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Bionest, now offers year-round blueberries

Bionest, now offers year-round blueberries, © Bionest
© Bionest


Bionest has taken a leap in its production and will now offer its customers blueberries throughout the entire year. “This campaign, we will strengthen our ties with suppliers and customers by importing blueberry from South America to supplement our production and offer a year-round supply,” said Thomas Cera, marketing manager. Moreover, for the first time, Bionest will offer blackberry for ten months of the year. This allows the firm to offer mixed packaging formats made up of mini-kiwi, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry and goji berry. These tubs containing two or three different products add value and can also be marketed in more sustainable packaging. “We have cardboard packaging made from cellulose and kraft, and heat-sealed made from cardboard or cellulose, which requires a minimum amount of plastic use and is also compostable,” said Cera. Meanwhile, Bionest is presenting its new strawberry and raspberry varieties to several selected clients. These products should be launched by the end of 2020.

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Russian growers of berries will discuss the berry market outlook at Berries of Russia conference

Bilberries - Russian growers of berries will discuss the berry market outlook at Berries of Russia conference

The 3rd International Conference «Berries of Russia 2020» will be organized by the Russian Berry Union and FruitNews Information Agency on February 27–28, 2020 in Kazan.

The participants are berries breeders and growers, the representatives of nurseries and transform industry, the manufacturers of plant protection and hothouses equipment, traders and retailers, scientific and educational institutions. They will share their opinions and suggestions, evaluate berries production and market outlook, find out the news concerning technologies, berries varieties, etc.

Berries Union joins berries growers and processors and aims to stimulate the development of Russian berries industry, the increase of berries offer and quality improvement.

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Good campaign for Spanish berries

Good campaign for Spanish berries

Spain’s raspberry production has begun to fall over the past two weeks, and this decline is set to accelerate over the coming weeks, with the campaign almost 96% complete. In the last three weeks, the average price received by the raspberry farmer has risen 28%, with the week 22 price reaching €5.30/kg – far higher than at the same week in the previous two campaigns.

The country’s blueberry campaign is also coming to an end, with 90% of the total expected production reached. Prices at the source have risen significantly over the last three weeks, with the average price for the farmer reaching €3.14/kg.

Spain’s strawberry campaign ended during the second half of May. The good weather in the countries that import strawberry from Huelva drove strong demand. Despite a delay to the 2018/19 campaign, the months of March and April recorded higher productions than in the previous year, leading to slightly lower prices. The good fruit quality meant that it had no problems finding markets.

Source: Observatorio de precios y mercados


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Honeysuckle, a newcomer at Ukrainian market

Honeysuckle, a newcomer at Ukrainian market

More and more European distributors of berries pay attention to honeysuckle. “This year, Ukrainian growers for the first time launch to the market the tastiest varieties of honeysuckle; we are sure, all over the world the consumers will like them,” states Alexander Yareschenko, PhD for agrarian sciences, deputy director of Ukrainian horticulture Institute. The participants of the largest berry conference “Ukrainian Berries-2019, fresh and frozen” will discuss the potential of honeysuckle too. The conference is taking place this May the 21st in Kiev and focuses on export opportunities for Ukrainian berries.


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Mexico’s berry exports reach US$2.1 billion

Mexico’s berry exports reach US$2.1 billion

Berries occupy third place in the agricultural exports of Mexico, only after avocado and beer, generating US$2.1 billion and 350,000 direct jobs. The sector is working on a collective brand, Berries de México. (Source: SAGARPA-SIAP Atlas Agroalimentario 2017)

Aneberries members represent 90% of Mexico’s berry exports. The association was founded nine years ago to ensure safety and phytosanitation standards and increase the country’s presence in international markets. Juan José Flores Garcia, CEO of Aneberries, said, “We seek to bring the Mexican industry together in an organised and specialised manner, protecting the interests of the union and seeking to reach its maximum potential in a profitable and sustainable way. Today we have 29 partner companies and we invite producers and exporters who are not members to join us to continue positioning and increasing the consumption of berries in Mexico. Within our areas of work, we are focused on the emerging markets of Southeast Asia, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East, and on achieving self-regulation, encouraging and strengthening social responsibility, and converting blackberry producing areas affected by phytosanitary problems.” Mexican berries are produced and exported almost throughout the whole year, with August and September being the months of low volumes. Although there was a slight decrease in the 2018 season compared to the previous one (as of October 2018 data) (source: SIAVI), Mexico’s production growth is dramatic. The main advantage it has over its competitors is that it produces the four species throughout the year, with raspberries and blackberries having the greatest volume share, followed by strawberries and blueberries, with the latter benefitting most from new technology and with very good profitability. Today, Mexico exports to 35 countries on four continents. Around 97% of exports are concentrated in the US and Canada, while 1.4% go to Europe and 1% to Asia. General manager, Juan José Flores García, sees Japan as a very good destination for blueberries: “Aneberries seeks to expand exports to Asian markets, where the reduction in tariffs will be key. That is one of the main challenges. In addition, we seek to be an example in terms of responsibility, sustainability and safety, which is why certification is promoted with different labels, such as GLOBALG.A.P., PRIMUS, SMETA, FAIR TRADE, USDA Organic, JAS, SRRC (Risk Reduction System) of Contaminants), among others.”

Since 2011, Aneberries has organised an annual international congress, recognised sector as the sector’s main berry event. It is aimed at producers, exporters and suppliers, where you can access conferences, work tables and exhibition stands. The 2018 edition saw an attendance of 1,650 participants, and Flores Garcia said that figure is expected to increase by over 25% by 2019.

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Study suggests that berries have anti-cancer properties

Thx! Announces Independent Advisory and Transparency Board

Scientific research has been published which suggests that eating berries may ease the effects of cancer thanks to their high content of antioxidants and bioactive compounds. According to Dr Lina García Mier, researcher in pharmaceutical chemistry biotechnology at the University of the Valley of Mexico (UVM), the study showed that strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, redcurrants, grapes and elderberries have anticancer properties. The article, published in the Handbook of Bioengineering Food, highlights that these fruits are high in phytochemicals, especially flavonoids and anthocyanins. “These are polyphenolic compounds that have an antioxidant activity, that is, they combat oxidative stress (a process of cellular deterioration), which triggers different diseases,” said Garcia Mier. He added that the studies reveal, without a doubt, that nutrition influences disease. “It is necessary to have a diet that is varied, balanced and includes the consumption of fruits and vegetables, to avoid becoming susceptible to chronic degenerative diseases”.

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The 9th International Conference “Berries of Ukraine 2018: Frozen Produce & Fresh Market”

Frozen produce

Ukraine’s most important berry business event moves to Dnipro, one of the most important business, industrial and agricultural centers of Ukraine.

By tradition, the conference will be organized in a two-day format: May 24 for conference sessions and May 25 for the practical business-tour to Agrosilprom, one of the leading berry farms in the region.

The conference will have a focus on all berry crops grown in Ukraine: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, red- and blackcurrants, gooseberries, rose hips, seaberries, sweet and sour cherries, honeysuckles, cornelian cherries, table grapes etc.

Among the key topics discussed at the event there will be:

  • Ukrainian berry and cherry production and price forecast for 2018.
  • Export of fresh and frozen berries. How has the focus changed?
  • Ukrainian organic berry market, development outlook, key accents.
  • Greenhouse berry production efficiency in Ukraine.
  • Berry growing technologies in Ukraine.
  • Berry processing in details.
  • Key sales channels for fresh and frozen berries in Ukraine. Domestic and export markets.
  • Collaboration with Ukrainian retail in 2018.

The business-tour will be held to Agrosilprom with the focus on:

– production of greenhouse strawberries and table grapes;

– production of field-grown redcurrants, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries;

– berry handling, packaging and marketing.

Why to attend:

– Obtain exclusive market information about real Ukrainian berry and cherry market situation and outlook, which can’t be found in the official statistics

– Meet in person largest growers of berries and cherries from Ukraine

– Meet leading processors of berries

– Excellent promotional and advertising options for representatives of each stage of the berry supply chain

Expected number of participants: 300+ delegates from 10-15 countries of the world.

Conference audience: growers and processors of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, red and black currants, blueberries, table grapes, sweet and sour cherries account for more than 60% of delegates.

More information:

Mr. Ievgen Kuzin

phone: +380 (562) 321595, ext. – 341

cell: +380 96 5836323



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CIV innovation takes the lead with its strawberry varieties at the Rotterdam Global Berries Congress 2018

CIV GBC Bolognesi, Aelterman, Knowles

Eugenio Bolognesi: “Our varietal portfolio combines productivity, the search for quality and the best in environmental sustainability”

“The GBC-Global Berries Congress 2018 in Rotterdam proved to be an interesting international stage in both level, quality, networking for the participants, and as a moment for a professional update on the berries that are currently one of the fastest growing categories in the fruit and vegetable sector worldwide”, says Eugenio Bolognesi, CIV Director, back from the Dutch trip.

CIV – Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti in San Giuseppe di Comacchio (Ferrara) took part in the “Global Berries Congress 2018” ( both as Sponsor and as panel Speaker. Indeed, CIV manager, Eugenio Bolognesi, along with his own CIV Northern Europe Partner (Idris Consulting Ltd – Dr Johan Aelterman, during their presentation “Strawberries – Breeding Better Berries”, illustrated the history of Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti and its successes in the world of strawberry variety genetics, with a special in-depth look at the main farming techniques used in Northern Europe and the UK.

CIV strawberry variety portfolio

Muranopvr and Capripvr strawberries are among the most popular everbearers in Northern Europe; the Clerypvr strawberry leads the early segment in France/Germany/Eastern Europe and Canada, while Jolypvr is highly popular in Belgium. Along with Flaviapvr and Flaminiapvr, they are merely the jewels in the crown in the rich range of varieties offered by the CIV (, which today is garnering significant validation from both a farming and a commercial standpoint.

The Muranopvr strawberry certainly deserves a special mention: one of the leading varieties in the British market, it is particularly popular in the Netherlands, Belgium and Scandinavia as well, especially thanks to its organoleptic qualities and its high productivity. Moreover, the good adaptability to various environments confirms their versatility and flexibility, which allow producers to plan harvest well in advance. The Muranopvr is today the CIV flagship product in the everbearer category, the benchmark variety, due to the quality of the fruit, in one of the major English supermarkets.

The CIV strawberry breeding programme, which has been active since 1984, developed along four research lines: strawberries for the temperate Mediterranean climate, continental climates, everbearers, and varieties suitable for industrial processing. The use of classic techniques and the development of new varieties that can guarantee high production of top quality fruits, along with the natural hardiness and vigour of the plants, are the CIV’s primary goals to offer the national and international markets not just quality but the best in environmental sustainability.

“During the three days in Rotterdam, concludes the CIV Director Eugenio Bolognesi, CIV saw excellent feedback from the main operators in the sector, who have also highly appreciated CIV’s ever-increasing commitment to the research and development of new strawberry varieties, to satisfy every player in the supply chain, from the producer to the end user at the international level”.

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Bionest, celebrates 25 years of organics

Bionest baja calidad

The leading Spanish producer of organic berries, Bionest, celebrates 25 years in the market by conducting for the first time a varietal selection of berries exclusively focused on organic production. The selection is especially focused on the flavour, rusticity and nutritional value of the varieties.

Commercial director, Thomas Cera, said, “We invest in research and development to continue offering the sector’s best organic varieties to the most demanding customers. Excellent taste and shelf life are our main objectives. We have a new testing field that allows us to select the varieties that best suit the needs of our customers, as well as new controlled atmosphere and ozone systems.” The company’s production exceeds 7,500 tons, of which 2,000 tons are strawberries, 1,500 tons are raspberries and 2,000 tons are blueberries. Bionest’s strawberry season is currently in full-swing, having opted for varieties with longer shelf life and better flavour. The raspberry harvest is also about to begin, with production expected to increase by 15% on last year’s level. Despite the slight delay, blueberry output will also be higher, thanks to the introduction of new varieties to boost consumption. Meanwhile, Bionest has multiplied its packaging formats, which range in size from 70 g to 500 g. The company serves supermarkets in the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium and the Netherlands and is in its third year working with clients in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, where it intends to consolidate its market position.

The Soltero Pardo family has worked in agriculture for more than two decades, having decided in 1992 to produce organic berries and found Bionest. After 25 years of commercial activity, the company was renamed Berrynest SAT H-0023, and is today the leading Spanish producer of organic berries in the European market. All of the firm’s farms are located in the province of Huelva, Andalusia, Spain.

For more information you can contact:

Thomas Cera – Commercial Director


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Berries of Ukraine 2017: Frozen Produce & Fresh Market

Fruit-Inform announces the start of registration for the 8th International Conference “Berries of Ukraine-2017: Frozen Produce & Fresh Market”.

The event has again changed its hosting city and is to be held in Zaporizhia offering new opportunities and participants’ geography. In addition to berries, the region of Zaporizhia is known for successful production of different berry crops in Ukraine as well as cherries, which will be an additional focus of the event.

By tradition, the conference will be of a two-day format: May 18 for the conference sessions and May 19 for the business-tour to Aurora, of the leading fruit farms of the region, which focus is cherry, apricot and grape growing.

The conference business-program is focused on the following subjects:

  • Ukrainian berry and cherry production and price forecast for 2017
  • The European berry market
  • Ukrainian fresh and frozen berry export potential
  • Main export markets  for Ukrainian berries in 2017
  • Berry growing technologies in Ukraine: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries, honeyberries, currants, blackberries
  • Master-class. Cherry growing for business: conditions, technologies, marketing
  • Agrichemistry support for berry and fruit growing
  • Right approaches to choose plants for berry production
  • Production potential of everbearing berries
  • Investments in the berry business: most attractive positions
  • Deep freezing of berries in Ukraine. Present situation and market development prospects
  • Machinery for berry business
  • New berry handling, packaging and processing technologies in Ukraine
  • Key sales channels for fresh and frozen berries: retail, wholesale markets, processing, exports etc.

Conference audience: berry and cherry growers (more than 50%), processors, wholesalers, retailers, suppliers of input and equipment, berry plants, agrichemistry, specialized mass media etc.

The organizers expect the conference to attract more than 220 delegates from 8-10 countries of the world.

Other organizational moments:

  • Preferential registration conditions until April 5
  • Discounts for additional delegates from a company
  • Discounts for Fruit-Inform Weekly subscribers

Conference program, conditions of participation, advertising opportunities and sponsorship packages are available on the conference web-site.

To learn more about the event, please contact Fruit-Inform: 

+380 562 320795​ or  +380 96 5836323 – Mr. Ievgen Kuzin