Himachal growers want 100% import duty on apples

Apple growers from Himachal Pradesh have requested Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur to urge PM Modi to increase the import duty on apple to 100 per cent. In a memorandum…

Apple growers face challenges and assess growing improvement options for 2022

World pressures, cost increases and how to produce apples better. These were some of the topics touched up on Hazel Technology’s virtual Apple Quality Summit yesterday as the industry looks ahead at the 2022 season. Desmond O’Rourke, founder and principal at Belrose, Inc., began the summit by looking at…

US apple industry takes up call to end costly tariffs

The U.S. Apple Association joined more than 40 agriculture and food groups to call for the elimination or reduction of U.S. tariffs being imposed on other countries that in turn are harming U.S. agriculture through retaliatory tariffs. In a letter sent to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, 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…

Last sprint for the challenging Polish apple season

"Higher costs will stop some growers investing in their orchards"

It’s been a very tough season for Polish apple exporters, especially when put in contrast with the previous season, says Jakub Krawczyk, export manager for Appolonia: “Our apple season is still ongoing. The season wasn’t easy, and in some periods of time there were some difficulties with our apples…

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,…

Apple organization awards Apples4Ed Grants to four in-need schools

The U.S. Apple Association has awarded Apples4Education grants to four schools from around the nation for the 2022-23 school year. Each $4,000 grant will provide supplemental student nutrition and expose students to a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as teach students about healthy…

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…

DG agri dashboard - Apples

Ongoing EU27 2021/22 apple crop estimated at 11,777 tons

The ongoing 2021/22 apple crop for EU27 has been estimated at 11,777 tons [as a January 2022 update]. This is 6,7% higher than the preceding 5 year average and 11 % above the ‘small’ crop of the past marketing year (data from WAPA for 20 MSs, from Eurostat for the remaining 7 MSs). After two years of below…

Napier, NZ

Tenth of apple harvest left on trees due to lack of pickers

Labor shortages in the apple industry are costing growers millions of dollars, with an industry-wide loss of more than $105 million expected, industry representatives say.…

Imports and exports of fresh apples in China in April 2022

Exports in AprilIn April 2022, China exported 80,700 tons of fresh apples with a value of US$103 million and an average unit price of US$1,275.38 per ton.: The export volume…

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Andreas Kreuzwieser, Meleco, on organic apple marketing in Austria

"During long-term storage, the wheat is separated from the chaff"

The marketing of Austrian pome fruit is now in the middle of its second half. "Our current stock level is around 20%. Topaz in particular is currently very popular for export, as German stocks are now slowly running out. Accordingly, we are now starting a very important part of the season," says Andreas…

Canadian Heart & Stroke research shows that health-related nutrition policies benefit farmers financially

An apple a day to increase farmers' pay

New research from the Université de Montréal reveals farmers' revenues are negatively impacted when consumers buy ultra-processed foods compared to fresh, minimally processed foods like vegetables and fruits. Considering nearly half of all daily calories consumed by Canadians come from unhealthy…

Labour constraints see New Zealand apple and pear season estimate drop 12% on pre-season estimate

New Zealand Apples and Pears (NZAPI), the industry organisation representing the country’s pipfruit growers, today released a crop re-forecast that predicts a decrease of 12%…

South African fruit exports to Malaysia rose by 12% last year

Reliable Malaysian market emerges as gateway for South African fruit into South East Asia

South Africa has an established reputation as a fruit supplying country in Malaysia, where its products are “more than competitive” on price and quality, says Dave Malcomson, South Africa’s High Commissioner to Malaysia for the past year (right).Malaysia imports much of its food bill and some of that…

"The flavor is even better, and we want to share this taste with even more customers"

"Sonya apples from New Zealand enter Chinese market"

"Sonya apples from New Zealand entered the Chinese market for the first time this year in May," said Fion Lam, International Sales Manager at Shenzhen Yuanxing Fruit Co., Ltd(hereafter referred to as "Yumsun Fruit"). The Sonya apple from New Zealand is a hybrid combination of Delicious Red and Gala…

Younger generations are investing in pear crops in southern Italy

The generational change that is occurring in agriculture is leading not only to different choices when it comes to crops, but also to greater attention towards modern agronomic techniques that can reduce costs, simplify operations and guarantee high quality standards. For example, super-intensive vertical…

To support sustainability in domestic apple industry

Canadian Government invests in innovative precision farming

Yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced an investment of up to $560,425 for Institut de recherche et de…

Louis De Cleene, Devos Group:

"This top fruit season, we're more focused on recovery than growth"

The top fruit market has had a year of ups and downs. "It started off looking great 'in pear country'. Late last year, everything seemed to be going in the right direction. But external factors mean the end isn't going as we'd hoped," says Louis De Cleene of the Devos Group in Belgium. "Everything…

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Fresh deciduous fruit semi-annual

South Africa set for a record pome fruit and table grape production in MY2021/22

South Africa is set for a record pome fruit and table grape production in marketing year 2021/22. Favorable weather conditions, new areas under production, and higher yielding cultivars is driving the growth in production. However, rising shipping costs, an upsurge in input costs, local port…

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…

Thursday, May 26

Gearing up for 2022 US apple season at Apple Quality Summit

Hazel Technologies Inc. announces open registration for its 2nd annual Apple Quality Summit next week. The one-hour event will be held on Thursday May 26th and feature presentations focused on preparing the U.S. apple industry for the 2022 season. Speakers will include Dr. Desmond O’Rourke, founder and…

The price increase is a foregone conclusion

China‘s apple production is expected to drop by about 30% in 2022

On May 11, strong convective weather occurred in many apple-producing areas in Gansu, and some areas experienced heavy rainfall and hail. In addition, apple-producing areas in…

New Zealand growers faced with dilemma of shipping products to Russia

Although it's not illegal to send food products to Russia, many NZ exporters are taking a stand against the invasion of Ukraine and boycotting the market. However, halting…

Interpoma rewards innovations for water management in apple orchards

With the Interpoma Award, the Bolzano fair intends to grant recognition to those companies that present innovations for water management in apple orchards. Interpoma Award 2022 will reward those technologies that, thanks to an innovative component, lead to progress in the management of water in apple…

Pome fruit prices Lake Constance - Week 19: Dreamstime

'In the new season, Lake Constance is expecting a large harvest'

Since last week, temperatures have been rising, which has boosted demand for summer fruit, but has caused interest in pome fruit to be somewhat weaker. The daily sales have…

2022 Pink Lady volumes well down on forecast

The crop forecast completed in February estimated Class 1 Pink Lady apples at approximately 70,000 tonnes, 12 per cent down on 2021. With the Pink Lady apple harvest well…

New Zealand organic apple grower continues export to Russian Federation

New Zealand organic apple grower, Bostock, continues to supply apples to Russia. This is upsetting other growers, who have ceased exports in response to president Putin’s…

Bravo® apple volumes up 30% this season

Bravo® apples, bred in Western Australia as variety ANABP01, are available in independent and major retail stores across Australia now, with 30% more fruit available throughout this season. WA Farm Direct are the licenced marketer of Bravo apples and Sean Engelbrecht, National Development Manager of…

Organic import apples and pear programs underway

Both imported organic pears and organic apples have gotten a slightly later start this season. This year there will be slightly less volume on organic pears from Argentina.  Pears: This year, slightly less volume will be seen on organic pears from Argentina. “The pear season started a few weeks later than…

Chicago, August 18-19

Registration opens for apple conference

Early bird registration is now open for USApples' Outlook 2022. Outlook 2022 is designed specifically for apple industry leaders from the U.S. and around the world.…

Apple market cools down, and the trading enters its off-season

After May 1st, the apple trade in the production and sales areas was not as good as before. In the production areas, merchants who look for cold-storage goods to purchase…

New Zealand apple industry intends to be 'spray-free' by 2050

New Zealand’s apple industry is working towards becoming spray-free by 2050, as this move should allow it to hold on to high-value export markets. To achieve this, the apple…

USDA

National Retail Report - specialty crops

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

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

“This vagueness about processed products leads to significant imports of apples from other European countries”

Will French apples disappear from our compotes?

France is a major producer of apples, with nearly 1.4 million tons harvested each year. And thanks to the diversity of the land and know-how, French apple growers offer a large number of varieties to consumers. No waste in the apple sector!French consumers love fresh apples, with a consumption of 17 kg…

British apple season will be officially launched on 3rd October

Inflation is biggest worry for British apple growers

On 12th May British Apple and Pears Ltd. held a webinar for retailers and trade to discuss the 2022 season. This year the British apple season will be officially launched on 3rd October. Ali Capper, British Apple and Pears (BAPL), Executive Chair spoke about how the top fruit industry has always been a…

A dozen hectares of pear trees planted

Charles & Alice invests in Williams pears

While some sectors are seeing their production decrease year after year, others are making commitments, like Charles & Alice, which has been investing in the Williams pear for two years already, a variety which is very popular for desserts because of its very sweet taste. Given the difficulties with the supply…

The impact of logistics on apple exports

Apple exports are very difficult.  So sums up Donna Feltrup of L&M Companies Inc. based in Union Gap, Washington on how the export apple season has gone to date this season. Starting with destinations. For L&M, it’s sending apples to the Caribbean including the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Trinidad, Guyana…

Mountain View Fruit Sales announce premium table grape program

Mountain View Fruit Sales is proud to announce George Matoian will be joining the company as the Director of the Grape Division.Mountain View Fruit Sales was established in…

Hectre’s AI solution to support Cultiva’s fight against apple sunburn

Cultiva has signed with fruit tech company Hectre, to add further innovation and strength to their trial process. Based out of Nevada, Cultiva are the developers of Parka®, a cuticle protectant powered by SureSeal™ technology. One of the many ways Parka assists apple growers is by preventing sunburn…

Kissabel season kicks off in Southern Hemisphere

The harvest of Kissabel® apples in Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa ended in recent weeks with very positive results. Thanks to the relatively normal summer conditions, the quality was excellent, with good-sized calibres. The red-flesh apples, with their inviting crunchiness and…

John Cripps

Pink Lady and Sundowner-Joya apple creator passes away at 95

Western Australia’s John Cripps, the well-known breeder of the Pink Lady apple has died at the age 95. The British-Australian horticulturalist carried out his research in WA's…

The price of Huangguan pears fell and exports fell sharply in the same period

The price of Huangguan pears has begun to fall recently, with a drop of 5-20% for different sizes. The price of medium and low-end pears dropped considerably, and the price of…

Hinrich Quast, Bio-Augustin Ltd & Co, on marketing organic apples

"A totally seamless shift to the new apple crop will not be possible for us"

The German pome fruit season is currently in its final phase, and the same applies to the marketing of domestic organic apples. "The last stocks of Elstar and Topaz have already been marketed, Natyra will probably be available until the end of June. The marketing of the Jonagold group - Jonagored, Red…

Pest risk analyses for Bhutanese potatoes and apples underway

Bhutan and Thailand agree on bilateral trade

The government of Bhutan and Thailand agreed to sign a bilateral trade agreement. The two countries have a trade and economic cooperation agreement as of now. The decision was…

May apple tracker reports US apples in storage up over 2021

According to a survey from USApple, the total number of apples in storage on May 1, 2022, was 58.2 million bushels, 6.2 percent more than last May’s total of 54.8 million bushels and 0.1 percent more than the 5-year average for that date. Fresh apple holdings this May, totaled 41.2 million bushels, 8.5…

New account and event manager for New York Apple Association

Nathaniel Foster joins the New York Apple Association as account and event manager. He brings 20 years of experience in the grocery industry in retail purchasing and store…

This has been the most ruinous apple campaign in Lleida in the last 40 years

This has been the most ruinous apple campaign in Lleida in the last 40 years. Production costs have skyrocketed in the last year while the price of the fruit continues to…

"Belarus border reopening has revived especially Category II pears"

Since the start of this month, Belarus has allowed the import of several European products, including apples and pears again. That has revived the pear market. "That's…

Jeroen van der Spek, Groda AGF:

"Especially Class II Conference pear prices remain well on level"

Fixed programs currently dominate the top fruit market. "They're running normally, but there's a lot less peripheral trade than usual," says Jeroen van der Spek of Groda AGF, a top and soft fruit trade specialist in the Netherlands. "Prices of especially Conference pears are reasonable. The Class II pears,…

Benlai.com as the exclusive agency again

New Zealand's "Premier Star" apple season officially launched

On May 9, the Bostock Premier Star apple season in New Zealand officially kicked off. Previously, Bostock had reached an agreement with Benlai.com to exclusively authorize them to be the sole distributor of its exclusive Premier Star apple in China. This is the second time the two parties have reached an…

Gaizhou apples are popular in Thailand

Walk into the apple export base in Laoyemiao Village, Gaizhou City in late spring, and you will immediately get a rich fruity aroma. In the warehouse under constant temperature, the apples harvested in September and October 2021 are large, good in shape, red, and bright, as if they had just been picked…

Greece's fruit and vegetable exports take a hit due to Ukraine crisis

The crisis in Ukraine has made it difficult for the apple orchards of the Agricultural Cooperative of Naoussa (ACN) in northern Greece.  "The fruits we grow here are among the first…

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

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

First signs of Red Conference

"Now that the trees have fully blossomed and the fruit set under good conditions, the pears are slowly forming. The weather conditions are still favorable, and the forecast looks good too. If things continue as such, it looks promising for this season's harvest," says Joop Vernooij of Frupaks-Vernooij, part of Staay Food Group.…

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New Zealand apple production and exports forecast to rise in MY 2021/22

New Zealand’s apple production and exports are forecast to rise in marketing year 2021/22 (January 2022-December 2022), but remain far below levels previously expected as a result of continued shortages of harvest labor. The combination of reduced labor due to international border closures, as well as a…

"We are also extremely proud to introduce the first fully home-compostable package for our pre-packaged fruit"

Tasmanian organic apple grower preparing to launch new variety next season

A Tasmanian organic apple producer is looking forward to launching a new variety onto the Australian market next year. R&R Smith has the commercial license to a variety from Belgium called Kizuri (marketed in Europe as Morgana), Marketing and Communications Manager Jessica Calvert says the company is…

“It is still very risky to work in Ukraine now”

As the war in Ukraine is currently mostly focused on the East of the country, some life in the Western regions is picking up again. However, the precautions do not make it possible to get back to work for the Ukrainian apple traders, as their situation is still very uncertain and dangerous. According to Garik…

Climate change impacts on apples

Apple footprint might decline in Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne and the Waikato

The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research has issued a series of fact sheets about climate change impacts on the spatial footprint of horticultural crops. The…

Peras de Rincón de Soto shares the productive cycle of its pears

Peras de Rincón de Soto obtained the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) distinction in 2002, becoming the first fruit of its kind to be awarded this distinction. Now, the…

Vítor Santos, Santos & Pereira, producer and shipper of Rocha pears:

“Disappointing campaign for the Rocha pear”

At medFEL 2022, the company Santos & Pereira presented its biodegradable trays for the Rocha pears of small calibers (50 to 60) for French supermarkets. This pear, named after Pedro António Rocha who discovered it in 1836, is unique in the fact that it has never been genetically modified, contrary to…

TripleF Fruit gets first Royal Gala apples from New Zealand

"This season, volumes will plummet, thanks to outrageously high prices in the chain"

The Dutch company, TripleF Fruit, specializes in importing overseas fruit. Last week, it received its first container of Royal Gala apples from the Taylor family in New Zealand. "We always get good apples from that grower. The brand is known as the top of the top, and the apples look fantastic this…

WAPA April stock report

European apple stocks increased by 13.1% compared to April 2021

WAPA, the World Apple and Pear Association, released the apple and pear stock figures from 1 April 2022. The figures show that in Europe apple stocks increased by 13.1% compared to 2021 to reach 2,180,415 T, while pear stocks decreased by 24.6% to 206,181 T. In the USA, apple stocks as of 1 April 2022…

Moldova saw sharp rise of apple exports in April

Almost 25,000 tons of apples were exported from the Republic of Moldova in April this year, which is more than twice as much as their external supplies last March (11,000…

South African pears: quality & demand was there, but let down by logistics

The South African pear harvest has run its course and in the orchards, teams are pruning for increased light penetration and applying postharvest fertilisers, an operation that has become very expensive as a result of skyrocketing fertiliser and fuel costs.It was a season with good crops of Packham,…

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Southwell's Bramley Apple tree dedicated to Queen Elizabeth

Southwell's famous Bramley apple tree has been dedicated to the Queen as part of her national platinum jubilee celebrations. It was among 70 ancient trees and 70 ancient woodlands across the UK unveiled by Prince Charles. The Prince of Wales called for the nation’s dwindling historic natural habitat to…

Kashmir horticulture sector braces for impact

Cheaper Iranian apples invade Indian markets

Cheaper Iranian apples have invaded Indian markets, negatively affecting the livelihoods of Kashmiri farmers. According to the Kashmir Monitor, Iran exported 1947.19 tons of…

Malte Wegener, Gustav Wegener u. Sohn & Co on marketing pears from overseas

"The market has been extremely receptive to pears from overseas"

Due to considerable crop losses and a correspondingly early end of season for the popular Italian table pear Abate Fetel, this year's overseas imports already got going at the end of February. "German retailers already listed the first South African Abate Fetel in week 11/12. Normally, larger volumes…

“We will continue with our motto of the last two years: Adapt, Improvise and Overcome”

The apple harvest started back in March for Howard Hansen of Hansen Orchards in Tasmania, volumes will be down this season due to a severe hail event in the Huon Valley in December last year. “We are a bit quieter than we would normally be due the hail last year which destroyed a whole orchard, we would…

Chinese apple exports increased significantly in March

In March 2022, China exported 84,500 tons of apples, and the total value was US$102.6 million, with an average price of US$1,214.37 per ton. Compared with that in March 2021,…

Satellite images confirm Santa Catarina as largest apple producer in Brazil

Epagri/Ciram carried out the satellite mapping of 15,684 ha of apple orchards in Santa Catarina and confirmed that São Joaquim is consolidated as the largest producer of the fruit in Brazil. It encompasses an area of ​​8,692 ha, representing 26% of all country orchards. The research also served to corroborate that Santa…

Melinda in collaboration with Naturitalia

Tests to export apples to the Far East continue

"For the past couple of years, we have been experimenting with sales in the Far East. Volumes are not very high yet, but things are looking good," reports Andrea Fedrizzi, Melinda marketing manager. "Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan are some of the nations where we started. Everything…

Portugal: NAE Vegan Shoes presents upcycled apple leather collection

The Portuguese brand known as NAE Vegan Shoes has launched a new summer shoe collection called ‘SS22’. Their sustainable shoes are made from apple leather, using upcycled…

"Distant markets consider ending fresh pear orders early as shipping takes too long"

The new season of fresh pears is about to begin. And the sales of pears from storage are coming to an end. Some traders in more distant markets, however, have already decided to stop placing new orders for pears as backlogs in harbors cause significant delays in product movement. Li Xixi, spokesperson of…

Benoît Escande, Escande Nursery:

“We can supply 80,000 RKD Gala trees today”

At Fruit Logistica, Benoît Escande presented the RKD Gala, a mutant of the Gala variety which has a significant advantage. “Its main asset is that it has an advanced maturity of 3 weeks. It is already very tasty when the first Galas are not even harvested yet, or only harvested according to their color…

Making local tree fruit a number one choice for Ontario consumers

It will soon be easier for Ontarians to buy local apples and other tree fruit when grocery shopping. Ontario Apple Growers is receiving cost share funding from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs to support promotional activities for the next two years. “We are excited at the…

Patrick Sperl, Cobana Ltd & Co. on apples from overseas

"Logistical problems with ocean freight are pervasive at the moment"

In week 16, Cobana & Co. received the first batches of Royal Gala apples from New Zealand. For many years, the Hamburg-based fruit importer has been a specialist in apples from overseas, importing tons of pome fruit from New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and South Africa every year between April and October…

Funding of $15 million project will enable NZ to be world leader in sustainable apple production

A government-backed, industry-led seven year research programme has been launched, which will help achieve the apple industry’s goal to be the global exemplar of sustainable…

Charl-Francois du Toit – Provider Farming

Industry needs to cooperatively solve the controllables in a tumultuous season

In Villiersdorp, the apple harvest is nearly finished, with the last Granny Smith apples coming off and then in May the final apples of the season, Cripps Red. The quality looks good and their estimates have been very accurate, notes Charl-Francois du Toit, operational and marketing manager at Provider…

Robert Elshof, Elshof Organic Fruit:

“Our organic pears ran out two months earlier than usual”

Last season, considerably fewer apples and pears were picked in European orchards. That was due to the spring frost. If all goes well, this year's harvest will be abundant. Supermarkets will be able to put plenty of locally produced organic apples and pears on their shelves again. "Certainly, when it…

Forecast increase in fruit export good news for the Western Cape

The Western Cape has received good rainfall since 2018 following a prolonged period of limited precipitation. It is expected that the increased water availability will boost…

New Zealand officially opens production season of new apple variety, Sassy

The apple season in New Zealand begins every year in the middle of February and continues until August or September. New Zealand apples are fragrant, sweet, and juicy. Their appearance and flavor is wonderful, and they are very popular in the market. Moreover, compared to other fruits, apples survive…

Vertical, highly intensive pear cultivation in southern Italy

In southern Italy, a modern technique that reduces costs while guaranteeing high quality standards is currently emerging in the pear-growing industry. The technique is that of highly intensive vertical cultivation in which all fruit-bearing branches grow on a main axis. The plants are spaced 0.60-0.80…

Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan increase apple imports from Iran in 2022

Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have increased their imports of Iranian apples many times over in the first four months of 2022. Turkmenistan entered the Top-5 largest importers…

Imports and exports of fresh apples in March 2022 in China

Export in MarchIn March 2022, China exported 84,500 tons of fresh apples, with a value of US$ 103 million. The average price was US$ 1,214.37/ton. Year-on-year (March 2021): Export volume increased by 23.00%, export value increased by 3.82%, and the average price decreased by 15.59%. In the first quarter,…

"Production volume of fresh pears is expected to shrink, and prices seem to be rising"

The price of fresh pears was extremely low last year. Many farmers have cut down their pear trees and switched to other crops. The overall production volume of fresh pears in Hebei is expected to decline. Ms. Li Xixi, spokesperson for Hebei Xionghan Agricultural Produce Co., Ltd., recently talked about…

TopFruit - Corné Grundlingh & Dihan Blom

Bingo Gala apples offer uniformity of ripeness and eating quality

There are between 550 and 600ha of a South African Gala variety called Bingo Gala planted in South Africa. The exceptionally high exportable class 1 and high colour packouts of Bingo Gala have received very good feedback from the Far East, as they had expected, says Corné Grundlingh, TopFruit pome fruit…

Chinese fruit traders are in a complicated situation due to the pandemic

Recently, the pandemic situation across the country has shown a multi-point, wide-ranging and disseminated trend. The prevention and control situation is relatively severe.…

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DG agri dashboard - Apples

Ongoing 2021/22 apple crop for EU27 estimated at 11,777 tons

The ongoing 2021/22 crop for EU27 has been estimated at 11,777 tons [Jan ‘22 update]. This is 6,7% higher than the preceding 5 year average and 11 % above the 'small' crop of the past marketing year (data from WAPA for 20 MSs, from Eurostat for the remaining 7 MSs). After two years of below average crop volumes…

“We have fewer apples available than we did around the same time last year”

Not all Polish apple exporters have large quantities of apples in stock. Although the season hasn’t been the best they’ve ever had, one exporter claims they’re confident they’ll sell all of their apples before the season comes to an end. They’re even looking forward to the next product on their agenda -…

Apple growers skeptical about J&K government’s push for new varieties

Amid the Jammu and Kashmir administration’s efforts to increase apple production by planting high-density varieties, producers and traders are skeptical as they fear that it…

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…

Marc Evrard, Belgische Fruitveiling:

"Growers get highly frustrated when the pear season looks like it's going to be great, but isn't"

Easter was much quieter on the top fruit market. "Yet the current pear market is noticeably strong," says Marc Evrard of the Belgische Fruitveiling (BFV). "Demand is generally good, making the market seem far more favorable than a few weeks ago. However, due to well-known conditions, the rest of the…

“Different pear varieties ripen under different conditions, and that is why customized solutions are vital”

China is the largest producer of pears in the world. Since 2010, China has been responsible for 70% of the overall surface area devoted to pear plantation around the world. And Chinese pear export continues to grow. China exported 14.1 billion tons of pears in 2010, and more than 17.31 billion tons in…

Chris Ford on organic apple and pear imports from South America

“We need to fight to get our growers the same return”

The South American organic pear and apple seasons are ramping up. “Organic pears from Argentina have been available in the US market for over a month now,” says Chris Ford with Viva Tierra Organic. The company offers a nice mix of varieties with the first focus being on William Bartletts that will be…

Fearing that pesticide-treated and cheaper Aussie apples will ruin livelihoods

UK farmers worried about trade deal with Australia

UK apple farmers fear that a trade deal with Australia that allows their farmers' crops to be treated with banned pesticides could ruin their livelihoods. Australia signed the…

Vergro's D&G Fruit still main supplier

Belgian pears conquer overseas Aldi store shelves

The Belgian Vergro Group's pears are very popular among overseas Lidl shoppers, with pear sales tripling in two years at this supermarket chain. That translates to about 6.6…

Challenges on the way to the apple season’s finish line in Poland

“It looks like the seasons will not have a gap between one and another”

The season’s end for Polish apples isn’t going as smoothly as traders and growers were hoping. Demand is low, important markets are inaccessible to exporters and there’s a war right at the Polish border. These things combined will cause the usual gap between seasons to disappear this year. Jakub…

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…

Turkish firm sign major apple agreement with Indian fruit importer

Turkish apple producer Engin Tarim has made a major deal with Indian apple importer IG International for 50,000 tons of "best-of-breed" apples for the next three years. The…

"Our main driver for growing organically is human and environmental safety"

The growing market for NZ-grown organically produced apples

A New Zealand apple grower says organic production has become a strong, growing market in recent years, with rewarding advantages - but it is not without its challenges. Bayleaf Organics, at Haumona on the country's North Island, manages 50 hectares of organic apple orchards. Co-owner Wendy Dowling, who…

Dole again joins with McDonald's as Red Fuji Apple gift box hits the market

In 2021, Dole and McDonald’s jointly launched the Golden Pineapple Sorbet to start the early summer ice cream market. This year, Dole and McDonald’s once again launch a fat-free apple sorbet, bringing seasonal flavors. "Apple" joins hands with McDonald'sMcDonald's various co-branded limited editions have…

April apple tracker reports storage slightly up over 2021

According to a survey performed by the US Apple Association, the total number of apples in storage on April 1, 2022, was 75.5 million bushels, 1.1 percent more than last…

Ukraine/Russia conflict causes loss of pear sales

Colruyt Group helps sell surplus Belgian pears

Belgian pear growers have too many pears. The conflict between Russia and Ukraine means they have lost part of their sales market. The Colruyt supermarket chain has, thus,…

Srinagar-based researcher develops app to help Jammu and Kashmir apple growers

Basharat Ahmed Bhat, a Srinagar-based researcher is aiming to revolutionize apple cultivation by providing a smart app to farmers which will change the way apple cultivation…

High fuel prices may offer New York apples a competitive advantage

Two relatively new New York apple varieties saw another successful season. One of them, SnapDragon, is expected to sell out by the end of this month. “This variety will sell out ahead of last year due to more widespread distribution and season-long programs by almost all of our major retail partners,”…

Moldova exported more than 11,000 tons of apples in March 2022

In March 2021, Moldova exported almost 19,000 tons of apples, in March 2019 this was more than 42,000 tons. However, given the blockage of land transport routes to the east…

Hein Punt – Maluti Fruit

Harvest of Southern Hemisphere’s first Pink Lady apples kicks off

The colour on the new crop of Pink Lady apples in the eastern Fee State, whose harvest started today, is looking very good with a comfortable 50%+ of colour coverage and very high pack-outs expected, says Hein Punt, the CEO of Maluti Fruit Packers in Bethlehem, in the east of South Africa.“Our primary…

SA fruit exporter donates 20 tons of pears to Ukrainian refugees

South African fruit exporter Cape Five recently ended up with some 20 tons of pears that it was unable to deliver to Russia due to export restrictions. The company donated the…

Martin Pinzger, CEO of VIP

“It is at times like these that the solidity of an organisation emerges”

"We have always prepared ourselves for a constantly evolving market. Today the overall situation is very uncertain, not to say hostile, due to serious international tensions, severe disruptions in the logistics sector, cost explosion and market volatility. But we are confident that we will get through…

Purple Gala apple has won market acceptance

A 100% red apple, developed by Brazilian researchers, is very promising. The Purple Gala has an intense and uniform red color on the skin. Researcher Paulo Ricardo Oliveira,…

Michigan's apple season is wrapping up

“We are in our final push of the season here in Michigan.” So says Julia Willer of BelleHarvest Sales in Belding, MI of the state’s apple season. “A lot of packing facilities throughout the entire state will be winding down in April with a few having light volumes in May. While we had a shorter crop this…

Pears became popular during the pandemic and prices at origin increased rapidly

Entering March and April, the increasing price of fresh pears in China has attracted much attention, and the current trading in pear-producing areas is hot. The price is…

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…

First harvest of Arctic® Fuji apple variety has finished

Trade shows are a chance to talk about a new product and for Okanagan Specialty Fruits® (OSF), it’s a new variety of apple. “We just completed our first harvest of our Arctic® Fuji variety. There’s been lots of anticipation from our customers to add a red-skinned apple to our product portfolio and we are…

The regional security crisis forces apple producers in Moldova to accelerate the diversification of export markets

Over 13,000 tons of Moldovan apples from the 2021 harvest were exported to markets other than the Russian Federation, such as the European Union, Central Asia, the Persian Gulf and North Africa. Over 2,000 tons have already been exported over long distances in sea containers. For the first time, apples…

Argentine apple exports plummet by 62% in 2022

The market feels the decreases in the production of apples and pears in Rionegro and Neuquen

Sales of apples and pears from the Valley of Rionegro and Neuquen have registered a notable drop in the first two months of 2022, mainly associated with the crop losses there…

“If you’re going to lose money, you can just as well do good”

South African pears donated to Ukrainian refugees

In the northwestern Ukrainian city of Lutsk, 200 km from the Polish border, the city council gives free meals to more than 15,000 Ukrainians displaced by the war. Last Friday, the feeding scheme saw the addition of South African pears, fruit that were initially packed and shipped out for Russian…

Moldova hopes to supply tens of thousands of tons of harvest apples to Romania

Recently, 15 of the largest Moldovan apple producers held talks with a group of representatives of Romanian supermarket chains. The subject was large-scale deliveries of last…

Giga by Marlene is now on sale

With a new harvest of 2,000 tonnes, the new apple in the VOG assortment, is entering the Italian, Spanish and selected European markets. With a harvest of 2,000 tonnes, Giga® by Marlene® is entering markets in Europe with a special focus on Italy and Spain. From the third week of March, the new apple produced by the VOG Consortium…

Himachal apple growers halt work on power project near Rampur

Fruit growers have forced the authorities to temporarily stop work at Luhri Stage-1 Hydro Electric Project, Neerath, near Rampur. They have stated that dust emanating from the…

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…

Guangzhou Import Fruit Wholesale Market Analysis - Week 13

NZ and US apples dominate import market, but the sales volume of some import citrus fruits slightly declined

After several days of rain, the weather in Guangzhou cleared up. At the same time, the previous urgency around outbreaks of Covid-19 eased up. This is a look back on week 13 in the Guangzhou Import Fruit Wholesale Market. Import apples The imported apple market is dominated by green apples and Red Delicious from…

High demand for Turkish Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples

Although the apple season is still ongoing in Turkey, the growers of Ana Fruit are already getting prepared for the next season. According to Kubra Guven, marketing manager for the Turkish exporter, it’s important to host special training for the growers: “As the weather has been cold, there is mobility…

French fruit tree farmers in fear of April

France's national weather bureau Météo France has forecast a cold weekend ahead, with snow and ice warnings for the north of the country starting today. The expected sub-zero…

WAPA releases apple and pear stock figures from 1 March 2022

European apple stocks increased by 8.6% compared to 2021

WAPA, the World Apple and Pear Association, released today the apple and pear stock figures from 1 March 2022. The figures show that in Europe apple stocks increased by 8.6% compared to 2021 to reach 2,935,962 T, while pear stocks decreased by 14.9% to 388,495 T. In the USA, apple stocks as of 1 March…

“Turkish apples will reach 40 per cent of the market-share in the Indian market”

Turkish apples are thriving in the Indian market. As the apple season is wrapping up, quantities of the higher quality apples are going down, leading to higher prices as a result. As demand is soaring, some smaller Turkish exporters have sent lesser quality apples to the Indian market, which hasn’t been…

Allergy-friendly apple varieties

European Center for Allergy Research Foundation awards seal for apple varieties

In a few years, apples that are officially deemed allergy-friendly will be available in supermarkets. The apples are a result of a project in which researchers in cooperation with the Züchtungsinitiative Niederelbe (ZIN), an initiative for breeding apple varieties, have successfully developed two…


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