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Japan: Hokkaido’s black watermelon sells for US$4,700 at first auction

A black watermelon grown in the town of Toma, Hokkaido, in northern Japan, was sold today for 500,000 yen (US$4,729) in the year’s first auction of the fruit at a market. Some 260 of the Densuke watermelon, known for their black and shiny skin as well as for their crunchy texture, were auctioned off at…

Festive opening of Wellfruit Fruit store in Shanghai

At the beginning of this month a thriving fruit store company, Wellfruit, opened its new store in Shanghai. They had worked for several months on the completion of the shop and this month it was officially opened by their general manager Jiawei Feng. Wellfruit is a well established fruit company, who…

"The combined characteristics of a watermelon variety decide market success in China"

"The Asian Fruit and Festival Exposition successfully concluded several days ago. The exposition is a large-scale commercial event that has been running for several consecutive years. We have greatly benefited from participation in this exposition in previous years. This year the exposition was even…

Promoting Italian Fruit and Vegetables in Asia

CSO Italy Project - The European Art Of Taste

China, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong will all be involved in The European Art of Taste until 31st January 2022. They will carry out promotional activities and campaigns for a total value of 3.7 million Euro. Conveying the values of the European fruit and vegetable sector, and of the Italian production in…

The reasons: economic growth and the Chinese New Year

Chilean cherries are very popular in China

According to Ignacio Caballero Torretti, the marketing assistant manager of the Fruit Exporters Association of Chile (ASOEX), the popularity of Chilean cherries in the Chinese…

They account for 36% of the fruit volume exported to Asia

Citrus exports to Asia from the southern hemisphere increase

The role of the Southern Hemisphere regarding fruit exports to Asia is becoming increasingly important, as they account for 36% of the total volume exported. Chile, South…

"Sino-Malaysian agreement brings great commercial opportunities for Malaysian durian traders"

The General Administration of Customs China (GACC) announced the "Agreement between the GACC and the Malaysian agricultural industry for the quarantine requirements with regard to the export of refrigerated durian from Malaysia to China" on May 30th, 2019. This day marked the end of the long period when…

Photo report: Asia Fresh Expo 2019 Shanghai

Last week the Asia Fresh Expo took place in Shanghai and many people visited the exhibition. On the first day several activities were presented, including lectures on banana cultivation, preservation and post-harvest ripening. Mr. Hu Xian from AiRipening gave a lecture about a case study on banana…

How will rising temperatures affect the price of Chinese vegetables?

Production areas in the north gradually take over from the south as temperatures rise and rainfall in the north increases. Some vegetables were previously delayed because of…

A successful ending to the Asia Fresh Expo

Today was the last day of Asia Fresh Expo, and attendance was smaller than for the two days before. In the afternoon most of the companies had cleared their booths. All the fruits had been sold and companies left to go back to their own cities in China. During this exhibition, there was a very clear…

New grape brand presented at Asia Fresh Expo, Shanghai

The second day of Asia Fresh Expo was a bit more quiet than the first, but there was still people that came to visit the exhibition. Not only Chinese visitors showed their interest in this exhibition, but also some foreigners visited the exhibition to see the different Chinese companies with their…

Good start for Asia Fresh Expo in Shanghai

Today the Asia Fresh Expo started with a well attended opening ceremony given by Wang Rongjiang, President of China Vegetable Marketing Association, David Zhong, President of VNU Exhibitions Asia and Zhang Qingfeng Executive Vice President of the China Fruit Marketing Association. They all mentioned the…

Paprika pods see higher prices due to cold snap

An unusual cold snap in China has adversely affected the harvest of paprika pods and overall yields are down nearly 50%. This premium grade paprika, which is around 14 cm long and grows on top of the plant, has experienced a 20% drop in yields and that has pushed prices up. According to Paul Donohoe, who…

FreshPlaza Asian Special

Our June-special will focus on Asia, which is a very interesting market for the entire world, with many fresh fruit and vegetable exporters trying to get a foothold in China. At the same time, countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and India are showing progress every year. What's going on in these countries and what is the…


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