Fruit

Argentina

Two blueberry companies in Concordia hit by fire

As reported by El Entre Ríos, on Wednesday night, a large fire affected the facilities of two well-known blueberry firms in the Concordia region. Cristian Bravo, head of the…

"On our farm alone, we were throwing away around five metric tonnes a week"

An Australian company making the most out of fresh produce waste

A Queensland-based food manufacturing company is continuing to expand its operations and product-base, using the excess produce and waste from growers around Australia. Natural Evolution Foods, from Walkamin in the state's Far-North, started making products from bananas 10 years ago after realising the…

Increased demand for larger strawberry packs

California strawberries are in peak season. Harvest in Oxnard has recently been completed and has shifted about 100 miles north. “We are now in peak production in the Santa Maria region,” says Jerry Moran with Naturipe Farms. “From there, we will move up to Watsonville and Salinas as these regions…

Cooperation between fruit salad producer mirontell and Berlin wholesalers stable, even in times of crisis:

"Keuthmann takes care of the special expectations put upon our raw materials"

Long-term, reliable partnerships are an important part of the fruit and vegetable industry, not only in times of crisis. Fruit salad producer mirontell and the Berlin wholesaler Keuthmann, who have been working closely together for 30 years, have such a partnership: "Keuthmann has been our supplier from the…

Gertrude Snoei

Harvest of early peach varieties has started in Greece

The harvest of early peach varieties (François, Lolita, etc.) has started in Greece. The production seems to be of good quality with large sizes. This year, the prices at…

USDA fruit prices - Economic Research Service Fruit and Tree Nuts

A report on fruits, based on data available from the Agricultural Marketing Service and fruit covered in the USDA, Economic Research Service Fruit and Tree Nuts Outlook, saw apples going at $63.69 per cwt last week (shipping point prices) and at $0.63 /lb advertised retail pricing. Blueberries sold for $220.00 per…

New trio of nectarine brands aims to excite the consumer

New for the 2020 California stone fruit season, the Giumarra Companies introduces a trio of premium nectarine offerings under its DulceVida™ brand umbrella: Midnight Edition™, Twilight Edition™, and Sunrise Edition™. Midnight Edition and Twilight Edition will kick off the season with first shipments…

Reports on South African pome fruit and stone fruit

'Confronting Climate Change': Industry benchmark numbers

The 2020 Confronting Climate Change (CCC) industry benchmark process builds on 2018 - 2019 datasets and provides a meaningful platform for the South African fruit and wine…

David Pillow

Frost damage could reduce Hungarian fruit harvest by 40%

Preliminary estimates of FruitVeB (the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization and Product Council) and the Northeast Hungary Interprofessional…

Report by Tridge

Egyptian early 116 pomegranates break into the European market

The global demand for pomegranates has been steadily increasing due to its properties of being a superfruit. Armed with competitive prices and the improved Early 116 variety, Egyptian pomegranate suppliers such as Cairo farms are seeking to expand their exports to Europe. The global demand for…

Gertrude Snoei

Apple prices in Poland up by 94% due to coronavirus crisis

During the coronavirus pandemic, apple prices in Poland have increased by almost 94%. In the period from January to March, Polish apple exports to Belarus and Egypt fell…

Gertrude Snoei

Serbia selling more apples to the UK and Middle East and less to Russia

EastFruit analysts say that Serbia continues to actively diversify its fresh apple markets. While five years ago, almost the entire production of Serbian apples was sold on…

Izak Heijboer

Price of earliest Moldovan cherries not expected to be high

According to members of the Moldovan Association of Producers and Exporters Moldova Fruct, the regular export of sweet cherries will start at the end of the first week of June…

Gertrude Snoei

Experts predict reduction of fruit yield in Russia

According to the director of the Fruit and Vegetable Union, Mikhail Glushkov, in 2020, Russian fruit producers will lose about 20% of the production due to frost. “Russia's…

New: Cherry punnets from 100% recycled cardboard

Last week, the Dutch company, Fonkels Innovative Packaging, launched new, sustainable punnets. These are for 500g and 1kg cherries. These cherry containers are made from 100% recycled cardboard. They can be recycled again as old paper after use. The punnets were developed in collaboration with cherry growers.…

Reham Kamal on the Egyptian grape season

“Quality of grapes improving thanks to investments in the post-harvest process”

The quality of Egyptian grapes has come a long way, thanks to investments in the post-harvest process. With the harvest season having started in May, everything is going according to plan. For one exporter, this will be the first season they export their grapes to Canada. According to Reham Kamal, international…

Company will tell its stories at this year’s United Fresh

For one long-time exhibitor, this year’s United Fresh LIVE! show offers a unique opportunity. “We typically have a limited staff travel to this show because it’s during our busy cherry season,” says Brianna Shales with Wenatchee, WA-based Stemilt Growers. “But this year we look forward to opening it up…

Catalonia's sweet fruit production to fall by 18.6%

"The pandemic has had a significant impact on production costs"

During the presentation of the forecasts for the Catalan sweet fruit campaign, held on May 20, the president of the Catalan fruit business association (Afrucat), Francesc Torres, and the general director for Food and Agro-food Industries of the Catalan Government, Carmel Mòdol, said that although the…

Important production areas recognized as fruit fly free Neil Lockhart

Argentina’s fruit fly free areas export fresh fruit to China

In what is expected to be a major boost to Argentina’s fruit exports, areas growing cherries and other stone and pome fruits have been recognized as fruit fly free by China.…

Among these: blueberries and California Hass avocados Joni Hanebutt

More US agri products eligible for export to China

In recent weeks, China updated its lists of US facilities eligible to export. This means that more US agricultural products are eligible for export to China than ever before.…

Australian stone fruit growers focusing on the positives in challenging season

The Australian stone fruit industry is 'quite pleased' with the 2019/20 season, which featured increased values, despite several challenges domestically and internationally. Summerfruit Australia CEO Trevor Ranford noted that different growing areas had some hail in a couple of regions across the season,…

Spanish stone fruit exported to Italy has slowed down

Cherry exports are critical, while Moroccan watermelons are gaining ground on the Italian market

"Italian customers prefer the more elongated product of Morocco, which is even more competitively priced, to the Spanish round watermelon. Moroccan volumes are abounding and of good quality, therefore very attractive for the Italian market. However, with the beginning of the Sicilian season, the demand…

Norway imported significantly less Dutch onions and pears this year

In April 2020, less (-15%) fresh fruit and vegetables were imported in Norway than in April 2019. It was also less compared to April 2018 (-11%). The big difference compared to last year is partly explained by the fact that many onions were imported at the beginning of 2019, but even without onions the…

The Greenery is ready with new varieties for the Dutch soft fruit season

The Greenery and its growers are ready for the Dutch, non-heated, soft fruit cultivation season. "The recent years' varieties are going to make a crucial difference in the supply. These are strawberries, raspberries, and red currants. They are selected from Plant Sciences Inc. and Sant Orsola's breeding…

Specialty crops struggling to regain Chinese markets

Chinese importers can’t seem to get enough California oranges after China began lifting some tariffs in conjunction with “phase one,” but US producers of walnuts, almonds, cherries and other specialty crops aren’t seeing a resurgence in trade. US blueberry and avocado farmers are angling to make new…

Arlette Sijmonsma

Berry producers in northern Moldova hit by frosts

According to a preliminary assessment of berry growers in the village of Kunicha (Dondusheni district), about 30-70% of the crops have been lost. Considering that the town has…

Baoyan Zeng

China’s ‘cherry freedom’ vanishes as consumers rethink their spending habits

Few products tell the consumer spending story in China better than fruits such as cherries, as before the pandemic, demand for Chilean cherries and Peruvian avocados from China’s middle-class seemed insatiable. The Corona-virus, however, quickly put a stop to the demand, with merchants at the Jiangnan…

Fruitimprese: Growth in exports during the first two months of 2020 (+6.9%)

Fruitimprese reported that, during the first two months of 2020, there was a significant growth in the value of exports despite the drop in the volumes commercialized. Imports…

Marjet Lubbers

Lack of pickers for Hungarian strawberry campaign

Within days, Hungarian open-ground strawberries will arrive in stores, but many producers complain that there are no workers to pick the fruit, as reported by the professional…

Kaleb Kroetsch

Ontario fruit growers adapt to labour challenges

Travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have presented labour challenges in several sectors of the ag industry, including orchard crops. Federal ag minister…

OP Fonteverde

Peculiar campaign for Sicilian carrots, good potato and netted melon seasons

Companies dealing with various crops must always make multiple assessments during the entire campaign. FreshPlaza talked to OP Fonteverde in Ispica, Sicily, about the current situation. Patrizia Calabrese PO sales director Patrizia Calabrese provided an overview starting with the "peculiar" new carrot…

Aleksei Filatov

Unique varieties of Australian table grapes in the Philippines

A new crop of fresh Australian table grapes are now available in the Philippines. The 2020 season varieties include Tam’s Gold and Crimson Seedless as well as Sweet Sapphire…

New Zealand Budget 2020 boosts primary industries jobs and strengthens biosecurity

The New Zealand Government has invested $232 million to boost jobs and opportunities in the primary industries sector, including horticulture, as part of budget 2020.…

Apples in Poland are 94% more expensive than last year

From March 9 to May 5, the average prices of the 10 most popular fruits in Poland have increased by over 17 percent, comparing to the same period last year. Apple prices have…

Sharon de Ridder

Polish strawberries sold for very high prices

Strawberries are among Poland's favorite fruits, the most eagerly awaited seasonal delicacy; however, consumers may currently be put off by their high prices. Polish…

Marjet Lubbers

Russia has become the main destination for Argentinian pears

Argentina has increased the export of pears and apples in the first quarter of 2020 by 30% and 22%, respectively, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and…

Spain

Afrucat plans to bring Romanian laborers for the fruit campaign in Lleida

The regulations on international travel to Spain published on Tuesday in the Official State Gazette, which allow international travel for people visiting for work purposes and who are able to certify it with documents, have led Afrucat, the Catalan fruit business association, to arrange the arrival of a…

US: Warehouse worker strikes spread across Yakima valley

Fruit packers across Yakima Valley are walking out of work, as it seems strikes among these essential workers are spreading rapidly. This as the industry says it's doing all…

Sasa Boskovic

India has opportunities brewing for Australian fruit growers

The Indian government has announced market improvements to allow in-transit cold treatment of Australian top fruit, summer fruit and table grapes. In-transit cold treatment…

Clayton Swart- SATI

Best grape crop in three years signals full recovery after prolonged drought

The South African grape season ended with volumes in line with estimates and according to Clayton Swart from SATI it is the best crop in three years and signals a full recovery after a prolonged drought, with quality grapes being supplied to a world market. At the start of the season rain in the Northern…

Olga Kholiavina

China to allow imports of blueberries from US

China will allow imports of barley and blueberries from the United States, according to notices on its customs website. Imports that meet the relevant requirements will be…

Colinda Smits

Greek peach production expected to be normal this year

The first estimates for the European production of peaches and nectarines in 2020, collected on 7/5/2020 by Europech - at MEDFEL - reveal an overall decrease in terms of…

Grower considering new cultivation methods and apple varieites

Apple trees in Southern Sweden blooming extremely early - is this the new normal?

The warmer weather means apple trees in Österlen, Southern Sweden, started blooming two weeks earlier than usual. That is a record. Milder springs and warmer autumns make the Österlen climate ideal for growing apples. The apples take longer to ripen and taste better. However, this year, spring arrived…

Paola Leone

Tunisian fruit export revenues up up 5.24% year-on-year

Despite lower volumes, Tunisia’s fruit exports generated revenues of about 9.4 MD, up 5.24% during the period from January 2 to May 6, 2020, compared to the same period of…

Jinfeng Zhang

Taiwan diversifies fruit export markets away from China

The island nation of Taiwan has sought to expand its fruit exports to more countries in a market diversification bid that aims to reduce its reliance on the Chinese market.…

Nikolay Antonov

Unseasonable cold is very real threat to US growers

As if farmers didn’t have their hands full with the effects of the Corona-virus, they are braced for more icy weather as freezing temperatures threaten to damage this year’s…

Grandmade brand sees room for further diversification

"Our 'grandma' should convey a feeling of trust and handmade products"

The catering industry is the part of the fruit and vegetable sector that is likely to suffer most from COVID-19 containment measures. Accordingly, suppliers to the horeca sector now also have to wait until the measures are eased in the coming weeks. In many places, alternative sales channels are being sought…

Egyptian grape season about to start

"There will be competition to sell grapes before 23rd of May"

The Egyptian grape season is about to get going. Some of the grape traders will feel like they’re on a timer, as the post-Ramadan feast Eid al-Fitr will start on the 23rd of May. Prices are expected to drop shortly after that. It’s about to get busy in the Egyptian grape industry, as the season will…

Event postponed

Global Berry Congress moves to December 2020

Global Berry Congress 2020 is now to take place on 7-9 December 2020. This move is intended to give the global berry business as long as possible this year to deal with the…

Izak/Joel

Hungary’s apricot and peach production to be significantly lower this year

The frosts recorded in late March and early April in areas of Hungary, with temperatures reaching minus ten degrees Celsius in many cases, had an impact on plants, buds and…

Chile

The agricultural sector will need to spend more on cleaning protocols and to inform consumers

The economic and logistical consequences of the expansion of COVID-19 have hit world agriculture, hindering its implementation, and interrupting global export flows. However, according to researcher and international expert Jorge Retamales, the health crisis hasn't had significant effects on Chile's…

Heinz Schacht (Fruchtgroßhandel Schacht) on the Corona-crisis

"The worst seems to have passed"

While certain fresh products were "hoarded" at the beginning of the crisis, this was not the case for apple and pear sales. "We didn't feel the crisis much in the sense that almost normal quantities have…

Tanzania: East Africa Fruits Co. closes its $2.05 million Series A funding

East Africa Fruits Co., a Tanzanian company addressing food distribution challenges to improve efficiencies in the farm-to-market sector, closed Series A equity funding…

"The time is right to strike there, as our volumes build up"

Australian citrus producers urged to start building relationships in India for the long term

With the industry in an expansion phase, Citrus Australia is encouraging growers to think about building relationships in the Indian market, to help manage increasing volumes in the coming years. CEO Nathan Hancock, admits that it is at least a 5-10 year strategy that is required, but destinations need…

Significant reduction in Chinese Fuxi watermelon output

The melon season is in full swing now in China and more melons are expected to reach the market this month. However, some seasons are already ending, as is the watermelon…

Big investments have improved Turkish cherry operations

"Our volumes will be doubled compared to last year"

The Turkish cherry season is in full swing. The Turkish exporters have been aggressive in their investments and marketing, mostly to increase their market share in the Chinese market. As the weather has been favorable, it’s expected the Turkish will have a solid season in terms of both volumes and…

Thies Claußen, Quality Manager Global Fruit Point LLC:

"Sustainable renaissance of recognition and appreciation of high-quality food"

The current corona crisis is causing some difficulties for Germany's fruit importers: The bureaucracy concerning the procurement of goods has increased enormously and with it, the time required for the entire supply chain. Nevertheless, people can basically go forward into the future with hope, says Thies…

Cesare Antonio Palma

Sterile Insect Technique opens new markets for Ecuadorian fruit

Ecuador is one of the largest producers of tropical fruit in the Western Hemisphere. That nation is adding non-traditional fruits to its export portfolio as a result of…

USDA Southern Region news release Non-citrus Fruits and Nuts

Georgia leads US blueberry production - value up 52 percent from 2018

Florida’s utilized production of avocados was up 88 percent from 2018 and its associated value of production was up 54 percent. After suffering several years of disease and hurricane damage, yields rebounded in 2019. Regarding blueberries; Georgia led the nation with 21,700 harvested acres for 2019. The…

Yaka IKE sees large demand from Europe

“We will be the bull of the Greek cherries”

For Greek cherry packers it appears to be a regular season. Although volumes packed was expected to rise by 25 per cent earlier, there have been some losses on the early varieties, making it a normal cherry season in Greece. According to Levent Sadik Ahmet, CEO of cherry packer Yaka IKE, there have been…

Ark. Neyman

Canadian fruit growers say federal support is ‘profoundly underwhelming’

The financial support package to the Canadian agriculture industry announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Tuesday morning is “profoundly underwhelming,” according to the…

Advance of 2019-2020 season:

Exports of Chilean fruit exceed 1,7 million tons

According to figures from the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX), from the September 01 from 2019 to April 26 2020, Chile has exported 1.726.883 tons of fresh fruit to the world, a figure that is 8,02% lower than the same period of the 2017-2018 campaign. Blueberriesconsulting.com…

Strawberry prices in Hungary expected to fall in May

This year's strawberry production in Hungary promises to be average, with producers expecting to harvest 10-12 thousand tons from approximately 700 hectares, said the…

Greek competition affects Italian kiwifruit quotations

"The Italian kiwifruit season is ending on a positive note when it comes to demand, with prices higher than in February and March. Unfortunately, however, it is not enough to compensate for the problems caused by the Greek produce sold at lower prices during the first part of the season. Greek…

Awe Sum Organics

New crop of organic Mexican grapes to arrive soon

Awe Sum Organics will have their new crop, organic and Fair Trade Certified seedless red and green table grapes from Sonora, Mexico available for loading in Nogales, AZ starting on May 18th. The black seedless should be available starting the following week, with organic Candy Snaps in early June. Awe…

Dublin, Ireland

Keelings claims it can save fruit crop without additional workers

Dublin fruit and vegetable producer Keelings has stated it believes it can save most of its fruit crop this year without the employment of additional workers from outside the…

Julien Viry

New Zealand Apples and Pears CEO Allan Pollard:

'Uncertainty over Chinese wet market affects New Zealand fruit exporters'

One of the rumoured origins for the Corona-virus outbreak is a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Wet markets in the area re-opened last months, but the Chinese are now less trusting of these marketplaces. The uncertainty that still exists around the origin of Covid-19 could certainly have an…

Worldwide Fruit - Lincolnshire

Ever improving results for major UK fruit distributor

Worldwide Fruit, which is headquartered in Spalding, Lincolnshire, has reported a turnover of £160.9 million for the 12 months leading up to 28 December 2019, up from £155.3…

Weird trick can make an onion taste like an apple

Our five senses—taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight—don’t function in completely separately. They work together in intricate ways. Consider this: With our eyes covered and our nose plugged, we probably can’t ­distinguish an apple from an onion. Without our eyes to see, an apple is an apple and an…

Food scientist Hang Xiao - University of Massachusetts Amherst Photo by Ylanite Koppens

Strawberries studied for their anti-inflammatory benefits

University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientist Hang Xiao has received a new federal grant to expand his research into the health benefits of certain fruits and vegetables;…

"Considering the sluggish market situation in Asia, we are satisfied with the results"

"Our season from Italy to Asia has ended"

In these difficult times, as exhibitions and fairs are canceled, it has become harder and harder to expose potential customers to new products, and companies are having to be more creative when finding other ways to keep their clients up to date. “At RK Growers we decided to launch our own YouTube…

FreshPlaza Global Focus Melon / Kiwifruit

FreshPlaza will be focusing on melons and kiwifruit in our May Global Focus. There are many new challenges facing exporters and importers in this strange new world. The New Zealand kiwifruit season has started and kiwis are already arriving in the markets, as is production from other Southern Hemisphere…

FreshPlaza Mediterranean Special

FreshPlaza will be focusing on production from the Mediterranean region in this month's special. This region has a wide array of fruit and vegetables on offer, but growers ad exports are faced with the challenges of getting the fruit harvested and to market in the midst of an almost worldwide lock down, but o the bright side…

Stronger demand for vegetables than fruit

Domestic apple prices at 10 year low as South Africa eases lockdown restrictions

South Africa has announced that its lockdown restrictions will move from level 5 - with some of the strictest regulations in the world, including a ban on cigarette and alcohol sales - to level 4, coming into effect on 1 May. The roll-back of restrictions start from Friday, but a curfew from ten at night…

Rogdrigolab

Shipping by sea continues

Brazilian fruit not being airfreighted out

According to Brazilian Fruit and Fruit Product Exporters Association (Abrafrutas) technical and projects manager Jorge de Souza, at this point in time, virtually no fruit is being flown out of Brazil. Since volumes are not enough to fill up a cargo plane, most of the product used to ship in the cargo…

"Over the past decade demand has continued to be in front of supply"

Australian Kanzi® apples set to continue growth despite challenges this season

Australian Kanzi® apple growers are confident of consistent supply this season, despite some challenging weather conditions during the growing period. "In the past 12 months, Australia has been battered by devastating weather events. Our orchards have been impacted by drought, bushfires, floods and hail…

John Giles - Promar International

What next for the South African fruit sector?

The South African fruit sector has had a tough time of it over the last few years, but has normally been able bounce back and show its highly resilient nature. This has been in the face of very severe drought in parts of the country, issues with labour and in some cases attempts at land reclamation and…

Growing Australia's tropical fruit category through increased market opportunities

A Brisbane based tropical fruit marketing company is bringing growers together, in an attempt to access markets which an individual grower would find difficult to secure. Tropical Fruit Direct Pty Ltd (TFD) is a joint venture between a traditional market agent (J.E.Tipper) and a grower (Skybury). CEO…

"Stable quality and lower volume, key points"

Chilean sugar plum had a good performance this season at China market

China is a very important export market for Chilean Dagen plums. Every year a large volume of sugar plums is exported to the Chinese market and is received quite well. However, this year the overall market conditions were quite different, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and its backlash on the market.  The season…

Effects of crashed oil price won't be seen for a few months

As Africa shuts its borders Alto Vida continues to supply its customers

Despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, the Alto Vida Group continues to supply its clients in South Africa, Angola and West Africa with quality fresh produce and pre-packed fruit and vegetables. The coronavirus pandemic may have taken its time to reach Africa, but the recent spike…

California Grape Acreage Report, 2019 Summary Sasa Boskovic

'Flame Seedless was California's leading table grape variety in 2019'

The California Department of Food and Agriculture partners with the Pacific Regional Office of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to conduct an annual…

Beibaoke1

China opens two more border access points for Thai fruit

China has opened two more border points for the import of Thai fruit just in time for the beginning of fruit harvest season in late April. Chinese authorities opened the Dongxing border point for trucks and the Pingxiang border gate for transportation by train in addition to the existing Youyi Guan…

First Sharka disease detection in Uzbekistan

Apricot, sweet cherry, plum and peach are economically important stone fruit crops in Uzbekistan. Plum pox virus (PPV) is the causal agent of sharka disease. This virus is the most destructive viral pathogen of stone fruit trees. No information is available on PPV occurrence in Uzbekistan. In 2019, plum trees exhibiting foliar pale green rings and spots were observed in a 21-year-old orchard of the local cultivar Ispanskiy in the Tashkent region of Uzbekistan.

Scientists at Lomonosov Moscow State University with Chirchik State Pedagogical Institute (Uzbekistan) have collected the symptomatic leaves, have tested samples for PPV and sequenced the isolates.

"The analyses showed that the Uzbek isolates were most closely related to the Kazakh isolate P7R1 from plum (LT600780) with over 99% nucleotide identity. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of PPV from Uzbekistan. This finding expands the geographical distribution of the virus and encourages further studies on PPV prevalence, host range and genetic variability to reduce its impact on the fruit-growing industry," the scientists reported.

Source: Muzaffar Sattorov, Anna A Sheveleva, Vokhid Fayziev, Sergei Chirkov, 'First report of Plum pox virus on plum in Uzbekistan', 2020, Plant Disease.

Travelling-light

Bangladesh: Chartered cargo flights necessary for Dhaka-London route

Officials from several British-Bangladeshi chambers and trade associations have urged the Bangladesh government to initiate Biman or chartered cargo flights to facilitate…

Simon Derrick - Blue Skies

Sales of fresh-cut fruit picking up again

“We are fortunate that the majority of our business across Europe is with grocery retailers and not with food service – which has been especially hard hit. Just before the lock down we did gain a major new food service customer but that has been put on hold for the moment,” said Simon Derrick from Blue…

Chinese market for imported fruit gradually recovers

"The Chinese market has gradually recovered after the outbreak of COVID-19 was brought under control. Consumption is growing again. Both the import volume and the sales volume significantly increased in comparison with two months ago." This is according to manager Liang Shisheng, spokesperson for…

Kenya’s fast fruit deliveries get a boost

E-commerce platform Jumia Kenya and Twiga Foods have signed a partnership agreement that will enable shoppers on the platform to buy fresh produce as well as processed foods…

First cherry harvest in Turkey

Manisa, a city located in western Turkey, has harvested early varieties of cherries. In Sehzadeler district, the first harvest is celebrated by a symbolic auction. 30 kilo of cherries were sold for 400 Turkish Lira (53 Euro) per kilo. The early variety of cherries in Manisa is known as the "Cristobalina" variety. Producer Metin…

Paul Vargas Machuca, commercial director of AVM Soluciones Logística:

"The production process in Peruvian agriculture has not stopped"

Generally, when we talk about crops we do it highlighting the main actors, which are the producers. Then we stop at the experts and researchers, making their work visible.…

Belarus: Customs officers stop illegal transport of 60 tons of fruit to Russia

Earlier this week, Mogilev customs officers stopped an illegal transport of fruit worth more than Br75,000 (€27.500) to Russia, BelTA learned from the State Customs Committee.…

Peruvian flower growers block the transit of trucks loaded with fruit

Strawberry producers from Huashao in the province of Yungay, Ancash, have requested the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation to send the Peruvian National Police to lift the…

Sfax-Tripoli direct shipping line for Tunisian fruit exports

In cooperation with the TunShip Maritime Company, Fruit Inter-professional Grouping (GIF) has launched a direct shipping line between the ports of Sfax and Tripoli (Libya)…

Jon Clark - FGA

Chilean fruit export in full swing, English cherries look promising

The Chilean fruit export season is full swing, the majority of stone fruit has just finished exporting, with just a few weeks of the late plum sales to happen in May. Grapes are still arriving, and top fruit is progressing well. “Covid 19 has increased demand for apples of all varieties so it is looking…

New Jersey company optimistic about upcoming fruit season

As it looks ahead at its local blueberry and peach seasons, one New Jersey company says it’s planning for business as usual. “We obviously recognize that the situation is abnormal so we’re going to be flexible and responsive to it as it develops,” says Tom Beaver of Glassboro, N.J.-based Sunny Valley…

Potential ways for the Australian citrus industry to grow at a retail level

Information from one of Australia's leading research companies has found that the national citrus industry could add an additional $149 million a year if customers added just one more type of citrus to their regular shop. Nielsen Homescan involves a panel of 10,000 households who record their grocery…

Market developments in the EU

‘Demand for EU fruits like apples and oranges is strong’

In the apples and oranges markets, no Covid-19-related production impacts are expected in the  current marketing year. Demand for less perishable fruits like apples and oranges is strong. While the estimated EU production of apples in the current marketing year 2019/2020 is 10% below its past 5-year average…

Help offered by University of Agricultural Sciences alumni association

Direct sales in Bengaluru help Indian grape farmers in lockdown distress

The timely intervention of the alumni association of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru (UAS-B) has helped in rescuing growers of premium varieties of grapes in south Karnataka’s grape-growing belt of Chickballapur and Devanahalli during the lockdown. Farmers who cultivate premium…

Thai ministry launches mobile fruit stores to roam capital

Thailand’s Commerce Ministry has introduced Thong Fah low-priced mobile fruit stores in pick-up trucks, in a the latest bid to dispose of abundant fruit during the harvest…

Halil Cakmak, Fresh Maximum GmbH:

"We'll have deliveries of Turkish plums as usual"

The Corona crisis is keeping everyone at the Stuttgart wholesale store on tenterhooks as well. Despite today's circumstances, the marketing activities of the trading companies based there continue on a daily basis: "Things are still going great for us. We are less affected by the loss of the catering trade,…

Freshcare's Quality Standard opening up global opportunities for growers after benchmarking

The recognition of Freshcare's certification program by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) reflects global best practice in food safety management and provides Australian growers and packers with better access to international markets, according to the team co-ordinating Australia's on-farm food…

Chile becomes China's main fruit supplier in 2020

During the first two months of 2020 Chinese fruit imports amounted to 1.02 million tons worth 2.17 billion dollars, i.e. 11% less in volume and an 8% increase in value when…

New York's Hudson Valley orchards looks forward to sweet 2020 harvest

A mild winter and an early spring has left the Hudson Valley’s orchards positioned for a full crop of what Steve Clarke calls the full menu: apples, cherries, peaches, plums,…

Gian Andrea Paganini, Venzi & Paganini AG Zürich:

"We're hoping the situation will ease off by mid-to-late May"

The consequences of the Corona crisis have been very noticeable on the Zurich wholesale market for several weeks now. The important commercial hub of northern Switzerland normally guarantees the fresh supply of many millions of people in the urban area. "People buy less: instead of imported goods, they now…

Vietnamese fruit export to China declined by nearly 30% in the first quarter of 2020

Data from the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development shows that Vietnamese fruit export to China reached a value of 300 million USD in the first quarter of…

Tamarillos to give New Zealanders a health kick this season

New Zealand tamarillo growers are hoping that the health benefits of the fruit, can help drive consumer consumption, especially this year with the coronavirus outbreak. Robert Morris from the New Zealand Tamarillo Growers Association Inc. says the fruit rates highly as a source of vitamins, minerals and…

Australia: Perth quarantine after fruit fly outbreak

Some of Perth's suburbs have been placed in quarantine, as an outbreak of the destructive Queensland fruit fly has prompted the West Australian government to set up a…

New Zealand apples arriving in Europe and Asia

“If this had been a normal year, we would have been looking at an excellent season.”

As the demand for apples in Europe increases the first arrivals from New Zealand are landing on a good market. “The first New Zealand Cox have arrived and are looking very good with good brix due the dry growing season, we expect the first Royal Gala to arrive in Europe next week,” explains Patrick…

South African top fruit industry is open for business

South African top and stone fruit growers association, Hortgro, announce that exports of apples and pears are continuing as planned, with volumes to the UK as expected and improved eating quality compared to last season. Although the industry is still running on schedule, they are inevitably facing…

2019: more than 90% of Dutch fresh fruit exports were overseas product

April used to be a top month for Dutch fresh fruit and vegetable imports. In 2019, it was the month when 180,000 tons of fresh vegetables and 500,000 tons of fresh fruit were imported. In the recent past, May also saw about an equal amount of fresh vegetables being imported. Vegetable imports then…

Fruit consumption in Spanish homes up by 23.1%

According to the latest report on household consumption from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in week 14 of 2020 (from March 30 to April 5), food…

British Columbia - Canada

Helicopters being used to fight frost on this year's cherry crop

Okanagan residents are familiar with helicopters using their blades to clear off rain and dew build-up on cherries as they get closer to harvest, but perhaps have not heard…

NAMC Market Intelligence Report: Week 14 of 2020

Consumption of South African blueberries has increased globally

The consumption of South African blueberries has increased globally. This demand has resulted in an increase in the production volumes and in the number of producing countries. At the same time price in the market is at the all-time high. There has been a fierce competition between Chile and Peru. To…

First harvest of Inored apples in South Africa

The first Inored apple harvest has been taken off in the Witzenberg Valley above Ceres, impressing the South African pioneers of the French-bred open variety with its strong colour and low sunburn incidence. De Kock Hamman, technical advisor at Ceres Fruit Growers, saw the fruit on a visit to Italy in…

"We need to be aware that they will improve"

Australian citrus industry not taking competition from Chile in China too lightly

The Australian citrus industry says it cannot afford to underestimate Chile's presence in the Chinese market after the South American country gained market access in December last year. With the 2020 citrus season underway in Australia, General Manager of Market Development David Daniels admits the…

New marketing campaigns encouraging fun avocado consumption in the home across the Tasman

The Australian and New Zealand avocado industries have launched respective marketing campaigns, promoting "fun" home consumption, following the closure of foodservice businesses due to COVID-19. Avocados Australia admits that while a significant portion of avocado sales happens at a retail level,…

Canada: Cherry industry in British Columbia gets thrown a lifeline

British Columbia cherry producers are fully reliant on temporary foreign workers to help with everything from pruning and planting trees to harvesting. The ability of…

China's Shenzhen Shekou Port: Fruit container throughput up 46 per cent in Q1

Shekou Port, in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, saw its fruit container throughput rise 46 per cent to nearly 17,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) in the first…

Myanmar fruit trucks stuck at Chinese border crossing

Under a new cross-border cargo policy to control the spread of the coronavirus, Chinese border authorities are not letting cargo trucks from Myanmar pass through a key entry…

Himachal Pradesh - India

Himachal fruit growers battle input shortages due to lockdown

Himachal Pradesh’ horticulture sector, really the backbone of the state’s economy is staring at a major crisis. Fruit growers have almost run out of packaging material to store their produce, after a 21-day nationwide lockdown was invoked to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).…

AGI Frost Fans run at 15% of the cost of similar units

There is growing demand for frost prevention fans in the agricultural sector as growers invest in high risk/high return crops such as table grapes, citrus and avocados and recently wine vineyards. This is common practice in other parts of the world but is relatively new to South Africa. AGI Frost Fans…

"On our own orchards, we have seen some of the best quality apples that we have produced"

Australian JAZZ™ Apple crops delivering highly-impressive results for growers this Autumn

The first autumn harvest of JAZZ™ will be delivered to retailers nationally from this week and Managing Director Scott Montague says this year's amazing quality is a tribute to the group of JAZZ™ growers across Australia.  "I am just very relieved because there is such uncertainty in the world at the moment,”…

Bangladesh capital: Fruits in short supply

Amid a supply shortage of imported fruits -- that reportedly meets 60 percent of the country's demand - prices are rising in markets at the Bangladesh capital. Importers say a…

New Maluma avocado co-brand launched into the Australian retail market

While the Australian avocado season has traditionally been dominated by two varieties - Hass and Shepard - an Australian company is hoping to grow their new Viavi brand with small volumes now on the market. The variety is currently available for purchase in Australia under the Viavi & Arlo co-brand; Arlo…

Mark Tweddle - Jupiter Group

“The most positive thing coming out of this is the increased demand for citrus fruits"

Indian grape exports came to a sudden halt a couple of weeks ago when the Indian Prime Minister gave the instruction for the country to go into lockdown. Unlike other countries the people had no time to prepare for this. For fresh produce grower and exporter Jupiter Group it meant that only 2/3 of their…

How coronavirus will affect the upcoming blueberry season

There is little time left to start the blueberry season in Northern Europe, but some growers are already concerned about the influence of the coronavirus pandemic on their farms. Closed borders and quarantines caused by the virus Covid-19 can lead to shortages of employees in both picking and packing…

Jeff Scott - ATGA

“It has been a reasonable season so far, but there have been ups and downs along the way"

The Australian grape season started back in October a couple of weeks later than normal. Queensland and the north west of the country ran through till December, with the other regions following on from mid-January onwards. “It has been a reasonable season so far, there have been ups and downs along the…

Losses in stone fruit and berry crops in Ukraine due to low temperatures

The freezing temperatures recently recorded in Ukraine could lead to the loss of up to 80% of the stone fruit production and up to 50% of the berry crops, said Kateryna…

Vernocchi: "In Emilia Romagna, stone fruit and kiwi productions almost set to zero"

The frosts will not stop

The wave of night frosts that are affecting much of Italy goes on. In the north, the situation has reached an unprecedented level, with 8 hours below zero on the night of April 2 and minimum peaks of -6 °C. Even the anti-frost systems are struggling, because protecting an orchard with 5 °C below zero is not easy. After three sleepless…


© FreshPlaza.com 2020

Sign up for our daily Newsletter and stay up to date with all the latest news!

Subscribe I am already a subscriber