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Mexico becoming first raspberry and blackberry exporter to China

Mexico becoming first raspberry and blackberry exporter to China

SVA Fruits is a joint venture between the Chilean fruit producer San Clemente and Hortifrut. “The company in Shanghai started about 7 years ago with San Clemente, which was one of the first Chilean companies to focus on China as a primary market, and was actually Chile’s largest exporter to Shanghai for many years,” affirms David Smith, Operations Manager at SVA Fruits.

Currently, San Clemente is the fourth largest apple producer in Chile, with around 2.7 million boxes; they also grow cherries, grapes, kiwis, clementines and some other products. “The other parent company, Hortifrut, is the world’s largest blueberry grower, with around 23% of Chile’s entire production, as well as farms in countries like Argentina, Peru, Mexico and Spain. It also owns 30% of Naturipe in the U.S., which means that Hortifrut is their primary representative in China,” explains David.

The big news is that a protocol has been signed between the Mexican and Chinese governments allowing the export of Mexican raspberries and blackberries to China, as no other country has access. David believes that “it is an exciting opportunity that nobody knows how big is going to be, but if we manage to get the right product into their hands, they are going to go crazy for it.”

Blackberries and raspberries have not been grown in China for long, and neither volumes nor quality are very high. According to David, “growing practices are not very developed, so they have a long way to go before catching up with the Western world, but because it’s a new product, consumers are really curious about it.”
David finds the situation comparable to that of blueberries, which only started to take off about 3 to 4 years ago. “I have seen some presentations about blueberry production in China which reveal that, in terms of acreage, they are now the world’s second largest grower, which shows there’s a lot of belief in that product.”

In China, 20% of SVA Fruits’ business goes directly to big name retailers, while the rest goes to wholesalers, which means it already has a wide network of customers. “Conversations about raspberries are still short, but now with the protocol, and only 1-2 months before shipments start, we are definitely ready to go,” concludes David.

Publication date: 11/28/2014
Author: Nichola Watson
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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


FreshPlaza.com

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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Southern Specialties to offer new raspberry variety

Southern Specialties, in conjunction with its grower-partner Meridian, announced it has added a new raspberry variety to the its berry lineup.

The company, a grower, importer, processor and shipper of a variety of specialty products grown in Central America, South America, Mexico, Canada and the United States, will market the raspberries under the “Fresh Kampo” label from its McAllen, TX, facility and its Pompano Beach, FL, headquarters.

“We are very pleased to have a superior raspberry variety to complement our blackberry, organic blackberry and blueberry programs,” Carlos Solf, director of procurement for Southern Specialties, said in a press release.

“We have been working on the development of a raspberry of this caliber for several years,” Fabricio Blanco, president of Meridian, added in the press release. “The flavor and presentation are among the best we have seen anywhere. We are pleased to introduce our raspberries in conjunction with Southern Specialties”

The Adelita raspberry variety has been under development for the last nine years. Over the past three years, extensive work has been conducted in the Michoacán region of Mexico, where the raspberries are grown under plastic hoops.

Southern Specialties will offer the “Fresh Kampo” raspberries from October into May in six-ounce clamshells. Other pack sizes are available by request. The company ships conventional and organic, blackberries and blueberries under the “Southern Selects” label year round.

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