Fruit

Extended California peak strawberry season is sweet news for consumers

To meet increasing consumer demand for the sweet, red berry everybody loves, California strawberry production is expected to hit its second highest season on record, extending peak season well into fall. As the country's leading producer of strawberries growing 90% of all strawberries produced in the…

A team of UGA researchers is creating a “Noah’s Ark” of forgotten Southern apples

In 2015, when Stephen Mihm moved his family from Decatur to South Oconee County, just outside of Athens, his new historic home came with an unusual stipulation: Per a…

Wisconsin cranberry crop rebounds after tough 2021 harvest

According to Tom Lochner, the executive director of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association, despite the frost, the harvest season is looking good for growers…

Forecast is strong for California strawberry supplies

California Giant Berry Farms shared a strawberry crop update, forecasting giant volumes of organic and conventionally grown strawberries ahead. Strawberry production is currently in the Santa Maria, Watsonville and Salinas, California growing regions, with the Salinas and Watsonville regions slated to…

Southern China

Costa China farms grow blueberries, raspberries and blackberries in the Yunnan Province

Cathy Chambers is the first female general manager to be appointed within the Costa operations. The Costa China farms grow blueberries, raspberries and blackberries in the…

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…

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…

There is relatively big potential in Vietnam

The Italian Samboa and Ambrosia apples will hit Asian markets soon

The new season of Italian apples have started. "Our new apple varieties, the SAMBOA Apples and the sweet crunchy AMBROSIA apples have begun in the Europe market. They will soon be available to the consumers in Asia,” Kevin Au Yeung of RK Growers Srl told Freshplaza. Kevin is the Asia Market Manager. SAMBOA…

Budou Farms

Grapes grown especially for the Asian markets

Budou Farms has been at Asia Fruit Logistica in the past as a visitor and saw the potential of becoming an exhibitor to facilitate access to other Asian markets, especially considering the current scenario of global grapes that is very competitive, therefore it is good to diversify markets and showcase…

Florida strawberry planting restarts post-Hurricane Ian

Following Hurricane Ian's daunting impact on the state of Florida, one strawberry grower-shipper is assessing the fallout. "Our southern farms took the brunt of the storm, but luckily we had not laid any plastic yet down south. However, our Plant City farms all lost some plastic and some drip, but…

New booth, new blackberry variety, and new brand for North Bay Produce

After two years of patiently waiting due to the pandemic and a hurricane, North Bay Produce looks forward to participating in IFPA’s Global Produce & Floral Show later this month. A full team of North Bay employees will be on hand to attend lectures, do meet and greets, walk the show to see what’s new…

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…

USDA plans to purchase fresh apples for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs

Pre-solicitation announcement for purchase of fresh apples

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced plans to purchase Fresh Apples for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs. Solicitations will be…

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards

Upstate NY apple orchard named the third-best in the United States

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards has been named the third-best apple orchard in the nation by USA Today’s 10Best. The orchard, based in Central New York’s hilly, pastoral town of…

New record of packages in 2022

Ramping up Cotton Candy grape volume

Offering its third season of Cotton Candy grapes from Brazil, Oppy, a grower, marketer and distributor of fresh produce from around the world, looks toward increasing volume in the coming years as it sets a new record of packages in 2022. Sweet, juicy and with a hint of vanilla, Oppy’s Cotton Candy…

Crop update

Surge in Eastern US apple harvest includes a Honeycrisp rebound season

Initial spring projections from New York apple growers called for a solid season of regional varieties with volumes expected to return to the previous three-year average. As picking of early varieties began in mid-September, the crop has shown stronger results than anticipated.Brett Baker, president of…

Ludger Nollet, Nollet Fruit:

"Surplus puts serious pressure on start of Belgian top fruit season"

It seems the fear of an oversupply at the beginning of the new top fruit season has come to pass. There are currently no peaks, says Ludger Nollet of the Belgian fruit company of the same name. "We're quiet. The new season has started, but apples and pears are being sold everywhere. The market's really…

Strawberry growers from north of Paraná get Geographical Indication

Yesterday, growers from the north of Paraná received the third registration of Geographical Indication (GI). This means that the strawberries produced by a group of fruit…

Intending to improve the flavor and quality

Five-year research project underway to advance strawberry genetics

According to the Horticulture Statistics Handbook, Australia produces more than 82,000 tons of strawberries each year, with a value of $435 million. Now, a five-year joint…

Australia: Government decision on US apple imports expected shortly

Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry will soon release its Final Report for the review of biosecurity import requirements for fresh apple fruit from…

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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…

Renewal of biosecurity partnership strengthens fight against Fruit fly threat

An essential agreement to fight the threat of Fruit flies has been renewed and updated by the NZ government and eight of the country’s largest horticulture industry groups.…

Kanzi season begins at BelOrta

"This year's hot summer benefited Belgian Kanzi apples' quality"

This week, the sales of the first batches of Belgian Kanzi apples kicked off that season at BelOrta. "This year's harvest looks excellent," begins Laurent de Smedt. "Kanzi apples like hot summers with lots of sunshine, so their quality is definitely superior this year. They have nice coloring and are a…

JWM Asia introduces festive grape gift packaging

Chinese Shine Muscat grapes find eager consumers in Singapore

Joy Wing Mau Asia Singapore is a division of JWM Asia Holdings, which are located in Hong Kong. The company is specialized in the import and distribution of fresh fruits. Its main clients in Singapore consist of supermarkets, minimarts and wholesale markets. Kelvin Ong is General Manager of JWM…

Pams frozen berries recalled after seven people hospitalised with Hep A

Six Pams-brand frozen berry products have been recalled across New Zealand due to a potential link to recent cases of Hepatitis A. According to New Zealand Food Safety (NZFS) deputy director-general Vincent Arbuckle, the recall is precautionary as an investigation into the source of several community…

Deal with UK’s number one fruit grower/processor strengthens Puratos’ farm-to-fork fruit filling offering

Fourayes acquisition ensures fruitful future for Puratos UK

Puratos UK has bolstered its blossoming portfolio of locally made products following the acquisition of the nation’s number one fruit grower and processor Fourayes. The move underlines the bakery and patisserie ingredient specialist’s commitment to future generations through responsible, transparent and…

Ross Goatham - AC Goatham & Son

"Given the current climate, we are working with our customers to ensure apples are still a regular purchase in every shopping basket."

At AC Goatham & Son they are 60% through the apple harvest, mainly Gala with some Cameo apples which are being picked at the moment. "Quality is very good and no real issues with sunburn, that was really only an issue in Bramleys. Volumes are also looking good, the recent rain has helped size, we were…

President Lukashenko: Mobilize schoolchildren to harvest potatoes and apples in Belarus

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has called for schoolchildren to be mobilized to harvest apples and potatoes. The president, who is a former Soviet manager at a…

Early winter could see slim strawberry supplies and high prices

Strawberries may very well be in tight supply later this year. Right now as California volumes of strawberries are winding down from peak summer volumes, Central Mexico is in its early stages of strawberry production. “Mexico is starting to send a few pallets here and there but not a lot. Mexico’s crops…

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…

Apples from Kashmir appear in UAE supermarkets

A UAE-based business conglomerate, which has more than 50 supermarkets in the GCC countries, is showcasing Kashmiri apples in its stores. This will certainly give a boost to…

Grape export subsidy withdrawal will affect overseas shipments from Maharashtra

Grape exports from Maharashtra are likely to drop off this year as the Indian government is withdrawing the subsidy for outbound shipment of the popular fruit. Maharashtra is…

October proclaimed as Michigan Apple Month

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed October to be Michigan Apple Month to recognize the importance of the Michigan apple industry. Michigan is known for its diverse…

Over one million Envy™ apples sold at Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival in China has been a runaway success for Envy™, with 165,000 gift boxes (1.48M total apples) sold – a new record for Envy™ apples at the festival.T&G Global’s Head of Marketing, Rebecca Chapman, says the strong Mid-Autumn Festival sales reflects Envy’s™ premium position and proven…

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…

How ‘bout dem apples:

Demand booms for Bravo in Southeast Asia

A unique Australian apple is rising in popularity across Southeast Asia, thanks to its striking appearance, sweet juiciness and enormous health benefits. The Bravo variety is…

Planasa's novelties in Fruit Attraction 2022

RedSayra and Red Samanta strawberries, two new raspberry varieties, and the formation of a company in South Africa

Planasa will arrive at a new edition of Fruit Attraction with several novelties in its portfolio. "In addition to the launches of the RedSayra and Red Samantha strawberry varieties, which are having a very good reception in Spain and Italy, the breeding company has two raspberry varieties in the…

Apulia, Italy

"I have 400 tons of unsold grapes on the vines"

Such a crisis seems to be getting worse day by day, along with the desperation of the many farmers who are now tired of seeing their product depreciated. The grape sector, like others, is struggling due to the economic crisis and general uncertainty. Italian farmers have told us that the selling prices in…

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…

Rabobank reports:

'Blueberries are increasing their global presence'

According to recent Rabobank research, the blueberry industry is becoming truly global, with fast-growing supply and/or demand in most continents. Per capita availability is…

“We started packing apples at the same time that we’re picking them”

In Poland, the energy prices are increasing in a big way. As well as  closing some of the cold chambers, one of the Polish apple exporters is now harvesting and packing at the same time to cut costs. Although it’s a challenge, the company gets great satisfaction from pulling off this logistical feat. According…

Fruit Attraction, Pavillion #4, booth 4D04B

Increase in volumes expected for the Kiwi Passion Consortium

Getting near to the harvest time, Kiwi Passion consortium foresees a significant increase in volumes for the kiwi varieties promoted and marketed by the Consortium itself. The Consortium management says: "We expect at least to double 2021/22 volumes on both red and gold varieties. After a very satisfactory…

Chinese Begonia apple exported around the globe for the first time

In a small region in China, an apple with the aroma of Begonia flowers is grown, although some say it has the aroma of strawberries. “It’s the world’s sweetest apple with a brix of 19-22 due to its water cores,” says Ricky Chong with World Fresh Exports. Water cores indicate the apple was picked after…

Williams Sonoma and pomegranate shipper launch co-branded product line

Home retailer Williams Sonoma announced a partnership with POM Wonderful, a grower-shipper of California-grown pomegranates. The two collaborated to develop a product line showcasing the flavor and versatility of pomegranates. The products will launch as part of POM’s 20th-anniversary celebrations and as…

"The demand for preservatives in the grape market remains high"

At present, the table grape industry is facing many challenges such as high production and logistics costs, increased transportation times, and labor shortages, but this does not affect the growing demand for grapes in the market. The grape season in many origins is coming soon. How to ensure the…

Lower final Dutch apple, pear harvest estimate

The final estimate for Dutch apple and pear 2022 harvests is now known. It is lower than the summer estimate. For apples, it is four percent lower, with 11% fewer Elstara…

La Nina will probably drive up Australian blueberry prices

Too much rain means Australian berry lovers might see prices go up. The region surrounding the NSW mid-north coast town of Coffs Harbour delivers the vast majority of…

Markus Schraff, Obst vom Bodensee Vertriebsgesellschaft

Organic fruit from Lake Constance: top quality pome fruit and a bigger yield for organic apples

Obst vom Bodensee Vertriebsgesellschaft (OvB) can report positive figures from the organic harvest this year, says Markus Schraff, Sales Manager of the Organic Division of OvB. Markus Schraff and Larissa Lorch from Obst vom Bodensee Vertriebsgesellschaft (OvB) and Hans-Josef Stärk from BayWa Obst  & Co at the…

Guangzhou Fruit Wholesale Market Report - Week 39

Vietnamese durian sales are ideal, but product movement of Australian oranges slowed down

The seven day holiday for National Day began on Saturday the 1st of October. However, National Day is not a holiday that involves gift giving, so the impact on fruit sales is limited. Only a few traders said that they have seen sales increase. Xinjiang Dinosaur Egg plums (Left) and Vietnamese durian (right)…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products - weekly update

Peruvian blueberry imports through Southern California ports of entry movement expected to remain the same

This hurricane season has been somewhat quiet until now. Hurricane Ian has changed all that and made landfall around Ft. Myers, Florida, and the surrounding communities. According to local farmers and growers in Southwest and Central Florida, now, it is too early to tell how much crop damage has…

FreshPlaza October Global Focus on Top fruit

In October FreshPlaza will be focussing on top fruit. Are you a grower, importer or exporter of these products? We would love to hear from you. You can send us some information or we can call you for an interview, just let us know. You can contact info@freshplaza.com     MarketingWould you like to get some extra promotion for…

"To spearhead varietal innovation and redefine the produce experience in Asia"

AM FRESH Group buys majority stake in in Asia-based Fruit-X and creates FRESH FRUIT-X

AM FRESH Group, a leading global company in genetics, agri-tech and farming has acquired a majority stake in Asian-based FRESH FRUIT-X to redefine the produce industry in Asia and deliver a go-to-market solution of consistently high-quality and innovative produce for the hundreds of millions of Asian…

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…

Supply volume to the Chinese market continues to grow

Sales volume of New Zealand Sonya apples doubled

"Current data shows that the sales volume of New Zealand Sonya apples in the Chinese market doubled compared to last year." This is according to Mr. Don Lu of Yumsun Fruit. He recently talked about challenges that New Zealand Sonya apples face in the Chinese market where Yumsun Fruit is their exclusive…

Innovation team looks to expand berry production in Canada

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is proud to collaborate as one of 15 teams granted a Spark Award, the initial award phase of the Homegrown Innovation…

Wisconsin cranberry crop meets a tight market

Wisconsin’s cranberry crop can be tough to predict and with price increases for all forms of cranberry, where those cranberries will land in the market is even tougher to put a finger on. Some growers are reporting a bumper crop of cranberries as compared to last year and the supplies look to be much…

Agunsa sent its first blueberry shipment of the season to South Korea

"We have already shipped the first blueberries from Valparaíso to Busan"

Agunsa announced through its social networks that it had made the first shipment of the blueberry season from Chile -TPS Terminal- to South Korea. “We have shipped the first…

Carlo Porro, CEO Agricola Famosa:

“European market most important for Agricola Famosa and South American region”

The major South American supplying countries are now more than ever partners to the Spanish and rest of the European fresh produce industry – not only as alternative suppliers but to ensure the food security of consumers across the continent. This is according to Carlo Porro, CEO of Agricola Famosa, the…

EasyStar and EasyRock multiplied by Molari

Two new 'easy' raspberry varieties

Molari Società Agricola has become an authorized dealer of two new raspberry varieties in addition to Enrosadira. They have been selected by Lucchini Berries and distributed in partnership with G-Berries. The two varieties are suitable also for hot summer climates such as those in the Verona area. In…

Portuguese fruit growers fear for their yields after months of dry weather

Portugal has been hit by months of dry weather. According to the Portuguese Institute of Meteorology (IPMA). These left around 40% of mainland Portugal in extreme drought.…

Value of Australian fruit exports to China dropped in 2021/22

Australia’s agricultural exports reached $67.5 billion in the 2021/22 season, representing an increase of 37% year-on-year. In the commodity sectors, fruit exports stood at…

South Australia

Fruit fly detector dogs to be deployed in the Riverland

In the South Australian Riverland, fruit fly detector dogs will be deployed for the first time. They will help in the struggle against potentially devastating outbreaks that…

Blueberry figures in the United States market

Highest value for blueberries was reached on March 19, 2022

This year began with blueberries in the United States market selling for USD 3,42 as of January 01, 2022. At that time, most of the fruit came in from Peru, with 3.478.132…

First shipments of Peru’s blueberries reach new markets of Israel and Jordan

The first shipment of fresh Peruvian blueberries to Israel has been registered. In week 38 of the current 2022-23 campaign, 3,600 kg’s were sent by air to the Israeli market. These represent the first exports to Israel as a new destination since its market opened for Peru at the end of June 2022. This is…

Guangdong prefers imported apples, followed by Shanghai

China's fresh apple import and export unit prices are rising year by year

China is a major producer of apples, with a trade surplus in apple trading, and exports far exceed imports. The import and export trade  accounts for a significant proportion of…

The sales of fruit gift boxes increased significantly before the holiday

National Day is approaching, and the festive atmosphere is getting stronger and stronger. Seasonal fruit gift boxes continue to be sought after, promoting the acceleration of Ningbo's economy before the festival. In the fruit market, many purchasers have a lot of fruit gift boxes stacked on their…

Transportation hassles are endangering Kashmir apple industry

While the apple harvest season is at its peak in Kashmir, growers and traders are suffering huge losses due to the hurdles faced by fruit-laden vehicles on the arterial…

Polish growers unhappy with current raspberry season

The 2022 season is not a great success for Polish raspberry growers. It was a season of high hopes that seemed to come true at the beginning, followed by a series of bitter…

University of Maine helps combat fruit fly that threatens state’s berry crops

Growers in the state of Maine, who are producing blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, are concerned about the impact of an invasive fruit fly that has made it to the…

Quebec produce brand receives a makeover

A produce brand from Québec is getting a new look. Taste of the North is a local Québec brand specializing in produce export from the province to the US, and it is getting a…

Cerrado should become Brazil's fruit growing hub

The Cerrado is a large tropical savanna ecoregion of Brazil, particularly in the states of Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Tocantins, Minas Gerais and the Federal…

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…

AI devices set to ease labor crisis in the fruit industry

Tevel Aerobotics Technologies: Flying robots will be picking fruit 24/7

Tevel Aerobotics Technologies, an Israeli startup, has developed the world’s only flying autonomous robots (FARs) that pick fruit. In the past, other robot solutions for fruit…

Moldova special: plum and grape cultivation company, Ceteronis

High transport rates hinder fruit export

The fruit cultivation company, Ceteronis, which was founded in 2000, combines no fewer than nine kolkhoz* fields, totaling over 4,000 hectares. A third of the acreage consists of vineyards and a tenth of fruit tree orchards. Besides grapes, plums occupy a prominent place on the Ceteronis' farms. "But, this…

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…

APHIS revises requirements for importing fresh sand pear fruit from South Korea

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is notifying the public of the decision to revise requirements for the importation of…

Codling moth threatens some Alberta apple crops

This summer many apple trees in the city of Medicine Hat, Alberta, lost their entire crop. The cause? The codling moth, an insect that can devastate an entire apple, pear or…

SnapDragon apple production up 25 percent

The first apples are arriving in stores now as SnapDragon expands its reach. Growers across New York State are now handpicking SnapDragon™ apples, a Crunch Time Apple Growers apple. As growers prepare to ship more fruit this season, the first boxes are now arriving in stores and growers are excited to…

"Many farmers didn’t want to bear the high storage costs"

Polish apple growers were keen to sell their apples as fast as possible, to avoid costs for storing the produce, says Aniruddh Ramesh, director of Polish apple exporter LVMG Grupa: “In general the apple season in Poland has started on a high note. The quality of the fruits look extremely satisfying with…

Ecuador will compete in the international blueberry market

Several days ago, the Hortifrut company exported a shipment of 5 tons of blueberries from Ecuador to the Netherlands by sea. The fruit was produced in the Zapotillo canton of the province of Loja, and the shipment was inspected and approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock's Phyto and Animal…

Blueberry cultivation causes contamination crisis in Coffs Harbour, Australia

In the Coffs Harbour district blueberries are now the dominant crop, accounting for $200 mln of the $250 mln agriculture industry. But now the community on the New South Wales…

L'uva di Emilia (Italy)

Italian grapes showcasing and promoted with grower's face on packaging

Emilia Blasi has a great entrepreneurial story to share. After living and working in Rome for 16 years, she decided to return to her native land, the village of Grottaglie in the southern Italian province of Taranto, to run the family business. But with a touch of innovation and modernity. "Our flagship…

Co-op gets to ‘core’ of crop challenges faced by UK apple growers

Co-op have introduced a range of measures to get to the ‘core’ of issues faced by the apple industry's crop challenges due to hot weather and lack of rain over summer months. The latest support sees Co-op increasing the sale of mini apples to approaching 1,300 stores, a move which represents a 120% uplift…

Georgios Papaefthimiou, Ilias Direktimport & Co. Hanover:

"Greek restaurateurs specifically ask for the first Dimis grapes"

For 30 years now, Ilias Direktimport & Co. has been an established contact for fruit and vegetables as well as delicatessen items from Greece. Although for several reasons, the direct import of Greek products has become more difficult over the years, the family business has been able to successively…

Heiner Rothkopf on this year's marketing of greenhouse strawberries

"Due to the drought, we are facing crop losses of 30% in the fall harvest"

At Heiner Rothkopf's modern greenhouse facility in Euskirchen, regional strawberries grow and thrive from April until November. In this interview, he talks about this year's harvest, which will be remembered as particularly challenging, and about the longer-term prospects of protected cultivation. Since the…

Due to highway shutdown and Iranian exports

Kashmir apple growers are facing losses despite bumper crop

About 8,000 trucks carrying apples were stranded on the Srinagar-Jammu highway for the past two weeks. Truckloads of apples were rotting on the highway. While the trucks were…

Sarjaa Designs Private Ltd

Indian company makes bags made out of apple skin and other fruit-based leather

Founded by Anjana Arjun, Sarjaa Designs Private Ltd aims to create functional, stylish, luxury handbags, made out of plant-based and fruit leather. Introducing a line of…

Pål Johan From, Saga Robotics:

"Robots may be the future, but it'll be a long while before they can pick strawberries"

"Robots will play a vital role in agriculture's future," says Pål Johan From. With the problems the strawberry and virtually all sectors currently face, the focus is increasingly on automation and robotization. So too, at the International Strawberry Congress 2022. There, From, founder of Norway's Saga…

Due to water crisis

Moroccan govt ends subsidies on avocado, watermelon, and citrus fruit cultivation

Morocco’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Ministry in charge of the budget have decided to cease irrigation subsidies on the cultivation of avocado, watermelon,…

Party leader also requests PM to talk to Bangladesh leadership Twitter.com

Altaf Bukhari demands priority of passage for fruit trucks on Srinagar–Jammu National Highway

Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari has demanded a priority of passage to fruit trucks on the Srinagar–Jammu National Highway. He also urged the federal…

More and more appreciation for Yunnan grapes

Binchuan is famous for its grapes in Yunnan. Last year, the output value of agriculture in the county reached 13 billion yuan. In the first half of this year, it produced…

Perthshire farm halts blueberry production after nearly 30 years

It has been nearly 30 years since Peter and Melanie Thomson planted the first blueberry plants on West Haugh Farm in Blairgowrie. All that time, they sold locally grown fruits…

US research orchards chart the future of the humble apple

US scientists are working to understand the genetics that result in the extensive apple diversity, with the ultimate goal of improving the fruit in different ways: tastier,…

Moldova special: fruit export company Fani

"Stable, long-term relationships are far more appealing than the spot market"

With its fleet of trucks that supply the Eastern and Central European markets with its own and partner-grown fruit, export company Fani has, for the past five years, had quite a unique business model in Moldova's fruit sector. "We're not immediately interested in the Middle East. We prefer sending our…

Ross Goatham - AC Goatham & Son

Pear volumes down, size and quality are good

The pear harvest started in early September at AC Goatham & Son in Rochester, Kent. "Pear volumes are down due to the weather and blossom being poor," said Ross Goatham. "But this has meant good-sized fruit and the quality looks good too."The trees have struggled through the hot summer but Goatham's have…

Kashmir: Apple economy hit by highway closure

Kashmir’s apple industry is facing a major crisis as hundreds of fruit laden trucks are halted frequently along the Srinagar Jammu national highway. On Monday, angry growers…

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…

Anton Viljoen – ASV Farms

South African grape grower upbeat ahead of Fruit Attraction Madrid

Fruit Attraction in Madrid has become the most important fruit trade show for South African grape exporters, coming as it does well in advance of the start of the season, providing plenty of opportunity for pre-season planning, says Anton Viljoen (right), managing director of the table grape enterprise…

ASOEX Table Grape Committee presents Strategic Plan and first estimate for 2022-2023 campaign

The president of ASOEX, Iván Marambio, and Ignacio Caballero, coordinator of the Table Grape Committee and ASOEX Marketing Director, pointed out that with the current Strategic Plan, Chile's table grape industry is taking an important step to boost its competitiveness in the international markets. "Last…

USDA

Fresh deciduous fruit annual report

Australian table grape production expected to increase to 210,000 MT in MY 2022/23

Australia’s table grape production is expected to increase to 210,000 MT in marketing year (MY) 2022/23, from an estimated 180,000 metric tons (MT) in MY 2021/22. This is with the expectation of slightly improved harvest labor availability and better seasonal conditions at harvest. Despite expanded vine…

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…

2021-2022 blueberry season was marked by many problems

Movements in the TOP 10 rankings of the blueberry industryThe 2021-2022 blueberry season was marked by problems that complicated the economic solvency of small and medium growers. The increase in inflation increased the prices of supplies for the cultivation of blueberries, reducing their profitability.…

British 2022 apple season starts early due to favorable weather

This year, the British weather has been extremely helpful, particularly for the nation’s apple growers. Good weather during spring and summer have meant the British apple…

Apple industry on Canada's East Coast affected by Hurricane Fiona

Hurricane Fiona made its way through Eastern Canada on the weekend and the region’s apple industry is seeing some infrastructure damage and crop loss because of it. Nova Scotia: Michael Van Meekeren of Van Meekeren Farms in Kentville, Nova Scotia says there’s an estimated 10-30 percent loss across 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…

Moldova special: fruit company Codru

Codru will focus on stone fruit in the coming years

Organic farming is not big in Moldova. But, neither does that mean pesticides are used willy-nilly in fruit cultivation. On the contrary. "We have used far less insecticides because of the pheromones control system that we have implemented this season," begins Mihai Chilianu, CEO of Codru, a fruit-growing…

Millions proposed to fight fruit fly that threatens Michigan berries

A bill in the US Senate aims to prevent the spread of the spotted-wing drosophila, that is severely threatening Michigan crops. The insect is tiny, but a small infestation can…

British Columbia's 2022 cranberry harvest is underway

British Columbia's cranberry season started on September 23rd with the first berries for the fresh market being harvested. Harvest was a bit delayed this year due to a cool wet spring, but the industry expects an average crop year. Next week many more producers will start to harvest berries that will end…

Grape breeder implores Chinese retailers to stop selling unauthorized versions of grape varieties

IFG varieties SWEET SAPPHIRE™ (IFG variety name “IFG Six”; Chinese Variety “IFG六” and Chinese Trademark “甜蜜蓝宝石™) and SWEET GLOBE™ (IFG variety name “IFG Ten”) are very popular…

A preview of the 2022-2023 Peru grape season

After the strong 2021-2022 Peru grape season, Vanguard Direct LLC makes its early predictions and expectations as this year’s harvest approaches. “We are looking at a similarly strong start to last year,” said Dirk Winkelmann, president. The high temperatures in California and forecasted rain is a…

"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…

First Brazilian melons of the season arrive at Rotterdam Port

On Friday, September 16, the first conventional reefer ship carrying melons from Brazil arrived at Rotterdam Fruit Wharf's (RFW) fruit terminal in the Port of Rotterdam,…

International Strawberry Congress 2022 photo report

"In these tough times, the strawberry sector must find solutions"

The International Strawberry Congress 2022's focus was the strawberry market's challenges and its many opportunities. It was held from September 21 to 24 in Antwerp, Belgium. Organizer Coöperatie Hoogstraten had invited the entire strawberry world for four days of discussions about the tough times facing…

Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Complex logistics situation obstructs melon exports

Despite Rio Grande do Norte being Brazil’s largest melon-producing state, logistics obstruct the scope of shipments to the international market. Luiz Roberto Barcelos, institutional director of the Brazilian Association of Fruit Exporters (Abrafrutas) and founding partner of Agricola Famosa, the largest…

UAE and Chile analyse their exchanges of fruits

President of ASOEX, Iván Marambio, and Hamad Alnueimi, Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Chile recently met. Iván Marambio commented on the…

Moldova table grape season has started: higher quality but lower prices than expected

About two weeks ago, a company started harvesting table grapes of the late variety “Moldova” in the south of Moldova. This variety is also the main export variety, up to 90%…

Domestic apple volumes severely reduced in China, price of late-ripening Fuji has exceeded 12RMB/kg

After the Mid-Autumn Festival this year, the price of early-ripening apples in the market has dropped significantly. The decline in high-quality fruit is about 2RMB/kg. The…

Emco Cal: "We'll launch the Florida Pearl brand at Fruit Attraction and present our partners"

"This year, the Florida Pearl premium strawberry will reach the markets in Europe and the Gulf region"

Florida Pearl is the brand name for the early short-day white strawberry variety adapted to different annual growing systems for winter and early spring production. It can also be cultivated in tropical areas that have a much wider production window. After the success of the first commercial trials and…

Harvesting robot picks 30 apples per minute

Is an apple harvesting robot really all that futuristic? This video shows that considerable progress is being made in harvest robotics. The Californian company Advanced.Farm's harvesting robot can already pick 30 apples per minute. Click here to watch the clip.

Ideal for apple orchards to boost fruit coloration - Italy

Compressed air leaf stripper: 4 hours per hectare vs. 1,000 by hand

During the month of September, technicians often recommend removing as many leaves as possible to facilitate exposure to sunlight and the coloring of apples, which are fruits that are also paid based on their coloration. In this regard, on 22 September 2022, Apofruit conducted two demos with a…

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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Exotic fruit flies eradicated from St. Petersburg area

Today, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced the eradication of the Oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis, from Pinellas County. In June, the…

Moldova special: Tony Derwael of Bel'Export's vision

"I don't see immediate chances for Moldovan apples in Western Europe, but I do for stone fruit"

This time we hear from someone in Western Europe about the Moldovan story, in which, so far, only the locals have had their say. We sought out a grower/dealer familiar with this Southeast European region, its culture, and, above all, this small Ukrainian neighbor's fruit sector. Tony Derwael, who owns…

Strong demand for California grapes as produce options shift in fall

Following a slightly later start to the season, supplies of California grapes are now hitting the peak of the season. “Supplies are plentiful and high quality. It’s the best time of year for California grapes,” said Jim Beagle of Grapery. He notes that supplies will stay consistent in terms of volume…

Peru plans to export more than 600,000 tons of grapes in the 2022-2023 campaign

According to the National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa), Peru could export more than 600,000 tons of table grapes during the 2022-2023 campaign, as exports are projected to increase by 11% over the previous season when the country exported 544,310 tons. The most demanded varieties worldwide are the…

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…


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