Fruit

Benefits from recent China International Import Expo (CIIE)

Imported fruit to see boost in sales

Benefiting from the recent China International Import Expo (CIIE), Shanghai residents will have more opportunity to taste and purchase imported fruits in either shopping malls or grocery stores, such as cherries from Chile, bananas from Ecuador, and coconuts from Thailand. But what is lesser known is…

"Experience has shown that it can take a season or two to recover from a weather event of this nature"

NZ: Stone fruit supply from Hawke's Bay region down significantly after hailstorm

As stone fruit begins to hit the domestic markets, growers in New Zealand's Hawke's Bay region are still counting the cost of a major hailstorm that caused pockets of severe damage to fruit and crops in early October. Hawke's Bay supplies the majority of the New Zealand apricot, peach, nectarine and plum…

Canakkale, Turkey

Peaches in summer, persimmons in winter

Lapseki, Canakkale, a city located in northwestern Turkey, is known for its peaches. While producers have been working all summer to grow peaches, they had a gap in the winter…

Genesis Emers, Fruitport

Importer gains a foothold in "the epicenter of the European fruit trade"

On Friday, 1 November, Fruitport officially opened its new office on the Handelsweg in Ridderkerk, Netherlands. A nice gift for the third anniversary of the Portuguese importer-exporter. "The choice of the Rotterdam area seemed obvious to me," says the new manager Genesis Emers, "We are now at the…

Hepatitis A outbreak related to blackberries sold by Fresh Thyme

A multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A has been linked to eating blackberries purchased at Fresh Thyme grocery stores in three states: Indiana, Nebraska and Wisconsin. These…

Proactive steps taken to address skilled job shortages in New Zealand horticulture industry

HortNZ says the industry is getting on the front foot to try to address the skilled job shortage in the country's horticulture sector, following the launch of the Food and Fibre Skills Action Plan in October. Despite the horticulture industry experiencing year on year growth, CEO Mike Chapman says the…

Main volumes in week 49

First small volumes of Chilean organic blueberries arriving

Awe Sum Organics has small volumes of organic blueberries arriving now from Chile, and larger volumes will be available starting at the beginning of December."At the moment we are air-freighting in small volumes of organic blueberries from the north of Chile. We have already started loading ocean…

Jammu & Kashmir - Jammu & Kashmir

Apple harvest suffers due to snowfall in Shopian, Pulwama

Heavy snowfall in the Pulama and Shopian region of the union territory has caused massive damage to apple orchards in the Kashmir valley. Local farmers have seen the snowfall…

Latest list of countries with permission to export fresh fruit to China (2019-11-13)

The Chinese General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine recently published the latest list of countries that have permission to export fresh…

Almaverde Bio

Italian organic fruit exported all over Europe

Almaverde Bio exports kiwifruit to Finland, apples to Great Britain and strawberries all over Europe. "We registered a 10% increase in sales in October, however we must say things have not always gone smoothly this year because of the weather. At the moment, the situation is good," explains Canova…

Dr Sanjay D. Sawant:

‘Grapes in local markets contain high levels of pesticides’

Grapes commonly available in local Indian markets have heavy amounts of pesticides, fungicides and insecticides, even surpassing international safety standards. This means…

Chinese chef’s fruit carvings go viral

Chinese chef Li Mian strives to become the best fruit carver in the world. He now has more than 250,000 online followers.

Uruguayan blueberries denied a market in China by 30% tariffs

Last week, there was an announcement about the first export batch of Uruguayan blueberries to China by the Salta company Gamorel SA. The shipment departed on October 26th,…

USDA: Fresh deciduous fruit annual New Zealand

"Apple production area in New Zealand is continuing to expand"

Apple production and exports continue to increase in New Zealand. Apple exports are forecast to be up four percent at 405,000 metric tons in 2019/2020, following a six percent increase in 2018/2019. New plantings of deciduous fruit trees continue to expand the total planted area by three to four percent…

Middle East is a key market for European apple trade

Together with the European Union, Interfel -a French fresh fruit and vegetable interprofessional organization responsible for promoting the consumption of apples in the Middle East- is hosting an exclusive event for top local buyers and key importers at The Renaissance Hotel in Dubai. The fruit market in…

Helping to catalyse the entire fruit value chain

Coca Cola to complete $1.7 bn investment in India’s ‘Fruit Circular Economy’

Global FMCG major Coca-Cola is on track to complete all its investment commitments in India, including the $1.7 billion funding to create a “Fruit Circular Economy” meant to…

Fruit Growers Victoria calls for water reform overhaul

Fruit Growers Victoria Ltd (FGVL) has called for the Commonwealth and state governments to address clear failures in the past decade of water reform. FGVL has always supported…

Social unrest has not affected Chilean fruit exports

According to the Central Bank's report on Chile's trade balance in the period between October 1 and 23, which coincides with the social outbreaks that began on the 18th of…

Minimal impact to farms from bushfire emergency but growers still on alert as threat continues

Two of Australia’s leading fruit and vegetable peak industry bodies have conveyed their thoughts to those affected by the bushfire emergency on Australia’s east coast. Blazes continue to burn in several regions across Queensland and New South Wales, with residential homes and farming properties caught up…

USDA: Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual Republic of Korea

South Korea - Area for new fruit trees decreasing drastically year on year

In marketing year 2019/20, Korea’s pear production is projected to increase by 3.4 percent to 210,000 tons due to increased yield as a result of better weather conditions compared to the previous year. However, pear planted area is projected to continue a downward trend, decreasing about seven percent to…

Lack of export opportunities and a drop in local prices

Afghan farmers see high fruit yield, but profits remain low

Despite a 40% increase in produce, fruit farmers from around the country interviewed by TOLOnews said there is a decrease in fresh fruit prices. Farmers in Kandahar, a province famous for its pomegranates, said that growers on average earned up to Afs1.5 million ($63,000) last year, while their income…

Norway: No demand for organic fruit or vegetables

Growers were instructed to grow more organic fruit and vegetables, but consumers don't buy it. Instead, it is sold as regular fruit according to Lars J. Nå: who says "I lose…

"Our goal with this machine is to respond to our clients' needs year-round"

Gottmann places own blueberry packaging machine at Dutch company

The international trading company, Gottmann, has a new BBC Curo 12 blueberry packaging machine. They have had this device since the end of August. "We considered developments in recent years. We also took the constant demand into account. This comes from our clients as well as producers. We, therefore,…

Low demand hits Myanmar watermelon growers

Myanmar farmers say they are having trouble even covering their logistics costs due to a slump in demand for watermelons in the Muse border trade area. One ton of melons now fetches from between 600 to 1200 yuan (€156-312) depending on the quality of the fruit, said U Sai Khin Maung, vice chair of the…

Turkey exports half of its table grapes to Russia

According to data from the Aegean Exporters' Association, half of the table grape exports in the period from June to October (worth $120 million) went to Russia. The overall…

USDA: Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual Republic of South Africa

South African fruit production forecast to fully rebound from drought

South Africa`s production of apples, pears and table grapes is forecast to grow in the 2019/20 MY, based on available irrigation water following improved 2019 winter rainfall, normal weather conditions, and new orchards coming into full production. South Africa is self-sufficient and only imports small…

China: Advanced testing services provide consumers with feedback on fruit flavor

Chinese consumers are starting to pay more attention to the flavor of food ingredients. As a result, a growing number of test mechanisms for food ingredients have appeared on the market. Mr. He Duo, founder of Fruit Notice, recently talked about this new concept of testing flavors and its practical…

Organic sales numbers from the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture

White grapes: One in ten sold was organic

In September, around 385 t of white organic grapes were purchased in Switzerland. Compared to the September values ​​of the three previous years, this is a significant…

New Zealand strawberry growers are backing sector levy

According to Michael Ahern, executive manager of Strawberry Growers NZ Inc, a levy will help modernise the $35 million strawberry industry. This may include expanding its…

"Flexibility at work is reflected in eating habits"

Snacking: fruiton brings food trends to the office

Digitization is revolutionizing all areas of life. Everything is available everywhere. This attitude, combined with mobility, also changes  eating habits. The effect: people go for…

No. 1 preferred apple for taste, texture and appearance

Promising season ahead for Washington’s Envy™ crop

This year marks the 10th year of Envy™ being on the market. After decades of research, the premium apple variety was first brought to market in New Zealand. That same year, T&G Global, owner of the Envy™ brand, began distributing the apple variety in the US. Now, it is grown under T&G’s license by select…

Bangladesh fruit production is booming

Bangladesh has achieved a remarkable growth in fruit production in past few years. According to Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of United Nations, the fruit production…

Colombian market opens to Polish apples

Colombia is another country to which Poland will be able to export its apples, as reported by the Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday. The Colombian Institute of Agriculture…

Ukrainian fruit and berry exports up by 10% in first nine months of 2019

In January-September 2019, the rise in domestic fruit and berry exports continued. In the first nine months of this year, Ukraine exported fruit and berry products worth $ 172…

"The Rojo Brillante persimmon is ideal for organic production"

The focus on product seasonality is one of the cornerstones of European organic production and thanks to the project Made in Nature: discover the principles of European organic farming, promoted by CSO Italy with the top Italian organic companies, including Brio, Canova, Conserve Italia, Lagnasco, Rk…

USDA - Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual Mexico

Mexican apple production expected to recover from last year's weather damage

Mexican apple production is expected to rebound in marketing year 2019/20, recovering from extensive weather damage that affected supplies last year. Mexican imports of U.S. apples are expected to return to more stable levels in 2019/20, following the removal of the 20 percent tariff in May 2019 that was…

Are Australian apples the secret to antioxidant health products?

A company producing health products which utilises Australian apples has declared its intention to increase production and export possibilities. Dr Vincent Candrawinata…

Turnaround in New Zealand apple industry down to club varieties

A New Zealand industry that was on its knees just a few years ago, is now expanding rapidly. Hawke's Bay's pipfruit industry was almost broken in the early 2000s by a…

Even small apple farmers in Iowa feel the impact of tariffs

Timeless Prairie Orchard in Winthrop, Iowa, is located between fields of corn and soy as far as the eye can see. Apple farms are few and far between in these parts, but there…

USDA Fresh deciduous fruit annual for Canada

Forecast: Decline in Canadian apple production as a result of adverse weather

The United States will remain the largest exporter of fresh apples, pears, and table grapes to the Canadian market in MY 2019/20. FAS/Ottawa forecasts Canadian production of apples to be down four percent in MY 2019/20 due to adverse weather events. Canadian production of pears and table grapes is…

Paul Yin, B&C Lifestyle

"Due to growing popularity there is a lot of competition in the pomelo market"

In addition to exporting baby food from Europe to China, the Chinese company B&C Lifestyle took on the import of Chinese ginger last year. “We started with the import of conventional ginger, but in order to offer our customers a wider range, we now also import organic ginger, pomelos and nashi pears,”…

Washington State University

Continuing to work on mechanical fresh fruit harvesters

Researchers at Washington State University and a host of other Land Grant institutions continue to push for harvesters that can pull fruit destined for fresh markets.  WSU’s Lisa DeVetter has been working with private companies, USDA researchers in western Washington and others on a mechanical harvester for…

For 2020 strawberry season

Spain intends to hire 16,500 Moroccan workers

For 2020, Spain plans to recruit around 16,500 Moroccan seasonal workers. The workers will take part in the strawberries and red fruit harvest season in the region of Huelva, southern Spain. Morocco’s Ministry of Employment and Vocational Integration made the announcement in a press release after a…

Andalusia embroiled in 'Brexit' situation

Andalusia is truly embroiled in the whole 'Brexit' situation. The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union can affect the economy of Andalusia because it is the fourth…

Antifungal effect of starch–gellan edible coatings with thyme essential oil

Scientists at Universitat Politècnica de València with CTP-IVIA of Valencia have applied starch–gellan (80:20) coatings incorporating thyme (Thymus zygis) essential oil (EO)…

Europe's apple slump is an opportunity for US growers

Apple production is down sharply in Europe this season, while growers in the United States are weighed down by excess supply. This turn of events could provide opportunities for US apple exporters to expand to markets traditionally served by Europe. The weather took a toll on Europe’s apples. Late spring…

Peruvian grape, blueberry and mango exports all set to increase

Table grapes, blueberries and mango will grow in volume 15%, 25% and 29%, respectively, this year. With about 100,000 tons, between this year and next Peru would become the first global supplier of the berry, displacing Chile. The three fruits are in the top 'five' of the Peruvian exporting fruit basket:…

US trade deficit narrows as trade tensions continue to hurt

Tuesday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that the U.S. international trade deficit fell $2.6 billion (4.7%) in September, to $52.5 billion. The trade deficit was $55…

USDA - Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual

Australian table grape production to reach a record 240,000 tons

Australia’s table grape production is expected to continue to expand in marketing year (MY) 2019/20 and is forecast to reach a record 240,000 metric tons (MT), up 30,000 MT from MY 2018/19. This higher production is due to increased vine plantings coming into fruiting, with nearly all of the larger…

China's fruit import market shows great potential

Philippine pineapples, Thai durians, Chilean blueberries, Belgian pears, and other fresh fruits from all over the world are getting increasingly popular in China, and can be seen everywhere. China's fruit imports have grown rapidly in the past few years, according to a report from the General…

Apple prices on the rise in Ukraine

The trend of rising prices is strengthening on the Ukrainian apple market. The demand from large wholesale companies and retail chains continues to grow, so apple producers…

Prices of Myanmar watermelons plunge as Chinese demand drops

The prices of watermelons, one of Myanmar’s main fruit exports, have experienced a sharp drop due to soft demand from China, according to trade officials. “Prices of around 2000 yuan (K430,000) per ton depending on quality have dropped to around 1600 yuan,” said Myanmar Melon Producers and Exporters…

Rwandan growers profit from strawberry farming

Farmers who are part of a cooperative in Rutsiro District are reporting harvests of about two tons of strawberries per week, significantly driving up their earnings. Claude Izimenyera, the president of Koabunya-Twitezimbere, said they ventured into the business in 2017 in Nyabirasi sector:  “We were previously…

UK: How will Worcestershire fruit farms cope with drop in seasonal labour?

Farms in the UK could be struggling to cope with a fall in the numbers of EU seasonal labourers. A recent report said that the National Farmer's Union was warning of "millions…

Fru&Tube, the first fresh fruit vending machine

Sonia Moto, a young agricultural producer from the town of Barbaño, in the Spanish region of Extremadura, is one of the creators of Fru&Tube, the first vending machine for fresh fruit. The idea came about after a long stay in a hospital, where they could only snack sugary drinks, industrial pastries,…

South Australia

Hailstorm causes significant damage to Riverland crops

A hailstorm that lasted for just a matter of minutes, ripped through the Riverland yesterday evening, causing significant damage to crops. A severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds and hail was issued for the region about 5pm on Monday, with the worst of the hail hitting just after 6pm. Local…

Global grape picture very different from 2018

Pacific Produce grow grapes in different locations in Peru so from a global perspective they are only a small way through their season which starts with departures in September and ends in February.  "However from a European perspective for the seedless grapes we are reaching the half way point already and…

A perfect storm of mishaps

An Oregon farm bankruptcy

Richard Blaine and his wife Sydney Blaine have run Avalon Orchards since 1974, growing apples, pears and cherries. He said the last five years have been a “perfect storm.” It’s partly thanks to President Donald Trump that the Blaines have access to a kind of streamlined bankruptcy protection that’s meant to help family farmers…

USDA: EU Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual

EU 2019/20 commercial apple production forecast to decrease by 19 percent

The EU is one of the leading producers and consumers of apples in the world. Poland (25 percent of total EU production in MY 2019/20), Italy (21 percent), France (15 Percent), Germany (9 percent), and Spain (6 percent) are the top five producing MS and together account for 75 percent of the total EU…

Good pomegranate harvest in southern Turkey, despite high input cost

Producers in Dosemealti, Antalya, a city located in southern Turkey, have started to harvest their pomegranates. First they are sorted by size and color, then exported mainly…

Export packouts could be affected, but dam levels were bolstered

Rain causes some damage during early Cape season

Rain over much of the southwestern Cape, plus snow on some mountain peaks, has caused some ice rain damage on apples and nectarines in mountainous areas plus difficulty reaching Brix export levels among some stonefruit producers, but overall the effect of the rain has been more positive than negative,…

José Illan, le Tresacois:

The first french grapes were most affected by this summer's heat

Le Tresacois is a family business of 200 hectares, handed down from father to son for more than 60 years. The company distributes its own production under the brand “Le Tresquois”. José Illan, well- respected in the sector, recently joined the family business as its commercial director. He claims that…

Fruit cooperatives Zwölfmalgreien and Kaiser Alexander merged on October 1st

South Tyrol: fruit cooperative Laurin founded

Cost optimization through mergers is the order of the day in the apple industry as well: On October 1, fruit cooperatives Zwölfmalgreien from Bolzano and Emperor Alexander from Laives merged, to form the fruit cooperative Laurin. The new company is one of the eleven member cooperatives of the Association…

Riverside Nursery combats fruit fly problem with traps at cost price

Tulgeens Riverside Nursery is helping to combat the fruit fly problem in the Bega Valley through its supply of fruit fly traps at cost price. Riverside Nursery manager Mel…

Australian company spreading the Christmas cheer through fruit gifts

An Australian-based company providing fresh produce-based gift hampers, is already taking orders ahead of the Christmas rush. iGift® Fruit Hampers was created in 2014 with the vision to deliver high-quality, personalised fruit gift hampers to the Australian market. The company's biggest selling Christmas…

Port strikes slow Chilean blueberry exports

According to an article on cbbc.iqonsulting.com, in week 43,259 tons of fresh Chilean blueberries were exported, mostly via airfreight. This represents a lower volume than the previous week, when 323 tons were exported. This adjustment can be attributed to delays in the information input, plus delays in…

Favorable weather for Japanese apple season

Japanese apples are now on the market. This is a very good season for Japanese apples with regards to quality and production volume. One exporter got off to a good start in terms of sales volume and customer satisfaction. Takanori is a manager of the Japanese fruits export company Nihon Agri Inc. “This year,…

Florida watermelon production starts this week

Supplies of watermelon have been relatively tight recently though that’s likely to change with Florida starting up its Fall crop production. “On Mexican fruit, it’s been pretty tight the last three weeks,” says Mike Pirri of North American Produce Buyers based in Toronto, Canada. “They start to get flush…

Thai fruits on sale in China to attract consumers

Over recent years, with the rising consumer power in China, the demand in the country’s fruit market has also increased significantly. Most of China's major fruit suppliers…

India speeds up Kashmir fruit procurement through Market Intervention Scheme

This Tuesday, Chief Secretary, B.V.R. Subrahmanyam directed the public officers to speed up the process of procurement of fruit through Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) and…

Hapag-Lloyd

Cherry Express can transport Chilean cherries to China in just 22 days

Hapag-Lloyd launched, as it did last year, its Cherry Express offer to optimize shipments of Chilean cherries to China. The Cherry Express offers a weekly AN1 service on the…

A new destination for French apples

Apples account for 31% of fruit imports in Colombia

Even though Colombia potentially could produce 400 native species of fruit and hundreds of fruits from other countries, apples are the most consumed fruit in the country. Most…

Greek peach producers despair over US peach tariffs

The United States’ decision to impose an additional 25 per cent tariff on a range of EU products has left Greek peach producers very frustrated. The increase came into effect…

Claiming to be hauling India Thompson seedless

Lorry driver jailed for smuggling millions of cigarettes into UK

A Hungarian truck driver tried to smuggle more than 8 million cigarettes into Dover in boxes disguised as grapes. Had he been successful, trucker Miklos Sokorai's haul would have been worth just shy of £4 million. The lorry driver was jailed for four years and eight months after the jury convicted him of…

Balance of the 2018/19 Chilean export season

Chilean fruit exports to China increased by 16% in 2019

As reported by the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX), during the 2018-2019 season (from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019) the country exported 2,724,646…

Plantinova's Fruit Me trees show upward trend

Consumers become fruit tree growers

Although fruit growers were scratching their heads at first when they were introduced to the small fruit trees that Plantinova put on the market 7 years ago, ornamental growers were immediately enthusiastic. Since then, sales figures of the Fruit Me trees are showing an upward trend. Originally, Plantinova…

Online sales days are increasing rapidly in China

"This year we'll introduce our own avocado brand, Mokado"

China is one of the leading trendsetters worldwide for online sales. A lot of the sales can be done online, with online platforms, online transactions and apps that make it easier to purchase things online. According to George Liu, the reason this online trend developed so fast in China, is because the…

AU: Victorian cherry producer looking forward to promising season ahead

A Victorian cherry producer is expecting slightly higher volumes and better-quality fruit in the 2019 season, thanks to favourable weather conditions compared to last year. Koala Cherries, in the state's north, is expecting a similar volume to last year, but CEO Michael Rouget says it could be slightly…

Is this how we'll be harvesting apples in the future?

Today, Ben Bardsley, Managing Director at BARDSLEY - ENGLAND, tweeted this: "Horticulture is moving forward at such a rapid rate, #agtech is the catalyst to this rate of change. In my constant desire to further develop the business that I am privileged to lead #bardsleyengland I have come across some…

Fruit prices in China "began high and dropped low", but now stabilizing

Analyst Tang Ke, the bureau chief of the Economic Information Bureau, part of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, recently announced that vegetable prices reached a…

Pakistan Senate panel wants to combat fruit smuggling

According to a statement from Abdul Razak Dawood - Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce and Textile - the government is taking measures to eradicate smuggling. The adviser…

China: Is locally produced fruit really that expensive?

Recently, Yuan Li, a famous Chinese actor posted a status on Weibo complaining about the fruit prices in China, which triggered a heated discussion among netizens, and the post soon became one of the top searched for topics. Attentive readers found that the pomegranate purchased by Yuan was a red diamond…

Developers foresee a particular role for the new cultivar in Asia

New Gala variety from South Africa: Cherry red Bingo Gala

South African apple orchards seem to have a propensity for Gala mutations. Cultivar management company TopFruit is now introducing one with striking commercial potential: a cherry red apple, named Bingo Gala. Seven years of trials have confirmed the genetic stability of the apple which in other respects…

UK horticulture suffers seasonal worker shortages: 16 million apples go unpicked

The National Farmers’ Union is calling for the UK government to immediately expand its Seasonal Workers Pilot scheme, as worker shortages continue to hit fruit and veg growers…

Peruvian pomegranate, grape, and avocado exports to Russia increase

During the first nine months of 2019, Peruvian fruit and vegetable exports to Russia grew by 17% in value and volume when compared to the same period of 2018. “The country…

Camille Marques, Les Vergers de la Blottière:

“French Sweet Sensation is the new variety of pears from 100% eco-responsible orchards”

This year, Les Vergers de la Blottière celebrates 5 years on the market for the Sweet Sensation pear, originally from the Netherlands, whose harvest in Maine-et-Loire started a few weeks ago. “The first departures to our clients took place on October 2nd. We harvested a little more than 700 tons this…

First Australian mangoes of the season reach US shores

Northern Territory mangoes have made the lengthy but successful journey from Katherine to Los Angeles, with the first Australian mangoes arriving on US shelves for the season. The Kensington Pride variety mangoes have been grown and exported from Katherine by Manbulloo to their US supermarket customers,…

China-UK fund boosts smart-farm industry

Grants of up to £500,000 will be made to joint Sino-British research partnerships that develop innovative technologies that support food production. The current state of global food production is so full of contradictions it is hard to stomach. We produce more than enough food for every person on Earth,…

KeyGene delivers first-ever fully phased red raspberry genome

This summer, KeyGene completed the mapping of the red raspberry genome, delivering the final results to the BerryWorld Plus Ltd. berry breeding programme. This meant it was…

Tasmanian fruit growers focus on Asia

Producers from across the state of Tasmania worked to expand their export options to the Asian markets at Hong Kong's Fruit Logistica. Minister for Primary Industries and Water , Guy Barnett, said this year Fruit Growers Tasmania would partner with Brand Tasmania to exhibit at the event in their own…

China: "Jiaxing market to overtake Jiangnan for SE Asian fruit imports in 5 years"

Fruits from a growing number of countries have found their way to the Chinese market in recent years. The sales volume of imported fruit grows every year. Mr. Zheng Nanshen of Guangzhou City Jiangnonghui Market Service Management Co., Ltd. recently shared his view on the consumption of imported fruit and…

China to harvest 15 million tons of these stone fruits

World production of peaches and nectarines will break records

According to sources, in China, 15 million tons of these stone fruits will be harvested. Despite the dry weather in Shandong Province -the main producer of peaches and…

“Egypt and India filled the gap created by the Russian embargo”

The Egyptians are charmed by the Polish apples. They started importing the apples from Poland earlier this year, which was convenient. After the Russian embargo went into effect five years ago it was Egypt and India that became new markets and filled the gap this embargo created. The Idared variety has…

Silvia Llamas, of HaciendasBio:

"We are the only ones able to supply organic fruit for 20 consecutive weeks"

HaciendasBio is considered the largest fruit and vegetable producer in Spain, with around 32,000 tons sold in 2018. They have 34 plantations with a combined 2,000 hectares located in Badajoz, Almería, Tarragona, Lleida, Seville, Gran Canaria and Zaragoza. “Concejiles”, one of the companies largest…

"Bad weather in China causes goji berry price to increase"

In China, the annual harvest season for goji berries begins in June and lasts until August. Compared with previous years, this year's production started a bit late, so the season will be postponed. Mr. Guo from Ningxia Baishi Hengxing Food Technology Co., Ltd. spoke about this season’s circumstances:…

The UAE is a promising market for the export of Polish apples

The United Arab Emirates is a very promising market for the export of Polish apples. The level of apple exports to the UAE is increasing year after year. It is becoming the…

Evaluated the functional value of Saskatoon berry

Scientists at Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Science (Poland) have presented the distributions of total soluble solids, pectins, the sum of polyphenolic and…

'Sweet cherry consumption improves sleep and sleep patterns'

With Daylight Savings coming to an end, sweet cherries are the perfect superfood to help your body adjust to the time change and ensure a great night's rest. Amongst other…

Ukrainian berry producers fear arrival of Drosophila Suzukii

Ukrainian berry producers should be prepared for a new threat, a new pest may be underway: the Drosophila Suzukii. This insect infects only healthy, undamaged fruits and can…

AgrarMarkt Austria: Market Report Fruits and Vegetables, September 2019

New harvest revives Austrian apple market

Like every year in September, Austria's apple growers and storekeepers, had their hands full. In addition to the development of the fruit, the right picking time is of decisive…

Jochen Blust, Früchte Blust KG:

"In the coming season I will probably not be able to get cherries anymore"

From plums, nuts and cherries to vegetables, everything within a radius of 50 to 80 km can be sourced from the Kaiserstuhl. These particular regional products are the specialties of the fruit wholesaler Blust from Freiburg. "We are a very regional wholesaler; this is highly valued here in the area and by…

Almería breaks Guinness record with a 600 m2 heart made of fruits and vegetables weighting 23 tons

The plant improvement company Sakata and the Almería City Council have managed to easily break a Guinness world record. Initially, the plan was to beat it with 550 m², but eventually, the fruit and vegetable heart has exceeded the 600 m². To do this, some 25 workers of the company have been placing more than…

More demand from Philippines for Australian fresh fruit

Elodie Journet, Senior Trade Commissioner and Minister Counsellor, Austrade Philippines and Micronesia, spoke with miragenews.com on the opportunities for Australian fresh…

Renovation of facilities of Frutas E. Sánchez at Mercamadrid

"Big retailers require quick responses"

“Consumption trends are shifting and reducing the reaction time is a key requirement to meet the demand of retailers or large distributors. To compete, we must be able to ship the fruit in better conditions. Our investment in greater refrigeration capacity at Mercamadrid is a key step to adapt to a…

More than 600 participants expected at the Morocco Berry Conference

The Morocco Berry Conference (MBC) will be held in Agadir on December 5th. The red fruit professionals from Morocco and abroad will come together in order to make contacts and…

USDA declares United States free from Plum Pox Virus

At a ceremony, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach declared the United States free of plum pox virus. Under Secretary Ibach signed a…

Romania is one of the EU’s largest producers, but its apples were hit by frost

In the European Union (EU), 3.4 million hectares were devoted to fruit growing in 2017; ie 1.9% of the total agricultural area, according to the latest Eurostat data. Spain…

Afghanistan: Businessmen want raised tariffs on Pakistani products

Afghan entrepreneurs have called on their government to impose higher tariffs on Pakistani goods coming into the country. This comes at a time when Pakistan has imposed high tariffs on Afghanistan's fruits and vegetables during the harvest season. 'Afghan markets are filled with Pakistani and Iranian…

"Special plum Metis® completes our range and expands the season"

"In some places, we are still harvesting our last Sunset Sky variety which is September Yummy. Quality is really good this season and so far harvest conditions are excellent so we expect a good potential for conservation, " explains Camille Herouard, Metis® brand manager, at Plumtastic Europe. “We are currently…

Peak harvest season for Ontario apple growers

Apple growers in Ontario are entering what could be described as their peak harvest season. The season itself has been running late since the spring thanks to cool and rainy weather, with summer producing conditions that allowed them to catch up. As a result, growers say the harvest ended up a week…

"Something has gone wrong if you find good fruit in supermarkets"

"Something has gone wrong if you find good fruit in supermarkets," stated Enrico Turoni from TR Turoni during the "Nuove soluzioni e nuove sfide in ortofrutta" (New solutions and challenges for the fresh produce sector) convention organized by Laboratorio Sicural on Friday, October 11th 2019 in Cesena.…

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…


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