A reduction in the EU’s production area of peach and nectarine has led to a dip in EU production. Demand for peaches and nectarines is expected to fall slightly in 2018 due to competition from other summer fruits. Combined EU production of the two fruits reached 4.1 million tons (85% fresh and 15% processed). The main four production areas were Spain, Italy, Greece and France, accounting for a combined 96% of EU production. Greece and Spain are the largest producers of peaches and nectarines for processing.
EU peach and nectarine producers face competition from other summer fruits
South African stone fruit exports down
The latest estimate for South Africa’s exports in the 2018-19 campaign are for an 11% fall for apricots, a 3% drop for peaches, and a 3% increase for both nectarines and plums. Despite the lower volumes, South Africa’s stonefruit exporters are optimistic about market conditions for their exports in the EU this winter. The slightly later South African stonefruit crop has coincided with a shorter Italian plum season, particularly Angelina plums. The market should be empty by the time the bulk of South Africa’s fruit arrives, ensuring there is no oversupply.
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Turkey’s peach and nectarine production expected to rise 18% in 2018/19
Turkey peach and nectarine production is estimated to increase 18% to 600,000 tons in 2018/19, of which 530,000 tons are peaches and 70,000 tons are nectarines. Favourable conditions during winter and spring have led predictions of a bumper harvest. Turkey accounts for about 3% of total world peach production. The western and Mediterranean areas are the major growing areas. The crop area for peach production continues to gradually increase due to new investments. Typically, peaches and nectarines are harvested between late May and early October.
Spain remains emphatically Europe’s stone fruit king
Intra-EU trade in peaches and nectarines measured 1.3 million tons in 2017. Every year, Spain’s dominant position becomes ever more secure as Europe’s main producer of the stone fruits, and 2017 was no different. Spanish exports to other EU countries have risen steadily over the past decade, from below 500,000 tons in 2007 to almost 900,000 tons in 2017. Meanwhile, Spain’s biggest rival, Italy, has seen its fortunes go in the opposite direction.
Europe’s peach and nectarine production expected to fall by 8% in 2018
Europe’s peach and nectarine output is estimated at 3,670,000 tons for 2018, constituting a fall of 8% from the previous year. The only country with a positive trend was Greece, (+20%). Spanish production fell 11% to just over 1.5 million tons, with the most affected regions being the mid/late areas of Catalonia and Aragon. In these areas peach production is expected to be 15% lower and nectarine -18%. The earliest regions are also affected, but less so. In Murcia, Extremadura and Andalusia, the decline is 7% for peaches and 13% for nectarines.
Plum Pox poses serious threat to France’s peach harvest
France’s peach production in 2018 could be as much as 10& lower than last year’s output. This loss is mainly due to the blight of plum pox as well as frosts at the start of the year. The Medfel international meeting of the fruit and vegetable sector called for significant measures to be taken to tackle the problem. In 2017, France produced 215,800 tons of peach, but only 195,000 tons are forecast for this campaign.
Frost damage to stone fruits in Italy’s Basilicata
Stone fruit in Italy’s Basilicata region were hit by late February frosts. In Metaponto, while strawberry flowers grown under tunnels did not suffer severe damage, many stone fruit flowers had already blossomed and thus fared worse.
Sprinkler sprays installed in tunnels for growing berries maintain temperatures and protect the crops. Instead, the earlier varieties of nectarines were heavily damaged by the unseasonably cold weather. It is still too early to assess the extent of the damage caused to later varieties.
China’s nectarine market opening to Chile
Chile will be able to export its nectarines to China as of next month, Chile’s agriculture minister Carlos Furche has announced.
After three years of negotiations and various meetings of officials from both countries, the relevant protocol is expected to be signed in November during a visit by the president of China to Chile.
Dasben expands organic production
With a track record of over 15 years, Dasben is a consortium of major producers located in the Lleida area and, for the past 4 years, also in Murcia, supplying its customers with stone fruit from start to finish of the campaign.
The firm also grows apples and pears, supplying produce to customers all year round.
“For us the most important varieties are stone fruits. Nectarines come first in the range, followed by flat peaches, which are increasingly popular year upon year,” said commercial manager Josep María Griñó.