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Global Focus  —  Avocado / Mango

Brussels still feels repercussions of terror

“No large avocado volumes arriving for now”

Trade at Exofi in Brussels is fairly calm according to Jan Vermeiren. “We are, of course, between two seasons currently, and besides, we still feel the effects of the attacks. We can tell from the economic situation and it is costing billions of Euro. Less hotel bookings are being made in Brussels. When.....

M&S launches giant avocado

Marks & Spencer has launched the 'Carla' avocado, the biggest avocado on the high street, at five times the size of an average fruit.The ‘Carla’ avocado is bright green in colour and round in shape - like The Hulk of the salad world.The fruit, which hails from the Dominican Republic, launches in M&S.....

Christiaan van Ravenswaaij: “First crates in transit”

“Good season Ivory Coast mangos expected”

The Ivory Coast mango season is about to start again. Several crates of Amelie mangos are in transit, and they will arrive at Van Ravenswaaij in Veenendaal in week 15. Christiaan van Ravenswaaij personally went to the Ivory Coast to check on the harvest two weeks ago. “Expectations are high. The fruits had.....

Izam Afkir - Halls International

First Ivory Coast mangoes set sail for Europe

“The first harvest of Kent mangoes was Saturday 2nd of April and as we expected the fruits are small with more than 65% of them sizes 9/10/12,” according to Izam Afkir, Procurement Manager for Halls International. This year the rains were not there to help the sizing of the mangoes and the high temperatures.....

Gator Eggs:

Eggcellent solution for small avocados

The idea for Gator Eggs, from Shanley Farms, was born several years ago when realized that they primarily ate the small sizes in their home. The traditional size avocado is 8 ounces which feeds two or more people. Why not a 4 ounce avocado, just right for one serving? One salad ,one sandwich ,one snack.....

Clive Garret of ZZ2

South Africa: Ramping up avocado production

The market for avocados has been growing rapidly, and many South African growers are jumping into that market. ZZ2, a grower-shipper primarily known for its tomato production, is on an ambitious plan to expand its avocado production and become the premier avocado grower in South Africa – and it wants to do.....

Pakistan: Mango exporters expected to hit 215,000 ton target

The mango crop in Pakistan has met expectations this year. Growers, orchard owners and exporters were expecting a plentiful harvest this season. A record flowering had already been seen in mango trees. There have been no traces of infections of fruit flies in any orchards.In accordance with the recently.....

Peruvian frozen mango for the US

The Commercial Office of Peru (OCEX) in Los Angeles confirmed that they had a recent meeting with representatives of the Wado Partners company that expressed great interest in importing fruits and vegetables from Peru, especially frozen mango.Wado Partners is a company that was founded in 1996 and that has.....

Guatemala: Mango production decreases by 20%

Guatemala's mango season started two to three weeks later than usual and estimates are that there will be a 20% to 25% decrease in volumes over the last year. Eddy Martinez, from the Frutas Tropicales SA distributing company, said this decrease in volume was "mainly due to the effects of climate change. The.....

Derek Donkin - Subtrop

South Africa: Avocado volumes increase despite hail

As the South African avocado harvest gets underway, we can see from the table that the export volumes have not changed much since 2010, but the figures do not tell the full story. Avocados have an on-year and an off-year. 2013 for example was an off year, but the volumes were not much below those of the.....