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Tropical fruit


Magnus Sundén:

“New products introduced weekly”

Introducing a new product every week. That is Hebes Frukt & Grönt, from the Swedish city of Göteborg’s, goal. Although the focus is on trading, these new products are necessary to distinguish themselves in the market. The ‘fruit plate’ and ‘taco plate’ were recently introduced. Besides developing new.....

China: First mango pulp production line is successfully launched

In recent years, the mango planting area in Panzhihua city of Sichuan province has been expanding constantly. To improve the production, thePanzhihua Institute and the Panzhihua Mango Health Products R&D Center havedeveloped the first Chinese quality mango pulp production line. The line can processes more.....

From the Dominican Republic

Greenskin avocados coming in to the US earlier than normal

Greenskin avocado production from the Dominican Republic started much earlier than normal; growers and importers are in for a very good season, according to Desiree Morales with WP Produce.The season started as usual in mid-October, however with much more volume due to Hurricane Irma’s destruction on the.....

Indonesian mangosteen exporters continue to urge China to lift ban

Indonesia is experiencing friction with its largest trading partner, China, over access to the Chinese market for its mangosteens.Enggartiasto Lukita, Indonesia’s Trade Minister, told Asia Times on October 13, during a trade expo in Banten, on Java island, that: “We have complained about the export to China.....

Third Quarter Report:

Camposol revenues up 37% reaching $240M

Financial Review for the Third Quarter of Year 2017Camposol saw revenues reach USD 240.6 million (175.4), up 37.2% from the same period last year, principally due to higher volumes and prices in avocados and higher volumes in seafood.Gross profit was USD 92.3 million (52.7) and the gross margin for the same.....

Australian interest rates are expected to remain at their record low

Interest rates are expected to remain at their record lows until well into 2018, after a collapse in fruit and vegetable prices offset soaring electricity bills and kept inflation below the central bank's target range.The consumer price index rose 0.6 per cent in the September quarter, missing market forecasts.....

Costa Rica: Senasa reestablishes pineapple planting in the northern area

The National Animal Health Service (Senasa) will reestablish pineapple cultivation in several villages in the northern part of the country today, October 26, after a 90-day moratorium that was imposed due to the strong increase in the population of the stable fly pest, which develops in crop residues,.....

California Avocado Commission's new marketing campaign to focus on nutrition

Engaging with retailers, supermarket dietitians, the media and avocado stakeholders were among the highlights of the 2017, Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit in New Orleans for the California Avocado Commission (CAC).“The Commission held some very productive meetings with retailers and avocado.....

Romanian figs have hit supermarket shelves

Romania is a country of paradoxes. It imports apples and grapes from hot countries, but it has also started selling figs and kiwis grown in Romania, as Romanian producers have managed to acclimatise more varieties of exotic fruits and vegetables.In fact, the first Romanian figs have already hit the shelves of.....

Mexico: Most of the avocado plantations in Morelia have no permits

Most of the area planted with avocado in Morelia lacks the change of land use permit required by the environmental sector authorities, acknowledged Alfonso Martinez Alcazar, the municipal president of the state capital.He said that Morelia's avocado production was relatively young, as its orchards have been.....

AU: Strong start for Australian Mango season

Northern Australia has kicked off a 'great' mango season, with almost 4 million trays expected to be dispatched from Darwin, Katherine and Kununurra by mid-December, according to the Australian Mango Industry Association.In Darwin, there have been reports of some isolated showers delaying some picking,.....

Justo Redondo López, manager of Nogal Fruit:

"We are starting with Extremadura's first kaki and pomegranate harvest"

Kakis and pomegranates continue to gain in popularity among Spanish producers and traders, just as is happening in other countries.At the recent Fruit Attraction 2017 we have seen how various companies have included one of these two products, or both, to their range, either of their own production or from.....

Week 43 import market review

Laotian pineapples testing the waters in China - New variety of Japanese apples

This week, the import market is still recovering from the holidays. South East Asian and Southern Hemisphere fruit, like mangoes, oranges, blueberries and avocadoes, are mainly occupying the market. However, the Chinese import market has also welcomed some new products, namely Laotian pineapples......

NZ Avocado Growers Association elects new chair

Tauranga avocado grower Tony Ponder has been elected as the New Zealand Avocado Growers Association and Avocado Industry Council chairperson.Mr Ponder replaced Ashby Whitehead who stepped down as chairperson at the Annual General Meeting in August.Mr Whitehead had served as chairperson since 2013 and as a.....

Spanish distributors increasingly committed to domestic mangoes

Spain: "If the avocado production doesn't grow, we'll have to import to supply our customers"

"The future is very good", "What is tough is not to sell, but to have enough production available" and "Tropical fruits are the ones growing the most" - these are some of the optimistic statements about the subtropical fruit sector made by agro-food companies from Malaga in the framework of the International.....

Chipotle's profits hit by higher avocado prices following hurricanes

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey took a giant bite out of Chipotle's revenue this year as the hurricanes drove up avocado prices. Costs associated with an April malware attack also ate into the company's profit.Though Chipotle found some cost savings in preparing lettuce and peppers in its restaurants, some of those.....

Increase in exports to the European Union

Spain: Malaga's subtropical crops continue to expand

The commitment to exports continues to yield good results to Malaga's subtropical sector, even though the province's avocado production remains more or less stable (around 40,000 tonnes per campaign) and that of mangoes has been almost identical for two years (about 30,000 tonnes). The secret is in the.....

Antitumoural action of mango leaf demonstrated

Researchers from the Tumour Immunology group at the University of Jaén (UJA) and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Food Technology at the University of Cadiz have demonstrated the antitumoural action on breast cancer cells of extracts obtained from mango leaves.The project, as reported by the UJA,.....

From January to August

Peru: Mango exports generated 213 million dollars

According to the Association of Exporters (ADEX), between January and August 2017, mango exports generated a turnover of US $ 213 million, i.e. 7.3% more than in the same period of the year past.Fresh mango led the exports, generating sales of US $138,742,000 (accounting for 61.5% of the global amount). They.....

Ecuador: Good prospects for the mango harvest

The country began its harvest of mango for export with good prospects for the sector, which has the goal of achieving or surpassing the exports of 13,627,137 boxes of 4 kilos they shipped abroad in the 2016 -2017 campaign.Sergio Cedeño, the president of the Ecuadorian Mango Foundation, said that, even though.....

Michael Vesely of Jewel-Osco named 2017 Mango Retailer of the Year

The National Mango Board (NMB) named Michael Vesely of Jewel-Osco as the 2017 Mango Retailer of the Year. The award was announced during the NMB’s Annual Mango Industry Reception on October 20, 2017 during PMA’s Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in Orlando, FL. Present at the award ceremony were mango.....

Irma's damage to US avocado crop a boon for Dominican producers

Damage to the Florida's green skinned avocado crop following Irma has been a boon for Dominican Republic avocado producers. New York prices for green skin avocados are currently 40 to 45 dollars a box compared to 26 to 28 dollars a box a year ago.Jose Rosa, President of the Cambita Avocado Cluster in the DR.....

Symposium arranged to discuss security of Fiji's fruit industry

In light of the unprecedented threats posed by global warming and climate change to the tropical fruit industry, the upcoming International Symposium on Tropical Fruits will provide an ideal platform for discussions to all stakeholders.Ministry of Agriculture permanent secretary Jitendra Singh made the comment.....

New tracking device trial to improve quality of Australian mango exports

A new tracking device trialled by the NT Government to help open up export markets has made a successful journey to the USA with this year’s first shipment of Katherine mangoes.Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, said the success of the Sendum PT300D device could mean big things for the.....

Australian volunteers make a difference, picking mangoes to raise money

Standing in a small mango packing shed in Western Australia's remote Kimberley, a group of volunteers is hoping to make a big difference 'one mango at a time.'For the past seven years, Joan Grosser and her husband Bill, have organised volunteers to come to Kununurra to pick and pack mangoes to raise money for.....

Spain expects to harvest 55,000 tonnes of avocados this campaign

The avocado campaign will begin in La Axarquía with the harvest of the early varieties. A stable season is expected, with optimum quality and the right calibres to ensure success in the markets. The total production should amount to about 55,000 tonnes.Moreover, a good marketing year is expected because demand.....

"We will continue to actively look for orchard investments in the Far North.”

Seeka secures Northland avocado jewel

Today, Seeka Limited announced the purchase of the Northland avocado orchard, Shirttail Orchard in Pukenui, Houhora, New Zealand, which it will jointly own along with two other parties. The orchard will be renamed and operate as Rising Sun Orchard Limited. The 28 hectare evenly contoured orchard has a proven.....

National Mango Board appoints new Consumer Agency of Record

The National Mango Board (NMB) has named global communications and engagement agency Weber Shandwick as its new creative consumer agency of record in 2018. The selection follows an agency review initiated by the board of directors earlier this year.Weber Shandwick will develop integrated marketing and.....

Malaysian researcher creates flour and yogurt from breadfruit

A research student at the Sultan Zainal Abidin University in Malaysia has managed to produce yogurt and multi-purpose flour from breadfruit.Siti Nuriah Mohd Noor, 24, is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree at the Faculty of Food Science and Technology, through her study titled “Kanji Rintang Sukun”.....

Pineapples praised in Cuba

The president of the Pineapple Working Group at the International Societyfor Horticultural Sciences (ISHS), Domingo Haroldo Reinhardt, has praised todaythe importance of this fruit, considered the queen among all tropical fruit.Talking to Prensa Latina during the 9th International Pineapple Symposiuman event.....

Steps to enter the Asian giant

Chinese commission arrives in Colombia to inspect avocados

A commission of inspectors from the sanitary authority of the People's Republic of China arrived in Colombia to evaluate the country's Hass avocado production system, as part of the process so that this product can enter the Chinese market. The delegation, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Colombian.....

Demand for Indonesian fruits on the rise

Although Java Fresh is based in Indonesia, they have an office in Brittany, France.“More than 80% of our business is in Europe,” says Sophie Garre, the company’s European manager. "It’s easier to stay in touch with our European buyers when you have someone within the same time zone"She co-ordinates with her.....

Spain: Over 140,000 tonnes of Ribera del Xúquer kakis expected

On 16 October 2017, the presentation of the 2017 Ribera del Xúquer kaki campaign took place in l'Alcúdia. The event was chaired by the mayor of the town, Andreu Salom Porta, the president of the Regulatory Council, Cirilo Arnandis and the Councillor for Agriculture, Environment, Climate Change and Rural.....

Spanish subtropical crops

Fruits such as cherimoyas, avocados or mangoes have ceased to be unknown quantities to consumers. In fact they have become an increasingly common product in the shopping carts. Spain is currently the European country with the highest number of hectares devoted to the cultivation of these crops, which is.....

First-time PMA Fresh Summit exhibitor

Super Starr International brings tropical fruit to New Orleans

Super Starr International will showcase its flavorful, safe papaya varieties this year at PMA Fresh Summit. As a first-time exhibitor, Super Starr International is excited to bring a little piece of its tropical fruit heaven to New Orleans this October.Papaya, often overlooked in fruit selection, is ranked as.....

China: First batch of Costa Rican pineapples arrive in Shanghai

Last Friday, October 13, the first direct ship loaded withCosta Rican pineapples arrived in Shanghai. It was the result of an agreement between China and Colombia signedlast March. The batch was transported by Yijunde International Freight Forwarding Ltd, which was also responsible for customs clearance,.....

Africa's fourth largest pineapple exporter recommences trading with EU

Jean–Xavier Satola supervises cutting and packaging, as Benin — Africa's fourth–biggest exporter of the fruit — starts trading again after an eight–month self–imposed absence.Satola has been in the pineapple business for 30 years and as soon as he got the green light from the government was Benin's first.....

Lack of know-how is lowering mango production in the Philippines

The dwindling of the mango industry can be attributed to the mango contractors and the lack of proper know-how among mango farmers, said an official of a mango growers group.Samahan ng Magmamangga ng Davao Region, Inc. (SMDRI) chairman Richard Olores said a few years back the mango industry in the region can.....

Peru: Camet Trading wants to export 20% more avocado this year

The producer and marketer of fresh avocados, Camet Trading, will seek to increase its export volume by 20% this year by improving its productivity per hectare and adding new fields to its portfolio, stated its CEO, Enrique Camet."We have projects to develop experimental fields of the GEM and Carmen varieties -.....

Prices have fallen by 25% since the entry into force of the Russian veto

Spain: Kaki production will be 20% lower than expected

According to the Spanish Kaki Association, the early summer heatwaves have caused a reduction in the kaki production volume of between 15 and 20%, with all production areas in Spain affected. Of the 400,000 tonnes that were expected this season, only 320,000 tonnes will be harvested.Many had thought that the.....

Taiwanese company to export bananas and pineapples to Japan

Taiwan’s Mitagri Co on Friday signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Japan’s Farmind Corp, with the aim of exporting Taiwanese bananas, pineapples and other agricultural products to Japan.Mitagri’s chariman Chen Yu-jan signed the LOI with Farmind’s representative in Tokyo, while the Council of Agriculture (COA).....

Philippines to rehabilitate 110 hectares of mango trees in Davao

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will rehabilitate 110 hectares of mango trees in the Davao region to address the declining mango production in the region.Based on the list submitted by the Samahang Magmamangga sa Davao Region (SMDR) to DA-High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP), Davao del Sur will have.....

Tu Phan, Anh Duong Sao

Vietnam – a major player in lime & mango exports

R2E2, a variety of mango that was introduced to Vietnam by Australians around 10 years ago, has been a driving force that has catapulted Vietnam into becoming a major player in the exporting of R2E2 mangoes. According to Tu Phan the Managing Director of Anh Duong Sao in Vietnam explains, “A group of.....

French group will be in charge of their marketing

Spain: Asturian kiwis to be distributed worldwide

Kiwis are here to stay on the banks of the Narcea River as it passes through the council of Salas. The fruit's first multi-variety plantation already occupies 15 hectares in Cornellana. In them, the company 'Kiwis La Rodriga' cultivates three varieties: Nergi, Hayward and OscarGold, with the latter being the.....

Mission Produce knows the AvocaDOs and DON’Ts

Oxnard-based Mission Produce continues to innovate in the avocado category. With over thirty-five years of experience and eleven ripening centers globally, the Mission Produce team has developed a best practices avocado guide, AvocaDOs and DON’Ts.Mission Produce is rolling out two versions simultaneously. One.....

Biotropic

Dominican Republic irrigates organic bananas using solar energy

In the Dominican Ecological Centre (Centro Ecologico Cibao), a photovoltaic system has recently been installed. The energy provided is used to water the plants that grow there.It is especially used for the organic bananas that grow on the plantation, which is 18 hectares in size and is situated next to the.....

Summit in Samoa hopes to bring breadfruit into the mainstream

There are hopes that a breadfruit summit in Samoa will lead to greater commercial consumption of the crop.Samoa's minister of agriculture Lopao'o Natanielu Mu'a said breadfruit is an abundant, subsistence crop in Pacifc and Carribean islands with a similar cultural significance to coconuts.He said in terms of.....

Inmaculada Torregrosa, manager of Frutas Inma:

Spain: "Our kaki shipments have doubled and consumption continues to grow"

"We started marketing kakis three weeks ago, and compared to the same period last year, we have doubled the volume shipped; and that with acceptable prices. In the next few days, prices will begin to drop as the volumes increase. What matters most is for sales and consumption to remain stable," explains.....

BestChoice works to make exotics more sustainable for the holiday season

The days are getting shorter and pumpkins are showing up everywhere, which means Christmas isn’t far behind. As the festive season approaches, Exotic fruits also come to the forefront BestChoice tells."While people enjoy passionfruit, pomegranate, and papaya all year long, we also have some typical December.....

AU: Longer mango season is good for growers

The mango season is 2/3 of the way through at Rich Red Fruit's orchards in Darwin and according to Matthew Palise, Managing Director of the company, it is looking like a record year. "We started four weeks weeks early, which meant that customers could enjoy the mangoes from August onwards," explained Matt. "It.....

UK: Manchester to get an all avocado restaurant

After a successful launch in Amsterdam, the world's first avocado restaurant is now set to take over Manchester.Since their launch in De Pijp in Amsterdam, The Avocado Show has become best known for The Bun Burger.Priced at €15, the avocado bun sandwich is Dutch smoked 'ossenworst', bacon, tomato, onion, and.....

Ecuador is main pineapple supplier for Argentina

At the moment the area planted with own pineapple production is 317 hectares with a production of about 12.100 tons. The most important production region is Misiones with 300 hectares, followed by Salta and Jujuy with 15 hectares and Formosa has 2 hectares. The annual consumption is about 23.00 tons, so the.....

Pacific Fruits

Colombia to start exporting Hass avocados to the Asian market

The Colombian company Pacific Fruits, one of the main producers and exporters of Hass avocado in the country, has begun talks to export its products to the Asian market, starting with China, although with the goal of reaching other countries like Japan, Malaysia, or South Korea.Rodolfo Ahumada, of Pacific.....

Peruvian avocados close most successful season yet

Due to this season’s avocado shortage in the U.S., Avocados from Peru (AFP) shipped a record 145 million pounds of Peruvian avocados to the U.S. in an extremely condensed window of time during the summer months.Click here for a larger versionThanks to AFP, the U.S.’s demand for avocados this 2017 season was.....

AU: Nuccio Camuglia crowned mango king at Brisbane charity auction

The annual Brisbane Produce Market Charity Mango Auction went off with a bang this morning with the season's first tray of mangoes raking in a juicy $29,000.Nuccio Camuglia, owner of Fruity Capers in Toowong Village, Brisbane, was crowned the Mango King for 2017.Fruity Capers is a regular supporter of local.....

Brazil mango season off to shaky start

Higher than expected mango volumes out of Mexico have hampered the start of the Brazilian season, with suppliers facing market price pressures and lengthier availability of stock. The Mexican season produced very high volumes and has extended longer than expected. A representative from Splendid, an importer.....

Tropicales del Valle will be at Fruit Attraction

Costa Rica: "Colombia and Ecuador won't catch up with us"

"Our Costa Rican company grows, packages and exports fresh pineapple to the world. We work on around 900 hectares of our own production, and approximately 1000 hectares of independent producers; which allows us to export about 6.5 million cases a year. Our destinations include Russia, Central and Southern.....

New research could mean a less smelly durian

The smell of durian has been described by some as "turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock" — and scientists have now unlocked the biology behind its infamous aroma which could eventually lead to a better smelling variety.Many people in South-East Asia, including Professor Bin Tean Teh, love the.....

Malaysia to ship 5,000 kg of durians to China for the Nanning Durian Festival

The Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) in Malaysia will ship 5,000 kg of frozen durian to Qinzhou in Guangxi, China in conjunction with the first Nanning Durian Festival 2017 from Nov 3 to 5.FAMA chairman Tan Sri Badruddin Amiruldin said the delivery of the fruit in the frozen form was the first.....

AU farmers seek compensation from govt over contaminated water supply

A Northern Territory mango farmer is one of hundreds of Australians seeking compensation from the Defence Department after learning the chemical contamination in his water supply is almost 66 times over the deemed safe limit for drinking water.Patrick Fordham's small mango farm just outside the town of.....