Global Focus Soft/Stonefruit

California plums see more work in variety development

Plums from California are in good supplies as summer closes down, though it’s expected supplies will build throughout September. “We started at the end of May, probably on the late side of normal. And we’ll be picking into October,” says Jon McClarty of HMC Farms in Kingsburg, Ca. “It’s really been expanded…

Delecta starts exports as South African blueberry industry opens up

Well-known fruit exporter and marketer Delecta Fruit enters its second blueberry export season this year, following the opening up of the young South African berry industry. This opportunity came as a result of the growing global demand for blueberries, and the introduction of new varieties outside the…

North America berry supplies start shifting sourcing

As the countries of origin begin to switch over, soft fruit in North America is seeing temporarily tight supplies though some relief in the short term is anticipated. BlackberriesRight now blackberries are hailing from largely three areas—North Carolina, California and Mexico. “North Carolina is pretty…

Ronald van Vossen, Fruit World:

"Hot weather has made the Dutch soft fruit market unpredictable"

The hot weather experienced at the end of July has left its mark on the soft fruit market. "Strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry availability, quality, and prices are fluctuating wildly," says Ronald van Vossen. He is the Dutch company, FruitWorld's, Commercial Manager. "This is happening in Belgium and…

Good prospects for PDO Melocotón de Calanda

"The Asian market demands Spanish peaches"

Two weeks before the start of the campaign of the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Melocotón de Calanda (Peaches of Calanda), the prospects are good, reports the president of the PDO. “The campaign usually starts between September 1 and 10 and ends in early November. We'll likely have good volumes…

Emily Cliff - Lower Hope Farm

"In late August we have exported more fruit than ever before"

The English cherry season is coming to a close, Emily Cliff at Lower Hope Farms say they have a week of picking and two weeks of sales left, taking them into September. As predicted, the sizes were mixed with high yield varieties producing smaller berries and low yielding varieties giving a bigger berry.…

Promotable volumes of strawberries in time for Labor Day

Weather conditions in California continue to remain largely favorable for strawberry growers. Despite some warmer weather in recent weeks which has presented some challenges, temperatures cooled off again over the weekend and look set to remain in the 70s this week. For companies like California Giant,…

Blueberries: “They’re becoming a commodity on a global level”

Supplies of blueberries continue to be strong, though the source of supply as well as varieties are starting to shift. “We’re turning the corner from an abundance of supply to a tightening. This may be the case for the next six to eight weeks and it’s what happens in August,” says Stephen Paul of…

Polish stone fruit in great demand in Brandenburg wholesale

"Plums from Poland very much in demand"

Parallel to the German plums, especially in the East, a large number of Polish drupes are currently appearing on the market. "Although there are plenty of German plums on the market, the Polish ones are quite attractive in terms of price. The price of Polish fruits is 20 percent below German prices during…

Erik-Jan Thur, Marni Fruit:

“Sales of peaches and nectarines are plodding on; paraguayos and platerinas doing slightly better”

Spanish stone fruit is currently widely available on the market. “You can notice suppliers are trying to spread their supply to realise the best prices, but because of the fairly large supply, we’re still facing minimum prices,” says Erik-Jan Thur of Marni Fruit. “The sales of peaches and nectarines are calmly…

Turkish cherries fix their sights on South Korea

With the removal of barriers for cherry exports to China in July, South Korea has now become the second address for Turkish cherries in the Far East. Turkish cherries, examined by Korean authorities, set out to Seoul in a ceremony held with Manisa Provincial Director of Agriculture and Forestry Metin…

Cherry season wraps up in Oregon

Oregon's cherry season is now all but over. Growers are picking and packing the last of the cherries, with the majority of the fruit to be finished by the end of this week. Unfortunately, rain has disrupted the season for some growers, causing an earlier finish and generally lower volumes recorded compared with previous years.…

California stone fruit market in strong position

As we hit the middle of August, the California stone fruit season is well matured and enjoying a strong and steady market, according to suppliers. Good volumes of yellow peaches are helping the market, and the varieties are said to be exhibiting good eating quality. Pricing is steady on yellow peaches…

Organic California stone fruit season saw ups and downs

This summer’s California weather sparked rises and falls for one company’s first season with an organic stone fruit program. Fruit World Co. Inc. in Reedley, Ca.launched its organic program this year to include cherries, apricots, peaches and nectarines. It’s currently in its last week of shipping…

Luis Aliseda, of Provedo: "The objective is to bring the pavia to European supermarket shelves"

The pavia, the only stone fruit with stable prices in Spain

The pavia seems to be the only product that remains unaffected by the price crisis in the Spanish stone fruit sector. This fruit is highly demanded by the consumer due to its aroma and the freshness it brings when eating it. If to this we add the improvement in terms of flavor of the new varieties, the…

Spain: Excess of small and medium stone fruit sizes fruits cause marketing problems

As reported by representatives of the stone fruit sector at a meeting with the Director General of Agricultural Productions and Markets, Esperanza Orellana, summer fruit producers are dealing with problems in the marketing of some of their products due to the excess of small and medium sizes, which is…

Colorado peach growers enjoy ideal start

The peach season in Colorado could not have started any better, growers say, with ideal weather conditions during the growing season contributing to the positive start. No delays were reported and a good spell of wet weather during the winter and spring has provided a good foundation for the remainder of…

Blueberry imports from Peru have arrived into the US

Blueberries from Peru have begun their import season already. “The Peruvian blueberry season is just starting and we expect good volume and quality,” says Katiana Valdes of Crystal Valley Foods based in Miami, Fl. “Peruvian blueberry imports continue to increase year over year.” The blueberries, the…

A greenhouse with 55 thousand autumn strawberries

"We have finished transplanting 55 thousand plants of 5 varieties with the Up&Down greenhouse system. The density is 10 plants per square meter and harvesting will begin in early September to end in early November," reports Sofia Michieli. Strawberries transplanted in early July  The greenhouse and cultivation…

How China's tariff jab wrecked a cherry import boom

Across China’s metropolises, the appetite of a burgeoning middle class for expensively fresh US cherries has become a casualty of China’s tit-for-tat trade battle with the United States. A business that grew to nearly $200 million in 2017 from zero in 2000 has now withered to little more than a tenth of…

California stone fruit season in good position

The California stone fruit season has settled and is delivering steady volumes and pricing, according to suppliers. Fruit movement is said to be consistent and quality is reportedly high also. With the volumes that are entering the market now and into August, growers say there should be ample…

Jan Gütinger on the imported of fruits from Bosnia:

"Demand for Bosnian plums is very good"

The season for plums from Bosnia has begun: Jan Gütinger from the fruit growing company of the same name has accepted his first delivery last Thursday in Rietheim-Weilheim. This year, 40 trucks are planned, which is almost 760 tons. "The demand is very good at the moment. Now we will see how the season develops…

Black raspberry harvest finishing up in Oregon

In Oregon, the short season for the Black raspberry is about to come to a close. The Black raspberry harvest only goes for about three weeks and Oregon growers say the Willamette Valley region is one of the only locations the berries are grown commercially in the United States. Jeff Malensky of Oregon…

Belgian auctions report fitful start of strawberry season - Part I

"The greenhouse strawberry season was fairly changeable this year"

While redcurrant and gooseberry might be known as ‘heirloom fruits’ and not receive their fair share of attention, this isn’t the case at BelOrta. “We carry the entire range of soft fruit, and we also have good sales for redcurrant and gooseberry, and we can create a decent income for our growers,” says…

Rainy spring pays off for Ontario strawberries

Supplies of Ontario strawberries look strong. “We just started our June crop here more than a week ago. The picking is tremendous right now. We’re also about a week off of raspberry season as well,” says David Phillips of Avonmore Berry Farm in Avonmore, Ont. Phillips says while the volume is coming on,…

Peak berry season in British Columbia

Berry growers in British Columbia are busy picking, packing and shipping berries. Growers like Driediger Farms say that all berries, with the exception of blackberries, are just about at their peak and volumes are good. "We started receiving blueberries from one of our growers around June 14, while the…

Quebec strawberries face tricky timing

With the Quebec strawberry season getting underway a little later than usual, it may face some timing challenges further on into the summer. “Last year was the latest year we had in a long time—possibly ever. This year we went a week later than last year,” says Joey Boudreault with Onésime Pouliot Farm…

The organic blueberries are now available

Hoogsteder: “We are delighted with the exceptional quality of these organic blueberries”

Since last week and until week 36, Hoogsteder sells organic blueberries. Tristan Nault, account manager of the company, cannot praise enough the work of his producer and the quality of this small purple berries. “We chose to work with only one producer, Ronald Veens, simply because we are delighted with the…

US blueberry firm brings new genetics to sub-Saharan growers with no marketing obligations

Fall Creek Nursery sees big blueberry potential across Africa

Fall Creek Nursery has decided to get closer to the African industry through establishing a subsidiary in the Western Cape, with an initial focus on South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Eswatini (Swaziland). Moving blueberry plants in Fall Creek's Spanish greenhouse (copyright: Fall Creek Nursery)  Fall Creek’s…

A new pear variety that looks to the future with confidence

In just a few year's time, pear hybrid PIQA® could become a popular variety. Apo Conerpo has been working on it with New Plant. In 2018, the latter defined the "test agreement" and exclusive commercial exploitation on a European level for a new series of three-way hybrid pears obtained by Plant & Food…

Season improving for California stone fruit growers

Despite a slow start to the season, California stone fruit growers say they are now enjoying a good quality crop. Along with the improved growing conditions, volume is also picking up. It’s a rather lengthy season, with first fruits generally available early May, with the season extending well into the…

Sergio Alonso, of Cosanse: "The domestic market is increasingly more interesting"

"Stone fruit exports are no longer profitable"

The stone fruit season is starting in the Spanish province of Zaragoza with the first apricots, nectarines and Paraguayo peaches, and the peach and plum harvests will also start soon. According to Sergio Alonso, from the sales department of Cosanse, the largest cooperative in Zaragoza, the first sales operations…

Limited cherry quantities in Puglia put the system into a crisis

"The demand-supply ratio in Italy is slightly unbalanced when it comes to cherries, as supply cannot meet demand. The weather in May, and especially the hailstorms that hit the orchards, led to limited volumes being available," explains Giacomo Suglia, president of the APEO (Associazione Produttori ed…

Henk Vlaeminck, Van Dijk Foods Belgium

"More French & Spanish stone fruit on the market from next week”

“Since last week, stone fruit sales have picked up again. Despite the recent nice weather, sales were still lagging," says Henk Vlaeminck of Van Dijk Foods in Belgium. Currently, 80% of the stone fruit on the market is from Spain. Large volumes are expected this week. We have gone through a period of…

Cherry market strong in the lead up to July 4

Cherry supplies in Washington were moderately affected last week as light rain disrupted harvest. The good news is that crop quality has reportedly not been affected. Suppliers say demand has been very strong for cherries in the lead up to July 4 so shippers have been busy building up supplies. “Last…

FreshPlaza Soft/Stonefruit Global Focus

Our July Global Focus is all about softfruit and stonefruit. These fruits are popular in the summer and quite a few countries have the fruits available for the upcoming months. Whether it's cherries from Turkey or strawberries in the United States, this is the time to put some extra focus on these fruit…


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