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Washington Apple Week celebrations to commence

Washington Apple Week celebrations to commence

 

The Washington Apple Commission is to launch the first worldwide Washington Apple Week from 1st to 6th December. The aim is to celebrate the quality apples grown in the state and build trust with consumers and buyers across the world. Washington currently exports to over 60 markets worldwide. Eight growers were selected as ambassadors for the Washington Apple Brand: Andy Arnold, Carlos Lopez, John Freese, Jose Ramirez, Lindsey Morrison, Dave and Karla Robison, and James Foreman. In teams, the growers will travel to one of three key export markets (Mexico, Southeast Asia, and India) and recount their stories first-hand.

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Interpera 2017, International Pear Congress

The 10th edition of Interpera took place in Wenatchee in the state of Washington, USA. 
The congress has gathered more than 160 participants originating from 13 pear-producing countries: Australia, Canada, Chili, Mexico, Uruguay, New Zeeland, USA, Netherlands, Belgium, Italia, France, Spain and Bosnia. 
The states of Washington and Oregon are leaders in the US pear production especially in the Wenatchee and Yakima zones. 
A major meeting

This World Pear Congress has been co-organized by the Pear Bureau Northwest and AREFLH. Interpera is a yearly event. 
For growers and trading partners, it is a unique opportunity to share experiences on:
•    New pear varieties around the world
•    Production techniques
•    Improvement of pre-harvest and post-harvest quality
•    World trade
•    Consumption trends 

High-quality presentations have given an overview of the main specific problems for pears.  
The day after the congress was devoted to visit packaging units and orchards.

A developing and changing sector
The world production has been steadily increasing since 2002 from 15 million tonnes to reach 26 million in 2014.The world’s producer is China (18 million of tonnes) followed by Europe (2.400.000T), Argentina (860.000T) and the USA (830.000T). The world trade increased from 2,2 MT in 2005 to 2,7MT in 2015 whereas in Europe the trade reduced from 2.585.000T in 1995 to 2.394.000T in 2015 and 2.170.000 T in 2016. The trend is dominated by the Conference (18.000T in 2016), Abate Fetel (290.000 T) and Williams (250.000T).

A consumption growth still possible
The world consumption has increased since 2012 to more than 2kg per year and person. However, this phenomenon is unbalanced. For instance the Chinese consumption is 9,26 kg/pers/year and the Indian is 0,24 kg/pers/year. 

A larger varietal range
New promisinvarieties are arriving on the market. They are maingly red or two-toned. 
•    Spain : Celina, Carmen et Selena
•    France : Angelys
•    Netherlands and Belgium: Sweet Sensation, Xenia, Cepuna, Corina
•    USA : GEM
•    New Zeeland : PIQUA Boo

The next congress will be organized by a European country in 2018 or 2019. 

AREFLH (Assembly of the European Regions Producing Fruit Vegetable and Ornamental plants is a 15-years European association that was created by an initiative of Spanish, French and Italian regions to represent the voice of producing regions and producer organizations in Europe, with 20 regions and 23 producer organizations. Together they represent 40% of European fruit and vegetable production.
The main mission of AREFLH is:
•    to represent its 20 member regions and 22 AOPs, from 6 countries in Europe;
•    to defend the economic and social interests of the fruit, vegetable and horticultural sectors to the European authorities;
•    to foster exchanges of experience, partnerships and joint projects between regions and professional organisations;
•    to actively seek new solutions for the main issues which affect the future of the fruit and vegetables production in Europe.
Twitter : @areflh   @interpera   www.areflh.org    

The  Pear Bureau Northwest is a non-lucrative organization which promotes and develops the markets of Oregon and Washington pears. The pears coming from these states are distributed under the US Pears brand. 
Together these states produce almost 84% of national production and more than 94% of winter pears, except Bartlett, Bosc and Anjou pears. They represent also 92% of American exportations of fresh pears. 

The Pear Bureau groups 1600 producers and 50 stocking, packaging and expedition units. 
It co-organizes actions to increase the American fresh pear reputation and its consumption. In the internal market, selling managers work with national and regional retailers to create winning strategies. 
www.usapears.org
 

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Washington set for apple crop of nearly 133 million boxes

The Washington apple harvest typically begins in early August and continues into November, consequently this forecast is still subject to several months of variable weather which could affect the final season’s crop total, the association said in a press release.

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA) has forecast the figure of 132.9 million standard forty pound boxes of fresh apples for the 2016 Washington state fresh apple crop.

This is up 15% on last year’s 115 million box crop, but down 6% on 2014’s record of 141.8 million boxes.

The weather in 2016 has been favourable for the development of a high-quality crop with good colour and storability, according to WSTFA president Jon DeVaney, who said the harvest began 1-2 weeks earlier as a result of those conditions.

“Washington apple growers expect to deliver a large crop of beautiful apples to consumers this year,” he said.

Red Delicious remains the most numerous variety and is expected to account for a quarter of total production. Gala is close behind at 23%, followed by Fuji at 14% and Granny Smith at 13%. This year Honeycrisp is forecast to come in at 7% of the total crop and Cripps Pinks at 4%.

The forecast is based on a survey of WSTFA members, and represents a best estimate of the total volume of apples that will eventually be packed and sold on the fresh market (excluding product sent to processor).

The Washington apple harvest typically begins in early August and continues into November, consequently this forecast is still subject to several months of variable weather which could affect the final season’s crop total, the association said in a press release.

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Oppy reports strong growth in sales of Envy™ apple

Envy currently ranks fifth in volume, behind the well-established Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, JAZZ™, and Ambrosia, which is remarkable given it has been commercially available for just four years, said Oppy’s executive category director for apples and pears David Nelley.

Sales of the Envy™ apple nearly doubled in volume between 2014 and 2015, reports Canada’s Oppenheimer Group (Oppy).

And Envy’s dollar contribution rose by over 120%, growing faster than all other premium apples in both measures, according to FreshLook data.

Vancouver-based Oppy, a leading fresh produce sales, marketing and distribution company, said Envy demonstrated the strongest growth in pounds and also the strongest growth in retail sales of 11 premium apples in 2015 compared to 2014.

The apple currently ranks fifth in volume, behind the well-established Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, JAZZ™, and Ambrosia, which is remarkable given it has been commercially available for just four years, said Oppy’s executive category director for apples and pears David Nelley.

“We’re proud of that achievement, but not surprised, given that one super premium retailer in California told us Envy has been the biggest item in terms of gross sales in the entire store for certain periods,” Nelley said.

source: https://oppy.com/fresh_sheet

The Washington crop sold out in March but from June through September, Oppy sources the bright red apple – which it says has a crisp crunch and intense sweetness all season long – from New Zealand and Chile.

It said last week that the New Zealand Envy crop was already on its way, “much to the delight of retailers across North America, who are eager for the strong dollar and volume contributions of this premium apple to resume.”

“Cool nights and dry harvest days have colored up this season’s New Zealand Envy crop beautifully. Our retail partners are in for a real treat, not only because the fruit looks and tastes so good, but its category contribution is proven and continues to come on strong,” Nelley said.

Source: Oppy
Main Envy™ apple image: https://envyapples.com/en