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  •   California’s apple growers are in the midst of the harvest season right now. Alex Ott, executive director of the Clovis-based California Apple Commission, expects a 3% increase in production across the country. “California is the fifth largest producer of apples in the United States,” Ott explained. “We are the third largest exporter of apples… Read more »

  • Zespri is developing a new testing regime to prevent delays at the Chinese border due to a recent risk notification issued by the country saying shipments had been found carrying a fungus that could cause fruit to rot in storage. As Zespri “weather tightens” shipments of the fruit to China, it is temporarily halting all… Read more »

  • The mango is India’s most popular fruit, but due to its high sugar content, diabetics are unable to eat it and unfortunately, India has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world.  But scientists are now trying to create a new form of sugar-less mango which will be safe for everyone. The mango… Read more »

  • This year, weather depending, Washington is predicting a good apple season. According to Rebecca Lyons, International Marketing Director at the Washington Apple Commission, if the weather does not get any warmer before the beginning of this year’s harvest, Washington should yield the expected 168 million cartons of apples (fresh and processed), which will represent 64… Read more »

  • This year, table grape exports from Australia have exceeded 100,000 tonnes for the first time and prices have spiked. According to the Australian Table Grape Association the 2015-16 table grape export season saw 108,594 tonnes exported and April recorded the highest single volume of Australian table grapes exported for any month at 32,587 tonnes. Exports… Read more »

  • A bunch of grapes in Japan has sold for $14,600 at auction, a record price for the variety in the fruit-obsessed nation where the produce can be a huge status symbol. Seasonal fruit offerings in Japan routinely attract massive sums from buyers seeking social prestige, or from shop owners wanting to attract customers to “ooh… Read more »

  • A recent agricultural commodity report shows that although the Australian cherry industry is relatively small, it has grown strongly, and the export outlook for Tasmanian cherries is promising. The quarterly Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences report shows the average export price of Tasmanian cherries was about $17.34/kg in 2014-2015, compared with… Read more »

  • The State Government’s export strategy is paying dividends, a leading economic report says. Despite falling prices in some sectors, a strong rise in volumes contributed to an almost $600 million boost in exports, the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies June 2016 report shows. Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith says the report is a… Read more »

  • According to Freshlogic managing director Martin Kneebone, opportunities exist within the snacking sector for the fresh produce industry. At the 2016 National Horticulture Convention on the Gold Coast last Friday 24 June, Kneebone presented data and perspectives on consumer snacking trends. Mr Kneebone said there has been a shift in thinking, particularly in younger generations,… Read more »

  • For the first time, 18 tonnes of Banganapalli, Kesar and Alphonso mangoes started a voyage to the United States on Friday by sea, from the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust here. The consignment is likely to reach New York port in 22 days from where it will be distributed. Mangoes were earlier shipped only by air… Read more »

  • AUSTRALIAN vegetable growers were given a practical overview of the export process at the National Horticulture Convention held on the Gold Coast last week. The Practicalities for Exporting Vegetables Symposium drew a large crowd and speakers included Export Council of Australia chair Dianne Tipping, as well as representatives from across the supply chain. AUSVEG national… Read more »

  • Horticulture Innovation Australia has been awarded a $5 million grant to help increase Australia’s nut production capacity. The Rural Research and Development for Profit program funding complements a further $9.8 million from Hort Innovation, the Almond Board of Australia and the South Australian, Victoria and NSW governments. The funding will facilitate a four-year program that… Read more »

  • Tasmanian vegetable producer Harvest Moon suffered 15ha of destroyed leek crops when the Forth River burst its banks this month in some of the worst flooding in 26 years. Leeks were strewn through the streets of Forth earlier this month after floodwaters caused hundreds of thousands of dollars damage to vegetable producer Harvest Moon. The… Read more »

  • Queensland broccoli exports to Japan are expected to triple in coming years, injecting A$1, into the Australian state. Demand for Australian broccoli in Japan continues to grow, with the state of Queensland expected to triple its exports of the vegetable in coming years. Trade & Investment Queensland has said the growing exports of broccoli have… Read more »

  • Tropical Pineapples market pineapples from Australia’s largest group of pineapple growers, growing on the Queensland coast from Rollingstone in the north, right down to Beerwah in southern Queensland. As a group they supply 1 million trays of pineapples grown on around 1500 acres of land over 22 farms. Tropical Pineapples have a 45% share of the… Read more »

  • INCREASES in prices for some crops will help boost the value of Australian farm production to $58.5 billion next financial year. This is up from the $54 billion forecast this time last year for 2015-16. According to the quarterly Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences agricultural commodity report, released today, agriculture will… Read more »

  • Back in 2012, the Ministry for Primary Industries set the target of reaching $64 billion in annual exports by 2025. The MPI says its goal of doubling New Zealand’s primary sector exports by then will require the annual growth in the value of exports to almost triple starting this year. In its latest Situation and Outlook… Read more »

  • Horticulture Innovation Australia has been awarded a $5 million grant to help increase Australia’s nut production capacity. The Rural Research and Development for Profit program funding complements a further $9.8 million from Hort Innovation, the Almond Board of Australia and the South Australian, Victoria and NSW governments. The funding will facilitate a four-year program that… Read more »

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