Tropical fruit


From week 40 to week 50
Peru devotes 70% of its fresh mango to Europe
The manager of the Peruvian Association of Producers and Exporters of Mango (EMPA), Juan Carlos Rivera Ortega, stated that, since the start of the 2016/2017 mango season, i.e. from week 40 (September 26) until week 50 (December 11), Peru exported 949 tons of fresh mangoes (each container contains 20.....


AUS: First lychees to the US
Australian Lychee growers are seeing the fruits of their labour in the US this season, with the first major shipment ever resulting in positive feedback from both importers and consumers.Favco Business Manager for Lychees and Tropicals, John Nardi, says this is an historic achievement for the.....

Indian mangoes dropping early after cyclone
After the recent cyclone ravaged many farms in Tamil Nadu, farmers are still suffering the after effects. Farmers in Muthalamada are reporting that their mangoes are falling much earlier than normal and are rushing to harvest the early bloomers. ‘‘Though there is no expert confirmation on the role of Vardah.....

Davao's durian production down 40% but China demand rises
China's demand for frozen durian from Davao may amount to 100 containers in 2017, but experts are unsure if growers and exporters will be able to meet the demand considering the recent drop in production this year by 40% in Davao.The reduced production was blamed on El Niño, which has caused a dry spell.....

US is an enormous avocado market
Within Europe, the Netherlands is by far the largest importer (and exporter) of avocados. In 2015, the imported volume amounted to 145 million kilograms. Total import of the EU amounted to over 350,000 tonnes last year. Compared to import figures of the US, the European avocado market is still in its.....

"If we had more avocados, sales would increase, because the demand is still growing"
Spain: La Palma to produce 5 million kilos of avocados
Avocados are very far from being as present as bananas in La Palma, but what is certain is that it is a fruit with a clear expansion, generating a significant annual income for its growers of between 8 and 10 million Euro.According to the manager of the Campo Palmero Cooperative, Cocampa, Luis de Paz, the.....


Peru: "Overproduction of mangoes destabilises the market"
This year's Peruvian mango production began auspiciously and, so far, volumes have increased by more than 20%. This increase was at first welcomed by producers and importers but, with the passage of weeks, it has led to a saturated and complicated market for exports."The excess in production is saturating.....


Kenneth Meijer, Natural Tropic:
“Demand for cherimoyas always recovers before Christmas”
The Spanish Hass avocado season is currently in full swing. “Sales are going well and the prices are fine, they are even slightly higher than for overseas avocados,” says Kenneth Meijer from Spanish producer, Natural Tropic, out of Malaga. During this period, the cultivation company focuses on the domestic.....

Spain: Malaga diversifying mango and avocado production
Producers of tropical fruits in Malaga have opted mainly for two varieties: the Osteen in the case of mangoes, and the Hass in the case of avocados; however, experts and researchers believe that this poses a risk to the sector, since the production is excessively concentrated within a short period,.....

Costa Rica protests against barriers set for Dominican avocados
Costa Rican importers and government officials from the Dominican Republic protested that it took 23 days to process the first shipment of Dominican avocados that arrived in Costa Rica via Puerto Limon, and 20 days to process the second shipment.The Dominican ambassador in Costa Rica, Octavio Lister, said.....

Pakistan: Production and exports of fresh fruit
As farmers in Pakistan use more modern farming practices, outputs are surging. With more production it opens the opportunity for more global trade. This trend has held true as the average annual output of citrus fruits and apples, two of the country's biggest earners, have shown an increasing trend in the.....

Indian pineapples heading to Bangladesh
Sudhansu Mohan Samal has announced at a meeting of the Odisha Livelihood Mission (OLM), that the queen variety of Gajapati pineapples will soon be on its way to Bangladesh. The demand for such fruit according to him is high in Bangladesh and Gajapati is the only district in India that produces the fruit, due.....


Galilee Export announces co-operation with shareholder
Eitan Zvi, Galilee’s VP Marketing, said "after 2 years of on-going co-operation between Galilee Export and Avocado Gal Packhouse, we are pleased to announce that Avocado Gal has been co-opted as shareholder at Galilee Export. Galilee Export is a Cooperative Company owned by its growers so we are very pleased.....


Azerbaijani persimmon finding its way to international market
In Azerbaijan, the persimmon season takes place between October and November; this year, the production has been smaller than last year’s because of the damage caused by strong winds, despite this the quality has been good. According to Aqil Isayev of Isayevllc, based in the city of Zaqatala and devoted.....


Increase of papaya volumes in India
According to Tulsi Lunagariya of Adventa Export, supply and demand for Indian papayas are evenly matched this year. While demand was affected by the recent demonetization of 500 and 1000 rupee bills, domestic papaya consumption has remained quite strong.“Indian consumers have become more health aware and.....

China: Rice cakes made from red heart dragonfruit become popular
Recently rice cakes made from red heart dragonfruit have become popular. To make this delicious dessert, choose the Taiwanese dragonfruit, Mibao, which is smaller in size but juicy and refreshing in taste. After selecting the right dragonfruit, remove the peel to make fruit pulps. The best rice is the local.....

The National Mango Board wraps up research projects for 2016
The National Mango Board (NMB) nears the end of 2016 wrapping up its continued research efforts. Nutritional, postharvest and food safety research support the mango industry by discovering additional health benefits of mangos, and increasing mango quality in the U.S.In today’s age, consumers are becoming.....


China: Low temperatures and rain lead to reduced kiwi crop
"The end of August until the end of October is generally the ideal period to pick kiwis. However, the flowering of kiwi trees was affected by a colder, wetter May and June, resulting in a reduction of the fruit borne by some orchards. Various kiwi producing regions have seen reduced harvests and prices have.....

Zespri expecting 30% drop in Green yields
While the last two years have shattered records for production of the fruit, kiwifruit Green yields are forecast to plunge from 25-30 per cent in the coming season, Zespri growers and post-harvest operators have confirmed.The volatility in the Green kiwifruit segment of the key export industry could pose.....

It's the second most exported fruit after bananas
Avocados promise great things for Colombia's agriculture
Many Colombian products have a great export potential, but avocados stood out this year and are promising great things for the country's agricultural sector.According to ProColombia, avocado exports have increased by 266,3% so far this year, from US$ 7.3 million in 2015 to US$ 27.1 million up until October.....

FDA approves pink pineapple for sale
A genetically engineered pink pineapple has been tested to be safe to sell in the United States by the FDA. The new pineapple was developed by Del Monte Fresh who hope to market it soon around the world. To make the new product, engineers toned down certain genes giving the fruit's flesh a pinker color and a.....


Ate Kalsbeek, Halls:
"Christmas demand for avocados will start this weekend"
It is the silence before the storm for the avocado market right now. "This weekend it really will be coming down on us," expects Ate Kalsbeek of the Dutch sales office of Halls. "So next week, it is going to be very busy for us. The ripening units are full and we are completely ready! After Christmas, it.....

China: Brand new Brand: the launch of "Sanya Mango"
On 9th December, the Sanya Mango brand strategy launch ceremony was organized by the Sanya government and theChina Fruit Marketing Association. This means that the first tropical fruit brand "Sanya Mango" now becomes the regional fruit brand. The objective was to improve the brand recognition of Sanya.....

Avocado shipments
Mexico to open trade offices in Dubai and Russia
Mexico is seeking to replicate the success its avocado had at the Super Bowl by selling thousands of tons of avocados at the football World Cup, to be held in Russia 2018. Meanwhile, the country faces an uncertain trade outlook with the United States, if president-elect Donald Trump carries out his threats.....

Avocado pits could provide eco-friendly fuel
Around the world avocados are increasing in popularity. Whether they are used in Mexican cuisine, such as guacamole, or on eaten on toast, people love them. While we love the rest of the avocado, nobody pays any attention to the pit and just throws it away. This may soon change though, as recent studies have.....

Pineapple production on the rise in Goa, India
Pineapple production in Goa is growing year by year. Not only is the yield rising in the last few years but also the area under cultivation.The pineapple yield in the state in 2012-13 had been 4800 tonne while the estimated area under pineapple cultivation was 289 hectares, sources in the agricultural.....


European Union helps to promote Greek kiwis worldwide
A number of Greek companies are actively involved with the promotion of Greek kiwifruit on the international market. The promotion campaign is called “Premium European Kiwi” and is funded by both the European Union and the Greek government. The aim of the campaign is to improve brand awareness of Greek.....

Vietnam authorities deny dragon fruit leaf rumor
Rumors have been circulating in Vietnam about Chinese traders looking to buy dragon fruit leaves. According to the rumor this was causing farmers across the country to chop down their dragon fruit trees to harvest the leaves for a quick payday. Authorities in the Sothern Vietnamese province of Long An.....

The fruit of Star Wars
Pitahayas arrive in the Canaries thanks to 9,000 Euro prize
The pitahaya, which appears in "Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens" (in the fruit basket of the fortune teller from the Resistance) is a tropical fruit almost unknown in the Canaries, but highly appreciated in northern Europe. The ambition of two young Gran Canaria entrepreneurs is to supply the local market,.....

NZ: Gold kiwifruit orchard sells for $800,000 a hectare
According to property experts in New Zealand a gold kiwifruit orchard in Te Puke has sold for a record amount of $800,000 per hectare. Experts believe prices will continue to rise as well.Western Bay of Plenty Council's most recent data on valuation shows kiwifruit orchards have increased by 42 percent in.....

Mexico: Bioactive coating prolongs the life of Hass avocados
Scientists at the Department of Food Research (DIA) at the Faculty of Chemistry (FCQ) of the Autonomous University of Coahuila (UAdeC), have developed a natural bioactive coating to prolong the shelf life of Hass avocados.The project, which was coordinated by Dr. Cristobal Noe Aguilar Gonzalez, a research.....

Peru: Drought threatens mangos and avocados in Casma
A water shortage has jeopardized the mango and avocado Hass seasons in the province of Casma, said the mayor of this jurisdiction, Joseph Perez Mimbela. He said that the delay in the rains had affected at least 12,000 hectares of mango and 6,000 hectares of hass avocado.Perez Mimbela stated that the crops.....

Seeka launches planting program for new GEM Avocado variety
Seeka has launched the first phase of the commercial planting program for its new GEM Avocado variety, which has already drawn strong interest from potential growers.Seeka acquired the New Zealand rights to the variety because it has a number of advantages over the dominant Hass variety grown in New Zealand,.....

Philippines: DA's "Pineapple leather" gains Dole support
The Department of Agriculture's new pineapple-based leather production project has been supported officially by Dole Philippines. Ananas Anam Founder, Carmen Hijosa, developed the technology which processes pineapple leaves turning them into leather to be used by shoemakers, in furniture or car.....

Mango harvest beginning in North Queensland
Harvesting is underway in North Queensland and according to farmers the quality is good. Mareeba, the largest growing area for the industry, is beginning this week and estimates are showing production of up to 1.9 million trays of mangoes this year, while the total production for the country sits at 7.5.....


Avocados building a healthy image
Now that it’s able to tout the fact that its healthy—not simply nutritious—the next step for avocados seems to be encouraging consumers to think beyond the humble, albeit popular, guacamole. “We’re seeing that in both consumer and foodservice, people are more aware that avocados can be a healthy part of.....

China: Mangoes into orbit
To perfect the Hainan mango varieties and their cultivation structures, to break through the single variety breeding bottleneck and to develop a conventional seed selection: these are the reasons, the Hainan-based Haiken Fruit Industry Group and the South Asian Tropical Crop Research Center of the China.....

India: Alphonso mangoes early at the APMC market
Alphonso mangoes have arrived about a month earlier than usual and have started selling at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) wholesale market in India. The beloved mangoes are going for around Rs 6,000 a dozen for people who want to pay for the privilege of tasting the early harvest. Usually.....

Pakistan could export mangoes to Japan
Masao Otsuka, Japan International Cooperation Agency's Trade Promotion Adviser to Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, believes Pakistan has great potential to be a quality exporter to Japan. He mentioned multiple products which he saw promise in, including IT, dried fruit and mangoes.Japan sees much.....

Zambia: New pineapple factory in Ikelenge
Pineapple farmers in Ikelenge, Zambia are rejoicing as a new pineapple factory is opened in the district. The factory was launched by Musika, Zambezi Pineapples and is the first factory of its kind since the collapse of the only pineapple processing plant in the country in 1991. As part of its overall plan.....

Mexico: New pesticide for avocados
Michoacan has its own formula to control pests in avocados. It was created from the research performed by the National Metrology Centre, with the support of the Conacyt Joint Fund.With this formula, producers will be able to increase their product's quality and ensure its permanence in the international.....

Puerto Rico: Concern about Manati's pineapple health
The executive director of Atenas Pineapple, the Puerto Rican company specializing in the cultivation of pineapples, said the island had enough pineapple seeds and that it was unnecessary to import seeds that could have diseases from abroad.José Roberto Figueroa, the director of the company that is based in.....

Mango farmers look forward to growing long-awaited varieties
Mango farms are looking forward to growing the long awaited varieties recently developed. Some of these have been in development for over 20 years and are sitting behind security fences on a handful of research farms in northern Australia.They made international headlines in 2010 when then-Northern Territory.....

Mexico: Michoacan will still be biggest exporter of mangoes
The members of the Mango Product System expect that Michoacan will continue to lead mango exports in the 2017 production and export season.Current weather conditions are considered favorable for flowering, which would allow producers to start exporting mangoes in January, which will account for 10 percent of.....

Farming company pushing for Pomegranates in Australia
A sustainable farming company has big plans for pomegranates in Australia. They are building one of the world's biggest private pomegranate gene banks and are hoping it can aid the cultivation of the fruit in Australia. The people behind this, Group Kinetica, have launched PomPersia and have seven.....


More Mexican avocados expected
Mexico will harvest 1.8 million tonnes of avocados this season, making the harvest higher than last year. That increase is despite frost and low temperatures in Michoacan in March this year. The region is by far the most important production region for avocados, and has a share of 80 per cent in the Mexican.....

Creole Dominican avocado variety arrives in Costa Rica
A creole avocado variety, of Dominican origin, has arrived on the Costa Rican market to help meet the demand from now until February.The first shipments of the fruit arrived last week. It is a variety that is not Hass, but has some similar characteristics.Randall Benavides, president of the National Chamber.....

Colombian avocado exports are grown in Antioquia
The east and south west of Antioquia are the subregions where the avocados that Colombia exports to the world are cultivated.According to the Secretariat of Agriculture of Antioquia, their biggest foreign market is Europe, and exporters are currently trying to introduce the fruit to the US."According to the.....

“It wasn’t a great mango season out of Ecuador”
“This time of the year, we source our mangos in Ecuador, which produces the Tommy Atkins, Haden, and Kent varieties“, says Alan Goldberg with A&B Tropical Produce. Ecuador’s season starts in October and runs through December, so the season will end pretty soon. “It wasn’t a great season,” Goldberg said......

Mexico: Only 50% of avocados exported to the US have a food safety certificate
The coordinator of safety of the Mexican Association of Producers and Packers of Avocado (APEAM), Katia Aguilar Chavez, said that the main export challenge faced by the sector was complying with the guidelines issued by the Law of Modernization of Agricultural Production, which stipulates the safety.....

Avocados stir up controversy in Ecuador
Avocado consumption in Central and North America is increasing. This means that the deforestation of primary forests in countries like Mexico, one of the world's leading distributors of avocado, also increases.Mexico has 26,300 hectares of land devoted to avocado crops and the country aspires to increase.....

From 2009 to 2016
Panama: Tropical fruit exports decreased by 45%
The Office of the Comptroller General has estimated that Panamanian exports will decrease by 8% this year, when compared to 2015. This decrease is mainly due to the low export of tropical fruits, which has decreased by 45% since 2009.According to a report, pineapple exports, the country's flagship product,.....

Australia: Mango exports rising along with prices
Mangoes are predicted to sell for at least $5 more per tray at retail due to a strong export market for the fruit. Percy's Fruit Market owner Percy Pugliese recommended anyone who sees a tray of mangoes selling for $25 or cheaper, to take the sale, with prices unlikely to go any lower this hot season."We.....

Elephants destroy crops in Vietnam
In certain parts of Vietnam farmers are having to deal with a peculiar pest, much larger than the usual a farmer has to deal with. According to the Quick-reaction Task Force in the Phu Ly commune of Vinh Cuu district, from January to April 2016, wild elephants entered residential quarters 69 times and.....


Bert Westera, Sweet Fruits: “Mango for Christmas not as desirable as pineapple”
Plenty of mangoes from Peru and Brazil
The mango market is currently characterised by a large supply. “Just from Brazil, 208 containers will arrive. Add to that the supply from Peru, and the market will not become any easier,” says Bert Westera from Sweet Fruits S.A, part of the Brazilian Secchi Agricola group, which has branches in Portugal and.....

Spain: Two greenhouses for pineapple growing to be constructed in El Hierro
The City Council of La Frontera, in coordination with the Cabildo Insular, has got the licence for the construction of two greenhouses in the municipality that will give continuity to the project for the regeneration and modernization of tropical pineapple cultivation in the island of El Hierro; an.....


Pineapples: A year of extremes
After a period of scarcity with significantly higher prices for pineapples, the situation had completely reversed by the end of October. According to Frank Ocampo of Hagé International, the growing juice industry in particular will be of influence on the European pineapple market.“The pineapple market has.....

Spain: Subtropical crops, an alternative for Huelva
Huelva has a suitable climate, water and soil for the cultivation of subtropical fruits such as mango, avocado and papaya. This is one of the conclusions reached at the technical meeting held last Wednesday by the Palos de la Frontera Irrigation Community (CR Palos), where the potential of subtropical fruit.....

Philippines: $10 million fund proposed to help mango industry
A new $10 million fund has been proposed by Deputy Speaker and AAMBIS-OWA party-list Rep, Sharon Garin, to help the production and development of the mango industry in the Philippines. Mango is the Philippines third largest fruit export next to the Cavendish banana and the Pineapple. Mangoes are sometimes.....

Australia: Summer mangoes at perfect price
Summer mangoes are at a sweet spot price for consumers and producers this season. While the production of Kensington Pride is down, the lack of supply has led to this perfect price. Some are ready to pay the price for the KP as well. About half of the expected 7.8 million trays produced nationally this.....

NAFTA: Hedge fund predicts falling stock price for avocados
After Trump's win in the 2016 election, the hedge fund, David Brown’s Hawk Ridge Partners L.P., has released a warning of risks to the stock price of avocado producer, Calavo Growers Inc. They have low expectations for the industry, considering Trump's desire to end trade deals such as NAFTA which could.....

Mexico: Diesel shortage hits avocado exports
If the shortage in the supply of diesel continues, Michoacan could lose more than 2,100 million pesos per week in avocado exports, there would be a high unemployment for cutters, and the price of berries (strawberries, wild blackberries, and blackberries) and avocado would increase, according to businessmen.....


From growing citrus in Valencia to switching to apricots, walnuts, kakis, papayas and guava
Spain: "Fully red apricots will replace the traditional ones in Europe"
Vicente Benavent, a young Valencian who grew up in Morocco and studied in universities in America and Madrid, decided to undertake a unique project in Valencia with the production and sale of profitable alternatives to the traditional citrus crops."My grandparents have cultivated citrus their whole lives;.....


Cultivators levelling mountains for the cultivation of mangoes
On the European mainland, Spain is the only cultivator of mangoes. Of the enormous land area available on the Iberian Peninsula, however, only a relatively small strip in the far south of Spain is suitable for this type of cultivation. At the end of October, Roelant Komen from Fairtrasa visited cultivators.....

China: Avocados increasing in popularity
Avocados are already a staple in diets around the western world but the industry is only now taking its first steps into China. The fruit is increasing in popularity but, up to now, the consumption has been dominated by larger cities like Beijing and Guangzhou. This could be just the expats but they are.....

AU: Agreement made on Avocado Ridge acquisition by Costa
The leading horticultural company in Australia, Costa Group Holdings Limited, has announced that an agreement has been made on their acquisiiton of Avocado Ridge. Avocado Ridge is a grower of avocados with farms located in the Childers and Kumbia regions of central Queensland. They reportedly have 300-500.....


China: Sweet red dragon fruit production doubled
"Our red dragon fruits blossom every year in March. The trees bear fruit around mid-May. Compared to last year, our production volume has doubled, and prices have also increased. Our dragon fruits are currently sold both through traditional platforms and online. They are sold in the wholesale markets of.....

Australia: Warm dry season means large durian crops
Thanks to a warm and dry season Han Shiong Siah, a durian grower in the Northern Territory, expects huge volumes this harvest. The tropical fruit is consumed mostly by Asian markets and is known for it's strong and unpleasant smell. He expects about seven tons of the fruit this season."We have been sending.....

Aussie mango growers head to Bondi to get messy
A group of Australian mango growers are descending upon Sydney this weekend to participate in the nation’s iconic beachside celebration of all things mango – Mango Mess-tival. Now in its fifth year, the event is expected to attract more than 10,000 people, all keen to participate in activities such as mango.....


ZZ2 export first 'Matshidi' cherries
South African producer ZZ2, better known for their tomatoes, and more recently for avocados, marketed their first crop of cherries this season."We bought into a cherry farm last year," explains Clive Garrett from ZZ2. "We harvested around 40 tonnes, most of which went the UK, the Middle East and some to the.....


Madagascar: Lychee quality down due to lack of rain
The 2016-2107 lychee season officially began on the 12th November in the Antsinanana and Analanjirofo regions and will go on until January. Madagascar’s lychee production reaches about 100,000 tons annually, of which 55% is from the Antsinanana and Analanjirofo regions. 30,000 farming families and 3,000.....