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Exotic fruit and vegetables

China: Pagoda hosts Cherry festival

On June 16, the first Cherry Festival was staged in Shenzhen, organised by fruit retailer Pagoda. Qinzhou is a place in central China. Pagoda's assistant chairman of the board of directors and head of the government and public relations department Mr. Ding Lin made a speech. Deputy mayor Huo Weiping of.....

Paulien Becker, Yex:

"Pomegranates still unknown, but not unloved"

True to tradition, the sales of exotics are on a bit of a back burner during the summer holidays due to the wide supply of melon, stone and soft fruit. Yet the sales of pomegranate show a rising line across the board. "More and more consumers are discovering the seeds inside this red fruit," says product.....

Helien Verhagen, East4Fresh / Color2Food:

"A lot of interest in Ready-to-Drink coconuts"

In recent years coconut water has become increasingly popular. It is tasty, fresh and turns out to be very healthy. One problem: if you want really fresh coconut water - and not processed stuff in a carton - it is a struggle to crack open the entire coconut. East4Fresh / Colour2Food has a solution to this and.....

AU: More promotion needed for this growing exotic fruit industry

A Queensland Dragon Fruit grower says he would like to see the fruit promoted a lot more to coincide with the growth of the industry. Bruce and Carol Wallace own Prickle Patch Farm, near Bundaberg, where they grow 1.5 hectares alongside sugar cane. While Mr Wallace admits that the industry is not as big as.....

Krissada K., Delicious Nature

Thailand: "We export most of our longan to China"

In recent years, the knowledge and consumption of longan has been increasing in the US, some countries in Europe, the United Arab Emirates and, especially, China. "China is a large country, which entails a great demand for the product," explains Krissada K., responsible for the development department at the.....

Wonderful kiwi harvest for South African market leader

Nooyenskopje near Haenertsburg, Limpopo Province, is the South African market leader in kiwi fruit. “We’ve had a wonderful harvest,” says Danie Meyer, self-taught kiwi farmer for the past 24 years, who has converted pine plantations into kiwi orchards. The last of the green kiwi were harvested this week for.....

Phuong Tran:

“Chinese and European consumers want avocados of comparable quality”

"The best avocados from Vietnam come from the province of Dak Lak, in the Central Highlands," argues Phuong Tran, of Min Na. There are about 6 million avocado trees in this province, where about 400,000 tonnes are expected to be harvested this year. "Approximately 50,000 small growers are devoted to avocado.....

China: The last export of Zhanjiang lychees for this season

The export of Zhanjiang lychees started on 11th of May, and now the export season has come to an end with the last order shipped on 29th of June.According to the statistics from the local Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, within these two months, Zhanjiang has exported 800 tons of lychees with a total worth of.....

California organic fig volume anticipated to rise for 2017

Figs in northern California look like they’re returning to their regular seasonal timing.“It’s later than last year,” says Bob Steinacher of Maywood Farms in Corning, Ca. which grows organic figs. “The last two years, we started at the beginning of July which was extremely early for us. And we were done by the.....

Vietnamese lychees enter Thai market

According to Central Group Vietnam, the Luc Ngan lychee is being sold at Tops Supermarkets and the Central Food Hall chain in Bangkok, at a listed price of THB299 per kg.Director of the Bac Giang provincial Department of Industry and Trade, Tran Quang Tan, said that Luc Ngan lychees have been exported to more.....

Israel: Arava expands its operations with mangoes

A new approach for embarking upon a fluctuating industry is a necessity of the highest priority, so claimed by Omer Kamp of Arava Export Growers. Nowadays, according to Mr. Kamp, "Consumers are demanding the inclusion of various factors that would comprise of Quality, Price, Service and Innovation. It would.....

KZN avocado growers stretch out South Africa's season

In South Africa most avocados in the northerly regions like Levubu, Mooketsi and Tzaneen have been picked, with the exception of some Ryan and Reed in the north and Hass from the Lowveld, while the harvest season for Fuerte and Pinkerton is currently underway in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, with Hass due to.....

Italy: Weird year for avocados

It was quite a weird year for avocados as, even in the months when volumes are usually high due to overlaps of the produce from Spain, South Africa and Israel, supply was always lower than demand.What is more, Claudio Gorini, sales manager for AL.MA., a leading company in the import-export of fresh, exotic and.....

Delay in reaching colour coupled with drop in volumes

Challenging South African Sharon fruit season

The South African Sharon fruit season has been a very challenging one, says Arthur Yusim, manager of product and sales of exotic fruit at MOR International, with volumes up to 40% down from the original estimate. The reasons for this drop are under investigation, but the drought might have played a role (as.....

Luca Battaglio:

Italy: “Growth in Asia positive for European importers”

Increasing demand in emerging markets, such as Asia, is also advantageous for European importers, according to Luca Battaglio of the Italian group of importers. Additionally, he also talks about other trends on the market, such as conservatism in Italy, which is slowing the rise of, for example, organic.....

Four chosen for NZ kiwi industry governance program

Kiritapu Allan, Debbie Oakley, Colleen Neville and Ngaire Scott have been selected for the Industry Governance Development Programme, which is part-funded by Zespri and designed to give candidates a solid grounding in governance, strategy, and risk.It's the second intake of the programme after it was.....

"Demand dragon fruit in Vietnam stable for the past few years"

Lavite Company Limited, a 3 year old Vietnamese company, produces and sells both white flesh and red flesh dragon fruits in the local market. According to Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tuyet, “We sell fresh dragon fruit that is considered processed, despite using natural and organic procedures. In the future our company.....

George Kragie with US-based Western Fresh Marketing

“Figs have become mainstream and create excitement again”

“North America’s fig season is in full swing and there is a lot of excitement for the category,” says George Kragie with Western Fresh Marketing. “Figs are sexy again,” he added. The large majority of figs available in the US and Canada are grown in California. “Some other countries in the Southern Hemisphere.....

China: Guangdong holds first Dragon Fruit Light Festival

On 23 June, Guangdong held its first Dragon Fruit Light Festival, with its highlight in Zengcheng Xiaolou Renjia Scenic Area. This event was not organized by the government, but by a local Guangdong farmer, Chen Lianghua, who successfully tried a new technology at his dragon fruit production site, that.....

Kiwifruit GDP on track to hit $6.14 billion with 29,000 new jobs by 2030

A new report from the University of Waikato shows the new varieties breeding programme for kiwifruit, supported by the New Zealand government for many years, has been a major contributor to the NZ economy. It shows kiwifruit’s contribution to New Zealand GDP is set to increase from $2.6 billion in 2015/16 to.....

"Grown from 15 to 500 Kenyan hectares avocados"

"Seventeen years ago, we started with 15 hectares, and over the years we’ve grown to an area of 500 hectares of avocados,” says Isaac Muriu Muigai from Signet Exporters in Kenya. “Multiple small growers have joined us. We support them with the right advice in the field of cultivation. We also conduct many.....

Desserts and smoothies favourite

China: Avocado gains popularity as versatile fruit

Avocado fruit is mainly produced in Mexico and Central America. Because of its uneven texture that looks like a crocodile's skin, it is also called crocodile pear in Chinese. In 2005, China opened its market to avocados from Mexico, but for a long time it wasn't particulary popular among Chinese customers.The.....

Goldenberries imported to US marketed differently than in Europe

Goldenberries from Colombia have been popular over in Europe for many years. They were accepted as imports into the US 15 years ago but the fruit had to be treated for 14 days at two degrees Celsius. However, the cold treatment created quality issues and impacted the flow of steady supply for the market. Once.....

Maersk sharing data with its customers

“Customers help optimise business operations”

The data collected by Maersk Line with the Remote Container Management System (RCM) also serves to make the firm more transparent to its customers. The shipping company has been working for a long time to set up the system and use the data. "It's a unique project that gives our customers full transparency and.....

NZ kiwi growers take government to court over psa losses

Psa cost Craig Jeffries his orchard, and it almost cost him his home. Six years after the disease was discovered on the orchard he'd proudly bought from his father, Jeffries still gets emotional talking about it.The 16ha orchard near Te Puke used to produce 209,000 trays a year of the green, Hayward variety of.....

NZ farm forced to dump $240,000 of kiwi after suspected poisoning

A Northland kiwifruit orchard has had to dump about $240,000 worth of produce following what police suspect was a deliberate poisoning. Two orchard sites in Kerikeri were sprayed with Calypso, an insecticide used on fruit crops to pests back in March or April 2016, police said.As a result, about 30,000 trays.....

Ecuador will be able to send fresh pitahaya to the US starting in July

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has published the Final Rule for the Importation of fresh pitahaya fruit from Ecuador to the continental United States in the Federal Register of this country, which will enter into force on July 20, 2017 (30 days after its publication), after a delegation.....

Zespri promoting SunGold in UK

Zespri were present for the first time at the recent London Show to promote the SunGold kiwifruit to the UK market.Lorraine Kirby, Retail Account Executive for Zespri in the UK said that they were at the show as Zespri is keen to promote the SunGold kiwifruit to the UK market. "The Zespri SunGold is relatively.....

China: Durian transport successful for the first time

On 15 June at 07:52 am, flight SC4076 from Bangkok to Ji'nan slowly landed at Ji'nan airport. Ten boxes of durian fruit were unloaded from its cargo onto pallets. Through inspection on the spot, it appeared that the boxes were intact, and that the cargo hold had just a slightly different smell. The passenger.....

USA

Zespri kiwifruit celebrates the start of SunGold season with a national campaign

Summer is a time of sunshine, happiness and the seasonal return of SunGold Kiwifruit from Zespri. To kick-off the start of the season, Zespri is launching a national campaign, Celebrate The SunGold, which aims to highlight SunGold kiwi’s tropical sweet taste and vibrant yellow flesh by drawing parallels.....

Peak season for Nicaraguan dragon fruit

“Summertime is peak season for dragon fruit, and the prices are very reasonable,” said Alex Jackson Berkley of Frieda’s Specialty Produce. “Dragon fruit is one of the top-selling and trending tropical fruits, and also resonates with Asian and Hispanic shoppers. Nothing adds color and excitement like this.....

China: Low prices for imported Chilean kiwis at beginning of the season

"This year, the production season of Chilean kiwis started two weeks earlier than in previous years, at the beginning of April. It is estimated that it will continue until the middle of August. Currently, the sales situation on the Chinese market is quite worrisome," according to Mr. Mike Wang from Altaifresh.....

Poor processing hindering Vietnam fruit export prices

Vietnamese have to buy some imported fruits at exorbitant prices, but can only export fruit at low prices.A red mango, for example, sourced from Japan weighing 350-400 grams sells at VND1.7 million in Vietnam. Le Thi Phuong, the owner of an import fruit shop in Hanoi, said that Japanese mangoes are 100 times.....

Seeka estimates 15% drop in profit after weak kiwi harvest

Seeka, a large kiwifruit grower in New Zealand and Australia, has confirmed its guidance for a 15 per cent drop in operating profit in 2017 as weaker-than-expected kiwifruit crops offset growth from its avocado sector.The company warned 2017 operating profit may be up to 15 per cent lower than the record $7.8.....

Feijoa production continues growing in Western Australia

Feijoa trees are being planted at a rapid pace, according to industry leaders, with the majority being planted in Manjimup in Western Australia.Five years ago, the small town, located three hours south of Perth, had just 300 trees between three growers. Now the town is understood to have more 10,000 feijoa.....

NSure launches new BreakNSure test for G3 in New Zealand

NSure extended its range of tests by introducing the BreakNSure G3 test. The test offers a practical and reliable tool for growers, to determine the optimal moment for a budbreak treatment. This enables them to optimise flowering, fruit set and fruit quality. The BreakNSure test was launched last season for.....

Tauranga port's first millionth container was a kiwi shipment

The millionth container through Tauranga's port this year was fittingly filled with kiwifruit. Port leaders joined politicians, iwi and Bay of Plenty importers and exporters to celebrate Tauranga becoming the first New Zealand port to handle a million containers in a year.In his speech, Port of Tauranga chief.....

Imports into US not allowed yet

Florida company ships yellow mangosteens to Canada for first time

For the first time, Ecoripe Tropicals of Miami, Fl. will ship Achachairu, also known as the Yellow Mangosteen, to the Canadian market. “Our main market for this fruit is Canada, as the protocol to import into the U.S. from Guatemala has not been approved yet,” says Marc Holbik of Ecoripe. “We’re excited to.....