Possibility of new hectares for Candine apples

On September 16 2021, Apofruit organized an event to illustrate the characteristics of Candine apples to its partners. Over 50 producers attended and visits included two companies - Marconi (integrated) and Benzoni (organic) - both in the Ravenna province. Technical manager Andrea Grassi and Specialist…

So far, the balance has been very positive for Sicilian stone fruits

One more month to go before the end of the Sicilian peach and nectarine campaign

The Sicilian stone fruit production is notoriously late compared with other areas. The extremely favorable climate allows harvesting until October, thanks to the late characteristics of some varieties and the agronomic techniques developed by the island's farmers. We talked about this with Vincenzo Di…

Arizona welcomes sizable organic apple crop for 2021

The supplies of organic apples from Arizona this season have bounced back to a bumper crop over last year. “We had a really good start this year with Arizona apples,” says Alejandro Madrigal of Covilli Brand Organics Inc. based in Nogales, AZ. “We haven’t had any issues with people getting sick because…

Incorporating post-harvest technology to table grapes

Hazel Technologies, Inc. announced a partnership with Jasmine Vineyards, a San Joaquin Valley-based table grape grower-packer-shipper of more than a dozen different varieties of grapes. Jasmine Vineyards plans to integrate Hazel® products across its grape portfolio to extend grape shelf life throughout…

Serbia: Apple harvest starting in coming weeks

This year, Serbia expects an apple harvest of between 530 and 540 thousand tons. Generally, there will be many more apples on the global market this year. Agriculture Fair in…

USDA report

World peach and nectarine production for 2021/22 is forecast to edge up slightly to 21.8 million MT

World peach and nectarine production for 2021/22 is forecast to edge up slightly to 21.8 million metric tons (tons) as China supplies recover from last year’s weather‐related losses, more than offsetting weather‐related losses in the European Union and Turkey. Exports areprojected lower as reduced…

Apple prices in Belarus are among the highest in the region due to government regulation

According to EastFruit analysts, apple prices in Belarus are kept at an unusually high level, given the oversupply of apples in neighboring markets. At the moment, apples in…

Russia sharply increased imports of watermelon from Uzbekistan and Turkey, setting a new record

In 2021 Russia could be definitely setting a new record for watermelon imports. With several months still left till the end of the year, the record has already been set – as…

South Korean consumers' interest in expensive, unconventional fruit prompts farmers to switch crops

Expensive fruits, such as Shine Muscat grapes and apple mangos, are selling briskly in South Korea, prompting farmers to switch to these new crops. Shinsegae Department Store…

Mexico meets 77% of the domestic demand for apples

Apple farming in Mexico is regionally important, especially in areas where few other commercial crops grow. The main reason is that apples grow well in the high, cold and very…

Alfred E. Chave adds apples and pears to its range

Alfred E. Chave announced a new category to their expanding range of produce: Apples & Pears. “We are constantly looking for opportunities that support and create value for…

Carlos Ríos delivered the inaugural speech at the 6th International Berry Congress of Huelva

Berries "save lives" thanks to the "very high level of health and wellbeing" they help attain

The 6th International Berry Congress was opened a few days ago at the Casa Colón in Huelva with a plea to the healthy and nutritional properties of berries and the new business opportunities opening up for the sector in countries like Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the United Kingdom and the United Arab…

The 6th International Berry Congress' conclusion: a common challenge towards sustainability

The sixth edition of the International Berry Congress ended and it made it clear that sustainability and the environment are key to the future development of the sector, as was made evident by the event's different conferences and the closing remarks made by the manager of Freshuelva, Rafael Dominguez…

Swedish organic farmers struggle to sell their apples

In Sweden, the 37 organically certified apple farmers are in the midst of harvesting. This year's crop is good. But few KRAV-certified organic apples will be available in Swedish supermarkets. Most will have been processed into apple juice. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, there is a lack of…

Hoogstraten launches first strawberry marketing campaign in the UK

Hoogstraten has launched their first trade-focussed strawberry campaign in the UK market highlighting their premium fresh fruit, available all year round and supplied directly from Belgium. Hoogstraten, the cooperative based near Antwerp in Belgium, is otherwise known as the ‘Home of Quality’. Their…

Peru can now export its citrus and blueberries to the Indian market

The Commission for the Promotion of Peru for Exports and Tourism (Promperu) stated that India had published in its official gazette the phytosanitary requirements for the…

Fruit Logistica puts the focus on Nordic countries at Huelva's Berry Congress

"Supporting the Spanish berry sector is again very important for us"

Fruit Logistica, the leading international fair for the fruit and vegetable sector, has sponsored the 6th edition of Huelva's International Berry Congress; an event organized by Freshuelva that has brought together about 750 professionals on September 15 and 16 . Fruit Logistica has collaborated with the…

Better yields likely despite challenges in upcoming Chilean grape season

“The grape production in Chile, we’re in tricky times.” So says Nicolas Damm of Rio Blanco in an early look at the upcoming Chilean grape season. The season follows a difficult season earlier this year that saw an early end due to significant rains in Chile at the end of January. “Rio Blanco had a 3 million…

Paul Roos Jr – Pro-Plum (OrganoGroup)

Promising start to South African organic stonefruit

While the Western Cape’s stonefruit orchards are still in flower, in Limpopo the first peaches and nectarines are being harvested. Right: the earliest peaches in South AfricaOne of the early stonefruit and apple producers in South Africa is organic grower Pro-Plum in the Waterberg District of Limpopo…

Federico Beltran Molina, from Terra Business:

"Peru will have 20,000 hectares of blueberries in 3 years and it will consolidate its leadership in world exports"

According to the general manager of Terra Business, Federico Beltran Molina, the world has 200,000 hectares devoted to blueberry production, and Peru, which currently has…

The main fresh fruit shipped was the cherry

Chilean fruit exports total 5,296 million FOB dollars between January and August

Chile exported a total of 2.66 million tons of fruits for 5.296 billion FOB dollars between January and August - without considering the IVV (Value Variation Report) -, i.e.…

IQonsulting

Chilean blueberry exports by week and accumulated up to week 36

Accumulated number for 2021/2022 season at 52 tons up until now

Chilean blueberry exports in week 36 amounted to 24 tons, 23 tons being shipped to the Far East, and 1 ton going to The US/Canada. While the accumulated number for the 2020/2021 season stood at 74 tons, this year's exports up until now stand at 52 tons, which is a 29% drop.

Andalusian blueberry fills niche in the international market

The Observatory of Prices and Markets of the Junta de Andalucía has reported that exports of blueberries have increased by 17% in volume and 22% in value, compared to the…

Even workers from the Caribbean, Kenya and Nepal helped to pick fruit in Norfolk

Fruit pickers from as far away as Barbados were flown in to save Norfolk's strawberry harvest. This year, the fruit industry faced a jobs crisis due to a shortage of its usual…

Brits expect ‘blackberry boom’ as new figures indicate industry’s growth potential

The British blackberry season is in full swing and the fruit seems to be hugely popular as the nation’s ‘blackberry boom’ of recent years is set to continue. The UK appetite…

Chilean producers are trained in the recognition of the most frequent diseases that can affect stone-fruit trees

How to distinguish sharka disease from other viral or bacterial diseases

"The importance of a healthy plant, free of the sharka virus, starts in the nursery." This was one of the clear messages that Paulina Sepúlveda, a former INIA researcher, delivered to peach growers in Putaendo regarding one of the most devastating viruses affecting stone fruit trees: the sharka disease,…

Guy De Meyer, Demargro:

“Belgian strawberry quality is unrivalled”

"This year hasn't been the greatest for quality in the Belgian soft fruit sector," says Guy de Meyer of Demargro. "The cold weather means woody, soft fruit's quality was poorer than normal. The supply lagged, resulting in relatively high prices. That, in turn, meant lower consumer uptake." However, the…

Anton Filippo: "Trend seems to be moving from bulk supply toward packaging in country of origin"

No end to imported blueberry growth in Europe yet

LBP is a logistics service provider in the Netherlands. Ten years ago, it started handling overseas blueberries. Back then, imports consisted of two air freight shipments and…

Marketing delay for the 2021/22 campaign

French: Strong increase in apple prices compensates for lower production

The 2021 French apple production is expected to be clearly lower compared to the average of the past 5 years and also lower than in 2020. In terms of calibers, the smaller sizes predicted are confirmed, especially in Gala, and the marketing of the first apple varieties starts with a delay of 10 days. French…

University professor grows 40 different fruits on a single tree

American university professor Sam van Aken, who has several art awards to his name, started working on the idea named the “Tree of 40 Fruit” back in 2008. In order to create a…

Device to measure firmness of blueberries: license awarded

Each year, the University of Concepción, awards the ‘Science with Impact Award’. This year it went to the academic from the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, dr. Christian…

Blueberry production Argentina begins new harvesting year

Blueberry production in Argentina begins a new harvesting year with the prospect of strengthening its differential product. The first shipments are leaving the country, mainly…

Director of Agricultural Operations of Agrovision, Juan José Gal´Lino:

"Genetic differentiation is key to success in the blueberry business"

According to the director of Agricultural Operations at Agrovision, Juan José Gal´Lino Vargas, genetic differentiation is key to success in the blueberry business. Gal´Lino…

Morocco sold more watermelon in the EU than Spain for the first time

Morocco has sold more watermelon to the European market in the first six months of the year than Spain for the first time in history. According to the Euroestacom…

Malaysia opens its market to Peruvian blueberries

Peru's Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri) announced that blueberry growers will be able to start exporting their fruit to Malaysia starting this year…

FNM will start marketing the first results of its new strawberry and raspberry research lines

Fresas Nuevos Materiales SA (FNM), the Huelva-based breeding company, has managed to position itself as a leading player in obtaining strawberry varieties, offering a wide…

Gerhard Pietsch from Obst vom Bodensee on the start of the apple season:

"There is a trend toward club apple concepts"

Last weekend saw the start of the apple season on Lake Constance. Gerhard Pietsch from Obst vom Bodensee Vertriebsgesellschaft gives us insights into the qualities, quantities and new trends for the 2021/2022 season. Good to very good qualities"The harvest quantity of apples is slightly larger than in…

Lucien de Wit, LuBaFresh: "Scorching in Italian cultivation areas"

"Europe's grape consumption disappoints, but it's almost time for peak sales weeks"

This year's Italian grape season is vastly different from last year. That is according to Lucien de Wit of the Dutch wholesaler, LuBa. He concludes this after visiting their suppliers in Sicily and Puglia. "In other years, it rained a lot in these regions. This year, it's extremely warm. That's led to a 30%…

Azienda Agricola Ciacca

Final rush for watermelons but prices remain low

"The last quantities of watermelons are leaving for the Italian and European markets this week. The season was rather strange, characterized by low prices for the majority of the sales period," reports Antonio Ciaccia, owner of a company located in Salento (Apulia) covering 200 hectares. "Quotations are not picking up even during these…

Organic apple and pear distribution increases

Honeybear Brands kicked off its organic apple and pear harvest last month and expects to complete domestic harvest in October. As more of its organic trees come into production this season, Honeybear will have a significantly larger domestic organic crop. Organic Gala, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Fujis,…

PMA Virtual Town Hall

Overview of developments and trends in Mexican agriculture

Since the birth of NAFTA in 1994, agriculture production in Mexico has more than doubled and the country continues experiencing tremendous production growth, now under the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement. As it continues to grow, yesterday’s PMA Virtual Town Hall--Mexico: Produce…

North America blueberry supplies start shifting to imports

Supplies of blueberries are lighter this month. Domestically, Gerardo López of Produce Lovers says that there are still some supplies of berries from growing regions in the U.S. and Canada but those are being kept close to their origin because they don’t have the legs to travel. As for Mexico, it officially…

Andy Higgins, CEO of IFG

“Trends in the snacking category influence our table grape breeding process”

Creating an incredible eating experience. That’s the mission of table grape breeding company IFG. “We start with the consumer and then work our way backwards,” says Andy Higgins, the company’s CEO. “If we can’t create an incredible eating experience for the consumer, we feel we’ve failed,” he added.…

Welcoming cranberry season back with spirited holiday perspective

Having spent the last festive season socially-distanced from family and friends, this year’s layers of protection and eased restrictions will unite folks in more traditional ways again. Grower, marketer and distributor of fresh produce, Oppy, looks toward putting Ocean Spray® cranberries at the center of…

Prices of high-density apples from Kashmir witness sudden crash

Industry experts claim that premature harvesting and a bumper crop in Himachal Pradesh are the reasons for the huge decline of rates of high-density Kashmir apples in the…

Karnali zone, Nepal

Apple farming is changing farmers’ lives in Jumla

Jumla is one of the 75 districts of Nepal, situated in the Karnali zone. In this remote Karnali region, apple farming has taken flight among Jumla farmers as of recently. The…

More Azerbaijani businesses to export apples to Russia

Rosselkhoznadzor, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance of Russia, has authorized another eleven Azerbaijani enterprises to export apples to Russia…

A second raspberry boom in Ukraine?

Attention is drawn to the threat of a new “raspberry boom” in the 2022 season in Ukraine. Representatives of berry nurseries confirm a sharp increase in demand for raspberry…

Big pears harvested in east China

The "Big Mac" of pears now welcomes the harvest season on Futian Farm, Suzhou City, east China's Jiangsu Province. The fruit belongs to the Ya pear variety, or Chinese white…

Strategic objective for the blueberry industry

128 grams of blueberries per day per capita

The bottom line is that many of today's consumers have increased the frequency and volume of their purchases, and there are also strong indications that new eating habits are…

Strawberry grower optimistic for Tasmania's strawberry season

Turners Beach Berry Farm owner Craig Morris said traditionally there had been a reset period between the Queensland strawberry season and Tasmania's. "The season prices…

Belgian coop adds Qtee pears to its Earth range

The Belgian cooperative, BelOrta, launched 'Earth' in early 2021. Fruits and vegetables in transition to organic are grouped and marketed under this concept. BelOrta is now…

Heinz Martin, Martin Obst:

"We have a yield of about 80 tons of chokeberries".

The chokeberry, originally from North America, is increasingly making its way into domestic areas. The Martin family from Eriskirch is dedicated to the fruit, which is also known as the black chokeberry. Managing director Heinz Martin spoke to us about the difficulties he faces with the chokeberry and…

BreedingValue

Open Call for developing quality tool kits for soft fruit

The EU-funded research project BreedingValue, focusing on genetic resources in berries, has launched Open Call #4 for proposals on the development of methodological tool kits for sensorial quality assessment of berry genetic resources. The Open Call serves as a mechanism to transfer funding and knowledge from the project to European berry breeders and companies…

Organic table grapes highlighted

Four Star Fruit, Inc. is an organic table grape grower-shipper, providing a wide variety of exceptional organic fruit year-round. Their fields are located throughout the San Joaquin and Coachella Valleys, as well as international. Four Star grows and markets an organic volume of over 1 million cases. Their world-renowned…

Ai-Ping Hu

GTRI

The future of peach harvesting

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has developed an intelligent robot that is designed to handle the human-based tasks of thinning and pruning peach trees, which could result in significant cost savings for peach farms in Georgia.    "Most folks are familiar with the harvesting of fruit and picking it up at the market," said Ai-Ping Hu,…

Berry shipper talks organic berries at OPS 2021

Well•Pict Berries is excited to announce its attendance at the 2021 Organic Produce Show in Monterey, CA. "We look forward to connecting with retailers and attendees in person and are happy to announce we will sample our berries at booth #337," the company said in a release. Well•Pict proudly offers…

Growers claim this year's Connecticut apple harvest is among the best

Fall is apple picking season in Connecticut. Despite the heavy rains that occurred in the summer months, executive director of the New England Apple Association, Russell…

China: "Various domestic fruits are produced in high yield, with large stocks"

The weather conditions in many main fruit-producing areas this year are good, and many types of fruits have enjoyed a rich harvest. At the peak of the domestic fruit sales season, Mr. Wei, the manager of Shenzhen Mingchen Agricultural Products Co., Ltd., discussed the market conditions of the Hainan…

Post-harvest solutions provider adds plant-based organic coating to stone fruit portfolio

Pace International LLC, a provider of sustainable postharvest solutions and technologies for the fresh produce industry, announced today the introduction of PrimaFresh® 60…

Pears seem to be less affected

Sunburn and bitter pit bring down Washington apple production

The Pacific Northwest is well into the harvest of early apple varieties like Gala and Honeycrisp and the pear season has just started. “The concern for the crops all throughout the summer months was the incredible heat the trees and fruit had to endure during June and July,” says Dan Davis with Starr…

The most cultivated strawberry varieties in Huelva this season

The Observatory of Prices and Markets of the Junta de Andalucía reviewed the evolution of Huelva's 2020/21 strawberry production and marketing campaign, and detailed which…

Poland: Growers are switching from apples to pears

Although Poland is one of the world leaders in the exports of fresh apples, at times displacing China from the first place in terms of exports, in recent years it has more and…

EastFruit

The plum market in Ukraine, Moldova, Poland and Russia

Most of the largest plum growers in Eastern Europe are now selling their products at lower prices than last year. However, it does not mean that all growers are dissatisfied. Moreover, the market situation differs in each country. For instance, the plum season in Ukraine is the worst growers have…

SmartPac

A better solution for storing grapes at a lower labor cost

The table grape world has implemented an improvement, especially in the harvesting and packaging phase. The revolution is called SmartPac and aims at improving the final product. SmartPac is a packaging system that protects and extends the shelf-life of table grapes reducing dehydration of the rachis and…

New Zealand apples growing in popularity with Indian consumers

“This was the first time we had six varieties of apples from New Zealand at the same time”

India consumes large volumes of apples from across the globe. One importer has had a special season, importing six varieties from New Zealand and launching a campaign ‘Flavours from New Zealand’ this year. There have been logistical issues during the year, which had an effect on the prices later on.…

Kissabel apples will soon be here again

Kissabel®, the range of apples with coloured flesh running from pink to intense red, is about to return to the European market. Harvesting of the first Kissabel® apples began in September in the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland, with the yellow and orange skin and pink flesh varieties. In October…

Important growth of the strawberry variety Victory

September marks the end of the strawberry plant nursery season, a key phase for its subsequent transplantation in the production areas of southern Europe and Mediterranean arc countries. EL PINAR currently has a growing market share in this area, thanks to the rusticity and adaptation of its materials to…

Christophe Besnard, purchase manager Fruit and Vegetables at Relais Vert:

“No shortage of stone fruit this year and the quality was better than last year”

With 25,000 tons of fruit and vegetables sold each year and 250 to 280 products offered each day on the market, Relais Vert has made its place as a true link between manufacturers, producers and organic stores. For more than 35 years, the company has been developing additional expertise in sourcing,…

"Solar panels above raspberry crops benefit everyone"

For Dutch raspberry farmer Piet Albers, it all started in 2019. He and GroenLevenset up the first trial field. This is a company that develops solar energy, The darker the panels, the more power they produce. But raspberries need light as well as shade. So, they had to reach the golden mean. "We started…

Chris Chinn - Cobrey Farms

Good yields for UK blueberries

It has been a big year for UK blueberries, after a late start yields have been good and the weather has been kind. “We didn’t have any frost or storms to contend with here,” said Chris Chinn of Cobrey Farms who grows blueberries in the Wye Valley in Herefordshire. “The tunnel blueberries started a bit later than normal due to…

Fruit shipper discusses sustainability initiatives

The Organic Produce Summit is just around the corner and Rainier Fruit Company is looking ahead with anticipation. “Rainier was founded on the idea that nature knows how to take care of herself without much intervention,” said Blake Belknap, vice-president of sales at Rainier Fruit Company. “Organic…

Rory Cole - Elifab

First Elifab Berry Class packline gives peace of mind in a challenging Western Cape blueberry season

In what has been a difficult blueberry season in the Western Cape’s Overberg region - a lot of rain, cold and even hail, very unusual for this region - the decision to install the first Elifab Berry Class packline in South Africa has been a highlight for an Overberg blueberry grower whose volumes have…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products - weekly update

Peruvian blueberry imports arriving through Philadelphia and NYC expected to increase

The excitement of a long Labor Day holiday weekend was tempered somewhat by lingering recovery efforts from last week’s Hurricane Ida. Parts of Louisiana and New Orleans remain without power, and fuel prices have gone up nationwide with spot shortages as a result of the hurricane’s landfall so close to…

ABARES Agricultural Commodities Report

New data shows Australian horticulture is headed for record value, even through COVID-19 challenges

The value of horticultural production is forecast to rise by four per cent and reach a record $12.4 billion in 2021–22, according to new data released in the ABARES Agricultural Commodities Report for the September quarter. The report found a key driver for the rise in value is that that fresh fruit and…

AU: strawberry grower makes 25,000 jars of jam to combat waste

As there were not enough people to pluck the hundreds of thousands of strawberries on Anthony Sarks's pick-your-own farm, he decided to make 25,000 jars of jam. Normally, the…

XAG self-driving robot to aid Japanese fruit farmers

Japanese farmers are struggle to maintain their high quality fruit production due to pronounced labor shortages. That is why XAG autonomous farm robots are now pitching in to…

Washington apple production remains strong despite heat, labor shortage

An early heat wave across the Pacific Northwest has affected produce growth all around the region, but Chuck Zeutenhorst, vice president of First Fruits Farms in Prescott, Washington, is still optimistic despite a prediction of a smaller harvest. “I think we’re going to see a reduction in the overall…

Chile is the guest of honor at the Shanghai International Fruit Expo

The Shanghai International Fruit Expo will be held in Shanghai from October 8th to 10th. Chile will be the guest of honor at the Expo. Ronald Bown, President of Chile's ASOEX Association,…

Jammu and Kasjmir, India

Udhampur district fruit growers demand financial aid and cold storage facilities

In the Panchari-Landhar and Latti-Dudu-Chenani areas of Udhampur district, over 80 dry and fresh fruit crops have been damaged due to heavy rain and snowfall. The weather…

The Italian Technical and Scientific Committee observations

Are grapes among those fruits that are highest in pesticides?

Italian grape growers are busy harvesting and marketing their crops, but this season, once again, there is controversy over the use of plant protection products. An employee…

California

Strong demand for golden seedless Sweet Carnival grape variety

Volumes of grapes are still steady out of California. “This month, we will have strong volumes of all colors of grapes to take care of our customers everyday and promotional needs,” says Mitch Wetzel, vice-president of sales and marketing for Sunview Marketing International in McFarland, CA. Currently Sunview’s…

"Imported fruits are difficult to sell, and the prices of some products are falling"

Hangzhou is the capital city of Zhejiang Province. In recent years, more and more types of imported fruits have appeared on the market and the volume has also increased. However, due to the epidemic, the market for imported fruits this year is not very satisfactory. Hangzhou Muguo Legend Fruit Wholesale…

China: Apple market may continue to be oversupplied

At this stage, the overall price of apples on the Chinese market is relatively low. Insiders said that the low prices of individual origins are mainly due to poor product…

The Chilean cherry sector is worried about the necrotic spot virus

The Federation of Fruit Producers expressed its concern about the threat that the Prunus necrotic spot virus poses for the Chilean cherry industry, as it could cause them to…

French peaches: Decline in production favors rise in prices

According to Agreste, the statistical service of the French Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the decline in production is favoring a rise in peach prices. “On September 1st 2021, the peach production was down by 19% compared to 2020, and down by 26% compared to the 2016-2020 average, as a result of the…

Average harvest expected: Dreamstime

Lake Constance apple harvest season begins

Secretary of State Sabine Kurtz MdL: "Consumers can look forward to qualitatively very good apples from Lake Constance, with an average harvest in terms of quantity". As the…

Moldovan 2021 plum harvest might exceed expectations

Representatives of the Speranța Con Association of Canned Fruit and Vegetable Producers have stated that this year’s Moldovan plum harvest may at least be equal to last year…

Each year is a new challenge for Hungarian peach farmers

In the 1970s, peach farming in Hungary reached its peak, with an acreage of 13,000 hectares. However, the world changed, and so did the climate. For the past three years,…

Organic apples make up 25% of total crop, pears 35%

Grower talks organics, proprietary brands and packaging

Team Superfresh Growers® looks forward to sharing information about its 2021 organic apple and pear crop at Organic Produce Summit. Harvest is off to a strong start, with quality and overall pack-outs looking positive. Organics are a large part of Superfresh Growers profile, with 20-25 percent of its…

BerryWorld Iberia reinforces role in the group's varietal strategy through Cartaya R&D center

The CEO of BerryWorld for Iberia, Ivan Leache, has acknowledged that during the last season the weather ‘has not made things easy, however we have continued working to offer…

"Britain's multinational army of fruit-pickers"

16,000 workers from 37 countries flew in for UK’s 2021 season

Due to a shortage of British and eastern European workers, the number of fruit pickers coming into the UK from abroad has more than doubled this year. More than 16,000…

Marlene presents its new marketing campaign

The invitation promised there would be an 'amazing surprise' and, when the helicopter flew over the Val Passiria glaciers glistening in the sun, it was clear why creatives came up with the 'figlia delle Alpi' (daughter of the Alps) claim for Marlene.   Click here for the full photo report. A few hours earlier, around…

Zummo expands its product portfolio by presenting new solutions for the retail sector

The latest news from Zummo; Pina Slicer and Apple Juicer are two new machines that offer the customer freshly cut pineapple and freshly made apple juice, perfect for creating a fresh corner together with the Z40 range. The Valencian company, once again, adapts to the needs of the consumer. Pina Slicer by…

Many apple businesses left out of COVID-19 assistance program

Many U.S. apple businesses won’t qualify for critical COVID-relief assistance that was announced yesterday by the Agriculture Department, said the U.S. Apple Association. The…

Preliminary Chilean cherry crop update

With only a few months away from harvest, Vanguard International is looking forward to the upcoming 2021-2022 Chilean cherry season with a from-the-field update from the company’s Chilean team. After the challenges encountered during last season there is much anticipation for a strong cherry crop this…

Chinese customers can look forward to Japanese grape varieties grown in Australia

China has been a major buyer of table-grapes grown in Australia. Most of the grape varieties in Australia have traditionally been introduced from the USA or Europe and are all quite similar. At the same time, as Chin…

"Opening price starts high"

"Peruvian blueberries enter Chinese market in large volumes"

The domestic market in China is gradually recovering from the pandemic. The largest obstacle for traders is global distribution. Jiaxing Hi Go Fruit, a subsidiary of Zhuangan Fruit and Vegetables, is one of the specialist importers in the Jiaxing Market. Leo Wei, spokesperson for the company, recently…

Portuguese agronomist Jorge Duarte:

‘An effective blueberry industry can be created in Georgia’

Jorge Duarte is a Portuguese agronomist who advises berry growers; he was hired by USAID’s agriculture program in Georgia to advise local growers. Duarte visited berry…

Introducing the Nero Premium

New Polish apple season at the Staay Food Group

The Staay Food Group is expecting its first shipment of the new Polish apple crop. The batch of Royal Galas will arrive on Monday, September 13. This is the fifth season the company has directly imported these top fruits from growers in Poland. These direct lines guarantee a year-round supply of Polish…

Benjamin Laimer from VIP

Selling apples requires a tailor-made approach

"The pandemic has caused undeniable difficulties, but it has also provided new stimuli and fed new ideas," explains Benjamin Laimer, marketing manager at Consorzio VIP, when talking about the apple segment during the era of Covid-19. Benjamin Laimer Apple harvesting operations have started a few days ago…

Interview with Gianni Raniolo

Increased exports for Italian grapes come with new challenges on foreign markets

In recent years, the grape sector has suffered some rather significant setbacks, starting in 2018 with the crisis regarding cracking and the consequent heavy loss of product, which in some cases exceeded 50% of the total of the medium-late campaign, i.e., that of Italian grapes. The year 2019 was not any…

Herold Hage, N&K:

"First Peruvian blueberries arrive on good European market"

N&K has received its first blueberries from Peru. N&K is the French Kinobé group's import office in the Netherlands. "The berries are arriving on a good market. Most of the European fruit is off the market. And the current Peruvian volumes aren't huge. That makes prices very attractive," says Herold Hage. N&K…

Simon George and Sons

Queensland Rockmelons hit peak supply just in time for Spring

Heading into the spring months, now is the time for great eating rockmelons and exceptional value for the fruit, according to an Australian wholesale company. Simon George and Sons has just hit peak supply which will last the month of September and expects strong volumes to continue from North Queensland…

Elpitiya Plantations launches locally harvested ‘BerryMuch’ fresh berries

Fresh berries lovingly nurtured in Sri Lanka under the brand name, ‘BerryMuch’ will be launched in Sri Lanka. Harvested in the salubrious environs of Elpitiya Plantations PLC, the leading plantations company brings the fresh goodness of ‘BerryMuch’ to all Sri Lankans. Initially, ‘Berrymuch’ will offer…

The Koru apple: a new breed

Geoff Plunkett discovered Koru as a seedling in 1998 near Nelson, New Zealand. This apple is a cross between Braeburn and Fuji varieties, its skin is orange-red over a gold or green background with…

Grape grower-marketer techs up in California to bring innovation to the forefront

Providing year-round grape supplies through all major producing regions, Oppy, grower, marketer and distributor of fresh produce from around the world is distinguishing itself in California through its advances. Left: Garland Perkins; right: Hazel Technologies' sachet.  “We are precise and strategic in the…

Blueberry state of the industry report now available

The International Blueberry Organization (IBO) is pleased to announce that its 2021 Global State of the Blueberry Industry Report is now available, providing the industry with…

France: High prices for peach producers of Pyrénées-Orientales

Despite the smaller harvest, the shortage of stone fruit at the European level has been beneficial for the producers of Pyrénées-Orientales who were able to sell their stocks…

Robert Simpson - Fife Fruits

Soft fruit left unpicked in UK tunnels

Fife Fruits has been growing soft fruit in Fife, Scotland since 2006. The company grows fruit in 32 hectares of tunnels at different locations between Cupar and St Andrews. The crop consists mainly of strawberries, with smaller volumes of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Robert Simpson has been…

Northwest fresh pear industry claims 'exceptional quality harvest' for 2021

With harvest in full swing throughout the four growing regions of the Pacific Northwest, the pear industry is releasing the first official estimate of the 2021-22 fresh pear…

Pascal Bassols, COT International:

Plum revolution on the French market

Plums are popular among our parents and elders, but the younger generations don’t seem to be particularly interested in this stone fruit. “European plums like the Mirabelle or Reine-Claude are consumed by our parents and grandparents. With the trend we have observed on the American-Japanese varieties,…

Emanuel Sluis, Service2Fruit,

"Dutch off-the-tree pear sales going smoothly; apples far tougher

The top fruit harvest has begun in earnest in the Netherlands. "Off-the-tree pear sales have been going very well. They have, however, been fat more difficult for apples," says Emanuel Sluis of the trading platform Service 2Fruit. "Conference and Comice prices have been particularly good. Growers with…

High quality for PGI grapes from Canicattì

"The campaign of PGI table grapes from Canicattì started gradually around August 20th. Now the season is livening up and big retail chains have started doing promotions," explains Salvatore Lodico, president of the Consortium. Salvatore Lodico "When it comes to production, we were able to withstand the…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products - weekly update

'Michigan blueberry movement is expected to decrease sharply as the season ends'

This week’s weather impacting the eastern US was evidence that September is indeed right at the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. No sooner had grower-shippers begun to see fields dry out enough to harvest after last month’s Tropical Storm Fred, than Hurricane Ida arrived with landfall near New…

Dr. Andreas Mager, Naturhof Wolfsberg on the pear season:

"40% of crops in Europe could fail, but Germany might get 70-80%"

Agricultural engineer couple Heike Mager and Andreas Mager took over the existing fruit and vegetable farm of the Alef family in 1980s. In 2014, Christiane and Benedikt Mager joined the family business as future managing directors. Dr. Andreas Mager, who is also a board member of the Fördergemeinschaft…

Compound is found naturally in herbs, berries and other fruits

Johns Hopkins: Natural compound may prevent and treat Parkinson’s Disease

Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers claim to have increased the evidence that the compound known as farnesol, found naturally in herbs, berries and other fruits, can prevent…

Online masterclass in berries post-harvest process

"Today berries are constantly available twelve months a year on the supermarket shelves. Supply chain is key to handle this gigantic challenge: putting healthy and…

Michigan farmers mostly saved their peaches from April frost

The April cold temperatures caused a major concern among Michigan farmers. Although, several areas of Michigan were hit by a cold-frost many crops faced minimal damage, and…

Bringing berries into the spotlight for September

Strong volumes of raspberries and blackberries

Naturipe, a farmer-owned producer and marketer of berries and value-added products continues its inaugural “Summer of Snacking” campaign, as fresh raspberries and blackberries enter their late-summer peak season. Naturipe’s “Summer of Snacking” celebration aims to help customers sell more berries by…

Honeydew quality solutions come to light

Hazel Technologies continues to ensure optimal honeydew shelf-life at AZ-based produce distributor, Grower Alliance LLC. The company is a produce distributor of wholesale fruits and vegetables in North America. Grower Alliance specializes in honeydew, table grapes, cantaloupe, mini and regular…

Murcia's peaches are already being marketed in Spain with the IGP seal

In 2020, Murcia exported 2.6 million tons of fruits and vegetables, including 500,000 tons of stone fruits, according to data from the Customs and Excise Department. Thus,…

The Lapins, Santina, and Sweet Heart cherry varieties have good conditions to adapt to Peru

For the past 4 years, Vivero Los Viñedos has been testing different cherry tree varieties in different areas of Peru, which could have the potential to grow this crop. Jose…

Argentina

Mendoza will harvest 15% more cherries

Cherry production consolidated itself in Mendoza as an attractive business. According to estimates, this year's production could increase by 15% -i.e. almost 600 tons more…

Berry industry pulling together in new North Coast working group

Ensuring a proactive approach to good practice and highlighting the benefits of a sustainable berry industry to the Coffs Coast and Clarence Valley regions are among the key…

Foto: Herbert Knuppen

Apple distribution campaign in the Rhineland:

Regional cultivation is important to consumers

On September 4, passers-by in the city centers of Bonn, Düren and Cologne were presented with a similar picture: In these towns, fruit farmers were out and about with green vests and baskets, carrying information cards and large crates full of freshly picked apples from the region. "We wanted to use the…

Azerbaijan set to boost fruit exports

According to Director of the Agrarian Research Center, Firdovsi Fikratzade, Azerbaijan's fruit exports are set to be increased to 70 percent by 2025 percent. The director…

Sicilian grapes with very high brix value

The Sicilian Superpippo Fruit specializes in growing and marketing grapes. The owner Giuseppe Caggia, whose company is located in Licodia Eubea, in the heart of the Mazzarone grape area, gave us his  first impression of the month of September. Giuseppe Caggia in his vineyard "The intense heat, with temperatures of…


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