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Colombia: Good times for pineapples

Santander and Norte de Santander have the largest area devoted to producing pineapples in Colombia, with 12,027 hectares, i.e. 47% of the national production. The departments of Meta, Arauca, and Casanare have 5,760 hectares, which yield 31.5 tons per hectare.The Minister of Agriculture, Juan Guillermo Zuluaga.....

Thailand: Stinky fruit brings sweet smell of success to planters

Durian, the fruit famous for its spiky shell and pungent smell, is winning the hearts of Chinese consumers and bringing profits to planters all over Southeast Asia. At the recent 2018 Shanghai Thai Festival, Chinese food connoisseurs were given four types of Thai durians to test their preferences in flavour,.....

"The kaki boom is over, now we are on the path to stability"

The usual doomsayers are wondering whether the kaki craze is over, so the question was asked to the president of the Designation of Origin "Kaki de la Ribera del Xúquer", Cirilo Arnandis, who also chairs the Virgen del Oreto Cooperative of L'Alcúdia and the Federation of Agro-Food Cooperatives of the Region of.....

Tenerife's acreage has doubled in the past decade

Spain: 55% of Canary avocado acreage is in La Palma

La Palma accounts for 55% of the Canary Islands' avocado acreage, with a total of 748 hectares. Meanwhile, Tenerife has doubled its acreage over the last decade, reaching 458 hectares.These data were released last Thursday during an event focused on this agricultural subsector, which was held in Tenerife and.....

Mango consumption in US has almost doubled in 12 years

Mango consumption in the US has substantially increased in recent decades. Part of the reason for this is an increase in availability as well as better promotional efforts. Educating consumers is also key and this is what the National Mango Board (NMB) says it has done in the 13 and a half years since its.....

China: Pineapple market may recover

Although this is normally the peak season in Xuwen for pineapple supplies to the market, according to fruit farmers in Xuwen the retail of pineapples is in a "severe winter". Earlier this year a cold wave hit Xuwen, just as pineapples began to appear on the market. The product quality suffered, and the price.....

Cainiao opens direct route for fresh fruit between China and Thailand

Cainiao has signed an agreement with the Office for Economic Transport in the east of Thailand and the Thai Customs Office. Cainiao will construct large-scale, automated distribution centers in Thailand to facilitate the swift and convenient export of agricultural products. The first installation covers an.....

Xiamen fruit imports up 50% in the last four months

Xiamen imported 43.5 thousand tons of fruit in the first four months of this year. This is an increase of 46.5%. Xiamen imported 17 thousand tons of fruit last month, which was a new record in the history of import in Xiamen. It was also an increase of 53.4% in comparison with the same period last year. Xiamen.....

Historic harvest for volcanic lychees in Haikou

Hainan Island officially entered the "lychee season" in the middle of May. The harvest this year reached "historical record heights". The production volume of the entire province reached 300 million kg. The surface area devoted to the plantation of volcanic lychee in Haikou is 7600 hectares. The production.....

Maharashtra mango exports double this season

This export season has been good for mango growers in Maharashtra, senior officials of the Maharashtra State Marketing Board (MSAMB) said. The export of mango to the US market has more than doubled this time from last year at 350 tonne as compared to 54 tonne the previous year. While the first consignment of.....

Pakistan: Petition filed to ban export of fruits & vegetables

The Supreme Court was requested on Saturday to direct the authorities concerned to ban the export of fruits and vegetables until their prices fell within the common man’s reach, especially in the holy month of Ramadan.Advocate Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta has filed a petition with the apex court under Article 184 (3).....

India: Pineapples to be exported to Saudi Arabia

The Tripura government on Friday signed an MoU for exporting the queen variety of pineapple from Tripura to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.Minister for agriculture Pranajit Singha Roy signed the MoU with Kreamery Craft - a Calcutta-based export-import trade firm - and Spicejet Merchandise, at Prajna Bhavan here......

Melon grower continues partnership with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Savor Fresh Farms, LLC., the grower/packer/shipper of Kiss Melons, announces its continued partnership with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of America. This partnership includes the use of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation logo on every netted Kiss melon bag.“Our support for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is close.....

TFP Group estimates that Hong Kong will turn to Malaysia for durians

The South China Morning Post reports that Hong Kong businesses benefit most from the mainland ban on durian import. Data from the Hong Kong government show that the durian import volume in 2016 increased by 170% in comparison with 2015. The import value reached 3.1 billion Hong Kong dollars [390 million USD]......

The NMB boosts the quality of Mexican mango

The managers of the National Mango Board, based in Orlando, Florida, will hold a meeting with producers and exporters of mangoes from northern Sinaloa and offer them a series of lectures and a field visit with researchers of this fruit, in order to continue improving the quality and safety of Mexican mango.....

JD Fresh and Thailand Queen sign durian purchase agreement

The CEO of JD Fresh, Ye Wei, visited Thailand in early May. Upon arrival he immediately signed a durian purchase agreement for the entire season with the largest refrigerated durian processing company in Thailand--Thailand Queen. Durians commonly mature in April and May, and the retail season can last until.....

Colombia can now export its fresh pineapples to Argentina

The Ambassador of Colombia in Argentina, Luis Fernando Londoño Capurro, announced that, after four years of efforts, the sanitary entities of Colombia and Argentina (ICA and SENASA, respectively) had agreed on the phytosanitary requirements so that Colombian pineapples can enter the Argentine market."This is.....

Avocados: From Meso-American backyards to world domination

Avocados are now riding a tide of extreme popularity. But while they are appearing on toast in cookbooks and trendy restaurant menus, these fruits came late to commercial agriculture, is Cynthia Graber's and Nicola Twilley's claim in Gastropod. Gastropod is a podcast that looks at food through the lens of.....

Illegal certificate

Mexican authorities deny allowing avocado shipments to Costa Rica

The Association of Producers, Packers and Exporters of Avocados of Mexico has issued a statement about the publication in Costa Rican media outlets regarding the recent arrival of a shipment of Mexican avocados. This statement claims that the certificate for that shipment was not issued by the competent.....

Colombia wants to win over Chinese market with its avocados

The Minister of Agriculture, Juan Guillermo Zuluaga, has started his work agenda in China, where he will meet with authorities and businessmen to export domestic products to that market."China is one of the largest markets worldwide, it will be a great destination for avocados, meat, and other products once we.....

Zhengzhou: Durian price falls as temperature climbs

The price of durians in the Wanbang Market this week showed a downward trend. The main reasons for this development are as follows:1. Supply volume increased. Durian is produced in Thailand. The peak season of durian on the Chinese market is every year between May and September. The early season has already.....

From small avocado packing company to global business

After more than 35 years at the helm, West Pak Avocado Co-Founders Galen Newhouse and Randy Shoup have stepped aside and appointed a new CEO, Mario Pacheco, to lead the company moving forward. Newhouse and Shoup are looking to ease off their responsibilities but will remain on the Board of Directors, in order.....

Israel exclusive market for Dominican Republic pineapples

“We are currently exporting weekly air shipments to Madrid, Spain and Tel Aviv, Israel. Exporting pineapples to Israel is unique, because besides the Dominican Republic, only Ghana and Kenya are allowed to export its pineapples to that country. This makes it a very exclusive market and affords us the.....

Nungu fruit of Tamil Nadu

India: Where is the ice apple?

Seasonal staples like coconuts and mangoes are abundant, but the jelly-like nungu can sometimes be quite hard to find. The nungu: hidden within a smooth, black, hard outer covering is a translucent jelly-like edible fruit, sweet and delicious. Nungus or ice apples are among the best seasonal refresheners......

Peru will produce 13% of this year's global avocado production

This year, the world will produce a record 3.1 million tons of avocado, as there has never been so much production of this fruit, said the director general of supply of Mission Produce South America, Todd Mauritz.Mexico will continue to be the main producing country with 1,860,183 tons (60% of the total). It.....

Nico Spruijt, Yex:

"On-year ensures good avocado supply"

There is currently an ample supply of avocados on the European market. "Everyone knew there would be a lot of trading. There are also large volumes coming onto the market from Peru. South Africa is now putting the brakes on their supply. But, overall, there will be a sufficient supply of avocado available in.....

US mango imports slowing down and readying for June influx

Mango imports may see a slight slowdown as regions begin transitioning in Mexico. "We're seeing a tremendous volume of fruit come into the country the last three weeks. We've been near the four million box mark combined between Mexico and all the central American countries," says Greg Golden with the Amazon.....

Mexico: Michoacan mango production value surpasses 833 million pesos

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa) from Michoacan, stated through the Agri-Food and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP) that the mango from Michoacan's production value had surpassed the 833 million pesos in Michoacan alone.Sagarpa stressed that the mango.....

"There is no other country that can supply the required volumes all year round"

Mexico will continue exporting avocados to US with or without a treaty

The avocado trade between Mexico and the United States will continue with or without the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), even with a possible application of a tariff, said Ramon Paz Vega.The strategic adviser of the Association of Producers and Packers Exporters of Avocado of Mexico (APEAM) said.....

AU: Australian papaya industry coming along in leaps and bounds

The Australian papaya and papaw industry is growing strongly in terms of both production and demand, according to one North Queensland grower.Gerard Kath, from Mareeba, says the industry has expanded by a small group of larger scale growers getting larger, which has become the backbone of growth for the.....

Taiwan: Chenggong Village hopes to bring wealth to farmers with jackfruit

A member of the Chenggong Agricultural Cooperation explained that mini-jackfruit could be a profitable brand product for the farmers of Chenggong Village in Taidong County, Taiwan. Chiu Chin-sheng, the cooperation representative responsible for marketing operations, stated that the fruit is part of a local.....

Taiwan Fruit Traders: mainland China will not buy "independent Taiwan fruit"

Hong Kong-based China Critical reported that Xie Chenxun, CEO of Taiwan Taisen International Trading Co., Ltd., gave an interview with regard to the collapse of Taiwanese pineapple exports to mainland China. He stated that mainland traders have purchased Taiwanese pineapples with vigor in the last four or five.....

Vietnam fruit exports to China growing fast

Vietnam has opened several new markets for fruit exports, but China is still the main export market for fruit from Vietnam. Production areas and traders in Vietnam are well aware of this and highly value the Chinese market. Furthermore, they have begun to change their opinion of China as a low-end market.The.....

Ayesha Curry joins National Mango Board to showcase mango recipes

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Ayesha Curry, food personality, restaurateur, author of The New York Times bestselling cookbook “The Seasoned Life,” and overall "foodpreneur,” joins the National Mango Board (NMB) for the second consecutive year to showcase delicious recipes featuring the fruit. The proud mom of.....

Production increase: 20,000 tons

Chile expects to produce 245,000 tons of avocado

According to estimates, Chile will produce about 245 thousand tons of avocados this season and their quality will be good. The country will achieve this production thanks to the good weather there has been in this campaign."Last season we had heat waves that affected the last flowers. This started in November,.....

Colombia: Avocados go from the port of Barranquilla to the United States

Colombia's Agricultural Institute (ICA) endorsed the Puerto de Barranquilla company to export Hass avocados to the United States. The terminal already has the infrastructure for refrigerated and frozen cargo, with a warehouse in which it handles all kinds of products such as flowers, fruits, vegetables, meats,.....

India: Double bonanza for Asia’s largest pineapple market

It’s a double bonanza for Asia’s largest pineapple market, nine years after the Vazhakkulam Pineapple got the Geographical Indicator (GI) tag. Just when the Vazhakkulam pineapple merchants came together to announce that this market will be a hartal-free zone (free of business bandhs), pineapple has figured.....

China: Lychee market analysis

Luxury market fruits such as lychees, longans, and three season plums have been a great success with consumers this year. The production volume has increased as a result of great harvests this year. Analysts expect early-season lychees to enter the market in production areas in small volumes around May 20th.....

Shipment of Mexican avocados can't enter Costa Rica

The wait for new Hass avocados from Mexico will continue for now because a shipment of 23,000 kilos that is on the border with Nicaragua can't enter Costa Rica.The decision was communicated at about 7 pm on Monday, May 7, by the interim director of the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE), Leda Madrigal, based on.....

Thai mangosteen production volume expected to shrink by 65%

Thailand has already signed free trade agreements with numerous countries. China is the third largest export market for Thailand, behind the ASEAN-countries and the USA. The overall value of fruit and manufactured fruit product export from Thailand to China reached 740 million USD in 2017. That is an increase.....

Costa Rica receives first Mexican avocados since closure of borders

On May 5, 2015 Costa Rica informed the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it had banned avocado imports from eight countries, including Mexico.On Saturday, just three years after that day, the first container of Hass avocados from Mexico arrived in Costa Rica.The news was confirmed by the director of the.....

2018 China Lychee Summit Meeting

The 2018 China International Lychee Summit press conference and the festive opening of the lychee harvest season were held in Lingshui Li Autonomous County in Hainan on May 4th, 2018.China is the world leader in surface area devoted to lychee production and in lychee production volumes. The overall surface.....

Three key drivers to building avocado category development

Avocado shoppers exhibit distinct purchase behaviors in each of the eight geographical regions across the U.S. according to a new study published by the Hass Avocado Board (HAB). The new study - Avocado Shopper Segmentation: Segment Dynamics by Region - and its companion piece - Avocado Category Development.....

Carrefour (China) imports 474 tons of Thai durians

Direct purchasing is the new normal

Durians are a hot item, and direct purchasing of the "King of Fruits" seems to have become the new normal.This week, Carrefour (China) promoted their supply of Thai durians."Carrefour shops in China will begin to supply imported Thai durians in May this year. Carrefour (China) sent a delegation to Thailand in.....

AU: Australians developing a taste for custard apples

One of Queensland's custard apple producers says domestic demand for the fruit is increasing, as people become more familiar with the fruit's taste and flavour.Jackson Agricultural Company is based in the state's Glasshouse Mountain region and says the green-skinned fruit has become a tasty tropical choice.....

China: Tainan pineapples find road to mainland blocked

Almost 90% of the Tainan pineapple export is destined for mainland China. In the last half month, Tainan pineapples encountered obstacles on the way to mainland China. The price of pineapples in production areas has dropped to 13 NTD [0.44 USD] per 0.6 kg. That is a price drop of almost half compared to peak.....

Bringing avocados to the Canadian market

Just back from the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) Annual Convention & Trade Show in Vancouver, West Pak Avocado is looking at expanding distribution into the northernmost region of North America. After the first year for the avocado company to exhibit at CPMA, the takeaways so far are.....

Success and growth of avocado cultivation in Peru

The Peruvian avocado season is developing very successfully, according to the plans of producers and marketers, where the fruit's first harvest is currently underway.Avocados are one of the world's main crops and Peru is strengthening its outstanding position in the global fruit market. Peru is a country with.....

Colombia presents the potential of its avocados to the Apeam

The Mexican Avocado Packers and Exporters company (Apeam) arrived in Colombia for an exploratory mission of the Colombian coffee region, from April 29 to May 6.Procolombia and the regional investment promotion agencies of Antioquia, Caldas, Risaralda, Quindio, and Valle del Cauca, came together to present the.....

50% growth

Bumper harvest for durians in southern Thailand

The secretary of Thailand's Office for Agriculture and Economy announced the 2018 report on the production volume of 4 tropical fruits in major production areas in 7 provinces in southern Thailand. The 7 provinces expect bumper harvests for longkong fruit, rambutan, durian, and mangosteen. The overall.....

Less Swiss consumer tourism after adjustment of exchange rate

There are no longer any border checks, and Switzerland has also integrated into the EU in other policy areas. Although this cooperation comes with a price for the Swiss, there’s no urge to integrate further. Earlier this year, the Swiss Minister of Finance said membership of the EU would be harmful for the.....

How to peel, cut and core a pineapple like a pro

Buying pre-cut pineapple chunks might seem like the convenient thing to do when faced with the option of choosing between a friendly-looking container or the spiky fruit itself.However, peeling and cutting a pineapple shouldn't scare you away from saving some money at the grocery store. Here are some simple.....

The first Mexican Avocado Congress to be held in October

The Mexican Avocado Intellectual Society (SIAM) will hold the First Mexican Avocado Congress between October 25 and 27 of this year in the Presidente Juarez Faculty of Agrobiology. This was confirmed by the president of the organizing committee, MC Heladio Santacruz Ulibarri, at a press conference.Santacruz.....

Costa Rica guarantees certification of its organic pineapple

After learning about the report of File No. 20702, approved on April 25 by the Special Permanent Legislative Commission for the Control of Public Income and Expenditures, with 4 votes in favor and 3 against, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock wishes to clarify the following:As stated in the minutes, the.....

Costa Rica: Identification of pests and diseases in pineapples

Upala Agricola is an agroindustrial company that is dedicated to the production, packaging, and marketing of fresh pineapples. To do this, it aims to be environmentally friendly and take into account the health of its employees as well as the final consumers.That's why the company is committed to support and.....

New avocado quality meter unveiled

Instruments from Felix Instruments- Applied Food Science is a sponsor of the first annual Tropical Fruit Congress at MACFruit in Italy.Leonard Felix, Owner and President of Felix Instruments-applied Food Science will be available for meetings and demonstrations of the F-750 Produce Quality Meter, the newest.....

New Zealand’s import of rambutan to boost Vietnam’s exports

After mango and dragon fruit, rambutan is the third largest Vietnamese fruit to be exported to New Zealand. Vietnam is also the first country to be licensed to export fresh rambutan to New Zealand. Entry to a demanding market such as New Zealand will provide Vietnam the opportunity to tap other -strict-.....

Spain: Kaki producers considering joining forces against abusive practices

Kaki producers in the Ribera Alta, Spain, are looking into the possibility of joining forces in an association in order to protect themselves from the "impact of the abusive practices of retailers," they say.Growers believe that the practices of some traders violate their rights, trying to "get the most out of.....

Peak California avocado season coincides with American holidays

California avocado production is peaking now through Labor Day. This year’s larger avocado crop of an estimated 374.6 million pounds creates excitement on both the supply and demand side of the popular California fruit. “We have already seen retailers promoting California Avocados and many of them have.....