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India: Iranian kiwis now available in the market
Fresh produce import/export company IG International Pvt. Ltd. (IG), announced the arrival of the first shipment of Iranian kiwi, to the Indian markets. The most significant advantage for IG is the reduced transit time from Iran: just four days, which is minimal compared to Italy, Chile and Greece. This will.....


Botanica Pop seeks partners to market them
Brazil develops two new pineapple varieties
Most of the pineapples grown in the world are of the MD2 variety and have hardly changed for many years. To change the situation and fill new market niches, the Brazilian company Botanica Pop has spent years developing genotypes which differ from those of traditional pineapples and has obtained two.....

Honduras expects 40% more rambutan
Rambutan producers can say that the mid-year rains were a blessing.The harvest forecast for 2016-2017 is more than positive, as producers expect a 40% increase in the production of this exotic fruit, which is mainly grown on the Atlantic Coast of Honduras.Manuel Alfaro, a producer, said he thought rambutan.....

Mexico: Escuinapa is looking for a market for 10,000 tons of mango
The orchards of Escuinapa still have nearly 10,000 tons of Keitt mango to be marketed. Unfortunately, they are facing a big problem as the packaging and juicing industries are closing down, said the leader of the CNC, Padilla Rogelio Salcido.“It's going to take some time to market the mango remaining because.....

Sri Lanka: Pineapple to be grown on 25,000 acres
To support local pineapple growers in Sri Lanka, the Small and Medium Industries is planning to cultivate pineapple on 25,000 acres. One thousand nurseries are to be established across the country, Primary Industries Minister Daya Gamage said. The Ministry has also arranged a matching fund to financially.....

Vietnamese dragon fruit soon to be imported into Australia
The Australian Embassy in Vietnam reported on Tuesday 13 September that the Australian authorities will soon allow the import of fresh Vietnamese dragon fruit into the country, as the government finalizes its risk evaluation on the produce.The evaluation process is expected to finish by the end of 2016 and.....


Kenyan avocado exports record 10% increase
Kenyan avocado exports have recorded a 10 percent increase annually for the last few years.According to Keitt Exporters Ltd Managing Director Asif Amin, the demand for Kenyan avocados has been on an upward trend for the last three years as exporters, as well as growers, have done their best in meeting the.....

AU: Woolworths stops sourcing local avocados
Woolworths has stopped sourcing locally grown Australian avocados for most of its Queensland stores, and replaced them with New Zealand imports. Avocados Australia has called out the supermarket chain for not consulting with its suppliers before making the move.The decision came as local industry figures.....


Alonso Salcedo, of Añawi Export:
"Europe really appreciates Peruvian mangoes"
The Peruvian Kent mango season will kick off next December and will run until March. This year, Peru expects a good quality, as the weather conditions have been ideal for cultivation. The low temperatures at night have been really beneficial for the flowering, and the weather is expected to remain.....

Bringing the pawpaw to prominence
David Moore, a Lincoln County, West Virginia resident, has studied and cultivated pawpaw trees for years; he has about 200 planted on his property. Moore is among a band of serious pawpaw fans, farmers and proponents aiming to promote the beloved, but little known, native North American fruit.It used to be.....

Record high pineapple prices quash Danish demand
The pineapple market is pretty much non-existent in Denmark at the moment due to a huge spike in prices. The flowering problems with pineapples grown in Ecuader and Cost Rica has reduced production, so those who do have pineapples are getting a lot of money for them, said a source who works for a major.....


Avocado trade set to grow by more than 4% p.a.
Over the next ten years, the worldwide avocado trade is set to grow by more than 4 percent per annum. Click here to read for a bigger image.

Argentina opens for Peruvian Hass Avocado
The Ministry of Agriculture and irrigation (Minagri) stated that Peruvian producers could start exporting Hass Avocados to Argentina, which has 42 million potential consumers, after the Senasa and Argentina's health authority had successfully concluded negotiations to do so."After having managed to open.....

Heading to France for food show
Philippines to boost food exports to the EU
The Philippine's Department of Trade and Industry’s Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) is taking advantage of the country’s zero tariff privileges in the European Union (EU) to push food exports to the region.CITEM is taking top Filipino food producing firms to France for this.....

Taiwan: Veg prices rise as typhoon approaches
Sources from the Taipei Fruit and Vegetable Market report that vegetable prices in the local wholesale market rose about 15 percent on Tuesday 13 September from a day earlier as Typhoon Meranti approaches. Consumers are rushing to markets to stock up on fruit and vegetables before the typhoon hits.In the.....

Pakistan: Mango exporters contest official figures
As Pakistan's mango season draws to a close, the official estimates of exports differ from those of the exporters. The Pakistan Horticulture and Export and Development Company (PHDEC) — the official agency looking after the process — thinks that some 75,000 to 85,000 tonnes might have gone out of the country.....


Gino Spadafora, of Tropical Queen:
"Panama takes advantage of Costa Rica's low pineapple supply"
August and September are the months when Panama's pineapple production reaches its peak, unlike the production of Costa Rica, which falls due to the natural flowering. Currently, prices of pineapples in the European market are very high due to the lack of supply from Costa Rica, which is beneficial for.....


Bengala Agricola:
"Colombia's MD2 pineapple market grows by 100%"
Colombia's market for MD2 pineapples has doubled in recent years and continues to grow unabated, especially for the Golden variety, which enjoys wide acceptance.Huge internal marketGustavo Barona, general manager of Riopaila Agricola, Castilla Agricola, the major shareholder of Bengala Agricola, said the.....


Over next 10 years
Worldwide mango trade to increase by 3.7% pa
Over the next ten year, the worldwide mango trade is set to increase by 3.7 percent per annum. Click here to read more.


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Peru: Pineapple producers from Pangoa will export to Spain
Producers from the Association of Pineapple Producers from VRAEM Pangoa will benefit from the pineapple exports sent to countries, such as Spain, under the Tibana El Sabor del Sol brand developed by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur).According to projections, the producers will export more.....

Aussies encouraged to buy abundant local avocados
This year Woolworths has stopped sourcing Australian avocados early, opting to import New Zealand avocados over local producers’, according to Avocados Australia.While Australian growers supply avocados all year round, the country’s supply is boosted by New Zealand imports during the spring and summer.....

Vietnamese dragon fruit looking to break into Australian market
On Thursday 8 September, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked his Australian counterpart to give more market access for fresh dragon fruit from Vietnam. Vietnamese dragon fruit growers are looking at ways to break into the Australian market, which has a stable demand and offers higher prices.The.....

China, Philippines to ''revitalise'' ag trade
Despite the recent maritime dispute in the West Philippine Sea, the Department of Finance (DOF) reports that the Philippines and China want closer trade and financial ties.Specifically, the Philippino and Chinese governments would like to “revitalise” cooperation in five key areas: agricultural trade;.....

Potential of value-added products
Taiwan: Agreement signed on noni fruit research
The Northern Islands Mayor’s Office and the Ching Kuo Institute of Management and Health from Taiwan, recently entered into a joint venture agreement to develop the potential value of the noni fruit and other agriculture products.The products will be designed by NIMO and the Ching Kuo University to its.....

Successful completion of avocado season
Seeka profit almost doubles
Australasia's largest kiwifruit grower, Seeka Kiwifruit Industries,recently announced unaudited results for the six months ended June 30, 2016.Net profit after tax (NPAT) of $7.1 million for the six months to June 30, 2016 was up 92 per cent on the $3.7m reported in the previous corresponding period (PCP)......

Del Monte impeding free commercialization of Golden pineapple
Inprotsa is a Costa Rican company which produces MD-2 pineapple, better known as Golden pineapple. Within the context of the company's opposition in the courts to a non-unanimous arbitral award recently issued in an arbitration with Del Monte, it states that Del Monte continues to engage in actions intended.....


Mangoes have yet to reach the right Brix for the campaign to start
"Ready-to-eat mangoes have potential in the Spanish market"
"We expected a much greater production than it looks like we'll finally harvest but sizes will be larger," explains Juan de Dios Pérez, General Director of Pérez Zara Agrícola. The mango season is about to start for this company based in Cadiz and will be the first in its 30 year history after having started.....


Smaller calibres in the first stages
Spain: 15% more Persimon® kakis this campaign
The Regulatory Council of the PDO Kaki Ribera del Xúquer expects the kaki Persimon® harvest to be between 10 and 15% greater than in the 2015/2016 season. The campaign will start in the last week of September.The Bright Red kaki production in all growing areas of Valencia is estimated to reach 260,000.....


Orlando Valencia Andrade, ADEAC:
"We seek to become pioneers in the Russian market"
The Hass avocados of the company Aguacates Acuitzio del Canje S. A. de C. V. (ADEAC), of Mexico, are currently at the end of the flowering stage. According to the General Manager of the firm, Mr Orlando Valencia Andrade, the season will reach its peak in terms of volume from next month.The company exports.....


Bert Barmans on the NZ Zespri season in Europe:
"A bit more Gold would have been good, but we're satisfied"
There is a lot of satisfaction with the New Zealand Zespri season in Europe. Both Green and Gold have done well. "The fact that SunGold is a hit everywhere is great to notice in particular. We are convinced that this growth will continue in the coming years," says Bert Barmans, director of Zespri Europe. "We.....

Tropical fruit for Rosh Hashanah
Jewish New Year is a prime opportunity for retailers to ramp up their specialty fruit displays. Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on October 2 and ends on the evening of October 4. During this two-day celebration of Rosh Hashanah, it is traditional to try a new fruit to celebrate the New Year.“Our clients who.....

Vietnam: Chemical ripening of durians sparks safety debate
In the last week of August a facility in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong was found to be ripening numerous immature durians with legal chemicals; this has sparked a debate in Vietnam over food safety.On September 1, an inspection team raided a fruit facility in Di Linh District as employees were.....

''A day of delicious activities''
Australian Pineapples take over Moore Park Produce Market
Sydney locals will be treated to the first taste of summer in September as the country’s favourite tropical fruit, Australian Pineapples, takes over the city’s finest producers market at the Entertainment Quarter for a day of delicious activities the whole family can enjoy.Hosted by Australian Pineapples.....


Photoshoot market Malaysia
During the summer holiday, I was exploring the beautiful island Borneo. Borneo is one of the biggest islands in the world. This island has beautiful nature, animals, and, not to forget, wonderful fruits and vegetables. I visited a market in Kota Kina Balu which is known as the ‘Philippine market’. This.....

Dominican Republic to export 9,000 tons of pineapple
By the end of 2016 pineapple exports could amount to nearly 9,000 tons of fruit which would be worth 7 million dollars.Fabio Gumtolli, adviser to the Federation of Producers of pineapple from Cevicos, in the Sanchez Ramirez province, stated at the press conference (where the celebration of the Cevicos.....

Durian popular in China, Singapore, Russia
Demand for tropical fruit grows globally
According to the International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet), for the past decade, global demand for tropical fruits has been increasing as more consumers seek healthier food options.Speaking during the recently concluded International Symposium on Tropical Fruits (ITFS) held in Davao City,Mohd Desa.....


Mark Tieleman, Cool Fresh International:
"Freakishly high prices for pineapple"
There are high prices being made on the pineapple market this year. "It was lower for just four weeks at most earlier in the year, but other than that the prices have been incredibly high. At the moment you can sell pineapple, depending on quality and size sorting, for a price of between 15 and 17 Euro......


Pineapples scarce in small sizes
Imported pineapples from Mexico have skewed towards larger sizes recently, and the relative scarcity of smaller fruit has propped up the market for those smaller sizes. Supplies of Costa Rican imports are fairly light, which has further boosted prices.“Volumes from Mexico are light, especially on smaller.....

Dominican Republic fails to exploit the quality of its pineapples and avocados
"You are not completely exploiting the quality of the products you have. You are well known for exporting many good baseball players, a lot of tobacco, and much rum, but you are not looking for the same recognition for products like pineapple and avocado, which are two products that have a very good.....

Israeli farmers to benefit from avocado craze
Avocado demand has exploded worldwide, largely due to the fruit's much publicised health benefits. Israeli farmers are also set to strike it big from the fad, thanks to demand for the fruit in Europe. Israel has exported 100,000 tons of avocados so far in 2016, and is one of the only countries which exports.....


Is Dragon fruit the new money maker?
Contrary to what its name may suggest, the dragon fruit has brought with it a myriad of benefits to its growers in Vietnam as its demand continues to rise.The latest entrant into the dragon fruit dalliance list is New Zealand as Vietnam exporters have been given a green light to start exporting the fruit to.....

Costa Rica holds trade show focused on rambutan
In order to commercialize the production of rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) a group of producers in the southern area have organized a fair in the town of Cajon de Perez Zeledon for September 3 and 4 where producers will offer fresh fruit, jam, wine, pulp in syrup, dried pulp, and juice, among other.....

Wild mango could solve global chocolate crisis
Scientist at Bangor University in Wales, have made a discovery which could possibly have solved the global chocolate crisis caused by a cocoa shortage. The Bangor University researchers discovered that wild mango butter can be used as an alternative to cocoa butter, reports the BBC.Disease and crop failure.....

AU: Avocado growers advised to prepare for rain
Australia's avocado growers are being encouraged to start preparing their orchards now to protect them from spring and summer rains and subsequently prevent crop losses, reports abc.net.au.Avocados Australia chief executive John Tyas said the fruit trees were highly susceptible to drowning in wet conditions,.....

Export opportunities for pineapples, mangoes and more
''Organic farming has rich potential in Africa''
The United Nations has said that organic farming has rich potential in Africa but is increasingly under-funded. Hence the UN is calling for increased funding, as a survey conducted by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) revealed on Monday 5 September in Rome that organic farming offers an.....

UK aims for ''record high'' trade with Ghana
As a result of Brexit, the UK is seeking out new trading partners and has set itself the task of achieving ''record high'' trade with Ghana by the year 2020. A UK/Ghana Chamber of Commerce has been formed to drive that goal, and according to British High Commissioner, Jon Benjamin, Ghana would have to.....

China's largest mango cultivation base
Recently, Haiken Fruit Group successively celebrated the opening of mango cultivation businesses at 6 southern farming grounds. This indicates that the group started the substantial phase by integrating the natural resources for mango production of these 6 farming grounds in the south.The integration of the.....


UK: Pineapple slice left on windowsill grows into entire fruit
Edward Simpson left a single slice of pineapple on a window sill; eight years later he's stunned that it has turned into an entire fruit. And the tropical fruit has confounded the British weather by growing in Huddersfield, west Yorkshire.Now Edward and his wife Maureen, who came to Huddersfield from Jamaica.....

Heavy mango supply in sizes 6s and 7s
As mango production in Sinaloa winds down, there are heavy volumes of Mexican fruit at a few sizes. Prices per flat are generally below $5.00, and they could decrease as the range in the quality of fruit widens.“We have a lot of mangos in 9s and 10s, but the biggest volume is in 6s, 7s and 8s,” said Nora.....

Avocados From Mexico aims to boost breakfast times sales
Avocados From Mexico plans to boost avocado sales during different parts of the day, like breakfast. Their brand market development director Stephanie Bazan talked with BrandChannel.com about its back-to-school campaign, the Avocado Breakfast Club, which aims to push these sales.The brand partnered with.....

Malaysia to export fresh fruit directly to China
According to Fu Jijun, China’s Consul-General in Kuching, Malaysia, durians, pineapples, bananas and other tropical fruit will soon be easily available in the Chinese market, once an agreement on exporting fresh fruit directly to China is signed.He said China would require more quality products with an.....


Philippines: Banana plantation owner plans ''aggressive'' expansion
Tagum Development Corp. (Tadeco), the Davao-based owner of the world’s largest contiguous banana plantation, is going to spend more than P2 billion as part of its “aggressive” expansion, to increase its production amid optimism over the new administration.A company official said Tadeco, the flagship company.....

Israel as a global powerhouse for Mango
Mangoes originate in India where it is considered the national fruit and is believed to have been domesticated as far back as the 5th century BCE. The mango in India today however is quite different from the mango one can find in the global market; the fruit is smaller and has different coloration and a.....

Marcel Fernando Bertin, Daros BR:
"The volume of limes from Brazil will increase in September"
The Persian lime season is about to end in Brazil, and this year the production has suffered a setback because of the weather. The lower production period, between June and August, has lasted longer than usual because of the lack of rainfall, as explained by Marcel Fernando Bertin, of the export company.....

Avocado shoppers find at-shelf messages most compelling
The Hass Avocado Board’s quantitative consumer study Engaging and Influencing Shoppers at Shelf examined shopper attitudes and purchase intent in response to twenty specific point-of-sale messages. Shoppers found sensory and nutrition messages to be the most persuasive.“Understanding at-shelf messages that.....

Los Mochis mangoes herald end of Mexican mango season
Los Mochis mangoes are a signal of the end of the Mexican mango season, a long journey that moves up Mexico’s Pacific rim. This week marks the Crespo Organic move to Los Mochis, for the final leg of the Mexican mango journey, ending with the keitt mango.Crespo’s organic orchards in Los Mochis are located in.....


BioTropic visits organic mango harvest
At the end of August the organic mangos are harvested in Spain. BioTropic visited partnered mango growers during the harvest. The focus was the yearly audit by the BioTropic agricultural engineer Mauro Finotti. He regularly tests the quality of the mangos and discusses the possible cultivation problems with.....

Ecuador to export mangos to China by plane
Sergio Cedeño, president of the Mango Ecuador Foundation, has said that from the next harvest they will begin exporting the fruit to China. They will be exporting by plane until a sufficient transportation system is set up on ships. Cedeño explained that exports will be made by air because of the distance;.....


Peru: Good quality expected for coming mango season
“The Peruvian mango season is expected to start in Piura, with lower volumes on week 47 ETD (arrivals week 50) and should continue through week 8/9 ETD (arrivals week 11/12) and then supply will shift to Casma until, hopefully, departures in week 12. Compared to last season, this mango season should not have.....

The US consumes 91% of them
Ecuador Mango exports up 40 million dollars
Mango exports generate between 35 and 40 million dollars per season (between October and January). This product is highly appreciated by the international market, especially in the United States, which buys 91% of Ecuador's supply.The VI International Congress of Ecuadorian Mango, which will be attended by.....


South African company expands to meet seasonal papaya demand
Neofresh is the biggest Papaya grower in South Africa. Papaya is ripened at two pack houses and packaged for four different supermarkets. Daily deliveries are sent to supermarket distribution centres in all major centres in South Africa. Neofresh also air-freights papaya to the UK, Europe and the Middle.....

China: Guava harvest setback
The guava price is extremely low this year with a buying price of only 0.6 RMB per kg. The wholesale price on the market is 1.2 RMB to 1.4 RMB per kg. The retail price is at 1.6 RMB to 2 RMB per kg. Even though there was an abundant harvest of guavas, the farmers have no reason to be happy. It is.....

Nicaragua: Matagalpa commits to passion fruit
The department of Matagalpa has 14 municipalities and has administrative functions in the municipality of Waslala, on the North Caribbean Coast, and Paiwas, in the jurisdiction of the South Caribbean Coast. San Ramon, a quaint location that promotes alternative economies to aid the survival of its people,.....

AU: New technology means 'the coast is clear' for Coastal Avocados
With the Australian Summer of 2016 being labelled as ‘the time of the great avocado shortage’, Dave Nelson, Manager of Coastal Avocados, is all sorted.Passionate about the quality of the fruit they grow and sell, Coastal Avocados saw the potential for their own operations, and the wider avocado industry, to.....


Ring pull packaging for coconut
A new product has been launched by CP Pech an exporter from Thailand. They have added a ring pull on the coconut. This makes it a lot easier for consumers."Think about a normal can and it works exactly the same," explains Christine from CP Pech. The company can export it worldwide, but at the moment their.....

Mexico: The export of avocados from Jalisco to the US will take months
The much vaunted export of avocados from Jalisco to the United States, which was strongly publicized by the state government in May after the US approved buying the fruit from other Mexican municipalities outside of Michoacan, will still take several months to begin.Even though the United States Department.....


Good quality and smaller calibres
Spain: Valenciana pomegranate harvest kicks off
The harvest of the Valenciana pomegranate variety has officially started in Elche. It is the first of the so-called sweet and seedless varieties."Today we are harvesting only the ripe Valenciana pomegranates, the result of the first flowers that were fertilised in May," explains Susi Bonet, sales person of.....

Peru can now export Hass avocados to India
The Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) reported that the market of the Republic of India has now opened to Peruvian Hass avocados after the successful negotiation carried out by the National Service of Agrarian Health (Senasa)."We are focusing our attention on agricultural exports.....

Tropical fruit growing to become the norm in S.Korea?
Tropical fruits and vegetables like mangoes, papaya, carambola and dragon fruit, may soon become commonplace crops in a rather unlikely location - South Korea.Korean agricultural researchers are experimenting with new tropical crops that could grow well under hotter weather conditions on the Korean Peninsula.....

The VI International Ecuadorian Mango Congress will be held in Guayaquil
The Ecuador Mango Foundation is inviting the local farming community to participate in the VI INTERNATIONAL ECUADORIAN MANGO CONGRESS, the most important event for this coastal fruit.The organisation has designed a high-level program with conferences about topics related to irrigation, market trends, climate.....

Singapore: Durian prices rise as harvest peak ends
The durian harvest peak has ended and prices have gone up again in Singapore. A popular variety like Mao Shan Wang (Musang King), which sold for as little as $12 per kg earlier this month, now costs at least $16 a kg.Sellers said the supply of the fruit, mainly from Malaysia, has fallen compared with earlier.....