Tropical fruit

Dominican Republic to export 9,000 tons of pineapple
By the end of 2016 pineapple exports could amount to nearly 9,000 tons of fruit which would be worth 7 million dollars.Fabio Gumtolli, adviser to the Federation of Producers of pineapple from Cevicos, in the Sanchez Ramirez province, stated at the press conference (where the celebration of the Cevicos.....

Durian popular in China, Singapore, Russia
Demand for tropical fruit grows globally
According to the International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet), for the past decade, global demand for tropical fruits has been increasing as more consumers seek healthier food options.Speaking during the recently concluded International Symposium on Tropical Fruits (ITFS) held in Davao City,Mohd Desa.....


Mark Tieleman, Cool Fresh International:
"Freakishly high prices for pineapple"
There are high prices being made on the pineapple market this year. "It was lower for just four weeks at most earlier in the year, but other than that the prices have been incredibly high. At the moment you can sell pineapple, depending on quality and size sorting, for a price of between 15 and 17 Euro......


Pineapples scarce in small sizes
Imported pineapples from Mexico have skewed towards larger sizes recently, and the relative scarcity of smaller fruit has propped up the market for those smaller sizes. Supplies of Costa Rican imports are fairly light, which has further boosted prices.“Volumes from Mexico are light, especially on smaller.....

Dominican Republic fails to exploit the quality of its pineapples and avocados
"You are not completely exploiting the quality of the products you have. You are well known for exporting many good baseball players, a lot of tobacco, and much rum, but you are not looking for the same recognition for products like pineapple and avocado, which are two products that have a very good.....

Israeli farmers to benefit from avocado craze
Avocado demand has exploded worldwide, largely due to the fruit's much publicised health benefits. Israeli farmers are also set to strike it big from the fad, thanks to demand for the fruit in Europe. Israel has exported 100,000 tons of avocados so far in 2016, and is one of the only countries which exports.....


Is Dragon fruit the new money maker?
Contrary to what its name may suggest, the dragon fruit has brought with it a myriad of benefits to its growers in Vietnam as its demand continues to rise.The latest entrant into the dragon fruit dalliance list is New Zealand as Vietnam exporters have been given a green light to start exporting the fruit to.....

Costa Rica holds trade show focused on rambutan
In order to commercialize the production of rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) a group of producers in the southern area have organized a fair in the town of Cajon de Perez Zeledon for September 3 and 4 where producers will offer fresh fruit, jam, wine, pulp in syrup, dried pulp, and juice, among other.....

Wild mango could solve global chocolate crisis
Scientist at Bangor University in Wales, have made a discovery which could possibly have solved the global chocolate crisis caused by a cocoa shortage. The Bangor University researchers discovered that wild mango butter can be used as an alternative to cocoa butter, reports the BBC.Disease and crop failure.....

AU: Avocado growers advised to prepare for rain
Australia's avocado growers are being encouraged to start preparing their orchards now to protect them from spring and summer rains and subsequently prevent crop losses, reports abc.net.au.Avocados Australia chief executive John Tyas said the fruit trees were highly susceptible to drowning in wet conditions,.....

Export opportunities for pineapples, mangoes and more
''Organic farming has rich potential in Africa''
The United Nations has said that organic farming has rich potential in Africa but is increasingly under-funded. Hence the UN is calling for increased funding, as a survey conducted by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) revealed on Monday 5 September in Rome that organic farming offers an.....

UK aims for ''record high'' trade with Ghana
As a result of Brexit, the UK is seeking out new trading partners and has set itself the task of achieving ''record high'' trade with Ghana by the year 2020. A UK/Ghana Chamber of Commerce has been formed to drive that goal, and according to British High Commissioner, Jon Benjamin, Ghana would have to.....

China's largest mango cultivation base
Recently, Haiken Fruit Group successively celebrated the opening of mango cultivation businesses at 6 southern farming grounds. This indicates that the group started the substantial phase by integrating the natural resources for mango production of these 6 farming grounds in the south.The integration of the.....


UK: Pineapple slice left on windowsill grows into entire fruit
Edward Simpson left a single slice of pineapple on a window sill; eight years later he's stunned that it has turned into an entire fruit. And the tropical fruit has confounded the British weather by growing in Huddersfield, west Yorkshire.Now Edward and his wife Maureen, who came to Huddersfield from Jamaica.....

Heavy mango supply in sizes 6s and 7s
As mango production in Sinaloa winds down, there are heavy volumes of Mexican fruit at a few sizes. Prices per flat are generally below $5.00, and they could decrease as the range in the quality of fruit widens.“We have a lot of mangos in 9s and 10s, but the biggest volume is in 6s, 7s and 8s,” said Nora.....

Avocados From Mexico aims to boost breakfast times sales
Avocados From Mexico plans to boost avocado sales during different parts of the day, like breakfast. Their brand market development director Stephanie Bazan talked with BrandChannel.com about its back-to-school campaign, the Avocado Breakfast Club, which aims to push these sales.The brand partnered with.....

Malaysia to export fresh fruit directly to China
According to Fu Jijun, China’s Consul-General in Kuching, Malaysia, durians, pineapples, bananas and other tropical fruit will soon be easily available in the Chinese market, once an agreement on exporting fresh fruit directly to China is signed.He said China would require more quality products with an.....


Philippines: Banana plantation owner plans ''aggressive'' expansion
Tagum Development Corp. (Tadeco), the Davao-based owner of the world’s largest contiguous banana plantation, is going to spend more than P2 billion as part of its “aggressive” expansion, to increase its production amid optimism over the new administration.A company official said Tadeco, the flagship company.....

Israel as a global powerhouse for Mango
Mangoes originate in India where it is considered the national fruit and is believed to have been domesticated as far back as the 5th century BCE. The mango in India today however is quite different from the mango one can find in the global market; the fruit is smaller and has different coloration and a.....

Marcel Fernando Bertin, Daros BR:
"The volume of limes from Brazil will increase in September"
The Persian lime season is about to end in Brazil, and this year the production has suffered a setback because of the weather. The lower production period, between June and August, has lasted longer than usual because of the lack of rainfall, as explained by Marcel Fernando Bertin, of the export company.....

Avocado shoppers find at-shelf messages most compelling
The Hass Avocado Board’s quantitative consumer study Engaging and Influencing Shoppers at Shelf examined shopper attitudes and purchase intent in response to twenty specific point-of-sale messages. Shoppers found sensory and nutrition messages to be the most persuasive.“Understanding at-shelf messages that.....

Los Mochis mangoes herald end of Mexican mango season
Los Mochis mangoes are a signal of the end of the Mexican mango season, a long journey that moves up Mexico’s Pacific rim. This week marks the Crespo Organic move to Los Mochis, for the final leg of the Mexican mango journey, ending with the keitt mango.Crespo’s organic orchards in Los Mochis are located in.....


BioTropic visits organic mango harvest
At the end of August the organic mangos are harvested in Spain. BioTropic visited partnered mango growers during the harvest. The focus was the yearly audit by the BioTropic agricultural engineer Mauro Finotti. He regularly tests the quality of the mangos and discusses the possible cultivation problems with.....

Ecuador to export mangos to China by plane
Sergio Cedeño, president of the Mango Ecuador Foundation, has said that from the next harvest they will begin exporting the fruit to China. They will be exporting by plane until a sufficient transportation system is set up on ships. Cedeño explained that exports will be made by air because of the distance;.....


Peru: Good quality expected for coming mango season
“The Peruvian mango season is expected to start in Piura, with lower volumes on week 47 ETD (arrivals week 50) and should continue through week 8/9 ETD (arrivals week 11/12) and then supply will shift to Casma until, hopefully, departures in week 12. Compared to last season, this mango season should not have.....

The US consumes 91% of them
Ecuador Mango exports up 40 million dollars
Mango exports generate between 35 and 40 million dollars per season (between October and January). This product is highly appreciated by the international market, especially in the United States, which buys 91% of Ecuador's supply.The VI International Congress of Ecuadorian Mango, which will be attended by.....


South African company expands to meet seasonal papaya demand
Neofresh is the biggest Papaya grower in South Africa. Papaya is ripened at two pack houses and packaged for four different supermarkets. Daily deliveries are sent to supermarket distribution centres in all major centres in South Africa. Neofresh also air-freights papaya to the UK, Europe and the Middle.....

China: Guava harvest setback
The guava price is extremely low this year with a buying price of only 0.6 RMB per kg. The wholesale price on the market is 1.2 RMB to 1.4 RMB per kg. The retail price is at 1.6 RMB to 2 RMB per kg. Even though there was an abundant harvest of guavas, the farmers have no reason to be happy. It is.....

Nicaragua: Matagalpa commits to passion fruit
The department of Matagalpa has 14 municipalities and has administrative functions in the municipality of Waslala, on the North Caribbean Coast, and Paiwas, in the jurisdiction of the South Caribbean Coast. San Ramon, a quaint location that promotes alternative economies to aid the survival of its people,.....

AU: New technology means 'the coast is clear' for Coastal Avocados
With the Australian Summer of 2016 being labelled as ‘the time of the great avocado shortage’, Dave Nelson, Manager of Coastal Avocados, is all sorted.Passionate about the quality of the fruit they grow and sell, Coastal Avocados saw the potential for their own operations, and the wider avocado industry, to.....


Ring pull packaging for coconut
A new product has been launched by CP Pech an exporter from Thailand. They have added a ring pull on the coconut. This makes it a lot easier for consumers."Think about a normal can and it works exactly the same," explains Christine from CP Pech. The company can export it worldwide, but at the moment their.....

Mexico: The export of avocados from Jalisco to the US will take months
The much vaunted export of avocados from Jalisco to the United States, which was strongly publicized by the state government in May after the US approved buying the fruit from other Mexican municipalities outside of Michoacan, will still take several months to begin.Even though the United States Department.....


Good quality and smaller calibres
Spain: Valenciana pomegranate harvest kicks off
The harvest of the Valenciana pomegranate variety has officially started in Elche. It is the first of the so-called sweet and seedless varieties."Today we are harvesting only the ripe Valenciana pomegranates, the result of the first flowers that were fertilised in May," explains Susi Bonet, sales person of.....

Peru can now export Hass avocados to India
The Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) reported that the market of the Republic of India has now opened to Peruvian Hass avocados after the successful negotiation carried out by the National Service of Agrarian Health (Senasa)."We are focusing our attention on agricultural exports.....

Tropical fruit growing to become the norm in S.Korea?
Tropical fruits and vegetables like mangoes, papaya, carambola and dragon fruit, may soon become commonplace crops in a rather unlikely location - South Korea.Korean agricultural researchers are experimenting with new tropical crops that could grow well under hotter weather conditions on the Korean Peninsula.....

The VI International Ecuadorian Mango Congress will be held in Guayaquil
The Ecuador Mango Foundation is inviting the local farming community to participate in the VI INTERNATIONAL ECUADORIAN MANGO CONGRESS, the most important event for this coastal fruit.The organisation has designed a high-level program with conferences about topics related to irrigation, market trends, climate.....

Singapore: Durian prices rise as harvest peak ends
The durian harvest peak has ended and prices have gone up again in Singapore. A popular variety like Mao Shan Wang (Musang King), which sold for as little as $12 per kg earlier this month, now costs at least $16 a kg.Sellers said the supply of the fruit, mainly from Malaysia, has fallen compared with earlier.....

Saint Lucia: Cocaine found in fruit shipment may damage whole ag sector
On Monday, August 22, 2016 a freight consignment of 93 boxes of plantain and breadfruit from Saint Lucia was searched by UK Border Force officers at Gatwick airport. They discovered 6.8kg of cocaine hidden in nine hollowed out breadfruit.Agriculturalist, Cuthbert Phillips believes the discovery of the drugs.....


The dragon fruit is a rare bloomer
Did you know the dragon fruit grows on a cactus that blooms for one night only per fruit cycle?


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AU: Northern Territory mango season strong
The Northern Territory mango industry is preparing for a promising season, and shows no signs of slowing down, despite many crops flowering later this year across the Top End, reports abc.net.au.Nearly 100 people attended the first pre-season mango meeting in Humpty Doo last week, with growers, retailers and.....


KISS mangos from Brazil available now
The Vision Companies (Vision Import Group LLC, Hackensack , NJ and Vision Produce Co. Los Angeles, CA) announce the return of the KISS Mangos from Brazil. They are available now through early October in the US. This variety, which is being propagated to increase the varietal choices currently available has.....

Mexico: Jalisco begins working on its avocado cluster
Jalisco's avocado sector has taken firm steps to create a productive cluster, so that all the parties involved in the sector follow an approach that is inclusive, sustainable, and that provides shared wealth generation.Upon inaugurating the IV Avocado Congress at the campus of the University of Guadalajara.....


Kenneth Meijer expects a good Spanish mango harvest
"Spanish mango acreage to stabilise after years of extension"
The Spanish mango season is ready to go. “There are some producers that started with greenhouse mangos, but these volumes are limited and they do not have the right brix percentage. Fortunately, the Spanish growers realise that it is better to wait a little longer, so that the season can start well. "We will.....

First Filipino dragon fruit shipment reaches Canada
On August 26, the first shipment of more than 600 kilos of Philippines premium dragon fruit landed in Richmond City, British Columbia, Canada, through the fruit and vegetable importer Pahoa Produce Ltd. In Canada, dragon fruit is currently pegged at $7.99 a pound.While packing the freshly picked fruits in a.....

First export of fresh dragon fruit
A few days ago, a 490 kg batch of 70 cases with fresh dragon fruits successfully went through the Zhangzhou Inspection and Quarantine Bureau and was then exported by airfreight to the Netherlands. This is the first time that fresh dragon fruits have been exported in the Zhangzhou jurisdiction.Source:.....

Australia a 'lucrative market' for Kenyan avocados, veg, cashews
Australia's diplomat in Nairobi has said that the surge in demand for avocados, vegetables and cashew nuts in Australia, has opened a lucrative window for Kenyan producers.Australian High Commissioner John Feakes said Kenya stands to reap a fortune from supplying the continent with the products alongside cut.....


Oxfam report calls out German supermarkets over imported fruit
A recent report released by Oxfam Germany has singled out large German retailers as being partly responsible for poor working conditions in the cultivation of pineapples and bananas in Ecuador and Costa Rica. The report points to the power retailers have over suppliers as a reason supermarkets should take.....

Mexico: Rains paralyze mango collection
The rains in the northern valleys of the entity are beneficial to agriculture; however, they may have adverse effects in the areas that produce mango in Sinaloa as they have paralyzed the collection and packaging of said fruit; a situation that could significantly impair the quality of the export.....

Avocado prices should go down within the next month
“Mexico is just beginning its avocado season. Peru’s is tapering off and we should see our supply from Peru stop within the next three weeks,” said Scott Varvel of Custom-Ripe Avocado Company. As far as the Mexican avocados go, they’re just beginning their early bloom or Flora Loca season. It’ll be about a.....


Weekly arrivals year-round organic pineapples from Ivory Coast
A Dutch organic trader began developing organic pineapple production in Ivory Coast, in partnership with a growers collective in the region. Last May they received the first organic pineapples and the quality is very good. In Bonoua, the leading pineapple growing area of Côte d'Ivoire, OTC supports the.....


Spain: Smith pomegranate harvest kicks off with smaller calibres
The Spanish company Lyfruits, specialised in the production of pomegranates grown in Valencia, has started harvesting its earliest variety, the Smith. This pioneering company decided to diversify its production with different varieties to cover almost the entire pomegranate campaign, from August to late.....

Colombia: Pineapple from Caqueta is a delicacy
Enjoying a cold slice of pineapple from Caqueta is like tasting a magical delicacy because of its unparalleled sweetness, its fiber's soft texture, and the magical flavor of the pineapples that only grows in Caqueta, which are known as an Indian pineapple, purple pineapple, or crespa pineapple. It is a.....

Honduras: More than 300 producers will cultivate avocado
The Hass avocado production project started under the existing agreement between the National Agrarian Institute (INA), the city of Las Vegas, Santa Barbara, and the Taiwan-ICDF-DICTA project.The beginning of this project will directly benefit more than 300 producers, which will be organized and legally.....

Spain imports 28% more fruit in the first semester
Fresh fruit imports grew by 28% in volume and 26% in value in the first half of this year compared with the same period of 2015, totalling 816,837 tonnes worth 816 million Euro, according to the Department of Customs and Excise of the Ministry of Economy, processed by FEPEX.The growth of imports applies to.....

Kenyan growers sign deal with Israeli avocado company
An agreement has signed between the Kenya and Israeli company Guri Avocados, to help encourage avocado growing in Kiambu, Kenya. Poised to become a major export item, the avocado already constitutes about 17 per cent of the total exports, mostly to the European Union."Farmers shall sign contracts with the.....


Australian mango industry promotes instruments for quality testing
In the July 2016 edition of Mango Matters—a quarterly publication released by the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA)—CEO Robert Gray asserted the importance of “measuring and reporting on eating quality [in mangoes] (as measured by brix or dry matter),” and the advantage of making these.....

National Mango Board awarded prestigious accolade
The National Mango Board’s (NMB) marketing soccer campaigns and partnerships were honored with the Produce Business’ Marketing Excellence Award. The award recognizes innovative produce companies who are revolutionizing the way the produce industry connects its products to consumers. This marks the eighth.....

Durian price hits record high in recent years
Currently the majority of durian in the Chinese market comes from the south of Thailand. Impacted by the climate, the durian harvest volume decreased over 30%, and its taste is not as good as previous years. Despite of this, fruit dealers from south and north China swarmed to Thailand for durian purchase,.....

Mexican avocado in China has grown by 300% a year since 2013
Alejandro Salas, the counsellor of ProMexico in Shanghai, said that Mexico planned to increase its exports to China by 10 percent within six years and noted that avocado sales to that nation had had a nearly 300 percent annual growth since 2013.He said the Chinese market presented great opportunities for.....

Spain: Financial crisis boosts premature mango harvesting
At present, Malaga's producers are harvesting only small volumes of open ground mangoes, even though this year's fruit setting problems, caused by the impact of low temperatures, have affected mostly the earliest varieties, such as the Tommy Atkins.The first greenhouse mango harvests took place in late July.....

Iran gives boosts to Pakistani mango exports
The Federation of the Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) said that this year, Pakistani mango export targets likely to be achieved, due to open Iranian market. Exports are expected to reach around 120,000 tons.This was stated by FPCCI Regional Standing Committee, Chairman Ahmad Jawad while.....

70% of the mango consumed in the US comes from Mexico
Once again, American consumers prefer Mexican mangoes. According to data released by domestic entrepreneurs, 70 percent of the mango consumed in the US is Mexican, which equates to 95 percent of the all the Mexican mango production. Francisco Villegas, president of Emex AC said there were 10 states in Mexico.....

Cuba: Ciego de Avila will plant 2,500 hectares of pineapple
To continue being known as the land of pineapple, the farmers from Ciego de Avila will plant 2,500 hectares between this moment and the end of 2018, to ensure the volumes required for tourism, the industry, the local markets, and to export.Specialists in this sector have stated that it won't be an easy task,.....

Papaya farming gains popularity in Bangladesh
Cultivation of papaya has gained immense popularity among the farmers of the district from the last few years. It has important sources of income generation leading to economic self-reliance in the area.Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) official sources said hybrid variety papaya has become popular.....

APEAM and Mexican government
Mexico aims to balance demand for avocados and the environment
The Mexican avocado industry, overseen by APEAM (Avocado Producers and Exporting Packers Association of Mexico), is pleased to announce expanded environmental efforts to support the long-term sustainability and strength of the industry.Recent news reports have discussed deforestation issues facing Michoacán,.....


Winter jujube experiences sharp price fluctuations in Dali county
In the past, winter jujube was always considered more as a seasonal agricultural product than a fruit variety. The change came last year, when winter jujube sales on an e-commerce platform surged. Thanks to the e-commerce promotion, its sales hit a record high, and was then considered as a type of fruit for.....

Pakistan: Automated grading machine to ensure quality
An automated grading machine was inaugurated at a ceremony in Thatta district Friday, with the aim of multiplying the export of mangoes to the high-end international markets.Equipped with this system, one of the farms of Sindh Mango Growers and Exporters (SMGE) organisation can now process dozens of tons of.....

AU: Erosion prevention trials look promising
In July, the Yeppoon area in Queensland received in excess of 400mm of rain, for this reason, paddock washouts and erosion control were front of mind for many pineapple growers at the 2016 Pineapple Field Days.Delegates visited the Brooks and Sons farm where the Brisbane-based company Vital Chemical.....

Mexico: Michoacan exported over 1 million tons of avocado
The Secretary of Rural Development and Agricultural Food, Israel Tentory Garcia stated during the second ordinary session of the State Council for Integral Sustainable Rural Development thatThanks to the quality and certified health and safety of its fruits, Michoacan was able to export over one million tons.....

Bolivia: Emergency due to the loss of 50,000 pineapple saplings
According to Radio Santa Cruz, part of the Erbol network, pineapple producers in the province of Guarayos, in the department of Santa Cruz, have declared a state of emergency due to the loss of 50,000 saplings as a result of the fires recorded in the last two weeks.The president of the Association of.....