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Tropical fruit

Peru: Higher Brix levels key to passion fruit exports

According to William Daga Avalos, a specialist in fruit trees of Sierra and Selva Exportadora, Peru currently has about 5 thousand hectares of passion fruit installed, mainly in Lambayeque (Motupe, Chiclayo, Jayanca), La Libertad (Viru), Ancash (Huarmey, Casma, Santa), and Lima (Barranca, Huacho).Daga Avalos.....

Spain: Mangoes so sweet they can make jam without adding sugar

With special mango cultivation techniques and following traditional recipes, a small company in Malaga has managed to create an organic mango jam that, due to its natural flavour and sweetness, does not need added sugars. This is turning it into the most popular and appreciated mango jam in the Spanish gourmet.....

Shanghai: Peruvian avocado kicks off

"The supply period of Peruvian avocados begins in week 17 and ends in week 25. We ship to Hong Kong and Shanghai, and mainly sell large volumes through wholesale markets.""We cooperate with several importers who are specialized in the export and distribution of avocados and other foreign fruits. We believe.....

Cinco Delicioso Campaign

Mexico’s avocado prepares for Cinco de Mayo

"Cinco de Mayo is the most important celebration of our Mexican brothers living in the US and the second largest sales date for our avocado," stated Avocados From Mexico, which is preparing its Cinco Delicioso (Delicious Cinco) campaign.As part of this effort, the retail promotion will be designed to inspire.....

China: Sanya Guifei Mangoes a hit in online sales event.

By the morning of 19th April, Alibaba's large sales event "Looking For Good Flavours around the World - Hainan"had broken the record for sales of tropical fruits on Taobao.com. More than 500 thousand boxes of Hainan tropical fruits had been sold altogether with the total sales volume reaching more than 20.....

Mexico: APEAM launches its first digital campaign in China

In recent days, and as a result of its efforts to promote the Mexican avocado in China, the Association of Producers, Packers and Exporters of Avocado from Mexico (APEAM), with the support of the international communication and marketing agency Sopexa, launched through its Avocados From Mexico (AFM) brand the.....

Worldwide demand for Mexican mangoes

Mexico: First weeks of mango campaign

"For the coming season the main export volumes will go to the US market, but we are growing in exports to Europe. There is a high demand for Mexican mango in this market, so we focus on continuous growth. Our main interest now is moving forward with new customers in this market. In addition, we notice that the.....

Mexico: Coconut production falls by 99% in Veracruz

Coconut production in the state of Veracruz has fallen by 99 percent due to the lethal yellowing disease and a complete lack of replanting, said the representative of the Coastal Society of Mexico and Coordinator of the National Council of Producers in the State, Carmen Belen Lihaut Sequera.She also stated.....

Sinaloa mango pack-house opens for the season

As a sign the Mexico mango season is gaining volume, the Crespo Group celebrated the opening of the Empaque Don Jorge pack-house for the 2018 season. Located in Rosario, Sinaloa, Empaque Don Jorge passed the USDA audits for their hot water tanks last week. The first box of mangoes was then packed that same.....

Chinese mango industry still problematic

Up until 2015 there were about 90 mango producing countries. Geographically speaking, mango plantations begin as far north as south Sichuan in China and go as far south as South America, an area that stretches across 30 degrees of latitude. Asia is the largest mango producing region in this area, with a.....

Alibaba and Thai government sign durian contract worth 3 billion yuan

Alibaba and the government of Thailand recently signed a 3 billion yuan [475.5 million USD] contract for the delivery of durians, which will be sold through such retail channels as Tmall, Hema, and RT-Mart. As for distribution, Cai Niao Distribution will open a direct route between China and Thailand for.....

Spain: Andalusian mango production up by 12%

This year's Andalusian mango production amounted to almost 23,700 tonnes, which is 12 percent more than last season, according to data from the Prices and Markets Observatory of the Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Andalusia.The entry into production of new plantations (around 15.....

Jaguacy Brasil invests in packing automation

Jaguacy Brasil invests in its structure every year to improve its Brazilian Avocado production. At the end of the Brazilian harvest in 2017, the efforts and investments in the packing house were for the acquisition of a high-performance optical classifier to meet the market's quality expectations."Working with.....

Mexico: Bad year for mangoes in Sinaloa

The President of the Baluarte Presidio Committee, Ismael Diaz, said that it would be a very difficult year for mango production in the south of the State.He said that the best expectation was rescuing 50 percent of the production once the season ends in mid-August.He also stated that there were already 3 years.....

Emiliano Escobedo on the impact of the Hass Avocado Board

“Since 2002, US avocado consumption has grown 250 percent”

The Hass Avocado Board (HAB) is an agriculture promotion group established in 2002 and is governed by federal law. It’s the organization’s mission to increase avocado consumption in the United States. “The organization is entirely funded and managed by the avocado industry under the oversight of the United.....

Myanmar mango exports to China started on April 20th

The Myanmar Trade Promotion Association reported that Myanmar mangoes were prohibited from export prior to April 20th. Wu Miaodu, president of the association, stated that a large volume of Sein Ta Lone mangoes is exported to China, Singapore, Brunei, and several European countries every year. Many traders.....

China: "Yongxing lychees may be this year's dark horse"

"The Lychee king, originally named Toad in the Moon, has a rich fruit flesh, sweet and sour juice, and it endures transport well. This product variety comes from Hainan and has already spread across production areas in Guangdong, Guangxi, and Fujian.Yongxing Village in Hainan is known as the "hometown of.....

Mangos: Farmed with love

Native to southeast Asia, mango trees thrive in tropical and subtropical climates all around the globe – Central and South America, the Caribbean, Florida, Hawaii, Asia, Africa, Australia, and parts of the Mediterranean. In these beautiful regions, mango farmers nurture and harvest this luscious nutritious.....

Pioneering first fruit drying house in Mozambique

A colonial inheritance from the Ihambane region in Mozambique consists of thousands of hectares of neglected coconut and mango plantations. The trees are still upright, the local population harvests the fruit for their own use, and for two years now, they’ve sold their harvest to AfriFruta as well. The company.....

China: Fall in price of coconuts

Most of the coconuts on the Chinese market are produced in Hainan. They can be eaten in any season of the year, but the tastiest and the most mature harvests are in July and August. In fact, coconuts can also be divided into green and red.This week, the price of coconuts at the Wanbang market showed a downward.....

Honduras plans to have 5,000 hectares of avocados

With the planting of some 560 hectares of different avocado varieties to replace imports, Honduras plans to reach some 5,000 hectares devoted to this crop.The facilitator of the avocado chain of the Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), Jose Antonio Romero Santos, said that China, Taiwan, was currently.....

Cuba: Project to double pineapple, guava, and mango plantations

The producers from Ciego de Avila are working on an ambitious project to have more than 17,000 hectares of tropical fruits before the end of 2020 and to duplicate the current plantations of pineapple, guava, and mango.At the end of last year there were more than nine thousand hectares of these species in Ciego.....

Peru: Pomegranate exports up 45% in the first two months of the year

According to data from the Association of Exporters (ADEX), in the first two months of the year, Peruvian pomegranate exports amounted to just over 7 million dollars, i.e. 45% more than in the same period of 2017.In the last five years, the pomegranate sector recorded its highest growth in 2014, when it grew.....

The First Avocado Festival held in Peru was a big success

The 1st Avocado Festival, organized by the Associations of Avocado Producers of the Chincha Valley, was held on the 12th and 13th of April in the district of Alto Laran-Chincha-Ica, in Peru and was a great success.The event, which included numerous activities for the dissemination of knowledge about the.....

Chile

Strategies to reduce water consumption in avocado plantations

Seeking strategies to face climate change, the Ministry of Agriculture, through the Institute of Agricultural Research INIA La Cruz, is evaluating different strategies to address water scarcity through the reduction of evaporation or evapotranspiration in avocado plantations.A field day was recently organised.....

Lychee prices increase year after year, but what about this year?

Lychee prices have gradually increased every year since 2009, and this development has sped up in the last two years. This makes people hopeful for lychee prospects this year. The major production areas in Hainan, Guangxi, and Guangdong all enjoy an excellent season. More than 90% of the flowers had blossomed.....

Dan Acevedo with GreenFruit Avocados

"Our new avocado ripening facility is the best way to control quality"

GreenFruit Avocados, a year-round grower, packer, shipper and marketer of Mexican avocados, has opened up a brand new ripening facility in California. After acquiring the empty building last year, the company renovated it and fitted it out with new ripening technology. The facility officially opened in.....

Senegal : 21,000 tons of mangoes exported in 2017

Senegal has announced that mango exports have increased from 6,000 tons in 2013 to 21,000 tons in 2017. During the last three years, 100,000 tons of horticultural produce was also exported, mainly to the EU market.

"Industry needs stronger mentality"

"Taiwan pineapple sales went up after Spring Festival"

"There is currently a relatively large surface area of pineapple plantations in Taiwan. And the plantations are distributed over a wide area. The most popular variety among plantation owners is Jinzuan pineapple (Tai Nong 17). The Jinzuan pineapple variety is fragrant, sweet, and smooth fibrous fruit flesh......

Market sales stable

China: "Hainan passion fruit production down 50%"

"Passion fruit is also called hen's egg fruit. It grows well between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius, and will suffer from frostbite or even die at temperatures below minus 2 degrees Celsius. Areas with an annual average above 18 degrees Celsius are perfect for passion fruit plantation, and it is easy to grow a.....

‘Avocado Intel’ program to focus on avocado category knowledge

As part of a continuing effort to strengthen its position in the global avocado marketplace, Mission Produce today announced the launch of ‘Avocado Intel,’ a full-scale avocado knowledge resource exclusively for Mission Produce customers.Offering a full slate of tools, the ‘Avocado Intel’ program is designed.....

"China could be a tempting market for the Cuban mango"

The mango plantations of the state-owned Victoria de Giron Agroindustrial Company, which is located about 140 kilometers southwest of Havana, disappear into the horizon.At present, the largest Cuban agricultural company cultivates its mangoes on about 12,000 hectares, although 45% of that territory is.....

Guatemala: Rambutan season shows remarkable growth

The rambutan season will start at the beginning of May and will be at full capacity until the end of August. The main market for this fruit is the United States, where 90% of the production goes.Meanwhile, the season looks very promising for the achacha. The main market for this fruit is Europe, especially.....

Australian consumers developing a taste for persimmons

Demand for persimmons in Australia is growing significantly, according to its peak industry body, which says the fruit has moved away from a niche fruit to a mainstream one in recent years.Brett Guthrey, President of Persimmons Australia, says the domestic market for persimmons increases each year as more and.....

Growers are working hard to cover the market demand

China: Guifei mango sales go through the roof

"The Guifei mango, which is also known as Red Golden Dragon, is an early-maturing variety of mango which has been developed in Taiwan Province. In 1997, it was brought to Hainan Province for the first time. The variety is very convenient to store and transport, it has a great taste and a pleasant smell. Its.....

The objective, to export $200 million in mangoes ten years from now

Mango production in the Dominican Republic

Last year, mango production in the country reached 34,314 tons, according to the Ministry of Agriculture (MARD). When compared to the production in 2007, mango production has had an accumulated growth of 36% in the last ten years, i.e. a 3.1% annual growth, which is very moderate for a country that aspires to.....

Christiaan van Ravenswaaij: season overlaps with Peru this year

“Airfreight mangoes from Ivory Coast are at their best now”

Importer Van Ravenswaaij from Veenendaal, the Netherlands, has been working on the mango season from Ivory Coast for a while now. This month the season started two weeks earlier than last year. “Later this week we expect the first proper volumes of Kent mangoes from Ivory Coast,” Christiaan van Ravenswaaij.....

Global Avocado Market - Key Findings And Insights

In 2016, the avocados market increased to 5,788K tonnes, expanding at +5.6% per year from 2007 to 2016. Over the last six years, the market displayed a consistent growth; it accelerated sharply from 2011-2016 after a period of relatively flat trend pattern with mild fluctuations from 2007 to 2010. The market.....

Spanish company with its own avocado production in Peru, Dominican Rep. and soon also Colombia

"We were pioneers in bringing organic agriculture to Peru and the Dominican Republic"

Founded 16 years ago by Francisco Claros, from Malaga, and with a family tradition in avocado production, Eurofresh is a company with 100% Spanish capital based in Malaga, with subsidiaries in Peru and the Dominican Republic and plans to expand also in Colombia."We work with local producers who are fully.....

Filling a void in in the market for high demand fruit

New organic mango program offers year-round availability

A void in the northeastern mango market is now being filled with organic fruit, thanks to a local Boston firm. Fruit will be available year-round, mostly from Mexico, as well as Peru, and Ecuador.Building on relationships with existing growersMorning Kiss Organic has an already established citrus market and.....

The key, more varieties

Dominican Republic harvests avocado all year round

In the Dominican Republic, consumers can eat avocados throughout the whole year, but with different supplies and prices. The supply that occurs from June to November is not the same as that from March to June, when there are extreme harvest cycles.Between June and November the average price per unit fluctuates.....

Ecuadorian MD2 pineapples have arrived in Spain

Although some pineapples have not been shipped yet due to the weather, 16 pallets from Ecuador have arrived at MercaMadrid this week, and another 8 pallets are arriving today. Next week, another 42 pallets are expected; an amount that is still insufficient to meet the demand.Juan Rivas and Andrés Álvarez.....

"The country needs to increase exports"

Mexico: Recommended market strategies for pineapples

Mexico currently ranks as the six biggest exporter of pineapples worldwide, but, according to estimates for the year 2030, the increase in global demand could put this country in a more advanced position, reaching an accumulated growth of almost 62%.According to a report published by SAGARPA, the Secretariat.....

Growing demand for Peruvian mangoes in Korea

The Kent mango variety cultivated by Peruvian producers has reached the Korean market. Even though the Korean market opened its doors to Peruvian mango two years ago, the volumes shipped there are still small.Currently, the demand for mangoes by Korean consumers and customers is growing due, in large part, to.....

China: Dongguan likely to produce record volume of lychees

This is the season when lychee flowers bloom. The flowers are numerous this year because weather conditions are excellent. There are fruit farmers who estimate that they will produce 60% more lychee this year than last year. They even suspect that this year will have the largest production volume in history......

Malaysia promotes first "traceable" refrigerated durian products

The Malaysia-Chinese Association "One Belt, One Road" Center organised an introductory ceremony for Malaysia's first "traceable" refrigerated durian in Kuala Lumpur on April 6th. The tracking system was developed and manufactured by the China Certification & Inspection Group.A Malaysian employee displays.....

Mexico: Cold weather affects Colima mango harvest

The low temperatures recorded at the beginning of the year are expected to decrease mango production in 2018. As a result, producers don't expect to match the 750 thousand boxes that were marketed in 2017.The president of the State Council of Mango Producers, Martel Martinez Jimenez, said that the beginning of.....

Tancitaro, municipality of Michoacan

Guinness record for the world's biggest guacamole

Tancitaro, which has a little more than 30 thousand hectares, is a world leader in the production of avocado; a leadership it wanted to demonstrate by making the largest guacamole in the world. It weighed a total of 3,788 kilograms, breaking the world record that was held by the municipality of Buenos Aires de.....

"We have been one of the first to sell organic pineapples under our own brand"

Spain: "Small organic pineapples achieve better sales"

Pineapples are usually sold under the brands of the producers. In the case of organic pineapples, there are hardly any brands owned by marketers in Spain and in the rest of Europe."At the end of last week, we received the first organic MD2 pineapples from Costa Rica labelled under our own brand, which have.....

Mexican avocado exports to China increased by 6% in 2017

Avocados appeared on the plates of more Chinese people last year. This demand for avocados encouraged the growth of Chinese import of avocados from Mexico. Data from the Mexican Ministry of Economic Affairs shows that Mexico exported 8.75 million kg of avocados to China in 2017. Their export value was 255.47.....

Peru: Casma will export its mangoes under the Puquymi brand

The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) gave to the Casma Farmers' Association the Puquymi collective brand, which will allow them to enter and compete in the most demanding international markets.Puquymi is a Quechua word that means February's sweet ripe fruit.The Minister of Foreign Trade and.....

Gahl Crane with Eco Farms

US: "Retail promotions really help avocado movement"

Supplies of avocados out of California are increasing as the weeks go by. So far, volume has been steady out of both Mexico and California, with no adverse weather conditions. The only exception was an expected holiday in Mexico last week which saw a drop in production across the country."We are seeing good.....

Large volumes to France, Germany and Belgium

West African mango season in full swing

The African mango season is in full swing. The south of Mali, the west of Burkina Faso, the northwest of Guinea and the north of Ivory Coast combined are good for 75 per cent of the entire West African production. Djienma Hema from Burkina Faso, buyer of tropical fruit and advisor for many African agricultural.....

Low price market entry for Xiamen loquats

The Xiamen loquat season begins every year in March and April when the loquat enter the market. Not only is the quality of the Xiamen loquat better than last year as a result of excellent weather, the price is also lower than last year as a result of an increased production volume.Sichuan and Yunnan loquat.....

Peru expects to end the mango season with 200,000 tons of exports

According to the general manager of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Peruvian Mango (APEM), Juan Carlos Rivera Ortega, Peruvian fresh mango exports in the 2017/2018 season could reach 200 thousand tons, which would represent an 11.73% increase over the 179 thousand tons dispatched in the previous.....

Mexico: Colima could export mangoes to Russia

Jose Anguiano Negrete, a mango exporter, said that the United States was their main market. However, he added, "we are also opening new markets. Some mangoes go to Korea and on April 15 we will send samples of Tommy mangoes and papayas to Russia by plane, as many planes arrive in Cancun and return empty. We.....

Ine Potting, Scherpenhuizen:

"I believe the market can handle more avocados this summer"

This summer, Peru, Mexico and South Africa are expecting larger avocado volumes.Ine Potting is, nevertheless, not concerned about there being an over-supply. "I am convinced that the market can handle these large volumes and that the demand will still outweigh the supply", she says. Ine has been appointed as.....

Costa Rica

"April and May are the ideal months for pineapple promotions"

"The months of April and May are the ideal time for promotions because, due to our geographical location, we have a drier climate in our farms in Costa Rica, therefore we have a high availability of pineapples with an excellent quality and excellent brix, internal condition, and external color, "said Erick.....

Culture of gift-giving

Japan: 'Egg of the Sun' mango

Luxury fruit stores exist in cities throughout Japan, often located in high-end shopping centres and department stores, and will often carry a few prime Egg of the Sun mangoes. One of the most well-known shops is Tokyo's Sembikiya, which has several retail locations. Even if you don't intend on buying.....