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Almost 60 percent crop increase on Ontario Honeycrisp this season

Ontario, Canada is welcoming a large apple crop for 2022-2023. “We have a big crop with good quality and growers are talking about exceptional color this year,” says grower Cathy McKay, chair of the Ontario Apple Growers. She notes that the crop overall is 29 percent bigger than last year and 20 percent…

Delphine de Baudreuil, Jazz France

Jazz launch apple campaign 2022-2023

For the 2022-2023 campaign, the Jazz apple is in the spotlight. This year, three major operations will follow one another in order to allow consumers to live new experiences thanks to the famous two-tone apple. “Giving back purchasing power”The first operation consists of “giving back purchasing power” to…

The new yellow apple returns to the European market

The new yellow-skinned specialty in the apple segment has returned to the market to satisfy the most demanding consumers. Since the end of October the yello® apple, produced exclusively in Europe by the VOG and VIP Consortia, has been available again with its abundance of tropical aromas, juiciness and…

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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…

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Seven pear varieties tie for first place in consumer trial

The great pear contest of 2021 has ended. Portland pear fans selected seven varieties (Paragon, Bartlett, Green Anjou, Concorde, Comice, Happi Pear and Seckel) as the most overall liked in a 2021 consumer preference study by Oregon State University. According to Ann Colonna, sensory program director at…

New Zealand apple sales in China increase steadily every year

In recent years, New Zealand apples have been deeply loved by consumers. As one of the most representative varieties of Chinese fruits, domestic production is sufficient to…

Cape Town terminal exceeds weekly volumes as deciduous fruit season starts

State-owned Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) says the Cape Town Container Terminal has been exceeding weekly volumes by 32% for two consecutive weeks as South Africa’s deciduous…

Miquel Roig, Managing Director of Fructícola Empordà:

Which will be the first Spanish supermarket chain to charge more for its apples?

The apple harvest in Girona will end in November, with the exception of some varieties such as Pink Lady, which will continue to be harvested until the end of the year. Overall, apple production has declined this year and prices, which have been slightly higher than last year, should continue to increase…

Kashmir apple farmers panic because of overproduction, lack of cold storage and tanking prices

The bumper harvest of apples this year in the Kashmir Valley should have brought a lot of cheer among the apple farmers there but instead, they are considering it one of their…

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…

Moldovan power outage had no severe impact on fruit packing operations

A large part of Moldova was hit with a power outage yesterday, after Russia bombed critical power infrastructure across Ukraine. According to Tatiana Burca of Moldova Agro, the impact on the packhouses and sorting line was minimal: “The outage lasted between three to six hours and the effect was mostly…

Belgian coop to begin Fred pear sales next week

"Quickly selling Gala and Golden Delicious could be good for stored apples like Jonagold"

Sales in the top fruit market are currently going well for the Belgian cooperative, BelOrta. "Conference sales are running smoothly, and we're selling more apples than last year, too. However, apple prices still aren't viable for growers," says Laurent De Smedt.  The large volumes on the market are the main, well-known…

Jean-Noël Carles - 20th anniversary of the Juliet

Success story of the world’s first 100% organic French apple

The Juliet apple has now become an international reference thanks to its intrinsic qualities of course, as well as a well thought-out production and marketing strategy, a handful of producers with an entrepreneurial spirit, and excellent teamwork. A look back at the success story of a unique apple that…

Apple exports from Georgia are still small, but wholesale prices are not declining yet

EastFruit analysts note that Georgian apple exports are smaller than last year. The country harvested a record large harvest this year – about 130 000 tonnes of apples, which…

Polish apple exporter still not able to export produce to Egypt

“Insufficient workers led to slow start of apple export season”

For some Polish apple exporters, the season actually started out rather slowly. Mohamed Marawan, owner of Polish apple exporter Sarafruit states that a lack of labor was the main reason for the slow start: “Our apple season has started really very slow in terms of exporting. The main problem was an…

The impact of Washington’s reduced apple crop and small fruit size

Washington’s apple crop is estimated to be down 22 million cases this year compared to last year, from 122.3 million cases to 99.8 million. “It’s probably the smallest crop in eight years,” says Don Roper with Honeybear Marketing. “When comparing to the three-year average, it is a decrease of 20…

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Focusing on brand awareness and sustainability pays off in times of crisis

"We have been walking the path of sustainability for years. Today we have the chance to inform the general public about this commitment through our TV commercials and in the current times of crisis we also benefit from this choice we made years ago," said Andrea Fedrizzi, marketing and communications…

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,…

Years of orchard expansion wiped out

P.E.I. apple growers hurt badly by storm Fiona

Apple growers on Prince Edward Island are ending the 2022 season on a historic low, following storm Fiona. Damage from the storm has wiped out virtually all of this year's…

Fresh harvest of Cosmic Crisp apples to arrive in stores December 1

This year, the largest harvest yet will arrive in stores just a few days after the 2022 Apple Cup. The official December 1 release date ensures apples are harvested and…

British Columbia promises $2.5 mln funding for Okanagan apple growers

The B.C. government is increasing funding for Okanagan Apple growers, with support provided in four strategic areas to help the tree industry continue to provide local fruit…

Cosmic Crisp promo married apples and caramel

To celebrate National Caramel Apple Month and the start of fall baking, Cosmic Crisp® brand apples, Werther’s Originals Caramel and Nordic Ware served consumers with a “Sweeter Together” promotion, which wrapped up this week. The combination of these brands proved to be a winning recipe for a successful…

New York State storm empties some shelves temporarily

A three-day lake effect snowstorm that brought several feet of snow to Buffalo, New York and Western New York residents has spurred U.S. president Joe Biden to send federal aid to parts of the state to clean up after the storm. However, growers and shippers say they managed to--in essence--work around…

Spanish-French-Italian-Portuguese pear and apple Contact Group met in Bolzano

The increase in costs and the draft regulation on the use of plant protection products discussed

Between January and September of this year, Spain exported 76,863 tons of apple export for 62.4 million euro and imported 117,183 tons of apples for 90.4 million euro. During…

Entering African markets despite war situation

Ukraine continues opening new markets for apples

The horrible effects of the Ukraine-Russia war do not stop Ukrainian firms from expanding the number of fruit markets they are accessing. One of the leading horticultural…

Assomela

Lower availability of apples destined for fresh consumption

On the occasion of the start of Interpoma, Assomela has published the updated production data for 2022. Although they are not definitive yet, especially when it comes to the late varieties, they are enough to get a clear picture of the situation. The gross Italian production is 2,053,586 ton, i.e. identical to 2021…

Photo report Interpoma 2022

The world of apples has finally met after four years at Interpoma 2022 (November 17th-19th). Now in its 12th edition, Interpoma is the only international fair dedicated to the world of apples and is organized every two years in Bolzano (Alto Adige). Foto credits: Marco Parisi Attendance was very high right from the beginning,…

Fiona Davidson, Dalival:

Will the new Canopy green apple dethrone the iconic Granny?

The Canopy apple will soon join the Granny Smith on the green apple market. This new variety has emerged from the hybridization program of IFO, the research and development station of Dalival. The Canopy has a similar acidity level to its predecessor but its sugar levels are higher. This new juicy and…

Pear market runs fairly smoothly, apple market extremely difficult

Belgian trader: "If we want to conquer the Asian market, we have to grow other varieties"

The current market is looking pretty good for pears. “At least for those growers who were able to harvest favorable sizes, the prices are acceptable. The situation for smaller pears is a little more difficult due to the lack of irrigation. Despite this difference, general sales are running smoothly,"…

“It’s -6 degrees Celsius, and there are still orchards with apples on the trees”

The Polish apple season has been particularly strong this season, to the surprise of Emilia Lewandowska, office manager for Polish apple exporter Fruit-Group: “Our season started with a strong focus on long distance shipments. In September we started loading shipments to Vietnam, India and Colombia. We…

The mainland market makes the java apple the most promising fruit

"I am the first person to try to plant so many java apples in a concentrated area on the mainland. Now my base can achieve 'flowering and fruiting all year round." Huang Yifeng, general manager of Hainan Jindefeng Agricultural Development Co., Ltd., said. The mainland market is vast. Combining Taiwan's…

Huge supply leads to fall in apple prices in Hyderabad

Huge arrivals of apples on the Hyderabad markets from Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh have led to plummeting prices. With up to 25 trucks per day arriving loaded with 1 000 boxes…

Summary apple overview, market update and recent developments – Marketing year 2022/23

Additional drought and heatwave events will result on smaller apple sizes

The ongoing crop 2022/23 for was initially estimated by WAPA at a volume very similar to the preceding crop; since the month of August 2022, however, several Member States…

Belgian wholesaler straining under energy costs too

"Pear sales still stable, but apple market is overfull"

Sales on the European pear market are still quite good. "Product is hard to come by, but prices began rising this week," begins Dominiek Noppe of the Belgian company, Vergro. "Day trade pears have become slightly pricier, and those prices are gradually reaching pallet prices. There's a vast difference…

Turkish apples are doing well in the Indian market

“Branding is very important in India”

Demand for Turkish apples in India is very high at the moment. Alper Kerim, owner of Turkish apple exporter Demir Fresh Fruits feels that branding is very important when exporting apples to the Indian market: “We are working full speed as our brand DeBa is growing fast in India day by day. Red Delicious…

British Columbia apple growers receive $2.5 million government support

Apple producers in Okanaga, British Columbia, will receive $2.5 million in government support. The funds will be applied for crop health, fruit production, apple marketing and…

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Alex Weitgruber, Vetter Italia Ltd, on the Italian pear season:

"We are witnessing a third disappointing pear year in a row"

After two tough harvest years, this year's Italian pear season is also rather disappointing. "While volumes are okay, we are missing the popular 65-70 and 70-75 calibers this year, and the larger 75+ calibers are almost unavailable. The smaller fruits (<70) now represent about 80 percent of the total pear…

Hungary’s apple and walnut seasons to end earlier

The apple and walnut seasons in Hungary are set to end next week, which is a few weeks earlier than previous years. Máté Tömösváry, from Balaton-ker-Tész, says it was a really bad year for the apple sector in this central European country, with a very hot summer, no rain and lower prices. “To avoid high…

Apple committee receives two specialty crop block grants

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced the Michigan Apple Committee as a recipient of two grants from the 2022 USDA Specialty Crop Block…

Moldovan growers offered to increase the production of organic apples

A feasibility study for the transfer of apple orchards in the Republic of Moldova to an organic growing system will be carried out in November 2022 – February 2023 with the…

CIV at Interpoma Bolzano with the latest apple tree innovations

Chairman Mauro Grossi: "We invite all operators to come and visit us at the CIV booth to discover all the latest news from our breeding program, such as our latest CIVM65/Desy and the CIVM49pbr/ RedPop." The C.I.V. - Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti of San Giuseppe di Comacchio (Ferrara), leader in varietal…

Dutch apple and pear acreage is stable

Last year, the Dutch apple and pear acreage remained virtually unchanged. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, that is 5,911 ha for apples and 10,099 ha for pears.…

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Anniversary for the Pink Lady

Swiss grown for 20 years now

Pink Lady is celebrating its anniversary! Pink Ladys have been in the shops for 20 years now, grown in Switzerland. The Pink Lady success story began in 1973, in Western Australia. The new variety conquered the palate and the hearts of consumers from the very beginning. In the early years of the success story, imports met the…

Favorable winter climate boosts Chilean cherry production

First Chilean sea freight cherries to land in the Chinese market in week 49

Recently, the new season of Chilean cherries landed in the Chinese market. As in previous years, once the first batch of fruits was launched, they immediately attracted widespread attention from consumers. Regarding the market prospect of Chilean cherries in China this season, FreshPlaza and Mr. Xie…

Export markets could see supply issues due to smaller Washington apple crop

Export markets may feel the greater part of Washington’s shorter apple crop this season. As Chuck Zeutenhorst of FirstFruits Farms notes, the state’s apple crop estimate came in less than anticipated. “We estimated 105-108 million boxes and the state estimate came in at about 100 million,” he says. He…

Elshof Organic Fruit aiming for near year-round local supply

"A good harvest means we can meet local, organic apple demand until July"

In the Netherlands, Elshof Organic Fruit is just about finished harvesting its new crop of organic top fruit. "We're now only picking our Bellebio apple brand, and thanks to a wonderful summer, this year's quality is outstanding. Of course, the economy is challenging in several ways, but when people…

USDA Fresh Deciduous Fruit Annual

New Zealand's 2022/23 apple season looking much more optimistic

The outlook for the 2022/23 apple season in New Zealand is much more optimistic with the opening of international borders following COVID-19 restrictions. While the last two…

Aart Blom, FruitPartners Blom:

"Poland planting more and more pears"

European top fruit sales are not yet running smoothly. "Apple sales are particularly slow. As part of promotions, they sell well, but everything else is still struggling," observes the Dutch top fruit trader Aart Blom of Fruitpartners Blom. "I expect inflation to favorably affect apple and pear sales.…

Xenia: "So far, demand exceeds supply"

"Every year, we reconsider Xenia expansion options in both the Netherlands and the rest of Europe, and, so far, demand exceeds supply. So, for now, there's still growth," begins Bernd Feenstra of Xenia Europe, which focuses on marketing the Xenia pear concept variety. "The trick is to keep serving the…

November apple storage down compared to last year

According a survey from the US Apple Association, the total number of apples in storage on November 1, 2022, was 144 million bushels, 7.1 percent less than last November’s…

"Shaanxi Red Fuji apple production has been reduced by about 30%, and the overall quality has improved"

Shaanxi is one of the main apple-producing areas in China. Among them, the Yan'an Red Fuji apples are mainly characterized by high a sugar content, high crispness and good storage resistance. They were launched in October. Since the lunar-solar terms that guide the agricultural affairs for traditional…

Belgian Farmers Union, Boerenbond:

"Tough start to top fruit season"

"Over the past few years, pears have gradually helped balance the dismal apple sector. However, this season, pears, too, are off to a very tough start," is how Annelies Coussé describes the mediocre start of the Belgian top fruit season. She is a horticulture consultant at Boerenbond, the Belgian Farmers…

Snow could cut Canada's Okanagan fruit season short

Recent cold temperatures and snow could put an early end to British Columbia’s fruit season. Balpreet Gill with the Oliver, B.C.-based Gold Star Fruit Company Ltd. says the Okanagan region had a very warm October with record-breaking temperatures of 30º Celsius. “Then suddenly 10 days ago, the weather took…

Growers staring at another grim season

Transport issues, market volatility turning Kashmiri apple farming into loss-making venture

Despite this year's bumper apple crop of 21 million MT, India's Kashmiri apple growers have had to contend with transport and huge market volatility issues that is…

Apple Transitional Export Quota Bill passed third reading

The Apple Transitional Export Quota Bill, which was split out from the rest of the United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement Legislation Bill at committee stage, creates new regime…

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…

Okanagan apple production should be fine

Minimal impact from snow on apple harvest

The recent snow did not create major issues for the Okanagan apple production, says B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association general manager Glenn Lucas. There shouldn't have been many…

“Demand for apples has increased especially in Asian markets”

The current Polish apple season has had to ride out some waves, says Adam Malengiewicz, sales manager for Polish apple exporter Ewa-Bis: “The 2022 apple season has been significantly influenced by the war in Ukraine. This war has contributed to a reduction in seasonal workers for picking apples, which in…

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LKÖ President Josef Moosbrugger on Austrian fruit cultivation:

"Exploding costs, a tense market situation and unrealistic EU plans pose a massive threat to our apple cultivation"

On the occasion of the approaching "Apple Day" on November 11, Josef Moosbrugger, President of the Austrian Chamber of Agriculture, emphasizes that although Austrian fruit growers are making an indispensable contribution to security of supply, they have to contend with serious challenges. "Exploding…

Innovations for apple orchards in the plain

In these tough times for the entire fruit sector, it seems difficult to talk about renewal, however the only way to keep working is to innovate by planting varieties with a unique appearance, flavor and shelf-life. Zhen Aztec Fuji  apples “The plain can attain a quality higher than that of the produce from…

USDA report:

Higher production for apples, pears and table grapes in the EU this year

A USDA report was released, stating the current situation with various fruits and vegetables cultivated in the European Union. ApplesCommercial apple production in Marketing Year (MY) 2022/23 (July/June) is forecast at 11,880,870 MT an increase of 2.9% compared to the previous year and 7% compared to the…

“The ultimate holiday apple” campaign launches for Envy

Envy™ apples will kick off the 2022 holiday season with significant momentum thanks to a comprehensive marketing campaign designed to drive consumer trials, stimulate repeat purchases and inspire expanded usage occasions. For the third consecutive year, Envy is partnering with Hallmark Channel’s…

"It will take strong export offers to send fruit internationally"

US demand for NY apples strong with some transport and shipping challenges

The US demand for apples from the state of New York is strong with export markets having to really compete hard to attract supply away from their local market. “This year, NY State produced 32,300 million bushels of apples and that is on par with our three-year average. New York apple movement is good…

AgroFresh will showcase its wide range of apple solutions at Interpoma

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. has announced that it will participate in Interpoma in Bolzano, Italy, on November 17-19, at stand D22/46. Interpoma is the only international trade…

Roel Wellner Fruit:

"Fixed prices are the future"

"Only considering costs doesn’t get you anywhere" is how René Wellner of Roel Wellner Fruit – a Dutch company that grows products like Maribelle apples and markets those and those from other growers – summarizes his view of the current apple market. "We'll have to find a middle ground to survive this winter, and hopefully,…

Aerobotics

The new yield management platform saving apple and citrus growers time in the field

New yield management tools for the citrus and apple industries have been achieving great productivity gains for Australian growers since their introduction, according to the international agritech data analytics company that launched the technology. Aerobotics' app allows growers to capture yield…

Cucumbers also more expensive

UK: Raspberries see largest price increase this week

The average wholesale prices in England and Wales had a big increase in prices for raspberries this week. From 4,78 pounds to an even 10 pounds, meaning a 109% increase. For…

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Marketing launch of MagicStar®, the exclusive EDEKA apple

Innovative apple, to be found in stores in all seasons

Just in time for the first week of November, customers in EDEKA stores can look forward to the new harvest of the Magic Star® apple variety, which is grown exclusively for EDEKA. The new variety is impressive with regard to its excellent taste, long shelf life, and also regarding the social and…

Iranian apple exports to India forecast to continue strong growth in 2022-23

While forecasting a slight decline in the import of apples to India during the market year (MY) 2022-23 (July-June), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said…

Van de Water Fruit Group:

"There are opportunities for market focus and specialism"

"There are plenty of opportunities in the top fruit sector," says Maurits van de Water of the similarly-named Dutch fruit company that cultivates, sorts, and packs pears. He specifically mentions local sales - especially for Dutch apples that are hardly exported - and market-oriented cultivation. The…

Hyderabad apple prices fall due to high volume of arrivals

The prices of apples in Hyderabad, India, falling rapidly compared to the same time last year (2021) due to a bumper harvest across growing regions in the country. Boxes of…

USDA Report:

Taiwan apple production increases as planting area decreases

In this USDA Report the focus is on Taiwan's apple production, which is reported to rise to 1 458 MT in 2021/2022, while the production area has decreased.  This decrease is due…

USDA Report:

India apple, pear and table grape production set to increase

This USDA report focuses on India's apple, pear and table grape production, which is all set to increase but is hindered by an insufficient cold chain network. Apple…

USDA Report:

South Korea pear production set to increase by 16%

Favourable weather is expected to drive up South Korea's pear production for the 2022/23 season according to the USDA report. They also predict pear consumption to rise by…

Launch of news and international Club meetings at Interpoma fair 2022

Great enthusiasm and excitement in the Kiku Variety Management team for its 12th participation at Interpoma, with a return to attendance after the experience in 2020 with its own totally virtual exhibition stand. The Bolzano fair dedicated exclusively to the world of apples will be an opportunity for…

Young Belgian company targets trade with Middle East

"Belgian apples have great potential in Egypt"

Apples are Belgium's fruit-growing sector's showpiece. You can find them in many stores all over the world. And for two years, the Nuba Group's Omar Elseidy has been exporting them to Egypt, where they are very popular. "The new crop looks fantastic. There's damage, but not as much as, for example, a…

Cornell University

Researchers successfully mapped 97 percent of Honeycrisp apple’s genome

Researchers at Cornell University have successfully sequenced the Honeycrisp apple genome, which will help scientists and breeders work to create the ‘perfect’ apple. The…

Dutch fruit grower Johan Stigter:

"I’m concerned about the top fruit market"

Johan Stigter, a Dutch fruit grower, is concerned about the top fruit market. He cites the European geopolitical situation and high inflation as factors fueling sales uncertainty. After a harvest that went smoothly, he, thus, decided to sell most of his fruit off-tree. "Given the global developments and…

Kashmir growers seek government support as apple rates are down by 30%,

Although there is a bumper apple season in Kashmir, growers witness their produce being sold at nearly 30 per cent lower rates than last year. They now have sought government…

BelOrta introduces 'AppelSintjes' for the holidays

"This promotion is our way of supporting Belgian Jonagold apples in these tough times"

Belgian apples are still having a tough time. The BelOrta cooperative thus introduced 'AppelSintjes' to draw extra attention to local top fruit around the holidays. "Belgium is a leading top fruit growing country, yet consumption noticeably keeps declining. Also, Belgian shoppers still too often buy…

Frequent extreme weather causes Yantai Fuji apple production to drop by about 30%

This year's new season of Yantai Fuji apples began harvesting after Shuangjiang (end of Oct), and it is expected that the supply period will end in several days. Despite the frequent occurrence of extreme weather, such as rain in the early stages, this did not lead to a delay in the start of the Yantai…

Yummy Fruit Company celebrates 20 million apples packed with Aporo robotic produce packer

The Yummy Fruit Company celebrated 20 million apples packed with the Aporo robotic produce packer this month. The company from Havelock North was the first in New Zealand to…

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Results of the German Fruit Tree Census 2022

'From 2017 to 2022, there were significant changes in apple variety shares'

This report summarizes the results of the 2022 German deciduous and stone fruit tree census and focuses on developments in the planted varieties of apples and pears. Since the 2017 census, total planted area decreased by 1.45 percent, and 9.2 percent of German fruit farms ended operations. Apples…

Kashmir: Apple industry is facing many problems

Since early September, a peak month of apple harvesting, there has been a frequent halting of apple-laden trucks leaving Kashmir for different parts of the country on 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.…

Agricultural researcher set on helping farmers find a hardier apple

Agricultural researcher Awais Khan is working on new ways to breed disease-resistant apples. Khan, born and raised in Azad Kashmir, Pakistani-administered Jammu and Kashmir,…

Australian Dept completes risk analysis for fresh apples from the Pacific Northwest states of the US

Apples from Pacific Northwest states of the US

The Australian Department of Agricultire, Fisheries and Forestry has completed the risk analysis for fresh apples (Malus domestica) from the Pacific Northwest states of the US…

Increased volume on Sweeties and Sundowner apples in Arizona

The volume on organic apples out of Arizona is similar to last year’s crop. “We had a late spring freeze which affected a little bit of our volume,” says Alejandro Madrigal of Covilli Brand Organics Inc., noting it will have an increase in volume on the two varieties only grown and marketed out of this…

United States given green light to send fresh apples to Australia

The United States has been given the green light to send fresh apples to Australia, after more than 20 years of lobbying. The announcement comes after Australia's Department…

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South Africa: Fresh deciduous fruit annual

'Profitability of producers is diminishing, limiting investments'

The area under apple, pears, and table grape cultivation in South Africa has grown steadily over the past decade, driven by ongoing investments into the deciduous fruit sector on relatively high earnings from export markets. However, the expansion in apple, pears, and table grape production is expected…

European top fruit market prepares for a turbulent storage season

In the first half of 2022, people in the Netherlands ate four percent fewer fruit and vegetables at home than in the pre-pandemic year 2019, GroentenFruit Huis recently…

Marcel Eversdijk of N. Eversdijk:

"Confident of price rebound"

"Prices will rebound. I have full confidence in things improving. We're in a dip now, but we'll just keep going. The energy crisis is causing cost increases, putting consumer spending under pressure. But, people still want to eat a healthy piece of fruit," says Marcel Eversdijk of the Dutch top fruit company N. Eversdijk.…

Transnet says Port of Cape Town is ready for deciduous fruit exports

Transnet has lifted the force majeure declared in the container sector at all ports, effective immediately. As far as Transnet goes, it's all systems go at the Port of Cape…

Georg Boekels, Chairman of the Landesfachgruppe Obstbau and VP of the Provinzialverband Rheinischer Obst- und Gemüsebauer

Rhenish apple producers expect a large harvest with quality produce

The harvest being undertaken by the Rhenish apple growers is in its final stages, says Georg Boekels, chairman of the Landesfachgruppe Obstbau and vice president of the Provinzialverband Rheinischer Obst- und Gemüsebauer e.V. "At some individual farms, the harvest was not particularly abundant due to the…

Hail storm destroys apple and pear crops in Goulburn Valley

Yesterday, fruit growers in the Goulburn Valley had to watch their apple and pear crops being destroyed by a sudden burst of hail. The storm, which arrived in the afternoon,…

Korla fragrant pear production is reduced by 30%-40%, and prices remain high

The prices of all types of pears are mostly higher this year. In the past 5 years, the price of the Korla fragrant pear is far ahead most of the time compared with other…

North Carolina

State funding helps Henderson County apple farmers recover from spring freezes

In April 2021, two freezes devastated Henderson County, wiping out 70 percent of its apple crop. At the time, the issue was viewed as a local one by the state legislature…

SugarBee apples to be sold collaboratively with new partnership

With the fall 2022 crop of SugarBee® apples in early harvest, Regal Fruit International, LLC is pleased to announce that sales of this proprietary brand will be coordinated by Regal Fruit in partnership with Chelan Fresh, CMI Orchards and Sage Fruit. SugarBee’s crunch, caramel-and-honey-toned sweetness…

Sri Lanka produces first-ever green apple harvest

Yesterday, Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe was presented the country's first-ever green apple harvest. It is proof the country is looking to strengthen its…

"After the brand is built, the premium capacity of the fruit will increase by about 30%"

To obtain good prices and a good reputation in fruit sales, scientific planting and branding are inseparable. Guangzhou Xinnongcai Data Technology Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as "Xinnongcai") cooperates with the fruit bases to help them establish a brand and the corresponding standards to increase…

Baptiste Geoffray, Sica Gerfruit:

“Swing.bio has everything it takes to become a reference in organic apples”

The first shipments of Swing.bio apples took place over a week ago, marking the launch of the fourth season for this organic apple. This year, no less than 500 tons of Swing.bio are expected in the four production basins which are the Loire Valley, Alps, Languedoc and Southwest. Each year, the volumes…

Himachal Pradesh apple production exceeds 40 mln boxes

Plummeting apple prices leaves Kashmir apple growers in a bind

The plummeting prices of apples across wholesale markets in India have left thousands of apple growers and traders distraught in apple-rich districts of south Kashmir. Amidst…

Bernd Feenstra of Xenia Europe:

"Our ideal world is a single European certificate for food quality and sustainability"

Xenia Europe, the sales organisation of more than 70 Xenia growers in the Benelux has successfully undergone a QS Agency audit for the third time. QS certification is important for the largest German customers. Bernd Feenstra says: "We have a complete package of certifications as a sales organisation,…

DG agri dashboard - Apples

EU apples: Smaller fruit sizes and lower volumes due to drought and heatwave events

The ongoing apple crop for 2022/23 for was initially estimated by WAPA at a volume very similar to the preceding crop. Since the month of August 2022, however, several Member States registered additional drought and heatwave events that will result on smaller fruit sizes and, therefore, lower volumes. In…

Cosmic Crisps are a bright spot for Yakima Valley apple growers

The Yakima Valley apple crop will be harvested later and is expected to fall short of recent years’ fresh harvests, local growers and statewide agriculture officials say.…

Interest in organic pears picking up

Supplies of organic pears out of Washington continue to be strong. Ethan Abendroth, senior buyer for Earl’s Organic Produce says it has good volumes of organic Bartlett, Anjou and Bosc and while the early fall red pear, the Starkrimson is wrapping up, its late fall counterpart red Anjou is taking its…

For the first time, Thailand has authorized a cherry warehouse in Spain to carry out cold treatments at origin

Spain gains access to the table grape and pear market in Thailand

The Government of Thailand has informed the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of the opening of its market for table grapes and pears from Spain, following intense collaboration between the governments of both countries. Thailand unilaterally closed its market to Spanish fruit for…

Western Cape company focuses on fruit exports, including blueberries, grapes and pears

United Exports says new funding will help create over 1,300 jobs by 2030

Western Cape-based fruit farming company United Exports has signed a €14 mln loan deal with international lenders, which will be used to boost sustainable blueberry production…

"We hope to expand our apple export market to Southeast Asian countries"

The Luochuan apple, which grows in Luochuan County, Shaanxi Province, is a local specialty. Compared with apples from other producing areas, Luochuan apples are uniform and bright in color. The local climate is characterized by rain and heat in the same period, which is conducive to the expansion of the…

Week 42 Fruit Wholesale Market Report

Prices of South African citrus continue to rise, domestic grapefruit volumes are increasing in China

In the fruit wholesale market this week, there are not many varieties or quantities of imported fruits, and the market performance is relatively calm. In addition to the recent local pandemic, the flow of goods and sales in the market has been reduced accordingly. New Zealand Green Apple Arrival volumes…

SnapDragon volume up 25 percent for 2022-2023 season

SnapDragon apples out of New York state have seen a jump in volume this season. “We’re up volume-wise about 25 percent, maybe a little more this year,” says Jessica Wells, executive director of Crunch Time Apple Growers, a consortium of more than 150 growers who grow it as well as RubyFrost apples,…

SugarBee Apples to be sold collaboratively with powerful new partnership

With the fall 2022 crop of SugarBee® apples in early harvest, Regal Fruit International, LLC is pleased to announce that sales of this premier proprietary brand will be…

Mark Vernooij (Urfruit):

"Pear prices haven't changed yet, but costs have"

"The pear season's start looked rosy, and pears sold early brought in good prices. Unfortunately, soon after that start, smaller pears came under huge pressure. These on-average smaller fruits caused disappointing middle prices, especially in Belgium," says Mark Vernooij of Urfruit. "After five to six…

Laikipia County

Young Kenyan grower finds success in apple farming

A young female farmer in Laikipia County is making a fortune from an apple farming venture. Kate Wambugu of the Wambugu Apples' Farm said her father ventured into apple…

"The purchase price of Hebei pears has nearly doubled compared to last year, overall quality is good"

Hebei Province is the main producing area of ​​pears in China, and many varieties are grown there. "The pears were harvested from July to September. This year, the weather conditions in Hebei production areas are good, there is no drought or high temperature, and there is plenty of rain, so the overall…

Good campaign for Angelica di Romagna pears

Producer Luciano Alessandri is very pleased with the current campaign of Angelica di Romagna pears. "We have produced approximately 500 tons on around twenty hectares, so yields are good, especially if compared with the disaster that was last year." Prices have also gone back to a more normal level. "In 2021,…

Christophe Belloc, Blue Whale:

“The future lies in well-orchestrated shelves”

At Fruit Attraction, Blue Whale promoted its Candine apple, but the cooperative also communicated about its many other varieties of apples and pears: Cœur de Reine, Envy, Ruby Gold, QTee pears… Investing further in the orchestration of the shelves“For us, it is essential to develop the fruit shelves by…

The Interpoma Variety Garden managed apple varieties exhibition fills the trade show with color

For the first time in its history, Interpoma, the international apple trade show, which takes place between November 17th and 19th, will host the Variety Garden, an exhibition of over 55 managed apple varieties from around the world. The 12th edition of Interpoma will be full of color. During the…

Fruit from Boyne Valley to fill retail shelves

Ireland: locally-grown apples and pears hit Tesco shelves for first time in years

Ireland imports about 95 per cent of its table apples, often from as far away as Chile and New Zealand, where large orchards grow on fertile soil amid sunshine and low wages.…

Kashmir apple trade still faced with low rates

The apple trade in Kashmir continues to be badly hit due to low rates in the markets outside. The discouraging market trends are directly impacting the scene on the ground.…

Jacques du Preez - Hortgro

Apple trade with China offers South Africa a welcome counterpoint to poor European pear sales

From this year, South Africa now finds itself in the second position as apple supplier to China which has increasingly been looking for apple imports. In first place is New Zealand.The South African export campaign to China (99% comprising red apples with a smattering of Golden Delicious) is nearing its…

International apple partnership to generate sweet returns for Australian apple industry

Western Australia's popular dark burgundy Bravo branded apples are being launched to the world at Asia's premier fruit expo next week under a new international trademark,…

US pears available after slow start to season

Fall is in full swing, and fresh Pacific Northwest–grown USA Pears are available now in produce sections from coast to coast. As the leaves change colors, Oregon and…

Kenyan apple growers set out to expand global market share

Industry sources say Kenyan apple farmers will continue benefiting from both internal and external trading resources that are offered by the Kenya Apple Growers and Exporter…

Christophe Ochs, Albafruit:

“Envy: more than an apple!”

The apple harvest is in full swing for Albafruit. The company based in the French department of Tarn-et-Garonne grows 13 different varieties. After the Gala, Granny, Red Chief, Golden and Jazz, it is now time for the Envy campaign. “We are now harvesting the first Envy apples and marketing should start this week,” explains…

Some claim that Moldovan apple growers can only be competitive on the Romanian market with Gala varieties

The heads of large Moldovan horticultural enterprises expect that local apples may be competitive on the Romanian market, even though the current level of their prices is…

Apple grower-shipper focuses on thinking outside the box

Meeting the needs of both retailers and consumers requires flexibility and innovation. As a grower, packer, shipper and developer of premium apples, Honeybear® Brands is keeping a finger on the pulse of the market to ensure it is anticipating the changing shopping habits of consumers and providing…

FirstFruits Farms announces newly expanded team

In preparation for this year’s apple season, FirstFruits Farms has made it a priority to further develop its internal talent as well as onboard additional team members to strategically improve the business and growth in the commodity. “Promoting from within for the sales director position was an easy…


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