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Angelcot crop anticipated to move fast

The coveted, always anticipated Angelcot® season has begun. "Grown in Brentwood, California, this crown jewel of the stone fruit season does not spend much time on the store…

Cherry sector in trouble

Agri bankruptcies are increasing in Bulgaria

In Bulgaria, bankruptcies in agriculture are increasing and the prices of raw materials and fuels are rising. All this against the background of lack of staff in all sectors.…

DG agri dashboard - Peaches and Nectarines

Peaches and nectarines production in EU at 3,346,000 tons in 2021

Peach prices in the EU in week 24 were at €168 per 100 kg, down from €191 one week earlier. In Greece, they dropped to €134 per 100 kg, just a fraction away from the price one…

Flat peaches twice as cheap in Uzbekistan compared to three weeks ago

The first small batches of flat peach varieties of the new crop became available on the markets of Uzbekistan in late May – early June. Prices dropped sharply since that time.…

Stone fruit and apples in the OPS 2022 spotlight

For Wenatchee, Washington-based Stemilt Growers, the upcoming Organic Produce Summit in Monterey, California on July 13-14, 2022 offers a few opportunities: the chance to promote its long-time organic program, Artisan Organics™, as well as meeting with retailers to set up both summer and fall programs.…

Rodi Fructus AG

Michele Lomma, Rodi Fructus AG, on the current tropical fruit market:

"Bumpy start to Spanish stone fruit and melon season, South African citrus campaign picks up steam"

The start of this year's stone fruit and melon season was particularly slow this year, says Michele Lomma, sales manager at Swiss fruit importer Rodi Fructus AG. "Due to exceptional rainfall in the Murcia growing regions, the first Spanish Charentais melons arrived with us three weeks later than last…

The arrival of American cherries increases, and the price is high due to the decrease in production

In the past few days, a small number of American cherries have arrived at the Jiaxing Fruit Market, mainly through the wholesale market and into the retail channel. As early…

Little cherry disease in Eastern Washington

Researchers use dogs to sniff out infected cherry trees

Washington State University researchers are looking at ways to “sniff out” little cherry disease early enough to allow Eastern Washington cherry growers to prevent the disease…

Samuel Escalante, director of Viveros El Tambo: "We hope to obtain low dormant varieties soon"

"The development of cherry cultivation in Peru is still in its infancy, but the new genetics are very encouraging"

Many people believe cherries are one of the fruits with the greatest potential for Peru's agro-export sector. However, although the prospects are certainly encouraging, the…

Kiefer Obstwelt GmbH

Matthias Kiefer, Kiefer Obstwelt Ltd, at the start of the apricot harvest in the Ortenau district:

"After two years of total losses due to frost, we now have a net yield of probably 80%"

Similar to the apricot country of Austria, apricots have also been diligently harvested in Germany for a good week. "After two years of total failures due to frost, we are finally pleased this year, seeing a great yield of probably 80 percent. The quality of the early apricots is also excellent,"…

“These operations are useless: they make the stores lose money”

Stone fruit producers visit stores and protest against “cost price” operations

As a follow-up from last week’s actions with French retailers, fruit growers have visited stores for “face-to-face” discussions. At the initiative of FRSEA Rhône-Alpes, the fruit growers have visited some Carrefour and Super U supermarkets to discuss with the retailers about the issue. They have observed…

Eric Tastayre, Apifood:

Plums see strong competition from other French stone fruit

Apifood, which is located in Montauban, has just started its French plum campaign with the African Rose variety of Lily Ploom. The volumes are lower than the harvest potential, but the quality promises to be very good. “We have the same problem as last year. With the frost that has hit our orchards, we…

5,000 peaches stolen in central Japan prefecture

Japanese growers struggle with series of fruit thefts

Some 5,000 peaches, worth roughly 1.5 million yen ($11,000), have been stolen from a field in the Yamanashi Prefecture city of Fuefuki. Since June 15, almost 15,000 peaches,…

Lori Anne Peaches now on store shelves

Lori Anne Peaches are now available at select retailers nationwide. "The varieties that make up the Lori Anne Peach brand are chosen for flavor and are the best of the best fruit grown at Titan Farms," a company release says. Shoppers can find Lori Anne Peaches at Harp, Central Market, Lunds & Byerlys,…

Abundant supply of early cherries likely to start declining in coming days

Moldovan cherry prices keep dropping

Over the past weekend, sellers in the wholesale and retail markets of Chisinau offered small wholesale cherries of average quality at 5-7 MDL/kg ($0.26-0.36/kg). Retail prices…

FruechteKick GmbH

Erdal Dogan, FrüchteKick Ltd Cologne, at the beginning of the French apricot season:

"Getting large-sized merchandise at acceptable prices is extremely difficult"

In the shadow of the Italian and especially Spanish stone fruit season, French stone fruit exports are also gradually gaining momentum. In week 24, the first batches of the popular apricot variety Orangered hit the market. "Unfortunately, we have mainly smaller calibers available, but in terms of taste…

2022 prunes harvest in Chile ended with good volumes and quality

At the close of the 2022 harvest and complying with market estimates given a couple of months ago, Chile had a total prunes production of 90,000 metric tons (MT), of which…

Between 30 and 40% less cherry and good prices in Ebro Valley, Tarragona

"We started the cherry harvest 15 days later and will finish almost a week earlier"

The cherry campaign is finishing early in the producing areas of the Ebro Valley, in the Spanish province of Tarragona, due to the high temperatures recorded this spring, especially in the last few days. "We started the harvest about 15 days later than usual due to the low temperatures recorded in late…

Cherries shipped from northern Japan to Tokyo by Shinkansen bullet train

Fresh cherries from northern Japan's Yamagata were carried to Tokyo on a Shinkansen bullet train on Sunday; it was part of a campaign to highlight products of the prefecture.…

Excellent cherry year according to Swiss Fruit Association (SOV) Dreamstime

More than 2,500 tons of Swiss cherries

The Swiss Fruit Association (SOV) has opened the Swiss cherry season in Leuggern (AG). In the presence of government official Markus Dieth, the association emphasized the…

Strong demand fuels good movement of stone fruit

Stone fruit supplies are strong right now and heading into the heart of the season out of California. Prima Wawona has a longer season which begins the last week of April and it has fruit available until the last week of October. At Prima Wawona in Fresno, California, it’s finishing up apricots in less than…

Workers in Extremadura begin a strike in the middle of the stone fruit harvest

The UGT and CCOO trade unions have called for a strike of rural workers in Extremadura that began today and is scheduled to last two more days. Extremadura is currently in the middle of its stone fruit harvesting campaign. This week the volumes are already starting to be significant in the major…

Organized by the Italian plant nursery Salvi Vivai

Gathering from all over Europe to attend the open day on high-density cherry trees

Nearly 200 technicians, traders and farmers attended the open day organized by Salvi Vivai in Runco di Portomaggiore (Ferrara, Italy) on Thursday, 16 June 2022. The focus of attention was the very high-density experimental cherry orchard Sweet. In addition to Italy, participants came from France,…

Agreste

French cherries: production in 2022 estimated at 35,000 tons

“In 2022, the production of French cherries should be above the 2017-2021 average. As a result of this increase in production (compared to last year’s historically low…

Luis Aliseda, director of R&D center of Viveros Provedo:

"We want to bring plum consumption to the same level as that of table grapes"

The Japanese plum is a very important product for the Spanish region of Extremadura, the main producing area in Europe, although, for various reasons, it has been losing value and market share. "In addition to the fact that there is still an abundance of varieties with little flavor on the market,…

The price of peaches rose sharply this year

June is the season for peaches to ripen. With the successive harvest of peaches in various places, the peach varieties currently on the market include wild peach, honey peach, nectarine, yellow peach, and flat peach. Because the peach marketing period is relatively concentrated, the transaction volume…

Viveros Hernandorena starts the micro-grafting campaign with the Rootpac 40 rootstock

Viveros Hernandorena continues to make progress in its specialisation as a stone fruit nursery. In this sense, it is now starting its stone fruit micro-grafting campaign with the Rootpac 40 rootstock, one of those that is arousing most interest in the sector. Currently, Viveros Hernandorena is one of the…

Asociafruit

The stone fruit campaign in the Vega del Guadalquivir and Huelva ends with good results

According to Asociafruit, the peach and early nectarine harvest campaign in the Guadalquivir valley and the province of Huelva has ended. "The campaign has been marked by good…

Turkish cherry season will start winding down from July

“The current demand is found in the Russian and South East Asian markets”

The Turkish cherry season is in full swing, but one exporter expects the season to be shorter than usual. Export volumes will also be slightly lower, as the German market seems to be hesitant when it comes to importing the Turkish cherries. According to Talha Öna, sales and marketing manager for Turkish fruit…

Apricots from northern Italy as early as those from the south

After three years in which Agricola Guidi started harvesting apricots at the same time as producers from the south, this year it is one week early. "It is incredible, considering that we are talking about the same variety. Of course we are talking in both cases about varieties harvested at the right…

Erik-Jan Thur, Marni Fruit:

"Quite good stone fruit availability, with reasonable prices"

In the Netherlands, stone fruit is enjoying fairly good demand. "Last week was a little busier than now, but we can't complain. Prices are reasonable. Significantly lower volumes were announced; that varies considerably by supplier. However, I still foresee enough stone fruit on the market," says…

Jérôme Jury and Anne-Lise Chaussabel, ODG Qualité Fruits Plus:

“The offer of Red Label apricots, peaches and nectarines is growing significantly”

Jérôme Jury, producer and president of the ODG Qualité Fruits Plus, is starting his 38th French apricot season. So far, everything is going well. “We started the campaign two weeks ago. Last year was very special, with a limited production and very slow sales, but the situation is completely different…

BLE KW 23:

'First French peaches and nectarines complemented the market'

The predominant Spanish deliveries of nectarines and peaches expanded. Italian batches followed in terms of importance, but played only a minor role overall. The first French offers supplemented the events and, at €4 per kg in Hamburg, took the top spot in terms of price. According to the BLE, Turkish…

Theo Kampschoer, Kampexport:

"French apricots selling well"

The French apricot season has begun two to three weeks early at Kampexport in France. Good varieties, like Orange Red, Big Red, and Apriqueen, kick off the season. Kampexport supplies these fruit mainly to specialists in the German and Benelux wholesale markets. "These apricots are delicious. We've had no rain, and sales are going…

A new proposal by Orogel Fresco explained by director Vincenzo Finelli

Supermarkets welcome ready-to-eat apricots

"Only a few varieties can be marketed under the Le Meraviglie brand and then only if they are harvested at the right degree of ripeness. Now is the high time for apricots," said Vincenzo Finelli, managing director of Italy's Orogel Fresco. "Until 10-15 June, the apricots will be coming in from our growers…

Italy

Apulian cherries reach the European market

La Grande Bellezza Italiana cherries can once again be found on the shelves of Italian supermarkets, but also in the rest of Europe. "We are currently packaging cherries of the Ferrovia variety that we now pick daily in the Apulia region. In order to be marketed under the brand, the cherries must reach…

Apricots on the ground because no one wants to harvest them

The problem caused by the lack of labor is increasingly serious. The agricultural sector is missing 100 thousand seasonal workers, not to mention the impossibility to find workforce in the tourist, industry, construction and service sectors. Abandoned apricot orchards due to the lack of labor (Flopria…

Raphaël Martinez, PDO Peaches and Apricots of France

“The sales accelerated last week”

The French production of peaches and nectarines will reach about 200,000 tons this year, which is 20% more than in 2021 and very close to the normal potential. This production level should allow the French peach and nectarine sector to have a nice 2022 campaign, according to Raphaël Martinez, director of…

British Columbia’s late cherry harvest will be healthy for the market

British Columbia (BC) grows about 95 percent of all cherries grown in Canada. It is the latest cherry growing region in North America and this year, harvest starts even later than normal. “We’ll start about 10 days later, around July 10 instead of the normal July 1 date,” says Julie McLachlan with…

New Jersey peach season to kick off early July

Locally grown Jersey fresh peaches should be available in plentiful supplies from very early July until mid-September, according to the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council.    “Our season usually begins with the yellow-fleshed variety Sentry around July 4, with a sprinkling of very early white and yellow-fleshed peaches,” said…

Diether Everaerts, BFV:

"Turkish cherries that may be coming to Belgium could put needless pressure on prices"

"The Belgian cherry season looks promising, quality and volume-wise," says Diether Everaerts of the Belgische Fruitveiling (BFV). "Last week's gloomy weather delayed the early Samba variety's harvesting by a week. But with the current ideal conditions, that should start between June 15 and 20." The BFV, which…

Jaime Sánchez, product manager at SanLucar, on the cherry season:

"Summer cherries are already widespread in practically all European countries"

Given the low supply of stone fruit, for example, apricots and nectarines, the demand for cherries is very high, as Jaime Sánchez of SanLucar tells us. "This is also helped by the exceptional quality of cherries from almost all countries of origin, such as Spain, Italy and Turkey. The fact that May was a…

Makai Frucht Kft.

Sándor Makai, Makai Frucht, at the start of the Hungarian stone fruit season

"Compared to the weaker previous year, things are looking good in terms of revenues"

The Hungarian stone fruit season is gradually picking up speed. A week ago, the first Hungarian sweet cherries of the season were marketed at the Vienna wholesale market, and apricots are also available already. "The omens are all good. Compared to the weaker previous year, when we had to deal with huge frost…

Alann Grigny, Vivy Fruits:

Very dynamic demand for French cherries

For Vivy Fruits, a French company located in Saumur (Maine-et-Loire), the cherry campaign started about 3 weeks ago. The season should last throughout the month of June. For now, the sales have been very dynamic but the 2022 season is marked by a significant lack of production. “Our producers have lost…

A positive 2022/2023 season is coming for prunes market

The view of the market by José Tomás Quezada, commercial manager of Pacific Nut Company Chile, after his experience as moderator at the Congress in Dubai. In mid-May, the International Nut & Dried Fruit Council (INC) Congress was held in Dubai. The commercial manager of Pacific Nut Company Chile, José…

Cherries: French production estimated at 35,000 tons

In 2021, the harvests were smaller due to the frost (lower than 15,000 tons). This year, the French cherry production should reach 35,000 tons on average, according to the PDO…

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Apricots: a clear increase in production

"As of June 1, 2022, the forecast for apricot production in 2022 could reach 134,400 tons, up sharply over one year (127%). After two years of very low production, the 2022…

Cherry crop is latest target for forced exports to Russia

Ukraine sees ‘industrial-scale’ theft of foodstuffs from occupied areas

The Russian government has been accused of using food as a weapon of war in Ukraine by targeting grain and other foodstuffs. It emerged this weekend that the country’s cherry…

Julien Cremer, Sud ImpEx:

“The demand is great for our Sicilian melons!”

In order to put the tastiest varieties of melons on the market, Julien Crémer, director of Sud ImpEx, has been working for two years in partnership with Barbera International, a company located at the foot of the Etna volcano in Sicily.   “This melon is produced in the region of Licata, in Sicily. The fruit is…

Raphaël Martinez, PDO Peaches and Apricots of France:

French apricots: good quality and very little competition from Spain

The French apricot season started three weeks ago. Raphaël Martinez, director of the PDO Peaches and Apricots of France, is giving an update on the beginning of the current campaign. “First of all, there is very little competition from Spain this year. The Spanish production has been severely impacted by…

Bumper Kashmir cherry crop is pleasing apple orchard owners

For a long time now, apples have been a cash crop in Kashmir. However, the current bumper cherry harvest has caused fruit growers to think beyond apples. Apple growers in…

Miguel Ángel Gómez, general director of Afruex:

"Due to the low supply of stone fruit and cherries, prices cover the production costs and the lack of third-party markets is not being felt"

While relatively significant volumes of nectarines were already available in Extremadura last week, this week there are already more consistent quantities, and peach volumes are growing. As for plums, the most representative product in terms of volume in Extremadura, the prospect is to reach a remarkable…

Maximiliano González, of Frutas Nene:

"Large retailers may see plums as a good alternative, given the shortage of stone fruit"

The stone fruit from the Spanish region of Extremadura has started reaching the markets, as the harvests have kicked off in the province of Badajoz. This year, due to a colder than usual end of winter and beginning of spring, the campaign is starting between 5 and 10 days late, depending on the…

"Chinese peach production volume expected to decline by 30% as a result of insect pests"

Qinhuangdao Guozhenhao Agricultural Development Co., Ltd. was established in 2017. The company cultivates nearly 100,000 excellent peach tree seedlings. This is one of the largest peach producers in the regions of Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei. Company spokesperson Mr. Yue recently talked about market…

Tibor Tot, managing director of Pfälzer Markthalle on the apricot season:

"Apricots are basically a no-brainer"

Around the middle/end of May, the apricot season started at the Pfälzer Markthalle from Grünstadt, as we were told by managing director Tibor Tot. "The season has been in full swing for two to three weeks and started with Spanish produce, followed by Italian goods. For a while now, we can also offer…

Prices down by 60 percent this year due to low demand

Low demand frustrates Kashmir cherry growers

Despite a bumper cherry crop this year, very low prices are frustrating growers across Kashmir Valley. Growers told that the harvesting of the cherry crop in Kashmir is…

Organic grower/shipper appreciates the intimate setting of OPS

“It’s by far the best show of all the shows.” That’s what Levon Ganajian of Trinity Fruit Sales in Fresno, California says about the upcoming Organic Produce Summit taking place in Monterey, California July 13-14. It’s a show that Trinity has been a longtime sponsor of. “They only allow a certain amount…

“Demand for Turkish cherries is better than last year”

The season for Turkish cherries has truly kicked off. Although the early harvest had seen large volumes, the middle harvest provinces will have to make do with lower amounts of cherries. One exporter states it’ll be important for them to increase the popularity of the Turkish cherries in the Asian…

"It will take some effort to sell all the Belgian organic cherries, should there be high volumes"

"Things look excellent for Belgian organic cherries this year," says Gunther De Vadder of the Belgische Fruitveiling (BFV). "Last season was dramatic; there's a vast difference in quality, caliber, and volume this year. In places where the temperature dropped to -8°C, the frost did result in some poorer…

Michigan produces 70% of tart cherries in the US each year

The National Cherry Festival teaches us that the early settlers brought cherries to America in the 1600s, and modern cherry production began in the mid-1800s. This fact means…

Elbe-Obst

Jens Anderson, Elbe-Obst, on the approaching start of the season for North German cherries

"Marketing focused on latter half of season into second half of August"

Due to the nice weather and and the low incidence of frosts during the bloom in the Altes Land, a good harvest is expected for all cherry varieties. "To prevent the cherry from coming into contact with precipitation during the ripening phase, film canopies are put up as early as April. This allows the…

Delayed start on British Columbia peaches and nectarines

British Columbia peaches and nectarines will be lighter and later this summer. “We’re probably going to start some early varieties of peaches mid-July and then we really get into the greater volumes in August and into September. Nectarines are just a hair later than that,” says Bryan Key, category…

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…

Cherry Growers Australia to host the 2022 export workshop & Cherry Conference

2022 Cherry export workshop, conference and field day

After an eight year hiatus, including lockdowns, CGA has announced the 2022 export workshop and cherry conference. Here, interested parties can hear from other growers and…

Moldovan producers ready to offer good sweet cherry this season

The sweet cherry season in Moldova is just getting started. Despite minor spring frosts and poor pollination in some regions of the country, overall harvest forecast looks promising and sweet cherry producers are looking forward to collaborate with new customers from all over the world. In recent years,…

Vietnam: Son La plums entering main crop season

Plum-growing areas in Son La are now entering into the main crop of the year. Thanks to changes in farming methods and support from local authorities in recent times, the…

Kyrgyzstan:

Aravan district growers export 530 tons of sweet cherries to Kazakhstan & Russia

Approximately 530 tons of sweet cherries were exported by farmers from the Aravan district -Osh region- to Kazakhstan and Russia. The rest will be sold at domestic markets.…

Later, and fewer cherries from Washington

The Washington cherry season is not only getting a later start this year, but it will also see a reduced crop. “We’re forecasting between 50-60 percent of the crop, depending on the timing. The volume is down significantly and there’s still a whole lot of uncertainty because the weather has been pretty…

Good cherry prices, low supply and high production costs

"We have lost 80% of our stone fruit production this year"

Frosts took a severe toll on pome and stone fruit trees in northeastern Spain in late March. The production in the regions of Aragon and Catalonia suffered historic volume losses in a year in which production costs have soared due to inflation. "We have lost 80% of our stone fruit production," said Sergio…

Moldova: Local apricot season to start at the usual time

The first batches of early apricots will become available on the Moldovan market at the beginning of next week – “Tsunami”, “Spring Blush” and “Bucuria” varieties grown in the…

Deppon Express captures the Dalian cherry market, and the order volume is expected to increase by 50% year-on-year

Since the beginning of summer, the volume of fresh express delivery has increased significantly, especially in some major seasonal fruit-producing areas, and there has been a…

Driscoll's blueberries get new packaging

"We wanted a distinctive, sustainable blueberry packaging"

Remmert Dekker Packaging has designed new, fully recyclable blueberry packaging for Driscoll's. "This partnership led to the development of new cardboard packaging to replace the plastic bucket. It contains 98% less plastic," says Wouter Wigman, Remmert Dekker Packaging's marketing manager. Consumers and…

British Columbia cherries coming on later in 2022

Global Fruit Grower Group is excited to share the second 2022 crop update from its orchards in British Columbia, Canada. Temperatures remained relatively cool for most of May, stretching out the blossom and causing a waiting game - but finally there are green cherries and an excellent crop is being…

Vietnam rediscovers Aussie peaches and nectarines

Vietnamese consumers are enjoying Australian peaches and nectarines for the first time in seven years. After Australia and Vietnam finalised market access protocols, LPG Cutri Fruit Global sent a shipment to the market to test the protocols. The fruits were quickly snapped up when they went on sale at…

Fresh Deciduous Fruit Semi-annual Argentina

Fresh deciduous fruit production is estimated to decrease by 7 percent

For Marketing Year (MY) 2021/22, Post forecasts that fresh deciduous fruit production is estimated to decrease by 7 percent, due to unexpected frost that affected the crops at…

The Dalles, Oregon region presents ‘pickable’ cherry crop amid PNW shortfall

As the Pacific Northwest emerges from some of the most intense climatic conditions in recent years Oppy is gratified to have a positive outlook for the upcoming Orchard View cherry season. “Our hearts go out to our fellow cherry growers,” shared Orchard View President Brenda Thomas. “We have been very…

20-25% less stone fruit in Murcia so far

"The lack of understanding of large distributors in the face of the great increase in costs is surprising"

The stone fruit campaign is underway in the Spanish Region of Murcia with a harvest between 20 and 25% smaller than last year so far. According to the Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruit, Table Grapes and Other Agricultural Products (APOEXPA), the drop in production volumes will be lower with…

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…

Nico Veldhoen, Staay Food Group:

"The coming months' stone fruit and melon market will remain a demand one”

"I've never experienced anything like this before," says Nico Veldhoen of the Staay Food Group when we asked him about the stone fruit market's current situation. "Not only the frost damage but also the rain will have an impact in the coming weeks. We hope to get to a 50% volume, but we won't know if…

Peter Kelemen, Medifruct: “Uncertain of market prices in Germany, Austria.”

Hungarian cherry season starts

The Hungarian cherry season has just started with good volumes and average prices on the local market, but with some uncertainty over what the markets in Germany and Austria will do. While growers were spared from direct frost damage, the colder spring weather took its toll with an average cherry crop of 10 000 tons estimated…

"We could define it as one of the most difficult seasons on record"

Chilean cherry export record marred by millions in losses

The Chilean cherry season has ended with sweet and sour results as, despite the good performance in exports, the logistical problems caused millionaire losses, according to…

Organic grower introduces new certified stonefruit program

Homegrown Organic Farms is introducing its Regenerative Organic Certified™ (ROC™) stonefruit program as part of its ongoing commitment to caring for the land and the people it encounters. This program provides third-party recognition to support its efforts. The certification is third-party validation of the…

Mattina Fresh

Pear season underway with strong demand and export program to recommence

Australian fresh produce company, Mattina Fresh has transitioned from its summer stone fruit season to the winter pome fruit season, with the commencement of its pear packing. National Sales Director, Tom Panna explains that he has seen more demand for pears in recent times, and a large reason for that…

The Peach-Nectarine-Apricot Contact Group analyzes growing pests and the means to control them

Yesterday, the peach-nectarine-apricot contact group analyzed, agreed upon, and released a report on the health and phytosanitary problems in stone fruit crops. The report…

Stone fruit campaign kicks off in Extremadura

"I wonder if the increase in costs will affect a commodity product like plums"

The stone fruit harvest has started in the Spanish province of Badajoz with a few days delay compared to last season. The first peaches, nectarines and apricots are already being harvested, although still in small quantities. The harvest of plums, the most representative product within the stone fruit…

Partnership shares genetics for earlier ripening sweet cherries

Sun World International and Washington State University have joined forces to develop a new generation of high flavor sweet cherries that ripen earlier and are more practical to grow. Horticulture associate professor and stone fruit breeder Per McCord and Sun World scientists are sharing germplasm from…

Guarded optimism among Canadian growers

Okanagan cherries might see price increases because of the early cold

Despite cooler temperatures and variable spring weather in both the Okanagan Valley and the Thompson Valley many growers expect a normal, nice cherry crop this year. David…

Pennsylvania grower/shipper expands post-harvest technology use on fruit crops

Hazel Technologies, Inc. announces a second-year collaboration with Biglerville, Pennsylvania-based Hollabaugh Bros., Inc., a family-owned and operated grower/packer/shipper with 65+ years of experience and 500 acres under production. Hollabaugh Bros., Inc. produces 13+ commodities including apples,…

The certification of the first Jerte PDO cherries has begun

The Regulatory Council of the Protected Designation of Origin Cereza del Jerte has begun to certify the first cherries of the season, specifically those of the Navalinda…

Estimates are it will be 29.43% lower than that the volume achieved in 2021

The Spanish stone fruit campaign's production volume will be the lowest in the last decade

According to the Agricultural and Food Cooperatives' first estimates of the Spanish stone fruit campaign, Spain will produce 1,099,284 tons of stone fruits this year, the…

Tanguy Debiesse, of Royal: "A new segment for stone fruit with great visual appeal has been born"

The first variety of blood nectarine hits the market

The Sevillian company Royal, a pioneer in research and the development of new stone fruit and berry varieties for more than thirty years, has started the season with the launch of a new variety for its early stone fruit line which will be marketed under the brand Royal Sanguine ®.  As its name indicates, and…

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…

New phytosanitary facility to help SA deciduous fruit with market access

A new phytosanitary facility dedicated to deciduous fruit will help improve access to new markets and maintain current ones for the industry. Hortgro approved and funded the building of a new phytosanitary research laboratory that will be based in Stellenbosch at the Welgevallen experimental farm of…

Production volume estimated to decline by 60%

Yantai cherry harvest is about to begin

The cherry harvest in Yantai will officially commence in early June and continue until the end of the month, just like in previous years. However, the production volume is expected to decline by 60% compared to last year. The main reason for this development is hot weather during the pollination season.…

“New packaging method allows Chilean fruits to be more competitive in Chinese market”

UPAC Fruit is a fruit grower group based in Chile and Peru. Through them each grower sends his own products to the retailers, which leaves growers with more profit, and buyers with better prices, a direct fair trade business between growers and the end of the chain. Juan Vicuna is the sales director, he…

Slowdown for apricots, peaches started off well

After a good start, things are now slowing down for apricots, although the season is peaking. Demand is slow even though the warm weather of the past few days should stimulate purchases. Things are instead looking good for peaches, but it might be only temporary. Mogador apricots "The 2022 campaign…

Juan Fernández, of Cooperativa Hortofrutícola San Marcos:

The cherry campaign in Jaen has been spared the impact of the weather conditions

The first estimates of cherry crop losses in the main Spanish producing regions point to the possibility of a significant reduction in the volume to be produced this season.…

César Claramonte, manager of Clasol:

"The good thing is that we are not being asked for more stone fruit than we can supply"

The stone fruit campaign is underway in the Spanish region of Murcia with lower volumes than expected due to the impact of frost and hail, especially in the case of apricots. "The demand has been good so far thanks to the summer weather across Europe, but not as good as it may seem, as there is less fruit…

Turkish apple season concludes, cherry season underway

“Fair cherry season despite crop decreases due to frost damage”

The early varieties of Turkish cherries have been harvested, but the wait is on for the Ziraat 0900 variety for the season to get into full swing. The apple season has recently concluded, and the Asian markets could prove to be important for both the Turkish apples as well as the cherries. According to Mehmet…

2022 European predictions for peaches and nectarines

Most production basins are almost back to normal, except for Spain

MedFEL has revealed the predictions for the 2022 European harvest of peaches and nectarines. 2021 was a difficult year for all European production basins (deficit campaign for 3 years), but this year marks some return to normal for all producing regions, except for Spain. France: “normal production of peaches and…

Jan Vermeiren, Exofi:

"Limited supply creates difficult market for almost all Spanish fruit"

It is currently a very difficult period for Spanish produce. "The climatic problems in Spain and the well-known trials and tribulations of war are causing high prices for almost all Spanish fruit," says Jan Vermeiren of Exofi. "The night frost has caused an 80 per cent reduction in production in stone…

For the commercialisation of five apricot selections

Summerfruit NZ and Plant & Food Research announce signing of a Master Licence agreement

Summerfruit NZ and Plant & Food Research has announced the signing of a Master Licence agreement for the commercialisation of five NZ summer apricot selections from within the…

Catalonia losing 70% of its peach and nectarine production potential due to frosts and hail

According to data presented recently by Afrucat, the Fruit Business Association of Catalonia, and the DACC, the Department of Climate Action, Food and Rural Agenda, the Catalan production potential for peaches and nectarines will be reduced by about 70% and stand at 166,910 tons. This will be the second…

Forlì-Cesena, Italy

An international training experience on cherry fruits held in Bertinoro

Speakers and participants came from all over the world to attend the Advanced Training School on 'Sustainable Orchard Management in a Changing Environment' held on 2-3 May 2022 in Bertinoro (Forlì-Cesena) at the Ceub. A couple of weeks after the event, which is part of the International Cherry Symposium,…

"Labor shortages in stone fruit production areas strengthens the need for fresh-extension products"

The stone fruit season has begun in the northern hemisphere. However, growers and traders are struggling with a huge challenge this season. In addition to delays due to the global shipping crisis, many production areas also suffer from a shortage of workers during the harvest season. Many ripe fruits are…

Later start for Texas peach season

Texas peach season is just getting started, which is approximately two weeks later than usual. “This is due to the winter starting late and ending late. We really didn’t start to accumulate chill hours here until the first part of January. But fortunately winter lasted longer so we did get sufficient…

Late winter freeze causes slow start to Southeast peach season

The Southeast peach season is seeing a delayed start following a March freeze. Jimmy Forrest of Dixie Belle Peaches in Ridge Spring, South Carolina says normally their season would start about May 5th. “This month we’ll have about 10 percent of a crop and in June we’ll have about 50 percent of a crop. And…

Producers have asked authorities to declare a state of disaster

99% of the cherry harvest in Les Valls de la Marina Alta was lost

The PGI Cireres de la Muntanya d'Alacant, created in 1991, is experiencing a campaign to forget after losing 99% to 100% of its harvest. In the last four years, the cherries…

2022 Confronting Climate Change reports

Electricity is South Africa's highest contributor to farm CO2 emissions, followed by diesel and nitrogen fertilizer

The 2022 Confronting Climate Change (CCC) industry benchmark process builds on 2020 – 2021 datasets and provides a meaningful platform for the South African fruit and wine…

Thomas Chevaillier, technical director of PSB Producción Vegetal:

"The demand for stone fruit is, at the moment, greater than the supply"

The stone fruit campaign in the Spanish region of Murcia has started with about 10 days of delay due to the rainy weather that lasted until the first days of May. Since then, good weather and warmth both at origin and destination are having a favorable impact on the stone fruit market in its early…

Turkey will have more volumes available for export than last season

“Harvest of the early cherry varieties has already started”

The cherry season in Turkey has started and producers estimate an increase in volumes of about 10 to 15% this year. Due to the war in Ukraine, Turkish producers might have to divert to other European markets to export their cherries to. According to Banu Er, the general manager for Turkish agent and…

Adaptation to the new conditions generated by climate change is a key factor

CITA researchers are working to find new cherry varieties

The Agricultural Food Research and Technology Centre of Aragon (CITA) is working together with partners from Germany, Morocco, Tunisia, and Spain on an inventory of cherry…

Cherries from Greece and Turkey expected to flood Bulgarian markets

According to Miroslav Chernikov from Silistra, a member of the board of the Union of Danube Fruit Growers, cherries from Greece and Turkey are expected to flood the Bulgarian…

Yantai greenhouse cherries are coming to an end, and Liangdi small cherries are freshly launched

Recently, the temperature has been rising, and the local greenhouse cherries in Yantai, Shandong Province are coming to an end. The price of this product rises. At the same time, the small Liangdi  cherries are freshly listed, and the large cherries will also be listed in another week. Cherries will be the…

Raphaël Martinez, PDO Peaches and Apricots of France:

“The first French apricots will be on the market this week”

With the French apricot season starting this week, Raphäel Martinez, director of the PDO Peaches and Apricots of France, gives an update on the beginning of the campaign. “The first significant harvest of apricots will take place this week (week 20) in the most northern regions of France. In the…

First US cherries arrive at Guangzhou market

On May 15, the first batch of California cherries arrived in Guangzhou Jiangnan Market by air, opening the sales season of summer cherries. It is reported that this summer…

Pascal Felley, Fairfruit Group, at the start of the stone fruit campaign

"Portuguese stone fruit harvest started much earlier than Spanish one, due to weather"

The cold snap in southern Europe is known to have affected stone fruit blossoming in many growing regions, with crops suffering tremendously in some places, especially on the Iberian Peninsula. "The capricious weather is actually causing us more trouble in Spain than in Portugal. In Portugal, we've had…

Carlos Llambrich, manager of Llamfruit:

"We started the cherry campaign 12 days later, with good prices and large sizes"

The cherry campaign has already started in the earliest areas of the Spanish region of Aragon with almost two weeks of delay due to the impact of colder than usual weather, accompanied by occasional frosts. Sales have started with good prices in a market eager for this seasonal product. "We have started shipping…

Interested Chinese buyers hope for port delays to clear when season starts in July

Slight delay for Washington Cherries

This year’s US harvest was a little delayed compared to other years. In order to receive accurate crops predictions, a week more might be needed, but growers now expect a light crop in June, with the peak in July and August. Roger, Liu Bao Jun, is working with the US Cherry Committee and the Washington…

Start of 2022 Spanish cherry campaign

"The global supply of cherries has increased, forcing all producers to step up our game"

The 2022 Spanish cherry season is already starting in the earliest areas. The acreage has remained more or less stable, exceeding 28,000 hectares, with an annual production of over 100,000 tons last year. Varietal reconversion in recent years, as well as investment in technology and a greater know-how,…

Cherry market yield data to be compiled

Bee Vectoring Technologies announces first stone fruit trial in the US Pacific Northwest

Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. has announced the Company’s first US demonstration trial on stone fruit, with a conventional cherry grower in Washington. The trial began during the mid-April bloom period and will continue through summer harvest. The United States is the world’s…

Agreste

Production of French cherries should regain average level this year

“On May 1st 2022, the French cherry production was close to its average level of 2017-2020, after the historically low harvest of 2021,” according to Agreste. These estimates…

Chile continues to be the largest exporter of cherries driven by sales to China

Chile continues to be the world's leading producer of cherries driven by Chinese consumption, said the president of the Federation of Fruit Producers of Chile (Fedefruta),…

Could rains dampen hopes of a bumper season in Kashmir?

Director General Horticulture Kashmir revealed this week that the horticulture sector is expecting a bumper crop of cherry and strawberry this year due to the favourable…

Florida farmer promoting peach industry

Citrus is famous in Florida, but there's another fruit growers want the country to know about: Peaches. Farmer Adrian Morales says he has found his calling. "We enjoy what we…

"There hasn't been such a devastating frost in more than 40 years, production losses will be historic"

Catalonia's fruit and vegetable processing plants have been severely affected by the reduction in stone fruit production

70 to 85% of all Catalan stone fruit won't be harvested this summer, as well as 35 to 40% of the pear and 15 to 20% of the apple, according to the first estimates of the Fruit…

Plum production is expected to exceed 100,000 tons

Extremadura predicts that stone fruit production in the community could grow by 10% in this campaign

The Association of Fruit Growers of Extremadura (Afruex) expects production will be slightly higher than in 2021. According to its manager, Miguel Angel Gomez, production…

Grant helps researchers fight peach bacterial diseases

Clemson University researchers are conducting research to improve sustainability of the Southeast’s peach production, focusing on bacterial canker and bacterial spot…


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