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Duda Farm Fresh Foods opens California citrus season

Duda Farm Fresh Foods marks the start of the California-grown citrus season with a large variety of items available now in promotable volumes.

“The Navel oranges crop is off to an early start this season and the fruit is exceptionally sweet,” Paul Huckabay, Duda Western citrus sales manager, said in a press release.DUDA-12134-MeyerLemonBag Fr

“The Navel orange sizing is slightly smaller than the past few seasons and we are seeing a lot of excitement surrounding bag promotions for the holidays,” Huckabay said.  “We anticipate some fruit growth over the next few months and hope to have larger sized fruit near Christmas or the first of the year.”

Supplies of lemons are abundant from the California desert region. The Duda lemon crop has an even distribution of sizes which will appeal to both retail and foodservice customers.

“We plan to transition harvest to the central San Joaquin Valley district in December and then continue production into spring,” Huckabay said.

Mandarins also had an early start to the season this year, and the fruit size is moderate to slightly larger with a nice eating quality.  

“We have good volume now and we are well positioned for holiday ads as we move into November and December,” he said. “We will have good volume from early January all the way through March and into early April.”

Lastly, Duda started shipping Meyer lemons the last week of October — a full week earlier than last year.  The Dandy one-pound Grab n’ Go bag is updated this year to reflect new recipes and uses for Meyer lemons. The quality is excellent with smooth, well-shaped fruit and a sweet and juicy interior, Huckabay said.  

“Meyer lemons are one of the last really seasonal items in the product department, and that creates excitement for the overall citrus set and brings attention to the category,” he said.

The company projects good volume of Meyer lemons for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and continuing through March.

Duda is supporting sales with new seasonal packaging, data and an online sales kit that includes recipes for consumers and point-of-sale material.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Duda Farm Fresh Foods opens California citrus season

Duda Farm Fresh Foods marks the start of the California-grown citrus season with a large variety of items available now in promotable volumes.

“The Navel oranges crop is off to an early start this season and the fruit is exceptionally sweet,” Paul Huckabay, Duda Western citrus sales manager, said in a press release.DUDA-12134-MeyerLemonBag Fr

“The Navel orange sizing is slightly smaller than the past few seasons and we are seeing a lot of excitement surrounding bag promotions for the holidays,” Huckabay said.  “We anticipate some fruit growth over the next few months and hope to have larger sized fruit near Christmas or the first of the year.”

Supplies of lemons are abundant from the California desert region. The Duda lemon crop has an even distribution of sizes which will appeal to both retail and foodservice customers.

“We plan to transition harvest to the central San Joaquin Valley district in December and then continue production into spring,” Huckabay said.

Mandarins also had an early start to the season this year, and the fruit size is moderate to slightly larger with a nice eating quality.  

“We have good volume now and we are well positioned for holiday ads as we move into November and December,” he said. “We will have good volume from early January all the way through March and into early April.”

Lastly, Duda started shipping Meyer lemons the last week of October — a full week earlier than last year.  The Dandy one-pound Grab n’ Go bag is updated this year to reflect new recipes and uses for Meyer lemons. The quality is excellent with smooth, well-shaped fruit and a sweet and juicy interior, Huckabay said.  

“Meyer lemons are one of the last really seasonal items in the product department, and that creates excitement for the overall citrus set and brings attention to the category,” he said.

The company projects good volume of Meyer lemons for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and continuing through March.

Duda is supporting sales with new seasonal packaging, data and an online sales kit that includes recipes for consumers and point-of-sale material.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Duda Farm Fresh Foods opens California citrus season

Duda Farm Fresh Foods marks the start of the California-grown citrus season with a large variety of items available now in promotable volumes.

“The Navel oranges crop is off to an early start this season and the fruit is exceptionally sweet,” Paul Huckabay, Duda Western citrus sales manager, said in a press release.DUDA-12134-MeyerLemonBag Fr

“The Navel orange sizing is slightly smaller than the past few seasons and we are seeing a lot of excitement surrounding bag promotions for the holidays,” Huckabay said.  “We anticipate some fruit growth over the next few months and hope to have larger sized fruit near Christmas or the first of the year.”

Supplies of lemons are abundant from the California desert region. The Duda lemon crop has an even distribution of sizes which will appeal to both retail and foodservice customers.

“We plan to transition harvest to the central San Joaquin Valley district in December and then continue production into spring,” Huckabay said.

Mandarins also had an early start to the season this year, and the fruit size is moderate to slightly larger with a nice eating quality.  

“We have good volume now and we are well positioned for holiday ads as we move into November and December,” he said. “We will have good volume from early January all the way through March and into early April.”

Lastly, Duda started shipping Meyer lemons the last week of October — a full week earlier than last year.  The Dandy one-pound Grab n’ Go bag is updated this year to reflect new recipes and uses for Meyer lemons. The quality is excellent with smooth, well-shaped fruit and a sweet and juicy interior, Huckabay said.  

“Meyer lemons are one of the last really seasonal items in the product department, and that creates excitement for the overall citrus set and brings attention to the category,” he said.

The company projects good volume of Meyer lemons for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and continuing through March.

Duda is supporting sales with new seasonal packaging, data and an online sales kit that includes recipes for consumers and point-of-sale material.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Duda Farm Fresh Foods opens California citrus season

Duda Farm Fresh Foods marks the start of the California-grown citrus season with a large variety of items available now in promotable volumes.

“The Navel oranges crop is off to an early start this season and the fruit is exceptionally sweet,” Paul Huckabay, Duda Western citrus sales manager, said in a press release.DUDA-12134-MeyerLemonBag Fr

“The Navel orange sizing is slightly smaller than the past few seasons and we are seeing a lot of excitement surrounding bag promotions for the holidays,” Huckabay said.  “We anticipate some fruit growth over the next few months and hope to have larger sized fruit near Christmas or the first of the year.”

Supplies of lemons are abundant from the California desert region. The Duda lemon crop has an even distribution of sizes which will appeal to both retail and foodservice customers.

“We plan to transition harvest to the central San Joaquin Valley district in December and then continue production into spring,” Huckabay said.

Mandarins also had an early start to the season this year, and the fruit size is moderate to slightly larger with a nice eating quality.  

“We have good volume now and we are well positioned for holiday ads as we move into November and December,” he said. “We will have good volume from early January all the way through March and into early April.”

Lastly, Duda started shipping Meyer lemons the last week of October — a full week earlier than last year.  The Dandy one-pound Grab n’ Go bag is updated this year to reflect new recipes and uses for Meyer lemons. The quality is excellent with smooth, well-shaped fruit and a sweet and juicy interior, Huckabay said.  

“Meyer lemons are one of the last really seasonal items in the product department, and that creates excitement for the overall citrus set and brings attention to the category,” he said.

The company projects good volume of Meyer lemons for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and continuing through March.

Duda is supporting sales with new seasonal packaging, data and an online sales kit that includes recipes for consumers and point-of-sale material.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Duda Farm Fresh Foods opens California citrus season

Duda Farm Fresh Foods marks the start of the California-grown citrus season with a large variety of items available now in promotable volumes.

“The Navel oranges crop is off to an early start this season and the fruit is exceptionally sweet,” Paul Huckabay, Duda Western citrus sales manager, said in a press release.DUDA-12134-MeyerLemonBag Fr

“The Navel orange sizing is slightly smaller than the past few seasons and we are seeing a lot of excitement surrounding bag promotions for the holidays,” Huckabay said.  “We anticipate some fruit growth over the next few months and hope to have larger sized fruit near Christmas or the first of the year.”

Supplies of lemons are abundant from the California desert region. The Duda lemon crop has an even distribution of sizes which will appeal to both retail and foodservice customers.

“We plan to transition harvest to the central San Joaquin Valley district in December and then continue production into spring,” Huckabay said.

Mandarins also had an early start to the season this year, and the fruit size is moderate to slightly larger with a nice eating quality.  

“We have good volume now and we are well positioned for holiday ads as we move into November and December,” he said. “We will have good volume from early January all the way through March and into early April.”

Lastly, Duda started shipping Meyer lemons the last week of October — a full week earlier than last year.  The Dandy one-pound Grab n’ Go bag is updated this year to reflect new recipes and uses for Meyer lemons. The quality is excellent with smooth, well-shaped fruit and a sweet and juicy interior, Huckabay said.  

“Meyer lemons are one of the last really seasonal items in the product department, and that creates excitement for the overall citrus set and brings attention to the category,” he said.

The company projects good volume of Meyer lemons for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and continuing through March.

Duda is supporting sales with new seasonal packaging, data and an online sales kit that includes recipes for consumers and point-of-sale material.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Duda Farm Fresh Foods opens California citrus season

Duda Farm Fresh Foods marks the start of the California-grown citrus season with a large variety of items available now in promotable volumes.

“The Navel oranges crop is off to an early start this season and the fruit is exceptionally sweet,” Paul Huckabay, Duda Western citrus sales manager, said in a press release.DUDA-12134-MeyerLemonBag Fr

“The Navel orange sizing is slightly smaller than the past few seasons and we are seeing a lot of excitement surrounding bag promotions for the holidays,” Huckabay said.  “We anticipate some fruit growth over the next few months and hope to have larger sized fruit near Christmas or the first of the year.”

Supplies of lemons are abundant from the California desert region. The Duda lemon crop has an even distribution of sizes which will appeal to both retail and foodservice customers.

“We plan to transition harvest to the central San Joaquin Valley district in December and then continue production into spring,” Huckabay said.

Mandarins also had an early start to the season this year, and the fruit size is moderate to slightly larger with a nice eating quality.  

“We have good volume now and we are well positioned for holiday ads as we move into November and December,” he said. “We will have good volume from early January all the way through March and into early April.”

Lastly, Duda started shipping Meyer lemons the last week of October — a full week earlier than last year.  The Dandy one-pound Grab n’ Go bag is updated this year to reflect new recipes and uses for Meyer lemons. The quality is excellent with smooth, well-shaped fruit and a sweet and juicy interior, Huckabay said.  

“Meyer lemons are one of the last really seasonal items in the product department, and that creates excitement for the overall citrus set and brings attention to the category,” he said.

The company projects good volume of Meyer lemons for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and continuing through March.

Duda is supporting sales with new seasonal packaging, data and an online sales kit that includes recipes for consumers and point-of-sale material.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Aftermath of Russian boycott bound to result in interesting pepper season

Aftermath of Russian boycott bound to result in interesting pepper season

Arava Export Growers is having a good pomegranate season; fruit which is very dependent on good weather. A good campaign is also expected for avocados and peppers, as the weather has been optimal. “This week we’ll begin exporting capsicum; that will be 1 week earlier than last year,” said Malou Even.

Regarding the situation with Russia, Malou says, “Arava wants to continue working as it is used to, shipping half to Russia and the other half to Europe. Ultimately, I want to continue delivering produce to the clients with as much normality as possible.”

She also states that, “It might be possible, due to extreme price differences between Europe and Russia that we’ll have to ship more volumes in either direction in order to secure the best prices possible for the growers.”  Another issue is the rouble’s devaluation, which involves an additional risk. “I don’t have a crystal ball, so I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen, but we’ll just strive to deliver to the markets, as we have always done. If drastic changes take place, we will simply have to adapt.  Additionally, we also have programmes that need to be adhered to.”

When it comes to citrus fruits, Israel currently faces competition mainly from Turkey, Morocco and Egypt. “Normally, a lot of citrus is imported by Russia, and that benefits these countries, because they can produce cheaper and of course Turkey is geographically closer. They are also making great progress regarding cultivation.”

For peppers, Arava competes mainly with Spain, as well as Morocco to a lesser extent. “I have heard that the Dutch season will finish earlier, and we’ll also come in a little earlier, so that will be nice” states Malou.

Everything will depend on the market situation. “I’m really anxiously waiting to see how the season will start; it will most probably be quite an interesting season with all the developments following the Russian boycott.”

For more information:
Malou Even
V.P. Business Development & Global Sales
Arava Export Growers Ltd.
Tel : +972-3-972-8-104
[email protected]
www.arv.co.il

Publication date: 11/7/2014
Author: Juan Zea Estellés
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Aftermath of Russian boycott bound to result in interesting pepper season

Aftermath of Russian boycott bound to result in interesting pepper season

Arava Export Growers is having a good pomegranate season; fruit which is very dependent on good weather. A good campaign is also expected for avocados and peppers, as the weather has been optimal. “This week we’ll begin exporting capsicum; that will be 1 week earlier than last year,” said Malou Even.

Regarding the situation with Russia, Malou says, “Arava wants to continue working as it is used to, shipping half to Russia and the other half to Europe. Ultimately, I want to continue delivering produce to the clients with as much normality as possible.”

She also states that, “It might be possible, due to extreme price differences between Europe and Russia that we’ll have to ship more volumes in either direction in order to secure the best prices possible for the growers.”  Another issue is the rouble’s devaluation, which involves an additional risk. “I don’t have a crystal ball, so I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen, but we’ll just strive to deliver to the markets, as we have always done. If drastic changes take place, we will simply have to adapt.  Additionally, we also have programmes that need to be adhered to.”

When it comes to citrus fruits, Israel currently faces competition mainly from Turkey, Morocco and Egypt. “Normally, a lot of citrus is imported by Russia, and that benefits these countries, because they can produce cheaper and of course Turkey is geographically closer. They are also making great progress regarding cultivation.”

For peppers, Arava competes mainly with Spain, as well as Morocco to a lesser extent. “I have heard that the Dutch season will finish earlier, and we’ll also come in a little earlier, so that will be nice” states Malou.

Everything will depend on the market situation. “I’m really anxiously waiting to see how the season will start; it will most probably be quite an interesting season with all the developments following the Russian boycott.”

For more information:
Malou Even
V.P. Business Development & Global Sales
Arava Export Growers Ltd.
Tel : +972-3-972-8-104
[email protected]
www.arv.co.il

Publication date: 11/7/2014
Author: Juan Zea Estellés
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“Spanish Intense tomato season started well”

Paul Zuiderwijk: conscious later start to connect to Dutch season
“Spanish Intense tomato season started well”

P. Zuijderwijk Import has started the import of Spanish Intense tomatoes for the fourth year in a row. The Nunhems plum tomatoes have a higher density than other tomatoes without losing shape or juice. The importer sells the tomatoes under the brand Roxy. “We consciously started later to connect to the Dutch season. Last year we were four weeks earlier and there were far too many. This helps no one,” concludes Paul Zuijderwijk.


“The season has only just started, but the sales are going well so far. There are still some Dutch tomatoes on the market. In a few weeks the volumes from Spain will increase further,” Paul Zuijderwijk expects. “We have them in the sizes M, MP and MM. The size sorting MM will still be available in limited amounts at the start. There are possibilities to make contracts until the end of April.”


For more information:
P. Zuijderwijk Import
Transportweg 45
2676 LM Maasdijk
Tel: 0031 174-520749
Mob: 0031 6-53372435
[email protected]

Publication date: 11/3/2014


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“Strange Spanish melon season”

Niall Howe, Witkamp:
“Strange Spanish melon season”

The fruit and vegetable trading company Witkamp from Poeldijk receives melons from Spain every day. The company receives Galia, Canteloupe, Piel de Sapo, Honey Dew and watermelons (seedless), as well as watermelons in bulk, among other products. “The last car from Almeria arrived today. Soon the Murcia season will start,” says Niall Howe.


The salesman says it has been a strange season, which started late due to the cold weather conditions. “The cold weather meant that the demand has also been low. I can’t predict how the market will progress over the next few weeks. At the moment the prices are at a lower level than Spain would like. The price of the watermelon is between 35 and 40 cents and for the better sizes of Galias it’s between 5.50 and 6.50 Euro.”

“The quality of the last melons from Almeria is traditionally a little lower, but the prospects for the melons from Murcia are good,” continues Niall. “With daily arrivals we can also provide a fresh product. Due to good contacts with different suppliers in Spain we can always work with good prices. We carry various brands, so that there is something for every customer. We export most of the melons to the United Kingdom, Scandinavia and Germany.”


For more information:
Niall Howe
NJ. Witkamp BV.
Tel: 0174 28 29 31
Fax: 0174 28 29 00
[email protected]
www.witkamp.nl

Publication date: 6/26/2013


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China: Good colour and big sizes for new season Fuji

China: Good colour and big sizes for new season Fuji

The harvest of Fuji apples at Isnaet, China has come finished for the season, the apples are on the market and in storage. Peter Zhu from the company said there are some differences compared to last season.

“Sizes are larger this year, especially in the Yantai growing region. Yields are down 20% but prices are 40%. The quality of the Fuji apples is much better though, the colour is very good, with a much redder apple being produced, this due to a later harvest than last year.”

More apples are in storage as growers expect a higher price in the first half of 2015. Demand for apples fell in October and not expected to be picked for a few months.

Zhu said that due to the lower yields growers will still turn a profit

Contact details:
Peter Zhu
Isnet- China
Tel: +86 532 8372 2961 +86 532 8372 2961
email:[email protected]
www.isnet.cn.com
 

Publication date: 10/31/2014
Author: Nichola Watson
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China: Good colour and big sizes for new season Fuji

China: Good colour and big sizes for new season Fuji

The harvest of Fuji apples at Isnaet, China has come finished for the season, the apples are on the market and in storage. Peter Zhu from the company said there are some differences compared to last season.

“Sizes are larger this year, especially in the Yantai growing region. Yields are down 20% but prices are 40%. The quality of the Fuji apples is much better though, the colour is very good, with a much redder apple being produced, this due to a later harvest than last year.”

More apples are in storage as growers expect a higher price in the first half of 2015. Demand for apples fell in October and not expected to be picked for a few months.

Zhu said that due to the lower yields growers will still turn a profit

Contact details:
Peter Zhu
Isnet- China
Tel: +86 532 8372 2961 +86 532 8372 2961
email:[email protected]
www.isnet.cn.com
 

Publication date: 10/31/2014
Author: Nichola Watson
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China: Good colour and big sizes for new season Fuji

China: Good colour and big sizes for new season Fuji

The harvest of Fuji apples at Isnaet, China has come finished for the season, the apples are on the market and in storage. Peter Zhu from the company said there are some differences compared to last season.

“Sizes are larger this year, especially in the Yantai growing region. Yields are down 20% but prices are 40%. The quality of the Fuji apples is much better though, the colour is very good, with a much redder apple being produced, this due to a later harvest than last year.”

More apples are in storage as growers expect a higher price in the first half of 2015. Demand for apples fell in October and not expected to be picked for a few months.

Zhu said that due to the lower yields growers will still turn a profit

Contact details:
Peter Zhu
Isnet- China
Tel: +86 532 8372 2961 +86 532 8372 2961
email:[email protected]
www.isnet.cn.com
 

Publication date: 10/31/2014
Author: Nichola Watson
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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China: Good colour and big sizes for new season Fuji

China: Good colour and big sizes for new season Fuji

The harvest of Fuji apples at Isnaet, China has come finished for the season, the apples are on the market and in storage. Peter Zhu from the company said there are some differences compared to last season.

“Sizes are larger this year, especially in the Yantai growing region. Yields are down 20% but prices are 40%. The quality of the Fuji apples is much better though, the colour is very good, with a much redder apple being produced, this due to a later harvest than last year.”

More apples are in storage as growers expect a higher price in the first half of 2015. Demand for apples fell in October and not expected to be picked for a few months.

Zhu said that due to the lower yields growers will still turn a profit

Contact details:
Peter Zhu
Isnet- China
Tel: +86 532 8372 2961 +86 532 8372 2961
email:[email protected]
www.isnet.cn.com
 

Publication date: 10/31/2014
Author: Nichola Watson
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Good prospects for South African lychee season

Good prospects for South African lychee season

Harvesting will begin mid to late November for the new season South African lychees. Derek Donkin, CEO of Subtrop said it is a bit early to accurately predict how the season would go but it is looking better than last year.

“In some areas we had a very poor crop last year, but those areas are looking better this year.”

Last year South Africa produced around 4,500 MT, this is expected to be around 5,500 MT.

South Africa exports around 50% of the lychees, mostly to the European market, the other 50% goes to the domestic market.

Publication date: 10/30/2014
Author: Nichola Watson
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US (WA): Apricot season transitions from California to Washington

US (WA): Apricot season transitions from California to Washington

As the California apricot season winds down, volumes of fruit are picking up in Washington. While the market is currently tight, that should be resolved as more varieties come online in the near future.

“Size of fruit is up a bit from last year, and our orchards were lucky enough to avoid hail damage,” said Viva Tierra’s Addie Pobst. While she noted that hail damage is always a danger growers have to look out for early in the Summer, the absence of that has allowed Viva Tierra to start the season off well.

“We will have nearly double the production volume we had last year,” added Pobst. With only late-variety fruit coming out of California, the market is now looking to Washington for apricots. Viva Tierra currently has the Robada apricot available, and though Pobst said the market is a little tight right now because there isn’t a lot of volume, prices should come down as volumes pick up later in the season. Viva Tierra’s other varieties include the Perfection and Rival, which they ship in two-layer panta packs and 24 pound volume fill.

“Quality will be similar to last year, which was great,” said Pobst. “It’s just a question of making sure we pick the fruit at its peak of flavor and get them out to the stores so people can enjoy them.”

Addie Pobst
Viva Tierra Organic, Inc.
Tel: +1 360 855 3195
www.vivatierra.com 

Publication date: 6/26/2013
Author: Ben Littler
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Greek citrus season starting later due to wam nights

Biojournaal visits organic Greek growers
Greek citrus season starting later due to wam nights

The contrast was huge: from sunny Greece to cold and wet in the Netherlands. Organic Greek citrus growers would love to switch places. The start to the citrus season is late in coming, due to the relatively warm nights. Lenneke Schot, edotor for FreshPlaza’s sister website for the organic sector, Biojournaal, visited various organic growers in Western Greece between the 18th and the 21st of October. She was invited by Gerasimos Karantinos

Gerasimos is leading Bio Net West Hellas, with approximately 300 participating farmers, the largest group of organic producers in Greece. The trip was coordinated from the Netherlands, by Alexis van Erp from Eosta. Alexis handles the organic fruit and vegetable products from Bio Net West Hellas in Europe.

The oranges are still green
Most of the trip was taken up by looking at the citrus, but the group also took a quick look at two kiwi orchards. They also visited a carrot and potato grower, and they got a tour of Bio Net West Hellas’ own organic fruit packing station. It was obvious the the citrus season will start later this year. Most of the oranges and mandarins are still green. To stimulate the ripening process the fruits urgently need some cold nights. The results of a recent hailstorm were clearly seen with one of the citrus growers, but Georgios Kyziakopoulos (third photo below), a kiwi grower, expects a much better harvest than last year.

In the coming weeks various articles will be published on FreshPlaza following this press trip.

Publication date: 10/24/2014


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US (CA): Pear season winds down

Pear growers in California were picking the last of their fruit this week, as the state finishes up its harvest. Production is expected to be less than that from the previous season, as harvesting was ahead of schedule for most of the season.

“Typically, we have fruit into November and December,” said Chris Zanobini, executive director of the California Pear Advisory Board. “This year, we’ll be pretty much cleaned up sooner than that.” Last year’s crop production reached 3.8 million, and it’s expected this year’s crop will be smaller than that, at 3.0 million boxes. Zanobini noted that a dip in production often follows a year with good yields, though a reduction in acreage is also responsible for less production this year.

“We did lose a significant piece of production with land that was sold and trees removed,” explained Zanobini. “About seven percent of the state’s acreage was affected.” Current acreage is between 13,000 and 14,000 acres.

At the end of last week, prices for a carton of apple pears 12s were between $ 13.85 and $ 16.85, 14s ranged from $ 12.85 and $ 15.85, and 16s were between $ 12.85 and $ 14.85.

For more information:

Chris Zanobini

California Pear Advisory Board

+1 916 441 0432

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“Change to Spanish season a disaster”

Peter Davis – Davis Workdwide
“Change to Spanish season a disaster”

UK company Davis Worldwide started up back in 1999 in Lincolnshire, England and also has an office near the fresh produce hub Barendrecht in The Netherlands. The UK office deals mainly in the fruit and vegetable imports from Spain, France, Italy and Morocco, while the Dutch office handles produce from further afield such as South America, New Zealand, South Africa etc.

Peter Davis, owner of the company said that facilities at the Port of Rotterdam were second to none as far the fresh produce business was concerned, “It is faster for us to get the produce from the ship in Rotterdam then truck it over to England, it is also cost effective. We also have a platform in Perpignan where we can split loads and then reload for specific destinations, by consolidating the loads the trucks have less stops making us very fast on deliveries.”

90% of Davis’s Spanish and French produce is packed on the farms, it can be repacked in Lincolnshire, but as Peter explains they prefer not to do this and keep handling of the produce to an absolute minimum.

Peter said the change over to the Spanish vegetable season has been a bit of a disaster this year, mainly due to the weather, “So much rain fell in Almeria last week and more is forecast, which affects both quality and availability, but Morocco will start in two weeks time which should give a bit of stability to the market. In particular, cucumber has been very expensive, you need to have very deep pockets to fill the contracts at the moment.”

One saving grace, according to Peter has been the melon market Spain has just finished and now the Brazilian melons are on the market and getting a good price.

He goes on to say that the European apple season is going to be very challenging due to the huge amounts of fruit on the market, this of course is compounded by the ban on European exports to Russia.

“The supermarket price wars are not helping the situation either, the discounters Aldi and Lidl never had as much impact on the UK market as they did in Germany but that has now changed as they are selling more well known brands and turnover has increased, supermarkets in general are using low cost fresh produce to get customers through the doors, although they will promote the English apple, some still have south African apples on the shelves because they’re much cheaper than new season European ones,” comments Davis.

He also reckons that much more Moroccan produce will go directly to Russia, thus side stepping the European importers, “The Moroccans will just send to Russia directly, last year our grower sent 10 tonnes of Moroccan salad products to Russia this year he has already sent 40. Spain is also loosing out to Morocco as they improve growing techniques and quality, Spain will also suffer from the very wet weather especially in products such as courgettes. It has been warm and wet, producing very humid conditions which leads to problems with mildew which will mean big problems for the growers.”

For more information:
Peter Davis
Davis Worldwide
Tel: 0044 1507 600969
Email: [email protected]
www.davisworldwide.co.uk

Publication date: 10/17/2014
Author: Nichola Watson
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