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The great raspberry scam

The great raspberry scam © Eurofresh Distribution
© Eurofresh Distribution

 

A major fraud in the world of raspberries is laid bare in a report by Reuters. In January 2017, Chilean customs inspectors acted on a tip from a whistleblower that the country’s prized crop of raspberries was under threat. Inspectors raided the offices of Frutti di Bosco, a little-known fruit trading company on the second floor of a tower block in downtown Santiago. The files, company data and sales records they seized revealed a food trading racket that spanned three continents.

At its heart was a fraud centred on raspberries. Low-cost frozen berries grown in China were being shipped to a packing plant in central Chile. Hundreds of tons of fruit were repackaged and rebranded by Frutti di Bosco as premium Chilean-grown organics, then shipped to consumers in Canadian cities including Vancouver and Montreal, according to documents prepared by Chilean Customs as part of its investigation. The agency calculated that at least $12 million worth of mislabelled raspberries were sent to Canada between 2014 and 2016.

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Challenging raspberry campaign for Huelva

Challenging raspberry campaign for Huelva

 

This year, Huelva’s ​​raspberry production area did not expand by as much as it has in recent times. The season got off to a difficult start, with high August temperatures negatively affecting certain plant varieties, resulting in fruit deformation and lower quality. There was also rot in the fruits caused by the Suzuky fly and post-harvest shelling occurred in fruits of the Adelita variety. Despite these challenges, the sector was generally satisfied with the campaign. Production in the first months was down, and sales over the Christmas period slumped dramatically from last year. By May, volumes had recovered, with sales above average at a price of €4.73/kg, which is 8.6% below the average price level of May 2018.

 

Source: Consejeria de Agricultura Junta de Almeria

 

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Morocco’s fresh raspberries gain access to US

Morocco’s fresh raspberries gain access to US

 

A week after progress was made to establishing a Morocco-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA), a protocol has been signed between the two countries allowing the North African country to ship its fresh raspberries to the North American giant.  The US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced in a statement that it will amend regulations governing the fruits and vegetables imports to allow shipments of fresh raspberries from Morocco to the United States. APHIS reassured the public that the fruit will undergo measures upon arrival to prevent the Monilinia fructigena pest as a condition of entry. The product will also be inspected prior to exportation from Morocco.

The statement emphasised: “The raspberries will have to be imported in commercial consignments only and must be field inspected for signs of Monilinia fructigena infection no more than 30 days prior to harvest.”

 

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Planasa succeeds with Adelita

Planasa at Fruit Logistica 2016: Hall 18, Stand A08

Planasa at Fruit Logistica 2016: Hall 18, Stand A08

Developed and registered by Planasa, the Adelita variety has become raspberry of the moment in Andalusia’s fields as well as worldwide.

The large, attractive fruit immediately stands out, and its great flavour has the perfect balance between acidity and sweetness. Moreover, this variety has a long commercial shelf life.

Adelita is the only “Primocaña” variety raspberry that enables growers to produce fruit throughout the winter in sunny climes such as Huelva or central Mexico, as well as in summer in the cooler northern European countries. Additionally, it should be noted that it is very easy to manage, as it provides high yields and is easy to harvest.

All these qualities make Adelita the favourite for consumers seeking superior quality 365 days a year. Currently, over 2,000 ha of Adelita are cultivated worldwide. For all these reasons, Planasa will be attending Fruit Logistica 2016 with a stand that is 100% Adelita.

“In just four years, Adelita as reach the top, a success that we want to share with our partners and customers,” said Alessandre Darbonne.