Global Focus Top Fruit

Chinese apple market passed its peak

Starting with early Gala, the prices of apples this season have been rising nonstop, especially in the later purchasing season. The late Fuji market became even higher -…

Blake Belknap with Rainier Fruit

“Our organic apple program is our flagship”

In a few weeks, Rainier Fruit’s organic apple harvest will finish off with the Pink Lady variety. The entire organic apple category has been performing well this year. “Increasing health awareness has contributed to the momentum of the category,” says Blake Belknap with Rainier Fruit. As a result, the…

Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti from Italy

New apple variety proposal for 2020 and 2021

The Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti (also known as "Centro Innovazione Varietale") has been breeding new apple and strawberry varieties since the eighties.  "CIV now - explains Marco Bertolazzi, CIV business development manager - focuses on improving three dimensions: (1) fruit quality, (2) agronomy, including…

US apple grower tackles local food insecurity with 700 lb. weekly apple donation

Every day is apple day in Rice Fruit Company’s world, but on October 21st the fall favorite is spotlighted for all of America on National Apple Day. This day falls right in the middle of peak apple harvest, when the abundance of a new crop is celebrated, packing lines are humming and farmers are busiest…

New Belgian apple variety, Coryphée, only available at Colruyt

Colruyt has brought a new Belgian apple variety on the market - the Coryphée. This Belgian company is going to sell these exclusively in its own stores. Three Belgian cultivation companies grow these apples. They are Neven Fruits, Wolfcarius, and Gebroeders Bangels. The supermarket chain will aid these…

Pear markets are stable

This year the supplies of pears are higher than in 2019, but less than those of a standard year. Therefore, prices are above average, although it is not clear that the yields will be gratifying for the companies concerned. This was confirmed by some operators in the sector and it was also verified in wholesale markets. "The Abbot…

Argentina doubles its apple exports to Brazil

By the end of the second quarter of the year, Argentine apple exports to Brazil increased by 120% and registered the highest sales volume of the last five seasons with 22,770…

Production starts on SugarBee® club apples

Harvest has started in Washington state on SugarBee® apples. “We’re just picking them and we’ll probably finish about 10 days from now,” says Mac Riggan with Chelan Fresh in Chelan, WA. He notes the crop this year looks to be coming in at about 400,000 boxes. “That’s double the cartons compared to last…

2020/21 apple campaign at VIP in full swing

Apple harvesting is coming to an end for VIP, the association gathering producers and cooperatives in Val Venosta. The 2020/21 sales campaign is in full swing with the arrival of new Golden apples, now available all year round. "Harvesting operations are almost over, with only late varieties such as…

Paris Karastergios on the Greek pear season

“Israel could play an important role for Greek pear exporters”

The Greek pears will be making their way to Israel this year, in larger quantities than previous seasons. The Israeli's had preferred pears from Spanish origin, but current demand suggests they have made the switch this season. Demand for Greek pears overall has been increasing over the past five years,…

British Columbia full steam ahead on apple production

Apple production is picking up speed in British Columbia’s Okanagan region. “The harvest was a bit delayed with all of the smoke. That put a little bit of a gap between picking. I’ve noticed people have been picking their varieties later,” says Balpreet Gill with the Oliver, B.C.-based Gold Star Fruit…

Chinese apples face stronger competition in the global market than Chinese pears

The outbreak of Covid-19 had a significant impact on the Chinese market in the first half of this year, and although the pandemic has largely been brought under control in…

Michigan Apple Committee pilots new pop up display bins

The Michigan Apple Committee is adding cardboard pop-up display bins to its in-store offerings on a pilot basis this fall. The bins will be featured beginning this month at select Fresh Thyme, Meijer, Piggly Wiggly and SpartanNash stores. “We have been working with Michigan’s apple sales organizations to…

Washington state expecting a smaller apple crop

Washington state, the nation’s leading producer of apples, is expecting a smaller crop yield this year. Washington produces 65% of the fresh apples grown in the U.S., and as…

Quality issues for Polish apples

“I’m not sure if the apples will survive storage in cold chambers for long”

The search for good quality will be the most important task for the Polish apple traders, so says an exporter. Although volumes are okay, despite the weather conditions this year, the exporter feels it will be challenging to meet demand with the first class apples that are available. Some of the apples…

Poland: Rains could wash away pre-harvest treatments

The apple harvest season in Poland is in full swing, unfortunately the rainy weather does not allow the fruit growers to continue working in the orchards. The rainy aura…

Strong North American harvest forecast for Envy™ and Jazz™ apples

T&G Global is forecasting a strong North American harvest for both Envy™ and Jazz™ apples in the weeks ahead, powered right out of the gate by a variety of promotions to ensure widespread availability of these cultivars for shoppers nationwide. The brand activations also include a significant presence in…

Later start for Pennsylvania apples

Pennsylvania’s apple crop is down slightly but is meeting solid demand. In April, the state saw warm temperatures that were thought to prompt an early crop—however, temperatures dropped causing a small bit of frost damage. “Overall, the crop is about 75 percent of last year’s crop,” says Brenda Briggs of…

"We're starting to ship Reds and Grannies to Gulf countries now"

After the Gala apples it’s now the time for Turkey to switch to different varieties. It’s expected that the Reds and Grannies will begin shortly. Prices are still unchanged and are still as high as they were six weeks ago. Demand for the Turkish gala apples has been strong since the start of the season.…

Launch of Pro-Produce pack aims to eliminate tons of plastic from Iceland’s fresh produce aisle

ProPrint Group have joined with Iceland, Keelings and Ravenwood Packaging to launch a new plastic free solution to support the retailer’s commendable mission to eliminate plastic throughout their stores by 2023. Packs using linerless technology for Conference pears have just been launched and have…

Emilia Lewandowska on the Polish apple season

“It’s expected production will increase by 17%”

The Polish apple growers are in the midst of harvesting their various varieties of apples. The start came with good weather, but in the recent weeks apple pickers had to endure rainy conditions. Due to the general lower production in Europe, on Polish exporter expects a shortage to come up eventually,…

Celebrity chef Raymond Blanc OBE launches the 2020 British Apple and Pear Harvest

5th October marks the start of the 2020 Great British apple season with supermarkets well stocked with home-grown varieties. It’s been a challenging season for British apple and pear farmers, with fluctuating weather conditions and the continuing impact of COVID-19, but this year’s apple harvest is…

Kashmir apple crops hit by drought and Corona

India: Hail causes Karnali province apple prices to rise

As incessant hail and rain destroyed many apple blossoms back in May, there is now a drastic reduction in apple yields in India’s Karnali province. As a result, apple prices…

FreshPlaza October Global Focus on topfruit

Our October Global Focus is all about top fruit. We are at the start of the Northern Hemisphere season for apples and pears, how has the growing season been? How are the markets looking? Are you a Southern hemisphere producer? How was you export season? Did the transition go well?  If you would like to send…

Croatian 2020 apple harvest forecast at 55,000 tonnes

This year, some 55,000 tonnes of apples will be harvested I Croatia. The nation’s cultivars are of excellent quality, but according to the Smarter consulting company, market…


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