rises by 25 per cent

Indian apple growers have seen the cost of apple packaging materials shoot up by around 25 per cent this year. For a premium carton that was available for Rs 52-53 last year,…

Celebrating Ontario apples for Local Food Week

As Ontario marks Local Food Week, the province’s apple growers have been making sure locally grown apples are a top-of-mind food choice with consumers through support from the Hon. Ernie Hardeman and the Government of Ontario. Ontario Apple Growers just completed a successful marketing campaign to…

Vietnam becomes one of the world’s largest apple importers

Vietnam became one of the world leaders in apple imports in 2020, having doubled the volume. In total, over five years, the volume of apple imports to Vietnam has grown more…

NZ apple exports negatively affected by lack of labor

According to the latest ANZ Agri-Focus report, the industry forecast of a $100million drop in export earnings from apples this season — mainly due to a lack of labor to pick…

Climate change might be threatening the future of apples

Fire blight is a bacterial pathogen that spreads easily during blooming season. It has the potential to kill not just individual apple trees, but entire orchards. It is of…

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Rockit Global sends millions of tiny apples on their way to export markets

Rockit Global, a firm from Hawke’s Bay, is set to export 100 million tiny apples this year. However, that number is likely to increase to more than 400 million by 2025, after the company made a multi-million investment in a new Hastings headquarters and facilities. Chief executive Mark O'Donnell said the…

Portugal: Rocha pear producers explore Chinese market

One single Portuguese fruit, Pera Rocha (the Rocha pear), was included among some 200 products that are covered by the agreement between China and the EU on the protection of…

Predictions for next apple season looking good so far

“There are still large volumes of apples in stock in Poland”

Demand for Polish apples is winding down a bit, although there are still more than enough apples available. Although the season for Gala apples has finished, other varieties are widely in stock. As growers are trying to sell all of their apples before the new season begins, prices have somewhat dropped. Some…

Fireproofing and automating are key

Batlow apple growers are modernizing orchards

As the owner of Ardrossan Orchards, Batlow apple grower Ian Cathels has invested in mobile firefighting equipment and installed new water tanks to increase his capacity in the…

Losses mount for Himachal apple growers as hailstones continue to destroy orchards

Losses are mounting for Himachal farmers as frequent hailstorms still batter orchards in the main apple-growing regions of the state. Apple growers have suffered losses to the…

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…

First pears of the season will enter the market in July

Chinese pear industry may experience an abundant harvest this year

The previous pear export season is almost over, and some of the early-season pear varieties of next season will begin their harvest in late June. The weather conditions were excellent in major production areas and so the Chinese pear industry may experience an abundant harvest this year. Ms. Li Xixi,…

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…

"We grow, cool, sort, and package, so can supply Dutch top fruit all year round".

Photo report of Van Ossenbruggen Fruit's new building

A traditional fruit farm. That's how Kees van Ossenbruggen describes his Dutch top fruit company. He runs it along with his siblings, Jan and Jetty. A visit to their premises gives you a good idea of what goes on behind the scenes. Last year, Van Ossenbruggen Fruit expanded its existing premises. It…

Seven apple varieties previously thought lost have been rediscovered

In the eastern part of Washington state, seven apple varieties previously believed to be lost or extinct have been rediscovered. Several were found on land near the…

“Blueberries weren’t affected much by the frost”

Other soft fruits from Poland could see lower volumes this year.Most of the soft fruit in Poland will start over the course of the next two months. The frosts in the spring have damaged some of the fruits, while others are completely fine. This means lower volumes are expected for redcurrants,…

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…

China's apple exports obstructed by Covid outbreak South-East Asia

China's apple exports have suffered poor sales and a drop in prices due to the Covid-19 outbreak in South-East Asia, which is the largest market for China's apples.  According to…

Rockit Global officially opens global headquarters

Rockit Global Limited has unveiled its brand new facility – gifted the name Te Ipu, by local iwi Ngāti Kahungunu – giving the board, shareholders, business partners and dignitaries a first look at the technological innovation within its walls. Millions of tiny apples will leave the 21,000m2 packhouse,…

Low-chilling apple variety developed by Himachal grower takes flight

A grower from Himachal Pradesh has developed a self-pollinating apple variety that does not require long chilling hours for flowering and fruit setting. This variety has…

Electric Mini winner announced

Successful European Kanzi campaign moves smoothly into overseas season.

The European Kanzi apple season is almost over and the new supply from the Southern Hemisphere is starting. GKE, the European grower organisations and their members can look back with satisfaction on a successful season. Compared to last year, total sales in Europe increased by 14%. Especially the growth…

Sydney restaurateurs invest in Queensland farm

Two former Parramatta restaurateurs have paid $11.5 million for a premium banana, avocado and custard apple farm west of Cairns in Far North Queensland. Andrew and Geraldine…

WAPA releases overview of the Northern Hemisphere apple and pear stocks

Less movement in apple stocks compared to last year

WAPA has released the latest update on the apple and pear stocks in the Northern Hemisphere. Looking at the volumes of stocks, there has been less movement than there was last year. Italy and Poland still have a lot more in stock compared to the 2020 season, while France has quite a bit less in stock.  For the…

Chinese apple prices fell drastically

Last year, apple prices were good at the beginning of the season. Fuji apples from Shandong province once fetched as high as 4-5 yuan per half a kilo. Due to hailstorms, many…

International Trade Minister Ranil Jayawardena visits AC Goatham & Son

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for International Trade Ranil Jayawardena visited AC Goatham & Son on Thursday 27th May 2021 to see the UK’s largest apple and pear growing, cold storage and packing operation, which is located at Flanders Farm, Hoo. The visit follows the Government’s…

Dutch TripleF Fruit relocates

"We're now a top 5 licensed Southern Half Pink Lady importer in Europe"

Last month, in the Netherlands, the TripleF Fruit team relocated. They and another company both specialize in overseas top, stone, and soft fruit - in that order. The two businesses are sharing a 10,000m2 premises. "There's plenty of room to grow, but in a controlled way," says Matthijs Nijhoff. His team…

Herman van Rooijen, Groda AGF the Netherlands

"Good pear demand, imported apples selling well despite large supply"

Dutch top fruit sales are satisfactory. That's according to Groda AGF's Herman van Rooijen. "The pear season had a long run-up. As long as the ball's in the Belgians' court, they determine the price. The pear season's now drawing to a close, and prices are rising. Good 65s are fetching €0.80 to €0.90,"…

Zespri marks record 2020/21 season

2020/21 Financial results summary:

Increased sales, the ongoing expansion of Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit production and great quality fruit, underpinned by strong international demand, have delivered a record…

Retail promotions for Cosmic Crisp apple variety this summer

Summer is around the corner and Cosmic Crisp® apples are still in season. Thanks to an increased volume of the Washington State grown apple, consumers can still find Cosmic Crisp apples in grocery stores across the country. To celebrate, the brand is launching new recipes, a retail promotion and a hot…

Kevin: "This year we have reduced our export volume for Asia to better meet European market demand"

"If the apple season in the Southern Hemisphere is prolonged, it may impact on Italian apple export"

Italian apple exporters struggle with some challenges in the Asian market and several brands have suffered the consequences to various degrees. Kevin, the Asian market manager at Omnifresh™, shared his insights into the current market conditions for Italian export apples as well as the market trends for…

Argentine apple exports plummet by 30%

Apple exports from the Rio Negro region in the first four months of the year have suffered a sharp decline when compared to the same period of last year. According to the…

Dutch GroentenFruit Huis Fruit members meeting:

Strawberries, blueberries show growth, top fruit market becoming saturated

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

Anantnag’s apple belt hit hard

Jammu and Kashmir suffer heavy losses to orchards due to hailstorm

Northern Jammu and Kashmir were lashed by a devastating hailstorm, causing heavy damage to standing crops and fruit trees. Fruit growers in the valley have expressed concern…

USDA

Argentina: Fresh Deciduous Fruit Semi-annual

2020/21 fresh apple production projected to decrease 10,000 tons to 560,000 tons

MY 2020/21 fresh apple production is projected to decrease 10,000 tons to 560,000 tons while fresh pear production will rise 10,000 to 620,000 tons, from USDA estimates. A decade of rising production costs and low profits has eroded the financial sustainability of fresh deciduous fruit producers despite…

Azerbaijan and Russia consider lifting ban on tomato & apple exports

Azerbaijan’s Food Safety Agency Chairman and Russia’s agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor have been considering ways to remove restrictions on the export of Azerbaijani…

New harvest of Jazz apples on the European market at the end of June

The new crop of New Zealand Jazz apples is due to hit the European market at the end of May. The sunny weather during the growing period has ensured that the apples have a beautiful colour, a fantastic flavour and a nice and crunchy texture. In addition, the brand has been given a new look. T&G Global, the brand…

USDA

South Africa: Fresh Deciduous Fruit Semi-annual

Production of apples, pears and table grapes estimated to increase in 2020/21

The production of apples, pears and table grapes is estimated to increase in the 2020/21 Marketing Year, based on increases in area planted, normal weather conditions, improvement in yields and available irrigation water following improved 2020 winter rainfall. COVID-19 is expected to have minimal impact…

New York Apple association adds to team and gears up for upcoming season

As the New York Apple Association ramps up its retail and foodservice promotional plans for the fall harvest, it’s adding to its retail and foodservice team. Corey Woodward…

Louis De Cleene, Devos Group:

“Belgian top fruit season nearing its end”

“Belgian pear stocks are declining sharply. We're going in the right direction," says Louis De Cleene from Devos. "For a moment, there was even some confusion. The stocks had suddenly decreased a lot. That was compared to what was being said all year long. That gave a positive, much-needed impulse to…

Predicting the harvest with a smartphone

Counting and manually measuring fruits to make a harvest forecast is a time consuming job. With all the possibilities that smartphones offer, it was a logical step for the Austrian company Pixofarm to develop an app with which fruit growers can predict their production, NFO writes. The Pixofarm app…

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…

Southern hemisphere Kissabel apple harvest ends with positive figures

The Southern Hemisphere Kissabel® apple harvest was completed last week. Excellent internal colour, average sizes and outstanding quality: this sums up the coloured-flesh apples harvested by the partner growers in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina. Following on from the positive…

Volume in storage is about 10% bigger than last year

Chinese apple market remains weak

The set price for new apples from cold storage directly affects the market conditions of new apples. That is why everyone pays attention to apples in storage. Last year the…

Cosmic Crisp apple variety earning top dollars for early adopters

Cosmic Crisp® apple’s growth is the big story in the latest round of April Superfresh Category Management®. This apple, like Honeycrisp, took root in the west and has quickly spread eastward. As seen with Honeycrisp apple’s rise, retailers who bet on Cosmic Crisp early have earned big dollars and…

British Apples and Pears announces 2021 plans for the season

British Apples & Pears Limited (BAPL), held its annual trade event on Friday 14th May 2021. In line with government guidance, the event took place virtually via webinar. It…

New Zealand: Fresh Deciduous Fruit Semi-annual

Number of factors has tempered 2020/2021 New Zealand apple crop expectations

Although there were early indications pointing to a near-record New Zealand apple crop in 2020/2021, a number of factors has tempered expectations. Production is now estimated to have slumped 8 percent from the previous year to 543,000 tons.Two of these factors have been hailstorms that have caused…

Virtual marketing program creates new Indonesian markets for WA fresh produce

Western Australian fresh produce will be featured in high-end Indonesian supermarkets over the next month, thanks to a new trade agreement and an innovative virtual marketing…

India: Green apple varieties gain popularity due to Covid

Experts say there is an unexpected trend in the Indian apple market in 2021: local consumers, who have always loved red apple varieties, suddenly started buying green and…

"Moldova’s apple exports in the spring of 2021 decreased twofold to previous years"

According to the Customs Services of Republic of Moldova, in April 2021 about 20 thousand tons of fresh apples were exported from the country. According to EastFruit analysts,…

Sweet Sensation pear growers close another great sales season

The last Dutch Sweet Sensation pears of the season were sold at the end of March. The Greenery Growers top fruit team and growers recently had an online meeting. They reflected on another successful season. ResultsBoth Sweet Sensation and Sweet Dored have built a solid client base in recent years. This…

Jazz™apples - new season, new look

New Zealands' new Jazz apple harvest will arrive on the European market soon. The brand has a new look too.  "This year's Jazz apples are slightly smaller than last year. But, it's been warm and sunny in New Zealand. So, they're a nice color and have an exceptionally full flavor," says an Enzafruit New Zealand…

Rockit announces key appointments amid exciting growth phase

Just three weeks shy of opening its new global headquarters, packhouse and coolstore in Hastings, New Zealand, the miniature fruit company with exclusive world rights to grow…

APAL

APAL Australia

Apple and pear purchases and price per kilo drop March—April

In the four weeks to 18 April 2021, the take home fruit category has declined by -5.3% in dollar sales and -4.9% in volume sales versus the same time a year ago. ApplesApples declined by -10.7% in dollar sales and -8.5% in volume sales. One of the key contributors to the sales decline was because of a decline…

National Agricultural Statistics Service

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

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

Apple committee announces 2021 research funding

The Michigan Apple Committee board approved funding for 2021 industry research projects at its March board meeting. Research funding is a part of MAC’s mission to serve…

West Michigan fruit growers optimistic after frost scare

When West Michigan fruit growers braced for two nights of hard frost in late April, many in the industry feared a repeat of a disastrous 2012 season. And no one can really…

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…

Strong spring bloom for Eastern apple growing region

The Northeast is emerging from a long winter with conditions favorable to producing a strong start for the new apple season. “We had an overall good season with temperatures slightly above average and snow fall within the normal range of 70” to 75”. There was consistently cold weather in January and…

Jean-Noël Carles, Juliet

“Thanks to a network of producers spread over three basins, we will be able to supply the market”

With three production basins - the Loire Valley, the southwest and the southeast/Rhône Valley -, the Juliet® apple campaign, produced exclusively in France and organically, will be a bit peculiar this year. The frost episodes at the beginning of April have also affected the apple sector. “The statistics…

2019 Orchard Business Analysis and 2020 Forecast Report

'2019 average gross yield higher than previous year, but 2020 will see lower average yield'

The Orchard Business Analysis (OBA) and crop forecast, produced annually as part of the Future Orchards® program, aims to determine the productivity and economic performance…

Pop up grocery concept features club apple brands

Pop Up Grocer, a traveling pop-up grocery store, has made its Chicago debut and will run through May 30th in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Yes! Apples, a woman-owned and New York-grown apple brand is one of 100+ select brands showcased. With the belief that food is an expression of who we are, Pop…

The measure seeks to control tax evasion in the fruit sector

Argentina sets reference prices for pear and apple exports

The National Government's Federal Administration of Public Revenues (AFIP) and the General Customs Directorate (DNA) set the reference prices for Argentina's pear and apple…

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

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

Emanuel Sluis, Service2Fruit, the Netherlands

"Long-term orientation on the pear market for the first time this season"

The pear market's been improving in recent weeks. "Storage and container prices are rising in tandem. Directly-traded, unsorted pears are going for around €0.60. And up to €0.70 on the futures market," says Emanuel Sluis of the Dutch trading platform, Service2Fruit. "The mood and sales are good. However,…

The Marlene® nymph decorates 150,000 bags across Europe

Marlene®’s new look will accompany thousands of consumers’ shopping trips throughout Europe. Starting in February, the “Marlene® nymph”, the work chosen to represent the VOG Consortium’s brand for Marlene®’s 25th anniversary, has been printed on over 150,000 shopping bags distributed in the main European…

Another two weeks of good weather needed

Good weather outlook in Poland could lead to high apple yield this season

The Polish weather forecasting is looking good, with temperatures actually rising. If any night frosts can be avoided for another two weeks, Poland could have a significantly larger harvest than the last two seasons. To be sure, growers do what they can to protect their orchards from frost damage. Jan…

Chile

Organic apple importer differentiates by importing as well as growing in-country

The southern hemisphere apple season has started and last week, Viva Tierra received its first shipment of organic apples from Chile and Argentina in the port of Philadelphia. This shipment contained Gala, Granny Smith and Red Delicious varieties, which are always the first ones to come in. “With the…

APAL CEO Phil Turnbull pleased to see industry attracting capital investment

Collaboration and investment signals bright future for Australia’s apple and pear industry

The future of Australia’s apple and pear industry is looking bright with upgrades, investment and collaboration paving the way for some of the country’s leading businesses.…

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New-gen rootstocks deliver earlier and more production

Alvina Gala trees on the Cornell-Geneva rootstock CG202 are out-yielding their counterparts on M26 by 25 per cent in one of the first commercial plantings of the US CG series and Japanese JM series rootstocks in Australian conditions at Jeftomson Orchards in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley. In their second…

Ser.mac has created the ideal solution to enhance a batch of apples

The (H2O Saving Channels) Technology for the apple selection line

Ser.mac has offices around the world and over thirty years of experience in the creation of selection lines dedicated to fruit and vegetables. Ser.mac's technology and innovation have conquered several markets, thanks to: ■ tailor-made solutions;■ consistent high quality results;■ Artificial Intelligence…

Chinese retail keen on promoting South African apples

South Africa's deciduous fruit industry body is this year running its first campaign promoting its apples in China, as it has for many years done in Europe.“We've only just started with the campaign which will run until August, and we're seeing big interest and enthusiasm from large importers and…

First Apple Summit touches on apple quality and consumer trends

Summer promotional opportunities. Sustainability and consumers. Increasing consistent quality. These were a few topics discussed at the first Apple Quality Summit 2021, hosted this past Friday by Hazel Technologies, Inc. In 2020, Mario Cervantes of Hazel Technologies reported the company treated 3.2…

WAPA releases overview of the Northern Hemisphere apple and pear stocks

Poland has significantly more apples in stock than it did in 2020

WAPA has released the latest update on the apple and pear stocks in the Northern Hemisphere. Looking at the volumes of stocks, Poland has a significantly larger amount in stocks than they did in 2020 around this time. Italy still has slightly more in stocks, but the difference is marginal. In terms of…

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Today's virtual Apple Quality Summit features a variety of speakers

Hazel Technologies, Inc. has announced panelists to speak at today's virtual Apple Quality Summit. The Grower Perspectives panelists include Leighton Rice, quality control manager at Rice Fruit Company of Adams County, PA and Scott Kee, VP of operations at Sacia Orchards of Galesville, WI. The panelists…

Inaugural 'Polish Apple Night' in Taipei

Yesterday, the Polish Office in Taipei held its first-ever “Polish Apple Night”, intent on promoting the central European country's apples in Taiwan. The event took place at…

Argentine apple and pear exports fell by 15% in the first quarter of the year

According to data provided by the National Agrifood Health and Quality Service (Senasa), Argentina exported 134,442 tons of pears and apples in the first quarter of 2021, i.e.…

Gisborne apple harvest finished - last of Envy apples picked on April 15

The last of Gisborne district’s apple harvest has been picked. Although packing is just under halfway through, the season looks set to have generated around 600,000 cartons.…

Moldovan apple producers focus on exports to India

In recent talks between managers of big Moldova horticultural enterprises and Rahul Srivastava, Ambassador of the Republic of India to Moldova, the prospects of apple exports…

DG agri dashboard - Apples

'EU average apple prices remain relatively stable'

EU average apple prices remain relatively stable within a high band range (more than 30% above historical average. The next crop could be small due to very important frost damages this spring. During the ongoing marketing year, prices remain firm above the historical reference period, as expected, due to…

Migros launches future-oriented sustainability program

More sustainability for domestic apples and pears

Migros is launching a sustainability program for the cultivation of Swiss apples and pears. Specific pesticides will be banned in the future, and their use must also be reduced overall. Through this program, the Swiss retailer wants to both protect the environment and promote biodiversity. The topic of pesticides…

First facilities for Alessia pears built in the Altes Land

"German retail is receptive to domestically produced red pears"

The Altes Land stretches over 30 km along the Elbe River in northern Germany. It has always been known for its tradition of fruit growing. Apples are particularly popular, but pears are catching up. Because this spring, the first trees of the new pear variety 'Alessia' were planted on a total of about 5…

Langkloof growers describe January storm damage

'Hail is not a storm in a teacup'

In January of this year, one of the biggest nightmares for any fruit farmer became a horrible reality in the Langkloof. Hail. Some farmers were fortunate, some less so and…

Prices usually increase this time of year

Polish apple prices have dropped slightly over past three weeks

The nights of frost have not had any impact for the new Polish apple season. Fruit trees have not yet bloomed, which means they can’t be damaged by cold weather just yet. However, the month of May will be a crucial one, one Polish exporter states. For the current season, there are still a lot of…

Increased competition from Eastern Europe

Apple exports humming along despite unique commodity challenges

Apple exports from Washington are moving well on the state’s smaller crop. “We’re in good shape on exports right now. As far as movement, there are a lot of places where retail has been better than a normal year,” says Steve Reinholt, export sales manager at Starr Ranch Growers in Wenatchee, WA, who…

2020/21 – what a year for the UK and international fresh produce sector

What next for South Africa?

2020/21 will be a period we won’t forget in a hurry in the international fresh produce sector or for that matter for any other part of our lives. In the UK, we have had to contend with the impact of Brexit, as well as that of COVID – 19, of course. Both have presented serious challenges to the structure of the fresh produce…

Azerbaijan and Russia discuss lifting ban on tomato and apple exports

Azerbaijan’s Food Safety Agency and Russia’s phytosanitary agency Rosselkhoznadzor have discussed further measures to remove restrictions on the export of Azerbaijani tomatoes…

New Zealand couple work to save rare apple varieties

Robyn Guyton and her husband Robert are committed to save New Zealand’s heritage apples before they are lost forever. They've already saved around 400 varieties and are…

Grants to protect Victorian apples and pears

Victorian apple and pear growers can now apply for grants of up to $150,000 for netting to protect their fruit from hail and sun damage, providing a major boost to crop yield.…

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Monash University Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Robotic harvester plucks an apple every 7 seconds

In order to relieve some of the stressors caused by the labor shortage in the Australian fruit picking industry, researchers have cooked up a creative partial solution to this problem, developing a fruit-picking robot that can harvest apples from orchards at high speed. Researchers at Australia's Monash…

Earlier end of season at the beginning of April for Ambrosia™ apples

“In this 2020-21 season, sales of Ambrosia™ apples were very dynamic both in Spain and Italy right from the beginning,” remembers Marco Rivoira of the homonymous Piedmontese group. “Such an early end of season has, however, nevertheless come as a surprise. We initially planned to guarantee supplies…

Stefan du Plessis – Elandsrivier Boerdery, Lohan Marais – Icon Fruit

Cape Fire™ pears maintain their unique selling point in a difficult colour year

Notwithstanding a difficult colour year, the late blush pear Cape Fire™, harvested after Forelle, has maintained its steadfast solid colour and demonstrating its reliability, says Lohan Marais, from Icon Fruit. The last Cape Fire™ pears are harvested last week, with packing continuing into next week.…

Four orchards join foreign investors in Goulburn Valley agreement

Four family-owned orchard businesses in Victoria's Goulburn Valley are merging into one company, backed by foreign investments. The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is a…

Apple brand partners with media outlet for virtual brunch event

Envy™ apples are joining the food and lifestyle media outlet Kitchn in celebrating the best of brunch as part of Kitchn’s first-ever Brunch Fest virtual event. Kitchn established Brunch Fest as “one big (virtual) brunch party” culminating in an all-day takeover on May 2 of its Instagram channel,…

Apple grower’s products available on Amazon Fresh

Okanagan Specialty Fruits® (OSF), developer and grower behind the Arctic® apple, is pleased to announce 5 oz. and 10 oz. packages of Arctic® Granny and Arctic® Golden fresh…

Update on low temperatures in the Midwest

Weather fluctuations’ affect on apple growers still to be determined

While it’s still early in their seasons, two U.S. apple-growing regions have been contending with significant temperature shifts. Michigan recently saw two cold mornings with temperatures getting down to about 26 degrees Fahrenheit for about three hours. “The bud development on apples is still pretty…

Sweden's leading apple brand

Continued growth for Pink Lady

The steady growth of Pink Lady® in Sweden continues. In four years, sales volumes of the Pink Lady® apple in Sweden have increased by an average of 25 percent per year, and the excellent result for…

Cosmic Crisp apple outlook for future growth

After a record-breaking sophomore year that is not over yet, Cosmic Crisp® apple’s growth trajectory indicates it will launch to the top of the apple chart in no time. Nielsen data shows monumental growth, reaching #11 in sales dollars in March, and #14 over the 52 weeks ending March 27, 2021. "If…

UK fruit growing and processing specialist boosted by HSBC package

Kent-based fruit growing and processing specialist Fourayes has secured a six-figure HSBC UK Equipment Finance facility, intended to support the purchase of new machinery. The…

Gerard van den Anker, Matthijs Nijhoff respond to Rabobank's top fruit vision in webinar

"Quality, distinctive products can mean chances in the competitive top fruit market"

Last week, the Dutch bank Rabobank presented its top fruit vision during a webinar. The report was titled 'The top fruit sector in 2030: growing fruit cheaply is too expensive'. It says the sector has a good image. It grows healthy products more sustainably than other food and agricultural sectors.…

Cooler weather would put “cherry on top” of good apple season

Granny Smith and Pink Lady apples are currently being harvested in South Africa, while the Fuji crop is finished in what is expected to be a record apple crop. South Africa's pear harvesting has been mostly done, a very good year from a quality point of view. Recent warm weather in the Western Cape has…

Indiana apple growers are assessing crop damage

Fruit growers all over Indiana are inspecting their orchards for damage after Tuesday’s snow and cold. The National Weather Service in Indianapolis says the temperature dipped…

Will antibiotics protecting apples destroy the native microbiome?

Antibiotics are one of the 20th century's greatest scientific discoveries, but repeated use and misuse of these life-saving microbial products can disrupt the human microbiome…

Pandemic cuts Moldovan apple exports in half

The current pandemic has inflicted a lot of damage to Moldovan apple exports, cutting the volume of apples sold abroad by about 50 per cent. According to Moldova’s Custom…

Washington apples see shifts in demand

Supplies of apples are tight right now as import programs are starting up. At Ag Grower Sales LLC in Wenatchee, WA, Jeff Aguigui notes that demand is largely shifting back to foodservice as restaurants and schools begin reopening again and retail demand lets up slightly. “A few months ago we were doing…

Spanish apples market share of domestic market increases from 46 to 67%

Afrucat, the Fruit Business Association of Catalonia, has presented the data from a study on fruit sales in Spain which started in 2015, and which has found that, on average,…

Full steam ahead for New Zealand Envy™ export programme

It’s full steam ahead for exports of T&G Global’s internationally  popular, premium Envy™ apple this week, with five vessels carrying 28,000 cartons (518 tonnes) of Envy™ departing the Napier Port for China and South East Asian markets. T&G’s Director of Operations, Craig Betty, says the company expects to…

Himalayan district of Manang, Nepal

Manang apple farmers grow new varieties at higher altitudes

Apple growers in the Himalayan district of Manang are moving to higher elevations to try to grow a new variety of their fruit. It is a bid to benefit from the higher…

Northwest pear industry takes another step forward in their commitment to flavor

The pear industry in the Pacific Northwest has added a regulation for Anjou pears in a move to increase consumer satisfaction when they purchase pears in the early season.…

Moldova ponders how remaining stocks of apples can be sold by June 2021

In March this year, according to the Custom Service of the Republic of Moldova, slightly more than 17,000 tons of apples were exported from the nation. This is less than half…

Update on import season for organic pears

Imported organic pears have started and Morning Kiss Organic looks forward to a successful season. The import season runs from March thru June, and seasonal varieties that will be offered include Packham, D’Anjou and Bartlett. Currently, Morning Kiss carries Bartlett pears from Argentina. Morning Kiss…

Chinese pear exports show slight increase because of Hari Raya

Hebei is one of the most important pear production areas in China. The pear trees began to blossom in early April. Last year the weather was poor during the blossom season, so…

Chinese storage apple market unlikely to pick up

The shipments volume of cold storage apples are finally picking up. Many growers lowered their asking prices and are shipping as much as they can. A few days ago, there were…

First Rockit apples this year arrive at Beijing Xinfadi Market

Mini apples grown in the North Island of New Zealand are sweet in taste and small in size. They are packed in tube-shaped packages for easy portability, marketed under the…

France: up to 95% of losses for apple growers in the Cher

In Saint-Palais, near Bourges, the orchards of Corinne Laroche have also suffered from the cold. The use of straw fires to protect the apple, pear and blueberry crops proved…

Kashmir apple growers worried as scab is noticed on trees

This year’s heavy rains have made Kashmir fruit growers apprehensive of another gloomy year. There is the threat of another major scab infection like last year. In 2020,…

Dazzle apples celebrate big launch in China

New Zealand’s Newest Apple Variety Dazzle has arrived in China with large celebrations at Wholesale Markets as Importers and Retailers race to get a taste of Dazzle Apples. It’s the first year that there have been large volumes of Dazzle apples available for Chinese customers and they weren’t wasting any…

Adapting to the new normal

“We always want to be close to the grower”

As the UK market emerges from the pandemic, growers everywhere  will be assessing the combined impact that Covid and Brexit have had on their customer base. A changing marketplace is naturally ripe for those willing to innovate and one place to start is the use of flexible and natural Controlled Atmosphere…

Ukrainian apple grower and exporter UApple partners with Wageningen University & Research

Leading Ukrainian apple grower and exporter Sady Dnipra (UApple brand) got a testimonial on the website of Wageningen University & Research about their mutually successful…

“The dangerous times of frost are still ahead of us”

Polish apple trees hardly affected by recent frost

The Polish apple season is still ongoing, and one exporter states they’ve had a very satisfying season so far. They still have good quality apples in their cold stores and will be able to continue supplying their clients for at least a few weeks. For the next season, the frost in Poland hasn’t had a real…

Argentine pears are gaining ground on the Italian market

For the last few days, more and more Argentine pears have been appearing in Italian wholesale markets. In March, the import of these pears was expensive, but in April the customs authorities granted them easy access and, for this reason, the Argentine crop is now more present. At the Verona market, Argentine…

Arrival of biggest Honeycrisp crop from southern hemisphere

Honeybear Brands, importer of apples and pears from the southern hemisphere, announces the arrival of its 2021 fresh-picked Honeycrisp crop from Chile. The crop arrives just in time to provide retailers with a fresh organic and conventional Honeycrisp eating solution and strong promotional volumes to…

US: Northwest apple exports down as Eastern European growers usurp the market

At the moment, Washington state apple growers are shipping some 20 percent less fruit abroad, compared with this time last year. This means a drop to export levels not seen…

Russia: Apple harvest might reach 1.5 million tons in 2021

The Fruit and Vegetable Union of Russia has issued a statement saying the country’s self-sufficiency ratio for apples was around 65% last year, but the year was low-yielding…

Club apple brand teams up with upcoming DreamWorks film

JAZZ™ apples are joining an epic adventure thanks to an exclusive new partnership with the new DreamWorks Animation film, Spirit Untamed. The film, which arrives in theaters June 4, 2021, is the next chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s franchise that began with the 2002 Oscar-nominated film Spirit:…

Erik Kieftenburg, MJ Pronk, the Netherlands:

"Currently more challenging to buy than sell apples"

There's a vast difference between the current apple and pear markets. That's according to Erik Kieftenburg of MJ Pronk in the Netherlands. "When it comes to apples, we're short of everything. Buying is currently more challenging than selling. There aren't large Elstar volumes any more." "And Jonagold…


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