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China: Jiu Tai Agriculture is ready for fresh Thai durian

Jiutai Modern Agriculture welcomes fresh Thai durian to the Chinese market.Company president Henry Wang is currently visiting various plantations and suppliers in Thailand."We are excited about fresh Thai durian. This is the peak durian import period. We supply Yonghui supermarkets and wholesale fruit markets.....

Sophie Ye, KX Food

"Organic ginger's popularity is on the rise"

"Four years ago it was difficult for consumers to get hold of ginger. Now you can buy it in every supermarket", says Sophie Ye of KX Food. This Belgian company is one of the largest importers of ginger in Europe. "A lot of ginger goes to the Scandinavian countries, Germany, and the southern European countries......

India’s papaya: A not so well-known tropical delight

When thinking about a popular tropical fruit of which India grows almost half of the world’s supply, you might think the mango or the banana. While that nation indeed grows 18.8 and 29.1 percent of the global supply of those two fruit, this does not come close to the number of 44 percent, which is the.....

Philippines willing to export tropical fruits to Uzbekistan

The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan cited the Ambassador of the Philippines in Uzbekistan as saying his nation is interested in organizing systematic supplies of tropical fruits to Uzbekistan.The Uzbek side noted the importance of creating a legal framework for cooperation between.....

Colombia’s economic future: Avocados or oil?

Throw-away comments from Colombian politicians have sparked some debate on which is a better foundation for Colombia’s economic future; avocados or oil? Of course, it is not a question of agriculture or oil: Colombia needs both of them.Even during the oil boom between 2007 and 2015, when crude oil was the.....

Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board to help with mango sales

Indian mango growers want to bypass middlemen

Talks are underway to hold mango festivals in cities like Indore and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. In an attempt to bypass middlemen and help mango growers get better returns, the Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board (MSAMB) has decided to facilitate direct sale of the fruit to consumers.The board has.....

Orri mandarins finding the right balance in US market

Citrus imports from Israel to the US are almost finished for the year. Fruit has been harvested, and there are three weeks of shipments remaining. The growing season had some weather issues, but strong demand and problems in other regions meant the market was strong."The Israeli citrus season is almost.....

Three-year study aims to boost mango exports in Myanmar

The Myanmar Mango Market and Technology Development Association will conduct a study on the ripeness of mangoes at the time of harvesting, across the country, over three years. Exporting mangoes to China at their full potential would induce benefits, as exports to China of the fruit are not allowed before.....

India: Kiwis from Arunachal Pradesh’s Ziro Valley going global

In Arunachal Pradesh’s Ziro Valley, the homegrown kiwi is experiencing a sudden resurgence, courtesy of a young Apatani entrepreneur’s winemaking initiative. For years, around forests of Arunachal Pradesh’s Ziro Valley, the kiwi would grow wild. It still does, in fact. However, it was small, tangy and rather.....

Ministry for Commerce to help Thai farmers benefit from online markets

Officials of Thailand’s Business Development Department will help farmers to team up to form companies or other business entities in order to take advantage of Alibaba’s online super-market to sell their agricultural produce. Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said on Monday April 23 that with the launch.....

Saudi Arabia’s Jazan recognized for its 60 mango varieties

Saudi Arabia’s Jazan region celebrates its cultivation of mangoes at an annual mango festival that takes place between the end of April and the beginning of May. No less than 60 varieties of mangoes are grown in the region. The Jazan region will be granted a geographical indication for mangoes grown there. A.....

Exported from Tripura, India

Queen pineapples headed for Dubai

The Queen variety of pineapple from Tripura, which has a GI classification, will be exported for the first time to Dubai next month. The Tripura Queen pineapple got the GI tag in 2015; the North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation, a central public sector unit, aided in getting this.....

UK importer & Mexican lime producer plan to launch organic Fair-Trade alternative

For UK importer Exotifruit and lime producer Inverafrut, the month of May sparks the beginning of a busy Mexican lime season. Working side by side the team is preparing for yet another successful season delivering premium quality fruit, to customers across the UK and Europe.This year, as well as focusing their.....

Northern provinces of Vietnam propose promoting litchi & longan exports

The northern Vietnamese provinces of Bac Giang, Hung Yen, Hai Duong and Son La have proposed boosting exports of litchi and longan to foreign markets, including China. The proposal was the key topic of discussion at an annual conference in Hanoi on April 18 on the production and distribution of these two main.....

Frutco AG receives Investment Award in Dubai

Center for sustainability, training of farmers and the cultivation of Maracuya fruits

At the eighth Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) in Dubai, Claudia Lauener Hofer and Frank Hofer from CT Finance AG and Frutco AG, with their CHIMACO Investment in Nicaragua, were nominated for the best investment in Latin America & Caribbean Award and were able to meet with the Nicaraguan ambassador Mohamed.....

SunGold kiwifruits expand their presence in North America

Yellow-fleshed kiwifruit is still relatively new in the North American market. However, they have not entered unnoticed, and growers have said there is a burgeoning market for them. Consumers are willing to try new flavors and as a result, Zespri - a New Zealand based global kiwifruit producer - is now looking.....

Official Fruit for 2018 season

Natural Delights Medjool Dates partners with Pro UCI MTB team

Natural Delights™, the prominent Medjool date brand, is excited to join the Stan's-Pivot Pro Team p/b Maxxis as the team's "Official Fruit" sponsor.Natural Delights™ Medjool dates are a sustainably grown, nutrient dense, whole fresh fruit that have long been a performance staple of runnerrs and fitness.....

Alibaba takes durian on board in Thai deal

Internet giant Alibaba will sign four memorandums of understanding, one of which will commit the company to promoting Thai rice and durians in the Chinese market through its platforms.Co-founder Jack Ma Yun of Alibaba will visit Thailand this Thursday. He will meet with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and.....

“Lots of mangoes on the European market”

The European mango market is going through a rough patch, as a result of high supply versus a declining demand. A French importer reports: "Competition from stone fruits and other summer fruits, such as strawberries and raspberries, is increasing. There are far too many mango exporters compared to the demand.....

India: Emphasis on pineapple cultivation in state of Tripura

The conditions in the Indian state of Tripura are favourable for the production of pineapples and the government -led by the Bharatiya Janata Party- will try to export these pineapples abroad, stated Agriculture Minister Pranajit Singha Roy. The pineapples of Tripura are of a very good quality and they are in.....

Why is a Pineapple called a Pineapple?

Ask an English-speaking person if they've ever heard of the ananas fruit and you'll probably get a very puzzled look. The average English speaker has no clue what an ananas is. Even though it's the name given to the pineapple in almost every other major global language. In Arabic, German, French, Dutch, Greek,.....

After 2018 Gold3 tender

Unlisted celebrates first $1 billion issue as Zespri resumes trading

Zespri Group's shares rose to a record when they resumed trading, after being halted for the 2018 allocation of Gold3 kiwifruit licences. The kiwifruit exporter's market capitalisation was pushed to $1.1 billion, making it the first $1 billion company on the Unlisted platform.Some 16,860 Zespri shares traded.....

Senegal : 21,000 tons of mangoes exported in 2017

Senegal has announced that mango exports have increased from 6,000 tons in 2013 to 21,000 tons in 2017. During the last three years, 100,000 tons of horticultural produce was also exported, mainly to the EU market.

Italy: Good end to kiwi season

"Demand for kiwis has picked up over the past few weeks. Considering our stocks, we will be able to supply clients until late May, so there won't be gaps before the arrival of produce from the southern hemisphere," explains Alegra director Mauro Laghi.Mauro Laghi"Large retailers have woken up and started.....

Hai Duong Province

Vietnam’s first lychees of season to enter market

Approximately 15,000 to 18,000 tonnes of this season’s first crop of lychees will be picked in the northern province of Hai Duong in early May this year to supply the market. This was stated by the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.The Department expects this year’s bumper crop of.....

Japanese mangoes fetch record breaking ¥400,000 at season’s first auction

A pair of premium mangoes from Miyazaki Prefecture fetched a record ¥400,000 (€3,000) at the season’s first wholesale auction last Monday.The high-end mangoes carry the Taiyo no Tamago (Egg of the Sun) brand. According to the Miyazaki Agricultural Economic Federation, all mangoes have to be assessed before.....

Benoît Maillard-Guillon, Ets Meseguer:

France: "High-end citrus most in demand"

Sixty years ago, the three Meseguer brothers left Murcia, Spain, to expand the citrus trade of their region to the market halls of Paris. Today, Ets Meseguer is located in Rungis and continues to market Spanish citrus fruits.Benoît Maillard-Guillon of Ets Meseguer says: "The Meseguer brothers started with.....

Dragon fruit and young coconuts

Vietnamese fruit varieties have become mainstream in Canada

After 10 years of negotiations, the US market has opened up to certain fruit varieties from Vietnam, including star apples, mangoes, dragon fruit, longan and lychees. Canadian Canadawide however has been importing from Vietnam for about 15 years and has noticed a significant increase in imported volume over.....

Peru: Quality must improve to take advantage of the granadilla's potential

Granadilla has always had good prices in the markets. That's why production increased from 18,000 tons in 2,400 hectares to 50,000 tons in 5,800 hectares in the last 10 years.The data is provided by William Daga, a specialist in fruit trees at the General Agricultural Directorate of Minagri. According to Daga,.....

Output in May declined by 15%

Adverse climate hits mango production; prices remain firm this year

Mango prices in India are likely to remain firm this year because of lower production estimates on adverse climatic conditions and the government’s sustained effort to boost India’s exports during the ongoing harvesting season.Adverse climatic conditions (a mix of sudden hot and cold weather followed by.....

Australia: Can the mango season now stretch into the cooler months?

Mangoes are typically associated with tropical climates and summer months, but a Western Australian farmer is proving that wrong. In the town of Harvey, two hours south of Perth, a flourishing mango plantation is still producing fruit, a month after the major producers finished up.Despite the average climate.....

Victoria, Australia

Gold kiwi fruit gives Goulburn Valley farmer new hope after giving up his orchard

Mike Nethersole, from Ardmona in Victoria's Goulburn Valley region, has taken up growing gold kiwi fruit, returning to his roots as an orchardist years after selling his decades-old apple, pear and stone fruit operation.Nethersole has built a modern kiwi fruit orchard, where rows upon rows of lush, juvenile.....

Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh

Fear of stray tigers keeps bidders away from Indian mango orchards

The mango crop is quite good this year; the branches of trees are laden with fruits. Unfortunately, in this region, big cat attacks are not uncommon. Since 2016, as many as 24 people have lost their lives to tiger attacks in and around the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The surge.....

Exclusive partnership between Seeka Australia and Bratzler & Co.

Australian Hayward kiwi for the European market

The Australian kiwi has a relatively short but also very successful history: pampered by the many Australian sunshine hours, it offers a consistent taste thanks to its high sugar content. Seeka Australia is one of Australia's premier fruit production companies, in particular for the Hayward Kiwi.Bratzler &.....

Zespri Group: Gold3 licensing tender to generate $195 million in 2018

Zespri Group have said that corporate revenue from the 2018 allocation of the Gold3 license release will be $190 to $195 million, or around $253,000-to-$260,000 per hectare, a figure that is up on the prior year. New Zealand's kiwifruit exporter said in a release: The range is the combined revenue estimate.....

This season was 'spectacular' for Greek kiwi producers

As the Greek kiwi season winds down and the Southern hemisphere starts to pick up, Christina Manossis from Zeus Kiwi said that she would describe this season as spectacular."It's been a once in a lifetime type of season. Shortages of volumes from Italy brought high demand, which also meant high prices. Since.....

Kiwifruit sales to China & Japan set to hit $1 billion

Kiwifruit marketer Zespri says its latest sales to China are tracking at a record half a billion dollars, while Japan looks set to earn another half a billion. These two countries are Zespri‘s biggest customers. Most of the kiwifruit sold there in the 2017-2018 season was grown in New Zealand, with supplies.....

South African avocado industry looking forward to a good year

The South African avocado industry is looking forward to a good year; there is increasing demand for avocados, both locally and internationally. Derek Donkin, CEO of the South African Avocado Growers Association reports that the industry expects 2018’s crop to weigh in at 125,000 tons.Half of this produce is.....

Kiwi-shaped feijoa in 'freakish' classic kiwiana combination

A kiwi-shaped feijoa was found by Richard Everts in Hope, near Nelson, in New Zealand. He was collecting feijoas in his backyard, when an oddly-shaped one caught his eye. Lying beneath a tree, one of the much-loved fruits appeared to be in the shape of a kiwi bird.Everts said he noticed its shape straight.....

François Moran, Tropibana:

"On the Parisian market, origin is of fundamental importance"

François Moran is the manager of Tropibana, an exotic fruits and vegetable company that is located at the Rungis International Market in Paris. François: “We're at the biggest market in the world, and when it comes down to diversity of products, this is a great advantage.” The main product of Tropibana is the.....

Gabriel Burunat, Commercial Fruits:

"This summer we’ll see the capacity of the European avocado market"

Twenty years ago, the French company Commercial Fruits was the first to import the Peruvian avocado into Europe. Today there are 100 European importers. Gabriel Burunat, President of Commercial Fruits: "We are glad that we have been pioneers in importing avocados, pomegranates, figs and other products from.....

If everything is done properly, the quality will improve

Chile expects 3% more kiwis this campaign

The kiwi harvest has begun, and the Chairman of the Kiwi Committee, Carlos Cruzat, said that they expected this season's export volume would be slightly higher than in the previous season. The export volume is expected to amount to nearly 180,000 tons, i.e. 3% higher than in the previous year.Cruzat said this.....

Argentina: Kiwi harvest season begins

The harvest season of the Hayward kiwifruit in the Mar de Plata region, Argentina, will begin at the end of April even though it has already begun in other regions. Producers in Mar de Plata will start the harvest later to guarantee the fruit has the optimum quality and the taste. The harvest season will last.....

The Sweeki sets sail for Far East markets

Alessandro Zampagna, General Manager of Origine Group, went to Chile for the start of the Chilean kiwi season. Among the 10 companies associated in Origine Group, there is David Del Curto S.A., a historical Chilean company that, in a wide basket of fruit and vegetable products, produce high quality kiwis.With.....

Kenya: Avocado exporter looking for 10,000 farmers to grow the crop

Fair Trade Enterprises Limited, a social enterprise fresh produce exporter is seeking 10,000 farmers to grow Hass variety of avocados to meet its demand of over 690 tonnes of avocados that it exports to European Union markets every month.Hass is the most popular avocado variety with great demand in global.....

Kiwano joins in Cinco de Mayo celebrations

Kiwano a natural match for Cinco de Mayo as Enzed Exotics prepares to launch new US campaignBay of Plenty, New Zealand - New Zealand Kiwano grower Enzed Exotics is launching a new Cinco de Mayo-themed campaign aimed at opening US consumers’ eyes to the versatility of its naturally grown Kiwano fruit.Enzed.....

Brahim Idoujaa, Flora Fruits:

"Most of our Moroccan truffles are exported to Qatar and Saudi Arabia"

The Moroccan export company Flora Fruits offers a wide range of fruits and vegetables. Brahim Idoujaa, owner of the company: "We grow everything in Morocco and export our products to Russia, European countries such as France and the Netherlands, and African countries such as Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal and Burkina.....

China: Evening banquet to celebrate new Jiapei kiwi fruit in 2018

The Good Farmer Group organised an evening banquet on the Bund in Shanghai to celebrate the market entry of the Jiapei kiwi fruit. Thanks to the Jiapei team Good Farmer has become a dealer on the Hubei market in central China, and on markets in the southwest and northwest. Not only does Good Farmer credit.....

"Preparing our Mexican dragon fruit campaign"

"The Mexican dragon fruit season starts in July. This is the first year for our company to be trading this fruit. For now, we expect to export to the United States and Europe", explains Jose Manuel Jurado Tome of Intergap Food, an import and export company located in both Spain and Mexico. He adds to this that.....

Brazilian fruit exports climb to $ 98.1 million at start of 2018

Exports of dried and processed fruit increased 14.4% in the first two months of the year compared with the same period of 2017, according to numbers released by the Brazilian Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruit and Fruit Products (Abrafrutas). Revenue totalled US$ 98.1 million in the period, up.....

Kiwi availability in U.S. experiencing mixed supplies

Kiwi supplies are status quo for the moment.“Right now, California still has great supplies of 40 series fruit,” says Chris Kragie with Western Fresh Marketing in Madera, Ca. “There’s still readily available Greek and Italian fruit but they are in shorter supplies.” Kragie notes that Chilean kiwis have also.....

Why Mmusi's bag of avocados sparked controversy

A photo of South Africa’s newly re-elected leader of opposition party (the Democratic Alliance), Mmusi Maimane, went viral on Sunday. Why? Because he was seen, carrying a sizeable bag of avocados at OR Tambo international airport.South Africans have been complaining about soaring avocado prices for some time......

California-based TKO Farms, Inc.

Soursop investment opportunities in Belize

California-based company TKO Farms Inc. is working toward increasing the cultivation and production of soursop in Belize. Offering opportunities to investors from the U.S., they are playing an important role in promoting foreign investments.Besides spreading knowledge of soursop and its production.....

"There is a lot of room for new varieties"

In New Zealand, the gross saleable production of golden kiwis is almost double that of green kiwis, so it is understandable that producers push to grow the former, although there are specific quotas. The topic was discussed on 7th April in Cesena during a convention attended by Mirco Montefiori, technical.....

China: "Musang King" durians may obtain Chinese market access"

Chinese consumers love durians. The annual consumption in China has reached 350 thousand tons, which actually exceeds the annual production volume of durians in Malaysia, even though only 1% of China's 1.4 billion people have tried the fruit. The Malaysian ambassador to China recently stated that he expects.....

Sudanese date production requires more government intervention

Date palm tree fruits, the dates, have a high content of major nutritional substances that include sugars, acids, minerals, fats, proteins, vitamins and fibres. According to the Sudan Trade Point, Sudan ranks eighth in the world with respect to the cultivation of date palm trees and the production of.....

For this season’s mango exports

India: APEDA eyeing South Africa as new market

India has been topping global mango production and exports for many years. APEDA, the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, a government agency responsible for export of agri and processed foods, is eyeing new markets such as Africa this year. This is because the country’s.....

New Zealand: 14,329 more kiwifruit workers wanted for Bay by 2030

Zespri's Dave Courtney explains how incredible the current kiwifruit crop is, creating more jobs and opportunities for the sector. The Bay kiwifruit industry will need to find 14,329 more workers in the next 12 years as the sector continues to boom and break records.One local business leader called it.....

New Zealand kiwifruit orchard prices reaching record highs

Rural real estate agents say top quality gold kiwifruit orchards are selling for double the price compared with just three years ago.A 5.54 canopy hectare Paengaroa orchard, including a house valued at $500,000 (€300,000) has sold for $6.7 million (€4 mln) - or $1.1m per canopy hectare.The news comes hard on.....