Europe’s 2018 Conference pear crop is 9% above the three-year average (2015-2017), thanks to growth in all of the three main producing countries: the Netherlands (+13%), Belgium (+7%) and France (+7%). The French crop has smaller calibres than previous years due to the hot weather, which precipitated collection. Domestic production is under threat from the large Belgian and Dutch crops, putting pressure on prices, despite locals preferring French products.
Large European Conference crop in 2018
Origine Group exclusive italian partner of the pear “FRED®”
Saturation of EU pear market leads to record low prices
The oversupply of pears in the European markets is putting the sector under severe stress. As of March 1st 2019, total EU stocks were at record levels (447,000 tons), up from 384,000 tons on the same date last year. The Netherlands and Belgium both recorded record levels of stocks, while Europe’s other leading pear producer, Italy, registered slightly lower stocks from last year’s levels. Conference account for over 75% of these stocks, with Abate the next most common variety. The price for Dutch Conference pears is dramatically lower than the figures for previous years.
Migo® pears collaborate with Red Noses Clowns
Last Wednesday, February 6, the visitors of the FruitLogistica trade fair were surprised when 2 fully dressed clowns showed up on the exhibition floor. It turned out to be 2 ‘Red Noses Klinikclowns’. They came especially to Fruit Logistica to confirm the cooperation between the German Red Noses Clowns organization and the pear brand Migo®.
EU pear crop up 4% in 2018/19
EU pear production is estimated to rise 4% in 2018/19. Variations have been reported in the different growing regions, with increased volumes in the northern countries and a smaller crop in the south. After a record low last year, output in Poland, Germany and Hungary is expected to rebound. The leading six pear producing EU Member States produce a combined 90% of total EU production. Italy is the EU’s largest pear producer, with almost 32,000 ha, and Emilia-Romagna is its main production area, accounting for about 75% of the country’s total.
Dutch and Belgian pear sizes hit by drought
Forecasts for this year’s production across Europe vary from country to country. The EU’s biggest pear grower, Italy, expects another steady harvest this year, while the Netherlands continues to expand production. However, the UK’s pear production continues its decline, a trend which has lasted for the past five years. Fruit size is reportedly a problem for Dutch and Belgian pear growers this season due to a lack of rainfall this summer. Estimates have been lowered by 10% and may even drop further without sufficient rainfall.
Advanced-stage test pear plantations thanks to the project UniBo University of Bologna
UniBo-CIV ready to collaborate with the main producers and operators in the '”Pear Sector” in Italy and Europe.
The University of Bologna, together with Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti (CIV) from San Giuseppe di Comacchio (Ferrara), is proud to announce the new initiative with respect to the following new UNIBO-CIV Pear Varieties: Lucy Sweet® PA1UNIBO*, Early Giulia® PA1UNIBO*, Debby Green® PA1UNIBO*, and Lucy Red® PA1UNIBO*
Drought hits South Africa’s pip fruit production
A severe drought is currently affecting South Africa’s Western Cape region, which accounts for around 80% of the country’s apple and pear production. The lack of winter rainfall in 2017 and the low dam levels (about 20%) will lead to a shortfall of irrigation water in the 2017/18 MY by as much as 60% and an inevitable loss of fruit production. Indeed, apple production is expected to fall by 11% to 800,000 tons. Besides the drought, these lower volumes are also due to a contraction in production area and fruit damage caused by hail, windstorms and severe sunburn.
Spanish pear production continues to dwindle
Spain’s pear production has decreased steadily over recent decades, falling from 36,200 ha in 1985 to below 20,000 ha today. However, pears still constitute one of the country’s most important fruits. Partly to blame for the decrease is the Psila disease, which requires costly treatments to keep under control. This has led to pear trees gradually being replaced by the more adaptable and productive stone fruits.
Global pear production creeps up to 25.1 million tons on back of Chinese production gains
Global pear production is forecast to rise slightly in 2017/18 to 25.1 million tons as gains in China offset losses in other top producer countries. Exports are expected to remain nearly flat at 1.7 million tons as losses in China offset higher shipments by Argentina. Imports are projected to remain steady at 1.7 million tons. With trade remaining flat despite continuing growth in production, consumption is expected to follow production, rising to 22.4 million tons.