Victoria Martín, Marketing Manager at Plus Berries, from Huelva:

"For the first time, our entire stone fruit range is zero waste"

The first greenhouse stone fruits produced in Huelva have been available on the market since the end of March. "On March 30, we started the harvesting of the first nectarines, both white and yellow-fleshed," says Victoria Martín, head of marketing for the Huelva-based company Plus Berries. "This weekend,…

Mexican grape pricing strong while imports vary greatly

Mexican grape production has begun out of Jalisco, Mexico. George Matoian of Fresh Farms in Kingsburg, CA says it started its grape harvest approximately two weeks ago with all the major varieties of green seedless along with Cotton Candy grapes. “We’ll also have red seedless grapes available in future…

Erik Kieftenburg, MJ Pronk, the Netherlands:

"Currently more challenging to buy than sell apples"

There's a vast difference between the current apple and pear markets. That's according to Erik Kieftenburg of MJ Pronk in the Netherlands. "When it comes to apples, we're short of everything. Buying is currently more challenging than selling. There aren't large Elstar volumes any more." "And Jonagold…

Stefano Lugli

The time has come to only think about protected fruit orchards

After the frost of mid-March 2021, the frost of the past week caused serious damage to the fruit-growing potential of northern Italy. Stefano Lugli, experimenter at the University of Modena and Reggio and breeder of some of the most renowned cherry varieties, illustrates his point of view.   "I believe the time…

The state produced more than 91,000 tons of melons in 2020

Michoacan, one of Mexico's three-largest melon producers

The state of Michoacan established itself as one of the main melon-producing entities in Mexico. According to data from the Agrifood and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP),…

Chinese market price of Dalian cherries is rising because the production volume is small this year

One of the main reasons for the price rise of Dalian cherries is the relatively small production volume. The weather conditions were far from ideal this year. Rain and snow…

Yidu Group introduces Purple Honey plum to Chinese market

The Yidu Group introduced the Purple Honey plum to the Chinese market on the 12th of April. The plums were exported by Neofresh and were distributed via Shanghai Huizhan Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Market. The Purple Honey plums were available via wholesale markets, e-commerce platforms, and premium…

France: Fruit sector impacted by frost

Producers have been worried since the frost episodes that hit France last week. With significant, maybe even total losses for some sectors, consumers are likely to see fruit…

French apricot prices soar due to frost

In the French region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, which produces half of France’s apricots, 95% of the apricots have been destroyed by frost, especially in the departments of…

Club apple brand teams up with upcoming DreamWorks film

JAZZ™ apples are joining an epic adventure thanks to an exclusive new partnership with the new DreamWorks Animation film, Spirit Untamed. The film, which arrives in theaters June 4, 2021, is the next chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s franchise that began with the 2002 Oscar-nominated film Spirit:…

Cabrero, Chile

More than 4.28 mln boxes of blueberries destined for US inspected as of March 31

At the SAG / USDA - APHIS / ASOEX Phytosanitary Inspection Site in Cabrero, more than 4.28 mln boxes of fresh blueberries destined for the United States were inspected as of…

Blueberry councils hire new director of communications

Jill Scofield has been hired as the director of communications and industry relations for the North American Blueberry Council (NABC) and the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council…

April 30

Apple quality solutions and market trends discussed at Quality Summit

Hazel Technologies, Inc. announces the first ever virtual Apple Quality Summit. The one-hour event will be held on Friday April 30th and feature keynote speakers from across the industry ahead of the 2021 Northern American apple season. “Apples are a powerhouse within fruit — the second largest behind…

Civ, Consorzio italiano vivaisti

Strawberry Flavia is becoming increasingly popular in South Italy

Many companies in South Italy and in particular in the Basilicata region are testing the commercial varieties of CIV with great interest, in particular the variety Flaviapbr, characterized by early ripening, mid-vigour, fruits that are external to the foliage and therefore easy to harvest, with high…

Iceland is first UK supermarket to launch plastic-free Pink Lady packaging

Iceland has become the first UK supermarket to launch plastic-free packaging for its Pink Lady apples. Today, the supermarket announced that paperboard packaging will replace the plastic format. The new format will be rolled out across all its stores in the UK. The switch in packaging will save Iceland seven…

Anecoop presents its watermelon campaign, increasing its acreage and aiming to exceed 155,000 MT

The Spanish growers' association Anecoop has officially launched the new season of one of its top products: the Bouquet watermelon, which was the first seedless watermelon to hit the European market in 1992. Today, almost three decades later, it still leads the pack in its category across Europe. This…

Apple prices continue to fall in China due to large volume in storage

After the Qingming Festival, traders with good sales began to source from production areas to replenish stocks. Affected by the unsatisfactory sales in most markets, prices in…

Producers from El Bierzo expect to save the cherry, Conference pear, and Reineta apple campaigns

"In a couple of weeks, we'll know for certain what losses we had due to the March frosts"

In the coming weeks, fruit producers of the Leonese region of Bierzo will find out what the consequences of the frosts registered in the middle and end of March were. "We are…

Vicente del Bosque kicked off Grupo Caparros' watermelon season

Vicente del Bosque, the former coach of the national soccer team, symbolically kicked off the watermelon campaign of Almeria's Carrapos group this week by tasting one of the…

China will hopefully become the largest berry market in the world

Driscoll's vice-president expects the berry sales volume to triple within five years

Award-winning American brand Driscoll's (only the finest berries) first obtained permission to enter the Chinese market in 2016. Their sales volume reached 500 tons that year. Within less than five years since then, up until 2020, their sales volume increased twenty-fold to around 10,000 tons. "Compared…

Frost: French arboricultural sector in despair

The cold spell of the past week caused considerable damage on most of the territory. The freezing temperatures of the beginning of this month are catastrophic for French…

Strawberries: Moroccan seasonal workers are back in Lot-et-Garonne

For the strawberry producers of the French department of Lot-et-Garonne, 2020 was a black year. The closure of borders caused a shortage of seasonal workers from abroad and…

Japan increasingly frustrated by strawberry and grape copycats

The Japanese Shine Muscat grape went through more than 15 years of testing and selection before it was finally released as a new breed. Frustratingly, the grape variety is now…

Cold snap is disastrous for Slovenian fruit crops

The cold snap that hit Slovenia last week caused damage to all types of fruit orchards, as well as disrupting the development of vineyards, olive groves and legumes. The…

Minister Exaud Kigahe emphasizes need for cold storage facilities

Tanzania: Government sets up strategic plan to counter post-harvest losses of fruit

The Tanzanian government has set up a strategic plan that is aimed at encouraging the establishment of small scale industries across the country, in an effort to reduce fruit…

South African apple and pears start to arrive in the UK

Hortgro, South Africa’s fruit grower organisation, looks forward to the start of a promising top fruit season as apples and pears start to arrive in the UK. The 2021 marketing…

Ukrainians increase consumption of fruit

The Ukrainians have increased their fruit consumption. This is proved by the official statistics of fruit consumption, but also by the growth of imports. In 2020, Ukraine…

Montague opens new packing & distribution facility at Narre Warren North

Montague, one of Australia's largest fruit growers, has opened a new, environmentally sustainable packing and distribution facility at Narre Warren North. The 53,200 m2 fruit…

China Airlines transports bees to Vancouver

On April 8th, a China Airlines’ A350-900s arrived in Vancouver from Taipei, bringing in thousands of bees. The shipment of bees originated from Australia. The insects will be…

Ian Yule - PlantTech Research Institute Limited

"We're not trying to create new sensors or robotics, but rather use AI systems to better utilise the technologies"

Introducing Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology into fruit and vegetable growing operations, and making sense of all the data that exists, takes an 'all of industry' approach rather than a purely scientific one, according to a leading New Zealand-based research and development organisation. PlantTech…

Vicent Mingarro, from Frutinter: "More and more is consumed if there is supply in the off-season"

"Despite limited operations in the horeca channel, melon and watermelon sales in Spain remain stable"

Despite the limitations of the horeca channel due to pandemic-related restrictions, melon and watermelon sales are going well in Spain thanks to a good balance between supply and demand. Spaniards are consuming more and more melons and watermelons all year round, whenever there is supply. While there are…

Overall supply volume expected to decline by 20%-30% compared to last season

First Chilean Muscat Beauty grapes of the season arrive on the Chinese market

This is the third year in a row that Frutacloud has supplied the Chinese market with Chilean Muscat Beauty grapes. The first Muscat Beauty grapes of the season have recently arrived in China, however the production areas suffered from extreme weather conditions and that is why the overall production…

Ad Pollux, Fruitveiling Zuid-Limburg, the Netherlands

"Marketing campaigns, shelf presentation more profitable than reducing VAT"

Current Dutch apple stocks are steadily decreasing. "We'll run out earlier than usual this year," says Ad Pollux, Fruitveiling Zuid-Limburg's general manager. "Price formations were good, but not as crazy as last year. Then they reached an unprecedented level. But you never know what might happen in the season's…

First Spanish peaches of the 2021 campaign

"We remain the retail's preferred partner for early peaches and nectarines"

As every year, the Sevillian company Royal is one of the first to start the stone fruit campaign in Spain. "The weather conditions during the winter, with an ideal amount of cold hours, in combination with the current temperature increases in Andalusia, lead us to expect an exceptional campaign in terms…

"Cherries will continue to be at risk until mid-May"

Ice damages a good part of the cherry blossoms in the lower area of the Valle de las Caderechas

The weather has, for the fifth season, put at risk the cherry campaign of the Valle de las Caderechas, in the Burgos region of La Bureba. The mild temperatures in February and…

Mexico

Blueberry harvest begins in northern Sinaloa

Producers in the north of the state of Sinaloa have begun performing the first blueberry cuts in a season that starts with good expectations. According to Lenin Garcia, a…

Seipasa obtains in Mexico the label extension of the Fungisei bio-fungicide for grapes

Seipasa, a Spanish company specialized in the development and formulation of bioinsecticides, bio-fungicides, and biostimulants for agriculture, has obtained the extension of the phytosanitary registry of t…

Xiale watermelon brand is produced in five regions and supply lasts all year

Xiale Green Tiger seedless watermelons sell well in the Chinese market

The production season of Xiale watermelons is in full swing. This year the weather developed in distinct stages. The temperature was high at times and then low again. This had an impact on the growth of watermelons. In addition, the outbreak of Covid-19 last year affected the sales figures of Chinese…

France: Cherry producers face the cold

Cherry producers are worried about losses, after the record cold temperatures on Monday night in the region of Orléans. With temperatures down to -5.4°, losses could reach…

Southern Hemisphere renders smooth transition to import season for apples and pears

Spring has sprung and with it has arrived a diverse set of apples and pears to transition from the domestic to the imported crop. Rolling in is a freshly harvested mix from the Southern Hemisphere available coast to coast. All offerings arriving from either New Zealand, Chile or Argentina, favorites like…

California stone fruit

Organics company announces addition of organic Amber Crest Peaches this season

TerraFresh Organics, an organic fruit company known for supplying organic citrus, mangos, stone fruit and grapes to North America, announced the addition of Organic Amber Crest Peaches to its Earth Greens label through May 2021.  This season, TerraFresh Organics has been chosen to be Bloom to Box's partner…

T&G Global set for first commercial crop of new super-sized, blueberries

T&G Global is set to take a big bite out of the Australian blueberry market with the first commercial crop of new super-sized, blueberries to be launched in retail stores this December.The global fresh produce company has secured 16 of the latest and best genetics from breeders Plant & Food Research in…

University of Florida research

Creating better strawberries using Artificial Intelligence

For decades, taste groups and breeding for better taste have existed, being relied upon to guide decisions on which strawberries taste and smell best. This would help steer…

NW Cherry report

Indications point to a crop that's larger than last year

While most of the Northwest cherry buds are still wrapped up tight and waiting for the warmer days to come, several of the earliest regions and varieties have begun to push their blooms.  It's still far too early to translate these stages into an overall projection of 2021 crop to come.     General Crop Size:  It's too early to…

Warm Michigan weather increases early growth risk for fruit trees

Although it is only April, it feels like summer across mid-Michigan. This might be good news for outdoor activities, but fruit growers are worried about possible crop losses.…

Aimed at harvesting this year’s melon crop

Australian job seekers offered $1,000 to travel to Northern Territory

As Covid travel restrictions and closed borders have stopped foreign backpackers travelling to Australia, the nation’s growers are left desperately short of fruit pickers.…

CCF self-installed the sorting line over video calls

Reemoon officially installs its first kiwifruit sorting line in South America

COVID-19 has provided many challenges for fresh produce companies, Chilean kiwifruit producer CCF has self-installed its new fruit sorting machine with help from Chinese supplier Reemoon over video calls. Felipe Espinosa, director of the CCF Company, and a member of the Chilean Kiwifruit committee, first…

Four organic Peruvian products with the greatest export potential for 2021

In Peru, these four organic products have the greatest potential for agro-export this year: ginger, cocoa, organic coffee and blueberries. In 2020, shipments of these foods…

Driscoll's sells ‘in conversion’ blueberries as it moves to organic production

Even while Driscoll's farms are transitioning to organic production, the berry brand is encouraging consumers to continue eating its fruit. Driscoll's "in-conversion…

The US modifies the import requirements for Chilean plums due to interceptions of Lobesia botrana

On April 1, the US Plant and Animal Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a statement modifying the restrictions on plums (Prunus domestica) imported into the United States…

François Moran, Tropibana:

“Sales have taken off but prices are low”

The prospect of stricter sanitary measures was causing a lot of concern, but in the end, fear has given way to relief. The fruit and vegetable sector can now breathe a sigh of relief, as the closures announced last week and planned until May 2nd do not concern food shops. According to François Moran of…

New Jersey peach growers optimistic after strong dormant season

After an excellent winter and early spring with mild/ cold temperatures and abundant rainfall and snow, New Jersey peach growers anticipate an excellent crop of peach flowers, with full bloom in early April. This bloom date would be historically earlier than normal, according to Jerry Frecon, professor…

Temperatures well below freezing

Alarm for apple and cherry trees in Trentino

In the Italian Val di Non valley, in Trentino, temperatures were below zero on the morning of 7 April 2021, marking -7 °C in the coldest areas and -4 °C in the middle valley. The drop in temperature was confirmed by the local producers Fabrizio Zadra and Matteo Dal Piaz. Photo by Andrea Bonn "There is some…

Prices and production of strawberries is dropping in Georgia

Despite the continuing decline in the strawberry production in Georgia, this year’s prices may even be lower than usual. Usually, strawberries appear on the Georgian market at…

First Rockit™ apples of the season arrive in China

The first shipment of small, sweet Rockit™ apples has arrived in China, marking the beginning of what is very likely to be the company’s biggest season yet.The New Zealand grown miniature apples – a cross between a Gala and a Gala Splendour – will be on shelf from April 12, and the producers of the…

Mile Creek Farms, South Carolina

Six Mile grower says strawberries may harvest late due to pandemic

The South Carolina peak strawberry season usually runs from April until June. This year however, complications arising from the pandemic have delayed the strawberry harvest at…

Chilton County, Alabama

Peaches doing okay, despite frost

Recent frost seems to have caused minimal damage to this year’s peach crop. Strawberries are also safe thanks to row crop coverings. Edgar Vinson, fruit specialist with the…

Eastern Europe takes bigger bite out of Asian market

US: Northwest apple exports down

At this point in time, Washington state apple growers are shipping about 20 percent less fruit abroad compared to last year. This amounts to an export level drop not seen since 2003-2004, says…

Intent on aiding Northern Territory growers

NT Labor government launches campaign to support $70 million melon industry

Today, the Territory Labor Government has launched a $745,000 campaign to support the Territory’s $70 million melon industry. It is aimed at ensuring that growers have the…

Competing with Chile

Peru plans to ship first sample cherries to China in October

It is reported that Peru hopes to compete with leading cherry producers and exporters and plans to export its first volumes to China in October this year. “Three years ago, we…

It's official: South Africa's grape crop breaks previous record

The South African Table Grape Industry has released intake figures which show that two weeks ago the upper end of the crop estimate was already exceeded by the intakes of 71.8 million 4.5kg cartons. This will be the most grapes South Africa has ever produced, helped by a new generation of high-yielding…

Nutraceutical evaluation of honeysuckle cultivars from the Botanical Garden of Vytautas Magnus University

Scientists at Vytautas Magnus University and Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania) have evaluated 11 cultivars of blue honeysuckle (Lonicera caerulea L.) for bioactive compounds, antioxidant capacity, and the antibacterial activity of berries. The honeysuckle cultivars evaluated (‘Eisbar’,…

Tarragona

As long as the weather conditions remain favorable, an abundant cherry harvest is expected

The weather conditions have so far remained favorable in the main cherry producing areas, with the exception of some frosts in a few given areas. In Tarragona, the first cherries are expected to reach the market around April 20, and as long as no adverse weather events are recorded, there should be an…

Huelva farmers protest in Moguer demanding fair prices and decent treatment

Nearly 60 farmers and ranchers in the province of Huelva supported the call made by the Union of Small Farmers and Ranchers (UPA Huelva) rallying on Monday in Moguer to demand…

93% of the Moroccan temporary workers hired at origin are already in Huelva

93% of the Moroccan seasonal workers hired at origin to work in Huelva's berry campaign are already in the Andalusian province, according to the Government Sub-delegation.…

Increased melon production for export

The year 2020 was quite mediocre for the melon, with very low sales, but Caraïbes Melonniers is bouncing back with 1,100 tons of melons imported to Europe at the end of March.…

Strong demand in US for Mexican blueberries

The US blueberry market is currently being supplied by Mexico, with California getting ready to start their harvest at the end of April. While there have been a few ups and downs in the market so far this year,  blueberry demand in the US remains strong. Berry People, a year-round, full-line shipper of branded…

Greenhouse grown cherries give Washington grower a head start

Following low temperatures in Washington last week, a small portion of the upcoming cherry crop is likely affected. “The temperature went down to 24-25 degrees Fahrenheit. We’re seeing damage already but it depends on the area. Kennewick and Foster, WA got some damage. It’s about five percent of the…

Golden Bay Fruit

First new season Cherish™ and Ruby Star apples ship to international markets

Golden Bay Fruit (GBF) are shipping the first of their premium new season Cherish™ and Ruby Star apples to international markets this week. Apples are being picked and packed daily now with the first shipments of Cherish™ leaving Nelson port this week bound for China, then to Southeast Asia (SEA)…

Labour shortage hits crisis point

Desperate pleas for a government plan to allow Pacific Island seasonal workers to return

As the labour shortage across New Zealand hits crisis point as fruit harvesting is at its peak – Exporters, Growers, Food Companies and industry leaders make a desperate plea to Government for a plan to allow Pacific Island seasonal workers to return later this year. At a media conference in Hawke’s Bay,…

EastFruit

Moldova might become less dependent on table grape exports to Russia

Experts from the various Moldovan table grapes associations have expressed the hope that this year’s weather will be more favourable than that of the previous two years. This will impact positively the quality of products, the volume and structure of their exports. There are reasons for optimism: the…

Firm Polish apple prices in first quarter of 2021

The Mintec price of Polish apples rose by 12% to €0.13/kg in the eleven weeks to March 17, 2021. The increase can be attributed to a smaller crop being forecast for the…

Queensland melons can re-enter New Zealand after new agreement

After the cucurbit trade was reopened last month, Queensland melons can officially go back on New Zealand shelves. New trade conditions agreed to by both the Australian…

Australia: Consumer apple and pear purchases saw a drop in February

In the four weeks leading up to February 4 2021, the take home fruit category saw a drop of 7.6% in dollar sales, while volume sales declined -6.5%, compared with the same…

Peak strawberry season arrives on the Central Coast

California strawberry acreage up 5.7% from last year

2021 seems to become a big year for California strawberries. The California Strawberry Commission’s December acreage survey showed a total of 36,487 acres for 2021. California…

Chris Fagg - FreshPro Imports

African Delight and Ruby Star plums +15% brix

South African stonefruit is seeing very good volumes this season with a lot of volume on the UK market. “There are a lot of red and black skinned varieties around just now,” said Chris Fagg from FreshPro Imports. “We have good volumes of African Delight and Ruby Star supplied from South African exporter…

Best convenience packaging

Cultivar's grape packaging wins first prize at World Food Innovation Awards 2021

Cultivar, in partnership with Alzamora Group, has developed an innovative packaging format for grapes that has won the award for "Best Convenience packaging" at the World Food Innovation Awards 2021. In its evaluation, the jury highlighted the reduction of plastic use while maintaining functionality and aesthetic…

Ailimpo

Phytosanitary status of citrus fruits in the province of Malaga

The Interprofessional Association of Lemon and Grapefruit (Ailimpo) analyzed the phytosanitary status of citrus fruits in the province of Malaga in its latest published…

Joining the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Driscoll’s prioritizes sustainable packaging solutions for fresh berries

Fresh berry produce company Driscoll’s has joined The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. They have done this in an effort to make sustainable packaging solutions for its…

Marlene®: Launch international TV, digital and social media campaign

The celebrations for the 25th anniversary of Marlene® apples, the flagship brand of the Italian VOG Consortium, are continuing with an intense multi-channel advertising campaign involving countries such as Italy, Spain, Malta, Cyprus, Libya, Jordan, the Netherlands and Scandinavia. Following the success…

Ample volumes of red seedless grapes from Chile but split market on quality

The US grape market is currently receiving the bulk of their supplies from Chile, though there are already some low volumes coming out of Jalisco, Mexico, which is a new growing region that is now starting up. Mike Asdoorian of DLJ Produce shares: “Chile will go until April 10th with their largest…

Ad Verbeek, Verbeek Boomkwekerijen:

"Early Desire sales area has expanded considerably this season"

The season of the Gräfin Gepa, or the Early Desire pear, ended with good numbers in mid-January at the club's annual meeting. “It has once again turned out to be a successful season for the Early Desire growers,” says Ad Verbeek of Verbeek Nurseries. “The Gepa is a fertile variety, which means that the…

La Grande Bellezza Italiana

A winning strategy is to bring pears to the right ripening level

Combining storage conditions in units and the right ripening level for consumption is the objective of La Grande Bellezza Italiana (LGBI) when it comes to pears. "There are no half measures: pears are either very good or inedible. For years, we have been studying the way to make pears reach consumers in…

Production and sales value this season both increased

Posy apples from New Zealand flying off shelves in China

In March, Posy apples from New Zealand made appearances in various Chinese cities including Shenzhen, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Chengdu. A promotional campaign themed “Sweet and Unexpected Encounter" is being launched in high-end retail outlets such as Hema, Ito Yokado, and Ole across the country. Posy apples…

USDA announcement on Chilean stone fruit needing fumigation won’t affect current season

USDA has announced a new import requirement for Chilean stone fruit after the European Grapevine Moth (EGVM) was detected during a pre-inspection in February. Cristian Ramila of Bengard Marketing explains: “Chilean stone fruit that enters the US undergoes a pre-inspection in Chile before it is shipped,…

Washington state apple exports down in 2020-21

According to Washington state apple industry officials, the fruit's exports have dropped substantially in comparison with the number from recent years. The state exported 18.8…

Central Alabama growers prepare crops for low temperatures

The current cold snap has some central Alabama farmers worried about the temperatures, which could harm their crops. Farmers like Jeremy Calvert in Bremen, Alabama are laying…

Overseas fruit pickers finally return to farms in Victoria

After a year of struggles due to the Covid pandemic, Victorian farmers can now welcome back overseas workers; more than 200 Pacific employees have already arrived at the farms…

Apple scab resistance to several fungicides in Turkish orchards

Apple scab caused by Venturia inaequalis is one of the most economically important diseases of apple worldwide. Disease management is largely based on the frequent…

Russian markets: Apples from Serbia are replacing Moldovan apples

As tax incentives for the supply of apples from Moldova to Russia were cancelled on April 1, 2021, there now has been a sharp increase in the interest of Russian fruit…

Export still ongoing to European markets

“Very strong demand on local market for Polish apples”

The Polish apple season is wrapping up, with the last apples being packed over the next two months. It’s too late in the season for export to far destinations, but the demand from European countries is still quite stable. One apple exporter states they’ll be busy right up until the summer varieties…

Adams County, Pennsylvania

Fruit growers hope last week’s cold snap spares their apricots and plums

Fruit farmers from Adams County are hoping for the best after temperatures dipped into the 20s last week. The cold creates problems for early-blossoming trees -including…

UF/IFAS blueberry variety debuts

As April begins, we enter the Florida blueberry season. Recently, the University of Florida developed and released another tasty blueberry variety. When Patricio Muñoz developed the newest UF/IFAS variety, he wanted to name the fruit in honor of Alto Straughn, a longtime supporter of UF’s blueberry breeding program. So Muñoz, a…

IFG celebrates 20th anniversary

IFG, table grape innovator known for breeding and licensing, celebrates two decades of advancing the premium fruit-breeding industry. The company that has widely been recognized for inventing the…

February sees strong organic apple and pear volumes and sales

February organic pear and apples sales verified that the pandemic year has been incredibly positive for both categories. Both category organics sales and volumes are up, with organic share greatly increased in the last year.  Organic pears are experiencing strong growth. They were up a colossal 42% in dollars,…

“Non-destructive portable measuring device saves on fruit waste while increasing efficiency”

The South Korean portable measuring device provider Sunforest worked with Zespri to test the attributes of kiwi fruit in their orchards in New Zealand. Sunforest is a South Korean provider of innovative portable NIR Spectrometers that measure fruit attributes in a non-destructive manner. “Using a…

Delayed start for Florida peaches

Like berries, the upcoming Florida peach season will get a later harvest this year. “We’ve had a pretty cold winter compared to last year’s fairly warm winter. It’s good news because the cold weather helps set the peaches. But it has delayed our crop,” says Alise Edison of Deer Park Peaches in Saint…

Spanish strawberry production recovers, but German restrictions cause concern

In the Spanish province of Huelva, the strawberry campaign has already recovered the usual production levels after a first half of the campaign with a drop of about 50% in the volume marketed. Storm Filomena, followed by periods of constant rain and cloudy days, caused not just a drop in the…

Coöperatie Hoogstraten opens Belgian strawberry season

"Nice weather made it a top strawberry week"

On Wednesday, 31 March, Coöperatie Hoogstraten officially opened the Belgian strawberry season. That was from their new office building. Via a live stream, Wim Peeters of wholesaler Delidis bought the first of these soft fruits. The cooperative doubled the amount he paid to €8,000. They will donate that…

Producers do not rule out exhausting their stock due to the boom in demand

Market fluidity and good prices for Spanish apples

According to Manel Simon, the director of the Catalan Fruit Business Association (Afrucat) -an organization that now chairs the Fepex Pear and Apple Committee-, the 2020 pear…

Hinrich Quast (Bio-Augustin & Co) on this year's apple season

"Encouraging growth of Topaz and Santana"

Marketing of domestic organic apples is now in the second part of the season. In terms of volume, the current season is roughly similar to the 2018-2019 campaign. "The storages are still full and this means our customers will be able to do without supplementary imports. From today's perspective, there…

Moldy Core in Sweet Tango Apples from New Zealand

Moldy core is a fungal disease of apple fruits that is characterized by mycelial growth in the seed locules and is sometimes accompanied by penetration of the immediate surrounding flesh. The disease can go undetected until the fruit is cut open, as no external symptoms appear on the fruit. Alternaria,…

Moldovan Fruct Association hosts digital event to meet growers and exporters

“We are optimistic for the new plum season”

The new plum season is around the corner for Moldovan producers and the Moldovan Fruct Association is optimistic about the season, as the volumes are expected to be better than they were last year. The association is also setting up a digital event to allow businesses to meet some of Moldova’s producers…

Australian growers are bracing for a terrible fruit fly season

Following the recent rains, many Australian growers are bracing for a terrible fruit fly season. An alarming rise in fruit fly activity was triggered by the lingering effects…

The Honey Belle

Coles supermarket to receive Australia-first pear variety

A new Australia-first pear variety called Honey Belle, which until recently was grown exclusively in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, is now a feature in Australia’s Goulburn Valley.…

Early blooming worries Indian apple growers

Many Indian apple orchards are blooming by at least a week or two earlier this season, thanks to the higher than normal temperature and lack of rain and snow this winter.…

US growers pin their hopes on Biden

Unnecessary apple trade war rages between India and Pacific Northwest

Although in 2018, India was the second-largest purchaser of American apples -most commonly Red Delicious apples- all this has collapsed since insanely high tariffs coupled…

Moldovan apples might face problems on Russian market

On March 31, the season of duties exemption for several groups of food products, including fresh fruit supplied from Moldova to the Russian market expired. This means that,…

“Depending on the varieties, we’ll have apples right up until the new season starts”

After a really solid month of February, the Polish apple season is still going full steam. According to one exporter, demand was really good up until mid-March. Although the stocks of some varieties are depleting, the exporter is confident he’ll be able to supply his clients with apples right up to the…

Michigan apple volume to end sooner than usual

Apple supplies out of Michigan will wrap up early this season. “The Michigan crop was smaller this year and so it will end earlier than normal. We will finish at the end of May likely so about four to six weeks early. Some shippers finishing up earlier than that in the state,” says Brian Coates of…

Strawberry demand skyrockets during Easter week

"We are working at full capacity at the moment due to the usual increase in orders before Easter. Although the pandemic will affect this holiday once again and all the restaurants will be closed, fruit and vegetable consumption might increase, especially when it comes to strawberries," explains Rocco…

Danper plans to increase its sales by 10% in 2021

"Avocados and blueberries will be our main growth engines this year"

Jorge Aranguri, the executive director and co-founder of the Peruvian company Danper, stated that the company expects to reach sales of 230 million dollars this year, i.e. 10%…

Almeria expects a 6% and 3% increase in the area devoted to melons and watermelons, respectively

According to provisional data from the Department of Market Intelligence of the Association Almeria's Fruit and Vegetable Producer Unions (COEXPHAL), the area devoted to…

Epamig and Emater-MG join the Rede Morangos do Brasil

Minas Gerais seeks to strengthen the strawberry production chain

It's hard to imagine that 60% of the strawberries cultivated in Brazil come from seedlings that had to be imported from countries such as Spain, Argentina, and Chile. Imports raise production costs and generate a series of problems for farmers. The quality of the seedlings is often compromised due to the…

US: Blueberry crop may see effects of cold and wet weather

Mississippi’s recent bout of bad weather came at a critical time for producers of blueberries, the state’s largest commercial fruit crop. Blueberries can be easily damaged by cold weather, but the timing of mid-February’s icy weather limited the potential damage. “Fortunately, most blueberry flower buds…

WAPA report shows apple and pear stocks for March 2021

Germany sees 15% less apples in stock compared to 2020

The World Apple and Pears Association has released an update on the Northern hemisphere stocks. According to the data, Red Delicious and Gala apples are currently the apples that are most in stock when it comes to the United States. Poland is doing much better this year, almost doubling the amounts of…

Tracking all details of grape consignments from India

Apeda Blockchain solution to aid EU importers

Apeda’s Blockchain solution will help importers from the EU track all details of grape consignments from India. The Indian Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export…

'South African table grape consumption poised for growth in China'

The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) at the Jiangnonghui Fruit Wholesale market celebrated the launch of its inaugural China table grapes promotional campaign. The event furthermore symbolically marked the official beginning of the 2021 South African table grape season in China, which brings to…

Italian blueberry production: Main variety is the Duke, distributed all over northern Italy

Developments within blueberry cultivation have been so rapid, aided by technology, and the geographical expansion of the crop so wide that its industry is now classified as…

NZ cherry venture announces expansion plans

Deep Creek Fruits NZ LP – a significant New Zealand cherry development – has announced a second capital raise to fund a packhouse and expansion at its Central Otago orchards. Deep Creek Fruits chairman Michael Ambrose said the offer, in accordance with the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013, invited…

Monsoon Green Earth Farms on the Indian grape season

“Overall volumes of exported grapes will be similar to last season”

The Indian grape season is in full swing and although there were some devastating losses due to rains earlier, the overall volumes exported for one specific exporter has remained similar to last year. Prices, however, seem to be better than they were last season, especially for the growers.  India has had…

Berry grower signs global plastics commitment

Yesterday Driscoll’s joined The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment to help advance its pledge to prioritize sustainable packaging solutions that protect fresh berries…

Oppy's new hydroponic strawberry line sets the table for category growth

Expectations are high for the first-ever Ocean Spray® specialty berry pack which debuts this fall, backed by a trio of partners intent on elevating the category with a unique tabletop strawberry proposition. New Wave Berry, LLC is a joint venture formed by grower, marketer and distributor Oppy,…

Russia: January 2021 fruit imports see drop in banana and apple shipments

Russian fruit imports in January 2021 remained virtually unchanged compared to the same month in 2020, but there were some significant changes in the import structure. First…

Alava plays key role in shipment of berries to northern Europe

The Spanish province of Alava and its airport currently play a key role in the shipment of Moroccan berries to northern Europe. Dozens of trucks loaded with berries enter…

Modigliani's variety Pir5 farm in Cesenatico

Strawberries from Romagna are about to be harvested

The Romagna strawberries (an early variety of protected cultivation) are beginning to turn red, to the point that in a few days harvesting can begin. One of the companies that are already close to starting is Modigliani Frutta from Cesenatico (Forlì-Cesena), which grows Pir 5. Davide Modigliani with Pir 5…

HortGro

Exceptional fruit harvest and near-perfect growing conditions

Despite Covid-19 and a few tough drought years, the deciduous fruit industry has been blessed with exceptional harvests in every fruit category managed by Hortgro, after “near-perfect growing conditions”. Hortgro expects a record apple and pear harvest this season, despite the Langkloof hail which in…

Russia significantly increased cherry imports in 2020

According to a study of marketing agency ROIF Expert, last year, Russia increased its purchases of cherries and wild cherries by $ 18 million. “The Russian market in 2020…


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