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Positive year expected to New Zealand kiwi

Concerns over how to market bumper New Zealand kiwi crop 

With New Zealand’s kiwi harvest due to start soon, and run from early February to early April, a good crop is expected, according to the NZ Kiwiberry Grower Association. Thanks to favourable growing conditions, a good sized and good quality crop is anticipated. Export volume for this season is estimated at 240,000 kg, similar to the last campaign. The fruit is exported worldwide and enjoys great appreciation on the global stage. The main varieties grown in New Zealand are Tahi, Marju Red and Takaka.

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New start for Harvest Season and garciaBallester in Asian citrus market

New start for Harvest Season and garciaBallester in Asian citrus market
Credit: Press release

An event held on 12th February in Palma del Río, Córdoba, makes official and consolidates the alliance between Harvest Season and garciaBallester. The two large companies, leaders in the business, are now united in achieving the same goal: to become leaders in the Asian citrus import market. garciaBallester’s own facilities were chosen as the ideal setting to seal the union between the two companies. 

Representatives and senior executives from both companies were present from the beginning, with garciaBallester represented by Jorge García (CEO), Jorge C. García, (management coordinator), Lucas (Asian export manager), Miguel Meliá, (GB Palma del Rio’s packhouse manager) and Stephane (sales director), and Harvest Season represented by Tony Zhang (general manager).

The event started with the reception of both parties in garciaBallester’s facilities, and later on they went out to the fields.  Once in the field, which was also in the middle of the orange season, the union between both companies was formalised. To do this, a customised pickaxe was used as a symbolic element to announce their commitment to a new era in the citrus market in Asia. Later, attendees were treated to a guided tour around garciaBallester’s facilities. 

The highlight of the event was the cutting of the opening ribbon, where Harvest Season and garciaBallester celebrated their new chapter together. They were able to share new ideas and also to answer questions from the invited press. The event demonstrated successfully how to start this new stage for Harvest Season and garciaBallester.

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Return to normal lemon harvest in Spain

Ailimpo said the Spanish lemon campaign is underway but with small volumes so far because of Southern Hemisphere stocks remain. It will pick up to full pace in October, when fresh lemons from Spain replace the older Southern Hemisphere fruit.

Spain is in line for a 2016/17 lemon harvest of 980,000 tons, up 22% on last season, according to the latest forecast by Ailimpo, the Spanish interprofessional association for lemons and grapefruit.

It estimates the grapefruit crop will come in at 67,000 tons, down 6% on 2015/16.

In a press release, the Murcia-based association said the figures represent a return to normal in the case of lemons and stability regarding grapefruit. It said they also mean Spain will continue its market leadership in Europe.

Spanish lemon, grapefruit harvest progress

Ailimpo said the Spanish lemon campaign is underway but with small volumes so far because of Southern Hemisphere stocks remain. It will pick up to full pace in October, when fresh lemons from Spain replace the older Southern Hemisphere fruit.

The grapefruit harvest will largely begin in the second half of October. Ailimpo also said it expects a drop in imports from Florida and Israel in Europe this season..

Its next harvest estimates are due to be released on January 26.