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Menu research projects steady growth in mango usage

A recent study by the National Mango Board (NMB) suggests a bright foodservice future for mangos, with continued usage growth in all restaurant segments and types, and an increase in mango penetration from all day parts. The study shows all day menus leading mango penetration with one-third mango menu items,.....

Mango disease threatens growers in Ghana

There is a looming epidemic of Bacterial Black Spot disease in Ghana, according to leading scientists. Already the disease has been reported in Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo Region.Bacterial Black Spot disease, often referred to as BBS, attacks mango and other trees, weakens their branches and causes cankers on.....

Spain: Papayas recommended to be harvested with 40% colouration

A little over five years ago, the trials for the cultivation of papayas in greenhouses started at the Experimental Station Cajamar 'Las Palmerillas' in the framework of the work dealing with the protected cultivation of fruit species. The objective is to contribute to diversifying the production of vegetables.....

Juan Pablo Salmón, Central Produce:

"After bananas our own line of pineapples from Cost Rica as well"

At the end of last year Central Produce in Barendrecht started working as a European sales office for a Costa Rican banana grower. The first bananas arrived in December. "Everyone was wondering what we were doing in the banana market, which is dominated by the big players, but thanks to the set programmes the.....

The sector seeks to extend the campaigns with new varieties

Spain expects between 20,000 and 25,000 tonnes of mangoes

We are still almost a month away from the start of the Spanish mango campaign, although everything points to it being a season with slightly higher volumes than those of the previous campaign; that is, between 20,000 and 25,000 tonnes. It is worth recalling that last year had been expected to be an 'ON year'.....

Mexico: Puebla produces 32% more avocados

According to the Agricultural Food and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP), Puebla increased its production of avocado, one of the most valued products in the domestic and international markets, by 32 percent in one year.According to the 2016 Agricultural Food Atlas, the state ranked seventh in domestic.....

China: Production volume and quality of Panzhihua mangoes remain stable

"Panzhihua is not affected by hurricanes or rain. With its natural greenhouses and no winter, it is China's, and even the world's, largest mango production area, with the highest latitude, highest elevation, latest ripening season and best quality products. Panzhihua mangoes only become ripe in September and.....

Demand from Germany multiplies by almost 3 in 4 years

"We expect lower kaki yields and larger calibres"

The severe heat recorded during the spring and early summer has caused more fruit to fall from the trees, so kaki yields are expected to be lower this year. At the same time, however, young plantations are also becoming productive, and this should result in slightly greater volumes compared to the previous.....

Spain: Kiwi Atlántico to produce yellow and red kiwis

The company Kiwi Atlántico, based in the municipality of Ribadumia, will expand its facilities and production thanks to a 1.4 million Euro subsidy from the Government of Galicia. One of the objectives is to become a leading producer of the fruit's exotic varieties, such as the yellow and red. The Councillor of.....

Indian mango growers install greenhouse dryers

Covestro, along with Vivunes, has successfully helped an entire community of 70 farmers in Tamil Nadu’s Krishnagiri find an additional source of revenue. The mango farming community have acquired solar dryers which will empower them to tap demand for dry resins in both domestic and international.....

Philippines to create 5-year road map to lift mango production

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will craft a five-year mango-development plan to increase mango production, which declined by nearly 10 percent last year.Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he has ordered the crafting of the road map after DA officials met with mango-industry stakeholders on July.....

Avocados have a carbon footprint five times larger than bananas, says study

Eating an avocado has a carbon footprint five times bigger than eating a banana, according to new research. Avocados have become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to their perceived health benefits, with the UK market now worth £187 million.But a new study conducted by Carbon Footprint Ltd claims a.....

Australian and Guatemalan Achacha growers work together to expand market

A tropical fruit grower in Guatemala has helped expand the Achacha market, with a major company in the northern hemisphere, Prime Tropics, now producing the fruit from May to August. The Achacha (achachairú, Garcinia humilis) has been available from Achacha Fruit Plantations in North Queensland for several.....

Americans spend nearly $900k a month on avocado toast

Accoridng to tech company Square, avocado toast may be even more popular among Americans than previously thought. The company helps businesses process credit card payments and after crunching data from sellers around the U.S. and found that Americans are spending nearly $900,000 per month on crusty bread.....

Brazil: Increasing volumes of papaya export from September onwards

“This is our winter period, which normally means that we have less volume available. Surprisingly, there are still good volumes of Golden papaya in the market. The local market of Brazil is quite slow, which results in volumes available for export. Formosa papaya as well has some product in the market......

China: Guava fruit fly found at Yinchuan Airport

Recently, during a routine inspection of the luggage of passengers arriving on a flight from Thailand, inspectors from the Quarantine and Inspection Bureau at Yinchuan Airport intercepted Guava fruit flies-- a quarantine pest. It was the first time that this species has been found in Yinchuan.The inspectors.....

Worldwide interest for red Brazilian pineapple varieties

“The demand is enormous for our new red pineapple. After the publication in Freshplaza, we received emails from importers and producers from all over the world who were interested in this new fruit. Two groups of people are showing an interest: For example, importers, wholesale and retail, are asking for small.....

Indian state to boost mango production with high density farming

Following the new avenues that the Goa state budget has opened this year, the directorate of agriculture is putting together a plan of action for the commercial cultivation of mangoes."We will attempt to cultivate mangoes with the high density technique. This involves less spacing of about five metres between.....

Spanish mangoes appear on British television

This week, the UK's Channel 4 Superfoods program visited the 'El Pinero' farm in Almuñécar (Granada) week to learn about the mangos being grown in the municipality of Sexitano.The Town Council of Almuñécar stated that journalist Kate Quilton, with the help of the owner of the farm, Antonio Guerrero, and her.....

Thai self-service fruit shop taken over by Chinese tourists

Every year between May and September there is a tropical bumper harvest for fruit in Thailand. Currently the most popular place to be is the self-service fruit shop located on Think Park square in the Thai city of Chiang Mai. One only needs a few hundred Thai baht to endlessly eat fruit that usually cannot be.....

Breakdowns in processing plants and lack of packaging

Cuba: Guantánamo loses more than 2,600 tons of mango

More than 2,600 tons of mango were lost in the Cuban province of Guantanamo, in the eastern part of the island, due to processing difficulties, breakdowns in processing plants and a lack of packaging, official sources said on Monday.The number, collected by the newspaper Venceremos and the digital portal.....

China: Hainan Basuo Port exports pineapple sprouts for the first time

Recently, two batches with 240,000 pineapple sprouts produced by the Hainan Wan Zhong Industry Company, worth 26,400 dollar, successfully passed through customs in Myanmar, after completing the inspection and quarantine requirements. This was the first time that the port of Basuo has exported pineapple.....

High volume of Israeli mangoes

The Israeli mango season is in full swing now. “The volume increased, but sizes at the beginning of the season are smaller than the last season,” explains Gil Ben-Moshe from Hefer Valley. “We hope to see the bigger sizes coming in the next weeks.”“The demand is very high and the season started very strong,” he.....

Thai authorities recall frozen pineapples after sweetener found

A consumer’s complaint about a frozen pineapple product from Taipei City, Thailand, which its producer markets as unadulterated, was found to contain artificial sweetener by the city’s Department of Health and has been recalled. The product, Dragon King Pineapples, are miniature peeled pineapples curved into a.....

China: Big price differences for Guangxi dragon fruit

In the production area of dragon fruit in Guangxi Province, varieties including Jingdiyihao and Red Pitaya have entered the market this week. Affected by the rainy weather, the sales were going relatively slowly. The purchase prices in the original production areas are quite low in general, but vary greatly.....

Interactive map of global tropical fruit trade

Year: 2015source: www.trademap.org

Peru: It's very difficult to take Mexico's lead in avocado

The fact that the market is taking all the avocado production in the world - even the fruit of irregular quality - is good for producers, as it opens up the possibilities for Peru to distinguish itself with a good quality product, said Gonzalo Allendes, Corporate technical director of AGQ Labs (Chile).The.....

Consumption of Chilean avocados is increasingly important in Asia

National demand for avocado is very strong and can often affect the quantities exported. However, according to estimates, nearly 70% of the production of Hass avocados is sent to other destinations, such as the US (40%); Europe (30%), which until now had always occupied second place, and Asia (30%), whose.....

China's demand has an impact on avocado prices

Even though it only accounts for nearly 2% of all Peruvian avocado exports, China could be a very important factor in boosting the value of this fruit to the benefit of producing countries such as Peru.Benjamín Cillóniz, president of the consultancy Inform @ cción, said that, although the main destinations of.....

Mahmoud Osman, manager of Fruitlink

Egypt: "We have the honor of being the first ones to send our mangoes to Russia"

Egyptian mango production has increased in recent years, from nearly 40,000 tons in 2015 to 48,000 tons in 2016. "We estimate that in recent years this volume has been growing by an average of nearly 10% per year, depending on the weather," stated Ayman Bayoumy, Export Manager of Fruitlink. This has driven.....

4th of July US avocado sales surpass 118 million pounds

The Fourth of July avocado actual sales figures indicate 118.3 million pounds were sold in the U.S. in support of holiday festivities, making it the highest Fourth of July consumption period for avocados on record. The results were stronger than the 100-million pound pre-holiday projection and surpassed the.....

China: Goodfarmer Costa Rica pineapples now on sale at Walmart

This year, China and Costa Rica celebrated ten years of diplomatic relations. After Costa Rican pineapples were approved for export to China, the first batch has now entered the Chinese market. Walmart, in collaboration with Goodfarmer, held a ceremony in its Tianhe store in Guangzhou for this occasion......

China: Popularity of mangosteens on the rise

From July, large quantities of mangosteens have entered the market. As opposed to the prices of over 20 yuan per 500g in recent years, mangosteens are now being sold for only 10 yuan per 500g, making them a lot more popular. The majority of mangosteens on the market right now are imported from Thailand. In the.....

Costa Rica: Industry has less effect on fresh pineapple market

“Over the last two years the industry had a major effect on the Costa Rican pineapple sector. High volumes were used for the processed industry. Nowadays, the Philippines has recovered in this aspect with the result that less Costa Rican fruit is being used for industrial purposes. Moreover, the operational.....

World Avocado Organization transforms London buses & cabs

By mid-July, avocados will be taking over London's roads, as the World Avocado Organization (WAO) unleashes its Avocado Fruit of Life-branded buses and black cabs on a grand tour of London.Passengers will be able to use the #AvoBus and #AvoCab hashtags to share photos of their Avo-travels on social media and.....

Global warming enables tropical fruit farming in South Korea

A substantial number of tropical fruits sold in South Korean markets are now grown locally. Guavas are produced in the southern port city of Busan while dragon fruit has become a specialty of Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province.Pineapples and tangerines are grown in Gyeonggi Province, which neighbors the capital......

NZ avocado oil producer's annual turnover hits $10m

Since setting up production in Kenya amid the overall avocado boom, Kerikeri-based avocado oil producers Olivado has grown exponentially. In seven years, the business has grown its annual turnover tenfold to US$10.5 million (NZ$14.5m).General manager Jason Vokes said the international popularity of avocado and.....

China: Trading post in Zhanjiang imports Thai fruit

A few days ago, a trading company in Guangzhou province imported 16 tons of durians and 20 tons of mangosteen from Thailand to the trading post in Zhanjiang city in Guangdong province. This is the first time Thai fruit was imported after the the Zhanjiang trading post was assigned as an entry point for fruit.....

Dominican Republic: Pineapple producers aware of great export opportunities

Last Wednesday, representatives of different associations of pineapple producers met at the Municipal Council of Cevicos and received technical information obtained on recent learning trips to Costa Rica and Europe.The event, which was organized by the Export Quality Program, was carried out to raise awareness.....

Mexico: Sinaloa's mangoes travel to Dubai and Germany

Vicente Godoy Cereceres, the head of the Agricultural Business area of Sedeco, said that the second shipment of mangoes, harvested in the south of the state, was sent to Dubai, where it will be sold to restaurants and markets, while helping position Sinaloa's mango brand in the international market.He said.....

Peru: "Our mangoes shipped by air are the first to reach China"

Peru's mango production has increased in recent years and the volumes reached are so high that the country has been in need of opening new markets quickly. "We started exporting our products to Europe, then to the US and finally to China," explains Victor Ruesta, of Diamond Fruits. This Peruvian company has.....

Pakistan offers support for Malaysian mango importers

Pakistan has promised to support Malaysian importers in bringing in more mangoes into the country, according to Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Malaysia Syed Hassan Raza.“Pakistan is the world’s fifth largest producer and sixth largest exporter (of mangoes) to over 40 markets across the world,” he said.Syed.....

Mango exporters blame foreign airlines for Pakistan's falling exports

Mango exporters in Pakistan have pinned the blame for falling mango exports on foreign airlines as they charge exorbitant freights."Airlines, mostly foreign companies, are utilised for quick shipments of mango export orders. However, not only do they charge exorbitant freights, but several times they become a.....

Avocados drive up New Zealand food prices

Higher prices for avocados and soft drinks have helped nudge up New Zealand food prices higher in June. Prices rose 0.2 per cent last month as the average 200g avocado cost $4.52, compared with $3.38 in May, Stats NZ said today.For the year ended June, this led to the food price index rising by three per.....

Will new papaya variety support the transition from niche to mainstream?

“Lifting on the momentum that papayas have built, we have renewed the category,” says Jose Rossignoli with Robinson Fresh. Papayas have become the sixth best selling item within the tropical category after avocados, pineapples, mangos, limes and kiwi fruit. “We aim to be a full tropical portfolio supplier to.....

Peru: Cherimoyas need to have a thicker skin to be exported

The cherimoya is a Peruvian fruit that, little by little, is being made known abroad. Year after year shipments of this fruit, both in fresh and in frozen pulp, are increasing.Agraria.pe talked with the fruit specialist of the Agricultural Directorate General (DGA) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation.....

Poland offers great potential for the Chilean avocados

Poland is a market with a great potential for the Chilean avocado, according to a report from the ProChile office in that country. In fact, consumption of this product in Poland has significantly increased from 2012 to date, which means that Chile has also steadily increased its exports. According to data from.....

Mango output in Rajshahi, Bangladesh has increased by 7k tonnes

Mango production has been increased by 7,538 tonnes in the Rajshahi region in the last 10 -12 years.Quoting the official records they said there were 6,79,684 trees that yielded 1,02,950 tonnes of mango in the 2007-08 harvesting season. Per hectare yield was 13.1 tonnes. In the previous 2015-16 season, the.....

"We may be the most experienced organic marketer in the area"

Spain: Organic mangoes with a better commercial window

The harvest of Granada's first organic Kent mangoes is expected for October and that of the Keitt for early November."This year, the heat waves in late March and mid-April, followed by a drop in temperatures, caused the flowering to be shorter than usual, so we expect a slight reduction of the avocado.....

Daniel Bustamante, president of ProHass

Peru: Despite the weather, producers expect 25% more avocados

"Ideally, we would have supply throughout the twelve months of the year so the demand would grow, which is what we are ultimately looking for," said Daniel Bustamante, president of ProHass.The weather problems that occurred at the beginning of the year will have some effect on the campaign's total volume......

Mexico: Bleak prospects for Escuinapa's mangoes

This mango season can be considered to be bad, said the president of the Association of Farmers of the Cañas River (AARC), Jesus Roberto Inda Ramos. According to him, the forecasts for this season were good, as there was abundant flowering in the trees, but unfortunately everything changed drastically, and all.....

Pakistan minister urges growers to add value to mango crops

Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research in Pakistan, Sikandar Hayat Bosan, has urged orchard owners and others to prepare more value added items to earn maximum income. He also discussed the role of the incumbent government's effect on agriculture. He stated that the government reduced prices.....

Indian mango exports fall as state's production drops by 70%

Indian mango exports are expected to be down this year as production saw a drop by up to 70% in Uttar Pradesh. This year, mango production will be between 10 lakh tonnes to 15 lakh tonnes in the state.Due to adverse weather conditions, the production of mangoes declined by around 70% and mango cultivators have.....

New Zealand dairy farms being replaced by avocado orchards

As the industries in Auckland, New Zealand are gearing up for an expansionary phase, dairy farms in the region are being converted into avocado orchards.Avocados achieved new records for volume and value in the 2016-17 season, and investors keen to capitalise on the trend for avocados are planning large scale.....

Thailand exports 300 tons of mini pineapples per year

This pineapple variety, which is not very common outside the country, is specially requested in Iran, to where Thailand exports 65% of the production; Kazakhstan, (20%); and Russia, (15%). "We would like to start opening the market in Europe and the US," says Ivan Nikitov, an independent exporter. These.....

Coastal El Niño phenomenon

Peru: Damage to irrigation systems will affect next mango campaign

The general manager of the Peruvian Association of Producers and Exporters of Mango (APEM), Juan Carlos Rivera Ortega, said that, even though it is too early to quantify the production of mangoes in the 2017/2018 season (as flowering occurs in August-September), production would be affected by the damage that.....

Canary climate not ideal for papayas, but production continues to develop

Greenish on the outside, orange inside and with a sweet taste; in the Canaries, 40 million kilos of papayas are harvested every year.In spite of the large volume produced, the climate is not the most suitable for the fruit's cultivation, especially because of the low temperatures. That is why all the farms.....

Karnataka, India to invest in more mango ripening centres

In 2016–17, Karnataka produced nearly 10 lakh tonnes of mango and exported the fruit to the U.S., Australia and other countries. But it is only now that the Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation has hit upon the idea of setting up fully-fledged fruit “ripening chambers”.These chambers,.....

Durian prices up by 40% in Singapore

With lower supplies of durian in the country consumers can expect to pay substantially more for the fruit this season. Popular durian varieties such as the Mao Shan Wang are currently priced at about $29 per kilogram, compared with about $18 to $20 last year. Mao Shan Wang is also known as Musang King or Civet.....

Queensland pineapple glut could mean lower prices this season

After a prolonged summer heatwave followed by a mild winter, Queensland is seeing one of the largest pineapple gluts in history. While good news for consumers as this means lower prices, farmers could lose out.“We have twice as much fruit this winter than what we want or expect,” said Joe Craggs, from Pure.....