Fruit

"The first 'Witte Wijn' apples are growing on South African soil again"

While we don’t know for how many years the Witte Wijn apple, the first ever apple variety picked in the Cape in 1662, was lost, estimates by Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing’s sleuths suggest it may have been hundreds of years. Since returning the Witte Wijn apple to The Company’s Garden in Cape Town on April…

Weekly Argentinian blueberry arrival report

1,186 tons of blueberries exported from Argentina in week 47

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

China sees falling prices for local fruits and rising prices of imports

At present, prices of locally grown fruits in wholesale markets are generally lower than in the same period of last year, while prices of some imported fruits are slightly…

"Pear varieties vary in sensitivity towards fresh-keeping products"

Pear is a climacteric fruit with a post-harvest ripening period, and is very sensitive to temperature and ethylene. If not dealt with in time after harvest, the ethylene in the fruit will increase rapidly at room temperature, and respiration will grow significantly. After reaching the peak of…

USHBC to focus on expanding overseas demand for US blueberries in 2021

The US domestic blueberry season will start back up in a few months, in March of 2021 with Florida’s production. With the Vietnamese market being opened to fresh blueberries from the US in 2019 and the Philippine and Chinese markets being opened this year in 2020, the exports from the US are on the rise.…

Sicily, area of production of Canicattì

The Italia variety grape season is coming to an end

The Italian grape season is coming to an end and in many areas the harvesting and marketing operations have already been completed. In the remaining days of the season, most of the grapes available on the market are grapes with Protected Geographical Indication. In the Sicilian town of Canicattì, in the…

Chilean cherries arrive in Vietnam for the first time

The Chilean Cherry Committee, ProChile, and the Chilean Embassy in Vietnam launched their first marketing campaign in Vietnam. The activity focused on supporting and celebrating these first exports to this important Asian market. Chile achieved access for its cherries last month, marking a new milestone…

Michoacan leads Mexico's pear production

The state of Michoacan leads Mexico's pear production. According to data from the Secretariat for Rural and Agricultural Food Development (Sedrua), this entity produces…

January - July 2020

Mexican grape imports decrease by 23.9%

According to data from the Mexican Ministry of Economy, Mexican grape imports between January and July 2020 registered a year-on-year fall of 23.9%, totaling 50.3 million…

Leonard Droomer - Dreemfruit

Dreemfruit picks the first flat peaches in a delayed season

The stonefruit season started around ten days late at Dreemfruit – a frustrating wait, notes Breede River Valley stonefruit farmer Leonard Droomer, but the results have been worthwhile with good volumes and good quality expected on this year’s peaches and nectarines. Their main focus is local retail…

Moldova 2020 apple harvest notably lower than forecasts

Recent calculations from several organisations of agricultural producers -working with the Ministry of Agriculture of Moldova and local authorities- showed that this year’s…

President De la Vega, National Agricultural Council urges for cooperation

Agri-food sector trusts that government will defend Mexican berries from US threats

President of the National Agricultural Council (CNA), Bosco de la Vega, has stated that at a time when trade blocs are emerging in Asia, North America needs to think about…

Manbulloo - Mango Exports

"Interestingly our customers have been prepared to pay more to get our product"

One of Australia's leading mango producers is operating on lower margins on export sales in this COVID-19 affected year, to ensure its international customers can continue to get supply, especially where the demand is very high. Managing Director at Manbulloo, Marie Piccone says, like many other…

New Shine muscat brand launched in China

On November 22, a tasting event for Shine muscat grapes from South Korean took place in an Olé store in Guangzhou. This event was jointly organised by Olé Supermarkets, Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation and Shenzhen Yiguo Agricultural Products Co., Ltd. During the event, grape lovers not only…

Anthony Maes, Maes Fruitexpress:

"Little faith in big apples this year"

The demand for apples is good for the time of year, but the quality is not going well this year. “A lot of large apples were picked this year and they are very sensitive to…

Cas van Loon, The Greenery Retail, the Netherlands

"Good prospects for new Sweet and Sunny strawberry import season"

The Dutch are working towards the end of the year. But, in Spain, they're making the necessary preparations for the new Sweet and Sunny strawberry season. It will start in early 2021. Cas van Loon of The Greenery Retail, in the Netherlands, discusses these preparations. Cas is The Greenery Retail's soft…

Huelva's blueberries are one step closer to the Brazilian market

Freshuelva continues to make progress in the protocol that allows the opening of Brazil to Huelva's blueberries. A delegation of Brazilian inspectors visited the blueberry…

Chinese apple market experiences one disaster after another

Shatang tangerines conquer the Chinese market with low prices

The export market for Chinese apples is suffering from problems in the shipping industry and they are unlikely to dominate the international market this year. Traders will…

Reid Fruits combines Aussie tech to beat cherry fraud

Reid Fruits will deploy Laava’s patented Smart Fingerprint secure label technology again this summerfruit season – building on its success thwarting at least 10 counterfeiting attempts in season 2019/20. But the protection won’t stop there for the Tasmanian cherry producer. This season, Reid Fruits…

Republic of Georgia sees twelve-fold increase in apple exports 2020/21

According to the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia, the nation exported 5,045 tons of apples from the start of August to 23 November 2020, which is a 12-fold…

U.S. apple production is forecast to decline 3 percent in 2020

The holidays may look a little different this year, but apple pie is likely still on the table. The U.S. apple crop in the 2019/20 season (August to July) was the sixth largest on record, with total production reaching 11 billion pounds. Total utilized production, which includes production that is…

Magdalena du Plessis – Carpe Diem

Orange River organic grape grower plans strong volume increase over coming years

A container of organically grown Early Sweet white seedless table grapes is due to shortly depart for Europe from Cape Town Harbour. This is the opening to Northern Cape grower Carpe Diem’s new grape season, a “short but intense” campaign that usually runs for eight to ten weeks in which they ship ten to…

Brazilian fruit exports to Middle East expected to grow in 2021

According to Brazilian Fruit Growers-Exporters Association (Abrafrutas) executive director Eduardo Brandão, fruit exports from Brazil to Arab countries are expected to…

Executive director Chilean Blueberry Committee - Andrés Armstrong:

‘The focus is on quality and productivity, not on volumes’

Currently, the 2020/2021 blueberry season is in full swing and the volumes of fruit to the markets have increased considerably. This is mainly due to the Peruvian production,…

How do traders keep their apples fresh for longer?

How did the Chinese apple market fare during the pandemic?

Apple production volumes declined in many countries across the globe as a result of extreme weather conditions such as flooding and hailstorms. The apple production volumes in European countries such as Belgium, Poland, France, and Spain declined by 10%-15%, or even more, as a result of excessive…

New season for CRIMSON SNOW® underway

After a very successful season in 2019, with more than 12.000tons of branded apples sold in Europe, the club doubles up with a harvest of 24.000tons and intensifies its efforts to increase quality, both for producers and consumers, pushing hard for sustainability and launching the new refreshed…

Izak/Rebekka

Situation of the Polish apple market

The situation on the Polish apple market is acceptable, according to the latest IERiGŻ report “Fruit and vegetable market. Status and Prospects". The apple harvest promises to…

Renzo Muro, of Fundo Los Paltos: "The impact of the pandemic on the consumption of organic products is worrying"

Peru's organic table grape campaign has already started, with greater volumes

Peru's table grape campaign has already started and the production is expected to grow by around 16% compared to the previous season. This means 7 million more boxes, which will bring the season's total to 56 million boxes. "This week, we are starting the harvest of the first organic seedless red varieties…

Peru's blueberry oversupply takes its toll on export prices

This year's Peruvian blueberry season began in June with the export of 1,010 tons worth 5 million dollars. These figures represented a 25% increase in volume and a 77%…

The price increased by 30%

Chinese Hami melons from Hainan sell better than last year

Hainan in China enjoys a tropical climate. The province is surrounded by the sea on all four sides and receives plenty of sunshine, so that the temperature is always high. These are ideal conditions for the growth of Hami melons. The Chinese production volume of Hami melons has steadily grown in the last…

Republic of Georgia

Apple exports up 1200 percent as compared to last year

Between August 1 and November 23, Georgia has exported 5,045 tonnes of apples worth $2.2 million. This was stated in an announcement of the Georgian Ministry of Agriculture…

Francisco Ulloa, Maersk Director for South America's West Coast

"We have all the reefer units in Chile to face this cherry campaign"

The positive weather conditions in Chile suggest that the 2020-2021 fruit season will be positive in terms of volume and quality, stated Francisco Ulloa, Maersk's director for…

"Demand is very strong and we sell most of it before it even flowers"

North Queensland exotic fruit grower picks up national honour for its high-quality tasting produce

A North Queensland exotic fruit grower says it was a proud moment when his produce was compared favourably to what was grown in South East Asia, by a top Australian television chef. Fruit Forest Farm was the national winner of the 2020 Harvey Norman Delicious Produce Awards, after initially being…

Moldova now exports more nuts and fruits than Turkey and Poland

As it stands, the list of the 25 largest world exporters of fruits and nuts does not include a single country in Eastern Europe and the former USSR. Poland which in 2019…

One of the problems of the 2020 season is the coloring of black grapes

"The grape campaign is coming to an end. We expect to finish by the end of November, although many operators will try to extend the sale of the cold-preserved product until the Christmas holidays. The work in the fields is over, and there is still some Italia grape residue left, a variety that,…

Mark Farrell – Groot Gariep Koelkamers

Orange River grapes start trickling in

Groot Gariep Koelkamers in Kakamas, Northern Cape, takes in over a thousand pallets of table grapes per day during the peak of the Orange River table grape season, but at the moment the start of the season has been slow. The first table grapes of the 2020/21 season arrived yesterday at the cold store, a…

First strawberries from Huelva already on the market. Raspberries record better demand and prices this year

"We are committed to entering the market as early as possible"

The first early strawberries from Huelva have already reached the Spanish market, although in still very limited quantities. “We already have some San Andreas strawberries in Huelva, which for now are going to the domestic market. Last week, we sold about 1,800 kilos, and little by little, our daily…

Mathias Hundhausen (Euromeridian BV) on the start of the Moroccan berry campaign

"Good yield and quality expected"

The Moroccan berry campaign is currently ready to go. The first strawberries from the northern production facilities have already been on the market for two weeks; raspberries are expected to be added in week 49. According to current information, good yields and great fruit quality are expected, says…

Ian Grigg and Helena Beckett of Giddings US

Peruvian blueberry season winds down as Chile’s volumes start ramping up

Giddings Fruit, after having expanded their presence in the produce market for the past 20 years, has recently opened up their first US office, located in Monterey, California. “The purpose of the new office here in the US is to cultivate our direct relationships with national and regional retailers, and…

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Nigeria: Enugu fruit sellers make a profit from heatwave

Fruit sellers in Nigeria’s Enugu metropolis are presently making good sales business due to the current heat wave. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, most of the fruit sellers have consequently raised their daily supply to meet the increase in demand. Some of them confirmed that there was a boost…

Quality assurance critical for protecting fruit brand IP

Delytics Ltd is assisting Sun World International, LLC, an Australian licensing business to ensure its table grapes meet the quality standards required to bear its premium varietal brands such as MIDNIGHT BEAUTY® and AUTUMNCRISP®. The independent quality assurance provided by Delytics is underpinning Sun…

Ross Berries

'Blueberry battle serves as catalyst for industry reform'

'The South Africa fruit industry has been turned upside down as a result of the recent court battle involving Ross Berries and United Exports. Reforms are set to be on the…

Overall production volume expanded this year

Golden Fuji apple remains popular in Chinese market

Golden Fuji apples are grown in Yantai. The production areas are located on the 37th parallel north. The unique geography and weather conditions all work together to create an unparalleled flavor. This variety is an improvement on the regular Red Fuji apple variety. The regular Fuji apples from Yantai…

European soft fruit shelf data viewable in real time with new Roamler Berry Monitor

European soft fruit data viewable as a whole. From now on Roamler offers this on one clear dashboard with the newly introduced Berry Monitor. The crowdsourcing platform has been providing parties in the entire fruit and vegetable chain from breeders to retailers with detailed information and photos by…

Mazzarrone PGI grape season ends one month early

Giovanni Raniolo, President of the Consorzio di Tutela dell'Uva da Tavola di Mazzarrone Igp, reported that the season ended over one month early. Giovanni Raniolo "The campaign was unstable right from the start, with fluctuating prices that have not been satisfactory for both the early and medium-late…

Chilean cherry production increased this season

Chinese fruit shops recently began to stock their shelves with fresh Chilean cherries. These delicious cherries soon attract the attention of Chinese consumers. One spokesperson of XF Fruit explained that Chilean cherries usually spend 36-47 days at sea before they reach China. XF Fruit personnel,…

Project of the Spanish Supra-autonomous Operational Group IDEAS

Plant covers and plants selected for the biological control of the peach aphid

In order to increase the presence of parasitoids (insects that lay an egg inside the pest, causing its death) and the natural predators of the peach aphid, a series of pilot tests has been planned at the facilities of the company Grupo Ametller Origen, Agrícola Maresme SXXI. Thus, covers made with…

California strawberries tight on supplies and higher priced

Supplies of California strawberries are currently slimmer. “Watsonville is pretty much done for the year. It rained in Watsonville this week so that pretty much is going to finish off that crop,” says Jim Grabowski of Well-Pict in Watsonville, CA. “Santa Maria and Oxnard are the only two regions…

Vietnamese farmer makes his fortune growing grapes

Despite being grown in large quantities in Binh Yen village, Luc Nam district - Bac Giang province, lychee, oranges, and pomelo are not for everyone, including local farmer…

Uzbekistan exported record volume of grapes to Russia in September

In September 2020, Uzbekistan managed to hit the record of table grapes exports to the Russian market in one month. In total, 18.400 tons of fresh table grapes entered the…

Fewer South African grapes shipped compared to start of 2019/2020 season

South Africa's grape harvest is picking up steam in the Orange River region, where some cold stores are only receiving their first grapes of the season today in a season with a late start. Intake figures show that last year almost 270,000 4.5kg cartons from the Orange River had already been inspected by…

Crop and Export Report 2020, Week 47

Chilean blueberries: 1,043 tons exported in week 46

The northern zone is already in the final third of its season. Until week 46, the accumulated volumes of regions IV and V add up 24% more than the previous season on the same date. Meanwhile, the central zone is picking up pace, already with the incorporation of the fields without protection, while the…

Brazil: Fruit exports up 10.7% in first nine months of the year

Brazilian fruit exports saw a 10.7% increase during the first 9 months of 2020 in relation to the same period last year. In 2020, Brazil was the largest exporter of fruit on…

CMI Orchards partners with Independent Warehouse, Inc.

CMI Orchards has entered into a partnership with Independent Warehouse, Inc. to expand pear distribution to domestic and international retailers. The Dryden-based company will continue to grow and pack, and CMI Orchards will serve as the sales and marketing agent domestically and internationally. The…

How will the market develop?

Chinese apple purchasing season almost over

As traders wrap up their purchasing activities, the transaction volume in production areas has decreased significantly. Growers in production areas such as Yiyuan, Shandong…

Inspectors from Brazil visit Spanish farms as part of the opening protocol

Spanish plums, grapes and blueberries, increasingly closer to the Brazilian market

A delegation of Brazilian inspectors has visited plum farms in the Spanish region of Extremadura, table grape growers in Alicante and blueberry plantations in Huelva. The goal…

Blueberry volume grows by 7%, but raspberries fall by 10%

Acreage devoted to berries in Huelva remains stable in the 2020/21 campaign

The total area planted with berries in the Spanish province of Huelva for the 2020/2021 campaign is 11,630 hectares; a very similar figure to the 11,751 hectares of berries planted in the previous year (-1.8%). The Association of Producers and Exporters of Strawberries of Huelva, Freshuelva, reports…

Covid-19: 50% of South Africa’s watermelon market gone as tourism suffers

Game farmers and hunting operators turn their hand to watermelons

Covid-19 has hit the watermelon market hard. Where usually a holiday resort like Sun City in South Africa’s Northwest Province would be taking thousands of watermelons every day during summer, now they are taking only hundreds, and the market is feeling it, says Martin Michael of Exec-U-Fruit market…

Early Chilean cherry prices in China considerably higher

Recently, imported cherries, the winter fruit star product, made their way onto the Chinese market. It is reported that the price of Chilean cherries this year has risen…

A fresh fruit-laden Viking boat? Yes, please!

Yummy, that looks delicious. It's a Ladia - a Russian/Viking Pavlova boat - laden with fresh fruit. 

Juan González, of Greenline Gate:

"Organic blueberries are going to compete strongly with the conventional"

The production of blueberries, which play a big role in the European organic berry market, is developing in the southern hemisphere. Latin America stands out as an important supplier and has recorded a notable growth in the demand in recent years. In fact, the European Union has promoted an ambitious…

Argentina

INTA develops nine varieties of seedless table grapes

The National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) has developed nine varieties of seedless table grapes. These varieties have already been registered in Argentina's…

Spanish researchers develop a method to improve the conservation of table grapes

A team of researchers from the Biotechnology and Post-harvest quality group of the Institute of Science and Technology of Food and Nutrition (ICTAN-CSIC) of Madrid has…

"There is a very interesting projection in demand"

The cherry harvest is Argentina's Rio Negro begins with optimism

The cherry-producing companies of the Middle Valley have already started harvesting and packing the fruit. Facundo Fernandez, the Secretary of Rio Negro's Fruit Production,…

Faircoop cooperative breaks new ground

Apples and pears now also featured in the Fairebel range

Until now, the Faircoop cooperative was known for its dairy products, through its Fairebel label. Now, it is breaking new ground: From now on, Fairtrade apples and pears will also be on offer. The expanded range was presented on Thursday morning during a video press conference, reported on by East…

Improved raspberry varieties for Moroccan and Tunisian producers

Global Plant Genetics has announced that it recently extended its raspberry representation contract with James Hutton Ltd. This means that the company is now able to exclusively offer three new raspberry varieties to growers based in Morocco and Tunisia. These include the two primocane varieties Skye and…

Costa drives produce into new market

A new trial led by the Costa Farms and Logistics team will see Costa Fresh Produce Boxes, filled with apples and bananas, delivered to 60 Caltex-Ampol service stations across Victoria on a weekly basis.Joseph Borg, National Business Development Manager, Vertical Farming, said the trial launched this week…

"Can we compete if this keeps going like this?"

Growers notice concerning workforce trends amid Australian horticulture labour shortage

A table grape grower in Victoria says the COVID-19 pandemic has created a generation of "job hoppers" who are pushing for better conditions and pay, which is further compounding the labour shortage problems faced by the industry. Owner of Budou Farms, Enrique Rossi says he is finding workers who are…

Can mangoes reduce wrinkles?

Mangoes, like other orange fruits and vegetables, are rich in beta-carotene and provide antioxidants that may delay cell damage. A new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis,…

Laurent De Smedt, BelOrta, Belgium

“The new Fred® pear plays in on the demand for red-blushed pears”

This week, BelOrta made the Fred® pear available. This pear was commercially introduced on a small scale last year. However, this year, this Belgian producers organization can offer the Fred® on a larger scale. "Fred® is a Swiss pear. It's a cross between the Verdi and Harrow Sweet varieties," says…

Normal Swedish apple harvest despite abnormal weather

Abnormal weather is the new normal. So says a Kiviks Musteri spokesperson. This is one of the largest apple farms in Sweden. A warm spring in that country led to early…

The first container of Chilean blueberries shipped by sea arrives in Shanghai

On November 12, 2020, the first container of Chilean blueberries shipped by sea arrived in Shanghai. This shipment of blueberries from Giddings Fruit was imported by Pengsheng…

90% of Mexican pear imports come from the US

According to statistics from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the country is Mexico's leading supplier of pears as it supplies approximately 90% of all the…

Marco Henschke (Macoo LLC) at the end of the Moldavian plum season

"We could have easily imported another 200,000 kilos"

Moldavian plums are obviously gaining importance in the German fruit trade. In recent years, the Eastern European country has become a recognized source of high quality stone fruits in the industrial as well as fresh sector. East German wholesale group Macoo LLC recognized this trend early on and this is…

“They are the epitome of local”

What drives the success of SnapDragon and RubyFrost apple varieties?

Growers of SnapDragon and RubyFrost apple varieties in New York state are pleased with the quality and production volumes of this year’s crop. Harvest of both varieties has been finished and although SnapDragon has been available on store shelves for a couple of weeks already, fans of RubyFrost need to…

"You need to make sure you are buying a variety which is going to work for your particular situation"

Cherries have been grown in Scotland for quite a few years but are only now becoming really commercially available. One grower Stead Nicolle, started growing cherries back in 2010 as part of his thesis using the Upright Fruiting Offshoot (UFO) system developed by Dr. Matt Whiting of Washington State…

Kouga Berries picks final blueberries of a successful third season

Kouga Berries, the Gamtoos Valley’s sole blueberry producers, is 90% harvested through a strong crop. On some of the older blocks more than 30 tonnes of berries were harvested per hectare and their total volumes have doubled since last year, as it had the year prior. It has been their third blueberry…

As Australia heats up, fruit growers are bracing for one of their busiest plum seasons

Facing a chronic shortage of summer workers due to Covid-19 restrictions, farmers will likely throw millions of tonnes of unpicked crops in the bin – with some even destroying…

To sell or not to sell: the apple dilemma

In this season, many apple producers and traders in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region tend to keep apples in stock amid reports of declining production in many…

Available at OTC Organics week 49

South African organic stone fruit season kicks off at OTC Organics

In a few weeks, OTC Organics will kick off the South African organic stone fruit season with peaches, nectarcots and apricots from its regular partner Pro-Plum Orchards, part of the OrganoGroup. In week 49, OTC Organics - distributor of organic fruit and vegetables - expects the first harvest stone fruit…

Apple prices remain firm due to a 'small' crop

During the ongoing marketing year apple prices remain firm above the historical reference period, as expected, due to a 'small' crop. Although the fresh market is doing well, some tensions are observed in the market of apples for processing; there is a relatively higher proportion of apples of lower…

J E Tipper - Passionfruit

"At the moment it is on track for some good crops leading into Christmas"

Major Australian wholesaler, J E Tipper is hopeful that the 2020 summer passionfruit season being a ‘bounce-back’ year after the weather and drought had an effect on previous crops. "Production should be up; there are some new varieties coming up and as long as the weather continues to play its part,…

Local blueberry varieties in China have strong points and weak points

"We hope to introduce even more top-quality blueberry varieties to the Chinese market"

The Chinese import volume of blueberries has rapidly grown in recent years. In addition, a growing number of international companies have invested in Chinese blueberry planters. This puts enormous pressure on the blueberry market. Manager Li of the Yantai City Jialin Family Farm recently talked about…

Envy™ apples to star in this season's "Countdown to Christmas" on the Hallmark Channel

Envy™ apples will be celebrating the best of the holidays with the Hallmark Channel and its “Countdown to Christmas,” the network’s popular annual series of all-new original holiday films. With its 24/7 holiday programming, the Hallmark Channel has for the past four years ranked as the most-watched…

Bad weather causes 11% drop in Mexican apple harvest

Mexican apple, pear, and grape production are facing challenges in the 2020/2021 sales season. That's due to adverse weather conditions. It's estimated that apple production will fall by 11% compared to the previous year. Grape production is also expected to be lower due to frost damage. Mexican pear…

Wimco Groenendaal, Groda AGF:

"Slightly better pear sales would be welcome"

The top fruit market is facing its share of uncertainties. That's according to Wimco Groenendaal of Groda AGF in the Netherlands. "This applies to both apples and pears. Sales aren't great at the moment. It's not so bad for the apples, because there are a lot less of them. We must, however, keep a close…

Supplied by TR Turoni

A gentle measuring system to determine the firmness of blueberries and grapes

After its successful application on cherries and tomatoes, TR Turoni adapted its durometer on other fruits such as blueberries and grapes. "This instrument makes it possible to quickly, accurately and non-invasively measure the firmness of the pulp," said Enrico Turoni. "This is a very important ripening…

A technological process that lasts a few minutes

Ozone and UV light guarantee safe and sanitized citrus fruits

"These are unusual times and cleansing and disinfection have never been as important as now. In this context, we want to provide extra guarantees on our citrus which is not only 100% Italian, but also extremely safe because it is treated with ozone and UV light at a controlled temperature. These combined…

The first strawberries are already available in Huelva's Market

Strawberries grown in the province are already available in the Mercado del Carmen of Huelva. They arrived at the beginning of November, reaching prices of around 11 Euro…

Repercussions and perspectives of the explosive Peruvian blueberry supply

Strategically, for the Peruvian industry, the Asian market is emerging as an excellent destination for its blueberries if the restrictions are specified in the United States The 2020/21 campaign for the export and marketing of blueberries in the world is showing an extraordinary increase, which…

Steirische Beerenobstgenossenschaft eGen relies on domestic ERP-solution

275 Austrian berry farmers use traceNET GO APP for optimal harvest management

Every year, Steirische Beerenobstgenossenschaft eGen. sells about 8 million kg of black and red currants, elderberries, elderflower and chokeberry. About 300 active berry…

Blueberry grower alleges United Exports claimed royalties on unregistered varieties

A South African blueberry grower has claimed “a momentous victory” for growers as Dutch authorities yesterday released two shipments of its blueberries, confiscated earlier this month and at the end of last month. United Exports agrees to allow marketing of the rest of the 2020 blueberry crop from Ross…

Iran producer processes apples using Italian technology

Iran also uses Italian technology. In September, Arya Sam Coldstore & Foods started processing its produce thanks to a sorter designed and installed by Futura. "Our challenge was to deliver the material and supervise assembly remotely in time to start the apple campaign and we managed it. The company is…

Fruit and Vegetable retailer recognised as one of Australia's leading social media voices in 2020

A Melbourne fruit and vegetable retailer has been selected as one of LinkedIn's Top 20 Australian Voices in 2020, in recognition of driving the conversation around a changing industry. David Zahlan, Director of Alexanders’ Fruit Market has amassed over 10,000 followers on his LinkedIn, in addition to…

The brand of Italian red flesh apples at the “Kiku News Talk”

Socials and digital lift sales and notoriety of Red Moon®

Red Moon Ltd confirms the prediction made in September: with the conclusion of the harvest of RM-1 (harvest video), the later red-fleshed cultivar, which together with RS-1 is marketed under the brand Red Moon®, the available quantities for the 2020/21 campaign are around 3,000 tons. The increase in harvested…

Canadian apple production grows by 5%

The Ottawa Agricultural Affairs Bureau (FAS / Ottawa) forecasts 5% growth in Canadian apple production in the 2020/21 marketing season, despite some growing and labour challenges. More than 90% of Canadian apple production is concentrated in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. Although the weather in…

This year's production of PDO Vinalopó Bagged Table Grapes amounts to 40 million kilos

Good New Year's Eve table grape campaign expected in Spain

At the beginning of November, the harvesting of the Aledo variety grape kicked off in the Vinalopó region. This fruit is traditionally consumed on New Year's Eve in Spain…

Complejo Agroindustrial Beta (Peru)

"We expect to export 136% more fresh blueberries this season"

The general manager of Complejo Agroindustrial Beta, Lionel Arce Orbegozo, stated that the company expects to export nearly 13,000 tons of fresh blueberries this season…

Spain

Brazilian delegation visits Extremadura to resume plum exports

A delegation of Brazilian health authorities has visited Extremadura to sign a pest management protocol that allows the region to export plums to the South American country,…

Joe Vargas of FirstFruits Marketing:

“The new Cosmic Crisp crop will be released November 23rd”

The apple harvest is in full swing, and Washington-based FirstFruits Marketing is highlighting their new Opal crop, which is their proprietary apple variety, as well as a new Cosmic Crisp crop. Joe Vargas shares: “We had a great year last year for Opal apples, this year the projection shows even higher…

US: Fresh blueberries and some frozen blueberries affected by new EU tariffs

On Nov. 10, the European Union imposed an additional retaliatory tariff of 25% on a range of U.S. agricultural products. This new tariff affects both fresh blueberries (HS…

Kanzi apple wins a series of blind taste tests

The Kanzi apple, known as “the Foodie’s Choice,” has won a series of blind taste tests and is being noticed by chefs and bakers nationwide. Originally discovered in Belgium and now grown in premium orchards worldwide, the Kanzi apple has developed a reputation for having a crunchy bite and a…

Strong demand for stonefruit but lack of pickers

Many stone fruit growers are facing the tough decision to not harvest some of their fruit this season as they scramble to secure enough workers to get their fresh produce…

Idromeccanica Lucchini

Strawberries for Finland

Demand for red fruits, strawberries in particular, is growing on the north-European market. The harsh climate, short summers and little sunlight mean volumes, even those grown in greenhouses, are more limited than those obtained at more favorable latitudes. The Finnish caseIn Finland, Idromeccanica Lucchini developed a study to…

The Chilean company PacLife opens an after-sales support office in China

"China is the largest market to demand modified atmosphere packaging"

Due to the South American exporters' increase in demand for modified atmosphere packaging for their fruit shipments to the Chinese market, the Chilean manufacturer PacLife has…

Two additional MSC vessels to be deployed to give customers more flexibility

MSC introduces cherry express service linking Chile to Asia

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is pleased to introduce an express service for cherry and fresh fruit cargo from Chile to Asia, effective 18 November 2020. To reinforce the express service offering, MSC will also deploy two more vessels exclusively for weeks 49 and 51. The Cherry Express service will…

Battistini Vivai, "Self-fertile varieties are preferred, while calibers are less important than in the past"

The perfect apricot is bi-colored, attractive and has a great taste

The new apricot plants implemented by Battistini Vivai are moving along a very precise trendline toward self-fertile varieties, appealing bi-colored fruits with an excellent organoleptic quality. "Technicians and farmers ask for advice on what to do when it comes to replacing an old plant that is no…

A news report by China Daily

Yantai's apples at the core of rural development

The first China Shandong International Apple Festival was held in Yantai from Oct 27-29, showcasing more than 300 agricultural enterprises to the world. "As the birthplace and largest production area of apples in China, Yantai is using the China Shandong International Apple Festival as an opportunity to…

Ira Greenstein of Direct Source Marketing:

“Our Peruvian organic table grape program will ensure quality arrivals for retailers”

Direct Source Marketing is changing the way they import their organic grapes this season. “Winter organics are always a hot topic for retailers and for the past five years there has been a high demand but a fairly short supply,” says Ira Greenstein. “This year, it looks like Peru as an industry will have…

Low prices may remain for some time

Chinese apple prices falling with increasing marketed volume

Over the past few days, prices of locally grown apples have fallen. With the increasing volume of late Fuji from Shandong becoming available, the purchase price fluctuated at…

2020: South Africa sends far more fruit to EU and Russia; far less to China

This year, South Africa exported ten percent more fruit than in 2019. That's despite - or thanks to - the COVID-19 crisis. Bad weather like storms also failed to prevent that country from exporting high volumes of fruit. Based on figures up to September, fresh fruit exports for the whole of 2020 are…

Aop Luce's choice is that of Saim technologies

Fridge storage with gaseous ozone enhances the quality of Melannurca apples

The complex ripening process for the latest harvest of Melannurca Campana IGP has just been completed at Aop Luce. "The first apples were picked in mid-September and then placed on a surface covered by soft organic materials called melaio, for another fifteen days. It is precisely this reddening process,…

Ambrosia™ launches its first television advertising campaign in Spain with a new visual identity

Under the slogan “Ambrosia, te va divina” ("Ambrosia, it feels divine"), the Ambrosia™ apple brand has launched its first television advertising campaign in Spain with a 20-second spot, which is being broadcast nationwide by the main networks. This campaign, which will run until November 29, aims to make…

Can trade in small apples help the Chinese apple market turn around?

Trade in apples from storage recently started in Yiyuan county, Shandong. Visiting traders were mainly interested in small apples. In nearby Zhaoyuan and Xixia, in Yantai,…

The apples from Alpes de Haute-Durance: the only Golden to bear the Label Rouge quality mark

This year, the summer season was marked by extreme heat and various heat waves. As a result, the harvest of the apples from the Alpes de Haute-Durance, the only Golden to currently bear the Label Rouge label, started ten days earlier than in previous years. The weather conditions of last spring / summer…

Hungarian apple harvest halved due to extreme weather

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for apples increased significantly throughout Europe. However, Hungarian apple producers are in a tight spot: Spring frosts have…

Chilean blueberry exports up on last year

The Chilean blueberry season continues to advance with predominant volumes from the northern zone where a good advance of the harvest is observed and where the peak of the season has already passed. While in the central zone the advance is more calm given the moderate temperatures observed in recent…

Alexanders Fruit Market - Mad Mango Month

Melbourne fruit and veg retailer expands mango range as consumers appetite broadens

A leading Melbourne fruit and vegetable retailer says October's "Mad Mango Month" was a major success as consumers experimented with new varieties, driven by a change in sales strategy to price by the kilogram.   Director of Alexanders Fruit Market in Oakleigh, David Zahlan says he found that people are more willing…

Assomela, updates on the 2020/21 Italian apple season

Golden apple variety in decline, while Gala trends towards saturation

The first updates on the production and market situation were examined during the first Assomela Marketing Committee meeting of the season, discussed on 10 November. Although the…

Good movement on Pacific Northwest pears

Pear supplies out of the Pacific Northwest look similar to last year’s volume. “On a longer average, the crop is lower than what we usually see. But it is in line with last year’s crop size,” says Sean Naumes of Naumes, Inc. based in Medford, OR. “The winter pears are about the same and maybe the summer pears…

Miriam Cutillas, of Uvasdoce: "The New Year's Eve campaign will be focused on consumption at home"

"It has so far been a very good year for Spanish table grapes"

The Spanish table grape harvest is already is its final stretch and will finish with the Christmas and New Year's Eve campaign. Imported grapes are, therefore, already starting to replace the domestic ones. “At the moment, we are working with Spanish red seedless grapes and the latest Red Globe. We hope…

Henry Hayes - Tzaneen Blueberries

“We exported only 54% of our blueberry crop”

Tzaneen Blueberries will stop harvesting their 2020 blueberry crop today, an unusually late ending for them but one in which rain during harvesting “played havoc” with their crop, says Henry Hayes, blueberry farmer. It all started with great fruit set and brilliant quality, he says, and everything went…

Washington apple grower recognizes veterans during American Dream apple giveaways

CMI Orchards is participating in a number of local community events this week, recognizing and celebrating local soldiers on Veterans Day. These activities are part of a series of ongoing American Dream promotions that are designed to give back to veterans, military members and their families.  In partnership…

South Africa: New Harvest winner finds success

As the son of a farmworker, Sewis van der Horst managed to work his way up to become a farmer in his own right and an exporter of quality fruit. Last year, he was crowned the Toyota New Harvest winner. Sewis van der Horst believes the quality of the fruit produced on his farm, Loufontein, is comparable…

Hope for Pakistan's cherries and mangoes

Import expo delivers for Pakistani companies

The China International Import Expo concluded in Shanghai last Tuesday. More than 35 Pakistani companies in total showcased products such as textiles, leather, sporting goods,…

The British love their Bramley apples

The British apple and pear season is well underway, and many apple varieties are now widely available in UK supermarkets. The humble English Bramley apple is a year-round…

Ukrainian blueberries find more and more success

Blueberries have been the most popular commercial berry crop in Ukraine during the last five years, which has meant the nation is becoming an increasingly important player in…

Zambian president to visit OZblu's Zembezi berry company

Today, Zambian President Edgar Lungu will officiate the flagging-off ceremony marking the inaugural export of Zambian grown fresh blueberries to China. The ceremony will be…


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