Global Focus Soft/Stonefruit

Sophoclis Michaelides (Bio-Ilios LLC) on the Greek organic fruit campaign

"Tricky stone fruit supply situation, good grape campaign expected"

The supply of organic stone fruits from Greece is currently running at full speed. The corona pandemic has hardly affected exports, which means that weather-related harvest losses are having a major impact. "This means there has been a considerable supply gap in the early and middle stone fruits -…

New varieties of self-fertile apricot, Paraguayo peach and flat nectarine with closure and good taste

"Being fruit producers allows us to have a global vision of the market"

PSB Producción Vegetal S.L. bases its business mainly on two complementary activities: on the one hand, it is a hybridizer and variety breeder, and on the other, it is a distributor of its own varieties throughout the world. As a stone fruit producer and exporter, it has 350 hectares in production. Its…

Donnalia brand fruit continues reaping the rewards of success

A good vintage for Sicilian apricots

"After two dark years, this year the apricot season is finally coming to the light." This was the comment by the Di Pasquale brothers, owners of the Società Agricola Di Pasquale Srl based in Delia in the province of Caltanissetta. Vincenzo e Angelo Di Pasquale "2020 has certainly been a special year for many,…

More than 6,000 tons expected this season Alexstar

UK growers forecast bumper cherry crop

Only one decade after cherry orchards were almost wiped out in Britain, growers are celebrating such a bumper crop this year that they are able to export the fruit around the…

Maximiliano González, of Frutas Nene: "The situation could improve in a week"

"I don't think India is an alternative destination to Brazil for Spanish plums"

The marketing of Spanish plums has been more difficult than expected after the closure of the Brazilian market this year. In fact, if it hadn't been for this, it would have probably been a good campaign. The situation could improve in the coming weeks, given the sharp drop in the production of other…

2020 campaign

Good pace of sales and prices for Spanish stone fruit

On July 9, the general director of Agricultural Productions and Markets, Esperanza Orellana, chaired the meeting with the stone fruit sector to analyze the progress of the 2020 campaign, which is now 50% complete. At the meeting, it was found that the season is developing with a good pace of sales and…

Expansion from 30,000 to 140,000 square feet

New cherry facility opens in British Columbia

In 2015, Jealous Fruits acquired a site just 5 minutes north of Kelowna airport and have been planning the new facility since that time. From ground breaking in April of 2019 to present, the long journey is complete and the 140,000 square foot cherry facility was inaugurated July 7th. “With our new Duck…

Volumes down significantly on British Columbia organic apricots

The British Columbia organic apricot season has started though growers are reporting smaller volumes of fruit. “The California crop is pretty much done and there’s Washington fruit available now. But we’ve jumped right to B.C. which has started last week,” says Stefan Misse of Discovery Organics based in…

Chinese nectarine price takes a dive as nectarines enter the market in large volumes

Chinese nectarines entered the market relatively early this year, but the price has been quite low. Although many production areas enjoyed an abundant harvest, the sales have…

Sebastián Plaza, sales and product manager of Frutexsa (Chile):

"The challenge for our sector is to promote the benefits of plums, as well as their consumption"

With headquarters in Vitacura and subsidiaries in Buin, Los Andes and Graneros, Frutexsa has more than 500 employees in its plum, walnut, raisin and almond facilities. When it comes to prunes, the company, owned by ChilePrunes, had a production reaching 10,000 tons this season, which entailed a 12% drop…

The latest ripening cherries in the northern hemisphere

Cherries from British Columbia-based Jealous Fruits are the latest ripening cherries in the northern hemisphere. Gayle Krahn, the company’s Director of Horticulture, discusses upcoming harvest for a couple varieties in the video below. She stands in an orchard right next to Okanagan Lake and explains the…

Area expanded by 30% in last 9 years

South African blueberries on the rise

While South African blueberry cultivation is still small in size compared to other fruit sectors in the country such as citrus, apples, pears and table grapes, it has grown…

Cédric Geens, W. Jonckheere

"The stone fruit season began well but limited volumes available"

“For us, the stone fruit season’s good, price-wise. Less so when it comes to volumes. There’s no supply,” says Cédric Geens of W. Jonckheere, a fruit and vegetable wholesaler…

Raphaël Martinez, Peaches and Apricots of France PDO:

“This year, the harvest arrived exceptionally early”

After the forecast for the European harvests of apricots, peaches and nectarines was given in April and May, Raphaël Martinez, manager of the Peaches and Apricots of France PDO, provided an update on the current configuration of the harvest. “This year, the harvest arrived exceptionally early” Overall, for…

Plumcot demand strong domestically and internationally

A healthy balanced crop. That’s how one grower describes this year’s California plumcot crop. “It’s a good solid year for overall stone fruit production,” says Don Goforth with Family Tree Farms in Reedley, CA. “This year it’s looking like a nice healthy balanced set and it’s a very similar crop to last…

Jack Bezemer, Zoutewelle

"Every year, it gets tougher to sell peaches on the Dutch stone fruit market"

“Stone fruit sales are still going well, so far,” says Jack Bezemer van Zoutewelle, at the beginning of June. This Dutch company imports and exports fruit and vegetables. At…

New York State studies growth of alternative berries

As the berry category continues to see significant growth in berries across North America, work being done in New York State is focusing on some new types of berries altogether. Willsboro, NY-based Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) is funding on-farm trials of three types of…

Global Focus Soft Fruit/Stone Fruit

FreshPlaza will be focusing on soft fruit and stone fruit in our July Global Focus. There are many new challenges facing exporters and importers in this strange new world. Turkey their most important cherry season is in full swing and logistics around the world are starting up again. And how has the soft…


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