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Hainan dragon fruit leads China towards a green and healthy lifestyle

"The environment and weather largely determine the production of dragon fruits. This year, Hainan's dragon fruit season started on 19 May, and will end around 20 December," according to Mr. Michael Gao from Hainan North Latitude 18 Orchard Co Ltd.Mr. Michael Gao on a Hainan North Latitude 18 Orchard.....

"Michel Pure Taste"

Pure fruit juice delight from cold-pressed fresh juices

Michel, a fruit juice brand that is well known in Switzerland, launches "Michel Pure Taste", a new line of products with, for the first time, cold-pressed fresh juice. Cold-pressed from fresh fruits and made long-life by a gentle high pressure process, these juices are as fresh as home-made juices and offer.....

Turkey: Pomegranate campaign begins with more demand than supply

The campaign has begun for Hicaz pomegranates in Turkey. The Hicaz is a typical variety of Turkey and its popularity has seen an increase in recent years. However, their production volume has not grown at the same pace. "There was an increase in production about 8 or 9 years ago, when we all agreed to plant.....

Ecuador exports 32% of its pineapples to Chile

In the last 9 years the pineapple trade has had its ups and downs. Its high was in 2009, when it reached $ 44 million and 100,000 tons, according to figures from the Institute for the Promotion of Exports and Investments (ProEcuador).A subsequent fall in 2010 due to low international prices caused producers to.....

Rojo Brillante and Fuyu kakis

Spain: Kaki campaign starts with same price as last year

Kaki prices are currently similar to those recorded last year: 2 Euro per kilo, with demand for this fruit on the rise. "In Huelva, the acreage devoted to both Rojo Brillante and Fuyu kakis is expected to increase," explains Julio Alfaro, of Global Expansion Services.Spain's three main kaki producing areas are.....

Seeka innovates to offset lower volumes

The New Zealand kiwifruit season has been challenging for the growers this year with rain during harvest and difficulties in getter the right dry matter levels and an overall reduction in yields.Despite this Michael Franks CEO of Seeka is happy with how the kiwifruit season went."Overall we are pretty happy......

Domaine Agricole de Néma (DAN)

Senegal: Mango production needs boost

The Senegalese company Domaine Agricole de Néma (DAN) was established in 1996 and started exporting produce in 2004. At first, the company exported mangoes to Germany. The company has an acreage of 92 hectares in the center of Senegal. DAN also has an additional acreage for the production of water melons and.....

"We have to sell as much Bacon as possible before the Hass arrives"

Spain: Arrival of first Bacon avocados at high prices

The organic Bacon avocado campaign has started earlier for the Granada-based cooperative Procam Bio due to the favourable weather conditions."We have just started marketing Bacon avocados, with lively sales and very high prices. They are selling like hot cakes," states Fernando Martín, manager of Procam. From.....

Health-conscious diners associate avocado dishes with being healthier

The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) recently released a survey, titled Avocado Foodservice Usage/Consumption Habits survey, exploring consumer dining behavior when it comes to healthy eating to better understand the drivers behind their dining decisions. The research found that despite the growing trend in healthy.....

Death linked to salmonella outbreak in papayas reported in California

A death in California was linked to papayas that were packed in Tijuana, Mexico and imported to the U.S. by Bravo Produce Inc. of San Ysidro. The papayas were shipped to wholesale markets in California and other states between August 10 and August 29, 2017.The outbreak has hit mostly Hispanic communities......

First shipment of Vietnamese dragon fruit headed to Australia

The first batch of Vietnamese dragon fruit has been exported to Australia by the Hoang Phat Company in the southern province of Long An, announced the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Long An authorities on September 20.According to Hoang Phat Company Director Nguyen Thi Kim Thoa, the batch.....

Spain: Traceability checks on avocados in La Palma due to theft

On the morning of Tuesday this week, inspectors of the General Directorate of Agriculture and of the Canary Institute of Agro-Food Quality (ICCA) of the Government of the Canary Islands, accompanied by agents of the Nature Protection Service (Seprona) of the Guardia Civil, have carried out various inspections.....

Spain: Malaga expects to harvest more mangoes this year

According to the agricultural association Asaja-Málaga, the province's mango production this campaign, which has just started, is expected to remain at stable levels, following a few years of fluctuations. The harvest volume is estimated to slightly exceed the 20,000 tonnes of last year. In 2016, that.....

China: T-Mall Fresh sells 500,000 Mexican avocados in 2 days

A few days ago, based on information distributed by the Mexican trade agency, T-Mall Fresh and the commercial department of the Mexican consulate in China cooperated to promote Mexican avocados. Within two days, online sales of Mexican avocados accounted for 500.000 pieces, with an estimated weight of 80.....

Mexico: Puebla's avocados could reach Europe

By 2018 Puebla could export avocados from three municipalities that have the certification required by world markets, said Rodrigo Restra Piña, Secretary of Rural Development Sustainability and Territorial Planning (SDRSOT).Europe would be the likely destination, while exports of the fruit to the United States.....

Mexico: Jalisco's pomegranates are exported to USA for a second year

Because of its high quality, Jalisco's southern pomegranate made its way into the US market for the second consecutive year with the export of 120 tons of the wonderful variety, this season."This is the production that we hope to send this year, especially during the harvesting season that began in August and.....

Australian passionfruit enter planting season, slightly down on numbers

A Sunshine Coast passionfruit grower expects quality to remain high heading into Christmas, even if volumes are down on last year.The co-owner of Vines with a View, at the base of Mount Beerwah in the Glass House Mountains has found passionfruit supply reduces considerably at this time of year as the new.....

South Korean avocado imports grow sixfold

South Korea’s imports of avocados have dramatically increased in recent years, riding on the surging popularity of the fruit for its versatility in cooking and health benefits, industry data showed Tuesday.According to data compiled by the Korea Customs Service, the amount of avocados imported last year.....

Fruit exporters in Pakistan call for ban on exotic fruit imports

Fruit exporters in Pakistan have called for ban on imports of non essential luxury items, including exotic fruits in order to stop the growing gap between imports and exports.Ahmad Jawad, Regional Chairman on Horticulture Exports, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) on Tuesday.....

"Malaysian pineapples to enter Chinese market before end of the year"

"This is the first year that the Chinese government has opened up to Malaysian pineapples. Before the end of the year, Shanghai will have officially opened its doors. Because there are currently only three Malaysian companies that export pineapples to China, in the beginning, there will not be large quantities.....

UK students are buying 266% more avocados than their predecessors

Millennials, or Generation Y, were known for their love of avocados, but their younger counterparts appear to be even more obsessed with the fruit.According to a study by Barclays, Generation Z – the generation after Millennials – are buying and consuming 266% more avocados than their predecessors.The study,.....

Researchers discover better method for finding laurel wilt in avocados

Florida avocado growers have been struggling to put their arms around laurel wilt, a problematic pathogen that’s been decimating their crops. However, new research findings from UF/IFAS might shed some light on when to best scout for the disease.According to Nemat Keyhani, a UF/IFAS Professor of microbiology.....

China: "Eastern Reds" kiwis from Pujiang sold in Taiwan for the first time

The "Eastern Reds" kiwis, which are patented by a producer in Sichuan province's Pujiang county (Chengdu city), have ripened in September. On September 17th, the agricultural production and marketing companies from both sides of the strait joined hands at a promotional event for kiwi fruits from Sichuan, which.....

75% of consumers are women

Mexican avocado is promoted in China

In order to promote Mexican avocado consumption in China, ProMéxico and Tmall Fresh, Alibaba Group's B2C online sales platform, launched a digital campaign last September 11th.ProMéxico reported that as part of this campaign, opinion leaders and bloggers from the Asian country could taste more than 100 dishes.....

Mexico: Nayarit to ship avocados to Dubai in October

Next October, Dubai could receive the first 18 tonne shipment of avocados grown in Nayarit by producers supported by the National Institute of Social Economy (INAES).Juan Carlos Ibarra, purchasing manager at La Casa del Aguacate, explained that at the moment a representative is closing the negotiations to.....

Most exotic and tropical produce completely lost

Florida produce industry assesses the damage of hurricane Irma

Florida growers of exotic and tropical produce were severely impacted by hurricane Irma last week. “Virtually all farms and groves in Miami Dade county were affected by the storm in one way or another,” says Peter Leifermann with Brooks Tropicals. “Overall, we estimate about 90 percent of the remaining Florida.....

Colombia: Pineapple growers to reveal lessons from Costa Rica

What was learned during the Commercial Mission Specialized in Pineapples to Costa Rica from August 27 to September 1 will be taught to Casanare's entrepreneurs and pineapple growers. The travelers will inform what they experienced at the Networking Meeting scheduled to take place in Yopal on September 22.The.....

Panama: Coconut farming improves thanks to technical support from Cuba

The possibilities of improving productivity in coconut plantations in Panama have begun to materialize with the technical support of Cuba for the integral management of the crop, Panamanian agricultural authorities said today.The South-South cooperation model between the two countries is aimed at strengthening.....

China: Multiple selling channels bring success for red-hearted kiwis

"The production seasons for red-hearted and green-hearted kiwi fruits from Sichuan province began in August and September, respectively and will end in December and April next year. Due to the favorable weather conditions all across the country this year, and additional plantings, the gross output of kiwi.....

AU: Mango season in Top End off to "best start in 10 years"

The Top End mango season is off to the best start in 10 years, according to a packing shed manager in Darwin's rural area.The Berry Creek mango packing shed processes fruit for about 40 farms across the Darwin rural area and Pine Creek, which is about 25 per cent of the Northern Territory's crop.Manager Tim.....

Mango season ending in Mexico; just getting started in Brazil

The Mexican mango season is coming to an end according to Tom Hall of Freska Produce. He hopes to be able to pack Mexico’s fruit through September and according to him. “ And as we finish the season, sizing will be predominantly large,” he says. Peaking on 3s, 4s, 5s, and 6s of Keitt mangos. Tropical storm.....

Colombia is one step away from shipping avocados to China

A few months separate Colombia from beginning its shipments to the Asian country. Several steps have been taken to achieve this goal, and complying with the protocols required. "We started by adapting to US requirements and import protocols, because we knew that these were very similar to those of China,".....

90% of the fruit exported from Thailand to Vietnam was sold to China

On September 13, on Vietnamese television, theMinistry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam revealed that imports of fresh fruits to Vietnam from January to August this year amounted to 18 trillion VND (about 800 million US dollars).Thatis 3.2 times higher than the Thai fruit imported last year.90%.....

Hurricane Irma triggers influx of pineapples into US

While Hurricane Irma didn’t directly hit Costa Rica, the effects of the significant weather system are hitting the pineapple industry. “Right now, we seem to have an abundance of pineapples,” says Darwin Dodd of Chula Brand, which sources its pineapples out of Mexico. “Supplies are good but the market is way.....

Peru: Good prospects for next mango campaign

The Peruvian mango season will not begin until November; however, given the natural flowering, it can already be said that, in terms of volume, the production will be similar to last season's. "Our campaign lasts from November to March. For now, prospects are positive due to the good natural flowering. If.....

J. Vicente Llarios, of Yacufrut: "Asia demands increasingly more kakis"

Is it a good idea to have kakis available all year round?

"Tomorrow we will start harvesting the first Rojo Brillante kakis, which will be available in the market from next week," explains producer and exporter Jose Vicente Llario Cuquerella, manager of the Valencian company, Yacufrut.We expect to handle around 3 million kilos of kakis this season, which are mainly.....

China: Juhuasuan looking for Shaanxi farmers

On 12 September, three Alibaba Group platforms, namely Tmall, Juhuasuan and Qifeng Fruit held the Mei County Kiwi Launch Ceremony at a Qifeng Fruit kiwi field in Mei County, Shaanxi. Over 200 people attended this ceremony. Among them were leaders of the Shaanxi Bureau of Commerce, Baoji Bureau of Commerce, Mei.....

Swaziland's first truck delivery of avocados to the UK a success

In a pioneering partnership between global fresh produce business, Halls, an entrepreneurial farmer from Hill Estate and LCL Logistics, the first ever door-to-door export container of avocados out of rural Swaziland has arrived safely at its destination in the United Kingdom.Halls and grower partner, Hill.....

Malaysia strives for durian exports to China within 2 years

The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry expects durians from Malaysia to be exported directly to China between one and two years from now.Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said through the cooperation between the ministry and the government of Guanxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, a three-day.....

Kenyan avocado exports struggle with ongoing South African ban

Kenyan exporters are facing lean times as trade disputes with its neighbours put pressure on their exports and incomes.The trade wrangles, which put to question the countries' commitment to regional integration, have left traders contemplating alternative markets for their produce.This comes as Kenya is facing.....

AU looks to feed China's growing appetite for avocados

Five years ago avocados were virtually unheard of in China, but a rapidly growing middle class has seen demand for foreign avocados skyrocket.Located between the tall office buildings of Beijing’s CBD sits Chaan, a western-style salad bar catering to the city’s increasingly health-conscious army of.....

Colombian avocados on a 32-day trip to Hong Kong

This week, the first containers of avocados will leave for Hong Kong. This could be a definitive trip for a product that seeks to conquer Asian palates in the coming years.After the great news of the Hass avocado's entrance to the American market, these nations could consolidate the prestige of this local.....

Peru: Hydrothermal treatment of mangoes destined for Chile

Specialists from the Chilean Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) carried out the certification of plants that will carry out the hydrothermal treatment for fresh mango consignments that will reach the Chilean market. This is according to the work plan established by the Ministry of Agriculture and.....

Fall in Chinese kiwifruit production volumes

It's the middle of the kiwi season and in Pujiang, Cangxi and Dujiangyan counties in Sichuan Province, large volumes of kiwi fruits are ready for the market. This year, kiwi production increased by 20%. Pujiang county in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, is situated at 30 degrees North latitude, which makes it.....

Shipping a concern as Brazilian mango season commences

This last week, the Caribbean has seen one hurricane after another as the tropical storm season reaches its peak. For countries under the direct impact, citizens face a long and grim clean up as life gradually gets back to normal.Mango producers have largely been spared destruction as growing regions remain.....

How much Americans will pay for avocados

The much-Instagrammed avocado is getting more exclusive by the day. And soon enough, more affordable.Farmers in both California and Mexico have collected meager harvests this year, precisely as demand surges for that fancy green toast. In California, where growers pick from February through August, the trees.....

Avocado beer made in Mexico

The artisanal Mexican brewery Primus, creator of beers like Tempus and Wild boar, has just launched a new variety made with avocado leaves. Its called Pawa and its name comes from the proto-nahuatl (an ancient language previously spoken in the present Mexican territory) word for this fruit.The company is.....

Avocados may be more expensive in the US under new NAFTA

One day, an avocado’s a buck-fifty. The next, it’s twice that. And this week, just days after a much-ballyhooed markdown at Whole Foods, wholesale avocado prices hit a record high.If you think prices are unpredictable now, be warned: They could get a whole lot worse, some produce companies say, depending upon.....

Ecuadorian pineapples growing presence in international markets

The presence of the Ecuadorian pineapple in international markets grows steadily at a rate of 25% per year. Exports of the fruit reached 5 million boxes in 2016. Ecuadorian producers are recovering from the depression of the international pineapple market suffered between 2008 and 2011.Ecuador, the fourth.....

LGS Specialty Sales unveils new avocado and clementine branding

LGS Specialty Sales (LGS), an importer and distributor of citrus and avocados, has announced the unveiling of its newly revamped Darling Clementines and Suavo Avocado product branding. With packaging designs currently underway, the new branding is expected to hit stores in late November.The branding project.....

Limoneira lemon revenue increased 14% to $30M in third quarter

The Limoneira Company, a global agribusiness with agricultural land and operations, real estate and water rights in California, Arizona and Chile, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended July 31, 2017.“Our recent acquisitions, expanded lemon planting efforts and focus on increasing third.....

"Start of Spanish mango season causes prices to increase"

The start of the mango season in Spain causes prices to be higher than at any other time of the year. However, there are other producing countries that can supply this fruit practically all year round, and for that reason prices remain stable and "more competitive. Two customers, one from Italy and another.....

Philippines seeks to expand tropical fruit exports to Japan, Korea & AU

The Philippines has pushed for better market access for its export products to key trading partners during bilateral talks held on the sidelines of the 49th Asean Economic Ministers (AEM) Meeting and Related Meetings that ended yesterday.Ramon Lopez, secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said.....

Image recovery for Pineapple production in Valle Verde after unjustified allegations

The Costa Rican pineapple producer Valle Verde it's honour is restored, after research has shown that their organic certification has been unjustly withdrawn. In 2016, complaints were filed to the Costa Rican ministry of agriculture against Congelados y Jugos Valle Verde S.A., Del Valle Verde Corp S.A., and L.....

NZ to develop tropical fruit demonstration farm in Gisborne

A move has begun to develop a tropical fruits demonstration farm in the Gisborne district with the initial focus on the potential for commercial banana production.Northland-grown bananas have been at markets in Northland for some time and the rising interest in their production led to the formation of the.....

France wants Peruvian exports to arrive at Dunkirk, not Rotterdam

Seventy years after World War II, Christopher Nolan's film "Dunkirk" was released a few months ago in Peru. This port has been completely rebuilt and today, along with the neighboring city of Calais, it is France's leading port area. Now, its mission is not war but commerce: it intends to beat the.....

Spain: Clonal avocado plants used in the Canary Islands to increase profitability

Ten years ago, a group of people with extensive agricultural experience made the decision to go for something completely different. They chose to plant avocados in order to try making them more profitable; a priority in agriculture, and they decided to do this by producing clonal plants. This is a way of.....

Russian scientists eye mango cultivation

Russian scientists were introduced to different varieties of mangoes during their recent visit to the Bengaluru’s Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) that has a large collection of high-yielding and improved mango varieties.The Garden City’s mangoes have caught the imagination of Russian.....

First Chinese automatic mango production line

On 30 August, the first Chinese standardized automatic mango production line was put into use in Ruihua Agriculture's controlled atmosphere storages, as an investment in standardized production. By using this line the hope is to improve both the appearance and quality of Chinese mangoes.This mango production.....