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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Tristan Margalet, Greype France:

Portuguese origin is gaining ground

For Greype France, the campaign of Portuguese citrus fruit started in October. The company has been working with this origin for 6 years, starting with the Rocha pear and now citrus, including oranges, lemons and clementines, which all benefit from the PGI Citrinos do Algarve certification. “We started…

International Asparagus Meeting 2022

Facts and figures about asparagus from the Netherlands, Great Britain and Germany

During the asparagus and strawberry fair expoSE in Karlsruhe, the "International Asparagus Meeting" took place for the first time. Over the last weeks we already published the facts and figures on asparagus cultivation and marketing from Canada, Greece and Italy. Now you can read the corresponding data…

Vincent Guerin, ANPP:

French pears remain very popular despite the drop in purchasing power

French pear producers had a difficult campaign last year due to the impact of the frost on the harvest. This year, however, the volumes are even better than expected. “We have revised our predictions upwards. We were expecting 137,000 tons and we have now reached 147,000 tons,” explains Vincent Guerin of…

Wilko van der Zwaard, Wilko Fruit:

"Excellent citrus sales, hardly any large oranges in Spain"

According to Wilko van der Zwaard of the Dutch company Wilko Fruit, citrus sales are currently good to excellent. "There's good market demand with correct prices being paid. Especially concerning top premium-branded fruit, including our renowned Gaudias label," he says. Citrus is one of Wilko Fruit's leading…

Demand for pomegranates triples at Christmas

"Demand for pomegranates usually starts to increase rapidly starting from the first week of December," reports Dario De Lisi, sales manager at Masseria Fruttirossi, the largest pomegranate producer in Italy. "We expect to be working a lot this year too, as we are already feeling the festive period…

Lucien de Wit, LuBa Fresh:

"Effect of lower Dutch strawberry supply is being felt; Egyptian ones in greater demand as that season starts"

The new Egyptian strawberry season started at LuBa Fresh last week. "We receive shipments three times a week, exclusively by air," says this Dutch company's Lucien de Wit. "The pandemic made that tough last year. The high air freight rates from Egypt will make this year challenging too." Yesterday's…

Unexpected result of blackout in the apple sector of Moldova

Managers of Moldovan factories producing apple concentrate claim that “there is an abnormal surge in the supply of industrial apples” at the beginning of the week. The…

VBT figures week 47

First bunches from fall cultivation hit Belgian market, tomato prices decreased slightly

Growers that currently hold tomato cultivation in their greenhouses, hope for good prices. In that respect it's not yet going well. The first harvest from fall cultivation…

Ecuador exported 34.1 million fewer boxes of bananas up to October 2022

The world leader in banana exports, Ecuador, has seen a -10.81% drop, with 34.1 million less boxes in exports from January to October 2022. A cumulative 280.0 million boxes were exported, compared to 315 million boxes during the same period last year. Export volumes to their top two destinations saw a…

Christoph Bouvry, Bouvry:

"Grapes and clementines are always in high demand around year's end"

As the festive season approaches, business at Bouvry, in Belgium, usually slows down a bit. "That's no different this year," begins Christoph Bouvry. "But as the holidays draw nearer, it picks up. Grapes and clementines are always in demand around the end of the year. Sales of winter vegetables like…

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DPD Netherlands acquires Cool Runnings Transport BV

Earlier this month DPD Netherlands announced the acquisition of Cool Runnings Transport BV. This acquisition is fully in line with DPD Netherlands strategy to expand in the…

The first fruit company to partner with China's aerospace industry

Joy Wing Mau Group and China Aerospace reach strategic cooperation

On Tuesday November 29th, China successfully launched its ‘Shenzhou-XV’ manned spaceship on its way to the China Manned Space Agency. Simultaneously, a celebratory signing ceremony was hosted honoring the strategic partnership of China’s aerospace industry with China’s fruit industry, celebrating ‘Space,…

Murcian company with a workforce of almost 240 workers has filed for bankruptcy

The horticultural company Cano Nature, which owns the Soleil Royal brand and specializes in the production of the Charentais melon variety, has filed for bankruptcy and…

Photo report: A look at the new premises of Upmann Verpackungstechnik Ltd

"Thanks to our laser cutting equipment, we are able to produce machine parts within a few hours"

This year, Upmann Verpackungstechnik Ltd celebrates its 225th anniversary. Furthermore, the specialist in weighing and packaging put its new premises at the main site in Rheine-Mesum into operation in summer 2021. Plant manager Henrik Klostermann gave us a tour of the modern facility and talked about…

Citrus, avocado and grape importer announces new warehouse expansion

LGS Specialty Sales, an importer of citrus, avocados, grapes and persimmons, announces the opening of its new 235,000-square-foot warehouse. As a mandarin importer in North America, this facility expansion will enable the company to further its strategic growth to help customers meet their shoppers'…

Zespri releases climate change adaption plan

Zespri has today released its first ever Climate Change Adaptation Plan – Adapting to Thrive in a Changing Climate – outlining how the kiwifruit industry intends to adapt to a…

Hortifrut grows its quarterly income by 19% thanks to dynamic blueberry offer

A strong rise in the sale of fresh fruit has given the world's largest blueberry marketer, Hortifrut, a dynamic boost, adding revenues of US$ 627 million in the first nine…

Organto announces third quarter 2022 financial results

'Third quarter sales best in the history of the company'

Organto Foods Inc., an integrated provider of organic and value-added organic fruit and vegetable products has announced its financial results for the three and nine month…

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Fruit and vegetables from Belgium eyecatchers at networking dinner in London

A networking dinner organised by Fresh From Belgium, the B2B foreign department of VLAM, brought together a gathering of UK traders, journalists, food bloggers and Belgian retailers on 22 November in London to get to know Belgian fruit and vegetables in a different way, VLAM reports. The eye-catchers on the…

VBT figures week 47

First bunches from fall cultivation hit Belgian market, tomato prices decreased slightly

Growers that currently hold tomato cultivation in their greenhouses, hope for good prices. In that respect it's not yet going well. The first harvest from fall cultivation…

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South Korea has almost zero food waste. Here’s what we can learn

Every few months or so, 69-year-old Seoul resident Hwang Ae-soon stops by a local convenience store to buy a 10-piece bundle of special yellow plastic bags. Since 2013, under South Korea’s mandatory composting scheme, residents have been required to use these bags to throw out their uneaten food. Printed…

Miguel Gonzàlez, MG Fruit:

"Uncertainty, challenges characterize Spanish season"

"The season started well. From early September, everything was in slightly short supply. So the first products from Almeria and Murcia looked promising," begins Miguel…

Oscar van Turenhout, OV Fruit:

"Spanish products are under pressure"

"Things are going pretty well," OV Fruit's Oscar van Turenhout, a Dutch fruit and vegetable trader, summarizes the Spanish vegetable market in early November. He notes that…

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New cherry varieties shows promise to make Chilean season even earlier

In Chile the race is not only on to get tons of cherries to China in time for the earlier New Year, but also to breed and evaluate new early maturing cherry varieties that will make their season even earlier. These new earlier maturing cherries will also taste sweeter, have fewer chill requirements with…

2022 North America cranberry crop offers modest improvements over 2021’s crop

This year’s cranberry crop has improved over last year’s. However, not as much as growers had hoped for. Following last year’s disappointing crop, the August forecast for this year predicted higher numbers. “The indication is that the “breadbasket” of cranberries, Wisconsin, was a little disappointing…

Sharon Kirk - Southern Fruits International

Good volumes of NZ cherries for for Lunar New Year

The first cherry varieties from New Zealand's Southern Fruits International are usually ready by late December and the harvest then continues with varieties ripening progressively until February. The company grows a total of eight cherry varieties each with a distinctive colour and flavour profile with…

Lucien de Wit, LuBa Fresh:

"Effect of lower Dutch strawberry supply is being felt; Egyptian ones in greater demand as that season starts"

The new Egyptian strawberry season started at LuBa Fresh last week. "We receive shipments three times a week, exclusively by air," says this Dutch company's Lucien de Wit. "The pandemic made that tough last year. The high air freight rates from Egypt will make this year challenging too." Yesterday's…

BASF held a meeting dedicated exclusively to this variety

How to reverse the downward trend of the Piel de Sapo melon

BASF's horticultural seed business, which operates in the market under the Nunhems brand, held a meeting in Murcia on Thursday, November 24, with the Spanish Piel de Sapo melon producing and marketing sector to analyze the current situation of this fruit and expose some of its opportunities to continue…

"We have an opportunity to work with organic fruit"

Argentinian blueberry exports decrease as the world's blueberry consumption increases

In the last five years, blueberry consumption has grown exponentially throughout the world and there are new markets to supply, such as China, India, and the United Arab…

"Brightly colored fruits are more acceptable in the market"

At present, the storage of domestically produced apples is coming to an end in China. In the current situation where the market momentum is not good and the fruit market has…

Vincent Guerin, ANPP:

French pears remain very popular despite the drop in purchasing power

French pear producers had a difficult campaign last year due to the impact of the frost on the harvest. This year, however, the volumes are even better than expected. “We have revised our predictions upwards. We were expecting 137,000 tons and we have now reached 147,000 tons,” explains Vincent Guerin of…

Changing climate: Not all bad news for Maine blueberry growers

Maine blueberry grower Courtney Hammond spent the past summer developing a makeshift irrigation system, using sprinkler heads and hoses that he scraped together. “Two pumps…

Weekly Argentinian blueberry arrivals - 2022 / 2023

Total global blueberry shipments from Argentina at 4.228 tons until now

In week 47, Argentine blueberry shipments to the US amounted to 67 tons, of which 62 were shipped by boat. Weekly Argentinean blueberry arrivals to the US for 2022 / 2023 up til now amount to 1.173 tons, shipped by boat and air almost 50-50. This year's shipments to the UK only amounted to 38 tons so far, but continental…

Five containers of Moldovan apples ready to ship to India – Moldova Fruct

Due to the Russian war against Ukraine and the Russian embargo on Moldovan fruits, local producers are looking for new markets. Among the alternatives are the Arab countries,…

High demand for Egyptian strawberry plants

The high demand for strawberries and their adoption by growers has stimulated seed producers, one of which in the Arab region is the Egyptian strawberry Fayruz Nurseries. Mr. Emad Mahdy, owner and operator of Fayruz Nurseries, said, "We are the first nursery in Egypt to be licensed and accredited to export…

Unexpected result of blackout in the apple sector of Moldova

Managers of Moldovan factories producing apple concentrate claim that “there is an abnormal surge in the supply of industrial apples” at the beginning of the week. The…

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Wilko van der Zwaard, Wilko Fruit:

"Excellent citrus sales, hardly any large oranges in Spain"

According to Wilko van der Zwaard of the Dutch company Wilko Fruit, citrus sales are currently good to excellent. "There's good market demand with correct prices being paid. Especially concerning top premium-branded fruit, including our renowned Gaudias label," he says. Citrus is one of Wilko Fruit's leading…

Christoph Bouvry, Bouvry:

"Grapes and clementines are always in high demand around year's end"

As the festive season approaches, business at Bouvry, in Belgium, usually slows down a bit. "That's no different this year," begins Christoph Bouvry. "But as the holidays draw nearer, it picks up. Grapes and clementines are always in demand around the end of the year. Sales of winter vegetables like…

Consum commits to the Valencian product for its supermarkets in the Valencian Community, Catalonia, and Murcia

Consum will only sell oranges and mandarins with Cítricos Valencianos PGI November to the end of April

Consum, the Spanish cooperative in the distribution sector, will only sell oranges and mandarins that have the Citricos Valencianos Protected Geographical Identification (PGI)…

Lindner GmbH

Stefan Lindner, Lindner Fruchtimport Frankfurt, on Spanish citrus offerings

"Good volume availability for lemons and clementines, plump oranges in short supply"

The Spanish citrus campaign is slowly but surely approaching its peak. "Spanish lemons of the commercial Primofiori variety are now available in all sizes, of good quality. For clementines, the changeover to the Clemenules variety took place three weeks ago. Since then, we have observed sufficient…

Tristan Margalet, Greype France:

Portuguese origin is gaining ground

For Greype France, the campaign of Portuguese citrus fruit started in October. The company has been working with this origin for 6 years, starting with the Rocha pear and now citrus, including oranges, lemons and clementines, which all benefit from the PGI Citrinos do Algarve certification. “We started…

Good news for Brazilian exporters

UK suspends tariffs on fruit juices

Brazilian orange juice shipments to the UK should benefit from the recent decision by the British government to suspend tariffs on concentrated and ready-to-drink juice…


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