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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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14% increase in Spanish stone fruit crop

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).

The country’s main peach-producing region is Catalonia (273,791 tons, + 10.6%), followed by the fast-expanding Aragon (266,301 tons, + 89.2%); Murcia (246,133 tons, + 8.7%) and Extremadura (68,000 tons, + 41.7%). Other regions have seen drops, including Andalusia (48,117 tons, -5.6%) and Castilla-La Mancha (38,090 tons, -10.1%).

Apricot production is mainly concentrated in Murcia (92,259 tons, -11.6%), Valencia (27,158 tons, +18.7%), and Aragon (20,000 tons, -3.5%).  While Extremadura is the centre for plums (71,000 tons, +0.7%), followed by Andalusia (23,721 tons, +21.8%), Valencia (14,736 tons, +18.1%), Murcia (14,036 tons , +18.1%) and Aragon (11,821 tons, -11.3%). In cherries, Aragona leads the way (37,868 tons, +7.9%), which has overtaken Extremadura (30,200 tons, -16.6%).

The first varieties of stone fruit show “a good quality”, according to the Spanish fruit association’s report.


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Special agro-machinery edition of PotatoEurope

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Experience the actual processing quality of equipment under real-life conditions

Dynamic demonstrations are the cornerstone of the PotatoEurope event – taking place September 14-15 in Villers-Saint-Christophe in France – and are set to play an even more significant role this year. They will now be conducted on 23 irrigated hectares of the Magnum variety, with three main sections:

  • harvesting,
  • reception/storage, and
  • optical sorting.

A total of 23 demonstrations have now been confirmed: 15 harvesters (AVR, Dewulf, Grimme, Pouchain, Ploeger and Ropa), 3 optical sorting areas for washed potatoes (Dewulf-Miedena, Tomra and Visar Sorting) and 5 receiving areas (Downs – AVS, Eurodirect-Dewaele Briche, Dewulf-Miedena, Grimme and AVR).

Increasing the area made available for harvesting naturally maximises visitors’ options for observing and appreciating the demonstrations, giving them more time to make comparisons and allowing them to choose their future investments. The harvesting demonstrations will be arranged in three groups, letting visitors focus their attention on their own particular area of interest.

  • Group 1 will feature self-propelled three and four-row harvesters.
  • Group 2 is devoted to two-row towed and self-propelled harvesters.
  • Lastly, Group 3 will feature only towed one or two-row combined models.

Final schedules will be posted on the PotatoEurope website:

About PotatoEurope

PotatoEurope is an international event dedicated to potatoes that takes place each year in one of the event’s four partner countries (Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands). After three years abroad, it comes back to France this year with the hope of repeating the success of the last time the event was here in 2012. Over 10,000 visitors, including 3,000 from 50 other countries are expected.