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Argentina’s apple and pear crops rise despite smaller production area

Argentina’s apple and pear crops rise despite smaller production area

Published on Dec 04th, 2018

Argentina’s apple crop is estimated to be up to 530,000 tons and its pear crop is expected to rise to 580,000 tons from last year, despite lower planted area. In both cases, volumes are below average. Apple and pear exports are expected to be slightly up (100,000 tons for apples and 330,000 tons for pears). Domestic consumption is on the rise as the country slowly recovers from the latest economic crisis.

CMI Orchards, focuses on top club varieties

CMI Orchards, focuses on top club varieties

Published on Nov 29th, 2018

Apples are not the only fruit category produced and shipped worldwide by CMI, which also packs over 2 million boxes of premium cherries per season, from June until the end of July. CMI is renowned for its large availability of proprietary varieties, as the US partner of major international apple clubs like Kanzi, Kiku, Envy and Jazz. “We are members of six of the top ten apple clubs,” said Danelle Huber, marketing specialist at CMI orchards. The latest brand, launched last year, is Smitten®, a new proprietary from New Zealand.

Domex Superfresh Growers with 15% of organic apples and 35% volumes on exports

Domex Superfresh Growers with 15% of organic apples and 35% volumes on exports

Published on Nov 29th, 2018

With around 20 million boxes of apples pears and cherries, Domex Superfresh Growers is among the largest growers, packers and exporters of US apples, shipping its varieties around the world. Washington State’s recently harvested apple crop is down about -11% from last year, but there are still very good promotional opportunities for apples. An estimate of 117 million 40lb boxes are to be marketed from the state during the 2018/2019 season. Organics have become a major segment, now representing about 15% of the volumes packed from the state.

EU apple prices above average

EU apple prices above average

Published on Nov 22nd, 2018

The 2018/19 apple campaign began on 1st August with a return to normal production. This should lead to a significant drop in prices from last year. Nevertheless, average EU apple prices so far during this campaign have been above the five-year average (+31% in August and +11% in September) but dropped just below average in October (-1%). However, there are major divergences at the country level, with French apples costing over six times more than Polish apples in September.

Spanish apple production up 3.2%, while pear volumes fall 7.1%

Spanish apple production up 3.2%, while pear volumes fall 7.1%

Published on Nov 21st, 2018

Spain’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has announced its forecasts for the 2018/19 apple and pear campaigns. According to Fepex data, apple volumes are expected to be up 3.2%, to 511,400 tons. This is 1.3% below the 5-year average. Meanwhile pear output is estimated to be down 7.1%, to 335,300 tons - 10.1% below the five-year average.

As for consumption, Spaniards consumed 9.4kg of apples per capita in 2017/18, a fall of 4% from the previous year and 8% less than the five-year average. In contrast, pear consumption rose by 5% in 2017/18 to 5.2kg per capita.

Canadian apple production estimated to rise 14% in MY 2018/19

Canadian apple production estimated to rise 14% in MY 2018/19

Published on Nov 13th, 2018

Canada’s apple crop in 2018/19 is expected to total 395,300 tons. This 14% increase in production is mainly due to better growing conditions in Ontario and British Columbia. Quebec and Nova Scotia faced adverse weather conditions that caused a slight dip in their apple production. FAS/Ottawa estimates that planted apple area increased 2%, as farmers continue to plant new varieties.  New trees entering maturity in recent years continue to add to production.

EU apple sector looks forward to record harvest

EU apple sector looks forward to record harvest

Published on Nov 13th, 2018

In 2018/19 campaign, the EU’s apple production is forecast to be up 34% from last year’s small crop, which was blighted by frost, according to FAS/EU-28 data. This would represent a record output for the EU.  Due to the high domestic supply, import volumes are expected to decline, while exports should rise. Poland is expected to be the continent’s largest apple producer, accounting for 34% of the total, followed by Italy (18%), France (12%), Germany (6%), and Hungary (4%. The EU-28 apple production area is falling slowly, mainly in response to the low prices caused by the Russian embargo.

Modi takes over as leading Australian club apple export variety

Modi takes over as leading Australian club apple export variety

Published on Nov 08th, 2018

Early club variety, Modi, makes a splash in its first export campaign. Licensed by Freshmax Australia, the Italian club variety accounted for 6% of Australia’s total apple exports, with expanded production expected for 2019. The brand performed very well both domestically and abroad. After Pink Lady, Modi was the largest proprietary export variety from Australia, with 300 tons shipped overseas. One reason for this success is Freshmax’s global network, through its subsidiary Valleyfresh.

EU apple sector looks forward to record harvest

EU apple sector looks forward to record harvest

Published on Nov 07th, 2018

In 2018/19 campaign, the EU’s apple production is forecast to be up 34% from last year’s small crop, which was blighted by frost, according to FAS/EU-28 data. This would represent a record output for the EU.  Due to the high domestic supply, import volumes are expected to decline, while exports should rise. Poland is expected to be the continent’s largest apple producer, accounting for 34% of the total, followed by Italy (18%), France (12%), Germany (6%), and Hungary (4%. The EU-28 apple production area is falling slowly, mainly in response to the low prices caused by the Russian embargo.

The Fruit Attraction trade fair in Madrid was the stage for the presentation of the new campaign of VI.P

The Fruit Attraction trade fair in Madrid was the stage for the presentation of the new campaign of VI.P

Published on Oct 31st, 2018

The Fruit Attraction trade fair in Madrid was the stage for the presentation of the new campaign of VI.P, Association of Horticultural Cooperatives of Val Venosta. More than 1,700 farmers are attached to the seven cooperatives that make up this group, located in the Italian Alps. Its flagship products are its PGI Apples Val Venosta marketed in 50 international markets. In addition, thanks to the Bio Val Venosta line, it is among the European leaders in terms of organic apple production.

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