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Demand continues to grow for California organic kiwi

Overview of the kiwi season by Travis Noland of Wild River Fruit, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshPlaza.com   on October 22, 2021  California organic kiwifruit production has kicked off and is anticipated to go until Thanksgiving next month. Travis Noland of Wild River Fruit Inc. in Marysville, CA says Wild River began harvest two weeks ago on time, unlike other recent commodities in the state. “Kiwifruit is much different than stone fruit for example. Those were all probably a week early at least throughout the summer because of the heat. But kiwi is a fall harvest crop and the heat doesn’t necessarily bring on maturity in the same way,” says Noland. Volumes (in Kg) of kiwi from the California Central Valley in the US Market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) Though it’s still early into harvest, Noland says the crop looks clean with cosmetically attractive frui
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Peruvian blueberry exports running 59 percent higher so far this season

Overview of the Peruvian blueberry exports, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshFruitPortal.com   on October 20, 2021  Blueberry shipments reached over 112,000 metric tons (MT) at the beginning of October this year, showing an increase of 59 percent so far for the 2021-22 campaign. Peru only exported 70,400MT last year during the same time, almost a 42,000MT increase year on year, according to Agraria. The country's peak export was registered in week 38 with almost 16,000MT, representing a 45 percent increase year on year. Higher agricultural productivity has led to an increase in blueberry exports this year. Regions such as La Libertad and Lambayeque have increased their contribution by 35 and 151 percent so far, respectively; making up 77 percent of total exports of the fruit. Regarding main markets of the current season, the U.S. is in first place with 55 percent of the market share, growing from almost 35,000MT to 61,000MT with an

So Much For Eating Local

Overview of the fruit imports in the US, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in ModernFarmer.com   on October 15, 2021  A new report shows the US is importing most of its produce. Even if consumers want to eat locally, it’s getting harder and harder to do. In 2019, the US imported more than 40 percent of its fresh fruit. (Photography by Tada Images, Shutterstock.) The US is importing more fruits and vegetables than ever, as a shortage of farm and agricultural workers persists, according to a report from the New American Economy (NAE). While the market for fresh fruits and vegetables has increased over the past 30 years, it seems American consumers are increasingly seeing produce from outside of the country on shelves. In 2019, the US imported more than 40 percent of its fresh fruit—a huge jump from 2001, when the country brought in only 20 percent of all fruit. The report found that, in addition to bananas, which have historically always come from out

Agronometrics in Charts: The lessons in 20 years of U.S. grape market data

Looking back on two decades of grape market data in the U.S. market can reveal quite a bit about how the category has developed, where it is today and where it could be headed. Our analysis begins with a look at the spot-market pricing data of the category, which until 2013 saw an impressive increase to USD $2.61/Kg. The trend behind this increase comes to life when comparing with 2005, since which time the industry has seen a steady increase in prices, with little variance, growing at a rate of 5% per year from a base of USD $1.70/Kg. Since 2013, however, the consistent growth has not been observed. Using linear regression on the average prices between 2014 and 2020, we measure a level of growth that for all intents and purposes is flat. Price of Grapes over the last 20 Years | Conventional (USD/Kg) Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) Over this same time period, volumes have remained relatively st

Colombia avocados: Corpohass targets exports of $400M by 2025

Overview of the Hass avocado exports from Colombia, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshFruitPortal.com   on October 18, 2021  Colombian Hass avocado association Corpohass has held the first ever national roundtable event for the country's exporters, as it seeks to ramp up shipments of the fruit. The recently held event was attended by the directors of 27 exporting companies who together make up more than 85 per cent of the country’s export volume. They discussed the continued consolidation of Colombian Hass avocados on the international market. At the event, CoropHass also presented its Mega País 2025 initiative, a scheme that seeks to lift the association's foreign exchange earnings to US$400m. Mega País 2025 sets out a number of strategies, including quality improvements; education and training programmes for all actors in the value chain, the implementation of a real time information system providing solid data for the industry,

Substantial growth expected for upcoming Chilean cherry season

Overview of the Chilean cherry exports to the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshPlaza.com   on October 14, 2021  Fall has arrived, and that means the Chilean cherry season is around the corner. Chile projects that cherry exports to the U.S. will see substantial growth in 2021/22, and for the first time, the season will run more than 12 weeks, from November through February. The Chilean Cherry Committee estimates that nearly 13,000 tons will be shipped to the U.S. market during the 2021/22 season. Volumes (in Kg) of cherries from Chile in the US Market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) Chile reigns as the world’s largest exporter of cherries, and continued growth is anticipated over the coming years. While China has been the main receiver of Chilean cherries, the industry is working diligently to develop other markets, including the U.S. Volumes (in K

First Florida citrus forecast for 2021-22 predicts continued decline

Overview of the Florida citrus forecast for 2021-22, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshFruitPortal.com   on October 13, 2021  The initial citrus crop forecast for the 2021-22 season was released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which predicted fewer Florida oranges and grapefruits would be picked this citrus season. The USDA forecast of 47.0 million boxes of Florida oranges for the 2021-22 season is down 11% from the 52.8 million boxes harvested last season. The USDA also forecast 3.8 million boxes of Florida grapefruit, down 8% from 4.1 million boxes in 2020-21, and 900,000 boxes of specialty citrus (such as tangerines) in 2021-22, up 2% from 890,000 boxes in 2020-21. Historical volumes (in Kg) of oranges, grapefruit and tangerines from Florida in the U.S. market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) This season’s projected decreases are smaller t

Northern Michigan: Orchards deliver millions of apples each year

Overview of the Michigan apple supply, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in FreshPlaza.com   on October 11, 2021  With a cooler climate, proximity to lakes and nutrient-rich soil, generations of northern Michigan farmers have found this to be an ideal place to grow their produce. More than 14.9 million apple trees covering 34,500 acres make the state the third-largest producer of apples in the country. Top US Apple producers after Washington   (Volumes in Lb of apples in the US Market) Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) Grown mostly north of Grand Rapids, the apple crop is one of the state's largest cash-value fruit crops. Harvesting starts in August and ends in October each year. This season, the state is expecting to harvest 18.25 million bushels of apples (766.5 million pounds); a smaller than usual crop because of April’s freezing temperatures. Volumes (in Lb) of a

Agronometrics in Charts: Berry prices lower for most categories in U.S. market

This week we're going to check out what's been happening with volumes and prices of berries in the U.S. market. In general prices are running lower than last year, with the notable exception of blueberries. Blueberries Blueberry prices over the previous few weeks have been running significantly higher than the last few years, escaping the usual downward trend in week 32, but saw a dip in week 39. However, prices still remain at their highest level in the last three years. Looking at the chart below, we can see that in week 39, the average price was US$9.28 per kilo, which is up 14 percent year-on-year. Supplies are from Mexico, Peru, Washington and Oregon. Prices of conventional blueberries (USD/KG) in the U.S. market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) The higher prices come despite blueberry volumes being higher year-on-year in July and September. Raspberries In contrast to blueberries,

Argentina doubles lemon exports to the U.S.

Overview of the next Argentinean lemon season in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published in ProduceBlueBook.com   on October 08, 2021  With the export season yet to be completed, Argentina has already doubled its fresh lemon exports to the U.S. Sales to the North American market increased from 33,536 tons in 2020 to 72,981 tons so far in 2021, according to data from the National Agrifood Health and Quality Service (Senasa). This is only the third year that Argentina has exported to the U.S. after the reopening of that market. A court ruling in 2001 excluded the product amid pressure from California producers. The market reopened in 2016, but it wasn’t until August of 2017 that it became operational. Volumes (in Kg) of lemons from Argentina in the US Market Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics . (Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here ) Pablo Padilla, the president of the Citrus Growers Association of the