Global Focus Top Fruit

Favorable weather for Japanese apple season

Japanese apples are now on the market. This is a very good season for Japanese apples with regards to quality and production volume. One exporter got off to a good start in terms of sales volume and customer satisfaction. Takanori is a manager of the Japanese fruits export company Nihon Agri Inc. “This year,…

Wholesale prices around one euro per kilogram for the Abbondanza apple

Small apples; an ideal snack

We're always talking about big sized fruit, as if they were the only ones worthy of high remuneration. But this is not always the case. For example, as wholesaler Gobbi Gino's sales manager Riccardo Bargellini says, there's an apple which is quite successful, despite being different from the usual standards. Bulk product, price…

How to make pears blush: The effect of light on new pear cultivars

Pears have been declining in popularity in recent years, but new blush varieties offer opportunities for an image makeover and a revival in fortunes. The physical appearance…

"Chinese apple production increased, but the top-quality apples are quite small"

The new production season for Chinese apples is well under way and farmers in most production areas are frantically harvesting their crops. The production greatly declined last year because apple production areas suffered from extreme weather conditions such as frost. This year the conditions are…

"Quality and volume of Chinese pears better than last year"

The Chinese pear industry has changed a lot in comparison with last year. The overall production volume is not bad and the early-season pear varieties have been on the market for some time. This is the period when la…

Developers foresee a particular role for the new cultivar in Asia

New Gala variety from South Africa: Cherry red Bingo Gala

South African apple orchards seem to have a propensity for Gala mutations. Cultivar management company TopFruit is now introducing one with striking commercial potential: a cherry red apple, named Bingo Gala. Seven years of trials have confirmed the genetic stability of the apple which in other respects…

Camille Marques, Les Vergers de la Blottière:

“French Sweet Sensation is the new variety of pears from 100% eco-responsible orchards”

This year, Les Vergers de la Blottière celebrates 5 years on the market for the Sweet Sensation pear, originally from the Netherlands, whose harvest in Maine-et-Loire started a few weeks ago. “The first departures to our clients took place on October 2nd. We harvested a little more than 700 tons this…

“Egypt and India filled the gap created by the Russian embargo”

The Egyptians are charmed by the Polish apples. They started importing the apples from Poland earlier this year, which was convenient. After the Russian embargo went into effect five years ago it was Egypt and India that became new markets and filled the gap this embargo created. The Idared variety has…

"Volumes of Chinese Autumn Moon pears grow but retail price remains stable"

Early-season pear varieties begin to enter the Chinese fruit market starting from June. The weather conditions this year were much better than last year. The overall production volume therefore greatly increased. This is quite literally a year of abundance for pear farmers. According to Mr. Chi of…

Family-run farm protects history with its “antique” apples

At a time when new varieties of apples clamor for attention on retail shelves, one apple grower is focusing heavily on “antique” varieties of apples. Montgomery Place Orchards in Red Hook, NY is a small apple grower with 10 acres only. But it packs a big varietal punch with almost 70 varieties available…

Peak harvest season for Ontario apple growers

Apple growers in Ontario are entering what could be described as their peak harvest season. The season itself has been running late since the spring thanks to cool and rainy weather, with summer producing conditions that allowed them to catch up. As a result, growers say the harvest ended up a week…

55% of apples in Spanish market are of domestic origin

Around 55% of the apples on the Spanish shelves are of domestic origin, with a slow but sustained growth in recent years, while in the case of pears, this share exceeds 90%, according to Infolineal data presented by Afrucat at the San Miquel Fair of Lleida. Joan Serentill, president of the Pome Fruit…

Harvesting of Candine apples in full swing

The harvesting of Candine apples is in full swing in the Ravenna area. Candine is the commercial name created from the crossbreed between Fuji and Ariane and it is a crunchy variety with a high sugar content.  Harvesting of Candine apples "We grow around one hectare and a half of Candine and we are very pleased…

"I think Poland will have better quality apples than Italy in a few years"

The competition between Polish and Italian apple traders is fierce. With the prices of the Polish apples being similar to the Italian ones, buyers will always look at quality. At the moment Italy does have the better quality apple, but according to one Polish trader this can change in a couple of years.…

Good organic apple volume expected out of Washington

Organic apples out of Washington are set to enjoy a good period of volume soon as growers begin to catch up after a later than usual start. Meanwhile, the harvest of Californian organic apples is now in its final stages, with growers moving on to the latter varieties. "We are mostly into the later…

Poland-Fruit expects to export more apples than previous season

"Our growers were less impacted by the extreme weather conditions"

For most Polish apple traders the season is shaping up to be very challenging. For one Polish apple exporter the situation is less dire. Their growers were not impacted by the extreme weather as much and they expect to grow their market share in their primary market India. Although the Polish apple…

Solid crop and movement for Pennsylvania apple grower

For one apple grower, this year’s Fresh Summit 2019 taking place in Anaheim, Ca. October 17-19 is giving the company a little chance to show off. “Visitors to our booth will see our beautiful Eastern grown fruit on display as well as our attractive line of packaging,” says Brenda Briggs with Rice Fruit…

Fernando Moyano of Argentinian produce company Kleppe on pears:

“High volumes of European domestic produce depreciated our prices”

The pear harvesting season in Argentina begins in January with their early varieties such as the red Starkrimson. While the picking-season ends between late March and early April, the pears are sold all year long. Fernando Moyano, commercial manager of Kleppe, says of the company’s pear production: “Our…

BC Ambrosia apple season finally underway

Growers of Ambrosia apples in British Columbia are finally harvesting their crop after it was delayed due to cooler than usual weather. The unseasonably cold weather pushed the season back by about 7 - 10 days compared with 2018, but now growers are busy harvesting. Rick Chong of Sutherland S.A. Produce…

Mr Marawan on the Polish apple season

Polish labor situation same as last season, less impact due to lower volumes

The apple season did not look too good for one specific apple exporter when we last spoke to him. Frosts had damaged large amounts of the apples and it was yet to be seen if they could recover the season. Months later there has been significant progress, but Egyptian clients are looking towards Italy to…

Anadolu Etap’s Aysel Oguz on Turkish apple market:

“Turkey has positioned itself as a main competitor of other apple producing countries”

For the past several years, Turkey has been positioning itself as a main player in the apple producing markets. Aysel Oguz of Anadolu Etap, a Turkish grower and exporter of apples, soft fruits and stone fruits, explains that through the use of cool storage rooms, their apple season starts in August and…

Vincent Guérin, ANPP:

“French pears: limited supply but very good quality”

French pears arrived on the market in the second half of July with the Guyot variety. “For the early varieties like Guyot and William, the harvest is over. The Conference variety will now arrive on the market. We are now finishing up the harvest,” explains Vincent Guérin, in charge of economic affairs at…

Ricó Pear 2019 – Packing & Sales Commence for Seeka Australia

Packing and sales have started for the 2019 crop of the newly branded Ricó pear for Seeka Australia. The new variety, initially known as ANP 0131 was developed by the Victorian Government’s Horticulture Centre of Excellence at Tatura. Sales Manager Cameron Carter is looking forward to seeing the pear in the…

US pear growers see good crops in 2019-2020 season

Supplies of pears are looking good throughout major producing regions of the U.S. “There are still some of the later pears coming off right now. Everyone seems like they had a pretty good crop. Some are saying that the Anjous might be a little bit tight though,” says Jason Fonville of Ag Grower Sales,…

FreshPlaza Top Fruit Global Focus

Our October Global Focus is all about top fruit. After an insane season in 2018/2019 with bumper crops all over Europe, this season should be a lot more stable. Weather issues have made it hard for several countries that produce top fruit. At the same time club varieties are growing ever more popular.…


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