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Chile expects to double China-bound avocado exports

The Chilean Hass avocado industry is looking to build on last season’s exports of around 90,000 metric tons (MT), particularly in China where volumes are still small but are growing very quickly.

Chilean Hass Avocado Committee managing director Juan Enrique Lazo told www.freshfruitportal.com the industry only shipped one container when the market was opened for the 2014 season, but shipments have increased significantly since then.

“Last year we reached 5,300 [metric] tons, and this season we expect to at least double that,” Lazo said.

He said the sector would be undertaking much larger promotion campaigns in China to keep up with the extra volume.

“We will hit points of sales, we’ll do cooking activities, and we’ll have a presence on social media,” Lazo said, adding the promotions would take place during the Northern Hemisphere fall through to November.

He said the first harvests were expected in the first week of August, and it was possible that would also coincide with the first shipments to China.

From a production perspective, Lazo said while Chile had been experiencing a cold winter, there had not yet been reports of frost damages from orchards.

“We haven’t had any serious frosts, but the cold always has an effect, for example in delays for starting harvests – sizing takes a bit more time, and the metabolism is slowed during these months,” he said.

Last season Chile produced 180,000 metric tons (MT), and Lazo expected this figure to rise to 200,000MT in 2016-17, provided no unexpected weather events occur.

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Superfresh Growers expects large sized apples and pears for new crop year

Yakima, WA- July 15, 2016 Domex Superfresh Growers is gearing up for new crop northwest apples and pears. They expect a promotable crop of large sized, flavorful fruit, thanks to optimal spring and summer growing conditions.

“Cell division has been terrific, due to another early bloom and moderate spring and summer temperatures,” says Mike Preacher, director of marketing and customer relations for Domex Superfresh Growers. “We expect apples to peak on 88-count and larger, and D’anjou pears will peak on larger sizes this season. Additionally, we expect the fruit to have good color and flavor. All of this means great sales opportunities for retailers, and great eating experiences for customers.”

“With large sizes on the horizon, retailers should also consider adding or moving to five pound bags,” Preacher said.

Bartlett pear harvest is expected to begin the last week of July, and apple harvest will start the first week of August.

The timing of this year’s crop is early, similar to last season. “This allows for Labor Day and Back-to-School promotions of apples and pears,” says Preacher. He added that “with the northwest cherry crop potentially ending a couple weeks earlier than normal, apples and pears will make a great choice for filling promotional space.”

Domex Superfresh Growers is a leading grower and shipper of both conventional and organic apples, pears, cherries and apricots from the Pacific Northwest.

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Spain: Aragon expects 570,000 tonne fruit harvest

Unstable situation between Russia and EU raises concerns
Spain: Aragon expects 570,000 tonne fruit harvest

With a 10 day advance at the start of the campaign, the Spanish region of Aragon expects to harvest 570,000 tonnes of fruit this year, as announced by the head of fruit and vegetables of the Union of Growers and Farmers of Aragon (UAGA), Vicente López.

Aragon has over 38,000 hectares of stone and pome fruit plantations, of which 34,000 are in full production. 54% of those hectares are devoted to the cultivation of peaches and nectarines, 20% to cherries, 5% to apricots, 3% to plums, 10% to pears and 9% to apples. 

According to UAGA, Aragon’s total fruit production last year was of about 570,000 tonnes and this year’s is expected to match it, as despite the variability of the weather conditions in 2014, the good spring temperatures have allowed for a good fruit development.

The peach and nectarine production is expected to be the same as last year, of about 370,000 tonnes. The cherry harvest will be greater than in 2013, with about 30,000 tonnes, and apricots should also register similar figures to last season, with some 11,000 tonnes. No variations expected either for the plum harvest, with a production of 7,000 tonnes, while apples will fall by 20% and pears are expected to remain at similar levels as in 2013. 

According to UAGA, the value of Aragon’s final agricultural production in 2013 amounted to 3,793.21 million Euro; 10.24% more than in 2012. Last year, the fruit sector reached a value of 341 million Euro; 1% more than in 2012.

Aragon’s fruit industry ranks second in terms of food product exports, with transactions valued at a total of 114,659 million Euro. 

In this sense, UAGA expressed its concern on behalf of the sector regarding the instability in the relations between Russia and the European Union, given that approximately 25% of the region’s peach and nectarine production is exported to Russia.

Publication date: 6/4/2014


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Prince de Bretagne expects normal artichoke season

Pierre Gélébart: “The advantage of both growing and marketing”
Prince de Bretagne expects normal artichoke season

The French artichoke season has started once again. Pierre Gélébart, of Prince de Bretagne, assures that artichokes are one of the company’s main products. “The biggest product is cauliflower, followed by tomatoes and artichokes.” Prince de Bretagne sells most of its products in the domestic market. Additionally, the firm exports to various countries in Europe. From the Netherlands, its products are widely distributed to other importers.”


Pierre Gélébart during Medfel 2014

Highs and lows
Pierre points out that there are many highs and lows in the production of artichokes. “We produce from May to November and production volumes constantly changes. We offer two kinds of artichokes, the traditional green round (Camus and Castel) and the Petit Violet. Of the traditional we produce around 35,000 tonnes per year, and of the smaller purple ones we grow 5.5 tons.” He says that France is the largest market, “with a small volume going to Germany and Italy becoming a good customer from September onwards, as that is when the season has no start there.”

The artichoke growing season has developed normally and production volumes are rapidly increasing. “Two weeks ago, the production was of four to eight tonnes per day, and last week it was 45 tonnes. This week we expect to harvest 100 tonnes per day, and the production is in full swing.” He explains that last year’s production was disappointing. “Normally we grow more “heads” of traditional artichokes, but the plants were affected by extremely hot weather conditions, as there was just enough water for one artichoke per plant. This year we expect a normal season in terms of production.”



Growing and marketing

Prince de Bretagne is a group of 2,350 growers marketing over 500,000 tonnes of vegetables and strawberries each year in more than 30 countries. They produce 87 vegetables on a total of 30,800 hectares. “It is a great advantage that we do not only market the products, but also grow them,” states Pierre. “That way, we can keep an eye on the entire process and deliver the best products. We do not purchase produce from third parties, so as soon as the fruit and vegetables from our growers are sold out, the season is finished. We are proud about Prince de Bretagne having become such a household name, both at home and overseas.”

For more information:
Pierre Gélébart
Prince de Bretagne
Kérisnel – 29250
St Pol de Léon, France
T: 02 98 69 39 00
F: 02 98 69 39 01
www.princedebretagne.com

Publication date: 5/20/2014
Author: Juan Zea Estellés
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Driscoll’s expects early raspberry peak

Driscoll’s expects early raspberry peak

Within a few weeks, Driscoll’s of EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) expects a peak in their raspberry production for the Southern production areas. As a result of the good weather conditions in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, the volumes are increasing earlier in the season compared to the previous year.

Felix Blazquez, Driscoll’s agronomist in Spain: “The rising temperature in all of our Southern countries is making sure that the raspberry plants are accelerating their growth. Especially, Driscoll Maravilla is in Spain a very successful raspberry variety. It is known by growers as a high yielding crop with good quality fruit.”

Driscoll’s aims to continually delight consumers through alignment with customers and berry growers. Blazquez: “We invest a lot in our European breeding programme, because this is the base for bringing delight to consumers. Every year, new promising raspberry varieties are launched, such as Driscoll’s® Margarita™ and Driscoll’s® Alicia™, which have a lot of potential for the future.”

For more information, please visit: www.driscolls.eu
 
 

Publication date: 5/9/2014


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Driscoll’s expects early raspberry peak

Driscoll’s expects early raspberry peak

Within a few weeks, Driscoll’s of EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) expects a peak in their raspberry production for the Southern production areas. As a result of the good weather conditions in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, the volumes are increasing earlier in the season compared to the previous year.

Felix Blazquez, Driscoll’s agronomist in Spain: “The rising temperature in all of our Southern countries is making sure that the raspberry plants are accelerating their growth. Especially, Driscoll Maravilla is in Spain a very successful raspberry variety. It is known by growers as a high yielding crop with good quality fruit.”

Driscoll’s aims to continually delight consumers through alignment with customers and berry growers. Blazquez: “We invest a lot in our European breeding programme, because this is the base for bringing delight to consumers. Every year, new promising raspberry varieties are launched, such as Driscoll’s® Margarita™ and Driscoll’s® Alicia™, which have a lot of potential for the future.”

For more information, please visit: www.driscolls.eu
 
 

Publication date: 5/9/2014


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Driscoll’s expects early raspberry peak

Driscoll’s expects early raspberry peak

Within a few weeks, Driscoll’s of EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) expects a peak in their raspberry production for the Southern production areas. As a result of the good weather conditions in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, the volumes are increasing earlier in the season compared to the previous year.

Felix Blazquez, Driscoll’s agronomist in Spain: “The rising temperature in all of our Southern countries is making sure that the raspberry plants are accelerating their growth. Especially, Driscoll Maravilla is in Spain a very successful raspberry variety. It is known by growers as a high yielding crop with good quality fruit.”

Driscoll’s aims to continually delight consumers through alignment with customers and berry growers. Blazquez: “We invest a lot in our European breeding programme, because this is the base for bringing delight to consumers. Every year, new promising raspberry varieties are launched, such as Driscoll’s® Margarita™ and Driscoll’s® Alicia™, which have a lot of potential for the future.”

For more information, please visit: www.driscolls.eu
 
 

Publication date: 5/9/2014


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Driscoll’s expects early raspberry peak

Driscoll’s expects early raspberry peak

Within a few weeks, Driscoll’s of EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) expects a peak in their raspberry production for the Southern production areas. As a result of the good weather conditions in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, the volumes are increasing earlier in the season compared to the previous year.

Felix Blazquez, Driscoll’s agronomist in Spain: “The rising temperature in all of our Southern countries is making sure that the raspberry plants are accelerating their growth. Especially, Driscoll Maravilla is in Spain a very successful raspberry variety. It is known by growers as a high yielding crop with good quality fruit.”

Driscoll’s aims to continually delight consumers through alignment with customers and berry growers. Blazquez: “We invest a lot in our European breeding programme, because this is the base for bringing delight to consumers. Every year, new promising raspberry varieties are launched, such as Driscoll’s® Margarita™ and Driscoll’s® Alicia™, which have a lot of potential for the future.”

For more information, please visit: www.driscolls.eu
 
 

Publication date: 5/9/2014


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Exporter expects Pakistani mango volumes to double this season

Exporter expects Pakistani mango volumes to double this season

Imtiaz Enterprises expects that their mango export volume will be double this season as they receive astonishing response from buyers due to the recent ban on Indian mangoes. Many see this as a good opportunity for Pakistan to export more volume of mangoes to the European Union.

The company plans to organize Pakistan mango Festivals this year in new destinations such as Romania, Mauritius and New Zealand.

Considering the EU’s introduction of stricter import regulations, serious monitoring measures are being taken by the Pakistani Government and its allied departments, to strictly comply with EU protocols in order to grip EU market in a better way.
Pakistan Government has self-imposed tough export protocols to ensure that only the highest quality fruit is delivered to the international markets.
 

Hot Water Treated mangoes will be exported from Pakistan this season and the Government has started registering certified farms and pack houses.
 
At present there are over 80 Export Pack houses with the latest certification of BRC, HACCP, ISO2200, IFS and more than 30 Global Gap Certified mango orchards where government has targeted to enrolled minimum 100 orchards this year and multiply the figure by next year.

Pakistan Quarantine Department of Plant Protection (DPP) and All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporter, Importer and Merchant Association (PFVA) are taking measures at full throttle. They have organized series of seminars and awareness programs countrywide to ensure the food safety standards and its compliance.
 
Trade Development Authority of Pakistan and Horticulture Boards are also in close coordination to do all possible efforts in order to increase Pakistani mangoes share in the world market.
 
For more information:
Imtiaz Hussain
Imtiaz Enterprises
Tel: +92-21-36870453
Fax: +92-21-36870454
Email: [email protected]
www.imtiaz.biz

Publication date: 5/8/2014


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Veiling Hoogstraten expects product supply of 150 million kilos

Season opening: Delhaize buys strawberries for 500 Euro
Veiling Hoogstraten expects product supply of 150 million kilos

Spring is upon us and on Friday the 21st of March Veiling Hoogstraten officially opened the fruit and vegetable season. Veiling Hoogstraten is a large player in Belgium with a product turnover of 174 million Euro in 2013. Commercial manager Jan Engelen opened the season and indicated that they will once again be focussing on strawberries, tomatoes, peppers and specialities this year. A volume of 31 million kilos of strawberries is expected. The area of tomatoes has been extended and amounts to 150 hectares including specialities. The expected product supply for 2014 is 150 million kilos.



The amount of specialities has grown from 27 to 45 hectares

New everbearing Capri
“Veiling Hoogstraten has various new things up their sleeve for this season. They plan to implement a new sales system with e-mediation with the option of week mediation. A new strawberry box is also going to be introduced for the open ground strawberries. This year the new everbearing Capri will also be introduced. Veiling Hoogstraten recently hired an export manager for German speaking countries and hopes to further enter and work international markets.”



31 million kilos of strawberries are expected this year

Season opening
For the first time this season Veiling Hoogstraten was to apply to supply strawberries all year round due to artificial lighting.But they also wanted to honour the tradition of a season opening and so the a box of strawberries was still auctioned off in support of charity. The box went to Delhaize for the price of 500 Euro per 500 grammes. Due to Veiling Hoogstraten’s input, on the behalf of the strawberry growers, the yield was doubled. The amount of 8000 Euro was handed to Willem Geysen, CEO of Make a Wish, and organisation which makes the dreams of children fighting a life threatening illness come true (www.makeawish.be).  



Delhaize

The Delhaize fruit and vegetable Category Manager, Oene Jolie, indicated that he was very happy with this arrival of these strawberries. “We are pleased to be able to buy these strawberries and so signal the start of this Belgian strawberry season. We believe it is very important to carry Belgian products in our assortment. It’s our hobby.” He says that Hoogstraten is the main supplier of their strawberries. “As soon as the Belgian season starts we have Hoogstraten strawberries on our shelves. Due to the artificial lighting we carried this product until the beginning of February this winter. Our customers really appreciate this and despite the strawberries having higher prices than, for instance, the Spanish ones, they are convinced by the good taste and daily fresh quality.” 


Roger van Damme
Besides the charity sales, Roger van Damme, a well known Belgian chef, was introduced as the ambassador of Hoogstraten Aardbeien and was knighted by the Ghesellen van de Aardbei (Companions of the Strawberry). Roger is a fan of the strawberries and Hoogstraten and he indicated this in his speech. He also made delicious desserts out of them, which the visitors visible enjoyed.



Roger van Damme

For more information:
www.veilinghoogstraten.be

Publication date: 3/24/2014


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