Fruit

France: a new agroecological approach for apple production

The Pom’Evasion group will present an innovative production approach this week at Fruit Logistica. The approach is called “Agro Ecology” and aims to develop a production method which meets environmental requirements. The most important aspect of the approach is to take care of the soil. “The soil is the…

Primland is reviewing its sustainable development policy

For the next Fruit Logistica show, and to affirm its commitment to new virtuous approaches (IFS Broker and Zero Pesticide Residue), Primland is reviewing its sustainable development policy within its own organisation and partnering cooperatives. A union of cooperatives playing a social and economic role in kiwi production Primland sells…

Washington apples on show at Fruit Logistica

The Washington Apple Commission is preparing for their attendance at this week's Fruit Logistica. The organization said it is looking forward to showcasing Washington apples to the produce world in Berlin, where a number of representatives from key apple export markets will be attending. The event…

Persimmon export increase

Chairman of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Persimmon, Gadir Yusifov, stated that last year, Azerbaijan increased the sale of persimmon by 17.5 percent. For the whole of 2017, Azerbaijan sold persimmons for a total amount of $ 97 million. In 2018, the cultivation reached $ 114 million, which indicates an increase of 17.5…

A new partnership offering grading and packing solutions for the blueberry industry

GP Graders and A&B Packing will be combining their strengths and offering blueberry customers a complete grading and packing solution. This collaboration plays to both companies’ strengths, with…

Civitavecchia port starts action plan to increase fruit and vegetable traffic

Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mar Tirreno Centro-Settentrionale (AdSP – Centre-North Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority) has launched an action plan aimed to increase the traffic of fruit and vegetables at Civitavecchia port, the president of the institution, Francesco Maria di Majo, said. The action plan aims to increase the…

California wrapping up abundant grape season

California will soon be ending possibly one of its largest crops ever of table grapes. “Volume was up this year maybe five percent over last year and it will be in line with the biggest crop we’ve ever had,” says Jim Beagle of Shafter, Ca.-based Grapery. Beagle adds that the quality of the grapes was also strong this…

Turkey: Record export of apples and oranges

Turkey's orange export volume increased by 21,5% in 2018 compared to 2017 and reached 448 thousand 149 tons, meanwhile apple export volume increased by 35% last year and also…

AU: North Queensland farmers keep their eyes on the skies with the chance of major flooding

Some North Queensland farmers are nervously watching the weather over the next few days, and praying the rain eases, with the threat of flooding hanging over their heads. Leon Collins grows bananas in the Tully Valley, 210 kilometres north by road from the city of Townsville, which has been inundated by flood waters…

While the strawberry sector exports almost 90% of its production, the main destination for Fresón de Palos is Spain

"We want to attract increasingly younger consumers"

Fresón de Palos, the cooperative that produces the largest volume of strawberries in Europe, with around 70 million kilos per year, is starting the 2019 season with the objective of consolidating its commercial position and continuing to strengthen its famous brand. While its promotional campaigns over…

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Apple market: German market dominated by Elstar, Jonagold and Boskoop

Germany continued to dominate the domestic apple trade with Elstar, Jonagold and Boskoop. Italy mainly contributed Granny Smith and Golden Delicious to the range. France…

Fruit trade in Qingdao reaches peak before Chinese Spring Festival

The amount of imported fruit in the Jimo County Agricultural By-product Trade Center, Qingdao, is overwhelming. The fruit trade is in one of the busiest times of the year in…

"Australian nectarines and honey peaches sell well in Chinese market"

"We began importing Australian fruit in 2012. We import different volumes of Australian fruit every year based on developments in market demand. Our sales volume slightly decreased in 2018, but the overall difference with 2017 is minimal. However, we estimate that the market prospects for Australian…

Appeeling Fruit sold to Michigan fruit grower

Appeeling Fruit Inc. of Centre Township has been sold. The producer of sliced apples was sold to Peterson Farms Inc. of Shelby, Michigan for $2 million. The deal was settled…

Fancy Farms - Hillsborough County

Florida strawberry farm sued for worker-recruitment payments

A lawyer for a Florida strawberry farm told the 11th Circuit Court that the company he represents is not liable for the illegal fees its pickers paid a recruiter. In this, he…

MoU signed

Serbia-produced raspberries and blueberries find market in Lebanon

This Tuesday the Serbian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management announced that an MoU on cooperation in agriculture was singed in Beirut, Lebanon. The document was signed…

AU: It's more than just bananas for one diverse North Queensland plantation

One of North Queensland's leading banana growers says diversification has been an important part of the company's profit strategy. Howe Farming Group is a second-generation family owned company, located in Walkamin in North Queensland, mainly grows bananas - but has branched out into avocados, papaya, blueberries, as well…

Kennesaw State dissertation turns into book

US: Professor publishes years of research on “The Georgia Peach”

What started out as one Kennesaw State professor’s graduate school dissertation quickly became a decade-long exploration into Georgia’s most evasive edible icon, the peach. When Dr.Tom Okie was awarded the Georgia Historical Society’s highest publication award for his dissertation-turned-book “The Georgia Peach: Culture,…

Fresh peaches, nectarines and plums from Chile recalled for Listeria

New York-based firm Jac. Vandenberg Inc. has recalled 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines and 365 cartons of fresh plums that were being sold to the public by such major retailers as Costco and Walmart. The imported fruit may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The peaches, nectarines and plums…

Marijke Jozefczak, pcfruit

“Fruit might delay various brain diseases”

The Flemish research centre for fruit cultivation, Proefcentrum Fruitteelt vzw (pcfruit), has researched the effect of fruit on different brain diseases. This research was…

Dense supplies of imported blueberries for now

There’s a heavy supply of blueberries thanks, in part, to one country expanding its production. “There’s an abundance of blueberries. Peru has bigger production this year and dumping a lot into North America. The North American market is their main focus because there’s been a 20 percent increase in consumption of blueberries…

AU: Antico International's first year of air shipment into China proves successful

Antico International says it was an exciting development for the country to be able export cherries from the Australian mainland directly into the Chinese market by air for the first time. "We had a fantastic season this year for the mainland (Australia) as well as Tasmania," Export Manager Oliver Wang said. "This…

Turkey is an exporter of fruit saplings

Savas Akcan, head of Turkey Seed Growers Association (TURKTOB) said that Turkey is a self-sufficient country in terms of saplings. He underlined that the country has actually…

Branded fruit is leading the Chinese market as Spring Festival approaches

Whether people buy fruit for consumption at home or as gifts, Chinese consumers prefer a greater product variety in smaller quantities. Fruit traders cater to their demands…

Pricing doubled on watermelons

Supplies of watermelons continue to look tight which has boosted prices significantly. “We’re in short supplies of watermelon out of Mexico through various growing regions,” says Dennis Peterson of Riverbend Fresh LLC in Kerman, Ca. “In the next few weeks, we should see increasing supplies from central Mexico to Northern Mexico. And then…

Heatwave conditions takes a toll on Australian fruit and vegetable growers

Most parts of Australia have sweltered through a heatwave over the past fortnight, with daily temperatures regularly in the high-thirties to mid-forties. On Thursday, South Australia's Port Augusta reached 49.5 degrees, just 10 days after it created international headlines for reaching around 49 degrees at the…

Fruit wholesale flourishes as Chinese Spring Festival approaches

Business is booming at the Jiaxing Fruit Wholesale Market even though the Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019] is still two weeks away. Large volumes of Hami melons…

Turkey: Record export of pears and quinces

Turkey exported a record number of pears and quinces last year. According to data provided by the Uludag Exporters' Association, pears, which are grown mainly in Bursa, were…

Slightly optimistic expectations regarding Italian kiwi marketing

Thanks to the information provided by reliable sources, FreshPlaza now shares the short-term prospects for the kiwi market. Hayward Kiwi Green kiwi sales have been increasing since the last days of December thanks to the end of the New Zealand fruit marketing. The first two weeks of January showed positive signs as…

Egypt becoming a key destination for Polish apples

A market as large as Russia couldn't be replaced, but there are many indications that Egypt is currently the key market for Polish apples. This has been confirmed by export data for the last few years made available by the Chief Inspectorate of Plant Health and Seed Inspection, reports the Association of…

Exports worth $229 million in 2018

Ukraine increases import of fruits and berries

Ukraine in 2018 exported $229 million worth of fruits and berries, which is 17% more than a year earlier. According to the Ukrsadprom association, the main products in this group were walnuts, which were delivered for $117 million, frozen fruits and berries for $78 million, apples and pears worth $15…

"Strawberry farmers should harvest with CROO"

A Florida-based technology company that’s been developing a strawberry-picking robot for years has finally started unveiling their product. Their upcoming demo for growers attending an annual industry convention in Orlando, next month, is potentially a big deal. Grain farmers have harvested their fields…

Avocados or mulberries could be in county’s farming future

Farmers explore novel crops in Yolo County

Some think avocados, hops or even mulberries could be the future crops of Sacramento Valley’s farming. This option was questioned by academic experts and interested…

2019 is Year of the Pig

Engraving a piggy on a watermelon skin

A fruit artist from China's Jiangsu Province celebrated the upcoming Year of the Pig by engraving a piggy on a watermelon’s skin. "Pigs might not stand out in a crowd. But they are very realistic. Though…

Imported fruit now available to western China in winter

Besides common fruit like apples and oranges, more tropical fruit has hit China's western regions since the fruit market has been opening wider to the world. Chen Lipeng has worked for…

Russia refuses entry to contaminated apples from China

The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance announced that their border office in Zabaykalsky Krai inspected a 19-ton shipment of apples that…

A personal story from Easy 8 Orchards

Australia: Stone fruit farmers still face hail storm recovery

After a devastating hail storm struck Australia’s South Burnett Region in October last year, many farmers are still trying hard to get back on track. A particular farm that had severe damage…

Qatar: Ministry of Public Health confirms safety Peruvian grapes

The Doha Ministry of Public Health revealed that laboratory test results from the fresh grapes originating from Peru, which were recently withdrawn from the market, showed…

Australia expands Pacific Labour Scheme to win influence in region

On Jan. 17, as Canberra expands a regional labour scheme in a bid to win favor with its neighbors amid rising competition from China, Fijians will be allowed to work in…

Vellsam continues domestic expansion through Huelva's seven largest distributors

The Almeria-based company Vellsam will be able to help in the improvement of berry cultivation thanks to the knowledge acquired in plantations in other countries Vellsam continues taking steps in its expansion across Spain and has started the year establishing itself in Huelva through the seven largest distributors in…

Chinese pomelo exports are changing direction

"Pomelo is our main fruit export to Europe. It is gaining more ground in the European and Russian markets and our export volume increases year by year, though this year the export conditions have changed a little." As Ms. Vickie Lin from Bona Industry (Xiamen) Co., Ltd. explains: “ Thanks to good weather…

50% government subsidies help farmers to use cold storages

Turkey: Adıyaman exports pomegranates

Thanks to government subsidies, Adıyaman, a city in southeastern Turkey, built cold storages where pomegranates can be stored until they are exported to Germany and other countries. Adıyaman's Samsat district grows pomegranates and exports them in winter. Two cold storage units were installed by the Ministry of Agriculture…

Michigan-based Riveridge grows statewide reach through acquisition

Riveridge Produce Marketing out of Sparta said last week it acquired the “sales operation” of Jack Brown Produce- also based in Sparta. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but this large supplier of apples clearly expects to grow its market share in the state. Jack Brown Produce, which is a grower-owned business with…

Prices to push up for domestic apples?

Apple production from Washington is down this year. “Washington State seems to be down 25 percent from last year. It’s probably some winter injury from earlier but it can linger. You never really know,” says Eric Strandberg of Strandberg Farms in Omak, Wa. “We were scheduled to have a bigger year this year but it…

Some increased by 20%-30%

Price increase for seasonal fruits in Fuzhou

In Fuzhou the price of seasonal fruits such as navel oranges, pears, and apples increased in January in comparison with the same month last year. The price increase reached as…

China: Long-term prospects for warehouse-style fruit shops are unknown

More and more discount, warehouse-style fruit chain stores have opened in recent years. In addition to being cheap, the variety of fruits is also quite varied, including…

AU: Melon industry concerned about government investment in foreign farmers

Australian melon growers are concerned about the commitment by the Australian and Queensland Governments to invest in Japanese farmers to produce high-end ‘gift’ melons in…

Southeastern New Brunswick, Canada

Tallest building in Sackville is a huge freezer for blueberries and cranberries

A massive steel structure, rising 14 storeys from the edge of Sackville's industrial park, is garnering interest and questions from passers-by. The building is visible from the Trans-Canada Highway. According to Evelyn and David Ernst, co-owners of Terra Beata Farms, it's a still-under-construction…

No issues regarding fruits

Italy: High veg prices due to bad weather

Weather is like a jester, in Italy. The North is fighting against drought, while the Centre and the South are experiencing strong and persistent rains and snowfalls. In the coming days, temperatures are expected to rise, with snow present only at high altitudes and strong winds, especially in the…

In Germany, food from far away is omnipresent

Fruits from the Far East are conquering the world

In autumn 2012, it was first shown to the general public. Food from China has long been omnipresent in our country. You can find it in the catering industry, in large kitchens…

AU: Exceptional quality and volume of mangoes despite mixed weather conditions

With Australia's mango season hitting its peak, it is expected to be another big year for growers, with predictions of the second biggest crop the industry has produced. The Australian Mango Industry Association says while it is not expected to get to the record volumes of last year, more than 10 million trays are…

Michel Schrijnemakers, Veiling Zuid-Limburg:

"Industry fruit revival stabilizes market"

There has been a somewhat higher demand for top fruit in recent weeks. This is according to Michel Schrijnemakers, Veiling Zuid-Limburg's Director. This auction house is in located in the Dutch town of Margraten. "Sales were already good around the festive season. Dutch retailers sold well. We also did a fair…

Granfrutta Zani takes stock

Italy: Optimistic expectations for Italian winter fruits

The Italian winter fruit marketing did not go as well as expected, but it will recover within a few weeks, hopefully. These are the thoughts of Raffaele Bucella, Italy marketing manager for Granfrutta Zani. He took stock of the pear, kiwi and apple situations. Bucella stated, “I believe that the pear marketing will recover…

Bangladesh: Growing success of fruit production

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN, Bangladesh marks the highest rate of increase in fruit production among the world's fruit producing countries. Supposedly it is the tenth largest tropical fruit producer at this time. Over the last 18 years the country’s fruit production has been…

Taiwan winter fruit penetrates markets in Hong Kong

Last Friday, Taiwan launched a promotional campaign to sell winter-harvested fruit such as jujube, guava, wax apples, oranges, pineapples, papaya, grapes and honey apples in Hong Kong. "We would like to share the sweet taste from Taiwan with the people of Hong Kong as the Spring Festival approaches," said COA divisional…

Kashmir: 1.9 million tons of fresh fruit & 2.2 million tons of dried fruits

Kashmir produced 1,956,331 tons of fresh fruits and 2,161,736 tons of dried fruits during the 2018-19 financial year, contributing ₹ 100 billion (€ 1.23 bln) to the state’s…

Malaysian Ministry targets RM150 mln sales from fresh fruit stalls this year

According to Minister Salahuddin Ayub, his Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry is hoping to achieve sales of RM150 million (€32 mln) from fresh fruit stalls (GBBS)…

LATAM Cargo’s Santiago-Chicago perishable service to begin February 19

LATAM Cargo will start twice-weekly flights between Santiago and Chicago, returning via Miami from February 19. The company took delivery of the converted B767-300ER in December, the first…

AU: Tasmania's growers looking to restore full market access after regaining Pest Free Area status

Fruit Growers Tasmania is working with its growers to fully restore international market trade back to normal levels as soon as possible, after the reinstatement of the Pest Free Area (PFA) status. After one of the state's largest biosecurity action of its kind, the Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) Control Area and Infected…

AU: South Australia's Riverland temporarily loses its Pest Free Area recognition from China

The Australian government has confirmed that the South Australian Riverland region temporary lost its Pest Free Area (PFA) status for its trade with China at the start of this…

AU: Australian avocado industry responds to reports that demand is declining

Avocados Australia says there is no evidence of a reduced demand trend, rather it has been increasing year by year. It follows a report in the Wall Street Journal suggesting stocks are falling dramatically because avocado demand has gone markedly down. It reported the Costa Group’s stock is down 38 per cent and…

Chile: Fruit exports increased by 10.8% in 2018

Cherry exports amounted to 180,000 tons, which means shipments increased by 126%. Even though the table grape's year was complex in terms of price, Fedefruta is expectant to…

Imported fruit gaining ground quickly in western China

In 2018, besides common fruit like apples and oranges, more tropical fruit has hit China's western regions since the fruit market has been opening wider to the world. Chen Lipeng has worked for a fruit market in the city of Lanzhou, capital of northwest China's Gansu Province for several years. He said it was…

Blue Whale Mascot at Children’s Day in Bangkok

Today is Children’s Day in Bangkok and Blue Whale has organized an activity with the children from Saint Peter Thonburi school. It’s a kindergarten and primary school of around 2500 – 3000 pupils. Our aim is to introduce apples to the children. This year, they will taste Candine ®. With the help of the Blue Whale mascot, we explain that this apple is…

Interview to Marino Silva, Zespri's Italy Market Manager

Zespri System: the operating model that supports kiwi production

In order to take stock of the 2018 southern hemisphere kiwi campaign and the expectations for the 2018/19 season in the northern hemisphere, FreshPlaza interviewed Marino Silva, Zespri’s Italy Market Manager. Marino Silva With regard to the decreased Italian kiwi production, the manager confirms, “Climatic conditions reduced the expected volumes…

The gene that improves apple tree water use efficiency

Because of climate change, droughts are expected to become more recurrent, thus making the plants’ endurance to this phenomenon a key aspect for the survival of many varieties. Water scarcity is the cause of many serious harvest losses, apple trees included. China dominates the global apple production as they can count on…

AU: Tasmanian farmers benefiting from agritourism boost

Tourists are getting behind Tasmania's agriculture like never before, according to one of Australia's leading berry producers. Westerway Raspberry Farm, in the Derwent Valley, has an agritourism business attached to the farm, which includes fresh farm gate sales as well as farm visits and pick your own berries. Owner…

The concerns of Maurizio Filippi of Fruitimprese

Kiwis: Italy caught between New Zealand and Greece

The Italian green kiwi is right in the middle of a ‘cross-fire’: on one hand, the New Zealand produce is showing incredible results thanks to the monopoly regime and an aggressive marketing strategy that aims at excellence; on the other hand, Greece is carrying out a ‘low-price’ strategy. Maurizio…

Costa Rica sees potential for its fruit in Japan

Yesterday, Costa Rica's Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer) highlighted Japan's potential as a destination for exports of fortified, functional, natural, organic food…

Healthy supplies of blueberries coming in from South America

Supplies of imported blueberries are plentiful and stable at the moment. “Blueberries are basically from Chile right now but also still from Peru. Chile had a slow start, but now we have a good rhythm and it should continue like this for several more weeks,” says Luciano Fiszman of Redondo Beach, Ca.-based Gourmet Trading…

Michigan apple grower announces company launch

Applewood Fresh Growers LLC, a grower, packer, shipper and marketer of Michigan apples, has announced its official company launch. Applewood Fresh ships 21 apple varieties…

Mahindra inaugurates grape packhouse facility in Nashik

Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd., a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, part of the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group, today inaugurated its grape packhouse facility in Nashik. The facility was inaugurated by Dr. Pawan Goenka, Managing Director of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. The grape packhouse facility is one…

Blueberries to lower risk of tooth decay

The Oral Health Foundation claims that blueberries (and cranberries) seem ‘especially good for oral health’. Dentists have urged manufacturers of mouthwash and toothpastes to…

Spain: Peaches and nectarines cover 63% of Andalusia's stone fruit acreage

In 2017, the acreage devoted to the cultivation of peaches and nectarines in Andalusia amounted to 6.768 hectares. This figure represents 63% of the region's total stone fruit…

Indian grape exporters still await compensation

At the moment, grape growers and exporters are worried, with India’s Finance Ministry yet to make a final call on the proposal for compensation of ₹106 (€1.32) per kg to those…

Soroti Fruit Factory

Uganda: Teso region finally gets Shs 50 billion fruit factory

This week, Uganda’s president Museveni will commission the Teso Fruit Factory in Soroti district. The new factory will be processing between 12,000 and 25,000 tons of fruits…

India: Pre-cooling units help strawberry farmers in Maharashtra

The establishment of a fruit pre-cooling unit by an enterprising farmer in Mahabaleshwar, which is known as the strawberry belt of Maharashtra, could be a huge boost to…

Winter fruit from Chile

US: Largest shipment in December arrived at Port of Wilmington

The season’s shipment of Chilean winter fruit arrived at the Port of Wilmington on December 27th. The shipment, brought by a refrigerated vessel known as the Star Best,…

Researchers study genetic mechanism that controls the shape of fruits

The shape of the fruits we consume every day varies. To explain this diversification and to be able to use this knowledge in plant breeding, an international team of scientists studied the cellular, genetic, and molecular bases that diversify the tomato’s shape. The research was recently published in…

Bolzano organizes two-day seminar on cultivation and processing of rare wild fruits

Exotic fruits in South Tyrol

In February, a two-day seminar on the cultivation and processing of rare wild fruit will take place in Bolzano. Cultures such as Aronia, sea buckthorn, mini kiwi, cornelian cherries, Indian bananas,…

Lush yields for fruit, low prices and quality losses for vegetables

Growers and farmers in Switzerland look back on good harvest year

A record plum harvest, above average yields of apples, pears, cherries, apricots and raspberries. After the frost-related bad harvests of last year, Mother Nature was kinder…

Polish apples show strong competitiveness in Chinese market

This year the apple production output in China is much lower than in other years, about 30% less compared with the last season. This is because of the bad weather conditions at the beginning of the year. The prices of Chinese apples therefore increased a lot, some varieties even doubled their price in…

Popularity of Dorí kiwi fruit has increased in Asian market

The demand for sweet yellow kiwi fruit is growing all over the world. In China the demand for yellow kiwi fruit is growing rapidly, because the sweet taste fits the preference of Chinese consumers. “In the Chinese market, there are many different yellow kiwi fruit varieties, whereas, on the international…

More than 200 tons of fruit destroyed in Perth storage fire

Australia: Wednesday's fire at Karragullen depot hits supermarket fruit supplies

At least one of Australia’ major supermarkets will be short on pears over the Christmas period. The cause is a massive fire at a fruit storage facility. Wednesday morning, firefighters were called to Karragullen Cold Storage, with reports of "multiple explosions" coming from the facility. It caught fire and 70…

Imported cherries cause traffic jam at Hong Kong customs.

Currently there are a lot of cherries entering the Chinese market. With the holidays approaching cherries are one of the most popular fruits to give as a gift in China. Most…

Argentina: The fruit sector demands urgent measures

The entities that account for more than 90% of Argentina's fresh fruit exports expressed their deep concern about the lack of response from the national government. "We are…

Frugee opens a new location in Frankfurt, just in time for Christmas

Proximity to the fresh market guarantees uncompromising freshness and premium quality

Crisp, fresh fruit is indispensable in today's workplace. Almost every major city in Germany currently has at least one supplier of fruit and vegetable baskets, delivered directly to the office. Frugee also benefits from the rapidly growing demand for office fruit. Five years after its founding and just…

Italian researchers presented it at the International Symposium in Uruguay

A new pear variety by CREA

Italian research stands out on an international level. Last week, Gianluca Baruzzi and Giuseppina Caracciolo participated in the International Pear Symposium organised by the International Society for the Horticultural Science (ISHS) held in Montevideo, Uruguay. CREA researchers presented the varietal innovations obtained…

US: First Chilean fruit ship of the season at Delaware River Port

The Gloucester Marine Terminal yesterday celebrated the first arrival of fresh Chilean fruit, with the discharge of the Baltic Jasmine. The vessel, unloading nearly 2,500 tons…

One kg of strawberries cost 10 Turkish Lira (1,65 Euro)

Turkey: Time to harvest winter strawberries

The harvest of winter strawberries has started in Koprubasi, a district located in the western Turkish city of Manisa. The product is sold for 10 Turkish Lira (1,65 Euro) per kilogram and it generates an important revenue for the farmers in Koprubasi. Strawberry production continues all the year round. In December,…

Fyffes subsidiary decertified due to labor rights violations in Honduras

Fair Trade USA decertified producer Suragroh, a subsidiary of Fyffes, after the publication of an open letter describing a pattern labor rights violations in melon plantations…

Argentina: Five keys to understanding the 2019 fruit season

Few people expect that the fruit growing sector of the Valley will have a positive season. Next year will be complex both domestically, due to the country's economic…

The courage and the professionality of the Zomaro Resort

Southern Italy: Intensive apple farming

On the 14th December 2018, the “A new agriculture for a new culture” conference was held in Southern Italy. The whole day revolved around the studies and the discussions on professional apple farming in Calabria. Specifically, they referred to the Zomalo Resort coop., a young company that became a symbol…

FSA study reveals levels of Norovirus in UK fresh berry fruit and salad vegetables

As part of a larger study, begun in January 2014, researchers for the UK’s Food Standards Association (FSA) have revealed the results of testing berry fruit and salad…

International Atomic Energy Agency helps protect Ecuador’s valuable fruits

Ecuador is the second largest exporter of avocados, bananas, mangoes and other tropical fruits in Latin America and the Caribbean. In recent years, however, Ecuador’s Sierra…

Helping to make blueberries a staple on school menus

Marketing blueberries to the foodservice industry has been part of the US Highbush Blueberry Council's (USHBC) efforts for more than a decade now. The organization has also turned their attention on helping bring more blueberries into US schools. In recent years the efforts have been aimed at covering as…

Chile: Starting peak shipments of blueberries

The Chilean blueberry committee has published its weekly report about the season, in which it is mentioned that the exports are starting the peak volumes. Although the industry is preparing for the bigger volumes, the shipments of week 49 were below the initially projected volume at 6,652 tons. However,…

ABC against child labour

Argentina: Majority of blueberry export for US market

Last week a total of 1,239 tons of Argentinian blueberries arrived in different markets worldwide. Another 98 tons were exported by sea, so it’s expected these volumes will arrive the first week of January. This was published by the Argentina Blueberry committee in their weekly update. From this total volume, the majority is exported…

China: Price "explosion" for cherries

Oranges, strawberries, and cherries begin to dominate the fruit stalls as we enter winter. The price of most imported fruits is quite high as they have only just entered the…

Turkey: R&D Center for Apricots is on the way

Prof. Dr. Aysun Bay Karabulut, Rector of Turgut Ozal University in Malatya, known for its apricots, announced that a Research and Development Center specialized in this fruit will soon be launched. The center will operate in the university particularly focusing on the research and project development…

Energid citrus picking system & Agrobot E-Series

Robots that will change the industry

There is not yet a real end in sight for the growth of the world population. With the current increases, there will be an enormous growth in agricultural needs and demands. To cover these needs fast, farmers are turning their attention toward robots. From planting to growing to collecting, all functions…

New Jersey blueberry farm goes solar

A newly completed solar energy system will provide nearly 100% of the annual needs of Atlantic Blueberry, a family-owned blueberry farm in Hammonton, New Jersey. According to SolarKal, a…

“The only thing customers ask for is the right product of the right quality at the right place and time”

New player in organic sector: Lema

Another company has joined the organic fruit sector. Peter Abma started his new company, called Lema, in September. It’s no surprise he focuses on Greek product, considering his background. Besides, he’s paying a lot of attention to building good relationships. What about threats? “Climate change is one…

A test in the MMR with Abate pears

New luxurious packaging for precious fruits

Two months have passed since the official launch. Now, the network of companies La Grande Bellezza Italiana can make a first, partial assessment. But mostly, it can look forward to further initiatives. And there are already some novelties on the table. The presidents Antonio Cipriani and Leonardo Odorizzi explain, “We are about to…

Rick Marwitz, Mirontell fein & frisch AG

"We are very much focused on the online trade in convenience products"

Nowadays, many people want to forego the stress of shopping in brick-and-mortar stores, opting for ordering food online. This development goes hand in hand with the steady growth of the convenience sector in Germany, which specifically addresses the needs of modern, small households. Mirontell fein &…

Tomatoes and strawberries relatively cheap at the moment

New Zealand food prices ease in November

This November, New Zealand food prices fell. The largest drop was seen with strawberries, their prices tumbling 33 percent on the month and 5 percent compared to this time…

Congo: Kiwi for 14 euros/kg

In Western countries, there is the widespread idea that all Africa is a poor continent, plagued by economic problems. In fact, many capital cities are very similar to European ones, populated by both rich and poor people. The economist Gianluca Bagnara showed the photo he took in Kinshasa, the capital of the Republic of Congo. Kiwi…

Italy: Cocktail Plum, a very successful tomato

The Cocktail Plum tomato variety represents a substantial segment of the table tomato production, in Italy. Because of climate change – with rather sudden temperature oscillations – and plant diseases, it is becoming increasingly urgent to farm varieties better suited for modern horticulture. Rocco, Lino and Salvatore…

Rwanda: NAEB starts fruit project to shore up exports

Rwanda’s National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) has launched a project that will support young Rwandese to plant more than 100 million fruit trees by 2024, in order to…

“A lot of larger apples despite dry weather”

Van Ossenbruggen invests in new packing station and access road to N320

The top fruit market had to jump quite a few hurdles this year. “Fruit is being sold, but shelf life in particular isn’t great. That means you have to pay even more attention to your storage management,” says Kees van Ossenbruggen of the top fruit production, sorting and trade company of the same name in…

Hamburg importer starts pomegranate season with stronger brand presence

Don Limón is currently preparing for the upcoming season of Indian pomegranates. The Hamburg-based importer is starting the new campaign with much confidence and increased expectations. As the latest marketing measure, the company has designed special Don Limón Brand Boxes for its pomegranates. Brand presence The preparation…

Poland: Official study on changes taking place in apple growing sector

A comparison of the results of the orchard surveys of 2012 and 2017 shows significant differences in the age structure of trees and the density of plantings in apple…

High demand for European apples in China

Eurostat data shows that in September of 2018, the EU exported 800 tons of apples to China, which is over 9 times more than in September of 2017 and about 45% of the total volume shipped in 2017. France basically accounted for this entire volume, as it is one of the few EU countries (next to Poland) able…

Konanani Liphadzi – CEO of Fruit SA

South African fruit industry expansion shows faith in the future

South Africa has in the past missed some opportunities in pushing its agricultural agenda during broader trade negotiations, says Dr Konanani Liphadzi, Fruit SA CEO ( right ), but she considers that the recent change in government has brought an increased appreciation of the value of the fruit sector for…

Italy: Successful partnership between Apofruit Italia and Società Frutticoltori Trento

The strategic partnership between the Società Frutticoltori Trento and Apofruit Italia has been incredibly successful. The agreement involved the cooperation of Società Frutticolotri Trento with the Apofruit, combining their industrial and the marketing departments, thus putting them under a single management and with…

Fyffes denies allegations of abuse at Honduran plantation

This Thursday, The Times Ireland  reported that the Dublin-headquartered fruit company strongly rejected allegations of abuse at its Honduran melon plantation, saying the safety of its workers is a “core value”. The paper reported that Fyffes had its fair-trade certification suspended after allegations that workers had…

20,000 Moroccan temporary laborers will harvest Spanish strawberries in 2019

Next year, the Moroccan government plans to send 20,000 seasonal laborers to Spain to harvest strawberries and other red fruits, as announced by the Minister of Employment, Mohamed Yatim, after meeting with the National Employment Agency (ANAPEC), responsible for the selection of candidates. The institution published a…

Red Apple Germany dispenses with plastic packaging

More sustainable packaging for Rockit mini-apple

The supermarket chains and discounters have launched an offensive against plastic waste. The reasons: Consumers want either none or more sustainable packaging, especially for fruit and vegetables, and the new Packaging Act will come into force on 1 January 2019. It will be combined with a stronger…

Roberto Latorre, Gerwin van Bergen Walraven and Harro van Dam get started at Carsol’s European sales office

"Limited impact of hail on Chilean berry season"

Last month, the European sales office of the Chilean berry producer Carsol in Maasdijk was strengthened with Roberto Latorre, Gerwin van Bergen Walraven and Harro van Dam. "We are a specialist in blueberries, both conventional and organic. We control the entire chain, so our customers are able to do…

New figures show Australia's avocado industry is on track to produce 115,000 tonnes a year by 2025

Australia’s avocado production increased by 17 per cent on the previous in 2017/18, with a gross value of production estimated at $557million - and the industry’s long-term trend is still on the rise. “One-third of Australia’s avocado trees have yet to reach their prime production years but enough of the new plantings…

University of Coimbra

Portuguese research into blueberry leaves affecting MS

A research project of the University of Coimbra is looking into the therapeutic potential of blueberry leaves in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. The study was developed…

Successful quality technology trials to extend shelf-life of apricots

Hazel Technologies, Inc., is proud to announce the successful completion of an apricot supply chain quality trial with the Postharvest Technology Center at the University of California, Davis. Researchers found that Hazel® Apricot technology extends the shelf life of apricots in standard supply chain…

Productive peak expected in the next weeks

Italy: this will be an excellent year for the Adelita raspberry

The Basilicata region, in Southern Italy, is renowned for strawberry farming. Recently, raspberry farming represented an excellent idea not only from an agronomic standpoint but also in terms of business. FreshPlaza interviewed Carmela Surian, CEO of Compagnia Delle Primizie – a company famous for…

Honduran fruit - access to 12 new markets

The head of Agricultural Market Access of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), Cesar Noe Pino, stated on Saturday that Honduran fruits had accessed 12 new markets,…

First shipment blueberries Gramm Agropecuaria, Argentina

“We invested in new varieties and IQ optical sourcing lines”

"It was the first shipment of our own blueberries to Shanghai, China. The first shipment was at the end of the blueberry season. We expect that in the 2019 season, which will start at the end of August, we'll be able to send big volumes to the Chinese market”, stated Gabriel Wasserman from Gramm…

Benefits for squash, cherries and wine

TPP trade deal will hugely benefit New Zealand growers

Due to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, from the end of the year, exporters will start to get the benefits of tariff cuts, with the 60-day countdown now triggered. Squash growers are going…

The bigger volumes will be available for Chinese New Year

Chile: “We expect good volumes for Chilean cherry export”

“The Chilean cherry season started with some delays due to bad weather conditions in some of the production areas like Rancagua and San Francisco. The cherries from Curico are also experiencing some delay at the start of the season. We expect to start with harvesting the bigger volumes by the end of this…

Packhouses have contingency plans while harbour terminals are unaffected

South Africa: Electricity cuts a great irritation to fruit industry

Eskom, the national (and sole) electricity provider in South Africa has embarked on a programme of load shedding (planned power outages) as a result of maintenance on the grid. Such power outages are not new, but previously they’ve usually occurred in winter at times of high electricity demand. It’s unusual for Eskom…


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