Christophe Ochs, Albafruit – The new harvest is already available

"The Moroccan origin gives the grapes a real freshness advantage!"

The Albafruit company is starting its 16th campaign of Moroccan grapes. A season that this year looks promising both in terms of volume and quality: "The good weather and the last few days of heat have helped increase the sugar content of the grapes. We are hoping for a good harvest", reports Christophe…

Mexican table grape industry challenged to ship 25 million boxes in 10 weeks

Table grape harvest in Northern Mexico has started, in Hermosillo and Guaymas in the state of Sonora. The first grapes crossed the border with Nogales, AZ ten days ago, on May 9. The start date is similar to last year, but it is a few days later than the average start of May 5. “The great majority of…

Melons Australia announces seamless data flow in the traceability of seedless watermelons

Melons Australia has successfully demonstrated a pilot of how to overcome the hurdle of transferring data from whole fruit to cut pieces in the supermarket. The peak industry body says the project is aimed to maximise consumer engagement with the farmer while boosting confidence in the freshness and food…

Ecuador is the second destination market for Chilean fruits in Latin America

Trade Integration Agreement between Chile and Ecuador enters into force

The Undersecretary of International Economic Relations, Jose Miguel Ahumada, and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade, Daniel Legarda, announced that the ACE 75 Trade…

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…

In the first four months of this year, nearly 20,000 tons of fruit were imported

Ningbo port fruit imports hit a record high in April

With the improvement of living standards, imported fruits have become an important source and supplement of fruit diversification in China, and are increasingly favored by…

"We focus on branding, and how to tell the brand story well"

"We started selling watermelons more than ten years ago. Our overall production volume reached about 30,000 ton per year. However, at the time we did not have our own brand. We had difficulty gaining a name for ourselves as there was no brand recognition. Afterwards we began to understand the importance…

"Market potential of Chinese fruit is worth paying attention to as product quality continues to improve"

May is the month when various premium domestic fruits enter the Chinese market. The market for premium domestic fruit rapidly expanded in the last few years. This development has attracted attention from far and wide. Xinjiang sugar plums Guangdong Excellent Fruit Agricultural Investment Co., Ltd. manages…

USDA

Chile: Fresh deciduous fruit semi-annual

Chilean table grape production projected to increase by 15.2 percent in MY2021/22

In MY2021/22, experts have projected that Chilean table grape production will increase by 15.2 percent, totaling 760,000 MT. Exports will increase by 14.2 percent, totaling 600,000 metric tons. For MY2021/22, the estimated apple production stands at 1,036,000 MT a 4.8 percent decrease from MY2020/21 on…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Early melons are lacking, leading to skyrocketing prices

The situation is "tragic" when it comes to melons: production is very low and prices are skyrocketing. The early produce is severely lacking in Sicily and volumes are low in Spain as well. The whole of Europe is looking for melons, but they are difficult to find.  "I have never seen anything like it in the…

Imports from Spain and Greece decreasing

Hungarian strawberry season sees fluctuating prices

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

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…

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…

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

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

Peru grape export volume increased by 13% and the value by 22%

The Peruvian grape export campaign 2021/2022, which runs from September to March, ended with good results, stated Luis Corvera, CEO of FreshFruit Peru. In this campaign, the…

Ed Heijnen en Leon Hijweege, Keelings International:

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

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

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…

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…

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

Sri Lankan coconut coir exporter to double berry farms in Mexico

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

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…

China's imports of fruits and fruit products in the first quarter increased by 17.69% year-on-year

According to China Customs statistics, in March, China's imports of fruits and fruit products reached US$1.175 billion, a year-on-year increase of 30.72%; the import volume…

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…

John Druck GmbH

Thomas John from John Druck Ltd on individually printable berry trays

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

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

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…

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

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

In week 18, melon prices at origin in Almeria were 60-70% higher than last year

As the melon campaign in Senegal, and other overseas origins end, Almeria's melon takes over the European markets

The overseas and Senegal's melon campaign is over and Almeria is taking over as the European markets' main source of production and supplier. This was reported by the Price…

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…

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

SunOpta starts seeing turnaround in fruit business

Since Joe Ennen took the helm of Eden Prairie-based SunOpta in 2019, the fruit side of the company's plant-based food business has been a drag on the bottom line. This week…

USHBC and NABC add new director of business intelligence

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

The planting of melon and watermelon begins in Castilla-La Mancha with less surface area

The Melon and Watermelon Inter-branch organization of Castilla-La Mancha estimates that melon producers in the community, mainly in the province of Ciudad Real, have started…

President Raniolo offered a preview of the 2022 season for the PGI-labeled product

The Mazzarrone grapes campaign will start in ten days

"We are now only ten days away from the opening of the grape campaign in Mazzarrone, in a year that seems promising in terms of quality and with the Victoria variety looking wonderful," said the President of the Mazzarrone PGI Grape Consortium, Giovanni Raniolo. "In some plots we have already made 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…

New Grapa CEO Shiko Domovitz: “Excited about table grape opportunities”

Early ARRA varieties kick off Israeli table grape season

The Israeli table grape season has just started last week with the ARRA Honey Pop harvest, while the ARRA Sugar Drop will follow this week. This also marks the fifth month as CEO of Grapa for Shiko Domovitz, who is “excited about table grape opportunities.” Chen Salomon with ARRA Honey Pop Chen Salomon, owner…

Poland ranked third among EU countries, regarding strawberry production

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

Early watermelon imports increasingly popular in Georgia

There has been a rapid growth of Georgian watermelon imports in 2021. Last year, large early imports resulted in low prices for local producers. Over the past 8 years, imports…

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.…

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…

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…

It is estimated that the total output of cherries this year is 800,000 kilograms, which can be harvested until the end of the month

Local cherries in Hefei enter the harvest season

In May, domestic big cherries officially entered their harvest season. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the current cherry planting area in Hefei is about 666 hectares, and the total output of cherries this year is expected to be 800,000 kilograms. The cherries have been on the…

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…

Australian berry industry has seen significant growth in recent years

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

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

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

State of São Paulo leads fruit production in Brazil

A report prepared by the Federation of Agriculture and Livestock of the State of São Paulo (FAESP), based on data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics…

SATI:

National grape intake volumes 3.6% higher than last year

SATI has released the weekly grape figures in their newsletter, while looking back on the lessons learned while attending Fruit Logistica in Berlin. National OverviewThe 2021/2022 harvesting season has officially drawn to a close, with all regions having completed packing. National intake volumes have…

USDA

National Retail Report - specialty crops

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

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

“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…

"Suppliers pack grapes with visible stems to show how fresh the grapes are"

The grape industry is struggling with an important issue during this pandemic and the general difficulties with logistical delays, which is the freshness of grapes when they arrive at their final destination after weeks at sea. Shandong AWT Biotech Co., Ltd. is a specialized manufacturer of fresh-keeping…

Xianfeng Fruit is elected into the list of branded fruit

It is the sixth "Brand Day of China" on May 10, 2022. The industry revealed the "Fruit Enterprise Independent Brand Reputation List 2021", "Consumer Favorite Fruit Brand List…

Alexander Piutti from SPRK.global and Robert Leuendorf from mirontell fein & frisch AG

Sustainable fruit salads against surpluses and food waste in the supply chain

Every year, some 2.5 billion tons of food are thrown away worldwide, which not only entails a large cost, but also causes around 2.5kg of CO2 equivalents per kilo. For this reason, Alexander Piutti founded SPRK.global in Berlin in 2020, whose goal is to offer a sustainable and efficient solution to the…

Yam, pumpkin, brinjal, bottle gourd and watermelon.

Kerala government decides to fix Minimum Support Price for five more crops

The Kerala state government has decided to fix a Minimum Support Price (MSP) for five more crops in the state. The Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices recommended setting MSPs for yam, pumpkin, brinjal, bottle gourd, and watermelon. The department of agriculture has approved the recommendations…

Peak volumes for organic blueberries in California and Georgia

Naturipe is excited to announce the beginning of the organic blueberry peak with large volumes available now through June. Organic volumes are perfectly timed with the…

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,…

Strawberry fields are being abandoned due to labor shortage

Strawberries are left on plants because the staff engaged in harvesting is not enough to cover all the cultivated areas in the southern Italian Metapontino area. Temperatures are also rising. "After quitting the first 2 hectares of the early variety Fortuna about 20 days ago, I am now forced to repeat…

Michiel Vermeiren, Cooperatie Hoogstraten:

"Ample good-quality strawberry supply at favorable prices makes it an ideal time for extra promotions"

This week in Belgium, Coöperatie Hoogstraten sent out an appeal: now is the time to score with strawberries. "We hope to convince shoppers to buy extra strawberries. There are plenty of favorably-priced strawberries available. That makes it an ideal time to use extra promotions to get these top-quality…

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…

Jörg Huber from Huberhof on the potential of the Twist strawberry variety

"Growers and consumers rejoice over new blood in strawberry market"

For decades, the Clery and the Elsanta have dominated strawberry cultivation in Germany and neighboring countries. However, in recent years, several varieties with high cultivation and marketing potential have been introduced to the market. One of these promising new registrations is the variety Twist…

Amine Bennani:

"New investments extend the blueberry acreage in northern Morocco"

Morocco is already a producing and exporting power in the global blueberry industry, and berries in general. Each year the country advances in its development, incorporating…

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…

A positive end to the first season of Cosmic Crisp

A new generation of apples set to experience major growth. The first official season of Cosmic Crisp®, the innovative apple that has landed in Europe thanks to the VOG and VIP consortia – which cultivate it in South Tyrol - Südtirol – has now ended. Following the very first tests carried out during the…

Guangzhou Fruit Wholesale Market Report - Week 19

Market demand declined after First of May holiday, and product movement is not entirely satisfactory

Market demand slightly declined compared to the period around the First of May holiday and Mother's Day. In addition, Guangzhou suffered from torrential rains that kept people at home. The number of visitors to Guangzhou Fruit Wholesale Market significantly declined. Market traders are not satisfied with…

Moroccan watermelons selling briskly in Sweden

Watermelons from Morocco are in demand and selling briskly in Sweden. Ramadan sales were very good driving strong early demand for watermelons. This is according to Yousef Kachama, owner of Malte Gustavsson Frukt & Bär based in Gothenburg, Sweden. “The quality of watermelons is now good. The sizes have been…

Ground-breaking multi-industry export program set to commence

Hort Innovation has recently contracted AUSVEG to deliver the industry export development program for the vegetable, onion and melon industries. The Multi-Industry Export…

Moroccan watermelon sales in the EU grew by 50.49% between 2019 and 2021

In 2021, EU Member States purchased 1,793.43 million kilos of watermelon, i.e. 3.9% more than in 2019. Spain is the country that sells the most watermelon to its community…

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…

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…

Frank Valckenier:

"There is definite interest, but prices are nothing special"

"I don't expect an expensive season for Belgian strawberries," says wholesaler Frank Valckenier. "There's a massive supply, and prices are still quite reasonable, but certainly nothing special. The crop will begin declining at some point; then the prices will recover slightly." Business is currently…

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…

Jiaxing Fruit Market

Prices of imported fruit mainly rose in April

In April, the price index of imported fruits in the Jiaxing Fruit Market rose year on year and fell month-on-month. Among them, the year-on-year price index closed at 114.66…

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…

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…

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…

Jacob Aktalan, MG Fruit:

"The sunny weather means we don't have enough melons to meet demand"

"Melon sales of all kinds are going exceptionally well," says Jacob Aktalan of MG Fruit in the Netherlands. "The overseas season has also been very reasonable with relatively high prices and few real slumps. With this brilliant weather, we need both the last overseas and Spanish melons to supply the…

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…

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…

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…

Peruvian blueberry exports have grown by 32% in the 2021/2022 campaign

Peru's 2021/2022 blueberry export campaign, which runs from June to May, is about to end. Up to the first week of May, the country exported a total of 219,706 tons of…

Strawberry prices have increased and the supply has fallen

Strawberry prices at origin have increased by 5.6% over the previous week and are what they usually are on these dates. However, supply has fallen. This, according to the…

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…

"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,…

UK strawberry crop predicted to be 50% larger than last year

This year's crops of British strawberries are predicted to be 50% larger than last year's - with higher brix. According to British summer fruits, strawberries ripened under…

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…

Maine blueberry growers had a big 2021

Federal data released this week confirmed that Maine’s wild blueberry growers had a strong season in 2021. Maine is the only state with commercial-scale wild blueberry growers…

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…

Cort Brazelton's comprehensive blueberry market analysis

"Increased competitiveness among producing countries, demanding rapid changes from those with mature industries"

The constant increase in demand for the superfood in Europe and the United States, plus the opening of new markets in Asia and the Middle East, has increased competitiveness…

Strong growth of the acreage devoted to soft fruit cultivation in Portugal

The acreage devoted to the production of berries in Portugal will reach almost 5,000 hectares this season, which means that it has grown fivefold in recent years. This was one of the topics discussed by the Spanish-French-Italian-Portuguese strawberry group, which recently held its annual meeting via…

Lamboseeds presents Dolce Passione

Italian seedless watermelon with a black rind

Dolce Passione is the premium seedless watermelon with a black rind and a red flesh. It was officially presented at Macfrut on May 5th 2022, but market tests were carried out last year.   It is the fruit of team work that has seen Lamboseeds dealing with experiments and advanced research for 7 years, working with producers…

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…

Autonomous robots can pick up to 25,000 raspberries per day

University of Plymouth spinoff Fieldwork Robotics has commercially deployed its raspberry picking robots in two locations in Portugal. The autonomous robots feature four arms for picking, using sensor technology and grippers to curb harvesting times and reduce slippage.  Fieldwork is now working to accelerate…

Launching North America's first commercially grown greenhouse melon

Greenhouse company Pure Flavor has launched a greenhouse-grown melon, which will be branded under the Solara name. “After many years of research and development, we are excited to bring the first commercially available greenhouse-grown melons to market,” said company president Jamie Moracci. While many…

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.…

Open field strawberry season has started in Georgia

Despite the low temperatures in April, the early strawberry harvest has already ripened in the Kakheti region. The local supply will reach its peak in the second half of May. The wholesale prices are 5-7 GEL/kg ($1,64-$2,3) now but, are expected to fall in a few weeks, at the peak of the season. Source:…

"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…

The fall in Aragon's fruit production will have an impact on the region's workforce

"Nearly 10,000 people out of a total of 15,000 won't find employment in fruit growing in this campaign"

The harvest of numerous fruit varieties will be much lower in Aragon this year. The production will be 60 to 70% lower than in a normal year because of the frost in early…

New Jersey cranberry yield highest since 2016

Cranberry growers produced over 588 thousand utilized barrels from 2,900 acres. The 203 barrel per acre yield led the Nation and was the highest since 2016 according to Bruce…

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…

Nijs van Zuilen (Berrybrothers) about early start of Dutch redcurrants, blackberries, and raspberries

“Ever-rising demand for Dutch redcurrants and other soft fruit”

The Dutch redcurrant, raspberry, and blackberry season has begun at Berrybrothers. "It's the second consecutive year that we're already harvesting our first soft fruits in early May. This early start is due to us purchasing a new greenhouse for our red berries in 2021. A great development that's…

Apulia, Italy

An Apulian entrepreneur who is desperately in search of workers for the cherry harvest

With the arrival of the harvesting season, farmers are looking for hundreds of seasonal workers. This is the case of Giacomo Giotta, a farmer from Conversano (Bari) with 20 hectares of cherry orchards, who has been desperately looking for workers to be employed in the cherry-picking phase. I expected to…

China one of the main destinations for blueberries from the Piura region of Peru

Producers in Piura, with the support of the National Agricultural Health Service (Senasa), have started a 2022 export campaign in the region, which is expected to exceed the…

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…

Macfrut 2022: opinions and reflections expressed by some of the participants

The three-day event of Macfrut met the expectations of almost all exhibitors. Beyond the numbers, what emerged was the qualified presence of Italian and, above all, foreign visitors. As one exhibitor said, "I am not interested in receiving 300 visits in three days, I only need 3, but they must fit the…

Moroccan fresh produce aims to set new standards in exports

Fresh produce from Morocco benefits from the country’s strategic geographical position, as well as multiple competitive advantages, and many of the country's products have…

FruitVeb impromptu forecast of 2022 Hungary apricots harvest:

Early Hungarian apricots suffered frost damage, promises of good to moderate yields

FruitVeB, the Hungarian Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization, has taken a look at the possible extent of damage to the coming apricot season due to some early…

Examining trends in the grape industry

The focus on high-yield/flavor varieties. The effect of inflation. Protecting the quality of grapes. These are just a few of the topics that came up on last Friday’s Grape Quality Summit, hosted by Hazel Technologies. Anne-Marie Roerink 210 Analytics LLC started the summit off with a presentation on the…

Freshuelva blames Greece for the fall in strawberry prices on European markets in April

According to Freshuelva data, there has been a decrease in the volume collected in the first phase of the 2021/2022 campaign. This setback took place between March and the…

Peru shipped 584% more table grapes in April than in the same month of the previous campaign

Peru exported 537,000 tons of table grape exports in the 2021/2022 campaign (from October to April), i.e. 14% more than in the previous campaign. This increase was achieved…

"That's a very important volume and it will attract the attention of the best supermarkets in the world"

Peru could export 120,000 tons of new-genetic blueberries by 2025

Peru is expected to export 222,714 tons of blueberries in this campaign. A large percentage of the fruit will correspond to the oldest sown varieties in Peru. This, however,…

Next week, the strawberry contact group will analyze the campaign in France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain

The strawberry contact group, made up of sectoral and administrative representatives from France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal, will hold an online meeting on Monday, May 9, to…

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.…

Roberto Tur, Fresh Fruit Alliance, about the start of the Spanish stone fruit season

"In certain areas, there will be up to 50-60% losses"

With the arrival of the first batches, this year's stone fruit season has begun in Spain. However, industry players now look with concern at the weather-related problems in the countries of origin, as Roberto Tur, says specialized importer and managing director of Fresh Fruit Alliance, based in…

USDA

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…

Good ending to strawberry season in Stanthorpe

Researchers say strawberries are very sensitive to environmental conditions and they're studying how to keep the fruit sweet in a changing climate Like many things on a farm,…

French strawberry industry protest blocked visa for Moroccan laborers

French strawberry producers have protested the block of Moroccan seasonal workers to get to the country for the harvest season. The French consulate in Casablanca blocked the…

Hailstorm damages 70% of fruit crop in Srinagar

Director General Horticulture Kashmir and Director Agriculture Kashmir on Sunday toured affected areas to access the losses, just one day after parts of Srinagar witnessed…


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