Fruit

End of Turkish cherry season is in just a few weeks

“Turkey’s total fresh cherry production will pass last year’s figures”

The Turkish cherry season is almost wrapping up. According to one Turkish exporter, the season has been successful, but not without its challenges. Although great weather conditions played a big role in the quality of the cherries, the prices at the start of the season made it difficult to be competitive…

Izak Heijboer

Uncertainty in the Polish cherry market

The Polish cherry market this season is marked by uncertainty. Until the harvest kicked off and the first purchase price lists appeared, contradictory information was received…

Biggest increase reported in citrus exports

Peruvian fruit exports set new record

Despite the challenges of Covid-19, Peru set a new record for fruit exports in the first five months of 2020. The nation’s exports reached a record US$1.41  billion between January…

Edmonton airport eyes growing future in perishables

As the region’s population continues to grow, one Canadian city’s airport is working towards its future in continuing to move more perishable exports in the coming years. In the province of Alberta, Canada, Edmonton International Airport (EIA)’s shipments involve a variety of fresh items. “We focus on…

A larger quantity of plums can be exported tax-free from Moldova to the EU

“Despite the spring frosts affecting the orchards in some regions, we will be ready to deliver qualitative plums with a good caliber to buyers from different countries of the world”, says Iurie Fala, the executive director of the Fruit Producers and Exporters Association Moldova Fruct. Moldovan producers…

Bhupinder Kaur

Bangladesh fruit imports up; pandemic drives demand

For Bangladesh, the import of fruits, particularly oranges, kinnows and apples, has increased amid the pandemic. The harvest season is underway for local fruits such as mango,…

Raigad district of Maharashtra - India

Deutsche Bank and Swades Foundation to plant 40,000 fruit trees in Raigad

Deutsche Bank and Swades Foundation have  announced a CSR initiative by which 40,000 fruit-bearing trees will be planted in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. The initiative marks…

New varieties of self-fertile apricot, Paraguayo peach and flat nectarine with closure and good taste

"Being fruit producers allows us to have a global vision of the market"

PSB Producción Vegetal S.L. bases its business mainly on two complementary activities: on the one hand, it is a hybridizer and variety breeder, and on the other, it is a distributor of its own varieties throughout the world. As a stone fruit producer and exporter, it has 350 hectares in production. Its…

For Clarabella Bio "Trays are ideal for the sea or the office"

Biodegradable and compostable packaging for organic grapes will soon be launched

"At the end of the month I will start marketing my organic grapes, but the opening of the 2020 campaign will be marked by the launch of a completely biodegradable and compostable packaging. The aim is to offer added value to the product, which is already exceptional in terms of brix degrees, berry size…

Gertrude Snoei

More than half of Hungarian plum harvest has been lost

Due to the impact of spring frosts and dry weather, Hungary's plum harvest this year will amount to between 23,000 and 32,000 tons, which is significantly below the average of…

Selected Weekly Fruit Movement and Price

US blueberry shipping point prices at $260 from 05-11 July

Selected Weekly Fruit Movement and Price describes the change in shipment volume, farm prices, and retail prices of select fruit for the week noted. Fruits are chosen based on data available from USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service and fruit covered in the USDA, Economic Research Service Fruit and Tree Nuts Outlook.…

Chinese watermelon price remains low this year

Several watermelon farmers in Shandong enjoyed an abundant harvest, but this did not translate into an abundant income. The watermelon price is much lower than in previous…

US National Science Foundation study Mikhail Olykainen

Climate change to reduce Himachal apple production - geoengineering methods are not fail safe

Experts say that climate change could reduce apple production in India by affecting the winter chill period necessary for the plants. According to a study, they fear that even…

Rixie

Fruit thieves strike Michigan farms

Michigan farmers are having problems with fruit theft.  According to the Michigan Farm Bureau, the latest incident involves Corey Lake Orchards near Three Rivers. There, about 6,000…

Ifapa published the results of the assessment of 12 strawberry varieties in Huelva's campaign

Plared 13 and Rociera, the most productive; Fortuna, the tastiest strawberry varieties

The Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training Institute (Ifapa) of Andalusia's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development published the results of the field trials it carried out in this strawberry campaign in the province of Huelva in which it analyzed the behavior…

UK: Outbreak of COVID-19 at Alconbury flower and fruit distributor

MM Flowers and AM Fresh UK, based on one site in Alconbury, Cambridgeshire, have seen 26 employees test positive, public health officials have confirmed. The firms, which…

Price of Xiahei grapes in China falling to ten year low

Xiahei grapes are currently flooding on to the market. There is sufficient supply on the market and the enthusiasm of traders is not high. The market performance has not been…

Mexico, July 27 to the 31

"Aneberries' 10th Online Congress stands out for its multidisciplinary nature"

Aneberries' Tenth International Congress will be held from July 27 to 31 online and for free for all the people who register to participate in conferences and panels on various social media platforms. At the presentation of this prestigious event, Jose Luis Bustamante Fernandez, the President of the…

New Chinese honey pomelo export season on schedule

The export season of honey pomelos from Fujian is set for mid to late August despite changing weather conditions in the production areas earlier this season, which has had a certain impact on production and growth, as well as the recent drought and high temperatures. Zhou, Manager of Xiamen 4 Seasons…

First report of banana fruit rot in Jordan

The banana is an important commercial fruit tree widely cultivated in the Jordan Valley, which is one of the main banana production areas in Jordan. "Banana fruit rot caused by Fusarium verticilloides is one of the most damaging postharvest diseases of banana and during the months of June and July of…

The European Commission has proposed a 3.9% reduction of the budget assigned to POSEI

Future of Canary agriculture hangs in the balance ahead of next European Council meeting

The European Council, which is meeting next weekend in Brussels, will pursue an agreement on the Multiannual Financial Framework of the European Union for the period 2021-2027, and with this, it will mark the future of EU funding in multiple areas. This includes agricultural production, which accounts…

"We have had the best eating melons in our history"

A focus on improving quality pays off for Queensland melon grower

A continued focus on improving growing techniques and agronomy have led to the best quality ever experienced for a North Queensland winter-season melon grower in 2020. Daintree Fresh produces melons from July to December, although Farm Manager Shaun Jackson admits while there is currently a small gap in…

“Plastic in conflict with Fairtrade & organic Fairtrade bananas”

“Excessive, unbridled use of plastic is a challenge that confronts the entire world, and for us the question was: how can we make a constructive contribution to solving this enormous environmental problem? We decided the best approach was to take a long look at ourselves first, rather than immediately…

Period of January to May Thomas Hergaard

Philippines: Value of banana exports down 10% to $758.112 million

The value of Filipino banana exports from January to May fell by 10.7 percent to $758.112 million, from $849.113 million recorded last year. The cause of this is the lower…

Gertrude Snoei

Hungarian watermelon season has been delayed this year

The number of watermelon growers in Hungary is falling every year and the size of the production area has decreased from 5,000 hectares to 4,500 hectares in the last 5-6…

Erik-Jan Thur, Marni Fruit:

"Watermelon sales disastrous, peaches and nectarines reasonably stable"

The sales of stone fruit in general and melons in particular have been severely affected by the current Corona crisis, says Erik-Jan Thur of Marni Fruit in Barendrecht. "For the sales of watermelons, we are really missing sales in the countries where it is currently holiday and otherwise the beaches…

Expansion from 30,000 to 140,000 square feet

New cherry facility opens in British Columbia

In 2015, Jealous Fruits acquired a site just 5 minutes north of Kelowna airport and have been planning the new facility since that time. From ground breaking in April of 2019 to present, the long journey is complete and the 140,000 square foot cherry facility was inaugurated July 7th. “With our new Duck…

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Australia: Queensland fruit fly Quarantine Area expanded again

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is ramping up its program to eradicate the serious agricultural pest Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) from Perth's western suburbs. A Quarantine Area Notice, which has been in place since early April 2020, has been renewed and extended to include…

"We are giving pretty much export quality to the Australian consumer"

New citrus brand focusing on the premium end of the Australian domestic market

One of Australia's top stone fruit producers has made the successful transition to the citrus category, following the launch of a new brand. Mattina Fresh began sales of its premium citrus produce last week, and National Sales Manager Thomas Panna says one of the main aims behind the new brand was…

Fresh Del Monte Produce E-Commerce Store:

A convenient grocery shopping destination ‘at the click of a button!"

As of April 2020, Fresh Del Monte Produce in the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) got closer to consumers, catering to their needs via a convenient, easy, and user-friendly e-commerce store, granting them access to the wide variety of Del Monte® fresh, healthy products ‘at the click of a button’.…

SeaNews

Tonnage of fruit imports to Russia down, but up value-wise in Q1 2020

According to the SeaNews Russian Foreign Trade Customs Statistics online service, in Russia imported 1.5 million tons of fresh and dried fruit (-2.7% year-on-year) worth $1.3 bn (+8.4%) Q1 2020. Fresh and dried bananas accounted for the largest share of imports amounting to 438.7 million tons (+2.8%)…

Sharon de Ridder

Strawberry campaign in Poland has been affected by the weather

The strawberry season is coming to an end in Poland due to the impact of heavy rains and high temperatures, which cause the fruit to rot in the fields. Although the harvest…

The latest ripening cherries in the northern hemisphere

Cherries from British Columbia-based Jealous Fruits are the latest ripening cherries in the northern hemisphere. Gayle Krahn, the company’s Director of Horticulture, discusses upcoming harvest for a couple varieties in the video below. She stands in an orchard right next to Okanagan Lake and explains the…

Surya Nair

USDA - Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) corrections

The Secretary of Agriculture implemented the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides assistance to agricultural producers impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, through a final rule published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2020. However, there were errors in some of the…

British Columbia cherry packers invest in new grading lines and cold storage

Back in 2002, Global Fruit was established to support BC cherry growers in marketing their cherries to markets around the world. Since then, the company as well as the growers and packers it represents, have grown exponentially. “This year, Global Fruit is proud to be working with six packing houses and…

Khunaspix

Thailand: New protocol on fruit exports to China signed

On Wednesday, the Thai cabinet approved a proposal to sign a protocol on quarantine and inspection of exported and imported fruit via a third country between Thailand and…

Hussein Abdullahi/KNA

Groundbreaking ceremony for Kenyan fruit processing factory

On Tuesday, Kwale governor Salim Mvurya presided over a groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the second phase of the Sh.600 million fruit processing plant in Shimba Hills, Kubo South Ward in Matuga Sub County. Governor Murya assured the people of Kwale that his administration is committed to…

Ryo Takeshita - ASTRA

“1/3 less fruit waste with Peel-A-Ton”

During the COVID-19 crisis, consumers have given increased attention to food safety. The use of automatic peeling machines has become more and more popular for companies that are involved in fruit processing. Ryo Takeshita is the sales manager of a Japanese automatic peeler developer ASTRA. He reviewed…

Summerfruit NZ, Richard Palmer: Servickuz

'New Zealand growers should aim for smaller crops with larger fruit'

Although New Zealand exports cherries, peaches, nectarines and apricots to 19 countries around the world, the sector is concerned a lack of labour and air freight due to…

NZ visa changes will allow stranded Pacific Islands fruit pickers to work other jobs

In a national announcement by Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway, he stated that Hawke's Bay's Recognised Seasonal Employers and migrant seasonal workers will now be able to continue working and supporting themselves with more flexible hours and roles. Lees-Galloway also announced the cap on the…

Despite COVID restrictions Yulia Mazurkevych

Vietnam’s fruit exports surge in certain markets

The COVID-19 pandemic caused Vietnamese fruit and vegetable exports to decline by 12.2% in the first six months of 2020, but shipments to certain markets witnessed a strong…

Cédric Geens, W. Jonckheere

"The stone fruit season began well but limited volumes available"

“For us, the stone fruit season’s good, price-wise. Less so when it comes to volumes. There’s no supply,” says Cédric Geens of W. Jonckheere, a fruit and vegetable wholesaler…

Georg Thalhammer supplies organic garlic for the first time

"Fresh organic garlic yield should be sufficient to serve the market into August"

The demand for domestic garlic is increasing in Germany. Not only the conventional, regionally produced product is becoming more and more popular with consumers, but organic garlic is also becoming increasingly popular. Georg Thalhammer - passionate organizer of a rapidly growing organic producer…

Alexlmx

Indian government plants seeds to grow exotic fruits, discouraging imports

The Indian government is planning to introduce exotic varieties of apples, almonds, walnuts, grapes and date palm by importing seeds and saplings to help local growers and…

PR Times

The Marugoto Melon Cake

Japanese creations: Beautiful cakes inside fruit

Marugoto is a Japanese word meaning “whole” or “entire,” and sure enough, the Marugoto Melon Cake is a cake that’s contained inside a full melon. The creation of Japanese patissier Koki Kato, the Marugoto Melon Cake starts with a carefully selected musk melon. From the outside, the cake looks like an…

Bad weather affects productions all over Italy

The past weekend was characterized by hail and strong winds in various parts of Italy. As meteorologist Maycol Checchinato reports, "when temperatures remain high for a few days, the arrival of cool air generates instability, storms and whirlwinds." One of the hailstones weighed by Venzi "Cherries and…

Ohio State University research Oleg17k

Black raspberries could reduce skin inflammation and allergies

A study on mice seems to indicate that diets with a high content of black raspberries could reduce skin allergy and skin inflammation related to contact hypersensitivity.…

Fhumulani Ratshitanga: Fruit South Africa acting CEO will remain at the helm

According to the newly appointed CEO of Fruit South Africa, Fhumulani Ratshitanga, hard work, discipline, focus and respect were the building bricks at the foundation of her…

Daria Serdtseva

Hungary: Fruit prices set to rise

According to the director of the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization and Product Council (FruitVeB), István Hunyadi, a poor fruit yield is expected…

Andries Gunter

Cheap imports affecting Russian peach prices

Producers in the southern regions of the Russian Federation have already started delivering the first lots of peaches, EastFruit analysts said. The stone fruit season has…

Covid-19 raises China's awareness of traceability system for imported fruits

The Covid-19 pandemic ongoing for months has undoubtedly had some impact on the fruit and vegetable market. Fruit imports have fallen significantly. Although the downturn in the market has frustrated some traders, the crisis has made consumers more conscious of food safety, and also made the fruit…

Jack Bezemer, Zoutewelle

"Every year, it gets tougher to sell peaches on the Dutch stone fruit market"

“Stone fruit sales are still going well, so far,” says Jack Bezemer van Zoutewelle, at the beginning of June. This Dutch company imports and exports fruit and vegetables. At…

Fast detection of Cyclospora cayetanensis in berries

The consumption of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries has increased worldwide in recent years because these fruits are considered an important source of antioxidant compounds. Unfortunately, consumption of berries is associated with a risk of foodborne parasites, such as Cyclospora cayetanensis.…

MSC will stop at the Brazilian port of Pecem to cover the melon export season

According to Alphaliner, MSC will add northbound layovers at the Brazilian port of Pecem to the String 1 services on the USEC-Caribbean-ECSA route and to the String 1 service…

Cool Queensland weather leads to a strawberry price spike

A gap in the supply of Queensland strawberries led to severely higher than usual costs in recent weeks, according to one Victorian retailer. Director at Alexanders Fruit Market in Oakleigh, David Zahlan, says supply has been very short and very tight, due to Queensland's cold weather and the fruit not…

"Chinese consumers continue to trust imported fruit"

The closure of Beijing's main fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat wholesale market due to an outbreak of coronavirus on June 13, raised fears that the fruit logistics and distribution chain in China could face further problems. “Chinese consumers are concerned about the new outbreak, but this didn't affect…

Turkey increased fresh fruit exports via air freight during pandemic

Turkish Cargo's reduced prices during the pandemic crisis allowed exporters to increase exports via air freight. In the three month-period (from March to May), Turkey exported 1,753,000 USD (1.55 million Euro) worth of fresh fruits. According to Aegean Exporters’ Association’s figures, from March until…

Filipe da Silva, Jaguar The Fresh Company

"Flavor is becoming essential"

“When it comes to stone fruit, this is a season of limited volumes,” says Filipe da Silva of Jaguar The Fresh Company. This Dutch company imports and distributes fruit and vegetable from all over the world. He points to a confluence of conditions as the cause. These include the corona crisis, which caused things like a labor…

Olaf Speier

Fruit picking among the most popular UK job searches during lockdown

The current pandemic has been very troubling on employment, as many in the UK have faced redundancies, put on the government’s furlough scheme or been ineligible for it and…

Norwegian strawberry picking robot popular due to covid crisis

The corona pandemic has once again demonstrated how dependent agriculture is on seasonal workers, but Norwegian growers may get help from robots next year. For Norwegian growers, the development of autonomous robots cannot move quickly enough, especially now that many of them are struggling to find…

UK releases agricultural statistics for potatoes, fruits and vegetables

The United Kingdom Government has releases the statistics for agriculture. Some interesting information can be found in this report, like the yearly production of potatoes and several fresh fruits and vegetables, but also the supply in terms of imports and exports and prices per ton. These statistics can…

Frcolaco

Dole signs deal with Shanghai Disney

Dole is one of the largest producers of fresh fruit and vegetables; now, the company and Shanghai Disney Resort announced that the two sides have inked a multi-year resort…

Sri Lanka increases import taxes on more fresh and dried fruits

Sri Lanka has suspended or halted the import of a large number of goods, in the worst trade controls slapped since the break of the Bretton Woods in 1971. But some foods,…

The Australian online trading platform giving wholesalers the technological edge

One of Australia's leading fresh produce wholesale management software companies, Zupply has found that using a digital platform during the COVID-19 pandemic has given their clients an advantage in terms of reducing costs while maintaining supply. The system works by connecting wholesale companies with…

The registration period is open from July 27 to 31

Aneberries will celebrate the 10th edition of its International Congress online

Mexico's Berry Exporters Association, (ANEBERRIES) is getting ready to conduct the tenth edition of its International Congress, which will be held online for the first time.…

Nigel Bailey – Mushandi Holdings

Harvesting commences at one of Zimbabwe’s bigger blueberry projects

Mushandi Holdings owns and manages sizable blueberry and strawberry projects in Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe. On Pinfields Farm at Ruwa, 40km southeast of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, the blueberry harvest started two weeks ago, the early crop going to Woolworths shelves in South Africa, as the Zimbabwean…

Global Focus Soft Fruit/Stone Fruit

FreshPlaza will be focusing on soft fruit and stone fruit in our July Global Focus. There are many new challenges facing exporters and importers in this strange new world. Turkey their most important cherry season is in full swing and logistics around the world are starting up again. And how has the soft…

Zimbabwean agro-marketing company

Brands Fresh revenues have dropped

Zimbabwean agro-marketing company Brands Fresh has recorded a significant decline in revenue in the first six months of this year due to depressed demand of bananas during the…

Watermelon tops list of exports Holly Kuchera

Iran agri exports exceed $890 million in two months

Iran exported 1.67 million tons of agricultural and food products worth over $890 million during the first two months of the current fiscal year (March 20-May 20). This is…

Frank Harms

Could fruit picking be an answer for Australia’s young people?

When life gives you lemons, take a job lemon-picking. COVID has created a shortage of jobs and of seasonal workers: Could a spell in the orchard help get you through the…

Chinese soft-seed pomegranates available in early August

The supply period of plums from Sichuan, where a large number of production areas and varieties can be found, can last up to about two months. The varieties that are currently on the market include Wuyuecui and Yinghong. "This year, we expect to sell about 500,000 kilos. Half a month ago, prices were…

Unexport

Spain: "We expect a very positive watermelon and stone fruits campaign"

The Unexport cooperative, based in Lorca, Murcia, has been one of the companies that have maintained its activity to supply Spanish and European consumers during the…

"Growers should be more united and this is the time to invest in technology to be better prepared"

A Victorian fruit producer is encouraging other growers in the industry to start investing in technology to be better prepared for issues such as COVID-19, workforce security and the drought. Budou Farms grows table grapes with a peak in the summer months, and co-owner Enrique Rossi says in addition to…

Fe.Vi. Fruit , 'Everything from our warehouse runs out at the end of the day'

A richer summer catalogue features red and yellow Fioroni figs and plums

"In addition to apricots, peaches, cherries, melons and watermelons, our vast assortment now includes also Fioroni figs and yellow and red plums. These two new references have only been on the market for a few days, and there is already a positive trend in both requests and prices. "With regard to…

Turkey’s peach and nectarine exports off to a good start

According to the Aegean Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters' Association, in the first five months, Turkey's peach exports increased by 36% in terms of volume and 44% in…

"Demand dropped and Japanese consumers were looking for cheap or alternative items"

Some sales of Australian premium table grapes slightly down overseas after Covid-19 lockdown

A Victorian table grape producer is hopeful Japanese sales picks up, after noticing a decline in the retail of premium fruit in recent months. After finishing the harvest, Budou Farms still has a few pallets in storage but noticed the slowdown in the aftermath of COVID-19 restrictions imposed in the…

High value export commodities such as citrus, fruit and macadamia’s will also be affected

South African farmers hard hit due to the increase in cost & limited availability of diesel

Agri SA is calling on the South African government to launch an urgent inquiry into the continuous shortage of diesel to various industries. One of the key reasons is the…

Greenfruit company Andrey Shevchenko

Investor to build fruit warehouse in Baranovichi, Belarus

According to the Head of the Economy Department, Ella Stashenko, a fruit warehouse will be built in the city of Baranovichi, with foreign capital. The investment agreement was…

Nmint

Also: 'Sobering' report on region’s water security and climate change

New Zealand: Hawke's Bay's fruit season has highs and lows

It was not an easy season for any sector of the fruit industry in Hawke's Bay. The Covid lockdown was handled by employers who ensured workers kept to their bubbles. The effects of the lockdown have continued as many RSE workers from around the Pacific have not been able to get home since. Summer fruit…

50,000 apples for Summer Appeal

Pink Lady® partners with FareShare

Pink Lady® apples has announced a partnership with FareShare, the UK's largest charity fighting hunger and food waste. The leading apple brand has committed to a financial…

Burro.ai

Burro autonomous farm robot can help workers with grape harvest

Launching an agricultural AI startup requires identifying specific use cases, as well as which fruit and vegetable growers to work with. When Burro.ai built a robot that uses autonomous driving to ferry produce between workers, it chose to initially focus on table grapes. By contrast, other agricultural…

Berry Gardens

UK horti cooperative Berry Gardens installs solar system at Kent headquarters

UK horticulture cooperative Berry Gardens has installed a 993kW solar system at its headquarters in Linton, Kent. The company was able to access a £780,000 (€851,000) green loan from HSBC UK to finance the installation. Berry Gardens is the largest grower-owned horticulture co-operative in the UK and…

14 workers affected

Fruit company in Spanish province of Huesca reports coronavirus outbreak

On Saturday 20 June, following the detection of a coronavirus outbreak, the Spanish Ministry of Health ordered the temporary closure of Frutas La Espesa, one of the largest…

Marks and Spencer’s new limelon in store now

With the heatwave in full swing, summer fruits and foods are very much on the menu. But if you fancy something a little different as a refreshing snack this season, Marks and…

Sam Vasala - Sai World

"This season will be either an opportunity or a disaster"

Sai World has been established for 5 years and in the beginning focused on the Indian market as Director Sam Vasala has Indian heritage. In the last 3 years the company started to import and export to various countries around the globe. Sai World deals in many products but are strongest in cherries,…

Fresh produce industry suffers more primary production losses than in post-harvest

A leading international audit and consulting firms, Ernst & Young has found that there is more wastage in Australia's fresh produce primary production, than in the subsequent processing and packaging. The company undertook research and assessment of relevant literature and case studies as part of Produce…

Javad Nobowati, EuroMinoo Import & Export:

"We think there is great potential for fresh Iranian fruit within German wholesale"

This year's corona pandemic has made it considerably more difficult to import Iranian products. It was also an exciting time for Javad Nobowati (on the right in the picture), the former Iranian sales representative in Germany and for two years managing director of EuroMinoo Import & Export. While the…

Pieter de Ruiter, 4Fruit Company:

"Quiet start to Murcia melon season is good for price formation"

The Spanish melon season is currently making the transition from Almeria to Murcia. "We will receive the last melons from Almeria next week and then it will really be over this week. However, Murcia has suffered from the rain, so the season has not yet started. We are getting some supply, but not full…

Wild genotypes of Actinidia could be used for resistance to Psa

The bacterial canker of kiwifruit caused by Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa) is a serious disease that threatens the global kiwifruit industry. In many areas copper treatments are used to control the disease, however planting resistant cultivars is considered as one of the most effective ways to…

Andrey Popov

Australian growers call for countrymen to 'get off the couch' or risk fruit shortages

As it stands at this time, millions of dollars' worth of fruit and vegetables could be left to rot in the field, with the industry facing a severe shortage of workers. Growers…

Commercial Director of ProChile in Shanghai: Grafvision

"China has changed - the consumer is going to be much more demanding"

Juan José Vidal, Commercial Director of ProChile in Shanghai and Catalina Cuevas, Head of Sustainability of ProChile spoke on the seminar that the institution organized…

Irish Revenue officers seize €5.5 mln of cannabis hidden inside fruit container

Revenue officers have seized cannabis worth €5.5 million at Rosslare Europort. Officers discovered the drugs this morning following a routine profiling operation at the port. Staff made the find when a container that arrived from Spain was chosen for a random check. Officers on duty identified an unaccompanied…

François Rotteleur, GG:

“The Rainier cherry is the main interest on the cherry market at the moment”

Located at the heart of the Ventoux National Park, GG Sarl is a family business specialized in the production and marketing of local products, such as apricots, grapes, plums and cherries. The company is currently in the middle of the cherry campaign. According to François Rotteleur, sales representative…

Awe Sum Organics teams up with Californian stone fruit producer

Awe Sum Organics has announced that starting this season they are again offering Organic Frog Hollow Farm fruit to their customers.Frog Hollow Farm is well known for the amazing flavor and eating quality of their organic peaches, apricots, pluots, and plums. The farm is located in Brentwood, California…

Okanagan fruit growers need locals to help bring in harvest Rivertracks

Mexico is keeping laborers at home as virus number rise in Canada

The labor troubles in the Canadian fruit and vegetable industry may get worse as Mexico plans to keep migrant workers from traveling to the northern nation amid a wave of…

Izak Heijboer

Polish cherries are 18% more expensive than last year

According to EastFruit project analysts, cherry prices are on the rise in Poland. Polish producers report that cherry crops were strongly affected by the spring frosts this…

Sharon de Ridder

Ukrainian raspberries hit the market at higher prices than last year

According to EastFruit analysts, growers in the southern regions of Ukraine started harvesting early raspberries of a new crop on June 11-12, 2020. Despite the cool spring and…

Kittipong Jirasukhanont

Robots might ease UK migrant worker shortage

Britain is troubled by a lack of labourers to pick up its ripe fruit in 2020. The Coronavirus and Brexit have caused an uproar among the United Kingdom’s fruit and vegetable…

PMA's State of the Industry report outlines post-COVID-19 trends for fresh produce

Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) says the Coronavirus pandemic has led to widespread disruption of the fresh produce industry, driving change at a rapid pace, affecting the way the fresh produce industry works, lives, eats, moves and uses technology. With Hort Connections…

Spain: Massive hail storm could have huge impact on European stone fruit season

A massive hail storm on Tuesday evening in Lleida and Huesca hit the stone fruit growing areas of Torres de Segre, Soses, Alcarras, Aitona, Binaced, Binefar, Ximenells, Alcolea de Cinca, Bellver de Cinca and Fraga. This occurred just right before the harvest was due to take place. According to the grower…

“China has become one of the key markets for our cherries”

After having run a trial year in 2019, the Turkish cherries are now widely available in the Chinese market. According to one exporter, the quality of the Turkish cherries is the best it’s been in decades. And so demand is high, in several of the targeted countries. It’s shaping up to be a solid cherry…

Cambodia wants to up food exports to China

Cambodia wants China to have a full fruit package deal in negotiations concerning sanitary and phytosanitary issues to export agricultural products to the Chinese market.…

Hydroponics gains ground in Chile's desert

Fernando Salinas Colque, a farmer from Chile, has launched an innovative initiative for the hydroponic cultivation of strawberries in the sector of Altos La Portada in the desert region of Antofagasta. According to the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation (FIA) of the Ministry of Agriculture, which…

Matthijs Nijhoff, TripleF Fruit:

"Luckily, imported New Zealand apples are only in few European hands"

The overseas season is in full swing at TripleF Fruit in the Netherlands. The first Gala and Braeburn apples arrived from New Zealand last week. The importer has now received Pink Lady® apples from the Taylor family too. Company director, Matthijs Nijhoff, shares his vision of what he calls the 'top…

Market Report Austria, KW 24/2020:

'Start of the early potato season, winter onions in short supply'

The Austrian early potato market is getting off to a nice slow start. New potatoes are now being harvested in all provinces. The yields of the early potato varieties are, with regional exceptions, usually quite reasonable. In Burgenland and Styria, yields per hectare were already at 30 to 35 tonnes at the…

Volumes continue to climb for New Zealand's Ambrosia apples

New Zealand growers are expecting more volumes of Ambrosia apples this year, as the variety's year-on-year growth continues. Heartland Group is responsible for marketing the brand and General Manager Sales & Marketing, Brendon Osborn says with the cool summer, the colour of the Ambrosia in general is…

Tanzania: Agri-tech startup East Africa Fruits plans to scale after $3.1 mln Series A round

Tanzanian agri-tech startup East Africa Fruits hopes to with more than 10,000 farmers and 15,000 businesses, and expand into new verticals, after raising US$3.1m Series A…

Gertrude Snoei

Southern Hemisphere exported a record volume of blueberries

In the 2019/20 season, blueberry producers in the southern hemisphere reached record export figures, with 261.5 thousand tons. According to the annual report of the marketing…

Rory Cole – Flowpack Systems

Elifab, high-speed electronic blueberry sorter, available in South Africa

Grabouw-based Flowpack Systems has wide experience in installing sorters, graders and flow wrapping machinery at apple and pear packhouses across South Africa. Given the buoyant growth in the local blueberry industry, it is only natural for them to now introduce the Elifab Berry Class sorter, employing…

Awe Sum Organics

New crop organic blueberries from the Pacific Northwest

Awe Sum Organics can now offer new crop, organic blueberries from the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. The blueberries have a sweet flavor and a hint of tartness. Awe Sum Organics has partnered with high quality small and mid-sized family farms in Oregon and Washington to supply these…

Ivan Stanic

Bangladesh summer fruit growers face double blow

Mango, litchi and other summer fruit growers in Bangladesh are facing a double blow due to supply disruption during the coronavirus pandemic as well as fall in production. Low…

Kitano

Afghan growers call on US to open routes to Pakistan’s fruit traders

A group of Afghan business leaders at a virtual meeting with US embassy officials in Kabul on Monday called for the opening of Pakistan’s routes to Afghanistan’s exports,…

Spain

15% drop in Aragon's fruit harvest expected

The fruit harvest in the Spanish region of Aragon will be 15% smaller than in 2019, totaling some 530,093 tons, according to the agrarian organization Uaga. This drop will be…

Gerold Grotelueschen

India: Andhra Pradesh fruits get direct shipping facility to UK

In a first, fresh fruits were exported directly from Visakhapatnam Port to the United Kingdom through container shipment. Two consignments carrying 19,000 kg of watermelon and 12,000 kg of mangoes produced by farmers from coastal Andhra Pradesh were packed and loaded in containers by a Vizag-based…

Robert Kneschke

Northumbria University's Healthy Living Lab study

Children experience reduced intake of fruit and vegetables since lockdown

In a study conducted by Northumbria University's Healthy Living Lab around half of the children who received free school meal vouchers are reporting a significant drop in their intake of fruit and vegetables since schools closed in March. Just over half of pupils who would have received free school meals…

Stefano Ember

Fruit exports Tunisia up 28% since start of the year

The volume of exported fruits has risen by 28% from the start of 2020 until the 1st week of June, with a value standing at 28 million Tunisian dinars (MD), despite border…

What is the difference between consuming one soft drink and three apples?

Excessive sugar consumption is a major health problem in most developed countries. A single can of soda can contain half of all the recommended daily sugar for an adult,…

Spanish scientists showing the advantages of aquaponics in greenhouse melon cultivation

A study carried out by the Horticulture team of the Murcian Institute for Agrarian and Food Research (Imida) on aquaponics production systems, which combine soilless…

Rockit Global Limited CEO, Austin Mortimer, resigns

Rockit Global Limited today announces the resignation of CEO Austin Mortimer. Austin has been with the company for almost five years and has been a pivotal part of the…

Hakan Can Yalcin

Iran sees increase in fruit prices

According to a survey by Iran’s Parliamentary Research Center, the poverty line for a four-person household in Tehran has risen from 2.5 million tomans to 4.5 million tomans in the last two years, an increase of 80 percent. The head of the Tehran Fruit and Vegetable Markets Union said: “Fruit prices are…

Hail in Spanish region of Aragon causes great losses

"Fruit will suffer considerable damage"

Hail storms have again hit the Spanish region of Aragon at a time when the fruit production for the spring / summer season is more sensitive. The latest hailstorm was recorded on Wednesday afternoon and affected part of the Comarca de los Monegros and the Cinco Villas. "This week has been difficult for…

Leader of the Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party - Ghulam Hassan Mir:

“Arrange for transport of J&K cherries and strawberries”

Leader of the Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party and former minister, Ghulam Hassan Mir, on Saturday urged the state government to press the refrigerated vans into service for the…

The value of fruit imports in China increases during the first quarter of 2020

According to data recently published by the China Chamber of Commerce, during the first quarter of 2020, the Asian country imported more than 1.61 million tons of fruit for a total value of 3.010 billion dollars, reflecting a 12 % year-on-year drop in volume and a 7% increase in value. During that…

Italian summer fruit: Rich offerings at Vienna wholesale market

"Less competition from goods from overseas and hardly any price pressure on Italia grapes"

A large part of the imported goods at the Vienna wholesale market in Inzersdorf traditionally comes from neighbouring Italy. Even in these difficult times of Corona, Italian products arrive in large quantities at the trading area. Despite the exceptional situation, cherries, grapes and the like are available…

Fotokon

Prices for fruit rise to unprecedented highs in Ukraine

Due to the negative impact of recent weather conditions, prices for fruit and berries have risen to historic highs in Ukraine. Wholesale prices for garden strawberries grew the most, by 61.5% on average as of early June. "Despite the decline in consumer income as a result of the coronavirus-related…

Vikaabdullina

Vietnam fruit exporters hampered by rising air freight costs

Vietnamese fruit exporters are struggling with the high air freight costs, that have surged due to the limited number of flights amid the pandemic. Global Fresh Fruit Company…

Rice University Compuinfoto

Eggs can be used as low-cost coating to protect fruits and vegetables

Rice University researchers say that eggs, that would otherwise be wasted, can be used as the base of an inexpensive coating to protect fruits and vegetables. The Brown School…

Anadolu Etap

European Bank loans $67 mln to key fruit producer in Turkey

Yesterday, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced that it is providing a €60 million loan to Anadolu Etap, the leading fruit producer in the…


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