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Successful first day of the 7th International Berry Congress of Huelva

On June 22, Huelva opened the 7th edition of the International Berry Congress. The event was inaugurated by the president of Freshuelva, Alberto Garrocho, the mayor of Huelva, Gabriel Cruz, the president of the Provincial Council, María Eugenia Limón, the general secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and…

Aart van Wijk, Zachtfruitbedrijf De Sikkert

"I want to eventually supply retailers with white currants at Christmas"

"A dangerous product" is how Dutch grower Aart van Wijk of De Sikkert soft fruit company describes white currants. "On the one hand, they have great potential; on the other, you can't just deliver a pallet to a customer." "A few punnets too many, and their price can drop below that of redcurrants. That's…

Covid, Brexit and Ukraine war worsen shortage of soft fruit pickers in UK

The British soft fruit sector is facing tough times this year as finding seasonal workers becomes ever harder. A combination of Brexit, Covid and war in Ukraine has meant the…

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UK: storm of Covid, Brexit, and the Ukraine war leads to worsening shortage of soft fruit pickers

A bowl of freshly picked strawberries may be a staple of the great British summer, but the soft fruit sector is facing tough times this year as finding seasonal workers becomes ever harder. A perfect storm of Brexit, Covid, and war in Ukraine has meant the crop of people willing or able to come to the UK…

Georgia: Strawberry prices hit a four-year high

Georgia has imported record 2,000 tons of strawberries in the first five months of 2022. This is a bit more than two times higher than the second highest imports in the same…

Daniel Larsson, "Swedish, Dutch and Belgian strawberries sold for very high prices"

Swedish Midsummer festival leads to record strawberry sales

The Swedish danced their way to record high strawberry sales as part of their annual Midsummer celebrations last Friday (24 June). “Local Swedish strawberries together with imported fruit from the Netherlands and Belgium sold for very high prices. Even lower priced strawberries from Poland sold well,”…

Tighter supplies of blueberries for July 4th holiday

Supplies of blueberries in the U.S. are slimmer than usual for this time of year. On the West Coast of the U.S., blueberries are going to be extremely tight, in part because of the timing of the California blueberry deal. “The California program started a bit earlier than it normally would and it’s…

Christiaan Koellreuter, Nordgemüse Krogmann, on the blueberry market:

"There will be more than enough blueberries by the end of the year"

The current blueberry market is characterized by diversity and numerous origins: "The supply from Serbia and Romania is now rapidly picking up speed, while the last Spanish lots, as well as goods from Italy and Portugal, are arriving on the market. Since week 25, we have also been able to access the…

Peru's organic blueberry production will grow again

Organic blueberry production offers Peru, the world's leading fresh blueberries exporter, an attractive commercial opportunity. “According to our calculations, nearly 5% of…

ASOEX signed a Clean Production Agreement that will strengthen the sustainability and competitiveness of blueberries in Biobio

The Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile AG (ASOEX), represented by its president, Ronald Bown, signed a Clean Production Agreement (CPA) that will help nearly 30 blueberry…

Extenda promotes the marketing of Andalusian berries in the Middle East and Europe

Extenda-Andalusia Export and Foreign Investment organized a reverse mission with companies from the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom within the framework of the 7th International Berry Congress. Extenda pays special attention to promoting the internationalization of the berry sector, an effort…

"Dutch and Belgian people are more than happy to pay more for local products"

The Belgian blueberry season has begun at BelOrta again. "We want to use cultivation systems and variety selection to continue to focus on traits like flavor, crispiness, and good shelf life. Then our customers can have Belgian blueberries on their shelf from the 3rd week of June through the 3rd week of…

Farmer reveals increasing cost to grow strawberries in Australia

At this point in time, strawberries are selling for a staggering amount. But what does it actually cost for a farmer to grow a product like strawberries? Bundaberg strawberry…

XXIII International Seminar on Blueberries Trujillo Peru 2022

Paula del Valle to analyze the varieties of Peru and their post-harvest behavior during blueberry seminar

Doctor in Agricultural Sciences and international consultant Paula del Valle will be part of the next International Seminar on Blueberries Trujillo 2022. “You have to do a…

Jocelyn Joncour, SCEA Les Jardins Bio du Médoc:

French blueberries: high demand for processing

Last year, the supply of French blueberries was severely reduced because of the bad weather, but the current campaign looks much more promising. “This year, we have a large quantity of blueberries. The frost of early April, which affected the first flowers, has had some impact on our production. Because…

Berry growers slam retailers for cautious approach to selling

Berry growers have accused retailers of being overly cautious in their buying strategies and passing up the opportunity to sell more produce. Growers enjoyed a bumper Jubilee…

Wimbledon strawberries tracked by high-tech sensors

The strawberries served at Wimbledon this year will be tracked from plant to punnet with new high-tech sensors. Specialist trackers record everything from the nutrient levels…

Ukraine and the Netherlands: berry cooperation with a bitter taste of war

In this interview to the trade journal "Yahidnyk" the Ukrainian representative of Fresh Forward Holding BV Anton Dovhanyuk tells about current situation in Ukraine, the links…

Coop Sole offers Sì Bon branded products

Blueberry acreage in the Italian Campania region grows every year

"We firmly believe in the goodness of the Italian blueberry, which is why every year we increase its production areas by a few hectares; in this way we grow not only in terms of crops, but also in volume," said Pietro Paolo Ciardiello, director of the Italian Coop Sole in Parete, in the province of…

Carofin and CFS announce successful financing of organic blueberry farm

Carofin and Carolina Financial Securities have announced that the firm has successfully raised $2.2M in Participating Preferred Membership Interests for Berry Capital…

Fresh blueberry season starting in New Jersey

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher has inaugurated the start of the blueberry season in the Garden State. He visited the Macrie Brothers Blueberry Farm.…

Andalusian blueberries: 20% more marketed than in previous campaign

‘In Spain, the price of blueberries has recovered in the last two weeks, but it continues to move at low levels due to the greater supply in relation to previous campaigns.’…

$2.2M investment for North Carolina blueberry farm

Carofin and Carolina Financial Securities announce the firm has successfully raised $2.2M in Participating Preferred Membership Interests for Berry Capital Management, an SPV…

David Machado, Banagrumes:

“Our sales of organic blueberries from Spain have never been so stable”

Banagrumes has been selling organic blueberries from Spain for three years, under the brand Bio’Select. “We work mainly with two Spanish suppliers for this product, which we offer from February until June,” explains David Machado, supplier of the company. “The last shipment of approximately 200 kilos…

Belgian royal couple visits BelOrta at the start of high season for Belgian soft fruit

The Belgian royal couple started their visit to the province of Limburg with a visit to the BelOrta site in Borgloon. There they were given a tour of the fruit site of the fruit and vegetable cooperative, located in the heart of the fruit growing region. Now that summer has officially started, the supply…

Chris Rose - Asplins Producer Organisation

“Demand is reasonable, but growers in general are concerned about the rising cost of living affecting demand for soft fruit"

The blueberry harvest is underway in the UK, Chris Rose, COO at Asplins Producer Organisation, said they could have started last week in Kent but held off until this week. “We held off due to labour costs and availability, instead of doing small selective pickings we decided to wait and just do a bigger…

Canadian grower plans 45-acre organic strawberry expansion

Nature Fresh Farms is expanding its footprint and bringing more sustainably grown, fresh, organic produce to market. This year, as part of the Organic Produce Summit July 13-14 in Monterey, California, Nature Fresh Farms will showcase its organics expansion – a 45-acre expansion at its Ohio facility.…

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Elton Williams – Tessara

Tessara’s Berrisys Fast is quick to unlock the potential of raspberries and blackberries

In response to requests from raspberry and blackberry growers, Tessara has developed Berrisys Fast, a fully recyclable sulphur dioxide-generating sheet, with only a fast release layer, activated at high relative humidity in order to protect these most delicate of fruit.Blueberries are climacteric fruit…

Nova Scotia government gives $100,000 to blueberry growers who use bees for pollination

The Nova Scotia government is providing $100,000 to the province's Blueberry Pollination Expansion Program, intent on supporting blueberry growers who keep bees to pollinate…

'Primavera, Victory and Inspire are a safe bet for strawberry growers in the Mediterranean'

Now that the strawberry season in the Mediterranean Arc has ended, El Pinar is taking stock of the agronomic performance of its main varieties in Spain, Morocco, Greece, Malta, and Italy. In a year with highly variable weather conditions, which has marked the performance of all of them, and that confirms…

Water Ways to deliver a C$200,000 blueberries smart irrigation project in Ethiopia

Water Ways Technologies Inc., a global provider of Israeli-based agriculture technology, providing water irrigation solutions to agricultural producers, announces that it has received a new purchase order to install a smart turnkey blueberries irrigation project in Ethiopia. This is the second phase of a…

Adeline Mialon, GIE Fruits Rouges des Monts du Velay:

“The altitude of the Monts du Velay is an essential asset for the production of red fruits”

Created in 1997, GIE Fruits Rouges des Monts du Velay is a group of 44 producers from the French departments of Haute-Loire and Ardèche. Fourteen of the producers grow their fruit organically and about 30 of them have the HEV certification. This group of producers is located in the Auvergne region, more…

2022 Washington cherries season has officially started

Frutacloud's first air-freight Washington cherries have arrived

On June 16, 2022, the first batch of Washington cherries from Frutacloud arrived at the Guangzhou Jiangnan Fruit Wholesale Market by air. The variety is Chelan, with a good firmness, high sweetness, good color and good condition. Washington state is the most important production area for ​​cherries in the northwest of…

At start of the season

Moldova: Wholesale raspberry prices lower than expected

The season of early raspberries has started in Moldova. The offer is small, most of raspberries are of the Novost Kuzmina and Rubin varieties grown in small farms in the…

Uzbek raspberry prices down by almost 40% since start of harvest season

In 2022, the peak raspberry harvest season in Uzbekistan started in the third decade of May, about a week earlier than last year. Two weeks after the start of the peak…

Georgia: Rain damages orchards and delays blueberry harvesting

Heavy rains caused some of the blueberry orchards in the Samegrelo region to be flooded in Georgia yesterday. Local farmers claim that harvesting has resumed this morning in…

Canada: Alasko brand IQF Whole Raspberries recalled due to norovirus

The Alasko brand IQF Whole Raspberries are being recalled due to norovirus contamination. The Product is concerning 'IQF Whole Raspberries' The issue is Microbial…

RedSayra and Red Samantha, two different segments that complement each other and offer a similar performance, quality and flavor

New short-day strawberry varieties for Mediterranean area in Huelva

A few days ago, in Huelva, Planasa presented its new short-day strawberry varieties for the Mediterranean area, developed by the Planasa Genetics program at the company's R&D center in Cartaya (one of the 4 it owns worldwide). This was done in an event with a number of participants that exceeded all…

Due to wet weather, diseases impact winter crops

Strawberry prices soar in Australia

Strawberries are being sold in Australia for staggering prices, with a Canberra supermarket asking $11.99 for a 250g punnet. The same supermarket selling these Victorian-grown…

Good campaign for El Pinar's Primavera, Victory, and Inspire varieties

"We expect the Victory strawberry to have strong growth in Spain, Morocco, and Italy"

"After the strawberry campaign in the Mediterranean, El Pinar takes stock of the agronomic behavior of its main varieties in Spain, Morocco, Greece, Malta, and Italy in a season that had very variable weather, which marked the behavior of all the varieties, and which corroborates the success of the…

New variety from substrate trials also scores in outdoor cultivation

Parlando strawberry variety christened

A festive moment in Stevensweek this week. During Fresh Forward's Open Farm Day on Tuesday, 14 June, the new strawberry variety Parlando was christened. Uniquely, this new variety - previously known under the number FE2117 - came out of the tests for substrate cultivation. However, the tests showed that…

XXIII International Seminar on Blueberries - Trujillo, Peru

Blueberries Consulting seminar focuses on current situation Peruvian blueberry industry

Approximately 49% of the area planted with blueberries in Peru is located in the department of La Libertad, making its capital, Trujillo, the blueberry epicenter in Peru. That…

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Georgian blueberry prices for the 2022 season high and comparable to 2021

Georgian growers started the exports blueberries last week, prices at the beginning of the season are high and comparable to the 2021 season, even though labor costs have increased. Blueberry exports started with high prices as demand exceeds supply at this point. Exporters are paying growers from $5 to…

Berry producers demand the Ministry guarantees the health and economic viability of their crops

A total of 750 berry producers in the province of Huelva have signed letters addressed to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAPA), Luis Planas, in which they ask the government authorizes using plant protection products to combat pests in berries crops, as has been done in previous…

Fruit Logistica will sponsor the VII International Berry Congress

Fruit Logistica will, once again, support the Spanish berries sector by sponsoring the VII International Berry Congress. The event, organized by Freshuelva, will take place on June 22 and 23. This is the fifth time in a row that Fruit Logistica sponsors this congress. "This congress is a very special…

“Frozen strawberries are liked by customer because of their stable price advantage”

Many Asian consumers are familiar with pineapples from the Philippines and Taiwan, but few of them know that Indonesia also exports a huge volume of pineapples each year. Stevan Budi is the managing director at Frozen Fruits. The company has 7,834 hectares of pineapple production in Indonesia. “In Indonesia,…

Estonian strawberry prices rise to €15 per kilo

A kilogram of fresh domestic Estonian strawberries cost €15 at Tallinn's Central Market on Monday, over seven times more than the June 2021 average of €2.12 per kilogram. It's…

An early start to the blueberry crop

"The soil of Zimbabwe seems to be magical for blueberries”

Delecta Fruit’s Zimbabwean blueberry season has been underway for three weeks: the first berries are of excellent quality and size, flown out from Harare to high-value markets like the Far and Middle East. As volumes increase on the smaller size berries, programmes to the UK and EU will get underway.…

Frutacloud and Qiandama jointly held the "Berry Good Life" event

Yunnan alpine blueberries popular in season

It was the 27th National Eye Care Day on June 6, 2022. Frutacloud and Qiandama jointly held an event with the theme "Berry Good Life". The blue-eyed fruits were recommended to consumers at Qiandama's Qiufu Road Garden Store in Dongguan and East District Huafu Store in Shenzhen. During the pandemic, children…

International Blueberry Seminar ends in Morocco

Moroccan blueberry industry strives for 100,000 tons of fresh fruit exported by 2030

Although it is quickly moving to cover the whole year with some new projects, the Moroccan season runs from October to June. Production reached 47.000 tons in the last season,…

Neelkanth Mishra:

'India might decrease trade deficit by lowering avocado and blueberry imports'

India’s trade deficit is widening and the prime driver behind that is the rising energy prices, owing to geopolitical conflicts and supply bottlenecks. Neelkanth Mishra from…

Hannah Docus, Coöperatie Hoogstraten:

"Despite the frost, this season's blueberries are of good quality"

This week, Hoogstraten's first strawberries are back on in Belgian stores. "They're looking excellent this year," says Hannah Docus of Coöperatie Hoogstraten. "The frost during the flowering period was a little challenging, but fortunately, our growers suffered manageable damage. And the beautiful spring…

Green technology employed to grow berries out of season

Clock House Farm announces the rollout of a £10m renewable energy heated soft fruit growing system designed to produce fruit outside of the UK growing season while improving the company's environmental footprint. The initiative involves investing in technology that can source the heat required from the…

Eastern Connecticut faces drought conditions that endanger strawberry production

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Nearly half of Connecticut is experiencing abnormally dry or drought conditions. This is prompting local farmers and state authorities…

New Jersey blueberries bring supply relief

Supplies of blueberries are tight right now though more berries are on the way with New Jersey starting its season imminently. “Right now blueberries are coming from Georgia and North Carolina. New Jersey is going to start probably around the 10th, so a few days away. They’ll start picking in a small way…

João Marcos de Souza Lima, of Agros:

“After the successes in the European market, we are now looking to reach the United States with our varieties”

Fruit growing has experienced a rapid expansion in the São Francisco Valley, in Petrolina, turning this region of the state of Pernambuco into the most important table grape production area in Brazil, which has the largest companies devoted to this industry, such as Agros. "Agros has been in the fruit market…

G-Berries offers customized breeding

New approach to raspberry breeding in Italy

On Tuesday, 7 June 2022, Italy's G-Berries presented its new approach to breeding in Cesena with the Gil Program. The breeding company wants to go beyond the concept "I select and you buy" by creating a network that brings together needs, research, and knowledge on an international scale. Click here for…

British Summer Fruits becomes British Berry Growers

British Summer Fruits, the industry body that represents 95% of all the UK’s commercial soft fruit growers, is relaunching and rebranding to become British Berry Growers this…

Irish Farmers’ Association labels exclusion of soft fruit growers in support scheme ‘unacceptable’

The Irish Farmers’ Association has called the exclusion of soft fruit growers from the Horticulture Exceptional Aid Scheme “inexplicable” and “unacceptable”. The organization…

Kim Rene Hansen, Nordic Fruit:

“Denmark food service industry very busy, cost increases challenging”

After nearly two years of closed doors, Denmark’s foodservice industry is booming again this summer with fruit and vegetables in high demand, but increased logistical and heating costs are placing pressure on prices making it challenging. “This is especially impacting ripe avocadoes with both sea…

Strawberry harvest in full swing in Jammu and Kashmir

With the highest number of people growing strawberries, Gassu is famously known as the ‘Strawberry Village’ of Jammu and Kashmir. Here, farmers grow tons of exotic berries on…

Pieter de Ruiter, 4Fruit Company:

"Melon and stone fruit sales could do with a little flair"

"The turn in the weather has caused a turnabout in melon and watermelon sales," says Pieter de Ruiter of 4Fruit Company in the Netherlands. "Spain doesn't have huge quantities of melons, but the weather determines melon market sales." "We always try to uphold the prices, but we're dealing with repeat orders…

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US (WI): Janesville Plan Commission agrees with land use changes for massive greenhouse project

It took hours, but a massive strawberry greenhouse development proposed on the south side—along with a few smaller future industrial and housing developments—shifted closer to reality Monday night. The commission unanimously OK’d changes to the city’s future land-use map in its comprehensive plan and…

Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Small fruit production on the increase in Monte Alegre dos Campos

On June 21st, Monte Alegre dos Campos is set to hold the Second Meeting of Small Fruit Producers, in the community hall of Capela Nossa Senhora do Carmo. The event is promoted…

Brazilian entrepreneur to produce energy and fruits in the sertão

Self-taught entrepreneur José Roberto Nogueira is, at this moment, developing what will be a great and an unprecedented hybrid solar energy and fruit growing project,…

Global keynotes announced for BerryQuest International 2022

Berries Australia is excited to announce that the BerryQuest program has been finalized, with four international keynote speakers headlining the conference at Sea World Resort…

Blueberry World Tour arrives in Morocco

Next Thursday, June 9, in the halls of the Hyatt Regency Casablanca, a meeting of the Moroccan blueberry industry will be held in the context of the World Blueberry Tour. The…

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US berry prices up as inflation increases

According to USDA data, in the last week of May, the average price of an 18-ounce pack of blueberries went up 22.1 percent y-o-y. A 1-pound punnet of strawberries saw a 5 percent increase at that same time. April fruit prices in general went up 8.3 percent y-o-y. Source: youtube.com

"Limvalnera strawberries convince producers, traders and consumers"

A few days after the last harvesting operations of Limvalnera, a variety developed by Dutch company Limgroup, producers and traders have started making an assessment of the season, which appears to have exceeded expectations. Limvalnera strawberry crop - Photo taken on May 20th, 2022 From Policoro,…

Apulia, Italy

Farmers tested the Karmen scale during their grape campaign

The Karmen scale, designed for grapes harvested directly in the fields, seems to be attracting increasing curiosity among many agricultural entrepreneurs. Indeed, thanks to its light weight, accuracy and handiness, it allows to pack products directly at the harvesting points, thus speeding up operations…

Production season will begin later than usual

Production volume of Chinese bayberries from Xianju declined by 25%

This year the temperatures were lower than last year, and there was more rainfall. That is why the production season of Xianju bayberries started 3-5 days later than last year. The chestnut bayberries from Xianju are expected to enter the market on the 8th of June, while Dongkui bayberries from Xianju…

Ontario grower launches new organic strawberry program

Organic field-grown Ontario strawberries are just hitting production. In New Hamburg, Ontario, Pfennings Organic Farms is in the first year of commercial production for its new two-acre strawberry program. "We put these in the ground last year, and due to the lack of supply of organic varieties, we got…

Strong crop of Quebec Haskap anticipated this month

Haskap berries in Quebec are about three weeks away from starting harvest. “Usually we start harvest around June 24-26 but this year we’re aiming to start June 19-21. So it’s a bit earlier,” says Marc-Antoine Pelletier of Ferme Les Délices du Rapide S.E.N.C. in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. “We will harvest for…

Michoacan's blackberry production increased by almost 9% in the first quarter

Michoacan is Mexico's main blackberry producer, accounting for 94% of the national production. In the first quarter of the year, the state increased its blackberry production…

Georgia blueberry season delayed, Russia still main market

The blueberry season in Georgia is just around the corner. The harvest is slightly delayed due to the harsh spring and will start in a week. Earlier, EastFruit discussed…

Ukrainian blueberry growers who are trying to keep going face uncertainty

AbbGrowers' Fred Douven is optimistic about the European blueberry season

“Blueberries are doing well,” says Fred Douven, CEO of abbGrowers. This Dutch company’s activities include cultivating, marketing, and processing blueberries. In early April, crops in central and northern Europe had to endure night frosts. “That caused some damage in Eastern Europe, but things still look…

New blueberry variety a ‘Delight’

Costa operates a globally recognised Variety Improvement Program, developing new blueberry varieties which are licensed in regions including the Americas, Morocco, China, and South Africa. Headquartered at Corindi on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, the program uses Costa’s extensive network…

"Huge demand for local potatoes"

Dutch and Belgian berries selling well in Denmark

Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are all selling really well in Denmark as people enjoy the warmer weather. The supply and quality of these berries from the Netherlands and Belgium are good to meet the Danish demand, says Jan Faurskov, purchasing manager at Prima Frugt. “Blueberries,…

Opening wholesale cherry prices in Moldova will not last more than a week

The first offers of wholesale cherries appeared on the Moldovan market last week, and the starting range of wholesale prices was – 40-50 MDL/kg ($2.10-2.63/kg). The price…

Turkey produces large amounts of strawberries, mulberries, raspberries and blackberries

Turkey is one of the most significant countries in the world both for fruit genetic resources and amount of fruit production. Around 100 fruit species, including almost all…

California hits peak berry season

It’s peak berry season on the California central coast. "Production is hitting its stride and the berry quality has been fantastic for strawberries coming out of Watsonville," says a release from Well Pict. The raspberry crop is also starting to produce in Watsonville and will be hitting promotable…

Agreste

French strawberries: stable surface areas and slightly higher national production

According to the first estimates on May 1st, 2022, the surface area used to grow strawberries in 2022 is stable compared to 2021, with 4,036 ha. The annual French production…

'Solidarity with Ukrainian blueberry growers'

IBO announces Poland as host country for 2023 Summit

The International Blueberry Organization (IBO) has announced that the forthcoming IBO Summit will take place in Lublin, Poland from 3-5 July, 2023. The IBO hopes to support the growth of a sector which was worth US$2.1 billion in 2019, according to the USDA, while at the same time highlighting Ukraine’s…

Juan Carlos López Nicklaus, of GojiVital: "Soon we will have the first fresh berries from our new plantation"

“At this time, no one in Europe has as much experience in Goji berry cultivation as we do”

The Spanish province of Huelva is Europe's main berry producer, with a range that includes wolfberries, also known as Goji berries; a fruit originally from Asia with properties that have allowed it to be considered a superfood. "In 2009, I visited the first Goji berry plant," says Juan Carlos López Nicklaus,…

Fresh organic strawberries branded as FreshKampo and HEB

Strawberries likely cause of hepatitis A in US and Canada

The FDA, along with CDC, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of…

Later start for B.C. strawberries

British Columbia’s field-grown strawberry production is starting and it’s approximately two weeks later this year. “It’s because it has been so cold. We had a little bit of a late frost that set them back and we’ve had rain. It’s been a struggle,” says Rhonda Driediger of Langley, B.C.-based Driediger…

"That amount could increase to 50% in some ten days"

After an accelerated ripening, the strawberry sector already destines 25-30% of its production for the industry

The high temperatures in May have become a determining factor in Huelva's strawberry campaign. They have accelerated the ripening of strawberries, making them lose…

Imported fruit prices fall

Dragon Boat Festival is approaching, fruit sales usher in a small peak

The Dragon Boat Festival is approaching, and a variety of summer seasonal fruits are on the market. At present, the fruit trading volume in the market has increased with the…

Namibia has vast opportunities for production of table grapes, dates, blueberries

Last week, in Davos, at the World Economic Forum, manager for horticulture market development at the Namibian Agronomic Board, Emilie Abraham, stated: “The country is blessed…

Nicole Koetze, Praxas:

"You can prevent air freight soft fruit losses"

The global market for soft fruits like blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries, has expanded rapidly in recent years. In the Netherlands, soft fruit consumption has…

Southwestern France: producers are forced to throw their strawberries away

The record temperatures in the spring, with 40 days in a row above average, have caused some damage to the orchards.  In southwestern France, some strawberry growers are forced…

José Luis Bustamante, president of Naturberry and the National Association of Berry Exporters, Aneberries:

"In the first quarter, Mexican berry exports exceeded those of tequila, beer and avocado"

As of week 19, Mexico's strawberry exports were nearing 50 million boxes. "Baja California is still exporting, but the export season from central Mexico is over with the shipment of about 35 million boxes. Normally, the harvest starts in November and lasts until May/June, but exports are always finished…

Weather-related damage affects California blueberry crop

The California blueberry harvest is in full swing. Alas, some growers are picking a smaller crop this year, as they lost fruit to spring frost and hail. The California…

Robert Simpson - Fife Fruits

Labour and inflation major challenges for the soft fruit industry

Scotland’s strawberry harvest is well under way and the timing seems to be about normal. Robert Simpson from Fife Fruits who grow fruit in 32 hectares of tunnels at different locations between Cupar and St Andrews, said the strawberry harvest started on 11th May. "However, volumes in the first week or so…

Award winning British bred Eves Delight strawberries back in season

The premium strawberry variety, highly commended at the 2021 Quality Food Awards, is now back in season exclusively available through BerryWorld in the UK.BerryWorld are excited to see premium Eves Delight strawberries coming into season in the UK according to Paul Cole, Managing director at BerryWorld,…

Matthew McIntyre - McIntyre Fruit

“Scottish raspberry harvesting usually starts in July but we can start earlier at the beginning of June"

The raspberry harvest at McIntyre’s Fruit in Blairgowrie is just about to get underway with the long cane production. The company has its own nursery and keeps the plants in cold storage over winter, sequentially releasing them in March and April to get a good production curve. “Scottish raspberry…

Hygiene solution for berry harvest trays

The berry harvest season is upon us, and farm owners need to pick, transport, and process large quantities of berries daily. The Zhucheng Kangzhida Machinery company in China has a berry lug cleaning machine that is capable of cleaning 500 trays per hour, which is approximately three times faster than…

Sunshine Coast strawberries suffer after heavy rain

Sunshine Coast strawberry farmers face a difficult season as continuing heavy rain means much of their early crop has had to be destroyed. The roll-on effect means strawberry…

UPA Huelva

The strawberry campaign will be shorter due to the weather and the lack of manpower

Available labor has been a determining factor in the viability and success of the berry and citrus fruit campaigns in the province of Huelva for quite some time now. When both campaigns are not truncated by weather issues or unforeseen phenomena, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of labor ends up…

South African farmers losing farms to creditors as price of blueberries falls

South Africa’s 2021/22 blueberry crop was up 60% from that of the previous season, totaling just over 31 520 marketable tons, while export prices were down 14% from those of…

Steady supplies still of Mexican blueberries

Mexico is still supplying blueberries right now. “We foresee another four to six weeks of Mexican conventional blueberries going to the U.S. Usually in the late Mexican season, plants are pruned by mid-June,” says Gerardo López of Produce Lovers. He notes that as the weather in Mexico heats up, the fruit…

New high-flavor berries launched

Driscoll's newest flavor innovation, Tropical Bliss™, expands Driscoll's premium, high-flavor strawberry collection, which also includes Sweetest Batch™ and Rosé Berries™. The company is offering three very different high-flavor strawberries mapped to a proprietary sensory wheel. This collection was developed through…

France: Strawberry growers leave fruit to rot as high temperatures complicate harvests

As unusually high temperatures mean everything is ripening at once, French strawberry growers are leaving large quantities of fruit to rot in the fields. They simply do not…

Driscoll

Driscoll's newest innovation now in the grocery aisle

Driscoll's newest flavor innovation, Tropical Bliss, expands Driscoll's premium, high-flavor strawberry collection, which also includes Sweetest Batch and Rosé Berries. With this new launch, Driscoll's is the first fresh berry company to offer three very different high-flavor strawberries mapped to a…

Blackberry pricing likely to settle back down as volumes come up

Blackberry supplies are starting to grow again after several weeks of short volumes. “Overall, there has been more supply in the market this year versus 2021. 2021 was very challenging as supply was limited from February-April,” says Jyoti Bhogal, vice-president of sales for Berry Fresh based in…

Berries might be carrying norovirus

Canada: Below Zero raspberries recall

Manatab just issued a recall for Below Zero Whole Raspberries IQF following the detection of the norovirus. The announcement comes from the Canadian recalls authority. The agency reveals that a single Below Zero raspberries lot is included in the recall. Here are the identifiers: Below Zero Whole…

Berries are top trending fruit for Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and many Americans gather with family and friends and celebrate with food. A recent social media and web analysis of fruit-based recipes highlights the fact that the most fashionable food is red, white, and blue, with berries marking the most…

Blackberry business flourishes in Arkansas

Blackberry growing is on the rise in Arkansas. Last year, governor Asa Hutchinson declared June to be Blackberry Month in the state, in recognition of the berry industry’s…

Huelva's berries campaign could come to end sooner than expected due to the heat

"If the high temperatures persist for a few more days we'll have to end the campaign"

Huelva's berry campaign usually runs from December until the first half of June. However, this year it could end sooner due to high temperatures. In fact, last week the…

Harm Valckx, Coöperatie European Blueberry Growers U.A:

"Dutch, German blueberry seasons to begin three weeks earlier than usual"

The European blueberry season is progressing well, says Harm Valckx of Coöperatie European Blueberry Growers U.A. in the Netherlands. "We're currently receiving the last large Moroccan volumes. That season went well. We got plenty of high-quality berries, with relatively few failures." "The Spanish season…

Berry grower/shipper announces 4th Annual Chef Invitational

California Giant Berry Farms is accepting entries for its annual California Giant Chef Invitational. Now in its 4th year, the California Giant Chef Invitational is a nationwide culinary competition calling upon chefs to think outside the box and create innovative, original dishes featuring fresh…

Georgian blueberry suppliers target stronger UK links

Blueberries remain the fastest growing berry in the UK, prompting country supplier Georgia to seek closer ties with UK buyers. Located on the Black Sea in the Caucasus region, Georgia is home to a promising blueberry production and export sector that is undergoing modern expansion. So much so that…

University of East Anglia

Study finds memory and neurological function improved by cranberry consumption

A new human intervention study published in Frontiers in Nutrition highlights the neuroprotective potential of cranberries. Researchers at the University of East Anglia in…

Prices for strawberries increasing

Cucumber prices are dropping in Ukraine

Warmer weather has contributed to an increase in the cucumber harvest in Ukrainian greenhouses. The growth in their supply on the market is forcing producers to revise prices…

Landgard / Frucht Janssen GbR.

Volker Janssen, Frucht Janssen, on the current strawberry campaign

"The war in Ukraine is adding to a general consumer restraint"

Thanks to excellent weather conditions, Landgard member farms in the west were able to start harvesting German greenhouse strawberries from production as early as the end of March this year. "Since the end of April, fresh strawberries from West German tunnel production have meanwhile also been available…

Arno van der Merwe – Knapdaar

Midway through a steady onion season

In the Sandveld, better known for its potatoes, Knapdaar Agri grows onions on 120 hectares. They have been lifting onions since January (Northern Cape’s onion season ended earlier because of rain) and now they are midway through their season, says Arno van der Merwe, while busy planting onions for the…

Open ground strawberry season Moldova will start with high prices

Moldovan strawberry farmers reported this week that they were harvesting and delivering the last strawberries grown in greenhouses. Pre-order price for 2-3 kg is 100 MDL/kg…

Imports from Spain and Greece decreasing

Hungarian strawberry season sees fluctuating prices

The prices of strawberries on markets in Hungary are fluctuating rapidly by the hour as imports from Spain and Greece are decreasing and more local supply comes onto the market. Despite fewer local strawberries being available due to frost and other damage earlier this year, prices are not increasing in…

Fall Creek brings on new commercial manager for Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador

Julio Zavala Muñoz has joined Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc. as commercial manager for Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador. Zavala is responsible for establishing and developing…

Estimates are that only 25% of Huelva's strawberry plantations will continue their activity in early June

Freshuelva estimates that only a quarter of Huelva's strawberry area - which this year has exceeded 6,100 hectares - will remain active in the first weeks of June, and one of…

Ed Heijnen en Leon Hijweege, Keelings International:

"We want a sharp, distinctive position on the European soft fruit market"

Two and a half years ago, Keelings International Ltd was established in the Netherlands as part of its Irish parent company. It now markets mainly self-grown pineapples and melons and has firm ambitions to make strides in European soft fruit production. Keelings owns a 900-hectare farm in Costa Rica…

Sam Ahilan, CEO of FD Berries: "to expand berry production in the USA soon"

Sri Lankan coconut coir exporter to double berry farms in Mexico

The rapid expansion of blueberry, blackberry and raspberry plantings and exports over the past 4 years, to just over 200 hectares (500 acres), in Jalisco, Mexico, during Covid-19 lockdowns, is by no means a small feat. According to CEO Sam Ahilan, CEO of FD Berries and FibreDust LLC, this is just the…

John Druck GmbH

Thomas John from John Druck Ltd on individually printable berry trays

"By doubling our capacity, we can respond to market developments with agility and at short notice"

At the start of the German berry season, growers and packers are looking with some concern at the impending packaging material bottlenecks, especially in the market-standard berry trays. Hans John Ltd, based in Mindelheim, Germany, would like to help the domestic berry industry overcome these…

USHBC and NABC add new director of business intelligence

Joe Vargas has been hired as the director of business intelligence for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) and North American Blueberry Council (NABC). In this newly…

Poland ranked third among EU countries, regarding strawberry production

Regarding strawberry production, Poland is ranked third among the European Union countries, with a share of 13% in EU production. It is thirteenth in the global market. The…

Australian berry industry has seen significant growth in recent years

Australia’s berry industry has gone through a period of significant growth in recent years; production grew strongly to over a billion dollars in farmgate value in 2019/20. While exports experienced solid growth, domestic consumption remains the primary market at over 95 percent. Growth in production has…

Peru: Exports from La Libertad reached US$ 521 million in first two months of 2022

According to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), in the first two months of the year, exports from the La Libertad region reached US$521 million. This…

USDA

National Retail Report - specialty crops

Significant increases in price for fruit this week; red cherries, seedless watermelons, Bartlett pears

This week's ads focused on graduations and warm weather get-togethers. Roses, cakes, and gift ideas were featured in special graduation sections. Summer fruit saw an increase in popularity this week, with watermelon, cherries, mangos, cantaloupes, and peaches featured in most flyers. Grill-friendly items…


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