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Peter Hobert (BUD Holland):

"Fig market grows generically"

The Brazilian fig season has started at BUD Holland. "The prospects are fine, although the season is just now getting going," says Peter Hobert. BUD Holland has been working with Euroconte in Brazil for over 40 years. The Brazilian powder free figs are mainly carried under the brand Batia, with Manaca as the second brand. "Hard work has…

Kiwis grown on Dutch soil

It sounds unbelievable but it's true. Kiwis grown on Dutch soil. Djûke van der Maat of cultivation company Nieuw Maatslag has proven that it's possible. The innovative farmer from Bunnik harvested these beautiful fruits for the second year in a row. Inspiration from New Zealand Djûke was inspired in New Zealand: "I visited various apple grower…

Peru: 2018, the worst year for Hass avocado exports

Peruvian exports of Hass avocados in this year's campaign amounted to 335,601 tons, i.e. 47% higher than the 228,956 tons shipped in the campaign of 2017, said the general manager of the Association of Hass Avocado Producers of Peru (ProHass), Arturo Medina Castro. Despite this growth in volume, he said, 2018 is…

Russian cucumber and gherkin production up by 14%

The total production of cucumbers and gherkins in Russia has grown by 14%, from 1.70 million tons to 1.94 million tons, as reported by RBC, citing data from the "Analysis of…

Keisie Valley Gooseberries wants to change perceptions of the fruit

Goldenberries are the real superfood, says South African producer with big European plans

When William Pulles bought a farm in the Keisie Valley, near Montagu in the Klein-Karoo, with an eye on fodder supply for his ostriches, he found something quite different: the Cape goldenberry or physalis. He has now become the only farmer in South Africa with a sole focus on Cape goldenberries (known…

Drought in India casts shadow on pomegranate exports from Pune

Pomegranate farmers in the Indian state of Maharashtra are staring at difficult times as drought has cast a shadow on more than 50 per cent of the orchards. All India…

Mexico: Producers and authorities want a designation of origin for Michoacan's avocado

Producers, legislators and representatives of the three levels of government will seek to establish the denomination of origin for the avocado of Michoacan. The denomination of origin…

Spain: Good prospects for Huelva's avocado campaign

Avocado cultivation is rapidly expanding in the province of Huelva. In 2017, there were only 25 hectares devoted to this fruit, and this year, Onubafruit Group's cooperative…

Peru prepares a training program to boost avocado exports

The National Institute of Agrarian Innovation (INIA) announced that it would train 30 Technical Assistance Providers (TAP) to boost the production of avocado of small…

A lot of trade in citrus, avocado, grapes and quinoa

India and Peru to discuss FTA in New Delhi next month

With bilateral trade between India and the Peru touching an all-time high of $1.60 billion, the next round of talks for a free trade agreement between the two countries will…

China: Price of wax gourds increased

The price of wax gourds showed an increasing trend last week. The main reason for this development is the small volume of wax gourds on the market. The category of wax gourds…

Brazil authorizes entry of Peruvian pomegranates

After two years of diplomatic efforts and negotiations, Brazil has authorized the entry of Peruvian pomegranate into its territory, which opens a new market for this Peruvian…

Strengthening production

Costa Rica: Avocado producers and Government prepare National Avocado Plan

The national avocados producers and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) formulated the National Avocado Plan to update the information regarding the plantations in…

The Ruby Red variety can be grown in the open ground

Spain: Pitaya cultivation gaining ground in Malaga

Originally from America, the pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, is a tropical fruit that is expanding very quickly in La Axarquía, in Malaga, where local producers are making…

China: Pomelo price drops by over 60%

Pomelos occupy an important position in the market now that we are entering the dry winter season, because this delicious fruit helps to reduce internal heat. The price of…

California bitter melon still on the move

The bitter melon season is still going…for now. “Right now we’re almost out of season on bitter melon. It’s starting to come in from Mexico. But our product is still selling okay because…

Kiwilife, production and commercialization of Portuguese kiwis

“Sales will start when the Greek kiwifruit is out of the market”

"We started harvesting last week and we will continue until the end of November. The expectations are that Portugal as a country will have about the same amount of kiwis like last year. Our growers have had some damage caused by a big storm on October 8, resulting in lower production. However, the…

The Association of Producers and Packers/Exporters of Avocados of Mexico (APEAM)

"We have been able to reconcile the parts that make up this great industry"

"The situation has been resolved. After some intense talks, the militant producers have decided to end their protests. The harvests are resuming normally as of today." The…

Colombian exotic fruits for European markets

The supply of exotic products is increasingly widespread in markets around the world, especially in Europe, where they are highly appreciated and well-known. As a result, Colombia is increasing its exports of exotic fruits, such as Physalis, Gulupa, or Passion Fruit. One of the companies devoted to exporting exotic fruit to the world…

Zespri extending its season of SunGold kiwifruit

Zespri said its consumer campaign, “A Real Snack, for Real Life” and consumer sweepstake livened up their brand and encouraged consumers to go to their local retail store…

Easy peel avocado launched in the UK

It’s one of the messiest and potentially dangerous kitchen chores – slicing and scooping out the flesh from an avocado. But at last help is at hand – Tesco is exclusively launching the world’s first ever avocado that easily pulls away from its skin once cut in half. The fruit, EasyAvo, is grown in South Africa and…

Indian pomegranate exports likely to run into trade roadblocks

With a bumper Indian pomegranate season in full swing, around 85,000 tons are expected to be exported during the 2018-19 season. However, several countries -including Europe,…

Turkey: Fig exports have surpassed 300 million USD

AK Party Aydin Senator Mustafa Savas: “Turkey’s fig exports have already surpassed 300 million USD despite lower production due to climate conditions. Normally the annual production projection was around 120,000 tons but due to bad weather, production volume was only around 80,000 tons. However the…

Mexico: Avocado producers on strike due to lower prices

A large group of avocado producers in Michoacan, Mexico, have decided to go on strike because they consider that they are being paid unfair prices for their fruits, and have blamed packers and exporters for this. These producers consider that the sector hasn't taken their claims into account, so they…

Ecuador can export tree tomatoes to the United States

The US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will allow the importation of tree tomatoes from Ecuador to the United States. USDA-APHIS modified its regulations to allow the…

Good expectations for the export of fresh soursop from Ecuador

Expectations for fresh soursop exports have grown and become very positive in a short time, in fact, Ecuadorian marketers are already preparing to make test shipments at the end of November. The most important export markets for soursop in Ecuador are the countries of the European Union and Asia, and, even though this fruit isn't…

NZ: Kiwifruit orchards being sold, Seeka selling $16 million worth of orchards

New Zealand‘s largest kiwifruit producer, Seeka, has agreed to sell five Northland kiwifruit orchards for nearly $16 million. Seeka said the agreements include the purchasers…

Persimmon drying season in Japan: What a view

One can't argue about the great view during the Japanese persimmon drying season. It's quite mesmerizing! Click for a bigger picture .

2M is specialised in exotic fruits

Italy: Fresh pineapples from the DR thanks to air transportation

Air transportation is the best solution for shipping high-quality pineapples. Basically, the pineapples ripen on the plant. Within 2-3 days, they are already on the market shelves. This is the policy of the 2M Exotic Fruits company that markets the Anana brand. The referent Luca Bernardini, “We have a great experience in this…

French kiwis back on Canadian markets from November

Photo Report: Visit to French kiwi and kiwi berry growers

The French kiwi season started this month. “The French kiwi is a high quality product. Consumers like it a lot”, according to Adeline Gachein of B.I.K. (Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Kiwi), the national interest organization of the kiwi sector. After apples, kiwis are France’s most exported…

Colombia: "We are increasing gulupa exports for Christmas"

"Christmas is probably the best time of the year for the consumption of exotic fruits. In fact, we are increasing our exports by sea to meet the expected increase in demand. We have an ongoing gulupa season. We can produce gulupa all year round because Colombia has different temperature areas," said…

Ghana: Mango farmers unhappy with treatment by Exim Bank

More than 200 mango farmers from all ten regions of Ghana are calling on their government to urgently conduct an investigation into the conduct of the Exim Bank. They claim it…

Harvesting season for Turkish pomegranates ending, weather has caused issues

The pomegranate harvesting season in Turkey is coming to an end, after having started about ten days early. Although the volumes are good, the climate is worrying and causing some issues with the quality of the produce. Luckily for Hakan Ilkkutlu, who works for export company Ileri Tarim, this only…

Reunion Island: expansion of the Victoria pineapple

On Wednesday, the county council adopted a measure to promote the export of the Victoria pineapple. This follows on from the concerns raised by farmers in July during the…

Trade Export Promotion Agency:

More international demand for produce from Saint Lucia

Trade Export Promotion Agency ‘TEPA’ has stated there is a significant increase in international demand for agricultural produce from Saint Lucia. To meet that demand, TEPA…

Mexico: The avocado from Michoacan could miss the Super Bowl

The avocado from Michoacan could be left out of the 53rd edition of the Super Bowl, which will be held on February 3, 2019, due to a small group of avocado producers from the…

Australia: Mango season North Queensland 2018

A steady supply of quality mangoes is expected this season; the harvest gets underway in North Queensland. Growers in the Burdekin and Bowen regions started picking this week,…

Navi Mumbai APMC: Alphonso makes early entry

The season’s first set of Alphonso mangoes, reaching the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) in Navi Mumbai months before the mango season usually starts, was sold for nearly ₹3,000 a dozen (€36.-) this Monday. Some believe the early yield is the result of climate change. “This year, it rained relatively less,…

China claims intent to buy more from Cambodia

China has stated it will endeavour to increase the volume of products it imports from Cambodia. In a meeting last week with Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh, the…

Honduras: Okra sales will generate US $45 million

According to German Perez, a representative of exporters, international sales of okra cultivated in the southern zone of Honduras will generate 45 million dollars, with the…

Americans enjoy Honduran organic rambutan

Americans can now taste the exquisite organic rambutan harvested in Honduran lands, as Honduras has now exported its first container of organic rambutan to the United States…

Tropifoods, Costa Rica

The cassava is a healthy and nostalgic alternative to potato

Consumers prefer the cassava from Costa Rica due to its excellent quality and the great trajectory that it has in the markets. The country's geographical position, especially for the North-Atlantic region, creates the optimal conditions to grow this tuber and gives it a quality that is not usually…

Demand is good

Pakistan markets full of seasonal pomegranates

With the arrival of the winter season, a mass of pomegranates have flooded the markets of Islamabad (the nation’s capital) and the adjacent city of Rawalpindi, collectively…

Nepal: Fruit prices increase as Tihar festival kicks off

With the festival of Tihar underway, fruit prices are  continuing to rise at major Nepalese wholesale markets in Kalimati, Balkhu and Kuleshwor. This is primarily due to rising transportation charges. Fruits such as banana and pomegranate have become costlier over a month. The wholesale price of banana has increased by…

Indonesian plane delayed because of durian fruit

At Bengkulu in Sumatra, a Sriwijaya Air flight was delayed for an hour after passengers protested over of the smell of durian inside the passenger cabin. In some Asian…

Vietnam: Mekong farmers switching to more profitable crops

The Crop Production Department from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development stated that in 2018, rice farmers in the southern Vietnamese province switched 68,019 hectares of less productive land to more profitable crops. Mekong delta farmers quit the rice cultivation on 62,233 hectares of land, in order…

Man in kiwifruit smuggling case named

Kiwifruit exporter Zespri now claims that Opotiki grower Haoyu Gao, who it accuses of smuggling highly valuable kiwi gold fruit plants to China, may have also taken them to…

Visit also intended to iron out trade disputes

Kenyan president in China to sign avocado deal

Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to sign an avocado export deal during his visit in China. He is there to attend the first China International Import Expo (CIIE).…

Peru: "We want to know what phytosanitary requirements our avocado did not meet to reach Asia"

Peruvian agricultural exporters analyzed their participation as suppliers of avocado in the world after the low price obtained by this fruit in the international markets in the last campaign. Agraria.pe spoke with the president of Agrícola y Ganadera Chavin de Huantar, Mario Salazar, who said that the high production reached…

Peru: Figs consolidated as an export product

The National Agrarian Health Service (SENASA) reported that exports of fresh figs, a product that was shipped to the Netherlands, Germany, Hong Kong, England, Canada, and the…

Peru: Custard apple and soursop exports already exceed last year's export volume

According to the Agrodata Peru website, between January and September of this year, Peru exported 205,166 kilos of fresh custard apples and soursop for an FOB value of US…

The Colombian avocado is the main competitor of the Mexican product in US

Colombia is emerging as the main competitor to Mexico in the United States Hass avocado market; despite this, the country is negotiating to open the Mexican market to its…

China: Shaanxi kiwi fruit market prospects continue to look good

The Shaanxi Province Fruit Bureau announced that the price of kiwi fruit continues to rise as it has done in the last 5 years. The market prospects look good. It is the…

Hungary seeks EU support for production of kiwis and figs

The Hungarian government has asked for the support to the production of kiwi and fig from the European Union, in spite of the fact that both fruits are usually imported from…

Supplies even of domestic organic persimmons

Organic supplies of persimmons are seeing mixed levels of volume depending on where in the country they’re hailing from. On the west coast, Stephen Paul of Homegrown Organic Farms in Porterville, Ca. says supplies of persimmons are fair, if not up slightly. “On the Fuyus, we’re seeing some new plantings coming in,…

The first French kiwis on the market in two weeks

“Clients with product know-how prefer the French kiwi”

A switchover is currently taking place in the kiwi market. There are no yellow kiwis from New Zealand available. Trading companies are, therefore, switching over to the Italian product. The first green kiwis from France will be available at around 12 November. Recent weather conditions have not been ideal for growing…

Taiwanese persimmon production volume greatly increased

Chinese and Taiwanese persimmons currently enter the market in large volumes. The persimmon harvest season in Taiwan, Shaanxi, and Hebei began two weeks ago. "We began harvesting persimmon around two weeks ago. The weather conditions were excellent this year, and our production volume increased. Last…

Promotional activity for Chilean Hass avocados

The Chilean Committee for HASS Avocados (Comité de Palta HASS de Chile) is working closely together with Chinese trading partners to organize a range of promotional activities in November. The purpose of these activities is to make Chinese consumers more familiar with Chilean avocados. Map of Chilean avocado production areas The avocado…

Person who allegedly sent gold kiwifruit plants to China identified

Zespri seeks $70 million damages

In the Auckland High Court, Zespri has launched a civil case for $70 million in damages against the person who allegedly sent plants of its SunGold kiwifruit variety to China. It is believed the area…

Popular in South Korea: Grape variety with mango taste

A new grape variety called shine muscat is an increasingly popular in South Korea. Shine muscat is distinguished by its unique taste, which includes mango flavors. The yellow-green berries has this musky flavor, but without sourness. According to the Korea Rural Economic Institute, shine muscat was first harvested in South Korea in…

Indian pomegranate season is underway

The Indian pomegranate season has just started and a good season is to be expected this year. With higher volumes and a stable price, Amit Kalya, of Kalya Exports is preparing to compete with powerhouses like Turkey and Egypt. The amount of Indian pomegranates that is being produced this season is slightly higher, according…

Spain: Honey bees are not an ideal pollinator for avocados

The European domestic bee or honey bee ( Apis mellifera ) is not an optimal pollinator for avocados, and this can be one of the main problems when it comes to getting avocado…

Gulupa, a legal alternative to coca plantations in Colombia

Gulupa production is replacing coca production in Colombian fields, not as a direct substitute but as a legal alternative that has important and prosperous revenues, which is an incentive for farmers to stop growing plant products that are used for illegal purposes. The Gulupa is an emerging product that is totally open to…

Swiss company Frutco AG cultivates 60 ha of organic passion fruit

“Our investment in passion fruit cultivation and processing in Nicaragua achieves milestones.”

Having made the strategic decision to secure resources and due to the resulting backward integration, Chimaco SA, the Nicaraguan sister of Swiss company Frutco AG has succeeded in successfully cultivating 60 ha of organic passion fruit of the genetically protected ‘CHIMACO VARIETY’ on its 200-ha farm…

Peak season now for California persimmons

It is the peak season for persimmons in California at the moment and overall volume is good. Of the varieties, Hachiya volume is a little lighter due to weather conditions earlier this year. But suppliers say that persimmon numbers are strong enough for sufficient supply and will be so for several more…

Vietnamese gac fruit exported to China

The gac fruit, known by its Latin name Momordica cochinchinensis , is also known as red melon, baby jackfruit or sweet gourd. In Vietnam, people commonly grow the vine in front of their houses to provide a shaded entry. They use the deep red to purple flesh to add flavor and color to rice for festive…

Tien Giang province, Mekong Delta

400 tonnes of Vietnamese star apples set off for US

This year, farmers in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang are preparing the shipment of 400 tonnes of Lo Ren star apples to the US. This is the second year fresh star…

PDO Ribera del Xúquer

Spain: Persimon kaki season in full swing

Producers in Ribera del Xúquer are already immersed in the harvesting and handling of kakis under the label of the Protected Designation of Origin Ribera del Xúquer, which…

China: Dujiangyan kiwi fruit directly supplied to Hong Kong

The initial shipment of 2000 kg of kiwi fruit left the warehouse in Dujiangyan, Chengdu, last Saturday [27-10-2018] and was transported on trucks through Shenzhen port to Hong…

Kiwi brand expands into organics

New this kiwi season, Sun Pacific® said it is providing retailers with another opportunity to expand their organic offering and increase sales with the introduction of California-grown Organic Mighties® in a one-pound clamshell. Sun Pacific’s said it has invested in the Mighties brand to encourage kiwi consumption as a habit by offering enough…

Lychees go under hammer at Brisbane Markets® to raise $11,000 for charity

The Brisbane Produce Market’s charity partner, the MND & Me Foundation, will be the beneficiary of over $11,000 following a fundraising auction of the first boxes of…

“Egypt can now guarantee quality of pomegranates thanks to certification”

For the first time, Egyptian growers must be certified before they can export their pomegranates. After an early start to the harvest season, the effects of the mandatory certification can now be felt. And according to May Salem of FinBi, those effects are really positive. As the pomegranate season was about to…

Natural textile made from pineapple leaf fibre

Piñatex® is an innovative natural textile made from pineapple leaf fibres. The leaves are the by-product of pre-existing agriculture, and their use creates an additional income stream for farming communities. At the same time they provide a natural, sustainably-sourced, cruelty free material for fashion…

Greece: Kiwifruit exports down due to larger Italian production and stocks from southern hemisphere

Greek kiwifruit exports are slow at this time. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, up until October, only 10,296 tons had been shipped, with 3,166 tons going to…

The efficacy of post-harvest fungicides on Greek kiwis

The kiwi is a very important crop for Greece. The post-harvest diseases are the principal source of problems for kiwis. The researchers of the Department of Agrarian Technologies of Sindos explained, “This study takes into account some of the general aspects of the post-harvest diseases of Greek kiwis.…

Tasting Japan’s 3,240-yen persimmon

Although foreign visitors to Japan are often shocked when they visit a Japanese grocery store and see extremely expensive fruit (like watermelons selling for 5,000 yen (US$45) or more), those fancy fruits exist in addition to, not as replacements for, cheaper versions of the same fruits. They come in classy packaging and…

Brisbane Markets: Lychees raise AU$11,000 for charity

A fundraising auction for the first boxes of lychees of the season, held on Thursday, 25 October on the trading floor of Brisbane Markets raised $11,000 for the charity…

Big shortage expected later in season

UK: First US sweet potatoes loaded

The first containers of Jacana's US sweet potatoes were loaded on Monday and will arrive in the UK in around two weeks. Daniel Badger from the company visited North Carolina to see them being packed and loaded. "The first shipment is two containers, followed a week later by three, then it will increase to five…

Turkey: “We are very interested in doing business with the UK”

In Turkey the harvest of pomegranates is almost coming to an end, with some companies having already finished the harvesting. For Turkish company Hatipoglu Tarim the season went very well, with larger quantities and great prices. The pomegranate season looks quite different from other fruits and vegetables this year.…

Willem Dijk junior:

"Turkish trade is of great importance"

Earlier in the year, Dutch produce wholesaler, Willem Dijk AGF formed a partnership with Finike of Hatipoglu Tarin from Antalya, Turkey. "They are a strong partner who understand what you want when it comes to quality, volumes, and logistics", says Willem junior. "After a difficult summer, things are back to normal. Making clear…

Consorzio Dori

Italy: The yellow, branded kiwi is better

The over 2.000 tons harvested confirmed the Consorzio Dorì Europe's expectations for the Dorì kiwi. But there was also a surprise: on  average, sizes were bigger than expected. Therefore, the farmers will have a bigger revenue. Giampaolo Del Pane, president of the Consorzio Dorì Europe, shared this information…

Colombia: 19 tons of avocado from Cauca to Los Angeles

Producers from the department of Cauca will export around 19 tons of Hass avocado to Los Angeles (USA) at the end of October, a year after the opening of the US market for…

Crop spreading to other areas in Spain

Spain: Malaga fears losing leading position in avocado production

The growing interest in avocado cultivation of producers from other provinces in Spain, such as Cadiz, Huelva, Valencia, Alicante or Murcia, as well as other areas, such as the Portuguese Algarve or Sicily in Italy, is raising concerns in Malaga's tropical sector. Producers fear the loss of the…

New Steffy papaya, sweeter and juicier

Arc Eurobanan has expanded its Isla Bonita Gold premium range with Steffy, a new papaya that has a smoother skin, sweeter taste, and is more juicy than their traditional product. It's flesh is almost reddish and can be eaten with a spoon. Its shape is more oval and each fruit has an average size of…

China: Fuping persimmons enter market in bulk

Fuping County in Shaanxi Province enjoyed an abundant harvest of persimmons in the last week of October. Persimmon juice, persimmon wine, persimmon vinegar, persimmon tea, preserved persimmon... Fuping County has it all, from production to retail. The overall surface area devoted to persimmon plantation…

AU: Durian production growing in the Northern Territory

A Northern Territory exotic tropical fruit grower is predicting a significant increase of its durian volumes this year. Han Shiong Siah manages Tropical Primary Products (TPP), which produce durians, jackfruit, pomelos and mangoes in Humpty Doo. “The durian season is about to start," Mr Siah said. “We are looking at another increase…

Only six fruit varieties allowed to enter through official channels

Vietnamese businesses frustrated when exporting produce to China

Vietnamese businesses, still trying to export produce to China via unofficial means, are facing high risks. However, according to an article on english.vietnamnet.vn , they…

Northern Hemisphere kiwifruit harvest well underway for Zespri

The harvest of Zespri Kiwifruit from Northern Hemisphere orchards is well underway, with total volumes expected to reach more than 19 million trays this season. Zespri Chief…

Jackfruit seed flour has chocolate aroma

Cappuccino made with jackfruit instead of cocoa powder

According to a new study, roasted jackfruit seeds can replace between 50% and 75% of the cocoa that is blended with milk and coffee to make cappuccino, without impairing flavor or aroma. "Flour made from roasted jackfruit seeds naturally releases a mild chocolate aroma," said food scientist Fernanda Papa Spada from…

"Mizong" kiwi on the market

Baiguoyuan teams up with Youguo to build a domestic kiwi brand

Recently, the domestic kiwifruit brand “Mizong”, by Baiguoyuan and Youguolian, hit the shelves in Baiguoyuan. It is understood that “Mizong” products have been quickly recognized by many consumers since the launch of the Baiguoyuan sales channel in 2015. In 2017, it officially registered the “Mizong”…

The Red Kiwi by Jingold

This is the first year with significant quantities of the red kiwi Jingold. The news is destined to create a bit of confusion within the kiwi sector. Patrizio Neri, president of the Consorzio, explained, “Basically, the produce of this year is already sold. We will actualise a sales plan in different regions. Then, we will have…

Jerry Garcia with London Fruit

“Jackfruit is sold before it enters our warehouse”

This past weekend, London Fruit exhibited at PMA Fresh Summit for the 6th time. The booth was part of Texas Town, consisting of a group of Texas exhibitors. The company had several fruit items on display including avocados, mangos and limes. “However, most attendees were drawn to the booth because of the…

Agrintesa - a market leader

Young people love persimmons with tough pulp

Young people love this fruit. On the one hand because of its sweet and delicate taste, and on the other hand because of its crunchiness and its ease of consumption. Additionally, it is winning new foreign markets. The possibility to cut it into slices, peel it and eat it without getting your hands dirty…

Turkey: Black fig exports reached 17,000 tons

Uludag Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Exporters Association (UYMSIB) announced the final black fig export figures with the season coming to a close. Black figs from Bursa, a city located in northwestern Turkey, are exported to Europe and is especially in high-demand in United Kingdom. According to the announced numbers, despite…

Spain's kaki production has recorded huge growth

Fruit Attraction is hosting the 2nd International Kaki Attraction Symposium, a forum in which the history and future of this fruit, whose cultivation has experienced an exponential growth in Spain, is being analyzed. The president of the Protected Designation of Origin Kaki Ribera del Xúquer, Cirilo Arnandis, explained at…

"Organic taro production in Lipu, Guangxi, fell by around 20%"

The organic taro of Lipu County in Guangxi is an environment-friendly product with great popularity among consumers. The taro tuber has a pure fragrance and excellent flavor. It also has high nutritional value as it is rich in amino acids that many other kinds of fruit and vegetables do not possess. It…

China: Persimmon price decreased by 30%

It is a traditional custom to eat red persimmons in the season when "frost descends" [from October 23rd until November 7th]. The persimmons have not been on the market for…

"There is too much Chilean kiwifruit in North America"

The kiwifruit season is in transition as the Chilean season finishes up and the Californian and European seasons begin. After a slightly delayed start, the California season has just commenced harvest a week ago, with reports indicating a healthy and good crop. Prices - on the West Coast at least -…

Saudi Kingdom lifts ban on Egyptian guavas

This Wednesday, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdel Rahman Bin Abdel Mohsen al-Fadhly, lifted a ban on guavas from Egypt after that nation…

Pakistan: Mango Research Institute introduces high density mango plantation

The Pakistan Mango Research Institute (MRI) has been planting mango trees at its research area, in line with the Ultra High Density Plantation process. The Ultra High Density Plantation is a common technique, already used internationally. However, Pakistan was somewhat lagging behind in this area, said Agriculture Information…

Australia: Emerging date industry needs representative body

Australia's date growers are convinced of the export potential of their product, but are struggling to reach high production volumes. To improve techniques, growers want to…

"Market demand exceeds supply"

China: "Papayas from Hainan in high demand"

"Ripe on the tree" is an expression in the industry that refers to fruit that is 80% ripe or more while still on the tree. Take papayas as an example, the majority are harvested from the tree before the fruit is even 70% ripe. Since the fruit is not sufficiently ripe for consumption, the papayas need…

Pioneering with new productions is a chicken-and-egg story

Perhaps we’ll be picking papaya and other tropical fruits in Dutch greenhouses in five years. Or wasabi, black pepper and vanilla, which is now mostly being grown on Madagascar and which yields about 500 euro per kilo? At the Wageningen University & Research, they’re researching the possibilities.…

Daily export of dragon fruit to China averages 13 thousand tons

There has recently been a rumor in China that dragon fruit imports from Vietnam have been temporarily halted. The price suddenly dropped as a result. The agricultural industry in Vietnam made a joint statement with the Department for Agricultural Development in which they stated that the export of…

Musang King durian sells out at first Malaysian Food Festival in New York

The first Malaysian Food Festival took place on Sunday October 21st in the large square in front of the Confucius Building in New York's Chinatown. The two-day festival attracted nearly 10 thousand visitors. 500 Musang King durian, imported from Malaysia, were sold out within the first two hours. The crowd samples Musang King durian…

First successful kiwi orchard in Ukraine

Two years ago, 500 frost-resistant kiwi plants were planted on half a hectare in the Cherkasy region. Now there are plans to increase the area with another ten hectares. The kiwi -or…

Purple passionfruit

Imported gulupa about to hit peak

Supplies of imported gulupa are on the rise. “At this moment, we’re increasing production to 10 tons per week,” says Santiago Mosquera Calvache of Practical Colombia. Compared to last year, supplies have been growing and are up approximately 60 per cent this year thanks to a variety of factors including increasing expertise…

Stable appearance and flavor

Spain: "Asturian kiwifruit ends up in Bilbao, Barcelona or Madrid"

Before the cold temperatures persist, Asturian kiwifruit producers will need to have harvest the entire production. These days, they are eagerly monitoring the fruit's sugar levels. These increase "proportionally as the temperatures drop," says Juan Cimas, head of Kiwis La Isla (Soto del Barco). When the…

Julie, East Indian & other Jamaican mangoes to be exported to the US

According to Jamaican Minister of Agriculture and Commerce Audley Shaw, there are plans to begin exporting Jamaican mangoes to the United States. Jamaicans in the US who have…

Nico Spruijt, Yex:

"It is time for the avocado market to pick up again"

The avocado market has been very quiet in recent weeks. "Now, the last of the Peruvian and South African avocados are on their way out. The market will begin to pick up again. Traditionally, the Chilean avocados are always more expensive," says Nico Spruijt of Dutch produce wholesaler, Yex. Hard avocado…

California supplier now importing organic rambutan

A & A Organic Farms is now importing organic rambutan from Honduras. The Rambutan will be available to load in Los Angeles. A & A is selling rambutan in bulk 5# boxes and 6 x 12oz. clamshell packs. Rambutan is a tree fruit, primarily known for its similarities with the lychee and the longan…

Ripening season extended, product quality varied

Purchase price of Chinese pomegranates slightly lower than last year

The pomegranates of Zaozhuang enter the ripening season in October, and farmers have entered the busiest season of the year. The price of many traditional pomegranate…

Frits de Bruin, Nature’s Pride:

“More and more demand for prickly pears, but year-round supply is the biggest challenge”

“Demand for prickly pears has been increasing in recent years,” says Frits de Bruin of Nature’s Pride. The buyer has been working with prickly pears for years, and is therefore not just familiar with the potential, but also with the limitations of the product. “From August to November, they’re available…

Early price fell by 20%

China: Large number of kiwifruits on the market nationwide

At present, there is a large-scale market for kiwifruit in China. In some main producing areas, early-maturing varieties such as Hongyang have already been listed. The middle-ripening varieties such as Xuxiang and Cuixiang are also close to the picking stage, and late-maturing varieties such as golden…

Pomegranates from Azerbaijan allowed into EU

Azerbaijan may export pomegranates to four EU countries: Germany, France, Latvia and Poland. This was stated by secretary of the Association of Manufacturers and Exporters of…

Produced in the Karimun Regency

Indonesia: First exports of pineapples and bananas to Singapore

Minister of Agriculture Andi Amran Sulaiman has always encouraged people to be creative when it comes to increasing export-scale food production. By doing so, the government's efforts to improve the welfare of farmers and increase foreign exchange rates could be realized. Now, the Ministry of Agriculture is looking at the export…

Sri Lanka contemplates future restrictions on fruit imports

According to Sri Lanka's Minister of Agriculture, Mahinda Amaraweera, a proposal has been made not to allow fruit imports in the future without first consulting the Ministry of Agriculture. Allegedly, there is already cabinet approval for the proposal. It is planned to cultivate mangoes on some 40 hectares in the…

New dairy-free ice cream - made with persimmon

Persimmons aren't well-known to most Americans, but they're very familiar in Asian countries. They do grow in the US, however. They have a healthy nutritional profile, low in…

"The entire sector can be severely harmed"

Spain: Sale of stolen unripe avocados reported

The Agricultural Association of Young Growers (Asaja) has denounced the marketing of unripe avocados stolen in the province of Málaga. The entity has thus requested more…

Philippines: Stronger promotion of indigenous exotic fruits

During the 26th National Fruit Symposium held  on Wednesday October 17th, the Philippine Fruit Association Inc. (PFA), in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA),  stated  it aims to promote indigenous fruits and their  role in the well-being and income of Philippine people. Base on the data of National Plant Genetic Resources Laboratory…

Slower kiwi campaign compared to last year

If we compare the kiwi sector to a car, we can say that the past season raced by at 100 km/h while, this year, the speed is 10 km/h. "The campaign is slow due to the way the previous campaign ended and stagnant consumption. In addition, the seasons in Chile and New Zealand, which usually end in August,…

"Positive future for export of yellow passion fruit concentrated juice"

"Passion fruit production in major production areas in China and abroad declined  this year because of extreme weather conditions. The decrease varied between production areas. The production volumes in Ecuador and Vietnam, for example, greatly decreased because of excessive rainfall, and the fruit was significantly…

India: Geographical Indication tag for Shahi litchi

This Thursday it was confirmed that the Shahi litchi from Bihar has received the Geographical Indication tag. The fruit is mostly grown in Muzaffarpur and its neighbouring…

India urges US to lift ban on pomegranate arils import

Last Wednesday, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh appealed to the United States to immediately lift the sanctions on the import of Indian pomegranate arils. US…

Australia: ‘extra flavoursome’ mango season

In Australia, tropical mango madness is taking hold. With fruit as cheap as $1 and claims that this year’s crop could be the tastiest on record, customers are ready for the…

Turkish producers switching from tomatoes and peppers to pitaya

Due to the rising costs of growing tomatoes, peppers and other greenhouse vegetables in Antalya, Turkey, some producers, like Bilal Bayram, are switching to the cultivation of…

China: 10,000 tons of persimmons on the market at a high price

This year, the persimmon production in Conghua District of Guangzhou was about 10,000 tons. Compared with the same period of the previous year, due to the smooth sales…

New Zealand: Kiwifruit sales to boost horticulture exports

According to Government forecasts, horticulture, led by continuingly high kiwifruit sales, is expected to be New Zealand's fastest-growing primary export sector in the year…


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