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Italy: Successful partnership between Apofruit Italia and Società Frutticoltori Trento

The strategic partnership between the Società Frutticoltori Trento and Apofruit Italia has been incredibly successful. The agreement involved the cooperation of Società Frutticolotri Trento with the Apofruit, combining their industrial and the marketing departments, thus putting them under a single management and with…

Roberto Latorre, Gerwin van Bergen Walraven and Harro van Dam get started at Carsol’s European sales office

"Limited impact of hail on Chilean berry season"

Last month, the European sales office of the Chilean berry producer Carsol in Maasdijk was strengthened with Roberto Latorre, Gerwin van Bergen Walraven and Harro van Dam. "We are a specialist in blueberries, both conventional and organic. We control the entire chain, so our customers are able to do…

First shipment blueberries Gramm Agropecuaria, Argentina

“We invested in new varieties and IQ optical sourcing lines”

"It was the first shipment of our own blueberries to Shanghai, China. The first shipment was at the end of the blueberry season. We expect that in the 2019 season, which will start at the end of August, we'll be able to send big volumes to the Chinese market”, stated Gabriel Wasserman from Gramm…

The bigger volumes will be available for Chinese New Year

Chile: “We expect good volumes for Chilean cherry export”

“The Chilean cherry season started with some delays due to bad weather conditions in some of the production areas like Rancagua and San Francisco. The cherries from Curico are also experiencing some delay at the start of the season. We expect to start with harvesting the bigger volumes by the end of this…

Packhouses have contingency plans while harbour terminals are unaffected

South Africa: Electricity cuts a great irritation to fruit industry

Eskom, the national (and sole) electricity provider in South Africa has embarked on a programme of load shedding (planned power outages) as a result of maintenance on the grid. Such power outages are not new, but previously they’ve usually occurred in winter at times of high electricity demand. It’s unusual for Eskom…

What kinds of fruit do Taiwanese customers like to eat?

What kind of fruits are interesting for Taiwanese customers to eat? Which new varieties could you introduce to them? In such an abundant tropical fruit production area, how could you still make customers enthusiastic for other kinds of fruit from temperate zones? It might seem hard, but Penny Chang, from…

Argentina: Blueberry export volumes are behind compared to last year

A total of 718 tons of Argentinian blueberries arrived in different markets last week. This was published in the weekly crop report. “Another 796 tons are shipped by boat, but will arrive at destination in week 51. From this 728 tons, 45% is received by the US, 30% is received by Europe and 13% to the…

Nadia S. Martinez from BQ Fruits

Mexico: “We hope to start our strawberry export to Europe this season”

“We have been trying for years to make this happen, however, it’s difficult to be very competitive in terms of pricing. We are dealing with domestic supply in the United States or the Spanish supply in Europe. However, there is a growing interest from Russia and London. Therefore, we hope to start…

Tunisian fruit exports to Libya soaring

Revenues from Tunisia’s fruit exports increased by 53.6% while quantities increased by 48.5%, in the current season. Between January 2 and November 14, 2018, the quantities of…

Ukrainian apples shipped to five Middle Eastern markets for the first time

According to EastFruit analysts, Ukraine has exported dessert apples to five different countries in the Middle East for the first time, and although the total volume exported…

Sharp drop of Moldovan apple, plum and table grape exports to Russia

According to analysts from EastFruit, despite the record harvest of apples and plums, Moldova has sharply reduced its exports to Russia in September 2018 compared to the same month last year. Apple exports from Moldova to Russia fell by 42%, from 27.2 to 15.8 thousand tons. However, this volume still…

Del Monte presents on-the-go fruit snacking ranges

Fruit snacking brand Del Monte is launching two on-the-go ranges: Fruit Express and Fruit Fusions . The Fruit Express range is available in 113g and 227g pots, with a Spork included, and in 4 x 113g packs. It is available in One Stop stores in six varieties: - Gold Pineapple - Tropical Fruit Mix – Pineapple, Mango and…

Exports have doubled compared to last season

“There is an increase in demand for Mexican berries”

"Blackberries are still our most important product and this season is going well so far. Every season is different with new and different challenges every day. We've noticed an increased demand for our blackberries, which makes us proud as a company. The weather is always an issue and something we can´t…

Opportunities for the Greeks in Gulf states and Asia

“The West consumes fruit, in the East fruit can also be a gift or an offering”

Although the majority of the Greek companies are focused on the (Eastern) European market, some companies look beyond that. The export to far-off destinations isn’t easy, but that’s where the opportunities can be found. Nick Nafpliotis of Greek and Fresh facilitates exports to the Middle East and Asia.…

Luc Vanoirbeek, VBT

“Belgian growers in dire straits, but entire European fruit sector is suffering”

Belgian fruit growers are in deep trouble. The last ten years have changed this sector dramatically. This change is due to the Russian boycott and the ever-increasing, intense…

Italy: Agreement for marketing of the Tessa apple

At Interpoma 2018, an agreement was signed for the exclusive marketing in Italy of the Fengapi variety. This term is composed of three words: Feno (the company that developed the variety), Gala and Pink Lady/Cripps Pink (the two apples from which the new cultivar derives). The Melinda and the La Trentina consortia obtained this. At the…

Disappointing consideration at the end of the Macfruit presentation

Vietnam: fruits coming from every country but Italy

At the Macfruit 2019 presentation in Ho Chi Minh City, the president Renzo Piraccini visited some fruit and vegetable production areas surrounding the Mekong Delta. Additionally, he also visited several retailers of the Modern Distribution. Watch the video interview! Piraccini, “Vietnam is a great fruit and vegetable producer and exporter. The country…

Didn't visit Interpoma 2018? Check the FreshPlaza photo gallery!

In only three days, Interpoma saw 20.000 visitors from more than 70 different countries, more than 460 exhibitors from 24 counties and 150 journalists from all around the world. But only on FreshPlaza can you visit the fair as if you were there! Check our photo gallery! Every two years, Interpoma is the fair dedicated to apple farming, preserving…

Grape growers invest in late varieties

Greeks extend European grape season

With the Thompson Seedless grapes, Greece held a winning card. Spanish growers have now also switched to the seedless grape production, and these new varieties are also being planted in Italy. Time for the Greeks to take action before they’re pushed off the market. “Greece is in danger of losing its…

Poland: Free apples handed out in Warsaw and Lublin

On 9 November, free apples were handed out in Warsaw and Lublin with the idea of encouraging people to consume patriotism and eat 100 apples in 100 days for Independent…

First impressions on the Italian kiwi season

The Italian harvesting of the Hayward kiwi started later than usual, especially in the northern regions. The temperature was higher than the average in October, thus preventing the increase of sugar levels in the fruits. The average size is bigger than we expected. This is caused by the fact that plants…

USDA GAIN Report

India – Decline in apple imports 9 percent year-on-year - pear imports 4 percent

FAS New Delhi forecasts marketing year (MY) 2018/19 declines in fresh apple import of approximately 9 percent year-on-year, reaching 0.23 million metric tons (MMT). FAS New Delhi also estimates declines in pear imports of 4 percent year-on-year to 14,000 metric tons (MT) overall. These import declines are largely due…

Waking sleeping plants with plasmas

In late February a grape vine shows the first sign of production; the small bud will grow into a cluster by early summer.  Commercial crops like grapes, peaches, berries and flower bulbs all go dormant in the winter, essentially sleeping through the seasonal cold before they resume growing, flowering and fruiting…

Large Moldovan fruit producer launches brand for apple exports

According to Ion Kilianu, head of Codru ST (Straseni), the firm plans to enter export markets, namely the Middle East and Russia, in late December and/or early January. These…

Ukraine: Shortage drives pear prices up one a half times

According to EastFruit analysts, while the apple market in Ukraine is burdened by overproduction and record low prices, the situation is very different for pears. In October,…

AU: Queensland research leads to new strawberry varieties

Two new strawberry varieties have been developed at the Queensland's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Applethorpe Research Facility. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner says the Australian Strawberry Breeding Program was targeting our three major strawberry production regions –…

Egypt’s agricultural exports up to 4.4 million tons

Egypt has exported some 4.4 million tons of agricultural products in the period January to November 2018, an increase of 316,652 tons compared to 2017, according to a report…

New Zealand: 2018-2019 apple acreage forecast to be up 3 percent at 9,700 hectares

The apple harvest area is forecast to be up three percent at 9,700 hectares (ha) in 2018/2019. This increase coupled with normal weather for the growing season should boost apple production to  583,000 metric tons (MT), a 2.6 percent increase over 2017/2018. Total apple production for 2017/2018 is now estimated at 568,000 MT,…

Ambrosia, JAZZ™, Envy™ and Pacific Rose™

Premium apple varieties drive sales

With a winter apple program highlighted by four of the highest valued premium apples at retail (according to research from IRI/FreshLook ), Oppy is set to help retailers drive sales with the best in flavor, crunch and eating experience through the months ahead. David Nelley, vice president of Oppy’s apple, pear and…

US-China trade wars will force traditional exporters to the US to look elsewhere

Good retail relationships and quality will carry South African grapes through the season

The white grape season has started in the northern regions of South Africa amid sweltering temperatures last week. Early Sweet ( pictured right ) opens the season at Schoonbee Landgoed, in Limpopo Province, with the following weeks seeing a quick succession of Prime and Flame, then Starlight and Midnight…

Juices judged on basis of quantities of fruit within them

Punjab Food Authority: Do not print pictures of fruit on packaging

The Punjab Food Authority has told juice manufacturing companies not to publish pictures of fruits on packaging of carbonated and flavoured powdered drinks. This decision was taken on…

USDA Gain Report

Chile: 4.2 percent decrease in apple exports 2018/19

For marketing year (MY) 2018/19, it is estimated Chile’s apple production will reach 1.24 million tons with 720,000 tons of exports assuming average yields and a 4.2 percent decrease over MY2017/18 in planted areas. So far, climatic conditions in Chile’s growing areas have been normal. The top market for Chilean table grapes is…

USDA Gain Report

Canada: 14 percent increase in apple production for MY 2018/19

In MY 2018/19, the US will remain Canada’s largest supplier of fresh apples, with an 80 percent market share. FAS/Ottawa forecasts a one percent decrease in Canadian imports of fresh apples, forecast at 220,000 tons for MY 2018/19. FAS/Ottawa forecasts a 14 percent increase in apple production for MY 2018/19, up to…

Lush harvest but precarious economic situation for domestic producers

Austrian fruit farmers fight against 'unfair' price ratios

Austrian fruit growers are currently addressing the public with one of their concerns. Although the 2018 yields were good in terms of weather and numbers, the economic…

Will Poland lose its leading position in the export of apples and concentrates?

The Polish fruit and vegetable sector anticipates many changes in the coming years. The strengthening of eastern markets (mainly Ukraine and Moldova) may cause the loss of…

International School of Economics - Tbilisi State University:

Fruit prices dropping in Georgia

In September, in Georgia the prices of fruits dropped by 9.9% as compared to September 2017. Price decreases were observed on an annual basis for the following products: Plum (-35%), Kiwi (-32%),…

Iran imports peaches worth more than $4 million

In the first five months of this Iranian year [starting on March 21, 2018], 4,322 tons of nectarines and peaches worth $4,391,471 were imported by Iran, according to the…

Analysis of sudden price increase for Chinese fruit

As the seasonal market is changing, fresh fruit enters the market in large volumes. A quick look at this year's prices in comparison with last year shows that fruit prices greatly increased this year. One of the reasons for this development is quite obvious, the overall production volume decreased…

Cape heatwave: Desiccated apple blossoms and bollworm boom

The recent heat wave in the Western Cape that started around 22 October has given way to more temperate temperatures. The full effect of the high temperatures – some areas edging past 40°C – on fruit crops will become clear over the next few weeks, but overall the prospect for the season looks far more…

South African cherries enter before Chile, making a spot in the Chinese market an urgent goal

South African cherries bridge gap in UK market

Between the end of the Canadian cherry season and the start of the Chilean season, at the beginning of October, there is a period of about two to three weeks when the UK market has no other cherry supplier than South Africa. The enterprising agricultural company ZZ2, in South Africa mostly known for its tomatoes and…

Penny Chang from Carrefour Taiwan tells us everything

What are the current fruit trends in Taiwan?

Nowadays it is very normal for Taiwanese consumers to find seedless green grapes in the supermarkets of Carrefour Taiwan, though a decade before, it was far less common. Most of the time only seeded grapes were available, nowadays it is the other way around. This shift in supply did not happen…

Restrictions may only be revisited by mid-2019, or lifted when Kouga Dam reaches 65%

80% water restriction, despite full farm dams, of grave concern to Langkloof topfruit farmers

In the Langkloof most topfruit orchards have finished flowering and growers are in the process of fruit thinning. Their dams are full and yet the new season has brought an unwelcome irony: a year ago, Langkloof dams were 30% full and the nearby Kouga Dam 12.6% full (later dropping to a mere 6%), but…

Iran: Fruit export up 17 percent

A total of 1.13 million tons of various sorts of fruits worth $741 million were exported from Iran in the first half of the Iranian year. This amounts to a 17% increase compared to the same period…

A visit to Innatis and Blue Whale

Photo Report: French apple exporters see an opportunity in the US

For the past five years, France’s export of fruits and vegetables to the US has risen by 19%. “If it were up to French apple exporters, this will only increase”, says Daniel Soares of Interfel, the French interest organization for fruits and vegetables. French exporters Blue Whale and Innatis are big players on the…

City of London to offer cyclists free lights and fruit

Cyclists travelling through London’s Square Mile will be able to get themselves a very light breakfast this Monday. And apart from the fruit, the City of London will also be handing out free bike lights and other safety gear to mark the first working day after the clocks go back. The City of London is keen to encourage…

US set to receive more fruits and flowers from Kenya

The Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture plans to increase horticulture and fruit exports to the United States as it takes advantage of the Kenya Airways daily direct flights. A group of Kenyan industry officials,  led by Dr Esther Kimani, will meet the top management of the USDA and other agencies that oversee agriculture and trade.…

Scotland is particularly difficult to recruit for

UK: “As a company we are carrying on regardless and recruiting in Romania and Bulgaria”

As Brexit looms ever closer with still no definite exit plan in place how do British growers go about recruiting seasonal labour for next season? Will foreign workers be allowed to work in the UK? Will they need a visa? With countries within the European Union also looking for seasonal workers will they…

Stargrow Africa: “It’s the right time to be in Lesotho”

Commercial apple industry in Lesotho to manage risk of warming climate

On 16 October the CEO of the Lesotho National Development Bank, Mohato Seleke, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Stargrow Group and the World Bank to establish a commercial fruit industry in the country. Phase one of the project will comprise 140ha of commercial orchards envisioned to extend…

Melinda is one of the four partners of the Morgana Apple Group

Here is Morgana, the juiciest apple of all time

On the 24th of October, a new apple was showcased to the international press, at the Fruit Attraction: Morgana. This fruit is the result of a partnership between the four companies making up the Morgana Apple Group-MAG. The companies are the Dutch Mergelland Fruitland, the Belgian BFV, the German Krings…

University of Santiago

Chile: Scientists keep fruit from turning black

A team of Chilean researchers at the University of Santiago has developed a product that keeps fruit fresh for up to a month after being cut, and is particularly useful for avocados or apples, which need to be consumed instantly or they will discolour. After three years of research, the team from the Department of Food…

Woman has only eaten fruit for the last 27 years

An Australian mother of two has been extolling the virtues of the fruit-only diet she has followed for 27 years. She claims she never gets hungry and she fed her children the same food. Because Anne Osborne of Glass House Mountains, Queensland, Australia raised her sons on just fruit. While working as a fruit festival…

Turkey: Bursa became 2nd biggest quince growing city in Turkey

Bursa Trade Organization (BTB) Vice President Ismail Aslim: “Bursa is the 2nd biggest quince growing city in Turkey last year with a production volume of 12,261 tons in a production area of 541 hectares. Last year, 174,000 tons of quince was grown in Turkey in a production area of 6,450 hectares. Turkey is the…

AU: Nutrano launches Lady Jane mangoes to the markets

Major Australian produce company Nutrano says it is excited about the release of its new Lady Jane mango varieties this week. Lady Jane is a cross of Irwin (female) and R2E2 (male), and Nutrano's Brett Jackson says the robust quality can better withstand all aspects of the supply chain giving a significantly better shelf…

AU: New apricot releases aimed at improving consumer experience

The release of new apricot varieties could help go a long way to restoring flavour to the fruit and improving consumer's eating experience, according to the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI). As part of the National Apricot Breeding Program, 17 new varieties of the stone fruit were released.…

Apofruit and Guidi join together for the export of Italian apricots

Apofruit Italia (with more than 4.000 partners, 12 processing plants, 15 collection and storage centres, 320 million euros in annual turnover) and the Gruppo Agricola Guidi (400 hectares of apricot trees, more than 60 million euros in turnover) have signed an agreement for the export of apricots. Both…

How fruit controls its maturation: Three feedback cycles regulate ethylene synthesis

Over the course of evolution fruit has evolved several mechanisms to regulate its maturation. Now plant researchers have deciphered the molecular basis for this proces. They…

Russia: Grape imports on the rise this season

The volume of fresh grapes imported by Russia has slightly increased in the first seven months of 2018, as reported by EastFruit analysts, citing data from the International…

Argentina once again celebrates “Blueberry Week”

From October 29 to November 4, another “Blueberry Week” will be held, in the framework of the campaign that seeks to encourage local consumption Producers allied with the Argentinian Blueberry Committee (ABC) will help celebrate the “Blueberry Week”. October and November are the months of peak production in the…

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Innovative machine to select pears

Spanish operators are extremely satisfied with the Zetapack selector, suitable both for delicate and ripe fruits. The machine was installed at the Frutas Pison company in Northern Spain. Now, it is working at full speed on the Conference pear variety. Nicola Antonacci from Zetapack stated, “The owners are very satisfied with how…

Enthusiasm for the results achieved with a view to the future

AC Foods chooses blueberry vision from Unitec for quality sorting of blueberries

The results achieved by several US fruit and vegetable packing houses, thanks to UNITEC technologies, have been constantly improving our satisfaction, gratification and trust in their technological innovation which leads to concrete results for our customers. These results have been achieved particularly in California,…

Australian summerfruit growers exporting to China receive extra funding

The Victorian state government is helping summerfruit growers with $454,000 in grants to more successfully tap into the booming Chinese market for high-quality produce.…

Free fruit initiative Pick n Pay is a roaring success

To promote healthy food choices, over 200 Pick n Pay stores across the country now offer free fruit to shoppers’ children under the age of 12. The Free Fruit for Kids initiative was originally launched in selected stores but was recently rolled out to include more stores nationally after overwhelmingly…

High hopes for Chinese market access in 2019/2020

Growing focus on red grapes in Namibia

In the Aussenkehr Valley of southern Namibia, where early summer temperatures have already reached 40°C and the annual rainfall is about 35mm, vineyards are flourishing on the banks of the Orange River. At Capespan Namibia, berry sizes are between 2mm on late cultivars and 14 mm on the first Flame and…

AU: Projects underway in Northern NSW to increase berry growing efficiency

A berry co-operative in New South Wales is involved in two projects aimed at improving productivity and efficiency in the region. Oz Group Co-Op Ltd Chief Executive Brett Kelly explains that…

Pro-Plum (part of the OrganoGroup) embarks on expansion into organic vegetables and lemons

The only organic stonefruit this time of the year comes from South Africa

The organic peach and nectarine season has just started at Pro-Plum, part of the OrganoGroup, on the Waterberg highlands of Limpopo Province, flown out to primarily Canada and Europe, with some smaller volumes to the Middle East. Organic stonefruit harvesting at Pro-Plum, in Limpopo, South Africa (Photo courtesy of…

Argentinian blueberries just beginning imports

Imported blueberries are getting a slightly late start this season. “There have not been any blueberries last week because the cold weather and a little bit of rain pushed things back a…

Developments in apple production and trade in Turkey

The Yahyali district in Kayseri, a city located in central Turkey, is known for its sweet apple production, however the Yahyali Chamber of Agriculture underlines the need for modernization to increase the production capacity of the growers. The annual production is around 85,000 tons which showed a 20 %…

Moldovan apple production again expected to increase

Experts from several Moldovan associations of agricultural and food producers believe that, according to current information from large horticultural enterprises, there are…

Sharp increase of Turkish apple exports to Russia and Belarus

According to EastFruit analysts, Belarus imported 21.7 thousand tons of apples from Turkey in the first seven months of 2018, while in the same period a year earlier, apple imports from Turkey did not even reach a thousand tons. Thus, Turkey became the second largest supplier of apples to Belarus, only…

With celebrity chef Ellie Krieger

California grapes included in test kitchen seminar

Celebrity chef, best-selling author, and registered dietitian Ellie Krieger demonstrated the versatility of California grapes during a test kitchen seminar at the Des Moines,…

New Zealand avocado industry on track to bounce back from last year's low volume season

New Zealand Avocado growers are expecting volumes to be around 25 per cent higher than last season. NZ Avocado Chief Executive Jen Scoular says the current season is a medium volume season, following on from a low volume season in 2017-18 and a record high volume season in the year prior. "The season’s total harvest volume is forecast…

Tomato production and increasing prices in Turkish market

The harvest of tomatoes continues in Igdir, a city located in southeastern Turkey and known for its agricultural production. Tomatoes from Igdir has a unique taste and texture and are sold at 0.5 USD per kg. There are about 700 hectares of tomato production in Igdir and annual production is around 26,000…

Masseria Fruttirossi

New pomegranate processing plant inaugurated in Southern Italy

The new processing plant of Masseria Fruttirossi – located in one of the most fertile areas of the Taranto region – was funded by a private Italian investor for 50 million euros. On the 2nd of October, in front of several national authorities, the ceremonial ribbon was cut. The production manager Davide De Lisi explained, “This is a tremendous agroindustrial pole. There are more than…

Chris Rose - The Asplins Producer Organisation Limited

“There has only been a very short period where demand and supply was in balance"

The hot summer this year caused problems across the industry and will leave its mark for the rest of the year. Although long sunny days are ideal for strawberry sales, periods of prolonged heat caused headaches for the growers. “It has been a challenging season,” according to Chris Rose from The Asplins Producer Organisation…

France: fruit and vegetable prices above the five year average

Due to a rather restricted offer on most products and weather conditions that were good for demand, the fruit and vegetable market overall in 2018 saw higher prices than the…

Cosmic Crisp consumer launch campaign underway

The apple industry is buzzing as momentum builds for Cosmic Crisp® WA 38 cv., the new variety that many observe is seeing unprecedented support from Washington State apple growers. At the Cosmic Crisp® Marketing Advisory Group meeting in September, growers and sales companies learned that the consumer…

Turkey: New dam in Alasehir will benefit grape growers

71 % of the construction of the Toygarli dam near, Alasehir, Manisa, a city located in western Turkey, is now complete and the dam will bring irrigation to 129 hectares of land in the area. The majority of these production areas are planted with grapevines which are the most efficient grapevines in…

Croatia: Social Media and home delivery of Neretva tangerines

There is a growing consumer interest in the direct delivery of fruit. Now these are also being bought and sold through the Croatian Finoteka portal. Innovative fruit growers and farmers from down in the Neretva valley have begun selling their tangerines through social networks over recent days, which is…

Australia : BiteRiot! preparing to send cherries directly to the Chinese market

The company produces premium apples and cherries in the Mount Canobolas district, west of Sydney. Owner Fiona Hall says BiteRiot! is hoping to air freight at least 3 shipments a week, and it will be a major boost not having to go through Hong Kong. BiteRiot, along with partner, Vincent Chen of TopFruit,…

Turkey: Apricot packaging and processing facility set up with 330,000 USD investment

An entrepreneur in Baskil district of Elazig, a city in eastern Turkey, has set up an apricot packaging and processing facility with a 330,000 USD investment. 65 % of the facility costs were covered by government incentive programs and it is set in an area of 1,500 square meters. The facility is seen as very crucial…

Turkey: Apple harvest starts in Nigde

The apple harvest has started in Nigde, a city located in central Turkey. The city is well-known for its apple production and the production area for dwarf and semi dwarfed apple trees within the city is around 5,200 hectares. The annual production expectation for this season is around 115,000 tons from…

Big increase in Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports

Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports should reach over $4 billion this year thanks to average growth reaching over 14%. According to the Department of Import-Export at the…

AU: Dozens find 'The Sweetest Job' on Northern Territory's mango farms

A campaign that is underway in the Northern Territory helping mango growers access labour from local workers during the 2018 mango season has received a positive response, according to its coordinators. 'The Sweetest Job' Campaign has previously been run successfully in the Sunshine Coast in Queensland with the…

Over 200,000 fruit trees to be planted

Rwandan government steps up anti-malnutrition effort

The Rwandan Ministry of Lands and Forestry has announced plans to plant up to 225,440 fruit trees as part of a broad government effort to fight malnutrition. The plan, first announced during a recent cabinet meeting, includes planting agro-forestry trees on 38,119 hectares, classic trees on 4,800 hectares and restoring…

Interview with Jeán Kotzé, chairperson of the South African Berry Producers’ Association

South African blueberry industry aims to compete with Chile and Argentina

The South African Berry Producers’ Association, a voluntary organisation, was brought into being seven years ago to act as a collective body representing the nascent industry, and specifically in addressing the registration of chemicals for use in blueberry production. “The limited availability of pest management chemicals…

Reviving the kiwi consumption through the yellow pulp variety

For years, kiwi sales have been growing. Yet, sometimes the production exceeds the demand. The yellow pulp kiwi seems to be the most suited for new investments. Consumers really appreciate this fruit’s organoleptic characteristics. In recent days, the Dorì Europe Consortium organized the annual convention for buyers, farmers and technicians.…

Rains damage Virginia Asian pear crop

High precipitation has taken its toll on at least one Virginia pear grower. “This year was not a great year for our crop. We were first hit with a late frost and then from late spring to even right now, we’re experiencing a lot of excess precipitation. As in rain for four to five days a week. It’s been a really…

Russia: Close to 9,000 tons of fruits and berries harvested in Stavropol region

Farmers of the Stavropol Territory collected a total of 8,845 tons of fruit and berry products. The harvest of apples in particular amounted to 8,100 tons, with strawberries…

Green kiwi: a delay is expected for the commercial campaign in Southern Italy

At the national level, the estimated yellow and green kiwi production is 18% higher than that of 2017. Therefore, it comes back to a slightly standard level, even though significantly far from the actual Italian potential. According to an operator, some areas may produce less both in terms of quantity and quality, “Additionally,…

Excellent gsp thanks to an increasing quantity and good prices

Mountain strawberries on full production

This will be a record year for Fragolà, the brand of the Ceradini Group. It produces mountain strawberries at 1.150 m above the sea level, on the mountains close to Verona. The technician Mattia Brutti explains that "The weather conditions, together with the safekeeping of the crop, have facilitated a…

Respecting the persimmon's natural ripening time: a moral obligation for Divano Company

It is not a mystery that the freshly harvested persimmons must be ‘detannified’ before they can be marketed. Except for the Kaki Vaniglia variety – which can be consumed as freshly picked – the most common Kaki Tipo and Rojo Brillante varieties undergo a process of neutralization of tannins before being…

Ecuador: Uncertainty for producers and exporters of yellow pitahaya

“We started harvesting our yellow pitahaya in the beginning of September. The volumes are on the low side, because we didn´t have a good flowering period. In Ecuador, we have two harvests a year of yellow pitahaya. The beginning of this year has been dramatic with an oversupply in Hong Kong, which caused…

GB Italia: great satisfaction for the 2018 Sicilian peach campaign

Marsello Lo Sardo, co-owner of GB Italia company together with his brother Diego and his brother-in-law Tonino Muratore, said, “We are trying to keep up with the times. This year, we increased our offer as we added peaches and nectarines to the Canicatti’s apricots and grape. Marsello Lo Sardo “The season started at the end of…

Fruit grower from the Böblingen district reports

"The largest yield in about 20 years"

"This autumn we have the largest yield for about 20 years. The last time there were similar numbers of apples was in 1992 and 2000," says Schafhausener Apfelerzeuger Manfred…

Argentina, Peru, Uruguay and Chile

Commercial forecast and expected volumes for the current blueberry season

Within the framework of a communication strategy from the main producing countries of Latin America, Federico Bayá, president of ABC, Miguel Bentín, former president of ProArándanos, Álvaro Galione, representative of UPEFRUY and Andrés Armstrong, President of the Chilean Blueberry Committee, shared…


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