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Uzbekistan joins the raspberry craze

Global prices for fresh and frozen raspberries are at record highs. There has already been a second raspberry boom in Ukraine, one of the global leaders in raspberry exports.…

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USDA Cold storage holdings of grapes in California

Table grape stocks October 15 lower than those of previous two seasons

According to the latest cold storage report of the US Department of Agriculture, the table grape stocks registered on October 15 in the US market were lower than those of the previous two seasons. The bimonthly report stated that as of a few days ago, 10.6 million boxes of grapes had been registered in…

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Soft Robotics might tackle farm labor issues

A generation of new robots, developed in Europe, that use photonics to detect a fruit is entering the field. This type of robot is made of malleable materials such as silicone…

Vermeer Orchards

Ontario apple producer invests $4 mln to expand sales

A family-run apple farm near Aylmer has spent $4 million to upgrade with a new packing line and storage facility. These investments are said to help them expand sales across…

Fernando Cillóniz Benavides:

‘Peruvian blueberry projections could not be more optimistic’

Projections for the Peruvian blueberry industry by President Fernando Cillóniz Benavides of consulting firm Inform@cción, could not be more optimistic. According to some…

G-Berries and Dole PLC: a partnership for Mexico

Molari Berries & Breeding launched G-Berries at the beginning of 2021. The newly established company is focused on breeding, applied research, and IP Management. It's a fully independent company, with a dedicated investment plan and clear and ambitious objectives for the future years to come. Luca…

Kashmir apple orchardists worried about weather forecast and labor exodus

Many Kashmir farmers are working late in the night to harvest their produce as quickly as they can. "We have been picking apples since 6 in the morning and we hope we finish…

Az. Agr. Sicilia Bedda SS

Sicilian yellow melon season ends on a high note

The Sicilian yellow melon campaign ended ten days ago and proved to be quite successful until the final harvest. Franco Altamore of Sicilia Bedda, a well-known brand that is planning to extend its cultivated areas by 10% next year. These are important goals considering the fact that the traditional fruit-growing…

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World fruit production in 2019:

European fruit harvest slightly down, Asia up

Global fruit production amounted to around 883.4 million tons in 2019, an increase of around 1.4% on the previous year. While Europe recorded declining yields of - 8.7%, Asia further expanded its supremacy as the world's largest fruit producer with a 2.6% growth. This is reported by AgrarMarkt Austria…

Argentina could market up to 100,000 fewer tons of pears and apples in 2021

According to an analysis based on the comparison of the consolidated statistics in the first eight months of this year with the same period of the previous year, in 2021…

“Goal is to be the best and highest volume Turkish apple brand in India in 3 years”

There’s a lot of competition in the Indian market when it comes to apples. One Turkish exporter aims to become the biggest supplier for Turkish apples in that region. However, Iran and Poland are worthy competitors, both with specialties in certain varieties. Luckily for the Turkish, their harvest seems…

Melon movement even throughout North America

Supplies of melons in North America look to be steady. Elizabeth Smart, melon category manager of Nogales, AZ-based Divine Flavor said organic seedless and mini watermelons are good out of Nogales and should remain that way through U.S. Thanksgiving next month. “The supplies are about the same as last…

"Consumers in the US and international markets have the opportunity to learn more about Washington apples"

In the middle of an uncertain season, where the summer heat may have his influence on the crop’s storage and volume. Washington Apple Commission continues in promoting the…

Dodoma region, Tanzania

New initiative to empower grape growers

The Tanzania Agriculture Research Institute (TARI) has taken to a special strategy to empower grape farmers in the Dodoma region, relying on the introduction of modern tech.…

Rockit Back to School campaign and selling season boom in Middle East

New Zealand-based snack sized apple company, Rockit™ Apple, is continuing to pack a punch with sales up almost 70% year on year in the Middle East during its annual Back to School campaign and high season sales period. The MENA (Middle East North Africa) region is a critical market to Rockit as it…

First stone fruit estimate for 2021/22 season: large plum crop expected

Slow start for stone fruit due to cold spring in the Western Cape

Most of the stone fruit orchards in the Western Cape have finished flowering and growers have started thinning out fruit. It has been a cold spring and weekly rain (heavy rain again predicted for Friday) are causing a slow start. The first stone fruit crop estimate by Hortgro, the industry organisation…

Hungary: Plum growers hope for good harvest and reasonable prices

Hungarian fruit growers have had a tough season this year. However, there is some hope that things might take a turn for the better for at least one of the nation’s struggling…

Novadi presents three new brands of apples

Novadi, a company created in 1995 by French nurserymen, specializes in varietal creation and the development in France and abroad of varieties of apples that are resistant to pests and diseases like scab. Pioneer in the selection of resistant apple varieties, Novadi is known for varieties such as Story®…

“Prices are higher than in previous years”

On the 1st of October, the 2021 French apple production was expected to be clearly lower compared to the average of the last 5 years, and inferior to the already weak 2020…

Northwest pumpkins moving fast for 2021

Pie and ornamental pumpkins out of Washington are seeing strong demand this season. "Everything is selling through very quickly. We started harvesting August 2nd and we’re just about out of pie pumpkins and all of our other ornamental pumpkins and we’re just going into our organic squash production right…

Very dark coloring of the apples thanks to beneficial weather conditions

“In some areas the apples now have a completely black color”

Weather conditions for the Turkish apples have been so good, that one exporter now has 4,000 tons of apples that are of a very dark color. Some of the apples are even a shiny black, these apples have peaked the interest of the clients of one Turkish exporter. The Gala variety is just about finished,…

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Short-term outlook for EU agricultural markets in 2021

EU consumption of fresh apples still at high level

The EU production of apples is expected to increase by 10% to 12.5 million t in 2021/22 (+8% compared to the 5-year average) driven by an increase in PL (+27% year-on-year) due to an estimated increase in area harvested (+7% y-o-y) and thanks to favourable weather conditions. The high availability of…

South Kashmir apple growers intent on keeping more produce in cold storage

Growers from different areas of South Kashmir have made clear that in 2020, around 50 percent of produce was kept in cold storage units as compared to 2019 This year, the…

Taiwan fresh fruit exports to China have dropped by 50 percent

Due to bans and new regulations by Beijing, fresh fruit exports from Taiwan to China have fallen by half. According to Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung, they…

Chilean cherry estimate approximately 10 percent larger this season

With now only two weeks away from the start of the Chilean cherry season, the Vanguard Chilean Cherry team has an update fresh from the field. The Chilean cherry season will begin in about two weeks and the first variety available to customers will be Royal Dawn. Vanguard’s first air shipment routed to…

Ten percent of Central Otago-grown fruit going to waste

A new report, commissioned by the Central Otago District Council, has found more than 10 percent of the fruit grown in Central Otago is not being sold or eaten. The report was…

Peru to be no. 1 global blueberry exporter for third consecutive year

As the shipments of Peruvian blueberries to different global markets are ongoing, Peru is set to be the most important exporter of blueberries in the world for the third…

La Libertad will export its blueberries to the Indian market for the first time

The region of La Libertad is currently the leading producer of blueberries in Peru, with 7,580 hectares devoted to growing different blueberry varieties, such as the Biloxi,…

Total blueberry arrivals from Argentina at 653 tons in week 41

Total weekly blueberry arrivals from Argentina stood at 653 tons in week 41, compared to 853 tons of exports last season. Total weekly arrivals for the US stood at 303 tons in week 41, whereas the arrivals stood at 480 tons last year. Those of the UK were at 13 tons for the week, compared to 38 tons at the…

China's fruit e-commerce market still has huge potential

In China, the retail sales of fruits in e-commerce from 2018 to 2020 are 74.558 billion, 90.404 billion, and 129.569 billion respectively. In 2019 and 2020, the growth rate of…

Spain: Blueberry acreage in Huelva up 5.6% in the last campaign

Approximately 93.9% of Spanish blueberry production comes from Andalusia. Blueberry cultivation in Andalusia is focused almost entirely in the province of Huelva, where 99.5%…

ZZ2 commences cherry exports to India

The early cherry harvest started on 25 September at ZZ2’s Muriti farm near Rustenburg, followed five days later at Kareebosch close to Polokwane, Limpopo Province. This week the cherry harvest commences at Toscana Farm in Gauteng and Ferroland in Belfast, Mpumalanga.“The total harvest volume from the…

Refreshingly different:

SweeTango® Influencer Collaborations for the 2021 season

To further strengthen the awareness of the SweeTango® apple, this year saw the first three influencer collaborations focusing on the juicy and crunchy summer apple. The three selected influencers from different sectors can tally a total of 297,400 followers on Instagram. SweeTango is refreshingly…

Joop Vernooij, Staay Food Group:

"Full harvest of Early Desire pears. With the Red Conference we'll have to wait a year for first commercial volumes"

The marketing season for Dutch pears has started smoothly at Frupaks-Vernooij, part of the Staay Food Group. "We have picked slightly fewer pears, but of a good size and quality. Due to the smaller harvest in Italy and France, the demand has already started to grow. However, the large supply of large…

Premium apple brand finds success in U.S. market

New Zealand Trade Commissioner, Los Angeles, Haylon Smith and supermodel/actress Rachel Hunter recently joined T&G Global in Los Angeles to celebrate the Envy™ apple brand’s success in the North American market. Over the past year, more than 2.1 million cartons of Envy apples were sold in the U.S. The…

Reduced import volume from southern hemisphere, demand for South-East Asia fruits remains strong

China takes in a huge amount of imported fruits every year. However, the cost of shipping has been continuously rising for more than a year, there is a temporary shortage of shipping containers, and the Covid-19 pandemic is still raging. These factors undoubtedly present importers and exporters with a…

Michigan apple harvest forecast at 18.25 million bushels

Michigan is well-known as one of the top apple producers in the United States. Its apples are sold in 32 states and 18 countries, according to the Michigan Apple Committee.…

The price of good fruit has been rising all the way, and no one cares about ordinary apples

China: This year may see the most polarized apple market

Previously, industry insiders had predicted that the stock of apples from last year would, coupled with the economic downturn, prove to be a drag on the market this year. The…

Hortifrut acquires Spain-based berry grower

Hortifrut, a global business platform in breeding, growing and marketing fresh and frozen berries, has reached an agreement to acquire 100 percent of Atlantic Blue. Atlantic Blue is a company working in variety development, growing and sales of berries in Europe and Northern Africa and is based in…

Diesase threatens growers across New South Wales, Queensland and increasingly Victoria

Expanding crop protection for blueberry rust control on organic farms

Plant Pathologist dr Jay Anderson from the Centre for Organics Research has joined a team of experts to expand the range of crop protectants available to organic blueberry…

“Start of trading season was slightly delayed”

The end of the harvest is in sight for one Polish apple exporter. As the harvest was a bit delayed, so was the start of their trading. However, they’re now ready to kick off the season at 100% capacity. The company states they’ve had a record harvest when it comes to Royal Gala this season. According to Mateusz…

Azerbaijan hopes to more than double apple exports to Russia

Chairman of the Food Safety Agency of Azerbaijan Goshgar Tahmazli has stated that approximately 70 Azerbaijani enterprises plan to export 153,397 tons of apples by the end of…

Summary Grape Quality Summit

Examining the grape sector from vine to shelf

Consumers looking for consistency and quality. The importance of post-harvest technology. How COVID affected the movement of grapes. These are a few themes that emerged during Friday’s virtual Grape Quality Summit hosted by Hazel Technologies, Inc. Changes in grape growing first touched on by Garland…

Verdeflor, the Peruvian packaging company, expands its facilities for the blueberry, avocado, and citrus campaigns

"We have the capacity to process 1200 kilos/hour, which means we can have one container ready per shift"

Peru's blueberry export campaign has already started and the opening of new markets, such as India and Malaysia, starting this year offer producers better prospects, as they now have more than 31 destinations where they can ship their product. Starting October, the Indian market will be open for Peruvian…

Graziano Defilippis, of Polar Fruit Europa:

"We are the only sales office for the Blanc Seedless grapes produced in Europe"

The table grape campaign is in full swing in Spain, and pending the possible consequences of unexpected meteorological instability, the national production is expected to increase by 4.9%, according to the latest Surface and Production Advance of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food…

Fifth season of ‘Better with Blueberries’ starts in Argentina

For the fifth consecutive year, the Argentine Blueberry Committee is presenting the ‘Better with Blueberry’ campaign, aiming to promote healthy eating by installing blueberry…

High expectations in Biobío Region

Chilean fruit exports to China increasing

According to the study carried out by the Office of Agrarian Studies and Policies (Odepa), shipments of cherries expanded by almost 37% compared to the previous year. The…

NZ apple profits to drop as pandemic disrupts both harvest and exports

New Zealand apple grower T&G Global Ltd. expects its full-year earnings to sink by as much as 75% due to the pandemic disrupting its harvest and exports. The company, which…

Georgian table grapes show great potential for domestic and foreign markets

Sartichala Vineyard Management LLC is one of the biggest growers of modern table grape varieties in the Republic of Georgia. The company owns a 30-ha table grape vineyard,…

Hungarians are eating more and more pears, but domestic production is dropping

Ferenc Apáti is the president of FruitVeb. The company is the main Hungarian fruit and vegetable interbranch organization. He explained that in the past decade, the volume of…

CREA Forlì

New pear varieties to relaunch the sector

When it comes to pears, varietal innovation goes through CREA. The latest cultivar to be introduced is called CREA 194. "It derives from Carmen pears and boasts constant high productivity, so much so that thinning is necessary at times," reports researcher Giuseppina Caracciolo from CREA (Centro di…

Creating a new business In specialty ingredients, developed from fruit side-streams

Dole Sunshine Company partners with Singapore Economic Development Board

Dole Sunshine Company is partnering the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) for its new corporate venture, Dole Specialty Ingredients (DSI). This new venture will focus…

RubyFrost apples are back with bigger crop

Crunch Time Apple Growers, a New York State-based cooperative of 152 member-growers, announced it will deliver 175,000 bushels (a 35 percent year-over-year increase) of its premium apple variety RubyFrost™. The tart but sweet flavor of RubyFrost apples will soon be available in select produce aisles,…

Governor Charlie Baker declares October ‘Massachusetts Cranberry Month’

Yesterday, governor Charlie Baker declared that October will be known as "Massachusetts Cranberry Month." The cranberry growing industry is a staple in Massachusetts. The…

Increasing volumes of Mexican blackberries expected

Supplies of blackberries are starting to increase out of Mexico. “We’re finally seeing an uptick in supplies. They had rain a couple of weeks back and that set us back,” said Robert Wilhelm of Bova Fresh LLC in Boca Raton, Fl., noting that crossings from Mexico have increased to three times weekly…

Demand as high as it was last season

Some overlap for Polish apple seasons

The previous season for Polish apples had a smooth transition into the new one, as not all of the old apples were sold once the 2021/2022 season began. It means the Polish apple prices started out rather low, on top of that there are large volumes available for export. According to Agnieszka Wryk, Commercial…

China: Apple's overall sales speed has accelerated, and late ripening fruits may reduce production

From July to September, the sales volume of apples in cold storage nationwide was 2.5683 million tons, which was higher than the level of 212.7 million tons in the same period…

"Market prospects for Chilean cherries look good now that the ports are slowly solving their backlog"

The Chinese market is slowly recovering from the worst impact of the pandemic. And the problems with global distribution are gradually growing less intense. Shanghai Yuqian Supply Chain Management is one of the specialized importers in Shanghai Huizhan Wholesale Market. Sean Chen, spokesperson for the…

Bertus Schipper, Zoutewelle, the Netherlands:

"After high prices at the Brazilian melon season's start, they're now back to the old level"

This year's Brazilian melon season got off to a complicated start. "Delays meant the overseas season didn't connect well to the end of the Spanish one. Those shortages resulted in a hefty price surge. Now, however, prices are crashing back to their old level," says Bertus Schipper of Zoutewelle Import/Export…

Decline in cherry exports particularly noticeable

Uzbekistan acutely reduced fruit exports to China

In 2021, Uzbekistan once again reduced fruit exports to China. In the first eight months of 2021, fruit exports in volume fell by 16% compared to the same period in 2020 and…

Selling prices for apples in Ukraine already 35% lower year-on-year

Currently, prices for high-quality apples in Ukraine have dropped to the lowest level in the past three years. At the same time, there is still no demand in this segment, even…

“Overall it’s a good year for Turkish pear growers”

Weather conditions have caused Turkish pears to be harvested later than usual. One exporter says it will be a good season for the pear growers regardless, as prices are in a good spot at the moment. The exporter has doubled its production and aims to achieve the same growth next season. The Turkish pear season…

Philippe Jean, Cofruid’Oc:

“We are doubling our volumes of Legend harvested, going from 400 to 800 tons!”

It is the fourth year that Cofruid’Oc Méditerranée sells its new variety of scab-resistant French apples under the Legend® brand. The harvest started last week and is already looking promising. “This apple is harvested in early October. The south of France has been impacted by the weather events this…

Escalation and transformation in the fruit wholesale market in China

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenge for the global fruit industry for almost 2 years now, and the global shipping capacity remains the big problem to fruit traders. There have been several changes and transformations in the industry in response to these challenges. Several main fruit wholesale…

The Kissabel® season kicks off in the UK, France and Switzerland

With the first harvest of the Jaune and Orange varieties in the second half of September, the Kissabel® apple season is kicking off for the partners of the Ifored project in the Northern hemisphere. Switzerland, France and the UK have experienced the same summer 2021 climate, with low rainfall and colder…

Substantial growth expected for upcoming Chilean cherry season

Fall has arrived, and that means the Chilean cherry season is around the corner. Chile projects that cherry exports to the U.S. will see substantial growth in 2021/22, and for the first time, the season will run more than 12 weeks, from November through February. The Chilean Cherry Committee estimates…

Pennsylvania welcomes stronger apple crop

Pennsylvania is coming into a larger apple crop this season. “We have a really nice crop--great flavor and quality with higher volumes across most varieties,” says Brenda Briggs of Rice Fruit Co. in Gardners, PA. “In general, fruit sizing is on the larger side.” Early season varieties are harvested…

Bruce James Meikle – Wiserow Enterprises

Zimbabwean blueberry growers note increased market competition

Four weeks of blueberry harvesting remain at Wiserow Enterprises in Marondera, southeast of Harare in Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe, where the first rains of the season fell this week.“Half of our blueberry crop is grown for Costa’s African Blue programme while the balance are open varieties that are…

“The quality of Polish apples speaks for itself this season”

Polish apple exporters are satisfied with the quality of the crops this season, but the production costs have also increased significantly. One exporter explains that they’ve had to divert to different ports just to get some available containers, despite the transit time being longer via this route. All…

Raúl Olivares, Senior Consultant at Blueberries:

"The market increases and I do not see a risk of saturation"

Senior Blueberry Consultant Raúl Olivares has referred to various aspects of the blueberry industry based on the premise that blueberry, along with berries in general, is the…

Australian-Chinese relations impact table grape and citrus exports

Political troubles with China have affected the Australian table grape export market to the tune of $168.4 million. While much attention has gone to losses by the wine sector…

Main export items being apples and kiwis

Iran increased fruit exports to Russia by 50% in 2021

Iran exported a record volume of fruits and nuts worth $196 million to Russia in the first three quarters of 2021. Fruit exports of Iran to the Russian Federation increased by…

Georgia exported more table grapes in September than in previous seven years combined

In September 2021, the Republic of Georgia exported more table grapes than in the previous seven years combined. Georgia has long-lasting traditions of growing grapes for…

Chinese apple supply at risk due to hailstorms in Shaanxi Province

Last month, the average price of Chinese apples rose by 1.7% m-o-m to USD 1,115/MT due to several extreme weather events in the northwest of China. China is the world’s…

"Overall production volume of Chinese apples declined by 20% this year"

New harvest of red Fuji apples from Yantai enters Chinese market in mid-October

Yantai is one of the main production areas of red Fuji apples in China. The new harvest will enter the Chinese market in the middle of October. The production areas still suffered from hailstorms in early October, as well as continuous rainfall. Some of the apples developed rust spots, which will undoubtedly have an impact on the production volume and the average produc…

Vertical strawberry farm makes Los Angeles home for West Coast expansion

Oishii is opening its newest farm in Los Angeles, making Oishii’s strawberries available outside of the greater New York area for the first time. Oishii - which means ‘delicious’ in Japanese - is known for its Omakase Berry, a strawberry varietal from the foothills of Japan regarded for its sweetness,…

Best-selling products were avocados, up 43.3% in relation to first months 2020

Peru leads the growth of non-traditional exports in the region

Peru spearheaded the growth of non-traditional exports among the main economies of the region, seeing an interannual expansion rate of 25.7% in the twelve-month period until…

Post-secondary scholarships offered by grape growers

Three types of university/college scholarships are now available to students in the table grape growing regions of California. Two types of scholarships are offered for field…

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Agri-photovoltaics as a resilience concept for adaptation to climate change

The agricultural sector is facing new challenges. In the wake of climate change, strategies must be developed to avoid negative impacts on harvests. Fruit cultivation in Germany is already affected by the consequences of climate change: strong solar radiation, rising temperatures and increasingly…

Peruvian 'ethnic' products have potential in Spain

Peru is known as an important supplier of fruit and vegetable products in Europe. According to Peru's Commercial Economic Counselor in Spain, Joan Manuel Barrena Chavez, Peru…

New entries are cherries and hazelnuts

Oregon releases state’s top 20 agricultural commodities for 2020

The 2020 crop year is one to be celebrated by the 37,200 farms and ranches that make up Oregon’s diverse agricultural community. Oregon is home to more than 225 commodities.…

Philippines: Agricultural damage in storm Maring’s aftermath estimated at P692 million

Tropical Storm Maring left the Philippines with an estimated P692 million (€11.8 mln) worth of damage to agriculture, livestock, and fisheries in Northern Luzon. The damage…

Logistics issues challenge movement of import blueberries

Blueberry supplies are light currently. “The supply of blueberries from Mexico is lighter than originally forecast due to tight labor supply and weather issues. The import season is starting off light due to the delays at the ports,” says Alan Ediger, vice-president of sales for California Giant Berry Farms…

Rain covers key to quality and supply says New Zealand cherry grower

New Zealand cherry grower Cherri Global is working towards having 100% of their mature cherry production under rain covers for the coming 2021-22 season. Following the record-breaking rainfall on January 1, 2021 that hit the Otago region and wiped out around 40-50% of the remaining cherry crops Cherri…

Lucas Saglietto, Peruzzo Group:

“Large retailers would benefit from creating a Primeur section"

The harvest of Lucas Oro grapes started around the 15th of August and will end around the end of October this year. “Some years, we end the campaign in December. But the quality procedures we have been taking for some years are bearing fruit, and sales are more and more fluid,” explains Lucas Saglietto,…

Argentinian Blueberry Committee

Weekly Argentinean blueberry arrivals

Week 40 cumulative blueberry arrivals just slightly up year-on-year

Weekly Argentinian blueberry arrivals in week 40 saw a cumulative volume of 2.137 tons in 2021, compared to 2.119 tons at this point in time last year. Total weekly arrivals came in at 613 tons. US weekly arrivals came in at 303 tons, almost 90 tons less than the 2020-2021 season volume. Accumulated arrivals in…

No apple imports from Ukraine in 2021

Singapore markedly reduced apple imports

Singapore sharply reduced the volume of apple imports in 2021, despite their lower price. This means that, of the first time in recent years, Ukraine is not among the…

Iurie Fala - Moldova Fruct

“The EU is still discovering the high quality of Moldovan fruit"

Moldova Fruct consists of 180 growers producing apples, plums, grapes, cherries, peaches and apricots, the main export markets are Russia Belarus, Ukraine, Romania, Poland, Hungary with the recent addition of The Netherlands, Germany and Austria. “In 2014 Moldovia secured a free trade agreement with the EU…

In the US market

Blueberries have reached peak prices in the last three seasons

A study by consulting firm Agronometrics has compared the volumes and average prices of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries in the United States market, comparing these to previous seasons. It became obvious that only blueberries escape a trend of low prices, underlining that the four…

Ross Goatham - AC Goatham & Son

"We haven’t known a growing season like it in the last 40+ years."

The first of this season's apples were picked in early August at English top fruit grower AC Goatham and Son, this was three weeks later than in a normal year."It has been a challenging season and we started the main harvest about 2 weeks behind previous years, however the weather we have had throughout…

Giddings Berries USA continues expansion with key hires

Giddings Berries USA, the Monterey, CA-based subsidiary of Giddings Fruit and global supplier of conventional and organic berries, cherries and more, has strengthened its management team as it aggressively grows its presence and support to United States customers. Neftaly Vargas joined Giddings Berries…

Pakistan vegetable exports see record increase of almost 83%

During the first two months of fiscal year 2021-2022, Pakistani vegetable exports grew by 82.88% percent compared to the exports of the same period last year. During the…

Yupaa and Capespan celebrate five years of their successful partnership in India

On the completion of 5 years of its investment in Yupaa, Capespan is proud of the success of their investment in Yupaa, India. Yupaa, a renowned and reputed Indian name has shown year after year positive growth and Capespan has been able to contribute meaningfully to the success of this partnership. The…

Ukrainian raspberries exported to US and Canada for first time

In 2021, Ukrainian frozen raspberries were exported to the United States and Canada for the first time. According to the Ukrainian Horticultural Association, one batch of…

Customs Service of Serbia

First Berry Business Forum held in Serbia

On October 6, the first Berry Business Forum was held in Serbia; the conference covered all topics of interest for growers: market trends, breeder’s rights, climate change and finance opportunities. The event proved perfectly suited as a knowledge sharing event and a networking opportunity for all…

Balance of the campaign in Castilla-La Mancha

Watermelon prices were ruinous while melon prices were stable, but not profitable

The average price achieved by melons and watermelons in Castilla-La Mancha in this campaign stood at 0.214 euro/kg and 0.081 euro/kg, respectively. According to Cristobal…

BerryDealer continues expansion with production and packaging plant

BerryDealer, a company dedicated to the marketing of berries, has reached a milestone by opening its own production and certified packhouse. "Having our own production will allow us to better and more confidently manage the product we deliver to our customers," stated Pablo Gonzalez, the manager of BerryDealer.…

Strong demand from North America, South America, and Asia

Solid start of Pacific Northwest pear season

Movement of pears in North America are even currently. “We had a great Bartlett pear crop come in this harvest. Sizing is about the same as last year, with minute changes based on variety and harvest timing,” says Cat Gipe-Stewart, communications manager with Superfresh Growers based in Yakima, WA. “The…

The Bread and Butter Thing announces new partnership with Worldwide Fruit Ltd

The Bread and Butter Thing (TBBT) has announced a new redistribution partnership with one of the world’s leading fruit distributors, Lincolnshire-based Worldwide Fruit Ltd.…

Scientists recommend doubling dose of vitamin C

According to a recent study, the recommended dose of vitamin C people have been advised to take should be doubled. At present, the NHS and World Health Organization both…

Cold store benefits fruit farmers in Dhankuta, Nepal

Fruit growers of Namje village in Dhankuta district saw their earnings quadruple after a cold store was built in the nearby town of Dharan. The growers in question never knew…

Northern Michigan: Orchards deliver millions of apples each year

With a cooler climate, proximity to lakes and nutrient-rich soil, generations of northern Michigan farmers have found this to be an ideal place to grow their produce. More…

Riverina region, New South Wales

Riverina apple orchards get the sunshine for crucial 'king blossom'

Riverina region apple orchards with have seen their crucial "king blossom" period impacted by an onslaught of cool and wet weather. Although the sun is finally shining in…

Himachal apple business passes Rs 40 bln mark

The Horticulture Department of the state of Himachal Pradesh has claimed that this season’s apple industry has already crossed the Rs 40 bln mark (€480 mln). Some 27 mln apple…

Thailand: Sharp increase in fruit exports

Thailand's fruit export between January and August this year generated 169 billion THB (about 5 billion USD). According to the Thai Ministry of Commerce, this is an increase…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement Seasonal Perishable Products Weekly Update

'Peruvian blueberries arriving at Philadelphia and New York expected to remain about the same'

This report provides trend analysis of the volume and prices of Seasonal Perishable commodities. Volume represents current week and prices represent open (spot) market sales by first handlers on product of generally good quality and condition unless otherwise stated and may include promotional allowances…

Apple brand launches direct-to-consumer store

Yes! Apples, a fresh, consumer-first apple brand, has launched an online store where consumers can buy its apples to be shipped directly to their door. “Yes! Apples continues to build its reach to consumers across the country as it brings New York-grown apples coast to coast,” said Kaari Stannard, chief executive…

Friday, Oct. 15

Quality summit features global insights on table grapes

Hazel Technologies, Inc. announces the launch of its upcoming virtual Grape Quality Summit. The one-hour event will be held on Friday October 15th and feature keynote speakers discussing global market trends, category innovation, post-harvest research and shelf-life extension technology. Left to right:…

USDA

USDA - cold storage holding of grapes in California

California has 9,286,761 million boxes of grapes in cold storage

There was a year-on-year decrease in the number of boxes of table grapes in storage in the Western U.S. on September 30th. The second USDA Grape Cold Storage Summary report of the 2021-22 season shows the region that 9,286,761 million boxes in storage; a slight decrease from the 9,311,062 million boxes…

AMA

Agrarmarkt Austria Annual Report 2020

'Domestic fruit harvest 2020 was below average'

A massive cold snap at the end of March and beginning of April caused the 2020 domestic fruit harvest to be well below average. Stone fruit growing was particularly hard hit, with total failures in many cases due to severe sub-zero temperatures, despite extensive frost protection measures. Yields from…

USDA / MAPA

USDA report

Spanish fresh deciduous fruit committed to sustainability and smart farming

The Spanish fresh deciduous fruit sector is committed to and focused on fruit varietal innovation, sustainable production, smart farming, digital improvements, green packaging, and fruit  quality.  More efficient harvest and processing methods have resulted in higher productivity. The introduction of new varieties and…

Seanews.ru

Baltic Customs results January-August 2021

‘Imports up, exports down’

Foreign trade turnover via the Baltic Customs led to revenues of $31.3 bln in the period January-August 2021. During these first eight months of the year, the number of cargo declarations issued extended to more than 246,100, including 215,500 import declarations and 30,500 export declarations. In terms of tonnage, over 19.2…

Berry companies consolidate and build on strengths

GEM-Pack Berries, LLC and Red Blossom Sales, Inc. are combining forces to capitalize on tangible synergies that translate directly to customer benefits. GEM-Pack and Red Blossom build on more than 150 years of berry farming experience and collective acreage of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and…

Belgian Migo pear season starts at BelOrta:

"Good quality and a little larger"

This week, Belgian Migo pears became widely available at BelOrta again. "Given the circumstances, we've had a good harvest with good quality pears," states Laurent De Smedt, the Top Fruit Division Head. "The less than ideal spring weather has resulted in a reduced crop. The Migo pears will, however, be slightly…

Blue Whale

Cœur de Reine: Partner of the Week of Taste

  This year at Fruit Attraction, a new apple variety was presented to visitors: the Cœur de Reine. This new apple will also be a partner of the Week of Taste which will take place from October 11 to 17, 2021.Created in France, the Cœur de Reine is grown exclusively in designated areas (Garonne Valley, Loire Valley and…

Rockitapple.com

China: Rockit sales up 94% during Mid-Autumn Festival

For the Mid-Autumn Festival sales period, sales of Rockit™ apple sales were up 94% in Mainland China. According to Rockit General Manager Global Sales, Mark Pay, it was phenomenal to see retail partners deliver over 3,800 in-store POS displays and hand out thousands of samples to promote a healthy…

Hailstorm in Luochuan reduces apple production by around 20%

Apple production areas in the northwest of China were suddenly hit by hailstorms in late September. One of the most important apple production areas in China, Luochuan,…

Harvest starts on new, super sweet late season California plums

Late-season/super sweet plum production has begun out of California. “We are excited about these plums. They are a real game changer in the stonefruit category,” says Chad Allred, vice-president for Kingsburg Orchards in Kingsburg, CA. The California-based grower/packer/shipper has released 10 new,…

Strengthening International competitiveness of Japanese agriculture

GreenCollar begins developing table grape varieties with sights set on a royalty business

GreenCollar Inc. recently announced that it will enter the field of table grape breeding with a view to establishing a breeding royalty business in collaboration with Hayashi…

Queensland government

Exclusive licence to market mango varieties

The Queensland Government is offering three elite mango varieties for commercial development. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the…

Well-known American YouTuber vlogs about the advantages of solar panel covered fruit farming

Matt Ferrell is a popular American YouTuber, with a channel called 'Undecided with Matt Ferrell'. In this vlog, he explains Agri-PV solutions. He frequently mentions the GroenLeven project, in which solar panels have been placed above raspberry bushes on a farm in the Netherlands. For more information:GroenLeven…

European Commission

DG agri dashboard - peaches and nectarines

Weekly peach price came in at €123 per 100 kgs in Greece

Peach prices in the EU are at €115 per 100 kgs, which is an €18 increase year-on-year. It is also €34 above the weekly five-year average. In Greece, the weekly price came in at €123, in effect €40 above the weekly five-year average, while prices in Spain came out at €119. In France, prices were just 1 euro below…

Mid-to-high-end fruit gift boxes are the first choice for many people as National Day gifts

Nowadays, the prices of various imported fruits are easier for people to accept. Compared with the same period in previous years, the prices of imported fruits this year have…

45 Ecuadorian fruit exporting companies present at Fruit Attraction Madrid

Two years after the last appointment, 45 Ecuadorian fruit exporting companies could personally contact their clients in the European market again. Fruit Attraction began in…

Scott Marboe retires from Starr Ranch Growers

This October marks not only the start of Starr Ranch Growers harvest season but also brings the announcement of the retirement of long-time director of marketing, Scott Marboe. For 35 years Marboe has been an intricate part of the team that helped steer Starr Ranch into the company it is today. His…

October 20 and 27, 2021

Haskap berry industry gets together for the first time

Later this month, on October 20 and 27, the Canadian Haskap Association will be organizing its first ever Haskap Symposium. “This event is organized in collaboration with Haskap Quebec. “The intent is to share information about Haskap research, as well as the growing practices and markets for Haskap…

Apple industry appoints new board director

NZ Apples and Pears Inc appointed John Allen as director to its board

NZ Apples and Pears Inc (NZAPI) has appointed John Allen as a director to its board.  Allen replaces Karen Morrish, who resigned from the NZAPI board in August. He will serve as…

Oriental fruit fly detections

California: Parts of South San Jose under state quarantine

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has announced that a portion of South San Jose is under quarantine for the oriental fruit fly. Residents in the area are…


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