Berry Gardens

Berry Gardens reports on plastic reduction initiatives

'On course to save 133 tonnes of plastic following the release of new packaging formats'

Supplier of berries and cherries Berry Gardens has issued a statement saying that packaging initiatives included its work with Sharpak Aylesham and Coveris. Sharpak worked with Berry on the launch of SP AirLite, a range of recyclable mono-material strawberry punnets mitigating the need for bubble pads. Siobhan…

Imida showcased more than 60 traditional varieties of melon preserved in its Germplasm Bank

The Murcian Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Development (Imida) has held an exhibition of traditional melon varieties at its facilities in La Alberca, all of…

Update on California organic pear and apple harvests

California organic pear harvest started with the Bartlett variety last week. “It may have started one or two days earlier compared to average, but is basically right on time,” says Chris Ford with Viva Tierra Organic. Crop volume is expected to be up considerably from last year due to excellent growing…

Lower volume of Lemonade apples this season

Supplies of Lemonade apples are down out of New Zealand this season. “We’re in the really early stages of the variety primarily out of New Zealand and unfortunately there’s less volume this year,” says Jason Bushong of Los Angeles, Ca.-based Giumarra of the variety that’s a Royal Gala apple cross pollinated…

"The overwhelming popularity of a new apple variety has caused some challenges"

The 'PremA280' apple is a new apple variety bred by The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited and owned by Prevar Limited of New Zealand. This variety has great commercial potential in China as initial consumer feedback in various regions has been extremely positive. Market demand…

"We know that we can deal with the traditional ups and downs of farming, but COVID is pushing growers to the limit."

Enduring the ongoing effects of the pandemic is taking its toll on Australian farmers

A Victorian table grape grower admits the COVID-19 pandemic, which has continued for more than 16 months now, is pushing Australian farmers to the limit. State restrictions have intensified across most of Australia in the past two months, with either lockdowns or domestic border restrictions coming back…

Warm weather favorable for Wisconsin cranberries

Ten years ago, Jerry Fennel, who is now tour director at Nokomis Cranberries in Eagle River, took a tour himself. He was hooked instantly. Now, he takes people of all ages…

Monterey County: Agri industry faced big revenue drop in 2020

The Monterey County crop report for 2020, released on July 20, explained the challenging tale of ‘the year of Covid’ in detail. Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner Henry…

Maine farms: Recent rain too little, too late for some blueberry crops

Although the rains in July have been good for the Maine drought conditions, it might be too little, too late. Unfortunately, Maine farms have experienced moderate to severe…

New Massachusetts loading location for organic and conventional cranberries

Bridges Produce has built its business on long-term partnerships and its relationship with Fruit d’Or is no exception. The Bridges team has worked with Fruit d’Or for more than 24 years and has acted as its exclusive organic fresh cranberry sales representative in the United States for the last seven…

Santa Maria fall strawberries around the corner

Supplies of California strawberries right now are ample. California Giant will begin picking the Santa Maria fall crop in another two to three weeks.  “We’re just coming off of the peak of the Watsonville-Salinas crop and we’re at the tail end of the Santa Maria spring crop so supplies are good,” says Alan…

USA fresh blueberries arrive in China

Consumers in China can finally enjoy fresh blueberries from the United States. The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) teamed up with Pagoda, a fruit retailer in China, to hold a ceremony celebrating the arrival of fresh U.S. blueberries to mainland China, the first-ever promotion of USA fresh…

“Watermelon consumption stagnated after years of growth”

The watermelons have had a relatively positive year. Overall, the previous season's demand was solid, although the average lower temperatures in northern Europe this year until now did lead to lower demand and lower prices. Hazera, being specialized in seedless mini watermelon varieties, states the most…

Lower volumes led to higher prices for Polish importer

“Turkish cherries were expensive this year”

The Turkish cherry season is just about over. Importing them to Poland came with quite a few challenges, as production was lower this year, causing prices to increase. One importer states they had to increase their effort at times to find the right products to ship into Poland. Yuksel Zengin, Managing…

Exports were led by apples, followed by kiwis

Chilean fresh fruit exports to India increased by 133%

Chile exported a total of 4,451,087 boxes of fresh fruits to India as of July 19 of this 2020-2021 season, i.e. 133.07% more boxes than by the same date of the 2019-2020…

Fall Creek South Africa triples during its first year

The Fall Creek nursery in the Western Cape, South Africa, has tripled its capacity over the past year, despite all the disruptions caused by Covid-19. In line with their planning, the transplant and propagation facilities have been completed and an additional nursery area will accommodate the increasing…

ASAJA, Alicante

Hail and uprooting of vines negatively affect table grape harvest

Yesterday, Spanish fruit advocacy organization ASAJA (Alicante) warned that hail storms and the uprooting of vines are negatively affecting the table grape harvest. The fruit…

Staay Food Group looks ahead to Dutch top fruit season

"Early Desire pears a positive exception to overall crop expectations"

In the Netherlands, preparations for the new top fruit season are well underway at the Staay Food Group. "As with Dutch cherries and plums, the top fruit harvest will also begin two to three weeks late," says Mark Loojenga on behalf of the Staay Food Group. "Initially, the outlook was rather poor. But…

Mark Vernooij, Urfruit, the Netherlands:

"A quickly-to-be forgotten pear season, on to a cost price-plus model"

The Dutch pear season is on its last legs. "It's a season to forget quickly. That's true for many pear-focused links in the top fruit chain," says Mark Vernooij of Urfruit. "At harvest time, expectations were high. The very high prices at the end of last season partly drove that. But few people got…

Peter Smets, Smets Food Trading, the Nethelands

"Local presence is the key to our success with Balkan stone fruit"

Over the years, Smets Food Trading's activities have changed considerably. "We used to trade everything. Nowadays, we try to do a few things well," says Peter Smets. This Dutch agency is, for example, doing well with stone fruit from the Balkan region. "This is where we can really differentiate ourselves…

Perfection Fresh acquires full ownership of Fruit Master Table Grapes

Perfection Fresh has announced that it has moved to full ownership of Fruit Master Australia, one of the leading vertically integrated table grape businesses in Australia. The transaction comes after key partners Joe Lanteri and Brett Pickering decided to exit their shareholdings in the business. The…

Recent rainfall is a boon for Vermont blueberry season

William Pelkey, owner of Pelkey’s Blueberries in Charlotte, says that because his berries got a lot of rain, followed by the hot weather, they ripened really well. Then the…

USDA China: stone fruit annual

Peach/nectarine acreage estimated at 855,000 hectares in MY 2020/21

China’s peach/nectarine production is estimated at 14.5 million metric tons (MMT) in marketing year (MY) 2020/21 (January-December), down 3 percent from the previous year. A…

&ever

&ever enters partnership with Modula S.p.A.

Partnership to create a fully automated farming system for fruit crops, such as strawberries

“As we are already present in Singapore and are in talks with local retailers and hotels, it was a logical step to start there,” says Mark Korzilius, CSO at &ever. We see a huge potential in Asia but also in the middle east, Europe, and the US.” Recently, &ever, a German vertical farming company, and…

Hackaday.com

Using neural networks to detect ripeness in fruit and vegetables

As the industry wants to automate as much of the food production process as possible, it becomes necessary to have machines sort the ripe and ready produce from the rest at times. Turkish innovator Kutluhan Aktar claims he has found a way to do just that, using the power of neural networks. His project’s…

UGA research: UGA

Cantaloupe juice might be the next big thing

Principal investigator anddoctoral candidate Linda Araghi is studying ways to find new product uses for Georgia-grown cantaloupe, together with Taija Stoner-Harris, a master's…

Rice Fruit to start distributing SnapDragon and RubyFrost apples

Crunch Time Apple Growers, the collective of growers responsible for SnapDragon™ and RubyFrost™ apples, has granted Rice Fruit Company, apple packaging and marketing facility a license to market both SnapDragon and RubyFrost apples effective immediately for the 2021 harvest.Rice Fruit Company, located in…

Chambersburg peaches available for summer

Chambersburg peaches will be available from Keystone Fruit Marketing, a division of Progressive Produce, starting the last week of July through the end of August. Left: Chambersburg peaches on the tree; right: Michael Blume. "We've had ideal growing conditions providing us one of the nicest crops we've…

Districts running out of water

Will heat wave impact sizing on Oregon pears?

With harvest of Oregon pears around the corner, what’s unknown is the effects of the drought on the fruit. At Naumes Inc. in Medford, OR, Sean Naumes says they’re going to start taking pressures this week on their earliest Oregon varieties of summer pears including the Starkrimson. And then harvest…

Two new juices from NZ beverage company

The Apple Press® a premium beverages company in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand has announced two exciting new juices this year. To help keep winter woes away the new ‘Boost’ juice in their Wellness range pairs tangy Pink Lady® apples with carrot and beetroot. With each bottle containing 30% vegetables and 66%…

"The key issue is to keep the apples fresh for longer"

"Apple harvest in the northern hemisphere may be plentiful this season"

Apple orchards in the northern hemisphere begin the harvest season one after the other. Current long-term predictions foresee a larger production volume than last year, provided that no natural disasters occur. One of the key issues for retail conditions later in the season is the question of preserving…

The USITC concludes that Mexico is competitive in the production and export of raspberries without subsidies

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has completed an investigation commissioned by the White House Trade Representation (USTR) to determine whether…

Agri Western Cape

Fruit industry partners with Dept of Health on vaccinations

Agri Western Cape Chief Executive Jannie Strydom has stated that the collaboration between public health and the private sector to provide vaccination sites can be seen as a…

Russia:

Early apple growers affected by local production growth and cheap imports

Russian growers are unhappy with developments in the early apple segment. Most of them are ready to abandon the harvesting of early apple varieties due to a sharp collapse in…

Moldova increases apricot exports to the EU in 2021

The share of EU countries in the export structure of Moldovan apricots will increase to about 80-85% this year. In 2020, Moldova exported approximately 2,000 tons of apricot.…

Belgium's peach harvest fails for 3rd consecutive year

Ludo Rosseels is one of the last Belgian peach growers. Frost, once again, hit his trees. And then the rain came. "I've lost almost the entire harvest. I estimate the yield is only…

Due to weather conditions Dreamstime

34.2% fewer strawberries were harvested outdoors in NRW in 2021 year-on-year

Strawberry farms in North Rhine-Westphalia produced 17,347 tons of strawberries this year on 1,930 hectares (-7.4 percent) of open field acreage. Via cultivation under…

Dutch company's winter contracts compensating for overseas season

"Retail demand for mini watermelons rising sharply"

It's nearly the end of July. So, week 36 is approaching. That's when Kraaijeveld will get its first load of overseas melons. This Dutch company has been working with partners in South America for years. They import Brazilian melons from them. "Our winter contracts ensure that our customers are guaranteed…

Raphaël Martinez, PDO Peaches and Apricots of France:

“The situation on the peach market in France is generally favorable”

Although the less than favorable weather of the past few weeks has impacted the consumption of some other summer fruit, peaches do not seem to have been affected too much. “The situation is generally favorable because the frost in the spring has limited the volumes available. Peaches have indeed suffered…

France: strawberry prices dropped in June

“Based on estimates on July 1st 2021, the strawberry surface areas for the 2021 campaign are 3,400 ha, which is 1% less than the previous year but 1% more than the 2016-2020…

400 pallets per day sent to national and international markets

Gavina and Eleonora watermelons in high demand

"The bad weather of the last few days has reduced the Italian and European consumption of watermelons by more than 30%. However, not all types of watermelon have suffered from this significant drop," said Salvatore Lotta, commercial director of the Sardinian growers' organisation Agricola Campidanese.…

Turkish fruit season begins at Enes Groenten & Fruit in the Netherlands

"Good demand for Turkish grapes and apricots"

Turkish imports have been one of the Enes Groenten en Fruit's firm pillars for years. They offer numerous products under their Huser Fresh brand. These include not only Sivri, Carli, Dolma, Kapya, and Ucburn peppers. But also white zucchini, mini cucumbers, Turkish eggplants, and quinces. And grapes, cherries, figs,…

Harm Valckx: "It took all we had to prevent a dike breach"

True extent of flood damage in parts of the Netherlands becoming ever-clearer

The waters are now subsiding in parts of the Netherlands. And as the days pass, the excessive rainfall and high water levels' impact is becoming ever-clearer. Eric Huids chairs the Dutch Fruit Growers Association (NFO) Limburg branch. He's noted damage to sweet and sour cherry, redcurrant, and ripe plum…

Andreas Finck from Lower Saxony

"Demand is good, but prices are slipping"

Andreas Finck looks at the current weather situation with satisfaction: "Fortunately, the weather has been quite kind to us here in Lower Saxony so far." He is not so pleased, on the other hand, with regard to his blueberries. "The blueberry season has gone rather poorly so far, as we had to contend with…

New fresh berry parfaits launched featuring Chobani

Naturipe, a global producer of berries for more than 100 years, is launching their new Berry Parfaits featuring Chobani® Yogurt and Naturipe fresh berries – with packaging designed for consumers on-the-go. The Berry Parfaits are the latest new product offering from Naturipe, which kicked off their…

After peaches, Xap also affects apricot production in Montenegro

In July 2020, symptoms of leaf and fruit spot were observed on two-year old apricot plants (Prunus armeniaca L.), cultivar Rubista in a plantation covering approximately 0,5…

Washington waiting for heat wave effects on the 2021 apple crop

Following the heat wave that covered large parts of the Pacific Northwest, the Washington apple industry is waiting to find out how the 2021 apple crop is affected. “We’ve had record temperatures here in the Wenatchee Valley so we’re a little bit unsure as to how we’re going to come out,” says George…

Midwest Apple Improvement Association expands its team

The Midwest Apple Improvement Association (MAIA) is strengthening the support it provides to its more than 1,000 members by adding two industry veterans to its team. With his deep background in horticulture, Bill Pitts joins as horticultural consultant and will work with growers as they increase…

Coophuelva expects the blueberry area will increase for the next season

The cooperative society Costa de Huelva (Coophuelva) of Lucena del Puerto has closed the 2020/2021 berry campaign with a production of nearly 18,000 tons. According to the…

Plum growers in the south of Salamanca expect good quality fruit this season

Producers and cooperatives in the south of Salamanca are getting ready to start the plum campaign once the cherry campaign, which this year registered significant losses…

David Franco, commercial director of Grupo Paloma:

"Egyptian grapes are proving unable to compete with the quality of the Spanish in July"

The table grape campaign is underway in Murcia, the fruit's main producing area in Spain, where the harvest kicked off in late June. Reports say that there is good quality fruit and less pressure from the Egyptian supply at the end of the season, while consumption keeps growing year after year. "We…

Iraq, Russia, Afghanistan, India and UAE were main destinations

Iran: $327 mln worth of apples exported

Iraq with $105 million, Russia with $95.4 million, Afghanistan with $51.7 million, India with $26.6 and the UAE with $21.1 million were the main destinations of Iranian apples…

Pome fruit quotations Lake Constance - week 28:

'Demand for pome fruit remains constant'

Demand for pome fruit remains constant but at a low level. The product range is becoming increasingly limited, but availability is assured until the new harvest. Now that the…

Superpippo Fruit

Sicilian grapes on the main international markets

"Our cultivation ranges from early white, red and black grapes with and without seeds to medium-late grapes, also with and without seeds. Our strength lies in our ability to combine tradition and innovation, concentrating on the latest varieties and techniques," said Pippo Caggia, 62 years old, director…

Drought might lead to limited Minnesota yield

Wisconsin apple orchards may get less than fruitful crop

Several orchards across the state of Wisconsin are experiencing a Honeycrisp crisis, as many of the apple trees are struggling to produce fruit this season. This year, the…

Wilko van der Zwaard, Wilko Fruit, the Netherlands:

"Good prices for Spanish peaches, nectarines, and apricots"

The second half of the European stone fruit season has begun. According to Wilko van der Zwaard of WilkoFruit in the Netherlands, sales are going well for now. Very well, in fact. "Volumes are significantly lower from some areas. However, demand is good, and prices are high," he says. "We'll still offer Spanish…

Spectre sets fruit sizing eyes on cherries

Interest in the New Zealand-made, computer vision AI, early fruit sizing tool, Spectre, continues to grow globally. In response to demand, agritech company Hectre, creators of Spectre, are now extending their fruit type coverage to cherries. “We’ve received requests for Spectre for Cherries from both US…

EcoFarm

Knowing how to manage heatwaves makes the difference

"People talk about unprecedented low or high temperatures every year, but maybe this year will indeed be remembered for the high temperatures, as they skyrocketed to over 45°C in various parts of Sicily with very strong winds which have caused the 'hairdryer effect' on crops. Nonetheless, we have managed…

Montana: Flathead cherry orchards expect a good harvest

Flathead cherry orchards are currently gearing up for the season. Jeff Bush’ family has been operating an orchard for 61 years, with cherry stands up and running for 60.…

Cherry harvest has started in Val Venosta

For years, cherries have enriched the seasonal fruit and vegetable assortment from Val Venosta; they are popular with customers beyond the region's borders. This year's cherry harvest has just begun. The processing and marketing of the Val Venosta cherries is carried out centrally in an innovative…

Mörgeli Obstbau

Thunderstorms in Switzerland and Germany:

Mörgeli: "Our entire orchard was destroyed"

Farm manager Markus Mörgeli from Mörgeli Obstbau in Aesch spoke about a total loss of his harvest: "Last Tuesday, our entire orchard was completely destroyed by the storm. Here in Switzerland, we unfortunately do not have many possibilities to have the damage compensated, as trees cannot be insured in…

AMA

AMA Market Report June 2021:

Domestic dessert apple season is coming to an end, wholesale prices stable

In June, a thoroughly satisfactory 2020/21 apple season for marketers slowly came to an end. In addition to the advanced thinning out of varieties, after a delayed market entry due to weather conditions, the summer fruit did reach domestic fruit shelves in the end. In line with the season, access to…

Italy recognizes Virgilio Vidor's research work on tropical grapes

Virgilio Vidor traveled with his family to live in Costa Rica when he was 24 years old in the 1970s from Fregene (Rome). In the 50 years that he has been in this country, he…

Manel Simón, director of Afrucat, about the current stone fruit campaign:

"There is already a noticeable lack of production, operators are unable to meet their orders"

The stone fruit campaign in Catalonia is already in full swing, although with limited quantities that are leaving a gap in the European markets, due to the impossibility of cooperatives and marketing companies to meet their orders. Last year the production fell by 35% as a result of hail storms, and this…

Canlar increased export volumes despite challenges

Local demand for Turkish cherries was high, slow demand in some countries due to lockdowns

The Turkish cherry season is just about over and it’s been a solid year according to one Turkish exporter. Export volumes were higher than they were last year, despite the obvious problems still in the world. The season was delayed by a few weeks due to the weather, and the Asian market could not provide…

Price of apples from cold storage reaches historical low point

Chinese apple prices remain low as early-season varieties enter the market

The Chinese apple production volume declined last year as apple orchards across the country experienced various degrees of bad weather. The overall apple price was relatively…

Agreste confirms decline in French apple and pear production

Agreste, the bureau for statistics of the French Ministry of Food and Agriculture confirms the decline in French apple and pear production. “On July 1st 2021, the table pear production is expected to reach about 70,000 tons for 2021, which is half a harvest compared to a normal year. It will probably be…

Jo Schaepkens: "Storms were close, but we suffered hardly any damage"

"Good prices for Dutch cherries"

The Dutch town of Valkenburg is only five kilometers from Jo and Monica Schaepkens' cherry farm. Yet, this grower's crop didn't suffer from the recent heavy rain that hit the area. "We're in Klimmen. As the name - climb - suggests, we're higher up. We were lucky and suffered little damage," says the farmer. Cherry harvesting began…

Hitting record for third year straight

Japanese grapes fetch 1.4 million yen

Today, a bunch of high-end red grapes sold for 1.4 million yen ($12,700) in central Japan in the season's first auction. This was up 100,000 yen from the year before, setting…

Solid demand for California organic peaches and nectarines

Demand is strong for California organic peaches and nectarines and it’s outpacing supplies. “The crop set this year was tremendous on stone fruit. We had a terrific cherry season and our apricots were the largest bumper crop we’d seen in years. And we had a good set on peaches and nectarines. While our…

Over 180,000 tons of agri products exported via Astara since late March

Iran exports $320 mlns worth of apples

A total of 375,407 tons of banana worth $255.31 million were imported into Iran in the last fiscal year, ending March 20, 2021. Turkey with $129.8 million, India with $54.3…

Japanese government intervenes

Fruits finally get legal protection from illicit overseas growers

Japanese brand name and high quality agricultural products, including highly popular fruit varieties developed exclusively in Japan, have been surreptitiously slipped…

Nectarines divided into two categories to help consumers

There are too many varieties that are causing confusion in the nectarine segment. This is why Crpv, the research center on vegetable productions, is promoting the Ciclone project, which aims at dividing nectarines into two macro-categories from an organoleptic point of view - Classic and Sweet. The…

Growers keep uprooting cherry trees in Apulia

The cherry campaign has ended in Apulia, but the anger of producers after a year characterized by low prices and daily protests has not diminished, especially since the first statements for the 2021 seasons have been drafted. "From what we have calculated, there is basically no profit this year when you…

Tough season for Egyptian grapes

"Weather affected grape cultivation, which led to 30-40% less production"

The Egyptian grape season has been rather challenges, one exporter states. The weather conditions caused production to drop by as much as 40 per cent, which in turn led to prices being higher as demand didn’t decrease. According to Mostafa Ali, Senior Regional manager of Nile Establishment for…

Wyman's expands wild blueberry supply and freezing capacity

As consumer demand increases for nutritious and delicious wild blueberries, and with the annual harvest fast approaching, Jasper Wyman & Son (Wyman's) announced today that it…

Quercy melons and blueberries suffer from the cold

France: Delayed harvest for Quercy melons and blueberries

The cold weather and rainfalls in the past few weeks have prevented many fruits from fully ripening. From the Creuse department to Occitania, harvests are delayed. The blueberry harvest is already a week late in Saint-Marc-à-Loubaud. The weather has delayed the harvest calendar. “It is a season like no…

Peter Durlet, Depa-Fruit, Belgium:

"Every last uncovered cherry's been ruined"

There has been a deluge of rain in Belgium recently. It's had disastrous consequences for the fruit and vegetable farming sector. The damage to cherries and full soil fruit and vegetables, in particular, has been immense. "There's been a tremendous amount of rain in the heart of Belgian cherry-growing…

Cherry picking at night improves fruit quality and worker morale

This past Friday, British Columbia based Jealous Fruits started harvesting their cherries at night, finishing into the early morning. “In 2020, we ran a night picking trial with 90 pickers, and were very happy with the results,” says Julie McLachlan with the company. “We saw significant improvements in…

Ten years after closing a marketing order

California stone fruit acreage has declined, but sector remains strong

Fewer acres of California farmland are devoted to cultivation compared to 10 years ago. At that time, freestone peach and nectarine growers voted to end the California Tree…

Strong British Columbia cherry crop may have offset heatwave effects

Last month’s heat wave that affected large swaths of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia (B.C.), Canada have undoubtedly impacted a number of crops. Included in that was a high-value B.C. crop: cherries. “Mainly what I’ve seen is the outside rows of farms that were exposed to more heat than the…

Chilean fresh fruit exports to Asia grew by 19%

According to information from the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile (ASOEX), Chile has exported 2,256,074 tons of fruits abroad so far in the 2020-2021 fresh fruit…

“All unpleasant challenges, like hail, have passed us by”

The new harvest for Polish apples appears to be safe from extreme weather conditions. According to one exporter, there have been no unpleasant surprises in terms of weather the past weeks, which should mean volumes will be slightly higher. The weather has been nice for Polish apple growers. According to…

Excellent strawberry season at La Piacentina

"Thanks to the excellent results achieved this year with Marisol, we will increase our strawberry investments and go from 45thousand to 70thousand plants, 90% of which will be Marisol. In 2020/21, we had 45 thousand plants, 60% of which were Marisol. Harvesting started in late February and ended on June…

Apofruit

Italian peaches doing well in Europe

"We have noticed peach sales have picked up in Europe - we had not seen anything like it for years. Nectarines remain the most popular, but demand is lively for peaches as well. This is probably due to the high quality and lack of produce from countries with more competitive prices such as Spain and…

Good start for Apulian table grapes

A good start for early grapes from Apulia, both seeded (like Victoria and Black Magic) and seedless. "We were not expecting such a lively start," explains Donato Fanelli, entrepreneur and coordinator of the Table Grapes committee of the IO (Ortofrutta Italia interbranch organization) and member of CUT.…

Dolce Passione watermelon season in full swing

New 'Dolce Passione' watermelons boast a perfectly round shape that inspired the name of the variety (Giotto), a thin rind, uniform black color and an average weight of 4-6 kg. They are only grown in Italy, so as to guarantee their high quality and complete traceability. The rind is black, while the…

Ukrainian early apple season started almost ten days late

Ukrainian growers have started selling early varieties of apples this week. This year, growers started harvesting almost 10 days later compared to last season, due to later…

Domingo Llamas, president of Grupo Hoyamar:

"When the market is this slow, we have to do even better when selecting the fruit and take only the best"

The watermelon season has already passed its halfway point in the Region of Murcia, where this summer fruit is currently being harvested. There hasn't yet been a good demand or prices since the Spanish season started in Almeria. This is the result of a market that remains stagnant due to the lack of…

Quality Associates, commissioned by APAL

New research project on maintaining Australian apple and pear quality standards

Dr Andreas Klieber of Quality Associates is the head of a new research project that looks into ways of making sure consumers will fall in love the apples and pears presented…

Nova Scotia

Cape Breton strawberry farm needing laborers gets social media boost

A Cape Breton strawberry farm that was afraid it would lose its current crop, got an unexpected reprieve due to the power of social media. Rendell’s Farm in Mill Creek, N.S…

Raspberry harvest delayed by the weather

In the German town of Seebach, the raspberry harvest is starting a little late for the region’s largest producer.  According to Jean-Luc Rott, manager of the farm, “May was particularly…

Pascal Bassols and Marie Laure Etève, COT International:

“Our first Open Day 2021 was a success!”

On June 30th 2021, with 60 participants from 4 producing countries (Switzerland, Spain, Italy and especially France), stone fruit producers, nurserymen and technicians were able to come and discover the future varieties of apricots and cherries, as well as some reference varieties of the sector. For COT…

Pear crops were one of the most affected, mainly in the Altiplano (Jumilla)

The extreme heat in the Region of Murcia had devastating effects on the crops

Producers in the Region of Murcia will see throughout this week the devastating effects that the extreme meteorological phenomenon that affected the Community last Monday. On…

Albisole

Good year for apricots

With a record 140 tons of apricots harvested in a single day (July 12th 2021), Agricola Guidi - owner of the Albisole brand - can consider 2021 the year of redemption for its apricots. "After the planting phase and a couple of unlucky years, this is the first real campaign we are pleased with. The frost in spring damaged a…

F.lli Orsero entered a partnership with Orogel Fresco to supply stone fruit

Gruppo Orsero, a leading company in Mediterranean Europe for the import and distribution of fresh produce, has entered into a partnership with Orogel Fresco, a branch of Orogel group that produces and commercializes fruits and vegetables cultivated in Italy.  The two companies will work on developing the new…

US Highbush Blueberry Council

Michigan blueberry grower named chair of USHBC

Michigan blueberry grower Shelly Hartmann has been named chair of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC). Hartmann, who co-owns True Blue Farms with her husband Dennis,…

Peruvian blueberries begin shipping in August

Once the North American blueberry season wanes, Peru’s long growing season, steady climate and greenhouse-like growing conditions will provide retailers and consumers with a constant volume of high-quality blueberries. "We continue to have new acreage in play, and the crop set looks heavier, and earlier,…

Latin America is looking for new blueberry varietal alternatives

As it is not just Latin America that is yearning for blueberries, producers and farmers are currently looking for new methods and strategies that allow them to be able to take…

Odepa's analysis of Chile's fruit exports in the first half of 2021

Chile exported 1.68 million tons of fresh fruit

Between January and June 2021, Chile exported 2.04 million tons of fruits for $ 4.441 billion dollars FOB – without considering the Value Variation Report –, i.e. 1% less…

Russia and China to discuss possibility of resuming pome and stone fruit import

According to the Russian Animal and Plant Inspection and Quarantine Service, they will begin discussions with Chinese representatives in August on the possibility of resuming…

80 Acres Farms to offer strawberries this winter VerticalFarmDaily.com

"Strawberries are a pain point for consumers"

80 Acres Farms is expanding operations and has its sights trained on a new product: strawberries. Sweet and low-down to the ground, strawberries get hosed down with pesticides…

Regarding recent export of apples from England to India

UK International Trade Secretary Liz Truss called out on deceptive statement

UK International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has welcomed the recent export of apples from England to India; these exports were a first since 50 years. She claims to see it as a…

Turkish apple cultivation sees significant growth over past years

“We plan to start the apple season on August 10th with the Gala varieties”

The Turkish apple season is set to start in less than a month. Turkey’s apple cultivation has seen an explosive growth over the past five years and one Turkish fresh produce exporter decided to get into apple export. After two years of shipments they now feel they have the knowledge and have made the…

Op Bristol's latest innovation

Smooth Honey Moon melon with zero residue certification

The smooth Honey Moon melon certified as zero residue by Bureau Veritas has been released on the market. The Italian growers' organization Bristol, which specializes in the production and marketing of high-quality melons and watermelons, was behind the launch. "Zero residue means that 100% of the minimum…

Greenhouse watermelon: fun, educational, and tasty

Is the watermelon from the greenhouse here to stay? "Who knows?" Grower Lynn Vermeiren and brand manager Tom Verdonck of Tomeco laugh mysteriously. From week 24 they have been harvesting mini watermelons every week in the greenhouse in Meer. And in Loenhout, the plants for a new crop, planted on 7 July,…

A project by La Grande Bellezza Italiana

New watermelon variety grown in Veneto and Apulia available until September

Thanks to a specific genetic selection that allows the cultivation of watermelons in Veneto and Puglia, the La Grande Bellezza Italiana network of companies can offer a new medium-sized watermelon weighing 3-4 kg. "From the research and study of one of the most important seed companies, La Grande…

Xinjiang set to take goji berries to global markets

In June, in Jinghe county of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, farmers began preparing for the first goji berry harvest of the year. On March 1, the agreement between…

Queensland's strawberry growers react to needle contamination charges being dropped

Several members of the Queensland Strawberry Growers' Association have expressed disappointment after the case against a former farm worker accused of placing needles in…

The Bayh–Dole Act and its effects on agricultural innovation

The Bayh–Dole Act or Patent and Trademark Law Amendments Act is US legislation dealing with inventions arising from federal government-funded research. Advocates for leaving…

Russia bans batch of tomatoes and peaches from Azerbaijan

The Caucasian Interregional Administration of the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control has banned the import of a batch of tomatoes and peaches…

Apples for bananas trade leaves Iran with $71.3 mln in surplus

Iran’s customs office IRICA says the country had a surplus of 71.3 million from a trade program last calendar year that conditioned banana imports on exports of apples. An…

Agreste

French peaches: Price increase due to decline in production

Agreste, the bureau for statistics of the French Ministry of Food and Agriculture, has published a note of conjuncture for the French peach. “As of July 1st 2021, the French…

US Pacific Northwest heat wave cooks fruit crops

An unprecedented heat wave and ongoing drought in the US Pacific Northwest is forcing fruit farm workers to harvest in the middle of the night to salvage crops and avoid…

Foto: Obsthof Otte

Charlotte Otte from Obsthof Otte:

"Sustainable and smart fruit growing is the way of the future"

In East Westphalia-Lippe, Obsthof Otte grows fresh strawberries and raspberries, apples, pears and plums for the region. The fruit farm can look back on 100 years of fruit-growing and at this point in time, Charlotte Otte is preparing management, as a fourth generation manager. The fruit farm is…

Jesús Abenza, commercial director at Alimer:

"It hasn't been a hot summer in Europe yet, but the heat has to come"

The weather is being decisive this year for the Spanish melon and watermelon campaign. In the greenhouses of Almeria, it has set the pace of both the fruit development and its marketing since the beginning of the season. And although we are in the middle of summer, almost in the second half of July, the…

Fresón de Palos closes the campaign having marketed more than 74.4 million kilos of berries

The Freson de Palos cooperative has presented the data of the end of the 2020-2021 campaign at its annual meeting, reporting that it marketed more than 74.4 million kilos of…

Update: Apple Market - June 2021

EU apple production expected to rise by over 500,000 tons y-o-y

The average price of European apples dropped by 61% to EUR 218/MT in the last six months (Jan ‘21-Jun ‘21), compared to the previous six-month average (Jul ‘20-Dec ‘20). The…

End of Egyptian grape season was challenging for European importers

This week the season for Egyptian grapes sent to the European market will come to an end. This will signal the end of the overseas grape campaign that was a rollercoaster of a season, marked by high uncertainties, most notably due to Covid, as well as unfavorable weather in production areas and…

Pêchevigne® and Nectavigne®

Sanguines® back on the shelves

It is now possible to find Pêchevignes® and Nectavignes® on French supermarket shelves. The particularity of these peaches and nectarines from the Monts du Lyonnais is the red color of their flesh, which shows their high antioxidant content. According to a study conducted by CTIFL and published in the “Journal of Food…

Table grape campaign better than expected

"The demand/supply ratio has been more balanced during the second week of July. The superior flavor and quality of our grapes enable us to follow the various harvesting cycles - from the coast to inland areas - at a sustained rhythm for both producers and packagers. This way, consumers can count on…

Jiangsu Province, eastern China

With the right packaging and quality, one peach can be sold for as much as 7.7 USD

Zhang Jianxie, a Yangshan Township peach farmer, enjoys the heady scent of peaches during the season. He has been recently busy picking and packing ripe peaches from his…

Driscoll’s pivoted from fresh in-store to fresh online

In 2020, more and more people started buying vegetables and fruit online. That meant a COVID-19-accelerated pivot for traditional fresh produce companies that previously just…

Dutch-Canadian investor Ralph Birkhoff

Agri innovator invests in Barbados

Dutch-Canadian investor Ralph Birkhoff is the founder and chief operating officer of Connecticut-based Alquimi Renewables and co-founder of its farming operations group Island…

Gusseted bags extend package options

Crunch Pak® is adding gusseted, stand-up bags to its list of packaging options and will launch the new SKUs with a limited item promoting Paw Patrol the Movie from Paramount Studios. Available at the end of July in select stores, the gusseted bags come in 14-ounce and 24-ounce sizes and with options of…

Dreamstime

The Austrian apricot harvest has begun

Austria's largest apricot growers can breathe a sigh of relief: this weekend the harvest season, though comparatively late, has nevertheless begun in Kittsee. The fact that…

Brisbane District Court

Woman accused of putting needles in strawberries in 2018 has charges dropped

The charges against a Queensland woman, who was accused of putting needles in strawberries in 2018, have been dropped. Miss My Ut Trinh, who was a farm supervisor at…

Reya, the watermelon for early transplants in Italy

We are in the middle of the watermelon campaign, which is proceeding quite well in the Taranto area (Apulia - Italy), with Ciro Martone, agronomist at Alma Seges. Ciro Martone Some of our members who planted Reya watermelons on our recommendation are having excellent results. This is a relatively new variety,…


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