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Colombian avocados want a spot in U.S. guacamole bowls
U.S. consumer demand for the green, buttery vegetable is spiking. And Colombia - armed with a free-trade agreement with the United States - is hoping to be the next big player in America's guacamole bowl.They're still not contenders, as they need to jump through phytosanitary and regulatory hoops to enter.....

Pineapple farm’s lucky escape from two tropical cyclones
One major pineapple farming company, which also grows mangoes, has managed to escape the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Marcia, which ravaged Yeppoon, Rockhampton and Bundaberg in Central Southern Queensland, and Tropical Cyclone Lam, which hit the Northern Territory around the same time, this past weekend,.....


"Pickme" – Sam Agri fresh Pomegranate Arils and fresh Cut Coconuts
Sam Agri - India, the pioneer in Ready-To-Eat fresh pomegranate arils, has launched a new brand "Pickme", followed by new types of eye catching easy to handle packaging. Sam Agri's Arils fits the emerging trend of prepared convenience food for the fast paced life style. "Our Arils have no preservatives, no.....


Minagri: Peru second largest exporter of avocados
In the last 15 years Peru has gone from non-existent exporter to second in line.Minagri confirms Peru as second largest exporter of avocadosThe Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) confirms that Peru has reached the esteemed position as second highest exporter of hass avocados in the world.Peru.....


US: Avocado harvest expected to peak earlier
“Avocado consumption continues to grow. In 2014, it was up by five percent compared to 2013. Production in California on the other hand was down last year. This year’s production growth forecast is 15 percent”, says Rob Wedin from Calavo Growers. “California and Mexico, the two most significant avocado.....


Alexander Mulder, Frankort & Koning: large sizes 13 Euro
Pineapple scarce due to cold and rain in Costa Rica
Pineapple is very scarce at the moment due to the heavy rainfall and low temperatures in Costa Rica. "It is taking much longer on the plantations for the fruit to reach the desired brix level and this has slowed down the supply considerably," says Alexander Mulder, who is responsible for pineapple within.....

California shipping avocados earlier
Californian avocado growers intend to start shipping their production before Peru, which expects high production volumes this season.During the first three months of the year, producers are expected to double their shipments compared to the volumes exported during the same period in 2014. For the second.....


Skyrocketing prices in Europe
Costa Rica: Heavy rainfall affects pineapple shipments
Rainfall and low temperatures in the north and the Caribbean are slowing down the pace of the pineapple harvest in Costa Rica."Due to the cold, it takes much longer for the fruit to reach the desired Brix level, consequently slowing down the normal flow of shipments," pointed out Alexander Mulder,.....

US: Mexican mango imports expected to pick up
While shipments of mangos from Mexico this season have lagged behind shipments from previous seasons, it's expected that imports will rise in the coming weeks.“Volumes are a bit behind Mexico so far, compared to the last two years,” said Gary Clevenger of Freska Produce International. “But, from what we are.....

Peru: Promote the planting of soursop
Sierra Exportadora will promote the planting of soursop in the economic corridors of Motupe-Kañaris (Lambayeque) and Chulucanas-Morropón-Huancabamba (Piura), located in the northern highlands of Peru, announced its CEO, Alfonso Velasquez Tuesta."We're looking to generate a new business chain with this new.....

"African mango producers passing up opportunities"
Solid prices for mangoes
Mangoes are still yielding solid prices. "There isn't much available. The Peruvian season has all but ended, Brazil is drawing to a close, and then it's waiting for other countries. No large volumes are coming in from Costa Rica either, so then we'll have to wait for the African countries and Puerto Rico,".....


Apeda seeks commitment on mango exports to Japan
With mango exports to Japan falling in the past three years, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) has sought a commitment on the quantity from potential shippers.For this year, Apeda has asked each exporter to commit to at least 50-70 tonnes; for 2016 and 2017,.....

Spain: Kaki production expected to double in 5 years
The Spanish kaki campaign is coming to an end, with production volumes having reached approximately 210,000 tonnes, as reported by Cirilo Arnandis, president of the PDO Kaki Ribera del Xúquer, at the recent edition of Fruit Logistica, in Berlin."It was a difficult season," he said, "and the Russian veto has.....


US: Wrapping up a good pomegranate season
California is the main producing state for US pomegranates. “The season runs from September until January and we are finishing up right now”, said Vance Uchiyama with Trinity Fruit Sales. “Supplies were very good this season and the quality was excellent. We had a big supply of size 22s and that’s the size.....

Malaysian pineapple import threat leaves growers ‘on edge’
Importing pineapples potentially infected with a deadly exploding virus from Malaysia into Australia would mean devastation to the $80m a year industry, according to growers and experts on the issue. “Growers feel like they’re on the edge as we don’t know when these pineapples will be allowed into the.....

US trade could ease bumper AU lychee season
The Australian lychee season is expected to end in a flourish after a sluggish start to summer. Growers have foreshadowed a strong supply of high quality fruit will hit stores soon. The later finish is due to North Queensland’s delayed production.The back end of the season comes as America opens its doors to.....


Colombian avocados want spot in U.S. market
Colombia is hoping to become a major player in the booming U.S. avocado market. U.S. demand for the buttery fruit increased 174 percent from 2000 to 2014. U.S. consumer demand for the green, buttery vegetable is spiking. And Colombia — armed with a free-trade agreement with the United States — is hoping to.....

Philippines: Cocowater could save coconut industry
The commercial production of coconut water can help the ailing domestic coconut industry by providing another revenue source for marginalized farmers, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala.“Coconut farmers are the poorest in the agriculture sector. But this time, we will use coconut to change the lives of.....

India: Apeda foots bill for Japanese mango export
In order to provide impetus to mango exporters and explore the Japanese markets, the country's agricultural export promotion body, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), has decided to bear 90 per cent expenses incurred for stationing of the quarantine inspector till.....


Tom Verbakel, Nature's Pride:
"Shortages on the avocado market. Why?"
The avocado market is currently going through a period of shortages. Tom Verbakel, responsible for avocados at Nature's Pride, explains the tight market with a glimpse into the situation per area of origin.ChileThe number of containers that will be exported in the coming weeks, has once again been adjusted.....

Move to ease restrictions on Mexican avocados
The Department of Agriculture is considering a rule that would allow Hass avocados to be imported to the United States from Mexico.Under the proposed rule, individual Mexican states would have to meet certain requirements including trace back labeling, orchard certification, pre-harvest orchard surveys,.....


Piñata Farms harvests historic Top End pine crop
One of Australia's largest pineapple producers, Piñata Farms, will harvest its first Top End-grown pineapples this week. The Sunshine Coast-based grower is the only commercial pineapple producer in the Northern Territory.It expects to send 30,000 trays of Top End-grown Mareeba Gold pines to market this.....

Mangoes to turn sour for common man
Mango, the king of fruits may not be sweet for common man this season. There are clear indications of a considerable dip in the yield due to climatic variations.Low yield per hectare and trees being infected by pests have added to the dip in production. Usually, by mid-February, the mango trees are supposed.....

State to start export of mangoes
The government is getting ready to start the export of mangoes from the State to the West. Currently, not one mango from the State lands up in supermarket shelves outside the country.Recognising the potential of export of the king of fruits — whose production had touched eight lakh tonnes last year — the.....


Christian Herrera León, CANAPEP:
"Pineapple consumption in Europe is still very low"
Costa Rica's pineapple sector is being affected by the 17% appreciation of the dollar against the Euro, as this takes a toll on the company's sales to the European Union."We are optimistic about being able to keep prices at very similar levels to last year. While the Euro has depreciated quite a bit, it has.....


Calypso® Aussie mangoes hit in US
The first shipment of Australian ‘Calypso®’ mangoes exported to the United States has had an extremely favourable reaction from retailers and consumers.Grower OneHarvest dispatched 700 trays of the luscious golden tropical fruit with the rosy pink blush to the US as part of a commercial trial organised by.....


Craig McBain - Halls
“We have invested heavily in the ready to eat format"
Halls is celebrating 125 years in business this year. The company was started in 1890 in South Africa and is still owned by the founding family. Halls CEO, Craig McBain said this was a year to pay homage to the forefathers who played their part in the company’s rich history.Halls has evolved from a farming.....


Honduras' pearl guava crops surpassed Chinese ones
In 1999, the Taiwanese Technical Mission (MTT) introduced the Taiwanese guava variety into the country as part of an agreement on agricultural and technical cooperation."You have been very clever in taking advantage of the fishing technical input and even of the Taiwanese guava. In fact, we have to buy this.....

US: Mango market steady, West Coast prices higher
Prices for imported mangos have held steady over the last few weeks as supplies continue to come in from Peru and Mexico. Shipments from Peru, which are expected to continue through mid-April, continue to trail those from the previous season.On the week ending February 7, 2015, 6.0 million boxes of mangos.....


Guatemala ready to export avocados
"We are an association of 22 companies and we are ready to start exporting avocados," announced the president of the Avocado Committee, Marco Quilo, at the recent Fruit Logistica 2015, in Berlin, during an interview to FreshPlaza.The country currently has approximately 7,500 hectares for the cultivation of.....


India: Improvements in infrastructure bring more opportunities
The infrastructure in India is growing at a rapid pace. The roads are twice as good as they were just three years ago and as a result, grape quantities have grown and are feeding the market. "If someone had been to India just five years back and came back now, they would already see a big difference.....


Passionfruit oversupply despite lack of rain, blistering heat
The Australian passionfruit industry has expanded its growing area to ensure consistent supply, and manage periods of undersupply when the price can spike. “Due to changeable growing conditions the passionfruit industry has expanded its growing regions through Northern New South Wales and.....


Season to kick off in March
Brazilian avocados expect good prices in Europe
The Brazilian Hass avocado season will start in March and continue until October."In February, we have already been harvesting some avocados of the Fuerte variety, then in early March we will start with large volumes of Hass, which will be marketed mainly in the European market," explains Vitor Falanghe.....

India: Alphonso mangoes to South Korea?
Maharashtra's sweet delicacy — Alphonso mangoes — would go to a new destination this year. The Union government is in talks with South Korea to start export of the Alphonso and other varieties of Indian mangoes this season.The government is also exploring markets for Indian mangoes in some other.....


Sigfrido Molina, manager of Sigfrido S.L.U.
"Spanish Hass avocado season to finish earlier due to high European demand"
The Spanish Hass avocado season is currently at a more advanced stage than usual and will finish within about a month and a half. For this reason, companies like Sigfridod S.L.U. are already contacting overseas suppliers to be ready for an early start of the off-season campaign."The window for Spanish.....

US: Juice made passion fruit popular
“In the United States, passion fruit is grown in California and Florida, but this time of the year is a non-peak period. Although passion fruit is available most months of the year, the peak time for the US is June, August and September”, says Karen Caplan, President & CEO of Frieda’s Specialty Produce......


Spain: Mercadona bought 5,200 tonnes of kakis from La Ribera
Last season, the retail chain Mercadona increased its purchases of Valencian fruit by 55%.The company bought more than 5,200 tonnes of kaki persimmon to Valencian growers of the Regulatory Board La Ribera del Xúquer last season, which started in October 2014 and finished in January 2015.Mercadona purchases.....

AU: Fears about fresh 'exploding' pineapple imports
Michelle Landry is backing the local pineapple industry in its push against the proposed importation of Malaysian pineapples.The Capricornia MP said it was feared that if fresh de-crowned Malaysian pines were allowed into Australia, they would bring in a disease known to make pineapples explode.She said that.....


Innovative monitoring technology for Chilean Hass avocado
More than 600 small and medium Hass avocado producers from the IV and VI Region will benefit from the results of an innovative project which, by means of hyperspectral remote sensing, seeks to optimise the management of orchards and thus improve their yields.The initiative, led by the Universidad Mayor and.....

India: Farmers advised to sell coconut soon after harvest
The Agro Market Intelligence and Business Promotion Centre (AMI&BPC), Tiruchi, has advised farmers to sell coconut and copra upon harvest immediately as prices are unlikely to increase after April.In an advisory to farmers, the AMI&BPC said the price of coconut at the Pollachi market is expected to.....


Argentina: Good prospects for banana and pineapple imports
COSUR, based in Rosario, with cooling facilities in Villa Regina, in the Argentinian province of Rio Negro, annually produces 12,000 tonnes of pears, apples and peaches for the domestic market and their export to Italy, paying particular attention to developing in Eastern Europe. Looking to diversify, the.....

Peru: Piura's mango for export's price recovers
The chairman of the Board of Users of the Valley of San Lorenzo, David Cruz, said the mango for export's price had recovered and now stood at 50 soles per box.Unfortunately, he said, the production had decreased by 50% due to the weather, which prevented the fruit from flowering during the months of sporadic.....


Mexico: Jalisco to promote 2015 as the year of the avocado
The avocado from Jalisco has become relevant internationally, so much so that 2015 is expected to be the breakout year for this agricultural product, especially concerning exports to the US.According to preliminary data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food.....

US: Mexican mango import season begins
The season during which Mexican mangos are shipped to the United States began at the end of last month. By the end of January, over 54,000 boxes of fruit were imported from Mexico. The main varieties shipped from Mexico are Tommy Atkins and Ataulfo mangos. The main growing regions are Oaxaca and Chiapas, and.....


India: Pineapple prices dip
Owners of small pineapple holdings in the State face the prospect of being priced out of business because of a spell of price-fall that has seen the price of ripe fruit plunging from Rs. 47 a kg in late June to Rs. 13 a kg on Monday in the Vazhakkulam wholesale market.This is unprecedented and farmers may.....

India: Setting up global market centre for coconut
A proposal for setting up an international market centre in Kochi for coconut was put forth at the Asia Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) meeting which began here on Monday. The meeting discussed the issue and is expected to take a decision soon.Making a presentation at the APCC’s 18-member ministerial.....

US could soon start importing Hass avocados from South Africa
The global demand for Hass avocados is increasing every year, but especially in the U.S., which could soon see its first shipment of avocados from South Africa, according to a report in PerishableNews.The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is developing a Pest Risk.....


AU: Passionfruit prices skyrocket amid supply shortage
Passionfruit prices are skyrocketing, following a poor summer harvest in Australia's key production regions. About 4,000 tonnes of the pulpy fruit is grown nationally each year, with Queensland farmers contributing 60 per cent of the $12.3 million crop. Other major growing areas include northern New South.....

South Korea and China delegations
Peru mangoes, asparagus undergo phytosanitary controls
Peru’s Agriculture Ministry (Minagri) welcomed South Korea and China delegations of phytosanitary organizations this week to discuss the entry of Peruvian mangoes and asparagus, respectively, into their markets.A few months ago, in December 2014, the National Service of Agricultural Health-SENASA announced.....

Malaysia: Bringing ag products to Arab world
"Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wanted us to establish an agrobazar in Dubai and we have been working on this," said Shahid Abu Bakar, the Consul (Agriculture) at the agriculture section of the Malaysian Consulate-General in Dubai, to Bernama.If this is realised, the Dubai agrobazar will be the.....


Mexico: Colima soon allowed to export avocados
The Mexican Secretary for Rural Development, Adalberto Zamarroni, assured that avocado growers in the state of Colima could soon start exporting their product, since Senasica has confirmed producers have managed to keep their orchards free of the pest known as Conotrachelus aguacatae Barber, which, at.....


95% of the Peruvian Hass avocado is exported
Peru: Prohass to increase avocado consumption in domestic market
The Association of Hass Avocado Producers of Peru (Prohass) seeks to increase the consumption of Hass avocados in the domestic market by carrying out an awareness campaign, stated Arturo Medina Castro, CEO of Prohass.Currently, the per capita consumption of Hass avocado in Peru is low compared to other.....


Kenya's avocado sector gets U.S.$1Million boost
Promoting the avocado sector in Kenya will generate new export revenue for the country and create employment for its young and dynamic labour force, said Mr Anders Aeroe, Director of Market Development of the International Trade Centre (ITC).He said this at the launch of the USD 1 million project to enhance.....


Mexico: Chiapas to export rambutan
The president of Chiapas’ rambutan product system, Augusto Pérez López, stated that the agreement signed between the National Foreign Trade Bank (Bancomext), the Mexican Business Council for Foreign Trade, Investment and Technology (COMCE), and the Government of Chiapas will increase the opportunities of.....

US: Uncertain how many Australian mangos will ship to US
While Australian mango exporters now have access to the United States market, it's uncertain how many shipments will actually make it to the U.S. Australian exporters can offer American consumers varieties not usually seen in U.S., but competition from other countries and long shipping distances could.....

Nanotech mango boxes to reduce fruit losses
An international team of researchers has developed special packaging that will help ensure mangoes reach their destination in prime condition.The researchers, from Canada, Sri Lanka and India, discovered that a natural compound called hexanal delays the ripening of mangoes. From there, they used.....

India: Big prices for Alphonso mangoes
The prices of Alphonso mangoes are set to leave a bitter taste in your mouth. The first batch arrived at APMC market in Vashi at the end of January and sellers have set a price tag of Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,500 for a dozen.According to members of fruit merchants welfare associations, 140 to 150 boxes arrived. But.....


Ecuadorian pineapples go to Europe
"2014 has been really good to us; we have grown, we have learned a lot and we have expanded our acreage," affirms Ana Lizette Avilés Simpson, of Agroeden.Exclusively a producer and exporter of MD2 pineapples, Agroeden is based in Santo Domingo, Ecuador, where it harvests pineapples of all calibres grown on.....

Aussie growers deliver late-season lychee with bumper harvest
Summer fruit lovers across the nation are tipped to enjoy a bounty of luscious lychees in the coming weeks with growers reporting a strong supply of top quality fruit will hit stores soon following a slow start to the season.While the lychee harvest usually begins in far North Queensland in October, this.....


Peruvian Hass avocados to grow more in the U.S.
Hass avocado exports in the season that will start next April are expected to reach some 190,000 tonnes.James Bosworth, Ricardo Romero and Arturo Medina Castro, attending PMA FRESH SUMMIT 2014."While it is still a very preliminary estimate, this would represent an increase of 15% compared with the previous.....


Northern Territory Citrus Farm Takes on Banana Crop
Citrus farmer Richard Byllaardt, Managing Director of citrus farm Sevenfields, is taking on a new crop, bananas, following the eradication of nearby banana plantations by an outbreak of banana freckle disease. There are 600 plants in the ground, and the crop is expected to be commercially viable by the.....


André Boon, Scherpenhuizen:
"Unique market situation for mangoes"
Supplies of Peruvian mangoes to Europe are significantly lower this year. "When I was in Peru in November, producers were talking of a 30% lower harvest already. I was still a bit sceptical then, but figures show that so far, 40% fewer mangoes were shipped to Europe from Peru," says André Boon of the.....