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Kiwi berries from Europe

Nergi fruit arrives in UK supermarkets

Tiny French-grown, green kiwi berries, known as Nergi fruit, are launching in three major supermarkets (including M&S and Lidl) for the first time this September, when they come into season. They might become the UK's next favourite superfood as they are high in fibre, vitamin C and are very low-calorie.....

Purple sweet potatoes: small market but lots of potential

"There is little demand for purple sweet potatoes", says Sophie Ye of KX Food. "This demand is, however, growing quite rapidly." This Belgian company has only been importing one container of these root vegetables per month from China for a few months now. "It is not yet as popular as the orange variety. We.....

Thai students invent a new durian test pen

Two students from Thailand have teamed up to invent a durian test needle that detects the maturity of durians. It is reported that the durian test needle can be inserted into the durian skin to quickly and accurately detect the maturity of the fruit, and the success rate reached 100%. The durian test needle.....

"Expensive Australian finger lime attracts Chinese consumers"

Australian finger limes, also known as finger orange, finger lemon or lemon caviar, is a wild fruit native to Australia, mainly distributed in Queensland and NSW in the northeast regions. It is known as "caviar in fruit" because of its caviar-sized flesh. Due to its unique aroma, the Australian finger lime is.....

Philippines seeking to meet Chinese demand for frozen durian

Philippine growers and exporters are meeting later this month at the 2nd Durian Summit, hoping to find ways to meet Chinese demand for frozen durian. Davao City Durian Industry Council (DCDIC) President, Candelario B. Miculob, said Chinese traders were in town in May, looking for more frozen durian than was,.....

Auburn College of Agriculture

Alabama researchers to help improve farmers’ efficiency

Cost and efficiency are high on the list of concerns for both Alabama farmers and Auburn University researchers. The Production Agriculture Research (PAR) grants program from the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) is now in its second year. It is committed to finding timely solutions to problems.....

Zespri's Project Bamboo

New Zealand kiwifruit experts share tips with Chinese growers

Although the fruit used to be called the Chinese gooseberry, now New Zealand experts are showing Chinese growers how to create the perfect kiwifruit. This is because New Zealanders have honed the art of growing them and are now sharing their expertise.It is all part of Zespri's Project Bamboo, which aims to.....

Turkey: First harvest of the season for the “Yediveren” fig in Manisa

The first harvest of the season for the “Yediveren” fig has started in Turgutlu, Manisa, a city located in western Turkey. The variety is famous for having 7 harvesting period in one year and it is exported to many countries. The sale price at the grower is around 0.60 USD per kg and the production numbers.....

Australia: Custard apple season sweeter than usual

Australian growers of custard apples are reporting sweeter than usual fruit this season. The custard apple season kicked off in April, with plenty of the creamy and vitamin-rich fruit now available in stores. Grower Patti Stacey: “The season so far has been excellent across all growing regions. The warm summer.....

N. Chandrababu Naidu

Indian Chief Minister supports mango farmers

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu came to the rescue of mango farmers in India’s Chittoor district to ensure processing plants pay a minimum price of Rs 7.50 (€0.09) per kg. This was very good news for about 60,000 mango farmers in his home district.Due to a recent glut, the price of mango pulp dropped.....

Booming demand for South Asian mangoes in Alberta

In recent years, the South Asian population in Edmonton and Calgary has boomed and this has coincided with a growing demand for mangoes. The juicy, sweet fruit is grown across India and Pakistan in the summertime and is shipped across the world to countries with large South Asian immigrant and diaspora.....

Importing avocados into India

IG international partners with Peru’s Camet Trading

In order to import fresh Peruvian avocados into India, fresh fruit importer IG international has partnered with Camet Trading, Peru’s leading fresh and processed fruit trader. The first shipment -by sea- of Peruvian Hass avocados, allowed IG International to receive a 40-foot container carrying 4,000 boxes of.....

Rejuvenation of neglected Hayward orchards and measured expansion breathe new life into kiwi industry

South African gold kiwis: some of the best Soreli they’d ever tasted, say Europeans

The current South African kiwi harvest has just ended and it has provided positive signs that the rejuvenation of some old and neglected Hayward kiwi orchards, as well as the nascent gold kiwi production, have indeed met a demand and, in the case of the gold kiwis exports offering, a new field of play for.....

As 40% of mangoes go to waste

Bangladeshi farmers plead for storage facilities

In Bangladesh, at least 40 percent of the total mango production is wasted between the orchard and the dining table. Despite a huge demand of Bangladeshi mangoes abroad, farmers have failed to take advantage of this, due to lack of proper production and preservation processes.According to the Department of.....

Guatemala: New markets for exotic fruits

Exotic fruits, such as rambutan and achacha, are increasingly more common in markets around the world and in the daily diets of consumers, especially of Europeans. This has benefited the exports of some companies, such as Prime Tropics, which have expanded their markets destination.The last campaign was very.....

Red dragon fruit from southern Taiwan hits the shelves

Red dragon fruit grown in Tainan County, southern Taiwan, is now available in stores at a good price. This season's product is of good quality, the prices are stable and they are in steady supply, according to reports.In a bid to encourage a wider audience to try the red fruit, the Agriculture Bureau of the.....

Vietnam: Export fruit enters choosy markets

According to the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), after many years of negotiation, Vietnam has overcome technical barriers an is now able to enter choosy markets including Australia, the US, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.By April 2018, Vietnam had exported over $1.3 billion.....

Avocados still have to wait

Ecuador: Tomatoes ready for export to US

On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, the US opened its borders to receive tree tomatoes, as fresh fruit, from Ecuador. This generated high expectations with the producers of Tungurahua, the province with the largest amount of this crop.“If exporting means having better prices in the sale, combating pests and.....

Jan Vermeiren, Exofi:

“Lowest price for Hass avocados in ten years”

“It’s a strange avocado market this year. Last year there was a shortage of green avocados during Ramadan, and prices were between 10 and 12 euro per box,” says Jan Vermeiren of Exofi. “During this year’s Ramadan, there was too much supply of Peruvian green avocados, and prices were around 7 euro.” The supply.....

Gisborne orchards

New Zealand: Avocado thieves sentenced

Between August 21 and October 11 last year, two men stole avocados from Gisborne orchards, worth about $22,000. It was a series of planned thefts that involved up to five people.Stephen Mackey and Hamiora Tawaho Tiaki Raroa were jointly charged with eight thefts from four separate orchards at Ferry Road,.....

Turkey: First figs of the season sold at 2.5 USD per kg at retail

The fig prices in Bilecik started at a very high level for the first harvest of the season with a price of 2.5 USD per kg. The retailers in the market complain also about the price levels, noting that they could not make a lot of sales at these prices. The figs are coming from Tarsus district of Mersin......

Proto visits New Zealand in search for better kiwi

If China is considered the “motherland” of Kiwifruit, New Zealand is definitely the “Godmother” of the most nutritious fruit there is! Mentality: the key to successThe ones who created this chain of supply for the best kiwifruit around, are called Zespri –proud Proto collaborators- and the reason for their.....

Ecuador seeks business opportunities in China's fruit market

The Business Report, an Ecuador newspaper, reported on June 28th that the Ecuador Minister of Agriculture, Ruben Flores, stated that one major aim of their cooperation with Ecuador and China is to promote business opportunities for the import of Ecuadorean fruit to the Chinese market and to encourage the.....

Vietnamese lychees welcomed in Malaysia

On July 2, the first container of the 2018 Vietnamese lychee crop arrived in Malaysia. It received a warm welcome. The batch was imported by Kuala Lumpur-based Billyan Global Resources and Vietnam’s Hanoi Trade Corporation. After recognizing the large demand for the fruit, Billyan Global Resources has decided.....

Malaysia: Durian prices drop due to abundant supply

It has been an extraordinary season for durians in Malaysia. Fruiting is heavy according to orchard owner Arman Ishak, who said he had to tie the branches of the trees and put up netting so the fruits won't fall on the ground. The 60-year-old said along with other fruit harvesters, they have had to take these.....

With great health benefits

Star fruit: Perfect for the summer

Star fruit is filled with many nutrients and has many health benefits. Not only is it delicious, but this mega fruit has less sugar and calories than a cup of mixed berries, can help lower cholesterol and may assist in losing weight.

Extra focus on Mini Piel de Sapo during Seminis melon days 2018

This week Seminis is organizing personalized melon days to the European key traders and key retailers to show the current assortment and the future assortment of the segments Galia, Cantaloupe, Mini Piel de Sapo and Orange Candy.The visitors were enthusiastic on the newest introduction in Galia, Cantaloupe,.....

Hong Kong, Sweeki kiwis make InterNations meeting sweeter

Sweeki, in collaboration with its distributor Good View Fruits Co. Ltd, sponsored the 29th June InterNations community event at The Artist House in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.The event welcomed a multitude of InterNations members from around the world, eager to chill-out and meet over at the new and incredible,.....

BayWa affiliate TFC expands South African avocado business

The BayWa affiliate TFC Holland B.V. – a Dutch supplier of exotic fruits and vegetables – and Tzaneen-based South African marketing organisation Afrupro Exporters Proprietary Limited, are expanding their collaboration and forming a joint venture. The aim of the new company "Afrupro Investments Proprietary.....

Indian litchi orchards wilt due to changing climate

Indian litchi cultivation is specific to soil and climatic preferences. At present, the area of this fruit under cultivation is 84,000 hectares across the country and its production is 594,000 tonnes. The productivity of litchi is better in India in comparison with its native country China, but still a wide.....

Indian mangoes available in South Korea

Mangoes from India are currently available in the Republic of South Korea in several supermarket chains, including Emart. The mango is the national fruit of India, with early varieties grown there some 5,000 years ago. The word “mango” is derived from the Tamil word “mangkay,” and the common fruit’s scientific.....

Emirates SkyCargo transports record volumes of mangoes

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, transported record volumes of mangoes from Mumbai in the months of May and June. The air cargo carrier saw a growth of more than 50% in the mangoes transported in May this year as compared to the same period last year. Close to 1,130 tons of mangoes were.....

Total export figure 29% higher than last year

New Peruvian mango campaign has ended

The new Peruvian mango season has ended and the figures are positive. The shipments were larger than the previous season, for the first time surpassing 200,000 tons and reaching 209.000 tons.The 2017/18 season began noticeably later than the previous, which presented a marked early start around mid-November,.....

China: 'Tunisian soft seed pomegranate' from Yunnan

The 'Tunisian soft seed pomegranate' has a large fruit body which is colorful and plump. The seeds are also colorful and soft. The fruit flavor is sweet. Because of these characteristics the 'Tunisian soft seed pomegranate' receives a warm welcome on the market. Tunisia first gifted six young pomegranate trees.....

India: Bumper yield of mangoes delights customers

In various parts of India, mangoes are cheaper than potatoes. This is because of a bumper crop this year. The Malda is being sold at Rs 20-25 (€0.25-0.31) a kilogram. The “Langra” and “Dussehri” from Uttar Pradesh are also available in retail markets at Rs 20-30 a kilogram. In Delhi, which depends on.....

Sundargarh, India

Smell of jackfruits attracts elephants

An abundance of jackfruit has become something of a liability for the villagers in far-off areas of the Sundargarh district, as the aroma of the fruit is attracting elephants. "This time, mango, tamarind and mahua production has been lower; only the jackfruit witnessed a bumper harvest. You can see truckloads.....

Sindh Mango Growers and Exporters

European market gets a taste of Pakistani mangoes

Veteran mango grower Ghulam Sarwar Abro sees the introduction and implementation of modern farming techniques in mango orchards as crucial. Like-minded mango growers, after adopting modern agricultural practices, have begun exporting mangoes to countries such as Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Canada and Saudi.....

Logiztik Alliance

“First export ever from Ecuador to Iceland”

“This first export was a trial shipment for a large grocery chain in Iceland. The first export contained 23kg, which means about 50 pieces of fruit. However, we hope to start a regular export route. One of our top fruit exporters had direct contact with potential clients in Iceland, and asked us to help them.....

SCAAP

French Minister on the move in the Hayward kiwi orchards

On Friday 8 June, the French Minister of Agriculture and Food, Mr Stéphane Travert, made a visit to the south west of the country. He took advantage of the opportunity to pass by the approved organic farm of one of SCAAP's kiwi-growing members, Laurent Betbeder. The Minister highlighted the importance of the.....

Ghana: Market share for pineapples drops from 10% to 3%

The Ghana Business Development Review report 2018 has revealed that the country’s share of the International Pineapple Export Market has declined sharply from 10 percent in 2004 to 3 percent in 2014. According to the report published by the University Of Ghana Business School (UGBS), gains from pineapple.....

High demand for coconuts in the Northeast US

Summer is bringing on a hike in the demand for coconuts in the US. Consumers are demonstrating a preference for the fruit during the warmer months, when suppliers say the green, or water, coconuts are more intensely sought after for drinking the refreshing juice."Although we supply coconuts year round, there.....

Guava growers in Mexico optimistic as crops recover

Guava production in the Mexican growing regions is moving along well, as growers report generally good conditions in the growing regions. Supplies are down compared with the average, due to frost damage to trees last year. However, growers are optimistic as so far this season, there has been only positive news.....

Italy: Future prospects for tropical fruit

VIDEOCREA-OFA in Acireale have organised a seminar to discuss the future prospects for tropical and subtropical fruit in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Environment of the University of Catania and Acireale's Lions Club.Standing: Paolo Rapisarda, Director of CREA - OFA"We focus.....

China improves conditions for the export of the Italian kiwifruit

ICE (aGovernmental Organization promoting the internationalization of Italian companies) has played a major role in coordinating negotiations between the Italian and Chinese markets. Following the approval of the Ministry of Economic Development, as part of a special loan intended to facilitate and encourage.....

PTT provides space for Thai farmers to sell pineapples

Thailand's state-owned PTT Public Company Limited is assisting pineapple growers who suffer from low prices by allowing farmers to sell pineapples at gas stations, free of charge. Gas station owners are encouraged to purchase pineapples from farmers and distribute them to customers. PTT has also coordinated.....

Cayman Islands: Mango season perhaps ‘worst ever’

If the fruit vendors at the Hamlin Stephenson Market in George Town are to be believed, the first wave of this year’s mango crop has been dismal due to an early heat wave. Jackson Collins: “Because of the jolt, most of the blossoms burned off.”According to the market’s owner, Hamlin Stephenson, heat was not.....

China: Chengdu's kiwifruit exported to European Markets

"Last year, our citrus was affected by severe weather and pest diseases. However, thanks to the good weather this year, the trees have many fruits and the crops are growing well," said Ms. Liu Min from Sichuan Kangyuan Agricultural Products."Grapes and pears entered the market in the early June. The production.....

Portugal: Passionfruit from the Azores for local markets

“In general we offer fruit from April to September, except for bananas which we have available all year round. However, this year seems to be different. We are losing some production due to the lack of rain. We usually have rain during the spring, but we are without rainfall since March. This means less.....

USDA report

Italian Kiwifruit Overview 2017

Italy is a world leading kiwifruit producer. Lazio, Piemonte, Emilia Romagna, Calabria, and Veneto are the main kiwi-producing areas, accounting for approximately 31, 18, 15, 11 and 10 percent of national production, respectively. The Hayward is the chief green cultivar, followed by increasing yellow varieties.....

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The avocado has really captured millennial hearts, while keeping those hearts healthy thanks to monounsaturated oleic acid. Avocados can level-up your toast, infuse your smoothies with protein and satisfying texture, and serve as the central component of the most perfect appetizer on the planet, guacamole.But.....

Zespri announces new partnership with CMA CGM

PHOTO REPORTZespri kiwis will no longer be transported to the Belgian port of Zeebrugge in refrigerated vessels. From the start of this year's kiwi season in New Zealand, these fruits will be brought in by containers. Last week, Zespri celebrated this new partnership with French container transportation and shipping.....

Coconuts can be sliced like melons, thanks to Fruttital Service

Coconuts are definitely healthy thanks to their therapeutic properties, but they are not very easy to eat by final consumers. This is why Fruttital Service has come up with an innovative solution.The project is called "Ready to Eat&Drink": it's a pre-shelled coconut with water still inside the fruit to.....

North Island Māori secure record slice of kiwifruit market

Three North Island Iwi-based entities have successfully purchased one of New Zealand’s largest kiwifruit portfolios.Te Arawa Group Holdings (Rotorua); Rotoma No 1 Incorporation (Rotorua), and Ngāti Awa Group Holdings (Whakatane) today announced they are the new owners of Matai Pacific’s vast kiwifruit.....

Rising avocado prices - spike in thefts across New Zealand

Due to rising avocado prices, there has been an increase in the amount of thefts in New Zealand. Orchardists are doing all they can to prevent people from stealing their fruit. According to the New Zealand Avocado Growers Association, harvest volumes this month were down to around half that for the previous.....

Investors eye Costa farms

Investment fund managers are anticipating horticulture’s Costa family to list its farming properties in a $285 million real estate investment trust. The farms supply the Australian Securities Exchange-listed Costa Group with raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, mandarins and oranges and are valued at about.....

Wanbang Market: Star fruit has small quantities and high prices

Last week, the price of carambola, or star fruit, on the Wanbang market rose. The main reasons for the increase, compared to that of last week, are: firstly, there are fewer cultivation bases. China's carambola mainly comes from Hainan, Fujian and Shandong. Now, the carambola mainly comes from Guangdong. The.....

Mekong River Delta

Vietnam: UNIDO promotes post-harvest excellence for mangoes

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the People’s Committee of the Dong Thap province invited over 120 high-level participants from the public and private sector to discuss opportunities to strengthen the mango.....

Nature’s Pride launches avocado campaign ‘Yes, I Do’

They've never been so popular, so it's time to personally get to know the avocado. That was why Nature's Pride has developed the 'Yes, I do' avocado campaign for the EAT ME brand. Although avocados are popular, there are still many people who don’t eat them yet! And this fruit is just so versatile and healthy......

2018 Qifeng Kiwi Fruit Industry National Retailers Summit Meeting

The 2018 Qifeng Kiwi Fruit Industry National Retailers Summit Meeting convened in Mei County from June 22nd to June 25th. The summit meeting gathered retailers and large names in the fruit industry from more than 60 countries. They discussed the development and future of China's fruit industry. Last year's.....

China: "Stable retail conditions for Hainan dragon fruit"

"Red Heart dragon fruit is a rare kind of dragon fruit that contains a special component - anthocyanin. The red dragon fruit is also sweeter than regular dragon fruit. Hainan is particularly favored with sunshine, moist air, and fertile soil. These elements create the perfect conditions for growing Red Heart.....