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Brazil greenlights the import of Spanish blueberries

Freshuelva is happy about the positive response of the Government of Brazil to the blueberry management systems proposed through the Spanish Government by the blueberry sector…

Polish apple season has been ‘acceptable’

European market is quite slow due to the pandemic

The season is expected to become rather slow for the upcoming months when it comes to the Polish Apple season. One exporter has sold off most of what he had in stock immediately and directly to the Egyptian market, but is currently still trading in the European market, wherever possible, with the…

Chinese muskmelons compete with low-priced Chilean cherries and Shatang tangerines

This season's second harvest of muskmelons from Hainan has already entered the Chinese market. However, the product quality and the market conditions are both worse than last year as the result of poor weather conditions and the outbreak of Covid-19. Ms. Wang, spokesperson for the Korla Western Region…

Small number of apple varieties maintains strong market position

Chinese apples experience poor market conditions

The apple production volumes last year significantly declined because of extreme weather conditions. The average product quality was less than ideal. However, there are a small number of apples whose production is not yet elevated to an industrial scale, and while the market conditions grow weaker, these…

Oppy expands footprint with Ocean Spray® grapes from southern hemisphere

Oppy announced a new grape program building on its partnership with Ocean Spray®, the agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 farmer families. The fruit comes from the southern hemisphere, which expands Oppy’s footprint and offers retailers the 12-month consumer brand for the grape category from…

Luke Couch - Nutrafruit

Queen Garnet plum sees +300% in export volumes this year

The Queen Garnet plum season is now in full swing and at the current tree plantings, it is possibly the biggest planting of a single plum variety in Australia. “The Queen Garnet plum stores very well,” according to Luke Couch CEO of Nutrafruit, the Queensland based company which owns the global licence…

Turkish strawberry season started a month early due to hot weather

There was an early start for the Turkish strawberries this year. Thanks to hotter weather, the strawberries were harvested last month already, when they usually would’ve started last week. Volumes have been a little slow, but with Valentine’s Day coming up, demand is expected to increase soon. According to…

Western parts of Republic of Georgia turn to commercial blackberry production

As new blackberry plantations are set up in Georgia, novice growers are enthusiastic about developing this business despite problems in the production and sale of…

Diego Moeykens, Indiana Import:

“The table grape industry is changing rapidly, in all production areas”

At Indiana Import, the import grape season usually starts around mid-November with the products from Peru, and lasts until the end of April. “This year, the transition between the Italian and Spanish seasons and the import grape was more smooth and without too much friction,” reports Diego Moeykens,…

The Washington Apple Commission takes the US Golden Delicious and Cripps Pink varieties to Colombia

The Washington Apple Commission stated that it was working on the new promotion of two apple varieties in the Colombian market to meet that market's growing demand for this…

Canada: Demand for foreign farm workers expected to go up in Okanagan

British Columbia’s temporary foreign workers are starting to return to the region’s farms, and this year there are plans in place to ensure that their arrival will be safer.…

J.H. Leavy & Co

Brisbane wholesaler able to significantly boost operations since moving into new warehouse

A major Brisbane wholesaler says it has been able to provide a significant increase in capacity across a number of its current service offerings, since launching its new facility. J.H. Leavy & Co. invested in a new $19.5million dollar purpose designed warehouse, which was opened in August, 2020. CEO Ben…

Official plan for high-density apples & walnuts in Kashmir

Kashmir will soon produce high-yielding varieties of apples and walnuts, which are said to become a “game changers”. Aijaz Ahmad Bhat, the Director of Horticulture in Kashmir,…

Transformation goals set by South African stone and pome fruit producers

Members of the South African stone and pome fruit industry have made a collective pledge, along with other South African fruit organisations, to set ambitious agri-transformation goals that will bring the industry together. Hortgro, the organisation which represents South Africa’s stone and pome fruit…

Candonga Top Quality strawberry season starts with excellent prospects

The fields in the Basilicata region are turning red and beginning to smell of strawberries. The harvest of the Sabrosa variety, marketed under the brand names Candonga® and Candonga Top Quality®, is going very well this season and expectations are high. This year, favorable weather conditions and early transplants,…

German apple harvest:

39% of apples came from Baden-Württemberg in 2020

The apple is by far the most harvested tree fruit in Germany. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on the basis of final harvest results, the volume of apples harvested in 2020 was 1.02 million tons, about 3% above the previous year's figure of 991,500 tons, but 15% below the harvest…

Harvest video of 2020 Arctic® apple harvest

Okanagan Specialty Fruits® (OSF), the developer and grower behind the Arctic® apple, has released a video capturing the 2020 harvest. Filmed this past fall, the video includes an inside look at the processing and packaging of Arctic apples.“We wanted to take viewers on a visual journey with us through a…

Pazazz apple sales kick off in high gear with start of the new year

The Pazazz premium apple is ready to shine now that the new year has arrived. This apple is a later harvested variety that is grown in Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York, and Nova Scotia. Don Roper of Honeybear Brands shares: “We had a good harvest this year, with strong harvested volumes and a…

Moldova: December apple export rate lowest in three years

According to the Moldovan Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment the country exported about 10,500 tons of apples in December 2020, while in the same…

Russia: Fresh berries available at much lower prices

In Russia, in January of 2021, prices for all types of fresh berries were much lower than a year earlier. In particular, imported blueberries are now sold on average 17%…

Young, New South Wales

Australian cherry growers try to make the most of 2020 season

Thanks to winter rain, Young's cherry trees are the healthiest they've been in recent years meaning the 2021 harvest could be massive. Young grower Scott Coupland said the…

Leon de Kock – Grape Alliance

Retail grape sales turn over as normal, but which market could close next?

Grape Alliance managing director Leon de Kock says the company can see supermarket orders from Europe and the UK coming in stronger as they pick up the slack with their Hex River grapes as the Orange River crop is reduced by rain damage. It’s been a bit of a stop-start season in the Hex River Valley.…

Smooth sailing for Polish apple exporter

“Signed agreements with supermarket chains give us financial stability”

Polish apples have been filling gaps left by the lower production of the Dutch and Belgian regions. Demand has been relatively slow overall, but thanks to solid agreements with supermarkets, it’s been a steady season so far. With increases in ordered volumes from Egypt right around the corner, the next…

Geoff Green, Capespan:

"Delays lead to unplanned shortages on the grape market"

“For Europe, South Africa is by far the most dominant region for seedless grapes. Between October and the end of December, the relative volumes of seedless grapes are: Peru 33%, South Africa 28%, Namibia 20% and Brazil 18%,” explains Geoff Green of Capespan. “This changes in weeks 1 and 2. In those weeks…

Rwanda wants to work with UAE to expand horticultural exports

According to Rwanda’s Ambassador to Dubai, the former is looking to engage the United Arab Emirates in order to expand its horticultural exports. Reports by local media in…

Price of imported fruits in Chinese market no longer "crazy"

Two weeks ago, cherry prices were still around 36 yuan per half a kilo, but many consumers have responded to the fact that recent prices of locally grown cherries have fallen…

Large supply volume of cold storage apples puts pressure on the price

Low market price stimulates Chinese apple export

This is the time of year when retailers stock up on apples in preparation for the Chinese Spring Festival [12 February, 2021]. Farmers put their stock on the market and cold storage facilities open their doors to flood the market with apples. That is why the price of apples suddenly dropped. The current…

Pear prices 58% higher than last year

Chinese fruit prices rising seasonally

As the Spring Festival approaches, the fruit market is very active. According to statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, in December 2020, the average…

Low supply and high pricing on watermelons

Watermelons are light in supply right now. “They’re coming from offshore such as Guatemala and Costa Rica as well as Central Mexico. Coastal Mexico is starting here next month—that’s when we’ll see a little more supply out of Mexico on watermelons,” says Dennis Peterson of Riverbend Fresh LLC in Kerman,…

Blueberries from Chile receive certification from American Heart Association

The Chilean Blueberry Committee announced that Blueberries from Chile are now certified by the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check Food Certification Program. The iconic Heart-Check mark helps take the guesswork out when reading Nutrition Facts and label information, giving consumers peace of mind…

Antalya province, Turkey

Five-gram ‘baby watermelons’ now available

A company in the southern Turkish province of Antalya growing micro-sized special fruits and vegetables has now begun selling “baby watermelons” weighing just five grams. The…

Policies alleged to hurt Florida strawberry and bell pepper growers

Florida Delegation wants investigation into Mexico’s trade policies

Late last week, members of the Florida congressional delegation sent letters to Lisa Barton, the secretary to the US International Trade Commission (ITC), on Mexico’s…

Online Cherry Institute focuses on Little Cherry Disease, pollination and marketing

This year, the Cherry Institute is going virtual. According to Northwest Cherry Growers Vice President of Marketing James Michael, this year’s event will feature the same…

South African pome fruit growers expecting a good 2021 crop

The pome fruit harvest is under way with positive expectations for 2021. Last year saw a much better winter with enough rain in the majority of the production areas. Cooler…

Tajikistan: Fresh grapes available almost year-round

Over the last twenty years, plant breeders of the Institute of Horticulture, Viticulture, and Vegetable Growing of the Academy of Agricultural Sciences of Tajikistan have…

APAL Post-Harvest Seminar - MAF RODA

"The fundamental question asked to me every day is how can I reduce the packing cost to the grower"

Leading global packing equipment company, MAF RODA says the industry is now able to analyse every piece of fruit more thoroughly than ever before, thanks to huge advancements in technology available in Australia. Speaking at APAL's online Post-Harvest Seminar, MAF Oceania Sales Director, Phil Alexander…

University of Coimbra research

Blueberry consumption positive for liver health

Portuguese Scientists from the University of Coimbra (UC) have found that “the continued consumption of blueberries has a strong hepatic impact”, providing important clues to…

"Consorzio italiano vivaisti" makes an official call to the retailers

CIV presents new project "Category Program" for retailers

Starting from the 90s, new apple varieties have become more and more popular, thus diminishing the surfaces of traditional varieties. Some of these new varieties have been launched adopting the so called "Club" business model. The rise of Club projects is related to the main objective of turning a commodity…

Belgian hard fruit stock per January 1st:

"Still a lot of pears in Belgian cold stores, low levels of apple stock"

The Association of Belgian Horticultural Cooperatives reports that on January 1st, 2021 there are still 79,164 tons of apples and 237,862 tons of pears stored in Belgian cold stores.  Compared to last year, there are 34.2% fewer apples and 36.4% more pears being stockpiled. Only in 2018 were there as few apples…

Plus Berries expands its portfolio with a line of organic oranges and mandarins

"Next week, temperatures will increase and strawberry shortage shouldn't be as bad"

The cold of recent weeks has also taken a toll on strawberry cultivation in the Spanish province of Huelva. Despite the fact that the province has not been affected by the snowfall of other regions of Spain, the growth of the strawberries, of which significant quantities have already been picked, is…

Fabio Zanesco, of VIP Manzana Val Venosta: "Now we have the necessary volumes to be visible"

"Spain is one of the most important markets for Ambrosia™ apples, without a doubt"

Not only have apples weathered the coronavirus crisis well, their consumption has actually increased throughout Europe since the outbreak of the pandemic, says Fabio Zanesco, sales & marketing manager at the Italian growers association VIP. “The apple sector managed to grow a lot during the lockdown. The…

Price remains stable

Chinese strawberries from Dandong will enter peak sales period in February

Dandong is one of China's largest strawberry production areas with an annual production volume of more than 200,000 tons of strawberries. The soil and water levels in the area are extremely suitable for strawberry production. Dandong is where the river and the sea meet, and more than 70% of the area is…

Dutch grower showcases new strawberry variety

"Growers can "score points" this summer with strawberry F1 "Estavana""

Growers can "score points" this summer with the strawberry F1 "Estavana" ABZ Seeds' assortment for the Fresh Market was already expanded in December with strawberry F1 "Soraya" and now the new strawberry F1 "Estavana" is added. “This strong, everbearing variety has been specially developed for summer…

Prices for Abbot in line with expectations

The destocking of pears is proceeding smoothly

Quantities are not high, demand is steady and prices are more than decent. This is what emerges from an interview with two key operators from the pear sector. "The situation is, all in all, positive, although we must not forget that producers have had lower yields than the average of the last 5 years.…

Vicente Peris and La Selva plan to launch new combinations of fruit and meat products

Fresh melon with ham is elevated to the gourmet category

Vicente Peris, the agri-food company from Valencia, has renewed its renowned IV-Range product, 'Melon with Serrano Ham', thanks to the incorporation of the La Selva fine delicatessen company. This allows the company to guarantee the high quality of both products and to improve their presentation. From…

Huelva raspberry producers resort to fire to avoid frost

The intense cold and severe frosts registered last week in the fields of Huelva have forced raspberry producers to resort to a technique almost as old as humanity to save…

Anevo LLC focuses on increasing activity on the fresh fruit market

"Great potential for stone and berry fruit from the Balkan countries"

Erlangen-based Anevo Trading has been firmly anchored in the processing industry for many years. Parallel to the gradual generation change, the company is now also expanding its activities on the fresh market. Increasingly, stone fruits and berries from the Balkans are being imported via the Serbian…

Ando Farm, Saitama Prefecture

Japanese strawberry farm now sells local varieties online

Ando Farm in Saitama Prefecture usually does a brisk business with its picking farm, where visitors can enjoy their delicious strawberries. Some of their varieties are only…

Moroccan farmers are growing blueberries in the Sahara

Dakhla-Oued Eddahab is one of the richest areas in Morocco, whose ecosystem has won three international recognitions as a site of great ecological importance. The region is…

New European lockdown casts shadow on Indian grape exports

The new coronavirus lockdown in several European countries creates a lot of uncertainty for India’s grapes exports, the season for which is set to start next week. The UK and…

Researchers at work at Tatura SmartFarm, Victoria

Australians trial protecting pears with solar panels

Researchers at Tatura SmartFarm in Victoria are experimenting with the use of solar panels to protect fruit trees from extreme heat events. Solar panels are being installed…

"Good sales season and organic apples all year round"

The VOG Consortium’s run-down plan is proceeding smoothly and feedback on crop quality is very good. The increased availability of organic apples will allow demand from customers to be satisfied even in the second half of the season. The sales season has got off to a good start for the VOG Consortium:…

Central-west New South Wales

Ballykeane orchards sold to Megafruits Australia

The well-known Ballykeane apple and pear orchards in central-west New South Wales have been sold to a local operator for about $10 million. The 190-hectare aggregation of four…

Jacob Aktalan (MG Fruit): "Brazil has exclusive rights to the melon market this month"

"Good sales of Galia melons and watermelons; sales of yellow melons stall after price upswing"

There is currently a good market for Galia, Cantaloupe, and yellow melons from Brazil. "Especially the sale of Galias is going well. We are seeing prices around 8 euro and I think the market is only going to go up. What arrives from Honduras is of inferior quality because of the rain, so for the time…

"We invite Yoann Alarçon to taste our strawberries"

Chairman of Freshuelva responds to statement on strawberries from Carrefour France

Yoann Alarçon, fresh produce manager of Carrefour France, recently announced on his Twitter account that the supermarket chain would not offer strawberries in January. In his tweet, he also gave the reasons…

"The production that wasn't affected by the hail is healthy has a good size"

Argentine pear harvest begins in the Valley with good prospects

Some farmers from the Valley began harvesting pears last week. The season starts with good expectations despite the global health context. If all goes well, 80% of this…

Chile’s grape volumes are up and seeing good quality

The grape season in Chile is off to a strong start. “We started in Mid-December in Copiapó,” says Nicolas Damm of Rio Blanco. “That farm finished up last week and now we have moved on to the 4th region and all other production areas are starting to come online now. But it’s still early in the season and…

Aartsen Asia

"First Chilean cherries in Vietnam!"

"A nonstopfresh start to 2021! After being closed for 5 years, the Vietnamese have opened their borders again for Chilean cherries. We are happy with the reopening of this market as our volume of Chilean cherries is increasing year on year. The Vietnamese market is one of the main markets in South East…

"We expect to start harvesting in the first or second week of February with the best Brix level"

Strong demand for popular Australian table grape brand despite early season challenges

A Victorian table grape producer admits that it may be a challenging season after some unfavourable weather conditions over the past few weeks and the labour shortage situation - but there are also plenty of opportunities created by the demand. Budou Farms will continue to supply Japan and Hong Kong,…

10 year anniversary of Truval Conference Pears in China

On January 22nd, 2011 BFV and Dole China held a joint official opening ceremony in Shanghai to receive the very first container of Truval Conference Pears – the very first western pear to be officially imported to China, after years of negotiation between the two countries. To celebrate this landmark…

Prices up as Ukrainian apple stocks nearly depleted

Since the start of this week, Ukrainian producers have been receiving more and more messages about completing sales of residual batches of Gala apples. Producers have not only…

Table grapes: 10,000 tons mainly intended for exports remain in Moldovan storages

At least 10,000 tons of table grapes remain in the warehouses of Moldovan agricultural producers and traders. According to the National Association of Table Grape Producers…

US: Louisiana strawberry crop coming early and looking good

Louisiana strawberries are coming in at a steady pace. According to LSU AgCenter agent Mary Helen Ferguson, the producers are off to a good start this season, with no extreme…

Aad van der Kleij, Staay-Hispa:

"Revival in demand and prices during final stretch of Brazilian melon season"

Just a few more weeks before the Brazilian melon season crosses the finish line and comes to an end. Costa Rica will then take over the supply again. Commercial manager Aad van der Kleij of Staay-Hispa takes stock: “All in all, given the situation, it has been a reasonable season in which the…

Grape transition faces logistical port issues

As grape production transitions to offshore supplies, logistics are somewhat hampering the availability of fruit. “The change between California and Peru has been going on. There are issues getting vessels unloaded on the West Coast where we do a lot of our business. It’s the supply chain and the…

Chinese Shatang mandarins facing reduced production and apple prices rising

Recently, various markets have been seeing an increase of 0.2-0.3 yuan per half a kilo on Shatang mandarins. This is due to the fact that most of the fruit harvested in the…

About half will go into the proceedings, in two volumes, ready for May

A record-breaking number of 350 scientific contributions for the Strawberry Symposium

The Strawberry Symposium 2021 will take place in a hybrid edition as previously announced (see Freshplaza of 10/06/2020), from 1-5 May 2021. But the big news is that the number of scientific contributions is 350, which is a true record. Seasonal strawberries in a wholesale market "It promises to be a very…

Eating fruit to combat cardiovascular problems in men

A recent study of more than 25,000 men -published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition- pointed to the added benefits of consuming fruit in men of all ages. One’s…

Antioxidant-rich Queen Garnet plum now in season

Perfect growing conditions have delivered fantastic fruit quality and doubled the yield of the Queen Garnet plum, which is now available in stores nationally until the end of…

“This season we expect the growth of Egyptian strawberry exports to be about 20 to 30%”

The Egyptian strawberry season is currently in full swing. After the next two months of exporting fresh strawberries, the shift will be made to frozen strawberries, which are also being exported right now. According to one exporter, the strawberry production in Egypt is growing significantly, and as…

Optimism tempered by realism:

Handsome South African stone fruit crop meets uncertain market conditions

South African stone fruit exporters are optimistic about the stone fruit season after ideal weather conditions during the season – no heat waves, a cool spring and good winter chill, little wind. The Cape drought seems largely to be broken. The latest plum estimate is 11.5 million 5.25kg equivalent…

Rolf Weber, Global Producers, on the start of the Costa Rican season

"Expansion of acreage and volume increase for mini watermelons"

Caribbean tropical storm "Iota", as well as several heavy rain storms have caused a delay of eight days in Costa Rican melon exports. Harvesting began last Monday and the first containers of galia, yellow watermelons as well as different types of watermelons have been on their way to Europe from Puerto…

Jan van Bergeijk, Plusberries, Spain:

"Halted soft fruit production clears up market uncertainties"

The recent snows in Spain didn't reach Huelva on the coast. Nonetheless, the current icy weather has severely affected soft fruit production in the area. "There were many uncertainties on the market. These have all been resolved now because there's no product available," observes Jan van Bergeij. He's…

US blueberry growers target imports from Mexico and South America

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) is conducting a global safeguard investigation on imported fresh, chilled, or frozen blueberries, under Section 201 of…

Chinese market price of Chilean cherries is falling, but may rise again before Chinese Spring Festival

The Chinese market price of Chilean cherries significantly dropped when large volumes of Chilean cherries arrived by sea freight. The current price is already considered low.…

Israel: Strawberry season offers new tastes

There are about 12 different strawberries varieties grown in Israel. Varying in levels of sweetness and moisture. "Today there are varieties that are much sweeter, varieties…

Australian cherry growers deny Chinese claims their fruit is inferior

Australian cherry growers have countered Chinese claims that their fruit is inferior to that from other countries. This came after a report in Chinese state-owned media that…

South Africa: Langkloof hailstorm damages apple and pear crop

A hailstorm that has struck parts of the Langkloof caused significant damage in the area. Apple and pear crops were among the main produce affected. Marius van der Westhuizen,…

Dream season for South African apricots

South African apricot volumes and exports almost doubled this season to 674,000 x 4.75kg equivalent cartons, as production in the parts of the Klein-Karoo rebounded after a better winter rainfall season over most of the area. Right: Imperial/Palsteyn apricots In the Klein-Karoo, where 75% of South…

New Zealand

Southland blueberry season delayed but going well

Blueberry Country general manager Simon Bardon has stated that the Otautau orchard would usually start its season around new year but the wet ground meant a delay of about two…

After Boxing Day hail storm

More government help may be necessary for Motueka growers

The horticulture industry could call on the New Zealand government to provide more help as growers worst hit by last year’s hail storm in Motueka face several years of…

DG Agri Board

DG agri dashboard - Apples

Apple prices remain firm due to smaller crops, particularly in France and Poland

During the ongoing marketing year prices remain firm above the historical reference period, as expected, due to a smaller crop, especially in France and Poland. Although the fresh market is doing well, some tensions are observed in the market of apples for processing in Poland with high levels of supply…

Corne van de Klundert, Origin Fruit Direct:

"Boat delays and rainfall cause new challenges in South African grape season"

After the first harvest of the Namibian and South African grapes was slow to start, European importers now have new challenges to deal with. "The volumes have started to flow, but now multiple boats have been delayed, partially due to COVID infections. This is causing tight availability on the grape…

Howard Hansen - Hansen Orchards

Tasmanian cherry harvest is going really well so far

The Tasmanian cherry harvest is going really well so far at Hansen Orchards with a full crop and good packouts. “We have harvested around 25% of the crop so far,” explains Howard Hansen. “We have the latest cherries in Australia, including Tasmania.” Hansen Orchards partnered with Summerland Varieties…

Price remains stable

Import volume of Australian nectarines on the Chinese market is somewhat limited

The import season of Australian nectarines officially started several months ago and has proceeded in relative stability. The overall product quality is alright and there have been no major problems. There is a large variety of Australian nectarines, which can generally divided into yellow nectarines and…

Supply speed increases and price of apples from storage comes down

Production season of Chinese Fuji apples comes to a successful end

The production season of Golden Fuji apples has already come to a successful conclusion. The sales conditions are stable at the moment and the price does not show significant fluctuations. The growth season of Golden Fuji apples is longer than for most other apple varieties and they are only harvested…

Chinese cherry prices notably lower this year

Cherry prices this year are notably lower than in previous years. Especially in the past month, prices have dropped by an average of 40-50 yuan per kilogram. It is reported…

Polina Valkanova, Special Fruit:

"Cold weather in Huelva has caused some delays in strawberry production"

"The Spanish strawberry season started earlier than usual. The first small volumes arrived at the end of November / beginning of December because more was planted in pots,” says Polina Valkanova of Special Fruit. “After the early start to the season, the cold weather in recent weeks has caused a delay in…

Government, farmers' employers and unions negotiating measures against COVID-19

Concerns ahead of the upcoming stone fruit harvest in Catalonia

Unfortunately, the global epidemiological situation in 2021 is not yet under control and everything suggests that the pandemic will continue to be present in the coming…

Iranian apple exports exceed $760 mln in 9 months

In the first nine months of the current Iranian year, a total of 403,000 tons of apples worth $764 million was exported from Iran. This comes to a 34% and 60% growth in weight…

Nashik district, Maharashtra

Unseasonal rainfall to reduce grape production by 20%

In Maharashtra’s Nashik district, experts forecast a 20% drop in grape production this year as the ready-to-harvest produce has suffered damage due to the recent, unseasonal…

Zimbabwe: Nhimbe Fresh struggles with blueberry exports to China

Nhimbe Fresh Produce is Zimbabwe’s leading horticultural firm. Despite all its efforts, it is still struggling to navigate the web of bureaucracy to get an import protocol to…

Fruit labelled 'inferior'

Australian cherries under fire from Chinese state media

Australian cherries have been designated as ‘inferior’ by Chinese state media. They are the most recent Australian export to be targeted by Beijing, with the wine, seafood and…

VOG partners with Sustainapple, the South Tyrolean Apple Consortium's sustainability strategy

Consisting of three action areas and a binding schedule, it is designed to effectively and systematically pursue sustainability. Following a multi-year process, South Tyrolean fruit growing has developed a strategic concept called sustainapple. The project involved the VOG Consortium together with…

Robots and new technology in the Japanese food industry

The National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) and other bodies have jointly developed the prototype of a robot that automatically harvests apples, pears, and…

Jan 22, free CASCADE webinar

How to adapt light in raspberry cultivation to increase yields?

CASCADE, a French technology company specialized in the development of formulations for different types of macro tunnel covers with unique light control characteristics, will present the "Improving raspberry crop yields with Light CASCADE® technology. How to adapt the light in your crops to increase…

Eight-week organic blueberry storage trial shows positive results

RipeLocker has completed a trial in which its containers held freshly harvested organic blueberries in pristine condition for eight weeks. In the trial, the company used six pallet-size RipeLocker containers to store fresh organic blueberries from blueberry grower Blueberry Hill. Blueberry Hill also owns…

Antar Douadi - BIOPAC

"Stored at 0 degrees we can achieve up to 100 days shelf life, depending on varieties,"

There are various options available on the market to extend the shelf life and keep table grapes fresh. One company has combined two methods and can store grapes in very good condition with reduced dry stem for up to 100 days . Australian company BIOPAC specialises in extending the post-harvest shelf…

"Calinda is no ordinary organic strawberry"

New in Eosta's product range are the organic Club Variety Calinda Strawberries. Not an ordinary organic strawberry according to Eosta, but a "premium club variety that not everyone can feed". "It's a protected variet…

Tighter supplies of Washington apples brings pricing back in line

Supplies of Washington apples are slimmer than usual. “Right now, the overall crop is 15-20 percent off from what we estimated last year, so supplies are certainly tight across the board,” says Dan Davis of Starr Ranch Growers in Wenatchee, WA. He notes conventional supplies are tighter than their…

Huelva's berry production slowed down by the cold

Although the Spanish province of Huelva hasn't had the copious snowfalls of other parts of Spain, the cold caused by storm Filomena has also left its mark on the coast, where…

Koppert markets the PredaNostrum® solution, based on the syrphid "Sphaerophoria rueppellii"

Local Mediterranean fly achieves effective control on aphids in strawberry crops

A small fly, native of the Mediterranean area, called Sphaerophoria rueppellii, has become the most effective biological control solution against aphids in strawberries and other berries (blueberries, raspberries and blackberries). At just over 1 centimeter in size, this fly is a voracious predator of…

COVID-19 slows imported blueberry programs

Blueberry supplies are tight and the blame can be largely laid on COVID-19. “It’s affecting supply and operations in the U.S.—it’s just affecting the business at the moment,” says Luciano Fiszman of Redondo Beach, CA-based Gourmet Trading Co. Left to right: Gourmet Trading's Scott Hulsey, Luciano Fiszman…

Michigan State apple committee expands dietitian kit

The Michigan Apple Committee has released new sections for its Retail Dietitian Kit to continue assisting retailers with educating their customers about the health benefits of…

US blueberry growers testify to ITC about harm of imports

Members of the American Blueberry Growers Alliance, a group representing U.S. domestic blueberry farmers, provided information to the U.S. International Trade Commission…

Low temperatures smash South Taiwan wax apple harvest

This year’s Pingtung County wax apple harvest is not turning out well due to the recent low temperatures. The Pingtung County township of Linbian is well-known for its wax…

Northern Territory, Australia

Ti Tree area grape and mango growers affected by border closures

Growers in the area around Ti Tree in the Northern Territory of Australia has seen some varying degrees of misery and success, lately. State border closures due to Covid-19…

Australia: Batlow growers report bumper cherry harvest

Batlow cherry growers have reported a positive start to the season this year, with good weather conditions and great produce. Greg Mouat of Mouat’s Farm: “The season’s been…

AU: New apple and pear varieties continue strong consumer growth

In the four weeks to 27 December 2020, the take home fruit category has grown 4.7 per cent in dollar sales and declined -5.1 per cent in volume sales, versus same time year ago. Apples grew 17.7 per cent in dollar sales and declined by -9.9 per cent in volume sales, driven in part by a 30.6 per cent…

2nd crop estimate: Northern Cape rain shaves off 2-3 million cartons, as Hex River top estimate increases

High hopes for the Hex River Crimson harvest

The heavy rain last week in the Northern Cape has reduced the estimate for the Orange River region by two to three million 4.5kg equivalent cartons, bringing down the total of table grape exports from South Africa for the 2020/21 season to between 61,7 and 67,1 million 4.5kg cartons, compared to 66,15…

Berry marketer hires new director of blueberry grower relations

Wish Farms, an international grower and year-round marketer of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, has hired Brian Deese as director of blueberry grower…

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas lauds Congressional letter

With billions of dollars at stake, the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas commends Senators Sinema (D-AZ) and Moran (R-KS) and Representatives Schweikert (R-AZ) and…

Oppy adds new team member in South Africa

With the addition of Sila Louw to Oppy’s international team, the grower, marketer and distributor of fresh produce has put down roots on a new continent. Louw, who is based in…

Murray River Organics sells Merbein table grape property for $5.5 million

Murray River Organics has sold its table grape property in Merbein, Victoria for $5.5 million. The property was sold to Manta Farms, managed by US-based RRG Capital…

Horticulture of Georgia 2020:

Increased exports of Georgian nuts, apples, blueberries, peaches and mandarins

In general, it is safe to say that 2020 was predominantly positive for the Georgian horticultural sector. Exports rose to record levels and production volumes for nearly all…

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Murre Technologies, The Netherlands

Automatic slicer cuts apples into perfect wedges

Murre Technologies, a Dutch company that supplies food-processing equipment around the globe, has developed industrial machines that automate cutting, peeling, dipping and sorting fruits, vegetables, seaweed and seafood. For example, there is the installation that cuts and core fresh apples into perfect…

Nagesh Shetty - Deccan Produce

“The markets are very subdued, down around 20-30%"

India is out of lockdown and the country as a whole is almost back too normal, but as the grape export moves into the main season business is not what it should be. “The…

How will Chinese apple market develop?

2020 was a very bumpy year for apples. Whether in the spot market or the futures market, prices fluctuated violently. At the beginning of the year, frost led prices to climb…

Innovative Fresh integrated in Normec Foodcare for a total package of quality related fruit and vegetable aspects

"When a tester examines a container of grapes, they have a direct impact on 50,000 consumers"

In 2007, Maud Jentjens and Jelger de Vriend founded Innovative Fresh to make the quality of fruit and vegetables on the fruit and vegetable shelf measurable in the belief that the quality of fruit and vegetable products should be better. As of this year, the activities will be fully integrated with…

Ronald van Vossen, Angus Soft Fruits Europe:

"Our softfruit turnover increased by 418% in 2020 thanks to our different strategy and growth in retail"

"Across the board, we had quite a bit of activity in soft fruit during the holidays, but from week 53 onwards, the supply has been hit hard by the cold in Southern Europe. For us, this mainly concerns raspberries and strawberries from Spain and Morocco. We expect only half the usual supply of these in…

Spanish police investigate international scam involving sale of non-certified organic grapes

The Guardia Civil of Alicante has started an investigation on two men and a woman of Spanish nationality for fraud, belonging to a criminal group, document forging and crimes…

Peruvian raspberry exports are expected to boom in the coming years

According to the Peruvian Foreign Trade Society (Comex Peru), raspberry is the fruit that will experience the highest increase in exports in the coming years. So far, Peru…

Argentina

The pear and apple harvest is about to start in the Upper Valley

The Upper Valley's pear harvest will begin in the middle of this week with the harvest of the Williams variety, one of the region's flagship varieties. Meanwhile, the apple…

USApple Market News Report

US apple stocks 13.1% lower compared with same time last year

The January 2021 edition of the US Apple Association's Market News  is now available. This is the third report on the 2020 apple crop According to the survey, this year's fresh apple holdings on January 1, 2021, totaled 90.3 million bushels, 13.1 percent less than the inventories reported for January 1 of…

Maharashtra, India

Rainfall hits 342 hectares of grapes in Nashik district

On January 7, an unseasonal amount of rain lashed the Nashik district of Maharashtra, taking a heavy toll on the grape vineyards there.  Resident deputy district collector Bhagwat…

Canada: British Columbia fruit industry has lots of opportunities

These are certainly hard times for British Columbia’s apple industry, but all is not lost. According to Amritpal Singh, new varieties and a focus on quality could turn things…

Moldovan cooperatives to aid plum producers in the EU market

At the end of 2020, Moldovan grower organizations reported that almost 23,000 tons of plums were exported from the country to the EU that year. The fruit was exported to 14…

Polish fresh raspberries are fastest growing horti export segment

Fresh raspberries and blackberries showed the largest increase in revenue from Poland’s exports in the first nine months of 2020. The berry exports increased by 42% when…


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