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Enjoy the strawberry season with new Xuelixiang variety

This year's first of Qingpu District strawberries are hitting the market

Qingpu District is the westernmost district of Shanghai Municipality, Here, the strawberry season has started, with this year's first batch of strawberries grown in the…

New cherry varieties shows promise to make Chilean season even earlier

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

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

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

Sharon Kirk - Southern Fruits International

Good volumes of NZ cherries for for Lunar New Year

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

Nepal

Apples worth Rs 500 million exported from Mustang district

Apples worth Rs 500 million (€3.7 mln) have been exported from Nepal’s Mustang District this year. Seventy percent of the total product has been supplied outside the district;…

Federation of Indian Export Organisations:

'Indian banana exports can increase four-fold'

Despite being the largest producer of bananas in the world, India is ranked 20th in exports and has a paltry 0.6 per cent share in the global banana trade. Industry sources…

Changing climate: Not all bad news for Maine blueberry growers

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

"We have an opportunity to work with organic fruit"

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

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

Lucien de Wit, LuBa Fresh:

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

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

Vincent Guerin, ANPP:

French pears remain very popular despite the drop in purchasing power

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

"Brightly colored fruits are more acceptable in the market"

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

Weekly Argentinian blueberry arrivals - 2022 / 2023

Total global blueberry shipments from Argentina at 4.228 tons until now

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

Chestnuts volumes less certain

Australia: Alpine apple crop is looking good

According to two local growers, the Alpine apple season seems to have fared well amid recent wet weather. However, chestnuts may suffer if the rain continues. Wandiligong…

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

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

BASF held a meeting dedicated exclusively to this variety

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

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

High demand for Egyptian strawberry plants

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

Unexpected result of blackout in the apple sector of Moldova

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

Puerto Ventanas implements a Chilean fruit export service together with Cool Carriers

Puerto Ventanas (PVSA) will begin loading and unloading reefers containers to support Chilean fruit exports through the company Cool Carriers, which specializes in the…

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

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

Christoph Bouvry, Bouvry:

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

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

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

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

Tasmania adaps to changes to minimum wage legislation

New app to monitor fruit pickers

In the Tasmanian horticulture sector, this year things are a little different for growers and pickers; a new fixed award rate of pay is prompting change in orchards and berry patches around the…

Green apples, red apples: Which one is more nutritious ?

As is well-know, apples are rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, pectin, and quercetin that help to protect the cells in the body from oxidative damage. This fruit is also…

Threatening table grape and pecan production, among others

More flooding expected in Orange River region

“Earlier than usual flooding” stretching from the Prieska to Kakamas areas in the Orange River region of the Northern Cape, have left farmers concerned about the rest of the…

Seedless varieties of table grapes are being prepared for planting in Uzbekistan

Seedless varieties of table grapes of foreign selection will be planted in Uzbekistan. Seedlings of seven varieties of foreign selection of table grapes are currently grown…

Hortgro

Cherry Association’s Annual General Meeting

'SA area planted under cherries could expand by 90% in the next five to six years'

'In the uncertainty of life, the one thing we can be sure of is change.' That was the theme of the Cherry Associations annual general meeting, which took place on 27 July 2022 in Paarl. Hortgro Cherries chairperson, Arno Marais, said that change is not always easy, but it is the people and the businesses…

British Columbia fruit packer focuses on developing pear category

Pears out of British Columbia, Canada are seeing a strong crop. “They’ve come through the weather events with very little damage or issues at all,” says Bryan Key, category director with The Star Group based in Kelowna, B.C., who notes that its pear grower/packer, Day’s Century Growers, has the only…

David Posner - Awe Sum Organics

Awe Sum Organics’ winter organic table grapes to arrive soon

Awe Sum Organics, one of the largest importer of organic table grapes from the Southern Hemisphere has begun the 10th season of their organic Peruvian winter table grape program. Awe Sum Organics helps to fill the winter organic fruit void with high-quality organic table grapes from early December, when…

Used by one third of California grape growers

Shelf-life extension technology reduces brown stems in grapes

Since commercializing their flagship shelf-life extension technology in 2016, Hazel Tech’s Hazel 100™ has proven to be very effective in the table grape category. “Our technology continues to drive a lot of value for grape growers/packers/shippers/importers, and retailers,” says Hazel Tech’s Mario…

Chile shipping fewer and fewer peaches

Chilean peaches have begun shipping to Canada, though the volume of peaches out of Chile continues to get lower and lower. “Chile has seen more and more volume come out of the ground as various retailers, especially in North America, have decided to not use Chilean peaches,” says Larry Davidson of North…

Chilean cherries' harvest and export season has begun

"Chile is currently the leading exporter of fresh fruits in the southern hemisphere, with special leadership in cherries and plums. More than 8,000 producers are able to grow a variety of fruits in Chile thanks to the fresh air of the Pacific Ocean and the country's different climatic regions. Cherries…

Michiel Vermeiren, Coöperatie Hoogstraten

"Almost no Hoogstraten strawberries until March; after that, there may be a surplus"

This winter, there will be almost no Hoogstraten strawberries in European stores. "We usually have several growers going through, but this year, due to the all-too-familiar reasons, there are only two," says Michiel Vermeiren of Coöperatie Hoogstraten. "That's a pity. Of course, we'd prefer things be…

Lake Constance apple harvest is completed and up 25 percent compared to last year Dreamstime

"We have very attractive apples of great quality, in line with market demand"

The Lake Constance apple harvest has been completed and is up 25 percent on the previous year. "Despite challenging conditions due to increased energy and input costs, our…

"Apple sales are under pressure, and the market demand for preservatives is increasing"

At present, the storage of domestically produced apples is coming to an end in China. Under the circumstances that the current market momentum is not good and the fruit market has entered the off-season of consumption, the changes in the inventory and the later consumption end are the focus of merchants'…

"The recent price of Chilean cherries is lower than the same period last year"

At present, it is time for the concentrated arrival of Chilean cherries shipped by air. Due to the increased production of Chilean cherries this season and the fact that the Chinese New Year is coming earlier this time, the arrival volume of airfreight cherries is more than last year. Recently,…

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Spanish athlete breaks Guinness World Record by slapping watermelons

A Spanish athlete broke a Guinness World Record when he used his open hand to smash 39 watermelons in 1 minute. According to Guinness World Records spokespeople, Roberto Rodriguez took on the record for most watermelons smashed with an open hand in one minute on the set of the Italy-based TV special Lo…

Tiaan Rossouw – Rainbow Superfood

“I don’t know how blueberry farmers are going to survive”

Rainbow Superfood’s blueberry farms in Rawsonville and Lambertsbaai in the Western Cape are commencing the harvest at a time when prices are slightly improving, after a dreadful season in which growers have been selling their blueberries at far below cost price just to keep programmes going.In both…

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…

USDA

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…

Event coordinated by Professor Bruno Mezzetti

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…

Jared Johnson/Good Fruit Grower)

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…

USDA

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…

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 Proarandanos, Luis Miguel Vegas, last year Peru achieved opening the markets of India and Malaysia, and in 2022, the country achieved opening…

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…

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 largest industry behind livestock and dairy, edging ahead of vegetables whichalso experienced impressive growth of 13% in the…

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…

"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…


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