Tropical fruit

Peru: China opens new opportunities for Piura's mango
The strengthening of the bilateral trade relations between Peru and China opens new export opportunities for mango producers from Piura. This new opportunity arose after mango producers made an exclusive air shipment tryout.The president of the Association of Mango Producers and Exporters (APEM), Juan Carlos.....

India: Mango traders try to pass on losses to farmers
In Visakhapatnam, a port city and industrial center in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, mango traders have blocked payments to farmers and are now demanding a subsidy from them due to the present cash crunch.Though the mango harvesting season is still four months away, the farmers have already been given.....

Including mangoes, longans & oranges
Vietnam: Agriculture to focus on 10 export products
Vietnam's agricultural sector will focus on restructuring, developing and promoting ten key products for export, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyễn Xuân Cường said at a meeting held on November 22 in Hà Nội.The ministry will dedicate all its resources and restructure.....

Zambia: Pineapple industry revived
Smallholder pineapple farmers in Ikelenge, Zambia after Zambezi Pineapples have announced the launch of a US$160,000 processing factory.The new factory, which will benefit over 1200 farmers, comes after the collapse of the old plant in the 90s.Daniel Rea, Zambezi Pineapples managing director said the plant.....

Philippines: Mango growers seek deals with processors
Mango producers in Region 12 of the Philippines are working on forging marketing and supply agreements with a fruit processor and a beverage company based in South Cotabato province.Emmanuel Bartocillo, president of the Region 12 Mango Industry Development Council Inc. (RMIDC-12), said Tuesday 22 Nov.,.....

In light of climate change
India: Apple growers consider move to pomegranate
Apple growers in Himachal Pradesh are looking for alternative crops such as pomegranate and other fruits requiring less chill hours as climate change has affected the colder conditions which were ideal for apples to grow properly, reveals the findings of a Swiss agency working in India."Farmers are looking.....

Aussie farmers still to feel benefits of Chinese FTA
Although it has been almost 12 months since the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) came into force, market access issues continue to plague Australian farmers looking to unlock new export opportunities in China, potentially worth millions of dollars, reports abc.net.au.While Chinese consumers may.....

AU: Kensington Pride mangoes in short supply
This summer, Kensington Pride mangoes will be in short supply due to a warm winter which left yields down by about 20 per cent across Queensland, and by as much as 80 per cent in some regions, according to the Australian Mango Industry Association. However, the industry remains hopeful consumers won’t be hit.....


Camposol products sent by air in inaugural flight to China
The agro-industrial company Camposol sent its agricultural products by air in the first inaugural flight to China. At the end of October, the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, together with Promperú and the Ministry of Transport and Communications, executed a cooperation agreement with the.....

AU: Storms cause papaya price to skyrocket
Western Australia's papaya supply has taken a serious hit due to a storm that tore through a handful of farms in the Kimberley's Ord Irrigation Scheme. According to abc.net.au, all three of the major papaya growers in the Ord have reported severe damage to their plantations, losing between 60 and 80 per cent.....

Avocado extract may prevent Listeria in food
A recent study published in the Journal of Food Science found that extracts and isolated compounds from avocado seeds can potentially be used as a natural additive incorporated into ready-to-eat foods to control microbes that cause Listeria, a foodborne bacterial illness that can be very serious for pregnant.....

Durian demand skyrockets in China
The demand for durian is growing constantly in China, leading to dwindling supplies and higher prices in Malaysia and Singapore. While plantation owners in South-East Asia are delirious with delight at this growing trend, their faithful consumers in traditional markets are not so happy.Because of the demand.....

Israel: Drought forces farmers to uproot fruit trees
Last week, apersimmon orchard was destroyed in Kibbutz Matzuva. Pomegranate trees were uprooted at Kibbutz Eilon. In both cases, it was not worthwhile continuing to grow the fruit, as warm weather and drought are threatening not only the winter fruit growers' profits, but also next summer's fruit.Kibbutz.....

Hope that more fruits will follow
Indonesia signs contract for banana exports to Singapore
On Friday 18 Nov., Indonesia's biggest banana producer, Nusantara Tropical Farm, signed a memorandum of understanding with Benelux Flower and Food for its first Cavendish banana export to Singapore. The contract was signed during the Fruit Indonesia 2016 exhibition in Jakarta, with a first purchase order.....

7 million dollars
Peru: Ag exporting company to invest in its own mango production
The Dominus agricultural exporting company will invest $7 million dollars in order to develop its own fresh mango production and double its frozen shipments, said CEO Victor Morales.Traditionally, the company buys mangoes from its producing partners, but this year it acquired 120 hectares of the fruit, and.....


China: Dragon fruit losses up to 35%
"Due to the heavy rainfall this year, the production of dragon fruit is predicted to suffer a loss of about 30% to 35% but, thankfully, the quality of the fruit has not been affected. Compared to last year, the average market price of dragon fruit has dropped by 15%," says Mr. Zhong Zhenyi from Guangxi's.....

Singapore: Durians early but short supply means high prices
In Singapore, the durian season has come early, and some local markets have already started selling the fruit. However, due to an insufficient stock of some types of durian, like Mao Shan Wang, the selling price could be more than $20 per kg.Ms Hong, the owner of Combat Durian Balestier, told Wanbao that her.....

AU: Mango lovers will pay more this season
Far North mango lovers can expect to pay more for the fruit this season as short supply, a late flowering and a hungry domestic market are set to push the price up further. Australian Mango Industry Association Far North Queensland director, John Nucifora, who is based at Mareeba, said the supply could be.....

A bacteria is wiping out the world's coconuts
The coconut market is booming, but the long-term outlook is not good. In the Caribbean, bacteria that cause lethal yellowing are wiping out coconut trees—a situation so bad that a regional coordinator told Bloomberg, “It’s fair to say that at this pace, the Caribbean is running out of coconuts.”In Cote.....

Jamaica: Gov't to expand tropical fruit exports
Jamaica's Government is exploring a range of non-traditional products to market overseas, as part of a deliberate strategy to expand exports.Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Dermon Spence, said there is high demand for sweet potato, melon, mango,.....

Transitioning to Peru in a month
Strong mango volumes out of Ecuador
“Mango volumes out of Ecuador will be strong for the remainder of November,” says Tom Hall with Freska Produce. “As a result, we are encouraging retailers to promote strongly through the month. When Ecuador comes off its peak volumes, we will start looking towards Peru to start by mid-December,” shared Hall......

Indonesia hopes to increase its fruit exports
Presently, most of Indonesia's fresh fruits, like papayas, bananas and dragon fruits are only consumed by locals buying from nearby markets. This is due to a lack of infrastructure, making it expensive to deliver fruit across the country, let alone export them.Indonesian fruit exporter EK Prima Ekspor.....


The yield is slightly lower than last year
Spain: Asturian kiwifruit harvest kicks off in November
With the start of November, it is again time for the kiwifruit harvest in the region of Bajo Nalón, Asturias. There are several plantations of this fruit, imported from New Zealand in the 80's, which in recent years have been expanding on the banks of the Nalón River as it passes through the Pravano council......

Cambodian mangoes still struggle to meet Korean standards
Despite the fact that it has been nearly a year since the Cambodian government signed a memorandum of understanding with South Korea to put Cambodian mangoes on the shelves of supermarkets in Seoul, local producers say there has been little sign of any movement.According to In Chayvan, president of the.....

China:Thai pineapples intercepted in Tianjin
Recently pineapple images were detected by an X-ray machine during a luggage inspection and quarantine procedure. The owner was asked to open his luggage for inspection, and 8 pineapples with a total weight of 10.3 kilos were found inside his suitcase. After careful inspection, they found many pests such.....

South American fruit enters China through Zhengzhou
On November 13, two aeroplanes filled with 200 tons of fruit reached Zhengzhou International Airport from Chile in South America.A previous cargo, which arrived on November 6, contained 660 tons of imported fruit. These were distributed to city centres in North China, East China and Central China.In the.....

Ecuador promotes mangoes in China through e-commerce
On November 15, Ecuador launched a campaign to promote its mangoes, which have recently entered the Chinese market after 13 years of negotiations between the two countries, with e-commerce as the main bet.In a ceremony held at the Yiguo virtual trade company's headquarters in Shanghai, Pro Ecuador, with the.....

Expanding plantations in Philippines
Del Monte sales to hit $1 billion
The world’s biggest pineapple business will hit $1 billion (P48.8 billion) sales in five years. “That’s close to triple our $350 million business now,” said Alan Salcedo, top man at Del Monte Philippines.The company is expanding its plantation, adding 5,000 hectares more (2,000 in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.....

Chinese firms sign contracts with Philippines for fruit imports
On Wednesday 16 November, Wu Zhengping, director general of Department of Asian Affairs of China’s Ministry of Commerce disclosed that at least eight Chinese firms visited Manila and Davao City last week to sign contracts to import about 100,000 metric tons of Philippines fruits, including bananas,.....

Henk van der Meij, Hars & Hagebauer:
“Mangoes have become mainstream”
The mango market has shown a stable line throughout the year. “Fortunately, we have had fewer ups and downs than in previous years, and that is definitely good for the market,” says Henk van der Meij from Hars & Hagebauer. “Prices vary between 5 and 8 euros, depending on strain and size. I feel positive.....

Bananas, avocados & blueberries popular in China
Chinese President's visit to Latin America will boost trade
President Xi Jinping's week-long state visit to three Latin American countries will strengthen their economic partnerships with China and promote mutual benefits, experts have said.Xi will visit Ecuador, Peru and Chile from Nov. 17 to 23 and attend the 24th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders'.....

Mangos may play beneficial role in modulating adverse effects of high-fat diet
Research published in the Journal of Nutrition has for the first time documented the potential effects of mango consumption on gut microbiota of mice. When samples were compared from the beginning to the end of the study period, mango supplementation was found to prevent the loss of beneficial gut bacteria.....


Johan Troost: “Preference from organic customers for fruit via seaborne freight”
Organic soursop from the Canary Islands
Recently, Bio Freshi started receiving organic soursop from the Canary Islands (Tenerife). “The soursop is a tropical fruit from the cherimoya family. It is a fruit that is much cultivated in Spain. ‘Local is better’ is often heard in the organic world. Organic customers prefer it if fruit does not have to.....

Philippines: Ag output up nearly 3% in Q3
On Tuesday 15 November, the Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the agriculture sector bounced back in the third quarter of the year, noting the higher output in crops, livestock and poultry subsectors has overcome the long-term impact of El Niño.Farm output grew 2.98 percent in the third.....

Chiapas
México: Lack of pollinators marks decrease in Ataulfo mango production
The production of the Ataulfo mango variety, which originates from the area of ​​Soconusco, in Chiapas, has fallen up to 25 percent in recent years. The apparent cause is a decrease in the presence and diversity of pollinating insects such as bees, flies and ants. Besides the use of some.....


Imported fruit market analysis
China: Chilean cherry prices fall - kiwis hit by local fruit harvest
The Dole Food Company began Chilean cherry sales last week. From then on, the first market price has continued to drop. This week its price has adjusted from over 1,000 Yuan to around 7 or 8 hundred Yuan. In the future more fruit charter flights are expected to arrive in China from abroad, which impacted to.....


This week's export market
Cherry price dropping, Southern mangoes harvested
The first fruit charter plane arrived at the international airport of Zhengzhou last week. This week, there are several charter planes that will reach the Chinese mainland for cherry sales. In general, the quick increase in supply volume leads to an equally quick downward price adjustment in first-tier.....

Chinese fruit importers visit the Philippines
A number of large, Chinese fruit importing enterprises went to the Philippines, in a group, on November 10, to buy fruits. They were warmly welcomed by the local industry. These enterprises are all positioned as currently leading companies in the field of international trade and the import of Philippine.....


Forty per cent more volume
EU: First container of Peruvian mango on its way
The picking of Peruvian mango has started, and this week the first container will be filled for transport to Europe. The expectation was that Peru would be much earlier, but they are only one or two weeks earlier than usual. Last week, the mango congress was in Peru, during which the harvest expectations.....


Acai Benelux brings smoothies to the Netherlands:
“We do not sell organic, we sell fruit”
“If ten years ago you had predicted smoothies would be the next big thing, you would have been given envious looks. And açai, hardly anyone had ever heard of that,” says Joost Snel from Acai Benelux, which takes care of the distribution of frozen smoothie packs and Juice Pads. In the intervening years, a lot.....

New lure protects avocado trees from invasive beetles
A new lure will make it easier to monitor and control invasive redbay ambrosia beetles, which are wiping out avocado trees. An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researcher has developed the new tool which will help Florida avocado producers affected by the disease the pest spreads.Laurel wilt disease is.....

US import avocados from Colombia to offset shortage
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) thinks it’s figured out a way to counter the avocado shortage.On Thursday, the agency proposed the U.S. import Hass avocados from Columbia, the Chicago Tribune reports. Avocados have become extremely popular in recent years, and that demand has started to.....


Avocados are one of the best performing products over past three years
Despite the current weakness of Israel’s currency, Befresh Europe has been getting good prices for their fruits and thus managed to make some profit, but also that the circumstances in a number of markets have changed.In the grapefruit market, for example, “you see a lot of demand coming from the East; from.....

Mexico: Morelia will produce 200% more avocados by 2019
According to Cecilio Zamora Ramos, the director of Rural Development, the area devoted to avocado production in Morelia area will increase by nearly 200 percent over the next 5 years.The area devoted to avocado production is projected to grow, from the current 1,000 hectares, to 3,000 hectares in 2019.The.....

Mozambique to export avocados & lycees to the EU
Starting this December, Mozambique’s Westfalia Fruit will begin exporting avocados and lychees produced in the districts of Macata and Barue, in Manica province, to the European Union (EU), said a company consultant.Consultant Manuel Roriz told daily newspaper Noticias that everything is being done for the.....

Rwanda: Australian envoy visits ag research centres
The High Commissioner of Australia to Rwanda has visited research centres which develop seedlings, train farmers and provide them with seedlings to practice agro-forestry in the Nyabihu District.John Feakes is visiting the countryside to understand the progress of research in agriculture and its impact on.....


Germany:
Organic pineapples, now show the hidden costs
The organic pineapples of Nature & More were already honest about their origin. Consumers can use the codes on the pineapples, to see which grower in Costa Rica produced it and at which location, before they reach the tills. With just a few more clicks the consumer can find information about the farmers,.....


Wolter van der Kooij, Fyffes:
"Less pineapple for export due to good juice market"
High prices for pineapples this year, an increasing demand from the juice industry, the rise of Colombia as a pineapple producer and a growing Asian market.Wolter van der Kooij and Coen Bos of Fyffes during the PMAWhy has the pineapple market been so good this year?The good market originates from a lower.....


Further expansion of exotics by air
Torres Tropical Fresh trades exotic fruit with a focus on limes, mango and papaya. The import company's main strength is as a year round supplier of mangos by air. The continuity of the air supply is the main starting point for the near future. Since the end of April Torres Tropical Fresh has been.....

Mexico: The market for coconut water is booming
A de Coco is the leading company dedicated to the cultivation, harvest and processing of high quality coconuts in Mexico. It was founded more than half a century ago in the ex-Hacienda of Cuyutlán, Colima, and it is a motor of economic development in the communities in which it operates."The market for.....

Turkish kiwifruit from Ordu to become a brand
The Local Food, Agriculture and Livestock Minister in Ordu, on Turkey’s Black Sea coast, Kemal Yılmaz, reported that they had submitted a trademark application for the “Ordu Kiwifruit”.The local kiwifruit is already considered as a brand in the region.“Ordu is the second biggest kiwifruit producer in.....

Philippines hope to export durian, mangosteen, avocado & veg to China
Vice Mayor of Davao City Government, Paolo Duterte, and five Davao City Councilors, held a business trip to Shanghai, China last month in a bid to increase exports there.The vice mayor led a city delegation to Shanghai on October 26 to 30, following an invitation from Shanghai officials and the Chinese.....

UK wants more mangoes & bananas from Dominican Republic
On Tuesday 8 November, the Dominican Republic's agriculture minister, Ángel Estévez, received an official delegation from the United Kingdom to establish bilateral exchange, export local products and strengthen the Dominican Republic's production systems.The British parliamentary and trade mission expressed.....

Tropical fruit in Turkey’s southern coast
One of Turkey’s main citrus fruit producing regions, Mersin on the Mediterranean coast, now aims to become a tropical fruit production center.The local municipality is encouraging growers to diversify their produce to maximize the region’s optimal climate.“We already grow a variety of fruits including.....

Michoacan is the main exporter of mango in Mexico
Michoacan is the biggest exporter of mango in Mexico; this year it exported more than 83,350 tons of mango to destinations like the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe. According to the Secretary of Rural Development and Agricultural Food (Sedrua), Francisco Huergo Maurin, this year's total production.....

The avocado's geopolitical influence
As everybody considers the US election results, we will discuss a surprising and little known reality: the impact on global geopolitics that something as innocent as an avocado can have. It's something for you to talk about with your friends or relatives while eating nachos with guacamole.In the last 12.....

Ghana's ag sector ripe for investment
The abundance of water, and potential farmland lying idle in Ghana presents a range of opportunities in the agricultural sector. According to South African High Commissioner to Ghana, Lulu Xingwana, these conditions should present an attractive market for South African farmers – with people also needing.....

Demand strong for Aussie mangoes in Asia
Demand is high for Northern Territory mangoes in Singapore and China.Top End grower, Wayne Quach, is sending his second shipment of mangoes to Singapore this week, after good feedback from his first trial batch last month, according to ABC Radio Austalia.However Mr Quach said he was having trouble finding.....


Julian Arnts, Agrofair:
"We see big opportunities for Fairtrade coconuts and sweet potatoes"
Twenty years ago, Agrofair imported the world's first Fairtrade bananas to the EU. Since then Agrofair has grown to be a market leader in Fairtrade tropical fruit. Next year the Fairtrade banana assortment is being added to, with bananas from Nicaragua. "This isn't a big banana producing country, but fits.....

Post-Brexit life may involve more mangoes
To secure a lucrative post-Brexit trade deal with India, Theresa May has been asked to drop the ban on mangoes from the country and take in more migrants, reports The Sun.The Prime Minister is travelling with representatives of 33 companies from around the UK on a mission to lay the groundwork for an.....


First results expected in early 2017
Spain: Project for papaya cultivation in greenhouses
This year, CT Tecnova has started a new line of research in the subtropical area, with the design of a greenhouse with a retractable roof for the cultivation of papayas. Moreover, an internal project has been launched in the laboratory to identify the sex of papayas (Carica papaya L.) with the use of.....

India: Farmers urged to shift from fruit to hort crops
In Visakhapatnam in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, horticultural experts are urging farmers in the district to shift from growing coconut, mango and cashew to horticultural crops.K Sailaja, joint director of horticulture, said recently, the district administration appointed 71 horticultural experts to.....

In the area of Manuel Avila Camacho
Mexico: Pineapple producers request infrastructure
Pineapple producers in the area of Manuel Avila Camacho have asked governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez to intervene to consolidate the infrastructure that would allow them to expand the area being cultivated and ensure its marketing.Luis Perea Pérez, president of the union of pineapple producer cooperatives.....

Production of premium juices
Spain: Murcian company testing pineapple cultivation
The commercial CEO of the firm, 'J. García Carrión', Luciano García-Carrión Corujo (fifth generation of this Murcian family business), has highlighted the progress and "good results" achieved in the experimental program for the cultivation of tropical fruits, such as pineapples, for the production of premium.....

Increase in Malaysian ag exports to EU
As Malaysian producers are successfully meeting the European Union's import standards, the import of Malaysian agricultural produce is increasing.The agricultural counsellor of the Malaysian Agricultural Representative Office in The Hague (PPP The Hague), Yusmizam Mohd Yahya, said the EU has set stringent.....

Filipino mango growers face difficulties exporting to Aus
Although Canberra recently recognised the Philippines as pest-free, and the country is now free to export its mangoes, a group of fruit growers say that logistical problems and stringent importation measures will hinder their attempts to fully capitalize on the new opportunity.Philippine Food Processors and.....

AU: Retailers agree on new mango quality standards
Major retailers in Australia and the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA), have agreed upon a new standard for first grade mangoes this season, reports abc.net.au.AMIA's Robert Gray said a lot of work was being done to make sure mangoes were meeting customers' expectations."We've reviewed the.....


First among pomegranates: the late-ripening Lintong
Following the end of the Tunisian soft seed pomegranate, the late-ripe pomegranates from Lintong near Xi'an are going on sale. As the late-ripe variety of the best pomegranates, the Lintong is very gorgeous in colour. The fruit is large and the peel thin. The juice of the fruit is nicely sweet. For these.....

Dominican Republic: Pineapple exports to be promoted
Representatives of the Association of producers of pineapples of Cevicos (Apropic) and of the US non-profit organization, International Executive Service Corps (IESC), agreed to improve the production and sales of pineapple in the national and international markets.The President of Apropic, Miliciades.....