Tropical fruit

Bananas, avocados & blueberries popular in China
Chinese President's visit to Latin America will boost trade
President Xi Jinping's week-long state visit to three Latin American countries will strengthen their economic partnerships with China and promote mutual benefits, experts have said.Xi will visit Ecuador, Peru and Chile from Nov. 17 to 23 and attend the 24th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders'.....

Mangos may play beneficial role in modulating adverse effects of high-fat diet
Research published in the Journal of Nutrition has for the first time documented the potential effects of mango consumption on gut microbiota of mice. When samples were compared from the beginning to the end of the study period, mango supplementation was found to prevent the loss of beneficial gut bacteria.....


Johan Troost: “Preference from organic customers for fruit via seaborne freight”
Organic soursop from the Canary Islands
Recently, Bio Freshi started receiving organic soursop from the Canary Islands (Tenerife). “The soursop is a tropical fruit from the cherimoya family. It is a fruit that is much cultivated in Spain. ‘Local is better’ is often heard in the organic world. Organic customers prefer it if fruit does not have to.....

Philippines: Ag output up nearly 3% in Q3
On Tuesday 15 November, the Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the agriculture sector bounced back in the third quarter of the year, noting the higher output in crops, livestock and poultry subsectors has overcome the long-term impact of El Niño.Farm output grew 2.98 percent in the third.....

Chiapas
México: Lack of pollinators marks decrease in Ataulfo mango production
The production of the Ataulfo mango variety, which originates from the area of ​​Soconusco, in Chiapas, has fallen up to 25 percent in recent years. The apparent cause is a decrease in the presence and diversity of pollinating insects such as bees, flies and ants. Besides the use of some.....


Imported fruit market analysis
China: Chilean cherry prices fall - kiwis hit by local fruit harvest
The Dole Food Company began Chilean cherry sales last week. From then on, the first market price has continued to drop. This week its price has adjusted from over 1,000 Yuan to around 7 or 8 hundred Yuan. In the future more fruit charter flights are expected to arrive in China from abroad, which impacted to.....


This week's export market
Cherry price dropping, Southern mangoes harvested
The first fruit charter plane arrived at the international airport of Zhengzhou last week. This week, there are several charter planes that will reach the Chinese mainland for cherry sales. In general, the quick increase in supply volume leads to an equally quick downward price adjustment in first-tier.....

Chinese fruit importers visit the Philippines
A number of large, Chinese fruit importing enterprises went to the Philippines, in a group, on November 10, to buy fruits. They were warmly welcomed by the local industry. These enterprises are all positioned as currently leading companies in the field of international trade and the import of Philippine.....


Forty per cent more volume
EU: First container of Peruvian mango on its way
The picking of Peruvian mango has started, and this week the first container will be filled for transport to Europe. The expectation was that Peru would be much earlier, but they are only one or two weeks earlier than usual. Last week, the mango congress was in Peru, during which the harvest expectations.....


Acai Benelux brings smoothies to the Netherlands:
“We do not sell organic, we sell fruit”
“If ten years ago you had predicted smoothies would be the next big thing, you would have been given envious looks. And açai, hardly anyone had ever heard of that,” says Joost Snel from Acai Benelux, which takes care of the distribution of frozen smoothie packs and Juice Pads. In the intervening years, a lot.....

New lure protects avocado trees from invasive beetles
A new lure will make it easier to monitor and control invasive redbay ambrosia beetles, which are wiping out avocado trees. An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researcher has developed the new tool which will help Florida avocado producers affected by the disease the pest spreads.Laurel wilt disease is.....

US import avocados from Colombia to offset shortage
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) thinks it’s figured out a way to counter the avocado shortage.On Thursday, the agency proposed the U.S. import Hass avocados from Columbia, the Chicago Tribune reports. Avocados have become extremely popular in recent years, and that demand has started to.....


Avocados are one of the best performing products over past three years
Despite the current weakness of Israel’s currency, Befresh Europe has been getting good prices for their fruits and thus managed to make some profit, but also that the circumstances in a number of markets have changed.In the grapefruit market, for example, “you see a lot of demand coming from the East; from.....

Mexico: Morelia will produce 200% more avocados by 2019
According to Cecilio Zamora Ramos, the director of Rural Development, the area devoted to avocado production in Morelia area will increase by nearly 200 percent over the next 5 years.The area devoted to avocado production is projected to grow, from the current 1,000 hectares, to 3,000 hectares in 2019.The.....

Mozambique to export avocados & lycees to the EU
Starting this December, Mozambique’s Westfalia Fruit will begin exporting avocados and lychees produced in the districts of Macata and Barue, in Manica province, to the European Union (EU), said a company consultant.Consultant Manuel Roriz told daily newspaper Noticias that everything is being done for the.....

Rwanda: Australian envoy visits ag research centres
The High Commissioner of Australia to Rwanda has visited research centres which develop seedlings, train farmers and provide them with seedlings to practice agro-forestry in the Nyabihu District.John Feakes is visiting the countryside to understand the progress of research in agriculture and its impact on.....


Germany:
Organic pineapples, now show the hidden costs
The organic pineapples of Nature & More were already honest about their origin. Consumers can use the codes on the pineapples, to see which grower in Costa Rica produced it and at which location, before they reach the tills. With just a few more clicks the consumer can find information about the farmers,.....


Wolter van der Kooij, Fyffes:
"Less pineapple for export due to good juice market"
High prices for pineapples this year, an increasing demand from the juice industry, the rise of Colombia as a pineapple producer and a growing Asian market.Wolter van der Kooij and Coen Bos of Fyffes during the PMAWhy has the pineapple market been so good this year?The good market originates from a lower.....


Further expansion of exotics by air
Torres Tropical Fresh trades exotic fruit with a focus on limes, mango and papaya. The import company's main strength is as a year round supplier of mangos by air. The continuity of the air supply is the main starting point for the near future. Since the end of April Torres Tropical Fresh has been.....

Mexico: The market for coconut water is booming
A de Coco is the leading company dedicated to the cultivation, harvest and processing of high quality coconuts in Mexico. It was founded more than half a century ago in the ex-Hacienda of Cuyutlán, Colima, and it is a motor of economic development in the communities in which it operates."The market for.....

Turkish kiwifruit from Ordu to become a brand
The Local Food, Agriculture and Livestock Minister in Ordu, on Turkey’s Black Sea coast, Kemal Yılmaz, reported that they had submitted a trademark application for the “Ordu Kiwifruit”.The local kiwifruit is already considered as a brand in the region.“Ordu is the second biggest kiwifruit producer in.....

Philippines hope to export durian, mangosteen, avocado & veg to China
Vice Mayor of Davao City Government, Paolo Duterte, and five Davao City Councilors, held a business trip to Shanghai, China last month in a bid to increase exports there.The vice mayor led a city delegation to Shanghai on October 26 to 30, following an invitation from Shanghai officials and the Chinese.....

UK wants more mangoes & bananas from Dominican Republic
On Tuesday 8 November, the Dominican Republic's agriculture minister, Ángel Estévez, received an official delegation from the United Kingdom to establish bilateral exchange, export local products and strengthen the Dominican Republic's production systems.The British parliamentary and trade mission expressed.....

Tropical fruit in Turkey’s southern coast
One of Turkey’s main citrus fruit producing regions, Mersin on the Mediterranean coast, now aims to become a tropical fruit production center.The local municipality is encouraging growers to diversify their produce to maximize the region’s optimal climate.“We already grow a variety of fruits including.....

Michoacan is the main exporter of mango in Mexico
Michoacan is the biggest exporter of mango in Mexico; this year it exported more than 83,350 tons of mango to destinations like the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe. According to the Secretary of Rural Development and Agricultural Food (Sedrua), Francisco Huergo Maurin, this year's total production.....

The avocado's geopolitical influence
As everybody considers the US election results, we will discuss a surprising and little known reality: the impact on global geopolitics that something as innocent as an avocado can have. It's something for you to talk about with your friends or relatives while eating nachos with guacamole.In the last 12.....

Ghana's ag sector ripe for investment
The abundance of water, and potential farmland lying idle in Ghana presents a range of opportunities in the agricultural sector. According to South African High Commissioner to Ghana, Lulu Xingwana, these conditions should present an attractive market for South African farmers – with people also needing.....

Demand strong for Aussie mangoes in Asia
Demand is high for Northern Territory mangoes in Singapore and China.Top End grower, Wayne Quach, is sending his second shipment of mangoes to Singapore this week, after good feedback from his first trial batch last month, according to ABC Radio Austalia.However Mr Quach said he was having trouble finding.....


Julian Arnts, Agrofair:
"We see big opportunities for Fairtrade coconuts and sweet potatoes"
Twenty years ago, Agrofair imported the world's first Fairtrade bananas to the EU. Since then Agrofair has grown to be a market leader in Fairtrade tropical fruit. Next year the Fairtrade banana assortment is being added to, with bananas from Nicaragua. "This isn't a big banana producing country, but fits.....

Post-Brexit life may involve more mangoes
To secure a lucrative post-Brexit trade deal with India, Theresa May has been asked to drop the ban on mangoes from the country and take in more migrants, reports The Sun.The Prime Minister is travelling with representatives of 33 companies from around the UK on a mission to lay the groundwork for an.....


First results expected in early 2017
Spain: Project for papaya cultivation in greenhouses
This year, CT Tecnova has started a new line of research in the subtropical area, with the design of a greenhouse with a retractable roof for the cultivation of papayas. Moreover, an internal project has been launched in the laboratory to identify the sex of papayas (Carica papaya L.) with the use of.....

India: Farmers urged to shift from fruit to hort crops
In Visakhapatnam in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, horticultural experts are urging farmers in the district to shift from growing coconut, mango and cashew to horticultural crops.K Sailaja, joint director of horticulture, said recently, the district administration appointed 71 horticultural experts to.....

In the area of Manuel Avila Camacho
Mexico: Pineapple producers request infrastructure
Pineapple producers in the area of Manuel Avila Camacho have asked governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez to intervene to consolidate the infrastructure that would allow them to expand the area being cultivated and ensure its marketing.Luis Perea Pérez, president of the union of pineapple producer cooperatives.....

Production of premium juices
Spain: Murcian company testing pineapple cultivation
The commercial CEO of the firm, 'J. García Carrión', Luciano García-Carrión Corujo (fifth generation of this Murcian family business), has highlighted the progress and "good results" achieved in the experimental program for the cultivation of tropical fruits, such as pineapples, for the production of premium.....

Increase in Malaysian ag exports to EU
As Malaysian producers are successfully meeting the European Union's import standards, the import of Malaysian agricultural produce is increasing.The agricultural counsellor of the Malaysian Agricultural Representative Office in The Hague (PPP The Hague), Yusmizam Mohd Yahya, said the EU has set stringent.....

Filipino mango growers face difficulties exporting to Aus
Although Canberra recently recognised the Philippines as pest-free, and the country is now free to export its mangoes, a group of fruit growers say that logistical problems and stringent importation measures will hinder their attempts to fully capitalize on the new opportunity.Philippine Food Processors and.....

AU: Retailers agree on new mango quality standards
Major retailers in Australia and the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA), have agreed upon a new standard for first grade mangoes this season, reports abc.net.au.AMIA's Robert Gray said a lot of work was being done to make sure mangoes were meeting customers' expectations."We've reviewed the.....


First among pomegranates: the late-ripening Lintong
Following the end of the Tunisian soft seed pomegranate, the late-ripe pomegranates from Lintong near Xi'an are going on sale. As the late-ripe variety of the best pomegranates, the Lintong is very gorgeous in colour. The fruit is large and the peel thin. The juice of the fruit is nicely sweet. For these.....

Dominican Republic: Pineapple exports to be promoted
Representatives of the Association of producers of pineapples of Cevicos (Apropic) and of the US non-profit organization, International Executive Service Corps (IESC), agreed to improve the production and sales of pineapple in the national and international markets.The President of Apropic, Miliciades.....


Calavo Growers acquires Riverside production facility
Calavo Growers, Inc., a global avocado industry leader and expanding provider of value-added fresh food, announced on November 3 that it has completed the purchase of a production facility in Riverside, Calif. The newly acquired production facility will further enhance the national footprint for the.....

US: Avocados more expensive than they've ever been
Avocado prices hit a record high on November 3. Americans love the fatty, green fruits. The country consumed 6.1 pounds of avocados per person in 2014, more than triple the figure from 2000. To put that in perspective, their growing avocado hunger means the fruits already blow pears out of the water and are.....

Philippines signs mango export deal with Australia
Filipino mangoes have passed Australia’s strict phytosanitary and quarantine measures. Manila has subsequently signed a trade agreement with Canberra for the export of Philippine mango varieties to Australia.Agriculture Undersecretary, Segfredo Serrano, and Australian Ambassador, Amanda Gorely, signed on.....

Potential for Costa Rican ag exports
Costa Rica to help UAE build Latin American trade
Costa Rica will stand “shoulder to shoulder” with the UAE as it seeks to build closer ties between the Gulf and Latin America, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said.Bilateral trade between the two countries — which grew from $3 million in 1999 to $25 million in 2014 — still has “a long way to go in.....


"The best rambutan comes from Baoting"
Rambutan are also called hairy lychees. They were once classified by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation as 'one of the big four in fruit'. They are sweet, aromatic and filled with vitamins, amino acids, carbohydrates and multiple minerals. They are a typical fruit from the tropical regions and are.....


Entering the market this week
China: Australian mangoes and Israeli grapefruits now on sale
Following the rise in temperatures throughout the Southern Hemisphere, more and more Northern Hemisphere fruits are appearing in the import markets. Right after the first batch of Chilean cherries was sold in Guangzhou last week, Australian mangoes and Israeli grapefruit have appeared in public and lured.....


Ecuador: US market about to open for pitahayas
This year's third harvest of Ecuadorian pitahayas is coming to an end. The production results and growth was remarkable and exceeded the expectations of producers. "Production is increasing every year and we believe this trend will continue in the following years. We have also greatly improved management.....

Davao City key to increasing ag exports to China
Davao City is being billed as one of the areas for agricultural development in the Philippines as the country expects to increase agricultural trade relations with China. Chinese businessmen are upbeat about the spirit of goodwill between the Philippines and China emanating from the meeting of Presidents.....


Pineapples finally reveal it all (including true cost)
The organic pineapples that Nature & More distributes throughout Europe were already outspoken; they told consumers which grower in Costa Rica produced them and at which location, how sustainably and socially the grower went about it, and his e-mail address. But now the pineapples are also unveiling the.....

Exports to South Korea increase
Thai mourners uninterested in Kiwi avocados
Thai citizens have gone into official mourning for 30 days after the death of their King Bhumjbol Adulyadej. This has seen a dip in avocado exports to Thailand as business takes a back seat in the country. However, South Korea has developed a sudden taste for smashed avo which is keeping the industry.....


Piñabar introduced during PMA
Enthusiastic responses to pineapple peeler
The pineapple peeler, Piñabar, was introduced during the PMA Fresh Summit. “We introduced the Piñabar to American and international audiences during the PMA Fresh Summit fair. With our partner Chestnut Hill Farms we filmed the enthusiastic responses. The pineapple comes out of the machine within 30 seconds......

Colombia avocado imports may help stabilize prices
As we previously reportedhere, the U.S. is considering importing avocados from Colombia. The Andean nation’s National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO), has officially requested that its avocados be authorized for import, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently weighing the.....

Tariff exemptions to bring more Chinese fruit to Vietnam
The zero per cent tariff, under the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA), will bring more goods from ASEAN and China to Vietnam, especially Chinese fruits.This will create more competition for local products, according to experts. The Government has issued a decree on special preferential tariffs for.....

China & South Africa to increase fruit trade
On Monday 31 October, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association (CIQA) and Fruit South Africa (FruitSA), which is set to broaden fruit trade between the two countries.The memorandum covers a wide variety of products, including apples, pears,.....

AU: New varieties to stimulate passionfruit industry
On Monday 31 October, three new passionfruit varieties which are in the early stages of commercialisation, were launched by Top End researchers at Berrimah Research Farm, reports abc.net.au.The Department of Primary Industries project, which began in 2007, has culminated in the new varieties being sent to.....

Mexico: Deforestation caused by avocados worse than thought
According to authorities in Mexico, deforestation caused by the expansion of avocado orchards is much higher than previously thought. Foxnews.com reports that the attorney general's office for environmental protection says that almost 50,000 acres (20,000 hectares) of forest land are converted to.....


Organic Keitt mango: more risks vs higher profit
Spain: "Organic mango and avocado consumption is growing year on year"
"Right now, we are harvesting the green skin organic avocado varieties, Bacon and Fuerte, and we expect to start soon with the harvest of the organic Hass, our flagship product, from 15 November. We expect higher yields per hectare and good sizes, since we've had a warm spring, which had a positive impact on.....


Mauricio López Noguera, of Bengala Agrícola:
"Our job is to offer Colombians a worthy and safe opportunity"
The Colombian pineapple exporter Bengala Agrícola, which FreshPlaza interviewed last month, took part in the recent PMA Fresh Summit to present its brand, Bengala Golden Premium, in the US market, together with its products, the company, and its entire agroindustrial department, according to Mauricio López.....


Normal seasonal volumes now being harvested
Prices normalizing for Hass avocado
There’s been constant buzz recently over the Hass avocado shortage but it looks as if things are calming down with better pricing and more availability. Current supply volumes have increased in the past two weeks. “The pipeline is filling,” said Robb Bertels of Mission Produce. “It’ll take a few more weeks.....


2016 Persimmon Red Festival opened in Shaanxi Fuping
On October 23, 2016, the 2016 Persimmon Red Festival of Persimmon in Fuping and the online sales summit was opened. Fuping is also called the 'village of persimmon'. The entire county has no less than 733 hectares of persimmon cultivation surface. The yearly production is about 4000 tons, of which more.....


China: "Kiwi quality is good, but the market is not"
"Due to the hail storms and the extreme weather, 30% less kiwis were produced in China. Market prices have gone up by 35% compared to the same period last year," says Ms. Liu Mei from Chengdu Jintaifu AgricultureQuality of kiwis irregular"The production of the yellow kiwis starts at the beginning of October.....


Ecuador sent its first shipment of non-traditional fruits to Russia
In May 2015, the Meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation Ecuador-Russia (CICEC) was held in Moscow between the Ecuadorian Agency for Agricultural Quality Assurance, Agrocalidad, and its Russian counterpart Rosselkhoznadzor, to strengthen exports of non-traditional.....


Sergio Chavez, Prometo Produce:
"Shortage of avocados because of Mexican producers' strike"
Mexico exports the vast majority of its avocados to the United States, a market that is always changing and where it is very difficult to know how it will be in the next week. According to Sergio Chavez, the director of sales from Prometo Produce, in recent weeks, the market has had many problems because.....

AU: Kimberley mangoes fetch high prices in Perth
The mango season in the Kimberley's Ord Irrigation Scheme has kicked off and packing sheds are busy loading fruit for the Perth markets. The Ord's mango season this year is looking mixed, with yields varying greatly from farm to farm, reports abc.net.au.Ari Parker from Australian Outback Mangoes said a late.....


Next year’s crop expected to be lighter
California 2016 avocado crop amounted to 400 mln. pounds
“This year’s avocado crop was of good size for California,” says Jan DeLyser with the California Avocado Commission. “With production of nearly 400 million pounds, it was an above average year and the California harvest was particularly strong from May through July in support of the American Summer Holidays.....


Comparing 2nd week of October with last year
Mexican avocado volume into US 80% lower
According to the Hass Avocado Board, about 35 to 40 million pounds of avocados are moved in the US in an average week. This is the combined volume of all growing regions that are in season. Mexico usually represents the majority of volume unless California is at peak production. During the weeks of October 3.....

Australian mangoes growing well, good season anticipated
“This is our third season of importing and selling Australian mangoes here in the U.S.,” said Robert Schueller of Melissa’s. “Our season begins on October 25th. The Australian desert has the ideal temperatures and humidity that mangoes need. Our farms are located below the equator, which really helps the.....

US proposes allowing Hass avocado imports from Colombia
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), is proposing to update its regulations to allow Hass avocados from Colombia to be imported into the continental U.S. To be eligible for import, the avocados would need to be produced under a systems.....


16/17 mango market to suffer
China: Damage from Sarika storm: a hard blow for mangoes
Last week, the 21st typhoon of the year 'Sarika' came to land near Wanning city in Hainan. When the storm reached land, the highest wind speeds, measured near the centre, were 14 Beaufort. Even though the people had already made preparations against the wind, the typhoon still performed a vicious attack on.....

Nicaragua: Producers from Rivas satisfied with the papaya's high price
Papaya producers from Rivas are satisfied and optimistic because the harvest in the department of Rivas has been good and this fruit has achieved high prices in the wholesale markets.According to producers, the papaya's bonanza started in July, when the price of a dozen papayas increased to 400 and 600 C,.....