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Skybury Farms

Good NQ papaya opportunities opening up despite seasonal market 'flush'

One of Australia's largest papaya growers, Skybury Farms is confident of some strong summer months, despite admitting a lot of volume is hitting the market, as production ramps up. "We have had steadily increasing volumes from about June/July onwards, following a slight downturn in production coming out…

Pepe Montiel, of Almanzora Tropical: "We want to focus on exporting to Germany, France and the Netherlands"

"In a few days we will start harvesting our organic papayas and passion fruit"

The Spanish region of Andalusia has become the great tropical orchard of Europe, and in December, the subtropical fruit supply for the continent, led by mangoes and avocados, is complemented with other innovations. Andalusian producers are moving forward not only in terms of product diversification, but…

Successful funding bids set to identify kiwifruit plant stress and optimise forestry yield

It was a double funding win for PlantTech in the Endeavour Fund. Scientists from Tauranga’s PlantTech Research Institute are celebrating their involvement in two successful…

Ferub's fruit growing research yields good results

The fruit-growing project of the Rural Excellence Foundation of Uberlândia (Ferub) has yielded good results. The project started in December 2019. Six fruits are grown on…

Colombian Hass avocado exports up to September grew by 35% in volume and 63% in value

In the first nine months of 2021, Colombia exported 69,629 tons of avocado, i.e. 35% more than the 51,565 tons it exported in the same period of the previous year. The value…

Kiwinatur doubled its workforce to harvest as much fruit as possible

A storm hits the Asturian kiwi fields in full harvest

This weekend, the principality of Asturias was hit by bad weather. It snowed, the rivers grew, and there were floods. In Pravia, the heavy rains and the overflowing of the…

Kenyan mango farmers happy after taming of destructive pest

Nearly two years ago, Henry Mailu - a mango grower in Makueni County, southeastern Kenya - adopted several scientifically backed approaches for squashing the fruit flies that…

Through "The Charming Taste of Europe" campaign

"The Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Kavala" targets Canadian market

The Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Kavala (Kavala COOP), from Greece, has joined "The Charming Taste of Europe" campaign to promote its kiwis and territory in…

Italian pomegranates are strong on sales and ready for Christmas supplies

The Italian pomegranate season is in full swing. Dario De Lisi of Masseria Fruttirossi talked about how the season is going. "The harvest has just ended for the early Wonderful variety. The harvest amounted to 4,000 tons, twice as much as the previous season. The increase in availability is due not only…

Zespri’s final shipments for the 2021 season leave Port of Tauranga

The last of this year’s crop of Zespri Kiwifruit has departed Port of Tauranga, concluding another strong but challenging season of New Zealand-grown kiwifruit. The final 1,800 tonnes of Zespri Green Kiwifruit are on board MV Kakariki which will unload in Tokyo and Kobe in early December, with the final…

December 2 and 3

Avocado quality meter to feature at Colombian industry conference

The Avocado Quality Meter from Felix Instruments will be highlighted at a major conference of industry leaders at Territorio Aguacate, in Medellin, Colombia, December 2-3. For Pacific Northwest-based Felix Instruments, Territorio Aguacate offers an opportunity for fruit producers and distributors to…

NutryFarm secures new sales order to supply 100 containers of fresh durians from Thailand to China

NutryFarm International Limited has announced that Global Agricapital (Singapore) Pte Ltd (“GAS”), has secured a sales order from Shenzhen Runtai Silk Road Intelligent Retail…

Mehdi Haddadi (Med Fruit Europe): "Hass prices under pressure, Fuerte on the way back to healthy levels"

"Moroccan avocado cultivation is becoming increasingly professional and more compliant with European certifications"

Moroccan avocado cultivation is booming. Since 2014 there has been an annual growth of about 30%. As a result, Morocco has moved up into the top 10 avocado producing countries. Med Fruit Europe, located at the Food Center in Amsterdam, is one of the importers of Moroccan avocados. Director Mehdi Haddadi…

Next stop for Tanzanian avocado growers: China’s $133 million market

After South Africa cleared Tanzanian avocados for access to its relatively large market, the Taha Group, which is a key player in the nation’s horticulture industry, is now…

USDA

U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement seasonal perishable products - weekly update

Peruvian blueberries arriving through Philadelphia and NYC expected to decrease as season is past peak

Currently, US shippers and buyers look to make preparations to ensure that they have transportation and product for the Christmas season. Movement through the ports has improved, but trucks and drivers remain in short supply. Wholesalers and retailers are seeing higher prices nearly across the board on…

Strong supplies of white dragon fruit from Ecuador available

Demand for dragon fruit has shown consistent growth in recent years. To encourage repeat purchases, dragon fruit specialist Freshway Produce only works with growers who are able to ensure top quality. “Ecuador is a key supplier for us, and we work with growers who are Global GAP and PrimusGFS certified,”…

Berlin looking at importing Cambodian mangoes

Cambodia is set to export fresh and dried mangoes to the European market. A main export target could be Germany, with Berlin traders looking into import possibilities. On…

USDA

Chile: Avocado Annual

Domestic avocado consumption MY2021/22 will reach 100,000 tons

In marketing year (MY) 2021/22 Chile will produce 220,000 metric tons of avocado, a 57 percent increase over MY2020/21, due to favorable climatic conditions. Eighty nine percent of the avocados planted in Chile are the Hass variety. Demand for avocados is strong from both the domestic market and the…

Australia has too many avocados, so they are used as fodder for pigs

Australia has too many avocados. It has so many at this point in time, that in some places some very lucky pigs are getting to consume them. Strict lockdown measures, coupled…

Mexican vigilantes pledge to aid police officials in protecting avocado growers

In the western parts of Mexico, extortion of avocado growers by various drug cartels has gotten so bad that 500 vigilantes from a so-called self-defense group known as United…

Kenyans.co.ke

Kenyan traders are painting avocados to dupe consumers

Unscrupulous fruit vendors have devised a new scheme to cheat unwary Kenyans, mostly targeting avocado and banana lovers. Consumers in Murang’a County raised the alarm on how traders were dipping avocados in a black chemical to convince their customers that the fruits were ripe. One consumer said: “I…

Arunachal Pradesh:

India’s first certified organic kiwi is being launched at ‘Aadi Mahotsav’

India’s only certified organic kiwi from Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh, has been launched today at the National Tribal Festival known as ‘Aadi Mahotsav’ held in Dilli Hat,…

Rio Grande do Norte

Brazil: Federal Police seize 265 kg of cocaine in Port of Natal

In a joint operation with the Federal Revenue, the Federal Police (PF) seized 265 kilos of cocaine, in the Port of Natal, in Rio Grande do Norte, on Saturday. The drugs were…

Stuart Butcher - Tomahawk

Switch-over from air to sea-freight litchis in Europe will be quicker this year

Successive days of rain and overcast conditions in Malelane, Mpumalanga, have been holding back the start of the harvest of the Mauritius litchi variety. “It’s been very difficult with cooler than normal conditions and a lot of rain and more forecast. Rain could well pose a challenge to the harvest…

Andalusia will increase its pitahaya production fivefold in 2022

The cultivation of pitahaya is making its way in Andalusia. According to Alberto Garrocho, Andalusia's pitahaya production will increase fivefold in 2022. "Last year we sold…

Avocados - the exotic fruit of the future

The "It's Avocado Time" event. held on November 23rd 2021 in Milan and promoted by Battaglio and SG Marketing, discussed how, with a thousand new hectares that will start producing in 2022, Piedmont company Battaglio became one of the leading avocado producers in Italy and one of the leading in Europe.  Left…

AMIA CEO Brett Kelly:

‘Retail relationships vital for mango industry growth’

Brett Kelly took up the position as chief executive officer of the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) about nine months ago. He consulted with Queensland growers in…

The sugarloaf pineapple: Benin registered GIs as a development tool

The west African nation of Benin has registered its first protected geographical indication at the African Intellectual Property Organisation on 28 October. It concerns the…

Gorete Pinto-Teixeira, Lilot Fruits:

“60% less passion fruit imported into France this year”

The passion fruit from Vietnam is an exotic fruit that has become a staple on the market stalls. In 2021 however, there have been significant supply difficulties: the volumes imported have decreased by 60% for the French market. Weather, transportation, consumption peaks, lockdowns and new seeds are all…

GI-tagged Vazhakkulam pineapples sent to Delhi via Using Kisan Rail

Kerala farmers have sent 2.5 tons of pineapple to agri start-up Diem Agro using the opportunities offered by Kisan Rail in moving cargoes. The All Kerala Pineapple Farmers…

Philippines:

Bureau of Customs seizes smuggled onions & garlic in Zamboanga del Sur

Two trucks carrying sacks of smuggled onions and garlic were seized by the authorities yesterday morning at a checkpoint in Barangay New Labangan, Labangan town in Zamboanga…

Patricia Antón, of Cultivar:

"Right now, a shortage of pineapples at Christmas is looking likely"

The Christmas season is approaching; a time of the year in which pineapple consumption usually increases, helping with its anti-inflammatory properties in the digestion of the copious meals that are traditionally consumed. However, the supply of this exotic fruit is likely to be limited this Christmas.  "Until…

Francisco Martínez Navalón, of Azafranes Manchegos:

"It's getting harder and harder to find people willing to work in saffron harvesting"

Saffron is a product with a high economic value that generates remarkable marketing figures in Spain. For many decades, the country has been a relevant producer of this spice, considered the most expensive in the world (not in vain, it has called the 'red gold'), although its current role in the saffron…

Southern Cross Horticulture seeks investors for new Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchard

Southern Cross Horticulture is seeking investors for its new Bay of Plenty orchard. This means that an opportunity to invest in one of New Zealand's success stories - the…

'This season the Chinese market price of organic ginger is more or less the same as regular ginger"

Last year, in an attempt to take advantage of being the first in the market, some exporters rushed to supply ginger earlier than usual. Now the new season has begun and the harvest has already come to an end, but exporters are not rushing to supply the market. They are leaving the ginger in warehouses to…

Exclusive interview with Zespri CEO Dan Mathieson

Zespri will introduce new red kiwi fruit variety to Chinese market next year

Zespri is the leading brand in the global kiwi fruit market. They sell around 100 million boxes of kiwi fruit per year in more than 70 countries around the world. And China is one of the largest markets for Zespri kiwi fruit. Ever since Zespri entered the Chinese market, their team has worked hard to…

"Chinese pineapple harvest is slightly delayed"

The pineapple plants in many Chinese production areas have already begun to flower, and the harvest season is not far off. The production volume is estimated to decline…

Josh Clementson - Nutrano

“It has been a tough year for Kensington Pride mangoes across all growing regions"

Australian fresh produce company Nutrano Produce Group currently grow mangoes at Eumaralla Farm in Katherine, Northern Territory and are trialling growing mango varieties at their Abbotsleigh Farm in Central Burnett, Queensland to extend the season. The company also has grower partners for Lady Jane…

Indian exporters to start Dasheri mango shipments to US

Andhra Pradesh mangoes still refused by US

India produces almost 1,000 varieties of mangoes, roughly accounting for half of the world's mangoes. Still, only 30 varieties are used commercially; including the Alphonso,…

Next year the export volume is estimated at 50,000 tons

Laos obtains permission to export citrus fruits to China

According to media in Laos, Director Ni Yuefeng of the General Administration Customs China (GACC) and Phet Phomphiphak, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry in Laos, signed…

Rombo District, Kilimanjaro Region

Tanzanian farmers venture into avocado farming

Several farmers in Tanzania's Rombo District are venturing into avocado farming, which they said is paying more and less expensive to maintain. One of the farmers in the…

Interview with Giacomo Galdiero on the autumn references of Italy's Aop Luce

"This is the year of persimmons, with +15% added value"

The persimmon season at Italy's Aop Luce started in late September. The varieties available are Kaki Tipo, Kaki Vaniglia and, as of this week, the Rojo Brillante, which is available until February. "This is the year of the persimmon with yields 30% higher than last year. Demand is high and prices are…

Merilyn Acuña, of Grupo VISA:

"From now on, caliber 9 and 10 pineapples are no longer in our catalog"

The smallest pineapple sizes are being dropped from the catalog of the Costa Rican company Grupo VISA, one of the main producers in the country, with around 120,000 tons of the fruit per year. "From now on, we will be marketing big," says Merilyn Acuña, Marketing Executive of Grupo VISA. "We decided to focus…

Bram Snijder – South African Litchi Growers’ Association

Good sizes on slightly late South African litchi crop

The Mauritius harvest is getting underway, a bit later than usual, in the early litchi areas of South Africa, like Malelane, while Tzaneen will start picking its Mauritius litchis by middle December. Early litchi varieties have been packed since the start of October, with Malelane producers now finishing…

The US greenlights imports of Colombian fresh mango

The Colombian American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham, reported that the United States authorized the importation of fresh mango from Colombia. The Animal and Plant Health…

Berry production in full swing to meet high summer demand

A leading Australian berry producer is expecting plenty of its quality berries to be on retail shelves this summer, as two of its growing locations came online this month. Piñata Farms harvests strawberries and raspberries year-round and is currently finishing off the winter-spring program in Wamuran,…

Consumers continue to show interest in exotic produce

While it’s clear by now that the pandemic helped give overall consumption of produce a lift, what continues to make gains on that lift are exotic fruits and vegetables. “Now…

Looking ahead at California’s avocado season

Although it’s early and its first handler survey forecasting the upcoming California avocado season volume isn’t expected until next month, right now the California Avocado Commission is planning for a normal size crop. There are trends from the last season that look to continue for the 2021-2022 crop.…

Sylvia Jones, Lodestar – 2021 Subtrop marketing symposium

Avocados become entrenched in South Africans’ shopping baskets

Over the nine years that Lodestar has been conducting market research into avocado buying behaviour on behalf of the South African Avocado Growers’ Association, they have seen a significant shift in the way South African consumers view avocados, Sylvia Jones of Lodestar told attendees at the 2021 Subtrop…

The Mexicali Valley produces 90% of the dates that Mexico consumes

90% of the dates consumed in Mexico come from the fields of the Mexicali Valley, Baja California, and San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, where the 2021 Expo Ruta del Datil was…

Mixteca communities will export pitahaya and passion fruit to Europe and Asia

Researcher Raul Nieto Angel stated that they were working on a collaboration agreement with members of the Binational Organizations' Indigenous Front (FIOB), so that Mixteca…

"The idea was born in 1983, but we were unable to do it because the US had restrictions and this fruit was hardly known in Europe"

Gloria Polanco, Guatemala's first avocado exporter

Gloria Polanco, the founder of the Frutas Tropicales, S. A. (Frutesa) company, was the first person to export Guatemalan avocado to Europe. “The idea was born in 1983, when I…

Saffron R&D project turns out successfully

Vertical farming is not quite like ordinary farming, just like saffron is not quite like ordinary crops. The Association of Vertical Farming saw this too and decided to combine the two. They have just finished their R&D project which focused on saffron. Reason enough for us to delve a little deeper into…

Price of Yunnan ginger 'cut in half'

Purchase price of Chinese ginger dropped by 90% compared to last year

The price of Chinese ginger soared last year. The retail price reached 35 yuan [5.48 USD] per kg. And that was during a year of abundant harvests. This year, however, the price of Yunnan ginger was 'cut in half' as soon as the ginger entered the market. The price dropped to the lowest point in nearly 10…

Pakistan: Supply glut drives down pomegranate prices

Qandhari pomegranates, well-known for their great taste and large size, have experienced a massive drop in their prices in the local market in the recent days mainly due to…

Alejandro Clavero, CEO of BIOrigen:

"Organic tropical fruit sales are growing by 15-20% annually"

Malaga's mango season is coming to an end while the avocado harvest is gaining momentum. In Spain, organic mango cultivation is increasingly professional and new sales channels are opening, including online, which promises to continue to grow strongly in the coming years, both for this product and for…

Sam Vasala - Sai World

AU cherry season a disaster, but African mangoes looking good

After a good if slightly late start the stonefruit season is turning into a nightmare for Australian grower and exporter Sai World. “It has been too cold and we have had lots of rain, which has destroyed the cherries on the trees and delayed the ripening of the fruit,” explains Sam Vasala senior partner…

USDA

Mexican avocado crossings through Texas expected to remain about the same

Backlogs at major US ports are clearing up slowly thanks to various mitigation efforts and better coordination among dock workers, shipping lines, railroads, truckers, and port authorities. The number of empty containers on docks at the Port of Los Angeles has been reduced by 25% since the end of…

Piura will export five new mango varieties in this export campaign

The National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa) officially gave start to the 2021-2022 mango export campaign. Peru expects to surpass the 200,000 tons exported during the…

Honduran agriculture sees 5.0% drop that is still attributed to Eta and Iota

According to the Central Bank of Honduras' Monthly Economic Activity Index, with figures up to September 2021, Agricultural, Livestock, Forestry, and Fishing activities…

Mexico in talks with US to expand avocado exports

The Mexican government is in talks United States representatives so that the country agrees to open the export of avocado from Jalisco, a western Mexican state, as reported…

Republic of Georgia: persimmon exports hit 8-year high

In October 2021, the monthly exports of Georgian persimmons reached record volumes. According to the Georgian Ministry of Finance, the country exported 5,800 tons of…

Exotic and tropical fruits see increased demand for shelf-life extension options

High quality produce that lasts a while and is safe to eat. These are two priorities for today’s consumers. For more than 25 years, AgriCoat NatureSeal has been working on just that in collaboration with universities, the USDA, as well as different companies. The company’s capabilities cover three…

Taliban rule results in lower prices of Afghan fruits in Pakistan

The price of the fruit imported from Afghanistan is many times lower than it was in the previous years. According to Afghan traders, before the Taliban takeover, most fruits –…

Dates see continued growth in demand

Supplies of dates look to be similar to last year at this time. “We’re about 98 percent finished harvesting our Medjool dates,” says Bob Harrick of Woodspur Farms in Coachella, CA. “We’re still harvesting our Delgets and we also have 14 other exotic varieties that we’re harvesting. We may be doing that…

Australian avocado growers want an end to NZ imports

Australian growers want their consumers to buy domestically grown avocados, not the imports from New Zealand. A bumper domestic production has caused a glut in the Australian…

Chantel Mila

Life hack: How to peel a mango with a wine glass

Melbourne mom Chantel Mila shared a TikTok video showing the top three tips she swears by. One of them is a way to peel a mango in just seconds. Chantel, otherwise known as Mama Mila on social media, suggested using a wine glass to cut a mango into wedges. “Use a wine glass to scoop mango and minimise…

Association talks about trading strategies

Abrafrutas participates in largest International Irrigated Tropical Fruits Fair in Brazil

From November 24th to 26th, in Mossoró, in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazilian Association of Fruit and Derivative Producers and Exporters Abrafrutas will participate in the…

26th Agro Debate

Abrafrutas addresses logistical challenges in the papaya chain

Yesterday, Campo Vivo – Inteligência em Agribusiness promoted the 26th Agro Debate, a major event focused on the papaya sector, with technical panels on the entire fruit…

"We are very honoured that Halls has been welcomed by the Chinese market"

Halls Fresh Produce is excited about the future and the potential to make a positive contribution into the Chinese domestic market. Halls has been established in China since 2019, researching and setting up our Chinese facility with a purpose to help educate Chinese consumers on avocados whilst working…

Morocco is the world’s 11th largest avocado producer

Morocco is the world’s 11th largest avocado producer; this performance is attributable to the entry into production of new orchards of the Hass variety. These supply the bulk…

“Covid or not, several Jordan date exporters invested in sorting and packing machinery”

Medjool dates are becoming more and more popular among mainstream European consumers. People buy them because of their flavor or as part of a vegan or low sugar diet. Also, dates are indispensable for many people, during religious holidays such as Ramadan. According to Milco Rikken, the date is becoming an…

“Demand for Turkish pomegranates should increase even more”

There’s a satisfying demand for the Turkish pomegranates this year. One exporter expects demand to increase not only next month, but for the first few months of 2022 as well. The exporter states that clients have been very satisfied with the overall quality of the Turkish pomegranates this year. According…

Syria: Western Idlib growers celebrate pomegranate harvest

The Salqin area in the western countryside of Idlib, northwest Syria, is famous for its pomegranates. The harvest period extends through October and November. The harvesting…

François Bellivier, Capexo:

“At what price should we continue to import exotic products?”

The season of lychees from the Reunion is about to begin. Capexo will soon receive its first air shipments. “The season looks promising. This year, we will market more than 450 tons of lychees. Capexo represents 60% of the air freight of Reunion Island, including 100% of this share in passenger freight.…

Derek Donkin – Subtrop marketing symposium 2021

Covid has brought unexpected positive spinoffs to trade negotiations

The era of virtual meetings has speeded up progress on market access negotiations, evidenced by the recent signing of a protocol allowing Indian mango imports to South Africa the week after a virtual Courtesy Meeting between South African Minister Thoko Didiza and Indian Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.…

South Africa grants market access to avocados from Tanzania

South African officials have granted market access to avocados from Tanzania, ending a 10-year stalemate on the issue. Tanzanian growers produce their avocado during the South…

Territorio Aguacate will be held on December 2 and 3

Medellin will host Colombia's most important avocado knowledge and business event

Between January and September, Colombia exported more than 69,000 tons of Hass avocado to 33 destinations, for 157 million dollars FOB, i.e. 63% more than in the same period…

The Lorena avocado variety could significantly increase Colombia's export figures

Colombia's avocado production has experienced great growth in recent years, positioning itself as one of the country's agricultural sector's most important products. The Hass…

Crop damage assessment of Rs 300,000 in Sirmaur

The Sirmaur district is known for various stone fruits like apricot, apple, peach, plum, mango, lime, guava, litchi, mango and pomegranate. As many as 12,708 growers suffered…

Ginger prices fall, and many producing areas are facing slow sales

Last year, the price of ginger soared to around 10 RMB/kg. However, the price of ginger this year is not satisfactory. In many ginger-producing areas, growers have reported…

APPIBRAS holds 1st Brazilian Symposium on pitayas in December

On December 14th, the pitayas Producers Association of Brazil (Appibras) will hold the 1st Brazilian Pitayas Symposium. The conference will have a hybrid format, being in…

Australian Institute of Botanical Science

Northern Territory, Australia

New species of fig discovered on Uluru

Systematic botanist Dr. Russell Barrett says new research shows central Australian populations represent a distinct species, which they've now described as Ficus desertorum, or the desert fig. "Careful study of collections held in herbaria across Australia, and with reference to historical specimens held…

Sicilian persimmons are distinguished by high brix value

To ensure continuity and to create employment and social opportunities in the area, growers' organization Eco Farm decided a few years ago to also grow and market persimmons. This is a courageous choice, dating back to before the pandemic, but one that has proved to be successful. The kaki crop of the Butera-based…

Only an active response to the global shipping crisis can guarantee a steady import volume

"Our Belgian pears and New Zealand avocados received great feedback during the Shanghai International Fruit Expo"

The first Shanghai International Fruit Expo took place in the Shanghai New International Expo Center on November 15-17, and was a great success. One of the companies invited to participate in this expo was the Goodfarmer Group. Invited guests and visitors stopped at their booth that was filled with a…

The industry insiders first export of frozen fruit to Hawaii and Japan in December

Taiwan freezing technology of Atemoya is licensed free of charge until 2024

The Taitung District Agricultural Improvement Center of the Council of Agriculture in Taiwan has developed the technology of "Atemoya Ripening and Whole Fruit Freezing". Since China suspended imports of Atemoya from Taiwan in September, the industry’s concerns have increased. In order to guide the…

Fiji: Fresh fruit import bill stands at $17 million

The nation of Fiji imports $17million worth of fresh fruits annually. These fruits include grapes, oranges, apples, pears and kiwi fruit together with $3.8million worth of…

Northern Uganda

Fruit canker disease decimates mango trees in Gulu & Nwoya districts

The fruit canker disease has destroyed hundreds of mango trees in Gulu and Nwoya districts. The disease attacks mango leaves and fruits of both natural and grafted species.…

Growing interest from retailers in dragon fruit

Supplies of dragon fruit are seeing a bit of a transitional period right now. By mid-December, an uptick in volume of yellow dragon fruit is anticipated.  White dragon fruit: Florida is ending a challenging season on white dragon fruit that saw lower production. “We had more rains than seasonal so that affected…

"Honey Gold quality and size are as good and consistent with what consumers have come to expect"

Demand still expected to be high despite lighter Honey Gold mango crop

While there will be a lighter crop of Honey Gold mangoes in Australia this season, that has not impacted the quality of the premium variety, according to grower Piñata Farms. The first fruit from the company is arriving on supermarket shelves this week, after harvesting began on the specialty variety in…

25% of Apofruit's persimmons are organic

Persimmon sales are regular and prices are good, also because volumes are not very high. The quotations of the organic produce are also good. "Harvesting is over for both the Tipo and Rojo Brillante varieties. Volumes are not very high, nor are grades, due to the drought. This in turn means the produce…

First eight months of 2021:

Colombian fruit exports to UAE totaled more than AED 12 mln

Colombia's fruit exports to the UAE have reached an all-time high of more than AED 12 million between January and August 2021. Experts forecast it to increase in the remaining…

São Paulo state

Mango trees are giving up their fruit in Rio Preto

Until January, mango trees will dominate the urban landscape of Rio Preto. The trees are scattered to the four corners of the city, allowing everyone to help themselves The…

Leon Hijweege, new at Keelings International in the Netherlands:

"Our Costa Rican pineapple farm is a unique concept"

This week, Leon Hijweege joined Keelings International Ltd's sales division in the Netherlands. This Irish fruit and vegetable sector giant has sales offices in countries like France and the United Kingdom too. The Dutch sales office focuses mainly on trade to the retail, wholesale, and processing…

South African pineapple farmers feel input costs in their wallets

South African pineapple farmers are feeling the pinch of rising input costs, despite improved producer prices. According to the Joburg Market’s website, pineapples sold for an…

Kiwi season in Georgia:

High-quality kiwis make up only around 40% of the harvest

The Hayward kiwi harvesting season in the regions of western Georgia is at its peak. In general, the weather did not have a serious negative impact on the 2021 harvest, but…

Bangladesh mango exports witness big jump

Bangladesh mango exports have been quite good, by earning $660,000 in the first three months of FY 2021-22, which is a massive rise from $40,000 in the twelve months of FY…

Cancel & Rouquette join forces and invest in French kiwis

Cancel (Castelsarrasin, Tarn-et-Garonne) took over the kiwi activity of Roquette (Aiguillon, Lot-et-Garonne) in the summer of 2021. This sealed the creation of a new group of 200 kiwi producers mainly located in the Garonne Valley and producing about 12,000 tons of kiwis each year, which is 25% of the…

The value of air freight pineapples

While the reopening of restaurants and of the Ho.re.ca. sector has revamped the consumption of exotic fruits, the same cannot be said for the air freight sector. Unlike the product that travels by sea, air freight pineapples follow separate dynamics not only in terms of logistics but also in terms of sales.…

Shorter Rojo Brilliante persimmon supplies meet strong Canadian demand

Supplies of Spain’s Rojo Brilliante persimmons are down by almost 40 percent this season. The fruit is grown in the Ribera del Xuquer region of Valencia, Spain--the designated growing region of origin that Courchesne Larose of Montreal, QC brings fruit in from through a partnership with the Spanish…

Australian mango supply ramping up ahead of December peak

With harvesting starting to ramp up in Northern Queensland regions, the Australian mango industry is heading towards its busiest time of the season. In this week's crop forecasts from the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA), there were 436,000 trays sent to market in the past week, which was an…

The country harvested more than 145,000 tons of avocado for export in 2020

The VI Latin American Avocado Congress in Guatemala comes to a close

The VI Latin American Avocado Congress concluded on Friday. According to the president of the organizing committee, Andres Espinoza, the event was a meeting point for…

New Zealand sent very few apples to Europe this year

Kiwis, the sole reason for New Zealand fruit export growth

This year, New Zealand has, once again, exported far more fresh fruit and vegetables. That is going to amount to almost $3 billion, 11% more than in 2020. In 2017, it was still $2 billion. Kiwis very much define the picture. This product represents two-thirds of this year's total. New Zealand kiwis'…

Self imposed 8-year ban on mango exports lifted

Lifting of ban on mango exports to EU should aid Kenyan growers

Kenyan mango growers are hoping their renewed access to the European market will put them back on the map. They have faced an eight-year absence, due to the presence of fruit…

Kenyan mango growers claim that brokers hurt their trade

Mango farmers from Embu are making efforts to tap into the European market, but they claim they are being exploited by brokers. According to the growers, the brokers have…

Alain Alarcón, Banagrumes:

“Consumers love sustainable exotic fruits!”

With the launch of the Orlana brand last year, Banagrumes reaffirmed its commitment to healthy and sustainable food. Today, more than 25% of the products offered by the wholesaler are distinguished by their quality and sustainability criteria. “With the creation of Bio’Select and Orlana, we wanted to…

Hainan to become major international supplier for coconut products by 2025

The Chinese government plans to turn Hainan into a major international supplier for coconut produce by 2025, according to the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025). Hainan is to…

China: Musang King durian from The Green Valley of Malaysia enters Tmall

In November 2021, the high-end Musang King durian brand "Green Valley Musang King" under The Green Valley banner has officially landed on Tmall, opening the official online flagship store. Green Valley Musang King is a high-end Musang King durian brand from TGVY(The Green Valley), a local Musang King…

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Exports of Peruvian food stuffs to Singapore grow by 32.4%

Peruvian agri-food exports to Singapore approached a value of one million dollars in the first half of 2021, representing an increase of 32.4% compared to 2020.  The most important…

Zespri adjusts to labor shortages

Zespri is creating major changes in its systems to deal with an expected shortage of 6,500 workers to pick this season's kiwifruit crop. According to Chief executive Dan…

Growing wasabi hydroponically not as impossible as it seems

When one thinks of sushi, it is not long before one comes to wasabi. In the video below, famous sushi chef Hiroyuki Terada visits the wasabi farm, Half Moon Bay Wasabi, to…

First box of mangoes to leave the district this season

Devgad Alphonso selling at Rs 18,000 a dozen

Mango cultivators Uttam Phondekar and his father Abba received no less than Rs 18,000 (€198) for the first box of the season’s Devgad Alphonso mangoes they sold in the Pune…

Exotic fruits and vegetables see increasing demand in Indian markets

In India, exotic mushrooms, tangy kiwis, green olives, fresh broccoli, dragon fruit and many other items have been gaining popularity in recent times among urban population…

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Shoppers encouraged to buy items such as onions, sweet potatoes, apples and potatoes right now

Retailers are urging shoppers to purchase their holiday must-haves early this year. Weekly grocery chains’ advertisements are focused on supplies for the Thanksgiving Day meal, along with baking staples and holiday decorations. Shoppers are even encouraged to buy their longer-lasting produce items, such…

Mexican guava prices rising earlier than usual

Supplies of guava are slim currently. “Even if all growing regions in Mexico are active now, supply is lower than expected,” says Alberto Diaz of Spring Valley Fruits in Pharr, TX. “This year, supply is slightly lower, but demand is also higher than last year.” Supplies of the fruit are coming from Aguascalientes,…

Chilean avocado growers benefit from Swiss precision irrigation technology

Whenever you take a commodity out of its region of origin, there can be challenges in the growing process. So has been the case with avocado cultivation in Southern American countries such as Chile, Peru and Argentina. “This plant originates from Mexico and Guatemala and they aren’t used to growing in…

Laura Carrera, CEO of Innoflower: "Our flowers are just ingredients, the chefs are the ones who create beauty in the dishes with them".

"We have the widest range of dehydrated edible flowers in the world"

The fruit and vegetable sector has a very special product segment which provides a multisensory component to food. It brings flavor nuances, shades of color, aromas, new textures and an attractive visual aesthetic. They are also a source of bioactive compounds, with numerous beneficial and even medicinal…

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'We'd like to be importing about 200 containers of Ethiopian Hass avocados within 4 or 5 years"

Last fall, armed conflict broke out in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia. Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) rebels are fighting for independence. That, however, did not affect fruit and vegetable exports from other regions of that African country, in the least. Even FairFruit, an exotic fresh produce…

Fair Trade reaches fresh ginger cultivation in Peru

"In the studies and news that we analyzed, we saw how the country's wealth sources are depleted due to irresponsible use in order to obtain the maximum profit in the shortest possible time; a result of our greedy nature. Some examples of this are the biopiracy of maca between the years 2014-2015 and the…

AMIA project to benefit Australian mango growers

Australia's peak industry body for mangoes has taken the lead on a new project aimed at increasing the demand and consumption of fresh Australian mangoes. Funded through Hort…

India: South African ‘haapus’ mangoes arrive at Vashi market

The first shipment of mangoes from South Africa arrived at the Mumbai APMC market on Friday. A shipment of 230 3-kg boxes hit the market, being sold at Rs 1,200 to 1,500 per…

More than 300 experts from the Latin American avocado industry meet in Guatemala

New global consumption trends have positively impacted the avocado industry, as consumption to date has increased by 73%, reaching the same levels that the United States is expected to reach in the next 8 years. This is very positive and represents a unique opportunity for Guatemalan producers of having…

The cooperatives from Cieza expect to export more than 5 million kilos of kaki this year

The cooperatives of the Murcian municipality of Cieza hope to market more than 5 million kilos of kaki this year. Despite not being produced on a large scale in the Vega Alta,…

Togo produces 940,000 tons of yam in 2020-2021 campaign

According to data from the Office for Agricultural Statistics, IT and Documentation, Togo produced 940,876 tons of yam throughout the 2020-2021 agricultural campaign. This…

Pakistan's mango exports to China increased more than ninefold

From January to September 2021, Pakistan exported 37.4 tons of mangoes to China, which is more than 10 times the 3.6 tons in the same period in 2020. Even so, it is still less…

China: New premium fruits cultivated in Shaanxi are unveiled in Shanghai

At the recent 2021 Shaanxi Fruit (Shanghai) promotion event, a batch of new and excellent fruits cultivated in Shaanxi came to Shanghai for exhibition. Ruiyang, Ruixianghong, and Ruixue are all new apple varieties that have been successfully cultivated in Shaanxi When it comes to the fruits of Shaanxi,…

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Saudi Arabia: Fruit production up 194% in six years

According to data from the Ministry of Commerce, Saudi Arabia’s production of fruits saw a jump of 194 percent in six years. It reached 2.7 million tons by the end of 2020,…

Largest digital marketing campaign ever for pomegranate grower

POM Wonderful, a grower and producer of fresh pomegranates and pomegranate juice, kicks off the 2021 California pomegranate season with its largest digital marketing campaign ever to raise brand awareness and drive category growth. Unveiled in the campaign is new branding for POM Wonderful Pomegranate…


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