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China: Opening of Hainan seedless lychee season

"With the influence of the weather, the production season of the seedless lychees from Hainan is one week earlier than in previous years. The sales period is already starting now. In general, the quality of the lychees in this production season is better than that of last year. The production volume has also.....

Zespri sees record sales by volume and value in 2016/2017

A remarkable season of increased yields and the largest-ever New Zealand crop helped lift total Zespri sales volume from New Zealand to a record 137.7 million trays, 18 percent up on the previous year. Sales of kiwifruit from Zespri’s Northern Hemisphere supplying locations also grew by 14 percent to 16.6.....

Researchers develop packaging to preserve lychees for over a month

Dr. Pham Thi Thu Ha from the Institute of Chemistry under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) and her colleagues have developed a process for preserving litchis for over one month with MAP (modified atmosphere packaging) technology.The MAP technology was developed by the Institute of Chemistry.....

Project to process and commercialise mangoes in Africa

An Italian project to organise and promote mangoes from the large plantations in all tropical African countries (Ivory Coast, Senegal, Camerun, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso and Guinea Conakry) - the Gaia project for mangoes was presented at the latest edition of Macfrut.Left to right.....

Juan José Bolanos Herrera, Pinaalbo, Costa Rica

"Pineapple area grew to almost 300 hectares”

Pineapple is an important product in Costa Rica. Pinaalbo has been specialised in this exotic since 2014. “Pinaalbo is a family company. At first we were just growers, but by now we’ve also become exporters. My father saw a chance to grow, and he expanded the area over the years. We grew considerably.....

NZ kiwi growers worry cold snap could mean early harvest

Kiwifruit growers in the Bay of Plenty who haven't yet harvested their crops are keeping a close eye on the coming weather. New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers chairman Doug Brown said two consecutive frosts on Sunday and Monday had sparked concern - with some orchardists using windmills, frost fans and overhead.....

"Many exotics can be produced in Kenya year-round"

"Russia has become much more important for Kenya, since they started boycotting European products. That market still has much potential," says Monica N. Kamau from Kankam Exporters Ltd. The Kenyan company was founded in 2006. "We grow various products, including Hass and fuerte avocados. Besides, we supply.....

High priced Hainan lychees enter market

"Hainan lychees usually enter the market between May and the middle of June. The new lychee season has already started, and compared to last year, the market price has gone up approximately 15%," according to Mr. Ma Xinkai from the Beijing Xinkai Trading Co Ltd."A juicy, tasty Hainan lycheeLychees nurtured by.....

Origine Group sees interest for Sweeki in Far East markets at Macfrut

General Manager Alessio Orlandi and Managing Director Alberto Garbuglia commented on the three-day Rimini trade fair and the positive contacts made for the Sweeki kiwi:“Good business contacts at international level and new manifestations of interest by leading Italian companies towards the Origine Group.....

China: Reduced production of lychees

Dongguan lychees have a longstanding reputation and right now is the season when lychees bear fruit. But because of the weather, the lychees haven't blossomed as much as usual and the fruits are reduced too as a result. A reduced lychee production is therefore a safe prediction.In fact, lychees have rather.....

Will North American consumers fall for SunGold Kiwifruit?

New Zealand’s kiwifruit production has started and the first fruit arrived in the US during the 2nd week of May. “We will have full distribution beginning of June,” says Sarah Deaton with Zespri North America. “Product will be available until November, but we are putting a lot of effort in providing a 12-month.....

Koeltehof Packers, South Africa, opens state-of-the-art avocado packhouse

Koeltehof Packers has more than doubled its previous capacity through its second packhouse, officially opened this past Friday, a state-of-the-art facility that was designed with the latest technology and energy-saving equipment in mind.At the opening Patrick Caetano, general manager of the packhouse, called.....

NZ Kiwifruit packing company expands to meet demand for Gold variety

Following the success of the Gold3 variety of kiwifruit a Franklin kiwifruit packing company is investing further in its operations. Punchbowl has invested in a new packhouse and coolstore technology at its Glenbrook base to help keep up with the demand for Gold3.Punchbowl executive chairman Rob Craig has been.....

Lychees and rambutans in clamshells aim to reduce shrink

Lychee and rambutan are back in season with lychees beginning now and rambutan in late May. Frieda’s Specialty Produce offers this dynamic duo in bulk or in protective clamshells to help with merchandising, reducing shrink, and attracting shoppers.“Despite their weird looks, both lychees and rambutan are quite.....

Organic cultivation also growing

"Growing demand for Colombian avocados"

The Belgian Johan Beckers was on holiday in Colombia almost 20 years ago and decided to start a company specialised in the export of the products grown in the country. "We were one of the first fruit and vegetable export companies in Colombia," says Johan. Andes Fruit works together with small and medium local.....

Greek companies use EU programs to improve market position

The Greek kiwi season has recently finished. According to the Greek company Zeus, it was a successful year for Greek kiwis, with kiwis finding their way to key markets like India, the US, UK and Romania. “We’ve managed to increase our sales by 9% to 10%,” says Christina Manossis of Zeus. “We’ve been increasing.....

Zespri's sales in Japan grow by 30%

Zespri grew sales by 30 percent in its longstanding number one market of Japan over the past two seasons and plans to keep growing sales of premium Zespri Kiwifruit by 25 percent over the next five years, creating new opportunities to grow value in-market.Zespri Chief Executive Lain Jager is accompanying the.....

Mexico plans to export 10 tons of pitahayas to the US

The director of commercial promotion of the Ministry of Rural Development (Seder), Rene Arenas Gutierrez, said that that last weekend they sent a trial shipment of 800 kilograms of pitahaya to the US and that they could export up to 10 tons of pitahaya to that market during the next six weeks."We plan to send.....

Zespri reaps benefits of NZ dairy primary growth partnership

The government’s primary growth partnership geared toward driving change in the dairy sector has an unlikely partner: kiwifruit export marketing body Zespri International.The $170 million innovation investment involving the Ministry for Primary Industries and commercial partners, including DairyNZ and Fonterra.....

AU: The company bringing exotic fruits to the marketplace

When a local fresh produce worker identified a gap in Australia for quality exotic fruits, he set up his own company to provide better access to the marketplace.Rohan Bicknell established Produce Art two years ago, which aims to bring fruit that is often considered to be from "left field" to consumers in.....

Eating a kiwi before bed may help those with sleep problems

Sleeping problems affect many people across the world, but according to a new study they may be able to put down the pills and pick up a kiwi. While it remains a mystery as to why, researchers of Taiwan Taipei Medical University found in a study of 24 volunteers that those who ate kiwi before bed slept around.....

Wisconson invests in $1.5m cranberry research station

The Wisconsin Cranberry Research & Education Foundation announced Monday that it will buy about 155 acres of land in Jackson County to create a USDA-supported cranberry research station.Work conducted at the facility, the first of its kind in the state, will help develop and refine cranberry growing.....

Argentina: Mesopotamia wants to be a productive oasis for blueberries

Authorities of the Argentinian Mesopotamia Cranberry Producers Association (APAMA) received, in Concordia, a delegation of technicians from the National Service of Sanitation and Agricultural Food Quality (SENASA) to advance in the implementation of phytosanitary strategies to consolidate the area as the.....

Prices on European market still good

Lower volumes and smaller fruit from South African avocado orchards

Avocado growers have had to contend with severe hail, drought and excessive heat during fruit set which have led to fruit drop, smaller fruit and a lower harvest in a season that started ealier.The Tzaneen area is no exception, where Gubitz Boerdery is currently in the midst of their Hass harvest. “It’s.....

China: Stable yield for domestic Tunisian pomegranates

Tunisian pomegranates are known to be an early ripening variety with beautiful color and big seeds. The main cultivation areas of this pomegranate variety in China include Henan, Anhui, Shandong and Sichuan province. The growth of the species requires long hours of exposure to sunlight and other strict.....

US domestic season starting up

Consistent supply is biggest challenge for passion fruit industry

As the industry transitions to more domestic supplies of passion fruit, predictions are the U.S. crop will be a good one.“Passion fruit is in transition—the New Zealand crop is ending early due to some extreme weather,” says Karen Caplan of Los Amalitos, Ca.-based Frieda’s Specialty Produce. “California is.....

China: First batch of lychees exported to the US from Zhanjiang

On 11, May, a batch of 21 tons of lychees from Zhanjiang, China were exported to the US after they passed the inspection from the local Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. This marked the beginning of lychee exports for Zhanjiang this year.Source: www.ce.cn

China

New record of daily sales volume for a single fruit variety created at JD.com

On 10th May, a new daily sales record for green produce available on major e-commerce platforms was created at JD.com during the promotion of 'super item day'.On that day alone, 115,000 Thai durians were ordered on JD.com, the total weight reaching 330,000 kilos. This was not the first time that a fruit.....

NZ kiwifruit growers out of the woods after psa disease outbreak

It's been a slow road to recovery for Mark and Robyn Gardiner since Psa ripped through their kiwifruit business. Called Seudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae, the deadly viral disease was first discovered at their 200 hectare Whitehall Fruitpackers operation in 2010.Left unchecked, Psa destroys green and gold.....

AU: The global expansion of achacha production

Australia's only commercial Achacha grower says the fruit could also be available internationally mid year, with a grower coming online in the Northern Hemisphere.Bruce Hill, who manages the Achacha Plantation in the Burdekin Shire, in North Queensland says the world's second commercial production should be on.....

China: Increasing demand for Xianju bayberries

"The main cultivation areas of Chinese bayberries are in Zhejiang, Yunnan and Fujian. The bayberries from Xianju Country of Zhejiang Province are known as 'fairy berries'. Bayberries from Yunnan and Fujian normally enter the market in May and the Biqi variety from Xianju can be harvested this year between 10.....

Specialists design a strategy to extend the cultivation of figs in Cuba

Specialists from the Jorge Dimitrov Institute of Agricultural Research (IIAJD) in the province of Granma, have designed a strategy to extend the cultivation of figs in the eastern region of Cuba.Javier Dieguez Zaldivar, an auxiliary researcher, told the press that the international project to study the fruit,.....

NZ company struggles to market feijoas to the world

Many New Zealanders cannot imagine a world without feijoas but outside the country they are largely unknown. Physically they are unassuming, a little like oval limes of a darker green, but it is proving "rather challenging" for Pole to Pole, the company "on a mission to promote NZ Feijoas around the world!" to.....

Zespri begins second season of kiwi growing trials in China

New Zealand kiwifruit marketer Zespri has launched its second season of growing trials in Shaanxi Province, in hopes it will one day supply the market with fruit grown in China. Currently Zespri imports its kiwifruit from New Zealand, Italy and France. The first stage of growing trials began last year with.....

Adrian Capote, owner of J&C Tropicals

“Dragon fruit is by far biggest growth item within the US exotic fruits category”

“Health conscious consumers are really getting behind dragon fruit,” says Adrian Capote with J&C Tropicals. “The fruit contains very low sugar levels, is high in anti-oxidants and boosts metabolism.” Millennial moms in particular are very interested in the exotic fruit variety. “With its vibrant colors,.....

Australian levy could increase price of avocados

Scott Morrison has revealed a new levy on avocados that could cause a price hike.The 0.1c levy was introduced on April 1 and goes toward plant health and was proposed by Avocados Australia to support biosecurity management for the industry.The levy shouldn't make too much of a change — it's intended to replace.....

China: Qifeng fruit expands to overseas markets

"Following the development of the Internet and e-commerce, our website has already become an excellent business card for the brands and products of Qifeng. In order to expand overseas more successfully, Qifeng implemented a business model that works both online and offline. We also hire professionals to update.....

Italy: New early green kiwi variety Fruges 15/09

"As propagation company, we have different kiwi varieties in our catalogue but, at Macfrut 2017, we will launch a new early variety in co-ownership with Minguzzi SpA from Alfonsine (Ravenna)", reportsAmleto Venturi, marketing manager for Venturi Società Agricola in Tessello di Cesena, a company specialising in.....

Good demand for Spanish bell peppers, but supply too high to get prices up

There is a lot of demand on the bell pepper market at the moment. Enough is being sold as well. Yet, according to a bell pepper seller, due to the large volume, it is difficult to get the market up. "The three auctions are overflowing with bell peppers. Fortunately, the quality of the bell peppers are good and.....

Season launches with customized retail programs

Zespri SunGold kiwifruit driving growth in North America

Since opening offices in North America last year, Zespri has been making great strides into the U.S. market with its new SunGold variety. Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit is expected to change the category due to its sweeter taste and longer shelf life. Overall, kiwifruit is on trend and growing fast with SunGold.....

More competition on the pomegranate market

For centuries the pomegranate has been surrounded by stories of health benefits. Fifteen years ago, Pom Wonderful introduced this exotic fruit to the American market and invested in scientific research into those characteristics. The market for pomegranates quickly grew, and now Gerhard Leodolter from Pom.....

The Netherlands is the world's second largest avocado importer

In 2016, the Netherlands imported avocados for the record amount of 433 million euros. This makes the Netherlands, after the USA, the second largest importer of avocados in the world. However, four out of five imported avocados are not for domestic consumption, but get sent to other countries. This was.....

Italian kiwi campaign ending on positive note

The Italian kiwi campaign is ending on a positive note as, luckily, domestic production went back to normal after last year's overproduction.Sales were rather lively right from the start, with stocks much lower than last year. The data collected by CSO Italy highlights remaining volumes 24% lower in late.....

Thai company markets exotics in Europe

Koerner Agro Export Center Company Limited exports top quality fruits and vegetables from Thailand to Europe. For improved customer service they also have an office in Hamburg, Germany. The main export products are lemon grass, baby corn, chili peppers, dragon fruits and mangoes.Koerner Agro is dedicated to.....

China: Wenshang sells 260 cases of endives

Selling 260 cases of endives during their first visit to the Unique Products Association and successfully setting up a shop on Taobao, which allows this European high-quality vegetable to end up on the table of Chinese citizens: all of this is the result of one initiative.After the executive president of the.....

Zespri kiwifruit from New Zealand again

From trade tool to well-known consumer brand in 20 years

In the evening of 2 May, the first boat with Zespri kiwifruit arrived at the port of Zeebrugge. “The first shipment was SunGold, Green will follow in about two weeks. The first kiwifruit will therefore be on the shelves soon.”Last year’s estimate was 80 million boxes for Green. “This year we’ll have a bit.....

Kiwi bacteriosis control now a reality

The internationalJournal of Plant Disease and Protection finally published the research financed by MIPAAF and coordinated by Prof.Giorgio M. Balestra which saw the cooperation between the Department of Agricultural Sciences (DAFNE) of Università della Tuscia and the Department of Life Sciences and.....

Supply is looking slim

US: Prices of imported coconuts spike

“The supply of coconuts has been bad and I’m not sure what the reason is,” says Amador Sanchez of Miami, Fl.-based A.R. Produce and Trucking Corp., who does both water and dry coconuts. “Perhaps the Dominican Republic doesn’t have enough coconuts. We don’t use Dominican coconuts--we use Costa Rican coconuts......

Heberto Reyes, General Manager of Globimpex Inc:

"Canadian market has room for exotic and non-traditional produce items"

Canada is a country in which many different cultures coexist, so the market has room for all kinds of trends and products, both traditional and exotic. The company Globimpex takes advantage of these market niches and imports a great variety of products from Honduras and Guatemala.Products of Honduras and.....