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Declaration is for 7 May until 8 June 2018

Shortage of seasonal labour declared for BOP kiwifruit industry

New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI) supports the Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) declaration of a labour shortage for the kiwifruit industry in the Bay of Plenty. The declaration announced today is for the period 7 May until 8 June 2018.The Bay of Plenty has now entered its peak period of.....

Kenya: Avocado production set to boom as locals eye export market

The growing export market for avocado has now caught the eye of farmers in Kenya’s Kericho County, traditionally a tea growing zone. Regional leaders have launched a campaign to scale up adoption of the fruit, with 2,000 seedlings set to be distributed to farmers. The initiative is being spearheaded by Kapsoit.....

Greg Vicherat:

“Let's prevent avocado from becoming a luxury product”

The story of the avocado is a successful one. Globally, consumption continues to grow by double figures. On the production side of things, growers are ramping up their production, but even at current planting rates, growers can’t keep up with the speed at which consumption is growing.“There’s still room for.....

For Hort Innovation’s Australian Avocados

Australia: New ‘Smash an Avo’ campaign

WPP agency Ikon Sydney has launched its first campaign for Hort Innovation’s Australian Avocados brand since winning the business earlier this year. The new ‘Smash an Avo’ campaign is part of a complete brand refresh for Australian Avocados. Ikon’s integrated team delivered strategy, media, creative, brand.....

Less Swiss consumer tourism after adjustment of exchange rate

There are no longer any border checks, and Switzerland has also integrated into the EU in other policy areas. Although this cooperation comes with a price for the Swiss, there’s no urge to integrate further. Earlier this year, the Swiss Minister of Finance said membership of the EU would be harmful for the.....

Sweeter & larger South African passion fruit beating competition from Latin America

South African passion fruits are larger and sweeter than their Colombian counterparts. They also outsell Colombia (South Africa’s main competitor) in Europe, but Colombia still exports more processed passion fruits in the form of juices and concentrates. Local exporter Pico Fresh, which exports three-quarters.....

Karnataka State

Beautiful fruit being sold along a busy Indian highway

A stretch of the busy Mysuru-Bantwal highway, between Yelwal and the little village of Manuganahalli, has been transformed into a ‘mango mandi’, with all varieties of the fruit on sale. Many types of mango are sold here by the growers from nearby villages. The vendors start their business at the crack of.....

The new super fruit juice to hit America's shore

Bali Juice, a Californian based company, is bringing the rare super fruit 'Mangosteen' as a pure juice to the United States. Mangosteen is a sweet and exotic tasting fruit that comes from South East Asia.Mangosteen trees can take up to 15 years to grow and sometimes bear fruit every two years. Bali Juice has.....

North America

Popularity and prices rise on imported figs

With consumption on the rise, prices of organic figs are also beginning to increase. “Pricing is a supply-demand issue and lately there are a few more big players in the market who like to put figs into their products as an ingredient or sell them packaged in their stores. So the consumption is growing now and.....

Peru: Ayacucho cultivates cape gooseberries to conquer external markets

Producers of the Vinchos district in Huamanga, Ayacucho, have found in the culture of cape gooseberries a business alternative to sustain their families and develop their region. There are 20 producers that make up the Association of Producers of Fruit and Minor Animal Breeding in the Lower Valley of Vinchos.....

Malaysia: Sarawak announces €1.5 million to increase durian production

The Sarawak state government has allocated RM7 million (€1.5 mln) for a rehabilitation programme, aimed at increasing production of durian fruit. Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas said the programme will involve rehabilitating 20,000 durian trees cultivated at farms in Serian, Betong, Baram and.....

Indian Alphonsos hit by last year’s untimely rains

With a dip in production of Alphonsos in the Konkan belt, farmers believe better marketing of their produce through exhibitions could help improve sales.Untimely rains in November and December 2017 have hit the Alphonso mango harvest badly this year, said Konkan-based farmers attending a mango exhibition in.....

Australia: Persimmons sweet surprise for tasters and growers

Described as a mix between an apple and a melon, the persimmon is gaining popularity among West Australians. The Casotti family, of Roleystone’s Raeburn Orchards, say people are pleasantly surprised when they try the fruit. “We have been growing them for over 30 years. They have become really popular because.....

Conquering the European market with Saudi dates

Tomoor wants to increase the reputation of Saudi dates. With their own plantation in Saudi Arabia and a convenient location near the Port of Antwerp, Mustapha and Kasim Chihabi are well on their way of achieving their goal.The popularity of dates is increasing. The subtropical fruit is recognised as a healthy.....

Chinese authorities intercept 120 trays of fake Zespri product at fruit market

Chinese government officials have intercepted 120 trays of fake Zespri kiwifruit being sold in a fruit market.Zespri mainland China general manager, Holly Brown, said 120 trays of counterfeit product were recently intercepted by authorities in the Zhoungpu Wholesale Fruit Market in the southeastern province of.....

Aspiring Kenyan avocado investors need to start by researching standards

Avocado farming has become a big-league agro-enterprise with various market forces favouring Kenyan producers, including border control, climate and the global appetite for avocados. The Hass avocado, a premium product in the Middle East and Europe has gained popularity in the ready-to-eat segment in.....

Taiwan lychee variety sees best harvest in two years

A variety of lychee fruit, Kaohsiung's jade purse lychee, has benefited from the recent stable weather and now 60 percent more fruit has been harvested already this year compared to regular years. A little rain, but constant humidity and large temperature changes throughout the day provided perfect conditions.....

Alkaline soil production makes for special flavour

China: "Extra red vine tomatoes trending on market"

"Alkaline soil (red) vine tomatoes are, as the name implies, tomatoes grown in alkaline soil. The color of alkaline soil tomato is redder than the common tomato. The tomato also has richer fruit flesh, more juice, and tastes sweeter. Apart from this, alkaline soil requires very little input. Furthermore, when.....

India: Nunna Mango market looks deserted

The Nunna Mango Market, one of the biggest mango markets in the country, looks quite deserted due to lack of trading this season. This market is famous for exporting mangoes to Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana and Hyderabad. Hundreds of mango traders and middlemen come to Nunna Mango Market every year to purchase.....

China: Ginger market becomes polarized

Plantation owners have continuously expanded the ginger plantation surface area in recent years. With this continuous increase in production volume, the price has been depressed. However, the price of high-quality, large fresh ginger shows a continuous increase and the price difference is relatively large. The.....

India, state of Kerala

Mango Mania in Thiruvananthapuram

Mangoes from different parts of India have started arriving in Thiruvananthapuram city with the onset of the season. “The mangoes that come in the summer months have a richer taste than the ones that come off-season. The sales are very good. So, we bring in new varieties from all parts of India,” says Riyaz, a.....

Achacha: World’s largest plantation for sale

Australia’s only commercial Achacha plantation is on the market, providing investors with an opportunity to secure a monopoly over the sweet, tangy fruit. Achacha (achachairú, Garcinia humilis) is a native of Bolivia.The 123 hectare property has been organically accredited for six years and uses biodynamic.....

Chile explores new opportunities for kiwis in India

Chile's Kiwi Committee will carry out the first strategic promotional effort to take advantage of the rapid growth of Chilean kiwis in India. To do this, they will have the support of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile (ASOEX), and the financing of the Ministry of Agriculture of Chile, through the.....

China: Morocco orders 300 tons of Haikou lychees

On April 26th, the Haikou (Yongxing) Volcanic Lychee Promotion Meeting and the Volcanic Lychee Trade Conference were held at the e-business for Poverty Alleviation Centre in Yongxing Town, Xiuying District. More than 120 lychee producers from all over the country have signed the 16 million yuan contract......

Malaysia: Top Fruits are expanding downstream route

Fruit-based food manufacturer Top Fruits is planning to expand its downstream operations. Director Iris Tan Sing Boon says some of the downstream activities it is eyeing include processing durian pulps and durian-based frozen food for exports. However, Tan hopes for partners, in the form of strategic.....

India: Tripura state government to boost pineapple production

The Tripura government has taken several steps to boost pineapple production in the state by planning to build a better infrastructure and emphasising exports. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb stated he wants to build more infrastructure like ‘food parks’, laboratories for testing food products and cold storage.....

Smell turns out to be rotten durian fruit

Australian university evacuated over 'gas leak'

This weekend, more than 500 people were evacuated from a university in Melbourne after the smell of a rotting durian fruit was mistaken for a gas leak. The smell of durian has been compared to onions, sewage and even turpentine. Emergency services crews dressed in specialist masks carried out a ‘comprehensive.....

China: Ginger plantation area to increase by an estimated 15%

Chinese ginger plantations are distributed over Shandong, Hebei, Liaoning, Hunan, and Anhui. The surface area devoted to ginger plantation in China began to increase in 2013 and has increased every year since then. In 2017 the surface area devoted to ginger plantation reached 255,333 hectares, which was an.....

Direct importer launches unique varieties into the trade sector

Germany: Thai organic mangoes popular with top gastronomers

Fibre-free Thai mangoes of organic quality - that is the motto of Kipepeo bio & fair GmbH from Neuffen. The direct importer, involved in fresh fruit projects in Thailand and East Africa, serves German organic wholesalers all year round with tropical, ripe, freshly harvested exotics and is particularly.....

China: Jiu Tai Agriculture is ready for fresh Thai durian

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

Sophie Ye, KX Food

"Organic ginger's popularity is on the rise"

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

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

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

Philippines willing to export tropical fruits to Uzbekistan

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

Colombia’s economic future: Avocados or oil?

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

Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board to help with mango sales

Indian mango growers want to bypass middlemen

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

Orri mandarins finding the right balance in US market

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

Three-year study aims to boost mango exports in Myanmar

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

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

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

Ministry for Commerce to help Thai farmers benefit from online markets

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

Saudi Arabia’s Jazan recognized for its 60 mango varieties

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

Exported from Tripura, India

Queen pineapples headed for Dubai

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

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

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

Northern provinces of Vietnam propose promoting litchi & longan exports

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

Frutco AG receives Investment Award in Dubai

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

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

SunGold kiwifruits expand their presence in North America

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

Official Fruit for 2018 season

Natural Delights Medjool Dates partners with Pro UCI MTB team

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

Alibaba takes durian on board in Thai deal

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

“Lots of mangoes on the European market”

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

India: Emphasis on pineapple cultivation in state of Tripura

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

Why is a Pineapple called a Pineapple?

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

After 2018 Gold3 tender

Unlisted celebrates first $1 billion issue as Zespri resumes trading

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

Senegal : 21,000 tons of mangoes exported in 2017

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

Italy: Good end to kiwi season

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

Hai Duong Province

Vietnam’s first lychees of season to enter market

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

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

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

Benoît Maillard-Guillon, Ets Meseguer:

France: "High-end citrus most in demand"

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

Dragon fruit and young coconuts

Vietnamese fruit varieties have become mainstream in Canada

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

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

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

Output in May declined by 15%

Adverse climate hits mango production; prices remain firm this year

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

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

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