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High prices send supermarket sales of avocados down by 20% in Japan

With major producers like Mexico and California experiencing low avocado harvests this season the fruit is becoming less appealing to Japanese consumers as prices skyrocket. Swelling demand in China and the U.S. is also at play.The retail price for an avocado in Japan has risen from the 100- to 150-yen.....

Spain: Mangoes and avocados gain ground on loquats in La Axarquía

Loquat prices are good this year. The first class ones have, in fact, exceeded 2 Euro per kilo at origin; however, mangoes and avocados, especially in the area of La Axarquía, have for some time been gaining ground on loquats in terms of acreage. Attracted by the demand for both fruits in the European market.....

Aus growers attribute mango crop's 40% rise in value to innovation

Over 200 growers attending the 11th Australian Mango Industry Conference in Bowen were told that thanks to innovation and the interesting and popular varieties grown in the country, the retail value of the mango crop increased by 40 per cent in the past three years — more than double the overall fruit.....

Summer holidays bring burgers with fresh California avocado

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, as Americans work, travel and dedicate themselves to the pleasures of summer dining, there’s always a burger at the end of the trail. While burgers are as varied as the customers who consume them, a finishing touch of Fresh California Avocado enhances any version with.....

US Compartés releases avocado chocolate

L.A.-based Compartés is a brand known for its distinctive, colorful packaging and unusual flavor combinations. Their new addition will make avocado lovers swoon as they plan to add the popular fruit to their latest bar. The chocolate bar is made up of only two ingredients: Avocado and white chocolate......

Avocado shortage in Mexico and California

Guacamole will be more expensive this Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo guacamole will be more expensive this year, as avocado prices have risen to a record high due to an increased demand and a lower harvest in Mexico and California.According to the government, a 10-kilo (22 lb) box of Hass avocado from the state of Michoacan, Mexico's largest producer, costs 530.....

A long road back for Bowen's cyclone affected growers

The Bowen Gumlu Growers Association is calling on the Australian community not to forget the region’s farmers who are recovering from the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.While graphic visions of the damage are out of the news, and produce is on the shelves, the regions growers still face a long road back to.....

Spain: Domestic kaki production expected to exceed 400,000 tonnes

For the upcoming campaign, the Spanish Kaki Association predicts the production will reach approximately 407,000 tonnes. This estimate is based on the figures on the sector handled by Agroseguro. According to this entity, 329,000 tonnes have been insured for the 2017/18 campaign, but taking into account that.....

Hass avocado study sheds light on buyers

The Hass Avocado Board has recently released a new Avocado Shopper Segmentation Action Guide. The Action Guide highlights key study findings about a small group (25%) of shoppers who make 73% of avocado purchases. “Avocado shoppers are a very diverse consumer group,” explains Emiliano Escobedo, executive.....

US avocado prices skyrocketing after low yields

That bowl of guacamole on Cinco de Mayo will be more expensive this year, as avocado prices rise to a record on surging demand and a smaller crop in Mexico and California.A 10-kilogram (22-pound) box of Hass avocados from the state of Michoacan, Mexico’s biggest producer, cost 530 pesos ($27.89) Thursday,.....

Thomas Dieke, Anisa G & P:

"It's difficult to export papaya from Guatemala to Europe due to logistics"

Guatemala is an important producer of papaya, which it mainly exports to North America. As a matter of fact, very few of the country's producers export to Europe, as the long transit times by sea affect the maturity of the fruits and transport by air is too expensive. Hence, this exotic fruit is less well.....

Fresh Del Monte Produce posts Q1 net income of $46.4mn

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. (FDP) today reported first-quarter net income of $46.4 million. On a per-share basis, the Coral Gables, Florida-based company said it had profit of 90 cents. Earnings, adjusted for asset impairment gains and non-recurring gains, were 84 cents per share.Del Monte shares have.....

California looks to grow avocados year-round with new varieties

With the development of new varieties of avocados, California may soon be able to grow avocados year-round. The goal is to breed varieties that aren't super tall, can be planted close to each other and have a high yield. One type Arpaia and her colleague, Eric Focht, are recommending to growers has all these.....

Colombian avocado prices have increased by 20% in the last year

This year, Hass avocado prices have reached a never before seen level, stated Rodolfo Ahumada, the commercial director of Pacific Fruits. Not only in Europe, Ahumada says, but also in North America and in the Asian markets. "We are very fortunate to export in a window where there isn't enough supply to satisfy.....

China: Pineapple Cultural Tourism Festival at the "Home of the Pineapple"

From 28 to 30 April, the second Pineapple Cultural Tourism Festival took place in the pineapple growing area in Xuwen County of Guangdong Province - a place also known as the "Home of the Pineapple" in China. The aim of the festival was to promote pineapple seeding and accelerate the modernization of pineapple.....

Mango bagging increases output in Bangladesh

Bagging technology can give more marketable mango fruits over the non-bagged ones. This was disclosed by the Senior Scientific Officer of RHRC, Dr Saraf Uddin, recently, according to a local agency report.Scientists of the Regional Horticulture Research Center (RHRC) in Chapainawabgonj have released the.....

Rain and cyclones flood orchards

NZ: Concerns to the longer term impacts on avocados

The 2016-17 New Zealand avocado season has recorded its highest ever production figures.The season just finished with 7.7 million trays produced; 2.8 million in the New Zealand domestic market and 4.9 million in the export market. "Demand for avocados is stunning," Chief Executive Jen Scoular said. "Consumers.....

Karnatake, India, mango treatment plant delayed by lack of land

The Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Limited (KSMDMCL) and mango growers are looking for land in Ramanagaram for more than six months to set up a hot water treatment plant for mangoes, Kadre Gowda, Managing Director, KSMDMCL told DH on the sidelines of the mango-picking tour.....

Canary Islands demands severe sanctions against illegal tropical fruit imports

The Councillor of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Government of the Canary Islands, Narval Quintero, announced on Wednesday in Parliament that his department would ask the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment to impose "the most severe sanction possible against.....

Lowest April production ever, say some growers

Low papaya volumes push up prices in South Africa

South African papaya supplies are low at the moment, as the peak winter season is due to start May/June, and consumers pay about R20 (€1.39) for a fruit. Growers are saying that they are seeing the lowest production volumes for April they’ve ever seen, which might be due to the drought and perhaps a shift in.....

Avocado category reflects a unique demographic profile

Hass Avocado Board study reveals Top Spenders

The future of the avocado category is shaped by the actions of today’s shoppers. Understanding avocado shoppers and how their actions impact the category can help marketers optimize strategies aimed at building avocado sales. To help marketers and retailers understand these shoppers and their purchase.....

Junin is the largest producer of pineapples in Peru

In 2015, Peru planted 15,182 hectares of pineapples (in 2014 the country planted 15,917 hectares). The region with the highest area devoted to this fruit is Junin, which accounts for 41% of the total planted, followed by Loreto with 13%, and La Libertad with 7%, among others.This was reported by Alberto Julca.....

Gujarat High Court orders action against use of chemicals to ripen fruit

The Gujarat High Court today asked the state government to take "strict action" against the traders using chemicals to artificially ripen fruits, especially mangoes. A division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi passed the order orally, taking suo motu (on its own) note of a.....

Taiwanese guava farmer hopes to crack U.S. market

A Taiwanese fruit dealer said he was hoping Taiwan grown guavas can crack the U.S. market because a successful entry into the market would eventually turn the fate of the fruit around. Fruit dealer Chen Yin-Kuei said, during a recent media interview, that the export value of Taiwan grown guavas to Canada is.....

AU: Mango conference still on for Bowen

In a boost for cyclone-ravaged north Queensland, the 11th Australian Mango Conference will go ahead in Bowen next week.Event organisers have stuck to their plan to host the event in the horticultural town which was scheduled long before Topical Cyclone Debbie crossed the coast earlier this month.The Australian.....

Mexican import mango market starts up as Guatemala winds down

As it comes off a period of demand outweighing supply, imported mangoes are rebalancing the market with the Mexican market ramping up in production.“Guatemala has peaked and is starting to dwindle down a bit while Mexico is starting up,” says Andres Ocampo of Pompano Beach, Fl.-based HLB Specialties. “These.....

Thailand exports 100% of its mangosteen production

Thailand is one of the largest producers of this fruit worldwide and the areas where it is cultivated are diverse, especially in the South. To date, the Asian markets, as well as North America, are the major consumers of mangosteen from Thailand.This product's price isn't stable as it depends on the quantity.....

Mexico: There are 35,000 illegal avocado orchards in Michoacan

Ricardo Luna Garcia, the Secretary of the Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change (Semarnacc), recognized that there were at least 35 thousand illegal avocado orchards in Michoacan.In the framework of the Mother Earth Meeting, the state official said that these orchards operated without the.....

Mexico and Costa Rica to proceed with their avocado dispute

Mexico and Costa Rica haven't yet held bilateral meetings to settle the dispute on avocado trade outside the World Trade Organization. The official process will start this Wednesday and Thursday at the multilateral forum in Geneva, stated the Minister of foreign trade (Comex), Alexander Mora, before a.....

NZ's biggest orchard approved

Harbour Edge Avocados Ltd aims to establish the largest avocado orchard in New Zealand on a 405ha dairy farm it has acquired on the Okahukura Peninsula at Tapora on the Kaipara Harbour west of Wellsford.Two other major avocado growing enterprises also recently set up at Tapora.Businessman and mandarin grower,.....

Cuba: In the last five years the country has exported 3,000 tons of pineapples

In 2009, the Agroindustrial Ceballos company introduced the hybrid MD2 pineapple into the country. This crop underwent a climate adaptation through good agricultural practices and, in the last five years, the country has exported about three thousand tons of this pineapple, which won a Gold medal at Havana's.....

Mexico: The tamarind of Colima requires a production and marketing strategy

There is currently little information about the production and commercialization of tamarind in Colima, and its potential and perspectives in the national and international markets. As a result, producers don't know what its strengths and weaknesses are. So the sector has been unable to define its problems,.....

Robert Gray - AMIA Chief Executive

AU: Indian mango imports will not impact domestic sales

The Australian Mango Industry Association is not concerned by the decision to allow the importation of Indian mangoes, saying it is only fair that other countries have access to the Australian marketplace.The green light was given this week for the importation of the fruit, depending on strict biosecurity.....

Spain: La Mayora scientist to study pawpaw genome at Harvard

The prestigious Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (USA) has selected a project coordinated by Aureliano Bombarely, of Virginia Tech University (USA), and Iñaki Hormaza, of the Institute for Mediterranean and Subtropical Horticulture (IHSM) La Mayora, in the framework of a call to study the genomics and.....

High avocado prices are biggest challenge for guacamole dip category

Even though the avocado has breached its traditional place in snacks and salads, crossing over into smoothies and baking, it’s still an expanding category in the dip category. Wholly Foods has released three dips, all featured with guacamole.Avocado production is off this year"Avocados for the dips are sourced.....

Xiamen fruit imports come mainly from Taiwan

In the first quarter of 2017, the Xiamen harbour handled 1,000 batches of imported fruit, for a total of 16,700 tons or 23.7 million USD. The fruits show a large variety. The main imports were pineapples, custard apples, dragon fruit and bananas, most of which came from Taiwan and Vietnam, the Philippines,.....

China intercepts spotted mango larvae

A few days back, staff members of the Fujian Quanzhou Inspection and Quarantine Bureau intercepted mangoes from a Philippino traveller who had crossed the border. Tests showed that the mangoes were infected with spotted mango larvae. A laboratory test that adopts molecular biology methods to extract DNA from.....

Greater market demand for avocados in China

Driven by the increasing need for a healthy diet among the middle class in China, the market demand for avocados is increasing, which has made the fruit a rising star among all the imported fruits in the country.The export volume of avocados from Latin American countries like Mexico and Chile has been growing.....

China: Loquat fruit from Ningbo greenhouse estates hit the market

Local white loquat fruits arrive on the market every year in May. However, in the greenhouses, the first batch of white loquats has already ripened, which is a month earlier than the white loquats grown in the field. The two spells of cold air in January this year destroyed a large part of loquats. Loquats.....

Philippine Mango Export Foundation urges govt to help boost exports

The government should help local mango producers ramp up their production and go into value adding if it is keen on increasing their share in export receipts, according to the Philippine Mango Exporters Foundation Inc. (PMEFI).PMEFI President Roberto C. Amores said local mango producers remain uncompetitive as.....

Geographic tags on mangoes to help combat fakes in India

In order to combat fakes, Ratnagiri and Devgad Alphonso mangoes will soon carry geographical indication (GI) tags which will identify a shipments legitimacy.A geographical indication (GI) is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin. Hence, Alphonso.....

Chilean blueberries and avocados exported to India next season

In the framework of a public-private visit to India, led by the Chilean Undersecretary of Agriculture, Claudio Ternicier, the national authority and the Joint Secretary of the Indian Ministry of Agriculture, Ashwani Kumar, have signed an agreement that sets the conditions to allow the export of fresh.....

Christiaan van Ravenswaaij: “Social certification becoming increasingly important”

“Good market for mangoes from Ivory Coast”

The Ivory Coast mango season started with the first air freight mangoes last month for Van Ravenwaaij, and this week, the first boats with Kent mangoes will arrive from Ivory Coast. “The market is still empty. Quality of the mangoes is good, and is only going to get better. This week, prices are at a good.....

Peru: Wonderful pomegranate exports increased by 25%

The largest volume of Wonderful pomegranates in Peru comes from the region of Ica, in the south of the country. Despite of its great production volume, and the yearly increase in production, pomegranates are not very popular in the country. Peru exports up to 90% of its production to destinations like Russia,.....

Delay of durian season in Thailand but output increase expected

"Due to more rainfall this year in Thailand, the ripening of durian has been delayed for one month, but the yields of durian are expected to increase. Last year, due to the drought in east Thailand, the output decreased by 20% to 30%. However, the trees had good rest and therefore the fruit set percentage will.....

China's demand for Mexican avocados continues to grow

Chinese demand for avocados is growing and Mexican officials are taking notice of the potential for growth as the country looks at possible policy changes by the Trump administration that could affect avocado trade with the United States."Exports of avocados from Mexico to China have substantially increased in.....

Peru's 2016 avocado shipments increased 29.7%

Peru's avocado exports totaled US$369.9 million in 2016, up by 29.7% from the previous year, private-run Foreign Trade Society (ComexPeru) highlighted.The business association stressed farming-exports have had a good performance over recent years. In this sense, they experienced a 6.7% increase in 2016.Since.....

Thai fresh-cut durian arrives on the Chinese market

ThaiFarmFresh (TFF) is a brand of Novana Limited from Thailand. The exclusive distributor of the brand in China is Zhenjiang Harvest Limited, which is a subsidiary of the Harvest Season Group. On March 7, 2017, the two parties signed their Memorandum of Understanding about exporting fresh-cut durian to China.....

Mexican avocados conquer Japan

According to Ramon Paz, a spokesman for the Association of Producers and Packers Exporters of Mexico (Apeam), 95 percent of the avocados that Japan imports come from Mexico, while the rest comes from New Zealand, the United States, Chile, and Peru.Mexican avocado shipments to Japan in 2016 increased by 25.....

Mexico: Shortage of avocados in Jalisco as producers prioritize international market

Since producers are prioritizing supplying international markets, avocados in Jalisco have become scarce and expensive, and the little product that is marketed in the state is grown in other states such as Nayarit and Sinaloa.According to the director of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Avocado.....

India's mango exports could reach 50,000 tonnes this year

India's mango exports are expected to be higher this year when compared to last year's level and could reach 50,000 tonnes in the ongoing fiscal, buoyed by a strong demand and supply of export quality fruit, the government body APEDA said today.The country has shipped 45,730 tonnes of mangoes. The export.....

Indonesia and Thailand team up for post-harvest mango research

In order to improve post-harvest technology for mangoes Thailand and Indonesia plan to work together to further research in the field."Thai's fruits are widely known in the world. They have a postharvest technology that makes the fruit remain fresh while being shipped," Deputy of Agro Industry and.....

Thai durian grower arrested for selling 1.4tns of immature fruit

A durian orchard owner in the Rayong’s Wang Chan district has been arrested for selling around 1.4 tonnes of immature and prematurely-harvested fruits.Prachuap Kruawal was arrested by police and agriculture officials while she was directing 10 workers to load the fruit on the truck of a buyer at 5pm on.....

Weather hits India's supply of 'shahi' lychees

Growers of ‘shahi’ litchi in Muzaffarpur expected a bumper crop this season, but with heavy winds hitting North Bihar, the supply of the fruit may be short across the India.“The lychee crop, including its shahi variety, is getting burnt because of the dry westerly wind sweeping across the region. There are.....

Effects of cyclones on Bay of Plenty's hort industry could last years

After suffering through Cyclone Debbie and Cyclone Cook it could still be years before Bay of Plenty's horticulture industry fully recovers.Avocado and kiwifruit growers are cleaning up after bearing the brunt of the two extreme weather events which tore trees from the ground and flooded orchards throughout.....

AU: Honey Gold mango season wraps up with solid performance

Exclusive Honey Gold mango producer, Piñata Farms, will continue to expand plantings in the Northern Territory - a major growing region - following a successful 2016-2017 mango season.Managing director Gavin Scurr said the volume produced over summer was consistent with previous years, despite being three.....

California avocado growers see smaller crop this year

Predictions of reduced avocado supplies in California made last fall seem to be coming to fruition according to some growers. "My crop is down quite a bit," said Paul Van Leer, who grows avocados near Gaviota along the Santa Barbara County coast, citing the impact of multiple drought years that put his trees.....

China: Fruit Day flies in first batch of Peruvian 'Big Mac' avocados

Avocados have been called the champion of the fruit world over the last few years. Because of their rich nutritional components and value in the kitchen, the demand for avocados is growing worldwide. The Chinese market is no exception of course. According to the official data of Fruit Day, the yearly sales.....

China: Jingdong opens Zespri Kiwi flagship store

In a new round of cooperation between Jingdong and Zespri, even more kiwis will be transported to the original birthplace of kiwis: China.Jingdong is the largest online retail sales platform in China and now promotes itself as the direct flagship store for Zespri Kiwis. To commemorate the new cooperation, the.....