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Exotic fruit and vegetables

Jan Vermeiren, Exofi Fresh Market bvba

"Being between seasons makes mango market tricky"

Since the mango season is currently between seasons, the next three weeks are going to be tricky. This is according to Jan Vermeiren of Exofi Fresh Market, a Belgian import company. He, however, expects the market to soon pick up again. "The Spanish mango season has just ended, and mangoes are not yet.....

Greek pomegranates confident on home turf

Greek producers of pomegranates have not had the best year. Harvested quantities were not as high as in the past but, despite unfavorable results, exporters seem confident about their products.According to Dmitirs Loutsigkas of Goustera S.A in Greece, “In general Greek pomegranate producers struggled this year.....

German company Maxime plans delivery services in their region

Turkish brothers: "We really want to stay in Essen"

The Turkish brothers Sükru and Mustafa Karahan first experienced the wholesale markets in Dortmund and Dusseldorf, before they started on the Essen fruit and vegetable wholesale market, three years ago. The excellent atmosphere makes them feel at home. With their top quality tomatoes and Turkish-style dried.....

Greek kiwi exports increase significantly

Table grapes have continued to be exported mainly from the region of Kavala. Prices have stood at satisfactory levels. The exports of summer fruits (nectarines, plums, etc.) continue at a very low rate and from stocks. Meanwhile, kiwi exports are also still underway, although unfortunately, with cases of fruit.....

California company adds pomegranate juice to its aril program

After a recent partnership with Flavor Tree Fruit, SunnyGem is entering into a new category that will start just before Thanksgiving. In addition to offering pomegranate arils, they have also added pomegranate juice (not from concentrate) to their offering. Pomegranate harvest will be finished in about a.....

Research shows that persimmons may help reduce risk of heart attack

According to a new study, a persimmon a day could save you from a heart attack.Researchers told that the reddish-coloured fruit that looks like a large tomato and is normally found in the 'exotic' section at supermarkets does a good job reducing the risk of heart disease.Researchers have carried out the first.....

Zespri chooses EMS for ethylene control in kiwi shipments

Zespri, New Zealand has chosen Environmental Monitoring Systems (EMS), The Netherlands, as a supplier of ethylene analyzing equipment. Zespri headquarters in NZ is working closely with EMS to trial and optimize the ethylene analyzers, with the potential to use them throughout their supply chain.Background:In.....

California kiwi grower sets sights on mega record

In an effort to establish a record for the worlds single largest kiwi, three generations of one California kiwi farming family will host a Guinness Book of World Records event November 14th at Kool Kountry located at 42874 Rd 64 in Reedley, CA.,” announces second-generation member Jerry Kliewer.According to.....

End of four-year investigation

SFO decides not to file charges against Zespri

Ending a four-year investigation into the legislated fruit export monopoly the Serious Fraud Office has decided not to file charges against Zespri Group over dual-invoicing.Director Julie Read said the white-collar crime investigator found the evidence didn't meet a high enough standard to lay charges after.....

Retailers see success with California kiwifruit season

It’s California kiwifruit season, and according to Sun Pacific, retailers are finding success stocking the fruit during the popular holiday shopping season. Mighties kiwi from Sun Pacific accounts for approximately 50 percent of the California kiwifruit market, which runs from October through May.Shipping.....

New device helps determine kiwi taste before picking

Kiwifruit growers could have a new and productive tool at their disposal. Industrial designer William Lockwood-Geck’s hand-held scanner which measures the quality of the fruit, is already attracting attention.Called the Harvest Manager 300, the scanner helps growers identify when the fruit is ready to be.....

Sizing smaller, but suitable for bagging

Organic California kiwifruit producing strong quality

The latest market reports for kiwifruit indicate that shipments from Chile are basically finished, making way for California’s organic program. Growers in Northern California are providing fruit for Earthbound Organic Farm to bring more organic kiwis to the marketplace under the company’s Earthbound label......

Prices for kiwi, sweet lime and dragon fruit surge in Bathinda,India

With dengue cases on the rise, the prices of kiwi, sweet lime (mosambi) and dragon fruit, which help increase the platelet count, have witnessed an increase in India.Two types of dragon fruit are available in the market. The first one is imported from Thailand. Its wholesale price is Rs 350 per kg while it is.....

Brazil: Purple fig season will start soon

“Our fig season will start in about a week from now and will last till August. The weather circumstances are always our greatest challenge, especially in a tropical country. This year we faced some lack of rain in August and September, which delayed the start of the season a little. Nonetheless, we are.....

Dinesh Kankariya, Deesha International

Smooth season for Indian ginger

Indian ginger is a year round product. The company Deesha International supplies ginger for both the domestic market and export. The company is based in the area of Nashik, where the ginger season starts around October and lasts until June/July. “We’ve already started with our ginger production, though it.....

Malaysia plans to organize durian festival in China

According to an article in the Hong Kong South China Morning Post on October 28th, the Malaysian FruitKing will organize a durian festival in Nanning (Guangxi province) between November 3rd and 5th. The organization has stated that the festival is organized by the Chinese Government and private businesses from.....

China: Start of a busy harvest period for Fuping persimmons

"As the main persimmon production area, Fuping is responsible for 70% of China's persimmon production. All persimmon producers are now busy harvesting and hanging the fruit. The harvest in Fuping usually starts at the end of October. They then enter the market in December, and are sold for around one month,".....

Native goji berry at ExpoSE

Pioneer grower Klaus Umbach delivers nationwide

Goji berries are known nationwide as a healthy fruit, mainly imported from China. However, for a number of years there have also local growers such as Klaus Umbach from Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg. He started in 2010 as goji berry pioneer with just under a hectare of land, with the cultivation and selection.....

California kiwi growers are having a great season with new varieties

California Ag Today recently spoke with Nick Matteis, Assistant Manager for the Kiwifruit Administrative Committee, based in Sacramento, about the harvest.“The crop looks great. We’ve got a good distribution of sizes, so we’re excited about that,” Matteis said.They have some new gold varieties that are.....

Moving towards 12-month supply

Zespri extends SunGold season with kiwifruit from Italy

Zespri’s SunGold Kiwifruit is changing the category due to its sweeter taste and longer shelf life—and consumers can’t get enough. To meet strong consumer demand, Zespri is bringing in kiwifruit from Italy, where Zespri’s Italian SunGold-growers grow for taste and deliver on Zespri’s comprehensive system of.....

Spain: IV International Symposium on Pomegranates

Researchers, scientists, technicians and professionals working in the pomegranate field met up in Elche (Spain) for the IV International Symposium on Pomegranates and Minor Mediterranean Fruits on 18th-22nd September 2017. The event was organised by the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS),.....

Italy: Kiwi harvesting started at OP Armonia

"Developing an assisted ripening technique that enables us to always supply fruit that is ready to eat and with a guaranteed minimum sugar content level (14° Brix) contributed to increasing consumption and making kiwis more available on the shelves of some leading Italian retail chains," reports Marco.....

Supplies from Italy and California are down

Strong market for California kiwifruit

Even as Chile’s kiwifruit season finished up in the third week of September, prices ended on a definite high note, which should carry through into California’s season. Prices ended out the season in the mid to low $20 to as high as mid to low $30 range. New crop Californian fruit packing began on September 25.....

Persimmons from Israel to enter North America by mid-November

While persimmons are available from California and some Spanish shipments are making their way into the U.S., the first shipments of the fruit from Israel are three weeks away. “We are loading our first vessels to North America on October 30, 2017 with expected arrival to port on November 15,” says Gary Tozzo.....

China: Promotional event for Nanning dragon fruit held in Shanghai

On the afternoon of Ocotber 24th, 2017's Shanghai's promotional event for dragon fruit from Nanning was successfully held at Shanghai's World Expo. This promotional event was a major part of the tenth edition of the international fair for the Asian fruit and vegetable industry. At the same time it was also a.....

Turkey: "We expect to export about 700 tonnes of black figs this year"

Volumes change depending on supply and demand, as well as on the weather conditions; however, the number of orders for black figs from Turkey has been increasing over time and producers are beginning to devote more hectares to this crop. "It is a fruit that is widely consumed in our country, but in our case,.....

Magnus Sundén:

“New products introduced weekly”

Introducing a new product every week. That is Hebes Frukt & Grönt, from the Swedish city of Göteborg’s, goal. Although the focus is on trading, these new products are necessary to distinguish themselves in the market. The ‘fruit plate’ and ‘taco plate’ were recently introduced. Besides developing new.....

China: Yellow dragon fruit cargo worth 100,000 yuan is confiscated

Recently, the Wenjindu Customs discovered an empty transport used for the smuggling of yellow dragon fruits to the United States. Officers found 50 boxes worth over 100,000 yuan. This is the first case of fruit smuggling in recent years. On October 18, around 5 p.m., the truck that was declared to be empty.....

Unique innovation: zeodration

Colombian pitahaya advances in Japan and South Korea

The market for yellow pitahaya exports appears to be growing worldwide and it has been successfully established in different countries, such as China, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Singapore, Brazil, France and the United Kingdom, among others. However, there are places where this business has been.....

Japan: A pair of high end persimmons fetch $4,750

A pair of high-end persimmons fetched ¥540,000 ($4,750) at the season’s first auction on Thursday.The fruit harvested in central Japan and sold at a local wholesale market are of a cultivar developed by the Gifu Prefectural Government over 10 years and first put on sale last year, when a pair were sold for.....

Brought about by high temperatures and production expansion

China: Zhouzhi kiwi production increased

"Zhouzhi County in Xi'an, Shaanxi, has become 'China's home of kiwis'. For many years, it has produced high quality kiwis. Around 60% of fresh kiwis and 80% of dried kiwis from China come from Zhouzhi. Compared to last year, the total Zhouzhi kiwi production has increased, and the market price has dropped,".....

Georgia plans to increase exports of kiwifruit to Japan this year

Georgia is increasing the export of kiwifruit to Japan, the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia has told.The Minister of Agriculture Levan Davitashvili stated Japan was an interesting market for Georgia and exporting kiwifruit to Japan was important for the country.Davitashvili met the President of Japanese.....

Italy: Increasing demand for organic persimmons

"A year characterised by excellent quality with grades below the norm but with an overall volume not far from average years. Prices are not brilliant, but they are not low either," reported Mirco Zanelli, sales manager for Apofruit Italia, as regards the 2017 persimmon campaign.Persimmons on a tree"We have.....

Romanian figs have hit supermarket shelves

Romania is a country of paradoxes. It imports apples and grapes from hot countries, but it has also started selling figs and kiwis grown in Romania, as Romanian producers have managed to acclimatise more varieties of exotic fruits and vegetables.In fact, the first Romanian figs have already hit the shelves of.....

Nergi production in Piedmont is sustainable

Italian kiwi growers are considered the global leading producers of the past 20 years. Excluding China; Italy, New Zealand, Chile and Greece, combined, make up 80% of the world's production.Nonetheless, new challenges went hand in hand with this success. First of all, producers had to deal with the PSA.....

China: The capital of Calabash

Luzhuang village near Liaocheng is known far and wide as the village of calabash. The common calabash fruit is cultivated here, earning the village an income of about 150,000 RMB per hectare. But the processing of calabash fruits is delicate work. If the skin of the calabash isn't removed at the right time,.....

Purchasing price dropped from last year

China: Rain delays harvesting of Mei County kiwis

"Mei County is located right on the border of north and south China, at the foot of the Taibai mountain in Qinling. It is considered one of China's and the world's best production regions for kiwis, with fertile soil, clean air, enough light, and rather large temperature differences. The harvest of Mei County.....

Spanish pomegranates for fresh consumption and processing industry

Spain is the leading European pomegranate producer, especially in the south-eastern region. The most popular commercial varieties are Mollar de Elche, Mollar de Valencia and Wonderful. Depending on their characteristics and composition, these fruits can be destined to fresh consumption, industrial processing.....

Protocol restrictions limit imports of goldenberries into the US

Goldenberries are currently seeing some limits on their supply into the U.S. The berry, more commonly available in Europe, are shipped from Colombia and currently Andes Fruits Colombia is handling numerous restrictions involved in shipping fruit from Colombia to the U.S. “There’s a systems approach as a.....

China: "Top delicacy" kiwi officially presented in Henan Wanbang Park

On October 20, the "Top delicacy" kiwi was officially presented at the Henan Wanbang International Agricultural Products Logistics Park for the first time.Chen Xuemei, chairman of Zhengzhou Chen's Sun Fruit and Vegetable Trade Company, attended the ceremony and delivered a speech. She said that the company has.....

US consumers can buy Ecuadorian pitahaya

US consumers can already find Ecudorian pitahayas in the supermarkets. Ecuadorian companies made the first shipments of this fruit at the beginning of this month, which will make it easier for US citizens and residents to buy this fruit.According to Pro Ecuador, a shipment of 500 kg of this fruit from the.....

New Zealand Kiwifruit prices continue to rise

Overseas demand is high for the SunGold kiwifruit variety and prices continue to rise.As a result, Zespri chairman Peter McBride is forecasting a net profit after tax of $96 million to $101m for the year ended March 31, 2018. Profit last year was $73.7m.This upsurge in demand and price is reflected in Zespri’s.....

Kenneth Meyer, Natural Tropic:

"Spanish mango season not going as expected"

In mid-September, the Osteen mango season began in earnest at Natural Tropic. According to the Dutchman, Kenneth Meyer, the season is not yet progressing as well as predicted. "The organic season is less competitively priced than last year. This is also true for the conventional season. Israel and Brazil had.....

Christina Manossis, Zeus Kiwi (Greece)

High demand yet high prices for Greek kiwis this season

This year’s kiwi season in Greece is unlike any other. According to Christina Manossis of Zeus Kiwi in Greece, “There’s no information about the harvest of kiwi fruit. Unfortunately this year we’ve had some incidents. Some growers harvested kiwi earlier than expected, due to the speculated high price of the.....

China: Analysis of the kiwi market in Zhouzhi county

Currently, products of the brand Haiwode don't sell well. The purchase price on the market has dropped by almost 0.6 RMB per kilogram in comparison to the period before the holidays. This is still higher than the purchase price of previous years, influencing the buying behaviour of clients. Only 35% of the.....

China: Pomegranates from Yuncheng sold in Canada

The Shanxi border inspection and Quarantine bureau recently reported that 520 kilograms of pomegranates from Yuncheng city (Shanxi province) have smoothly cleared the customs in Canada. This was the first time Yuncheng had successfully exported fruit to Canada, not counting the export of winter dates. This.....

Mahmoud Bayoumy: "Competitors don't make enough effort"

Egyptian importer conquers German citrus and exotic market

Exotic fruit and vegetables such as pomegranates, sweet potatoes and lemons are much more present in German supermarkets. However, imports from the country of origin are rarely successful due to their poor quality. The German-Egyptian importer Mahmoud Bayoumy considers the quality of his products as a.....

Chile: Kiwi campaign closes with better commercial results

According to information provided from the Chilean Kiwi Committee, in terms of commercial results, this campaign was better than the previous ones. The scarce supply of kiwis from the northern hemisphere at the beginning of the season and the lower volumes of New Zealand kiwi allowed the favorable entry and.....

Cape gooseberries, one of Colombia's most popular exotic fruits abroad

2015 will be remembered as a special year for the cape gooseberry. This fruit was one of the products that Colombia showcased in Milan's World Fair, an event that in past editions brought about colossal works, like the Eiffel Tower or the Chicago Wheel. Two years ago the theme was food, and since the cape.....

China: Grand opening of the World Kiwi Convention

On October 13th, the sixth edition of the World Kiwi Convention opened in Mei County, Shaanxi province. The convention, which this year was titled 'Let the whole world enjoy the taste of kiwis', aims at growing the industry for kiwi fruits. Experts, technical staff and visiting merchants from within the kiwi.....

Kiwi orchard prices hit new heights as Zespri expands SunGold plantings

Prices for kiwifruit orchards have hit new highs, with a handful of sales this week in Bay of Plenty over the $1 million per hectare mark.Stan Robb of PGG Wrightson Real Estate in Te Puke said properties were in such demand they were snapped up in days.In June the region was abuzz with news of the first.....

Fresh Partners now also active in Indonesia

"Indonesia's size means they have many products available almost year-round"

With the opening of an export centre near the Jakarta International Airport, Fresh Partners Asia has expanded its export supply of exotic fruit and vegetables. These are being marketed under the 'Asia Fresh' brand name.ExoticsFresh Partners has been in business for more than 30 years. They supply the European.....

China: Serious drop in Lintong pomegranate production

As Lintong pomegranates enter the market, this year's price is much higher than in previous years. The drought in July and August and the rain during the ripening season have led to a drop in the Lintong pomegranate production. In 2015, there was a large harvest, and distribution prices were around 3 yuan. In.....

More acreage dedicated to persimmon production in California

Growers and distributors of persimmons are enjoying good yields and a strong market that keeps growing every year. Persimmons of both major varieties, the Fuyu and Hachiya, are now in season in California."The persimmon growing season in California began a few weeks ago and generally flows from south to.....

Despite high prices, consumption of Colombian mangosteen increases

This tropical fruit has a considerably high market price as it needs very specific climatic conditions to be cultivated and the plants only produce fruit every two years. In addition, "they must be transported by air, because their shelf life is very short and they wouldn't otherwise arrive in good conditions.....

Acreage is gradually reducing

Spain: "Higher cherimoya prices this campaign"

The continued high temperatures in spring and summer slightly advanced the start of the cherimoya campaign in Granada, the main producing area of this exotic fruit in Spain and Europe. At the moment, while still waiting for larger volumes to hit the market, prices are higher and more stable than last year,.....

Special Fruit:

"Certain exotics' turnover even quadrupled in December

The days are getting shorter; pumpkins appear; then we know Christmas is around the corner. During this period exotic fruit also come more to the fore. "While passion fruit, pomegranates and papaya are popular with consumers throughout the year, there are also typical December trends. Tamarillos, figs,.....