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Spain: GENA denounces mango cultivation bubble

The Cabinet of Natural Studies of La Axarquía, GENA-Ecologistas en Acción, has denounced the growth of a "mango cultivation bubble" in this region of Malaga, which is the country's largest producer of this subtropical fruit.GENA President Rafael Yus explained in a statement that during this year his group has.....

Nissa N. Pierson, of Crespo Organic Mangos

Growing demand for Mexican organic mangos

The consumption of Mexican mangoes peaks in the summer season, when there is a very large volume available, with 6 different varieties and every size exported, mainly to the US and Canada, but other countries as well. The season kicks off in February and lasts until the beginning of September, always depending.....

Costa Rica: Pineapple producers' main challenge is sustainable development

Achieving high standards of sustainable development is the major challenge that small-scale pineapple producers face when exporting and taking advantage of the trade benefits they recently achieved in China and in other captive markets, such as Europe and the United States.The management of natural resources,.....

"We intend to double the amount of hectares each year"

Dominican Republic: Fast growing pineapple production

"The Dominican Republic has more sunlight, less rain and fewer plagues that affect pineapple production. The Dominican Republic's logistics infrastructure, which consists of 7 international airports with direct routes all over the world, numerous maritime ports throughout the island and more competitive labour.....

AU: Predictions of strong years ahead for the mango industry

The Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) is forecasting a bumper season, on the back of three strong years.With the season scheduled to start in September, AMIA says volumes have been 9.5, 8.5 and 8.2 million trays, respectively over the past three seasons. Its Chief Executive Officer says it shows the.....

Pakistan mango exports likely to increase with new varieties

Pakistan mango exports are likely to increase this year as 10 varieties of the fruit have been registered with the Federal Seed Certification and Registration Department (FSC&RD). APP, Director Mango Research Institute (MRI) Dr Hameedullah and In-charge Mango Research Station (MRS) Shujabad Abdul Ghaffar.....

Tanzanian government urged to hasten establishment of mango packhouse

The Association of Mango Producers Tanzania (Amagro) is concerned about the halt of negotiations between it and the government over the establishment of a packhouse.Amagro executive secretary Ahmad Mkopi says failure to establish the facility is a hindrance to mango growers."We plead with the government to.....

Foshan Fuyi Food

China: Lychee exports to US & Europe set to increase

"Thanks to good weather conditions throughout the season, yields of lychees across the country have increase by 20% to 30% compared to last year. The overall quality is good and the price is slightly lower than that of last year," say Ms Chen from Fuyi Food.Workers picking lychees at the plantation The lychee.....

Brazil keeps an eye on the end of the year's expected rains

Compared to other seasons, Brazil's mango production for this year is stable, as the country will produce some 65,000 pounds of mangos. Exports to the US and to Europe are expected to be very similar to those of previous years. The same will happen with prices, which are not expected to vary much.The.....

EXPOMANGO - June 14 to 18, 2017

Good season for the Dominican mango

"This year, the Dominican Republic will have a very good mango harvest. The production has been abundant and it has a good quality," stated Gisela Taveras, the executive director of Dominican Mango Cluster (PROMANGO)The Dominican Republic exports 17 million kilograms of mango a year to very diverse.....

Spot market extremely difficult nowadays

Peru: Delayed avocado season with smaller sizes

As Peru is a big country, it has different production areas and weather often affects only certain regions. Therefore, different opinions can be shared about the situation in Peru. However, it can be said this time that the recent bad weather circumstances have affected the whole country. For example, one area.....

Spain: The Lamb Hass is the trendiest avocado variety in Valencia

The good results that avocados are yielding in the province of Valencia, both in terms of production and marketing, are currently an incentive to grow this tropical fruit.Over the last 5 years, more than 40,000 plants have been planted in the province of Valencia alone (more than 10 hectares), with the Lamb.....

Mexico's avocado growers look to capture Chinese market

When talks turn to China, the destination of avocados, Elena Roman lights up, carefully packing the fruits at a plant in the west-central Mexican state of Michoacan."It's nice to think they are going to travel as far as there, it's exciting to know that," Roman, 40, said in the small verdant town of.....

Demand for Israeli mangoes is on the rise

The Israeli mango season is about to start with good volumes. “Our mango season will start a bit earlier, because we’re going to export mangoes from the Arava dessert for the first time ever this year. This region starts producing a bit earlier than we’re used to with our mangoes from around the Sea of.....

Spain: Murcia develops a preservation and varietal expansion project for figs

The Ministry of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries is developing a project for the conservation and expansion of fig varieties in an experimental farm in Molina de Segura, located in the Huerta de Arriba area. The project can benefit farmers in the region, agricultural cooperatives, technicians and.....

Martina Otten, sales manager at Trop:

"There are still places in Spain where mangoes are unknown"

Although it is still too early for predictions regarding the next Spanish mango campaign, given that the flowering stage has not yet finished, prospects point to the harvest being similar in terms of volume to that of 2016."It is still difficult to predict what the volume will be, because the flowering stage.....

Certificates to allow Kenyan avocado exports to EU

The Export Promotion Council (EPC) has welcomed the issuance of conformity certificates to 12 companies allowing 294 farmers to sell freshly harvested Kenyan avocados to Europe.Council chief executive Peter Biwott said State agencies were duty-bound to promote Kenyan farmers’ access to European markets by.....

California cold storage facility to help Henry Avocado grow supply chain

Henry Avocado was founded in 1925 by Charles and Florence Henry who were among the first growers to plant avocados in San Diego County.Work has begun on a cold storage distribution center for Henry Avocado, an Escondido, Calif.-based company that will use the facility to grow its supply chain of avocados to.....

The main difficulty in selling jackfruit is its size

This fruit weighs on average 20kg and is not as easy to sell as other tropical fruits because of its weight, stated Martin Francis, the manager at Francis Trading BV. This, in turn, increases its price. "It is being sold at 8 euro per kilo in local markets," Francis added. The fruit's price, however, has been.....

Willem Dijk senior:

"Good nispero sales this year, but not in the Netherlands"

Willem Dijk Senior has been trying for years to introduce Spanish nisperos to the Dutch market, but the adage "what the farmer does not know, he does not eat" remains firmly in place. The fruit is, however, very popular in Germany, especially with Turkish customers. "I have never sold this many nisperos."Belma.....

China: Hainan dragon fruits enters market at low prices

Recently, dragon fruits from Hainan Province have been available in the market. Compared to the same time last year, the kilo price now is one yuan lower. According to Jun Yang, green produce analyst frm SCI, the supply in the Ledong region is very stable, and many wholesalers are purchasing from there and.....

15,120 boxes of 12 kilos each

Costa Rica sends its first pineapples to China

According to the Chamber of Producers and Exporters of Pineapple (Canapep), Upala Agricola, Productos Agropecuarios Visa, Agromonte, and Acon became the first companies to export Costa Rican pineapples to the Chinese Market on Thursday June 1, when they shipped nine containers with nearly 15,210 boxes of.....

India: Mango growers to get advice through SMS

The Mango Research Institute (MRI) has started a registration of mango growers for timely delivery of advice on improving fruit quality through SMS.MRI Director Dr Hameedullah said that initially 4,000 mango growers would be registered for the service. He said the department would install SMS-caster in the.....

Pakistan: Mango exporters disappointed at airlines’ high cargo charges

Regional Chairman of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce (FPCCI), Standing Committee on Horticulture Exports, Ahmad Jawad has said mango exporters are disappointed at the airlines due to high rates of air cargo which would be a big hurdle to tap the international market on competitive rates. In a.....

US company services Russian market

Tight mango volumes hailing from Brazil

Mango supplies coming out of Brazil are tight as the country transitions between growing regions.“Supplies have been tight,” says David Levy of Fresh Yagoda. The company is based in California, but also has offices in Costa Rica, Israel and the Netherlands. "All produce we source, services the Russian market,".....

Retailers set record with $50 million in Big Game retail avocado sales

As friends and family gathered around the television to witness one of the greatest comebacks in football history, sports fans and other party goers devoured a record number of avocados. Hass Avocado Board’s new quarterly Holiday and Events report shows impressive retail avocado sales of $50 million during.....

Good prices for avocados in the Caribbean

The scarcity of avocados in South America creates more distribution work. The United States is the best market for avocados and for many other products that arrive there by sea. There is also much demand from the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, France, Spain, and the Netherlands, due to the shortage of product.....

Colombia: The Tommy mango is the most expensive mango variety in the country

"Prices obviously depend on the law of supply and demand, but we can say that the Tommy mango is currently the most expensive mango, as it costs about 3,000 to 3,200 Colombian pesos per kilo," stated Fabio Usai, the general manager of the Cooltropy Company. This variety is followed by the Yulima and Azucar.....

The EU is the main destination for Colombian avocados

Colombian avocados have started gaining a foothold in the international market, particularly in the United States, where the opportunities opened up after the recent visit of President Juan Manuel Santos to the White House.According to ProColombia, a promotion agency attached to the Ministry of Foreign Trade,.....

Philippine mango production drops by 7.8%

Pests and bad weather reduced the output of mango and calamansi in the Philippines in the first quarter of 2017, according to the latest report by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).In its quarterly report, titled “Major Fruit Crops Quarterly Bulletin”, the PSA said mango production in the.....

Jarrod Redwood - Just Avocados

"We need to retain our relevance and shelf space in a low volume season"

The 2016-17 season has ended and it has been a big year for the New Zealand avocado industry, which exported a record crop of just over 4.7 million trays. In a year in which the industry exported more trays than ever before, the most pleasing aspect is that returns to growers remained extremely positive,.....

Penn State scientists create natural food coloring from avocados

One of the latest ventures to come out of Penn State, Persea Naturals, began with an unintended discovery. Gregory R. Ziegler, professor of food science in the College of Agricultural Sciences, was extracting starch from avocado pits when he noticed something interesting. When avocado pits are pulverized, an.....

Honduras positions its eggplants in the US

The National Health and Food Safety Service (Senasa) stated at a meeting that, day by day, the eggplants grown in Honduras were improving their positioning in the United States market, where they are considered a star product.The meeting took place at the Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), and was.....

Hyderabad International Airport begins mango exports

GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIA), which operates the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad, has entered the Indian mango export market for the first time, with a consignment of 2.5 tonnes of the exotic fruit bound for South Korea passing through its cargo terminal.The move supports.....

California avocados are a popular breakfast item

With portability a high priority at breakfast for working customers, morning foods layered into a sandwich have become a leading contender for most popular grab-and-go meals. When Fresh California Avocados come into season, chefs are quick to add a layer of them to the build, capitalizing on the smooth texture.....

Colombia: Bolivar's Gold pineapple is closer to getting BPA certification

The Colombian Agricultural Institute, Bolivar branch, began to verify the properties of the Gold pineapple that is in the process of achieving the Good Agricultural Practices certification. This review is made prior to the final audit and it consists of a detailed analysis to identify any processes that don't.....

Mario de Goede, Coolfresh International

"Pineapples are overpriced and natural flowering is about to begin"

The pineapple market is currently very difficult. "In April 2017, Costa Rica only exported 19% more pineapples than the previous year. And only 1,000 more containers, which is noticeable at the market", says Mario de Goede of Coolfresh International. He does not expect the next few weeks to be any better......

Frunature Peru, an example to follow in the VRAEM:

Pineapple production to replace coca cultivation in Peru

In Peru, the valley of the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro rivers (also known as VRAEM) is sadly famous for being a very poor region in which drug trafficking and coca cultivation proliferate. Growing any other product in this area involves huge risks and there is practically nothing that can compete with the.....

Spain: There aren't enough watermelons and melons to meet demand

The increase in temperatures in week 21, from May 22 to 28, has triggered watermelon and melon orders to the point that there is not enough production to meet demand.The sector, which expected to achieve very low prices this season, was very surprised as the heat of the past week tilted the supply and demand.....

Mexico: Per capita consumption of avocados fell by 50%

In the absence of a comprehensive marketing policy for avocados, Mexico's per capita consumption fell by 50 percent from 14 to 6.5 kilos in the last 25 years, stated Deputy Roberto Carlos Lopez Garcia."We think in terms of free market, supply and demand and we are naive. An oversupply abroad will make us weak.....

New process allows Queensland company to broaden avocado exports

The Sunshine Coast's rapidly growing Food and Agribusiness industry, that contributes around $670 million to Queensland's economy each year, has another exporting success story.Coolum-based Sunfresh has signed a distributorship agreement with a Hong Kong importer for a new product that is set to revolutionise.....

South Korea dissatisfied with quality of Indian mango imports

Korea, which opened its market for Indian mangoes this year, has not given a positive feedback on their quality, packaging and other issues, agri-export promotion body APEDA said today.Indian traders need to focus on logistics and other issues in their business plans which are relevant to global markets, APEDA.....

Survey shows reasons many millenials aren't homeowners, and it's not avocado toast

Avocado toast has gotten a bad rap as of late. While the cool and crunchy small plate veteran of many a coffee shop may be overpriced, is it really the reason why so many millennials are stuck on the sidelines when it comes to taking the plunge and purchasing a home?A new survey published Friday by Apartment.....

Nicaragua: Guacamole and virgin avocado oil for the United States

Nearly 36 medium-sized and small avocado producers in the Carazo department are about to launch an agricultural enterprise that manufactures and exports guacamole and virgin avocado oil to the United States.Due to the decay of coffee production in Carazo, many of the producers who were previously engaged in.....

Thailand Ministry launches online fruit shop

The Ministry of Commerce is ready to start using e-commerce as a direct medium for fruit sales, reported the National News Bureau of Thailand.According to Deputy Commerce Minister Sonthirat Sonthikirawong, the “Offline 2 Online Chanthaburi” project should increase product distribution, and make the buying and.....

Henk van der Meij gives glimpse of fruit imports from tropical Africa:

Doing business in Africa part II: mangoes from Senegal

Last month, Henk van der Meij, from importer Hars & Hagebauer, gave a glimpse of doing business in Africa, as a result of his trip to Ivory Coast. This is part two: Mangoes from Senegal.When you’re traveling to Senegal for the second time in one month, you can be absolutely certain: importing mangoes can’t.....

Colombia: Passion fruit consolidates to strengthen its position in European markets

The passion fruit or gulupa, as it is known in Colombia, is a fruit with a low national consumption. At present, only 10% of the total production is allocated for local consumption; the remaining ninety percent is exported to Europe. "Our work base is in the Netherlands, as it's easier for us to supply our.....

New mango certification standards worry Indian exporters

Beleaguered mango exporters from Uttar Pradesh are worried about a new stringent certification norm in key Gulf markets. The state's mango exporters are already facing a substantial drop in mango production this season due to hailstorms and unseasonal rains. According to the new norms in West Asian markets,.....

Fiji pineapple production shows potential

Fiji's pineapple industry has a lot of potential, with the present production figure standing at around 2800 tonnes annually. Andre McGregor, managing director of Koko Siga Pacific, said the fruit was sold to local markets, earning the 915 growers involved in production about $2.4 million a year.A leader in.....

Peru sells all of its watermelon exports to Ecuador and Chile

This year's fresh watermelon exports started at a slower pace than last year. According to information from AgrodataPeru, between January and April this year, Peru dispatched 3,152,915 kilos of this product for an FOB value of US $ 608,197. This numbers are lower than the 5,640,441 kilos worth US $ 961,838.....

Thai National Farmer Council calls for pineapple exports to China

Thailand's National Farmers Council (NFC) has called on the government to seek ways to export fresh pineapple to China, according to a statement released on Wednesday.NFC Chairman Praphat Panyachatrak suggested the Ministry of Commerce expand the Chinese market for Thai pineapple, especially for the "Super.....

The socio-economic importance of pineapples in Costa Rica

Costa Rica's pineapple sector employs about 32,000 people directly and generates exports of about one billion dollars a year (10% of the country's total exports), according to a report released today.The study "Economic, Social and Environmental Impact of Pineapple in Costa Rica", conducted by the Central.....

Peruvian pineapple exports are limited by the fruit's irregular quality

Much is said about the incredible export potential of the Peruvian pineapples, especially of the Golden variety. However, future exports can be seriously compromised by crop management issues that don't allow producers to comply with the characteristics demanded by international products. Or being unable to.....

AU: Working visa conditions leading to less farm volunteers

A farmer in North Queensland is renewing calls for the Federal Government to consider reversing legislation allowing volunteer workers from overseas to extend their working holidays in Australia.The changes announced in the 2014 budget significantly affect people on the international Willing Workers on Organic.....

California Avocado Month June 1-30

California Avocado Commission partners with Grand Central Market, Los Angeles

June is California Avocado Month and the California Avocado Commission is partnering with Grand Central Market in Los Angeles to offer visitors special, limited-time California Avocado dishes throughout the food hall from June 1-30.On May 23, CAC and Grand Central Market held a kick-off event that included.....

Prime minister of Malaysia brings 43 durian fruits to China

The "One Belt One Road" International Summit was convened in Beijing earlier this month. The heads of state and government officials from 29 countries, representatives of 130 more countries and leaders of over 70 international organisations, all gathered in Beijing.When foreign dignitaries visit China, this.....

Costa Rican pineapple volumes back to normal following shortage during first quarter

The majority of pineapples imported onto the European market come from Costa Rica. A decrease in volume was expected this year due to bad weather conditions at the end of 2015, beginning of 2016. Philippe Pons, CEO of AZ France, says that this did disrupt plantations which were meant to be harvested early.....

China: Opening of Hainan seedless lychee season

"With the influence of the weather, the production season of the seedless lychees from Hainan is one week earlier than in previous years. The sales period is already starting now. In general, the quality of the lychees in this production season is better than that of last year. The production volume has also.....

National Mango Board announces its Share. Mango. Love. Recipe contest

The National Mango Board (NMB) invites professional chefs, dietitians, onsite managers and directors working in commercial and non-commercial foodservice operations to enter its Share. Mango. Love. Foodservice Recipe Contest.Designed to showcase the versatility of fresh mango in savory applications, the Share......

45,000 tons for the United States

Mexico: Sinaloa will start harvesting its mangoes in June

Mango producers of the Northern area will begin harvesting and packaging in June. Producers have very good expectations for the 2017 mango harvest, and expect to export 45 thousand tons of mango to the United States.Daniel Ibarra Lugo, the President of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Mango in the.....