13 January 2020 - Media Release - Fresh Plaza
The Northwest pear harvest wrapped up a few months back, in September of 2019, but volumes are still strong on the market. Catherine Gipe-Stewart of Domex Superfresh Growers says: “We started our pear harvest in late July with Starkrimson, and both organic and conventional Bartlett. The timing of the harvest was similar to that of the 2018 crop, and a bit earlier than that of the 2017 crop. We wrapped up the harvest in late September with the Bosc and D’Anjou pears.” read more...

13 January 2020 - Media Release - Fresh Plaza
"The various consortia let us know that the prices of apples and pears have somewhat increased in an already difficult market. Although prices are already high, the new €0.05-0.10/kg increase should affect all varieties and this will mostly affect southern consumers as, due to their lower purchasing power than in other regions, they tend to buy something else," explains Damiano Ragone, cooperator of FE.VI. Frutta in Policoro. read more...

13 January 2020 - Media Release - Fresh Plaza
According to a spokesperson from Zespri International, this company has become the first New Zealand company to be granted key trademark protection status in China. The kiwifruit marketer said its status was granted last week by the Shanghai Intellectual Property Bureau, thereby ensuring greater protections against copyright infringements. read more...

10 January 2020 - Media Release - Fresh Plaza
New Zealand is experiencing a nationwide shortage of Royal Galas. On Friday, retailer Countdown confirmed the Ministry for Primary Industries had put a hold on its imported Royal Gala apples resulting in supply issues. A spokeswoman said its stores nationwide were experiencing the shortage. read more...

10 January 2020 - Media Release - Fresh Plaza
For the fruit packing industry, the ‘clear-span’ concept is a game-changing development with the ability to build a processing facility without any internal posts at unprecedented sizes. Packing sheds are evolving rapidly with fruit and vegetable growers refitting their workspace with increasing automation and bigger plant and equipment. read more...

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