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Tropical fruit

Peru: Mango shipments are expected to resume next week

Mango producers met yesterday at Cruceta. After several hours, they finally decided to remove the roadblocks. This means that, as of today, the harvest may continue and export can resume. From now on, producers and exporters will hold a weekly so that they all are informed about the situation in the…

Paraguay: Pineapple and banana producers from Guayaibi achieve their purpose

Yesterday, pineapple and banana producers from Guayaibi intermittently blocked Route 3 in Kilometer 243 of this jurisdiction to demand that the National Plant and Seed Health and Quality Service (Senave) authorize the export of their products to Argentina. They also requested greater support from the Minister of Agriculture,…

"The protests may continue"

Spain: "Subtropical fruit exports to the EU down by more than 30% due to protests"

Fruit exporters have acknowledged that the three weeks of protests in France because of the rise in fuel taxes are starting to take their toll on sectors such as the tropical one in the Axarquía, which estimates that exports to European Union countries, and especially to France, have been reduced by more…

Peru to strengthen the mango competitiveness chain

The Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policies of Minagri, William Arteaga, ratified the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation's (Minagri) commitment to strengthen the…

Customers squeezing the life out of avocados

A survey by Hort Innovation Australia found that 97 per cent of avocado buyers admitted to squeezing them before buying them. Even worse, on average, avo buyers squeeze tested three times more fruit than they actually bought. So while avocado growers and retailers are working hard on looking after…

Green skin avocados available year-round

WP Produce, a grower, packer and shipper specializing in tropical fruits under their Desbry brand, said they are kicking off the 2019 season with a multitude of tropical green skin avocado varieties available year-round. According to the company, many retailers and consumers are turning to tropical green skin avocado…

Belgium and Benin work together to expand pineapple sector

Vice president and minister of Development Collaboration, Alexander De Croo, signed a new five year collaboration programme in the Benin capital of Cotonou this week. Belgium…

Vietnam: Durian prices in Ho Chi Minh City remain high despite oversupply

For the last few days, the prices of off-season durian in the Mekong Delta have declined sharply, Traders have stopped purchasing the fruit to export to the Chinese market,…

Western Australia's big avocados ready for the Japanese market

A Manjimup business has been chosen as one of two locations in the State to start exporting avocados to Japan, boosting an export industry already worth almost $2 million a year to the state. The first shipment of 104 boxes left Advance Packing and Marketing Services’ warehouse last week, with an…

Modern mango monitoring in Australia

This Saturday, work on a new pilot project, promising to enhance quality monitoring of northern Australian mangoes and reduce food waste, kicked off at a North Queensland mango farm. Blockchain experts Trust Provenance (T-Provenance) have implemented the solution at Manbulloo’s Horseshoe Lagoon property, south of…

Paraguay: Guayabi's pineapple could be sold for less if producers can't export to Argentina

Producers of pineapples in Guayaibi are desperate because they still haven't been given the document that enables them to export their production to Argentina, as they have…

Spain: Trops receives 724,000 Euros to strengthen subtropical cultivation

The territorial delegate of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, Javier Salas, has delivered the European aid resolution granting 724,000 Euro from the operating fund for the year 2016 to the manager of Trops, Enrique Colilles. This aid "will help strengthen the company after the investments made in facilities…

"This strike has undoubtedly had a great effect on the US and European markets"

The strike in Peru seems to finally have come to an end. "After delaying the start of the season due to a demand for higher prices in the Malingas region, the Ministry of Agriculture called a meeting with the main mango suppliers to settle the matter and find solutions. After 5 hours of constructive…

Mexico: Avocado exports to Japan continue to grow

Mexico's Association of Avocado Producers, Packers, and Exporters (APEAM) stated that exports to Japan continued to increase, and estimated that this year they would export a…

Panama and China sign phytosanitary protocol to export pineapples

Yesterday, authorities from Panama and the People's Republic of China signed a phytosanitary requirements protocol to export fresh pineapples to China. The protocol was signed in the…

Durian Harvests launch white label branding

Malaysia based MK Durian Harvests Sdn. Bhd. “Durian Harvests” who is part of the Plantations International group of companies is very pleased to announce the launch of their…

Peru: Mango exporters hope to resume work from tomorrow on

Yesterday the discussions continued, with the presence of William Arteaga who is the Vice Minister of Agricultural Policies, Alfredo Rengido the elected mayor of Tambogrande and a group of people who represent the growers and exporters in the area. Today at 10 am Peruvian time, the representatives who…

Premium exports of Malaysian durians to China to see'triple-digit' hike

The export of premium durians to China is expected to jump to "triple- digit" by end-2019, following the signing of the frozen whole fruit durians export protocol with the…

Mexican state of Michoacan:

Popularity and demand for avocados raises environmental concerns

In the western Mexican state of Michoacan, we find another region where avocados are being grown. Michoacan is one of the largest avocado-growing regions in Mexico. And while…

"Strike avoided the harvest of immature fruit"

Peru: Differences in expected total mango production volume

“There is a difference in what the smaller mango producers will be the total production volume compared to the opinion of the exporters. The smaller producers think there is a reduction of around 50% in production. Indeed, this suggests that prices should go up. However, on the other hand exporters say…

Peru: Mango producers go on strike

According to the vice minister of Agriculture, William Arteaga Donayre, the strike was lifted after authorities dialogued with the farmers of Tambogrande, Las Lomas, and…

Spain: Mango campaign marked by rainfall and strikes in France

The last batches of Keitt mangoes of the campaign in Malaga, the largest producer of this subtropical fruit in Spain, are expected to be sold between this week and the next. The sector will take advantage of the pre-Christmas period, when sales are usually good, although the campaign has been quite…

India: Passion fruit is new favourite for Kerala growers

The number of passion fruit farmers in Kerala has grown in the past five years. While many households grow the tropical fruit as part of homestead farming, it is now…

The harvest started 15 days earlier than usual

Mexico: The mango of Soconusco will find an international market without demand

The mango harvest in the region of Soconusco is expected to start 15 days earlier than usual, as the flowering of the mango in most of the extensions of the region came early.…

Slightly lower volumes of mango imports

Imported mango production seems to be down slightly this winter season. “The volume of mango is lower compared to the past season,” says Vicky Cabello of Cabefruit Produce LLC in McAllen, Tex. “Mango production in the zone is decreased on this item.” The region she’s referring to is Ecuador, which began its season in the middle of September…

‘Monk fruit’ successfully grown on Indian soil

Indian scientists have successfully grown the Chinese ‘Monk fruit’ in Himachal Pradesh’s Palampur district. Monk fruit, which hails from China, has high nutritious values, low…

Colombian organic coconut farm attracts investors from 10 countries

Farmfolio, a Cayman Islands-based agriculture development firm, this week closed the second round of funding for its Colombian farming operation, Pietrasanta. The project…

Costa Rican pineapple producers to continue using ethylene for floral induction

Costa Rican producers of organic pineapples recently received good news: the Organic Multisector Consultation Instance of the United States Department of Agriculture (NOBS)…

Colombia: Former guerrillas grow pineapples in Caqueta

In Aguabonita, at one of the reincorporation camps previously used by FARC guerrillas in Caquetá, the former rebel members have taken to growing pineapples to improve their…

High fiber content

Spain: Ribera del Xúquer kakis stand out for their nutritional properties

The kakis from the Ribera del Xúquer stand out from those grown in other regions; so much so, that experts praise their nutritional properties. Since it is a fruit, it can…

Spain: Pest revealed to have threatened the mangoes of La Axarquia

A mango seed weevil pest, the first of its kind in Europe, detected for the first time in 2013 and again in 2015 in the municipality of Vélez-Málaga, threatened the…

Peru: Producers in Tambogrande protest low mango prices

Farmers and producers decided to suspend their work in the field to protest against exporters, as they want to buy a box of mangoes for 30 soles. Dozens of farmers and mango producers in the Malingas sector, in the district of Tambogrande (department of Piura), stopped working and blocked the Pan-American Highway, demanding…

Peru: Casma will soon be able to export mangoes to Chile

The province of Casma may soon export its mangoes to Chile, after the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) of this nation certified the plantations of that fruit. SAG specialists, accompanied by their counterparts from the Plant Quarantine area of ​​the National Agrarian Health Service (SENASA), evaluated how product…

China: Thai mini pineapples arrive in Xi'an

Lion Air SL950 delivered a freight of mini pineapples directly from Thailand to Xianyang National Airport in Xi'an on November 22nd. Thai mini pineapples The overall weight of this freight was around 1 ton. This was the first time a sizeable freight of imported fruit was purchased and transported directly from an overseas production area to Shaanxi…

Malaysia: Josapine pineapples to penetrate Dubai market

The Malaysian Pineapple Industrial Board (MPIB) targets to export up to 100 tonnes of Josapine pineapples to Dubai in the first half of next year. Director-General Datuk Mohd…

Malaysia bets on exports as China goes nuts for durian

Malaysia hopes for the durian to become its next major export product as the Southeast Asian nation rushes to develop thousands of acres to cash in on the unprecedented…

Beho Fresh

Alibaba inks deal with Malaysian supplier to export Musang King

Alibaba Group, the Chinese e-commerce giant, has entered into a strategic arrangement with a local Malaysian durian supplier for the export of frozen Musang King (in whole fruit form) into China. Alibaba’s online shopping platform, Tmall, together with its global aggregated sourcing platform for perishable food, Win-Chain,…

Vietnam: Long An province improves on locally grown fruit

Agricultural parties from the Mekong Delta province of Long An’s have proposed solutions to improve the quality and the output of dragon fruit. They wish to meet export demand…

Spain: European customers suspend tropical fruit orders due to French strikes

The protests in France due to the tax increase in fuel prices (the so-called 'yellow vests' movement) are taking a very negative toll on Spanish shippers, including those from the province of Málaga, so the province's tropical sector is severely affected. Since last Saturday, it has had to deal with…

India: IG International to import Alphonso mangoes from South Africa

Last Tuesday, Fresh fruit firm IG International announced they would be importing Alphonso mangoes from South Africa in order to be able to cater to the domestic market in the…

CBI report

80% of pineapples imported into Europe are of the MD2 variety

The importation of fresh pineapples in the European market has stabilized at around 900 thousand tons in recent years. The trading of this fruit is dominated by the MD2…

Colombia becomes member of World Avocado Organization

The nation of Colombia was welcomed as the latest member by the World Avocado Organization (WAO), the group that promotes the consumption as well as awareness of avocados at a global level. The announcement was made at the opening of Asia Fruit Logistica by Chairman of WAO, Zac Bard. It must be noted that WAO’s existing…

Avocados in recovery

Italy: Temporary glut of pineapples

The Italfrutta Distribuzioni company is active in Milan. The administrator Sandro Todaro and the marketing manager Umberto Musso report: “In Milan, we are a landmark for imported produce. Of course, we are not the only ones, but we are one of the most active companies in the marketing of exotic fruits –…

Australia: Kakadu plum to enter global medicine industry

Skin products and health drinks may soon have an extra ingredient in a quintessentially Northern Territory ingredient if a proposal to commercially harvest Kakadu plums gets…

Indian experts say erratic weather in Goa may hurt 2019 mango crop

The erratic weather patterns with sudden rain and cloudy weather in parts of Goa may hurt the crop prospects of the state’s mangoes, triggering some concerns about pests and…

Where Australian mangoes cost up to $185

Currently, the South Korean market is hungry for Australian produce, with a single mango fetching up to $185. “In a department store, name the price. I've seen them anywhere…

India: Ratnagiri Alphonsos arrive three months early

Fruit traders at the Pune’s Market were taken aback by a surprise after receiving Alphonso mangoes from Ratnagiri farmers about three months ahead of the expected time.…

Dominican Republic

Semil-34 variety exported most to international market

"With about 20 varieties of avocado, the DR offers a wide range of alternatives. However, while most of these are “green skins", the Semil-34 variety alone accounts for about 60 percent of total production. Being available from October to February, it is the number one Dominican variety exported to the…

Kenyan farm scores with tree tomato juice

In 2014, Daniel Kiboi bought 2,000 tree tomato (tamarillo) seedlings. He just wanted to try his luck with them. On his two-acre piece of land in Mweiga (Nyeri County) he integrated the surrounding forested area with his tree tomato plants, a farming technique known as agroforestry. It entails integrating…

Annual year-end factors affect customers' spending

Singapore durian prices dropping and expected to dip further

In Singapore, the prices for Mao Shan Wang durians are falling. There is a clear slump in customer numbers. The Mao Shan Wang durians -also known as Musang King- usually go for more than SGD20 per kg (€12.83), but are now being sold for SGD16 to 20 per kg (€10.27-12.83), according to vendors. Slow customer traffic is a large factor…

Costa Rica dominates pineapple market

The global trade in (fresh) pineapple is dominated by Costa Rica. Two out of three pineapples traded internationally come from Costa Rica. Half of all Costa Rican pineapples is sent to the US, the other half is mostly sent to the EU. Costa Rica has a share of 85 per cent in the US. Of all pineapple…

Mexican avocado growers resume harvest

Avocado growers in Michoacán Mexico started harvesting again Wednesday after a strike which saw no fruit being harvested or crossing into the US since late October. A resolution to the strike was reached on Tuesday and fruit is expected to be crossing the border again starting either today or tomorrow.…

Pak-China friendship solidified

"Chinese mango import from Pakistan will be doubled by next year"

Deputy Counsel General of China Peng Zhengwu has said that Chinese mango import from Pakistan will be doubled by next year. While visiting the Confucius Institute, University…

India starts importing mangoes from Malawi

Indian consumers can now enjoy mangoes even during the October-December period, when these juicy fruits aren’t usually available locally. Malawi mangoes, which taste almost…

In Ghana to find commercial partners

New international contacts for Macfrut. Over the past few days, Cesena Fiera president Renzo Piraccini visited a few businesses in Ghana including Agrotropics. Owner Philippe Abayory owns six companies covering 680 hectares in total, 350 of which are destined to mango cultivation.  Click here and watch the video-interview!  "The…

Morrisons to sell giant 1kg avocado that weighs the same as an EMU EGG

Morrisons is selling a giant 1kg avocado that weighs the same as an emu egg – and it could make a lot of guacamole. The enormous avocados weigh three times as much as a normal one and cost less at £2 than buying three of the fruit. Morrisons said that each avocado – which measures up to 25cm in diameter – could…

More than 24,000 workers affected

Mexico: Michoacán avocado strike costs 85 million pesos a day

Strikes and stoppages by Michoacán avocado growers are costing the industry 85 million pesos (US$4.3 million) a day, says a producers’ industry association. More than 1,000 producers stopped work and set up checkpoints on highways in 11 municipalities last week, in order to stop avocados from other parts of Mexico…

Change desperately needed on unhealthy pineapple market

Traditionally, Costa Rica is the largest export country of fresh pineapple. The biggest volumes are shipped to the US and Europe. Prices for pineapple are below par, just like last year. Because the market for pineapple isn’t regulated, there’s a lot of overproduction. Large volumes are shipped to…

Watch the video!

A company with 350 hectares of pineapples in Ghana.

During the Macfruit showcase in Accra, the president Renzo Piraccini visited some local fruit and vegetable companies. The Sam Valley Farms business is part of the Trasacco group (owned by the Italian family Taricone). It occupies 800 hectares, 300 of which are pineapple crops. Watch the video directly from Ghana!…

"When there is Hass avocado in the market, it's difficult to sell Bacon and Fuerte"

The harvest of organic Bacon and Fuerte avocados is currently in full swing in southern Spain, while the first Hass avocados are expected to start being harvested in the earliest areas in mid-November. "The harvest started about three weeks ago, although now is when the fruit's quality is optimal, both in terms of fat content…

A journal of world insect systematics

Colombia has the most scale insects recorded on avocado worldwide

Colombia has one of the richest biodiversity in the world and is considered as one of 17 megadiverse countries in the world (Mittermeier 1997). With the results of the present study, Colombia has become the country with the most scale insects recorded on avocado worldwide with 44 taxa, followed by the…

Eitan Zvi, Galil Export

"Main increase is in greenskin varieties"

Israel is expecting to produce 120 000 tons of avocados this year compared to the 90 000 tons of last year. “The avocado season started a week earlier than usual in Israel”, says Eitan Zvi from Galil Export. “This year is an ‘on’ year.” “The main increase in production is in the Greenskin varieties”, says Eitan. “An…

Chinese phytosanitary experts visit pineapple plantations in Panama

Chinese phytosanitary experts visited pineapple export plantations in the western province of Chiriqui, on the border of Panama with Costa Rica, to visit the production areas of this tropical fruit and to meet with agricultural exporters of this item, an official source reported today. The delegation visited the farms…

Cultivation of the popular exotic leads to environmental problems

The avocado: Today's problem crop

For years the avocado has been triumphant in kitchens and buffets. In their countries of origin - Mexico, Israel and South Africa - however, this leads to environmental…

Panama exports 6,400 boxes of MD-2 pineapples to Turkey

The Panamanian company Dolce Pineapple shipped 6,400 boxes of pineapples of the MD-2 variety, which only grows in Panama, to Turkey on Tuesday, stated the Ministry of Agricultural Development of Panama (Mida). The shipment was made under the Panama Exporta brand, a program promoted by the Panamanian Government through the…

Malaysian Agriculture and Agro-based Deputy Minister Sim Tze Tzin:

'No, China is not buying up all our durians.'

Malaysia’s Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Minister Sim Tze Tzin has refuted a nightmare scenario for his durian loving countrymen, that claimed that Malaysians will have no durians left if demand for the 'king of fruits' increases in China. "We are producing 300,000 tons of durians a year, currently exporting 5.8%…

André Boon, Scherpenhuizen:

“Large Brazilian mango supply puts pressure on prices”

Brazilian mangoes are currently abundantly available on the European market. “Every week, 250 to 260 containers are shipped to Europe, that’s 20 per cent more than last year. This affects prices, which are at a considerably lower level than last year,” says André Boon of Scherpenhuizen. “The supply of Kent, Keitt, Tommy Atkins and…

Fall and winter the seasons for promoting Chilean avocados

As the Northern hemisphere avocado growing regions quiet down for the year, the US market has been seeing avocados from Chile arrive over the past couple of months. The six month season will see Chilean avocados available throughout the rest of fall and the whole of winter. Karen Brux, of the Chilean…

National Mango Board hosting free webinar to share sales strategies

The National Mango Board (NMB) is hosting a free webinar for mango industry members and retailers to share strategies to lift mango sales in Q1 and Q4 and to turn the mango…

30,000 tons

Spain: The Andalusian mango breaks harvest record with 25% more

Andalusia has established itself as the main producing region of tropical fruits in Spain; the micro climate of the Axarquia of Malaga and the Tropical Coast of Granada offer the perfect conditions to grow these fruits that are so coveted in the European market. The mango, which is now in full harvest…

Avocado warfare in New Zealand: Electric fences and armed patrols

The global demand for avocados is driving a crime wave in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty, where orchards line the state highway heavy with fruit, and are largely unprotected. Avocados will be sold on the black market for a dollar apiece and thieves can easily pick thousands of dollars’ worth of fruit in one…

Growers protest corruption allowing non-Michoacán avocados into state

More than 1,000 Michoacán avocado growers have set up checkpoints on highways in 11 municipalities to stop avocados from other parts of Mexico coming into the state, to be…

Mission Produce turns Black Friday green

Mission Produce, Inc., a grower, packer and marketer of fresh Hass avocados, said it is shaking things up on Black Friday this year by “turning it green.” This week, Mission…

Yangmei: Difficult to find fresh outside Asia

The fruit known as the 'yangmei' ( Myrica rubra ) has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years throughout China. This fruit goes by many names, including bayberry, waxberry,…

Australia: Pinata Farms project combats mango under-skin browning

Six years ago, Pinata Farms, a Wamuran-based grower, began a research project focused on Honey Gold mangoes and their under-skin browning. Under-skin browning does not change a mango's…

'Avocado From Mexico' turns to shoppable recipes to get more customer data

On Monday, Avocados From Mexico will be the latest food company to be launching shoppable recipes. Avocados From Mexico, which controls more than 80 percent of the avocado industry in the…

Spain: Mango acreage in Malaga could exceed 6,000 hectares in a few years

For the past few weeks, the air in Malaga has had a mango fragrance. Even though this tropical fruit is a relatively new crop in Andalusia, in just three decades, the province's acreage has become greater than that of vineyards, tomatoes, peppers or artichokes, and could even end up exceeding that of…

Rain hurts supplies of Mexican pineapples

Supplies of Mexican pineapples are expected to be hit by rains in the east of the country. Veracruz, where many of the pineapples in Mexico are grown, has experienced a lot of rain in recent weeks with the end of the rainy season lingering. "We supply pineapples out of Veracruz all year round," said Gustavo Dominguez of…

José Cubero, Fairtrasa:

“Mangoes are one of our top products”

Autumn started in earnest this week in Europe and with it, the overseas mango season. "We started with Brazilian mangoes on Tuesday," says José Maria Cubero Parejo of Fairtrasa. “We are importing mangoes from a grower who has been farming biodynamically for 15 years now. We are doing this for the second…

Peru to export less mango this season, but enough to supply the markets

Peru will export slightly fewer fresh mangoes in the 2018/2019 season than in the 2017/2018 campaign, when it achieved a record export of 200 thousand tons, stated the manager…

'Farmers need to stop chopping trees to plant durians'

Malaysia: ‘Killing the goose that lays golden eggs’

A total of 36 conservationists co-signed a statement on Thursday October 25, stating that destroying wildlife habitats will reduce the number of durian fruit pollinators, which will directly influence the quantity and quality of durian fruit yields. That means durian farmers would be "shooting themselves in the…

Indonesia: Agam Regency to increase mangosteen exports to China

The Agam Regency of West Sumatra is a mountainous region with sufficient water for horticultural development, including mangosteen. One of the varieties developed is Ratu…

New Zealand avocados crack Chinese market

New Zealand's avocado industry is thinking about the next step after a breakthrough in exports to China. Several years of trial shipments and rigorous testing procedures led…

Long Arm Pub & Brewery

UK: Vegan avocado beer soon on tap in London pub

If you're thinking London has had enough of the avocado, think again. There is a pub in Shoreditch that will start serving avocado beer next month. Long Arm Pub on Worship Street will serve pints of Avocado Stout for £5.50 per glass from the beginning of November. According to the pub and brewery, dark malts have…

The Dominican Republic helps mango producers double exports

The Dominican Government through the Ministry of Agriculture and the Special Fund for Agricultural Development (FEDA) contributed more than 130 million pesos for the construction and equipping of a modern hydrothermal treatment plant to the Banileja Association of Mango Producers (ABAPROMANGO) with the…

Shipments of Ecuador mangoes to US begin

As the busy latter half of the year continues, the first mangoes from Ecuador for the season have arrived in the US. There is still Brazilian and Mexican fruit around but in diminishing quantities, especially for the former. There are no issues to report from the growing regions in Ecuador and supplies…

2018 US mango retailer of the year announced

The National Mango Board (NMB) named ShopRite as the 2018 Mango Retailer of the Year. The award was announced during the NMB’s Annual Mango Industry Reception on October 19, 2018 during PMA’s Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in Orlando, FL. Present at the ceremony were award recipients Perno W. Young…

Senator Irungu Kang’ata 'on a mission'

Kenya: Avocado growers urged to take advantage of direct flight to US

The government of Kenya’s Murang’a County has been urged to streamline the production and marketing of avocados, taking advantage of the newly introduced direct flight between…

Fruit Attraction

Tropicales Del Valle presents its Super Sweet Premium Pineapple

Tropicales del Valle is an independent company located in the North Atlantic region of Costa Rica that specializes in the production, packaging, and export of different presentations of fresh pineapple. The company is very proud to present its new Super Sweet Premium pineapple brand; its latest addition…

Panama: Certification of pineapples to China - a work in progress

The Minister of agriculture, Eduardo Enrique Carles, said that, in parallel to the negotiations of a free trade agreement (FTA) between Panama and China, they had been working…

Panama: Dutch entrepreneurs visit Chiriqui's pineapple production facilities

On October 15, executives of the company Levarht, of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, visited the fields and the pineapple processing plant run by the Panamanian company…

Mission Produce celebrating 35 years at PMA

Mission Produce celebrates 35 years of innovation at PMA Fresh Summit. This anniversary is a proud moment for all Mission employees, who are celebrating by reflecting on the…

Del Monte launches the Honeyglow Pineapple variety

Honeyglow Pineapple is a new pineapple variety that the Del Monte company, a leader in the production and marketing of pineapples in the world, has just added to its catalog. This new pineapple will be marketed in calibers 5-6, with a coloration level that ranges between 3 and 4, and a minimum of 12 degrees brix. Its…

It's okay for Vegans!

A strong show of support for the mighty avocado

The popular quiz show, “QI” made waves when presenter Sandi Toksvig claimed that avocados and many other fruits are not strictly vegan. The presenter explained the…

Australian mangoes tested by Dutch trade companies

The first Australian mangoes of the Pine Creek Mango Plantation arrived in the Netherlands yesterday. “We’re receiving the mangoes in cooperation with Van der Lem in Uitgeest, and we’ve now found 11 parties who will taste and test the mangoes,” says Bart Beemsterboer. It involves the R2E2 and Kensington Pride varieties…

Peru exported more avos and mangoes in first eight months than in all of last year

The value of avocado and mango exports up to August of this year (latest figures available) already exceeds the total export value of these same products last year. Fresh fruits and avocados…

Peru: Important recovery of pineapple exports

Between January and September of this year, Peru exported 108,373 kilos of fresh pineapples for a value of US $ 377,655. With these results, and even though there still are three more months…

New leadership at the NMB to begin terms January 1, 2019

USDA appoints new board members to the National Mango Board

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue has appointed six members to serve the National Mango Board (NMB). The appointees include three new members and three returning members.…

Spain: Mangoes from July to December if the right varieties are planted

The mango season in Andalusia has very tight schedules due to the great production of the Osteen variety (the favorite among growers), which is harvested from September to…

Two new varieties in the EAT ME fresh kit range

In view of the upcoming holidays, Nature's Pride is expanding its EAT ME fresh range by adding two new delicious options. With just one Kit you can now easily prepare a Mango- Passion Fruit Mousse or a quick and easy Mango Salsa. The new fresh kits are available from week 48. Nature's Pride wish to inspire consumers with…

PapaMango, the Sicilian mango

Vincenzo Amata is the CEO of this family business. He claimed, “After thirty years experience as a salesman, I have decided to care for and to promote my own farm, with a novel and avant-garde project: tropical fruits”. Amata continues, “We have put so much passion and dedication into this that the field has become an actual sub-tropical garden – also thanks…

Bali: Ready to export dragon fruits

Ketut Gede Anom Sayoga and I Wayan Kantra from the Indonesian island of Bali are pioneers of organic dragon fruit farms. They tried to change the unproductive barren land into…

Avocado growers Australia:

‘Avo prices have hit their peak, supply continues to skyrocket’

There is good news for avocado lovers: They have likely paid the most they will ever pay for an avocado during summer, and the popular fruit will keep getting cheaper. Over the past decade…

Greece: “Our aim is to double our kiwi capacity”

The new season of Kiwifruit will start in a few days' time. Mitrosilis will start harvesting the Hayward variety between 15-20 of October. The season looks promising, as sizes and quantities are looking to meet the standards. For Greece there will be a slight decrease in volume this season, according to Irini Mitrosilis:…

Turkey: Grower in Antalya switches from tomato and pepper to dragon fruit

A grower in Antalya is tired of the rising production costs in tomato, pepper and other vegetable cultivation. Now he's switched to dragon fruits. The grower started receiving…

Vietnamese farmers victims of dragon fruit price drop

In Binh Thuan province, the largest farming area in the country, tens of tons of unsold dragon fruit are piling up in the streets and on riverbanks. Ms. Nguyen Thi Ai, owner of thousands…

Sinaloa

Mexico: Mango exports to the US decline due to the rains

The mango harvest in the northern part of the state has ended and its results were slightly lower than expected, as mango exports to the different destinations in the United…

Study Hass Avocado Board

Which demographics differentiate Hispanic avocado shoppers from Non-Hispanics?

Avocado shoppers are a diverse group, spanning many cultural and economic backgrounds, and they don’t all display the same avocado purchase behaviors. For example, among total…

Mexico - Guatemala

Chapaya - palm fruit with a meaty edge

In its natural form, chapayas ( Astrocaryum mexicanum ) are clusters of spiky palm fruit. When harvested and prepared, the fruit takes on a convincingly meat-like form and flavor. Chapaya is a source of nourishment for communities living in the steamy lowland rainforests of southern Mexico and northern Guatemala. The…

AU: Papaya growers experiencing record crop this spring

Australian Papaya growers have announced a record crop, with fruit numbers set to soar this spring. Papaya Australia President and grower from Mareeba in Far North Queensland, Gerard Kath, says excellent weather conditions has helped contribute to an abundance of fruit that will continue to hit stores throughout spring. "The…

Vietnam’s Central Highlands encouraged to expand avocado farming

According to Vietnam’s Western Highlands Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute, provincial authorities in the Central Highlands should urge farmers to grow avocado around…

Frank Ocampo, Hagé International

"Currently not much money to be made with pineapples and limes"

“The market for limes has been stable for a few weeks now. In August and September, it was back and forth. The supply from Mexico and Brazil was normal with no excessive volumes. However, the big sales and campaigns stayed away. ” This is according to Frank Ocampo of Hagé International in the…

Colombia: Hass avocados, Limes, and pineapples for Peru

The Minister of Agriculture, Andres Valencia, stated that a commission of the National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa) of the Government of Peru will visit the country for…

Thailand: New Zealand avocado season takes off

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters opened the New Zealand Avocado official season launch event in Thailand this week, heralding…

Avanza to debut in China

A strategic promotional campaign targeting affluent and aspirational young families will be used to drive sales of Avanza avocados in China this season. AVOCO’s marketing and communications manager Steve Trickett…

Bart Beemsterboer, CropTracer:

"We were able to develop this traceability system thanks to our background as a mango grower in Australia"

The combination of a mango cultivation company and supplier of a Supply Chain Management system certainly isn't an every day one. For Dutchman Bart Beemsterboer, however, it is. Coming from the world of e-learning he and his partners were advised 15 years ago by their accountant to invest in an…

Jose Manuel Pardo:

Overview of avocado pricing in the US

An overview of avocado pricing in the United States over the last two years, as reported on vizwiz.com.

Henk van der Meij, Hars&Hagebauer:

“Mango market could be headed for a good end of the year”

Although mango prices are under a bit of pressure this week, Henk van der Meij of Hars&Hagebauer is still positive about the remainder of the season. “Brazil doesn’t have…

Andalusian organic mangoes sold at Auchan

Auchan Retail Spain has started selling organic mangoes from Malaga and Granada under the Auchan Controlled Cultivation brand. These mangoes are only sold during the season…

Promotion of green shelled Dominican avocados

The Export Quality Program launched a brochure promoting the different varieties of green shelled Dominican avocados. The launch was held at the El Lago restaurant, where a panel of specialists,…

Mexico: According to a researcher, avocado cultivation is a risk for Michoacan

Avocado cultivation provides the State of Michoacan with an annual income of 33,848 million pesos, however, the process of harvesting avocados has a serious impact on the…

New branding unveiled for papaya variety

Super Starr International announced that its papaya variety, Royal Star Papaya, unveiled a new logo with the recent rebrand. The Royal Star Papaya variety is grown in the…

Ambitions to become the next leaders in top quality Avocado from Israel

UMS and grower co-op Pri-Deganim join forces

Following a successful joint campaign last winter to develop mutual interests, UMS and one of the leading growing Co-ops in Israel, ‘Pri-Deganim’, have signed an agreement to work hand in hand to enhance and strengthen each other, leveraging their marketing and growing experience, to position them as one…

New technique to grow avocados faster

A new technique to grow avocados faster means that shortages of this popular fruit might soon be a thing of the past. Tests and research are to start soon. These should help avocado farmers expand their plantations and production at an accelerated pace. The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) in…

Avocados from Michoacán coming in strong

The supply of avocados in Mexico has switched over to new-crop supply and is coming in with good volume. “The quality of avocados is strong and the supply is excellent and we are beginning to enter the new crop season from Michoacán,” says Cindy Schwing of London Fruit Inc. based in Pharr, TX. “We’re a year-round supplier…

Costa Rica: "It's not the right time to tax pineapples"

According to pineapple producers, this is a not a good moment to apply the tax that environmental groups and Deputy Jose María Villalta, of the Frente Amplio, are pushing for pineapple exports. According to the sector, the tax shouldn't be applied at the moment because there has been a decline in the fruit's international price…

First shipment of Colombian pineapples arrive in Argentina

The first 21 tons of pineapples exported from Colombia to Argentina, worth USD12,000, arrived on Friday. The pineapples, grown in the Valle del Cauca and Cauca departments, was shipped to Argentina at the beginning of September through the port of Buenaventura. Last May, the ICA and the health authority of Argentina…

“The market is responding positively”

China: “Our Panzhihua mango was exported to Russia for the first time this year”

“Panzhihua is one of the most suitable areas for domestic mango production. The Panzhihua mango has outstanding quality, a delicate taste and is nutrient-rich and eco-friendly. The sugar content is 1%-3% higher than that of other mango varieties in other producing areas. Known as "China's best…


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