Ohio: Ideal weather might result in strong berry season

Chris Sutton from Berryhill Farm is preparing his farm for what might be the busiest season yet. Come July, he expects his Xenia farm to be flooded with families picking…

Dr. Chris Owens, Lead Plant Breeder at IFG

The history of fruit breeding: Celebrating 20 years advancing the industry

The fruit industry has dramatically changed over the last 20 years, and IFG is celebrating the pioneering advancements it has brought to the world of fruit breeding.  IFG showed that a table grape could be so much more, providing a new and interesting consumer experience with the Cotton Candy™ grape.  During the…

“China and South-East Asia have increased demand for Chilean grapes and raisins”

Chilean grapes and raisins have gained popularity in more and more countries and their export volumes increase year by year. However in the 2021 season, the Chilean grape sector suffered a poor harvest due to heavy rainfall in February. BDP Foods is an international business platform founded in 2009. The…

Increasing output and availability

California Giant announces partnership to boost berry innovation

California Giant Berry Farms and OnePointOne announce their strategic partnership aimed at increasing berry output and availability through vertical farming and data-driven berry cultivation. Silicon Valley based OnePointOne has developed automated, indoor, vertical farming technology that offers…

First cherry orchard in Xinjiang gained qualification for export

Recently, a cherry growing center of 1,600 mu in Tekes County obtained the qualification for export and become the first orchard in Xinjiang to be able to export cherries.   An agricultural…

Carlos Esteve, of Onubafruit: "The crisis between Spain and Morocco could trigger labor shortages"

Analysis of the end of Huelva's soft fruit season

Huelva's 2020/2021 soft fruit campaign is now in its final phase. Despite the ups and downs recorded during the season, the largest producer and exporter of berries in Spain, the second-grade cooperative Onubafruit, is satisfied with the results, although it also mentions that the current difficulty in…

Mexican blueberry exports to the United States increased by 57% in the first four months of the year

Mexican blueberry exports to the US between January and April 2021 increased by 57% over the same period of the previous year, reaching 313.5 million dollars, according to…

The Far East consolidates itself as the first destination for Chilean shipments

Chilean fruit exports to Asia increased by 18%

According to data provided by the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX), Chile has exported 2,035,911 tons of fresh fruits to date, i.e. 0.38% more than in the…

Argentine pear and apple prices hit minimum levels

Official statistics indicate that the values of apples and pears in the international markets are at their lowest in recent years. The apples' average FOB value in the first…

Quality and size high, but cool weather slows the speed of the NW Cherry harvest

Harvest is well under way in the Northwest, and soon the shelves will be filled with the sweet 2021 crop. As detailed in our last report, the end of May brought cool and unsettled weather which delayed the first pick for many of our early growers. Similar weather patterns have largely continued to be the…

Erwin van den Oever, Veiling Zaltbommel, the Netherlands:

"Cold weather delays berries by two to three weeks"

Soft fruit sales are currently satisfactory at the Dutch cooperative, Veiling Zaltbommel. "Last year, it peaked significantly up to week 22. That curve's flattened slightly now and the season's continuing a little longer. We've expanded our outdoor cultivation. We hope to reap those rewards in the time…

Sander Buizer, Zoutewelle:

"Good demand and large supply of stone fruit"

The current good weather is causing a revival in the sales of summer fruit. "Due to the cold weather last month we needed it. The market for watermelons had been weak for a while, and the demand for stone fruit is now increasing considerably, as is the supply," says Sander Buizer. Sander has now worked for…

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USDA - Fresh Apples, Grapes, and Pears: World Markets and Trade

2020/21 world apple production projected down 3.6 million tons to 75.9 million

The USDA issues an biannual report, published in June and December, which includes data on U.S. and global trade, production, consumption and stocks, as well as analysis of developments affecting world trade in apples, fresh grapes and pears. Fresh applesWorld production for 2020/21 is projected down 3.6…

“We're going to try to extend the Dutch cherry season as much as we can”

The early varieties are doing well at the Dutch cherry farm, Strik – Basten. Grower Pieter Strik is counting on a 100-ton harvest estimate from 7.5 hectares. "The Kordia variety is faring particularly well. We also cultivate Burlat, Merchant, Vanda, Sneiders, and Regina cherries," he says. "It's a pity…

Agreste

Cherries: half the supply and higher prices

Agreste, the statistics department of the Ministry of Agriculture, has published a note on the current cherry situation. “As of June 1st 2021, less than half the cherry harvest is expected. The historic frost in April has had an impact on all production basins, especially in the Rhône Valley. It is…

Alternative channels are needed for cherries

"There have been bad years for cherries in the past, but never bad as this one. Quotations have been low from the start, with the early Bigarreau and Giorgia varieties. We hoped demand and therefore quotations would increase at least with Ferrovia, but it has not happened so far," reports an entrepreneur…

Kashmir: cold storages bear fruit as local apples fetch ‘highest rates’

Apples kept in cold storages in Kashmir this year are fetching what traders call the “highest-ever rates” since these  units were established in Kashmir. Official data indicates…

Cinco Casas starts the 2021 season with a new brand image

"The homogeneity of watermelon varieties increases its share against melons"

The melon and watermelon season has been difficult so far, with low demand and prices under pressure, although "the rising temperatures in Spain and the rest of Europe will surely make prices become more stable in the coming weeks," says Tomás García-Escribano, CEO of Cincofresh.  Cinco Casas, Cincofresh Group's…

Organic Washington blueberries: Yearly volumes continue to grow

Michael McMillan of Bridges Organic Produce, based in Portland, Oregon, said on his company’s blueberry production: “The growing conditions so far have been excellent. We have…

North Central Washington growers find Honeycrisp-derived club varieties well-suited for the climate

The Okanogan River Valley near Oroville, Washington, is the northernmost growing area of the US’ largest apple producing state. The area’s microclimate is conducive for club…

Belgian blackberry and raspberry trade takes some puzzling out

It's somewhat of an understatement to call the last 18 months of blackberry and raspberry trading unusual. The obvious reason is the global pandemic. But, extreme weather…

Coming in on a refrigerated train

More than 1000 tons of fresh fruit from outside India reach Bengaluru

In an Indian Railways first, a container train with 1012 tons of fresh fruit imported from abroad reached Bengaluru on Thursday morning. Apples, kiwis, apricots and cherries…

European Picota cherries arrive in the UK for summer season

The European Picota cherries have hit the shelves in the UK for their short season of just six weeks until August. The farmers who grow this European variety have followed rigorous quality control procedures that grant the Picota its DO (Denomination of Origin) status. This seal certifies its exceptional…

South Africa: Export volumes show increase in prunes, peaches & nectarines and berries

According to StatsSA's latest report, South Africa's economy increased by an adjusted quarterly growth rate of 4.6% in the first quarter of 2021. The same report also…

Dutch cherry farmer, Theo Vernooij:

"This new machine means we can sort our cherries optically"

This year's cherry season isn't as voluminous as last year's. That's according to Theo and Erik Vernooij in the Netherlands. "It's rather variable; there aren't as many cherries either. That's due to the bad flowering weather. There was lots of rain, night frost, and hailstorms. So, we're surprised we…

Lot-et-Garonne: Independent plum growers angry about French government aid

Following the damage caused to stone fruit productions by the frost from last April, a new aid has been set up by the French government, in the form of a reimbursable advance.…

Prof Stephanie Midgley – Western Cape Department of Agriculture & Prof Wiehann Steyn, Hortgro

Sobering climate change study requires clear-eyed planning for diverse futures

The occurrence of erratic weather over past years, like the 2019 spring heat wave in the Western Cape that led to poor plum fruit set, is increasing in frequency. Early last week an unseasonal early winter hailstorm damaged citrus orchards and dented cars in parts of the summer rainfall Mpumalanga…

Sakata Seed America welcomes new melon breeder

Sakata Seed America recently welcomed Mark Frahm to its growing research and development team as the company’s melon breeder. Mark joins a team of passionate and innovative…

Waddington Europe and Produce Packaging start switch to 100% rPET containers for soft fruit season

Waddington Europe, a division of Novolex®, has joined forces with its longstanding packaging distribution partner Produce Packaging to introduce containers made with 100% recycled material that are also 100% recyclable after use. Produce Packaging's new containers will be made with Waddington Europe's…

A study concludes that blueberry consumption improves glucose control and insulin levels

A team of researchers from the University of Valparaiso carried out a study that concluded that the consumption of fresh blueberries provides relevant benefits in the glycemic…

India: Apple packaging material cost rises by 25 per cent

Indian apple growers have seen the cost of apple packaging materials shoot up by around 25 per cent this year. For a premium carton that was available for Rs 52-53 last year,…

Macfrut event focusing on berries

Macfrut 2021 (September 7th-9th in Rimini) will focus on berries on September 8th. Raspberries, blueberries and blackberries will be the protagonists of a convention held in Hall sud. The event is called the Italian Berry Day and is promoted by Ncx Drahorad and ItalianBerry.it, in collaboration with…

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New Zealand cherry venture seeks investors for second phase of expansion

New Zealand cherry development Deep Creek Fruits NZ LP is undergoing a second capital raise to fund a packhouse and expansion at its Central Otago orchards. According to Deep…

XX International Blueberry Seminar has ended

‘First face-to-face meeting of the blueberry industry was a success’

The XX International Blueberry Seminar held at Expo Guadalajara, has now ended. The organizers were happy to witness a large participation of the biggest international…

Annual volumes of Washington organic blueberries continue to grow

The crop outlook for Washington organic blueberries looks strong for the 2021 season. “The growing conditions so far have been excellent. We’ve had a bit of heat over the past couple of days but everything is fine. The weather looks cooled off for the next 10 days so it’s ideal conditions,” says Michael…

Export demand on California grapes to increase in 2021

Looking ahead at the California grape season, early projections anticipate a crop size similar to 2020. “The crops of California grapes look good. We had high heat last week across the valley which could affect people. But the temperature drops this week,” says Chris Unti of Sun Grapes Marketing Inc. in Visalia,…

Celebrating Ontario apples for Local Food Week

As Ontario marks Local Food Week, the province’s apple growers have been making sure locally grown apples are a top-of-mind food choice with consumers through support from the Hon. Ernie Hardeman and the Government of Ontario. Ontario Apple Growers just completed a successful marketing campaign to…

Specialty raspberries and strawberries return for summer

This summer, Driscoll’s will help berry lovers kick off a sweet season with the return of Rosé Berries™ – blush-colored strawberries and raspberries – and its Sweetest Batch™ strawberries and raspberries, each selected for their extra-sweet flavor profiles. Available in both strawberry and raspberry…

The price of Almeria's watermelon plummets and it will now be used for cattle feed

Almeria's watermelons and melons are experiencing one of their worst seasons. The prices of both fruits have collapsed and their average price is lower than 20 cents. There…

A research team from CRAG and IRTA located the gene responsible for the plums' purple skin

The tonality of plums is defined by the presence and accumulation of the antioxidant pigment anthocyanin. The synthesis of this compound is regulated by the MYB10 genes. Now, a research team from the Center for Research in Agrigenomics (CRAG) and the Institute for Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA)…

New "Dolce Passione" watermelons

The "Dolce Passione" campaign started in early June. The brand aims at having consumers try a new product that is the fruit of Italian genetics and which will be available both in Italy and abroad.  Watermelons have a black rind with a deep red flesh and few edible seeds. The variety is called Giotto due to its perfect round shape…

Sunup, new melon variety hits the shelves

BASF has created a new type of melon called Sunup. The external color of its skin is golden, and the internal flesh color is orange making it a unique proposition. The fruit…

Vietnam becomes one of the world’s largest apple importers

Vietnam became one of the world leaders in apple imports in 2020, having doubled the volume. In total, over five years, the volume of apple imports to Vietnam has grown more…

A growing number of products drops out of the market

Pandemic changed patterns for the imported fruit market in China

The global market for imported fruit has suffered the negative consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic since its outbreak early last year. Extended customs clearance procedures…

France: Intermarché and Netto support apricot producers who suffered from the frost

Faced with the consequences of the frost episode that severely affected French farms last April, producers are organizing themselves to cope. According to the PDO Peaches and Apricots of France, the apricot orchards were the most affected by the frost. Some producers in the Rhône-Alpes region have…

First fruit of season is ready in Osoyoos

Canada: Okanagan cherry crop looks very good

South Okanagan cherry growers are optimistic this year as the picking of the first of this year’s crop gets underway in Osoyoos. Catherine Sandhu from At C & C Family Orchards…

Susanne Görtz, Fruitboerderij:

"Locally grown products are increasingly important, particularly in the Netherlands"

In a month's time, the harvest of the Morel cherry will start at the Fruitboerderij in Limburg. The Morel is a somewhat more sour cherry and is sold to bakers throughout Limburg and to other canneries and juice factories in the region. Almost all buyers promote the origin of the product and indicate that…

Robots may be suited to help kill weeds in strawberry fields

Through new research, University of Florida scientists Boyd and Schumann hope to eventually help strawberry growers combat weeds. Additionally, robots may replace tractors as…

Roger Horak - OZblu®

"For fruit to be on the water for 51 days and still be sold as a premium product is unheard of"

United Exports recently announced that a container of fresh OZblu® blueberries transited the Pacific ocean – from the port of Manzanillo in Mexico to the port of Hong Kong – spending 51 days at sea and arriving fresh and ready for sale in Hong Kong, on 20 May 2021. This was one of several containers sent…

Luis Miguel Vegas, general manager of Proarandanos

Peru could increase the volume of blueberries for export by 30% in the 2021/2022 campaign

Peru has gone from exporting 12,000 tons of blueberries in the 2015/2016 season to more than 150,000 tons in the 2020/2021 season, surpassing 1 billion dollars. These figures…

Start of Jammu and Kashmir cherry exports via air cargo

Yesterday, Principal Secretary Navin Kumar Choudhary from the Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare and Horticulture departments, flagged off the trucks Kashmir valley cherries, which will be subsequently be airlifted to Delhi and Mumbai, from Srinagar airport. Speaking on the occasion, the Principal Secretary…

Positive feedback for Basilicata strawberries, with harvests up until mid-July

"Strawberries arriving these days from Basilicata are fresh, tasty and with a juicy texture. Despite the wide availability of summer fruit on the market, sales are doing well," said Raffaele Antonelli from the CAR (Rome's agri-food center). "The shelf life ranges between three and four days, if kept in…

Arrigoni’s solutions

Cracks in cherries and parasites

Several testimonies collected “in the field” attest to the effectiveness of PROTECTA® and FRUCTUS® for the safety of the most delicate crops. Spring rains have a decisive influence on fruit quality, especially for the delicate cherry crops. The rain can indeed interrupt the flowering process and reduce quality. In severe cases,…

NZ apple exports negatively affected by lack of labor

According to the latest ANZ Agri-Focus report, the industry forecast of a $100million drop in export earnings from apples this season — mainly due to a lack of labor to pick…

Australia: Hughenden grape farm initiative is paying off despite setbacks

In the coming weeks, despite power installation delays causing frustrations, the first vines will be planted at Hughenden's new grape farm. Victorian company Marciano Table…

Italy within the EU framework

'Italy can cover a blueberry harvesting calendar from February to September'

The European market (which encompasses 743 million consumers) is now close to having an uninterrupted blueberry supply for 12 months of the year. Morocco, which is effectively…

Michael Sanchez Escriva, head of commercial development

The apricot campaign has started for STM BIO

The Perpignan-based company STM BIO just started its apricot campaign with the very first early varieties, Colorado and Wonder Cot, produced in Millas (Pyrénées-Orientales), on a farm run by the 3rd generation. Soon, other typical varieties will follow: Big Red, Royal Roussillon, Spring Blush and Orange…

EastFruit

Uzbekistan cherry exports to Singapore; how sustainable is it?

The news from the National Information Agency of Uzbekistan that, for the first time in the country’s history, Uzbek cherries were exported to Singapore seemed encouraging. Certainly given the recent information on the accelerating collapse of prices for cherries in Uzbekistan.  The prices for Uzbek cherries…

Italian grape season starts at the Staay Food Group in the Netherlands

"We'll have a wide range of seeded and seedless black, red, and white grapes until the end of November"

The Italian grape season is about to begin again at the Staay Food Group in the Netherlands. "Our growers are expecting a good season. Volumes should be 10-15% than last season, which was already good. This week (23), we begin with the first beautiful Black Magic and Victoria grapes from Sicily. From…

First Washington cherries arrive in Shanghai

Since the first shipment of California cherries reached China by air in early May, cherries from Northwestern US have gradually ripened and have been trickling into the…

Thijs van Overloop, Dutch cherry farmer

"Huge growth in demand for cherries in recent years"

Thijs van Overloop cultivates cherries in the Netherlands. He's expecting a good season. Although these will be on the market later than expected. "My company, Maatschappij van Overloop, has a harvest estimate of about 85,000kg. But, due to the earlier weather conditions, we can only start picking on 23…

Watermelon prices are decreasing, with Italian products outselling imported ones

There is no mention of high sales for the Italian watermelon market, but the current situation is not as disastrous as the Spanish one (see FreshPlaza of 06/03/2021). "Prices have decreased compared to the beginning of the campaign, with €0.40/kg for a first category product, €0.30/kg for the second…

Melon acreage reduced. Watermelon expands

Melon and watermelon season starts with delay in Spanish Region of Murcia

The melon and watermelon harvest is starting in the Spanish Region of Murcia with a delay of about seven days due to the unstable weather conditions this spring, with alternating rainy days and milder temperatures than usual. "Although volumes are still limited in Murcia, we expect to be working in full…

CPB

From Mexico to US

$5.5 million worth of narcotics hidden in mango, cabbage and watermelon shipments

Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pharr International Bridge and Otay Mesa cargo facilities have foiled three attempts to smuggle more than $5.5 million worth of narcotics into the US. The drugs were hidden in mango, cabbage and watermelon shipments from Mexico. A press release from U.S.…

Gerard van Loon, The Greenery Italia

"Soft fruit becoming very popular in Italy"

Gerard van Loon immigrated from the Netherlands to Puglia, Italy a few years ago. He did so to build contacts with local growers for The Greenery Italia. He also wants to promote new varieties and explore and stimulate the Italian soft fruit market. Italy has a population of more than 60 million people.…

Elbe Obst

Strong in protected cultivation for cherries

Cherries from protected cultivation are becoming increasingly dominant in the “Alte Land”, while open-grown produce is playing an increasingly subordinate role. In the Lower Elbe, cherries are now grown under a canopy in an area of 270 hectares. The most popular varieties are Regina and Kordia, but Areko…

Luan Swart – Blue Drop Berries

Blackberry demand buoyed by blueberry growth

“Along with other producers we’re creating a valley full of blueberries,” says Luan Swart, managing director of Blue Drop Berries in Lydenburg on the Mpumalanga escarpment, where they established an independent blueberry farm in 2017.They are in the market from September until December; at the moment the…

New commercial license for fruit produced from Sun World stone fruit cultivars grown in Australia

Sun World extends commercial relationship with Montague

Today, at the Hort Connections conference, Montague and Californian variety development and licensing company Sun World International LLC announced they have executed a new…

XHuelva believes Moroccan berries should be taxed to stop unfair competition

In a meeting with Jorge Garcia Cumbreras, the head of the Miguelines fruit and vegetable company - which has been dedicated to the cultivation of strawberries and blueberries…

UK growers set for another strong cherry season

The UK is ready for a promising cherry season; according to Love Fresh Cherries, Britain’s largest representative trade body for British and imported cherries in the UK, some…

Blueberry production spreads across southern Africa

For the first time in the history of Namibia, 100 tons of blueberries, grown along the Okavango River were exported by the Namibian company Mashare Berries Farming. The fruit…

Henk Vlaeminck, Van Dijk Foods Belgium

“Soaring stone fruit demand, thanks to good weather”

Van Dijk Foods Belgium in Brussels had stone fruit available in March already. However, the season has now gotten fully underway. "We're always one of the firsts to start with the stone fruit. That's of the Spanish Royal brand. But, the floodgates are currently open. Demand for peaches, nectarines, and…

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Rockit Global sends millions of tiny apples on their way to export markets

Rockit Global, a firm from Hawke’s Bay, is set to export 100 million tiny apples this year. However, that number is likely to increase to more than 400 million by 2025, after the company made a multi-million investment in a new Hastings headquarters and facilities. Chief executive Mark O'Donnell said the…

Di Palma

Cherry campaign in full swing in Puglia

The cherry campaign is in full swing in Puglia. Prices remain stable, but competition in Europe seems worrying. "The produce boasts excellent organoleptic qualities, however quantities are considerable, meaning grades tend to be affected," explained Saverio Di Palma, owner of a company (Di Palma Donato &…

Uzbekistan is reducing apricot exports in favor of peaches

In the Fergana region of Uzbekistan, there is a trend in the change in the ratio of stone fruit trees at local farms; it is a reduction -over the past 5 to 7 years- in the…

Sun World looks back on 45 years in the business

Nearly half a century ago, a California produce company opened its doors with a commitment to bring consumers new and unique fruits and vegetables. That company, Sun World…

Waitrose

Waitrose trials sustainable packaging for strawberries

Intent on reducing the amount of plastic packaging in circulation, Waitrose has started a new sustainable packaging trial for its strawberries. The new “Air-Light” punnet packaging is available in select stores now. Shoppers are able to take full advantage of reduced plastic packaging across Waitrose’s…

Climate change might be threatening the future of apples

Fire blight is a bacterial pathogen that spreads easily during blooming season. It has the potential to kill not just individual apple trees, but entire orchards. It is of…

BelOrta launches 100% recycled, recyclable strawberry punnet

BelOrta launches 100% recycled, recyclable strawberry punnet

BelOrta will begin packing its Belgian strawberries in new packaging this week. These Tray2Tray punnets are made of recycled raw materials. And they, in turn, are 100% recyclable. Consumers can recognize these punnets by a special logo. BelOrta's taking the next step in increasingly sustainable…

Mini symposium on blueberry quality

The blueberry world is rapidly developing. With the introduction of new varieties, the rise of new production areas and the ever-increasing demands of consumers, blueberry quality has become even more important. The choices made in quality have an impact on the lives of millions of consumers. Every step…

Hawke's Bay cool stores filled with fruit as exporters struggle to get it shipped

As New Zealand's supply chain to the rest of the world remains critically constrained, Hawke's Bay growers are concerned over produce getting to market. Exporters are no…

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Man balancing on Swiss ball slicess 59 grapes to reclaim world record

A couple of men from Idaho, whose Guinness World Record for using a samurai sword to slice through grapes was defeated by another team, retook their record with a total 59. David Rush, who has broken more than 150 Guinness records to promote STEM education, stood on a Swiss ball, wielding a samurai sword…

Calabresella, a refreshed brand

The Italian watermelon campaign - reasons for optimism

"This year should be full of optimism," said Iolanda Turrà, Chief Administrative Officer of the company Giovanni Turrà located in Crotone, Calabria, Italy, with regard to the watermelon season that is about to begin, and after a difficult fennel campaign. The company has launched a new brand to place…

Making key changes for a better Peruvian grape season

The 2020/2021 Peruvian grape season will be remembered as a historic season, one not seen before and hopefully won't be repeated.  Looking ahead, Vanguard International notes some key changes to plan for a successful 2021/2022 season. Operations flowTo ensure labor continuity, the packinghouse lines are being…

Third round estimate total Northwest cherries remains effectively unchanged

 The Northwest Cherry Growers' Field Estimate team has compiled a third ("Round 3") projection for the 2021 Northwest crop.  Following up on the first two rounds of estimation, this 22-person field team looked at changes to fruit set and development across their orchards as well as the surrounding area. Within this…

Remko Oirbans, Fresh2You:

"Dutch strawberry season getting well underway"

"The Dutch strawberry season began in early May at Fresh2You. We're delighted with the quality so far," says Remko Oirbans. "This season, the strawberries were delayed considerably, and demand was high. AGF.NL has reported that several times. That's affected prices. Fortunately, we now have beautiful summer weather,…

Australian grapes delayed at the Chinese border, but their price in the Chinese market is not affected

Australian grapes have encountered many obstacles at Chinese ports in the last few weeks. Some containers with Australian grapes have been delayed for as much as 20 days.…

Rescinding lockdown could be excellent for Kashmir growers

Luckily, the summer fruit season has coincided with the process of reducing lockdowns in Jammu and Kashmir. This raises cherry growers’ hopes for rich returns after suffering…

Portugal: Rocha pear producers explore Chinese market

One single Portuguese fruit, Pera Rocha (the Rocha pear), was included among some 200 products that are covered by the agreement between China and the EU on the protection of…

Correct watermelon irrigation avoids unevenness and leads to higher yields

The Italian watermelon season is proceeding and fruits are much appreciated at all latitudes. In Italy, watermelons are grown on over 15,000 hectares, especially southern (Puglia, Sicily and Campania) and central (Lazio) regions. The minimum germination temperature is 15°C, meaning sowing is carried out between…

Washington state: Recent heat wave impacts cherry crop

Grandview, Washington, has had several days of heat advisories, but these kind of temperatures are welcome to many cherry growers in the Valley, at least to an extent. For…

Ripe Robotics

Ripe Robotics trials fruit picking robot Eve

Ripe Robotics, an Australian company, has recently started commercial trials with the third generation of its automated fruit harvester. The company was founded two years ago. “We were looking for problems that could be solved with new technology, but hadn’t been solved yet”, co-founder Hunter Jay says.…

Egyptian trade deficit dropped by 25.2% in March 2021

Egypt’s trade deficit dropped 25.2 percent during March 2021 touching $2.69 billion. According to the state statistics agency CAPMAS, it stood at $3.59 billion in the same…

Sicilian seedless grapes hit the shelves 15 days ago and continue to enter new markets

"With 110 hectares of early grapes, almost all of which are seedless varieties, we are the first ones to appear on the global markets with a product of European cultivation," said Angelo Brunetti of the farm Casa Grazia located in Gela (CL), Sicily, which has been committed to research the best top…

Predictions for next apple season looking good so far

“There are still large volumes of apples in stock in Poland”

Demand for Polish apples is winding down a bit, although there are still more than enough apples available. Although the season for Gala apples has finished, other varieties are widely in stock. As growers are trying to sell all of their apples before the new season begins, prices have somewhat dropped. Some…

Manon Krijnen, Miss Berry, the Netherlands

"Last year, we sold 2,400 tons of Class III soft fruit"

In 2017, in the Netherlands, Manon Krijnen received a request from a grower. He wanted her to find a sales channel for his Class III fruit. "This grower was throwing the Class III fruit away. That's, of course, a huge waste. So I went looking and found a customer for the fruit," says Manon. That year,…

France: Launch of the Alsace strawberry season

Last year, the Alsace strawberry season started in April but this year, it has only just been launched. The interprofessional of Alsace fruit and vegetables has indeed launched the beginning of the strawberry campaign during an event, gathering strawberry producers and professionals at Fraisiland, in the…

25% subsidy on transport charges

More incentives for cherries from Kashmir

This year, the J&K government has made special arrangements for transport subsidies to ship Kashmiri cherries to different parts of India. The arrangements include a 25…

Strawberry campaign ends two weeks earlier than expected due to lack of labor

"Over the past few days, we uprooted over 90% (approximately 12 hectares) of our strawberry crops, only keeping one small plot of the Fortuna variety, with which we will still manage to supply a few regional supermarkets and part of our clientele for a few days. We could have continued for over 10 days,…

Emilie grapes from India sold before they reached the port

The Indian grape season has just ended and KÖLLA Overseas has now taken stock. What started as a first attempt to market grapes in KÖLLA's own brand EMILIE has turned out to…

Texas: Bumper peach and blackberry crops forecast

Texas peach and blackberry producers are reporting above-average fruit sets, good growing conditions and very few issues as they near harvests. According to Larry Stein,…

Coop Sole

The best strawberry campaign ever

"This has undoubtedly been our best strawberry campaign ever. The weather favored a regular production with no peaks and constant harvesting. Demand exceeded supply and feedback was good abroad as well, especially since there was less produce from Spain on the market," reports Pietro Paolo Ciardiello,…

First raspberries in Lower Saxony ready for harvesting

Chamber of Agriculture: Crops independent of weather conditions enable consistent quality – open field harvest expected from mid-July onwards Oldenburg/Vechta – The first…

Newest facility in Narre Warren North, Victoria

Montague to future-proof efficiency

As one of Australia’s largest fruit growers, family-owned fruit producer Montague had three elements in mind when it built its newest facility in Narre Warren North, Victoria:…

Italian apricots are doing well

The stone fruit season is in full swing, and the Sicilian one is particularly promising, as the quality is really good for apricots, peaches and nectarines. We discussed the trend of these references with Vincenzo Dipasquale of the Italian brand Donnalia. Apricots "We are now in the middle of the apricot season, which started around…

'Protecta, a solution against cherry cracking and pests'

Spring rains have a decisive influence on the quality of fruits, especially when it comes to delicate cherry cultivars. Rainwater can in fact interrupt the flowering process, reduce quality and, in severe cases, start fruit cracking. The rupture of the drupa, in fact, makes the fruit no longer…

"Brazilian muskmelons have great potential in the Chinese market"

Brazilian muskmelons received permission to enter the Chinese market for the first time last year. Many traders were still hesitant, so the import volume was not large. Farmers have already planted the Brazilian muskmelons that are destined for the Chinese market this year. Kevin of RK Growers recently…

Francesc Pena, manager of Sat Bepa:

"As of week 26, stone fruit prices may exceed those of last season"

Last week, the earliest producing areas of Lleida, namely the region of Segrià, started harvesting and marketing the first peaches and nectarines of the season.  "Last Thursday, we started harvesting peaches, nectarines and flat peaches. We are also still harvesting significant volumes of cherries, whose campaign…

Erik-Jan Thur, Marni Fruit, the Netherlands:

"Spanish cherry demand increasingly focused on good varieties, melons becoming more of a weekend item"

The Spanish stone fruit season is currently getting underway. "We're getting the first peaches. At the end of the week, we'll start with paraguayos. And at the beginning of next week, we'll get the first nectarines. We're also already in full swing with Spanish cherries," says Erik-Jan Thur of Marni…

Losses mount for Himachal apple growers as hailstones continue to destroy orchards

Losses are mounting for Himachal farmers as frequent hailstorms still batter orchards in the main apple-growing regions of the state. Apple growers have suffered losses to the…

Fireproofing and automating are key

Batlow apple growers are modernizing orchards

As the owner of Ardrossan Orchards, Batlow apple grower Ian Cathels has invested in mobile firefighting equipment and installed new water tanks to increase his capacity in the…

China could become a very important market for Turkish cherries again this year

Turkish fruit exporter releases animated film encouraging children to eat fruit

While the cherry season has kicked off, one Turkish fruit exporter has launched an animated film, encouraging children to eat healthy fruits during the season. Meanwhile the exporter also has a developing a club grower project, allowing the company to offer complete traceability from growing to packing.…

The Enza Zaden event for melon and watermelon professionals will take place from 6/28 to 7/9

New edition of Melon House Fair 2021 by Enza Zaden starts June 28th

Summer is around the corner, and that's when the melon and watermelon production will reach its peak in Spain. For several years now, in this key moment for the melon and…

Sizing is gradually increasing

Smaller sizing on peaches and nectarines in North America

Supplies of stone fruit in North America are good and increasingly building. On the West Coast, coming off the long weekend, production will build on California peaches and nectarines--plums will soon start as well. As the season builds, Larry Davidson of North American Produce Buyers based in Toronto,…

Northwest cherry harvest around the corner

Oppy and Orchard View Cherries are counting down the days to their fast-paced, seven-week cherry harvest come summer. With a seamless transition from its California crop, the grower, marketer and distributor of fresh produce from around the world anticipates an exceptional yield in the Orchard View label…

Vietnam & China set to speed up customs clearance for fresh fruits

Officials from Vietnam and China on June 2 reached a consensus on plant quarantine to simplify procedures and shorten customs clearance time for fresh fruit exports. The two…

Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh

Indian fruit growers suffer heavy losses

Losses worth Rs4.33 mln (€2.38 mln) have been suffered by the fruit growers in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh, including Asia Peach valley of Rajgarh. The losses were…

Agricover U, from Agralia

A cover for table grapes that improves fruit firmness, color, and sugar content

Any type of covering on fruit trees, whether they are meshes or covers, can have positive or negative effects. It all depends on the technical qualities of the cover being used and the subsequent management of the crop and cover. In its permanent search for new and innovative technologies to improve the…

American cherry growers seek improved varieties

Cherry growers in the United States are searching for improved cherry varieties to extend the season and attract consumers. “There have been some proprietary varieties hit the…

Marcel Biemans, Coöperatie Hoogstraten, Belgium

“Strawberry prices have been good so far"

“The strawberry season's been great so far. We missed some local demand recently due to the dismal weather. But exports made up for that. The colder weather delayed crops in our neighboring countries. So there was a lot of demand for strawberries. The good overseas demand meant strawberry prices were…

First pears of the season will enter the market in July

Chinese pear industry may experience an abundant harvest this year

The previous pear export season is almost over, and some of the early-season pear varieties of next season will begin their harvest in late June. The weather conditions were excellent in major production areas and so the Chinese pear industry may experience an abundant harvest this year. Ms. Li Xixi,…

Variety CIVNB557

"The Lycia® strawberry is the new benchmark variety for the Verona and Romagna area"

CIV has always been involved in developing new varieties of June-bearing strawberries with high chilling requirements suitable for both Northern Italian and transalpine climates (e.g. France, Germany, England, Holland, etc.). The Ferrara’s Consortium presents Lycia® CIVNB557*, a new variety boasting…

Watermelons behind schedule, although prices and quality are good

Winter Storm Uri and the cool, wet weather that followed it have made the 2021 growing season tough on Texas watermelons. Still, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension…

Strawberry season starts two weeks early in Quebec

According to Quebec’s strawberry and raspberry production industry association, thanks to an unseasonably mild spring, Canadians can expect to see strawberries for sale…

Sergio Alonso, from Cosanse: "Export markets prefer punnet and cup formats"

The Spanish market will be well supplied with cherries throughout the season

The Spanish markets are well supplied with cherries this year. In general, the product has not been affected by the frosts this spring, which have taken a toll on the production of other stone fruit species.  "We started marketing the first cherries in mid-May and we have already sold between 25 and 30% of this…

“Lifting of lockdowns has led to increased demand for grapes”

The Egyptian grape season started a few weeks early this year, and demand has been rather high. This means stocks are depleting faster than they did around this time last year, however sufficient quantities are still available, says one Egyptian grape exporter. With lower volumes and high demand, prices…

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Cherry growers from Bari are protesting against low quotations

Over the last few days, several images and videos of an Apulian cherry producer protesting against the significant drop in selling prices have been circulating on some main social networks. On 31 May in Casamassima (Bari), a grower dumped several boxes of cherries on the street, drawing the attention of authorities,…

Belgian coop, BelOrta, launches 100% recycled, recyclable strawberry punnet

BelOrta will begin packing its Belgian strawberries in new packaging this week. "These Tray2Tray punnets are made of recycled raw materials. And they, in turn, are 100% recyclable. Consumers can recognize these punnets by a special logo. BelOrta's taking the next step in increasingly sustainable…


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