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Decline in Japan’s peach output

Decline in Japan’s peach output

Published on Oct 16th, 2019

 

Japan’s 2018/19 peach crop was down 9.5% to 111,500 tons, as the hot June and July with little rainfall during the maturation period July reduced fruit size. The 2019/20 harvest is expected to be similarly impacted by the weather, with FAS/Tokyo forecasting a fall in output of 11.7% to 100,000 tons. In Western Japan, up to 10% of peach trees were damaged by a typhoon in autumn 2018, while frost and hail caused damage in the centre of the country. 

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Large European peach and nectarine crop in 2019/20

Surge in exports of Australian peaches and nectarines to China

Surge in exports of Australian peaches and nectarines to China

Published on Sep 20th, 2019

Australia’s 2019/20 peach and nectarine crop is set to climb 2% to 96,000 tons from the previous year, according to FAS Canberra data. The growth is due to old varieties being replaced with newer more productive ones. The crop has benefited from large parts of the main production area, Victoria, receiving plenty of rainfall in recent months. Nectarines account for 53% of the crop and peaches for 47%. The Australian harvest runs from November to January for peaches and from January to February for nectarines.

Taiwan’s peach crop contracts 25%

A promising outlook for Spain’s peach and nectarine campaign

A promising outlook for Spain’s peach and nectarine campaign

Published on Jul 03rd, 2019

The first estimates for the 2019 Spanish peach and nectarine are in and so far so good. Normal fruit volumes are expected with no loss due to frost damage. The good weather from the beginning of the season has led to good flower set. Production levels are expected to be similar to those of 2018. The total size of the crop for all peach and nectarine varieties is expected to reach 1.58 million tons, up slightly from the 2018 level of 1.49 million tons.

HaciendasBio sends abroad a 90% of the stone fruits

HaciendasBio sends abroad a 90% of the stone fruits

Published on Jun 26th, 2019

The total production of this Spanish company is splited among the European Union. 50%  is sent to Germany, 10% remains in Spain and the rest is distributed among other European countries such as Switzerland, France, Sweden, Denmark, Holland and the United Kingdom.

HaciendasBio is the only European producer with 20 consecutive harvesting weeks from its own farms.

Abysmal state of market for Valencia’s stone fruit

Abysmal state of market for Valencia’s stone fruit

Published on Jun 03rd, 2019

Valencia’s stone fruit producers are gloomy about the prospects for the season ahead. Demand for the fruit is very low among European major retail chains, according to AVA-ASAJA. This is causing a “real collapse” at the outset of the new campaign and is greatly concerning growers who are unable to find outlets for their fruit at prices that would at least allow them to meet production costs. This is the point of the season when prices should be at their highest. This year’s fruit quality is said to be of excellent quality due to the good number of cold hours.

14% increase in Spanish stone fruit crop

14% increase in Spanish stone fruit crop

Published on May 23rd, 2019

A bumper harvest is expected for Spain’s stone fruit, which is set to total 1.43 million tons in 2019 – a rise of 14% from last season in peaches. This represents a return to 2017 levels. However, 2017 also saw very low production prices, which led to the implementation of a "Plan for the improvement of the stone fruit sector" by the country’s Ministry of Agriculture. Latest estimates indicate a rise of 23.3% for peaches (1 million tons), a 2.8% rise for plums (152,000 tons) and a 2% rise for apricots (170,000 tons). Meanwhile, a 3% drop is expected for cherries (106,000 tons).

Hard times for EU apricot sector

Hard times for EU apricot sector

Published on May 10th, 2019

The 2018 apricot campaign in the EU was affected by adverse weather conditions, which reduced the yield. Nevertheless, the crop reached 566,000 tons, which is 6% above the 2013-17 average but 17% smaller than the 2017 crop, which was an exceptional year in terms of production. The losses were not uniform across the continent. France and Italy suffered the greatest losses, while Greece and Spain registered production levels close to of their potential. The strong Spanish production saw large volumes from the outset of the campaign in May.

HaciendasBio brings forward stone fruit campaign with a new La Falamosa estate in Seville

HaciendasBio brings forward stone fruit campaign with a new La Falamosa estate in Seville

Published on May 08th, 2019

Stone fruit cultivation started at the Seville farm at the beginning of 2018 with the objective of bringing forward its peach and nectarine calendar compared to other autonomous communities such as Extremadura and Catalunya

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