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Pedro Marques, Frutas Classe

‘Portuguese strawberry market is rough’

“We began a little late this year. That was due to the cold weather at the beginning of the year. We usually begin in early March, but this year, it was a month later,” says Pedro Marques from Frutas Classe in Portugal. He doesn’t yet know the fruit conditions or what their yields will be. But they did…

Argentine pears are gaining ground on the Italian market

For the last few days, more and more Argentine pears have been appearing in Italian wholesale markets. In March, the import of these pears was expensive, but in April the customs authorities granted them easy access and, for this reason, the Argentine crop is now more present. At the Verona market, Argentine…

Great interest for Sicilian fruits of the forest

The interest for Sicilian fruits of the forest is constantly on the up as, thanks to the local soil and climate conditions, they boast unique organoleptic qualities.  Among the crops located in the Ragusa province, raspberries stand out in in particular. Plants are transplanted three times a year - in December…

Panama's watermelon exports increased by more than 12% in the first two months of 2021

Panamanian watermelon exports in the first two months of 2021 increased by 12.4% over the same period of the previous year and had a FOB value of 1.72 million dollars. Panama…

Optimal starting conditions for domestic strawberry season

Good demand expected at the start of the season

Throughout Germany, the strawberry plants are doing well. After an average mild winter with some extreme temperature differences, so far the crops have survived the late frosts well thanks to the foil tunnels and fleece covers. Temperatures are still quite low, but next week spring will show its true…

Start of the European stone fruit season at the Munich wholesale market

"Demand is currently still very restrained"

The stone fruit harvest in the northern hemisphere is now ready to get underway. Smaller volumes of apricots, peaches and nectarines are already being harvested in certain Mediterranean growing areas, such as southern Spain and Sicily. In the central wholesale market hall, the first Spanish shipments…

Frost in France: 500,000 euros lost for the cherry orchards of Fougerolles

Last week’s frost has devastated the cherry trees of Fougerolles (Haute-Saône). Producer Philippe Gallaire has gone around his orchards and declared that “everything is…

Dazzle apples celebrate big launch in China

New Zealand’s Newest Apple Variety Dazzle has arrived in China with large celebrations at Wholesale Markets as Importers and Retailers race to get a taste of Dazzle Apples. It’s the first year that there have been large volumes of Dazzle apples available for Chinese customers and they weren’t wasting any…

Adapting to the new normal

“We always want to be close to the grower”

As the UK market emerges from the pandemic, growers everywhere  will be assessing the combined impact that Covid and Brexit have had on their customer base. A changing marketplace is naturally ripe for those willing to innovate and one place to start is the use of flexible and natural Controlled Atmosphere…

Malaysian farmers attempt to grow prized Japanese muskmelons

For the past ten years, three Malaysian farmers have been trying to successfully grow Japanese muskmelons, one of the world's most expensive fruits. Now, the farmers at Mono…

Croatian fruit growers fear damages due to morning frosts

Yesterday, Croatian Fruit Growers' Association president Branimir Markota said that the real extent of damage due to the unusually cold weather - with snow and early morning…

Bakersfield, California

International Fruit Genetics develops $12 million campus in McFarland

International Fruit Genetics, based out of Bakersfield, California, has announced that it is developing a new $ 12 million research and growing campus in McFarland. The plans…

Australia: Climate change means smaller strawberries, higher costs

Strawberries appear to be the latest victims of a changing climate. Also, as smaller strawberries take longer to pick, production costs are rising along with temperatures.…

Ukrainian apple grower and exporter UApple partners with Wageningen University & Research

Leading Ukrainian apple grower and exporter Sady Dnipra (UApple brand) got a testimonial on the website of Wageningen University & Research about their mutually successful…

Aldi first to offer seasonal Scottish strawberries

Aldi is the first retailer to offer punnets of Scottish strawberries to their customers this year, as these will hit stores from Friday. The first crops of strawberries to…

“The dangerous times of frost are still ahead of us”

Polish apple trees hardly affected by recent frost

The Polish apple season is still ongoing, and one exporter states they’ve had a very satisfying season so far. They still have good quality apples in their cold stores and will be able to continue supplying their clients for at least a few weeks. For the next season, the frost in Poland hasn’t had a real…

600 tons forecasted

Southern Croatia at the start of strawberry season

In the Vrgorac area in southern Croatia, the strawberry picking season has started. The Vrgorac Strawberry Association has predicted that some 600 tons of high quality…

A quick overview on some seasonal fruit and vegetables references

The Sicilian netted melon season has started

The production areas between Licata and Palma di Montechiaro of the Italian company Bio Hortus, managed by Antonio Morreale, have just opened the European production season. The Sicilian fruit and vegetable season has not been touched by the bad weather of the last days, unlike other areas of Italy. The…

Canadian greenhouse grower expands strawberry acreage

Nature Fresh Farms is moving forward in expanding its commodities into the berry category with more acreage dedicated to a strawberry program. With help from its longstanding growing partner Cielo Vista, the greenhouse grower will expand its strawberry farm from one to 16 acres, planned to be completed…

WayBeyond - New Zealand

Solutions for growers to not only become economically sustainable but reduce food waste

A New Zealand-based agritech solutions company says even changing an element of the way a fruit and vegetable business is run can greatly lead to the reduction in food waste and improve sustainability. Speaking at the recent MobileTECH Ag conference in Rotorua, WayBeyond Chief Technology Officer Jonathan…

Melon mystery grips New Forest, Jamaica

After some 100,000 pounds of melons failed to properly mature under mysterious circumstances, growers at the New Forest Agro-Park are left with a million dollars-plus in…

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Vietnam: Homemade Ferrari 488 GT is also a melon shop on wheels

A man in Vietnam devised what can be seen as a most interesting marketing strategy: He took out a Ferrari 488 GT to sell loads of melons. Well, it's not a real Ferrari… What we see is a replica of the Ferrari 488 GT, that was built by the owner himself. Also, he showed his ingenuity in figuring out…

More Georgia peaches could be on the way this season

Looking ahead to the upcoming Georgia peach season, Lee Dickey of Dickey Farms Inc. in Musella, GA says he’s anticipating a solid crop this year. “We had a little bit of a late frost this past weekend. But it was nothing major in terms of volume--it was just on a few particular varieties. Overall, it…

Blackberries and raspberries

High prices on low supplies make for a strong berry market

Blackberry supplies are tight and creating a high market. “The cool weather has held the crop back pretty decently,” says Nathan Rutledge sales director-East Coast of Berry Fresh LLC based in Long Beach, CA, who notes supplies are coming from Central Mexico. This year more volume is anticipated from that…

Justo Redondo, of Nogal Fruits: "This year we have recovered the Brazilian market."

Extremadura's plum harvest could be reduced by 25-30%

The flowering in stone fruit trees has been very good in the Spanish region of Extremadura thanks to a winter with enough hours of cold and the necessary rainfall, as well as good pollination. We have homogeneity like we hadn't seen for a long time. However, the low temperatures recorded last week have…

Blueberry preservation pads extend the shelf life of blueberries

Blueberries easily spoil. They are also frequently damaged during the processing stage of their supply chain, as well as in storage or during transport. Traders often have to dispose of blueberries that have become mouldy. This makes the transport, storage, and retail of blueberries extremely difficult.…

Sander Fleerakkers, Research Station for Vegetable Production

“Warm summers, new cultivation methods and varieties offer chances for Belgian melon farming”

In recent years, several trials have been conducted with melons in Belgium. The Research Station for Vegetable Production is doing these. "The last few summers have been warm. There are new insights and cultivation techniques and a revitalized variety range. All this means there's renewed potential for…

The first fruits will be delivered to cashiers, transporters, and farmers as a tribute for their work in the pandemic

The cherry harvest begins in the Jerte Valley

The first kilos of the harvest will be delivered symbolically to cashiers, supermarket personnel, transporters, farmers, and farmworkers; a group of people that had an essential and strategic role in the production and the food chain during the pandemic and who haven't been taken into account in the…

Arrival of biggest Honeycrisp crop from southern hemisphere

Honeybear Brands, importer of apples and pears from the southern hemisphere, announces the arrival of its 2021 fresh-picked Honeycrisp crop from Chile. The crop arrives just in time to provide retailers with a fresh organic and conventional Honeycrisp eating solution and strong promotional volumes to…

Table grape industry set for record year

The Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, welcomed the news that the South African Table Grape Industry reached a total intake for the 2020/2021 season of 73 million cartons. This is significantly more than the 66.15 million cartons recorded last year. Meyer: "This is great news for the…

Bee Vectoring Technologies accelerate growth in US Midwest with three of region’s largest berry producers

Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. today announced that the Company has tripled its sales commitments among blueberry growers in the US Midwest, signing nine…

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Croatia: Police intercept cocaine in fruit container in port of Ploce

Croatian police have revealed they have confiscated more than half a ton of cocaine hidden in fruit containers in an Adriatic Sea port. It is said to be one of the biggest seizures ever in Croatia. With the help of sniffer dogs, police discovered the cocaine two weeks ago in the port of Ploce. State…

Jan van Genderen (Royal Berry):

"As soon as people get a taste of our strawberries, we will conquer the market”

At Royal Berry, the strawberry season has begun. Since the beginning of March, the grower from the Dutch province of Gelderland started picking their Malling Centenary, and last week the Elsanta was ready for picking as well. Traditionally, Malling Centenary is an early growing variety. At the moment,…

Argentina

Entre Rios advances towards the development of new blueberry varieties adapted to the region

The directors of the Administrative Commission for the Salto Grande Special Fund (CAFESG) and the Association of Blueberry Producers of Mesopotamia Argentina (APAMA) held a…

The farmer trusts the thieves will be identified as the trees are of a protected variety

280 cherry trees in bloom are stolen from a farm in Lleida

The theft of fruit in the fields is, unfortunately, a practice that affects farmers relatively frequently. In this case, however, Francesc Pena, a farmer from the Granja…

Table-to-farm approach will create healthier U.S. melon supply chain

Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists at the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center in College Station are using a “table-to-farm” approach to create a safer, healthier and more sustainable melon supply chain in the U.S. by considering consumer preference at the dinner table. Leading the team is Bhimu…

US: Northwest apple exports down as Eastern European growers usurp the market

At the moment, Washington state apple growers are shipping some 20 percent less fruit abroad, compared with this time last year. This means a drop to export levels not seen…

Russia: Apple harvest might reach 1.5 million tons in 2021

The Fruit and Vegetable Union of Russia has issued a statement saying the country’s self-sufficiency ratio for apples was around 65% last year, but the year was low-yielding…

Annelie Haumann – Stems Fruit

Stone fruit & fig specialist Stems Fruit celebrates its tenth anniversary

A decade after its founding, Stems Fruit was this season rewarded with stone fruit of exceptional quality and strong volumes for its tenth anniversary.“We are indeed proud and thankful to be able to celebrate this milestone,” says Annelie Haumann, managing director of Stems Fruit. “Looking back, I can…

Above-average April temperatures could threaten Wisconsin fruit crops

In Wisconsin, April is off to the warmest start on record, which is causing some fruit trees to sprout earlier than usual. Barthel Fruit Farm owner Jeff Knudsen: "What you see…

Foodservice edition of berry newsletter introduced

California Giant Berry Farms has introduced a new foodservice edition of The Buzz newsletter. California Giant has always taken great pride in its efforts to support the foodservice industry. The brand has a core emphasis on consistent supply of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries…

"Morocco Berry Conference served as a learning platform"

"The second edition of the Morocco Berry Conference run online on 7th and 8th April 2021. It brought together berry industry stakeholders from all over the world. We had more…

‘Eating strawberries daily may strengthen vascular health’

Including strawberries into your daily diet may improve blood vessel function and systolic blood pressure. A new study seems to indicate that the fruit shows benefits for…

Victoria Martín, Marketing Manager at Plus Berries, from Huelva:

"For the first time, our entire stone fruit range is zero waste"

The first greenhouse stone fruits produced in Huelva have been available on the market since the end of March. "On March 30, we started the harvesting of the first nectarines, both white and yellow-fleshed," says Victoria Martín, head of marketing for the Huelva-based company Plus Berries. "This weekend,…

Mexican grape pricing strong while imports vary greatly

Mexican grape production has begun out of Jalisco, Mexico. George Matoian of Fresh Farms in Kingsburg, CA says it started its grape harvest approximately two weeks ago with all the major varieties of green seedless along with Cotton Candy grapes. “We’ll also have red seedless grapes available in future…

Erik Kieftenburg, MJ Pronk, the Netherlands:

"Currently more challenging to buy than sell apples"

There's a vast difference between the current apple and pear markets. That's according to Erik Kieftenburg of MJ Pronk in the Netherlands. "When it comes to apples, we're short of everything. Buying is currently more challenging than selling. There aren't large Elstar volumes any more." "And Jonagold…

Stefano Lugli

The time has come to only think about protected fruit orchards

After the frost of mid-March 2021, the frost of the past week caused serious damage to the fruit-growing potential of northern Italy. Stefano Lugli, experimenter at the University of Modena and Reggio and breeder of some of the most renowned cherry varieties, illustrates his point of view.   "I believe the time…

The state produced more than 91,000 tons of melons in 2020

Michoacan, one of Mexico's three-largest melon producers

The state of Michoacan established itself as one of the main melon-producing entities in Mexico. According to data from the Agrifood and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP),…

Chinese market price of Dalian cherries is rising because the production volume is small this year

One of the main reasons for the price rise of Dalian cherries is the relatively small production volume. The weather conditions were far from ideal this year. Rain and snow…

Yidu Group introduces Purple Honey plum to Chinese market

The Yidu Group introduced the Purple Honey plum to the Chinese market on the 12th of April. The plums were exported by Neofresh and were distributed via Shanghai Huizhan Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Market. The Purple Honey plums were available via wholesale markets, e-commerce platforms, and premium…

France: Fruit sector impacted by frost

Producers have been worried since the frost episodes that hit France last week. With significant, maybe even total losses for some sectors, consumers are likely to see fruit…

French apricot prices soar due to frost

In the French region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, which produces half of France’s apricots, 95% of the apricots have been destroyed by frost, especially in the departments of…

Club apple brand teams up with upcoming DreamWorks film

JAZZ™ apples are joining an epic adventure thanks to an exclusive new partnership with the new DreamWorks Animation film, Spirit Untamed. The film, which arrives in theaters June 4, 2021, is the next chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s franchise that began with the 2002 Oscar-nominated film Spirit:…

Cabrero, Chile

More than 4.28 mln boxes of blueberries destined for US inspected as of March 31

At the SAG / USDA - APHIS / ASOEX Phytosanitary Inspection Site in Cabrero, more than 4.28 mln boxes of fresh blueberries destined for the United States were inspected as of…

Blueberry councils hire new director of communications

Jill Scofield has been hired as the director of communications and industry relations for the North American Blueberry Council (NABC) and the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council…

April 30

Apple quality solutions and market trends discussed at Quality Summit

Hazel Technologies, Inc. announces the first ever virtual Apple Quality Summit. The one-hour event will be held on Friday April 30th and feature keynote speakers from across the industry ahead of the 2021 Northern American apple season. “Apples are a powerhouse within fruit — the second largest behind…

Civ, Consorzio italiano vivaisti

Strawberry Flavia is becoming increasingly popular in South Italy

Many companies in South Italy and in particular in the Basilicata region are testing the commercial varieties of CIV with great interest, in particular the variety Flaviapbr, characterized by early ripening, mid-vigour, fruits that are external to the foliage and therefore easy to harvest, with high…

Iceland is first UK supermarket to launch plastic-free Pink Lady packaging

Iceland has become the first UK supermarket to launch plastic-free packaging for its Pink Lady apples. Today, the supermarket announced that paperboard packaging will replace the plastic format. The new format will be rolled out across all its stores in the UK. The switch in packaging will save Iceland seven…

Anecoop presents its watermelon campaign, increasing its acreage and aiming to exceed 155,000 MT

The Spanish growers' association Anecoop has officially launched the new season of one of its top products: the Bouquet watermelon, which was the first seedless watermelon to hit the European market in 1992. Today, almost three decades later, it still leads the pack in its category across Europe. This…

Apple prices continue to fall in China due to large volume in storage

After the Qingming Festival, traders with good sales began to source from production areas to replenish stocks. Affected by the unsatisfactory sales in most markets, prices in…

Producers from El Bierzo expect to save the cherry, Conference pear, and Reineta apple campaigns

"In a couple of weeks, we'll know for certain what losses we had due to the March frosts"

In the coming weeks, fruit producers of the Leonese region of Bierzo will find out what the consequences of the frosts registered in the middle and end of March were. "We are…

Vicente del Bosque kicked off Grupo Caparros' watermelon season

Vicente del Bosque, the former coach of the national soccer team, symbolically kicked off the watermelon campaign of Almeria's Carrapos group this week by tasting one of the…

China will hopefully become the largest berry market in the world

Driscoll's vice-president expects the berry sales volume to triple within five years

Award-winning American brand Driscoll's (only the finest berries) first obtained permission to enter the Chinese market in 2016. Their sales volume reached 500 tons that year. Within less than five years since then, up until 2020, their sales volume increased twenty-fold to around 10,000 tons. "Compared…

Frost: French arboricultural sector in despair

The cold spell of the past week caused considerable damage on most of the territory. The freezing temperatures of the beginning of this month are catastrophic for French…

Strawberries: Moroccan seasonal workers are back in Lot-et-Garonne

For the strawberry producers of the French department of Lot-et-Garonne, 2020 was a black year. The closure of borders caused a shortage of seasonal workers from abroad and…

Japan increasingly frustrated by strawberry and grape copycats

The Japanese Shine Muscat grape went through more than 15 years of testing and selection before it was finally released as a new breed. Frustratingly, the grape variety is now…

Cold snap is disastrous for Slovenian fruit crops

The cold snap that hit Slovenia last week caused damage to all types of fruit orchards, as well as disrupting the development of vineyards, olive groves and legumes. The…

Minister Exaud Kigahe emphasizes need for cold storage facilities

Tanzania: Government sets up strategic plan to counter post-harvest losses of fruit

The Tanzanian government has set up a strategic plan that is aimed at encouraging the establishment of small scale industries across the country, in an effort to reduce fruit…

South African apple and pears start to arrive in the UK

Hortgro, South Africa’s fruit grower organisation, looks forward to the start of a promising top fruit season as apples and pears start to arrive in the UK. The 2021 marketing…

Ukrainians increase consumption of fruit

The Ukrainians have increased their fruit consumption. This is proved by the official statistics of fruit consumption, but also by the growth of imports. In 2020, Ukraine…

Montague opens new packing & distribution facility at Narre Warren North

Montague, one of Australia's largest fruit growers, has opened a new, environmentally sustainable packing and distribution facility at Narre Warren North. The 53,200 m2 fruit…

China Airlines transports bees to Vancouver

On April 8th, a China Airlines’ A350-900s arrived in Vancouver from Taipei, bringing in thousands of bees. The shipment of bees originated from Australia. The insects will be…

Ian Yule - PlantTech Research Institute Limited

"We're not trying to create new sensors or robotics, but rather use AI systems to better utilise the technologies"

Introducing Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology into fruit and vegetable growing operations, and making sense of all the data that exists, takes an 'all of industry' approach rather than a purely scientific one, according to a leading New Zealand-based research and development organisation. PlantTech…

Vicent Mingarro, from Frutinter: "More and more is consumed if there is supply in the off-season"

"Despite limited operations in the horeca channel, melon and watermelon sales in Spain remain stable"

Despite the limitations of the horeca channel due to pandemic-related restrictions, melon and watermelon sales are going well in Spain thanks to a good balance between supply and demand. Spaniards are consuming more and more melons and watermelons all year round, whenever there is supply. While there are…

Overall supply volume expected to decline by 20%-30% compared to last season

First Chilean Muscat Beauty grapes of the season arrive on the Chinese market

This is the third year in a row that Frutacloud has supplied the Chinese market with Chilean Muscat Beauty grapes. The first Muscat Beauty grapes of the season have recently arrived in China, however the production areas suffered from extreme weather conditions and that is why the overall production…

Ad Pollux, Fruitveiling Zuid-Limburg, the Netherlands

"Marketing campaigns, shelf presentation more profitable than reducing VAT"

Current Dutch apple stocks are steadily decreasing. "We'll run out earlier than usual this year," says Ad Pollux, Fruitveiling Zuid-Limburg's general manager. "Price formations were good, but not as crazy as last year. Then they reached an unprecedented level. But you never know what might happen in the season's…

First Spanish peaches of the 2021 campaign

"We remain the retail's preferred partner for early peaches and nectarines"

As every year, the Sevillian company Royal is one of the first to start the stone fruit campaign in Spain. "The weather conditions during the winter, with an ideal amount of cold hours, in combination with the current temperature increases in Andalusia, lead us to expect an exceptional campaign in terms…

"Cherries will continue to be at risk until mid-May"

Ice damages a good part of the cherry blossoms in the lower area of the Valle de las Caderechas

The weather has, for the fifth season, put at risk the cherry campaign of the Valle de las Caderechas, in the Burgos region of La Bureba. The mild temperatures in February and…

Mexico

Blueberry harvest begins in northern Sinaloa

Producers in the north of the state of Sinaloa have begun performing the first blueberry cuts in a season that starts with good expectations. According to Lenin Garcia, a…

Seipasa obtains in Mexico the label extension of the Fungisei bio-fungicide for grapes

Seipasa, a Spanish company specialized in the development and formulation of bioinsecticides, bio-fungicides, and biostimulants for agriculture, has obtained the extension of the phytosanitary registry of t…

Xiale watermelon brand is produced in five regions and supply lasts all year

Xiale Green Tiger seedless watermelons sell well in the Chinese market

The production season of Xiale watermelons is in full swing. This year the weather developed in distinct stages. The temperature was high at times and then low again. This had an impact on the growth of watermelons. In addition, the outbreak of Covid-19 last year affected the sales figures of Chinese…

France: Cherry producers face the cold

Cherry producers are worried about losses, after the record cold temperatures on Monday night in the region of Orléans. With temperatures down to -5.4°, losses could reach…

Southern Hemisphere renders smooth transition to import season for apples and pears

Spring has sprung and with it has arrived a diverse set of apples and pears to transition from the domestic to the imported crop. Rolling in is a freshly harvested mix from the Southern Hemisphere available coast to coast. All offerings arriving from either New Zealand, Chile or Argentina, favorites like…

California stone fruit

Organics company announces addition of organic Amber Crest Peaches this season

TerraFresh Organics, an organic fruit company known for supplying organic citrus, mangos, stone fruit and grapes to North America, announced the addition of Organic Amber Crest Peaches to its Earth Greens label through May 2021.  This season, TerraFresh Organics has been chosen to be Bloom to Box's partner…

T&G Global set for first commercial crop of new super-sized, blueberries

T&G Global is set to take a big bite out of the Australian blueberry market with the first commercial crop of new super-sized, blueberries to be launched in retail stores this December.The global fresh produce company has secured 16 of the latest and best genetics from breeders Plant & Food Research in…

University of Florida research

Creating better strawberries using Artificial Intelligence

For decades, taste groups and breeding for better taste have existed, being relied upon to guide decisions on which strawberries taste and smell best. This would help steer…

NW Cherry report

Indications point to a crop that's larger than last year

While most of the Northwest cherry buds are still wrapped up tight and waiting for the warmer days to come, several of the earliest regions and varieties have begun to push their blooms.  It's still far too early to translate these stages into an overall projection of 2021 crop to come.     General Crop Size:  It's too early to…

Warm Michigan weather increases early growth risk for fruit trees

Although it is only April, it feels like summer across mid-Michigan. This might be good news for outdoor activities, but fruit growers are worried about possible crop losses.…

Aimed at harvesting this year’s melon crop

Australian job seekers offered $1,000 to travel to Northern Territory

As Covid travel restrictions and closed borders have stopped foreign backpackers travelling to Australia, the nation’s growers are left desperately short of fruit pickers.…

CCF self-installed the sorting line over video calls

Reemoon officially installs its first kiwifruit sorting line in South America

COVID-19 has provided many challenges for fresh produce companies, Chilean kiwifruit producer CCF has self-installed its new fruit sorting machine with help from Chinese supplier Reemoon over video calls. Felipe Espinosa, director of the CCF Company, and a member of the Chilean Kiwifruit committee, first…

Four organic Peruvian products with the greatest export potential for 2021

In Peru, these four organic products have the greatest potential for agro-export this year: ginger, cocoa, organic coffee and blueberries. In 2020, shipments of these foods…

Driscoll's sells ‘in conversion’ blueberries as it moves to organic production

Even while Driscoll's farms are transitioning to organic production, the berry brand is encouraging consumers to continue eating its fruit. Driscoll's "in-conversion…

The US modifies the import requirements for Chilean plums due to interceptions of Lobesia botrana

On April 1, the US Plant and Animal Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a statement modifying the restrictions on plums (Prunus domestica) imported into the United States…

François Moran, Tropibana:

“Sales have taken off but prices are low”

The prospect of stricter sanitary measures was causing a lot of concern, but in the end, fear has given way to relief. The fruit and vegetable sector can now breathe a sigh of relief, as the closures announced last week and planned until May 2nd do not concern food shops. According to François Moran of…

New Jersey peach growers optimistic after strong dormant season

After an excellent winter and early spring with mild/ cold temperatures and abundant rainfall and snow, New Jersey peach growers anticipate an excellent crop of peach flowers, with full bloom in early April. This bloom date would be historically earlier than normal, according to Jerry Frecon, professor…

Temperatures well below freezing

Alarm for apple and cherry trees in Trentino

In the Italian Val di Non valley, in Trentino, temperatures were below zero on the morning of 7 April 2021, marking -7 °C in the coldest areas and -4 °C in the middle valley. The drop in temperature was confirmed by the local producers Fabrizio Zadra and Matteo Dal Piaz. Photo by Andrea Bonn "There is some…

Prices and production of strawberries is dropping in Georgia

Despite the continuing decline in the strawberry production in Georgia, this year’s prices may even be lower than usual. Usually, strawberries appear on the Georgian market at…

First Rockit™ apples of the season arrive in China

The first shipment of small, sweet Rockit™ apples has arrived in China, marking the beginning of what is very likely to be the company’s biggest season yet.The New Zealand grown miniature apples – a cross between a Gala and a Gala Splendour – will be on shelf from April 12, and the producers of the…

Mile Creek Farms, South Carolina

Six Mile grower says strawberries may harvest late due to pandemic

The South Carolina peak strawberry season usually runs from April until June. This year however, complications arising from the pandemic have delayed the strawberry harvest at…

Chilton County, Alabama

Peaches doing okay, despite frost

Recent frost seems to have caused minimal damage to this year’s peach crop. Strawberries are also safe thanks to row crop coverings. Edgar Vinson, fruit specialist with the…

Eastern Europe takes bigger bite out of Asian market

US: Northwest apple exports down

At this point in time, Washington state apple growers are shipping about 20 percent less fruit abroad compared to last year. This amounts to an export level drop not seen since 2003-2004, says…

Intent on aiding Northern Territory growers

NT Labor government launches campaign to support $70 million melon industry

Today, the Territory Labor Government has launched a $745,000 campaign to support the Territory’s $70 million melon industry. It is aimed at ensuring that growers have the…

Competing with Chile

Peru plans to ship first sample cherries to China in October

It is reported that Peru hopes to compete with leading cherry producers and exporters and plans to export its first volumes to China in October this year. “Three years ago, we…

It's official: South Africa's grape crop breaks previous record

The South African Table Grape Industry has released intake figures which show that two weeks ago the upper end of the crop estimate was already exceeded by the intakes of 71.8 million 4.5kg cartons. This will be the most grapes South Africa has ever produced, helped by a new generation of high-yielding…

Nutraceutical evaluation of honeysuckle cultivars from the Botanical Garden of Vytautas Magnus University

Scientists at Vytautas Magnus University and Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania) have evaluated 11 cultivars of blue honeysuckle (Lonicera caerulea L.) for bioactive compounds, antioxidant capacity, and the antibacterial activity of berries. The honeysuckle cultivars evaluated (‘Eisbar’,…

Tarragona

As long as the weather conditions remain favorable, an abundant cherry harvest is expected

The weather conditions have so far remained favorable in the main cherry producing areas, with the exception of some frosts in a few given areas. In Tarragona, the first cherries are expected to reach the market around April 20, and as long as no adverse weather events are recorded, there should be an…

Huelva farmers protest in Moguer demanding fair prices and decent treatment

Nearly 60 farmers and ranchers in the province of Huelva supported the call made by the Union of Small Farmers and Ranchers (UPA Huelva) rallying on Monday in Moguer to demand…

93% of the Moroccan temporary workers hired at origin are already in Huelva

93% of the Moroccan seasonal workers hired at origin to work in Huelva's berry campaign are already in the Andalusian province, according to the Government Sub-delegation.…

Increased melon production for export

The year 2020 was quite mediocre for the melon, with very low sales, but Caraïbes Melonniers is bouncing back with 1,100 tons of melons imported to Europe at the end of March.…

Strong demand in US for Mexican blueberries

The US blueberry market is currently being supplied by Mexico, with California getting ready to start their harvest at the end of April. While there have been a few ups and downs in the market so far this year,  blueberry demand in the US remains strong. Berry People, a year-round, full-line shipper of branded…

Greenhouse grown cherries give Washington grower a head start

Following low temperatures in Washington last week, a small portion of the upcoming cherry crop is likely affected. “The temperature went down to 24-25 degrees Fahrenheit. We’re seeing damage already but it depends on the area. Kennewick and Foster, WA got some damage. It’s about five percent of the…

Golden Bay Fruit

First new season Cherish™ and Ruby Star apples ship to international markets

Golden Bay Fruit (GBF) are shipping the first of their premium new season Cherish™ and Ruby Star apples to international markets this week. Apples are being picked and packed daily now with the first shipments of Cherish™ leaving Nelson port this week bound for China, then to Southeast Asia (SEA)…

Labour shortage hits crisis point

Desperate pleas for a government plan to allow Pacific Island seasonal workers to return

As the labour shortage across New Zealand hits crisis point as fruit harvesting is at its peak – Exporters, Growers, Food Companies and industry leaders make a desperate plea to Government for a plan to allow Pacific Island seasonal workers to return later this year. At a media conference in Hawke’s Bay,…

EastFruit

Moldova might become less dependent on table grape exports to Russia

Experts from the various Moldovan table grapes associations have expressed the hope that this year’s weather will be more favourable than that of the previous two years. This will impact positively the quality of products, the volume and structure of their exports. There are reasons for optimism: the…

Firm Polish apple prices in first quarter of 2021

The Mintec price of Polish apples rose by 12% to €0.13/kg in the eleven weeks to March 17, 2021. The increase can be attributed to a smaller crop being forecast for the…

Queensland melons can re-enter New Zealand after new agreement

After the cucurbit trade was reopened last month, Queensland melons can officially go back on New Zealand shelves. New trade conditions agreed to by both the Australian…

Australia: Consumer apple and pear purchases saw a drop in February

In the four weeks leading up to February 4 2021, the take home fruit category saw a drop of 7.6% in dollar sales, while volume sales declined -6.5%, compared with the same…

Peak strawberry season arrives on the Central Coast

California strawberry acreage up 5.7% from last year

2021 seems to become a big year for California strawberries. The California Strawberry Commission’s December acreage survey showed a total of 36,487 acres for 2021. California…

Chris Fagg - FreshPro Imports

African Delight and Ruby Star plums +15% brix

South African stonefruit is seeing very good volumes this season with a lot of volume on the UK market. “There are a lot of red and black skinned varieties around just now,” said Chris Fagg from FreshPro Imports. “We have good volumes of African Delight and Ruby Star supplied from South African exporter…

Best convenience packaging

Cultivar's grape packaging wins first prize at World Food Innovation Awards 2021

Cultivar, in partnership with Alzamora Group, has developed an innovative packaging format for grapes that has won the award for "Best Convenience packaging" at the World Food Innovation Awards 2021. In its evaluation, the jury highlighted the reduction of plastic use while maintaining functionality and aesthetic…

Ailimpo

Phytosanitary status of citrus fruits in the province of Malaga

The Interprofessional Association of Lemon and Grapefruit (Ailimpo) analyzed the phytosanitary status of citrus fruits in the province of Malaga in its latest published…

Joining the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Driscoll’s prioritizes sustainable packaging solutions for fresh berries

Fresh berry produce company Driscoll’s has joined The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. They have done this in an effort to make sustainable packaging solutions for its…

Marlene®: Launch international TV, digital and social media campaign

The celebrations for the 25th anniversary of Marlene® apples, the flagship brand of the Italian VOG Consortium, are continuing with an intense multi-channel advertising campaign involving countries such as Italy, Spain, Malta, Cyprus, Libya, Jordan, the Netherlands and Scandinavia. Following the success…

La Grande Bellezza Italiana

A winning strategy is to bring pears to the right ripening level

Combining storage conditions in units and the right ripening level for consumption is the objective of La Grande Bellezza Italiana (LGBI) when it comes to pears. "There are no half measures: pears are either very good or inedible. For years, we have been studying the way to make pears reach consumers in…

Production and sales value this season both increased

Posy apples from New Zealand flying off shelves in China

In March, Posy apples from New Zealand made appearances in various Chinese cities including Shenzhen, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Chengdu. A promotional campaign themed “Sweet and Unexpected Encounter" is being launched in high-end retail outlets such as Hema, Ito Yokado, and Ole across the country. Posy apples…

USDA announcement on Chilean stone fruit needing fumigation won’t affect current season

USDA has announced a new import requirement for Chilean stone fruit after the European Grapevine Moth (EGVM) was detected during a pre-inspection in February. Cristian Ramila of Bengard Marketing explains: “Chilean stone fruit that enters the US undergoes a pre-inspection in Chile before it is shipped,…

Export still ongoing to European markets

“Very strong demand on local market for Polish apples”

The Polish apple season is wrapping up, with the last apples being packed over the next two months. It’s too late in the season for export to far destinations, but the demand from European countries is still quite stable. One apple exporter states they’ll be busy right up until the summer varieties…

Adams County, Pennsylvania

Fruit growers hope last week’s cold snap spares their apricots and plums

Fruit farmers from Adams County are hoping for the best after temperatures dipped into the 20s last week. The cold creates problems for early-blossoming trees -including…


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