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New star of Taiwan's fruit exports
Not to be outshone by Taiwanese mangoes, exports of which have doubled so far this year, local pineapples have seen sales in the overseas market increase by nearly 200 percent. Given that only 5 percent of the pineapples are being exported, the Council of Agriculture is planning on helping farmers sell more.....

Destined for the US
Colombia: New production zones for Hass avocado and cape gooseberry
The US market is one of the most desired markets in the world, as it has more than 313.8 million people, and a GDP that exceeds US$15 trillion and US$48,100 per capita. However, it is one of the hardest markets to enter, as the health eligibility processes are rigorous.This is a situation currently being.....


“Yearly growth of 20-25 percent”
Asian fruit and vegetables increasingly popular
The demand for Asian fruit and vegetables in Germany increases every year. The Dutch company East4Fresh has been supplying the German market with a range of Asian fruit and vegetables since July 2012.Helien Verhagen, Managing Director of East4Fresh notices increase in demand in Germany: “We recorded annual.....

Peru: Avocados and grapes in the Ocoña desert
After 38 years of work, Arequipa growers will finally be able to plant avocados, grapes and forage in the desert lands of Ocoña, Pampa Blanca.To turn this project into a reality it was necessary to collect water from the nearest spring, located 70 kilometres from the area, to supply a reservoir containing.....

Myanmar: Mango farmers frustrated by money changers
The Ministry of Commerce is working to arbitrate a Mandalay dispute between mango farmers and the Muse money changers they claim are giving them an unfair deal.Local mango farmers and merchants generally export their produce to nearby China, and often must make use of informal currency brokers in the border.....

Turbana and Food City build world’s largest pineapple display
Turbana and long-standing retail partner, Food City, are announcing the success of their joint summer event, “World’s Largest Pineapple Display.” The record-breaking interactive promotion leveraged social media, in-store activations and a show-stopping display that housed 18 tons of Fyffes Gold pineapples,.....

South Africa and the U.S. together against Costa Rican avocado restrictions
The United States and South Africa have joined Mexico and Guatemala to protest to the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the restrictive measures on avocado trade implemented by Costa Rica.Concerns were raised at the monthly meeting of the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures of the WTO, to.....

India: Mango exports to hit 45k tonnes with new emerging markets
As the mango season is coming to an end, mango exports have stopped from Maharashtra and Gujarat, but a few tonnes are being exported from Uttar Pradesh. Government statistics reveals that some 9,000 tonnes of mango have been exported from Maharashtra to Europe this season, against 7,000 tonnes the previous.....

Cambodians hoping to expand mango exports
Mango exporters in Kampong Speu province are gaining traction in Asian markets and expect overseas deliveries to increase by 50 percent in the coming season.In Chhay Van, president of the Kampong Speu Mango Association, projects that the association’s members will export nearly 15,000 tons of mangoes during.....


Israeli mango production down
Israeli growers are trying to figure out exactly what caused their mango production to drop by about 50 percent this year. Though there are many theories as to why production dropped so severely, there's no consensus on the biggest reason for such diminished yields.“The mango situation is very severe,” said.....

Argentina: Mango area triples in Jujuy
The INTA and the government of Jujuy are promoting mango crops, which have a great impact on regional economies, to meet the growing demand, increase profitability and replace imports.With a privileged location, Argentina’s Northwest leads the national production of tropical and subtropical fruits because.....

AU: Grower sees best avocado production in 5 years
Gympie avocado grower, Kate Groves, in south east Queensland, has this year seen her best production in five years. She has harvested almost 28 tonnes of both her hass and surprise varieties.It is a very different story from the grower's season last year, which saw almost 80 per cent of her avocado crop.....

India: Govt. promotes dwarf mango trees
To address the issue of land scarcity coming in the way of planting fruit-bearing trees, the horticulture department has decided to plant dwarf fruit trees across the city. This will enable more saplings to be planted in a small area, besides giving better yield. As part of the initiative, the department.....

Up to 1,000 colones per avocado
Costa Rica: Avocado prices to increase due to high cost of Peruvian imports
Randall Benavides, president of the Chamber of Exporters and Importers of perishable products, confirmed that Costa Rica had imported 15 containers of avocado from Peru, which are priced 50% higher than the ones imported from Mexico, during the past seven weeks. Thus, he said, avocado prices could increase.....

Dominica increasing pineapple production for export
The Pineapple Association in Dominica is looking to expand its acreage of pineapples on island.The Association is receiving support from the Ministry of Agriculture as well as the Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) Programme.Hon. Minister for Agriculture, Johnson Drigo, unveiled the new developments in the.....

Mexico: High temperatures affect mango crops in Escuinapa
The high temperatures registered in the Mexican region of Escuinapa are accelerating the mango ripening process, causing at least 50 percent of the production to fall off and ruining the prospects from producers to offset the season's bad results.Máximo Guzmán López, head of the Department of Rural.....

India: Avocado floods market, struggles to become mainstream
Avocados are here. The pear-shaped fruit, also known as butter fruit for its taste and texture, has arrived in the city markets from Kodaikanal a month earlier this year. About two tonnes of avocados have been flooding the Koyambedu market every day since the first week of July. Traders across the state say.....

Taiwan's mango exports see healthy growth
Exports of Taiwanese mangoes more than doubled in the first half of 2015, a senior agriculture official said Friday, describing the growth as an indication of the fruit's continued popularity in overseas markets.A total of 3,607 metric tons of mangoes were exported in the first six months of this year, 107.....

Vietnamese undecided about CAS preservation
While the Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) says the cell alive system (CAS), a farm produce preservation technology, is suitable to Vietnam, farmers and exporters remain undecided.The director of the Bac Giang province Science & Technology Department Nguyen Duc Kien on June 30 confirmed that the.....

NZ: Young avocado trees in hot demand
Nurseries are reporting they've sold out of rootstock for the 2015-16 season with orders now being gathered for 2016 and 2017.The resurgence in plantings and orchard development comes as confidence in the New Zealand avocado industry reaches a new high, with global demand for the healthy fruit outstripping.....

For a better environment
Certified bananas and pineapples at Lidl
Lidl Germany supports sustainable cultivation of bananas and pineapples. The support should improve the working conditions of farmers. Since the beginning of 2015 the supermarket has started to change to certified bananas. Now 1500 stores sell the Rainforest Alliance certified bananas. And all the.....

India: Mango facing identity crisis
A descendant of the King of Fruits faces an identity crisis in Kuttiattoor, Kerala.The ‘Kuttiattoor mango,’ is a rare variety of delicious, sweet-smelling mangoes grown mostly in Kuttiattoor village of Kerala’s Kannur district. The mango, however, has a caste ‘identity,’ too. Locals call it the ‘Nambiar.....

Pakistani mango exports on verge of EU ban
Pakistan’s mango exports is on the verge of getting banned in the European Union (EU) for five years as three cases of interception were reported as a result of negligence of the concerned authorities.According to sources, two more export interceptions would result in a 5-year ban on Pakistani mango exports.....


Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)
Mango display contest receives enthusiastic response
The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) brightened their stores this season in a mango display contest sponsored by the National Mango Board (NMB). The NMB partnered with Bush’s Black Beans for this contest, using the theme “Mango and Black Bean Fiesta!” The contest received an impressive number of entries with.....


Avocados from Peru
2015 season kicks off with avocado-themed dinner in NY
In conjunction with Global Brand Ambassador Chef Martin Morales, Avocados from Peru captured the imaginations and taste buds of New York's top foodies in a series of highly successful events to kick off the summer season.Considered one of the pioneers of modern Peruvian cuisine, Morales has taken the UK by.....

Expired papaya confiscated in East China
A food company in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, has been fined 1.4 million yuan ($225,481) for storing 32.86 tons of expired papaya products, some of which had been frozen for more than five years, Qianjiang evening news reported on Tuesday.The products, confiscated at a storage facility in Jiangbei district in.....

Ruby Fresh organizes pomegranate arils recipe contest
Ruby Fresh Chef’s Challenge is an exclusive Pomegranate Arils recipe contest for passionate chefs that are currently working in a restaurant and are incorporating Pomegranate Arils in a dish; or have a recipe in mind that creatively showcases the flavor and versatility of the fruit. The winner will be.....

Costa Rica requires health cert Mexican avocados
According to a request submitted on July 13 for consideration by the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Costa Rica will require Mexico to present a certificate showing that their avocado is free from the sunblotch disease and comes from areas that are free.....

AU: Pineapple growers seek clarity on R&D spending
The pineapple industry says it has been left in research and development "limbo" as it awaits to see the full structure of the new Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited.The grower-owned research and development corporation was established last year, to replace Horticulture Australia Limited, which was.....


Mexico: Avocado and lemon production reactivated in Michoacan
In 2014, Michoacan's lemon and avocado production reached record figures, leaving behind the losses caused by extortion payments to criminal groups, like La Familia Michoacana and the Knights Templar, which for years took a toll on these agricultural sectors.The Agrifood and Fisheries Information Service.....

AU: Mango growers encouraged to export to US
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries, Willem Westra van Holthe, are encouraging more mango growers in the NT to take advantage of access to the lucrative United States market gained by the Australian Government earlier this.....


Mexico: Avocado prices on the rise
Several public markets in Mexico have recorded an increase in fruit and vegetable prices, with avocados reaching a maximum of 45 pesos* in Tijuana, while supermarkets in the Federal District have been selling the fruit for 37.02 pesos.According to sources from the Federal Consumer Protection, during the.....

Philippines: Del Monte Arabia to build $250-million plantation
Del Monte Arabia and the Palawan provincial government will soon sign an agreement to develop a $250-million banana and pineapple plantation, the governor said yesterday.Palawan Governor Jose Chavez Alvarez told a press briefing in Makati City yesterday that the memorandum of understanding between the.....

US (FL): Disease likely to increase avocado prices
Growers in Florida’s $100 million-a-year avocado industry could see a rise in the price of avocados in the short term due to a reduction in domestic production, because of the deadly Laurel Wilt pathogen, a new University of Florida study shows.But any noticeable price increase probably wouldn’t last because.....

BioTropic
Ivoire Organics is Naturland certified
Ivoire Organics producer cooperation is the first business in the region this year to qualify for a Naturland certification. This means that there are now 1,150 hectares of farmland certified according to Naturland criteria in the Ivory Coast. The products grown include pineapples, coconuts, mangoes and.....

India: Off-season avocados flood market
Off-season avocados from Kodaikanal have started flooding the markets in the region and retailers say the fruits, which are priced at around Rs100 per kg, are of good size and quality this year.Also known as butter fruit, avocados are cultivated on large horticultural farms in Kodaikanal. Farmers say the.....


Peru: San Mateo de Otao to export Cherimoya directly to Canada
In late July, the Association of Producers of Cherimoya Lucumay, located in the District of San Mateo de Otao in the province of Huarochiri, Lima region, will make its first direct export of 192 boxes of cherimoya to Toronto, Canada, with the support of the Sierra Exportadora.The representative of the.....

Costa Rica: Scientist panel to analyse ban on Mexican avocado imports
The meeting will be held on Monday July 20, when representatives of the Government and of the Costa Rican business sector get together to discuss the different alternatives that would permit, if possible, reactivating imports of avocado from Mexico.According to a statement issued by the entrepreneurs, the.....


Peru: Avocado shipments to Spain $10.5 million Q1
The Commercial Office of Peru in Madrid (OCEX Madrid) reported that avocado exports to Spain between January and April 2015 amounted to $10.5 million, i.e. 8% more than in the same period last year.Exports of frozen avocado stood out as they increased by 219% when compared to the same period of 2014, and.....

Ecuador: High temperatures could affect the mango harvest
According to projections by Bernardo Malo, president of the Mango del Ecuador Foundation and member of the National Mango Board (NMB), an association of US origin that concentrates the six major exporting countries, mango production between October 2015 and January 2016 is expected to be low, which would.....

Mexico to export Jalisco-grown avocados within three months
Within the next three months, avocado producers are expected to start exporting to the United States, stated the head of the Secretariat of Rural Development, Héctor Padilla Gutiérrez.After a process in which the food authority of the United States held a public consultation with the sector of that country.....

UAE farms growing mangoes
Mangoes have been cultivated in the UAE as far back as the 1970s and, since 2011, the fruit has been a regular contender among the locally grown produce on display at the Liwa Date Festival.Fatma Al Kalbani, director of agricultural development for the Ministry of Environment and Water, says the UAE’s hot.....

Dominican mangoes promoted in Spain
The Consulate General of the Dominican Republic organised the second edition of the Dominican Mango Fair, which took place this weekend at the Plaza España, in Madrid.Dominican consul general Juan Cuevas Féliz said the event aims to promote a Dominican product which only until recently was mostly unknown to.....


Peru: Possible direct exports of avocado to Europe
Sierra Exportadora's Hass Avocado and Other Fruits Innovation and Industry Program has been carrying out technical assistance to four avocado producing organizations and two municipalities in the Apurimac region, for the implementation of good agricultural practice rules to obtain the GLOBAL G.A.P......

"Mango exports must be right the first time for US market"
Ways to ensure consistent, top quality, supply of Australian mangoes to the newest export market, the US, was the top item on the agenda during visits to Darwin, Katherine, Mareeba and Bowen by the Australian Mango Industry Association’s Industry Development Manager, Trevor Dunmall, this week.Mr Dunmall has.....

Australian ban lifted for Pakistani mangoes
The ban on the Pakistani mangoes is lifted by Australian government. The ban was imposed due to flies and bugs found in Pakistani mangoes sent to Australia last year. Now the mangoes will be exported to Australia first treating them with hot water and irradiation.Under this process, mangoes go through a full.....

World market report-Week 27:
World apple market steady
Apple In the U.S., steady market for Gala and good sales movement for Fuji. On Continent, good market activity is reported for the scarce supply of R. Gala as well as for the Granny S deal. Other varieties report slower activity. In Russia, Granny S. reports better activity due to the lower incidence of.....

UK: Avocado price shoots up again
After a recent lull in the market, the avocado price has shot up again, according to Robert Cullum of Pacific Produce.“The demand is back on again, and the recent prices of green skins have been higher than normal. The prices of the Hass avocados have jumped up very quickly as well.”The avocado prices do.....

US: Yes, you can grow (hardy) kiwis in New England
The first time Iago Hale popped a cold-hardy kiwifruit in his mouth in graduate school, he was left speechless, amazed that he had never encountered the delicious fruit before. Now the researcher with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire is a hardy kiwifruit.....

Mexico: Improvement expected on quality of Escuinapa mango
Despite the bad mango season there's been, local producers maintain the hope that the rains will normalize and the quality of the last variety being cultivated will increase and, as a result, they will be able to recover some of the losses they've had because of the commercial failure of the early.....


Production hits 7 million trays, strong NZ dollar impacts strategy
New Zealand avocados set to engage foreign markets
New Zealand avocados are on track to ‘Go Global’ and produce sales of $280 million by the year 2023, according to New Zealand Avocado CEO Jen Scoular. “We have a well defined strategic plan, we are collaborating well across the industry, we are planning supply and demand, and work hard to improve the supply.....

"Sector suffers losses due to bad communication on volumes"
Oversupply on mango market in June
The mango market didn't progress satisfactorily last month. The volume was too high and demand low, as usual for this time of year. "There was enormous supply from various countries, like Ivory Coast, Brazil, Venezuela and Costa Rica. The market was flooded with mangoes. At one point, 300 containers arrived.....

AU: Fruit fly outbreak puts mango industry at risk
Western Australia's mango trade is at risk after Mediterranean fruit flies were discovered at three east Kimberley caravan parks.Six male fruit flies were detected in traps at three Kununurra caravan parks, triggering a 15-kilometre restriction zone around farms in the Ord River Irrigation Area.If the flies.....

Colombian avocado exports to the EU worth 4.6 million dollars
As reported by official sources, the value of Colombian Hass avocado exports to the European Union (EU) in the first quarter of this year has reached $ 4.6 million, thus exceeding the 4 million achieved in 2014 as a whole.The Colombian Minister of Agriculture, Aurelio Iragorri Valencia, said in a statement.....

Cambodia: Looking to export mangoes to S.Korea
Cambodia is seeking to export its mangoes to South Korea, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.Contacted yesterday, deputy MAFF director Hean Vanhorn said that a ministry representative would meet with a South Korean agriculture delegation today to discuss the.....

Shipment from South Africa arrives later than expected
Avocado market 'emptied' by the warm weather
The summer is a good season for the avocado. "Particularly when it's warm, you notice demand is very high," says Ive Lambert of Starfruit. "At the moment, avocados are mainly coming in from South Africa and Peru. We even have some flown in from Kenya now. Due to a shortage in 'greenskin', the Hass market has.....

Mexico: Michoacan 's most important export product is avocado
In 2014 avocado exports amounted to 709,514.036 tons, positioning it as the state's most important exports by volume. In the first half of 2015, avocado exports to international markets totalled 388,588 tons, according to information from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries.....

Mexico: Pitahaya production increases
A dozen rural communities in the Mayan area of Quintana Roo have found an economic hope in Pitahaya crops, and this year the area devoted to this fruit will reach 800 hectares.A $4 million pesos investment will allow nearly 100 farmers to join the production of this fruit, which is marketed for up to $3.....

Mexico: Foreign market saturation causes losses of 25% in mango production
Mango production in Michoacan has had losses of nearly 25 percent in the recent season because of weather conditions that triggered the simultaneous maturation of orchards in different parts of the country, which, in turn, contributed to the saturation of the North American market and the collapse in prices,.....

Vietnamese lychee sells well in Australia
The Vietnamese lychees exported to Australia, the first of its kind licensed to be shipped to the foreign market starting in May, has already sold out, far better than expectations, government website chinhphu.vn reported.About 30 metric tons of the Vietnamese fruits have already been consumed by Australian.....

Mexico: 4,000 hectares of mango in Escuinapa at risk of drying
Even though mango cultivation has been of great importance for the local economy in recent years, the severe drought is currently putting the crops in a situation of risk, specially the orchards in the margins of the municipal head, warned Porfirio Salas Castillo, head of the local CNC.Salas Castillo said.....

Davao exports down in Q1
The regional office of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) recorded a decrease in Davao Region's exports by 21.07 percent to $424.4 million in first quarter this year from $537.8 million of the same quarter last year.Data from PSA-Davao also showed that the volume of exports decreased by 46.7 percent.....


Sigfrido Molina: "Avocado demand in Spain is skyrocketing"
Avocado and mango prices on the rise
For about a month and a half, mangoes shipped by sea have suffered a decline in prices, failing to reach 3 Euro per 4 kilo box in Europe; prices which do not cover production costs."The market has been oversupplied with mangoes from many sources, such as Brazil, Dominican Republic, Senegal, Mali, Burkina.....

Pakistan likely to miss mango export target
Almost 70 per cent of the mango crop in Punjab has been damaged by climatic hazards, causing a shortage of the fruit in the local markets. Following this shortage, an unusual jump in the price of mango is also being observed in the country.The damages to crop in Punjab which produces 65 per cent of the fruit.....