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                           Week Ending: 6/2/09                         Volume 12, Issue 2

                                                             Published by Apple & Pear Australia Limited

                                                                                           Inside this issue:
                                                                                       Australia                 1
Exit funds to flow to Victorian farmers                                                New Zealand               4
                                                                                       UK / Europe               5
Age, Melbourne, 4 February 2009, p6
The Victorian and Federal Governments have reached agreement over an                   North America             7
impasse that was preventing Victorian irrigation farmers with less than 15             South America            10
hectares from receiving up to $150,000 as an exit grant from farming. The              Market Reports
irrigators must sell their irrigation allocation to the Government who will use
it to restore environmental flows in the Murray Darling Basin.                          - UK                    10
                                                                                        - Netherlands           11
Agreement was reached that Victoria would review a water trading limit that
prevents non landowners from buying more than 10 per cent of water                      - Los Angeles           11
allocations in a given region. Another impasse has resulted in Victorian
authorities retaining until December a limit of four per cent on the amount of
water that can be traded out of a district.

Heat wave causes havoc to fruit and vegetable crops
Herald Sun, Melbourne, 4 February 2009, p14
Fresh fruit and vegetable growers have started tallying their losses after heatwave conditions swept across
southern Australia last week. VFF Horticulture Group president Peter Cochrane said that all growers have
suffered losses and extensive damage. He asked the public to understand that produce quality may not be
to the standard to which they are accustomed. He expects that prices will soar if consumers are prepared
to buy only unblemished fruit and vegetables.

Biomass waste product to benefit farming practices
Adelaide Advertiser, 4 February 2009, p31
A high quality form of charcoal, known as ‘biochar’ is a ‘waste’ product from the production of renewable
energy from biomass - woody plant material and other forms of organic waste otherwise sent to landfill.
CSIRO senior research scientist Dr Evelyn Krull said that carbon returned to the soil as biochar can be
locked away from the atmosphere for hundreds to thousands of years and preliminary research shows that
it increases soil fertility. The potential is to trap and store carbon in the soil, boost crop yields, retain water
and reduce the need for chemical fertilisers.

Heat and lack of rain hits crops hard
Bendigo Advertiser, Victoria, 4 February 2009, p21
A blistering hot January in SE Australia has damaged leafy vegetables, stone fruit, apples and grapes, but
VFF horticulture president Peter Cochrane said that farmers needed people to buy local produce to help
minimise their losses. Besides the extreme temperatures, Victoria has recorded a mere 0.8mm of rain in
January.                                                                                  Return to Front Page

Consumers need clear labeling to identify imported produce
Coffs Coast Advocate, NSW, 4 February 2009, p6
An investigation into the melamine in milk contamination scandal in China has revealed that imports from
China in the past 6 months of 2008 included 250 tonnes of garlic, 67t of broccoli, 38t of preserved
tomatoes, 1,085t of various types of peanuts and 160,000 litres of apple juice. Other imports include
peaches, pears, pineapples, strawberries snow peas, pumpkins dried fruit, chilli and prawns. Most people
would be unaware that they are buying and eating fresh food produce from countries like China with
quality and safety standards well below our own.
Cheap produce from overseas is introduced to drive down prices for local farm suppliers, said Professor
Zumbo of the University of NSW. He said that the answer lies in the segregation of labelling of imported
products to protect our own industries and to demand country of origin labelling on the shelf and individual
items.                                                                                   Return to Front Page

Australian grown label for packaged food , source:, 2 February 2009
The Federal Government will set up a "Grown in Australia" labelling program for packaged foods. Shops
and supermarkets are already required to label fresh fruit and vegetables with the country of origin.
Agriculture Minister Tony Burke says consumers have the right to know what they're buying. "The process
and laws that we have in terms of labeling are unbelievably complex," he said. "We have to get to the
point where consumers, when they think they're buying Australian, actually are."      Return to Front Page

Drought advice to Victorian growers may receive state funded extension , source:, 2 February 2009
A successful extension program offering one-on-one drought management advice to fruit and vegetable
growers across Victoria looks likely to be extended with State Government funding. Fruit Growers Victoria
(FGV) general manager John Wilson said while he could not confirm if the program would be extended, the
association and consultants RMCG had been in talks with the DPI.
Mr Wilson said they were very keen to extend the program as take up of the extension opportunity had
come towards the end of the Federally-funded project. “It was an excellent program,” he said. “More than
200 growers in the Goulburn Valley used it. People were getting a lot of information about what water
would be allocated and what the market would be like, but the funding was only until November”. He said
that the benefit of the program was its unique one on one nature, which gave people a very specific look at
their own situation.                                                                     Return to Front Page

Phil Pullar awarded an OAM
Country News, Goulburn Valley, 2 February 2009, p8
Cobram orchardist Phil Pullar received an OAM in the Australia Day awards for his service to agriculture, the
community of Cobram and the sport of diving. He has been chairman of Diving Australia for 12 years and
dedicated his role to restoring the sport to Olympic favour after funding cuts at the 1996 games in Atlanta.
He said it is very much an elite sport and you have to have a lot of courage. The turn around for the sport
has resulted in gold medals and finishing as the second ranked diving nation in the world.
Of the fruit industry he described it as a struggle when you are dealing with labour intensive industries and
export industries. He is on grower and industry bodies and was a co-founder of the Victorian Peach and
Apricot Growers Association in 1964. He described the award as a great honour.            Return to Front Page

Future Orchards Walk in the Granite Belt, Friday 6 February
Southern Free Times, Warwick, Queensland, 29 January 2009, p6
Granite Belt growers can attend a Future Orchards 2012 Orchard Walk on Friday 6 February at the Pozieres
Cold Store and Tomasel’s orchard. Discussions will be led by John Wilton of AgFirst and starting at 9.00am.
Growers will have the opportunity to meet and discuss ideas about the best ways of maximising fruit
quality. Future Orchards 2012 aims to double the average production of Australian apple crops to 45
tonnes per hectare.                                                                     Return to Front Page
Flying fox protection likely to venture south into NSW
The Land, 29 January 2009, p10
The NSW Government is under pressure from 58 environmental groups to ban the culling of flying foxes,
following a similar move in Queensland last year that has allowed the devastation of numerous crops.
Humane Society International reports that the grey-headed flying fox population is in ‘serious decline’. The
society proposes that netting, at a cost of up to $70,000/ha, be used to protect their crops.
NSW Farmer’s Association horticulture committee chairman, Peter Darley, said that few of the society’s
members would buy a half eaten fruit. “Do they want food in this country or not?”, he asked. He said that
environmental loans for netting, if available, have a ceiling of $130,000, funds sufficient to cover only two
hectares. Moss Vale apple, and stone fruit grower Glenn Farley of Darkes Forest, said that growers accept
a certain amount of damage, they are not trying to annihilate the species, but an independent count of
flying foxes is needed.                                                                      Return to Front Page

Apple scab detection and eradication in WA
Farm Weekly, 29 January 2009, Supplement 1, p11
An outbreak of apple scab in WA in 2005 was successfully eradicated and the recent discovery of two trees
with apple scab in a backyard in Mount Barker has resulted in the trees being removed and destroyed.
Department of Agriculture research officer Tony Portman said that department staff would survey the five
commercial apple orchards in the shire and all properties within Mt Barker over the next two weeks to
ensure that the diseases is not present elsewhere. Apple scab is exotic to WA and secondary hosts include
loquat, firethorn and mountain ash.                                                      Return to Front Page

Tasmania fruit to be represented at Fruit Logistica , source:, 29 January 2009
Following on from the successful Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong in September 2008, Fruit Growers Tasmania
will be actively promoting Tasmanian apples, cherries and stonefruit when it attends Fruit Logistica in Berlin
from 4 to 6 February.
The Minister for Primary Industries and Water, David Llewellyn, said today that Fruit Logistica is the largest
fruit trade show in the world. “Fruit Growers Tasmania is attending Fruit Logistica for the first time as an
exhibitor as part of its commitment to significantly expand exports over the next five years,” Mr Llewellyn
said.                                                                                     Return to Front Page

New Zealand

Export forecast up and crop mix moves to newer varieties
Nelson Mail, 3 February 2009, p12
Pipfruit New Zealand forecasts a pipfruit export crop of 17.2 million cases or 309,000 tonnes, an increase of
16.5 per cent on the 2008 crop. Of this volume, 318,000 cases are pears and the remainder are apples.
C/e Peter Beaven said that the export crop will be the best for many years, following a strong flowering, a
warm spring and low disease pressure. NZ orchards produce a relatively high average yield of 54 tonnes
per ha.
Royal Gala and Braeburn, which made up 76 per cent of exports in 2006, will make up 64 per cent this year
and represent only 53 per cent of plantings. He said that volumes of the newer premium varieties Jazz,
Pink Ladytm and Tentation will be up 71 per cent, 15 per cent and 52 per cent this year. Hawkes Bay
exports are forecast to make up 10.8m cases of 63 per cent, while Nelson production will be 5.1m cases or
30 per cent.                                                                             Return to Front Page

Central Otago expects good crop and benefits from Apple Futures initiative
Otago Daily Times, 31 January 2009, p17
Pipfruit Central Otago director and Ettrick fruit grower Stephen Darling said that Central Otago growers are
well on the way to producing significantly more than half a million cases of apples. He said that a good
spring and high rainfall during December was good for fruit size and warm and dry conditions in January is
producing fruit of optimum quality.
He said that growers were benefiting from signing up to the Apple Futures initiative, which is targeting nil
residue production. C/e of Pipfruit NZ Peter Beaven said that Apple Futures already covered half of the NZ
crop. In addition, more than one million cartons of organic apples will be produced for the first time in the
industry’s history.                                                                       Return to Front Page

Apple Futures worth backing
Otago Daily Times, 31 January 2009, p17
Ettrick grower Stephen Darling said that the economic effects of the bumper apple crop would flow on to
the whole community with production and harvest heavily dependent on people. Central Otago Mayor
Malcolm Macpherson said that the Central Otago regional economic agency had backed Apple Futures with
NZ$5,000 investment and the return could easily be ‘ten fold’. He said that nearly all of the region’s
orchardists had signed up.                                                                 Return to Front Page

Nil residues in UK survey as NZ prepares for promising export crop
NZPA Newswire, 29 January 2009
This season’s pipfruit export crops are expected to earn more than NZ$500m in foreign exchange earnings,
according to Pipfruit NZ c/e Peter Beaven. He said that many of the apple exports will have little or no
spray residues as growers participate in the Apple Futures program targeting nil residue production. A
recent survey of apples selected randomly from UK stores showed that all of the apples tested from NZ
were free of residues. He said that this year’s crop would underpin their leading position in world markets.
Hawkes Bay (10.8m cases) and Nelson (5.1m cases) will make up 93 per cent of exports, while Central
Otago will have 530,000 cases and the remainder will come from Waikato, Gisborne and Wairarapa.
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Jazz apple gathering at Fruit Logistica , source:, 29 January 2009
Researchers, growers and marketers of the exceptional Jazz™ apple will gather from around the world
Tuesday, 3 February in Berlin, Germany. Timed to coincide with Fruit Logistica, the world’s leading
produce trade show, the day will be dedicated to celebrating the variety’s success, sharing production and
marketing developments, as well as plans for the future of the Jazz™ apple, which was developed in New
Zealand by ENZA International and Plant and Food Research.
ENZA’s global marketing partners include ENZAFruit Continent (Europe), World Wide Fruit (UK), The
Oppenheimer Group (North America) and Delica Global (Asia).                           Return to Front Page

UK / Europe

French pour subsidy millions into producer organisations , source:, 29 January 2009
France has broken the European Union's strict national subsidy rules by paying more than 330 million euros
($437.4 million) to its fruit and vegetable sector over 10 years, the EU's executive Commission said on
Commission agriculture experts started their investigation into the French state aid in 2005, which was paid
to various producer organisations to help them support market prices and income. France paid the cash
between 1992 and 2002 to ease a glut of fruit and vegetables on the domestic market by supporting
prices, paying for temporary stocking, funding product destruction and giving aid for processing, it said.
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Collapse of apple exports to Russia , 28 January 2009
The worldwide financial crisis now strikes fruit growers in the German Alten Land, close to Hamburg.
According to the growers, exports to Russia have almost completely stopped, ZMP says. The greater part of
all apples exported to Russia comes from this area. The red apples from this area are popular in Russia. If
the export does not pick up, then the prices will decrease considerably. Last year a record quantity of
apples was exported.                                                                      Return to Front Page

Club varieties the go, according to French grower-packer-nursery
Good Fruit Grower, , December 2008, pp28/29
French Loire Valley grower-packer-nursery Davodeau Ligonniere, has 100 ha of orchard and packs about
6,000 tons of apples. Club varieties make up about 35 per cent of the plantings and their aim is to have
half of their orchards in a club within 5 years. Main varieties are Gala (70 per cent Brookfield Gala), Jazz
and Braeburn. Minor varieties include include RosyGlo, which is part of the Pink Lady club and two scab
resistant varieties. Scab resistance means spraying only two to three times compared to 20 times and the
timing of the sprays is not as critical, said the head of DL, Guy Ligonniere.              Return to Front Page

Fruit wall system still widely used
Good Fruit Grower, , December 2008, pp32/32
The fruit wall system developed in France 20 years ago followed a survey of management systems with the
aim of cutting fruit growing costs. The survey and the system were initiated by the Centre Technique
Interprofessionel les Fruits et Legumes (CTIFL) and is continued by them to this day. The system is used
today in more than 1,000ha of dessert apple orchards and 3,500ha of cider apple orchards. The main
commercial varieties of apples grown in the world today are suitable for the fruit wall system. The fruit
wall is a maximum of 80cm wide at the base of the tree and 60cm wide at the top.
Mechanical pruning each year, conducted six to seven weeks after bloom, maintains the thickness of the
wall. Additional pruning is undertaken in winter. To produce yields comparable to a central leader system,
the production area per hectare of the fruit wall orchard must range from 13,000 to 17,000 square metres.
The average number of fruit per square metre per side is 25, plus or minus three. The establishment cost
is often higher than a central leader system because it requires more extensive trellising. Return to Front Page

Appelation status in France assures that apples are sold
Good Fruit Grower, , December 2008, pp40/41
Appelation status for Golden Delicious apples, AOC Pommes de Limousin, the French certification to identify
geographical location, was awarded to the Limousin region, famous for Limousin cattle, in 2005 after a 12
year process. 350 0rcharidsts produce about 120,000 tonnes of apples annually. The aim of the origin
status is to set their mountain grown Golden Delicious apart from those grown in warmer climates, said
Jean-Pierre Lachaud. He said that it hails ten years out of 10 here and sometimes it hails four times.
AOC quality status is assured by rigorous testing, including 20 trained tasters who sample AOC apples
every three weeks and rate the sample on a scale of 1 to 20. Yields must not exceed 58 tonnes per ha,
orchard elevation must not be less that 960 ft and trees cannot be planted at more than 3,000/ha. The
French Ministry of Agriculture administers the AOC’s. The status has not yet resulted in higher fob prices to
growers, said Lachaud, but it does assure us of selling all of our apples each year.     Return to Front Page

Price premium for blush Golden Delicious
Good Fruit Grower, , December 2008, p42
Perlin, a French growers co-operative, packs and markets apples and walnuts. Located in the Limousin
region the co-operative has about 200 growers producing from 1,600 hectares. Altitudes range from
1,155ft to 1,485 ft. Nearly all are protected by hail nets. 60,000 tonnes of their 70,000 tonnes throughput
is Golden Delicious apples.
They pack a premium grade of blush Golden Delicious and receive a premium of about 30 € cents per kg.
(US 22c/lb), selling for US$6 to $7 more per box than other Golden Delicious. The percentage of apples
with blush can range from 2 per cent to 20 per cent p.a. and averages about 7 to 9 per cent. Growers
target crops of 50 to 55 tonnes per ha to achieve blush. Higher yields produce very little blush.
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Netted orchard crop impacts to be investigated by French scientists
Good Fruit Grower, , December 2008, pp44/45
Scientists at the French Technical Research Centre for Fruit and Vegetables in Lanaxade, near Bergerac,
have enclosed the sides of a hail netted orchard to collect data on insect populations and disease.
Myriam Siham of CTIFL said that the four year study, that commenced in 2008, will investigate changes to
the microclimate and the orchard ecosystem as a result of the netting, as well as investigating the impact
on codling moth, aphids, apple scab and powdery mildew. In addition they will collect data on flowering,
fruit colour and fruit quality.                                                           Return to Front Page

North America

California may be facing worst drought in history , source:, 2 February 2009
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Thursday a new survey of California winter snows showed the
most populous state is facing one of the worst droughts in its history.
California produces about half of the United States' vegetables and fruit but is now in its third year of
drought. Scientists said its main system supplying water to cities and farms may only be able to fulfill 15
percent of requests.
A survey by the state Department of Water Resources shows that the snow pack on California's mountains
is carrying only 61 percent of the water of normal years. The snow pack held 111 percent of the normal
amount of water last year, but the spring has now reached a record dry spell.          Return to Front Page

US prototype machine to speed apple picking , source:, 2 February 2009
Apple pickers spend only 30 percent of their time picking apples. The rest goes to climbing ladders and
unloading bags of apples in bins. Vincent Bryan thinks he’s invented a way for pickers to focus on picking
and let a machine do the rest, saving vast amounts of labor.
Bryan, CEO of Picker Technologies LLC, of Mercer Island, has a machine that lifts pickers up on platforms,
lets them drop the apples into a vacuum tube, then scans, sorts and crates the fruit. Bryan said that the
machine will cut the labor needed to pick an orchard by 75 percent, freeing orchardists from what has
become an annual struggle to find enough workers.                                         Return to Front Page

Grower of the Year acknowledges hard work by all to enable success
Good Fruit Grower, ,1 January 2009, pp16-17
Ralph Broetje , fruit grower and philanthropist, has been named Good Fruit Grower of the Year for 2008.
He runs a family orchard of more than 6,000 acres in Washington State, without his own computer or
mobile phone and with plenty of time spent in the field while staff attend to the office duties. He has 900
full time employees and needs more than 2,000 workers at peak harvest.
He and his wife Cheryl bought their first orchard of 60 acres of cherries and 20 acres of apples 40 years
ago. They sold that in 1979 and moved to Yakima to farm, but moved on again in 1982 when interest
rates were high and they were unable to obtain operating loans for their orchard. They moved with three
young daughters to Prescott where they planted 400 acres of Granny Smith and Red Delicious in the first
year and 600 acres of Granny Smith in the second year.
By 1987 they were producing 1 million boxes of apples and built their own packhouse. Today they pack six
million boxes of apples in a season. He accepted the award on behalf of his wife and their family who have
worked hard and made sacrifices over the years and to his workers, suppliers and customers who have also
worked hard to made it all possible.                                                    Return to Front Page

On the lookout for new varieties
Good Fruit Grower, , 1 January 2009, p18
Recent plantings at the Broetje Orchards are on 5 ft between trees and 13 ft between rows and
consistently produce 80 to 100 bins per acre. Varieties include Fuji, Gala, Braeburn, Red and Golden
Delicious, Pink Ladytm, Honeycrisp, and other lesser known and experimental varieties. He is consistently
on the lookout for new varieties.
He turned down the opportunity to grow Jazz because ENZA specified that the fruit must be packed at
designated packers and he preferred to pack his own fruit. He described Jazz as a good opportunity for
growers who don’t have their own packhouse. About 400 acres of the Prescott orchard are in transition to
organic and his goal is to have 20 per cent of production supplying organic markets.   Return to Front Page

Philanthropist leaves no stone unturned when helping others
Good Fruit Grower, , 1 January 2009, p19
Over 18 years the Broetje Orchards, near Prescott in Washington State, has donated about US$47 million
to mission projects. The charitable arm of the orchard, The Vista Hermosa Foundation, was established in
the early 1990’s and each year allocates between 50 and 75 per cent of profits after tax to charitable
projects at home and abroad. See
Today workers at the Broetje packhouse meet several times a year to research deserving projects around
the world that need support. Broetje said that it is exciting to see what they choose to support. He recalls
giving a 50 acre block of cherries their last chance after several failed crops. Proceeds from the following
year’s bumper crop went to an orphanage in Mexico that they had previously visited. He describes
balancing profits, people and the environment and “to be good stewards and use it to benefit as many
people as we can”.
The family spent US$5 million building 121 family homes and apartments at the orchard, which are let at
well below the market rate. He has recently completed 18 townhouses for single workers, although he
prefers families due to the benefits it brings to a whole family, to employ under the H-2A guest workers
scheme, if he uses it. The business spends about US$500,000 annually on local support programs for
families of people working at the orchard.                                                Return to Front Page
Nurseries meet changing farm demands
Good Fruit Grower, , 1 January 2009, p20
Nurseries say that growers are taking the opportunity with improved returns in recent years to upgrade
their orchards with superior strains of major varieties, such as Gala Fuji and even Red delicious with more
efficient high density systems.
Ron Everts at Brandt’s Fruit Trees Inc., in Yakima, Washington, said that Pink Ladytm is also sold out and
Honeycrisp is sold out virtually every year. He described early, high coloured strains of Gala and Fuji as
‘hot’. Neil Manly at Willow Drive Nursery, Ephrata, Washington, said that trees on dwarfing rootstocks have
been in high demand. They are growing Gala on Malling 9 rootstock, hoping for a better fruit size than on
Dale Goldy, horticulturalist for Stemilt Ag Services said that there has been a lot of expansion to new
ground as well as orchard renewal over the past three years and he expects the Washington crop to sit
around the 110m box range for a while.                                                      Return to Front Page

ENZA varieties taken up in North America
Good Fruit Grower, , 1 January 2009, p21
Rick Derrey, ENZA coordinator for North America, said that all trees for the new variety Envy had been sold
and will be planted initially in 2010. Plantings will be limited to 1,500 to 1,800 acres to achieve production
of 1.5m boxes. The Jazz target is also 1.5m boxes and there are enough trees in the ground now to
achieve that production. The Pacific Rose target is 500,000 boxes and the last trees will be planted this
spring. It is intended that ENZA and the growers will review production limits periodically to determine if
there is a need for additional acreage.                                Return to Front Page

When will the economic downturn hit?
Good Fruit Grower, , 1 January 2009, p21
With economic uncertainty ahead, Pete Van Well II at Van Well Nursery in East Wenatchee, Washington,
said that nurseries can be the first indicators of downturn as growers decide not to order trees for future
delivery when other critical farm management tasks have priority. However he has not received any
cancellations to date and as at November, sales were running ahead of the previous year. His parting
comment was that “I’m not worried as maybe I should be”. He expects apple prices to remain relatively
strong as the industry has the right mix of apples and products, and the quality is there. Return to Front Page

South America

Argentina pear exports cut to US and Chile Gala demand likely down , by Andy Nelson, 29 January 2009
A 10-day strike by fruit pickers in Argentina reportedly ended by the week of Jan. 26, clearing the way for
the first Bartlett shipments in the second half of February, about 10 days later than usual, said David
Nelley, pipfruit category manager for Vancouver, British Columbia-based The Oppenheimer Group.
Because it was pickers who were striking, a significant amount of fruit was left on trees past peak picking
time, rendering it unusable for exports to North America. As a result, pear shipments from Argentina could
be down by 40 per cent this season, he said.
Chilean Gala probably won’t begin arriving until April 1-15, a month later than they sometimes do, said
Randy Steensma, president and export marketing director for Nuchief Sales Inc., Wenatchee, Wash. He
said that due to the combination of a soft world economy and a record Washington apple crop, demand for
import apples is expected to be considerably lower this year, Steensma said. Also, Chilean Gala are
expected to be on the small side this year, another hurdle to cracking U.S. markets.     Return to Front Page

UK Market Report
Fresh Produce Journal, 9 January November 2009, pp24/25. UK wholesale apple & pear prices:-
Source        Variety      Pack      Pence Min     Pence Max     AU $ Min      AU $ Max
France        Braeburn     13.0kg         1000           1200         22.43        26.15
UK            Bramley      Per kg           52             88          1.17         1.92
UK            Cox          Per kg           44             77          0.99         1.68
China         Fuji         10.0kg          850            950         19.07        20.70
France        G. Dels      13.0kg          950           1150         21.31        25.06
France        G. Smith     13.0kg         1000           1200         22.43        26.15
Netherlands   Jonagold     13.0kg                         905          0.00        19.72
Canada        McInt. Red   18.0kg          1775          1875         39.82        40.86
France        Pink Lady    13.0kg                        1550          0.00        33.78
USA           Red Chief    18+kg                         1900          0.00        41.40
USA           Red Dels     18.0kg          1850          1900         41.50        41.40
France        R. Gala      13.0kg           975          1200         21.87        26.15
Netherlands   Comice       12.0kg                        1325          0.00        28.87
Belgium       Conference   12.0kg          1300          1500         29.16        32.69
Italy         Packham      7/8.0kg          800          1000         17.95        21.79
Italy         WBC          8.0kg            725           860         16.26        18.74
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Netherlands Market Report
Average free on truck (FOT) prices at the Dutch fresh produce market, both exports and domestic, being
an average on the price lists of importers/exporters and an indication of European prices:-
 Source          Variety         Pack        count/       Euros      AU $      Count        Euros        AU $
                                              size       lowest                /size       Highest
China          Fuji            10.0kg              40       8.50      16.96       28             9.88     19.72
France         G. Dels         18.0kg             138      13.75      27.44     56/64           18.50     36.92
France         G. Smith        18.0kg             138      13.50      26.94     56/64           18.75     37.42
France         Red Chief       18.0kg             150      13.75      27.44     60-80           18.50     36.92
France         Royal Gala      18.0kg              80      14.50      28.94      135            16.00     31.93
Not named      Ya pears        18.0kg             112       9.30      18.56       80             9.46     18.88
Information sourced from, week 6, w/e 6 February 2009
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Los Angeles Market Report
LA wholesale on 3 February 2009 provided by: Fruit and Vegetable Market News, USDA.
  Source            Variety             Pack              US $        US$        AU $ Min         AU $
                                                          Min         Max                         Max
Washington       Red Del                18   kg         12.00          25.00            18.67      38.89
Washington       Golden Del             18   kg         14.00          26.00            21.78      40.45
Washington       Fuji                   18   kg         12.00          26.00            18.67      40.45
Washington       G Smith                18   kg         12.00          28.00            18.67      43.56
Washington       Gala                   18   kg         15.00          30.00            23.34      46.67
Washington       Pink Lady ™            18   kg         18.00          38.00            28.00      59.12
Oregon           Anjou                  20   kg         22.00          29.00            34.23      45.12
Washington       Anjou                  20   kg         20.00          29.00            31.11      45.12
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