Tropical fruit

Manbulloo - Mango Exports

"Interestingly our customers have been prepared to pay more to get our product"

One of Australia's leading mango producers is operating on lower margins on export sales in this COVID-19 affected year, to ensure its international customers can continue to get supply, especially where the demand is very high. Managing Director at Manbulloo, Marie Piccone says, like many other…

Nevinates

Export of Muthalamada mangoes starting early

The export of mangoes from ‘Mango City’ Muthalamada, a month earlier than usual, has given high hopes to thousands of growers who have had it quite hard over the last two…

Dbalinda

Kenyan avocado export prices up 33 per cent

Export prices of avocado have risen to Sh800 (€6.08) per four-kilogramme pack in November. Data from the Horticulture Directorate shows that the November prices represented a…

Australia produces a total of 87,546 tons of avocados 2019-2020

In Australia, avocados are produced almost all year round due to the range of climates and conditions in our eight major avocado growing regions. Hass is the main avocado variety, and is produced almost all yearround. In 2019/20 Hass represented 80% of production. Shepard, which is harvested in…

Wim Karsten, "Once Dutch supermarkets sell an exotic, we no longer should"

"Frozen exotics became very popular this year"

Wim Karsten has been in the exotics business for about 40 years already. However, 2020 is a year he'll not soon forget. "I'd prefer to delete this year. Turnover skyrocketed, but limited air freight capacity and sky-high purchase prices were very challenging. Take durians; we now sell them for €40/kg.…

Pineapple International: "Our goal is to export between 50 and 80% of our production"

Colombia's pineapple sets its sights on international markets

According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, more than 150 pineapples-for-export farms in the country have registered with the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA),…

The world’s avocado obsession

The World Avocado Organization promotes the consumption of avocados across the world. New Food hears from its CEO, Xavier Equihua, as he offers insight into how the pandemic has affected trade and…

Bangladesh attempts to grab part of global dragon fruit market

In Bangladesh, dragon fruit cultivation began in 2014-15 on five hectares of land. Today, it is a profitable crop today for the 25,000 growers. At this point in time, the…

Triples seasonal supply from strategic Moroccan producer

Organto announces expansion of avocado supply chain

Organto Foods Inc., an integrated provider of organic and value-added organic fruits and vegetables today announced that it has contracted for increased seasonal supply of…

Passion fruit to boost heart health and immune system

Passion fruit is found to have a multitude of health benefits. For one thing, the edible flesh and seeds contain powerful antioxidants and other nutrients to boost the immune…

Santiago Contreras, Hausladen Fruchthandelsgesellschaft, on the market for exotic fruits

"The avocado proves to be a permanent fixture"

With the end of autumn and colder temperatures approaching, these days more and more exotic fruits are ending up in the shopping carts of consumers, who in the summer months have access to the abundant seasonal and regional fruit selections. Probably the most popular of the exotic fruits is the avocado,…

"Demand is very strong and we sell most of it before it even flowers"

North Queensland exotic fruit grower picks up national honour for its high-quality tasting produce

A North Queensland exotic fruit grower says it was a proud moment when his produce was compared favourably to what was grown in South East Asia, by a top Australian television chef. Fruit Forest Farm was the national winner of the 2020 Harvey Norman Delicious Produce Awards, after initially being…

Granada-based nursery fined for the illegal multiplication of Lamb Hass avocado plants

The illegal multiplication and marketing of avocado seedlings of the protected variety Lamb Hass has resulted in the first criminal conviction of a nursery on the Costa Tropical, in the Spanish province of Granada, which has been forced to destroy more than 10,000 plants and pay a compensation to…

Italy slowly discovers the papaya

"We are a company with thirty years of experience in the wholesale sector and, especially over the past 15-20 years, we've specialized  in ethnic-exotic products of foreign origin," reported Domenico Piazzola, owner of Nuovafrutta Srl in Milan. "At the moment, among the other products available, we have Formosa…

Peru positioned itself as Spain's third supplier of avocados in the first half of the year

According to a report by Fresh Fruit, in the first half of 2020, Spanish avocado imports totaled 2.031 billion dollars, i.e. 13.9% more than in the same period of the previous…

USDA announces appointments to the Hass Avocado Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of 11 members to the Hass Avocado Board. Appointed are three producer members, three producer alternates, two…

January-October 2020

Mexican mango exports grow by 4.5% in value

Mexico's mango exports between January and October 2020 increased by 4.5% in value over the same period of the previous year, totaling 325.7 million dollars. The export volume increased by 2.5%, totaling 409,800 tons, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture. The growth of Mexican shipments…

Avocados might take off in Bangladesh

The global appetite for avocado is showing no signs of slowing down, and Bangladesh might grab a slice of this $15 billion market.  Cultivation of the central American fruit has…

Avocado exports Peru at US$754 million from Jan-Sep 2020

As usual, Peru's agro-exports were mainly driven by sales of avocados, the sector's leading product. According to Peruvian Foreign Trade Society (Comex-Peru), exports amounted…

Suryo

Malaysian durians set to arrive in Saudi Arabia

The first consignment of Malaysian durians is expected to reach Saudi Arabia this week.  Penang-based entrepreneur Engku Isa Al-Husam said the export, which was worth RM200,000,…

Barvocado launches avocado fruit & seed based energy bar

In an attempt to educate consumers and retailers alike of the nutritional density of the avocado seed, Barvocado is set to disrupt the energy and nutritional bar category…

Ian Dyball

Colombian officials discover 1,572 kilos of cocaine in container with avocados

A shipment of more than 1.5 tons of cocaine has been intercepted in the Colombian port of Buenaventura. The drugs were stashed in a container of avocados. The Buenaventura…

Terre di Romagna

The brand supports Rojo Brillante persimmon sales

When a product is supported by a long-standing brand and captivating packaging, it is most likely to be successful, especially if these features go hand in hand with high-quality and the good name of the company. "This is the case of our Rojo Brillante persimmons, which became available a few days ago,"…

Bert Westera, Sweet Fruits S.A.:

"Peruvian mangos cannot be matched in terms of colour but Brazilian still taste the best"

The Brazilian mango season is currently in full swing. "The start of the season was difficult, but the market has now improved," says Bert Westera of Sweet Fruits S.A. from Emmen, which is part of Sweet Fruits Brasil. "I don't expect many changes on the market in the coming weeks. Unfortunately there are…

New Israeli persimmon orchards in Campania

In a globalized market where there is increasing competition between countries, the produce needs to stand out in order to be competitive - the same rules apply to persimmons. The future will see more diversification, as Rojo Brillante orchards are increasing in Campania and new orchards of Israeli…

Mission Jumbos

Avocado producer and distributor launches Jumbo avocados

Mission Produce, Inc., who source, produce, and distribute fresh avocados, announced the launch of Mission Jumbos, a pack full of larger, shareable avocados that offer more to eat and more to love. Mission Jumbos expands Mission Produce’s existing lineup of avocado offerings, which includes Mission Minis…

Aztec Fruits sets foot on the European market

The Mexican producer / exporter group working under the name Aztec Fruits opened their sales representative office in Belgium some months ago. The aim for this producer consortium is to expand their markets in Europe and in Asia. In this group are producers of Mango, Avocado, Limes, Figs and exotic…

Can mangoes reduce wrinkles?

Mangoes, like other orange fruits and vegetables, are rich in beta-carotene and provide antioxidants that may delay cell damage. A new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis,…

Product stability is key

Chinese production of sweet persimmon is limited, but there is huge growth potential

The sweet persimmon is a small fruit that has unique East Asian characteristics. The bitter taste disappears as soon as the persimmon ripens. They are harvested when sweet and immediately ready-to-eat. The sweet persimmon has a beautiful color and luster, and a fresh flavor. This fruit is also full of…

J E Tipper - Passionfruit

"At the moment it is on track for some good crops leading into Christmas"

Major Australian wholesaler, J E Tipper is hopeful that the 2020 summer passionfruit season being a ‘bounce-back’ year after the weather and drought had an effect on previous crops. "Production should be up; there are some new varieties coming up and as long as the weather continues to play its part,…

Sunrise Fruits Company bets on biodynamic agriculture

"In this campaign we are marketing the first Demeter kakis"

The kaki campaign started in October for Sunrise Fruits Company, whose production is now, for the first time, Demeter certified. "We have strengthened our commitment to a production system that promotes the soil's natural processes and protects the ecosystem, at all levels," says Celia Sin, General…

Giumarra now offering Fair Trade Certified™ avocados grown in Mexico

The Giumarra Companies announced a partnership with the Genel family of Rancho Agua Blanca to offer Fair Trade Certified™ avocados grown in the state of Michoacán, Mexico. Rancho Agua Blanca is family owned and operated; the company recently received its certification from Fair Trade USA in early 2020.…

Alain Alarcon, of Banagrumes:

"Over the past ten days, the kaki market has woken up"

Banagrumes, a multi-specialist fruit wholesaler at Rungis, started marketing kakis of Spanish origin on 5 October: "We work directly with two suppliers in Spain, El Osito in the premium category and Teresín in Class 1. This year, there has been a drop in the production (by -20% to -25%), but we haven't…

Spike in Covid-19 infections in Europe affects avocado demand

Colombia produces avocados almost year-round, but the growers so have an on-season and an off-season. The main season this year started on time in mid-September, in week 38, and is expected to run through the end of February. Green Superfood has been working on expanding their avocado cultivation in…

Lack of water poses a threat to the expansion of the avocado in Malaga

Avocado cultivation in Malaga has grown exponentially in recent decades. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food, the province has gone from having 50 avocado trees in 1943 to 1.5 million avocado trees in almost 7,000 hectares nowadays. This increase in the Andalusian…

Nigeria: Pineapple has huge potential for foreign exchange

The Executive Director, National Horticultural Research Institute, Ibadan, Dr Abayomi Olaniyan has described pineapple as an economic crop with huge potential for foreign…

'Rwanda should strategize on producing avocados for export'

Health conscious consumers in developed countries in Europe are struggling to find avocados, yet Rwanda and other sub-Saharan countries offer excellent conditions for large scale production of this fruit. Rwanda boasts of 141, 130 metric tons of avocados total production margin per year but most of this…

Kenneth Meyer (Natural Tropic):

"Spanish Greenskin avocados having a good season; Hass available from this week too"

This week sees the end of the Spanish mango season at Natural Tropic in Malaga. "We had a good season. It started well in mid-September with Osteens already. But the Keitt season of recent weeks also went well," says the company's sales manager, Kenneth Meyer. The Spanish Greenskin avocado season has been…

Chris Fagg - Freshpro Imports

Myanmar avocados trial in the UK

UK importer FreshPro Imports have established an exclusive agreement with MAVO the Myanmar Avocado Producer and Exporter Association along with the assistance of the British Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar to trial and develop avocados grown and exported from Myanmar on the UK market. “We have already received a small air freight…

Philippines search for disease resistant mango varieties

The Department of Science and Technology (DoST) said it launched a three-year project to find mango strains resistant to scab and stem-end rot diseases.The DoST’s Philippine…

Ag exports to US need support of overseas Vietnamese companies

Strengthening the connection with overseas Vietnamese businesses in the US is seen as a good opportunity to link and develop distribution channels of specialty products of Vietnam in general, and the Mekong Delta, in particular, to a potential market like the US.According to Mr. Bui Huy Son, Ambassador…

Florida

SlimCado in peak domestic supplies

Supplies of SlimCado tropical avocados are currently solid. “We’re peaking on domestic production of SlimCados right now with the advent of the Monroe variety season. Although volume is down in the Florida industry as a whole, we are having a recent-record late-season harvest,” says Peter Leifermann with…

Chilean Hass avocado makes its debut in South Korea's supermarkets

Less than two months after South Korea opened its market to Chilean Hass avocados, this fruit has already reached the shelves in Seoul. The fruit arrived this week by air at…

"Peruvian Hass avocado exports could grow by 10% in volume in 2021"

According to the president of the Association of Producers of Hass Avocado of Peru (Prohass), Daniel Bustamante Canny, even though Peru's avocado industry has experienced…

Alexanders Fruit Market - Mad Mango Month

Melbourne fruit and veg retailer expands mango range as consumers appetite broadens

A leading Melbourne fruit and vegetable retailer says October's "Mad Mango Month" was a major success as consumers experimented with new varieties, driven by a change in sales strategy to price by the kilogram.   Director of Alexanders Fruit Market in Oakleigh, David Zahlan says he found that people are more willing…

US doubles purchase of Vietnamese mangoes

The U.S. has imported double the quantity of Vietnamese mangoes in Jan-August 2020, showing potential for further growth in this market.The value of mango imports rose 99.9…

Water issues surrounding Algarve avocados

The production of avocados in the Algarve has sparked public outrage, as many have strong objections to it due to the exacerbated waste of water. Avocado farms are becoming…

Hope for Pakistan's cherries and mangoes

Import expo delivers for Pakistani companies

The China International Import Expo concluded in Shanghai last Tuesday. More than 35 Pakistani companies in total showcased products such as textiles, leather, sporting goods,…

Plates will sprout if you plant them in soil

Colombian biodegradable plates made from pineapples

A company in Colombia is making eco-friendly plates out of the tops of old pineapples. Amazingly, these plates, made by Lifepack, contain seeds that can sprout in soil. The plates are Lifepack's latest effort to reduce plastic waste worldwide. The 12-year-old company also makes sandwich containers and…

Peru: Non-traditional exports volume up 6.2% in September 2020

The volume of non-traditional Peruvian exports grew by 6.2% last September, for a second consecutive month. According to the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics…

Argentina's fresh fruit exports have grown by 6% in 2020

In the first ten months of the year, Argentine fresh fruit exports registered a 6% year-on-year increase totaling 797,220.7 tons. According to the country's Ministry of…

80 per cent rise over past few years

Nigeria spends billions on coconut imports

Nigeria buys the bulk of its coconuts from Ghana and Ivory Coast. Nma Okoroji, the president, National Coconut Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria…

Avocado exports: 68,000 tons since January

New Kenyan avocado export ban over immature harvests

Head of Horticulture Directorate Benjamin Tito said the ban on Fuerte and Hass varieties will apply starting today. Growers will still be able to export the less popular Jumbo…

APMC market gets Alphonso mangoes from Malawi

Although the mango season is yet to start in India, the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) Vashi has received a total of 1,500 boxes of Malawi mangoes from Africa on…

"We buy growers' fruit that perhaps they cannot sell in their season"

Strong demand for a new Australian frozen fruit range in the inaugural year of sales

A newly formed Australian frozen fruit company says demand for its product range has been strong in the first six months of sales.     Aussie Frozen Fruit was launched into the Woolworths supermarket in April, and Chief Operating Officer Stu Hamill says there have been cautious times given the global COVID-19 pandemic, although the…

Honduras positions itself as Costa Rica's leading Hass avocado supplier

Honduras' Hass avocado has gone from accounting for 4.17% of all Costa Rican imports of this fruit in 2018 to 30% in the first nine months of 2020, positioning the Central…

Mexico strengthens sanitary measures to ship avocados to Japan

The Ministry of Agriculture of Mexico reported that the main avocado producers and exporters in the country had agreed to reinforce the sanitary measures of shipments destined…

Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman:

"Guacamole is always a part of my Super Bowl menu, this year won't be different"

This year Avocados From Mexico launched their first ever in-store celebrity shopper engagement program to encourage avocado consumption during the Super Bowl. The program, which carries the slogan “Make The Big Game Your Bowl Game,” features Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman and sportscaster Erin…

Benjamin Tito, director of the Horticultural Crops Directorate:

'Kenya to resume mango exports to EU in December'

Kenya is expected to resume exports of mangoes to the European Union in December after a period of five years. Benjamin Tito, director of the Horticultural Crops Directorate,…

Petition by Australian Mangoes

‘Make Aussie Mango color of the year 2021’

Australian Mangoes is petitioning to crown ‘Aussie Mango’ as the official colour of 2021. It claims that as a representation of a fresh passion for life, with its iconic…

2020 mango season has begun in Australia

In Australia, the 2020 mango season has begun. Markets are quickly becoming excited about the upcoming mango season, as are the consumers. This year is an extension of Australian Mangoes’ current marketing strategy. They are focusing on encouraging medium frequency buyers of mangoes to buy more often. In…

YY Nation from Wellington

Eco-friendly shoes made from pineapple husk for footwear sustainability

There is a new, eco-friendly shoe collection from New Zealand, made from products like bamboo, algae, sugarcane and pineapple husk. Produced by Wellington-based start-up YY Nation, the new shoes aim to take sustainability in the footwear industry to a whole new level. Some call it a much-needed change…

Avocado campaign kicks off in Malaga under the shadow of the second COVID-19 wave

The 2020-2021 avocado campaign started in October in the province of Malaga with the harvest of the earliest greenskin varieties, including the Bacon and Fuerte, which will be…

Colombian Hass avocado exports will continue to grow this year despite the pandemic

Colombian Hass avocado exports are registering remarkable growth. In 2019, shipments increased by 49% in volume over 2018, and from January to August of this year, shipments…

Central Queensland growers bounce back from last year's fires

Central Queensland growers are looking at a bumper season, which is quite a feat if we look back at the situation they faced just 12 months ago. For example, Bungundarra…

Apeel avocado's now available in the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland

Following successful results in Germany and Denmark, Apeel and Nature's Pride will be expanding the market reach for Apeel avocados to the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland. This move will serve to intensify cooperation between the organisations, both of whom share the same vision of reducing food…

Palakkad-district, Kerala

Mango season comes early in Muthalamada

While the 2019 mango season was delayed by a month, this year it arrived a month early. Mango growers and traders are looking forward to the season. The region’s mangoes will…

Greenville’s John Constantine is planning to grow avocados in Rwanda.

While John Constantine spends most of his time these days working as the CEO of Greenville-based ARCpoint Franchise Group, he’s also launched a company called Love Avocado…

Kenyan avocado exports surpassed 64,000 tonnes this year despite pandemic

Geoffrey Kipchumba isan avocado farmer in Moiben, Uasin Gishu County, Kenya. When he ventured into avocado farming a few years ago, he still had doubts as to whether there…

Kenya to stimulate avocado exports to China

According to Benjamin Tito, director of Horticultural Crops Directorate, Kenya plans to prioritize avocado exports to China in order to boost revenues. He stated that sales to…

Queensland, Australia

Bowen mango season starts amid export concerns due to COVID-19

The first of Queensland's mangoes are being picked from the trees for the season, but the pandemic still casts a dark shadow over production. The state's growers have…

Chile to tap more effectively into Chinese demand for avocados

According to Chilean trade representatives, Chile looks forward to further entering the Chinese market for avocados as the fruit has gained increasing popularity in the huge…

MinDA promotes Mindanao Hass avocado production

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) promoting the propagation of high-value fruits, particularly Hass avocado, in the deforested highlands of the island. According to…

Total EU avocado supply (updated 30-10-2020)

Week 44 Hass avocado shipments from Mexico at 202,000 cartons

Week 44 avocado shipments from Mexico to the EU stood at 202,000 4-kg cartons, Hass only. Shipments from Chile amounted to 1,285,000 cartons of Hass avocados, with no greenskin avos being sent. The corresponding numbers for imports from Colombia are 107,000 cartons. Click here for the full report. Source:…

Del Monte

Petite and pink designer pineapple launched exclusively in Dallas markets

The Petit Pinkglow Pineapple is a new product from Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., and it's being launched exclusively in the Dallas market. The fruit is a mini version of the company's Petit Pinkglow, a novel pineapple with a pink interior that Fresh Del Monte introduced nationally in mid-October. This…

Taiwan trains Honduran avocado producers to boost exports

A Taiwanese firm is training 40 avocado producers in the Honduran departments of Ocotepeque and Santa Barbara, giving them technical assistance and technological support, in…

Pascual Prats, president of the Spanish Kaki Association:

"The rain and hailstorms will cause a shortage of kakis in the coming days"

The storms that have been hitting the Spanish provinces of Valencia and Alicante since Wednesday have flooded fields and caused damage to crops such as kakis and citrus fruits. In just over 24 hours, more than 200 liters of water per square meter were recorded on the southern coast of Valencia, where…

Filipino mango growers attend seminar for GAP certification

Last weekend, a Regional Good Agricultural Practice team conducted an orientation-seminar for the Mango Growers Association of Orani, Bataan at Bataan Peninsula State…

Uganda: Kayunga pineapple plant will create over 10,000 jobs

The Kayunga pineapple processing plant is expected to create more than 200 direct and more than 10,000 indirect jobs for local residents and spur growth in the area. Via…

Edwin van Leeuwen, Yex, the Netherlands

“Mangos and avocados swop around in autumn"

At the beginning of October, Edwin van Leeuwen saw both mango and avocado prices rise. Edwin is the Dutch company, Yex’s, Commercial Manager. “In the summer, large volumes of…

New Persimmon kaki campaign kicks off in Spanish Region of Valencia

The president of the Region of Valencia, Ximo Puig, was present at the official launch of the Rojo Brillante Kaki campaign; a fruit exclusively grown under the Protected…

Trops and Vodafone launch a precision agriculture project in Spain

Smart mango harvesting through 5G

The Agrarian Transformation Society (SAT) Trops and Vodafone have launched a pilot project to provide mango harvesting machines with artificial intelligence so they can decide…

November 25th

Hazel Tech® to host first annual Mango Quality Summit

Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-funded technology company delivering new solutions for fresh produce to extend shelf-life, increase sales, and fight food waste, announced the…

Sent from Costa Rica to the Netherlands

APM Terminals operators arrested for facilitating exit of pineapple shipment containing cocaine

Two women in charge of operating the scanners at the APM Terminals dock, at the port of Moín (Limon) were detained for providing false information about a container loaded…

Ad Toet, Hars-Hagebauer, the Netherlands

“Small avocado market will be so-so”

“It’s hard to predict what the market will do when it comes to mangos,” says Ad Toet of the Dutch wholesaler, Hars-Hagebauer. “That’s mainly because it varies a lot from size…

Colombian Nam Dok Mai mango season to start in December

While it’s not one of the largest players on the mango market, Colombia grows a wide variety of mangoes. Melida Prado of Cooltropy, who market their brand under the Exotic Gold Label, shares: “In Colombia, there are many varieties of mango, ranging from Tommy, Keitt, Yulima, Comun, Nam Dok Mai, and Mango…

Fruit fly maggots found in Northern Territory mangoes sent to South Australia

Mangoes sent to South Australia from a Northern Territory supplier are being removed from supermarket shelves after the discovery of Jarvis fruit fly maggots. The fruit will…

Evy van Gastel, Special Fruit, Belgium

“Colombia may become interesting for avocados this year”

“Hass avocados are currently fetching rather high prices for this time of year,” says Evy van Gastel of Special Fruit In Belgium. “Chile is having an off-year with about 30 to…

Fuping persimmon turned out rather large this year

Chinese persimmons from Shaanxi enter the new 'drying season'

Fuping county in Weinan City in Shaanxi is located on the plateau north of the river Wei. This is one of the most famous persimmon production areas in the world. The natural environment in Fuping county is extremely well-suited for persimmon plantation. The landscape is full of hills, the temperature…

New report shows positive trends for the Australian avocado industry

Australia's avocado production has continued its year-on-year growth, reaching record levels of value and volume for the 2019/20 financial year, despite the impact of drought, storms, fires and, the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the recently released "Facts at a Glance", compiled by Avocados Australia,…

US announces cutting duty free access across a range of Thai products

A decision by US president Trump has been announced to cut duty free access to the United States across a range of Thai products valued at ฿25.3 billion commencing on December…

Joep Jongmans, Special Fruit, Belgium

“More mangos from the Caribbean”

“It’s always a challenge to be able to offer good-quality mangos year-round,” says Joep Jongmans of Special Fruit in Belgium. “We currently get our mangos mainly from South America. Most of the…

Ron Simpson, The Avocado Show

“Per outlet, we use 250 - 300 avocados per day”

In 2017, Ron Simpson and Julien Zaal opened The Avocado Show in Amsterdam. From day one, the restaurant was a roaring success. Now, they have four locations - three in Amsterdam and one in Brussels. At the beginning of September, The Avocado Show announced it would be opening 19 new branches. These will…

Market sees short Brazilian mango supplies

Supplies of mangoes are short though greater supplies are on the horizon. “There is a lower volume of red mangoes because of the pandemic and the climate in Brazil which is the main supplier at this time,” says Giorgio Ceciarelli of GC Imports based in Toronto, Canada. Also factoring into Brazil’s…

José Antonio Alconchel, of Alcoaxarquía: "This campaign will be very different compared to those of the last 20 years"

First Spanish Hass avocados arrive in a stagnant market

The sale of the first Spanish Hass avocados has started this week, although volumes are still limited and there won't be a more stable supply until next week. The avocado campaign kicked off about a month ago with the Bacon variety, which has enjoyed good sales in the first weeks. Now sales are stagnant…

"Production volume of Chinese Fire Crystal Persimmon declined because of excessive rainfall"

The Fire Crystal Persimmon is a regional variety from Lintong District in Xi'An City. This persimmon variety is acknowledged as a Chinese Regional Product. The persimmon turns a fiery red when ripe and the bright color resembles a fire crystal, hence the name. This year's harvest of Fire Crystal…

Mangoes in short supply out of West Australia

Kununurra is a town in far northern Western Australia. Mango growers in Kununurra are facing one of their most challenging mango harvests yet, off the back of a decade of…

Philippines: Exotic fruits preservation for longer travel

For the longest time, exotic fruit grown in the Philippines could not be shipped even to its capital, Manila, because it quickly becomes overripe. For fruits like lanzones and…

Oregon Fruit releases new Dragon Fruit Mango to its 'Fruit In Hand' line

Oregon Fruit Products announced a tropical addition to its Fruit In Hand Original line, Dragon Fruit Mango. Featuring a vivid fuchsia color and tangy sweetness, Dragon Fruit…

Kenny Moran - The Avocado Company

Good quality avocados, but less big sizes from Chile

Avocado Company received the first Hass avocados from Chile mid-September, but hadn’t been seeing anything close to the volume they would have expected in the last month. In most cases Chilean farms started harvesting around 4 weeks later than last season – with a number of reasons behind the delay. For…

Henk van der Meij, Hars-Hagebauer, the Netherlands

“Brazil's preparing for mangos year-end push”

Sea freight mangos went through a hard time this summer. That’s according to Henk van der Meij of Hars-Hagebauer, a Dutch wholesaler that specializes in mangos. “There was…

Drought worries Peruvian mango growers and exporters

The Peruvian mango season is set to start in the middle of November with the northern growing region of Piura. This start is a few weeks late, which is the result of cooler weather in June and July which delayed the flowering period, according to Milton Calle of Exotic Producers and Packers. The volumes…

Jordi Fijnheer, FruitPro, the Netherlands

“Israeli avocados benefitting from empty European market”

Israel sends large amounts of mangos and avocados to Europe. Jordi Fijnheer, Sales Manager at FruitPro, in the Netherlands, however, noticed that this year wasn't a top one…

Peru exports a record volume of avocados in 2020

The president of the consulting firm Inform@cción, Fernando Cilloniz Benavides, said the pandemic hadn't stopped Peru from exporting a historical 405,000 tons of avocados in…

Mexico

Chiapas registers a decline in mango and banana production

According to a report from the Agri-food Information Service, in 2019 the southern Mexican state of Chiapas produced 696,877 tons of bananas, i.e. 0.15% fewer bananas than in…

“Indian consumers are convinced avocado will be the fruit of the future”

Pictures of the Indian floods have been shown on many news outlets, but these floods are not unusual for India. Heavy rains during the monsoon season replenish the water supply of the Indians, although it brings destruction along with it. The fruit industry is not affected as much though, as fruit…

Carel van Krimpen, Avojoy

"Using avocados to respond to a changing world"

Avojoy supplies premium avocados to supermarkets, retailers, hospitality industry suppliers, wholesalers, restaurants, and the foodservice and catering sectors. Carel van Krimpen, who owns this Dutch company, says, "Despite the tension on the market, avocado trade has, luckily, continued well. It's been…

Avocados more popular despite Covid

Avocado consumption is growing by 15% in Europe in 2020 despite all problems caused by Covid-19. This is what emerged on October 27th 2020 at the Avoforum organized by the World Avocado Organization (WAO) during Fruit Attraction. Marketing manager for Mediterranean Europe Sofía García, product manager…

Mangoes from Brazil and Spain do not sell in Vashi APMC due to pricing

Agriculture Produce Market Committee Vashi received its first imported consignment of mangoes early this week. The mangoes, which arrived from Spain and Brazil, have been…

Queensland and northern New South Wales

Avocado trees get a beating due to hail storms

On Tuesday and Wednesday, severe thunderstorms brought large hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall to many parts of Queensland and northern NSW. A number of districts…

Total EU avocado supply (updated 23-10-2020)

Week 43 shipments from Mexico at 357,000 cartons of Hass avocados

Week 43 avocado shipments from Mexico to Europe came out at 357,000 cartons avocados, Hass only. The corresponding numbers for Hass imports from Chile 693,000 cartons and Colombia: 432,000 cartons. It is estimated that Hass imports from Chile for this week will come out at 1,285,000 cartons. In week 43, Israel,…

Capexo, exclusive representative of La Dona Fruit in France

With the choice of Capexo as its exclusive representative in France, the group of Panamanian producers, La Dona Fruit, is deploying a new marketing strategy in Europe. Its goal is to become established in retail and win over the hearts and minds of final consumers. This is an interview with Jonathan Dax…

Natural Fruit Co. Ltd. vs Andy Hall

Thai fruit company drops defamation suit against labor activist Hall

Yesterday, Thai pineapple processing company Natural Fruit Co. Ltd. dropped a $9.6 million civil defamation lawsuit against British labor rights activist Andy Hall. In 2013,…

Pineapple volumes down for the year but pricing remains solid in Costa Rica

The pineapple exports from Costa Rica were briefly impacted by the pandemic as lockdowns occurred and the foodservice sector was impacted. However, supermarkets quickly picked up demand as consumers settled into routines that involved more home cooking, and overall quality of the pineapples out of Costa…

Corpoica Carmín 0328 and Corpoica Rosa-C

Agrosavia develops two varieties of guava for Colombian agriculture

The Colombian Agricultural Research Corporation, Agrosavia, has developed two varieties of guava, called Corpoica Carmín 0328 and Corpoica Rosa-C. These new varieties are more…

Graham Young, Westfalia Fruit

“Consumers’ love of avocados continues to grow”

Westfalia Fruit, a multinational supplier of fresh fruit and related products to international markets, has a positive outlook on the Dutch avocado market says Graham Young, Westfalia Fruit’s Regional Executive for Europe. “The Netherlands is expected to continue to be the largest importer and exporter…

Vietnamese avocado supply could become excessive due to rapid increase in acreage

The Agro Processing and Market Development Authority in collaboration with the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetable Association and the Chinese Consulate General held an international…

The successful launch of Del Monte's pink pineapple

Earlier this month, consumers were introduced to the world’s first pink pineapple.  Yet even before the Pinkglow Pineapple was unveiled on October 12, Fresh Del Monte PR partner…

Delroy Orchards uses near-infrared technology to look inside Hass avocado

Western Australian avocado growers Delroy Orchards can see inside an avocado. The company is set to launch a new premium Hass avocado this October, after spending the past…

Spain

Disciplinary proceedings for breaching of contracts in the sale of kakis

The Food Information and Control Agency (AICA), a body dependent on the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, has announced that it is opening various disciplinary proceedings against some companies of the Region of Valencia after complaints were presented by LA UNIÓ de Llauradors during the latest kaki…

Image: Ynna Hernandez-Europa

Queensland University biology student receives fascinating fasciated pineapple

A picture of a ‘fanned’ (or ‘fan-topped’) pineapple popped up online this week. Fasciation can occur in most plants and can be caused by stress or by genetic and hormonal factors. Ynna Hernandez-Europa, a biology student at Queensland University of Technology, received the multi-headed pineapple from its…

October 27 at Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect

WAO to hold the AVOForum at Fruit Attraction

The virtual AVOForum, organized by the World Avocado Organization (WAO), will be held via the Fruit Attraction LIVEConnect platform on Tuesday, October 27, at 6:00 pm. One of…

Indonesian agriculture exports grow - fruits and vegetables in high demand

Indonesia is seeing a rise in agriculture exports as its fruits and vegetables (and coffee) are in great demand overseas, despite a currently declining global trade. According…

Manbulloo Ltd.

New blockchain tech will decrease costs for Northern Australian mango producer

A digital platform was developed and tested as part of a 2.5-year Smart Supply Chain pilot project co-funded by the Cooperative Research Center for Developing Northern…

Food Science professor dr. Paul Spanguolo:

“Avocado can help lower blood sugar”

November will be National Diabetes Month in the US, so it's time to pay attention to the risks involved with diabetes and what can be done about them. According to the CDC, 30…

Successful trial shipment of Hass avocado

"Huge export potential for Ethiopian produce"

Durabilis – an international impact investment company, and the owner of fresh produce importer FairFruit in Belgium – is elated to announce the successful arrival of trial Hass avocado exports from Ethiopia. The first container arrived in the UK on 20 September 2020, followed by a second shipment on 5…

Australia: COVID-19 is pushing up prices for mangoes of Northern Territories

While the weather is usually the biggest uncertainty for the Territory's mango growers, this year it is the pandemic. Northern Territory mango growers are taking extraordinary…

Malaysian magician sells more durians via online performances

The latest Deepavali film is titled "Light in a Time of Darkness"; it tells the tale of renowned magician Vikneswaran Allagu -also known as Vikey- whose real-life story of…


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