Fruit

Job van Iterson:

"Class I fruit is often not good enough for Dutch retailers"

The Dutch top fruit market has been quieter for quite some time now. But, since last week, things have been getting busier again. This is according to Job van Iterson of Job van Iterson Fruit. This company is based in Haarsteeg, the Netherlands. "Prices have also slowly started climbing again. For…

AC Goatham & Son

Autumn 2019: New fruit trees to be planted in Kent

The orchard team at AC Goatham & Son, however, have much to do. November is the time to start planting new trees. This winter, they will be planting around 320,000 new fruit trees in Kent, taking the total planted over the last seven years to well over 1.5 million. Their 25 farms currently cover an area…

Turkey to increase pomegranate exports

Last year, Turkey exported 115 million USD (104.2 million Euro) worth of pomegranates. In 2019, exporters are aiming for 125 million USD (113.2 million Euro) worth of…

New Zealand summer fruit growers will vote on industry levy

Industry body Summerfruit NZ has been consulting growers around the country on renewal of the sector's commodity levy order, which expires before the start of the 2020 summer…

Australian trade market report - Fresh Fruit

AU: Table grapes recorded largest growth in export value in 2018/19

Australian fruit exports experienced an eighth consecutive year of growth in value in 2018/19. At $1.39 billion, fruit exports have grown by over a billion dollars in value at a compound annual growth rate of 20.0 per cent since 2010/11. The growth in 2018/19 came from an increased volume of exports,…

55% of apples in Spanish market are of domestic origin

Around 55% of the apples on the Spanish shelves are of domestic origin, with a slow but sustained growth in recent years, while in the case of pears, this share exceeds 90%, according to Infolineal data presented by Afrucat at the San Miquel Fair of Lleida. Joan Serentill, president of the Pome Fruit…

Non-browning fruit grower eyes big growth

One unique apple grower is adding a facility, expanding its crop and introducing another fruit as part of its growth plan. Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc. (OSF), the producers of non-browning Arctic apples, just produced its second season of Arctic Golden apples last year. Currently it just finished…

Chile season 2019/20: 115,000 tons of fresh blueberry exports expected

For the Chilean season of 2019/20, some 115,000 tons of fresh blueberries will probably be exported. According to an article from iqonsulting.com, the changes come from the…

Turkish pomegranate exporters eye Far East markets

Turkish exporters aim to export pomegranates to the Far East market for the first time this year. Producers in Selcuk, Izmir, a city located in western Turkey, grow…

Melatonin delays senescence and maintains quality of sweet cherries

The scientists at Yuncheng University have assessed the effects of postharvest exogenous melatonin (50,100 and 150 µmol/L) on the senescence and quality of sweet cherries…

Berry grower to reveal augmented reality technology at PMA

Grower and year-round marketer of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, Wish Farms, has announced a preview of leading-edge technology at PMA’s Fresh Summit in Anaheim on October 18th and 19th. Wish Farms plans to use augmented reality (AR) by way of a new branded smartphone…

"I think Poland will have better quality apples than Italy in a few years"

The competition between Polish and Italian apple traders is fierce. With the prices of the Polish apples being similar to the Italian ones, buyers will always look at quality. At the moment Italy does have the better quality apple, but according to one Polish trader this can change in a couple of years.…

Apples, bananas grapes make up the top 3

The 11 most popular types of fruit in Germany

Fresh fruit is not only healthy but delicious as well. According to the Federal Office for Food and Agriculture, the Germans consume as much as 69.5 kilograms of fruit per year…

Good organic apple volume expected out of Washington

Organic apples out of Washington are set to enjoy a good period of volume soon as growers begin to catch up after a later than usual start. Meanwhile, the harvest of Californian organic apples is now in its final stages, with growers moving on to the latter varieties. "We are mostly into the later…

S-ABA applications increase anthocyanin accumulation and color of Benitaka berries

Scientists at Londrina State University have evaluated the effect of S-ABA on color and anthocyanins of Benitaka table grapes at different timings of veraison. Grapes grown under warm climate conditions tend to show less color development, and this phenomenon is due to low anthocyanin accumulation in…

Central Turkey had their most productive apple season in ten years

Yahyali, Kayseri, a city located in Central Turkey, is one of the most important apple producers in the country. The district is having the most productive season of the past 10 years and the farmers are very happy with the high productivity this year. In an area of approximately 3000 hectares, farmers…

Poland-Fruit expects to export more apples than previous season

"Our growers were less impacted by the extreme weather conditions"

For most Polish apple traders the season is shaping up to be very challenging. For one Polish apple exporter the situation is less dire. Their growers were not impacted by the extreme weather as much and they expect to grow their market share in their primary market India. Although the Polish apple…

Macoo LLC turns to Moldova to secure goods before upcoming bottleneck

"Quality and coloring of Moldavian plums is extremely good"

The plum market is currently in a transitional phase: domestic products have ended and are only available on an isolated basis, which is why now the focus is on foreign growing regions. However, in the usual growing countries - mainly in the Balkans - only very few products are available. That's why…

Fruit prices during China's National Day holiday week are more affordable

During the National Day holiday week, seasonal products in the consumer markets became more affordable. From September, the weather in all fruit production areas China has…

Turkish producer grows heart shaped pears

A producer in Korkuteli, Antalya, grows heart shaped pears using plastic molds that he brought from China. The aim is to find new markets for pears. As the pear harvest continues in Korkuteli, Antalya, "Karyagdi" pears are exported and also consumed domestically. Lately, producers started to look for new…

Strong crop size to boost volumes for Australian stone fruit exporter

The introduction of new varieties into production is expected to increase crop size and lead to bigger export volumes in the 2019-20 season for a leading Australian stone fruit exporter. VFS Exports is the marketing arm of grower/packer entity VF Siciliano & Sons, which is a major supplier to domestic…

Chile: Area devoted to blueberries in region of Ñuble increases by 17.3%

According to data from the Ciren-Odepa Fruit Cadastre of July 2019, the area of fruit trees in the Chilean region of Ñuble has increased by 31.4%, from 10,792 hectares in 2016 to 14,184 hectares in 2019. In Chile, fruit growing currently exceeds 342,000 hectares, with a significant increase in the area…

BC Ambrosia apple season finally underway

Growers of Ambrosia apples in British Columbia are finally harvesting their crop after it was delayed due to cooler than usual weather. The unseasonably cold weather pushed the season back by about 7 - 10 days compared with 2018, but now growers are busy harvesting. Rick Chong of Sutherland S.A. Produce…

France: New world record for the largest fruit salad

Chécy, a French municipality of the Loiret department, has set the new world record for the largest fruit salad and will now appear in the Guinness book of records.  Apples, pears,…

Analysis of fruit prices on week 38

Growing presence of pome fruit in Spanish markets

As the weeks go by, stone fruit keeps losing ground to top fruit on the market shelves. When it comes to prices, in the Lonja del Ebro, pears still cost between 40 and 75…

Mr Marawan on the Polish apple season

Polish labor situation same as last season, less impact due to lower volumes

The apple season did not look too good for one specific apple exporter when we last spoke to him. Frosts had damaged large amounts of the apples and it was yet to be seen if they could recover the season. Months later there has been significant progress, but Egyptian clients are looking towards Italy to…

Market delivers ‘regeneration vision’

UK: Flourishing fruit market generates trade in Hull

Little more than three years since the launch of Hull’s most exciting urban regeneration project, the stunning transformation of the waterfront area is delivering on the vision for the Fruit Market as a vibrant area where people live, work and play. More than 20 new businesses have opened in and around…

Central West region - New South Wales

On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate extension to benefit growers around Orange

Winemakers and orchardists with permanent plantings can now access the On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate in an effort to save valuable trees and vines during the current drought. This means that growers in NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT are now able to access the…

California Ag Today

Outlook California’s fruit and tree nuts

Tree fruit from California and the rest of the US has been more plentiful this year. Government estimates peach crops up 13% and the cherry harvest up 5% compared to a year…

Macfrut in Medellin: visit to the market and participation in the trade fair

In Colombia there could be room for more Italian fruit

Some of the fruit sold at the market in Medellin, Colombia, is European. It comes mostly from Spain. This is what Renzo Piraccini, Macfrut president, noticed a few days ago during his visit to the market, on the sidelines of the internationalisation actions of the Italian fruit and vegetable fair. Watch…

China: September summary from fruit production areas in Shaanxi

Slow trade and low prices for kiwifruit

In September, the overall price in the apple production areas remained stable with a downward trend. In early September, supplies were mainly middle and late varieties. As it…

Dr Emma Derbyshire, Public Health Nutritionist

Research suggests strawberries and blackberries could help heal wounds

According to new research, published in the journal of Food Research International, berries, especially strawberries and blackberries, could assist in wound healing. Of…

‘More grapes, persimmons, figs, pink pomegranate, tomatoes’

More Uzbek vegetables and fruits to be exported to Russia

Fruits and vegetables, exported from Uzbekistan, will be delivered to Russia according to a simplified scheme. The corresponding agreement was signed in Tashkent on 1 October during a visit to Uzbekistan by a delegation of Russian senators led by Valentina Matvienko. Dozens of Russian companies now work…

Cherries, peaches, pears, oranges and lemons

US to implement new tariffs on fruit from EU

The US says it will implement a 10% tariff on EU aircraft and a 25% tax on "agricultural and other products" starting Oct. 18. This follows a World Trade Organization's ruling…

Early season Australian mango quality still high despite cool spring weather

The eating quality of early season Australian mangoes is still very strong, according to the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA), despite some challenging cool weather for growers throughout the first month of Spring. Darwin growers are now in full production and it is expected to last for the…

Quest for purpose-built harvester robots

UC Merced professor to improve strawberry harvesting

As harvesting is one of the most costly and labor-intensive operations in strawberry production, an UC Merced engineering researcher is looking for ways to make it easier and cheaper. As part of a four-year project, professor Reza Ehsani will explore the possibilities and benefits of people and robots…

Apple varieties as well as breeding strawberries

Fresh Forward takes over WUR apple breeding programme

As of October 1, 2019, the apple breeding programme of the Wageningen University & Research (WUR) has been completely taken over by Fresh Forward Breeding & Marketing, a subsidiary of the WUR and Fragaria Holland BV. Th…

Pakistan International Airlines might give freight subsidy on fruit exports

Experts are expecting Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to give freight subsidy on exports of fruits and vegetables, hoping for a significant boost to foreign inflows to be the result. Ikhtiyar Baig, senior vice president of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) said…

Hungarian apple production falling to just about 400 thousand tons

This year's apple production is falling in Hungary, partly due to frost damage and partly to the lack of rainfall in each region. The prospect is to reach about 400,000 tons,…

Breaking records to promote STEM education

David Rush uses a sword to slice grapes

An Idaho man claimed his second real-life Fruit Ninja record by slicing through 70 flying grapes in one minute, standing on a balance board. David Rush, who has broken more than 100 Guinness records to promote STEM education, stood on the balance board while Jonathan Hannon threw grapes into the air one…

Confronting Climate Change Initiative

South Africa: Stone and top fruit reports 2019

The 2019 Confronting Climate Change (CCC) industry benchmark process builds on 2017 – 2018 datasets and provides a meaningful platform for the South African fruit and wine industries to improve their understanding of the use of fossil fuel-based resources and to reduce emissions over time. The seven…

Raspberries in pole position

Will the rest of the glasshouse soft fruits follow strawberries' growth?

Could blueberry, blackberry or raspberry glasshouse cultivation follow in strawberries’ wake? Who knows? The potential is certainly there. The cultivation of other soft fruits under glass is slowly increasing in the shadow of glasshouse strawberry cultivation. More and more growers are looking into ways…

California

Santa Cruz County crop value rebounds to record $683 million for 2018

In California, Santa Cruz County farmers produced crops worth a record $683 million in 2018. This is a strong reversal from the prior year when production value fell for the…

Lebanon seizes 39 trucks with smuggled fruit & vegetables

Last Friday, Lebanon's state security officials seized 39 smuggled trucks from Syria, in the city of Baalbek -Bekaa valley. The trucks contained a large quantity of vegetables and fruits, according to an online independent newspaper. The smugglers were arrested and referred to concerned investigative…

The fall of juice against the rise of fresh fruit

According to data released by the USDA, Americans consumed 5.2 gallons of fruit juice per capita in 2017. This is the lowest fruit juice number since the USDA began tracking its consumption in 1970. The rise and fall of orange juice is at the heart of this story. Consumption took off in the US in the…

Argentinians protesting the crisis: Evitas, flashmobs, and frutazos:

Hundreds of "Evitas", gathering in different points of Buenos Aires, is not too big of a surprise as part of the present day cut and thrust of politics in Buenos Aires. Protesters in the crisis-stricken Argentina are showcasing new and creative ways to vent their anger against President Mauricio Macri,…

Regional fruits are being harvested until Christmas in Osterweddingen

High-tech greenhouse bridges season

In Osterweddingen, the first harvest of greenhouse strawberries is starting: "Elsewhere, the season is ending. With the help of high-tech we can offer the plants optimal…

Growers pushed to brink

End of fruit cropping along Australia’s lower Darling River a 'big loss' for industry

The end of irrigated horticulture on the lower Darling River will cost the citrus industry decades of technical expertise, according to the Australia’s largest citrus exporter. Fruit growers on the lower Darling have begun turning off the water to their permanent plantings — killing their trees — as they…

Seattle, WA

Agriculture tech start-up Phytelligence shuts after losing dispute over Cosmic Crisp apple variety

Phytelligence is a Seattle start-up that has created a novel method of rapidly growing fruit trees. However, it is shutting down just months before the launch of Cosmic Crisp, a highly anticipated new apple variety at the center of a dispute between the company and Washington State University. Earlier…

However, annual demand is 11.68 mln tons

Bangladesh produces 5.07 mln tons of fruit

In the recent years, Bangladesh has been importing traditional and non-traditional fruits from various destinations to meet the growing local demand. In the last fiscal year 2018-19, the fruit import value was Tk 23,9 bln (€257.4 mln). According to Agriculture Department data, the import of fruit…

Huge interest in New Zealand apples and cherries following successful Asia Fruit Logistica

A major New Zealand apple and cherry exporter noted an increase in the amount of "serious interest" in the company's produce at this year’s Asia Fruit Logistica – a response which has resulted in demand outstripping supply for next season. Horticultural investment company, Hortinvest, worked with North…

Taiwan opens market to Polish apples

Taiwan is another country outside the EU to which, based on bilaterally agreed phytosanitary regulations, Polish apples will soon be exported, as announced by the Ministry of…

Analysis of the Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics

Polish exports of fresh fruits increased by 3%

“Prices offered for apples on wholesale markets in August 2019, compared to August last year, were on average 20% higher,” Irena Strojewska, analyst at the Institute of…

Tunisian revenues from fruit exports rise more than 24%

According to the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries , the nation’s fruit exports saw their value figures in the current season (January 2-…

Retractable roofs to protect crops

UK strawberry farm cashes in on £5m greenhouse investment

One of the UK’s biggest strawberry producers is cashing in on a £5 million investment to deliver top Kent fruit to leading supermarkets. Langley-based Charlton Farms, one of the county's largest family-owned soft and top fruit producers, provides stores like Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencer with their…

Russian Federation: Reduction of fruit exports - increased imports

The Russian Federation has reduced fruit exports and increased imports, said the Director of the Department of Plant Production, Mechanization, Chemicalization and Plant…

Fruitcase: The world's first fruit on wheels

At York Fashion Week in March 2019, Fruitcase Ltd, a York-based start-up company that has designed a range of suitcases that look like your favourite fruit was launched. Both the concept, a design that looks like fruit not only on the outside but inside too- and the business was founded by friends and…

Chile’s fruit and berry exports could drop dramatically if it does not solve water problem

EastFruit reports that the Chilean fruit sector is facing a very difficult task - to urgently reduce water consumption without increasing the cost of producing fruit and…

Third-party quality inspection agencies help Chinese importers ensure fruit quality

Only 5 or 6 years ago, imported fruits were still very rare in the China market. Now, as a lot more items have gained access, a variety of fresh fruit imported from across the globe can be found everywhere. With the rapid growth of imports, importers and consumers in China are increasingly demanding in…

BLE Market Report KW 37/19:

'First domestic Alexander Lucas, Gellert and Conference pears appear right on time"

With regard to pears, Italy dominated the events with Santa Maria and Williams Christ. In the meantime, Abate Fetels have increasingly been handled loosely in 15 kg packs. The presence of Carmen was obviously limited. German Williams Christ and Gute Luise played a bigger role in the assortment, Clapp's…

Himachal Pradesh - India

Climate change threatens Himachal's fruit economy

Climate change is threatening the Rs 35 bln (€445 mln) fruit economy of Himachal Pradesh. Apple growers say their business, which constitutes 89 percent of the total fruit…

Compromising Washington state apple harvest?

US fruit growers find themselves in middle of labor visa fight

While the apple harvest in Washington state is in full swing, everyone knows the labor intensive picking is always stressful, but increasingly orchard owners are just worried if they can afford to pick all the ripe fruit. Rob Valicoff, owner of Valicoff Fruit Company which grows 1,700 acres of apples,…

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway criticised

New Zealand strawberries risk rotting in the fields due to late immigration decision

Strawberries from New Zealand - as well as other early season NZ produce - risk rotting in the ground this summer. This can only be avoided if the immigration minister moves…

Second annual “Pears for Pairs" campaign kicks off

Rainier Fruit has announced its second annual holiday marketing program, “Pears for Pairs.” The campaign launches in stores in September. Rainier will contribute a portion of the proceeds of bulk pear and bag pear sales this holiday season to the tenth annual Hanes National Sock Drive. During the 2018…

Berry grower announces new tagline

Grower and year-round marketer of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, Wish Farms, has unveiled their new tagline: Generations of Sweetness. “These three words perfectly meld our company’s tradition of family and mission to provide the best tasting berries. Additionally, it resonates…

Berry portfolio expansion for Australian fresh produce company

Perfection Fresh has significantly expanded its berry portfolio with the acquisition of Queensland-based Berry Yummy Marketing, one of Australia’s foremost strawberry marketing businesses. The company says it will now be responsible for around 10 per cent of the Australian strawberry market, including a…

US-China trade war might have lasting effect on Oregon exports

Recent trade disruptions have not only reduced exports of Oregon agricultural products; they could also stymie future growth opportunities, say state officials and industry…

Looking at your phone for too long? Fruit can help your eyes.

Age related macular degeneration (ARMD) accounts for 50% of all blindness in the UK. It affects 600,000 people a year, with 200 a day being diagnosed. ARMD comes in two forms:…

China: High fruit prices dip

According to data released on September 10 by the National Bureau of Statistics, China food prices in August rose by 10% year-on-year, with pork prices rising by 46.7% and fresh fruit rising by 24%,…

Hong Kong’s pricey fruits - a watermelon that costs US$750

Fruit of course is a cornerstone of a healthy diet and is an everyday staple for billions of people around the world. But, not all fruits are created equal. Advances in farming have introduced a slew of new breeds and shapes of fruit, and it isn’t just the shapes that are incredible – they are also often…

Research under way to strengthen the safety of apple and pear packhouses

Australian apple and pear packhouses have the opportunity help build industry wide knowledge of absolute microbial risks, and a develop a risk assessment model to best manage them. A short survey about current packhouse practices is being conducted by University of Tasmania microbiologist Elizabeth…

Bangladesh: Fruit imports are soaring

According to Md Serajul Islam, general secretary of Bangladesh Fresh Fruits Importers Association, Bangladesh’ Domestic production of fruit is too insignificant to meet the demand. “And people are consuming more fruits now than in the past,” he said, adding that local production of fruit can meet 30…

Justin Smith - APAL

Australian apples and pears looking for new opportunities in "exciting" Indian market

Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) believes that India will be a potential and exciting market for Australian growers over the next five years, due to its sheer size, economic development and growing demand for high quality goods and services. APAL was recently part of a visit to the country which was…

Kelowna farm first in the nation to use advanced pear sorting machine

Kelowna’s own Days Century Growers is making Canadian history as the first to use a special kind of fruiting machine to sort and haul its thousands of pounds of pears. The…

Fruit growers in Spanish region of Navarre unhappy about prices

The sweet fruit campaign in the Spanish region of Navarre has been “disastrous”, according to the Union of Agricultural Producers and Livestock Farmers of Navarre (UAGN). The…

Research on berry cultivation under plastic photoconverters in Huelva

Next Tuesday, 17 September, the French companies Agripolyane and Cascade will organize an event at the Agroindustry Technology Center (Adesva) of Lepe. This will serve to present the results of the tests carried out in experimental berry plantations in Huelva, where luminescent plastic covers that use…

Blueberry production investment

Chilean firm CarSol Fruit invests €54 mln in organic fruit farm

Chilean firm Carsol Fruit is investing €54 million to set up an organic fruit farm in Portugal's Alcácer do Sal, in the district of Setúbal. There, it aims to produce around…

Washington's Sweetie apple has started shipping this week

Introduced in 2012, the Sweetie apple grown at FirstFruits Farms in Washington State continues to be one of the most unique apples on the market, according to the company.…

USDA Gain Report

Fresh fruit is one of the top US food exports to Hong Kong

Fresh fruit is one of the top US food exports to Hong Kong, valued at USD347 million in 2018, and one of the best prospects for US exports to Hong Kong. Hong Kong imported a total of USD3.16 billion worth of fruits from all over the world, buying a mix of expensive and price-competitive fruits. US fruit…

Sopore - Jammu &Kashmir

Indian child injured as militants fire at fruit traders

A five-year-old girl was wounded when suspected militants fired at fruit growers in Sopore - North Kashmir - on Friday night. Three fruit growers were shot in the legs,…

Shipments from J&K delayed

Indian traders forced to import more walnuts from US & Chile

As the Indian festive season nears, walnut traders are buying more of the dry fruit from the US and Chile to tide over the delay in arrivals from the Kashmir valley. Over 90%…

Cultivating blueberries in India

Hort company INI Farms cooperates with Munger Farms

Horticulture company INI Farms and US-based Munger Farms plan to form a Joint Venture to cultivate blueberries in India and export pomegranates. The two companies have shortlisted Marathwada, Ahmednagar, Pune and Western Maharashtra to grow the fruit. Speaking about the joint venture, Pankaj Khandelwal,…

The ever-evolving technologies for blueberry sorting

Sorting technology and automation are hot topics in the berry industry right now. As blueberry production ramps up around the world, companies specializing in this kind of equipment continue to develop new and improved technology. WECO Sorting introduced its first blueberry sorter in 2005. According to…

US cantaloupe market showing signs of improvement

The latter part of summer has not been too kind to cantaloupe growers, as the market has remained flat, keeping prices down. Volume steadily built as local deals arrived and earlier supply issues related to the cool spring passed by. Additionally, demand was not as high as is usual for this time of year.…

Bangladesh promotes growing exotic fruits

The eagerness with which the people of Bangladesh buy mangoes or jackfruit is clearly seen also in their purchase of fruits like strawberries, rambutan or dragon fruit, grown in Bangladesh. It's a new phenomenon. The names of the latter fruits were strange to the general city-dwelling people even 15…

Ag Report: Tomato prices down, volume increases

The United States imports of Mexican tomatoes showed gains in volume last month compared to a year ago, but prices were down. According to trade data from the USDA, imports of…

David Borda, head of the Sweet Fruit Sector at COAG:

"Our fruit is now a gift in plastic packaging or a container"

In the Spanish fruit sector, there has been an increase of both exports (by 20% between 2014 and 2018) and the value of the production (up by 38% between 2013 and 2018, reaching more than 10.3 billion Euro). "It is the most relevant sector of all Spanish agriculture, but the lack of profitability does…

Romanian fruit trade - January to April 2019

From January through to April of 2019, Romania exported fruit worth €11.1 million, down by 18.1 pct compared to last year's similar period, the data released by the National…

New watermelon pouch launched

Maglio Companies has launched a new package to ship cut watermelons, with the aim to make them last longer. Maglio says the ReadyRipe™ watermelon pouches are a grab-and-go bag, with graphics, bright colors, and handle, while promising no wicking or leaking. The company added that ReadyRipe™ packaging has patented technology…

Sliced apple specialist introduces sliced pears

Crunch Pak®, a producer of sliced apples, is now offering fresh sliced pears to retail customers. Available in a 7-ounce package, the Opera sweet sliced pears will be available to customers nationwide beginning in mid-September. The company first introduced its fresh cut pear technology at United Fresh…

Trade restrictions eased:

India: 700 apple trucks can leave Jammu and Kashmir

More than 700 truckloads of apple have been transported from Jammu and Kashmir to wholesale markets in North India over the previous two days. Inter-state buying and selling…

Turkish cherry, grape and pomegranate exporters join forces to set new records

Cherries, grapes and pomegranates are important export products for Turkey and recently exporters of these products came together in "The Development of International…

Argentina: Pyrethroid resistance mutation in Cydia pomonella

Pyrethroid insecticides were widely used against codling moth (Cydia pomonella) in the Río Negro and Neuquén valley, which are the main production areas of pome fruits in Argentina. Entomologists at Universidad Nacional del Comahue (Buenos Aires) have evaluated both the lambda-cyhalothrin resistance levels…

Turkish apples are exported all over the world

Nigde, a city located in central Turkey, is known for its apples. Farmers in the city grow different varieties of apples and they recently started to harvest them. Nigde…

Australian fruit farms feel the heat in northern Victoria

As the season reaches a critical stage, northern Victoria's fruit growers are very concerned about the soaring water prices and the problems of acquiring labour. Mick Young,…

Fruit trade shortage in Flanders at 530 million, double that of 2016

The fruit trade in Flanders shows a trade shortage of 530 million Euro. This shows from the annual agricultural report, which looks at the foreign trade of agrarian products…

The normalization of temperatures in Peru will favor mango and grape crops

The recovery of normal temperature values in the region, with a maximum of 28 to 29º C and a minimum of 16 to 17º C, will benefit mango and grape production as both fruits…

Peter Gilding & Company

UK fruit importer sees profits going up

Fruit importer Peter Gilding & Company, headquartered in Prescot, has posted a rise in profits despite a continued global oversupply of products. Peter Gilding & Company (PGCL) operates worldwide from a premises covering 2 ha, which includes chilled storage and marketing facilities. It is headed up by…

Fruits provide edge with cognitive health benefits

As is generally known, correct nutrition plays a major role in the development, protection and maintenance of brain functions, as the human brain requires a constant supply of…

Cherry production projected to decline

EU peach/nectarine production expected to increase

In MY 2019/20 (January/December), EU production of peaches and nectarines is estimated to increase 6.6 percent compared to the previous season to 4.1 million MT due to favorable weather conditions in most of the major producing countries. Conversely, in MY 2019/20 (April/March) EU cherry production is…

Peter Maes, Zeghers:

"We are happy the Argentinian lemon season is coming to an end"

Importer Peter Maes of Zeghers is happy that the Argentinian lemon season is almost over. "The quality has been quite bad all season and the supply very irregular. The demand…

How will Chinese fruit wholesale market prices fare in the rest of 2019?

In the first half of this year, whether in the wholesale or retail market, skyrocketing prices could be seen. According to wholesale market data, high prices this year are…

New air route providing new opportunities for Western Australian avocado growers

Western Australia avocado growers are taking advantage of a new direct flight service between Perth and Tokyo, which commenced last weekend (Sunday, September 1). The state gained market access to Japan last year, and sent a few small shipments. But this year, growers are looking to increase supply, and…

Flavonoids in apples and green tea might protect against cancer & heart disease

Apples and green tea are food stuffs, rich in flavonoids. These are plant nutrients known to reduce inflammation and act as potent antioxidants. According to a new report…

There is still room for Spanish fruit in the Chinese market

A report carried out by the Commercial Economic Office of the Spanish Embassy in Canton, which has been distributed by ICEX, has reported that Chinese consumers still have little knowledge about Spanish fruit and limited access to it. It also says that the companies deciding to take that step and export…

Carnegie Mellon University

Strawberries researched in development of insulin pill

More than 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes and must inject themselves with insulin two to four times daily. Researchers have been looking for ways to administer the…

Eating healthy on the go and at your destination: the rise of fresh cut ready-to-eat products

"Vending to grow by 12% in the next 3 years"

In Spain, during the summer, the consumption of salads skyrockets by 13%, increasing the number of opportunities for eating out. "With innovative vending machines, you can eat healthy on the go (at airports, train stations or service stations) and at your destination (hotels, ski resorts, spas or golf…

Fibers in fruit and cereal might lessen risk of common bowel disease

A US study suggests that women who get more fiber from fruits and cereals may be less like to develop diverticulitis, a common and painful bowel problem. The study also…

Huge drop in coconut production

Potatoes and onions grow horticultural output in India

The output of Indian horticultural crops is expected to grow marginally to 313.85 million tonnes in 2018-19 compared with 311.71 million tonnes produced in the previous year.…

Challenging summer for blackberry growers in the Northwest

The season for blackberries in the Pacific Northwest is set to continue for another few weeks before tapering off for the year. It began back in July and now growers are on to the later varieties. It has been a challenging season with rain interrupting what was hoped to be a decent year. "We are just…

Christoph Bouvry, Bouvry

“Still good demand for summer fruit in Belgium; increased demand for grapes”

The tropical temperatures in Belgium mean there is still a high demand for summer fruit at Bouvry in Brugge. “We are selling some early apple varieties, such as Delbare. We also have new Conference and Durendo pears already. But, with this weather, our clients take mainly stone and soft fruit, melons,…

Trade mission sets out to strengthen Australia's agricultural exports

The National Farmer’s Federation is taking part in a trade mission to Japan, South Korea and Vietnam, seeing first-hand the insatiable demand for Australia’s safe and fresh…

Ag Report:

Strong demand for US almonds, hail damages tomato crop and new top apple

As farmers are harvesting the 2019 almond crop, marketers say they expect to find plenty of demand for the nuts despite the ongoing United States/China trade dispute. Experts…

Better Polish apple season expected; trade expansion efforts must continue

According to Polish fruit growers, "the smaller harvest, estimated at about 60% of last year's, will likely result in this season being much better for the sector," said Jacek…

Alfonso Velasquez Tuesta

Pushgay, a native berry from Peru that has great potential

Alfonso Velasquez Tuesta, a renowned Peruvian agro-export entrepreneur, former president of Sierra and Selva Exporter and former head of ADEX, participated in the First International Seminar on Native Berries, which took place on Thursday, August 22 at the National Agricultural University La Molina…

China: Prices of fruits in Shandong market remain high

There are three main supplies of fruit to the markets in Shandong: fruit from storage, seasonal fresh fruit, and imported fruit. The price of fruit is shaped by the…

“Our lemon business not affected by unsatisfactory weather in Argentina”

The intense rainy weather in May and June had a big impact on many Argentinian lemon growers, which resulted in less yield and a delay in supply. “But this did not have serious effects on our business. We had early-season lemons. Our season lasted from March until now. Our products are in good condition…

Chennai, India: Fruit prices rising

With the arrival of the festive season, fruit and flower prices have gone up at Chennai's Koyambedu market. The desi guava, which used to cost anywhere between Rs30 and Rs50 a…

Cape Crops:

South African fruit export company goes global

In just three years, Rondebosch resident Uzair Essack, a finalist in the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year competition, has built a global export business called Cape Crops with a customer base in 23 countries. “One business led to another until I eventually was airfreighting pineapples to Saudi Arabia. I…

North Carolina: Truck with stolen watermelons gets stuck

US deputies say they responded to a call of a possible crop theft to find a suspect stuck in the middle of a field trying to haul off a truckload of stolen watermelons. In a Facebook post, the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office said that a deputy and a sergeant responded to a call about the possible fruit…

Farming losses from Tropical Storm Bailu hit NT$87.90 million

Storm damages Taiwanese bananas, sugar apples, lemons, papaya and ginger

Taiwan's agricultural losses from the damage wrought by Tropical Storm Bailu over the weekend were estimated at NT$87.90 million (US$2.79 million) as of Monday but are likely to go up as more damage is reported. According to the Council of Agriculture, Taitung County was the hardest hit of any locality…

Canadian fruit sector keeps close eye on EU fruit export decision

The EU is looking to stop the importation of fruits from Canada starting September 1st. Provincial officials are in discussion with Global Affairs Canada to see what impact an…

Larger quantities at reduced prices will arrive in Munich from the beginning of September

"Good demand for early Italian Muscat grapes despite holiday season"

The summer holidays in Bavaria will last another two weeks and the marketers are enjoying their well-earned summer pause in the Munich Wholesale Market Hall. "It is very quiet at the moment," says Andrea Rosenlehner, sales person of Christian Sulser GmbH. Andrea Rosenlehner at Christian Sulser GmbH stand…

BLE Market Report KW 33/19:

'Availability of cherries was severely restricted'

The local cherry campaign is nearing completion. The availability was massively limited and the quality was not always right. Despite the limited supply situation, demand could be satisfied, as it was not particularly pronounced. In Munich, demand was not by incoming shipments but with the standing inventory.…

New cardboard packaging from UT Tray Black in Norway

These fruits no longer need plastic

Norwegian grower Austein Gård is now offering its strawberries in a new cardboard packaging, made of UT Tray Black. According to the company, it completely replaces the previously used plastic containers, at the same time being a POS eye-catcher. The packaging is manufactured by Norstamp Label & Emballasje,…

India: Traders Federation wants dedicated Kashmir to Jammu fruit corridor

Last Thursday, the Chamber of Traders Federation (CTF) demanded a dedicated corridor to transport apples and other perishable items from Kashmir to Jammu. "We demand a…

More consequences of US-China trade war

US farm exports find new market in Vietnam

The tariff war fallout has helped introduce Vietnamese shoppers to imported treats such as cherries, However, the change could spell disaster for local farmers. 64-year-old…

Drug cartels still favour fruit shipments for their illicit cargo

One of the biggest issues South American drug cartels must constantly grapple with is the difficulty of getting their product safely into the countries in which they will stand the best chance of making the most money. Perhaps one of the most popular of these methods is smuggling drugs concealed inside…


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