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Chile strives to maintain position in cherry exports

Walter Masman, an agronomist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUCV), a technical advisor and consultant specializing in cherry trees, has been looking at the…

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Aartsen: "Our branding key to growth in Asia"

"We import from and cooperate with farms in different countries to jointly develop markets. The farms are managed according to their own strict standards which are defined by the growers. We brand the high-quality harvests and import them into Europe and Asia," says Allen Wang, a representative from…

“Triple jumbo code” cherries kick off the Chilean crop

Chilean cherries came out of the gate with “their best foot forward.” This is how Ricky Armata of C&J Brothers describes the start of the Chilean cherry season which produced “triple jumbo code” cherries. “I’ve never seen such beautiful early fruit out of Chile or Peru in my life,” says Armata. “They…

Dutoit opens new Cherry Time™ packhouse with a ‘cherrific’ crop

The Cherry Time™ team at Dutoit is over the moon with the quality of cherries they’re packing as the halfway mark of the cherry season approaches. The well-known topfruit and vegetable enterprise grows approximately 2,000 tonnes of cherries per year, of which half is exported and the other half sold…

ASOEX alerts about the 'critical' situation for the shipment of fruit in the Port of Valparaiso

The transporter's strike puts in check the transport of 25,000 tons of cherries in Chile

“The situation has become critical for our fruit exports. There are significant obstructions on Ruta 5 Sur (Route 5 South). There are transit problems in Paine, also between the area of Rosario and Rengo. However, the Port of Valparaiso is experiencing the most complicated issues, as the carriers' strike…

Sold under premium brand Joyvio, in cooperation with China Aerospace

Joy Wing Mau celebrates first arrival of Chilean cherries by air

In the early morning of November 24, a flight full of Joyvio cherries arrived at Chengdu International Airport. This is the first batch of several independent charter flights to arrive in China at the start of this new Chilean cherry season. It is also the first batch of co-branded fruit gift boxes, an…

California Prune Board welcomes 0% tariffs on prune imports into the UK

The California Prune Board has announced its support for the UK Government’s decision to suspend the UK import tariff on dried prunes. Effective from 1 January 2023, the…

Lila Vlok - JL Vlok Boerdery

Early stonefruit, perhaps early grapes as well

Stonefruit started early this year at Kasteelberg Vrugte, at the foot of the eponymous mountain in Riebeeck-Kasteel, and it looks as if table grapes could follow suit, says Lila Vlok, chief operating officer at JL Vlok Fruit.“We start in December with our grapes, when the stonefruit is ending. We were…

BC Tree Fruit growers force meeting over Lake Country plant closure

The BC Tree Fruits Cooperative board of directors and CEO have met with orchardists at a special general meeting at the Peachland Community Centre. The meeting dealt with…

Hernán Garces, Garces Fruit Shanghai Office: “We prepare in advance to be able to arrive smoothly..."

Chilean cherry arrivals timed for early Chinese New Year's celebration

The first “Cherry Express” one of a fleet of 11 weekly ships, is on its way from the port of Valparaíso, Chile, to Hong Kong, China. The mainland Shanghai office of Garces Fruit, with their own brand called Jizhi 吉制, are hard at work to co-ordinate the arrival and distribution of their first containers,…

Turkey ships its cherries all around the world

Cherry producers in Turkey, having achieved tremendous success in the world market, have directed their efforts to breeding new, better varieties. The number of cherry…

Chilean cherries arrive in China ahead of Chinese New Year

Chile Week, the largest promotional event of the Chilean products in China, celebrated its seventh edition at the Chilean Embassy in Beijing on Tuesday. The event, which will…

‘Nature’s Gift to Health’

Growing the popularity and sales of Australian cherries in Malaysia through a specialised campaign

As the cherry season approaches in Australia, Hort Innovation says the ‘Nature’s Gift to Health’ campaign was successful in promoting the fruit in the Malaysian market. The organisation is responsible for investing the marketing levy into a range of activities and a collaboration between the cherry and…

"We expect Chilean cherry exports to the United States will double in the 2022/23 campaign"

The sector has great expectations for this year's Chilean cherry campaign in the United States. In 2020, Chile exported 4,638 tons of cherries to the US. One year later it…

Rosario Larrain, from Prunesco:

"After thinning the orchards, we expect Chilean dried prunes will have a good 2023 season"

Chile's D'Agen plums' fruit development period started a few weeks ago. These plums are later dried and sold to more than 70 countries in the world. “So far it's going well. This, after a normal flowering, which wasn't as abundant as last year when there was a greater supply of flowers, but with…

Julien Cremer, Sud ImpEx:

Start of the cherry campaign from Argentina

The cherries from Argentina have arrived at Sud ImpEx. The company specializes in the shipment of Spanish and French fruit and vegetables on the Saint-Charles market. Mostly produced in Patagonia, Sud ImpEx started with the Royal Dawn and will soon receive the Brooks. “We start with the calibers…

Small growers in Washington state heavily impacted by labor shortages

Every year, thousands of employees are needed in Washington state to help with the fruit harvest. Apple and cherry grower April Clayton says every year is there is a deficit,…

Northwestern province of Son La, Vietnam

Early plum blossoms on Moc Chau plateau attract many visitors

In the northwestern province of Son La, white plum blossoms on the hillsides of Moc Chau plateau are always an attractive sight for visitors when spring arrives. This year,…

Mattina Fresh

A cold and wet start to stone fruit season but New Year exports still look promising

It has been a cold and wet spring for one of Australia's stone fruit-growing regions, but there is still exciting news for one producer on the export front. Mattina Fresh National Sales Director, Tom Panna admits the wet weather has meant that export programs will probably not begin until…

The Cherry Express starts its service in TPS Valparaiso

The 2022-2023 maritime cherry export season has already begun in the South Pacific Valparaiso Terminal (TPS) with the departure of the first ship loaded with cherry containers…

Central Otago cherry growers expect record volumes of fruit this season

Central Otago cherry growers are expecting record volumes of fruit this season. New Zealanders should see plenty of cherries for sale pre-Christmas, with picking starting late…

"Currently we have a wait-and-see attitude towards the market for Chilean cherries"

Chilean airfreight cherries arrived at the Jiangnan Market in Guangzhou on November 8, attracting a lot of attention and starting a new season of cherries in the Guangzhou market. In order to get a preliminary understanding of the current situation of Chilean cherries, FreshPlaza spoke to Mr. Yin from…

Cherry X disease threatens orchards in India's Himachal Pradesh

Cherry producers in India's Shimla district, who produce 75% of Himachal Pradesh stone fruit crop, are being forced to cut down their trees due to leafhoppers that are…

Marianne De Maio - Riverbend Orchard

Nectarine volumes down 50-65%

The nectarine harvest got underway on 1st of November at Riverbend Orchards in Wood Wood, Victoria. The start was two weeks late due to cold weather and rain. Riverbend have been growing in the area for 32 years as the favourable conditions produce prime stone fruit.  "The weather can control and contribute to our season in many ways!…

The price difference of imported cherries in the Chinese market is as high as ¥200/kg

As soon as winter comes, it’s time for imported cherries to travel across the ocean to the Chinese market. The price of cherries just in the market is obviously not cheap.…

Chile: Helicopters activated to save cherry crops after rain

Emergency protocols have been activated in south central Chile to save crops from unusually heavy spring rains. With cherries bound for export threatened, four Ecocopter…

Sam Vasala - Sai World

“In Australia we are used to having exceptionally high quality fruit"

Sai World’s growers in New South Wales picked the first of this season’s cherries this week, they are being packed ready to be sent to India, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Australia has had an unprecedented amount of rain this year and this will affect the quality of the cherries, but according to…

Half of Turkish plum production is exported

Headquartered in the United States, Terra Fresh Exports ships their products from and to 65 countries around the world. One of the commodities that’s in season right now for the company is plums. They are grown in Turkey, both for the domestic market as well as Middle Eastern and European markets.…

Cherry prices are expected to double before Christmas

Cherry prices are expected to double before Christmas following recent floods in Australia. Heavy rain and cool weather means there will be fewer cherries harvested. The price…

Freak hailstorm in Chile touches cherry, table grape and blueberry farms

Damage to early fruit in Chile is estimated to be about 10%, with the full extent currently being assessed, after a freak hailstorm, which touched some cherry, table grape and blueberry farms over the past weekend of Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November. Rain, let alone hail, is most unusual during Chile’s…

Gansu apples better quality and 10%-20% more expensive than last year

In China, the world's largest apple producer, the production areas are widely distributed. In recent years, apples from Gansu have been of better quality and have had higher prices at origin. This year, the new season of Gansu apples has been on the market for some time. Regarding the relevant market…

Chilean cherries: number of arrivals is lower than in the same period last year

It has been nearly two weeks since the arrival of cherries by air at the end of October. The volume of cherries in various fruit markets has gradually begun to stabilize, a…

Arrival of the first fruits in Shanghai

Chile's 2022/23 cherry season officially kicks off in China

The first Chilean cherries shipped by air have already landed in China, reported Zhao Yibin, the manager of Shanghai's Huizhan International Trade Co., Ltd. air transport…

Considerable shipments to arrive after China's Spring Festival

Positive Spring conditions lead to Chilean cherry bumper crop

Chile is depending for its cherry exports on China. Camila Borquez Maldifassi from Chile works as an independent service provider in the fresh produce industry. She has realized that since Covid, location is less important and people can work where their computers are. “I am now representing  international…

South Africa set for stable and quality new-season stone fruit

South African stone fruit suppliers are predicting a stable and high-quality 2022/23 export season, with improved volumes and a return to smooth trading after a series of logistical challenges over the past year. According to figures from trade body Hortgro, exporters are forecasting a 4% increase each…

Iran looks to cement position as one of the world's top date exporters

Iran exported 340 000 of their annual 1.4 million production of dates last season, but with competition growing from neighbouring countries, the are looking to cement their…

Early harvest window and low chill hour requirements

Chile cherry growers tour Cheery Moon orchards

Chile has become a key cherry growing region and recently, fruit breeding company IFG welcomed their growers in the orchards of Northern Chile, in the Ovalle, IV Region to show their Cheery Cherry™ varieties. In addition to the northern part of the country, this variety is also grown in Central Chile,…

Pakistan fresh cherries gains market access to China

Pakistan gained market access for fresh cherry exports to the lucrative China market. this follows after the Pakistani Prime Minister Shabaz's visit to China where the…

Dashang Group: "The domestic supply of cherries will reach 60 tons before the Spring Festival"

In the agricultural food pavilion of the CIIE, the fruit exhibits from the Dashang Group are very shiny. According to Flora of Dashang Group, this CIIE, relying on the concept of "sharing the future in the new era" and the national exhibition open platform, Dashang Group, organized more than 20 varieties…

Positive outlook for Chilean fruit exports

Chile's Federation of Fruit Producers of Chile (Fedefruta) reports that exports this season could be “very good for everyone,” thanks to favorable weather. “This year we see…

Excellent stonefruit development during warm and sunny springtime in the Cape

A springtime that was warmer than usual, with heat and sunshine coming on sooner, has had a number of pleasing side-effects in the stonefruit orchards of the Western Cape.As a consequence, the stonefruit export estimate is higher than last year across all categories: the expected plum crop of 86,000…

Fedefruta: "This season, logistic conditions have improved a lot after the pandemic"

Early Chilean cherries are expected to fare well thanks to greater coordination of air shipments

Fedefruta visited cargo terminals at Arturo Merino Benitez Airport to review the coordination and investment that have been deployed to receive the load from producers, after the traffic jams that the entire logistics chain has experienced globally, and that have had an impact on the fruit sector. The…

Spring snow bites Central’s apricot crop

October brought with it extreme weather, including snow down to low levels across Central Otago, affecting a significant number of apricot crops. Cromwell-based orchardist, Simon Webb, says a high exposed block on his property that only had wind machines for protection, received a reasonable percentage…

Another less than ideal year for cranberries

Cranberries, which grow mainly in Wisconsin and Massachusetts in marshy fields called bogs, have had multiple low-yield years in a row, mostly due to extreme weather conditions they've had to endure. Just looking at the last few years, cranberry farmers have had to deal with hailstorms, floods and most…

Lebanese fruit and vegetable producers approach the Arab Gulf market

Traditionally less competitive than their North African peers when it comes to achieving economies of scale, Lebanese fresh fruit and vegetable producers have long focused on niche markets and high-end products. Today, they want to take full benefit of their competitive advantages and do more business in…

Marie-Laure Eteve & Pascal Bassols, COT International:

“Our research criteria for cherries: taste quality, self-fertility, caliber and productivity”

For over 30 years, COT International has shared its passion for varietal research in apricots with French producers and consumers, and it is currently present in 15 other countries.  Day of varietal presentation for COT International in a producing orchard The reputation of this French breeder is well established for…

Third La Niña could cause supply shortage for Christmas cherry supply

Consumers will have to buy their Australia cherries earlier than usual this Christmas, as supply is expected to be short as growers deal with cooler, wetter conditions.  A new report…

The price of the first Chilean cherries is lower than at the same period last year

80% of Chilean cherries are shipped to China every year. It has become a popular fruit in autumn and winter as it is on the market from November to February of the following…

A closer look at Southern Hemisphere cherries

A new Southern Hemisphere sweet cherry season has started, with record volumes expected. The Rabobank Cherry Report estimates that exports from Chile will continue to increase. However, all cherry producers in the Southern Hemisphere will face similar challenges in increasing competition, declining…

Piet van Zyl & Dr Koos Pretorius– ZZ2 Toscana cherry farm

Early South African cherries have the world stage to themselves

The local market has been filling up with South Africa’s earliest cherries which are also, fortuitously, the only cherries harvested anywhere in the world this time of the year for a period of six weeks.FreshPlaza visited ZZ2’s cherry orchards on Toscana Farm, near Lanseria, Gauteng, where harvesting…

Cherry Express connects Chile to Shanghai in 23 days

"Cherries are a delicate product. They require special treatment to maintain an optimal quality when arriving in China from a market that is as far away as Chile, specifically…

Pagoda's first air shipment of Chilean cherries has arrived

On November 1st, the first batch of Chilean cherries imported by air by Frutacloud officially arrived at the Shanghai Huizhan Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Market, and the…

Grafik: BLE

BLE Week report 43:

'Domestic apples dominated the market'

Domestic apples dominated the market: Elstar, Jonagold and Boskoop predominated. Braeburn and Pinova came next, in terms of relevance. Topaz gained in importance; they were offered in Frankfurt in 120 kg large crates. Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and Royal Gala were the main varieties from Italy.…

JC Muller – Sonlia Packhouse

Plum packing starts in the Western Cape

Packing of the first export plums (Suplum 41) starts this week at Sonlia Vrugte Pakhuis in Wellington, Western Cape. The packhouse's stonefruit season kicked off three weeks ago with Sunect 21 nectarines, a fairly new cultivar of which fair volumes have been planted. The first Supech 16 peaches and Royal…

Christmas supply may be somewhat limited

Australian cherries: Wet weather looms over upcoming harvest

Australia’s cherry sector is currently expanding; consumers reveal a growing appetite for the fruit locally and in export markets. However, three consecutive La Nina weather…

The UMH came up with a method to increase cherry sizes and prolong its marketing

The small producers of Montaña de Alicante cherries have been affected by adverse weather conditions for four consecutive years. In the 2022 campaign, 99% of the production…

Mount Barker apricot grower stays put, despite decline of this industry in Western Australia

A Great Southern orchard does not plan on ripping out trees despite being one of the last commercial operations in the state; Annecke Theron runs what is believed to be the…

'Grown in Good Nature'

Australian new export brand set to launch at Asia Fruit Logistica in Bangkok next week

Australian horticulture’s has a new export brand: ‘Grown in Good Nature’. The brand is set to launch at Asia Fruit Logistica in Bangkok next week. Developed by Hort Innovation…

Vietnam durian makes an entrance to the new market

Durian grows in tropical regions around the world, particularly in the Southeast Asian countries, such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand.  The durians from Vietnam are of high quality and delicious, and ​Vietnam has remained among the top three exporters of fresh durians since 2014. Durian is grown…

Chilean peach production has to strike a balance between supply and demand

Chile is one of the major exporters of peaches to the Southern Hemisphere, supplying fruit to the countries of the Northern Hemisphere, especially the US and Latin America.…

South Africa: Stone fruit industry looks forward to much improved export season

After a disappointing 2021/22 season, which turned out to be quite bad on a farm level given trade and logistical issues, South African stone fruit growers and exporters are…

Chilean exporters join forces in China

With two operations centers and cold storage facilities, one in Guangzhou and the other in Shanghai, Copefrut has successfully worked on China’s commercial platform since 2018 - facilitating logistics, imports and the delivery of quality services at the destination. To establish new synergies in the…

Uzbekistan plum exports hit record volume in 2022

The export season of fresh plums from Uzbekistan is coming to an end. The total volume of plum exports over the last ten days amounted to less than 80 tons. In 2022, shipments…

Jorge Astudillo Gálvez, of Agroindustrial Valle Arriba SpA

"Given the fruit's ripening condition, we will start harvesting the early cherries next week"

Everything is ready to start harvesting the first cherries of the Chilean season in Ovalle. "Given the fruit's ripening condition, we expect to start harvesting the first cherries of the season in the orchard of Tabalí de Valle Arriba as of next week," said Jorge Astudillo Gálvez, agronomist, production…

Mendoza's cherry harvest has started

On October 21, the Güizzo Frutas Frescas S.A. company began the commercial harvest of the earliest cherry varieties produced in Argentina. These varieties are harvested from…

Central Otago cherry growers predict promising season, but more challenges remain

Central Otago orchardists say the upcoming harvest is looking promising, but there are more challenges ahead. Chief executive Tim Jones has been pleased to see New Zealanders…

There are still many opportunities regarding Chilean fresh plums and prunes

Chile had a total prunes production of 90,000 Metric Tons (MT) at the end of the 2022 harvest. Of that amount, 71,000 MT were available for dehydration (79%), and the…

California produces most US apricots

California is the top apricot-producing state in the US. Apricot production moved from the San Francisco Bay area to the San Joaquin Valley after WWII. Contra Costa, Merced,…

Rescue Pops – Plums Up: Sorbet sticks made from repurposed plums

Peters Ice Cream has partnered with Australian fresh produce company, Montague, to create Rescue Pops – Plums Up, a frozen fruit sorbet stick made from rescued and repurposed…

Angeleno variety is suffering more than any other variety

A year to forget for plums in Italy

High production, although not excessive in Italy, good yields also in Spain, low consumption and the economic crisis have caused, and are still causing, problems in the marketing of Angeleno plums. "Given that there is no crop that stands out for being particularly brilliant," said Maurizio Filippi of…

ASOEX Cherry Committee's first estimate for the 2022-2023 season

Chilean fresh cherry exports are expected to increase by 25%

According to the ASOEX Cherry Committee's first estimate for the 2022-2023 export season, Chile will increase its shipments of fresh cherries by 25% over the previous season.…

"It provides a great opportunity for us to get some good fruit over there, in a quality-driven market"

Australian summerfruit trade mission to Vietnam ahead of market access reopening

The Australian summerfruit industry is looking forward to a strong export season to Vietnam, with market access reopening to the country for the first time since 2015. Last month, a group of growers, exports and industry body representatives went on a "reverse trade mission" to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh…

Fruits imported from China have been on an increasing trend in Singapore

Due to its climate, location and the scarcity of land, Singapore produces very little in the way of fresh fruit. As a result, the country mainly relies on imports. This is also the main reason why the Singapore government is currently pushing for the 30/30 initiative to build up the its agri-food…

New flat nectarine variety coming to the US

Platty™ Moon is a flat, yellow fleshed nectarine variety that has been available in Europe since 2009. “It is a product of INRAE in France and has been available to growers in the EU through INRAE’s partners and sub licensees,” says Kevin Brandt with Brandt’s Fruit Trees in Washington. In addition to…

Luis Aliseda, director of the R&D center of the Extremadura breeder Viveros Provedo:

"Either we increase consumption, or when the expected production comes, we will have a problem"

Spain is the leading European producer of stone fruit and the undisputed leader in its export worldwide, although its supply has been reduced for 3 consecutive seasons due to the impact of frost and hail, which are linked to climate change. Profitability issues are becoming a bigger problem as production…

Apple crop fell to 300,000 tons

Hungary: Peach, pear and apricot crops exceeded earlier years

According to agroinform.hu, Hungarian orchards produced nice yields of peaches, apricots and pears this year. Unfortunately, this season’s drought did weigh on the nation's…

Peaches in Rio Grande do Sul may have losses of up to 40%

The next crop of peaches in Rio Grande do Sul may have losses of up to 40%, according to Embrapa Clima Temperado. In addition to adverse weather conditions, which caused the…

European Commission

DG agri dashboard - Peaches and Nectarines

European peach prices Week 39 at €114 per 100 kgs

European peach prices in Week 39 stood at €114 per 100 kgs, which is a 31 percent rise on the 5-year average. It is still a 18 percent drop compared to the prices in Week 35. The areas of peach and nectarine production have declined steadily for the past six years, dropping from 68,300 ha to 56,500 ha in…

New South Wales organic cherry grower to increase climate resilience via Woolworths grant

After being thwarted by years of heavy rainfall across New South Wales, organic cherry farmer Luke Cantrill from Cantrill Organics has received a grant of $500,000 from the…

Insect mainly affects peaches and nectarines

New fruit fly species recorded in Himachal Pradesh

During survey studies conducted in Himachal Pradesh, a new fruit fly species, earlier confused with Bactrocera nigrofemoralis, was found by researchers of Y.S. Parmar…

First crop expected end October

"Brooks most promising early-season Chilean cherry variety"

Suda Cheng and Fiorella Bonino Sotomayor both work at work at Los Andes Beltroad. Suda from Shanghai and Fiorella from Santiago in Chile. The company specializes in the sales and marketing of Chilean fresh produce into China. At the moment the company is focusing on the preparations and arrivals of the…

Jannie Marais – Custom Plum Company

Interspecific plums offer South African industry a way out

Interspecific plums (pluots and plumcots) offer plum growers a way out of the conundrum in which the South African plum industry currently finds itself, believes Jannie Marais of the Custom Plum Company (right) who has since 2010 been evaluating hundreds of plum varieties bred by Zaiger’s…

Moldova special: Cees van Doorn of VDU Uitzendbureau

"Western Europeans who think they can keep relying on Eastern European workers are in for a disappointment"

Despite their good quality, few supermarkets in the Netherlands offer Moldovan fruit and vegetables. Yet, Dutch fruit and vegetable businesses recognize how motivated, hard-working, and good migrant workers from that Southeastern European country are. Every year, Cees van Doorn, founder of the VDU Uitzendbureau…

Moldova-special: apple and cherry trader Farmprod

Farmprod targets sales of apples on Arab and European market

In recent years, the labor shortage has become hugely challenging for Western European fruit and vegetable companies. Surprisingly, it is just as big a problem for growers in Eastern European countries like Moldova. "Labor isn't as cheap anymore, and it's often not high-quality. We'll have to get migrant…

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization

Turkey is the world's largest apricot producer

Apricot trees are planted all over the world, but to date, Turkey is the world's largest apricot producer according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. A grower of many…

Moldova special: Vaipan

"Seedless grapes are not easy to grow in Moldova"

It is not commonplace, but it can be done: with zero cultivation or trading experience, plant a ten-hectare plot with grapes and enter the market. Liubomir Vaipan, an IT specialist, working in the real estate sector, did exactly that in 2008, when the real estate bubble burst. He now grows and sells grapes,…

Ideal winter leads to good expectations for coming 2022/23 Chilean cherry season

The coming 2022-2023 Chilean cherry season is expected to be a good quality season following ideal winter weather conditions that bode well for this leading crop exported mainly to China. According to Claudia Soler Bottinelli, executive director of the Chilean Cherry Committee: “Winter rain and snow…

Moldovia Special: Frozen fruit company Tiferet

"Market for frozen fruit at a standstill"

Freshly picked fruit arrives for processing Fruit frozen properly within two days of harvesting often retains more vitamins than week-old fresh fruit. The frozen fruit industry is not yet highly developed in Moldova but the ample supply of fresh fruit has enticed some companies to purchase suitable…

TruCapeFruit expects good 2022 cherry crop

Tru-Cape’s Procurement Manager, Calla du Toit, says of the 2022/2023 season cherry crop that it is too early to comment on quality but the flowering period has been positive and they are seeing good bee activity so good pollination and good fruit set is expected. In terms of industry volume, the next…

Moldova-special: Piet Schotel of the CBI

"We have worked with Moldovan companies that get it and are real entrepreneurs"

Moldovan growers are not getting support from only USAID's HVAA project, as covered in an earlier part of our Moldovan special. The Netherlands Center for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI), too, advises and supports these growers to tap new markets through advice and active…

Bild: OGA/OGV

Moldova Special: Hans Lehar, Managing Director of OGA/OGV Nordbaden eG

"30 to 40 percent of the plums we import are coming in from Moldova"

The Republic of Moldova has established itself as one of the most important producing countries for plums. "30 to 40 percent of the plums we import are coming in from Moldova," says Hans Lehar, managing director of OGA/OGV Nordbaden eG. "The quality of the produce is very good, although it varies, of…

Macoo GmbH

Moldova Special: Marco Henschke, Macoo Ltd, on the start of the Moldovan plum season

"Moldavian plums have been accepted in the German market"

Around the same time as last year, Macoo Ltd was able to unload the first plums from Moldova last week. The first deliveries were marketed relatively quickly. "Several importers have held back completely this year, due to poor quality. However, our first deliveries testified to excellent quality, both in…

The celebration of the cherry blossom in an orchard in Maule marks the official start of the Chilean 2022/23 cherry season

The official start of Chile's 2022/2023 cherry season was marked by the celebration of the cherry blossom. Chilean and Chinese authorities attended the event, which was held…

PGI peaches from Leonforte

The 'press tour' organized by the Consorzio di Tutela della Pesca di Leonforte IGP over two days has made it possible to present this excellent peach to various producers. The peach is actually a Percoca peach, i.e. with a firmer and crunchier flesh. Antonio di Leonforte, Petronilla Virzì and Rita Serafini This is one of the…

Moldova special: nut company Prometeu-T

"No prunes this year due to high gas prices, but there will be almonds and walnuts"

Plums, apples, and grapes are undoubtedly Moldova's top fresh produce export products. Walnut, almond, and hazelnut production is less well-known. That might well change in the coming years - Moldova's climate and soil are perfect for these types of trees. Prometeu-T, a cultivation and processing company…

Chile's plum season has a good start due to various factors

Chile's European plums had a very good flowering period in 2022 thanks to a set of factors, which were not so good in other years. This is evident from the words of Pablo Campino, member of the Chileprunes Technical Committee and head of D'Agen Plum Program at Pacific Nut Company Chile. From the outset, he…

Matthew McIntyre - McIntyre Fruit

Last of this season's Scottish cherries being packed

The last of this season’s cherries were picked last week at McIntyre Fruit in Blairgowrie, Scotland. Volumes were down this season by around 50% possibly due to wind at pollination time, there was also some heavy rain during the season which caused some fruit at the edges of the tunnels to split, but…

European Commission

DG agri dashboard - Peaches and Nectarines

Average weighted price for peaches at €128 in week 37 of 2022

The average weighted price for peaches (in € per 100 kgs) stood at €128 in week 37 of 2022. That is an 11% drop compared to last month. It is also 37% higher than the weekly 5-year average. In Spain, the prices came out at €116 per 100 kgs, which is 63% higher than the weekly 5-year average, and a 15% drop…

Canadian Food Inspection Agency warns of spotted lanternfly pest nearing the border

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is asking Canadians to keep an eye out for the spotted lanternfly, a pest originally native to China, that has been making inroads in the…

CGA secures major pilot project on traceability

Cherry Growers Australia has secured a major innovative project to strengthen traceability for cherry exports high-value markets. Cherry Growers Australia (CGA) and…

Sicily's OP Eco Farm

Taking stock of the Sicilian stone fruit season

For Sicily-based Eco Farm, a company specializing in fruit growing, the stone fruit season has finally come to an end. "Although this was not a season that can be remembered, we can say that, on the whole, it was a positive year for us. However, we have not, just like everyone else, escaped the effects…

"Ready to supply Chilean cherries to European retail"

The brothers Jacques Luteijn (Growers Packers) and André Luteijn (Aurora Australis) have Joined forces to supply Chilean cherries to retail in Europe. Both brothers grew up together on a fruit farm company in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (at the border of Belgium and the Netherlands), where sustainability and the…

Koos van der Merwe – Biz Africa

Exports commence of South Africa’s earliest peaches

In the Swaershoekberge of Limpopo, one of the many microclimates within the Waterberg range, early stonefruit have been grown since the late 1970s, but the development of low chill stonefruit has been pivotal for this area which can pick peaches and nectarines two months ahead of the Western Cape.When…

"Date exports to increase by at least 10%"

Jordanian date exports gaining momentum

The Jordanian dates sector has been revived again over the past decade, after many years of very little local production, as exports are set to increase by at least 10% this season. Due to the many young palm trees Jordan’s production of 30 000 tons and exports of dates is set to grow even more says…

Marie-Laure Etève, COT International:

“2022 has been a remarkable year on all levels for our company!”

2022 is a year rich in novelties and events for COT International, a French company that researches and distributes fruit varieties. The company celebrated its 30 years of existence with its clients, friends and various supporters. But for this French breeder, 2022 also marks: the marketing of 3 new…

Kargil district, Union Territory of Ladakh

Apricot yield in Hardass low due to drought

Last year, apricots from the Kargil district were banned for exports beyond the Zojila pass, but they did have a market in metro cities like Mumbai and, internationally,…

10th part of the Moldova Special: USAID's HVAA Project

"Thanks to our efforts, we now have a good export of Moldovan plums to Germany"

We have already given a general introduction about the reasons for this special series, some basic, general information about the country and horticulture, and have told three companies' stories. This article focuses on a U.S. government program that has supported and helped develop fruit cultivation and…

Hawke's Bay: Nets save fruit trees from freak hail storm

Hawke's Bay has seen a hail storm that a Hastings cherry grower reckons was the worst he has seen in 20 years. The freak hail storm on Wednesday afternoon only lasted about 15…

Georgia: Nectarine season goes on thanks to Italian Pit Stop variety

Peaches and nectarines are mainly grown in Eastern Georgia, in the Kakheti region; the main harvest is in July-August. But Gocha Gviniashvili, who manages 150 hectares of…

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Israeli pioneer creates unique stone fruit varieties

An Israeli family farm has spent decades developing hybrid fruits; Ben Dor Fruits and Nurseries is based in Yesud HaMa'ala. Using classic cross-breeding techniques, it has…

Strong pricing on California late-season peaches

California peaches continue to see steady supplies and that should continue until mid-October. Other stone fruit commodities for Prima Wawona have finished up, about 10 days ahead of last year, creating lighter inventories for this time of year. The season also started 10 days earlier than average on…

Solar panels placed above cherry trees

The Dutch company GroenLeven has delivered another first, says Business Development Manager Ger Jan Wubs on LinkedIn: the world's first AgriPV setup above cherry trees. "After several successful trial years with soft fruits, we hope this dual function will also work with cherry crops," he says. "In the Netherlands,…

Plum season shortened due to expensive storage conditions

"I usually supply Angeleno plums until Christmas but, this year, the socio-economic and geopolitical crisis has forced me to review planning and not prolong the commercial calendar. The reason is the bill increases. I prefer to sell off now and end the 2022 season before the financial stability of my…

Himachal Pradesh

Upper Shimla: Cherry trees being infected by phytoplasma

The University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, has confirmed that cherry trees in the Baghi region in the upper Shimla were being infected by phytoplasma, which generally…

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Stone Fruit: World Markets and Trade

2022/23 world cherry production forecast up over 220,000 tons to 4.7 million

Turkey is the world’s third largest producer of peaches and nectarines and surpassed the European Union in 2021/22 to become the world’s leading exporter. Peaches and nectarines are primarily grown in the coastal provinces of Bursa, Canakkale, Izmir, and Mersin, with peaches accounting for nearly 80…

Annelie Haumann & Christine Hanekom – Stems Fruit

Spanish stonefruit consumer demands only the best

Stems Fruit is looking forward to meeting its clients at Fruit Attraction Madrid, after such a long absence, remarks Annelie Haumann, managing director of Stems Fruit. Spain is an important market for the this South African stonefruit specialist who sends 15% of their plums, 11% of their apricots, 7% of…

Federal government boosts apricot exports under the 'Ladakh Apricot' label

Ladakh is the largest apricot producer in India, with a total production of 15,789 tons, accounting for nearly 62 percent of total production. The region produced…

"Market conditions for Xinjiang plums are better than in previous years"

"Production volume of Xinjiang plums expanded this season"

Xinjiang plums are popular in the Chinese market because their fragrance is rich and sweet. These plums enter the market between August and October, which slightly overlaps with the sales season of import plums. This year the Xinjiang plums reached their ideal flavor around Mid-Autumn Festival [10…

"We're not resting on our laurels now that the Russian market's closed for our apples"

Let's move on to the first visit: to a fruit-growing company, Vilora-V.S.Vilora-V.S.-V.S., in Stolniceni, a municipality in the district of Edinet. Stolniceni is in northern Moldova, 40km from the Ukrainian and 15km from the Romanian borders. Ion Bajereanu and his family owns and runs Vilora-V.S. His father…

Pacific Northwest: Cherry harvest forecast as smallest in 14 years

This year, the Pacific Northwest cherry crop is the smallest in 14 years. This in part due to a spring snowstorm. The smaller-than-usual fruit harvest happened largely because…

Don Benito will host the III Xtrema Fruit National Stone Fruit Forum on December 15

The third edition of the Xtrema Fruit National Stone Fruit Forum will be held on December 15, 2022, in person at Don Benito's Feval Auditorium (Extremadura). The event will have morning and afternoon sessions, and it will be broadcast online through the Agromunity.com platform, with more than 12,000…

The many health benefits of peaches, cherries and other stone fruits

There’s a lot of nutrition and flavor hiding out in one less-common yet easy-to-love family of fruits; stone fruits. Stone fruits are a category of fruits that have thin skin,…

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Poland - Stone Fruits annual report 2022

Total cherry production forecast at 261,500 tons in MY 2022

In Marketing Year (MY) 2022, FAS Warsaw forecasts Poland’s total cherry production at 261,500 metric tons (MT), consisting of 183,000 MT sour cherries and of 78,500 MT sweet cherries. According to expert forecasts, the domestic consumption of cherries will increase by 14.4 percent, mostly due to bigger…

Originating in the mountains of southwest China

Singapore can now enjoy Chongqing crisp plums

This summer, Singapore connoisseurs could savor crisp plums harvested deep in the mountains of southwest China's Chongqing Municipality for the first time. The crisp plum is…

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Overview on the German cherry sector 2022

MY 2022/23 cherry production estimated at 54,700 MT

Germany is the third-largest importer of cherries in the world after China/Hong Kong and Russia. From 2010 to 2021, between 52 and 77 percent of the cherries consumed in Germany were imported, with the majority of imports originating in other EU member states. The largest non-EU cherry suppliers are…

EU short-term outlook summer 2022

Tomato production is dropping, production of peaches and nectarines expected to increase

2022 EU per capita consumption of fresh peaches and nectarines increased to 6.1 kg (still below a long-term average) despite the lower purchasing power. This could be thanks to a higher production, good weather and the return of tourism. After a very good season in 2021 with high production, good…

The Parlapiano company in Sicily

The PGI Bivona Peach is now in the Italian large-scale retail sector

The Pesca di Bivona (PGI Bivona Peach) is doing well in the Italian large-scale retail trade. This variety is commercialized by Parlapiano Fruit. "It is one of our flagship products. For the 2022 season, it marks a steady increase in sales," said Paolo Parlapiano, sales/marketing manager of the Sicilian…

Javier Martinez, Secretary of the Regulatory Board of PGI Melocotón de Cieza:

"Our impression is that the PGI Melocotón de Cieza's first marketing campaign was very positive"

The peach from Cieza has been marketed for the first time at the national level under the PGI seal, which proves its differentiated quality. “In mid-July, we started certifying the first peaches in the La Vega de Cieza and Thader cooperatives, and two weeks later, in Alimer,” stated Javier Martinez…


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