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Chinese tourism leads to exorbitant prices for Malaysian durian

While tourism from Chinese visitors has been on the rise, and has been a boon to the industry, it has had a negative effect on durian prices in Malaysia, sending them skyrocketing. Although they get air-flown durian in China, the fruit here is fresher and more fragrant, tourists said. Tong said her farm saw a.....

Canary avocado acreage up 58% in eight years

Avocado cultivation in the Canary Islands is expanding. In 2007, 815 hectares were devoted to the crop, and in 2015 this figure already stood at 1,287 hectares; a 58% growth that is testament to the boom experienced by this subsector in eight years and its potential for growth, especially as far as sales to.....

Del Monte increases pineapple production by 20%

Del Monte Pacific has announced a significant growth in pineapple production. The fruit grower and canner reported a 20-percent increase in pineapple production volume to 750,000 metric tons for its fiscal year ending April this year.Del Monte Pacific chief operating office, Luis Alejandro, told reporters at.....

Australian farmer exports special date to the Middle East

A Central Australian farm has exported 200 boxes of a special type of date called the Yellow Khalal Barhi variety to the Middle East this year, in addition to their usual domestic market supply. The variety have found their way all the way to Lebanon and Qatar.Ben Wall, from the Tamara Date Farm Cooperative.....

Karnataka State mango development

India to export 2,000 tonnes of mangoes to the US

Mangoes from farms across the state will soon arrive on the dinner tables of US residents, with the state planning to export close to 2,000 tonnes. This is the first time such a large consignment of the fruit is being exported to the US.The Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Limited.....

Indian market sees low supply and poor quality mangoes this season

The Nunna city market is one of the biggest mango markets in Asia, but had a deserted look on Thursday. The mango trading for the season began at the market on April 1. There are about 80 wholesale shops in the market and a majority of the shops wore a deserted look due to low crop yields.At present, the.....

Malaysian watermelons suffer from weak ringgit

The Malaysian economy is currently suffering from the weak position of its national currency, the ringgit. According to AC Koh of the Malaysian company Golden Aroma, the lower value of the currency has increased the costs of farming. The foreign laborers are asking for more salary. And the current trend was.....

Mango growers team up to help Bowen recover after Cyclone Debbie

The Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) chief executive Robert Gray said hundreds of growers would descend on the town next month to discuss the way forward for the industry after Cyclone Debbie."Virtually all of the orchards in the Bowen area have had some damage, impacting about 25 per cent of the.....

Mexico is the fifth biggest producer of papaya in the world

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) stated that in the last four years, the production of Made in Mexico papaya increased by 30 percent, due to an increased productivity in the country's primary sector and to the public policies implemented by this.....

Peru sends Hass avocados from the Andes to China

A total of 10 containers of Hass avocados, produced by small producers in the region of Cusco, will be exported to Shanghai, China, thanks to a strategic alliance with the Camet Trading company and to the advocacy of Sierra and Selva Exportadora.The first container of 20 tons of avocados was transferred from.....

Brazil: The Adalgiza Avocado - new variety is officially recognized

Brazilian producers have been celebrating - the famous Adalgiza avocado, a local favourite, has been officially recognized as an avocado variety. The main differences between this variety and the Hass are: the shape of the trees, (the Adalgiza grows inside the treetop where it is better protected than the Hass.....

Luis Fernando Teo, Frutesa

Guatemala (Frutesa) resumes avocado exports to Europe

Frutesa was the first Guatemalan company to export avocados to Europe, about eight years ago. However, the market situation at that time was not favourable to the company, since the European market was not as developed as it is now and prices were lower than in the domestic market, so they had to stop.....

Indian organic exporter is looking for international associates

An organic Indian import – export company based in Gujarat is trying to expand on the international market. Methan Farm is based in Delvada city with over 50 years of experience in agricultural trade."Germany and the Netherlands are markets we're especially interested in. We want to expand our client base and.....

Strong prices yet low volumes for Moroccan avocados

The avocado market was generally under-supplied during the winter season. The Mediterranean growers, of which Morocco is a part, have had less production than usual and this is mainly due to the unfavorable climatic conditions, especially the heat during the flowering and the fruit setting, which caused an.....

Pintung pineapples collaborate with Walmart for the first time

Pineapples from Pintung county (Taiwan) are being rushed into Walmart supermarkets on the Chinese mainland. They are being sold starting today and will be available for 2 months. The government of Pintung said that in the near future, wax apples, guavas, lemons, mangoes and other variants will be sold in China.....

Mexico's pineapples compete well with Costa Rica

With production on Costa Rica’s pineapples dipping, demand for Mexico’s fruit is in high demand. “Right now we have volume at both our Texas and California distribution centers. From what I understand production in Costa Rica came off a little bit so that helps the Mexican pineapple,” said Darwin Dodd of Chula.....

Taiwan Nongyiyuan agricultural Co. Ltd.

Taiwan: Pineapple sales red-hot in mainland China

"Pineapple, a famous fruit in Taiwan, tasty and delicious. But did you know that it grows in a pile of stones?" In 1961, more than 3000 soldiers were repatriated to Taiwan due to the war and they were employed to reclaim the wasteland. Officers and their families were settled in the Meinong and Qingjing farms,.....

Indian government opens mango outlets after ample harvest

Besides being juicier and sweeter, mangoes this year in India will also be ample. Given the supply, Government-run outlets will be opened in cities around the country and will be offering the fruit at a fixed and fair price.The outlets will be opened in all districts, including 17 mango producing districts of.....

Lychee stink bug could threaten Taiwan's lychee harvest

According to a report on Tuesday the lychee giant stink bug could soon affect the lychee harvest in the whole of Taiwan. The pest was found to have multiplied in the Taichung area in February, compared to its first appearance in Central Taiwan last year, leading experts to believe it is already able to damage.....

Pedro Santa Cecilia, of Kiwi Natur:

"We don't know any other company that sells kiwis on the vine"

Kiwis on the vine are back on the market for the second year after the success achieved by Kiwi Natur in their pioneering launch last campaign."We have no record of any other company that markets kiwis like this," explains Pedro Santa Cecilia, of Kiwi Natur's commercial department.According to the salesman,.....

US mango imports projected to increase 31% over last year

The US continues to increase its mango imports. The projections through week 20 (May 20th) estimate a volume of about 38 million boxes to enter the country. Last year, 29 million boxes were imported during the same time frame. If the estimates materialize, the increase would be 31 percent in 2017 over 2016......

For poke and California avocados, freshness is key

In Hawai’i, poke is a popular salad and ubiquitous snack. Riding on the wave of a booming trend, poke is now a widespread item on mainland menus, from supermarket foodservice to quick service to white tablecloth restaurants. Poke traditionally starts with cubes of ultra-fresh tuna or other seafood, but.....

India: Only 0.05% of the Guava is exported

Guava is India's fourth most important fruit after mangoes, bananas, and citrus. However, despite its large production, it is a product that is mainly consumed in India. Currently, "India only exports 0.05% of its guava production to the USA, some countries of the European Union, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait or.....

Damage in Debbie’s wake assessed through new science

In a glimpse into the future of Australian crop mapping capability, scientists have released a map that conveys certain tree crops affected by cyclone Debbie to help with response and recovery efforts.Produced using a range of satellite and aerial imagery, and informed by on-ground data, collected by industry.....

Pita Pit Canada adds free avocado spread to their menus

Pita Pit Canada, the Ontario founded global franchise, is adding avocado spread to their casual restaurant menus for free."We're constantly trying to bring even healthier, more flavorful and in-demand options to our product line, and no other food is more popular than avocado right now," said Kevin.....

Bangladesh hill farmers change tactics to combat floods

For a long time, slash and burn agriculture was a way of life for Funghkal Bawn.Like other farmers from the ethnic Bawn community, in the Chittagong Hill Tract area of Bangladesh, he used to clear a new strip of land every season on the slopes near his village of Farukpara. On it he grew a single crop such as.....

Officials find 4,000kg of artificially ripened mangoes in Indian market

The Tamil Nadu food safety and drug administration department seized a total of 4,000kg of artificially ripened fruits from Koyambedu wholesale market in March.On March 23, a 17-member team fanned out in Koyambedu market and seized close to 1,100kg of mangoes, 1,800kg of sapota and 300kg of papaya, along with.....

India mango exports expected to increase by 10-15%

Mango exports from India this season are expected to rise around 10-15% on the back of a good crop, said top officials. Already 2,10,000 mango orchards have registered on MangoNet – a system established by APEDA that has made it mandatory for exporters to pick mangoes for exports only from the registered.....

Sichuan Yinuoshi agricultural science and Technology Co Ltd.

China: Kiwiberry industry still in its infancy

"The Kiwiberry, also known as the arguta kiwi, is a valuable and rare fruit that is not commonly to be seen on the table and which has a limited production worldwide. At present, the Dandong region of Liaoning province in China has the largest area under cultivation. The ripening of the kiwiberry varies,.....

Mexico: Fire destroys avocado plantations in Morelos

According to the census in Santa Maria Ahuacatitlan de El Cebadal and Buena Vista del Monte, the fire on March 21 affected one hundred percent of the avocado orchards.Thus, the City council of Cuernavaca, which is going to support the shareholders of common land (ejidatarios) with plant material, is working on.....

Costa Rica and Mexico agree on meetings to resolve avocado conflict

Costa Rica and Mexico agreed to hold bilateral technical and commercial meetings in a last ditch effort to resolve the Hass avocado conflict, outside of the World Trade Organization (WTO).The agreement between the parties was achieved after the XVI meeting of the leaders of the Tuxtla Gutierrez Dialogue and.....

Panama: Pineapples generate the largest export revenues

Panama's pineapple exports in January 2017 amounted to $1.126 million dollars, a positive number in the statistics of the Comptroller General of the Republic, as it was the only fruit that recorded an increase when compared to the same period of 2016.Even though the income and export volume of this item has.....

Spain strengthens its position as an avocado producer

The consumption of avocados in Europe continues to grow at an annual rate of around 15 percent and this places Spain, the only European producer of this subtropical fruit, in a position of strength and "with plenty of opportunities" in this market.Eric Imbert, researcher of the Centre for International.....

California Avocado Marketing begins for 2017

Beginning in April and continuing into summer, the California Avocado Commission (CAC) will continue its “Made of California” campaign, blending traditional media with innovative media tactics. The campaign utilizes some of the “look” of last year’s program, with the addition of fresh materials. California.....

Avocados From Mexico and TABASCO® sauce put the flavor in Cinco de Mayo fiestas

Avocados From Mexico (AFM), the No. 1 selling avocado brand in the U.S. has collaborated with TABASCO® Sauce again for the return of the Fiesta del Fuego campaign. The promotion is designed to increase consumption during Cinco de Mayo by providing recipe recommendations for numerous delicious snacks that can.....

Indian mangoes to begin shipping to Japan/South Korea

India is to begin its shipments of various varieties of mangoes such as Kesar, Totapuri or Alphonso to Japan and South Korea this season. Although the nod for ‘market access’ for mango exports to these two economically developed Asian countries was received last year, India could not export mangoes as the.....

California Avocado Marketing begins for 2017

Beginning in April and continuing into summer, the California Avocado Commission (CAC) will continue its “Made of California” campaign, blending traditional media with innovative media tactics. The campaign utilizes some of the “look” of last year’s program, with the addition of fresh materials. California.....

Avocados From Mexico and TABASCO® sauce put the flavor in Cinco de Mayo fiestas

Avocados From Mexico (AFM), the No. 1 selling avocado brand in the U.S. has collaborated with TABASCO® Sauce again for the return of the Fiesta del Fuego campaign. The promotion is designed to increase consumption during Cinco de Mayo by providing recipe recommendations for numerous delicious snacks that can.....

US: Low imported and domestic avocado supply continues to push prices higher

Supplies are continuing to be tight on imported avocados. “From Mexico right now, we’re seeing decline in what’s been available to ship to the U.S.,” says Dan Acevedo of Newport Beach, Ca.-based Greenfruit Avocados. “And we’ll continue to see that decline until we start to harvest the new crop in mid to late.....

Denny adds avocado to their menu

Approximately 500 Denny’s locations throughout Arizona and California will showcase “A Taste of California” limited time offer (LTO) from April 1 – June 30, 2017. As part of that promotion, Denny’s will feature their Bacon Avocado Cheeseburger and the Cali Club Sandwich. In addition, customers can order a.....

Can be transported by air

China: Hainan Royal mango enjoys exclusive honor

"In China, the main producing area of Royal mangoes is in Hainan province, and the production season generally starts in late February and ends at the beginning of July each year. The total yield of the Hainan Royal mango last year was relatively stable compared with previous years" says Mr. Xinkai Ma from.....

Leon van den Hombergh, Frankort & Koning:

“Papaya experiences similar development to avocados and mangoes”

Sales of papaya are suddenly increasing. “In southern countries, but also on the ethnic market, papaya was always a beloved exotic, but the product is gaining in popularity in all of Europe. Especially the Famosa variety, which is very popular,” says commercial manager Leon van den Hombergh from Frankort &.....

Can be transported by air

China: Hainan Royal mango enjoys exclusive honor

"In China, the main producing area of Royal mangoes is in Hainan province, and the production season generally starts in late February and ends at the beginning of July each year. The total yield of the Hainan Royal mango last year was relatively stable compared with previous years" says Mr. Xinkai Ma from.....

Delayed arrivals from Peru may cause avocado prices to soar

Expectations were high before the El Nino rains hit Peru, now there will certainly be a delay in the harvest as there is major damage to the infrastructure and when the devastation is of this level people will deal with the humanitarian aspects first."The US market is looking short so the expectation will be.....

I Love Avocados campaign

Love for avocados is ripe

Promoting healthy eating while raising awareness of the wholesome goodness of avocados, I Love Avocados™ kicked off an ongoing promotional campaign with the Send Avocado Love #YouGotAvos event.For the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, I Love Avocados delighted their U.S. based social community with the.....

Christopher Gonzalez with WP Produce

"Not a lot of people in the Midwest and West Coast know Haitian mango"

Right now, it's the beginning of the Haitian (Francis) mango season, which runs typically until July. “Haiti is harvesting right now. Supply is looking very good – double the volumes from last season,” said Christopher Gonzalez of WP Produce. Mangos are distributed across the USA, though he says there’s not.....

#AvoHappiness campaign

Avocados from Mexico return to South By Southwest

Avocados From Mexico (AFM) returned to South By Southwest (SXSW) with a happiness-fueled influencer campaign that drove widespread SXSW-related engagement.According to data from the social media monitoring company SimplyMeasured, AFM’s #AvoHappiness activities generated over 90,000 mentions, which resulted.....

Pomegranates become more affordable in India

Thanks to a bumper harvest, prices of pomegranates have become increasingly affordable. Retail prices have dropped to Rs 40 per kg in producing areas like Solapur, Nashik, Sangli and other regions, even as all India growers harvested around 16,00,000 tons this season.Maharashtra with 130,000 hectares, is the.....

Costa Rican pineapple company shuts down

A landmark conciliation agreement was reached this week in the community of Las Brisas, Upala in northern Costa Rica, said Edgar Araya, Broad Front Party (Frente Amplio) Legislator.“After many years of struggle, resistance and denunciation, we have achieved a historic victory,” said Araya, referring to the.....

Denny's adds avocado to its menu

Approximately 500 Denny’s locations throughout Arizona and California will showcase “A Taste of California” limited time offer (LTO) from April 1 – June 30, 2017. As part of that promotion, Denny’s will feature their Bacon Avocado Cheeseburger and the Cali Club Sandwich. In addition, customers can order a.....

Comex to finance Costa Rica's defence in avocado dispute

The Ministry of Foreign Trade (Comex) stated on Tuesday that it would pay Costa Rica's legal costs in the litigation regarding the Hass avocado trade that Mexico installed against the country at the World Trade Organization (WTO).This portfolio will finance the process, estimated at at least $600,000, even.....

Delayed arrivals from Peru may cause avocado prices to soar

Expectations were high before the El Ninio rains hit Peru, now there will certainly be a delay in the harvest as there is major damage to the infrastructure and when the devastation is of this level people will deal with the humanitarian aspects first."The US market is looking short so the expectation will.....

Costa Rican pineapple company shuts down

A landmark conciliation agreement was reached this week in the community of Las Brisas, Upala in northern Costa Rica, said Edgar Araya, Broad Front Party (Frente Amplio) Legislator.“After many years of struggle, resistance and denunciation, we have achieved a historic victory,” said Araya, referring to the.....

Peru is bigger than it’s problems

"At the moment the focus is on the humanitarian problems"

El Nino is causing many problems in Peru. This is a humanitarian and infrastructure issue on a big scale and the situation is not over yet, as Piura had one of the worst days in terms of rain only 3 days ago and rain is forecast for the rest of this week.According to official statistics last Friday,.....

Guatemala benefits from low mango supply in Mexico

Guatemalan mangoes were off to a good start due to the good quality and color of its mangoes. Mexico competes with Guatemala, due to its cheaper transportation costs, mainly in the US west coast and northern areas. However, Mexico has lower volumes at the moment. This has positively influenced the first.....

Christiaan van Ravenswaaij: “Social certification becoming increasingly important”

Short but intense mango season about to start in Ivory Coast

For Van Ravenswaaij, the mango season from Ivory Coast is about to start again. “The first containers have been loaded and will arrive in the Netherlands before Easter. Because Peru had heavy weather, people there could load less than initially planned. That’s why I expect a good mango market for the coming.....

Low imported and domestic avocado supply continues to push prices higher

Supplies are continuing to be tight on imported avocados. “From Mexico right now, we’re seeing decline in what’s been available to ship to the U.S.,” says Dan Acevedo of Newport Beach, Ca.-based Greenfruit Avocados. “And we’ll continue to see that decline until we start to harvest the new crop in mid to late.....

Avocados from Mexico return to South By Southwest with #AvoHappiness campaign

Avocados From Mexico (AFM) returned to South By Southwest (SXSW) with a happiness-fueled influencer campaign that drove widespread SXSW-related engagement.According to data from the social media monitoring company SimplyMeasured, AFM’s #AvoHappiness activities generated over 90,000 mentions, which resulted.....

Peru is bigger than its problems

"At the moment the focus is on the humanitarian problems"

El Nino is causing many problems in Peru. This is a humanitarian and infrastructure issue on a big scale and the situation is not over yet, as Piura had one of the worst days in terms of rain only 3 days ago and rain is forecast for the rest of this week.According to official statistics last Friday,.....

Guatemala benefits from low mango supply in Mexico

Guatemalan mangoes were off to a good start due to the good quality and color of its mangoes. Mexico competes with Guatemala, due to its cheaper transportation costs, mainly in the US west coast and northern areas. However, Mexico has lower volumes at the moment. This has positively influenced the first.....