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Spain: Grupo Caparrós gives fruit away in exchange for cigarettes

The fruit and vegetable company Grupo Caparrós has launched the campaign 'Cambiamos cigarrillo por fruta' ('We give fruit in exchange for cigarettes') on the occasion of the celebration of the World No Tobacco Day. In the framework of this initiative, members of the Spanish Association Against Cancer…

CQUniversity uses near-infared spectroscopy

Queensland researchers come up with non-invasive fruit ripeness measurement

Queensland researchers have developed a new tool to assess the ripeness of mango crops prior to harvest, potentially boosting harvest timing and fruit quality. The…

Erdal Dogan, FruechteKick GmbH:

"French Orangered apricots are now increasingly in the market"

This year's soft fruit season is slowly but surely picking up speed. After the official end of the asparagus season, the eyes are now gradually turning to other exclusive products, says Erdal Dogan, owner of the FruechteKick GmbH based in Cologne's wholesale market. "The sales of domestic strawberries is…

Southeast peach growers challenged by climate change

With hot temperatures settling in over South Carolina and other parts of the Southeast this past week, growers are noting that such extremes are becoming more common due to the effects of climate change. It’s not just hot temperatures in summer that are causing a concern, but warmer winter temperatures…

First day of the 5th International Berry Congress

Changes in economic paradigms & business opportunities in Canada and India

The first of the technical days of the 5º International Berry Congress focused on the new economic paradigm and the commercial opportunities that the markets of Canada and India present for Huelva's berry sector. The Congress, which lasts two days, will be held in Huelva's Casa Colon, and was opened by…

China: Nanning-based company interested in importing Myanmar fruit

Possibly, Myanmar fruit exporters have another market opening up in China as a company in Nanning has offered to buy fruits from the country. At present, much of the fruits exported to China goes through the overland border trade at Muse, Shan State. Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producers and…

Seminar on June 26

PMA invites its members to seminar on new markets for Chilean fruit

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA), a leading association representing companies of all sizes and segments of the global fruit and vegetable chain, has invited its members to a Seminar that will present a detailed analysis of the commercial opportunities that the Chilean fruit industry has in India,…

The ECB records an 11.3% reduction in the generation of foreign currency

The EU imports less Ecuadorian produce

The latest report of the Central Bank of Ecuador (ECB) shows an 11.43% decrease in the generation of foreign currency in commercial operations with the seven biggest importers of Ecuadorian products: Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, and Greece. From January to April, Ecuador…

New findings of Rhizopus oryzae as causal agent of soft rot on apple

Vegetables and fruits are often infected by postharvest pathogens that cause diseases like crown rot, fruit core rot, blue/grey/green mould, anthracnose and soft rot. Fungal infection of fruit and apples can result in significant postharvest losses when storage conditions are not optimal or damages occur…

Francisco Riego Ramos, from Martimar:

"Currently, the fruit and veg distribution is in a phase of wild concentration"

The launch of the Sakura cherry brand, of Extremadura origin, coincides with an excellent start to the Jerte Valley cherry season. Sakura presents different varieties of cherry, among them California and Lapin, with an intense garnet colour, optimum organoleptic characteristics and exquisite flavour.…

New organic grape variety Sweet Carnival™ to be launched soon

There are many reasons why one organic grape grower likes the Organic Produce Summit enough that it would commit to exhibiting every year. “It’s a good sized show that promotes interaction between the growers and the buying community,” says Mitch Wetzel of Sunview Marketing in McFarland, Ca. “We’ve…

World Markets &Trade: Apples, grapes and pears:

China lowest apple volumes in 9 years

World apple production for 2018/19 is projected to plunge 5.7 million tons from the previous year to 68.7 million, its lowest level in 8 years, as China sustained substantial losses from damaging weather that more than offsets gains in the European Union (EU). Reduced output is expected to force exports…

Festive opening of Wellfruit Fruit store in Shanghai

At the beginning of this month a thriving fruit store company, Wellfruit, opened its new store in Shanghai. They had worked for several months on the completion of the shop and this month it was officially opened by their general manager Jiawei Feng. Wellfruit is a well established fruit company, who…

25% drop in acreage devoted to summer fruits in Spanish province of Castellon

In the province of Castellon, the area devoted to the cultivation of summer fruits has fallen by 25% in the last five years. According to the latest agricultural report from…

Spain: New range of flat white nectarines

A new generation of flat white nectarines allows ASF to offer a totally innovative and complete range of products. Specifically, REGAL'IN EUROPE, which will commercialize MAILLARD genetics worldwide (Agro Selections Fruits), is currently marketing a range of 12 varieties covering the season. All these…

Defect undetectable in the orchard but becomes evident upon storage

South Africa: High incidence of bitter pit in apples reduces export estimates

In the Koue Bokkeveld and surrounds the apple and pear harvests are all in, a very good crop on both, says De Kock Hamman, technical advisor, with good tonnages and size, but shelf life on apples is a concern this season. Export estimates on certain cultivars (Golden Delicious, Granny Smith,…

"We are always focused to supply the most fresh high-quality products"

Hema import Uzbeki cherries for the first time to Chinese market

China is currently entering a period where a lot of its fruits are domestically produced and this applies a certain pressure on the imported fruits. As Chinese fruits are coming on the market, fewer imported fruits are needed, but are still imported to satisfy the market demand. As April Huang, Director…

Japan to up efforts to prevent fruit variety outflows

A number of seeds and saplings of Japanese high-end fruit varieties have been taken out of the country without permission and grown abroad against a backdrop of their global…

South Africa to increase export of fruit to Russia

South Africa plans to increase the supply of fruit in Russia. This issue was discussed at the negotiations of phytosanitary institute Rosselkhoznadzor with the State Service…

The reasons: economic growth and the Chinese New Year

Chilean cherries are very popular in China

According to Ignacio Caballero Torretti, the marketing assistant manager of the Fruit Exporters Association of Chile (ASOEX), the popularity of Chilean cherries in the Chinese…

New apple and berry trellis innovations improving grower efficiency

ECO TRELLIS® Horticulture Solutions says two of its new innovations are aimed at making operations more efficient for both berry and apple growers. Based in New Zealand, with a Warehouse in Melbourne that supports Australian supply, the company will be promoting its ECO BERRY® trellis, as well as ECO V®…

Severe hail causes damage in fruit production region Borgloon, Belgium

NFO reports that on Monday 10 June around 5 PM, the heavy weather that had been forecast caused massive damages around Borgloon, Belgium. The thunderstorm accompanied by hail in particular means apples will now only be good for industry when they’re harvested. The hail went straight through the skins.…

Two new markets this year: Argentina and Thailand

75% of fruit from the Spanish region of Extremadura is exported

Up to 75% of the stone fruit produced in the Spanish region of Extremadura is intended for export. The fruit is sold both to the 27 countries that make up the EU and to 40…

Fruit production triples in 13 years in Indian state of Haryana

In an attempt to boost to horticultural activities, the Haryana state government has increased its budget for the sector for the 2019-20 fiscal year to Rs 5.23 billion, more…

Prices of club varieties satisfying in difficult top fruit season

It’s clear that the top fruit market is a very difficult market this season. There are problems regarding quality and storage, and prices for pears in particular, but also for apples, continue to be far below par. Yet other things can be heard as well. People working with club varieties in particular…

Sustainable packaging for snack tomatoes

The Dutch company, Bordex Packaging, has introduced the Snack’NBox. This is a sustainable 500g pack for snack tomatoes. It is made of 100% recycled, moisture-proof cardboard. The boxes' striking diamond pattern ensures maximum ventilation. This design gives the packaging a natural, sturdy look. And after…

Chinese complain as fruit prices reach five-year high

China has an expression called ‘having cherry freedom’. It describes a person's ability to purchase expensive imported cherries without a second thought. Now, though, many are…

USDA biannual report

World Markets and Trade numbers for fresh apples, grapes and pears

The fresh apple world production for 2018/19 is projected to plunge 5.7 million tons from the previous year, to 68.7 million, its lowest level in 8 years, as China sustained substantial losses from damaging weather that more than offsets gains in the European Union (EU). Reduced output is expected to…

Western Australia's 'mango queen' turning fresh produce waste into dollars

Jo Bumbak is quick to admit that she finds eating mangoes "disgusting" - but still, it has not stopped her carving out a reputation as the "Mango Queen" across Western Australia. From a third-generation farming family, she just loves working with the fruit (and fresh produce in general) at their property…

AU: Entry deadline looming for Gippsland’s Excellence In Agribusiness Awards

Gippsland agribusinesses have got until the end of this week to enter the inaugural Food & Fibre Gippsland Excellence in Agribusiness Awards. Awards Program Coordinator Kate Gunn has already received a good number of entries across the nine categories, but there’s still plenty of time to grow that…

Norovirus risk

Canada: Recall on Chilean raspberry products sold in Quebec

A norovirus risk in foods containing raspberries from Chile are part of an expanded Quebec government recall. The provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food…

Viva Tierra anticipating another successful Organic Produce Summit

"We knew there was going to be a lot of interest"

California-based organic specialist Viva Tierra will be one of the 150 exhibitors present at the upcoming Organic Produce Summit in Monterey, California on July 10 and 11. The company supplies an array of organic produce from the United States and around the world, with apples and pears a particular…

Chinese Ministry of Commerce: Fruit prices expected to drop

Fruit prices are expected to drop to a reasonable range after the recent price hikes, thanks to the rising temperature and an increasing supply of seasonal fruits, the Chinese…

Hungarian cherry production will be smaller and more expensive this year

Mr. Ferenc Apáti, vice president of the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Product Board (FruitVeb), reported that the country's cherry yield could fall below 10,000 tons this…

Central China province starts direct imports of fruit

This Tuesday, the central Chinese province of Hunan has started importing fruit from abroad directly. All previous imports arrived via other Chinese ports. The first batch of…

Texas fruit season looks above average for producers

A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert thinks the harvest has gone quite well so far for fruit producers this season. Dr. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension fruit…

Cherry season kicks off in Poland

This week, the first batches of local sweet cherries from the new harvest have arrived on the Polish market, as reported by analysts of the EastFruit project. So far, sweet…

Do US cherries lose competitive edge in China?

Overseas cherry exporters to China didn't worry too much about competition from domestic cherry growers in the past, as Chinese cherries were often considered inferior to…

China: Apple and orange prices remain high

Various media outlets continuously point to the high overall prices of fruit in the Chinese market, which are relatively high in 2019. The fruit market conditions were positive in the first half of this year. Farmers, importers, and fruit stores all received their profit. The conditions of Shanghai Fruit…

AU: Manbulloo's journey to delivering high-quality mango exports to the world

One of the key lessons that Manbulloo has learnt over the past 12 years that it has been exporting is that Australian mangoes need to have superior flavour and appearance to be competitive. Managing Director Marie Piccone shared her company's story at the 12th Australian Mango Conference in Darwin, and…

Also increased apple exports by 35%

Azerbaijan: 99.7% of tomato exports go to Russia

In January-March 2019, Azerbaijan exported 21,371 tons of tomatoes in the amount of $ 25.5 million. Compared to the same period in 2018, exports in quantitative terms…

China: Consumers see fruit prices soar because of weather and trade war

China’s consumers are struck by soaring fruit prices as poor domestic harvests and higher tariffs on US imports start having effect. The rising cost of apples, pears and water…

To help fill post-Brexit void of EU fruit pickers:

UK farmers look at prisoners as work force

UK farmers say prisoners who are allowed to work on day release could help fill the post-Brexit void left by EU fruit pickers. Ministers are planning to relax the rules that…

AU: Nutrano sees opportunities to be bigger and more relevant across the banana sector

Nutrano Produce Group says while it is proud of the solid position it has built in the banana industry, it still has aspirations to grow. The company is comprised of four core operating activities; bananas, citrus, tropical fruits and blueberries. Chief Executive Officer George Haggar says that bananas…

Young Philippine scientist claims diabetes cure could be found in aratiles

A student scientist from Iloilo City has discovered potentially anti-diabetic components in the aratiles fruit - a discovery she recently presented in an international science fair in the United States. Maria Isabel Layson won the National Science and Technology Fair in February and competed as part of…

Situation could change at peak harvest time

UK: Stable season eases labour challenges

As the UK moves in to the most labour intensive period of the year, strawberry harvest time, the situation may not be quite as bad as has been expected. John Hardman from HOPS Labour Solutions said he has managed to fill the orders he has received for seasonal labour so far this season. "We are a very…

The UPA held a meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture asking for protection for the sector

Spanish fruit sector denounces abusive buying practices

Spanish fruit producers are once again raising their voices against the abusive practices of agro-food and distribution chains, which result in inexplicably low prices. The Union of Small Agricultural Producers and Cattle Ranchers (UPA) held a meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture in which it…

Bad weather damages orchards on the Sele plain

A report drafted by Confagricoltura Salerno explains that the incessant rain of the past few days and the heavy hailstorms compromised 80% of the peach, plum, nectarine and apricot open-field orchards in the south of the Sele plain towards Eboli. Giovanni Mellone, an entrepreneur from the Sele plain,…

Berry grower to donate to Gary Sinise Foundation

Beginning Memorial Day weekend through Independence Day weekend (May 24 – July 7, 2019), Naturipe Farms has announced it will donate $1 to the Gary Sinise Foundation for every photo fans share containing a package of Naturipe berries on social media including the hashtags #growinggratitude and #naturipe.…

Greek apricot season starts next week

The Greek apricot season is coming up very shortly. The previous season wasn’t the greatest, so growers and exporters are hoping for some improvement this year. Next week the early variety Bora variety will kick off the season and it will be closed by the late French variety Fardao in the middle of…

China: Fruit prices continue to rise, but farmers don't see the profits

A report on CCTV-2 stated that the wholesale prices of apples and pears has recently doubled. Add to that the retailers' margins and who knows how expensive apples and pears…

Matthew Hendrickson joins USApple

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) has announced that Matthew Hendrickson will join the organization in the newly created position of Manager of Association Services.…

The retail lessons learnt from a "challenging" Australian mango season

One of Australia's leading supermarkets, Woolworths, says there are plenty of opportunities for the mango industry moving forward, as it attempts to turn around what was a challenging season in 2018-19. Category manager, Dan Scott told the Australian Mango Conference there was a drop in the…

Cranberry extract makes bacteria more sensitive to antibiotics

The global spread of antibiotic resistance is undermining decades of progress in fighting bacterial infections. Due to the overuse of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture,…

Mersin, a city in southern Turkey

Time to harvest apricots in Turkey

Mersin's Silifke district is known to grow fresh fruits early in the season. Following strawberries and green plums, farmers harvested apricots that are grown under row covers. The first apricots were sold for 35 Turkish Lira (5,1 Euro) per kilo. Producer Hamza Gokler said: "Our product is very tasty. We…

Jörn Reimers, ARUS August Reimers & Sohn GmbH:

"The apricot harvest in Spain was very good - unfortunately, sales were not"

ARUS August Reimers & Son from Hamburg is a true full-line provider: "We market everything," says managing director Jörn Reimers. "But we're geared towards seasonal specialties in winter - our main products are citrus fruits in the winter, we trade strawberries and asparagus in the spring, and we've…

Correction of export figures:

Slight decrease in Chilean fresh fruit exports

Last week, a 10% increase in Chilean fruit exports was wrongly reported due to a problem in the data recording system. In truth, so far in the 2018-2019 season (01-09-2018 to 05-22-2019), Chilean fresh fruit exports to their different destination markets have totaled 2,073,558 tons, which is -1,13 % less…

AFRU group on the Italian stone fruit campaign:

"Export of Italian stone fruits is getting less and less every year"

In the growing regions of Italy, the stone fruit campaign has now gradually begun. Although it will take a while before the first large quantities arrive in German trade, the first peaches, apricots and nectarines from Italian cultivation have already been marketed. FreshPlaza talked to the management of…

China is a growing market for Dutch Conference pears

More imported products are reaching the Chinese market every year. Chinese consumers are also more interested in trying new fruits and therefore the demand for these products is growing. One company that has witnessed the growth of this market is the Shanghai based company Leopard Fruit Trading. With…

Australian mango visionaries honoured for decades of service to the industry

Three key major contributors to the development of the Australian mango industry were recognised for their outstanding commitment, at the Australian Mango Conference in Darwin earlier this month. Peter Marks, together with his wife Dianne, set up one of the first horticultural operations in Katherine and…

Robot apple pickers in the US could be just around the corner

Currently, the US economy is dealing with the worst labor shortage it has seen in decades. This shortage is hitting nearly every industry, but among the worst hit is the agricultural industry. A recent survey found over half of California’s farmers have started using machines in place of humans to meet…

Deputy Foreign Trade Minister Sayuri Bayona:

“Peruvian fruit exports up 9.5% in 1Q 2019”

Peru's fruit exports, subdivided in fresh, frozen, canned, and juice, make up over 50% of Peru’s agricultural shipments. These exports grew 9.5% in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2018, said Deputy Foreign Trade Minister Sayuri Bayona. This increase was underpinned by higher…

China: "First shipments of Uzbekistan cherries are about to enter the market"

Cherries are among the most popular fruits in the Chinese market. The Chinese cherry production season is currently in full swing. At the same time, imported cherries also continue to flood the market. Among the import cherries there is a newcomer. Uzbekistan recently obtained permission to export…

Overall price of fruit is rising in Guangdong, China

One analyst from the Cathay Jun'an Agricultural Group explained that the prices of numerous fruits have recently shown a significant increase. The main reason for this…

Turkish green plums harvest completed

Mersin, a city in southern Turkey grows green plums and exports them to Russia, Azerbaijan, Iraq and Iran. Producers in Mersin's Silifke district started to harvest greenhouse…

CDC warns against pre-cut melon and tahini used in hummus

The Centers for Disease Control had some gloomy warnings to kick off Memorial Day Weekend. Pre-cut melon and a popular type of tahini –used in summer salads and hummus– are…

Willem Broux:

“The Morgana apple should offer perspective for Western European growers”

The new Morgana apple was presented to the international press during the Fruit Attraction in Madrid last October. Morgana is a Belgian apple of the Kizuri variety, which was created in Belgium thanks to intense seed improvement work of Better3Fruit in Rillaar. The apple will be launched on the…

Canadian Food Inspection Agency fact sheet

Facts on European Cherry Fruit Fly

The European cherry fruit fly ( Rhagoletis cerasi L. ) is the most serious pest of cherries in Europe. Damage associated with this pest is caused by larval feeding in the fruit pulp, which can result in losses of up to 100% if left uncontrolled. This pest may be introduced to new areas with fresh…

How to save plants and vegetation from extreme weather conditions in Italy

Five days after the violent hailstorm that hit some areas of Basilicata and Apulia on the afternoon of Sunday, May 12, 2019, we returned to the fields to better understand the situation in Metapontum. "The damage is really serious on a good percentage of the harvest. In Matera, the areas most affected…

Rains will put pressure on California strawberry supplies

After the heavy rains that fell over the past week in California, strawberry growers have now turned to cleaning up their fields and removing damaged strawberries. Both Salinas and Santa Maria were hit by rains, with the greater amount falling in the Salinas-Watsonville growing district. Despite growers…

Lack of seasonal workers endangers asparagus and strawberry cultivation

OGA: Loss of acreage feared

The minimum wage that asparagus and strawberry farmers must pay their harvest workers could be a problem. Several producer associations expect that there will be a drop in the acreage under cultivation. Hans Lehar - Managing director of OGA - fears the loss of a third of the arable land Managing director of the Bruchsaler fruit…

Can California cherries be protected against rain events?

In the past week, California cherry trees have been hammered with rain. It’s a disaster for cherry growers as it causes the cherries to split. Although it is unusual for California to receive so much rain this time of year, it is a global development as cherry growers in Italy, Greece and Chile have been…

Washington producer expands to sliced, peeled and diced pears

Crunch Pak®, a producer of sliced apples, announced it is extending its value-added space to fresh sliced, peeled and diced pears. The value-added pears, available in 7-ounce and 32-ounce packages for foodservice customers initially, are made from Anjou and Bartlett varieties. The company will introduce…

Late start for Arizona honeydew season

Arizona honeydew melon growers have had to wait until just this past week to begin their harvest. Due to persistently cool temperatures, the melon season was delayed by a number of weeks. But growers are predicting a good season and expect volume to grow now that the season has finally begun. "Martori…

Belgian fruit growers unite in Actiegroep Fruittelers

The fruit sector, and more directly the pear sector, are going through a tough price crisis. This is making more people think about the current price forming system of pears and this is bringing fruit growers together. The first meeting of the new Actiegroep Fruittelers (Fruit Growers Action…

Lifting of Mexican tariffs welcome relief to US apple growers

The U.S. Apple Association commends the Trump Administration for the removal of Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum on Mexico and Canada and the successful negotiation of provisions going forward to protect agriculture from being drawn into future trade disputes involving metals. “We welcome the…

USDA GAIN Report

South African deciduous fruit exports keep up positive growth

South Africa`s production and exports of apples, pears and table grapes continues to grow mainly due to new orchards coming into full production, and some wine grape areas being diverted to table grapes. This has cushioned the impact of the recent drought conditions on the 2018/19 MY crop. However, the…

Growers count their losses

California cherry crop devastated by storms

Cherry growers in California are counting the cost as storms over the past week destroyed a significant amount of the current cherry crop. While official estimates are still several days or even weeks away, the general feeling is that a few million boxes worth of cherries have been lost, with the worst…

Chinese statistics bureau says high fruit prices will not last

Liu, a spokesperson for the National Bureau of Statistics of China, stated on May 15th, that the fruit price continued to rise mainly as a result of extreme weather conditions…

Polish fruit growers want an end to Russian fruit embargo

Last Friday, the Association of Polish Fruit Growers asked the Agricultural Ministry to engage Russia in dialogue on the possibility of ending restrictions on Polish fruit…

China: Consumers shocked by 78 percent fruit price hike

Recently, an expert from the non-profit organization Chinese Nutrition Society posted an article which suggested that every adult should eat one pound of vegetables and a half pound of fruits every day. In the comment section of the article, many Chinese netizens posted the same feedback: “We cannot…

The French fruit and vegetable sector protests against Spanish prices

Boycott of Spanish trucks loaded with fruit on the border with France

On May 16, trucks loaded with Spanish fruit were blocked once again in the border with France. In this case, several members of the French agrarian organization Conféderation Paysanne stood at the Le Boulou border point between both countries to prevent the entry of trucks, protesting against the prices…

NZ: A new level of weather protection for avocado growers is proving a success

Avocado growers are benefiting from a fairly new style of netting that protects their orchards from the harsh weather elements. The Netpro Group recently constructed protective netting at an orchard in Katikati, near the Kaimai range, as the area can experience strong winds, especially westerly winds…

Australian apples and pears: New variety offering continues to grow

The Australian apple and pear new variety offering continues to grow as growers and breeders alike look for the next thing that will give consumers something new and exciting…

Summerfruit NZ has big growth plans

Summerfruit New Zealand (SNZ) is planning to spend nearly $17 million during the next seven years to grow the summer fruit industry. SNZ board chairman Tim Jones has said that…

Silvia Janssen, CEO Service2Fruit:

“Eventually we’d like to be the largest fresh produce E-platform in Europe”

Since she was appointed CEO of Service2Fruit earlier this year, the exploitation and continued professionalisation of the platform and the opportunities it offers has been one of the core tasks of Silvia Janssen-Voorbij. This will be focused on both the vertical and the horizontal broadening of the…

California storm activity having minimal effect on other fruits

Yesterday, FreshPlaza reported that storm activity this week and into early next week will likely cause major problems for California's cherry season. The next few days will determine what level of impact the storms will have on cherry growers. For other fruits that are in season in California right now,…

Storms and heavy rain rolling through overnight and into next week

California's cherry season in jeopardy

Cherry growers in California's Central Valley are very concerned for their crops as forecast storms and cooler weather began impacting the region overnight. A winter weather advisory was issued by the National Weather Service declaring that areas above 5000ft could expect up to 2ft of snow. But it's the…

UK: National Vegetarian Week

This week is National Vegetarian Week, and The Vegetarian Society are calling on people across the UK to stop eating meat and consume more greens. Having access to healthy fruit and vegetables is so…

Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

Australian researchers trying to fix ugly fruit

For people, grossed out by brown spots in apples and the like: researchers at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture have found a way to make some cosmetically “ugly” fruit…

Sandra Domweber, Biohof Fink:

"We have clear chances to develop further with regard to processed organic products"

In the Europe-wide trade, the demand for fresh, regional products is increasing at a rapid pace. Organic fruit and vegetables are also booming on the Austrian market. However, it is not just the fresh produce that quickly finds its way to the customer, because processed organic products are also…

Jim Still with Global Cooling

"Precoolers are “perfect for berries & cherries”

Jet-Ready Precoolers, designed and manufactured by Global Cooling Inc., are ”perfect for precooling and recooling berries and cherries,” according to company founder and president Jim Still. “Small diameter and fairly expensive fresh produce especially berries,” he explained, “can deteriorate very…

“Barring any unexpected events, we anticipate a good grape season”

We’re still a couple of months off, but the preparations for the grape season in Greece have been in full swing for a couple of months as well. From trimming the trees to attaching the vines, cultivating grapes is a challenging business in general. Zeus was more than happy to share their perspective on…

Australian Mango Conference attracts hundreds of delegates from across the country

Members of the Australian Mango industry have convened on Darwin for the 12th biennial Mango Conference. FreshPlaza is attending the three-day event, which features a range of presentations from growers, exporters, government departments, wholesalers, research scientists and mango marketers. "The focus…

Getting more pears into schools - United Fresh Expo

Promoting greater consumption of pears in schools will be the main focus for USA Pears at United Fresh Expo next month. They will be setting themselves up in the "Fresh Festival for School Foodservice" pavilion this year where visitors - especially foodservice professionals and caterers for school…

AgrarMarkt Austria: Market Report Fruits and Vegetables, April 2019

"Onion prices rose again in April, prices continue to go up"

Apple prices largely unchanged in April Marketers were able to take the momentum of March, because the demand for domestic products was also a given in April. The main impetus…

“Greek watermelons need sunny days like ice-cream”

The watermelon season in Greece has started and the weather seems to be the most important factor this season. With rain popping up all over Europe frequently, the demand for watermelons might not be as high as one had hoped for. This season might see more watermelons coming from Greece than the previous…

Last Orri clementines of the season are currently trading

"Israeli citrus campaign has reached the final stage"

Arrivals of Israeli citrus fruits are slowly but surely running out. "This week, we still received Orri clementines from Israel, but next week the supply is expected to come to an end. We got Satsumas of the new harvest yesterday morning and I expect that we will be able to offer these a few weeks…

Jürgen Weiler, Rolf Koch GmbH:

"High-priced mango market, stable demand for avocados"

In the Baden area, at this time of the year everything revolves around asparagus. Lots of this 'white gold', as well as regional strawberries are auctioned daily in asparagus stronghold Bruchsal. They are then marketed to the surrounding markets, such as the one in Karlsruhe. In the course of this trade,…

Couesnon-Marches de Bretagne: apples as an economic outlet

In the French community of communes Couesnon-Marches de Bretagne, located in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine and the region of Brittany, the apple is a true vocation for…

After slow start, watermelon volume is ramping up in US

The US watermelon season has made a good start in terms of production, with Florida's fruit quality reportedly high, despite some minor disease pressure. Imports of Mexican fruit were slow to get started but supply has rallied and are now strong. "We are finally getting a good flow of watermelons now…

New Zealand Border Biosecurity needs tech upgrade

A recent review of biosecurity controls at the New Zealand borders recommends continuously adapting new technology. It was commissioned by MPI director-general Ray Smith after…

US: FDA states that unannounced testing of frozen berries will help prevent illnesses

Federal officials are collecting 2,000 samples of frozen berries produced in and imported to the United States as part of an effort to develop preventive controls against…

Latin America is feeding China through E-Commerce

The giant Chinese appetite for online shopping has opened a wide new market for Latin American agricultural products: digital supermarkets. Multiple virtual grocery shops are…

Mexico: Berry exports could overtake avocados

According to an article on eluniversal.com , in the past five years, Mexico's berry exports—cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries— saw an exponential…

Interpera will take place in Tours, France from 25 to 27 June 2019

Interpera, the International Pear Congress, has been organised every year since 2009 by AREFLH (Assembly of European Regions Producing Fruit, Vegetables and Ornamental Plants)…

US cantaloupe season starting up

Over the next week, the first cantaloupe of the California season will be harvested in the Imperial Valley. Up until now, the majority of supply into the US has been from Mexico and other parts of Central America. Florida is also in the process of starting their season, signaling the beginning of the US domestic season which…

New maritime route for Chilean winter fruit to the US

The Chilean shipping company Cool Carriers, which specializes in the international shipping of fruit, will begin a test service between Chile and the Port of Gloucester, in the United States, to transport off-season or winter fruit, such as citrus, apples, pears, and kiwis, from the ports of Coquimbo and…

USDA Gain Report

France continues ban on US cherries over dimethoate use

On April 18, France published its fourth emergency decree banning fresh cherry imports from countries where the use of the chemical dimethoate is permitted in cherry…

Argentinian fruit exports fall to alarming levels

Argentine fruit exports have declined drastically in recent years, deepening the sector's crisis. The figures reflect a 22% year-on-year decrease in exports and the volume…

Great start to US watermelon season

The domestic watermelon season in the United States has started on a positive note, with plenty of volume out of Florida kicking in. Production is currently concentrated in South and Central Florida, while Texas and North Florida are preparing to start their seasons very shortly. Volumes are expected to…

California strawberries: “It’s going to be a challenging year.”

The 2019 California strawberry season is shaping up to look like 2018's. “The majority of the strawberry supplies right now are coming from the Southern district. Oxnard is probably the heaviest producing district with Santa Maria following not far behind,” says Yolanda Ramirez of Valley Girl Sales and…

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“Our new grape varieties offer consumers great taste with large, crispy, and crunchy berries”

In advance of West Coast Produce Expo (May 9-10, Palm Desert, Calif.) Vanguard International has provided an update on new grape varieties expected next season in addition to further investments in its Vanguard Challapampa packing house in Ica, Peru. “Our new varieties offer consumers great taste with…

Crisis of fruit sector in Spanish region of Aragon

The Aragonese fruit sector, specifically the one devoted to stone fruit production, is going through a moment of great uncertainty. The production this season is greater than…

How does domestic fruit production respond?

China: Fruit imports exceed exports for the first time

The Rural Development Research Center at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences recently published a report titled "China's Rural Development, Analysis and Predictions", which…

Hail storms cause damage in the Spanish Region of Valencia

The hail storms recorded on April 29 and 30 in the Valencian counties of Ribera Alta and Utiel-Requena have hit between 10,000 and 15,000 hectares devoted to the production of kakis and citrus fruits, causing losses estimated at 2.2 million Euro, according to La Unió de Llauradors. The most affected…

Major steps forward for the emerging Australian jujube industry

The formalisation of the Australian jujube industry has taken another major step, with the launch of the South Australian Jujube Growers Association Inc. While growers are still working towards a national body, the industry is currently being represented by the Western Australian Jujube Growers…

Meanwhile New Zealand apples also growing in popularity

German apples reach the Taiwanese market for the first time

Apples are an important fruit for Taiwan. However, because of the tropical weather, most of its apples are imported. As Penny Chang, responsible for the import section at Carrefour Taiwan, explains: “The local apples are grown during October to December and for the rest of the season we have imported…

Around 6% fewer apples on the fresh market than expected

Enough organic apples until the next harvest?

The European organic apple producers have enough apples in stock, as despite weather-related challenges, the 2018 harvest was fruitful. As a result, the market can be supplied…

Milwaukee vocational school awarded grant by USApple

The Northwest Opportunities Vocational Academy (NOVA) in Milwaukee has been awarded an Apples4Ed grant by the U.S. Apple Association (USApple) to provide funding for the creation of a student-managed agricultural area at the school. The $4,000 grant is one of five being given this year by USApple to help…

Industry continues strong growth

Great prices for the start of Australian pomegranate season

It was "an exceptional" start to Australia's pomegranate season for growers, with large fruit providing some bumper prices given the warmer spring and summer. PomPersia Innovator Omid Rad says growers were receiving up to AU$90 a tray for size 16 fruit, adding that where fruit is sold individually, as…

AU: Strawberry growers hopeful of supply correction over the winter season

A major Queensland strawberry producer says the lower quality of plants that have been put in the ground this season may be a blessing in disguise. Piñata Farms Managing Director, Gavin Scurr says the quality has been lower than previous years. "The runners that we have been provided this year, are less…

FraVa installs new InVision Total View for cherry grading

One of the objectives of Fra.Va. Srl , a company located in Puglia, is to keep up to date when it comes to innovation so as to supply products that are increasingly competitive. This year, the company has decided to improve the efficiency of its optic grader to process cherries using the new "InVision…

Israel: Cold weather before Pesach hurt summer fruits

The warm weather in the latter days of Pesach made the rains of the first days a distant memory in the minds of many Israelis, who could even forget the cold and rainy weather that preceded it. Not so for the farmers. They will be remembering them, as well as dealing with their fallout, for many months…

NJ: Funding for research to keep peaches competitive

The New Jersey Peach Promotion Council is funding research on new peach varieties so the state can stay competitive. Two peach experts from Rutgers University are conducting the research, Hemant Gohil, agricultural agent for fruit science and Dan Ward, extension tree fruit specialist. Ward said they're…

India: Fruit Box & Co delivers fresh fruit to your doorstep

Now joining the list of Indian convenience services is Fruit Box & Co., intent on delivering fresh fruit to your doorstep. Simply place an order on its e-portal Fruitboxco.com. The company’s menu is extensive and contains everything from tender coconut to Sapota chiku, to Afghan Pomegranate,…

USApple awards Baltimore School with grant

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) has awarded a $4,000 grant to Baltimore’s Robert W. Coleman Elementary as part of its 2019 Apples4Ed program. The grant will provide approximately 200 ‘weekend survival’ food-filled backpacks to its homeless student population. “Receiving numerous applications from…

Australia: Doubt cast on 2018 strawberry dumping video

In relation to Australia’s 2018 ’needle crisis’, a video showing a truck dumping berries, produced by the Donnybrook Berries business north of Brisbane, went viral in September 2018. The gut-wrenching footage of strawberries being dumped [below] was republished by media outlets in Australia and across…


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