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China agrees to buy $1b in ag crops from Philippines
China is set to sign an agreement to buy $1 billion worth of agricultural crops from the Philippines starting this year, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said Wednesday.China expressed interest to import durian, avocado, banana, pineapple, coconut, mango, dragon fruit, mangosteen, marang, cacao among.....

Australian farmer ships first commercial lychees to USA
A lychee grower from Mareeba has become the first farmer in Australia to successfully send a commercial shipment of lychees to the United States.Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt said he had visited the Mareeba lychee farm back in 2015 and was thrilled to be able to return to.....


California avocado harvest will ramp up early
California avocado growers are happy about the recent rains in the region, which have significantly reduced drought conditions in much of the state. A combination of factors – a break in the weather, availability of harvesting crews and a strong market – are contributing to the start of the California.....

Peru: Historic mango export record
According to the Peruvian Association of Mango Producers and Exporters (APEM), mango exports achieved a historic record this season as the country exported 150,000 tons of this product, i.e. 10,000 tons more than the highest volume ever shipped, which was achieved in the 2012-2013 harvest.In relation to the.....

Mexico: Value of avocado exports surpasses oil in importance
According to the Tariff Information System Via Internet (SIAVI) of the Ministry of Economy (SE), the export of oil and oil products in 2016 left Mexico with a deficit that amounted to 13,163,000,000 dollars; meanwhile, avocado exports reported a surplus of 2,220,000,000 dollars.Michoacan stands out as the.....

Costa Rica: Entrepreneurs confident Mexican avocado ban will be lifted
Entrepreneurs are optimistic that the authorities will lift the ban on Mexican Hass avocado imports soon.The ban started on May 5, 2015, after the former director of the State Plant and Health Service (SFE), Francisco Dall'Anese, stated that the entry of pests from Mexican avocados were a danger to the.....


China: Development of kiwifruit industry still long way to go
China is the home of the kiwifruit and its annual production accounts for more than 50% of the global output. The distribution of the plantation range is very wide but is mainly concentrated in four major areas: Shanxi province, Sichuan province, Henan province and Guizhou province. The total annual output.....

India temporarily blocks imports of dragon fruit from Vietnam
India has temporarily suspended the entry of dragon fruit, coffee beans, bamboo and other imports from Vietnam with effect from March 7 due to a “repeated interception of quarantine pests”.The decision comes close on the heels of Vietnam announcing that it would suspend import of peanuts, cassia seed, cocoa.....

Philippine food firms report $28m in sales at FoodEx
A delegation of 17 Philippine food firms were showcased at FoodEx Japan this week and have reported record sales totalling US $28m from the four-day conference. Some of the major players among products shown were bananas, coconuts, mangoes and pineapples.According to Rosvi Gaetos, executive director of the.....

Puerto Rico's soursop trees hit by fungus
Many consumers of soursop are disappointed because the moisture in the atmosphere has promoted the development of a fungus that sickens the soursop tree.This tropical fruit and its leaves have become very popular on the island because of their health benefits, as they allegedly have properties that help.....

Costa Rica's pineapples are closer to a China deal
The nearly 14,900 kilometers that separate China from Costa Rica do not seem to intimidate the Costa Rican pineapple exporters that want to place their products in the Asian market.They are only awaiting a technical visit from Chinese authorities before Costa Rica can start boosting shipments to China.Costa.....


Nico Spruijt, Yex:
“Colombia rising as avocado supplier”
The avocado market is currently dealing with shortages. “The Chilean season is ending, and the first fruit is available from Peru, but larger volumes will not start arriving until week 14. Until then, ends will have to be met somehow, because no one really has large volumes of avocados available, and.....

Demand for Taiwanese pineapples rising in China
Pingtung golden diamond pineapples have become very popular in China, and the increased demand for the fruit has led to an increase in domestic production.The impact of the increased sales in China is that the price per jin (600g) is NT$2 more than last year, according to a UDN report. The demand.....


New consumer-friendly name
Ataulfo now known as “Honey” mango in U.S. markets
The National Mango Board (NMB) has launched a marketing campaign, renaming the Ataulfo mango variety to “Honey.” Over the years, the Ataulfo name has been repeatedly reported as hard to pronounce for U.S. consumers, retailers and the media, creating purchase barriers and missed education opportunities for.....

Florida researchers find chemical which can save avocado trees for less
The University of Florida may have found a new tool to help avocado growers protect their orchards for less. Researchers with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, in a study published Feb. 18, found a repellent, made from methyl salicylate, that deters beetles on avocado trees. The chemical will.....


China: Guichang brand helps kiwifruit sales
"The Guichang is a typical Kiwifruit brand from Xiuwen County, which is listed from the end of September to early December each year. In the 2016 season the wholesale and market prices were 4-6 yuan per kg and 8-12 yuan per kg respectively. The total area under cultivation is about 100 thousand acres and the.....

Peru: Pomegranate exports up more than 28% in value in 2016
According to AgrodataPeru, in 2016, Peruvian exports of pomegranate amounted to US $40,279,391, i.e. 28.3% more than the US $31,394,995 achieved in 2015. In terms of volume, the country exported 18,414,730 kilos of pomegranates in 2016, that is 23.3% more than the 14,941,988 kilos it shipped in 2015.The main.....

Cuba: Ciego de Avila's tropical fruits confirm potential
During 2016, Ciego de Avila produced 55,856 tons of tropical fruit. That was 9% more than expected, which confirmed their productive potential.The volume harvested exceeded expectations by nearly six thousand tons, mainly of coconut, pineapple, avocado, guava, and especially of mango and papaya, which.....

China's $192m purchase of biggest Australian avocado farm in question
A large Chinese company, Shenzhen Kondarl, has told the Shenzhen stock exchange it is close to finalising the purchase of Australia’s biggest avocado farm for as much as a billion Chinese yuan ($192 million).But Neil Delroy, the Australian owner of Jasper Farms at Busselton, Western Australia, told The.....

Kolhapur, India to crack down on carbide ripened mango
The Kolhapur unit of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in India will conduct an inspection drive to identify mangoes ripened by using carbide and take strict action against the traders involved in the practice.Assistant commissioner M S Kembalkar of the FDA told TOI on Wednesday that the mango ripened.....


California Avocado’s fresh take on Cinco de Mayo
For Fresh California Avocados, Cinco de Mayo arrives at the same time the crop reaches peak production. For Fresh California Avocado fans, that fact alone is a great excuse for a party. Spring is the time of year that West Coast operators get creative with California Avocados, and the California Avocado.....

Mexico opens new markets in South America, Asia, and Europe
The US is dependent on Mexican pineapples
Mexico has too much strength to continue worrying about exports to the United States. Companies in the State of Veracruz are preparing more efficient strategies to guarantee the quality of their products in response to Trump's economic policy of rejecting Mexican produce, as recently happened with.....

Farmer finds Tasmania commercially viable for avocado production
When avocado grower, Paul Bidwell, moved from Western Australia with semi-retirement in mind he did not expect to find the best avocado country in the coldest state.Eight years ago Paul moved to Western Australia and claims to have found the best avocado country in the state. Since then, being the only.....

All “okay” with the imported mango market
Things are looking okay for the imported mango market currently. “The supplies are a little bit slow at the moment and I’m hearing about people having issues around staining and scarring on the skin,” says Carlos Villa of Rio Rico, Ariz.-based Higueral Produce. “That’s what I hear on the market.” With.....

Social media to drive Hass avocado sales
Shoppers like to feel connected and informed as they toggle their attention across different social media channels throughout the day, including apps, email and internet searches. Digital content, especially content shared on social media, is an important part of shoppers’ everyday lives. Marketers and.....

Taiwan: Pineapple exports set to grow
The pineapple production season has begun and exports from Pingtung County grew again this year. According to the Pineapple Green Cooperative, estimated annual exports will reach 2 thousand tons, mainly to mainland China and Japan. In order to avoid excessive market concentration, the pineapple industry is.....

China: Beijing detects 47 batches of mangoes with insect pests
The Qianlong-Fawan United Daily News reported that on January 2017 the border Inspection and Quarantine Office in Beijing detected, when inspecting carriages arriving from 20 different countries and regions, a total of 47 batches of mangoes that contained the sternochetus mangifereae, which are harmful to.....

South Korea to import Brazilian mangoes after over a decade of negotiations
After being negotiated for over a decade, South Korea will once again allow the import of Brazilian mangoes, according to an announcement made this week by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Food Supply (Mapa).The partnership between the Asian and Latin American countries comes after a.....

New Zealand group looks to expand local production of tropical fruit
New Zealand imports about 72,000 tonnes of bananas annually, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation. Each New Zealander eats around 18kg of bananas a year - at an estimated cost of about $88 per household, or more than $142 million a year. Many of these imports make use of toxic pesticides in.....


Mark Tieleman, Cool Fresh International:
“Delayed boats and production hit pineapple supplies”
Pineapple sales continue to go smoothly. “Due to delayed boats from Costa Rica and scans at customs in the ports, there continues to be some scarcity,” says Mark Tieleman from Cool Fresh International. “A result of the delays is that demand continues to increase. After they arrive, there are plenty of large.....

Cambridge University study
Avocados may not be good for everyone
Since gaining popularity in the west the Avocado has been heralded as a healthy snack and a great source of good and healthy fats. New research out of Cambridge however may prove otherwise, and states that the delicious fruit may actually increase the risk of heart disease.Previous studies indicate that the.....

Florida scientists develop scent that may help fight avocado pest
UF/IFAS scientists might have just tracked down the right scents to help deter a beetle that’s been delivering disease and devastation to Florida avocado growers.According to a recently published study, UF/IFAS researchers found when infected with the laurel wilt fungus, redbay trees (a close cousin to the.....

The US authorizes the entry of fresh Peruvian figs
The United States Department of Agriculture authorized the entry of the first load of fresh Peruvian figs, of the Black Mission variety, to the US, a market that has over 321 million consumers.The product will be exported by the Peruvian company Agricola Athos at the request of the US North Bay Produce.....


Imported avocado supply described as “erratic”
With regional supplies of avocados looking lean, the supply in the North American market is described as “erratic.” “Most of the avocados coming in right now are from Mexico and they seem to have a smaller crop than last year,” says Phil Henry of Escondido, Ca.-based Henry Avocado Corp. “And California,.....

Imports of dried dragon fruit entering via Dongdu doubles
In 2016 a total of 8,430 tons of dried dragon fruit was imported via the Dongdu trade post in Xiamen city. The goods had a total value of 14.7 million USD. There have been growths of 78% and 106% respectively, in comparison to last year.Staff at the Inspection and Quarantine Office near Dongdu explained that.....

Malaysian pineapples set to enter China in March
If the government allows it, Chinese consumers will be able to taste Malaysian pineapples this March. The director general of the commitee for Malaysian pineapples says that the two countries are currently discussing the specific details of the quarantine procedure. China and Malaysia signed an agreement.....

Mexico: State of Mexico dispatches fifth shipment of avocados to Canada
The Secretary of Agriculture, Jose Calzada, and the governor of the State of Mexico, Eruviel Ávila, recently waved off the entity's fifth shipment of avocados to Canada.According to a statement of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), more than 240 tons.....

Colombian company is biggest seller of pineapples in the world
In just five years, Bengala Agricola SAS went from being a regional company to a company that is internationally recognized and a leading exporter of tropical fruits.The flagship product of this company from the Valle del Cauca is the pineapple (in fresh, pulp, and juice concentrate); a market that other.....


“Avocado prices 20 to 25% higher because of smaller supply”
Belgium currently has a good demand for avocados. “We currently offer especially Spanish avocados, and I expect the season to last for another six weeks. In any case, there is not much supply. I get the impression that there is not much product on the market in Brussels. Because of this, prices are much.....

Mozambique company to export avocados to Europe
The company Westfalia Fruto Moçambique has announced that it will export avocados to the international market and especially France.Westfalia consultant Manuel Roriz said that the first consignment of 400 tons could be ready for export to France this coming March.Westfalia Fruto Moçambique is an agricultural.....

Spain: Adaptation of kakis to Cordoba
The Cordoba-based company Ispaproyext, with headquarters in the Technological Science Park of Cordoba, has been involved in the development of a project to adapt the cultivation of kakis (diospyros kaki), grown in superintensive regimes, to the climate and soil characteristics of Cordoba. The first intensive.....

Turnover has multiplied by seven in four years
Spanish company aims to become leader in subtropicals
A young company based in Velez Malaga, Excel Trop, has managed to multiply its turnover sevenfold in just four years. Devoted to the marketing of the province's most exported subtropical fruits, mangoes and avocados, it has gone from 15 to 70 employees in fewer than 5 years and it currently has an annual.....


First container of Peruvian mangoes sold at the port
Yesterday afternoon, the first container of Peruvian mangoes arrived in China. Upon arrival the container was opened by the Shanghai Huizhan fruit market and sold at the port.Reports indicate that the container was imported by the Grand Distant Food corporation from Shanghai. As the container had been a.....

China to buy Kenya's bumper mango harvest
After experiencing a bumper crop, Kenyan mango farmers are relieved that they will soon be able to export their produce to China, which should prevent a drop in price for their fruit, a chamber of commerce official said, Saturday.Chairman of the Kenya-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Zhuo Wu, said, during.....

Fiji ministry training pineapple growers to increase exports
Fiji pineapple growers are looking to produce fruit of consistent quality in order to increase their reach into foreign markets.According to a Ministry of Agriculture statement, the farmers were trained in effective skills to improve their husbandry practices of pineapple farming last week."The 4-day.....

New Zealand MPI intercepted 12,600 biosecurity risks in January
Faced with record numbers of international visitors, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) biosecurity staff have been busy protecting the country's economy and environment. Among these was the discovery of fruit fly larvae in mangos found at Auckland Airport inside a suitcase from Malaysia jammed full.....

Colombia wants Hass avocados to become the country's fourth export product
According to Julian Londoño Londoño, director of the Research Center La Selva, Corpoica, they are working on a project with 11 entities in the sector to "create a real technical change in the Hass avocado crop's production and post harvest to increase its competitiveness and to comply with the requirements.....

China: Shenzhen customs intercept papaya tree
On February 14th, St. Valentine's day, the Shenzhen Inspection and Quarantine Bureau officers intercepted a passenger carrying a whole papaya plant. It was over a meter in length, with three branches, one with small green papayas on it, and the roots were covered in mud.According to the passenger, the seedling.....

Kenyan avocado farmers troubled by factory shut down
Ksii avocado farmers are worried after a factory which has been under construction for two years has ceased operations. The factory was commissioned by Governor James Ongwae, terming it as a county flagship project.The initiative had raised hopes for avocado farmers in the county, with Governor Ongwae.....

Good season for cashews in India, bad for mangoes
While cashews may be seeing a good season, climatic changes have been blamed for the bad season of the mango crop leading to erratic flowering owing to which fruits are not likely to bear abundantly."The mango crop is unlikely to meet the expectations," said director of agriculture, Ulhas Pai Kakode.The.....


Coco Wilson, the first and only Nam-Hom green coconut imported by Spain
Bright future beckons for fresh coconut water
It is called Coco Wilson and comes directly from Thailand. It is a fresh green coconut of the "Nam-Hom" variety ("aromatic water" in Thai), and is considered the best in the world because of its sweet and floral flavour. It contains pure and raw coconut water, whose packaging is the semi peeled coconut.....

Costa Rica may end ban on Mexican avocado imports by midyear
The Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG) in Costa Rica confirmed that its officials are engaged in a negotiation process to sign a bilateral agreement with Mexico to renew the import of avocados, a very popular food in Tico homes and restaurants.Officials are currently drafting technical and legal.....

Asda releases pineapple pizza capitalizing on Iceland president's comments
After joking about his hatred for pineapple on pizza by saying he would ban the practice if he could, Iceland's president Gudni Thorlacius Johannesson made headlines and sparked heated debates on social media.Taking advantage of the free marketing however, Asda has just announced a pineapple only pizza.An.....


Korea fastest growing market for NZ avocados
The world's avocado production is increasing every year but according to those within the industry demand is still far higher than supply. The Australians are renowned for their love of the avocado, this is music to the ears of both Australian and New Zealand producers.Australia continues to be the largest.....

Philippine mango to play big part at Gulfood Show
The Philippines, being a top global mango exporter, will bring a variety of mango products, including dried mangoes, purees and juices to the Gulfood Show, happening Feb. 26 to March 2 at Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC).Taking center stage is the Philippine mango, also known as Carabao mango. Over the.....

The US opens its doors to Mexico's manila mango
Mexico has exported 12.5 tons of manila mango from Tecpan de Galeana, Guerrero, to the US for the first time ever.This is the largest producing area in Mexico because it has a low prevalence of fruit flies, said Juan Carlos Cruz, the packing manager of Integradora Costa Grande.Mexican producers managed to.....

India urges the US to ease mango import standards
The Indian government is petitioning the United States to lessen the current phytosanitary norms that have effected India’s exports of mangoes as there have been instances of Indian consignments of the fruit being returned by the US for alleged non-adherrence to the phytosanitary norms. “A US law delegation,.....

Solar refrigerators boosting profits for Kenyan mango farmers
It is a hot and cloudless morning, a sign that it will be sunny right through the afternoon. Joseph Mailu moves along rows of fruiting mango trees with a long pole in his hand, harvesting the mature fruits.The quality of the fruit is a big concern to farmers and traders hoping to sell to the lucrative export.....


Spanish papayas to be marketed in Europe through Exóticos del Sur
The creation of this Economic Interest Group, a non-profit mercantile society that aims to improve the results of its partners' activities, is the result of the experimental research carried out by Anecoop for seven years at the UAL-Anecoop Foundation and its subsequent transfer to producers.Its first papaya.....


Iceland's PM jokes he would ban pineapple on pizza if possible
There are many hotly debated issues in the world of food and one of the hottest is among pizza lovers. Ask a room and you are bound to experience a heated debate on whether pineapple belongs on pizza. Iceland's President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson made his stance known at a high school this week when asked his.....

Colombian avocado exports up 241% in 2016
Colombia exported about 18,201 tons of avocados last year, 228% more than in the previous year when the country only exported 5,543 tons.Colombia has taken advantage of the world's avocado deficit, which is currently being supplied by producers from Chile and Mexico.Julian Londoño, the director of the.....

Keeping up with demand benefits farmers in Africa
The social enterprise Olivado Group, a major supplier of avocado and other edible oils, has recently joined the Business Call to Action (BctA) with a commitment to purchase avocados and other produce from 2,000 smallholder farmers by 2018, while providing them with training and support. This initiative is.....

The first shipment to Europe departs today
Mexico: New export markets for Ataulfo Mango
The application of biological technologies has allowed producers to increase the export of ataulfo mango from the region of Soconusco, according to Alfredo Cerdio Sanchez.In an interview, the chairman of the Local Board of Plant Health of Chiapas' Ataulfo Mango Regulatory Council, said that last year they.....

China makes final inspection of Costa Rica's pineapples before making a decision
A Chinese mission visited the facilities of the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) of the Ministry of Agriculture on Wednesday to coordinate the latest technical and logistical details of their upcoming visit to the producing and packing pineapple farms in the country.After this visit, China will issue a.....

Consumers in India can now buy mangoes online
Farmers in India are making the most of the internet these days to trade their agricultural products. Previously, farmers had no alternative but to wait for suppliers to show interest and purchase their goods, or go to a nearby market to sell them at whatever price they would be able to fetch, but as.....

Avocados From Mexico launch new contest in partnership with Yuzu Sushi
From February 15th to March 15th 2017, a contest co-sponsored by Avocados From Mexico and 69 Yuzu Sushi restaurants in the provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick will give participants an opportunity to win a trip for 2 people to Mexico, valued at C$5,000. Avocados from Mexico views the Canadian foodservice.....

Peru: Mango pulp for Taiwan and fresh mangoes for Belgium
Arca Continental Lindley, an authorized bottler for The Coca-Cola Company in Peru, managed to enter the Asian and European markets by exporting mango pulp to Taiwan and fresh mangoes to Belgium.Max Alvarado, the company's international markets manager, said that they had exported three containers of.....

Losses of 2,120 million pesos in 2016
Mexico: Strikes hit avocado producers in Michoacan
Avocado producers from Michoacan lost 2,120 million pesos and a little more than 35,467 tons in production during the strikes of 2016.According to a report from the Association of Avocado Producers and Exporting Packers of Michoacan (APEAM), during the strike held from July 4 to 9 2016, producers were unable.....

Henk van der Meij, Hars & Hagebauer:
“Mango market is at a turning point”
After a period in which mangoes were sold below cost price, the market has now reached a turning point. “It is all looking much more positive,” says Henk van der Meij from Hars & Hagebauer. “Volumes from Peru are decreasing, and Brazil is also sending limited volumes, in part thanks to a strong, local.....

Pests and water management hindering Indian mango farmers
Heavy flowering of the mango is perturbing horticulture experts because the flowers are attracting a lot of pests on a scale that was more than usual. There is 80% flowering compared to the 30 to 40% last year.Mango is cultivated in 1.5 lakh acres (60,000 hectares in Krishna district; the average yield of.....

It has already replaced 80% of citrus in Marina Baixa
Spain: Avocados have become Alicante's most important emerging crop
Over the past five years, avocados have become "the most important emerging crop in the province of Alicante, mostly due to the high price per kilo paid at origin, and they have already replaced 80% of the citrus in the Marina Baixa," according to the Association of Young Agricultural Producers (Asaja) of.....