Himachal growers want 100% import duty on apples

Apple growers from Himachal Pradesh have requested Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur to urge PM Modi to increase the import duty on apple to 100 per cent. In a memorandum…

José Luis Bustamante, president of Naturberry and the National Association of Berry Exporters, Aneberries:

"In the first quarter, Mexican berry exports exceeded those of tequila, beer and avocado"

As of week 19, Mexico's strawberry exports were nearing 50 million boxes. "Baja California is still exporting, but the export season from central Mexico is over with the shipment of about 35 million boxes. Normally, the harvest starts in November and lasts until May/June, but exports are always finished…

Organic grower introduces new certified stonefruit program

Homegrown Organic Farms is introducing its Regenerative Organic Certified™ (ROC™) stonefruit program as part of its ongoing commitment to caring for the land and the people it encounters. This program provides third-party recognition to support its efforts. The certification is third-party validation of the…

Apple growers face challenges and assess growing improvement options for 2022

World pressures, cost increases and how to produce apples better. These were some of the topics touched up on Hazel Technology’s virtual Apple Quality Summit yesterday as the industry looks ahead at the 2022 season. Desmond O’Rourke, founder and principal at Belrose, Inc., began the summit by looking at…

US apple industry takes up call to end costly tariffs

The U.S. Apple Association joined more than 40 agriculture and food groups to call for the elimination or reduction of U.S. tariffs being imposed on other countries that in turn are harming U.S. agriculture through retaliatory tariffs. In a letter sent to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, the…

Mattina Fresh

Pear season underway with strong demand and export program to recommence

Australian fresh produce company, Mattina Fresh has transitioned from its summer stone fruit season to the winter pome fruit season, with the commencement of its pear packing. National Sales Director, Tom Panna explains that he has seen more demand for pears in recent times, and a large reason for that…

“There is a very high demand for grapes this week”

The grape season in Egypt is starting up, and due to warmer weather the season has come a bit early. Demand should be solid, with the focus of one exporter being on the Gulf countries as well as Africa for exporting their table grapes. Mohamed Elkhtib, export manager for Egyptian produce exporter Zamel for…

The Peach-Nectarine-Apricot Contact Group analyzes growing pests and the means to control them

Yesterday, the peach-nectarine-apricot contact group analyzed, agreed upon, and released a report on the health and phytosanitary problems in stone fruit crops. The report…

Stone fruit campaign kicks off in Extremadura

"I wonder if the increase in costs will affect a commodity product like plums"

The stone fruit harvest has started in the Spanish province of Badajoz with a few days delay compared to last season. The first peaches, nectarines and apricots are already being harvested, although still in small quantities. The harvest of plums, the most representative product within the stone fruit…

Last sprint for the challenging Polish apple season

"Higher costs will stop some growers investing in their orchards"

It’s been a very tough season for Polish apple exporters, especially when put in contrast with the previous season, says Jakub Krawczyk, export manager for Appolonia: “Our apple season is still ongoing. The season wasn’t easy, and in some periods of time there were some difficulties with our apples…

local strawberries being sold 37% cheaper on average than late last week

Ukraine: Sales of open ground strawberries have started

This week, Ukrainian producers have started the sale of strawberries from open field. The season of open-field strawberries in most horticultural farms in the Western and…

Atlas Obscura

Medley of efforts may bring back the forgotten fruit

What happened to Montreal’s legendary melon?

A century ago, Manhattan residents with a hankering for dessert might flick on their finest frock coat, get a table at a white-tablecloth restaurant, and order a juicy slice of Montreal melon. It didn’t come cheap, though. A slice of the green-fleshed melon sold for a steak’s price of $1, or around $30…

Partnership shares genetics for earlier ripening sweet cherries

Sun World International and Washington State University have joined forces to develop a new generation of high flavor sweet cherries that ripen earlier and are more practical to grow. Horticulture associate professor and stone fruit breeder Per McCord and Sun World scientists are sharing germplasm from…

Weather-related damage affects California blueberry crop

The California blueberry harvest is in full swing. Alas, some growers are picking a smaller crop this year, as they lost fruit to spring frost and hail. The California…

Guarded optimism among Canadian growers

Okanagan cherries might see price increases because of the early cold

Despite cooler temperatures and variable spring weather in both the Okanagan Valley and the Thompson Valley many growers expect a normal, nice cherry crop this year. David…

Pennsylvania grower/shipper expands post-harvest technology use on fruit crops

Hazel Technologies, Inc. announces a second-year collaboration with Biglerville, Pennsylvania-based Hollabaugh Bros., Inc., a family-owned and operated grower/packer/shipper with 65+ years of experience and 500 acres under production. Hollabaugh Bros., Inc. produces 13+ commodities including apples,…

The certification of the first Jerte PDO cherries has begun

The Regulatory Council of the Protected Designation of Origin Cereza del Jerte has begun to certify the first cherries of the season, specifically those of the Navalinda…

Estimates are it will be 29.43% lower than that the volume achieved in 2021

The Spanish stone fruit campaign's production volume will be the lowest in the last decade

According to the Agricultural and Food Cooperatives' first estimates of the Spanish stone fruit campaign, Spain will produce 1,099,284 tons of stone fruits this year, the…

Tanguy Debiesse, of Royal: "A new segment for stone fruit with great visual appeal has been born"

The first variety of blood nectarine hits the market

The Sevillian company Royal, a pioneer in research and the development of new stone fruit and berry varieties for more than thirty years, has started the season with the launch of a new variety for its early stone fruit line which will be marketed under the brand Royal Sanguine ®.  As its name indicates, and…

Robert Simpson - Fife Fruits

Labour and inflation major challenges for the soft fruit industry

Scotland’s strawberry harvest is well under way and the timing seems to be about normal. Robert Simpson from Fife Fruits who grow fruit in 32 hectares of tunnels at different locations between Cupar and St Andrews, said the strawberry harvest started on 11th May. "However, volumes in the first week or so…

Award winning British bred Eves Delight strawberries back in season

The premium strawberry variety, highly commended at the 2021 Quality Food Awards, is now back in season exclusively available through BerryWorld in the UK.BerryWorld are excited to see premium Eves Delight strawberries coming into season in the UK according to Paul Cole, Managing director at BerryWorld,…

Matthew McIntyre - McIntyre Fruit

“Scottish raspberry harvesting usually starts in July but we can start earlier at the beginning of June"

The raspberry harvest at McIntyre’s Fruit in Blairgowrie is just about to get under way with the long cane production. The company has its own nursery and keeps the plants in coldstore over winter, sequentially releasing them in March and April to get a good production curve. “Scottish raspberry…

Pair of Hokkaido melons fetch 3 million yen at year's first auction

A pair of premium melons in Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido fetched 3 million yen ($23,550) at the year's first auction on Thursday, exceeding last year's winning bid by 10 percent. The auction record for a pair of Yubari melons, a signature product of the city of Yubari, was 5 million yen in…

Sunshine Coast strawberries suffer after heavy rain

Sunshine Coast strawberry farmers face a difficult season as continuing heavy rain means much of their early crop has had to be destroyed. The roll-on effect means strawberry…

Menu is Japanese pun-themed

Starbucks Japan brings new melon Frappuccino to its dessert menu

There’s a phrase in Japanese, yori dori midori, which describes a happy situation where you’ve got your pick from a number of attractive options. By coincidence, midori is also how you say “green” in Japanese, and so Starbucks Japan is combining the two possible meanings in its Yori Dori Midori campaign…

UPA Huelva

The strawberry campaign will be shorter due to the weather and the lack of manpower

Available labor has been a determining factor in the viability and success of the berry and citrus fruit campaigns in the province of Huelva for quite some time now. When both campaigns are not truncated by weather issues or unforeseen phenomena, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of labor ends up…

New phytosanitary facility to help SA deciduous fruit with market access

A new phytosanitary facility dedicated to deciduous fruit will help improve access to new markets and maintain current ones for the industry. Hortgro approved and funded the building of a new phytosanitary research laboratory that will be based in Stellenbosch at the Welgevallen experimental farm of…

South African farmers losing farms to creditors as price of blueberries falls

South Africa’s 2021/22 blueberry crop was up 60% from that of the previous season, totalling just over 31 520 marketable tons, while export prices were down 14% from those of…

Production volume estimated to decline by 60%

Yantai cherry harvest is about to begin

The cherry harvest in Yantai will officially commence in early June and continue until the end of the month, just like in previous years. However, the production volume is expected to decline by 60% compared to last year. The main reason for this development is hot weather during the pollination season.…

‘Small but strong’

Moroccan export of grapes is ‘Petit mais costaud’

A famous French candies ad from the 80s had the slogan ‘Petit mais costaud’ which means ‘Small but strong’. According to Fatiha Charrat, commercial and marketing director for Moroccan fresh produce exporter Delassus, this slogan fits like a glove to the Moroccan grapes’ production dedicated to export:…

Slowdown for apricots, peaches started off well

After a good start, things are now slowing down for apricots, although the season is peaking. Demand is slow even though the warm weather of the past few days should stimulate purchases. Things are instead looking good for peaches, but it might be only temporary. Mogador apricots "The 2022 campaign…

"Nanhui 8424" and "Jinshan Xiaohuangguan" have become the preferred watermelon varieties for consumers

The first thing that Shanghai people must enjoy in the summer is watermelon. In the past, everyone would drive to the base to purchase. This year, due to the pandemic, they…

“New packaging method allows Chilean fruits to be more competitive in Chinese market”

UPAC Fruit is a fruit grower group based in Chile and Peru. Through them each grower sends his own products to the retailers, which leaves growers with more profit, and buyers with better prices, a direct fair trade business between growers and the end of the chain. Juan Vicuna is the sales director, he…

Hygiene solution for berry harvest trays

The berry harvest season is upon us, and farm owners need to pick, transport, and process large quantities of berries daily. The Zhucheng Kangzhida Machinery company in China has a berry lug cleaning machine that is capable of cleaning 500 trays per hour, which is approximately three times faster than…

Steady supplies still of Mexican blueberries

Mexico is still supplying blueberries right now. “We foresee another four to six weeks of Mexican conventional blueberries going to the U.S. Usually in the late Mexican season, plants are pruned by mid-June,” says Gerardo López of Produce Lovers. He notes that as the weather in Mexico heats up, the fruit…

Risky grape pest found in Pope Valley

Western Grapeleaf Skeletonizer found in Napa County

On May 12, insect trapper Jesse Guidi discovered a single adult Western Grapeleaf Skeletonizer in an insect trap near Dollarhide Road, Pope Valley. That is why Napa County…

Apple organization awards Apples4Ed Grants to four in-need schools

The U.S. Apple Association has awarded Apples4Education grants to four schools from around the nation for the 2022-23 school year. Each $4,000 grant will provide supplemental student nutrition and expose students to a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as teach students about healthy…

New high-flavor berries launched

Driscoll’s newest flavor innovation, Tropical Bliss™, expands Driscoll’s premium, high-flavor strawberry collection, which also includes Sweetest Batch™ and Rosé Berries™. The company is offering three very different high-flavor strawberries mapped to a proprietary sensory wheel. This collection was developed through…

Helia Mendonça, sales manager of Fazendas Labrunier:

"Investment in new seedless varieties has led to an increase in grape consumption in Brazil"

Table grape consumption has changed a lot in Brazil with the introduction of new seedless varieties. "Table grapes were not a product with much value in Brazil and their consumption was mostly seasonal. Now, thanks to the introduction of new seedless varieties in recent years, they are increasingly…

Juan Fernández, of Cooperativa Hortofrutícola San Marcos:

The cherry campaign in Jaen has been spared the impact of the weather conditions

The first estimates of cherry crop losses in the main Spanish producing regions point to the possibility of a significant reduction in the volume to be produced this season.…

César Claramonte, manager of Clasol:

"The good thing is that we are not being asked for more stone fruit than we can supply"

The stone fruit campaign is underway in the Spanish region of Murcia with lower volumes than expected due to the impact of frost and hail, especially in the case of apricots. "The demand has been good so far thanks to the summer weather across Europe, but not as good as it may seem, as there is less fruit…

Murcia's Bluestone joins Uvasdoce to promote new grape varieties

The Murcian investment firm Bluestone Food and Tech Investments, dedicated to promoting agricultural innovation projects, has joined the Alicante-based company Uvasdoce.…

White grapes continue to increase their leadership in Peruvian fields

According to data from Provid, in the 2021/2022 campaign, 21,099 hectares of table grapes have been cultivated in Peru. White grapes concentrated the largest area in the…

Berry Gardens launches new snack pots berries with new brand The Berry Collective

Berry Gardens has expanded its Berry Collective brand with a first move into snacking formats. As part of a move to encourage retailers to reconsider how to sell berries…

Turkish apple season concludes, cherry season underway

“Fair cherry season despite crop decreases due to frost damage”

The early varieties of Turkish cherries have been harvested, but the wait is on for the Ziraat 0900 variety for the season to get into full swing. The apple season has recently concluded, and the Asian markets could prove to be important for both the Turkish apples as well as the cherries. According to Mehmet…

China's domestic blueberries enter peak sales period

It is a peak period for the sales of domestic blueberries in China. As a domestically produced fine fruit that has a relatively high value, it is sold in the Haiguangxing Fine Fruit Trading Center of Jiaxing Fruit Market. The time to market in each production area varies depending on the latitude. Among…

DG agri dashboard - Apples

Ongoing EU27 2021/22 apple crop estimated at 11,777 tons

The ongoing 2021/22 apple crop for EU27 has been estimated at 11,777 tons [as a January 2022 update]. This is 6,7% higher than the preceding 5 year average and 11 % above the ‘small’ crop of the past marketing year (data from WAPA for 20 MSs, from Eurostat for the remaining 7 MSs). After two years of below…

France: Strawberry growers leave fruit to rot as high temperatures complicate harvests

As unusually high temperatures mean everything is ripening at once, French strawberry growers are leaving large quantities of fruit to rot in the fields. They simply do not…

2022 European predictions for peaches and nectarines

Most production basins are almost back to normal, except for Spain

MedFEL has revealed the predictions for the 2022 European harvest of peaches and nectarines. 2021 was a difficult year for all European production basins (deficit campaign for 3 years), but this year marks some return to normal for all producing regions, except for Spain. France: “normal production of peaches and…

Intent on discouraging imports

Bangladesh National Board of Revenue increases duties on 135 items

The Bangladesh National Board of Revenue has imposed additional duties on 135 foreign products - from fruits to flowers - to discourage their imports and ease pressure on…

Jan Vermeiren, Exofi:

"Limited supply creates difficult market for almost all Spanish fruit"

It is currently a very difficult period for Spanish produce. "The climatic problems in Spain and the well-known trials and tribulations of war are causing high prices for almost all Spanish fruit," says Jan Vermeiren of Exofi. "The night frost has caused an 80 per cent reduction in production in stone…

Driscoll

Driscoll's newest innovation now in the grocery aisle

Driscoll's newest flavor innovation, Tropical Bliss, expands Driscoll's premium, high-flavor strawberry collection, which also includes Sweetest Batch and Rosé Berries. With this new launch, Driscoll's is the first fresh berry company to offer three very different high-flavor strawberries mapped to a…

Japan considers government body for protecting plant varieties

The Japanese government is considering taking tougher measures to protect high-end fruits and other farm products developed in the country. It Agriculture Ministry is…

Herefordshire, UK

Haygrove fruit grower speaks about recruitment struggles

Haygrove, a large Herefordshire fruit grower, has been struggling with recruitment, like so many others. Haygrove founder and chairman Angus Davison says his company tried…

Agrotrade Lima bets on new opportunities for fruit growing in Peru

Agrotrade Peru, a traditional seminar that will bring together prominent Chilean and Peruvian exhibitors who will make presentations aimed at publicizing alternatives to…

Harvest was delayed by ten days

An exceptional season for the melon of the Italian Mundial Consortium

"The season of our Mundial melon is running smoothly. Prices are high and stable, thanks to the unusual weather for the time of year. Initially this aspect worried us, but in the end the weather proved to be an ally," said Domenico Raneri, president of the Sicilian Consortium of the Mundial melon. Domenico…

Lower early Flame volumes and costs challenges for Mexican table grapes

The Mexican 2022 table grape season, currently underway, is proving to be challenging due to growing costs that increase by the day. The early red seedless variety Flame volumes are lower than estimated on a few farms, including that of César Ortiz, CEO of Agrofesa based in the North-West of Mexico,…

Blackberry pricing likely to settle back down as volumes come up

Blackberry supplies are starting to grow again after several weeks of short volumes. “Overall, there has been more supply in the market this year versus 2021. 2021 was very challenging as supply was limited from February-April,” says Jyoti Bhogal, vice-president of sales for Berry Fresh based in…

Berries are top trending fruit for Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and many Americans gather with family and friends and celebrate with food. A recent social media and web analysis of fruit-based recipes highlights the fact that the most fashionable food is red, white, and blue, with berries marking the most…

Blackberry business flourishes in Arkansas

Blackberry growing is on the rise in Arkansas. Last year, governor Asa Hutchinson declared June to be Blackberry Month in the state, in recognition of the berry industry’s…

For the commercialisation of five apricot selections

Summerfruit NZ and Plant & Food Research announce signing of a Master Licence agreement

Summerfruit NZ and Plant & Food Research has announced the signing of a Master Licence agreement for the commercialisation of five NZ summer apricot selections from within the…

Germany decreased its purchase of Spanish watermelon by 41 million kilos in the last three years

In 2021, Almeria, Murcia, and Valencia accounted for 84.55% of the total volume of watermelons exported by Spain

Spanish watermelon exports grew by 76.09 million kilos between 2019 and 2021, going from 920.52 million kilos in 2019 to 996.61 million kilos last year when they generated…

Huelva's berries campaign could come to end sooner than expected due to the heat

"If the high temperatures persist for a few more days we'll have to end the campaign"

Huelva's berry campaign usually runs from December until the first half of June. However, this year it could end sooner due to high temperatures. In fact, last week the…

BASF completes its Magenta line with Magverik F1 and opens the door to organic Cantaloupes

Magestium F1, Magiar F1, and now Magverik F1. Magverik F1 is BASF's novelty in Cantaloupe melon and completes its Magenta line with an even more intense flesh color. BASF organized a field day in Balanegra, where it presented this variety to dozens of farmers and technicians who were able to see first…

China could overtake the Netherlands and become the second destination for Peruvian grapes in the 2023/24 campaign

According to data from Provid presented by its general manager, Alejandro Cabrera, at the Piura 2022 Redagricola Conference, in week 14 of 2022, the United States was the main…

Napier, NZ

Tenth of apple harvest left on trees due to lack of pickers

Labor shortages in the apple industry are costing growers millions of dollars, with an industry-wide loss of more than $105 million expected, industry representatives say.…

Catalonia losing 70% of its peach and nectarine production potential due to frosts and hail

According to data presented recently by Afrucat, the Fruit Business Association of Catalonia, and the DACC, the Department of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda, the Catalan production potential for peaches and nectarines will be reduced by about 70% and stand at 166,910 tons. This will be the second…

Harm Valckx, Coöperatie European Blueberry Growers U.A:

"Dutch, German blueberry seasons to begin three weeks earlier than usual"

The European blueberry season is progressing well, says Harm Valckx of Coöperatie European Blueberry Growers U.A. in the Netherlands. "We're currently receiving the last large Moroccan volumes. That season went well. We got plenty of high-quality berries, with relatively few failures." "The Spanish season…

Imports and exports of fresh apples in China in April 2022

Exports in AprilIn April 2022, China exported 80,700 tons of fresh apples with a value of US$103 million and an average unit price of US$1,275.38 per ton.: The export volume…

“The competition won’t be easy for the Egyptian grapes”

The Egyptian grape season has started and according to one fresh produce exporter from Egypt, the crops are looking really good. The Egyptian grapes will have to deal with a lot of competition from both Spain and Italy, but the demand from Far Eastern markets is rather solid. Demand for Egyptian grapes…

Forlì-Cesena, Italy

An international training experience on cherry fruits held in Bertinoro

Speakers and participants came from all over the world to attend the Advanced Training School on 'Sustainable Orchard Management in a Changing Environment' held on 2-3 May 2022 in Bertinoro (Forlì-Cesena) at the Ceub. A couple of weeks after the event, which is part of the International Cherry Symposium,…

Meleco GmbH

Andreas Kreuzwieser, Meleco, on organic apple marketing in Austria

"During long-term storage, the wheat is separated from the chaff"

The marketing of Austrian pome fruit is now in the middle of its second half. "Our current stock level is around 20%. Topaz in particular is currently very popular for export, as German stocks are now slowly running out. Accordingly, we are now starting a very important part of the season," says Andreas…

Modest increase in Israel’s 2022 table grape harvest estimated

A modest increase of just over 7% is estimated for Israel’s 2022 table grape harvest that has just started. Only about 5% of the annual crop is exported with 95% going towards local consumption. According to Eyal Raban, from Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture, the total harvest last year was 65.000 tons and…

Berries might be carrying norovirus

Canada: Below Zero raspberries recall

Manatab just issued a recall for Below Zero Whole Raspberries IQF following the detection of the norovirus. The announcement comes from the Canadian recalls authority. The agency reveals that a single Below Zero raspberries lot is included in the recall. Here are the identifiers: Below Zero Whole…

Record prices for watermelon and melon in Almeria in mid-May

According to the latest report on protected horticultural products from the Observatory of Prices and Markets of the Government of Andalusia, corresponding to week 19, the…

The logistics system has gradually recovered, and overseas fruits have returned to consumers' tables

As we enter May, the business activities of foreign companies in Shanghai are steadily restarting and, with the gradual improvement of logistics problems, the transportation and sales of imported fruits are gradually recovering. During the pandemic, due to the limited logistics supply chain capacity,…

"Labor shortages in stone fruit production areas strengthens the need for fresh-extension products"

The stone fruit season has begun in the northern hemisphere. However, growers and traders are struggling with a huge challenge this season. In addition to delays due to the global shipping crisis, many production areas also suffer from a shortage of workers during the harvest season. Many ripe fruits are…

New grape varieties strike balance between consumer wants and grower needs

Candy Snaps™. Jack’s Salute™. Sugar Crisp™. And of course…Cotton Candy™. Everyone following the grape industry, very likely recognizes these names as a sampling of the newer varieties of grapes in the marketplace today. As Andy Higgins, CEO of table grape breeder IFG in Bakersfield, California, points…

Canadian Heart & Stroke research shows that health-related nutrition policies benefit farmers financially

An apple a day to increase farmers' pay

New research from the Université de Montréal reveals farmers' revenues are negatively impacted when consumers buy ultra-processed foods compared to fresh, minimally processed foods like vegetables and fruits. Considering nearly half of all daily calories consumed by Canadians come from unhealthy…

Later start for Texas peach season

Texas peach season is just getting started, which is approximately two weeks later than usual. “This is due to the winter starting late and ending late. We really didn’t start to accumulate chill hours here until the first part of January. But fortunately winter lasted longer so we did get sufficient…

Labour constraints see New Zealand apple and pear season estimate drop 12% on pre-season estimate

New Zealand Apples and Pears (NZAPI), the industry organisation representing the country’s pipfruit growers, today released a crop re-forecast that predicts a decrease of 12%…

Fruits from New Zealand & Malaysia reaching Shanghai as logistics recover

Fruits from New Zealand and Malaysia are again reaching consumers in Shanghai as foreign businesses in the locked-down city have gradually resumed operations since the start…

Georgian blueberry suppliers target stronger UK links

Blueberries remain the fastest growing berry in the UK, prompting country supplier Georgia to seek closer ties with UK buyers. Located on the Black Sea in the Caucasus region, Georgia is home to a promising blueberry production and export sector that is undergoing modern expansion. So much so that…

Cameroon government renews fruit terminal equipment at Port of Douala

The Cameroonian government has completed the renewal and extension of the fruit terminal equipment of the Port of Douala. The new infrastructure was officially inaugurated on…

"The flavor is even better, and we want to share this taste with even more customers"

"Sonya apples from New Zealand enter Chinese market"

"Sonya apples from New Zealand entered the Chinese market for the first time this year in May," said Fion Lam, International Sales Manager at Shenzhen Yuanxing Fruit Co., Ltd(hereafter referred to as "Yumsun Fruit"). The Sonya apple from New Zealand is a hybrid combination of Delicious Red and Gala…

Guangzhou Fruit Wholesale Market Report - Week 20

Product movement of imported fruit slows down, but domestic fruit sells well

Product movement has been less than ideal in the last week, according to traders in Guangzhou Market, because there are no traditional festivals or long holidays to stimulate fruit consumption. Moreover, many areas still struggle with recurring outbreaks of Covid-19. And the supply volume of seasonal…

Younger generations are investing in pear crops in southern Italy

The generational change that is occurring in agriculture is leading not only to different choices when it comes to crops, but also to greater attention towards modern agronomic techniques that can reduce costs, simplify operations and guarantee high quality standards. For example, super-intensive vertical…

Landgard / Frucht Janssen GbR.

Volker Janssen, Frucht Janssen, on the current strawberry campaign

"The war in Ukraine is adding to a general consumer restraint"

Thanks to excellent weather conditions, Landgard member farms in the west were able to start harvesting German greenhouse strawberries from production as early as the end of March this year. "Since the end of April, fresh strawberries from West German tunnel production have meanwhile also been available…

Berry grower/shipper announces 4th Annual Chef Invitational

California Giant Berry Farms is accepting entries for its annual California Giant Chef Invitational. Now in its 4th year, the California Giant Chef Invitational is a nationwide culinary competition calling upon chefs to think outside the box and create innovative, original dishes featuring fresh…

South African fruit exports to Malaysia rose by 12% last year

Reliable Malaysian market emerges as gateway for South African fruit into South East Asia

South Africa has an established reputation as a fruit supplying country in Malaysia, where its products are “more than competitive” on price and quality, says Dave Malcomson, South Africa’s High Commissioner to Malaysia for the past year (right).Malaysia imports much of its food bill and some of that…

University of East Anglia

Study finds memory and neurological function improved by cranberry consumption

A new human intervention study published in Frontiers in Nutrition highlights the neuroprotective potential of cranberries. Researchers at the University of East Anglia in…

Prices for strawberries increasing

Cucumber prices are dropping in Ukraine

Warmer weather has contributed to an increase in the cucumber harvest in Ukrainian greenhouses. The growth in their supply on the market is forcing producers to revise prices…

To support sustainability in domestic apple industry

Canadian Government invests in innovative precision farming

Yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced an investment of up to $560,425 for Institut de recherche et de…

Late winter freeze causes slow start to Southeast peach season

The Southeast peach season is seeing a delayed start following a March freeze. Jimmy Forrest of Dixie Belle Peaches in Ridge Spring, South Carolina says normally their season would start about May 5th. “This month we’ll have about 10 percent of a crop and in June we’ll have about 50 percent of a crop. And…

Producers have asked authorities to declare a state of disaster

99% of the cherry harvest in Les Valls de la Marina Alta was lost

The PGI Cireres de la Muntanya d'Alacant, created in 1991, is experiencing a campaign to forget after losing 99% to 100% of its harvest. In the last four years, the cherries…

Louis De Cleene, Devos Group:

"This top fruit season, we're more focused on recovery than growth"

The top fruit market has had a year of ups and downs. "It started off looking great 'in pear country'. Late last year, everything seemed to be going in the right direction. But external factors mean the end isn't going as we'd hoped," says Louis De Cleene of the Devos Group in Belgium. "Everything…

USDA

Fresh deciduous fruit semi-annual

South Africa set for a record pome fruit and table grape production in MY2021/22

South Africa is set for a record pome fruit and table grape production in marketing year 2021/22. Favorable weather conditions, new areas under production, and higher yielding cultivars is driving the growth in production. However, rising shipping costs, an upsurge in input costs, local port…

Open ground strawberry season Moldova will start with high prices

Moldovan strawberry farmers reported this week that they were harvesting and delivering the last strawberries grown in greenhouses. Pre-order price for 2-3 kg is 100 MDL/kg…

Arno van der Merwe – Knapdaar

Midway through a steady onion season

In the Sandveld, better known for its potatoes, Knapdaar Agri grows onions on 120 hectares. They have been lifting onions since January (Northern Cape’s onion season ended earlier because of rain) and now they are midway through their season, says Arno van der Merwe, while busy planting onions for the…

Orange yield and quality in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region also affected

Uttar Pradesh: Heat wave hits watermelon yield

The heat wave that has struck Uttar Pradesh has affected watermelon growers, as the crop yield has fallen and the weight of fruit is also less. Farmers from Prayagraj,…

2022 Confronting Climate Change reports

Electricity is South Africa's highest contributor to farm CO2 emissions, followed by diesel and nitrogen fertilizer

The 2022 Confronting Climate Change (CCC) industry benchmark process builds on 2020 – 2021 datasets and provides a meaningful platform for the South African fruit and wine…

Christophe Ochs, Albafruit – The new harvest is already available

"The Moroccan origin gives the grapes a real freshness advantage!"

The Albafruit company is starting its 16th campaign of Moroccan grapes. A season that this year looks promising both in terms of volume and quality: "The good weather and the last few days of heat have helped increase the sugar content of the grapes. We are hoping for a good harvest", reports Christophe…

Mexican table grape industry challenged to ship 25 million boxes in 10 weeks

Table grape harvest in Northern Mexico has started, in Hermosillo and Guaymas in the state of Sonora. The first grapes crossed the border with Nogales, AZ ten days ago, on May 9. The start date is similar to last year, but it is a few days later than the average start of May 5. “The great majority of…

Melons Australia announces seamless data flow in the traceability of seedless watermelons

Melons Australia has successfully demonstrated a pilot of how to overcome the hurdle of transferring data from whole fruit to cut pieces in the supermarket. The peak industry body says the project is aimed to maximise consumer engagement with the farmer while boosting confidence in the freshness and food…

Ecuador is the second destination market for Chilean fruits in Latin America

Trade Integration Agreement between Chile and Ecuador enters into force

The Undersecretary of International Economic Relations, Jose Miguel Ahumada, and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, Daniel Legarda, announced that the ACE 75 Trade…

The price increase is a foregone conclusion

China‘s apple production is expected to drop by about 30% in 2022

On May 11, strong convective weather occurred in many apple-producing areas in Gansu, and some areas experienced heavy rainfall and hail. In addition, apple-producing areas in…

In the first four months of this year, nearly 20,000 tons of fruit were imported

Ningbo port fruit imports hit a record high in April

With the improvement of living standards, imported fruits have become an important source and supplement of fruit diversification in China, and are increasingly favored by…

"We focus on branding, and how to tell the brand story well"

"We started selling watermelons more than ten years ago. Our overall production volume reached about 30,000 ton per year. However, at the time we did not have our own brand. We had difficulty gaining a name for ourselves as there was no brand recognition. Afterwards we began to understand the importance…

"Market potential of Chinese fruit is worth paying attention to as product quality continues to improve"

May is the month when various premium domestic fruits enter the Chinese market. The market for premium domestic fruit rapidly expanded in the last few years. This development has attracted attention from far and wide. Xinjiang sugar plums Guangdong Excellent Fruit Agricultural Investment Co., Ltd. manages…

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Chile: Fresh deciduous fruit semi-annual

Chilean table grape production projected to increase by 15.2 percent in MY2021/22

In MY2021/22, experts have projected that Chilean table grape production will increase by 15.2 percent, totaling 760,000 MT. Exports will increase by 14.2 percent, totaling 600,000 metric tons. For MY2021/22, the estimated apple production stands at 1,036,000 MT a 4.8 percent decrease from MY2020/21 on…

New Zealand growers faced with dilemma of shipping products to Russia

Although it's not illegal to send food products to Russia, many NZ exporters are taking a stand against the invasion of Ukraine and boycotting the market. However, halting…

Thomas Chevaillier, technical director of PSB Producción Vegetal:

"The demand for stone fruit is, at the moment, greater than the supply"

The stone fruit campaign in the Spanish region of Murcia has started with about 10 days of delay due to the rainy weather that lasted until the first days of May. Since then, good weather and warmth both at origin and destination are having a favorable impact on the stone fruit market in its early…

Interpoma rewards innovations for water management in apple orchards

With the Interpoma Award, the Bolzano fair intends to grant recognition to those companies that present innovations for water management in apple orchards. Interpoma Award 2022 will reward those technologies that, thanks to an innovative component, lead to progress in the management of water in apple…

Turkey will have more volumes available for export than last season

“Harvest of the early cherry varieties has already started”

The cherry season in Turkey has started and producers estimate an increase in volumes of about 10 to 15% this year. Due to the war in Ukraine, Turkish producers might have to divert to other European markets to export their cherries to. According to Banu Er, the general manager for Turkish agent and…

Pome fruit prices Lake Constance - Week 19: Dreamstime

'In the new season, Lake Constance is expecting a large harvest'

Since last week, temperatures have been rising, which has boosted demand for summer fruit, but has caused interest in pome fruit to be somewhat weaker. The daily sales have…

Thursday, May 26

Gearing up for 2022 US apple season at Apple Quality Summit

Hazel Technologies Inc. announces open registration for its 2nd annual Apple Quality Summit next week. The one-hour event will be held on Thursday May 26th and feature presentations focused on preparing the U.S. apple industry for the 2022 season. Speakers will include Dr. Desmond O’Rourke, founder and…

Early melons are lacking, leading to skyrocketing prices

The situation is "tragic" when it comes to melons: production is very low and prices are skyrocketing. The early produce is severely lacking in Sicily and volumes are low in Spain as well. The whole of Europe is looking for melons, but they are difficult to find.  "I have never seen anything like it in the…

Imports from Spain and Greece decreasing

Hungarian strawberry season sees fluctuating prices

The prices of strawberries on markets in Hungary are fluctuating rapidly by the hour as imports from Spain and Greece are decreasing and more local supply comes onto the market. Despite fewer local strawberries being available due to frost and other damage earlier this year, prices are not increasing in…

Peru grape export volume increased by 13% and the value by 22%

The Peruvian grape export campaign 2021/2022, which runs from September to March, ended with good results, stated Luis Corvera, CEO of FreshFruit Peru. In this campaign, the…

Ed Heijnen en Leon Hijweege, Keelings International:

"We want a sharp, distinctive position on the European soft fruit market"

Two and a half years ago, Keelings International Ltd was established in the Netherlands as part of its Irish parent company. It now markets mainly self-grown pineapples and melons and has firm ambitions to make strides in European soft fruit production. Keelings owns a 900-hectare farm in Costa Rica…

New Zealand organic apple grower continues export to Russian Federation

New Zealand organic apple grower, Bostock, continues to supply apples to Russia. This is upsetting other growers, who have ceased exports in response to president Putin’s…

Cherries from Greece and Turkey expected to flood Bulgarian markets

According to Miroslav Chernikov from Silistra, a member of the board of the Union of Danube Fruit Growers, cherries from Greece and Turkey are expected to flood the Bulgarian…

Sam Ahilan, CEO of FD Berries: "to expand berry production in the USA soon"

Sri Lankan coconut coir exporter to double berry farms in Mexico

The rapid expansion of blueberry, blackberry and raspberry plantings and exports over the past 4 years, to just over 200 hectares (500 acres), in Jalisco, Mexico, during Covid-19 lockdowns, is by no means a small feat. According to CEO Sam Ahilan, CEO of FD Berries and FibreDust LLC, this is just the…

Bravo® apple volumes up 30% this season

Bravo® apples, bred in Western Australia as variety ANABP01, are available in independent and major retail stores across Australia now, with 30% more fruit available throughout this season. WA Farm Direct are the licenced marketer of Bravo apples and Sean Engelbrecht, National Development Manager of…

China's imports of fruits and fruit products in the first quarter increased by 17.69% year-on-year

According to China Customs statistics, in March, China's imports of fruits and fruit products reached US$1.175 billion, a year-on-year increase of 30.72%; the import volume…

Yantai greenhouse cherries are coming to an end, and Liangdi small cherries are freshly launched

Recently, the temperature has been rising, and the local greenhouse cherries in Yantai, Shandong Province are coming to an end. The price of this product rises. At the same time, the small Liangdi  cherries are freshly listed, and the large cherries will also be listed in another week. Cherries will be the…

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Thomas John from John Druck Ltd on individually printable berry trays

"By doubling our capacity, we can respond to market developments with agility and at short notice"

At the start of the German berry season, growers and packers are looking with some concern at the impending packaging material bottlenecks, especially in the market-standard berry trays. Hans John Ltd, based in Mindelheim, Germany, would like to help the domestic berry industry overcome these…

Raphaël Martinez, PDO Peaches and Apricots of France:

“The first French apricots will be on the market this week”

With the French apricot season starting this week, Raphäel Martinez, director of the PDO Peaches and Apricots of France, gives an update on the beginning of the campaign. “The first significant harvest of apricots will take place this week (week 20) in the most northern regions of France. In the…


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