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Good campaign for persimmons

According to Granfrutta Zani's sales manager Raffaele Bucella, the 2019 Tipo persimmon campaign can be defined as satisfactory. "We sold the last quantities before Christmas and we can be pleased both commercially as well as when it comes to quality. Over 90% of our production is of traditional fruits and quality this year was…

"The Sino-US trade war does not have a big impact on the export of fresh Chinese pears"

"The export price of Chinese pears gradually dropped in the last few years because market competition has become more intense. The changing relation between supply and demand put further pressure on the price. Our export price is around 10 USD per box (of 17 kg)," said Gary of Shijiazhuang Xingguan…

Pears in Ukraine much more expensive than a year earlier

This past week, Ukrainian producers have had the opportunity to sell their pears for slightly more expensive prices. This is to thank to the fairly active demand from both…

China: "Keeping fruit fresh at every stage of the production process is increasingly important"

Keeping products fresh is a key issue in the fresh food industry. A growing number of companies invest in the management and technologies that control product quality because more and more consumers pay attention to the quality of their food. SM Bioscience (Beijing) Inc. is a company that specializes in…

The final campaign compensated for the difficulties occurred in springtime

Crops with limited damage in 2019, thanks to organic farming

Canova, whose brand is Almaverde Bio, drew a balance on 2019 which saw a boost in the second half of the year. "We got off to a very bad start," explained director Ernesto Fornari, "because of the weather in May. The cherries underwent a major knockdown and it was only after the middle of June that we…

Imported fruit taking over Chinese market during Spring Festival

Although the Chinese New Year and the peak consumer season are approaching, the fruit market is unexpectedly experiencing low prices. At present, the price of most fruit in…

Ensure fast customs clearance of imported fruit

Shanghai Customs operating 24*7 during Spring Festival

With the approaching of the Spring Festival, the imported fruit market in Shanghai is extremely busy. Fresh fruits from all over the world are arriving by air and by sea to…

Success for Australia's Rico® pear in Thailand

The Thailand market cannot get enough of one of Australia's newest pear varieties. In November, APAL officially launched the brand Rico®, and since then has sent small volumes to the Asian country. Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL) Head of Quality and Innovation Andrew Mandemaker says it has been…

"The current export price is stable"

"The Chinese pear industry optimized plantation systems this production season"

"The harvest season of fresh Chinese pears began in July, 2019. We expect the supply season to last until April or May in 2020. Looking at the overall conditions in comparison with last year we can say that the texture and the sweetness of fresh pears is much better this year. These pears are also better…

Rimini 2nd to 6th of May

Strawberry Symposium 2020 organization working at full speed

The International Strawberry Symposium 2020 will take place in Rimini on 2nd-6th May 2020. It is organized by Università Politecnica delle Marche and Consiglio per la ricerca e l'economia agraria (CREA - Council for agricultural research and economy) in cooperation with the International Society for…

Packed program for 2020 Syngenta Australian Melon Conference and Field Day

From sessions with melon export experts to on-farm demonstrations, the Australian Melon Association (AMA) has released a new look, packed program ahead of its 2020 conference…

Festive ceremony celebrates first export of Chinese pears to Brazil

Botou Dongfang Fruit Co., Ltd. in Cangzhou, Hebei, organized a festive ceremony on January 14th to celebrate the first export of fresh Chinese pears to Brazil. The festive ceremony marked the official start of fresh Chinese pear export to Brazil. Mr. Guo Zhongtao of Botou Dongfang Fruit recently talked…

Huelva, Spain:

Strawberry production slowed down by the cold and prices soar

Huelva's strawberry production has been slowed down by the low temperatures recorded in recent days, so the volume harvested so far is insignificant, according to Rafael Domínguez, manager of Freshuelva. Regarding the demand, Domínguez said that "the European supply and demand of strawberries at…

Tasmania's berry growers experiencing an exceptional summer of quality and visitors

What a difference a few months can make; a Tasmanian berry grower was challenged by the coldest Novembers in memory, but now that has turned into an "exceptional" summer.Ground temperatures at The Westerway Raspberry Farm, in the Derwent Valley, were falling in the middle of spring, at a time when they…

Consumers urged to continue rallying behind local growers despite possible price increases

One of Australia's leading produce markets is encouraging Australians to rally behind growers as bushfires and drought hit the industry, which will more than likely increase the cost of fresh produce. Brisbane Markets receives produce from more than 7000 growers, with the persistent drought, and…

Apples at the forefront of getting people "Back to Bilpin"

An apple growing community in the New South Wales Blue Mountains is hoping that the grassroots social media campaign "Back to Bilpin", which is largely themed around the region's iconic fruit, can promote and help it recover from the devastating bushfires. Fire tore through the town of Bilpin on December…

Growing interest in the supply of Moldovan fruit to foreign markets

The marketing department of the Association of Producers and Exporters “Moldova Fruct” claims that in the second week of 2020, the number of calls to the organization from…

Ghana to begin construction of US $6m watermelon factory

The government of Ghana has started the construction of US $6m watermelon processing factory in Walewale in the North East Region. Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia performed the sod cutting ceremony and said that the part of President Akufo-Addo’s efforts to reduce rural-urban migration and revitalise…

The Fruitery to expand its business to include supply of fresh fruit and branded medley pots for the foodservice

Chambers and The Fruitery will be revealing an exciting new launch at this year’s Fruit Logistica, as The Fruitery announces its decision to expand its business to include the…

Spain: Despite having an unemployment rate of 21.8%, Andalusia uses Moroccan temps for strawberry

On Thursday, January 16, the Andalusian Minister of Employment, Training, and Autonomous Work, Rocio Blanco, stated in an interview on Canal Sur Radio that, despite having a 21.8% unemployment rate, Andalusia hired immigrants to work in the collection of the strawberry in Huelva. In response, the Vice…

Focus on climate change, plant protection, biodiversity and water management

New fruit growing strategies in the Alte Land

The adaptation of fruit growing to the conditions of climate change, future strategies in plant protection and the promotion of biodiversity as well as challenges in water management for fruit growing farms were among the key topics during the visit of Miriam Staudte, spokesperson for agriculture and…

COFIDES supports the Spanish Planasa's expansion in Mexico

COFIDES will provide financial support to the Planasa Group to facilitate its consolidation in Mexico. To this end, it will provide 12.77 million dollars in euro, i.e. up to a maximum of 11.6 million euro, through a joint venture loan to the project company, Planasa Mexico. The financing provided by COFIDES to Planasa - under FIX and its own resources - will facilitate the acqui…

Designated counties saw at least a 30% loss of alfalfa, raspberry or blueberry crops

USDA designates 8 counties in New Hampshire as natural disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated eight counties in New Hampshire as primary natural disaster areas. According to rfdtv.com, this designation is in response to…

Pennsylvania, US

Mild January is quite a change for North East fruit farmers

An unseasonably sunny, and mild January is allowing fruit farmers in North East, Pennsylvania, to get a lot of work done easier and faster than usual. At Burch Farms in North…

More choices & more convenience with fresh-cut fruit

The latest quarterly earnings report for Del Monte Fresh Produce, Coral Gables, Florida, revealed a notable jump in fresh-cut fruit sales, a move that is indicative of the…

“2030: Together, our fruit will be worth more”

Research initiative on the Chilean fruit industry

The Chilean fruit industry was subject of a study, carried out in a context of a 12% growth of the world population and an 18% growth per capita of food consumption by 2030.…

Artevos GmbH presents the latest catalogue of varieties at Fruit Logistica 2020

Tasty fruit varieties for modern commercial fruit industry

From February 5th to 7th, 2020 Artevos will be exhibiting at Fruit Logistica in Berlin at booth A-03, hall 21. This year, the variety developer will present several modern fruit varieties. These varieties will give the visitors a small foretaste of the Artevos assortment: Gooseberry Laprima(s) - the hairlessEverybody…

Harvest and storage conditions for acerola fruit

Acerola (Malpighia emarginata) is native in Central and Northern South America and is considered a super-fruit due to its high vitamin C content. Acerola postharvest life depends highly on the maturity stage at harvest and storage temperatures. Scientists at Embrapa in Petrolina (Brazil) have determined…

Low production 2020/21 may underpin Brazilian fruit prices

Brazilian agents expect the São Paulo and Triângulo Mineiro region orange production to be low in the 2020/21 season. Although lower productivity constrains growers’ revenue,…

Río Negro Province - Argentina

Hail in the Regina productive zone

The storms in much of the Upper Valley discharged hail in the southeast area of ​​the town of Villa Regina last weekend, which led to local growers mobilising. They also sent…

Namibia prohibits import of infected fruits from Zambia

Last Monday, the Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry banned the importation of mangoes suspected of carrying the oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) from…

First shipment of Chilean fruit of the season arrives on US West Coast

After a 12-day journey from Chile, the first West Coast break bulk vessel of the season, Ice River, arrived to the Port of Los Angeles on Thursday, January 9. The ship unloaded 4,500 pallets of fresh grapes, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums and blueberries that will be hitting retail shelves this…

Ten years of success for the Mooi Brand

“This year we plan to export up to 500 000 cold steri processed cartons"

The year 2020 marks the 10th year since the official launch of the MOOI dedicated Far East brand by Mooigezicht Estates. In the process of building relationships with buyers in the Far East, Mooigezicht Estates, based in the Hex River Valley in South Africa’s Western Cape, had been marketing their grapes…

Mango volumes still high as harvesting begins in late-season regions

Mango harvesting is starting to wind down in two of the growing regions across Western Australia and Queensland, but the national season is far from over. According to the last week’s national dispatched tray volumes, Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) reported that 455,000 were sent to market,…

Ross Beaton – The Apple Press

How a marketer turned 'ugly fruit' into a new category

Owner and CMO of The Apple Press, Ross Beaton, has staked everything on his apple juice varietals and plans to grow the chilled juice category.  This innovator was a very successful apple grower for over 30 years, and has now taken over 13,000 tonnes of non-export grade (dubbed ‘ugly') fruit and turned it…

Asoex

Chile plans to export 2.7 million tons of fruit in the 2019-2020 season

The Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile (Asoex) plans to export 2.7 million tons of fresh fruit during the 2019-2020 season, the Association stated in the No. 145 session of the Logistics Forum of Puerto Valparaiso, (Folovap). However, according to experts, they still have to wait for the…

Argentina has new spore detection devices in fruit trees

Pear productions from the town of General Alvear, in the south of the Argentine province of Mendoza, already have the first spore hunting systems for the prevention of fungal…

AI fruit vending machines open up new retail channels in the Chinese market

Chinese consumers in first-and-second-tier cities have always relied on relatively distant large-scale supermarkets and community stores for fruit purchases. However, in recent years AI fruit vending machines gradually pushed the traditional retail channels aside. The AI fruit vending machines offer…

Chinese companies provide over 30,000 job opportunities in Egypt

China encourages Egyptian firms to increase exports to its markets

A Chinese delegation from China International Import Expo (CIIE) has invited more Egyptian companies to join the upcoming CIIE session and seize the chance to increase their…

Asoex's 2019-2020 season advance

Chilean nectarine exports increase

According to statistics prepared by the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX), based on data provided by Agriculture and Livestock Service (SAG), by week 1- 2020 (as of January 5, 2020) Chile has exported a total of 538,032 tons of fresh fruit in the campaign, a figure 9.29% lower than in…

US: Massive greenhouse operation still expanding in Madison County

Canadian company Mastronardi Produce that sells its fruits & vegetables under the SUNSET brand, is a prominent greenhouse vegetable company on the continent, and the Oneida…

Softfruit and stonefruit growers suffer losses from bushfires

According to recent reports, the Australian bushfires could be the foremost reason to push the economy into a recession for the first time in nearly three decades. The uncontrollable fires have already burnt more than six million hectares of bushland, majorly impacting flora and fauna of regions in and…

“The sweetness of Japanese Fuji apple increased 2 degrees”

Japanese Fuji apples are now on the market. This is a very good season for Japanese apples with regards to quality and production volume. According to one exporter, although the size of the apples is smaller than in the previous year, the sweetness increased by 2 degrees.  Yasuko is the PR manager of the Japanese…

Batlow - New South Wales

Australian government ministers visit Batlow as growers assess bushfire damage

Batlow growers are determined to rebuild after devastating bushfires. According to an APAL article, the fighting spirit is evident in Batlow growers, who vow to rebuild.…

African nation shipped 49,000 tonnes in 2019

Tunisia fruit exports up 36% from 2018

Tunisia exported 49,000 tonnes of fruit in 2019, up 36% from 2018. Exports yielded DT 110.8 million (USD 39.8 million), up 27% year-on-year. Libya was the leading destination,…

New technology in the Chinese strawberry industry showcased at festival

Last December 18-20, the 18th China Strawberry Culture Tourism Festival and the 1st Asian Strawberry Industry Symposium was held in Jinan, Shandong. To showcase new technology in the Chinese strawberry industry, to promote the latest scientific and technological achievements, strengthen communication and…

Salix Fruits sees growth in US in 2019

Distributor Salix Fruits ended 2019 with 30% growth over 2018, in part because of its imported Argentine lemon program in the US. The global fruit distributor has partnerships…

Yvonne Tweddle - Jupiter Group

“We have an excellent supply base and we want to take that a stage further"

2019 has been quite a year for Jupiter Group, getting exclusive production and marketing rights for ARRA grapes in India, expanding their grower base in Colombia and acquiring Dutch company Cool Fresh to name a few. The company also won the 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the 10th Family…

Fruit fly larvae reached Tasmanian shores on a Queensland mango

Fruit fly larvae have been detected in Tasmania. They were found on a mango imported from Queensland. The infected fruit was found in Devonport during a routine inspection at…

Possibility of food shortages in Perth

Australia: Bushfires cutting off Nullarbor likely to cost millions

The bushfires that have closed major highways on the Nullarbor could end up costing the economy millions of dollars and cause widespread food shortages. About 140 firefighters are battling eight fire fronts that have cut off the small WA town of Norseman, about 700 kilometres south-east of Perth, for…

"In the coming three years we plan to open 1000 stores"

The Chinese New Year is approaching and this is always a busy time for fruits sales as they are frequently presented as gifts, And, because Chinese New Year is earlier this year, the sales period also started a bit earlier. One company who focuses on Chinese New Year is Shanghai Wellfruit Co.,Ltd. They…

Investigating the fatty acid and VOCs profile in avocado genotypes grown in East-Central Florida

Worldwide avocado consumption is growing due to potential health benefits. Most research has been focused on Hass cultivar, whose performance is not well in Florida. Scientists at USDA-ARS Horticultural Research Laboratory of Ft. Pierce (Florida, USA) have evaluated the profile of fatty acids and…

Apple-picking robots gear up for US debut in Washington state

Next fall, in all probability, some of the apples sold in the US will be picked by a robot rather than human hands. That’s thanks to agricultural automation start-up Abundant Robotics, the maker of apple harvesting machines that will partake in Washington state’s next harvest. Abundant’s picker has more…

Imported fruits most loved by Americans

Bananas -excluding plantains- avocados and grapes, are the US’ three most popular imported fruits. Collectively they represent 44.6% of the value of all fresh or dried fruits imported into the United States during 2018. Overall US demand totaled US$15.2 billion worth of non-frozen fruits imported during…

Central Otago fruit expansion causes housing shortage

A recent Southern DHB report found a lack of housing availability was driving up housing prices in Central Otago, forcing some to live in crowded homes or even sleep rough.While many orchards have staff accommodation available, some businesses say they're losing good staff who can't find a permanent…

Kiwifruit, apples and pears drive increasing export revenue

The country's horticulture boom is rolling on, with the sector poised to overtake forestry and become the third most valuable primary industry.  The latest SOPI report (Situation Outlook for Primary Industries) shows farmers, fishers and growers are set to reap the rewards of continued growth in primary sector…

Agricultural exports stand out as they increased by 224%

Trade between Peru and the US has doubled in the last ten years

Trade between Peru and the US has doubled since the commercial agreement between both countries entered into force ten years ago, amounting last year to 17.8 billion dollars. The first ten years of the signing of that pact have been a turning point in the bilateral relationship and have been the…

Citrus, apples, and pomelos become main sales forces

Fruit market in China ushering in "winter mode"

After stepping into December, cold snaps have been making frequent appearances. As the temperatures drop, fruit sales have also entered the "winter mode". Citrus, apples, and…

Prof Julie Lovegrove - University of Reading

Eating two apples daily for eight weeks can lower 'bad' cholesterol

Eating two apples a day may reduce people's risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, experts found. When 40 people with slightly high cholesterol ate two large apples a day for eight weeks, it lowered their levels of 'bad' cholesterol by almost four per cent. Experts believe a type of fibre found in…

David Posner - Awe Sum Organics

“Our first organic grapes from Peru will arrive in the US in the first week of January"

As Awe Sum Organics ramps up their imports of Chilean blueberries with the first arrivals from their main Organic Blueberry Farm located in Southern Chile, which are due to arrive on both the East and West Coast over the Christmas Holiday period, David Posner, Awe Sum’s CEO takes a look at what is coming…

Murray McCallum - Freshmax

A big year of business integration sets up Freshmax for future international growth

2019 has been a busy year for Freshmax, focusing on consolidating and integrating the different arms of the company as it sets itself up to grow stronger in the global market, according to CEO Murray McCallum. "It was part of my role after coming into the business two years ago, to better integrate the…

Gareth Edgecombe - T&G Global

"We're actively future proofing the business, investing in new genetics and diversifying product offer"

While T&G Global experienced improved trading in Asia and Australia, strong results in the Pacific Islands and a positive performance in the US market, the company says its financial performance this year will be impacted by a difficult growing season and market conditions at home in New Zealand, largely…

Global fresh fruit market growing steadily

The total global fruit trade market has grown by an average of 40% over the last ten years. It has increased from 45 million tons to 63 million tons. This growth has been gradual. The increase in exports is keeping pace with the growth in worldwide fruit production. Global fruit production, in turn, is…

Strawberry prices down for Christmas, but kiwifruit prices up

In November, kiwifruit prices rose 67 per cent, to a weighted average price of $6.25 per kilogram. This compares with $3.32 in November last year. "We typically see kiwifruit…

Turkey's action plan against the Mediterranean Fruit Fly

Turkey has launched a "National Action Plan against the Mediterranean Fruit Fly" that aims to grow healthy products in a planned way, to increase marketing opportunities, ease trading activities and to expand sustainable production. According to the action plan, the Mediterranean Fruit Fly will be kept…

Japanese strawberry growers combat effects of typhoon

The Tochigi Prefecture (Kantō region) on Honshu is the biggest strawberry producer in Japan. Now, farmers there are working at a fever pitch to prepare for the Christmas season. And there is much work to do: When Typhoon No. 19 hit in October, it flooded the Omoi River that runs through Kanuma, one of…

Phosphonic acid analyses and other big retail chain requests

In 2019, Sicural increased its number of clients located all over Italy. One of the most requested analyses concerns phosphonic acid, the main degradation product of Fosethyl aluminium. The average values are 11.341 mg/kg for pears, 1.769 mg/kg for kiwifruit, 0.885 mg/kg for tomatoes, 0.765 mg/kg for…

Polish growers replacing apples with berries

In territories of central Poland, rightfully considered the greatest apple orchard in Europe, old apple trees always used to be replaced with new ones. Now, however, when 10…

Aiming to ensure improved fruit quality, higher yields and disease tolerance

Ghana: Agricultural Technology Evaluation Project to evaluate vegetables

A project, spearheaded by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) in partnership with the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) of the University of…

10th anniversary of the Blue Skies Foundation

Making papaya more accessible to consumers

Blue Skies fruit company has operations in Ghana, Egypt, South Africa, Brazil and the UK where they specialise in fresh-cut fruit, juices and ice cream. They supply these products into markets around the world  and have just launched fruit juices and fresh-cut fruit into Dubai and will soon bring their ice…

"The prices of late mandarins are exorbitant; we will finish with the Clemenvillas"

Slow off-season melon sales and limited citrus supply

“Although it is true that melon and watermelon consumption is much lower in the autumn and winter, for about a month, the sales of melons and watermelons in Spain and France have been lower than usual at this time, despite the fact that they usually pick up ahead of Christmas. The bad weather has not…

Tougher EU regulations on fruit imports

New regulations for the import of fruits, vegetables and plants within the European Union came into effect on December 14th. It is now obligatory to declare to the DAAF the…

The first shipment of Chilean table grapes has departed for the US

The Atlantic Acanthus ship, from the Global Reefers operator, has shipped out of the Puerto Caldera Maritime Terminal (TMPC) in northern Chile with the first shipment of…

10 miles north of Adelaide - South Australia

Fruit fly outbreak declared in Blair Athol

Authorities have confirmed the outbreak in a backyard apricot tree on 16 December and have begun an eradication program to eliminate fruit flies from the area and nearby surrounds, ensuring the pest does not spread. Nick Secomb from Primary Industries: “I commend the resident for reporting the suspect…

Labour management tech ups productiveness grape picking

The Taglog vineyard labour management system improves the efficiency for growers and the transparency for pickers, as it is scaling up to be rolled out across Australia. The…

Robert Elshof, Elshof Organic Fruit:

"I expect Dutch organic top fruit sales to soar in the second half of the season"

Organic top fruit sales are not going too badly. This is according to Robert Elshof of Elshof Organic Fruit. This Dutch company sells organic pears that they grow themselves. They also sell top fruit from 13 other organic farms. "I expected slightly higher prices over the whole line," Robert says. "But I…

Chile implements a pilot inspection system for fruit for export

The Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) and the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX) are implementing a pilot processing-line inspection program this 2019-2020 season with the goal of improving the export process of Chilean fruit. Rodrigo Astete, the head of the SAG's Agricultural and…

Exports of the Queen Garnet Plum set to grow this season

Exports of the Queen Garnet Plum are expected to increase significantly, especially into Asia, as more opportunities open up for the "superfood'. Australia's Nutrafruit Pty Ltd holds the global licence to market the plum and associated products, and CEO and Managing Director Luke Couch says international…

New Zealand

North Canterbury Christmas market might be short of peas, strawberries

Locally grown strawberries and peas could be missing from the Christmas dinner menu. North Canterbury grower Cam Booker said Christmas strawberries, raspberries and peas were…

AU: Victorian grape grower introducing cold chain sensors to improve export quality to Japan

An innovative table grape grower in Victoria's Sunraysia region is looking to improve the quality of exports to Japan, through the introduction of cool chain technology this season. Owner of Budou Farms, based in Merbein South, Enrique Rossi says this year the business is going to be using both on farm…

Gaza exports first strawberries shipment to England

After the first-ever shipment of Gaza strawberries reaching the Gulf countries a few weeks back, on Tuesday, 5 more tons of strawberries left Ben-Gurion Airport, destined for…

‘Plastic Pledge’ spells end of the apple sticker

Major UK supermarkets to ditch apple labels

It seems as if the end has come for the fruit and vegetable sticker, as UK supermarkets vow to ditch them in a new plastics pledge. All of Britain's major supermarkets, including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Morrissons and Asda have signed up to waste charity Wrap's "Plastic Pledge", and are among 85…

2018-2019 results National Residue Survey

‘Australian apple and pear industry once again showed excellent compliance’

The Australian apple and pear industry has once again showed “an excellent compliance with food safety standards and demonstrated the strong commitment of the pome fruit…

International players in the pear sector to meet in Rotterdam for Interpera 2020

In 2020 Interpera , the International Pear Congress will take place from 23 to 25 June 2020 in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). For this 13th edition, it will be co-organised by…

Argentina's fruit production is expected to decrease and prices will skyrocket

The intense frosts in September in the Argentine province of Mendoza have decreased the region's fruit production, mainly affecting stone fruit trees because they occurred in…

Research in Queensland to help strengthen the future of the Australian pineapple industry

Research is underway by the Queensland Department for Agriculture and Fisheries, aimed at improving the profitability of the Australian pineapple industry. Principal horticulturist Garth Sanewski says the domestic industry is focused predominately on the fresh market, and potential exists to improve…

AU$110,000 bid at Perth Market City charity cherry auction

Well-established rivalries spurred on the bidding towards a record-breaking top price of AU$110,000 for a box of first-season cherries at the 27th annual Market City Charity Cherry Auction earlier this month. Tony Galati of Galati Group, John Ale of Tony Ale and Co and Fred Fairthorne of Farmer Jack's…

Peruvian grape production expected to increase by 15 percent this season

As the California grape season comes to an end, the market is starting its transition from domestic to imported fruit. One of the key destinations from which the grapes arrive is Peru, and the season is off to a great start. Manual Yzaga, CEO of Vanguard International Peru, says: “Overall this season’s…

"Taiwanese elections will influence this years' Chinese New Year fruit sales"

Chinese New Year is the most important holiday for all Chinese people. This year it will be held a bit earlier than usual, it will start on 25th of January. The tradition is that all family members will go back to their hometown to reunite with their family for the celebration of starting a new…

Big potential for domestic cranberry production

"Imports of US cranberries to China declined this year"

In China cranberries are not very well-known to the consumer. Though, this fruit fits the current consumer trend very well, as it is a very healthy fruit. In the last few years, China imported a lot of cranberries from the US, though with the new trade war, this volume has declined drastically. Though,…

Citrus Australia reports record export figures in 2019

Citrus Australia is celebrating another successful export season. Despite growing conditions providing several challenges, particularly around water shortages and access to labour, Citrus Australia General Manager David Daniels says the industry broke the half billion dollar mark in exports for the first…

US imports from Chile will hit high volumes after Christmas

Chilean fruit has been entering the U.S. for a few weeks now. The season usually starts off with the cherries from Chile, which are on the market now. The majority of the volumes of Chilean fruit will enter the markets after Christmas, though there is already some grapes available right now to complement…

Australia’s 2018/19 trade figures

Fresh horticulture exports exceeded expectations yet again

Australia’s 2018/19 trade figures are now in and the results speak for themselves. Fresh horticulture exports have exceeded expectations yet again, with the sixth…

USMCA will be major issue for Florida blueberry growers

Currently, every nickel counts for American blueberry growers, and that’s likely to be even more true in light of President Donald Trump’s latest trade deal. On Tuesday, House Democrats reached consensus on supporting the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a modern renegotiation of the North American…

International Strawberry Symposium 2020, topics and speakers officially announced

The panel of speakers and the topics of the 9th edition of the International Strawberry Symposium, scheduled to take place in Rimini from 2 to 6 May 2020, have recently been finalized. Over the course of the five-days event, a total of 15 speakers will discuss four topics: genetics, agronomy,…

In 2019, Moldovan plum exports have increased by 12 thousand tons

According to the customs service of the Republic of Moldova, over the first 11 months of 2019, Moldovan plum exports have amounted to a little over 60 thousand tons. This…

Visionary group of Central Otago growers took a chance

New Zealand RSE scheme transformed the fruit growing industry

In the early 2000s the orchards and vineyards of central Otago were heavy with fruit. Peaches, cherries and grapes were ready to be plucked, boxed and shipped all over the world. But there was a problem. There weren’t enough people to pick them.  Hiring backpackers and students on holiday was the usual practice,…

As long as apples will be exported in return

Iran will allow banana, mango, pineapple imports

As per the new regulations, bananas, mangos and pineapples could be imported into Iran, provided apples are exported in return. The regulation, effective as of December 8,…

Program will potentially severely reduce spread of the pest

Airborne release of sterile fruit flies to disrupts Australian wild pest populations

A team of Australian scientists has invested countless hours ensuring sterile fruit flies are fit and attractive to native flies, encouraging them to ‘mate’ without producing offspring, limiting the spread of wild Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) populations. The SITPlus program is a national long-term…

Packages range from 12 to 15 euros

Fortuna strawberries ensure continuity in the market

"Returning to early season strawberry varieties after so many years was a choice encouraged by my clients. Despite our wide range of fruit and vegetables, we were asked to supply strawberries between November and January. Because of this, and given the variety of requests and our intention to meet our…

FDA update

Second retailer named in update on US hepatitis A outbreak

Two more patients have been confirmed and a second retailer has been named in relation to an outbreak of hepatitis A, that has been associated with fresh blackberries. The…

AgrarMarkt Austria: Market report fruit and vegetables, November 2019

Domestic apple harvest covers demand, wholesale prices solidify

In 2019, 184,265 tonnes of apples were produced in Austria on an area of 6,586 hectares. With a production of -4.5 % compared to the long-term average, this year's apple…

Will it be kiwifruit or strawberries for Christmas?

According to Stats NZ numbers, using kiwifruit for your Christmas pavlova may be more costly than last year, while strawberry prices are down as the holidays approach. Prices for other Christmas products like soft drinks, boxed chocolates, and pork roast are also down. In November, kiwifruit prices rose…

UK: Outfield Technologies helps apple growers to maximise crops

Apple producers have for ages grappled with the humblest of problems: it’s very difficult to predict the size of a harvest, and that’s risky for an apple grower’s bottom line. A Cambridge-based start-up called Outfield Technologies, which is associated with Cambridge Judge Business School, is addressing…

Evaluated storage conditions for Giombo persimmon

Persimmon Giombo is an astringent cultivar for its high soluble tannins content and requires treatment for deastringency for its consumption. Storage at low temperatures is used to increase the commercialization period. However, recent studies indicate that this cultivar is sensitive to chilling injury.…

For fears of another fruit fly outbreak

Australia: Tons of hail-damaged Riverland fruit mulched

A month after a freak hailstorm that ripped through South Australia's Riverland, farmers are now dealing with the risk of a fruit fly outbreak due to the abundance of damaged…

Exciting new ventures for Australian mango producer despite early season heatwave battles

One of Australia's leading mango producers admits they have had to work extremely hard this season to maintain quality, due to the heatwave conditions in the Northern Territory. Manbulloo is nearing the end of the season in Katherine, with its late variety, Rosa, while harvesting has recently begun in…

Spanish group Royal SAT expects to increase its turnover by 10% thanks to berries

The Sevillian group Royal SAT, based in the town of San José de la Rinconada, is a leading name in the European fresh fruit market. It is devoted to the production and marketing of stone fruit and berries, especially blueberries and raspberries, of which it has its own varieties thanks to genetic…

Vietnamese Finance Ministry proposes cutting US agriculture import duties

Under pressure from the US, Vietnam's Ministry of Finance is proposing tariff cuts for some American agriculture products, such as apples. The Vietnamese government is…

Australia: Drought and fires

2019 has been another tough year for Australian farmers. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, 2018 was the third hottest year on record for the nation, as rainfall deficiencies spanned back to early 2017 for New South Wales, Queensland and South Australian parts of the Murray–Darling Basin. In addition, November 2019…

Washington state - US

New apple packing plant near Yakima

The latest totally new world-class apple packing plant in the Pacific Northwest opened this fall on the southwestern edge of Union Gap, just south of Yakima. Borton Fruit Co.…

Last 10-month period

Ukraine exported fruits, berries and nuts for a total of $ 191.9 million

The export sales of $191.9 million are record highs over the past 5 years, exceeding the volumes of the 2018 season by 9%. The dynamics of an increase in export deliveries of…

Watermelon spill causes traffic chaos

A truck lost its load of watermelons in front of Cradlestone Mall -in Krugersdorp- yesterday afternoon.  This led to a rare, but delicious sight. According to reports, the truck lost its load at the mall traffic light on Hendrik Potgieter Road just past 5pm. Several drivers stopped to not only fill their arms…

Rising temperatures in Spain

The two-decade long plan to save Catalonia’s fruit growers

As global temperatures rise, crops like apples and pears are starting to feel the heat. While the climate shows no signs of cooling down, farmers in Spain are looking for ways to adapt, and this is starting in the laboratory. Apple grower David Casadella from the northern Spanish region of Catalonia idly…

New grape varieties are becoming increasingly important

In the Netherlands, the overseas grape season is well on its way. Supplies are currently coming in from Peru, and, recently, from South Africa. Importers are expecting a better season than last year. Then, an oversupply made for low prices. The import season in America started at the beginning of…

Australians smashing more avo than ever with domestic consumption increasing

The Australian avocado industry has received some positive news, with domestic consumers lifting their avocado consumption to 3.8 kilograms per person, per year. “Avocado production in Australia also increased, climbing to 85,546 tonnes in 2018/19, compared to 77,032t in 2017/18,” Avocados Australia CEO…

Only 17 wholesale markets in Germany against 134 in Italy

Despite the fact that Germany has 80 million inhabitants, i.e. around 20 million more than Italy, it only has 17 wholesale markets against the 134 found in Italy. Andmi, the association of wholesale market directors presided by Pietro Cernigliaro, is working with the Union of German markets to strengthen…

Weekly Crop Report 48 - 2019

Argentina: Blueberry season forecasts

Argentina has started its blueberry export season 2019. 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…

Leon van den Hombergh, Frankort & Koning:

"Partnership with melon grower, Agrolibano, in Honduras aligns perfectly with Brazilian season"

The partnership agreement between Agrolibano and Dutch company, Frankort & Koning, was reconfirmed this week. This deal is for the upcoming season. "We are delighted to give form to this partnership in the coming season once again," says Frankort & Koning's Leon van den Hombergh. “This partner in…

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market produce

Casualty count grows in hepatitis A outbreak linked to blackberries

Two more people are confirmed infected and a sixth US state is involved in a hepatitis A outbreak associated with fresh blackberries that were sold in September. More than…

Syosset, New York State

Lin’s Waha Int’l Corp. recalls waxberries due to sulfites and cyclamates

Syosset-based company Lin’s Waha Int’l Corp. is recalling it’s 8.11-ounce (230G) packages of Suantianyangmei Waxberry and Bingtangyangmei Waxberry. The soft fruit is being…

USDA Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual

Grape production Peru forecast to reach 648,000 tons in 2019/2020

Grape production in Peru is forecast to reach 648,000 tons in Marketing Year 2019/2020 (October-September), a three percent increase over the previous year. One variety, Red Globe, dominates production. Domestic consumption of fresh grapes is forecast at 248,000 tons in 2019/2020, relatively unchanged…

South Carolina - US

Clemson University student studies disease to aid peach industry

Bacterial spot has been a threat to South Carolina peaches for as long as anyone can remember, but now, a Clemson University student is hoping his research can bring some…

WSU research

Sustaining US roads with grapes and agricultural waste products

The US spends $5 billion a year to repair damages to road infrastructure. That is one of the reasons a team of WSU researchers is developing a more sustainable solution, using…

Covering Smash Mouth with melodic melons

In this clip, YouTuber Pupsi is covering Smash Mouth with some melons.   Carving holes in various melons, along with "smashing" them for percussion, evidently produces a wonderfully fruitful…

Contamination caused by broken light fitting

New Zealand: Strawberries recalled as glass is found in punnet

In Porirua, a Pak'nSave supermarket has pulled punnets of strawberries from sale after one of them was found to contain glass. People who bought Zakberry-brand strawberries from Pak'nSave Porirua on December 2 have been asked to check them and return the product for a refund as it could contain plastic…

Freak weather hits Western Australian crops

Crops across Western Australia are expected to take a major hit as a result of recent unseasonal weather, with some growers reporting losses of up to 40 per cent. Temperatures…

80% of Vietnamese dragon fruit is exported to China

In order to increase the 2019 total fruit exports to USD 3.6 billion, Vietnam's fruit production and export industries are gearing up to develop high-quality growing areas and…


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