Fruit

Pesticide residues found in Quebec strawberries

Despite the many efforts from the strawberry producers in Quebec to distance themselves from the American strawberries which rank among the most highly contaminated by…

Marketing the Cosmic Crisp: will consumers bite?

The Cosmic Crisp is an intriguing hybrid of the popular Honeycrisp and Enterprise varieties that should find its way into some grocery stores by fall. The Cosmic Crisp is the…

India: Apple sales fall due to dip in demand

Last week, an apple grower in Himachal Pradesh got an emergency call from his fruit commission agent at Asia’s biggest fruit and vegetable market in Azadpur, Delhi, saying: “Don’t send the produce, there are no buyers.” That was for the first time in four decades that such a call was made. This time, the…

Hungarian plum harvest may be slightly higher than average

The Hungarian plum harvest may be slightly better than average this year, with growers harvesting between 60 and 65,000 tons from 6,600 hectares, compared to 65-70,000 tons…

Quality and volume of Hungarian apples expected to fall this year

Due to the weather, the quality and quantity of apples is expected to fall this year, not just in Hungary, but across Europe. There may be a drop of up to 50 percent. However,…

New info folder for holiday guests will be released soon

South Tyrolean fruit industry goes for education

In the growing season, South Tyrol's orchards are particularly beautiful - as a shimmering sea of ​​flowers in spring, in lush greenery over the summer and with colorful…

Experts on short and long-term effects of climate change

Impact of weather conditions on fruit production in Poland

This year's weather conditions will have a significant impact on fruit harvests. Spring frosts and prolonged drought have significantly reduced yields on many plantations,…

End of sour cherry season: prices rise week by week

High prices for sour cherries and a much smaller harvest than a year ago in Poland, as well as in other European countries, has contributed to greater competition for the…

Cherry season wraps up in Oregon

Oregon's cherry season is now all but over. Growers are picking and packing the last of the cherries, with the majority of the fruit to be finished by the end of this week. Unfortunately, rain has disrupted the season for some growers, causing an earlier finish and generally lower volumes recorded compared with previous years.…

Herminio Íñiguez, president of AGRYGA

Spain: "The fruit campaign in Extremadura is becoming a disaster"

Herminio Íñiguez, president of the Association of Agricultural Producers and Ranchers of Villanueva de la Serena (AGRYGA) and fruit grower, has recently shared his opinion…

Strawberry plants to measure air quality in Spanish city of Zaragoza

In Zaragoza, the Ibercivis Foundation has launched a fairly unique initiative to create a map of the city's air quality and measure its pollution parameters. Thousands of strawberry plants have become perfect biometric elements that will measure the amount of heavy metals in suspension and, therefore,…

California stone fruit market in strong position

As we hit the middle of August, the California stone fruit season is well matured and enjoying a strong and steady market, according to suppliers. Good volumes of yellow peaches are helping the market, and the varieties are said to be exhibiting good eating quality. Pricing is steady on yellow peaches…

New environmentally friendly grape packaging available

Dayka & Hackett have announced the availability of their newly designed Eco-Tote™ for table grapes. The paper used in the Eco-Tote™ is bio-degradable, compostable and recyclable, the company said, adding the move to environmentally friendly packaging is a priority. “Plastic waste is an apparent issue…

Organic California stone fruit season saw ups and downs

This summer’s California weather sparked rises and falls for one company’s first season with an organic stone fruit program. Fruit World Co. Inc. in Reedley, Ca.launched its organic program this year to include cherries, apricots, peaches and nectarines. It’s currently in its last week of shipping…

Asia an attractive market for Washington fruit grower

Washington-based company CMI Orchards will be hosting a booth for the first time at this year's Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong, September 4 - 6, 2019. The company has been attending Asia Fruit Logistica for many years, but its growth - especially in the Asian export market - has prompted the decision…

Government of Canada supports research in Nova Scotia's apple industry

Recently, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, was joined by Keith Colwell, the Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture, at the Kentville…

Spain

Warning about the dangerous situation of Extremadura's fruit sector

The agrarian organization Asaja Extremadura has issued a warning about the price situation that the region's fruit segment is going through, which together with the rising costs that producers are dealing with is putting the sector in serious danger. The president of Asaja Extremadura, Ángel García…

Companies partner up to create 52 week berry supply for North American market

Always Fresh Farms Florida based grower and marketing company, and Giddings Fruit S.A., one of Lat Am’s leading berry and cherry producers and exporters have announced a new, long term partnership to create an integrated 52-week supply proposition for the North American berry market. The venture, built…

India: Kashmir’s security arrangements are affecting fruit trade

Kashmir’s current security arrangements are affecting the shipments of apples, plums and pears from Jammu & Kashmir. The few truckers who are still operating have raised freight charges by 30% this week, meaning prices are likely to rise for these products in major markets. Apples in the Delhi’s…

Renato Häfliger, Gebr. Gentile AG:

"Regionalism in wholesale is still a niche market"

"Our great strength lies just-in-time logistics. Our core competence is that we, as a full-range supplier, can deliver the entire product range to our customers in just a few hours," says Renato Häfliger, Managing Director of Gebr Gentile from Näfels in Switzerland. Some 50 percent of the goods come from…

Scottish Lib Dem Rennie urges Johnson to lift the cap on migrant workers

Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Will Rennie is urging UK prime minister Boris Johnson to lift the cap on the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme following frustrations at…

Over 900 plants and trees already affected by Xylella fastidiosa in the Balearic Islands

The Xylella fastidiosa continues to spread in the fields of the Balearic Islands. Since the first detection in October 2016 in three cherry trees of a nursery in Porto Cristo,…

Giddings Fruit sees lot of potential in Asian market

Peruvian blueberries reaching new export markets

Peruvian blueberries are doing very well on the international market, especially the export volumes to the USA and Europe are high. Even though large export volumes are going to those two areas, Peruvian companies are also exploring other destinations to export their products to and in this way expanding…

Colorado peach growers enjoy ideal start

The peach season in Colorado could not have started any better, growers say, with ideal weather conditions during the growing season contributing to the positive start. No delays were reported and a good spell of wet weather during the winter and spring has provided a good foundation for the remainder of…

Agri export values up 2% from January to July

Vietnam: US imports increase 19 percent in H1

In the first half of the year, Vietnam’s imports from the US rose 19 percent year-on-year, to $6.9 billion. Cars and fruits were leading the way. Data from Vietnam Customs sh…

Cornell University study

Controlling pests by understanding their diets

As New York state's $20 million berry industry is entering peak season, its mortal enemy, an invasive fruit fly, is thriving. However, little has been known about how the…

Prudencio López, from Natural Tropic:

"The avocado market in Spain continues to grow"

"Avocado consumption continues to grow, although last year the average price fell. Peru has sent 40% less fruit and this has created a gap in the European market. Prospects are optimistic. If consumption and the increase in crop area remain stable, so will prices. This is how speculation will cease.…

Contect

Suitable protection systems needed against extreme weather events

Everybody can see how the climate is changing. Protecting crops with suitable solutions is almost compulsory due to the growing strength of weather events. Fabrizio Raccanello and Aziz Mataoui A modern fruit orchard requires a support and/or protection system with state-of-the-art materials that can…

Afghanistan has already exported 255 tons of fruits in 2019

Afghanistan has exported 255 tons of fresh fruits to various countries, which is a 30% increase in fruit exports compared to the same period in 2018. The fruits, including apples, melons, pomegranates, watermelons and grapes, were mainly exported to India, Europe and some Arab countries. The highest…

"Chinese red date producer seeks new channels as local markets become increasing difficult"

China is the world’s main exporter of red dates and Xinjiang is its main producing area. However, in recent years, this fruit has encountered bottlenecks in the market. “In the past few years, demand for Xinjiang red dates has increased slightly, but still lower than the production. For example, the…

Canada: 435 insurance claims from Okanagan tree fruit growers so far

The rain damage this season to Okanagan fruit crops has been noticed by the Ministry of Agriculture of British Columbia. As of July 18, the Ministry of Agriculture production insurance offices have received approximately 435 insurance claims from tree fruit farmers in Kelowna and Oliver. The insurance…

Major campaign underway to strengthen consumer confidence in Queensland strawberries

Queensland Strawberry Growers' Association is undertaking a large scale marketing campaign this season to encourage consumers to add the fruit to their weekly shopping basket as a household staple fruit. It follows a challenging year in 2018 where a very small number of strawberries were deliberately…

California stone fruit season in good position

The California stone fruit season has settled and is delivering steady volumes and pricing, according to suppliers. Fruit movement is said to be consistent and quality is reportedly high also. With the volumes that are entering the market now and into August, growers say there should be ample…

Selling without fixed prices is a common illegal practice

Spanish organization UPA denounces illegal sale of thousands of tons of fruit

The Union of Small Agricultural Producers and Cattle Ranchers (UPA) has reported the imbalances that are again resurfacing in the summer fruit production and distribution chain. The agrarian association denounces that the Law of the food chain is not being respected in this sector. This rule requires the…

Number of delivery points is increasing at a rapid pace

Need for fresh office fruit is growing steadily in Germany

Many companies now offer their employees free fruit. People can organize that themselves or can employ a delivery service. These are now available in almost every town, says the Handwerksblatt . Enzio Reuß has been the proud managing director of Fruitful Office since 2011. The delivery service is based,…

First Polish plums of the season, more expensive than last year

According to analysts of the EastFruit project, this week, the first plums from local orchards have hit the shelves in Poland. At the moment, only a very small volume is…

Rupert Carter - The Fruitery

“Our strength is the speed through the chain"

UK fruit grower, Chambers, launched The Fruitery in March 2019 becoming the first specialist fruit grower to have invested in its own prepared fruit facility. Rupert Carter, Group Technical Director at The Fruitery explains that the idea behind The Fruitery concept was to allow Chambers to diversify, to…

Overall price still higher than last year

Chinese fruit prices fall

The prices of Chinese fruits recently showed a downward trend after continuous growth. However, the price is still almost 30% higher than around this time last year. The price of fruit will further…

Black raspberry harvest finishing up in Oregon

In Oregon, the short season for the Black raspberry is about to come to a close. The Black raspberry harvest only goes for about three weeks and Oregon growers say the Willamette Valley region is one of the only locations the berries are grown commercially in the United States. Jeff Malensky of Oregon…

They propose imitating Peru's agricultural export model

Frutas de Argentina demands measures to increase exports

The leaders of the newly constituted fruit corporation, Frutas de Argentina, which brings together the chambers of producers and exporters of citrus fruits (Federcitrus), pears and apples (CAFI), cherries (CAPCI), and blueberries (ABC), have held a meeting with the Minister of Production, Dante Sica, to…

73% of Spanish consumers eat fruit regularly

The report 'Purchase and consumption indicators for fruit and vegetables', carried out by Aecoc, reveals that 73% of Spanish consumers eat fruit at least once a day (1.7 times a day per person on average), compared to 47% who eat vegetables daily. The study shows an upward trend in consumption, since 46%…

Willy Dillen, Corina® pear coördinator

"First Corina pears expected at the end of July / beginning of August"

“The first Corina pears are expected again within a few weeks. The growers start picking around 1 August. Last year we also started around the beginning of August, but in principle, that is pretty early,” says Corina coordinator Willy Dillen. “Although the pear market is not yet completely empty at the…

China: "We are very confident about development of new pear no.7"

China is a large producer of pears, which it sells both on the domestic and international markets, with exports increasing yearly. Last year the weather conditions were not good, which affected the output but things are looking more positive this year. The Hebei Jinzhou Great wall Economy Trade Co., Ltd.…

Kathmandu district, Nepal

Central fruit market in Chobhar to be completed next year

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development has stated that the Central Fruit and Flower Market in Chobhar will be ready by next year. As 80 per cent of infrastructural work of the project has been completed so far, the ministry has said that the market will start operating by next year. The…

Larger volumes will arrive in about two weeks

"Exceptionally early start of Egyptian sweet potatoes"

The starting signal for the Egyptian sweet potato season sounded this week. A few weeks earlier than usual, the first new goods arrived in the Port of Rotterdam at the beginning of the week and they have already been successfully marketed to some extent, confirms Mohamed Moustafa, Managing Director of…

Poland: Poor harvest and low prices - blackcurrant producers not breaking even

This year's season has not been very good for soft fruit growers. Prices barely cover the cost of production, not to mention the farmers' own labour. If the yield was normal…

Spain: Fruit campaign in Lleida marked by increase in production costs

The start of the fruit campaign in Lleida has been marked by an increase in production costs, which has been directly linked to the 30% rise in the minimum wage and the higher energy and fertilizer prices. Sources from the Unió de Pagesos (UP), a majority union in Catalonia, say that the production of a…

Hungary will have smaller apples this year

It had already been reported that after last year's record volume, this year's apple production would be considerably reduced. Now it appears that fruit sizes will also be…

The Middle East became the main destination for Ukrainian apples in spring 2019

According to EastFruit analysts, the Middle East became the most important market for Ukrainian apples in the spring of 2019. In March-April 2019, Ukrainian producers exported…

Ukraine’s fruit production will be reduced by a quarter

This season, the harvest of fruits and berries in Ukraine may be reduced by a quarter compared with the previous one due to adverse weather conditions, said Dmitry Kroshka,…

Peak berry season in British Columbia

Berry growers in British Columbia are busy picking, packing and shipping berries. Growers like Driediger Farms say that all berries, with the exception of blackberries, are just about at their peak and volumes are good. "We started receiving blueberries from one of our growers around June 14, while the…

Starbucks Japan’s first-ever white peach Frappuccino

Summer is getting off to a bit of a late start in Japan, with an extended rainy season keeping conditions cool and overcast. This didn’t stop Starbucks from rolling out a new…

Greece: Fierce storm damages peaches, pears apples and kiwifruit

A massive storm has hit the Northern region of Greece. It had a devastating result om some of the growing areas in Greece, jeopardizing the seasons for peaches, pears, apples and kiwifruit. The storm tore through a beachfront in one of Greece’s top tourist areas late Wednesday. It also affected some…

Estonia’s prime minister: More clarity on origin of strawberries needed

Commenting on allegations in the media that strawberries imported from other countries are being passed off as Estonian produce, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas has called for…

Lake Constance region: Significant hail damage in the district of Salem

"Investing in hail protection networks is the only solution"

In Salem (Lake Constance) on Sunday afternoon, a short but heavy hailstorm devastated several orchards. On a strip of a few kilometers, large parts of the fruit harvest were…

75% of cherry harvest in Spanish region of Bierzo affected by spring rains and frost

The rains and frosts that were registered in spring in the Bierzo region have affected 75% of the cherry harvest, initially estimated at one million kilos. The technical…

Scotland: Fife fruit growing facility could create 65 jobs

Millions of pounds could be ploughed into a huge new high-tech fruit production facility in Fife, expected to create around 65 jobs. EnerGrow plans to establish an all-year-round strawberry production unit in Rosyth as part of the wider masterplan for the waterfront area, with a site at Castle Key just…

Hailstorm hits the Foggia area

A violent hailstorm hit the Foggia province on Thursday 4th July 2019 destroying various crops in the Ascoli Satriano, Candela, Sant'Agata, Deliceto and Cerignola municipalities. Confagricoltura Foggia reports that the damage is considerable especially when it comes to fruit, but that it will take a few days to make an…

“Environmental issue the big challenge for the orchards of today and tomorrow”

Christophe Ochs, Laurent Martinet and Olivier Dutertre did not wait for the buzz of the eco-responsible labels to replace ecology at the heart of their orchards. The three partners will market the 2019 harvest under the HEV level 3 certification. The label is only one step in their long-term strategy to…

Loss of fruit in Spanish province of Huesca due to June heat wave

According to estimates from the Union of Small Agricultural Producers and Cattle Ranchers, UPA Aragón, the strong heat wave of June could cause Huesca's fruit production to be…

Arrival ceremony was held at Shanghai Huizhan Market

"Ceremony held for first shipment of cold-treatment-free cherries from Izmir, Turkey"

Today (July 8), cherries from Izmir in Turkey made a grand entrance at the Shanghai Huizhan Market, where a ceremony took place. These cherries were imported by Shenzhen Kingship Co Ltd., a high-end food importer in China, and transported by Panalpina, a global shipping giant, without undergoing cold…

Ukraine: Poland’s most significant competitor on the raspberry market

“Ukraine can already compete with the Polish production of raspberries. Ukrainians have been coming to work for us for years, they have seen how we grow raspberries. What is happening in Ukraine now is exactly what happened in Poland in the mid-1970s, when commercial production of raspberries started in…

Reflective films to improve the quality and grade of peaches

Research is needed to save peach cultivation and be competitive. On 4th July 2019, the University of Bologna launched a project together with a fruit grower to improve the quality and grade of peaches and nectarines. It is coordinated by professor Luca Corelli Grappadelli, professor of General…

Massive growth in attendance as Protected Cropping Australia Conference gets underway on Gold Coast

"Everyone within the industry is expanding because there is demand for their product"

More than 575 delegates are expected to attend the Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) Conference 2019 on the Gold Coast, which began on Monday, which is a significant increase on the previous event. One of the organisers and PCA Chair, Nicky Mann says last conference there was only 468, which shows an…

Reemoon and KW Automation expand reach in Australian market

Hort Connections 2019 was a success for Reemoon, a Chinese based company that manufactures and distributes fruit sorting equipment. The recent partnership between Reemoon and KW Automation, has now made this equipment available to the Australian market. Dennis Clock representing Reemoon at Hort…

Spain: Fruit trees in Calatayud and Jiloca also hit by the heat wave

In addition to the counties of Bajo Cinca and Valdejalón, the heat wave that has hit the Spanish region of Aragon in recent days has also taken a toll on the fruit fields in the area of ​​Calatayud and Jiloca. Based on the crops' ripeness, cherry farms have been the most affected in these areas, although…

Jammu and Kashmir produced 1.96 million tons of fresh fruit in 2018-19

Yesterday, governor’s advisor K. Skandan convened a meeting to review the functioning of the Agriculture, Horticulture Agro Industries, Sericulture and allied departments. The…

PET packaging prevents waste

Consumers prefer to buy blueberries if they have a nice color and are presented, undamaged, in the store. The correct temperature and packaging are needed. This is to guarantee that the berries remain tasty and nice looking. abbGrowers is a Dutch blueberry grower, sorter and packer. They are convinced that PET packaging…

"High demand and limited supply of watermelons and peppers in Murcia this year"

A pepper campaign with smaller volumes than usual and a high demand, which has resulted in high prices at auctions and difficulties to fulfill the supply programs with supermarkets, have affected cooperatives such as Surinver. FreshPlaza visited this entity, which has around 400 producers and is based at…

Russia extends benefits on fruit and veg imports from Moldova

The Russian government extended the preferential regime for the supply of fruits and vegetables from Moldova until the end of 2019. It follows from the corresponding…

Most likely brought in through contraband

Nation of Belize: Medfly detected

The Belize Agricultural Health Authority informed the press today that medflies have been detected along the Placencia Peninsula. Medflies are introduced into Belize when…

USDA National Retail Report - specialty crops

Pluots join nectarines, peaches and plums, rounding out tree fruit offerings

Red and Rainier cherries from the Northwest hit the stores this week, and retailers were quick to capture interest with attractive prices. Pluots joined nectarines, peaches, and plums to round out tree fruit offerings from several states. Sweet onions from Georgia, Texas, and Washington were showcased…

State of New Jersey is a leading US fruit producer

The next few weeks are the most important weeks of the year for Rosedale Blueberry Farm in Hammonton. The organic 30-acre operation is in all-hands-on-deck mode, seven days…

On Srinagar-Jammu Highway in the Kashmir Valley

India: Fruit growers concerned over daily 5-hour traffic ban during Amarnath Yatra

This Monday, the Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers & Dealers Union said that the association is extremely worried about the ban on Civil traffic on Srinagar-Jammu Highway (Qazigund to Nashri stretch) for five hours a day because of Amarnath Yatra. Amarnath Yatra is a period of pilgrimage to the ‘Amarnath’…

Australian growers: Water shortage is a unifying issue

Supporting growers to manage orchards in the face of looming water shortages was top of the agenda when apple and pear industry leaders met in Melbourne this week. State Associations from across the country converged on Melbourne during Hort Connections to share regional outlooks and issues, and discuss…

Hainan - Southern China

Fresh fruit export through port of Sanya doubles in January-May

The volume of exports of fresh fruit through the port of Sanya in the southern Chinese province of Hainan more than doubled in the first five months of 2019. The Hainan…

Cherry market strong in the lead up to July 4

Cherry supplies in Washington were moderately affected last week as light rain disrupted harvest. The good news is that crop quality has reportedly not been affected. Suppliers say demand has been very strong for cherries in the lead up to July 4 so shippers have been busy building up supplies. “Last…

Ocean Spray uses Uber Freight for the right balance of service and cost

Ocean Spray is a cooperative of more than 700 family-owned cranberry farms that harvest more than 220 billion cranberries a year for more than 1,000 different products. Last week, the cooperative announced that Uber Freight is now one of its top five carriers, having moved more than 1,500 loads in 2018.…

Patrick Van Dijck, Stixfresh/KU Leuven

"Sticker keeps fruit fresh for up to two weeks longer"

Together with the American startup Sttixfresh, the biotech team of KU Leuven has developed a sticker that can slow the rotting process of fruit by up to two weeks. "The idea was born in a garage box in Malaysia, where an inventor mixed all sorts of natural products based on healing and applied it to…

Spain: Lack of laborers takes a toll on marketing of Aragonese fruit

The lack of agricultural labor is taking a negative toll on the harvest of Aragonese fruit. Consequently, there is fruit that is being harvested a few days after the optimum moment, which reduces the marketing options, forcing the entrepreneur to sell it in domestic or nearby markets, as reported by UAGA…

The price of Hungarian sour cherries could double this year

The price of sour cherries in Hungary could double compared to last year due to the spring droughts and high temperature fluctuations, reports the president of the National…

Afruex estimates increase of production costs at 25%

Fruit growers in Spanish region of Extremadura uproot their trees due to higher minimum wage

The Association of Fruit Growers of Extremadura (Afruex) explained in a press release that the impact of the higher wage costs has started becoming visible in the region's fruit farms. In fact, some growers have started to uproot their trees because they claim to be unable to cope with the rise of the…

Start of Ukrainian watermelon export season

The first batches of Kherson watermelons of 2019 will arrive in Poland next week, according to the website of the Ukrainian Fruit and Vegetable Association (UPOA). “Next week,…

Josefina Mena of Moyca:

"We now offer ten grape varieties on an exclusive basis"

The Spanish table grape season has started again for Moyca, the largest Spanish table grape producer, which is specialized in the cultivation of seedless white, red and black grapes. This includes specialties with hints of candy floss, strawberry and tropical flavors, offering no fewer than 60 different…

"High brix level fruit preferred by Chinese consumers"

The production season of small red apricots has kicked off in China, and fruit from various production areas are entering the market in large volumes. “From June 25th, a large number of small red apricots have entered the market. This year, the supply period is longer compared with previous years,…

Spain: Grupo Caparrós gives fruit away in exchange for cigarettes

The fruit and vegetable company Grupo Caparrós has launched the campaign 'Cambiamos cigarrillo por fruta' ('We give fruit in exchange for cigarettes') on the occasion of the celebration of the World No Tobacco Day. In the framework of this initiative, members of the Spanish Association Against Cancer…

CQUniversity uses near-infared spectroscopy

Queensland researchers come up with non-invasive fruit ripeness measurement

Queensland researchers have developed a new tool to assess the ripeness of mango crops prior to harvest, potentially boosting harvest timing and fruit quality. The…

Erdal Dogan, FruechteKick GmbH:

"French Orangered apricots are now increasingly in the market"

This year's soft fruit season is slowly but surely picking up speed. After the official end of the asparagus season, the eyes are now gradually turning to other exclusive products, says Erdal Dogan, owner of the FruechteKick GmbH based in Cologne's wholesale market. "The sales of domestic strawberries is…

Southeast peach growers challenged by climate change

With hot temperatures settling in over South Carolina and other parts of the Southeast this past week, growers are noting that such extremes are becoming more common due to the effects of climate change. It’s not just hot temperatures in summer that are causing a concern, but warmer winter temperatures…

First day of the 5th International Berry Congress

Changes in economic paradigms & business opportunities in Canada and India

The first of the technical days of the 5º International Berry Congress focused on the new economic paradigm and the commercial opportunities that the markets of Canada and India present for Huelva's berry sector. The Congress, which lasts two days, will be held in Huelva's Casa Colon, and was opened by…

China: Nanning-based company interested in importing Myanmar fruit

Possibly, Myanmar fruit exporters have another market opening up in China as a company in Nanning has offered to buy fruits from the country. At present, much of the fruits exported to China goes through the overland border trade at Muse, Shan State. Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producers and…

Seminar on June 26

PMA invites its members to seminar on new markets for Chilean fruit

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA), a leading association representing companies of all sizes and segments of the global fruit and vegetable chain, has invited its members to a Seminar that will present a detailed analysis of the commercial opportunities that the Chilean fruit industry has in India,…

The ECB records an 11.3% reduction in the generation of foreign currency

The EU imports less Ecuadorian produce

The latest report of the Central Bank of Ecuador (ECB) shows an 11.43% decrease in the generation of foreign currency in commercial operations with the seven biggest importers of Ecuadorian products: Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, and Greece. From January to April, Ecuador…

New findings of Rhizopus oryzae as causal agent of soft rot on apple

Vegetables and fruits are often infected by postharvest pathogens that cause diseases like crown rot, fruit core rot, blue/grey/green mould, anthracnose and soft rot. Fungal infection of fruit and apples can result in significant postharvest losses when storage conditions are not optimal or damages occur…

Francisco Riego Ramos, from Martimar:

"Currently, the fruit and veg distribution is in a phase of wild concentration"

The launch of the Sakura cherry brand, of Extremadura origin, coincides with an excellent start to the Jerte Valley cherry season. Sakura presents different varieties of cherry, among them California and Lapin, with an intense garnet colour, optimum organoleptic characteristics and exquisite flavour.…

New organic grape variety Sweet Carnival™ to be launched soon

There are many reasons why one organic grape grower likes the Organic Produce Summit enough that it would commit to exhibiting every year. “It’s a good sized show that promotes interaction between the growers and the buying community,” says Mitch Wetzel of Sunview Marketing in McFarland, Ca. “We’ve…

World Markets &Trade: Apples, grapes and pears:

China lowest apple volumes in 9 years

World apple production for 2018/19 is projected to plunge 5.7 million tons from the previous year to 68.7 million, its lowest level in 8 years, as China sustained substantial losses from damaging weather that more than offsets gains in the European Union (EU). Reduced output is expected to force exports…

Festive opening of Wellfruit Fruit store in Shanghai

At the beginning of this month a thriving fruit store company, Wellfruit, opened its new store in Shanghai. They had worked for several months on the completion of the shop and this month it was officially opened by their general manager Jiawei Feng. Wellfruit is a well established fruit company, who…

25% drop in acreage devoted to summer fruits in Spanish province of Castellon

In the province of Castellon, the area devoted to the cultivation of summer fruits has fallen by 25% in the last five years. According to the latest agricultural report from…

Spain: New range of flat white nectarines

A new generation of flat white nectarines allows ASF to offer a totally innovative and complete range of products. Specifically, REGAL'IN EUROPE, which will commercialize MAILLARD genetics worldwide (Agro Selections Fruits), is currently marketing a range of 12 varieties covering the season. All these…

Defect undetectable in the orchard but becomes evident upon storage

South Africa: High incidence of bitter pit in apples reduces export estimates

In the Koue Bokkeveld and surrounds the apple and pear harvests are all in, a very good crop on both, says De Kock Hamman, technical advisor, with good tonnages and size, but shelf life on apples is a concern this season. Export estimates on certain cultivars (Golden Delicious, Granny Smith,…

"We are always focused to supply the most fresh high-quality products"

Hema import Uzbeki cherries for the first time to Chinese market

China is currently entering a period where a lot of its fruits are domestically produced and this applies a certain pressure on the imported fruits. As Chinese fruits are coming on the market, fewer imported fruits are needed, but are still imported to satisfy the market demand. As April Huang, Director…

Japan to up efforts to prevent fruit variety outflows

A number of seeds and saplings of Japanese high-end fruit varieties have been taken out of the country without permission and grown abroad against a backdrop of their global…

South Africa to increase export of fruit to Russia

South Africa plans to increase the supply of fruit in Russia. This issue was discussed at the negotiations of phytosanitary institute Rosselkhoznadzor with the State Service…

The reasons: economic growth and the Chinese New Year

Chilean cherries are very popular in China

According to Ignacio Caballero Torretti, the marketing assistant manager of the Fruit Exporters Association of Chile (ASOEX), the popularity of Chilean cherries in the Chinese…

New apple and berry trellis innovations improving grower efficiency

ECO TRELLIS® Horticulture Solutions says two of its new innovations are aimed at making operations more efficient for both berry and apple growers. Based in New Zealand, with a Warehouse in Melbourne that supports Australian supply, the company will be promoting its ECO BERRY® trellis, as well as ECO V®…

Severe hail causes damage in fruit production region Borgloon, Belgium

NFO reports that on Monday 10 June around 5 PM, the heavy weather that had been forecast caused massive damages around Borgloon, Belgium. The thunderstorm accompanied by hail in particular means apples will now only be good for industry when they’re harvested. The hail went straight through the skins.…

Two new markets this year: Argentina and Thailand

75% of fruit from the Spanish region of Extremadura is exported

Up to 75% of the stone fruit produced in the Spanish region of Extremadura is intended for export. The fruit is sold both to the 27 countries that make up the EU and to 40…

Fruit production triples in 13 years in Indian state of Haryana

In an attempt to boost to horticultural activities, the Haryana state government has increased its budget for the sector for the 2019-20 fiscal year to Rs 5.23 billion, more…

Prices of club varieties satisfying in difficult top fruit season

It’s clear that the top fruit market is a very difficult market this season. There are problems regarding quality and storage, and prices for pears in particular, but also for apples, continue to be far below par. Yet other things can be heard as well. People working with club varieties in particular…

Sustainable packaging for snack tomatoes

The Dutch company, Bordex Packaging, has introduced the Snack’NBox. This is a sustainable 500g pack for snack tomatoes. It is made of 100% recycled, moisture-proof cardboard. The boxes' striking diamond pattern ensures maximum ventilation. This design gives the packaging a natural, sturdy look. And after…

Chinese complain as fruit prices reach five-year high

China has an expression called ‘having cherry freedom’. It describes a person's ability to purchase expensive imported cherries without a second thought. Now, though, many are…

USDA biannual report

World Markets and Trade numbers for fresh apples, grapes and pears

The fresh apple world production for 2018/19 is projected to plunge 5.7 million tons from the previous year, to 68.7 million, its lowest level in 8 years, as China sustained substantial losses from damaging weather that more than offsets gains in the European Union (EU). Reduced output is expected to…

Western Australia's 'mango queen' turning fresh produce waste into dollars

Jo Bumbak is quick to admit that she finds eating mangoes "disgusting" - but still, it has not stopped her carving out a reputation as the "Mango Queen" across Western Australia. From a third-generation farming family, she just loves working with the fruit (and fresh produce in general) at their property…

AU: Entry deadline looming for Gippsland’s Excellence In Agribusiness Awards

Gippsland agribusinesses have got until the end of this week to enter the inaugural Food & Fibre Gippsland Excellence in Agribusiness Awards. Awards Program Coordinator Kate Gunn has already received a good number of entries across the nine categories, but there’s still plenty of time to grow that…

Norovirus risk

Canada: Recall on Chilean raspberry products sold in Quebec

A norovirus risk in foods containing raspberries from Chile are part of an expanded Quebec government recall. The provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food…

Viva Tierra anticipating another successful Organic Produce Summit

"We knew there was going to be a lot of interest"

California-based organic specialist Viva Tierra will be one of the 150 exhibitors present at the upcoming Organic Produce Summit in Monterey, California on July 10 and 11. The company supplies an array of organic produce from the United States and around the world, with apples and pears a particular…

Chinese Ministry of Commerce: Fruit prices expected to drop

Fruit prices are expected to drop to a reasonable range after the recent price hikes, thanks to the rising temperature and an increasing supply of seasonal fruits, the Chinese…

Hungarian cherry production will be smaller and more expensive this year

Mr. Ferenc Apáti, vice president of the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Product Board (FruitVeb), reported that the country's cherry yield could fall below 10,000 tons this…

Central China province starts direct imports of fruit

This Tuesday, the central Chinese province of Hunan has started importing fruit from abroad directly. All previous imports arrived via other Chinese ports. The first batch of…

Texas fruit season looks above average for producers

A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert thinks the harvest has gone quite well so far for fruit producers this season. Dr. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension fruit…

Cherry season kicks off in Poland

This week, the first batches of local sweet cherries from the new harvest have arrived on the Polish market, as reported by analysts of the EastFruit project. So far, sweet…

Do US cherries lose competitive edge in China?

Overseas cherry exporters to China didn't worry too much about competition from domestic cherry growers in the past, as Chinese cherries were often considered inferior to…

China: Apple and orange prices remain high

Various media outlets continuously point to the high overall prices of fruit in the Chinese market, which are relatively high in 2019. The fruit market conditions were positive in the first half of this year. Farmers, importers, and fruit stores all received their profit. The conditions of Shanghai Fruit…

AU: Manbulloo's journey to delivering high-quality mango exports to the world

One of the key lessons that Manbulloo has learnt over the past 12 years that it has been exporting is that Australian mangoes need to have superior flavour and appearance to be competitive. Managing Director Marie Piccone shared her company's story at the 12th Australian Mango Conference in Darwin, and…

Also increased apple exports by 35%

Azerbaijan: 99.7% of tomato exports go to Russia

In January-March 2019, Azerbaijan exported 21,371 tons of tomatoes in the amount of $ 25.5 million. Compared to the same period in 2018, exports in quantitative terms…

China: Consumers see fruit prices soar because of weather and trade war

China’s consumers are struck by soaring fruit prices as poor domestic harvests and higher tariffs on US imports start having effect. The rising cost of apples, pears and water…

To help fill post-Brexit void of EU fruit pickers:

UK farmers look at prisoners as work force

UK farmers say prisoners who are allowed to work on day release could help fill the post-Brexit void left by EU fruit pickers. Ministers are planning to relax the rules that…


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