Media Source CWD: Chinese orchard owner plans more investment in Orange cherries
EXPORT ENERGY: Orange orchard owner Vincent Chen with NSW Cherry Growers president Fiona Hall at her Caernarvon packing shed. Photo: PHIL BLATCH
A young Chinese exporter may hold the key to unlocking Asian markets for Orangeâ€™s annual cherry crop.
Vincent Chen, the 33-year-old son of a ceramics company family, is leading the Chinese charge into the Orange cherry industry.
Mr Chen owns the Homeward Bound orchard in Nashdale and another near Mudgee and has plans to expand his operations in Orange.
A permanent resident, he exports and buys cherries from Orange and TasmaniaÂ for both the HongÂ Kong and mainland China markets.
He said he had spent â€œroughly a few million, two, three, four millionâ€ in Orange so far and was excited about the local prospects.
â€œFor me itâ€™s very interesting.Â Actually I want to invest more in this area because, like Tasmania you have already got the reputation and at this time if you go to Tasmania there is no chance anymore,â€
Media source: news.com.au – Cherries in short supply before Christmas this year
By Olivia Lambert, news.com.au Dec 2016
OUR Aussie Christmas could be about to change as we know it. We might not get to eat one of our favourite foods this year.
We are in the midst of a cherry crisis, with the stoned fruit expected to cost an extra $5 a kilogram this season.
Coles has issued an apology, telling customers rain had caused cherries to swell and split, and would have a limited supply. Woolworths is currently selling cherries for almost $20 a kilo and charging $7 for punnets.
NSW Cherry Growersâ€™ Association president Fiona Hall said the season was running about two weeks behind, meaning it will be a scramble to get bulk cherries on supermarket shelves before Christmas.
She told news.com.au crops were down about 50 or 60 per cent because of wet weather during the growing season. Demand is at an all time high during December, with the fruit a symbol for Christmas in Australia.
Media Source: Financial Review – Cherries and stonefruit in demand by Asia but access and quarantine issues plague the industry
By: Emily Parkinson,Â Financial Review Mar 23, 2016Â
Despite the promise of FTAs there can be hold-ups in getting some produce into markers.
Free Trade Agreements may have opened up lucrative export markets in Asia for producers of premium Australian produce but, for some, the rewards will have to wait.
Australian cherry and stonefruit exporters are enjoying red-hot demand in markets like China andÂ KoreaÂ but lengthy quarantine and access issues have taken some of the shine off the upside of recent FTA’s.
Montague Fresh, one of the country’s top three apple and stonefruit producers, is keen to start shipping peaches, plums and nectarines into its biggest market, China, but is still waiting on quarantine clearance:
Cherries are fitness friendly!
We love an article in the Huffington Post that states that cherries combat post-workout soreness.
â€˜Find yourself having trouble walking down the stairs (or even sitting down) after a hard workout? If youâ€™re looking for a healthy way to fight post-exercise soreness, cherries fit the bill. Studies suggest a cup and a half of tart cherries or one cup of tart cherry juice can significantly reduce muscle inflammation and soreness (remember that a good workout actually causes muscle damage, resulting in inflammation).
In one study a group of marathon runners drank tart cherry juice or a placebo drink twice daily for seven days prior to their race. The cherry juice group reported significantly less post-race muscle pain. Remember to have it immediately post workout (i.e. with your whey protein) when your muscles are primed to absorb excess insulin in the bloodstream.â€™
Now that itâ€™s cherry season, make sure you have a bowl of cherries in your fridge ready for your post-workout snack or you can grab a bottle of our freshly sealed, 100% BiteRiot cherry juice from supermarkets such as Harris Farm and IGA. Enjoy!!
Media Source: Central Western Daily – Orange cherry company makes top three of NSW Farmer of the Year Awards
COMPARING apples with oranges looks relatively easy against weighing up the merits of the three NSW Farmer of the Year finalists for 2015.
When the judges toured the enterprises last week, they saw production systems for oysters, asparagus, cherries, spinach, beetroot and apples.
This yearâ€™s Farmer of the Year finalists, announced on Thursday by NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair, and NSW Farmers president Derek Schoen, highlight entrepreneurial approaches to farming outside the mainstream broadacre cropping and livestock sectors.