Exotic fruit and vegetables

"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…

Agrumi-Gel starts the pomegranate processing campaign

Antonino Imbesi, owner and marketing manager of Agrumi-Gel, told  FreshPlaza, “We've installed two shucking machines that allow us to separate the arils from the white part of the pomegranates. In this way, we obtain a juice with excellent organoleptic characteristics. We use a highly specialised Israeli technology…

United States

Scientists to domesticate more varieties of Physalis through genetic editing

Growing cape gooseberries (Peruvian Physalis) isn't very different than growing tomatoes. Both plants are members ​​of the solanaceous family. A group of researchers in the…

Jürgen Weiler, Fruchtprofis Karlsruhe / Rolf Koch GmbH:

''Tropical fruit and mango season do not overlap too much''

This year's campaign of Spanish tropical fruits - like kakis and pomegranates - has now definitely started in Germany as well. Everywhere on the local wholesale markets, large quantities of Spanish products have been arriving. At the same time, the pure specialists' lists still offer customers exotic…

Fiji: Local ginger can compete at international markets

Edward Gresser, the Assistant US Trade Representative for Trade Policy and Economics during the USA-Pacific Islands Trade Seminar in Suva, highlighted how his country remains Fiji’s number one export destination. A seminar at the University of the South Pacific highlighted topics such as exporting duty-free to the…

Mexico: Michoacan's avocado production increased by 20%

Michoacan's avocado production has increased by 20 percent during the last two years, reported the Ministry of Rural Development and Agrifood (Sedrua). In a statement, the agency stated that…

Munich Wholesaler OR-PA GmbH convinced of the quality of these fruits

''Prices of first Spanish persimmons lower than usual''

This year's kaki season is picking up speed as we speak. In the Munich wholesale markets, these Spanish fruits have been arriving daily since mid-September. In contrast to previous campaigns, the average prices are moving slightly below the usual levels at the beginning of the season, says Seckin…

Twists and turns in market conditions of Chinese Hongyang kiwis

Kiwis from the areas surrounding Chengdu, Sichuan, began to enter the Chinese market in early August. Although these kiwis from Sichuan are still second behind the kiwis from Yunnan, where natural conditions are uniquely suited for kiwi plantation, the kiwis from Sichuan still entered the market half a…

Yet, the increase in exports from Greece raises concerns

Italy: Kiwi production is recovering - up 18%

Italian kiwi’s outlooks are improving, showing a quantitative recovery compared to last year. The 2017 campaign was particularly negative. However, according to the Allenaza delle Cooperative Agrolimetari (Alliance of the Agri-food Cooperatives), this year has registered an 18% increase in the production…

Water mismanagement and theft sent production plummeting in former “chilli capital”

Pakistan: Sindh’s chilli production plagued by water shortages

Pakistan’s province of Sindh contributes around 85% of red chilli production in the country, the fourth largest producer of red chillies after India, China and Mexico. In fact, the nearby town of Kunri was once known as the ‘chilli capital of Asia’ and still has the country’s biggest chilli bazaar in…

Spain: Frutas Montosa and the success of guacamole

Avocados are a fashionable food item. They are very commonly consumed by those who pursue a healthy lifestyle and are often in the spotlight on Instagram at breakfast time. In recent years, their consumption has grown substantially across Europe, causing the demand to skyrocket. And some Spanish…

Asian vegetable trial to determine market & production viability in Texas

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have teamed up for a year-long trial to test the feasibility and profitability of growing…

Psa confirmed in Australian kiwifruit orchard

Today Seeka Limited advised the market that the Australian Regulatory Authorities have confirmed Psa on the Seeka orchards in Australia, affecting 4.5 hectares of its 154 hectares of kiwifruit orchards. "It is not definitively decided which strain of Psa it is, but it is likely to be Psa3 one of the Asian strains." stated…

Greece: Kiwi season started, but growers are not harvesting yet

The kiwi season has finally started in Greece. Although the season  started with the government giving the permission to start with harvesting around 10 October, but according to Christina Manossis from Zeus, not all growers are harvesting the fruit as of now. Although the government has finally given the green light for…

Chinese kiwi prices on a roller coaster ride

This is the time when Chinese kiwis enter the market in large volumes. In some production areas the early-season varieties like Hongyang [red sun] have already been on the market for some time, while mid-season varieties such as Xuxiang [gentle aroma] and Cuixiang [emerald aroma] also approach the end of…

Ana Beltrán, manager of Hispalco:

"Kiwis are going to be a growing crop in Valencia"

Not many know about the existence of kiwi crops in the province of Valencia, which is better known for products such as citrus fruits or kakis. Kiwis have not been grown in Valencia for very long and the production volume is still small, but the truth is that it offers great advantages at an organoleptic…

South African off-season avocados: “There are a lot of hectares coming”

The temperate southern coast of the Western Cape stands on the cusp of a big avocado expansion, says Dr Guy Witney, independent agricultural consultant and avocado project manager for Moolman Farms, as the revenue potential of off-season avocados from late areas becomes clear. “A twelve month supply to the local…

Mango industry in Australia expected to produce more than 10 million trays

Australia's mango industry is on track to once again produce more than 10 million trays of the tropical fruit. In its national crop forecast for 2018/19, the Australian Mango…

US lifts ban on Peruvian pomegranate arils

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its decision to lift the ban it had imposed on pomegranate arils from Peru 4 months ago. According to the Federal Import Order No. DA-2018-36, dated October 4 of this year, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) admitted the entry of pomegranate…

"Sichuan kiwifruit aims for European market"

"Many kiwi fruit production areas in China have suffered from extreme weather conditions, in particular the springtime cold spell in April, which decreased the production volume. The product quality also suffered, which further decreased the overall supply volume as not all kiwi fruit met with commercial…

Southeast Asian fruit imports push Chinese industry forward

Southeast Asia has a strong position in fruit production and export due to its unique climate. China is the largest export market for Southeast Asian countries because of its…

European gooseberry market much more established than the US

Gooseberries are still having a difficult time gaining any momentum in the US market. Unlike in Europe where the fruit is much more accepted and is an established part of the produce aisle, gooseberries are still treated as a specialty item in the US. "Gooseberries are generally more popular in Europe, and particularly…

US lifts ban on pomegranate aril import from Peru

The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has lifted the suspension of pomegranate aril imports from Peru. This means federal…

Sri Lanka: Pineapple and passion fruit cultivation zones to be established in Moneragala

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided to establish pineapple and passionfruit cultivation zones in Moneragala under the accelerated agriculture development program, "We Grow - We Eat". The program is implemented under the guidance of the Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera, with the…

Binh Thuan province

Vietnam: Fire destroys hundreds of tons of dragon fruit

At 5am this morning, a fire was seen raging in the No.2 cold storage of The Hai Duy dragon fruit storehouse in the southern province of Binh Thuan. Local caretakers tried to intervene and also called the local firefighters. Within a short period of time, dozens of firefighters and three fire trucks were sent to the scene to…

Apofruit Italia starts the campaign

Italy: Fewer persimmons but good quality and better prices

The harvesting of the Tipo persimmon variety has just started in Emilia Romagna. The Apofruit Italia marketing manager Mirco Zanelli observed that the outlook is good for both the quality and the prices – this latter because there is a decrease in the quantity. The manager stated, “The plants have fewer fruits compared to last years.…

Economist Gianluca Bagnara suggests aiming for premium products

The climate changes and tropical fruits grow in Italy

Until a few years ago, it was unthinkable to grow tropical fruits such as the mango or the papaya in Italy. Today, it is possible thanks to climate change. The economist specialised in agricultural matters Gianluca Bagnara explains, “It is important not to repeat the same old mistakes and immediately…

Nariño is the main producing department

Colombia: National coconuts cover 80% of domestic demand

Coconut palm cultivation is one of the crops with the greatest growth potential, especially in the Pacific and Caribbean, and one of the most recognized tropical fruits thanks…

China: Fresh "fruit lotus root" from Linyi, Shandong, enters the market

Farmers from Matou Village in Tancheng County, Shandong, are harvesting fresh "fruit lotus roots" from more than 67 hectares of lotus farms. The fresh "fruit lotus roots" began to enter the market on October 8th, 2018, attracting visiting buyers to the market in Linyi City, Shandong. This variety of…

Pieter de Ruiter, 4Fruit Company:

"People are only now discovering the kaki"

The Spanish kaki season has burst forth again at Dutch produce wholesaler, 4Fruit Company. This company from Ridderkerk is a distributor for the Spanish cooperative, Anecoop. Anecoop grows no less than 25% of the kakis in Spain. Currently, the fruit's coloring is disappointing. The kakis' imperfect color…

But the island's farmers remain unmoved

Malta's forgotten miracle crop - prickly pears

One of Malta’s most loved fruits is in abundant supply there and yet severely underutilised: the prickly pear. Its paddle-like leaves are perhaps the most recognisable aspects of the Maltese countryside, but they are a resource that remains untapped commercially. This, while foreign entrepreneurs have…

Start of organic mango season in Peru & Ecuador

With the Mexican organic mango season now complete, its South American neighbors Ecuador and Peru will start harvesting by next week. Steady supplies are expected through to…

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development:

‘Vietnam optimizes dragon fruit exports’

Vietnam’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nguyen Xuan Cuong, yesterday said that his nation is not too concerned about China’s plans to expand their own dragon…

Chile ships its last kiwis of the season

According to the latest Crop Report of Chile's Kiwi Committee, the kiwi season in the northern hemisphere has begun, which means that Chile's kiwi season is ending and that…

Chile presents a video to teach Indian consumers how to ripen kiwis

Chile's Kiwi Committee is carrying out the first promotional action for a Chilean fruit in the Indian market to boost imports of kiwis. The promotion activities are possible thanks to…

Kenyan government: Free seedlings to save guava fruits

The government of Kenya has distributed 55,000 seedlings to 22 of its counties, trying  to promote growth and use of underutilised fruits. Director of crop systems at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock…

Alternative to citrus cultivation in Valencia

Wonderful pomegranate harvest kicks off

The harvest of the Wonderful pomegranate has already kicked off in the Spanish province of Valencia. Growers José Bellver and Miguel Camarelles started harvesting their first pomegranates on 3 October and invited FreshPlaza to share their experiences and impressions. The fruit's ripening has been slower than usual because of the…

Spain: "Teaching how to consume papayas is more difficult than growing them"

Grupo Durán, based in Mazarrón, Murcia, will market 1,500,000 kilos of papayas this year; a figure that will double in the following year with new plantings, since they are fast-growing trees under greenhouse conditions. The firm is also selling 100,000 kilos of mangoes. Germany, Portugal, Italy and…

Protected Denomination of Origin

Kaki Ribera del Xuquer celebrates its 20th anniversary

The Regulating Council of the Protected Denomination of Origin Kaki Ribera del Xuquer have decided to present their new campaign and celebrate the denomination's 20th anniversary in the Valencian town of L'Alcúdia. The event was attended by the cooperatives, people, and institutions that have worked to…

China: High-priced sweet persimmon from Shaanxi enters the market

The fresh sweet persimmon from Shaanxi has already entered the market. The price is still high at 10 yuan [1.44 USD] per 0.5 kg as demand exceeds supply. The most favored sweet persimmon comes from Mei County in Shaanxi and supply is scarce. Mei County sweet persimmon The reasons for this development are as follows: 1. Most sweet persimmon from…

October is Oregon Kiwiberry season

Oregon kiwiberry season is here and suppliers are saying to get them while they last. Harvest officially started in early October near Umpqua, OR, located a few miles off of I-5 between Eugene, OR and Roseburg, OR. "Kiwiberries are bite-sized, highly aromatic and delicious," said grower Curry & Company. They also…

Cuban province of Camagüey: Cooperatives bet on fruit polyculture

In the Cuban province of Camagüey, the technology of polyculture in fruit trees is being advanced in more than 150 cooperatives. The goal is to obtain more harvests and to…

China: Persimmon market volume small, but prices still low

Persimmons normally enter the market in large volumes in autumn, but this year the supply volume is small. Furthermore, even though the price is low, consumers are not eager to buy. Persimmon The main reasons for the cold persimmon market are as follows: 1. Persimmons are easily infested with maggots. Some ripe persimmons will carry maggots. Even though they look perfectly…

‘King of mangoes’

India: ‘Alphonso’ gets GI tag

The Alphonso Mango from Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and other adjoining areas in Maharashtra has been granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag. This move will help identify the authenticity of this mango variety, protecting it at the same time. A GI is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or…

Supplies of imported yellow dragon fruit to thin

As the season for yellow Pitahaya or dragon fruit is coming to an end, supplies are getting thin. “There was a big increase in fruit that was allowed into the U.S.,” says Ana Milena Pereira of Terra Exports based in Las Vegas, Nev. “Growers have been working to fulfil the protocol and to improve the quality of the fruit. Also,…

Quick freeze at minus 50 degrees Celsius

Taiwanese custard-apple makes breakthrough in preservation and begins export to Japan

Taiwanese custard-apples previously had difficulty with transport and quarantine procedures because the fruit easily spoils. Now, however, the industry has made a breakthrough and the first shipment is on its way to Japan. The Agricultural Society of Taidong stated that the custard-apple is difficult to…

Greece: a growing fruit-force

Greece is well known for its rich history as an agricultural country, producing – to name but a few - cotton, wheat and vegetables as well as tobacco. With the evolution of technology and increasing globalisation of communications and transport, the global market is faced with harsh competition, urging countries and companies…

Chef Albert Adrià sponsors cutting of first pomegranate

Spain: Mollar pomegranate campaign starts with 5% more production and good prospects

Chef Albert Adrià (4 Michelin stars and National Gastronomy Award 2017 for Best Chef) has confessed to being "a pomegranate enthusiast." The chef made this statement to mark the beginning of Elche's Mollar pomegranate campaign. He sponsored the symbolic cut of the first pomegranate of the season. For Adrià, pomegranates "are a fetish…

Vietnam: Dragon fruit farmers in Binh Thuan suffer huge losses

Due to prolonged rainy weather, thousands of hectare of dragon fruit land in the central Vietnamese province of Binh Thuan are struck with diseases. At present, prices of top quality dragon fruit are at ₫3,000-5,000 a kilogram (€0.11-0.19) while normal fruits fetch ₫500-700 a kilogram (€0.02-0.03). Farmers said these…

Trying to overcome trade imbalance with Malaysia

Pakistan to diversify fruit exports

Pakistan, whose mangoes are steadily exported to Malaysia, is now looking to diversify its export of fruits to overcome a trade imbalance with that nation, said High Commissioner to Malaysia, Mohammad Nafees Zakaria. He said it was crucial to expand Pakistan's export of fruits as the mango was well-accepted in Malaysia,…

Vietnam Q1-3 fruit and vegetable exports: US$ 3.1 billion

Earnings from fruit and vegetable exports in the first nine months of the year reached US$ 3.1 billion, a year-on-year surge of 17.1%, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. China remained the biggest exporter of Vietnamese fruit and vegetables, accounting for 74.1% of the market…

Indonesia: West Sumatra is second biggest mangosteen producer

Minister of Agriculture Andi Amran Sulaiman said West Sumatra is the second largest mangosteen producer in Indonesia, after West Java. Mangosteen production in West Sumatra in 2017 reached 34,422 tons or 21 percent of the national production of 161,751 tons, the minister said when releasing the…

Shipments of June plums from Grenada to the US begin

A tropical and exotic fruit supplier has announced they have begun shipments of June plums from Grenada into the United States. Seasons Farm Fresh, based in Miami, supplies specialty produce from Florida as well as Central and South America. The June plum shipments are expected to continue through to the…

Vietnamese rambutan imports enter New Zealand

Vietnam shipped its first boxes of rambutan to New Zealand on October 3 after seven years of negotiation on exporting this fruit to the market. This was reported by the…

Inaugural season for Brazilian mangoes in South Africa

South Africans love mangoes and for the past month, they haven't had to wait for the start of the local season because this is the inaugural season of Brazilian mango imports to South Africa. The first large shipment arrived on 20 September, after initial trial volumes by air on 29 August to finalise phytosanitary arrangements. Retailers…

Brisbane charity auction – Mangoes sold for $13,000

Mangoes are quite revered among Aussies, and they seem set to  return to supermarket shelves with a big event. The annual mango auction held in Brisbane reminds us how far people are willing to go for a mango, and the event typically raises a fair bit of money for an important cause. This year, the first tray of mangoes for the season…

Observaions from the Agri Kiwi Expo 2018

Spain increasingly active in kiwi sector - Italy fears Greece

The latest IKO data have highlighted some trends in the kiwifruit production from the Northern hemisphere. While Italy is recovering - but still below its potential - other players are increasingly active. Especially Spain, which appears to be the largest kiwifruit importer in Europe. Also, Greece is…

2018 Global (Xiuwen) Kiwi Fruit Industry Summit Meeting in session

The 2018 Global (Xiuwen) Kiwi Fruit Industry Summit Meeting and the fourth session of the Guiyang (Xiuwen) Kiwi Fruit Festival have officially been opened in Xiuwen County on September 29th. The official launch of 2018 "7 Bugou" Xiuwen kiwi fruit took place on the same day. "7 Bugou" kiwi fruit "7 Bugou" is a subsidiary brand of Guizhou Top…

China: 17,471 kiwi fruits in a chain to set a world record

During the 2018 World (Xiuwen) Kiwifruit Industry Development Conference and the 4th Guiyang (Xiuwen) Kiwi Festival, a new Guinness World Record title was set in the Xiuwen Yangming Cultural Park. With 17,471 pieces of Xiuwen "7 Bugou" kiwi fruit connecting to form a fruit chain, it has set a new world…

Peru: Disappointing pomegranate season this year

“Our season normally runs from February till June or July. This year´s season has been difficult with too much supply in the European market. The production volume is growing in general, so at some point there is too much supply coming out at the same time. Peru mostly exports to Europe, so everyone…

Camposol arrives to Quindio

Colombia: Environmentalists concerned about the expansion of avocados

The start of operations of Camposol, the Peruvian multinational company, in the department of Quindio has generated great expectations as it is expected to hire 350 to 400 people to work on its Hass avocado crops in Salento. However, environmentalists are skeptical because they are concerned about the…

Vietnam: Dong Thap deploys protective measures for fruit crops

Vietnam’s Dong Thap province is threatened by dangerously high water levels in the Mekong Delta, as are the major fruit crops grown there. Local authorities have deployed…

New Zealand avocado growers fight back against thieves

The New Zealand avocado industry is suffering from large scale theft as orchard raiders try to cash in on the fruit's high returns. But growers are fighting back. Dave Flett…

Avocados, the world's favorite superfood, receives Michelin Star treatment

Avocados From Peru and The World Avocado Organization (WAO) are thrilled to be collaborating with the Michelin Guide at 'The Michelin Star Revelation Great Britain and Ireland…

Seeka notifies of Australian kiwifruit orchard symptoms

"We are not nervous about what is happening, we think our protocols should work"

Seeka advises that, as a result of its on-orchard monitoring system in Australia, it has notified Agriculture Victoria of unusual bacterial related symptoms in the orchards under development. The symptoms are consistent with the PSA disease (pseudomonas syringae pv actinidiae) – although the presence of…

Aten Export: Caribbean tropical fruits global thanks to air-transportation

After a long experience in the management of international cooperation projects, two Italians (Nazzareno Mileto and Alessandro Corriero) decided to settle in the Dominican Republic. There, they founded a company aiming at supporting the small and medium local exotic fruit producers that did not have the…

Spain: Agroseguro advances payment of over 6 million euro to kaki sector

Agroseguro has advanced the payment of more than 6 million Euro to kaki producers in the Region of Valencia for the damages caused by severe hail storms, which took a toll on 6,000 hectares. According to a statement from the Spanish Association of Insurance Entities of Combined Agricultural Insurance (Agroseguro Agroseguro), "the…

Brief analysis of Chinese kiwifruit market

Kiwi fruit recently entered the market in large volumes. The harvest of early-season varieties like Hongyang [Red Sun] is already completed, while the harvest of mid-season…

Plantations International creates Durian Harvests brand in Malaysia

Plantations International is delighted to announce the establishment of Durian Harvests SDN BHD, a company incorporated in Malaysia under Companies Act 1965. Durian Harvests…

"Chinese kiwi berry industry improves with large-scale standardization"

"Our kiwi berry production volume doubled this year"

"The kiwi berry harvest season in the Dandong Prefecture officially began on August 31st this year. The production volume doubled from 50 tons last year to 100 tons this year." This is according to Ms. Yu Wenxin, Market Manager for Dandong Risheng Linsheng Eco-agricultural Development Co., Ltd. Laborers harvest kiwi berries Kiwi berry…

Bijean Milani, Milani Fairtrade GmbH:

"We are more manufacturers than an industry"

After a few quiet summer months, the season for pineapples is back again. Milani Fairtrade GmbH, headquartered in Zurich, is also preparing for this; during the peak season from October to April, demand is twice as high as during the rest of the year . Bijean Milani, founder and CEO of Milani Fairtrade,…

Madagascar : Lychee season looks promising

The 2018-2019 lychee season in Madagascar is looking good with 82% of the 1,488 trees in the North and South of Tamatave in production, compared to just 35% at the same time…

California fig growers reflect on good year

The fig season in California is just about to wrap up for the year. Production will soon return to the desert areas as well as Mexico, but for now growers in the San Joaquin Valley are cleaning up the remaining fruit and reflecting on a good season. Apart from some warm spells, growers were overall happy…

Thailand: Krapao avocado in trendy avo café

Avocado is in everything at a new, trendy Ari cafe that wants to win over Thai people to the buttery superfood. The newly opened Oh! Vacoda is run by an avocado-obsessed couple. “We both love avocado, but we were bored of scooping it next to a salad. Half of all Thai people eat it, the other half don’t because they say it tastes…

Iraq: War and drought ravage prized date palms

Sweet Iraqi dates are a staple of all families across the country, but the fruit tree and national symbol has come under threat from conflict and crippling drought. There was the 1980-1988…

"Asian market prospects look good"

"Dori golden kiwifruit officially opens new production season in Italy"

"We celebrated our annual Dori day last week in one of the kiwifruit production areas in the Latina region. The main goal of this day was to promote Dori golden kiwifruit varieties. More than 300 people from the kiwifruit industry from all over the world came to participate in this promotional activity,…

Pineapple Express:

Port Tampa Bay’s cold storage warehouse attracts another Latin American fruit

First, it was bananas. In February, Port Tampa Bay celebrated the arrival of the first bunches to be unloaded on its docks in more than 20 years. Now the Port Logistics Refrigerated Services warehouse…

They demand an increase in the fruit's price

Mexico: Avocado producers take over APEAM's office

The producers of avocados for export took over the office of the Association of Producers and Packers/Exporters of Avocado of Mexico (APEAM) and the office of the Local Board…

Vietnamese province of Binh Thuan promotes dragon fruits in India

A promotional event was held in New Delhi, India on September 25 for dragon fruits from the south central province of Binh Thuan. It was an effort to expand ties between…

Malaysia: Shift from oil palm to tropical fruit industry in Sabah

Sabah, the second largest state of Malaysia, has many native fruits such as tarap, bambangan, durian dalit or red-fleshed durian and many other wild fruit species have great…

The San Cono OP Prickly Pear aims at innovation and international markets

“The interest in prickly pear is growing, as are the cultivated areas in San Cono. This is a sign of a booming sector and market demand. I think that there are still good margins for development in the short term.” “But we must also consider different scenarios if we want to be ready. On one hand, there is the…

Soursop imports continue to build

As the wet season settles in Grenada, more and more soursop fruit continues to arrive in the U.S. from the country. “The volume is starting to increase on soursop. I’ve got maybe 4,000 - 5,000 lbs. every week,” says Dennis Sever with Exotic Growers, Inc. in Homestead, Fl. “With it being wet season, the quality will…

Thailand: Oversupply and imports strike coconut industry

In southern Thailand, many coconut suppliers are deep in debt. There are 40 million coconuts in stock and few buyers. Coconut lhong , or middleman-run warehouses in the Thap…

US market less interested in "King Coconuts"

At this time of year, many of the coconuts entering the US market are being sourced from Thailand. These include the young coconuts which are mainly used for the juice they contain, as well as the fruit for the fresh market. Thailand supplies the United States all year round and production remains…

Australian pomegranate research leads to major science symposium hosting rights

South Australia will host a major science and research symposium in 2021, thanks largely to the work from PomPersia, which is aiming to expand the country's pomegranate industry. The company represented Australia for the first time at the prestigious IV International Symposium for Pomegranate and Minor Mediterranean Fruits…

Australian papaya growers set for bumper crop

The Australian papaya industry will probably set a record as the harvesting season gets underway. Papaya Australia reported that excellent weather conditions and an increase…

Spain: Cobella expects to harvest 150 tons of pomegranates in first commercial season

The Sociedad Cooperativa Nuestra Señora de la Bella has added a new fruit to its already extensive range of agricultural products, which are marketed through Onubafruit. Since…

Spain: Producer bets on pitahaya cultivation in Huelva

Filippe Jesus Claudio (47 years old), a farmer born in France, of Portuguese parents, and settled for several years in Cartaya, Huelva (where he arrived for work reasons), has ventured into the cultivation of an exotic fruit that is new for the province. He will be growing pitahaya, or dragon fruit, also known as…

Vietnam: Vinh Phuc province exports first red flesh dragon fruits to Australia

Last week, the first batch of red flesh dragon fruits from Vietnam’s Vinh Phuc province was exported Australia. According to the Vietnam Trade Office in Australia, this is the first time Vietnamese red flesh dragon fruits have been exported to the Aussie market. Australia is a choosy but promising market for Vietnamese…

Malaysia needs more land for pineapple cultivation

According to The Star , Malaysia will need at least another 3,000 ha of land to grow MD2 pineapples if it wants to be able to meet the demand of domestic and overseas markets.…

Vietnam's fruits need to gain domestic market before exporting

Vietnam’s fruit sector should focus on gaining trust from domestic consumers before focusing on exports, said deputy general director of the Plant Cultivation Department under…

South African villagers to tap into 'superfood' baobab trend

About 1,000 women in the village of Muswodi Dipeni, in the northern province of Limpopo, earn a living by harvesting the furry, hard-shelled baobab fruit pods. The seeds and the chalky powder inside the pods have become a global health craze celebrated for their vitamin-packed properties and now used in…

Colombia: European businessmen in Pereira get to know the Hass avocado offer

Next week, a group of 18 European businessmen will visit the Colombian city of Pereira to learn about Colombia's Hass avocado offer and the country's potential as a supplier,…

Second quarter of 2018

Camposol's growth, limited by lower sales of avocados

The growth of Camposol, the main Peruvian agro-exporter, in the second quarter of 2018 was limited by the lower sale of avocados, which account for 27% of the company's income. Sales revenue amounted to US $57.9 million, 18% less than in the same period of last year. This was due to a 49% drop in avocado…

Air shipping on the rise for several years now

''South American season of air-shipped mangoes in full swing''

While stone and berry fruits are gradually disappearing from the trade, people's eyes are increasingly turning to exotics. At the moment one can find more and more air shipped mangoes, flown in to (Western) Europe, on weekly markets and in specialized stores. After the Israeli season was completed about…

China : Jinxiang garlic prices rise as Mid-Autumn festival approaches

In the Jinxiang garlic market, the price of garlic showed a steady upward trend last week. The amount of garlic in the hands of garlic farmers was very small. Since garlic has…

First export of red-heart kiwifruit from Liupanshui to Russia

The first shipment of red-heart kiwifruit from Liupanshui Prefecture in Guizhou, weighing 40 tons, left on September 6th in refrigerated transport and passed through Khorgas…

Organic industry in Thailand increases production for China

People in the food industry in Thailand have realized that the interest of Chinese consumers for healthy food brings great commercial opportunities for the organic food…

"50% of kiwi-berries lost because of rainfall and floodwater"

"The kiwi-berry harvest season began half a month earlier in comparison with the previous year. We began harvesting our first early-season varieties on July 26th and finished by the end of August. We grow 6 different kiwi-berry varieties to spread our harvest season and extend our supply season. Our…

Taiwan's Agricultural Food Administration hopes to stabilize production and sales

Taiwan's government hopes that garlic farmers will reduce production by 10%

In Taiwan Province of China, this year's new round of garlic has been planted in early September. The Agriculture and Food Administration of the Taiwan Agriculture Council is…

First batch of New Zealand avocados hits the Chinese market

According to the latest list of registered orchards and packaging factories, the first commercial New Zealand avocados have officially entered the Chinese market and are now on sale at Tmall. Previously, most of the domestically sold avocados came from countries such as Mexico, Chile and Peru. It is understood that the…

'Spooky Foods' campaign to entice more shoppers to buy exotic produce

Frieda's Specialty Produce is offering “Spooky Foods” in an effort to bring more fruits and vegetables to this sugary treat-filled holiday. According to the company, traditional fall pumpkins and squash with a Spooky Foods destination display will entice shoppers to buy more of these fruits and…

Thousands of trays head south to markets

Australian mango season heats up in Northern Territory

In the Northern Territory, the mango season is ramping up,  with growers sending thousands of trays to markets around Australia this week. Australia produced more than 10 million trays for the first time last season, with 48 per cent of the national mango crop produced by the Northern Territory. Farmers and…

Grower sues Miami competitor over hot-selling avo

In a remote valley in the Dominican Republic, the discovery of a single special tree spawned a new species of avocado. Called the Carla, it has since emerged as a rock star of…

Kenya: Nairobians are going crazy about pineapple peels

Pineapple peels have become a hot property in Nairobi overnight. This is after a Facebook user shared a recipe to brew Mexican pineapple beer using the peels and sugar. The recipe, whose procedure…

Australian project helps Vietnamese mango famers

Some 270 farmer households in the Mekong Delta provinces of Dong Thap and Tien Giang will receive support to improve their mango supply chain’s competitiveness. This will take place under…

Costa Rica's exotic fruit has opportunities in Canada

According to the Exotic Fruit Market in Canada study, carried out by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotora (PROCOMER), Costa Rica has the opportunity to market exotic fruits…

North Florida: Cold hardy avocados

Worldwide, avocados are still an increasingly popular snack. And some US farmers are growing the tropical fruit locally. Weaver Whimsy Farm is filled with exotic trees that are well adapted to the Florida climate. That includes their five avocado trees. "We will be planting more varieties this fall." Lyle Weaver plans…

Mexico: Growing interest in fig crops in Michoacan

After touring the plots of the municipality of Nuevo Urecho, Ruben Medina Niño, the head of the Ministry of Rural and Agricultural Food Development (Sedrua), stated that, in…

Excellent quality but lower yields for pomegranates

While Spain is having grade problems due to the unfavorable weather in some production areas, Italy has to deal with lower yields. FreshPlaza talked about it with three operators from three different regions. Calabria Quantities are rather low due to the alternating hot weather and rain. "Various producers have 1-2 hectares destined to…

Mexico: "6 out of every 10 papayas consumed in North America are from Colima"

The papaya crops located in the lands of the coastal municipalities produce 2 thousand tons of fruit, which are mainly exported to the United States and Canada. The Secretary of Rural…

Kiwiberries on the market and gaining popularity

The kiwiberry is an emerging variety, known as the “king of the new generation of fruit”. It is native to China and is mainly grown in northeastern mountainous and hilly areas…

New Zealand Fuyu persimmon filling gap before California season starts

The persimmon season has just started in the United States, with harvest of the early season varieties underway. This year, the US market will see some New Zealand Fuyu available for the next few weeks. California Fuyu is not due for another week or two, and New Zealand has decided to try and fill the…

Gilroy garlic ranch fully supports trade war

Breaking away from the position of many US farmers, Christopher Ranch, the nation's premier garlic company, fully supports the imposition of a 10% tariff on imported Chinese…

Green light for Jamaica to export mangoes to the US

The United States have a new supplier of mangoes, now that Jamaica has been granted permission to export their mangoes to the US. Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw says the…

Australian avocado season - Far North Queensland

The avocado season in Far North Queensland has smashed all records, with the highest production to date. Growers in the Mareeba, Dimbulah and Atherton Tableland areas yielded…

Egypt: Only certified farms allowed to export Pomegranates this season

The pomegranate season is in full swing, but for the very first time in Egypt, the export of pomegranates is limited to the farms that have been certified by the government. This ‘coding’ of farms should guarantee the quality and the expertise of the growers. According to May Salem from FinBi this is a…

Afrex Trading 2003: niche baby vegetable, edible and cut flower exports

Thrilling food for the Queen of England

Where does the Queen of England (or rather her kitchen) find specialty vegetables for the royal table? It could well be that the baby turnips, golden beetroot and other niche categories were flown in from South Africa where they were grown on 24 farms for Afrex Trading 2003.   The company supplies top-end markets worldwide with micro and baby vegetables…

Ive Lambert, StarFruit Company:

“Avocado prices recovering again”

“We haven’t seen an avocado supply as high as it's been in recent weeks for years. Because of the high supply, we’ve had low prices,” says Ive Lambert of StarFruit Company.…


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