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15/12/2014 -

ITALIAN APPLE PRODUCTION: 2,46 MILLION TONS (+14% OVER 2013) AND EXCELLENT QUALITY

As usual, the seasonal production final figures are available in mid-December. The Assomela Marketing Committee analysed the situation at provincial and regional level. Production The apple volume produced is 2,460,005 tons, with a 14,3% increase over the 2013. Overall, the expectations for a...
Pears_AbateFetel1
10/12/2014 -

ABATE FETEL: 45% OF ITALIAN PRODUCT HAS ALREADY BEEN SOLD (736 THOUSAND TONS, +18% COMPARED TO 2013)

The final figures concerning the Italian pear production reports 736,000 tons produced at a national level, clearly below Italy’s productive potential.  The offer is quite similar to last year’s and 6% less than the 2009-2012 average. This is what emerged from the data processed by the...
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18/10/2014 -

ITALY, KIWIFRUIT 2014/15 PRODUCTION IN LINE WITH LAST SEASON: +3%, 420,000 TONNES

The CSO expectations for the kiwi campaign were presented on 8th October 2014 in Verona. Elisa Macchi, CSO director, announced that this year’s campaign will be very similar to last year’s one, although there will be differences at a regional level. “Italy will be divided into two parts:...
Immagine 4
05/02/2013 -

PERAITALIA: A NEW BRAND FOR 9 OF THE BIGGEST ITALIAN COMPANIES AND 100,000 TONS OF FRESH TOP QUALITY PEARS

In Emilia-Romagna the first trademark of the Italian top-quality pear has been established. Nine companies representative of the production and trade of the pear made in Italy – Unacoa / Salvi, Spreafico, Granfrutta Zani, Naturitalia, Patfrut, Orogel Fresco, Pempacorer, Opera and Bergonzoni...
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08/09/2012 -

A 25% DROP IN ITALIAN KIWIS PRODUCTION. FALL IN PRODUCTION IN PIEMONTE (-75%), IN COUNTERTREND THE PRODUCTION ...

Verona is the happy island of kiwis. If in Italy it is estimated that the production of kiwi in the area of Verona will experience a 25% drop, CSO – Centro Servizi Ortofrutticoli – forecasts a 17% rise for a total area of 2.244 hectares, steady compared to 2011. “Season will start earlier and...
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07/08/2012 -

KIWIFRUIT OF ITALY: SEVERAL LEADING ITALIAN SUPPLIERS FORM NEW CONSORTIUM TO ENSURE QUALITY AND TO BETTER SERV...

Several of Italy’s foremost fresh produce companies have formed a new commercial partnership aimed at building the country’s reputation as a key supplier of kiwifruit. The Kiwifruit of Italy consortium brings together nine firms – Spreafico, Naturitalia, Salvi-Unacoa, Granfrutta Zani,...
PugliaHP
13/06/2012 -

ONE MONTH LATER THAN IN SICILY, TABLE GRAPE GROWING SEASON IS ALSO INTENSIFYING IN APULIA. PRODUCTION IS EXPEC...

In Italy harvest and marketing of first volumes of seeded table grape varieties Victoria and Black Magic started in mid-May in Mazzarrone (Catania), in the south of Sicily. These table grape varieties are grown in greenhouses without artificial heating, which allows temperature to rise and ripening...
CiliegieHome
24/05/2012 -

ITALY: 2012 CHERRY HARVEST STARTS LATE IN APULIA AND EMILIA ROMAGNA. LOWER VOLUMES BUT GOOD QUALITY

As every year, in Turi (Apulia) and Vignola (Emilia-Romagna) the cherry season is started. In the first hours of the morning growers go to the orchards for harvesting the fruit. Compared to last years, low temperatures recorded in the area from April 2012 have slowed the ripeness of the product, as...
UVA VICTORIA
21/05/2012 -

SICILY: TABLE GRAPE SEASON STARTS IN MAZZARRONE WITH VICTORIA AND BLACK MAGIC SEEDED VARIETIES. EXCELLENT QUAL...

On 18th May the harvest of first volumes of table grapes – Victoria (white with seeds) and Black Magic (black with seeds) – started at the Sicilian company Giuseppe Guastella and in other companies on the Sicilian west coast. Compared to 2010, this year a delay of 4 days is recorded....
Peach Met2
08/05/2012 -

EARLY PEACH CAMPAIGN STARTS IN THE AREA OF METAPONTO (BASILICATA), WITH LOW QUANTITIES AND GOOD PRICES

A few days ago the harvest of peaches started in the area of Metaponto (South Italy). Early peach production in the Mediterranean area was strongly influenced by low temperatures in the first months of the year. On Italian markets and abroad a limited supply and good prices are noted. The...
Immagine 1
27/04/2012 -

EUROPECH FORECASTS: APRICOTS BOOMING IN EUROPE (+21%), STABLE GROWTH FOR PEACHES (+1%) AND NECTARINES (-1%). I...

The first forecasts for European peaches, nectarines and apricots show a growing supply in major producing countries. Apricots will rise significantly in all areas (+21), peaches grow by 1% while nectarines are stable or decreasing. Apricots’ total supply is estimated at 594,000 tons, registering...
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27/04/2012 -

SOUTH KOREA: GREEN LIGHT FOR THE EXPORT OF ITALIAN KIWIFRUIT. EXPORTERS CELEBRATE A SEVEN-YEAR CAMPAIGN TO LIF...

After a process started in 2005, the Korean animal, plant and fisheries quarantine and inspection agency decided to admit Italian kiwi to the South Korean market. Minister of Agricultural and Forestry Policy, Mario Catania said: “The opening of South Korean borders to Italian kiwi is an important...
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19/04/2012 -

SOUTH TYROL APPLE TREES BLOSSOM EARLY. IT IS TOO SOON TO MAKE FORECASTS ON THE HARVEST. INTERPOMA ASSESSES THE...

Interpoma 2012, the international trade fair devoted to the cultivation, storage and marketing of apples, to be held in Bolzano from 15 to 17 November 2012, will this year have to deal with a decidedly atypical year as far as South Tyrolean apples go. On the one hand, admittedly, it is too soon to...
strawberry
03/04/2012 -

ITALY: INCREASE IN STRAWBERRY SURFACE IN 2012 (+4%), REPORTED LATEST CSO DATA. MORE THAN 80% OF THIS AREA CONC...

According to the last analysis of Italian CSO about the cultivated area destined to specializing growing of strawberry, in 2012 the growing of this fruit in Italy records an increase of 4% compared to last year. More than 80% of areal is destined to plants grown under cover and 18% is destined to...
FruitimpreseHP
23/03/2012 -

ITALY, IN 2011 EXPORTS HAVE DECLINED BOTH IN VOLUME (-1,4%) AND IN VALUE (-2.3%). IMPORTS REGISTERED AN OPPOSI...

Italian fruit and vegetable trade balance remains active in 2011. According to Fruitimprese, the balance of fruit and vegetable trade in 2011 was slightly below the billion Euros, with a decrease of 16.2% compared to 2010. Exports have declined in both volume (-1.4%) and value (-2.3%) but still...
Asparago
14/03/2012 -

ASPARAGUS SEASON STARTED IN THE VENETO REGION. BUT THE DROUGHT SCARES AND COULD BRING SMALL SIZES

The asparagus season in Italy is about to start. In the Veneto region the very first shoots are now ready, both white and green. But we must wait a few weeks to know how the season will be in terms of quantity, qualità and prices. The warmth of the soil have anticipated the ripening and...
Grandine
09/03/2012 -

CITRUS SEASON GOES COLD IN SICILY: CROPS SERIOUSLY DAMAGED BY A VIOLENT HAIL STORM ON MARCH 7. THE LOCAL PO SE...

The entire area between Syracuse and Catania, a key production land in the east side of the island, was hit by a very violent hail storm, unprecedented in history, which have almost overwhelmed the citrus groves under 50 cm of hail. Damages are incalculable, not only for fruit which were ready for...
Abate
02/03/2012 -

PROJECT FOR A COMMON BRAND FOR EMILIA-ROMAGNA PEARS, LOOKING TO THE MELINDA MODEL IN ORDER TO CONCENTRATE THE ...

About 66 percent of Italian pears (or 30% of the European total) grows on Emilia-Romagna fields, in the area of Ferrara, Modena and Bologna (Italy). 100% of the Abate Fetel variety is grown here. In spite of this, Emilia-Romagna pear growers run the risk of selling their products this year at...
kiwi_hp
27/02/2012 -

KIWIFRUIT, ITALIAN PRODUCTION AROUND 499,500 TONNES IN 2011/12 SEASON (+13%), CSO REPORTED. SLOW SALES ARE CON...

Estimates published by Italian marketing and research agency CSO have confirmed that the country’s national kiwifruit production should be 13 per cent higher this season than in 2010/11, at around 499,500 tonnes. The figure represents a 4 per cent decrease on the 2008/09 season, but according to...
FruitimpreseHP
14/02/2012 -

FRUITIMPRESE LEAVES PIAZZA ITALIA AND PARTICIPATES WITH A SEPARATE STAND FOR THE FIRST TIME AT FRUIT LOGISTICA

At the request of their associates, Fruitimprese – an independent business association representing Italian fruit and vegetable sector entrepreneurs – chose to participate in Berlin with their own stand of about 150 sqm, located in Pavilion 4.2, for the first time. In fact, until 2011...
RedApple
23/01/2012 -

ITALIAN APPLES, POSITIVE RESULTS FOR SALES IN VOLUME FROM SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER. LOWER SATISFACTION FOR THE PR...

The Marketing Committee of Assomela, Association of Italian Apple Producers’ Organisations, met on January 10, 2012 for an evaluation of the marketing year.  Stocks of apples in Italy on January 1, 2012 are 1,249,260 tons, 1% down from the previous year, with positive results for sales. During...
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07/12/2011 -

ITALY: MAXI FRAUD IN ORGANIC. MORE THAN 700,000 TONS OF FAKE ORGANIC FOOD PRODUCTS SOLD BY SUNNY LAND

More than EUR 200 million of invoices for non-existent operations, more than 2,500 tons of goods (above all wheat, soya bean, meals and fresh fruit) confiscated because they were not organic, more than 700,000 tons of fake organic food products sold in the last years. This is the...
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22/11/2011 -

KIWIFRUIT: NEW REVELATION IN PSA DISEASE. ITALIAN RESEARCHERS GENERATED GENOME-WIDE SEQUENCE

A recent re-emerging bacterial canker disease incited by Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa) is causing severe economic losses to Actinidia chinensis and A. deliciosa cultivations in southern Europe, New Zealand, Chile and South Korea. Little is known about the genetic features of this...
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16/11/2011 -

PESTICIDES, ITALY IN THE FOREFRONT. INCREASINGLY LESS CHEMICALS IN CULTIVATED FIELDS

Residues of pesticide products in fruits and vegetables are continually decreasing, according to the report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which shows that 97.4% of samples of foodstuffs in the EU are below maximum residue levels allowed by law. The analysis involved almost 68,000...
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23/06/2011 -

STRAWBERRIES, A STABLE PRODUCTION IN ITALY THIS YEAR

This year the strawberry production in Italy is substantially stable: cultivating areas have improved by 1% compared to that of 2010, reaching 3,500 hectares . In overall 82% of strawberry cultivating areas are in greenhouse, only 18% are in open field. In the Italian territory the main regions are...
mel_obre
15/06/2011 -

MELON, 2010 A RECORD YEAR FOR ITALIAN EXPORTS

In the last six years, Italian melon exports have vacillated to some extent, with volumes varying from 16,000 to 20,000 tonnes. The highest volume was recorded in 2010, when the country exported a total of 20,620 tonnes of melons, according to Eurostat data, 82.5% of which were marketed inside the...
Uva_Puglia
03/06/2011 -

TABLE GRAPES, AN EARLY START FOR THE HARVEST IN APULIA

This year Apulia has reduced the difference in ripening times of the premature variety by about 20 days, in respect to the Sicilian grapes. Already from the 6th of June the harvest of table grapes of the variety known as Black Magic has started in Nardò in the province of Lecce. This grape is...
Peaches
18/05/2011 -

Europech / Italy: drop in apricot production (-20%), peaches and nectarines stable (-2%), campaign fifteen day...

The data presented on 6th May in Perpignan, France, on occasion of Europech, relative to 2011 production estimates for peaches and nectarines, indicate substantial stability in Europe,as compared to last year. It is expected that a total of 3.64 million tonnes of peaches, nectarines and clingstone...
NaranjaHP
03/03/2011 -

PGI Red Orange of Sicily successfully enters the Spanish market generating criticism

The Consortium of the PGI Red Orange of Sicily – within the project 133 PSR 2007/13 submitted to the Regional Department of Agriculture and Food and the Region of Sicily – has organized some successful promotional activities in Spain to offer and place the Sicilian Red Orange inside a...
Arance_RosseHP
22/02/2011 -

Eurobanan, Sicily’s Red Orange gets to Spain

The unique Red Orange of Sicily in Spain will soon be available in Spain too thanks to the recent cooperation with Spain’s leading import group Eurobanan. The product launch was made at a technical conference on February 2, sponsored by various prestigious professional culinary and nutrition...
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18/02/2011 -

Italian Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE) at the World Fruit & Vegetable Expo 2011

The London office of the Italian Institute for  Foreign Trade (ICE) will exhibit at the World Fruit & Vegetable Expo London, for the first time. ICE will be supporting the Italian participation at the show, which is planned to consist of Italian Regions and individual Italian companies. ICE...
KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA
28/01/2011 -

Italian citrus volumes to decline 2010/11

The Italian citrus area has, in the last 10 years remained stable. Although there has been an increase in the area of clementines and grapefruit, little change in orange and a decrease in other species. The Italian citrus producers have been losing competitiveness on both the domestic as well as...