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Exotic fruit and vegetables

China: Grand opening of the World Kiwi Convention

On October 13th, the sixth edition of the World Kiwi Convention opened in Mei County, Shaanxi province. The convention, which this year was titled 'Let the whole world enjoy the taste of kiwis', aims at growing the industry for kiwi fruits. Experts, technical staff and visiting merchants from within the kiwi.....

Kiwi orchard prices hit new heights as Zespri expands SunGold plantings

Prices for kiwifruit orchards have hit new highs, with a handful of sales this week in Bay of Plenty over the $1 million per hectare mark.Stan Robb of PGG Wrightson Real Estate in Te Puke said properties were in such demand they were snapped up in days.In June the region was abuzz with news of the first.....

Fresh Partners now also active in Indonesia

"Indonesia's size means they have many products available almost year-round"

With the opening of an export centre near the Jakarta International Airport, Fresh Partners Asia has expanded its export supply of exotic fruit and vegetables. These are being marketed under the 'Asia Fresh' brand name.ExoticsFresh Partners has been in business for more than 30 years. They supply the European.....

China: Serious drop in Lintong pomegranate production

As Lintong pomegranates enter the market, this year's price is much higher than in previous years. The drought in July and August and the rain during the ripening season have led to a drop in the Lintong pomegranate production. In 2015, there was a large harvest, and distribution prices were around 3 yuan. In.....

More acreage dedicated to persimmon production in California

Growers and distributors of persimmons are enjoying good yields and a strong market that keeps growing every year. Persimmons of both major varieties, the Fuyu and Hachiya, are now in season in California."The persimmon growing season in California began a few weeks ago and generally flows from south to.....

Despite high prices, consumption of Colombian mangosteen increases

This tropical fruit has a considerably high market price as it needs very specific climatic conditions to be cultivated and the plants only produce fruit every two years. In addition, "they must be transported by air, because their shelf life is very short and they wouldn't otherwise arrive in good conditions.....

Acreage is gradually reducing

Spain: "Higher cherimoya prices this campaign"

The continued high temperatures in spring and summer slightly advanced the start of the cherimoya campaign in Granada, the main producing area of this exotic fruit in Spain and Europe. At the moment, while still waiting for larger volumes to hit the market, prices are higher and more stable than last year,.....

Special Fruit:

"Certain exotics' turnover even quadrupled in December

The days are getting shorter; pumpkins appear; then we know Christmas is around the corner. During this period exotic fruit also come more to the fore. "While passion fruit, pomegranates and papaya are popular with consumers throughout the year, there are also typical December trends. Tamarillos, figs,.....

China: Persimmon cultural festival a great success

On the morning of October 9, the sixth Persimmon Cultural Festival was held in Leifeng village near Taizhou city in Tiantai county. The festival was held under the motto "Leifeng sends you it's best wishes along with it's best persimmons" and aimed to promote the Leifeng persimmon brand in the media, to find.....

Psa DNA put under the microscope at Kiwifruit Claim hearings

NZ: MPI ordered to disclose insurance details

The Kiwifruit Claim hearings in the High Court in Wellington has been presented evidence about the DNA relating to the strain of Psa that caused major devastation in the 2010 outbreak.In week 10 of hearings, both sides called witnesses, with the plaintiffs arguing is that there is strong scientific evidence.....

Tunisia: Gasbi pomegranate price lower than last year

There are several factors that can affect the price of products in the domestic market. The demand and the supply are usually among them; however, this year, the most determining one for Gasbi pomegranates, Tunisia's most popular variety, has been the devaluation of the Dinar against the Euro or Dollar. "This.....

Spain: New Kingdom pomegranate to be launched at Pasarela Innova

The horticultural company Gruventa will present its new Kingdom pomegranate at Pasarela Innova, in the framework of Fruit Attraction 2017, after its agreement with the company Califresh, which will be marketing the fruit exclusively. According to Fermín Sánchez, manager of this Murcian firm, Kingdom is.....

China: Tunisian soft seeded pomegranate market depressed

"The blossoming and ripening process of Tunisian soft seeded pomegranates is closely related to the temperature. This year, because of the cold weather, there are fewer products from Huili. At the beginning of the fruit bearing stage, it has been raining continuously. Later, there was not enough sunlight. This.....

China: 950 kilos of organic kiwis turned into a 4m high sculpture

In the main kiwi producing area in Xiuwen County, 16,888 kiwifruits were turned into one impressive sculpture. The sculpture has a kiwi shape and looks very realistic. All the fruits that were used to build it are real fresh kiwis. It is 4 meters high, has more than 50 layers with 300 kiwis each and weighs 950.....

Global Agricultural Trading (GAT) exhibiting at the PMA Fresh Summit

Opportunities in the United States for yellow pitahaya

“Our first shipment of fresh yellow pitahaya or dragon fruit is expected to arrive this Friday, the 13th of October. It contains 200 boxes, however, we expect to receive 500 to 1000 boxes on a weekly basis. The yellow dragon fruit is different from the red dragon fruit as it’s sweeter, has a higher brix level.....

China: Guizhang kiwi market appears to be stable

"Because the production season of Guizhang kiwis is now booming, through refrigerated storage, the supply period will last until July next year. The current market for Guizhang kiwis is good. The price is the same as last year, around 12 yuan per 500 gram (excluding packaging and distribution)," according to.....

Candystripe fig growers in California see great demand

Fig growers in California were pleased with the season that recently concluded, with most growers selling out amidst good demand. Capay Organic grow organic Mission and Candystripe figs on their farms in California. Thaddeus Barsotti, of Capay Organic, said that their Candystripe figs enjoyed favorable.....

First Greek kiwis available

Greek kiwis are now available in Italy. The produce is in cardboard crates and divided into two categories. The sugar content was not measured the fruits were woody and not ready for consumption. Prices hovered between €1.60 and €2/kg depending on grade.Kiwi cultivation is becoming increasingly popular in.....

Potential for Ukrainian garlic market to reach top 5

More and more producers in Ukraine are showing interest in garlic production. Although it still has a long way to go before it becomes one of the world's top garlic producers, it could very easily become one of the top 5 in the EU. There have been a lot technological advances in the last few years, thanks to.....

Weather hinders supply of Asian vegetables in the US

Supplies of Asian vegetables into the United States have been hampered due to weather conditions. Most of the vegetables in this category, which include products such as Indian and Chinese eggplant, Okra, Bittermelon and Long Squash, are grown in Central America all year round. However, Phil Quintana, of Vega.....

Johan Andersson:

“Plenty of Swedish supermarkets for 50 million consumers”

It’s not easy being a smaller importer in Sweden. Like elsewhere in Europe, smaller wholesalers are disappearing as customers, and new buyers have to be found. Johan Andersson from Swedish importer Kalundbladh talks about the challenges on the market.Johan Andersson, Kalundbladh.“We import as much as possible.....

Italy: Quality not all the same for pomegranates

"The pomegranate market in the Mediterranean area is currently affected by an abundant offer leading to lower prices. Luckily, prices have dropped slightly less for the Italian produce (Sicilian in particular) compared to that form other origins," reports the sales manager fromPomèl, the Sicilian company.....

Wonderful variety

Main California pomegranate harvest to start October 16

“This year’s California pomegranate crop is looking good,” says Jeff Kramm with Crown Jewels Produce. The pomegranate trees are much healthier as there was more water for irrigation available this growing season. “We were able to use fresh water instead of pumping water,” Kramm added. Although the trees look.....

Spain: Producers demand persimmon insurance in line with other crops

The Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA) demanded that the State Agrarian Insurance Agency (ENESA), an agency under the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Spanish Association of Combined Agrarian Insurance Insurance Agencies (Agroseguro) introduce substantial changes to the criteria in force for the.....

“Prognosis for persimmon production very good”

“Trade is currently in a transitional period. It’s the end of the summer season, and we are starting with many new products, such as pomegranate, clementines and persimmon. The market for persimmons is quite regular for the time of year,” says Cédric Geens from W. Jonckheere.Many people mistake persimmon for.....

FlexfreshTM liner bag

India: Uflex gets accreditation for pomegranates

In a big development for the Active Modified Atmospheric Packaging (AMAP) solution by Uflex, the company’s FlexfreshTM liner bag has been accredited by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research – National Research Centre on Pomegranate (ICAR-NRCP), Solapur Maharashtra. According to Vice President N. Siva.....

Italy: 50% drop in kiwi production

This year's kiwi production will be very low in Cuneo. Harvesting started a few days ago in the whole Piedmont production area, which includes Saluzzo, Pinerolo, the area around lake Viverone (Biella) and Borgo d'Ale (Vercelli)."Unfortunately, many orchards were affected by vine decline and we had to uproot.....

Sweet outlook for California's date crop

The California date harvest has commenced and the crop is looking good for producers as they aim to fill a growing demand. The Medjool harvest has already commenced, while the Deglet Noor will begin shortly."We grow our dates in California's Coachella Valley which stretches all the way from the Salton Sea.....

Not just a pretty face

Young Dominican Republic entrepreneurs convert sugar cane land to pineapples

Kisha Rodriquez runs the family enterprise CaraLinda Agroindustrial S.R.L. which in Spanish means “Pretty Face”. She is part of a group of young entrepreneurs in the Monte Plata region in the center of the Dominican Republic that are converting old sugar cane lands, in many cases family farms, into pineapple......

First dragon fruit imports from Vietnam defended by Australian horticultural trade

The Australian Horticultural Exporters' and Importers' Association (AHEIA) has defended the arrival of dragon fruit from Vietnam, in the face of concern from local growers.Around three tonnes of the Vietnamese fruit arrived in Melbourne in September for the first time, following a review of the biosecurity.....

Italy: Small grades but good prices for persimmons

Persimmon harvesting operations have started in northern Italy. Producers noticed a drop in average grades, mostly due to the weather. We talked about it with a cooperative director and a producer."Yields will be lower than 2016, especially if we consider the larger grades. It does vary according to the area.....

Italy: Divano - an experienced persimmon grower

Who could imagine that a tree could produce two types of fruits depending on whether it was pollinated or not? Two fruits indistinguishable to the untrained eye and to which experts must pay maximum attention too? This is made even more complicated by the fact that fruits can be partly pollinated or not.This.....

China: The soaring price of imported durians

Recently, people have become less inclined to give moon cakes as presents for the Autumn Festival and are turning instead to fresh fruits.Statistics show that 27,273 tons of fresh fruit is arriving to the market per day. That is an increase of 0.3% compared to the same period last year. The daily average trade.....

Largest kiwi sorting plant in Europe inaugurated by Agrintesa

VIDEOA €5 billion investment, two parallel lines, 32 outlets, pregrading and packaging - these are the characteristics of the new kiwi sorting plant Agrintesa inaugurated on 30th September 2017."The plant will enable us to be more competitive by increasing the reliability of our supplies and improve quality. Our.....

US to allow fresh persimmon imports from New Zealand

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending its regulations to allow the importation of fresh persimmons from New Zealand into the United States. After analysing the potential plant pest risks, APHIS scientists determined that persimmons from New Zealand.....

China: Xiuwen kiwifruit harvest has officially started

The Xiuwen kiwi picking season began on September 28. Everyone who's been waiting for it can now at last try this very special fruit. In 2017 about 5,334 ha were planted with kiwi and bore60.000 tons of fruits. Estimated prices will range from 10 to 30 yuan per kilo. Xiuwen kiwifruit is also known as the Long.....

Holly Brown appointed Zespri GM Greater China

Long-serving Zespri executive Holly Brown has been appointed to the new role of GM Greater China, with executive-level accountability for the territory of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.Zespri Chief Executive Dan Mathieson says Ms Brown’s background in culture development, people leadership and organisational.....

Ralph Fischer:

“In three years there'll be an abundant supply of avocado’s”

The rise of ready-to-eat fruit is the most important development on the exotics market, according to Ralph Fischer from Inter Weichert. In the past, unripe fruit was offered on occasion, which resulted in disappointed consumers. The largest product in the assortment of the German importer, however, is the.....

2017/18 worldwide kiwifruit harvest: IKO and CSO data

European kiwi forecast slightly down

The 36th edition of the IKO (International Kiwifruit Organization) meeting - a conference which CSO Italy attended together with a substantial Italian delegation made up of representatives of leading companies such as Jingold, Apoconerpo, Naturitalia, Agrintesa and Spreafico - was the perfect occasion to.....

Italy: Harvesting of golden kiwis ten days early

According to an operator, the harvesting of golden kiwis (SunGold-G3, Soreli, Jintao etc.) started 10 days earlier than 2016.Volumes should be higher than last year due to the fact that new orchards have entered into production. Average grades, however, are slightly smaller than 2016.CommercialisationSoreli.....

Indian company goes deep into value added pomegranate products

Pomegranate awareness has increased tremendously over the years and today it is considered as a super fruit, given its varied health benefits. Over the years, many new players, including the addition of new geographies, have led to a wider market for the fruit globally. Companies have also developed value.....

Coffee beans make room for avocados

The Kenyan company Kakuzi is majority owned by British investor Camellia Plc. Originally, Kakuzi was a sisal plantation which then diversified into coffee production. Coffee was the main activity when Camellia invested money in the company. Over the years, the coffee plants were grubbed up, and they’ve made.....

Africa: Investing in horticulture requires a patient investor

One of the companies that invested in forestry in Mozambique and horticulture in Tanzania is the AIM Listed, Obtala Ltd. In 2011, Obtala invested in Tanzania, and now has more than 1,700 hectares in Morogoro, about 200 kilometres west of Dar es Salaam. The cultivation company produces sweet potatoes, melons,.....

China: Meishan imports Brazilian grapetrees for the first time

Recently, a batch of Brazilian jabuticabas arrived at the Meishan Port in Ningbo province. Right now, the quarantine and quality inspection service is checking it. After checking is finished, the jabuticabas will be sent to the market. Jabuticaba, also known as the Brazilian grapetree or camu-camu, is a tree.....

Italian season kicks off

Zespri expects 25% more SunGold from Europe this season

Kiwifruit harvest is in full swing in Italy this week with European SunGold volumes expected to increase by around one-quarter to 5 million trays as more of the recently-grafted vines reach full production.Zespri Chief Operating Officer Simon Limmer explains Zespri is doubling its European SunGold production.....

IKO and CSO data

Italian 2017 kiwi estimate 33% down

Frost in spring, diseases and the brown marmorated stink bug will have a considerable impact on the kiwi harvest in Verona and Veneto, yet sales prices might increase. The regional production estimated for 2017 is 35,761 tons, 33% less than 2016, while in Verona it will be 26,155 tons, 36% less than 2016.This.....

Less demand for Turkish pears

The current pear season in Turkey has been marred by prices that are lower than expected. The demand on international markets for pears has been lower in the current season as well. The Askar company grows pears of the Santa Maria and Deveci variety in the region of Bursa. The production volume of Santa Maria.....

New Zealand kiwi exports increase 37%

New Zealand posted a merchandise trade deficit of NZ$1.235 billion in August, Statistics New Zealand said on Tuesday. That missed forecasts for a shortfall of NZ$825 million following the NZ$98 million surplus in July.Exports were up NZ$306 million or 9.0 percent on year to NZ$3.69 percent - missing forecasts.....

Italy: Agri Kiwi Expo 2017

Just like every year, Agri kiwi Expo (click here for the photo gallery) - the three-day event dedicated to kiwis held in Cisterna (Latina) - ended with a consideration of the sector's dynamics and perspectives.A round table coordinated by FreshPlaza Italy director Rossella Gigli examined a few crucial issued.....

Lower production levels around the globe

Will US demand for kiwifruit meet supplies this winter?

Between May and October, the US sources kiwifruit from Chile and New Zealand. Starting next month, California supplies will hit the market and additional supplies will come from Italy and some smaller kiwi growing regions such as Greece. “We are looking forward to bringing in increased SunGold volumes from.....

Avocados, bananas, melons, pineapple

African agricultural land becoming more attractive to investors

In recent years investors have started discovering the potential of agriculture more and more. Especially Africa is interesting to these investors. That’s partly due to the enormous amount of agricultural land available, according to the FAO sub-saharan Africa has 90 million hectares of arable land available......

China: Impressive profits from 'akebia'

How long would you persist to make a dream come true? It took Yang Xuanzheng 10 years, during which he carried precious memories of his childhood and dreamed about growing a fruit, that would help to save and share this joy forever. Finally, he succeeded. The fruit has a beautiful name - akebia. The fruit.....

California is only domestic producing state

US passionfruit supplies tight after Hurricane Irma

Passionfruit growers in Florida became another victim of Hurricane Irma. Buyers are currently unable to source Florida fruit and are looking to California for supplies. In the meantime, growers in California saw good production numbers due to favorable weather conditions there. But those yields are not enough.....

China: Overproduction harms kiwi prices

This is the ripening season of kiwis. In some kiwi production regions in China, large volumes are already being prepared for harvest. It is understood that even though the kiwi import is quite successful, the Chinese kiwi production surface is also increasing continuously. Shaanxi, Henan, Sichuan, Hunan,.....

Coconut supplies to the US could be even tighter post-hurricanes

Supply of coconuts from the Dominican Republic continues to look even tighter now after the series of hurricanes have blown through the region. “We won’t know how the supply of coconuts is until later this week because of all the hurricanes that are going on,” says Emil Serafino of New Jersey-based Exp. Group.....

Dan Mathieson appointed as new Zespri Chief Executive

The Zespri Board of Directors has appointed long-serving Zespri executive Dan Mathieson as the company’s new Chief Executive, taking over from Lain Jager with immediate effect.Zespri Chairman Peter McBride says Mr Mathieson has an impressive track record over his 15 years with Zespri, with his most recent role.....

Azerbaijan persimmon logistics centre to be finished by late October

A logistics centre for the Association of Persimmon Producers and Exporters in Azerbaijan is planned to be constructed by the end of October.The construction of the logistics centre was previously planned to be completed by late 2017, but the Economy Ministry decided to accelerate the construction by providing.....