Fruit

South African early table grape export volumes trending lower than last season

The South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) held the first bi-weekly marketing forum meeting for the 2022-2023 season, noting that early export volumes will be less than…

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US cranberry harvest expected to be 5 percent larger in 2022

With the 2022 US cranberry harvest wrapping up just in time for Thanksgiving, this year’s crop is forecast to be 5 percent larger than last year’s crop. The 2022 cranberry crop is estimated at 7.44 million barrels but is expected to be smaller than in any of the previous three years (2018–20). Cranberry production, as…

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Blueberries will be the main focus at the next Macfrut

Is the growth of the blueberry so relentless? Is it still sustainable to have such fruit travel from one part of the globe to another just for the sake of having a tray in the supermarket counter even in December? What are the best varieties? This and many other questions will be answered during the…

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…

Sjraar Hulsman, Frankort&Koning:

"The energy market's uncertain, so there's more weekly strawberry sales rather than fixed prices"

The Dutch greenhouse multiple strawberry crop season is nearing its end, and the first imported strawberries are entering the market. Sjraar Hulsman of Frankort&Koning takes stock. "Whereas in recent years, lit greenhouse strawberry cultivation expanded sustainably, growers are now taking a step back,"…

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…

Blackberries and raspberries know no crisis

There are segments that know no drops in orders or in consumption despite the current period of uncertainty and economic crisis. One of them is that of berries. Alberto De Vincenzis is a sales manager at OP Terre della Luce, a producer organization from Basilicata that started the new berry season…

Sembikiya, the temple of expensive fruit

18 grapes sold at €30 in Japan

Sembikiya can be defined as the most expensive fruit shop in the world. It is located in Tokyo, Japan and Tommaso Rossi, who lives and works in the capital, has shot a video inside it (click here to watch it). The store has been open since the late 1800s.   "I find myself in one of the most expensive places in Japan, which can be defined as…

Wholesale prices for “Moldova” grapes of 2022 harvest are unlikely to further grow

The quality of “Moldova” table grapes in Chisinau retail stores is noticeably degrading in November. You can still find high-quality Moldova grapes in retail markets in the…

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…

January to September 2022

La Libertad leads exports of avocados, blueberries and asparagus

La Libertad is a region in northwestern Peru. Between January and September of this year, Peruvian avocado exports totaled US$911 million, of which La Libertad shipped US$299…

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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…

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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…

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…

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…

Peruvian blueberry prices on world market lower despite 28% export growth

Despite the fact that Peru exported 28% more blueberries to world markets, average prices have been lower compared to last year. The country reached 33 markets with 217.000…

Volume reduction of Chilean fresh blueberry exports less than projected

Between January and October of this year, 90.645 tons of fresh blueberries have been exported from Chile, for a value of USD FOB 360 million. Compared to the same period…

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…

Blueberries are considered a superfood due to their high content of antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber

Chilean blueberries, a superfood consolidating in the world

In recent decades, Chile has become an exporter of a huge variety of foods that currently reach more than 170 markets, complying with demanding production standards and world…

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…

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…

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…

Nigeria: Chivita drives consumer preference with its excellent quality

CHI Limited has said it will continue to ensure that its product, Chivita, continues to be the reference point for premium quality fruit juice in Nigeria. CHI Limited’s…

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…

New Moroccan fruit exporters enter the European market

The 2023 season will see the entry of more Moroccan exporters of red fruits and avocados to the European market. The company Entrepôt Frigorifique Lexus, based in Larache in northern Morocco, will be joining the competition with a volume of 12,000 tons, half of which will be avocados, and the rest…

Blackberries having a good year so far

Blackberries are coming into a quieter time on demand which is meeting lower volumes in the industry. “Our suppliers have fruit. Historically the industry has less fruit at this time and it has been like that at this time of year for the last three or four years,” says Jose Saca of Wish Farms. “Crossings…

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,…

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…

“The first thing is to increase market awareness”

"Chinese cranberry production continues to increase"

The new season of fresh cranberries produced in China has been on the market since mid-September and is expected to last until April next year. The largest cranberry planting base in China is located in Fuyuan, Heilongjiang. It began to harvest on a large scale in 2019, and its production has increased…

Asoex president Marambio is optimistic

Port diversification in Chile should lead to a much better 2022-2023 fruit export season

After a rather bad 2021-2022 fruit export season in Chile, things are looking better for the recently inaugurated 2022-2023 season, which had its initial act at the Terminal…

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…

ApexBrasil sees great opportunities for Brazilian melons in Chinese market

Recent research by ApexBrasil, a Brazilian promotion agency, found great opportunities for Brazilian melons in Chinese market. This market was identified as “especially large”…

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…

Nabil Belmkaddem, BestBerry Cooperative

"One should not see Moroccan suppliers as competitors, but as an extension of the European market"

Europe remains one of the largest export markets for Moroccan soft fruit. This was explained by Nabil Belmkaddem from the North Moroccan BestBerry Cooperative at the last Global Berry Congress. "People should not see us as competitors, but as an extension of the European market." Moroccan production has increased…

Fe.Vi. Frutta (Italy): "300 cartons sold in 2 hours"

The first strawberries are always eagerly awaited

"We didn't even have time to get organized. All the product that recently arrived from our growers had gone straight out the door in no time. In less than two hours we found a destination for our 300 cartons of strawberries," said Maria Ferrara (pictured here) of Italian fruit and vegetable wholesaler…

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…

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…

Implementation of EU school fruit, vegetable and milk schedule impacted by Covid pandemic

Yesterday, the European Commission published an evaluation support study of the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme. The school scheme supports the distribution of…

Study indicates eating grapes will help combat high cholesterol

In a lot of cases having high cholesterol is caused by lifestyle factors such as eating unhealthily, not exercising enough, smoking and drinking too much. For this reason, it…

Additional Chief Secretary Atal Dulloo:

“Jammu farmers should increase diversification of crops”

Yesterday, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture Production Department, Atal Dulloo said there is a great scope for the horticulture sector, especially the strawberry and…

‘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…

Peru's blueberry area increased by more than 1,000 hectares this year

So far in the 2022/23 campaign, the volume marketed by the country has grown by 31% compared to the same period of the previous campaign. The country's blueberry industry…

"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…

Retailer lauds quality of Spanish imports, even despite delays caused by port strike

More early South African grapes kept locally

Grape volumes on the South African market are very high because producers don’t want to take chances with the shelf life of their grapes and instead of exporting, keep more of their grapes at home at the moment.Grapes are moving very slowly through the stores at the moment to ensure that quality is on…

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…

Miguel Canala-Echeverría, general manager of ASOEX:

Chilean fruit industry faced numerous challenges in the last two seasons

The Chilean fruit industry has faced numerous challenges in the last two seasons. Globally, the pandemic altered the proper functioning of maritime transport logistics,…

Healthy soft fruit has prospects on tough market

"Antioxidants aren't a 'cool' story, but maybe we should compare them to the disadvantages of sweets"

Many sectors currently have to consider many factors and soft fruit is no exception. José Gandía (SAT Royal), Lisette Holmberg (ICA), and Jonathan Lock (Marks & Spencer) reiterated that at the recently held Global Berry Congress. They explained how suppliers and retailers must adapt to a new…

New Zealand:

Blueberries will make it to Christmas tables, despite setbacks

The New Zealand blueberry industry is reassuring consumers that blueberries will indeed be available for Christmas, even though the season is off to a rough start with last…

Peak strawberry season clouded by hail and rain

South Australia's Fleurieu region growers are struggling to break even

Hail damage has devastated local strawberry farmers across the Fleurieu region. Recent storms across the peninsula will increase berry prices as growers and suppliers scramble…

Return of the watermelon

LeaderBrand is busy investing in a domestic watermelon crop to produce a delicious, sustained supply for the local market. Kristine Walsh speaks to LeaderBrand's Gisborne team on the company's renewed interest in the crop and the challenges and opportunities it brings. There was a time when LeaderBrand general manager of…

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…

Melinda (Italy)

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…

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,…

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…

Gaza strawberry farmers hope for a good season and more exports

It is strawberry season in Gaza. Aside from local markets, Palestinian farmers hope to export as much produce as possible to the West Bank and to Arab and European countries.…

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,…

Martin O'Sullivan - Richard Hochfeld

“We see China as an important market and will increase supply there"

UK company Richard Hochfeld has been trading for 85 years, and in 2020 the international branch of the company, which supplies fruit from their farms in South America to the Chinese market, entered a joint venture with a Chinese fruit packing company Zhuang’an and started the Hi Fruit brand. They have a…

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…

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…

Coupled with growing adoption of healthy diets by the consumers

Superfruit market in Latin America registers growth due to rise in demand for functional foods & beverages

A new report by Informes de Expertos titled, ‘Latin America Superfruit Market Report and Forecast 2021-2026’, gives an in-depth analysis of the market, assessing it based on…

Chilean cherry movement expected to increase in US market

The volumes of Chilean cherries shipped to the United States represents only 7% of Chile's shipments since cherry exports began in October. The largest volume (88%) was shipped to China (including Hong Kong). Last week, the first prices of Chilean cherries were recorded in the US market, averaging $12,10…

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…

Ukrainian blueberries distinguished by high taste qualities

In the annual report of the International Blueberry Association (IBO) for 2022, ranking the 10 largest countries in terms of blueberry plantation area, Ukraine became 8th,…

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…

Perla Nera midi watermelon is already looking ahead to 2023

The Perla Nera melon ended the 2022 campaign on a high note of satisfaction. It is a dark-skinned, low-seeded midi watermelon produced exclusively by the producers' organizations Op Francescon, Peviani S.p.A. and O.P. La Mongolfiera. It was also thanks to the hottest summer recorded in decades that…

J&K farmers are increasing revenues through strawberry cultivation

Strawberry cultivation is picking up in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, providing ample employment opportunities and an alternative source of income. Both the…

Prices for Indian grapes will be similar to last year

“Current weather conditions in India are perfect for a healthy growth of the crop”

The Indian grape season saw some delays due to excessive rains, says Samir Singh, business promoter for Indian grape exporter Mersel Foods: “Too much rain over an extended period has delayed the pruning process for 2-3 weeks in the main grape growing region of Nashik, which means the harvest will be…

Northwestern Uzbekistan

Grapes: More than 1,000 tons exported from Karakalpakstan

More than 1,000 tons of grapes were exported from Karakalpakstan from January to November. The export value of a kilogram of grapes from January to May averaged $0.5, from…

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…

Lower world market prices for Peru’s blueberries despite 28% increase in exports

Despite Peru exporting 28% more blueberries to world markets, the average prices have been lower compared to last year. The country reached 33 markets with 217 000 tons of blueberries exported up to the end of last week (week 46), says Luis Miguel Vegas, general manager of Proarandanos. “We shipped 52%…

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,…

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…

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Western Fruit Report - Grape cold storage summary

503,612 packages of Autumn Royal grapes in cold storage in California - November 15, 2022

On November 15, 2022, there was a total of 503,612 packages - bags, clamshells, plain packs, wrapped and other packages - of Autumn Royal grapes in cold storage in California.  That number stood at 3,888,060 for Autumn King grapes. Together with all stored Scarlotta, Allison, Jack's Salute and Scarlet Royal grapes and…

'Logistics and Euro exchange rate key to watch'

Southern Hemisphere's 2022-23 table grape season of special importance

The international company Kolla Group, from Germany, visited producers in Brazil, Peru, South Africa and Namibia. During the trips visiting producers they could see a clear…

Sun World expands Southern Hemisphere marketer footprint

Sun World International, LLC (Sun World) has added several new companies to its global Licensed Distributor lineup. These include three newly licensed marketers in Brazil,…

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…

Peru's blueberry sector shows interest in four new markets

This season, Peru exported 217,000 tons of blueberries up until last week, i.e 28% more than in the same period of last season. According to the general manager of…

LA UNIÓ sends an SOS to consumers to save a 'disastrous' campaign

"Consuming our grapes is fundamental for the economy, creating jobs, and curbing land abandonment"

"Table grape prices, both of the early varieties -such as Doña María or Red Globe- and of the later Aledo variety, which is characteristic of New Year's Eve, are very low in this campaign while production costs are skyrocketing," stated LA UNIÓ. "Faced with this situation, LA UNIÓ is asking consumers to buy…

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…

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…

Berries aplenty in the Waikato

The berry season has arrived in the Waikato, producing blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and boysenberries. Amongst the popular strawberry farms close to Hamilton is Ruakura Berry…

Berries now Tasmania's top crop

The Tasmanian fruit industry was the State’s leading growth driver for the food agriculture sector in 2020-21, increasing in value by an astounding 45%. At over $400 million, fruit is now the third…

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,"…

Morocco becomes 15th largest global fruit exporter

Morocco has become the 15th largest fruit exporter by value due to sales spurred by berries, mandarins, watermelons, avocados, and oranges. Between 2016 and 2021, the north…

“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…

Most of the world's raspberries come from Russia

Russia is quite a successful fruit-producing country. During its warm season, Russia grows sweet cherries, strawberries, apples, pears, plums, apricots, grapes, melons, and…

"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…

USDA

Peru is once again the main exporter of blueberries

The Association of Blueberry Producers of Peru projects that 276,938 tons of blueberries will be shipped from Peru in the 2022-2023 season. In this season's campaign - that lasted from May to October - the country dispatched 153.228.933 kilos of fresh blueberries for $843.725.006, that is, 31% more…

Brazilian melon exports increased over 60% in October

Brazilian melon exports went up in October. According to the Foreign Trade Secretariat (Secex), the volume shipped last month reached 35,000 tons, a 63% increase over September but a 23% decrease over October 2021. The increase from one month to the next was expected as the harvest is advancing in…

Leon Hijweege and Ed Heijnen, Keelings International:

"Challenging pineapple market, less supply mean melon, strawberry sales more balanced"

Keelings International Ltd, a branch of its Irish parent company, has been based in the Netherlands for three years now. We spoke to Leon Hijweege and Ed Heijnen about the pineapple, melon, and soft fruit market developments. Ed Heijnen and Leon Hijweege PineapplesThe company bought a farm in Las Brisas,…

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!…

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…

Oleksandr Pukshyn, Blue Berry:

"The war means we're temporarily importing vegetables to feed our people"

The Russian invasion is greatly impacting Ukraine's blueberry traders. The war has now been going on for about nine months. At the latest Global Berry Congress in Rotterdam, Oleksandr Pukshyn of Blue Berry, a Ukrainian company, shared its consequences with the soft fruit world. "It's vital that we remain…

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…

Good European market expected until after Christmas

South African grapes in the Far East: “We never know what to expect from Peru”

The European grape market is empty, as the Peruvians have sent more to the USA, but there is still the chance that Peru could crowd South Africa in the Far East.“The amount of product that Peru has been putting on the market has strongly grown over the past decade,” explains Leon de Kock, CEO of Grape…

Vetter GmbH

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…

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.…

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…

Uzbekistan:

Organic strawberries and raspberries are grown in the highlands of the Tashkent region

Organic raspberries and strawberries of remontant varieties of foreign selection are grown on 4 ha in the Bustanlyk district of the Tashkent region of Uzbekistan, in areas located at an altitude of 1 500 m above sea level, EastFruit experts report. According to the press service of the Ministry of…

Argentina's blueberry exports halved in 2022

Argentina's blueberry forecasts are not positive for exporters this season. According to Alejandro Pannunzio, president of the Association of Blueberry Producers of…

Autonomous robots to help modernize grape industry

Next spring, a small army of Cornell-developed PhytoPatholoBots (PPB) will be deployed to four grape breeding programs across the U.S. on a mission to guide the global grape and wine industry into the 21st century. These autonomous robots will roll through vineyards, using computer vision to gather data…

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…

Australians visit LBP

Imminent market access brings Australian fruit exporters to the Netherlands

A fruit exporters and organizations' delegation from Queensland, Australia, is visiting the Netherlands this week. "They're here to learn more about how the Netherlands works as a production and trading country. But also to see how the Netherlands organizes its fruit and vegetable supply chain. In that…

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.…

Melons Australia

Australian melon industry seeking to open up export opportunities in Japan after recent grower visit

Australia's peak melon industry body has recognised a number of opportunities for export, particularly in the Japanese market, which it is hoping to open up through the development of a new five-year export strategy. Melons Australia recently took a delegation featuring a number of growers overseas as…

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…

Rain, hail and frost had minimal impact on Chilean blueberries

According to information provided by the Blueberry Committee of Chile-ASOEX, with the support of IQonsulting, producers in the Central and Central-South zone had impact from…

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…

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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…

Mexico's first online supermarket delivers longer-lasting berries

SAVRpak, a food tech innovation company announced its moisture control technology that extends the shelf-life of produce up to three times will be made available through Jüsto, Mexico’s first online supermarket. Beginning in December, each clamshell of berry varieties ordered through Jüsto will include…


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