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South African grape outlook

There is optimism around the new season of South African grapes. The first crop estimates for 2021-22 were just released with expected volumes between 70.6 and 77.7 million 4.2kg cartons. This is the third consecutive season we will see growth in the grape industry even with a table grape hectare decrease of 1,234 hectares…

Raju Shetti, President of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana;

'Bring onions and grapes under Minimum Support Price'

In an attempt to shield grape and onion farmers from exploitation, Kolhapur farmers union Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana has requested the federal government to bring onions…

Karnataka:

Unseasonal rain hits Belagavi grape growers, government to compensate farmers

Belagavi growers have started dumping their grape crops as unseasonal rains have caused heavy damage to the grapes. In Belagavi, over 4,500 hectares of grapes were cultivated…

India: Increase in freight and packaging materials costs to affect grape prices

A two-fold increase in the shipping freight cost and a 30% rise in packaging material prices will surely affect grape prices across international and domestic markets.…

Possible cranberry shortage by Christmas

According to Wisconsin State Cranberry Grower’s Association Executive Director Tom Lochner, unsettled weather over the last year in Central Wisconsin led to about 100 million…

Statement from B.C. Blueberry Council

British Columbia blueberry industry severely impacted by recent floods

From flooded fields and homes to supply chain issues, this is an especially challenging time for British Columbia. We stand with the those impacted by floods. Our hearts go out to the growers whose homes are flooded. Their loss is insurmountable. Blueberry grower Jaswant Dhillon says his “family has lost…

Winter blueberry outlook indicates strong production

California Giant Berry Farms has the winter blues--blueberries that is--with global grower partners reporting peak volumes of organic and conventional blueberry supply for the start of winter season and beyond.  "We've started harvesting fruit from Chile that will provide for a constant winter supply of high-quality…

Brazil

Trade mission to expand melon exports from Rio Grande do Norte to China

A trade mission has been set up by producers from Potiguares, to expand exports to China. Consul General of China Yan Yuqing has already highlighted the quality of Potiguar…

New Zealand: Wairoa trial orchard paves the way for local iwi

Tātau Tātau Horticulture has welcomed twelve new cadets to its fledgling horticulture scheme, signalling the start of both their employment and the launch of an exciting new…

Opening price starts high

First strawberries of the season enter Chinese market

All kinds of strawberries for all kinds of prices appeared on the shelves of fruit shops in Guangxi. The fresh strawberries attracted droves of customers. One shop owner explained that the first strawberries of the season recently entered the market, and all the varieties in the shop came from other…

Chilean cherry market still influenced by pandemic developments

As the seasons change, Chilean cherries once again flood the Chinese market. The cherry production seasons in Chile and China do not overlap, and so the Chilean cherries…

The IDR forecasts the harvest will be 14% lower than last year

The weather changed the panorama for Argentina's cherry

The cherry harvest began a couple of weeks ago, and now the Rural Development Institute (IDR) has published the cherry production estimate for this year. Cecilia Fernandez,…

Lucien de Wit, LuBa Fresh:

"Limited air freight availability is severely hindering Egyptian strawberry season"

The Egyptian strawberry season has begun anew at LubaFresh in the Netherlands. "We have air freight arrivals three times a week in the coming period. Normally we get them until early January," Lucien de Wit says. Currently, the importer carries the Fortuna and Sensation varieties. Cargo space is a challenge…

Egyptian strawberry season now in full swing

Since mid-November, the export of Egyptian fresh strawberries has officially begun. One exporter expects a solid season, as both demand and production are at a good level. Prices will increase slightly, as transport costs are higher this year, especially air freight. According to Amr Kadah, CEO for Egyptian…

Iranian apple exports increasing despite rumored smaller harvest

Data seems to imply that the apple harvest in Iran was significantly lower in 2021 than last year. Although there are no real reliable statistics on the volume of apple…

Frankort & Koning

"Very strong demand in pears this season"

“Right now, we see a very vivid trade in all pear varieties. A lot of European retailers are heavily promoting loose and prepacked pears, causing stocks to decrease rapidly.…

Blueberry industry is the fastest-growing horticultural industry in South Africa

During their monthly Beanstalk.Global broadcasts, PMA Southern Africa and a panel of experts discuss key aspects of various types of fresh produce grown in South Africa and…

Ferub's fruit growing research yields good results

The fruit-growing project of the Rural Excellence Foundation of Uberlândia (Ferub) has yielded good results. The project started in December 2019. Six fruits are grown on…

Gold Coast, Queensland announced as location for BerryQuest International

BerryQuest International 2022, the largest conference and trade exhibition for the Australian berry industry, will be held on Queensland’s stunning Gold Coast from July 25 to 28, 2022 Berries Australia Chair, Peter McPherson said hundreds of local and international berry growers and industry experts will…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products - weekly update

Peruvian blueberries arriving through Philadelphia and NYC expected to decrease as season is past peak

Currently, US shippers and buyers look to make preparations to ensure that they have transportation and product for the Christmas season. Movement through the ports has improved, but trucks and drivers remain in short supply. Wholesalers and retailers are seeing higher prices nearly across the board on…

Red-fleshed apples:

The science behind an uncommon apple breed

Deep in Oregon's Hood River Valley, a few select farms grow a rare cultivar of apples that look no different than most conventional varieties on the outside. This apple's taut…

"It has already given us quality insight into the export of melons and the markets that they are going."

Melons Australia looking to boost export recovery through research projects

Australia's peak melon industry body is conducting several projects with the aim of boosting international trade of the fruit, which declined significantly during the pandemic. In the 2021 season, Melons Australia Executive Director, Johnathon Davey admits that exports dropped by 40 per cent, while,…

"We believe the acreage will continue to increase and the variety will consolidate as one of the best apples on the market"

Candine apple acreage expands in Portugal

Last week, ASF Edition (Agro Selections Fruits), a company that creates and breeds new varieties, signed an agreement with the company Atlantic Portuguese Apple, formed by the club of exporters of the PGI Maça de Alcobaça, for the commercial development of Candine. "Its bright pink and reddish color, semi-sweet…

VOG organic development

VOG guarantees a 12-month supply of high-quality apples

Currently around 10% of total production is grown according to organic farming principles, in particular by Biosüdtirol, the VOG cooperative entirely devoted to organic…

Jan Rozema, SFI Rotterdam:

"Europe still has room for early South African peaches and nectarines"

Russian roulette - that is how the pre-Christmas season sometimes used to be described. Then, mainly the Eastern European market was supplied with South African stone fruit and Chilean cherries. Now, much more fruit is available year-round. So, the import of these specialties has declined considerably.…

Fiji: Hospitality sector imports $17 million worth of fresh fruits annually

The Fijian hospitality sector spends around $74 million on beverages and fruits annually. According to Agriculture Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy, out of this $74 million, $17…

By the end of November, 73 Peruvian companies have exported 36% more blueberries than last season

In 2016, Peru cultivated nearly 13 blueberry varieties, now it is cultivating 60 varieties

Proarandanos released information on Peru's 2021-2022 blueberry campaign, which is nearing its end. Luis Miguel Vegas, the general manager of Proarandanos, said the Peruvian…

“We feel confident to say that Chilean cherries are safe and Covid-19 free”

The Chilean cherry is now in season. The pandemic has limited the presence of Chinese importers in Chilean orchards, which makes it harder for importers to evaluate fruit quality and verify the trustworthiness of new suppliers, but still, the industry has good expectations of the coming season. Julio…

Mexico's blueberry production grows for the fifth consecutive year

In 2020 Mexico produced 50,293 tons of blueberries. This was the fifth consecutive year in which the country's blueberry production grew. According to estimates from the…

New fruit farmers' association to boost Ugandan fruit exports

Hortifresh is a farmers group with a vision of creating an enabling environment for sustainable production of Uganda's fresh fruits and vegetable produce. The central African…

Consumer surprised by delicious taste of melons in winter

The Greenery and Bayer Vegetable Seeds highlighted the delicious taste of melons last weekend. Reason: consumers are not always aware that delicious melons are available during the winter months. (Daan van der Wielen (Jumbo), Frank Ocampo (The Greenery) and Nico van Vliet (Bayer Vegetable Seeds) The…

Georgian apple exports down 44%

Since August 1, 2021, approximately 2,800 tons of apples worth $1.8 million have been exported from the Republic of Georgia. Still, this year Georgia exported 44% less apples than last year. In…

South African top fruit growers report increases in UK sales

Hortgro, South Africa’s deciduous fruit grower organisation, is seeing the culmination of another successful apple and pear season in the UK market despite Brexit and the pandemic. This year, South African apple and pear exports have seen a 9% increase, with approximately 33 million cartons of apples…

South Cotabato province, the Philippines

Dole Sunshine Co. to reprocess tons of fruit waste

Dole Sunshine Co. is working on ways to repurpose around 1 million tons of fruit waste generated by its plantations in the Philippines. According to Wei Tze Ooi, Dole…

Nadir Sahin (Sahin Karlsruhe) on the Turkish grape season:

"Peak season will end in about two weeks"

Turkish Sultana grapes are still available in abundance, but the campaign is nevertheless coming to an end. "Smaller quantities will be available until the end of the year, but the main season is expected to end in about two weeks," says Nadir Sahin, a buyer and seller of fruit and vegetables at the…

Chlorpyrifos detection

EU rejects Turkish fruits due to harmful pesticide residues

Turkish food engineer Bülent Şık has reported the European Union's rejection of several batches of lemons, mandarins and grapefruits from Turkey as high levels of residues of…

Austrian fruit harvest 2021:

Late frost and cold led to lower pome and stone fruit harvest

Late frost and cold weather again led to losses in the fruit harvest. In 2021, 188,200 tons of dessert fruit were produced, as Statistics Austria reports. This was 14% below…

Logistics the biggest hurdle for Peruvian grape growers this season

Good volumes on newer grape varieties--so is the outlook for the Peruvian table grape crop, which is just getting underway. For Long Beach, CA-based DLJ Produce, its harvest begins in about a week which puts first arrivals in the U.S. between the week of Dec. 13th and the week of December 20th. “We’re…

USDA

US table grape storage numbers still on downward trend year-on-year

The number of California table grapes in storage on the West Coast is still significantly lower compared to this time last year. The Western Fruit Report - Grape Cold Storage Summary states that there were almost two million fewer cartons being held. Data reveals there were 10.5 million cartons in…

David Zahlan - Alexanders Fruit Market

How rain can make you lose $250,000 in an hour

David Zahlan, Director at Alexanders Fruit Market was visiting a farm in Cobram, Victoria this week where he saw first-hand the damage that can be done by an hour's worth of rain on an orchard.   David said it is important to educate customers as to what can happen on a farm, "I like to share with them the things…

Murcia consolidates itself as Spain's leading apricot exporting region accounting for 39% of the national total

Antonio Luengo, the Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and the Environment, stated that the Region of Murcia was Spain's leading apricot exporter. The…

China officially kicks off the sixth edition of 'Chilean week'

The 25th of November was the first day of the 'Chilean week' in Beijing. The sixth edition of the 'Chilean week' is a hybrid event that combines online and in-person activities. The activities cover a wide range of topics including trade, investment, economic development, travel, culture, and food. The…

Auction raises $50,000 for Camp Quality

Anthony Romeo crowned 2021 Cherry King

South Australia’s independent fruit and vegetable retailers have gone head to head in an auction bidding war at the Pooraka wholesale markets to raise money for Camp Quality.…

IQonsulting

Chilean Blueberry Committee Crop & Exports Report. Week 46

US and Asia have received 44.5% and 48% respectively to date

Last week (46) exports observed again showed lower volumes than previous seasons, reaching 939 tons, 8.4% less than the same week of the previous season. The total to date is 2,731 tons, this is -27.4% less than last season, when 3,735 tons had been reached. Along with these figures, the industry has…

China-Chile trade to reach record high in 2021

According to a recent forecast by the Chilean Ambassador in Beijing, Luis Schmidt, economic cooperation between China and Chile is expected to hit a record high by surpassing a $55 billion threshold. The ambassador's prediction has its merits. Driven by an upgraded Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and…

Northern Peru

Lambayeque exported 35,108 tons of blueberries in past five months

According to the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation, from June to date, Lambayeque district exported 35,108 tons of blueberries to different markets abroad. This…

DTU increases collaboration with Mexican uni Tec De Monterrey

New agreements have been arranged to extend international research collaboration and student exchange between DTU and Tec De Monterrey. DTU and the Mexican university Tec De…

ABC

Weekly Argentinean blueberry arrivals

Total weekly blueberry shipments from Argentina to the US at 417 tons in week 46

Total weekly blueberry arrivals from Argentina to the US stood at 417 tons in week 46, compared to 804 tons last season. Of these shipments, 30 tons were send via air freight, and 387 tons were shipped by sea. The UK only received 3 tons, all shipped in by air. Shipments to continental Europe amounted to…

Apple-growing areas in Washington State: Trends in net use

The United States is the second-largest global producer of apples and 70% of these apples come from Washington State. The main apple-growing areas in Washington State are…

Saskia Polak, Total Produce:

"Number of retailers that have included DINO melon in their assortment has increased significantly"

Five years ago Total Produce introduced the DINO melon to the European market. This was, originally, an Asian variety, which is completely different from the other available melon varieties offered in the supermarkets. "We are regularly asked by retailers if there are any innovations within the category…

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies

Roots signs deal to expand into African blueberry market

Roots Sustainable Agricultural Technologies (ROO) has signed a Letter of Intent with irrigation system specialist, Cherry Irrigation SA. The latter specializes in the design…

Busy times for Polish apple exporters

“December and the following months should come with even stronger demand”

It’s busy times for Polish apple traders, as one exporter states he’s fully filled with orders over the next two weeks. Demand overall has been strong this year and is expected to increase even further once apple producing countries run out of their local stocks. Mateusz Wajnert, head of sales for Polish…

An Iranian company, Samiran Salamat Co, has chosen the Italian Futura srl

Major Iranian apple exporter invests in new technologies for the apple sector

In Iran, the apple sector is growing rapidly, and so is the need for sorting lines to reach a greater number of foreign markets. Thus, the Iranian company Samiran Salsmat purchased a processing line capable of sorting 10 tons of apples per hour from the Italian company Futura. The line was delivered and…

Fevi Frutta

Strawberries and oranges seem to be shaking up the market

"In recent days, strawberries and oranges are leading the sales trend in the fruit and vegetable market. And little does it matter if, especially for strawberries, the temperatures or the period may not stimulate consumption. At the moment there is the opposite problem. Availability is limited for both…

New South African stone fruit campaign focuses on retailer promotions

South African stone fruit is now available in the UK and the sun-ripened plums, peaches and nectarines will be the focus of retail promotions this winter. This year, Hortgro, which represents South African deciduous fruit growers, is expecting good export figures for plums and nectarines in particular.…

Increased costs and low prices lead to demonstrating producers

“Polish apples are the cheapest in Europe at this time”

Polish apple prices are so low that it’s leading to demonstrations. Increased costs like electricity and labor do not mix well with the current prices and according to one Polish apple exporter it could lead to farms going out of business. Overall the Polish apple season has been doing fine in terms of export…

USDA

Cranberry production in top-producing US states: Modest increase in 2021

The US harvest season for cranberries runs from around mid-September until the end of October. Total US production of cranberries in 2021 is forecast to come out at 7.9 million barrels, an increase of less than 1 percent y-o-y. In three of the four top cranberry-producing states -Wisconsin, Massachusetts…

Deep Creek Fruits

Exciting times as NZ cherry growers prepare for first commercial crop

A New Zealand cherry company is hopeful of a strong first year of commercial harvest, despite some challenges still in the market due to COVID-19. Deep Creek Fruits, is managed by Hortinvest, and director Sharon Kirk is expecting a small volume off the Lindis Peaks and Mt Pisa blocks, which will provide…

Blueberries boost Peruvian agricultural export growth

The growth of Peruvian exports has been constant in recent years and it is agricultural products that drive this successful cycle for the Peruvian economy. According to…

Tasmanian strawberry grower welcomes back seasoned hands

The 400-strong team over at Hillwood Berries are hard at work picking and sorting the farm's strawberry crop. Luckily, the farm has welcomed the return of another 100 seasonal…

South Africa: Stone fruit outlook 2021/22

As the season is progressing, a clearer picture is starting to form for the 2021/22 South African stone fruit season. The plum estimate for fruit packed for the export market…

Nagesh Shetty - Deccan Produce

Subdued grape market due to higher costs

The Indian grape harvest is underway and shipments of the early grapes are already being sent to Russia. Nashik the main grape growing has had good growing conditions but…

Kenyan fruit farmers use new water harvesting techniques

Fruit growers in southeastern Kenya are bouncing back after years of declining harvests due to erratic weather patterns. Working with development organizations such as the…

New Zealand Rockit® apple sales grow 45% year on year in Chinese market

Sales of New Zealand Rockit™ apples in the Chinese market have increased 45% compared to last year, despite challenges the fresh produce industry is facing – such as the ongoing pandemic and the global distribution crisis. Responsible for developing the market in China for New Zealand Rockit™ apples over…

Export cost is rising

Chilean cherries face many challenges

From the start of the Chilean cherry season in the Chinese market until now, an estimated 50,000 boxes (5kg per box) have been air-freighted to China. The first air-freight…

European Commission

DG agri dashboard - Apples

November 2021: EU average apple price at €76 per 100 kg

The ongoing 2021/22 crop for EU27 has been estimated to be 5% higher than the preceding five year average and 10 % above the ‘small’ crop of the past marketing year. After two years of below average crop volumes and relatively high prices, the new marketing year could have prices coming to normal levels.…

“We can offer more than 1,000 tons of table grapes this season”

Moldovan fruit producers have invested more in table grape cultivation recently. One exporter states they have had their first harvest with the Pergola support system, which will allow them to offer over 1,000 tons for the season. According to Lidia Ionas, marketing specialist for Moldovan fruit exporter…

The Golden PGI of the Alpes de Haute-Durance orchards puts on a show at Rungis

At the beginning of November, the Golden PGI of the Alpes de Haute-Durance orchards was presented to wholesalers and commercial structures of the world’s largest fresh produce market. Rungis, a real showcase for the products of our French regions, turned out to be the ideal place to promote this apple…

The Last Harvest

Release of award-winning documentary telling growers’ stories

The award-winning documentary “The Last Harvest” releases for free exclusively on Vimeo for a timely Thanksgiving message of appreciation and acknowledgment of the challenges facing those who grow and harvest our food. The documentary is now available for viewing here. This free screening will be limited…

Finefield lauded for new blueberry harvester

Dutch Innovation Award is company's first step to becoming global market leader

The Dutch company, Finefield's latest harvester is called the Harvy 500. This machine has been nominated for the Horst aan de Maas Entrepreneurial Award's Innovation Award. "Sadly, due to the new [COVID-19] measures, this award ceremony was postponed. So we'll have to wait a little longer to see if we've…

Stone fruit trial in the Pilbara successful

A successful crop of stone fruit has been harvested in the eastern Pilbara recently. It is part of a unique proof-of-concept trial by the Department of Primary Industries and…

"A 30% increase on strawberry exports to several European countries."

European countries are requesting strawberries from Basilicata

The supply of strawberries is limited, whereas the demand is very high. In these first harvesting and sales phase of the 2021/22 campaign, what is surprising is also the enormous demand from Europe countries, in addition to the Italian markets.  "Compared to the same period of the past season, we recorded an…

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Funding to boost Maine potatoes, blueberries & flowers

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is awarding grants to expand wild blueberry wine, and a flower collective, intending to grow markets for the…

Berry production in full swing to meet high summer demand

A leading Australian berry producer is expecting plenty of its quality berries to be on retail shelves this summer, as two of its growing locations came online this month. Piñata Farms harvests strawberries and raspberries year-round and is currently finishing off the winter-spring program in Wamuran,…

Panama expects to export 52% more melon, watermelon, and squash this season

According to Panama's Ministry of Agricultural Development (Mides), after being significantly affected by the pandemic, the country's melon, squash, and watermelon exports are…

Jürgen Weiler (Rolf Koch Ltd) about the first Peruvian grapes

"Late start for overseas grapes due to season extension in France and Italy"

This year's overseas grape season started last week, quite a bit later than usual. "Normally, the first batches from Peru arrive at the beginning of November. But this year, the quality as well as the supply situation for French and Italian grapes has been very good until the third week of November,…

Cherry prices to go up as La Niña hampers stone fruit harvest

Cherry prices are expected to go up this Christmas, with recent bouts of heavy rain damaging Victoria’s stone fruit crops as harvesting gets under way. The rains are linked to…

A look back on Chinese apple imports and exports in October, 2021

Export conditionsChina exported 113,800 tons of fresh apples in October. The overall export value was 143,400,000 USD, and the average price was 1,259.38 USD per ton. The export volume declined by 2.55% compared to October last year (2020), and the export value declined by 14.21%. The average price…

Increasing attention towards cherry cracking

Spring rain during ripening is feared by cherry producers. "Considering the increasingly frequent precipitations in spring, cherry cultivation requires varieties resistant to cracking. As a nursery, we meet this need with two Royal early varieties by IPS International Plant Selection: Royal Bailey and…

Jan Marc Schulz, SFI Rotterdam:

"Chilean cherry growers haven't forgotten Europe in the pre-Christmas time"

Since yesterday, SFI Rotterdam has had Chilean cherries available again. China has been absorbing most of those in recent years. This importer - which has been housed in Schiedam, the Netherlands, with a view of the Maas river since this year - has nevertheless continued offering Chilean cherries in the…

Kashmiri apple farmers witness how snow decimates crops

For the third year in a row, Kashmiri farmers will lose half their harvest to early snows. This might mean that domestic apples are in danger of becoming a rarity in India.…

Project wants to evaluate food safety challenges of blueberry harvesting

Researchers are seeking a better understanding of current cleaning and sanitation methods used on blueberry harvest containers and machine harvesters. They are working via an…

LimGroup at expoSE with triple extension of its range

"Through this range expansion we can serve our customers even better"

At this year's expoSE, Dutch breeding company Limgroup took the opportunity to present its new corporate identity and expanded range of varieties. Three new registrations were presented under the new slogan Unleashing Plant Potential. Freshplaza spoke with the management about the potential of the new…

Beijing project may boost organic peach growing in Pakistan

Pakistan’s peach season usually starts in May and continues till the first week of September. According to a report by the Crop Reporting Service of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a…

Strong export season

Promotable California table grape volume continues through December

With promotable volume of California grapes available through December, retail promotion and consumer advertising continue through year-end in the U.S. and in Canada, Mexico and other key export markets says Kathleen Nave, president of the California Table Grape Commission. Noting that harvest is still…

Anna Catley - Cherri Global

The warm days and cool nights have promoted good fruit set

The cherry harvest has started in Otago, New Zealand, the early varieties will go to the domestic market and the export varieties will be harvested starting mid-December. Cherri Global has around 90 hectares in production with a further 70 hectares which have been planted in the last year or two, and a…

Fresh cranberries could be in short supply after bad Wisconsin growing season

The Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association said farmers in the state, which produces more cranberries than any other state, were hit with bad weather this year. Most…

Strella Biotechnology starts with saving Washington state apples

Biotech company aims to fight food spoilage

As a junior in college, Katherine Sizov started a company called Strella Biotechnology. Her goal was to reduce waste in the US food system, a problem that by some estimates…

Sauce shortage and crop challenges make for tight cranberry supplies

There’s a perfect storm of events that have helped lead to a tight supply of cranberries. In Carver, MA, Patrick Rhodes of Edgewood Bogs/Cape Cod Select says there were issues with this year’s crop. “We had an extremely rainy season--as did Canada--from spring to fall,” says Rhodes. “It’s typically…

Starr Ranch Growers supports Nashville’s ‘The Store’ with holiday donation

Starr Ranch Growers concludes a hopeful harvest season with JUICI holiday donation to Nashville’s The Store. Founded by Brad and Kimberly Paisley, The Store is a Nashville-based free grocery store that offers a healthy food experience for those that may need to shop for food to supplement their income…

Melons Australia

Australian melon growers hoping for a 'bounce back' year after pandemic

Australian melon growers are looking forward to the 2021/22 summer season because it will give growers a chance to bounce back after challenges brought about by the pandemic. The most alarming thing, according to Melons Australia Executive Director, Johnathon Davey was that in the 2021 season, exports…

©Wöhner/JKI

The mother of the tart cherry

Genome sequence of the steppe cherry decoded

The genomes of both ancestors of tart cherries have now been published. The JKI played a leading role in the study of the genome of the steppe cherry. Tart cherries (Prunus cerasus L.) such as the well-known variety 'Schattenmorelle' are traditionally found in almost every allotment garden. Whether on a…

Manuel José Alcaíno on Chile’s seasonal blueberry window

Manuel José Alcaíno, president of Decofrut and an international consultant recognized by the fruit industry, recently spoke about the Chilean blueberry industry: “Above all,…

ABRAFRUTAS on a mission to Dubai to create new business opportunities

The Brazilian Association of Fruit and Derivative Producers and Exporters (ABRAFRUTAS) is on a mission to the United Arab Emirates, visiting Expo 2020 in Dubai and taking…

Prices for Idared apples dropped to price level of industrial apples in Poland

Since Russia imposed an embargo on fruits and vegetable imports from Poland (and the EU), the sales of Idared apples have become more complex. This variety can only be sold at…

Sam Vasala - Sai World

AU cherry season a disaster, but African mangoes looking good

After a good if slightly late start the stonefruit season is turning into a nightmare for Australian grower and exporter Sai World. “It has been too cold and we have had lots of rain, which has destroyed the cherries on the trees and delayed the ripening of the fruit,” explains Sam Vasala senior partner…

1,200 tons of Chilean cherries are about to hit the Chinese market

Chilean cherries always reach the Chinese market in large volumes at the beginning of winter. JD Fresh worked together with Chilean cherry exporter Garces Fruit to organize a festive launch of the first sea-freight Chilean cherries on the 19th of November. The cargo ship left Chile with 1,200 tons of…

Demand for Chinese export apples soars, but price remains low

Visiting traders in the Chinese apple market are selective. The trade volume remains limited. The Chinese apple reserves are at nearly 70%, which is at least 20% less than…

Nashik district, Maharashtra

Early grape harvest begins in Satana administrative division

The early harvest of grapes has begun in the grape-growing belt of the Satana division in Nashik district. Currently, some 150 tons of grapes are being harvested per day on an…

Looking back on the first Shanghai International Fruit Expo

The first Shanghai International Fruit Expo finished on the 17th of November. The theme of this expo was 'global fruit, Chinese market'. The goals of this expo were to gather premium fruit products from around the world, establish a specialized fruit expo for the Asia-Pacific world, and promote…

Moldova may finalize exports of table grape harvest by mid-December

According to industry experts, no more than 5,000-7,000 tons of table grapes are left in the cold storage facilities in Moldova at the moment. The November exports are very…

Market delays make for uncertain transit times

“Our technology extends grapes’ shelf-life to serve longer distance transport”

“Our products support grape growers and exporters send quality fresh grapes to long distance markets,” says Debbie Wang, spokesperson for SPM Biosciences (Beijing) Inc. from Beijing. Her company has recently entered a cooperation with Shandong Sinocoroplast Packing Co.,Ltd. to continue the development of…

December could see gap between Peruvian and Chilean blueberries

Supplies of Peruvian blueberries are good right now, though next month could see a tight market. “The supply chain from Peru has been pretty fluid from the beginning of October until now. I believe there was an increase in containers that came in and the market is finally stable. Right now there’s a lot…

Apple orchards Vermont wind down after unusually long fall season

The annual apple-picking season, that ran particularly long this fall, is winding down at apple orchards across Vermont. This year’s season was blessed by near-perfect weather…

Optimistic outlook for Peruvian grape season

Optimism and excitement. If there was an overarching theme for the upcoming Peru grape season it would be this. “Our Ivory variety is the first fruit off the line and they feature great size, great color and great taste,” said Fanny Robles, Vanguard manager - Peru procurement and sales. “We’ve never seen…

Abrafrutas

Fruit Exports Jan – Oct 2021

Brazilian fruit exports heading towards yet another record in terms of value and volume.

Exports in the fruit sector are heading towards yet another record to be achieved both in terms of value and volume. In the accumulated through October, international sales totaled 943 thousand tons of fruit, a volume 20.2% higher than the total between Jan-Oct 2020. The sum of exported value was USD…

Peruvian citrus and blueberries can now be exported to India

The official newspaper of the government of India has published the phytosanitary requirements for the importation of citrus fruits and blueberries of Peruvian descent, which…

Komatha Fresh shortens Chilean cherry supply chain

"Chilean cherries have become exclusive, but connoisseurs still love them"

There is tremendous demand from China for Chilean cherries. That has caused it to become a truly exclusive item in the European market. Nevertheless, Komatha Fresh has again scheduled arrivals of flown-in Chilean cherries. Although in the Netherlands, Komatha Fresh is part of an Indian fruit giant.…

Third annual Washington Apple Week starts November 27th

The Washington Apple Commission announces that Nov. 27-Dec. 5th will be the third annual celebration of Washington Apple Week. The global event will span fifteen countries and…

Taliban rule results in lower prices of Afghan fruits in Pakistan

The price of the fruit imported from Afghanistan is many times lower than it was in the previous years. According to Afghan traders, before the Taliban takeover, most fruits –…

Australian fruit farmers faced with crucial labor troubles now

Australian fruit grower Michael Cunial's cherry orchard looks set to yield a bumper crop. But there is a crucial problem: the harvest. Like many farmers in Australia, during…

T&G Global’s Envy™ apples backed by NZ super fund

T&G Global has entered into a partnership with the New Zealand Superannuation Fund though its New Zealand rural investment manager, FarmRight. The goal of this partnership is…

Cheapest apples on sale in Ukraine

EastFruit experts have completed an audit of the fruit and vegetable departments of supermarkets in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. As part of the audit,…

Fructura Expo postponed until 2022

"The [Dutch] non-profit organization, Fruittelers Zuid-Limburg's executive committee had a difficult meeting. It took the well-considered decision to postpone Fructura Expo to…

Parasitoid wasp called Ganaspis brasiliensis

Natural enemy of invasive fly found in US

A parasitoid wasp that is the natural enemy of the spotted-wing drosophila was recently been found in United States for the first time. The drosophila flies cause major damage…

Humidity is damaging many Apulian grapes and reducing their availability

The high humidity rate of the last few days is damaging many quantities of Apulian grapes. These are difficult times for many producers, as the losses caused by fungal diseases seem to increase rapidly. As reported by some farmers, the situation emerged between 12 and 13 November 2021, after 3-4 days of…

"The increase in export volumes is mainly driven by the increase in new varieties"

Chilean table grape exports will grow by more than 29.3% this season

ASOEX presented the Table Grape Committee's first export forecast for the 2021-2022 season. “According to this first estimate for the 2021-2022 table grape shipping season,…

"I think the campaign will peak in January when it previously took place in December"

Peru has more and more late table grape varieties

Peru exported 83,000 tons of table grapes between May and November 14, 2021, i.e. 6% more than the 78,000 tons it exported in the same period of the previous year. The…

The buyers' interest was evident in a business conference organized by ADEX

Peruvian blueberries could enter China's top-10 most demanded products

Peruvian blueberries continue to arouse the interest of Chinese consumers and it is possible that they will position themselves in China's top 10 most demanded products this…

First Peruvian grapes arrive in China

Winter is the off-season for domestic fruit in China, but the fruit of the southern hemisphere is in full productive mode. Early this November, the early Chilean variety of the best "Royal Dawn" arrived after 28 hours of direct flight to China. This year, the first batch of the Peruvian green grapes…

Deal struck for full takeover of one of UK's largest apple growers

An agreement has been made for the full takeover of one of the UK's largest apple growers. Bardsley England's operation covers 2,100 acres in Kent and includes 27 orchards…

Award-winning farmer creates elongated ‘King Berry’ grape

Dattaraya N. Kale from Solapur, Maharashtra, has developed five new varieties of grapes over the years. His latest, the ‘King Berry’ grows up to 20 mm in length with a 25 mm…

Eric Tastayre, Apifood:

“Despite the deficit in French supply, there is tremendous pressure to buy Rocha pears”

Due to the shortage of French pears on the market this year, it would be reasonable to think that the other origins would take advantage of the situation. At the moment however, for the Rocha pear, the reality is very different. “The Rocha pear harvest is almost normal, and the supply is even higher than…

New hydroponically grown specialty berry pack launches next month

Rooting thousands of strawberry plants on elevated tables the first week of October, Oppy, under the Ocean Spray license, will launch its first-ever specialty berry pack in the Happy Berry™ label mid-December. The hydroponic tabletop strawberry concept was developed by New Wave Berry, LLC, a joint…

Ricky Chong with Sutherland, S.A. on the Chilean cherry season

“We will have to take more risks this season and absorb additional costs”

This past Tuesday, the Chilean cherry harvest kicked off for Sutherland, S.A. “We are off to a late start this year due to unseasonably cool weather in our growing region Graneros,” says Ricky Chong, the company’s CEO. “However, after inspecting orchards for the last few days, we are seeing a good fruit…

Proprietary variety of blueberries hits peak availability for holidays

Just in time for the holiday season, Driscoll’s Sweetest Batch™ Blueberries are in peak availability and available nationwide. Driscoll’s is marketing a complete berry patch premium flavor offering across strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. The Sweetest Batch™ berries follow the…

Enrique Rossi - Budou Farms

Windy weather creates some nervous moments for a Victorian grape grower

Strong winds have added another challenge as one of Victoria's leading table grape growers prepares for the summer season. Budou Farms co-owner Enrique Rossi believes it is a by-product of climate change, and farmers can no longer rely on average temperatures of decades ago, as each season is throwing up…

Roelf Pienaar & Conrad Fick – Tru-Cape

Europe was surprise package of past apple and pear season

“We’re in the music business now,” quipped Roelf Pienaar, managing director of Tru-Cape at the release of their song ‘Take-aways from nature’, performed by Sunset Sweatshop and written by Gian Groen. South Africa’s largest apple and pear exporter reached 2.1 million consumers through social media…


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