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Edwin Fillekes, HillFresh
Super Sweet pineapple with brix level 17 unique to market
For some time HillFresh has been working with supplier Tropicales del Valle from Costa Rica, a supplier who has obtained an impressive place on the pineapple market in the past nine years. “Tropicales del Valle is a large player with a total production of 7 million cartons per year. They ship approximately.....


Roger Gay, of Cocanmex
"We managed to introduce SunGold kiwis in McDonald's"
Cocanmex is Zespri's distributor in Mexico and sells its products to almost all supermarkets in the country. It is about to receive the first Zespri SunGold kiwis, which will arrive in the third or fourth week of May. "Last year, we managed to introduce SunGold kiwis in McDonald's," says Roger Gay, director.....


Avocado market in Europe still short
Strong demand for avocados has made for a short market for the fruit in Europe. With Israel, Chile and Spain finishing up their respective seasons, supplies from South Africa and Peru haven't been enough to satisfy current demand.“Demand is growing between 20 and 25 percent every year,” said Eitan Zvi of.....

Avocados can break down belly fat
Healthy fats, found in avocados, can have a positive effects on breaking down belly fat, which can be one of the most difficult areas of the body to tone up.Researchers found that eating one source of monounsaturated fatty acids with each meal of your day assists with burning fat from your tummy. These.....

Organic mango grower reorganizes packing
As the Mexican organic mango season continues, with extremely unusual market conditions, such as fruit costs at a high not seen since 1991 and export volumes around 40 percent lower than in previous years, Crespo Organic pushes forward with the goal of building lasting sustainble programs with long time and.....

AU: Robots to boost fruit output figures
Farmers may soon be able to achieve maximum fruit outputs, with the help of two Australian-made robots which identify issues for growers such as lack of pollinationThe robots were part of a recently released study conducted by the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics and commissioned.....

In spite of heatwave
Some Malaysian mango farmers prosper
Malaysian farmer Saidin Saad has an abundance of harumanis mangoes growing in his orchard in Perlis state. He is one of few farmers enjoyinga windfall from a prolonged heat wave that has swept across Peninsular Malaysia since January. Dubbed the ‘Super’ El Niño phenomenon among locals, the heat wave has.....

Mexico: Pineapple no fixed market as producers not organized
The President of the Pineapple Product System, Jose Ramirez Meza, said that 80% of the pineapple products didn't have a fixed market because there was no organization among pineapple producers, a situation that affected them economically.He said that only 20% of the more than 500 producers in Tuxtepec and.....


Seintalone mango from Myanmar starts to supply
Available to all Chinese markets
Every year between April and June, Myanmar mangos are transported around the world through a small county called Ruili in Yunan province (it belongs to the Dai-Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture of Dehong, and 3 of its borders are connected with Myanmar, it is the only Chinese cross-border trade region that.....

India: Farmers hit by heavy rains after drought
In the Warangal district in the Indian state of Telangana, the farming community has been suffering from the effects of drought on their crops; now they have also been hit by untimely rains which descended on the district for the past three days.Mango orchards, banana plantations and vegetable cultivators.....

Thailand: Durian demand and prices high
Demand for durians is high in Thailand, as are the prices. This is mostly being contributed to drought ravaging the country, as well as overseas demand for the Thai fruit. Many people are willing to pay more for durians which can cost up to 120 baht per kilogram.In Phayao Province on the weekend, people were.....

Mexico: APEAM will expand avocado area
This year the Association of Avocado Producers and Packers of Mexico (APEAM) plans to expand the area cultivated with this fruit, stated the president of the organization, Antonio Villasenor Zurita.According to estimates there are 110,000 certified hectares devoted to avocado production and 40,000 hectares.....


Smooth sales for Hainan pineapples
Last week, we focused on the pineapple sales challenges in Xuwen County in Guangdong province. How will the pineapple sales situation be in Hainan province that is close to Xuwen county? Normal 0 false false false EN-GB ZH-CN X-NONE .....

Mexico: Recent fires did not affect avocadoes
The recent forest fires in the municipality of Tancitaro, the avocado region of the state, which is the largest global producer of avocado, did not directly damage any crops, but the change in land use concerns the authorities, said Arturo Olivera Gutierrez, the mayor of the town.According to him, what could.....

Mexico: Puebla expects to produce 80% more pitahaya
After cleaning the orchards and adding fertilizer to the pitahaya plants between November and February, the producers of pitahaya are performing the first cut of this fruit, which is well known for its red an yellow colors, in May so that they can place them in the market of Acatlan, Moralillo, that belongs.....

Spain: Andalusian avocados could have a PGI or PDO
The Council of Agriculture, through the Andalusian Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research and Training (IFAPA), is studying to carry out joint actions in research and training together with the Spanish Association of Tropical Fruit Producers.To this end, the president of IFAPA, Jerónimo Pérez, and.....

Exports to Europe
Cambodia's mango season winding up
This year, Cambodia's largest agro-industrial company, Mong Reththy Group, has sent 13 shipments of mangoes to Europe, totalling 54,000 kilograms, the owner reported May 5.According to Mong Reththy, the most recent shipment contained 4,500 kilograms of Aiwen and Keo Romeat mangoes.He said that it was the.....

Vietnamese mango farmers blighted by food safety rumors
Last month, rumors surfaced that mango farmers in several Mekong Delta provinces are afraid to eat their own fruit due to safety concerns. This springs from the news that the fruits are wrapped in unsafe Taiwanese-made bags before harvest, and is said to have caused a 50 percent slump in mango prices last.....

Worst in past five decades
Taiwanese city's mango harvest hit by adverse weather
Mango yields inTainan, a city on Taiwan’s southwest coast, are expected to fall to 20 percent of the annual average this year, as heavy rainfall and low temperatures have decimated the crop.The harvest this year is anticipated to be “the worst in five decades,” Guantian Farmers’ Association director-general.....

Indian merchants struggle to cope with mango demand
Fruit merchants in Karnataka are struggling to cope with the growing demand for mangoes cultivated in Mysuru, which are processed into beverages. But the farmers are having a field day as they can command nearly Rs. 26,000 per tonne, up from the prices last yearBabu, a major wholesale dealer who procures the.....

Kenya eyes EU market for mango exports
Measures to improve the quality of Kenyan mangoes are beginning to bear fruit, hence the African country has set its sights on the lucrative European Union market for exports.Kenya Plant Inspectorate Health Service (Kephis) Managing Director Esther Kimani said the agency introduced self-regulatory measures.....

US market opens to Indian pomegranates
This year, top officials at the Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB) expect to export around 50,000 tonnes of pomegranates to the US market. The first shipment organised by the MSAMB and the Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) arrived in Miami on May 1 according to.....

Increased demand for South African mangoes in Europe
The mango season came to an early end in South Africa this season. It was by no means an easy season due to hail at the end of last year and extreme temperatures during the growing season.Erwee Topham from Alliance Fruit said that "The mango harvest finished at the end of February, around a month earlier.....

Broad mix of fruit and veg can fight dementia
Dietitian Ngaire Hobbins, a lecturer with the University of Tasmania's Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, is the author of Eat to Cheat Dementia, a new book that explains how to keep your brain in peak condition.Hobbins maintains that eating foods that are as close to nature as possible and.....

Empaque Don Jorge opens for the season
Mexico: Crespo Organic Mangoes moves home for summer packout
As the Mexican organic mango season continues, with unusual market conditions, such as fruit costs at a high not seen since 1991, and export volumes around 40% lower than the previous years, Crespo Organic pushes forward with the goal of building lasting sustainable programs with long term and new coming.....

Senegal aims to increase mango exports
Mangoes are one of Senegal's key agricultural exports. The fruit is grown organically in the country, which exported around 16,000 tons of mangoes to mainly Europe and Asia last year. Now, the Senegalese authorities consider mango exports an important sector which could boost the country's economy.Currently,.....


Veg infused guacamole launched in US
Sabra Dipping Company, makers of refrigerated dips and spreads, has expanded its line of all natural guacamole with the launch of Veggie Fusions, a new concept in packaged guacamole. Veggie Fusions are made with Hass avocados blended with a variety of fresh cut, crisp and chunky vegetables, adding fresh.....

China: Avocado prices doubled within two weeks
As summer is just around the corner, the listing season of some fruit varieties, such as apple, grapefruit and other citrus fruits, is gradually coming to an end, which offers huge market opportunities for avocado and its price nearly doubled within two weeks.Although avocado is commonly seen in a lot of.....

Mexico: Jalisco increased avocado production
Avocado production in Jalisco has become an important activity, after the entity exported 82 million dollars of this fruit in 2014, stated the head of the Ministry of Rural Development (Seder) in the state, Hector Gutierrez Padilla.After pledging official support for the establishment of a packing plant in.....

Ends six-year battle
US: Supreme Court declines Pom Wonderful petition
On Monday 2nd May, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear POM Wonderful L.L.C.’s petition concerning a 2013 Federal Trade Commission ruling that found some of the company’s health-related claims to be misleading. As a result, the F.T.C.’s cease and desist order that was issued in January 2013 will stand.The.....

Mexico: 100 hectares of avocado in Morelos damaged by hail
According to the authorities of Tetela del Volcan, the hail that fell on April 18 and 19 damaged at least 100 hectares of avocado, which is why they plan to support producers so as to reduce the economic impact of this damage.The mayor of the municipality, Ana Bertha Haro Sanchez, spoke about the damage the.....

Thai fruit export permits ''strengthen confidence among importers''
Starting this week, fruit operators in Thailand, who wish to export their products abroad, are required to apply for permits issued by the National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards.From 4th May, fruit exporters are to have their goods fumigated by certified operators. Doojduan Sasanavin,.....

PH wants ag export tariffs scarpped
First review of Philippines-Japan trade deal
On Friday 6 May, the first review of the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (Pjepa) will take place. At this review, the Philippines plans to seek the removal of quotas and tariffs on its key agricultural exports, such as bananas and pineapples.“We will seek additional concessions. We will push.....

Tamil Nadu's mango production halved
Scorching temperatures have spoiled mango crops, causing production in Tamil Nadu's mango hub, Krishnagiri, to drop by 50 per cent this summer.The harvesting of mangoes is likely to drastically dip from 1.5 million tonnes last year to a meagre 700,000 tonnes this summer. In Krishnagiri, mangoes, largely the.....

Rwandan pineapple prices stable ahead of harvest
Pineapple prices in Rwanda's largest city, Kigali, continue to remain stable, according to a mini market survey conducted by the Business Times.The survey reveals that a medium sized pineapple in the Nyarugenge and Kimironko markets costs Rwf400 and Rwf600 respectively.However, the price is relatively high.....

Vietnam cancel fruit fest over drought, salt intrusion
Local harvests in Ben Tre Province in southern Vietnam have been severely affected by drought and salt intrusion, leading officials to cancel their annual fruit fest.The People’s Committee of Ben Tre has said that the 2016 Delicious-Safe Fruit Festival will not be organized, as proposed by the Cho Lach.....

Mexican farmers to meet new US import regulations
Mexico's Agriculture Ministry has reported that the country is preparing its farmers to meet the safety standards set out in new US imports regulations."If the exporter fulfills the requirements set by the U.S., there will be no problem," said Enrique Sanchez, Director of the National Service for Agro-Food.....


The NMB shared the passion and craft of growing and harvesting mangos
Fresh Mangos Charm during Immersion Trip in Puerto Rico
The National Mango Board (NMB) invited retail, foodservice and dietician representatives to travel together to Puerto Rico on April 13-16, 2016. The purpose of this trip was to engage guests in all things mango and learn more about one of the world’s most popular fruits. The NMB is dedicated to opening the.....


6,700 hectares of pineapples
China: Hopes that new festival will promote pineapple sales
Pineapples from Southern China have gone through a rough period. Prices have recently dropped to as little as 0.24 Yuan per kilogram, which is the lowest it has been in the last twenty years. Despite these low prices, 6,700 hectares of harvested pineapples have still not been sold. Faced by this challenge,.....

In terms of production and sale
Karnataka alphonso beats Konkan counterpart
The Agriculture Product Market Committee (APMC) reports that hopper and thrips infection in the Konkan mango has drastically decreased its production. Hence, this year, the Karnataka alphonso has beaten the Konkan alphonso, know as the king of fruits, in terms of production and sale.“The average production.....

Cambodian mangoes gain access to S. Korean market
An agreement concerning access for Cambodian mangoes to the South Korean market was signed by officials from Korea and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, on Friday 29 April.“Cambodian exporters have met their quality standards and other requirements for export following cooperation between.....

Sent to the US and UK
Indian markets yet to taste kesar mangoes
Kesar mangoes are yet to enter the Indian markets, but two consignments have already been dispatched to the UK and US. According to sources in the market yard, two tons of the mangoes were exported to the UK and four tons were sent to the US, in the first consignment from Gujarat.Officials in the market said.....

Vietnamese mangoes to win over US consumers
During his two-day visit to Vietnam, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday 27 April that the country has the chance to penetrate the US market thanks to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. Vietnamese green produce and mangoes were highlighted as the fresh produce to win over.....


AU: Honey Gold mango presence grows as consumers demand more
Exclusive Honey Gold mango grower, Piñata Farms, is counting the 2015-2016 season among its best since commercial production of the specialty fruit began in 2009.Managing director, Gavin Scurr, said this was despite seasonal factors including poor flowering and hail storms which affected the southern.....


New Bouquet watermelon varieties
Anecoop expects to produce over 1.5 million kilos of papaya
Anecoop's cooperative partner, Coprohníjar, has presented the results of two new research projects developed by the UAL Anecoop Foundation, which demonstrate the benefits of papaya cultivation in greenhouses as a new alternative in the south east of the Iberian Peninsula.These studies confirm that.....

A ''top priority''
AU reviews Vietnamese dragon fruit imports
Access for Vietnamese fresh dragon into the Australian market is a top priority, according to a press release published by the Australian Embassy in Vietnam on Wednesday 27 April.Earlier, the country completed its preliminary evaluation of pests and diseases associated with the fruit through cooperation.....


Óscar Villegas:
Chile: "Over 10,000 productive hectares of avocados lost"
While last week Chile registered a lot of unexpected rainfall for this time of the year, in previous years, droughts had taken a severe toll on the avocado producing areas, from Santiago to the north of the South American country. "The lack of water has had a big impact on the harvested volumes, mainly in.....

CAC responds
Is it safe to eat an avocado seed?
In March 2016, the social media sphere lit up with questions concerning the safety of consuming an avocado seed. It all began after a blogger shared a post and video about eating an avocado seed and other bloggers, food websites and online magazines weighed in on the subject. In response, dietitians and.....

Taiwan fruit imports hit new records at Fujian Free Trade Zone
The Fujian Free Trade Zone is celebrating its first anniversary. In the month April, 30 tons of fruit from Taiwan have been imported. This is 70% of total imports. It has been the highest monthly import quantity since the opening of the Free Trade zone, and also the largest number of.....

High temperatures impact Indian mango exports
High summer temperatures have been worrying mango growers and exporters in Karnataka State; the rising heat has not only affected fruit size but also brought production down by around 200,000 tons. Since this year is the “On Season” (year of good yield), mango production was expected to be 1.4 million.....

Zimbabwe to export fruit, veg to Namibia
ZimTrade has announced in a statement that it is coordinating with smallholder farmers to supply the Namibian markets with fruits and vegetables such as bananas, avocados, potatoes and butternuts.According to official statistics, the country’s import bill of fresh produce from 2010 to 2015, on average is.....

Mexico: Mango production in Cuicatlan falls by 50%
Mango producers of Cuicatlan are really concerned because they won’t be able to supply the Jumex international company this year due to the decrease in the harvest.Climate change, which brought rains and atypical winds caused the decline in production. According to producers, there was a run of strong winds.....

Dominican Republic: ONAPI hands out certifications for mangos and avocados
The National Office of Industrial Property (ONAPI), gave the Association of Promoters, Producers and Exporters of Mangoes the Dominican Mango Geographical Indication (GI) certificate. ONAPI also gave the "Cafe Juncalito" Denomination of Origin (DO) to the Association of Producers of Specialty Coffee.....

Mexico: Avocados, third largest revenue source for Michoacan
The avocado sector remains the third largest source of revenue for the Mexican state of Michoacan, given how the export of more than one million tonnes generates over one billion dollars in turnover per year. This figure could also increase, given the possible introduction of at least another 30,000.....


César Morocho, of Frutas Piuranas:
"The mango market is becoming increasingly demanding"
The Peruvian mango campaign finished in late March with almost the same volume as that achieved in the previous season, despite the fact that the weather phenomenon El Niño has taken a toll on the mango production and affected the quality. César Morocho, of Frutas Piuranas, explains the situation: "The.....


Indian importer launches new kiwi website
The fresh produce import/export company IG International Pvt. Ltd. (IG) has announced the launch of a new website: www.igkiwi.in & the mascot for IG Kiwi “Kiwo”, the website has been designed to facilitate the delivery of its international standard kiwis to the Indian markets. Its content has been.....

Korea will resolve Indian mango import issue
Cho Hyun, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea plans to resolve the mango import issue with India during the negotiations on the upgrading of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).“All else can wait but not Indian mangoes,” said the South Korean envoy. “The national fruit of India, mango,.....


Selected from over 30 year old plantations
A new concept: kiwis on the vine
The Asturian company Kiwinatur has decided to take a step forward in the marketing of kiwis with an innovative presentation: kiwis on the vine selected from our over 30 year old plantations, intended for the gourmet market."We carefully select the branches that bear large kiwis with an unbeatable look,.....


Farmers and traders unhappy at Asia's biggest mango market
Both farmers and traders are unhappy with recent trends at the Nunna Mango Market in Vijayawada. The market is said to be the biggest mango market in Asia with consignments accounting for 2000 metric tonnes being dispatched to different cities daily.During the season, merchants came from all the major towns.....

Karnataka mangoes headed for the US
This year, Karnataka is preparing to export 10,000 tonnes of mangoes, according to the Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation. Mangoes from the state are usually sent to the EU and Singapore, but this year they are also destined for the US and Malaysia.R. Roshan Baig, Minister for.....

China: Sluggish sales of Xuwen pineapples
As the main pineapple plantation region in China, Xuwen now welcomes its harvest season. During the same period in previous years, large trucks came to the pineapple gardens one after another, and the pineapple growers were full of the joys of the harvest. By contrast, this year pineapple growers in Xuwen.....