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"A lot of people had no idea Ghana produced mangoes at all"

What started as a job to export from the United States to Ghana, has now turned the complete opposite way. Alex Kravecas used to work at the American embassy in Ghana, but noticed the potential of exporting produce from Ghana to other countries. Now, three years later MakolaHub is about to launch its…

Vietnam: Star apple shipments to US to increase threefold

With regard to the 2018-2019 crop, the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang aims to ship 300 tonnes of star apples to the United States. This is the second year Tien Giang has…

California avocado production struggles to keep up

Avocado production throughout California is taking some severe losses. Conditions have hurt crops and growers are seeing how Mexican imports are filling the void. Katherine Epperson of Parks…

US: Avocado prices skyrocketing due to strike in Mexico

Source: https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/video/3567029-avocado-prices-skyrocketing-due-to-strike-in-mexico/

University of Western Australia and Monash University study

Mangoes & avocados positively impacting male fertility

Men who eat apricots and mangoes have more luck making babies than those who don’t, according to new research that shows certain antioxidants help boost male fertility. Male sperm with higher levels of antioxidants was more likely to successfully fertilise the female’s eggs, according to a study by the…

Finance Minister emphasizes importance of avocados for Tanzania's economy

During his meeting with avocado growers in Rungwe, Dr Philip Mpango, Tanzania’s Finance and Planning Minister, reiterated that avocado plantations have a great role to play in…

Marcel van Rooijen, Torres Tropical Fresh:

"The Peruvian mango season is ending entirely differently to expectations"

The mango market is stabilizing at the moment. "The volumes from Peru are decreasing, and the demand is good," says Marcel van Rooijen of the Dutch company, Torres Tropical Fresh. "The Piura season is over." "We are now switching to cultivation in Casma. There, production is, however, significantly lower than last…

Edible beeswax coating to preserve mangoes

Mango ( Mangifera indica L.) is an emerging fruit for tropical exports: it is grown in over 90 countries worldwide producing over 28.51 million tons. Asia accounts for approximately 77% of the global mango production, while America and Africa account respectively for 13 and 10%.   Ethiopia has diverse agricultural environments and can grow…

Concern about fruit fly contamination

Mexico: Southern Sinaloa closes borders to mangoes from Chiapas

Mango producers, packers and industrialists from the south of the state of Sinaloa agreed to close the border to the entrance of mango from the state of Chiapas, after being…

Taiwanese scholar asks if the risk is too high?

China absorbed 97% of Taiwanese pineapple exports last year

Pineapples are the number one export fruit in Taiwan. Their export volume grew rapidly over the last few years from 9 thousand tons in 2014 to 29 thousand tons in 2016. The…

BrandStorm conference: moving mangoes from a commodity to a brand

The National Mango Board’s (NMB) Director of Marketing, Valda Coryat, will share the brand-building story of mangoes in the U.S. at the 4th annual United Fresh BrandStorm™…

Oman to set up major coconut plantation

Oman’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is inviting private investors to support the establishment of a 100,000 coconut tree plantation near the coastal town of Salalah. The plantation is integrated with a value-adding manufacturing facility that will kickstart the growth of a coconut-based…

David Porras, of Sonbio: "Supermarkets are promoting price over quality"

"We have found the best origin for European papayas in the Canary Islands"

Normally, the European market has papayas from Latin America or Africa, although Spanish companies such as Sonbío, specialists in the marketing of organic fruit and vegetables, prefer Canary papayas. "The fruits from Latin America or Africa tend to be cut too soon so that they can endure their long journey to Europe…

Costa Rica: "We require a national strategy to improve pineapple sales to China"

The need to improve the logistics process to China is becoming increasingly urgent for pineapple exporters. The pineapple sector hasn't taken much advantage of the free access it has had for years to sell pineapple. Many exporters used different alternatives and, even though product quality has always been the priority,…

Atlantida sector

Honduras will produce 10% more pineapples this year

Pineapple production in the sector of Atlantida will increase by 10% in 2019. Entrepreneurs of the area stated that this year's goal was to increase production to generate jobs to contribute…

Prices down 50-70% due to inflows from Rajasthan, Gujarat

Prices of Indian pomegranates tumble in Maharashtra due to larger supply

Just as with the onions, the prices of pomegranates have started to drop in Maharashtra. Compared to last year, the fruit is down 50-70 percent. Maharashtra is the largest pomegranate growing state in the country, with a coverage of over 500,000 acres, while the all-India area is about 1.5 million acres. But with…

India: Delay in flowering may hit mango yields in Krishna district

The untimely rains of December last year, caused by cyclone Phethai, badly affected the mango crop in India’s Krishna district. The rains damaged the crop in their flowering…

Harvest nears the end

Australia: Mango industry produces second largest harvest on record

There are only a few weeks left to buy Australian mangoes at the supermarket before the national harvest draws to a close. The official numbers will not be available for…

China: Market changes seasons as strawberry and pineapple supplies grow

The Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019] is over and the retail volume of fruit greatly declined. This development is most obvious for imported fruits and gift boxes…

Vietnam officially starts mango exports to US

Vietnam has begun officially exporting its mangoes to the US market, after the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave permission for the import of fresh mangoes from the…

Mexican avocados seek expansion onto Japanese market

Mexican avocado producers will continue to bet on the Japanese market, where their fruit already represents more than 85 percent of the import quota. President of the…

Vietnam: Stable dragon fruit prices after Lunar New Year

According to Office Head of Binh Thuan province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Pham Huu Thu, dragon fruit prices after the Lunar New Year increased VND 2,000- 3,000 (€0.08-0.12) per kilogram over the same period last year. Through a survey at the large scale dragon fruit planting areas in Binh Thuan province, dragon…

India: Mangoes arriving in Vashi in large numbers

The Indian city of Vashi is receiving mangoes in large quantities, with traders at the APMC market saying the supplies have set a 20-year record for February. About 1,000…

Colombia's honey gold pineapple will enter Peru

The Minister of Agriculture, Andres Valencia, announced that the Colombian honey gold pineapple variety had opened a new export door: Peru. According to Valencia, this new…

"High demand and high price in Guifei mango market"

"Hainan fruit enjoyed a peak sales period during Chinese Spring Festival [February 5th, 2019] as market demand increased. Guifei mangoes are mostly medium and large this year as a result of lower temperatures. The supply of Guifei mangoes is currently limited and the price continues to rise." This is…

India: The king of fruits makes early entry in Jaipur markets

This year the mangoes have arrived early in Jaipur, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Since the mangoes have just arrived in the market, prices are high. But as the season…

Tropical fruit options brings opportunities to New Zealand growers

Bananas, so often associated with warm tropical climates on the equator may prove to be another cropping opportunity for enterprising horticulturalists from Northland to…

Kenya: State acquires mango processor to serve 30,000 coastal farmers

Yesterday, the Kenyan government announced plans to revive a mango processing factory in readiness for the region's harvesting season. The revival of the plant is expected to…

Maersk sends Peruvian mangoes from Paita to Philadelphia in 11 days

The mango is one of Peru's main agricultural export products that maintains its demand in the world. In recent years, not only did it show an increase in shipments, but also a progressive growth of the cultivated area. Piura is the country's main mango producing and exporting area. Currently it has great…

AU: North Queensland banana growers lucky to only suffer minimal flood impacts

Recent flooding across the north may affect the look of some banana stocks reaching supermarket shelves, however shoppers are being assured, the fruit inside still has the same great taste. Australian Banana Growers’ Council Chair Stephen Lowe said continuing wet weather in the coastal growing areas may mean that…

Malaysian company uses stickers to keep fruits fresh

Throughout the ages, the most important issue for fruit growers and marketers is shelf life. Generally, fruits don't last long. However, a Malaysian company called Stixfresh has developed a sticker that will extend the shelf life of fruits by 14 days. The Stixfresh stickers can be plastered on fruits like apples, pears,…

Chinese farmers cultivate social media sales

Back in 2017, Gao Yulou and his wife Wang Jiao left their steady incomes in the city of Kunming -Yunnan province- and headed back to their hometown. The had decided to be mango farmers. The inspiration came after Gao saw someone selling fruits via videos online. His hometown is Huaping county in Lijiang, Yunnan province.…

Papaya in short supply into US

Papaya producers say that winter time is a slower period for papayas. Not only is demand reduced with the cooler weather in North America, but production also eases in the Mexican growing regions. Supplies into the US have been made tighter by rain, which has also resulted in more challenges with shipping. "We grow papaya year round mostly…

Australia: How Northern Territory mangoes went from luxury item to household staple

Many people just can't get enough of Australian mangoes. This season, 10 million trays were packed from Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern territory, and sent to…

Cambodia: Profitable longan cultivation continues to grow

The trend of longan cultivation in western Cambodia’s Pailin Province continues to expand. Farmers see the fruit as more and more profitable, according to provincial Department of Agriculture deputy director Im Sophoeun. He said longan is regarded as the main agricultural product of the province. Provincial Department of…

Indian Department of Horticulture determined to save traditional mango varieties

The Indian Department of Horticulture has raised 2,150 grafted seedlings of 15 local mango varieties. With many traditional local mango varieties vanishing, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat has made use of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) to conserve them. The…

Tropical fruit box introduced with Holidays in mind

In anticipation of Chinese New Year, Las Vegas-based Terra Exports introduced a colorful 'Fruit Mix' box featuring more than a dozen different tropical fruits grown in Colombia. While the company initially thought about having the Fruit Mix available for the Chinese New Year holiday, they have now…

Kenyan grower uses solar energy for his avocados

A few kilometres off the Eldoret-Iten road in Kenya’s Uasin Gishu County, the surroundings are currently dusty and hot. As in many other parts of the country, it has not rained in the area for months. Therefore, most farms are showing nothing but scorched plants. On the 50-acre Limpompo Farm, however, things are much…

Luc Hellebuyck tweet - Fresh pines from Costa Rica dominate world markets

Zimstat statistics:

Zimbabwean horticulture exports rising

Zimbabwe’s horticultural exports recorded a significant growth in 2018, after more than $112 million worth of produce was exported, up from $50,9 million exported in 2017. According to statistics provided by ZimTrade, the jump in horticulture exports was driven in part by the supply of produce that Zimbabwe was not…

The popularity of Australian mangoes highlighted at major event in Korea

The Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA) says it was a very positive experience for the country to be featured at such a high profile event in Korea. Manbulloo supplied 20 trays of R2E2 mangoes for the Australia Day Celebration hosted by the Australian Embassy at the Grand Hyatt in Seoul on the eve of…

Eight times the monthly minimum wage for two rare Durians

$1,000 for the Queen of Fruits

Two rare specimens of durian fruit have been sold in Indonesia for 14 million rupiah each (875 euros). "The buyer did not want to be identified, but he was a Durian lover," supermarket manager…

Peru: Significant decline in Casma's mango production

There will be a significant decline in the province of Casma's mango production in this year's campaign. The National Agrarian Health Service (SENASA) forecasted at the beginning of the…

Costa Rica: Upala Agrícola presents its pineapple production model to government representatives

As part of the inter-institutional tour carried out by the Ministries of Foreign Trade (COMEX), Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), the Environment and Energy (MINAET), Legislative Assembly, State Phytosanitary Service (SFE), the Chamber of Commerce Producers and Exporters of Pineapple (CANAPEP), among…

Kerala government to boost mango production

The Kerala State Horticulture Mission has launched a Rs 70 million (€860,000) project titled ‘Muthalamada Mango Package’ to boost mango production. The project will cover the village districts of Muthalamada, Kollengode, Pattancheri and Elavanchery in Chittur taluk, said deputy director of agriculture…

Nigeria: 'With 10,000-ha coconut plantations, we'll employ 100,000’

Architect, entrepreneur, real estate consultant and project developer John-Bede Anthonio promotes establishment of coconut plantations, cassava and yam cultivation and their…

Cuba: Ciego de Avila's pineapple exports grow

Nearly two thousand tons of pineapple from the fields of the Ceballos Agroindustrial Company, which stands out thanks to its efficiency, productivity, and increasing food…

Is the durian boom harming Thai agriculture?

China’s burgeoning middle class has taken a liking to the Durian, and are now being supplied via a rapidly evolving transportation infrastructure within the Mekong region that delivers it to Chinese markets to sell for up to US$60 a piece.   Last April alone the total value of Thai durian sales was recorded at US$220 million, an…

AU: North Queensland farmers keep their eyes on the skies with the chance of major flooding

Some North Queensland farmers are nervously watching the weather over the next few days, and praying the rain eases, with the threat of flooding hanging over their heads. Leon Collins grows bananas in the Tully Valley, 210 kilometres north by road from the city of Townsville, which has been inundated by flood waters…

Consul General of Qatar Mishal M. Al Ansari:

"Qatar plans to recruit 100,000 Pakistani workers"

Consul General of Qatar in Karachi, Mishal M. Al Ansari, has said that his country is going to recruit 100,000 Pakistanis by issuing work visa in all sectors and fields soon.…

HLB Tropical Foods presents a wide range of exotic fruits at Fruit Logistica

"Organic papayas will be established in Europe soon"

Since its founding in 1989, HLB Tropical Food has been dedicated to the marketing of ripened, air-shipped exotics. Over the years, their diverse range of products has come to include figs, rambutan, physalis and avocados - in addition to the various types of papaya - which are traded on the North…

Malaysia: Top pepper producer Sarawak poised to become largest pineapple hub

Sarawak, which contributes 98 per cent of the country's black pepper, is now poised to be the largest premium pineapple hub in the country. It all began with the first Milie Dilard (MD2)…

Nigeria: 'With 10,000-ha coconut plantations, we'll employ 100,000’

Architect, entrepreneur, real estate consultant and project developer John-Bede Anthonio promotes the establishment of coconut plantations, cassava and yam cultivation and…

Xavier Equihua, CEO - World Avocado Organization

Why the ‘fruit of life’ will continue to grow in popularity in 2019

2018 was an ‘on year’ for the avocado. The UK and Europe alone consumed over 650 million kilos of avocados and the European avocado market remains one of the fastest growing markets worldwide. Additionally, both South Africa and Peru saw a significant increase in volume compared with the 2017 season, causing prices to…

Peru: Minister of Ag to open four mango processing plants in Piura

The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) will implement four mango processing plants in the Valley of San Lorenzo, in the region of Piura, to improve the competitiveness of this fruit and consolidate its export to various markets. This was stated by the vice minister of Agrarian Policies, William Arteaga, during…

Bolivia's pineapples want to recover sales in the international market

In 2015, Bolivia fresh and canned pineapple exports amounted to $5 million dollars, but in 2018 it only achieved sales for $175 thousand dollars. Despite the potential of the…

Pineapple market in Germany relaxing at this time

"Last year was difficult for everyone involved"

"At the moment the pineapple market is taking a breather. The year 2018 was extremely difficult for the fruit, and 2017 was not that easy either. This was caused by the huge increase in production areas in Costa Rica," says Carlo Dürbeck from Anton Dürbeck GmbH in Bad Homburg. On the one hand this can be…

Piñata starts its 2019 harvest

Pineapple success in Australia’s Northern Territory

One of Australia's largest pineapple farms has emerged near the Northern Territory town of Humpty Doo. Owned by the Queensland-based Piñata Farms, the property has almost 4…

Why New Zealand fruit growers prefer to buy in the Bay

It seems that well-funded kiwifruit and avocado growers from the Bay of Plenty are trading in agricultural landholdings for commercial real estate investments in Tauranga. Two of the…

AU: It's more than just bananas for one diverse North Queensland plantation

One of North Queensland's leading banana growers says diversification has been an important part of the company's profit strategy. Howe Farming Group is a second-generation family owned company, located in Walkamin in North Queensland, mainly grows bananas - but has branched out into avocados, papaya, blueberries, as well…

Hugo Vermeulen, Cool Fresh International:

"Great first weeks of the year on the pineapple market after a difficult 2018"

"The first weeks of the new year on the pineapple market have gone great", says Hugo Vermeulen of the Dutch company, Cool Fresh International. "It has had the correct balance between supply and demand." "This has resulted in the correct prices for this Costa Rican product. This is a relief for our fellow importers and…

Horticulture Research Station Bahawalpur

India: 17 new fruit varieties recommended for approval

Seventeen new indigenous varieties of date palm, desert apple and pomegranate, developed by a horticulture scientist of Bahawalpur, have been recommended by a high level…

Khulna University

Bangladesh: Salinity-tolerant fruits for coastal areas in development

Researchers at Khulna University are claiming to have developed salinity-tolerant varieties of fruits, raising the prospects for fruit production in the country's coastal…

GI war between Bangladesh and India

Khirsapati mangoes receive Geographical Indication - again

Khirsapati mangoes from the Chapai-Nababgunje District of Bangladesh recently Geographical Indication (GI) recognition. What followed was a dispute between India and its neighbor. The problem…

Carrot Forum 2019: Visiting Hof Holste in Martfeld

"Growing, step by step"

At the end of this year's Carrot Forum, Henning and Anja Holste opened the doors of their farm shop in Martfeld. The participants of the Carrot Forum were impressed by the abundant supply of fresh vegetables and processed products. The direct marketing of potatoes, strawberries and asparagus began in the 1980s, initially out of…

More Panamanian pineapples for the Chinese market

At the recent China International Import Expo held in Shanghai, the Panamanian company Primero Cuarenta Group signed a memorandum of intent to purchase with the Chinese…

European market very receptive to Puerto Rican mangoes

Puerto Rico's main mango season is still a few months away, but growers are saying the orchards are looking very promising for the upcoming season. Growers of mangoes and other crops were badly affected by Hurricane Maria in 2017, but the good news is that recovery is well underway and a solid mango crop…

China and the great international avocado takeover

The avocado is spreading to every corner of the world. It is difficult to know why the avocado is catching on globally. It may be the influence of the US culinary culture. It could be a result of marketing efforts. It might also just be that in the age of globalization, the most delicious foods will…

This durian is so rare that it sells for RM4,000 in Indonesia

Malaysians really love their durians. However, even for locals, durians like the Musang King can be quite expensive, priced as it is at around RM50 per kilogram (€10.67). But if you think durians are expensive in Malaysia, then hold on to your seat: This durian in Indonesia costs more than RM4,000 (€850). The durian…

Mango, maize and chili crops struck

Indian state of Telangana: Extensive damage from unseasonal rainfall

Unseasonal rainfall in different parts of integrated Karimnagar district of Telangana on 26th and 27th January has caused widespread damages to various standing crops resulting in huge loss to the farmers. Despite the fact that the showers had bought some relief to the farmers who had cultivated paddy, it crushed…

Mangos from Axarquia

Spanish brand makes mango and pineapple beer

Cruzcampo has developed an IPA (Indian Pale Ale) made from Malaga mangoes for the first anniversary of La Fabrica, an innovative brewery, which opened its doors a year ago to offer beer lovers unique varieties made by the Brewers Masters of Cruzcampo. To celebrate this first anniversary, Jorge Varela and Juan Navarro…

Colombia: Pineapple producers from Casanare want to export more

A hundred small producers with the support of the national government, the municipality of Tauramena and the oil companies Ecopetrol, Geopark, Parex and Oleoducto de los…

Kenya: Enhance value addition mango farming

Mangoes are the second most important fruits in Kenya, contributing to 21% of the total value of fruits produced. This is in comparison to bananas, which contribute 32% of the total value. Owing to the adaptation to diverse agro-ecological conditions, mangoes are produced in several counties. The Horticultural Crops Directorate…

Malaysia: Venture capital available for farmers

Agro entrepreneurs who are already successful, but low in cash flow, now have the option to go for venture capital (VC) which was set up by the Sarawak government. Deputy Chief Minister Datuk…

Zespri to licence more SunGold kiwis and organics in 2019

Dave Courtney, the chief grower and alliance officer, says Zespri and the kiwifruit industry are in a strong period of growth, working hard to meet growing consumer demand. To help achieve this, Zespri’s board has confirmed the latest releases; an expansion, to occur in all growing regions from Kerikeri…

Named 'Arka Poorna'

Institute of Horticultural Research developed India’s second-largest guavas

After 12 years of research, scientists from the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) have come up with the second largest guava in the country. It is named 'Arka…

Costa Rica: Pineapple displaces bananas as the main export product

In 2018, pineapples displaced bananas as the main agricultural export product of Costa Rica, according to data released today by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and the Foreign…

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Dominican Republic: Shared-X Impact Farm to open branch for organic pineapple production

The Minister of Agriculture, Osmar Benitez, announced that the Shared-X Impact Farm company would open a branch that produces organic pineapple in the country. The official said the company would make an initial investment of more than US $6.9 million and that they would be located in the Las Carolinas Free Zone…

Mexico: EMEX wants to have its own seal of quality

Mexico's Mango Exporters Association (EMEX) will work this year to have its own seal of quality, and it will continue working on the internationalization of this fruit in important markets, such as the European Union, Asia, and the Arab Emirates. Francisco Villegas, the President of the Association of Mango Exporters of…

Australia: Avocado production up in Far North Queensland

For Far North growers, an excellent avocado season seems underway, as they gear up for another record-breaking harvest. Growers in Mareeba, Dimbulah and Atherton Tablelands are preparing to harvest their crop within the next fortnight, with record yields expected as the region takes over central…

Avocados or mulberries could be in county’s farming future

Farmers explore novel crops in Yolo County

Some think avocados, hops or even mulberries could be the future crops of Sacramento Valley’s farming. This option was questioned by academic experts and interested…

Sweet success for Australian mangoes this season

According to the Australian Mango Industry Association, good weather and a great piece of technology have combined to produce a bumper crop of tasty fruit this season. The mango industry has recently adopted new scanning technology that allows fruit to be checked - without damaging it - while it is still on the…

India: Kerala pineapple procurement started by Horticultural Corporation

The Kerala State Horticultural Development Corporation Pineapple will start buying up pineapples, with a view to help farmers who are facing a record fall in price of the fruit due to a glut in the market.  Sources at the Vazhakkulam, Agro and Fruit Processing Company -jointly owned by the state government, Vegetable and Fruit…

Rabo Research:

This summer’s EU avocado price dip was not a one-off

In the summer of 2018 the EU market had some difficulties absorbing the huge spike in avocado volumes supplied. In reality, this was the start of a new era for EU avocado prices. Although the market still has potential to grow, periods of market irregularities will become more common. EU avocado prices all over…

Laurens Dielens, Lejeune

“Enough mangoes despite strikes in Peru”

“When it comes to mango supplies, we are not being hindered by the strikes that happened in Peru this past December. For the moment, there are plenty of mangoes from Peru and…

Galilee Export

Adapting avocado sales to market requirements

Galilee Export, founded seven and one half years ago, is now the second largest company in Israel for marketing and export of fresh produce. The company is owned by Milouot,…

Peru: Ancash begins its mango export campaign

The National Agrarian Health Service (SENASA) formalized the start of the mango export campaign 2018-2019 in the region of Ancash. During the ceremony, the authorities spoke in detail about the export campaign, the execution of good agricultural practices, and the general aspects to achieve phytosanitary…

Togo: European Union and German cooperation invest in pineapple sector

The pineapple sector of Togo just received from the European Union a support facility of about CFA4 billion. The financing is provided in the framework of a project to boost the pineapple industry’s competitiveness. The latter, which is co-financed by the European Fund for Development (EDF) and the…

Mexico: Michoacan seeks to certify 12,000 hectares of mango for export

This year, Michoacan will seek the certification of 12,000 hectares of mango for export, in order to continue to be the national leader in food safety and health. The State Committee for Plant…

Mango producer launches season with new packhouse

The mango season in Mexico is just about to begin for the year and producers are preparing for the busy months ahead. Some US-based distributors are anticipating a careful start to the season, after heavy rains in the early growing regions. They said growers should be scrutinizing quality to ensure a…

South Taiwan exports jujubes to Japan for the first time

The city of Tainan (southern Taiwan) will export jujubes to Japan for the first time after setting out to achieve the goal seven years ago. Although Taiwan's jujubes are…

Why drop in Kenyan mango yields has not been profitable for growers

This growing season, Kenya registered a steep drop in mango production. According to John Kimani, a crop scientist, unusual heavy rains and cold spells that continued to the…

Australian passionfruit production levels return after dry winter weather takes its toll

Passionfruit Australia says summer production is back to normal thanks to some rain and kinder weather conditions, after seriously dry weather was detrimental to the winter production this year. President Tina McPherson says production has varied across the growing regions. "In northern NSW and Sunshine Coast regions, passionfruit harvest is…

AU: Central Queensland lychee grower sends first shipment to United States

A Queensland lychee grower is hoping this year's supply to the United States, will be the start of an ongoing pathway. Lush Lychees is a family farm owned by Paul and Krystal Caton, and was part of the Australian Lychee industry's pilot program exploring new markets, for the first time. "As we are a new supplier, we had to…

Market opportunities for Davao avocados in Singapore

According to Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Arturo Milan, there is an export opportunity for Philippine avocados in Singapore. Milan said with their…

Iran: Banana yield Konarak district revealed

In the Konarak district of Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province, about 72,000 tons of bananas are harvested annually. This was reported by Saeed Mohammad Oliaei, director of…

Eliminating major post-harvest diseases for export to US

Jamaica mangoes to get hot water treatment

Jamaica’s Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) has begun accepting applications for consultancy services on the design of a mango hot water…

Dominican Republic: Mango production increases by 10 to 15%

The Dominican Republic's mango production has been increasing over the years, thanks to the increase in areas sown and the application of new technologies. This increase has favored exports and the quality of the exported fruit. Most of these mangoes are destined for the domestic market, as the population of this…

First quarter of 2019 provides best opportunities for organic avocado promotions

Mexico set a record by sending more than 35 million kgs of avocados to the US market during the second week of January. Of this number, a fair share was made up by organic…

Pineapples: when will prices rise on the spot market?

Since April 2017, the price of pineapples on the spot market has been dropping considerably and it does not look like the situation is improving. Jean-François Vallet, sales director at SIMM, has a logical explanation for this. “First of all, it is important to know that there is no regulation in the…

India: How to get a pineapple to Madhupur market

Pineapples are very popular in the street food scene in Madhupur. But how they get there is even more interesting. Cyclists move their pineapple bicycles around 12 miles to arrive at the market, carrying between 50 and 100 pineapples to sell. “It is amazing to see them carrying the pineapples like this, but I…

Northern Australia launches initiative to boost mango exports to China

There is a new Australian initiative, joining experts and producers to boost the export of North Australian mangoes by some 200 percent. The 1.6-million US dollar undertaking was announced on Monday and will be led by the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA), involving Australia's leading Calypso…

Costa Rica: The area devoted to pineapple increased by 15.7% in one year

An update of satellite maps linked to NASA reveal that there were 66,266 hectares of pineapple planted by 2017, as shown by the satellite images of the Monitoring Productive…

Booming supplies due to backlog caused by strike

Ample avocado supplies for Super Bowl period

Avocado imports into the United States have been heavy since the strike ended back in November. As a result, there is plenty of supply for the upcoming Super Bowl season, one of the busiest times of the year for avocados. Suppliers say retailers have plentiful supplies for avocado promotions for the…

North Sumatra durian ice cream penetrates global market

Durian ice cream, a favorite of many people in Singapore, South Korea, Australia or Japan has its basic ingredient in fact exported from North Sumatra. North Sumatra Crop and Horticulture Agency program subdivision head Yusfahri confirmed that at least 10 countries -Japan, South Korea, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam,…

'World's most dangerous fruit'

China: Guangdong Customs seizes cannonball tree fruit

Customs officers in southern China seized a cannonball tree fruit from a traveller who was returning from Singapore earlier this month. They said it could "potentially…

Mission Produce and Hazel Technologies partner on shelf-life extension of avocados

After over a year of testing post-harvest solutions, Mission Produce, Inc. and Hazel Technologies, Inc. announced a partnership to extend the shelf-life of avocados. As part of the collaboration, Mission Produce will continue to test (with the aim to integrate) Hazel Technologies' USDA-funded packaging…

AU: Exceptional quality and volume of mangoes despite mixed weather conditions

With Australia's mango season hitting its peak, it is expected to be another big year for growers, with predictions of the second biggest crop the industry has produced. The Australian Mango Industry Association says while it is not expected to get to the record volumes of last year, more than 10 million trays are…

Paraguay: 37,500 pineapple boxes from Horqueta for Argentina

Pineapple shipments from Aleman Cue, a district of Horqueta (Concepcion), to Argentina culminated in December, according to data provided by Mario Servín, a technician of the…

Peru: New mango export record

Peru exported 54,079 tons of fresh mangoes between the beginning of week 44 of 2018 until the end of week 1 of 2019, i.e. 2.5% more than the 52,759 tons it shipped in the same period of last season…

Ivorian mangoes for France and Belgium

Namongo Seydou Coulibaly, of the Inter Negoce company and SARL Services, exports Ivorian mangoes to France and Belgium. “With more than 30,000 tons, the mango is now Ivory Coast’s 2nd export fruit, behind the banana,” explains Namongo. “Most of the Ivorian orchards are owned by small farmers or family…

Raul Romero of Chestnut Hill Farms

"Demand for pineapples is higher during the first months of the year"

“In general, volumes from Costa Rica seem to be very similar to 2018. However, volumes for the second semester are anticipated to be lower than prior years because some production areas have changed to other crops,” says Raul Romero of Chestnut Hill Farms in Coral Gables, Fl., a company who ships…

Bangladesh: Growing success of fruit production

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN, Bangladesh marks the highest rate of increase in fruit production among the world's fruit producing countries. Supposedly it is the tenth largest tropical fruit producer at this time. Over the last 18 years the country’s fruit production has been…

Taiwan winter fruit penetrates markets in Hong Kong

Last Friday, Taiwan launched a promotional campaign to sell winter-harvested fruit such as jujube, guava, wax apples, oranges, pineapples, papaya, grapes and honey apples in Hong Kong. "We would like to share the sweet taste from Taiwan with the people of Hong Kong as the Spring Festival approaches," said COA divisional…

Kashmir: 1.9 million tons of fresh fruit & 2.2 million tons of dried fruits

Kashmir produced 1,956,331 tons of fresh fruits and 2,161,736 tons of dried fruits during the 2018-19 financial year, contributing ₹ 100 billion (€ 1.23 bln) to the state’s…

Bangladesh: Mangoes, even in winter

The mangoes of Chapainawabganj, a delicacy of Bangladeshi summers, are now available in the middle of winter as well. Ripe mangoes hanging from trees will catch your eye in…

South African avocado and mango exporters focus on new markets

According to Subtrop CEO Derek Donkin, who was one of the speakers at the annual Subtrop Marketing Symposium held in White River, Mpumalanga late last year, gaining and maintaining market access for South Africa’s litchis, mangoes and avocados is one of the biggest focus areas for the future. “This includes cultivar development…

Air-shipped Kent mangoes seduce more and more by their quality

A s we transition from Brazil to the Peruvian season, “the air-shipped Kent mangoes from Peru are standing out for their excellent quality but also for their high prices,”…

Geographical Indication label violation

India: ‘Alphonso’ mangoes from Karnataka make Maharashtra farmers furious

Mango farmers associations in Maharashtra are exploring legal options against the sale of a certain variety of mangoes being sold as ‘Alphonso mangoes’ from Karnataka. Such…

Miguel Gonzalez, MG Fruit:

“Prices on pineapple market have been too low for too long”

Pineapple importers aren’t remembering 2018 too fondly. “We’ve had bad prices before, but I can’t remember the last time we had such a long period of bad prices,” says Miguel…

Tales from the jungle

Hugo Boss sells pineapple leather shoes

Veganism is here to stay. Also Hugo Boss has recently a vegan shoe collection for men in the range in which leather was replaced by pineapple skin. Is the pineapple the solution? A fashion…

Avocados: Mexican fuel shortage threatens Super Bowl snack

This year, Super Bowl fans may have to go without guacamole if avocado farmers in Mexico cannot send their fruit to the United States because of a prolonged fuel shortage.  Mexican…

In the next three to five years, say industry insiders

Chinese homegrown avocados could replace Latin American imports

China's growing health-conscious middle class is fueling a rapid boom in the demand for avocados. Domestic farmers have been rushing to produce seedlings and grow avocado…

Bangladesh mango growers demand cooling & packaging facilities

Up to 30 percent of mangoes produced in Bangladesh get wasted before reaching the market in absence of facilities to store and transport them properly. Growers demanded that…

Romain Charpentier, Director of Pom'Alliance F & V Trading Asia:

"Pom'Alliance has huge expectations of the Chinese market"

With an average production of 300,000 tons per year, the Pom'Alliance cooperative is the leading producer of fresh potatoes in France. The company initially specialized in the production and export (50%) of fresh potatoes, mainly in Europe, the Middle East and now in Asia. Recently, it has also been…

New Zealand: Northland export growth in September 2018

Northland avocado growers supplied 1.1 million trays of fruit for export in 2017/18 and while that was 27 percent down on the previous year, it was the largest regional…

New numbers from Ministry of Agriculture

Indonesia: Fruit exports grew by 26.27 percent in 2018

Indonesia’s Agriculture Ministry has announced that the export of horticultural commodities grew significantly last year, with fruit exports jumping 26.27 percent compared to…

Azerbaijan: Increasing pomegranate exports in 2019

To Azerbaijan, the pomegranate is a national fruit. It plays a big role in the development of the non-oil sector in Azerbaijan, as it is linked to both agriculture and…


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