Fruit

Norida Kodir Abdullaeva, JPF Agri:

First Uzbek melons on the Dutch market

The first melons from Uzbekistan arrived on the Dutch market last week. They were certainly moreish, as the importer who started with a first truck from the country immediately ordered 4 more loaded with real Uzbek traditional melons. Their arrival in the Netherlands was even national news in Uzbekistan.…

Alex van Ieperen, Direct Fruit Services:

"Collaboration within the chain isn't matter-of-course, but is necessary due to pressure on cost price"

"The growing season of the top fruit started with an exceptionally early flowering and has had to withstand many weather extremes. For many growers it has certainly not been an easy season and in a number of cases disastrous due to hail or drought", says Alex van Ieperen of Direct Fruit Services. "Due to…

Guy De Meyer, Demargro:

"Corona crisis has positive effect on strawberry sales this year"

It certainly hasn't been a quiet summer period at Demargro in Ardooie. “It has been very busy recently. Actually better than expected,” says Guy De Meyer of Demargro. “When the corona virus broke out, we were afraid it would cause a lot of problems for us, but all in all it turned out to be better than…

Zweer van Aalsburg, FruitMasters:

"Higher apple prices in the Netherlands than at the start of last year"

Dutch top fruit harvesting is progressing well. "The farmers have finished picking Conference pears. But, they're still harvesting the Lukassen, Doyenné du Comice, and Gieser Wildeman varieties," says FruitMasters' Zweer van Aalsburg. "Most growers are busy with the second round of Elstar picking. Others…

Chilean fruit exports between January and August decrease

According to data from the Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies (Odepa) of the Ministry of Agriculture of Chile, the country's fruit exports between January and August…

Retailers taking to vintage SweeTango crop

Three weeks into the 2020 SweeTango® apple season, the brand’s marketing and sales desks report that retailers are “really taking to” a “vintage” crop, driving sales up more than 15 percent year-over-year. Meanwhile, the grower cooperative behind the variety reports it is fueling consumer demand by…

Supply from Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh increases - demand is weak Yana Margulis Rubin

India: Wholesale apple prices tumbling

In just two weeks, apple prices in the wholesale markets have dropped by half, with good quality fruit trading at Rs 40 to 50 per kg (€0.48-0.60) as supplies have increased…

Investors back Central Otago cherry developments

Deep Creek Fruits NZ LP - established to develop two significant cherry developments in the Upper Clutha region of Central Otago - has successfully raised the capital required to begin its second phase of planting. The completion of the first tranche is the result of extensive interest from a range of…

US: Wildfires and high winds lead to reduction of apple harvest

In early August, the first estimate for the Washington apple crop predicted a crop volume of 134 million boxes (40 lb.), on par with the previous season of 133 million boxes. Since the time of the initial estimate, extreme windstorms, wildfires on the West Coast, and more accurate reporting of crop load…

Pairwise works on pitless cherries

North Carolina start-up uses CRISPR to change produce DNA

Small North Carolina start-up Pairwise is tapping into the CRISPR gene-editing technology to change the DNA of produce by removing (i.e.) the bitterness from a nutrient-dense…

Washington state Ag inspector seeks info on maggot-infested apples

The chief agriculture inspector for the Washington state counties of Chelan and Douglas is investigating a supply of apples, brought to central Washington, found to contain apple maggots. Will Carpenter, director of the Chelan-Douglas Horticultural Pest and Disease Board, has asked the public for help…

Polish apple exports start on a large scale next week

“We don’t anticipate problems with availability and quality of our products”

The Polish apple season is kicking off. After a delay of two weeks at the harvesting process, the apple should be exported on a large scale starting next week. Although some exporters were worried about the quality due to the hail and frost, Ewa-Bis is confident with both the availability and quality of…

The Agropack project develops fruit packaging with peach pits

The objective of the Agropack innovation project, which is financed with funds from the European Community and the Autonomous Community of Murcia, is to develop bio-packaging…

PestNet

Fruit flies could affect Fiji’s exports to New Zealand

The presence of fruit flies in any commodity exported by Fiji to New Zealand can be detrimental, also possibly affecting current bilateral quarantine agreements. Fiji’s…

Janusz Pieńkowski

Australia: Queensland govt could give fruit picking students discounts on their college fees

The Queensland government is considering giving students discounts on their university fees if they pick fruit and vegetables in the state. Under the proposed plan to fill a…

Australia - Victoria state

Government of Victoria sets aside $17 million to address labor shortages

The Victoria state government has announced it will provide targeted funding to attract seasonal workers to the regions. Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes says a $17 million…

Harvest started in mid-September

Romagna Mia, the late nectarine that never disappoints

The main selling point of the Romagna Mia white nectarine is its taste, together with its durability on the tree. "Moreover, if you are careful about pruning, thinning and water management, you will obtain high calibers", explained the nursery owner Daniele Neri. Photo taken on 11 September, 2020 The harvest…

Chinese Huaniu apples hit the market with higher prices

Apple categories available in China are roughly divided into Fuji, Red Delicious, and common apples, with Fuji being the most well-known variety followed by Red Delicious. These two varieties were both introduced from overseas, but in fact, there is a variety native to China that is not at all inferior…

Aad van Dijk, The Greenery Growers:

"Dutch greenhouse strawberry season starts in this year of extremes"

In the Netherlands, the new greenhouse strawberry season started at the Greenery this week. The first Limalexias are ready. The company's Fruit Commercial Manager, Aad van Dijk - who recently, after 47 tears, switched from vegetables to fruit - looks back on, and ahead to, the season. "In recent months,…

Partnership to bring awareness to pollinator importance

Many Americans don’t understand that pollinators are responsible for one in three bites of food we eat and their populations are under significant pressure. One partnership aims to change that through education. Honeybear Brands®, a grower, packer, and shipper of top apple varieties, is partnering with…

Estonian strawberry growers still unsure about loss compensation

Estonian Horticultural Association (Aiandusliit) has estimated that the losses for the nation’s strawberry growers -mostly due to the pandemic and its associated labor…

'Smarter pear orchards to consistently produce better quality pears'

Experimental pear blocks at Agriculture Victoria’s Tatura SmartFarm will provide insights into the effects of rootstock, training systems and tree density on fruit yield and quality. Would you like to know how many pears you are growing before harvest? Would you like to know how many pears you should be…

English apple season off to a good start

The English apple harvest got underway around ten days ago and this week’s good weather is very encouraging. “It seems to be going well and the weather has been kind to us, we have started to harvest Braeburn and Royal Gala,” said Mark Culley Managing Director of The Orchard Fruit Company. “Our volumes…

"We are calling on young Aussies to take this opportunity to get the 'backpacker holiday experience' at home"

State governments invest heavily to attract Aussie workers to horticulture jobs during COVID-19 pandemic

Tasmanians are responding in droves to the recent agricultural jobs campaign, according to the State Government, which is encouraging the residents to roll the sleeves up and help vital primary industries. Minister for Primary Industries and Water Guy Barnett says this is a great opportunity for…

India: Tomatoes more expensive than apples

In India, one can now find tomatoes that are costlier than apples. The price hovered around Rs60 (€0.75) per kg, somewhat higher than that of the golden variety of apple,…

Canadian legend on the decline

Legendary McIntosh apple is set to disappear gradually

Sometimes, the McIntosh apple is referred to as Canada's national apple, but it is hardly ever planted in Quebec orchards to the point where it will likely gradually disappear…

Webinar on Ukrainian blueberry market to be held September the 17th

The Ukrainian blueberry market in 2025: protected growing, area expansion and price lowering

Together with a further increase in production areas, the introduction of greenhouse technologies and protection against bad weather conditions will be the top trends in the…

Update on Pacific Northwest and California seasons

Increased demand for packaged pears

U.S. pear growers anticipate good demand on the 2020 crop of fruit. “This year’s crop is similar to last year’s within a percent or two at a projected 16.6 million boxes,” says Cat Gipe-Stewart with Domex Superfresh Growers Inc. in Yakima, WA. “The sizing is about the same as last year, maybe one size…

Construction of new Vergro building in Sint-Katelijne-Waver started

On Wednesday September 9, the first pole for the new Vergro building in Sint-Katelijne-Waver was driven into the ground. “We are ahead of schedule and the fully cooled warehouse of 8,000 square meters must be operational for the start of the new vegetable season on 1 March,” says Dominiek Noppe of…

Roelant Komen, Carsol Europe:

"Unusually early demand in Europe for overseas organic blueberries"

This year, in Europe, the demand for overseas organic berries has begun unusually early. Carsol Europe's Roelant Komen has noticed this. "Many supermarkets want to start with organic berries. The Dutch season is progressing well. And the European season is nearing its end. So, clients want to continue…

Exceptional season for Sicilian stone fruit

It has been quite an intense year for Sicilian fruit cultivation due to the unexpected dynamics caused by the pandemic. The Dipasquale brothers, founders of the Donnalia brand, share this view. Donnalia peach orchard   "This year has definitely been different due to the Coronavirus. The peach and nectarine campaign is…

An interview with Elisa Benetti of Fairtrasa Holland BV

It is better to wait instead of selling organic apples at a low price

It is not a good time for organic summer apples. Prices are low and the reason is not clear. "I don't understand those companies that sell the product in this period - said Elisa Benetti, who is spokesperson for the Italian import and export company Fairtrasa Holland BV - because nobody should be in a…

Claudio D'Alba - Plantis Group,

"We have officially entered the phase where the grape market tends to shrink"

"We have officially entered the phase where the grape market tends to shrink, both in terms of sales and prices. This trend is felt not only by those who supply the domestic markets, but also by those who operate on foreign markets, as we do." This was the comment of Claudio D'Alba of Plantis Group, an…

Taiwan opens its market to Peruvian blueberries

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) has announced the opening of the Taiwanese market for Peruvian blueberries, following the agreement signed between the…

Senasa, USDA-Aphis, and Copexeu coordinate the start of Argentina's cherry export campaign to the US

Representatives of the National Agricultural Food Health and Quality Service (Senasa), the United States Animal and Plant Health Service (USDA-Aphis), and the Committee of…

José Illan, Le Tresacois:

“Good start for the French grape campaign”

“The French grape campaign has made a good start with relatively stable prices,” explains José Illan, sales manager at Le Tresacois. The quality is also very nice for all varieties, which include the Lavallée, Muscat, PDO Muscat du Ventoux and the Danlas. This year, the family farm located in the Gard hopes…

British Columbia tree fruit seeing increased demand

British Columbia is anticipating a season of strong demand for local apples. “We’re finding demand for local product as strong as it’s ever been. Customers very much want to support local and the end user is demanding B.C. product in the West here,” says Bryan Key, category director with Consolidated…

Ontario’s apple harvest plentiful this year

Ontario consumers are in for a particularly flavorful apple harvest this year. The hot, sunny summer months not only provided great growing conditions, they’ve also helped build good flavors in this year’s apple crop. “It is an absolute vintage year in terms of flavor,” says Ontario Apple Growers chair Cathy…

New Zealand: Waimea Group boosts growth with lab company purchase

Horticulture company Waimea Group is continuing its growth with the purchase of the Hastings-based business Plant Propagation Laboratories Ltd. According to Waimea Group…

Blueberry season forecast 2020

Argentina has started its 2020 blueberry export season

Argentina has started its blueberry export season 2020. This year, the Latin American nation will continue being focused on preserving quality and ensuring the sweetness that…

Massachusetts apples might turn out smaller because of drought

The applesin Massachusetts orchards could be a bit smaller because of the persistent dry weather across the Bay State. The drought conditions, caused by four months of…

66% up year-on-year

Republic of Georgia exports 2,648 tons of hazelnuts

Under the Georgian government’s strategy, large-scale activities against stink bugs, as carried out by relevant agencies and farmers, have borne fruit. As of September 10, 2,648 tons of hazelnuts exported by Georgia, 66% up year-on-year. Approximately 50,000 tons of quality hazelnuts are projected to be…

Trade deal offers big boost to local firms

Armagh bramley apples among iconic Northern Irish products that could benefit Japan-UK trade deal

Japan and Britain’s broad agreement on a bilateral free trade pact has come as a relief for both sides as the clock ticks down to the UK's transition out of the European…

Svetlana Dubanevich

Morocco remains no. 1 in blueberry exports to Russia

Russia has increased its imports of blueberries by 61% (value) between January and June 2020. In fact, they reached 4.200 tons worth 30,5 million dollars. For the Russian…

Matthew McIntyre - McIntyre Fruit

Scottish cherries- the latest in the northern hemisphere

In recent years we have not heard much about Scottish cherries, probably due to the fact they haven’t been doing too well, but now things have changed and the crop is bigger and better than ever. Scotland produces the latest cherries in the Northern Hemisphere, they are still producing when the US,…

Michigan apple harvest gears up with early Honeycrisp

The domestic apple season in the United States has kicked off. In Michigan the harvest started with an earlier strain of Honeycrisp and the variety that starts harvest each year, Ginger Gold. Trish Taylor of Riveridge Produce shares: “We’re about right on time with our annual harvest timing with some…

Fruit and vegetable buyer for Maiora spoke of the post-lockdown period

Seasonal fruit has seen the highest price increases

"The post-lockdown period saw a positive trend in sales, in absolute value, especially in the seasonal fruit sector and, in particular, in the watermelon, melon, peach and apricot categories. However, the same sector has a clearly negative growth trend compared to that recorded in the same period of the…

New packaging solution for Granny Smith apples by Brio

The new two-fruit packaging solution developed by Brio under the Alce Nero brand in Italy and as a private label in foreign chains is now available. The solution is currently used for Granny Smith apples grown in Italy by Brio, which specializes in organic fruit. This format is practical to eat the fruit…

The harvest of the Portuguese Rocha pear is 40% lower

The Rocha pear, which has been present in the foreign market for more than two decades, is currently Portugal's most exported fruit and vegetable product. The Rocha pear has been conquering more and more markets around the world, specifically in Europe, the Americas (with the emphasis on Brazil and…

Ecovelas Operating Group (Spain)

Research to improve the anti-frost candle system in the cultivation of stone fruits in Andalusia

The Ecovelas operating group- which is made up of Asociafruit, AICIA (Higher Technical School of Engineering of the University of Seville), SAT Royal, and Primor Fruit, SA and leading Andalusian companies in the cultivation of stone fruit trees- was established in 2016 with the objective of improving the…

Castilla-La Mancha melon and watermelon prices increase again

The prices at source of the melons and watermelons from Castilla-La Mancha increased again this week. According to the prices recorded in the seventh session of the auction of…

Chinese apples gaining new international markets

On September 4, 19 tons of Fuji apples from Jingning County Hongliufu Fruits Co., Ltd. were successfully exported to Australia after passing the quarantine checks at Lanzhou…

Alain Hohwiller, Soldive:

“We are expecting a nice late season for French melons”

“So far, the French melon campaign is going well. The quality is clearly very good,” explains Alain Hohwiller, the new general manager of Soldive. “This year, volumes were low at the beginning of the campaign, but we were still able to supply our clients with regularity. Our stations worked without…

Oleg Zaikin

Unusual rains destroy 60 percent of peach crop in Pakistan

Unfortunately, unusual and untimely rains coupled with hail storms in this season -February to May- this year destroyed many peach laden orchards in Pakistan. One orchardist…

New season Conference Pear ready to be shipped to China

“Standard of Dutch pear export to China is one of the highest compared to other export destinations”

The Dutch conference pear season started at the end of August. With the good weather conditions throughout the season, local farmers are satisfied with the harvest so far. At the moment, exporters are busy with processing, and the first batch of Dutch conference pears is ready to be shipped to China.…

CSIRO - Australia

Growers wanted for dwarf grape vines that fruit all year round

CSIRO, Australia’s leading science agency, is found to be looking for farmers interested in growing a dwarf breed of grape vines that can bear fruit all year round. When the…

Also, onslaught of apple scab disease causes price hike Ronald L

Apple production in Himachal declines - growers turn to pomegranates

Over the years, Himachal Pradesh farmers have come to understand that growing apples faced more and more problems. Specialists attribute the trouble in apple growing to…

Henk Boers, Haarakker blueberry nursery, the Netherlands

“Blueberry harvester can bring cost price down in Europe”

A seasonal labor shortage during harvesting is always a challenge. The entire fruit and vegetable sector is already facing this or will do so in the future and blueberry farmers aren't exempt. That's why Henk Boers decided to design a machine which mechanically harvests blueberries. Henk is from the…

The red flesh apple brand at “Kiku News Talk”

Harvest forecasts and events for Red Moon®

The harvest forecasts for RedMoon® look even better than those made in April during flowering; the old estimate in fact spoke of doubling the volume of 2019, settling at 2.000 tons. Today, at the conclusion of the second pick of RS-1 (video showing the first picking of RS-1) Luis Clementi, technical…

Serbia allowed to export apples to India in a few weeks

Lower Indian apple harvest might lead to more imports this season

With the Indian apple season starting, the need for importing apples from abroad will disappear for a while. The Indian consumer prefers these apples due to the lower price. Once the season is over though, there might be a switch from Polish apples, as the prices are very high, and a new potential…

Local demand strong for South Dakota melons

South Dakota is seeing a strong 2020 watermelon season. “The melon supply is excellent,” says Marco Patzer of Cherry Rock Farms in Brandon, SD. “We had some early warm weather and in general it’s a little on the dryer side. But the growing conditions are favorable for melons.” Cherry Rock plants in two…

Sweet Carnival™ grapes see significant boost in volume

One high-flavor grape is moving through the season with a serious spike in supplies. The Sweet Carnival™ brand of grape from Sunview Marketing International in McFarland, CA started in 2018 with sample volumes and then moved to commercial volumes last year. “This year we have the volume to supply full…

Extended dry weather hinders Vermont growers

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency wants to hear from local farmers who have suffered crop losses because of the dry weather this spring and summer. Scott Waterman, spokesperson…

Yauhen Akulich

September temperatures could mean early start to Northern Wisconsin cranberry season

For Northern Wisconsin Farms, the low September temperatures could mean an early start to cranberry season. As the state's agriculture industry struggled with a summer of ups…

Matteo Bortolini from Sant'Orsola

Blueberries increasingly popular

Sant'Orsola general director Matteo Bortolini reports a consistent  recovery after the lockdown, with increasing blueberry consumption and strawberry harvesting in full swing. FreshPlaza (FP): How did things go for Sant'Orsola in June, July and August? Matteo Bortolini (MB): We spent the three summer months returning to a progressive…

Antonio Caballero, manager of Frutas Torero: "Shipping overseas entails too many risks"

"This year, our table grape exports have been mostly intended for Europe"

The table grape campaign is underway in the Spanish Region of Murcia. Although the earliest varieties recorded notable drops in the production due to the impact of the rains in late April and early May (before the harvest started), the mid-season varieties are reaching their usual yields. The demand…

The PDO Uva de Mesa Embolsada del Vinalopó presents its tribute campaign to the Spanish agri-food sector

"First things will always be first"

The Protected Designation of Origin Uva de Mesa Embolsada del Vinalopó launched its campaign, paying tribute to the agricultural food sector in general and the table grapes sector in particular. The campaign's slogan is 'First things will always be first' and its protagonists are farmers, marketers, and…

North America consolidates itself as the main destination for Peruvian frozen strawberries

There has been a notable increase in the frozen fruit segment in Peru's 2019/2020 strawberry campaign. The country exported 13,900,000 kilos of frozen strawberries worth $…

Levente Bodo

Palestinian grape growers see market collapse due to pandemic

Palestinian grape growers expect a bumper crop this year, helped in part by the COVID lockdowns that gave many of them more time to till their vines in the occupied West Bank.…

Rudolf Mulderij

Increase of Ukraine’s fruit imports in first semester of 2020

In the first 6 months of 2020, Ukraine imported 443 thousand tons of fresh fruits, berries and nuts worth $ 333 million. For comparison, a year earlier, imports amounted to…

Boy de Nijs

Watermelon prices continue to decline in Ukraine

Despite the end of the season, watermelon prices continue to decline in Ukraine. According to the Ukrainian Fruit and Vegetable Association (UPOA), in just a week, the price…

First commercial harvest in South Africa

“Envy has injected excitement back into our apple category”

This season saw the first commercial Envy™ apple harvest in South Africa, sold at two local retailers where the large apple was sold in packs of four, either punnets or flow wraps. In future, South African Envy™ apples will mainly be exported to the UK, Europe and also to the Far East. “Unfortunately,…

Florida: Pay attention to fruit rot on strawberries

During the 2019-2020 Florida strawberry season (October to April), a strawberry fruit rot was observed in two fields (Plant City and Wimauma, FL) with up to 5% incidence on short-day cultivars SensationTM Florida127, and Florida Brilliance. Symptoms on pink and ripe fruit consisted of softening,…

Wallings Nursery

UK: Boxford Farms Ltd acquires strawberry grower Wallings Nursery Ltd

Boxford (Suffolk) Farms Ltd is a third generation family business that operates in the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley. It is based at Boxford near Sudbury. Now, Boxford Farms Ltd has acquired Wallings Nursery Ltd, for an undisclosed sum. In essence, the fruit growing business on the Suffolk/Essex border…

Tesco awarded ‘Stone Fruit Retailer of the Year’ for 2019/20 season

Tesco has been awarded the Stone Fruit Retailer of the Year for the 2019/20 season due to their strong performance and support for South African produce. South African growers association, HORTGRO presents the prize annually to retailers that deliver exceptional results and collaboration during the…

Green Solutions, Lagodekhi municipality Scott Putney

Republic of Georgia: Blueberry seedling nursery to invest GEL 27 million

Blueberry seedling nursery Green Solutions plans to arrange a blueberry seedling plant and a refrigerator complex in the village of Shroma in the municipality of Lagodekhi.…

Mexico opens new overseas markets for its grapes, blackberries, mangoes, and bananas

Mexico's government has worked very hard to boost the country's agricultural exports. In fact, it has managed the opening of 8 new markets between September 2019 and June of…

"We have a customer-focused business here, so we are looking after the client as best we can"

How direct-to-customer deliveries are driving sales for one Queensland company

The direct interaction with customers has helped a Queensland fresh produce delivery service build-up a strong local customer base through focusing on "top-class" satisfaction, according to its owner. Efresh supplies fresh produce to restaurants, foodservice and community facilities, including aged care…

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Member of Parliament Ivan Vilibor Sincic

Croatian officials call MEP’s watermelon protest a ‘security threat’

As part of a protest to raise awareness about the situation of local farmers, Croatian MEP Ivan Vilibor Sincic dumped dozens of watermelons outside Government House in Zagreb. Recently, Croatian farmers complain that since the country joined the European Union local food producers have been undermined by…

Wendy Bangels, BP Fruitcraft:

"Conference has secured its place on the German supermarket shelf"

“We have had a good picking period. It was neither too hot nor too cold and we had a little shower now here and there, but the pears have been picked and are in the fridges,” says Wendy Bangels of BP Fruitcraft. “Before the start of the harvest, there was some stress among the growers about how picking…

Sicilian Canary yellow melon campaign continues

"After a good start in early June with prices hovering around €0.70/kg, the Canary yellow melon campaign saw prices drop to €0.35/kg in mid August and has recently gone back to €0.45/kg," reports Pietro Campo, who runs Azienda Agricola Segesta in Calatafimi (TP) with his father Vincenzo.  Pietro and Vincenzo…

US representative Huizenga praises federal plan to support blueberry growers

US representative Bill Huizenga lauded the Trump administration for addressing the threat posed to American producers by increased foreign imports of seasonal and perishable…

Drop in consumption for Italian seeded grapes

"The seeded table grape segment has stalled in September, especially when it comes to Italia, Red Globe and Palieri grapes. This has been mistakenly attributed to a productive surplus, but it is actually due to various causes. Consumption of Italian seeded grapes has dropped not only on the domestic…

Argentina

Fruit growers in the Alto Valle get ready for possible frosts

Even though spring is about to start, there is still a risk of frosts in the Upper Valley of the Rio Negro and Neuquen provinces, which could affect the region's fruit…

Soren Bjorn, President of Driscoll’s of the Americas

“North American blueberry industry needs to innovate to become competitive”

Simultaneously with the signing of the updated trade agreement between the US, Canada, and Mexico (USMCA), the US government made a commitment to respond to concerns from the produce industry on certain commodities. Following a field hearing that was held in August, the domestic blueberry industry is…

California-grown Pristine™ grapes in stores now

The Pristine™ grape has hit shelves once again. Pristine™ grapes have a crisp, snappy texture that is coupled with a sweet vanilla streak and ends with a zesty Granny Smith apple finish. The high-flavor grape is a proprietary variety of Blanc Vineyards, a joint venture company between Four Star Fruit…

Oprah Magazine reviews Jazz™ apples

Jazz™ apples have received the highest praise from Oprah Magazine. The digital home of O! The Oprah Magazine, described Jazz apples as “irresistibly crisp and juicy” in a…

Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture orders supervision of fruit growing-area codes

Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) intends to deal with the situation that some enterprises "borrow" the codes of fruit-growing areas of other…

South Africa expects a bumper blueberry harvest

Blueberry harvest troubled by high export costs

This season, South Africa is expecting a bumper blueberry harvest, but difficulties with air freighting are a challenge for exporters. According to Elzette Schutte,…

Henriëtte le Grange – Mashare Berries

Pioneers of Namibia’s blueberry industry

Right on the border between Namibia and Angola, on the banks of one of Namibia’s only three perennial rivers, Mashare Berries planted 20 hectares of Fall Creek blueberry varieties in November last year. Just over six months later, early July this year, they started harvesting their first crop, some of…

Challenging season makes Turkish exporter improve to be the best they can

“The need for top quality from every customer has had us on our toes all season long"

The Turkish grape season has had a rough run so far. Although volumes are similar, demand for grapes in general has been lacking in certain markets. One exporter hopes to take advantage of the situation, by proving to its customers how dedicated they are, even when the season is more difficult. It’s busy…

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Quality System established for Chilean blueberries

The Chilean Blueberry Committee has implemented a Quality System that is focused on maintaining the quality consistency of Chilean blueberries. The objective of this…

First commercial harvest of Polaris plum in Spain

Spanish growers saw the first commercial fruit of Polaris this season on home soil. This comes after several years of evaluation in different areas in Spain the past few years. “Polaris has always stood out during the evaluation phase and we are pleased to see the variety is showing the same results in…

Irina Akkulova

Azerbaijan boosts agriculture exports

Azerbaijan has increased its exports of fresh cherries and potatoes in the first half of 2020. Exports of fresh cherries increased by 7 percent up to 19,950 tons, with…

Arnaud de Puineuf, Innatis Group:

“This year, we expect a Zingy® harvest of about 450 tons”

It has been a year since Zingy®, the latest club variety of the Innatis Group, was presented at Fruit Attraction. “Last year, we sold a few dozen tons of Zingy® apples. This year, we expect to harvest between 400 and 500 tons,” explains Arnaud de Puineuf, marketing director of the Innatis Group. Zingy®: an…

Arnaud de Puineuf, Innatis Group:

A new graphic identity for the 20th marketing season of HoneyCrunch®

It was in 2000 that consumers officially tasted HoneyCrunch® apples for the first time. In 2020, on the occasion of the 20th marketing season of the club variety, the Innatis Group decided to update its graphic identity, which will be officially launched in the coming weeks. “We want to mark the occasion…

Early detection of soil-surface ozone can help prevent damage to grape vines and apple trees

Farmers and fruit growers are reporting that climate change is leading to increased ozone concentrations on the soil surface in their fields and orchards – an exposure that…

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Tasmania: Interstate and overseas fruit pickers may arrive in time for berry harvest

International workers who have been working on the Australian mainland picking fruit could be back in Tasmania at the end of this month. Government and growers agreed to work towards boosting the workforce for the upcoming berry harvest. Seasonal workers from Pacific Island nations have been working on…

Product innovation drives growth of frozen Haskap berry segment

The Haskap berry has quickly grown in popularity in recent years. Although the elongated berry is native to North America, it wasn’t available on larger scale until 10 - 15 years ago. “They were mainly grown in the wild until the University of Saskatchewan started breeding a new variety with a better…

Weekly Argentinian blueberry arrivals - 2020 / 2021

Blueberry season forecast 2020

Argentina has started its 2020 blueberry export season. This year, the South American nation will continue being focused on preserving quality and ensuring the sweetness that makes its fruit stand out in the productions of the region. It will also focus on the production of organic blueberries and on increasing the sea shipping…

Pimenova

Watermelons: Warm weather and long season keep South Carolina growers busy

US growers always mark Labor Day on their calendars, as it marks the unofficial end of their harvests. But in South Carolina, in a good year, there will continue to be produce…

Philip Van Overbeke, Aardbeien Van Overbeke

“Belgian strawberry prices - from rock bottom to skyhigh”

"Strawberry prices have been on a high level since the start of the season. However, two weeks ago, these prices plummeted. Strawberry prices dropped to below €1/kg," says Philip Van Overbeke of Aardbeien Van Overbeke in Belgium. "This extreme price decrease was due to the poor quality strawberries that…

Cherry yields estimated at -5%

EU peach and nectarine harvest down 15% in 2020

In Europe, 2020 Peach and nectarine yields are expected to decline by 15%, compared to 2019. The main stone fruit growing countries in the EU expect 3.4 million tons of these fruits. This expected decline is due to the unfavorable spring weather conditions. There's also a continued decrease in planted…

Zambia gets go ahead to export fresh blueberries to China

Zambia and China signed The Protocol for Quarantine and Inspection of Fresh Zambian Blueberries to the Chinese Market. Zambian blueberries that meet the requirements in this…

2020 sees uptick in Juici apples

Supplies of the Juici apple will see a significant boost this fall. “We have a much improved supply. We have a lot of growth with trees maturing so we’re looking at doubling this year on our supplies. We’ll be at nearly ½ million cases,” says Dan Davis, director of business development for Starr Ranch Growers in Wenatchee, WA. The…

First US arrivals of the season of Cotton Candy™ grapes from Spain

Pacific Trellis Fruit announced its first arrival of the season of the much beloved Cotton Candy™ grape from Spain.  Just as it is peak grape growing season in California’s Central Valley the same can be said for the Murcia region of Spain (the most productive out of all seventeen regions) where these sweet…

Watermelon Virtual Master Classes for media educate, inform and inspire

The first of its kind, the Watermelon Virtual Master Classes were arguably one of the largest pivots of the Spring-Summer season for the communications program of the National Watermelon Promotion Board. The challenge was to move an NYC-based freelance summertime media event to online: a virtual version…

Mireia Mollà cut the first bunch of Vinalopo bagged table grapes

Novelda is a town located in the province of Alicante, Spain. A mini-ceremony, recently held in Novelda, symbolised work that is carried out year-round, day-by-day,…

Chambers launches major independent raspberry varietal trial

Chambers, the soft fruit experts and acknowledged raspberry specialist, announces a major independent raspberry varietal trial, spanning plants from nine countries and…

First Sunburst crop picked in Herefordshire

The first Herefordshire-grown Sunburst will hit the shelves over the next few weeks as the exciting pink-fleshed English apple brand ticks off another milestone on its development curve. The sweet, orange-skinned apple with a distinctive tropical taste has been a hit with growers and consumers alike…

"This season, due to current circumstances, the demand for citrus has been consistently strong"

Despite concerns heading into the season due to the coronavirus restrictions, citrus sales have been strong for Sydney-based wholesaler Goldenfruit throughout winter. "Our sales were very strong throughout the season especially for oranges and mandarins," Principal Jason Hendriks said. "Sales in citrus…

An interview with the cooperative San Biagio

Watermelons have benefited significantly from the European markets

"The summer season campaign is coming to an end. The late watermelon will not arrive until the end of September, while the yellow melon will have to wait until the end of October. In a fortnight, the kiwi and the autumn vegetables campaign (turnip tops, lettuce, fennel, spring onion) will also begin."…

Birgit Gutberlett (Ökobo LLC) at the beginning of the Lake Constance organic apple harvest

"Fortunately, our stock apples have received enough rainfall"

The organic producers in the Lake Constance district are starting the new apple season with good harvest prospects. The marketing of the early varieties has almost come to an end, the first stock apples - such as Gala and Elstar - are already being harvested. "Fortunately, we have had enough rainfall in…

Rene Nicolai

Bulgarian apple and pear processors to receive 138,236 Euro in Covid-19 aid

Bulgarian companies devoted to the processing of apples and pears will receive BGN 270,000 (around 138,236 Euro) in compensation for damages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic…

Tight market in North America

Import blueberry season slower to start

Blueberries are transitioning from domestic supplies to imports so prices will likely be high for the coming weeks. “There’s generally not a lot of fruit available right now,” says Ben Escoe of Twin River Berries in Portland, OR. “It’s the tail end of the season in the Pacific Northwest with some…

Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association

Massachusetts cranberry organization estimates small yield increase as compared to 2019

The Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association is an organization that represents over 300 cranberry growers across Massachusetts. In a statement, issued this weekend, it stated…

Agri Taras

Grapes from Puglia destined for European as well as Arab countries

"Over 40% of our grapes have already been harvested. The campaign started in late July and we believe it might continue until mid-October. We own 21 hectares of seedless grapes, both white and black, of the Autumn King, Cotton Candy, Crimson, Sweet Sapphire and Sweet Celebration varieties," explains…

Lourdes Salazar, commercial director of the PDO Pera de Lleida:

"This year's pear campaign has started with a higher demand"

The 2020/2021 pear campaign is already taking shape for the PDO Pera de Lleida. The marketing of the Limonera variety started on July 22, the first Conference pears arrived on August 31 and the Blanquilla is expected to hit the shelves around September 15. Therefore, the campaign is kicking off around…

Hebei successfully hosted the first Chinese convention for online pear traders

The overall surface area devoted to pear plantation in Hebei is around 120 thousand hectares. The annual production volume is around 3.63 billion tons. The Hebei pear industry is worth 15.78 billion yuan [2.31 billion USD]. There are more than 800 large companies in the Hebei pear industry. Together they…

Leon Viti

Philippines: Benguet strawberry growers turn to other crops

A pronounced slump in tourism due to the ongoing COVID-19 quarantine has forced Benguet strawberry growers to shift to other crops after struggling to sell their harvest in…

Petr Tkachenko

Michigan apple growers expected to harvest 22.5 mln bushels in 2020

Experts expect apple growers in Michigan will harvest 22.5 million bushels -or 946 million pounds- of apples this year. The Michigan Apple Committee reports Michigan’s…

Gertrude Snoei

Demand for Polish apples currently exceeds the supply

Mr Mirosław Maliszewski, from the Polish People's Party and president of the Polish Fruit Growers Association, said on Radio Plus that Poles have been massively purchasing…

Ghana: Asante-Akim North District exports to Togo & Burkina Faso

More and more, the Asante-Akim North District of Ashanti is establishing itself as the Ghana’s strategic hub for the production and export of some food crops to neighbouring…

Pavel Polupan

Peru: Growth of avocado and blueberry industry means more pollination is needed

According to the executive director of Cultivida, Carlos Rodríguez Koch, the explosive growth of the avocado and blueberry industry in Peru means that every year more hives…

Dolce & Gabbana

Fruity fragrances from Dolce & Gabbana

Apparently, fruits have inspired three new fragrances by Dolce & Gabbana Beauty.  Each eau de toilette (EDT) is focused on a singular fruit, but it will be composed of a complex blend of rare and carefully crafted essences. Image: Dolce & Gabbana  Together, the vivid scents and vibrant colours capture the effervescent…

Over 20,000 seedlings evaluated

40 new selections of seedless grapes presented by the Italian Variety Club Network (IVC Network)

At the CRSFA Basile Caramia in Locorotondo, in the province of Bari, on 28 August 2020, the IVC Network presented to its partners 40 promising selections of seedless grapes, obtained as part of the breeding activities started in 2015. The IVC Network is today composed by 20 companies that finance the…

The Sicilian table grape campaign continues

"Although the Canary yellow campaign will not end until October with a slight recovery in prices, we are focusing on summer table grapes," reports Antonio Morreale, administrator of Bio Hortus, a company producing fresh produce in Palma di Montechiaro (AG), southern Sicily. Calogero Celona, Antonio…

The ratification of the EU-Mercosur Agreement is delayed after Germany rejected it

The entry into force of the trade agreement between the European Commission and Mercosur, which was initially scheduled for 2021, will be delayed after Germany rejected…


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