Monthly Archives: May 2019

Primofiore lemons still being processed

By | May 22nd, 2019|Global Industry News|

"Production is in full swing and will go on like this until June/July. We are still packaging and commercializing a lot of good-quality produce from Sicily and are working mainly with Primofiore, as Bianchetto volumes are low this year and there should also be very few Verdello lemons," explains Ferdinando Vinaccia from "La Costiera", one [...]

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SA deciduous fruit exports keep up positive growth

By | May 22nd, 2019|SA Industry News|

South Africa`s production and exports of apples, pears and table grapes continues to grow mainly due to new orchards coming into full production, and some wine grape areas being diverted to table grapes. This has cushioned the impact of the recent drought conditions on the 2018/19 MY crop. However, the production of apples and pears [...]

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More rail/boat transport to avoid traffic jams

By | May 22nd, 2019|Global Industry News|

From the road to rail or sea - this is a trend that aims to make the transportation of goods more efficient. It will also reduce CO2 emissions. Last week a direct rail connection between the Dutch city of Rotterdam and southern Spain was started. It is used to transport fruit. This week the Flemish [...]

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Diminishing citrus returns as volumes keep growing

By | May 22nd, 2019|SA Industry News|

Normal market forces have been responsible for the downward trend in export earnings over all citrus commodities. In his latest newsletter Citrus Growers’ Association CEO Justin Chadwick points out that the much-vaunted increase in citrus production of the past few years has had its corollary in diminishing returns. The average returns were lower for all [...]

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Aerobotics breaks new ground in digital agronomy

By | May 8th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Aerobotics aims to perform the most difficult tasks on behalf of the grower: going out into the field to collect data, track growth and monitor pest and disease pressure. These tasks traditionally come with a high labour cost and low accuracy due to human error and few sample points, coupled with poor documentation. “Growers experience [...]

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Climate change affects citrus in Mexico

By | May 8th, 2019|Global Industry News|

According to producers from the state of Tamaulipas, there will be a drop in citrus production, especially of oranges, in the next harvest due to climate change and the lack of rainfall in the region. Javier Ibarra Echartea, a spokesman for the Union of Citrus growers, said that global warming was affecting the region causing [...]

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Understanding Chinese consumer demand key to packaging products

By | May 8th, 2019|Global Industry News|

Convenience is becoming more important to Chinese consumers these days. One way of improving the convenience of any given product is to use the appropriate packaging method. This trend is visible in the fruit and vegetable industries in the preference for small-scale, premium packaging. This type of packaging allows consumers to easily carry fruit or [...]

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Red-fleshed apples gain popularity

By | May 7th, 2019|Global Industry News|

An apple with red flesh is still somewhat exotic for most consumers - there are few such varieties and they are grown in relatively small volumes. However, the modern consumer loves everything new and exotic, and the bright red apple, which has the same bright pulp, at least attracts attention. According to EastFruit analysts, the [...]

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SA clementines in eastern Canada

By | May 7th, 2019|SA Industry News|

“Our clementines have been in harvesting stage for the last 10 days. We’re looking at shipping this week,” says Mario Masellis of Catania in Mississauga, Ontario. “The crop quality and size are looking really good—Brix levels are between 10-11.5 and acids are .9-.1.1 which are really perfect conditions.” Clementines from South Africa ship into the [...]

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Zest Fruit first with co-loaded shipment for Japan and China

By | May 7th, 2019|SA Industry News|

A historic occasion was marked on Monday 6 May 2019 at the Durban quayside facility of Maydon Fruit Terminal (MFT) with the first co-loading of citrus for Japan and China on a break bulk or reefer vessel. This was witnessed by Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana, Deputy Minister Sfiso Buthelezi, Deputy [...]

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