The International Raspberry Organization (IRO) invites you to participate in the 12th World Raspberry Conference, which due to Covid-19, will be held online (formaly the 12 th IRO conference was going to be held face to face in Lublin May 2020) in Lublin (Poland). We hope that the opportunity to meet in this formula will allow a greater number of raspberry producers to participate in this important event.
Raspberry production has evolved rapidly in recent years. Production of fresh market raspberries is developing dynamically, thanks to the availability of new cultivation technologies and fertile varieties that produce attractive, high-quality fruit. In many countries – so far very important producers – there has been a regression in the market of raspberries intended for processing, which has its source in several factors. Virus disease of “autumn” varieties, unfavorable weather conditions in successive seasons and prices not always satisfactory for growers just to name a few. In our opinion, it is still worth growing raspberries for processing. However, in order for the production to be profitable, it is necessary to change the approach to this type of cultivation.
World production of raspberries has increased from 350,000 tons to 600,000 tons in the last five years. This increase, however, applies to fresh berries. Such production has developed strongly during this time in Mexico, Morocco, Egypt, Spain and even in Portugal. Many factors indicate that the production of fresh market raspberries will increase also in upcoming seasons. Along with the growing consumption of raspberries and the positive associations that these fruits evoke among consumers, the demand for high-quality raspberry processed products will grow. Consumers no longer want (or are less willing) to buy raspberry juices in which the raspberry content does not exceed 2–3%. As a result, the sale of raspberry juices with a higher raspberry content is growing. That immediately translates into an increased demand for resource for such production. The current season has shown that the demand for high-quality frozen raspberries is high. In international trade in December, extra-class frozen raspberries cost more than 3 EUR / kg and there was rather a lack of good quality product.
So what justifies development or even maintenance of the production level of industrial raspberries?
Will mechanical raspberry harvesting become a standard?
What varieties should be used and how to run modern raspberry plantations for industrial production?
How is the production raspberries for fresh consumption and processing plants developing in countries with a dominant position in these markets?
We will try to provide answers for these questions and much more information on important raspberry issues during this year’s IRO symposium.