• Sweet Sensation pear growers close another great sales season

    The last Dutch Sweet Sensation pears of the season were sold at the end of March. The Greenery Growers top fruit team and growers recently had an online meeting. They reflected on another successful season. ResultsBoth Sweet Sensation and Sweet Dored have built a solid client base in recent years. This…

    The first European organic seedless grapes are ready to be harvested

    "There are ten days left until the harvest of the first European-produced organic seedless grapes," announced Simone Raniolo, a partner of the historical fruit company Il Castello located in the Sicilian town of Mazzarrone, an area known for its Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) grapes. Simone Raniolo…

    For Maharashtra farmers, export of grapes turns sour as prices drop

    Grape farmers in Maharashtra aren’t comfortable, despite 106,000 tons of grapes in 7,964 containers have been exported from the State, regardless of the continuing Covid-19…

    Online fruit sales in Guangdong, China up 300% during May holiday

    Data from Benlai.com, an e-commerce grocery shop, show that during the Chinese Labor Day holiday period, they issued 380 million yuan worth of consumer coupons, and order…

    Slower start for premium grapes from Mexico

    Most premium grape varieties are slightly held up coming out of Mexico. “We’re about seven to 10 days delayed with our Mexican Grape production,” says Fernando Soberanes of Giumarra based in Los Angeles, CA. Mystic Treat (red), Mystic Sweet (green), Mystic Pearl (black) Grapes are the premium grape…

    Jazz?apples - new season, new look

    New Zealands' new Jazz apple harvest will arrive on the European market soon. The brand has a new look too.? "This year's Jazz apples are slightly smaller than last year. But, it's been warm and sunny in New Zealand. So, they're a nice color and have an exceptionally full flavor," says an Enzafruit New Zealand…

    California cherry deal gets early pick of the season

    The first cherries from Katco Packing, the new partnership that brings the Brookside and Katicich brands under the same roof in Stockton, CA, are shipping now from Oppy. While the grower, marketer and distributor typically begins domestic cherry season in mid-May, Oppy now offers cherries from the…

    Asso Fruit Italia

    Stone fruit campaign characterized by delays and limited supply

    The frost of late March/early April, preceded by a period of mild weather that seemed to have favored stone fruit development, hit various municipalities in the Ionian area and damaged the orchards located in the lower areas where humidity and cold air lingered. Producer organization Asso Fruit has…

    La Union Extremadura denounces the horticultural centers before the AICA for breaching the Food Chain Law

    La Union Extremadura Union has submitted a complaint to the Food Information and Control Agency (AICA) against horticultural centers for breaching the Food Chain Law's…

    Sandor Makai (Makai Fruit) on Hungarian fruit cultivation:

    "Overall losses are difficult to assess at this time"

    The unusually cold April has left its marks in Central Europe. In Hungary, for example, which is one of Europe's most important stone fruit growing countries. Despite the sluggish start to the season, there is no talk of a poor harvest year for the time being, said Sandor Makai (r), Managing Director of…

    Sourced for Good

    Strawberries first EFI-certified product in Whole Foods Market's program

    Equitable Food Initiative, the workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumer groups, announced that GoodFarms strawberries will debut as the first EFI-certified product in Whole Foods Market’s Sourced for Good program during May,…

    Greek watermelon season starting

    Greece: Demand for watermelons high

    The Greek watermelon season is about to kick off. Starting in week 20, the summer fruit will be exported to European countries mostly. Demand is rather high at the moment, so…

    Wisconsin cranberry growers harvested fewer barrels per acre this year

    Wisconsin cranberry production totaled 4.64 million barrels in 2020, down from 4.67 million barrels in 2019, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service –…

    Dutch importer and Colombian exporter launch organic pumpkins project

    Besides orange pumpkins from Argentina, Israel and South Africa, OTC Organics expanded their assortment with organic pumpkins from Colombia. In 2016 they explored the possibilities to grow organic pumpkins in this country. Thanks to the sunny climate, the rainfall during growing periods and good…

    Ramón Gil, coordinator of Algitama:

    "As the weather improves in Europe, melon and watermelon consumption will increase"

    Watermelons and melons from Almeria have already reached the markets, although volumes for now are small, given that the campaign is still in its early stages. At this point, the reduction in the supply of overseas fruit has created a favorable scenario for the Spanish production. "The off-season supply…

    Tateo: "Volumes are growing steadily thanks to the warm temperatures".

    Apulian cherries, the season opened with the Bigarreau variety

    The Apulian cherry campaign started a few days ago, about a week later than last year. "We have officially opened the new season. The first cherries of the early variety Bigarreau have reached the fruit and vegetable markets and supermarket chains of Piedmont, Emilia Romagna and Tuscany already last…

    medFEL publishes estimates of the area of ??melons

    On Tuesday 11 May, medFEL held a webinar* presenting estimates for melon plantings in Morocco, France and Spain. In summary, the melon area in Morocco remains stable, there is a slight decrease in the melon area in Spain and an increase in the southeastern part of France. MoroccoStability of the areas in…

    Eduard Ràfols, manager of Fruits Ràfols:

    "It's difficult to do large volumes of strawberries with such a demanding brand"

    For all products there is an interesting market segment in which quality is more important than prices, and in which brands play a leading role. “We realized that many of the Spanish strawberry producing cooperatives are focused on exports (with the highest quality normally used for these shipments), and…

    Stone fruit in Valencia damaged by fourth hail storm in a month

    Valencian agricultural producers are enduring a crazy spring, with a record number of rainy days and four hail storms over this past month. A few days ago, a new hail storm hit stone fruits in the region of La Ribera Alta, whose harvest is at an advanced stage, according to a first estimate of the…

    Tight raspberry volumes make for more “normal” pricing

    Supplies of raspberries are slim. “They’re starting to pick up, but it’s been tight--really tight,” says Ben Escoe of Twin River Berries in Portland, OR, noting this largely has to do with the weather conditions in Mexico. “It’s been cold and windy there which has caused damage in the fields and contributed…

    Nico Veldhoen, Staay Food Group, the Netherlands

    "Peach, nectarine shortage should become apparent from week 26"

    The new Spanish stone fruit season has begun at the Staay Food Group. This Dutch company's been a major player in this product sector for years. "The season should be reasonably normal until week 26. But there might be drastic peach and nectarine shortages until the end of the season. That's if the…

    Società agricola Guidi

    Apricot harvesting to start within 20 days' time

    The harvesting of Albisole apricots grown on over 300 hectares by Società agricola Guidi (Forlì-Cesena) will start in less than three weeks' time. "Despite the cold weather and the frost, the production will be satisfactory. We have calculated a maximum damage of 20-30% as, thankfully, orchards are…

    The strawberries of Il Gusto della Calabria are highly appreciated from northern to southern Italy

    The demand for Calabrian strawberries has tripled compared to previous years

    The strawberry season at the Italy-based company Il Gusto della Calabria is expected to continue until the first ten days of June. "We have tripled the demand compared to previous years. The prices are basically always good as well as the sales. We hope to continue with our strawberries until 5-10 June,…

    Chilean table grape exports show significant growth in Southeast Asia

    Table grape exports to Asian markets reached 16,938,111 boxes in the 2020/2021 season, according to data from Asoex. Even though this figure reflects a 16% decrease compared…

    Canadian cherry growers eye a sizable crop for 2021

    Canadian cherry growers anticipate a much better season than 2020’s. “We have a huge blossom here in the South Okanagan. With a few cold nights there was some frost damage. But with the record blossom that we had down here, even with the damage, we’re still looking at a relatively large crop, especially…

    Taking field walks to the news in strawberries

    Bobalu Berry Farms is celebrating the success of its weekly e-news, the 10 o’clock Walk which has seen an increase in the number of buyer subscribers. This weekly bulletin summarizes what the team sees in the fields each week specific to volume, quality and weather, as well as the current outlook ahead…

    Rockit announces key appointments amid exciting growth phase

    Just three weeks shy of opening its new global headquarters, packhouse and coolstore in Hastings, New Zealand, the miniature fruit company with exclusive world rights to grow…

    Open Calls for proposals in the BreedingValue project: European berry breeders invited to apply for funding

    The EU-funded research project BreedingValue, focusing on genetic resources in berries, has launched the first Open Calls for proposals. The Open Calls are a mechanism to transfer funding and knowledge from the project to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the field of berry breeding. With their…

    Fruit trade booming between China and BRI countries

    Chinese fruit vendors have stated that the sales of imported mangos, bananas, durians and other fruits have seen a rise as summer approaches. As a side effect of the increased…

    Colorado peach crops should be safe from low temperatures

    Despite the recent low temperatures, Colorado peach growers are celebrating a solid crop this year. Bruce Talbott from Talbott Farms in Palisade said they're not worried about…

    Adriatic port of Koper gets ready for promising Egyptian grape season

    Tuesday 11th May, a very first shipment of 20 containers with grapes sailed from Damietta towards Koper. The grape season in Egypt has started and the season is not without…

    Value of some Egyptian exports increased during February 2021: fresh fruits up 23.1%

    Egypt’s trade deficit decreased 1.2% in February 2021 to $3.34 bln, compared to the $3.38 bln reported for February 2020. The value of exports decreased by 2% to $2.69 bln…

    APAL

    APAL Australia

    Apple and pear purchases and price per kilo drop March—April

    In the four weeks to 18 April 2021, the take home fruit category has declined by -5.3% in dollar sales and -4.9% in volume sales versus the same time a year ago. ApplesApples declined by -10.7% in dollar sales and -8.5% in volume sales. One of the key contributors to the sales decline was because of a decline…

    Progene Seed, advanced breeding

    Watermelon varieties suitable not only for the Mediterranean climate

    "Thanks to the most advanced techniques of varietal selection, alongside the traditional methods, we are increasingly asserting ourselves on the market with important contributions to horticultural genetics," said Vincenzo Cassibba, breeder and administrator of Progene Seed, an Italian seed company…

    BerryWorld Group

    “We firmly believe that a strong varietal approach is key to drive value and differentiation in the berry market"

    BerryWorld? currently source berries from approximately 30 countries to ensure the continuous supply of berry varieties 52-week a year. The Group owns growing operations in The Netherlands whilst working with a small number of large-scale growers around the world, some of which have been supplying…

    Manvert silikon increases firmness, reduces cracking, dehydration and weight loss and tackles stress

    High concentration silicon, the great ally for quality and postharvest in fruit

    The interest in silicon-based products is growing on the market, as their benefits have been widely studied and proven in all types of crops. In fruit trees, high concentration silicon products have become a great ally to achieve a notable improvement in the fruit's quality and postharvest life. One of…

    Chinese apple prices remaining low

    In the past year, prices of everyday commodities continued to rise; many categories have seen record-high prices, but apple prices have continued to hit new lows. It is…

    National Agricultural Statistics Service

    West Coast major non-citrus crops in 2020: Prices down

    West Coast commodities again dominated US utilized production of non-citrus fruit and nut crops in 2020. However, according to a federal report issued this week, most of the…

    Northwest Cherry Growers’ first crop projection

    Over 237,000 tons of cherries forecast in 2021

    Late last week, Northwest Cherry Growers released it first crop projection of the year. The early estimate places the 2021 crop at 237,992 tons. Northwest Cherry Growers…

    Michel van den Berg, De Best AGF, the Netherlands

    "When it's good weather, the fruit flies out the door; now, no-one's interested"

    "Our trade depends on the weather. When it's far too cold and very rainy, our soft fruit sales certainly aren't stimulated," says Michel van den Berg of De Best AGF in the Netherlands. "It's far less busy than last year. Back then, the lockdown had just started. Everyone was busy eating healthily and…

    Artwork to honor Sicilian producers of the cantaloupe Rubino F1

    The ceremonial unveiling of a painting entitled "The sweetest fruit" took place in the city hall of Licata (AG), Italy, in a cordial atmosphere and in compliance with the anti-Covid measures. The painting symbolizes a moral collaboration between the Sicilian city and the seed company HM.CLAUSE. On the left,…

    Benzi Frutta

    Strawberries from Cesena destined to Switzerland, Austria and Sweden

    Entrepreneur Antonio Benzi and his collaborator Mirco Zoccoli report that the strawberries produced by Benzi in Cesena are demanded not only by the domestic big retail chain, but also by Switzerland, Austria and Sweden. Benzi grows 600thousand plants of the Sibilla variety, 200thousand of which are…

    Peru closes the table grape campaign with a 17% growth

    The closure of the Peruvian table grape campaign shows positive results. The Association of Producers and Exporters of Table Grapes of Peru (PROVID) stated that Peru had…

    frosts put stone fruits against the ropes

    This was the coldest April in the Mediterranean in the last 30 years

    The spring weather has significantly affected the European summer fruit campaign reducing the production in northern Spain, France, and Italy. According to the National…

    Landgard: Later start in the open field due to cold weather

    Farms in the west start harvesting open field tunnel cultivated strawberries

    Just in time for the start of May, Landgard member farms in the West began harvesting the first tunnel-grown open field strawberries in week 18. "Through this cultivation method, we are only a few days behind our start dates from last year. However, the harvest of outdoor strawberries with film cover is…

    Chinese retail price of Yunnan blueberries increased by around 10% since last year

    Consumer demand for top-quality blueberries has grown significantly in the last few years, and the quality of plantation technology has greatly improved. That is why the overall surface area devoted to blueberry plantation in Yunnan expands every year. Blueberries from the high mountains in Yunnan have…

    California stone fruit season kicks off with organic cherries and apricots

    Fruit World, a family-owned grower-shipper of organic and conventional fruit is now shipping its organic cherries and organic apricots. “What a difference one year makes,” said Bianca Kaprielian, Fruit World co-founder and CEO. “2020 was a bumpy stone fruit season in California. But this year we had…

    BerriesZA expects a 10,000 tonne increase in blueberry exports

    The export estimate for the upcoming blueberry season has just been finalised: BerriesZA, the South African berry organisation, expects to export 25,000 tonnes of blueberries this year, says Elzette Schutte, manager of BerriesZA, while total production will be approximately 36,000 tonnes. Right:…

    University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

    UF/IFAS & Northern Territory of Australia will collaborate on fruit and crop research

    The UF’s Board of Trustees, on behalf of the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead have signed an agreement with the Northern Territory of Australia that…

    Westfalia Fruit partners with food lovers market to bring meals to the vulnerable

    Westfalia Fruit has once again partnered with Food Lover’s Market and FoodForward SA in South Africa to provide one million+ meals to the vulnerable this World Hunger Month. With every box of Westfalia avocados sold at Food Lover’s Market during May, one meal will be provided to a person in need. The…

    Export season delayed as well

    Uzbekistan will again export fewer cherries

    This year, as of May 7, there is a low activity in the exports of cherries from Uzbekistan. Moreover, the small batches of cherries that are being picked are sold at a much…

    O.P. Agricola Campidanese

    Delayed start of the season for melons and watermelons

    The first "L'Orto di Eleonora" melons and watermelons have been available for the past two weeks. Sales started off slowly and have increased only in the past few days: "It seems the weather is finally improving. The sunny weather and increased temperatures help push sales and, thanks to the fact…

    Spain has growth potential given the demand for subtropical fruits in Europe

    Enrique Colilles, the general director of Trops, stated in an interview with Efe that Spain has enormous growth potential given the increase in demand for avocado and mango in…

    Researchers at Agriculture Victoria look at new sensor and traceability technologies

    Agriculture Victoria Research (AVR) demonstrate the benefits of using real-time data loggers and new sensor technologies to monitor the export cool chain. Minimising temperature fluctuations and streamlining the supply chain will improve the quality and consistency of Victorian grown cherries in South…

    Switzerland: Seamless season change for melons, sluggish start to stone fruit season

    "Consumers are clamoring for new fresh produce"

    The traditional change of season on the fruit shelf is now imminent in the Swiss retail trade as well. The first Spanish melons and stone fruits are already available on the shelves. However, the cold weather in the Spanish production areas has had a noticeable impact on the supply situation, Michele…

    A conversation with Giampaolo Ferri, buyer in the large-scale retail trade sector

    Exponential growth for blueberries

    "Over the past five to six years, the requests for blueberries have increased enormously. Sales are non-stop, 12 months a year, and consumers are looking for the product beyond its origin and price," said Giampaolo Ferri, buyer at the Coop Adriatica. Giampaolo Ferri "In these first days of May, we are…

    Carlos Llambrich, manager of Llamfruit:

    "Poor quality open ground cherries put downward pressure on prices at the start of the season"

    The cherry campaign is starting slowly in the Aragonese region of Bajo Cinca with the earliest varieties, following a few months in which the spring's meteorological instability took a toll on the region's sweet fruits. In the Mequinenza plots, Llamfruit started harvesting its cherries at the end of last…

    Tom Meissner (Meissner Fruchthandel) on the current market situation

    "Dutch strawberry offers vary extremely quickly"

    The German asparagus and strawberry season is now slowly picking up speed, despite the weather-related delays. "At the moment, the supply situation for strawberries is very tight. Therefore, we are now increasingly resorting to Dutch goods. However, the auction prices vary extremely quickly, there is…

    Two new melon varieties released in China

    During the opening ceremony of the 2021 Yanliang Melon Industry Cultural Festival, two new varieties developed by Yanliang Melon Trial and Demonstration Station of Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, Hongbaoyu and Yinhui, were released. The new varieties of Yinhui (left) and Hongbaoyu (right) Du…

    Producers' organization O.P. Terre della Luce

    Small berries available all year long

    We produce blackberries, raspberries and blueberries grown at different altitudes to lengthen the production calendar and guarantee exclusively Italian products to the markets. "Our small fruit fields are located in Basilicata, Italy, one part of which is in greenhouse polytunnels in the Metapontino area…

    Chile leads the southern hemisphere's organic blueberry exports

    According to iQonsulting's 2020-2021 Blueberry Yearbook, Chile exported more than 20,000 tons of organic blueberries in the previous campaign, a record volume that was 35%…

    Watermelon producers are optimistic about the campaign after the first cuts in Almeria

    Producers from Almeria are optimistic about this season's melon and watermelon campaign because of many reasons, the pandemic boosted the consumption of both fruits, the…

    The Civil Guard has immobilized 20,000 plants as a precautionary measur

    Five people are being investigated in Huelva for growing blueberry protected varieties without a license

    The Civil Guard is investigating five people for committing an alleged crime against industrial property. The five people are being investigated for growing the protected…

    Price of imported cherries four times the price of domestic cherries

    US cherries arrived on the Chinese market

    The first US cherries of the season arrived in China by air freight in early May. US cherries arrive on the Chinese market around the same time as domestic cherries. Manager Yang, a spokesperson for Gaobeidian Xinfadi Agricultural Wholesale Market, recently talked about current conditions in the Chinese…

    Apple committee announces 2021 research funding

    The Michigan Apple Committee board approved funding for 2021 industry research projects at its March board meeting. Research funding is a part of MAC’s mission to serve…

    Miky Suarez comments on upcoming Mexican season

    “Weirdest grape growing season I’ve seen in 33 years”

    Mexico’s Sonora region is getting ready for the start of the grape season. “I’ve been involved with grapes for 33 years and this is the weirdest growing season I’ve seen,” says Miky Suarez with MAS Melons & Grapes. “It feels like nothing makes sense.” First of all, there was a good accumulation of chill…

    West Michigan fruit growers optimistic after frost scare

    When West Michigan fruit growers braced for two nights of hard frost in late April, many in the industry feared a repeat of a disastrous 2012 season. And no one can really…

    Arkansas peaches and muscadines hit hardest in 2021 freeze event

    In the overnight hours of April 20, temperatures fell into the 20s across about half the state of Arkansas, causing the second historic freeze event in 2021. While many…

    ‘Lowest strawberry prices noted in countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia’

    The season of strawberries is entering an active phase in Eastern Europe after a late start due to bad spring weather. Both in Poland and in Ukraine, the current season of…

    USDA

    USDA noncitrus fruits and nuts 2020 summary

    California and Oregon saw smaller crops due to wildfires

    In Washington, the largest apple producing state, growers reported a smaller 2020 crop due to alternate bearing season with lower yield, a windstorm, and wildfires. Sizing was smaller in 2020 compared to last season. In California and Oregon, wildfires were reported reducing the size of the crop. In New…

    University of Georgia Blueberry Research

    UGA establishes new blueberry orchard near main Athens campus

    Research at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) is devoted to helping blueberries continue to thrive as a ‘super food’.…

    CuteSolar

    The first Spanish solar-greenhouse watermelons hit the European market

    The European markets started to receive the first continental watermelons of the season at the end of April. This was possible because the fruit was grown in solar greenhouses in southern Europe, where this fruit has the natural and optimal conditions to grow and producers respect the fruit's ripening…

    First US cherries of the new season arrived in Shanghai by air

    The first US cherries from California of the 2021 season have arrived in Shanghai by airplane. This is the official opening of the Chinese import season of US cherries. The…

    Manuel Cerpa, of Berry Dealer: "There will continue to be good Spanish blueberry programs in May and June"

    "There has been a shortage of blueberries in Huelva for practically 80% of the season"

    The blueberry campaign is underway in Huelva with good prospects as it progresses, with good results that are expected to continue during this month and even the next. "This year, storm Filomena, which crossed the Iberian Peninsula in January, causing temperatures to drop, delayed the production of the…

    Blueberry price remains strong

    Shandong blueberries enter Chinese market

    This is the time of the year when blueberry production areas in south China come to the end of their season and hand over the torch to blueberry production areas in north China. The season in Yunnan is practically over and the blueberries from Shandong have just entered the market. Manager Li, a…

    Wim Meyers, Meyers Softfruit, Belgium

    “Sweet Royalla blackberries could boost tense blackberry market”

    At Meyers Softfruit in Belgium, the first strawberry crop's done and dusted. "We've since cleared and replanted this crop," says Wim Meyers. "They were Sonata strawberries. We were able to sell them at good prices. We sold much to them through home sales. Home sales were already good last year. But…

    Good year for Fortuna strawberries

    Six months after the harvesting and commercialization of early Fortuna strawberries, the time has come to make an assessment of the current campaign. Harvesting is still underway in Basilicata and will continue throughout May.? "It was a satisfactory year for all producers, who can no longer do without this…

    Videointerview to Giuseppe Graci

    What factors play a role in growing a good cantaloupe, is it agronomic management or variety?

    The added value of a Cantaloupe melon is measured by its organoleptic characteristics, taste, color and consistency. They might seem to be rather obvious elements of evaluation, but they are precisely those that make the difference along the entire supply chain. We talked about this aspect in an…

    Peru could export up to 200,000 tons of blueberries this year

    During 2020, Peruvian blueberry exports grew by 27% over the previous year, reaching 160,000 tons, according to Daniel Bustamante, president of Proarandanos. The prospects for…

    Jean-Noël Carles, Juliet

    “Thanks to a network of producers spread over three basins, we will be able to supply the market”

    With three production basins - the Loire Valley, the southwest and the southeast/Rh?ne Valley -, the Juliet? apple campaign, produced exclusively in France and organically, will be a bit peculiar this year. The frost episodes at the beginning of April have also affected the apple sector. “The statistics…

    Terrific Mother’s Day business for California strawberries

    With Mother’s Day, a key holiday associated with strawberries, around the corner, the market is strong on the popular berry. “Supplies of strawberries are very good in California. The peak is coming in the next two to three weeks and we’ll get some of our biggest picks of the year here in that time,”…

    Strong spring bloom for Eastern apple growing region

    The Northeast is emerging from a long winter with conditions favorable to producing a strong start for the new apple season. “We had an overall good season with temperatures slightly above average and snow fall within the normal range of 70” to 75”. There was consistently cold weather in January and…

    Impact of winter temperatures on Arkansas fruit crop

    The late winter and early spring freezes in Arkansas have created a mess around the state's orchards and vineyards. Prices could increase due to the lower supply expected,…

    Late start on West Coast melons

    West Coast supplies of honeydew and cantaloupe melons will see a slightly delayed start this month. “The domestic season will not begin until mid-May this year. It’s about a week to 10 days later than normal because there was cooler weather in February-March,” says?Stephen Patricio of Westside Produce in Firebaugh, CA. The earliest…

    China crushed the competition

    The 2024 International Strawberry Symposium will be held in China

    The International Strawberry Symposium 2024 will be held in China, as decreed by the ISHS delegates who met on 4 May by video conference during the Symposium 2021. The Chinese delegates were very keen on this return, after the 2012 edition in Beijing. The pandemic situation prevented other nations, especially…

    New onions, cabbages and cherries are Uzbekistan’s most exported produce

    Uzbekistan exporters have been actively increasing the supply and range of fruits and vegetables of the new harvest in the past two weeks. At this time, Uzbekistan already…

    2019 Orchard Business Analysis and 2020 Forecast Report

    '2019 average gross yield higher than previous year, but 2020 will see lower average yield'

    The Orchard Business Analysis (OBA) and crop forecast, produced annually as part of the Future Orchards? program, aims to determine the productivity and economic performance…

    Main 2021 destinations: Libya, France and Italy

    Tunisia wants to export 80,000 tons of stone fruit

    According to acting Director General of the Interprofessional Group of Fruits (GIFruits), Helmi Kalai, Tunisia aims to export about 80,000 tons of stone fruit mainly to Libya,…

    Berry Gardens

    Jessica Ennis-Hill teams up with Berry Gardens to promote health benefits of soft fruits

    Olympic champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill has teamed up with Berry Gardens for the own-label supplier’s biggest-ever campaign, promoting the health benefits of soft fruits. Ennis-Hill, the face of 2012 Olympics, Olympic Champion, triple World Champion, sports commentator and entrepreneur, will be the…

    The measure seeks to control tax evasion in the fruit sector

    Argentina sets reference prices for pear and apple exports

    The National Government's Federal Administration of Public Revenues (AFIP) and the General Customs Directorate (DNA) set the reference prices for Argentina's pear and apple…

    Emanuel Sluis, Service2Fruit, the Netherlands

    "Long-term orientation on the pear market for the first time this season"

    The pear market's been improving in recent weeks. "Storage and container prices are rising in tandem. Directly-traded, unsorted pears are going for around €0.60. And up to €0.70 on the futures market," says Emanuel Sluis of the Dutch trading platform, Service2Fruit. "The mood and sales are good. However,…

    J. Aurelio García, manager of Explum: "We expect a campaign with more stable prices at the start"

    Significant drop expected in early plum production

    The drop in temperatures at the beginning of April caused an intense blossom drop in plum trees in Extremadura, which will result in the harvest volumes being reduced to various extents, depending on the producing area. The early season production, from mid-June onwards, will likely be significantly…

    Morocco's watermelon is displacing Almeria product in France and the Netherlands

    According to data prepared by Hortoinfo from the statistical services Comtrade, the Statistics Division of the United Nations Organization (UN), and Estacom (Icex-Tax Agency), Morocco's watermelon is displacing Almeria's product in the European markets. In 2020, the Morrocan product already surpassed…

    The Southern Hemisphere's blueberry export season ends with a 20% increase

    According to the new 2020/21 Season Blueberry Yearbook prepared by the iQonsulting team, the exportable supply of blueberries from the southern hemisphere increased by 20%,…

    The Ministry of Agriculture published an analysis of the productive reality of the stone fruit sector in Spain in 2020

    The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, published on its website a study that analyzes the productive reality of the stone fruit sector in Spain in 2020. According to…

    Agricover©, from Agralia

    New cover for cherry trees

    All fruit tree varieties have been developed by geneticists for open ground cultivation and production. Therefore, if we protect them with netting or plastic, we modify the microclimate surrounding the tree and produce changes, which can be positive or negative. Everything will depend on the technical qualities of the chosen…

    Lucía Myrtea and Victoria Myrtea will start to be grown this year.

    IMIDA and CEBAS-CSIC present their first two red-fleshed plum varieties

    After ten years of joint research, the Murcian Institute for Agrarian and Food Research and Development (IMIDA) and the Center for Soil Science and Applied Biology of the Segura (CEBAS-CSIC) have presented the first results of a genetic improvement program carried out with the Japanese plum tree. Two…

    Seipasa obtains label extension for the bioinsecticide Pirecris in Portugal

    "It's the solution berry growers had been waiting for for 'Drosophila suzukii' control"

    Seipasa, a Spanish company specialized in the development and formulation of bioinsecticides, biofungicides and biostimulants for agriculture, has obtained an extension of the…

    Jalisco is Mexico's leading producer of raspberries

    After 3 decades of developing the raspberry industry in the state, Jalisco has established itself as Mexico's leading raspberry producer with 6,269 hectares and a production…

    Michigan fruit grower:

    ‘Consumer demand for plants during pandemic caused shift in my business’

    A Michigan fruit grower says consumer demand for plants during the pandemic has caused a significant shift in his business this year. Danny Hartmann is the third generation to…

    US fruit farmers assess capricious spring weather damage

    After unusually warm weather in the early spring, much of Ohio and Pennsylvania, along with other states, were hit hard by a late snow and several nights near or below…

    Australia: Berry prices up, growers get creative to lure in workers

    After a cool summer, the price of berries has skyrocketed, while Australian farmers are so desperate to attract workers they are offering cash prizes worth hundreds of…

    New study explains how Taurua District could grow blueberries, hazelnuts, apples and feijoas

    A recent study for alternative land uses in the Tararua District has shown that blueberries, hazelnuts, cider apples and feijoas could be successfully grown in the area. The…

    Beijing says grapes are being subjected to 'special nucleic testing'

    Australian table grapes face 'unforeseen' delays in Chinese ports

    Several hundred containers filled with Australian table grapes are backing up at ports in China, in what may be the latest multi-million-dollar trade dispute between Canberra…

    Moldova: First local strawberries relatively expensive

    In the last week of April, the first strawberries from local greenhouses arrived on the Moldovan market. As these have been small trial batches, their wholesale price has not…

    The Marlene® nymph decorates 150,000 bags across Europe

    Marlene?’s new look will accompany thousands of consumers’ shopping trips throughout Europe. Starting in February, the “Marlene? nymph”, the work chosen to represent the VOG Consortium’s brand for Marlene?’s 25th anniversary, has been printed on over 150,000 shopping bags distributed in the main European…

    Another two weeks of good weather needed

    Good weather outlook in Poland could lead to high apple yield this season

    The Polish weather forecasting is looking good, with temperatures actually rising. If any night frosts can be avoided for another two weeks, Poland could have a significantly larger harvest than the last two seasons. To be sure, growers do what they can to protect their orchards from frost damage. Jan…

    Watermelon, Almeria's second most important agricultural product

    Coexphal and Hortiespaña launch the SANDI 'The first European watermelon' campaign

    The southeast of Spain is the first and only watermelon-producing area in Europe that has been able to place top-quality delicious watermelons in the market since mid-April thanks to its excellent climate and its greenhouses. This was made clear during the presentation of the SANDI “The first European…

    Pop up grocery concept features club apple brands

    Pop Up Grocer, a traveling pop-up grocery store, has made its Chicago debut and will run through May 30th in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Yes! Apples, a woman-owned and New York-grown apple brand is one of 100+ select brands showcased. With the belief that food is an expression of who we are, Pop…

    Javier Carmona, marketing director at La Unión Corp:

    "There's a growing focus on brands in the melon and watermelon category"

    The watermelon season is just starting in Almeria. The first batches of the fruit have reached the market at a time when the weather in Europe is not ideal to motivate consumption; however, they are also facing less competition from third countries, such as Senegal, where the acreage has been reduced…

    Stuart Thomson - Dyson Farming

    "By extending the UK season we avoid the unnecessary food miles from imported strawberries at this time of year.”

    Dyson Farming has picked the first strawberries from its new 15-acre glasshouse in Carrington, Lincolnshire. The 424m long glasshouse is powered with renewable electricity and surplus heat from Dyson Farming’s adjacent anaerobic digester. Currently 6 hectares of strawberries are planted. The Spring…

    Egyptian grape season started, three weeks earlier than expected

    A little earlier than expected, the Egyptian grape season has kicked off. Due to warm weather, the start of the season arrived three weeks before it was expected to begin. For some varieties a little more time is needed, but this earlier start has resulted in solid demand from the market. According to…

    Strawberry prices plummeting in China

    During the Spring Festival period, strawberry prices were still high, but they have plummeted in April. Now, they only cost 5 to 10 yuan per half a kilo, and smaller sizes are…

    Nijs van Zuilen, Berrybrothers, about the early start of the Dutch redcurrant, raspberry season

    "Our new greenhouses mean we can meet the early demand for redcurrants, raspberries even better"

    The redcurrant and raspberry season has begun at Berrybrothers in the Netherlands. "We've invested in a new, modern, 2.3-hectare greenhouse for redcurrant cultivation. We grow Junifer redcurrants in it. These have been outside during the winter to get the necessary cold hours. We placed them in the…

    Marisol strawberry, excellent characteristics in both traditional and soilless cultivation

    The harvest of the strawberry variety Marisol is currently in full swing. Grower Francesco Polito from Calabria, Italy, expects to see good results from the variety even in June. The strawberries do best with low fertilizer doses, with an organoleptic quality characterized by an intense flavor and high…

    The province of Almeria produced more than half of the watermelons that Spain exported in 2020

    Spain exported a total volume of 839.62 million kilos of watermelon for 444.48 million euro in 2020, according to data prepared by Hortoinfo from the Estacom statistical…

    Santiago Vázquez, manager of La Vega de Cieza, from Murcia:

    "Until mid-May there will be an apricot shortage of about 50%"

    The stone fruit campaign kicked off a couple of weeks ago in the Region of Murcia with a delay of about 10 days compared to last year, although very close to the usual start date. This year's adverse weather conditions are being a major constraint for the European stone fruit season, and apricots will be…

    Higher volumes, better quality, diversification, and sector unity

    Key challenges of the Chilean cherry industry

    Different experts from the cherry sector that participated in the "Cherries 2021: challenges and opportunities after a complex season" webinar, which was organized by the…

    The study to obtain new cherry varieties in the Guadalentin Valley advances

    The project to obtain new cherry varieties that don't require much cold in the Guadalentin Valley, which is being developed at the Lorca Agrarian Demonstration Center within…

    Almeria's melons and watermelons achieve good prices at the beginning of the season

    According to the Junta de Andalusia's Observatory of Prices and Markets 2020/21 campaign monitoring report on protected horticultural crops corresponding to week 16 of this…

    Chile

    Organic apple importer differentiates by importing as well as growing in-country

    The southern hemisphere apple season has started and last week, Viva Tierra received its first shipment of organic apples from Chile and Argentina in the port of Philadelphia. This shipment contained Gala, Granny Smith and Red Delicious varieties, which are always the first ones to come in. “With the…

    Delayed start for domestic blueberry volumes

    Domestic supplies of blueberries are coming on heavily to meet a high demand market for the fruit. The supplies coming on now follow a delayed start for the Southeast blueberry season. “The crops in Georgia and Florida had been delayed roughly 10-15 days, depending on the varieties and location. Two…

    Kei Higuchi - courtesy of Fukuoka Prefecture

    Japan frustrated by Chinese and Korean strawberry and whisky copycats

    Both the Japanese government and Japanese companies are battling Chinese and South Korean copycats, taking steps to protect the image and integrity of "made in Japan" products. The government, led by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, has revised the Plant Variety Protection and Seed Act. This legislation…

    IPS created subsidiary in South Africa

    "As part of its international development strategy, IPS created a subsidiary in South Africa in October 2020 with the permanent presence of a new collaborator, Michael Oosthuizen. The arrival of Michael in our team allows us to strengthen our agreements with current partners (nurseries, producers,…

    Celebration caps successful season for South African table grapes in China

    South Africa’s range of high-quality table grapes was in the spotlight in the China market this spring thanks to the active promotion work of the South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) in partnership with the Western Cape Government and leading Chinese importers and retailers. SATI on April 29…

    France, Spain, Italy and Greece

    medFEL publishes European apricot harvest estimates

    On Tuesday 4 May, the first webinar * of the medFEL took place, concerning European apricot harvest estimates, based on the production of the 4 main growing countries and realised thanks to the partnership established with the local structures of the different countries. A look back at the European stone…

    APAL CEO Phil Turnbull pleased to see industry attracting capital investment

    Collaboration and investment signals bright future for Australia’s apple and pear industry

    The future of Australia’s apple and pear industry is looking bright with upgrades, investment and collaboration paving the way for some of the country’s leading businesses.…

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    New-gen rootstocks deliver earlier and more production

    Alvina Gala trees on the Cornell-Geneva rootstock CG202 are out-yielding their counterparts on M26 by 25 per cent in one of the first commercial plantings of the US CG series and Japanese JM series rootstocks in Australian conditions at Jeftomson Orchards in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley. In their second…


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