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Sigfrido Molina: "Avocado demand in Spain is skyrocketing"
Avocado and mango prices on the rise
For about a month and a half, mangoes shipped by sea have suffered a decline in prices, failing to reach 3 Euro per 4 kilo box in Europe; prices which do not cover production costs."The market has been oversupplied with mangoes from many sources, such as Brazil, Dominican Republic, Senegal, Mali, Burkina.....

Pakistan likely to miss mango export target
Almost 70 per cent of the mango crop in Punjab has been damaged by climatic hazards, causing a shortage of the fruit in the local markets. Following this shortage, an unusual jump in the price of mango is also being observed in the country.The damages to crop in Punjab which produces 65 per cent of the fruit.....

Plan to increase mango export with refrigerated trucks
Abdel-Rahman Abdel-Majid, director of center for fruit pasteurization has disclosed a plan for increasing fruits exports to 400 tonnes per a month and additional 100 tonnes by air, adding that arrangements are underway to transport mango exports by refrigerated trucks. He noted exportation by planes is faced.....

Senegalese mango exports to the Ivory Coast increase
Mango exports from Senegal to the EU increased to 10,247 tons in 2014, up 2,042 tons compared to last season. This makes the country the second largest West African mango exporter, after the Ivory Coast. However, the country loses between 20-30% of its production every year due to whitefly which attacks.....

Costa Rica: Flooding washes out banana, pineapple fields
The flooding over the weekend is the latest setback for fruit producers who already have seen double-digit drops in exports during the last year because of inclement weather. Costa Rica is the world’s single largest producer of pineapples and the second largest banana producer behind Ecuador. Both fruits.....

Fiji: Good demand for pineapple export
There are provisions for a good pineapple export market for Fiji considering that New Zealand intends to import 500 tonnes of pineapple on an annual basis.This was revealed by divisional planning officer North Alipate Bolalevu, who said during the Seaqaqa District Development Advisory Council meeting.....

Costa Ricans consume 17 imported avocados per year
Avocados are frequently consumed in Costa Rica, regardless of the season or the political discussions of the day.Between April 2014 and March 2015, the country bought 82 million units in the international market, which are estimated to have covered 40% of the fruit's total demand.This entails that each.....

Avo industry working on quality, consistency
The Australian avocado season is just finishing in Northern Queensland, with Central Queensland half way through and South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales part way through. The national volume is holding steady at 200 000 to 220 000 trays per week, according to John Tyas, CEO of Avocados.....


Falling demand from the U.S. and the Netherlands
Costa Rica loses ground in pineapple market
Costa Rica's pineapple exports registered a 12% drop during the first five months of the year and experts believe this trend could continue for the remainder of 2015.Fruit sales, considered one of the engines of the Costa Rican agricultural market, dropped from $ 376 million in 2014 to $ 331 million in.....


Demeter bananas from the Dominican Republic
Distinguishable and reasonably priced bananas from Demeter
Farming for Demeter is a special undertaking. Fruit and vegetables are produced according to specified bio-dynamical and anthroposophic principles. The company Grell Naturkost is a regional wholesaler for organically produced products, near Kaltenkirchen in the north Germany. "Demeter bananas from the.....


Mexico: Mango growers Michoacan announce drop in exports
Even though the municipality of Paracuaro was officially declared a zone of low prevalence of fruit flies in January 2015, allowing it to export fruits -such as mango- without restrictions to the United States, this season was not very good as only nearly 5,400 tons of the approximately 9,000 tons of mango.....


Mexico: Researchers warn of pesticides in avocado crops
The use of pesticides to control pests associated with avocado cultivation in the region of Uruapan and other municipalities has become a serious health problem and needs to be urgently addressed to prevent the collapse this agricultural industry, one of the biggest ones in Mexico. We also need to address it.....

Vietnam undercut by China in US lychee market
Fruit farmers in Vietnam began shipping lychees to the US by plane at the start of June, attempting to compete with their Chinese competitors in the US market, according to the website of Hong Kong-based newspaper Wen Wei Po.Just half a month down the line, however with Vietnamese lychees priced at three.....

AU: Picking fruit at night boosts mango production
Queensland’s mango growers have been the first to pioneer new picking and sorting technology, using hi-tech LED and camera’s to improve productivity.Piñata Farms has developed a new machine allowing their army of workers to pick fruit at night out of the hot sun, more than tripling their crop yield every.....


Singapore: Low durian prices bring good sales
Durian season is in full swing, with Singaporeans indulging in this year's bountiful harvest by buying more of the spiky fruit and throwing durian parties.On June 20, The Straits Times reported a bumper crop of durians in Malaysia, resulting in lower prices in Singaport.Ten durian sellers whom SundayLife!.....

India: Zero residue technology in pineapple farming
In its efforts to go organic, Vazhakkulam Pineapple Growers and Processors (Agro Park) has started encouraging the usage of zero residue technology for pineapple farming.The organisation has joined hands with Camson Biotechnologies to demonstrate the advantages of zero residue farming for its 200 key members.....

California Avocado Commission promotes sandwich campaign
The California Avocado Commission (CAC) is sandwiching its summer outreach with a sandwich-themed program that encompasses consumer advertising, social media, retail and foodservice activity, public relations and influencer outreach.“The Distinctly Californian consumer advertising campaign links classic.....


Growth of processing sector, Spanish subtropical products
Over the last three decades, La Axarquia has become a large producer of subtropical fruits. Its privileged climate, with mild winters and virtually no frost, has allowed mango and avocado plantations to adapt perfectly to the environment, thus creating a great economic engine with a large potential. The.....


Now also carambolas under YAMI at Aartsenfruit
In May, Aartsenfruit introduced YAMI, a new brand for products from Asia. "Our first product under this brand was Chinese ginger, and now we're presenting the second product under this private label: carambolas. The YAMI carambolas are available daily in the sizes 20 and 24. Together with our partner in.....


Mexico could sue Costa Rica for closing their borders to avocado
Yesterday Mexico warned of a possible lawsuit against Costa Rica at the World Trade Organization (WTO) because it had closed its borders to avocado.Even though the Mexican government reiterated their priority was dialogue, they announced they would decide by June 30 whether they would present an alert of the.....

Zero duty for Pakistani mangoes in US?
The United States is likely to implement zero duty on import of Pakistani mangoes in the upcoming Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), a senior Ministry of Commerce official told The Express Tribune.The officer said that a high-level meeting between the ministry and US officials was held recently to.....

"The trade can not afford a price war "
Bananas 20% dearer due to exchange rate
Apricots, peaches, melons and strawberries are popular varieties of summer fruit. Consumers like summer fruit when it is warm and in turn, demand drops for other fruit eg. apples and bananas. "This summer the demand for bananas continues to be very good," says a major German importer of fruit, " due to the.....

Bangladeshi mangoes on route to UK
Mangoes from Chapainawabganj yesterday started their maiden journey for the United Kingdom, where they would be stocked on the shelves of Walmart-owned supermarket chain Asda.Basirul Islam, owner of Barkullah Traders, has sent 2,000 kilogrammes of mangoes to Dhaka-based fresh agro product exporter Dip.....


Greece: Lower watermelon production as a result of bad weather
According to Panos Goumas, Sales Manager at Agrexpo S.A., the Greek watermelon production this season is smaller than last year as a result of the weather conditions. “The weather in Europe is currently quite bad for summer time; in Poland, temperatures range between 12 and 18 degrees and this affects the.....

World market report: June 15-21 2015
Stable world apple market, grape season wraps up in S. Hemisphere
In the U.S., the first prices of Southern Hemisphere Fuji and Cripps Pink were reported. In Europe Continent, stable market with a wide supply from the Southern H. In the UK, the market is quiet and focused on South African supply. In Russia, Red Delicious and Pink Lady remain with steady prices and with.....


Costa Rica and its unusual war on Hass avocado
Entrepreneurs charging against the government, happy local producers and a minister that gives avocados to an international chain have been some of the ingredients this week in the unusual war that the restrictions on the importation of Hass avocados has created in Costa Rica.On Thursday, the Minister of.....

Popularity of Mexican, Chilean avocados grows in China
The avocados from across the globe are conquering the Chinese market at a rapid pace thanks to their considerably reduced price and to a better understanding of their nutritional value by consumers.According to customs statistics, fresh fruit exports to China increased 22.8 percent over the year and amounted.....

Compensation guaranteed, still 'no idea' on amount for Tully grower
Funding promise surprised Tully banana grower
News that the Federal Government will contribute one third of the compensation costs for Tully banana growers the Robsons and the Reppels was a welcome surprise for one of the growers affected. Mark Reppel had one of his properties quarantined and plantings tested for the Panama TR4 fungal pathogen, and has.....

Old fruit handling methods hurt Bengal mango trade
Malda district in West Bengal, which is facing over production of the fruit, has not been able to gain from EU's withdrawal of the ban, primarily because of local-level old pre-and post-harvest fruit handling practices. According to CB Singh, assistant general manager, Agricultural and Processed Food.....


Senegal: EU Mango exports continues to rise
Mango trees were first brought to Senegal at the end of the 19th century although grafting techniques and the first American varieties didn’t crop up before the 1970s and large-scale orchards with export-oriented varieties only started appealing by the end of the 1990s.The year 2000 has been the turning.....


Congestion at largest lychee market in Vietnam
During the litchi season, the roads to the litchi market in Luc Ngan district, Bac Giang province are congested every morning because of hundreds of trucks and motorcycles flocking to the market. Some pictures of the largest litchi market in Vietnam.Farmers in Luc Ngan District of Bac Giang Province are busy.....

Avocados finding market amongst Chinese middle class
Most of avocado imports are supplied by Mexico and Chile. But increased demand means that there is still room for more exporters to grab a succulent bite of the Chinese market. In fact, countries such as New Zealand and Peru have also expressed interest in selling their excess production to China. Still,.....

Bangladesh: Losses due to mango harvest restriction
Mango growers and traders of Chapainawabganj, the major mango producing region of the country, are incurring huge loss in the peak season despite a bumper and chemical-free production.Many traders, orchard owners and people associated with mango business are not even able to recover the investment let alone.....

Peru: Enterprises expand exporting ranges
Peruvian enterprises continue modernizing their production processes by accessing to training courses and certifications. This way, value-added agro-exports increased from US$393 million in 2000 to over US$4.23 billion in 2014.One of the comprised enterprises was DanPeru Trujillo S.A.C. Its goods were.....


Japan authorises importation of Vietnamese mangoes
The Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Aquaculture has authorised importations of Vietnamese mangoes from Xuan Lox. The quality of the fruit was praised by a delegation of Japanese experts and large companies following a visit to the province of Dong Nai. The mangoes are grown in Xuan Lo where.....

Partnership to bring ripe avocados to doorstep
Reinhart Foodservice and Avocados from Mexico (AFM), have announced they have joined forces to bring ripe avocados right to your operation’s doorstep. AFM, which represents the always in season fruit, will now be packaged under Reinhart’s Good Roots Produce™ brand, offering operators fresh, convenient.....

India: 35% increase in mango exports to US
The Lasalgaon irradiation centre has till June 20 treated 272 tonnes of mangoes for export to the US and is expecting a 35% rise in supply to the country by the end of the season.Vasai-based Agrosurg Irradiators India Pvt Ltd, which is commercially operating the Lasalgaon irradiation centre, has set a target.....

Pakistan: Mango consignment denied Dutch visa
Pakistan’s mango exports to the European Union (EU) and United Kingdom have once again come under the radar after a Pakistani mango consignment was rejected in Amsterdam due to the presence of fruit fly, marking the first such instance this year.“This is the first rejection of any mango consignment this.....

Nepal: Fruits become cheaper as supplies increase
Fruit prices have fallen in the Kathmandu Valley following a rise in supplies with the price of apple, in particular, recording a sharp drop. Popular fruits such as apple, banana, mango and pomegranate have lost up to Rs100 per kg over the last two weeks.Apples, which were being sold at Rs200 per kg.....

Spain: Trops expects to close mango and avocado campaign with 50 million in turnover
The results achieved by Trops, a leader in the production and marketing of tropical fruits, mainly mangoes and avocados, could not be better. So much so that the firm, which brings together more than 2,300 growers, expects to close the 2014-2015 mango and avocado campaign with a 50 million Euro turnover,.....


Bert Barmans:
“Volume SunGold at pre-PSA level”
In April the first Zespri kiwis from New Zealand arrived in the port of Zeebrugge. Bert Barmans, CEO of Zespri Europe, made time for an exclusive interview with Primeur. We asked him about his expectations for the season, the advantage of a brand in fresh produce, the impact of PSA, and of course if we can.....


Hand pollination breeding next Aus mango success
Hand cross-pollination of mango plants may have produced the next export success story for the Australian mango industry, with two new varieties – Lady Jane and Lady Grace – destined to hit overseas shelves starting from next season. “Lady Jane was planted about two years ago and is developing nicely, Lady.....

Early fruits bring profit to Mekong Delta farmers
In Tien Giang and Ben Tre Province, farmers are harvesting durians. Lu van Thien, deputy chief of Cai Mon Cooperative in Cho Lach District in Ben Tre said that traders suggested buying durian at VND25,000- 35,000 per kilogram, bringing high profit to farmers.Experts from The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural.....

India: Ultra high density mango planting to increase harvest
As part of the National Horticulture Mission, the department of horticulture in Madurai has introduced ultra high density planting of mango this year.“While high density planting of mango is being practiced by farmers in T. Kallupatti and Sedapatti for the last two years, the ultra high density planting,.....

US considers restrictions on Costa Rican pineapples
The US has had a sharp increase in the amount of shipments intercepted that found Costa Rican pineapple and chayote exports with pests and diseases. The country is threatening restrictions on these exports.This problem has risen significantly in the past two years, the US phytosanitary administration.....

Inspectors confiscate 16 tons of mangos
Luxembourger inspectors have confiscated 16 tons of fairly traded mangoes that were en route from Africa to a Freiburger aid project. Some of the fruits were infested with parasites. The complete shipment of mangoes is a good 30,000 organic fruits, which were en route from Africa to Freiburg so serve a good.....

U.S. avocado consumption ripe
There is no crop that has had a trajectory as steep as the avocado. Since 2010, consumption has gone up between 10 and 30 percent every year, which is one reason why avocado prices are increasing. Dan Stone recently wrote a piece called "Thanks to America, We’ve Reached Peak Avocado" for National.....

Dominican Republic: Drought affects mango production
More than 50 percent of the mango varieties that are on display at the Mango Fair could not be presented to the public.Only 50 of the more than 100 varieties that were presented in the past years could be observed in the event, which opened last Thursday.The activity mobilized people from different parts of.....

Malaysia: Pilot program to grow MD2 pineapple variety
Sixty farmers in Kota Marudu will be the first in Sabah to grow a pineapple variety produced through tissue culture technology under a pilot project, after receiving 20,000 seedlings of the MD2 variety, Monday.The seedlings were symbolically handed to them by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk.....

Hong Kong: Thai govt. says that turmeric-soaked durian is safe
The Commerce Ministry will help the Agriculture Ministry to clarify health concerns Hong Kong officials have about the use of the turmeric liquid in exported durian.The move comes as the ministries warned Thai exporters and farmers not to use any substances that could affect consumer confidence.Duangkamol.....


BQ Fruits offers mangos to Europe through summer
With over 300 hectares GlobalG.A.P.-certified growing areas in Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit, Sinaloa, Guerrero and Oaxaca, BQ Fruits currently has the production and logistics to serve the Dutch, Russian, Spanish and Italian markets. They'll have Mexican mangos available to those markets through September.“We.....

India: Mangoes from other states worries UP growers
Dussehris from Gujarat and Hyderabad are filling in the void created in the mango market by delayed Lakhnavi dussehri, making mango growers in the belt worry over increased competition for the GI-protected variety.Usually, Malihabadi dussehri starts selling by the end of May, but unseasonal rain and long.....

Peru, Nicaragua, Chile and Panama to cover Costa Rica's avocado demand
Even though employers insist there well be a strong shortage of avocados, the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) considers that there will be no shortage of the fruit in coming weeks as it has processed import permits to bring avocado from Peru, Nicaragua, Chile and Panama.Francisco Dall'Anesse, director of.....

Bangladesh: Planning for a mango economy
Bangladesh, with help from agencies like the FAO, has taken a major step towards overcoming the restrictions developing countries face in exporting their agro products and produces to the supermarkets in the West in order to command a premium price.The country produces roughly one million tonnes of mangoes.....

Pakistani mango ‘Sindhri’ now available in Chicago
Sindh’s signature fruit Sindhri mangoes have made their way to the US city of Chicago, in addition to other locations of the world; Canada and Singapore being two of them. On Wednesday, the US Consulate General in Karachi posted a picture on its Facebook page, showing Sindhri mangoes neatly displayed in a.....


Passion fruit consumption expanding to new markets
"Every year, the product is consumed in more markets. Its intense flavour with strong, naturally concentrated aroma makes passion fruit stand out from other tropical fruits. It has become an important ingredient in world cuisine, thereby boosting the product's marketing and demand," points out Ricardo.....

Deadly papaya pest detected in Tanzania
A destructive pest that attacks papaya plants and other crops, and was first detected on the continent in West Africa has moved to the East African coast, according to experts.Scientists at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Tanzania fear that the deadly pest could put food.....

Mango Mania Display Contest set to start in July
The National Mango Board (NMB) will host their annual Mango Mania Display Contest throughout the month of July. More than $10,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to 24 winners. New this year, everyone wins just by entering the contest; the NMB will send a $15 Amazon digital gift card to the email address.....


High supply, lower consumption
Mango market under pressure
“In recent weeks, the mango market has dealt with an oversupply from many countries at the same time. In addition to the African Kent mangoes (Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso), there are supplies from Central and South America from Brazil, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Mexico. In addition, Israel is able to.....

NZ avocados achieve record sales
New Zealand’s largest ever avocado crop has been successfully harvested, packed and marketed with a massive 7 million trays sold during the 2014-15 season. Jen Scoular, Chief Executive of NZ Avocado, today announced the new record volume which was 43 per cent higher than last season, and up from a previous.....

Peru: Grapes, asparagus, avocados lead agro-exports
Last year alone, Peru’s production of avocados grew by 16%, enduring the harsh climates. This goes to show the strength of the agricultural industry in Peru.Similarly grapes, asparagus and avocado are currently ranked highest for volume in agro-exports, reports Gestion.These products are leading the growth.....

Flavour profile, origin stories key to Aus mango success
The Guimarra Companies, the first importer on record to receive Australian mangoes into the US, feels there is a ‘good opportunity’ to market the sweet, quintessentially Australian fruit to US consumers. “We worked with our retail partners to help them develop customized marketing materials. The materials.....