Special Asia

Chicory becoming increasingly popular in China

"Chicory was introduced into China from the Netherlands more than ten years ago. Now, there are a few growers here. Compared with other vegetables, chicory is still a novelty product in the Chinese market, but fortunately, over the past few years its popularity among consumers has been increasing year by…

Chinese market price for ginger remains high, while overseas demand weakens

"The Chinese ginger market has entered its off season. On the one hand, the domestic market price remains high, but on the other hand, overseas market demand has fallen. We…

Price of Chinese peaches reaches a low point

The market conditions for Chinese peaches have not been great so far. That is mainly the result of extreme weather conditions and the outbreak of Covid-19. The early-season…

"Certain varieties in semi-commercialized promotion stage"

"Big development in Chinese tomato breeding industry"

“The current acreages dedicated to tomatoes in China are about 16 million mu, of which more than 9 million mu are for pink tomato, a main product that we breed. Currently, pink tomatoes in the north mainly face diseases where the whole plant becomes dead or where new leaves turn yellow. Against this…

China successfully grows first Hass avocados in Yunnan

The avocado is often praised as a "super food" and a growing number of consumers in countries across the globe are showing an interest while market demand grows stronger every year. However, Chinese avocado farmers have struggled with the plantation of avocados on an industrial scale because there are…

"Chinese companies keep an eye on automated selection machine with great price quality ratio"

Chinese companies are paying increasingly careful attention to automated selection machines for the fruit industry because the labor cost continues to rise every year. Zhengzhou First Industry is a company specialized in the manufacturing of automated selection equipment. Manager Wang, a spokesperson for…

Mandarin oranges fetch record price in Japan

Mandarin oranges in western Japan have fetched a record price of 100,000 yen (€830) in the fruit’s first auction of the season. An original variety of oranges grown in western Japan fetched a record high 100,000 yen apiece at the first auction of the season for Obarabeniwase mandarins, which took place at…

"Onion export prices around 20% lower than last year"

“The Covid-19 outbreak that has been ongoing since the Spring Festival has had a great impact on the fruit and vegetable industry this year. On the one hand, factors such as a shortage in harvest workers and poor logistics brought by regional lockdowns have led to the slow operation of the industrial…

Market promising

Tangerines from Peru available in China soon

“Grapefruit from South Africa is currently a popular item on the market. Their prices have dropped from 280 yuan/carton in May at the beginning of the season to the current 150-160/carton. The decline in prices is mainly due to the increasing volumes and the lack of notable advantages in quality,” says…

Market to market Asian export apple demand mixed

Exports of apples to Asia continue to be slow, though market to market there are notable differences. “Some countries are doing better than others,” says Donna Feltrup of L&M Companies Inc. based in Union Gap, WA. “It also depends on how the customer over there is set up and what they’re doing (i.e.…

"Prices in China declining"

"Mangosteen season in eastern Thailand nearing its end"

“Imported mangosteens in the Chinese market mainly come from Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, and Myanmar. Among these countries, the product from…

Fruit demand from Asian countries slowly building

Demand from Asia for North American fruit continues to rise. “It’s increasing from where it was over April and especially over May,” says Barry Fisher of M & B Produce, Inc. in Manhattan Beach, Ca., who is currently shipping cherries, strawberries and stone fruit to Asia. “The volumes aren’t nearly what…

Thai traders mainly sell characteristic Thai fruits

Thai government participates Chinese festival organised by TMall

The government of Thailand has opened a "national shop" on the Chinese e-commerce platform TMall. The Thai government also arranged for a cross-border "fruit train" that delivers characteristic Thai fruits such as durian and mangosteen from production areas in Thailand directly to their destination in…

First shipment arrived in China

Washington cherry season now underway

The Californian cherry season is nearing its end while the Washington season is just on its way. The first volumes from Washington imported by cherry importer Frutacloud arrived in the China market at the beginning of this month (June 5). Mr. Liu Zirui, CEO of the company talked about the situations in…

Rafael Henrique

Alibaba showcases seasonal Thai fruit

Seasonal Thai fruit should receive a boost from Alibaba's mid-year online sale, China's biggest online shopping event since the Covid-19 lockdowns. Imported fresh food and…

Supply of Chinese apples from Shaanxi slows down as the sales season is almost over

The sales period of apples from the last harvest season is almost over. Apple warehouses are nearly empty. The new harvest season is approaching. The blossom season is already…

"Vietnamese dragon fruit competes with Indonesian dragon fruit in the Chinese market"

The General Administration of Customs China recently announced that Indonesia obtained permission to export dragon fruit to the Chinese market. This is a great leap forward for the Chinese market. Previously…

From California to Asia

Pricing up on stone fruit exports

Demand looks good from Asia for California peaches and nectarines. “There’s been a good pre-Dragon Boat Festival pull from Asia. Last week was our final week for sending ocean shipments in time for the festival,” says Ken Barbic Sr. of The Fresh Connection LLC in Reedley, CA. “We’re hoping it will stay…

Importer sees other produce moving slow on the fruit markets

“The Egyptian Valencia oranges are incredibly popular in India”

Now that India is opening up numerous areas of the country, imported fresh produce has a chance to reach the Indian consumer once again. Although some parts of India are still completely locked down, and the busiest fruit markets can be completely deserted, shipments of apples, kiwis and cherries are…

Ole Kitsana

Bullish 2020 for Malaysian durians, but not without issues

According to the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama), a lower-than-normal yield is forecast this durian season. The yield for Malaysia might be below 300,000…

"The new production season will officially begin in one month"

"Chinese mango export from Panzhihua looks promising"

Most of the mangoes currently available on the Chinese market come from Hainan Island. However, the mango production season in Hainan will officially come to an end in June. That is when the mangoes from Panzhihua enter the market. They neatly fill an opening in the Chinese mango market. Mr. Fu Zuhong of…

Special Asia

FreshPlaza will be focusing on Asia in our June Special. This region has a wide array of fruit and vegetables on offer, and is a very important export market for most countries. How have the various Asian markets changed over the last few months? Is demand different? Do consumers now have less buying power for more expensive…


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