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Tropical fruit


A tour of a California avocado grove

Avocado picking requires highly skilled laborers

The California avocado season is peaking and with June being California Avocado Month, timing is perfect for a tour of an avocado grove. The Golden State has about 2,000 commercial avocado growers who farm 54,000 acres of avocados together. Ranches are based as far north as Monterey county and as far south as.....

Main production areas have bumper harvest, storage is difficult

China: Price of lychee takes a dive

Lychees had a high "social status" only two weeks ago, but now the tropical fruit has become the main sales promotion in many fruit stores. The discount on lychees can be as high as 50%. The current price is 15 yuan [2.33 USD] per 0.5 kg, while the price of "King Lychee" was 30 yuan [4.66 USD] per 0.5 kg last.....

Apeel Avocados available at Costco and Harps Food Stores

Today, Apeel Sciences announced that Del Rey Avocado Company is supplying Apeel avocados to Costco Wholesale (COST) stores in the U.S Midwest. Additionally, Apeel avocados supplied by Eco Farms are now available at Harps Food Stores, an Associated Wholesale Grocers chain of supermarkets in the Midwest. Soon,.....

Mexico: Mango crops affected by Hurricane Bud

Nearly 10% of the orchards in the region suffered damage as a result of the strong winds caused by the tropical depression Bud.Daniel Ibarra Lugo, the president of the Mango Exporters Association of the fruit fly free zone, said that the winds in the different production areas reached speeds between 40 and 55.....

Spain: Operational group for subtropical fruits created

At the Mayora Experimental Centre, Asaja Málaga has presented the operational group "Diagnosis and solutions for the organic production of tropical fruits", which aims to combine the work carried out by different branches of the subtropical sector in order to improve the diagnosis and organic production of.....

Dry weather in Thailand

China: Mangosteen prices up 30%

The peak production season of mangosteen falls in May and June. The price of mangosteen (4A) is 20 yuan [3.11 USD] per 0.5 kg. People in the industry say that the price of mangosteen increased by 30% this year in comparison with the same period last year. The lowest price of mangosteen last year was 15 yuan.....

2017/2018 campaign

Peru: Fresh mango exports grew by 11%

According to Juan Carlos Rivera Ortega, the general manager of the Association of Mango Producers and Exporters from Peru (APEM), Peru exported 200 thousand tons (9 thousand containers) of fresh mangoes in the 2017/2018 season, i.e. 11% more than the 180 thousand tons it dispatched in the previous season.....

China: Hainan mangoes are facing a dilemma

This year, it's not only pineapples which have become unsellable in Hainan, so too have the mangoes of Dongfang city. From Marchto May, Hainan mangoes will enter the market but this year, mangoes in various cities and counties in Hainan have been harvested. In early May, after the mangoes of Dongfang city.....

Colombia expects to produce more than 950,000 tons of pineapple this year

The Minister of Agriculture, Juan Guillermo Zuluaga Cardona, stated that the pineapple was having a good moment and that, according to projections, the country would produce around 950 thousand tons of pineapples in 2018. He also said that they had recently achieved opening the Argentine market to this.....

NJ-based importer now offers Fair Trade Certified™ mangoes

Amazon Produce Network, a mango importer headquartered in Vineland, NJ with offices in Los Angeles, McAllen, Nogales and Miami, now offers Fair Trade Certified organic and conventional mangoes this year for the first time. From June through September, Amazon Produce will source a wide range of mangoes from two.....

Due to concerns over safety & price

Farmers in Japan starting to grow tropical produce

Japanese farmers are increasing the production of crops normally found in warmer climates, stemming from concerns over the safety and price of imports from tropical countries. Yields are still well below the volumes of imported crops, but the homegrown varieties have a sunny future in Japan as their origins.....

Florida's avocado season is late, with smaller volume expected

The Florida avocado crop has suffered some problems and as a result, has endured a later season start than usual. Damage to trees from Hurricane Irma last year is to blame, along with a beetle that has caused significant issues to Florida avocado growers."Normally we would have already started the season, but.....

Indian coconut production: Grown substantially since 2014

Coconut production has increased substantially in India in the last four years. There was an increase seen in both productivity and area under cultivation. Higher production has also led to more export of coconuts and coconut oil, the latter being used for household cooking in states like Kerala and Goa. It is.....

China: Nearly 30% of Dongguan lychees split after days of torrential rain

Dongguan had the largest harvest of lychees in twenty years this year, but days of torrential rain have cooled the enthusiasm of fruit farmers. The rate of split fruit in Dongguan lychee plantations is nearly 30%. If the rain continues, then the damage will be even greater.Farmers state that in some lychee.....

SE Asian imported fruit shows seasonal price adjustment

Southeast Asian imported fruit has reached peak season. The "king of tropical fruit" durian and mangosteen have matured. Durian varieties include Musang King, Mon Thong, and Kanyao. Mon Thong from the east of Thailand is the tastiest variety in May and June. The prices are as diverse as the product variety.The.....

Peru: Avocado led non-traditional exports in April

Exports of non-traditional products totaled US $1.012 billion in April, 27.2% more than in the same month of 2017, reported the Central Reserve Bank (BCR). In terms of value, they were led by fresh avocado exports, which grew by 4.9% in April.This result was mainly due to higher sales of agricultural products,.....

The US bans imports of pomegranates arils from Peru

According to information provided by the Agricultural Office of Chile in the United States, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) stated that it would modify the current regulations for the entry of fruit and vegetables, with the objective of prohibiting the importation of Pomegranate Arils.....

Peru: Avocado exports from La Libertad will surpass the $300 million

According to Luis Rogger Ruiz Diaz, the Deputy Regional Minister of Foreign Trade of the Regional Government of La Libertad, this year avocado exports from La Libertad would exceed US $300 million, which would represent a 6.8% increase over the US $ 280,846,873 achieved in 2017.Ruiz Diaz, also stated that in.....

"Thai durians finds market in China's third and fourth tier cities"

"Statistics show that the Thai durian production volume increased by around 20% this year. Despite this growth, the price of Thai durians on the Chinese market did not fall, but even increased by 10%." This is according to Wen Chao, the founder of Wen Ji Durian.Wen Ji durianWen Ji durian"Thai durian obtained.....

Pineapple price crashed

Fewer mainland tourists lead to unmarketable fruit in Taiwan

The China Times reported that fruit prices have collapsed. The most tragic story is that of Tainan pineapples. Almost 90% of Tainan pineapple export is destined for mainland China. Since May of this year, however, pineapple export has been stuck. The export price of pineapples was 23 yuan [3.59 USD] around.....

Yair Ohana, Sales Manager at Arava:

“Prickly pears are popular”

This is the first year that Arava Export Growers have had the Orly variety of prickly pears as part of their assortment. This Israeli company exports fresh Israeli produce worldwide and has added this organic product to their assortment.“Italy is the largest producer of prickly pears in Europe”, says Yair.....

Ecuador can produce avocados when other nations can't

The world has become crazy about avocados. Ecuador has also been infected by the world's rage for avocado. Avocado production and shipments abroad have increased in the last five years, said Jorge Altuna, the president of Corpoaguacate, a group that brings together the avocado producers of the.....

Heavy supplies of avocados in the U.S.

Supplies of avocados in the U.S. are ample. “Supplies have been good. We’re transitioning away from Marcena bloom to newer fruit at different altitudes. A lot of the avocados that I see right now are darker. They’ve been on the tree for longer so they need to go,” says Austin Kachele with Sun Valley Farms LLC.....

"Production volume increased"

China: Yongxing lychees enter peak retail season

"Yongxing Town in Haikou has always enjoyed the title 'lychee hometown'. Yongxing relies on a unique, volcanic natural environment for lychee production. The town has more than ten thousand prime lychee trees from different lychee varieties. The Yongxing lychee is large, while the seed is small. The flavor is.....

Mango stands out

Peru gains prominence in Europe with its frozen tropical fruits

Apart from its fresh fruit exports to high income markets, such as Europe, Peruvian frozen fruit exports are also allowing the country to gain international prominence.This is clear from a recent report by the Center for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI), an entity that is part of the.....

Mexico: Fig cultivation in Michoacan is being promoted

Fig producers from Michoacan are working to conform the Fig Product System in the entity, informed the Secretary of Rural and Agricultural Food Development (Sedrua), Ruben Medina Niño.In an interview, the official said that ten municipalities of Michoacan produced fig and that there were more than 70 hectares.....

Peru: Passion fruit yields drop due to a lack of technical assistance

Renzo Gomez, member of the Passion Fruit Work Table of the Association of Exporters (ADEX), stated that Peru had 6,500 hectares of passion fruit, which yield an average of 18 to 20 tons per hectare. The area with the highest production is Chimbote with 2,000 ha. It is followed by Piura, Olmos, Motupe,.....

José Antonio Alconchel, of Alcoaxarquía:

Spain: "This year, we will reach a record 100 containers of Peruvian avocados"

The last avocados from Malaga were sold about a month ago, with prices at origin that reached 3.40 Euro. At present, Spanish companies are mainly importing Peruvian avocados, which clearly dominate the European market as soon as South Africa is finished."The great supply of Peruvian avocados, which has grown.....

Chile: Avocados affected by of one of the driest months of May

People are concerned with the high price of avocados. Yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Walker, spoke about the issue."Peruvian avocados always come in at this time, but the harvest is over 25 days behind schedule," stated the minister who added that the local production was coming to an end so.....

Tight mango supply as Mexico production broadens

Mexico is currently increasing its production as it approaches the peak of its relatively lengthy mango season. The ataulfo, or "honey mango" kicked off the season at the start of spring, but that season is now winding down, to make way for the larger volume varieties such as the Tommy Atkins, Kents and.....

China: Yangjiang lychees increase online sales

Yangjiang lychees had a bumper harvest this year. The production volume of Concubine's Smile, one of the varieties that entered the market, increased by 30% in comparison with last production season. The current purchase price is around 5-6 yuan [0.78-0.94 USD] per kg. Yangjiang lychees have not yet.....

Mexico: Drought hits mango production in Sinaloa

The high temperatures that have hit Sinaloa in the last months have affected the flowering of mango trees in the south of the state, which caused a drop in production, said Porfirio Salas Castillo, the president of the Municipal Committee of Escuinapa.He also said that production had gone from 190 thousand.....

China: 1000 kg of Indian mangoes enter Guangzhou market

The Dalian Agricultural International Trade Co., Ltd. imported 1000 kg of mangoes from India and air freighted them in on June 1st, 2018 when they officially entered the Guangzhou and Jiangnan markets. The mangoes received much praise from visiting traders. This shipment of mangoes was sold under the "Royal".....

Entering peak retail season

Hainan king lychee becomes hot item online

"In comparison with last year, this is the big year for the late-season king lychee. The production volume has significantly increased. Hainan king lychees gradually entered the market from May 28th onward. The price in production areas is 25-30 yuan [3.90-4.68 USD] per 0.5 kg, which is a decrease of 20%-35%.....

Mexican avocado producers seek to export to Australia and New Zealand

The Broad and Progressive Agreement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), also known as the TPP-11, has allowed Mexican avocado producers to set their sights on the markets of Australia and New Zealand.The two countries are important avocado producers in that region, but they have a very marked seasonal.....

Taiwanese fruit takes collective dive

The price of Taiwanese fruit dropped this summer. Specialists state that the lack of a rainy season with low temperatures caused bumper harvests for many kinds of fruit. Watermelons in particular have enjoyed a great production season and they push aside other fruits in the market.Taiwanese bananas and.....

Broccoli lattes could be a thing

Nutrient-rich coffees may be on the horizon after researchers have developed a powder that is made from imperfect-looking broccoli that would otherwise have been cast aside during processing.Being delivered through Hort Innovation for Australian vegetable growers and led by Australia’s national science agency,.....

2018 export season of Guangdong lychees officially started

The 2018 export season of Guangdong lychees has officially started. Data from the Guangzhou Customs Office shows that Guangdong already exported 566 tons of lychees with a trade value of 1.66 million USD since the beginning of June. The main export varieties of Guangdong lychees are Black Leaf, Concubine's.....

China: Zengcheng lychee production volume increased sevenfold

The 2018 Guangzhou (Zengcheng) Lychee Festival officially began on May 31st. Zengcheng lychee are likely to have an abundant harvest this year because rainfall was sparse. The official estimate of their production volume is at least 28 thousand tons, which is an increase of 700% in comparison with last year......

The European market is expected to grow

Mexico: Avocado producers see no risk of a US tariff

Despite the start of a commercial war between Mexico and the United States, Mexican avocado producers are confident that it won't affect avocados, since the US has a huge demand for this product and imposing a tariff on it would mainly hurt Americans.Miguel Carlos Peinado Gonzalez, the general director of.....

New Colombian avocado packers venture into the US market

As a result of the recent opening of the US market for Colombian Hass avocados, more and more packers are entering this market successfully.The latest company to enter it has been the Hass Diamond Company, which recently shipped its first 22 tons of avocados to the US. The shipment, which complies with the.....

Honduras wants to have 5,000 hectares of avocado

Honduras, which currently has some 560 hectares devoted to different avocado varieties, plans to increase the area devoted to this crop to some 5,000 hectares to replace imports.According to the facilitator of the avocado chain of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), Jose Antonio Romero,.....

Cuba's guava production increases

After several years of being unproductive, the lands in the south of Ciego de Ávila now have red and white guava crops in full production for the local canning industry.Engineer Wilver Bringas Fernandez, the general director of the Ceballos Agroindustrial Company, told the ACN that there were 615 hectares that.....

Colombia: Mangoes rot in Magdalena due to overproduction

Mango producers in Cienaga and Zona Bananera, two municipalities in the department of Magdalena, are alarmed because their crops are rotting. There is an overproduction of fruit that nobody will buy and that is literally lying on the farm roads, where flies and other pests abound.According to the local.....

Colombia could be world's second biggest producer of Hass avocados

In less than 10 years, if the area devoted to growing avocados continues to grow at it current rate, Colombia could become the second largest producer and exporter of Hass avocado, after Mexico.Annually, the area planted with Hass avocado increases by 1,500 to 2,000 hectares. To date the country already has.....

Jiaxing Fruit Market analysis for April

The main product varieties on the market in early April were southern fruits such as Hainan mangoes, pineapples, cherry tomatoes, and Yunnan watermelons. They arrived on the market and were traded in large volumes. At this time, during the two short holidays of Qingming Festival [5-20 April] and May 1st, the.....

China: Luzhou lychees and longans face reduced production in 2018

The production volume of lychees and longans in Luzhou will likely decrease this year as a result of weather conditions. The fruit suffered from various degrees of frostbite as a result of a short-term drop in temperature, while the sharp increase of temperature since the beginning of spring has caused the.....

China becomes one of their biggest markets

Pakistan opens new market for mango exports

Pakistan set an export target of 100 thousand tons for mangoes between April and June. In light of the devaluation of the Pakistan rupee compared to the US dollar, as well as the export during Ramadan, mango traders expect to have abundant income. This first mango export through the economic corridor between.....

Shipments have resumed

Trucker’s strike results in $13 million loss for Brazilian papaya producers

For a period of almost two weeks, Brazilian papaya producers were not able to export their product as a trucker’s strike brought the country to a standstill.Florida-based HLB Specialties was impacted as the company imports Brazilian papayas into the US, as well as ships them to Germany. After two weeks of.....

Especially in fast food outlets

Avocados attract followers in China

The rage for avocados has arrived in China. According to trade statistics from Comtrade, Chinese avocado imports have increased from 25 tons in 2006 to 1.9 million tons in 2010. Initially it was an unknown product for most Chinese. However, its growing appearance in a variety of restaurants, especially in the.....

Chile: A man exchanges 58 kg of avocados for a cell phone

Avocado prices are high, and since they cost close to 5 thousand pesos they are no longer a simple accompaniment at the table and have almost become a luxury product.In the middle of CyberDay, users shared a curious offer through social networks. The Ripley multi-store was selling a cellphone for $199,990.....

Mexico will export 80 million boxes of mangoes to the US

This year, Mexico will export close to 80 million boxes of mangoes to the US market, stated Paul Michelle.The executive president of the National Mango Board, an international organization that promotes the consumption of mangoes in the US, said that this was the result of the intense promotional campaigns.....

Susi Bonet, of Cambayas: "Good production and calibres"

Breva fig harvest in Spain meets with unexpected competition from Brazil

With a delay of about ten days compared to last year due to the mild temperatures during the spring and the abundant rainfall, the Spanish Breva fig campaign has started this week in Elche."The European markets were waiting impatiently for the arrival of the first Spanish Breva figs, since at the moment, there.....

MKT Jaguacy

"Our work has become more biological, in favor of socio-environmental responsibility"

Jaguacy, a producer and exporter of Hass Avocados in Brazil, has directed biotechnology efforts to combat the plague of the Stenoma catenifer. The pest can infest orchards and cause the total destruction of the fruits, to the point of rendering the production unfeasible.Working on the integrated fruit.....

China: New harvest of passion fruit enters the market

Official online and offline sales promotions for Beiliu passion fruit took place on May 28th, 2018. These promotions marked the appearance of the new harvest of passion fruit from Beiliu in Guangxi on the market. Representatives of online traders were present during the sales promotions to hand out the first.....

Production volume this season only 3000 tons

"Volcanic durian" from Thailand auctioned off at astronomical price

Thai media outlets have reported on the grand opening of the "2018 Kantharalak Superior Fruit Festival" in Kantharalak, Sisaket Province. During the festive activities an auction took place where the local specialty, "volcanic durian", was sold for around 30 thousand yuan [4673 USD]. This price set a new.....

China: Lychee production volumes increased by nearly 50%

Weather conditions were excellent last year and neatly coincided with the autumn growth of lychee trees. Winter temperatures were sufficiently low and the flowers developed well in spring. While the trees flowered, the weather was particularly warm and fine in all production areas.Because of these weather.....

June is California Avocado Month

June usually is in the sweet spot of promotable California avocado volume, and this year is no exception. In June 2010 the California Avocado Commission (CAC) introduced California Avocado week, and since 2012 has marketed June as “California Avocado Month”. The celebration continues this season with a full.....

NZ: Strong avocado returns driving investment into industry

The New Zealand avocado industry has just posted the draft result for the 2017-18 season of $150m in sales, with $105m from export markets and $45m from the New Zealand market. This outstanding result has been achieved from 3.8m trays, just 50% of the production volume of the previous year, which achieved.....

Luis Schmidt, president of Fedefruta, Chile:

Chile: "Avocado production is low but prices are unjustified"

The president of Fedefruta, Luis Schmidt, spoke on a radio show about the increase in avocado prices, which affects the pockets of Chilean consumers.Schmidt said avocados were "normally produced between August and the beginning of April. The other months, we consume avocados that have been stored or that.....