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Colombia aims to realize valuable business at the Pacific Alliance's business roundtable

ProColombia expects that entrepreneurs will realize businesses of more than one million dollars during the Pacific Alliance's business roundtable, being held in the city of Pereira.This was confirmed by Felipe Jaramillo, director of ProColombia, who said that "that figure will increase significantly during the.....

Giumarra adds premium Colombian pineapple to its tropical line

Giumarra announces it will be working with Bengala Agrícola to offer a 12-month supply of premium-quality golden pineapple grown in Valle de Cauca, Colombia. First shipments will arrive Sep. 4. Fruit will arrive on the East Coast via the Ports of New York and Philadelphia, and on the West Coast via the Port of.....

Calypso® Mangoes

Early start for Calypso Mangoes

The Australian company Perfection Fresh has had an early start for its season of Calypso Mangoes. The campaign has begun a month earlier than usual and will be available through retail channels from September until January. According to CEO Michael Simonetta, the main reason for the early start was a warmer.....

Damage to orchards

China: Typhoon Hato affecting Guangdong and Guangxi provinces

Hato, the biggest typhoon to affect the Hong Kong-Macao-Pearl River Delta region in 53 years, caused a confirmed 16 deaths and over 100 injuries. Last week Hato entered Guangxi Province from Guangdong and weakened into a tropical storm later at night. It was estimated to be moving towards the west and further.....

Northern Territory, AU mango harvest begins with good quality

The Northern Territory mango harvest is starting to ramp up with the first fruit starting to be picked in the Top End town of Pine Creek.About 85,000 trays of mangoes were sent to market from the Darwin region last week with the peak expected in mid-October.Mangoes are expected to flow from the Katherine.....

AU farmer grows citrus, avocados and pistachios in Mallee

On three blocks of land in Victoria’s marginal Mallee region, two generations of the Chislett family work side-by-side in a multifaceted operation that ties citrus, avocado and pistachio production with an on-farm nursery selling rootstock and trees to farmers across Australia.And despite there being a.....

Thanks to digital agriculture Jalisco is Mexico's largest avocado producer

Jalisco has become the largest producer of avocados per hectare in Mexico, with 35 tons, thanks to digital agriculture, according to a publication by Leticia Hernández in the newspaper El Financiero."Digital agriculture" incorporates drones, robots, sensors, decision and analysis tools, plus the cloud, as well.....

Israel Ag Ministry invests $5m into avocado and banana R&D

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Plants' Production and Marketing Board in Israel are Investing 18 Million NIS into R&D. The investments will focus in equal proportions on the development of varieties of avocado, dates and bananas, with the primary aim to increase yields and exports and improve fruit.....

Colombia: Gold MD2 Pineapple from Casanare for Russia and USA

Complying with "all the norms to guarantee the safety and quality of our products", entrepreneur Auli Moreno, legal representative of Agricola Santana de los Llanos SAS received the certificate of Good Agricultural Practices (BPA) from the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA). The 'Santana' property owned by.....

Mexican papaya affected by salmonella outbreak in the USA

A salmonella outbreak alert in US markets has already affected Mexican papaya exporters. Up to 20 thousand dollars are lost with each contaminated shipment.In an interview, Francisco Lam Zamora, a small papaya producer in the state of Colima, said that they had to reduce the number of shipments because of the.....

Retailers ring up $54 million

Cinco de Mayo avocado sales set record in 2017

U.S. households celebrated Cinco de Mayo with friends, family, and food, and for many, the celebration would not have been complete without avocados. This year, U.S. retailers set a Cinco de Mayo record for avocado sales, surpassing $54 million for the holiday week. HAB’s recently released Q2 2017 Holiday and.....

AU officially allows Vietnamese dragon fruit imports

Australia has officially allowed the importation of fresh dragon fruit from Vietnam, following the importation of fresh lychee and mango, Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) announced on August 28.After gaining permission, Vietnam has become the first and only country allowed to export dragon fruit.....

Ghana's new policy begins with pineapple processing factory

Ghana's flagship policy, 'One District-One Factory', took off last Friday at Ekumfi in the Mfantsiman District of the Central Region.The choice of the Ekumfi Pineapple Processing Factory for the official sod-cutting establishes the clearest link government wants to bring between the One District-One Factory.....

Colombia: "If you want to plant Hass you have to develop an entire management capacity"

The Hass avocado, called the "green gold", has entry to the market most coveted by any fruit producer: the USA, a country that is served by Mexican cultivators.For a long time, there has been a boom, a kind of fashion for the planting of this avocado in the country, given the possibilities that now exist to.....

Following 12 years of market access negotiations

China: Fruitday retails first New Zealand persimmons

As of August 22, one of the leading Chinese fruit companies, Fruit Day, and JD.com have officially started to sell persimmons from New Zealand. Their platform is one of the first to sell New Zealand's persimmons in China. After 12 years of negotiations the first batch has finally arrived on the Chinese.....

AU man found with hundreds of stolen avocados

An Australian man was found in possession of hundreds of stolen avocados when police searched his home in the rural town of Renmark on Thursday, BuzzFeed News reports. Avocado thefts have plagued Australia's Riverland region, with nearly 1,000 of the precious green goods being taken from a fruit block in.....

Eating one avocado a day could improve cognitive health, says study

Consuming one fresh avocado per day may lead to improved cognitive function in healthy older adults due to increased lutein levels in the brain and eye, according to new research published in the journal Nutrients. The research tracked how 40 healthy adults ages 50 and over who ate one fresh avocado a day for.....

"Julian", the new Canary avocado, registered in Europe

The Canary Institute of Agricultural Research (ICIA), an autonomous body attached to the Canary Islands' Council of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water, has registered a new avocado variety at the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) which stands out for its resistance to Phytophthora cinnamomi, a.....

McDonald's launches Durian McFlurry in Malaysia

Yesterday, fast food giant McDonald's launched the D24 Durian McFlurry in Malaysia. The sweet treat costs RM8.99 (S$2.86) and contains actual D24 durian pulp, McDonald's said in its online menu.The fast food chain's menu features other locally inspired limited edition desserts, including Kon Gemilang -.....

Australia's largest pineapple producer to expand with 3 million plants

Australia's largest pineapple producer is continuing to expand its Northern Territory farm, with more than three million plants in the ground.Pinata Farms started out in the Northern Territory in 2013 with 400,000 pineapple plants grown on 10 hectares near Humpty Doo, south of Darwin.Over the next few years.....

Canada opens its market to Indian bananas and mangoes

Canada has opened its markets to Indian fruits and vegetables such as banana, mango, pomegranate, custard apple and okra.The Agricultural & Processed Foods Exports Development Authority (APEDA), in an advisory to exporters, conveyed Canada’s decision on opening its doors to Indian vegetables and fruits,.....

AU: Ideal growing conditions should lead to strong Papaya season

The Australian Papaya industry is expecting a significant increase in volume, heading into one of its peak times of the year.The fruit is available all year round, with increased supply in spring and autumn and an industry spokesperson says growing conditions have been ideal, which indicates that it will be a.....

"Diversification of marketing channels spurs sales"

"This year, in the province of Guizhou, although the rainy weather during its later stages has reduced the produced volume of kiwi fruits to a certain degree, altogether the gross output of kiwi fruits is still somewhat larger than last year's. This is mainly because plantations in Guizhou province and its.....

Beijing, November 3-5

Philippines partner country of ChinaFVF 2017

The China International Fruit and Vegetable Fair (ChinaFVF 2017) will be held in Beijing on November 3-5 2017. The total exhibition area is expected to double compared with last year.Under the theme of "Fresh Innovation Drives Leading Industry Brands”, the organisation expects over 350 exhibitors from 25.....

Average season for Israeli avocados

Last year was a record season for the production and export of avocados in Israel. There were more than 115,000 tonnes of avocados produced, with 65,000 tonnes of this being exported. In comparison, this season is expected to be on a par with the average over the last five years.Hass avocadosEitan Zvi,.....

From 12 to 15 October, Nagua, Dominican Republic

First National Coconut Festival

The First National Coconut Festival will serve to showcase the gastronomic, economic and environmental attributes of the fruit, as well as the wide range of products made from coconut, but also the main tourist attributes of the municipality of Nagua and the province of María Trinidad Sánchez.There will be.....

"Spanish mangoes have the same quality as air-shipped ones and are cheaper"

Spain: Mango season starts 15 days earlier

The mango season is starting in Malaga, where some producers are already harvesting the first mangoes. "We will start marketing the fruit as of 2 September," affirms José Antonio Alconchel, of Alcoaxarquía.According to the producer and marketer from Malaga, "the campaign is starting about fifteen days earlier.....

Colombia: Hass avocado production to double in 3 years

Colombian producers have been studying avocados for several years, learning about the entire production process, adapting their fields and planting new avocado plants, all in order to get a foothold in the global market in the coming years.Daniel Galviz, Managing Director of the Hass Diamond Company, explains.....

China: Malaysian durians to fly directly to China

Malaysia has for the first time ever obtained permission to export a large batch of durians directly to China. The head of agricultural and agro-based industries, Ahmad Shabery, says that he will lead 50 enterprises which deal with durians to participate in a large durian expo, which will take place in Nanning.....

"China is an important export market for our blueberries"

Apple season ending in Chile

"At the moment, we are in the middle of winter, which means that in the coming months we will end our apple season. There are still some amounts in the chambers that will be sold until October, which will remain mainly in Latin America. In export markets such as Europe and the United States, national.....

"Our interest is to consolidate ourselves in the countries where we are already present"

Mexico: Jalisco expects to export 132% more avocado

Even though the United States continues to ban the import of Jalisco's avocados despite the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, their fruit producers do not foresee any ill effects.By contrast, at the end of 2017, they have projected a 132% export increase compared to 2016, said Ignacio.....

Avocado and broccoli see strong growth in demand in Australia

Australian avocados and broccoli are in continued demand, meaning farmers are likely to keep increasing plantings of the popular crops and look for new markets, according to the latest Rural Bank horticulture update.Rural Bank’s Ag Answers team attributed double-digit growth in avocado sales since 2014 to.....

Greater production and larger calibres expected this campaign

Spain: Persimon kaki production continues to grow

While official figures have yet to be published about the Persimon® kaki harvest capacity in the 2017/2018 campaign, the first estimates show that, continuing the trend of recent years, production volumes will be slightly higher than in the previous season and may amount to around 275,000 tonnes. At the same.....

Medicinal compounds found in the shell of avocado seeds

Avocado seed shells "contain medicinal compounds that could be used to treat cancer, heart disease and other diseases," according to a new scientific study published on 21 August 2017.The work, presented at the 254th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), held in Washington, assures that.....

Mango volumes in the US grow in 2017 despite smaller sizes

This time of the year, mangos available in the US are primarily sourced from northern Mexico, specifically the state of Sinaloa. The country is finishing up its mango season. Southern Sinaloa should finish this week or next and northern Sinaloa is expected to be finished by the end of September or early.....

New Zealand avocado volumes down 50%

"We will place the fruit very wisely among our customers"

The New Zealand avocado season is under way with the first exports already en route to Asia. According to Andrew Darling from Darling Group this was driven by fruit maturity and market opportunities in the region."We exported our first fruit last week through our avocado packing and exporting business, Just.....

Tesco tackles food waste with miniature avocados

Now for a limited time, customers at Tesco will be able to enjoy small, snack–sized avocados, as well as regular-sized varieties.Available in packs of six, the fruits – which are the size of an egg – will be sold in recyclable egg style boxes to prevent them from getting spoiled.This is the latest move by.....

Colombia: The key to exporting Hass avocados

According to Milton Ararat, a PhD in Agricultural Sciences of the National University of Colombia (UN) Palmira, opening exports of avocados to the United States is a good marketing strategy, but the country must establish and sustain its production.Ararat stated that the crop faces problems that must be faced.....

Indonesia looks to export coconut and pineapple to Uzbekistan

Indonesia and Uzbekistan will enhance bilateral cooperation in agriculture, as the two countries have a huge potential in the sector.Indonesias Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman, after a meeting with Uzbekistan Deputy Prime Minister Zoir T Mirzaev, here, Monday, said that Uzbekistan was a potential export.....

Philippine mango production drops by 10%

Mango production in the first half of the year declined by nearly 10 percent to 654,100 metric tons (MT), from 724,870 MT posted a year ago, according to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).The PSA said in its report, titled “Performance of Philippine Agriculture”, the infestation of cecid.....

NZ avocado thieves using social media to sell stolen fruit

Avocado growers in New Zealand are warning shops in eastern parts of the North Island not to buy any avocados on social media as thieves are using the medium to sell their ill-gotten fruit. Police say people have been pinching avocados from orchards and shops in eastern parts of the North Island and selling.....

Australia eats 86,000 tonnes of avocados a year

Australians ate about 86,000 tonnes of avocados in the past 12 months, cementing their place amongst the highest consumers of avocados in the English-speaking world.Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas said based on the latest industry figures, Australians ate about 3.5kg of avocado per person in 2016/17, a.....

Avocado seeds could help treat cancer and heart disease says study

From lowering cholesterol to aiding weight loss, the potential benefits of avocado consumption have been well documented. A new study, however, suggests that further rewards could be reaped from a part of the fruit that we normally discard: the husk of the seed.Researchers found that avocado seed husks contain.....

Spain's first papaya handling centre will be in Almeria

Papayas, an alternative crop that has been developing in recent years in the province, is going through an inevitable growth crisis. After the initial euphoria, due to the promise of high profitability, the first doubts arose among the growers who wanted to incorporate it into their range of annual.....

Mexico: Avocado producers reluctant to regularize their orchards

Members of the Association of Producers and Packing Exporters of Mexican Avocados (Apeam), as well as of the National and State Avocado councils, among other organizations, demonstrated against the regularization of orchards and the destruction of illegal crops being carried out by the Ministry of the.....

Pakistan & Indonesia agree to increase trade of kinnow and mango

Pakistan and Indonesia have agreed on a concession for 20 different items during bilateral negotiations under the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA).Both sides discussed 20 tariff lines and Indonesia agreed to give concessions on major exports from Pakistan including kinnow, mango and others during.....

Bangladesh Food Safety Authority:

"No formalin in mangoes and apples"

The Bangladesh Food Safety Authority today claimed that there is no evidence of adulterated fruit and vegetables contaminated by formalin, a health hazardous chemical.“A lot of misleading information has been spread about food safety... But we have found in our investigation and research with the assistance of.....

Australian sees opportunity selling durian in Singapore

After seeing a gap in the Singapore market for good quality durian, Laskaris, an Australian businessman, jumped at the opportunity.The 55-year-old Greek, who grew up in Perth and shuttles between Thailand and Singapore, has teamed up with Singaporean poet and copywriter Marc Ashley, 25, to open Yu Lian, a.....

Signs point to an early and extended avocado harvest in Queensland

Early indications are pointing to an extended Queensland avocado season next year, with some fruit already appearing on trees in the far north. It follows an average harvest this year.Avocados Australia chief executive John Tyas said north Queensland yields were strong, but were offset by a sub-standard crop.....

Oron Ziv from Befresh Europe:

“Mango season going well so far”

The mango season in Israel is in full swing. According to Oron Ziv from Befresh Europe, the early varieties will finish in the next two weeks. The later varieties, such as the Kent and Keitt, are also already available. They should last until the end of September.“There has been a good crop”, says Oron. “July.....

Papaya salmonella outbreak expands to Louisiana

19 states across the United States have confirmed cases of salmonella from papayas and Louisiana is one of them, with two cases. Texas has seven confirmed cases.“Once it is in our food, it is really hard to kill or remove these organisms from our food,” said Adhikari.The Center of Disease Control is asking.....

Mexico's largest crop begins in October

High US avocado prices won't change until September or October

US consumers have been going loco for avocados it seems – California’s fruit has been reported as high as between $2.50 and $3 per piece; Mexico too. “It’s been a crazy time – July and August - with Mexican volume being really reduced – not the volume we’d anticipated,” says Bob Lucy, senior sales associate of.....

Mission Produce launches 'Minis' avocado bags

Oxnard-based Mission Produce has developed a new bag design for extra small avocados. Dubbed with the name 'Minis,' the package features a consumer-friendly design. Small avocados tumble across a green background beneath a bold 'Minis' label. Mission's Mini avocados are "Small But Mighty". They can be used in.....

China: First batch of mangoes from Panzhihua city to be sold in Russia

On August 15th, 960 kg of mangoes, grown by the Longyao Century's farmer's cooperative in Panzhihua city, were sent from Chengdu's main airport Shuangliu. They were transfered on to an international flight heading for Moscow. This was the first batch of exported Panzhihua mangoes to have reached Russia. Russia.....

Mango festival showcases Pakistan's mangoes to China

An exquisite ‘Mango Festival’ was held at the Pakistan Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, to showcase different varieties of ‘the king of fruits’ and to enhance its export all over China from the next year.The Embassy of Pakistan, Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Company (PHDEB) and the Ministry of.....

Glasgow fruit & veg market fire to disrupt local businesses

A huge fire at a Glasgow fruit and vegetable market will hit local restaurants, flower shops and cafes, an industry chief has predicted. Willie Macleod, executive director of the British Hospitality Association, said many retailers "relied on daily deliveries" from Blochairn. Mr Macleod said suppliers at the.....

Mexico: Michoacan exported 32% less avocados to Japan

Avocado exports from Michoacan to Japan have fallen by 32% so far this year when compared to the same period last year, according to reports from the Association of Producers and Packers Exporters of Avocado (APEAM).According to a report released by the association, up until August this year, Michoacan has.....

Mexico: Mango growers target the US, Japan, Korea, and Europe

Local mango producers are aiming to gain market share in the United States, Japan, South Korea and some European countries with the help of new technology to export this nutritious fruit that is beneficial to health.The application of a new technology based on electron baths, manages to prolong the ideal state.....

Snake found on Aldi pineapple in Scotland

Animal welfare officers were called out yesterday to take care of the reptile, which was flown half way around the world from Costa Rica to the Scottish supermarket.The pineapple is believed to have been bought from the budget retailer in Edinburgh’s Hutchison Road. The snake, which has now been named Ricky,.....