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NZ Kiwifruit growers show strong support to continue levy

New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc. (NZKGI) have been given a strong mandate by kiwifruit growers to work on their behalf for the next six-year kiwifruit levy cycle.The Declaration of Result was provided by the independent Returning Officer, Warwick Lampp, of Electionz.com. Of those who voted, 85% of growers.....

"Ecuadorian pitahayas will face no competition in the short term"

The production of pitahayas, an exotic fruit of Chinese origin, is gradually expanding in countries like Ecuador; in fact, demand is so great that "we expect the acreage to grow over the next three years," affirms Martha C. de Galarza, key account manager at Multimodal World. In this way, they expect to be.....

The kiwi “Sweeki” looks to conquer Madrid

The outlook of the first promotional activities for the kiwi Sweeki in MercaMadrid is very positive, according to Alessio Orlandi, general manager of the Origine Group.He stated his satisfaction: "We are planning promotional activities for the other two weekends at the wholesale of the Spanish capital.....

Will super food yacón remain on the organic circuit?

Although yacón has been cultivated in the Netherlands for a number of years already, it is still a new type of food. It has not yet found its way to the masses through the supermarkets, according to Wiel van de Bool, who has cultivated the crop from the very beginning. He takes care of distribution to.....

Stricter regulations make Thai exports to EU difficult

Thai exporters are experiencing the consequences of unchecked export to Europe. After years in which the market was flooded with barely inspected products, the EU has closed its doors. Import requirements were accentuated, products were inspected more often and exporting became practically impossible.....

The kiwi “Sweeki” looks to conquer Madrid

The outlook of the first promotional activities for the kiwi Sweeki in MercaMadrid is very positive, according to Alessio Orlandi, general manager of the Origine Group.He stated his satisfaction: "We are planning promotional activities for the other two weekends at the wholesale of the Spanish capital.....

Will super food yacón remain in the organic circuit?

Although yacón has been cultivated in the Netherlands for a number of years already, it is still a new type of food. It has not yet found its way to the masses through the supermarkets, according to Wiel van de Bool, who has cultivated the crop from the very beginning. He takes care of distribution to.....

Southern African pineapple production to rebound after drought

The Hluhluwe region of northern KwaZulu-Natal, the largest production area of Queen pineapples for fresh consumption in South Africa, has experienced the worst drought in 105 years over the past three years. Johannes Meyer, chairperson of the Hluhluwe Pineapple Marketing Association, says the industry is.....

Southern African pineapple production to rebound after drought

The Hluhluwe region of northern KwaZulu-Natal, the largest production area of Queen pineapples for fresh consumption in South Africa, has experienced the worst drought in 105 years over the past three years. Johannes Meyer, chairperson of the Hluhluwe Pineapple Marketing Association, says the industry is.....

"Ecuadorian pitahayas will face no competition in the short term"

The production of pitahaya, an exotic fruit of Chinese origin, is gradually expanding in countries like Ecuador; in fact, demand is so great that "we expect the acreage to grow over the next three years," affirms Martha C. de Galarza, key account manager at Multimodal World. In this way, they expect to be.....

Northern Cape producers turn away from pomegranates

'Wonderful' harvest improves pomegranate season in South Africa

The South African pomegranate season is looking up with the harvest of the Wonderful variety, which is providing bigger fruit than the earlier varieties (Akko and Hershkovitz). These varieties’ fruit was substantially smaller than usual due to the drought, putting pressure on the prices attained on export.....

Guava steady on smaller imports to Washington

Guava coming into the United States from Mexico is in good supply. Although the gap appears to be getting shorter each year, Ruben Cruz of Aztec Imports says if there is one it could happen in the next couple of weeks to a month or so. “The quality starts declining,” he said. “Quality now is still good, the.....

Northern Cape producers turn away from pomegranates

'Wonderful' harvest improves pomegranate season in South Africa

The South African pomegranate season is looking up with the harvest of the Wonderful variety, which is providing bigger fruit than the earlier varieties (Akko and Hershkovitz). These varieties’ fruit was substantially smaller than usual due to the drought, putting pressure on the prices attained on export.....

Sichuan Jinshuo fruit industry Co., Ltd.

China: Stable market demand for soft seed pomegranates

"The Tunisian soft seed pomegranate has gradually become popular as a high-end fruit since it was introduced into China from Tunisia in 1986. Currently, the main three producing areas in China are Henan, Yunnan and Sichuan province, and the listing periods are respectively from the beginning of October to.....

Higher volumes than 2016

Heavy rains during South African mango harvest season affect quality

At the tail-end of the 2017 mango season, volumes are up from last year but quality hasn’t always followed suit, due to heavy rains during harvesting. In the northernmost areas mango growers are wrapping up their season while mango growers in Tzaneen still have about a month to go.“It was an interesting.....

Sichuan Jinshuo fruit industry Co., Ltd.

China: Stable market demand for soft seed pomegranates

"The Tunisian soft seed pomegranate has gradually become popular as a high-end fruit since it was introduced into China from Tunisia in 1986. Currently, the main three producing areas in China are Henan, Yunnan and Sichuan province, and the listing periods are respectively from the beginning of October to.....

Higher volumes than 2016

Heavy rains during South African mango harvest season affect quality

At the tail-end of the 2017 mango season, volumes are up from last year but quality hasn’t always followed suit, due to heavy rains during harvesting. In the northernmost areas mango growers are wrapping up their season while mango growers in Tzaneen still have about a month to go.“It was an interesting.....

Ghana: Yam growers need foreign investors

The Ghana Yam Producers and Exporters Organization has been working with the Dutch company CBI to strengthen the production and export of the Ghanaian yam sector. The current 40 active members now benefit from the GlobalGAP certificate, which allows for more export opportunities in the world market. “CBI has.....

Guava steady on smaller imports to Washington

Guava coming into the United States from Mexico is in good supply. Although the gap appears to be getting shorter each year, Ruben Cruz of Aztec Imports says if there is one it could happen in the next couple of weeks to a month or so. “The quality starts declining,” he said. “Quality now is still good, the.....

Chile: Kiwi harvest begins with improved regulations

The Chilean kiwi harvest season has begun and the Kiwi Committee has changed the parameters of the Maturity Assurance Program (PAM) for 2017 to improve the uniformity of the fruit. The PAM's central objective is the application of minimum maturity standards to regulate the beginning of kiwi harvests,.....

Chile: Kiwi harvest begins with improved regulations

The Chilean kiwi harvest season has begun and the Kiwi Committee has changed the parameters of the Maturity Assurance Program (PAM) for 2017 to improve the uniformity of the fruit. The PAM's central objective is the application of minimum maturity standards to regulate the beginning of kiwi harvests,.....

NZ: "We are looking forward to more good volumes of kiwifruit"

There is increasing activity in New Zealand’s kiwifruit orchards as the picking and packing of kiwifruit gets underway. Small volumes have just started to be harvested in Northland and Poverty Bay and will extend throughout the North Island and the top of the South Island over the coming weeks. Over 2,500.....

EU Commission recognizes Premium European kiwi campaign as a suceess story

The campaign, Premium European Kiwi (PEW), targeted at the Canadian, UAE and Chinese markets, has concluded its first 16 months and is already harvesting the results of a successful implementation. The increased exports and positive feedback from the end recipients of its activities have resulted in PEW.....

Dr David Steven awarded Hayward Medal for environmental contribution

The Fresh Carriers Hayward Medal was awarded tonight to Dr David Steven, recognising his work to fundamentally shift how the kiwifruit industry manages pests and disease, improving environmental outcomes and underscoring market confidence in Zespri Kiwifruit.Kiwifruit Industry Advisory Committee chairman and.....

NZ: "We are looking forward to more good volumes of kiwifruit"

There is increasing activity in New Zealand’s kiwifruit orchards as the picking and packing of kiwifruit gets underway. Small volumes have just started to be harvested in Northland and Poverty Bay and will extend throughout the North Island and the top of the South Island over the coming weeks. Over 2,500.....

Chilean kiwi season harvesting early

As the imported Chilean kiwi season is getting ready to kick off, importers can see already that the season is ahead of schedule. “They’re starting to harvest kiwi this week in Chile. It’s a bit ahead of when the season starts by about two weeks,” says Evan Myers of Wilmington, De.-based Forever Fresh LLC......

Chilean kiwi season harvesting early

As the imported Chilean kiwi season is getting ready to kick off, importers can see already that the season is ahead of schedule. “They’re starting to harvest kiwi this week in Chile. It’s a bit ahead of when the season starts by about two weeks,” says Evan Myers of Wilmington, De.-based Forever Fresh LLC......

Good quality, meaty dragon fruit from Vietnam

Dragon fruit arriving in Canada from Southern Vietnam is in good supply and very good quality. Thomas Fresh receives it nearly year round with the occasional exception of a gap in June and July. “Sometimes we even get it 12 months a year,” said Andrea Dubak, marketing specialist. Fruit currently is very.....

New Zealand Kiwi Growers soon to increase independent monitoring

Independent monitoring and analysis of the kiwifruit industry's performance by New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc will significantly increase in the coming months, as the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project recommendations are implemented.NZKGI chairman Doug Brown says this is part of NZKGI's ongoing.....

Italy: Parlapiano biodynamic kiwis turned into juice

Azienda Agricola Biodinamica Parlapiano Donato is a family business that has evolved with the times.Donato Parlapiano at Fruit Logistica in BerlinoThe business initially specialised in the cultivation of cereal and vegetables and provided ploughing and threshing services. It then converted to fruit.....

Untapped potential for New Zealand exports of healthy foods

Leading national food and beverage innovators say non-dairy powdered food products are in high demand world-wide and New Zealand should act quickly to take advantage of an untapped export growth opportunity.The New Zealand Food Innovation Network report released this week explores food products in the.....

New ways of shipping Florida carambola being explored

As the Florida winter carambola season winds down, despite a slightly smaller supply, demand continues to grow for the sweet fruit, also known as Starfruit.“We had slightly less fruit than last year. We had a super, super warm winter so the fruit came on a lot faster,” says Peter Leifermann of Homestead,.....

New ways of shipping Florida carambola being explored

As the Florida winter carambola season winds down, despite a slightly smaller supply, demand continues to grow for the sweet fruit, also known as Starfruit.“We had slightly less fruit than last year. We had a super, super warm winter so the fruit came on a lot faster,” says Peter Leifermann of Homestead,.....

Italy: Parlapiano biodynamic kiwis turned into juice

Azienda Agricola Biodinamica Parlapiano Donato is a family business that has evolved with the times.Donato Parlapiano at Fruit Logistica in BerlinoThe business initially specialised in the cultivation of cereal and vegetables and provided ploughing and threshing services. It then converted to fruit.....

NZ: Concerns about over-supply of kiwiberries

There's a harvest underway in the Bay of Plenty of a small, smooth-skinned green fruit with a sweet surprise inside, the KiwiBerry. New Zealand KiwiBerry Growers Association chairman, Geoff Oliver, says the fruits are very popular with children because of their sweet taste and ease of eating. They're also a.....

Finger limes tap into popularity with new packaging

With the 2016 season of domestic finger limes wrapped up, growers felt the heat of the popularity of the lime varietal. “This last year in particular, we felt demand really ramped up,” says Megan Shanley Warren of Morro Bay, Ca.-based Shanley Farms. “We’re starting to feel it really come into full effect.”.....

NZ: Concerns about over-supply of kiwiberries

There's a harvest underway in the Bay of Plenty of a small, smooth-skinned green fruit with a sweet surprise inside, the KiwiBerry. New Zealand KiwiBerry Growers Association chairman, Geoff Oliver, says the fruits are very popular with children because of their sweet taste and ease of eating. They're also a.....

China: Development of kiwifruit industry still long way to go

China is the home of the kiwifruit and its annual production accounts for more than 50% of the global output. The distribution of the plantation range is very wide but is mainly concentrated in four major areas: Shanxi province, Sichuan province, Henan province and Guizhou province. The total annual output.....

New Zealand college and Kiwifruit Growers team up to train students

New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Inc (NZKGI) and Katikati College have joined forces to launch an innovative pilot programme aimed at supporting the region's growth by connecting businesses and secondary schools.The ME Programme integrates kiwifruit and avocado industry content and resources into mainstream.....

Puerto Rico's soursop trees hit by fungus

Many consumers of soursop are disappointed because the moisture in the atmosphere has promoted the development of a fungus that sickens the soursop tree.This tropical fruit and its leaves have become very popular on the island because of their health benefits, as they allegedly have properties that help.....

Fraud with organic certification of goldenberries

Goldenberries from Colombia are increasingly making their way into the US. Although the majority are sold as conventional, there is one company, Andes Fruits Colombia, that sells fresh organic goldenberries in the US market. “We grow them in Boyacá, Colombia and receive the organic USDA National Organic.....

Production transitions from Chile to New Zealand

Kiwiberries are small in size, but big in popularity

Kiwiberries have all the taste and appeal of their bigger cousin the kiwifruit, but can be enjoyed with much less effort. It’s no wonder that they’re gaining traction in North American retail stores. Good quality kiwiberry production is going strong, transitioning from Chile’s ending season to New Zealand,.....

Mexico’s micro-climate producing a good-sized fig crop

Imported figs from Mexico are proving to be a healthy-sized crop. “Supply is really good—we’ve got a really good crop, a second crop, coming out of Mexico,” says Mario Masellis of Mississauga, Ont.-based Catania Worldwide, noting that the crop could go through to the end of April and possibly into early May......

Production transitions from Chile to New Zealand

Kiwiberries are small in size, but big in popularity

Kiwiberries have all the taste and appeal of their bigger cousin the kiwifruit, but can be enjoyed with much less effort. It’s no wonder that they’re gaining traction in North American retail stores. Good quality kiwiberry production is going strong, transitioning from Chile’s ending season to New Zealand,.....

Mexico’s micro-climate producing a good-sized fig crop

Imported figs from Mexico are proving to be a healthy-sized crop. “Supply is really good—we’ve got a really good crop, a second crop, coming out of Mexico,” says Mario Masellis of Mississauga, Ont.-based Catania Worldwide, noting that the crop could go through to the end of April and possibly into early May......

Peru: Pomegranate exports up more than 28% in value in 2016

According to AgrodataPeru, in 2016, Peruvian exports of pomegranate amounted to US $40,279,391, i.e. 28.3% more than the US $31,394,995 achieved in 2015. In terms of volume, the country exported 18,414,730 kilos of pomegranates in 2016, that is 23.3% more than the 14,941,988 kilos it shipped in 2015.The main.....

Gerardo Gutiérrez with Cabello Group, Mexico

"Jackfruit represents 30% of our total sales"

"Fortunately, even though it's a relatively new exotic fruit in the US and Mexico, demand is increasing in these countries as the market gets to know the jackfruit's properties," said Gerardo Gutierrez, Business Developer at Cabello Group.This company started cultivating jackfruit 15 years ago in Nayarit and.....

China: Guichang brand helps kiwifruit sales

"The Guichang is a typical Kiwifruit brand from Xiuwen County, which is listed from the end of September to early December each year. In the 2016 season the wholesale and market prices were 4-6 yuan per kg and 8-12 yuan per kg respectively. The total area under cultivation is about 100 thousand acres and the.....

USA: World of difference between Europe and US

As an international player with offices in the US, Asia, Europe and Oceania, Robinson Fresh has a good insight into the differences between the markets. Globally, there are large differences between the markets and the products that do well. Michael Castagnetto, Director of Global Sourcing for Robinson Fresh.....

Mexico: "Jackfruit represents 30% of our total sales"

"Fortunately, even though it's a relatively new exotic fruit in the US and Mexico, demand is increasing in these countries as the market gets to know the jackfruit's properties," said Gerardo Gutierrez, Business Developer at Cabello Group.This company started cultivating jackfruit 15 years ago in Nayarit and.....

Foshan Fuyi Food Co

China: Leading exporter of litchis to Europe

"Litchis are mainly affected by the weather conditions and the length of the postharvest period will directly affect their performance in the market. After recognizing this we started planning the farm accordingly, made the trial planting in accordance with EU standards and achieved GLOBAL G.A.P.....

Fraud with organic certification of goldenberries

Goldenberries from Colombia are increasingly making their way into the US. Although the majority is sold as conventional, there is one company, Andes Fruits Colombia, that sells fresh organic goldenberries in the US market. “We grow them in Boyacá, Colombia and receive the organic USDA National Organic.....

Peru: Ancash to produce disease free cape gooseberries

This year, seventy small farmers of the Association of Agricultural Producers in the small village of Uranchacra, will start producing their own cape gooseberry seedlings of the Colombian variety that are free from disease, stated Sierra y Selva Exportadora, who advised the association.This work is made.....

Foshan Fuyi Food Co

China: Leading exporter of litchis to Europe

"Litchis are mainly affected by the weather conditions and the length of the postharvest period will directly affect their performance in the market. After recognizing this we started planning the farm accordingly, made the trial planting in accordance with EU standards and achieved GLOBAL G.A.P.....

Pure, raw water coconuts that open easily in seconds

Ready-to-drink coconut water is gaining traction

A year and half ago, NuCoco was established. “We offer pure coconut water from water coconuts,” says Michael Brown, co-owner and CEO of NuCoco. “It’s a very fresh product that does not involve any processing. After the coconut is picked, the husk is taken off, the product is wrapped and a straw is added.”.....

Peru: Ancash to produce disease free cape gooseberries

This year, seventy small farmers of the Association of Agricultural Producers in the small village of Uranchacra, will start producing their own cape gooseberry seedlings of the Colombian variety that are free from disease, stated Sierra y Selva Exportadora, who advised the association.This work is made.....

Italy: 2016/17 kiwi campaign

Italian kiwi sales are looking good. The 2016-17 campaign livened up in mid-January thanks to the low temperatures, which favoured consumption.The larger grades were sold on the domestic market, as that's where they reach a higher price.Abroad, the Italian produce had to compete with Greece, but the pressure.....

Thai Ginger export to western markets increasing

European and North American markets are increasingly absorbing ginger from Thailand. Thailand is currently exporting about 1,500 tons of ginger per year. The season starts in March and lasts until June. The export volumes are increasing each year by 2%. The markets in North America and New Zealand prefer big.....

Thai Ginger export to western markets increasing

European and North American markets are increasingly absorbing ginger from Thailand. Thailand is currently exporting about 1,500 tons of ginger per year. The season starts in March and lasts until June. The export volumes are increasing each year by 2%. The markets in North America and New Zealand prefer big.....

Pomegranates from Peru beginning with Wonderful variety

Pomegranate supplies from Peru are currently in good supply. “It’s just getting going in terms of the Wonderful (variety),” said Larry Davidson with North American Produce Buyers Ltd. Fruit is distributed whole for regular retail within Canada.Quality is good, although the country has experienced quite a bit.....