Tropical fruit

Kenyan mango growers struggle due to lack of market
In Baringo, Kenya, mango growers are facing huge losses, after the ready market, which they say was promised to them by the county government, has not materialised. To add to their problems, the poor state of roads is inhibiting their access to markets in local towns.Three years ago, Baringo Governor.....

Mexico: Biofungicide use boosts mango exports
A team of specialists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) has produced the first fungicide developed in the country. The product was subjected to various tests and those carried out for the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) showed.....


Hanoi to export fruit to Japan and Malaysia
The Service of Agriculture and Rural Development in Hanoi, the Malay company, Fresh farm SDN BHD and the Japanese group, Meika Shoki, signed an agreement on the 14th January on an international value chain for Canh oranges, Dien grapefruit and longans.The Malay and Japanese partners will help the Vietnamese.....

India is world's second largest fruit producer
In India, annual growth in horticulture has seen fruit production surge impressively, growing faster than vegetables, which constitute the largest segment of the agriculture sector. India ranks second as the largest global fruit producer behind China.The stellar performance of fruits has attracted attention.....

Vietnamese dragon fruit growers cautious of illegal traders
In Vietnam, dragon fruit growers in the southern province of Long An have been warned by local authorities to be vigilant against illegal Chinese traders looking to purchase their crop.The move came after eight Chinese nationals were deported from Chau Thanh District last year for violating regulations that.....

On El Nino and decline in mature avocado trees
California Avocado Grower Field Day
The California Avocado Commission (CAC) will host a California Avocado grower field day at the Pine Tree Ranch demonstration grove on February 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.CAC has experienced some decline issues with a number of mature avocado trees at Pine Tree Ranch and has learned that a number of other.....

Beijing receives first batch of Peruvian mangoes
On January 14, the Embassy of the Republic of Peru held a tasting party to celebrate the arrival of the first batch of Peruvian mangoes in Beijing. It took just three days for the mangoes to be delivered by air to China by CD Industrial Co Ltd.Juan Carlos Capuñay Chávez, Peru's ambassador to China said that.....

Italian Biodynamic kiwifruit makes its way to US
AJ Trucco, Inc. (Trucco) the year-round distributor of fresh fruits, dried fruits and nuts, announced the arrival of its Demeter-certified Biodynamic kiwifruit from Italy. Biodynamic kiwifruit is an addition to Trucco’s KiwiStar kiwifruit line, which already includes green, gold and organic kiwifruit.“We are.....

India: Climate change causes mango crop losses
In Uttar Pradesh, northern India, unusually warm weather in December, related to El Nino, has caused mango trees to flower early. Now growers fear that the fall in temperatures witnessed lately will hit crops meant for the summer market, as flowering mango trees need consistently warm weather to fully.....

Ecuadorian mangoes have potential in the UK
In Ecuador, mango cultivation covers an area of ​​7,700 hectares. According to Bernardo Malo, representative of Fundación Mango, this tropical fruit, which the country exports, has been present in the UK market for over 10 years, although not as the main import due to competition.Given this.....

Greek kiwis will need new authorisation in Indonesia
New legislation, concerning the import of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, will come into effect in Indonesia from 16 February, 2016.Consequently, the Federation of Greek Exporters of Fruits, Vegetables and Juices, INCOFRUIT-HELLAS, has stated that in order to continue the successful export.....

US producers stand firm against rising imports
The rising popularity of exotic and tropical fruits grown outside the U.S., such as mangoes, papayas and pineapples has contributed to an increase in fruit imports. On average, one-third of all fresh fruit consumed in the United States from 2011-2013 was imported. This represented an increase of over 10.....

Broader markets for Vietnamese tropical fruit
The elimination of technical barriers and the rapid international integration of Vietnam, is opening up opportunities for the country to export more tropical fruit. The Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association forecast that fruit and vegetable exports could reach US$2 billion in 2016 from $1.49 billion last.....

Between January and November 2015
Peru: Fresh mango exports increased by 30%
The Association of Exporters (ADEX) reported through its PERU EXPORTS Newsletter that Peruvian mango exports between January and November 2015 amounted to 158.6 million dollars, i.e. 30% more than the mango shipments during the same period in 2014.According to the ADEX Data Trade Business Intelligence.....

UK: Nature’s Finest introduces premium fruit snacks
Two new premium adult fruit snacks from producer Nature’s Finest, will be available to retailers from mid-February. Newly initiated ‘Juicy Pineapple in Coconut Water’ and ‘Juicy Mango in Coconut Water’ will join the current portfolio of fruit snacks within the brand's portfolio.After Nature’s Finest achieved.....

Pineapple shortage in French supermarkets
It is becoming increasingly difficult to find pineapples in the fruit juice and tinned goods aisle of some supermarkets. The first to be effected are the retail and discount brands. La Laiterie Saint-Denis de l'Hôtel (LSDH), the main retail brand supplier has had to completely stop deliveries to many Casino.....


Early end of Peruvian mangoes
EU: Possible gap in mango supply
The Peruvian mango season has progressed uninhibited despite fears of big rains which were and still are forecast due to the El Ninio."Everybody is continuing as normal," explains Rob Cullum from UK importer Pacific Produce. "They are ignoring the clouds on the horizon and making the best of the present.....

Jan-Oct 2015
Peruvian mango exports to S. Korea up 214%
Between January and October 2015 Peru exported US$9.4 million worth of raw or steam-cooked (packed) mangoes to South Korea; this is a 214 percent increase in comparison with the same period in 2014, reports Peru-South Korea Business Council Chairman Juan Varilias affirmed.The number of fresh-mango shipments.....


South Africa: ZZ2 exports first mangos to Europe
This week South African grower ZZ2 sent its first Tommy Atkins mangos to the Durban wholesale market. "The growing season has been very hot and dry but the mangos have been under irrigation and so the crop is looking very good. A big hail storm at the end of last year in Hoedspruit, the major producing area.....


Peru enters mango peak season
This time of the year, mangos available in US stores are imported from Peru and Ecuador. Both countries are shipping higher volumes than projected due to favorable weather conditions. “The expected rainfall for December didn’t occur and as a result, volumes will continue to stay strong through January,” says.....

'Babycados' to be sold in Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer will be the first UK retailer to start selling mini avocadoes in their food halls, reports theindependent.co.uk. The fruit saw huge popularity in 2015, frequently appearing on the photo sharing app Instagram, and this has continued into 2016.The baby fruit, which are half the size of a.....

AU: Avocado processing plant to meet overseas demand
In Western Australia a high-tech, $5 million processing centre at Manjimup has been opened by leading players in the booming avocado industry. This centre will not only help to meet overseas demand and guard against an oversupply on the domestic market, but is also suitable for processing a host of fruit and.....


Early end to Peruvian mangos
The Peruvian mango season began in November. Claire Joosten, Asica Natural, gives us an update on how this 2015/2016 campaign is going so far. Asica Natural is a fresh produce exporter from Peru, exporting for example mangos, avocados, ginger and quinoa. Claire begins with an uncertain start to the.....

Spain: Kiwis, kakis and pomegranates now marketed by Fruits de Ponent
Fruits de Ponent Grup Cooperatiu, based in the Catalan municipality of Alcarràs, Lleida, and specialised in stonefruit (peaches, Paraguayo peaches and nectarines), is expanding and diversifying its activities, marketing products it does not grow: kiwis, kakis and pomegranates."We are taking steps to expand.....

Record 278 million Mexican avocados shipped for Super Bowl
The US population continues to consume more and more avocados. Consumption is driven by increased media attention as well as in-store promotions. “This year, a record-shipment of 139 million lbs. is expected to come in from Mexico to be consumed in the run up to and on the day of the Big Game,” said Maggie.....

US: Fewer small avocados available
For the current supply of avocados arriving in the United States from Mexico, smaller sizes have been scarce and prices for that smaller fruit have been high. Until balance is regained between large and small fruit, the market for small fruit will remain strong.Avocado supplies are coming from the state of.....

Indian farmers to study mango cultivation abroad
Although India is one of the biggest producers of mangoes and a major exporter, a group of Indian farmers have been given the opportunity to visit Israel, Brazil or European countries in March to study their mango cultivation methods, in order to improve the export quality of their own produce.According to.....

Callahuanca, the Peruvian cherimoya paradise
Cherimoya production in Peru has reached 20,000 tonnes per year, boosted mostly by the Lima region, which produces between 7,500 and 8,000 tonnes thanks to towns like Cumbe and Callahuanca, in San Mateo de Otao, as reported by the manager of the Lima-Provinces Headquarters of Sierra Exportadora, Edgar.....

Spain: Lower subtropical volumes at better prices
Far fewer kilos on the scale, but higher prices; this is how the mango campaign has closed in 2015 and it looks like avocados, which will continue until early spring, will move in the same direction. This is the annual review of the cooperative Trops, a European giant in the export of subtropical fruits from.....


AU: Manbulloo Mangoes set for greater seasonal production
Strong demand from existing customers and new partners in the US has led Australian mango company Manbulloo to expand its crops and production.The company is already the largest producer of Kensington Pride mangoes in Australia, and also grows R2E2 and Keitt varieties, with recent expansions helping to meet.....


Avocado demand driving greater production in Western Australia
Western Australia is experiencing a huge increase in avocado production as strong demand for the fruit continues to grow throughout the country.Jasper Farms owner and Avocado Producers Committee member Neil Delroy says Australia’s total production is between 57,500 to 60,000 per year, with between 30% to 40%.....

The harvest will amount to one third of last year's
Spanish subtropical fruits have it all, except for water
Cherimoyas, avocados and mangoes are tropical fruits produced in the coast of Granada and Malaga. They are very cost effective and generate plenty of labour. Europe buys everything it produces and there is potential for more. These crops have everything they need to expand, except for one thing: water.They.....

Mexico: Michoacan's mango needs more certifications to survive
Only 3,000 hectares of the total 20,400 hectares of mango established in Michoacan are certified. Thus, mango producers in the state are at risk of facing the closure of borders by international buyers once accreditation becomes compulsory in 2017, stated Xavier Chavez Contreras, president of the Mango.....

First shipment of Israeli fruit to Myanmar
For the first time, an Israeli company, Agroterra, has sent a shipment of fresh fruit to Myanmar, Burma. The shipment contained top quality dates, red grapefruits and pomegranates and will be sold in City Mart shops in Yangon.Israel is known for its advanced agricultural methods and technology, particularly.....

West Bengal:
Indian pineapple growers "suffering huge losses"
In Bidhannagar, West Bengal, pineapple farmers are calling on the authorities to take steps to improve the workings of a recently constructed export zone; despite a bumper pineapple yield, the farmers are suffering huge losses, making back only a quarter of the price of their total investments, during.....


At the cooperative Nuestra Señora de la Bella, Cobella
Kaki cultivation up 19%
The partners of the Andalusian Cooperative Society Nuestra Señora de la Bella, Cobella, based in Lepe, have made a firm commitment to the cultivation of kakis, having increased the acreage by 19% this season, according to data from the latest balance sheet presented to the cooperative by manager Pedro.....

Growing demand for South African mangoes Middle and Far East
Derek Donkin of the South African Subtropical Growers Association says that there is a strong demand for mangoes from the fresh and processing (achar, dried and juice) sectors, South African mango export currently accounting for around 3% of the total annual crop of ±75,000 metric tonnes. Donkin says, “Over.....

CAC discusses upcoming season
In preparation for the 2015-16 California avocado season, the California Avocado Commission (CAC) retail merchandisers, foodservice representatives and marketing personnel met with many of the AMRIC handlers to discuss the opportunities presented by the new season.The meetings provide an important connection.....

Colombia: Green West invests in Antioquia's avocado
Green West, a Colombian fruit exporter company that is preparing the opening of its collection and distribution center in the municipality of Guarne, is searching for some 200 small producers of Hass avocados in eastern Antioquia that want to sell their production to the world.The company expects the plant.....

National Mango Board accepting board nominees
The National Mango Board (NMB) is encouraging mango industry leaders to participate in the upcoming nominations process to become a board member. Board members have the chance to shape the future direction of the NMB programs in upcoming years. The NMB is currently seeking nominations for six board member.....

California Avocado Commission (CAC)
New marketing logo in time for Super Bowl
The California Avocado Commission (CAC) has released a new marketing campaign logo before Super Bowl, just in time for the Big Game promotions. The Commission says growers expect some early fruits to be harvested this month in time to support the surge of promotions surrounding Super Bowl 50.“The California.....

Peru: Hass avocado exports to Chile growing by over 300%
Peruvian Hass avocado exports have registered a 306% growth in the Chilean market during the period between January and November 2015, reaching a total of $ 13.4 million compared to the 3.3 million achieved in the same period of 2014, reports the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur).According to.....

Italian kiwi enters China
Along with the increasing demand for imported fruit in China, the imported fruit market share also increased gradually. This attracted the Italian company MAZZONI. This is an agricultural enterprise with more than fifty years history and a famous reputation on the European market. Huasheng Fruit enterprises.....

Mexico: Michoacan exported over 774,000 tonnes of avocados
Michoacan closed 2015 with a total 774,692 tonnes of avocados exported overseas, for which it received 1,500 million dollars, making this fruit the state's main agricultural export. This volume represents an increase of almost 105,000 tonnes compared to 2014, when 670,000 tonnes were exported; however, 40.....

California avocados add flavor to the Big Game
There’s good pre-game news for Big Game fans and the operations where they’ll gather. California growers anticipate harvesting California avocados earlier this year, so operators should check with produce suppliers for California availability. That means customers settling in for an afternoon of football can.....

Andalusia, European leader in tropical fruit production
Andalusia is the only region in Europe producing ​​tropical fruits thanks to the subtropical climate of the coast of Granada and Malaga, as well as to the commitment to the sector from growers in these provinces, motivated by Europe's high demand for tropical products. Malaga produces around.....

Chilean avocados have bright future in Chinese market
The Chinese authorities' expected decision to lift quarantine measures for Chilean avocados in the regions between Valparaiso and O'Higgins took longer than expected. The decision was expected to take place in April, but it was only adopted in September, and it was the decisive boost to start massive exports.....

Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB)
US (CA): Avocado pest "potentially devastating"
The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB), an tiny invasive beetle appears “well established” in the Santa Paula area of California. The California Avocado Commission (CAC) has called on avocado growers and stakeholders to be vigilant in surveying their groves.The pest is especially concerning as it lacks a.....

Costa Rica: Pineapple exports fell by $107 million dollars
The pineapple sector was also impacted by a decrease in the amount of producers as nearly 3,000 to 3,500 hectares were in the hands of about 500 small producers. According to the Canapep, these producers had to leave the activity because they could not sustain production costs and because the exchange rate.....

Tropical fruit and tomato processing
Processing plants benefit Zimbabwean farmers
The resuscitation of the Agricultural and Rural Development Authority processing plants in Norton and Esigodini under a partnership with cordial drinks manufacturer Schweppes Zimbabwe, is set to benefit around 10,000 farmers from 62 districts in Mashonaland and Matabeleland.The two plants will be processing.....

Exponential growth of Peruvian mangoes
The Peruvian mango season is currently going through a very intense period, with soaring sales compared to those of the previous season.As reported by the Peruvian Association of Mango Producers and Exporters (APEM), the volume exported during week 50 of the 2014-2015 season amounted to 37 containers, while.....

US (CA): Avocado price fears unfounded
The fear that rising demand for avocados would make the fruit prohibitively expensive seem to have been unfounded. Calavo Growers Inc. said sharply lower avocado prices were a key challenge in its fiscal fourth quarter, weighing on results at its fresh foods division.“During our fiscal fourth quarter, the.....

Peru: Avocado exports top 280 million dollars
Peruvian fresh avocado exports totalled 282.75 million dollars FOB between January and November 2015; a lower figure than that of the same period last year, when the value of shipments overseas reached 306.2 million dollars, reports the web portal AGRODATAPERU.The Dutch market topped the ranking of largest.....


Dole receives awards for corporate social responsibility
Dole Food Company, Inc. has announced that its subsidiary company in Costa Rica “Standard Fruit Company of Costa Rica S.A.“, received the prestigious awards “Social Responsibility in Action” and “Top Winner“ in the category “Community“ of the Costa Rican American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham).More than.....

Mexico: Chiapas mango production up 59.8%
According to the Agricultural and Fishing Information Service (SIAP) of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing and Food (SAGARPA), mango production in Chiapas during the 2014 agricultural year amounted to approximately 847,549,000 pesos.Thus, mango production in 2014 was 59.8.....

Mexico: Zitacuaro will have certified avocados for export in 2016
Before the end of 2016, the avocado orchards of the city of Zitacuaro will be certified so producers from the city can export and sell their products in international markets, said mayor Carlos Herrera Tello.The mayor reiterated the government's commitment with all the parties involved in this process during.....


Mexico: Veracruz exports its pineapples to the US and Africa
Thanks to the training and business meetings provided by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Economic and Port Development in Veracruz (Sedecop), Veracruz has achieved exporting its pineapples to the United States and Africa.The state government stated that, thanks to the consultancy.....

Yucatan exported over 50 tons of dragon fruit to the US
The delegate of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) in Yucatan, Pablo Castro Alcocer, presented Yucatan's 2015 Agrifood Balance, which highlighted the growth there had been in several areas.Corn exports increased from 800 kilograms per hectare to 1.2.....


The Fruit Awakens on your Star Wars party platter
You have your tickets. You have your plans. But do you have the perfectly themed snacks to celebrate “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with? You don’t have to be the best cook in the universe to serve up intergalactic snacks. Just look in your produce aisle!1. StarfruitObvious choice, isn’t it? Slice Starfruit.....

South Korea-Vietnam FTA benefits tropical fruit exports
The South Korea-Vietnam free trade agreement, which came into affect on Sunday will have great benefits for Vietnamese garlic and tropical fruit exporters, as South Korea will open their market to these items and 499 other goods.At the same time Vietnam will remove its duties on an additional 272 South.....

Mexico: Two municipalities in Jalisco, free of the avocado borer
The municipalities of Valle de Guadalupe and Arandas, Jalisco, were declared pest-free areas of the plagues known as avocado borers, which will increase their productivity with higher quality fruit.The state Delegation of the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food.....

Paraguay: Short pineapple sales result in heavy economic losses
At least 100 producers for the category are affected by this situation said Zacharias Arce, a producer from the Cue German Cologne in Concepcion. "So far, I've had losses between 10 million to 20 million Guaranis. Compared to last year, I only recovered 5 million Guaranis from the sale of pineapples here in.....

Spain: Exotic fruits consumed also during Christmas celebrations
When planning the Christmas menu for celebrations with friends and families, most people often think of meat, fish or shellfish, perhaps also a delicious dessert, but fruits and vegetables are not as present as they should. That, however, is changing, because in addition to the already traditional grapes,.....