USDA China: stone fruit annual

Peach/nectarine acreage estimated at 855,000 hectares in MY 2020/21

China’s peach/nectarine production is estimated at 14.5 million metric tons (MMT) in marketing year (MY) 2020/21 (January-December), down 3 percent from the previous year. A…

Andreas Finck from Lower Saxony

"Demand is good, but prices are slipping"

Andreas Finck looks at the current weather situation with satisfaction: "Fortunately, the weather has been quite kind to us here in Lower Saxony so far." He is not so pleased, on the other hand, with regard to his blueberries. "The blueberry season has gone rather poorly so far, as we had to contend with…

Wilko van der Zwaard, Wilko Fruit, the Netherlands:

"Good prices for Spanish peaches, nectarines, and apricots"

The second half of the European stone fruit season has begun. According to Wilko van der Zwaard of WilkoFruit in the Netherlands, sales are going well for now. Very well, in fact. "Volumes are significantly lower from some areas. However, demand is good, and prices are high," he says. "We'll still offer Spanish…

Jo Schaepkens: "Storms were close, but we suffered hardly any damage"

"Good prices for Dutch cherries"

The Dutch town of Valkenburg is only five kilometers from Jo and Monica Schaepkens' cherry farm. Yet, this grower's crop didn't suffer from the recent heavy rain that hit the area. "We're in Klimmen. As the name - climb - suggests, we're higher up. We were lucky and suffered little damage," says the farmer. Cherry harvesting began…

Cherry picking at night improves fruit quality and worker morale

This past Friday, British Columbia based Jealous Fruits started harvesting their cherries at night, finishing into the early morning. “In 2020, we ran a night picking trial with 90 pickers, and were very happy with the results,” says Julie McLachlan with the company. “We saw significant improvements in…

Albisole

Good year for apricots

With a record 140 tons of apricots harvested in a single day (July 12th 2021), Agricola Guidi - owner of the Albisole brand - can consider 2021 the year of redemption for its apricots. "After the planting phase and a couple of unlucky years, this is the first real campaign we are pleased with. The frost in spring damaged a…

Agreste

French peaches: Price increase due to decline in production

Agreste, the bureau for statistics of the French Ministry of Food and Agriculture, has published a note of conjuncture for the French peach. “As of July 1st 2021, the French…

Dreamstime

The Austrian apricot harvest has begun

Austria's largest apricot growers can breathe a sigh of relief: this weekend the harvest season, though comparatively late, has nevertheless begun in Kittsee. The fact that…

James Miller -Chambers

"We anticipate that demand will improve as we move further into the summer and the temperature rises”

Most crops are running behind in the UK due the weather earlier in the year. The UK experienced one of the coldest Aprils and wettest Mays on record for years. There has also been a lot of frost damage across Europe too – affecting stone fruit production in particular as the frosts hit during the…

The story of Alpes Agia

Organic blueberries from Valtellina available until mid-August

Two Italian husband-and-wife agronomists have decided to keep running their family business but have added new crops and converted the land to organic production. "We have been producing small fruits for about ten years now and have obtained organic certification right from the start. It all started with…

Raphaël Martinez, PDO Peaches and Apricots of France:

“The French apricot market is regaining its balance”

The French apricot is currently experiencing a production peak, although moderate in terms of volumes, given the impact of the frost on the harvest this year. The 2021 French apricot production will indeed be low until the beginning of August. “This peak corresponds to a currently high production in the…

Dutch soft fruit's gradually getting going

The Dutch soft fruit season is gradually getting going. "The weather affected the ripening process and volumes. It was all still on the modest side at the end of May," says…

Sandy Booth - New Forest Fruit

Strawberry crop back on track, but poor weather means less demand

The UK strawberry harvest in now in full swing and New Forest Fruit, one of the earlier growers in the UK are back on track after a late start due to less than optimal growing conditions. The glasshouse production was right on schedule with an average crop, the French tunnels started later than normal due…

Best AGF:

"Greengrocers' strawberries and nice, large, loose cherries are tastier than those in trays in supermarkets"

"Summer fruits were doing great in early June," says Michel van den Berg of the Dutch wholesaler, Best AGF. "Strawberry prices were high. But the fruit sold because people were yearning for the sun." The weather has been unpredictable. Soft fruit sales lagged during the rainy, cold spring. "People wanted…

Open day at Vivai F.lli Zanzi. Video and pictures below.

Late cherry varieties with high resistance to cracking

To avoid concentrating production in a single month, breeders have for some years now been trying to select later varieties suitable for the lowlands. This aspect was discussed on Thursday 1 July 2021 during the Open Day organised by Vivai F.lli Zanzi from Ferrara, Italy. Under the guidance of technician…

Theo Kampschoer about frost damage in French fruit cultivation:

"You'll only truly see the difference in supply when the French Bergeron apricot season begins"

The April frost greatly affected French fruit cultivation. "There's currently a reasonable supply of apricots. The quality varies considerably according to variety and region. Certain regions suffered greatly from the frost. Their quality doesn't look great," says Theo Kampschoer of Kampexport. This…

FreshPlaza July and August Global Focus - Stone / soft fruit

This month FreshPlaza will be will be soft fruit and stone fruit in our Global Focus. Are you a grower or an importer/exporter in the the soft or stone fruit trade? Do you have a new variety or innovative growing method, or just some fantastic fruit?  We would love to hear from you for our July and August…


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