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JAZZ™ apple heroic “DC League of Super-Pets”-branded snacks to fans

JAZZ™ apples are taking part in an exciting new adventure, thanks to a new global partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, supporting Warner Bros. Pictures’ new animated adventure, “DC League of Super-Pets.” Highlighting the new partnership, JAZZ™ will release co-branded packaging and eye-catching…

Pakistan agrees to import tariff of 5% for Iranian apples

The Pakistani government has agreed to limit the tariff imposed on apple imported from Iran to 5% under a new agreement signed between agriculture and food authorities of the…

"Shipping delays, and the freshness of pears, have a direct impact on the profit margin of visiting traders"

The new pear season is about to begin. Weather conditions in major production areas have been good in the last few weeks. So the harvest is expected to turn out alright. Traders with storage facilities are already preparing post-harvest fresh-keeping treatment for the new harvest of pears. However, cargo…

"Purchase price of Chinese pears is 20% higher than around this time last year"

The price of pears was extremely low last year, so a number of farmers cut down their trees and changed crops. This year the overall production volume of pear production areas in Hebei is expected to decline. Moreover, inflation, cost of packing, and high shipping costs all add to the purchase price of…

Import and export of fresh apples in May 2022

In May 2022, China exported 43,400 tons of fresh apples with an export value of US$59 million and an average unit price of US$1357.7/ton. Year-on-year (May 2021): The export…

Organic coating enhances ability of cherries to counter fruit flies

Western cherry fruit flies are a big problem for fruit growers. One remedy against their effect may be a slippery organic coating that prevents the female western cherry fruit…

DG agri dashboard - Apples

Ongoing 2021/22 apple crop for EU27 estimated at 11,777 mln tons

The ongoing 2021/22 crop for EU27 has been estimated at 11,777 mln tons [Jan ‘22 update]; this is 6,7% higher than the preceding 5 year average and 11 % above the 'small' crop of the past marketing year (data from WAPA for 20 MSs, from Eurostat for the remaining 7 MSs). After two years of below average crop volumes…

Tony Derwael, de Bel'Export:

"The end of the pome fruit sales season has not been easy"

"The end of the current apple and pear sales season is more difficult than expected," said Tony Derwael, of the Belgian firm Bel'Export. "People usually say that the last stretch is the hardest and that certainly applies to apples and pears."  "First-grade pears are still selling well, but second-grade pears…

Luochuan apple market analysis

"Purchase price of Luochuan apples increased by 50%-60% compared to last year"

China is the largest producer of apples and the annual production volume is huge. Apple orchards are distributed widely across China. In recent years the cost price of plantation has gone up. In addition, after the outbreak of Covid-19, logistical challenges have had an impact on apple trade. The domestic apple market has been in a roller coaster of frequent fluctuation…

Nova Scotia: Only Canadian province devoting more land to apple orchards

Statistics show that Nova Scotia is now Canada’s top exporter of apples. Emily Lutz, executive director of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association: “We have been seeing Nova…

International Pear Symposium will take place from 22-26 January 2023 in Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch University, HORTGRO and the ISHS have announced that the XIV International Pear Symposium will take place from 22-26 January 2023 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The XIV International Pear Symposium will offer a great opportunity to exchange the latest research and technology on pear. Scientists, researchers, students,…

Imports of Chilean Royal Gala apples increase in Brazil

By Antonella Rocco. Agronomist and analyst at the portal Mercado Brasilero. In recent weeks, Royal Gala apple arrivals have increased in the Brazilian market. Brazil has gone…

"Purchase price of pears is expected to rise, which will reduce consumer power in overseas markets"

"Chinese pear exports to Brazil grow in volume"

Pears originated in China, so the country has always been an important pear producer and exporter. Chinese pears are fresh and crisp, and very juicy too. Moreover, the growing season in China is the opposite of growing seasons in Brazil and other South American countries, so they complement each other.…

“Season was quite favourable, given the circumstances of the war in Ukraine”

The war in Ukraine will pose a big problem for the upcoming apple season in Poland. The country usually relies heavily on a workforce from Ukraine. There is no real plan in place yet and one grower hopes that the government will soon come to the aid of the apple industry. Although some Polish apple exporters…

Himachal Pradesh fruit growers demand ban on apple imports

A delegation of fruit growers in Himachal Pradesh, led by Jubbal-Kotkhai legislator Rohit Thakur, called on the state governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar seeking intervention…

PGI Poma de Girona produced a record 96,000 tons of apples in 2021

The producers of the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Poma de Girona harvested a record 96,000 tons of apples in 2021, the highest volume since its creation. The three companies that produce and market the apple, Girona Fruits (Bordils), Giropoma Costa Brava (Ullà), and Fructícola Empordà (Sant…

Coca Cola's CSR initiative plays important part

High-density apple farming picks up in Uttarakhand

Many farmers in Uttarakhand have switched to adopting high density plantings of new apple varieties in mid-altitude range of 1,000-1,500 metres above sea level. They were…

AC Goatham & Son extends deal with Aldi for its apples and pears

Rochester-based AC Goatham & Son has been supplying apples and pears to Aldi since 2016 - during which time it has more than doubled the volumes it provides. Last year alone…

Benjamin Singh, Food Freshly AFC, on the European Convenience Forum 2022:

"Fresh-cut apples have become a huge industry in the U.S."

In his presentation at the European Convenience Forum 2022 in Bonn, Benjamin Singh, Managing Director of Food Freshly AFC GmbH from Bielefeld, described the differences between the world's largest fresh-cut market in the USA and the German market. For example, he said, the average per capita spend of…

It's almost time for Interpera 2022

The consumption of pears in Europe has been under pressure for a number of years, but has there been a turnaround? Germans, British and Dutch consumers bought an average of 5…

ANPP and FNPF warn about a potential destabilization of the markets

“The European market does not need apples from Moldova”

The French Apple Pear Association (ANPP) and the French Federation of Fruit Producers (FNPF) have expressed themselves about the proposed regulation of the European Commission…

Joy Wing Mau facilitates New Zealand's Dazzle apples to develop the Chinese market​

Currently, New Zealand's Dazzle apples are fresh and sweet in the market. Under the cooperation between Joy Wing Mau and the New Zealand Dazzle Apple Alliance, Dazzle apples landed in the Chinese market for the first time last year and performed well in the first-tier market. This year, the volume of…

Apple sales enter the traditional off-season, and the impact of seasonal fruits is obvious

Since June, the apple market has continued to be sluggish in May, the price remained stable and weak, the downstream demand has been limited, the enthusiasm of merchants in…

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Fresh apples, grapes and pears: World Markets and Trade

'Imports are expected to slip on reduced shipments to Russia'

World production for 2021/22 is projected up 1.0 million tons to 81.6 million as China supplies edge upward and several EU Member States recover from the previous year’s damaging weather. Imports are expected to slip on reduced shipments to Russia. China production is expected to rise nearly 1.0 million…

June apple tracker reports U.S. apples in storage still up

According to a survey from USApple, the total number of apples in storage on June 1, 2022, was 44.4 million bushels, 10.7 percent more than last June’s total of 40.1 million bushels and 8.3 percent above the five-year average for that date. Fresh apple holdings this June totaled 32.1 million bushels,…

Emanuel Sluis, Service2Fruit:

"War harmed pear market most, an apple season to forget"

The Dutch top fruit market is entering the season's final phase. "I expect there will be enough pears to last the season. In any case, there won't be a surplus," says Emanuel Sluis of the Service2Fruit trading platform. "Recently, growers have been quite willing to sell due to either fear or quality…

Guangzhou Fruit Wholesale Market Report - Week 23

South African apples have just entered Guangzhou Market

May and June are slow months in the Guangzhou Fruit Wholesale Market. The delivery volume is rather small, as some fruit varieties leave the market while other fruit varieties only just entered. This week most sales figures have been stable, and for some fruit varieties the conditions are slowly…

India: Apple packaging material set go up in price

For the second year running, the packaging material of apple is set to see a significant hike in prices. While the cost of cartons across various categories is likely to…

Hollywood goes gaga for Envy™ apples

If you’ve been following some of America’s favorite TV shows lately, chances are good you’ve also seen one of the nation’s best-selling premium apple* brands – Envy – have a…

Tree fruit charity awards more than $1 million in scholarship funds

The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) awarded 318 scholarships to students this year. Jacky Mejia, Othello, is the recipient of the Washington Fruit & Produce/Royal High School Scholarship. Meija is a graduate of Royal High School and the daughter of Santiago Calderon and Jaquelin Calderon. Of…

WAPA releases May’s apple and pear stock figures

European apple stocks increased by 17.7% compared to 2021

WAPA, the World Apple and Pear Association, released the apple and pear stock figures from 1 May 2022. The figures show that in Europe apple stocks increased by 17.7% compared to 2021 to reach 1,542,655 T, while pear stocks increased by 2.4% to 155,401 T. In the USA, apple stocks as of 1 May 2022 stood…

Maharashtra orange crops affected as well

Heatwave strikes Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal apple crops

Heatwave conditions and the absence of pre-monsoon rains have affected two major fruit crops in India: apples and oranges. While the apple crop in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu &…

Grapes, pears and figs now available in supermarkets of Uzbekistan

Regular seasonal fruits are now available in supermarkets in Uzbekistan. The Korzinka and Makro supermarket chains announced the start of sales of new crop grapes, pears and…

Final shipments of Turkish apples reaching Indian ports

“We were the third biggest apple exporter to the Indian market this year”

The Turkish apple season has come to a close. One exporter that exports mainly to India, states they’ve managed to increase their volumes again this year and are aiming to increase their export numbers even further next year. The company has invested in new technology, to come out stronger with the…

Registrations now open!

PrognosFruit 2022 to take place in Belgrade, Serbia, 3-5 August

The Prognosfruit Conference is Europe’s annual event for the apple and pear sector, gathering growers from across Europe. After two successful online events in 2020 and 2021,…

Randolf Aaldijk, Origin Fruit Direct

“After two good months, the South African pear market has done a 180”

The World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA) figures show that the European Union's pear harvest was 26% lower than in 2020. That was due to late spring frost. About 1.67 billion kilograms were picked. In Italy, the EU's leading pear-growing country, 500 million kgs less were harvested than the ten-year…

"In honour of James, the Red Sienna Pride was named after his daughter, Sienna."

An Australian red pear variety growing in popularity and plantings as legacy of its founder continues

The owners of an Australian variety of red pear are expanding its volumes year on year as demand and popularity grow - but there is much more to the story behind the fruit, beyond its great colour and eating experience. The initial plantation of The Red Sienna Pride Pear was 10,000 trees and the first…

Netted melon and apricot season in full swing in Sicily

"The netted melon campaign is in full swing, although it started slightly late than in previous years. We started on April 20th and I must say that things have been satisfactory so far when it comes to both quality and prices," reports Vincenzo Di Pasquale, co-founder of the Donnalia brand together with…

The opening ceremony of New Zealand's Rockit apple season and Hebei Goodfarmer Gaobeidian successfully launched

On the morning of June 3, the opening ceremony of the New Zealand Rockit apple season and Hebei Goodfarmer Gaobeidian launched, which is also the launch of the limited joint model of "Rockit x Minions" apples in China. After a countdown by the host, the Opening Ceremony of the New Zealand Rockit apple season…

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…

Can seaweed replace pesticides for apples?

Researchers who are part of an international consortium are studying the replacement of pesticides with seaweed compounds in the treatment of diseases that affect pears and…

Jennifer Hotz of Bressan Fruits and Vegetables on the start of cherry season:

"The demand for the cherries is very high"

At the start of the German cherry season, the Früchte Bressan company from Eggingen can offer sufficient quantities of cherries; currently they offer the Bellise variety and in about one to two weeks they will have the Burlat variety, each of which is sourced from a grower in the Kaiserstuhl region. As…

Locally grown apples and pears hit Australian supermarket shelves

The Goulburn Valley is a sub-region, part of the Hume region of the Australian state of Victoria. Freshmax’s IP brands Modi® Apples, Piqa®Boo® Pears and Honey Belle™ Pears are…

Himachal apple growers banking on government relief disappointed

Himachal apple growers were hoping that PM Narendra Modi would announce some relief for them in the form of increased import duties and a Kashmir-like MIS scheme. However,…

Effects of war in Ukraine:

Moldovan apple growers are eyeing EU as replacement for Russian market

The war in Ukraine has cut off the trade route between Moldova and Russia, which means that Moldovan apple growers are turning to new markets. Eastern exports have effectively…

Apple prices showed a gradual downward trend after May

Entering May, the market volume of seasonal fruits gradually increased, which had an impact on the sales of apples. In addition, the inventory volume of apples in the current…

New Zealand’s latest organic apple variety comes to Vietnam

New Zealand’s newest organic apple variety, Dazzle, has arrived in Vietnam with a bang. New Zealand’s apple grower Bostock has partnered with Vietnam’s largest premium fruit…

Zhongyi Industry

Container opening ceremony 2022 of Rockit Apple successfully held

On May 26th, the opening ceremony of Rockit's fresh fruit season and the container opening ceremony of the Zhongyi Industry were held in Sichuan. The event was hosted by the Sichuan Agricultural Products Circulation Association, and many new and old cooperative distributors of Zhongyi Industry Co., Ltd.…

Great quality and low prices for Moldovan apples at season’s end

The quality of apples improved somewhat in supermarket chains in the capital of Chisinau in May. Along with the varietals Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Gala, Braeburn, the…

Himachal growers want 100% import duty on apples

Apple growers from Himachal Pradesh have requested Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur to urge PM Modi to increase the import duty on apple to 100 per cent. In a memorandum…

Apple growers face challenges and assess growing improvement options for 2022

World pressures, cost increases and how to produce apples better. These were some of the topics touched up on Hazel Technology’s virtual Apple Quality Summit yesterday as the industry looks ahead at the 2022 season. Desmond O’Rourke, founder and principal at Belrose, Inc., began the summit by looking at…

US apple industry takes up call to end costly tariffs

The U.S. Apple Association joined more than 40 agriculture and food groups to call for the elimination or reduction of U.S. tariffs being imposed on other countries that in turn are harming U.S. agriculture through retaliatory tariffs. In a letter sent to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, 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…

Last sprint for the challenging Polish apple season

"Higher costs will stop some growers investing in their orchards"

It’s been a very tough season for Polish apple exporters, especially when put in contrast with the previous season, says Jakub Krawczyk, export manager for Appolonia: “Our apple season is still ongoing. The season wasn’t easy, and in some periods of time there were some difficulties with our apples…

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,…

Apple organization awards Apples4Ed Grants to four in-need schools

The U.S. Apple Association has awarded Apples4Education grants to four schools from around the nation for the 2022-23 school year. Each $4,000 grant will provide supplemental student nutrition and expose students to a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as teach students about healthy…

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…

DG agri dashboard - Apples

Ongoing EU27 2021/22 apple crop estimated at 11,777 tons

The ongoing 2021/22 apple crop for EU27 has been estimated at 11,777 tons [as a January 2022 update]. This is 6,7% higher than the preceding 5 year average and 11 % above the ‘small’ crop of the past marketing year (data from WAPA for 20 MSs, from Eurostat for the remaining 7 MSs). After two years of below…

Napier, NZ

Tenth of apple harvest left on trees due to lack of pickers

Labor shortages in the apple industry are costing growers millions of dollars, with an industry-wide loss of more than $105 million expected, industry representatives say.…

Imports and exports of fresh apples in China in April 2022

Exports in AprilIn April 2022, China exported 80,700 tons of fresh apples with a value of US$103 million and an average unit price of US$1,275.38 per ton.: The export volume…

Meleco GmbH

Andreas Kreuzwieser, Meleco, on organic apple marketing in Austria

"During long-term storage, the wheat is separated from the chaff"

The marketing of Austrian pome fruit is now in the middle of its second half. "Our current stock level is around 20%. Topaz in particular is currently very popular for export, as German stocks are now slowly running out. Accordingly, we are now starting a very important part of the season," says Andreas…

Canadian Heart & Stroke research shows that health-related nutrition policies benefit farmers financially

An apple a day to increase farmers' pay

New research from the Université de Montréal reveals farmers' revenues are negatively impacted when consumers buy ultra-processed foods compared to fresh, minimally processed foods like vegetables and fruits. Considering nearly half of all daily calories consumed by Canadians come from unhealthy…

Labour constraints see New Zealand apple and pear season estimate drop 12% on pre-season estimate

New Zealand Apples and Pears (NZAPI), the industry organisation representing the country’s pipfruit growers, today released a crop re-forecast that predicts a decrease of 12%…

South African fruit exports to Malaysia rose by 12% last year

Reliable Malaysian market emerges as gateway for South African fruit into South East Asia

South Africa has an established reputation as a fruit supplying country in Malaysia, where its products are “more than competitive” on price and quality, says Dave Malcomson, South Africa’s High Commissioner to Malaysia for the past year (right).Malaysia imports much of its food bill and some of that…

"The flavor is even better, and we want to share this taste with even more customers"

"Sonya apples from New Zealand enter Chinese market"

"Sonya apples from New Zealand entered the Chinese market for the first time this year in May," said Fion Lam, International Sales Manager at Shenzhen Yuanxing Fruit Co., Ltd(hereafter referred to as "Yumsun Fruit"). The Sonya apple from New Zealand is a hybrid combination of Delicious Red and Gala…

Younger generations are investing in pear crops in southern Italy

The generational change that is occurring in agriculture is leading not only to different choices when it comes to crops, but also to greater attention towards modern agronomic techniques that can reduce costs, simplify operations and guarantee high quality standards. For example, super-intensive vertical…

To support sustainability in domestic apple industry

Canadian Government invests in innovative precision farming

Yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced an investment of up to $560,425 for Institut de recherche et de…

Louis De Cleene, Devos Group:

"This top fruit season, we're more focused on recovery than growth"

The top fruit market has had a year of ups and downs. "It started off looking great 'in pear country'. Late last year, everything seemed to be going in the right direction. But external factors mean the end isn't going as we'd hoped," says Louis De Cleene of the Devos Group in Belgium. "Everything…

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Fresh deciduous fruit semi-annual

South Africa set for a record pome fruit and table grape production in MY2021/22

South Africa is set for a record pome fruit and table grape production in marketing year 2021/22. Favorable weather conditions, new areas under production, and higher yielding cultivars is driving the growth in production. However, rising shipping costs, an upsurge in input costs, local port…

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…

Thursday, May 26

Gearing up for 2022 US apple season at Apple Quality Summit

Hazel Technologies Inc. announces open registration for its 2nd annual Apple Quality Summit next week. The one-hour event will be held on Thursday May 26th and feature presentations focused on preparing the U.S. apple industry for the 2022 season. Speakers will include Dr. Desmond O’Rourke, founder and…

The price increase is a foregone conclusion

China‘s apple production is expected to drop by about 30% in 2022

On May 11, strong convective weather occurred in many apple-producing areas in Gansu, and some areas experienced heavy rainfall and hail. In addition, apple-producing areas in…

New Zealand growers faced with dilemma of shipping products to Russia

Although it's not illegal to send food products to Russia, many NZ exporters are taking a stand against the invasion of Ukraine and boycotting the market. However, halting…

Interpoma rewards innovations for water management in apple orchards

With the Interpoma Award, the Bolzano fair intends to grant recognition to those companies that present innovations for water management in apple orchards. Interpoma Award 2022 will reward those technologies that, thanks to an innovative component, lead to progress in the management of water in apple…

Pome fruit prices Lake Constance - Week 19: Dreamstime

'In the new season, Lake Constance is expecting a large harvest'

Since last week, temperatures have been rising, which has boosted demand for summer fruit, but has caused interest in pome fruit to be somewhat weaker. The daily sales have…

2022 Pink Lady volumes well down on forecast

The crop forecast completed in February estimated Class 1 Pink Lady apples at approximately 70,000 tonnes, 12 per cent down on 2021. With the Pink Lady apple harvest well…

New Zealand organic apple grower continues export to Russian Federation

New Zealand organic apple grower, Bostock, continues to supply apples to Russia. This is upsetting other growers, who have ceased exports in response to president Putin’s…

Bravo® apple volumes up 30% this season

Bravo® apples, bred in Western Australia as variety ANABP01, are available in independent and major retail stores across Australia now, with 30% more fruit available throughout this season. WA Farm Direct are the licenced marketer of Bravo apples and Sean Engelbrecht, National Development Manager of…

Organic import apples and pear programs underway

Both imported organic pears and organic apples have gotten a slightly later start this season. This year there will be slightly less volume on organic pears from Argentina.  Pears: This year, slightly less volume will be seen on organic pears from Argentina. “The pear season started a few weeks later than…

Chicago, August 18-19

Registration opens for apple conference

Early bird registration is now open for USApples' Outlook 2022. Outlook 2022 is designed specifically for apple industry leaders from the U.S. and around the world.…

Apple market cools down, and the trading enters its off-season

After May 1st, the apple trade in the production and sales areas was not as good as before. In the production areas, merchants who look for cold-storage goods to purchase…

New Zealand apple industry intends to be 'spray-free' by 2050

New Zealand’s apple industry is working towards becoming spray-free by 2050, as this move should allow it to hold on to high-value export markets. To achieve this, the apple…

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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…

“This vagueness about processed products leads to significant imports of apples from other European countries”

Will French apples disappear from our compotes?

France is a major producer of apples, with nearly 1.4 million tons harvested each year. And thanks to the diversity of the land and know-how, French apple growers offer a large number of varieties to consumers. No waste in the apple sector!French consumers love fresh apples, with a consumption of 17 kg…

British apple season will be officially launched on 3rd October

Inflation is biggest worry for British apple growers

On 12th May British Apple and Pears Ltd. held a webinar for retailers and trade to discuss the 2022 season. This year the British apple season will be officially launched on 3rd October. Ali Capper, British Apple and Pears (BAPL), Executive Chair spoke about how the top fruit industry has always been a…

A dozen hectares of pear trees planted

Charles & Alice invests in Williams pears

While some sectors are seeing their production decrease year after year, others are making commitments, like Charles & Alice, which has been investing in the Williams pear for two years already, a variety which is very popular for desserts because of its very sweet taste. Given the difficulties with the supply…

The impact of logistics on apple exports

Apple exports are very difficult.  So sums up Donna Feltrup of L&M Companies Inc. based in Union Gap, Washington on how the export apple season has gone to date this season. Starting with destinations. For L&M, it’s sending apples to the Caribbean including the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Trinidad, Guyana…

Mountain View Fruit Sales announce premium table grape program

Mountain View Fruit Sales is proud to announce George Matoian will be joining the company as the Director of the Grape Division.Mountain View Fruit Sales was established in…

Hectre’s AI solution to support Cultiva’s fight against apple sunburn

Cultiva has signed with fruit tech company Hectre, to add further innovation and strength to their trial process. Based out of Nevada, Cultiva are the developers of Parka®, a cuticle protectant powered by SureSeal™ technology. One of the many ways Parka assists apple growers is by preventing sunburn…

Kissabel season kicks off in Southern Hemisphere

The harvest of Kissabel® apples in Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa ended in recent weeks with very positive results. Thanks to the relatively normal summer conditions, the quality was excellent, with good-sized calibres. The red-flesh apples, with their inviting crunchiness and…

John Cripps

Pink Lady and Sundowner-Joya apple creator passes away at 95

Western Australia’s John Cripps, the well-known breeder of the Pink Lady apple has died at the age 95. The British-Australian horticulturalist carried out his research in WA's…

The price of Huangguan pears fell and exports fell sharply in the same period

The price of Huangguan pears has begun to fall recently, with a drop of 5-20% for different sizes. The price of medium and low-end pears dropped considerably, and the price of…

Hinrich Quast, Bio-Augustin Ltd & Co, on marketing organic apples

"A totally seamless shift to the new apple crop will not be possible for us"

The German pome fruit season is currently in its final phase, and the same applies to the marketing of domestic organic apples. "The last stocks of Elstar and Topaz have already been marketed, Natyra will probably be available until the end of June. The marketing of the Jonagold group - Jonagored, Red…

Pest risk analyses for Bhutanese potatoes and apples underway

Bhutan and Thailand agree on bilateral trade

The government of Bhutan and Thailand agreed to sign a bilateral trade agreement. The two countries have a trade and economic cooperation agreement as of now. The decision was…

May apple tracker reports US apples in storage up over 2021

According to a survey from USApple, the total number of apples in storage on May 1, 2022, was 58.2 million bushels, 6.2 percent more than last May’s total of 54.8 million bushels and 0.1 percent more than the 5-year average for that date. Fresh apple holdings this May, totaled 41.2 million bushels, 8.5…

New account and event manager for New York Apple Association

Nathaniel Foster joins the New York Apple Association as account and event manager. He brings 20 years of experience in the grocery industry in retail purchasing and store…

This has been the most ruinous apple campaign in Lleida in the last 40 years

This has been the most ruinous apple campaign in Lleida in the last 40 years. Production costs have skyrocketed in the last year while the price of the fruit continues to…

"Belarus border reopening has revived especially Category II pears"

Since the start of this month, Belarus has allowed the import of several European products, including apples and pears again. That has revived the pear market. "That's…

Jeroen van der Spek, Groda AGF:

"Especially Class II Conference pear prices remain well on level"

Fixed programs currently dominate the top fruit market. "They're running normally, but there's a lot less peripheral trade than usual," says Jeroen van der Spek of Groda AGF, a top and soft fruit trade specialist in the Netherlands. "Prices of especially Conference pears are reasonable. The Class II pears,…

Benlai.com as the exclusive agency again

New Zealand's "Premier Star" apple season officially launched

On May 9, the Bostock Premier Star apple season in New Zealand officially kicked off. Previously, Bostock had reached an agreement with Benlai.com to exclusively authorize them to be the sole distributor of its exclusive Premier Star apple in China. This is the second time the two parties have reached an…

Gaizhou apples are popular in Thailand

Walk into the apple export base in Laoyemiao Village, Gaizhou City in late spring, and you will immediately get a rich fruity aroma. In the warehouse under constant temperature, the apples harvested in September and October 2021 are large, good in shape, red, and bright, as if they had just been picked…

Greece's fruit and vegetable exports take a hit due to Ukraine crisis

The crisis in Ukraine has made it difficult for the apple orchards of the Agricultural Cooperative of Naoussa (ACN) in northern Greece.  "The fruits we grow here are among the first…

Apple is the number one export fruit for Serbia, raspberry is the most profitable

“Last year, Serbia exported fruit worth a record 824.1 million euros, mostly apples, while raspberries were the most profitable export fruit,” said agrianalyst Goran Djakovic.…

First signs of Red Conference

"Now that the trees have fully blossomed and the fruit set under good conditions, the pears are slowly forming. The weather conditions are still favorable, and the forecast looks good too. If things continue as such, it looks promising for this season's harvest," says Joop Vernooij of Frupaks-Vernooij, part of Staay Food Group.…

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New Zealand apple production and exports forecast to rise in MY 2021/22

New Zealand’s apple production and exports are forecast to rise in marketing year 2021/22 (January 2022-December 2022), but remain far below levels previously expected as a result of continued shortages of harvest labor. The combination of reduced labor due to international border closures, as well as a…

"We are also extremely proud to introduce the first fully home-compostable package for our pre-packaged fruit"

Tasmanian organic apple grower preparing to launch new variety next season

A Tasmanian organic apple producer is looking forward to launching a new variety onto the Australian market next year. R&R Smith has the commercial license to a variety from Belgium called Kizuri (marketed in Europe as Morgana), Marketing and Communications Manager Jessica Calvert says the company is…

“It is still very risky to work in Ukraine now”

As the war in Ukraine is currently mostly focused on the East of the country, some life in the Western regions is picking up again. However, the precautions do not make it possible to get back to work for the Ukrainian apple traders, as their situation is still very uncertain and dangerous. According to Garik…

Climate change impacts on apples

Apple footprint might decline in Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne and the Waikato

The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research has issued a series of fact sheets about climate change impacts on the spatial footprint of horticultural crops. The…

Peras de Rincón de Soto shares the productive cycle of its pears

Peras de Rincón de Soto obtained the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) distinction in 2002, becoming the first fruit of its kind to be awarded this distinction. Now, the…

Vítor Santos, Santos & Pereira, producer and shipper of Rocha pears:

“Disappointing campaign for the Rocha pear”

At medFEL 2022, the company Santos & Pereira presented its biodegradable trays for the Rocha pears of small calibers (50 to 60) for French supermarkets. This pear, named after Pedro António Rocha who discovered it in 1836, is unique in the fact that it has never been genetically modified, contrary to…

TripleF Fruit gets first Royal Gala apples from New Zealand

"This season, volumes will plummet, thanks to outrageously high prices in the chain"

The Dutch company, TripleF Fruit, specializes in importing overseas fruit. Last week, it received its first container of Royal Gala apples from the Taylor family in New Zealand. "We always get good apples from that grower. The brand is known as the top of the top, and the apples look fantastic this…

WAPA April stock report

European apple stocks increased by 13.1% compared to April 2021

WAPA, the World Apple and Pear Association, released the apple and pear stock figures from 1 April 2022. The figures show that in Europe apple stocks increased by 13.1% compared to 2021 to reach 2,180,415 T, while pear stocks decreased by 24.6% to 206,181 T. In the USA, apple stocks as of 1 April 2022…

Moldova saw sharp rise of apple exports in April

Almost 25,000 tons of apples were exported from the Republic of Moldova in April this year, which is more than twice as much as their external supplies last March (11,000…

South African pears: quality & demand was there, but let down by logistics

The South African pear harvest has run its course and in the orchards, teams are pruning for increased light penetration and applying postharvest fertilisers, an operation that has become very expensive as a result of skyrocketing fertiliser and fuel costs.It was a season with good crops of Packham,…

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Southwell's Bramley Apple tree dedicated to Queen Elizabeth

Southwell's famous Bramley apple tree has been dedicated to the Queen as part of her national platinum jubilee celebrations. It was among 70 ancient trees and 70 ancient woodlands across the UK unveiled by Prince Charles. The Prince of Wales called for the nation’s dwindling historic natural habitat to…

Kashmir horticulture sector braces for impact

Cheaper Iranian apples invade Indian markets

Cheaper Iranian apples have invaded Indian markets, negatively affecting the livelihoods of Kashmiri farmers. According to the Kashmir Monitor, Iran exported 1947.19 tons of…

Malte Wegener, Gustav Wegener u. Sohn & Co on marketing pears from overseas

"The market has been extremely receptive to pears from overseas"

Due to considerable crop losses and a correspondingly early end of season for the popular Italian table pear Abate Fetel, this year's overseas imports already got going at the end of February. "German retailers already listed the first South African Abate Fetel in week 11/12. Normally, larger volumes…

“We will continue with our motto of the last two years: Adapt, Improvise and Overcome”

The apple harvest started back in March for Howard Hansen of Hansen Orchards in Tasmania, volumes will be down this season due to a severe hail event in the Huon Valley in December last year. “We are a bit quieter than we would normally be due the hail last year which destroyed a whole orchard, we would…

Chinese apple exports increased significantly in March

In March 2022, China exported 84,500 tons of apples, and the total value was US$102.6 million, with an average price of US$1,214.37 per ton. Compared with that in March 2021,…

Satellite images confirm Santa Catarina as largest apple producer in Brazil

Epagri/Ciram carried out the satellite mapping of 15,684 ha of apple orchards in Santa Catarina and confirmed that São Joaquim is consolidated as the largest producer of the fruit in Brazil. It encompasses an area of ​​8,692 ha, representing 26% of all country orchards. The research also served to corroborate that Santa…

Melinda in collaboration with Naturitalia

Tests to export apples to the Far East continue

"For the past couple of years, we have been experimenting with sales in the Far East. Volumes are not very high yet, but things are looking good," reports Andrea Fedrizzi, Melinda marketing manager. "Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan are some of the nations where we started. Everything…

Portugal: NAE Vegan Shoes presents upcycled apple leather collection

The Portuguese brand known as NAE Vegan Shoes has launched a new summer shoe collection called ‘SS22’. Their sustainable shoes are made from apple leather, using upcycled…

"Distant markets consider ending fresh pear orders early as shipping takes too long"

The new season of fresh pears is about to begin. And the sales of pears from storage are coming to an end. Some traders in more distant markets, however, have already decided to stop placing new orders for pears as backlogs in harbors cause significant delays in product movement. Li Xixi, spokesperson of…

Benoît Escande, Escande Nursery:

“We can supply 80,000 RKD Gala trees today”

At Fruit Logistica, Benoît Escande presented the RKD Gala, a mutant of the Gala variety which has a significant advantage. “Its main asset is that it has an advanced maturity of 3 weeks. It is already very tasty when the first Galas are not even harvested yet, or only harvested according to their color…

Making local tree fruit a number one choice for Ontario consumers

It will soon be easier for Ontarians to buy local apples and other tree fruit when grocery shopping. Ontario Apple Growers is receiving cost share funding from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs to support promotional activities for the next two years. “We are excited at the…

Patrick Sperl, Cobana Ltd & Co. on apples from overseas

"Logistical problems with ocean freight are pervasive at the moment"

In week 16, Cobana & Co. received the first batches of Royal Gala apples from New Zealand. For many years, the Hamburg-based fruit importer has been a specialist in apples from overseas, importing tons of pome fruit from New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and South Africa every year between April and October…

Funding of $15 million project will enable NZ to be world leader in sustainable apple production

A government-backed, industry-led seven year research programme has been launched, which will help achieve the apple industry’s goal to be the global exemplar of sustainable…

Charl-Francois du Toit – Provider Farming

Industry needs to cooperatively solve the controllables in a tumultuous season

In Villiersdorp, the apple harvest is nearly finished, with the last Granny Smith apples coming off and then in May the final apples of the season, Cripps Red. The quality looks good and their estimates have been very accurate, notes Charl-Francois du Toit, operational and marketing manager at Provider…


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