Tropical fruit

Cherimoyas gaining popularity in cosmetics sector
Three new cherimoya-based premium cosmetic products have hit the market this year following the success of the first product sold by a family business based in Lobres, Salobreña, Granada.As pointed out by Jesús Guerrero, one of the owners of the company Éyone Cosmetics, they have exceeded their initial.....

Japanese farmer uses hot spring to grow mangoes
Mitsumune Murata was met with scepticism when he decided to make use of a hot spring of his plot of land in the cold, snowy town of Teshikaga, Hokkaido, to grow mangoes, back in 2011. Now his fruit hits the market between November and March, making them a novel and popular purchase during the traditional.....

Michael Franks - Seeka
NZ: High avocado price gives record grower returns
Avocado prices have been strong in Australia and New Zealand this season as there has been a continuing growth in demand for this nutritious and healthy super fruit. According to Michael Franks from New Zealand grower Seeka, "Getting a consistent yield has been challenging and the 2015/2016 selling season is.....


El Niño causing anomalies in golden papaya production
North America’s premier papaya importer is reporting an unusually large volume of small Golden Papayas, which is the effect of the current El Niño conditions in Brazil. The unprecedented drought in the growing region has dampened the growth in the papayas, which in turn are showing a high sugar content and.....

Pakistan seminar assists growers with fruit exports
In Pakistan, fruit growers and exporters of strawberry, banana, guava and fresh dates were instructed on how to enhance production of these fruits by using modern methods and adhering to international standards, in a seminar held on Thursday 21 January. The seminar was arranged by the Trade Development.....


Promotion of third markets to prevent European oversupply
Spain: Early end of the season for kakis with better prices
The kaki harvestin the Region of Valencia and in Andalusia finishedearlier than usual, in December, with between 5 and 10% higher volumes than in the previous season. "This year we have more fruit stored in chambers, which will allow us to continue selling until late February. However, most companies in the.....


Pomegranates season Peru starting soon
CPF is a group of over 50 growers from the Northern and southern parts of Lima, Perú. Lavesh Mirpuri, the commercial executive of CPF Consorcio de Productores de Fruta says: “Overall, we have 3380 hectares, with production of mainly citrus and avocados. However, over the last years we have been expanding our.....

Lower prices generate fresh interest
US: Demand on Chilean figs keeps pace with supply
With Chilean fig production at its highest since the country began exporting figs to America in 2010, demand has skyrocketed this winter, says one American importer.“I’m selling more than I can actually get into the country this year,” says Susan Kragie of Western Fresh Marketing, a domestic and imported.....

Spanish, NZ fruits to be exported to India
IG International Pvt Ltd, which introduced New Zealand’s famed Avanza avocado in India last year, now plans to import and launch fruits from Spain and New Zealand, such as persimmons and horned melons.“We are launching an awareness campaign, “Fruits-as-New-Junk” to make Indians aware of how many options they.....

Mango exports from Maharashtra could jump 15% this year
Mango growers in the state of Maharashtra are hoping for a 15 per cent increase in exports this year, after suffering a disappointing 2015 season, due to the weather. Although the European Union lifted the ban on Indian mangoes last year, unseasonal rains destroyed more than 40 per cent of the crop right at.....

Kiwiberry GIA application submitted to NZ Minister
NZ Kiwiberry Growers Inc (NZKBG) and KVH havejointly submitted an application to the Minister forPrimary Industries for NZ Kiwiberry Growers to joinGovernment Industry Agreements (GIA) and berepresented by KVH in GIA decision making.New Zealand kiwiberry growers voted in support of this arrangement and how.....

Young leader from NZ avocado industry awarded PMA Foundation Emerging Leaders Program bursary
Midge Munro, Communications Manager atNew Zealand Avocado, has been awarded anAUD $8,000 bursary to attend the 2016 PMAEmerging Leaders Program, to be held inArizona, USA. This bursary has been supported by Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA), PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited and Nuffield Australia for.....

US(CA): Weather a boon for upcoming kiwifruit crop
A good amount of chill hours this winter and much-needed rain are promising signs for next season's kiwifruit crop in California. For the current season, prices are stable, and they should increase in the coming months as California's season winds down and Italian imports slow.“Over 850 chill hours are.....

Colombia: Marialabaja pineapple reaches Europe
The pineapple cultivated at the foot of the Montes de Maria mountains, in Marialabaja, will venture into the European markets. The first 20 tons of pineapple fruit will be packed in a refrigerated container at the rural area of Marialabaja, at the north of the reservoir of San José de Playon, where the.....

Israel should focus on "superfood" exports
Due to increased competition from domestic producers in Europe, Israeli exports of standard items like potatoes and tomatoes have taken a hit in recent years. For this reason, the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute conducted a report together with Hebrew University professor Amir Heiman.....

Online marketing campaign for California Bacon avocados
California Bacon avocados were marketed in all MollieStone's stores during December. Mollie Stone's is asmall upscale chain in the San Francisco area, andtheir initiative was supported by the CaliforniaAvocado Commission (CAC) with targeted socialmedia posts, reaching more than 35,000 peopleand driving.....

China's economy slows, but their demand for NZ kiwis hasn't
China's economy grew by 6.9 percent in 2015 - its slowest rate of growth in 25 years, which has prompted most to fear that the world's second largest economy is rapidly deteriorating; yet New Zealand export companies are unfazed, as they believe that the market for what their selling remains.....

NZ growers struggle for bumper kiwi crop in face of Psa and bad weather
Growers in New Zealand continue the ongoing battle with Psa and bizarre weather conditions are adding to their trouble; yet in spite of this, a bumper kiwifruit yield is still expected.Kiwifruit Vine Health communications manager Lara Harrison said spring had been "a tough one" for kiwifruit growers managing.....

Spain: New unit to strengthen research on subtropical crops
The Superior Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Andalusian Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training (IFAPA) have created a unit to strengthen research on subtropical and Mediterranean fruit growing on the Andalusian coast.This unit will materialise through the Institute of.....


Drought threatens watermelon and fig campaign in Elche
Spain: Good pomegranate campaign, difficult for cauliflowers
The Alicante-based cooperative Cambayas is finishing its Mollar pomegranate campaign and its cauliflower season is in full swing."It has been a good pomegranate campaign," states Susi Bonet, of Cambayas' marketing department. "We have been able to market the volume we had expected and sales have mostly been.....

Australia’s avocado appetite sparking high prices
Avocado prices in Australia have gone through the roof as demand way outstrips supply. The supply of avocados in Australia over summer comes from Western Australia and New Zealand, and this year due to environmental reasons both supply regions are down by 30%, resulting in the current imbalance in the.....

India: Fruit prices double during harvest festival
In Bengaluru, India, vegetables such as pumpkin and sweet potato have increased in price by a third, and fruits such as papaya and orange have doubled, due to the Sankranti harvest festival.Consumers say they have to replan their monthly budget because of the festival price increases, and although some.....

Mexico: Avocado from Jalisco awaiting order to enter US
The head of the Ministry Rural Development (Seder) of Jalisco, Hector Padilla, said that Jalisco should start exporting avocados directly to the United States in a matter of weeks because the state already complied with all of the requirements imposed by the United States' Department of Agriculture.....

US(CA): Avocado crop expected to be up 40 percent
This year’s California avocado crop is projected to be 392.5 million pounds. “If it materializes, it would be a 40 percent bump up from last year,” says Jan DeLyser with the California Avocado Commission. “The rainfall that California is experiencing currently is very helpful in developing a good size fruit......

Ukraine interested in tropical fruit from Azerbaijan
The head of the Economic Department of the Embassy of Ukraine in Azerbaijan Vadim Sidyachenko has said that Ukraine is interested in creating logistics centers for the supply of tropical fruits from Azerbaijan, as the countries have a shared free trade regime."The possibility of the creation of regional.....

High prices at origin for Spanish avocados
The demand for avocados is high in a market with lower volumes available compared to last season at this time, which is translating into higher prices.In addition to the lower available volumes from Chile and Israel, the Hass avocado production in Spain is also about 20% lower than last year due to heat.....

Kenyan mango growers struggle due to lack of market
In Baringo, Kenya, mango growers are facing huge losses, after the ready market, which they say was promised to them by the county government, has not materialised. To add to their problems, the poor state of roads is inhibiting their access to markets in local towns.Three years ago, Baringo Governor.....

Mexico: Biofungicide use boosts mango exports
A team of specialists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has produced the first fungicide developed in the country. The product was subjected to various tests and those carried out for the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) showed.....


Hanoi to export fruit to Japan and Malaysia
The Service of Agriculture and Rural Development in Hanoi, the Malay company, Fresh farm SDN BHD and the Japanese group, Meika Shoki, signed an agreement on the 14th January on an international value chain for Canh oranges, Dien grapefruit and longans.The Malay and Japanese partners will help the Vietnamese.....

India is world's second largest fruit producer
In India, annual growth in horticulture has seen fruit production surge impressively, growing faster than vegetables, which constitute the largest segment of the agriculture sector. India ranks second as the largest global fruit producer behind China.The stellar performance of fruits has attracted attention.....

Vietnamese dragon fruit growers cautious of illegal traders
In Vietnam, dragon fruit growers in the southern province of Long An have been warned by local authorities to be vigilant against illegal Chinese traders looking to purchase their crop.The move came after eight Chinese nationals were deported from Chau Thanh District last year for violating regulations that.....

On El Nino and decline in mature avocado trees
California Avocado Grower Field Day
The California Avocado Commission (CAC) will host a California Avocado grower field day at the Pine Tree Ranch demonstration grove on February 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.CAC has experienced some decline issues with a number of mature avocado trees at Pine Tree Ranch and has learned that a number of other.....

Beijing receives first batch of Peruvian mangoes
On January 14, the Embassy of the Republic of Peru held a tasting party to celebrate the arrival of the first batch of Peruvian mangoes in Beijing. It took just three days for the mangoes to be delivered by air to China by CD Industrial Co Ltd.Juan Carlos Capuñay Chávez, Peru's ambassador to China said that.....

Italian Biodynamic kiwifruit makes its way to US
AJ Trucco, Inc. (Trucco) the year-round distributor of fresh fruits, dried fruits and nuts, announced the arrival of its Demeter-certified Biodynamic kiwifruit from Italy. Biodynamic kiwifruit is an addition to Trucco’s KiwiStar kiwifruit line, which already includes green, gold and organic kiwifruit.“We are.....

India: Climate change causes mango crop losses
In Uttar Pradesh, northern India, unusually warm weather in December, related to El Nino, has caused mango trees to flower early. Now growers fear that the fall in temperatures witnessed lately will hit crops meant for the summer market, as flowering mango trees need consistently warm weather to fully.....

Ecuadorian mangoes have potential in the UK
In Ecuador, mango cultivation covers an area of ​​7,700 hectares. According to Bernardo Malo, representative of Fundación Mango, this tropical fruit, which the country exports, has been present in the UK market for over 10 years, although not as the main import due to competition.Given this.....

Greek kiwis will need new authorisation in Indonesia
New legislation, concerning the import of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, will come into effect in Indonesia from 16 February, 2016.Consequently, the Federation of Greek Exporters of Fruits, Vegetables and Juices, INCOFRUIT-HELLAS, has stated that in order to continue the successful export.....

US producers stand firm against rising imports
The rising popularity of exotic and tropical fruits grown outside the U.S., such as mangoes, papayas and pineapples has contributed to an increase in fruit imports. On average, one-third of all fresh fruit consumed in the United States from 2011-2013 was imported. This represented an increase of over 10.....

Broader markets for Vietnamese tropical fruit
The elimination of technical barriers and the rapid international integration of Vietnam, is opening up opportunities for the country to export more tropical fruit. The Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association forecast that fruit and vegetable exports could reach US$2 billion in 2016 from $1.49 billion last.....

Between January and November 2015
Peru: Fresh mango exports increased by 30%
The Association of Exporters (ADEX) reported through its PERU EXPORTS Newsletter that Peruvian mango exports between January and November 2015 amounted to 158.6 million dollars, i.e. 30% more than the mango shipments during the same period in 2014.According to the ADEX Data Trade Business Intelligence.....

UK: Nature’s Finest introduces premium fruit snacks
Two new premium adult fruit snacks from producer Nature’s Finest, will be available to retailers from mid-February. Newly initiated ‘Juicy Pineapple in Coconut Water’ and ‘Juicy Mango in Coconut Water’ will join the current portfolio of fruit snacks within the brand's portfolio.After Nature’s Finest achieved.....

Pineapple shortage in French supermarkets
It is becoming increasingly difficult to find pineapples in the fruit juice and tinned goods aisle of some supermarkets. The first to be effected are the retail and discount brands. La Laiterie Saint-Denis de l'Hôtel (LSDH), the main retail brand supplier has had to completely stop deliveries to many Casino.....


Early end of Peruvian mangoes
EU: Possible gap in mango supply
The Peruvian mango season has progressed uninhibited despite fears of big rains which were and still are forecast due to the El Ninio."Everybody is continuing as normal," explains Rob Cullum from UK importer Pacific Produce. "They are ignoring the clouds on the horizon and making the best of the present.....

Jan-Oct 2015
Peruvian mango exports to S. Korea up 214%
Between January and October 2015 Peru exported US$9.4 million worth of raw or steam-cooked (packed) mangoes to South Korea; this is a 214 percent increase in comparison with the same period in 2014, reports Peru-South Korea Business Council Chairman Juan Varilias affirmed.The number of fresh-mango shipments.....


South Africa: ZZ2 exports first mangos to Europe
This week South African grower ZZ2 sent its first Tommy Atkins mangos to the Durban wholesale market. "The growing season has been very hot and dry but the mangos have been under irrigation and so the crop is looking very good. A big hail storm at the end of last year in Hoedspruit, the major producing area.....


Peru enters mango peak season
This time of the year, mangos available in US stores are imported from Peru and Ecuador. Both countries are shipping higher volumes than projected due to favorable weather conditions. “The expected rainfall for December didn’t occur and as a result, volumes will continue to stay strong through January,” says.....

'Babycados' to be sold in Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer will be the first UK retailer to start selling mini avocadoes in their food halls, reports theindependent.co.uk. The fruit saw huge popularity in 2015, frequently appearing on the photo sharing app Instagram, and this has continued into 2016.The baby fruit, which are half the size of a.....

AU: Avocado processing plant to meet overseas demand
In Western Australia a high-tech, $5 million processing centre at Manjimup has been opened by leading players in the booming avocado industry. This centre will not only help to meet overseas demand and guard against an oversupply on the domestic market, but is also suitable for processing a host of fruit and.....


Early end to Peruvian mangos
The Peruvian mango season began in November. Claire Joosten, Asica Natural, gives us an update on how this 2015/2016 campaign is going so far. Asica Natural is a fresh produce exporter from Peru, exporting for example mangos, avocados, ginger and quinoa. Claire begins with an uncertain start to the.....

Spain: Kiwis, kakis and pomegranates now marketed by Fruits de Ponent
Fruits de Ponent Grup Cooperatiu, based in the Catalan municipality of Alcarràs, Lleida, and specialised in stonefruit (peaches, Paraguayo peaches and nectarines), is expanding and diversifying its activities, marketing products it does not grow: kiwis, kakis and pomegranates."We are taking steps to expand.....

Record 278 million Mexican avocados shipped for Super Bowl
The US population continues to consume more and more avocados. Consumption is driven by increased media attention as well as in-store promotions. “This year, a record-shipment of 139 million lbs. is expected to come in from Mexico to be consumed in the run up to and on the day of the Big Game,” said Maggie.....

US: Fewer small avocados available
For the current supply of avocados arriving in the United States from Mexico, smaller sizes have been scarce and prices for that smaller fruit have been high. Until balance is regained between large and small fruit, the market for small fruit will remain strong.Avocado supplies are coming from the state of.....

Indian farmers to study mango cultivation abroad
Although India is one of the biggest producers of mangoes and a major exporter, a group of Indian farmers have been given the opportunity to visit Israel, Brazil or European countries in March to study their mango cultivation methods, in order to improve the export quality of their own produce.According to.....

Callahuanca, the Peruvian cherimoya paradise
Cherimoya production in Peru has reached 20,000 tonnes per year, boosted mostly by the Lima region, which produces between 7,500 and 8,000 tonnes thanks to towns like Cumbe and Callahuanca, in San Mateo de Otao, as reported by the manager of the Lima-Provinces Headquarters of Sierra Exportadora, Edgar.....

Spain: Lower subtropical volumes at better prices
Far fewer kilos on the scale, but higher prices; this is how the mango campaign has closed in 2015 and it looks like avocados, which will continue until early spring, will move in the same direction. This is the annual review of the cooperative Trops, a European giant in the export of subtropical fruits from.....


AU: Manbulloo Mangoes set for greater seasonal production
Strong demand from existing customers and new partners in the US has led Australian mango company Manbulloo to expand its crops and production.The company is already the largest producer of Kensington Pride mangoes in Australia, and also grows R2E2 and Keitt varieties, with recent expansions helping to meet.....


Avocado demand driving greater production in Western Australia
Western Australia is experiencing a huge increase in avocado production as strong demand for the fruit continues to grow throughout the country.Jasper Farms owner and Avocado Producers Committee member Neil Delroy says Australia’s total production is between 57,500 to 60,000 per year, with between 30% to 40%.....

The harvest will amount to one third of last year's
Spanish subtropical fruits have it all, except for water
Cherimoyas, avocados and mangoes are tropical fruits produced in the coast of Granada and Malaga. They are very cost effective and generate plenty of labour. Europe buys everything it produces and there is potential for more. These crops have everything they need to expand, except for one thing: water.They.....

Mexico: Michoacan's mango needs more certifications to survive
Only 3,000 hectares of the total 20,400 hectares of mango established in Michoacan are certified. Thus, mango producers in the state are at risk of facing the closure of borders by international buyers once accreditation becomes compulsory in 2017, stated Xavier Chavez Contreras, president of the Mango.....

First shipment of Israeli fruit to Myanmar
For the first time, an Israeli company, Agroterra, has sent a shipment of fresh fruit to Myanmar, Burma. The shipment contained top quality dates, red grapefruits and pomegranates and will be sold in City Mart shops in Yangon.Israel is known for its advanced agricultural methods and technology, particularly.....

West Bengal:
Indian pineapple growers "suffering huge losses"
In Bidhannagar, West Bengal, pineapple farmers are calling on the authorities to take steps to improve the workings of a recently constructed export zone; despite a bumper pineapple yield, the farmers are suffering huge losses, making back only a quarter of the price of their total investments, during.....


At the cooperative Nuestra Señora de la Bella, Cobella
Kaki cultivation up 19%
The partners of the Andalusian Cooperative Society Nuestra Señora de la Bella, Cobella, based in Lepe, have made a firm commitment to the cultivation of kakis, having increased the acreage by 19% this season, according to data from the latest balance sheet presented to the cooperative by manager Pedro.....

Growing demand for South African mangoes Middle and Far East
Derek Donkin of the South African Subtropical Growers Association says that there is a strong demand for mangoes from the fresh and processing (achar, dried and juice) sectors, South African mango export currently accounting for around 3% of the total annual crop of ±75,000 metric tonnes. Donkin says, “Over.....