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U.S. ban due to Mediterranean Fruit Fly
Dominican Rep: Avocado ban hits local economies
Benny Metz, Senate candidate from the province of San Cristobal, said the measure imposed by the United States will significantly hit this province, since 70% of the economic activity of the municipality of Cambita Garabitos depends on avocados.Of the 1,000 containers exported annually, about 350 come from.....


Spain: Canary Islands to modernise pineapple production
Representatives of the Council of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Canary Islands, the Cooperative Campo Frontera, the SAT Frutas de El Hierro, the Government of El Hierro and the La Frontera City Council, agreed on the implementation of a project to regenerate and modernise the.....


Europe: Great avocado shortages and high prices
The European avocado market is under supplied at the moment, with high prices being paid due to the growing demand ahead of the Easter celebrations.Spain is selling its final volumes, which are reaching prices of around 14 Euro per case for the scarce commercial calibres 18, 20 and 22."The market is really.....


Peru: Camposol will export 20% fewer avocados this season
According to Jose Antonio Gomez Bazan, Camposol's executive director, this season, Camposol expects to export 25,200 tons of Hass avocado (1,200 containers of 21 tons each), 20% less than the 31,500 tons (1,500 containers) it shipped in the previous season.This reduction, he said, was the result of the.....


Mexico: Action against monopolistic avocado export practices
The Federal Economic Competition Commission (Cofece) concluded the proceedings against the Association of Producers, Packers and Exporters of Avocados of Mexico (APEAM), in order to put an end to the relative monopolistic practice of tied selling.This involved a supplier conditioning the sale of a product.....


Mexico: Worst hailstorm in 40 years destroys avocado crop
The most severe hailstorm in 40 years has hit the Mexican state of Michoacan, destroying avocado crops in some of the country's (and the world's) most productive municipalities.The most affected Michoacan municipalities are Ziracuaretiro, San Juan Nuevo, Tancítaro and Uruapan.It is estimated that more than.....


Mexico: Michoacán produces 85.9% of avocado
The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) in Michoacán said that Mexico produced 3 out of every 10 tons of avocados in the world, and was the number one exporter of this fruit worldwide. Mexico exports 1,316,104 tons per year, i.e. 4.4 times more than.....


Colombian pineapples: a new option for the premium sector
"We are about to start the development of a country brand for Colombian pineapples; we want the country to be recognised as an important worldwide supplier, not just of pineapples, but of fruit in general," affirms Mauricio López Noguera, of Bengala Agrícola S.A.S.Although the agricultural corporation to.....

Malaysia: Pineapple to China by end of year
Malaysia hopes to start exporting fresh pineapples to China by the end of the year.The first shipment of the fruits to China was supposed to take place early last year but it could not proceed as no approval was given by the Chinese authorities, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri.....

Pakistan: Call for VHT treatment for mangoes
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) Chairman Standing Committee on Horticulture & Agri Produce, Ahmad Jawad has called on JICA Advisor Hideaki Shimizu in FPCCI office at Lahore to discuss the dry and fresh mangoes export prospects for Japanese market. Jawad said, "Japan is.....

UAE leading import market for Kenya
Kenyan fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, coffee and tea are popular in the United Arab Emirates and many supermarkets and grocery shops stock them. The UAE is among the leading import markets in the Middle East for Kenyan agricultural products with annual trade worth more than US$220 million. Advertising.....

Philippines: $430.13 million in 2014 Q4 exports
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)-Davao reported that Davao region posted an export value of $430.13 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Based on the preliminary data of PSA-Davao, agricultural products remain to be the main export commodity of the region.Fresh and dried bananas, including.....

AU: Honey Gold mangoes among top four
Specialty Australian mango producer, Piñata Farms, has positioned its Honey Gold mangoes among Australia's top four premium mango lines after achieving a record crop this season.Managing director, Gavin Scurr, said Honey Gold mangoes were now nudging Kensington Pride, R2E2 and Calypso mangoes for market.....


Peru: Rainfall delays avocado harvest and pushes prices up
The heavy rainfall that lasted until last weekend caused the avocado harvest in the southern Peruvian region of Ayacucho to stop."Ayacucho and other southern regions are very important at the beginning of the campaign; production starts a month earlier than at the big plantations of other regions, and with.....


Ive Lambert, Starfruit:
"Mango market in better mood again, but prices could be higher"
Following a dip in the mango market that lasted for weeks, the mood is now somewhat better again. "It's not bad, but also not extremely good," says Ive Lambert of Starfruit. "Everyone had expected the prices to be higher around this time, because the volumes aren't that high, but that isn't the case. Six.....

India: Mango prices to increase this season?
This year’s mango season was expected to be an “on-year” but turned out to be an “off-year” due to late and patchy flowering. This will result in a drop in mango production and increase in prices.Horticulture expert S.V. Hittalmani, who toured the mango-growing areas recently, told The Hindu that mango.....

Pakistan: Mango growers advised to drain rainwater
The mango growers have been advised drain out rainwater from the orchards immediately.Mango Research Institute (MRI) Multan Director Dr Hameedullah also advised them to opt for anti-fungus treatment to mango orchards for protection against diseases and pests as the mango passes through delicate flower.....


Why are Ecuadorian pineapples ideal for the fresh-cut sector?
In a global market dominated by Costa Rica's huge exports, grabbing a piece of the pie is not easy. Margins are reduced each year and it appears that only large-scale production can be profitable. How do you compete when you cannot reach these high volumes? The answer lies in differentiation, as not all.....


Mexico: Chiapas could have avocado plantations soon
The businessmen in the state's Soconusco region conducted feasibility studies to determine the lands vocation of the mountainous area of this polygon, in order to start planting Hass avocado in the second quarter of 2015, as it is one of the most profitable global agribusiness activities.According to the.....


Too long transit times
Spain: Condition of pineapples at retailers, key to consumption
Large volumes of pineapples are distributed in the Spanish market, mostly by great multinationals.Generally, the pineapples shipped from Central America to Spain must travel for an average of 25 days from the time they were harvested, having to first go to the port of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, and.....


Weather delays avocado export Peru
The harvest of Hass avocado in Peru is challenged by heavy rains and landslides the last month. Peru is already exporting avocados, but can't ship the volumes they would like to ship. "These delays are a real pity as the fruit is developing well and the market is quite empty," explains Diana Sajami from FCE.....

California Avocado Board goes global
What do California Avocado Bruschetta with Chile Jam, Crab & California Avocado Quesadilla and Plantain-California Avocado Rolls with Garden Cabbage Salad have in common? In each dish, Fresh California Avocados take the diner to a new culinary destination, a journey that’s right on target for 2015.When.....

AFM announces 'Cinco de Mayo' partnership
Avocados from Mexico (AFM) has announced a partnership that is sure to amp up all of your Cinco de Mayo parties this year. The company is partnering with both Dos Equis and Sauza tequila for its upcoming promotion, Ultimate Mexican Fiesta. Alvaro Luque, President, Avocados from MexicoAlvaro Luque, President,.....

Avocado Board releases retail study
The Hass Avocado Board conducted an Advertising and Promotions Study to determine which types of retail promotional offers and advertisements performed the best to help drive Hass Avocado retail sales volume. The in-depth study provides an overview of the retail advertising landscape for avocados and.....

NMB to host ripe&ready to eat mango conference
National Mango Board to Host Ripe and Ready to Eat Mango ConferenceIndustry experts shed light for mango importers, wholesalers, and retailers on the importance of mango ripeningThe National Mango Board (NMB) will host a free Ripe and Ready to Eat Mango Conference on March 26, 2015 at the Hilton Long Beach.....


Malaga
Spain: Rojo brillante kakis introduced in Antequera
Three growers from the region of Antequera, Josefa González, Tomás Navarro and Juan Mejías, decided to uproot their old olive trees and introduce a new crop, different and unique in the area: the Rojo brillante kaki. This comes after a recommendation from experienced Valencian producers, who told them that.....

Pakistan gears up for mango exports
With the mango season only a few months away, Pakistan is working towards maximising its exports to the European market, aiming to increase the number by more than 40% over the previous year.Chairman, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry's (FPCCI) Standing Committee on Horticulture and.....


Sustainable pineapples for the Netherlands and the world
"I expect 2015 to be a very positive year; so far we have managed to sell everything we produce, exporting 12 to 14 containers per week. The recent rains have not affected us; we've had excellent productivity for weeks and customers are very happy, since market prices increased due to the drop in the.....


Seedless papaya Aurora
Taste above convenience
Since becoming the sole Israeli exporter of the Aurora seedless papaya, Aviv has experienced big demand for their papayas. Though the seedless aspect makes the Aurora a hit with consumers who prefer fruit with little preparation needed, the taste remains the biggest selling point.“I think that strong.....

Some Mexican packers halt shipments to USA
Low prices for mangos have prompted some Mexican producers to halt their exports to the United States in hopes that less product will boost prices. But the temporary reprieve has not done much to move the market.“There were some packing houses that shut down for a few days, but, from what I understand, they.....


Hailstorm damages Michoacan avocados
On Wednesday afternoon, a storm accompanied by heavy hail in Uruapan, Michoacan, caused considerable damage to the homes built with cardboard sheets and wood, the nurseries that produce avocado plants, and the avocado producing orchards. The damage, however, has not been quantified because the rains didn't.....


Apatzingán
Mexico: U.S. cold drops mango demand
According to Xavier Chavez Contreras, representative of the Mango Product System at the national and state level, the cold weather in the U.S. has been a determining factor for the lack of demand for mangoes and for the price of a nine-pound box to fall to $2.25; a price so low that mango exports to the.....

2nd Technical Conference on Tropical Crops
Spain: "An issue for the future"
For the second consecutive year, the Spanish Association of Tropical Fruit Growers is organising its Technical Conference on Tropical Crops, entitled "An issue for the future", with support from the Council of Malaga and the brand Sabor a Málaga (Flavour of Malaga). At the event, which will take place in the.....

Good start Vietnamese fruit exports 2015
Vietnamese fruit exports have been exceptional since the start of the year. According to the Plant Protection Department at the Ministry of Agriculture and Development, in January and February 945 tons of dragon fruit, rambutan, longan and mango were exported to Japan, the USA, South Korea and New Zealand......

Mexico: Ziracuaretiro exports 50% of avocado
According to Carlos Sandoval Portugal, mayor of Ziracuaretiro, the town exports 50% of the 40,000 tons of avocado it produces every year.United States is the town's main customer, "we have approximately 3,500 hectares cultivated with avocado in three or four primary locations, the top part of San Angelo, San.....


QLD: Decontaminate thoroughly banana farmers told
A mobile Biosecurity Queensland site office set up in Tully, where there are 20 banana plants suspected to contain the deadly Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4 or ‘Panama’) fungal pathogen, has begun dispensing invaluable advice on how farmers can protect their properties and their livelihoods. “The.....


Canary Islands
Spain: Winds damage avocado and banana crops
Damage to agriculture caused by strong winds last weekend have been estimated at 70% for avocado crops and at 50% for bananas in some areas of La Palma. This is the general assessment carried out by technicians of the Agricultural Extension Agencies and reported by the Council this Tuesday.According to.....


A new way to consume fruit
Fruit halves revolutionising the market
In early March, the Spanish retailer El Corte Inglés launched a new range of fresh fruits sliced in halves and packed in modified atmosphere conditions by PERIS.The range was presented at Fruit Logistica with great success, mostly due to the products' long shelf life, which reaches an average of ten.....


Over 18,000 hectares of avocado Hass in Peru
Currently, Peru has more than 18,000 hectares of avocado Hass and exports about 95% of its production, said Sierra Exportadora.Peru’s avocado production increases by approximately 12% per year and new land is devoted to this crop, as a result of the growing demand for this fruit in the international.....

Hass Avocado Board seeks grower, importer members
The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) is scheduling its annual board elections for vacant domestic Hass avocado grower and Hass avocado importer members plus alternate seats.In early March, an announcement of open seats will be mailed to all eligible producers and importers of Hass avocados. Nominations must be.....

China and Japan open to Peruvian Hass avocado
After six years of demanding negotiations, China and Japan decided to open their markets to Peruvian Hass avocado, said the Ministry of Agriculture.The head of the sector, Juan Manuel Benites, said that although the countries had already taken the political decision to lift sanitary barriers imposed on the.....

US: Mexican mango imports pick up, Peru winds down
Into the final weeks of supplies of mangos from Peru, imported volumes from Mexico have picked up. While Mexican imports this season have lagged slightly behind those from the previous season, volumes are starting to catch up. “Mexican imports are down a little, compared to last year,” said Gary Clevenger of.....

US (CA): Beetle battle for avocado growers
Avocado growers are bracing for a battle with what is perhaps the most virulent pest their industry has ever faced. And they have no weapons.The polyphagous shot hole borer loves avocado trees. It also likes at least 138 other types of trees, including sycamore, acacia and oak. But among trees grown for.....

Kenyan avocados shipped to Hong Kong
Terra Exports, a global fresh fruit sourcing company, shipped the first container of Kenya Hass avocados to Hong Kong in June of 2014, opening a new market for growers in Kenya. The Hong Kong market responded positively from both the high quality and comparatively lower pricing than other major competitors.....


Peru: "Plot fragmentation hinders stopping decline of mango production"
According to Juan Carlos Rivera, CEO of the Peruvian Association of Producers and Exporters of Mango (EMPA), the major mango exporting countries in the region, such as Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, and Peru, have had a drop in mango production this season due to the weather.Estimates are that Ecuadorian mango.....


Mexico: Avocado exports increased thanks to the Super Bowl
Mexico exported a historical record high of 438,000 tons of avocado to the United States between July 2014 and February 20 2015, 35% more than in the same period of the previous year, said Jose Armando Lopez Orduña, general director of the Mexican Association of Producers, Packers and Exporters of Avocado.....

Disease-resistant avocados close
A root-rot fungus that costs the avocado industry more than $10 million a year is facing a dubious future thanks to a genome sequencing project at The University of Queensland.The project could lead to emerging technologies not only to tackle disease in avocados, such as Phytophthora cinnamomi, but for.....


Kiwi berry demand on the rise in Europe
"It's a product with the same characteristics as a regular kiwi from a nutritional point of view, but with the size of a Thompson grape. It is a very attractive product for children, because it does not need to be peeled. It is a great source of nutrients, with a high vitamin C content, easy to consume and.....


By the end of week 8
Peru: Mango exports fall by nearly 35%
According to Juan Carlos Rivera, CEO of the Peruvian Association of Mango Producers and Exporters (EMPA), Peru exported 78,407 tons (3,409 containers of 23 tons each) between the start of this mango campaign (late November) and the end of week eight (22 February), i.e. 34,5% less than the 119,600 tons.....

Mexico: 11,000 tonnes of avocados per year to become exportable
About 11,000 tonnes of Michoacan-grown avocados per year will become exportable after the certification of the municipalities of Charapan and Zacapu as free from Heilipus lauri or avocado weevil, Conotrachelus aguacatae or small avocado weevil, and Stenoma catenifer or avocado seed moth. These municipalities.....

Kenya, Tanzania:
Mango exporters gain access to Middle Eastern markets
Mango exporters in Kenya and the United Republic of Tanzania have sealed business deals in the Middle East after participating in one of the world's largest food and hospitality exhibitions, as part of a project implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC).The exporters participated in the Gulfood.....

India: Demand for coconut oil revive hopes among traders
Fresh enquiries for bulk exports of coconut oil have revived hopes among traders for the forthcoming harvest season.Thalath Mahmood, Director, Cochin Oil Merchants Association (COMA), said that that there are genuine queries especially from the US, Canada and West Asia in this regard, which is expected to.....

Powdered avocado, a Colombian invention
A group of researchers from the faculty Agricultural Sciences of the National University is developing a powder that can be used for food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic purposes based on the Hass avocado, the most traded variety in the world.Misael Cortés Rodríguez, project leader and director of the Research.....

US: Peru mango imports still on track
Though Peruvian mango imports for the season have trailed those from the previous season, the pace of current imports is still on track to meet initial projections.By the last week of February, 7.3 million boxes of mangos had been shipped to the United States from Peru. That's less than the 11.5 million.....

AU: Avocado growers attack HIA
Avocado growers claim research and marketing projects are at risk of losing 'momentum' amid continuing uncertainty about the way industry levies will be spent.The new, grower-owned horticulture peak body has released its vision for Australia's $9 billion horticulture sector, including plans to spend $20.....

Real fruit-based ready-to-eat health snacks launched
India's Naturo Food & Fruit Products is launching a range of real fruit-based ready-to-eat health snacks.Naturo Fruitsum is a ready-to-eat naturally ripened and dried fruit product, in mango and pineapple variants and is available as an on-the-go pack. Vikram Reddy, chairman and MD of Naturo, said:.....

Senate panel approves coconut levy trust fund
A Senate panel has approved the consolidated bill seeking to create a coconut levy trust fund ensuring that programs are implemented for the benefit of 3.5 million coconut farmers.Sen. Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate committee on agriculture and food, sponsored and presented to the plenary Monday.....


Galil Export begins using French ripening room
Galil Export began using their new ripening room several weeks ago, just in time for the Israeli avocado season. The new facility named Coccolo in Cavaillon, France, allows them direct access to supermarkets and provides additional business from growers who wish to ripen their produce.“Ever since we have.....

India: Mango exports likely to take a hit
The unseasonal rains and winds might cast its shadow on mango exports this season as farmers say continued rains will delay the harvest. Rain, thundershowers and hailstorms are being reported from various parts of the state and the Indian Meteorological Department has predicted more such rains in the next 24.....

Colombian avocado exports up 140%
Avocado plantings in Colombia continue. There is an air of optimism amongst local entrepreneurs, who, encouraged by strong demand in the European market, the relatively low production costs and the future opening of the U.S. market, are investing heavily in the future of Colombian Hass."Exports are booming;.....