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Thailand's mangoes to lose market share in Asean
According to a new study Thailand's agricultural products could lose market share to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) under the Asean Economic Community. This should come as a surprise as the value of the Kingdom’s agricultural exports to Asean countries increased this year. Aat Pisanwanich,.....

Peru won't benefit if Mexican avocados are barred from the US
Amid speculation that the new US president, Donald Trump, will block shipments of Mexican products to his country, including avocados, many have said that this measure could benefit countries like Peru and Chile.The general manager of the Association of Producers of Hass Avocado from Peru (ProHass), Arturo.....

New productivity manager appointed at Just Avocados
Just Avocados has appointed a new productivity manager, Erica Faber. Erica has 21 years of experience in the horticulture industry and 16 as a technical advisor. Just Avocados managing director Andrew Darling says Erica's appointment is an exciting development for the Just Avocados business and will be of.....

Michoacan mangoes free to enter the US
Mango producers in Michoacan started exporting on 18 January with four shipments. "Yesterday another shipment was certified and we are thus starting to work, without suffering any problems to ship our fruit. The fruit is demanded by the United States without any restrictions. Maybe, as soon as we increase.....


Large increase from non-Hispanics and non-Asians
USA: Volume set to spike in mangoes this year
Mango is poised to be a fruit that will see a significant increase in volume for 2017. “We’re going to see a 10-15 per cent increase in mango volume in 2017 because of demand,” says Robert Schueller of Vernon, Ca.-based Melissa’s Produce. “And there will especially be an increase in demand in non-Hispanic.....


Avocado retail promotion will hit 1,253 stores across Canada for Game Night
Avocados From Mexico celebrates the Big Game with an impressive retail promotion program that will hit 1,253 stores across Canada.For the first time in Canada, the brand has partnered with Old El Paso® and together they offer consumers the chance to save 1$ with the purchase of two avocados and any one Old.....


Woman walks pineapple like a dog on Turkish metro
Pictures of a woman walking a pineapple as if it were a dog on the metro in Turkey have gone viral on social media. The photos and video showed the woman placing a chain collar on the pineapple as if it were a pet.As news of the stunt spread on social media, the woman in question, Elif Usta, made a statement.....


Jaguacy Brazil to offer their avocados on the foreign market in March
Jaguacy Brazil, located in the main Brazilian region of avocado production, is one of the main producers and exporters of Avocado Hass in Brazil, and plan to begin offering their fruits to the foreign market starting in March/2017. Working together with Jaguacy Holland, an office that supports operations in.....

Mexico: Chiapas fears the US will reject its rambutan
Rambutan producers from Soconusco are getting ready to look for other distribution channels because of the possible difficulties that Mexico and Chiapas might have in sending their products to the United States, due to the obstacles or prohibitions that President Donald Trump could issue in the near.....


Stefan Warbout (Bud Holland): "Good demand due to short seasons"
Chilean kiwi berry kicks off
At BUD Holland, the Chilean kiwi berry has now started. "The Chilean season runs in the months of February and March," says Stefan Warbout. "We also import the kiwi berries from France where the season lasts from August to October. Then there is still some available in the Netherlands in October and November.....

Report from the New York Times
Mysterious and deadly brain illness in India caused by lychees
Since 1995, there have been reports of children in Muzaffarpur, India, suddenly falling ill and having seizures, according to The New York Times. Often these children would slip into a deadly coma where 40 percent never awoke. Outbreaks of these illnesses usually begin in mid-May and end in July,.....


Syros continues to introduce new products
"Every year we produce about 350 tonnes of avocado products"
For Syros, a company that produces both frozen and fresh avocado products, there is certainly no doubt about the fruit's popularity. In 2015, Syros moved to new premises where it also has its own production. "We grew rapidly, and in addition to the frozen avocado products that we import and distribute.....


USA: Avocados are Super Bowl's biggest commodity
Consumers will still want to get their hands on avocados for the Super Bowl next month, although there have been recent disruptions in relation to current NAFTA talks since the inauguration of President Donald Trump.According to a study by the Atlantic Council nearly 80 percent of the United States’ avocados.....


Avocados rank third in the consumer shopping list 2016
The nation’s bid to be healthy in 2016 helped to push up sales of avocados and other healthier alternatives last year, according to new retail data released by IRI, the provider of big data and predictive analytics for FMCG manufacturers and retailers.The company’s Product Growth Categories data for 2016.....

Magpie geese cause Australian grower to lose 13,000 trays of mangoes
After destroying the equivalent of 13,000 trays of mangoes in North Queensland officials are wondering where the magpie geese came from. Some believe they could have come from the Northern Territory because of dry weather there. Excessive dry weather and a lack of waterholes may have driven them to North.....


Mexico: "No wall or tax will prevent the entry of our avocados to the US"
More than 120 tonnes of avocados from the Mexican province of Jalisco were prevented from entering the United States last week. This fact was denounced by producers from the area. To prevent the fruit's loss, the solution suggested by the Association of Producers and Exporters of Avocados from Jalisco was to.....


Higher Q3 avocado purchases
Hass Avocado Board study reveals shopper behavior
Fresh avocados are one of the most successful categories in fresh produce. Nearly 60% of U.S. households purchase avocados each year, driving annual household purchases to over $1.6 billion. While shoppers purchase avocados all year long, avocado purchases peak in the Q3 summer months of July, August and.....


Kickstarter campaign launched for avocado ripening box
Christophe Obolo, artist, designer and inventor, has officially launched a Kickstarter campaign for ‘The Avocado Ripening Box (ARB) ’, a potentially disruptive entry into the grocery market that ripens store -bought avocados in just two days. The Kickstarter campaign aims to garner widespread support.....

Mexican avocado endangered by Trump's 20% tax
Trump's threat to implement a 20% tax on Mexican products has avocado lovers in the United States shaking in their boots.On Wednesday, Sean Spicer, the spokesman for the White House said that President Donald Trump intended to implement a 20% tax on all imports from Mexico to pay for the wall that he wants.....


Ecuador: "Our mangoes may enter the UAE"
New opportunitiesThe initiative of a local producer, PIVANO SA, has opened a new market in the Asian territory for Ecuadorian mangoes. In January, the General Coordination of Plant Protection of the Ecuadorian Agency for Agricultural Quality Assurance, received an official document from the UAE Ministry of.....

Falling ringgit could increase Malaysian fruit exports
According to the Malaysian Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) the weakening ringgit doesn't have to be bad news. They aid that the drop helps open doors for more exports of food products to countries such as South Korea and Japan.Datuk Nazipah Jamaludin, senior director for the Export Market Promotion.....


Ecuadorian tropical company packed 1.4m boxes of mangoes in 2017
Having been in business for over 16 years and build a solid reputation, Refin S.A is presently one of the leading tropical produce shipping companies in Ecuador, mainly dealing with mangoes, plantains, yautia, limes, ginger, eddoes, among other tropicals."Mangoes and Plantains are certainly our stronger.....


Peru: "There will be a market window for our mangoes in February"
Peru's mango campaign will come to an end in less than 8 weeks, and producers are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel after having faced many hard weeks because of the market saturation caused by a high production."Mangoes are starting to become scarce, so prices are stable. Then the situation.....

Possible US blockade
Mexico: Guerrero is looking for alternative markets for mango and coconut
Given the risk that the current US government will decree a blockade on the products that Guerrero currently exports, producers have started negotiations with other countries, such as China and the Netherlands.The Secretary of Public Works and Economic Development in the state, Alvaro Burgos Barrera, stated.....


Spain: Shakespeare Fruits: a new, but experienced brand
Although he had to overcome a series of obstacles, Ramón Sales, manager of Shakespeare Fruits, has finally managed to register his brand at the national level. "It is easier to enter the international market when you have a representative brand," states Sales. At present, this company is devoted to the.....

The entry of this fruit is banned in the islands
Spain: 316 kilos of tropical pineapples seized in Canary Islands
Technicians of the regional Council of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Government of the Canary Islands have seized 316 kilos of imported tropical pineapples at a store in Adeje, southern Tenerife, which also sells wholesale to other businesses.The entry of this fruit is banned in the.....


South Africa: Devastating hail and wind storms hit Tzaneen orchards
Outside Tzaneen in South Africa’s Limpopo Province, a severe wind storm swept through banana and avocado orchards late in the afternoon on Wednesday 25 January, laying waste to large parts of banana orchards and snapping tall eucalyptus trees. Wind speeds reached 37 knots (69km/h). Trees that had escaped the.....

Costa Group and Macquarie to invest millions in their avocado business
Costa Group chief executive Harry Debney has announced a $300 million joint venture with Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management which they hope to use to substantially grow its vegetable and fruit production and to further its new avocado business.Back in December, Costa Group and Macquarie paid about $50.....

Bangladesh finalizes plan to increase mango exports
The government of Bangladesh has finalized an action plan for boosting mango production and exports in which they see huge potential, officials said. The main objective of the action plan is to ensure safe mango production, free from pest attack, proper preservation, packaging, marketing and bringing farmers.....


Spain: Development of intensive greenhouse papaya cultivation model
The Europapaya consortium, coordinated by the Experimental Station Cajamar and led by the firm Miguel García Sánchez e Hijos, together with the Almeria-based companies Biomip, Semillero Vitalplant and Gogarsa, has received a grant from the Centre for Technological and Industrial Development (CDTI) to develop.....

Spain: Granada exports 18% more cherimoyas to the EU
The province of Granada's cherimoya exports to the European Union have increased by 18 percent in the first four months of the 2016-17 harvest season.According to data from the Centre for Technical Assistance and Inspection of Foreign Trade (Soivre), a body under the Ministry of the Economy, more than 1.55.....

27th mango farm in Myanmar gains GAP certification
Efforts to improve standards in Myanmar’s mango sector are making progress with a recent announcement of nearly 30 growing gardens being awarded Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certificates. Agriculture officials are hoping that other crops can earn the GAP stamp, which they say results in high export.....

Indian region sees mangoes three months early thanks to drought
While the drought has affected many in the Karnataka region in India, there is one thing to look forward to. Thanks to the drought, mangoes budded early and are making their way to markets three months earlier than usual.However, horticulture experts say it is too early to predict a bumper crop with the.....

South Africa: Very strong mango harvest puts pressure on prices
In South Africa the mango harvest season is in full swing, with most Tommy Atkins fruit off the trees and Kent and Keitt the current focus. Mango volumes look significantly better than a year ago, when a 17% drop in yields was not only caused by drought conditions and water restrictions, but also by severe.....


Five trucks carrying 100 tons of avocados stopped at Mexico-US border
Five trucks carrying a shipment of around 100 tons of avocados from Jalisco, Mexico were stopped Wednesday at the Mexican-US border by order of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.Director of the avocado producers’ association of Jalisco, Ignacio Gomez, first thought the decision to halt the shipment.....


Australia may soon export avocados to Japan & Thailand
Avocado growers in Western Australia are excited at the possibility future opportunities to export to Japan and Thailand after Avocados Australia chief executive, John Tyas, stated that Japan has agreed to undertake an audit of WA avocado export packers this coming February.Thailand has also joined Japan and.....


Japan luxury fruit store sells mangoes for $230 each
The Sembikiya fruit parlor is located in Tokyo Japan and prides itself on luxury. The whole store is based on the style and presentation of fruit and they only sell produce that meets their high visual standards. Shoppers pay a high price for the luxury however, with mangoes being sold for as much as $230.....


Guangzhou Jiangnan market third week event review
China: Spring Festival pushes up prices for imported fruit
According to some industry experts, the price of imported cherries went up this year, but the domestic sales prices are slightly down on previous years. The rise in demand before the Spring Festival has brought some comfort to imported fruit traders. This week the most significant rise was in imported grapes......


Wenxian county in Guizhou province
China: Zhao Jiayi: "A new player" in the world of kiwifruit
When compared to kiwis from Shanxi province and Sichuan province, the kiwis from Xiuwen county in Guizhou province are not as big in size or reputation. However, during the kiwi season of 2016, the batch of Xiuwen kiwis, with their new brand design and good fruit quality, stood out from the whole country's.....

Survey finds formalin barely used in Bangladesh mango production
Formalin or calcium carbide is hardly used these days by Bangladesh’s farmers for ripening mangoes, claims a recent survey.The study, conducted on 150 stakeholders nationwide and 12 mango farmers, shows mango farmers are now using Ethephon in a judicious quantity for ripening which is not harmful to human.....

Spain: Intensive avocado cultivation recommended in Huelva
The cultivation of avocados has good potential in the province of Huelva, according to the agronomist Gonzalo Allendes Lagos, corporate director of AGQ Labs, who gave a lecture on this product at the University of Huelva (UHU). In his opinion, the crop would be profitable in this area of.....

Guimara, Philippines mango production continues recovery
For 2016, PSA-Guimaras preliminary data showed that, while production slowed down compared to previous year, it’s still way up on its production of seven years ago (2008-2014).Guimaras has a total land area of 60,457 hectares and 8.6 percent of this or 5,202.8 hectares are planted with mango. The fruit crop.....


Mexico: Heavy rain affects mango harvest - again
The difficulties in the production of mangoes in the province of Oaxaca never cease to amaze producers in the area. Two weeks ago producers lost up to 50% of their crops to strong winds, and yesterday, Sunday January 22, there were unusual rains that could affect production for the next campaign."The weather.....

Costa Rican pineapples interest Chinese delegation
In February, a delegation of businessmen from the Republic of China will be conducting a technical visit to the country, as part of the protocol for exporting pineapples.The visit will take place from February 13 to the 17 and it will include a tour of the production areas and packing plants in Guapiles,.....

Mexico to export 20% more avocados to Canada and Japan
The president of the Association of Producers and Exporting Packers Avocado of Michoacán (APEAM), Adrian Iturbide Mejia, said that avocado exports to Canada and Japan would increase by 20 percent in 2017, which means Mexico would be sending more than 10,000 additional tons of avocado to each of these.....

Mexico or Canada
Jalisco avacados stuck at the border - exporters seeking new markets
Avocados from Jalisco that could not enter the United States because of problems over a work plan, could be sold in Mexico or Canada, said Ignacio Gomez, the leader of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Avocados from Jalisco.After 83 years of closed borders, 120 tons of avocados departed Ciudad.....


"Avocados are a source of work for Colombians"
The peace process in Colombia is being established and strengthened. Part of this process involves getting the farmers, who were displaced by violence, back to the production of crops that can offer them sufficient income for an average standard of living.Part of this initiative is the creation of.....


Frank Ocampo, Hagé International:
“No surprise if prices for large pineapples reach 12/13 euro”
Pineapples are currently selling well. “Demand started increasing last week, and prices have also risen,” says Frank Ocampo from Hagé International. “Supply will be low in the coming weeks, in part because of the heavy rain in Central and Northern Costa Rica. Smaller amounts have been harvested because of.....

USDA say they overstated the risks of Colombian avocado imports
This week, the USDA, through its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) agency, announced that it had overstated that fear, due to what seems to be a clerical error. A more recent risk assessment has revealed that the perceived threat presented by a pest called the pink hibiscus mealybug was.....

Debate on the imposition of tariffs on Mexico
Avocados have power in the United States
The avocado is the key. The imposition of tariffs won't be stopped by the warnings made by the IMF, or the editorials of the Financial Times, nor the Chinese President Xi Jinping defending globalization in Davos. No. What could really make Donald Trump voters doubt the idea of imposing tariffs on Mexico are.....


New pest worries California avocado growers
A new pest is worrying California avocado growers. The Asian shot hole borer was first discovered in Los Angeles County in 2003 and has been causing quite the fuss as they have been shown to also affect avocado crops.Last year, the insects appeared in avocado orchards in Ventura County. The UC.....


California Avocado Commission predicts smaller yields in 2017
Despite some consumer media stories stating that California had a short avocado crop in 2016 , the California Avocado Commission (CAC) reported that last year’s harvest was above average in volume, at 401.4 million pounds. It also delivered the third highest California avocado crop value on record......

Philippines province create task force to fight pest
The provincial government of Ilocos Norte have teamed up with local mango growers to create the “Task Force Kurikong” which was founded to fight a recent cecid fly infestations reported by local growers.Mango grower Ricardo “Carding” Tolentino said that after learning about mangoes in another part of Luzon.....

The work plan had not been signed
Mexico: Avocados from Jalisco barred from entering the US
Hector Padilla Gutierrez, the head of the Ministry of Rural Development (Seder), stated that there were 120 tons of avocados from Jalisco stranded in Tamaulipas and unable to enter the United States because the work plan required to cross the border hasn't been signed.On Monday, after 83 years of waiting,.....


Chile: Avocados in greenhouses
The avocado requires a subtropical climate with a mild winter with no frosts to develop. In Chile, there are few areas with these characteristics and many of them have scarce water resources. The avocado industry is interested in growing, but not having land suitable to grow avocados is a major constraint to.....


Large crop boosts Israeli avocado exports to EU
With wet weather favoring the crop, Israel is expecting an increase in avocado production this year. A normal production year would be around 15,000 tons of avocados harvested. This year however, 24,000 tons are expected to be harvested with much of it planned to go to Europe. It marks an increase of some.....

Phillipines DA to create fruit database to improve exports
The Department of Agriculture in the Negros Island Region (DA-NIR) plans to create a database for crops in demand for import, including abaca, banana and pineapple. Using the data they hope to better meet export demand.DA-NIR's Joyce Wendam, in a statement on Wednesday, said the creation of the database for.....


Australian pineapple farmers using sunblock to protect crops
Tourists aren't the only ones in need of sunblock in Australia this year. High temperatures and excessive sunlight are leading some farmers to use sunblock to protect their crops. Glass House Mountains grower, Murray Pike, said the extreme heat and sunlight can damage the pineapples, so a protective sunblock.....


California grower sells plastic-wrapped avocados
A California avocado grower and distributor, has began selling pre-cut avocados sealed in a plastic wrap in order to prevent the well-known browning of the fruit. The product is planned to be sold at Whole Foods and consumers can expect to pay a premium for the convenience.The avocados will be sold.....


Formosa papaya, directly from Brazil
"The truth is that this has been a very pleasant surprise for us. We haven't been importing papayas for too long and we weren't expecting this welcome," said Antonio Montes, from Hermanos Montes. This company decided to open its doors and give the Formosa papaya an opportunity in the domestic market,.....

Mexico: Protecting genetic diversity of avocados against threats
In 2015, Mexico produced 1,600,000 tonnes of avocados, which means the country is the world's largest producer of this fruit, accounting for almost half of the global production. It is also the number one exporter, with 46% of the world trade, followed by Chile and Peru, which have a 9% and 8% share,.....


Good growth prospects for Moroccan avocados
In recent years, the cultivation of avocados has expanded in Morocco, reaching a production of about 12,000 tonnes per year. "At the moment, we are exporting about 20% of our national production," explains Hicham El Airaj, supply and export manager at the Arbor Group. This wouldn't be possible without the.....

Jalisco exports avocado to the US after 83 years of closed borders
On Monday, Jalisco shipped its first shipment of avocados to the United States, after the border had been closed to this fruit for 83 years. The shipment consisted of five trucks, loaded with 120 tons of avocados from the Grupo Roquin, Avo Select, Mevi Aguacates Selectos, and the Grupo Cerritos companies.On.....


Yashpal Singh, IG India:
“Customers respond positively to good-quality avocados”
Avocados are an increasingly popular product. They are the main ingredient for guacamole, and can be used in anything from salads and wraps to smoothies and even brownies. Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals in every serving, including potassium, lutein and folate. They are also a good.....

UK willing to buy all Dominican green-skinned avocados
The Dominican ambassador in London, Federico Cuello, has stated that traders and entrepreneurs in the UK have announced their willingness to buy the Dominican Republic's entire production of green-skinned avocados.During a meeting with avocado growers from Cambita Garabito, a rural community in the southern.....

"The avocado market is favorable and benefitting Chile"
To date, Chile has exported more than 107,000 tons of Hass avocados to various international markets, i.e. 33% more than at the same date in 2016. There's been an increase in exports to all international markets that receive this Chilean fruit, which shows that domestic exports of this product are.....


Guatemala: "Preparations for mango campaign have begun"
Eight weeks before Guatemala starts exporting fresh mangos, producers have stated that they would focus their marketing of fresh mango on North America and Europe. Mauro Suazo, the president of Suazo Agro International LLC, a consultant in supply chains and procurement of fruit, said he had met with.....

Mexico: "The change in the US presidency won't affect avocados"
The head of the Ministry of Economic Development, Antonio Soto Sanchez, denied that the change in the US presidency would affect avocado exports to that country.He said that even if the rules of the Free Trade in North America (NAFTA) were amended, US consumers would still consume that fruit.He said that the.....

From January to November 2016
Peru: The value of avocado shipments increased by 45.7%
Between January and November 2016, avocado shipments amounted to US $445.7 million, a figure that is 45.7% higher than in the same period of 2015 and that exceeded the total achieved in that year, according to the Exporters Association (Adex).Thus,.....


Ecuador's mango can enter the UAE with a certificate
The Ecuadorian Agency for Agricultural Quality Assurance (Agrocalidad) received a communication from the UAE authorities in which they expressed that Ecuadorian exporters only needed a phytosanitary certificate to export fresh mango to their country.On October 2016, the PIVANO SA company made a request to.....

Spain: Tropical crops gain ground in greenhouses in Axarquia
The greenhouse acreage in the Axarquia region remains more or less stable compared to 2015, with 741 hectares; only nine hectares less than in the previous year. However, the protected horticultural production in the eastern part of the province is losing ground to the subtropical sector, and more.....