Tropical fruit

Mexico: Avocado prices to stabilize mid-July
According to forecasts, there will be a higher supply of avocado between June and July that could stabilize the price of a kilo of this fruit at around 34 or 35 pesos, said Hector Hernandez.Hernandez, the head of the Light Industry of the Ministry of Economy (SE) said that, according to the data from the.....

Practical steps to increase Pakistan's mango exports
Pakistan currently exports 5 percent of its total mango production. The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has urged the government to take pragmatic steps to increase this figure, as lucrative markets, like Japan, remain untapped.“A major hurdle to the expansion of Pakistani.....

Avocado prices high, black market thrives
NZ: tomatoes, potatoes lead food price fall in May
Food prices fell 0.5 percent in May 2016, following a 0.3 percent rise in April, Statistics New Zealand said today, 14th June. The fall was mainly influenced by lower fruit and vegetable prices (down 3.7 percent after seasonal adjustment). Seasonally adjusted food prices fell 0.5 percent in May.....

Certification of origin for Costa Rican pineapple growers
Costa Rican pineapple growers are considering adopting a certification of origin for their pineapples, in order to consolidate their leadership position internationally.A certificate of the origin of the fruit could be implemented in all farms in a fairly quick time. This certification would be an advantage.....

Costa Rica: Future of Mexican avocado depends on pest risk analysis
The lifting of the restriction on imports of Mexican avocados will depend on a pest risk analysis performed by the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE).The government is awaiting for this report to determine the future of avocado imports from the Aztec country.The productive sector remains hopeful that Marco.....

Pakistan's mango export status to Iran clarified
The Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) recently approached the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to inquire about the state of trade ties with Iran. With the imposition of US trade sanctions on Iran, Pakistan's mango exports to the country were also suspended. The.....


Pedro Bejares, de Agrícola San Clemente:
Chile: "Demand for pomegranates continues to grow"
Chile's pomegranate campaign is halfway through, even though, as a result of the low temperatures, the harvest was delayed by more than 10 days. "The spring and summer started with low temperatures, which caused a drop in the production and a delay in the harvest. This also had an impact on sizes, which.....

Hong Kong firm to import Aussie mangoes into Indonesia
Subject to local regulatory approvals, Hong Kong based Plantations International plans to start importing Australian "Kensington Pride" Mangoes into Indonesia says Mr. Marvin Lee, the director of communications for Plantations International for the Asia Pacific Region.According to Mr. Lee, Plantations.....

Venezuela: Tropical fruits provide relief during food shortages
While children have always climbed trees to pick mangoes, now workers and parents are also lining up to do so, in face of the worsening food shortages being experienced in Venezuela.Facing Soviet-style food lines for increasingly scarce products at supermarkets, more and more people are turning to the South.....

China: Thai mangoes destroyed at airport
This week, over 300 kilos of Thai mangoes were destroyed by the Henan Province Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. These mangoes, imported from Thailand, were sent to Henan Province Inspection and Quarantine Bureau for inspection on May 24th. According to the laboratory test report from the Entry & Exit.....


Delicate fruit with short shelf-life
Improved logistics boost wax apples sales across China
"Wax apples are cultivated in Taiwan in large amounts. A popular variety is the Black Pearl variety. It is a small wax apple, with a particular deep red colour. It has a thick skin, which makes that the fruit can endure storage quite well. Sugar content can reach 12 brix or more. The Black King Kong wax.....

Peruvian pitahaya exports continue
The pitahaya, which is also known as dragon fruit, continues crossing borders and has reached the Asian market and part of the Americas thanks to the country's free trade agreements. As a result, Sierra Exportadora has been promoting the cultivation of this crop in highlands of Piura for a few months.They.....

Tabasco is third largest producer of pineapple in Mexico
Victor Can Gutierrez, the delegate of the Ministry of Agricultural Development, Forestry and Fisheries (Sedafop) in the area of Chontalpa, said that Tabasco was the third largest producer of pineapples in Mexico with 1,400 established hectares, 403 of which correspond to the MD2, 600 to the cayena lisa.....

El Nino hits crop production in Filipino city
In, Cagayan de Oro, a city in Mindanao, crop production in the first quarter of this year has been reduced by the El Nino phenomenon. The region's economy was adversely affected, with the agriculture, labor and employment sectors being particularly hard hit. In the regional economic situationer forum.....

Later season due to adverse weather
Singapore: Durian prices to drop
In Singapore, some durian vendors have reported that consumers have been buying less of the fruit after reports of an expected hike in prices.It was reported that weather problems have delayed the fruits' peak season, which is usually from June to July, and as a result consumers would have to pay more......

100% increase in earnings
Wooden box ban boosted Pakistan's mango exports
The government's move to ban the exports of fruit and vegetables in wooden boxes has been applauded by Mian Zahid Hussain, President of Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF). The ban on the boxes is said to have improved the earnings of mango exporters by 100 percent.Mango exporters earned 1.1.....


Juan Felipe Gaviria, Frutales las Lajas:
"Colombia could become the world's second largest avocado producer"
In 2015, Colombia exported 320 containers of avocados. While it is not a significant amount compared to other producing countries, such as Mexico and Peru, it is the first step for the South American country in its way to increasing its exports. Currently, most of the production concentrates in the second.....

Spain: Kiwi Atlántico visits Cuba in business mission
The manager of Kiwi Atlántico, José Carlos Vila, representing the Agro-food cluster of Galicia (CLUSAGA), visited Cuba to hold several meetings with Cuban companies in the wholesale, retail food purchasing and investment sectors in the Caribbean country.Furthermore, representing CLUSAGA (as board member),.....


China: Heat causes difficulties for tree-ripe papayas
"In the 10 days before the picking of the tree-ripe papayas starts, no pesticides can be used. The sugar content, however, increases together with the ripeness. This attracts a lot of insects. Tree-ripe papayas are 90% ripe when they are picked. When the weather is hot, control of the temperature during.....

Mexico: Overproduction decreases mango prices
Mexico's mango market is saturated, as the harvests in Sinaloa, Jalisco, Nayarit, and Michoacan have overlapped; which has led to a fall in international prices.According to Ismael Diaz Murillo, a producer of fruit, a box of mangoes was sold for 3.50 to 4 dollars, but prices fell and as the production peaked.....

Pakistan's mango exporters warned
On Wednesday 8 June, a workshop was held in Multan, Pakistan to warn mango producers and exporters that they risk losing the European market if their fruit is not treated properly before shipping. Speakers at the workshop stressed the need for hot water treatments before exports, to ensure the fruit is free.....

Kenya aims to increase fruit exports
Kenyan farmers are being encouraged to venture into fruit cultivation, as the country sets its sights on increasing earnings from the export market. Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett urged local farmers to shift their focus to horticulture from over-reliance on traditional crops to improve their.....

Peruvian avocados
"We need to prevent the fall of our prices"
The Peruvian avocado harvest is currently in full swing, even though a delay of a couple of weeks was recorded in some areas in the north, where only now is the fruit starting to reach the level of dry matter necessary to export. "This delay was caused by the weather conditions, and in some areas, calibres.....

Prices to ease
NZ awaits bumper avocado crop
Weather permitting, the new 2016-17 avocado season harvest will begin this month, and with the arrival of the new fruits, the prices, which are currently around $5.99 each in Whangarei supermarkets, should ease.NZ Avocado chief executive Jen Scoular told The Country current high prices for avocados were for.....

Coahuila
Mexico: No excuse for the high avocado prices
In recent weeks, the price of avocados has soared in Mexico. In Coahuila, it oscillates between 49 and 56 pesos per kilo in major supermarkets.Mr Marcos Durán, federal delegate of Economy, believes that there is no good reason for prices to have gone "through the roof" and that they must necessarily drop in.....

Indian mangoes finally destined for Korea
Indian mangoes have finally received permission to be exported to South Korea and will be headed there for the first time in early July. According to Cho Hyun, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in India, “The protracted issues surrounding the import of mango have been resolved.”India exports some 4,500.....

Avocado promotions set for summer holidays
The California Avocado Commission (CAC) is bringing back its integrated marketing program for Fourth of July with a program that features consumer and trade advertising, social media, public relations and customized retailer support. The U.S. avocado category shipments are expected to hit more than 120.....

2016-2017 avocado trade program to unveil at United Fresh
Avocados From Mexico (AFM) will be unveiling an early preview of its 2016-17 trade program at the United Fresh show including new seasonal promotions, merchandising solutions and digital innovations to drive consumer demand and category growth. The multi-tiered program will be introduced in a new.....


Mario de Goede, Coolfresh International:
“Natural flowering provides large supply on pineapple market”
During the first five months of the year, the pineapple market acted according to the wishes of the importers. “There was not too much pressure on the market and that resulted in good prices. All importers were able to make money and that is also nice for a change,” observes Mario de Goede of Coolfresh.....


Arturo Medina, general manager of ProHass
"The prices paid by the US for Peruvian avocados changed our estimates"
Peruvian avocado exports may increase by 10% this year, according to the General Manager of ProHass, Arturo Medina Castro. "Although we are only 35% into the campaign, we estimate that we will be exporting an average of 180,000 tonnes of avocados, of which 60% will go to Europe, 30% to the US and 10% to.....


Prolongs shelf life at least 10 days
AU: Technology developed to stop avocado browning
A world-first technology has been developed by an Australian company, which has the potential to revolutionise the global avocado market and impact the associated food services, retail and manufacturing industries.The new technology developed by Naturo All Natural Technologies (Naturo), addresses some of the.....

Blueberries save Peruvian avocado producer
Peruvian agricultural company Camposol SA, is the world’s largest avocado producer, but its blueberries which are coming to the company's rescue. The company says a jump in blueberry prices will help assure it has enough cash to make a $53 million bond payment in February."Our blueberry output has been.....


More Indian mangos arrive in the US
Mango production in India was better this season than it was during the previous season, and part of that increased volume is finding its way to the U.S. market. As American consumers, like consumers around the world, learn about Indian mangos, Indian exporters are hoping shipments to the U.S. will increase.....

Dominican Republic: Mango exports could double
Despite the harsh drought that affected the country for almost 14 months, mango production continues and producers expect to double exports this year. This has many people thinking that the country's mango production is having an awakening, said the president of the Banileja Mango Growers Association.....


Peru: Junin produces 33% more Golden pineapples
With the support of Sierra Exportadora, the Association of Producers of Exotic Fruit of the Central Forest of Peru (Profutex), located in Mazamari province of Satipo, Junin, increased the volume of its Golden pineapple sales by 33% in 2015. Profutex went from marketing 6,000 tons of pineapple in 2014 to.....

Pakistan's mango exports to Iran at risk
In Pakistan allegations abound that phytosanitary certificates are being issued to certain companies to export mangoes to Iran, despite the fact that the fruit has not received the necessary hot water treatment. This is putting Pakistan's mango trade at risk; last year, three consignments were intercepted,.....

Bangladesh plans to open mango export facility
The Bangladeshi government hopes to export mangoes, and in order to do so, plans to set up laboratories and fruit processing factories to test the quality of the fruit and improve its management.Hamidur Rahman, director general of the Department of Agricultural Extension, said: “We plan to set up a.....

Peru to export 96mt of passion fruit to Netherlands
This year the Northern Lambayeque region's Motupe Valley in Peru plans to export over 96 metric tonnes of passion fruit to the Netherlands. This is the first fruit-production obtained by Motupe's Farmer Associations aimed at entering the European country, reports Sierra Exportadora Executive Chairman Alfonso.....

Nashik's mango exports to US reach new high
In the period up to June 4th, mango exports to the US from the Lasalgaon and Vashi irradiation centres reached a new high of 500 tonnes. During the corresponding period last year, 328 tonnes were exported.Officials associated with the sector said mango export to the US might touch the 650-tonne mark by the.....


Taiwan: Irwin mangoes to go to China
Taiwanese Irwin mangoes are listed every May to August each year. Currently the have been on the Chinese market for around one month, and its quality is quite stable in terms of outlook and taste. To a large extent, their quality is comparable with Australia mangoes.The Taiwan Irwin mango variety is.....


Northern Yunnan mango not damaged by frost or rain
China: Strong prices new late mango crop
"So far this year, the rainfall in Huaping county's mango district is relatively average. Even though the cold air currents of the beginning and end of spring 2016 had an influence on the small amount of mango trees that were blooming at that time, the influence was very limited. When compared to the same.....

Costa Rica: The pineapple sector denounces the risk of losing jobs and foreign currency
A group of pineapple producers emphasised the risk to the sector of losing jobs and foreign exchange after the rules for the inspection of the fruit that is ready for export were changed.According to Abel Chaves, president of Canapep, changing the process will cause delays in logistics, for which the.....

Haitian mangoes dominate New York's market
The most popular mangoes in New York are Haitian. There are everywhere, unlike the Dominican banilejo mango, which can be mainly found in upper Manhattan and the Bronx.The Dominican Republic harvests other varieties in Bani and Peravia, such as the Golden Drop, Pascual, Sumozo, Manzano, Bombolon, Morado, and.....

Thai fruits flood Vietnamese market
According to a farm produce expert from the Vietnam Trade Research Institute, of the total fruit import turnover in the first four months of the year, four out of every five dollars went to Thailand. Nguyen Dinh Bich, considers the figure ‘worryingly high’.A report released recently by the Vietnam Fruit and.....

Vietnam: Irradiation centre to boost fruit exports
Last year, an upgrade to the Hà Nội Irradiation Centre was approved and allocated funding of around VNĐ20 billion (US$896,400). The upgrades are expected to increase Vietnamese fruit exports, particularly of those from the northern region, to overseas consumers.Previously, the centre could.....

AU: Future bright for avocado prices
According to John Tyas, CEO of Avocados Australia, avocado prices are expected to remain high for the next five years as demand out strips supply.So many growers are attempting to cash-in on the boom that phytopthora-resistant rootstock on which to grow primarily Hass varieties, is in serious short.....


Peru: "Mango production could grow by around 15%"
The Peruvian mango production is expected to grow by around 15% this year. While in recent campaigns the production has been relatively low compared to the average, this year much higher volumes are expected. "This season, Peru will start early with the harvest to prevent it from being affected by rains. The.....

Port inspections
Costa Rican pineapple exporters lose out
Pineapple exporters are said to have lost $2.5 million, due to a measure taken by the State’s Phytosanitary Service (SFE) two weeks ago, to inspect pineapple production not only in the field, but also in the port.Abel Chaves, president of the National Chamber of Pineapple Producers and Exporters (CANAPEP),.....

Oxfam Germany reaction to the Rainforest Alliance statement
The environmental organization Rainforest Alliance has published a statement in response to the report of Oxfam Germany: "Sweet fruit, bitter truth." Oxfam Germany reacts on this response with a new statement.We are glad that Rainforest Alliance has made a detailed statement in reaction to our findings......

New highway could increase Malaysian agri-exports
Sabah, Malaysia could become a major exporter of certain agricultural products, thanks to the ongoing upgrading of the Pan-Borneo Highway project. The upgrading of the 2,330km Pan-Borneo Highway connecting Sabah and Sarawak was officially launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak on April.....


Green skin avocados flood EU market
After having such a long period where avocados were like gold dust and cost almost as much, the European market for green skin varietal took a sharp dip in week 19 due to record volumes arriving from South Africa and Peru."The green skin season has been very positive with good sizes and the market was strong.....

Strong mango volume opens immediate retail opportunities
The National Mango Board (NMB) is encouraging retailers and suppliers to act quickly to move more mangos due to the high import volumes. This year the summer mango season had a later start than in recent years, but volumes are extremely strong now.Retailers can increase their mango sales this summer by.....

Mexico: Puebla seventh largest national avocado producer
According to information from the delegation of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) in Puebla, the entity is the seventh biggest producer of avocado nationwide.The 2,408 hectares devoted to avocado crops in 43 municipalities of Puebla produce 15,519 tons.....

Indian mango festival aims to boost production
A two-day mango and jackfruit festival kicked off in north Karnataka on Wednesday 1 June. The festival, organised by the University of Horticulture Sciences-Bagalkot, aims to increase mango production in north Karnataka and to introduce jackfruit in the region. As many as 160 varieties of mangoes were on.....

AU: Farmers want clear line on backpacker tax
Australia's Federal Government announced that they would delay the proposed 32.5 per cent so called backpacker tax, but according to some farmers this isn't enough; they say it's such an important issue that politicians should state their intentions in the lead up to this federal election.News site.....

India's mango industry marred by exploitation claims
In 2014/2015, India exported almost 155,000 tonnes of mango pulp worth 8.4 billion rupees ($126 million) with Yemen, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait among the top destinations. Some of the world's biggest food and beverage players including PepsiCo, Coca Cola and Unilever buy from the country. But.....

Mexico: Jalisco avocados gaining access to the United States
As a result of the efforts that the Government of Mexico has been making through the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has accepted the start of the authorization process that should open the US market to.....


Malaysian durian products approved for sale to China
The Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) in Malaysia believes that the new market access to China for two categories of durian will prevent the dumping of the seasonal fruit this Ramadan.Fama Director General Datuk Ahmad Ishak said the authority has opened up two new market segments that allow.....

Maharashtra lines up exporters for next mango season
This season, Maharashtra successfully exported Alphonso mangoes to several overseas markets; in light of this, the Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB) is now working towards establishing a new line of exporters in the state in preparation for the next season.The board plans to create, train.....

Delhi cannot meet mango demand
Most Delhi-based retailers depend on Dhenkanal for their early mango supplies. Sources report that there has been a 50 per cent dip in mango production in Dhenkanal this year, for various reasons, including rain, hence Delhi is unable to meet the rising consumer demand for the fruit this year.This year so.....


Paco Borrás, Anecoop:
"We produce 50% of kakis in Spain"
Anecoop is known for its innovations, such as seedless watermelons and persimmon kakis. The director of Anecoop, Paco Borrás, talks about the achievements of the group during a cooperative event in May.Seedless watermelons and persimmon kakis"This year, we expect theBouquet seedless watermelon productionto.....

NZ: Avocado exports increased in 2015-16 season
The 2015-16 bumper avocado season has delivered great returns for growers. New Zealand Avocado chief executive Jen Scoular reported that the final orchard gate return (OGR) per hectare for the industry was not yet available, as the figures were still being compiled with new GIS mapping of hectarage. Yet, key.....

NZ avocado grower exits joint venture
Just Avocados is leaving the collaborative joint venture avocado marketing entity Avanza and relinquishing its one-third shareholding. Just Avocados director Andrew Darling said, "Differing commercial philosophies and growing competitive tension onshore for supply are key reasons for us looking to do things.....


Zhanjiang exports lychee to US first time this year
On May 19th, after the inspection of Zhanjiang Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, the first batch of Lychee from Zhanjiang city were exported to the US successfully. These lychees weighed around 38 tons, with a value of 114,700 US dollars. Thanks to its cool temperature and.....


Per capita consumption Fair Trade products increased by 11% 2015
Swiss buy 520 million CHF of fair trade products
In 2015 the Swiss bought 520 million CHF (522 million USD) of fair trade products with the Max Havelaar label. Flowers and bananas are the largest share according to the Fairtrade organization. Compared to the previous year the sales of fair trade products increased by 11.4%. “Fair trade products are.....


2015 mango sales data shows strong results nationwide
The National Mango Board (NMB) in collaboration with Nielsen-Perishables Group, released two category development reports to help retailers and mango industry members understand the trends and opportunities in mango sales growth. The Performance Benchmark Report and the Mango Market Development Index Reports.....

Guatemala to export mangoes to Chile
The Mango Committee of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport) stated that it was getting ready to export more than one million pounds (some 452,488 kilograms) of fresh mango to Chile.According to Agexport, last Thursday, the Government of Chile had published a resolution authorizing the import of.....

Senegal exported 16,770 tons of mangoes in 2015
Mango exports from Senegal reached 16,770 tons in 2015, according to the Secretary General at ASEPEX (Senegalese agency to promote exports), Jean Marie Diouf. These exports were towards sub-regions and Europe. Senegalese mangoes were the only ones on the European market over the summer. Thanks to their.....


Anabelle Solano, EICSA:
Costa Rica: "Canada is a great market for tropical fruits"
Costa Rica is a small country compared to other tropical fruit producing countries of Central America, but its extraordinary soils guarantee excellent quality fruits. An example of this is the Pococí papaya, a Costa Rican variety that is mainly exported to Canada. "It is a variety grown only in Costa Rica,.....