Special Latin America

Limes are ample yet seeing a strong market

“There are ample supplies at the moment and supplies are steady,” says Steven Leal with S&J Distributing in Edinburg, TX, who notes that limes are largely coming from Mexico. He adds that there’s slightly more fruit this year than last year at this time. “This past week caught a lot of us off guard…

Mexican mango exports continue to grow in 2020

According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, during the first semester of 2020, Mexican mango exports registered a 7.1% year-on-year growth in value, totaling 201.4 million dollars, and 2.4% growth in volume, with 238,200 tons. In the last decade, Mexican mango exports have experienced significant…

Peruvian avocado supply strong with peak volumes this month

Index Fresh is seeing peak volume of its Peruvian avocado this month, with volume up by 15-20 pct compared to last year. Avocados from Peru have been available since May and will continue to be in the market until September. “Peru is at its peak in flavor as we enter the second half of their season.…

US avocado distributor adds Colombia to avocado growing regions

Naturipe announced the expansion of their global footprint of avocados with their first season distributing Colombia avocados in the USA marketplace. Naturipe is a grower of premium quality avocados and supplies fresh, great tasting avocados year-round. Colombia will contribute to the supply growth of…

Avocado, mandarin, and mango dominate Peruvian exports to the United Kingdom

During the first semester of 2020, Peru exported 60,670 tons of agro-industrial products to the United Kingdom, a volume that is 11% higher than in the same period of the…

Global avocado marketer brings Colombian avocados to the U.S. market for a third season

Index Fresh is in its third round of offering Colombian avocados with a swift five-week window closing later this month. The global avocado marketer has had two previous rounds of bringing the Colombian fruit to the U.S. market; running those first two rounds as pilot projects. “Colombian avocados are…

Cesar Perez of Frescura Tropical, Dominican Republic:

“Tropical Avocado exports will pick up in September with the Semil 34 variety”

The Dominican Republic produces multiple varieties of their Tropical Avocados, which allows them to have a year-round supply. In September, one of the most popular varieties will enter its season, which will run through February. Cesar Perez of Frescura Tropical explains: “The Semil 34 has a really good…

Siris Barrios of Amazon-Fruit Frexot Productora y Comercializadora S.A:

“The local pricing for pitahaya destined for the US market fluctuates a lot”

Ecuador is one of the countries known for their production of exotic fruits and vegetables. In the Palora region of the country, pitahaya is one of the most important products. Siris Barrios of Amazon-Fruit Frexot Productora y Comercializadora S.A explains: “The National Intellectual Rights Service of…

Brazilian exporters use EPS packaging to assure product quality over long distances

“Demand for our packaging has spiked domestically and overseas during the pandemic”

For perishable products such as fruits and vegetables, the type of packaging used is vital as it can affect the product’s shelf-life and safety. FarmFresh packaging is designed by Brazilian company Termotécnica and distributed to Brazilian growers and exporters of fresh produce. Nivaldo Fernandes de…

Asociación Agraria Bananera Fincas de El Oro

“The pandemic increased production costs for our banana producers”

Ecuador exports bananas all over the globe and is one of the largest exporters of bananas in the world. Despite this, there are a lot of small growers in the country for whom it is more difficult to reach the major global market. Asociación Agraria Bananera Fincas de El Oro is an organization of small…

Johan Beckers and Rick Dellemann of Andes Fruits, Colombia

“There is a lot of room for growth for purple passion fruit in the European market”

Purple passion fruit is grown and exported by Colombia year-round and the product is growing in volumes and in popularity, mainly in Europe. Johan Beckers has been growing and exporting exotics for the past 20 years, after he left his native Belgium and settled in Colombia. Physalis is the main product…

Hazel Technologies partners with Fundo Los Paltos

Hazel™ for Mango to be used in ‘20-’21 export campaign for Peruvian mango exporter

Hazel Technologies announced a partnership with Fundo Los Paltos, a leading grower and exporter of mangoes from Peru since 2006. As part of the partnership, Fundo Los Paltos mangoes exported to Asia and Europe will incorporate Hazel™ for Mango to ensure the highest possible quality arrivals. In 2018, Peru…

Bernardo Malo of Refin S.A.:

“Logistics have been difficult because of labor shortages, but plantain supply has been steady”

“The effects of the pandemic on the industry depends on the nature of the product,” is what Ecuadorian grower and shipper Bernardo Malo of Refin S.A. says. The company grows and exports green plantains and tropical roots 52 weeks of the year, as well as exporting mangoes from October through December.…

"We aspire to export more pineapples than in 2019"

Cuba bets on a new pineapple variety

The Cuban Ministry of Agriculture stated that Cuban farmers had a new pineapple variety that is "more resistant to pests and that has better possibilities to be used by the industry." This new variety, called Perola, is of Brazilian origin and yields 60 to 70 tons per hectare. According to the entity,…

First container of Colombian avocados arrives at Mr. Avocado Ripening Center in China

The much-anticipated first shipping container of Colombian avocados arrived in Shanghai port on the 8th of July, 2020. The avocados passed through quarantine and inspection before they were transported to the Mr. Avocado Ripening Center. Colombia is the fifth country to obtain permission for avocado…

USDA report

Argentinian citrus export can't match competition from South Africa

Despite an increased demand for citrus, particularly oranges during the COVID-19 pandemic, Argentina's sweet citrus exports will remain significantly lower than in previous years. This is due to the difficult economic conditions domestically, as a result of which Argentina is less able to compete on the…

This fruit accounts for 98% of Brazilian whole citrus fruit exports

Persian lime leads Brazilian citrus exports

Since the Coronavirus pandemic took hold in Brazil, the demand for vitamin C rich foods has increased. This was also noticeable in the sales of the little sour fruit grown…

Mexican grape supplies to last to second and third week of July

As the Mexican table grape deal dwindles down, Divine Flavor will have supplies lasting until second and third weeks of July. Normally this time of the year, grape production starts shifting from Mexico to California, but recently, Mexican grape crops have been extending past its typical Sonoran…

USDA

Mid-year report shows positive scenes on Brazilian orange market

The yield from Brazilian orange cultivation for 2019/20 is estimated at 382.8 million boxes at 40.8 kg or 15.6 million tonnes. This is a decrease of 19% compared to the…

Francisco Rotella, commercial director of Citrusvil: "This is the end of a season to forget"

"This situation will bring changes for future Argentinian lemon campaigns"

As of July 1, the suspension of Argentinian fresh lemon exports to Europe came into force following several detections of black spot in some shipments upon arrival at European ports. "In the last two weeks, the number of black spot detections has skyrocketed, so we believe that this has been a correct and…

Mariano Sangronis with Citromax

“Our lemon volumes are expected to increase 40 percent this year”

Mother Nature timed the start of Argentina’s citrus season well this year as overlap with the northern hemisphere was limited. “Spain and Turkey finished early, and thanks to strengthened demand from COVID-19 in February and March, the northern hemisphere market was relatively empty by the time we…

Special Latin America

FreshPlaza will be focusing on Latin America in our July Special. The region is dealing with some heavy blows in terms of the pandemic. How is the important fruit and vegetable sector holding up? How are the logistics in this region? How is demand for the tropical fruits of the region?  ContributionIf you would like to send us some…


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