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Global Focus Soft/Stonefruit

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…

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…

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…

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 &…

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…

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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