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Texas, USA

Delicious San Antonio fruits: Loquats

In the San Antonio area, loquat season has arrived. They are tiny yellow-orange fruits, sometimes referred to as Chinese plums. When loquats ripen, they’re intensely sweet and tart, almost like a sour candy. They also have a high natural pectin content, which makes them perfect for jams and jellies. The…

Ugur Özkök, H. Ehmann Fruchthandels GmbH Nachf.:

"Demand for exotics will drop off after Easter in favor of stone fruit"

At the Hamburg wholesale market, the fruit importers are currently in a transitional phase. In the week before Easter, exotic fruits such as mangos and papayas are well received, but after this event demand is expected to return to normal, with stone fruit gradually coming to the fore, says Ugut Özkök,…

Unique Australian technology cleaning cool room storages and improving food quality

A unique Australian-developed atmosphere management technology system is proving to be very popular throughout the horticulture sector, with substantial growth in on-farm use across many regions nationally and overseas. Airofresh is a patented highly intense oxidation module, driven by light, and…

Strawberry plants to map European air pollution

There is a citizen science project called AIRbezen that has made its way into Europe. People in six different countries are going to map air pollution in their cities. They are also going to try a find a link between how dirty the air and how much green space there is. This will be done under the…

Peach and nectarine harvest in Huelva

Spain: "It didn't go well for winter fruit but stone fruit is eagerly awaited"

The peach and nectarine harvest has just started at Sat Sintesis' farms in Huelva, with a slight advance of between 5 and 6 days compared to the campaign of the previous year. The weather conditions in the south of Spain have been very favorable, with mild winter temperatures and no meteorological…

Mountain crops in Spain; demand on the rise

"We have already sold all our apples, despite them being the most expensive"

Based in the Sierra de Alcarama, in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is the Finca Señorío de Rioja, which will start with the cherry campaign in a few weeks. "The development of the cherry trees has now stopped because of the cold recorded in recent days. The low temperatures will probably regulate the…

AU: '#eatqld' campaign encourages support for North Queensland growers after flooding

A social media campaign is encouraging consumers to support North Queensland farmers and food producers by buying local produce, after many faced challenges throughout the summer. It is hoped that the campaign would be a shot in the arm for local producers who were recovering from the recent flood…

Inprinting of preprinted films is trending in soft fruit

The rising demand for transparency in the supply chain means more attention is being paid to coding and labelling. More and more customers are asking for inprinting of preprinted films, according to operational manager Ad Nouws of BerryWorld. With 70 different types of punnets, trays and buckets that are…

Targeting apples and hops

US: CropLogic to open two new sales zones

Global agricultural technology group CropLogic Ltd has announced that its Washington State operations are underway this season with the first CropLogic realTime site set up…

Frosts and hailstorms in recent days

Fruits and almonds most affected by the bad weather in Spain

The fruit and almond productions have been the most affected by the frosts and hailstorms recorded in recent days in practically the whole Iberian Peninsula, according to Agroseguro. The first estimates point to more than 12,200 hectares of crops being hit. The frosts have caused the most damages. More…

There hasn't been a regular aerial flow of blueberries since 2016

Peru: Regular flights for agricultural exports to China

After the first shipment of Peruvian blueberries by air in 2016, the country failed to maintain a regular flow but now, at last they expect that continuous air shipments may…

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

US: Federal agents intercept cocaine, hidden inside cans of fruit

Eight people are accused of smuggling as much as 375 kilos of cocaine from Costa Rica through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport over the past several years. It…

The first harvest of the northern hemisphere is expected in mid-April.

Turkish cherries will soon be harvested

Manisa, a city located in the west of Turkey is known to provide one of the first harvests of the northern hemisphere. Their first harvest is expected in mid-April. Producers are also looking forward to exporting Turkish cherries to China for the first time this year. The Sancaklibozkoy neighborhood,…

Fruit growers hoping there will be no frosts

Spain: Fruits in Bierzo not affected by the low temperatures

Fruit growers in the county of El Bierzo are crossing their fingers, hoping there will be no frosts, as both cherry trees and pear trees are currently in bloom. In fact,…

FruitFirm - the new device to test the firmness of cherries and blueberries

The cherry and blueberry season has almost started in the northern hemisphere and with it comes the need for non-invasive quality checks. TR Turoni, which specializes in devices at the service of fresh produce, will present FruitFirm at the next Macfrut fair in Rimini (8th-10th May 2019): a new…

New Zealand: $52m Craigmore apple orchard investment approved

Foreign investors headed by New Zealand management have been given the green light by the Overseas Investment Office to buy two horticultural properties. Only last year, these…

The five most expensive fruits in the world

Once upon a time, fresh fruit was a luxury. But, with the passage of time, fruits are getting less expensive by the day. The next five fruits are, however, a class of their own. They are the most expensive in the world. Except for a few, even the richest of the richest cannot afford the fruits. Here are…

Argentina's overseas fruit exports decreased by 25%

Regional exports of pears and apples to overseas markets in the first three months of the year amounted to just over 90,000 tons, i.e. nearly 25% less than in the same period…

Ismea data

Fresh fruit exports dropped in 2018

According to the latest Ismea report , fresh fruit exports (citrus fruit and nuts excluded) in 2018 reached €2.5 billion, though they dropped compared to last year due to the lower supplies of a few important products such as apples and kiwifruits. In 2018, revenues for fruit imports were €2.534 billion,…

The US continues to receive good volumes of Chilean fruit

Spring in the northern hemisphere is a transition period for Chilean fruit, as some fruit seasons are ending and others are just beginning. However, the Chilean Fresh Fruit…

Croatian agriculture output increased in 2018

2018 was certainly a great year in Croatia for some sectors of the agricultural industry. Statistics just released by the National Bureau of Statistics figures show that…

"Succession particularly important for growers and regional fresh produce programs"

Tobi Seeobst AG takes over customers and suppliers of Ernst Zuber AG

Swiss Tobi Seeobst AG is expanding its field of activity by taking over the fresh fruit trade of Ernst Zuber AG. The takeover ensures that the needs of customers and suppliers in Northwestern Switzerland will be optimally covered in the future, comments Benno Neff, Managing Director of Tobi Seeobst AG.…

Denis Piper, Fresh Center Aschaffenburg Melzig GmbH:

"We were somewhat later with our Spanish strawberries"

"We have had Spanish strawberries in our assortment for four weeks now, so the start was a bit later than usual," says Denis Piper, Sales Manager at Melzig GmbH in Aschaffenburg. "The focus was on other items in the weeks just before this. We only had low volumes from Egypt and it was a bit difficult to…

Presentation at the European Hospital of Marseille

France: Blue Whale promotes organic apples

At the beginning of 2017, some organic apple and kiwi producers from Blue Whale in the Garonne and Loire Valley came together to form the “organic fruit growers of our…

US: Strawberry experts share latest advances at Cal Poly summit

Wednesday, as part of the Second Automation Summit at the university, the California Strawberry Commission teamed up with the Cal Poly Strawberry Center to talk about the future of strawberry production. The all-day conference focused on the latest advances in production automation. Experts discussed…

India: Andhra Pradesh No 1 in fruit production

The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has made rapid progress, emerging as number 1 in fruit production in the last five years, surpassing Maharashtra in horticulture. These are…

Australian strawberry industry continues to suffer from tampering crisis

Australian strawberry growers have shut down their farms, as fallout from the fruit tampering crisis continues. In January, the Brisbane Times revealed the strawberry industry was forecast to be worth $148 million in 2018-19. This is 14% lower than the average for the past five years. This was about 8%…

Russia proposes introduction of seasonal quotas for apple imports

On March 28, 2019, the Council of the Federation Committee on Agrarian and Food Policy and Environmental Management of the State Duma of the Russian Federation held…

From Saturday, March 30th 2019

Tasmania: Flinders Island declared fruit fly free

Australia’s Flinders Island has been declared free of fruit fly, with restrictions officially lifted from 12.01am Saturday, March 30. It means the regular movement of fruit…

Spain: Murcia estimates losses caused by frost at 14.7 million Euro

The crops of the Region of Murcia have suffered the consequences of the first spring frosts, after the minimum temperatures dropped as low as five degrees below zero between March 23 and 26, causing losses estimated at 14.7 million Euro. The most affected areas are those of the Altiplano, Alto…

China: Average fruit prices rise for "6th consecutive month"

The average price of Chinese fruit continued to rise for the 6th consecutive month, but after the growing consumer demand during Tomb-Sweeping Day [April 5th, 2019]…

"Chile is the place where you can find all fresh products"

Fruits from Chile to launch social network at CPMA's Conference and Trade Fair

The Chilean export fruit industry, grouped under the Fruits From Chile brand, is getting ready to participate in the Conference and Trade Fair of the CPMA (Canadian Produce Marketing Association), where it will showcase the best of its export offer, and its representatives will have the opportunity to…

Superfresh Growers announce exclusive blueberry partnership

Superfresh Growers® and Norris Farms® have joined forces to deliver customers around the world a premium organic and conventional blueberry program. About 60 percent of production is expected to be organic versus 40 percent conventional. Superfresh Growers will exclusively sell Norris Farms berries…

Thailand: Fruit exports flourish through FTA deals

Thailand exported $2.65 billion worth of fruits last year, a 17.05 percent increase on the year before. This increase is driven by the country's free trade agreements (FTA)…

South African fruit sector ripe for harvesting benefits of the fourth industrial revolution

It will be up to digital data-sharing, high-tech breeding programmes and new sorting technologies to ensure South Africa remains competitive. Opening an exhibition on the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) at parliament recently, science and technology minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane stressed that…

Arizona State University professor:

‘Deporting undocumented workers would have huge cost impact’

A plate of beautiful vegetables on your table is the result of a complicated matrix of farm labor, wages, costs and consumer prices. The growers who produce those vegetables…

Management solutions for fruit flies in Australia and south-east Asia

Fruit flies cause severe fruit and vegetable production losses, food shortages in developing countries, and severe trade restrictions preventing export of horticultural products. Damage by fruit flies is estimated at $300 million per year in control costs and lost markets in Australia; in Asia and the…

South Africa: Fruit farmers support counterparts in Karoo

The Elgin district producer-owned apple and pear packing and storage business Two-a-Day Group recently donated more than R500,000 (€30.000) to the Agri Western Cape drought…

China’s soaring demand for fruit to benefit foreign growers

The growing size of China’s middle class is generating an increasing demand for imported fruits such as cherries, avocados, and durian, bringing profit to foreign fruit…

New fresh-cut watermelon pouch available

Maglio Companies' readyripe® watermelon pouch is now available to grocery retailers in two sizes with three levels of technology and a new pricing structure. Sam Maglio, president and CEO of Maglio Companies launched this gusseted pouch concept for fresh quartered watermelon in 2015. “The development of…

Canada wants to import apples from Ukraine

Canada is interested in importing Ukrainian food products, especially apples. This was reported by the press service of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Rights…

Texas counties of Hidalgo, Webb and Zapata:

US campaign against Mexican Fruit Fly

In response to the appearance of the Mexican fruit fly in Texas's Lower Rio Grande Valley, the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today launched a multimedia information and rapid response campaign to raise public awareness about the urgency of…

Sales in the Swiss retail trade are showing a clear trend

More bananas, less top fruit

The Swiss retail trade sold six percent less table fruit in 2018 than in the previous year. On average, one kilo of fruit costs 5 percent more. Almost all product groups reported significant sales declines in 2017 compared to 2017, according to the latest Market Report Fruits and Vegetables of the BLW Market Analysis Department…

Keeping fruit alive for future generations

Brazilian fruit collector preserves over 1,300 rare types

How many different kinds of fruit can an average person name? Maybe a few dozen, but ask Helton Muniz for the names of all the fruits he has in his orchard and he will list at least 1,300 varieties. He’s been planting since 1995, add to that a couple hundred seedlings still sitting in his greenhouse.…

US study on dietary patterns

SpongeBob is not why your child likes junk food

According to a new report from CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business and Colorado State University’s College of Business, parents and lawmakers looking to cartoon characters…

[Unless you’re from New Zealand]

Feijoas, a relatively unknown super fruit

The little green fruit that's native to Brazil, feijoa, is one of the most vitamin C-rich foods you can eat. But New Zealand discovered them before us. If you haven’t seen a feijoa before, imagine a fruit resembling a lime that – once cut open – looks like a cucumber inside. Feijoas have a sweet flavour…

El Ciruelo expands to reach 20,000 m2 and be able to handle 35,000 tons of fruit

"Our stone fruit sales are growing every year and we need more capacity"

The Murcian company Grupo El Ciruelo has expanded its warehouse in Cieza by another 1,500 m2 and it now exceeds the 20,000 m2, dedicated, for the most part, to the handling and packing of stone fruits. "Fortunately, our sales increase every year and we need more and more space to be able to handle and…

Canada: Interesting year for imported South African grapes

Canadian importers are at the tail end of the South African table grape import season. In fact, some importers have already seen the last fruit for the season. The season began back in December with the last grapes being seedless red and black varieties. "This season our first arrivals came in early…

Rosselkhoznadzor in talks with National Service for Plant and Seed Quality Paraguay

On March 19, there was a teleconference between representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor and Paraguay’s Nation Service for Plant and Seed Quality and Safety (SENAVE). The talks were initiated by the Russian veterinary authority due to the lack of responses from SENAVE to the Rosselkhoznadzor official…

Exsa Europe introduces eco-friendly grape packaging

Exsa Europe is taking the next step toward making the chain sustainable. They have introduced carry bags that are biodegradable and compostable. "The amount of plastic used in the fresh fruit trade is a thorn in our side. By introducing this eco-friendly packaging, we are taking the next step in reducing…

Xiamen harbor imported 47 thousand tons of Taiwanese fruit in 2018

China opened up for fruit imports from Taiwan in 2005. Since then the volume of Taiwanese fruit imported through the Xiamen harbor rapidly increased from 207 tons in 2005 to…

Vietnam lowers fruit export targets due to tighter control in China

Vietnam has set a target to earn US$3.83 billion from fruit exports in 2019, a year-on-year increase of only 0.8%, as China, Vietnam’s largest fruit importer, has tightened…

Controlling mealybugs in vineyards using useful insects

Biological control with useful insects and mites in vineyards for both table and wine grapes is essential to control key phytophagous insects such as mealybugs. The reason behind the increasing development of biological control in these contexts is due to the increasingly evident difficulties in the…

Queensland fruit fly trapping in Auckland ended

Auckland, New Zealand: No QFF breeding populations found

Controls on the movement of fruit and vegetables in the Auckland suburbs of Devonport and Ōtara have been lifted after no further fruit fly have been found there. The decision…

US: Burning truck carrying cantaloupes in Oregon

Northbound I-5 traffic near Oregon’s Wolf Creek began to move again late Thursday morning after a burning semi-truck carrying cantaloupe caused authorities to temporarily close both lanes; both northbound lanes were temporarily blocked as crews fought the truck fire. According to the Oregon Department of…

Watermelon Hacks

Corinne & Rob from Threadbanger give us some popular watermelon hacks, including liquid nitrogen melon ice pops.

Chilean fruit exports increase by 2.3%

According to information from Chile's Fruit Exporters Association AG (ASOEX), Chile has exported 1,347,621 tons of fresh fruit to different destinations in the world so far in this 2018-2019 export season (September 1, 2018 to March 18, 2019), i.e. 2.3% more than in the same period last season. The…

Chinese group conducts feasibility study on Laos fruits

Buyers from the Chinese province of Sichuan are expected to import up to 50 tons of fruit from Laos each year including bananas, pineapples and passion fruit. Lao and Chinese businesses have agreed to further cooperate in conducting a feasibility study on the export of agricultural products to China,…

NZ: Court told Seeka deserves the right to claim post harvest operator losses in Kiwifruit Claim

The New Zealand Court of Appeal has heard submissions that the High Court erred in its decision not to award major produce company Seeka the right to claim damages in its role as Post Harvest Operator (PHO). The respondents in the appeal, which comprised of Strathboss (212 Kiwifruit Growers) and Seeka,…

Biodegradable coffee cups - grown from fruit

In a bid to reduce plastic waste, architecture and design firm Creme has created biodegradable coffee cups that are ‘grown’ from fruit. The reusable cups are made from the fruit gourds, which are grown inside 3D printing moulds to make them into a coffee-cup shape. These cups are still in the design…

“Dirty Dozen” list is inaccurate and harmful according to USApple

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) is calling the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list, released today, both “inaccurate” and “harmful” to Americans. The report,…

Training video for fruit pickers in 7 languages

Growing Champions in the next generation of pickers

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has created a new induction video to help growers develop essential skills in their fruit-picking workforce. To increase productivity and reduce accidents at work, important simple techniques and safety tips for soft fruit pickers are covered in…

Thies Claußen, Quality Manager Global Fruit Point:

"Successful quality management through close cooperation in both directions"

In this age of fast goods procurement and year-round availability, efficient and accurate quality assurance is one of the main ingredients of market success. More and more import companies and suppliers of the food retailer are investing accordingly in their quality management department. So does the…

China: Banana prices rise in production areas, but not in fruit markets

Many kinds of fruit became more expensive around the Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019] because consumer demand greatly increased. This was particularly true for…

Saint Lucia hopes to export apples and mangoes to US

Export Saint Lucia is expressing confidence that some fruits from the island will soon hit the United States (US) market. At the moment these fruit cannot be exported to the…

Chile is China's largest fresh fruit supplier for the second year in a row

A report from the Chilean Fruit Export Association (ASOEX) states that Chile was China's largest fresh fruit supplier for the second year in a row. The volume of Chilean fresh…

Chile: XIV International Blueberry Seminar 2019

The Seminar, which will be held on April 11 from 7.30 am in the Hotel Monticello Conference Center, Km. 57, Ruta 5 Sur, San Francisco de Mostazal, will focus on analyzing the current situation of the industry, international markets, new technologies and technical and commercial challenges in the…

Precise and fast:

New sensor for monitoring oxygen consumption in stored fruits and vegetables

Developed by scientists at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomics, the sensor system automatically and continuously measures the oxygen…

Late season variety EverCrisp® meets need for unique winter apple

Developing a truly new and exciting apple in a very crowded produce category requires patience and persistence to differentiate a variety from the over 2,500 domestic apples currently available. The Midwest Apple Improvement Association (Newcomerstown, OH) has developed EverCrisp®, a cross between…

The influence of too many thermal shocks on strawberries

Recently, the days have been warmer than the average in spring, with temperatures up to 24°C in southern Italy. However, a new disturbance of North Atlantic origin brought the weather back again to its standard winter conditions. In mid-March 2019, the southern regions - and the northern ones first…

NZ: Crown's appeal argues The Kiwifruit Claim judgement is unsound in law and fact

The New Zealand Government (The Crown) has concluded its submissions in the Court of Appeal, in which it is seeking to overturn a judgement that found it should be held accountable for a Psa outbreak in 2009. Last June, the NZ High Court ruled that the MPI (formally MAF) was negligent on several…

New tray tipper automates fruit delivery into KATO260 blueberry sorter

BBC Technologies, part of TOMRA Food, and a global leader in turnkey solutions for sorting, packing and optimizing small fruit, extends its turnkey blueberry line with the new Tray Tipper, which automates delivery of the fruit into its industry-defining KATO260 sorter, optimizing its performance. The new…

Pakistan: Growers in Mardan opting to grow fruit instead of sugarcane

In Pakistan’s district of Mardan the number of fruits orchards is growing gradually as more and more people are planting fruit orchards where they used to grow sugarcane.…

The fruit's melatonin improves the sleep cycle

Sour cherry: a good sleeping pill

Sour cherry juice may help you get a good night's sleep. Cherry juice increases the levels of melatonin and tryptophan, which increases the duration of sleep. Drinking a glass of 240 ml of sour cherry juice in the morning and another at night can help people fall asleep and increase the duration of their…

Chile consolidates as China's leading supplier of fresh fruit

According to information published by the Customs of China, Chile was China's main supplier of fresh fruits in 2018 in terms of export value, surpassing other countries, such as Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, New Zealand, Australia, United States, South Africa, and Peru, among others. The…

Orsero buys French fruit and veg peer Fruttica

In order to strengthen its distribution capacity in its key markets, Italian fruit and vegetable importer Gruppo Orsero has acquired French peer Fruttica Group from Postifruits for €10 million. Fruttica Group specialises in the import and wholesale distribution of fruit and vegetables, with particular…

South Africa is an important player on the global market of fresh fruit

The Netherlands most important buyer South Africa is an important player on the global market of fresh fruit. Fresh vegetables hardly play a part in the export. In the past year, South Africa exported approximately 3.6 million tonnes of fresh fruit, valued at 2.7 billion euro. Seen in volume, South…

Alabama

US: Freeze impacted Chilton County peaches

A recent freeze has impacted the upcoming crop of peaches in Chilton County. Farmers say the peaches need between 800 and 1,200 hours of cold weather before they bloom.…

Pink Lady coming into peak season in US

As the Northern Hemisphere enters spring, Washington apple growers are continuing to move good volume through the US market. Supplies are good on all major varieties including Gala, Red Delicious, Granny Smith and Fuji. Scott Marboe of Starr Ranch Growers, said that Pink Lady is entering peak season now.…

Suning purchases Baba tangerines and kiwi fruit directly from production areas in Pujiang, China

Suning signed a strategic cooperation agreement for direct purchase with local authorities in Pujiang, one of China's larger fruit production areas. Top-quality fruit from…

Senasa to formalize the new agreement signed with Brazil

Argentina increases controls for the shipment of fruit to Brazil

There is generalized optimism after Senasa reached an agreement reached with Brazil. Most of the entrepreneurs linked to the activity are already working to start fruit…

An electronic sensor records how cherries are damaged during packaging

INTA researchers from Argentina are developing an electronic cherry

Cherries are known for their red color and smooth and shiny surface, but they stand out for the nutritional and antioxidant properties they possess. They are rich in fibers and in vitamin C and A - in the form of beta carotene - have 85% water and, as they have a non-climacteric maturation pattern,…

Spanish fruits will be promoted in India in April

The Spanish fruit and vegetable sector needs to open new markets in order to avoid market collapses like the ones the kaki, stone fruit or, lately, the citrus sector have…

British consumers would pay up to 20% more for fresh produce

Expensive Spanish fruit with No-deal Brexit

The Spanish business association Afrucat has calculated that British consumers would have to pay up to 20% more for Spanish fruit in case of a No-deal Brexit. In recent years,…

“Agbalumo’’ lowers blood sugar, cholesterol- expert

Nutritionist Dr Andrew Marbell says the African star apple, in Yoruba popularly known as agbalumo , can lower blood sugar, cholesterol, and could be useful in preventing heart disease. Marbell also stated that the agbalumo, also known as udara in Igbo, has some nutritional advantages, containing even…

New Zealand blackcurrant contains high levels of cyclic Glycine-Proline

The New Zealand blackcurrant has been found to contain a naturally high level of cyclic Glycine-Proline (cGP), a key brain nutrient. Research has confirmed that cGP is…

US disaster aid could be very beneficial for cherry growers

A provision moving through Congress as part of disaster aid legislation would let farmers earning more than $900,000 on average for the past three years qualify for President Donald Trump’s $12 billion program compensating producers for trade-related losses. Ostensibly, the language would benefit any…

Raffaele Bucella from Granfrutta Zani

Italy: Slow kiwi and pear market, livelier apple demand

The winter market saw low kiwi prices, pears stable at more or less the same level as last year, a slight increase in apple consumption and persimmons with good prices despite the amount of waste during processing," reports Raffaele Bucella, market manager for Granfrutta Zani. "We thought kiwis would…

Cherries take the leaad

Growing sales volume of imported fruit in China

Data from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture shows that China imported 8.42 billion USD worth of fruit last year. That is a growth of 34.5% in comparison with 2017. The…

Seychelles: Targeting fruit flies to save melons, pumpkins and cucumbers

Chief plant biosecurity officer of the National Biosecurity Agency, Keven Nancy, has stated that the Seychelles are relaunching a project to reduce the number of fruit flies. The project will prepare the grounds for farmers to start increasing fruits and vegetables productions. He added that the project…

Evolution of bird scaring tactics

New Zealand: Marlborough vineyards scare birds with drones

Grape growers will go to great lengths to protect their crops and without them, birds can significantly damage to vineyards. Common tactics used in Marlborough to keep birds at bay include fake hawk kites, netting, shot guns, gas guns, reflective tape, even releasing hawks. But technology is changing the…

NZ: The Kiwifruit Claim preparing to enter the appeals stage

New Zealand kiwifruit growers and the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) will both begin their respective cases in the Court of Appeal next week. Last June, the NZ High court ruled that the MPI (formally MAF) was negligent on several different occasions when it allowed Psa disease into New Zealand in…

Automatic grape packing line 3.0 enters new season

By packing as late as possible, the importer has the option to offer many types of packaging to retail. That’s why InnoFresh Packing, a subsidiary of BudelPack, became…

Top fruit exporter Kees Oskam fears for quality problems in final months of the season

“It’s difficult to earn money on a falling market”

The situation in the trade of top fruit is very challenging at the moment. “Quality is becoming an issue for the coming months. The warm growth season has left its marks. Fortunately, we’re now getting some cooler weather, but it’s only the beginning of March, and it will be quite challenging for both…

New look and planet-friendly packaging for Rockit apples

Rockit Global Ltd., the Hawke’s Bay apple company taking the world snack market by storm, has turned its attention to being better global citizens, launching fully recyclable and biodegradable cardboard packaging into New Zealand supermarkets and food stores. The completely delicious, super juicy, fully…

Warm winter trouble: Agricultural losses in Taiwan top NT$600 million

In the past six weeks, Taiwan has recorded agricultural losses of nearly NT$600 million (€17.2 million) due to warmer than usual winter temperatures. According to figures released by the Council of Agriculture (COA) Wednesday, the region of Kaohsiung is the hardest hit. The period from Jan. 23 to March…

Concerning increase of apple production in Poland

Two thirds of European fruit orchards are located in Spain, Italy and Poland, reports Eurostat. Poland ranks third in terms of acreage, with a total of 167 thousand hectares.…

New Zealand: Influenza-like illness circulating in Hawke's Bay

According to Hawke's Bay District Health Board's Medical Officer of Health, Nick Jones, a flu-like illness is still circulating amongst Hawke's Bay's seasonal fruit picking…

Jan Gütinger, Obst-Gütinger UG:

"Many people do not know that 'untreated' is not the same as 'organic'"

"Since last year, in addition to the wholesaling business, I also run a street stall for strawberries, so a citrus grower came up to me and asked me if I also wanted to offer citrus fruits, and that's how it all started," says Jan Gütinger from Obst-Gütinger UG, which took in untreated citrus fruits for…

Exporters redirect their offer to Russia

Argentina fears it will lose fruit due to logistical collapse

After Brazil closed its borders to the fruit from the Valley, the Argentine Chamber of Integrated Fruit Growers (CAFI) urgently requested that President Mauricio Macri act to reverse the measure, as it will have very serious effects on the Valley's fruit sector. The sector stated that they had sent a…

Patrick Struebi:

“Goal is to get one million farmers out of poverty”

Fairtrasa was the first organisation with organic and fairtrade avocados and has continually grown since the company was founded in 2005. In those years Fairtrasa impacted over 40,000 farmers and their families and now plans on increasing such impact significantly. The company just embarked on a new…

The first producer of AOC/AOP Muscat grapes of the Ventoux doubles its size

Based at the foot of the Mont Ventoux, the 40 producers of the company Les Paysans du Ventoux grow asparagus, cherries, apricots, grapes and plums. The company, founded in 1980, is still in full development. This spring, it will double its size by building a new warehouse of 19,375 square feet. “We have…

Namibian fruit exports expected to grow

Agriculture minister Alpheus Naruseb encouraged Desert Fruit Namibia to raise their harvest tonnage in the next two seasons. This is a way of increasing fruit exports from…

Two-thirds of EU fruit acreage concentrated in Spain, Italy and Poland

Almost 1.3 million hectares (ha) of land in the European Union were covered with fruit trees in 2017. A little over one third of this total was accounted for by apple orchards (473 500 ha, 37%), and another one fifth by orange groves (255 500 ha, 20%). Of the remainder, peach orchards covered 190 500 ha…

Illinois Institute of Technology study

Red raspberries may aid glucose control in people with pre-diabetes

A study released by the Illinois Institute of Technology shows the benefits of including red raspberries in the diet of individuals with pre-diabetes and insulin resistance.…

Colombia's Agricultural Institute has warned of the danger

Colombia: A batch of pears contaminated with insecticide

Through a statement, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) asked the population of Buenaventura and its surroundings not to consume pears as they have found a batch of…

This year's harvest will start earlier due to the high temperatures

Cherry trees already getting buds in some regions of Spain

The record temperatures in the Iberian Peninsula have also hit the city of Leon, which has just reached the highest temperature in February since 1981, with 21.8ºC. Cherry…

Extra volume and weather trigger price drop on imported watermelons

The imported watermelon market is currently seeing a little more volume on product forcing some shifting in the market. “There’s light volume of melons around this time of year and that’s normal,” says Brent Harrison of Greenzen, LLC in Nogales, Az. “But the Central American production has kicked in with…

Fruit animals in China

What is the connection between fruit and animals? Reasonable people may say that most animals like fruit, but more creative people may say that fruit is an excellent material for extremely adorable animal-shaped healthy snacks. IG@foodbites uses kiwifruit, watermelon, strawberries, mangoes, and other fresh fruit in various…

Chilean blueberries and avocados enter the Indian market

Chile: India, a market of great interest

In order to analyze and learn about topics of interest for the fresh fruit export sector in India, the recently appointed Agricultural Attache of Chile in India, Eugenio…

Macfrut delegation visits two companies in Colombia

Italy is looking to strengthen its relationship with Venezuela through Macfrut - the presentation of the 2019 edition of the fair in Bogotà was the perfect occasion for president Renzo Piraccini to visit a few producers, the city's wholesale markets as well as a few supermarkets. Renzo Piraccini during a…

Egypt: Wadi El Nile to set up sorting & packaging station

The company Wadi El Nile, that exports agricultural crops from Egypt, will establish a sorting and a packaging station with investments of EGP 20 million during 2019. Ahmed…

AU: Manbulloo stands up to myriad tough weather conditions to produce another strong year

Manbulloo is happy with its yields this mango season, which will finish this week, despite facing "almost every challenge" weather wise. The company has farms in the Northern Territory and North Queensland, and CEO Marie Piccone says she is proud of how her staff stood up to a mix of storms, heatwaves,…

Andalusia: Berry growers see just 970 Spaniards responding to 23,000 job offers

Just 970 Spaniards have responded to 23,000 job offers to pick strawberries in Huelva, despite the province having the third highest unemployment rate in Spain. Fruit growers…

Cyprus has over 3,000 hectares of fruit trees

At this time, on Cyprus, 3,286 hectares (ha) of land is planted with fruit trees. Of these, 377 ha are made up of apples, 1.109 ha oranges, 299 ha peaches, 933 ha mandarins,…

Otherwise bumper year is expected

Early bloom makes Texas fruit orchards vulnerable to late freeze

Conditions are set for Texas fruit producers to have a bumper year if early blooms can avoid a major freeze before consistent warm weather sets in. Dr. Larry Stein,…

Study

Promoting experiences rather than health benefits to improve fruit and veg consumption

According to a study carried out by Sentient Decision Science for the Produce Marketing Association, promoting experiences; that is, the connections that people have with…

New multi-million dollar berry packing facility opens in Morocco

A new multi-million dollar berry packing facility has been opened in Morocco by Costa Group’s African Blue operations, putting it at the forefront of berry exports to the…

Imported pepino melons from Ecuador enjoy a consistent life

Steady is the name of the game on imported pepino melons. “We’ve been bringing these melons out of Ecuador for almost 30 years and it’s a very popular fruit in that region,” says Robert Schueller of Los Angeles-based Melissa's Produce. “Because of where it’s coming from, they have a pretty consistent…

Juan Gonzalez Pita:

“Salix Marketplace won't suffer from ‘empty restaurant syndrome’”

In recent years there have been various initiatives to further digitise trade but online platforms have had various negative results. Juan Gonzalez Pita, founder of Salix Fruit, has now accepted that challenge. Why does he think he can set up a successful trade platform where others have failed? Juan…

“We prioritize the products that are good to eat, not good to sell”

Always on the lookout for quality products with a taste identity, Apifood was one of the first to import the oranges with leaves from Portugal. “It took us 4 or 5 years to develop a brand. We had to find the right product, the right producers, the right terroir and a regular supply, to make the…

"Our goal is for products to reach homes in the same condition as when they were harvested"

Spain: Precision in the calibration of cherries, blueberries and cherry tomatoes

Efficiency, productivity and optimization are the defining traits of the technological solutions supplied by Elifab, a company specialized in the development and installation of blueberry, cherry and cherry tomato calibration lines at international level. "Our goal is for products to reach homes in the…

AU: Western Australian apple growers undertake testing to ensure high quality apples this season

Western Australian apple growers are taking extra steps this season to ensure the quality of fruit, launching an intensive testing program to coincide with the launch of 2019 season. The testing program has commenced with Gala apples now in season and in-store, and WA growers say they will be making sure…

Chilean blueberry farm where blockchain enters the food chain

Victor Edmundo Moller grows delicious blueberries in Chile. To produce and ship the best berries most efficiently, he has employed Naturipe, a farmer owned grower-shipper. The harvesters in Moller’s fields stick QR codes on crates of berries they’ve picked. While in the field, their crates are weighed…

Mexico- US border: Strawberry truck has methamphetamine on board

Last weekend, a truck driver who claimed to be hauling strawberries aboard his tractor trailer from Mexico into the US was arrested after customs officers found nearly $13…

USDA GAIN Report

Germany remains a very price-sensitive market

Germany is one of the largest markets for fruit in Europe. The relative affluence of its population of 83 million people makes it an attractive outlet for exporters from many countries. This product brief highlights certain aspects of the German fruit market and provides marketing, trade, and regulatory…

Russia: In 2018, the berry market grew by 1.5%

In 2018, Russia's total berry production volume increased by 1.5% compared with the previous year. This broke the negative trend of 2017, when this figure fell by 5.8%, as revealed by data of the marketing agency ROIF Expert. Agency analysts noted that 65-68% of the total volume corresponds to cultivated…

AU: Grants provide a value adding boost for Western Australian strawberry and apple companies

Handasyde Strawberries, in the Western Australian town of Albany were one of the successful recipients of a grant to support capital investment in value adding and processing…


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