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Israel mobilizes the youth to harvest fruit

The Government of Israel has signed an order that allows thousands of young people over 18 to participate in the citrus harvest to face the serious shortage of citrus pickers…

‘Now it’s onto apples’

Kiwifruit harvest going well in Gisbourne

Kiwifruit and apple croppers in New Zealand’s Gisborne region have been coping well when it comes to labour for picking fruit with some kiwifruit growers having already…

"Agriculture does not stop"

The Chilean fruit sector continues to move forward by enforcing extreme security measures

Despite the state of catastrophe decreed in Chile due to the spread of the coronavirus, fruit production has taken extreme hygiene measures to protect the sector's workers and to continue at its usual pace, thus guaranteeing the supply of the Chilean population and international markets. When the state…

Frosts caused flower and bud damage in Hungarian peach and apricot orchards

The frosts recorded between March 23 and 26 caused flower and bud damage in peach and apricot orchards, but for now it is not yet possible to estimate the extent to which the…

Argentina

"The biggest problem now is the lack of mobility of harvesting crews"

Since Argentina declared a state of sanitary emergency due to the spread of the coronavirus in the country, restrictions on mobility have become a problem for fruit producers in the province of Entre Ríos. Juan Stivanello is an agricultural engineer and advises citrus producers in the Chajarí area, where…

Belgian fruit growers talk about night frost and the corona crisis

"Some plots have had 20 - 70% frost damage"

It is not just the current corona crisis that is proving challenging for fruit growers in Europe. They are facing another issue - night frost. Temperatures have plummeted over the past few nights. Cold nights are also being forecast for the rest of the week. Some Belgian fruit farmers take stock after…

Harvest lie in warehouses waiting for labour and freight services

Virus squashes exporters hope for 40,000 tonnes of harvested grapes

The 21-day lockdown is proving to be a case of sour grapes for the state's grape industry. In Maharashtra, the top producer in the country, cultivators have almost 40,000 tonnes of grapes sitting in their warehouses and fields, amounting to more than 30 per cent of exports which they are unable to move,…

Frost in central and southern Italy:

Concern for early vegetables, grapes, persimmons and stone fruit

For agriculture, it is an emergency within an emergency. Coronavirus was not enough: now there is a sharp drop in temperature - below zero, with frosts and snowfall out of season. There are significant damages to fruit and horticultural productions, which are in the delicate phase of flowering and…

Patagonia will be able to export Argentine fruit directly to China starting 2021

The National Agricultural Food Health and Quality Service (Senasa) declared the Northern Patagonia area free of fruit flies, which means this area has a sanitary status that…

"Two or three months of picking work won’t hurt anyone"

North Queensland's unemployed urged to consider farm work to address the labour shortage

A North Queensland Federal Member of Parliament is concerned that a critical proportion of Australia’s fresh produce supply is at risk unless due to a shortage of fruit picking jobs in his region. Independent Kennedy MP, Bob Katter says his office has been contacted by concerned farmers and…

Australian horticulture reaches record high production values

The latest edition of Hort Innovation's Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook has shown that the sector has recorded its highest production value to date, in 2018/19. The Handbook features data on more than 70 horticultural products including fruit and vegetables, but also nuts, nursery, turf and…

Ignacio Fernández: ‘Treaty with the UK changes to a bilateral one'

Chilean fruit exporters continue to count on preferential access to UK market

In September 2019, the Chilean Senate approved the bilateral association agreement with the United Kingdom, which allows exporters who make shipments to the British market…

Chile, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Myanmar, New Zealand, Singapore commit to supply chains

Together with Australia, Brunei, Canada, Myanmar, New Zealand and Singapore, Chile has affirmed its commitment to guarantee the connectivity of supply chains in the face of the COVID-19 situation. This was made clear in a joint statement by Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon…

Lack of foreign laborers may paralyze this year’s strawberry harvest in Poland

The closing of borders as a result of the coronavirus epidemic can have serious implications for the horticultural industry. Strawberry producers are concerned about the…

Significant demand placed on Australian trucking services to keep supply chains flowing

The Australian Trucking Association says that the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented demand for the national transport industry, including the shipment of fruit and vegetables along the supply chain. "Some fleets are experiencing demands higher than the Christmas period, although…

Ireland: Keelings announces first Irish strawberry harvest of 2020

Irish supplier and producer of fresh fruit Keelings has announced the arrival of the first Irish strawberry harvest of 2020, with punnets now available across supermarkets…

The 5 most expensive fruits in the world

1. Yubari Melon Melons are the most expensive species of any fruit in the world. A pair of Yubari Melan was auctioned in 2014 for $26,000. This melon grows in Hokkaido Island near Sapporo and is a hybrid variety of other sweet melons. 2. Densuke Watermelon This particular watermelon is black. It is a…

USDA International shipping point trends

Guatemalan blackberry imports via South Florida expected to remain about the same

The movement of Guatemalan blackberry imports through South Florida Imports via air are expected to remain about the same. This is also the case for goods crossing from Mexico…

Horticulture supply chain businesses may need to register as an essential service during NZ lockdown

At 11:59pm Wednesday, New Zealand will move into National Alert Level 4 in response to COVID-19, which will see many businesses and non-essential services close, and residents…

Nashik grape farmers troubled as well

India: Punjab farmers start dumping vegetables

Punjab vegetable growers are worried that they may not be able to take their perishable produce to the market for sale and would have to incur heavy losses. A vegetable farmer…

Washington apple market

From a stagnant market to escalating demand

Washington state’s apple season has been challenging with demand not being able to meet supplies. However, on the demand side, things quickly turned around recently as a result of COVID-19. “We started to see increased demand from retail about two weeks ago, but it rapidly escalated last week,” says Dan…

Ukrainian grape harvest likely to be reduced due to mild winter

Due to the abnormally warm winter, the impact of diseases affecting grapes has intensified in Ukraine, as reported to AgroPortal.ua by Andrey Karpushev, head of "Karpushev A.…

Fruitimprese Veneto president Stefano Pezzo

Sales in Italy and abroad are fluctuating

"This is an unprecedented situation: the fresh produce sector is doing its part, but with great sacrifice from all operators. Sales are fluctuating a lot both in Italy and abroad: for example, demand skyrocketed last week but has now dropped considerably," reports Stefano Pezzo, president of Fruitimprese…

Australian mango season wraps up with significant developments on the export front

The Australian mango season has finished for 2019-20, and it was a year in which the industry continued to take big steps towards growing its export program. The Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) says that exports are currently tracking around the 12-14 per cent of total production, with the…

Australian and New Zealand governments strengthen COVID-19 response

Australia and New Zealand have significantly stepped up measures to try and contain the rapid spread of the global Coronavirus pandemic. Australia has enforced new Stage 1 restrictions on social gatherings, with the closures of non-essential services, such as restaurants, bars, cafes, gyms and libraries…

Still: Backpackers increasingly desperate for work

Australian officials address pending labour supply shortfall

As the COVID-19 pandemic closed Australia's borders to foreigners, local farmers in Manjimup began seeing a rise in the number of backpackers desperately looking for work.…

Willem Koole, Frukar:

"Quick citrus sales, melon sales under pressure"

The Corona virus has not left Dutch importers and exporters unaffected, with very diverse consequences for the various products. "We have a fair amount of sales in the wholesale markets throughout Europe (the Netherlands, Brussels, Rungis, Barcelona, ​​etc.). These people are currently missing some of…

Eric Tastayre, Apifood:

“We live day by day, because the situation can change at any moment”

The impact of the coronavirus was relatively moderate at first for the company Apifood. But today, tensions are starting to be felt at the supply level. “We have a sword of Damocles hanging over our heads. For the moment, despite a slight decrease in supply, we manage to maintain our activity and we do…

USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable National Shipping Point Trends

‘Raspberry movement from Mexico expected to increase’

The USDA creates a report, containing fruit and vegetable shipping trends and trade, supply, and price information by type and state/region of origin. Information about…

Citrus Grower’s Association data

Week 12 South African lemon sales expected to near the 450,000-mark

In week 12, lemon sales in equivalent 15 kg cartons from South Africa are expected to near the 450,000-mark, with some thousands of cartons of lemon seedless topping things off. Satsuma sales will stand at approximately 13,400 cartons. Total cumulative shipments of green apples are at 1,444,112.   Click here for the Soft…

The devaluation of the real and the ruble complicate Argentine fruit exports

The financial crisis unleashed by the global coronavirus pandemic has reached the Argentine fruit sector of the Rio Negro Valley. This week, the Brazilian currency reached…

Professor Kerry Walsh, CQUniversity Australia

Australia: Non-invasive testing of dry matter in mango with F-750 meter

Through a research project, supported by Hort Innovation and funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program, professor Kerry Walsh from CQUniversity Australia has developed a non-invasive tool that can determine the…

The grape season still providing smiles for one Australian farm in the midst of virus outbreak

An Australian grape producer says he is having a great season, despite the coronavirus pandemic that has spread across the world. Enrique Rossi from Budou Farms in Western Victoria, says that this year's crop is bigger than expected, with overall large sizes (although no Jumbo size grapes) so he is very…

Boost to almond, strawberry, peach and walnut crops

California’s strict air quality regulations good for growers

Farmers in California’s Central Valley have seen a boost in the productivity of their high-value crops -and greater earnings- as a result of the state’s strict air pollution…

Fruit trade volume in Jiangnan Market higher than last year despite impact of COVID-19 epidemic

Sea freight suffered from the outbreak of the corona virus as the transport cost slightly increased and workers were in short supply. However, the maritime transport industry…

Summerfruit NZ:

“New Zealand growers okay with levy”

Industry body Summerfruit NZ says it has consulted growers around New Zealand before asking them to vote on renewal of the sector’s Commodity Levy Order late last year, which…

Puerto Caldera increases shipments of Chilean grapes by 21% this season

The volume of table grapes shipped during the 2019-2020 fruit season through the Puerto Caldera Maritime Terminal (TMPC), which is located in the Chilean region of Atacama,…

Chile plans to restore fruit trade with China to normal levels by the end of the month

Chilean fruit exporters are finding that their trade with China is gradually returning to normal, now that the outbreak of the corona virus is largely under control in China.…

Mr Apple and China Resources Enterprise donate container of new season apples to Wuhan

With imported fruit now flowing through channels in China, Mr Apple and partner China Resources Enterprise have donated one container (1,176 cartons) of fresh, new season, New Zealand apples to two hospitals in Wuhan. Says Ben McLeod, Global Sales and Marketing Manager for Mr Apple, “With China as one of…

Natalia Bagmut of Ewa-Bis on the organic apple season in Poland

“We’re thinking about entering the Middle-Eastern market next season”

The organic apple sector in Poland has had the same challenges as conventional apple exporters have had to deal with. The season might end a couple of months earlier than last year, when the country was dealing with a bumper crop. The troubles of the Polish apple season did not just hit the conventional…

‘Business Lab Uganda’ programme

Dutch Embassy to support Ugandan fruit farmers

The Dutch embassy has launched an accelerator programme for Ugandan agribusinesses, dealing in fruits their products with the aim of linking them to buyers in the Netherlands and Europe. According to programme manager Annelies Kannekens selected fruit farmers and in some cases, middlemen, will undergo an…

Jamieee Burns - JRs Orchards

Capital brand heading to UK for first time

In some regions of New Zealand, the apple harvest has been underway for a few weeks, but the harvest at JR’s Orchards in Wairarpa an hour’s drive from the capital Wellington, the harvest has just started. “We started the harvest late last week,” explains Jamiee Burns, Operations Director. “Sizes are up…

"Overall import volume of fruit in China is stabilizing"

Chinese companies have suffered the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic to various degrees since the Chinese Spring Festival [25 January, 2020]. Now that conditions are improving day by day, many companies have begun to resume operations and gradually return to normal levels. Regardless of its size, whether…

Cal Poly study focuses on women's health ... and strawberries

Kari Pilolla, an assistant professor in Cal Poly’s Food Science and Nutrition Department, is working in partnership with faculty and students at Humboldt State University to…

Global Berry Congress postponed due to coronavirus outbreak

The Global Berry Congress has been moved to 22-24 June 2020 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. "Our primary concern must be for the health and well-being of everyone who…

Trade improved in March

Taiwanese fruit export nearly stagnated in February

Taiwanese media have reported that Taiwanese fruit export nearly stagnated in February as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic. Trade started to show signs of improvement in…

Degrading the ethylene released by fruits and vegetables

Wood-based catalyst should keep fruit fresh for longer

If freshly bought bananas are stored in a full fruit basket, they won't stay yellow very long. The reason for the rapid ripening is the chemical compound known as ethylene. The gaseous plant hormone not only functions as a messenger substance within an individual fruit, but also influences other…

The global economic crash will affect Argentina's fruit exports

The current international crisis has taken its toll on two of the most important destination markets for the fruit from the region of Rio Negro and Neuquen Valley. Both Brazil…

Kazakhstan temporarily halted import of some Chinese fruits

The Kazakhstan Ministry of Agriculture recently announced a temporary import ban on Chinese top fruit, stone fruit, and citrus fruit. According to the announcement, some of…

Ramzi Amari - Van Amerongen

In Australia and New Zealand there is growing interest in dynamic storage

Van Amerongen specialises in CA/ULO technology for storing fruit and vegetables. The company has been conditioning small and large cold stores across the world for over 40 years and has in-depth knowledge about fruit storage. Van Amerongen has been active in the Australian and New Zealand markets for…

Peru

Verdeflor increases its fruit processing capacity with a second plant in Ica

Verdeflor, a Peruvian agribusiness company, will inaugurate this week in Ica its second fruit processing plant, which will have a processing capacity of 10 tons per hour and will have two cold tunnels and two refrigerated chambers, with a cold storage capacity of 100 tons. "We are investing in one of the…

Says: “Top of South Island economy is in good shape”

New Zealand government assuages economic Covid-19 worries

Industry leaders and government ministers say the economic outlook in the top of the south Island is okay, despite the perennial problem of seasonal worker shortages and the Covid-19 worries, as peak harvest looms for grapes and other fruit crops. Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford, Minister of…

Shawnee, Oklahoma

US boasts world’s largest grocery store apple display

Some 11,760 3-pound bags of Chelan Fresh apples are on currently on display in Shawnee, Oklahoma. With the goal of making healthy food accessible to parents, children and community members, the Red Delicious, Granny Smith and Gala apples in this impressive display are being sold at value price.

Australian mango season heads into its final weeks

The Australian mango harvest season is winding down, with the last trays of late-season varieties scheduled to hit the shelves in the coming fortnight. In the weekly My Mango…

Belarusian fruit and berry harvest reached almost 160 thousand tons in 2019

In the Republic of Belarus, the fruit and berry harvest in 2019 amounted to 157.3 thousand tons, as reported by the press service of the country's Ministry of Agriculture and…

Department of Pesticide Regulation hands out $15,000 fine

DPR takes action on Santa Barbara county grower

The US Department of Pesticide Regulation has fined a small Central Coast grower $15,000, destroyed four tons of fruit, and shutdown the grower’s production for three months.…

For grape exporters from Nashik and Sangli

Maersk starts end-to-end cold chain logistics for grapes

For the first time, Maersk offers end-to-end cold chain logistics solution for grapes’ exporters from Nashik and Sangli, improving the overall turnaround time into North Europe by four days. Gearing up for the peak grape season, Maersk enables booking management, offers on-land and ocean transportation,…

Increases fruit size and yield

Automatic retractable roof advances cherry harvest 3 weeks

For eight years, Michigan State University and Cravo Equipment have been researching the opportunities for retractable greenhouses for the cherry industry. “We have been working on understanding the positive impact on window of supply, yield and sizing,” says Cravo’s President Richard Vollebregt. “Prior…

More volume and bigger sizes of New Zealand apples

The New Zealand harvest of early varieties started in late January and they are now into the full harvest cycle. "Our crop estimate predicts a gross crop 5% up on last year at around 600,000 metric tonnes, with the export share of that at 409,000 metric tonnes (22.7m 18kg cartons) or 3% up on last year.…

Indian grape season coming to an end, storms affected yield

Both the grape and pomegranate seasons in India are coming to an end. After the unpredictable weather during the monsoon season, some issues with yield and quality came up. For Indian fruit exporter Iridica Agro and Sons Enterprises, the busy times of the grape and pomegranate seasons are almost over.…

Obst vom Bodensee Vertriebsgesellschaft looks back on a successful trade fair season 2020

European Bee Award, focus on club apples and packaging optimisation

The Obst vom Bodensee Vertriebsgesellschaft (OvB) team can look back on a successful trade fair season 2020, which with Fruit Logistica, BioFach and Fruchtwelt includes the most important fresh fruit fairs in Germany. Under the sign of the beeWhile the aftermath of the ProBiene petition for a referendum…

Citrus Australia to lead a major traceability pilot program

Citrus Australia will head a new traceability pilot program, encouraging better traceability in fruit supply chains. Agriculture Victoria’s Program Manager for Traceability, Caroline Barrett made the announcement of $200,000 of funding from her organisation, to partner Citrus Australia, at the industry's…

Drought expected to impact Australian pineapple growers into next season

Australian pineapple growers admit that the impact of the drought will continue to impact the fruit's crops for the next 12 months. President of Australian Pineapples says Stephen Pace says recent rainfall has been welcome and encouraging, but with a 2-3-year crop cycle, everything in the ground for the…

2019 was a record export year for Australian Citrus

PHOTO REPORT: Citrus Market Outlook Forum 2020

As the Citrus Market Outlook Forum wrapped up, and the attention turned to the upcoming season, there was a chance to celebrate recent achievements. 2019 was a record export year; it was the first time more than 300,000 tonnes of citrus was exported from Australia and the first time the value had broken…

Technology in the Ukrainian blueberry field takes a big step forward

The young Ukrainian company Nikdaria, producer of blueberries under the Iberry brand, has always chosen to focus on innovation. When the need came to include a sorting line in its production chain that could face the market requests, which are always more demanding, Nikdaria chose to rely on consultancy…

Chile: Fruit exports to US drop by 10 percent

While the US has always been an important market for Chilean fruit exports, in 2019 there was a significant drop in shipments. The nation’s exports to the US declined by 10% overall this year, teaching a total of $929 mln. This decrease marks the first time the number was under a billion in five years.…

Spain: Costa Blanca fruit fraudsters arrested

The Almoradí Guardia Civil arrested two people in connection with the illegal sale of 7 tonnes of lemons and 125 tonnes of pomegranates. An investigation was launched last…

Climate change effects on apricot blossom blight in South of France

Climatic changes such as an increase of air temperature and rainfall variability can directly and/or indirectly affect pathogens and the plant diseases they are causing. All…

Local consumption to be enlarged

Thailand: Fruit exports to China hampered by Covid-19

Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Mananya Thaiset has ordered the Cooperative Promotion Department to quickly find markets for those fruit growers affected by…

Tobi Seeobst AG reacts to growing popularity of Swiss berries

Extension in Egnach to be put into operation in spring 2021

The Tobi Seeobst AG fruit group is reacting to the increasing demand for Swiss berries. These are quite popular, playing an increasingly important role in a balanced diet. And since blueberries are also increasingly being grown and processed domestically, Tobi believes the time has come for an extension and…

Sunburn control by nets affects the antioxidant properties of apple peel

In the last years, netting has been widely used to protect apple fruit from solar injury. However, there is little information on the biochemical aspects underlying the…

Ukrainian Business Hub plans to export berries to the UAE

From the start of the next berry season, the Ukrainian Business Hub is going to export berries to the United Arab Emirates. This was announced by the founder and executive…

West Michigan: if temperatures rise too soon, fruit farmers will be in trouble

Michigan experts are concerned that if temperatures rise too soon, this will potentially harm fruit crops in the months to come. Michigan State University Extension Food…

Faby Fruchtgroßhandel commissions first sorting robot of its kind in Germany

"With these robots, we can achieve a very uniform, attractive pattern"

Rising labour costs and a simultaneously reduced availability of labour are becoming an increasing problem for producers and marketers in Germany. Processes need to be automated, even for companies that are not yet acutely affected. Faby Fruchtgroßhandel GmbH & Co. has its headquarters in the Alte Land.…

European delegation travels to Extremadura to learn about the reality of the Spanish fruit sector

A delegation from the European Parliament, accompanied by the Councilor of Agriculture, Rural Development, Population and Territory of the Government of Extremadura, Begoña García, and several general directors of her department, has visited the Tany Nature fruit and vegetable center of the municipality…

"We want to try and get out of the crowd, and differentiate our offering"

How innovation has helped a Victorian stone fruit farm become one of Australia's leading producers

Introducing and embracing innovation in a constantly changing technology ecosystem has helped Cutri Fruit become not only the largest stone fruit producers in Australia – but one of the leaders in the global fresh produce industry. Since returning to the farm in 2004, Managing Director, Gaethan Cutri has…

Rising price of imported pears in Russia

In winter, imported products traditionally prevail in the pear market in Russia, reported EastFruit project analysts. The main countries supplying pears during this period are…

Washington Apple Commission claims apples effective in fight against cancer

The Washington Apple Commission has given out some reasons, suggesting that the humble apple is very effective in keeping cancer at bay An entire apple, including the peel, is…

Root Plus Green

Vellsam offers solution to improve the rooting and growth in strawberry cultivation

The Almeria-based company of agricultural biotechnological solutions Vellsam Materias Bioactivas has managed to improve the rooting and growth of strawberry plants with its Root Plus Green rooting solution, which enhances the root system and improves the plant's vegetative development. In tests carried…

“South-East Asia has a high demand for Japanese fresh produce”

Although produced in small volumes, Japanese fruits and vegetables have received increasing attention from overseas customers. Nihon-Agri is a professional exporter of a variety of Japanese fresh produce. With increasing demand, lately, the company started to export sweet potatoes to a few south-East…

USDA national shipping point trends

This week's shipping Point trends in shipments of berries, citrus, melons and other fruit. Blackberries from Mexico crossings; movement expected to increase, at slightly lower…

Šumadinka sour cherry quality depends on clonal rootstock

In 2018 and 2019, scientists at University of Kragujevac (Čačak, Serbia) have evaluated the influence of seven clonal rootstocks (Colt, MaxMa 14, Krymsk 6, Adara, Cigančica,…

Spain

New ECOSOFT recyclable container for berries approved by Adesva

The technical team of the Adesva Agribusiness Technology Center, based in the Spanish municipality of Lepe, has carried out an experimental study with the goal of evaluating the effectiveness of the new ECOSOFT containers for strawberries, manufactured by Veripack Packaging. This study, result of the agreement…

Michigan is out of $2.3 mln as Cherry Growers Inc. folds

The state of Michigan is out nearly $2.3 million after it ran out of options to recoup a performance-based grant from a Northern Michigan company that folded. Cherry Growers,…

New South Wales

Bilpin Fruit Bowl: $3 million damages from bushfires estimated

Due to the recent bushfires, New South Wales’ iconic Bilpin Fruit Bowl has a hefty damage bill that it will struggle to pay. Fruit grower Margaret Tadrosse said she lost 6000 fruit trees, as well as trellising, hail netting and other infrastructure in the fires which struck the district on the weekend…

South China Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

Fruit train arrives in China from Vietnam

A train loaded with fruit departed Dong Dang railway station in northern Vietnam and arrived in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Tuesday. Over 150 tonnes of…

AGR Augean Robotics: Mechanizing the complete food production process

Charlie Andersen of AGR Augean Robotics has an integrated approach to horti production processes. Rather than replacing humans, AGR’s approach is to alleviate today’s agronomy inefficiencies by augmenting farmhands with mechanical donkeys called Burros. “We are doing something different,” boasts the…

Talaromyces minioluteus: new postharvest fruit pathogen in Serbia

Talaromyces minioluteus is an important species of genus Talaromyces, which has cosmopolitan distribution and is encountered on a wide range of different habitats. This…

Aart Bezemer, Aartsen, the Netherlands:

"An ever-broader number of Moroccan products available under our Smile brand"

Dutch fruit and vegetable wholesaler, Aartsen, has had a wide range of high-quality Moroccan products under its Smile house brand since 2011. Last year, the label was upgraded. It now has a sleek look. "We also keep looking to expand with new products under this mark. For example, last week we got the…

Australian horticulture export body says proposed cost rises will be unmanageable for farmers

Australia's peak horticulture export body has called on the Federal Government to reconsider plans to increase the costs of export certification services. Eleven industry…

Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique

Canadian researchers use cranberries and citrus fruit to eliminate noroviruses

A team of Canadian researchers have developed a treatment combining fruit extracts and irradiation to prevent outbreaks of foodborne infections. Fresh produce is a major vehicle for noroviruses, a group of viruses that are the most common cause of gastroenteritis in developed countries. However, the…

Luc Rodiers, wholesaler Rodiers

"Citrus and grape prices high due to limited supply"

“The citrus market is currently fairly well balanced. There is sufficient demand, but there is slightly less citrus available this year than last year. We can meet demand, but the prices are on the high side," says Luc Rodiers from wholesale Rodiers. “There is currently a lot of demand for Nadorcott and…

Asoex

"There is a greater movement of Chilean fruit in China"

“In recent days there has been a greater movement in the commercialization of Chilean fruit in secondary Chinese markets, such as Changsha, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, and Chongquing, among others. This is contributing to the sales recorded in the traditional wholesale markets, such as Shanghai and Guangzhou,…

First organic pears from Argentina about to arrive in the US

This week, the season’s first organic pears from Argentina will arrive into the US. “We have a couple containers of Bartletts on the water with half of the volume arriving into Philadelphia and the other half into Long Beach, CA,” says Paul McCaffrey with Viva Tierra Organic. “As of next week, we will…

March 10, Horst (Netherlands)

Delphy organizes fourth International Blueberry Conference

On Tuesday 10 March 2020, Delphy will organize the fourth International Blueberry Conference. The venue for this event will be the Park Hotel in Horst in the Netherlands. This…

Siebrand Broens, Planasa:

“We are investing heavily in new soft fruit varieties for North-Western European cultivation”

In December 2019, Siebrand Broens was appointed as Planasa’s Fresh Produce Sales Director for the EMEA region. This company, which started 47 years ago in Navarra (Spain) with the aim of improving the asparagus crop - its CEO, Alexandere Darbonne, represents the family’s fifth generation - is now leading…

The FTA between Peru and Australia will benefit the fruit producers of Ica

The Sub-directorate of Agricultural Statistics of the Regional Agricultural Directorate of Ica (DRA Ica) stated that the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Peru and Australia,…

Late grape season may provide some relief for some Australian exporters after coronavirus disruptions

One of Australia's leading produce companies is hopeful normal trading conditions with China will return in the coming weeks, after disruptions due to the coronavirus outbreak. Australia Fruits imports garlic from the Asian country, and General Manager Vince Brullo says the company has not been able to…

Hepatitis A virus dangerous in frozen fruit

Blackberry warning remains in place as outbreak declared over

US Federal officials still can’t say for sure where the blackberries came from, but today they repeated their public warning about fresh berries that were sold in the fall of…

First organic Arra 15 grapes imported into North America

Building on its success of marketing Peruvian table grapes, Oppy announces it is the inaugural importer of the organic green seedless Arra 15 variety. The new, premium organic grapes originate from the lush Buena Vista Valley, in Casma, Peru which lies in the midpoint between other notable grape growing…

Patrick Brun, Anteus Fruits:

“Our German clients are demanding but loyal”

Patrick Brun created Anteus France in 2006, in order to meet a specific demand, originally identified on the German market. “After selecting the producers who met the expectations of my clients, I started exporting 100% to Germany. Today, the company still works on this market at 85-90%, and in parallel,…

It is primarily the female citrus fruit that has more pips

Besides conventional products, Greece has a large share of organic acreage as well. “Greece has a fantastic climate for organic cultivation,” says Peter Abma of Lema, a Dutch fruit trading company. “The soil in, especially, the Peloponnesos region is very suitable for this. There, there are not only the…

Cause: Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus

Suspension of fresh cucurbit trade from Queensland to New Zealand

The following is an update from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment on the suspension of fresh cucurbit trade from Queensland to New Zealand following the positive detection of Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus from a consignment of watermelons from the state. On 13 December 2019,…

Jeremy Harris - The Fruitery

"Where retailers are involved having extra shelf life is quite an important factor"

This year The Fruitery, the ready-to-eat facility of Chambers in the UK, which supplies catering, food service and retail has started supplying customers in Europe as well as in the UK. “We are starting to get traction now from all the work done last year when we launched,“ explains Rupert Carter Group…

Promising fruit fly trap to be tested on grapes

Agriculture Victoria scientists are set to trial a new trapping strategy in Victorian vineyards, in a bid to control a major horticulture pest. The two-year research project,…

Carpocapsa endangers exports from the Valley

“We know that there are pressures to close Brazil's border to Argentine fruit”

The authorities of the Argentine Chamber of Integrated Fruit Growers (CAFI) are worried about the possible sanctions that the Brazilian Government may apply after the recent rejection of a shipment of fruit from the Valley on the border due to the presence of carpocapsa larvae. They assured us that they…

Asoex

The Chinese health crisis could cause $100 million dollar losses in Chilean fruit exports

After participating in the second meeting of the public-private table, which was headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rodrigo Yañez, and where the situation of Chilean exports to China in face of the coronavirus was analyzed, the President of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX),…

South Korea: Enterprises launch campaign supporting Vietnamese fruit

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Vietnam, Korean enterprises and community in Vietnam decided to support Vietnamese farmers in fresh fruit consumption, which has seen…

How does the corona virus affect the Chinese apple market?

The outbreak of the corona virus has greatly impacted the Chinese fruit markets throughout the country. Trade in apple production areas has not yet begun. The situation is as…

A new yellow-skinned apple to hit Australian retail shelves in the autumn

Australian consumers will soon be able to get their hands on an exciting new apple brand, with Yello® set to hit the shelves this Easter. Montague has secured an agreement to grow, pack and market the yellow-skinned apple, also known as The Shinano Gold apple, with just over 100,000 kilograms available…

Gareth Edgecombe - T&G Global

“In building our business for the future, we’ve identified significant global growth opportunities"

T&G Global is one of the largest growers of fresh produce in New Zealand, and the largest exporter of apples to the world – responsible for a third of the country’s annual crop. With a clear vision to become the world’s leading premium fresh produce company, T&G is focused on growing its apples and New…

Michigan State University looks at Honeycrisp, Gala and Granny Smith

Project gauges Listeria survival on apples in storage

Research that examines Listeria survival on whole apples in storage and after waxing could fill data gaps and help the industry target risk-reduction measures in…

Elbe-Obst presents new market appearance at Biofach

"The new design benefits from the human element"

The image of Elbe fruit is one of freshness, the river Elbe, water and the colour blue. At Biofach in Nuremberg, Elbe-Obst is repositioning itself with its organic section. In order to visually set the organic section apart, the colour green will be the basis of the design in future, also for the Elbe…

Chinese fruit farmers find a way to combat financial loss due to virus

Rather than cave in to the inevitable fears of a modern-day epidemic, some of China’s fruit farmers decided to think outside the box. They have found a way around coronavirus…

Chile will donate fruits and medical supplies to the people affected by the coronavirus

The current situation of Chilean exports to China has caused concern.The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rodrigo Yañez, the Ministers of Finance, Economy, and Mining, and the…

The German Government stands against the imposition of fruit prices by large retailers

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Federal Minister of Agriculture, Julia Klöckner, have accused two German supermarket chains of exercising "unfair competition" and harming agricultural producers because of their decision to lower the price of the fruits and vegetables they sell at the end of 2019.…

Treating eczema with Indian strawberry

What are some of the main causes of eczema? Some people are convinced that environmental pollution and allergic pollens can cause eczema in humans, besides high-stress levels…

Australian citrus industry to benefit after Free Trade Agreement was ratified with Indonesia

The new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Indonesia will provide an incentive for growers to export additional citrus, according to the peak industry body. Citrus Australia CEO Nathan Hancock has welcomed the ratification of the Australian-Indonesian Free Trade Agreement, saying it will support current…

Alan Pollard and Carmen Vicelich speak at New Zealand-India Dialogue Series

“Partnership with patience unlocks potential in India”

Alan Pollard and Carmen Vicelich, Chief Executives of respectively NZ Apples and Pears Inc and Valocity Limited, said that while India offers immense commercial and industrial opportunities, New Zealand businesses and investors should know the ways and means of unlocking the immense potential. The two…

USDA Economic Research Service

Food-insecure households purchase less fruit than food-secure households

ERS researchers used data from USDA’s National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) to examine purchases of fruit from supermarkets, convenience stores, and other retailers (food-at-home purchases) by two groups of low-income households: food-secure and food-insecure households.…

Nosema maddoxi is an entomopathogen infecting Halyomorpha halys in the US

In 2017, Nosema maddoxi (Microsporidia: Nosematidae) was described as a pathogen of the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). Nosema maddoxi is a microsporidian infecting H. halys. Microsporidia are intracellular, obligate fungal parasites that usually cause chronic infections…

Some clarifications from the Court of Justice

Conflict between grape breeders and growers

On 19 December 2019, the European Court of Justice, with the judgement no. C-176/18, gave relevant clarification about the relationship between breeders and producers, with a focus on the possibility for the breeders to ask for remedies such as uprooting and/or destruction of plants utilized by the…

ATGA hopeful export issues will not get in the way of a positive season

The Australian Table Grape Association is hopeful the Coronavirus in China and the formalising of documents with Indonesia will not provide any major effect on export markets this season. Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Scott says it is too early to tell if there will be an effect for Australian growers…

Fooditive from The Netherlands

New sugar substitute made from food waste

Old apples and pears create a calorie-free sweetener without some of the environmental issues of our current sugar substitutes. Dutch company Fooditive is turning leftovers from apples and pears, along with the pieces of fruit that are unfit for supermarkets, into a chemical-free sweetener. Current sugar…

Fruit Logistica and Biofach

Chile announces record fruit exports for 2019

In the wake of 2019 results showing record growth in fruit exports, representatives of the Chilean agro-industry will be present in force at the Fruit Logistica and BioFach international trade fairs being held in Germany in February. Accompanied by the government agency for promoting exports, ProChile,…

Coronavirus affecting exports to China

Alternative markets needed for Thai fruits

Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is looking for alternative markets for the nation’s fruits as the coronavirus is affecting exports to China. Agriculture…

Despite Coronavirus situation

'Business as usual' for NZ fruit exports

New Zealand fruit exporters are monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus in China but export plans remain on track for now. NZ Apples and Pears chief executive Alan Pollard said it looked as though it would be business as usual for the first shipments of pip fruit, due to depart for China next week. Although air freight…

Arab nations: Fruit imports from Brazil up 34% in 2019

The biggest destinations for fruits including apples, melons, limes and grapes were the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Oman. Total exports from Brazil climbed 16%. Brazilian…


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